As my wife and I prepare to wind things down before moving, we’ve been selling a lot of stuff on craigslist. So far, it’s been pretty good – not a lot of problems, although there have been a few annoying no-shows. (People who claim they’re going to show up to buy something, then just change their mind and forget to tell you they’re not going to drop by when they said they would.)
Anyhow, for the first time, I think I’ve been found by a scammer – and no surprise, this is on the biggest ticket item – A bass guitar and amp.
First, I received an email with only the following:
IS STILL FOR SALE
Which doesn’t exactly instill confidence in the buyer. When I replied it was, I received the following email back. I’ve highlighted a few interesting passages:
I am happy to hear that its still available. As for the price i am okay with it but if there is any other information regarding the
condition.please let me know by email…
I would take care of the shipping myself by sending my shipper to come for the pickup.
Let me have some pictures send to me by attachment and also the pickup address of the item.
Payment would be made via cashier check only and am gonna add $50 to yr money so I would have your full name and mailing address and phone number to mail it out to as follows:
The cashier check will come in excess funds and when the check is being cashed,you will send the remaining balance to the shipping company that will come for the pickup.
I would like you to take the posting off craigslist today.
Expecting to hear from you soon.
N.B Let me know If you have Agreed to help handle the shippers fee
First, the weird spacing of the email is a clue. No one writes that way. Second, who would reply back and not even mention WHAT the item is or what price was mentioned in the add? Did they want the amp or the bass or both? Isn’t that important? Finally, they want the seller to handle the shippper’s fee. That’s just not right.
Also, they’re asking for my information without giving me theirs. I’m not exactly going to ship off $250 dollars worth of my stuff based on a casheir’s cheque and an email address. (And really, can you even ship a bass and an amp for $50?)
The offer to send what is probably supposed to look like more money than necessary using an insecure method of payment just throws red flags all over the place.
Sometimes I really wonder about humanity.