Craigslist and to good to be true?

11 months 3 weeks ago #646038 by Karen Comella
I'm always keeping an eye on Craigslist for deals on gear that I could use.  And lately I have noticed what I'm pretty sure to be scammers selling cameras for super low prices.   They aren't going the email route, they have a phone number listed. 

I'm trying to figure out their angle, how are they going to benefit from this.  The first thought - stolen, but how many stolen cameras could these idiots have.  If people meet up with them in person and pay cash, how are they going to hand you a brick in a box and expect to get away? 


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11 months 3 weeks ago #646048 by Nikon Shooter

Karen Comella wrote: … too good to be true?


I am always keeping an eye open for deals too… but not just anywhere.
I need to be sure that the deal will always be good for me and it never
will come to haunt me.

I only jump on thing I can trace.

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11 months 3 weeks ago #646070 by TCooper
Because there are too many suckers that will send them money via Western Union, which is perfect for crooks because it's untraceable and not linked to their bank accounts.   


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11 months 3 weeks ago #646072 by Karen Comella

Nikon Shooter wrote:

Karen Comella wrote: … too good to be true?


I am always keeping an eye open for deals too… but not just anywhere.
I need to be sure that the deal will always be good for me and it never
will come to haunt me.

I only jump on thing I can trace.


But that is what I'm wondering, if they have phone numbers and are meeting up with people who are looking at items, what is their spin?


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11 months 3 weeks ago #646075 by Karen Comella

TCooper wrote: Because there are too many suckers that will send them money via Western Union, which is perfect for crooks because it's untraceable and not linked to their bank accounts.   


Bold move.  Shame there are people out there like this.  Kind of makes you think about Darwin laws. 


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11 months 3 weeks ago #646145 by Carlos
Having a phone number listed doesn't change anything.  Look at the IRS phone scams that take place.  These scammers are getting people to buy Walmart gift cards to pay what they think is tax liabilities.  And people are doing it!  

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11 months 3 weeks ago #646151 by Nikon Shooter

Karen Comella wrote: … what is their spin?


I didn't spend time figuring how to fool people
but did a lot on how not to be fooled myself…
so, I wouldn't know their spin, sorry.

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11 months 3 weeks ago #646165 by Miss Polly
More reason to use extreme caution when buying from Craigslist


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