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Old 06-15-2017, 07:38 AM
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So, I listed my boat on Craigslist last night. At 4:30 AM (EASTERN time!) I get a text, "Can you email my husband, he wants to see the boat. I do, (though I guess I shouldn't have?) Eric Roberts says he is out of town and wants to buy through PayPal. He asks if it is in good shape and hopes he won't be disappointed when he gets it. He will have to have it shipped. After researching PayPal scams, I reply, no scams, cash only. He isn't fazed, he wants to send me the 11.5K without seeing the boat and I never even said anything when he asked if it was in good shape. Unbelievable. No mention at all that I basically called him a scammer when I had replied. I sent a final email, "Cash only, in person."
This follows, EXACTLY, the scam article on Boat US. I looked for paypal scams and read it there. I am glad this guy tried, because now I've learned you can't trust cashiers checks, money orders, or ANYTHING but cash (that you check with a counterfeit pen). I guess you better learn fast with all these scams. I started researching after he said PayPal, and was sure when he wanted to buy the boat sight unseen for asking price - without even offering less.
So, I hope everybody knows PayPal, cashiers checks, money orders, and even unchecked cash are all scams.
Gee, I put "No Nigerian royalty" in the ad! They haven't texted me. YET.
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:45 AM
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Florida.....the epicenter of summy scam crime.

I blame it on LBJ.

Yet every one of you blame it on yankee transplants. Hahahahaaaaaaaa!
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Even with a face to face transact, I don't accept a check only cash ora money transfer.

Sold a boat last week and spent time counting the money that he withdrew from the ATM machine.

Said it took six trips to the bank
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Originally Posted by HDTBC View Post
Florida.....the epicenter of summy scam crime.

I blame it on LBJ.

Yet every one of you blame it on yankee transplants. Hahahahaaaaaaaa!

Great input here.
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Originally Posted by UnclebobJHC View Post
Great input here.
Doesn't take much to impress a floridian evidently.
Old 10-12-2017, 09:26 AM
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Had this exact exchange today, after posting an ad on BoatTrader on Sunday. They pulled almost the exact same script, except I got a text from a "son" in Denver telling me to email his Dad about the ad. Didn't give a name or ask any questions. I asked if there was anything in particular I should include in the email, like additional pictures, and got the response "Please email my Dad,,,"

I did, because what the hell, it's the first decent lead so far and got the same sh!t - Martin Moore wants to buy my boat via paypal, has apparently not seen the ad (most of his questions would have been answered by the ad), is out of the area due the nature of his work, has a local agent to look at and pick up the boat, etc. etc. etc.

I came here before replying, saw this thread, and told him to take a f*cking hike.

Thanks THT!
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Can’t even trust a bank check now. Wtf.
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any time somebody asks you to email them back to a different address or to email their friend/spouse/whoever, it's a scam. That's why I recommend turning off email function and including your number. Then it's even easier to tell it's a scam when it's an out of state number that will text asking you to email somebody or asking about the present conditions
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Now? Can't trust a bank check for years...

As to money orders, be careful there also. A USPS Money Order can be validated at the post office, but the rest are of concern.

Take a cashier's check at HIS bank, i.e. they withdraw funds, cut the check, and he hands it to you directly. Or CASH.
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I listed my boat for sale yeterday on not trader. Like most of the replies I got an early morning txt asking to email bot info to an email address in the txt. I sent him a very brief email asking what he wants to know cus I had a very detailed listing. Several hours later received a return email from him indicating he he works offshore as an engineer and wasn’t able to see the boat in person. He was going to have the bot shipped after payment cleared. He said he chose to use PayPal.

Sounded very familiar to me so I looked back through my emails. I listed a bay boat a couple years ago on boat trader. This douche ( Greg Simmons ) sent the same email two years ago. I copied and sent him the previous email along with some choice words.
Old 09-22-2018, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Gattafish View Post
Can’t even trust a bank check now. Wtf.
try for like the past 20 years lol

scams are almost always obvious, use common sense, some of the same scams going on for past 20 years yet people fall for them
Old 09-23-2018, 07:56 AM
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Had 1 guy tell me he was in the military and stationed out of state.
Told him to give specifics including full name, rank and serial number.
Also told him the seriousness of impersonating a military officer and I was going to run his info thru a friend of mine in the military...

...never heard from him again.
Old 09-23-2018, 08:09 AM
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I bet even Noah has scammer issues when he tried to sell the Ark after he was through with it.
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Originally Posted by roozter View Post
Had 1 guy tell me he was in the military and stationed out of state.
Told him to give specifics including full name, rank and serial number.
Also told him the seriousness of impersonating a military officer and I was going to run his info thru a friend of mine in the military...

...never heard from him again.
I actually had that happen and the guy was legit. Guy purchased car, sent payment, told him to come pick it up, didnt hear from him for months. Eventually he picked it up. Now I do a quick purchase and sale agreement that covers what happens if the vehicle or boat is not picked up. We were trying to move and had a car in the way and eventually had to move it to a family members who then was not happy it sat for months in their small driveway.
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Not all are scams.
I bought my boat off craigslist listed in Oregon and I'm in Calif. Seller and I exchanged emails then I sent him a paypal deposit. Drove up the following week, inspected the boat without sea trial, paid the balance in cash, then towed the boat home.
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I sold a Iphone on ebay. they paid by PayPal. this guy was a scammer. he said he never received it we tussled for a time even though I had a delivery receipt. eventially the guy got his money back and I was out an Iphone, only 50.00. Be careful with Paypal they really don't give a S..T
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I just sold a motor to a guy in the Caribbean. He bought it sight unseen. Sent me the money through money gram. I hadn't even heard of this till before, it is essentially a western union type service. But he sent the money and you just go to a Walmart or CVS to pick it up, either cash, or in the form of a Money Order from CVS as they don't give out more than $500 cash at a time. Pretty Simple. I loaded the motor onto the pallet once I had the money. Much simpler selling locally, but I wasn't getting a lot of hits on the motor in general.
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I buy and sell a lot of things on Craigslist and THT. As for the scammers. My favorite thing to do is go on line to my local police office or FBI field office. I then give the scammer the info I.e. address and any name I can get for a officer their. So they can send me a check. But they are really sending the scam to the police. I always get a follow up email. If it is received.

Lol.

I dont think the officers do anything. But it makes me chuckle
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If you want to avoid scams on craigslist, do not leave a phone number in the phone number field and do not allow email responses. Code your phone number into the text of the ad as such call 8fiveoh two92 eight67oh

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