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Avoid Buyer Scams!!

Saturday, February 24, 2018   (0 Comments)
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"Brian Marvin" - A recent Scam reported by several members:

Protect yourself by being aware and educated about online scams that are designed to take your money!

CBA volunteers and Steering Committee members are well aware of more than one classic scam being experienced by several members. This particular one has been reported in detail, and we are placing it on the News portion of the site for our Members' attention. Unfortunately, this is not something we can control.

Congratulations to all who have not fallen for it. If there is a next time for the reader, a non-response would be most effective. IGNORE or DELETE any suspicious emails!

Required reading for everyone submitting a Cats4Sale ad should be our website menu item under Cat For Sale - "Anti-Scam Advice from Craigslist"

In the Craigslist advice, you will see descriptions of scams similar to this one that was experienced by a member.

General scam description (from a member, edited for privacy):

"I advertised an M22 SAIL for about $800 on the CBA website and received an offer to buy via email. The gentleman's name was Brian Marvin and he said he lived in Kansas. He could not communicate by phone because he stuttered too badly. His writing, however, was grammatically correct and well versed. We agreed on a price and he insisted he would send his shipper to my house to pack and ship my sail to him.

Then he emailed that he was not able to pay his shipper directly, but would include enough money in his check to cover shipping, and I should then pay the shipper. Any additional money left over from the sale should be returned to him.  A cashier check for almost $5,000 drawn on Chase Bank arrived in a US Postal Service special delivery envelope bearing no return address.

I emailed Brian Marvin that his check had arrived, but I could not accept it because the check was more than 4 times the price we agreed on for the sail. I also asked for his address so I could send it back to him.  He responded with a poorly worded letter that did not include his address.

The warning signs:

1. Who sails a Marshall 22 catboat in Kansas? Unless he summers on the Cape.

2. There was no phone number and no shipping address.

3. He repeatedly refused to have me ship the sail to him.

4. His emails appeared to be written by different people.

5. His Chase bank cashier check was ridiculously greater than the price of the sail.

What could have happened:

1. I would have cashed the check [and when it bounced, had to deal with the bank...].

2. I would have paid his "shipper" and sent the balance to him.

3. I would have paid out almost $5000 less the cost of the sail.

4. My bank would have required me to repay almost $5000.

5. I could have lost almost $9,000 in bank repayments, phony shipping charges, and "returning" money to Brian Marvin."

Avoid all of this by being as skeptical as one must be about online buyers who seem even a little bit dodgy!

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