Popular shopping blog reports that sellers of various items may be contacted by a seemingly interested buyer who claims they’re too busy to talk at the moment, but nonetheless want to buy what you’re selling.
Instead of just asking for your phone number, they claim to use some kind of web service that stores information and request that you to visit their site and enter your phone number.
Nevertheless, the uniqueness of the story has at least a tinge of believability to it, luring some right into the con artist’s trap.
In the end its another “take the money and run” tale in which you pay the supposed soldier for his great collection of stuff, only to wind up out of money and unable to contact the seller ever again.
Surprised, Salisbury pulled them over to discover just what was going on.
“I informed them I was the owner, but they refused to give the stuff back,” Salisbury said.
The con artist’s reply, which can be read here, attempts to justify the low price with an emotional divorce story and then asks for payment through their own secure channel.
It may not always be the same car, but the price will always be far, far less than market value.
The hoax advertisements claim that soldiers are trying to get rid of big items before they are deployed overseas.
Cars, televisions, computers, and more have been advertised in this fashion for unbelievably low prices, leaving many of us to wonder why soliders would want to come home from duty without any of these items.
Instead, the website beings charging the cell phone owner a phantom fee of .95/month, with no apparent way to contact the offending business.
For an example of the sort of email you should be on the lookout for, check out this one copied straight from Craigslist on (source) While Craigslist can certainly be a prime place to find used cars for sale, buyers must be careful of the occasional vehicle fraud that could rob them of hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars.
They then copy the pictures, address and description of the property and list it on Craigslist for well below market value.