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Wentworth Falls, New South Wales, Australia
2015-08-13 19:53:01
Auction/eBay Scam
+5 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.

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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.
Issues with this transaction ? Email our customer care/help desk department by Click Here and a representative will attend to you immediately.

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