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Gumtree Scammer SCAM ALERT Mary Maxwell

Shortly after placing and advert on Gumtree I received the following email enquiries initially via the Gumtree email system and then by email directly.

Message 1
is your item still available for sell ?
From: Mary Maxwell


Message 2
Thanks for your mail, send me your email address now to know whom i am dealing with so that we can proceed and how much are you willing to sell it ?

!!! SCAM ALERT !!! You want an email address and for me to confirm a price

From: “mary maxwell” <>
Sent: Sunday, July 08, 2012 8:05 AM
Subject: Korg C-30 Concert Digital Electronic Piano
> Please confirm the last price you are willing to sell it to me?

!!! SCAM ALERT !!! Pushing for a final price.

From: “mary maxwell” <>
Sent: Sunday, July 08, 2012 10:59 AM
Subject: Re: Korg C-30 Concert Digital Electronic Piano

I wish to let you know that I’m satisfied with the price and the conditions
and i will like to inform you that am buying the item for my Family in
Thornton Heath,so i will be the one responsible for the pick up and
delivery stuff.kindly get back to me with your full name and address so
that i can forward it to the pick up agent to calculate the pick up fees
for me.

!!! SCAM ALERT !!! It’s getting obvious now

From: “mary maxwell” <>
Sent: Sunday, July 08, 2012 11:34 AM
Subject: Re: Korg C-30 Concert Digital Electronic Piano

Thank you so much. I have forwarded the address to the shipping
company so they can calculate the pick up and delivery cost for me to
make the payment. I’m sure they will contact you soon. I would like
you to know that the payment will be made via PayPal because is fast
and secured to send and received money online, All you have to send me
is your paypal email address so I can make the payment immediately.

Hope to hear back from you asap.

!!! SCAM ALERT !!! Yeah right!

From: “mary maxwell” <>
Sent: Sunday, July 08, 2012 11:50 AM
Subject: Re: Korg C-30 Concert Digital Electronic Piano

Thanks very much for getting back to me with the info, i will let you know
as soon as i’m through with the payment…please kindly get the item ready
for the pick up agent

!!! SCAM ALERT !!! Yeah sure!

A series of fake PayPal emails followed telling me that Mary Maxwell had made a payment to me but it was being held by PayPal because there was a shipping company involved who needed payment from it before they would release the funds. And that I should make payment to the shipping company.

!!! SCAM ALERT !!! PayPay do not do this.

I also got an email from ‘the shipping company’

From: “TopLine Shipping LLC”
Sent: Sunday, July 08, 2012 11:46 PM
Subject: Shipment and Delivery Fund Request for Korg C-30 Concert Digital Electronic Piano

We have successfully calculated the pick up cost according to the delivery
address given to us by your purchaser and your own pick up address. The
total pick up cost is £100 GBP. However, we have been asked to expect the
pick up cost from you through Western Union. You will send the pick up cost
to our agent who will come for the pick up. Below is the details you will
need to send the money:
Amos Olushola
No 14 Onakoya Street Challenge
Oyo state
Security Question: What is it for
Security Answer: pick up

So there we have it. The scammer wants me to send £100 to an address in Nigeria via Western Union.

The scammer is no longer replying to my email.

Had I sent the money, I am fairly sure they would be equally mute.

Don’t get caught out!

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20 Responses to Gumtree Scammer SCAM ALERT Mary Maxwell

  • Hey I’ve just got this when trying to sell my guitar on Gumtree, the reply was exactly the same as yours, i googled it just to check if i was being overly worried. and i wasn’t. thanks for putting this up

  • yup, same deal, this time with curtains!

    Seems to be a scammer.

  • Just went through the same thing selling sofa on gumtree. word for word the emails are the same

  • Exactley the same thing,
    Drum Kit this time.
    Definetly a Scammer.
    Other people on google had the same thing.

  • yep thank god you put this up exactley the same but with my car radio lol what these people on lol thank u

  • similar

    fake email at hiding the

    emailing from guntree

    send payment to:
    14, Onakoya Street,
    Challenge, Ibadan.
    Oyo State

  • adrian i have had exactly the same person as you have had contacting me today over a fish tank and i got exactly the same western union adress and everything, if u look at the fake paypal emails the will b sent from an alexfrank in care of paypal not from paypal them selves

  • Same thing here with thanks for the alarm!!!

  • Exact same scenario here with a pair of CDJ400’s! Luckily I got suspicious with the shipping company he said he’d use and googled it… taking me to this website.

  • Got exactly the same for a fridge/freezer advertised on gumtree – same messages are the sceranio for Mary Maxwell – 12/9/12

  • Exactly the same thing for me but from a Catherine Kate on 14/9/12 this time. matches up word for word from the Mary Maxwell scam. I thought it was suspicious when they didn’t ask questions about the item for sale. nor answer the questions i was asking. Then after googling the pick up agent details it became obvious im not the first, only a different name this time

  • Hi

    I have just had the exact same emails. Fortunately I too have been a little concerned and decided to research the shipping company….when lo and behold, up comes this forum!! thank you so much to the person who started the thread. Luckily no money has been sent. My emails were from a Jack mantel

  • WELL WELL WELL yes just had emails from Jack Martel as well, GREAT FORUM wish i had looked at it sooner, Thank you so much, what a S*** person, to do this to honest sellers on gum tree, I didnt get caught out, this time, take a look long and hard, before falling for this !!

  • Same for me except for initially coming from; then she changed to Then got a message from the “shipper” TopLine Shipping LLC and then another from someone representing himself as Scott Thompson, President PayPal Inc. – return address: ®Service .

    I forwarded the emails to spoof What a piece of s___!

    Thanks for posting this!

  • got exactly the same reply etc was curious when i got the nigerian address and all the other e mails with it. thanks for the notice


  • i had a catherine kate get back with me and they wanted me to send money to the shipping company. the funny thing is the name catherine kate. Titanic ring a bell?

    here is one of the other messages…

    You have received a PayPal Payment of $1,750.00 USD from Catherine Kate (

    A temporary hold has been placed on this transaction!

    As mentioned in the receipt of Payment and as per New PayPal Payment policy, we have fully debited the total amount (above) from the buyer’s account which includes the buyer’s shipper’s pick up fees.

    In order to complete this transaction and get the funds approved in your account. We advice you go to nearest Western Union Office, and send the $500.00 USD to the Agent and send us a Scanned Copy/Photograph of your Western Union Transaction Receipt.

    NOTE:This is important as a security measure to ensure safety of this transaction.

    Please, find below the name and address of the Transport Agent where the Funds would be sent via Western Union Money Transfer.

    Transport Company


    Leighton Morrison
    4033 Nw 73rd Ave
    Coral Springs,

  • Thankyou for uploading this information.
    The same thing just happened to me when I tried to sell a sofa. I became aware, when ‘Catherine Kate’ emailed within minutes of placing the add, asking me for my address – without viewing!!!
    I googled her name before I gave any details and came across this feed – thank you so much!

  • Thanks everyone for keeping the information flowing about this scammer. The more information on here there is, the better informed everyone can be, especially if the scammer changes their name, email addresses or where you are supposed to send money to.

    Andy Crawford

  • I was selling a bunk bed

    they asked for £100 for shipment to uk address

    i went on google earth to search for it and the place looked like a dump !! loads of mattresses and other rubbish in front of the house .

    I don’t know if its a private , innocent person living there or one of the scamers

    :/ = scam

    Amos Bola
    No 4 Onakoya Street Challenge
    Oyo state

  • I had the same from Catherine Kate. I was selling a set of alloys on Gumtree and she wanted me to arrange a courier through her email address is

    She had a fictitious quote from an equally fictitious company.

    Alarms bells rang and I did some Google searching. It pretty much confirmed to me it was a scam when I had an email of a successful PayPal transaction on an email account not linked to PayPal!

    Then the Western Union email came through (which always sends alarm bells, I absolutely never use WU)

    Another thing to be aware of is their failed (thank God) attempt at masking their email address.
    It’s and then name is service to make it look like it was from PayPal.

    My pennies worth.
    I hope it helps others