Hi: I found your blog and thought this might be relevant. First off, I tried selling a utility trailer on Craglist 2 months ago and was BOMBARDED by fake buyers that were trying to scam me out of the trailer. Un believable what these people try to do. Plus there were the whores that inquired asking for sex, etc. What a joke! So yesterday I went on craigslist to look for a pontoon boat. I found one without pictures so I asked and man did I receive. A complete SCAM using Google Checkouts. Here is the first email followed by the second email
Hi, I am sorry for the delay in my answer but I have been very busy these days.
For sale is a 2005 Sun Tracker 24' pontoon with a 60HP Mercury Motor and trailer! This is a 1-Owner fresh water pontoon. The engine is a fuel injected Mercury 4stroke that was just serviced and has no known problems or concerns. The interior is in clean condition. It has a Bimini top with boot, wet bar, fish finder, docking lights, tanning platform, changing station, 2 folding fishing chairs, rear boarding ladder and CD player with remote. All others extras such as boat cover, motor cover, life jackets, anchors, ropes, float etc. are included in my final price. I’m not interested in any kind of trade. If you'd like to view some additional pictures here is a link: http://imgur.com/a/NRRErThis package will come with clear titles for both boat and trailer. I was recently promoted so we had to move to Pittsburgh, PA. Besides, there are a lot of things which have priority now, so this package has to go. As you probably noticed, the price is rather low $5555 due to the fact that I'm very busy with my work and I don't stay too much at home, the boat is already at the shipping company and will be delivered with "express delivery", shipping costs are included in price. The transaction will be made under Google Checkout plan. This way we can receive assistance for purchase, title transfer, etc.
So, please reply back to this email if you are really interested in purchasing my pontoon boat and trailer and I will provide further instructions regarding payment and delivery.
Name: Dawie Alberts
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ------------------------------------------------------------------------
I responded I was interested and here is what I got...
"Hi again Mali,
As we speak the package is already at the shipping company here in Pittsburgh, PA ready to be shipped. I am located out of the city due to occupational obligations so unfortunately this means we can only make the deal through Google Checkout . Since, I presume, you are not familiar with Google's Checkout Plan, I have briefly described Google Transaction steps below:
- Bellow you will find the link to the private Google Checkout page.
View Google Checkout page (click)
- You need to complete your full name, shipping address and email address in order to commit to buy;
- Then Google Checkout will sends you the invoice with payment details for our transaction;
- You will receive all the details that you need to complete this transaction safe and easy;
- After Google Checkout secure the payment, they will notify me and I will start shipping. Shipping will take no more than 3 to 5 days (depending on your location).
- When the shipping process starts you will receive a tracking number so you can track the package whenever you want.
- After you receive the pontoon you will have another 5 days to inspect it.
- When the inspection period ends, Google Checkout contacts you and if there are any issues with the boat, they will fully refund you within 3 business days and the boat will be shipped back on my expense. If all is good with the package, which I'm sure it will be, they will assist you with the titles transfer and release the payment to me.
As you can see, you will receive the pontoon and trailer BEFORE any money will be released to me. You'll get the chance to inspect, test and everything you like while your money are still safely held in Google Checkout trust account.
I apologize if it seems like I'm pushing on this deal but I really want to be sure that everything is clarified.
I am looking forward to hearing from you.Dawie
Name: Dawie Alberts