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WTF is this?

I put a box set I had for sale on Craigslist and got this response:

Dear Seller,
I am responding to your ad you posted for sale.
Please Let me know if it is still available for
sale and the Asking price you would be willing
to have it sold.
Hope it is in the best form of condition?
Could you please have a picture of the item emailed
To me for confirmation?

Thank You.


It was soon after I posted my item, which was fairly late at night. I thought nothing of it, and sent a response saying they're in excellent condition, and he can come look at them if he wants them.

Then, I got this from him:

Hello Mark,
Thanks for the response to my email. You informed me that the item is
Still available for sale. And that your asking price of ($150) is the
Last your offer, which is ok by me. Please confirm ownership of this
Item to me.

Any form of clarification to show proof of ownership would be ok
( A written bill of sale upon purchase of the item OR A Written
acknowledgement that it really belongs To you would do).Please bear
with me and Thank You.

If this is acknowledged, Please rest assured that, I am purchasing
And picking up this item you have for sale, so I would want you to
Please keep off other buyer on my behalf, and for this reason I would
Be making an offer of ($250) So as to keep other buyers off.

I just moved in to Seattle, WA where I live and work right now .I
Guess I am meant to have a look at the item before making any purchase
But, I would in faith accept it is in good condition. Thank You.

I how ever would be making payment to you inform of A (Cashier Check /
USPS Money Order) .Hope any of the above Payment is acceptable by you?

I would be making Arrangement for the pickup of this Item along side a
Few purchases so I would need you to leave the pickup of this item to me.
Pickup would be arranged and made as soon as payment is received by you
And cashed at your Bank instant so as to avoid any delay.

If we do have an understanding to this Transaction, Payment would be sent to you
Immediately via a FIRST class US mail .I would need your detail for payment
To be issued and have sent to you.

Name in full.....

Zip code.....


Thank You.


You can get it on eBay for around $125. I was hoping someone would go for convenience pay an extra $25 to have it today. So many things about this sream SCAM that it's not funny.

Not looking for advice or anything, just wanted to share.

PS, I was just in Staples and they had no good stationery. The closest they had was some something that came in assorted colors, all of them way too dark, and some business "thank you" cards, with some mixed blanks.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 12th, 2005
Sounds like a common scam. Cant remember what it is called.
Permalink Eric Debois 
August 12th, 2005
I think it's called "Give me your name, address, and credit card number (if it's on the receipt)."
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 12th, 2005
Did'nt we have a thread on this a while back btw?

They basicly exploit a flaw in the way banks clear checks, so you'll get the money and then the bank will want it back after a few days.
Permalink Eric Debois 
August 12th, 2005
I guess "Cashier Check / USPS Money Order" is always a Cashier Check then.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 12th, 2005
Oops, you found an error!