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The hazards of selling at THR, TFL, S&W forum and Sixgunner

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Brian Williams, Aug 25, 2004.

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  1. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    I am trying to sell my 27-2 and this email came from "michael barry" <michael_barry@graffiti.net>
    So I replied sure I would take a certified check and...
    this came
    How about we spam him with all sorts of junk stuff???
    sign him up for meet singles in your area or something...
     
  2. boofus

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    Ask him to send you a USPS Money Order and see if he does it... then the feds can get on his ass if he stiffs them, or he can pay them cash and really send you $5000.

    Then you can turn him in to the ATF for illegal straw purchase and dealing in firearms without a FFL and they can stack him on a pyramid of naked arabs in Cuba :neener:
     
  3. Beren

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    One word comes to mind: "Pass." As in, pass on this bloke and look for another buyer. What's with the whole $4400 thing? As a seller, all one needs is an ink-signed copy of the FFL license certificate for FFL the buyer would like the firearm shipped to, and a USPS money order.

    Selling a firearm any other way online is asking for trouble, misgivings, and gnashing of teeth.
     
  4. boofus

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    It's a well-known scam. The cashier's check is bogus and will bounce in 2 weeks when your bank tries to clear it. You deposit the money in your bank, send the difference to his sham company. Send the product, then 2 weeks later your bank calls you and tells you the check bounced. You get screwed out of the gun, $4400 of real money from your account plus you get hit with the fee for a bounced check.

    I always ask for payment by US Post Office money order. That way if there is any funny business they are defrauding the Federal Govt when they purchase the MO and the feds have the resources to hunt down the scammer and make his life very unfun.
     
  5. buy guns

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    haha this is one of those nigerian scams. tell him your gun was confiscated and that you will through with the deal if he sends you 50 dollars so you can get your gun back. then keep the 50 and never talk to him again :D
     
  6. sumpnz

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    Most likely a scam, but it could also be Agent Schmuckatelli.

    Personally, I think you go with buy guns' idea and see what happens. And insist on USPS money order for the $50.
     
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    You should definitely figure out some way to really screw with him. If you haven't seen it before, read about the foiled eBay Powerbook scam. It's truly priceless. :D
     
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    misanthrope, that is CLASSIC!!! I am at work and had to work very hard to not burst out laughing uncontrollably. OMG!!!
     
  9. Majic

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    That scam has been around for quite some time. Just ignore it if you don't want to go thru the hassle of trying to get the emailer busted. Some are really elaborate and difficult to trace.
     
  10. JPL

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    I've had that happen twice recently.

    I usually get rid of the people by telling them that that method of payment requires 4 weeks processing time to ensure that their check is not bogus and will actually clear the financial services.

    I never hear from them again.
     
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    I like this idea....or better yet, tell him that your father used to be King of the United States and that you are set to inherit millions, but you need to transfer the money to his bank account if he would just provide you with his account number.
     
  12. Beren

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    Get the scammer!

    Personally, I'd call up the ATF and ask if they'd like to do a little sting. You could tell the scammer you have a handful of other pistols in good condition, and would he be interested in buying them all at once? Scammers really, really irritate me and deserve what they get.
     
  13. Standing Wolf

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    Oh, perish the thought! One of our forum heroes?
     
  14. USMCsilver

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    Thanks for posting the e-mail address!

    I sent him an e-mail that I had a Glock 22 in "like new" condition that I was wanting to sell.

    He responded with the subject line as "Urgent!" and it had the same scam, verbatim.

    I wonder if this has actually turned out successful w/ the would be buyer/scammer?
     
  15. atek3

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    that powerbook scam was priceless.
    atek3
     
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