Tuesday, April 24, 2012
When Selling Privately, Beware of the Scam Artist
A scam artist emailed us to purchase the truck we have up for sale so he could ship it to Asia. Oldest trick in the book - they even offered more than we were asking for the truck $6500 purchase price - but of course - we would never be able to meet them because they are "very busy".
"Thanks for your mail...Due to nature of my job i will not be able to come for inspection,am a very busy type as i work long hours everyday,i have gone through your advertisement and i am satisfied with it.
Your price is Okay and i can offer you little bit more is $6800 i hope my offer is acceptable..?
As for the payment..i will be paying you via the fastest and secure way to pay online(PayPal).
I have a private courier agent that will come for the pick up after the payment have been made ..
You can now send me your PayPal email so i can pay in right away and also include your address in your reply.If you don't have a paypal account, you can easily set up one...log on to www.paypal.com. and sign up. its very easy.I await your reply asap."
Yeah, sure, I will jump right on that - not. Even though they indicated they wanted to use pay pal I am sure there is some way they intended to rip us off. DELETE DELETE DELETE! I would rather sell the vehicle to a live body, thanks.
Another common Kijiji or Craigslist scam is on rental properties where they try to rent a location from out of country and send you a money order for way more than you require. You cash the money order and mail them back the difference. About a month later you realize it is a scam and your bank advises you the bank order is a forgery - by this time you have sent them the money already.
Be wise-if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.