Is this a scam?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Shinbone, Jan 23, 2014.


  1. Shinbone

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  2. dalkowski

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    Might be hinky. Crappy phone pics, and "Seller" just copied and pasted product description from MF web site.

    Reply to the ad -- what do you have to lose?

    I'm intrigued -- report back!
  3. MrTaff

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    It's too cheap for it to be genuine.
  4. JimmyM

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    Why would you email the dude with a phone number right off the bat?
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  6. smcd

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    Kind of a weird bass to use in a scam. Reply and see what he says.
  7. lowfreq33

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    There's a very similarly worded ad in another thread for a Tobias Basic 5 for $300. Tampa FL.
  8. lfmn16

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    Is this a scam?

    YES. You don't get something for nothing; there is no free lunch; you get what you pay for; etc, etc, etc.

    These guys bank on someone thinking they can get a $1700 bass for a couple of hundred dollars. Frankly I have no sympathy for anyone who gets taken in by such an obvious scam.
  9. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

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    It's probably stolen, and someone wants to move it quickly
  10. fettbass

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    My guess is he'll say something like "I am US army soldier stationed in Afghanistan, I will have my broker arrange for drop off of the item. Please use western union to transfer the funds......". Complete with spotty English.
  11. Handyman

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    Either that, or its stolen.
  12. Shinbone

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    Yeah. That is very suspicious. Not sure why they would want you to email your phone number. Weird.
  13. RustyAxe

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    Yes. These gmail addresses (most always a female name) have been appearing all over CL in the northeast.
  14. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

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    I just emailed him my number, he called me back right away...
    Turns out that he is a Nigerian Prince that recently started playing bass, he is buying a new Alembic and just just wants this to one go to a good home. The only condition he had was that I send an email to 10 of my friends or family and make sure they do the same. He told me this will guarantee I will have good luck in the following business year. So it's a win win all around :bag:
  15. mancefine

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    Not saying it's not a little suspicious, but when I post on Craigslist I usually only have my cell phone to take pics and I usually ask people to call instead of email just because it's quicker.
  16. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

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    No pic of headstock is a big alarm.bell too.
  17. Justice

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    SCAM - these types of ads are appearing a lot right now in Houston. First one I saw was a vintage Fender Bassman amp and cab for $200

    They have really good descriptions, but you can spot them by the way they format the email address in the ad
  18. groooooove

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    lots of ads say no phone number = no response

    i've seen ads like that that turned out to be legit. i once got a yamaha maple custom absolute nouveau snare for $100

    you have nothing to loose by emailing or calling someone. the minute it's anything other than "meet at x with y amount of cash" you know it's not real.

    i've bought a LOT of stuff on craigslist. you can tell when someones a sketchball.
  19. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

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    Scam..we have them all the time here. there was a 60's vintage strat found in a barn for like $400.00..it got flagged and $30,000 boats going for 10,000 but are being held in a storge facility out west...just use paypal :rolleyes:
  20. FranF

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    Yeah, I'd email him a phone number....
    of the Florida Attorney Generals' Office.... ;-)
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