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Hi guys. New to the forums/site. I found the site via google after searching "how to screw over scammers".
Anyway... I'm here to get some ideas.... I posted my motorcycle for sale on Facebook marketplace and got the following message from a guy from Trenton, New Jersey whose name is listed on Facebook as Gary Smith (contrary to how he identifies himself in the message):
Hello, I am Smith Gary am using this medium to contact
you on behalf of client to purchase this item and it
will be send to UK .Would you please email me with the
final asking price of the item for immediate purchase?
[1.] Do you accept a ( Personal Check /Cashier Check
as a mode of payment?
[ 2. ]What is the final asking prize you can go at
Will you let our shipping company to come to you
house for the pick up of the item cos we don't want
you to worry yourself about the shipping of the item.
[4 ]You are to send your NAME,ADDRESS,TEL # to mail
out the payment today.
[ 5. ]Will you be able to send the excess fund back to
the shipping company via MONEY GRAM money transfer
same day you receive and cash the check for the
arrangement of the home pick up from your house down
to my client.shipment. I'll like this transaction to
be kept in utmost trust.
NOTE AGAIN:contact me direct to my personal email address which is ( [email protected] )
I think he is offering me full price + some and then I send money back to him or something? I'm not sure exactly what he wants due to the grammar and spelling nightmare that is the message.
Any suggestions on courses of action to take? I can't do the whole "fill a box with junk and send it COD" thing since well... it's a motorcycle and that would have to be a huge box (or maybe a HUGE box is a good thing??) I obviously haven't given any sort of personal information and will not do so in the future. Other than that I don't know much about this stuff (other than what I've read on the FAQ) but I'm ready and I have the time to stick it to this guy.
Thanks fellas. I look forward to your responses.
bombardier ** REMEMBERED **
Joined: 02 Jan 2006
Location: On the sideline keeping an eye on you lot
Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:18 pm
I obviously haven't given any sort of personal information and will not do so in the future
I would presume that if this lad has been in contact with you he has your real name and access to your profile which will hold to much info about you. All you can and should do is completely ignore him and don't even think about baiting him.
Facebook scammers are quite rare at the moment but thats sure to change.
Joined: 13 May 2007
Location: The star of India
Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:46 pm
^^ Yep. Drop this guy, he knows who you are.
We only bait safely, i.e. we use fake details, fake addresses, fake phone numbers, fake everything. Only when you are 100% sure that not a single one of your real life details are visible can you start scam baiting.
But by all means come back at this guy when you're ready! There are ways and means!
Have a read of the stickies first, relax and see what we can and can't do, then come at the problem afresh.
"They made me to understand you are a Fraud Star" - Ikenna.
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kerino Hello I'm New here!
Joined: 02 Nov 2005
Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:39 am
Lemme tip you to something: the whole thing is a complete scam. ALL of it. You have to understand this lad DOESN'T WANT the motorcycle. He is only pretending to want it. It is all part of the scam.
No shipping company will ever arrive to pick up your big box of rocks/junk or whatever.
The whole purpose of the exercise is to send you a FAKE CHECK for well over the price of the motorcycle. The extra money is supposed to be for shipping and you are supposed to send it to the FAKE shipping company, that is actually the lad himself.
Later, your bank will discover the fraud and hold you responsible.
Do as the guys above suggest and ignore this lad.
BarackNRoll08 Hello I'm New here!
Joined: 18 Mar 2008
Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:35 pm
I, too, have been scammed by "Gary Smith." I don't care what it takes, but I am about to get him burned... BIG TIME!
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