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Old 07-12-2008, 01:15 AM   #1
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Default Okay, Help Me Out Here. Is This a Craigslist Scam?

So we're having our new fridge delivered on Monday and have had our old one up on Craigslist for about a week. Not asking much, $350 for a side by side. So someone asked me if it was still available. I said yeah. He writes me back with this:

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Thanks for your swift response concerning the items.I'll be paying by
Certified check and and my shipper will come for the pickup
at your location as soon as the check clear.Send me your full
name,address and zipcode to send the payment immediately and the check
will be send to you overnight so that you can have it by tommorrow and
Kindly remove the items from web (craigslist)as soon as you give me
your full informations....

Waiting to read from you asap.


Thanks
Aside from the engrish or whatever that is, I'm suspicious here. I mean, okay, it's not like sending my name/address/zipcode is really gonna put me in any danger, but I've never had anyone contact me on Craigslist like this before. Normally it's just local folks who wanna come check it out.

Should I ignore this weirdo or what?
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So we're having our new fridge delivered on Monday and have had our old one up on Craigslist for about a week. Not asking much, $350 for a side by side. So someone asked me if it was still available. I said yeah. He writes me back with this:



Aside from the engrish or whatever that is, I'm suspicious here. I mean, okay, it's not like sending my name/address/zipcode is really gonna put me in any danger, but I've never had anyone contact me on Craigslist like this before. Normally it's just local folks who wanna come check it out.

Should I ignore this weirdo or what?
I would make him pay by paypal, its not that hard to make an account.
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Old 07-12-2008, 01:19 AM   #4
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Something sounds hokey here. I don't think I'd want the individual or his "shipper" coming to my house.

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this person has hit others as well in tulsa. was a couple posts and one thats up now.

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What they do is send you a check for say $500. Ooops, cash it and send me the difference. When it bounces, you are out your refridge, and $150 plus all the bank fees.

Tell mr. nigerian check scammer you want CashO, no CheckO.

Better yet, tell him off in the way we all know Evan! can. (please copy us here).

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What they do is send you a check for say $500. Ooops, cash it and send me the difference. When it bounces, you are out your refridge, and $150 plus all the bank fees.

Tell mr. nigerian check scammer you want CashO, no CheckO.

Better yet, tell him off in the way we all know Evan! can. (please copy us here).
Thanks you guys. Yay HBT!

I'm gonna tell this weirdo COD or paypal. Just curious, though: let's say I waited for the certified check. As long as I didn't give him the fridge until the check cleared and I had cash in hand, how could this scam really work?
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I'd leave it at a simple "the item is no longer available", or just ignore the email. No need to pick a fight when you don't know who you're dealing with...

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Thanks you guys. Yay HBT!

I'm gonna tell this weirdo COD or paypal. Just curious, though: let's say I waited for the certified check. As long as I didn't give him the fridge until the check cleared and I had cash in hand, how could this scam really work?
It likely works because lots of folks figure when their bank accepts the check, that means it cleared. Might take a few more days for the bank to figure out its bogus, and by then its too late.

If you wait until it really clears (your bank tells you the money is available) then you're right, it won't work. But it sounds like that won't ever happen, and in the meantime you've given out your home info to this con artist...
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