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Selling on GumTree

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Tysonator, 8 Apr 2020.

  1. Tysonator

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Sep 2005

    Posts: 1,968

    Location: Wilderness of ESSEX


    I have put some items up for sale on Gumtree and have sold some, however I have had a few strange potential buyers e mailing me about my camera lenses I have for sale..

    I am not sure if there is a scam going on or not !

    One potential buyer wanted to 4 of my lens items at once and wanted me to send them a PayPal link, and was very instant I send a link and she will only pay via PayPal. She also stated she wanted the lens posted to a friend in the USA.

    . However when asked for name and mobile number the e mails stopped !

    The same has happened again with another buyer wanting to buy a camera lens me at asking price and very generous P&P value. What was strange as the buyer want me to send it to their nephew in Lagos, Nigeria.

    When I mentioned that I wanted to send it to a UK address and asked for said address and mobile number the e mails stopped !

    Is there a hack for getting the money back or is there some loop hole about sending goods out side the UK and PayPal. Would the buyer say they have not received the goods and claim a refund, what is the scam here ! ?

    Many thanks

  2. Bouton Aide


    Joined: 9 Aug 2008

    Posts: 26,052

    Scam don’t do it. Sell it local if you can. With gumtree you will get a lot of scam emails trying to get the product.

    Make sure you get details from them before the sale.
  3. Heisenberg

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Aug 2012

    Posts: 2,274

    Location: Scotland

    Selling on Gumtree should always be collect or deliver only.
  4. Malevolence


    Joined: 21 Oct 2011

    Posts: 14,928

    Gumtree is always cash on delivery, be that you picking it up or them dropping it off.
  5. The_Abyss


    Joined: 15 May 2007

    Posts: 12,805

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Probably using a hacked PayPal account.
  6. rainbowGuy


    Joined: 19 Dec 2016

    Posts: 218

    & be very careful at that too. if someone turns up with 5-6 people what you gonna do? (has happened, not to me but saw on the news..)
  7. Heisenberg

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Aug 2012

    Posts: 2,274

    Location: Scotland

    Yeah I always make sure I have a good few people in the house. I usually use Facebook as you can usually get a decent gauge of someone by their profile. Look dodgy? Sorry it's already sold :D
  8. Puzzled


    Joined: 9 Jul 2003

    Posts: 7,260

    Gumtree would be collection only for me but obviously you can't do that at the moment.
  9. dirtychinchilla


    Joined: 2 May 2011

    Posts: 9,627

    Location: Woking, Surrey

    If someone were offering me those dubious terms, I would offer them bank transfer only, then you can't be screwed over by Paypal when they try and claim it back.

    Both are probably scams though.
  10. booyaka


    Joined: 19 Jan 2006

    Posts: 13,248

    cash on pickup/delivery - NOTHING ELSE

    It's really that simple. Do not accept any other payment method.
  11. SC0TTRS

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Jan 2014

    Posts: 1,611

    Location: The Matrix

    Winds me up selling on Gumtree!

    You put a price and someone will ask straight away, 'what's your lowest price?'....

    Best one is, if you send it i'll pay once I've received the goods...

    Cash on collection only, or p*** off!
  12. MadMan-JaMeS


    Joined: 15 Mar 2004

    Posts: 3,038

    Location: Oxford

    I've had people offer me an extra £250 to deliver a fish tank an hour away. When i asked for the money upfront they wouldn't pay it.

    Cash on collection only, but there are scammers everywhere even Ebay.
  13. Psycho Sonny


    Joined: 21 Jun 2006

    Posts: 33,977

    I'm amazed at the number of morons out there that still cannot understand this simple concept.

    It's also sold as seen. No returns.

    Just ignore everyone who wants it posted.
  14. Psycho Sonny


    Joined: 21 Jun 2006

    Posts: 33,977

    sell them the goods for the agreed price. if they try anything funny i have 5 cctv cameras including a doorbell camera, a baseball bat and a black belt in 10 different martial arts.

    i've never had to have people with me and i've done literally hundreds of sales on gumtree and thousands on ebay
  15. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 29 Mar 2003

    Posts: 50,712

    I used to live there, it is very safe to send stuff there - honest.
  16. Zenduri


    Joined: 17 Mar 2009

    Posts: 5,178

    Location: Nottingham

    I smell a new ocuk meme here.. lol

    Do you put your fist under their chin while in a boxing stance?
  17. Donnie Fisher


    Joined: 22 Jun 2018

    Posts: 663

    Location: Vegas baby !

    I hope they are Gucci belts ...
  18. Tysonator

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Sep 2005

    Posts: 1,968

    Location: Wilderness of ESSEX

    I have sold on Gumtree before and mostly it have been COD, only once was it bank transfer.

    These last two buyers who want me to send the lenses aboard one to Nigeria and the other to USA. That straight away sets of alarm bells to me as these items should be cheaper there any way, especially the US !

    What is the PayPal scam though, I mean if get payment then send the goods will the buyer just say they have not recieved the goods and ask a refund from PayPal ! ?
    Or is it like mentioned above the buyers are using hacked paypal a/c's ! ?
  19. Ninco!

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 8 Jul 2014

    Posts: 1,107

    Location: Surrey

    It sounds like you are talking yourself into the sales. :confused:

    Walk away. So many red flags its untrue - re-read the advice above or take a look here.
  20. Rannoch


    Joined: 15 Apr 2012

    Posts: 5,478

    Location: Rannoch / Edinburgh

    Emily Jones the scammer up to his old tricks. He haunts Gumtree. The old courier scam also.

    If you go through with this you will be scammed. Simple.