Helix Counterfeit Currency Detector Pen £1.70 @ Amazon
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Helix Counterfeit Currency Detector Pen £1.70 @ Amazon

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Found 4th Sep 2012
Hi there guys,

I was scammed yesterday unfortunately, whilst selling my iPhone 4s on Gumtree. Well long story cut short he gave me fake notes, I didn't realise up until he had gone, to verify my suspicion I drove to my local Tesco and they confirmed it. In my honest opinion having this pen or a ultraviolet detector would have saved me being scammed and would've maybe saved me £360. This might be one of the best investments you ever make.
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As the buyer contacted you to make the purchase. Get yourself down to he local Police Station and report the crime. You also will have to surrender the cash as you will be committing a crime trying to use them.
Oneday77

As the buyer contacted you to make the purchase. Get yourself down to he … As the buyer contacted you to make the purchase. Get yourself down to he local Police Station and report the crime. You also will have to surrender the cash as you will be committing a crime trying to use them.



I called up the police straight away last night, she said a investigator will call me to discuss the matter... She gave me a incident number too. I wonder though, is it possible for me to claim back my phone via insurance? Is this considered theft?
Have heard of other people being done the same way - if you have his number or other contact details get him reported - also get the imei blocked as I think you have the moral and legal right to do this!
It is classed as theft (fraud also), as you have not received payment in exchange for the item.

You will get a crime number from the police. Use that to help process your claim.
Edited by: "MDT" 4th Sep 2012
All same serial no. by any chance?
centaurandrew

Have heard of other people being done the same way - if you have his … Have heard of other people being done the same way - if you have his number or other contact details get him reported - also get the imei blocked as I think you have the moral and legal right to do this!



Yh I got the IMEI blocked. I reported this matter to the police, I gave them his name (don't know whether it was real), mobile number and his car's number plate. When I phoned him back, I threatened to report him to the police, he said "go ahead, I'm even willing to give you my home address if you want"... It felt like he had no rumours, neither was he scared to be reported.
and the moral of the story? Don't sell on Gumtree - Its a jungle out there
The other thing unfortunately is that if he gets done, he'll know you did report him, and he also knows where you live...
In that case have a baseball bat next to your door, the second he knocks, plaster that **** to your doorstep
Gumtree has gone down hill ever since Ebay purchased it, steer clear
Ebay has purchased Gumtree? oO oO oO
MarvinHC

Ebay has purchased Gumtree? oO oO oO



I thought it was started by eBay.

I reported a deal on Gumtree to the mods (had details cut and pasted from an eBay item that had already sold) and they followed it up- two weeks later.
MarvinHC

Ebay has purchased Gumtree? oO oO oO



Yes 7 years ago
whelpin

Yes 7 years ago



Thx, learned something new today.
Edited by: "MarvinHC" 4th Sep 2012
Gumtree is perfectly fine if you use common sense.

No offence OP.
Probably a silly question, but I presume you didn't have the 'detector pen' and try it out after he left, but you did say you 'suspected' they were fake after he left. What made you suspect and was it obvious enough that the pen wasn't really necessary?
Also, as a deterrent, it could work for a shop where people would know beforehand that they check the notes, but I don't think it would have worked in your case. If he gave you the notes and you pulled out a detector pen, he isn't likely to say, "sorry, wrong notes - take these instead"... He'll probably just sweat it out.
Which leads me to my final question: Did you try it on the fake notes yet and did it detect they were fake. i.e. Is it more than just a deterrent - does it actually work.
We still have to judge this as a 'deal' rather than just to feel sorry for you (which we do)...
DrBones

Probably a silly question, but I presume you didn't have the 'detector … Probably a silly question, but I presume you didn't have the 'detector pen' and try it out after he left, but you did say you 'suspected' they were fake after he left. What made you suspect and was it obvious enough that the pen wasn't really necessary?Also, as a deterrent, it could work for a shop where people would know beforehand that they check the notes, but I don't think it would have worked in your case. If he gave you the notes and you pulled out a detector pen, he isn't likely to say, "sorry, wrong notes - take these instead"... He'll probably just sweat it out.Which leads me to my final question: Did you try it on the fake notes yet and did it detect they were fake. i.e. Is it more than just a deterrent - does it actually work.We still have to judge this as a 'deal' rather than just to feel sorry for you (which we do)...



Well I didn't have a detector pen, the reason I started to suspect the notes after he had left was because they seemed a bit too tidy and clean, but at first I didn't really worry, as he had told me that he's quickly going to rush to the ATM to get some money out, hence I thought the notes were brand new. It wasn't obvious that the notes were fake, infect they were very accurate counterfeits, but when you compare it to the real notes you can see some differences, such as the queen being a bit fuzzier than on the original, the strip inside being a bit fuzzier too and the silver bit where Adam Smith is on didn't feel as smooth as on the original. In my opinion if you were given this note without the original to be compared to, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. As I mentioned in the description of thread, as soon as I suspected the notes I went to my local Tesco and they confirmed the notes being fake, they put it through the Ultraviolet light and used one of these pens too.
I had 5500 for a car on auto trader fake name address half fake ..he'll on earth
aabarcellos

I had 5500 for a car on auto trader fake name address half fake ..he'll … I had 5500 for a car on auto trader fake name address half fake ..he'll on earth



Did you get your car or real money back?
Edited by: "kingboom4" 4th Sep 2012
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