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netgalleries



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 4:49 am    Post subject: Potential Fraudulent "Buyer" on ecrater Reply with quote

Just got this and it seems awfully suspicious to me.

Have a feeling this is a foreign scam and just for the hell of it wrote him asking for his shipping address.

Anybody see this one before?

............................................

Buyer: Craig

Hello,

I read the ad and am a little bit ok and have interest in the item but i will like to know the below status of the item before we proceed with the transaction

1) Is the item still available for sale?
2) I will like to know the last asking price for the item?
3) The current condition of the item?
4)The current picture of the item (if available)?
5)I will like to know if you can accept US Local bank certified
cashier`s check?
6) I will like to know if you allow a local pick up at your house,
store or office?
7) Will you be able to wire shipping funds to the shipper who will come
and pick up the item ? cos the shipping funds will be included in the
check you are receiving

I await your response today cos the item needed urgently

Thanks

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acread
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds very fishy to me.

I looked at your site. I didn't anywhere on there see a mention of you selling stuff from your home. Why would he assume that? My first thought was you have a brick and mortar gallery and this is just to increase your sales. So I'm guessing this person didn't really look at your site. Probably sends generic emails to people who sell pricey items and waits for someone to get tangled.

And the urgency at the end of the message is a common thing scammers do. They try to push you to make a decision in a hurry and not allow you to think, evaluate properly and act emotionally towards business (which would cause you to make mistakes and a con artist to make use of them).
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Periwinkles



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SCAM!! Don't even reply. If they ask you to wire money anywhere.

Joyce
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poopsheet



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ditto.
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OffTheHookSupply



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get these emails EVERYDAY. Don't even bother. with it.
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mypotogold



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the exact same email. I deleted it.
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thelivesandlovesofmaggiethecat



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scam. Best not to respond because then they have your email address for sure and you will get more such offers.
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NewLifeSolutions



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely a scam if they ever ask out of the blue if you accept cashier's checks or if you will wire money!! Please don't respond to that email!!!
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bigtallmensclothing
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
7) Will you be able to wire shipping funds to the shipper who will come
and pick up the item ? cos the shipping funds will be included in the
check you are receiving


That right there - makes it a clear scamm!!!

Do not even reply to the email!


Other clues
I am guessing that most of the information asked is already answered in the listing of the item.
Quote:
I will like to know if you allow a local pick up at your house,
store or office?

IF they want to pick it up --- why do they want to wire money?
They really just want your address!


SCAM is written all over that email.
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crackersplace



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 1:37 pm    Post subject: Yes I received an email from Reply with quote

Yes I have seen this scam before and have acutally turned one in to the FBI. The simliar transaction was were they had sent me a Federal Express Travelers check, and I was suppose to cash it and give the shipper some money. We were very very suspicious and were very careful, and turns out that the check was Fraud. I never heard back as to what the FBI found.. My manager was handling the issue.

WORD TO THE WISE... ALWAYS MAKE SURE ANY TYPE OF CHECK OR MONEY ORDER CLEARS BEFORE SHIPPING. NEVER.. NEVER GIVE MONEY TO ANYONE PICKING UP AN ITEM THAT COMES FROM A MONEY ORDER OR CASHIERS CHECK OF ANY KIND.

Here was his reply when I wrote him....

What i mean is that the check that will be issue to you will include the shipping funds while the shipping funds will be sent to my shipper who is coming to pick up the items cos the shipper will be the one to handle the items for me until am back from work in shipyard , also he needed to pick up some of my goods along with the items am purchasing from you in your sam city . Mind you i am interested in purchasing the 4 in the stock . I will like you to get back to me with your name , address and phone number where u want the payment to be addressed to . Thanks

Here is how I responded. to this email

In a transaction of this nature I would require the Cashiers check to be sent 7-10 days in advance before the items are picked-up. The Cashiers check must clear the bank before this item can be received. Are you located in the US?

Thank you,
Melissa


> From: melissa@crackersplace.com
> To:
> Subject: RE: eCRATER :: Question From Buyer Craig
> Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2008 09:56:29 -0500

Sad I WILL BE REPORTING THIS TRANSACTION AS WELL!
I am tired of people like this!

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thelivesandlovesofmaggiethecat



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is really important not to even acknowledge these offers. Many people use throw-away emails with their contact buyer but questions get sent to their tracable email. Scammers will be able to trace you, steal your identity, etc.

I've seen posts on ecrater from people who decided to "play" with the scammer. Every communication is playing into the scammer's hands.
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chinesesilk



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
I've seen posts on ecrater from people who decided to "play" with the scammer.


That would be me! More precisely I was thinking about playing with 'em for a while. Being in china I don't risk a lot but I'll take your word for advice.
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mugzinnys



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:08 pm    Post subject: scam Reply with quote

SCAM
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TexasTreasures
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While I think we all agree that this is probably a scam, a public forum is not the place to post someone's email address...this is for your own protection as much as anything!
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