Pontypool couple conned out of £500 in internet scam

Free Press Series: SCAMMED: Kerry Lang and Andrew Rhondda, who lost a £500 laptop after the ‘buyer’ used a fake PayPal account SCAMMED: Kerry Lang and Andrew Rhondda, who lost a £500 laptop after the ‘buyer’ used a fake PayPal account

A PONTYPOOL couple were scammed out of £500 after they sold their laptop on the internet.

Andrew Rhondda, 23, listed the laptop on the website Gumtree on behalf of his partner, Kerry Lang.

“Someone was interested and said they wanted to buy it through PayPal,” said Mr Rhondda, who decided to use Gumtree to avoid the fees payable on other bidding websites.

“We thought PayPal was reliable, and the e-mail address even had a PayPal ID. They offered to pay £500 and £30 for postage and packaging, so I posted it to the address they gave me which cost me £25.

“They asked for the shipping ID number which I sent, but then they wanted a photocopy of the postage receipt. That was when I telephoned PayPal to check and they said they had no record of the transaction.”

Mr Rhondda described the forgery as very convincing. “It was the first time I had sold anything online,” he said. “I would advise other people to wait until they have the money sitting in their account before sending anything.”

The pair contacted the police and the Action Fraud service but were told the package could not be stopped once it was in transit.

Miss Lang said she was going to use the money from the sale to buy extra food for Christmas.

“I am in a wheelchair and it is not a 4x4 so I don’t go out much in the winter,” she said. “All this has stressed me right out, I didn’t think for a minute that people could set up a forged PayPal account.”

The Gumtree website advises users to meet face-to-face to exchange items for sale.

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3:47pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Owain Vaughan says...

“I would advise other people to wait until they have the money sitting in their account before sending anything.”

Here endeth the lesson.
“I would advise other people to wait until they have the money sitting in their account before sending anything.” Here endeth the lesson. Owain Vaughan
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4:15pm Fri 7 Dec 12

bobjones2011 says...

Not much detail given here, but I wouldn't mind guessing they were asked to post the laptop abroad, to somewhere like Nigeria. I have advertised on Gumtree in the past and have been contacted many times by people with remarkable-sounding stories who offer to pay far in excess of what I want if I agree to send abroad. It is a shame not much can be done about it, but hopefully people reading this story will be more aware of the issue.
Not much detail given here, but I wouldn't mind guessing they were asked to post the laptop abroad, to somewhere like Nigeria. I have advertised on Gumtree in the past and have been contacted many times by people with remarkable-sounding stories who offer to pay far in excess of what I want if I agree to send abroad. It is a shame not much can be done about it, but hopefully people reading this story will be more aware of the issue. bobjones2011
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6:48pm Fri 7 Dec 12

mAXXXXX says...

IT ALL WAYS HAPPEN TO YOU DONT IT
IT ALL WAYS HAPPEN TO YOU DONT IT mAXXXXX
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8:48am Sat 8 Dec 12

mondo75 says...

bobjones2011 wrote:
Not much detail given here, but I wouldn't mind guessing they were asked to post the laptop abroad, to somewhere like Nigeria. I have advertised on Gumtree in the past and have been contacted many times by people with remarkable-sounding stories who offer to pay far in excess of what I want if I agree to send abroad. It is a shame not much can be done about it, but hopefully people reading this story will be more aware of the issue.
Bit of good old racial stereotyping!

Nice one Fat, balding old white guy with a walking stick.
[quote][p][bold]bobjones2011[/bold] wrote: Not much detail given here, but I wouldn't mind guessing they were asked to post the laptop abroad, to somewhere like Nigeria. I have advertised on Gumtree in the past and have been contacted many times by people with remarkable-sounding stories who offer to pay far in excess of what I want if I agree to send abroad. It is a shame not much can be done about it, but hopefully people reading this story will be more aware of the issue.[/p][/quote]Bit of good old racial stereotyping! Nice one Fat, balding old white guy with a walking stick. mondo75
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10:55pm Sat 8 Dec 12

newportexpat says...

I had nearly the same scenario, I was selling a mobile phone on gumtree & had many callers with strange names & even stranger stories most of which had a postal address in ............. yes you've guessed, Nigeria. I suppose I'm a bit more wise to these cons because even though the monies was alleged sent to my paypal account I never parted with anything (even had my paypal account on another tab so could check if money was paid in while chatting to the buyer) some became quite abusive & others sent 'fake' paypal pages but luckily my anti-virus spotted them or they would of been almost impossible to detect!! This couple learned an expensive lesson, the world is not full of nice honest people & NEVER send anything without being paid first if selling
I had nearly the same scenario, I was selling a mobile phone on gumtree & had many callers with strange names & even stranger stories most of which had a postal address in ............. yes you've guessed, Nigeria. I suppose I'm a bit more wise to these cons because even though the monies was alleged sent to my paypal account I never parted with anything (even had my paypal account on another tab so could check if money was paid in while chatting to the buyer) some became quite abusive & others sent 'fake' paypal pages but luckily my anti-virus spotted them or they would of been almost impossible to detect!! This couple learned an expensive lesson, the world is not full of nice honest people & NEVER send anything without being paid first if selling newportexpat
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10:22am Sun 9 Dec 12

Oriel Bufton says...

I have had several scam attempts on my PayPal account via Ebay. But you can identify them by their poor command of English, and by the way they tell you very involved stories in order to try and convince you. They even say they are in the armed forces and offer to send a courier to collect the item. They also want details of your Paypal account. Listen; You should never part with your hard earned money before sending any item. Only this morning I had an email from some clot in Ireland offering to send a courier to collect a very large trailer I'm selling on Ebay and wanting my PayPal account details, when all he had to do if he was a genuine buyer was just pay via PayPal. PayPal is very vulnerable at the moment there have been a number of scams, as reported in the press last week, so ask for a cleared cheque or cash. My Advice? read your email Very Carefully, don't fall for a load of tosh, and in short - Caveatemptor! (Buyer beware) or in this case seller beware!
I have had several scam attempts on my PayPal account via Ebay. But you can identify them by their poor command of English, and by the way they tell you very involved stories in order to try and convince you. They even say they are in the armed forces and offer to send a courier to collect the item. They also want details of your Paypal account. Listen; You should never part with your hard earned money before sending any item. Only this morning I had an email from some clot in Ireland offering to send a courier to collect a very large trailer I'm selling on Ebay and wanting my PayPal account details, when all he had to do if he was a genuine buyer was just pay via PayPal. PayPal is very vulnerable at the moment there have been a number of scams, as reported in the press last week, so ask for a cleared cheque or cash. My Advice? read your email Very Carefully, don't fall for a load of tosh, and in short - Caveatemptor! (Buyer beware) or in this case seller beware! Oriel Bufton
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