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I posted several items on gumtree for sale and received a text from a woman called **** ***** asking if I still had an item (the most expensive one on the list) and to email her.
Eager to sell the item, I obliged and emailed her. She replied with the following:
Great! please consider both sold as i am willing to pay your full asking price because i need to buy it for my cousin asap,
i have read through the advert and i'm totally satisfied with it,
sadly i would not be able to come personally to collect due to my hearing loss and I'm just recovering from heart surgery so I'm home-bound.
I have a courier agent that would help me to pick it up at your preferred location after you have received your money and i'll pay you via PayPal once you are ready.
Kindly get back to me with your location so that i can inform the courier agent about it now?
I replied asking if she was local to me and if a bank transfer or cash on collection would be possible. She ignored the 1st question and said she has no access to bank because she is house bound. Then gave me a link to PayPal.
After repeatedly asking where she was from and only getting her email address as a reply, I googled her name and came across a thread detailing the email I received but using a different name. So be careful. **** ***** (******** at ****.***)
Just exactly the same message after listing my car. Happily, a quick internet search and I shall be ignoring... I wonder if anyone actually manages these sorts of scams any longer?!
Unfortunately yes, we get posts every week from folks that have been scammed this way
But to save you being scammed can i say that you have zero seller protection if you accept paypal for the sale of a motor vehicle.
Personally i would accept bank transfer or cash.
Ive just had the same email but from a Stacy <removed> with gmail email address: XXXXXXXXX
When being told I will only accept cash payment i received a link on how to set up a PayPal account. Cheeky sods! <br>Is there no way these people can be caught??!
As they are probably in Africa somewhere using internet cafes and hijacked or ananymous email i.d's then unfortunately no.
Paypal can't do anything as these scammers do not have paypal accounts.