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    This guy mailed me about the Les Paul Jr I'm selling, in English, which isn't our native language. No big deal, but for some reason his next mail made all my alarms go off:

    Hello Thom,
    Thanks for the mail, i am buying this for my Brother. I am a petroleum
    engineer currently on a rig offshore i really want this to be a
    surprise gift for my Brother so i wont let him know
    anything about this until it gets delivered to him , i am sure he will
    be more than happy with it.I can only pay with PayPal here, i will
    need you to give me your PayPal email address so i can make the
    payments asap and please if you don't have PayPal account yet, it is
    very easy to setup,go to www.paypal.com and get it set up ,after you
    have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you use for
    registration with PayPal so as to put the money
    through.The advert price is okay with me:Pick up agent will come for
    the pick up as soon as i have made the payments, i would have loved to
    talk to you on phone but i am a petroleum engineer I work mainly
    onshore, our phone is down on the rig right now due to bad weather, we
    can only communicate with our base for now.
    Thanks.
    xxxxxxx.

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    I censored his real name for obvious reasons. Can't figure out what can go wrong if I just give him my paypall address, besides the usual junk/spam mail attacks, which are fairly harmless anyway...

    It's just that the whole story seems a bit far fetched, makes me suspecious as hell.
    Could be legit I suppose, nothing wrong with working on an oil rig and wanting to surprise your brother with a guitar

    I guess the "pick up agent" is what bothers me the most though
    What the hell's wrong with f*cking UPS all of a sudden??

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    • #3
      Go with your gut - sounds kinda fishy to me...
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      • #4
        scam.
        check out my sweet dealzzz, I got tons of them

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        • #5
          Thom-- RED FLAG!- I think its a scam. I've been selling on CL and I get these same farfetched half baked replies. Be careful, especially about the pick up agent. If he wants it, tell him to call( I know he said he can't, but thats part of the scam. Good luck - john
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          • #6
            sounds like a scam to me
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            • #7
              Scam. Next thing is he'll want you to pay the pick up agent, and he'll reimburse you. You'll be out the guitar, and the money will be gone.

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              • #8

                I guess the "pick up agent" is what bothers me the most though
                What the hell's wrong with f*cking UPS all of a sudden??


                I'd explain that "I would be more comfortable" with taking care of delivery as paypal can take time to clear and when it does, I can send it. See what he says to that.
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                • #9
                  tell him you think its a scam and see what he says.
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                  • #10
                    Unless you TALK to him, you may be singing the blues......
                    90% of it is...half mental

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                    1973 Ampeg VT-22
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                    • #11
                      Total scam... here are two HUUUUGE RED FLAGS:

                      'Advert'
                      'Pickup Agent'

                      He'll over-pay and then ask you to forward the extra on to his 'shipping agent'. Of course, his original payment will come back as fraudulent, but only AFTER you've paid his 'agent'.

                      [edit] more info here:


                      -they use stolen credit card which is why they don't want the item sent to them, but their friend in West Africa or whatever. PayPal will take this money off your account when the fraud comes up - and yes their TOS allows it.

                      -they send a fake paypal 'confirmed payment' mail to you, but these come from weird aypalxxxpayments@paypalforeign.com" rel="nofollow">paypalxxxpayments@paypalforeign.com addresses etc so they are pretty obvious...

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                      • #12
                        Total scam... here are two HUUUUGE RED FLAGS:

                        'Advert'
                        'Pickup Agent'

                        He'll over-pay and then ask you to forward the extra on to his 'shipping agent'. Of course, his original payment will come back as fraudulent, but only AFTER you've paid his 'agent'.


                        Makes a lot of sense, should've already known that. Thanks a lot.

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                        • #13
                          Sounds like a scam to me. I'd leave it alone.
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                          • #14
                            Run the other way. This is a scam. I've seen it before.

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                            • #15
                              It smells fishy.

                              The whole "I'm offshore on a rig, so I'll send a pickup agent," doesn't feel right. Why not just ship it to his brother?

                              And the excuses for being out of contact. Keeping out of reach. Ask him for an online chat. Chances are, he'll claim his time online is limited to e-mail a few minutes per day.
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