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Old 04-22-2014, 11:06 AM   #29
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We have all made dumb mistakes.
Like they say "LIVE AND LEARN"
Don't give up trying to get your money back.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:11 AM   #30
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Yes, that is a good idea Roy unfortunately in this case it wouldn't have helped as they would have seen the trailer, I would have sent the deposit and he would then have sold it to someone else!

I think the moral of the story is no matter how nice someone sounds don't send money ahead of time, Unfortunately for people who live in rural areas that may mean you wait a long time for a trailer to show up. The closest trailer I have bought was a 3 1/2 hour drive (my current trailer was a 10 hour drive) Unless you connect with a nice seller in a hot market most people sell to whoever arrives first with the cash.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:21 AM   #31
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Yes, that is a good idea Roy unfortunately in this case it wouldn't have helped as they would have seen the trailer, I would have sent the deposit and he would then have sold it to someone else!
Hindsight is a wonderful thing! Cant tell you how many times I have said to myself over the years "should have"! LOL

Something that a number of my friends have done when looking for a trailer or something trailer related is to post to their Facebook a request for one of their friends who may live close to the area the trailer is to go take a look at it for them and confirm its as advertised when dealing with long distant transactions. That is assuming of course that your FB friends are in fact real friends. Or send a PM via this forum to someone you trust to not buy out from under you. They may not be able to do it but they may know of another member here who they can ask and be trusted not to scoop you if it turns out to be a good find. One of the great things about attending fiberglass trailer meets is you do get to meet a number of the regular contributors to this forum and get a good idea as to who to ask and not ask!
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:57 PM   #32
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Thumbs down Scams

We are involved in a fraud.
My wife received a letter from the IRS addressed to her and another, unknown, woman asking for more information on the return she had filed.
The thing was, we had not filed our return at that time.
Calling the IRS, we asked about my name and found out that "I" had also filed along with some other person's name and that mine was paid by direct deposit.
Then we got a "refund check" sent to our address only with two other names on it. It supposedly was from Citizens Bank in La Jolla, CA.
There are people out there whose work is to defraud other persons.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:21 PM   #33
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Roger - that is awful, hope you get it all sorted out.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:13 PM   #34
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Update

Well, took a bit of sorting out as to which police department would take my complaint, went from Seattle to BC to Idaho and back to Seattle again! Meanwhile the 'scammer' kept calling with sob stories which totally perplexed us, felt like saying you scammed us why are you still calling, we are not friends
Anyway got a nice cop who got straight on it and didn't laugh at my stupidity! He called the scammer first thing yesterday am and suggested he sort it out with me or the police would sort it out. Scammer called all apologetic last night and deposited the money back to me today
Unfortunately the guy who bought the trailer is finding it is in a lot worse shape than he initially thought but he is handy and working through the issues one at a time.
Moral of the story - don't send a deposit in advance for a trailer as they may sell it to someone else and try and keep your deposit
Thanks for all your responses and at least it was a happy ending.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:19 PM   #35
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Thanks for letting us know how it worked out. Always nice to find a helpful member of the law enforcement community. They seem to get entirely different response than ordinary folks.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:21 PM   #36
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Thanks for sharing your story KG.
I'm sorry to hear you had so much stress, but I'm glad you got your money back!
Your story may help others in the future.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:47 PM   #37
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Thanks for the update. I've been following your story with great interest. Glad you got your money back.
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:36 PM   #38
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So glad it turned out with a great ending.
I love it when no matter how bad the experience
when it actually turns out for the best.

When we sold ours, the buyer kept offering to
make a deposit, but I kept refusing. I told them we
would settle up everything when they got here.
Which we did.

I like keeping it simple. And honest.
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:46 PM   #39
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Scammer called all apologetic last night and deposited the money back to me today
Glad for you!
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:26 PM   #40
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Does this mean the scammer has your bank information?
Maybe should speak to the bank to see if something needs
to be done for future protection.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:10 AM   #41
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Carl, yes I am going to close that bank account to be on the safe side. However the bank basically said every time you write a cheque it has your account # on it and that there is not a lot someone can do with it. They also added that of course any fraud is covered by them but why risk it.
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Old 04-11-2016, 08:39 PM   #42
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Glad to hear you got your money back. I had a friend many years ago, that is a sharp guy, purchase a Jesse James motorcycle for $27,000 over the internet. Had a friend go look at it, all verified, he sent the check, afraid he would lose the bike. The problem was, this knucklehead sold the bike 5 times. He went to jail( 2 years), my friend never received any money back.

I guess the moral is- anyone can be scammed if it's something they want, bad enough. I had another friend that claimed he could never be scammed, because he had no greed-and greed is often the prize dangled by the con artist. But he was duped by a "Swaddled Infant" con (look it up). It is based on peoples sympathy and he got away cheap at only $60.
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