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post #1 of 14
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It hasn't happened on Epic, as far as we know, but there has been a rash of disreputable buyers on some of Huddlers sister sites. The method is not a new one but as a heads up, the seller will offer full asking price for the item but send a (phony) money order for an amount higher than the price requesting the balance be returned. The item is shipped along with the $$ balance then the bank notifies you that the money order was a fraud. 

 

So be cautious of a new member that comes in just to buy your item and more so this method of transaction. 

post #2 of 14

Typical Nigerian scam tactics.

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post
 

Typical Nigerian scam tactics.

I agree but sometimes we get so excited about the sale that we lose some common sense. 

post #4 of 14

old scams never die -- they just resurface to (try to) fool a new generation

post #5 of 14

Definitely Phil.

 

In '03 I was selling my Outback on Yahoo and got a request to send me more money than I was asking for, etc.  My reply was classic, I saved the email all these years.  Here's what I wrote back.

 

I'll tell you what.  First send me 2,000 bags of
bullshit, then I'll send you back 4,000, I have to do
it this way because there is so much extra bullshit in
the world, and I am required to return twice what i'm
sent!.

 

 

They replied (and I kid you not)

 


WE  WANT RETRIVE OUR STOLEN WEALTH FROM  AMERICANS OKAY
post #6 of 14

Well.  That certainly explains it. :mad

post #7 of 14
I was selling a vehicle on kijij valued around 2500 negotiable and had a guy offer full price if I could get him a car report from an online report company...provided a link and everything. Said he needed it for the bank.

Can you imagine had I used my Visa and personal information on that link? I knew better but I'm betting that scam worked on a lot of people.

My personal favourite is the secret shopper scam where they send you a "cheque/money order" to cash and go shopping at several high end places and after a week you send them the balance of the cheque back and get to keep the goods. Of course the cheque takes 10+ days to clear and is rubber, so you have spent your own money on the stuff and given them the balance. Apparently that one gets everyone so excited that it works quite well for the scammers.
post #8 of 14

I have a friend who was stuck in the Philippines and needed $1500.  Too bad for my friend.  He's probably still there!

post #9 of 14

Good for a laugh or two....

http://www.419eater.com/html/bigman.htm

post #10 of 14

Interesting reading. I had no idea that a decent living could be made by the scammers..

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
 

It hasn't happened on Epic, as far as we know, but there has been a rash of disreputable buyers on some of Huddlers sister sites. The method is not a new one but as a heads up, the seller will offer full asking price for the item but send a (phony) money order for an amount higher than the price requesting the balance be returned. The item is shipped along with the $$ balance then the bank notifies you that the money order was a fraud. 

 

So be cautious of a new member that comes in just to buy your item and more so this method of transaction. 

 

Don't just "be cautious" of this method of transaction, run far away from the buyer.  As you said, this isn't a new method of scamming, but has been around a while.  If someone wants to do this, it's a scam, end of story.

 

My general rule of thumb: If you feel the need to ask "is this legit?", the answer is almost always no.

post #12 of 14
I advertised for a renter on craigslist a few years ago and got a bunch of scammers replying. All of them claimed to be a student(apartment is in a college town) studying abroad for the summer so they couldn't come look at the place. They wanted me to send my name and address along with the amount for the deposit and first and lasts months rent so they could send a check to hold the place. Of course they would change their mind and ask me to write them a check back just to find theirs bounced later. I got sick of it so I responded to one of them-
"I would love for you to rent my place. Please sent the $3000 to the address below. The check must be sent in a plain white envelope containing the check and a printout of this email string so we can ensure we match it with the correct property. Be sure the address is copied exactly and it is hand written or I will not receive it. Also include your correct return address in case it is undeliverable you can get your check back. Thank you!

Oval Office
Attn. Oh Bama
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington DC 50200"

I got this response-"The check has been sent via ground mail. I look forward to moving to your property."

I really hope they did.
post #13 of 14
Also, watch that your parents/grandparents, etc., don't get caught up in a scam. My aged parents (70's at the time) kept getting calls from "George" who slowly, over a couple of YEARS of calling, worked his way into their confidence and through various methods, convined them to send him many thousands of dollars. He convinced them with the "you won a new Mercedes" and with the "Publishers Sweepstakes winner" pitches and got them to send money by having them buy cash coupon booklets from Walmart and sending them to him. He was ingenious.

We traced the calls to Jamaica and went to extraordinary means to stop them, but the scammer had every trick covered. We had to take control of their finances to limit the damages until we could get them moved into a memory care facility. None of us kids lived with or near them, so it was difficult to stay on top of it. And it is very hard to believe that your dad could be scammed so effectively, but it happens.
post #14 of 14
It helps to protect then if they never wear their hearing aids in that situation. Unfortunately, if they still can read, is hard to stop them from contributing to every cause that comes in the mail...

Approaching that age myself, keep an eye on me. ;-)
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