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        01-13-2010, 05:00 PM
    I've noticed in a lot of these ads the seller almost sounds like english is a second language. The wording is just a little odd.
    I just feel sorry for the folks who fell for it and were out $3k
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        01-14-2010, 12:47 AM
    I just feel sorry for the folks who fell for it and were out $3k
    People have been reporting stories left and right about these scams. By now, if you have internet at all, you should be aware enough to know better.

    I saw an ad for a really nice 6 horse with living quarters for 2,500. You know that was a scam as well!
        01-15-2010, 11:29 AM
    LOL! I did the same thing to a Scammer that was advertising a motorcycle for sale on Kijiji near Ottawa in Ontario. I asked them if I could come and see it and they told me it was in Yellowknife NWT.

    I emailed them back and said "oh that's great! My brother is up there working right now, give me the address where you have it stored and I will get him to go over and take a look at it."

    Needless to say, that was the end of the correspondence. LMAO!!!
        01-17-2010, 03:35 PM
        01-21-2010, 12:22 PM
    We have another listing for Little Rock, AR but it is for a different trailer. Below is the email info: Hi again,

    The trailer is already at the shipping company in Houston,TX. Sealed and ready to be shipped.
    I will ship it from here on my expense through USHIP I want to take the opportunity to assure you that this deal is 100% legitimate. The financial part of this deal will be managed by the eBay's buyer protection program (They are acting like a third party in our deal).
    We will use eBay`s protection program for our safety.
    I have a purchase protection account with eBay and will not deal outside of eBay under any circumstances. I just need your full name,address and phone# so I can initiate a Case ID at eBay.
    All you will need to do is wait for the invoice and follow the instructions eBay provides in there. After you receive the trailer you will have 10 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the trailer.
    If you will buy, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money. If you wish to make the transaction, and if you agree with my terms please email me your full name,full shipping address and phone#, so I can start the official procedure trough eBay and they will invoice you and you will know how the shipping will work for our deal. The final price is $3,500.00. Including shipping from Houston,TX to your home address.

    Looking forward to hear from you.
    Debra Pierce

    P.S.Here you have some extra photos of the trailer so we can take a better look at it:

    These people are crooks... I just posted a big AD on Craigslist about this very ad warning people. I also informed Debbie Pierce that I would spread the word..
        01-30-2010, 08:20 PM
    Green Broke
    The best idea with this sort of situation is to report them to the Federal Trade Commission, if you are in the USA. They will not do anything about individual cases, but they will take record of the claim and look into it, and give you a case number, and when you post things like this and find a bunch of people who have seen the same scam, by the same person, have them also call the FTA and cite the same case number. Keep copies of all emails exchanged with the people, and take screen shots of the ads when possible, or be able to give the FTA links otherwise - that gives them the best possible chance of actually tracking down the people responsible for these false ads and stopping them from doing what they are doing.

    I had to go through this process a while back - entirely un-horse related. I had a rental property available I made the mistake of advertising on craigslist. The ad got stolen and reposted all over the internet - fortunately the fools just cut and pasted my ad, including phone number and email address so I caught on quickly. These people were advertising a house - MY house - for rent at half the price I had advertised it, claiming it had all kinds of ridiculous features that didn't exist (like a mountain or ocean view. This house is located in flat, land locked INDIANA.) The people who sent responses through craigslist got a similar BS story, and claims to send the deposit and they would recieve keys from the UPS guy (seriously?). It took four months and many calls to get them all shut down and the fake ads to cease - that was two year ago, and even now I get the occasional odd phone call and have to go search for another ad.

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