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Weird texts, possible scam?
Tanaka Khan
Brisbane, Queensland
5291 posts
Last night I started to receive some texts (4 in total so far) from people saying they saw my car for sale on gumtree and if I could email them the details of it. Each of these texts have come up with names but no numbers and all 4 have different email addresses they want me to reply too (gmail, yahoo etc). Has anyone had this happen to them and how do they manage to text someone and not have a number come up on screen?
09:01am 26/07/12 Permalink
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Mosfx
Gold Coast, Queensland
1192 posts
Yeah my partner gets these now and then too, just ignore them unless you actually have a car for sale.
09:02am 26/07/12 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36368 posts
Out of interest, what is the actual text?
09:18am 26/07/12 Permalink
Denominator
Brisbane, Queensland
948 posts
Tell them to direct debit the deposit and change your phone number
09:22am 26/07/12 Permalink
Tanaka Khan
Brisbane, Queensland
5292 posts
Ok trog, the messages I received last night is as follows -

Harrod

Kindly confirm to me the price and condition of your CAR placed on advert.Email me the details on workinghod@gmail.com


Peter

Just saw your AD now on gumtree,do you still have it for sale?email me on peterfenwick626@yahoo.com...hope to read from you soon.

I had actually deleted the first two thinking they were miss texts.
09:22am 26/07/12 Permalink
Tanaka Khan
Brisbane, Queensland
5293 posts
Just received another one from a "Lori".
09:58am 26/07/12 Permalink
DM
Gold Coast, Queensland
4837 posts
I never get weird calls or texts like this except the odd indian caller trying sell me insurance who I always hang up on. I would imagine though that since you obviously havn't put your car up on gumtree then you should consider them scams.

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09:59am 26/07/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5867 posts
Someone posted a scam with your number and now plenty of gullible people want you? just reply asing for a link to the ad to confirm their authenticity.
10:01am 26/07/12 Permalink
Tanaka Khan
Brisbane, Queensland
5294 posts
But what I can't understand is how they can text me and a name and not a number shows up. I actually went to gumtree and did a search but my number didn't come up. I wonder if its linked somehow to the pay me $5000 or you're dead scam?
10:14am 26/07/12 Permalink
evıs
Brisbane, Queensland
6575 posts
http://www.scamwatch.gov.au

Other than that, ignore it.
10:17am 26/07/12 Permalink
crazymorton
Brisbane, Queensland
3243 posts
yep we had that with wifes car. there was an old thread about this.
10:24am 26/07/12 Permalink
dais
Brisbane, Queensland
9667 posts
I don't think replying is a good idea skythra. That confirms that you are receiving the messages and then you'll probably receive more.
10:26am 26/07/12 Permalink
FraktuRe
Gold Coast, Queensland
4310 posts
When I had my room up on gumtree I got a text from a 'name' but not a number, so yeah, definitely scam material.
11:24am 26/07/12 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36369 posts
Tanaka, is your phone number easily available on the Internet somewhere - can you find it in a Google search?
11:45am 26/07/12 Permalink
Tanaka Khan
Brisbane, Queensland
5295 posts
Nothing comes up when I did a search of my number. I've just also received a call from a listed number asking about my car being for sale. When I asked him make and model he hesitated for a bit then replied a Nissan (I don't own a Nissan). I've searched gumtree and my number doesn't come up anywhere there.
11:54am 26/07/12 Permalink
bepatient
Melbourne, Victoria
1053 posts
But what I can't understand is how they can text me and a name and not a number shows up.

This is very, very easy with an SMS gateway, seriously if you PM me your number I'll send you one in 5 minutes lol. What would concern me is where they got your number.
01:23pm 26/07/12 Permalink
Basket
Gold Coast, Queensland
819 posts
It's a scam, I get this very often when I advertise on gumtree, Just ignore them.
01:26pm 26/07/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5873 posts
I don't think replying is a good idea skythra. That confirms that you are receiving the messages and then you'll probably receive more.

Ah yeah, good point.
02:27pm 26/07/12 Permalink
Space Ninja
Sydney, New South Wales
3542 posts
Whats the first 4 digits of your number ? I'll have a look on gumtree now

I get these on my iphone sometimes (the name) because its usually an imessage sent to me via their email account.
02:32pm 26/07/12 Permalink
do0b
Brisbane, Queensland
4388 posts
This is very, very easy with an SMS gateway


bulksms.com et all
03:51pm 26/07/12 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
34029 posts
cam we still send sms's through facebook?
08:36pm 26/07/12 Permalink
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