+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 6 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 56
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    The Kimberley WA
    Posts
    4,622
    Thanks
    916
    Thanked
    1,180
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts

    Default BEWARE of fraudulent buyers - I nearly lost alot of money today

    I just wanted to make others aware to be careful. I put my car that I'm selling on a cars online website on Saturday. We have used it before and had no issues. On Monday I had a message to contact an interested buyer so we liaised by email, negotiated a price and she said she would pay into my pay pal account. She asked if she could pay the amount for transporting the vehicle on top of the buying price and I pay it into a Western Union account via Australia post for her because she didn't have access to a branch. I thought ok that sounds reasonable. So then I get emails from pay pal saying she has transfered the money to my pay pal account but I need to pay the transport cost into the Western Union account before the funds will actually be released to my account. I could tell the person wasn't english by her wording. I thought it odd that the transport company was an international transport company thinking i needed to protect myself in case the car was being transported out of the country and involved in illegal goings on or such. Anyway I paid the transport fee and then called Pay Pal to advise them so they would release my money to be told that I had been scammed, they advised I would probably get harrassing emails. I had a brief panic attack and called Western Union who advised the recipient hadn't collected the money yet so the transaction was stopped and I then went back to the post office and got a refund. Thank god! I was none the wiser as the emails from pay pal seemed legit. I then started getting emails from fraudulent pay pal saying I needed to make deposit of the $1,500 within 24hrs to avoid legal action. I have closed down my pay pal account and my bank account that was linked to it. I then had to re open a new bank account and change bank details with our pay rolls etc. What a pain in the bum. You just don't think these things will happen to you. Apparently there's been lot's going around re this sort of thing but I hadn't heard of it.

  2. The Following User Says Thank You to Blessedwith3boys For This Useful Post:

    Someones Mummy  (23-01-2013)

  3. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    6,311
    Thanks
    2,387
    Thanked
    4,599
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts

    Default BEWARE of fraudulent buyers - I nearly lost alot of money today

    Have you reported it to Paypal?

    They take these things v serious. This is a common scam but they always appreciate being informed of new people conducting the scam. They also work closely with law enforcement to deal with the scams.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    251
    Thanks
    106
    Thanked
    50
    Reviews
    0

    Default BEWARE of fraudulent buyers - I nearly lost alot of money today

    That's the oldest scam in the book.

  5. The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to shhhsleeping For This Useful Post:

    bada  (24-01-2013),delirium  (23-01-2013),FindMyLunch  (23-01-2013),Inked Mumma  (23-01-2013),mum2twinboys  (23-01-2013),Mummy pig  (23-01-2013)

  6. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    1,862
    Thanks
    164
    Thanked
    497
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts

    Default BEWARE of fraudulent buyers - I nearly lost alot of money today

    Whoops - lucky you didn't get scammed! That one is nearly as well known as the Nigerian prince wanting to divulge all his assets to you!

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to Hannahly For This Useful Post:

    bada  (24-01-2013)

  8. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    986
    Thanks
    17
    Thanked
    230
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts

    Default BEWARE of fraudulent buyers - I nearly lost alot of money today

    Very common scam! Western Union should always ring alarm bells

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to MinnieMouse81 For This Useful Post:

    bada  (24-01-2013)

  10. #6
    headoverfeet's Avatar
    headoverfeet is offline The truth will set you free, but first it will **** you off. -Gloria Steinem
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    18,954
    Thanks
    3,142
    Thanked
    4,892
    Reviews
    1
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    They also do this through gumtree, it's been going on for ages!

  11. #7
    London's Avatar
    London is offline “I think we're losing our sense of humor instead of being able to relax and laugh at ourselves" - Betty White
    Winner 2012 - BubHubber you'd like to meet IRL
    Winner 2012 - Best Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    11,392
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    4,936
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    I wouldnt sell anything (especially a big ticket item) without the cash in my hand or a pay pal receipt.

  12. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    2,248
    Thanks
    489
    Thanked
    1,263
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Western Union should have be your first clue. This scam has being being going on for years. Can't believe that you've never heard of it before.

    Why would you think that sending that much cash to someone who is supposed to be paying you was a good idea to begin with?

    TBH I wouldn't be selling your car without cash in hand on pick up/delivery.

  13. The Following User Says Thank You to wannawannabe For This Useful Post:

    bada  (24-01-2013)

  14. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    937
    Thanks
    158
    Thanked
    246
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts

    Default BEWARE of fraudulent buyers - I nearly lost alot of money today

    Well known scam, glad you didn't lose your money.

  15. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    3,487
    Thanks
    449
    Thanked
    1,571
    Reviews
    12
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts

    Default BEWARE of fraudulent buyers - I nearly lost alot of money today

    Someone buying a car sight unseen would be my first clue that something was up - the rest (especially transferring money) screams scam to me.

  16. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to MummaOJ For This Useful Post:

    MINIRoo  (24-01-2013),youmake3  (23-01-2013)


 

Similar Threads

  1. I got lost today. What a stroke of luck!
    By SpecialPatrolGroup in forum General Chat
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 20-09-2012, 20:40
  2. I lost my daughter at the park today.
    By eviezmum in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
    Replies: 31
    Last Post: 03-08-2012, 16:52
  3. Buyers agent... Has anyone used one before?
    By MrJones&Me in forum House & Gardens
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-03-2012, 16:36

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Fridge-To-Go Australasia
Xmas with a NEW Fridge-to-go Lunch Bag! Fridge-To-Go Australasia
Fridge-to-go 8 hour cooler bags are ideal under the Christmas tree! Now in modern lunch bag designs - fill them with toys and chocolate to make parents and kids happy! Stay super cool and eat healthy and fresh food all summer long!
sales & new stuffsee all
Wendys Music School Melbourne
Wondering about Music Lessons? FREE 30 minute ASSESSMENT. Find out if your child is ready! Piano from age 3 years & Guitar, Singing, Drums, Violin from age 5. Lessons available for all ages. 35+ years experience. Structured program.
Use referral 'bubhub' when booking
featured supporter
Sarah Tooke Childbirth & Parenting Education
Providing private, personalised antenatal childbirth & parenting education to expectant parents in the comfort of their own home. Sessions are flexible, including everything that hospital based programs cover. Click to find out more!
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!