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Forum topic by pashley posted 11-11-2012 11:44 PM 1642 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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pashley

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11-11-2012 11:44 PM

I wanted to pass along a story to you guys a story of me ALMOST getting scammed, so you don’t fall prey either! Being a craft person that wanted to make a sale, I wanted to believe it was real – which could have cost me my shirt. Here’s how it went down….

You post (for instance) a side table on your own website, for $1000; maybe you have a way to shopping cart it for payment through Paypal too.

Someone contacts you saying they want “the product” (they aren’t specific it seems), and may even buy several. They also indicate they will send their own (or a common) shipper to get the product. You are elated! Not only are you selling one, but several. The guy says he’ll send you a cashiers check, or Postal Money order. You think that’s fine. You send him your mailing address, and voila! The checks appear. Just one little problem though – he sent you two checks, or one check for more than the amount – let’s say $2,000. So, you quickly email the guy, saying, hey, you sent me too much money. He replies back (very quickly) that it was a mistake, but you can go ahead and cash the checks (if you haven’t already) and wire him the difference – in this case, $1000, so you do it, and he gives you the directions to do so.

Two days later, your bank, where you deposited those money order, or Postal Money Orders calls you, and says they bounced, or aren’t real. In my case, the postal money orders were forgeries – counterfeits, the same as counterfeit $100 bills! However, I never cashed the postal money order checks. Fortunately, I know a postmistress, took them to her, and she’s like, “No, these aren’t real”, and showed me subtle differences between the real and fake. I could have really been in trouble, trying to cash forged federal instruments!!! Not only that, but the money I sent to the con man would have been gone too. I really could have had a bad day.

I contacted the authorities and they were like, “There’s nothing we can do; these guys move around so much, we can’t catch them. Typically they are overseas, like the Bahamas or Africa.”

This is an example of the mantra, “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.”

So, I hope that helps prevent one of you good fellows from getting scammed!

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com


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jap

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 12:01 AM

good reminder

-- Joel

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Gshepherd

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#2 posted 11-12-2012 12:05 AM

It must be going around…. I posted a scroll saw on CL got the same crap….. Not wantin to be rude I put down the Local Police Department info…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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derosa

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#3 posted 11-12-2012 12:20 AM

The fun thing is to return the favor and string them along; leave them hanging for several days.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 11-12-2012 01:35 AM

That is what I do ;-) Have them send the checks to my PO Box. Thye never contact me about their balance due.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 11-12-2012 02:02 AM

This is a classic scam used on Craigslist …

First, I’ve had great success on CL, and I recommend CL to one and all – today, I had a person pay for and pick-up a Delta 14” bandsaw I was selling. However, last week someone offered me full-price, an offer to send a cashier’s check, have a common carrier pick-up the machine one I cashed the check. all of this …

Fortunately, I’ve been down this road before, and CL warns you at every turn to do business IN PERSON, with Cash.

The unfortunate part is that there are too many people trying to do too many scams – they run ahead of our ability to believe individuals are this corrupt.
MJCD

-- Lead By Example; Make a Difference

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 11-12-2012 02:20 AM

This scam has been around for a couple years at least. I get emails all the time saying they want to order _ fill in the blank, they say they want 10 of them and want to know how much they will be and what kind of payment I’ll take.
They never say what wood they want them made of ,size or other details. Of course I never answer the emails.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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JJohnston

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#7 posted 11-12-2012 02:23 AM

I had a guy try come to pick up a contractor’s saw, in person, and try to write a check (ad on CL). I declined to take it; however, the bank it was from was right there in town, about 5 miles away, so I offered to drive him there to get cash. He declined, and left without the saw. To this day, I don’t know if that check would have been good or not. After that, I always made sure to say “cash only” in the ad.

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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#8 posted 11-12-2012 02:25 AM

Been there. Same crap. Had to refuse a $3000 check. Painful

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 11-12-2012 03:02 AM

I get emails (spam) all the time with a story of how some wealthy person in Nigeria or other far away place needs a trusting person to keep their money safe – usually several million dollars – for which they would gladly let me keep a large portion of it. This is along the same line as buying a product. Very common scam, and they are always trying new angles.

Another scam, sort of along the same line, is responding to your CL ad requesting more information. However, they don’t specifically say what item they are inquiring about, or something very general like “the tool you are selling” or car or instument… whatever general category they are spamming at the time. In this case it is not to send you a cashiers check but, rather, to get your email address when you respond. They do this to collect legitimate email addresses, which they then use for spamming and they also sell the lists to other spammers.

-- I support the 28th Amendment. http://www.wolf-pac.com/28th

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#10 posted 11-12-2012 03:08 AM

That is why free email was invented. So you can have addresses to answer in case of spammers harvesting.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 11-12-2012 03:08 AM

One other scam worth mentioning involves phone numbers. They run a software against sites such as Craigs List which searches for anything that looks like a phone number, and collect them for soliciting. That’s why you’ll see a lot of people posting on CL will disguise their phone number, like eight 5 five dash 4 nine nine 2760. (no, it’s not a real number that I’m aware of.) It is so the “bots” as they are known, don’t get ahold of their phone number.

-- I support the 28th Amendment. http://www.wolf-pac.com/28th

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#12 posted 11-12-2012 03:11 AM

That’s exactly right Topamax. Unfortunately, too many people unwittingly reply. I wonder how may write back… “Oh yeah? Then what am I selling?” thinking they are outwitting the scammers.

-- I support the 28th Amendment. http://www.wolf-pac.com/28th

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 11-12-2012 03:19 AM

Sometimes I get emails saying there is a problem with a bank account or CC account.
Sometime they are for institutions I have never dealt with. They must just send them out in volume fishing for anyone naive enough to click their link. They usually look very real and have email addresses with just one little defect. I forward them to the real institutions, but i doubt if they can do much about it.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 11-12-2012 03:32 AM

I first learned of these scams in 2008 so it is a fairly old scam. They must make money at it off some peopl
I mostly ignore and delete. I will admit, getting tired of this, a couple.weeks ago I got a text on my phone. It was a scam. For the past 2 weeks I have texted and called the number multiple times a day randomly. I have basically gave them a message that I hate people like them. I call but only get their voicemail. I know what I am doing is harrassment, but they deserve it. If only I could come.face to face with one of the scammers.

I know I could probably go to jail for my harrassment, but the harrassee, whom would be.my accuser and ultimately the scammer, would need to reveal themselves. I would gladly spend time in jail if I can have a chance to get a name and face of even just one of these scammers/loosers.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 11-12-2012 03:38 AM

Now Jerry, name taking only; no kicking a$$ ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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