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  • Horse Buying Scam

    So....I had this e-mail in my box this morning in response to my horse that is for sale. I've heard of scams where they send you a check for 20K over the purchase price and want you to deposit the extra in their account. Has anyone else had this person e-mail them? I am 100% certain this is some sort of scam I am not going to respond.


    Hello,

    Am keen on the purchase of your ( Horse ) which you placed on web for sale. I want to know the last price it is going for?, Do respond to my offer with required details and other important details on this ( Horse )..I expect to hear from you in good time a pics of the item will be appreciated..

    Regards,
    John Mionskowski.

    Fuller Inc
    15 Lady Brae,
    Gorebridge, Midlothian,
    E23 4HT, Scotland
    Phone: +44 (0) 70359 7585
    Mobile: +44 (0) 7035973961
    Fax: +44 (0) 7035967450

  • #2
    When an ad responder only asks about the price not the horse (add'l pictures, video, etc.) then you can be 99% sure it's a scam, and it appears so by the response you've received.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Valentina_32926 View Post
      When an ad responder only asks about the price not the horse (add'l pictures, video, etc.) then you can be 99% sure it's a scam, and it appears so by the response you've received.
      Not to mention the scammer refers to the "( Horse )", and later to the "item." Classic.
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      • #4
        And I'm sorry, but anytime the wordage is wonky like that, I don't even take the time to reply - that gets automatically deleted.

        Or, like a lot of people have done on here, reply with the contact info to the Fraud Dept.
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        • #5
          This is the exact scam you mentioned. After you reply to them, they will eventually get to the point of mailing you the check for the horse, plus extra money for you to wire to their 'shipper'. The check eventually is proven fake, and you are out the money that you wired.
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            #6
            Does it do any good to report them?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by buggs95 View Post
              Does it do any good to report them?
              Who knows? But it couldn't hurt.

              BTW, my sympathies. I know the feeling of deflation when you think you've gotten a response to you ad, only to have it turn out to be a stupid scammer.
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              • #8
                It never ceases to amaze me that there are still people out there who get these things and are like ZMG, is this a SCAM?! Zoinks!

                This scam and every permutation thereof has been around pretty much as long as the internet. Yet people must fall for it or else the scammers wouldn't keep trying.
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                • #9
                  I've gotten several similar type scams for booking riding holidays. The emails start of looking fairly legit. Then when I respond -to confirm availability or whatever. That's when the emails start to get wacky. The last one was like I had to accept deposit + $10,000 in cash to pay for an interpreter who doesn't have a bank account... It was wild. You can generally tell its a scam when you ask something like - WHAT IS THEIR RIDING LEVEL and the reply is please kindly deposit X amount etc etc.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
                    This scam and every permutation thereof has been around pretty much as long as the internet. Yet people must fall for it or else the scammers wouldn't keep trying.
                    perfect example- see similar thread in off course. *sigh*
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
                      It never ceases to amaze me that there are still people out there who get these things and are like ZMG, is this a SCAM?! Zoinks!

                      This scam and every permutation thereof has been around pretty much as long as the internet. Yet people must fall for it or else the scammers wouldn't keep trying.
                      Boy those Professional Auction and Equestrian Collection emails sure seem to have you in a bad mood today

                      Call me stupid, and you will, but I almost fell for the Webtack Store website scam but thank god I checked on COTH first.

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                      • #12
                        I'm not in a bad mood and I didn't call you stupid, jmkeen.

                        In fact, I didn't call ANYBODY stupid. Not even people who fall for scams.

                        All I said was that this scam is really old and yet people must fall for it or else why would scammers keep trying it?! Clearly, there are people out there who somehow manage not to hear about it. OP got the email and knew it was a scam. Why in the world would you think my comment was directed specifically at you? You're not even the OP!?
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                        • #13
                          Why is it also that they never can form good sentences. The flow of the email just sounds off.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RxCate View Post
                            Or, like a lot of people have done on here, reply with the contact info to the Fraud Dept.
                            That's a good idea.

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                            • #15
                              Have some fun.

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                              • #16
                                This type of scam does work sometimes. One of my good friends sold his house and didn't know until they closed that between the time of the title report to closing (about 15 days) that a false check had been written on his home equity account for 50,000.

                                This check was sent to some unsuspecting lady in the DC area who cashed it, kept 10,000 and then wired the 40,000 out of the country.

                                It was a huge mess for my friend obviously and thank goodness he didn't need the 50,000 to close on the house he was buying with the receipt of the proceeds of the one he sold. This could have made two real estate deals blow up.

                                So, it isn't always a foreign person with weird English who does this scam. In this instance it was found to be a person in the Wells Fargo home equity department.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by buggs95 View Post
                                  Does it do any good to report them?
                                  Report them to whom? They're in Nigeria. Your local police can't exactly issue them a citation.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by MyAlter0709 View Post
                                    Why is it also that they never can form good sentences. The flow of the email just sounds off.
                                    Because they are all sending the e-mails from internet cafes in Nigeria.

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                                    • #19
                                      That 419hell site makes me sad. Did you read the one that actually filled out the survey?
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                                      • #20
                                        IT IS A SCAM

                                        Don't even reply...
                                        I have had similar emails for large ticket items I had on ebay; saddle / truck etc...

                                        It is bad enough that there are criminal types trying to scam us, but their English is a crime too.

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