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Peter Gort
Woolwich, New South Wales, Australia
2013-04-08 02:08:16
Classified Ads Scam
Gumtree
Gumtree Classified AddEmail Attached
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Michael Sayers
Email Address:
   michael.sayers.111@gmail.com
I put my caravan up for sale on Gumtree and received an SMS response to my mobile:

Hello, am interested in your caravan advert, Pls is it still available and wahts the firm price, contact me on michal.sayers.111@gmail.com . Thanks.
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I emailed that address with the firm price, and that it was still available. I got this reply.
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Thanks a lot for the email, i really appreciate your response , I am away at sea at the moment, 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 calls 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 father and i want it to be delivered to him in NT before his coming birthday. However,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 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 paypal.com.au and I will make the payment through paypal, this way, all I will need is your paypal email address.

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I responded that I was happy to give him a skype virtual tour of the van, he did not want to do it, just wanted to buy it and ship it to his dad in Darwin. I replied with my Commonwealth Bank account number, NOT my paypal number.

He replied to the message above :
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Thanks for the payment details and am happy to proceed with the payment, however i just 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 delivery, but the problem is they only accept western union money transfer as form of payment which is sent to their HQ in the China.

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.

PS,Please confirm the payment breakdown as i dont want misunderstanding in the payment .
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I replied that since I heard Western Union I immediately thought \"Scam\", and gave him a link to an Australian Freight company that could transport it for him. I also gave him the straight up price of the van and that it wasn\'t going to leave my premises until I had been paid and the funds cleared. Haven\'t heard from him again.
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