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I just posted a vehicle on craigs list for $13K. 15 minutes later I received a text seems to be from another state. He seems to be more interested in the transaction and more concerned about payments. First of all, no mentioning or questioning on details of the car. He says he can't call me only email. So why did he text me instead of using the craiglist email to contact me in first place? Why is he concerned about if I have paypal or not? see conversation below.
"2008 Subaru Tribeca Is still have it for sale? if yes kindly email me back at my email (David ###(him) ) because we are not allow to do phone call only email at the Military Base. Thanks"
So I emailed the guy back and forth shown below:
"Yes I still have this car for sale. Just posted today. Just let me know when you want to see it or have any further questions. "
"Thank you for getting back to me. Can you assure me that it is in good state and that i will not be disappointed with it. I'm ready to pay your asking price and to be honest, but the issue is I'm a Marine Officer and I'm not in my own state now I'm now in Mountain Warfare Training Center and use of mobile phone is not allow at the Mountain Warfare . But I'm able to access email anytime as we will make use of laptop so my only quickest payment option is PayPal as i can send money via PayPal anytime.Since I'm requesting this transaction to be done via PayPal."
"1. Engine: Mechanical is solid. No issues whatsoever. I take very good car of the vehicle.
"So why is the buyer so detailed into helping me with my papal account. No questions about the car or nothing. No best offer or nothing. Way to suspicios for me. "
Some of the reasons being they will send u fake emails supposedly from ppal telling u they have sent payment
They have sent more money than u requested so u can pay their mover/shipper
To make the payment to probably western union and once u make the payment more fake emails etc etc etc
Type scams in the box and read how they operate
Be VERY careful selling cars/large items if the buyer is keen to use paypal and states they are working abroad or sending to a friend etc and need a shipping agent to pick it up..
You then get a FAKE paypal email saying you have been paid extra so you can pay the shipping agent for them via western union and the payment is released to you after you have done that.
It is a scam to get that western union payment, they don't want your car and the shipping agent is just a scam to get that payment.
If he is truly a U.S. Marine officer, he sure has a bad command of sentence structure and proper word usage. I would ask him the name of the pickup company and check them out. It doesn't sound kosher.
I just had the same exact thing happen to me with a dirtbike I was trying to sell. Same wording and everything. Scary...
So what did you do, just delete the messages and forget that it ever happened?
To set your expectation, guys, there are tons of scammers @CraigsList
Just keep in mind that as a seller, you're the one whose expected to receive the payment for the item that your selling, NOT the other way around.
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