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Old 01-08-2013, 05:45 PM
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Just a heads on an email I received concerning my boat for sale. Just thought I'd pass it along. Email address looked legit until you started reading the lame Nigerian attempt at the English language. First email was asking if my boat was still available. after me replying that it was, then this was the follow up email from the name Mathew Cole.... from email address mathco88@yahoo.com.....

Hello,
Thanks for your reply back, I will be very happy to buy the boat from you,i have gone through the features and i really liked it, if there is any other maintenance to be done the shipper who are coming for the pickup can sort that out before they deliver it to my son , i want to buy it for my son as a surprise birthday gift for him and i will be paying for the boat in full via cashier check so kindly email me back with your full name, address and contact phone number (home/office/mobile) for an effective communication so that i can send you the payment as soon as possible.
Hope to read from you soonest
Thanks

then the second attempt he sent to contact me...

Hello,
Thanks for your mail, i work on a crane construction site in united kingdom, i always start work very early and i do finish very late in the evening, i am really interested in buying it, and i have gone through the feature and it is okay by me.
just let me have your details so that i can send payment to you first thing tomorrow morning
Thanks

maybe this is a well known email you guys have seen but thought I'd pass it along anyways.

Thanks

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Old 01-08-2013, 05:51 PM
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Yea it's crazy, I posted mt boat for sale on all the local Craislist and I have received no less than 10 emails that are all freakin scams, worthless people.

All saying the same thing, can't see it in person, work out of country or offshore and want to buy now.

My understanding is that if these people get your name, address, phone number, email and they can some how re set your pay pal account password, then log in and have access to your accounts you have set up on there so def be careful.
Old 01-08-2013, 05:55 PM
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They cant log into your account, the scam is that they send you a fake email with all of your info that looks like a legit paypal email. When you click on the (fake) link, you log in with your password and ...you get scammed. Bottom line is never click on links in emails, always open new windows and type the address yourself.
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i have recieved the same thing in a text on my phone . i replied to him to just give me a call if he is that interested . he then replied that he has no phone service but he could text . he then asked for routing info to send me the money for the boat. i replied that he could pay me inperson with cash and never heard back from him. i hate craigs list but it does give you a lot of exposure .
Old 01-08-2013, 06:27 PM
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So maybe I'm kinda warped but I love that stuff. I tell them how anxious I am to work with them and it sounds like a fair deal. Then pester the crap out of them in return. It's amazing how many will keep corresponding with you. As a matter of fact, I think I am going to email the guy in South Dakota again in South Dakota about buying my tractor and telling him my price dropped. I havent talked to him in a month or so :-)
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fantastic...
Old 01-08-2013, 08:05 PM
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FYI someone bought my boat site unseen and wired me the money. Seemed shady, but cash is king
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Not the only one...have ya seen any of the so called "scambaiting" websites. One that's gave me more than a few laughs is: www.419eater.com

Enjoy!
Old 01-09-2013, 03:14 AM
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I had a similar thing happen. I had some fairly expensive car parts advertised on a local website and got an email offering me full price but they would pay by cashier’s check or money order and I’d go through their shipper. Told them: no thanks, cash only.
One thing I find funny even with legitimate buyers is that they don’t have a problem negotiating a price sight unseen. You advertise a widget for $150 really wanting to get $100, then you get an email asking if you’ll take $100. Sure I will, but you have no idea about condition. How can you negotiate price if you don’t know condition?
Old 01-09-2013, 05:23 AM
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I put an old farm truck on craigs list for 2800.00 Dude emailed me saying he will give me 2000.00. I asked how he can counted 800 bucks and has never seen or driven the truck??
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Just got the same exact email about my boat. He must be putting together a fleet for his son

Originally Posted by pdstephe View Post
Just a heads on an email I received concerning my boat for sale. Just thought I'd pass it along. Email address looked legit until you started reading the lame Nigerian attempt at the English language. First email was asking if my boat was still available. after me replying that it was, then this was the follow up email from the name Mathew Cole.... from email address mathco88@yahoo.com.....

Hello,
Thanks for your reply back, I will be very happy to buy the boat from you,i have gone through the features and i really liked it, if there is any other maintenance to be done the shipper who are coming for the pickup can sort that out before they deliver it to my son , i want to buy it for my son as a surprise birthday gift for him and i will be paying for the boat in full via cashier check so kindly email me back with your full name, address and contact phone number (home/office/mobile) for an effective communication so that i can send you the payment as soon as possible.
Hope to read from you soonest
Thanks

then the second attempt he sent to contact me...

Hello,
Thanks for your mail, i work on a crane construction site in united kingdom, i always start work very early and i do finish very late in the evening, i am really interested in buying it, and i have gone through the feature and it is okay by me.
just let me have your details so that i can send payment to you first thing tomorrow morning
Thanks

maybe this is a well known email you guys have seen but thought I'd pass it along anyways.

Thanks

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i have had several of those emails even when i was selling an old outboard motor that i was asking three hundred dollars for. they ask for bank info so they can wire the money direct and stuff like that. usually i reply back all excited and say great so glad you want to buy it....it does not run and will leave you stranded but really glad you like it...........my bank account number is seven. and my social number is 279. thanks agai let me know if you need more info glad to tell you everything you sound like a real good guy............ then usually you dont hear back from them.
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I just got the same e-mail from Mathew.
Old 01-09-2013, 07:07 AM
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I sell boats and occasionally put one or two on craigslist if I think it might help and this ALWAYS happens. I've had people tell me they work on container ships and can't get to their money for a few weeks and insist on using paypal, to Nigerian princes, to people wanting to trade property in areas that don't even exist (trust me I've google mapped them). The most recent was trading gold bars....wtf am I going to do with those? I got to the point where I started messing with them. If they don't want to wire you money or sign a sales contract....WALK AWAY!!
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We all seem to have enough BS replies trying to rip people off their money. One day I received similar scam email back when I was trying to sell my boat. I decided to go along with it to see how far this goes.
It was a typical scam... "I am away on a business, but my associate will take care of everything" "I will send you the full amount of your asking price +$10k for shipping and expenses" "Just send me back what ever remaining after all expenses are paid." I replied, no problem, send me the check. Sure enough, week or so later, I received Bank of America check for $60k. My bank is BOA as well, so I took the check to the bank and gave it to the teller. He looked at the check and kept moving forward with the transaction. Its time to tell him that it is a fake check, He said, no, it is a good check. I insisted that it was not a real check, Teller and I met up with the bank managers office. After inspecting the check, Bank manager also insisted it was a good check. At that point I told her the whole story. She then called Taxes where BOA checks are fabricated. She was on the phone with them for good 10 minutes performing all sorts of inspection. She finally said, " you are right, it is a fake check" My next question was this... what would've happen if I just deposited the check? she said it would've cleared, no problem. There is big BUT after that.... she said BOA has 30 days tell you that check is no good. If I spend it? You are responsible for the money and need to pay BOA back.
You want to sell your boat long distance? you need to get the funds wired into your account. No exceptions.
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Oddly enough...I just received an email from Mr.Cole he's interested in buying one of my boats.....
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Mathew is sending me a certified check from his construction site. Needless to say, my boat is still for sale
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Mathew is sending me a certified check from his construction site. Needless to say, my boat is still for sale
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Mathew is a busy consumer. I sold him some old sneakers and a Christmas sweater my nanna knitted for me. Selling unwanted stuff on Craigslist is like finding a 20 in the dryer. I'm not however having much luck with my M4W ad in the Casual section... Mathew keeps responding to that one too.
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This same A-hole just hit me with the same message about my Onslow Bay 20'.. What a scum-bag !!!

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