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#1 indigo99

Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:15 AM


I have just gotten this response from an add in Gum Tree for my in-laws caravan.., what do you think??

''Thanks for the swift response...I am okay with the final price for it.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 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, 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...so no shipping included.

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 www.paypal.com.au and sign up. its very easy.I await your reply asap''

#2 Peridot

Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:17 AM

Yes. Very.

#3 casime

Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:18 AM


#4 indigo99

Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:19 AM

thats what i thought, he hasn't even asked a single question about the van.  

How does this scam work??

#5 ladyluck

Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:19 AM

Yes...Ive seen similar replies and I think it is a scam....

#6 ChocolateTeapot

Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:19 AM

Scam. Don't do it.

After the courier collects the caravan the purchaser will deny receipt and put in a claim with pay pal.  They then get their money back and get to keep the caravan.

#7 EssentialBludger

Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:21 AM

Well known scam. Do a google search.

#8 Crodka

Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:21 AM

Only accept cash from Gumtree ads!
Also you may get weird texts.

#9 *Lena*

Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:23 AM

My sister got the same email. Apparently they send someone to get the goods and use someone elses paypal account when the people (whose paypal account was used) complain about not buying it to paypal they (paypal) take the money off you and you have lost the goods. Or something along those lines anyway.

#10 Sares83

Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:23 AM

ditto to PP's - had this one many times - gumtree sucks!

#11 Guest_Buy Me A Pony !_*

Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:24 AM

Is this a trick question? Or just rhetorical??

#12 Lynken

Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:25 AM

ScamWatch is your friend.


It works one of two ways:

Either they would send you payment for more than the agreed amount telling you to send the difference back to them or their "courier".  They would send you a cheque, you send back the difference and then the cheque bounces so you're out the amount of the difference.

Or you tell them you've got a PayPal account and they send a fake PayPal email telling you to do something similar (that you've been overpaid and have to send the difference back to them). See here.

If it sounds too good to be true (ie: someone not wanting to inspect or wanting to pay more than the advertised price), it probably is.

#13 new~mum~reenie

Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:27 AM

Do not do it. DH recieved an email similar for his car.

Gum tree have a warning on their site about it


#14 Guest_pessi_*

Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:27 AM

QUOTE (ChocolateTeapot @ 15/03/2012, 12:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Scam. Don't do it.

After the courier collects the caravan the purchaser will deny receipt and put in a claim with pay pal.  They then get their money back and get to keep the caravan.

Yep. The cheaper, even dodgier version of this is that they don't even pay you - they just send you an email that vaguely looks like it might've come from Paypal, saying that payment has been made. A trusting sort of person (who possibly also signed up to paypal specifically on the buyer's request and has no idea about how it works) doesn't check their paypal account, it seems, and allows the vehicle to be picked up thinking that they've been paid.

#15 indigo99

Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:27 AM

Thanks just emailed him and told him to look for another van

#16 SNT349

Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:44 AM

Definitely dodgy.  I received the exact same email for a car we were selling on Carsales.

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