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Offline c_dwyer

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Under the "Way Too Good to be True" Category
« on: October 10, 2017, 05:12 PM »
No explanation needed.

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/tls/d/garage-full-of-stuff-all-free/6340903789.html

I think one of those photos looks familiar.  The middle one is actually the inside of a van, and the last one looks like one of @Timtool's older shop photos.

Update: phone number is bogus. 
« Last Edit: October 10, 2017, 05:19 PM by c_dwyer »

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Offline SonOfMI

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Re: Under the "Way Too Good to be True" Category
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2017, 05:18 PM »
Image 3 of 3 is Tim Wilmots' great looking work bench.  At least I think its his.  If its not his exactly, its his design.

Offline rvieceli

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Re: Under the "Way Too Good to be True" Category
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2017, 05:20 PM »

Offline ben_r_

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Re: Under the "Way Too Good to be True" Category
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2017, 05:28 PM »
lol definitely a scam, but what do these people want from you exactly? You call them and they try to squeeze information out of you? They give you an address to go to and rob you when you get there? What are they getting out of these kinds of scams?
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Offline Gregor

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Re: Under the "Way Too Good to be True" Category
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2017, 07:13 PM »
As the info on the site is no longer there I have to speculate:

Tools are over-cheap and when you call they will try to talk you into 'send me $ with Western Union (or other money washers) and get them sent by UPS' with the money gone and no tools showing up in case you fall for it.

Here in germany there have been quite some amazon listings from 3rd party sellers that tried to pull that ('mail us at scammer@gmx and we tell you where to send the money for faster processing' in the seller description), usually with about 1/2 of normal price of the products.

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Under the "Way Too Good to be True" Category
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2017, 07:58 PM »
My wife has been in the banking industry for some 18 years and the last 5 in retail banking. Despite the widespread info. about the "Please remit $1000 to me so I can send this $100,000 estate money to you" kind of scam and many others, people still fall for them, believe it or not.

Most victims or potential victims are older folks (70+), but she came across a case in which a young fellow (in his late 20s or early 30s) came to her bank to pay an email notice from the taxman to avoid late charges!!!

The most common scam that some people do fall for: A victim receives a cheque or money order to deposit, with the instructions that the victim keeps portion of it (say, $300 out of a $2500 cheque or bank draft) and remits the rest to a local bank account (acct number and address given) IMMEDIATELY. Most folks thought it was safe as long as the bank accepted their deposits and sent out the money out of the same account the cheque was deposited into. A week later (much longer if it was a foreign bank draft), the deposited cheques bounced and they became a victim statistic.

It is true that the majority of people will not fall for scams, but if only 1% of the population believed a good deal was to be had, it was a still a lot money to the crooks. In the internet age, the cost of pulling a scam is very low.
« Last Edit: October 10, 2017, 08:04 PM by ChuckM »

Offline live4ever

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Re: Under the "Way Too Good to be True" Category
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2017, 11:30 PM »
Sadly, it is usually older folks that fall for this kind of stuff, and these and other financial scams are specifically targeted towards the elder [and wiser] amongst us.   [sad]

The reasons are starting to be biologically understood beyond the "Well, brains degenerate as we age..."  In my own experience it is amazing to me how people who were absolutely brilliant throughout their lives must be constantly told that no, they have not in fact won anything from Publisher's Clearing House, nor have they won the free cruise that was left on their voicemail.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120816121836.htm
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