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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
2014-05-15 06:45:55
Classified Ads Scam
Gumtree buyer pretending to be working on an oilrig (petroleum engineer)   
Agusta Du Plessis
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The scammer posed as a buyer who was responding to some goods I have for sale on Gumtree. The first e-mail was short and innocuous:
Do you still have your item for sale? am interested in it and what is your last asking price, please email me back.
Thanks\" (
After I responded saying the goods were still available, I received the following email:
\"Hello ,
Thanks for the email am ok with the price of 4000 , am buying this for a friend , I am a petroleum engineer currently on a oil rig offshore i really want this to be a surprise to my friend, so I just let him know nothing about it until it is delivered to him, I \'m sure he\'ll be more than happy with it.I can only pay you with PayPal here , I\'ll need you to give me your paypal account if you have one and please if you do not have paypal account , it\'s very easy to set up , go to and get it set up , after you have set it up , I \'ll just need the email address you used to register with PayPal in order for me to make the payment and you can recieve the alert that you have been paid.tell me more about the advertising price is okay note well : Pick agent will come for the inspection and to pick it up as soon as I have make the payment to you , I would love to talk to you on phone , but I\'m a petroleum engineer I work mainly offshore , our phone is down on the rig now because of the bad weather , we can only communicate with our base station for now.
Thank you.\"
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