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Old 06-05-2017, 04:49 PM   #1
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Scammers trolling Airstream classified

I apologize if this thread already exists but I wanted to make sure. I currently listed my AS for sale on ASclassifieds and have already been contacted by scammers. I am purchasing an AS from the classifieds and the party I am buying from was also contacted via text by an individual calling themselves Sgt Duane. They insist for you to give them PayPal information and will immediately transfer full asking price sight unseen. I find this kind of act deplorable. Once again I apologize if a thread like this has already been started. Perhaps other legitimate AS owners can share their shady encounters?

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Old 06-05-2017, 04:59 PM   #2
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Listed anything for sale; or listing for something wanted will get you noticed in the scammer world. They always try to portray themselves as being a part of the military, clergy or government worker to play upon any instilled sense of trust in those occupations.

If you want something rare for a great price; trust me, there's a scammer waiting to pounce, with incredible knowledge about what you want to buy and a fantastic deal.

If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

It's your money to loose, so be careful and pay attention and NEVER send money in the mail or by wire transfer to someone you wouldn't trust with your life.


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Old 06-05-2017, 05:09 PM   #3
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Common on every sales forum on the internet. There are several dedicated long time threads here on the subject. Buyer/seller beware.

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Old 06-06-2017, 04:56 PM   #4
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Hmmm, maybe there is something wrong with me. I posted our Foretravel on foreforums and haven't had even one nibble from there. Posted it on rvtrader and got a couple of nibbles. The only "serious" offer was that we finance it for the buyer. Didn't go for that.
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Old 06-06-2017, 05:32 PM   #5
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Any time that Western Union in any dealing. Any time PayPal is involved in a "purchase" of something large, watch out. Those are both really big red flags.

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Old 06-07-2017, 11:04 AM   #6
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Us too

Sgt Duane also wanted to pay us full price, sight unseen. Didn't smell right from the get go.
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Old 06-07-2017, 11:40 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 06-07-2017, 11:53 AM   #8
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I had an airstream listed with airstream and was contacted by Sgt. Duane. He used the PayPal for payment.
I thought all was legitimate until he wanted western union have me send $1900.00 for the moving company. Smelt a scam and sure enough was. Told him "deal is off"
Hate I didn't sell my unit, but glad I still have it and my &1900.00
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Old 06-07-2017, 11:58 AM   #9
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I found a 1994 B Van on Craigslist in Minneapolis. When I contacted them they said they had a death in the family and were now staying in Oklahoma and the van was there. I was pretty excited about it and was willing to do road trip to see it. Well, they wouldn't go for that so we knew something was up. They advertise on Craigs List and tell you EBay Motors is handling the delivery, guarantee, and money transaction via wire transfer or Western Union (run)!. I knew when it was advertised on Craigslist and being 'handled' by EBay it was suspect. They are very good though! Read scams on E-Bay - it's a typical one I guess. The van looked mint and they had about 20 pics but when they would only deal by email and wouldn't call me - another red flag.
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Old 06-07-2017, 01:01 PM   #10
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web scams

you can almost always tell if its a scam, as there is something amiss; payment, information needed, no face to face contact and the most obvious one is "I'll send you full payment even though I Haven't seen it yet". Yeah right !

Like one comment before this; if it seems to good to be true, it usually is.

Mostly you can tell when you talk with someone. You can almost tell they are trying to insert something on the other side of you below your belt !
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Old 06-07-2017, 01:15 PM   #11
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When selling a trailer last year on airforums classifieds, I got 4-5 scammy inquiries.
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Old 06-07-2017, 01:16 PM   #12
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If you are ever contacted with a suspicious message regarding your Airstream Classifieds listing, please forward the questionable email to and we'll at least deal with the fake accounts they set up in order to use the "Contact Seller" link.

Always be cautious. In-person transactions somewhere like your bank or theirs are good. or in some cities the parking lot of the police station is advertised for use for person-to-person sales like craigslist and LetGo, so it would work as well for showing an Airstream if you get a squirrelly vibe but still want to proceed.

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Old 06-07-2017, 02:25 PM   #13
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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

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Old 06-08-2017, 04:46 AM   #14
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Yeah, there IS something that can be done with them, but there's a giant sucking sound associated with that something - the sound of your time and energy going down the drain. And even if one gets convicted, another will pop up in its place. Further detail is given in our would-be scam story, for anyone who is interested:


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