Screw over scammers :)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Vlade, Sep 27, 2006.

  1. Vlade macrumors 6502a

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    So I'm trying to sell some stuff locally over craigslist, and I get two messages from scammers, for both my PC and my Dell LCD. Here are the messages below (two different email addresses)


    After being the victim of a stolen credit card and Paypal (a horrible company), I would love to screw these guys over. Its obvious that its a counter-fit money order and an overseas address.

    So... who wants to give me some ideas on how to screw the scammers? I'm thinking after I take the money orders to the post office and verify they are fake I could take the prepaid Fed Ex labels and fill boxes of not so pleasant garbage and send them to them. That way they have to waste money on the shipping and get some sort of surprise. Maybe I could make the value of the box high enough so they have to pay some sort of importing tax?

    Any ideas, or is this just a bad idea to get involved with?
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    Don't bother.

    I'm tempted to many times, but in the end, it won't stop them from doing it. It's dangerous, too.
     
  3. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    id just ignore them, unless you have alot of free time.
     
  4. bigrell486 macrumors 6502

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  5. slabbius macrumors member

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    Actually what they are doing is very illegal and if you google 419 Resources or 419 Scam, you should be able to find plenty of info. I was nearly the victim and I was told to contact the local FBI with information (i.e. did I recieve a check or mo/did I send my goods yet, etc).

    There is a method known as scam-baiting where they try to target you and scam you and in turn, you end up costing them time and maybe money if you're good enough. Google that and a good recipe for chocolate cake
     
  6. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    LOL... i'd love to hear the end of this... for sure ship a box of... something bad
    but make sure yourself is untraceble, aka false name and false address...

    perhaps old newspaper or some other heavy garbage from your garage...
     
  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    First rule of dealing with scammers: Don't try to out-scam the scammers. More often than not, you will get burned...they do this for a living. Occasionally there will be a stunning success like the p-p-p-powerbook, but the chances of you coming out on the short end of the stick somehow are pretty good.
     
  8. fsckminix6 macrumors regular

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    yeah id ignore them too man there not worth your time
     
  9. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    what will they do to you if you ship them oversea a bunch of junk? provided you dont give them any true info like ur name and your addy?
     
  10. macOSX-tastic macrumors 6502a

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    amen to that!!!
    :D

    S
     
  11. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a

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    You could just send back and forth email leading them on, but never actually doing anything (like accepting money or sending a package)....just waste their time...
     
  12. SMM macrumors 65816

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    What I did was start sending them boxes of IT junk I no longer wanted. None of it was sent back and they soon left me alone.
     
  13. 1dterbeest macrumors regular

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    I usually send them an email saying that I've
    reported their scam operation to some made-
    up but official-sounding government agency that
    deals with online fraud. If they believe me, they
    have to abandon the alias they were using and
    start another one. Just give them a little hassle
    in return for the hassle they give ME.
     
  14. Kitrik macrumors member

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    Two wrongs don't make a right. Don't try to scam them - it's illegal.

    However, I also get these annoying emails when using Craigslist. I make sure to inform the scammer that I am not an idiot, that they are wasting their time so tell their friends to stop contacting me, and that there is a special place in hell reserved for them.
     
  15. California macrumors 68040

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    Tell them to go to church and find Jesus and stop scamming.

    It works every time.
     
  16. Vlade thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks guys, I decided to hold of on a while because I don't have time to mess with these guys or another address to use, and I don't want to use my own address. Maybe if I get bored some day though... :D
     
  17. MattyMac macrumors 68000

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    Good Idea...don't bother and just ignore it.
     
  18. Razorhog macrumors 65816

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    I've been trying to sell my 4-wheeler (which did sell today on ebay W00t! $3,000 for an iMac :D ) I had it on several online sites and started getting lots of scammer emails. The last one I got I told them basically to stick it where the sun don't shine and they actually replied back and acted all offended. The whole time they were mis-spelling words and using poor grammar. Just can't believe the gall of these people...
     
  19. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    If I pretend to scam you, can you send me all your IT stuff you don't want anymore too?
     
  20. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    It didn't work for me.
     
  21. skoker macrumors 68000

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    Wow, is it just me or has vB code gotten stupider?



    Emphasis mine.
     
  22. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    At least now it doesn't hiccup when URLs have trailing slashes...that used to be really annoying.
     
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