Scam Alert

  1. Hey folks,

    I'm trying to sell a car in a local paper and think I am getting scammed. I hope I don't bore ya'll I just want to see what you think. If you moderators want to repost this somewhere else, that's fine. I just want to warn my colleagues of the crap that can happen on the internet. I alerted the FBI. Here is the email exchange:

    "Hello,
    Am interested in buying your for sale Crown Victoria--Interceptor,(listed for the sum, ( $3,000).Please let me know if its still for sale and perhaps in good condition.I await your response to the questions and i will proceed with purchase if its still for sale and okay...
    I await your reply..
    Thanks..
    Malcom.."

    I emailed him back with this:

    "you bet, would you like to come see it and test drive it this evening? let me know. My phone number is **** or ****

    andy"

    This was the next email that was so suspicious:

    "Hello, Andy
    Thanks for your prompt mail.Regards to your mail responce i'm still intrested in buying it over from you. I recite here in ireland but my shipper will inspect
    it when he come for the pick up after payment. And i will instruct my P.A to send you a cheque payment that will cover the shipping cost as well ($5,000). Pls i will be counting on your trust to deduct your funds as soon as you get
    the cheque cleared and transfer the balance of ( $2,000) through western union money transfer to my shipper who will be comming for the pick up. Let me
    have the Name that will be written on the cheque and your residencial Address where the cheque will be send to,also with your personal phone #. However i still more packages that my shipper will be shipping along with the, FORD CROWN VICTORIA--INTERCEPTOR 1999 So pls after the balance has been transfer to my shipper,he will come to your destination for the pick up and as well sign
    the necessary document on my behalf. Looking forward to hear from you soon.
    Sincerely,
    Malcom"


    Now the way I understand it, even if the bank cashes the check, I am on the hook for the money.
    Last edit by BeatOU on Dec 7, '05
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   darienblythe79
    Dude, way too personal of info.
  4. by   Lorus
    May wanna edit that a bit bro..
  5. by   BeatOU
    Quote from darienblythe79
    Dude, way too personal of info.

    yea I forgot about the phone numbers there..
  6. by   gauge14iv
    nope - thats a scam - they send you a check for 5k and tell you can keep the other two or ask you to give them 1k in cash and you keep 1 k. You deposit the check, they take the car and days later you find out the check has bounced.

    It is one of the most common scams going - good thing you contacted the FBI. I have heard of this happening over and over again...some people have actually been taken for 10's of thousands...
  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    Learn to trudt your gut--if it smells like a scam it's 99.995% is a scam,

    IMHO: Limit sales to those within 1hr drive and request cashiers check as payment. Meet jointly at title transfer liocation to make SURE it is in other persons name...so tickets don't come back to haunt YOU.
  8. by   gauge14iv
    Cashiers checks can bounce too if they are forged...

    Go to the BUYERS bank and cash the check on the spot before signing over any title!
  9. by   dianah
    I STRONGLY smell a scam. Trust your instincts and do what the FBI says to do, or cease and desist from any further transaction with this person.
  10. by   Jessy_RN
    I was just reading an article about fake cashier checks and postal money orders. This happens often with ebay.

    Anyhow, I had a similar experience when purchasing a vehicle through ebay. I previously bought a truck in excellent condition for an incredible price. I got it shipped from NY and all. DH still has the truck and is a reliable vehicle........

    Well, after that, I came across a guy who wanted me to wire an X amount of cash to an account and send the rest through western union.

    I refused. He wouldn't take any other form of payment etc. I reported him, and the authorities took care of him.

    Yes, trust your instict.

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