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Old 01-24-2010, 11:53 AM
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Default Craigslist question --- Is this a scam?

I've got a camera and lens listed on craigslist for $300. I'm in southeastern VA so I'm not sure why this lady is even looking here. Is there any way I wouldn't be protected through PayPal?

Here's the email

I really appreciate your response.I am located in South Jersey,NJ.
I really need to buy this and send to my
son schooling outside the state.I have been trying to
buy this on ebay but its so very stressful buying on ebay.I would not
want to loose out this opportunity so i will like to make you an offer
of $330 so as to wrap up the sale.I will be paying through PAYPAL
because i have a verified account with paypal.So
kindly get back with your paypal email address so i can make payment
into your paypal account.Once payment clears,shipment will be handled
by me through my personal fedex account,so you dont have to pay for
shipment.Get back to me if my approval is granted.I would like to see more
pictures please.
Kindest Regards
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:00 PM
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I'd pass on it.

Remember... desperation, greed and a quick sale are just three keys to a successful online scam. An out-of-the-area buyer is another.

Just the fact that she wants to offer you more that what you are asking and have her shipper pick it up is enough to raise my suspicion. Being sent to a third address is another. PayPal security policy won't be much help to you.

If what you are selling is a quality item that is in good condition and priced right, it will sell to someone else.

Nope, I'd pass...

Good luck!
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The language isn't American; it's translation. Do not give any personal information including PP account, but you can open up a separate PP account and have her put $ into that one, then withdraw as soon as it hits and don't let the pickup occur until the withdrawal is in your bank and you've closed the account.

Lot of work for $300. Best just demand a MO.
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Just the fact she is offering more than you're asking tells me something isn't right.
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:53 PM
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SCAM. I am currently looking for a vehicle. If there is no local phone number, 99% are scams. 99% of the ads with an email address in the ad is a scam.
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:11 PM
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scam
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ya scam i have that reply to every ad i post
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Just wondering how the scam plays out?
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by JAGSARE1 View Post
SCAM. I am currently looking for a vehicle. If there is no local phone number, 99% are scams. 99% of the ads with an email address in the ad is a scam.
Not true. I do a lot of business on craigslist, and I refuse to post my phone number due to the large amount of telemarketing calls that start arriving after posting an ad.

Buying a used car warranty is the #1 that I get when I do post a number.
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Pmaine,
Good point DO NOT post your number. I got mass called for a week afteward also got a call from a foreign guy talking about that I deposited money in some random account. I gave that guy a piece of my mind.
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Made the mistake of including my number in an ad. Got a text message from bank of america and wachovia saying my account was restricted and to call an 800 number. Well my bank was the first one to call so i called the 800 number and they wanted my card number. I hung up and called my bank direct, it was a scam. I asked how these people cant be caught? They have an 800 number which must be billed to somebody and paid.


Oh yeah I v gotten the guy who says I owe a certain amount and if I dont pay they will come to my house to take me to the court house the next day. I told the guy I'd be waiting for them to come to my house, lock and load.
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No one who is legit will use the salutation, "kindest regards". That is scammer language.
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I have sold thousands of dollars of stuff on ebay and craigslist. I would take the advise already given and pass. I sold an oddball lens once and was figuring it would post for days before it sold. It only took a week. If it doesn't sell now, repost in a week or two.
Too many loose ends with the lady? in your email.
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Scam, this people have 4th grade of what...
They don't capitalize their I's,
kindest regards is also suspicious.
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Is there a town called South Jersey?
I thought it was just a reference like Western Mass., or Southern Ohio.
If it is not the name of a town, why would someone say they live in South Jersey, New Jersey? That's like saying I live in Western Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania.
Sounds like someone not really from that area.(or even from this country)
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Only a few foreigners capitalize their I's...
I was born overseas.

By the text you can see it's a scam,
if you read enough scams you will realize their writtings are all very similar.
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100% scam, don't do it
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Originally Posted by Marlin009 View Post
Just the fact she is offering more than you're asking tells me something isn't right.
Yep. And we're assuming it is a "she". Another deception tactic of a scam.
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Yep. And we're assuming it is a "she". Another deception tactic of a scam.
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Well the email came up as being from a Janice. So I assumed it was a female.

I told her to piss off
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