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Old 10-17-2017, 01:31 PM
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I received the below emails regarding a turbine I have listed for sale on RCU. Start reading at the bottom of the quote.
[QUOTE]Great!. I'm going on a business trip but I will instruct my assistant to prepare and mail your payment which I'm sure you will get in about 2-3 days business days. I'll add $50 extra for the delay. I'll pay by M O or cashier check so send me your info (i.e full name, mailing address and your phone number) so payment can be mailed out immediately. I will also make arrangement for pick-up which will be after you must have received and cashed the payment.Awaiting your info.

On Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 2:10 PM, Joe McCarthy wrote:

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Old 10-17-2017, 01:33 PM
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Do you have a question or wish to make an offer?
-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email][email protected]]
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2017 8:51 PM
To: **************************@wideopenwest.com
Subject: Jet Central Falcon Turbine (RTR)
The following was sent to you through RC Universe:
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Still up for sale?get back to me via my email [email protected] wilson john

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Old 10-17-2017, 01:36 PM
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I'm undecided as to how to respond. I could:
- Ignore it
- Request that he make an official offer through RCU and pay with Paypal
- Send him a bogus address and phone number
- Let him send a check then ignore him until it bounces

I thought it odd that it was sent to my personal email, and not as a reply to my ad. Has anyone else gotten similar emails?

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Old 10-17-2017, 03:05 PM
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Total scam. Paypal or cash.
Old 10-17-2017, 04:32 PM
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Scam. I have seen this exact thing before word for word
Old 10-17-2017, 06:21 PM
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Every time I post something on Craigslist there is at least one of those bogus reply’s.
Old 10-17-2017, 07:35 PM
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Got the same pm to buy my jetjoe burner, hope he got what he ask for .
Old 10-17-2017, 10:55 PM
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This is a popular response and scam on Craigslist...
Old 10-18-2017, 04:09 AM
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Me too. Yesterday. What gets me though is that the email comes from RCU but doesn't have the guys RCU name, just the email. Mods need to change this.
Old 10-18-2017, 04:41 AM
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Let JWN know
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Several years ago I had almost the same exact email. I played along with it and received not one but 2 "international money orders"; plus they were both larger than the agreed price. All he wanted was for me to send him the difference. Oh, and he was going to have to deal with his assistant. It turns out that if you cash these it takes the banks a few days to find out they are bogus, then they take the money back out of your account. Since the money orders came through the mail I gave them to the postmaster in my town. Nothing ever came of it.
Old 10-18-2017, 07:43 AM
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http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/rc-j...rketplace.html
Old 10-18-2017, 07:47 AM
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Pretty much the second oldest nigerian scam. The first was the nigerian prince.
Old 10-18-2017, 08:55 AM
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HI.
I ALSO RECEIVED THIS
ABOUT MY ITEM!!


HEAVY DUTY Robart 151 & 158 large scale landing gear, set of 3

[email protected]

The following was sent to you through RC Universe:
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Still up for sale?please get back to me via my email
[email protected] and the final asking price
Old 10-19-2017, 01:23 PM
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If you try to deposit those cashiers checks or Money orders, it can take as much as 3 weeks for them to work their way through the system and back to your bank. Most people that fall for the scam will deposit the item and give it a week or so to clear and then send the item and the excess funds to the buyer, now the scammer has your item and some of your cash and you have a very POed bank. There are many people that have been arrested for depositing the fake notes (You have to prove that you did not print them up yourself) and then also had to spend a LOT of money hiring a lawyer to defend them. In the end you still will owe the bank the value of the deposited item. and all of the lawyer fees.
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Originally Posted by hmjets View Post
HI.
I ALSO RECEIVED THIS
ABOUT MY ITEM!!


HEAVY DUTY Robart 151 & 158 large scale landing gear, set of 3

[email protected]

The following was sent to you through RC Universe:
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Still up for sale?please get back to me via my email
[email protected] and the final asking price
Got the same message from the same email address!
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The account associated with these messages has been banned. That does not mean they will not try to continue contacting anyone who has responded to their emails, or perhaps even try to setup a new account. Just be aware these people are out there and try to be mindful that messages sent outside of the marketplace should be treated with caution.
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I got exactly the same email, from the same address. Thank you to all who posted their experiences - you've made it super easy to identify as a scam. Here's what I received:from:sass sfsss <[email protected]>
Great!. I'm going on a business trip but I will instruct my assistant to prepare and mail your payment which I'm sure you will get in about 2-3 days business days. I'll add $50 extra for the delay. I'll pay by M O or cashier check so send me your info (i.e full name, mailing address and your phone number) so payment can be mailed out immediately. I will also make arrangement for pick-up which will be after you must have received and cashed the payment.Awaiting your info.
Old 11-03-2017, 07:47 AM
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Got the same message from the same email address!

Great!. I'm going on a business trip but I will instruct my assistant to prepare and mail your payment which I'm sure you will get in about 2-3 days business days. I'll add $50 extra for the delay. I'll pay by M O or cashier check so send me your info (i.e full name, mailing address and your phone number) so payment can be mailed out immediately. I will also make arrangement for pick-up which will be after you must have received and cashed the payment.Awaiting your info.
Old 11-03-2017, 02:58 PM
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Make them pay you with gift cards
Old 11-05-2017, 12:08 PM
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I see these types of scams all the time at work since I work for the Sheriff's Office. What they are doing is getting your information for identity theft. If any of you sent info please contact the 3 credit reporting companies and put a fraud alert on your account because sooner or later they will use your information to open credit or intercept your tax refund. I have also seen the scams in which they pay with some sort of payment, usually a check of some kind, and they always overpaid by "accident" and then say for you to send them the difference after keeping a little extra for yourself. I have seen victims that sent back thousands of dollars. The assistant scam is one of these scams. What they do is they say my assistant will send you the money. The victim then gets sent a check and that is quickly followed up by a phone call or email from a female assistant. Victims believe females more than males and that is why the assistants are usually always females. The assistant will then say she made a mistake by over paying and she will get fire unless they get the difference back. The victim usually feels sorry for the fictitious assistant who at times cries over the phone and the victim agrees to send back the difference as soon as possible. The victim is now out money and perhaps the item that was being sold. What you end up with is fraud, usually a felony, and later they will do identity theft since they now have all your personal information except your date of birth. They later obtain your date of birth and social security number by using on line "find people" web sites. Bottom line is that if it looks to good to be true then it probably is. PayPal has scams all the time as well, specially if you fall for the old please send it as a gift so I don't have to pay the PayPal fees.
Old 12-05-2017, 03:03 PM
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Default John Wilson is now going by David Phillip

The exact same scam. The guy is still using the same email address but different name. He now is using the name David Phillip. I had to laugh, I told him I would take $40 for an item on RC Universe and he offered to pay me $50 more than the asking price. Wow, what a nice guy!! Not my first rodeo. I really wish these idiots would get caught and put in jail!! Seller be ware!!

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