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Old 11-07-2010, 09:07 PM   #1
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Craigslist Scam Suspected: 2007 AS Safari Special Edition for $5900

I'm thinking this has got to be a classic Craigslist scam: In New Market, Alabama, a woman calling herself "Edith Graham" offers a pristine 2007 Safari SE FB Twin Beds for $5900.

When I wrote to confirm the price, here's the story: "...If you decide to buy it, you'll receive all the paperwork, books, owner's manuals, original purchase order/receipt and the clear title. I have a low price ( $ 5,900 including delivery to your home address ) because I want to sell the trailer very quickly. My husband died 2 months ago and I along with my daughter decided to sell the house and we moved to my sister in New York. Unfortunately I can't conclude this transaction personally because my work involves a lot of travelling but I left everything prepared for the sale. If you are really interested in purchasing the trailer please contact me asap.

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So, our friend "Edith" wants Schmucatelli (that'd be me) to quickly send the bereaved widow $5900 so she can move from the beauty of North Alabama to New York. And she's hoping I won't mind taking advantage of a poor widow by paying her way, way under market value. Well, none of that's going to happen.

Wow...Sounds like a classic con to me. What's to be done? Your experience and suggestions are welcomed!

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Old 11-07-2010, 09:11 PM   #2
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Turn it in to craigslist as a scam. Just in case someone is dumb enough to send the money.
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:09 PM   #3
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That exact same add is on the Rockford, Illinois Craigslist.

I googled Edith Graham in Rockford....she and her husband died in 1958.

Next step will be to report the scam to Craigslist.

As an aside, I ran into a fraudulent transaction on ebay a few years ago and did some research. Evidently ebay/PayPal, which owns at least part of Craigslist, works very closely with the FBI's internet fraud section. Unfortunately it seems you must be the victim of fraud to actually file a complaint.

I guess the best we can do is remain vigilant.
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Old 11-07-2010, 11:16 PM   #4
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I flagged at least half a dozen of these exact ads on Craiglist here in California today.
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:26 AM   #5
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The ad is gone from the Rockford, IL listings this morning. Good work everyone.
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I wonder..............what would happen if we ALL called her at the same time.... can you imagine 20,000 calls from all over the USA!
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