Possible Scams?

richard4339

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Sep 6, 2006
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Illinois
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?

Hello Mr Richard

Thank you for the response.I am okay with the price and the condition.My mode of payment will be by check in US dollars,because that is the only convenient means for me .Concerning the shipment,my shipper will be at your place for the pick up after you receive the payment and when it clears .I really wish to be there to check out the item but i dont have chance.Please let me have the following so that the payment can be made to you .your Full Name to be on the Check your Full contact Address ,your Zip Code and your Mobile and Land Number so that the payment can be send to you okay.or i don't know maybe you have an account with this banks listed (Bank Of America,Wellsfargo and Chase Bank)so that i can make the payment into those bank fast...

Good bye and God bless you,as i wait to hear from you so soon,

From Gary James...
I'll be glad to answer any questions you have.

--- Gary James wrote:
>
> Hello,
>
> How are you doing?i was came across your advert
> today concerning the item you posted for sale. am
> really intresting and this item is perfectly
> specification requested by me. i like to know if the
> item is still available and the details of the
> present con dition and the last price you are
> willing to sell it to me.looking forward to hear
> from
> you
>
> thanks stay bless.
>
> Regards
>
> Gary James
The other inquiry I received was:

Hello,
I came across your site few minutes ago and am glad to inform you that I
am interested in your items, I would appreciate it if you enclose your
next mail more photographs of the items and letting me know it's present
condition. Regarding payments, i will be paying you by cheque/Money order.My name is Jenny williams, I reside in USA.

Regards.
Ogunx Tokunbo
They both seem like scammers, and I'm curious what you guys would do? Ignore them, or simply ask for cash?
 
L

Lau

Guest
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.
 

richard4339

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Sep 6, 2006
862
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Illinois
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."
 

beatsme

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Oct 6, 2005
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richard4339 said:
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?

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

®îçhå®?

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Mar 7, 2006
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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.
 

Sun Baked

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May 19, 2002
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adk said:
i don't know maybe you have an account with this banks listed (Bank Of America,Wellsfargo and Chase Bank)so that i can make the payment into those bank fast...
That's Nigerian for "Give me your bank account number."
Damn straight, give me your account vitals ... and I'll buy my own computer with a check drawn on your account. ;)
 

notjustjay

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Sep 19, 2003
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Canada, eh?
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.
 

Electro Funk

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Dec 8, 2005
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The Opium Garden
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