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Freecycle Con Men, The Scams to Watch Out For. Name and Shame Freecycle Scammers

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Freecycle is a fantastic site. Designed to avoid putting more rubbish into landfill sites and to assist those who cannot afford to buy certain items.

It is where you donate your unwanted goods to others whom may be in need, rather than just simply throwing your old furniture, clothes, or even toys away.

The site is global, and has been the target of many con men, most apparently reside in Africa or other poor nations.

The cons are very simple, but involves you losing money, as most cons do.

Wanted Adds

If you put on a wanted add for a refrigerator it may take some time, but you may be offered one by several different people. One of them will offer you a free appliance that is in impeccable condition and may sound to good to be true.

BUT.. unfortunately they cannot deliver and will ask you to pay via ukash the delivery cost. One site set up by the con men as a delivery front, is bhdeliveries. The site offers a mobile phone number, which is registered in Germany, and used in several different countries, and there is no land line number nor is there an address.

Like a Vampire, a con-man will suck you dry.

Like a Vampire, a con-man will suck you dry.

Offer Adds

Basically the same as the wanted adds. Delivery of an exceptional item. They may even tell you that they put the item on the wrong site, but you can have it anyway, at a small delivery cost.

The writing in reply emails is usually written in very bad English, although the names they use are very English. One con mans phone number is 07035947620, so be warned.

True Email Extract

The following extract is an exchange of emails between myself and a con man or women, after applying to an offer add, on the Bolton Freecycle site in England April 2013.

This is all true, and nothing has been altered, I know this because it was myself whom applied for the item, already knowing it was a con. The advert was for an under the counter industrial dishwasher.

Free link: Gumtree



Picture of the dishwasher the conman sent to me

Picture of the dishwasher the conman sent to me

Myself

If your offer of a dishwasher is still available, could you please consider
> our family for it? We have four children whom love to eat and drink, but
> hate washing up.
> Thank you
> Keith


Conman

my dear friend.

i hope this mail get to you in good health.

i have this washer i am.it is still in good condition and i also do
have a picture of it.

where are you located

i made a mistake in the posting and put it up in another town.

if you are really interested in it ,then you get back to me asap.

waiting to read from you soon.


Myself

Hello,
I am very interested in your dishwasher


Conman

That is a bit far from me as i
live in Worton Dr Reading RG2.But
if you really are interested i can have it delivered to you via a
courier and you just need to give me your full address details and
take care of transportation fee.
they are not expensive from here.
waiting

Allegedly, where many of these con-men live.

Allegedly, where many of these con-men live.

Myself

Wow, Thank you so much for offering it to us poor people. Get a price for a courier or van delivery and we'll go from there as long as it is not to much


Conman

i just confirmed delivery cost to your area.they said the delivery
charges are in two parts .you can either pay for a normal delivery for
25pounds or pay for an express delivery for 30pounds depending on
which of them you will wish to take.

with the normal delivery ,you will receive the package only after
three days from the day of registration but with the express delivery,
you will receive the package on the same day.

if you can afford it then you get back to me with details of delivery
address and full names.i will take it to the delivery agency for
registration.

waiting


Myself

Do I pay the driver on delivery ?


Conman

give me details of delivery address i will take it to the agency now
for registration,when i get there i will find out and get back to you
okay


Myself

Ok
511 Liverpool Road, Eccles, Manchester M30 7BT
Thank you

(The above address is fictional )


Conman

i will be taking it to the delivery now for registration.when i get
there i will find out how you will make paayments and get back to you
okay

Conman

i am presently and the delivery agency they are doing registration
already,they told me this is how you will make the payments.you will
go to any local store, fueling
station or newspaper vendor and purchase a Ukash voucher of 30pounds,
email the number to them using the email below with your full names .
they will verify and confirm the voucher
number then mail you for conformation. if everything is ok, they will
send you tracking details and deliver the washer today at 5pm
provided you make the payments in time.thanks.


Myself

But the website www.bhdeliveries is not a proper website. It is a generic website of which I have also made several for different reasons.
Give me the delivery companies name and bank account details and I will transfer the money via bank transfer immediately.


Conman

call them and ask


Myself

I would call them, but the number has also been used in Turkey where a car was offered on Freecycle, which happens to be the same mobile number which is advertised on your own website in England, that company must be global.

Does it only deliver to freecycle members?


So do I just send cash instead, but I cannot as there is no address for the delivery company. The map on the British website shows New York as being the local depot. That is a long way just to come over and deliver a fictional appliance at such a cheap price.


So is it going to be paypal, bank transfer, cash, or fairy dust.
Kind regards


After this, they never got back to me. I have no idea why.

The con-men are clever. They set up various generic websites prior to putting out the adverts which include fictional delivery companies and couriers. Their network is vast.

The amount of money they make from various dubious ventures is phenomenal.

Don't get caught out.


Please leave your comments of your own experience. Do not leave out any of the con-mens names or websites, this is a way to warn the public around the world.


Con No. 2

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The Same Conman, Different Furniture

A person using Freecycle contacted me about a similar story. It was about a nice set of dining room furniture, but the con-man was the same. It was on 14 / 04/ 2013

Below are the corresponding emails between the Freecycle user and the conman. The emails sent by the conman are virtually word for word the same ones he sent me.


Brian

> Hi,
> We would really love to have your table and chairs. If they are still
> available, would you please be so kind as to consider us for them and I will
> collect. Many thanks.
> Best wishes, Brian (",).


Conman

my friend

i got this dining set and i do also have pictures

where are you located?because i made a mistake while i was making the
posting and i had to put in up in another town.

But if you are really interested you get
back to me asap

waiting to read from you

freecycle-con-men-the-scams-to-watch-out-for-name-and-shame-freecycle-scammers

Conman

That is a bit far from me as i
live in Worton Dr Reading RG2.But
if you really are interested i can have it delivered to you via a
courier and you just need to give me your full address details and
take care of transportation fee.
they are not expensive from here.
waiting


Conman

sorry for the delay in reply.i was trying to confirm cost of
transportation to your area.
i just confirmed the price.the delivery charges are in two parts.you
can either pay for a normal delivery for 25pounds or an express
delivery for 30pounds depending on which of them you will wish to
take.

with the normal delivery you can get the set at your home after three
day from the day of registration but with the express delivery, you
are sure to receive the set on the same day when it is registered
provided it is registered early enough.

if you can afford it then you get back to me with details of your home
address and full names.i will take it to the delivery agency now for
registration.

waiting

freecycle-con-men-the-scams-to-watch-out-for-name-and-shame-freecycle-scammers

Brian

> Thank you very much once again, we are most grateful.
> We would go for normal delivery at £25 and pay the delivery driver.
> Best wishes, Brian (",).

Conman

i will be taking it to the agency right away.i will get back to you in
15mins at most


Conman

>> sorry for the delay in reply.i was trying to confirm cost of
>> transportation to your area.
>> i just confirmed the price.the delivery charges are in two parts.you
>> can either pay for a normal delivery for 25pounds or an express
>> delivery for 30pounds depending on which of them you will wish to
>> take.
>>
>> with the normal delivery you can get the set at your home after three
>> day from the day of registration but with the express delivery, you
>> are sure to receive the set on the same day when it is registered
>> provided it is registered early enough.
>>
>> if you can afford it then you get back to me with details of your home
>> address and full names.i will take it to the delivery agency now for
>> registration.
>>
>> waiting

Brian

Thank you very much once again, we are most grateful.
>> We would go for normal delivery at £25 and pay the delivery driver.
>> Brian (address withheld)
>> Best wishes, Brian (",).


Conman

i will be taking it to the agency right away.i will get back to you in
> 15mins at most


Conman

i am presently and the delivery agency they are doing registration
already,they told me this is how you will make the payments.you will
go to any local store, fueling
station or newspaper vendor and purchase a Ukash voucher of 30pounds,
email the number to them using the email below with your full names .
they will verify and confirm the voucher
number then mail you for conformation. if everything is ok, they will
send you tracking details and deliver the dining set today at 6pm
provided you make the payments in time.thanks.


Brian

Sorry, I will only pay for delivery on receipt of the goods.


END OF EMAILS.

NB. The conman does not wait for a response from his own emails, he simply badgers Brian for a reply. It's like pressure selling. Some people, especially the elderly, take this as harassment and pay up just to stop him, or her, from continuing to email them.


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Piano Con

I placed an advert on freecycle to give a way my sons old upright piano.

I got a response the next day and two individuals came a long to have a look.

They informed me of the type of piano that it was and said it was worth almost £2000, and that they could not take it because it could be classed as a rip off.

But they did say that it needed 'specialist' work done to it to get it ready for resale.

Out of the blue, a piano repair specialist phoned my house. He said that the two men had called him to give a quote for the 'restoration of my sons piano, which would be £800.

Being inquisitive, I emailed a person whom also had a piano on freecycle, she told me that her piano was no longer on offer as two gentlemen had called round and told her that her piano was in fact worth a little over £2000.

She to had a phone call from a specialist out of the blue offering her restoration services for £800.

Con men and women operate in every country in all walks of life.


PLEASE, leave your comments, thank you

Ann on July 17, 2015:

reading this I've been scamed and sent ukash for tanderm that wont arrive tomorrow to good to be true now who to report to as they are clever

Richard Honest on July 12, 2015:

Look out for Helen W Jones, also from 31 Bleachfield Edinburgh, with the 42"TV and Xbox delivery charges scam tried on me.

D Sizlo on March 17, 2015:

DEAR CLIENT,

WE WISH TO INFORM YOU ALL ABOUT INSURANCE PAYMENTS FOR THE DELIVERY OF PACKAGES USING OUR SERVICE.WE WISH TO INFORM ALL OUR CLIENTS THAT ALL ITEMS TO BE TRANSPORTED USING OUR SERVICE MUST BE INSURED BEFORE TRANSPORTATION.THE BENEFICIARY WILL NEED TO BE PRESENT ON DELIVERY TO SIGN DELIVERY PAPERS AND INSURANCE DOCUMENTS BEFORE THE REFUND OF THE INSURANCE FEE.

WE WILL ALSO WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROCEED WITH DELIVERY IF INSURANCE FEE IS NOT PAID.ALSO TO INFORM ALL BENEFICIARIES TO BE PRESENT ON DELIVERY TO INSPECT PACKAGES AND CONFIRM REFUNDS.

THANKS

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Read more: http://solex-courier-service2.webnode.com/insuranc...

New Scammers on the block ..

Nearly had me, better luck next time..

Mairead on February 25, 2015:

Hi just to let you all know the scammers also operate in Ireland, I saw a king size mattress on Galway Freecycle and emailed the giver, she emailed back, said her name is Kate Jackson and she has moved away from Ireland to Plymouth in England as she has gotten divorced, and if I wanted the mattress I was to get a £40 UKASH voucher from a local shop and email the voucher reference number to a company named http://express-mail-service.webnode.com, tel. no. 0703 1841593, and I nearly did it, although before getting the voucher I thought, I had better ring the mail service to check that it won't cost more than that to send a king size mattress to Ireland, and I couldn't get any reply, the number just was engaged the whole time. I got suspicious and luckily didn't go ahead with it. PS there is a website for the above express mail company but it seems very generic.

Simon on February 24, 2015:

There is one currently going around doing it on the Bracknell group.

She stated that she had a tablet for freecycle and had just divorced her husband so wanted to get rid of anything that reminded her of him, blah blah blah.

She said she had now moved to Norwich so was to far to me to come and collect.

Suggested a courier same story as above.

The sad thing is they didn't hide their IP address very well so have been tracking it over the past two days and now have supplied all information gathered from IP address to the police.

Anna on January 19, 2015:

I had the same situation, a tandem was offered on Freecycle and I had to pay £40 Ukash to get it "delivered". I thought it was too good to be true and it *was* too good to be true.

Helen on January 06, 2015:

Just had a weird scam email- a tandem was offered on freecycle nearly a month ago- I replied to the advert and didn't hear anymore so assumed it had been taken then out of the blue yesterday the woman emails me (name is Angela Myers- email myersangel69@gmail.com) saying that she's moved as her husband has terminal leukaemia but if I pay for the courier she'll send it to me and it's nearly verbatim to the dining set email above- she said ok to cash on delivery but I haven't heard anymore- weird...

Sharon on December 20, 2014:

Look out for a Suzy ( Suzanne Silver ) claims to work for City Link and to live in Chelmsford .

Kemi on August 29, 2014:

Hi

There was an offer on freecycle for a MacBook from Audrey Gough . As method to pay as said above but I didn't pay . I told him I don't want the MacBook again.

Anon on August 18, 2014:

Another scammers e-mail

felinesginette@gmail.com

Said they were too far away and had moved house before they were able to give the item away. Offered a laptop and a tablet.

Charlie heart on July 15, 2014:

Haha almost been had by this today exact emails lol. Saw an ad on freecycle for an electric bike, this women claims shed just left my area and was now in scotland. Odd how fast she had moved and moderators delay also meant shes taken item with her. Anyway her name is jane whitefield using the email address of mippohap@gmail.com and couriers are switffcouriers sent me phone number plus web page to confirm it was real. How stupid do they think you are. So i told them due to agrophobia i can't get out to get a ukash voucher so will arrange my own courier. Surprise surprise no more emails from them now Hi Charlotte

Sorry for the delay, i am presently at the courier and they are doing registration already they told me this is how you will make the payments,you will go to any local store,fueling station or news paper vendor around your area and get a ukash voucher for £32 Standard delivery,send the 19 digits codes on the voucher and the value of the voucher to their email below with your full names and delivery address,they will verify the voucher number and mail you for confirmation, if every thing is okay,then they will send you tracking details and time of delivering of the parcel.The Reg Number of the item is MCB154001 use this as the subject of your mail to the courier,It is very important. Email: swifttcourier@yahoo.com

http://swiftcourier.webnode.com/contact/

Tel; 07023087582

Anyone want a free bike in scots go collect lol

Look familiar and nope i don't pay ukash and only pay on delivery but nice try

dylan on June 12, 2014:

Watch out for jerry beryl just tried to rip me off in reply to my wanted add. should have known - too good to be true. said partner worked for a courier company and said he would deliver all the fantastic stuff that night. I knew the timing was impossible and that is what alerted me. I gave my phone numbers but he wanted my address. I did not give it no an y money. Thank God

Ian James on May 16, 2014:

I nearly got caught out by the EXACT same spiel about the TV and PS3 as Tony said earlier, in fact the email he copied was the exact same one I was sent. Thank god for website like this otherwise there would be a lot of grumpy people with lighter wallets. Be vigilant people!

James on May 08, 2014:

I have also just had a several emails from this same scammer, i almost arranged to pay but thought i'd just have a look online and the emails are all so similar, i tried to arrange collection but this got me nowhere - claimed it was already at the Delivery agency.

stephani pakins - stephanidf2000@gmail.com

Hello dear friend,

i am presently at the courier and they are doing registration already they told me this is how you will make the payments,Find a corner shop, newsagent, convenience store, supermarket any local store especially those carrying the epay sign,fueling station or newspaper vendor around your area and get a ukash voucher for 30pounds,send the voucher to their email below with your full names and delivery address,they will verify the voucher number and mail you for conformation,if every thing is okay,then they will send you tracking details and time of deliver.

Email : mansfield_courier@yahoo.com

contact number : 07023022753

Belinda Ncube on May 01, 2014:

tony edge i just spoke to someone as well, they sent me the same text message. i was happy but it bothered me that it was too good to be true. so i kept checking until i found this website so glad didn't send money or nothing

tony edge on May 01, 2014:

Hi Dear free-cycle friend.

Don't know if it's been long since you've emailed, I've relocated due

to my new job ,and i had to relocate as the moderator took a longer

time to approve my post regarding my interest in given these items

out. so couldn't follow up on my text message. the Ps3 - flat screen

Tv are still available and in good condition i also do have a photo

of them .

What is your current location ?

if you are really interested in these items then you get back to me asap.

waiting to read from you soon

tony edge on May 01, 2014:

This sounds very similar I thought it sounded too good to be true a ps3 and tv for free thank you for stopping me getting scammed

Hello dear friend,

i am presently at the courier and they are doing registration already

they told me this is how you will make the payments,Find a corner

shop, newsagent, convenience store, supermarket any local store

especially those carrying the epay sign,fueling station or newspaper

vendor around your area and get a ukash voucher for 40pounds,send the

voucher to their email below with your full names and delivery

address,they will verify the voucher

number and mail you for conformation,if every thing is okay,then they

will send you tracking details and time of deliver.

Email : mansfield_courier@yahoo.com

contact number : 07023022753

Corinne on March 10, 2014:

I was also just scammed by these people. I will be reporting it and fighting for my money back. Cowards. Thanks for the article.

billericky (author) from Plymouth on April 25, 2013:

But helenjames0047,

You are the conman. It is your mobile phone number on the company website, the same phone number that was used in Turkey for the car scam. The same number and name used in both the scams above.

The company is made up by you as a part of your worldwide scam you chicken livered, yellow bellied boil on the butt of humanity.

helenjames0047 on April 20, 2013:

these are all lies.i have used that company myself and they have delivered a washing machine to me.indeed they are con men aroundbut you should not give a bad impresion about the company

Brian17540 on April 20, 2013:

Well done Keith.

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