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Classifieds Buyer Scams

The typical Buyers Scam involves someone offering to purchase gear and sending more money than the advertised price, asking that the seller send the over-payment ("change") to someone or deposit it into an account. The scammers use different names and the exact form of the offer may vary.

See the Security and Scam Alerts forum for the most recent reported scams.

General advice:

  • 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
  • Scam users will often copy and paste the item title when referring to it in their e-mail.
  • Their given location will often not sync up with their typing or with their story.
  • In almost all cases they will approach you and state that they will organize a courier to collect the item.
  • Be suspicious of anyone who refers to the gear as 'the item'.
  • Don't trust stories about the gear being bought for ones father's birthday or by someone working on an oil rig at sea.
  • 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.

What do when a scammer contacts you:

  1. DO NOT reply with any personal information.
  2. Best is to not reply at all. Simply ignore the email.
  3. Forward the contact form email to

Example of a scam offer:

Username => hawkin

Name => micheal

FromEmail =>

City =>

Country =>

Comments => hello ,i am mr micheal One of my customers as told me to help him to purhcase your Cricket Reserve - 145 .After looking at the adverts on internet ,i noticed you have it for sale .So i would want to purchase immediately.Please get back to me with your final selling price and also a NAME and CONTACT ADDRESS which you would want your payments sent to.My customer would prepare and send you a CHECK OR MONEY ORDER for payments as soon as i hear from you.i would also want you to know that you would send any excess funds on the CHECK/MONEY ORDER after deducting the totaL cost of your item ,and any excess funds on the MONEY ORDER /CHECK would be my own profit + shipping cause i will handle the shipment of the good too and the funds would be sent to me via western union money transfer.I await your reply with necessary information so payments can be sent immediately.


Thank you REPLY

By sangiro on 2005-07-11 | Last Modified on 2017-02-03

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timan50  2015-05-25

Beware of Ned Rodat ( He offered to buy my equipment and when I sent the invoice he changed his mind.

boardergirl  2015-12-10

Beware of
He is a complete scam!

jedei105  2016-10-19
Re: Classifieds - Response to your Ad
Steven Coleman

Yesterday, 9:02 AM
Flag for follow up. Start by Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Due by Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
You replied on 10/18/2016 3:46 PM.
Good to hear back from you, i am located in WA. i am buying the item
for my Dad as a surprise gift, i am okay with the price, i am a
marine engineer at this moment i am presently working offshore,
sometimes access to regular emails and phone calls are very poor in
offshore due to inefficiency of phone and internet connections, more
so we are often constrain from accessing the internet or making phone
calls, i insisted on PayPal because i don't have access to my bank
account online and i don't have internet banking too, but i can pay
from my PayPal account as i have my bank a/c attached to it, you don't
need to bother yourself about the shipment because i have a pick-up
agent that will come for the pick-up they will also determine and
secure the shipment, get back to me with your PayPal email address so
that i can make the payment, i will also need you to provide me with
the following information in order to facilitate the payment.

1.Your Full name.Your
PayPal Email Address.
3.Your phone number.

Kind Regards

juliandimatteo  2016-10-27

beware of jon boydston, tried to scam me on paypal, luckily had buyer protection

arbyron  2017-01-16

Beware of username Larry07, ie "Larry Clark".
99.9% sure he is a buyer scam

carlosmezal1977  2017-06-01

Username: jeff010 - Classifieds Buyer Scam


Rene10044  2017-06-05

Beware of kimserim3
I had the same scam email as jedei105.

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