Selling on gumtree - Kate and Alex Bennet

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Plumstead, Greenwich, United Kingdom
2016-04-10 13:20:50
Secret/Mystery Shopper Scam
+1 Selling on gumtree - Kate and Alex Bennet   
Name:, Kate
Email Address:
I am trying to sell my car on gumtree. Got a text message from "Kate" - No number, and my phone identified the seller as Kate - asking me if the car is still available. She asked me to email his husband Alex at It was a bit suspicious, but I emailed that the car is still available.
This is what I got.
"Thanks for the prompt response,I'm satisfied with the condition of what am buying as advertised in the ad,i will like to add you £50 to the final offered for you to keep it off from all other offer and consider it sold to me alone as i am serious with with the purchasing,I would have come for the inspection and make the transaction done in person but due to the nature of my work i couldn't.I am making the use of a shipping company to have this picked up from your residential home address...i need some pictures as soon as possible since i can't make an attempt to see the item.i'll like to know the following:
(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?
Note that i'll be responsible for shipping and handling. I have decided to use the program "Buyer and Seller Protection" offered by PayPal Inc. I want only legit transactions! Giving the nature of this transaction please note that PayPal will protect us. If you are not aware of how they work you should know that they will give both of us proper protection and also if you don't have an account yet you can simply set up one after payment is confirmed to you by PayPal, you'll receive terms and conditions that will protect both of us. Inspections will be done by the moving company as soon as payment is verified.If you wish to proceed selling this to me,please provide me your full name, address(street,city,postal,
state) and your PayPal email address so that I can initiate the payment as soon as i can.
Thanks and reply asap"
I know that there is an opportunity to get your money back on paypal. Also, he could not buy a car in the uk without signing the V5 personally. I looked him up and found another scam with this address.
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Nerijus Maksvytis   (Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom) Added the following extra information on :2017-10-23 06:49:59
Eric Johnson
Email Address:
i was selling TV and this guy caling him self Eric Johnson has contacted me: Great! please consider it sold and take the ads down off gumtree,i am buying it for my cousin and i am ready 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... After that he said that he made paypall transaktion but i havent recieved any just email from paypall: Transaction ID: 72W56358RF799193C Status : Pending 98% complete (AWAITING MONEYGRAM PAYMENT) Description Amount Merchandise
£500 Shipping/handling MoneyGram Charges £260 £40 Total £800.00 GBP Read Information On How To Complete Your Transaction Terms and Conditions The transaction is subjected as MERCHANDISE, so we reserve the right to make this transaction secure. The fund has been deducted from the buyer's account and it cannot be reversed due to the policy of this transaction. It will not be available in your PayPal account history until we process it due to our Merchandise Policy. Hence, the £800.00 GBP will not be available until we can confirm that you made the MoneyGram payment successfully. Therefore, you need to send the sum of £260.00 GBP to the courier in cash through a MoneyGram outlet as requested. This measure is done to secure transactions, also to make PayPal a safer way for buying and selling. Click Here to send all questions regarding this transaction to us and a representative will attend to you immediately. What do I need to do? Visit the nearest MoneyGram outlet at any Tesco store with cash and ask for the "Send Money" form, fill in the transfer form with your details as the Sender and the below details as the Receiver : First name: AKINDELE Last name: JACOBS Address: Kano 23407 Country : Nigeria Lucky enough i have realised that is scam and havent done any of the action to send the money

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