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Anonymous
AU
2013-01-08 04:31:26
Overpayment Scam
Gumtree
Gumtree iPad scam
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Mariam Bryan
Email Address:
   mariambyran22@hotmail.com
Received an email from mariambryan22@hotmail.com with enquiry as to firm price for iPad listed on Gumtree.

Replied saying they would pay the listed price (even after I had offered to sell for lower price), and to forward PayPal details and additional photos. Also said they would make payment immediately (before emails could be sent) and that when I received payment confirmation to forward details for their pick-agent to arrange pick up.

Received following email regarding payment (in addition to 3 poorly disguised fake emails from \"PayPal\"):

I just want to inform you that i have just completed the payment and i hope you must have been notified in your email about the payment i made through PayPal, you can check your e-mail box or junk folder for confirmation of payment, I have just made the payment of $770, i have decided to add the amount of $300 which i paid through PayPal , So please i will like you to help me wire the sum of $250 to my pickup agent via western union so he can be able to come for the pick up and also PayPal said they won\'t release the funds until they get the western union information from you due to the fact that i emailed them about the excess payment i made.i will need you to send the $250 to my pick up agent Headquarters where they normally confirm any commission payment to via western union money transfer( this can be done from the post office,Bank or online at (www.westernunion.com) as they usually have a western union agent there), i added extra $50 to cover the western union charges which shouldn\'t be more that $20-$30 but just to be sure i added $50,and that is why i sent $770 Here is my pick up agent

Headquarter info needed to get the money sent through western union money transfer:

Name: Odunayo Samson
Address: No 80 oke sokori street abk,
State: Ogun state
City: Abeokuta
Country: Nigeria
Zip Code: 234039

please get the necessary details sent to PayPal (Money Transfer Control Number) MTCN and senders name and address used to send the $250 so that they can release the whole fund into your account. Please get back to me with the pick up address...

Cheers.

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