I'm humoring a Craigslist guitar scammer

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by WoodenDuckMaker, May 1, 2016.

  1. WoodenDuckMaker

    WoodenDuckMaker Member

    Messages:
    1,896
    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    I'm sure those of you who sell guitars on Craigslist that are worth more than $500 get the same scammers using the same hustle. They give you a story about why they can't pay cash, and offer a check that's over your asking price, as a token of their generosity. You cash it, it ends up being bogus, and your liable for it.

    So I gave them a fake name, and address. Just to waste their money. It came by courier, next day shipping. Here's the check:

    [​IMG]

    $1,700 for my $600 item. What an angel!

    For sh*t's and giggles, when I was withdrawing money at the bank, I showed it to the cashier. She held it up to the light, and said there is a watermark. She asked to see the stub, I told her that's all there was. I pointed out how the check was regular thin and flimsy printer paper. We both giggled and agreed the check sucked, and I left.

    What should I text the scammer now? Tell him I received it and will be depositing it on Monday?
     
  2. Da Geezer

    Da Geezer Supporting Member

    Messages:
    4,108
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2013
    Location:
    Shenandoah Valley VA
    If you gave them a fake address how did you receive the check?
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2016
  3. WoodenDuckMaker

    WoodenDuckMaker Member

    Messages:
    1,896
    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    A friends rental house that they have moved out of, but still have a couple weeks left on their lease.
     
  4. ef_in_fla

    ef_in_fla Member

    Messages:
    2,457
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2009
    Location:
    Sunshine State of Mind
    The way the scam works is they have no interest in your guitar, they just want you to send them some of the excess money back, usually by money order. Tell them it's on its way. ;)
     
  5. NamaEnsou

    NamaEnsou Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,371
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2015
    Send them something that makes them not want to scam people anymore. My imagination isn't working right now but I bet you can think of something.
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2016
    MrLahey likes this.
  6. WesB

    WesB Member

    Messages:
    6
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2014
    I'd have the local police deliver their refund. I once sold a banjo on Reverb.com. When I tried to ship it UPS said there was no such shipping address so I checked Google Earth and the address the buyer gave me was a empty lot out in the middle of nowhere. Then tried to get me to ship it to an unconfirmed address. Gotta watch those scammers

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2016
  7. JGD5150

    JGD5150 Member

    Messages:
    993
    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2006
    Box full of scorpions?
     
  8. cj_wattage

    cj_wattage Vendor

    Messages:
    6,528
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2008
    Location:
    Hopatcong, NJ
    My dad has half a dozen of these fake bank checks. He enjoys messing with scammers.
     
  9. MrLahey

    MrLahey Member

    Messages:
    519
    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2014
    Location:
    Near some trees.
    Send them monopoly money.

    Tell them thats what the bank gave you in exchange for the check.

    Cheers.
     
  10. paul meyer

    paul meyer Member

    Messages:
    5
    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2016
    I use to get the response of, " I will have my movers come to your house, with a cashiers check".
     
    SPROING! likes this.
  11. ef_in_fla

    ef_in_fla Member

    Messages:
    2,457
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2009
    Location:
    Sunshine State of Mind
    It's such a tired and played out scam it's hard to imagine anyone falling for it. Yet, they're still doing it because it still works.
     
    Sir Nicholas, bloomz and NamaEnsou like this.
  12. Black Squirrel

    Black Squirrel Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,828
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2010
    Location:
    Peoples Republic Of Cambridge
    i have come across this before, We discovered that the company info and account number were for a real entity whose info was stolen. We looked them up and let them know, they were able to close accounts and act accordingly.
     
    Silver Hand, jrjones and NamaEnsou like this.
  13. Hwy14

    Hwy14 Member

    Messages:
    2,043
    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2011
    Location:
    Kalamazoo!
    Is it legal to mail $hit?
     
    flume and Lt Dak like this.
  14. K-Line

    K-Line Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    7,174
    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2006
    Location:
    St. Louis, Missourah
    I think this is felony mail fraud on top of many things. Hard to track these people down.
     
    Silver Hand and SPROING! like this.
  15. NamaEnsou

    NamaEnsou Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,371
    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2015
    That was the first thing I thought of, but probably not.
     
  16. macmax77

    macmax77 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    11,368
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2005
    Location:
    Pembroke pines-Santiago-Greenville
    Draw a check, made by you in paper, with crayons.

    Send it back, i am sure that will piss the hell out of them when they finally open the envelope.

    Also draw a tongue or a middle finger, hehehehhee
     
  17. filtersweep

    filtersweep Member

    Messages:
    4,536
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2011
    Why waste your time? Sure, they invested some of their stolen money in sending the fake MO, but do you actually think the scammers care?
     
    Jim Holloway and Paleolith54 like this.
  18. WoodenDuckMaker

    WoodenDuckMaker Member

    Messages:
    1,896
    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    Wondering what the best way to report them is. To someone who might actually take action.
    You got the local police, police website, the feds, internet crime bureau, the postal service fraud department, etc...
     
  19. jerryfan6

    jerryfan6 Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,225
    Joined:
    May 31, 2012
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    This is hilarious...except for the people moving into that rental house. You may not know them, but this game you're playing may put them in danger.
     
  20. Muzzy

    Muzzy Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,752
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2008
    Location:
    Western, MA.
    Rub a dollar with poison ivy and send it to them.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice