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|Scam Reporter||Scam Tips Received|
Southport, Queensland, Australia
| GumTree scam buyer - NZ Kapo project |
Not long after posting the ad I had a text reply on my mobile asking me to please email them. The exact wording was:
"Is the Gumtree items still available for sale? Kindly reply to email@example.com plz no text."
So, I emailed (stupidly - I was so excited to have someone wanting to buy my items so quickly!!) to let them know that the items were still available. And this was the reply:
"Thanks a lot for the email. I am away at sea at the moment,i work with New Zealand Oil and Gas (NZOG) and we are presently offshore in New Zealand Taranaki Basin on kapo project. We do not have access to phone at the moment,its 5days off and 25days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility. Where is it located at the moment?
I won't be able to come for the inspection due to the nature of my work and i would have called but our calling is restricted.Regarding the payment,pls get back to me with your final asking price and your paypal details so i can process the payment,you can alternatively send your bsb and acct number if you have no paypal acct.I have also contacted my courier who will come for pick up after the whole fund has been cleared into your acct.
Await your reply"
Ugh!! I should have known it was too good to be true!!
So replied asking if they would like more photos as they are buying sight unseen and gave them my final price. Luckily I did not give any account details. My next thought was... wow what an interesting job...I'm going to google that to see what it's all about... and bam! Thank you Google for advising me of this scam!!
Hopefully this will help others to avoid being scammed by evil people like this. And hopefully Karma catches up with these scammers. Damn them!