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Bundoora, Victoria, Australia
2012-09-29 21:06:14
Classified Ads Scam
+1 Gumtree / PayPal scam 
Diana Kelly / Lennon Steven
Email Address:
+44 7955 273488
Just had an attempted scam by a \"diana kelly\" who is allegedly cabin crew for Virgin Australia which is why she\'s in a rush. We\'re selling a gas wall furnace on gumtree and \"diana kelly\" contacted me within 5 minutes of the ad going up. Got first contact by SMS from the UK (which was odd but not ouside the realms of possibility) asking me to respond via email. \"Diana\" said she\'d buy the gas heater sight unseen but insisted she pay by paypal and ordered me to open an account so she could pay me (who talks like that to people?). I used my PayPal account to send her an invoice, got a one line email saying she\'d sent payment - nothing came through. Then I got the long involved whiny email with the demand that I pay her shipping agent via Western Union (I never send any money by Western Union). A quick google search showed it was a variation on the \"I can\'t pay you until you pay my shipping agent\" scam. I cancelled the money request without \"diana\" getting notification.
Phone number text was received from: +44 7955 273488
Email for \"diana kelly\" was
Shipping agent I was supposed to send money via Western Union: Lennon Steven, 46 Barons Court Road, hammer smith w14du, United Kingdom
Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2012-12-12 20:37:39
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Same scam as detailed on this site: They "purchase" something off you from GumTree, then they invoice you for shipping. No Sale!

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