Sneaky Gumtree scam leaves behind & # 39; tech savvy & # 39; student with $ 2,250 debt – and warns that it can happen to anyone
- A technically educated student from Melbourne has been scammed with $ 2,250
- He sold his Apple laptop on Gumtree and received payment via PayPal gift
- The buyer disputed the payment and said it was an unauthorized transaction
- PayPal has now asked the student to refund the money that he has withdrawn from his account
A technically educated student left a $ 2,250 debt after selling his laptop on Gumtree – he gives a strict warning that it can happen to anyone.
The student from the University of Melbourne, who does not want to be named, sold his Apple laptop on the website a few months ago, with the buyer paying him via PayPal.
When he transferred the money from his PayPal account to his Commonwealth bank account, the buyer sent a friend to collect the computer.
A student from Melbourne University, who does not want to be named, has been scammed for $ 2,250 after selling his Apple laptop on Facebook earlier this year
The student said that everything seemed fine until PayPal sent him a message weeks later.
"Probably, Paypal informed me about a month later that the buyer had disputed the transaction because it was unauthorized," he wrote on Reddit.
& # 39; I provided proof that I had (emails and text messages between me and the buyer) but these were not sufficient.
& # 39; The result was that I received $ 2,250 from my own pocket at the PayPal collection agency that asked me for the money. & # 39;
The student said that he had sold many items on eBay in the past and is usually aware of online scams.
But he missed this one.
& # 39; He (the buyer) was quite quick to pay me through PayPal gift, because I heard later that there is no seller protection, & # 39; he said Yahoo News.
He tried to talk to the buyer, but his number has since been broken.
The student said he approached Gumtree for advice and submitted a report to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).
He has filed a police complaint and also plans to go to an independent Small Claims Tribunal to resolve the issue.
& # 39; Has anyone experienced the same or received advice? I am a full-time student and cannot really afford to pay, & he said.
His message has attracted reactions from many social media users who shared similar stories.
& # 39; That happened to me with a 10k computer and guess what, the mother had to pay for it!, & # 39; said a second person.
& # 39; I had sufficient evidence and was transparent enough throughout the entire process that PayPal ruled in my favor. & # 39;
The buyer chose PayPal gift to pay the money. But disputed the transaction and broke his telephone number. The student has now been asked to pay the money he has taken from his PayPal account
. (TagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) news (t) melbourne