Beware of scammers

They're unusually active right now. Had one message me saying that his friend had an SRT Center for sale. Gave me an email address for his friend. Luckily his friend, while multitudes more convincing than your average amateur Nigerian scammer, fell for my bait and told me that his SRT center was indeed the "Rosewood" color one that I am seeking.. A statement of "fact" that any true vintage Polk, especially SRT, speaker owner or lover will understand the significance of ;)

Then there's the more traditional signs of a scam. The anxious 4 messages back asking if we "have a deal" or if I had received the last message when I fail to reply to one of their messages within a few short hours, the request to use Western Union in lieu of PayPal or any other safer method, the failure to send any photos because of a "crappy" phone, the phone number that when called has a foreign guy who barely speaks English stating "Yes, yes, it's all good" to every question asked..
Too many good quotes to list..waiting for some fresh ammo. :)

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  • villianvillian Posts: 412
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    Too many good quotes to list..waiting for some fresh ammo. :)
  • villianvillian Posts: 412
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    Too many good quotes to list..waiting for some fresh ammo. :)
  • villianvillian Posts: 412
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    Too many good quotes to list..waiting for some fresh ammo. :)
  • villianvillian Posts: 412
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    Too many good quotes to list..waiting for some fresh ammo. :)
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 39,600
    You're like a magnet.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


  • villianvillian Posts: 412
    Feel free to post personal ads on your local craigslist directed to the following email and phone number:

    [email protected]

    626-219-7960
    Too many good quotes to list..waiting for some fresh ammo. :)
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,034
    I had a similar one a few weeks back on a VPI 16.5 for sale for a really nice price. Low but still believable. Guy was apparently a doctor, etc., etc.

    Red flag went up when he started talking about wiring money, and some weird excuse as to why he wasn't able to accept PayPal. I just told him I was going another direction and stopped responding. One of his repetitive behaviors was assuming a sale and kept using the phrase, "let's do the deal".

    Oh, and then he mentioned about not being able to ship the item right away, because he was going to be traveling.
  • ALL212ALL212 Posts: 750
    They can also make your head blow up...

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    oh....scammers....

    sry...
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    Aaron
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,351
    edited May 22
    This is the IRS. This is your last chance to pay on your outstanding taxes. If you fail to do so, we have no other option than to start court proceedings or collection actions.
    I repeat........The voice says the same thing.

    yea, yea, yea...

    Go to h**l a** H**e!
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,527
    I have been hearing from local realtors of a scam that involves real estate listings.

    People (or whatever you choose to call them) are making Craigslist ads for properties they are offering for rent. They use the images from the real estate listing and any other pertinent information they can glean to create their own ads. Then claim they are out of town for a few months with "Experience Mission". o:) They ask for checks for first month and deposit. (Usually $800 + $600 or some such low-ball amount.)

    What has sent up a red flag with this whole deal is when potential renters stop by a $450,000 property to take a closer look and the realtor is having an open house. :p
  • pongshipongshi Posts: 356
    The scammers and spammers are all over Craigslist and it seems they like to feed especially in the electronics for sale area. Things to watch for:

    1. Responses that are very general.... Is the ITEM still available? What is you final price on the electronics?
    2. The contact number is coming from an area that is not local.
    3. My father, brother mother, sister is interested in the item..and they ask you to contact them.
    4. Google the number to see where it is located. If it is not local or at least close to you, move on. Of course, they are probably using a fake number and identity anyway.

    Suggestions:

    1. Get yourself a google voice number and another email address for CL actions. Suggest you don't sign up with your real name. This is free and you will only use it for CL.
    2. Post that your sale will be a "cash only, local, in person sale and that you require a local voice phone call for initial contact and that anything else will be rejected.
    3. Post that if the item is listed, you still have it, and that you will not respond to the question of whether the item is still available.

    This has worked well for me. A lot of these guys are either trying to rip you off or harvest your contact info for spamming purposes. Don't give them the opportunity to get your real id, sensitive info, and your money.


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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,351
    edited May 24
    pongshi wrote: »
    The scammers and spammers are all over Craigslist and it seems they like to feed especially in the electronics for sale area. Things to watch for:

    1. Responses that are very general.... Is the ITEM still available? What is you final price on the electronics?
    2. The contact number is coming from an area that is not local.
    3. My father, brother mother, sister is interested in the item..and they ask you to contact them.
    4. Google the number to see where it is located. If it is not local or at least close to you, move on. Of course, they are probably using a fake number and identity anyway.

    Suggestions:

    1. Get yourself a google voice number and another email address for CL actions. Suggest you don't sign up with your real name. This is free and you will only use it for CL.
    2. Post that your sale will be a "cash only, local, in person sale and that you require a local voice phone call for initial contact and that anything else will be rejected.
    3. Post that if the item is listed, you still have it, and that you will not respond to the question of whether the item is still available.

    This has worked well for me. A lot of these guys are either trying to rip you off or harvest your contact info for spamming purposes. Don't give them the opportunity to get your real id, sensitive info, and your money.

    That is some GREAT advice and guidlines to follow for sure!

    That's what I put in to reply emails who didn't call me first to check on my for sale items years ago.

    I want to hear a human voice and see a return phone # before ANYBODY comes to my house. And any meetings will be during daylight hours when my neighbors are home and/ or my wife will be looking from the house or even writing down license plate #s. My wife is skeptical of all strangers.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
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