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    09-29-2012, 04:44 AM
  #11
Weanling
This is a pretty common scam. Notice the part where it says "I'm buying 'this' for my dad". 'this' not 'the horse' That tells you right there, this is a stock/template email and they're just trying to get access to your PayPal account.
     
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    09-29-2012, 06:38 AM
  #12
Trained
Everyone is right in that it is a scam... EXCEPT they in no way will get access to your paypal. The way it works is that they will usually transfer too much, and ask you to give it to the person who is picking up the horse (or car etc), then they will reverse the transaction, keeping whatever you sold. OR they will not transfer enough to cover the transport costs, and ask you to pay for that, claiming they will pay that too, then they reverse the transaction, keeping your goods (in this case, the horse). It's a very common scam, someone tried it on myself and my husband when we were trying to sell his car.
     
    09-29-2012, 08:39 AM
  #13
Started
^^^ Yup - and sometimes they send a fake but very well done paypal payment confirmation to you, you ship the goods and then realise the money never came through. Get these all the time when selling stuff...
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    09-29-2012, 08:40 AM
  #14
Showing
Actually, they don't want whatever it is you're selling, they just want the money. They never have any intention of picking up the item/animal/vehicle. It's all about scamming you out of money. They're not even in the US; most of them are based out of Nigeria.
     
    09-29-2012, 09:04 AM
  #15
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Actually, they don't want whatever it is you're selling, they just want the money. They never have any intention of picking up the item/animal/vehicle. It's all about scamming you out of money. They're not even in the US; most of them are based out of Nigeria.
Yep, in 99% of cases that's the case but there have been growing stories of local people basically adopting the strategies of the "Nigerian scammer", some with specific interests. Quite a few in the large parrot world actually - but they are also common targets for theft as they are quite valuable locally and very valuable, not to mention highly illegal, in overseas markets.
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    09-29-2012, 11:35 AM
  #16
Weanling
Totally a scam!
When I was horse shopping, I found a remarkably cheap Friesan for sale on some horse ad website. I e-mailed the "owner" and they replied that they had moved all the way to Florida (mind you that the ad said nothing about them moving and I emailed them a day after the post was uploaded) and wanted me to send them the money + some extra kind of fee and they would ship me the horse. Yeah, uh huh, sure you will.
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    09-29-2012, 11:45 AM
  #17
Trained
Maybe? Obviously.
You wouldnt imagine the amount of people who fall for this.
     
    09-29-2012, 12:20 PM
  #18
Green Broke
I think this is one of the best benefits of this forum -- having the ability to pretty much get instantaneous feedback and information on questionable situations to help with direction.
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    09-29-2012, 08:39 PM
  #19
Weanling
If you ever want to learn more about the inner workings of the scammer's minds...the 419eater website is a good place to look. They explain very well how the scam almost ALWAYS is laid out and what to look for. They also have some hilarious examples of what they call "scam baiting" where they waste the scammer's time and resources. I've never really gotten into it much, other than reading other peoples stories. Maybe I'll become a scam baiter after I'm done with my current job!
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    09-29-2012, 11:15 PM
  #20
Weanling
Its so stupid how soo many people try to scam people all the time.
The only reason why I doubted it wasnt at first is because it seemed real.
Till they sent the second email.
     

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