Craigslist Comes to Talkbass?

Discussion in 'Classifieds Usage Discussion and Help' started by jazz5757, Aug 5, 2021.

  1. jazz5757

    jazz5757 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2003
    St. Louis, Missouri
    So, I currently have several basses for sale on TB.

    I get hit up this afternoon with an inquiry about one of them. All "she" asked was "what's the story on this bass" in a PM entitled "That Pretty Bass". No specifics. It's 3 years old so not much of a story to tell. I was kind of abrupt initially and then (feeling bad) came back and passed along what I knew.

    Now, I'm sure there are women on TB but I've never met or seen one. Looking closely, I see that she just joined TB today.

    In her next reply she advises that she lives in the, ahem, Cayman Islands, and will contact a freight forwarder in Miami about shipment.

    All this sounds familiar to experiences I've had on CL. Vague. They live god knows where but will arrange to have "the item" picked up.

    Anyone else on TB run into anything like this?
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  2. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    Maybe I'm just an bitter old cynic, but that screams 'scam' to me.
    Proceed with caution.

    Not that there aren't women on fact I know of several, and all seem like very decent people, if a bit strange.:D
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  3. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    not yet. thanks for the heads up.
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  4. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Guest

    Nov 22, 2017
    Scammers will find you anywhere. For the record, I am a woman.
  5. jazz5757

    jazz5757 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2003
    St. Louis, Missouri
    I'm generally a trusting soul...but when I heard that she was in the Cayman Islands giant cannons went off!
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  6. jazz5757

    jazz5757 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2003
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Nice to finally meet one and I've been here since 2003! Nothing hotter than a female bassist...hopefully that is not sexist!
  7. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011
    I am not saying it is a scam, but be careful. My recollection of how the scam works: They pay you with a fake/counterfeit money equivalent, such as a money order or cashiers check. A fake courier brings the fake payment and delivers it by hand. To make matters worse, the buyer intentionally overpays and then when you bring it up, you are asked to give the difference to the fake courier (this is actually how the courier is compensated). The idea is you deposit the money order or cashiers check, and your bank does not discover the fraud for multiple days. So you loose the bass, the change, and also may have to pay a penalty to your bank.
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  8. jazz5757

    jazz5757 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2003
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Definitely exercising extreme caution. But yes, that's my understanding of how the scam works.

    True story: I lost $3500 on a vintage p bass about 15 years ago. The guy was in Ireland. He copied a photo off a bass in a Dublin music store. I actually spoke with the police and they said they would charge him but I would have to appear in court. Given the costs of flying to Ireland and the fact that I could be waiting god-knows-how-long to get paid even if I got a verdict I just chalked it up to an expensive lesson...but it still haunts me from time to time.
  9. jeffb28451

    jeffb28451 Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Wilmington, NC
    If it’s not a scam, it’s just like the oldest scam known to the net. Just saying.
  10. jazz5757

    jazz5757 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2003
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Yeah, it's like LBS-bass said, scammers will find you everywhere...TB has no immunity, sadly.
  11. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Tell them that you have a friend in the Cayman Islands and that you'll ship it to your friend and she can pick it up from him with cash. You'll never here from "her" again.
  12. jazz5757

    jazz5757 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2003
    St. Louis, Missouri
  13. Mark 63

    Mark 63 Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    For what it’s worth, I once sold a bass body to a TB guy in South America and shipped it to a freight consolidator in Florida (maybe Miami). It was a straight up deal. So that part can be legit.
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  14. BobKos

    BobKos Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    Not to derail but I experienced a TB based scam recently. Well - attempted scam. I have a post in the Wanted To Buy classifieds. A person contacted me saying he has what I am looking for and gave me a fair market price. Not cheap; not expensive. He went on to say if I wanted the item to contact him at an e-mail he provided. I googled the e-mail address and came up with hits describing other forum users from a wide variety of forums having been scammed by this person in a similar manner as he approached me. I left it go and after a while his PM to me disappeared. I'm guessing he was banished from TB.
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  15. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    If I get even the slightest feeling its a scam, I don't do it. This sounds like a scam. I wouldn't do it.

    If I were desperate, at the very least I'd want to talk with the person - preferably with a video call. A short discussion on pickups or even just WHY they're specifically interested in what I'm selling will give me a good idea of what's real and what isn't. If my antennae have been raised and they won't do that, there's no way its happening.
  16. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
  17. jazz5757

    jazz5757 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2003
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Agree 100% Always trust your gut. My gut says stay far away...
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  18. MynameisMe

    MynameisMe What will you be remembered for? Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    J'Ville, Florida
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  19. mcrawfordmusic


    Dec 11, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
    It's a scam.
  20. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Yikes! Ignore.