Here is the rest of the correspondence that followed (I’ve omitted personal details for obvious reasons) ________________________________________ Subject: RE: TV cabinet for sale - gumtree Date: Wed, 1000 Ok wonderful.I have not received payments via Pay Pal before however I do have an account.Now, I would never think selling online would leave me vulnerable to scams.I’m the one getting money from other people, and I’ll obviously only post the items once money is received- how could I possibly be at risk?Also note that in this email they mention they will pay via Pay Pal connected to their Australian bank account, but say they are ok to pay via bank transfer if Pay Pal isn’t an option.This gives the impression they can pay whatever way is convenient for the seller, mentioning a well known Australian bank is another way to help the seller feel at ease.I have occasionally cancelled an online purchase in the past, feeling the listing wasn’t authentic or the description and or price too good to be true, especially when I first started out making online purchases I was much more wary.
And for extra measure, as this person now had her bank account details, address and full name, my friend was concerned by the risk of identity theft, so also contacted her bank and changed her account number for her own peace of mind.
Await your reply ________________________________________ The first thing to note, was the buyer was ‘away at sea’ and therefore only emailed any correspondence, rather than calling the phone number in the ad, they explain why they can only correspond via email to put the seller at ease.
Gumtree recommend that correspondence should occur via phone rather than email, while scammers can obviously still speak over the phone, often (though not always) the scammers are emailing from overseas, so making phone calls is more risky and expensive for them to carry out the façade.
Here is the first email from the potential buyer: ________________________________________ Subject: RE: TV cabinet for sale - gumtree Date: Wed, 0000 Thanks for getting back,i'm cool with the price,likewise the condition as described on the advert,i work with New Zealand Oil and Gas (NZOG) and we are presently offshore in New Zealand Taranaki Basin on kupe project.
We do not have access to phone at the moment and that's why I contacted you with internet messaging facility.
I would prefer to sell to someone locally who can view the item before purchase. Kind regards _________________ While the previous emails seemed a little suspicious, the final email requesting international transfers and the demand to pay for courier expenses rang huge alarm bells for my friend, so as you can see, she promptly cancelled the sale.