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Mooroolbark, Victoria, Australia
2016-04-08 21:04:31
Classified Ads Scam
Scammer first contacted me via SMS   
chamika wijetunge
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Very soon after posting an ad on i received an SMS from someone called Grant and no number was associated with it. He said he was interested in the car and would I only reply to him via email with my firm price. I was puzzled but got back to him with the full price as was advertised. He replied that this price was "cool" in the following way.

"Thanks for getting back,i'm cool with the price likewise the condition as described on the advert,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.Regarding the payment,i will be paying you through PayPal linked up with my westpac bank account,please get back to me with your Paypal details so i can process the payment,you can alternatively send your bsb acct name and number if you have no PayPal acct.I have also contacted my courier who will come for pick up and deliver it to my place in Darwin after the whole fund has been cleared into your acct.
Await your reply"

I also noted that he stopped using the name "Grant" and was offering too much info at this stage. Hmm
He then asked...

Okay cool,i will let you know when the payment has been made in couple of hours and also contact my pick up agent.Please tell others it's sold and remove the advert,please i would also need your personal contact number to reach you on.

I did not remove the ad as i was now really suspicious but in his next email he explained that he had a problem... Ah a problem.

I had this problem with the pick up, my pick up agent says i will need to pay for the pick up before they can schedule a pick up time, they charged me $1,650 for pick up and delivery and payments for pick up made through them is made to their corporate international headquarters in China and the payments is made through western union money transfer, i will add the $1,650 to the money i will send as soon as i have made the payments,i will need you to help me send the money to my pick up agent HQ in the China through western union money transfer, this can be done from any post office,there is always western union money transfer section in most post offices,i would have done it myself but as i am at sea and didn't bring my credit card aboard,.I will appreciate your help here and thanks for your understanding.

I now decided to cease contact with him as I was now positive this was an attempted scam and he later sent this...

I have just completed the payment and i expected PayPal to have notified you to this effect.check your mail folders (inbox,spam and junk mail) i sent $3,650 in all and i added $1,750 but $1,650 will be sent to my agent in CHINA through western union at post office,the extra $100 is to cover the western union fee.PayPal said they will not release the fund until you email them the western union detail for verification,and also to enable my pick up agent to come for pick up and inspection.
Here is the agent's details where the money will be sent to.
Address: 18 Suhao Building
Nanxin Road
Nanshan District
Shenzhen China.
Please get the necessary details sent to PayPal (Money Transfer Control Number) MTCN and senders name and address used to send the $1,650 so that they can release the whole fund into your account.Please get back to me once done.

Needless to say I have never contacted him again but finally he sent this...

Am getting worried here as my account has been debited and i have not heard anything from you after making the can email Paypal to confirm,the money was placed on hold and your account will only be credited after sending the money via western union and send the MTCN to Paypal for verification.
Await your reply.

I was tempted to say something like, "A fool and his money are soon parted" but I'm a Christian and as I said i have never contacted him again.

Hope this helps.

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