Another CL scam ...or not? I'm confused!

Discussion in 'Dollars and Sense' started by gladiator335, Feb 20, 2011.


Should I mail him a box full of bricks or just let it go?

  1. Mail

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  2. Let it go

    45 vote(s)
  1. gladiator335

    gladiator335 MRTI Subscriber

    It seems lately I can't sell anything on CL without getting emails from scammers.

    Below are emails between me and scammer:

    > I would like to make an urgent purchase of this item, kindly get back
    > to me with the terms and conditions of it and if it still available to
    > purchase, then i will make my purchase as soon as possible.
    > Hoping to hearing from you soon.

    The usual signs of scam - item instead of an actual description...

    Me (from my junk email account):

    > I will gladly sell this item to you.Payment can be made in cash, money order
    > or check.Where do you want me to send this item?
    > God bless you!


    Thanks for your reply,i am located in Chastworth city
    in GEORGIA ,i really need to buy this and send to my
    son schooling outside the state as a graduation gift .I have
    been trying to buy this on eBay but its so very stressful
    buying on eBay.I will offer you $30 extra so as to close the
    deal as soon as possible.I will be paying through PAYPAL
    because i have a verified account with PayPal.So kindly get back with
    your PayPal email address so i can make payment into your PayPal
    account.Once payment clears,shipment will be handled by me through my
    personal FedEx account,so you don't have to pay for
    shipment.Get back to me if my approval is granted.I would like to see
    the pictures please.

    So far so good. It seems like all scammers have a template for such emails. So I decided to be a bit more playful.


    Pictures are in the ad (three of them).Are you satisfied with the pictures?
    > If you want to I can engrave "Happy Graduation" on a screen which will make
    > this gift truly special to your son!
    > May Allah bless you with endless pleasures and erection.

    Any normal person will read this email and tell me "Go f...k yourself, weirdo!" Not this guy...


    Thanks alot,

    kindly get back with your PayPal email address so i can make payment
    into your PayPal account.Once payment clears, shipment will be handled by me through my personal FedEx account, so you don't have to pay for shipment. Get back to me if my approval is granted so as to make the deal as soon as possible.

    hoping to hearing from you soon



    I do not have PayPal account because I am a monk of St. Thomas and Aruba
    > Order and we are forbidden to have accounts with PayPal because of the evil
    > nature of the beast.All the proceeds from this sale will go to fight hunger
    > in the poorest regions of the country such as Palm Beach FL, Greenweech, CT
    > and Hamptons NY.Is there any other form of payment?
    > May Jahve bless your soul and make your constipation endless!

    Who in a right mind will continue talking to me after that???????????


    Thanks for letting me know this, you can set up your own PayPal
    account, it just so easy to open just logging to and follow
    there procedure there after that you have get your own account..Please
    when you finish please let me know and i will be waiting for you as soon
    as possible so as to send the money into your paypal account...

    Another payment option i can make is Telegraphic Transfer TT by bank,
    do have that too?

    hoping to hearing from you soon.



    > I know it is easy to open a PayPal account. But as I mentioned I am a monk
    > and we are prohibited from having bank or PayPal or any other accounts.So the
    > only acceptable from of payment for me would be a check or WU transfer.
    > May our Lord extend your smile from ear to ear!

    And that's when he freaks me out:


    okay...will Western Union be Okay for you? i hope that is what you
    meant by WU Transfer
    well, let me know so that by tomorrow i will know what to do

    Hoping to hearing from you soon.

    Western Union? Everything is upside down. Usually scammers ask you to WU money somewhere...
    So is this guy legit after all???????
    I'm still 99% sure it's a scam.

    What do you think?:scratch2:
  2. cwall99

    cwall99 Addicted Member

    Weird. That's for sure. I was surprised he didn't react at all to your wishing him an endless erection (I mean, even the folks at Viagra warn you about an erection lasting longer than 4 hours - say no to priapism) and constipation.

    I mean, it sure sounds like a scam, but if he's willing to WU the money, then you have some apologies to make.

  3. wd409

    wd409 Super Member

    western union money orders can be forged just as easily as any other. they're hoping the shipment is made before the mistake is realized.

    take it from someone else who made a separate account just to toy with them (necessary btw, unless you like spam having to do the enlargement of ones personal member)
    these are most definitely scams
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2011
  4. gladiator335

    gladiator335 MRTI Subscriber


    How ?
  5. botrytis

    botrytis Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    Easy - stolen blank money orders.....
  6. gladiator335

    gladiator335 MRTI Subscriber

    So if I let's say receive money at WU and sender used stolen MO or whatever - what happens?
  7. vintageboy

    vintageboy Spinning vinyl like there is no tomorrow Subscriber

    I get a bunch of those! Always what is the condition and final price. I delete them!
  8. botrytis

    botrytis Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    You can go to jail for receiving stolen property....
  9. Satcom123

    Satcom123 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Oh please continue with this story. I got a bucket of popcorn and in my comfortable chair hanging on to every post. :D
  10. mhedges

    mhedges Super Member

    It's got to be a scam but whats the angle? Is there a risk in giving out your paypal email?
  11. gladiator335

    gladiator335 MRTI Subscriber


    PayPal email IS my real email. I don't want to give it to obvious scammers!

    Let's stall for a while...


    You mentioned you will handle shipping using your FEDEX account.
    Can you please explain how.
    The reason I'm asking is that our holy order resides inside caves in snow-covered
    mountains of Southwestern Connecticut.
    We do not have roads here and no Fedex truck can make it up the mountain goat trails.
    I will have to walk 3 days to the nearest Fedex location to drop a package.
    Also if it will be shipped outside the US I will have to fill and submit customs form.
    Please let me know.

    May Allah guard your big hart (Side Effects May Include...nausea, vomiting, headaches, heartburn, hair loss, diarrhea, painful rectal itch, hallucination, dementia, psychosis, coma, and mental retardation)
  12. wd409

    wd409 Super Member

    well the risk with paypal is that it was funded with stolen CC's which will eventually be reversed and charged back to you.

    as far as WU cashing it, they wont. your bank will because they dont immediately know its stolen. but it will be charged back to you upon discovery, even though it initially cleared and "all was good".

    its not an issue of you can go to jail or not, you have to knowingly receive stolen property to be prosecuted, furthermore that fact has to be proven, if suspected. you will eventually lose any money you gain though, as well as your item.
  13. gladiator335

    gladiator335 MRTI Subscriber

    I knew that about PayPal. WU is a news to me. Good to know. Thanks.
    Let's see how we will "handle" Fedex...
  14. Anubis

    Anubis Super Member

    Scam - no doubt about it.
  15. botrytis

    botrytis Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    Well - they want you to ship using their account (which is to a fake name but not address) - they take your item and you get nothing but a fake check - what is so hard to think about that?
  16. markshan

    markshan Sir Thrift a Lot Subscriber

    You get internet service in your cave?

    Thanks for the chuckles.
  17. Tapehead47

    Tapehead47 Addicted Member


    How creative and humorous you are! Looking forward to more of these shenagans!
  18. JonL

    JonL Tubeulosis vinylitis Subscriber

    I bet the real part of the scam has yet to be told. When he does send the paypal or WU money, he'll accidentally send you $1000 too much and ask you to WU it back. Then when his money bounces, you'll be on the hook for the $1000. He doesn't give a damn about the item you're selling, he probably doesn't even know what it is.
  19. Nikko75

    Nikko75 Listener and Music Lover

    Me too
  20. waudio

    waudio Active Member

    I understand the nervousness from the seller - and the buyer should take a clue on it.

    On the other hand, I have been trying to purchase from CL and I always let them know that I live in NH. Nobody ever replies and if they did, they think that I am a scammer. I think CL just did not work for an out of state buyer and seller only wants a local cash only.

    In one instance, I offer to the seller that a friend of mine will come, look at the speakers, and pay with cash. Still - they treated me as a scammer.

    Not sure what to do.

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