When NAB executive Graeme Sayers decided to sell his caravan on Marketplace, he was lucky he’d done scams and fraud training to spot the red flags before it was too late.

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After having had some memorable adventures up and down Australia’s  east coast with his wife and friends, it was time for Graeme to sell the caravan and make space for a new one.

One morning in early November, Graeme listed it on caravansales.com and Facebook Marketplace and was very surprised when he received an enquiry from ‘Darren’ in less than an hour.

“When it comes to selling large items like caravans or cars, it usually takes a while for people to express interest.  This really fast response raised the first red flag for me, but I was still hopeful I’d just gotten lucky,” Mr Sayers said.

Following an inkling to proceed with caution

Graeme runs NAB’s Lending Assessment and Enablement team, helping our colleagues to provide fast and secure loans to customers. Having recently completed his scams and fraud training, he had the signs of a scam front of mind.

“I had an inkling from the first message that this could be a scam, it just didn’t feel right, but I proceeded with caution just in case it was legit,” he said.

“The second red flag was when he asked me why I was selling the caravan and whether it was in good condition. Given I had answered both questions in the first sentence of the item description, he clearly hadn’t even read the post.

“After answering his questions anyway, he replied saying he couldn’t come to inspect it, but he trusted me so asked for my PayPal details to transfer the money to me.

“This was red flags three and four – not only did he not want to inspect it and rush the purchase through, but he also didn’t try to negotiate the price, which is unheard of on Marketplace.”

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