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Old 04-01-2012, 14:45   #16
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I give them the address of the FBI in San Francisco and have them send the check there. I have not Idea if they do or not.
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The best advice is to delete these things as they are certainly scams. But it can be fun messin with them.

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They really are incredibly stupid some of them, last year I sold an old car with rust and a blown engine. It was common as muck, thousands of them on the roads here.

I had one of these muppets say he was from England and wanted to freight it across from Oz and was prepared to pay a premium for it.

But, there are obviously very stupid scammees as well, or else the scammers wouldnt be in the business.
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When the good lord offers you toys, it is only right to play with them.
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Old 04-01-2012, 16:02   #19
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The best advice is to delete these things as they are certainly scams. But it can be fun messin with them.

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...Well...this was really good for a belly-laugh this afternoon...thanx. I'll be saving the scammers now for when I'm bored.
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I followed through, got the checks & IMMEADIATLY went to the post master with all the paper and the E-mails.

If it sounds too good to be true - - -
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Thanks for your help guys,
yes it is a scam, but I did not know that it is so common.
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But, there are obviously very stupid scammees as well, or else the scammers wouldnt be in the business.
That's the really sad part about all of this. There are a SCARY number of incredibly stupid people out there who fall for these painfully obvious scams. Otherwise the scammers would disappear in no time.

Just like telemarketers. If a SCARY number of incredibly stupid people didn't buy junk based on cold calls from them, the telemarketing calls would stop almost immediately.
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Old 04-01-2012, 18:02   #23
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It's scary and funny. They have your address if they send a check there. They don't like getting the standard CL scam announcement.
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I have some stuff on CL now. These scams usually start with a vague email like this one I just got:
I would like to know if this is available and in good condition?
These are sent out by an automated software program and are always very generic. The other one is:
Is the item still for sale?
I have gotten hundreds or thousands of these. They are either phishing for email addresses or it's the beginning of the aforementioned scam. Be wary and don't respond because then they have your email address. BOB
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For all you future nigerian scammers here is a link to help you improve your odds.
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Yeah, the key is always no phone call or number or any request for additional information. I've gotten about a 100 of these from my posts on CL. A couple of times I worked them over and received the bogus check. The first one I went to my bank and asked them to check it out. I did not deposit it. Don't do this or you will be hit with a fee from your bank. Anyway, my bank verified in minutes that it was a fake check from a fake account. I did cost them money because they had to pay Fedex next day air. My little way of fighting back.
i got several phone calls after "Playing along" with these people..told them I cashed the check but that I had second thoughts about selling an airplane to someone with no flight experiance...needless to say I was threatend and the check they sent was real but stolen from a bank in FLA. the perp. was in England and said he had contacts in NY that come and visit me if I didnt pay up..not type casting here but he had a distinct african accent and I had him overnight several packages also ..the FBI wouldnt do anything about it ..I even made an apponitment for him to come and get "his" money the police said I was on my own..?..DVC
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I got into one of these when I was selling my motorcycle on Craig's List. At one point, the next step was sending $$$ to a Western Union address in a specific town. I thought that it might be fun to send $.02 to Western Union to bring the guy out. I also wondered if law enforcement in the jurisdiction where the WU pickup would take place would be interested in scamming operations. At the end of the day, I decided I had better things to do (cruise CF and sail) and just dumped it in my spam file. But it's nice to see some folks getting back at the scammers.
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"I even made an apponitment for him to come and get "his" money the police said I was on my own..?..DVC " That's when you call the local TVNooze station and invite them out to join you. Consumer news + police failures = always good for a Nooze story.
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I asked the "girl" to send me a pic of herself holding a handwritten note that said, "Who's Johnny?" to prove it was really her. The photoshop job they sent me was so bad, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry!
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Here's a site devoted to scamming the scammers. Funny stuff...

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