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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
2013-03-20 00:17:24
Classified Ads Scam
Car scam - gumtree 
David Mark
Email Address:
After posting an ad on Gumtree I received the following text message:

+61 428 465 117
Sent from: David
I will like to know if your car is still available and to know the firm price, please get back to me on

I responded to the message via email advising that is was available and what my price was.

I received an email response within a few hours that read as follows:

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 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 my ANZ 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 .


I replied explaining the reasons why I was selling. I did not provide any payment information as I am no comfortable doing this.
I then received this email:

Hi Maddie,

Thanks for the mail,i appreciate your honesty with the detailed explanation with regards to your words on the car status,am really satisfied and i also appreciate your honesty about the condition of the car as that is what i really need most as wont be able to come for inspection as am on-board.

Happy to inform you that the fund is ready and available in my PayPal account so am ready to transfer the fund as soon as you get back to me with your payment details. Waiting to read from you ASAP.


At this point I definitely knew something was wrong. I googled \'\' and his name appeared on two websites. I responded to the last email asking if he was aware that his name and email appeared on two scam websites.

He has not responded.
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