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02/14/2012 12:22:05 PM · #26
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 09:21:53 PM · #27
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 09:35:44 PM · #28
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.
02/23/2012 08:03:28 PM · #29
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.

02/23/2012 08:06:15 PM · #30
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 08:09:49 PM · #31
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 08:17:22 PM · #32
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 08:18:55 PM · #33
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 08:27:59 PM · #34
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 08:33:56 PM · #35
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 09:00:29 PM · #36
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 09:09:41 PM · #37
i won an xbox360 for picking the photo of Paris Hilton out of 3, guess I need to wait by the mailbox everyday
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