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My daughter upgraded her phone last week. I put her old one (iPhone 7) on Gumtree.
Got a couple of responses, one that asked for a few more photos by email. I sent them.
They replied saying they would take it, could I post it, could I give them a quote including postage.
I worked out the postage cost, sent the final price, they agreed and said they would send the money by PayPal.
I got an email from PayPal, a nicely laid out invoice, saying that the money had been sent but wouldn't be released to me until I had provided the tracking code from posting the item.
I looked, couldn't work out how to provide the tracking code other than by email, checked the email address I had received it from, the display may have said paypal, but the address underneath most certainly wasn't. Quickly worked out the whole thing was a scam.
They've emailed today asking if I have posted the phone yet and asking for the tracking code.
So, what should I do next?
I know the address they want something sent to, I'm quite prepared to pay £7.40 sending them something.
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and I am pretty certain that he won't be the last one
And I am pretty sure too, that many others have already been cheated / scammed by them, biggest part of the people won't check the email under the display name or the address to be sent to.
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Some years ago a friend received by chance two iPads as a present at the same time. Her husband suggested to sell one of them. They received a similar message and she told me she was unsure about sending it because she found it very strange. I told her not to do it, that it was an obvious scam. For instance, they sent a document from a bank that didn't even exist. But her husband insisted in giving a vote of confidence to the purchaser (to tell you the truth, I expected the husband to do just the opposite of what I suggested). Some weeks after that I asked her about the end of the story and she begged me to never mention this issue in front of her husband.
Send a copy to paypal - email@example.com, and follow up with the police.
I'd suggest a quick google maps / streetview for the address and see exactly what is there - they'd have to be pretty dumb to use their real address, so it may be worth finding out where they say they are.
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