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Old 10-29-2012, 08:42 AM   #1
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Scam - Your Input Please

I'm curious and have way too much time on my hands. Presently we are advertising online the sale of a mh. I have been receiving emails from harriet.coppinger@yahoo.com concerning the purchase of our mh. Here is the latest(copied and pasted):

Thanks for your mail, I think am happy with your price, I wish to complete the payment soon so that I will assume the new owner of the vehicle. Actually I bought a vehicle from a seller in Atlanta GA at the price of $xxxxxxx and I sent payment to him, on getting to the pick up my shipper and agent discovered that the vehicle has had an accident before and the seller did not inform me of this so I had to cancel the transaction.

I have informed him that I have seen another vehicle with a lesser price and have instructed him that he will be sending the funds to you and he accepted, though he said that he will deduct $100 from the total funds as the listing expenses since he will place the vehicle to the advert. He also told me that his credit union allows a refund payment on one cashier's check only.

So, he will be sending the whole funds($xxxxxxx) to you. Since your vehicle is cheaper ($xxxxxx), the difference ($10,000) would be used to offset shipping charges and other expences. You will have to deduct your price once payment gets to you.

I will advice my shipper and agent to contact you for the pickup as soon as you receive the payment and other necessary documents will either be collected from you at the point of pick-up or sent via fedex courier to me.

Confirm this and provide the following details :

(1) Name (certified cashiers check will be made payable to)
(2) Address ( the check will be delivered to)
(3) Phone number

For check payment to be delivered to you via registered mail. Thanks for your understanding hope to hear from you soon

Thank you.

I know how this plays out, they mail me a fake check and I mail them a good check for the difference($10K).

I don't know how they got my email address because I haven't put it in any of my ads? I do put my ph#. Initially I asked the scammer to call me, but they responded by email, so I knew it was a scammer, so I've been playing along. I hope to get some entertainment value out of jacking with them. I have a PO BOX address I can give them to send the fake check to. They already have my ph#, and I'll makeup a name. They'll mail me a fake check, then I'll have my daughter draw a fake check, and I'll mail to them.

I'd appreciate your suggestion(s) on how I can jack with them.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:03 AM   #2
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Have fun! It is a shame how many people actually fall for this stuff.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:09 AM   #3
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Sounds like you've already got a pretty good plan. Keep us posted.

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Old 10-29-2012, 09:28 AM   #4
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Do not try and jack with them. It is futile to even try. As you most likely noted, the grammar is not of the "English" style. My personal recommendation is to ignore that buyer, and be very cautious with all other potential buyers.

How are you going to expect payment? Hopefully in person. Whoever anyone sends should have the money. Walk them to the bank, get cash in hand, give them the pink slip.

Good luck.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:52 AM   #5
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Watch out, your ploy may backfire and cause you trouble. Making a fake check, might be illegal? Report the spamer and go on about your life!
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:58 AM   #6
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Would report them and see if they get caught. The law may want you to play along to catch them, otherwise just drop it.
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Same scam is what they tried to pull on me when I listed my motorbike. They say you will get your funds after you have paid for the shipping and email then confirmation to such. I was born on a day it just wasn't yesterday.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:21 AM   #8
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Don't waste your time playing this game. You will only wish you were getting him good but in the end, you will have played a game you can not win except by getting out of it. While you might think you are clever, they are minion. I have my MH on CL and continue to get these scams and lots of invitations for a "date". Wife can't believe some of the pics I have gotten.

As a sidebar. I would create a toss away email for ANY ad. When the ad is done...poof, I ditch the email address away. I make each address unique so that I know what ad it goes with.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:27 AM   #9
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Another part to this old scam is the money/check is never sent thru the USPO.
They use WU/FDX/UPS for the transfer. Never heard one of these scammers being caught but guess charges would be less than when using the PO.
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One trick that I learned the last time I was trying to sell something was to google the e-mail address. I found that nearly everyone I checked was listed as a scammer.
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Writing bad checks would not be smart. Don't do it.
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If you choose to continue, send Monopoly money. A bogus chck could come back and haunt you.

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Writing bad checks would not be smart. Don't do it.
I think the OP said he would have his daughter DRAW a fake check. If she did it in finger paints that would be funny as hell. LOL Still, not thinking it is good to waste any time on the scammer.
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The FBI made the TV news here in SoCal for an investigation that involved one of these scams. They made it a multi-agency operation with Dept. of Treasury and Postal Inspector for mail fraud. I think in that case, they were able to make arrests inside the U.S....

So, I would report the scam and see where that takes you.
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