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Scam ReporterScam Tips Received
Steve
Paralowie, South Australia, Australia
2012-09-08 08:41:09
Classified Ads Scam
Gumtree
+12 Kapo project  
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Laurie Murphy
Email Address:
   Laurie.murphy88@gmail.com
He said he wanted to by the car for his son who just graduated top of his class at ANU. He was working with AWE New Zealand and was working 15 days on/off and so could not use a phone. He said time was short for the surprise for his son and had money ready to transfer to a bank account or ppal.
The whole deal sounded suspicious so I googled Kapo Project and the scammers web site came up, after reading a few other cases it was obvious it was a scam.
Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2015-11-22 05:30:11
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Matthew R Davies
Email Address:
   mattrodee@gmail.com
The same experience as other reports of Kapoo project. We had a camper van advertised on Gumtree and got a message asking if the car we had advertised was still for sale. The same story about wanting to buy it for his brother who had just graduated top of his class at ANU. Asked for bank details or paypal account. Had a courier organised to take it to N.T. The camper was in Ballarat Victoria. Seemed quite suspicious from the outset , so emailed back with extra photos to make sure he was aware that it wasn't a car. No conversation around that, just thanks for the reply and send details for payment asap. I then googled AWE New Zealand/ kapoo project and was directed to the scamdex site.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2015-10-30 21:35:42
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Arthur brent
Email Address:
   Arthur brent
Exactly the same experience as above. The scam works like this. They contact you, and for some reason are not available topick up goods - of the three I've received, the enquirer was at sea and won't be back for some time. They want the car (in my case a car for sale) immediately for a relative or the like. They say they will pay immediately by direct transfer or paypal or whatever, and they will get a courier/transport company to pick up the car and do the certificates, etc. Then they write and say the courier won't accept a transfer from them, and ask me to make the payment to the courier and they will add it on to the cost of the car. They give bank account details for the courier, which are obviously not a courier company. This is as far as I have got with them as I got so used to the scam it was just so repetitive that I wouldn;t buy into it. My guess is that one unsuspectingly makes the transfer to the courier compny, and once they have the money you never hear from anyone again. I now specify that to buy my car, I will only sell it to people who inspect in person, personally hand me a bank cheque, and pick it up at my address wth no involvment of couriers, etc etc.

Scam Email
Subject: RE: Listing enquiry.
From: arthur.ab.brent@hotmail.com date: Thu, 29 Oct 2015 23:24:11 +0000
:

I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd and we are presently offshore in New Zealand Taranaki Basin on kapo project. We do not have access to phone at the moment,its 15 days off and 15 days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility. Where is it located at the moment?Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don't mind my asking.I am already in talks with the courier that will handle the pick-up and delivery it in NT. 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. Thanks and reply asap Regards Arthur.

Mike   (Randwick, New South Wales, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2013-12-28 09:49:30
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Matt Gramha
Email Address:
   mattgramha@hotmail.com
Telephone:
   N/A
Fax:
   N/A
Gumtree advertisement selling my car. Copy of his email below I did a google search on his name and also his company name

Scam Email
Thanks a lot for the email. Am buying it for my son who just graduated ontop of his class in Autralia national university (ANU) ,he studied Business Law and Professional Ethics Minor and am so proud of him . I want it as a suprise package to appreciate him towards his achievement and to be delivered before my arrival NT as my family lives in NT. I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd 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. Where is it located at the moment?Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don\'t mind my asking.I am already in talks with the that will handle the pick-up and delivery it in NT. 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. Thanks and reply asap...

Erin   (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2013-07-05 06:07:46
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Eva Hattful
Email Address:
   evahattful@outlook.com
Same story as others below - I received a text message from the email address below after advertising my car on carsales.com. See email stream for details.
From: Eva Hattfull (evahattful@outlook.com) Sent: Friday, 5 July 2013 7:41:07 PM To: Erin Thank you for the mail,i am okay with the condition Likewise your asking price is quite reasonable and affordable considering others I've seen lately,Am buying it for my son who just graduated ontop of his class in Autralia national university (ANU) ,he studied Business Law and Professional Ethics Minor and am so proud of him . I want it as a suprise package to appreciate him towards his achievement and to be delivered before my arrival NT as my family lives in NT.
I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd 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. Where is it located at the moment?Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don't mind my asking.I am already in talks with the courier that will handle the pick-up and deliver in NT.
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.
Thanks and reply asap...
From: To: evahattful@outlook.com Subject: VW Golf Enquiry Date: Fri, 5 Jul 2013 19:25:32 +1000
Hi Eva,
Thanks for your enquiry.
By 'present condition' do you mean the cleanliness/state of the car? I had the car cleaned in and out before taking the photos and I've had it parked off-street and covered since then so it looks as it does in the photos.
Regarding the price, I'm willing to negotiate only to a certain point because replacing the timing belt was expensive and you won't have to do this for a very long time.
Let me know if you'd like to see / test drive the car. Feel free to call/text or reply by email.
Kind Regards,

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-04-19 01:47:16
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Geoff Young
Email Address:
   geoff.young00@gmail.com
Wanted to buy our car - We do not have access to phone a the moment, its 21 days off and 10 days on, which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility.Where is it located at the moment? Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don't mind my asking. Please I am buying it for my son who just graduated ontop of his class in Australia national university (ANU). He studiend Business Law and Professional Ethics Minor and am so proud of him. I want it as a surprise package to appreciate him towards his achievement and to be delivered before my arrival NT as my family lives in NT presently. I am already in talks with the courier that will handle the pick-up and delivery after have sorted with the payment.
etc - wanted to put amount for car and courier into our bank account and have us pay for courier. Was going to wire money through Western Union Money transfer. Also quoted Agent's Info as being Yujiao Yue 1055 Dawan Lu, Beijing Zip Code 10027 China

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2012-09-30 00:05:54
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   laurie murphy ?
Email Address:
   laurie.murphy88@gmail.com
Text message re caravan I had for sale, very similar to previous report. Appears to contact seller as soon as ad is posted or modified.

Martin Trewarn   (Jamisontown, New South Wales, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2012-09-13 22:43:44
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Laurie Murphy
Email Address:
   laurie.murphy88@gmail.com
Laurie Murphy sent me a text. i replied by email and this is what he came back with:
Thanks a lot for the email. Am buying it for my son who just graduated ontop of his class in Autralia national university (ANU) ,he studied Business Law and Professional Ethics Minor and am so proud of him . I want it as a suprise package to appreciate him towards his achivement and to be delievred before my arrival NT as my family lives in NT.
I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd 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. Where is it located at the moment?Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don't mind my asking.I am already in talks with the courier that will handle the pick-up and delivery it in NT.
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 apaypal 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. Cheers!!
(I emailed him - trying to get info off him as I was suspicious it was a scammer, amd he came back with this:)
Thanks for the explanation,am ok with your asking price as i dont have much time to be viewing car listing for my son again and i really believe he will enjoy it. Am really satisfied and i also appreciate your honesty about the condition of the car as that is what i really need most as wont be able to come for inspection as am onboard. Happy to inform you that i have now upgraded my paypal account to business merchant account so i can transfer the fund into your nominated account from my paypal account .Please advise me of the details so i can make the transfer and pick up could take place after have sorted with the payment and it clears .
(my email - i got the bank to set up a new account that wasnt linked to anything to see wether he would put money in there or not): Laurie, I have had to set up some new accounts for whatever reason, so when this is finalised, I will let you know the account numbers so we can proceed. Do you have an address of where you live in NT? – where the car will be going? – it will give me an idea of what you will need to pay for getting the car there.
(him again) Am really sorry for the late reply ,it was due to the work load here the car is going to 36 koolpinyah crescent tiwi ,northern territory ,0810,Australia. Please i got a mail from the shipping company now that i will need to pay for the freighting fees before they can schedule pre-shipping/ pickup date,they charged $1,350aud for the pick up and delivey, but the problem is they only accept western union money transfer as form of payment which is sent to their HQ in the UK.
As you are well aware of, I am away at sea and do not have access to western union, most post offices have western union section,will it be ok with you if I add the $1,350aud to the amount I am transferring? and as soon as the money goes through you can help me make the western union transfer of the freighting fees through western union money transfer? You are not obliged to help me, but i will indeed appreciate your help as I am a little incapacitated here. Cheers.
(I replied), knowing it was complete scam, asking him for the contact details of the shipping company and told him that i would get a western union broker to contact him via email so that he could pay the freight direct to the shipping company - i wanted to see what he would do. that was this morning, and he hasnt got back to me.

Martin Trewarn   (Jamisontown, New South Wales, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2012-09-13 22:42:37
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Laurie Murphy
Email Address:
   laurie.murphy88@gmail.com
Laurie Murphy sent me a text. i replied by email and this is what he came back with:
Thanks a lot for the email. Am buying it for my son who just graduated ontop of his class in Autralia national university (ANU) ,he studied Business Law and Professional Ethics Minor and am so proud of him . I want it as a suprise package to appreciate him towards his achivement and to be delievred before my arrival NT as my family lives in NT.
I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd 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. Where is it located at the moment?Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don't mind my asking.I am already in talks with the courier that will handle the pick-up and delivery it in NT.
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 apaypal 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. Cheers!!
(I emailed him - trying to get info off him as I was suspicious it was a scammer, amd he came back with this:)
Thanks for the explanation,am ok with your asking price as i dont have much time to be viewing car listing for my son again and i really believe he will enjoy it. Am really satisfied and i also appreciate your honesty about the condition of the car as that is what i really need most as wont be able to come for inspection as am onboard. Happy to inform you that i have now upgraded my paypal account to business merchant account so i can transfer the fund into your nominated account from my paypal account .Please advise me of the details so i can make the transfer and pick up could take place after have sorted with the payment and it clears .
(my email - i got the bank to set up a new account that wasnt linked to anything to see wether he would put money in there or not): Laurie, I have had to set up some new accounts for whatever reason, so when this is finalised, I will let you know the account numbers so we can proceed. Do you have an address of where you live in NT? – where the car will be going? – it will give me an idea of what you will need to pay for getting the car there.
(him again) Am really sorry for the late reply ,it was due to the work load here the car is going to 36 koolpinyah crescent tiwi ,northern territory ,0810,Australia. Please i got a mail from the shipping company now that i will need to pay for the freighting fees before they can schedule pre-shipping/ pickup date,they charged $1,350aud for the pick up and delivey, but the problem is they only accept western union money transfer as form of payment which is sent to their HQ in the UK.
As you are well aware of, I am away at sea and do not have access to western union, most post offices have western union section,will it be ok with you if I add the $1,350aud to the amount I am transferring? and as soon as the money goes through you can help me make the western union transfer of the freighting fees through western union money transfer? You are not obliged to help me, but i will indeed appreciate your help as I am a little incapacitated here. Cheers.
(I replied), knowing it was complete scam, asking him for the contact details of the shipping company and told him that i would get a western union broker to contact him via email so that he could pay the freight direct to the shipping company - i wanted to see what he would do. that was this morning, and he hasnt got back to me.

Martin Trewarn   (Jamisontown, New South Wales, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2012-09-13 22:41:29
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Laurie Murphy
Email Address:
   laurie.murphy88@gmail.com
Laurie Murphy sent me a text. i replied by email and this is what he came back with:
Thanks a lot for the email. Am buying it for my son who just graduated ontop of his class in Autralia national university (ANU) ,he studied Business Law and Professional Ethics Minor and am so proud of him . I want it as a suprise package to appreciate him towards his achivement and to be delievred before my arrival NT as my family lives in NT.
I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd 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. Where is it located at the moment?Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don't mind my asking.I am already in talks with the courier that will handle the pick-up and delivery it in NT.
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 apaypal 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. Cheers!!
(I emailed him - trying to get info off him as I was suspicious it was a scammer, amd he came back with this:)
Thanks for the explanation,am ok with your asking price as i dont have much time to be viewing car listing for my son again and i really believe he will enjoy it. Am really satisfied and i also appreciate your honesty about the condition of the car as that is what i really need most as wont be able to come for inspection as am onboard. Happy to inform you that i have now upgraded my paypal account to business merchant account so i can transfer the fund into your nominated account from my paypal account .Please advise me of the details so i can make the transfer and pick up could take place after have sorted with the payment and it clears .
(my email - i got the bank to set up a new account that wasnt linked to anything to see wether he would put money in there or not): Laurie, I have had to set up some new accounts for whatever reason, so when this is finalised, I will let you know the account numbers so we can proceed. Do you have an address of where you live in NT? – where the car will be going? – it will give me an idea of what you will need to pay for getting the car there.
(him again) Am really sorry for the late reply ,it was due to the work load here the car is going to 36 koolpinyah crescent tiwi ,northern territory ,0810,Australia. Please i got a mail from the shipping company now that i will need to pay for the freighting fees before they can schedule pre-shipping/ pickup date,they charged $1,350aud for the pick up and delivey, but the problem is they only accept western union money transfer as form of payment which is sent to their HQ in the UK.
As you are well aware of, I am away at sea and do not have access to western union, most post offices have western union section,will it be ok with you if I add the $1,350aud to the amount I am transferring? and as soon as the money goes through you can help me make the western union transfer of the freighting fees through western union money transfer? You are not obliged to help me, but i will indeed appreciate your help as I am a little incapacitated here. Cheers.
(I replied), knowing it was complete scam, asking him for the contact details of the shipping company and told him that i would get a western union broker to contact him via email so that he could pay the freight direct to the shipping company - i wanted to see what he would do. that was this morning, and he hasnt got back to me.

Martin Trewarn   (Jamisontown, New South Wales, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2012-09-13 22:40:21
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Laurie Murphy
Email Address:
   laurie.murphy88@gmail.com
Laurie Murphy sent me a text. i replied by email and this is what he came back with:
Thanks a lot for the email. Am buying it for my son who just graduated ontop of his class in Autralia national university (ANU) ,he studied Business Law and Professional Ethics Minor and am so proud of him . I want it as a suprise package to appreciate him towards his achivement and to be delievred before my arrival NT as my family lives in NT.
I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd 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. Where is it located at the moment?Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don't mind my asking.I am already in talks with the courier that will handle the pick-up and delivery it in NT.
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 apaypal 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. Cheers!!
(I emailed him - trying to get info off him as I was suspicious it was a scammer, amd he came back with this:)
Thanks for the explanation,am ok with your asking price as i dont have much time to be viewing car listing for my son again and i really believe he will enjoy it. Am really satisfied and i also appreciate your honesty about the condition of the car as that is what i really need most as wont be able to come for inspection as am onboard. Happy to inform you that i have now upgraded my paypal account to business merchant account so i can transfer the fund into your nominated account from my paypal account .Please advise me of the details so i can make the transfer and pick up could take place after have sorted with the payment and it clears .
(my email - i got the bank to set up a new account that wasnt linked to anything to see wether he would put money in there or not): Laurie, I have had to set up some new accounts for whatever reason, so when this is finalised, I will let you know the account numbers so we can proceed. Do you have an address of where you live in NT? – where the car will be going? – it will give me an idea of what you will need to pay for getting the car there.
(him again) Am really sorry for the late reply ,it was due to the work load here the car is going to 36 koolpinyah crescent tiwi ,northern territory ,0810,Australia. Please i got a mail from the shipping company now that i will need to pay for the freighting fees before they can schedule pre-shipping/ pickup date,they charged $1,350aud for the pick up and delivey, but the problem is they only accept western union money transfer as form of payment which is sent to their HQ in the UK.
As you are well aware of, I am away at sea and do not have access to western union, most post offices have western union section,will it be ok with you if I add the $1,350aud to the amount I am transferring? and as soon as the money goes through you can help me make the western union transfer of the freighting fees through western union money transfer? You are not obliged to help me, but i will indeed appreciate your help as I am a little incapacitated here. Cheers.
(I replied), knowing it was complete scam, asking him for the contact details of the shipping company and told him that i would get a western union broker to contact him via email so that he could pay the freight direct to the shipping company - i wanted to see what he would do. that was this morning, and he hasnt got back to me.

Lyle   (AU) Added the following extra information on :2012-09-09 08:28:48
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   laurie.murphy88
Email Address:
   laurie.murphy88@gmail.com
This person will send a text message to you asking for return details with short time span. To purchase your car he needs your bank details. Do not send this scammer anything but a jail term.

Lyle Seyfang   (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2012-09-09 07:28:45
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Laurie Murphy88
Email Address:
   laurie.murphy88@gmail.com
Thanks a lot for the email. Am buying it for my son who just graduated ontop of his class in Autralia national university (ANU) ,he studied Business Law and Professional Ethics Minor and am so proud of him . I want it as a suprise package to appreciate him towards his achivement and to be delievred before my arrival NT as my family lives in NT.
I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd 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. Where is it located at the moment?Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don't mind my asking.I am already in talks with the courier that will handle the pick-up and delivery it in NT.
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 apaypal 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. Cheers!!

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