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GumTree scam

Hi All,

 

I have been contacted by 3 different "buyers" on Gumtree in 24 hours all offering a variety of scams via PayPal. I've been using Gumtree for a while and have never experienced this before but having searched the archives I can see that this has been going on for a long time.

Here is the text from "courtney bella" 

 

Thanks once again!The price is a good buy for me... please remove the advert and consider it sold as i am paying your full asking price of £180 because i need to buy it for my cousin as a gift, i have done thorough check on the advert and i'm fine with it,sadly i would not be able to come personally to view or collect it due to house bound went through throat cancer surgery and couldn't talk more but will be ok soon  but i have an 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 today and pick up will start after you have cash your money today..if that is ok with you.
Where is the pick up location so that i can inform the agent about it now and send me your registered paypal email and name,so i can make arrangement for payment.Thanks
p.s. The last one was from a UK mobile and much more credible
 
I couldn't work out initially how they would get any money with just my PayPal details (which I didn't pass on) but having read the experience of others I am now a little wiser.
 
I have sold items on Gumtree via PayPal in the past but if anyone mentions PayPal now for a purchase alarm bells will definitely sound.
 
Hope this may help others.
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