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Old 02-12-2009, 11:04 AM
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Having fun with a scammer

I have two engines listed locally on Craigs list. I received an obvious scam email wanting to send a money order to my address and provide a "no voice mail" phone number. Once I received the MO, they will send their "shipper" asap to get the engine. Needless to say, I know better but am seriously thinking of playing along. I have called the AZ attorney general's office and left a message asking if they would be interested in following up on this.

No doubt the MO will be a fake and most people would deposit it, let the merchandise go, then find they have been dinged by the bank for the bogus check, plus be out the product.

I'm actually thinking of having them send the MO to the Phx Police dept or the AG's office!!!

Or send it to me and then have it checked for authenticity before releasing the engine to the, i'm sure, very pissed off, shipper.

Update to follow if the AG calls back.

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Wow, AG just called back and said they get so many people like me calling that they just can't do them all. Rats!!!! LOL

I asked if I could have the MO sent to THEM.....she laughed and declined. I then asked if I could have it sent to someone I don't like and she said that after this conversation, I could do what ever I liked. (she had a great sense of humor!) and I DO have a dirtbag ebay seller that lives here in Phx that i'm considering sending his name and phone number back to the scammer.

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Old 02-12-2009, 11:50 AM
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Hi Jmark
I'd like you to do something to that scumbag, but I wouldn't
want anything to come back on you, so maybe you should just
let it go.
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Old 02-12-2009, 03:04 PM
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I have two engines listed locally on Craigs list. I received an obvious scam email wanting to send a money order to my address and provide a "no voice mail" phone number. Once I received the MO, they will send their "shipper" asap to get the engine. Needless to say, I know better but am seriously thinking of playing along. I have called the AZ attorney general's office and left a message asking if they would be interested in following up on this.

No doubt the MO will be a fake and most people would deposit it, let the merchandise go, then find they have been dinged by the bank for the bogus check, plus be out the product.

I'm actually thinking of having them send the MO to the Phx Police dept or the AG's office!!!

Or send it to me and then have it checked for authenticity before releasing the engine to the, i'm sure, very pissed off, shipper.

Update to follow if the AG calls back.

Mark


Wow, AG just called back and said they get so many people like me calling that they just can't do them all. Rats!!!! LOL

I asked if I could have the MO sent to THEM.....she laughed and declined. I then asked if I could have it sent to someone I don't like and she said that after this conversation, I could do what ever I liked. (she had a great sense of humor!) and I DO have a dirtbag ebay seller that lives here in Phx that i'm considering sending his name and phone number back to the scammer.

Jmark.. you will still have the item,The shipper will never come.You think your sending the payment to the shipper,But it's not a shipper,It's them.You will pay the shipper with your check,Which is a good check.But the one they send you take's about 30 days to go through,Then it's bad.But by then they are running with your money,That's why they tell you the shipper is coming so soon.I had a few try that ******* with me.Boy I would love to meet one of these guy's.
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I still haven't decided what to do yet, but giving good thought to giving them the ebay idiot's name and address. He'd love it! He thrives on scams.
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They must have some kind of filter/program that automaticly responds to items over a certain amount. I posted my Terraplane sidecar on Craig's last week and within hours I had my first response...from a scammer. I wouldn't invite any check or money order from them, we did that a few years ago when we were selling our '57 Coupe DeVille and although we were positive it was a scam we played along. The certified check we got didn't feel right to my wife and when she took it to the bank she even said so...they said" Oh No, this is the real thing", 2 days later she was contacted because it was fake. For about a week afterward we were getting pleas "oh my child needs immediate medical treatment and I need $$ soon". I responded after a couple other pleas and a threat.."Come on", I told them "I know what to expect...but you don't". Oddly the e-mail corresppondence ceased.
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