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Anonymous
Flagstaff Hill, South Australia, Australia
2014-07-06 22:56:52
Classified Ads Scam
Gumtree
+5 Gumtree NZOG quad bike scamEmail Attached
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Phillip Edward
Email Address:
   philcodward0123@gmail.com
Scammer:
Phillip Edward
38 Moil Crescent Moil NT 0810, Australia
license number - 100 213 304
DOB - 17th JULY 1980

I was selling a quad bike on Gumtree and received a reply from buyer claiming to work for the NZ Oil & Gas Company.Basically buyer agreed to price and offered to transfer money via PayPal or EFT to bank account.Buyer to arrange courier pick up for delivery to Darwin. After several emails I sent my account details for the direct credit. Then I came across numerous reports online using Google search \"Gumtree NZOG scam\". It\'s amazing how many NZOG employees live in Darwin!! I\'m not sure if the scam was targeting me via the courier arrangements/payments or via some fake bank transaction. Fortunately I use an account which doesn\'t hold funds specifically for internet transactions. The fact that the buyer didn\'t negotiate over the selling price and can\'t write in English should have \"rung bells\" that this was a scam.
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Decco   (O'Halloran Hill, South Australia, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2015-02-10 08:18:11
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Paul Smith
Email Address:
   paulsmith090@outlook.com
Have been in correspondence with a potential buyer of a used bedroom suite on Gumtree...
This bloke sounded fishy from the start but I kept him going to see where it would lead. He seemed way too interested in bedroom furniture and for me to remove the as so it could be 'all his', plus his English was terrible for someone named 'Paul Smith'. The fact he also asked twice for the asking price made it pretty clear he didn't actually care what the asking price was.
Thanks to everybody who confirmed my suspicions with this tip.

Scam Email
Hi Paul, All sounds great! My PayPal account is getfucked@betterlucknexttime.com Why don't you get yourself an honest job like the rest of us, dickhead. Stop wasting my time. Regards, Your mother. From: Paul Smith   Date:10/02/2015 10:58 PM (GMT+09:30)  To: [me] Cc:  Subject: RE: Gumtree bedroom suite  It sounds good to know  that it is still available for sale. I did go through your advert and I am satisfied with it. I am okay with it and would love to go ahead with the deal right away because this meets my perfect search for time being now. I am contacting you via email, I am on duty and coming to your residence for inspection won't be possible, so you have to assure me that its in condition described. You may now consider me a favorite buyer and if possible withdraw the posting from the site immediately so that I can be rest assured that it is all mine . I don't mind adding an extra $200.00 for you just to take down the posting. Like I said earlier, i am a very busy man working all day,am a sailor am presently on-board, i don't have access to my bank account online as am not with my credit card details here but i have my ANZ bank account link up with my PayPal account so I will be paying you through PayPal to your nominated bank account or better still is if you have a PayPal account ,please get back to me with your BSB and account details or PayPal account so i can proceed with the payment and contact the courier agent who will come to pick it up and deliver it. Await your reply . Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:58:27 +1030 Subject: RE: Gumtree bedroom suite From: [me] To: paulsmith090@outlook.com Hi Paul, We have owned the bedside table, chest of drawers and bookshelf for about 12 years. The bed and mattress are only 4 years old. The other two optional items were made by a year 9 student and are just freebies that don't quite match the set if the buyer is at all interested in them too. The bed is in perfect condition, while the other items have a few scratches from general use but nothing major - I would be surprised if you would be disappointed on seeing the items. We are asking for $1000 but are willing to negotiate - what are you interested in paying for the set? Cheers -------- Original message -------- From: Paul Smith   Date:10/02/2015 9:08 PM (GMT+09:30)  To: [me] Cc:  Subject: RE: Gumtree bedroom suite  Thank you for getting back to me. how long have you owned it? Can you assure me that  its in good condition and that i will not be disappointed with it. whats your asking price. Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:58:30 +1030 Subject: Gumtree bedroom suite From: [me] To: paulsmith090@outlook.com Hi Paul, My bedroom suite is still for sale. We are currently looking for $1000 but the price is negotiable. Please get back to me on this email or text xxxxxxxxx. Cheers SMS From: Gumtree Date:10/02/2015 8:41 PM (GMT+09:30)  To: [me]  Paul Smith would like to know if your Goods is still on for sale if yes kindly get back to him on (paulsmith090@outlook.com) with the final asking price

No Name   (Quakers Hill, New South Wales, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2014-12-06 08:26:04
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Phil Codward
Email Address:
   philcodward0015@gmail.com
Hello mate, My sister is selling her car and put an ad on Gumtree, she received a response from this man and not really having an experience with scammers before proceeded to send him her bsb and account number. Not long after she received a second email from the other email address noted with a very similar story to the first one. She then clicked and realised what was going on. She has since closed her bank account and reopened a new one just to be safe.
It sounds good to know that it is still available for sale. I did go through your advert and I am satisfied with it. I work with the Australia Navy Force, I am okay with the asking price and would love to go ahead with the deal right away because this meets my perfect search for time being now. I am contacting you via email, I am on duty and coming to your residence for inspection won't be possible, so you have to assure me that its in condition described. You may now consider me a favourite buyer and if possible withdraw the posting from the site immediately so that I can be rest assured that it is all mine . I don't mind adding an extra $300.00 for you just to take down the posting. Am buying it for my wife who just gave birth to new baby girl because she was barren for the past 6 years we ve got married as i need to make her happy and forget about the past.
Like I said earlier, I'm very busy with my job as I currently work as a Navy official, so I will be paying you online via my PayPal account which is attached to my Defence bank account because it is the only form of payment that I have access to right now and also because of its good security nature. If you are interested in selling it please provide me with the following information such your paypal email address or your bank details so that i put in the fund.
1)Your full name 2) Paypal email address or 3)The name on the account, BSB number and your Account number 4)Your personal mobile #
i have a private courier agent that will be coming down for the pick up as soon as you receive your fund and they will also handle all the sign necessary document on my behalf..Am happy to inform you that the fund is ready and available in my PayPal account so am ready to transfer the fund into your nominated bank account as soon as you get back to me with your account name account number and your bsb number. Waiting to read from you ASAP.i will like you to disregard any kind of call or message concerning this item as I am confirming to you with this email that I am purchasing this item and its funds are ready to be transferred to your account

Scam Email
He may also be using the following email address: paulsmith090@outlook.com and the following story: Thanks for the response,I would have loved to call you directly but due to the nature of my work we do not have access to phone at the moment,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility. I am buying this for my first son who just graduated on top of his class at Charles Darwin University in NT ,He studied Building Design & Architecture. I want it to be the perfect graduation gift for him and am making it a surprise package ,Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don't mind my asking. I don't mind adding an extra 200.00 for you just to take down the posting..I am already in talks with freighters that will handle the pickup and delivery .I will really appreciate if you can email more info Due to the nature of my work i am a very busy man working all day,am a sailor am presently on-board, i don't have access to my bank account online as am not with my credit card details here but i have a bank account link up with my PayPal account so I will be paying you through PayPal to your nominated bank account or better still is if you have a PayPal account ,please get back to me with your BSB and account details or PayPal account so i can proceed with the payment and contact the courier agent who will come to pick it up and deliver it in NT for my son .Await your reply . Regards

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-12-05 06:11:00
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Philip Edward
Email Address:
   philcodward0015@gmail.com
Scammer contacted in response to Gumtree ad wanting to purchase Subaru WRX spun same yarn as above "not contactable by phone as working on oil rig, buying car for his son who graduated from charles darwin university" etc. etc. Initial gut feel was that it was a scam, but gave benefit of doubt and provided bank account details. Next thing he was giving instructions to deposit extra $2k into paypal account to cover freight... even though, I was yet to receive any funds from the scammer. This verified it was a scam.

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Gumtree ad

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-11-11 00:42:04
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Phillip Edward
Email Address:
   philcodward0015@gmail.com
Selling a car on Gumtree, received a text message via Gumtree advising me that someone wanted more information and that I can contact him on the above email address.
Contacted and received the same response as others have:

Scam Email
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Phillip Edward Date: Sat, Nov 8, 2014 at 10:29 AM Subject: Re: Toyota Yaris xxxxxx - xxxxxx To: xxxxxxxxx (I have blanked this out) Thanks for the response,I would have loved to call you directly but due to the nature i work with New Zealand Oil and Gas (NZOG) and we are presently offshore in New Zealand Taranaki Basin on kupe project work, we do not have access to phone at the moment,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility. I am buying this for my first son who just graduated on top of his class at Charles Darwin University in NT ,He studied Building Design & Architecture. I want it to be the perfect graduation gift for him and am making it a surprise package ,Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don't mind my asking. I don't mind adding an extra $300.00 for you just to take down the posting..I am already in talks with freighters that will handle the pickup and delivery .I will really appreciate if you can email more info Due to the nature of my work i am a very busy man working all day, am a (Operating Manager) am presently on-board, i don't have access to my bank account online as am not with my credit card details here but i have my ANZ bank account link up with my PayPal account so I will be paying you through PayPal to your nominated bank account or better still is if you have a PayPal account ,please get back to me with your BSB and account details or PayPal account so i can proceed with the payment and contact the courier agent who will come to pick it up and deliver it in NT for my son .Await your reply

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-11-07 09:38:00
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Phillip Edward
Email Address:
   philcodward0015@gmail.com
Haha- bit too much info buddy!!!! Same guy as the 4 wheeler- slightly different email address- same name. Wanting to "buy" my car on Gumtree from Perth. This is as far as he got with me, but the attempted scam was to follow no doubt!
"Thanks for the response,I would have loved to call you directly but due to the nature i work with New Zealand Oil and Gas (NZOG) and we are presently offshore in New Zealand Taranaki Basin on kupe project work, we do not have access to phone at the moment,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility.
I am buying this for my first son who just graduated on top of his class at Charles Darwin University in NT ,He studied Building Design & Architecture. I want it to be the perfect graduation gift for him and am making it a surprise package ,Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don't mind my asking. I don't mind adding an extra $300.00 for you just to take down the posting..I am already in talks with freighters that will handle the pickup and delivery .I will really appreciate if you can email more info
Due to the nature of my work i am a very busy man working all day, am a (Operating Manager) am presently on-board, i don't have access to my bank account online as am not with my credit card details here but i have my ANZ bank account link up with my PayPal account so I will be paying you through PayPal to your nominated bank account or better still is if you have a PayPal account ,please get back to me with your BSB and account details or PayPal account so i can proceed with the payment and contact the courier agent who will come to pick it up and deliver it in NT for my son .Await your reply"

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