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Scam ReporterScam Tips Received
John Ryan
AU
2012-08-27 00:10:16
Classified Ads Scam
Gumtree
Offer to buy yacht sight unseen from Gumtree
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Kyle Jones
Email Address:
   joneskyle02@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Gumtree Advertisement for Careel 22 Trailer-Sailer

I received an SMS regarding the subject advertisement requesting more information to be sent to the enquirer\'s email address and I sent a brief reply. I received the following response:

\"Thanks for mailing back.I am away at sea at the moment,i work with New Zealand Oil and Gas (NZOG) and we are presently offshore in New Zealand Taranaki Basin on kapo project.We do not have access to phone at the moment,its 15days off and 15days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility. I am buying this for my for my holiday, and i want it to be delivered before my arrival in NT . However,does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don\'t mind my asking and I will really appreciate if you can email more info and if possible more photos.

I am already in talks with the courier that will handle the pick-up and delivery to my family . As regards the payment, I can pay you through direct bank deposit,using ppal instant bank wire transfer service, I will need your bank details.If you are not comfortable with that, you can set up a paypal account proper at www.paypal.com.au and I will make the payment through paypal, this way, all I will need is your paypal email address,so i can proceed with the payment and contact the courier agent who will come to pick it up and deliver it in my place.

Regards\"

I subsequently sent a response with more data on the boat but no bank or paypal information.

The response was as follows:

\"Alright thanks for your response and been honest,you can get back to me with your bank details so i can make the payment asap, and once the money is cleared into your bank account my agent will be coming with all necessary document and will also sign the paper works on my behalf.\"

My suspicions were aroused and on Googleing \"taranaki basin on kapo project\" I discovered that many others had received the same or similar messages.
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