The Gumtree Car Robbery Scam
After only recently sharing some tips and strategies on how to avoid getting scammed on Gumtree, it appears that the hardcore scammers are already one step ahead of the game.
Sharif Abduswamad lures his victims to Croydon by advertising cars on London Gumtree, a classifieds website owned by eBay, at lower prices than normal.
When you ring him up thinking you got a bargain, he'll even consider dropping the price further...as long as you bring cash.
And since most people like to think that they are 'good at negotiating', it is unlikely to cross their mind that they have just been a muppet.
At least not until they follow Abduswamad to a remotely secluded area near Croydon, where their' car' will be waiting, packed with youngsters, loaded with guns, knives, porno, and baseball bats.
Worrying about 'Bait & Switch' would be the last thing on your mind when you're being robbed at gunpoint by Abduswamad and his friends. Not only are they not likely to play as nice as Jessica Jane Clements, but they probably won't be as pleasing on the eyes either. Now hand over the £2500 and the fake Rolex you thought your master negotiation skills landed you the Porsche with. Abduswamad must thank his friends by buying them a few new Gangsta t-shirts, yo.
You'd be pleased to know that Abduswamad was caught by police officers while leaving a crime scene in his own car, and he's now picking up soap in jail. Unfortunately, the other members of the robbery gang appear to be still out there, plotting their next forest gathering. Police described the gang as 'black men in their 20s'. Oh sure, that certainly helps us profile them...
Morale of the story: you don't know who you're really dealing with, if it's too good to be true, it probably is, yada yada... so the next time you buy something expensive off Gumtree, don't be shy, bring a friend or two, don't carry lots of cash until you've confirmed it's all legit. And if the big bad wolf makes you step into the woods together, make sure you've got a loud whistle.
[via Croydon Guardian]