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Old 03-21-2016, 09:50 AM
 
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Hello All,

Just recently, I found a car on CraigsList for close to the exact price I was praying I'd find one for, but did not expect to actually ever see it. In part because it's less than the car is worth by potentially a considerable amount (depending on condition and title) and also because the car is very rare.

Nothing in the posting struck me as odd. They didn't type in all caps or say anything too crazy. They said it was in good mechanical condition but didn't include an exterior shot of the car. The interior looked good (but not unrealistically so).

I did a reverse lookup of the posted picture and found no matches for it.

So, I texted the seller and essentially asked if they forgot to add an extra zero to their price tag and said I was very interested.

Quote:
Me:
Hello,
Do you have any exterior pictures of your [MODEL]?
The asking price is $[XXXX]?
I'm very interested.

Them:
If you're still interested in my [YEAR MAKE MODEL],give me your email address so I can send more info.The final price is [XXXX] [WOMAN'S NAME]

Me:
Thanks [WOMAN'S NAME],
I'm still interested.
You can send additional details to [MY PERSONAL EMAIL]

Thanks,
[MY FIRST NAME]
Everything in brackets is omitted information.
After their response, I searched the number and found it was a landline. This alleviate some of my concern, so I provided them with a non work email.

So in total, they have:
  • My first name
  • My last name (can be inferred by email)
  • My phone number
  • My email

Should I be concerned about this, or does this sound like a non tech savvy person trying to figure out how to share details?
Does this follow any typical scam format?

My thought process is, if it is a scam, they would post more than just an interior shot, would not have signed a name, and have targeted a car with a larger fanbase (this car has a smaller cult following.)
What do you guys think?

Last edited by Skyl3r; 03-21-2016 at 11:00 AM..
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Old 03-21-2016, 01:38 PM
 
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Well, I can confirm that this was indeed a scam. Fortunately they were easy to work with. Maybe I'll try to get them to join me on Team Viewer.
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Old 03-21-2016, 10:37 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Well, I can confirm that this was indeed a scam. Fortunately they were easy to work with. Maybe I'll try to get them to join me on Team Viewer.
I thought it sounded odd, but I'm wondering how you confirmed that it was a scam. Care to enlighten us?
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Old 03-22-2016, 04:15 AM
 
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Im sorry to hear it was a scam


I hope you dont start getting alot of spam!!
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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You texted them. What do they need email for? That is a red flag right there.
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Old 03-22-2016, 01:10 PM
 
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I thought it sounded odd, but I'm wondering how you confirmed that it was a scam. Care to enlighten us?
Sure, I texted them later asking if I could come see the car; as I'd prefer getting the information in person. Their response was to let me know they're at a military base in Maryland and the car was their husband's. He's dead of course and they need to sell it before the 30th when they leave to Japan.

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You texted them. What do they need email for? That is a red flag right there.
That's when I got creeped out. I talked to one of my friends who looked up their number and (incorrectly) told me it was landline. I figured it wouldn't be so odd if they prefer email over texting through a landline. Still weird though.

Further investigation revealed the number was an email to text portal and most likely originated from somewhere totally different than the area code indicated.

This is another report on the same person:
Fight The Scams | Author | SavoySix
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