Username: derek.mermot - Classifieds Buyer Scam

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The following scam has been reported:

Final reply from alert seller.

Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 10:13:30 -0400
Subject: Re: Payment
To: Derek Mermot

Hey there,

You said "MC-4 Canopy".. What is this? I'm selling a Katana
120... And if you
assume that this is an MC4 you're in for a surprise and WILL
break your legs.
Katana is an ultra high performance canopy and in no way
anywhere near the
huge and docile MC4. You need a lot of experience to fly the
Katana, as it
takes a lot of skill to handle. Therefore, to verify that you
have the skill
and experience for this high performance elliptical canopy I'd need:

Number of Jumps...
Number of Ram-air canopy descents...
Canopy that you're jumping now...
Smallest and fastest canopy you've jumped...
Number of jumps in the last 12 months...
Years in the sport...
Dropzone you jump at...


Second email from scammer

Quoting Derek Mermot :

Thank for the correspondence and attention being given to me with
information about the condition MC-4 Canopy, I do
appreciate it. So i
want to making payment immediately by Bank draft That will
cleared in
your bank account in 2 to 3 days. i want you to fill in the
information of sending you the Bank draft.




POST CODE...........


TEL NUMBER.................

I will ensure that you recieve payment atleast in 6 working days.
As regards the pick up, as soon as you confirm to me that the bank
draft is cleared in your account, i will inform my agent shiper to
come for the collect immediatelty.

Delete the advert from where you placed it on internet
cause i m ready to
pay and consider it sold to my to me.

I look forward to read from you soonest.
Derek Mermot

[Snip - Response by seller]

Original email from scammer


Quoting [email protected]:


On 13-Mar-2007 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 =derek.mermot
Name =Derek
FromEmail [email protected]
City =new york
Country =usa
Comments =Good Day ,

This is a purchase enquiry in response to your canopy.I admire it so much I
want to know more about it; I am however okay with its detailed features and
descriptions but prior to payment proceedings I'd like to know if there has
been any changes to it's advertised conditions and then do let me know the
following :


And if available do forward any picture(s) of it for a clearer insight.

Looking forward to your earliest and convenient pertinent response with all
of the requested informations i.e price e.t.c.........

Yours faithfully,
Derek Mermot

Click here to read more about these kind of scams.


  • 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.

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Safe swoops

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Me too. I kept watching this site instead of just reporting. Since no one else reported I went so far as to send pic's of my Stiletto. He then e-d me that he was sending a $4750 check and I was too take my part out and give the rest to the shipping agent when picked up. http://abcshippingcompany.zzn.com/
It's a gift, I don't try to explain it.

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