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Beware of the scammer

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Created by Waiting4wind > 9 months ago, 28 Feb 2012
Waiting4wind
NSW, 1743 posts
28 Feb 2012 5:45PM
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I know that this has been mentioned before but it doesn't hurt to bring it up again.

There is a scammer going around and he / she was using the email pearl.jackson.... I have even had texts from this person who is now using another email samuelolivia...

So if you have something in the buy and sell, keep this in mind if you get an enquiry and it sounds suspect.

Jethrow
NSW, 578 posts
28 Feb 2012 6:10PM
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Yeah, I've had at least two responses about an add, no questions asked about it and the boat isn't even mentioned. The funny thing is that the last two have been different names asking basically the same thing and they're both using the same phone number. I can publish it here if anyone wants to have some fun or to name and shame



Obelix
WA, 799 posts
29 Feb 2012 9:41AM
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The only revenge we can get is to waste their time, so if you have time to play with tthem, take them for a spin.
Get interested, start negotiations, get their hopes raised for as long as you can.
..but never provide your adress, or any personal details...

Haggar
QLD, 1565 posts
10 Apr 2012 10:25AM
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Just had a dealing with a Samuel Briggs, offered to buy my kit, he said he made a payment via paypal for the agreed price + $850, then wanted me to pay $850 to a Western Union account !!! No payment appears in my Paypal account offcourse [}:)]

pepe47
WA, 1015 posts
10 Apr 2012 9:17AM
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I had a similar experience some time ago, where the individual posted a link to paypal. I thought the link was suss, so I ignored thier link and logged in with paypal through the regular paypal accout, and no such invoice existed. The link would have given them my credit card details and my password.
They're getting imaginative and it takes a great deal of trust out of a simple transaction, even to the point where my wife thinks I'm distrusting. I guess I'm a product of my environment.

matt_c
NSW, 44 posts
10 Apr 2012 11:47AM
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I have also reveived an offer from Samuel Briggs - tried to reply to his txt message, but no number came up....now he has requested paypal invoice as well.

matt_c
NSW, 44 posts
10 Apr 2012 3:35PM
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here's his latest reply:

I want you to know that i can only use paypal as my mode of payment
due to the facts that i have explained you in my previous message. I
want you to try and register an account with paypal as its very simple
and easy and i promise you that you would not regret using there
service because i have been using their service for the past 6 years
now for so many transactions via the internet and i have not regret
using it for once. I want you to logon to www.paypal.com and click on
the sign up button, then you register your details there and you will
see its free and fast and as soon as you are done with that, then get
back to me with your paypal email and i will proceed with the payment
immediately.

pepe47
WA, 1015 posts
10 Apr 2012 2:55PM
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That looks fairly similar, and the link that he provides is one that he has generated himself. NOT the actual website for paypal, otherwise why the link?
And he can't spell, diction is atrocious. [}:)]

Darkplague
SA, 197 posts
10 Apr 2012 4:55PM
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I had "Andrew Bond" txt me saying to reply to him via email only.
So I did, heres his response:


Alright Mate,

I am very keen. How i wish i could come for viewing and inspection as
am currently overseas(Malaysia) at the moment and i want it picked up
before i get back, though i wont back in couple of weeks. Due to my
inability to make a bank deposit,I would be paying via PayPal which is
safer for me. Kindly send me a paypal payment invoice or create an
account at www.paypal.com if you dont have one. I will make a
concrete pick up arrangement with my transport agent who will be
coming over for pick up once you receive full payment into your PayPal
account. Have a nice day. Few more photos will be appreciated as well
and I am pleased with the price.

Andrew






Did a quick google "andrew bond" , took about 3 secs to find out hes a scammer.
He operates by sending you a fake paypal receipt saying hes payed the money into your paypal account. Next he tells you to send part of this money hes given you back through western union, to pay for the "shipping" to malaysia.

Quite easy to tell these guys are scammers. But makes you wonder how many people actually fall for these types of things

matt_c
NSW, 44 posts
10 Apr 2012 9:22PM
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I have asked Samuel Briggs to come down to the beach to try my gear before he buys, as I want to make sure it's suitable for him.....no reply strangely!

Haggar
QLD, 1565 posts
10 Apr 2012 9:25PM
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Darkplague said...

I had "Andrew Bond" txt me saying to reply to him via email only.
So I did, heres his response:


Alright Mate,

I am very keen. How i wish i could come for viewing and inspection as
am currently overseas(Malaysia) at the moment and i want it picked up
before i get back, though i wont back in couple of weeks. Due to my
inability to make a bank deposit,I would be paying via PayPal which is
safer for me. Kindly send me a paypal payment invoice or create an
account at www.paypal.com if you dont have one. I will make a
concrete pick up arrangement with my transport agent who will be
coming over for pick up once you receive full payment into your PayPal
account. Have a nice day. Few more photos will be appreciated as well
and I am pleased with the price.

Andrew






Did a quick google "andrew bond" , took about 3 secs to find out hes a scammer.
He operates by sending you a fake paypal receipt saying hes payed the money into your paypal account. Next he tells you to send part of this money hes given you back through western union, to pay for the "shipping" to malaysia.

Quite easy to tell these guys are scammers. But makes you wonder how many people actually fall for these types of things


Yep, thats exactly what I got, just the different name and then .......
As mentioned in the receipt of Payment and as per the new PayPal Payment policy for international transactions involving huge amounts, we have fully debited the total amount (above) from the buyer's account which includes the shipper's pick up fees.
In order to complete this transaction and get the funds approved in your account. We request that you first go to the nearest Western Union Office, and send the $850.00 AUD to the Shipping Agent and send us a Scanned Copy/Photograph of your Western Union Transaction Receipt (in .JPG Format).

Haggar
QLD, 1565 posts
11 Apr 2012 1:11PM
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It gets better, the scammer is now threatening legal action with an email purporting to be from Paypal, I have since cancelled the Paypal invoice that I had created ...........

Windxtasy
WA, 3725 posts
11 Apr 2012 11:24AM
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Any time someone wants you to pay using Western Union be very suspicious.
They are the company that all the frauds use because they don't have the same checks / balances and / refunds that other companies such as Visa and paypal do.

DunkO
NSW, 940 posts
11 Apr 2012 3:16PM
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i sold all my gear to samuel, great buyer easy to deal with and not fussy about the condition of the equipment.

Just waiting for the cash i sent him for delievery to be returned to my account, it's been three weeks so should be there any time....

DunkO
NSW, 940 posts
11 Apr 2012 3:18PM
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Just in case anyone believes what i wrote, it's not true don't sell to him.

i have recieved 3 diffrent txt's for my latest add, fairly annoying.

jsnfok
WA, 898 posts
12 Apr 2012 9:44PM
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yea the best was when i went to sell my board for 1500 and said that the normal retail is 3000 and he said he would pay the 3000 for it

aaahhhh ddddduuuuuuhhhh

ass h0le

dinsdale
WA, 1227 posts
13 Apr 2012 12:23AM
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I strung one of these along for nearly 4 weeks when selling a fridge on GumTree. I find it quite good sport on those days and nights which aren't suitable for much else.



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