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Sample Craigs List scam! Canon 200mm F2 *Beware!!*

 
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Feb 13, 2009 13:53 |  #1

I just wanted to post this as a sample to learn from. If it's too good to be true, it's probably not and watch out for listing like these. Lens sell new for $5300 and it's listed for $2200 brand new. Poster didn't bother to post date code for such high end item.

http://lasvegas.craigs​list.org/pho/102318708​4.html (external link)

In these cases you email the poster thinking it's a good deal then they'll reply with a message saying they'll send you a check to cash and you can send back the difference etc..etc..


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Feb 13, 2009 15:01 |  #2

I saw that last week and thought the same thing, it is just too good to be true. Almost emailed to ask about it but figured it would be a waste of time.


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Feb 13, 2009 15:36 |  #3

Yes, this is as old as craigslist and you are warned about it when searching on craigslist.



  
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Feb 13, 2009 22:54 |  #4

I'm glad this needs its own thread.


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Feb 14, 2009 01:33 |  #5

It's been flagged for removal! I just wish all these scams would just stop! I feel bad for those who actually get fooled into it.


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Feb 14, 2009 07:44 |  #6

These scams are everywhere in many shapes and forms.
I had one a few years back that was similar in nature when I was still single. I had a huge farm house on 110 acres and was not home enough and having a very hard time keeping up with the grounds. I listed an ad on one of the room mate sites and was looking to give someone a nice place to stay for a cut rate with the understanding I needed help with grounds upkeep. I got this response and picture of a stunning young lady that claimed to be a model living in London but moving to the states and needed a place to stay that was a reasonable distance from NYC which it was. After a bit of dialog I was mailed a Cashiers check for $6000 to pay for a year in advance. I received this instrument mailed from the UK with no return address on it. I opened the envelope and what was inside was a supposed cashiers check. After seeing the very plain envelope I opened the top to look ing but did not remove this check. The print was overlapping in places and it was cut in an other than straight fashion. Other than that everything looked as a Cashiers check should. The I saw that it was a US bank that it was supposedly drawn on but the real clincher is they forgot the date format in the US is different from Eurpopean standards. The date was dd/mm/yyyy intead of mm/dd/yyyyy. I called the bank who confirmed that this was not their instrument and contacted the FBI and turned it over to them. Not two weeks later I get a phone call telling me that her mother was very sick and stranded in an african nation and she needed me to send her $3K and she would make it up upon arrival in the states. I agreed to do so (not really but she thought so). As soon as that conversation ended I contacted the FBI who had since gotten latent prints off of the phony cashiers check and played it out with them. I had told her I would wire the money to the account she had given and the next day with the FBI listening in she called again asking had the money been sent and I kept her on the phone long enough for FBI in conjunction with interpol and UK police and she was arrested while still on the phone!
One less scammer but a small dent in what is out there.

Theres a guy that baits the nigerian scammers and gets a good laugh in the process.
Check out this site and be ready for some humor over what he does with them.
http://www.419eater.co​m/index.htm (external link)




  
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Feb 14, 2009 10:00 |  #7

Justin_Thyme wrote in post #7323160 (external link)
These scams are everywhere in many shapes and forms.
I had one a few years back that was similar in nature when I was still single. I had a huge farm house on 110 acres and was not home enough and having a very hard time keeping up with the grounds. I listed an ad on one of the room mate sites and was looking to give someone a nice place to stay for a cut rate with the understanding I needed help with grounds upkeep. I got this response and picture of a stunning young lady that claimed to be a model living in London but moving to the states and needed a place to stay that was a reasonable distance from NYC which it was. After a bit of dialog I was mailed a Cashiers check for $6000 to pay for a year in advance. I received this instrument mailed from the UK with no return address on it. I opened the envelope and what was inside was a supposed cashiers check. After seeing the very plain envelope I opened the top to look ing but did not remove this check. The print was overlapping in places and it was cut in an other than straight fashion. Other than that everything looked as a Cashiers check should. The I saw that it was a US bank that it was supposedly drawn on but the real clincher is they forgot the date format in the US is different from Eurpopean standards. The date was dd/mm/yyyy intead of mm/dd/yyyyy. I called the bank who confirmed that this was not their instrument and contacted the FBI and turned it over to them. Not two weeks later I get a phone call telling me that her mother was very sick and stranded in an african nation and she needed me to send her $3K and she would make it up upon arrival in the states. I agreed to do so (not really but she thought so). As soon as that conversation ended I contacted the FBI who had since gotten latent prints off of the phony cashiers check and played it out with them. I had told her I would wire the money to the account she had given and the next day with the FBI listening in she called again asking had the money been sent and I kept her on the phone long enough for FBI in conjunction with interpol and UK police and she was arrested while still on the phone!
One less scammer but a small dent in what is out there.

That is one heck of a story! bw!


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Feb 14, 2009 20:09 |  #8

Wow Justin that's awesome... the ending is truly priceless. THanks for the link to the site.

There has to be a way to alert the new Canon members about all the possible scam scenarios.. Because when you just starting out you are on an impulse buy and still some members order from those sites in New York that do the bait and switch and it just sucks!

Always check resellerratings.com


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Feb 14, 2009 21:51 |  #9

Justin, thanks for the scam baiters link...I just spent a LOL hour reading is material, that guys my hero!


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Feb 15, 2009 18:21 |  #10

fiveFPS wrote in post #7326534 (external link)
Wow Justin that's awesome... the ending is truly priceless. THanks for the link to the site.

There has to be a way to alert the new Canon members about all the possible scam scenarios.. Because when you just starting out you are on an impulse buy and still some members order from those sites in New York that do the bait and switch and it just sucks!

Always check resellerratings.com

And remember, If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.




  
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Feb 17, 2009 11:16 as a reply to  @ digitalzed's post |  #11

Justin, thanks for taking one scammer off the streets!


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