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    Is this a Scam on Gumtree?

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    Hi,
    Ive found a new iphone for a good price. Contacted the person and unfortunately theyre too far away for pickup. They seem nice enough but want a £40 deposit paid into their bank account before they send it...
    Is this safe? If they don't send it can what can I do?
    Thanks

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    If they don't send it can what can I do? - Very little, unless you went straight to their house.

    Original Poster Banned

    As I have their bank account details isn't that something-sorry Ive never dealt on gumtree before

    how about you arrange courier to collect it?

    I wouldnt touch it with a barge pole - there is no way you can get your money back from a bank transfer
    Use Paypal and then at leats your covered this way if you want to go ahead and use your CC for extra protection

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    minnie77;5710655

    how about you arrange courier to collect it?



    Thats an idea but they could just turn the guy away saying wrong house or something? How do people usually safely deal on gumtree?

    Original Poster Banned

    Yeah I wanted to use paypal but they apparently dont use it... I think from your comments Ill give it a miss

    Anyone here got a Brand new 16gb 3g iphone for £200 they want to sell???:whistling:

    olivier81;5710665

    Thats an idea but they could just turn the guy away saying wrong house or … Thats an idea but they could just turn the guy away saying wrong house or something? How do people usually safely deal on gumtree?



    By writing an email saying

    "Hi, I'd like to buy X if it's still available. Here;s when I'm availalbe. What times suit you? Is it alright if I collect, or would you rather meet somewhere? My mobile's XXXX if you want to drop me a text"

    They then get back to you, a couple more emails go back and forth arranging times and places, then you go over at the specified time and pick the goods up. You never send things.

    it's a spam don't pay upfront

    starsparkle2311;5710739

    [FONT="Arial Black"][SIZE="7"][COLOR="Magenta"]DO NOT PAY ANY … [FONT="Arial Black"][SIZE="7"][COLOR="Magenta"]DO NOT PAY ANY MONEY[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]:-D



    sorry, missed that? Say it again lol

    Gumtree is designed so that you deal face to face.

    olivier81;5710653

    As I have their bank account details isn't that something-sorry Ive never … As I have their bank account details isn't that something-sorry Ive never dealt on gumtree before



    Bank details are worth nothing, the bank will not disclose any info about the account to you so you will not be able to contact anyone from it. Police will not be interested as you have to prove it was the intention of that person not to supply the goods you paid for!! I know I have been there.
    If it is too far to collect .. forget it and if that was the price it was for sale at then it just proves it was a scam... If a deal looks too good t...blah blah :thumbsup:

    olivier81;5710690

    Yeah I wanted to use paypal but they apparently dont use it... I think … Yeah I wanted to use paypal but they apparently dont use it... I think from your comments Ill give it a missAnyone here got a Brand new 16gb 3g iphone for £200 they want to sell???:whistling:



    I lol'ed

    olivier81;5710690

    Anyone here got a Brand new 16gb 3g iphone for £200 they want to … Anyone here got a Brand new 16gb 3g iphone for £200 they want to sell???:whistling:



    If that's the price it was up for, then it's got to be either bust, nicked or a scam mate.

    I'd be vary wary of buying phones from gumtree.
    There's a scam going round where they'll sell you "a brand new in box upgrade handset that they don't want".
    They show it to you, and it works fine. You buy it and go home happy with that bargain. The seller then reports that handset as stolen and claims a new handset on their insurance, of course, the handset they sold you is blocked and you're left with a brick and not much you can do about it.

    Banned

    olivier81;5710690

    Anyone here got a Brand new 16gb 3g iphone for £200 they want to … Anyone here got a Brand new 16gb 3g iphone for £200 they want to sell???:whistling:



    If it sounds too good to be true it normally is

    You would be as well setting fire to 4 new crisp ten pound notes
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