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    Craigslist scam replies

    Not sure what most of them are but I think this one I got is pretty clear:
    From : banke brown <banke_luv07@yahoo.co.uk>
    Sent : Tuesday, January 25, 2005 9:53 AM
    To : anon-56490282@craigslist.org
    Subject : Specialized Rockhopper 04 MTN bike 15 "

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    i saw your advert on web and i am interested in buying your item i am ready to pay you $200 i am based in western africa get back to me if my offer is ok by you.


    i saw your advert on web and i am interested in buying your item i am ready to pay you $225 i am based in western africa get back to me if my offer is ok by you.


    i saw your advert on web and i am interested in buying your item i am ready to pay you $400 i am based in western africa get back to me if my offer is ok by you.


    Three offers in one ad, WOW!!!!

    Should I reply?
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    That's a scam......he'll probably want your bank info so he can transfer the funds in there....I've gotten replies like that from CL.

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    Tell him you require payment in bearer bonds.

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    Will ride for food. Stretch's Avatar
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    Don't even bother, its a scam. If you do receive a check from this guy, it will not clear your bank.
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    Play with him, Tell him he's got a deal. If he wants bank account info make up some for him. When he reports it idn' work out apologize profusely and ask him if there is another way you can accept payment. At that point he may want to try the bank info again or just setle with hopefully stealing the bike. See if you can get him to send you a bad check, then you can frame it up or put it on a bulletin board. Mess with him til he flees.

    I'd bet everyone with email in the world gets the nigerian/wesst africa scam mails. And now the send to online slae lists and companies hoping to double dip, to get bank info and products hipped to them for nothing or a bad check.

    Anyway a bad check from africa would make a great conversation peice because of this. Hell you could probably get 20 to 50 REAL dollars on Ebay for an authentic african bad check

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    Well, that's a total of $825. Tell him that you'll accept a money order for that amount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xtrmyorick
    Well, that's a total of $825. Tell him that you'll accept a money order for that amount.
    If you do be sure not to ship the bike...at all.

    Wait until the bad check has cleared the bank and go out and party on the money. Write him back that you no longer have the money neccesary to ship the bike as you spent it all waiting for the check to be rejected by the bank which it shortly shall.Tell him you'd appreciate another to sell on Ebay in order to replace the funds that you'll soon owe the bank when his draft is eventually unpaid (it can take up to a month to verify a foriegn draft is fake or no good, course you have to be a good customer for the bank to let you have it in advance of it's clearing, which it wouldn't)
    Thank him for his kind cooperation.
    Let him know you'll ship the bike as soon as the second bad check sells on Ebay for the purchase price and shipping (sans your Paypal expenses)

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    Trying to scam a scammer...not gonna happen.

    A bicycle related scam. Every single day a guy would ride up to a border crossing checkpoint near San Diego on a bike. He said he wanted to go across the border for a few hours to shop. The border guards were suspicious. They search the guy. They search the bike. They x-ray the bike. Find nothing, and let the guy across the border.

    This goes on, day after day, month after a month. Finally, one of the border guards can't stand it anymore. He says to the guy "If you will tell me what you are bringing across the border, you can come across on my shift without getting searched". The guy's answer: "I'm smuggling bikes."

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanbikehouston
    Trying to scam a scammer...not gonna happen.

    A bicycle related scam. Every single day a guy would ride up to a border crossing checkpoint near San Diego on a bike. He said he wanted to go across the border for a few hours to shop. The border guards were suspicious. They search the guy. They search the bike. They x-ray the bike. Find nothing, and let the guy across the border.

    This goes on, day after day, month after a month. Finally, one of the border guards can't stand it anymore. He says to the guy "If you will tell me what you are bringing across the border, you can come across on my shift without getting searched". The guy's answer: "I'm smuggling bikes."
    Sounds much like the urban myth my mother used to relate 25 years ago, only that involved removing wheelbarrows from a factory, and in that story the guard didn't ask until it was the worker's final day at work.
    As described elsewhere:

    "One way of doing this is to take a look at some of the many web sites which catalogue Internet ruses, hoaxes and scams. Many of the incidents which are cited are sketchy and anecdotal. However, they should not be underestimated as a source of ideas. For example, what kind of stories does it seem that people want to believe?...

    "Take the case of the employee with the wheelbarrow.

    "Every night for twenty years, an employee left the factory pushing a wheelbarrow full of waste materials. On the day of his retirement, the guard told him: "Iíve seen you walk out of here every night, and I know youíve been stealing something. But I canít for the life of me see what it is!"
    "Wheelbarrows" said the employee.

    "This is a classic tale of misdirection...

    "Needless to say, the above stories have been taken from hoax and scam web sites."
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    Post up his e-mail address. I'll sign him up for all kinds of newsletters and spam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seamless
    "This is a classic tale of misdirection...

    "Needless to say, the above stories have been taken from hoax and scam web sites."
    You mean somebody actually believed the stories??? I always took them as nothing more than funny jokes.

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    My sister in law STILL believes the one about the diver in the monsoon bucket dumped into a forrest fire.

    You can't convince her otherwise......................

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