Western Union is a no go and also, you should never, ever, ever give money to a 'buyer'. The only way that I pay online is through paypal, if a website doesn't have it in this day and age, I wonder why.
We had 6 smses like this when I sold my car. The give away wasn't just that they were buying sight-unseen but that they were willing to pay the advertised price!
Glad you got your money back op.
I forward all suss pay pal emails to
spoof @ paypal. com
(No spaces in the email address) That's the info they had on their site a while ago in regards to fraudulent emails.
Don't be so harsh on her. What decks they are (the scammers). Good for you that you caught on in time. thanks for letting us know. I didn't know about this one and I am about to advertise a car on gumtree myself.
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Thank god you got your money back! I first heard about a similar scam last year where the scammers were posing as australian soldiers in afghanistan (hence buying unseen).
Im so glad its all sorted for you now - i'm sure lots of people aren't so lucky.
Make sure you report it to the website you are selling your car on. They should be warning sellers to beware.
http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/.../itemId/694076 I would suggest you read it, as I can pretty much guarantee you will have at least one scammer contact you about your car.
Last edited by wannawannabe; 23-01-2013 at 19:29.
It's a car selling website and we have bought a car from there before and sold one with no issues. I seriously had not ever heard of the Western Union scams going on. And the emails I thought were from pay pal re the money having been transfered I thought were legit so I was none the wiser. I have sent all the emails to Pay Pal as I was advised to by pay pal. I really thought the buyer was genuine and the sale was genuine. I also went to the police station and reported it. I will be more aware in the future now though. What sort of people do this and live with it??!! Shocking.
To make matters worse I had a genuine buyer in town who enquired then didn't get back to me wuick enough and I told her the car was sold when I thought it was and now it isn't so I contacted her back and she was disapointed because she has bought one from the city already. So I lost the sale altogether. Urgh doh!
"We are currently aware of a current scam whereby the seller of a vehicle claims to be overseas due to either a recent divorce or for work commitments. The seller asks for payment to be done via a Western Union transfer. The seller also advises that they will arrange delivery of the vehilce by Ebay Cars. This is a known scam.Please note: be cautious in dealing with car sellers that are overseas and always arrange to view the vehicle prior to the transfer of any money."
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