Hey Junk Mailers!
We have warnings listed on the Junk Mail website for avoiding scams when buying or selling an item via one of our services, but 2 new types of scams have made their appearance that we have deemed necessary to discuss in a blog post in detail.
There is an advertiser who submits adverts with the sole purpose of scamming our users. If you receive an e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com please report the advert you responded to via our “Report Advert” option provided for each advert on the website.
This is a copy of the e-mail that the person is sending around to users when they respond to the adverts, claiming to be from the “Junk Mail Trust and Safety Department” and part of the “Junk Mail Team”:
“Dear Junk Mail Customer,
Thank you for reporting this to us. Please be assured that we understand your concerns if this is a genuine transaction. The seller and the ad in question are legitimate. You are buying from a Junk Mail Trade Member. The seller has a R 100,000.00 deposit in an Junk Mail purchase protection account and a 10 days refund policy is included. The transaction is 100% safe! The next step is to complete the payment via Western Union/Money Gram!
You are buying from a Verified Trader and you will receive the vehicle in max 3 days at your address after the payment has been made. The vehicle comes with a clear title and without any finance on it. As you already know this is a Unique Transaction because you are dealing with a Business Company and not a private person. They are a Verified Member since 2006 and we assure you that the transaction is 100% safe again! Please NOTE that your Invoice is available only 24 Hours so you must to make the transfer of the funds if you want to buy the vehicle. We will not release the payment details to your seller because first we must to receive the confirmation from you that you want to buy the vehicle!
You will find a Western Union office or at your Local Post Office, please go there in person and initiate the transfer in cash by following our instructions located on your Invoice. Please check again and if you have any other questions, please pu t you rself in contact with us using our Live Chat located on your Invoice and have an Online Chat with one of our available Agent for your transaction!
Money Gram in South Africa work with this banks : StandardBank , BidVestBank or ReniseBank.
If the Western Union/Money Gram operator will ask details about this transaction please don’t tell this is a Junk Mail transaction because they will ask you to pay more fees for an online purchase. Please tell them that you make the transfer to a relative of yours because you have some debts to pay.
This transaction has been accepted and is endorsed by our Safe Trade Department.
The Junk Mail-team”
This person is NOT a “Verified Trader” with us. Junk Mail does not have “Verified Traders” or a “Trust and Safety Department”. We do not get involved in transactions between buyers and sellers. We are an advertising medium.
Another scammer is claiming that he / she needs money to ship the vehicle (which they’ve advertised with us) which can be paid via the popular auction website Ebay. This is a blatant scam and users should ignore this person and report the adverts placed by him / her to Junk Mail. If you read the e-mail it comes to mind that there’s port near or in Musina in South Africa (it’s nowhere near an ocean).
This is the E-mail going around
I’m realy sorry for you but i think is to late for inspection because i’m not in the country for the moment (like you know i just finished the divorce with my husband and i have moved to my parents home in London,United Kingdom for a while.) And ship company already prepared the boat for ship. I want to tell you that is to late for inspection and the only way that we can close this deal is to make a deposit(R 29,000.00) to eBay so i could start the ship. In case that you are still interested please email me your final answer.
I will ship my boat from Musina/South Africa. You will have 15 days from the time you receive the boat to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not. If by any reason, you will not be satisfied for the boat, you will return the boat to shipping company with no xpence. I will pay for shipping.
If you are interested in buying it please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay.Thank you and have a nice day.
Jennifer G Diamond.”
We are working on ways to prevent scammers from advertising / responding to advertisements on our website to make it safer for our users. Please, be alert and vigilant and remember if something sounds to good to be true it usually isn’t true.
Feel free to report scams by using the “Report Advert” option provided for each advert on our website or report the scam you find via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Junk Mail Online Marketing Department