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Anyone seen this type of email???

I received this email below today regarding the Bike I'm selling on MTBR. Very fishy, but was wondering if anyone else out there has seen this type of inquiry....

"Hello, How is everything i set my eye on your item and i will like to
purchase it with quick purchase but before i continue with the
transaction i will like to ask you some few question (1).do you accept a (U.S
CERTIFIED CASHIER CHECK)or(US POSTAL MONEY ORDER) as a mode of payment?.
(2).what is the working condition of the item?. (3).will you sell it to
me for buy it now. (4).what is the final asking price of the item?
(5).your full name and address (6)and your phone number.regards"

Any info would help....
 

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what a J-Off

here is a classic sham solicitation and my reply:


Hello Mark Davies from Canton in Georgia,

I am very thankful for your reply to my advertisement, but must say that you are one of the many reasons that most people who try to do business on the internet should be very discouraged.

Crawl into a hole and go the **** away; consider yourself reported to the fraud cops.

All the best,
Seller

PS - nice try *******

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 11:25 AM

Subject: A message about your ad on RoadBikeREVIEW.Com

2005 LeMond Zurich 59cm w/ 10-speed Ultegra

Hello Seller

I am Mark Davies from Canton in Georgia. I saw ur ads in respect of the bike you have for sale on the website, having gone through the profile of Item, I realized Bike is in Good condition and the price is good (1100), definitely bike would attract my client. I have to let you know i am willing to make out payment with Cashiers check with the shipping funds inclusive. I have a shipper who is resident in the State of Colorado, they will be coming to pick up bike from your own location, shipper would be signing all proof of ownership on my behalf at the time of pick up. All you need do after check must have cleared ur bank is, you are to deduct what rightfully belongs to you out of the funds and have the rest of the funds put into money order and send to shipper in Colorado via FedEx or UPS overnight priority mail, they will contact you immediately after the receive shipping funds, as to how pick up would be done from your location. If you are comfortable with my terms agreeme!
nt, i really would want you to get back to me asap with the listed below informations, so that payment can be mailed out asap.

Full Name:
Physical Address:
City:
Zip Code:
State:
Telephone #:

I hope to hear from you soon.
 

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New scam alert.

Scammer has been posting advertisements on new bikes on Craigslist with ridiculous prices -- of course with no phone number. The followup emails points to a fake web store front:

morgansbikes.com

Simple whois searches and google maps will point out this ridiculous scam.

Anyway, posted to [email protected]. Let's see if the ads disappear.
 

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Scams

Wow thank you!

Look at the email I got for trying to sell my bike. Almost the exact same sentences!
First off there English is really broken and see below in bold. And to think she was questioning about the kind of person I was.

I hope this helps someone out if they read this to not go through with anything.

hello ,
How are you today and your family,hope fine as well.
Thanks soo much for the data, everything has benn forwared to my associate to enable him to issue the payment.
Though the payment shall be deliver to you via a post office.sure of that.
Concerning the shippment you don't 've to worry i shall contact my local shipper cos they will come for the pick up in your destination of mine, who handles all my shippment,
For you to really know how prepared i was, you can contact my loacl there operation manager who is name is JAMES GIBSON today via email at {[email protected]} cos they will be the one that will for the picking it up from your house. All you 've to do is provide where the pick-up is going to happen if it's at the address you provided for me , thats ok with me. i will forward your info to them.
My shipper will come for the pick-up right there at your location.
Plz as soon as you received the payment you are to notify the shippingcompany so that they could provide you the data for the difference via western union/money gram.
Or if you need the info right now just to avoid adelay i am your part you can email me for that, i really assure you that i shall give you a call at any moment from now so that i could know the kind of person i'm dealing with.
Cheers
regards
KATE MOORE
 

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Just had an "offer" on a bike I'm selling and wanted to share it in order to warn others. The person's "name" is Perry Yung and his email address is [email protected]. After a short inquiry asking if the bike was still available, to which I responded yes, I got this email:

Thanks for your quick response.I have check out the pictures and price and am satisfy with them and i hope the condition is in perfect shape just as you describe on the ads website?Email me your contacts information so that the PAYMENT will be issue as soon as possible and mailed to you via a register regular mail.A private freight shipping company will be responsible for packaging,handling as well as the shipping and all you got to do is just for you to email us your contacts,awaits the payment,have it cashed,deduct your money out from it and have the rest forward to the freight company agency.Is the price your final asking price?Let me know.Hope you understand me and if any question let me know
Don't fall for it, folks.
 

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Wow - what a coincidence

I just got the same "offer" from Perry Yung too.

Another tip off was the "sent" time on the e-mail. It was 4:58 a.m. Eastern DST. How many legitimate East Coast buyers are sending bike offers over the internet at 5 o'clock in the morning?

Same exact message; Same exact conclusion.

Too Bad for you Perry....
 

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another one

Roval Rapide Star Carbon Clinsher Wheelset Campy

Hello Seller,
I saw your advert of the Bike for sale, i want you to know that i'm interested in buying it and i'll be making the shipping from you as soon as you receive your Payment from me, I will contact the shipping company so I will like you to provide me your following details that I will need to make the Payment to you through cashier's check and i will also wait till the cashier's check clears in your account.
Your full name on cashier's check
Home address..
State..& Post code...
country....
Home number.......
Cell Number....
Amount......

I will like you to mail back to me as soon as you receive this message then I will let you know when the Payment will be made out to your following address, I will be looking forward to your urgent response as soon as possible Albert.
 

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Sounds Good!

I really hate to let this "great opportunity" go! I mean, he is highly much interested and everything and he trusts me. Also, I would be getting $3500 for something I was only asking $1400 for.
But he is only going to allow $100 for running around. I thought the current running around rate in these scams was more like $400. I refuse to be suckered by a cheapskate!:)

"Hello, How are you doing today? thanks for the quick response.i will
like to let you know that am highly much interested in buying this
item and am okay with the price and present condition of the item.the
most convinience way of payment for this item will be through a
reputable bank certified check or cashier check from a trust worthy
client of mine.As for the shippment of the item that will be done
after the payment as been cleared by your bank and you have the fund
in your account,I will make the client issue out an overpayment of
$3,500 which would be the shipping cost of this item and other items
that have bought in your area cos am a very busy man..i have got
little time to check emails,i know i can trust you with all this and
the money.sowhen you have the fund cleared in your bank account you
will have an extra sum of $100 for your running around and you will
have the rest of the fund sent to the shipper via the money gram or
western union in order for the pick up to come up at your residence
asap after deducting your own amount plus the extra $100.so i will
like to have the following...
1)The full name to be on the check
2)The street address and the state
3)your zipcode
4)Home and cell phone numbers
My client will issue out an overpayment to you via the UPS courier,i
will need this info from you asap inorder for the payment to be issued
asap.till i read for the details..have a blissful day...And also you
can contact my shipping company forn more details via
[email protected]...
Thanks"
 

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fflyr said:
I really hate to let this "great opportunity" go! I mean, he is highly much interested and everything and he trusts me. Also, I would be getting $3500 for something I was only asking $1400 for.
But he is only going to allow $100 for running around. I thought the current running around rate in these scams was more like $400. I refuse to be suckered by a cheapskate!:)

"Hello, How are you doing today? thanks for the quick response.i will
like to let you know that am highly much interested in buying this
item and am okay with the price and present condition of the item.the
most convinience way of payment for this item will be through a
reputable bank certified check or cashier check from a trust worthy
client of mine.As for the shippment of the item that will be done
after the payment as been cleared by your bank and you have the fund
in your account,I will make the client issue out an overpayment of
$3,500 which would be the shipping cost of this item and other items
that have bought in your area cos am a very busy man..i have got
little time to check emails,i know i can trust you with all this and
the money.sowhen you have the fund cleared in your bank account you
will have an extra sum of $100 for your running around and you will
have the rest of the fund sent to the shipper via the money gram or
western union in order for the pick up to come up at your residence
asap after deducting your own amount plus the extra $100.so i will
like to have the following...
1)The full name to be on the check
2)The street address and the state
3)your zipcode
4)Home and cell phone numbers
My client will issue out an overpayment to you via the UPS courier,i
will need this info from you asap inorder for the payment to be issued
asap.till i read for the details..have a blissful day...And also you
can contact my shipping company forn more details via
[email protected]...
Thanks"
I dare you to send him the address-

Tim Geithner
c/o
B.H. O'Bama
1400 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C.
 

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Now that's funny!

Would he have to pay the upcoming 90% bonus tax on the extra? Oh, I forgot, taxes may be a problem.
 

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Hey Admin,
This thread and warnings should be placed at the top of the online Submission Form for placing new ads on this board. Because it could really save a lot of people from falling for them.


ALL,
I just got two e-mails from two different parties in the last 2 weeks after I posted my wife's bike for sale. Both asked for photos and the price. Which made me suspicious since my listing had really good photos and the price was obviously listed. I conversed with them not quite knowing it was a scam until I found this thread.

I received a mysterious FedEx today from Florida but the check inside was generic looking (like the kind you can print up yourself from OfficeMax) and said it was coming from the State Treasurer's office in Columbia SC?! No way is this a legit check and even if it was, no way the State Treasurer's office is sending a check for a private transaction (that would be most likely illegal and a huge ethics violation.)

Here are their e-mails. Their english has gotten better but it's still a bit broken as you can see:

>> [email protected]

On Jun 16, 2009, at 3:44 PM, Dan Bulter wrote:

hello,
How was your day,I am okay with the asking price of the item
and i will like to inform you that the
item will be pick up from you and that will be handle by my client private shipping company,So to explain to you that you will be receiving the check of $1,500.0 and that will be include your item fees and the private shipping company charges,So once you get the check you are
to get it cashed that same day and deduct your item money
out of it and get the
rest money transfer to my client private shipping company So that they can use
it to pick up the item from you and also to clear my client goods at airport.So kindly get back to me now?? with your contact address including your phone number ok? so that the check can be send out to you asap....OK Get back to me asap now


Adam Lambert [email protected]
On Jun 23, 2009, at 7:50 AM, Adam Lambert wrote:

Hey,

Thanks for the availability of the item for sale and i just have few questions to ask you and i hope you answer me correctly because i will really appreciate you to answer my questions correctly so as to proceed with the deal.

1.Can you tell the present state of the item?

2.Can you send me more pictures of the item?

3.Are you the original owner of the item?

4.What's your final asking price?

Kindly let me know all this asap.

Best Regard
And after my response:

On Jun 23, 2009, at 11:00 PM, Adam Lambert wrote:

Hey,

Thank you for your response,good to hear you are the original owner and Thanks for explaining things to me in orderly manner.I am very much satisfied with the condition,pictures and price so far and i do wish to finalize this transaction in a timely fashion.My mode of payment will be in form of a cashier's check and it will be sent to you without delay and do ensure to let me know as soon as you receive the payment.I will bear the shipping expenses and the shipping/freight company will pick up the unit from your location and have it shipped to its final destination and The pickup will be done by a private freight shipping company and they will be responsible for the handling,pick up,shipping and others because An added amount will be included along with the payment which is needed to cover the shipping expenses ,secure the shipment procedures and have UNIT shipped without delay.Please let me know if any questions meanwhile,I be will send you the shipping instructions and informations in my subsequent emails,Get back to me as soon as possible with your full contact name and address and as well as your phone number so that payment can be issued and send to you but meanwhile,i just want to know if i can trust you with the shipping fee which you will have to send to the private shipping company who will be responsible for the shipment of the unit to it's final destination.

I await your response.

Best Regard.
 

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Some other Tell Tell, or Tale Tale or Tail Tail signs

They want to hurry you along with a buy, they will offer you a cheque, out of country usually if they say that. I had someone who is identifying themselves as [email protected] contact me for a listing that was put on the site yesterday immediately inquiring about my "car". Wanted to send me a cheque, why was I selling it, etc. Uh, no. It ain't a car, K? Then he sends another one to me asking about the bike today. And, that is after I have told him no thanks Mr. Scammer.

I went through this when I tried to sell on Craig's list, the escrow offers, quick offers, gotta buy it right now for my friend in the states, I am gonna send you a "cheque" but he is going to pick it up and blah blah.

Did not bite. But, it can be tempting if you need the moolah.

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Thanks to everyone who posted about this kind of scam. I have recieved two messages in the last 3 weeks very similar to what is posted here.

They first contacted me by asking to send a few current pictures of the bike. The secdond message asked a few semi relivant questions about the bike I listed. The third email is pasted below;

James

Thanks for getting back to me. I will offer you $800 for the bike and i would love to proceed with the purchase of it & my mode of payment will be by a check and for this transaction to be fast/effective i will urge you to get back to me with your full name, mailing address and phone number as stated below so that the check can be made payable to you

Full Name :
Contact Address :
Home Phone Number :
Mobile Phone Number :

The amount on the check will include the cost of the bike & the shipping fees which will be payed to our transporters for them to make preparation to come to get the bike transported down to me. A check for $3000 will be made payable to you and bear it in mind that my transporters will come down to your house or the designated address where they can get the bike picked-up. So you don't need to be worried as i have a good and reliable transporter that is capable of handling the transportation process. As soon as you do receive the check you will deduct your selling cost and remit the remainder to my transporters so that they come for the pick-up

And for further proceedings i will be waiting to receive your full details as stated above

So i will like to hear from you at your earliest convenient time so the transaction can continue

Once again i will be looking forward to hear from you

Regards
John
 

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What about this one? Offering to PayPal but shipping company

This potential buyer says they'll pay PayPal, but the English is odd, they say they're "on work inspection" to Mexico and they mention a pick-up company. What made me especially leery is the mention that the pick-up money would be included in the payment. Is this some form of overpayment scam?

potential buyer said:
Hi ,
Thanks for the swift response, just to let you know that am okay with the condition and let me know the price of the item, am ready for its purchase and my form of payment will be by PayPal.I would have really love to come for the viewing but due to my work frame that might not be possible as am on work inspection to Mexico at the moment and I do not have access to a phone,but if you have more pictures, might want to have a good look.I'll be responsible for the pick-up and the pick up money will be included in your payment to avoid delay and to enable pick up company to schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up at your location after funds has been received as i have other properties to be moved alongside with yours.All i will need is your PayPal email address to make the payment and then I will make
arrangement for pick up.I will be expecting your email.
Other than that I can't quite put my finger on what is "scammy" about this -- unusually, they're offering to use PayPal -- but the English is definitely weird, they have asked zero questions about my bike, not even given any indication in the email text that they know what they're buying, and asked the price when it's clearly stated in the ad.

Should I string them along to try to figure out what the scam is?
 

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I did string him along. Tied to prompt him to at least give SOME indication that he even know what item he was pretending to buy.
GlowBoy said:
OK, sounds like you know exactly what you want. ANY questions or concerns? Fit can be critical on an item like this, so if you have any questions please ask. Just want to make sure you know what you're getting, as this is a fairly expensive item. Also let me know if you're interested in any of the parts swaps mentioned in the ad.

Since you asked what the price is, does that mean you're offering an amount other than the price in the ad? You mention that "pick-up money" will be included in my payment -- can you explain that? I'm not sure why you'd pay me money for pick-up when you're making the shipping arrangements. Normally I ship UPS or FedEx and include their actual shipping cost in the final price.

Let me know if you have any concerns.
bogus buyer said:
i want you to get back to me with your price3 and your PayPal id so i can make the payment asap.
GlowBoy said:
What you want may be at odds with what I want. I want you to demonstrate that you have some interest in or knowledge of the product I'm selling, to help make sure it is a good match for you and goes to a good home.

The price is listed in my ad.
bogus buyer said:
Okay let me know your price as i said already so i can make the payment asap,and i want you to send me some more of the pictures.
GlowBoy said:
Price is in the ad. So are the pictures. I don't have any others besides the ones in the ad.

Also, you haven't answered my question about why you want to pay ME for "the pick-up company" when you're making the shipping arrangements, and you haven't answered my questions about whether you understand what you're "buying".

Be forewarned that if you have any intentions of overpaying me and then expecting a refund, I don't play that game.
No response on that last one, so maybe he gave up.

I'm still not sure what this guy's scam IS -- he keeps demanding a dollar amount and my paypal id -- or how he could scam me knowing just that information. But he's clearly not a serious buyer and trying to pull something.
 

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Ansaarbike - scam!

Hi.

Just want to warn everybody against the “company” ansaarbike, ansarbikeltd or ansaarbikeonline – the name varies. It is a scam, so dont buy anything from them and dont trust “sales manager” Eric Oksana.

Research shows that earlier the “company’s” name was renadenstoreonline.com and the sales managers name was ‘Carl’. Just whatch out for bad english in emails and REALLY cheap prices. Also whatch out for this number: +447045766119‏

If the number appears, then stay away.

Check out stayawayfromansaarbike.wordpress.com

Kind Regards

Martin, DK
 

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Pharos Parcel Scam

Hello I just wanted to let everyone know there is a scam where the person post a bicycle on Craigslist. He states that he is from the states and is in the UK working for a relief organization and had to carry the bike with him. He states that he can sell the bike through a intermediary company Pharos Parcel (a legit company) but he has scammed there web page and he sends you a confirmation and ask that you wire the cash to a David Bendell. Needless to say I was scammed. I contacted the actual Pharos Parcel company and they stated that apparently this person has been doing this in Canada and has now moved to the US. He also is doing the same thing with electronics and musical equipment. DO NOT WIRE MONEY TO THIS COMPANY!!!!!
 

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Pharos Parcel Scam

Hello I just wanted to let everyone know there is a scam where the person post a bicycle on Craigslist. He states that he is from the states and is in the UK working for a relief organization and had to carry the bike with him. He states that he can sell the bike through a intermediary company Pharos Parcel (a legit company) but he has scammed there web page and he sends you a confirmation and ask that you wire the cash to a David Bendell. Needless to say I was scammed. I contacted the actual Pharos Parcel company and they stated that apparently this person has been doing this in Canada and has now moved to the US. He also is doing the same thing with electronics and musical equipment. DO NOT WIRE MONEY TO THIS COMPANY!!!!!
 
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