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Old 11-12-2019, 11:35 AM   #1
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For sale scams

Itís that time of the year, or will be starting soon. (I just ran into several on my local Craig's List.) Scamp scams galore! So maybe itís time to post this again. HOW TO SPOT A SCAM AD! The phone number is hookerized, or posted as part of the picture, when decoded it is a Google forwarding service with an out of state area code. It has poor English or grammar, or the dollar sign is after the price. The house in the background has the wrong architecture, (Northern Wisconsin houses do not have tile roofs). Vegetation is all wrong (there are no palm trees in northern Minnesota). Ad has no interior pictures, or the described floor plan is not same as pictures. Local posters would know that the map shows the Scamp in the middle of the lake. The price is too good to be true. Open the cover picture and do a Google search of the image, it may show you where the picture came from and the real asking price. Craigís list has a space to give title status, if the seller cannot prove ownership TURN AND RUN! When in doubt, ask here, we can pick any ad apart.
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Old 11-12-2019, 12:09 PM   #2
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Also if the ad is posted in multiple areas of the country is another clue. Sob stories may be given as reasons for a cheap price, death, divorce, transfer in job or military etc. Also the story that the trailer is already at a shipping company so can't be inspected.
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Old 11-12-2019, 12:29 PM   #3
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I could not write up a better advisory than this:
https://www.craigslist.org/about/scams
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Old 11-12-2019, 12:44 PM   #4
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I notice the price posted besides being too low will also be an odd amount such as $1504.

They will overlay their email address right onto the picture of the camper for sale, those are always a scam ad
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Old 11-12-2019, 01:33 PM   #5
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These are very good tips for those who shop for things on Craigslist. Years ago I was contemplating purchasing a used compact tractor loader. Familiarity with market pricing, how tractors are set up and logical locales for this type of tractor were similar to camper inconsistencies like floor plans, too cheap pricing and roadblocks to viewing or test driving. Your due diligence and sound logic is always your responsibility because as Dad said to me when I was 14 “people will lie to you”
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Old 11-12-2019, 02:11 PM   #6
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I notice the price posted besides being too low will also be an odd amount such as $1504.
A couple of years ago when i was shopping, I saw a number of scam ads for campers that should sell for 5 figures, and they were all listed for $3000. They usually only had one or two pictures, and scant info in general. Maybe they have learned to randomize their prices now.
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Old 11-12-2019, 02:28 PM   #7
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On the other hand, I have seen legitimate sellers ripped to shreds right here on this forum. It's easy to become so jaded and mistrustful that we jump to conclusions. Caution, absolutely, but also courtesy. Rather than attack a seller publicly, better to report a questionable listing to the site team.

I agree completely with Iowa Dave that an informed buyer is a well-armed buyer. I also recommend recruiting a friend or family member not directly involved in a purchase to become a second set of eyes and ears. Better if they have some experience with RV's. It's easy to get caught up emotionally in a purchase and miss the red flags- especially since molded trailers are hard to find. Even if a listing is legit, it may have hidden issues, which may be intentional or unintentional on the part of the seller.
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Old 11-12-2019, 04:59 PM   #8
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https://www.facebook.com/happiercamp...Q&__tn__=EHH-R Here is an HC1 lifted off our website ,not only is the price to good to be true but you can have it delivered free in 14 business days.
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Old 11-13-2019, 07:00 AM   #9
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Scams found everywhere. Tried to buy a MH 2 years ago on a hard to find unit. I found that they never gave me their ph# only chat through internet, never available for me to send an inspector (I was out of state so hired a local RV inspection), wanted a huge down payment to hold even before the inspection. Then after 2 weeks said they sold to someone else with a large down payment. Yes, people will lie, steal and take what is not theirs. Fortunately, there are many that are kind and helpful. the old saying; if something seems to good to be true, it probably is.
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https://www.facebook.com/happiercamp...Q&__tn__=EHH-R Here is an HC1 lifted off our website ,not only is the price to good to be true but you can have it delivered free in 14 business days.
Lol, "Compare at $499"
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Old 11-13-2019, 07:36 AM   #11
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https://www.facebook.com/happiercamp...Q&__tn__=EHH-R Here is an HC1 lifted off our website ,not only is the price to good to be true but you can have it delivered free in 14 business days.
Just a little hint I learned here about links. You can delete the question mark and everything behind it.
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Old 11-13-2019, 01:01 PM   #12
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Scammer used a photo of a soldier in uniform

Several years ago, I wrote in this forum about me being scammed trying to buy my first FRG.

It was the photo of a service member, complete with nametag, who was "being deployed in a couple of days" that hooked me. The photo of the innocent soldier was taken from a social web site, as was the photos of the trailer.

It wasn't until I contacted the base command office to learn that the soldier was never stationed there. I was told by law enforcement that use of photos depicting military personnel was commonly used by scammers.
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If they tell you they cannot show you the paperwork because it's being audited, think twice. If they tell you they'll show you the paperwork after you've given them a deposit, think twice. If they say they have no legal requirement to show you the paperwork, think twice. If they say they'll mail you the paperwork after you've purchased, think twice. That's already 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 16 times you need to reconsider.

If they say at any point they can't show you the paperwork because it wouldn't do them any good, fuggidabouddit!
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