I have my 1926 Tudor for sale and got a text that looked pretty good. He asked the right questions etc. I received what "looked like" an email from PayPal but it didn't look "quite right".
The red flags were:
Formatting of email was wrong
Dollar amount was to HIGH by $1500
The fine print said I needed to send $1400 to the man who was going to transport the vehicle from my place to Phoenix.
PayPal validated it was a phishing attempt.
Ironically I have another buyer waiting in the wings whom I expect to hear from soon. Do you think my "BS" sensors are turned on??
Someone much smarter than I once said "Always err on the side of caution" yep good onya
John - How did this guy hear that your Tudor was for sale,.....Craig's List, E-Bay,.....???
About six years ago, a couple of guys got wind of the fact that I was in the market for a Model T: _One phoned and touted himself as a Model T expert, but he didn't seem to know what Rocky Mountain brakes were, had no idea what a Ruckstell was and when I pressed him a little about the way his car was geared, he stated that, "Well, the car's a stick shift, of course—they didn't have automatics, back then."
Oh, but the crowning glory was the second guy who phoned—also announcing that he was a Model T guru and had a 1914 for sale. _I said, "So the car has gas lamps." _He replied, "Yeah; matter of fact, I just hooked them up to the fuel pump yesterday—they work real good, now." _I knew I had a live one on the line and just for fun, pressed him with some easy Model T questions anyone on this forum could have answered. _When asked him about whether the car had a two-man top, he replied that his car had a back seat, therefore it had a four-man top. _Two-man tops were for roadsters. _When I asked him about his hogs-head, he realized I was on to him. _Folks, you couldn't make this stuff up!
Thank you for sharing your experience and wisdom.
Here's the link: http://www.classifiedads.com/classic_cars_antiques-ad190965488.htm
Your welcome. Glad I caught it. Too many boneheads out there for me to be TOO trusting.
Did you offer to trade for vinyl siding, a new dish, and long distance telephone service ?
Nope.... trading for American Greenbacks.
Haven't had any issues with EBay buyers yet, but Craigslist is a whole other story. My favorite was the time some guy sent me a check for an item drawn on a Texas pension fund. I sent the check and contact details to the WI Atty Genl's. consumer protection div., then emailed the sender of my actions explaining that I wanted verify the legitimacy of the payment. Strangely enough, I never heard any more from the prospective buyer.