I recently posted a car for sale in the classifieds. All the responses were weird. This I'll pay you and u keep car till paid and other crazy stuff. Is this how the classifieds are going these days??
Seems like a scam. Only take that offer if they are sending cash and will pay you rent till the car is gone.
Here's one I just got from posting an ad in the classifieds here on Fathers Day.
I was your Ad I'm looking for a part of 1920 Model T Ford tire and i will like to Buy it but first is it in good condition ? is it still available. ?.. Please i await your respond soon. you can text me via : (470) 253-1319 ...
I've posted a couple car wanted ads recently and I've had several strange responses too.
Below are a couple of the emails that I received.
2 or 3 emails from different addresses like this one.
"I saw your wanted ad and mailed to let you know i still have them available. let me know if you are still interested."
Here is another suspicious one I received.
"Hello am Bishop J.J Moses from Sunlight Auto Warehouse i saw your wanted AD on net pls reply me if you are still interested in purchasing goods as stated by you post."
You guys need to have fun with these spammers. I always respond to their emails with stupid responses and amazingly don't hear back from them.
I never used to get spam emails until using the MTFCA classifieds.
The guy who wanted you to keep the car while he paid for it was named "James Bissell", was it not?
There are a couple of things you can do.
1. Put something in your email address like no-spam or ***** in the middle. Someone will then have to actually read the ad and figure it out. Most of the spam email is automatically retrieved by internet robots looking for email addresses.
2. This is Ron Patterson's idea. Don't put your email address in at all, just your phone number. The idea here is only really interested people will contact you.
Any spam you get is not directly caused by our site.
I never deal with anyone on the Classifieds, whether I am buying or selling, unless they have posted here on the forum. I know there might be a "first time" buyer or seller but I am no longer trust worthy enough unless they have some type of provinance with the Model T community.
I'm using the "NOSPAM" approach and still get these bogus spam messages.
I just received the one Jay mentioned about the Model T Tire. I think someone is actually reading our adds.
Ed. You are right
I did the "nospam" thing, and went from no spam at all to 30+ per day, every day 6+ months after the last time I used the classifieds.
It's not just here. I've got a non-T on Old*****'s and got an "I'm interested in your ad" (not car. Just ad)response last week. Dumped it. Yes their being read and the main goal is cash or possibly an active e-mail addr.
DO NOT REPLY to any ad that looks bogus, even if it might be fun to do so. If you do they then will have your correct address.
I second what Mark just said!!
I am all for free access to the web, but I vote for an IP ban on one James Bissell. He is a detriment to the hobby.
I had some fun with spammers in the past. I set up a secondary email address. When I got spam in my primary address I would answer from the secondary address which was used only for stringing spammers along. I would play along and see how long I could keep them on the hook. I made sure I took up as much of their time as I could. It was fun and hopefully prevented them from defrauding someone else while I was wasting their time.
A couple of years ago I came across the website of a guy who did that as a hobby. He led one Nigerian crook on for weeks before dropping the hammer on him. He had the guy gushing about everlasting love and brotherhood, and they exchanged vows of deepest affection, and all the while he kept the bait tantalizingly out of reach, until finally he verbally ripped the guys guts out. It was beautiful.
I put up a Wanted Ad for an aluminum case Warford a few weeks ago and got the exact same emails that several of you got, and I used the "nospam" as well as spelling out the @ symbol and the "dot" in .com
On a happier note, some high ranking military official from Kenya (or somewhere like that) contacted me the same week on behalf of the widow of the late magistrate of foreign investment affairs, and he wanted to send me 55 million USD just for being such a nice guy! I guess holding the doors open for those little old ladies all these years is finally paying off!
I was once sent an email informing me that I was the benefactor to the estate of the "late" Bill Gates. I wrote the fellow back and asked him if he had informed Bill that he was dead.
For Steve Jelf:
Is it just me, or do others see your posts in very small print on the screen?
I know that you are a frugal person, but I thought that once the computer screen was illuminated, the same amount of electricity is used regardless of the size of the letters.
I am actually computer literate and first posted lrashatbitdotcoop. Got no responses. I sent along a little gift for those that emailed me with the crap responses. Since the classifieds did not work I've got a 1926 Tudor. Engine and frame match $7500. 4349179424
Dave, the type I'm using is actually bigger than everybody else's. I thought it might be your browser, but my type is bigger with Firefox, IE, Safari, and Netscape. I have no clue why it's smaller for you.
Steve's type is smaller for me too.
It's not just you, Dave... I always wondered about it myself.
Hmmmm, very strange. OK, let's try this. How does this compare with everybody else's type?
That's bigger than mine Steve, but your previous posts are smaller. Dave
This is a very strange thread drift indeed.....from the classifieds to comparing font sizes...time to turn off the computer and go do some tinkering!
"OK, let's try......." and the rest of that sentence appears to me to be similar to others. Thanks for making it easier on these tired eyes.
.........can you hear me now?
What drives me crazy is bullshit. Yes, bullshit. There I said it. Like when somebody offers his Model T whatever, fully restored, all original. No, dude, the moment you paint your car it's not all original anymore. One of the most important and cherished things on an original car is original paint, followed by original, diamond tufted, 100-year-old leather. So don't put all original and restored in one sentence if you want to be taken seriously as a seller!
Or that wonderful black '24 Touring that dealer "carz990" currently has on eBay. All metal body (except for an acre of wood!), leather interior (except it's vinyl), and all matching numbers (on a frame that doesn't even have a number). This drives me nuts.
Apparently, many people can't comprehend that "all original" and "all stock" are totally different conditions. We can argue that consumables such as fluids, brake bands, and even tires are not part of an all original car, but if you restore a car, even just partially, it surely isn't all original anymore.
Sorry for the rant, but this thread seemed perfect to speak out loud what has been bugging me for a very long time.
Benard, How about ads that say xxxx original miles?
Are original miles better than reproduction miles? Where can I get some NOS miles?
Instead of saying original, how about correct?
Ok, here is some more humor for your day. I received another response to an ad I placed. Here is the dialogue. I can't wait for his response.
i have a 1925 Model T Roadste for sale.
if you are still interested , please contact .
Where are you located and what are you asking for your car?
thanks mike on the receipt of your mail....
am live in Ky united states.... below are the little understanding about the sales data.
( He provided all the specs on the Model T. I deleted this portion of the email)
1,831,128$ asking price
please contact me on how you will want the car to be shipped
(at this point I noticed he has a UK email address) (My response below)
Wow an asking price of only 1,831,128$ ? What a bargain! I am assuming you want the money in US dollars since you "live" in KY even though you have a UK email address. Where do you want me to send the cash to? You asked how I want the car shipped. I would think for the bargain price of only 1,831,128$ you would drive the car to me. And with the money you are making you could afford to take a taxi back to KY or the UK or wherever you live. I look forward to hearing from you!
And yet, and yet... In spite of such blatant incompetence, these clowns reel in enough suckers to keep them at it.
I chad a Want ad in the Classifieds and I had a guy from England Say he had the part. I offered a Trillion-Trillion dollars for it. i did not get a call back! Wonder why?
Contrary to popular belief there isn't a human on the other end of the first several email communications with a spam email. It's virtually all bot driven. With the millions of spams on hundreds of thousands of classified ads they send out daily, it's not logical to think that a guy on the other end picked yours to have an intellectual conversation with.
The bots they use operate (albeit poorly) on keywords and grammatical algorithms which is why it always seems like some poorly English speaking chinaman is responding back.
It's almost completely useless to try and engage them in a conversation. The only time you are wasting is your own. But maybe you feel a little better afterward, so there is some value in that I guess....grin...