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Somewhere in Australia
2013-07-31 20:30:06
Classified Ads Scam
+1 Gumtree furniture sale 
Patrick Mitchell James
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Scammer replied to gumtree advert for furniture. He replied saying he wanted to buy the whole lot of furniture for his son who had recently finished university. He said he would arrange a removals company to come and pick up the furniture. He made a PayPal money transfer to our account, but it included a clause that we had to free up money to pay the removals company before PayPal would release the funds. This caused our suspicion and I googled his name, coming across similar scams on this site.

Here is a snippet of his final email .......

\"I have just made the payments now and i also requested that Paypal should send a payment notification message to your inbox here and i expect Paypal to have emailed by now,please check your spam/junk folder as I sometimes get Paypal notification there,I sent $3,000 AUD in all, Paypal said they would be holding the funds and it won\'t be credited into your account because of the excess payments of $1,050 AUD i added meant for pick up and delivery, they said they have emailed you to this effect, you will need to send the $950 AUD to the freighting company headquarters in China via western union money transfer at the post office or online at,so that Paypal can credit the $3,000 AUD into your account immediately as soon as you have emailed the western union details to them, i added extra $100 AUD to cover the western union charges which shouldn\'t be more that $60-80 AUD but just to be sure i added $100 AUD , Here is the pick up agent info needed to get the money sent through western union money transfer:

Name: Caiyun Liu
Address:27 Liangmaqiao Rd,Chaoyang District
City: Beijing
State: Beijing
Zip Code: 100050
Country: China

I will need the full address of where it will be picked up now,as my pick up agent will contact you to book a pick up time after they have received payments but they will have to book a time that is convenient for you.
NB:The fastest way to get it done is by your VISA or MASTER CARD online at
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Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-09-12 00:05:21
Name Unknown
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Scammer tried to buy from me on Gumtree. Is word for word the exact same scam scenario as

Scam Email
Thanks for the response,I would have loved to call you directly but due to the nature of my work we do not have access to phone at the moment,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility. I am buying this for my first son who just graduated on top of his class at Charles Darwin University in NT ,He studied Building Design & Architecture. I want it to be the perfect graduation gift for him and am making it a surprise package ,Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don\'t mind my asking. I don\'t mind adding an extra $300.00 for you just to take down the posting..I am already in talks with freighters that will handle the pickup and delivery .I will really appreciate if you can email more info Due to the nature of my work i am a very busy man working all day,am a sailor am presently on-board, i don\'t have access to my bank account online as am not with my credit card details here but i have my ANZ bank account link up with my PayPal account so I will be paying you through PayPal to your nominated bank account or better still is if you have a PayPal account ,please get back to me with your BSB and account details or PayPal account so i can proceed with the payment and contact the courier agent who will come to pick it up and deliver it in NT for my son .Await your reply . Regards,

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