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  1. #1
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    Default Craigslist Scammer? What say COTH?

    How do I tell if this person is a scammer? I know, I know, go with your gut- but it's missing some signs. No, I'll pay you more than your asking price, no weird $$ transaction. What say COTH?

    Here's the conversation:

    (from craigslist)

    Buyer:
    Hi, regarding your post, i will like to know if you still have it on sale?
    Seller:
    Yes, it's still for sale. Are you interested?
    Buyer:
    yes i am interested, and what is your final asking price?
    Seller:
    I'd like to get 600 for it, I recently put a brand new hard drive in it.
    Buyer:
    okay good, I would have prefer to come pay by cash on delivery but I'm not available for the
    exchange,that's why i will be paying you
    via PayPal and if you do not have a PayPal
    account you could easily set up for one at
    www.PayPal.com to receive your money its
    only few steps.and if you have, quickly log into your PayPal acct and email me an Invoice and i
    shall proceed for the payment once its send ,i
    will also include the postage charges fee
    altogether once,so do get back to me if you're
    keen to sell. Thanks
    Seller:
    Where are you located? I can bring it to you.
    Buyer:
    chicago IL

    ???? I don't want to get scammed, BUT I don't want to miss out on a sale. : /



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    Are you from Chicago? If you have paypal send an invoice and drop off/ship when payment clears.

    It sounds scammy because the whole "set up paypal" which I would never let anyone do but other then that, just send an invoice and you're pretty much set once they pay and the payment clears. If they don't pay it then sell it to someone else.

    sounds scammy tho
    I am on my phone 90% of the time. Please ignore typos, misplaced lower case letters, and the random word butchered by autocowreck.




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    Ehh....I'd pass.
    People call themselves animal lovers, then let their dogs chase the squirrels. You're scaring the shit out of the squirrels, you schmuck!



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    "regarding your post" = scammer

    "final asking price" = scammer

    "not available for the exchange" = scammer

    all the awkward phrasing in the payment bit = scammer

    This is a pretty obvious one, really.
    "smile a lot can let us ride happy,it is good thing"

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  6. #6
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    Okay okay, thanks COTH. It seems like ALL of the responses I have gotten have been scams. This is the LEAST scammy. Now, let me rephrase: Best place to sell a used computer?



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    INSIST on using phone or text only. Not only are scammers on CL but those simply fishing for your email address to sell. And it's helpful to mix numbers and words when listing your phone number, for example, one, two, three/456/seven, eight, nine, zero.

    If done this way, CL still a great place to sell. I post my ads like above, and simply ignore all emails. I may be losing out on a potential sale, but if they can't follow simple instructions, oh, well. Plenty do send texts.
    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    ¯ Oscar Wilde



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    I think you have to even be careful with Paypal, since a buyer can lodge a complaint and get their money back.


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  9. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
    INSIST on using phone or text only. Not only are scammers on CL but those simply fishing for your email address to sell. And it's helpful to mix numbers and words when listing your phone number, for example, one, two, three/456/seven, eight, nine, zero.

    If done this way, CL still a great place to sell. I post my ads like above, and simply ignore all emails. I may be losing out on a potential sale, but if they can't follow simple instructions, oh, well. Plenty do send texts.
    I don't know how many sales you're losing out on, but I wouldn't buy from you in that case, and I've bought and sold plenty of things on CL. If a seller can't handle email, at least for initial contact and exchange of information, I'm not interested. The vast majority of CL posters DO offer email contact, fortunately.

    My cell phone is prepaid, so texts and calls add up to expensive fairly quickly and I only use it in very limited fashion, mostly for travel. I'm not giving out my land-line number as my address is easily associated with it and I'm not giving it out to strangers on CL.

    I have an email address that I use solely for posting on CL or other uses that may attract spam and simply don't bother with to open that mailbox address unless I'm looking to buy/sell on CL or wherever I've used it. Gmail, Yahoo, and others offer accounts that you can use for a temporary or occasional address. That solves the spam problem. Just an option to both make the sale and avoid spam.


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    Quote Originally Posted by halo View Post
    I think you have to even be careful with Paypal, since a buyer can lodge a complaint and get their money back.

    This! Paypal nearly always sides with the buyer/scammer when they lodge a complaint and request a refund.
    "Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don't know and I don't care." ~Jimmy Buffett



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