Someone's trying to scam me on Craigslist?

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  1. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    Heh, well I just posted a car up on Craigslist and within 24 hours got someone asking if the car was still available.

    I responded that, yes, it was, and almost immediately got this response:

    This certainly sounds like a scam; I specify that my car's odometer is not working and offer either a discount or to get it fixed before the sale, the buyer doesn't even mention it. They don't ask to look at the car and want to mail a check.

    I'm assuming this is a scam (can anyone confirm?). My question is, where does the scam come in? Is the point to steal the car and get the bank to pull the money back or something? I'm trying to see where they'd get money.

    Also, why do scammers write like such idiots all the time?
     
  2. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Because the people that fall for it are idiots as well.
     
  3. GFLPraxis thread starter macrumors 604

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    So the reasoning is that if they write intelligently, people might get suspicious and think they're clever? :D


    Should I just tell them to get lost, or have a little fun with it?
     
  4. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Here is the scam: The check is bogus - but will pass at first moment with the bank. You get the cash, take the excess for his "shipper" to cover costs. After which (couple of days later) the bank declares the check bogus - and you owe ALL the money back. The shipper likely will never even try to get your car, but will have the 500 or 1000 or whatever the shipper wanted.

    You, meanwhile, owe the bank everything back, and the "shipper" has your $ free and clear.

    And maybe a car - but that is not likely at all, usually just the electronic funds is all they want.
     
  5. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a

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    Scammers must be feeding on Craig's list now... wonder what their success rate is?
     
  6. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    yes you are being scammed.

    who would seriously buy a car on craigslist without checking it out?
     
  7. Applespider macrumors G4

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    They'd send you a check for a grand or so more than the price. You cash the check, it seems to clear and give the car and the extra amount to the pick-up guy. The bank discover that the check is fraudulent and the amount is taken back out of your account. The crook has your car and the extra cash, you are out of pocket and carless.
     
  8. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Just google "Nigerian Scam" and you'll know more than you ever wanted. They use the same exact tactics, except apply them to Craigslist, instead of your email and long dead relative in the kingdom of whatever...
    :rolleyes:

    (#*$ Them. Hard.
     
  9. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a

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    If you're bored and have the time - play 'em along! Be sure to post a copy of the check or whatever they send.
     
  10. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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  11. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Such a world we live in. :(
     
  12. spork183 macrumors 6502a

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    give the shipper a bogus check for the difference and arrange for the car to be picked up "next week". Probably not worth your trouble.
     
  13. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    You want to know for good and sure, tell them to meet you in person, and that's how the transfer will take place at the bank itself.

    99.999% sure they will no-show.

    Not worth (#*$ing with them, they do this all day long, every day. You've got better things to do, trust me.
     
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  15. GFLPraxis thread starter macrumors 604

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    Nah, I could tell almost instantly it was a scam from the writing style and overcomplicated directions, and your summation of the scam it made perfect sense and clinched it.

    It's a scam. I'd love to mess with them but I'm slightly concerned that my phone number was in the ad. I didn't stop to think about scammers when I put it up.
     
  16. GFLPraxis thread starter macrumors 604

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    :D
     
  17. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

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    I once saw a picture of an internet add that went something like this :D.

    Millions of Americans have had their credit card number stolen on line. Enter your card number and experation date here ____________ and see if your's has been stolen.
     
  18. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Does it work? ;) :p :D
     
  19. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    Scam the scammer. I LIKE it. :cool:

    As someone else mentioned, 419eater is a great site for seeing examples of this.

    Keep us posted on how this goes. :)
     
  20. ZenErik macrumors 6502

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    I get this scam on about 50% of Craigs List postings I make. I laugh every time and give them random replies.
     
  21. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a

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    THAT's funny!! :D I've not seen that one before.
     
  22. Airforce macrumors 6502a

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    I think I found a new hobby....:eek:

    That's a great site! :cool:
     
  23. GFLPraxis thread starter macrumors 604

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  24. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a

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    Looking thru the pics makes me wonder how gullible the scammers are
     

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