Wednesday 18 September 2013

Gumtree, Ebay, Craigslist and other for sale site Scammers

Have you received a scam SMS message enquiring about an item you are selling on Gumtree, Ebay or other for sale sites? The txt will usually be generic.

Txt example: "Good Morning. Messaging about your Ad on Gumtree. I will like to know the condition and firm price. Kindly email me on" (one of the many scammer email addresses used).

There are literally hundreds of email addresses used by these scammers. If you receive a scammer txt or email help others avoid being scammed by posting the email address and message on our topic at Scam Warners Forum.

The Scam
Sellers will receive an SMS requiring future contact by email (usually a gmail address). The buyer negotiates a deal, usually agreeing to pay the sellers advertised price, organises an overpayment payment through PayPal to cover shipping costs and lets the seller know a shipping company will be in contact.

The seller receives an email from the shipping company including instructions etc. The buyer confirms payment has been made to PayPal and that all that remains is for the seller to pay the shipping company through Western Union (untraceable transaction).

Of course no money has ever been paid to PayPal despite receiving a notification by PayPal Email. The scammer gets the shipping costs and the seller remains stuck with the goods.

It is relatively easy to identify the scam. Sellers will usually receive an SMS that cannot be replied to and with no specific information about the item the scammer wants to purchase (similar to the example above).

If you receive an SMS or Email that you feel may be a scammer do a quick search for their email address. It is very likely that a complaint has already been made.

For more info on these scammers including examples of txts and emails, The preferred shipping company of Scammers "Auto Shippers International" and other information head over to our Topic on Scam Warners Scammer Emails Ebay Gumtree Craigslist Autotrader.

Sunday 8 September 2013

Suspect Identity Thief Roselyn Singh Continues To Mislead Local Business Owners

Unfortunately two more local businesses have recently been duped by Ms Singh both of which are heading to the civil courts in an attempt to retrieve their loss and damages.

Sadly these affected organizations stumbled across the original article, about Singh and her deeds after they had been taken to the cleaners.

Due to proceedings before the courts we cannot name the businesses at this time.

The Data Theft Blog was launched in September 2012 to highlight deficiencies in legislation dealing with insider data theft and to expose incidences of this insidious type of fraud.

Recent amendments to the Privacy Act have put Business owners on notice that they are responsible for data breaches affecting consumers and at the discretion of the Privacy Commissioner may be heavily fined.

However an insider (employee) data thief, the most likely perpetrator or cause of a breach, is immune from prosecution and can only be dealt with in the civil courts if the affected business owner has the resources and money to pursue them.

Singh registers "Data Theft" and various combinations of our blogs name.

True to form Singh has recently registered (July 2013) variations of the "Data Theft brand", through her company UTSG. In a previous article about Sydney Medical Centre owner Roselyn Singh we dealt with her interesting methods of doing business.

One of Singh and her company UTSG Consortium Pty Ltd's many deceptive practices is registering variations of competitor brands as business names and then passing off on her website with these brands in an attempt to confuse consumers.

We have more to report on this and other deceptive & misleading practices by Ms Singh and will do so shortly. It will be interesting to see how Singh intends to use the Data Theft brand.

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