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Ripe, East Sussex, United Kingdom
2014-01-28 04:57:11
Classified Ads Scam
Gumtree car ad scam -Petrofac offshore worker 
Mike Riley
Email Address:
Me: Hi

Yes, Paul here and still undecided about the car. I was wondering a few things…

Is the V5C in your names and address?
How long have you had the car?
Does it have the Bluetooth function?
Is the CD player MP3?
Are the tyres OK tread?

Scmmer replies (within a couple of mins):
Thank you for your email.I tried to call you but I live in a bad signal area and i can\'t reach you. The car is in perfect working condition, very well maintained with no issues. Never been involved in accidents. It comes with full service history backed up by receipts and invoices and all the documents including the V5 on my name. I have the car for 4 years. The car has Bluetooth function , MP3 CD player. The car is HPI clear and will come with new MOT & TAX. Current location of the car is Aberdeen, AB11 6XP. I have moved here with my job. The asking price is £8700 for a fast sale. £150 extra will be the delivery fees.

P.S. I have many people interested in this car. First decided, first served.

Mike Riley
Home Address: Aberdeen, AB11 6XP
Working: Electrician for Petrofac located on Rowan Gorilla platform (North Sea oil fields)


Sorry mate, I’m a face to face cash only buyer. Your idea with ebay sounds great but too much like hassle for me to go through.

Good luck with the sale, I’ll move on.



From: mike riley []
Sent: 27 January 2014 21:18
To: info
Subject: Re: SL

I know already that if we will meet in person, will be the simplest way to complete the deal but I\'m working on Rowan Gorilla platform (North Sea oil fields) as i told you in my last email so the car will be delivered only. While I was searching for the most convenient way to deliver the vehicle I was advised by my supervisor to use the purchase protection program recommended by eBay. Then I searched and found that eBay acquired Gumtree long time ago and together are guided by the same Protection Policy. So I applied to be part of this program, and and after checks on ID documents and vehicle\'s documents , I was approved to use eBay\'s Purchase Program. The whole procedure will be managed by eBay for several reasons: buyer and seller protection , fast and safe transaction and under eBay & Gumtree policy. Since I can not leave the platform for the sale and eBay has given me the opportunity to be third part of the transaction and being in charge of everything. You will complete the payment to eBay as soon as i register the transaction with them and the car will be at your address in 24h. You will get 2 days period inspection so in case that you will refuse to keep the car a full refund will be sent to your account, but i can assure you that the car is in great condition so you will keep it.


Mike Riley
Home Address: Aberdeen, AB11 6XP
Working: Electrician for Petrofac located on Rowan Gorilla platform (North Sea oil fields)


Finally sent scammer this Email, no more info from him!


Call it how you like, read this:

I won’t be using ebay for this deal, no matter how you cut it, sorry.


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