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Anonymous
Wayville, South Australia, Australia
2013-04-07 06:10:33
Classified Ads Scam
Gumtree
+3 PayPal purchase of car on gumtree
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Kim Lucas
Email Address:
   kimlucas2013@yahoo.com
I was selling my car on gumtree. First I got an text message saying \"is your Ad still available for sale,easier to contact me on kimlucas2013@yahoo.com. What\'s the condition and firm price\". I emailed the condition and price and got this response...\"...buying it for my vacation,because I\'ll be coming soon from our rig as am a petroleum engineer on a rig offshore,I won\'t be able to come for the inspection...I would love to call in person but our satellite server has been down which restricts our calls.i will be paying through PayPal,pls get back to me with your PalPal details so I can proceed with the payment and contact the courier agent who will pick it up and deliver it in my place...\" The email continued like this. I then googled the email address and found this website, which detailed similar scams in which the buyer emails with some problem of paying the courier and say they will pay you the money for the courier (cos they can\'t pay directly being on a rig) and ask you to pay the courier through western union. Apparently you then get a request from PayPal saying you must pay for the transfer of the money for the courier thru western union before they will release the money for the item. But clearly if you transfer the courier money (out of your own pocket) you will never get the money from the sale. See other posts on this website with similar scams. So glad I checked this website!
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Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-04-27 19:51:31
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Simon Gibbins
Email Address:
   gibbinssimon569@gmail.com
Nearly got scammed by this guy but thought to check on web and found this page with details of his scam. I got emails saying he was interested send PayPal or bank account details and he'll send a courier to pick up the car. That's when I found this site...

Scam Email
Gumtree

Kate   (Paralowie, South Australia, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2013-04-14 05:25:56
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Kim Lucas
Email Address:
   kimlucas01@ymail.com
I was trying to sell my car on Gumtree Australia and recieved a text message from someone called Kim Lucas (or so they said) with an email address of kimlucas01@ymail.com. I emailed him as I thought he was interested and received this email in return: "Thanks for mailing back,am ok with the price and the condition,am buying it for my vacation,because i'll be coming soon from our rig as am a petroleum engineer on a rig offshore,i won't be able to come for the inspection due to the nature of my work,i would have love to call in person but our satellite server has been down which restrict our calls.i will be paying you through PayPal,pls get back to me with your PayPal details 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.I am okay with the pictures ,what's the PayPal email to send funds to in order for me to pay you ASAP,And if you don't have a paypal account, it is very easy to set up, go to www.paypal.com.au and get it set up or you send me your BSB and account number so i can pay you from my paypal merchant account" At the same time I also recieved a text message from another person calling themselves Simon Gibbins with the email gibbinssimon569@gmail.com. I emailed them and received an email with similar details and that was when I realised it was a bit suspicious and looked them up and found this website.

Scam Email
trying to sell a car on gumtree

Kate   (Paralowie, South Australia, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2013-04-14 05:19:47
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Simon Gibbins
Email Address:
   gibbinssimon569@gmail.com
I was trying to sell my car on Gumtree Australia and recieved a text message from someone called Simon Gibbins (or so they said) with an email address of gibbinssimon569@gmail.com. I emailed him as I thought he was interested and received this email in return: "Thanks for mailing back,am ok with the price and the condition,i work with New Zealand Oil and Gas (NZOG) and we are presently offshore in New Zealand Taranaki Basin on kupe project.We do not have access to phone at the moment,its 15days off and 15days on and that's why I contacted you with internet messaging facility.Regarding the payment,i will be paying you through PayPal,please get back to me with your paypal details so i can process the payment,you can alternatively send your bsb and account number if you have no PayPal account.I have also contacted my courier who will come for pick up and deliver it to my place in Darwin after the whole fund has been cleared into your account.
Await your reply."
At the same time I also recieved a text message from another person calling themselves Kim Lucas with the email kimlucas01@ymail.com. I emailed them and received an email with similar details and that was when I realised it was a bit suspicious and looked them up and found this website.

Scam Email
I was trying to sell a car on Gumtree Australia. The person said they could not call because they had no access to phones and have organised a courier. If they didn\'t have access to phone, how did they have access to emails?

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