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  • There are some sophisticated scammers replying to the classified ads. If you get messages from people who are "out to sea" or hard to reach and won't speak to you by phone, be very suspicious of that. If they say they need a MoneyGram cash payment sent to a shipper to arrange pickup of your boat, do not believe it. If they say PayPal has taken payment for the boat but has put the transfer on hold until a MoneyGram payment is sent to boat shipper, DO NOT believe it. It was targeted this week, but did not fall for it. The scam includes a very well done email that looks like an official email from PayPal, but you can tell it's not from PayPal if you closely inspect the email address (actually coming from Yahoo email). Be very careful....this scammer is a pro!
  • Thanks for alert, everyone needs a reminder now and then.

    It's not hard to spot the scammers usually.

    Basically:

    Anyone who seems more interested in the "terms" or how they will pay than in the item is a scammer.

    Anyone wanting to send you more money than you asked for is a scammer, whether they immediately ask for a kickback or not.

    There are a TON of variations on the old "Cashiers Check Scam". In case you aren't aware it's possible for a bank to accept a (counterfeit) Cashiers Check into your bank account, so you think you are being safe and smart and wait for the amount to appear in your account. You give the scammer what he wants, the item or the kickback or both. Now a long time later the bank calls and notifies you they have removed the money from your account because the cashiers check was fake.

    There was even a case of a fake wire transfer! How was that done you ask? The scammer was emailing back and forth with the seller, negotiating the purchase of an item for around $50,000. The "smart" seller insisted on a wire transfer before releasing the item to the "agent".

    The scammer told the seller he would wire transfer the funds and let him know when it was done so he could check the account.

    At this point the scammer, who was supposed to be in another country, walked into a local branch of the sellers bank and deposited (in person) a fake cashier's check for the full amount.

    Now the scammer calls the seller and says "wire transfer complete, check your balance" the seller actually calls the bank and checks and sure enough the money is there! Just forgot to ask if it came in by wire transfer...

    Be careful out there.

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  • What do you think, truth or false? Mr. Amber, if you are still interested after this posting let me know:)

    Hint--I don't think I've seen anyone sign something with Mr.



    From: ambervinson112

    I am interested in buying. Let me know if still available.

    Reply to my personal email at (ambervinson112@gmail.com)

    I await your reply
    Regards
    Mr Amber
  • I once ran with one of these. The guy offered to send me a check to cover the boat cost plus shipping, then I could send a check to a shipping company that he deals with. The usual MO here is that the check is no good and you send a good check to him or a confederate.

    In my case, I had him send a 12,000 check to 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107, with my name as the catcher of the San Francisco Giants.

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  • mark-bWhat do you think, truth or false? Mr. Amber, if you are still interested after this posting let me know:)

    Hint--I don't think I've seen anyone sign something with Mr.



    From: ambervinson112

    I am interested in buying. Let me know if still available.

    Reply to my personal email at (ambervinson112@gmail.com)

    I await your reply
    Regards
    Mr Amber

    I received the same email. I had marked the boat as sold.
    I didn't like the smell of it and deleted the email.



    Edited by gahamby on Sep 22, 2018 - 01:51 PM.

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  • ambervinson112 definitely a scammer, contacted a bunch of ads at once with the same email. They have been banned.

    It's always a scammer tip when the email asks no questions about the specific item for sail and only says they want to buy or states how they want to pay. A real buyer will almost 100% have some question about your ad or "sound" like a sailor. If in doubt simply ask them to give you a phone number to call or ask specific questions.

    For the scammer it's a volume game and they quickly move on it confronted.

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  • mattsonIn my case, I had him send a 12,000 check to 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107, with my name as the catcher of the San Francisco Giants.

    Ha Ha, remember The Blues Brothers?
    Didn’t Elwood give his address as Wrigley Field?



    Edited by Edchris177 on Sep 23, 2018 - 12:54 AM.

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  • Least we can do is give them the attention they need.

    ambervinson112@gmail.com
  • Edchris177
    mattsonIn my case, I had him send a 12,000 check to 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107, with my name as the catcher of the San Francisco Giants.

    Ha Ha, remember The Blues Brothers?
    Didn’t Elwood give his address as Wrigley Field?Edited by Edchris177 on Sep 23, 2018 - 12:54 AM.

    https://www.indyprops.com/pp-elwood-id1.jpg
  • I got the Amber Vinson scam, too. They stopped when I asked them what bank they used.

    I just got a text from "Randy Carlson" of Fort Worth Texas trying to do the same thing.

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