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Dusty56

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06-07-2012 08:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question scam trick tip

Does this sound like a ”scam waiting to happen”, to anyone else ?
I’m selling a jointer on Craigslist , and this woman sent me an email wanting to know if it was still available.
I replied , yes, and then today she sent me this oddball email.
Hasn’t been able to send me her phone number yet , or call me , as she has my phone number already.
Claims to be a Marine with a busy schedule !
Here it is ;

Thanks you for the response according to the description,am okay with
the price and the condition pasted on cl. I am ready to make instant
purchase.My mode of payment would be in CERTIFIED CHECK and i will
arrange for a local pick up as soon as you get the check, because that
is the only inconvenient means for me and due to my work frame i can
not be able to get there and i promise everything will go smoothly.I
really wish to be there to check out the item but i don’t have chance
cause am very busy person (US MARINE).
Concerning the pick up, i will
arrange for it after you receive the payment and it clears… Pls get
back to me with below info so that i can proceed with the payment
immediately if you are selling to me.

Full Name:
Address: Not P.O.BOX
City:
State:Postal Code:
Total amount for the item
Phone Number: That i can send text

And as soon as this is provided, the payment will be overnight to you
and i will let you know when its mailed out. Thanks and i hope we
handle this in good faith while waiting to hear from you. i will add
an additional $30 so that you can hold it for me till the check reach
you.
Best Regards

On 6/6/12, wrote:
> Yes sara , it is. I just got your email now (10:15pm) , but you can call me
> up until 11pm tonight , or anytime after 3pm tomorrow.
> Thank you
> Len
> 413
>
>——- Original Message——-
> From: “sara Leigey” <mtmarturkey4>
> To: nrszh-3053701564@sale.craigslist.org
> Sent: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 11:24:23 AM
> Subject: RIDGID 6”jointer – $350 (westfield)
>
> CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY—- AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
>
Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
> Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
>
More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams
>
>—
>
> It’s still for sale?
>

>
>————————————————————————————————————

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David Craig

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#1 posted 06-07-2012 08:35 PM

Yeah, it is a scam. I can believe a woman is a Marine but not one that uses such lingo. The extra cash line is always a dead giveaway. Along with phrases like “hope we handle this in good faith…”

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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jack1

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#2 posted 06-07-2012 08:35 PM

Be very careful. I stopped shopping there and EBAY because of bogus attempts to defraud.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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McLeanVA

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#3 posted 06-07-2012 08:39 PM

I agree with David. It is worded like an overseas scam. I would cut contact on this one for sure.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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majeagle1

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#4 posted 06-07-2012 08:42 PM

Ditto on all the above….. I would back away as soon as possible !!!!

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 06-07-2012 08:43 PM

oh COOL – an extra $30 !!! ;)

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DS

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#6 posted 06-07-2012 08:48 PM

Odd thing about forged cashiers’ checks—They will clear your bank for a time, then get yanked back with fees once the forgery is discovered.

A common scam is to send too much money and have you not only send the product, but the difference in money. Then you are out your product and your cash and your bank fees.

As the warnings boldly state: deal locally, avoid cashiers checks and money orders.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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chrisstef

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#7 posted 06-07-2012 08:59 PM

A scam for sure, and a dirty one too. Using the false pretence of a marine … Dbag in my book.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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McLeanVA

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#8 posted 06-07-2012 09:02 PM

This looks surprisingly similar wouldn’t you think?

http://craigslistscammer.blogspot.com/2009/03/chris-bond-uses-others-email-addresses.html

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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Joseph Jossem

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#9 posted 06-07-2012 09:12 PM

They even sent me a check once for 3500 gave it to my bank to deal with written from a bank that closed years before.all scammers

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 06-07-2012 09:18 PM

Thanks for confirming my thoughts , guys…I’ve never met an uneducated “US Marine” , and this email is like so many others I’ve received over the years.
I can’t believe that people still fall for them with all of the warnings out there.
I think I’ll reply to “her” with a very heart felt , loud and clear ….. F@@K OFF !! LOL

Take care my friends : )

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Sawkerf

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#11 posted 06-07-2012 09:25 PM

Almost certainly a scam. The poor grammer in the email is a big red flag for me.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#12 posted 06-07-2012 09:32 PM

Hi Len,

Definately a scam. In downsizing we put a lot of things on Craigslist instead of heaving it. Got a number of these emails and reported them to Craigslist. They will block these creeps.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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308Gap

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#13 posted 06-07-2012 09:40 PM

Ya…... cash it at your bank so they can get your checking acct. # . Look at the email properties and you can see the sending I.P address which will probably be nigeria or russia. If you email them back they now have your email for spamming all your friends from your contacts list. Good luck

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#14 posted 06-07-2012 09:44 PM

While most likely a scam, I must admit, if poor grammar was all it took to flag a Craigslist ad as a scam, then 95% of all craigslist posts are scams…

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jaykaypur

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#15 posted 06-07-2012 09:49 PM

S C A M !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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