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Geraldton, Ontario, Canada
2014-02-25 22:48:16
Classified Ads Scam
+2 kijiji paypal scam   
Briget Hodgson
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This person replied to an add I had on kijiji to sell my car for 1700$. He stated he was out of town and could only pay via paypal. Then I received what really looked like a legit email from paypal stating I had 2400$ credited to my account ,1600$ for the car,100$ to cover paypal fees and 700$ for me to pay shipping.Here are one of the emails I receiced:
\"As per the Paypal email. You are required to pay the $700 to the shipping agent thru Money Gram from your own pocket and then send the Money Gram information to PayPal for verification because the Extra money which you are to send from your pocket have been deducted from my Account to be created in your Account once you send the money . It an Additional payment since i cant send it to my shipping company myself due to my Job situation i hope you understand me so you don\'t have anything to loose as i have made it an additional payment into your account . Once they receive the Money Gram from you, the total amount would be released into your account. So you should go ahead with sending the payment asap and then send the Money Gram to Paypal Customer Cares for proper verification, so that you can get your money and we can finalize this transaction ..i believe you understand this better now money will only reflect in your account until you reply back to the confirmation email you received from Paypal by sending the Information\'s Required for the $700 that is to be send to my pick up agent so that they can come for the pick up for me.moreover if you have gone through the email you received from PayPal very well regarding the payment i made,you must have been notified about all this so i hope you understand and go ahead and send the $700 then get back to PayPal with the Money Gram information\'s so that they will release the whole fund into your account without no delays as its have been deducted from my account. I hope you understand me and I will be waiting back to here from you once you get things done and completed at your end\"

I also received a email with a similar story.this person also stated they were out of town and wanted to pay through paypal said his name was Chris West a
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Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2015-11-12 15:49:45
John Moore or John Lomas or Mary&John Moore
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This guy is at it again. Selling my car on Kijiji, and this is where we got to after I said cash only;
"Sound great its is in a good condition. I feel comfortable this way as I am a very simple person and understanding. Not that i dont like to pay you through the way you want but I insisted on paypal because i don't have access to my bank account online as i don't have internet banking and i can't go to the bank due to the nature of my job, but i can pay from my paypal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it, i will need you to give me your paypal email address so i can make the payments asap for the item and pls if you don't have paypal account yet, it is very easy to set up, go to and get it set up after you have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you use for registration with paypal so as to put the money through. I hope you understand me and I will be glad if you sell this to me and get a PayPal Account Set up so i can make payment straight away into it , Thanks so much and I will be waiting to hear back"

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2015-08-26 06:20:49
Matthew Joseph Seamen
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Selling my used Mercedes SUV online through Kijiji. Man delivers text with interest to purchase. Man asks questions about vehicle via email: " I want to know few things about this,like, 1. What’s the condition ? 2. Why are you selling ? 3. what year is it serviced last.4.How long have you owned it? Email me back with your PayPal email and also your Full name, PayPal fee will be my responsibility and i will take it for $12,000 including the PayPal surcharges..Pick Up will be arranged by me.I will be waiting to read from you. Cliff"
I respond to email Man responds interest within 2 minutes of receiving email: "Thank you for your anticipated co-operation as I got the payment details and make sure you End the item listing immediately now,I will be sending the payment with my paypal account soon"
Red flag as man has not seen, drive tested vehicle and wanted immediate purchase. I respond with PayPal payment info with caution. Man responds payment: "Hello I have just completed the Payment....Did you receive the Payment notification from Pay Pal...If not check your spam or junk mail and confirm the Payment and if you have any question you can reply to the payment notification paypal sent to you. I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks"
I respond with receiving email about "receiving fund". (Still no payment or activity on my Paypal account. Getting more suspicious.) Man responds: "Okay...Kindly email me as soon as you get the fund sent. I will be hoping to read back from you. Thanks Cliff"
I go to nearest Money Gram location. I notify teller of "receiving payment". I did not tell her I was to send money $1500 first as I was already suspicious. Reference number incorrect. She informs me it's a scam and not to proceed. I notify "buyer" that I'm contacting police. Went straight to Police Department and was told that several reports of sameness via Kijiji "buyers". Police informs me others have lost their money and felt shameful about reporting loss. Especially targets the naive (elderly, inexperienced, innocent good-hearted people).
Suspicions started when buyer did not want to test car, will pick up himself later, has (805) number traced to California, address in Colorado, currently in Toronto, replies via Enail and not through telephone at all, empty coversation. Red Flags were up. Man did not respond.

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