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Old 07-28-2012, 05:49 PM   #1
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Is this a known Craigslist scam?

I'm selling a truck shell on Craigslist and got this email. He first asked if
the item was still available. I replied it is. He replied with this below.

Is this a scam...or a way to front my home?

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Thanks for your response,Am comfortable with the condition of the item am willing to add $50 plus your asking price for you to hold this item for me because am very interested in buying it from you,i must let you understand am a busy person I own my business and i resume at office 7:45am to 6pm,i will be unable to come and look at it,i would appreciate if you can send the me recent picture apart from the one on Craigslist and if not no problem just want to know the condition. I would make payment by Bank Certified Check which you can cash at your bank,i would appreciate if you can send me the details to mail out the check to you,It will only take 2 business days for you to receive the payment after i receive the details from you,After you receive payment and cash it t your bank,then i will arrange for the pickup because i have my Private Mover that will handle the pickup,they will be coming down for the pickup at your location.Once again i will make payment by Bank Certified check which i will instruct my account manager to get this sent over.Please provide me with your full Name,Address and your cell Phone number where you want the payment to be mailed out to.After i receive the details from you,i will give you a call to confirm the details,Please take the ads off Craigslist and consider it sold to me.Your response will be appreciated

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Old 07-28-2012, 05:51 PM   #2
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scam.
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:51 PM   #3
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Uhhhh, yeah, scam city.
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:54 PM   #5
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You gotta ask???!?!?!?! Scam. Great Big Scam! Report it.
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:55 PM   #6
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:57 PM   #7
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I received the exact same email for an item I had listed on Craigslist last year. It was a small item so when I got to the part about him sending a private mover to pick it up, I knew it was a scam. Just ignore it.
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:01 PM   #8
Somebody call for a Wambulance?
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Yeah I just got this text about a car that I am selling.

"Thanks for the quick reply I'm interested to buy this as a Birthday gift for my Son, I'm not home at this time as a marine engineer and due to the nature of my work locations and stations, phone calls hardly go through I would have love to call you but call is restricted here but I will have my shipper over there to get things work out perfectly I want you assure me it's in condition described."

"Due to my present location, my choices are limited and I do not have much access to my phone facilities as i would have called to iron out issue reason been that i am of the busy type. I am an honorable man and you will recieve your money cash in hand before this is picked up. However, it's easy and free to open a paypal account. Just go to there website www.paypal.com and sign up a personal account."

What a bunch of crap
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:03 PM   #9
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Oh my god, I just had a 10 year old kid call me about my craigslist add and prank me. WHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH TODAY'S YOUTH
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:06 PM   #10
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How fucking stupid do these people think we are? I was selling my car, and got the same bullshit. I removed my email address, and put my google phone number on there and no body called except the guy i sold it to which was a local.
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:14 PM   #11
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Oh my god, I just had a 10 year old kid call me about my craigslist add and prank me. WHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH TODAY'S YOUTH
they are messed up. i would call that number back and see if you can talk to a parent. lol or mess with him a little.
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:21 PM   #13
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I have worked at a bank and caught a few of these "bank certified cheques" (call them bank drafts here) They're actually quite similar to the real thing, they're hoping you cash it and no one catches it, by the time it bounces back your vehicle has been picked up.

Like was said before, deal in cash its a scam
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:12 PM   #16
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Okay, guys. For my own edification, please tell me how this is a scam. As a person long associated with the military (civilian employee), I have found myself in this very situation (away from home, forced to do business remotely) many, many times. This involved payment by check or money order, with arrangements for another (shipping company, relative, etc) to pick up the item. I've also agreed to pay a bit more for the hassle. In no way, shape, or form did this ever involve a scam.

Many people cannot so easliy get away from their work. For example, a person running a small business where he alone is the sole employee or worker. And, of course, as mentioned above, there's the two or so million military-related personnel (overseas, in remote areas, etc). So, while this might be a scam, the fact that he can't so easily visit to look at the item doesn't necessarily prove that.

As for the name, address, and phone number, you'll have to provide that for him to see the item in the first place. How else is he going to find your house? As for the check, I'd simply specify it must clear the bank before pickup. If it's certified, the bank will verify that and cannot hold you responsible. Or, if you just don't want a check, setup a PayPal account. Anyway, once you have the money, why would you even care how the item is picked up?
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All they need is one person out of thousands to bite, and they've made their money. I always respond, "sorry, just sold" I don't need a scammer to target my email address.
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Okay, guys. For my own edification, please tell me how this is a scam
I would never follow up with anyone who says "I will buy the item." It's generic for a reason. If you don't reference what I'm selling, I assume you're a scammer.

Same for emails that are simply "you still have this?" If you're not emailing me to either ask specific questions about it, ask to see it or tell me you'll buy it, I'll assume you're an idiot and you'll be ignored. I probably miss out on some sales but it's worth it to me to skim off the tire kickers.
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when ive sold stuff online ive never had them come to my house for pick up.or have given my address i usually sit up an email specifically for the sail.and if local meet in a public place with security cameras. you never know who you're dealing with
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:34 PM   #20
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Oh my god, I just had a 10 year old kid call me about my craigslist add and prank me. WHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH TODAY'S YOUTH
Now that's ^ some funny shit right there! Now admit it...you did the same crap when you were a kid....right?
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