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Received this today from Zhang <removed> AKA Zhang & Sophia. Smelt a rat straight away and told them I only accept cash on pick up. Haven’t heard from her since: Cheers for the prompt responses! please consider it sold and cancel every other appointment regarding it, I am buying the it for my daughter who is getting married soon and also moving to a new house with her husband,I am read to pay your full asking price, I have read through the advert and I'm totally satisfied with it and I will be glad if you can get back to me with some pics if available, sadly I won't be able to come for the inspection and pick up due to my disabilities, I loss my hearing and being on a wheelchair but I have a courier agent that will help me to pick it up at your preferred location.Regarding the payment I can only pay via PayPal at the moment and I will be responsible for all the PayPal fee/charges on his transaction so kindly get back to me with the information below. Your PayPal e-Mail Address or bsb and acct details: Full name: Firm Price: Telephone: Awaiting your reply soo...
We got phished that way this morning too. Same sob story about being wheelchair-bound, etc. The stink got overpowering when the courier thing turned up and so we stopped all comms, looked it up here and reported it to Gumtree.
All the scammers got in the end is my wife's name and email but the feelings of shame and anger are something else. Turns you off from using Gumtree at all!
Put furniture for sale on gumtree and have now received 3 responses all similar to the other people. All had various illnesses and were unable to attend but would send a courier and suggested using PayPal. I told them I was not interested and would only accepted cash. Heard nothing more from them.
Don't be caught out by these fraudsters !!
I have just been sent a similar message - different details but asking me to send money via Western Union before the money for my sale item could be placed into my PayPal account. That was all I needed to check out whether or not this was a scam. Low and behold I'm not alone. Will certainly be suspicious of anyone else who wants to pay for an item via PayPal.