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Old 03-26-2007, 09:09 PM   #1
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Warning if selling your RV

Just wanted to let my fellow rver's know about a little Scam that was tried on me. Chime in if you have had the samething happen to you. The situation: Selling rv posted on internet. Get email from someone saying wanted to buy it. period of 2 months went by and got another email saying sending check for "deposit" with balance upon "inspection and pickup". The "deposit arrives a wk prior to "closing" and inspection. The very next day get a call and email with a sad story and request to "immediately" sent money to someone else, with many apologies for asking this task. Well needless to say I didn't fall for it. Started checking on the check, contact person the money was supposed to have the money western union. The party never told us where he was from or any personal info. Envelope the deposit arrived in was from nigera. Got many request with "person waiting for the money". "send the money", etc. Finally able to chase down the bank and of course the check was fake. Just wanted everyone to watch out for such Scams. So watch out for people sending checks with too much money and asking for a refund immediately knowing the check would not be processed in time to get the feedback.

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Old 03-26-2007, 09:20 PM   #2
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Thanks for the heads-up Matt!

I have heard of this scheme, but have never been a victim of it.

Oh, and WELCOME to the Forums!!!!
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Old 03-26-2007, 09:49 PM   #3
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Scam

A friend of mine had the same thing happen. She was selling a boat. Got the same check. She almost depositied it in her account but decided to wait on her husband to get home. Good thing she did. They wanted her to ship the boat to Fla. She contacted the local police. So while the check was clearing, these thugs would get a free boat and she would be stuck with a bum check! Its sad that there are some people that would fall for it. She didnt even notice the check was from California and the postage was from overseas. Good thing her husband has a little more wits about him,lol! Im glad you caught it in time.
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Old 03-26-2007, 09:50 PM   #4
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Matt,
They have been doing the same thing on automobiles for several years now. It was only time before they spread out to other items. Thanks for the advice.
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If there even a mention of Nigeria, it is a scam.
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:54 AM   #6
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As with everything, if it smells....

Buyer beware.... Seller beware....

"Horsesense" needed!

If it smells like hosesh*t, then it very likely is!

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Old 03-27-2007, 04:10 AM   #7
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Another variation of the same scam is where the buyer needs the unit shipped overseas. They send you a (bad) money order that is several thousand more then the sale price. They ask you to wire the additional money via western union to the "shipper".

Two weeks later the bank tells you the money order is a fake, the money you wired is gone and no one came to pick up the trailer.
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Old 03-27-2007, 04:38 AM   #8
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If there even a mention of Nigeria, it is a scam.
Come on you guys, how could you fall for it. It is not just Nigeria it is England and multitude of other countries and different scams. HAVE A BIRD IN YOUR HAND, CASH THE CHECK FIRST. They also hit small businesses to purchase large quantities of goods. Had a guy from Chad who wanted 2000 NGK spark plugs and he was to send me a check but he needed them right away and asked me to ship them the day I get the check. I told him that it would be much quicker if he wired the money to my bank [not directly my account] after which he hung up the phone. "Boatdoc"
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I get those requests for parts in my e-mail almost daily. I reply back just to play with them if I have the time. Get them all excited by asking shipping and packing requirements, re-checking product numbers, etc.

Then I tell them that the shipment is ready to go, but I need a letter of credit from their bank or a wire transfer to mine, not the credit card that they wanted to use.

Strangely, I never hear from them again!
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Old 03-27-2007, 07:35 AM   #10
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That happened at a tire store I worked for. A person called on the phone, and wanted to purchase 100 tires for shipment overseas. Payment by credit card over the phone. Shipped to Morocco. Yeah, right, hold your breath while I do that...
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Old 03-27-2007, 08:01 AM   #11
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"Off-ice shore angling"

I call it "Off-ice shore Angling" done from the office as implied....

I usually try to get them to accept items of barter like Pigs, Hogs, Swine, Pork sandwiches, pickled pigs feet, ham hocks, etc. They seem to lose interest but it is fun while it lasts.

It is amazing how long these fish will stay on the hook. I have them up and down with despair. About the time they get mad with me, I ease up act like I am still interested in the deal and get them back on the hook only to play some more. Whohooo, Fish on!
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Boatdoc hit it. I'm happy to send anything anywhere provided that the buyer wires money from his bank to mine. That'll get you dropped faster than a hot rock!

I did sell a non-existant horse once to a Nigerian to be used in a movie. I don't know how he was going to get it to Africa, but he paid me $7,000 for the non-existant horse! Would you believe he sent me a counterfeit check? I was shocked!

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I did sell a non-existant horse once to a Nigerian to be used in a movie. I don't know how he was going to get it to Africa, but he paid me $7,000 for the non-existant horse! Would you believe he sent me a counterfeit check? I was shocked!

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Roger, I'm appalled!
I would have sent a dead horse, with shipping charges due, to wherever the scammer wanted it.
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Old 03-27-2007, 11:59 AM   #14
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Be very wary...

I am involved with audit and security issues for large credit union board as pro-bono effort, and stories are really sad today... It is probably safer to assume any "Deal" involving overpayment, remote shipping, overseas buyer or more than two parties (you and the buyer..) is more likely fraud than not. Here are a few more things to be very careful about...

1. Cashier's Check can be cashed or deposited at bank, and you'll get credit, but some take as long as 2 weeks to fully clear or come back as phony.. No matter what the story, if check is ultimately bad, your bank or credit union will hold you responsible for the money.. Asking your bank if check is good before depositing doesn't change outcome... You should identify bank and find contact information and call them yourself to get feel for prospects.. (A good crook will have phony phone number of friend printed on phony check..)

2. Counterfeit Postal Money Orders just as common as counterfeit bank and cashier's checks... Anyone with a laser printer and some computer skill can create one...

3. Also be careful with wire transfers.. Giving someone else all your bank wire info can lead to a wire "withdrawal" rather than deposit, and money lost by wire is lost instantly and forever... If you're going to accept or set up wire, talk carefully to your banker, and ask them how to do it most securely...

4. Few local law enforcement agencies can or will deal with these scams.. Local Police, District Attorney, Postal Inspectors and FBI have all declined to even listen to sad stories.. You are likely on your own...

5. If you do get big bundle of cash, don't worry about IRS and just fill out the Currency disclosure forms when you deposit it.. Happily the Comptroller of Currency doesn't share info with tax people... Failing to fill out forms can lead to more problems...

As they say on Hill St Blues re-runs... "Be careful out there..."
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