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02/23/2012 09:09:41 PM · #1
i won an xbox360 for picking the photo of Paris Hilton out of 3, guess I need to wait by the mailbox everyday
02/23/2012 09:00:29 PM · #2
Originally posted by Neil:

Originally posted by MinsoPhoto:

if you do answer definitely do a public meeting and don't carry the camera in with you. I have grown to hate craigslist, it is a shame but so many untrustworthy people.


Can you explain why you say not to bring it in? If I don't, I'd have to go out to the parking lot to show him...doesn't that remove the advantage of a public place?


Just a safety precaution. But I think that is more a factor with money. I have heard of people showing up with cash and getting robbed. I imagine if you are in a good public place it shouldn't be an issue.
02/23/2012 08:33:56 PM · #3
Ok, I replied to his note. So we'll see.

I actually had another buyer who came up short on cash and let me know before our meeting...that one definitely sounds legit even if the circumstances are a bit odd. He says he'll have the money next week but I told him I would not "hold" it for him if someone else came up with cash first. So I told this newer one that my price is firm so I wouldn't be wasting my time going meeting him and then having him try to negotiate down.

I do feel kind of bad for the first person though. :(

02/23/2012 08:27:59 PM · #4
Originally posted by Melethia:

I sold my cell phone via Craigslist and didn't have any problem at all. Met at a Starbucks. If they give you a phone number, I suspect they're legit. And if you're dealing in cash in person, how is he going to scam you?


Agreed. Just don't accept a personal check or money order. If you meet in mall, there is easy access to an ATM, so no excuses.
02/23/2012 08:18:55 PM · #5
I sold my cell phone via Craigslist and didn't have any problem at all. Met at a Starbucks. If they give you a phone number, I suspect they're legit. And if you're dealing in cash in person, how is he going to scam you?

Oh, and my area code is from where my Mom lives - that's where I was when I got my cell phone. Since nearly everyone has a "call anywhere" cell plan these days, many people don't bother changing their numbers when they move.

Message edited by author 2012-02-23 20:34:02.
02/23/2012 08:17:22 PM · #6
Originally posted by Neil:

Hmmm...I thought I had the scammers figured out, but I just received a note that sounds a little suspicious.

They start out
>"Hello, ,my name is XXX and I am wondering if the Nikon is still available? I live in New Jersey but will be in the Albany area tomorrow and saturday. I would love to be able to check it out if its still on the market. Thanks
>
> Feel free to respond via email or phone (586) XXX XXXX."

I would guess a scammers next move would be to tell me he could not make it to the area, and he wants to buy it, but I could easily ignore that. And do any of the scammers actually give a phone number? But I left the area code in because he said he lives in Jersey but that area code is Michigan. Raises a red flag anyway.

I have in the past had people come to the house, but I'm thinking this might be one of those public place kind of meetups if you think I should answer.


Regarding the area code, he may be carrying a cell phone area code based on where he grew up, say, but he lives in NJ now. Like, military, for example?
02/23/2012 08:09:49 PM · #7
Originally posted by MinsoPhoto:

if you do answer definitely do a public meeting and don't carry the camera in with you. I have grown to hate craigslist, it is a shame but so many untrustworthy people.


Can you explain why you say not to bring it in? If I don't, I'd have to go out to the parking lot to show him...doesn't that remove the advantage of a public place?
02/23/2012 08:06:15 PM · #8
if you do answer definitely do a public meeting and don't carry the camera in with you. I have grown to hate craigslist, it is a shame but so many untrustworthy people.
02/23/2012 08:03:28 PM · #9
Hmmm...I thought I had the scammers figured out, but I just received a note that sounds a little suspicious.

They start out
>"Hello, ,my name is XXX and I am wondering if the Nikon is still available? I live in New Jersey but will be in the Albany area tomorrow and saturday. I would love to be able to check it out if its still on the market. Thanks
>
> Feel free to respond via email or phone (586) XXX XXXX."

I would guess a scammers next move would be to tell me he could not make it to the area, and he wants to buy it, but I could easily ignore that. And do any of the scammers actually give a phone number? But I left the area code in because he said he lives in Jersey but that area code is Michigan. Raises a red flag anyway.

I have in the past had people come to the house, but I'm thinking this might be one of those public place kind of meetups if you think I should answer.

02/14/2012 09:35:44 PM · #10
I've just been notified that I have won the Irish National Lottery. I really don't need that much money. Tell you what, I'll trade you straight up for the camera... I'll even be happy to send whatever proceeds I get, after paying the fees, to you. I'll even send them PayPal. You can send the camera now to get things going.
02/14/2012 09:21:53 PM · #11
I just got another "still available?" query...so far, each of the rogue replies started like this...so I may be onto my third scammer.
02/14/2012 12:22:05 PM · #12
Interestingly, if you Google the phrase i have been trying to buy this on ebay but its so very stressful buying there, this thread is the first result, followed by a bunch of links entitled "Craigs List Scammers."
02/14/2012 12:11:22 PM · #13
In the past couple of days, I've won two lotteries and inherited $3,000,000.
Now, you tell me people are willing to purchase used cameras for big bucks.

Must be the economy is improving.
02/14/2012 11:17:20 AM · #14
Well as usual, DPC comes to the rescue. Though I thought I smelled fish. ;)

Thanks.
02/14/2012 10:59:41 AM · #15
i told my scammer that the post office couldn't send to the address he gave, and he said just sent it anyway... lol
02/14/2012 10:55:07 AM · #16
Intersting thread...I just noticed that I got one yesterday too! That's two scammer emails and one real inquiry, LOL.

"Thanks for getting back to me.. Am buying the (Nikon D80 and D90 Kit) for my son as a birthday gift, Hes in Africa on a construction contract, am unhealthy to pick it up so i will be paying you through PayPal. Please send me a PayPal invoice or your PayPal identification email for payment. I will provide you my sons shipping information for shipment as soon as the payment is sent. I will be paying you the sum of ($700 USD) to cover the cost and shipping to Africa, Shipping will be through USPS Registered or Priority mail. Thanks for your help."
02/14/2012 10:45:52 AM · #17
here is a thread where i drug the scammer for a little ride. i never followed up to the thread, but i got the guy willing to pay nearly double plus a huge amount of shipping.

eventually he gave up.

thread link
02/14/2012 10:45:03 AM · #18
Well I was going to let people pay me via paypal, even though face to face. But perhaps I need to rethink that...although I was planning to do any transactions at Starbucks, I was thinking they could use a smartphone to pay, and I could check my account there before we leave using my Kindle Fire (I don't have a smartphone!) Just thought it was easier than bringing all that cash for people.
02/14/2012 10:37:56 AM · #19
Complete scam! I had almost an IDENTICAL response to selling an iPod that I had. If they want to use paypal, it's a scam. And if they say they are "out of the country," "out of the state," or located in another country, it's a scam!

I stopped using craigslist because of all the scammers!
02/14/2012 10:33:45 AM · #20
anytime paypal gets brought up on Craigslist is a scam. Craigslist should be face to face.

i went through with a pseudo transaction to see how the scam worked before and they send fake paypal emails that show a transaction has occurred, if you actually go to paypal (not through the emails) the funds aren't there.
02/14/2012 10:25:55 AM · #21
I reported it to paypal, with full headers.

At least it will take that email address out of commission, maybe.

Thanks again.

ETA: Maybe I should sick Slippy on them.

Message edited by author 2012-02-14 10:26:35.
02/14/2012 10:24:36 AM · #22
I just went through my emails to see how far back this exact scenario happened with me, it was back in 2005..and they are still trying to use the same tricks!
02/14/2012 10:20:46 AM · #23
Yes they think you will, as these types of scams made $9.3 billion in 2009.

Message edited by author 2012-02-14 10:22:07.
02/14/2012 10:16:46 AM · #24
Originally posted by Neil:

Originally posted by vikas:

Just trying to have you ship the camera..

There is no way for them to steal the money from your paypal account, unless you have a very easily hack-able password like your firstname followed by lastname type.

A typical scenario is you will receive an email (which will look like a receipt) from payal.com saying that your account has been credited for your asking amount+ $50. If you look at the sender properly it will not be a paypal.com email address.

The email will looks fairly legitimate, paypal logo, security attachments - more legitimate than an actual paypal email.


Do they think I'd be dumb enough not to check my paypal balance?


haha. . yes they do think that and the scary part is it actually works.. there are enough dumb people who will ship!
02/14/2012 10:15:02 AM · #25
Originally posted by vikas:

Just trying to have you ship the camera..

There is no way for them to steal the money from your paypal account, unless you have a very easily hack-able password like your firstname followed by lastname type.

A typical scenario is you will receive an email (which will look like a receipt) from payal.com saying that your account has been credited for your asking amount+ $50. If you look at the sender properly it will not be a paypal.com email address.

The email will looks fairly legitimate, paypal logo, security attachments - more legitimate than an actual paypal email.


Do they think I'd be dumb enough not to check my paypal balance?
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