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Thread: Weird offer

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    I posted the antique sewing machines I saw on Saturday at my friend's house for sale as a favor. I posted them on our local Craigslist. Today I get an e-mail from someone offering me the asking price ($100.00 each, which I think is way too much but posted that way to #1, attract only those really interested, and #2, give some room for reduction and at least get $50 for each) He wants me to send him my name, address and phone number, no PO box to send me the check without even looking at them because "he is away on a business trip" and when I get the $ he will send someone to pick them up. He will send a money order.

    Even as a type this I feel that there is something coo koo about this. I am off to delete the post and block his e-mail. This is too weird.

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    I listed a couple of things on there one time and got all kinds of crap like that! Don't send him any info!!! I would email back and forth with them a couple times to see if they were serious and usually they were not.

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    stay away from the deal...it is not kosher.

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    He even offered to send an extra $50.00 if I held them for him.

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    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.

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    I think emailing him and seeing if it is legit.. also if he sends money before getting them .. it would seem ok.. also when it is set up for him to pick them up.. have husband, son, neighbor and or anyone else there for security! Maybe meet outside the home./

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    RUN!!!
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    Run from this person. Go with your gut feeling.

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    I am running right along side with your dog. Where do you get all these cute things?

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    I agree, this sounds fishy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewgull
    Run from this person. Go with your gut feeling.
    Absolutely! My husband and I believe 'if it sounds too good to be true - it is too good to be true'.

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    It doesn't sound real kosher, but you could give him minimal info and see if he responds. Remember, most of our info is out there in cyberland. Creepy, but it is. Just be careful and I know you know not to meet anyone without someone with you. And if you ever feel uncomfortable giving out your information or meeting up, then don't do it. It's as simple as that. Your gut knows. And if your gut is wrong, so what?! You're safe and that's all that matters.

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    SCAAAAAAAAAM!

    It's a scam! SCAM!

    Just say, here's the PO Box # and you will hold the machines for X amount of time, at which point they will be relisted. If he sends a check for "more than the amount" tell him sorry, but they're relisted...why? Because it's a SCAAAAAAAM!

    And then just laugh, because you're too smart for him. ;)

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    We had a very similar reply when we posted TRACTOR tires for sale. The email said he would send their shipper to pick them up, the price was fine, now give me your full name, address, and phone number, and they would have a cashiers check in the mail. I replied that my husband was a "cash only type guy" and it was a first come, first serve. And that was the end of that. Their return address of their first inquiry was RARMOND WELLS. Their second reply had a return email address of SOLLY BLESSING. Fat chance that this was legit. Scammers!

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    I'd run and keep running! Do not give any info out to him at all.

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    yes, definitely a scam. can you flag him to craigslist?

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    Do NOT gove him your personal info!!! This just stinks from the get go. Sorry.

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    We have friends who almost fell for a similar scam, for a rental house. They went so far as to get a check for a deposit, but they checked with the issuing bank, etc. They'll want you to hold the check, but give them a MO or some such thing. Then you're out the money cause the check is no good. SCAM!!!

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    This does sound like a scam. I work for a financial instituation and you would not belive how many fake money orders and cashiers checks we get back. Be very careful when selling anything online.

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    I worked at a bank and there are a lot of money order scams. I haven't seen this particular one, but it resembles them, generally. I would be VERY wary.

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    My bank also told me to be wary of Mo's. Boyfriend sells stuff on Craigslist, you wouldnt believe the responses we get!

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    Don't do it!! It's some kind of scam.

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    Or turn the tables on him and ask for his name, address and phone number . With the internet and reverse directory you can check out the phone number to see who it is issued to . Tell him no cell number. See what they do then :wink:

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    Holy cow, seems the popular vote is SCAM!!!! I would go with that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvdek
    I'd run and keep running! Do not give any info out to him at all.
    The web site SNOPES.COM warns about this kind of scam all the time. Trust your instincts ... delete the message and move on!

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