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Old 06-15-2008, 04:57 PM   #1
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I was on craigslist a few days ago when a deal too good to be true caught my eye. I emailed the seller to ask some questions and man his responses reek of scammer, at least to me. His name is Daniel Craig, AKA James Bond.

First response to me asking if he had made an error on the price;
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Hello
Sorry for the delayed response, but I'm in Cardiff, Wales (United Kingdom) right now and I have been very busy. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying the 2002 BMW 530i. The car is located in the United States right now and it has US papers.
?Why is the price so low??
I used to work for a US corporation, but this corporation moved in Mexico with the production process so I had to find work in another place. I realized that there is no point in taking the car with me, as it is made for USA, according to USA standards, and I would have a hard time trying to register it. The title is clean and you will have absolutely no problems to register the BMW in the States.
I will tell you a few words about the 2002 BMW :
It is in immaculate condition with 61 k miles, rust free , no scratches and hasn't been involved in any accident. The motor runs very well. The interior looks great. This beauty needs nothing. The title is clear, it is not a salvage one.
I want this transaction to go smoothly enough as I am caught in the middle of some very important events (I have to start all over again with my life) and I have little time at my disposal. I already have tons of emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out.
A great car ready to be yours, but only if you shall understand and you won't make me loose time as it has already happened to me.
The price is 4,000 USD $ THIS IS MY LAST PRICE. I will not negociate the price. I will take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying it, to be sure that I don't waste my time with endless discussions. This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions. So if you are interested please email me back and I will tell you what are the next steps in closing the sale.

Regards
Second response after I told him I looked forward to a test drive.
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Hello again!

I am sorry that the pickup and the test drive are not available because I am not in USA right now. I am in Scotland due to some work related problems, and I will be here for at least 6 more months. But before leaving I have prearranged shipping with a third party company and Dependable Auto Shippers (DAS) so my presence in US isn't necessary. The car is in a warehouse of D.A.S. in US, ready for delivery. In exchange I will offer a 5 day period of testing with no obligation to buy the vehicle. The testing period starts from the moment you receive it from the shipping company. So if you want to make this deal I will need the following details from you:
full name, shipping address, billing address

After I will have all this details I will forward them to the third party company and I will proceed the order.
They will contact you with all the details that you need to complete this deal and also to see that i am covered by them and that I am legit seller.

The vehicle will be delivered with the title, owner's manual, 2 sets of keys, service records, and of course the bill of sale notarized and signed by me. I am waiting your email with the requested details.
For those who couldn't see it
I want to string him along a bit more; so how should I answer his latest email?

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Old 06-15-2008, 05:01 PM   #2
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It's a scam. two people have already tried to scam me. its so damn stupid.
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sting him along for weeks and then tell him to go **** himself
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Old 06-15-2008, 05:11 PM   #4
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Im in the proccess of doing that right now, lol.
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Old 06-15-2008, 05:21 PM   #5
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I still don't get why these naggers always use that "LAST PRICE" bullshit.... it's funny that they have not learned that it's THE fastest way to know something is a scam.
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Old 06-15-2008, 05:23 PM   #6
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Oh also, print out a VERY fake check and send it to him.... $10 says he actually tried to cash it.
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Old 06-15-2008, 06:14 PM   #7
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im surprised they dont get caught tryin to do this ****..i mean, you'd think the authorities would be all over these *************, yet you see these scams almost every other posting...so sad
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:21 AM   #8
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I used DAS when I moved my Miata from the US to Sweden. I think they gave pretty good service and they delivered ahead of schedule. Perhaps you should forward his email to one of their representatives? I bet they will be less then happy in hearing that their name is being used on a scam.
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Old 06-16-2008, 12:00 PM   #9
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^+1^ on Torkel, get them invloved, why not.

Slientbob, ask for pics, make him work.
Then send him a pic of the guy that has sex with cars, saying it is you and you want to make his car your new girlfriend. That should **** with him.
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Old 06-17-2008, 12:17 PM   #10
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I dunno, but my final one to these guys is always "Wow, for an Englishman, you sure don't have a very good mastery of the English language"
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Old 06-17-2008, 03:18 PM   #11
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Yea I always think its hilarious when the email says:

Hi I am interest in your item(s) for sale on craigslist.

Then they go on to ask what the lowest price you will take is. Then when you tell them, they over you 3000 more just send back the remainder. How an they not know that it is an obvious scam?

Anyways, whenever I get them I take thier email and find all the excessively spammy websites and sign them up.
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Have him write something stupid on a piece of paper and pose with it for a picture as a proof of identity.

I vote "MiataTurbo Rules".
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Anyways, whenever I get them I take thier email and find all the excessively spammy websites and sign them up.
Ok now THAT was funny.
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I do what I can to torture societies scum
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Ask him his phone number and address, tell him you'll be in town and want to take a look at it.

Chris
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i did that a bunch of times, and they never respond after that
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Tell him u to go ahead and send you the car, give HIM an address u can get to (but not urs) and a fake name...

Let him know you'll send the check at the end of the 5th day and see what happens..
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Ask him his phone number and address, tell him you'll be in town and want to take a look at it.

Chris
I already did, told him I looked forward to meeting him and test driving the car. That is when he replied saying he is out of the country on business for months and the car is with DAS.

Although I have decided to ask him if he happens to know what warehouse DAS is storing the car. If it is in Ga it would be their Morrow location which is 5 minutes from where I work. After that I'll send him a scam email back

I figure I'll use this as a template for my scam response.
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Hello ,
Thanks for your mail back concerning the inquiry mail i sent to you.
The price,condition also the pics i viewed is okay by me .And my client
confirm there is no problem about the price($975 ) ,my client do pays with
a {USA}cashier check,he has agreed to mail out as bank cashiers check of
$3500. to you on my behalf to cover the shippment fees.About the shippment,
that we be taken care by my me & my personal assistant,my personal assistant
will be using his shipper to do the quick processing of the shipping of
the(1987 Toyota Celica) to my client.
So all you are to do after you will received the check in your mail,
Just take out your sale amount and refer the remaining money to my shipper
immediately through the westernunion or the money gramm outlet so to get the
money fast and start the fast arrangement for the pickup of the
(1987 Toyota Celica).Since you are the original owner of this item,and i
am buying the item directly from you i will like you to write your full name
to be on the check,with the mailing address which my client will be using
to issued out the check to you.I do wish to trust you by refering the rest
balance back to my shipper and also your fast doing to this transaction.
I will like to hear fromyou if this is okay by you and you are ready to
process ,if you aready to sale your item and promise refering the rest
balance to my shipper immediately you received the check so can start the
quick arrangement for the pickup. Any body that want to buy this item
this item just tell therm that it as been sold. I will like to copmplete
this transaction befor the new year. I be at my computer waiting to see
your epky to my payment method mailed.
THANKS AND MAIL ME BACK WITH YOUR DETAIL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
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But spell stuff right, use proper grammar etc so he believes it.
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I just got two identical emails from the same person for my two ads on Mnet...

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Ad Headline: Two NA trunk lids
Posted To: Miata.net Classifieds

Hello ,
I will like to know if this advert is still available for sale i will like to buy this item so pls do withdraw the advert from ksl . I will also like you to know that i will be paying via check due to the distance as i am located,i will need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check.

1.Your full name
2.Your mailing address be it residential or postal address
3.Your phone number,
and the total amount, hope to hear from you back,
Regards Mr Mark.

mark
[email protected]
How do you spam these people? I wanna sign this guy up!
Can someone just do it.
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