Nov 6, 2013, 11:15 PM
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Username: kesler07 - Classifieds Buyer Scam
The following scam has been reported:
>>> On 3-Nov-2013 someone submitted their contact information in response to >>> your ad in the Dropzone.com Classifieds. Please reply to this email to >>> contact the person directly. >>> >>> Username => kesler07 >>> >>> Name => chris kesler >>> >>> FromEmail => firstname.lastname@example.org >>> >>> City => >>> >>> Country => >>> >>> Comments => Hi >>> >>> Q#1. How long have you owned it? >>> Q#2. a) Have you owned it from new? If not how many previous owner? >>> Q#3.Why are you selling it? >>> Q#4. In your opinion, what sort of conditions it? >>> Q#5. Any more available photo? >>> Q#6. How much are you asking for it? >>> Q#7. Do you accept a (PayPal)as a mode of payment. >>> >>> >>> Regards
DO NOT do business with anyone who offers to send you payment for a higher amount than your selling price with the understanding that you'll send back the balance.
Be suspicious of anyone claiming to be acting on behalf of a "client" or another "customer".
Be suspicious of anyone claiming to be from Nigeria or West Africa
If you agree to accept a check payment, then do not send anything, gear or "change" before the check cleared. And be careful, if you manage to clear a fraudulent check then you may be liable for the damages if the bank finds out later. Make sure your bank authenticates the check.
If it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is.
In a follow-up email, 'chris kesler' claimed to be a sailor at sea, buying a rig for his dad, and just as he was about to paypal the money, paypal wouldn't work so could the seller please Western Union $550 for pickup and delivery fees.