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Posted: 01/02/06 08:16am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are selling our Class C using on-line sales sites. We have received numerous scam buying emails. We thought listing the names and email addresses might help other sellers. The following were received in the past 6 weeks:

1. Franklin Ridge (frankridge1966@yahoo.com)
2. Alexandra Ethan (alexethanxx@hotmail.com)
3. Marttin Jones (wilsonmart123@yahoo.com)
4. Tame Maker (tame_maker@yahoo.co.uk)
5. Deleted from list, claims not to be scammer
6. James Black (jamesblack505@yahoo.com)
7. Daniel Clarkson (d_clark03@hotmail.com)

I just added another(#7) to my above list.

So Sellers Beware.

* This post was last edited 06/01/06 07:39am by OkStateRV'er *   View edit history


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Posted: 01/02/06 08:21am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just out of curiosity, how did you find out they where scam?


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How did I know that they were scams?

They wanted to send a cashier check for about $5,000 more than the sales price and requested that the excess be wired back via Western Union.

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Posted: 01/02/06 08:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Had the same thing happen when trying to sell Hensley Arrow hitch. They wanted to send a cashier's check and then send a "courier" to pick it up! Yeah right!!!


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newbietrailerqueen wrote:

Had the same thing happen when trying to sell Hensley Arrow hitch. They wanted to send a cashier's check and then send a "courier" to pick it up! Yeah right!!!


Nothing wrong with that.

Tell the buyer that his/her courier can pick up the item after you notify them.

Then:

Just take the check to bank - have the bank notify you personally when that check definitely is cleared and the funds are securely deposited in your account.

Easy. It's done all the time.

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sepisllib wrote:

newbietrailerqueen wrote:

Had the same thing happen when trying to sell Hensley Arrow hitch. They wanted to send a cashier's check and then send a "courier" to pick it up! Yeah right!!!


Nothing wrong with that.

Tell the buyer that his/her courier can pick up the item after you notify them.

Then:

Just take the check to bank - have the bank notify you personally when that check definitely is cleared and the funds are securely deposited in your account.

Easy. It's done all the time.

Bill


Yeah, but this one was by email and the langague in the email was way off! You could tell something was not right. Also they never even asked any question about it?? Don't you think if you buying something you would ask a few questions about what you were buying? Also they wanted to pick it up first to linspect it and if it was "OK" they would send a check. I am sure they would......

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That type of scam is almost out of control. Sadly because it works often enough.


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the other problem is the cashier's checks are forgeries. It's best to report the e-mail including headers to the following address: uce@ftc.gov You won't get a response, but it may help slow the scammers down. I would also report the addresses to Yahoo and Hotmail. Do not reply to the scammers


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There are thousands or more of fake names and e-mail addresses doing this for virtually any vehicle sale on the internet, and any other items. Ask your bank before accepting an offer, they see this every day and can tell you what to look for.

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So, I don't understand. They send you a Cashier's Check. Can't you take that to your bank and have them validate it? Can't they call the issuing institution and verify funds are available? If the check is no-good, email the seller back and let them know it is a felony to issue a worthless check. Presumably you have a valid phone number and mailing address for them, right?

A courier? Wonderful, have them come with you to the bank - have an officer present of course. When the bank says they need time to verify the check, the courier can wait (after proving his/her identity to the officer) in a local hotel.

At least if someone brought charges against these scammers perhaps others would think twice.....


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