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januwan



Joined: 27 Apr 2004
Posts: 31

PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 10:08 pm    Post subject: It smells like a scam. Reply with quote

I am trying to sell my fin for $65. Couldn't get location of the buyer and this letter is very generic.

Hello,
Thanks alot for your response,I am glad to know that the item is still
available for sale. The price is okay by me as I am pleased to inform
you that I will buy the item from you do let me know if this is
acceptable by you so that I can make payment at once which will be by
a Bank Cashier check/Money order,I will be sending you overdraft of
payment the balance will be for transport of the item to me.
To enable me do so I will require your:
Name full :-
Address full :-
State:-
Postal Code:-
Country:-
Telephone Number:-
So that the payment can be made to you with the Bank Cashier
check/Money order immediately you receive the Bank Cashier check/Money
order, you shall take it to your bank account and let me when the
funds will be credited into your account. Upon clearance of the Bank
Cashier check/Money order into your account, I will now instruct my
shipping company to come over to your location and have the Items
transport to me.So and i will give you $100 for you to keep the Items
for me. I shall be expecting your response asap.
Thanks and God bless.
Regards,
Steven
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tomg



Joined: 10 Apr 2000
Posts: 198

PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like the scam where they send you a [phony] cashier's check written for more than the item is selling for (woops) and then ask you to send the remainder in cash. Craigslist has info on these.
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trey



Joined: 04 Apr 1995
Posts: 30

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the exact same reply to an ad I placed on MTBR.com for a pair of bike tires. The respondant is Steven Clayton. I was suspicious because I could not get an address and now I am doubly suspicious.
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airwave



Joined: 29 Jun 2000
Posts: 276

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you'll send me the $100 for safe keeping I'll contact the buyer, work out the sale, and make sure that they don't get the money and just walk off with it.
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
Posts: 14226

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Smells like" a scam"?
I got the same response, including shipping to Nigeria, for an RV I was selling years ago.
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januwan



Joined: 27 Apr 2004
Posts: 31

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

trey wrote:
I got the exact same reply to an ad I placed on MTBR.com for a pair of bike tires. The respondant is Steven Clayton. I was suspicious because I could not get an address and now I am doubly suspicious.


yes it is the same "Steven"
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andydavis



Joined: 11 Apr 1999
Posts: 268
Location: Point Isabel

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

definitely legit. go for it. Oh, but he forgot to ask for your SSN# and mother's maiden name...better send him that info, too.
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
Posts: 14226

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is no room for the words, "suspicious" or "smell" here. I am betting you $1,000 in cash, right here in print in public view, that that response is a scam.

IMO, however, that promise gives me a soap box and preaching license. Here goes, for your protection:
No offense, but your and others' uncertainty is alarming. That ad response, in various guises, has been printed in literally hundreds of scam warnings over the last decade or longer. Anyone who has the SLIGHTEST doubt of its intent to screw them is dangerously naive, and should be reading MUCH more consumer literature (financial, health, nutrition, politics, news, etc.) for his own good. Take this unsolicited advice from an old man who's been around many blocks in those and many other arenas: There's too much at stake to presume some overseer is going to protect us from people, including licensed professionals, with ill will or simple ignorance. Watching out for yourself, including but not limited to initiating this thread, will very likely save or make you hundreds of thousands of dollars and reap huge non-monetary benefits over your life span. It has for me, and I have no doubts it can for most people.

You're on the right track in asking for advice. Now ramp that up a hundredfold, and you'll be way ahead of the rest of the pack in both your career and personal worlds.
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cbknap



Joined: 03 Jun 1997
Posts: 300

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Insist in your ad that all respondents include their name, phone number, and their primary sailing site. If they don't include that in their email, delete it.
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noshuzbluz



Joined: 18 May 2000
Posts: 776

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
I am glad to know that the item is still
available for sale.

As soon as you see the generic "the item" phrase don't bother. It's quite obvious they're fishing.

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