Beware Of Online Scams

Beware Of Online Scams

I've had the doubtful expertise of promoting numerous stuff via Craigslist, each here in St. Louis and also in Los Angeles. Over the previous couple of years, I have come throughout some fascinating scam artists who're fairly easy to spot. But right now's electronic mail arrived with a new exploit.

Usually, we are selling furniture. My wife is an interior decorator, and now we have been through a number of decorating changes. Now, once you sell a bed or some other large piece, you aren't going to get too many people from out of town who're interested, unless they are transferring into town. So the first tip off that one thing is amiss is when someone from overseas responds to the ad and says that they'll pay for it sight unseen, matching your price. This violates three principles right off the bat:

People like to barter costs, no matter how good a deal you might be giving them. Anyone who is paying your price is suspect proper there.
Folks want to kick the tires and make it possible for your item exists. Does not matter what it is, however particularly for furnishings, because no photo can do any piece justice.
Craigslist is hyper-local. Somebody from out of city is suspect.
The legit customer can be going to need to take into consideration his impending purchase, even for a number of hours. And they'll also pay cash, when you ask. (And you must demand money, just because checks are so simply forged. Remember Frank Abagnale?) The con males are going to attempt to send you some form of check, and point out that proper off the bat of their initial email.

So my wife and I have developed our personal parsing filter for these e mail responses, to separate the real offers from the fakers. All well and good, until we began advertising our house for hire this week. Immediately's email introduced the next:

I am highly impressed with the information in the listing. I don't have any question at the moment. I wish to go ahead in renting the place from you. I'll be the only particular person within the property. I work as a Researcher for my firm (GLOBAL LINK) and I'm coming to the realm to hold out some research. They are going to be responsible for the first month lease and security deposit. I wish to sign the lease agreement in individual and shall be signing a yr lease as soon as i get to the States. I'll be shifting to the States on March the thirtieth and i want the lease to begin identical date because I will likely be moving into the property directly. Kindly get the ad off from all listing because am taking the property for sure.

In the main time, I will wish to secure the property asap so that i can attend to different vital things for my transfer to the Country.

So as to proceed with payment, I will need the following info in order that we can continue from there.




Kindly get back to me with the above information and in case of any question, please contact me on my phone number 0044XXXXXXX. Await your response asap.

A couple of things struck me about this email. First, why is he so keen? Second, why would someone from the UK (based mostly on his phone number) in a financial companies agency, transfer to St. Louis? Granted, we have gotten a much bigger banking heart with Wachovia shopping for JD Edwards, but still. Third, why is he using kindly so much? There is nothing kind about this, it's a enterprise transaction. Fourth, the ALL CAPS is one other tip-off. Fifth, the email got here from, reasonably than a corporate e mail account. Finally, why ask to remove the ad from Craigslist? One thing didn't add up.

A quick check online found the managing director of in the UK, and about an hour later he was kindly replying with the truth that the gent didn't exist in his office. So case closed. But I just marvel how many people are less suspicious, or who don't check out their potential consumers, fall into his entice?

Craigslist is a great web site, and we have now sold lots of stuff over time on it. And they do a reasonably good job of warning you in regards to the con artists. However this just shows you that the bad guys are getting smarter all the time, which means you have to, too.


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