1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Is this a scam?

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

  1. Shinbone


    Dec 21, 2006
    Orange Park, FL
  2. 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


    Jan 20, 2014
    It's too cheap for it to be genuine.
  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Why would you email the dude with a phone number right off the bat?
  5. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Kind of a weird bass to use in a scam. Reply and see what he says.
  6. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    There's a very similarly worded ad in another thread for a Tobias Basic 5 for $300. Tampa FL.
  7. lfmn16


    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    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.
  8. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
    It's probably stolen, and someone wants to move it quickly
  9. 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.
  10. Handyman


    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Either that, or its stolen.
  11. Shinbone


    Dec 21, 2006
    Orange Park, FL
    Yeah. That is very suspicious. Not sure why they would want you to email your phone number. Weird.
  12. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    Yes. These gmail addresses (most always a female name) have been appearing all over CL in the northeast.
  13. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
    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:
  14. mancefine


    Jul 7, 2013
    Endorsing Artist: Orange Amplifiers and Spector Basses
    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.
  15. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    No pic of headstock is a big alarm.bell too.
  16. Justice


    May 24, 2002
    Houston TX.
    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
  17. 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.
  18. bassbully

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

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    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:
  19. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Yeah, I'd email him a phone number....
    of the Florida Attorney Generals' Office.... ;-)