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Wentworth Falls, New South Wales, Australia
2015-08-13 19:53:01
Auction/eBay Scam
+7 Gumtree purchase scan   
Email Address: sends me a text and asks me to email them details about a dress. They send back that they are unable to pick it up "due to the nature of my work,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". They say they will pay via PayPal and they don't have any credit card details on them, and to send my account details or PayPal email but will ONLY let me send it after I receive all the money.

Then they say they are having issues with the courier and want me to take the ad down immediately and will deposit the full amount when they are done organising with the courier.

Then the shipper agent apparently needs $500 upfront (???) so they will add $550 on to the amount they're sending me so I can please organise the pick up, etc but they can't do it for some reason.

Next morning they send that the full amount has been sent to my account and to check my junk mail for emails from PayPal. In my junk mail are three emails looking VERY suspicious from "" but that's only their name, the real address is "". After a quick google, I've found somebody else on this site has found this scam too.

Essentially they wanted me to pay $550 using my visa or mastercard via Western Union to
Name : CHEN
Surname : HE
Address : 10 ding fu jia yuan
City: Beijing
State : Beijing
Zip Code: 100024
Country : China.

Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Baz86   (Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom) Added the following extra information on :2018-06-10 07:34:11
Deborah Wilson
Be wary selling items on gumtree, I had 2 within half an hour trying for a phone supposedly sending money via paypal but 'paypal' email also includes a secondary email

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2018-01-02 08:05:30
Rene Martinez
Email Address:
And again, different name and email address, same story. Initial contact via text, then an email asking for my best asking price. Then this email (note the signature quote!):
<< Hi ...
Thanks for your response and I totally understand. ... is really a good price and I will take it. Having checked the advert once again, I am okay with the details except there's something I need to know that was omitted from the ad. Asides that, I want you to consider this a deal as I am willing to pay your full asking price! I am actually buying it on behalf of a relative who is in need of it.
Unfortunately, I would not be able to come personally to collect but would send my courier agent to collect after you have fully received your money as I work offshore so I don't have time at all, but like I stated above, I am 100% OK with the advert.
However, I will pay you via PayPal right-away if you are ready to receive payment and will send my courier agent for pick-up after you have received your money as that is the only means of payment available to me at the moment. I would also appreciate if you could remove the advert asap.
If that's OK with you please get back to me with a suitable collection time so we can commence with payment process without any further delay.
Best, Rene Martinez
"Luke 6:31 - Do to others as you would have them do to you" >>
Next one:
<< Hi ...
I did not suggest any information was omitted. I only asked so as just to be sure. Please send me your PayPal email and names so payment can be made without delay.
Best, Rene Martinez
"Luke 6:31 - Do to others as you would have them do to you" >>

Scam Email
Subject: Re: 2006 Toyota RAV4 black, chrome bullbar & tinted windows
From: Rene Martinez return-path:
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received: by with HTTP; Tue, 2 Jan 2018 02:05:43 -0800 (PST)
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Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2017-12-28 05:02:10
Jessica Rivera
Email Address:
Same text, different name. Introductory email "Is your item available for sale ?" and then the same as reported above:
"Good, I am ready to buy it now as a gift for my friend and I would like to pay your asking price to finalize offered and for you to keep off from all other offer and consider it sold to me alone as i am serious with the purchase. I would have love to come for the inspection and make the transaction done in person but due to the nature of my work i couldn't make it because i do have a contract to go for and am leaving any moment., i am only buying based on faith and trust and i hope i won't be disappointed.
Do bear with me and understand that face to face deal is the most but due to the nature of my work..
(1) How long have you had it?
(2) I will like to know the reason why you are selling it..
(3) Hope i'll enjoy it?
(4) What are the major problem of it?
I'll have to arrange for a pickup agent( Shipper ) who will be coming to pick it up as soon as the payment is made and I'll Like to pay you via PayPal and do you have a PayPal account so I can make the payment of the funds or if you don't have one, you can set up at it's fast and easy to set up, once you are done with the registration just get back to me with the email you use to set up so as to proceed on with the payment okay?
Get back to me with the details below :
Full Name: PayPal Email: Firm price:
Thanks for your understanding"

Scam Email
Return-Path: Delivered-To: <...> Received: from by with LMTP id wJ+nDAK/RFqwxQcA4Wg8kA for <...>; Thu, 28 Dec 2017 10:53:06 +0100 Return-path: Envelope-to: <...> Delivery-date: Thu, 28 Dec 2017 10:53:06 +0100 Received: from ([]:45147 by with esmtps (TLSv1.2:ECDHE-RSA-AES256-SHA384:256) (Exim 4.89_1) (envelope-from ) id 1eUUs5-002KIg-O7 for <...>; Thu, 28 Dec 2017 10:53:06 +0100 DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed;; s=selector1; h=From:Date:Subject:Message-ID:Content-Type:MIME-Version; bh=WpV9/UxOkQVT8G1eRr2gGkucKpKQe+2+GkpNvpQa38w=; b=RUVxJRDqaRWUsx7Wxzwy9mG6z3uwT/gyRqGTuNIHvZp/n7In0o+f0bQECDYY6ioZCWP3ePBD0Rdf291oVUNQ8YHjr5dWnJqSbROwkeF39xFJR4U0841mnmWme4PemOtWQW5us4MpPwU8lzuLLTIB/hzd3GXAe1skRSAh92an1Zmb4Bf1AFTMO3fvzSDnszKhrjuOSzdBYwc7mDh+jwu18Ag7Kka4x4S4FjuX798mxvFU7wiA1JTh1Hq3Fr0A87NTV20ClU6PE9TVlZctU8vPigWOWnEyzixefRUhWSqLXZPBlE4b0psY5micvQijDTpTz2vl/URZyMFYDfMi9/2LdA== Received: from ( by ( with Microsoft SMTP Server (version=TLS1_2, cipher=TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384_P384) id 15.20.345.12; Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:52:22 +0000 Received: from ( by ( with Microsoft SMTP Server (version=TLS1_2, cipher=TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256_P256) id 15.20.345.12 via Frontend Transport; Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:52:22 +0000 Received: from ([]) by ([]) with mapi id 15.20.0345.017; Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:52:22 +0000

mr cheeky   (Rochester, Medway, United Kingdom) Added the following extra information on :2017-09-13 06:37:01
Email Address:
As other people have found, this is a "guaranteed" offer (sent by text) to buy Gumtree-listed items. I was asked what my final asking price was. As the number is terrestrial, it can be blocked, so block it! It's a scam - AVOID!!

Jack   (Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom) Added the following extra information on :2016-04-29 19:15:42
Mike Deann
Email Address:
Exactly the same scam as Ref.23863 except I was selling my boat for 9,000 pounds (GBP). The scammer, this time calling himself Mike Deann (or Mike Dean) using the email sent me a fake PayPal email saying he had sent me an extra 550 GBP and asked me to send 500 of it to his so-called agent in France. He claimed he couldn't do it himself as he was in a wheelchair. If I ever catch up with him he will be in a wheelchair!!!
The address he gave me for the 'agent' was : Ray Jordan 24 Rue des Dames 75017 Paris France
Luckily for me. I was not born yesterday but wonder how many people he has conned money out of.

No Name   (Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom) Added the following extra information on :2016-03-07 04:21:47
Email Address:
Scam Website:
Avoid Avoid Avoid Do not deal with this email address, they state they will buy all you items on any site and then get you to mail £400 to an address in France for a courier to continue the sale.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2016-01-31 15:23:16
Michelle Tony
Email Address:
On 31 Jan 2016 12:21, "michelle tony" wrote: Great! please consider it sold and cancel every other appointment regarding it, I am buying it for my son who is moving to a new house and I am read to pay your full asking price, I have read through the advert and I'm totally satisfied with it and I will be glad if you can get back to me with some pics if available, sadly I won't be able to come for the inspection and pick up due to my disabilities, I loss my hearing and being on a wheelchair but I have a courier agent that will help me to pick it up at your preferred location. Regarding the payment I can only pay via PayPal at the moment and I will be responsible for all the PayPal fee/charges on this transaction kindly get back to me with your PayPal email and the pick up location so that I can inform the courier agent about it now? Awaiting your reply soon...

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2015-11-23 10:31:13
Michelle Tony
Email Address:
You have received a PayPal payment of £420.00 GBP sent from Michelle Tony. Transaction ID: 72W56358RF799193C Status : Pending 98% complete Courier Company Awaiting Payment. Description Quantity Unit Price Amount 1 £120.00 GBP £120.00 GBP Goods On Gumtree Shipping/handling £260.00 GBP Money Gram Charges £40.00 GBP Total £420.00 GBP Note from buyer Payment has been completed. Email me once you receive the payment notification from PayPal. PayPal Policy
The total sum of £420.00 GBP has been deducted from the buyer's account and has been "APPROVED" but it will not be credited into your account (for security purpose) until you send the requested sum of £260.00 GBP for the PICK UP FEE via Money Gram Transfer.
See below for the information on how to send the funds via Money Gram.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Information On How To Complete Your Transaction As mentioned in the payment receipt and as per the new PayPal payment policy, we have fully deducted the total sum of £420.00 GBP from the buyer's account and it cannot be refunded to her due to the terms and conditions for this transaction. Your money is safe and secure with us but it has been put on HOLD for security purpose and will not be credited into your account until we receive the PICK UP FEE from you.
What do I need to do?
Kindly go to the nearest Money Gram shop/your Local Post office with cash and ask for the Money Gram section, fill in the transfer form with the appropriate details. Send the sum of £260.00 GBP (cash) to the details below: Courier Company : " Auto shipper Intl " Name: Robert Surname: Martens Address: Lange lozanastraat 12 City: Antwerpen Zip Code: 2018 Country: Belgium
A Reference Number would be given to you by Money Gram. Kindly send the below information to us as soon as you have completed the Money Gram transfer so that we can credit your account instantly: - Sender's Name and Address - Reference Number - Telephone number - Total Amount Sent - Test question and Answer (if applicable)
Send the above information to us at : . You will receive a confirmation email from us as soon as we receive the requested information from you. Security Tips
Note: * As this transaction was done via our e-mail payments service, any inquiries and necessary information should be sent to us replying to this message, because of the status of this transaction, it has not been passed on to our customer care phone service section and all inquiries should be directed to this e-mail address as it is the one monitored for your transaction.
Status: Pending, Awaiting Approval From You..........
Here is the status of this transaction...
Transfer On Pending...
Transfer Current Percentage Done: 98%
Transfer On Pending... Money Gram Transfer details Needed
Do not give out your password or any information related to your account to a third party.
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