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Glenside, South Australia, Australia
2015-09-20 07:00:49
Auction/eBay Scam
+1 car advert   
Email Address:
Received email as follows -
"From: Emiel Felix []
Sent: Monday, 14 September 2015 1:23 AM
Hello, Is ur listing on gumtree Ad still up for sale? Kindly reply to my personal email ( with the last ONO. "

I responded with -
Sent: Monday, 14 September 2015 8:56 AM
To: 'Emiel Felix'
Subject: RE: car
Hi – car only advertised last night – still for sale – open to offers at this time – cheers, ---"

He replied -
"From: Emiel Felix []
Sent: Monday, 14 September 2015 9:22 AM
Subject: RE: car
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 a 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 .
Regards Emiel"

I sent back -
Sent: Monday, 14 September 2015 11:17 AM
To: 'Emiel Felix'
Subject: RE: car
Hi Emiel
Thanks for your email and interest
You son has done well – congratulate him for me
The car’s history is fairly basic – I ordered it in late 2009, received it in Feb 2010. It has always (apart from one oil change) been serviced on schedule by --- (I have no objections to you asking them for any information – it was registered ---, and that is the details they will know, but those are personalised plates, and I changed them last week). My wife and I have used it for a number of long distance trip (Kimberley, Flinders Ranges, NSW), and it has never been used for short city runs. We often towed a camper, and that was fitted with rear vision camera to the car cabin. It has never been in an accident, but someone broke my normal radio antenna (at a shopping centre) so that was replaced by a better, retractable one. I had the canopy repainted and the car professionally detailed last week, and the car’s rear vision camera is a little fuzzy at present, but I think that is only from the washing and should clear – has always been good. I am selling for a number of reasons – have turned 70, have had both knees replaced and 4 heart operations, and have to start downsizing, so we are getting one smaller vehicle. Most of our camping gear has already been sold, including the camper trailer.
I have attached a document giving details of the vehicle. There are many manuals to go with it, and I would like to spend some time with a buyer taking him over the whole vehicle (if possible). I will send some more photos by a separate email.
Cheers, ---"

I sent another email with photos, then another some days later advising a price change, but received no further response.

After an SMS message today from a "Bahjat" with an email "" and phone "224528" (which I reported separately), I ran several scam checks, and think "Bahjat" and "Emiel" are the same person, and the same as reported in by another person - stories very similar.
Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2015-09-23 02:44:29
Emiel Felix
Email Address: scam. Similar story to the person who also mentioned this guy. Here is his email below. It sounded suspicious so I googled his email address and it led me to this site where someone else has had a similar story.
He originally sent and SMS asking me to email him directly with by best ONO. I did so, then received the following email.
Thanks a lot for the email. Am buying it for my son who just graduated on top of his class in Australia national university (ANU) ,he studied Business Law and Professional Ethics Minor and am so proud of him . I want it as a suprise package to appreciate him towards his achievement and to be delivered before my arrival NT as my family lives in NT.
I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd and we are presently offshore in New Zealand Taranaki Basin on kapo project. We do not have access to phone at the moment,its 15 days off and 15 days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility. Where is it located at the moment?Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don't mind my asking.I am already in talks with the courier that will handle the pick-up and delivery it in NT.
As regards the payment, I can pay you through direct bank deposit,using ppal instant bank wire transfer service, I will need your bank details. If you are not comfortable with that, you can set up a paypal account proper at and I will make the payment through paypal, this way, all I will need is your paypal email address. Thanks and reply asap
Regards Emiel.

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