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Old 06-08-2017, 05:53 AM   #15
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I am so frustrated with those scammers
Sgt. Duane and more
Is there nothing that can be done to these low life a holes

Grrrrrrrrr
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The real answer is to make your frustration very clear to those guys who come around looking for your votes every few years. You can't play wack a mole with each of the scam artists one at a time. There are a number of laws (and policies) that could be passed / changed to make their lives *much* more difficult.

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Old 06-08-2017, 08:08 AM   #16
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Death penalty to all scammers and hackers I say!!

I have a carpentry business and I sell furniture I make on various electronic sites. The scammers are everywhere and want your PayPal info presumably to hack it.

Once I had a Royal Canadian Marine stationed with the peace keeping force in Syria offer to be my business partner!! Wow couldn't believe my good fortune!!

Scum of the earth all of them.
Suspicious I would say as there are no "Royal Canadian Marines" or any sort of marines up here.
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Old 06-08-2017, 03:36 PM   #17
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This scenario is very real and happens every day of the week.

1) response to your for sale ad - Usually via text or email.
2) Will buy sight unseen for asking price.
3) Their "agent" will bring a cashier's check for your price + "transportation fees".
4) You give up merchandise AND "transportation fee" in CASH to "agent"
5) Within 10 days after depositing cashier's check to your account, the bank contacts you.
6) You're out merchandise, sale price, "transportation fees" AND the bank hits you with all their fees.

If it seems too good to be true, RUN!!!
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Old 06-08-2017, 03:54 PM   #18
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Suspicious I would say as there are no "Royal Canadian Marines" or any sort of marines up here.
Interesting, I never knew that. Good to learn something new everyday.
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Old 06-09-2017, 06:35 AM   #19
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Hi

A friend of a friend of mine actually got to the "I have a check in hand" stage of one of these scams. Fortunately we found out about it before things moved to the next stage. The check was very interesting. It appeared to be a very normal check drawn on a US bank. Everything on it looked legit.

We then ran the bank routing numbers to see where it would go if deposited. *Surprise* that is not the correct routing number for the US bank. It is instead the routing number for a bank in a very far away non English speaking land. If deposited, it would be "in transit" to that bank for a very long time. Once it hit that bank and bounced, that information would also be in transit for a long time as well. Would it be weeks or months? We never cashed the check to find out.

One other thing to do: If there is an address associated with any of this, Google the address. For whatever reason these guys keep using the same addresses for their scams. Why they re-use fictional addresses is beyond me. It does pile up a whole bunch of red flag posts on the address.

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Old 11-01-2017, 08:52 AM   #20
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He just did it to me. Same guy. So mad that I nearly fell for it.
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Old 11-02-2017, 08:14 AM   #21
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Once I had a Royal Canadian Marine stationed with the peace keeping force in Syria offer to be my business partner!! Wow couldn't believe my good fortune!!

Scum of the earth all of them.
No such thing as a Royal Canadian Marine.

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Old 11-02-2017, 09:32 AM   #22
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He just did it to me. Same guy. So mad that I nearly fell for it.
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Old 11-18-2017, 06:47 PM   #23
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We got that Sgt Duane call too. He insisted he buy our Airstream off PayPal. His English was poor like he wasnt from the US. His number was 213 921 7773, so ignore his texts.
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Old 11-19-2017, 08:19 AM   #24
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The scams here seem to run in cycles but always with a variation of the same theme.
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Old 11-20-2017, 12:57 PM   #25
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I've been procrastinating doing a CL add for a trailer for just those reasons. So many scammers to wade thru and what ifs.

I put a disclaimer on the bottom of the add saying scammers need not reply. Not sure if it worked but no scammer replied yet.

These days it's so hard to tell who is legit and it seems the scammers on Airforums have increased.

We just need to keep sharing information so that we'll all be the wiser.
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Old 09-08-2018, 11:56 AM   #26
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My AS post was only few hours old when 4 responses came in, one via phone call...legit!, the other 3 (texts) went from asking so called valid questions to full price offers sight unseen, of course they were asking for my pay pal information, as polite as possible I told them that my preference was a face to face and thru a bank transaction...never heard from them! ALSO....at the same time our post disappeared from the Airstream Classifieds...coincidence? can a scammer report your ad just to be mean? What can I do to repost?
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Old 09-08-2018, 12:18 PM   #27
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I deal with Mining and Geology books on an International Book Site. You do learn quickly when an order is suspicious. Especially when the address puts the residence under a highway in Honolulu, Hawaii. Or a parking lot in Brussels, Belgium.

Do your homework. I only respond to telephone calls on inquiries on LOCAL listings. The majority of Scammers use Email, their English is poor in many cases and what they are interested in is a noun... not what you have to sell.

"I want your item for full price. Give me your address for Certified Check."

Fed Ex envelope with a check for $2,450 off a Craigslist listing. Mining Books, for an Orphanage in Florida. But, the amount was more than the Books, so if I would send the difference to them, they will have someone pickup the books after 'certified check' is deposited and, of course, you have sent your personal check refund.

They will call every day for a couple weeks looking for their check. I did not answer. The local Police could do nothing. This scam was a bit more organized with three people at different locations in the USA.

..."if you are a serious seller, looking forward to your quickly response asap."

Telephone communication is best. Local buyers must come to YOUR Bank and get a Cashier's Check, while you watch.

These people work on the idea you want to SELL NOW and also need the money.

Check names, telephone numbers, call the Bank the check is written, etc..

I will give you a good deal on this check. When someone wants to send me a check... I ask for a United States Postal Money Order. The Post Office will get interested... if you go to your Post Office and verify it is authentic.

My last scam was a 10 pound Book on the Geology of Indiana. It was to go to Istanbul, Turkey. It was $18. Shipping would have exceeded the $40 minimum and just that amount, after the listing fee and shipping amount ($7.56), deduct $8 off of the book price. Now I am at $8 for the book. (There was another copy for $8 that was almost as nice in Indiana.)

They will then say the book is damaged and want a refund and I would have to pay shipping back for... lets say $60. I would then just give them the book and they get THEIR shipping returned, $40 at least. So I am out the book and the $40 shipping.

Real sweet... but common sense always wins.
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My AS post was only few hours old when 4 responses came in, one via phone call...legit!, the other 3 (texts) went from asking so called valid questions to full price offers sight unseen, of course they were asking for my pay pal information, as polite as possible I told them that my preference was a face to face and thru a bank transaction...never heard from them! ALSO....at the same time our post disappeared from the Airstream Classifieds...coincidence? can a scammer report your ad just to be mean? What can I do to repost?
I'm not sure what you were seeing at the time you posted this, but your ad has not been removed. Maybe it rolled off the page of newest ads? If you look at ads for AZ or search for 25' trailers or whatever, it's there... or you have to page through the list of ads, etc.
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