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Old 05-27-2012, 05:54 AM   #15
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Honestly, why would ANYONE buy something from Craigslist? If it isn't a scam, then the quality is usually much worse than advertised.

Most people with a legitimate product to sell will list that product in other venues in addition to Craigslist, if only to increase their potential market. Like the classified ads in the local newspaper in whatever town they claim to live in. Or eBay. If I found ANYTHING for sale on Craigslist, and didn't find the same item listed anywhere else, I'd automatically assume it's a scam, and stay FAR away!

We have had luck selling things on craigslist. Our "legitimate product" was a Willy's jeep, sold to a guy who wanted to restore it to add to his collection. When we tried to sell this on ebay, we had no luck.

Local papers and ebay charge for listing, craigslist does not. It also gets your item to a much larger audience. There is always bad with something good. Buyer beware.

However, if you find fault with craigslist because items are used, I don't see you enjoying antique stores, flea markets, thrift stores, used car lots or vintage trailers.

When looking at an item, I like to imagine where it's been. If walls could talk type of thing. In a "new" store, its a box truck & assembly line. In a "used" store, someone loved it enough to not throw it away! Do I want your old socks, or worn out sofa, no, but a creaky antique rocking chair, or my 1950's stove made by GM, or our antique enamelware, those are great finds for us!!

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Old 05-27-2012, 07:43 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Fractal View Post
I've followed up with a:
Thomas Goldberg <>
and managed to get this VIN:
and this link to pictures:
Photo Album - Imgur
(notice: no license plates)
"He is an oceanographer suddenly called away on an emergency from the NorthWest Territories."
I offered to inspect the trailer where it is: Teslin Airport. BUT, no can do, the escrow firm: J.P. Morgan Logistics Group MUST be able to act as the intermediary and be in receipt of the funds before inspection.
One thing I do know, if there's already an escrow firm involved, the seller owes money on it. An escrow firm is not needed unless; (1) the seller still owes money on it and the finance company wants its mortgage repaid (and they, not the owner, would be the ones to hand over the title); or (2) the buyer is taking out a loan to pay for it, and the finance company wants to get the title to hold until the mortgage is paid. Having an escrow firm involved before there is even a buyer means that case (1) applies.

On the other hand, no legitimate escrow firm would deny a potential buyer the right to inspect before the sale. They are in the business of facilitating the purchase, not impeding it.

I wonder if anyone at Jackson Center could confirm that the VIN is genuine?

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Old 08-30-2012, 01:40 AM   #17
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J.P. Morgan Logistics Group

Letter number 1

Hi and thank you for your interest in my 2006 Coachmen Freelander. It's safety and e-tested. This vehicle has absolutely no mechanical problems,no accidents,the engine has no leaks or problems. I'm letting it go with shipping and handling included. The vehicle is located in Yukon Territory ready to be delivered to its buyer with all the necessary documents. Because I travel a lot due to my job as Oceanographer I'm not able to close the deal by myself so I'll use only a third party to handle the sale. They will monitor and transact the exchange of the money, ownership documents and vehicle.

Please note that it's priced for an urgent sale and my free time is limited so I will spend the time & effort dealing only with those who are real potential buyers. So if you are really interested in buying contact me and I'll explain you how the sale would take place. Also, I can send you more pics.

2006 Coachmen Freelander 3100 SO

Mileage: 14,826 KM
Length: 31
Slide outs: 1
Awnings: 1
Sleeping capacity: 6
Air conditioners: 1
Transmission: Automatic
Price: $17,000.00
Thank You,

Letter number 2

Hi, Water Tank Capacity: 43gal.
The transaction will be handled by J.P. Morgan Logistics Group (an escrow service). In order to initiate the transaction I will need your full name and the address where the vehicle to be delivered. After this J.P. Morgan will contact you with further details. The deal would go like this:

You have to transfer the funds (refundable) to be held in escrow, to one of their representative trough bank transfer. This is only to prove them that you own the necessary funds to complete a possible purchase. They will hold the funds until you receive and inspect the vehicle. Once the funds are confirmed by their bank, the delivery will start in 24 hours and it will last 5 days until it gets to your address. You will have 7 days for inspection from the moment the vehicle arrives at your address. If the vehicle is not like I have described it you have the right to cancel everything and J.P. Morgan will refund your money in maximum 2 working days and the vehicle will be returned on my expense. This way I know that you have the money and you have time to inspect it before committing to purchase it, knowing that I don't have access to the funds. That would be a fair & safe arrangement for both of us.

Look forward to hearing from you soon
Thank you

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Old 08-30-2012, 06:17 AM   #18
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When JP Morgan contacts you how do you know who they are? It reeks of a scam IMHO.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:21 AM   #19
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Oceanographer, again? When will they come up with something new? It's a scam. Definitely.

Two different names on the letters, Walter and Bruce, but no surname in either case.

If it's an urgent sale, why not invite people to come inspect it and take delivery as-is, where-is? That's a whole lot faster than trying to conduct business through the mail.

Go to the JP Morgan Logistics Group website. You won't find it because there isn't one. There is no such organization as the JP Morgan Logistics Group. There is a company called "JP Morgan Global Trade and Logistics" but they handle international corporate accounts, not private transations like the sale of a trailer or motorhome

Try the Better Business Bureau as well. You won't find JP Morgan Logistics Group listed there, either. It doesn't exist under that name.

If an escrow account is needed, you can set one up at your own bank. No need to use his bank. Banks talk to each other, and your bank could confirm to his bank that you have the funds held in escrow. "Escrow" does not mean relinquishing the funds to someone else's control, it just means that the funds are reserved so they can't be spent on anything else in the meantime. Your bank would then release the funds to his bank once you receive the trailer, confirm that it's in the condition described, and all of the paperwork clears, including receipt of the title.

My adviceÖ

Mail fraud is a crime. Take the letters, and the envelopes they came in if tyou still have them, to your nearest post office, and ask to speak to a postal inspector. Sic the dogs on the guy.

If it was e-mail rather than letters, same thing, except it's the FBI instead of the postal inspectors.

If they investigate and find that it wasn't really a fraud, and was just someone who doesn't know how to conduct a sale, no harm done. If it was a fraud, then the guy might get caught and prosecuted.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:33 AM   #20
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No harm in raising awareness, but seriously, if I posted to the Forums every Airstream trailer scam I have seen on C-list, I'd have 1000 posts by now.

In defense of Craigslist, I have bought and sold tons of stuff, and my negative experiences have been few. Yes, I have run into the scams, but they are extremely easy to spot. My general rule is no money prior to seeing the product first hand, and communicate via phone as soon as possible. No phone number, and any references to escrow services, regardless how legitimate sounding, and I walk away.

As an interesting aside, I did find a 2002 Bambi that was being offered for $5500. The add got flagged over and over again, but the guy kept reposting. I spoke to him on the phone and arranged a visit. The trailer was about 3 hours away. When I got there to see it, it turned out that the trailer had a salvage title and it looked like it had been pulled into a telephone pole on the street side front corner, then dragged against the pole for the length of the coach, and then the rear corner smunched as well. This guy had pulled out some of the interior pannels and tried to hammer the shell back into shape. What a mess. Now that I am over a year into the refurb of the trailer I ended up with, I almost regret not buying the Bambi. Even replacing three formed panels in the front and three in the back probably wouldn't have taken as long as the shell-off that I am currently in the midst of.

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