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Scammers Responding To Classified Ads

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by jlarrabee, Sep 20, 2018.

  1. jlarrabee

    jlarrabee Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I just want to inform the general public of fact that I have received a few emails from scammers trying to purchase my canoe I have posted on here.

    Please be aware of the warning signs for scammers.
    1. Vagueness in the email. (Asking if the Item is Still Available)
    2. A excuse to not seeing the item in person (illness, honeymoon, out of country... all examples I've seen).
    3. Requesting to pay with check and paying extra for your troubles.
    4. Having an agent arrive to pick up the item.
    5. Phone Number to text only.

    Please look out for the signs. The scammers are getting sneaky and I am only making this post because I have had two scammers from the posting on this page with in the past few weeks. Just want to look out for the people who may not notice the scammers as easily as myself.

    Please see the attached photos from the emails I received from the scammer.

    Please Be Careful! GMAIL_SCAM_WCHA.PNG GMAIL_SCAM_WCHA2.PNG
     
  2. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Yes, I've received those from time to time also. I just delete them.
     
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  3. crosscuts

    crosscuts LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Once selling a canoe the scammer asked how many hours were on the motor. I should have sent him my age.

    R.C.
     
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  4. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

  5. BReeves

    BReeves New Member

    We had two of them this month including one who sent a cheque for $4000 more than the asking price. The good news is we went to have the cheque verified before doing anything and discovered it was fraudulent.
     
  6. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    Overpayment scams are extremely common around the world, and have been for years. They target people advertising wherever they advertise, and the scammers must have some degree of success or they wouldn't still be doing it. Consumer protection groups and government agencies actively attempt to warn people. Whether here in the WCHA or anywhere else that you buy and sell items, always be vigilant for the possibility of being scammed. Here are three helpful websites from the US, Canadian and Australian governments) related to overpayment scams:

    https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/pre...warns-consumers-about-check-overpayment-scams

    http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/fraud-escroquerie/types/over-surplus/index-eng.htm

    https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/buying-or-selling/overpayment-scams
     
  7. John J. Connell

    John J. Connell New Member

    Caution is the word here and on all other sites, such as Craigslist and WantAd Digest,etc. I often think someone alone in hi/her room and life does these scams just for entertainment to be a pain in someone's neck -or there abouts!
     

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