This morning we were contacted by a person from another area of the state to say that a person calling himself Williams Alfred wanted to purchase a car that they had not seen and needed her paypal details to do so.
The Internet coming up to Christmas is a high time for scammers to be active. This person advertised on Gumtree. This has happened before with a fictitious advertisement for a job in the area which people fell for and paid money. This is a serious way to get money and take identity from people. This guy has even give a drivers license number although it has no letter on the end a sure sign that it is fake. Below is the email the person received. Please be alert and aware coming up to Christmas for these online scammers, mostly from overseas.
Hello,Williams Alfred ..My address is 69 Boolcarrol Rd wee waa nsw 2388,My license no is 12944704..With the issue of my details,transferring the name of ownership and signing of all paperwork will be done by the pick up agent so you don't have to worry about that.,as soon as you send me your PayPal email i will make the payment and you will be notify in your email that the payment have been made.Very easy.For example my PayPal email is firstname.lastname@example.org Send me your PayPal email now so i can pay in.
Here is another example I received on 10th December on Ebay using the same name and address.
I was curious if there actually was a Mr Alfred Williams or Williams Alfred living in Wee Waa, perhaps his identity had been stolen. Hence I stumbled across your article.
So I am writing to you to tell you about another incident identical to the one you wrote about.... my son had his Kombi van on eBay last week and was sent an email by supposedly this Williams Alfred to accept $5000 for the van and that the money would be put immediately in the paypal account if the van was pulled off the auction. My son agreed to do this and waited for the person to let him know that the money had gone in and to make arrangements for pickup of the van, which was in Kempsey. He did however not pull the vehicle off until the money had actually gone in.
Before too long my son got another email saying that the $5000 had been paid in, however "Williams Alfred" had accidentally overpaid by $1050 and requested that the money be sent by Western Union to an address in China, to a Chinese person.... all details were supplied. Once that was done the $5000 would be authorised to be paid. Of course it was obvious that it was a scam, even before the Chinese name and address was supplied
. No money or transaction was paid of course.