Used Playstation 3 For Sale

How the scam works:

(with video below) Imagine the following scenario. You are trying to sell your used Playstation 3 or just your PS3 controller. You post an ad online, on specialty websites or on Gumtree, Kijiji, or Craigslist. Within minutes you receive a text message or email along these lines:

"Hello, I am interested in purchasing your PS3. My name is Marc Bonhomme, I'm located at [insert address in your country]. I actually want to purchase this for my godson. I will like to purchase at the listed price so you won't sell to another person. I really have interest in buying it for my godson and I'm not within your premises to pay cash, and PayPal is my only option, which I think you accept, or if you can give me you PayPal address. I'll be very happy to go on with this transaction? Can you get the account ready?"

The conversation may vary, as some of the scammers are smooth and might want to open the chat with a couple of other questions ("What's your lowest price?", "Can you send me more pictures of the PS3?", "How long you had it for?", etc.) – just to get your trust. Alternatively, the scammer might justify that he can't come and see the PS3 himself, as he is working at the sea or in some other environment where he cannot even use a phone.

However, let's say you provide the potential "buyer" the email address affiliated with the PayPal account. As you confirm that you created your account, you'll then get a fake PayPal email, informing you have been paid extra, just so you can pay the shipping agent for them. That's where the scam occurs: they ask to pay the shipping agent via Western Union and the payment is released to you after you have done that. Needless to say, you send the money to the agent and never received yours.

Watch the video below to see this scam exposed:

Product Sold Online Scam Video

How to avoid the Used Playstation 3 For Sale scam:

When it comes to a bigger purchase, it is a red flag every time the "buyer" refuses to have a phone conversation. You don't have to do it, but just ask for it for the sake of the answer you'll get. Think about it, if he is at sea and can't have a phone conversation, what are the chances he has Wi-Fi to go back and forth with your emails? Sell your PS3 locally, face to face.

How to report the Used Playstation 3 For Sale scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To FTC Here

Here is a list with names, emails, and SMS numbers that scammers have been using in the last little while in North America and the United Kingdom:

John Greenfield, Sharon Morgan ( 1 951 888 3614), Marc Bonhomme, Julia Paige, Kathy (kat.kat055@rhelps.net), Pavel Milan, Sharon Hair and Paul Jason (both from 61 428 465117), Jay John, Michelle Clint (0428 465 117), Andey, Alex More (0428465117), Mark Vaughan (951 8883614), Harley Smith (915 888 3614), David Lucas (david2bd@gmail.com), Alpa (yamingua@gmail.com), Victoria Hill, Alley Barry, Janet Maxwell , Jason Maxwell, David Scott, John David, Mark Omoauntee, Eric Frank (erikfrank@gmail.com), Terry Lesley (terrylesley44@gmail.com), Paul Anderson (brenanderson1000@gmail.com), Kellie Estrella (kellyestrella23@gmail.com, 614 28465117), John Owens, Gerald Dawson, Neil Robbie, Maria (301 9662359), Jody Williams (201 4778423), Terri Bower (terribee1943@outlook.com), Apostle Helen, Maria Murphy (mariamurphy19@gmail),  Allan Macain (442 242 0019 and allanmacain@gmail.com), Kessy Dowell, Richie Richard Todd (richardtodd7610@gmail.com), Philip Pertel, Keith Scott (keithscott009@yahoo.co.uk), CC Walker (ccwalker@tkinghopes.com), Phil Koch (philkoch@live.com), Brian Lewis, Dmitry Matushev (dmitry9@outlook.com), Caryn Sundling (or Caryn Sundig).

Report any other names if you are being approached.


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  1. Arthur says:

    i was selling my PS3 at some online store and got a text message from a guy named anderson, and he seemed to be so interested to buy it. i was selling it for ?20,000 and then he offered me $500 for it, and asked for my paypal account… well i wasn’t really in a hurry for the money, i just went along the conversation with him to see how far he can get, and without him knowing, i was already doing a little research on him until i read this post:
    ***Posted By: regine magbanua on June 26, 2015
    someone texted me that he was interested on my post about my laptop. im from the philippines. and he wants to buy the laptop from me as a gift for his child who is in Nigeria. and he was in an Island in Ireland. he was insisting to pay me through Paypal. he offered $600 for the laptop and he said that he will pay for the shipping fee.
    i told him that i will not ship the laptop unless the payment is not yet available to claim in Paypal. i gave him my friend’s Paypal account because i don’t have an account there. after that, he still not replying yet.
    his email address is andersonberryy@gmail.com

    and then it was very clear… i didn’t cut him off right away, i played along with him and yet he seemed very convincing on paying the item through paypal…
    ***Anderson Berry
    to me
    April 19, 2016
    Right now am in Island in Ireland, and i am shipping to my child in Nigeria and i will like you to ship it through Philpost and please don’t worry about the shipping fee i will send all into your paypal account so please kindly send me your paypal name and email so i can pay in..ok?
    ***Anderson Berry
    to me
    April 20, 2016
    Thanks for your mail…paypal is online money transfer..it good to send and receive money online..I hope you wont mind to get an account with PayPal.Its reliable and easy to use PayPal,all you need to do is visit http://www.paypal.com and register with them.
    When you are done with the registration send me the email used for the registration with PayPal so i can pay in.
    Await your response..

    Thanks !!
    *** MY REPLY:
    anyway i’d be straight on you… here’s what i got with my little research: (attached the post from magbanua)
    does this ring a bell to you??? now here’s a deal:
    —so if you’re not a scam then you can send me the payment to whichever money transfer i prefer that is convenient… and as soon as i receive the full amount (not just online but in cash-on-my-hands) then i’ll send you the merchandise
    —but if this conversation is just a hoax then might rather not reply coz i’d be sending this matter to the website where i got my little research and add up to their archive to warn other innocent people out there who were just to kind to fall for all those parasitic attitudes.
    THANK YOU AND MAY YOU HAVE A GOOD CONSCIENCE!!!

    and then never got a reply….. so please be careful… 🙂
    credits to this site and to all the people who took time to share their experiences… GOD BLESS!

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