Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
What troubles me the most is that these scammers obviously make money, otherwise they'd stop. It seems to be a very lucrative business, bilking people who are too naive or let their greed get the best of them.
Squirrel questioned why I was being so hard on the OP, because she'd obviously never run across one of these lowlifes. The amount of people who can't spot them astound me, as I've been well aware of them for over 20 years. They're very easy to figure out, once you know how they play.
The item, whatever it is, is never available to be seen, and they always have a 'transport company' lined up to deliver it, so you can't go pick it up yourself. It's also always a very high quality item being sold for an unbelievably low price, which is how they bait the hook.
There are reverse scams as well, where honest people are selling something and the scammer says they'll send more than the price, so the seller can pay the 'delivery driver' up front.
They're not interested in what you have for sale, all they want is for you to cash their bogus check/money order/wire transfer and send the supposed extra cash to them. Then, when the article of payment is found to be bogus, you're out the money you sent.
There are also scams claiming you've won a foreign lottery, or asking for your help in moving money into the US, for which you'll be amply compensated.
All of them are the same game, which is bait and switch, it's just the approach that varies depending on the type of scam.
You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!