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Old 05-06-2013, 08:29 PM   #1
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Hey Guys; I just received an interesting offer for my 77 coach

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Hello ,



Thanks for your response. I am interested in the immediate purchase. I will take it for the price you've mentioned and I will gladly cover PayPal charges from my end.


I can only make the payment via paypal because it's very safe and secure for both of us. In case you don't have a paypal account I'll advice you to register for one at paypal.com. I have a private pick-up agent that will contact you in-order to handle the pick-up at any location of your choice once the payment is completed.


Question: I'll like you to tell me more about the present mechanical condition, how often do you service it, mechanical history, have you ever experience any mechanical problem with it before and why are you selling it?


Look forward to reading from you at your earliest convenience.


Best Regards,
Alex."

Other than the screwball syntax it sounds exactly like a well-framed scam.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:49 PM   #2
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Yep, that is a scam....who pays that kind of money sight unseen? They must have a way of screwing you once they know your PayPal account info. Run the other way fast!
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:55 PM   #3
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[TD="colspan: 3"]If you think you have experienced PayPal fraud or received a PayPal scam via email (e.g. a fake email pretending to be from PayPal), forward the entire email to spoof@paypal.com, and delete it from your email account.
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The info in case you want to report the email.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:01 PM   #4
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Jon it sounds like a spoof email. Scammers suck plain and simple.

Spoof email messages with attachments or links to bogus PayPal pages may also be used to upload malware onto your PC.

In some recent cases, these have been used to gather banking information from victims' PCs.
This information is then used to transfer funds into unverified PayPal accounts.


Action: Again, don't click on attachments or follow links in such emails. Go directly to paypal.com.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:27 PM   #5
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The exact same thing happen to me two years ago. When we had our car online for sale.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:36 PM   #6
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The line, “…paypal because it's very safe and secure for both of us.” raises suspicion. The scam has several different openings, but the most common starts with I want to buy immediately. Who inquires about purchasing a coach that? A scammer that's who! Not to mention that you can tell it is written by someone who isn't here in our country.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:22 AM   #7
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When I was disposing of "stuff" before we sold the house, I put most things on craigslist. And on most items I received similar "offers". These guys must use web crawlers to find this stuff. Everything I listed had "local sales only, cash only, will not ship" and I still received offers. Of course I didn't respond to any of these. Interestingly enough I sold a pto generator to a guy in Kentucky who drove down to pick it up! Didn't think that one would work out but it did. Easiest way to handle these is to insist on speaking to someone on the phone.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:10 AM   #8
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Jon,

Scams of that nature take place daily all over this country, at least you're smart enough to see through them and not fall victim in the same fashion many others have.

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Old 05-07-2013, 03:33 AM   #9
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Iíve started to ignore those sorts of emails, along with emails exhibiting extremely poor grammar or a total lack of respect.

Now, I just delete responses when they are even a little bit strange. The sad thing is that some legitimate responses get filtered out, but if itís hard to tell, I probably wouldn't want to sell to those folks anyway.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:58 PM   #10
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I have had good success with a PayPal account, and it is essential if you purchase on eBay, which I do. The key, is to never respond to any email regarding PayPal, even if it has the PayPal logo. PayPal will never ask you for any information about your account. If there is a question, log onto PayPal and open your account, but not in response to some email.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:27 PM   #11
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paypal is safe but the people who scam using paypal are dirty birds.
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