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Old 08-09-2017, 06:20 PM   #1
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Reporting Scam Attempt from Classifieds Ad

I recently posted a nice ad for my vintage Airstream on Classifieds. It's a good place to market our trailers.

My first response to this ad is a scam attempt. The purpose of this thread is to alert sellers there are thieves out there. If you catch a thief, show no mercy.

Here is the e-mail I received:

I will like to purchase it, but I cant make it there with cash or to check it out,I will pay you through PayPal and the freight company will pick up after you receive payment and do you have PayPal account?

Obviously the seller stops payment as soon as the freight company leaves your property. Now you have no trailer or no money. Stolen.

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Old 08-09-2017, 06:43 PM   #2
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Yup,

You don't accept Paypal as a secured form of payment and that once all funds have COMPLETELY cleared into your account, then, and only then will you transfer ownership and release trailer.

You should admend your ad to state the same as it may deter other scammers clogging up your e-mail.

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Old 08-09-2017, 06:57 PM   #3
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I recently posted a nice ad for my vintage Airstream on Classifieds. It's a good place to market our trailers.

My first response to this ad is a scam attempt. The purpose of this thread is to alert sellers there are thieves out there. If you catch a thief, show no mercy.

Here is the e-mail I received:

I will like to purchase it, but I cant make it there with cash or to check it out,I will pay you through PayPal and the freight company will pick up after you receive payment and do you have PayPal account?

Obviously the seller stops payment as soon as the freight company leaves your property. Now you have no trailer or no money. Stolen.

David
It doesn't work exactly like that, but the result is the same. The buyer swears that the trailer is not a represented and PayPal pulls the payment back. Or, the buyer gets your PayPal account ID and attacks it to determine your password.

As someone on here previously noted, the best option for the buyer is electronic funds transfer. Once you have it, you have it. Paper checks, even "Cashiers Checks" can be forged. The funds go to your account (on hold) but when your bank tries to pull them, it is denied.

If I were selling a trailer I would post that an inspection is encouraged. Following inspection, funds to be transferred electronically and sale is final.

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Old 08-09-2017, 07:50 PM   #4
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And not more than an hour ago I told my wife "Craigslist is so full of scammers when we buy our Airstream it will probably be off the forum classifieds". Scammers are everywhere. Wish there was a way to get back at them.
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Old 08-09-2017, 08:17 PM   #5
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It doesn't work exactly like that, but the result is the same. The buyer swears that the trailer is not a represented and PayPal pulls the payment back. Or, the buyer gets your PayPal account ID and attacks it to determine your password.

As someone on here previously noted, the best option for the buyer is electronic funds transfer. Once you have it, you have it. Paper checks, even "Cashiers Checks" can be forged. The funds go to your account (on hold) but when your bank tries to pull them, it is denied.

If I were selling a trailer I would post that an inspection is encouraged. Following inspection, funds to be transferred electronically and sale is final.

Al
Hi

The same electronic approach that transfers funds *into* you account can in some cases "reverse" and transfer them right back out again .....

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Old 08-09-2017, 08:48 PM   #6
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I would talk to your local bank and tell them what you are trying to do. Ask them what is the best form of payment that they would suggest and ask them if there is any recourse once the funds get to your account. Follow their advice and they will give you the best way to accept payment. When I sold my SOB I asked for a Cashier's check but met the buyer at his bank. The teller handed me the check so I knew it was valid and was truly paid for. Doesn't work as well if the buyer is out of town but in my case the buyer was local.

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Old 08-10-2017, 04:38 AM   #7
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Cash. Period. I've sold a motorhome, well into the six figures. I've sold three Airstreams, high price as well and I've sold a number of sports cars, one to a young man from Germany, plus about 20 motorcycles over the years. Each and every transaction has stated, "cash only - prior to title transfer the legality of the cash presented will be verified by a bank of my choosing". Except one instance which precipitated my cash only policy.

I know I've lost sales, I know I've irritated buyers, but I've sold each item and I've gotten paid in full at the time of the transaction. Most transactions have occurred at the storage lot we use to store RVs at OR, at a neutral location or at our home.

When doing transactions of this sort we are both legally armed, These methods I realize are not what one could consider "the norm" and not for everyone. But having been stiffed by a Cashiers Check on a Motorcycle which was eventually made good I have opted for cash only.

Works for us. Good luck

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Old 08-10-2017, 07:49 AM   #8
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Cash. Period. I've sold a motorhome, well into the six figures. I've sold three Airstreams, high price as well and I've sold a number of sports cars, one to a young man from Germany, plus about 20 motorcycles over the years. Each and every transaction has stated, "cash only - prior to title transfer the legality of the cash presented will be verified by a bank of my choosing". Except one instance which precipitated my cash only policy.

I know I've lost sales, I know I've irritated buyers, but I've sold each item and I've gotten paid in full at the time of the transaction. Most transactions have occurred at the storage lot we use to store RVs at OR, at a neutral location or at our home.

When doing transactions of this sort we are both legally armed, These methods I realize are not what one could consider "the norm" and not for everyone. But having been stiffed by a Cashiers Check on a Motorcycle which was eventually made good I have opted for cash only.

Works for us. Good luck

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They may have a way to set up a "one time use" account for an incoming transfer. I believe there is a waiting period on any transfer to allow for reversal of stupid errors. As noted above, your bank is a much better place to dig into all this than some strange guy named Bob .... Once you have the info, make that part of your selling description.

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Old 08-10-2017, 11:25 AM   #9
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Cash cash cash!!!!
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Old 08-10-2017, 11:58 AM   #10
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A quick and easy way to spot a fraudulent Craigslist ad is that their response never mentions the item you are selling. It's a boilerplate response to any ad for airstreams or vacuum cleaners.
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When using AirstreamClassifieds, if you're contacted by email they sent it via the "Contact Seller" dialog box which connects us to their forums login. While it doesn't actually punish the sham "buyers" we do terminate any accounts that are used for this sort of activity. If you receive suspicious emails from fishy buyers, you may forward those to the email address classifieds at airforums.com
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Don't reply, and block their email/phone. Remember that these people are criminals!
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Don't reply, and block their email/phone. Remember that these people are criminals!
This is correct, certainly do not reply, because until you do they do NOT know your email address. When they respond to you via the Classifieds, our servers forward their response and THEIR email address to YOU, but yours is not visible to them unless/until you reply.

If you list your phone number in your ad, they can see that as long as your ad is active. The moment you click the "Mark Sold" button at the bottom of your ad, your phone number is hidden on the ad so it's not an ongoing advertisement of your phone number.
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I received exactly the same response to my ad on this site, via text, but they first texted me a few questions about condition and my reason for selling. So they put a little more effort into their attempt to scam me, but it was obvious when the second text came in.

I also posted an ad on Craigslist, and found a very nice local buyer. We will complete the deal at the credit union that we both happen to belong to. Local transactions are great!
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