yes this is another i got scammed on gumtree thread.. probably too late to be telling me to only meet in person but just looking for some advice..
Found an ad in QLD selling what i wanted (in in NSW and this is audio/DJ equipment that does not come up very often hence why i couldnt just look locally)
seller insisted on local pickup but couldn’t since his address was in townsville, but got him to send me photos with my name on a piece of paper next to the item to confirm he owns them, talked on the phone a couple of times and all seemed very legit
skipping the sale details and to cut a long story short, i stupidly ignored warning signs (eg. didn’t want to use paypal) and have direct deposited him the money ($3400) on tuesday. Today on Facebook i have found out 2 other similar sales happened to to friends for same item a couple of weeks ago, in their case turning out to be a scam, and since it was the same item i compared stories with them.. turns out its the same guy (different fake details however phone/name/bank account all different) but exact same ‘invoice’ however
I am still in contact with him and he doesn’t know that i know its a scam yet (not that this probably helps) the only thing i have going for me is that i know he actually does own or have access to that gear (not that that really helps either) i am also in contact with him under another phone number and identity (now saying he has the same 'backup' gear for sale)
He is supposedly sending them out tomorrow but by the weekend assume he is going to cut all ties with me and get rid of the number
i am almost certain now that his name and address are both fake.. plus he has multiple (i assume throwaway) phone numbers and bank accounts
What can i do? i have contacted the bank who have filed a case to try and recover the money, but I’m not hopeful with this as funds will be long gone by then