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    i got ripped off

    i was selling my MTB for $120 on the craiglist, and this one son of a ***** wanted to buy my bike for $140. But he lives in South Carolina, so only way to sell my bike is for him to send me the money and he picks up the bike later.
    This S.O.B. sent me $875 money order by mistake. So i cashed it out and deducted $140 and sent him back the rest of the money. I found out that later on, it was a bad money order, so it returned back to me. minusing my god damn account. But i still have the bike. So i guess if i sell my bike for $100, then in total i threw away $775.

    HEY GUYS, who rip off people, **** you

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    hm... that's a classic craigslist scam.

    Troll?
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    I learned this the hard way. They say that experience is the best teacher, but I would have been preferred to just read about it on the internet.

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    I have some swampland in Florida and several bridges that I'm trying to sell. PM me if you're interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quickbeam View Post
    I have some swampland in Florida and several bridges that I'm trying to sell. PM me if you're interested.
    I call dibs!

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    welcome to the internet.

    if the vultures and hyenas haven't picked you clean already, then you need to understand the concept of scams.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    Hey OP, I am certainly sorry about your loss. However, it was an avoidable scam. There's been lots of press about money order scams on craigslist in the past years and the site itself posts nearly on every page to never accept any money orders because its a scam. It's an expensive lesson to learn. Perhaps be grateful you didn't get arrested for cashing a counterfeit money order, because I know someone who was just doing the same thing you did.

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    Isn't Craigslist festooned with warnings about money orders?

    Here we go: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

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    If you think that's bad, you should see the email rubbish you get when trying to sell a $6,500 motorcycle.

    Sorry to read that you got scammed, but it could have been a lot worse.
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    The news stations have warned about them as well. It's an old trick and I am still amazed when people still fall for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris cho View Post
    HEY GUYS, who rip off people, **** you
    HEY GUYS, who believe scammer people, SILLY you

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    CLASSIC!

    That scam is as old as the internets. Never accept a money order or even a check. Cash is king, baby.
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    My bull**** meter is pegged. I'm sorry. I sincerely don't believe you.
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    OP, I'll make up your loss to you, just as soon as my Nigerian friend wires a few million into my account.

    Seriously, if the OP was genuinely taken, I feel badly for him/her. I have my doubts, though, and in any event it's wise to read just a bit about scams to avoid being taken - the overpayment scam is one of the most common and least sophisticated, but still manages to find marks for the scammers.

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    My co-worker lost around 2000-2500$ in a scam. Anyone could've seen it from 100 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quickbeam View Post
    I have some swampland in Florida and several bridges that I'm trying to sell. PM me if you're interested.
    I'm interested in your bridge, but unfortunately am travelling abroad and cannot take receipt of the item at the time. My buyer agent can bring you a certified bank cheque for $500 over the asking amount to accomodate you for your time.

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    Here's a not-so-common scam...

    My friend (seriously my friend - not me!) is selling his bike and some dude checks it out & wants to test drive it. Ok no problem, right?

    The guy rode off & never came back!! My buddy actually found it funny.


    Lesson for anyone who is selling their bike on Craigslist:
    1. Put a long leash on the guy's neck as he rides off & pull back if necessary Jk!
    2. Hang on to their ID or wallet as they test drive (works best)
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    Sorry for being dense, but, could someone please explain the scam? You're sent a money-order in an amount far larger than you'd expected, then you mail the excess back? What if you never mail back the excess...?

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    if someone is dumb enough to fall for that your kinda asking for it. No sympathy from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Commando303 View Post
    Sorry for being dense, but, could someone please explain the scam? You're sent a money-order in an amount far larger than you'd expected, then you mail the excess back? What if you never mail back the excess...?
    It is a fake money order, so they don't lose anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Commando303 View Post
    Sorry for being dense, but, could someone please explain the scam? You're sent a money-order in an amount far larger than you'd expected, then you mail the excess back? What if you never mail back the excess...?
    If you dont mail back anything, you just lose nothing. The money order is a fake so the bank just catches it. Much like a bad check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChainlessRev View Post
    2. Hang on to their ID or wallet as they test drive (works best)
    No, not just the wallet.

    Guy doing a test ride is asked for I.D., says "just hold onto my entire wallet" and rides off. Bye bye.

    Wallet contains a few blank pieces of paper and a half of a $5 bill sticking out the side...

    Pre-dates teh internetz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    No, not just the wallet.

    Guy doing a test ride is asked for I.D., says "just hold onto my entire wallet" and rides off. Bye bye.

    Wallet contains a few blank pieces of paper and a half of a $5 bill sticking out the side...

    Pre-dates teh internetz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChainlessRev View Post
    Here's a not-so-common scam...

    My friend (seriously my friend - not me!) is selling his bike and some dude checks it out & wants to test drive it. Ok no problem, right?

    The guy rode off & never came back!! My buddy actually found it funny.
    Actually, this is a fairly common scam. The best defense against it is to refuse the test ride; instead, offer them a one-hour buyback option. They buy the bike at the agreed-upon price. If, within one hour, they decide it's not right for them, they return the bike and get their money back. No risk for the seller, little risk for the buyer, problem solved.

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    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



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    Quote Originally Posted by kris cho View Post
    i was selling my MTB for $120 on the craiglist, and this one son of a ***** wanted to buy my bike for $140. But he lives in South Carolina, so only way to sell my bike is for him to send me the money and he picks up the bike later.
    This S.O.B. sent me $875 money order by mistake. So i cashed it out and deducted $140 and sent him back the rest of the money. I found out that later on, it was a bad money order, so it returned back to me. minusing my god damn account. But i still have the bike. So i guess if i sell my bike for $100, then in total i threw away $775.

    HEY GUYS, who rip off people, **** you
    You still have the bike? awesome! just what I've been looking for.... who do I make out the cheque to?


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