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Old 01-18-2016, 09:16 AM   #1
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TRAILER SCAM Watch out heres how it works

Please be aware that there is a trailer scam guy that I caught this week, I see today he is now posting on CL for scamps. Previously he was 'selling' a 2011 Casita Liberty Deluxe. He claims the $2000 is for his mothers mortgage...Then wants the 'mark' to purchase EBAY gift cards to pay for trailer. See the screenshots. The FBI scam site is Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) | Home. His phone is continually busy but tracked him to either Florida or Texas. The Casita was supposedly in Redding Ca.
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:22 AM   #2
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It takes two parties to work any con. A lying seller and a greedy, foolish buyer.
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:13 AM   #3
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Doesn't HAVE to be greedy buyer, maybe just someone who thinks that good things can come to good people who don't have much $$$.

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Old 01-18-2016, 10:20 AM   #4
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I was in Santa Cruze over Christmas and saw the ad for the Casita for $2000 and knew it must be a scam. It was pulled down when I went to check again an hour later.
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:20 AM   #5
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No shortage of folks trying to relieve you of your cash.

Buyer beware !
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:22 AM   #6
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Buyers should always be wary of something that sounds too good to be true.

Thanks for posting, Jeff. It is helpful to have the particulars of this scam outed here, especially for people who may not have much experience with buying through Craigslist, eBay, etc.
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:32 AM   #7
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Places like Craigslist are a great place to shop. I use them often for local purchases only...go see the item (and clear title if a RV). Then a cash and carry transaction.

Using the "In your face cash and carry (or tow if an RV travel trailer) " is the safe intelligent method...no deposits with any delays.
If you are a veteran RV owner this system works...otherwise bring along someone who knows his way around a RV to inspect it for you.

Good Luck and Happy Camping !
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:54 AM   #8
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If it's too good to be true?

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Please be aware that there is a trailer scam guy that I caught this week, I see today he is now posting on CL for scamps. Previously he was 'selling' a 2011 Casita Liberty Deluxe. He claims the $2000 is for his mothers mortgage...Then wants the 'mark' to purchase EBAY gift cards to pay for trailer. See the screenshots. The FBI scam site is Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) | Home. His phone is continually busy but tracked him to either Florida or Texas. The Casita was supposedly in Redding Ca.
Two days ago I received a private message from a member regarding a 2012 Casita Liberty 17' in Orlando, Florida for $11,995. The price seemed reasonable for a 2012 and being that it was a very short distance to drive, I was interested. I went to the Craigslist ad and phoned the owner. I got voice mail for "Bill" and left a message that I wanted to make an appointment to drive up and take a look at it. The Craigslist ad is still up and here is the link:

2012 CASITA 17 LIBERTY


I did some research on the net and found an old ad on the Casita forum for a 2012 Liberty Deluxe 17" in TEXAS for sale back in 2012. The "interesting" fact is that both ads had EXACTLY the same images posted for this Casita. The old ad from 2012 is marked "SOLD". The pictures of the interior were what made me stop and think, What's going on here? Here is the link for the 2012 ad:

2012 Casita Liberty Deluxe 17' Trailer | Lufkin, TX | Fiberglass RV's For Sale

I thought to myself that I could possibly be the same Casita that was sold to someone in Texas and now it was being sold (3 years later) in Florida. However, the fact that it is the exact same pictures is still weird.

"Bill" has not returned my call in spite of the fact that the Craigslist ad is still up.

What do you think?
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:56 AM   #9
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Scams / how to prevent

1. Never send money first. If they pressure you, it's probably a scam.
2. If the price is too good to be true, watch out!
3. If it's a local Craigslist ad, but the unit is out of state, watch out!
4. If they are "in the military" and are "liquidating their property", watch out!
5. If they insist on on a deposit to hold it, or want gift cards, walk away now.
6. ALWAYS look at the item in person, EVEN if it's out of state! Never go by a photo.
7. If you look at the unit, check it out, and if you still really want to buy it, meet at a public place, like a police station, or secretary of state, or a bank.
8. If they make an excuse that the title isn't available for ANY reason, walk away. Do not let them rush you thru the deal, because they have a "lot of people interested". Walk away.
9. Don't fall in love with a unit. There are many more out there!!
10. Take someone with you, especially when carrying cash.

After you have done all the hard work of securing your unit, and the deal is over, and you have loaded the unit with your items, may you enjoy many years of HAPPY CAMPING !!
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:15 AM   #10
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Repetitive SCAM

This individual posts this scam over and over and over on Craigslist all over Florida. He copies and pastes other people's ads then uses his contact info.

He usually has a combination of upper and lower case letters plus symbols in his heading. He used to always list with a "95" at the end of the price, i.e. $1,595, $2,195, etc. lately he has been listing at $2,000 even.

TO HELP OTHERS: I have an alert set for "Casita" in several Florida areas. Every time I get an email that he posted I flag the ad for removal. To flag it, just mark the "prohibited" box at the top of the Craiglist ad. Unfortunately craigslist seems to take more flagging so lately before they remove it so I am sure that contributes to more people being scammed.

If everyone set alerts and flagged these ads we could try and minimize his damage.

Sadly I have been flagging his ads for over a year and it doesn't seem to slow him down.
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:18 AM   #11
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Great SCAM prevention list!

Hi Frank,

Great list and thank you for posting it. The bad news is that I've been ripped off many times in my life. The good news is that I now do not trust anyone that is selling anything. I am a nurse and live in a geographic area of the country where many elderly people come to live. You cannot imagine how many of my elderly patients have succumbed to some scams. It is quite tragic. Thanks again.


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1. Never send money first. If they pressure you, it's probably a scam.
2. If the price is too good to be true, watch out!
3. If it's a local Craigslist ad, but the unit is out of state, watch out!
4. If they are "in the military" and are "liquidating their property", watch out!
5. If they insist on on a deposit to hold it, or want gift cards, walk away now.
6. ALWAYS look at the item in person, EVEN if it's out of state! Never go by a photo.
7. If you look at the unit, check it out, and if you still really want to buy it, meet at a public place, like a police station, or secretary of state, or a bank.
8. If they make an excuse that the title isn't available for ANY reason, walk away. Do not let them rush you thru the deal, because they have a "lot of people interested". Walk away.
9. Don't fall in love with a unit. There are many more out there!!
10. Take someone with you, especially when carrying cash.

After you have done all the hard work of securing your unit, and the deal is over, and you have loaded the unit with your items, may you enjoy many years of HAPPY CAMPING !!
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:30 AM   #12
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I thought to myself that I could possibly be the same Casita that was sold to someone in Texas and now it was being sold (3 years later) in Florida. However, the fact that it is the exact same pictures is still weird.

"Bill" has not returned my call in spite of the fact that the Craigslist ad is still up.

What do you think?
It's definitely the same pics - including the Texas license plate. I'm thinking "Bill" has some explaining to do... And I wouldn't touch it without seeing it - at the very least you must verify its condition; it's three years (almost 4) years old now, and these pics were made when it was new... If it's even the same trailer.

You are wise to be super cautious.
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Old 01-18-2016, 04:21 PM   #13
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There was an ad on CL for a 2014 airstream bambi 19 for $3,500 and he would bring it to you and let you look at it all the way from CA, no matter where you lived. You had to wire him the money so he could get it out of storage and if you didn't like it he would "gladly" refund your money on the spot. Nice guy! hehe Shame is someone probably fell for it
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Old 01-18-2016, 05:13 PM   #14
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The scam ad was posting for a Casita ($2000) in Tallahassee FL around Christmas. I posted my own ad telling everyone it was a scam to use caution...it promptly disappeared!
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