I used to help a friend put his horses up for sale. Each time I put one up on cl I would get this rendition of an email. All money order and odd text. Total scam, move along.
Could be it's worse that that. It'd fairly easy (for a good programmer, anyway) to write a 'bot' that scans Craigslist &c, picks out likely targets, and mangles words & phrases from the original into a reply. Then you can send out replies to literally millions of ads, and if just one in 10,000 or so is suckered by it, you've got a nice income stream."Beautiful 4 year old Bay! For sale or trade!" = was this by chance in your ad or description?
See the repetitiveness in their broken English? Not the grammar police or anything, but they are repeating themselves in one (particularly long) sentence.
absolutely 100% a scam, do not respond to the ad definitely do not accept any checks or anything from him, the cashiers check or money order will be counterfeit...btw he is not in north dakota he is probably originating from cameroon or nigeria which is where most scams of this type are from.Hi! So, as many of you know, I am in the process of selling a horse. I got a text today saying, "Hi seller, I'm interested in buying your Beautiful 4 year old Bay! For sale or trade!"I replied asking if they had any questions. "How long you had her, how many previous owners?" So I answered 1 year and 3 previous owners. They replied, "Thanks for getting back to me, I'll like you to know I live in North Dakota, and I will also like you to know I will handle the shipping myself and payment will be made through money order, and shipping charges will be added to the money order."
What would you do/say? Don't know what to do!
She is priced at 375 and isn't registered which is why I was doubting someone from North Dakota would want her. Getting her would cost more than buying her!I too am from North Dakota. Why would it be suspicious for someone here to want to buy your horse? I know of someone that bought a horse from Europe and paid $50,000 for it and had it shipped. I don't know if they had seen the horse in person or bought it unseen.
At least around here, money orders have a max limit. I think it is either $500 or $1000. Anything more than that, you could just as well get a cashiers check from the bank.
There's nothing wrong with using money orders. My wife does it all the time. She doesn't have or even want a checking account. Unless a money order is a fake, they have been paid for with cash. Checks can be written without money being in the bank. Money orders can be verified with the company that issued it.
It very well could be a scam. The person could be legit too. Since you're uneasy and unsure, just tell them that you won't sell your horse without them seeing the horse in person and leave it at that. If they really want the horse, they'll have to make the trip.
If you do decide to sell something to someone that wants to pay with a money order, tell them that you won't ship it until you make sure the funds have cleared your bank.
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