WTB Beware Scam Artists!!!

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  1. Michael Crestohl

    Michael Crestohl Junior Member

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    Hi All.

    If you are posting a WANTED ad be especially aware that there are many scammers lurking in the background. I posted a modest listing for a wheel cover for my 2007 Touring Edition and received three responses from people who had just what I wanted but all turned out to be would-be scammers.

    They all provided photos when requested. Initially they asked high prices but immediately came down to my offered amount. The key was they all insisted on payment through PayPal “Family and Friends”. This is a no fee service but is not to be used for goods and services because there is no protection or recourse available to the buyer when the purchased item never comes.

    Another indicator is poor English usage and spelling. Many scammers online are not in this country and English is not their first language. Lack of education is also sometimes apparent.

    i do a fair amount of “hosstrading” on a couple amateur radio sites and the scam artists are there in great number because some of that stuff is pretty pricey. Additionally there have been a number of incidents of “parts swapping” incidents reported to a point that most sellers do not accept returns.

    Be careful out there!

    Best regards to all, except scumbag scam artists!

    Michael
     
  2. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
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    Also please report scammers who sign up. The report button is below the post.
     
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  3. Air_Boss

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    Scamming is a growth industry, all over the online sites, including Craigslist, Facebook, OfferUp, NextDoor. Y'all be careful out there.
     
  4. Taxi/Limo

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    Did you post here?
    I don't see a wanted section
     
  5. Air_Boss

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    The 'Private Sales' forum includes a 'WTB' header
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    I posted in private sales for something and this guy santraford a new member who told me his father has what I want
    I have been communicating with his "father" and I have not detected any scams so far.
     
  8. alftoy

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    I posted a reply to
    For Sale - Hybrid Automotive Prolong Deluxe Reconditioning Package | PriusChat

    Rec'd a PM from
    maxwellsq1000 | PriusChat

    His message:
    the seller is not always active on the forums but you can contact him at [email protected] if you’re still interested

    I emailed that I could pick up, and his reply:
    Yes still available but apparently I’ll make arrangements for shipping, I’m currently on a business trip.
    Let me know the shipping address? Thanks Best regards.

    Hilarious, now just rec'd a reply from the actual seller.
    Small world, I'm actually in Melville...lol! I have a 2pm appointment in Yorkton today, I could bring the Prolong with me and meet up with you around 3, if that works with you. Maybe call/text me at XXX-XXX-XXXX since I will be hitting the road soon.
     
    #8 alftoy, Dec 3, 2022 at 1:35 PM
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