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19 minutes ago, la bam said:

Unfortunately what you've done there is give your email address to a spammer/scammer. So be careful of any other tricks theyll try in the future.

Noted. My password is pretty strong so hoping that they aren't too mischievous with it. 

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There are a couple of variations on this but they are all scams. Just ignore next time.

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Just now, bassix said:

There are a couple of variations on this but they are all scams. Just ignore next time.

It looked fishy, but having sold off a lot of baby stuff in Facebook over the last year I was getting lots of messages in very bad written English, the vast majority of which were the genuine buyers who turned up with cash. Having spent most my adult life working with and socialising with people for whom English is not their first language I never want to dismiss outright for bad English. It was the reply email that basically said "I'm not a real person so don't ask to phone me, I don't want any derails just let me pay you and send my courier" that just confirmed the whole ruse. 

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Fair enough.

It seems to be a specific Gumtree scam where the first message received says, my [insert family member] would like to buy this, email him at....

I tend to get at least one per advert. Unless their cousin Barry really did want that old washing machine?!  😆

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1 hour ago, bassix said:

Fair enough.

It seems to be a specific Gumtree scam where the first message received says, my [insert family member] would like to buy this, email him at....

I tend to get at least one per advert. Unless their cousin Barry really did want that old washing machine?!  😆

I haven't listed anything expensive on there for a while, put three pedals on yesterday and just got that message against the most expensive so that's probably their target. 

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As a rule, if it helps, any kind of discussion to get you away from the platform your selling on is to be avoided. Dont do it. Keep any discussions via the website you are advertising on. It protects you and your identity and money.

Ie if youre on gumtree or ebay dont then start communicating via email. What they have done is removed any protection whatsoever that you had by using the selling platform, and it just becomes a private matter or sale and you'll not be protected if scammed.

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