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Lemon Tree Passage, New South Wales, Australia
2014-01-13 18:40:56
Classified Ads Scam
Scam re car purchasing on Gumtree 
Steve Brenda
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I advertised a car on Gumtree. Very soon afterwards I received a text message to my phone: \"I\'m interested in your gumtree car Ad. how much are you willing to sell it get back to me only at (\". I sent a message outlining the minimum price I was willing to take, and also a higher price that I had advertised the car for some weeks ago. I then received a return email: \"Thanks for getting back,i\'m cool with the price likewise the condition
as described on the advert,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 and that\'s why
I contacted you with internet messaging facility.Regarding the
payment,i will be paying you through PayPal linked up with my westpac
bank account,please get back to me with your paypal details so i can
process the payment,you can alternatively send your bsb acct name and
number if you have no PayPal acct.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

I then sent details for banks deposit, and received email: \"Ok mate,i will let you know once i have made the payment and will also
contact my pick up agent. He will be signing the paper work on my behalf.
And please take the advert off the internet that will give me more
assurance that you really want to sell the it for me.\"

I then took the ad off the web and let \"Steve\" know. I then received the email: I was just about to pay when i had this problem with the pick up, my pick
up agent says i will need to pay for the pick up before they can schedule a
pick up time, they charged me $950 for pick up and delivery, and payments
for pick up made through them is made to their corporate international
headquarters which is in the China and the payments is made through western
union money transfer, i will add the $950 to the money i will send through
paypal as soon as i have made the payments, i will email you and let you
know and please i will need you to help me send the money to my pick up
agent Hq in the China through western union money transfer, this can be
done from any post office ,there is always western union money transfer
section in most post offices(you can do it online as well at, i would have done it myself but as i am at sea
and didnt bring my credit card aboard, i am a little incapacitated.I will
appreciate your help here\"

I then received the following email (with title \"PayPal Bank Wire Transfer Payment Received From Steve Brenda\")from \"; on behalf of; []\": \"This payment has been deducted from the buyer\'s account and has been \" APPROVED\" but will not be credited into your bank account until the MTCN is sent to us for verification which is due to important random security measure that we do carry out on payments to ensure safety. As mentioned in the receipt of Payment and as per our new PayPal Payment policy, we have fully debited the total amount (above) from the buyer\'s account which includes the Transport/Delivery Charges.

In order to complete this transaction and get the funds approved in your account. We advice you go to nearest Western Union Money Transfer location and send the pick up fee of $950.00 AUD to the buyer\'s Transport Agent and send us the Western Union Transaction details by replying directly to this email and you will a \"CONFIRMATION E-mail\" from PayPal® Service informing you that your account has been credited with $4,750.00 AUD as soon as the above information\'s has been received and Verified by us.

Please, find below the name and address of the Transport Agent where the $950.00 AUD should be sent via Western Union

Name: Wenjie Liu
Address: 29 ding fu jia yuan.
State: Beijing.
Zip Code: 100024
Country: China. \"

This was followed one minute later by the email (titled \"Payment Confirmation\" from same sender address: \"Dear Julian Rote, We hereby want to assure you once again that the total sum of $4,750.00AUD, will be credited into your Greater Building Society Ltd account as soon as you provide us with the complete details of the western union money transfer used to send the additional fund of $950.00AUD meant for the item pick up to the buyer\'s pick up agent. We also want you to know that your money has already been deducted from the buyer\'s account and it cannot be returned back to him which means that it is secure with us but has been put on hold and will not be credited into your Greater Building Society Ltd account until we receive the necessary details from you. The western union money transfer information\'s needed are the MTCN and the sender\'s name and address used to send the money. This information\'s will be given to you by western union after the money transfer has been done. The western union transfer can be done at western union section at your post office.

We are sorry for any inconveniences this might have caused and we want you to know that the total sum of $4,750.00AUD is ready and available to be credited into your Greater Building Society Ltd account as soon as the necessary step is taken by you.\"

At this point, obviously, I baulked, researched the scam, and ended communication.

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