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Old 09-23-2015, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Hooper View Post
You cannot be serious. Every sentence screams scam.
I agree that all of it together screams scam.
But what I am asking is - If he sends you a bunch of money via PayPal (not payroll as my other post said -darn autocorrect), regardless of all the other nonsense, is there any actual risk to the seller?
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Old 09-23-2015, 12:10 PM
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There are plenty of scammer scum bags out there.

Got a call that FPL was sending a truck to disconnect my power for non payment. They had my business name address etc. when I said it had to be a mistake.

1 888 717-4760 ext 2429 was a number I was to call to speak to an agent.

Am I the only one that feels I should call this number right now because I am bored?
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Old 09-23-2015, 12:21 PM
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My nephew got taken by a scam like this, not for a boat but a guy offering a job type scam. Guy sent him a cashiers check or something, well, instead of depositing it, he cashed it and spent it. Was worried about the law afterwards, as he could never get intouch with the guy. Don't know how that scam was suppose to work out tho...
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Old 09-23-2015, 12:26 PM
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Ask him what tittle is.
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Old 09-23-2015, 12:28 PM
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I made a fake western union receipt for one of the scammers. He said he couldn't find the payment online. I said it was a new anti-fraud measure by western union and he would have to physically go to western union and give them a password. I jerked the guy around for about a week, then told him I can cancelling the western union payment. I think he was about to cry.
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Old 09-23-2015, 02:01 PM
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In the last year I have received 3 emails from places claiming to be paypal. I called paypal and they gave me an address to forward the fake ones to and they handle it.
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Old 09-23-2015, 03:03 PM
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I've had my boat listed on CL for a few days now and have already gotten a couple of these emails/texts. They all have the same theme. They want to pay full price. They dont want to see the boat. They will send someone to pick it up. They are at sea, or in space, or someplace where they don't have access to a bank account (although they can access CL and email with no problem) and can not call you.

Here is one from a few days ago....

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From:"Sarah Morgan" <sarahmgan455@gmail.com>
Date:Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 7:26 AM
Subject:Re: 2005 Robalo R265

Thanks for getting back to me regarding my text...I hope it is in good condition? and there wont be any cause of disappointment if i purchase it from you? I want to buy it for my dad and I am ready to pay the asking price. I'm a Marine Engineer and am currently on sea right now which is strictly no calls. My Mode of payment is PayPal because i don't have access to my bank account online, but i have it attached to my PayPal account. Since I'm requesting this transaction to be done via PayPal, I will be responsible for all the PayPal fees/charges on this transaction, if you don't have an account with PayPal, it's pretty easy, safe and secure to open one. Just log on to www.paypal.com I hope we can make this transaction as fast as possible. Less I forgot, I have a Mover that will come for the pick up once payment is cleared in your PayPal account and they will be handling the everything for me, as I look forward to hearing from you with your PayPal information as requested below.

Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
Full name:
Firm Price:
Address for pick up:


Many Thanks

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I replied by saying, unfortunately for them, I just had a prince from Somalia offer me double the asking price so the boat is no longer available.

Lot's of scumbags out there. Be careful.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:36 PM
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here is the email content and you can google it. it has been used many times.

Hi again,

I will do my best to walk you through the process. As I told you in my first email, I recently got promoted and transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage Alaska for a 3 years period, so I don't need the vehicle anymore at this time. The vehicle is located in Omaha , NE, but I advertised it on other states also to get more exposure and sell it faster. It is already at the shipping company headquarters , sealed and ready to be delivered to its future new owner. The deal is handled by Amazon so I don't have much to do about it. Using Amazon Safepay, you get free delivery, at your place in maximum 48hours. In addition, you get 5 days to try it out before buying it, and if you don't like it, you can send it back at my expense ( I assure you that is not going to happen since my vehicle is in immaculate condition ). If you wish to proceed just send me an email with your full name (for the bill of sale), a delivery address and a phone # where you can be reached and I will forward them to Amazon and they will send you the invoice with all of the transaction details.

P.S. On the invoice you can find delivery details, payments options and safety plans, and as well their main toll free # for any questions you may have!


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Originally Posted by markmal View Post
There are plenty of scammer scum bags out there.

Got a call that FPL was sending a truck to disconnect my power for non payment. They had my business name address etc. when I said it had to be a mistake.

1 888 717-4760 ext 2429 was a number I was to call to speak to an agent.

The same scumbag I just spoke to answered the phone. They actually have a phone tree with recordings that made it seem legitimate.

In order to prevent disconnect I could wait till monday and go to the office or get a money gram.

I *67 and call the number several times per day just to harass the guy now. I made up my FPL act. number and address and he was able to pull up my account and verify that I owed $827.29

When I researched the scam I found out they scammed Beef O' Bradys for $3,000.00 and several other businesses for thousands. The fact that the number is still functional seems to indicate no one cares.


We need to all call the number above several times a day to harass this jackhole..
I'm on it
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Old 09-24-2015, 05:07 AM
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Exact same thing just happened to me. Posted my boat on Craig's List. Got a text from NY. Will wire me the money and have a company come pick up the boat just give him the account. I told him I would be more comfortable if he came and looked at the boat. Never heard back.
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Old 09-24-2015, 05:33 AM
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Ok I am curious too as I have received many of these emails myself and discarded them because they don't even warrant a reaponse. I don't know enough about all the hacking possibilities out there but it seems as though they are offering to pay you through PayPal and then arrange for pick up? If I have a paypal account not attached to my bank account can I receive their payment? What's the down side? Not trying to sound stupid but I'm computer illiterate when it comes to things like this. Thanks
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Toothy12 View Post
Ok I am curious too as I have received many of these emails myself and discarded them because they don't even warrant a reaponse. I don't know enough about all the hacking possibilities out there but it seems as though they are offering to pay you through PayPal and then arrange for pick up? If I have a paypal account not attached to my bank account can I receive their payment? What's the down side? Not trying to sound stupid but I'm computer illiterate when it comes to things like this. Thanks
I tried to ask the same thing twice now. I truly don't know what the risk is if they are paying you. Even if you have an account connected to PayPal (like every single person who uses PayPal to buy things) I'm not sure how you are in jeopardy. The whole point of PayPal is a secure middle man to drop the proverbial briefcase of cash with.
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Old 09-24-2015, 09:02 AM
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I do all my truck and boat transactions at the local gas station or the bank.
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Old 09-24-2015, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by pathfinder44 View Post
We need to all call the number above several times a day to harass this jackhole..
I'm on it
Love it! So glad we can give him a dose of his own medicine. He hasn't answered my call in the last couple of attempts. Hope we haven't interrupted his business, that would be a shame.
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Old 09-24-2015, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by mab108 View Post
I tried to ask the same thing twice now. I truly don't know what the risk is if they are paying you. Even if you have an account connected to PayPal (like every single person who uses PayPal to buy things) I'm not sure how you are in jeopardy. The whole point of PayPal is a secure middle man to drop the proverbial briefcase of cash with.
They hack accounts and the money is never in your account or it gets withdrawn. These are always scams!!
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Old 09-24-2015, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by mab108 View Post
I tried to ask the same thing twice now. I truly don't know what the risk is if they are paying you. Even if you have an account connected to PayPal (like every single person who uses PayPal to buy things) I'm not sure how you are in jeopardy. The whole point of PayPal is a secure middle man to drop the proverbial briefcase of cash with.
Just google it

https://blogs.law.harvard.edu/philg/...-does-it-work/
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Old 09-24-2015, 11:11 AM
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I have had 2 try to contact me this week
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Old 09-24-2015, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by ktjnaples View Post
Just a heads up for you all. Received the following from a scam buyer today.

Wanted me to use Paypal for transaction. Immediately knew this was a scam.

1st email "Good,i read the ad,are you the owner?I won't be able to come inspect,due to my work schedule,i can only count on your words,what are the current conditions,Interior engine tittle and firm prize?What is your name?Bobby."

2nd Email "Alright,am ok with the prize and conditionsi"ll make arrangement with shipping co,shippers will contact you for pick up arrangement as soon as the payment is cleared in your account,if i may ask,why are you selling the Boat?Do you have PayPal account for the payment?"

3rd Email "I would have love to come inspect and pay cash, but i'm presently not in the city now,am on a project and i don't have access to my bank account online as i don't have internet banking, but i can pay from my paypal account, as i have my bank account attached to it.
PayPal is faster and reliable,set up account online,log into www.PayPal.com and sign up there,let me know once the account is set up,so i can proceed with the payment.Am in not rush with you,funds will cleared in your account before pick up.Let me know what you think?"


His screen name is Bobby Jones - From Scottsdale AZ with cell number of 602-247-8714. Email : damoche00@gmail.com


Be careful out there.

Best

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I have my Ford SVT Lightning up for sale now and i got this exact same scam with a twist he said he wanted to buy it for his son so he didnt need to see it. And he wanted it to be a surprise so he didnt want his son to see it either. Told him i would not do paypal he said same thing couldnt access his bank no credit card could get certiified check blah blah blah.
Sharks there out there... everywhere.
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Old 09-24-2015, 01:26 PM
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I tried to ask the same thing twice now. I truly don't know what the risk is if they are paying you. Even if you have an account connected to PayPal (like every single person who uses PayPal to buy things) I'm not sure how you are in jeopardy. The whole point of PayPal is a secure middle man to drop the proverbial briefcase of cash with.

i called paypal.. scammers send a fake email saying the funds have been sent.. then another fake email saying the funds are pending due to the amount of money.. they never send the money and hope you are stupid enough to think its real and someone comes to pick up your car, boat ect .. not sure how the fake check scam works but my Best friend is a cop and he had them send the check to the PD and it was a stolen fedex account they used to send it
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Old 09-24-2015, 01:29 PM
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They must be making money or they would not be doing it
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