Yesterday i advertised my old phone on Gumtree, within minutes i had a reply from a man who told me he lived in London but wanted the phone sending to Nigeria for a present for his "nephew" and that he would pay me for the phone plus an extra £40 for postage directly into my bank account. This had me thinking so i gave him my old account number and sort code as i knew nothing could happen to that account (i know he was trying to scam me i just wanted to see what he would do next)... Within 5 minutes i received 2 emails from "The bank of America" which was very convincing and all headed as you would expect- one saying i had 2 days to post items listed and they would release the payment as soon as i provided a tracking number for the item. The second email was telling me i would be arrested if i didn't send them the tracking number within 6hours. The shipping address was as follows
Name: JOHN SMITH
Address:Block 1 flat 6 RABIATU THOMPSON CRESCENT ,
1Hour later i received yet another email from "OSCAR JONES" asking if i'd posted my item, to which i replied "No, i do not intend to post any items until the money is in my account" he soon turned nasty saying what he would do and what he wouldn't do if i didn't send the mobile straight away and using racist comments towards me
!! i had already reported him to Gumtree and to the actual bank he said had sent the funds... and i looked on Google at the address he provided and this scam has been going on for a while, they send you fake receipts and bank transfer notices so you post the items (again the bank transfer i received looked like the real thing)
I just want people to be aware of the low lives and what they are trying to do as i have read that 100's of people have fallen for it! Lucky for me i'm not that daft lol.