Possible Scams?

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  1. richard4339 macrumors 6502a

    richard4339

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    I just posted my old PC on Craigslist,and have already have two offers which don't really seem legit; I'm posting them below. Anybody have any thoughts?

    The other inquiry I received was:

    They both seem like scammers, and I'm curious what you guys would do? Ignore them, or simply ask for cash?
     
  2. Lau Guest

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    The first is a scammer because of the way it's written, definitely.
    The second is more convincing, but "My name is Jenny williams, I reside in USA.Regards.Ogunx Tokunbo" is just comical, therefore a scammer.

    I'd avoid both completely.
     
  3. richard4339 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The sad thing is, if scammer's would write with decent English, we'd probably all fall victim to them.

    I almost wrote in reply to the first:

    "Answer questions for you can I. Payments in cash only accept I will."
     
  4. beatsme macrumors 65816

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    well, I dunno...many people have terrible writing skills q.v. Dr. Chiz or Mr. Clock. But here's what I'd do:

    1) no way I'd give out my address or phone number. Absolutely no effin' way.
    2) no way I'd take a personal check. A cashier's check or money order would be acceptable.

    I'd rig it like a eBay transaction. Just tell them that if they want the thing, they send you either a cashier's check or money order, with a shipping address included. Once payment has been received, you will ship the item. If you get any response other than "yes, that's fine" you'll know for sure.
     
  5. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    Screw with them a little, give them the address of your local FBI office :D

    Ed
     
  6. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    Ask for money, not a cheque. If they say no, avoid them but if they do accept it, make sure that is is cashable, cash it then ship it.
    Give them your business address aswell so that they dont know where you live.
     
  7. adk macrumors 68000

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    That's Nigerian for "Give me your bank account number."
     
  8. richard4339 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If I list this on eBay, I'm going through an ebay seller; they can deal with this crap.
     
  9. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Avoid both. Damn Scammers... ruin everything.
     
  10. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Damn straight, give me your account vitals ... and I'll buy my own computer with a check drawn on your account. ;)
     
  11. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    Hopefully you have had other offers besides these two scammers'?:confused:
     
  12. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    The dead giveaway, as far as I am concerned, is that neither actually refer to what you have for sale, they just use very generic terms like "your item". Form letter.
     
  13. Electro Funk macrumors 65816

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    they are obviously both scammers...

    i would reply and ask "Which items are you referring to? I have a few for sale." and see if they even know what it is that you are selling.:p
     

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