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Scam ReporterScam Tips Received
Anonymous
Yeerongpilly, Queensland, Australia
2015-06-29 07:52:59
Auction/eBay Scam
Gumtree
Gumtree scamEmail Attached
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Grant abbott
Email Address:
   grantabbott8083@gmail.com
Selling item on gumtree received text asking for condition and lowest price and to contact via email (strange)
As really want to sell this item I thought it could legit. Contacted them and I received the same bs as so many other people. Asking to supply bank account details and he will pay via PayPal. Then comes up with a problem with his pick up courier who's head office is in China and need to be paid first via Western Union (alarm bells right there) and wants me to pay out of my money the courier plus fees and once done send PayPal a receipt number and they will then release the funds. Until then PayPal had the money on hold unless I pay the so called courier and give them a receipt number.
Courier details are a personal name that doesn't exist and the address is usually the same just different numbers
I have even had emails from PayPal (that has a strange email address attached to it btw) demanding I pay the shipping or they will take legal action as they supposedly can't release the funds back to the buyer. One I know this is not true as I have had to do it before and two I don't physically have any money so they can't do anything.
Don't let it get this far just ignore it it starts with a text with either a number that's not in Australia or has a name, no number. Then goes onto saying the same stuff offshore doing something and can't get his credit card details and wants you to pay for something your selling without the money from them first.
There are other forms of this scam using stolen credit cards where you lose money and the item
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