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Old 29-11-2013, 14:56   #1
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I have my boat listed on another website , and I got an email on it. The person had a very english sounding name and wanted to text me his questions. I thought "Shoo! I don't want to type that much!" so I called him. Very heavy unfamiliar accent (not spanish, not India, not russian, not asian) and I couldn't understand him. So, OK, now I know why he wants to text!

He ends up making an offer, sight unseen, subject to survey. I thought "cool"! So I typed up some terms and emailed it to him. In the email I asked for his address and employer to verify he is an upstanding citizen.

He refuses to give me his address (strike one).

Then he declines my suggestion to go through a Title Service Company to protect both of us - he doesn't have the time. Wants to send me a check or make a bank to bank transfer (strike two). I said fine, send me a check!

Then he starts to be suspicious, "why is there something wrong with the boat?". No I said, glad to have your surveyor look at it, it's a great boat. Suddenly, no more texts from him! (strike three).

Be careful out there!
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Old 30-11-2013, 06:39   #2
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Re: Scammer?

Thanks for the advice. We have a boat for sale too and found that spammers want your actual email or phone number before they even get any details on the item you are selling. They often will offer to buy sight unseen....let that be a huge eye opener.
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Re: Scammer?

Save time for everyone and just wire him the contents of your bank account.
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