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    Default Re: Barclays and vehicle scam via ebay and gumtree

    Hello everyone I have also fell for this scam only last week I've lost alot of my hard earnt money and I feel so stupid, but looks like I'm not the only one. Exactly the same thing has happened to me with the ebay thing and I've payed into a barclays bank account. Has anyone managed to get anywhere with getting there money back? I would be happy to join up forces to get our money back.

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    I have also just nearly fallen for this and am annoyed that eBay have not yet removed advert. Same scenario wanted money transfer to Barclays Leicester, goods were in Scotland etc etc. I have been in to Barclays and asked if they can do anything, they must have some suspicions with the amount of money going into the account (should probably be looking at money laundering as well). I corresponded through an email address outside eBay and dealt with 2 people Denise and Christine, the account I was asked to pay into was in the name of Christine Burnea sort code 20-53-33 account number 23334678 and the guy at Barclays didn't say it wasn't a live account. If anyone has already reported to police can They post the crime number and I will get this linked

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    Hi All, I can sympathise with you all, I myself was scammed in February when trying to buy a digger for my husbands newly established groundworks company. Again it was a Barclays account and this one was on eBay who I have found to be most unhelpful!!! As for the police, since reporting it I have heard no more and am over £3k out of pocket. I then found the same advert under a different name on Plant Trader so I set up an alias email and pretended to buy it again, I received the emailed invoice this time from auto trader, or so it would seem, I reported it to the police and the bank fraud dept again etc as it was quoting yet another Barclays account and yet again no one has done anything....... Having read all these threads, this is not looking good for Barclays! WHY ARE THEY NOT DOING ANYTHING???? I'm all up for a personal visit to Barclays CEO cos something has to be done, these w*****s are still getting away with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondie74 View Post
    I myself was scammed in February when trying to buy a digger for my husbands newly established groundworks company.
    Was it his birthday?

    Having read all these threads, this is not looking good for Barclays! WHY ARE THEY NOT DOING ANYTHING???? I'm all up for a personal visit to Barclays CEO cos something has to be done, these w*****s are still getting away with it.
    One must surely wonder how they verify the identities of their customers and generally comply with the regulations against money laundering.

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    My other half has also been scammed just last week. £2k out of pocket for a workshop machine. Seller claims to be in the highlands, Barclays Bank account, even spoke on the phone!!! Sounded foreign, Norwegian perhaps, I have found several eBay user names which I am 99.9% certain are him. Always seems to give addresses in Scotland that are close to B&B's, even on the same street! I have now set up an alias myself and am in the process of 'buying' an other item from him and am in daily contact with him over email. Am totally up for getting all our heads together and finding the lowlife scumbags I am like a dog with a bone at the moment! Other half feels VERY foolish, thought he'd done all the checks he needed to, but the one he didn't do was check the guys eBay feedback...notice all the user names have 0 feedback and have only just recently been a registered user. If the photo on the listing has been taken outside try getting the sellers postcode and check google maps street view, that way you can check to see if the surroundings are matching/similar. something to look out for in the future folks! There is also a blog on the web called www.ebayscamhunter.blogspot.co.uk which lists the user names of which have been used for scams. Lists the items, email addresses & phone numbers. The user and machine we bought are both listed on there, unfortunately after we'd parted with our cash.
    like I say, I'm totally up for getting a few of our heads together to catch them, bombard Barclays, and ultimately stop them scamming others.

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    Would any of the 'victims' posting on this thread like to share their experiences with a talented BBC journalist who has noticed this scam?

    If so please PM me your contact details and brief summary of events and I shall pass your details onto this journalist.
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    "Although scalar fields are Lorentz scalars, they may transform nontrivially under other symmetries, such as flavour or isospin. For example, the pion is invariant under the restricted Lorentz group, but is an isospin triplet (meaning it transforms like a three component vector under the SU(2) isospin symmetry). Furthermore, it picks up a negative phase under parity inversion, so it transforms nontrivially under the full Lorentz group; such particles are called pseudoscalar rather than scalar. Most mesons are pseudoscalar particles." (finally explained to a captivated Celestine by Professor Brian Cox on Wednesday 27th June 2012 )

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    The obvious way to avoid being defrauded would be to use a reputable escrow system, such as http://www.escrow.com

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    Hi, we cannot seem to get anyone very interested in what happened to us yesterday. Same scam over the purchase of a Fiat 500 on ebay price £4250. We have the barclays bank details and also the man's address in Enfield. But he also phoned me today so I have his mobile phone number 07866 536582. Sean Collins, obviously not his real name. This information is for anyone with on going police investigations. Come on Barclays-get these accounts closed down.

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    I expect his mobile phone SIM will be a pay-as-you-go "burner".

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    Hi
    I have been scammed, I supposedly purchased a caravan through an ebay payments seller safety centre invoice transaction. All bank details are same as mentioned in earlier posts, and the email from ebay transactions told us that we needed to pay directly by money transfer from our bank to his/hers? we have lost £5000,00
    Alarm bells started ringing when i had no reply to a text i sent to confirm the details of collection tomorrow(Friday 5th April)... Had no reply withing an hour and me and my wife joked about this could be happening, then i googled the name Christine Burnea!
    It was a classified ad and after a couple emails through ebay went to private email address and texting (i knew i should of phoned).
    I am prepared to fight to get my money back so if anyone has already started something please contact me.

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    Megyas, if you only paid the cash into yesterday or indeed less than 5 days ago, go into your local Barclays branch ASAP!! My other half went in today and they brought up the fraudsters account, could see our transaction AND others but couldn't give us any information due to 'data protection' (which is a complete farce seeing as the account is being used to rip people off!) BUT, he did say he couldn't do anything as it was over 5 days since the transaction was made. It's worth a try. He did also say that if the police rang him direct he would be able to investigate it, (despite giving him the crime ref).
    I'm not giving up, I know we won't see our money again but the guy who ripped us off is still selling on eBay under the same username!! CHEEK! And eBay, the police and Barclays still do nothing. I have managed to get yet another set of bank details for the same guy, unsurprisingly it is a Barclays account. Barclays really do need to get a grip of this as they are clearly NOT carrying out sufficient checks on ID when these accounts are bring opened.
    If anyone wants to join forces to do as much as we can then please do contact me. I am NOT giving up!

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    I supposedly purchased a caravan through an ebay payments seller safety centre invoice transaction. All bank details are same as mentioned in earlier posts, and the email from ebay transactions told us that we needed to pay directly by money transfer from our bank to his/hers?
    eBay would never do that, so the email was a forgery or a "false representation", contrary to section 2 - link -(and possibly section 7 - link) of the Fraud Act 2006.

    Have you reported this to the police and if not, why not?

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    Hi Everyone. There appear to be quite a lot of us that have suffered the same experience via Ebay,Barclay's etc. In our case we have got no where with the police, Barclay's, Ebay and have therefore raised a complaint with the Ombudsman. We have scoured the internet and can only find this sort of activity happening with Barclay's, no other bank. What can we do as a group to get some sort of investigation started at Barclay's, anyone got any ideas or contacts that might be able to help.

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    The pattern that has emerged does seem to suggest that Barclays have been unusually lax in establishing the identities of its customers.

    The "regulator" meant to ensure that any wunch of bankers behaved themselves was (and, for the moment, still is) the Fundamentally Stupid Authority, although its role will soon be divided between the Bank of England and the new Fundamentally Clueless Authority.

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    Yes phoned police the moment i realised it was a scam, they told me had to report to ebay first, i have been on phone to ebay with no joy, barclays however want me to send them all correspondence i have with the seller to there litigation dept so they can look into it... they would not confirm about any activity on the account of Christine Burnea.. Sort Code 20-53-33 Acc No 23334678.

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    Right, been on phone to Action Fraud 0300 123 20 40. The police advised us to phone them.
    They have said that as many people can report their case to them they can investigate it as one case rather than lots of agencies investigating individual case.
    Please contact me if we can as a group think of actions to take.

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    Please read below

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    Please read below
    Below where?

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    Sorry, not used this before, wanted to tag that message to puddle55's message

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    Why oh why do people fall for these scams?
    Years ago on ebay we saw a car for sale buy it know for 1/3rd of its real value sets bells ringing,noticed that it was claimed to be all original but the colour was never used by the car maker or on that model.So we emailed offering to buy came the reply Pay the money by western union and would receive the details of where to collect car and all the relevant documents to prove to a courier we brought the car?said we were still interested but couldnt pay for a couple of days,they still wanted to sell to us asked for info as to where to collect car was told Edinburgh and name of company there where car was.having had no intension of being ripped of by an obvious con we did some research
    !,western union transfers are like giving cash to a stranger not advised
    ",as stated price was stupidly low
    3, Colur never on car when produced
    4,Courier did not have branch or agency in scotland

    contacted Ebay did not want to know
    Conclusion take a bit of time to think what you are buying
    DONT GET CONNED but many will

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    Quote Originally Posted by megyas View Post
    Hi, we cannot seem to get anyone very interested in what happened to us yesterday. Same scam over the purchase of a Fiat 500 on ebay price £4250. We have the barclays bank details and also the man's address in Enfield. But he also phoned me today so I have his mobile phone number 07866 536582. Sean Collins, obviously not his real name. This information is for anyone with on going police investigations. Come on Barclays-get these accounts closed down.
    Sean Collins? Wouldn't be seancollins1s@yahoo.co.uk by any chance? That email address was used in several scams under the seller ID "skent81", including a Fiat 500 which can be found at http://ebayscamhunter.blogspot.co.uk...ite-power.html


    Here's another scammer's bank details. I've got a "spare" eBay account (with a fake home address) that I use to put in stupidly-high bids to win scams where eBay doesn't take action, this was one example where "Louis Pearce" (pearcels9, pearcels932@gmail.com) thought he'd bagged £3,700:
    Account holder: L.R Falcao
    Sort code: 203616
    Account: 93699862
    IBAN: GB93BARC20361693699862
    Bank BIC: BARCGB22
    Branch BIC: 06B
    20-36-16 is the Hampstead branch of Barclays.

    The eBay Scam Hunter blog, by the way, is mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celestine View Post
    Would any of the 'victims' posting on this thread like to share their experiences with a talented BBC journalist who has noticed this scam?

    If so please PM me your contact details and brief summary of events and I shall pass your details onto this journalist.
    If something comes of this and the journalist is also interested in the eBay Scam Hunter blog as part of the same story, post on here (I'm getting email updates for this thread) and I'll see if I can help.

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    Hi to all that have been scammed by Christine Burnea we have just been done out of £3,500 for a conway crusader folding camper, arrived inn Aberfeldy to pick it up and the address existed but camper did not. The house owner told us we were the third set of people since last week to turn up for things, one was a couple from London for a Caravan. I have reported it to ebay and also the police who are coming to see me today. Same Barclays account as you all paid into sort code 20 53 33 / 23334678. Why is ebay still allowing the seller to be active, it is still for sale, absolutely fuming !!!!!!!

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    In my opinion, if a fraudster is reported to eBay and eBay takes no action to prevent further frauds by that "seller", eBay could be held liable for any losses incurred after they had been notified.

    Even if eBay suspects or has been told that an account has been hacked or hijacked, they should suspend all trading activity until the matter can be resolved.

    Additionally, the eBay rules need to be changed so that all transactions over a certain limit (£500 ?) must use a reputable escrow service such http://www.escrow.com, as this will make the fraud more difficult if not actually impossible.

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    Am I being overly thick and completely missing something here? Why are people paying up front for vehicles/goods they have not actually laid eyes on,,as in touched the thing to prove it's real??

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