Thursday, September 29, 2016

Scam

Giant CraigList Scam!

Do you remember my writing to you about leaving Guava Gardens? That plan began to take shape during my 10-day invitation to stay in my friend Pete Olson's RV at Jojoba Hills.

Only 5-days into that 10-day stay, I was jarred into the realization that I was about to become a FullTiming RVer again! My head was turned around at Jojoba's "Last Friday Supper" held on August 26th!

It is almost incomprehensible to me, that sooooo much has happened since that date! Only Friday, August 26th. Only 33 days ago. My God! Man-O-Man!

My plan was to: 
  • Join the Escapees RV Club 
  • Buy a trailer 
  • Get on the waiting list to become a member of the Jojoba Hills RV Resort
  • Sell or give away all my Guava Gardens apartment furniture and stuff
  • Move into my new trailer 
  • Find an RV park where I may remain while waiting to get to the top of the Jojoba waiting list [Jojoba is pronounced: "hoe-hoe-bah"]
There were just a few things to get out of the way in order to move into my new trailer. BTW, my new trailer, Miss Twayler, is getting famous real fast!

In order to move out of Guava Gardens, I had to do something with all of the furniture in my apartment. Sooooo, I put listings for everything in San Diego's CraigsList.

In only one day, I received an offer to buy the 50" Samsung TV for $400. Since I paid $525 for that TV over two years ago, in April, 2014, I accepted that $400 offer and was extremely happy to get that much.

The buyer conducted all his communication with me by texting. The buyer informed that a "Cashier's Check" would be on the way via US Mail. And sure enough, I received that cashier's check only two days later.

Only thing was, that the cashier's check that arrived in my mail box was NOT for the agreed $400. It was for $1,980!!!!!!

That was when I received texts informing that the buyer of my TV had also purchased other stuff locally. And mover's were coming here to pickup the sold TV. Then the movers would go and pickup the other stuff.

Then, the buyer informed me, that when the movers arrived to get my TV which he had bought, I was to give them the money for all the other stuff. too And where would the money for the movers come from? I would deposit the $1,980 cashier's check into my bank account. Then withdraw $800 dollars cash, and give that cash to the movers.

My TV buyer informed, just hang on to the balance [$1,980 - my $400 for the TV - $800 for the movers] balance left = $780. Like I said, I was to hang on to that $780 balance and my TV buyer would tell me later what to do with it.

Right then, that was when things began to go very, very bad for my TV buyer. Because during the preceding evening, I had decided not to sell the Samsung TV to him! I wanted to gift all of my Guava Gardens furnishings to my dear Cousin Paul! Including the Samsung 50" TV.

When I texted my TV buyer that I was reneging on the TV sale, he sent a reply text stating, "Why did you not tell me that BEFORE I mailed you the $1,980 cashier's check? I texted a reply, "I only made that no-sell TV decision last nite!"

Several hours later, my ex-TV buyer texted, "The movers will be coming by your apartment tomorrow. I found another TV local to you, and for the same $400 price.

My movers will be picking up this other TV and then picking up the "other stuff" that I bought. Give the buyers $400 + $780 [total $1,180] from the $1,980 cashier's check that you already deposited into your bank account.

However, at that point things really went south BIG time for my ex-TV buyer. I informed him, I will NOT be here at Guava Gardens tomorrow. I moved out this afternoon. I am now living in my newly purchase trailer. Oh my! My ex-TV buyer became sooooo upset with me. He texted, "Why are you playing games with me??"

From that point on, I sent several texts asking for his US Post Office address. He never texted back his address. I figured eventually, he would send that address. It never even crossed my mind, that this dude would just walk away from his $1,980! But that is exactly what happened. He walked away! And his US Postal address that I asked him to text me, that address never arrived!

Sooooo, what happened?
This afternoon, I received a text message from my bank informing that there was a large with withdrawal from my account. Exactly $1,980 would you believe?!

Seems that the cashier's check had been returned  by the bank named on that check. The reason for the return? That Cashier's Check had been altered, or in some other way was fraudulent!

Boy-O-Boy. I cracked up when my bank rep on the phone with me, informed about why the returned cashier's check was NO GOOD!!

Wow! Just too much! Gotta love it! ๐Ÿ˜

Winner, and still Tioga George!


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  1. Great story.
    Hey that's great that your did not get ripped off with that scam.

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    1. Hi OAT,

      Yes, It was great! And I was very lucky to have escaped unscathed!

      Tioga George


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    2. Hey George i'm glad to see you on the road again if i had any sense that what i would do get out this stick house and hit road again. I will be reading your blog again. I don't know thing to talk about just sitting in this stick house and don't know what happen elsewhere.Take care on your travels and i will keep in touch.

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  2. That is funny - you inadvertently short-circuited his whole crime...

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    1. Hi Pete [Old friend of mine๐Ÿ˜Ž.

      "Inadvertently",,,,Yes! That's the word!! Describes how I was able to emerge without a scratch from the clutches of this creep and his and his cohorts!

      Tioga George


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  3. The moral of the story: don't ever accept a check written for more money than the price of the item you are selling. All these deals are SCAMS!

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    1. No Ramen the moral of the story is it cash

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    2. Hi Raymond, [And Mister Ed]

      My take on it. NEVER get coerced into exchanging cash for a check. Never, ever, ever!!

      Tioga George


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    3. I agree! When I sold all my stuff, I started with Craig's List, and nothing left my house unless I had cash in hand. Even if you are selling a car for thousands, ONLY take cash. There's a lot of this kind of scam going on. :(

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    1. Hi Kevin,

      It was a good one. I sure wish that I had the foresight and wisdom to have seen this one coming!

      I just got really, really lucky.

      Tioga George


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  6. All I can say is, amazing! Glad the story didn't end the other way.

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    1. Hi Contessa,

      Amazing is the key word, that tripped up this rotten dude!

      Tioga George

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  7. So you did put the 1980$ in the bank?
    Cashiers checks today via the mail are too liable to bet worthless.
    Like the others, I like to see the purchaser and the cold hard cash! (Use the marker pens to check on counterfit money.)

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    1. Hi Norm,

      Yes, I deposit the cashier's check into my bank account.

      Tioga George


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  8. George I'm like you...completely naรฏve what was happening until you explained later. I was think boy this guy is very trusting with is money to send a cashier's check for over the amount...LOL!!

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    1. Hi Rita,

      Well, it appears that you and I are birds of a feather!

      I have been trusting all of my life. Really do NOT want to live any other way. Wouldn't it be a horrible way to go thru life, being suspicious about every person we meet?

      Luckily for me in this $1,980 cashier's check deal, I was NOT greedy. I never thought all the while this back and forth texting was going on, that this guy was a scammer.

      I only tripped up this dirty dude, by insisting that I mail him one of my personal checks to him for the $1,980.

      Tioga George

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  9. Classic Craig's list scam. Luckily you didn't get burned too badly with it!

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    1. Hi AU,

      I was extremely lucky in this matter. I didn't burned at all !! Could have easily gone the other way for me, and cost me BIG $cash$.

      Tioga George


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  10. Our granddaughter recently rented an apartment in Vancouver from out of town. The market is so hot the owners cannot wait for you to come and look at the apartment so you have to send the money on blind faith. In many cases the people offering the apartments do not own them, they simply copy and pasted the info from another ad but want you to send the first and last months rent to them. My granddaughter came across three such scammers before finding her apartment. Luckily she was smart enough not to get taken. You were presented with an old CraigsList scam. Good for you for not falling for it.

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    1. Hi Croft,

      Thank you sooooo much for your, "Good for you for not falling for it" compliment.

      You are a very lucky Grandfather to have such a savvy Granddaughter. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

      Tioga George



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  11. George, I love the way you beat the scammer at his own game! The first clue to a scam is when a check is drawn from a bank you have never heard of or is an out-of-town bank. If the check is mailed to you or handed to you personally drawn from an IN-TOWN bank, I always present the check to the in-town bank it is drawn from, and in return either I get cash or the check bounces on that particular account. The check never touches MY checking account, and I deposit cash in my account.

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    1. Hi Dee,

      Your comment reveals you as having a whole lot more sense in these matters, than myself.

      You are really very good!

      Tioga George



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  12. Tioga George, you are lucky and also wise. To bad the world has become such a corrupt place where it's hard to trust anyone. Most young people wouldn't believe it but there was a day when you could trust a simple hand shake to seal the deal.

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    1. Hi Sheila,

      Don't you still feel that nearly all people are honest? I do.

      Maybe I am simply naive.

      Tioga George


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  13. So glad you lucked out on this one George.

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    1. Hi Don,

      You are glad about it, and I am glad about it!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      Tioga George


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  14. I feel badly that you went through this scam, George. However, I'm glad you were lucky by not sending any money to that person. Hallelujah! Blessings, Lynn

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    1. Hi Lynnie,

      Thank you!

      Tioga George

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  15. I'm currently selling some stuff on Craigslist. Got an inquiry just today from a buyer wanting to actually pay me more than each expensive item was listed for. Said he was giving me more because he'd want the items shipped to his son who is overseas. All I needed to do was give him my Paypal account name and he'd send me the funds.

    If it sounds too good to be true...it is!

    I responded that if he'd like to offer less and pay cash, I'd let him to do all the shipping work to his son.

    Never heard from the guy again.

    On the bright side, I did meet up with a different buyer today who came with cash in hand to buy some items. Both of us left very happy-- the way all Craigslist transactions should be!

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    1. Hi Lynne,

      Likely, most buying and selling on CraigsList are honest.

      Do the scammers only have one way of operating? I believe that the answer is, "Yes!" They must convert their check to your cash.

      Tioga George


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