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  • Craigslist Scam

    I've recieved this message in basically the same form from seven different people/ email addresses.

    Hello, Thanks for the swift response... I'm okay with the condition and priceof the item and ready for its purchase. My form of payment will be bysending you Check via UPS with a second day air delivery. I'll be responsible for the pick-up and the movers fee will beincluded in your payment to avoid delay and to enable pick up companyto schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up at your location aftercheck has been cashed as I have other properties to be moved alongsidethe item. And secondly , Kindly delete the posting as am definitely buying itfrom you and it would be sad for me to have the payment in the mailonly to be informed of the its sale.I will also wait for the check toclear before i have my mover come for pick up. Would have love to come over for viewing but I'm afraid that might notbe possible due to my work frame. If you have more pics please send soI can have a good look. Do get back to me with your full name andaddress (not p.o box) including your cell and land number so I canmake out payment.

    They are always out of state and will put,"a little extra in for shipping"
    Of course no check ever arrives.
    Other than taking the ad off Craigslist I can't see what other motive they would have.

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    It's a new version of the pishing scam, around it ends up being quicker and better if they just transfer the money directly to you account. Or so the TV news goes. Doesn't seem to happen when there is a phone number in the adds according to police.
    You can't sell something and not deal with the people one way or other.
    Glen
    Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
    I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
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    • #3
      Yeah I get that email every time I list something.

      If it involves more than a guy coming paying cash and taking the item I don't reply.
      Andy

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      • #4
        I like to play with these people and waste their time. I have a $2500 check for an air conditioner that I was selling for $125.
        The guy wanted it and was going to ship it to Florida? How obvious can you get?
        Told him OK, it cost him several dollars for the Fedex envelope (they won't use the mail) and enclosed was a check for $2500.

        Oops, his secretary made a mistake and could you send the change back to him? Of course keep $50 for your trouble.

        This was the best one so far so it is hanging on the wall.

        Normally I go for something like this from my Nigerian prince friend.
        http://www.kimfab.com/pictures/money.jpg
        Last edited by KIMFAB; 04-10-2010, 02:02 PM.
        Guaranteed not to rust, bust, collect dust, bend, chip, crack or peel

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        • #5
          Funny, I have done the same thing and have the fake money orders from one. I really wish I could get them burned for these things but as far as I know it is not possible.

          I traced IPs, emails, and area codes for one that was all over the US. I think there is a whole network of these folks who work together. The return address to the money order was to a vacant lot ...

          Originally posted by KIMFAB
          I like to play with these people and waste their time. I have a $2500 check for an air conditioner that I was selling for $125.
          The guy wanted it and was going to ship it to Florida? How obvious can you get?
          Told him OK, it cost him several dollars for the Fedex envelope (they won't use the mail) and enclosed was a check for $2500.

          Oops, his secretary made a mistake and could you send the change back to him? Of course keep $50 for your trouble.

          This was the best one so far so it is hanging on the wall.

          Normally I go for something like this from my Nigerian prince friend.
          http://www.kimfab.com/pictures/money.jpg
          "Work hard. Tell everyone everything you know. Close a deal with a handshake. Have fun!"

          -- Harold "Doc" Edgerton

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          • #6
            Originally posted by vpt
            Yeah I get that email every time I list something.

            If it involves more than a guy coming paying cash and taking the item I don't reply.

            Actually I prefer cash. I always tell people who are interested to come and see the thing for themselves. Since most of what I sell can't be mailed I'm not worried about getting taken advantage of. I'd like to sell what I've got on hand because I have two more tool rooms coming in.

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            • #7
              I know it's fun to screw with the scammers, but do you want to give these people your address?

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              • #8
                The way to avoid this nonsense is to not use the email feature of C/L. I list my phone only and state cash only. Never had a problem. Just sold two things this morning to the first callers.

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                • #9
                  I don't even answer CL replies with creepy, fabricated names. Delete and block sender.

                  I avoid lowlifes, scammers, and lowballers by several emails sent back and forth. If a potential buyer or seller is committed, he/she will continue prompt and verbose communication with you. You can just tell when someone is the real deal. My BS sensor is very finely calibrated.
                  Sometimes the professional is hidebound by tradition while the skilled amateur, not knowing it can't be done blazes a new trail. -JCHannum

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                  • #10
                    Do you that if you get scammed on-line you will be compensated by the UN?

                    I did not know either but I have just received advice that my $250 000 'compensation' is on the way!
                    Last edited by The Artful Bodger; 04-11-2010, 12:11 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KIMFAB
                      Oops, his secretary made a mistake and could you send the change back to him? Of course keep $50 for your trouble.

                      http://www.kimfab.com/pictures/money.jpg

                      One of the guitar teachers in our shop actually fell for that scam, and is out three grand. The fraudulent check cleared, and was later called back by the bank as a complete phony, but he's already sent the change, and his check did clear before the other one bounced back. Wouldn't you know he's the one who always plays the angles to come out just a little ahead on every deal. . .
                      Cheers,

                      Frank Ford
                      HomeShopTech

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                      • #12
                        I insist on cash for nearby transactions and US Postal Money Orders for ebay and such. I tell the buyer/seller why I use US Postal Money Orders and that's because if the Money Order is fraudlent the it becomes a federal crime of using US Post Office for fraud.

                        Most of you guys likely know that if you take a bank check for an expensive item, the little girl at your local bank may not know she just cashed a forged check for you. Weeks later when the bank catches the mistake they come after you. That's why you want US Postal Money Orders only. I won't do PayPal because with them the buyer is almost always right and they just take your money and you can easily be left holding the bag.
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                        • #13
                          I have a bit in all my CL listings stating that a valid phone number is required for a response along with the format of the email needing to not resemble spam.

                          Anything that fails those two criteria gets deleted before being opened.

                          Even responding to these scammers is providing them a valid email address for you so they can sell it to a list provider. CL's listing email is anonymous (or can be anyway), but when you send one back they've got yours.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by gregl
                            The way to avoid this nonsense is to not use the email feature of C/L. I list my phone only and state cash only. Never had a problem. Just sold two things this morning to the first callers.
                            I'm the opposite...

                            use a throw away email, create a hotmail for selling....i'd rather have that out there than real data like a phone#.

                            99% of the time i won't phone; its internet marketing, respond in kind. For the initial rounds at least email is so much easier....i'll cruise classifieds at odd, hours, fire off a few reponses, a record is kept, i don't have to leave messages or expect calls back, easier to follow up, takes less time etc.
                            .

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jim Shaper
                              I have a bit in all my CL listings stating that a valid phone number is required for a response along with the format of the email needing to not resemble spam.

                              Anything that fails those two criteria gets deleted before being opened.

                              Even responding to these scammers is providing them a valid email address for you so they can sell it to a list provider. CL's listing email is anonymous (or can be anyway), but when you send one back they've got yours.
                              This is exactly what hotmail, yahoo and so forth are for.
                              My scam email is [email protected], You can paint it on the side of your truck and drive around town with it like that guy with the SS number.
                              When it gets full of spam I'll get another.
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