Today I was bored and thinking about trying to make some money I went onto Gumtree and found this
Stihl chainsaw 880 chainsaw
£250 Cradley Heath, West Midlands
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This is my beloved 088 its an absolute beast of a saw and its in amazing condition, I have owned the saw for a few years but ive only used it 2 times on big trees as I don't get a lot of them to do, as you can see from the pictures its in amazing condition for its age and is basically not far off being new, there is no problems with the saw so you wont be disappointed. the saw comes with a brand new 36" stihl bar
Wow, that's cheap. But then I've had a few deals off Gumtree that have made me a few quid too. So I sent him a reply and soon had this back
Thank your for showing interested in my ad . The Stihl is still available. My name is Grim Doyle and i work as oil engineer , recently i was moved on SubSea 7 , this will not be a problem for our future deal because the item is still in UK, and we will use a fast and reliable cash on delivery service (Parcel2go) , this way you will have the opportunity to try the item first. Let me know if you're interested to use this service.
PS: attached you will find more images
So I started to do a little digging and found out this is a regular scam. However still a bit bored I thought let the hunted become the hunter. So I sent him this
Hi Grim, that looks fine.
How do we proceed?
The reply was swift he thought he had a go'er
The transaction will be closed through Parcel2Go.
You will have the opportunity to try the item as I said before.
You will not pay me any money until you see and inspect the product, all you have to do is purchase PaySafecard receipts from the store and confirm them online with Parcel2Go after they send you the invoice with our transaction details. Also you have to keep the receipts and forward them to me after you decide to keep the item.
If the item is not as described you will receive a full refund from Parcel2Go.
Please reply me with your Full name and delivery address so i can search a PaySafe store near you and inform Parcel2Go about our transaction.
Knowing now that I was playing the scammer I tried to turn the game.
Hi, a friend of mine has just said he’ll be in your area in the next couple of days.
So he’s going to collect and pay you.
Can you give me your address and when you’ll be there?
But he wasn't having it and replied
I explain i was moved with my work so is nobody there now
My way is to use Parcel2Go
So please let me know full name and delivery address if you want to go ahead
So I gave him bogus address and in return he sent me a list of all my local PayPoint shops. What a nice man.
Now his English had been somewhat suspect for a while and wanting to continue my infantile game I thought I'd test his English and see what happened
Hi Grim, are you able to hang on to it for a while.
I’ve just checked my bank account and my tax bill that I forgot about has hit it hard so cash is difficult for a bit?
I feel I need it as I cut thick short planks from very dense continental wood merchants (con-merchants for short).
Can you help me out?
I thought he'd twig but he hasn't as he's just sent me this
OK Sarah i understand you
I already left the items at Parcel2Go under your name and address , they will deliver them when you want but you must confirm them the payment this days
So he now thinks that i have managed to change gender in the seven hours of communications and that I am as thick as a short plank bought from a con-merchant
Got any good ideas where I can go from here?