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Old 03-23-2008, 01:11 PM   #1
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I posted my wheels for sale or trade on m.net a few days ago. I clearly said they were new and I even had the receipt from where I bought them new. Today I get this email:

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Hello,
I came across your ad and I'll like to know the
following questions regarding the ad.

Q#1. How long have you owned it?
Q#2. a) Have you owned it from new? b) If not how many previous owner?
Q#3.Why are you selling it?
Q#4. In your opinion, what sort of conditionis it?
Q#5. Any available photo? Q#6. How much are you asking for it?
Q#7. Do you accept a ( Cashier Check / postal Money Order with
cheque)as a mode of payment. Q#8. Kindly get back to me with ur FULL NAME,FULL
CONTACT ADDRESS,TEL # so that payment willbe issued and mailed to you.

Note that you dont need to worry about shipping as i have a private
shipping company that will take care of the shipping and delivery of the
item once payment is been received by you.

I'll like to have the response to these question in your earliest
conviniency.

Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks.
I'm guessing this is a scammer as I answered questions 1-6 in the ad. So, if this is a scamer, I wanna **** with him. What do you guys think?
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Sooooo scammer. "in your earliest conviniency"
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Old 03-23-2008, 01:29 PM   #3
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But what I don't get is he's not trying to sell me anything. He would have to pay me, and I have no problem with that. I mean, it all looks fishy but I don't get it, I guess he could send me a bad check or something?
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notice they never name the item, or describe the item? SCAM!!
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It's a scam because they aren't going to give you a real check/payment. They won't pay via paypal or anything secure it will always screw you in some fashion. They expect you to ship the product before the payment ever clears (or doesn't clear more like) so they get something for free.
SCAM
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The other way this scam plays out is they'll send you a payment for substantially more than the cost of the item asking that you refund them the most of the amount they overpaid. They'll even generously offer to let you keep some extra dough to make up for the inconvenience.

You ship the item and give them their extra $ back... And then in a few weeks you're going to find out that they didn't own the account they paid you from when the account's rightful owner disputes the transaction.

It ends up that you lose the item you sold as well as however much you refunded of their overpayment.

Nasty scam.
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delivator- Wow that would suck. So, how could I **** with him? I thought about asking him to pay with paypal, but that probably won't work. So, any suggestions?
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Here's one idea: http://www.zug.com/pranks/powerbook/

Could probably be adapted to fit.
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I added his email to spamyourenimies and then blocked his address from my yahoo. Yea, I've seen that notebook one before that's great.
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definitely written in scamanese.

i bet this is the scam where they write you a check and then cancel funds after you've deposited it. money comes out of your account. another tip is that they want to use their own shipping. ie not USPS so it's not a federal crime.
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Yup, the scam hasn't really begun yet. The way these guys work is to create a comfy experience for you (don't worry they will take care of the shipping). The fun begins on the 2nd or 3rd contact. I bet Deliverator is right about the overpayment scam.
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delivator- Wow that would suck. So, how could I **** with him? I thought about asking him to pay with paypal, but that probably won't work. So, any suggestions?
Accept "payment" and forward it and your correspondence to the FBI's Internet Crime Division.
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If you have to ask, it usually is.

Having to go through an escrow is the first sign of a scam.
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But not to be outdone, I get another email:

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Am interested in your Motegi MR7's am offering $250 if my offer is
acceptable get back to me,for the shipping i have a shipper that take care
of my shipping,for payment do you accept a cashier check?
RICHARD......
Ok, this one's better but I throw a red flag on the cashiers check and the shipper. Guess this is another scam? He does appear to have read the ad anyway. I guess I could tell him I need hiss address to ship it to and I only accept Paypal and see what he says. Should I?
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Here's one idea: http://www.zug.com/pranks/powerbook/

Could probably be adapted to fit.
That was THE BEST THREAD in the history of the interweb. I remember reading that as it was happening.. major major rofl!!
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Looks like Richard needs a flywheel too

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Hello,
Am interested in your FM Fidanza Aluminum Flywheel am offering $200 if
my offer is acceptable get back to me,for the shipping i have a shipper
that take care of my shipping,for payment do you accept a cashier
check?
RICHARD......
Hmm... What to do now? I just read that laptop prank so I'm feel like doing something.
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oh RICHARD, you poor bastard.

tell him you'll accept a money order for $5000 and youll give him a cashier's check for the difference.
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Ok, a guy just bought my flywheel. This "seems" weird, maybe it's not. He paid via Paypal, for the amount I requested, but it's an "e check". It looks legit, but it says the funds take 3-5 business days to clear, and to NOT ship anything until the funds clear. I will get an email from Paypal when the funds do clear. I suppose I'll do just that. Still, I clicked the link to view details and the buyer did not include a shipping address with his e check, so I'm NOT elligable for Seller Protection Policy. He did of course give me an address in another email though, it's in Florida. All seems a little weird to me. Thoughts?
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Here's one idea: http://www.zug.com/pranks/powerbook/

Could probably be adapted to fit.
I just want to chime in and say a little thing that made me laugh:

In the story they talk about an Escrow service and all and it made me laugh because in french the Homonym is Escroc (pronunce Escro, like Escrow in english) and an Escroc is a scammer.

Oh well.... I'm in my own little world I guess
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I got my $3500 check for my $300 wheels the other day:

Hello
How you doin?Hav send you mail time without numbers and you refused to reply.Have forward your mail and info to the police and there are interested in your cause,so be ready for court,cos have told them that you wanted to SCAM me..So reply me back..Wale


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