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Old 05-29-2017, 04:32 PM   #1
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Craigslist Scams

Just in the last several weeks as I have become serious about an Airstream I cannot believe the number of scams I have run across on Craigslist. Some of the telltale signs are prices too good to be true, oddball prices like $2751 for example, extra characters in the ad title like % and # signs, asking you to reply only to the email in the text of the ad (the email usually contains a Caucasian female name), doing a nationwide search and finding the same ad in multiple cities, only a single photo in the ad, a photo with a forest in the background when the ad says "located in Tucson", or, like the one this morning, called the number that was in the Craigslist reply button, got no answer so left a message. Got a text saying the ad was for their brother and to email him at xxx.com. These ads also pop up then disappear fairly quickly. There was another one that said in the description "no smoke or blowby", obviously put together by someone unfamiliar with the English language or what a travel trailer is. Right now there are two from PHX, each one a 2005 Bambi for $5K. One photo only, no real description not even the length. Hard to tell if it's for real or not. It actually looks like two different shots of the same Bambi each shot in it's own ad.

Just a heads up to others who are looking, although probably not surprising to anyone.
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Old 05-29-2017, 05:38 PM   #2
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Nope, not surprising at all. Though we actually found our trailer on Craigslist, listed in Dallas. If you're finding a large number of scams, have you tried searching the classifieds here? Another shopping source would be the various Wally Byam clubs and Airstream exclusive communities. They often have newletters with classified sections.
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Old 05-29-2017, 06:32 PM   #3
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I start with the assumption that everything is a scam on CL and then when it's legit, I'm pleased.
When I searched for a gently used Honda generator, I saw mostly scam ads.
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The most common Craigslist scam is a Bambi II with red wheels and propane bottle. The same pictures seem to crop up all over the country especially in the New Orleans area. Request for information are always met with very wish washy double talk.
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Any response to any ad that contains the phrases "selling for my_____", "free shipping anywhere in the US", "in storage, so no access to inspect", "10 days to inspect with full refund", "funds held in escrow", "Ebay or Paypal protection plan",
"click on link to Paypal provided in this e-mail".........I could go on, and on.....

If it sounds too good to be true.......it is.

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Old 05-29-2017, 08:26 PM   #6
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Any response to any ad that contains the phrases "selling for my_____", "free shipping anywhere in the US", "in storage, so no access to inspect", "10 days to inspect with full refund", "funds held in escrow", "Ebay or Paypal protection plan",
"click on link to Paypal provided in this e-mail".........I could go on, and on.....

If it sounds too good to be true.......it is.

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PS Never advertise that you're looking for something online. The very minute you place an ad looking for something you'll receive calls from people claiming to have what you're looking for at a great price. Trust me, they don't have it, whatever it is. They will however sound very convincing.

I totally get that, however a couple years ago I advertised my Lincoln Weldanpower 3000 on Craigslist and I included "or trade for Honda EU 2000i and I'll be darned if a guy showed up with one. I tested it out while he tested the Weldanpower and we shook hands and both were happy with the deal.

That was the exception to the rule and I probably wouldn't do it again.
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I totally get that, however a couple years ago I advertised my Lincoln Weldanpower 3000 on Craigslist and I included "or trade for Honda EU 2000i and I'll be darned if a guy showed up with one. I tested it out while he tested the Weldanpower and we shook hands and both were happy with the deal.

That was the exception to the rule and I probably wouldn't do it again.
If the Honda tends to run hot, you may want to think twice about taking it in for service, if you know what I mean.

Bet you never thought of that, did-ja.

Craigslist is the very best place to launder stolen goods for legitimate items by trading.

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One of the best ways to avoid a bad purchase on Craigslist is to look only for trailers where inclusion of a clean title is mentioned. If you've purchased other used vehicles, you already know you need it in order to register and get plates. Plus you'll have to take your lumps and pay your state's sales tax for the purchase. Find one you can't resist and no title is mentioned? When you call the "seller" it should be the first thing you ask. No title, or they have no clue what one is? Hang up.
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Just in the last several weeks as I have become serious about an Airstream I cannot believe the number of scams I have run across on Craigslist. Some of the telltale signs are prices too good to be true, oddball prices like $2751 for example, extra characters in the ad title like % and # signs, asking you to reply only to the email in the text of the ad (the email usually contains a Caucasian female name), doing a nationwide search and finding the same ad in multiple cities, only a single photo in the ad, a photo with a forest in the background when the ad says "located in Tucson", or, like the one this morning, called the number that was in the Craigslist reply button, got no answer so left a message. Got a text saying the ad was for their brother and to email him at xxx.com. These ads also pop up then disappear fairly quickly. There was another one that said in the description "no smoke or blowby", obviously put together by someone unfamiliar with the English language or what a travel trailer is. Right now there are two from PHX, each one a 2005 Bambi for $5K. One photo only, no real description not even the length. Hard to tell if it's for real or not. It actually looks like two different shots of the same Bambi each shot in it's own ad.

Just a heads up to others who are looking, although probably not surprising to anyone.
I found 5 of them in local craiglist. Marked them all "prohibited". It really makes me mad to see these scammers. I hope no one falls for it.
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If the Honda tends to run hot, you may want to think twice about taking it in for service, if you know what I mean.

Bet you never thought of that, did-ja.

Craigslist is the very best place to launder stolen goods for legitimate items by trading.

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Yes that's a good point and I did consider it. The guy did seem genuine, said he needed a welder to build a steel building on his property. Of course I am an honest Joe and usually give everyone the benefit of the doubt, although spending a lot of time on Craigslist lately is starting to jade me a bit.
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I use craigslist often to both buy and sell. Yes you see the stand out adds with the 19' international for some ridiculous price or the others with seriously bad grammer and the same absurd low price but for the most part I have had good transactions.
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