craigslist scam??? i need a hand please (2024)

gearhead79

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  • Feb 20, 2013
  • #1

like the title says.im selling a bike on craigslist and got an email about it.i responded with another email and the person said they'll take it!!!!! awsome!!!!! but then he goes on to tell me that he is buying this for a surprise for his son, and that he is in the army and all that,and that he would send me a cashiers check the next day.

now ive heard of scammers selling (like a mint 2007 harley truck for 3 grand sitting in a container waiting to be shipped) but never scammers buying.what would he have to gain??? :lmao:

just wondering what you guys think????
could i be dealing with a guy thats gonna break into my house after i give him my address

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Got_Demo

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  • Feb 20, 2013
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I had someone try this on a car I was selling. Military blah blah blah. They said the same type thing then it turned into wanting to have a buddy pick up the car and title and they would give me a cashiers check for the price of the car plus $1000. Wanted me to give the guy picking up the car $1000 in cash for gas and his fee for helping him out. Yeah right, not gonna happen.

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winnerone23

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  • Feb 20, 2013
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They do it to get ur goods, then the check never cashes.. it bounces from bank to bank, blah blah.. no go! Scam...

rangercat23

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  • Feb 20, 2013
  • #4

I have had similar encounters via e-mails.

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C*H*U*D

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  • Feb 20, 2013
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Same thing happened to my girlfriend who was selling a $300 bicycle. Same military story about being a Marine stationed in Colorado (red flag right there), but was currently deployed and wanted a friend to pick it up.

I'd ignore him unless he has cash in hand, and don't give him your address.

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Hoosierdady

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  • Feb 20, 2013
  • #6

Never meet a CL buyer at your house. They can come back and rob you after having seen all of the other items in your home. Not to mention there are some who will meet up at a location (Walmart, etc) pay, have you sign over the title and then rob you for the cash back or worse. There are alot of shady people out there.

bigstu

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  • Feb 20, 2013
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My $.02 worth. SCAM..
I had a guy contact me about a snowmobile I had listed on CL a couple years ago.
He wanted me to ship the snowmobile to a ranch in Montana and the check he sent would cover the purchase and the freight to ship.
I asked if he was going to come look at it or make sure it was worth the money and he told me he trusted me and would take my word for it on the condition of the sled.
BIG RED FLAG..

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XJkid93

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  • Feb 20, 2013
  • #8

Like the person above me, I never meet someone at my house for any reason, then I meet them at a bank or someplace like that because there are a lot of cameras in front if a bank, or someplace that there's a lot of people at, at all times. They would have to be pretty stupid to try something at a store Parking lot in the middle of the day. And then I tell them I live about 45 minutes in the opposite direction of my actual home

gearhead79

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  • Feb 20, 2013
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Thanks guys,i really appriciate it"thumbsup".believe me i didnt think this was on the up and up,its just my first time being scammed.its basically the same story you guys have all said.ive sold a bunch of stuff and never met at my house either. i know 9 out of 10 military stories r usually bull crap anyways just needed to be sure,and this was the first place for advise that came to my mind"thumbsup"

Yea we found a 2003(not 2007 like i said) ford super cab,supercharged,harley truck mint for$3000.when we started askin about it he started giving us the whole army thing and that it was in a container in a ship yard ready to b shipped.we kept asking questions and after a while he wouldnt get back to us:lmao:

dang and i was excited to get rid of this bike too :lmao:

fvrr

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  • Feb 20, 2013
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Scam. Only after I've talked to the person I'll agree to meet. This has been going on for years but looks like they have changed the story. And I flag all the ads for 2-3 year old vehicles for $2000-3000. The ads look like a poor cut and paste with little information and seems like they always have a gmail acct. Scammers SUCK!

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rangercat23

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  • Feb 20, 2013
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I usually meet in a large business parking lot, and have a friend in another vehicle sitting about 50 yds away to keep an eye on the deal.

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savage wraith

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  • Feb 20, 2013
  • #12

i have also had the same scam. don't do it. and the public place with a friend is a great idea!!

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LEADFOOT82

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  • Feb 20, 2013
  • #13

Scam for sure! Some of them are sick, saying they are doing this for someone serving our country. Makes me angry really! Unless I have a real conversation with someone on the phone I don't generally respond to emails, sometimes not even text. Don't meet them at your place at all, unless your selling them your empty house.

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  • Feb 21, 2013
  • #14

Cashiers checks are one of the easiest things to forge in our day and age of computer and printer technology.

CASH in hand is the form of payment to accept.

I personally don't worry too much about selling anything from my home, but I do take a few precautions.
Get the persons telephone number before they arrive (a good number that you call at least once to contact them back with), and then put whatever you are selling outside in the driveway or back of truck etc..., close your garage, basem*nt house door etc... They are not there to visit you , they are not your pal.
Don't discuss personal info such as what shift you work, how many people live there, your other toys, your hobbies etc...
Keep conversation solely to the deal at hand (less is best), they are only there to buy what you are selling, not to be your buddy or pal, they don't need details of your personal life, nor should they be upset if you don't share them.

My late father was ripped off years ago when the Internet first became popular. He was selling a 52 Chevy for $9,500. He was contacted the same way by a dude in the military overseas and couldn't get home blah, blah, blah. Next thing he knew he received a cashiers check for $18,200. Then another email saying he was buying another vehicle and the seller backed out, that he would trust my dad to cash the check and keep his $9,500 plus another $500 for the hassle and to simply wire him back the difference.
:roll:Yeah... My trusting father not even knowing scammers existed wired the ass back $8,200
Uh huh.... I doubt I need to explain the rest of the story except for the end result was a veryyyyy ugly and expensive lesson for my dad.

Cash, cash or CASH only.

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dunerinaz

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  • Feb 21, 2013
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I always meet in a very public place and I always have a visible pistol on my side. It has made things a little uncomfortable for some people I've met.

spookyseven

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  • Feb 21, 2013
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It could be real but is most likely not. I went to look at a motorcycle when my brother was in Afghanistan but I was very clear that I would have cash in hand to buy the bike. My brother found out that the owner was hitting on his fiancee and decided not to make a deal with him.

jjwiggs

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  • Feb 21, 2013
  • #17

winnerone23 said:

They do it to get ur goods, then the check never cashes.. it bounces from bank to bank, blah blah.. no go! Scam...

This is exactly what happens... Take ur stuff and check is BOGUS!

gearhead79

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  • Feb 21, 2013
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:shock: wow thanks guys!!!!! i knew i did the right thing by coming here first!!!! yea i didnt get back to him at all and deleted the email's.i had a feeling it was a scam but it was just my first time dealing with a "buying" scammer.thanks again guys,you have no idea how much i appriciate it.you all saved me from losing 500 smackaroos!!!"thumbsup"

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mcap

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  • Feb 21, 2013
  • #19

A few years back a kid responded to my craigslist ad for a ski rack attachment I was selling. I met the guy at night but at a local car dealership which was well lit. This amateur pulled a knife on me as I was reaching into my backseat to pull them out to show him. Unfortunately for him I'm a brown belt in Judo and his night ended up very bad with him on the ground and me standing over him waiting for the cops to show up. He landed himself in the hospital, the slammer for a short period, fines, criminal record, the whole bit. All over $60. Always do a deal with a friend, cash only, and in a very populated location

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xtreme4x2

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  • Feb 21, 2013
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Here's my story...

I bought tires and wheels off craigslist a few years back with a $450 cashiers check. We met at Fred Meyers during the day and he called the bank before giving me the wheels/tires. Everything was good to go and we made the exchange. Everything took less than 10mins

I don't remember why I used a cashiers check in the first place :roll:

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