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Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 30, 2013 02:14PM
"hello do you still have this item available?"
"Hello, do you still have a receipt?"

I'm guessing spam as usual.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/30/2013 02:16PM by silvarios.
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: August 30, 2013 02:21PM
Those are questions a real person like me, might, and have asked?
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: August 30, 2013 02:24PM
If that's the complete text of their message, I'd say spam; no mention of what's being offered whatsoever.
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 30, 2013 02:26PM
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DeusxMac
If that's the complete text of their message, I'd say spam; no mention of what's being offered whatsoever.

Yep, each is one whole message. A receipt for a more than two year old computer doesn't even make sense. smiling smiley
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 30, 2013 02:27PM
Typical spam. If you reply, you will be asked to ship the item overseas and you will receive a cashiers check for much above your asking price to compensate you for your extra effort.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.



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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 30, 2013 02:28PM
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Ken Sp.
Those are questions a real person like me, might, and have asked?

I would think you would make mention of the actual product, make an offer, or something, right?
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 30, 2013 02:39PM
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Speedy
Typical spam. If you reply, you will be asked to ship the item overseas and you will receive a cashiers check for much above your asking price to compensate you for your extra effort.

Well now! That's a bit more enticing, I'm all in on that offer! now rushing back to send an email response to offer
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: August 30, 2013 03:12PM
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silvarios
A receipt for a more than two year old computer doesn't even make sense. smiling smiley

It does if they buyer wants to make sure the item isn't stolen.
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 30, 2013 03:18PM
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Gareth
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silvarios
A receipt for a more than two year old computer doesn't even make sense. smiling smiley

It does if they buyer wants to make sure the item isn't stolen.

Yeah, I'm deleting their email anyway. Yeah, because when you buying computers made in 2009, most sellers are going to have their original receipts.

Maybe they can query me about original receipts for my vintage Dungeon & Dragons collection as well. ;)
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: kap
Date: August 30, 2013 03:27PM
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silvarios
"hello do you still have this item available?"
"Hello, do you still have a receipt?"

I'm guessing spam as usual.

I have been having my share of the same spam for the past few days. My response has been, "Yes. What is the item that you're looking to buy in person?"



SoCal for now.
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: Uncle Wig
Date: August 30, 2013 04:08PM
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silvarios
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DeusxMac
If that's the complete text of their message, I'd say spam; no mention of what's being offered whatsoever.

Yep, each is one whole message. A receipt for a more than two year old computer doesn't even make sense. smiling smiley

I keep receipts for at least that long, if for no other reason than it's more work to throw them out then to keep them. And I can still prove that I'm the original owner for my Mac Pro. I seriously doubt that keeping receipts is as rare as you think.



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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 30, 2013 04:15PM
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Uncle Wig
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silvarios
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DeusxMac
If that's the complete text of their message, I'd say spam; no mention of what's being offered whatsoever.

Yep, each is one whole message. A receipt for a more than two year old computer doesn't even make sense. smiling smiley

I keep receipts for at least that long, if for no other reason than it's more work to throw them out then to keep them. And I can still prove that I'm the original owner for my Mac Pro. I seriously doubt that keeping receipts is as rare as you think.

Not rare here. I have a folder in a file drawer that I slip all my receipts into. I really need to thin it out, though. I keep e-receipts filed in a folder named 'Receipts' that I don't thin but it is easy to search.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: hal
Date: August 30, 2013 04:18PM
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silvarios
"hello do you still have this item available?"
"Hello, do you still have a receipt?"

I'm guessing spam as usual.

that's right - you're guessing

you need to put something in the listing demanding some sort of ID, like "please put the name of any Disney character in the subject heading else your message will be automatically deleted without me seeing it."

Then you won't have to guess.

As a seller of stuff on ebay for a long, long time I've learned that people ask the strangest questions. Lots of people are interested in a receipt as proof the item wasn't stolen - and yes, many people are extremely organized and can quickly pull out a receipt from purchases from DECADES ago and therefore (unreasonably) expect others to be just like them.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/30/2013 04:22PM by hal.
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 30, 2013 04:46PM
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hal
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silvarios
"hello do you still have this item available?"
"Hello, do you still have a receipt?"

I'm guessing spam as usual.

that's right - you're guessing

you need to put something in the listing demanding some sort of ID, like "please put the name of any Disney character in the subject heading else your message will be automatically deleted without me seeing it."

Then you won't have to guess.

Really? These are pretty common spam responses on Craigslist.
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: hal
Date: August 30, 2013 04:48PM
Yes, they are, but also used by real people - it's happened to me.

If I got one of those messages, I'd be 95% sure it was spam, but if I got one of those and I had put the Disney bit in than, I'd be 100% sure.
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 30, 2013 04:48PM
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Speedy
Not rare here. I have a folder in a file drawer that I slip all my receipts into. I really need to thin it out, though. I keep e-receipts filed in a folder named 'Receipts' that I don't thin but it is easy to search.

I actually did have the receipt, but I figured that is rare since I've never been given an original receipt for anything on Craigslist or eBay. No wait, guy who gave me his LC II when I bought an extended keyboard had his original receipt for the LC II.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/30/2013 04:53PM by silvarios.
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 30, 2013 04:49PM
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hal
Yes, they are, but also used by real people - it's happened to me.

If I got one of those messages, I'd be 95% sure it was spam, but if I got one of those and I had put the Disney bit in than, I'd be 100% sure.

Hey man, that's fair. When I re-list I'll try it.
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: hal
Date: August 30, 2013 05:05PM
THEN I'd be 100% - gawd, I hate that typo!!!
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: Psurfer
Date: August 30, 2013 05:09PM
Yes, it's often worth it to Not just assume that a questionable or even idiotic response is from a scammer.

This has been proven to me a number of times. Even once again proved this this afternoon, w/something expensive (a few thousand$) on eBay that I've been trying to sell for a long while.
I was about 80% sure a question -about paying a down pymnt on it- that came in the other day was a scam. The questioner had just signed up for his eBay account minutes prior to sending me the question; he was Russian, but with a US eBay address; I had just fielded a very similar question from a (definite) scammer just a day or so before re the same item, and that other scammer had Also just signed up for his eBay acct... So how many seeming strikes was that on this guy???

Still, I gave him the benefit, even though I figured the chances were about 80%+ against anything good coming of it. I told him I might consider his offer to be legit if he'd send a direct bank wire transfer deposit. He said he'd do so in 2 days, and amazingly, I got the money in that (kept zero balance, PayPal-only-used) account this aftn!
YMMV...
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: August 30, 2013 05:32PM
That money will be yanked out in a week and you will be on the hook.



C(-)ris
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: hal
Date: August 30, 2013 06:15PM
how does that happen?
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: August 30, 2013 06:48PM
maybe they tie a really, really long string on it?



Sometimes it is what it is...
and then there's times when it's really better.



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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: Black
Date: August 30, 2013 07:37PM
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hal
how does that happen?

Some discussion here:
[www.fatwallet.com]

Does having transacted through eBay give you 50k insurance as suggested?
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: hal
Date: August 30, 2013 07:58PM
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Black
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hal
how does that happen?

Some discussion here:
[www.fatwallet.com]

Does having transacted through eBay give you 50k insurance as suggested?

Interesting - I've always heard that wire transfer was foolproof safe, but there is a rather new development.

From Black's link - lots of people that have no idea what they are talking about until this poster:

Ok.... I spoke with several banks today including the following , Huntington Banks, Fifth third federal, Bank of America..
clear as day, YES bank wire to bank wire transfer CAN be pulled bank and there are many cases of it occurring more and more.

the problem? when a person goes into the bank they must have the cleared funds and prove they are who they are to the bank , then they are allowed for a fee to send the approved bank wire to ones account, .. Now this one is secure cause they know who you are and that you have the funds BUT and I say BUT banks like Bank of America actually have a wire fraud department .. the reason why they do? because banks like Bank of America allow you to perform a Bank wire transaction from your computer and NOT in person, they do add another measure of security but its not fool proof, therefore if you sell something to someone who performs a wire transfer via the computer and you receive the money, weather you pull it out or not, and the other person even 15 days later says I didn't send the money someone must of used my computer or has my password, THEN the problem begins, the money can now be frozen and returned and a investigation is performed, if the person sticks to their guns and say they did not do this and jumps threw the necessary hoops they will get their money back leaving the seller high and dry!

Bank of America has a Wire Fraud department..... why? because this occurs because banks like them exist.
Many banks including Fifth Third have said this is why all our banks accept western union to prevent this since you just need to prove identity and have the proper information. But then this is not secure for the buyer, leaving them open

SO if you think Bank wire transfers a safe, then your 100% wrong they are not.
by the way if you think you can just open a account and then pull the money out so this cant happen , think again the bank you will give you a negative balance and then come after you.

Oh and you are NOT allowed to find out if the wire was done in person or online because you are not the owner of the account , you may be the receiver but not the sender so your SOL here all so.


I bolded that one bit, because I hear this 'disposable bank account' stuff often here on the forum. Leaving a negative back account is a crime - just an fyi.
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 30, 2013 08:39PM
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Gareth
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silvarios
A receipt for a more than two year old computer doesn't even make sense. smiling smiley

It does if they buyer wants to make sure the item isn't stolen.

this. or if the items is under AppleCare.
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: Black
Date: August 30, 2013 08:57PM
Um, psurfer, are you reading?
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: wurm
Date: August 30, 2013 09:21PM
"Is the item still available?" = SPAM 99% of the time. Sorry. If you can't even make the effort to acknowledge the item I'm selling, then you're not even getting a reply.
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: kap
Date: August 30, 2013 11:29PM
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wurm
"Is the item still available?" = SPAM 99% of the time. Sorry. If you can't even make the effort to acknowledge the item I'm selling, then you're not even getting a reply.

agree smiley



SoCal for now.
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Re: Craigslist: Spam or real person?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 30, 2013 11:49PM
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space-time
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Gareth
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silvarios
A receipt for a more than two year old computer doesn't even make sense. smiling smiley

It does if they buyer wants to make sure the item isn't stolen.

this. or if the items is under AppleCare.

Yeah, original AppleCare warranty doesn't apply on a Mac listed as 2009 model. I do appreciate the creative bit of storytelling.
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