on 03-21-2013 11:57 PM
Just to bump up this topic again.
The scammers are still active.
Im from the Netherlands, they contacted me first by sending me a text, with the question about what is the lowest price and to reply them by e-mail which was stated in the text.
After a few e-mails back and forward, they wanted to transfer the money by paypal. I refused and said: only bank transfer. They accepted that and "told" me that they have transferred the money by paypal (Remember: I refused paypal and told them to use bank to bank transfer) anyhow I received a fake paypal e-mail in my junk/spam box.
Where they told me to make a deposit of €700 as a shipping fee to the shipping agent to pick it up (using Western union). In order to release to full amount (car price plus shipping)
The whole time i wasn't sure about whether it was a scam or a real deal untill i discovered this topic.
Take care and watch out for them !
on 03-22-2013 08:09 AM
Simon, no need to bump such an old thread as there have been some in much more recent times. You can do google searches to get a lot more information than you will ever find on eBay forums/discussion boards.
This next bit of my post is not aimed at you in any way, it is something some of us do on these Australian boards to alert others about old threads so that members don't post any more on that thread.
ZOMBIE THREAD ALERT . . . . . OP NOV 2010 !!!!
on 08-24-2013 07:48 AM
on 12-03-2013 11:25 PM
Have just advertised my car on Ebay - within two days have had two "offers" to buy from different people, sight unseen. One was too busy to call or inspect the car, the other was in New Zealand! Both wanted my Paypal account even though I didn't offer that as a payment option and wanted my address to send their "shipping agent" to pick up the car. One even offered $500 more to cover Paypal costs. Both only wanted replies by email. These scammers are obviously still around. The names they are using are GREG FOX & NEVILLE PORTER for the first one and ROBERT ELLISON for the second one.
Beware if you receive anything from these names, it is fairly obvious from the grammar that English is not the first language - so that should be your first clue that something is wrong.
on 12-12-2013 03:37 AM
Said elsewhere - explains why so many people sell their cars by the roadside - usually parked with multiple other vehicle sellers. Can't blame them provided vehicle is parked safely, securily; though Councils usually like to raise revenue where they can.
Yay - for hard-up, self-imposed money starved local government in Australia!
on 05-22-2014 06:59 PM
on 06-06-2015 04:34 PM
on 06-07-2015 04:51 PM
Scam,it's the same as the Fake shipping agent scam:
My guide shows you how to deal with it,(just scroll down to where it says Fake shipping agent scam):
on 08-19-2015 07:48 PM
Same person, same worded email today 19/08/2015 from "supposedly" Benjamin W Wilson at WeeWaa.
i said back last email, so you want me to send money to someone in China for you to buy a car here?
totally ignored that and basically repeated last load of BS. I see there is a phone number to report, but too late tonight.
on 08-22-2015 05:29 PM
Had the EXACT same email from this Benjamin W Wilson only his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org in relation to a camping trailer. There's also a warning on gumtree http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/kungala/cars-vans-utes/scammer-2015-other/1079149803
The email I got:
08-22-2015 05:33 PM - edited 08-22-2015 05:36 PM
Wait, there's more...
From an Anita Wilson with this email address - email@example.com
"Thanks for your Quick response.I'm cool with the price and condition as stated on the advert.Would have loved to come for inspection but am presently at work with New Zealand Oil and Gas (NZOG) and we are presently offshore in New Zealand Taranaki Basin on kupe project.You might be worried not calling,for now We do not have access to phone at the moment ,that's why I contacted you with internet messaging facility.Regarding the payment,i will be paying you through PayPal linked up with my westpac bank account.Please get back to me with your paypal details so i can process the payment,or you can alternatively send your bsb acct name and number if you have no PayPal acct can transfer fund to it as well from my paypal account.I have also contacted a courier who will come for pick up after the whole fund has been cleared into your acct.
Await your reply
on 08-25-2015 11:06 AM
I got the same message from firstname.lastname@example.org when trying to sell my trailer. It is an obvious scam, but you waste a lot of time and alienate real buyers befor you get to that point!