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Old 11-12-2011, 08:09 AM   #1
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Seller Beware!!! Air Classifieds SCAM

I just received a few messages on some of my Airstream Classifieds ads today and they have some of the tell tale signs of a scam.

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I am using this medium to notify you of my interest in purchasing your trailer which i will like to ask some few question
still available for sale ?
What is the asking price ?
What is the condition?
Has this involved in any damage before?
do i need to repair?

I would like to pay using PayPal,After payments has been made i will arrange for pick up of the trailer as soon as possible,will you let my pick-up agent to come to you house for the pick up? Because i don't want you to worry yourself about the shipment.

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Old 11-12-2011, 08:11 AM   #2
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Classic scam.
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Old 11-12-2011, 10:03 AM   #3
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Patrick - can you forward the username or PM to a moderator and we can suspend the account?
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:04 AM   #4
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I just received the exact message from charlesxxsutphin@gmail.com
Even the email looks like a scam!
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:28 AM   #5
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I just received the exact message from charlesxxsutphin@gmail.com
Even the email looks like a scam!
Is this email from a Airforums member or directly through your email?
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:46 AM   #6
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Huh?

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I just received a few messages on some of my Airstream Classifieds ads today and they have some of the tell tale signs of a scam.

Hello
I am using this medium to notify you of my interest in purchasing your trailer which i will like to ask some few question
still available for sale ?
What is the asking price ?
What is the condition?
Has this involved in any damage before?
do i need to repair?

I would like to pay using PayPal,After payments has been made i will arrange for pick up of the trailer as soon as possible,will you let my pick-up agent to come to you house for the pick up? Because i don't want you to worry yourself about the shipment.

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I guess I am pretty ignorant but what makes this look like a scam?
And on a separate note, I love that 2007 28 ft International Serenity you have posted...
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Old 11-12-2011, 12:19 PM   #7
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Poor use of English is a big giveaway. Also the part of using PayPal and arranging for someone to pick it up ASAP.
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Old 11-12-2011, 01:21 PM   #8
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People don't usually arrange payments for a big ticket item, sight unseen, until they've at least gotten the details and bickered a bit. Having a shipping company pick it up is an even bigger giveaway - that would be pretty difficult to arrange.

Interesting that this one wants to pay via PayPal, since these scams usually involve a fake cashiers check, written for an over amount, and then they ask you to return the difference or send it to the shipping company, and that's where they get your money. They you find out the check is bad, the bank yanks it out of your account, and you're out the amount you sent ahead.
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Old 11-12-2011, 02:59 PM   #9
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I guess I am pretty ignorant but what makes this look like a scam?
In addition to what has already been mentioned, I'll add the presence of vague questions. Even if the English was perfect, I'd be suspicious if someone said, "I'm very interested in the item you are selling. Please let me know if the item has any damage." The vagueness allows them to use the same message on multiple intended victims.
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:40 PM   #10
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We've gotten these kinds of replies/inquiries from some collectible items that we've put on Craig's List... invariably, they want to send a cashier's check, as Stephanie points out, including the cost of shiping, which you then pay form that check... then when the check is declared bogus after the fact, they have both your merchandise AND you paid to send it to them...and you are left holding the bag with nothing in it.

It's gotten so bad on Craig's List that we now say in our listing descriptions that we will only do face-to-face transactions with the buyer and will only accept cash.

Suddenly we stopped getting these inquiries.
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Angry Just got the same one...

Just opened my email and found a response to our Airstream Classified ad with this same email address.

About three months ago, we got a similar response and the guy said he was on a ship some where and his "agent" would pick up the "item". Give me a break!

Then he told me that he would pay by Pay Pal and he needed to have my Pay Pal account. I wasn't born under a rock !!

I reported that incident to the webmasters of AirForums.

I'm really getting tired of these guys.

By the way, we do have a nice 1990 B Van for sale !!
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:04 PM   #12
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By the way, we do have a nice 1990 B Van for sale !!
Hello there could I have my agent contact you for shipping your item to my home? I can send PayPal or a money order for full amount plus shipping. My shipper is Uship and they will be there next week to pick the item from you. Thanks you
John Smith
(please to excuse the Nigerian email address, I am out of the country right now)
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Old 11-12-2011, 08:08 PM   #13
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My uncle, who I consider a pretty smart cookie, lost 250k to a scam before we got wind of it and it might have kept going if my wife had not stepped-in. I have a feeling they are still calling him.
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Old 11-12-2011, 08:33 PM   #14
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But once you see money in your PayPal account, how do you get scammed?
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