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Anonymous
Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia
2013-03-12 23:07:12
Classified Ads Scam
Gumtree
+18 Gumtree - response to a Car Sales ad from West Aquarius Semi- Submersible
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   glenn travers
Email Address:
   maxe49@hotmail.com
I got an immediate response to an ad in Gumtree selling my car, the respondant said he was out of range so I had to respond by Email which I did. HE SAID HE WANTED TO GO AHEAD WITH THE PURCHASE, SIGHT UNSEEN, I said I was reluctant to open a pay pal account and that I was not going ahead with anything other than a traditional transaction to which he responded that he was on the west aquarius semi-submersible off darwin (aust)and wanted to buy the car as a surprise for his cousin and hoped that I could provide a pay pal E mail or bank details so he could have his shipping agent pick up the car. If it looks like a scam and smells like a scam, it\'s probably a scam, DON\'T RESPOND TO THIS PERSON.
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Brent   (AU) Added the following extra information on :2014-12-11 04:44:53
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Brent Von Blanckensee
As above. Selling my bicycle. Exact wording used. Wanted money through western money tranfer for private courier. Scammer fail!

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-05-09 23:35:23
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Donovan Dalton
Email Address:
   dashoff@outlook.com
I advertised my vehicle on Autotrader.ca and received an email from this email account. As you can see he asked about paypal likely for the scam. Thank goodness I searched for "west aquarius semi-submersible" on Google because I didn't know what it was and saw a search result about a scam a couple links down. After reading this post, it looks like I've been hit. Gonna delete the mail. Hope other find this post....
"I really appreciate your quick response,I am indeed very motivated to buy this from you, I am the tool pusher on the west aquarius semi-submersible,contact via phone would have been the easiest means to talk to you, but we are out of cell phone range and the satellite phone is playing up, email is the best means of contact for me at the moment, hope you can accommodate me on this.I am currently in the middle of work duty. Am buying this for my Dad.
Am sorry, I can only make the payment via PayPal because it's very safe and secure for both of us. In case you don't have a paypal account I'll advice you to register for one. I won't be available to come for inspection due to my present location because I'll still be at my work location, but i have a private pick-up person that will contact you in-order to handle the pick-up at any location of your choice once the payment is completed.
I'll like you to tell me the present condition and I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available), since i won't be be able to see this in person also send your paypal email address and so that I can make the payment if you wish to proceed. Await your response asap. Thanks !!
Donovan"

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-04-30 22:56:44
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Dalton
Email Address:
   janebanner@hotmail.com
Same as above. Responded by email that he was on the west Aquarius semi submersible. Car was a gift for his dad and he needed it ASAP. Wanted access to our Paypal Account. Had an agent to come and pick up the car and change registration etc. thanks to your email we are not being scammed!!!

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-04-18 00:23:48
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Richard Dalton
Email Address:
   richard-dalton@outlook.com
I really appreciate your quick response,I am indeed very motivated to buy this from you, I am the tool pusher on the west aquarius semi-submersible,contact via phone would have been the easiest means to talk to you, but we are out of cell phone range and the satellite phone is playing up, email is the best means of contact for me at the moment, hope you can accommodate me on this.I am currently in the middle of work duty. Am buying this for my Dad.
Am sorry, I can only make the payment via PayPal because it's very safe and secure for both of us. In case you don't have a paypal account I'll advice you to register for one. I won't be available to come for inspection due to my present location because I'll still be at my work location, but i have a private pick-up person that will contact you in-order to handle the pick-up at any location of your choice once the payment is completed.
I'll like you to tell me the present condition and photos also send your paypal email address and so that I can make the payment if you wish to proceed. Await your response asap. Thanks !!
Dalton

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-03-06 19:20:04
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   bill gaksin
Email Address:
   billgaksinmonday2013@outlook.com
Responded to ad for my car and was going to by sight unseen, same as other person said. Said he was out of range on a semi submersible.

Scam Email
Subject: RE: Car
From: bill gacksin sent: Thursday, March 06, 2014 4:20 PM

I really appreciate your quick responseand indeed very motivated to purchase from you, I am the tool pusher on the west Aquarius semi-submersible,contact via phone would have been the easiest means to talk to you, but we are out of cell phone range and the satellite phone is playing up, email is the best means of contact for me at the moment and i hope you can accommodate me on this? Firstly I will like to know few things about this sales? What is the reason for selling it? when last was it serviced as well. Am ok with the price and the condition, but work does not permit me to come for the inspection (very busy and currently out of town) and i would have asked my courier agent to come and help me pay in cash,but due to the terms and condition of there services they don\'t help in paying on behalf of someone for security reasons.. I will be paying you through PayPal the safe and easy way to pay online.. Kindly get back to me with your PayPal details(name and email address) so i can proceed with the payment immediately, but If you don\'t have a PayPal account you can easily set up one just log on to (www.paypal.com) and sign up as its very easy.. Note:Please provide your address in your reply so that my shipping agent can locate you when coming for the pick up also will sign the transfer papers and deliver it in my place.I will also like you to remove the Advert online and consider me as your favorite buyer.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-02-22 18:18:27
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Glenn
Email Address:
   glennfar3040@gmail.com
about a week after placing an add on Gumtree for my Jaguar, I received this vague email, but did not respond. Here is the txt: Goodmorning, pls what's the firm price and condition of ur car with Availability to my email on (glennfar3040@gmail.com) thanks Glenn.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-02-21 21:55:40
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Glenn Dawood
Email Address:
   glennfar3040@gmail.com
response to gumtree.com.au car ad placement

Scam Email
Received an email advising interest in purchasing my vehicle listed for sale on gumtree.com.au. i responded asking which vehicle as I have 2 for sale and this is the reply i received (email almost identical to others posted here before me): From: Glenn Dawood [mailto:glennfar3040@gmail.com] Sent: Saturday, 22 February 2014 9:51 AM Subject: Re: I really appreciate your quick response and indeed very motivated to purchase from you, I am the tool pusher on the west Aquarius semi-submersible,contact via phone would have been the easiest means to talk to you, but we are out of cell phone range and the satellite phone is playing up, email is the best means of contact for me at the moment and i hope you can accommodate me on this? Firstly I will like to know few things about this sales? What is the reason for selling it? when last was it serviced as well. Am ok with the price and the condition, but work does not permit me to come for the inspection (very busy and currently out of town) and i would have asked my courier agent to come and help me pay in cash,but due to the terms and condition of there services they don\'t help in paying on behalf of someone for security reasons.. I will be paying you through PayPal the safe and easy way to pay online.. Kindly get back to me with your PayPal details(name and email address) so i can proceed with the payment immediately, but If you don\'t have a PayPal account you can easily set up one just log on to (www.paypal.com) and sign up as its very easy.. Note:Please provide your address in your reply so that my shipping agent can locate you when coming for the pick up also will sign the transfer papers and deliver it in my place.I will also like you to remove the Advert online and consider me as your favorite buyer.

No Name   (Lutz, FL, United States) Added the following extra information on :2014-02-17 20:06:53
 Scammer
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Name:
   Mike Banning
Email Address:
   mikeb_123@outlook.com
Here's the actual email that I received (bad English and everything). It's almost comical:
I really appreciate your quick response,I won't be available to come for inspection due to my present locationat at work duties because I'll still be at my work location.I am indeed very motivated to buy this from you, I am the tool pusher on the west aquarius semi-submersible,contact via phone would have been the easiest means to talk to him, but we are out of cell phone range and the satellite phone is playing up, email is the best means of contact for me at the moment, hope you can accommodate me on this.I'll like you to get back to me with the service details the present condition and photos As for the payment I will process the payment to you now via PayPal the fast and easy way to pay and get paid online, safe and secure for both of us once my money is through into your PayPal account and you cash it out, my Courier Agent will contact you in-order to handle the pick-up and delivery at any location of your choice to My Place if you wish to proceed. Await your response asap.
Thanks

Sara   (Villawood, New South Wales, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2014-02-02 20:34:38
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Sabrina White
Email Address:
   sabbyto@outlook.com
Im assuming i was contacted via Gumtree like the others but the person said they'd seen it on a google application.. yeah right.
i told them to pay by paypal would incurr a cost to them of an extra $100 and they accepted without hesitation, they agreed and said they knew of paypals extra charges and was willing to pay whatever paypal was going to charge me for such a large sum of money.

Scam Email
i received a mobile notification from a number responding to a ad for my car, i replied via hotmail, within about 2 min i received a lengthy email, just like the others and exact email just different person i called them out they even tried to give me personal details. Wow , why will you say this is an automated response. My Name is sabrina White and here are my details : My Person Address: 22 alexandra st booval Queensland 4304 License number: 015 447 810 DOB:21 OCT 1963.. she wanted me to hand over my paypal account and then someone would come. I just emailed them and said i was a responsible seller and would not accept payment until car has been viewed in person. I also attempted to ask them 3 times where did they see my ad and finally replied on my google application ... what a laugh.. It confirmed it for me there and then it was a scam.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-01-22 08:40:57
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Frank waters
Email Address:
   rabbyto@outlook.com
Person wanted to purchase auto sight unseen and the exact same wording used regarding PayPal etc. See previous scam details

No Name   (Campsie, New South Wales, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2013-12-11 04:49:01
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Tana O. Wilson
Email Address:
   tnasec278@live.com
response to gumtree.com.au car ad placement

Scam Email
I really appreciate your quick response and indeed very motivated to purchase from you, I am the tool pusher on the west Aquarius semi-submersible, contact via phone would have been the easiest means to talk to you, but we are out of cell phone range and the satellite phone is playing up, email is the best means of contact for me at the moment and i hope you can accommodate me on this? Firstly I will like to know few things about this sales? What is the reason for selling it? when last was it serviced as well. Am ok with the price and the condition, but work does not permit me to come for the inspection (very busy and currently out of town) and i would have asked my courier agent to come and help me pay in cash,but due to the terms and condition of there services they don\'t help in paying on behalf of someone for security reasons.. I will be paying you through PayPal the safe and easy way to pay online.. Kindly get back to me with your PayPal details(name and email address) so i can proceed with the payment immediately, but If you don\'t have a PayPal account you can easily set up one just log on to (www.paypal.com) and sign up as its very easy.. Note: Please provide your address in your reply so that my shipping agent can locate you when coming for the pick up also will sign the transfer papers and deliver it in my place.I will also like you to remove the Advert online and consider me as your favorite buyer. Tana O. Wilson 9 Moil Crescent Moil NT 0810, Australia Email: tnasec278@live.com

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-12-02 01:02:16
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Yvonne Oscar
Email Address:
   newinsption@gmail.com
Telephone:
   2300-1136
Fax:
   2756-0792
Same details as those above - a very quick response to an ad posted in "all classifieds" for a motorhome first email says Thanks for your swift mail.. I would have loved to come and view it personally and pay cash but, due to nature of my job i will not be able to come for inspection,am a very busy type as i work long hours everyday,i have gone through your Ads include your asking price and i am satisfied with it.:
I have a private courier that will come for the pick up after the payment have been made. My private courier agent will come for the pick up and sign all necessary documents on my behalf after the payment have been made, as they will also be coming with all the information needed..
As for the payment..i will be paying you via the fastest and secure way to pay online(PayPal).
PayPal is my best payment option cos Its reliable and easy to use PayPal. I insisted on PayPal because i don't have access to give my private courier cash also i don't have internet banking or bank cheque, but i can pay from my PayPal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it... You can get the setup registration www.paypal.com.au And i will only need your PayPal email address and name to proceed with the sales... Thanks !!
Yvonne
A few emails later and the following response:
I am indeed very motivated to buy this from you, I am the tool pusher on the west aquarius semi-submersible,contact via phone would have been the easiest means to talk to you, but we are out of cell phone range and the satellite phone is playing up, email is the best means of contact for me at the moment, hope you can accommodate me on this. I can only proceed with the sales via email.
My private courier headquarters Company is in the Hong Kong.. Below is there details:
Here is the Private courier company HQ below:
Name: C&T Courier Service Company
Address: No.26, Harbor Road, City: Wan Chai, State: Wan Chai, Zip Code: 999077, Country: Hong Kong.
Email: ct.service@live.com Website: www.chitatco.com
Tel: 2300-1136 Fax: 2756-0792

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-06-18 02:34:44
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Nathan Wilson
Email Address:
   nathanwait278@outlook.com
Thank goodness I thought to myself, "this all seems too easy"... did a google search on his location, and found details already logged by others.
His first TEXT message read as " Hi am interested in your car. Pls confirm the price and condition to my email address: nathanwait278@outlook.com. Pls no sms bcos I wont be able to read it Nathan"
subsequent emails he suggested he would buy the car UNSEEN, or test driven and wanted to pay with PAYPAL..

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-06-18 02:34:14
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Nathan Wilson
Email Address:
   nathanwait278@outlook.com
Thank goodness I thought to myself, "this all seems too easy"... did a google search on his location, and found details already logged by others.
His first TEXT message read as " Hi am interested in your car. Pls confirm the price and condition to my email address: nathanwait278@outlook.com. Pls no sms bcos I wont be able to read it Nathan"
subsequent emails he suggested he would buy the car UNSEEN, or test driven and wanted to pay with PAYPAL..

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-06-04 20:17:14
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Nathan Wilson
Email Address:
   nathanforseen278@hotmail.com
He responded very quick to an add in Gumtree saying. I will like to know a firm price and condition of the car and please email me.
I then responded with some other questions and he then responded as per below:
I really appreciate your quick response,I am indeed very motivated to buy this from you, I am the tool pusher on the west aquarius semi-submersible,contact via phone would have been the easiest means to talk to you, but we are out of cell phone range and the satellite phone is playing up, email is the best means of contact for me at the moment, hope you can accommodate me on this?
THEN i ask where did he see the advert for my car, and still have not had a response. Lucky i am in the motor trade and new a quick response very late at night and asking some dumb question was a bit fishy.

Scam Email
nathanforseen278@hotmail.com

Marty   (Preston, Victoria, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2013-04-14 06:45:10
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Fescab@hotmail.com
Scam Website:
   gumtree
This is the SMS I received, didn't respond did google search on the email address. Hi, am interested in your car.Pls confirm the price & availability to my email address: fescab@hotmail.com. pls no sms bcos I wont b able to read it.Matt

Scam Email
No damage done, he sent an SMS shy couldn\'t he receive them? Very quick response.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-04-14 00:02:20
 Scammer
  Information
Email Address:
   fescab@hotmail.com
posted my car on gumtree got immediate response. he/she wanted my pay pal address to pay but has not even seen the car. Apparently a shipping company would pick up my car. yer I say scam. do not believe this person after 2 email's you can tell its a scam.

Scam Email
fescab@hotmail.com

James Clarke   (Helena Valley, Western Australia, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2013-04-13 06:31:16
 Scammer
  Information
Email Address:
   fescab@hotmail.com
Telephone:
   0409793748
Advertised a car for sale on Gumtree. Got a text from this number asking to the price (which I had put in my ad) and availability. (Wouldn't someone putting up a for sale ad indicate that the car is available now??) Text went on to say to email only as he can not receive sms's. Clearly a scam.

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