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Old 10-23-2015, 10:57 AM   #1
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Suspicious buyer

I received the responses shown below from an overseas buyer for my Airstream and I suspect it may be a scam.
I'd appreciate your opinion and advice on sending the requested information.
Thanks for your help.


SECOND REPLY
Thank for the prompt response to my mail. Please be informed that
i will be paying with American certified check as payment. once the
check clear in your account. My shipper will come for the pickup of the air-stream,
also i will be response for the shipment of the air-stream . Just moved out from Marietta ,
Georgia on job transfer to Essex , UK.

If you accept this offer. Please send me your information for
payment and required information is below:

1.Name to be on the payment__________________2.Full Home
address______________ City____________zip Code________________3.Cell
phone#______________________ Price_____________ Pictures____________

I will notify you immediately when you will receive the check ,
so be expecting it very soon . Thank

FIRST REPLY
Someone is interested in your ad listing: 2011 Airstream International 27 - Rhode Island

"hello,
Am here to inform you that I saw your advertised list on internet and
am interested in purchasing your airstream. Please let me know if
it is still available for sale.I will also proceed with purchase if it
is still for sale and also in
good condition as I have requested earlier on also the price of the
airstream.

Thanks so much and I will be waiting for your response asap My regard

williamtorwestern@outlook.com

william torwestern""

Name: william torw
E-mail: williamtorwestern@outlook.com

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This message was sent from Airstream Trailer Classifieds - Airstream Trailers For Sale
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Sent from IP Address: 23.27.45.51
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Old 10-23-2015, 11:19 AM   #2
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That has scam written all over it to me.
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Old 10-23-2015, 11:44 AM   #3
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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...rt-138204.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...d-87705-5.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f16/...am-112769.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f353...am-112220.html

Those are just a small sample of threads on SCAMS. Google "airforums scam" and youll see pages of links from Airforums threads. Your call obviously but I would cease communication with this crook. Good luck on your sale.
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:07 PM   #4
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BSalinger,

I too have a trailer for sale, and have received the EXACT SAME e-mails. To the first one, I replied, "Call me, the number is in the add", but no call.

I believe they not only don't want to buy the Airstream, but only want all the requested information to aid in identity theft. We live in a very dangerous world.
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:11 PM   #5
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String him along and see what other stories he comes up with. These idiots can be entertaining.
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:17 PM   #6
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Scam, scam, scam.....
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:19 PM   #7
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I wish now that I hadn't even returned the e-mail, because now he has my e-mail address, and from that he can gain lots of personal information. If you don't believe it, Google your e-mail address.
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:24 PM   #8
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Everyone should have a few "throw-away" email addresses to use in this kind of situation. Most Internet Service Providers permit an account holder to have 5-10 email addresses active at a time. Never use your real primary email address for anything other than really trusted correspondents, and even the primary address should be changed every year or two, because you cannot trust how careful others are with their Internet security, and your email address.

What a world!
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Old 10-23-2015, 12:39 PM   #9
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google both the email address, and the name in double quotes. You're the only presence of that name on the entire Internet.

scam!
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Old 10-23-2015, 01:23 PM   #10
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I wish now that I hadn't even returned the e-mail, because now he has my e-mail address, and from that he can gain lots of personal information. If you don't believe it, Google your e-mail address.
If you don't believe it just deposit a check in your bank and forget to turn it in at the end of the year, the IRS will send a letter telling you of your mistake pronto..every one is watching you....
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:45 PM   #11
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Thanks to all for the replies

Thanks, folks, for replies to my post.

It sure seemed like it wasn't on the up and up.

I replied insisting that payment be via International Wire Transfer.

That needed it......
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:48 PM   #12
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Thanks, folks, for replies to my post.

It sure seemed like it wasn't on the up and up.

I replied insisting that payment be via International Wire Transfer.

That needed it......
Why even reply, and invite further engagement, more correspondence, and possible discovery of your IP address? You just egg spammers on this way . . . and he or she will consider you "hooked' until you go dark/silent.

Think of shifting to a state of war?

PS -- You might consider reporting this to the classified department, as they may be able to block a spammer by his/her IP address.
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Old 10-23-2015, 03:54 PM   #13
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Thanks, folks, for replies to my post.

It sure seemed like it wasn't on the up and up.

I replied insisting that payment be via International Wire Transfer.

That needed it......
DO NOT DO THAT! Because that requires that you give him your account number, which they would LOVE to have.
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Old 10-23-2015, 07:05 PM   #14
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DO NOT DO THAT! Because that requires that you give him your account number, which they would LOVE to have.
Exactly. As a banker, we frequently see these scams. In the case of this crook it is likely he was going to send a bogus certified check in an amount in excess of the sales price with request that you deposit it and then wire back the difference for taxes, shipping or some other purpose. Of course, the check will be no good, but that wouldn't be known until after good funds are wired back to him. Despite the broken English in the letter, these criminals are slick so best not to mess around with them.
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