just human greed.
one does not simply asks if a scam is a scam
Once you hand over you money first, the other party has the option to:
• not send anything; or
• send you something much below the standard of what was originally promised.
Once you gave them money first remotely, they are subject to extreme temptation to cheat you. It is the human condition.
Some can rise above that temptation and behave honourably. Some cannot.
About this case that TS raised:
Common sense is in order.
If they have to ship it over, that means the item being sold is not located in Singapore.I have contacted the supplier. However, they would want me to transfer the money to their bank account before they can ship the item over. They won't accept COD.
It may also mean that the supplier posting the advertisement is not located in Singapore.
If you had read carefully, you would have noticed that the supplier has clearly violated a principal rule of Gumtree.
If the used item is so cheap and if it is in reasonably good condition, it would be sold very quickly. The advertisement in GumTree was in April 2013. That was 3 months ago. You mean at this price, it remained unsold until end-July 2013? How can it be?
Why has the supplier left the advertisement there without a "sold" notice?
To draw in more scam victims to transfer money to his bank account first.
Gumtree clearly warns that it has no consumer protection scheme and reminds you to meet with seller to avoid fraud.
Gumtree is provided by Marktplaats B.V, Wibautstraat 224, 1097 DN Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Last edited by ricohflex; 27th July 2013 at 02:04 PM.