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I posted an ad on a Gumtree offering my Prs for sale.
I got a text message this morning asking me for more info and a price
Heres the message from a guy calling himself Chris
>>Hi, kindly contact me via mail: email@example.com asap Let me know your asking price of ur Gumtree Ad
My scam antenna started tingling right away..
The advert listed my mobile number, so any genuine enquiry would've naturally called, sent a text or texted a request for an email address etc. but this guy wanted to keep things untraceable by using an anonymous SMS service to request contact by email.
The other tell tale was the enquiry was not specific, so i replied with a throw away email account and asked which advert they were enquiring about... still keeping it friendly just incase it was genuine.
Hi chris Which advert on gumtree are you asking about?
Ive listed the prices in each ad description
>> On 22 January 2013 11:54, Chris Tucker <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Thanks for the swift response...I am willing to know the lowest price of it.due to the nature of my job and location...i will not be able to come for inspection,am a very busy type as i work long hours everyday, i have gone through your advertisement and i am satisfied with it. As for the payment..i will be paying you via the fastest and secure way to pay online(PayPal).I have a private courier agent that will come for the pick up after the payment have been made ...so no shipping included.
You can now send me your PayPal email so i can pay in right away and also include your address in your reply.If you don't have a paypal account,you can easily set up one...log on to www.paypal.co.uk and sign up. its very easy.I await your reply asap
Suspicions confirmed, alarm bells ringing loud and clear now.
unfortunately i cant play with him coz he has my mobile number, one final tweak before blowing him off.
I'd only listed one ad, but replied as if i listed several items.
I replied: which advert?
>> on 22 January 2013 12:02, Chris Tucker <email@example.com> wrote:
okay, i mean i want to purchase all your item listed on gumtree, so how much is the total cost in all, so that i can be able to arrange payment right away if i may need most of them?
My Reply not mentioning that I had a guitar for sale
You want the gold watch as well as the lawn mower and kitchen sink?
On 22 January 2013 12:36, Chris Tucker <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: yes
He's obviously not the sharpest knife in the drawer!
Note to self dont post your mobile number in an advert in future coz it spoils the fun
Last edited by Bignorm; 28th January 2013 at 12:09 PM.
How come these scammers dont know the details of the add ? Also what are they really after the random item? or email address to spam you ? How does the scam work if they pay by paypal?
I'd laugh if it wasn't so disgusting.
I wonder what the next steps would be when it cam to payment? Please let me send you XXX in a western union money transfer.
Just say, I have had it valued recently at a professional appraiser. He says they're 4 million a piece. See what happens then.
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I still can't work out what the point is though! What is the endgame? Unless they are just someone that want to watch the world burn......through the medium of annoying, but ultimately pointless, emails.
They pay by paypal, pick up the thing, whatever it is they don't care, then they reclaim the money from paypal saying they never got it (there's no proof of delivery you see); then paypal refund them AND DEDUCT THE MONEY FROM YOUR ACCOUNT. So always insist that you will send it, registered, so you have proof it was sent. Or accept cash on collection. I think their english is not always perfect and they have standard responses - that's why their answers look a bit funny and non-sequiturish when you say porn dvds, kitched sinks etc. if you accidentally give them your paypal email and they pay you or you become suspicious, you should refund it immediately I guess.
I have to say, it really annoys me how Paypal conduct their business in this manner. They always seem very maverick with their refunds.