Unfortunately there are scammers using the Internet and most are based overseas so it’s very difficult to track them down and prosecute. As such it’s important to educate yourself and be aware of the types of things to look out for. If you think you’ve encountered a scam that doesn’t match in to any of the below examples then please contact us so that we can update this section of the site and keep people informed.
If you are contacted via text message and asked to email the person then in all likelihood this is a scam. It is designed to get around security procedures so do not respond
Be aware of last minute changes from potential buyers that require you to pay for delivery. If you are asked to pay for a courier and the buyer says they will add it to the cost of your product then don’t, it’s a scam.
If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. If a seller will only contact you by email, their phone doesn’t work, they only accept payment via western union or paypal or they are overseas then unfortunately that bargain you’ve found doesn’t really exist. Please report this listing to be removed from the site.
If something sound too good to be true, it probably is Do not pay any money if you are the seller If the seller indicates they are overseas then do not continue Unless you have the cash in your hand or money in your bank account, you have not been paid Do not respond to text messages asking you to contact them via email Control the transaction. You decide payment and transport details Talk to the buyer/seller. A scammer will avoid talking to you There is no such thing as a HouseOfHome.com.au 'Verified Trader' Do not trust documents sent to you via email. Fraudulent copies of paypal or western union documents are easy to create. If you are in any doubt, contact us.
Known Scam Email Addresses
Scam Email Examples
Thanks for the response to my mail, i am ok with the price and i would like to purchase it from you, so would want the advert removed online. I am a British citizen and i reside in Cardiff, i am also a staff of Chevron and I work offshore (NAME: Alba Phase II, LOCATION: North Sea Northern, UK. BLOCK: 16 / 26 WATER DEPTH: 138m RESERVES: 400 million barrels recoverable reserves DISCOVERED: 1984 FIRST PRODUCTION: January 1994). I would like to use this medium also to inform you that i will not be able come inspect the item or pay cash as i am presently at work and had my online banking facilities attached to my bank account disabled (i lost a lot of money using it in the past). I want to propose payments via pay pal cos it is the only option i am limited to now as i am off shore and it is secure, easy and convenient to make and receive payments as i do have a Premier pay pal account which has been active over the years and is different from the regular pay pal account that encoun ter problems nowadays. If you don't already have an account, you can log on to paypal.com and set up an account then let me have your pay pal email ID so i could make an instant payment. I will also arrange for pick up and shipment after i complete purchase. My pick up agent will handle paper works with you when they come for pick up of the item. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.
Thanks for the swift response...i am willing to know the lowest price of the item due to the nature of my job and location...i will not be able to come for inspection, I am a very busy type as I work long hours everyday, I have gone through your advertisement and i am satisfied with it. As per the pick up don't worry about that because i have my own private courier company and the courier services company will will be coming to pick it up. With the issue of my details, transferring the name of ownership and signing of all paperwork will be done by the courier services company agent so you don't have to worry about that. I'll like you to send me your address so that the courier services company can figure it out and come for the pick up and other necessary things....more so, send me your PayPal details(PayPal email) so i can pay in.
G'day, Sorry for the delay, but I've been busy. I've just moved in Sydney NSW. No need to worry about the (item) because is with me. The (item) is located in Sydney at a local shipping company. Is the price is included the shipping taxes (anywhere in Australia). The (item) is in perfect condition. If you are still interested, please reply and I will give you all the details about how to get it! Cheers!!
Thanks for the mail.. i would have loved to talk to you on phone but i work mainly offshore, our phone is down right now due to bad weather, we can only communicate with our base for now. Await your reply asap. Thanks for your enquiry. Please check the attachments for a couple of pictures with the (item) so you can get a better view. The final price is $2500. I am selling the (item) so cheap because i just finished the divorce with my husband and i have moved to my parents home in Dubbo,New South Wales. I am a Verified Trader therefore the transaction will be done solely through HouseOfHome Trader Program. The payment will be made through HouseOFHome and only after you will receive the (item), I will receive the payment. HouseOfHome will send you an Invoice with all the info you need to complete the transaction. Also a 5 days refund policy will be included so if you won't like the (item) you will get your money back. Also, I need to know if you have cash in hand because I have a lot buyers interested in the purchase and I don't have time to waste. No offense but if you really want to buy the (item) I will stop communicating with the other interested buyers. Let me know if you are interested so I can explain how HouseOfHome works. Kindest regards, Wendy Bittner
"THIS (ITEM) IS BRAND NEW AND IN GREAT CONDITION" The (item) is currently in Dubbo.
Here are the steps of our sale:
- I will start the transaction which will falls under HouseOfHome program, managed by HouseOfHome Department, and they will send you a confirmation email with the payment instructions and delivery information.
- You will send the payment according to HouseOfHome rules. I'm a Verified Seller with HouseOfHome, so your payment is fully refundable.
- The item will be delivered to your location (shipping is already included in the price, you won't have to pay extra).
- You will also be provided with a tracking number of the shipment which you can check anytime you want.
- You will receive it in 3 days, and you will have a 5 days inspection period to test it.
- If the item is what you expected, you will just have to sign the documents. If not, they will fully refund you your money at your request and they will send the (item)back on my expense. I know the condition of my (item), and you will be very satisfied, I am pretty sure of this.
If you want to proceed with this transaction I would need the following:
- The name and address you wish to appear on the bill of sale contract and on the registration certificate.
- Delivery address (if you wish to have the unit delivered)
- A phone # (home, mobile) where HouseOfHome may reach you once that they deliver the unit.
I will be waiting for news from you. Kindest regards, Wendy Bittner