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**Beware**Gumtree**Scam**

Member

Re: What is the scam

What do I need to do now then? I haven't clicked on to any links. Changed my paypal password. Many Thanks
Contributor

Re: What is the scam

If you have not click any link and enter your password do not worry, nothing will happen to you, you are fine.

 

Please have a read at this steps to identify genuine websites: https://www.wikihow.com/Find-if-a-Website-Is-Legitimate

Member

Re: What is the scam

So was they just hoping I would send the phone?. I'm worried now. Have changed all passwords and going to take item off gum tree
Esteemed Advisor

Re: What is the scam

@Beverley83

 

Scams been ongoing for about 20 years. They try and get you to send the phone telling you that you won't see the funds in your balance until you supply a tracking number.

This is not true and once you sent the item the funds would not appear as the email would be a spoof and not from paypal.

They aren't interested in your email addy, if they can't scam you then they will move on to the next possible victim.

Just delete and ignore and if I were you sell 'cash on collection' OR within the UK only.


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Contributor

Re: What is the scam

Do not worry too much. The scam usually goes as I said. They will send you a fake email looking like Paypal so they expect 2 things, perhaps you send the item and perhaps you logging in the fake web they sent you so they get your email and password.

 

If you have not clicked any link do not worry.

 

1st you can usually spot thins that does not look right in the email they send.

2st It is easy to spot a fake web. eg. look for https, double check the url.

3rd if want to be paranoid, do no click links on emails, just go to your browser and enter the url yourself.

Member

Re: What is the scam

Ok. Thank you.
Contributor

Re: What is the scam

With just an email address they cannot do much, apart from subscribing you to spam. I am assuming you have a secure password and sensible password recovery methods, if you have not then they could get your password somehow.

Member

Re: **Beware**Gumtree**Scam**

Yes, me too. Almost identical wording , but as it was my very first advert using Gumtree (selling 3 pieces of furniture) I just thought someone was hot off the mark and keen to buy.

 

It was only when I insisted on cash on receipt or the money to be paid directly into my bank account, that I had confirmation that this was a scam. I mean, how many people do you know that are a) disabled and moving about in a wheelchair and who do not get welfare cheques directly to a designated bank account? Oh, and who would buy furniture sight unseen?

 

Watch out, wherever you are. Scammers are everywhere, and are VERY clued up.

Contributor

Re: **Beware**Gumtree**Scam**

Definitely had this happen to me recently...I wish I had done a background check..the wording and such was so suspicious..I was happy I called up Paypal and confirmed that this was a scam before sending any money and then did a bit of digging myself, which is how I got to here..

 

Goign to copy paste (with correct information) and report to Scamalot, which there are multiple of these reports as well.

Member

Re: **Beware**Gumtree**Scam**

I had exactly the same issue - see email pasted below:

 

 

From: Kate <removed> <removed>
Sent: 20 June 2018 10:12
To: xxxx xxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Civic

 

Thanks for your response,

I want you to consider this a deal as i am willing to pay your full asking price! i actually want to buy it for a relative who is in need of it, i have checked through your advert and i'm fully satisfied with it.

Unfortunately, i would not be able to come personally to collect but would send my courier agent to collect after you have fully received your money, i work offshore so i don't have time at all, but like i said i am 100% OK with the advert.

However, I will pay you via PayPal once you are ready and send my courier agent after you have received your money as that is the only means of payment available to me at the moment. I would also appreciate if you could remove the advert asap.

If that's Ok with you please get back to me with a suitable collection time.

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Jenny <removed>

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