Scam or no scam - Craigslist edition!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Marley's Ghost, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    I thought this would be both fun and informative. I posted a bass f/s ad on Craigslist last night, and got this response (have not replied yet):

    tay jerry [email protected] via
    10:43 AM (15 minutes ago)[​IMG]

    to znnhc-29646478.
    ** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
    ** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
    ** More Info: craigslist | about > scams

    I want to buy this item, i hope you still have it?


    sooooo....scam or no scam? :hyper:
  2. Scam.
  3. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Enlighten me. How is someone saying they want to buy something you have listed for sale a scam?
  4. Morning Beer

    Morning Beer

    Oct 2, 2009
    scam. I've noticed of late the CL scammers have been having 2 first names, ex: Joseph William or David James.
  5. oldmanp03


    Oct 7, 2010
    They don't mention what it is , just "this item". It's an auto response type deal, I dont know what the end "trap" is, but it's in there.
  6. gadela

    gadela Guest

    Apr 6, 2012
    there are craigslist spam bots that reply to "for sale" postings that start off with a generic " i'm interested, is it still available?" and then you reply with more personal information and they reply back with a canned excuse.

    i'm selling a guitar and an amp locally and its happened to me multiple times.

    i believe these spam bots are collecting personal info when you reply to their email. just replying it is enough to tell the bot that you have a valid email address that is used frequently.
  7. Tampabass

    Tampabass Going Viral By 2080

    Feb 16, 2006
    you should respond: "which item? the refrigerator? Sorry, but that's long gone"

    edit: Yeah, on second thought, don't respond at all, cause they'll just be alerted that your email is active and you'll get more junk mail/requests/scams
  8. JMac- Wiskerface Designs

    JMac- Wiskerface Designs Terror headcase dude

    Jul 8, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    IME- Anytime the responder refers to what You are selling, as "this/the item", chances are its a scammer. When You reply back, look for a response that includes "I will send You a cashiers check" for more than what You're asking, and "I will have someone pick up The item and overwritten amount of money".
    I never took the bait, but others have and it goes kind of like this. You deposit the "rubber check" in Your bank, and withdraw the overage. The check will seem legit in the upon first inspection by the bank, until They run it through, then it'll bounce. Basically, it's a con game where they get Your stuff and Your money, and there isn't a darned thing You can do about it.
  9. Scam! Basically any response that refers to what you have for sale as "item" is a scammer. Also they only say they want to buy it. Never ask any other questions such as condition, etc.
  10. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    The votes are streaming in, and I think this one is safe to call = SCAM!!
  11. tdub0199


    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, Ga.
    not referring to the actual item listed tells me it's some kind of scam....
  12. Morning Beer

    Morning Beer

    Oct 2, 2009
    To the OP. Aren't you a lefty? What kind of bass are you selling?
  13. Waffles and Scotch

    Waffles and Scotch Guest

    Sep 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
  14. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles
    This is why, when a great deal on a Kubicki showed up on my local CL, I responded with an email that called out the bass by name, and followed with a few very specific questions relating to his particular instrument. The seller became very informative and accommodating. 16 hours later, I owned it!
  15. Toastfuzz


    Jul 20, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    It amazes me people accept anything other than cash these days. I've had people try to push personal checks, cashiers checks (whats the point????), gift cards (hah!), and all other sorts of pseudo-currency. For me its either trade an item with obvious cash value, or cashhhhh.
  16. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    I have also noticed that many scammers use gmail accounts. (No flames please, I have one myself.)
  17. Doc Arcade

    Doc Arcade A Bassist moonlighting as an Internist

    Feb 5, 2009
    Upstate NY
    I had a similar experience to the OP and many others with regards to this spam scam issue. A few days ago I posted two for sale ads back to back, one for a bass and the other a speaker cab. Within the next day I got the following identical response for the two items:

    do you still have this item avilable for sale

    Personally my favorite part is the question mark following "thanks". A fine spambot response.

    Needless to say I didn't reply.
  18. the purpose is to harvest your email addy for resale. When you respond, it verifies a working email addy.
  19. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    And on the other side of the coin , there are people who want to do away with cash as a currency altogether .
    [Now where did I leave Bernie Maddoff's cell #.......]