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Pay pal car scam ?

Discussion in 'Living Room' started by See Change, 20th Mar, 2016.

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  1. See Change

    See Change Timing Lord Premium Member

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    My daughter is selling her through car sales . Has received an email from someone who says they're a quadraplegic with hearing loss . They want to buy the car site unseen , paying either via pay pal or via direct transfer and will send an agent to pick it up . They were " really happy with the car " from looking at it via add .

    Sounds suss ++++

    Google revealed that there is a scam out there via pay pal where people get a fake email " from" pay pal saying they have received the money then someone picks up the car .

    Offering a direct payment makes it sound less suss , but they may only follow throu with the scam if someone says they want pay pay payment , or they may also generate fake payment from their bank .

    Superficially relies appear to be from different time zone ,

    Question , would people totally ignore this , or would you proceed being very carefull , or are the risks of engaging in further communication and thus potential providing more info too great a risk .

    At this stage they have idaughters email and our suburb locality from add.

    Cliff
     
  2. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Ignore it. Wouldn't take PayPal payment for anything large as it can be reversed.
     
  3. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    Scam. They pay with a hijacked paypal acct, then funds get clawed back by Paypal and source bank, and u have no money and no car.
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Why would a paraplegic be buying a non-modified car?
     
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    Greyghost Well-Known Member

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    The older version of this scam was;
    I'm currently deployed with the navy/ I'm currently on an oil rig, so I can only use email, happy to buy sight unseen. Etc etc
     
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    See Change Timing Lord Premium Member

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    For their " cousin " .....

    Thanks for the feedback . Confirmed our suspicions .

    Cliff
     
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    Westminster Tigress at Tiger Developments Business Member

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    Yup you'd get the same types of emails or txts if you have it on gumtree too. Ignore them all
     
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    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    There are heaps of variations to this! Don't sell unless you have physical evidence they are a real person
    I bet a dollar you'll get someone that's in wa or interstate that needs a car for their child etc and happy to pay from the photos and will arrange car transport etc etc scam!
     
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    Sold our car a couple of weeks ago - we had the deployed in army one, the my child has just graduated and I want to get it as a present one, the fifo, the my mate will collect as I'm off fishing, plus two or three others - all in under three days.
     
  11. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    Definitely a scam. I've had this via Gumtree, usually working on an oil rig, wanting to buy something and also had several scam attempts via Gumtree when listing rental properties when we couldn't advertising on re.com.

    One prospective tenant paid around a thousand to the scammers as a bond or holding fee. Another called to the house and door knocked the current tenants to get our details. We could do nothing other than direct her to the police. They picked up the wording for a unit but put the photo of our freestanding house in the advert. Seemed clumsy but someone paid money to them and then came to us to help them (via our tenant).

    Lesson we learned was not to put the address in the advert (which we usually don't do anyway, especially when it is still tenanted).
     
  12. Ed Barton

    Ed Barton Well-Known Member

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    Working as a doctor on a cruise ship is another common one.

    I try to have a bit of fun and scam them back - never had a scammer I could scam though.
     
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    Makes it harder for someone like me. I've bought a car off eBay, besides advert photos sight unseen, with direct deposited funds. Seller was a little reluctant to process. Paid in full, loaded onto an interstate transport truck, arrived here fine. Did the same thing with a motorbike off Trading Post. Guy was in the Navy. Paid direct deposit again and also loaded onto interstate truck. Both vehicles were coincidentally bought from Sydney and trucked to me in Qld. Maybe I've been lucky.