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Lonsdale, South Australia, Australia
2014-12-16 03:19:40
Classified Ads Scam
+1 Another Gumtree/Paypal Scam 
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I placed an add on Gumtree at 9pm and by 8.30am had a txt message which said it was from gumtree saying:
"Jason will like to know if your listed Ad is still on for sale if yes kindly get back to him on with the latest ONO"

I assumed something was wrong with the bad grammar but thought I'll respond and see where it goes.

So I sent to his email with "Still for sale, Make me an offer, Cash Only, Thanks"

The response was what I expected:

Date: 16 December 2014 4:14:32 pm ACDT
Subject: Re: 1989 hiace van
From: Michael Jason

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 .


I always do a google search of any email address when selling things through Gumtree and this address did not show up on any scam sites. Hopefully this helps others to not fall for a scam from this person in the future.

This is obviously another Paypal scam.

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No Name   (The Bronx, NY, United States) Added the following extra information on :2015-05-09 10:03:47
barbara espinal
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I was on and responded to an ad by a woman named Barbara espinal who was looking for someone to take care of her disabled sister 3x a week 3 hours a day for $500. I decided to Google the allegedly realty company expo headquarter trans realty company and saw this was scamming and fraud. Unfortunately I had given my info to this person but I am not going to cash the check I'm taking it to the police. Hopefully no one else gets scammed by these type of people.

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