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

Updated on December 9, 2015
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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

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

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

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.


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

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      alerick 19 months ago

      This is happening to me NOW ,,,i know its a scam but thought i would have some fun before i told them where to go....but here is the start of it .

      Hi sorry for this late reply. I was on a family emergency. I posted at

      the verge of traveling hoping someone might just come and pick it up

      but it so happened that I am tied down by family issues and didn't

      bother checking my Freecycle mails until recently. I will like to give

      you some details of the cooker.

      Delonghi dual fuel 90cm cooker comes with 5 speedy gas burners

      and 1 large wok burner ,large main electric Oven fan

      assisted /conventional grill /conventional oven just

      perfect for large meals ,rotisserie , 1 storage draw for extra pots and pans.

      Auto ignition , automatic clock ,oven light, easy clean enamels.

      Dimensions H ( 90) × W ( 90) × D(60) cm

      The main reason I am giving this away is because my husband is

      death and my son does not want me to stay alone so i just

      relocated to Newcastle, UK, to stay with him, here the cooker do not

      have any use as my son already have it in his house , it will be

      better for it to go to a new home , where it will be put to

      greater use. We don't even have space for it here.

      I have attached some pics of the cooker and is still in

      good condition and working perfectly. If you are really interested,

      I can have it delivered to you by courier which you will just

      need to take care of the courier charges, it is not expensive from

      here and it will save us much time.

      Joana Grimmer joanagrimmer005@gmail.com

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      matt 20 months ago

      Look out for Falone williams carine00445@outlook.com

      ripped me off for 40 ukash voucher. Then tried to get another 100 out of me for insurance. This person had a laptop and tv from her poor dying dad who has lukiemia apparatus who had moved from Derby to Norwich because of this. When I asked the so called courier that called me with held for the address of his deposit in Norwich he panicked stuttered and put the phone down on me. Strong south African accent so beware. Police are tracking them as I type. Ukash waste of time don't ever bother with them for anything.

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      Ann 21 months ago

      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

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      Richard Honest 21 months ago

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

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      Sanj 24 months ago

      This is a scam.

      Please alert Freecycle users.

      From: Charlotte Hale [mailto:charliefitr@gmail.com]

      Sent: 05 May 2015 11:47

      To: Sanj

      Subject: Re: [RUTR] OFFER lg 42'' Telly with remote and user's manual TW10 Ham

      Hi

      Please i really want to be sure you will put the items to good use, you should not be upset about this, i once offer an item and later found it on gumtree for sale. To get a quote from the courier you will need the following my address is 31 bleachfield Eh65the Edinburgh .I just checked the cost of delivery to your home and the delivery charges are not so expensive. the delivery charges are in two parts you can either go for a standard delivery for £35 or express delivery for £45,depending on which of them you will wish to take.This include posting and packaging of the TV, Game console and games. I try to find out the difference between the charges,but they said with the standard delivery it will take two working days before delivery but with the express it will take just max 12 hours before delivery. if you can afford it then you get back to me with details of delivery address and full names including phone numbers ,i will take it over to the delivery agency for registration and delivery .

      All i have to do is take the items to to the courier and have it register for delivery to your address, after the registration you will be contacted by the courier. if you are ok with that let me know.

      Thanks

      ....

      From: Charlotte Hale [mailto:charliefitr@gmail.com]

      Sent: 04 May 2015 21:26

      To: Sanj

      Subject: Re: [RUTR] OFFER lg 42'' Telly with remote and user's manual TW10 Ham

      Hello

      Sorry my connection have been playing up lately, The items are still available and i am not selling them, i just want to offer it to someone who can make good use of them, as it has been unused for a while now. But i am afraid you are far from me.This ad was posted more than two weeks ago because i wanted to relocate to Edinburgh,the Moderator delay in publishing the ad and i left. I am presently in 31 bleachfield Edinburgh, Scotland but if you are interested you can come and pick it up or you could get the items via courier. If that is Ok with you let me know.

      Best Regards

      Charlie

      On Mon, May 4, 2015 at 7:32 PM, Sanjiv wrote:

      Hello Sasha

      Thank you for your email

      Please send details, and convenient times for you.

      Many thanks

      San

      From: Charlotte Hale [mailto:charliefitr@gmail.com]

      Sent: 04 May 2015 19:14

      To: sanj

      Subject: [RUTR] OFFER lg 42'' Telly with remote and user's manual TW10 Ham

      Hello

      I am sorry for the late reply, I have been very busy with work. The TV is still available with accessories. The remote control, a Pair of 3D glasses wireless display, HDMI port Skype,Connects to the internet through WiFi or Ethernet Cable. web browser and wall bracket are also included. The TV is in a perfect state, just have some signs of cosmetic wear, but working perfectly. It have been in my son room since he moved oversea. If you are interested contact for details and set time for pick up. I also have a Xbox 360 with games to offer just let me know if you are interested . Where about are you?

      Best Regards

      Shasha

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      D Sizlo 2 years ago

      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..

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      Mairead 2 years ago

      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.

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      Simon 2 years ago

      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.

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      Anna 2 years ago

      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.

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      Helen 2 years ago

      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...

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      Sharon 2 years ago

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

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      Kemi 2 years ago

      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.

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      Anon 2 years ago

      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.

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      Charlie heart 2 years ago

      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

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      dylan 2 years ago

      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

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      Ian James 2 years ago

      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!

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      James 2 years ago

      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

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      Belinda Ncube 2 years ago

      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

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      tony edge 3 years ago

      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

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      tony edge 3 years ago

      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

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      Corinne 3 years ago

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

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      billericky 4 years ago from Manchester

      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.

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      helenjames0047 4 years ago

      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

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      Brian17540 4 years ago

      Well done Keith.

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