Almost got scammed on Craigslist

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by leftymike, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. leftymike


    Sep 23, 2006
    Austin Tejas
    OK, I hope I didn't just tick-off a serious buyer. I had my ATK for sale on Craigs list. this guy emails me that he wants to buy it. Here's the chain of events below. Let me know what you think.

    "Hi,Thanks for your response, I just told my accountant to send out your payment as soon you provide your full name and address. I will pay via money order . Please let me know where to send your payment to because i would'nt want to lose it to someone else. I dont mind adding twenty dollars so you can keep it in my favor. As for the pick-up, I already have an arrangement for that.Brad Russell"

    So I send him my info and take it of CL. Then I get this email:

    "You should get your payment this week. I will appreciate if you can get the ad off craigslist so i can be sure you are keeping it in my favor. Please let me know as soon as you receive it so i can start making arrangement for the pick-up. I am off to a business trip. ThanksBrad"

    So I let him no its off. Then 4 days after that email I get this:

    "Hi Michael,I have a problem in the payment my assistant sent to you, after a reconciliation of my account, I discovered that She sent an over payment to you. The payment meant for another item was sent to you in error. I have been trying to retrieve it but to no avail. I am very worried. Please as soon as you recieve the money orders cash them, deduct your payment and send the balance via western union to the details i will provide you with. I need to contact the other client as soon as possible. Please let me know if i can count on you to do this for me.Brad ""

    This is where I get suspicious. Is he wanting me to deposit th MO, send him the extra cash Western Union, and send him the bass - only for me to find out latter the MO was bogus? That's what I felt was happening so I emailed him this this morning :

    Hi Brad,
    No offense. But this is sounding like some kind of scam. I'm not selling to you. If you're legit. Sorry. If not F- you Douche bag!!

    Do you guys think I over-reacted? Did I just screw the pooch on my sell?
  2. That sounds like a domestic version of the infamous Nigerian shuffle. Fairly good English but the same steps. Run away & call the authorities.
  3. Clank


    Jan 7, 2008
    Huntington Beach
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Strings
    I think you did the right thing.

    JAUQO III-X Inactive

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    Some one was attempting to scam you.
  5. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    I think it almost assuredly was a scam although, personally, I would have left off the "If you're legit. Sorry. If not F- you Douche bag!!" part. :)
  6. DanielleMuscato


    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets
    Definitely a scam, although I think you could have responded a little more maturely, just in case!
  7. paganjack


    Dec 25, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    yeah definitely not legit. who uses money orders/asks for western union when there's paypal and all that that is free?
    scammers and hobos, that's who
  8. That was a scam for sure. :eyebrow:
  9. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    never sell anything or buy anything from CL unless you can meet the person.... in person
  10. BassIsBoss


    Jun 25, 2007
    Nova Scotia
    The ol' 'bait and switch'....nice to see folks haven't changed much out there. You probably could have been a little more p.c. with your how about a tire iron upside your head instead of swearing at him.
  11. most certainly a scam. Warranting any response of any maturity level!
  12. Snarf

    Snarf Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Yup. Should have baited him for a while!
  13. leftymike


    Sep 23, 2006
    Austin Tejas
    I disagree. I think people get away with too much in this world. I , personally, think if some one is trying to pull a fast one then they should be told , outright what you think . But that's just me.
  14. The whole reason I use Craigslist is to I can find a local seller/buyer and conduct a face-to-face, cash in hand transaction.
  15. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Inactive Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    Is an ATK a Double Bass? If not this 'tear jerker' is in the wrong forum.

    Tell him sure.. I'll send you the money.. BUT wait 60 days till you KNOW the $$ is good. Also get his Passport ID for the Money Orders as your bank now requires that.. See where he goes from there.

    We get Emails EVERYDAY about 'we want to buy YOUR Products. (What Products?). Can you send DHL or Fex Ex.? Can you take VISA?????

    Once I had several emails for a bass, and exact Bass, exact product.. Looked good.. real good..

    Then I got 2 Visa cards. One was ok.. the other NG. When I told the buyer the problem.. NO RESPONSE... They were most likely stolen. We credited back the Visa money we took and learned then that in Bass buying or any other specialty product, If the Buyer acts a little dumb like they just wanna buy shxt, then you are the DUMMY if you fall for it.
  16. RED5


    Jan 14, 2008
    Suffolk County,NY
    Do you guys think I over-reacted? Did I just screw the pooch on my sell?[/QUOTE]

    SCAM!!This happened to a close friend of mine, she go to meet the local FBI agents as a result bu twas out alot of money and her credit is now permanently tanked. You were smarter than her, (Upside? I'll bet she's better looking) You did right, anything past "here's the goods/here's your money" is usually suspect. Youbeat that one cold!
  17. BigBassBob


    Jul 17, 2005
    Wales, UK
    "ATK" is probably referring to the Ibanez ATK.
  18. BigBassBob


    Jul 17, 2005
    Wales, UK
    Woops! Nevermind that, I thought this was in the [BG] forum, not [DB]. Apologies Ken Smith!
  19. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Inactive Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    I can't tell if your really sorry or just saying it.. :mad: