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Selling on Craigslist Question

 
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Jul 15, 2011 08:25 |  #1

So I am selling a camera on Craigslist and had someone email me, asking if the camera is still avalible. After telling the 'buyer' that it is still avalibe, I get this email back in response:

thanks for your mail.i am sure i am not the only person that is
interested in the item.i will be buying it for my only child studying
in abroad and i will offer you $170 for the shipment and postage of
the package.so do get back to me with your PayPal account so that i
can make the payment for the item asap.if you dont have a paypal
account,kindly visit www.paypal.com (external link) to set up and account and start
sending and receiving money through it .it is very fast reliable and
secured.i will wait for your reply.
regards

Seems mildly suspicious...do I have anything to worry about goving him my PayPal payment info? Once the money is given to me via PayPal, is there anyway I can get scammed?


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Jul 15, 2011 08:29 |  #2

don't do it, it's a scam. either sell it on here or meet up locally in a public place (police station is ideal, if buyer won't meet there then you shouldn't be doing the deal anyways).




  
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Jul 15, 2011 08:32 |  #3

The second someone offers you paypal on a Craigslist listing.. it's a scam


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Jul 15, 2011 09:07 |  #4

Mr. Blue wrote in post #12762365 (external link)
i am sure i am not the only person that is interested in the item.

Note that they said "item", not "camera". This is just boilerplate text used by scammers.

Mr. Blue wrote in post #12762365 (external link)
i will be buying it for my only child studying
in abroad

Right, let me guess: Nigeria?

Mr. Blue wrote in post #12762365 (external link)
and i will offer you $170 for the shipment and postage of
the package.

How much above your asking price is their offer?

Mr. Blue wrote in post #12762365 (external link)
so do get back to me with your PayPal account so that i
can make the payment for the item asap.

They'll send you a faked PayPal email telling you that your money will be released after you ship.




  
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Jul 15, 2011 09:40 |  #5

moose10101 wrote in post #12762539 (external link)
Note that they said "item", not "camera". This is just boilerplate text used by scammers.


Right, let me guess: Nigeria?


How much above your asking price is their offer?


They'll send you a faked PayPal email telling you that your money will be released after you ship.

They didn't say where. Same price as I'm asking.

I sent an email basically saying local or gtfo. :)


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Jul 15, 2011 09:44 |  #6

^^^ What Moose said +1

Craigslist is designed as a cash marketplace - don't accept Credit cards, PayPal, Money Orders, Western Union, Escrow, Bank Transfers, IOU's, or anything else but good old genuine American Cash Dollars.


Don't waste your time communicating with anyone who doesn't understand this concept.

Good luck with your sale


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Jul 15, 2011 09:59 as a reply to  @ smacatl's post |  #7

scam.




  
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Jul 15, 2011 10:09 |  #8

This is why I usually put something like this in my ads on Craigslist --

No shipping -- cash only. If the listing is up, 'the item' is still available. When you email, put <Something related to sale-BOS> in the title so I know that you're actually interested. If you fail to do this, I WILL NOT respond to your email, and you will miss out on the item.

But yeah, on top of the scam, they probably collect email addresses too, so get ready for more spam


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Jul 15, 2011 10:13 |  #9

Mistabernie wrote in post #12762821 (external link)
But yeah, on top of the scam, they probably collect email addresses too, so get ready for more spam

Not a problem. I have a separate email address I use for stuff like this.


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Jul 15, 2011 10:14 |  #10

Craigslist is the epitome of SPAMMER CENTRAL these days. It's in dire need of a user rating system like eBay.


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Jul 15, 2011 10:16 |  #11

Classic Craigslist scam. I've gotten to where I don't even respond to inquiries that say only "Is it still available?".

Once I listed a car and got one of these e-mails 11 minutes after I posted the ad. That was too funny, so to amuse myself I did respond... "No, I'm sorry, in the 11 minutes between when I posted the ad and you responded a buyer came buy, test drove the car, arranged financing, and left. The car is no longer for sale."

They never responded back. :lol:

Mistabernie wrote in post #12762821 (external link)
This is why I usually put something like this in my ads on Craigslist --

No shipping -- cash only. If the listing is up, 'the item' is still available. When you email, put <Something related to sale-BOS> in the title so I know that you're actually interested. If you fail to do this, I WILL NOT respond to your email, and you will miss out on the item.

But yeah, on top of the scam, they probably collect email addresses too, so get ready for more spam

I like that. I already do the e-mail title instructions.


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Jul 15, 2011 11:00 |  #12

not this one again. it's a scam, if you've got the time you could taunt them.




  
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Jul 15, 2011 11:17 |  #13

Definitely scam. I've gotten some responses to my CL ads, where the buyer would email from 2 different addresses. Lately, some guy has been asking me to ship something to his son abroad.

What you could do is hide the email, and use your phone number. People will need to text/call you in order to buy your item. That will definitely help cut down scammers (not burglers/thieves). Post your number like this:

7-7-3 8-9-0 1-2-3-4

Basically, you want to separate it because you want to prevent any spam calls (programs sniff for numbers on the web). Additionally, it's a way to test the IQ of the person to whom you're selling.


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Jul 15, 2011 14:06 |  #14

Sometimes I like to have a little fun with scammers. Some scammers will mail you a fake cashier's check and tell you to cash it. Thing is, the check will bounce after a few days (after you shipped it out) and you'll be out your money AND your item.

I convinced this one guy to UPS Next Day Early AM (VERY EXPENSIVE) me his check to an address I pulled off Family Guy.

Peter Griffin
31 Spooner St.
Quahog, RI 02901

The next day, he asked if I received it and I told him no and to send me another one. He told me, OK NO PROBLEM I SEND YOU ANOTHER ONE. Anyone that goes "OK NO PROBLEM" after "losing" a $4000 cashier's check is bound to be a scammer. I ended up costing this guy ~$100 in UPS fees :D My little tribute to boost our economy :)


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Jul 15, 2011 14:19 |  #15

r34p3rex wrote in post #12764072 (external link)
Sometimes I like to have a little fun with scammers. Some scammers will mail you a fake cashier's check and tell you to cash it. Thing is, the check will bounce after a few days (after you shipped it out) and you'll be out your money AND your item.

I convinced this one guy to UPS Next Day Early AM (VERY EXPENSIVE) me his check to an address I pulled off Family Guy.

Peter Griffin
31 Spooner St.
Quahog, RI 02901

The next day, he asked if I received it and I told him no and to send me another one. He told me, OK NO PROBLEM I SEND YOU ANOTHER ONE. Anyone that goes "OK NO PROBLEM" after "losing" a $4000 cashier's check is bound to be a scammer. I ended up costing this guy ~$100 in UPS fees :D My little tribute to boost our economy :)

Two wrongs don't make it Oooooo right! Still funny though, hahah. I feel bad for this Griffin guy who's getting these fake checks.


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