Folksy Ltd

Scam order beware

(Birdandmonkey) #1

Watch out for this scam. I’ve just received this email and have deleted it immediately, my hubby sells on the “other” site and had a similar thing a while ago, it’s a scam, I’m not sure what the sender hopes to gain from it? But instinct tells me not to trust anyone who starts an email "I’m an honest person!"
Anyway thought I’d share with the group a copy of the email. X

“Thanks for mailing back,I’m a honest and straight forward person and always want to be treated the same way, are you sure of the item condition?this is only what can make me to be worried cos i can not come over to view it,i am an oceanographer and i am buying this item as a gift for my sister which she won’t know nothing about it until it get delivered to her,i am at sea right now,and I can only pay through PayPal and you can put the PayPal charges on me because as at present,i don’t have access to my bank account online,but i have it attached to my PayPal account,So please kindly get back to me immediately so i can proceed with the payment and after the payment has been done,i have a pick up agent that will come around to pick the item up immediately after payment
hope to read from you soon.

(Eileens Craft Studio) #2

oh yes the old oceanographer scam.

They always go after your most expensive item

and ask questions that they have no need to ask as they are all in the listing.

This is because this scam started out on ebay.

(Birdandmonkey) #3

Do you know what they hope to achieve? It’s really baffling me? :confused:

(Eileens Craft Studio) #4

your item and your money is what they are after.

(Sarah Lambert) #5

Those pesky oceanographers, tis the season unfortunately.

(Minerva) #6

Yeap, during the quiet times and Xmas.

They’re also after new shops. I hope lots of them see the message and don’t fall for it.

(Lizzie Gillum, Bedfordshire, Uk ) #7

Folksy have now issued an official warning about this scam, with information about how it usually appears and where to report it. They pass information to the police, if they can and close the profiles of the people who send these messages via Folksy.
If you get one of these messages, via Folksy, you can report it. If you have responded and received further e-mails, they suggest you should then mark the follow-up e-mails as “Spam” (but not the original, as it came from Folksy’s message system and you wouldn’t get any more Folksy messages!).
If they try to get you to send them money (which is their eventual intention), you can report to Paypal and the Police (101).
I’ll try to find the link to the Folksy info, though we should all see a grey box at the top of our FolksyTalk screen when we login, which takes you to the info page.

Edit: Here is the link:

(Shirley Woosey) #8

Does the oceanographer ever get time off to go home?

Shirley x

(Lizzie Gillum, Bedfordshire, Uk ) #9

Apparently, he/she is always at sea. And his/her Mother must get an awful lot of presents…

(Sharon Thompson) #10

I have had this before & this is the second time they have attempted to try this with me. Thanks for the advice. Will report this latest attempt.

(Grimm Exhibition) #11

I had an email about an item recently. I reported it and admin say its not a usual sam type email, so, somebody actually may be interested in one of my items!!!
I replied with limited info.

(madeleinerees) #12

I had exactly the same scam email beware a Jane smith the oceanographer who’s buying a painting for her sister

(Muranomagic) #13

Is this one still around? I was pestered by it over a year ago and after reading the text, which makes very little sense, got rid of them asap!