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Want to get back at a scam-guy??(10 posts)

Want to get back at a scam-guy??JBergland
Nov 4, 2003 6:12 AM
I'm trying to sell a couple bikes/frames and I received this e-mail over the weekend.

"Good day,
I am raph based in the UK and i am so much in love with the Softride Power V frame w/Profile ARC fork. i am interested in buying it and i am offering to pay $500.Will youaccept a cashier check withdrawn from a US bank? As i am willing to pay through a client of mine in the US. As for the shippment, i have a shipping agent here in the UK who takes care of my shipping arragement. Get back to me if you are interested in selling your lovely Softride Power V frame w/Profile ARC fork
raph"

This guy is willing to pay my full asking price without asking for any pics, any details about the frame/fork or what condition it is in, and has never spoken with me before. Then he mentions a third party for payment AND shipping. Hmmmmm. I wonder if it's a scam????:)

Would it be unethical to list his e-mail address on as many message boards as I can think of asking people to over-load his e-mail with fake ‘inquiries about selling/buying bikes'??

JB
Whats wrong so far? Ask for his payment, clear the cheque. nmSpunout
Nov 4, 2003 6:28 AM
I have... no response. nmJBergland
Nov 4, 2003 7:15 AM
nm
good trader-bad trader forum. nmwspokes
Nov 4, 2003 6:29 AM
old boring newsfiltersweep
Nov 4, 2003 6:49 AM
What would the point be of posting his email everywhere? I'm sure he has unlimited email addresses that he uses. As to overloading his email, again, don't you think he has a few more addresses lying around?

Lets face it- if you are buying or selling anything through ebay, the rbr classifieds, etc... you will eventually be exposed to a scam. There is no need to post every one of these here or on the good seller/bad seller section. There would simply be too many scams listed.

The good seller/bad seller forum seems more appropriate for providing feedback for this site's own classifieds- which unlike ebay, have none.

It never ceases to amaze me how many people post the same scams like they are surprised...

I don't mean to sound crass, but I've received similar offers on items I've listed on ebay, fraudulent "sellers" who pull my email address off items I've bid on at ebay and offer the exact same item for sale off-ebay for a fraction of a sane price, etc...

What annoys me is people who sell wheelsets that are completely untrueable (bent rims), frames that are completely wrecked ("never crashed"- but completely out of alignment), and so on... the reported bike boxes containing rocks, sellers who never deliver, etc...
old boring newsJBergland
Nov 4, 2003 7:32 AM
"What would the point be of posting his email everywhere? I'm sure he has unlimited email addresses that he uses. As to overloading his email, again, don't you think he has a few more addresses lying around?"

I'm SURE he is using more than one address. But what do you think his response would be if he received a number of different e-mail saying, 'Yes, I'll sell you my bike... forward me the details'?? He'd have to waste some time thinking which bike/scam each e-mail is referring to. Would it do much in the long run?? Prob. not.

"It never ceases to amaze me how many people post the same scams like they are surprised..."

I'm surprised in that I've only posted the ad on a couple boards... VERY FEW PLACES... and of all the ads that might be targeted, I would consider mine of low interest.

JB
It's good that people actRich_Racer
Nov 4, 2003 9:59 AM
to keep everyone reading this board (and not everyone has been reading the board for the last year) aware that these scams happen.
re: Want to get back at a scam-guy??al0
Nov 4, 2003 10:22 AM
Just ask him for postponed delivery (till the cheque willby confirmed to your bank by federal system). In this case you are on safe side.
re: Want to get back at a scam-guy??treebound
Nov 4, 2003 10:56 AM
Was this in response to an E-Bay ad, or elsewhere?
It's possible he trusts your description of your item.
It's also possible he does have clients in the U.S., and if so then it should be a simple matter to have them contact you.
If you are concerned that he is not asking enough questions then reply to his email with your concerns.
Some people do enough international shipping that they do have a preferred shipper to take care of all the import/export/tariff/tax/insurance stuff.
Or it could be a scam.
Not nearly enough details to know for certain, and the way it was worded only makes it sound like English is possibly his second language, which isn't all that uncommon in the U.K.
Posting his email address all over the place is probably over-reacting on your part.
Reply to his email and then decide what is the best option.
Sometimes it's best to just reply and state you are uncomfortable with his offer and leave it at that.
re: Want to get back at a scam-guy??JBergland
Nov 5, 2003 9:35 AM
"Was this in response to an E-Bay ad, or elsewhere?"

2-3 message type boards. No pics and only a brief description. I did reply with questions/concerns of my own... no response.

JB