Is This a Craig's Scam?

bobdadruma

Platinum Member
I have read many a British car repair manual. I am very familiar with how "real english" words are spelled ;)
 

bobdadruma

Platinum Member
When I first wrote that Favor was misspelled I ment that It was misspelled for an American.
Craig's is ment to be a local ad site. It struck me odd that a person from New England would spell it that way.
I have never had a legitimate Craig's buyer contact me from more than 50 miles away.
 

Midnite Zephyr

Platinum Member
The first clue is that he, in fact, did not spell favor wrong. That's how people who learned "British"-style English spell it, along with words like labour and saviour and colour. So this person can be from any number of different countries, but definitely not an American.
 

Trip McNealy

Gold Member
I get these scams all the time from CL when I sell stuff. I can't believe people really have the time or desire to do this type of stuff.

I get real crafty and f*** with them back. I reply using a generic Gmail account I use when signing up for stupid websites, etc. I write them back saying something like "OK sounds like we can proceed. However, due to security measures in my home complex, I will require my men to pick up YOUR movers <or whomever he says he sending on his behalf> at xxxxx location at 12:00pm on <date>. They will be waiting outside a marroon color Caddilac with personalized plate. The money will be exchanged at this moment. If they are not there at the designated time and place, this transaction will be null. I appreciate your commitment."

I get real Jersey guido on them. They never write back or follow through HAHAHA. Good times.
 

bobdadruma

Platinum Member
When I got the Safari I didn't need the RT anymore so I figured that I woud sell it to someone who needed it.
Not being able to move old gear keeps me from buying new and helping the economy.
When I sold the old Gretsch I was going to save for a new American made Gretsch.

If the economy keeps up this way this is what we will be playing in a few years.
http://youtu.be/7JZzzrOK4J4
 
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Pollyanna

Platinum Member
I was trying to sell my Rhythm Traveler kit for a while for only $200. I gave up and I put the mesh heads on it and I set it up as a practice kit.
Sad to see you desert the RT enthusiasts' club, Bob :( I might be the only one left ...

$200 is dirt cheap - someone's missed out on a great deal!
 

bobdadruma

Platinum Member
I've had this kind of response to Craigslist ads twice before, and both times it seemed like the email was almost like a template with the blanks filled in. But vaguely, like: "I am very interested in your musical instruments, when the ad is clearly describing a very specific thing.

Best of luck on finding a buyer for the kit... a real person!
It is discouraging to say the least.
I figured that I would simply sell this kit locally for a good price to someone that wanted a good solid 70s Gretsch standard size presentable players kit.
In three months I haven't gotten one serious response.
The simplest things can be so hard sometimes.

I was trying to sell my Rhythm Traveler kit for a while for only $200. I gave up and I put the mesh heads on it and I set it up as a practice kit.
I have stuff that is in good condition and I can't move it.
I have never seen it like this. I have always priced things to sell and I sold them in a few weeks.
 
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Pollyanna

Platinum Member
What was bugging me Polly was that I couldn't figure out the scam.
I finally had to look it up.
When I did know the answer it was so stupid that I couldn't believe it.
Can you imagine getting a check that is many times the amount requested and going through with the scam?
The whole thing is insane!
The fact that it works sometimes is insane!
It is so preposterous that it works.
Haha - I thought it was the spelling thing :)

Sure, it catches people who are new to the web and who don't know about the predators in the online world. They're looking around and suddenly they see a tasty morsel all lit up like a Christmas present ... and they don't check out the big picture situation ...

 

criz p. critter

Silver Member
I've had this kind of response to Craigslist ads twice before, and both times it seemed like the email was almost like a template with the blanks filled in. But vaguely, like: "I am very interested in your musical instruments, when the ad is clearly describing a very specific thing.

Best of luck on finding a buyer for the kit... a real person!
 

bobdadruma

Platinum Member
What was bugging me Polly was that I couldn't figure out the scam.
I finally had to look it up.
When I did know the answer it was so stupid that I couldn't believe it.
Can you imagine getting a check that is many times the amount requested and going through with the scam?
The whole thing is insane!
The fact that it works sometimes is insane!
It is so preposterous that it works.
 

Drummer Calvin

Junior Member
I imagine that the next step would be that he would tell me that his "Movers" can only come in a time period that won't allow the check to clear and I will have to trust him.
That is the only way that I can figure that the scam can work.
He has to get the goods before you realize that the check is bad.
Perhaps he would ask for my bank account number to direct deposit the cash into.

How about the part that says that "The movers pick up money will be included in my payment"
What does that mean?
It's probably too late now but for next time anyone: That's mean he'd pay you extra in the check to cover the pick up money (you go ahead and pay the movers yourself since you go extra in your check) Then you 'd end up paying more cash out of your pocket on top of losing your drums
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
Bob, if I moved to the US I would continue to spell things CORRECTLY *grin* so he might just be a migrant.

I agree with you, though, it seems like he was after your personal information. He seemed to be going to some trouble to prevent you from knowing anything about him.
 

bobdadruma

Platinum Member
We have all figured out that he is not from the US by his spelling.

He wants your address and phone number that is clear.
Robbery? I can find a home to rob without going through all that trouble.
That makes no sense. It is only a $600 kit.

If he sends a check and you take it to your bank it takes several days for it to clear.
If you take it to the bank that the check is written from they will pay you on the spot if the check is good.
Sending a check is to risky. either way you could wait until you got the cash before giving up the goods.
He never intends to send you the check.

Sending a moving company won't be practical either. To many middlemen.

The drums aren't worth much. If he gets them he can't sell them for much. It isn't worth it for him to get the drums.
 
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