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    I put an antique wood stove with all the nickel plate on my local Craig's list today. I received a text message asking if it was still for sale and I replied yes. Then I get another text saying the price and condition are okay and wanted my name and address to send a check. Now he made a point to say no PO box, and he would arrange pickup after the check cleared. I looked closely at the area code and it was 256 (Alabama). Now I am in California and my red flag scam warning went up. I did not respond again. Fast forward a couple hours and I get another text from area code 914 (New York) almost identical, never responded to that one. They did not ask for any bank info just name and physical address. Not having the mind of a crook, what are they up to? I know they are trying to steal my money, I just don't know how.
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    SCAMMER is what I see written all over it. Better safe than sorry. Besides, shipping for that would be very pricey. Something just doesn't seem right to me.
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    • #3
      They will send you a cashiers check for more than you are asking. Then they will ask you to send the overpayment back to you. The problem is that the cashiers check they send to you is bogus, but you will not know that until you have already sent them the overpayment. Always, when doubt,........don't.
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      • #4
        Just reply CASH only to be paid at pickup along with proper identification and that you will use a counterfeit pen to check the cash as well.

        Which I do even when I pick up cash at the bank. I caught two different bad $100 bills at the bank using a pen in front of the teller.

        I also put cash only in my CL add when selling something along with no trades. Helps keep scammers away,
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        • #5
          Glad you did not get scammed ...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by azsandrider View Post
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            Which I don even when I pck up cash at the bank. Caught two different bad $100 bills at the bank using a pen in front of the tellar.
            I thought I was the only one who did that
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              Anyone asking for home address on CL also makes me nervous. Items I have sold on CL have been transacted at a Walmart parking lot with lots of people around and a .45 in my coat.

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              • #8
                Meeting somebody at Walmart to buy something on CL makes me nervous. lol

                If they don't want to make the transaction at home makes me wonder if there is a problem with the item they are selling.

                I always get ID when I'm buying as well, especially if not at the home address. That way I have the info if the item turns out to be stolen to give to the police.

                I do bills of sale as well.
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                • #9
                  Great info. guys, I just learned a lot. It's very tough trying to think like a criminal when I am so d_mn honest........
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by flyerq68 View Post
                    I put an antique wood stove with all the nickel plate on my local Craig's list today. I received a text message asking if it was still for sale and I replied yes. Then I get another text saying the price and condition are okay and wanted my name and address to send a check. Now he made a point to say no PO box, and he would arrange pickup after the check cleared. I looked closely at the area code and it was 256 (Alabama). Now I am in California and my red flag scam warning went up. I did not respond again. Fast forward a couple hours and I get another text from area code 914 (New York) almost identical, never responded to that one. They did not ask for any bank info just name and physical address. Not having the mind of a crook, what are they up to? I know they are trying to steal my money, I just don't know how.
                    Cash sale, local only, pick-up in person should stop scammers.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by remphoto View Post
                      Anyone asking for home address on CL also makes me nervous. Items I have sold on CL have been transacted at a Walmart parking lot with lots of people around and a .45 in my coat.
                      One would think that you don't trust some to either rob you or later come back to the house to burglarize it. Just kidding. Precautions in this day and age are paramount.
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                      • #12
                        Keep in mind, most scams start off promising one thing, then switching to another. I can easily see someone saying "I'll buy this and send you a check, when the check clears, ship it to me", and that turning into a cashier's check for over the amount (as was described in an earlier post). What they depend on is that the person selling is so excited about the "overage", that they act quickly, only to have the bank contact them days later, and the check was bogus.
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