I place a PU on CL for my dad. Recieved this reply to ad:
Im just asking about it to make sure its in good condition as im buying it for my Dad as a surprise and he doesn't know about it, so can you assure me i will not be disappointed? also no shipment involved as i have a mover that will come for it.Im satisfied with your firm/advert price, As im requesting this transaction should be done via PayPal so the PayPal charges is on me.Payment will be made via PayPal only if you don't have an account, its very easy, safe and secured log on to (www.paypal.com) im present out of town for my new project, so im sorry i will not be able to come look at it in person and that's the only reason why PayPal is the only payment option. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible?
Obviously the Paypal info and money sent to me would be fake. But would they actuall try to come get the Pickup. Seems insane to me.
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2. Your order arrives, but it's significantly different than it was described
There are a variety of scenarios that meet this condition, for instance:
You received a completely different item.
Example: You purchased a book, but received a DVD.
The item's condition was misrepresented.
Example: The listing said new but the item had clearly been used.
The item is missing parts or features, and this was not disclosed.
Example: The listing said batteries included - but they weren't.
You purchased a specific quantity of an item - but received the wrong amount.
Example: You purchased five pairs of fuzzy dice, but only received four.
The item was damaged en route to its destination.
Example: You bought a beautiful antique lamp - and it arrived in pieces.
You received a counterfeit version of the item.
Example: You purchased a Rolex but received a Faux-Lex.
And thereyou go.
He sends money, you think its good, he gets your stuff, he files claim. You don't get money.
Anytime I do a Craigslist ad, I type out in all caps CASH ONLY! If they want to paypal or something else because they are fighting in Afghanistan or they want to surprise their dad, IT'S A SCAM. If they want it, tell him to bring cash.
Another tip is they say "the item" so they can send the same scam email to every CL listing that day. IT'S A SCAM!
I just can't see how it works. He would have to have my paypal password to use my account in any way and that would be the only way to receive money. He would have to show up physically if he wanted to steal the truck. I'm puzzled.
On a funny note, here is the first reply I sent to him. Didn't slow him down a bit.:
You won't be disappointed. My father actually passed away in the truck and we didn't find him for 8 days. Don't worry though. We had it professionally cleaned and you can just barely smell an odor of death. A few scented pines totally masks the smell. Just wanted to fully disclose everything about the truck. Let me know if you're still interested.