Norman Safeground Blogs

insight, opinion & information

 
 

Buyer Purchasing Car with PayPal Scam

Selling a car is not the easiest thing to do, especially trying to get the price you want. With websites to buy and sell cars the standard these days, it is always nice to get immediate interest and best when you get a buyer within a few days of posting.

I recently posted an ad on a very popular local website here in Norway and the next day there was an interested buyer. Wow! That was fast.

Hello,

I have been searching for ages and have decided that this is exactly what I am looking for and want to purchase it from you! I will send you the payment through paypal using my credit card as I believe this is the best way for me to make the payment and would be the safest for both of us. I will arrange everything so you wont need to worry about transportation or having to incur any extra costs. I want you to get back to me with the present condition and tell me your last price. Please get back to me as soon as possible  so we can start to make arrangements.

The line, “…paypal… …the safest for both us.” raised suspicion. Not wanting to let a potential opportunity slip, I proceeded to discuss the sale via email.

Hello,

How I wish I could come and inspect and test drive but I’m currently working away from the country. I’m a marine engineer who’s on a ship right now in Drogheda. So I’ll be buying without seeing it, also I’ll be paying through PayPal and I’m more than happy to pay the PayPal transfer charges too. Due to the distance as me being in the Drogheda Presently, I ‘ll arranged the pick-up with a Private Courier Service as soon as you get your payment, I need you two Provide the Following details so That I can proceed with the Payment …

Name:
Your PayPal E-Mail Address:
Your Mobile Number:
Amount:

As soon as I make the payment and you get the funds, the Courier Service will come and pick up at your home at your convenient hours also the courier Will help me sign the required papers.

Have a nice day

After this email, there are some strong signals that this is a scam. One – because people rarely purchase cars sight unseen. Two – paying via PayPal. Three – inconsistent and incorrect grammar.

These individuals are targeting those with a desire for a quick sale, a very trusting society, and by using English, are hoping to slip through their grammar mistakes.

After a quick search, it seems this particular scam started around 2009 and has been active for sometime. Read the thread on ScamWarners.

If I were to proceed, more than likely the buyer would send the payment via PayPal plus the transportation fees but would freeze the funds. They will then ask you to transfer payment to the courier via a money transfer service and after they have confirmed they have received it, they will release the payment. Of course they provide you the courier’s account number and “information”.

Obviously, they are not after your car but instead the amount for the transportation cost. This is just another form of the inheritance/prince/frozen account/check cashing scam with, maybe, a more believable scenario.

Tags: ,

388 Responses to Buyer Purchasing Car with PayPal Scam

  1. Caroline E says:

    Yes, you really have to look out for these scams. They have never happened to me personally, but I have heard about them. Watch out!

    • jeff marionio says:

      SMITH HOWARD [howeesm101@gmail.com]

      Has today sent me a message trying to buy a trike.

      This message is sent from Nigeria and he is a known scam merchant who sits all day using thousands of email addresses and Gmail or any other provider don’t give a toss what they are doing..maybe its time to cut of the internet to Nigera and other sandy locations
      I simply cut/pasted his email address and came to this site…Thank you all for doing what you do as they is no other defence in reality …..cheers

    • Vixxy says:

      Hi there. This man just got in touch with me wanting to by my 24000 car with PayPal going under the name of Matthew James. He’s was pretending to be a naval officer at sea wanting to buy the car as a surprise for his daughter and wanting to pay by PayPal and send ‘his agent’ to collect the car!! Can’t believe that the police haven’t done something about this person as this is really serious fraud!!!!

      • Andy says:

        I have just had this one! Would laugh if the motive behind it was not so criminal with the potential to trap the unwary!

      • Bramme says:

        He’s (or her) mail adress is currently harrisben56@gmail.com. Still the same scam, only he tried to buy my motorcycle instead of a car. And in Belgium this time.

        • Graham Chapman says:

          Yup. Same scam from Edward David

        • mitch says:

          Amazing that this bullshit is happening and ebay and paypal are doing nothing substantive. I received this email this weekend from a Scamming buyer! “Thanks for your response, i was just about to make the payment when i had this little problem with the picking, I am currently on the sea and i tried to book the pick up with my agents but they asked me to pay first before they can make the booking, and they only accept western union money transfer for payments and they don’t accept PayPal or bank transfer,i also try to send the money online but i couldn’t because am on the sea and there is no way i can find a western union agent to make the transfer to my pick up agent, so i wanted to ask if it will be okay for you for me to include my pick up agent’s fees in the payment that am about to send through PayPal to you…and also i will include $150.00 for the western union charges to send the money to my pick up agent so they can book a pick up time with you…my pick up agent charges is $1,550.00 plus insurance and all ‘o that. Can i INCLUDE their money in the payment i want to send to you, then after i have made the payments you will help me send the $1,550.00 to my pick up agent through western union money transfer, I would have done dis myself and not bother you but for the fact that am currently on sea i can’t do that. I just want to seek your CONSENT before going ahead with the payment.Awaiting your swift response cause i will be making the payment as soon as possible.”

        • wesley says:

          hello,I have just recieved sms of harrisben56 the phone nr is14433430104, last year same person contacts my for a other car.
          T
          hanks to this blog ;)

        • Slaw says:

          Just got same scam scenario when selling my car – email from a name Ann Trevor anntrevor@outlook.com being at the sea working for Navy etc… Thanks All for posting- its crazy that sane scammer or even scam is going on for so long!!! Cheers All for info!

      • Wagner says:

        I just had somebody try to trick me like this… This is ridiculous, its actually the second time that this happens to me… Now with my Car, nobody is monitoring this?? The first time I just did a google search and the email address popped up a million times… This the last one I got.

        Rampasek Laszlo (rampasek11@blumail.org)

      • Ine says:

        His or her mail address is still harrisben56@gmail.com
        Same story here! He wanted to buy our car, we are living in Belgium! Did not want to see the car before buying it. We asked him but he did not react on that question. He asked us to send a payment request by PayPal and to forward € 800,- to a Shipping Company in London, named Joel Theo, 17 Westbourne Grove, London.
        So he/she is still going on!

        • Debbie Hauser says:

          I have had this go on with a motorcycle I have on craigslist. This person is going by the name of Alice Mithy and they want to buy it as a surprise birthday present for thier son. This person is now saying they are in the service or in the service and they even put in the name of a VA service…
          US Vet Corp Resources and added Lowcountry Warrior Connection web address at the bottom of his e mail. They also told me that they had an Agent to pick it up ASAP….I live in an area that I don’t believe and “agent” lives close by. He keeps pushing me to get a Pay pal account and how easy it is and how I will really like it. Glad these posts were out there to get on as it just didn’t feel right when they text me at first and said due to work he couldn’t get a text back…..

    • Mike says:

      I just received this today (from John Moore- john.m75@hotmail.com):

      Thanks you for the response ,am very okay with the price
      I really wish to be there to look at it but i don’t have a chance because I’m a very busy person.

      I want this and am ready to make an instant purchase, I could only pay with a PayPal email address.

      Concerning the pick up, i will arrange for a carrier after you receive the payment… Please get back to me with the info below so that i can proceed with the payment immediately if you are selling to me.

      Name:
      PayPal Email:
      Address:
      City:
      State ::
      postal Code:
      Phone Number

      As soon as this is provided, I will instruct my payment officer to issue out a PayPal payment…
      Thanks and I hope to handle this in good faith,

      Best Regards

    • L Will says:

      Beware of daady101@gmail.com. Alias Daniel Cassidy sending texts from 234-414-1231
      They found me on AutoTrader. Fortunately I was not interested in using PayPal to sell my vehicle since its obviously a scammer.
      Keep sharing these details folks. They can’t win if we continue to share their details.

      • Joel says:

        Listed with auto trader. Heard from this Daniel Cassidy right away.
        Keeps asking for a paypal email address. States he’s an oceanographer and buying for his brother’s birthday.

      • J O says:

        Only a couple hours after posting to Autotrader.com (from Michigan), I just received a text from this same person “Daniel” via number 602-904-8853 (from Arizona) asking to email photos to daady101@gmail.com

        I will not be engaging the obvious scammer.

      • R3R says:

        Just received a text from daady101@gmail.com. He must have multiple phone numbers. Thanks for posting. I’ll ignore him.

        • J_DC says:

          Just got a text from ‘Daniel’, (620)-359-7975 asking for pics of the engine of the car I posted yesterday and saying, “I love the vehicle you posted to auto trader today.”

          A little suspicious because he said “the vehicle” and didn’t name the make/model.

          Thanks for posting this info. I won’t be responding.

        • Audrey says:

          Daniel Cassidy, daady101@gmail.com is still at it. Tries to be legit by saying he works for Hewlitt Packard. Generous guy…wanted to buy the car for his brother’s birthday. Thankfully my friends called me about this and with a little research I found this thread. Thank you.

          • I just received a text from “Daniel”. The phone #they used was 267-603-6196. They wanted me to send pics of the engine to daady101@gmail.com. They called it a “vehicle” not the actual make and model my truck is.

            I also received another contact from “Sherry Croft”. They texted using the #215-385-3625 and using the email sherryc247@gmail.com. This was the same kind of scam. Here is what they sent:

            Thanks for writing back. One quick question, have you ever had any transmission repairs? I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because am a widow serving with the US Coast Guard around the North Persian Gulf. Personal calls are also restricted at the moment so email is my only mean of communication. I will be making the payment using PayPal, its safe, fast and secure and i will be responsible for the PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you don’t have an account with PayPal, its easy to open one kindly log onto PayPal website to sign up. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? I’m buying it for my son as a gift. I will be contacting a shipping agent that will handle the pickup once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me also. I look forward to hearing from you with your paypal ID and exact price you are letting it go;

            Too many red flags to count. Hope this helps someone.

          • Patrick says:

            I also just got a response from “Daniel” asking for more pictures or a video of the engine. came from phone # 260-488-7362. This number appears to be about 400 miles away from me, based on a reverse phone number search, which is what tipped me off – along with the message referencing “my vehicle” rather than the make and model.

            Another interesting thing – I haven’t even yet received an email from AutoTrader confirming that my listing is live.

      • Dan says:

        I just received text from “Daniel” (620) 359-7975. Email address given was Daady101@gmail.com

        Text read, “I love the vehicle you posted on Autotrader today,pls send a larger pics of engine or video to Daady101@gmail.com before I proceed.Daniel”

        Innocuous enough sounding, but I searched the email and phone and found this, glad I did.

        No reply for you.

    • Donna says:

      Was contacted by a Bryant Scott who wanted to buy our 1970 Mustang Grande. He stated he was in the USA. He said funds were pending in Paypal (no such thing) and he wanted us to front the Freight charge of $800.00 to western union (really?). The address of the freight co. is a empty field in Hempstead. Bryant Scott and his email address of danjohnny200@gmail.com are on many websites for scamming people. Oh, and he is in NIGERIA? Emailed him back and informed him of my findings and that he was messing with the wrong person. If he wanted to car to send the full amount including shipping to Western Union or our bank then we would send the car anywhere he wanted, including Nigeria.

    • Ozzie says:

      I nearly got conned a few days ago. I put my car on car sales dot com dot au and a day later got an SMS asking if it was still for sale. After replying Elizabeth ,zanebanks@gmail.com ,sent me this email..

      ‘Thanks a lot for the email. I’m away at sea at the moment,i work with New Zealand Oil and Gas (NZOG) and we are presently offshore in New Zealand Taranaki Basin on kapo project. We do not have access to phone at the moment,its 15days off and 15days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility. Where is it located at the moment?

      I’m very satisfied with your advert,i will like you to get back to me with the present condition and i want it delivered before my arrival.I won’t be able to come for the inspection due to the nature of my work and i would have called but our calling is restricted.Regarding the payment, pls get back to me with your final asking price and your bsb,account number and name on account so i can process the payment,I have also contacted my courier who will come for pick up after the whole fund has been cleared into your acct.

      Thanks’

      I initially believed it but thought it was too easy, so I came upon this blog. I then tested this jerk by asking for 4 times my advertised price and he replied that he was still interested!
      I hate these scum, be very careful people..

  2. Miles says:

    I got exactly the same email today from “ronnybryant@hotmail.com”

    So the scam is still going…

    • Ann says:

      yup.. i just got scammed by this shit.. dont ever proceed with paypal!!! its shit!! ask u to pay courier fee, and insurance fee and wth.. made me loss so much cash!!

    • zane says:

      Got a call today from a Marine biologist wanting it for his son… wants to pay with paypal.

      • Adam says:

        Got the same ‘scam’ for a car advertised on craigs list.

        From: Kerri BASH
        Date: Friday, January 25, 2013 12:34 PM
        To:
        Subject: Re: Volvo S80 – 2008

        Thanks for the reply, i am a marine technician and am always busy at sea thats why l wont be able to check the item due to the nature of my work so whats the present condition, because am buying this for my son as a Surprise gift so am willing to offer you the amount you required. I can only pay through PayPal at the moment as i don’t have access to my bank account online(i don’t have internet banking with it), but i have it attached to my PayPal account, and this is why i insisted on using PayPal to pay, all i will need is your PayPal email address to pay for the item, and if you don’t have a PayPal account yet, you can set one up at http://www.paypal.com it cant take you less than 3mins to do that, i will be expecting your PayPal email so l can pay. I have a pick up agent that will come for the pick up after payment has been sorted. l will be waiting for your reply asap

        Keep your eyes open as this is most likely a scam…remember if it seems to good to be true – now negotiation, full price, pay in advance…then it is .

        • ron says:

          I just got the same story a marine bioligist to the tee exept it was buying my car for their father for surprize. Definatliy a scam.

        • Donna B says:

          I got the exact same “Kerri BASH” email today on a horse trailer I am selling. Started googling as it looked way too suspicious. I hate scammers! If it looks too good to be true it almost always is!

        • Gena says:

          I received the very same email today from a craigslist ad I have. It is the EXACT same email. I will be reporting it as a scam to them immediately.

        • Allison says:

          Ha.. John.Frezie001@gmail.com just contacted me with same script as above.

          • Albert says:

            Received this email today:

            Patrick lowden

            5:19 PM (4 hours ago)

            Hi Albert,

            I really appreciate the response and am so sorry that i couldn’t call you due to the nature of my work,I work with NZ Oil & Gas and am presently offshore and i do not have access to phone at the moment,its 21days off and 10days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility.Please I am buying it for my son who just graduated ontop of his class in Australia national university (ANU).He studied Business Law and Professional Ethics Minor and am so proud of him .I want it as a surprise package to appreciate him towards his achievement and to be delivered before my arrival NT as my family lives in NT presently.

            Where is it located at the moment? Does it have any history I should be aware of ? and why are you selling if you don’t mind my asking ,I am already in talks with the courier company that will handle the pick-up and delivery after have sorted with the payment and in regards the payment, I can pay you through direct bank deposit,using ppal instant bank wire transfer service as i have my N.A.B account attached to my ppal account, I will need your bank details.If you are not comfortable with that, you can set up a paypal account proper at http://www.paypal.com.au and I will make the payment through paypal, this way, all I will need is your paypal email address.

            Kind Regards,
            Patrick.

            I found this offer to good to be true hence I checked;)
            Thanks guys for the tips

        • Marcus says:

          Also got exactly the same ‘scam’ for an advertised car on Done Deal.

          From: “Marie Colbin”
          Date: 24 Apr 2013 23:32
          Subject: Re: car

          Hello,

          Thanks for your swift response as I’m quite satisfied with the
          condition as am Okay with the price of 3,100 EUR using PayPal and
          about the delivery have already contacted a shipper coming for the
          collection of it once payment has been confirmed by PayPal… I will
          not be able to view it due to my nature of work as am a full time
          worker. A shipping company will be coming for the pickup after payment
          has been made and will sign all papers on my behalf which is needed
          for the Purchase.

          PayPal is an online banking solution that has the ability to transfer
          fund in a fast and secure manner which you are to attach your Bank
          Account to it so funds can be credited to your Bank Account directly.
          It is fast because funds are transferred in real time, and secure
          because all of your banking and personal details are not exposed. When
          transacting using PayPal, all you have to provide is your PayPal
          details instead of your bank details. After your money has been sent,
          PayPal will verify the transaction and immediately credit it to your
          Bank account and you can already start playing. Paying with your
          bank-account is safe as your bank-details will not be shared with the
          receiver.If you do not have an account with PayPal, visit
          http://www.paypal.com and register with them. When you are done with the
          registration send me the email used for the registration with PayPal
          so i can pay in.

          Marie.

          Thanks to all for posting these details of others real help in confirming it.

        • simon page says:

          Got exactly same text only he omitted his profession, just saying he was at sea! HOPE THE LITTLE BLIGHTER DROWNS. Lol!

        • Gigi says:

          I just got this exact same email from him wanting to buy my 1973 Mustang Mach I (fully restored). My email was verbatim…word for word…the same as your.

          Do these people think we are all idiots???

      • JJames says:

        Hey…I just got the same email today. Looks like this scam artist is still going!

  3. Chris says:

    Efter at have sat en bilannonce på dba.dk modtog jeg en sms fra “ronny”. Så den fidus lever i bedste velgående!
    Tak for advarslen!

  4. Magnus says:

    I also got the exact same email from ‘”Ronny Bryant”.
    I asked some specific questions but the answer was still exact the same as in this forum. So, be aware and watch out!

  5. Fredrik Johansson says:

    i have got the exact same requestion from this Ronny Bryant.
    This is really ugly.

  6. ali hayes says:

    yep- I had one yesterday. Raised my suspicion when he said he wanted to buy a 2l sports car for his son. Funny he was a marine engineer too

  7. lago says:

    Today the same for me!
    From
    annie nasal annellson18@gmail.com

    Strange name also!!

    • Chris says:

      Yep, same one responded to my ad.

      • grace says:

        I got this one today also and almost didn’t second guess only because she jumped the gun and paypal the funds using my email address and kept trying to get me to transfer 400 via western union agent to a David Gilbert at Tuscor Lloyds Ltd
        Quay West Trafford Wharf road, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1HH

        I’ve now closed my paypal account

        Their hunting ground at present is Gumtree ads people have posted because I got another his name is Trevor Samuel he is using tv.samss@gmail.com

        so be aware people this is really scary I got hit twice in one day

        • Shane says:

          I had the same prick try to push the paypal routine on me too, I reported it to IC3. it would have been nice to have had a genuine buyer for my hydrobath but such is life…

        • Corallee Vimpani says:

          I have this guy speaking to my right now about purchasing my car. Thank you so much for all your information. You really have saved me a lot of stress. I hope this bastard gets what he deserves.

        • Megan says:

          I had this same guy trying to buy our car. So bad. The only reason i found out it was a scam and stopped it before it got bad because people like you put it on the web so when i googled his email address to double check I found out it was a scam. Thank you for taking the time to post. It has really helped.

        • Chelsea Gatehouse says:

          I have also recieved a scam from my gumtree ad the person claimed to be called Lorraine West, watchout!! Almost had me too, it was only the couple of grammar errors that alerted me

      • mars says:

        Scam is now at Hemmings Auto Sales.
        I was contacted by “Mary Antonio”, supposedly a Marine Biologist buying the car as a surprise for Dad. Sent a text message to my phone asking to converse by email. Barely seemed interested in car.

    • Robert says:

      I had the same one today-

      I had listed my item on eBay.

      The person’s alias:

      Name: Annie Nasal
      Email: annellson18@gmail.com

      Also, keeps trying to get me to transfer money via Western Union agent to a David Gilbert at Tuscor Lloyds Ltd
      Quay West Trafford Wharf road, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1HH

  8. meredith says:

    me too but Christina Robinson and another Pierre Stewart.

  9. Wideboards says:

    From
    annie nasal annellson18@gmail.com has also tried to buy a car from me using the same process of asking for paypal details and getting an agent to pick the car up. Funny, but when I suggested she give the money to her agent and the agent bring me the cash in £ notes, the deal was not so sweet! I wonder why?

  10. Wideboards says:

    I have already had a bad experience with a scam. £58,700.00 was deposited in my bank account against an invoice for £4500.00some flooring. The scammer of course was hoping I would draw the excess balance in cash and send it back to him via Western Union. However, he (or maybe she, who knows) could not wait but managed to hook up my internet account details against my debit card no. (which I had not given out so he must have got that from a list bought from a dishonest bank employee ) He then purchased two flight tickets from Vienna to Cairo. The bank called me about these and I pointed out the excess payment. My account had to be closed. It has taken an age to get a new one opened and properly sorted, with direct debits going unpaid. It has been a bloody nightmare – so beware. Cash is king – but even lots of that is counterfeit ! £4m of fake coins was seized in N London only a couple of weeks ago.

  11. Jennifer M says:

    Got the same scam this week….didn’t fall for it….got suspicious right away and my bf googled paypal car scams and what he found matched what this guy said to me verbatim.

  12. Murray Macdougall says:

    annie nasal annellson18@gmail.com
    A name to watch out for… The same offer as Wideboard, to buy my vintage car, with paypal payment. Three clear requests for them to provide their full details and me stating I am a retired Police Officer, eventually led to them giving address 27 Vernon Street, Hammersmith, London. W14 0RJ. Street view shows an empty house in White City! BEWARE!!!

  13. David Hruska says:

    Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences. One additional item I forgot to mention was that the ‘scammer’ also communicated via SMS in hopes to make it more authentic and feel like a local buyer – buying prepaid SIMs is easy enough these days.

    Unfortunately it seems that they are still making money with this scam.

    • christopher lopez says:

      hi david i just read all the blogs in your web site i want to know if its safe to buy a used car in belgium and ship to my country in philippines. actually i had this car ad in autovlan.be website i had communication thru the seller thru email and we had a final price for the car, now he want me to pay €800 euros as a payment for the papers and taxes and not a downpayment for the car and he want me to deposit to western union. is this the procedure purchasing a used vehicle in belgium? or its a seller scam?

  14. James says:

    Thanks to you all for your info. I have had similar emails myself regarding a bike for sale. One is from annellson18@gmail.com (Anne Nasal/Anne Nnasal) and also one from olivergomez90@yahoo.com.

  15. Matt says:

    +1 for “annie Nasal”
    going to give the person some abuse i think!

  16. mat says:

    i just got this email about the engineer from Drogheda wanting to buy something without seeing the item wanting to paypal me money i knew something was fishy did some research and got here

  17. Jason says:

    Also got one from annellson18@gmail.com

    Thanks for your mail.I will like you to get back to me with your last
    price for the item, then i want you to also know that the transaction
    will be done via paypal and all charges will be on me,If my offer is
    accepted send me your PayPal email  including your phone# and send me
    more pics of this item if available since i would not be seen it in
    person so i can pay it right away I am always busy at work and do not
    have much time around me.Make sure you get back to me so that we can
    arrange for pick up as i will like the item to be picked at your
    residence location,so no shipping

    Regards

    • Roz says:

      I just received an almost identical email from annellson18@gmail.com in response to an ad I posted on allclassifieds.com.au

      The first email I received simply said “Still for sale?” and arrived in my inbox at about 4am which did raise my suspicion, but given that I’m having a sleepless night myself I let that slide. But the second email made it clear that something was not quite right!

      Thank you to everyone for taking the time to post comments and making it so easy to confirm that the email was indeed a scam. Now my only dilemma is deciding whether I toy with the scammer or just not bother to engage…

  18. DM Rizky says:

    Same as Iago, but I received two names who so called confirm to buy from:
    annellson18@gmail.com —> Annie Nassal
    and from:
    ahmad_hakim77@yahoo.com —> Ahmad Hakim

  19. Brian Dawes says:

    Also got one from annellson18@gmail.com
    Thanks for your mail.I will like you to get back to me with your last
    > price for the item, then i want you to also know that the transaction
    > will be done via paypal and all charges will be on me,If my offer is
    > accepted send me your PayPal email including your phone# and send me
    > more pics of this item if available since i would not be seen it in
    > person so i can pay it right away I am always busy at work and do not
    > have much time around me.Make sure you get back to me so that we can
    > arrange for pick up as i will like the item to be picked at your
    > residence location,so no shipping

  20. Khan says:

    I also got this sms from donlee567@yahoo.ca and he said I am on the sea I forgot my credit card please pay to my agent in China through courier then you will receive the money thru pay pal.

  21. Edwin says:

    Yes, i got like that from ahmad_hakim77@yahoo.com.

    I think he’s stranger.

  22. i had the same thing he gave an email address vierukim@gmail.com he wanted to buy my xbox,it was exactly what he was looking for and he was a marine engineer currently on a ship near drogheda,the address he wanted to have it sent to was savage smith block 2 flat 19 akerele extension surulere,lagos23401 nigeria .It all seemed strange from the start, but when he gave the address as nigeria,i knew for certain it was a scam.These people think we are as stupid as them.

  23. Anne Pavey says:

    Scam through Cars Guide.com in Australia read below: Hello Anne,
    I was just about to make the payment when i had this little problem with the picking up,I got an email from my agent..i taught i included that in my previous email.he said he won’t come and pick up the vehicle unless i pay him the agent commission fee first in order to be able to schedule a pick up time ,and my pick up agent head quarters is in the United Kingdom and all commission payments made for pick up, from anywhere in the world is sent to their head quarters in the United Kingdom and the only form of payments they accept is western union money transfer and i tried to pay online but i will need a credit card which i didn’t bring along, and there is no post office(there is usually a western union section in most post offices) or any western union agent offshore! so i have to ask you to help me with the pick up fees, i will include the $2,950 they charged to pick it up and take it to my home(1st class treatment), to the payments i will send through paypal after i have made the payments,i will need you to help me send the $2,950 to my pick up agent through western union money transfer after you confirm the payment, the western union money transfer can be made at a post office near to you,there is always a western union agent in most post offices or online at http://www.westernunion..com .I will be making the payments shortly and will email you as soon as it has been done..

    Thank you for your support

    John

    — On Sun, 5/8/12, Anne wrote:

    From: Anne
    Subject: Re: Jaguar
    To: “John Genesis”
    Received: Sunday, 5 August, 2012, 12:42 AM

    Dear John,

    The car has been serviced all it’s life by Jaguar specialists, I have all the records available if you want them. No mechanical problems have been experienced at all.
    I can give you my mechanics number if you want to discuss the car with him.

    What State is your father in, or are you going to ship the car overseas. I have experience in shipping internationally.

    I do have a paypal account which you can access through my email address. I will need to have the funds cleared prior to pick-up. As I have just got an offer for $29,000 you will need to do this asap.

    Regards

    Anne

    On 04/08/2012, at 8:11 PM, John Genesis wrote:

    Hello Anne,

    Great reading from you. i’m a serious buyer with genuine interest Kindly consider my offer of $31,000 in order to outbid the offers you might receive or have received.I am a marine engineer on a rig offshore and am currently in the middle of the Southern Ocean. Am buying this as a surprise gift for my Dad.

    To start with, I can only make the payment via paypal because it’s very safe,fast and secure for both of us. In case you don’t have a paypal account I’ll advice you to register for one at http://www.paypal.com. I won’t be available to come for inspection due to my present location because I’ll still be on the ship for the next 1 Month. I have a private pick-up agent that will contact you in-order to handle the pick-up at any location of your choice once the payment is completed.

    I’ll like you to tell me more about the present mechanical condition of the vehicle, how often do you service it, the car history, have you ever experience any mechanical problem with this vehicle?

    I’ll be the one to handle the payment via paypal because the pick up agent doesn’t deal with cash payment on behalf of their customers. Your quick response is greatly appreciated so that we can proceed with this transaction a.s.a.p. I will keep checking my email every 15 minutes for your message.

    Best Regards,

    — On Sat, 4/8/12, Anne

    From: Anne
    Subject: Re: Jaguar
    To: “John Genesis”
    Received: Saturday, 4 August, 2012, 7:31 PM

    $30,000 ONO give me an offer.
    Regards

    Anne

    On 04/08/2012, at 4:42 PM, John Genesis wrote:

    How much are you looking on the car ?

    John

    — On Sat, 4/8/12, Anne

    From: Anne
    Subject: Jaguar
    To: ocean.virus@yahoo.com.au
    Received: Saturday, 4 August, 2012, 4:17 PM

    Hi, all relevant info is in the ad, just that it has really been looked after, as I am a car writer, and can no longer drive, I have been seriously ill hence the sale.
    I tried to ring you but the number would not connect also where are you from, is it Victoria?

    Regards

    Anne

  24. djbahl says:

    These paypal scams are rife. this brya james guy even gave his phone number so i called him! And he still had the cheek to continue the rubbish!. Watch out for Brya James – bryajames2222@gmail.com. There are others from medomay03@gmail.com; hinnginsoz@gmail.com; tom_vir@yahoo.de.
    ALL SCAMMERS!! watch out.

  25. Rachelle says:

    I just got a similar response to my car ad from a “Justin Bekker”… I told him I believed his offer to be a scam and I would not accept it. Haven’t heard back from him!!

  26. Tee says:

    I had 2 scammers contact me phone numbers 1609-3099803 and said this I want to know if your vehicle on kijiji is still up for sale as i intend to buy it right away.Please email me on: shannywest@gmail.com. With this email Thanks for the prompt reply,My name is Shannon West, i believe my son Chris sent you a text message to email me for the sale,I would like to know the lowest price,more pictures and its present condition because i cant come over to inspect it,i am buying it locally here in Canada for my son studying/working abroad  (Malaysia).I am work at sea as i am a marine biologist (i work on the St-Lawrence river in Quebec. my office: Pilotes du  Bas-St-Laurent] and due to the nature of my work, phone calls is restricted, i can only use my ipad to partially  communicate.I am really sure he will be more than happy if i am able to purchase it from you because this is what he want and chose from the Advert.
    You need not worry yourself about how it will get to him there in Malaysia as i have a contact of shipping company there that will be handling the pick up and all the paper work.
    Regards  

    Sent from my iPad  ….. Then this one 1970-230-9344. Now I replied him at first confused but did not proceed anything. Great, i am ready to buy it now, but am offshore at the moment and due to the nature of my work, phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it. I will make payment via PayPal because i don’t have access to bank, So if you will send me your PayPal email or perhaps you send a PayPal payment request invoice to the same email  so i can send payment.  If you don’t have PayPal account, it is very easy to set up, go to http://www.paypal.com website registration will take only 5 minutes.

    Note that you will not be responsible for shipping and handling. The shipment will be arrange by my private transporter after you receive your payment.Kindly get back to me with the below information required.
    Your Name :
    PayPal Email :
    Pick-up address :
    Final Price :
    Mobile Number:
    Kinds Regards. After i made all the necessary payment the picker will come for the pick up….kindly get back to me with the information i requested from you.
    Your Name :
    PayPal Email :
    Pick-up address :
    Final Price :
    Mobile Number:

    Kinds Regards

  27. manoj pillai says:

    just received this also

    Hi, how i wish i could come to inspect this car but currently i’m
    working away from the country. I’m in the deployment who’s on a
    mission right now in Afghanistan with the Army.so i’ll be buying the
    car without seeing it, Due to the distance as me being in Afghanistan
    presently, i’ll arrange the pick-up of the car with a Private Courier
    Service as soon as you get your payment, I need you to provide the
    following details so that i can proceed with the Payment…

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Your Mobile Number :
    Price is ok

    Soon as i make the payment and you get the funds, the Courier
    Service will come and pick up the car at your home at your convenient
    time also the courier will help me sign the required papers.

    Cheers

  28. Eliot Eriksson says:

    Hello,

    I have been searching for ages and have decided that this is exactly what I am looking for and want to purchase it from you! I will send you the payment through paypal as I believe this is the best way for me to make the payment and would be the safest for both of us. I will arrange everything so you wont need to worry about transportation or having to incur any extra costs. I want you to get back to me with the present condition and tell me your last price and why do you want to sell. Please get back to me as soon as possible so we can start to make arrangements.

    Roberts

    Got it from someone called Robert Morton..

    Suspected something right away and googled it..

    A scam.

  29. Joe says:

    whoaah..I just got an email from ahmad_hakim77@yahoo.com . He wants to make a deal with me . Thanks for this site, you warn me to be careful.

  30. Hans says:

    I just got this from “Gerald Steven”, who responded to my car advert (in Belgium) half an hour after I put it online:

    “Thanks for the mail…I will appreciate more pictures. I am ready to buy it now but due to the nature of my work , i won’t be able to come and have a look and phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but I squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it, I would be glad to pay for it as soon as possible though I will not be available to come for an inspection due to my tight schedule. Kindly get back to me with the following questions below:

    1) what is the condition?
    2) Are you the Owner?
    3) Pick up Location?
    4) Your Registered PayPal Name and Registered PayPal Email Address For Me To Proceed With The Payment?

    I would be glad to make the payment immediately through PayPal so kindly get back to me with your Registered PayPal Name and Registered PayPal Email Address for Me to Proceed with the Payment. You need not to worry yourself about title transfer and shipment and and if you don’t have a PayPal account yet, you can set one up at http://www.paypal.com it can’t take you less than 3mins to do that, I will instruct the pick up agent to handle that therefore in order to complete the transaction do get back to me with your Registered PayPal Name and Registered PayPal Email Address.

    I will be waiting for your reply!

    Gerald”

  31. Shane says:

    Look out for kate Watson

    Same scam with her son in Malasya

  32. Tj says:

    Me 2 from a Kate Watson that was a marine biologist sendin it to her son in Malaysia said she didn’t have on line banking but pay pal was safe for both of us sent me a tex first so I called the number she tex from and it was a pinger number u can down load from I phone ap number was 1 435 200 3744 googled the number also and it came back to a Utah address she said she was in Quebec on the st lawerence river

  33. Johnny says:

    annelson is at it again, tried to buy my car via paypal unseen. Surely the police could do something about these obvious scams.

  34. David Thompson says:

    We’ve just had medomay03@gmail.com trying to buy our car without seeing it, sounded fishy so thought I’d check… And it is, thanks.

  35. I received this yesterday, forwarded it to Autotrader’s scam team and they confirmed it is a scam. Hope it makes others aware too as I couldnt afford to lose the car, or the money!!

    Hello,

    Thanks for your response..I’m quite satisfied with the condition and with i saw and price,and I need you to understand that i am willing and ready to purchase it right away,wont be able to come view it cause am very busy with job but when we done with transaction my shipper will come over and check it end the advert, consider me as your favorite buyer.I will be paying the PayPal charges from my account and i will be paying directly into your PayPal account without any delay and get back to me with the last price., and i hope you have a Paypal account. If you have one already, just send me the address to send it to, which is the email address you use for it or you can send me a Paypal money request, so once i receive the details i will go ahead with the payment through PayPal and then i will contact my shipping company after you get the payment.I insisted on Paypal because i don’t have access to my bank account online as i don’t have internet banking and i can’t go to the bank due to the nature of my job, but i can pay from my Paypal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it, i will need you to give me your Paypal email address so i can make the payments asap for the vehicle and pls if you don’t have Paypal account yet, it is very easy to set up, go to http://www.paypal.com and get it set up , after you have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you use for registration with Paypal so as to put the money through. I will need your home address for it to be Picked Up by the Shipping Company..

  36. Dylan Sullivan. says:

    yeah i just got one from … abolas11@gmail.com. i was excited at first, being a 16 year old boy and selling his first car. but thanks alot scammers, JOKES ON YOU NOW.

  37. Liz T says:

    Same kind of dodgy-sounding suggestion from paulgronborg@gmail.com pasted below, received Aug 21 2012 so still current.

    Thanks for the response Does it need anything to be replace or repair?if theirs please specify,what is your last price? I will arrange for a private shipper to come over for picking it up down to my place after payment has been received. I will be making the payment through PayPal as paypal is safe and secured for transactions online, advice soon as I’m at sea at the moment as a marine engineer and due to the nature of my work, phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it, I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too,since i won’t be be able to see this in person, I will need the following details below to send funds to in order for me to pay you ASAP.

    Are you the first owner:
    Your PayPal e-Mail Address:
    full name:
    What is your reason for selling it?
    Address:
    Price:
    I await your reply.

  38. Todd says:

    Hey,
    Thank god for this post.
    I am currently trying to sell my car and decided to include my cell to make it easier for people to get a hold of me.

    Just received the following sms from number: 1-609-309-9810


    I want to know if your vehicle on kijiji is still up for sale as i intend to buy it right away.Please email on: shannywest@gmail.com

    I was a little suspicious right away so I did a quick Google search and this page has validated them!

    I didn’t even bother sending the email. Although I admit I started it, but I decided to check it out first.
    I’m already wishing I hadn’t included my number :(

    Cheers

  39. chantell says:

    Hi all i had the same thing with selling a mobile on gumtree tv.samss@gmail.com saying he was buying it for his son that worked abroad telling me he would deposit payment via paypal he replied back using tv.samss@hotmail.com then another one an hour later by janemile11@gmail.com she couldn’t say what i was selling told me she would pay via paypal and dhl transport would pick it up after payment was confirmed she would pay for she also told me if i didnt have a paypal account she suggested i sign up now she was stationed in malaysia knew they were a bit suss but after googling worked out they are scammers but wont publish to much otherwise they may figure out how they stuff up

  40. Zaheer says:

    Thanks so much for all you guys for posting this. I received 1 today. Guy wanted to buy my car without seeing it. Had my doubts right from start. Thank you very much Guys!!!

  41. Jake c says:

    i got a txt msg saying to email this guy here, abolas11@gmail.com so i did then he responded with
    Hello.

    I’m satisfied with the condition, I’m ready to buy this car, Please
    tell me your final price so that we can discuss further about the
    payment

    Please Advise.

    It rang alarm bells right from the start

  42. G po says:

    I received the exactly same e-mail from a.millberg68@hotmail.com

    • Chilli says:

      Have a car for sale in the Danish Den Blå Avis and received sms this morning from a sender “cecigross” saying: Hello, Is your Car for sale? Reply Me direct to a.millberg68hotmail.com
      I got suspecious right away, stupid question to ask to a sale ad and why in English since this ad newspaper is pure Danish? Googled cecigross, millberg etc., only something from California came up… Then I googled the e-mail adress, and here I am reading and commenting.

  43. Quty B says:

    same happens to me this morning, from Jane Mile janemile11@gmail.com with exactly the same thing, and I just googled this email address, and came up with thousands scam stories, world has become so ugly. Watch out !

  44. Michael Tobeck says:

    Another one for abolas11@gmail.com

    “Hello.

    I’m satisfied with the condition, I’m ready to buy this car, Please
    tell me your final price so that we can discuss further about the
    payment

    Please Advise.”

    Sad.

  45. Leanne says:

    annellson18@gmail.com strikes again! Reported it to website as scam. Thankful I googled it! Phew

  46. R jones says:

    Hi I have had one of these scams when trying to sell my car, didn’t ask any questions about the car and was sending a shipping company to pick the car up all he wanted was my paypal Id. Look out for Kevin Douglas email emasanwoo002@gmail.com

  47. Mark Ainsworth says:

    I just got the following email from our old friend annellson18@gmail.com

    Thanks for your mail.I will like you to get back to me with your last
    price, then i want you to also know that the transaction will be done
    via paypal and all charges will be on me,If my offer is accepted send
    me your PayPal email including your phone#, please what is the
    condition and send me more pics if available since i would not be seen
    it in person so i can pay it right away I am always busy at work and
    do not have much time around me.Make sure you get back to me so that
    we can arrange for pick up as i will like the car to be picked at your
    residence location,so no shipping

    Regards

  48. Jon says:

    Got this email today from annellson18@gmail.com
    ,Thank you all for previous comments, Helped make me aware of scammers.

    thanks for your mail.I will like you to get back to me with your last
    price, then i want you to also know that the transaction will be done
    via paypal and all charges will be on me,If my offer is accepted send
    me your PayPal email including your phone#, please what is the
    condition and send me more pics if available since i would not be seen
    it in person so i can pay it right away I am always busy at work and
    do not have much time around me.Make sure you get back to me so that
    we can arrange for pick up as i will like the car to be picked at your
    residence location,so no shipping

  49. Morten Barsballe Nielsen says:

    Hi
    Another Scam from abolas11@gmail.com. With text. i cant pay with bank as i had disable my online banking when i left the country, so if youre interested in the sale kindly register for paypal at http://www.paypal.com and once i send the money to you i could tell paypal to deposit it into your bank account directly.
    Thankyou for writing on this page, I was from the beginning a little woried and for a good reason.
    Morten

  50. Louise says:

    I think this guy Denis Macus is trying the same thing on me. What do I do??

  51. Citizen says:

    You also might get a weird SMS from some random website first, just to get you hooked.
    Then you can read from bottom up to see how they get you into their scam…

    From: Trevor Samuels
    To: Citizen
    Sent: October 2012
    Subject: Re: Gum tree

    Thanks for the response,

    I am very keen on BOTH. How i wish i could come for viewing and
    inspection as am currently overseas at the moment and i want it picked
    up before i get back as i will be here for a couple of month. 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 http://www.paypal.com.au 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 tell me more about the bike

    Trev.

    ________________________________
    From: Trevor Samuels
    To: Citizen
    Sent: October 2012
    Subject: Re: Gum tree

    Thanks alot.
    Actually, I saw a bit of your listing on the website so i want you to
    get back to me with the lists of items you have there with prices in
    front of them so i can select and we can go from there.
    Trev.

    Citizen wrote:
    Hi Trev,

    Could you please confirm which add you enquiring about? It’s just I have
    few at the moment, selling things before moving interstate.
    Kind Regards

  52. Richard Hall says:

    I knew it was a scam because he (Ken Jackson) was willing to pay full price for my over- priced piece of shit car. :)

  53. lea pickerill says:

    Thank you guys, I have had one of these rogue emails today from selling my car through auto trader. I always thought PayPal safe

    • C D says:

      I have been screwing with multiple scammers for some time now its always; full price, site unseen, paypal payment, cannot be contacted by phone but can email, and then comes the request for you to western union an amount to their shipping agent. They then send you a fake paypal notification claiming the amount you have negotiated and instructions to reply back with the MCTN from western union.
      I have contacted paypal in efforts to stop this fraud but to no avail. PayPal is ***…

  54. Glenda Kosters says:

    Thanks everyone for the info. I just received a text wanting details from tv.samss@gmail.com. It did seem odd & now all adds up. Hopefully a ligitimate buyer will come along. Thanks again.

  55. Red says:

    I just got one from Trev as well! Same deal. He sent me a text via WEBSMS first of all. Then when I emailed him, he started with being in Malaysia and sending an agent and needing my paypal details.

    I also have received a few texts outside of Australia and they say the same thing. Asking for more photos, service history and a firm price. Only ever an email to respond. No phone call or anything. I was even about to rush out and wash my car in case they wanted to view it today!!! haha… oh dear.

    As far as I’m concerned, if they’re not phoning you or in a local(ish) area via text, they’re a complete scam!!! Please be careful and once you email, change your passwords immediately!! Don’t forget they have your details now.

  56. Andrew says:

    I just recived one last night exactly like some ive been reading! a marine engineer wanting to buy my older 4000 truck without even seeing it!! it was from a “rogue scott”

  57. Hossain says:

    I got same email form Marin engineer wants to buy my car at 18500 without even seeing it. It was from Jone wills.

  58. wayne says:

    I have someone who reckons they are working 15 days on 15 off
    this is the copy of the email i got.
    Read below could this be the scam?
    I am buying it for my son who just graduated ontop of his class in Australia national university (ANU) .He studied Business Law and Professional Ethics Minor and am so proud of him .i want it as a surprise package to appreciate him towards his achievement and to be delivered before my arrival NT as my family lives in NT presently.

    I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd and we are presently offshore in New Zealand Taranaki Basin on kapo project. We do not have access to phone at the moment,its 15days off and 15days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility. Where is it located at the moment?Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don’t mind my asking.I am already in talks with the courier that will handle the pick-up and delivery it in NT.

    As regards the payment, I can pay you through direct bank deposit,using ppal instant bank wire transfer service as i have my N.A.B account attached to my ppal account, I will need your bank details to the transfer EFT and If you are not comfortable with that, you can set up a paypal account proper at http://www.paypal.com.au and I will make the payment through paypal, this way, all I will need is your paypal email address.
    Cheers
    Wayne

    • Cameron says:

      I have a car advertised atm and received the same email yesterday:
      Thanks a lot for the email. I am buying it for my son who just graduated ontop of his class in Autralia national university (ANU) .He studied Business Law and Professional Ethics Minor and am so proud of him .i want it as a suprise package to appreciate him towards his achivement and to be delievred before my arrival NT as my family livesin NT presently

      Where is it located at the moment? Does it have any history I should be aware of ? and why are you selling if you don’t mind my asking.I am already in talks with the courier that will handle the pick-up and delivery it in NT. I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd and we are presently offshore in New Zealand Taranaki Basin on kapo project. We do not have access to phone at the moment,its 15days off and 15days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility.

      As regards the payment, I can pay you through direct bank deposit,using ppal instant bank wire transfer service as i have my N.A.B account attached to my ppal account, I will need your bank details.If you are not comfortable with that, you can set up apaypal account proper at http://www.paypal.com.au and I will make the payment through paypal, this way, all I will need is your paypal email address.
      Cheers!! Watch out for pat.crs1102@gmail.com

      • Cameron says:

        Then received another one the very next day from someone else with the same story:

        Thanks for the response,I would have loved to call you directly but due to the nature of my work we do not have access to phone at the moment,its 20 days off and 10 days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility.

        I am buying this for my first son who just graduated on top of his class at Charles Darwin University in NT ,He studied Building Design & Architecture. I want it to be the perfect graduation gift for him and am making it a surprise package ,Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don’t mind my asking.I am already in talks with freighters that will handle the pickup and delivery .I will really appreciate if you can email more info

        Due to the nature of my work i am a very busy man working all day,am a sailor am presently on-board, i don’t have access to my bank account online as am not with my credit card details here but i have my ANZ bank account link up with my PayPal account so I will be paying you through PayPal to your nominated bank account or better still is if you have a PayPal account ,please get back to me with your BSB and account details or PayPal account so i can proceed with the payment and contact the courier agent who will come to pick it up and deliver it in NT for my son .Await your reply .

        Regards,
        Paul.

        Watch out for barrywen16@gmail.com
        This all originated from a car placed on drive.com.au

  59. valerie joachim says:

    Thanks everyone for posting about this–total scam! We were trying to sell a motorcycle on Craigslist, and just today got the same type of offer from Catherine Hess (Hlandder4@gmail.com. Here’s what she wrote:

    Thanks for your mail.i will appreciate more pictures..I am ready to buy it now for my son as a surprise promise gift,And due to the nature of my work,phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it.i would be glad to pay for it as soon as possible though i will not be available to come for an inspection due to my tight schedule.Kindly get back to me with the following questions below:

    1) Are you the Owner?
    2) Pick up Location?
    3) Your PayPal Email ID to effect the payment
    4)what is The final Price
    5)is there any other issues with the item not mentioned on Craigslist?
    6)kindly remove the post from craigslist

    I would be glad to make the payment immediately through PayPal so kindly get back to me with your PayPal ID. You need not to worry yourself about title transfer and shipment,i will instruct the shipping company to handle that therefore in order to complete the transaction do get back to me with your PayPal ID and total cost so that I can make the payment asap. I will
    be waiting for your reply!

    Thanks and God bless

    • Quinn says:

      I got this exact same email today from hlandder4@gmail.com, but the name given was Richard Johnson. I knew it was a scam from the start.

      I’ve had nothing but scam responses from Craigslist: 2 texts (1 from NJ and 1 from NY…for a car in CALIFORNIA, come on, now); and two emails.

      Here are the scam email addresses:

      Nillykhole@yahoo.com

      ginirodriguez@sbcglobal.net (as Richard Johnson)

      chieunles@gmail.com

      Scam phone/text numbers:
      8482271492
      3475660459

      I’d advise not responding to emails that are slightly suspicious, even if you want to call someone out on their scam. They might just be fishing for a valid email address to hack.

      When I responded to one (thankfully, I didn’t give out personal information at all, just said the vehicle was still for sale), somehow, the name and email address that I responded to (chieunles@gmail.com) was different than the incoming name and email (ginirodriguez@sbcglobal.net). All I did was hit “reply” to the original sender and the email address switch happened. I immediately changed my password to something long and complicated, and will start changing it regularly.

  60. mick says:

    Just got two texts a few moments after posting the car for sale, asking to communicate via email only, I can’t believe these assholes are still around! this ediot claims to be a marine biologist out on the St Laurent river and her son who text-ed me is in Malaysia at the moment… blah blah, you seen the rest, the phone number Area Code (NPA) is registered in Homestead Florida. If you want to find/trace the phone number go to http://www.area-codes.com it may help identify at least some scammers right away.

  61. Bill Groves says:

    24/10/12 listed my vehicle for sale on Gumtree and within hours I had 2 separate text enquiries from people purporting to be Ryan Gould email address: ygoudr@gmail.com and from a Trevor Samuels email address: tv.samss@gmail.com
    Both put up the story of being overseas and wanting to purchase the vehicle, sight unseen, after asking my bottom line price and wanting to pay via PayPal and wanting me to transfer shipping agency fees for them via Western Union.
    I reported this matter to the Australian Federal Police today. Do not under any circumstances deal with these scammers. I sent them both an email after several to and fro, suggesting that the deal sounded dodgy and that was the end of them. Heard nothing more.

  62. James says:

    Same email from someone calling themselves “Nordic Kent” nordickent1956@hotmail.com

    Received a text message without phone number from michael.hof.

    My car was for sale on Finn.no…

  63. Brenda says:

    Hi we advertised our truck on kijiji and have had two text messages from 2 different people saying they want more information but will buy the truck at the asking price and pay via pay pal they are
    david-osburne@yahoo.ca 604-674-9930
    tcallow001@gmail.com 719-781-8146
    we also had an e mail from another guy asking me to txt information to him and I replied we don’t do texts you know the phone number so call us and I then got back do you do e mails so I deleted it. I don’t know of anyone who would buy a used vehicle sight unseen these people are real low lives and use pay pal coz lots of people assume pay pal is 100% safe

  64. Alfa says:

    Hello, I have had similar situation with car buyer. I am from Bosnia and i am glad that i found this site. So… he send me sms “i supose prepaid number” with number and to send him back email. His adress is mail: harrisscott40@gmail.com
    phone number: +15146536009
    Be careful with this guy. He was in no time satisfied with price and everything and also he try to said to me to open paypal account. At first i was confused, but when i saw that on every question that i asked him he answer that he will be paying on paypal in advance I didnt fall for that crap. I finished our mail conversation this morning with words that i am gonig to report his IP adress to Interpol. So be CAREFULL!!

    • Jipehem says:

      Received same message from Harrisscott today (see below) . Be careful !
      Hello Friend,

      I’m quite satisfied with the condition and price of €17,700. I need to let you know that the shipping agent will be coming for the pick up as soon as the payment has been complete and approved by PayPal and the shipping agent will be the ones to help me handle all other necessary details to complete the deal when they get to your home address for the pick up.

      So i will be paying directly into your PayPal account without any delay, and i hope you have a PayPal account for the payment and if NO i will like you to kindly log
      on to http://www.paypal.com and create an account, If you have one already, just send me the address to send it to, which is the email address you use for it or you can send me a PayPal money request, so once i receive the details i will go ahead with the payment through PayPal and then i will contact my shipping company after you get the payment. I will need your home address for the merchandise to be Picked Up by the Shipping Company as soon as the Payment is completed.

      I can’t wait to hear from you..

      Thanks and Best Regards.

  65. Aquiles says:

    Same thing just happened to me, good thing I took the time to check online and see this is a scam. Too good to be true. They text you offering the money you want for the car plus arrange for pick up. Never pick up the phone, they better told me they are def, so they can talk, lol. Do not fall for it.

  66. Aquiles says:

    They cannot talk, is what i mean. They will invent any fake story.
    Two phone numbers they used in my case: 614-407-3872 from texas and 201-677-5ts220 from NJ.

  67. Ian says:

    I have also had a email scammer
    Hi,
    I sent you a text message instead of calling cos the mobile
    network reception over here is very poor. I am very much interested in
    buying the Vehicle from you and will love to know the final price you
    intend to sell it. I want to know its general condition and is there
    also any other thing that i need to know about it. I will also
    appreciate it if you can send me more info or pics and i will proceed
    with your payment if everything seems okay. I will be expecting your
    reply.

    Regards,
    Zac.
    Sorry mate
    Not selling to anyone who can not view in person Car is not for sale to anyone who resides outside Aust

    Hi,
    Its okay then and i understand. I am very serious about buying the
    Vehicle from you and would love to know the final price you intend to
    sell it but can’t come over to inspect it cos i’m an Ecologist
    presently offshore on a project but i have gone through the
    description which i’m okay with. I am buying it as a gift for my
    cousin who also resides in Australia and paypal is the easiest way for
    me to pay cos i don’t have access to my bank account through the
    internet as i will need to confirm some info which can’t be done till
    i’m back home, but i have my bank account attached to my paypal
    account. All i need to make the paypal payment is your paypal email
    address. Paypal is reliable, secure and easy to use, all you need to
    do is to visit http://www.paypal.com.au and register with them in case if you
    don’t have an account with them already. I am looking forward to your
    reply and i would arrange for the pick up and delivery of the item
    with a freighter/ pick up agent after the payment have been sorted.

    Zac.

    Sorry mate no paypal acount will only accept cash or bank cheque

    Hi,
    I want you to try to understand that paypal is the only payment
    option i have here as i have already explained to you earlier. Paypal
    is very easy to use, safe and very fast and its pretty easy to set up
    a new account at http://www.paypal.com.au and your payment would be done as
    soon as your paypal account has been set up.

    Zac.

  68. DE KEMPENEER says:

    Hello,

    Thanks for the warning !
    I am from Belgium. I sell my car.
    I have also had a similar message today from that guy. He send me an sms “Is your car still for sale ? Get back to me on harrisscott40@gmail.com“.
    His phone number is +46737494636.

    • Tony says:

      Beste

      Ik heb je via een forum gevonden,’K heb net hetzelfde tegen gekomen als U! Zelfde gsm nr en zelfde email adres. Van mij gaat het over een moto, nu was ik daar bijna ingetrapt tot ik naar paypal zelf belde, en ze me wisten te vertellen dat dit fraude is. Ik hou hem nog wat aan het lijntje maar wou u vragen hoe je dit afgehandeld hebt?

      Mvg Tony

  69. Andy says:

    I have had my car online for two days and have now had 3 seperate BS attempts like the ones listed. Are there any places to Actually sell a car without this craziness?? The first guy was “an offshore oil engineer” and the second one said they “work for an offshore business”. Both said they needed the vehicle shipped. Why do they request paypal?? i know it’s a scam, but i guess i am just curious how it works? thanks!

  70. Maxine says:

    I told him , he could only buy it if he sent a direct bank transfer, strangley enough, he has not replied. As I mentioned that even when I have funds in my bank account, they can stil do a paypal dispute, that is my guess

    I’ve check the listing and am okay with it,so I’m satisfied with the Price and ready to purchase the Car.I will offer you 3750 pound sterling for the Car and about the delivery have already contacted a pick up agent coming for the collection of the Car once payment has been cleared from your PayPal account to your bank account …. I will not be able to inspect the Car due to my absent in country at moment(On Office Assignment),my pick up will sign all necessary documents,including the Log Book when he comes for the collection for the Car and he will do every necessary check up to know if the condition of the Car is the same as you have described it,Kindly confirm the Tax and MOT me. I’ll be paying you through PayPal which is a fast, safe and reliable method of payment,kindly get back to me with your paypal email account to make the payment. Feel free to call me on 07024053156

  71. Maxine says:

    This is his email address:
    derickdamain@yahoo.com

  72. Alfa says:

    I think that all of you should put phone numbers and emails of scamers here, thats easier way for people to google them. TNX

  73. Michiel de Geus says:

    Dear All, they still continue. This time under the name of Bonnie O’sullivan (mail is bonnie.189@hotmail.com) so be aware!

    Think this one is very obvious, but still.. It started with an SMS asking if the car was still for sale and i had to reply by email.

    Thanks for the response,i will take the item for 10,256EUR including PayPal Sub charges since i am interested in the immediate purchase.I just moved to the United Kingdom,where this is needed and i will be making use of a shipping company to have this picked up from you and have it delivered to me.Further arrangements will be made with you in regards to the pick up once i have paid you.I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too since i won’t be be able to see this in person,So do get back to me with the details below so that i could proceed with the payment:

    Name:
    PayPal Email address
    Cell Phone No:

    i will go ahead with the payment through PayPal and if you don’t have an account with paypal, you can just visit, http://www.paypal.com and sign up for an account with your e-mail.

    Kindly get back to me as soon as possible so that we could finalize this transaction.

    I wait to read from you soon.

  74. Joe says:

    Just got the exact same email as Michiel de Geus from a Gary Donald, email address icemanod090@gmail.com.

  75. Russ says:

    Just got one from a “Lori Gold”
    lorigold02@gmail.com

  76. Evan says:

    I’m in Canada, recieved an email today about my car from wryan321@live.com “Ryan Wood”.

  77. Mels says:

    Just got this..

    Hello,

    I insisted on paypal because i don’t have access to my bank account online as i don’t have internet banking and i can’t go to the bank due to the nature of my job, but i can pay from my paypal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it, i will need you to give me your paypal email address so i can make the payments asap for the vehicle and pls if you don’t have paypal account yet, it is very easy to set up, go to http://www.paypal.com and get it set up , after you have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you use for registration with paypal so as to put the money through.

    On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM,
    I only do cash..

    Op 13 nov. 2012 om 21:12 heeft “Harris Scott” het volgende geschreven:

    Hello Friend,

    I’m quite satisfied with the condition and price of €2,300. I need to let you know that the shipping agent will be coming for the pick up as soon as the payment has been complete and approved by PayPal and the shipping agent will be the ones to help me handle all other necessary details to complete the deal when they get to your home address for the pick up.

    So i will be paying directly into your PayPal account without any delay, and i hope you have a PayPal account for the payment and if NO i will like you to kindly log
    on to http://www.paypal.com and create an account, If you have one already, just send me the address to send it to, which is the email address you use for it or you can send me a PayPal money request, so once i receive the details i will go ahead with the payment through PayPal and then i will contact my shipping company after you get the payment. I will need your home address for the merchandise to be Picked Up by the Shipping Company as soon as the Payment is completed.

    I can’t wait to hear from you..

    Thanks and Best Regards.

    On Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 5:09
    €2300

    Verstuurd vanaf mijn iPhone

    Op 13 nov. 2012 om 16:57 heeft “Harris Scott” het volgende geschreven:

    You name the lowest price you want for it…

    On Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM,
    Hello
    I have the car since April 2012. I started a company and it runs well, so I already need a bigger car.

    Make a good offer and I will think about it

    greetings

    From: Harris Scott
    Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:46 PM
    To: Melissa Petersen
    Subject: Re: Car

    Hello, Thanks for your response.Am interested in purchase of your car.How long have you owned it? and also what is the lowest price for it?

    Awaiting your response..

    Best Regards

    On Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM,
    Hello

    Yes, the car is still for sale

    Gr Melissa

    Verstuurd vanaf mijn iPhone

  78. Mels says:

    brianelbert380@live.co.uk

    Also got text whit this mail

  79. Mitchell says:

    Got a scam email from a “marine engineer” today similar to the example. I’m in Australia. I got an SMS from “laurahafem”, telling me to get back to them via e-mail on captaincraig11gmail.com (they didn’t include the @ sign). DODGY.

  80. Michael says:

    The scam is still going on. I posted my car for sale on kijiji in Alberta, Canada and immediately I received a text from a phone with a 213 area code (Los Angeles) from the person interested in my car (what are the odds!?). I have to mention that my car is not special and this is not underpriced. I noticed that his English and grammar was far from perfect. English is my second language, but I could distinguish good professional language from somebody pretending to have it.

    Here is his response.

    Great to read back from you,i am okay with the final asking price and i will more information on the condition as i am buying it for my vacation,because i am coming soon from work,our rig as am a petroleum project engineer on a rig offshore,i won’t be able to come for the inspection due to the nature of my work,i would have love to call in person but we have call restriction due to bad weather condition our satellite server has been down. I have contact a private courier agent who will come for the Pick up after the payment have been made… so no shipping included. i will be paying you through PayPal It’s pretty easy to set up a PayPal account at http://www.paypal.com it’s just a few minutes away from signing up. it’s safe and secure for both Parties and i have been using PayPal to buy and sell for years now without problems, I will need these following details so i can proceed with the payment right away.

    1:Is it Fully Registered and Insured?
    2: Reason for Sale?
    3: Engine Status
    4: Painting or Rust Involved?

    As soon as you get back to me with your PayPal email, I’ll proceed with full Payment. I look forward to reading from you soon.
    Await your reply.
    Regards.

    I replied by texting, but he asked to use e-mail. My payment condition was a Bank Draft, not even cash. My position is- I do not trust to Paypal . NO MONEY-NO DEAL.

  81. Mo says:

    how do they manage to get money from you?

  82. Mikko Koo says:

    In Finland:

    Contact first with SMS, then to email:

    When last was it serviced, how long have you owned it?? and what’s your lowest price for it.

    Scammer: bonnie.189@hotmail.com

  83. Chrystal says:

    Also a Scam!
    From Jimmy Perry jimmyperrycourt@gmail.com

    Thanks for your mail. Am interested in buying it, i will be paying you the asking price so consider me as your favorite buyer as i will like to have some more pictures if you have any. I would be glad to pay for it as soon as possible though i will not be available to come for an inspection due to my health status. I will be paying you with my PayPal Account because it’s attached to my Bank Account and its safe and very secure way to make payment online. If my mode of payment is accepted kindly email me with the information below to proceed with the payment.

    1) What is the condition?
    2) Are you the first owner?
    3) Your PayPal email address or send me an invoice
    4) Your full name, Phone # & picked up location address.
    And if you don’t have PayPal you can easily setup one visit http://www.paypal.com and get back to me with your PayPal email address and the full name you use to register,after the payment has gone through my pick up agent will contact you and make a pick up arrangement with you,i wont be able to call you the only means of communication is via email.

    Regards

  84. jason moore says:

    Hello people, i have just had a scam car email from
    fabiosa0982@hotmail.com
    requesting i send £845 for shipping costs these people are so clever with the same wording
    I’m quite satisfied with the condition and price. I will be paying the PayPal charges from my account and i will be paying directly into your PayPal account without any delay, so once i receive the details i will go ahead with the payment through PayPal and then i will contact the shipping company after you get the payment. I will need your home address for the merchandise to be Picked Up by the Shipping Company..Get back to me with the details below :

    Name: PayPal Email address: Cell Phone No.:

    Cheers.

  85. jason moore says:

    Thanks for your response , am highly interested in purchasing the car and i will like to offer you £2,400 including PayPal surcharges since i am interested in the immediate purchase. for the car, only if you consider my offer as your concluding buyer and also i will not be able to come down to you to check the car due to some reasons and for the nature of my work, i just moved to Malaysia, where this is needed and i will be making use of a shipping company to have this car picked up from you and have it delivered to me i will make the shipping arrangement if you are ready to sell the car. I will contact a shipping company and make an arrangement on that, kindly get back to me with the car location so i can make the pick up arrangement and besides the shipping charges. To give out your money will be through PayPal because they are easier and the fastest means of sending and receiving money, so kindly get back to me with your PayPal email address for quick payment and if you are new to this i will like you to visit http://www.PayPal.com and get registered with them, once you are through on the site just get back to me with your paypal email address for a quick transaction thanks and please i will like you to get back to me with more pics of the car.

    Thanks.

    Stay Blessed.

  86. Michelle McMichael-O'Brien says:

    Got one from lorigold01@gmail.com and lorigold02@gmail.com

    Wanted to buy my items but would not leave an address and a contact number.

    M

  87. charles says:

    Hi Guys

    Received the following email from Trevor Samuels (tv.samss@gmail.com)

    “Hello,
    Thanks for the swift reply, What is your asking price and i want you
    to get back to me with more pictures because i am not available at the
    moment, i am in Malaysia and i will be using the car here in Malaysia.
    I will be handling the pick up of this merchandise through a
    legitimate shipping agent that has their headquarter situated in
    Malaysia . Please note that i will not be needing the vehicle’s
    registration because it will be invalid over here so please remove the
    registration. The car will be picked up after you receive the full
    payment, so i really need to know the mode of payment because i need
    this car urgently. Hope to read from you asap.

    Trev.”

    And another email from Stephen Parker (pstephen2002@gmail.com) today

    “Thanks, as for this price it is ok. Due to demanding and eventful work i won’t be able to come and view it myself, i am interested in the item and it is needed overseas. I will be making use of a shipping company to have this picked up from your side and have it delivered. Further arrangements will be made with you in regards to the pick up once i have paid you.

    I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too since i won’t be be able to see this in person, I’d be paying via PayPal or Bank transfer so kindly get back to me with your paypal or bank details for payment, cheers.”

    I then sent both of them separate email, enquiring whether they know each other, because their emails somewhat similar. This is their reply:

    Trevor Samuels:

    “He’s my partner
    Its alright i already got this so cease all conversations with him and
    deal with me directly here.

    Stephen Parker:

    “Yeah he’s my assistant, don’t bother replying to him. Send me the photos and your details for payment.”

    Definitely a scam!

    Cheers.

  88. Judy says:

    So glad I started checking after I had a response to an ad for a horse trailer ad that I placed (here in Northern CA) – this seems to be the recurring type of scam response…….

    Thank you for getting back to me.Can you assure me that it’s in good state and i will not be disappointed with it.I’m ready to pay your asking price and to be honest, i wanted to buy this for my Son and i want it to be a surprise gift for him, but the issue is i am an oceanographer and i do have a contract to go for which starts tomorrow and am on my way right now.The contract is strictly no call due to the lack of reception on the sea area. But I’m able to access email anytime as we will make use of laptop and also i can text you any time so my only quickest payment option is PayPal as i can send money via PayPal anytime.Since I’m requesting this transaction to be done via PayPal, i will be responsible for all the PayPal fee/charges on this transaction and if you don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy, safe and secured to open one. Just log on to http://www.PayPal.com. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? I have a mover that will come for it once payment clears and they will be handling all the necessary thing for me. So i we be looking forward to hear back from you soon…
    Bryan

    He says his name is Bryan Taylor his email is bryantaylor005@gmail.com

  89. Emiel says:

    Dear all,

    I only received a text massage on my cellphone from ‘Keith.Eaton’ without a visible phonenumber (this always means trouble), asking to send me an email to bonnie.189@hotmail.com. Searching for the email address on the web, I found this discussion. I will certainly not answer. Thanks! Emiel, Netherlands

  90. Jen says:

    My husband received the same thing…. I am happy to buy your car at the asking price. I accept the condition of the car. I would like to pay through paypal. I am currently on an oil rig now so I will send my agent over to pick it up. Give me your paypal email and full name. Unfortunately, we gave the info…. waiting to see what happens. I only found this site after the fact. I changed my paypal email address and contacted my bank immediately. My husband texted back to forget the sale; we know it’s a scam. The man’s phone number was 386-385-4221.

  91. rita edwards says:

    THANKYOU THANKYOU IAM GLAD I PUT IN THIS SAM GUY AN U ALL CAME UP I DID THINK IT WAS STRANGE AN I WASNT THAT SILLY AN U ALL CONFERMED MY BRAIN WAS SWITCHED ON THERE GOOD

  92. Jo says:

    Just got one of these and I was suspicious immediately.Wanted to know if car was still available and given that the ad had only just been posted it rang the bells. Sms from David with email address davbrad345@gmail.com.
    His Email: Thanks for the response,I would have loved to call you directly but due to the nature of my work we do not have access to phone at the moment,its 20 days off and 10 days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility.

    I am buying this for my first son who just graduated on top of his class at Charles Darwin University in NT ,He studied Building Design & Architecture. I want it to be the perfect graduation gift for him and am making it a surprise package ,Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don’t mind my asking.I am already in talks with freighters that will handle the pickup and delivery .I will really appreciate if you can email more info

    Due to the nature of my work i am a very busy man working all day,am a sailor am presently on-board, i don’t have access to my bank account online as am not with my credit card details here but i have my ANZ bank account link up with my PayPal account so I will be paying you through PayPal to your nominated bank account or better still is if you have a PayPal account ,please get back to me with your BSB and account details or PayPal account so i can proceed with the payment and contact the courier agent who will come to pick it up and deliver it in NT for my son .Await your reply .

    My reply:Interested to hear you are a sailor – what ship are you on?

    How would the transfer of ownership occur as there is paperwork that needs to be signed by both parties prior to sale of the vehicle in South Australia and if you are interstate this can’t be done?

    As you are looking to do a bank transfer or paypal payment I need to make you aware that the funds would need to be completely cleared before I would release the vehicle to anyone. This would have to be direct bank deposit. I’m sure that you are aware of the numerous scams relating to these types of transactions that have occurred in recent years and I can’t afford to be stung at the current time.

    I’m just going to string him along for a while and then pull out.

  93. Madison says:

    Hi,

    So glad I found this website! I was suspicious of this email but continued to write to him. I figured it out when he kept asking for my details and didn’t answer my questions.

    Watch out for byphilip@blumail.org

    This was the first email I got after he sent me a message asking t email him!

    Thanks for the mail….I am very keen. How i wish i could come for viewing and  inspection as am currently overseas at the moment and i want  it picked up before i get back. Due to my inability to make a bank deposit,  I would be paying via PayPal which is safer for me or bank transfer as well safe. Kindly  send me a paypal payment invoice or create an account at  http://www.paypal.com if you dont have one or your bank details for me to make payment. 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.

    Cheers and pls inform other buyers you sold it as am ready to purchase it right away.

    Philip

    Watch out people!

  94. Ossi says:

    Hello! Im trying to sell bike here in Finland in popular website. I got SMS and sender pleased me to send answer to the mail address bonnie.189@hotmail.com. The SMS sender uses name keith.eaton, but it is not possible to reply to the SMS. So, this is scam again.

  95. Jon Burton says:

    How funny, I just received one today.
    Like 5 minutes ago. Heres the request.
    1st: by TXT.
    Is your listing on gumtree Ad, is it still available for sale? kindly get back to me in my email (liammcan@yahoo.com) with condition and firm price.
    2nd by email, after my responce.
    Thanks for the swift response and do as well advise on the least amount you will like to give it away as i am buying this for Dad and due to the nature of my job and location…i will not be able to come for inspection,am a very busy type as i work long hours everyday,i have gone through your advertisement and i am satisfied with it.

    As for the payment..i can only pay via the fastest and secure way to pay online(PayPal) here.

    I have a private courier agent that will come for the pick up after the payment have been made …so no shipping included and With the issue of my details,transferring the name of ownership and signing of all paperwork will be done by the courier services company agent so you don’t have to worry about that.

    You can now send me your PayPal email so i can pay in right away and also include your address in your reply.If you don’t have a paypal account, you can easily set up one…log on to http://www.paypal.com.au and sign up its very easy… i would have loved to talk to you on phone but i work mainly offshore, our phone is down on the rig right now due to bad weather, that was why i sent you a text, i even wonder how my message deliver to your phone but for now we can only communicate through the same mailing channel.await your reply asap.

    Careful out there guys n girls they are still at it.

    JB

  96. Amy says:

    Scammer: Lori Gold – lorigold01@gmail.com

    He’s still at it, however hes moved on from Cars, he wanted to buy my couch on Gum tree. It didnt seem to strange, the listing had been up for a few days and he wanted to buy it for the amount advertised.

    He asked if he could pay through Paypal, so I sent through an invoice for the total amount $800.

    I then got the below email asking me to pay $550 in to an account in Kuala Lumpur through Western Union.

    Im pretty sure that me selling my couch doesn’t involve me paying for anything*** Sarcasm


    Dear Amy xxxxxx,

    You have received a PayPal payment of $1,350.00 AUD from Lori Gold into your PayPal account.

    Your Transaction ID: 62S8492898335130L
    Routine Code: Q997- 548- PP89209

    A temporary hold has been placed on this transaction!

    Details:
    As mentioned in the receipt of Payment and as per the New PayPal International Payment security policy to protect both the buyer and the seller in any international transactions, we have fully debited the total sum of $1,350.00 AUD from Lori Gold’s account which includes the shipper’s pick up fees.

    In order to complete this transaction and get the funds credited into your account and show up in your payment HISTORY, We request that you first go to any nearest Western Union office around you and send out a sum of $550.00 AUD (being the shipping fees that has already been deducted from the buyer’s account) to the pick up Agent and e-mail us the MTCN # number including your details; i.e the senders name and address used while sending the money.

    NOTE:
    This is important as a security measure to ensure safety of both the seller and the buyer.
    Please find below the name and address of the shipping Agent which you should send the funds to via Western Union.

    Click Here To Find A Western Union Location Around You

    SUGUNTHAN KANNIAPPAN
    Address: B-9-1 Aqua Jalil Condo,
    Kuantan, Kuala Lumpur,
    53000
    MALAYSIA.
    Address Status: Confirmed

    As you already know, PayPal values your membership and protects you with our best strategies so your funds accreditation is guaranteed as soon as you email the Western Union MTCN number to us. The details should either be sent to us in JPG format or the transfer details written out and emailed to us. Details such as;

    Sender’s Name;
    Receiver’s Name;
    MTCN;
    Amount Sent;
    Western Union Charges (We will refund you this amount once you have made the transfer and informed us of how much it is)

    IMPORTANT:
    Please understand that this is a strict security measure assigned to help protect both the buyer and the seller, therefore we apologize for the inconvenience that we may have caused you.

    To submit the required information or to contact the PayPal Customer Verification Department, Kindly contact us by directly replying to this message using the reply button in your email and make sure you include either your transaction ID or your reference number (PP307) for quick recognition of this transaction.

    Copyright © 1999-2012 PayPal, Inc. All rights reserved.
    PayPal Worldwide Pty Limited ABN 93 111 195 389 (AFSL 304962). Any general financial product advice provided in this site has not taken into account your objectives, financial situations or needs.
    PayPal Email ID PP1525.

  97. Mr. Even says:

    I am a wealthy, but unfortunately for some, a “Get Even” kind of guy. I just got an sms from lorigold02@gmail.com.

    Here’s what I’m proposing:

    ****************************

    lorigold02@gmail.com, you just #### with the wrong person.

    ****************************

    • Norman Norman says:

      Hi Mr. Even.

      We completely understand and can appreciate what you proposed, but unfortunately we just can’t publish bounties on our site.

  98. Jack Torse says:

    Hi Dean.

  99. margaret says:

    (lorigold02@gmail.com)SCAM SCAM SCAM, all to do with paypal, reported his email address to police and paypal, what a SCUMBAG

  100. Chad says:

    I just got the exact email from Stephen Parker also… thanks for posting this otherwise i think i would have been had!

  101. Katie says:

    I recieved a text message using number – ‘WEBSMS’ definitely raised suspicion. Googled the email they wanted me to contact them on = lorigold02@gmail.com which brought me here! Thanks!

  102. Sven Desmet says:

    Hy to all ,

    I am from Belgium and indeed all THE things written above are zo true. From beginning to end …. the same sentences and movements in their actions. To every one who receives à text Message make truly directly THE connection …. There is something wrong here….

    Greetz
    Sven

  103. SC says:

    Got At least 3 of those all from different email addresses.. So YES they are reproducing!!! Dont know whether to be angry that i am being made an idiot out of or be relieved that i am not dumb enough to fall for it… Here is one from “ashley” a.k.a. leon.baker2@gmail.com…could at least match the name with the email….even gender wise..

    I am sorry but i can only get to pay you with PayPal . It is easy to get an account,just go to http://www.paypal.com , all they need from you is a valid bank account..i hope you don’t mind getting one.you can make one in mins.when you do i will be able to send the money instantly. It is the fastest way i can make payment.So if you can make a paypal account it would be really good. When you are done with the registration send me the email used for the registration with PayPal so i can pay in.

    And then….

    I insisted on paypal because i don’t have access to my bank account online as i don’t have internet banking and i can’t go to the bank due to the nature of my job, but i can pay from my paypal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it, i will need you to give me your paypal email address so i can make the payments asap for the item and pls if you don’t have paypal account yet, it is very easy to set up, go to http://www.paypal.ca and get it set up , after you have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you use for registration with paypal so as to put the money through

    You get the idea….and people are saying those fools are sending “convincing” fake paypal letters. Hardly so! Paypal doesnt use exclamation marks, let alone lack professional grammar! If you take the time to read those emails from so called paypal you can spot like 70 mistakes and or tell-tale signs in the first paragraph! So, convincing? I think not.

  104. Jesse says:

    Just got the same scam.

    My question at what point are they able to rip me off?

    Someone should try to scam em back. Let them make the Paypal payment then just totally leave em high and dry. Scam the scammers!

  105. L. Ross says:

    I am trying to sell a van on Craigslist and received this suspicious e-mail.

    Thanks for your response, I’m satisfied with what i read about the add so far but can you assure me that am not gonna be disappointed after i have purchase this? I hope all the features listed are valid?. Am ready to pay your final price for this, but how long have you owned it? Can you please tell me the reason for selling it? Do you have more information about the ad? What’s the Interior condition? Can you send me more picture for the interior?. If you can assure me that its in good condition i have noting to worry about, I can proceed with the purchase cause i do my things base on TRUST. I would have love to come for this in person to inspect it, test drive and pay you by cash. But presently am on missionary errand in which will not by any chance to come for the task my self, but i have make an arrangement for this purchase if you are willing to sell this to me. I will be paying through Paypal regarding your response. I will take full responsibility for the shipping and I will also be paying the 2.9% Paypal surcharge from my account. My shipping agent will come for the pick-up and sign all paper works once you’ve received the full payment through Paypal. I find paypal the easiest way to pay you due to that my bank account has been linked with it and is a safe and reliable method of payment. Let me know what you feel about this so that we can arrange for payment.Thanks and waiting to read from you.

    Herve

    Sent from my iPhone

    To me this sounds like a different version of the same scam going around. Needless to say I told him I am not interested.

  106. Lee says:

    You know ive got the exact email (but not a marine) he lives in Madrid and wants to buy my vehicle. Here is some of the coversation:

    Ok,good..I’m satisfied with the price and condition and I am buying
    this internationally to Spain and i would arrange for the
    transportation to my home in Madrid but i would be paying through
    PayPal as it is the fastest & easiest way to pay… and do not worry
    about paypal charges, i will take care of that directly from my
    account Okay? . So if you accept the proposal, you should send me your
    info requested below if you have an account already ;

    Name :
    PayPal Email :
    Mobile Number:
    Total amount :

    or you can send me a PayPal money request, so that i can proceed with
    the transfer and then we can arrange for my transport agent to come
    for the pick up after you received your money. I will need your home
    address too for the pick up to be arranged. Thanks alot.

    This forum has just stopped me from giving my details and requesting money threw paypal.

    Ive asked for cash still no replie.

    wheared29@gmail.com is the scammer

  107. a m g says:

    This one is surprising as the car has not been advertised for over a year and I am getting a scam offer on it from an addressee that was listed here almost a year ago.

    Sarah Purcell

    6:54 AM (1 hour ago)

    to me

    hello,
    pls get back to me with the full condition of this car with the final
    price, i’ll like to get this for my son…
    i’ll be looking forward to hear back from you.
    Sarah.

  108. Be careful on every transaction mostly in online business to avoid scam.

  109. Basin Bob says:

    I got an email this morning from jberger233@gmail.com interested in buying my car. He mentioned that he is a petroleum engineers out on a rig.

    He listed the same paypal process as listed above.

    3 more email follow insisting on following the paypal process. Once I started asking about where he got his Petroleum Engineering degree from, what rig is he on and where is the rig located, the emails stopped.

    jbergers phone number has a 508 area code, Framingham Mass area.

    • Jim says:

      “jbergers phone number has a 508 area code”

      Unless it’s a 914 area code – just got a text from 914-984-7009 about my car for sale, asked me to reply via email to jberger233@gmail.com.

      I don’t know what’s involved in spoofing a phone number a text is from, but I suspect that’s what he’s doing.

  110. Nikki says:

    I just had the same thing via text… A marine engineer who is out at sea wanting to buy our car for his brother and will pay via PayPal. They didn’t mention anything about shipping it yet, but I’m sure that was on the agenda… Wait… Just got another text… AND… There it is!! The “Faster, safer, easier way” line! LOL! I told him to hit the road! What a bunch of jerks!
    ileshmseand

  111. Ian says:

    What i dont understand is why PAYPAL seem to be doing nothing to stop this?? I emailed them with whats going on and gave them a list of email addresses. They didnt even reply? Looks like PAYPAL arent that business smart. By allowing this sort of thing to go on then people just wont use PAYPAL anymore!! The fact that PAYPAL couldnt even be bothered to send me a reply wasnt that good. Anyway, as we all know, cash is King. Just use PAYPAL for small amounts that yoy can afford to lose untilk ~PAYPAL gets its act together.

  112. Map says:

    Also here in the Netherlands:
    Harris Scott (harrisscott40@gmail.com) is in action buying my car.
    When asked for more details about him he replied:

    Name: Harris Scott 
    SSN:532-37-3608EOM:11-24-1988MMN:HAI
    Driver’s license No:N5316602
    Home address:64 Newman Street,City London,Country United Kingdom,WC2H 7L

    Do not buy or sell anything from him! Scam!

    • Antti says:

      I have been contacted with the same details from different email.

      I’m selling my bike in Finland and was contacted by email from the address walton.bernanke38@hotmail.com.

      He offered to by my bike and pay what I ask with out seeing it. Payment would be made to my PayPal account and courier would come to get the bike.

      I knew that it’s a scam because how would anyone want to by a bike or a car from Finland because the prices are one of the highest in Europe thanks to our taxes! :)

      I asked he’s details and he gave me these:

      Name: Harris Scott
      SSN:532-37-3608EOM:11-24-1988MMN:HAI
      Driver’s license No:N5316602
      Home address:64 Newman Street,City London,Country United Kingdom,WC2H 7L

  113. Craig knuth says:

    I just got so close to sending money until I got suspicious that he, she or whatever wanted to pay $300 for an “agent” to come and pick up the item, $350 postage for a $250 item. They were pretty adamant that I won’t be out of pocket and that I wasn’t a scam. I could see the spelling mistakes and the weird way of wording things. Then when I confronted them they said they would involve paypal and the afp. What should I do, they apparently have already sent the $600 through “PayPal”. Help

  114. Kylie says:

    Great…well I’m definitely a dumb blonde and just gave Annie Nasal my bank account details. I’m way too trusting. Have emailed my bank to close the account immediately but feel very stupid. I didn’t think to google the name until after I sent the email…:(

  115. Dean says:

    Got one today from a Paul Jason.. pljason443@gmail.com

    Thanks for mailing back,am ok with the price and the condition,am
    buying it for my vacation,because i’ll be coming soon from our rig as
    am a petroleum engineer on a rig offshore,i won’t be able to come
    for the inspection due to the nature of my work,i would have love to
    call in person but our satellite server has been down which restrict
    our calls.i will be paying you through PayPal,pls get back to me with
    your PayPal details so i can proceed with the payment and contact the
    courier agent who will come to pick it up and deliver it in my place.I
    would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too
    since i won’t be be able to see this in person,what’s the PayPal email
    to send funds to in order for me to pay you ASAP,And if you don’t have
    a paypal account, it is very easy to set up, go to http://www.paypal.com.au
    and get it set up or you send me your BSB and account number so i can
    pay you from my paypal merchant account.

  116. Scam says:

    From: Chieun Lee Thanks for the reply, i am a marine technician and am always busy at sea thats why l wont be able to check the item due to the nature of my work so whats the present condition, because am buying this for my son as a Surprise gift so am willing to offer you the amount you required. I can only pay through PayPal at the moment as i don’t have access to my bank account online(i don’t have internet banking with it), but i have it attached to my PayPal account, and this is why i insisted on using PayPal to pay, all i will need is your PayPal email address to pay for the item, and if you don’t have a PayPal account yet, you can set one up at http://www.paypal.com it cant take you less than 3mins to do that, i will be expecting your PayPal email so l can pay. I have a pick up agent that will come for the pick up after payment has been sorted. l will be waiting for your reply asap

  117. LindaG says:

    Hi, just had the same thing from jessicalili@gmail.com, first time selling a car and thought it was too good to be true and Yep! it was!!!! as soon as I’d set up the paypal account she sent the e.mail back asking for me to forward the ‘courier’ payment – checked out your blogs and have sent an e.mail suggesting she should come and pick the car up as I won’t be paying anything! Still waiting for a reply!!!!!! Think you have just saved me £250 – Thank you

  118. Nige APPLEBY says:

    Someone called Darren Paul using email address darrenpaul234@live.com tried to scam me with the old pay with Paypal then send a shipping company, needless to say I didn’t complete the sale.

  119. Nige APPLEBY says:

    Further to the previous post, the scammers say to use Paypal because they have created fake Paypal emails that state “You’ve got funds” they look authentic and genuinely from Paypal but they are not, they are fake.

  120. C span says:

    I am dealing with someone like you disscribe right now. His name is Christian Ojgaard from Danmark He says he is a soldier and in afganishtan at this moment I did not give himthe info that he raquiert but I think he is trying to scam me for my mercedes. I will be back.

  121. Raymond Reyes says:

    I really wish someone would have the time and money to follow one of these scams to its home base, perhaps with a GPS or something like it. I’d love to see the look on their faces when you show up to their front lawn with a couple of patrol cars and your car in their hands!

  122. matt t says:

    thanks for all your info people saved me giving my hard earned cash to a c##k! smith howard is the name and smelt fishy fron the start!

  123. C A Scammer!!! says:

    Happy I did a search for this email address : pat.crs1102@gmail.com This site was the first hit I got! Just posted an ad for a car here is Australia and got this text message :
    Sent from: patrick crissell
    Hi mate,Please is your car advert still available for sale and what is your firm price ? please contact me on my email pat.crs1102@gmail.com .Cheers .

    Stupid heads!!!!

  124. Adam says:

    Yup this is a very busy ‘marine engineer’ lol Kerri BASH

    Same person/criminal enterprise…

    Thanks for the reply, i am a marine technician and am always busy at sea thats why l wont be able to check the item due to the nature of my work so whats the present condition, because am buying this for my son as a Surprise gift so am willing to offer you the amount you required. I can only pay through PayPal at the moment as i don’t have access to my bank account online(i don’t have internet banking with it), but i have it attached to my PayPal account, and this is why i insisted on using PayPal to pay, all i will need is your PayPal email address to pay for the item, and if you don’t have a PayPal account yet, you can set one up at http://www.paypal.com it cant take you less than 3mins to do that, i will be expecting your PayPal email so l can pay. I have a pick up agent that will come for the pick up after payment has been sorted. l will be waiting for your reply asap

  125. Jack Dawson says:

    Thanks for this information everyone just saved me a headache!! Plus a few pound notes…

  126. Maria VC says:

    Just want to help those looking for info about spam and phishing incidents…

    I was in the process of selling my van and came accross something suspicious…so I google the name and number….

    Buyer beware…their goal is to tap into your paypal…email plus phone plus name… report them here:reportphishing@antiphishing.org

    2:30 PM

    Why is this message in Spam? You clicked “Report phishing” for this message.

    Thanks for getting back to me, i just wanted to make sure nothing is been left out.

    I will be buying this for the price you have listed it for. Payment will be sent using PayPal and i will handle the PayPal surcharge as well.

    I will arrange with a shipping company to have this picked up at your location once i have paid as i am out of town at the moment.

    Am a marine engineer and due to the nature of my work, phone calls making are restricted,so you can send me your PayPal email account so that i can send the payment at once and its easy to sign up for one just log on to http://www.paypal.com,i will be responsible for the pick up charges

    Note: i’ll also include the Shipping company’s fee so kindly Get back to me with your PayPal email account so i can proceed with the payment asap.. Thanks Rogue Scott
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-719-781-8146

    Above is another site to check out about other people getting the same email. Hope this helps you folks out there. Take Care Everyone and Be Safe.

  127. Maria VC says:

    Correction on above post…

    I posted above and my name (MariaVC) redirects to: ######

    This is not my website. Not sure why it redirects to this site…so I am not sure if this site is credible as well…:-(

    • Norman Norman says:

      Thank you for sharing. You made a typo in your original post so it did redirect somewhere you were not expecting – I removed the “y” after Wealth.

  128. Luiza says:

    hallo, i am from Poland and we have the same problems. My “bussiness partner” was :
    Mrs Clair Jackson
    > 41 Reedworth Street
    > Lambeth,Greater London SE114PQ
    > United Kingdom
    > +447024053866.
    She wanted me to pay for the courier via western Union and sent me fake document that she payed me money by paypal, but the money wasnt on my account so i realised she tried to cheat me. I see you already know such stories…In Poland police does nothing, many people complain. I am afraid a little because i gave her my email and home adresse… I found out that paypal is not so safe now too.
    anyway, maybe it will be useful: people write here the names of cheaters
    http://allegro.mikroprogramy.pl/komu.html?koment=7

    Maybe it will help a little?

  129. Thank you for posting this. I received a similar email a couple of days ago too. It smelt fishy from the very beginning. I’m glad I googled it.
    The guy who contacted me via sms (av8rldy) named himself: John Freezie and his email address is: john.frezie001@gmail.com

    I wish someone would do someting about these leeches!!

  130. Luiza says:

    Hi.
    the cheaters use different names and emails. allegro is the biggest internet market buy-sell ,very populat in Poland like ebay. Now, cheaters seem to move from nigeria to England, especially London. Do not hesitate to write on these forum: http://allegro.mikroprogramy.pl/komu.html?koment=1
    People write names and adresses of cheaters, mails they received are all in English.
    Maybe they are in your neighberhood…

  131. Corinne says:

    Yep he is after us to..Rogue Scott..he must think we are some dumb..It smelt terrible right from the start. Buying A Jaguar without seeing it. As he was a marine biologist and not in cell service much.hahaaa the joke is on him..

  132. Agata says:

    I have got the email from Clair Jackson. clair.jackson01@gmail.com

    Please see also an dutch blog about this: http://plazilla.com/bermuda-clair-jackson–anita-robert-is-oplichting

  133. Candice says:

    I have a car on Craigslist and I have someone who has been texting me for my vehicle, says he will pay thru pay pal …. But he won’t have his agent come pick it up until after I have actually received the money…. Is this a scam? He has a Florida number I am in CT … Who can I contact to see if this is for real and/or safe? Please help, I need to sell …. Also my post got flagged … No reason … Can I get rid of this? Could the person emailing me have done this? How do I fin out

    • Qaisar says:

      this is a scame….dont trust him…sell ur car face to face and take cash in hand….i mean cash on collection…..

  134. Luiza says:

    mrs clair Jackson is really an idiot. I am playing with them saying i got their money, and it is on my account and how i thank them. they completely dont know what is going on, ask me what was the amount and of course that i am slow to make the payment via western union for them. so i write back that i already have paid etc. they have big mess i see, not remember me at all.
    i cant check them with they IP… Well, i think all the people will find out how to deal with these cheaters before police catch them, if they catch at all…

  135. Ethan says:

    Got the same scam from a Sarah Purcell (sarahpurccy@gmail.com). See my response ;)

    —–Original Message—–
    From: eXXXXX@hotmail.com
    Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 7:21 PM
    To: Sarah Purcell
    Subject: Re: 2008 Infiniti G

    Sarah,

    That sounds wonderful. Let’s figure out a place where your transfer agent
    can meet me. Just follow this link to see my payment details and where I
    live.

    http://bit.ly/XgGFI2

    Looking forward to meeting your agent!!

    E

    PS – GFY

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Sarah Purcell
    Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 6:57 PM
    To: XXXXX
    Subject: Re: 2008 Infiniti G

    Hello Seller
    Thanks for the mail, i am buying this for my Son and i am a petroleum
    engineer currently on a rig offshore i really want this to be a
    surprise gift for my Son so i wont let him know anything about this
    until it gets delivered to him , i am sure he will be more than happy
    with it.I can only pay with paypal here, i will need you to give me
    your paypal email address so i can make the payments asap and please
    if you don’t have paypal account yet, it is very easy to set up, go to
    http://www.paypal.com/ and get it set up , after you have set it up i will
    only need the e-mail address you use for registration with paypal so
    as to put the money through.tell me more about the advert price is
    okay note well:
    Pick up agent will come for the pick up as soon as i have made the
    payments, i would have loved to talk to you on phone but i am a
    petroleum engineer I work mainly offshore, our phone is down on the
    rig right now due to bad weather, we can only communicate with our
    base for now.
    Thanks

    Cheers.


    hello,
    pls get back to me with the full condition of this car with the final
    price, i’ll like to get this for my son…
    i’ll be looking forward to hear back from you.
    Sarah.

  136. Carlos says:

    One more from
    Tomasz Kryscinski
    tomasz33@outlook.com

    Thank you guys!

  137. Qaisar says:

    hi, Just to let u know this scame is still going on..i want to sell my car through e-bay and a guy name Engineer Gringr John ask me for my paypal account and than ask me to pay £250.00 to the agent through wetern union. These people are asswholes…please be very carefulll. if you doubt anything put on google and u will knwo its real or not…..thanks

  138. kathy perrin says:

    Hi
    My daughter trying to sell car on gumtree has just had similar scam offer from Asvald Heggheim ( hegg9388@gmail.com )….an engineer on ships … in Calais…hungarian… wanting to pay by paypal, asking for her paypal email, phone number etc. The offer arrived in a text from ‘sherislaug’…no phone number…
    Be warned people…<3

  139. alan frsot says:

    yep, just had a gleen travers (haxe43@hitmail.com, phone +44 7572 591236) spinning me some crap about being on base and unable to get to a phone or to come see my car for sale. Are people really that gullible?

  140. ben says:

    I recently put my car on a few websites for sale and recieved a message asking me to reply back thtough email only without thinking i did i got to the point of paying the courier that i was told about these scammers. I couldnt believe it we were so exciting to finally sell our car. Than the next day we recieved another 4 messages from different people. It just keeps happening. 1: from a david 2: from a sandra crisell 3: from a glenn. I cant believe there are so many of these low life people trying to scam anyone they can. Please make sure u read up about these scammers before replying to any of there messages. Also look out for anything odd, messages going into spam folder. Be careful!

  141. Birgitta Engman says:

    Christian Oigaard is trying to buy a sailingboat in Sweden He can´t inspect it due to service i Afghanistan kampsnicolasshubertus@yahoo.nl Stupid or not?

  142. Adie says:

    Just had this one from denisedwards929@yahoo.com from a car i was selling on autotrader:

    Hello,
    Thanks for the reply.I am pleased with your price and i want you to get back to me with more pictures of the (interior,engine and the exterior) of this vehicle (if available) because i won’t be able to come for the inspection due to the nature of my work.Am buying it for my holiday cos I’ll be coming soon from our rig as am an engineer and am on a rig offshore.As for the payment..i can only pay via the fastest and secure way to pay online (PayPal) here,pls get back to me with your PayPal details and in case you don’t have,you can also get back to me with your bank details so i can proceed with payment and contact the courier agent that will come to pick it up and deliver it in my place,and With the issue of my details,transferring the name of ownership and signing of all paperwork will be done by the courier services company agent so you don’t have to worry about that. I await to hear from you soon

  143. lj says:

    HERES ANOTHER

    rpbhavinfun@sbcglobal.net
    Paul Robinson wrote:

    Thanks for your mail.i will appreciate more pictures..I am ready to buy it now for my son as a surprise promise gift,And due to the nature of my work,phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it.i would be glad to pay for it as soon as possible though i will not be available to come for an inspection due to my tight schedule.Kindly get back to me with the following questions below:
    1) Are you the Owner
    2) Pick up Location
    3) Your PayPal Email ID to effect the payment
    4)what is The final Price
    5)is there any other issues with the item not mentioned on Craigslist
    6)kindly remove the post from Craigslist
    I would be glad to make the payment immediately through PayPal so kindly get back to me with your PayPal ID. You need not to worry yourself about title transfer and shipment,i will instruct the shipping company to handle that therefore in order to complete the transaction do get back to me with your PayPal ID and total cost so that I can make the payment asap. I will be waiting for your reply!
    Thanks and God bless

  144. Gonzo says:

    I just got a similar message from someone by the name of Kiran Manish:

    Hola, I saw your advert on Mercadolibre.Is it still on for sale?What is your final asking price in U$ Dollar?Kindly email me back via my direct email: mw.bigpond@gmail.com Best regards Kiran Kiran Manish (5464769890) kmanish.ss24xz@mail.mercadolibre.com.mx

    Hello,

    Thanks for your response..I’m quite satisfied with the condition and
    price,and I need you to understand that i am willing and ready to
    purchase it right away, end the advert, consider me as your favorite
    buyer.I will be paying the PayPal charges from my account and i will
    be paying directly into your PayPal account without any delay, and i
    hope you have a paypal account. If you have one already, just send me
    the address to send it to, which is the email address you use for it
    or you can send me a paypal money request, so once i receive the
    details i will go ahead with the payment through PayPal and then i
    will contact my shipping company after you get the payment. I will
    need your home address for it to be Picked Up by the Shipping
    Company..

    Regards.

  145. Mark says:

    Just got a reply via my ad on Gumtree in Australia – it was an SMS asking for details to be emailed to pljason443@gmail.com . This email address is listed on this site as a regular. The phone number is +447266696687. I smelt a rat straight away and have only replied with a derogatory SMS to the scumbag/s.

  146. Helen says:

    I’m glad I’ve found this site, otherwise I would get involved in the scam below.

    Tomas :
    -Hi, Is it still up for sale?. Tom.

    Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:28:36 +0200
    From: Alex
    To: petersen1tomas@outlook.com
    Subject: Re: Reklama – Opel Admiral

    Hi
    Opel Vivaro is still for sale.
    The car is in perfect condition technically and visually.
    It is located in Riga, Latvia.
    Alex

    Tomas Petersen :
    I’m interested in buying it.. But first i have few questions for you :
    Why are you selling it & how would you describe the condition?
    Are you the first owner:
    How long have you owned it?
    When last was it checked for faults?
    How much is your last price for it?
    I expect your reply soon :) .
    Tom.

    Tomas Petersen :
    I agree with the price and i’m satisfied with the condition too. I am buying it internationally to England and i would pay you through PayPal as it is the fastest & easiest way for me to make payment at this moment, do not worry about paypal charges, i will take care of that and about the transportation, i shall arrange for a transport agent to come to your home directly for the pickup .

    So if you accept this transaction, you should send me your info requested below if you have an account already with paypal:-

    Name :
    PayPal Email :
    Mobile Number:
    Total Price :

    or you should send me a PayPal money request, so that i can proceed with the transfer and then we can arrange for my transport agent to come for the pick up, after you receive your money. I will need your home address too for the pick up to be arranged.
    Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:05:15 +0200
    From: Alex
    To: petersen1tomas@outlook.com
    Subject: RE: Reklama – Opel Admiral

    Hi Tom

    Would you consider making the payment in Pounds Sterling to the account at the Bank in the UK?
    Thanks
    Alex

    Tomas Petersen :
    I can only pay through PayPal because i currently do not have access to my bank account because i don’t use internet banking and i can’t get to the bank at the moment due to the nature of my job. I work as a marine biologist and most of the time i’m on sea. I can pay from my paypal account with my credit card which is already attached to my account,which is why i want to pay with PayPal.

    PayPal is very easy to set up, just get to http://www.paypal.com and get an account , after you have it set up, i will only need your paypal email address to transfer the money…

  147. Helen says:

    And here is another scam on the next day after we’ve posted our car for sale.

    Citējot frank drago :

    I have looked at it a few times now, and after looking around, i’m satisfied with the great condition but what’s your actual price for it. I love a bargain, so i would like to get it as soon as i can. I would be able to make payment through paypal, i find it the easiest way to use my credit card safely and is a safe and reliable method of payment… Let me know your price for it . I hope to hear from you soon, and i will make all transportation preparations for the it to be transported to my home in USA. If possible can you send me some recent picture or video of the item ?

    -Cheers-
    ________________________________________
    Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:51:43 +0200
    From: Alex
    To: paulenrico@hotmail.com
    Subject: Re: Opel Modelis Admiral
    Hi
    Opel Vivaro is still for sale.
    The car is in perfect condition technically and visually.
    It is located in Riga, Latvia.
    Kind Regards
    Alex

    Citējot frank drago :
    Do you still have this car for sale?

  148. Wouter says:

    Hello,
    I had the same story today on a dutch advertisement site. He wants that i paid shipment costs before i could get the money he transferred by paypal… Too bad! But it sounds as the truth. Its very danger to deal with this kind of persons. He send me a copy of ID card to show me that he was a serious buyer!!
    His name is. Christian Ojgaard
    email: Christian Ojgaard

    • Hugocolumns says:

      Heey Wouter, any updates? I’m dealing with a Christian Ojgaard on a Speurders, trying to sell my car. Is he legit or should I stop with him as a seller?

      Thanks!

  149. johan says:

    I’m in south africa and michelle nw, contacted me, offering to pay via paypal and shipping to the uk. Strange thing is that 2nd hand cars in the uk is much cheaper than in south africa. No one would pay 2000 pounds for a 1989 vw fox in the uk.here is her email adress, mw847503@gmail.com . Thanks a lot for this site. Johan.

  150. Vinny says:

    Johntina601@email.com the marine biologist looking to buy for his daddy.

  151. Wayne says:

    Wow I get at least 3 of these scams a week. I am beginning to think all marine biologists are scammers. LOL What will they think up next?

  152. Wayne says:

    Wow I get at least 3 of these scams a week. I am beginning to think all marine biologists and engineers are scammers. LOL What will they think up next?

  153. Laurie P says:

    I am going through a scam right now that originated from a craigslist posting. They sent me a link to set up a paypal account to purchased a boat motor from me. I did not use their link, I went to paypal on my down and set up an account. They are claiming they have put in 12000. into my paypal account and want me to use 2000 to pay the shipper and western union and I would get the money back when the purchase is complete and the money is in my account. Well low and behold the actual paypal account I set up shows nothing. I am playing with the guy now. Rat Bastards…… I might have been born yesterday but not last night.

  154. David says:

    Had a long interesting thread with someone posing a similar story, wanting to buy a vehicle I had only posted an hour before on kijiji in Canada.
    Started with a text from 520 area code (Arizona?) saying: offer for your kijiji ad and willing to pay asking price. Please email gorgeouskristy234@gmail.com.
    Gorgeous Kristy, hmmm…

    …..

    Thanks for the information, I’d like to know certain things too,
    Are you the first owner
    Does it have any mechanized disabilities presently
    What is your reasons for selling it.
    Lastly what is your firm price
    I’m sorry, just want to be sure about the sale before I proceed

    Kristen Donovan
    Love always rule.

    And then…

    Ok just wanted to make sure nothing has been left out
    Happy to purchase at your asking price and do you have a PayPal account,as i will be paying the with PayPal and have pick up done from your location as i am away at the hospital,so email communication would do best for now as well.In the meantime
    Asked about the 520 area code….
    I am an American working in Quebec had to roam my number

    Of course, and now for the details…

    Happy to purchase at your asking price and do you have a PayPal account,as i will be paying the with PayPal and have pick up done from your location

    Me? I’ve never heard of paypal. I think Western Union is safer…

    I am sorry but i can only get to pay you with PayPal . It is easy to get an account,just go to http://www.paypal.com , all they need from you is a valid bank account

    …..

    Kristen, But Western Union is far more convenient for someone in the hospital as you can pay online. But I still can’t figure out how you are going to pick it up?

    …..

    I will be having a company pick it up

    …..

    Kristen, Oh… So you will pay me by transferring money into a paypal account, and then you will arrange for a company to pick it up?

    …..

    All I will be needing is the registered PayPal email

    …..

    Kristen, I’ve been looking into paypal, and it looks like I need to enter your email in to request payment. Shall I do that?

    …..

    Great go ahead do that

    …..

    The kicker with paypal is that the buyer has 45 days to go back to paypal and dispute the transaction. As the seller, I have to have proof that the buyer has received the item. I have to order the shipping company to get a signature from the seller that they received the item. Otherwise, they will have my car and I will have to give them back the money they paid me.

    Kristen, I just spoke with paypal and I need to ship the car to you so I can get proof of delivery. I would need to put the cost of shipping on top of the cost of the vehicle. If I can’t get proof of delivery the transaction can be disputed and I have nothing to show that you received the vehicle. Maybe you can give me your shipping company. I’ll use them and there won’t be any additional costs to you. Would that be okay?

    …..

    Like I said to you, you don’t need to bother about that, I will sort that out

    And then, again from Kristen…

    All I am expected to do is to pay for the car

    …..

    Kristen, That is fine. But you want to pay with paypal, so in this case I have to have proof of delivery. Without proof of delivery back to me the paypal transaction can be disputed and I have nothing. If you know of another way that I can get proof of delivery, then I’ll consider it.

    …..

    I thought that would be the end of it, but not quite…

    I can provide the proof of delivery to me, and PayPal should highlight necessary instructions in there email

    …..

    Kristen, Proof of delivery is done by the shipping company. They get your signature that is sent back to me to show you received the vehicle. That’s why it is important for the seller to do the shipping. As the buyer arranging for pick up, I’m just not sure how you would do that. I’m open to any suggestions from you that you think might work.

    …..

    Great then its alright if you want to do the shipment

    …..

    Kristen, Who is your shipping company? and what is the address you want it shipped to? I’ll find out how much it costs to ship to you and let you know.

    To which I didn’t receive a reply…

  155. Adria says:

    I just went through one of these scams today actually. I posted an ad on Auto Trader and within a couple of hours I received a text from the number 289 351 5968 asking me to “tell a little bit more about the present mechanical condition of the vehicle listed on autotrader” and to send my reply to micheal.trey1@gmail.com. I didn’t know anything about these kinds of scams so I carried on an email convo for two days. I responded saying that the car was in perfect condition with only 7,000 kms on it and he replied back saying that it’s exactly what he is looking for to buy for his father who is living abroad. He provided his home address in Pickering,ON with postal code and said that he is a maintenace technician on an offshore oil rig and therefore cannot come to see the car or pay with cash/certified cheque. It all seemed very odd, so I checked with a friend of mine who referred me to this page. The last emails between us had him asking if I had a paypal account, could I send lots of pictures so that he could be sure of what he was buying and finally that a shipping agent would be picking up the vehicle and all he needed was my paypal account information. So lucky to have been pointed in this direction before going through with it.
    Micheal Trey- that’s the name of this scammer.

  156. Lee says:

    Be careful as annie nasal annellson18@gmail.com has moved to scamming people off ebay Australia and i nearly fell for it just thought i wood look her up on facebook and it was a brand new account and when i informed her that i caught her i had no response be careful

  157. jenna says:

    Thanks for your mail will appreciate more pictures..I am ready to buy it now for my son as a surprise promise gift,And due to the nature of my work,phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it. i would be glad to pay for it as soon as possible thought will not be available to come for an inspection due to my tight schedule. Kindly get back to me with the following questions below:1) Are you the Owner?2) Pick up Location?3) Your PayPal Email ID to effect the payment4)what is The final Price5)is there any other issues with the item not mentioned on site?6)kindly remove the post from the site i would be glad to make the payment immediately through PayPal so kindly get back to me with your PayPal ID. You need not to worry yourself about title transfer and shipment,i will instruct the shipping company to handle that therefore in order to complete the transaction do get back to me with your PayPal ID and total cost so that I can make the payment asap. I will be waiting for your reply,thanks…… Oliver

  158. Mike Phipps says:

    andyryan733@gmail.com – Dodgy email, do not trust this pr*ck if your car is on ebay/gumtree

  159. Andrea says:

    Hi,
    I’m selling my scooter on eBay and gum tree and got contacted by a scam dealer. His email is howeesm101@gmail.com and goes by the name of Howard Smith. A copy of his email after I had accepted to sell the scooter to him is here:

    Thanks for the reply to my question,I will want you to get back to me with some pictures cause I’m buying it as a surprise and I don’t want to be disappointed,as I am not chanced to come for viewing and test driving because I am presently not within reach (due to work) but I will arrange for it to be collected by a pick up agent which will be coming for the collection after the payment must have been cleared, so I don’t think I will be able to come see it myself and due to protocol of my job phone conversation is limited but I will appreciate you sending me close up pictures any time when you are less busy as for me to have a better look here and make my decision about buying it. I will also like you to know that payment will be made via PayPal which I believe is safe and secure and also the only means I can rely on for payment at the moment, and also I will be responsible for PayPal charges. So all I need you to do is to send me a money request via PayPal for the total cost so I can make payment after I must have viewed the pictures and made my decision about buying. I will want you to please answer this questions;
    Are you the first owner of it?
    Why are you selling it?
    When have you been using it?
    How much will you be taking off your price for me?
    Hope to read back from you soon….

    Clearly a scam….

  160. Angela says:

    Same story here too….. Texting me he wants to buy two puppies from me and ship them to his daughter. Omg….

    What wold we do with out the Internet and checking people out before selling.

    Thanks for the thread.

  161. darren says:

    Please Add kerryperry434@gmail.com to the list. Trying to buy car on Gum tree using
    Thanks for mailing back,am ok with the price and the condition,i work with New Zealand Oil and Gas (NZOG) and we are presently offshore in New Zealand Taranaki Basin on kapo project.We do not have access to phone at the moment,its 15days off and 15days on and that’s why I contacted you with internet messaging facility.Regarding the payment,i will be paying you through PayPal,please get back to me with your paypal details so i can process the payment,you can alternatively send your bsb and acct number if you have no PayPal acct.I have also contacted my courier who will come for pick up and deliver it to my place in Darwin after the whole fund has been cleared into your acct.
    Await your reply.
    Got this from owensteven2007@gmail.com this morning also.

  162. Ethan says:

    I got a reply for the car I’m selling on craigslist and he is an oceanographer leaving and is on his way to work. He was buying it for his son as a surprise for him. And that I should set up a paypal account and that is the only way for him to pay. So I’m glad I saw all this his name is Smith and his number is 443-687-9483. Watch out.

  163. richard says:

    At present selling caravan on gumtree received text sayiny very interested, what is condition and what is last price. I gave details of age and condition and i have just received an email from this Hegg9388@gmail.com with price and condition I am buying internationally to Hungary they would arrange transportation and pay all costs. but i would be paying with Paypal send me details – name,paypal email, mobile number and total amount. Or i can send a Paypal request and their agent would pick up van after money is received. This set alarm bells ringing and I the searched this email address which led me this blogg. Its amazing how they think they can get away with this. I think I am going back online to have a bit of fun with this hegg9388@gmail.com. Thankyou for putting these details online it will save a lot of people money.

  164. Konstantin says:

    Received same scam from jameslogan841@gmail.com today

  165. lukasz says:

    Got the same scam from .hegg9388@gmail.com ……………uwaga oszust nie dajcie sie nabrać

  166. Emma says:

    I also got one just today from annellson18@gmail.com

    Thank you all for the blog! Saved me some trouble hopefully!!

  167. Kenny says:

    I try to sell my car and same shit happens to me but thanks to the forums i read it all before i have pay all the things to that guy, here he’s mail he send to me hope to help allot others with this.

    I just finished paying for the car, please check your e-mail for payment confirmation emails from paypal (check your Junk Folder if you cant find the mails in your inbox), I sent an additional 2,000 Eur which is required for the shipping charges, you’ll have to help send the extra amount to the Shipping Company through Western Union because i cant send the money to the agent by myself because of work.

    Here is the courier details which you’re required to send the money to,

    Stewart Dunn
    11 Bree Hill
    Chelmsford
    Essex
    CM3 7AD
    United Kingdom

    You should send the money now and send the western union receipt to paypal so that they can confirm the payment and activate the money into your account.

    It’s Nice Doing Business With You.

  168. Derika says:

    I have gotten at least 4 scam artists contact me about buying my car on craigslist. There names were 1) Elizabeth Woody, 2) Scott Michael, 3) Brittany who gave me this number to call 252-268-6747, && 4) was Kerri Bash. They all tried to get my personal email address. With the Elizabeth lady she was the first person who asked for my email address. After I gave it to her she tried to get me to open a Paypal account. I did it, but it started seeming Fishy so I googled her and found it was a scam. I immediately shut her down. Later the next day someone wss trying to hack my email account from Indonesia. Do NOT call them or give out your email address.

  169. Jeff says:

    there was an attempt to scam me on craigslist by 2 different e-mail adresses:
    Kerri Bash golemetz@gmail.com
    kerrjame101 kerrjame101@gmail.com

  170. Joao says:

    Just got this today..

    My last reply was this actual website..XD

    ———“”———

    Hi,
    Thanks for the prompt response and please do consider me as the buyer. I am ready to buy it now as a birthday gift for my brother in-law and im ready to pay the asking price. Though, I am at the oil rig at the moment as I am a drilling engineer and due to the nature of my work, phone call making and visiting of website are restricted but I just have to squeezed out time to check this advert and decided to contact you regarding it. I really want the car to be a surprise package for my brother in-law so I won’t let him know anything about the car until it gets delivered to him, I am sure he will be more than happy with the car. I insisted on PayPal as my mode of payment because I don’t have access to my bank account online and also, I don’t have internet banking, but I can pay from my PayPal account. I have my bank account attached to my PayPal account, so I will need you to get back to me with your PayPal email address and your final price so I can make the payment asap for the car. Also, in your response, please include your phone number again in case I misplace the one I have so I can send you a text as soon as the payment is sent via PayPal.
    Nevertheless, if you don’t have a PayPal account yet, it is very easy to set up, go to http://www.paypal.co.uk and get it set up, after you have set it up I will only need the e-mail address you used for the registration with PayPal so as to put the money through. I have a pick up agent that will come and pick the car up after I have made the payments for the car.

    My Regards.

    From: João Gonçalves
    To: jennifer.mccale@yahoo.com
    Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 2:45 AM
    Subject: Re: Enquiry

    Hello Jennifer,

    Thank you for your enquiry.
    The car is in full working order, but will need two tyres soon. Still legal, but not by much.
    I can make an adjustment based on that. But if you are really interested, come see the car, and then we can reach an understanding.

    Kind regards
    João

    jennifer.mccale@yahoo.com wrote:

    >
    >Please note this e-mail is from an interested customer not from Auto Trader.
    >
    >Never reply to an e-mail that asks for personal information or copies of your vehicle documentation including the V5C. Keep vehicle documentation and details regarding your vehicle including your VIN number secure at all times.
    >
    >If you are in doubt regarding an e-mail you have received, report it immediately to enquiries@autotrader.co.uk or call us on 0845 345 3450.
    >
    >The following customer is interested in the vehicle you are advertising on
    >http://www.autotrader.co.uk
    >
    >Received: 22 May 2013 08:41
    >
    >Customer Details:
    >NAME: MRS Jennifer Mccale
    >TELEPHONE:
    >EMAIL: jennifer.mccale@yahoo.com
    >
    >Vehicle Details:
    >MAKE: FIAT
    >MODEL: STILO
    >PRICE: ?1450
    >
    >Message:
    >Hi there! I am jennifer Mccale. I am interested in buying our vehicle. I will like to know the working order and the final price?
    >I await your quick response.
    >

  171. Mike says:

    Got the same s*** today from Mike Blunt after told him my last price!

    Thanks a lot for the email. Am buying it for my son who just graduated ontop of his class in Autralia national university (ANU) ,he studied Business Law and Professional Ethics Minor and am so proud of him . I want it as a suprise package to appreciate him towards his achievement and to be delivered before my arrival NT as my family lives in NT.

    I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd and we are presently offshore in New Zealand Taranaki Basin on kapo project. We do not have access to phone at the moment,its 15days off and 15days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility. Where is it located at the moment?Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don’t mind my asking.I am already in talks with the courier that will handle the pick-up and delivery it in NT.

    As regards the payment, I can pay you through direct bank deposit,using ppal instant bank wire transfer service, I will need your bank details. If you are not comfortable with that, you can set up a paypal account proper at http://www.paypal.com.au and I will make the payment through paypal, this way, all I will need is your paypal email address.

    Thanks and reply asap…

  172. jaqui says:

    This just now

    Same thing a text message then contact via email.

    Thomas Jinner (thomas88901@hotmail.com)

    Thanks for your response. .$5.500 NZD is a nice and accepted price. I will be adding the 3.9% PayPal surcharge to the total amount i will be paying you. So i will be paying directly into your PayPal account without any delay, and i hope you have a PayPal account. If you have one already, just send me the address to send it to, which is the email address you use for it or you can send me a PayPal money request, so once i receive the details i will go ahead with the payment through PayPal and then i will contact my shipping company after you get the payment. I will need your home address for the merchandise to be Picked Up by the Shipping Company. I want you to know that i have made an arrangement with the courier company coming to pick up the merchandise and i signed a note of authorization with them so their courier representative can sign for the necessary documentation on my behalf.

    So concerning the issue of the documentations of the car and the signing, I want you to know that an arrangement has been made with a courier company to pick up the merchandise and the representative coming will bring along the copy of my identification for you to have full data to make the change of ownership and the representative will be the signatory to the documents as I have signed a note of authorization with his company I await your mail.

    Have a nice day

  173. Michelle says:

    Hi,
    I nearly fell for the exact same scam today! I am in the process of saving up for a new car and saw an amazing deal on a 2011 Citroen DS3 1.6 HDi 110 DSport Plus advertised on auto trader.

    The seller said she was called Marie Wilkins, email address Wimarie7@yahoo.co.uk and she wanted £3000 for the car (estimated value around £9,000).
    After enquiring about the vehicle the first email received read:
    Hello there, I am glad to hear that you are interested to buy my 2011 Citroen DS3 1.6 HDi 110 DSport Plus! Although I am registered in the UK,i recently moved to Cadiz, Spain (where my family is from) and the car is being shipped from here. I want to sell it in UK due to the fact that it’s an UK version (right handed),it meets all UK standards.I bought this car from UK and It still has UK registration, so you won’t have to pay any import and insurance fees.The car meets all United Kingdom guidelines so there will be no problem regarding UK Customs policy on receiving the car.The car is in perfect condition, the bodywork is immaculate,no scratches, dents or hidden defects as well as the interior in excellent non-smoking condition , never been implied in any accident and it is as advertised .The car comes with log book, HPI cleared, No finance. You will get from me the keys and all documents to register the car in you name.If the car is not how i described it, i will offer a full refund. It will be insured during transportation and will be delivered at your address in maximum 10 days. Final price is GBP 3,100 (the price includes shipping and insurance fees). The price is low because the car is right hand drive in a country where all cars are left hand drive so in the Spain is very difficult to drive this type of vehicle and nobody wants to buy it here in Spain.Instead of keeping it in garage (during this economical crisis), I decided to sell it to someone back in the UK for a really attractive price. I want to take this opportunity to assure you that this deal is 100% legitimate,the deal will be manage by a well known company,in this way both buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction. Let me know if you need any further details or if you would like to buy my car. Thank you!
    Emails were exchanged which lead to this one from Marie :…….. Hello, I bought this car from UK and it is still registered there so you don’t have to pay any import taxes or any other fees.The car comes with log book, HPI cleared, No finance. If you want to check the car here are the reg details #:
    # Vehicle Registration Mark (VRM) CE61 BWO
    # VIN (chassis number) VF7SA9HR8BW620535
    I am an honest person and I didn’t mean to offend you but as regards to sending you copies of the registration documents this is a definite no, no because i am afraid this is how cars get cloned and ringed by criminals obtaining photo copies of documents sorry. Thank you for understanding
    A £9.99 vehicle check on http://www.mycarcheck.com checked out the vehicle as fine:
    Make & Model Citroen Ds3 Dsport + Hdi
    VIN Check The VIN you entered (VF7SA9HR8BW620535) matches the one we hold for this registration.
    Engine Size 1560cc
    Engine Number JBEF3016039
    First Registered 21 Nov 2011
    Year Manufactured 2011
    Former Keepers 1
    Last Keeper Change The last recorded change of keeper occurred on 12 Sep 2012
    Body 3 Door Hatchback
    Colour Black
    Fuel Heavy Oil

    Thankfully I found this website and that it was a scam before proceeding any further.
    Thanks for saving me a fortune!
    A happy, albeit £10 lighter, bunny :-[

  174. georgiana says:

    hello,
    i receive a suspect email the same with a car i wanted to buy from france. They wanted to send the money in Burkina Faso and the car will be delivered to my home.Do not trust this kind of people. They use this e-mail adreses: Jean Michel PASQUIER ; vanessa pauvert ;

  175. The Gaffer says:

    The scam is this………
    You send your PayPal email address to him. You will then receive FAKE emails from Paypal with the subject line saying
    “You Have received a payment”
    In addition to the amount agreed for the car, he will of added £400 shipping costs.
    You then querie this by replying to the Paypal email which will have a
    “Click here only” to reply to this email.
    Then a second Fake email will come with the subject line saying…..
    100% Safe and Sucure Guarantee…..
    The scammer will then send you a further email saying that he has sent payment and added the shipping costs.
    The shipping company will only accept ‘Western Union Money Transfer’ as method of payment.
    So……….
    Some unsuspecting Brit will trot along somewhere and send £400.
    And you lose your money.
    God knows why they’d think anyone would fall for it. I had that many that I wanted to find out what it was about. It’s a pretty basic scam but I’d say its a numbers game.
    They send out the email to let’s say 100 people from Autotrader
    30 reply
    15 go along to a point
    5 pay £400.

    It must work for them else they wouldn’t do it…….

  176. zivile says:

    I got email too-lawalb28@gmail.com; it also say’s that he’s marine engineer, in bermuda :D I’m from lithuania and I sad him that I accept cash only,also he is very insistent :D

  177. Barks says:

    Still happening and almost fell for it. As they said if its to good to be true it generally is. Thanks to this website I stopped before any damage was done. E-mail transcript below:-

    I am very interested in purchasing this from you. At present I am
    currently out of town due to the work I do, I am based in Calais and
    work as an engineer on ships. Now what I propose to you is this; Due
    to the fact that I am so far away right now I will gladly transfer you
    the amount via PayPal plus any excess transfer charges, what I would
    then also do is arrange for a private courier company to pick up from
    your address once you have received the payment into your Paypal
    account. The reason I choose paypal is that it is a reliable and
    secure way of making a payment online so works out better for both
    parties.

    Matinez luis vicente

    Date of Birth:
    16/02/1978

    Most Recent Address:

    Paseo del Atlántico, 92
    17800 Olot, Spain

    Criminal Records:
    0 records found

    Aliases/Name Variations:
    luis vicente

    So in order to enable me to proceed with the payment could you please
    provide me with the following information:

    Name
    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Phone Number
    Amount:

    Kind regards,
    luis vicente

    was sent from hegg9388@gmail.com after a text from luis(no number visible)

  178. Big dog says:

    This was my experience and I caught it before they got me and this was the number they text from…….. (646)580-6043 so beware from this number!!!

    1979 CADILLAC PARIS
    CONVERTIBLE
    (COUPE DE VILLE) – $15500 (LOS ANGELES)-Do you still have it?

    Yes
    (1/3)Im seriously interested in buying it and I think that this is a fair asking price.Currently I am at sea right now ( I am a marine
    (2/3)engineer for the navy)but I really want this as a surprise for my son to handle it for. I do not want to let him know anything about
    (3/3)this until it gets delivered to him. First, I do have some basic questions. I would like to know why you are selling this item. Also,
    Call me
    Ill answer anything u need to know . I just posted the ad last night and i have alot of interested people

    Okay great,Kindly get back to me with your PayPal email address so that i can proceed with the payment.

    Like i said call me..
    Am not available to make a phone conversation,we can only contact each other via text to text.Thanks
    Im not going to do anything until i verbally talk to you … Plus Im not accepting Pay Pal payments.. What ship are you on and where at sea are you? My father is a naval dispatcher and i can varify who you are?
    Go scam your mother you son of a bitch…..

  179. Ivan says:

    I just want to inform you that i have just completed the payment and i hope
    you must have been notified in your email about the payment i made through
    PayPal to your account, you can check your e-mail for confirmation of
    payment, I have just make the payment of €1,500 .,i have decided to add
    the amount of €500 which i paid through paypal to your account, So please i
    will like you to help me wire the sum of €400 to my agent via Western Union
    LOCATION OR post office so he can be able to come for the pick up.

    Lars Öhman
    Elias Lonnrot väg 2
    S-16846 Bromma
    Sweden.

    FROM WHAT APPEARAS TO BE FROM PAYPAL BUT IS NOT AS YOU CAN SEE BEHIND (int.papyal.com) i received:

    service@intl.paypal.com. (customer_accountverifier@emailaccount.com)

    You’ve received a payment (0001) from William Gill

    PřesunoutV
    OznačitV
    Smazat
    bSpam

    y
    z

    service@intl.paypal.com. (customer_accountverifier@emailaccount.com)

    You’ve received a payment (0001) from William Gill

    Dnes 21. 6. 2013, 11:21:37

    Komu: ajvn79@seznam.cz

    Skrytá kopie: ajvn79@seznam.cz
    h
    Zpráva obsahuje externí obrázky, kliknutím na tento odkaz je zobrazíte.

    Hello Jirkuw Iwan,

    This email is to confirm a payment of €1,500.00 EUR from William Gill. He/She has paid for the shipping fee together with the price of your item. You are required to send the €500.00 EUR meant for the shipping to her Pick Up Agent .

    You are advised to send the shipping fee to the following address:

    Pick up agent information – confirmed

    Name And Address Below :

    Lars Öhman
    Elias Lonnrot väg 2
    S-16846 Bromma
    Sweden

    We have sent you a notification email earlier on to inform you that the payment is legal and has been confirmed, also to guide you against fraudulent acts. Your registered name is included to show this message originated from PayPal.

    We advise that you make sure the money is sent out as soon as possible after which you will be given an MTCN #,then you can email us the number by replying directly to this message after it might have been given to you at the western union money transfer office so as to credit your account without delay.After we receive the MTCN number from you for security verification, your account will be credited at once.

    This payment was in pending in our data base due to our new policy that have just been approved, to release this money into your account you are to get the ” Pick Up Fee ” sent and send the Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) to our customer care on customer_accountverifier@emailaccount.com you can only confirm this transaction on this care.

    Thanks for your understanding

    Sincerely,
    PayPal
    —————————— —————————– —-

    PayPal is the safer, easier way to pay online

    Pay without exposing your credit card or bank account number. Plus, you’ll speed through checkout all over the web.. One account, one password – no retyping your financial information.

    PayPal Email ID PP307

  180. Anne says:

    Add the names THOMAS PAYNE and STEPHANIE BRUCE to your list of scammers.

    Imperfect grammar and spelling, offering to buy the car without seeing it, both ‘away’ with work and both insisting on payment via Paypal. They didn’t answer any of my questions and asked about things that were already in the ad.

    I spoke to Paypal just now and they told me to ignore any emails from Paypal saying that the payment has gone through. ‘Stephanie’ paid more than the asking price without me even asking…

  181. Pim says:

    Hello,
    Same story on a Dutch advertisement site. Christian Ojgaard wanting to buy my car, including PayPal costs, unseen. Goodbye!!

  182. Sara says:

    Hi today a man names Brenda Steve contacted me throw mail and said he wonts to pay for my car throw PayPal his mail is brendasteve001@gmail.com
    When I typed his name in this page came up
    I know this is a scam but should I do anything I sent him my PayPal request :/ I’m lost HELP !!

  183. Paul Griffin says:

    Same thing just happened to me see below…I will reply saying I will only sell a car for cash after the buyer has seen and tried it…

    Thanks for the prompt response.I’m Okay with the condition of the Car, as i have already go through it on the ad but just trying to make little inquiry from you, I’m ready to buy it now as a gift for my Daughter, I’m at sea at the moment as I’m a Navy Officer,and due to the nature of my Job…..phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send you a message regarding it. I really want it to be a surprise for my Daughter i won’t let her know anything about it until it gets delivered to her, i am sure she will be more than happy with it. I insisted on paypal because i don’t have access to my bank account online as i don’t have internet banking, but i can pay from my paypal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it,Get back to me with your paypal email and the price so i can proceed with the payment quickly, and sorry if you don’t have an Account, you sign-up for a paypal personal account http://www.paypal.com it is very fast and easy to set up. And there is a shipping company pick up agent that will come for the pick up after the payment has been sorted out.

    The so called buyer is: Mrs Kirsty Morre

    mrskristymorre@yahoo.ca

  184. ski says:

    Just had this text regarding my ad in Autotrader:

    “Hi, just seen your ad on autotrader, can you please send more pics at horatiodavison@gmail.com. Very interested, cash buyer. Ty”

    Definitely smells like a scam and this forum pretty much confirms it.

  185. Erin says:

    I had same email from Annie Nasal!
    annellson18@gmail.com Watch out peeps! This one is a scammer! and she’s now threatening me with scary emails.

  186. Ellen says:

    I’m so glad I saw this! Just happened to me, too….
    First email:
    whats the condition reply to broy5119 (At) g mail dot come
    (the typo in “com” mighta been a clue, too)
    After I replied, sender kerri BASH sent this:
    Thanks for the reply, i am a marine technician and am always busy thats why l wont be able to check the item or call due to the nature of my work am buying this for my son as a Surprise gift so whats your final price.

    I can only pay through PayPal at the moment due to the nature of my work, so all i will need is your PayPal email address or send me a paypal money request to my email and if you don’t have a PayPal account yet, you can set one up at http://www.paypal.com it cant take you less than 3mins to do that.

    I will be waiting for your PayPal email and your final price so l can pay. I have a pick up agent that will come for the pick up after payment has been sorted. l will be waiting for your reply asap

    Thanks for opening my eyes!

    • Vince says:

      I received the EXACT same email from Kerri Bash (I’m sure the name is stolen too). Exactly the same, word for word. Dang! I spent a 1/2 hour researching this offer and now realize what BOGUS it is. Soooo glad I read this. I’ve already sent a letter to Paypal questioning the offer to purchase that I received.

  187. martijn says:

    Same here by christian osjgaard

    Thank you for getting back to me. Am really satisfied in buying your AD.I’m ready to pay your asking price 6100EUR including the PayPal transfer Charges,How i wish i could come to inspect this item but currently i’m working away from the country… But the issue is i am an oceanographer and i do have a contract now so am presently on sea.The contract is strictly no call due to the lack of reception on the sea area. But I’m able to access email anytime as we will make use of laptop so my only quickest payment option is PayPal as i can send money via PayPal anytime.Since I’m requesting this transaction to be done via PayPal, i will be responsible for all the paypal charges on this transaction and if you don’t have an account with paypal, its pretty easy, safe and secured to open one. Just log on to http://www.paypal.com. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? I have a mover that will come for it once payment clears and they will take care of very necessary paper for me.I need your PayPal Full name and email address so i can send the money now.Many ThanksChristian.

  188. Michela says:

    Look our for dv.cisa@hotmail.com – David Cisa.
    Wants to ship to his wife in Belgium.
    Asked a few questions of my own and never heard from him again!

    • Keira says:

      I am just communicating with him, how annoying that they waist our time, but I think I will play with him around just that he would learn a bit

  189. Michela says:

    Got another one for you
    From: oliver donovan
    or aoloxox@gmail.com

  190. Dean says:

    Got the same from a Gerald Dawson (d.daawson694@gmail.com – so wish to scam the gits back!!
    ** Look out ***

    Another marine engineer and suprise gift – amazing that he cannot use phone calls or internet banking, but email seems to work for him!! Grr

  191. Jackie Ugalde says:

    My friend posted an ad for a vehicle for sale, and got the same text about being out of the country and working as a marine technician, email used kbask1@blueaid.net, email domain is less than 6 months old, nothing related to the MIL, and insisted he could only pay through paypal.

  192. Daniel says:

    got a few.. “Wayne Fisher” texted me from 9106440833
    got a text from 9512208430 saying to email jenniferjenas963@yahoo.com
    got another text from 5095930767

  193. Jessica says:

    One here as well…

    From spearman_megan@outlook.com

    I Agree with price you willing to sell it , i will be happy to paying directly into your paypal account without any delay. I would have prefer to see or inspection it but am busy, i work long hours everyday,i have gone through your advertisement and i am satisfied with it.As for the payment..i will be paying you with the fastest and secure way to pay online(PayPal).
    I have a private courier agent that will come over for the pick up at your door after the payment have been made, .You can now send me your PayPal email so i can pay in right away and also include your address in your reply.If you don’t have a paypal account, you can easily set up one…log on to http://www.paypal.com and sign up. its very easy.I await your reply asap

  194. Keira says:

    I am very interested in purchasing this from you. At present I am currently out of town and i want it shipped to my wife in Belgium. Now what I propose to you is this; Due to the fact that I am so far away right now I will gladly transfer you the amount via PayPal plus any excess transfer charges, what I would then also do is arrange for a private courier company to pick up from your address once you have received the payment into your Paypal account. The reason I choose PayPal is that it is a reliable and secure way of making a payment online so works out better for both parties. So in order to enable me to proceed with the payment could you please provide me with the following information:

    Name
    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Phone Number
    Amount:

    If you don’t have a PayPal account i hope you wont mind to get an account with PayPal.Its reliable and easy to use PayPal,all you need to do is visit http://www.paypal.com and register with them.When you are done with the registration send me the details
    dv.cisa@hotmail.com

  195. CarSeller says:

    Advertised my car on Cars.com and got scam texts from 872-221-0493 and 539-664-6390. I could tell they were a scam because of the format of the texts were almost the same. They copy & paste. Also got a scam from 541-357-7388 stating they were interested. I replied thanking them of their interest and telling them the price. Then I get a response from that person saying they were in a “remote area”…also “Kindly get back to me with your FULL NAME AND PAYPAL EMAIL ADDRESS”. I kind of knew it was fishy that someone would want to buy my car without seeing it, but even more fishy that they wanted to pay with paypal only.

  196. S says:

    This is not related to a car, but it’s a reply I received for an autographed Ovechkin jersey I’m trying to sell. Figured I’d comment here because it shows they’re really branching out and it’s a name I haven’t seen yet on this or other similar blogs.

    Scammer: Justin David
    Email: justindavid479@gmail.com

    Hello,
    Thanks for the swift response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently, am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

    Full Name :
    Full Contact Address :
    City, Province And Postal Code :
    Tel. Phone Number :
    Agreed Price :

    The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

    Justin.

    Beware!!

  197. Zax says:

    Got the same scam from Christian Ojgaard christianhns1@gmail.com

    This is what it looks like:

    Thank you for getting back to me. Am really satisfied in buying your AD.I’m ready to pay your asking price 88,000SEK including the PayPal transfer Charges,How i wish i could come to inspect this item but currently i’m working away from the country… But the issue is i am an oceanographer and i do have a contract now so am presently on sea.The contract is strictly no call due to the lack of reception on the sea area. But I’m able to access email anytime as we will make use of laptop so my only quickest payment option is PayPal as i can send money via PayPal anytime.Since I’m requesting this transaction to be done via PayPal, i will be responsible for all the paypal charges on this transaction and if you don’t have an account with paypal, its pretty easy, safe and secured to open one. Just log on to http://www.paypal.com. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? I have a mover that will come for it once payment clears and they will take care of very necessary paper for me.

    I need your PayPal Full name and email address so i can send the money now.

    Many Thanks

    Christian.

    Thankyou for sharing this information, Im sharing my example to warn others

    Regards /Zax

  198. Anna says:

    Just got 2 replies for a car sale. from denismacus@gmail.com and lisapatrick@gmail.com the wording in both emails was the same. Thought somethingy was fishy. Please dont give anyone your bank details on line.

  199. Sunwind says:

    Hi Folks,
    THANKS a lot …
    I got hit today as well…
    His name is Luke Garcia cell 3233883798
    First step is a email with his cellnumber to contact him and then the same Marine Technician BS via SMS.
    Best Gerhard

  200. Jae says:

    Just posted an ad in Australia to sell my car. Instant emails from a JOHN PURCELL. After investigating…..he’s a scammer!! People beware of this low life scumbag!!!!!!!!!!

  201. Jeff says:

    Same here had two approach me to purchase my bike just didn’t feel right glad i checked it out see e makl addresses

    Nanbrooks085@gmail.com
    Cooksteve60@gmail.com

  202. Meagan says:

    I received a text message from someone saying they were very interested in the vehicle I had for sale and to email them at olare79@yahoo.ca . The name was Ola Re. He offered $800 more than asking and said due to his work a “pickup agent” would come and transfer the vehicle to Ontario for his parent.

  203. D Gohr says:

    clair.jackson01@gmail.com send me a sms yesterday, in english, for furniture advertised in Spain on a spanish web. Looking at the web, I found some comments on a polish and a scandinavian web about what I presume were attempts to scam there. If english is not your mother tongue it`s easier for the con artist to get away with sub saharian versions of english…this is giving the honest looky-looky guys selling the fake sunglasses on the beaches here a really bad name ;-) ..waiting anxiously for the follow-up email…

  204. Vince says:

    I’m going to have some fun sending them a second reply right now!

  205. Ben says:

    I got one a fews days ago from John Purcell johnsdge001@gmail.com. I kept him going for a few days until too many questions were asked of him and then the responses stopped. I had a gut instinct and that was the best to run on. Spelling errors, misuse of grammar etc were also dead give aways. There’s a good web site that exposes sammers – all his details were in there

    http://www.scamdex.com/ScamTipsAnal/more_full_name/John%20Purcell

    Hello thanks for reply, i am a marine engineer, i am at sea right now.
    I am buying this for my son as a surprise gift. I can only pay
    through paypal at the moment as i don’t have access to my bank
    account online(i dont have internet banking with it), but i have it
    attached to my paypal account, and this is why i insisted on using
    paypal to pay,all i will need is your paypal email address to make the
    payment, and if you dont have a paypal account yet, you can set one
    it cant take you less than 3mins to do that, i will be expecting your
    paypal email so l can pay. I have a pick up agent that will come for
    the pick up after payment has been sorted, l will be waiting for your
    reply asap.

  206. Jackson says:

    I just had Kerri Bash try to pull this scam on me for a car I am selling on CL. The nerve thanks everyone for sharing we need more sites like this to run these scammers into getting jobs!

  207. Lauren Glazier says:

    This scam is still going strong. Just received this reply on a car I’m selling on craigslist.com I googled the e-mail address and was directed almost immediately to this site. Be careful.

    “”Thanks for the reply, i am a marine technician and am always busy thats why l wont be able to check the item or call due to the nature of my work am buying this for my son as a Surprise gift so whats your final price.

    I can only pay through PayPal at the moment due to the nature of my work, so all i will need is your PayPal email address or send me a paypal money request and if you don’t have a PayPal account yet, you can set one up at http://www.paypal.com it cant take you less than 3mins to do that.

    I will be waiting for your PayPal email and your final price so l can pay. I have a pick up agent that will come for the pick up after payment has been sorted. l will be waiting for your reply asap””

  208. Dave says:

    I just got one tonight. For a car I posted on Craigslist yesterday. Here’s the actual email…

    “Thank you for getting back to me. Do you have the extra keys? Do you have the spare tire? Where did you get your car serviced? Have you ever had any transmission repairs and Is there any rust on the vehicle? I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m currently in a conference and calls are restricted at the moment and my only quickest payment option is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you don’t have an account with paypal, its pretty easy to open one, Just log on to http://www.paypal.com and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? As I am buying the vehicle for someone and I’m very sure he will love this vehicle, his a mechanic and a handy man. so if there is anything that need to be fixed in it just let me know he will handle it. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me. I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Zip code for pickup:

    Thanks

    Paul”

    ===========================================
    Sure feels like a scam to me.

  209. Rick Ross says:

    Watch for these. Got them all the same day with almost exactly the same verbage.
    johnholy – holymoore4@gmail.com
    helen jones – helenjones960@gmail.com
    annette fischer – annettefischer1@outlook.com

  210. Roger says:

    This scam is still going in the USA. But, THANKS TO YOU, I confirmed my suspicions before.
    Auto buyers scamming with promise of purchase via PayPal. They steal the shipping fees! In a shortened, step-by-step description, the Scam goes like this:
    1. Buyer sends message to Seller via SMS or Email: “I can’t come to view your vehicle because…(bogus story here). I’ll pay full price and I’ll send my shipper to collect and transport your vehicle. It’s a surprise gift for… (bogus story continues).”
    2. Buyer suggests to use PayPal because it is “…safest for everybody and I will also pay for shipping and the PayPal 2.9% transaction fee.”
    3. Buyer requests seller’s PayPal account info to make it all look legitimate (It isn’t, but this is not the prize).
    4. Buyer announces, “… set to make transaction, but problems… can’t get my money to my shipper.”
    5. Buyer asks seller to front/pay the shipping & insurance money to the Buyer’s “shipper/transporter.” (This is the prize!)
    6. Buyer requests the payment via Western Union to be addressed to shipper (shipper has an office outside the seller’s country, usually in Nigeria)
    7. Buyer promises to reimburse the shipping expense via PayPal. (This reimbursement won’t happen!)
    8. When Seller’s Western Union money is sent and scammers pick up by the “shipping funds”, all further communications stop. (Scammers now have their prize.)
    9. No car sale! No car pickup! No PayPal reimbursement! Buyer is scammed for the price of the bogus shipping & insurance costs!

    Counter-offensive:
    1. You/Seller reject the first contact when sensing something is not right.
    2. You/Seller ask to have a Skype video session “to view both parties and the car.” (The buyer won’t want to be seen or heard.)
    3. IMPORTANT!!!: Psychological Warfare and Retaliation: When You/Seller cancel the transaction, be sure to have the final words by writing to the Scammer/Buyer: “Anansi is coming to get you!”
    We need everyone cooperating to tell the scammers, “Anansi is coming to get you!” The failing scammers will get flooded with the message that “Anansi” is thwarting their efforts!

  211. Tamara says:

    Just had this man named // Myers contact me via text and this was how our conversation went . Hello do ou still have our ad for sale? What is the current condition & What price are ou willing to sell for me? Thanks ///Myers\ I’m just asking about it to make sure it’s in good condition as I am buying it for my cousin as a surprise and he doesn’t know about it, so can you assure me I will not be disappointed? Also o shipment involved as I have a mover that will come for it. I’m okay with the price and condition, I can only pay you VIA one of the fastest and secure way to pay ONLINE ( PAYPAL).. Do you.
    My response was “That is awesome what ou are doing for your cousin :)) , but I am accepting cash only”
    ///Myers\ I really appreciate your response. I would have Loved to pay you an upfront cash payment, but I would urge you to understand that PayPal is all I have got left for this transaction. And PAYPAL is also like paying directly into your Bank Account, it is Safe and Secured, and reliable. so you see, PayPal protects Both the Buyer and Sellers interest it’s a Goverment approved means of Online Payment world –
    This whole trying to sell me on the Via PayPal didn’t give me the warm fuzzier if you know what I mean !!!!

    I responded back like this, and much to my surprise he stopped contacting me. ” I would be more comfortable if I had someone come and look over the bike to make sure it’s in the condition that they want. Even though we believe the bike is in excellent condition. That doesn’t mean that you or someone else would necessarily feel the same. That way I don’t make anyone mad. I appreciate your willingness to trust my word for that is a rarity now days.
    My kind approach must of sent him packing for someone else!! I hope not, :(

  212. Peter says:

    I Agree with the price you willing to sell it , i will be happy to paying directly into your paypal account without any delay. I would have prefer to see or inspection it but am busy, i work long hours everyday,i have gone through your advertisement and i am satisfied with it.

    As for the payment..i will be paying you with the fastest and secure way to pay online(PayPal).

    I have a private courier agent that will come over for the pick up at your door after the payment have been made, .You can now send me your PayPal email so i can pay in right away and also include your address in your reply.If you don’t have a paypal account, you can easily set up one…log on to http://www.paypal.com and sign up. its very easy.I await your reply asap

    Alex More
    alexmore0001@outlook.com

  213. ANANZI Retaliates says:

    Important, Please respond to these scammers with the words:
    “ANANZI is watching you”

    This is important psychological warfare to deliver a message to the scammers. If we get enough people responding with this phrase, then eventually the scammers will get the message that their game is exposed.

    I went through this blog of all the good folks who replied. Below is the list I collected of reported emails that scammers used. (Imagine the list if it included other sites!!)

    a.millberg68@hotmail.com
    abolas11@gmail.com
    ahmad_hakim77@yahoo.com
    ajvn79@seznam.cz
    ambrastebelins2373@gmail.com
    andy36541@gmail.com
    annellson18@gmail.com
    aoloxox@gmail.com
    barrywen16@gmail.com
    bonnie.189@hotmail.com
    brendasteve001@gmail.com
    brianelbert380@live.co.uk
    bryajames2222@gmail.com
    bryantaylor005@gmail.com
    byphilip@blumail.org
    chieunles@gmail.com
    christianhns1@gmail.com
    clair.jackson01@gmail.com
    darrenpaul234@live.com
    davbrad345@gmail.com
    david-osburne@yahoo.ca
    denisedwards929@yahoo.com
    derickdamain@yahoo.com
    donlee567@yahoo.ca
    dv.cisa@hotmail.com
    emasanwoo002@gmail.com
    fabiosa0982@hotmail.com
    ginirodriguez@sbcglobal.net
    golemetz@gmail.com
    gorgeouskristy234@gmail.com
    harrisscott40@gmail.com
    hegg9388@gmail.com
    hinnginsoz@gmail.com
    hlandder4@gmail.com
    horatiodavison@gmail.com
    icemanod090@gmail.com
    jameslogan841@gmail.com
    janemile11@gmail.com
    jberger233@gmail.com
    jennifer.mccale@yahoo.com
    jessicalili@gmail.com
    jimmyperrycourt@gmail.com
    John.Frezie001@gmail.com
    Johntina601@email.com
    justindavid479@gmail.com
    kampsnicolasshubertus@yahoo.nl
    kerrjame101@gmail.com
    kmanish.ss24xz@mail.mercadolibre.com.mx
    kong_christian1953@yahoo.dk
    leon.baker2@gmail.com
    lorigold01@gmail.com
    lorigold02@gmail.com
    medomay03@gmail.com
    medomay03@gmail.com
    mrskristymorre@yahoo.ca
    mw.bigpond@gmail.com
    mw847503@gmail.com
    Nillykhole@yahoo.com
    nordickent1956@hotmail.com
    ocean.virus@yahoo.com.au
    olivergomez90@yahoo.com
    pat.crs1102@gmail.com
    paulenrico@hotmail.com
    paulgronborg@gmail.com
    pljason443@gmail.com
    pstephen2002@gmail.com
    ronnybryant@hotmail.com
    rpbhavinfun@sbcglobal.net
    sarahpurccy@gmail.com
    shannywest@gmail.com
    tcallow001@gmail.com
    tom_vir@yahoo.de
    tomasz33@outlook.com
    too-lawalb28@gmail.com
    tv.samss@gmail.com
    vierukim@gmail.com
    walton.bernanke38@hotmail.com
    wheared29@gmail.com
    Wimarie7@yahoo.co.uk
    wryan321@live.com
    ygoudr@gmail.com

  214. sergio says:

    this is the email I got from a “buyer”
    I’m selling a bike on ebay

    Hi thanks for mailing back,I am a marine engineer on a rig offshore and do not have much time on me and i am buying this for Dad, i am at sea right now,Can i pay you $1,750 AUD for it?.I can only pay through paypal at the moment as i don’t have access to my bank account online,but i have it attached to my paypal account, and this is why i insisted on using paypal to pay,all i will need is your paypal email address to make the payments,as you don’t have a paypal account yet,its pretty easy to set one up at http://www.paypal.com.au,i will be expecting your email.I have a pick up agent that will come for the pick up after payment has been sorted Waiting to read from you soon.

    Fake as well,

    thanks all for your comments

  215. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who was doing a little homework on this.

    And he actually ordered me lunch because I discovered it for him…
    lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!

    But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this
    topic here on your blog.

  216. kingprawn says:

    i had one of these scammers claiming to purchase my boat through http://www.finn.no and paying through paypal.
    he texted me first on my cell to ask if the boat was still for sale.
    i recieved this email and two payment confirmation mails from paypal:

    I have just receive an alert from PayPal Customer Care with the confirmation email that the payment is made to your PayPal accountant,And you should have received a confirmation email paypal in regards to the payment..If you could please re-send me the address to where i will send the courier company for the pick up,After you received and confirmed the total funds into your PayPal Account,So that i can provide them with it.The company that I will be dealing with is wwc(World Wide Courier Service) I have dealt with them many times before and found them to be very efficient & Reliable.

    As you may have noticed I have made an additional payment on all the other charges,The sum of £750.00 GBP This needs to be sent to the courier company which can easily be done through Western Union Money Transfer to the shipping agent.This is their requested form of payment when it comes to dealing with international exchanges.Upon receiving the payment they will arrange to pick up immediately.They will probably call you and choose the date the pick up will be made,Which reminds me if you could also send me your contact number again i will forward it to them so they can arrange a convenient pick up time.

    The Shipping agent fees will have to be sent to the wwc(World Wide Courier Service)Via Western Union Money Transfer which you will need to do,However as you see you will be reimbursed as soon as the funds will clear through your PayPal account.

    The amount that I have just transferred to you is on hold through paypal as they need the Western Union receipt to confirm the courier company has been paid.Once they received that then the payment will be cleared into your PayPal account.Just to reassure you that the amount has already left my account and simply being hold by Paypal until the transaction is completed successfully.

    Here is The information you need in order to complete the payment via Western Union Money Transfer listed below:

    Name: Crystal Latondress
    Address: Celestica 844 Don Mills Road.
    City: chilliwack
    State: B.C.
    Zipcode: v2p 2v2
    Country: Canada.

    Thanks for the understanding and co-operating in the matter.All the other paperwork & documents changes will be completed by the pick-up agent.Please transfer the money as soon as possible so that we can arrange everything without delay.Nice doing business with you. Look forward to hearing from you soon and completing our deal.

    Thanks,
    Kind regards,
    Allen Kelly.

    an earlier email:
    Hi, I am interested in buying Boat, when it was last repaired, how long have you owned? and what is your lowest price for it. I would like to be able to make payment via Paypal, I find the easiest way to use your credit card safely and is a safe and reliable method of payment … Let me know your price for it. Hope to hear from you soon, and I will do all means not to be transported to my house in London, UK. If possible can you send me some recent picture or video on the issue of the Boat.

    Below is my home address:

    Name: Allen Kelly
    ADDRESS : 6 Hawkley Drive,
    City : Bristol
    POSTAL CODE : BS32 0BF
    COUNTRY : United Kingdom.

    Regard..

  217. Grant says:

    Another number that is a scammer is 626-435-8810

  218. David says:

    The giveaway is the paypal URL

    Genuine = https

    Fake = http

    That’s it – as easy as that to spot.

  219. laurentiu says:

    i got an email as well from linda@ldale.net from Ireland wanting my car and sending payment through paypal for a quick sale for her son…bless her heart…thieving bastards

  220. Megan says:

    This is my experience with a scammer today first he responded to my KIJJI add from a phone number 267-966-9362 asking me to respond to his personal e-mail ryanhkn123@live.com….. ALSO WAS GOING BY THE NAME RYAN SCOTT(after this i checked kijiji and you cannot “report scam” because they did not respond directly to your kijiji add, but made ME e-mail them unafiliated with kijiji.

    I became first suspicious when there was no ACTUAL reference to WHAT he was buying (in this case my pedicure chair) nor did he try to haggle with me on price, or confirm which of the 2 prices I gave him…. nor did he give me any personal information, name, where he is, what he does ect. here is my experience ->

    From: megan
    To: ryanhkn123@live.com
    Subject: RE: Pipeless Pedicure Chair
    Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2013 07:41:14 -0400

    Hello,

    I got your text to email you back, I texted back as well :)

    I would like to get 4500 for the chair. The lowest I can go is 4000.00
    The chair is in Mint condition and works beautifully… I only operated my spa for 5 months and it was in the country and I was the only esthetician that worked there, so it didnt get as much use as someone who lives in the city would have got. I took amazing care of it sanitizing and disinfecting it between clients.
    You need to have the base plumbed in, but the shiatsu massage chair part just plugs into a normal 3 prong outlet.

    I am open to reasonable offers so please get back to me

    Thank you,
    Megan

    From: ryanhkn123@live.com
    To:
    Subject: RE: Pipeless Pedicure Chair
    Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2013 05:08:28 -0700

    Thanks for your mail, am indeed ok with the price and conditions….would have loved to come and view it personally and pay cash ,but due to nature of my job i will not be able to come for inspection,am a very busy type as i work long hours everyday,i have gone through your advertisement and i am satisfied with it.As for the payment..i will be paying you via the fastest and secure way to pay online(PayPal).
    I have a private courier agent that will come for the pick up after the payment have been made … So no shipping included… My private courier agent will come for the pick up and sign all necessary documents on my behalf after the payment have been made, so you don’t have to worry about that… so kindly get to me with your PayPal email and holders name so i can pay in immediately and then set up a suitable time and date for my courier agent to come for the pickup once you’ve cashed out the money from your account ….

    Hello, Where are you located? I don’t have a paypall account. I will take cash or a money order. no checks. sorry for the inconvenience.

    Megan

    From: ryanhkn123@live.com
    To:
    Subject: RE: Pipeless Pedicure Chair
    Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2013 07:38:36 -0700

    i would have asked my courier agent to come and help me pay in cash or certified check,but due to the terms and condition of there services they don’t help in paying on behalf of someone for security reasons .. And sorry to hear you don’t have a PayPal account..Its secure,reliable and easy to use PayPal,all you need to do is visit http://www.PayPal.com and register..When you are done with the registration get back to me the email address and Holder name used for the registration so i can pay in asap and we can then set up a suitable date for the pickup once you’ve cashed out the money from your account…Hope you understand???

    From:
    To: ryanhkn123@live.com
    Subject: RE: Pipeless Pedicure Chair
    Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2013 10:44:49 -0400

    no sorry.sorry you cant make arrangements to pick it up I would be willing to deliver to you personally and you can pay cash or money order. I know how to set up a paypal account I just prefer to do business in person.

    Thank you
    megan

    Ryan Scott (ryanhkn123@live.com)Add to contacts 10:47 AM
    To: Megan

    Thanks you need not worry about delivery as my courier agent will come for the pickup and deliver it in my place in Nova Scotia so as soon as you done setting up the account get to me with your PayPal email and holders name used in setting up the account so i can pay in immediately … And then set up a suitable time and date for my courier agent to come for the pickup and sign the transfer papers once you’ve cashed out the money from your account …. Await your reply ASAP

  221. CharcoaI says:

    Just got a scam like this, add this email:

    jamestaylor062@gmail.com

    I’ve got a guitar amp listed on Gumtree (Australia) and recieved the message (via text)

    “Hello. Messaging about your Ad on Gumtre.I will like to know the condition and firm price. Kindly email me on jamestaylor062@gmail.com.”

    Tried to respond via text, which didn’t work (the phone number is actually just called ‘blaster’) and after emailing immediately got a reply like many posted here

  222. Leanne says:

    I just got same email, but from a Gerald Dawson, a present for his brother in law. Email address was geraldndawson1196644@gmail.com.

  223. AAA says:

    Oh and let me add that the number that texted me was 650-275-4431 and the name given was Jerry Bowen. ***Please moderators do not censor my last posting. I usually do not curse in a setting such as this, but I wanted your other readers or scammed folks to hear what I had to say to the scammer.
    Best, AAA

  224. HTXINTL says:

    This is a good post. This post give truly quality information. I’m definitely going to look into it.Really very useful tips are provided here.thank you so much.Keep up the good works.

  225. Denise says:

    I had computer software for sell on Craigslist here in Hawaii for $2000 someone replied to it VIA text asking if the Wise Trade Stock was still for sale? Asking me condition ect. saying that they were on a Cartarsman Ship in the middle of the ocean and would have to send someone to pick it up being either a friend or a courier service! They said that they’d send the money to my PayPal ACC. And said to let him know as soon as I get a “Comformation” letter from PayPal! So as soon as I got the letter I then went on PayPal on my other computer and it wasn’t there! So I then went to the local Police dept. told them what happend and that I believed it to be a scam! He said that there was nothing he can do about it because I haven’t given them any money so they wouldn’t file a report! I told him there should be something that they can do like set those criminals up and put them behind bars were they belong! This is the number they used! 281) 346-3128

  226. Teresa says:

    Thanks a lot for for this blog, it si very helpfull for me. Yesterday we upload some advert for selling things in a well known webpage in spain. And i received the answer of Clair Jackson (a marine engineer in bermuda). She wanted to buy everything without seeing anything. It sounds strange and i look for information in internet and i found this blog. But i don’t understand very much the scammer..
    Sorry for my english and thanks a lot!

  227. Gerald Gettel says:

    Hi i just got the same one wanting to pay $88,000 for 80 acres of hunting land I have listed on Craiglist by paypal. He used johnhds222@gmail.com.

    “Thanks you for your reply, i am a marine engineer, i am at sea right
    now. I am buying this for my son as a surprise gift. I can only pay
    through paypal at the moment as i don’t have access to my bank account
    online(i dont have internet banking with it), but i have it attached
    to my paypal account, and this is why i insisted on using paypal to
    pay,all i will need is your paypal email address to make the payment,
    and if you dont have a paypal account yet, you can set one it cant
    take you less than 3mins to do that, i will be expecting your paypal
    email so l can pay. I have a pick up agent that will come for checking
    and sign all the necessary paper on my behave with the power of
    attorney
    after payment has been sorted, l will be waiting for your reply
    asap..”

  228. max says:

    This one got me excited.

    started by saying they were sick in the hospital and wanting to buy a car for when they get out.

    final email.

    I just completed the transaction and i expect you to have received the payment confirmation email by now,check inbox, spam folder and junk of your email if you have not been messaged yet,i sent $5,050 in all, paypal said they would be holding the funds because of the excess payments of $950 added meant for pick up of the item and due to the fact that i emailed them about the excess payment i made, until they get the MONEY GRAM MONEY TRANSFER INFORMATION (REFERENCE NUMBER) from you, i will need you to send the $950 to my pick up agent Headquarters via MONEY GRAM this can be done from any Seven Eleven Store around you.,i added extra $100 to cover the transfer charges which shouldn’t be more that $60-80 but just to be sure i added $100….. Here is my pick up agent Headquarters info needed to get the money sent through MONEY GRAM MONEY TRANSFER:

    Agent’s Info:

    Name: Galsandorj Badarchin
    Address : 14 carrington street
    Surnurb : Sydney , 2000
    State : New South Wales
    Country: Australia

    Please kindly email the necessary details to paypal :the REFERENCE NUMBER which you will be given to you after the $950 has been sent as well as the sender’s name and address used to send the money through Money Gram,you can forward it to me or better still you can email it to paypal directly,that is fine with me, so the money i sent could be credited into your account after they might have receive the information they needed to release the whole money in your account.My pickup agent will contact you after they have received the payments in order to schedule a time for the pick up at your convinient time.. Thanks for ur co operations.

    God bless you
    Cheers!

  229. max says:

    the dog even offered me an extra $300 to remove my listing

  230. max says:

    Sandy Prescott

    is a scammer

  231. MARTIN says:

    HERE IS A EMSent: Saturday, October 5, 2013 12:03 PM
    Subject: Re: 2011 (61) VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI, 5 Door Hatchback

    Hi,
    The car is still for sale and it’s in excellent condition with immaculate original factory paint job, immaculate non-smoker interior and no hidden defects. HPI is clear, never been involved in accidents. It comes with full service records showing maintenance that was performed on it.
    Being in the Military, email works the best so please ask me all you need to know by replying here. I was deployed in Jordan and I will be here for another 2 and a half years. The car is still in UK well garaged. I want to sell it now, not to keep it in the garage all this period so I’m offering to pay the charges for using an escrow service to safeguard us both. Trades and financing are not accepted.
    Thank you,
    Peter

    Sgt. Peter Walters
    WO2 AR Squadron Royal Engineers RLC
    Prince William of Gloucester Barracks
    Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 7TJ

    “Soldier, soldier come from the wars,
    What did you see o’ my true love?
    I seed ‘im serve the Queen in a suit o’ rifle-green,
    An’ you’d best go look for a new love.”

    by Rudyard Kipling
    AIL FROM A SCAMMER PLEASE BE AWARE OF SIMILAR–

  232. Earl says:

    I had the same under a name of Dereck Halley:

    Ok good..I’m quite satisfied with the condition and price. I will be paying the PayPal charges from my
    account and i will be paying directly into your PayPal account without any delay, and i hope you have a paypal account. If you have one already, just send me the address to send it to, which is the email
    address you use for it or you can send me a paypal money request, so once i receive the details i will go ahead with the payment through PayPal and then i will contact my shipping company after you get the payment. I will need your home address for the merchandise to be Picked Up by the Shipping Company..
    dereck

    http://www.scamwarners.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=50560

  233. Bramme says:

    Thanks for your response. €2200 euro’s is a nice and acceptable price.
    I will be adding the 3.9% PayPal surcharge to the total amount i will
    be paying you. So i will be paying directly into your PayPal account
    without any delay, and i hope you have a PayPal account.

    If you have one already, just send me the address to send it to, which
    is the email address you use for it or you can send me a PayPal money
    request, so once i receive the details i will go ahead with the
    payment through PayPal and then i will contact my shipping company
    after you get the payment. I will need your home address for the
    merchandise to be Picked Up by the Shipping Company.

    Have a nice day.

    The game continues…

  234. Hsingyi says:

    Got one in Belgium.
    Harris Ben (harrisben56@gmail.com)
    watch out this guy!

  235. Kurt B says:

    Was selling some furniture, and here is the email I received:

    “Dear,

    I agree with your price and ready to purchase it and about the
    delivery, I have already contacted a mover company coming for the pick
    up once payment has been cleared from your PayPal account to your bank
    account …Please am paying you with paypal

    I will not be able to come for the inspection due to my working
    nature (Working offshore for Chevron Oronite Laboratory), my mover
    company will sign all necessary documents, when they come for the
    pick up and they will do every necessary check up to know if the
    condition is the same as you have described it.

    So send your PayPal Email ID for payment, I will be expecting your PayPal email
    ID to make the payment now.

    Thanks for the business

    Ms. Robert Kate Watson
    Laboratory Analyst.
    IEO & Specialty
    Oronite Gasoline Additives (OGA®) Division
    Chevron Oronite Company LLC
    10285 Highway 23 South
    Belle Chasse, LA 70037
    U.S.A
    http://www.oronite.com

  236. Tina says:

    Lorraine West.
    Thanks for the prompt reply. My name is Lorraine West. I believe my son sent you a text message to email me for the sale. I will like to know the lowest price for it and i want you to get back to me with more pictures and its current condition because i can’t come over to inspect it. I am buying it locally here as a gift for my son that is living in Malaysia.

    Lorraine West to you…
    Thanks for the information, it was really of immense help,i am really interested in buying it and i want to go ahead with the purchase, i am pleased with the price but I can only conclude the transaction through PayPal for our own protection,PayPal act as a neutral third party. it is safe,secure and reliable.

    I insisted on PayPal mode of payment because i don’t have access to my bank account online but i can pay from my PayPal account as i have my bank a/c attached to it and also due to the fact that i am currently offshore and I won’t definitely be able to make it to my bank to wires money across to you.It is what safe and convenient for me.

  237. Tina says:

    Lorraine West to you…
    I want to make somethings clear, It was no intention of mine that you should pay the shippers upfront and that was why i paid everything according to paypal’s instructions, if you check the payment confirmation from paypal, you will see that i was even charged a transfer fee. Presently, paypal emailed me saying they are taking security measures, therefore my account has to be frozen temporarily until your funds are cleared into your account. I had to agree to this terms since i am not dubious and what i want is for your funds to clear into your account so that we can move on with the transaction. They stated the transfer cannot be retracted and the transaction cannot be canceled. I am stuck in the middle at present so i implore you to get back to them with their requested details so that we can finish this transaction once and for all I hope you now understand the whole process, so get this done and email paypal the details of the MoneyGram as soon as you send the money to the shipper so that paypal can credit your account today and then we can finalize the whole transaction today.PLZ READ THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM PAYPAL CAREFULLY.

  238. Irina says:

    from: damienrenaud@hotmail.com

    Hello ,

    Thanks for your response.I’m satisfied with the condition of the merchandise and Agree with the price.So i will be paying directly into your bank account without any delay. Get back to me with the details below :

    Your name
    Bank name
    Swift Code
    Iban
    Amount
    Country
    Cell Phone No.:
    Total Cost of it:

    so once i receive the details i will go ahead with the payment
    I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible and then i will contact my shipping company after you get the payment. I will need your home address for the merchandise to be Picked Up by the Shipping Company..

    Please Advice,
    Many Thanks and best regards…

    from damienrenaud@hotmail.com
    Hi Friend,

    I have just receive an alert from bank Customer Care with the confirmation email that the payment has been made,a total of €21,100.00EUR was sent €20,500.00EUR for the Mercedes-Benz CLS 320 and the extra €550.00EUR for the shipping charges and €50.00EUR for western union charges and am sure you notice that,which you will be sending €550.00EUR to the address below via western union.

    Name : Petra Cabral

    Address : 41 Station road, Solihull

    City : Birmingham

    Postal Code : B913RT

    Country : United Kingdom.

    With the issue of my details,transferring the name of ownership and signing of all paperwork will be done by the pick up agent so you don’t have to worry about that.My shipper would be coming around to your area to have the Mercedes-Benz CLS 320 pickup once you have sent the shipping charges fee to them,as i need you to let me know what time you want them to come for the pick up . I advises you to check your Inbox or your Junk/Spam mail in case you did not get the confirmation email from bank yet.

    I will be waiting to hear from you once the money has been sent to my shipper.

    Thanks for the business.

    THEN FROM COURIER LOGISTIC COMPANY
    03 Dec 2013
    International Freight Forwarder & Customs Broker United Kingdom Logistics | Freight Forwarders
    BEST Global | United Kingdom Cargo Shipping Logistics

    Global Shipping Company is an international freight forwarder and customs broker operating out of England, Chicago Los Angeles, Cleveland, Thailand, Africa and Dubai, UAE offering premium logistics services to businesses worldwide. Our personal service, expert knowledge of freight forwarding and customs brokerage is unrivaled. Utilizing a network of over 450 agents worldwide, our dedicated professionals ship valuable commodities with the utmost professionalism and ease. We are a globalleader in freight forwarding and logistics on the web, having serviced thousands of customers directly fromGlobal COURIERExchange shipping company. Get a shipping quote today!

    Dear: —,

    Good Day these message is from the Global Ems Express we received a message from bank concerning the Mercedes-Benz CLS 320 been purchased by Damien Renaud, so we will like to show you the summary of the how the goods will be picked up below and again you can view our address,we will come for the pick up of the Mercedes-Benz CLS 320 so we will need you to be at home and will we need your identification card and all necessary documents and the purchase contract will be signed by our agent on behalf of Damien Renaud!

    Shipping Agency Address : Name : Petra Cabral
    Address: 41 Station road, Solihull.
    City: Birmingham
    Post Code: B91 3RT
    Country: United Kingdom.

    ORDER SUMMARY
    —————————————————————————————————————————–

    Total Price: €21,100.00EUR Order Date: 03/12/2013
    —————————————————————————————————————————–

    ——————————————————————————————————————————
    Ship-to: Damien Renaud Bill-to: —-
    3 morrell crescent,
    OX4 2HH.Oxford
    United Kingdom .
    Phone: N/A

    E-mail: damienrenaud@hotmail.com E-mail: ——-

    ——————————————————————————————————————————–
    Item Amount Description Fulfillment Item Quantity

    ———————————————————————————————————————————
    €2,500.00EUR Mercedes-Benz CLS 320 Pick Up 1

    ———————————————————————————————————————————

    Sub-Total: €21,100.00 EUR

    Shipping: €550.00 EUR

    Western Union Charge: €50.00 EUR

    ================================================================================
    Total: €21,100.00 EUR

    *Because of varying state and local tax rates, your tax amount may be slightly different on your final bill.

    ———————————————————————————————————————————————-

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Did you see our “Customers Also Bought” recommendations?

    *****************************************************************************************
    This message may contain confidential and privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient you should not disclose, copy or distribute information in this e-mail or take any action in reliance on its contents. To do so is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. Please inform the sender that this message has gone astray before deleting it. Thank you.
    *********************************************************************************************
    Global Trade

    OUR MOST POPULAR PLAN!!!!!

  239. Angela says:

    Thanks to this blog. I had contact with Mrs. Jackson (the marine engineer, cruising on a boat in the Bermunda Triangle….) via Ebay Kleinanzeigen (Germany).

    She contacted me first with this mobile:

    +16066209647

    and asked me, to email to her E-Mail address:

    clair.jackson01@gmail.com

    The last E-Mail she send was the following:

    “Thanks for the response ,I’m okay with the condition and the price and as a matter of fact I’m ready to make the payment without any delay through PayPal which is safe and reliable method of payment,because this is the only method i can use due to my present location,So all you have to do is just get back to me with your paypal account details
    as follows :

    Name:
    PayPal Email address :
    Address and phone number :
    Total Cost of the item :

    once i receive the details i will go ahead with the payment and if you dont have a paypal account i will advice you to register for a paypal account at {www.paypal.com} its very simple,secure and fast so as soon as you get back to me with the paypal payment details ,I will make the payment without any delay.But kindly note that i can not come over to pick up the merchandise myself because I’m at work as i write you this
    email I’m on the sea busy sailing, so after i have completed the payment through paypal,a pick up agent will come over to you to pick it up from you and deliver it to my son in the United Kingdom)Hope you understand and hope to read back from you soonest.

    Mrs Clair Jackson
    41 Reedworth Street
    Lambeth,Greater London SE114PQ
    United Kingdom
    +447024053866

    (My Son will answer the phone because I’m not at home presently,I’m at work in Bermuda like i said.”

  240. Scott says:

    I received this email today for the car I have advertised for sale…

    Thank you for getting back to me,can you assure me that i will not be
    disappointed if i buy this Vehicle as a Birthday gift for my Dad? as
    I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m
    an Oceanographer and i am presently on a contract which will end in
    couple of months,I would have loved to call you so we can talk on
    phone but i cant due to the lack of reception on the sea area,so it is
    better we communicate through mails. My only means of payment is
    PayPal,its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the
    paypal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount.If you
    don’t have a paypal account,its pretty easy to open one,Just log on to
    http://www.paypal.com and sign up.I hope we can make the purchase as fast as
    possible? as my Dad’s birthday is fast approaching,am sure he will
    love this fixed in it just let me know he will handle it.I have a
    mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your
    account and he will handle the title for me.I look forward to hear
    from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Your last asking price:
    Your Zip code for pickup:

    Thanks.

    Linda.

  241. Kate says:

    Just had the same email! Cant believe they think people would be so stupid – ridiculous:
    Thanks for the prompt response. I am ready to buy it now as a birthday gift for my brother-in-law. I am at the sea at the moment as I am a marine engineer, due to the nature of my work, phone calls and use of the internet is restricted but I have managed to squeeze out time to check your advert and send you an email regarding it. I really want the car to be a surprise package for my brother-in-law so I won’t let him know anything about the car until it gets delivered to him, I am sure he will be more than happy with the car. I insist on PayPal as my mode of payment because I don’t have access to my bank account online and also, I don’t have internet banking, but I can pay from my PayPal account. I have my bank account attached to my PayPal account, so I will need you to get back to me with your PayPal email address and your final price as I am not good at offering so I can make the payment for the car asap. Please if you don’t have a PayPal account yet, it is very easy to set up, log on to http://www.paypal.com and get it set up. After you have set it up, I will only need the e-mail address you used for the registration with PayPal so as to put the money through. I have a shipper that will come and pick up the car after I must have made the payment for the car and funds available in your account.

  242. Lukas says:

    Thanks for your response.I’m satisfied with the condition of the merchandise and Agree with the price,I need to let you know that my shipping agent will be coming for the pick up as soon as the payment has been complete and approved by PayPal and the shipping agent will be the ones to help me handle all other necessary details to complete the deal when they get to your home address for the pick up.i’ll arrange the pick-up of the merchandise with a Private Courier Service as soon as you get your payment and if you don’t have an account with paypal, its pretty easy, safe and secured to open one. Just log on to http://www.paypal.com, I need you to provide the following details so that i can proceed with the Payment…

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Your Full Name:
    Your Mobile Number :
    Total Cost of it:

    Soon as i make the payment and you get the funds, the Courier Service will come and pick up the merchandise at your home at your convenient time also the courier will help me sign the required papers.

    Have a nice day.

    Subject: Re: Renault Megane
    Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:49:40 +0100
    To: nelson_bachman@hotmail.com

    Hi

    I have this car about 2,5 year. In december i change the oil, i need to do air filter yet, car looks great if you saw the foto’s than live it’s even beter. Last price is 2500 eur. Do you live in Holland? because your phone number its from USA, i am right?

    Rgds
    Lukas
    w dniu 19 lut 2014, o godz. 20:38:

    Thanks so much for your email,am quite okay with it,i will like to know how long have you owned it?? and i would like to know the last price you want for it,I would also like to know the last time of service and how neat is the body condition of the it.

    Thanks and Best Regards

    This is the new one basterd

  243. Denise says:

    m.bonhomme1@outlook.com

    There was a weird urgency… the payment by PAYPAL really sounded alarms, I never agreed to that nor did I ever say I was selling it to this “whoever that was”…
    Told him, I neeeded to get back to him after getting info… did a quick search on Paypal car buyer scam and VOILA! Busted…

    First message:
    I really appreciate the information you sent to me regarding what you list for sale, it helps in judging my intuition over the purchase, well i’m comfortable with the information you sent to me. I’ll want you to send me more pictures of for viewing. I’ll be paying you via PayPal, do you have an account with them?

    Second message:
    I’m very glad you want to sell this to me, i actually wanted to buy
    this for my dad abroad, i reside at (13 Gertie Street RR2 Richmond, Ontario K0A 2Z0)) due to the distance, also due to the nature of my job (site supervisor) at a mine site, i am out of town at the moment , so
    i wont be able to come to see for myself, pay cash or send cheque but
    i rely on the information you gave me about the vehicle? i really need
    you to send me the pics(inside and outside) asap so i can decide on
    the purchase asap.
    Third message:
    I got the pics and i really like it very much, just what i wanted for my Dad abroad. well the vehicle will be picked up by a shipping agent organized with PayPal consent, PayPal will just deducted the shipping fees plus your funds from my account and you will complete the rest. You will transfer any necessary documents related to vehicle to them when they show to pick up from you. they will do the signing of any documents on my behalf okay. do get back to me the full name and email address you used to signed up for the account so that the funds can be sent asap. do email me the final price you want to sell this for and also the full name of the vehicle so that I can transfer the funds asap. and do email me your cell number and contact address

  244. Daniel Elliott says:

    Just had this scam Greg jones lives in France doesn’t want to view sent payment instantly asked me to pay courier thanks to this site saved me 600 Gbp

  245. HW DeLand says:

    I’ve had the similar situation twice, the second from Jessica Schmitz, Ocean Engineer, for an RV I’m selling. It a shame we’ve come to this point, where trust in our fellow man is a thing of the distant past.

  246. Emily says:

    Received the following text:
    Concerninggg your aaauto ad. on the iiinternett. Msg me at ( anztyler4 a gmail .com ) to ccconfirmm the aaavailabilityyy and ppprice. “Txt STOP 2 end”.
    Then received the following emails.
    Hello Emily,

    Thanks for your response. I am interested in the immediate purchase. I will take it for the price you’ve mentioned and I will gladly cover PayPal charges from my end.

    I can only make the payment via paypal because it’s very safe and secure for both of us. In case you don’t have a paypal account I’ll advice you to register for one at paypal.com. I have a private pick-up agent that will contact you in-order to handle the pick-up at any location of your choice once the payment is completed.

    Question: I’ll like you to tell me more about the present mechanical condition, how often do you service it, mechanical history, have you ever experience any mechanical problem with it before and why are you selling it?

    Look forward to reading from you at your earliest convenience.

    Best Regards,
    Tyler.

    —-

    ​This e-mail is confidential and intended solely for use of the individual to whom it is addressed. Any views presented are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company.If you are not the intended recipient, please be advised that you have received this e-mail in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited.

    Little jerk even had a linkedin account that said he was a marine biologist.
    Emily,

    Thanks for the info. I’m very much interested and I want you to know that you don’t have to surf around looking for buyers because you’ve just found one. This is a gift for my Dad in Idaho, I hope you understand my eagerness to complete this transaction a.s.a.p…?

    I am presently at work in Auckland and won’t be back until the 31st of July. Once I transfer the payment, the person handling the pickup will contact you in-order to setup a date and location for pickup and he will also be of assistance concerning the change of ownership by presenting all the documents needed to complete the change of ownership.

    This transaction is based on HUGE amount of trust and I expect to see this from your end as it is on mine.

    Here is my linkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/tmurph1/

    He then asked how soon he could make payment and for more pictures. I became suspicious and googled paypal car scam and found this site!
    Reported it to cars.com and sent this reply.
    Believing that your offer and story sounded a little too good to be true, I googled PayPal car scams. Looks like I was right to be suspicious. I have forwarded your original text message and emails to the fraud department at cars.com and will not be able to accept your offer or continue discussions on this topic.
    Thank you.

    THANKS FOR ALL THE POSTS! SAVED ME SOME HEADACHE!
    EMILY

  247. cornell says:

    trying to sell my car and got 2 scam offers:
    marine biologist (oscar morales) buying the car for his son as B-day gift
    Sgt Fredrick Hudson in military overseas…

    both are ‘very confortable’ with paypal and the price of the car was not an issue, while good buyers are always asking for low price, etc, they just jump to the price I have and ask for paypal account ASAP…

    almost did fall for it…

  248. Jacob says:

    I got a similar email saying he’s an oceanographer and wants to buy my car for his brother’s birthday which is fast approaching. Offered my $40,000 asking price. His email is daady101@gmail.com and phone number he texted me with is (774) 298-7833.

  249. Roger Young says:

    He is still out there and fishing. The latest email he is using for this scam is:
    danjohnny200@gmail.com

  250. Scott says:

    I can relate to the annie nnasal one she just scammed me outta a large sum of money using paypal as her means of paying but upon contacting paypal they assure me that its a scam well needless to say i was annoyed

  251. Khoa says:

    Just to report this similar problem. I’ve got a text to contact this guy name Samuel (samben1221@hotmail.com)asking if the car was still available and the lowest price. He used “marine biologist” reason to ask to make payment through paypal without checking out the car. Ofcourse he didn’t make the payment but asked if I could help him to pay his shipping company in the US through western union. The email name is Ben Sam (samben1221@hotmail.com). Beware of him.

  252. Adam says:

    It would appear there is still a scam afoot as I have had loads of emails from a Janet O’Connor (housebound after surgery so ‘I can’t come to see your car’)using the email: janyoconnor@gmail.com . After asking all the aforementioned questions, this person wished to pay via PayPal and would arrange the uplift of the car. However, I smelt a rat and asked the question on my The Mercedes-Benz forum and had loads of replies warning me off any deals through PayPal.
    It really IS NOT SAFE to accept payment for valuable items through PayPal.

    The scenario:

    1: They pay through PayPal
    2: They send a ‘courier’ (usually a partner in crime) to pick up the item
    3: They claim they have not recieved the item
    4: Your money is frozen in PayPal
    5: PayPal only to readily returns the money to the ‘buyer’ and you are left with no item and out of pocket.

    BEWARE!!!

  253. Chris says:

    Same scam today! He texted from (760) 876-7576 claiming to be stationed at Maxwell AFB. Wanted my paypal info to pay for my car, sight unseen! Someone should be tracking this guy down!

  254. Dave Ingram says:

    I’ve just had an email from mkate0002@gmail.com which reads like lots of the others:
    i am a marine engineer, i am at sea right now. I am buying this for my son as a surprise gift. However,does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don’t mind my asking and I will really appreciate if you can email more info and if possible more photos. I can only pay through paypal at the moment as i don’t have access to my bank account online(i dont have internet banking with it), but i have it attached to my paypal account, and this is why i insisted on using paypal to pay,all i will need is your paypal email address to make the payment, and if you dont have a paypal account yet, you can set one it cant take you less than 3mins to do that, i will be expecting your paypal email so l can pay and your phone number. I have a pick up agent that will come for the pick up after payment has been sorted, l will be waiting for your reply asap.

  255. Vanessa says:

    I just got scammed by Annie Snels (annelllson118@gmail.com) 2 days ago! Please beware of this horrible person and tell everyone else to beware of her on gumtree! Dont let the same mistake happen to you!

  256. unknown says:

    I think i just got a dude with this scam messaging me here is the message
    his name DYLAN EVANS
    Hi, it’s Dylan. Thanks for your response. I’m just asking about it to
    make sure its in good condition, can you assure me i will not be
    disappointed? I’m presently out of State, so am sorry i will not be
    able to come to make the pickup in person, but i have a mover that
    will come to handle the pickup and all other necessary arrangement for
    it. I’m satisfied with your firm/advert price, am requesting this
    transaction should be done via PayPal, as i can only access my money
    via my PayPal account at this moment, i don’t have access to my bank
    account online, i do not have internet banking with it but my PayPal
    account has been attached to my bank account. The PayPal charges is on
    me. I hope we can make the purchase and complete with this transaction
    asap? get back to me with name and your PayPal email address, so that
    i can make the payment and get my mover notify to make arrangement
    with you for the pick up of vehicle. I look forward doing business
    with you, and also send me pics.his email is mr8pfunk i wont say what type of email because the victims will know when they see him..This was off craiglist ad! on a silverado truck going for sum of 6 thouand its my truck!

  257. Aedan says:

    I’ve had the same person with the same story. They haven’t emailed back after I mentioned the word scam.

  258. Peter says:

    Joe Park joepark45@hotmail.com sent me this today.

    Thanks you for the response ,am very okay with the price
    I really wish to be there to look at it but i don’t have a chance because I’m a very busy person.

    I want this and am ready to make an instant purchase, I could only pay with a PayPal email address.

    Concerning the pick up, i will arrange for a carrier after you receive the payment… Please get back to me with the info below so that i can proceed with the payment immediately if you are selling to me.

    Name:
    PayPal Email:
    Address:
    City:
    State ::
    postal Code:
    Price:
    Phone Number:

    As soon as this is provided, I will instruct my payment officer to issue out a PayPal payment…
    Thanks and I hope to handle this in good faith,

    Best Regards

  259. Fiona says:

    Within minutes of advertising my car on gumtree I received a pigeon English email from Jennifer wanting to buy my car via paypal… Different name and email.
    On 13 Jul 2014, at 18:42, armanda jainey wrote:

    I really appreciate your response to my text message, i am presently
    working on the sea as a marine engineer which enable me not make a
    call that is the reason i try to send a text message to you via the
    sms web.i am satisfied with your ad as it was listed on the site and
    am ready to buy for my Dad,i will not be able to come take a look due
    to my work. I will have the shipper to come pick it up from you and
    delivered to my dad after i have made the payment to your account.i
    will make the payment to you via paypal and i hope you have a paypal
    account so that you can be able to received the payment, If you are
    not a paypal user you can set up a paypal with your bank account you
    will just go on http://www.paypal.co.uk and attached your bank account to
    your email using paypal so that you can be able to get the money on
    your bank account .After the payment has been cleared and you have
    your cash in hand i will have my shipper to come shake hand with you
    and pick it up to deliver to my Dad.I will be waiting to have the
    necessary details to make the payment to you.
    Your paypal email..
    Price Amount…
    You Phone number..

    Hope to have a reply back from you

    Your Regards
    Jennifer

  260. Fiona says:

    PAYPAL DO NOT COVER VEHICLES UNDER THEIR PROETECTION POLICY. SO BE AWARE.

  261. Paula says:

    I have gotten several emails in this genre but this one was persistent. To get rid of them I just keep saying that I only accept cash or certified cheque. It Seems to do the trick
    This one is from as Felicia Taylor (goodlifewai.gmail.com) but I also got ones from Michael Maguire (mikemaguire01@outlook.com and jamesbrooks943@gmail.com)
    Watch for this language:
    I appreciate your prompt response, I am buying It ASAP for my cousin
    residing in Ontario as a surprise. I wont be available by myself for
    inspection due to the nature of my work and present location. I will
    like you to email me with some close up shots of it and will arrange
    for it to be picked up by a pick up agent who will be coming for the
    inspection and pick up at your place once the payment clears, I will
    also be paying you through Paypal which i believe is safe and secured
    for both of us and I will also be responsible for the charges. All I
    need from you now is to get back to me with your Paypal email and name
    or send me Paypal invoice so that I can send your payment ASAP. What
    is your final asking price?

    Just want to be sure about the sale before i proceed and If you need
    to reach me, send me an email as i Squeeze time every four-hours to
    check correspondence and respond at the same time.
    Okay. I would have love to talk to you on phone and explain more
    better but Due to the nature of my job,making phone calls and visiting
    of website are restricted but i took permission from our IT Admin to
    check this advert and sent you Text regarding this and instructing you
    to text so I am not allowed to get out of the unit or give calls
    whenever I want. I am an honorable person and you will receive your
    full money cash in hand before my mover comes for pick up at your
    place. And if you dont have a paypal account, It’s pretty easy to set
    up a PayPal account at http://www.paypal.com . it’s just a few minutes away
    from signing up. it’s safe and secure for both Parties. You are on a
    secured transaction with paypal. As soon as you open an account, get
    back to me with the name and email that you linked with your paypal
    account and I will have your money wired asap. I hope to read from you

  262. Mike says:

    I got a same scam today! He texted from (484) 397-8585 with 3 continuous messages look like others:

    hello am Annnie, how i wish I could come and inspect it but currently i’m working away from the country. I’m a marine engineer who’s on a ship right now so

    it with a Private Courier Service as soon as you get you payment tell me its condition..prove sold to me by deleting the advert from the site

    i’ll be buying it without seeing it. Also, I’ll be paying via Paypal and i’m more than happy to pay the Paypal transfer charges too. i’ll arrange the pick-up of

  263. Todd says:

    Bendawsonisagreatbuyer@gmail.com, tried to pull this scam on Craigslist today for my mothers motorcycle, decided to do some research when he/she was in way to much of a hurry, and wanted us to pay the western union and shipping cost first them he/she would process the paypal payment, hah what a tool!

  264. Merv says:

    I had exactly the same problem almost word for word & when I asked for copy of the email he got from shipping company emails stopped the scamer’s email is jamesanthony242@gmail.com and says he is a Marine Biologist

  265. Austin says:

    I just got the scam from Joanna Laning with this email address and SMS #:

    jaonnalaning1943@outlook.com
    +1 (702) 381-4195

    Watch out.

  266. sherry says:

    Received a scam by Sarah Purcell AND 443-863-9480 all in one day! THANKS for this blog!!

  267. Pam says:

    You may also add these email addresses:
    ben.ben.alex91@gmail.com
    mariahojy@gmail.com
    These people supposedly wanted to buy my antique furniture off of craigslist sight unseen and used the same email almost word for word.

  268. Dawn Walker says:

    I just had one of these, wanting to buy my car without seeing it..sent this email –
    “Hi,

    Thanks for the prompt response. I am ready to buy it now as a birthday gift for my brother-in-law. I am at the sea at the moment as I am a marine engineer, due to the nature of my work, phone calls and use of the internet is restricted but I have managed to squeeze out time to check your advert and send you a text regarding it. I really want the car to be a surprise package for my brother-in-law so I won’t let him know anything about the car until it gets delivered to him, I am sure he will be more than happy with the car. I insist on PayPal as my mode of payment because I don’t have access to my bank account online and also, I don’t have internet banking, but I can pay from my PayPal account. I have my bank account attached to my PayPal account, so I will need you to get back to me with your PayPal email address and your final price as I am not good at offering so I can make the payment for the car asap. Please if you don’t have a PayPal account yet, it is very easy to set up, log on to http://www.paypal.com and get it set up. After you have set it up, I will only need the e-mail address you used for the registration with PayPal so as to put the money through. I have a shipper that will come and pick up the car after I must have made the payment for the car and funds available in your account.

    My Regards.”

    Saw the red flags and googled ‘Ryan Scott’ and found my way to this blog!!

    Good luck avoiding the scammers!!

  269. matt says:

    just got this after advertising my mazda for 40mins…..yes 40mins.Thanks for getting back to me, i just wanted to make sure nothing is been left out. I will be buying this for the price you have listed it for. Payment will be sent using PayPal and i will handle the PayPal surcharge as well. I will arrange with a shipping company to have this picked up at your location once i have paid as i am out of town at the moment. Am a marine engineer and due to the nature of my work, phone calls is restricted and i can ONLY DEAL VIA PAYPAL,so you can send me your PayPal email account so i can send the money at once and its easy to sign up for one just log on to http://www.paypal.com, Note: i’ll also include the Shipping company’s fee to the money am sending you and you will pay them on my behalf, so kindly Get back to me with your PayPal email account so i can proceed with the payment thanks

  270. Daryl Silcock says:

    I’ve just had a similar incident with selling my car on Trade Me in NZ; received a text from +6432889096 asking me to email gracyrobs@gmail.com. The outcome was she was a marine biologist at sea and wanting to buy a car for her son returning home from Dubai and would pay by PayPal. I contacted Trade Me support as it all sounded a bit far fetched and sure enough it is a scam that has been used previously and the email address is know to their fraud staff. How do these people sleep at night ripping off innocent people?

  271. Dave DeLuca says:

    I just got the following offer from “Josh” for my truck on Auto Trader: Thanks for getting back to me! Can you assure me that there won’t be
    any problems with the car once it’s purchased? I’m wanting to get the
    car as a birthday gift for my dad, and I’m ready to pay asking price.
    I’m currently on contract overseas for an oceanography company for the
    next few months, so my connectivity is limited and I can’t meet you in
    person. We don’t have any cell service since we are out in the middle
    of the ocean, and I’m lucky to even get internet. It’s
    really…really…slow.
    What I can do is pay via PayPal, if this is an option that works for
    you. I know that they charge a 3% fee, so I’m willing to pay the fee
    as well so you don’t get charged anything extra. PayPal usually is
    fast and it’s secure. If you don’t have an account, it’s pretty easy
    too open one. Just sign up, and it’ll explain everything you need to
    do.

    I want to do the transaction fairly quickly because my dad’s birthday
    is approaching. I know he’ll love the car. He is a mechanic, so if
    there is anything wrong with the car, just let me know, and I’ll tell
    him so he can be ready to fix it when the car arrives.Also – I have a
    mover that can come and get it and can handle the title for me, so you
    don’t have to worry about that. Let me know your thoughts, and if
    you’re ready to move forward, just fill out the info below so I can
    work everything out!

    PayPal Email:
    Full Name:
    Firm Price:
    Zip Code:
    Cell Phone Number

    Thanks so much!
    Josh

  272. sarah says:

    Hey,

    Pretty annoyed right now, I am from the UK and I have recently put my car on autotrader to sell, this guy; Ronald Connore has sent me a text message (got my number from autotrader) asking see if the car is still available and if I could email him with the response. Which I did! I responded by saying, yes the car is still available. He then sent me this;
    Thanks for getting back to me,The price of what am buying as advertised is okay by me by offering €100 to hold it and make sure it sold to me alone.. I will strongly like to make an outright purchase of this immediately due to your Integrity as stated in your ad which shown that your a real seller,I really love the condition of what am buying but please for further assurance that this real just email me some pictures of it asap.. I may sound rude,but please understand that i have to be caution of what am buying as well due to untruthful seller here.. I would have come down myself for the inspection and make the transaction done in person but due to the nature of my work i couldn’t..i’ll like to know the following:

    (1) How long have you had it?

    (2) I will like to know the reason why you are selling it..

    (3) Hope i’ll enjoy it?

    (4) What are the major problem of it?

    Note that i’ll be responsible for shipping and handling. I have decided to use the program “Buyer and Seller Protection” offered by PayPal Inc in order to make the transaction done fast cos it take 2-3 days business. Do bear with me and get back to me on time with your PayPal account name and email or easily send an invoice to this same email am using to communicate with you as its the same thing with my PayPal also. I want only legit transactions!If you are not aware of how they operate you should know that they will give both of us proper protection and also if you don’t have an account yet you can simply set up one via http://www.paypal.com.uk after payment is confirmed to you by PayPal, you’ll receive a confirmation stated that someone has sent you money,that means if you use this your email address to set up the PayPal account as well.. As soon as payment is confirmed by PayPal my mover would come down for the inspection and shipping handling,please provide me your full name,Visible home address(street,city,postcode,
    state) and your PayPal name and email address so that I can start making the payment. as soon as i can.

    Thanks and reply asap.

    Totally knew from here it was a scam, and so responded by basically telling him no thanks. I am a little apprehensive now though, because this guy has my email address, my name and my telephone number, any ideas of what I should do? Could this guy get into my paypal thus get into my bank account? Pretty worried guys, any info would help! Cheers ~ Sarah

  273. peter says:

    selling my car on donedeal in ireland. this guy by the name of ryan scott wants to buy my car but is a marine engineer and can’t view it but wants to pay by paypal and get a private courier to collect it
    SCAM!!!! all the way so watch out for RYAN SCOTT

  274. Thistle says:

    Godwinudo999@gmail.com is the latest incarnation.
    Still at sea (!), wanted to buy a kitten from me for his daughter. Same PayPal malarkey. I told him shipping was $1,000,000.00, his response is not printable, neither is my next missive to him. Fecking scammers!,

  275. Fernando Souza says:

    That happen to me as well. following below his msg:

    Thanks for the prompt reply. My name is james anthony. I believe my son sent you a text message to email me for the sale. I will like to know the lowest price for it and i want you to get back to me with more pictures and its current condition because i can’t come over to inspect it. I am buying it locally here as a gift for my son that is living in Dubai .
    I am at sea at the moment as i am an Marine biologist ( i work on South Pacific Ocean in east of New Zealand ) and due to the nature of my work, phone calls is restricted. It was my son that check your advert and sent you a text to contact me on my email address because i am currently offshore .

     I  am really sure he will be more than happy if i am able to purchase it from you because this is what he want and chose from the Advert.
    You need not worry yourself about how it will get to him there in Dubai as i have a contact of shipping company there that will be handling the pick up and all the paper work

  276. Audrey says:

    A friend just called because he got a quick response to a car he is selling. Email was from Daniel Cassidy, daady101@gmail.com and he wanted to use PayPal, buy this expensive car sight u seen as a birthday gift forhis brother. Thamks to your site I was able to confirm for him that it was a scam. Thank you.

  277. Ben says:

    Got a text ” I will love to know if 2012 Kia Sorento is still up for sale.If yes kindly email me at jaonnalaning1943@outlook.com” Googled the email and found this website. Thank you!

  278. Kris says:

    Got one on June 29, 2014 from “Bryant Scott” email danjohnny200@gmail.com. They have since hacked 2 of my email accounts and 2 bank accounts just because we answered the first email stating “Do you still have this vehicle for sale?”. We answered “Yes”, nothing else. Then the weird paypal email and we reported it as phishing. No account or personal information was ever given, btw! Be very careful answering these emails and if you have, please change passwords immediately and change all banking passwords and check your bank frequently. They just tried cashing 3 fraud checks yesterday 9/10/14 which is a month and a half after the first email was sent wanting to purchase my vehicle from AutoTrader. These people need to be stopped!

  279. teh says:

    Thanks for this blog. I have just received email from nursiapj@gmail.com, saying ‘Am presently in united kingdom so I can not come to test the vehicle but if you are very sure the vehicle is in good condition tell me the
    final price you want to sell the vehicle because am sending vehicle to my husband who is based in myamar, so I will arrange a pick up agent to collect the vehicle from you after you have received the payment made
    to you. And the pick up agent fee will be included in the payment made to your account so that you can pay them for the service when they come to collect the vehicle from you also the pick up agent will prepare all documents regards the change of ownership and shipping the vehicle to the new owner as all these fees will be included in the pick up agent fees made to you, so I want you to get back to me with the final price of the vehicle then we can proceed with the transaction. Thanks hope to hear from you soon.’ Phew! luckily i read your blog. I would just ignore this email.

  280. Juan says:

    Received this 1 day after posting my car or cars.com, went to my bank and they said seems fishy and to search the web , thank god I found this site .. Then another one sent me just hours later for pics if the engine …2nd scammer

    I’m interested in your vehicle on CARS if still available reply to my email mariemurrend65@gmail.com with the engine pics. Marie # 818-721-8534

    Thank you for the response. I’m buying it for my Dad as a gift and I want it as a surprise package to appreciate him towards his achievements and should be delivered before my arrival to Wisconsin cause my family resides in Wisconsin.

    Anyways, I am working as a Construction Engineer and we are presently offshores in USA/Mexico and we do not have access to phones at the moment so am working 15days offshore and 15days onshore that’s why I contacted you with internet web messaging application and you can easily text me on my phone number (210) 201 7491.

    Please I will need to ask a few question from you:

    – Where is it located at the moment and can I see more closer pictures?
    – Does it have any history I should be aware of?
    – Why are you selling if you don’t mind my asking and What is your last price?

    I am already in talks with the courier that will handle the pick-up and delivery to Wisconsin. As regards the payment, I can pay you through direct bank deposit, using paypal instant bank wire transfer service. I will need your bank details (Bank name, routing#, account # and name of account). If you are not comfortable with that, you can set up a paypal account @ http://www.paypal.com and I will make the payment through paypal, this way all I will need is your paypal email address. Hope to read from you soon.

    Thank you !!

  281. A rented moving van is much larger and heavier than anything you have ever driven before, especially once full of your household stuff. These types of moving vans are typically slow to speed up and even slower to bring to a stop.

  282. Carlos Miranda says:

    I really appreciate the fact that you are making us aware of what is going on. This Daniel Cassidy contacted me and almost got me for $1,000. I was ready to send it via wester union. What you need to do is call pay pal to see if the money has been deposited. He tells you the money has been deposited and gives you a pay pal number to call, but that number is part of the scam.

  283. Somang says:

    I would like to add this person to list of SCAMMERS.
    Name: Alberto Pannarale or Mike Yoursh
    email: mikeyoursh@usa.com
    paypal: businessap@gmx.com

    Bank Account Transfer Data:
    Bank details:
    ALBERTO PANNARALE
    IBAN: IT 72 J 02008 32974 001304339423
    BANK: UNICREDIT
    BIC/SWIFT: UNCRITM1L06

    Address: via Abate Gimma 209
    City: Bari
    Country: Italy

    This is the email he sends originally asking for a LEAP of faith:

    Please DO NOT ever believe this. I was scammed really good by him by selling 10 eaby Nokia Lumia, received the money and sent to him, just for him to send me an email the next day to tell me he SCAMMED me. I ended up paying back those buyers with my very own money and losing just like this.

    This is the email he even sent me when I voice my concern to him that I thought it was a scam.

    And this is the final email he sent me after SCAMMING ME:

    I know this sounds lucrative but even if you are tempted to the core and really want to try it. At least sell 1 or 2 items for him and tell him you will not send the money until at leas he ships the item. Or at least let him ship the items to you. Telling you he will lose money if he doesnt get money first is COMPLETE BULLSHIT. Beware.
    Rule of THUMB: NEVER SELL ANYTHING FOZR ANYONE ON EBAY unless you hold the product in your hand and you know the person really well, saw them face to face etc..

    Also if the person says he is from a certain city but gives you an address in an Euopean country, it is SCAM. Be careful and dont be a victim like me. I learned the hard way.

  284. Somang says:

    0I would like to add this person to list of SCAMMERS.
    Name: Alberto Pannarale or Mike Yoursh
    email: mikeyoursh@usa.com
    paypal: businessap@gmx.com

    Bank Account Transfer Data:
    Bank details:
    ALBERTO PANNARALE
    IBAN: IT 72 J 02008 32974 001304339423
    BANK: UNICREDIT
    BIC/SWIFT: UNCRITM1L06

    Address: via Abate Gimma 209
    City: Bari
    Country: Italy

    This is the email he sends originally asking for a LEAP of faith:
    *********************
    POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
    – Your eBay and Paypal accounts should be more than 6 months old.
    – Your ebay account must have an amount of at least 25 as a seller.

    INFO:
    You must be organized and able to follow directions.
    This position requires that you communicate with customers in a polite, courteous, non threatening, non confrontational manner.
    You work from your computer adding and removing listings, collecting and remitting payments, marking items shipped, leaving customers feedback, processing returns and downloading tracking numbers.

    You will collect money from your customers via your PayPal account. Your Listing Fees, Final Value Fees and PayPal Fees are covered on my part. You will be guaranteed to make at least $300 per month in commission.
    You WILL NOT be required to handle, photograph, or ship merchandise. I will provide you with pictures and I will ship to your customers at no cost to you.

    You will be given a CONFIRMED TRACKING NUMBER when your item is shipped to the customer.
    Please DO NOT respond asking if this is a scam or not legitimate. If you are an experienced Ebay Seller, then you know this is proper. You will NEVER be required to submit any banking information or your Ebay or PayPal passwords.
    This is a “leap of faith” on your part. If you don’t feel comfortable with it, then find something that’s right for you. I cannot ship an item without payment. That would make this a “leak of faith” for me. I have the product to sell. I make the rules. I have no interest in ripping you off. Once you pay me, I ship it out so we can do more business.
    If I shipped the product before I received payment, that would mean I could afford to lose it if you didn’t pay. Anyone who agrees to that is probably running a scam.

    APPLYING:
    If you are interested in joining my team of sellers, please answer the following questions in a message.

    1)What is your ebay user id?
    2)What is your name?
    3)What City do you live in?
    4)How Old are you?
    5)What is your main activity?
    ****************

    Please DO NOT ever believe this. I was scammed really good by him by selling 10 eaby Nokia Lumia, received the money and sent to him, just for him to send me an email the next day to tell me he SCAMMED me. I ended up paying back those buyers with my very own money and losing just like this.

    This is the email he even sent me when I voice my concern to him that I thought it was a scam.
    **********************
    I really well understand your concerns.
    Let me assure you that this is absolutely legittimate.
    You can ask one of my previous sellers musiccollector14.
    If I was a scammer I would have asked you personal detais about some account of yours. I am only asking you to make paypal transactions which are, if they did not advise you so, disputable any time so there really is no way I could scam you out of this.
    Items will be shipped later in the evening and it would be better not to let the other buyers wait any longer for no reason, at least the ones who paid via paypal, so if you could eventually send their payments I would take the chance to add them up today. Thank you and don’t worry, it’ll show to be very profitable when you get to bigger sales volume.
    ***********************

    And this is the final email he sent me after SCAMMING ME:
    *************
    So here come the bad news.
    This was a scam and you have been scammed the proper way.

    I’m a 31yo guy from Italy living in Santo Domingo.
    I have been running scams for over 4 years now with over 100 victims and nearly $600k in profits and I have all the experience required with both ebay and paypal not to talk about banks and credit cards.
    I moved to Santo Domingo so that I could keep scamming without fear of charges. Here the cost of life is way less expensive and I could live decently in all comforts with $500 per month only.

    In order not to get you in bigger troubles do as I say. Why would you want to if I just scammed you? Because it is in my interest not to get you badly upset with me. One of my victims turned out to be a very mad guy who would say I ruined his life, well that’s why I’m now advising you to act as below, I just want money I don’t want to give you more troubles. If you do as I said you will only have one eaby and one paypal less but concretely not even one dollar taken out of your pockets.

    Getting back to us, I really don’t want you to feel bad about the scam. It was truly your fault having fallen conned but I know that you think it’s my very fault.
    Here follows guidance on how to avoid the worst at the end of it all.
    What will happen next is buyers are going to claim for their items. You have no item and no money.
    The transactions you sent me as you will be able to tell are not disputable. The only way to actually dispute them is to say there was unauthorized access on your paypal.
    But listen to me when I say don’t do it.
    If you start that process, obviousely paypal will know there was no unauthorized access and you would get nowhere, but mainly if buyers opened the claims meanwhile, paypal system will automatically flag you and the consequence to that is that when you won’t be able to restore your balance they will have collection agencies coming after you.
    To avoid this you simply don’t do anything. When buyers will dispute you will just watch and stand back.
    Also resist the temptation to call paypal guys saying that you were scammed. They would show no mercy nor availability to ignore your debt. In their mind they only know that you owe them money, saying you were a victim won’t help them in a way but will only let them think that you were trying to bypass their policies regarding sending money as “personal” and by firmly stating that you violated their policies you also get flagged instantenously.
    Of course you can say goodbay to both ebay and paypal but at least you won’t have any legal issue because paypal does not forward collection if accounts are not flagged. They will notice you even daily that they will take action but they won’t ever have the power to.
    As for the bank transfer, there are some rare cases when they will let you reverse the transactions but of course we are not talking about international ones that have already been withdrawn.

    To further prove my availability I would even show myself a teacher and a supportive pal by telling you how to run this scam on your own if you were wishing to retrieve access to money lost and restore your accounts.
    ******************

    I know this sounds lucrative but even if you are tempted to the core and really want to try it. At least sell 1 or 2 items for him and tell him you will not send the money until at leas he ships the item. Or at least let him ship the items to you. Telling you he will lose money if he doesnt get money first is COMPLETE BULLSHIT. Beware.
    Rule of THUMB: NEVER SELL ANYTHING FOZR ANYONE ON EBAY unless you hold the product in your hand and you know the person really well, saw them face to face etc..

    Also if the person says he is from a certain city but gives you an address in an Euopean country, it is SCAM. Be careful and dont be a victim like me. I learned the hard way.

  285. Claudia says:

    Got exactly the same from luca.fran@mimosa-vessel.com:
    Hello ,

    Thanks for the responds and i receive your PayPal Payment Request and
    i was just about to make the payments for the Merchandise when i had
    this little problem with the picking up of the Merchandise.
    I just got an email from my Shipping Company Head Office In United
    States that they won’t be able to Schedule the pick up unless i pay
    the agent commission fee first in order to be able to schedule a pick
    up time for the Merchandise.
    Also, i was inform that the Payment Option has now been Change to only
    Western Union Money Transfer and i tried to pay online but i will need
    a credit card which i didn’t bring on board,
    And there is no post office or any western union agent on sea!!!!
    So i will include the 900,00 Euro they charged to pick up the
    merchandise and take it to my Wife (1st class treatment), to the
    payments

    So, i will be making the payment of 900,00 Euro + 1.920,00 Euro =
    2.820,00 Euro.

    And after i have made the payments, i will need you to help me send
    the 900,00 Euro to my pick up agent through western union money
    transfer .

    The western union money transfer can be made at any Western Union Shop
    near to you and there is always a western union agent in most post
    offices or online at http://www.westernunion.com

    Please get back to me now fast so that i can proceed with the payment
    and you help me to send the money to my Agent after the payment is
    made.

    I wait for your respond

  286. John in Round Rock says:

    This time it was RonRobinson793@gmail.com. He was a Software Engineer at HP! :) It was for his brother. Just an easy PayPal thing. He would have someone pick it up. He needed more detailed pictures of the engine. Yeah. Right. I told him about all my friends at HP and asked him if he was on LinkedIn. He said no. That would make him the only Software Engineer in the western hemisphere that’s not on there. I told him he should use his HP email account so that I would know that he’s a real person. I haven’t heard back since then. And, he was in such a hurry to make this deal… Aww…

  287. John in Round Rock says:

    Oh, BTW, Ron Robinson’s phone number is 305-5155862.

  288. creed lyrics says:

    continuously i used to read smaller content that also clear their
    motive, and that is also happening with this post which
    I am reading here.

  289. Good day I am so grateful I found your weblog, I really found you by error,
    while I was searching on Bing for something else, Nonetheless
    I am here now and would just like to say kudos for
    a remarkable post and a all round enjoyable blog (I also love the
    theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at the moment but I have book-marked it
    and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up
    the superb work.

  290. bob says:

    text from some bogus name but email address was danjohnny200@gmail.com. wanted to buy furniture from me off Craigslist (local pickup only) and said they wanted to sent me money via PayPal.
    at this point I smelled scam and did a quick search for the email address and voila here I am letting other people know.

    To avoid any more time wasting I simply responded that the item was sold (though I did compose a more “direct” email but thought better and deleted it)

    Again scammer danjohnny200@gmail.com using various names (and half way decent english)
    AVOID dealing with
    danjohnny200@gmail.com
    danjohnny200@gmail.com
    danjohnny200@gmail.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

 
Norman

The Author:

Made up of various contributors' opinions and insights - the power of the collective.

For Consumption Bloggers

Norman Safeground Blogs Archive