Saturday, 4 June 2011

Paypal / Moneygram / Western Union Scams on Gumtree and Autotrader

It seems that many of you are finding this blog through searches relating to scams, so I have decided to publish details of any future attempted scams to help people identify scams quicker. If any readers have scammers' email addresses that have not yet been listed, please post them in the comments section. I'm sure this won't shut them down, but if we can help just a few people avoid giving these thieves their hard-earned money, it will be a step in the right direction.

Here is a link to Gumtree's Blog on Paypal scams:

I have also come across contact details for a dedicated team on Gumtree who you can report scams to: Tony or Dave

Here's another great site I found with tons of info on scams:

Most recent ones I have had:

I will add any new ones as I receive them!
diana cole​m​m
katherine henderson​uk
jane kelly
Kelly O'Connel
Zeeshan Mehmood
Henry Bright henrybright99@yahoo.​
larry james (
bruce whikler
Mary Williams
Thomas Cole
Scoffy Williams
Ron Harries
Calvin Williams
Mary Williams
I have been receiving texts through a service called, asking for a reply via email.

Numbers so far: +12032607237 ( 012032607237 )
+19546435314 ( 019546435314 ) +13122034474

Scammers also now seem to be trying to get sellers to dial premium rate numbers!

Ansen Donald

+447031837370 (077031837370)
Ricky Jack

Here's an amusing one - sent in response to a CARS WANTED ad!

Dear Sir/Ma, am very pleased to inform you that am interested in your product and i wish we could transact business for a long time.please kindly send more details about your product to me. Here is my email address .

Please, respond to my email ASAP bcos we need it urgent

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

Robert Daniels


Obviously, be very suspicious of any emails claiming to be from Paypal,
this is currently a common address:®

If you are doing a transaction via Paypal, always log in to your account and check your balance yourself!


I was feeling a little mischievous the other day, and curious as to whether the scammers actually read replies, so when I received this:

Hello the seller,
I seriously have interest in buy this your good for my first son and want to know your final selling price and is the condition of the item is work perfect just let me know on time.

I responded with:

Hi Bastard,

The car is a non - runner with major accident damage at the rear.

Price is £299,999

( Real price was £2,995! )

To which came the reply:

Hi Seller,
Thanks for the mail, I'm seriously interested in buying this for my son and am okay with your selling price, I'm a (Oil Engineering) and currently offshore i really want this as a surprise gift for my son so i won't let him know anything about this until it get delivered to him. You can mail me back with your PayPal email address so i can make the payment to you right now and if you don't have an account with PayPal you can set up an account today as it's secured and reliable visit their website on i will be responsible for the payment fees/charges on this transaction. Do not worry about shipping or picking up as my pick up agent will come and pick it up from you once have made the payment to you and i will also need your full Name,address and phone number.
Looking forward to read back from you asap...

Seems like the answer is that they don't read them! I'm a little disappointed, though as there now seems little point in replying for fun!!

This one appears to be changing tack slightly:

hello,i am relocating to the UK for a job,i want to buy,kindly get back to me
From: jessica
Telephone: +18326710898

When I responded, I got:

Thanks for your prompt okay with it and i want to buy right away,I currently stay in the USA,I am relocating to the UK from Atlanta (USA),My mode of payment will be through a UK Bank certified check ,My new employer in the UK will be the one responsible for the payment,i will arrange for the pick up as soon as you have the payment so that it can be delivered to my new apartment before my arrival.
My Employer Request for the Set Of Information To Send Out The Payment To You :

Your First name,Last name------------
Street Address-----------------------
City, State,Postal Zip Code-----------
E-mail addresses---------------------
Phone#:(cell & home)-----------------

Waiting To Read From You

I've sent some fictitious details to see what happens next. I suspect there will be some "emergency" and the buyer will need to use Paypal and a shipping agent paid via WU or Moneygram. I will post updates as and when they happen!


Another text:


do you have the CAR ?pls replyme to jeanjoy500 at and the total cost
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  1. I really hope that people don't fall for such scams. Even the English does not even make any sense in the Email. These scammers must be pretty desperate.

    Thanks for sharing this information.

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  3. Thank you so much for having this site set up! Someone tried to get me through craigslist with one of the emails you have listed and a story that read almost exactly like the offshore one! Crazy!

  4. Just a note to update the page as the scams are still alive & doing their best to con people out of cars/money. Listed my car last week & surprise surprise within hours had 4 scammers wanting to buy it! and yes full price, and yes they're out of the country etc.
    The names & emails to update your list are@
    Josh Gibson
    Catherine Jolie
    Paul Wesley
    Marion Clark

    Hope this page & list helps others, keep up the good work!

  5. hi, i have another scammer email address its (do not go near)she never got money out of me but just in case somebody falls for it like i did lucky enuf i fort about it and thought this is a scam, they asked me to pay £800 to westrn union out of my own money then wat they rekon. they was payin £2900 into my paypal and paypal wouldnt realse it till i had paid for the agent and sent paypal the reciept from western union. HUGE SCAM AND VERY CLEVER WHO EVER THEY ARE BUT OBV NOT AS CLEVER AS THEY WOULD LIKE TO THINK THEY ARE

  6. You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog. Thanks

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  7. has a new phone number 646-389-3215 He texted me moments ago and I googled his phone number nothing came up but when I googled the email address that I received this page came up. Pitty, was hoping I will sell the truck.

  8. Thanks do much I recieved the email About the son and they wanted to pay through PayPal. Thank god I googled the email and found your blog! Thanks a million!!

  9. I'm selling a piece of electronic gear and something seemed off about a prospective buyer's e-mails. I decided to Google his e-mail address and it showed up here. Thank you for this blog post.

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