I am selling an item on Craigslist and recently received a great offer, but is this a fraud attempt?
Question by JT: I am selling an item on Craigslist and recently received a great offer, but is this a fraud attempt?
Buyer named Mr. Bob Edwards send me a question asking if the item was still for sale to which I replied yes. He then sent the following email:
Thanks for your reply toward my request for your item, I am very happy to hear that the item is still available, the price you want to get the item sold is acceptable by me and I hope it is in good condition. I run a TV SHOW residing in 822 Roosevelt St. Wichita Falls
Actually, I am buying this item as a gift for my Boy; He was currently transferred to West Africa, he is a staff of world health organization and he was transferred to West Africa for awareness to stop HIV/AIDS and Malaria. I will pay through pay pal and you will help me mail the item to Him through US postal service (USPS).
Kindly provide me with your pay pal email and if you don’t you can simply log on to http://anonym.to/?http://www.paypal.com/ and register for one so you can get back to me with it if it’s accepted. I will be adding a shipping fee of $ 150. I think ($ 400) will cover the shipping and your money.
I need this item as soon as possible so that it can be able to get to Him. Please I would love to see it locally and pay for it but I have a tight job schedule as I run a TV SHOW, http://www.bobedwardsradio.com/ my days are always busy. that is why I canâ€™t do this locally /pick it up hope you will understand. Kindly get back to me ASAP so that I will make the payment, I assure you that once I receive your information for the payment, I will send out the payment to you quickly.
I wait to hear from you as soon as possible so that I can make the payment as fast as I can.
Sent via Ipad”
Is this a fraud attempt?
Answer by Bash Limpbutt’s Oozing CystÂ©
A genuine buyer never refers to what you are selling as “your item” but calls it whatever it is.
Any time a “buyer” mentions any foreign country as the destination of whatever you are selling, it’s a SCAM.
Any time someone offers to pay too much, it’s a SCAM. (They usually expect you to be stupid enough to send their “change” via Western Union or some other untraceable means.)
Any time a “buyer” includes a hypertext link, especially one that is redirecting off of an unrelated site, it’s a SCAM.
And a “TV SHOW” on “BobEdwardsRadio?” Those scammers are not all that bright and are depending upon you being even dumber. Don’t fall for it.
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