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Old 11-28-2008, 06:22 PM   #1
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Scammer lurking in our classifieds!!

I thought I'd let people know who are advertising in our classifieds about the scammer that is lurking about. I convinced my sister to advertise her stove top protectors in our classifieds. She isn't advertising them anywhere else. Some guy named "Roger" emailed her & asked her to give him more information about her "unit". She tried to clarify to him that she doesn't have a unit, but has stove top protectors. He said he had a lucrative used RV business in Washington state. Then he put in an order for 50 stove protectors! She asked him what colors he wanted & he said all blue is good. Fine.... Well, the next email he really blew his cover. He ordered 1000 protectors. He said he would be sending a cashier's check for the entire order ($50,000!!!). Then, he said he would "send his men" to come pick up the protectors. YIKES!!! She let me read the emails & I said "Holy cow! This is a total scammer!" I then took over her computer & emailed the guy back.....
I'm sorry, but I can only accept cash from you. Please mail it to me, as I don't want any strange men coming to my door. I'll send you the protectors in Nigeria after I get the money.

Then I signed it....
Sandra the scammer slammer

She was appalled that I actually sent it, but I did! So, everyone, beware of the scammer scanning our classifieds!!!!
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Becky, we are more than good at making these folks disappear... about, yesterday. Please copy the web address line (URL) and PM it to me. And then with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty 'Hi-yo Silver!'

Ohh... you're not online. But always PM a mod and it'll have a half-life of way below 15 minutes.

I'll look around....
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On further review, that sounds like a classic scam where a 'pick-up man' offers a too-good-to-be-true purchase, asks for handling costs, then gives them a bad cashier's check to cover the purchase + handling. The seller is out the items and the handling charges.

Is the ad? Airstream Trailer & Motorhome Classifieds - Sandy's Stove Protectors - Powered by PhotoPost Classifieds. I'll PM her.
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Old 11-28-2008, 10:48 PM   #4
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Bob,

Yes, that's the ad. Thanks!
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Classifieds -- BE WISE!

I heard back from AirWare. She was not quite the victim of a scam artist in a 3rd world country. I hope she didn't start buying materials to try to meet the order. I'll speak for all the staff in saying how sorry we are that this might happen. It's an eyes-open world and the best rule is to be able to identify a buyer. Second, exchange merchandise only after you have verifiable money or financial instruments in your hands.

By the way -- the scammer in this case was banned in the same day he joined. He must have gotten right to work. They'll try many people but are happy to work the few responders.

A common eBay or Craigslist scam goes like this. They agree to a price very favorable to you. They'll have some "agent" scumbag pick up the items. They might tell you that their agent picking up the merchandise needs a fee of a some hundreds of dollars and ask you to pay them. That agent would hand you a bum cashiers check for the purchase + agent fee. They are long gone having done double damage before you find out the check is no good.

This is a variant of 419 or Nigerian scams. If you aren't sick already there is more...
eBay Guides - Avoiding The Nigerian Scam In Vehicle Sales
craigslist | about > scams
Advance-fee fraud - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Advance Fee Scam: How to spot one promptly!

Again, I'm sorry that this has happened. Posting a classified is accompanied by a warning. Our classifieds are no more secure than a newspaper classified, Craigslist or eBay sale. Be sure you can identify your buyer and verify an actual money transfer before you give up your merchandise.

Thankfully we are among friends 99.99% of the time at AIR. Contact any moderator if you cannot verify a potential buyer's identity.
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And by the way -- please help Sandy for her trouble. Go look at her ad, eh?
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I think I'd like a thousand of them... I'll have Bob (CanoeStream) come and pick them up. Where can I send the $50,000 check?

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BTW, it WASN'T me!!!! Not THIS time, anyway!
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I think I'd like a thousand of them... I'll have Bob (CanoeStream) come and pick them up. Where can I send the $50,000 check?

Roger

BTW, it WASN'T me!!!! Not THIS time, anyway!
Roger - if you send the funds to me, I'll be sure and get them ordered for you once the check clears. I also accept cash.....
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This is a fun site to check out. Turn him over to one of the guys on this site and they will singing and dancing on video.

ScamBaiting at it's finest - Scam Baiting for Fun and Justice theScamBaiter.com
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Roger - if you send the funds to me, I'll be sure and get them ordered for you once the check clears. I also accept cash.....
SCAM ALERT! SCAM ALERT! SCAM ALERT!

I sense that this offer may not be entirely on the up and up! Bob, I think you need to ban Janet before she can scam anyone else!

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Does this mean that I do NOT have a dead relative in Nigeria, and that there will NOT be $1,000,000,000 waiting for me now that I have wired the $1,000 to the guys who were trying to process my money for me? Uh oh?!

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Bob, I think you need to ban Janet before she can scam anyone else!
Rog, I'll do that about 10 minutes after I order my gravestone engraved with, "Hey, watch this!" I tried drawing a moustache on Andy R's avatar once too. Now being a mod is part of my work release program.
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Canoe.......Stream......Is that you, Matthew?
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... Now being a mod is part of my work release program.

I heard that....
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