Scammed on Gumtree -- what to do
Last edited 09/09/2017 - 09:17 by 1 other user
Hi everyone, so recently I got scammed on Gumtree by this person named "Elizabeth Beyer" (apparently one of my friends also got scammed by the same person).
Long story short, I was selling a macbook air and this scammer contacted me and told me 'she' had sent payment through. Sure enough, I received an email from "firstname.lastname@example.org" (actual email was actually 'email@example.com') shortly after. Given how busy I was during the week I never bothered to check my actual Paypal account and assumed that I received the payment.
I only got to realise that it was a scam one day after I posted it so I quickly called Aust Post to intercept it before it reaches the stated destination — which was a parcel locker in Oatley NSW. I even had to pay $27 for this service and Aust Post said they should be to stop it.
The next day, tracking shows that the item has got to Oatley Delivery Centre. I called Aust Post's Customer Service team again and they tried repeatedly to call the Oatley Delivery Centre but nobody picked up. So they sent a 'high priority' message instead, but by the time the Oatley Delivery Centre guys saw the message, it was already too late — the item had been delivered into the parcel locker. I called Australia Post again and told them that since it was a scam, surely they could get the guys to open the parcel locker and retrieve the parcel before the scammer collected it. They said they will try their best but once again, I only got bad news that they couldn't retrieve it.
Now what else can I do and what should I do? I could report it to the police but would that do anything?
I seriously don't understand why people would resort to such dishonest ways of earning money. Sigh.