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#119095 19/12/23 03:46 PM
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Why would somebody bother to try scamming a $100 mower.


Are you OK if I organise shipping right from your door to mine? Nothing will leave your home before payment is made (Company name:Auspost-express, Location:Glenroy).3:51 pm today


Sorry BT, I told them to contact you

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NormK #119096 19/12/23 05:19 PM
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Hi Norm,

It doesn't matter price wise you still get scammers, every week I get at least one scam message.

NormK #119100 19/12/23 09:22 PM
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Hi Max,
I don't get it for a hundred bucks. Another one I have been getting each time I list a mower on Gumtree goes something like this "My father really wants this mower but he is unable to contact you through Gumtree so can you contact him on this email address they put in so you can discuss it with him" Red flag straight away.

NormK #119101 19/12/23 11:52 PM
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Norm some my email box are swamp with scammer saying my antivirus license as expired or apple drive is full or one my streaming services contracts has expired. Well I know better than to click on any of those links as they are all scam emails.

NormK #119102 20/12/23 08:54 AM
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Hi AVB,
yes there is a constant stream of scam emails coming in but it is the targeted ones coming in on ads you have placed that get me fired up. I do use a lot of colourful language back at them. I never seem to get a reply

NormK #119109 20/12/23 06:00 PM
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Hi Norm and AVB,

I'm not sure how to report them on Gumtree ,if they advertise a scam you can easily report them but can't see
anywhere to report a scam message, on other sites I've reported them and their account has been deleted ,if
they message my phone I block them and mark them down as spam .The thing I do on Gumtree if they message me
twice is to block them in the email account.

Cheers
Max.

NormK #119115 22/12/23 02:07 AM
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No Problem Norm, i just send them my email as requested "gofu&kyourself@gmail.com"

NormK #119116 22/12/23 06:23 AM
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Hi BT,
I thought you would have a swift reply and they are not going to contact you because they will think they are being scammed back

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NormK #119260 20/01/24 01:07 PM
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I'm getting at least one scam message for everything I list on Gumtree and sometimes 3 scam messages for the same item(all different scammer user accounts).

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NormK #119261 20/01/24 02:50 PM
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Hi Max,
I get a few but not being bombed like that, drives you crazy

NormK #119263 20/01/24 04:41 PM
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G'day Norm,

I don't link my Gumtree account to my phone and I don't respond to Gumtree messaging so I only see the messages when I log in to remove
an item that has sold. It's usually Gumtree messaging where people offer half the selling price ,too many time wasters on Gumtree messaging
as I always get is this item still for sale .

The scammers accounts are also variants of Gumtree Admin ,Admin Lisa etc.


You get a lot of stupid scam messages ,like a recorded message that your parcel is illegal and there is a warrant out for your
arrest and to call a number.

I think the Government should just disconnect / block all communication lines to Nigeria and that would probably stop 90 percent of scams.

Cheers
Max..

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NormK #119268 21/01/24 11:49 PM
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Now you know why a website that I am an adminstrator for I have blocked all new user sign ups if their email is a Russia email address. About drove me crazy with all the spam.

NormK #119270 22/01/24 09:44 AM
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At first I just thought they were just trying to scam me out of a mower, all they want is as much information on you as they can

NormK #119283 23/01/24 12:15 PM
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Hi AVB ,Norm,

Problem now is people are getting paranoid as you try to join a site and unless you know someone on the site already they wont let
you join and if you accidentally send a message to the wrong number people won't tell you because they think it might be a scam.


Yes hack your phone ,computer and try and get money from your accounts ,they can get enough information about you and sell
that on the dark web, they can sell your details to other spammers.

This week I've already had 2 spam messages on my phone sent at 2:30 am saying to click on a link to pay a toll fee ,they
send them in the early hours because people are asleep and don't mark them down as spam so they can send more on
without being blocked.

Cheers
Max.

NormK #119285 23/01/24 12:20 PM
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Yes Max,
I get the toll fee ones about 2.30/3.00 am every few weeks. I just had another one on my phone saying that I had a $700 paypal payment awaiting payment. I wonder why they always say it is $700?

NormK #119289 23/01/24 05:34 PM
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I don't get any PayPal scams sent to me Norm probably because when I get people messaging or asking to pay with paypal I
say I don't take PayPal payments.

The $700. is probably a limit , like if you are a seller on eBay , their limit will at least be $700. a month so
the amount is less suspicious.

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NormK #119290 23/01/24 06:06 PM
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Well there you go Max, cunning pricks know every loophole. It was just everytime I have had these Paypal calls they always claim it is a $700 payment problem

NormK #119292 25/01/24 01:45 AM
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Personally I had to quit accepting PayPal due to new IRS policy that I must do paperwork on receipt of $600 total in a year. My customer basically have two options Cash or Check with Cash being preferred. A lot less paperwork.

NormK #119293 25/01/24 07:23 AM
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Hi AVB
I don't accept paypal payments I just use paypal for purchases so I I know straight away it is a scam because I'm never waiting for a $700 payment

NormK #119319 12/02/24 06:53 PM
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I think Gumtree needs to rename their site ,Scamtree, there must be hundreds of scam accounts.

Also anyone that sells anything online should check your name on Facebook as I know there is nobody in Australia with my name
yet there are people using my name of Facebook.



Cheers
Max.

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