• Anonymous
    August 18, 2020
    Scam call
    Australia
    Caller: Gumtree message

    Thanks for everyone that contributed to this thread. I figured this was a scan so it was nice that I could check.

    I had a response to my Gumtree ad from Teresa Benson with email Huntaywinflow @ outlook.com. pasted below for your info.

    Thanks a lot for the email. I work with Flagship Marine and we are presently offshore in New Zealand. We do not have access to phone at the moment, its 5days off and 25days on which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility. Where are you located at the moment?

    I am buying it and I want it delivered before my arrival. I won't be able to come for the inspection due to the nature of my work and I would have called but phone usage and calling are very restricted. I have also contacted a courier agent who will meet you for pick-up and delivery after payment has been cleared. Regarding the payment, please get back to me with your final asking price, I can transfer money through secure online bank transfer, you can alternatively send your BSB and account number, payment can also go through PayPal, if you don't have, you can set up at www.paypal.com

    Kindly get back to me with the following questions below:
    Account number
    Account name
    BSB number.

    1) Are you the Owner?
    2) Pick up Location?
    3)what is The final Price
  • Kate
    August 19, 2019
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: Theresa Benson

    This is the same scam coming up again. I was selling a bed on Gumtree and received a response from Theresa Benson saying she worked offshore for NZ Oil and Gas, 25 on 5 off and wanted to buy the bed for her holiday home in Perth. Things did not look right to me and what she wanted us to do, googled her name and this site came up. So "Theresa Benson" is back and pulling the same scam. Beware. We backed out.
  • Anonymous
    August 4, 2019
    Unknown
    Australia
    This is what i received through gum tree, I put an add up for furniture i was selling.

    SCAM DONT TRUST HER...

    Thanks a lot for the email. I am away at sea at the moment,i work with New Zealand Oil and Gas (NZOG) and we are presently offshore in New Zealand Taranaki Basin on kapo project. We do not have access to phone at the moment,its 5days off and 25days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility. Where is it located at the moment?

    I am buying it for my for my holiday and i want it delivered before my arrival.I won't be able to come for the inspection due to the nature of my work and i would have called but our calling is restricted.Regarding the payment,pls get back to me with your final asking price and your paypal details so i can process the payment,you can alternatively send your bsb and acct number if you have no paypal acct.I have also contacted my courier who will come for pick up after the whole fund has been cleared into your acct.

    Await your reply.
  • Anonymous
    April 29, 2019
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: Theresa Benson

    Same story as above about being on the oil rig in NZ.
    Thanks everyone for the heads up about her.
  • stan
    May 19, 2021
    Unknown
    Australia
    another matthpaul scam tried to sell my dining room suite
  • Anonymous
    May 6, 2021
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: No call, text message asking to only email privately not through Gum Tree

    It seems the scam is still happening. I received a similar email but this time buying for a cousin - got suspicous when asked for email contact matthpaul21@gmail but the email below was received from matt_paul21 @ outlook.com

    __________

    Thanks for the swift response and do as well advise on the least amount you will like to give it away as i am buying this for my cousin and due to the nature of my job and location...i will not be able to come for inspection, am a very busy type as i work long hours every day, i have gone through your advertisement and i am satisfied with it.

    I have a private courier agent that will come for the pick up after the payment has been made...

    Regarding the payment, i will be paying you through PayPal please get back to me with your PayPal details so i can process the payment, OR you can alternatively send your bsb and account number if you have no PayPal account.

    Thanks.

    Matts.
  • Emily
    April 23, 2021
    Scam call
    Australia
    Caller: Scammer - lindalasher91 @ gmail.com

    I got this one also! and also a message from matthpaul21 @ gmail.com at the same time.

    Assuming it is all the same scam.
  • Anonymous
    January 16, 2021
    Unknown
    Australia
    Jemmah Jones <jemmahjones1 @ gmail.com> - yep just nearly go done
    AM so glad i found this before went any further, quickly cancelled requests and reported person and sent them this link and told them i now have their ip address and sending to authorities. IDIOTS!!!!

    Jemmah Jones
    8:34 PM (6 minutes ago)
    to me

    Thanks for the payment details and am happy to proceed with the payment, however i got a confirmation mail from the shipping agent now that i will need to pay for the freighting fees before they can schedule pre-shipping/ pickup date,they charged $1,050 for the pick up and delivery, but the problem is they only accept Skrill Money Transfer as form of payment which is sent to their HQ.

    I need a credit card to personally take care of that but I didn't bring it along as I am currently on duty and had thought there would be no need for bringing it along.

    As you are well aware of, due to the nature of my work am away and do not have access to Skrill Transfer will it be ok with you if I add the $1,050 to the amount I am transferring? and you can help me make transfer of the freighting fees through Skrill Money Transfer? and you can send it online at Skrill.com You are not obliged to help me, but i will indeed appreciate your help as I am a little incapacitated here.
  • Anonymous
    January 11, 2021
    Scam call
    Australia
    Caller: Linda Lasher

    She is still at it! Wanted to buy furniture within 5 mins of it going on Gumtree. Same story about working for flagship Marine (Who have never heard of her...). Was suspicious straight away with convoluted story...BEWARE!
  • Anonymous
    August 11, 2020
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: Caller: Mark ladd and Max Bright

    Update.... I am the anonymous writer who wrote a comment about being scammed by mark Ladd and max bright. I am very grateful and god has been good to me, they sent the wrong account number so the funds $550 did not go through. I’m playing with them a bit as they give random accounts to send money to and promising to buy the couch, but I called to thanks skrill and the scammers did not receive a cent. I love you God. Everyone please be careful.
    Signs to look out for:
    - They only want email contact and will never give out phone number or don’t want to meet on Skype or zoom.
    - very demanding: Always asking have you Sent the money?
    - in the PayPal invoice they sent you, there’s spelling errors and both the men sent me PayPal Invoices through Their email. It never came from PayPal but was always sent from mark Ladd and max bright.
    - after you sent them money, they make up an excuse and tell you to send more money. The scammers told me, if you aren’t willing to pay more money for the courier archive, you won’t get the money that’s on hold by PayPal and we won’t collect your lounge.
    Remember everyone; money in account first- then sell your Couch and arrange for the buyer to have their own courier/ freight fees. We work hard And earnestly for our money , unlike scammers that sit around preying on people on sites like gumtree and make their earning sitting in their seats and typing away sending emails.
  • Anonymous
    November 14, 2019
    Telemarketer
    Australia
    Same for me. Posted an ad for bed sale. Same exact email, from Theresa Benson.
  • Anonymous
    April 7, 2019
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: Theresa benson

    Same again for me.
  • Anonymous
    October 13, 2018
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: Theresa Benson, Bernard Eather

    She said works forNZ oil, can’t come for inspection ,wants it for her holiday,send PayPal details or bsb and account no. Courier organised.
    He said he works long hour ,he’s a busy type ,can’t come for inspection,pay via fastest and secure way pay pal has private courier. They both only wanted to deal thru email
  • ROY COOPER
    October 20, 2021
    Other
    Australia
    Caller: MAX BRIGHT

    Max Bright <markqz12 @ gmail.com>
    17:36 (2 hours ago)
    to me

    Thanks for getting back to me. What is the present condition because I am buying it for my son, due to the nature of my work in Oil and Gas and we are presently offshore phone calls making and visiting of websites are restricted but I squeezed out time to check this advert and sent you a message regarding it. I also have a mover that will come for the pick up once the payment has been completed. I will be making the payment through paypal but if you do not have a paypal account yet, you can set up a paypal account at www.paypal.com.au. send me your paypal email address. The asking price. The pickup location.
    6

    Max Bright
    19:51 (41 minutes ago)
    to me

    I have just made the payments now and I expect paypal to have emailed you by now, I sent $3,900.00 in all, To (roycooper501 @ gmail.com) paypal said they would be holding the funds and it will not be credited into your account because of the excess payments of $1,000.00 i added meant for pick up and delivery, they said they have emailed you to this effect, you will need to send the $1,000.00 to my pick up agent bank account so that paypal can credit the $3,900.00 into your account as soon as you have emailed the bank transferred receipt to them, if you have not receive confirmation of payment from paypal yet, i want you to check your spam or junk box if the payment confirmation is there.

    Below is the pick up agent bank account details to send the money via Osko payment.

    Name: Florence Nembousse
    BSB: 736-072
    Acct: 674700
    Bank: Westpac
    Description/Reference: GIFT

    Roy Cooper <roycooper501 @ gmail.com>
    20:26 (6 minutes ago)
    to Max

    HI SCUMBAG you are a piece of sh*t trying to con me

    Scam? - PayPal - Whirlpool Forumshttps://forums.whirlpool.net.au › ... › PayPal › Scam?
    14 Feb 2014 — As soon as you hear the words oil rig, oil and gas, offshore etc etc ,,run. ... Even though this Max Bright person is an obvious scam,.
    101 posts

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    O.P.. I am wanting your help with what seems to be a recent scam I've been dealing with. I ...
  • Zoe
    October 18, 2021
    Unknown
    Australia
    Also received this one - so bounced back with Gumtrees own recommendations - of course got no further response. They always register a new user in Gumtree so they cannot be traced - big warning


    idrisjutilia
    Gummie since 2021
    KING BED SUITE - JARRAH COLOUR
    $990.00
    18 Oct 2021
    whats ema|i account1:03 pm
    No emails provided all messages through gumtree1:06 pm
    With only face to face dealings one approved1:06 pm
    This is what was provided by Gumtree hope this helps you when dealing though gumtree1:08 pm
    o stay safe when using Gumtree we always recommend to:
    •Only trade with local buyers who you can meet in person
    •Do not engage in overseas transactions
    •Do not send any money upfront
    Here is an article in our help pages that explains how such fraudulent requests work:
    https://help.gumtree.com.au/AU/articles/en_US/KB_Article/I-received-an-SMS-asking-me-to-respond-on-email-How-do-I-know-if-this-is-legitimate-AU/1:08 pm

    Your message...
  • Zoe
    October 18, 2021
    Scam call
    Australia
    Linda Lasher contacted me for purchase, then sent email below then threatened with "jail" and 2 months imprisionment (from AFP) but I worked out this was a SCAM pretty quick reported back to Gumtree and Police who are tracking using IP Address.

    have just made the payments now and i expect PayPal to have emailed by now if not you can check your (Optima231 @ protonmail.com ) Spam or Junk folder for the Payment Confirmation email, i sent $2,100.00 in all, to (Optima231 @ protonmail.com) i added $1,150 meant for pick up and delivery and the Osko Bank Money Transfer fee also, so you will need to send $1,050 to the pick up agent Headquarters via Osko Bank Money Transfer Money Transfer, PayPal said they have emailed you to this effect, i added extra $100 to cover the Osko Bank Money Transfer Money Transfer charges which shouldn't be more than $100, so $2,100.00 will be credit to your account.

    Here is the pick up agent info needed to get the money sent through Osko Bank Money Transfer transfer:

    PS: If you didn't receive the payment receipt in your email? kindly check your email Spam/Junk folder because that was where i found my receipt

    Agent's Info:
    You need to pay with OSKO payment on your online banking
  • Anonymous
    October 11, 2021
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: jemmahjones1 @ gmail.com

    Has anyone had any problems after providing bank details?
  • Anonymous
    October 11, 2021
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: jemmahjones1 @ gmail.com; Meeta J

    Yep, exactly the same message about buying for a holiday home. Was related to a furniture sale on gumtree.

    Has anyone given details and had any problems?
  • Anonymous
    October 10, 2021
    Unknown
    Australia
    I was scammed by this mob, writing as Kate Mills. I readvertised today and got Franseca. What can we do?
    I lost $150.00 to them the first time, buying gaming cards to “ pay the agent”.
  • Anonymous
    October 7, 2021
    Unknown
    Australia
    Caller: Linda Lasher

    Linda Lasher is a SCAM. Clearly targeting higher end sales on Gumtree. DO NOT TRUST HER, especially when the ad is not even up for 5 mins, you get an immediate text asking if available, asking you only reply to lindalasher91 @ gmail.com (no texts please).
    The moment I read the message, I know it was a SCAM. BEWARE!!

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