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Old 04-25-2013, 10:47 AM   #1
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craiglist scams going crazy

I did a search of craigslist for "airstream" on one of the engines that look at multiple areas and I swear 60% of the ads were scams. Its hardly even worth looking anymore. Is it that airstreams are hot right now or is everything getting hammered with scams?
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I am using search engines that look at Craig's List to find an Argosy. Can you please provide some hints as to how to identify a potential scam?
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Here is a reply I just got from a scam seller.

Hi ,

I'm Betty thank you for contact me about trailer, my husband and I divorced last year, I was awarded the trailer after the divorce, I don't need it. I have dropped my price to $2,650 (purchase price) that includes delivery and handling to your address since this is an Urgent Sale! It is located in Saint Clair, Missouri and will be delivered from there. I recently moved here after I divorced.


Here are the pictures:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/1...31255950730785

Let me know if you like it, hope to hear from you soon,
Betty Krenek"
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I am using search engines that look at Craig's List to find an Argosy. Can you please provide some hints as to how to identify a potential scam?
There are bunch of signs. The best way I have found way to weed them out is to say you have cash and want to see it in person or have a friend or realitve in the area that wants to inspect it for you. Many of them want you to belive they are unavailable to deal with you in person because they are off shore on a oil rig or in the service stationed overseas or they moved and the trailer is in storage somewere and no one can enter the facilty to look at it. They go away real fast when you insist on a face to face cash deal.
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The biggest giveaway is usually that they're advertising at a price around 1/5th or 1/10th a reasonable price what what they pretend they're selling.

Another that's popular recently is that they'll include some normal-looking email address in one of the images in the ad and not in the text.

What Sprouty mentions about the unwillingness to deal in person is a red flag, and they'll usually offer some lie about the trailer being "in the warehouse of <insert some real-sounding business> and they will deliver it to you promptly, and you'll have <x> days to inspect the trailer and return it for your money back if you don't like it." Total, utter crap.

A new thing I've noticed with the dirtbags running such scams within 300 miles or so of DFW (where I regularly search) is that they're using some sort of template and they're posting titles and photos related to an airstream, but ad copy about various other things they're pretending to sell in order to steal from people. e.g. "1985 Airstream Sovereign $1895" with the photos above of a pretty Sovereign in a warehouse, but ad copy describing a GMC pickup or a Camry. They'd probably make more ill-gotten gains if they weren't so stupid/lazy.

That said, I haven't seen a lot of Argosy scams, they're usually going a) for higher-priced trailers so when they offer it for $1895 or $2350 it excites their marks and b) trailers they can readily steal photos of for the listing.
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The biggest giveaway is usually that they're advertising at a price around 1/5th or 1/10th a reasonable price what what they pretend they're selling.

Another that's popular recently is that they'll include some normal-looking email address in one of the images in the ad and not in the text.

What Sprouty mentions about the unwillingness to deal in person is a red flag, and they'll usually offer some lie about the trailer being "in the warehouse of <insert some real-sounding business> and they will deliver it to you promptly, and you'll have <x> days to inspect the trailer and return it for your money back if you don't like it." Total, utter crap.

A new thing I've noticed with the dirtbags running such scams within 300 miles or so of DFW (where I regularly search) is that they're using some sort of template and they're posting titles and photos related to an airstream, but ad copy about various other things they're pretending to sell in order to steal from people. e.g. "1985 Airstream Sovereign $1895" with the photos above of a pretty Sovereign in a warehouse, but ad copy describing a GMC pickup or a Camry. They'd probably make more ill-gotten gains if they weren't so stupid/lazy.

That said, I haven't seen a lot of Argosy scams, they're usually going a) for higher-priced trailers so when they offer it for $1895 or $2350 it excites their marks and b) trailers they can readily steal photos of for the listing.
I agree the biggest red flag is a price thats too good to be true. You know the saying " If it sounds to good to be true it probably is"
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If you think Airstream scams are all the rage, try putting "john deere" or "sea ray" in the search.
Pretty much anything that most people associate with high price and high desirability are heavily scammed.
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Also look for weird sounding sentence structure, or uncommon phrases. It has probably been run through a translator and the poster is really in Nigeria.
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What ever you do, don't give them your name, phone number of mailing address. If they get that, than the next scam may have your name and address on it.
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if I had a bunch of extra time on my hands I would mess with them ans try to string them along for a while to see if I could get them to slip up. Scam a scamer!
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if I had a bunch of extra time on my hands I would mess with them ans try to string them along for a while to see if I could get them to slip up. Scam a scamer!
Just flag them (to help protect the innocent) and move on.
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Here's a typical one:
ELECTRIC BRAKES 2002 BAMBI airstream more details

I flag them too...
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ELECTRIC BRAKES 2002 BAMBI airstream more details

I flag them too...
Yup... Bambi, laughably low price, description doesn't quite make sense. Wood bumper guard?
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