Gumtree Buyer Fraud

Advertised item for sale on Gumtree. Received a whatsapp from the following number - 074 430 0208. The message read as follows:
"I am interested in buying the bike. Kindly get back to me via email at waiting to hear from you soon"
I responded via email and received this response:
"I am really interested in buying this for my cousin as a surprise for him only if you can assure me that everything is in order, I am a petroleum engineer currently on a rig offshore. I want this to be a surprise for my cousin so I won't let him know anything about this until it gets delivered to him, I am sure he will be more than happy with it. It will be secured paying via Neteller as I'm on a rig offshore. So let me know if you have an account with Neteller so I can make the payment asap. Note well: Pick up agent will come for the pickup as soon as I have made the payment."
I then requested that the buyer rather make an EFT payment. I received this response:
"I'm sorry but can only make the payment via Neteller as I'm on a rig offshore because I work on the ship and I need a secured transaction as I'm not on shore at the moment and one needs to be careful these days when dealing online."
I agreed to the Neteller payment and then received this email:
"Thanks for the email but I need to inform you about this, I got a message from the pick up agent, am most sure I include that in my previous emails, he said he wouldn't be able to come for the pickup unless I pay him the agent commission fee via shop-rite first in order to be able to schedule a pick up time, I would have loved to pay him directly via shop-rite but there is no way I can pay online! So I have to ask you to help me with the pickup fees, I will include the R1,250 he has charged me to pick up the item with a (1st class treatment), to the payment I will be sending to your Neteller account, so after I have made the payment I will need you to help me send the R1,250 to the pick up agent through Shop-rite.I will send total payment of R3,100 into your Neteller account, which means R1,800 for the Item while R1,250 for the Pick-Up fee and the remaining R50 will be for the Shop-rite charges for sending the fund to the agent is that clear to you? I will make the payment as soon as you agree to help me with this. Kind Regards."
I then informed the buyer that I was not comfortable with the transaction and me having to make a cash outlay on their behalf.

Report ID: 30087
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Mpumalanga
City/Town: Nelspruit
Address: Gumtree
Crime Date/Time: 6 Aug 2018, 09:08 AM
Reported By: JLR2211
Reported Date: 7 Aug 2018, 09:08 AM
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  • JLR2211 7 Aug 2018, 06:18 PM

    If one goes and reads up about this scam there are dozens of people who have had the same experience. This person needs to be caught and charged with fraud.

  • ErinN 7 Aug 2018, 03:03 PM

    I had messages from the same guy. Is there a way to make it more widely known that this is an ongoing scam? I got suspicious after seeing the oil rig story in the email and googled his address and message which brought me here. It's a pity these guys carry on and catch less wary people.

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