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Old 08-28-2017, 02:08 AM   #15
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Thanks for the response everyone! Seems that the general consensus is that I need to walk around the block more.
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Old 08-28-2017, 05:42 AM   #16
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When you put a snowmobile up for sale and suddenly some guy from Senegal is VERY interested, you can smell a scam!!
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Old 08-28-2017, 09:22 AM   #17
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I had a really hard time convincing daughter in law that any online ad for an airstream in the condition shown in the ads pictures was a scam. Around $2,300 for a clean inside and out, AC and everything else functional with new fridge, plumbing and axle 19 ft. Airstream.


I looked up airstreams on CL and showed her "going price" and she was still saying well the ad says he has a financial hardship... I pointed out that he could probably drive to pretty much any RV dealer and walk out with more than that amount in cash from a dealer.


I don't understand it, other than I guess people convince themselves to get scammed as much as scammers convince the mark to go along. Advertisement reaches thousands then even 1% is a highly profitable criminal enterprise, with low risk.
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Old 08-28-2017, 09:40 AM   #18
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I don't understand it, other than I guess people convince themselves to get scammed as much as scammers convince the mark to go along. Advertisement reaches thousands then even 1% is a highly profitable criminal enterprise, with low risk.[/QUOTE]

People really WANT it to be true is the trouble. I was that way with a truck years ago, wanting/wishing the dream was true. Since then I don't even give those ads a chance. Seems to good to be true.............
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Old 08-29-2017, 04:19 AM   #19
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I had a really hard time convincing daughter in law that any online ad for an airstream in the condition shown in the ads pictures was a scam. Around $2,300 for a clean inside and out, AC and everything else functional with new fridge, plumbing and axle 19 ft. Airstream.
I looked up airstreams on CL and showed her "going price" and she was still saying well the ad says he has a financial hardship... I pointed out that he could probably drive to pretty much any RV dealer and walk out with more than that amount in cash from a dealer.
Roger, we try to teach our kids about life from our own.....mishaps. Sometimes I've felt I was beating my head against the wall and you just have to let them learn the hard way if they don't listen. Then never say anything, just give them the "I told you so look". Learned that from my Dad and it only took once. Wish I could remember now what it was and how much that lesson cost me but dog gone, I learned it well, thanks Dad .
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Iím confused as to how the scammers actually get the money. Do they get the money out of eBay before the delivery? (Or non-delivery, obviously) I thought that was why people used eBay - the money didnít move until both parties agreed. By the way, bought my 13í Scamp through CL but it was in person and straight cash.
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Old thread and my reply is a little off-topic but, as a teenager I got took for $10 in a three-card-monte scam. It was the best $10 I ever invested.
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Old 04-15-2018, 12:25 PM   #22
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Iím confused as to how the scammers actually get the money. Do they get the money out of eBay before the delivery? (Or non-delivery, obviously) I thought that was why people used eBay - the money didnít move until both parties agreed. By the way, bought my 13í Scamp through CL but it was in person and straight cash.

Cash proceeds on ebay don't come from ebay. Ebay is just a facilitator. The cash comes from PayPal.
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Old 04-15-2018, 01:56 PM   #23
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Iím confused as to how the scammers actually get the money. Do they get the money out of eBay before the delivery? (Or non-delivery, obviously) I thought that was why people used eBay - the money didnít move until both parties agreed. By the way, bought my 13í Scamp through CL but it was in person and straight cash.
Sometimes it is not about the money, but about personal information that they can sell.
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Scammers don't use E Bay, usually Craigslist or local ads. It can be too complicated to explain, or even understand. Sometimes they just want a down payment to 'hold' you new purchase. Then they disappear. Other times they say they are in the ARMY, send a cashier's check, the 'unit' will be delivered free ! They use the word 'unit' or 'item' because they are sending out thousands of e-mail form letters and don't even take the time to distinguish which are cars, motorcycles , or trailers. Every time I have a car, trailer, motorcycle or even a car or mc part, I get letters saying , " I want your ' item', I can send a check immediately, text the addresss you want the money sent to. "
Don't buy anything where you don't TALK to the owner, get a feel for his / her personality and background and facts on their ownership. If they say they will fax the address and info, it is a scam. I try to see and touch the trailer, hold the registration in my hand before buying. But at least talk to the owner, see how long he has owned it, have a friend or professional at least check the 'item' and papers it if is located far away. And be careful it the guy says be bought it a 'few weeks ago ' , there is probably a reason for quick turnover. David in Fresno and Sonora
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