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Does this sound like a scam?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Batman, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    I put a tanning bed up for sale on Craigslist. The next day, I get a response. Happy day! Then, today, I get this e-mail:

    Hello i really appreciate your response to my earlier mail.like i said
    i will like to buy this item so pls do withdraw the advert from
    Craigslist. I will also like you to know that i will be paying via
    check due to the distance to where i located.I will need you
    to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing
    of the check.
    1.Your full name
    2.Your mailing address be it residential or postal address
    3.Your phonenumber.
    **I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for
    shipping i will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the
    Have a nice day.

    That's it, verbatim. Is it just me, or does this sound fishy? Seems like I've heard about an identity theft scam that runs like this. You cash their check, it bounces, they get your stuff, sock you with the fee for the bounced check and get your bank account number. Or am I imagining this?
  2. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    Sounds very fishy to me. I would insist on PayPal.
  3. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    If you think it's a scam, then it probably is.
  4. Hmmm. Well, the way you keep them from getting your stuff is to say that you'll give them the item when the check clears. I would also get a PO box so they can't come to your house until the check is cleared. That way, you'll know if its legit or not.
  5. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Oh, and the other thing that scares me is the name in the e-mail address is adedeji olayemi. That sounds Nigerian.
  6. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    Everyone is ignoring the pink elephant in the room: Why does Batman have a tanning bed? :D
  7. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Olayemi is a common Nigerian surname.
  8. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Ummm...to better blend in while I'm on patrol? Yeah, that's the ticket... ;)
    It's the wife's. We're selling it to clear space. The thing is freaking huge, and even more freaking heavy.
  9. i look at pictures

    i look at pictures New Member

  10. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Sounds scam-tacular to me.
  11. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member


    Your response: "I'll take cash. -30-"
  12. ballscribe

    ballscribe Active Member

    The other pink elephant in the room: why would a Nigerian need a tanning bed.
    But we digress. Sounds pretty phishy.
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