Yep, big ships is one I have heard too many times. They say they are on a ship, that they will get a third party to pick up, they will offer you more cash and then they will take your item and claim they never got it. That way, they get their money back and get your item for free. So dodgy! We don't sell on gum tree due to this happening with every transaction.
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23-01-2013 21:05 #33
BEWARE of fraudulent buyers - I nearly lost alot of money today
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23-01-2013 21:11 #34
Thanks for posting this, i hadnt heard of this scam either.
23-01-2013 21:20 #35Senior Member
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Re: BEWARE of fraudulent buyers - I nearly lost alot of money today
Yep this happens everytime we advertise a car on gumtree. Never sell items through email, especially a big item. It would cost more for somebody to buy and transport a cae overseas then to buy one there. Glad you got your money in time.
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23-01-2013 21:21 #36Senior Member
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Thanks, I also had not heard of this scam. I'm glad you didn't lose your money but what a PITA having to change your accounts!
Scammers keep scams going, not the 'uneducated' people who fall for them.
23-01-2013 21:24 #37
So would they have taken my $1,500 and that's it or would they have followed through and sent a company who was in on it to come get the car? She kept saying that once payment to transport company be made she would arrange for car to be collected because the funds would be released into my paypal account and she kept asking for my full name and address. Or am I over thinking now?? I had made it clear to her that the car would not be released until the funds were transfered out of the paypal account and sitting in my bank account.
23-01-2013 21:28 #38
no - the funds are not transferred to your paypal account. they often send you a fake paypal receipt/transfer info to get you to believe that the funds have been transferred.
they dont bother with the car - just take the money you transfer to western union ... that is what you end up being out of pocket.
23-01-2013 21:30 #39Senior Member
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There are some awful scammers out there. Glad they didn't get you - some friends of mine lost $2000 and are in the long process of getting back.
23-01-2013 21:34 #40
My understanding is they don't take the car. They get you for 'delivery costs'.
The well known one is they say they are out of the country. They will pay for the car plus delivery costs. They provide a fake statement saying it's gone into your pay pal. Then they say they've decided to get someone to pick it up and can you reimburse the delivery charge. Of course they never put anything in your pay pal so you lose that to them.
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