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The GPW Scam is Back

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UPDATE: The GPW Scam is back with the same pics.  I’ve flagged about twenty of them over the past couple days. The price varies, but always around $5000.  Below is the picture most often used:

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FROM September 24, 2011 … Here is how the scam works.

Rob is sharing the email exchange he had with the GPW scam:

Here is the latest on the 42 GPW scam including the fake invoice from Google Checkout. The request for the Western Union money order is not how Google Checkout transfers funds.

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Rob dropped “Gracie” a request about the GPW and sends Rob a note:

I’m going to spend the next 2 weeks in my favorite European destination, Spain(Costa Brava). I would appreciate very much if you could send the payment to Google Checkout agent from Spain, Google Checkout has also been informed to ensure that everything runs smoothly for our transaction. You don’t need to worry about the shipping process, it has been prepared and is proceeding as planned. Best Regards Gracie Gracie Williams / Sales and Marketing Director STF-MSN™ Oil & Energy Industry Inc. Dallas TX.

We have been involved in projects worldwide representing all facets of development options available today, including fixed offshore platforms, floating production facilities, pipelines / subsea services, and onshore processing plants. ________________________________________

From: rob@xyz.com
To: gw42@msn.com
Subject: RE: 1942 GPW Ford 4×4 Willys Military Jeep
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 08:34:52 -0700

Gracie, I am definitely interested. My full name is (rob put his info here). Look forward to hearing from you.

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From: Gracie Williams [mailto:gw42@msn.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 8:09 PM
To:
RE: 1942 GPW Ford 4×4 Willys Military Jeep

The vehicle is already at the shipping company warehouse stored in a sealed container along with all the documents, ready to be transported. A few days ago, I was assured by a potential buyer that he would definitely like to buy the jeep and has the funds. After all necessary transport arrangements have been made, I’ve been screwed out because he didn’t actually had all the money. Now, I find myself more than just a bit constrained by situation and I need to sell fast before I leave on vacation with my daughter. Due to the nature of sale, I’d like to conclude this transaction in a timely manner using the escrow system provided by Google Checkout, they basically provide a secure environment designed to facilitate the payment transfer between buyer and seller. Please note that a refundable deposit will be paid (50% of the total price), as proof of your intention to complete the purchase transaction. The money will be held in trust by Google Checkout. I will arrange for the jeep to be transported to your home address (free of charge) and to eliminate any concerns, you will have a 10 days inspection period, prior purchase approval. Into a possible worst-case scenario, after the inspection period ends and you’ve decided not to keep the vehicle your money will be refunded in full and shipping back will be my concern. If you’ve decided to proceed with the acquisition process, please email me back with the following information. – Your Full Name and Shipping Address (Home Address, City, State, zip/Postal Code) – Info. required by Google Checkout, they will contact you with simple, easy to follow step by step guidelines. – Your Phone Number: (Home,Mobile,Office) – Info. required by the shipping company, they will call you with delivery/pickup instructions 1 day ahead so you can communicate what time schedule works best for you to receive the unit. I look forward to your response Gracie Williams Gracie Williams / Sales and Marketing Director STF-MSN™ Oil & Energy Industry Inc. Dallas TX. We have been involved in projects worldwide representing all facets of development options available today, including fixed offshore platforms, floating production facilities, pipelines / subsea services, and onshore processing plants.

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From: From: rob@xyz.com
To: gw42@msn.com Subject:
RE: 1942 GPW Ford 4×4 Willys Military Jeep
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2011 10:50:07 -0700

Thanks for letting me know. The Craigslist ad was from Billings, MT which is only a day’s drive from our location in Idaho. Is that where the jeep is located or is it in Texas. I am very interested and won’t pay less than asking price if it looks as good as the pictures.

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From: Gracie Williams [mailto:gw42@msn.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 9:19 AM
To: rgoodyear@isp.com Subject:
RE: 1942 GPW Ford 4×4 Willys Military Jeep

I’m very sorry, but right now I’m located on a offshore oil platform. Don’t get me wrong but here we can communicate only by radio or internet satellite connection. There is absolutely no GSM network coverage available, please understand I prefer to be contacted via e-mail. Thanks, Gracie Williams / Sales and Marketing Director STF-MSN™ Oil & Energy Industry Inc. Dallas TX. We have been involved in projects worldwide representing all facets of development options available today, including fixed offshore platforms, floating production facilities, pipelines / subsea services, and onshore processing plants.

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From: rob@xyz.com
To: gw42@msn.com
Subject: RE: 1942 GPW Ford 4×4 Willys Military Jeep
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:19:13 -0700

Gracie, Thanks for the information and link to the pictures. I am very interested. Can you call me so we can talk about details?

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From: Gracie Williams [mailto:gw42@msn.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 1:13 PM
To: rgoodyear@isp.com Subject:
RE: 1942 GPW Ford 4×4 Willys Military Jeep

Hello, This vintage 1942 GPW Ford 4×4 Willys Military Jeep has been perfectly restored and immaculately maintained. I inherited this jeep from my father, but it’s time for me to let it go. I have a clean & clear Texas title in hand with my name on it, registration and inspection is current until Aug 2012. Here’s your chance to own a unique piece of genuine military history for only $4000 I’ve reduced my initial asking price since I need to find a buyer before my upcoming vacation take place, so I can’t afford to waste time with negotiations. As I said before, this jeep is in absolutely pristine condition and to support my argument I’ve added here a brief video presentation. Please see the following YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FicxLIgu44

Thanks for your interest, hope to hear from you soon Gracie Gracie Williams / Sales and Marketing Director STF-MSN™ Oil & Energy Industry Inc. Dallas TX.We have been involved in projects worldwide representing all facets of development options available today, including fixed offshore platforms, floating production facilities, pipelines / subsea services, and onsho

Google Checkout Safety Department [ Payment Invoice GCMT-83257210 ] Invoice for Google Checkout transaction between Gracie Williams, as the Seller and Robin Goodyear, as the Buyer. The Seller has selected Google Checkout Protection Program to handle a secure online transaction with you. We verified all the details of this transaction and we concluded that they are accurate and the transaction is approved. Transaction Title: 1942 GPW Ford 4×4 Willys Military Jeep Amount: $ 4,000.00 US Seller: Gracie Williams Buyer: Robin Goodyear 815 Summer Lee Dr. Rockwall, TX. 75032, United States. 1033 Comeback Bay Lane, Sandpoint, ID. 83864, United States. Transaction #: 83257210 Inspection Period: 10 calendar days Escrow Fee to be paid by: Seller Shipping fee to be paid by: Seller Please follow our instructions to complete the transaction safely. Both Buyers and Sellers benefit from using Google Checkout, a neutral third party, to monitor and transact the exchange of the money and merchandise. We take your transactions seriously and protect them with the integrity you would expect and demand from a trusted and neutral third party. You can be assured that with Google Checkout Protection Program you will receive your merchandise before seller is paid. Google Checkout makes sure that the goods you received from the seller are not defective before we release funds to the seller. Google Checkout takes several steps to protect both the Buyer and Seller against fraud. Google Checkout Protection Program reflects our continuing commitment to respond to your needs with timely solutions. For more information, please visit: http://GoogleCheckoutProtectionProgram.sharepoint.com/Pages/default.aspx The following item is clear for Google Checkout item insurance policy. Item Description: 1942 GPW Ford 4×4 Willys Military Jeep Advance Payment: $ 2,000.00 US ( * Advance Payment Guarantee ) Shipping Fee: $ 0.00 US Total Price: $ 4,000.00 US * The Advance Payment Guarantee is guarantee issued by Google Checkout, on behalf of a seller to a buyer, in relation to any advance payment that is made by the buyer to the seller to allow the transaction to begin. If the transaction is not completed the buyer can claim reimbursement of the advance payment under the guarantee. How to make the payment: Use Western Union Money Transfer – Money in Minutes Service. You’ll find Western Union agent location at places such as supermarkets, check cashers and convenience stores. For assistance with completing a money transfer or to find an Western Union Agent location, please visit: http://www.westernunion.com/info/agentLocator.asp?country=global To complete your advance payment, you need to go with cash at the nearest Western Union Office in your area and transfer the funds to our designated agent. The process only takes several minutes, it’s easy to deal with and secure. Agent Name: Kurt Maier Make the payment with cash using our agent details as the receiver. Address: 17 Plaza Puerta Del Sol City : Madrid Postal Code: 28013 Country: Spain In order to properly validate your payment and avoid transfer related issues, you need to send us a scanned copy of the Western Union receipt by replying to this email notification or by fax at: (206) 309-4803. Once the Advance Payment is confirmed by Western Union we will instruct the seller to proceed with delivery to your requested address. Second payment is required after the seller presents the official shipping documents. Incomplete payment cannot be processed and the transaction will be cancelled. If the seller fails or partially fails to meet his or her contractual delivery obligations the Advance Payment Guarantee will be reimbursed. Why Participate in a Google Checkout Managed Transaction ( GCMT ) Absolutely Free – there is no cost to you. Unbiased and Neutral – Google Checkout is an objective third party. Highly effective in completing a successful transaction. Simple and Quick – most transactions settle within 5 days with less than 2 hours of total time from you Thank you for using Google Checkout and we look forward to many more successful transactions! If you have any questions please contact us and we will try our best to respond promptly. Copyright © 2011 Google. All rights reserved. Google and its subsidiaries adhere to the U.S. Safe Harbor privacy principles of Notice, Choice, Onward Transfer, Security, Data Integrity, Access and Enforcement, and are registered with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s safe harbor program.

 

6 Comments on “The GPW Scam is Back

  1. SE Pennsylvania Steve

    Boy, talk about red flags! She’s on an offshore oil rig and can’t be reached except by email. She’s going on vacation and wants to sell fast. The Jeep is in Texas, not Montana. The Jeep is already packed in a shipping container. She only wants 50% up front. The buyer has 10 days to change his mind and she’ll pay the return shipping charge (HA! Who does that???). AND she wants the money sent to Spain. I bet if I said I’ll deal with whoever is watching her daughter in Montana while she’s on the oilrig this slimeball would cook up another creative cover story.

  2. Steve E.

    I just wonder how many other vehicles he or she is posting for sale? I wonder if people from other countries are trying to buy this Jeep?

  3. Jeff

    I saw this on the DesMoines craigslist a couple of days ago for either $ 4999 or $ 5999 but it has since been removed.

  4. DC

    This is either beginning to be a common scam or this person(s) are doing this all over. I live in Indiana and have flagged ads in our local small paper for classic muscle cars like a 69 RS/SS Camaro for $5000. (riiight). They are always out of state. There have been several. I have not seen any in the last 6 months or so.

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