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Old 03-03-2012, 06:50 PM   #43
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My grandfather was a young boy here in the High Plains of Kansas while everyone still packed a gun everywhere and all the time.. He said people were much more polite,, and honest back then..

MMMmmmm?

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Old 03-03-2012, 06:56 PM   #44
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Thanks, Protag- I think your overall advice is sensible, especially regarding sending or wiring any kind of fraudulent funds, or signing any kind of contract to purchase when your intent is otherwise. I think most people bait scammers to have a little fun, waste their time, and try to glean some information that may help in their apprehension. But thanks for your warning.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:03 PM   #45
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My grandfather was a young boy here in the High Plains of Kansas while everyone still packed a gun everywhere and all the time.. He said people were much more polite,, and honest back then..

MMMmmmm?

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Old 03-04-2012, 12:38 AM   #46
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Should not have made that fake payment with your real name i guess.....
Or a real address. Or a real anything. The point is, shouldn't have done it at all.

I'm glad the guy I baited was eventually caught, but truth be told, my baiting had nothing whatsoever to do with his arrest or conviction.
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:01 PM   #47
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That's right, mock my pain. You can get away with murder if you have the right lawyers, but there's no way to beat the rap when a taxable transaction is on the line.



The Federal court. No idea what they actually did with the money, but the judge SAID it would go to the other party.
Pro', I had no intent to mock your pain. Not a very good attempt at humor I'm afraid. I'm sorry I upset you.

It is difficult to understand this. It seems it may have something to do with more than not paying for a nonexistent object. As the facts were originally stated, I could not imagine how any lawyer could lose. It starts to sound like a tax case and that brings it to a very different place where falsifying documents is fraud. How money could go to the "other party" doesn't tell who the other party was—IRS? I know you don't want to continue with this and unfortunately the facts are so curious it is hard to not wonder what this is all about.

At least we agree it is best to report a scam when we discover it.

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Old 07-09-2013, 12:05 PM   #48
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Unhappy 2013 Bambi for 28K - too good to be true!

Buyer beware!
If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.

I have been looking for a Bambi for quite a while.

Saw a 2013 Bambi listed for $28,000 on Autotrader DOT ca in Etobicoke Ontario and thought my dreams had come true.

google searched on the VIN from the ad 1STVRTF10DJ528071
and found it listed across Canada and the US to various owners.

When asked for details the scammer replied with alias
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:30 PM   #49
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Saw a 2013 Bambi listed for $28,000 on Autotrader DOT ca in Etobicoke Ontario and thought my dreams had come true.
You could have told him that a local guy you know from the Air Forums was ready to pick it up for you and pay cash upon inspection - I'm 15 minutes from Etobicoke.
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You could have told him that a local guy you know from the Air Forums was ready to pick it up for you and pay cash upon inspection - I'm 15 minutes from Etobicoke.
Would have loved to but I just reported it to autotrader instead.

I despise scammers but I also don't want to get myself mixed up in anything.

While fraud happens all the time, I guess what really bugs me about this one is that all the real airstream owners I have read posts from, and gotten advice from, have all been such nice people. I just had to post something about this scammer because his actions are so far from what I have experienced.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:25 PM   #51
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Would have loved to but I just reported it to autotrader instead.

I despise scammers but I also don't want to get myself mixed up in anything.

While fraud happens all the time, I guess what really bugs me about this one is that all the real airstream owners I have read posts from, and gotten advice from, have all been such nice people. I just had to post something about this scammer because his actions are so far from what I have experienced.
You didn't miss anything... either they would have ignored you altogether, or suddenly the story would become "Oh, the trailer is in storage with <insert escrow service> and will be delivered to you for the listed price, you'll have <X> days to inspect it and if you don't want it they'll refund all your money and come pick it up for free." That's the usual line of crap offered by these scammers when you want to see the goods before sending money.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:48 PM   #52
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While fraud happens all the time, I guess what really bugs me about this one is that all the real airstream owners I have read posts from, and gotten advice from, have all been such nice people. I just had to post something about this scammer because his actions are so far from what I have experienced.
It's not about the Airstream. They probably run dozens of these scams all the time, on a bunch of different products - cell phones, televisions, cameras, cars, anything that is fairly common (and thus relatively difficult to pin down to a specific copy - Faberge Eggs, for example, probably wouldn't work that well). We're attuned to Airstreams for obvious reasons, but there are dozens of these scams floating around CL all the time in a bunch of the for sale forums, I'm sure.

I hadn't read this thread before, and I'm sorry about your experience, Protagonist. The ruling against you probably has to do with not wanting people to take matters into their own hands - if it's a scam, the police and courts should be dealing with it, just like any other crime.
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:24 PM   #53
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A couple years later, and this scam is still going on. I saw a too-good-to-be-true Airstream on the Seattle CL and got this response:

Hello there,

Thanks for showing interest in buying my 2004 Airstream 25ft International CCD, the camper is in excellent condition, no need additional repairs, no scratches, dings, rust, special marks whatsoever. The interior is in great shape. All services are up to date and never involved in any accidents. I'm selling it because I am in the Army and I will be deployed in Afghanistan with my platoon replacing the troops scheduled to come home. I don't want it to get old in my garage. The price is low ($3,000 including delivery to your home address) because I need to sell it before October 30st. The camper is here with me in Boise, ID in the military base and in case you want to buy it our Military Logistic Department will take care of delivery. Please let me know if you have any more questions and I will answer with pleasure.

Thank you!
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"Jenna" might've had an operation since she was "Lance", but she's still copy-pasting the same scam.
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:14 PM   #54
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I've been around the block a few times with AS scammers. I have a sick sense of humor & like to toy with them. But I've encountered a couple of VERY brazen ones lately. One of them had a listing on Ebay for a pristine Bambi for some song of a price, and the other was listed here on the Airforums just yesterday selling a pristine Caravel for $4000. In the time I phoned the listed number & the return text, the listing was pulled from Airforums. I responded to both listings & told them I needed to speak to a PERSON, not a text or email. Low & behold, they both phoned me. Surprise....they both had very thick accents. The one that was listed on the Airforums phoned me after I texted him & told him to forget it, since the listing was pulled. He seemed to be put out that I didn't give him a chance. After all, I didn't need to put any money toward him, just money in an escrow. Problem is, if you put money in the escrow, both parties need to end the payment to stop it. So, they won't stop it & your money will be gone. This guy's name was Paul Browne....really?? With an Indian accent.....Paul Browne?? Well, just sayin'.....they're getting more & more brazen...giving addresses where they are located, all their stories of brothers needing surgery & having to sell the trailer, acting insulted that you think it may be a scam.....AND IT IS!! That's my story & I'm sticking to it! :-)
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:58 PM   #55
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Yeah.. I had a similar one... told him, "great, I am around the corner from you right now. I will be there in 5 minutes to view the camper"... hello... uh, hello.. no one there??? gee.. how rude.. he hung up..!
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Old 10-31-2014, 10:16 PM   #56
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Another one tonight on Dallas CL: 2004 Airstream camper RV Travel Camping trailer Coach
The AS is in Grand Prairie, TX but the phone number is Clarkson, NE? Called it and got voicemail.
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