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Old 12-12-2009, 11:57 AM
 
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What the OP has posted is nothing more than the classic Nigerian scammer game. Ignore ANY and ALL such emails from people with that "cash the check and send me some back" ploy.

The operators of craigslist warn people constantly to only "deal locally" so they can avoid these scams.

I no longer use CL for anything. AFAIC scammers and trolls have ruined it to the point of "why bother." I don't even try to give stuff away on CL now, we just drop off stuff at the local Goodwill and Salvation Army.
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Old 12-12-2009, 01:03 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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What the OP has posted is nothing more than the classic Nigerian scammer game.
I no longer use CL for anything. AFAIC scammers and trolls have ruined it to the point of "why bother." I don't even try to give stuff away on CL now, we just drop off stuff at the local Goodwill and Salvation Army.
That is exactly why many scambaiters do what they do (besides entertainment). Fight back by wasting their time. If people don't fight back we will all become what you see in my own profile picture. (a guy with his head buried in the sand with rump up and ready.)
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Old 12-12-2009, 01:51 PM
 
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I listed an HDTV last week on Craigslist. First time using it. First email response seemed on the level, initially. I responded with my phone number and also said cash only and pickup only. I then got a sob story about how the person is unable to speak and can't travel. They will send me 2 checks for my trouble to ship it, etc.
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Old 12-12-2009, 02:00 PM
 
Location: NW. MO.
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I just simply don't do checks. Years ago a girl paid me for something with a check on a closed account.
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Old 12-12-2009, 04:07 PM
 
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That is exactly why many scambaiters do what they do (besides entertainment). Fight back by wasting their time. If people don't fight back we will all become what you see in my own profile picture. (a guy with his head buried in the sand with rump up and ready.)
I know of one woman who strung scammers out for weeks, playing with them, at one point I think she actually had them salivating and panting in their lust for easy money from suckers, it was delicious to see. About once a year I even get a letter in the mail, usually from one of them in London.
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Centennial
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Great Idea Thanks : )
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Centennial
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O I do Agree, I personally had a good Experience in Craigs list . I just wanted to share this, so we can all be aware of the bad people out there.
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Old 12-14-2009, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Centennial
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We led several scammers on for some time and they shelled out real money to send us counterfeit checks. Two of the checks I turned into my bank and they gave me a $25.00 reward for each one.
Money going from Nigeria to the USA (to Fed X or UPS) rather than some poor elderly retiree sending his or her life savings to a scum bucket sitting in a mansion in the UK or living high on the hog in Nigeria.
For every minute of their time you waste that is one minute less they have to steal from someone. The picture below is a scambaiters "Trophy"
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Exactly.
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Old 12-14-2009, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Napa, CA
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I hate to be such a grinch, but craigslist is full of disingenuous sob stories.

My favorite of all time is this:

I dabble in the saltwater aquarium hobby. I was getting rid of some stuff and put up a listing for an Oceanic BioCube (that's a miniature tank that will typicall go for about $150 used if it's in great shape).

Ten minutes later, I received an email from a recently married fellow whose mother-in-law had just passed away. She had a lifelong love of saltwater fish, but had never had the opportunity to keep any herself. They wanted the tank so that they could set up a "living shrine" to her memory, but they only had $50 for the shrine.
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:31 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Another sign of a Craigslist Scam email:

When the email simply states:
"Is this item available for sale?"

With no mention of the item's actual name (EX: is your toaster still for sale?)
And the sender's name is usually something like:
Mike Jones, or Joe Brown, or John Smith.
And the email is sent in the middle of the night (3am).

This is the start of a scam.

I never respond to them.

Middle of the night means foreign country, like Nigeria.

No mention of item's actual name, means a generic email, used over and over by scam artists.

Best way to deal with selling stuff on Craigslist, is state that you will sell to locals only.

And have the person call you for your address. That way, you can see if they are calling from a local area code.

And if you feel uncomfortable giving a total stranger your address, have the person meet you somewhere in public, like a nearby fast food parking lot.

Then they can follow you back to your home after you've met them.
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