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West End, Queensland, Australia
2013-05-05 22:45:36
Auction/eBay Scam
Untitled Auction/eBay Scam on Gumtree, ref:9597 
Matt Peters
Email Address:
Listed car on gumtree for sale.

Received a text saying;

Hi, am interested in your car.PLS confirm the price & availability to my email address:
centcy(at)live.com. pls no sms bcos I wont b able to read it.Matt

replied back via email saying yes, still for sale.

Further email conversation;

I have just made the payment now and i expect paypal to have emailed you by now,check this email (xxxxxxxxxx) if you have been messaged yet,If you have not receive notification in the inbox check the junk/spam folder of the email as i sometimes receive notification in there. I sent $14,049 in all, i have decided to add the amount of $1050 which i paid through paypal, So you can now wire the sum of $950 to my agent\'s Headquarters in China via western union where they confirm all commission payment so that they can be able to schedule a suitable pick up date and time immediately.

As said earlier in my previous email,the western union transfer can be done at the post office as their is a western union section in all post office and can also be done via the internet(www.westernunion.com).I added extra $100 to cover the western union charges which shouldn\'t be more that $60-75 but just to be sure i added $100.

Here is my pick up agent Headquarter info needed to get the money sent through western union money transfer:

Name:Yuan Yang
Address:12 ding fu jia yuan
City: Beijing
State: Beijing
Zip Code: 100024
Country: China.

Note:PayPal won\'t release the funds until they get the western union information from you due to the fact that i emailed them about the excess payment i made.Please kindly email the necessary details to paypal :the mtcn which you will be given at the western union after the $950 has been sent as well as the sender\'s name and address used to send the money through western union so they can take necessary steps.Await your response.

From: xxxxxxxxxx
To: centcy@live.com
Subject: RE: I was just about to make the payment
Date: Mon, 6 May 2013 12:12:37 +1000

To confirm, you’re making a payment of $12,999 + $950 to me. Total $13,949.00 to PayPal.

Once I receive notice the payment is made, I’m to pay the $950 to western union fee.

You will need to email me the details for the western union payment. There is a local post office agent only a block away, so I should be able to do it within 24 hours or sooner.

Once again, is there any specific photos of the car you require? The car is in mint condition and in reality it only has 86,200 klm on it instead of the 88,000, but I assumed it would take some time before it sold, so I allowed for travel.

From: Matt Peters [mailto:centcy@live.com]
Sent: 06 May 2013 11:55
To: xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: I was just about to make the payment

I was just about to make the payment when i had this little problem with the picking up,I got an email from my agent...he said he won\'t come for the pick up unless i pay him the agent commission fee first in order to be able to schedule suitable a pick up date and time and my pick up agent Headquarters is in China and all commission payments made for pick up from anywhere in the world is sent to their Headquarters in China and the only form of payments they accept is western union money transfer and i tried to pay online (www.westernunion.com) but it requires a credit card to make the transfer online which i don\'t have access to and there is no post office on sea.(there is usually a western union section in most post offices).

So now i will include the $950 they charged to pick it up and take it home(1st class treatment)to the payments i will send through paypal.After receiving the confirmation email from PayPal after i have made the payments, i will need you to help me send the $950 to my pick up agent through western union money transfer.The western union money transfer can be made at a post office or online at www.westernunion.com.I will be making the payments shortly and will email you as soon as am done.

From: xxxxxxxxxxx
To: centcy@live.com
Subject: RE: Kia carnival
Date: Mon, 6 May 2013 11:36:04 +1000

My PayPal account is xxxxxxxxx

If you want I can send you an invoice directly from PayPal.

How do want to arrange delivery, are you going to pick it up or will you be arranging transport to come collect it?


From: Matt Peters [mailto:centcy@live.com]
Sent: 06 May 2013 11:07
To: xxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: Kia carnival
Importance: High

Hi mate,thanks for the reply.I am okay with the price.I have read the AD and it\'s okay by me.My work does not permit me to come for the inspection (very busy and currently out of town).Would have loved to call but our base right now is bad so we can get along via e-mail.I will be paying you via the fastest and secure way to pay online (PayPal),please get back to me with your PayPal Name and E-mail ID so i can proceed with the payment immediately and if you don\'t have one it\'s very easy to set up visit (www.paypal.com.au).

Put the listing off the AD site and consider me as your favourite buyer.

Note:Please provide your address in your reply so that my shipping agent can locate you when coming for the pick up.


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