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Chapel Hill, Queensland, Australia
2016-05-24 18:46:09
Classified Ads Scam
Gumtree Advert - Laptop for sale   
Katty Moore
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I had advertised my Toshiba Laptop on Gumtree for sale. I received a message through Gumtree that Katty Moore was interested. When I emailed her to let her know it was still available she appeared very keen. She didn't ask me any questions about the condition of the laptop. She said she was happy with the price and asked me to send through my account details or Paypal details. I thought this was strange so I looked her up using her email address and nothing came up. I then proceeded through Paypal to request the money from her. I then thought to look her up using her name only "Katty Moore" which brought me to Scamdex. I noticed other people had reported her but it was with a different email address. The contents of her emails to the reporters was along the same lines as the contents of her email to me so I knew she was one and the same. I cancelled my payment request to her and then emailed her saying "Sorry but you are on a spam list so I will not be proceeding with selling you my laptop". She never replied.

What I don't understand is what she was hoping to achieve? If I don't send her the product until I receive the money then where's the risk? If I send her a PayPal request, it's not like she can hack into my account, right?

Perhaps she just does this to get people's hopes up that they have a sale?
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