Beware of Scams on HK Classifieds Sites



ORIGINAL POST
Posted by RR 12 mths ago
  • Do not transact with anyone who is using Paypal, Western Union, etc.
  • Always test appliances and electronics before paying for them
  • Do no transact with anyone who is not physically located in Hong Kong
  • Always inspect goods before paying for them
  • If you see suspicious behaviour, please copy the ad and email it to info@asiaxpat.com

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COMMENTS
RR 12 mths ago
Over the years our team has strived to keep scammers from accessing our website, but there are still some who slip past our security measures.

So we've set-up this platform to inform users of how these scams are carried out.
 
  • Overseas
Some scammers may pretend to be interested in purchasing your item, but they will mention that they are currently working overseas and has a courier company that can pick up the item swiftly so you won't have to worry about sending the item to them.
 
If this is what you've encountered, then please send our team an email to report this scam.
 
  • Bank Payments/ Wire transfers
Some scammers will pretend to send you money as proof of purchasing your item and you will receive a seemingly believable email from a bank/wire transfer company with your details. In order for the so-called payment to come through, they will ask you to send some money to cover the wire transfer fee.
 
If this is what you've encountered, then please send our team an email to report this scam.
 
  • Whatsapp
Some scammers will contact you directly via Whastapp if you have provided your number on your ad and pretend to be interested in purchasing your item. But they are located Overseas and will arrange payment by Bank/Wire Transfer as mentioned in the first 2 point above.
 
If this is what you've encountered, then please send our team an email to report this scam. 
 
  • Defective Products
Some scammers would post defective appliances/gadgets on the website. When you test these items, the products appear to be in good working condition. After a few days the item will stop working.
 
If this is what you've encountered, then please send our team an email to report this scam.
 
  • Fraud
Scammers are posting Apple products such as Ipadpro, Macbook, iPhone, and gaming devices like Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox, and will tell you that they prefer to ship the items.
 
Some users will post items on our site and provide you with incorrect contact information and/or address on purpose. 
 
If this is what you've encountered, then please send our team an email to report this scam.
 
 
If your experience was different from the abovementioned examples, please feel free to list them here to keep all our users informed!
 
Sincerely,
The AsiaXPAT Team 

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Ed 12 mths ago
In recent weeks, we have experienced a huge increase in scam activity on the AsiaXPAT classifieds channel. 
 
We attribute this to the Covid crisis.   Huge numbers of people in poor countries, many with IT skills, have no work and are locked down.   
 
They are desperate and without a doubt some of them are turning to one of the few options that they have to make money.  
 
Please be sure to read the information above carefully and follow the instructions to ensure you do not get ensnared in one of these scams.
 
 
 

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euro4christ 11 mths ago
Thank you for the information

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alphakappa 7 mths ago
To be specific - 9148 3965 - scam, quite elaborate at that.

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spham 5 mths ago
Beware of the two scammers below, I received messages from both of them for some Indigo furniture I was selling, they seem to be targeting ads that are selling high value items, because scammer #2 also contacted my friend who was also selling Indigo stuff. Details are below:

+60 11-6225 0253 "Ms Veronika Maxim"
and
+44 7497 811946 "G"

They started the message thread in the same manner, with 3 texts, like so:

First scammer ( +60 11-6225 0253)
Hello there Ms
I hope your Indigo Living Bookcase and Tv unit is still available for sale out now?
I’m interested

Second scammer (+44 7497 811946):
Hey there mate
Do you still have your Indigo Living Bookcase and Tv unit for sale out now
I'm interested

First scammer asked for more photos, once they were sent 4 text messages as follows:
Great I can see right here in the pic you sent me that the item is still at it’s best condition
Please note
Actually I’m Ms Veronica from Indonesia
But I will arrange for a moving company that will come for these item pick up once the item money has been fully settled to you
I hope you can understand that?

After that I blocked and reported the number. Did the same with the second scammer immediately.

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terryyip 5 mths ago
i've got the message from this person/machine --> Second scammer (+44 7497 811946):

asked for all items i'm selling, ,, details, prices, photos....etc...etc... saying they would be paying and get relocating company to come pick things up..et... alot of bullshits..

anyways, blocked this number in the end. hope nobody gets cheated by these....

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laughingtoro 4 mths ago
i've got the whatsapp message from this person George (+44 7497 811946), he said he is now in Mainland China with his son and he needs tons of furniture in HONG KONG for relocation. He even can call a moving company the next day noon in order to move all furniture.

Then he sent me a WESBANCO bank email, that I need to settle the payment collection by paying HKD3879.

He even called me but I didn't answer.

WATCH OUT this PERSON

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supersonic34 4 mths ago
ALL - BEWARE

Attempt was made today to try and buy/collect some used footwear from me. Please be on lookout for caller named GEORGE (+44 7497 811946). He kept asking if I received an SMS from his mover/delivery person which is unusual to begin with.

DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS PERSON AND BLOCK IMMEDIATELY

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head88 4 mths ago
ALERT - BEWARE

GEORGE (+44 7497 811946) this is scammer
ask me to click WESBANCO bank email to collect wire transfer money.

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Stephystephy 4 mths ago
LOTS of SCAM on asiaxpat and time wasters . BEWARE

+44 7497 811946 George still active and pretending to be interested in my goods and offer to send courier

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akast 3 mths ago
Watch out for ‘George Petkov’, using a U.K. phone number. +44 7497 811946. Offered to take everything with our flat clearance. Then sent a clearly fake link for me to pay Crown for the pick-up (thomas924y@gmail.com the fake Crown agent email address), saying he would pay me back in cash the next morning! Reported to police.

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JustGlenn 3 mths ago
Has anyone fall for the scammer from +447497811946. My friend have fall to his trap and trying to file a police report. If there is more victim, police can take the report more seriously. The scam is about the scammer using +447497811946 as phone number and the Wesbankco banking details. My friend is in serious trouble walking into its trap.

Many thanks

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laughingtoro 3 mths ago
Another US telephone no: 1-(718)-721-4686, Name: Ms Judith Ann Naylor. She said she is from Ukraine.

Again the same trick, She won't be able to come for the stuff pick up herself. But she will arrange for a moving company that will come for it's pick up after all the necessary payments for it has been settled to you in full.

Please be alert to this phone no.

Another SCAM !!!!

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semorane 3 mths ago
I found out that I dealt with a scammer today:

Name : Judith Ann Naylor today.
Phone Number : +1-778-721-4686
Location : Ukraine

She approached me with WhatsApp for my ad selling Dining Table and asked me for my bank information & email address and name.
I provided all the good photos of my products in different angles.

https://hongkong.asiaxpat.com/classifieds/tables-stools-benches/168019/muji-dining-table-only_sofa-not-included/

Right after sending my personal information, I found out that it was a scam.
What is going to be the impact on this and am I supposed to be concerned about anything like hacking stuff?

Can you all advise what the consequences could be?

Thanks.

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mrran 3 mths ago
This scammer is still active today 18 Jan 2021

Name : Judith Ann Naylor today.
Phone Number : +1-778-721-4686
Location : Ukraine

Sends email showing payment made and then the story is I have tp pay "international reflection fee" to release funds

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jjj2013 3 mths ago
Two more scammers approached me with the same story

1. Cecil Parker
Whatsapp #+27 62 266 0185
Email: pcecily51@gmail.com

2. William (from China)
Whatsapp #: +852 9148 3965

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WWcC 3 mths ago
Looks like the scammers are very active at the moment, as I recently got a message from

Mrs. Cecily Parker
pcecily51@gmail.com
Tel: +27 62 266 0185 (South Africa)

The message asks me to reply via email rather than whatsapp, which was the first red flag for me.

This lady tells me she's an oceanographer and presently working on sea and due to the status of her work she cannot view the item or pick it up but will send a courier to pick it up, without no return or complaints !! But if I could send my bank details to her she will bank the monies into my account.

Please please be aware of these people, as once your bank details are provided, they will clean out your bank account.

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Elena01 2 mths ago
I was approached by Mrs. Cecily Parker too :-) Same story.

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leonawilliams 2 mths ago
Same experience with this George guy . Same story about wanting to purchase 12 paintings but needed a google email to confirm the payment. Said he was in mainland China and would send movers tomorrow noon . I told him I would like my husband to call him and he went offline.

Geroge
+44 7497 811946

Came back online again stating he would be sending funds , told him he was a scammer and he would get reported. He said Hong Kong people are illiterate ( spelt it wrong ... the irony) and that all he tries to do is buy items and he is not a scammer.

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GraceLeeee 2 mths ago
The oceanographer cover up story is pretty creative, I have to say. Of all occupations, he/she chose to say that XD.

The “oceanographer” whatsapped me to check my email, and explained the same old, i have to provide my banking information and address and a courier will come to pick up my item for sale (which wasn’t even a high value item, and they asked no further questions about it).

After I emailed back , explaining that I would rather take my item to a courier instead (i usually do this when i sell things online anyway, to avoid giving out my own address), they whatsapped me, asking why I didn’t reply their email(?), and i said i did. They then discussed my “item”, saying they urgently need it, but it wasn’t mine. I asked what they were talking about, they asked “are you christina foo?” And i said “no, i think you have me mixed up with someone else you’re scamming”, and then they buggered off.

Reference:
Name: “beverly edwards”
Phone number: +27 61 381 1922
Email: beverlyed8@gmail.com

Hope no one falls for their trap. Dont give out personal info

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bbcrisp 2 mths ago
This scammer is still active today 28 Jan 2021

Name : Judith Ann Naylor today.
Phone Number : +1-778-721-4686
Location : Ukraine

Sends email showing payment made and then the story is I have tp pay "international reflection fee" to release funds

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jcjcjcjcjcjcjcjcjcjc 2 mths ago
I have received Whatsapp text from this repeated scammer on 1 Feb 2021:

Name : Judith Ann Naylor
Phone Number : +1-778-721-4686
Location : Ukraine

She introduced herself as Ms Judith Ann from Kiev, Ukraine, She said that she is interested in my sofa for sale, and asked for the best selling price for it.

Scammer: "So for the pick up of these Sofa I will arrange for a mover that will come for it's pick up after the full payment to you. But I would love to see some pictures of it for a clearer view."

After sending her some pictures...

Scammer: "Sure I can see right here in the pic you sent that it's still in a good condition and shape. I'm pleased with it."

I feel suspicious as the area code shown in her number doesn't match with that of her location. I've blocked her then.

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laughingtoro 2 mths ago
HI

Just got a whatsapp message this afternoon:

Phone number: +27 61 381 1922

Was interested in my heater and washer. whatsapp me and ask me to reply thru email.

EMAIL: marywolf690@gmail.com

SCAM!!!!

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neily 2 mths ago
Hi everyone, scammer +27 61 381 1922 is now known as "Lisa Carver". He/ she would say "please email me at marywolf690@gmail.com for response". FYI.

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heidiat 2 mths ago
Yes marywolf69@gmail.com is definitely a scam. She asked me fir my bank account and then asked me to pay for the delivery cost via western union.

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Samuelleung1104 2 mths ago
She marywolf690@gmail.com asked me to pay for the delivery cost with a fake HSBC transfer note too. This is a SCAM!!!!!!

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gtopp 2 mths ago
Another Whatsapp on Feb 8 2021

Name : Judith Ann Naylor
Phone Number : +1-778-721-4686
Location : Ukraine?/BC Canada?

Same as everyone here. "She" has a Canadian (BC) area code, claims to be in Ukraine. Shows interest (I'm selling a guitar) and writes:

"So for the pick up of these Guitar I have my crown moving I use for my item pick ups so they will come for its pick up after all the necessary payments for it has been settled to you in full"

"Kindly provide me with your bank details and email address for the full payment now. And your home and upon the item pick up"

She's been quite busy on Asiaxpat. So far, she's tried a dining table, a sofa and a guitar.

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carolli1101 2 mths ago
Beware of below number and email.

Tel: +27 61 381 1922
Email: marywolf690@gmail.com

Same story as above. Asked me to contact her by email while she keeps being able to WhatsApp me.
She said she’s interested in my side table and asked me to help her pay her mover via Western Union, showing me a fake HSBC bank slip and saying the payment will be transferred in 2 days.

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genuinebuyer 2 mths ago
Another Whatsapp on Feb 5 2021

Name : Christie
Phone Number : +852 60333999 / +44 7480 115510
Location : Wanchai / UK

Christie is selling a " Grey Dining Table" for $ 9800 and here is the link to the Asiaxpat ad since Feb 5:
https://hongkong.asiaxpat.com/classifieds/tables-stools-benches/c1e429df-5129-4ad1-9b66-d5cf5259aa27/grey-dining-table-adjustable-size/

But responds from this UK # +44 7480 115510 and is keen to get payment on Payme or FSP and would like to get more info about me but can't arrange viewing or share address in Wanchai where this table is.

Christie is also selling a sofa for 5K

Beware of these numbers and ad!

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mmpta 59 days ago
OMG
Been contacted by the infamous VERONICA.
Also from Ukraine (or some other country from what I've seen here) with similar whatsapp 1-778-721-4686.

Same tactic:
Item still available? Can send pictures. Cannot come but will arrange the famous and reliable mover Crown to collect.
ABSOLUTELY not a problem to pay 100% upfront as long as YOU DONT CHEAT ME (HA!)
......

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evontsang 52 days ago
I have been contact from this number +27 74 810 0471 via whatsapp and say

Is your ( dish washer ) still available ? Please email me at marywolf690@gmail.com for response.

So I reply her and tell her she will need to responsible for moving and stuff and got the below reply.

Hi ,

My Name is Mrs. Mary Wolf and Thanks for your response. I am so sorry for not responding back to your message on time. It was due to being busy with work, good to know the (Dish wash) are still available for sale and still in good condition as it was described on the advert. I want you to know I have a courier company that will come for the pickup of the item, so you don't have to bother yourself shipping the item, I will handle the shipping expenses. I am an oceanographer and am presently working on sea due to my status of work, i won't be able to view the goods but i am very happy with the pictures of the advert i saw on asiaxpat and am very happy and glad with pictures and i will be happy to purchase it from you without no return or any complaint.

I would like to let you know that I will be making the payment to you through HSBC/Hang Seng Bank if you have one because I only have access to my bank account here and I know it is a secured method of payment for both of us to use, I don't have a FPS set up with HSBC. I can only make payment to an account number. If that is okay by you, you can get back to me with your final asking price and your HSBC details and we can go from here. I will look forward to hearing from you.

Regards

I feel suspicious so checked and found is spam. Ignore and report.

Thanks.

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spinynorman 46 days ago
I got this yesterday:= I fear that this is yet another "fake" offer to buy - so I am ignoring this apparently blatant attempt at a RIP-OFF !!

Seems to me that they glacial changes of "pages" here have no effect on SCAMMERS lurking to punish the unwary !

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" From: sshnlc | To: spinynorman | Received 2/23/2021 3:36:15 PM
Hi, This is Ang, I'm interesting the embroidary ornament, could you
please e-mail me to angcatst@gmail.com. to arrange pick up.
thank you"

**********************

i.e. Beware/Be aware of "Ang" for they will cause you ANGuish !!

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ronron 44 days ago
I received message by WhatsApp from this person, Ms. Veronica Maxim, pretended to be in Thailand, and asked my husband his bank details so she can deposit the payment for a furniture I'm selling. She sent a transfer receipt from a bank, but the online receipt also has a link to western union and even a photo of the bank chairman.

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npiggles27 42 days ago
Dear all,

I’d like to ask why And how these scammers Get your money?

I’ve given my bank account details to them, but don’t foresee issues as they can’t unscrupulously take out money from my accounts, they have no way of doing that? (Am I missing something?)

So I had +27748100471
Claimed to be Cheri Rivera

But when she WhatsappEd me she didn’t realise she forgot that it popped up as “Mary Wolf”

Red flag right there.
She maintained her name was Mrs. Cheri Rivera

Oceanographer and western union story.

I asked her to call me. But she ended up giving up
Sent her a few voice messages to learn more as she was super suss from the get go.

Her email is cherirvr@gmail.com

She eventually blocked me as I got a bit wordy and threatened her for trying to unscrupulously scam people of their hard earned cash. And for wasting people’s time.

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npiggles27 41 days ago
Hi all,

Another scammer mentioned in this email thread has contacted me.

The infamous GEORGE, from a strange UK number (I lived in the UK, and there are usually less numbers, 2 less).


----
+44 7425 746154
[2:25 AM, 2/28/2021] +44 7425 746154: Hey there mate
[2:25 AM, 2/28/2021] +44 7425 746154: Hope your Imarflexifx-14000 Portable A/c listed on asiaxpat still up for sale out
[2:26 AM, 2/28/2021] +44 7425 746154: I have so much interest in purchasing this item
[2:26 AM, 2/28/2021] +44 7425 746154: Let me know your best price
Cheers

---- After your msgs (thank you for this thread) I confronted him and he blocked me.

These time wasters, really trying hard to waste as many peoples time as possible. His profile pic is a puppy.

I havent had one genuine yet - is AsiaXpat even good for its classfied section or is it rampant with dodginess due to these timewasters?

Thanks all
Nhuy

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Giuliapat 39 days ago
Same exact experience with Mr George same number: +44 7425 746154
email: georgepetkov001@gmail.com

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npiggles27 39 days ago
So what did you end up saying to the George fella?
How do they end up scamming people?
He didn't even have time to introduce himself - i just saw his name on his whatsapp profile page.

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Womble68 34 days ago
Just been contacted by “ Veronica “ Canadian number or Ukraine ? Said Veronica from Thailand . Organised to pickup article . Needs to transfer money to my hsbc account . I got as far as texting my account details before the red light started flashing , never had any issues with asia expat in Hk in 17 years so was not on alert . Deleted all details of bank and address within a minute of posting so hoping they did not screen shot of it , called bank . I see the scam is sending money to cover courier or has anyone had their account accessed .

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CarysS 30 days ago
Been contacted by George too, similar story as above - "i want to buy all your items"..agreed a price, sent some bank details, got his email re: the western union - didnt look right at all, the Nigerian bank manager and picture, BIZARRE! I told him it looked dodgy and wasnt comfortable, multiple missed calls from him, asked for cash or HK bank only, he said no...went to Western Union but they had no record, called him - he actually answered, said of course noone knows, this is "rare"...i told him international money moving isnt rare, the western union people think he looks dodgy too. voided the sale. As another user said, dont think he can do anything with my info and im relocating soon so not concerned - but total dodgy guy.....balls to call people, wowee!

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robybru 3 days ago
I’ve been contacted by the “oceanographer” as well...

On March 7th, I was contacted by a user for purchasing an item that I had listed.
She sent me a WhatsApp message asking to deal with her through emails. I replied to her by email and then she asked to settle the payment via PayPal since she was overseas at the moment. I sent the money request and she never paid. I contacted her back a few days later and then she asked for my bank account details.
I became suspicious and I stopped chatting with her. She never contacted me further.

Her contact details are:
mobile no: +27748100471
email: ansleys534@gmail.com
she introduced her under the name Mrs Susan Ansley

Here is her message:
“ Hello,
My Name is Mrs Susan Ansley and Thanks for your response. I am so sorry for not responding back to your message on time. It was due to being busy with work, good to know that the (benches ) is still available for sale and still in good condition as it was described on the advert. I want you to know I have a courier company that will come for the pick up of the item, so you don't have to bother yourself shipping the item, i will handle the shipping expenses. I am an oceanographer and am presently working on sea due to my status of work, i won't be able to view the goods but i am very happy with the pictures of the advert i saw on asiaxpat and am very happy and glad with pictures and i will be happy to purchase it from you without no return or any complaint.
I would like to let you know that I will be making payment to you through Paypal because my bank account is linked to my Paypal account and Paypal is a secured method of payment for both of us to use.

I will like you to send me your paypal money request directly to my verified Paypal email address which is ansleys534@gmail.com so that i can proceed with the payment, and if you don't have an account with PayPal, You can easily set up an account with them by going to their official website: www.https://www.paypal.com.hk.
I will look forward to hearing from you.”

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spinynorman 3 days ago
Perhaps THIS convoluted trail of infamies is the cause of the SLUGGARDLY built in actions of Asiaxpat?

I can say that I'm permanently pissed off by the time-wastingly actions of the AX site in taking AGES to shift between one page and the next selection.

I'd also say that we- the users - ought to be able to add to an EASILY user viewable listings of HK-BASED Wowsers who say that they want "your item(s)" and then fail to turn up - even after prompting again & again.

I don't know what other advertisers think, but I wish that such Wowsers could be well & truly sanctioned!!!

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