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Old 04-06-2011, 06:11 PM
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So I have been looking for a bike well here is a Harley for 2195.00 I am an extreme novice about bikes as you guys know but I find this price to be a scam or am I overly cautious.

http://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/mcd/2309852348.html
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:17 PM
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If it sounds too good to be true.......
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:31 PM
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Posting has been removed. It was a scam.

Glad you smelled a rat and did not bite on it.
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:13 PM
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They are all over CL. Usually generic location not specific town. No phone number. Stupid cheap price. Pictures obviously not correct geo area (palm trees or mts. in NJ ad). Often a link to click or email adress for more info with a womans name and gmail or similar host. Usually the same ad posted in multi cities if you search. Bikes, tractors, boats seem to be most common. After a little time searching, they are fairly easy to spot. Flag them all as spam.

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Old 04-06-2011, 07:46 PM
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I sent an email on a boat that seemed to good to be ture, and it was. This was the email I got back, much of the information was contradictory to what was in the ad. I hate these bums that constantly try to scam people. So easy to figure out they are a scam.
************************************************** ***********
Hello,

I have received your email regarding the 1996 Fishing boat 17'6'' with 115 hp Mercury Alumacraft.
The boat is in perfect condition, never had any type of damage or repairs. It's still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $2400. Now i am retired and moved to Red Deer, Alberta, Canada because my husband is originally from here. This was my son's boat, he died last year in Iraq, I have no use for the boat, so i decided to sell it. You will get the boat with proper papers, bill of sale signed by me as well. The boat has US papers, so you will not have to pay any additional taxes or Customs taxes.
Thank you and let me know if you are interested.

Regards!
Kate

PS: I'm able to help with shipping if necessary.

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Old 04-07-2011, 05:03 AM
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If you had replied to that post, they would have told you some line like, they are a military man overseas, or a wife who is getting a divorce. They would say they want to use Ebay to handle the transaction it is all guarenteed. Unfortunately Ebay does not act as a escrow agent and your money would be gone.

They sit in net cafe's in Nigeria and post these scams. You can also tell because their english and punctuation is a little off. If you can not see the item and speak with the owner in person it is a scam.
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:25 AM
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Here is a conversation I had with some idiot trying to scam me with a Jeep. I knew it was a scam from looking at the ad, but I figured what the hell. Well, the first response confirmed it for me, so I decided to have a bit of fun.


ME: I would like to buy your Jeep. When would be a good time to come look at it?

THEM:
Hello,

My 2000 Jeep Wrangler SPORT with 74,000 miles is in excellent condition, never raced or abused,no accident,no loans,it has been very well maintained.I am selling it at this price ($2,200) because I just went through a divorce with my ex-husband and when it has finished, I remained the owner of this car. I have some financial problems right now, so I want to sell it asap and a fast sale can be done only at a low price.The transaction will be made through eBay protection program for the safety of both of us.

If you're interested to purchase just email me with your full name,shipping address and phone number , so I can notify eBay that you are selected as my buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.

For more pictures here is a link to the car photo gallery:
http://usera.imagecave.com/jeepwrsport/

Sincerely,
Julie Forney

ME: I would like to come see it today and Pay in cash at that time.

Thank you

Them:

Hi again,

The car is now located in Conover, NC (i just moved here with my new job),like i told you the delivery process is payed by me and I want to finish this deal through eBay because they are a biggest company and we can both be protected and insured.As you can see, you will receive the car in max 2-3 days and you will get the chance to inspect it 5 days , test drive it and everything you like.The car will be delivered directly to your requested address as soon as I will have the payment confirmation from eBay. eBay will hold the money until you will receive , inspect and decide if you want to keep the car.
If you're interested to purchase just email me with your full name ,shipping address and your phone number , so I can notify eBay that you are selected as my buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.

Thanks a lot!
Julie

ME:


Oh awesome, I am due to come down to Conover, NC this weekend for next week. I will be able to inspect it in person and pay cash for the vehichle. Could you provide me with a phone number to reach you at?

Thanks!

Them:

I'm sorry to disappoint you but the car is already at the shipping company sealed and ready for the shipping. I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them.
eBay are responsable for the security of this transaction and you have nothing to be worried about. The payment will not be sent directly to me, but to their agent, so they can hold the money for you until the receipt of the item. The 5 days inspection period begins the moment you receive the product delivered at home and not before. You will have time to inspect the before you decide if you buy it or not.I think that is enough time to test it and drive.In case you don't like it(not your case) eBay will refund you in max 12 hours.Please get back to me with your full name,full address so i can forward your details to eBay in order for you to receive the invoice.Wait your reply

ME:

Oh its ok, I know the people at the shipping company down in SC. I already emailed them and they said it would be no problem for me to come and take a look first. I will be there on Saturday and they have arranged for me to look over the vehicle.

Thanks

Them:

Hi again,

The car is now located in Conover, NC (i just moved here with my new job),like i told you the delivery process is payed by me and I want to finish this deal through eBay because they are a biggest company and we can both be protected and insured.As you can see, you will receive the car in max 2-3 days and you will get the chance to inspect it 5 days , test drive it and everything you like.The car will be delivered directly to your requested address as soon as I will have the payment confirmation from eBay. eBay will hold the money until you will receive , inspect and decide if you want to keep the car.
If you're interested to purchase just email me with your full name ,shipping address and your phone number , so I can notify eBay that you are selected as my buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.

Thanks a lot!
Julie

ME:


Ok, I am in NC now, when can we setup a time to see the Jeep?

THEM:


I'm sorry to disappoint you but the car is already at the shipping company sealed and ready for the shipping. I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them.

ME:

But I need you to ship it to NC, I am here in NC and need it shipped 2 miles from the shipping company. I can just go pick it up!

THEM:

The final price that I want for this car is 2,200.00 including shipping and handling.eBay will send you an invoice at your email in which you will see how to start this transaction and in which you can see that this transaction is legit.Please get back to me with your full name,full address so i can forward your details to eBay in order for you to receive the invoice.Wait your reply

ME:

Can you send me a picture with you infront of the jeep? Or anything to prove it is a real thing?

THE END!
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:58 AM
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Pretty much what happened to me on a farm tractor purchase in 2009.

Way low price, unreal low price

Ebay to handle the, almost exact terms as the post above,

seller to pay shippingTractor located in West Tx

I asked about hours

I asked about mechanical condition

sent me a picture of a "tractor" that was not the correct model, and obviously not in W. TX

Reported to CL as a scam.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:03 AM
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I like the ones that want to mail you a "certified" or some such check or money order.
For more than your selling price.
Telling you to cash it and Western Union the excess to them somewhere.

I give my name and address as the owner of the abandoned house down the road.

Eventually my garage will be wallpapered with a million dollars worth of them.
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by r.waddill View Post
So I have been looking for a bike well here is a Harley for 2195.00 I am an extreme novice about bikes as you guys know but I find this price to be a scam or am I overly cautious.

http://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/mcd/2309852348.html
What kind of bike are you looking for?
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by DoubleO7 View Post
I like the ones that want to mail you a "certified" or some such check or money order.
For more than your selling price.
Telling you to cash it and Western Union the excess to them somewhere.

I give my name and address as the owner of the abandoned house down the road.

Eventually my garage will be wallpapered with a million dollars worth of them.

It works better to give them the name of a detective and the address of the station he works at.

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Old 04-07-2011, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
What kind of bike are you looking for?
looking for cruiser bike to tool around town maybe a short day trip with the admiral. I have been looking at "Jap" bikes as there used prices are so reasonable for a first time buyer as opposed to HD's which are out of my price range. I have seen a few 1200 sportsters around that are getting close to my budget.
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Ntrain2k View Post
It works better to give them the name of a detective and the address of the station he works at.

I did that to one the other day, but had them send it to the New Orleans office of the FBI. This person wanted to buy my item, unseen and for more that I had advertised. They Fed-Ex'd the cashiers check from California and wanted me to send the "extra" money for shipping to the U.K. At least it cost them a Fed-Ex fee. I used the tracking number they sent and watched the package until delivery. I wonder how much the fake cashiers check they sent to the FBI was written for?
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Old 04-07-2011, 02:13 PM
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I was looking for a daily driver and scanned Craigslist daily for a nice, reasonably priced used SUV. Each and every time I found one and emailed the owner I got almost the same responses.....the SUV was out of State and if I purchased it the seller would pay for it to be shipped to me. The reasons the sellers were getting rid of the SUV soon fit into common reasons, the most insulting/obnoxious of which was "it was my son's SUV and he was killed while deployed in Iraq".

Nothing but a bunch of scumbags.

It is unfortunate but some people fall for that crap.
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by r.waddill View Post
looking for cruiser bike to tool around town maybe a short day trip with the admiral. I have been looking at "Jap" bikes as there used prices are so reasonable for a first time buyer as opposed to HD's which are out of my price range. I have seen a few 1200 sportsters around that are getting close to my budget.
I had a Yamaha Road Star for a few years, and it was a good bike. Some friends have 1100 V-Stars and Honda VTX 1300's and all have good things to say about them.
After years of riding, I now have a Harley Road Glide and a Harley Street Glide. I don't know if you are an experienced rider or not, but I highly reccomend taking a motorcycle safety course if you're not.
Good luck in your search.
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Old 04-09-2011, 05:19 AM
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Not experienced at all except for riding dirt bikes 20 years ago definately will take the safety course.
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Old 04-10-2011, 05:54 PM
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i put my boat on craigs list and got two emails right away to buy sight unseen.... will pay through paypal. i told em to come over and bring cash. no reply.
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