Barry Smith / Skrill offering to buy bike advertised on


I was contacted by Barry Smith wanting to buy my bicycle that was advertised on Gumtree as a surprise present for his cousin. He wanted to pay me via Skrill as he worked on an oil rig. He assured me that Skrill was a secure website. He then asked me to pay the 'pick up' cost for the bike as he couldn't pay the courier being overseas as the courier had no access to Skrill. Skrill sent me an email confirming that they had received his funds & that it was in a holding account for me. The funds were to be released once I paid the courier cost via Shoprite or ewallet. I opted for ewallet as it was easiest & paid the R1500 but then wasn't reimbursed. He then has an excuse that the courier hadn't realised that I was in Cpt so that meant the courier cost was now an additional R2000. I refused to pay anything further & was sent his ID & the agent's ID but luckily that was enough for me. Unfortunately I only googled his name & fraud now & see that he has done this to a number of people. If I go to a police station to report this crime will they do anything about it?

Report ID: 27958
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Western Cape
City/Town: CAPE TOWN
Suburb: zonnebloem
Address: Zonnebloem, Cape Town
Crime Date/Time: 16 Jun 2018, 15:06 PM
Reported By: DiPeters
Reported Date: 16 Jun 2018, 15:06 PM
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  • DiPeters 6 Aug 2018, 09:41 AM

    Bugger, what an awful guys this Barry Smith is. Did he use Skrill with you as well? I'm not sure but maybe the police would be interested if there are now two of us. Did you report it to Skrill as I reported it to them? Apparently he isn't even registered as a client with him but he is making them look bad so maybe they would be open to put an alert on their website when one registers...

  • cameron125427 4 Aug 2018, 11:54 AM

    hey I was just scammed by this so called Barry Smith and he got R3230 out of me before I realised I was being scammed... what is it that we can do

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