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Mount Cotton, Queensland, Australia
2013-07-02 07:11:02
Classified Ads Scam
Gumtree - pay for transport of item via Western Union and then receive payment through PayPal 
Eva Hattfull
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Received text message asking to e-mail as it\'s easier. Then received this e-mail -

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 has just graduated from Charles Darwin University NT. I\'ll have it for the listed price,please kindly send me your BANK details or pay pal payment email to set up purchase,as i don\'t have access to my bank account online as am not with my credit card details here on our mine site but i have my ANZ bank account linked up with my PayPal account so I will be paying you through PayPal to your nominated bank account.i would have love to call in person but we have strict no phone policy due to bad weather condition and i won\'t be able to come for the inspection due to the nature of my work 4weeks on 1week off,i will arrange for pick up and delivery by my pickup agent after the cleared payment to your account.

Then they sent through an e-mail about her \'agent\' not being able to collect the bike and could we send it for her and she\'ll pay an extra $950 through PayPal (mind you, she was wanting to pay $950 to transport a $1000 bike). We kept agreeing to see where the scam was going and then received an e-mail from a fake PayPal address, with terrible English and big warnings not to contact PayPal direct because they wouldn\'t know about it in other departments and only to reply to that one e-mail from them. Apparently there was $2050 on hold (to protect the buyer & seller) and as soon as we wired $950 to China via Western Union (the head off for the transport company), they would then give us our $2050.
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