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Old 04-21-2014, 07:45 PM   #15
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The person on The Casita forum contacted me and it is the same trailer and he gave me an address, he felt really bad.
I will try and get some more info from him and then try the police.
His other ads are not current unfortunately.
Yes, I will also contact the bank.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:16 PM   #16
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Kgirl, you have a pm
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:31 PM   #17
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Sorry to hear about your $500. This is a very common scam on CL.....done all the time with trailers, boats and tractors. Lesson learned.......NEVER send money without seeing the unit first. I called on a tractor a few month back.....guy said it was loaded on trailer and he would deliver if I sent him some money. Yea.....right.......sorry for your loss.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:17 PM   #18
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I bought my Scamp 16 on CL. The man wanted earnest money, I said no. We met halfway, 2 hour drive for both of us, He did a parking lot demo and I bought it. We went to Quartzsite in January with no problems and I'm happy. I paid $2500 over his asking so he was motivated, In retrospect I paid to much but everything works in it and I'm happy. I happened to look at the wiring from the batteries to the inside kludge Scamp did, 4 one to two wire splices on hot wire side and the same on the ground side wiring. I am considering putting in a fuse block with fuses for each of the 6 trailer circuits. Anyone done this before?
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:43 PM   #19
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I called the Seattle police and they wanted me to report it in Canada. I am hoping with the info I have on him someone may be able to at least slow him down. I have a bank account #, cell #, address he showed the trailer at and contact info for the person who bought the trailer from him.

Interesting twist he just called me with a sob story involving mother, stroke, California but apparently the trailer is still waiting for me the transaction will just be delayed! Not sure why he would call again apart from fact I left message earlier saying I may have to call police. I said I needed my deposit back but of course he doesn't have the money as he had to fly to Californa - hard not to laugh. He's calling again weds apparently so I will be checking with bank we deposited money in tomorrow for a plan of action.
Anyone have any idea why he would call again?
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:47 PM   #20
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Anyone have any idea why he would call again?
To slow you down from going to the bank? Any chance of having your bank cancel the transaction?
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:56 PM   #21
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No, we were really helpful and went to a branch of Wells Fargo in the States and deposited cash direct to his account!
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:12 PM   #22
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No, we were really helpful and went to a branch of Wells Fargo in the States and deposited cash direct to his account!
OK so it was a US Bank involved a US Seller, the trailer is in the US so why would the Police say you should file the complaint in Canada? Makes zero sense.... I would call back.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:44 AM   #23
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Usually you have to appear in person to file a complaint. By filing it locally in Canada it can be forwarded to Seattle PD without an in person appearance. As an alternative, it can be filed with other docs that will require a lawyer to complete, not a good deal for a $500 loss.

Contrary to a few other posts, most ads on C/L are valid, placed by basically honest (if not always smart) sellers. About the worst cases are over-hyping of an item and/or outright lies, but that's what one should expect at a Used Car lot, so why not on a public selling forum.

Admittedly I have spotted and passed on a few obvious scammers, but they are usually so obvious that it's hard to miss. They are usually offering something as a bargain and a buyer, seeing an opportunity to take advantage of a "Dumb" seller, bites and gets hooked.

Of the 50 or so purchases (at least 10 FGRV's) I have made on Craig's list, about the worst thing that ever happened was a seller that sold a Scamp out from under me while I was driving some 325 miles to look and buy.

You don't have to be afraid to shop on Craigslist, just shop carefully.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:06 AM   #24
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Yes, they said the victim needs to go into their local station to file a complaint.

I feel that I am a pretty cautious Craigslist buyer and this certainly did not have 'scam' written all over it. I almost wonder if when the seller saw how popular it was then thought he could make a little extra money over and above selling it. Probably couldn't believe his luck when I offered to send the deposit
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:35 AM   #25
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Contrary to a few other posts, most ads on C/L are valid, placed by basically honest (if not always smart) sellers. About the worst cases are over-hyping of an item and/or outright lies, but that's what one should expect at a Used Car lot, so why not on a public selling forum.

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You don't have to be afraid to shop on Craigslist, just shop carefully.
I am in the process of attempting to cut down on STUFF in my home with the intent of downsizing sometime in the not to distant future. As a result I have sold a *lot* of stuff on Craigslist in the past few months. Don't think any of the buyers felt taken or at least by the smiles on their faces leaving with their new to them goods they sure didn't seem to.

I suspect given the volume of goods that sell via Craigslist in NA on any given day that the volume of scammers is probable fairly low.

I also purchased my trailer on a long distant deal, cross border shopping via Craigslist and couldn't have found a nicer trailer for the money or a more honest seller.

But as always its buyer beware when buying used goods -especially ones of high value.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:58 AM   #26
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I, too, have been using Craigslist extensively to get rid of things as I downsize. (Mostly free- biggest problem has been no-shows with those.) That and insistence that I should text them even though I said I don't text. But overall I've had good experiences- and I AM careful. Free stuff I'll leave outside so they don't need to know when I'm not home. Sold stuff- transaction done on the porch (nothing huge.)

I also bought my trailer off Craigslist, two states away, but had my bil go buy it for me. No deposit- he took cash and after consulting on the phone with me as to condition, paid on the spot and drove it away. I'm sure grateful he was there to do that for me.
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Yes, they said the victim needs to go into their local station to file a complaint.

I feel that I am a pretty cautious Craigslist buyer and this certainly did not have 'scam' written all over it. I almost wonder if when the seller saw how popular it was then thought he could make a little extra money over and above selling it. Probably couldn't believe his luck when I offered to send the deposit
I am betting this guy knew exactly what he was doing........depositing money into somebody's account is NEVER a good idea without the product in hand. There are thousands of these stories out there........unfortunately it happens everyday. Often times......the actual product doesn't even exist......just a picture. Sorry for your loss.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:10 AM   #28
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Although this is hindsight for you kootenaigirl, it may help others in the future.

Many members here will go look at a trailer in their area for someone that lives out of town. I've confirmed the existance of a trailer using google maps, both sattelite and street view. I've also paid a garage (local to the seller) to do a quick roadworthy inspection by having the seller drive the trailer over. It does not have to be an RV shop to tell if the lights and brakes work, the frame and coupler are all intact.
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