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    When we moved in August, I transported about 5000+ yards (yes 5000) of lycra fabric and put it in a storage unit. I really did not want to sell it, but did not want it anymore either....it had been in my attic for over 17 years. So I listed it as free. Boy did I get people who wanted it. Only one of the people put their phone # on their reply, so I called her - she wanted to make bathing suits for her church members - they were to be worn under a dress. I met her at the storage unit and my DH also came. It all turned out OK, but I would never have someone come to my house - that is way too scary. She must have been a very trusting soul as she brought a young girl with her too. You have to be so careful now-a-days.

    I am glad you decided to stay away from the deal - especially after what happened to the father and husband trying to sell a ring!!! What is this world coming to??

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    Some of the people out there have counterfiet money orders, yes counterfiet money order!...be careful. If you send an address let it be the police station and make the exchange there. Then you will know if it's for real.

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    something sounds strange about this , i would never deal on Craigs list before reading the posts here i was reading on AOL about the man that was killed and his family tortured from a ad that was placed on Craigs list , i have heard so many time bad things that happen when you deal with craigs list

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    A couple of years ago a friend of mine lost her dad. She and her mother advertised his motorized chair for sale. A woman called them and then sent a money order but asked her to hold it until she could send someone to pick up the chair. Supposedly this woman was from Canada yet the money order was from a bank in Texas. One delay after another arose until finally the womas said that her mother had passed away so for the trouble, go ahead, cash the money order, take $500, get a new money order for the $4000 left and send it back to her. Luckily they took it to the bank and asked to have it checked out. The bank in Texas knew nothing about it. My friends mother would have had to pay back the entire $4500 PLUS all the fees involved if she'd done it. SCAM SCAM SCAM Usually when people offer more than you ask it's a scam.

    However, I have bought several things from Craigslist and have always had excellent results. I think Craigslist is just like anything else--you have to be careful. Plus, I'm dealing with a relatively "small town" listing.

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    This morning (Wednesday) AOL has a feature story about the couple who sold the diamond ring on Craig's List. So tragic and so scary. Something useful comes along and there will always be those who ruin it for the majority of honest sellers and buyers.

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    We had a customer in our store that had a bad experience also with a motorcycle. He ended up with a bad certified check and found out the FBI was checking on this e-mail form this other guy. Thank God he didn't ship out the motorcycle.

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    Listen to your gut reaction. Recently there was an incident where someone had posted something for sale on CraigsList, and a "buyer" came to see the item and robbed the people. Do NOT give out your address and phone number. Try to arrange to meet the people. Rent a storage space for a month and show it there. If you must have them come to your house, be sure you have a bunch of other people there with you. Please be careful!

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    Run even the chashier check looks real.. My bank has two of them. Don't do business with him. Let craig list know whats going on.

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    that is weird, I think I ended up giving Information to a lady on the board and she is new, but the more I thought about it, well she asked quistions like how many children, and said she would meet for coffie, because she was down for a class, and of course something came up. I just got bad vibes. I just hope I did not miss judge someone, as I am so trusting of people. be very careful. My credit is not good secnie we lost our home. but just be careful. God bless you. Penny

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    A couple months back I was looking for a cat carrier and saw one on craigslist. I contacted the guy and was told to go look at it and if i wanted it leave my money (after several conversations on the phone)I went in during the day and got the carrier and left my money. Not all craigslist are bad. Just be cautionious. (didn't read all posts )

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    I have bought and sold several things on Craigslist and have not had any problems. As long as you are careful and check it out, you should be okay.
    I had several emails from scammers who wanted to "buy and pay extra, etc,", but they are easy to spot. Their language is lacking and they all say the same thing. When I sold my laptop (and I did sell it on craigslist) I had four of these letters from four different guys. After the first one, I just trashed them.

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    hi i did put somethigs on crig list i was sent a
    us trar ckeck do not send any info
    from linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    My granddaughter paid for her wedding dress on ebay through paypal and when she went back to check on delivery the seller had disappeared. She is now scrambling to find another dress in 7 wks. I hope she can find a way to get her money back.
    If you use paypal, there is a process she can go through. She has to file and explain the situation. Then after a certain time, they will contact her to see if she wants to proceed, at which time she must notify them that she does. If she doesn't, they close the claim. Have her check into it asap.

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    Always trust your gut feeling! Dont do it! And who would give you $50 extra just to hold it, I would walk away from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaK
    PLEASE, lease do not respond to this and refer it to the police instead. This is known as a Nigerian scam. They will take you for money, trust me. Please let the police know.
    I'm so glad you reminded me of this scam. That is also what I've heard it called. Especially if he offered you more money, it's fishy.

    I heard about it from Ebay users in my lg. pattern glass grp. I want to use Craig's List this summer to list a huge collection of my Moon & Star pattern glass but will pay close attention. I can't get serious about selling my home til I get rid of this huge collection. It's become a huge burden. If I'm not careful, my quilts will do the same thing. LOL

    Pat G

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    My husband buys and sells on Craigs list, always cash. He doesn't give our home address, sets up the cash sale by phone. He arranges a neutral meeting place with a witness, then sees the cash and takes the buyer to our farm where the item is stored. When he is buying, he offers cash, brings a friend and agrees to meet wherever the seller wants. No checks, no money orders, no third party pickups. Sold firewood, compost, bought several antique cars this way.

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    I have never opened craig's list, but have hear a lot about it and I do not like anything I have heard. Please don't send that cuckoo any info about yourself. Who knows, could accidently be legit. but I doubt it, also if you have a strange feeling about it, remove the post and be sure that there is no info about yourself or your friend left behind. Please be careful !!! I have never been on twitter or facebook either. This site is the closest thing to open internet I have ever used. I really enjoy this site and feel comfortable using it. Please be careful!! Mama Gerbie talking!!

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    Hi yes this just happened to me- same name Solly Blessing!
    I had a piano listed on Craigslist for 400.00 OBO and he right away offered $450.00 sight unseen and said he'd send a check b/c he was out of the country due to a "lost" in his family!!
    the check arrived today for 3,000.00 and I am supposed to send the difference to his "shipper" in Rhode Island who will pick it up.
    (I am in New Mexico!) Said to add another $100.00 for my trouble. the check arrived this morning and is on flimsy paper and the signature is "Patti." I called the bank and sent a scanned image to them. beware Solly Blessing and offers that are too good to be true! who buys an old piano sight unseen!!!

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    You do have to be carefull. My bank has Two bad check,and do I mean bad. The look like the real thing. If anyone is mentions going out of the country,BEWARE its a scam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilla
    I have bought and sold several things on Craigslist and have not had any problems. As long as you are careful and check it out, you should be okay.
    I had several emails from scammers who wanted to "buy and pay extra, etc,", but they are easy to spot. Their language is lacking and they all say the same thing. When I sold my laptop (and I did sell it on craigslist) I had four of these letters from four different guys. After the first one, I just trashed them.
    Your words "buy & pay extra" reminded me of when we still had our rentals. Anytime a prospect wanted to pay 6 months at a time, it sent up red flags. They were usually young guys that made me wonder how they managed to have that much money at one time. It smelled of "drug dealer". My instincts kicked in & I managed to avoid them.

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    Go with your gut feeling - it's never wrong. And remember, U.S. Postal Money Orders, bank or cashier's checks, and any other form of paper payment (including U.S. bills) can easily be counterfitted on a laser printer. If you sell a lot, it might be a good idea to ask someone at your bank to show you how to recognize fake bills. If people are big into scamming, you know they are set up to do the fanciest of print jobs to that end.

    It's good that people are recognizing these patterns scammers use - like being out of town on a business trip, having their men pick it up, etc - it is those patterns that give them away, once people begin to catch on. Then they'll have to dream up a new scheme, and we'll have to figure them out, too.

    As my father used to say, and so many on here have said, if it's too good to be true, it's not true.

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    Hi everyone... I'm not a quilter but was doing a google seach about a 'Weird Offer' I got for car I'd posted on Craigslist. I, too, got a strange request from someone named Solly Blessings; the person asked me to pull my listing and consider it sold to him. He was willing to pay with certified check and go over my asking price, and he'd have his transport company p/u the item AFTER I had cashed the check. Well, this leaves too many unanswered questions, & I asked for his info to which he replied he'd give it to me AFTER I gave him my info to mail the check to. I'm sure we'd all agree this is truly questionable. Stay away from this person/offer! Just wanted to share so others are aware. Happy Quilting to y'all. (Spread the word about this scam, too)

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    Hi - two tips -
    Put your phone number only in the CL ad and "hide" email. These scammers only operate through email as far as I know. A real person who is interested in your item won't mind calling you.
    Second, if you do get a suspicious email, copy a sentence from it and Google that sentence. If it is part of a scam you will come up with a whole bunch of hits with the same sentence.
    One thing these scammers are not, is original.

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    Same thing happened to me when I listed on Craigslist. He emailed me a couple of times with same inst. as he gave you. I ignored him after that.

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    I recently had 2 ads I put on CL for a neighbor without internet access. One for a boat windshield and one for an ice cream maker. Got the same "weird offer" response to each one, from different people.
    When I saw the first one I thought it was a scam, when I saw the same wording in the second one, I KNEW it was a scam.

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