How it works:
- Backpackers/tourists who look to sell their vehicles (e.g. camper vans, trailers, motorbikes, etc) as their trip ends are likely to face this.
- Should you put up an online listing (e.g. on Gumtree), you will invariably receive the same scam message from multiple “buyers”.
- The script is that these buyers will ask for your Paypal account to receive payment. Next, they claim that they need it fast but are unable to check in person, as they are overseas; planning to buy it as a gift, or to have been caught in an accident and needs it urgently.
- Should you agree, they will then claim to have transferred the funds to your PayPal account. Next however, you receive an email from PayPal stating that the funds has been deposited but cannot be released unless you make an advance payment to another company.
- Note that both the email and the company are fake.
Places to beware:
- Anywhere (online)
What to do:
- You should not be paying when you are the one selling. If a bid is too good to be true, it probably is.
- Always check your email and the website carefully so as not to fall for spoof emails and phishing websites.