Attempted scam through Fiddlehangout's classifieds. A supposed buyer contacted me wanted to buy my fiddle (didn't ask any questions about the instrument.). Scammer, (Maria with a Russian surname), said that she would send a certified cashier's for an amount that I was asking for the fiddle plus extra $$ to cover a "mover" (not shipping) who would pick up the instrument and take it to her in Tampa. The scam works like this. The cashier's check is phony, but supposedly your bank will cash it if you have the funds to back it up. You then send the so-called "mover" the extra money the scammer added on to the phony check. The mover never shows, the check bounces, and the bank holds you responsible for the entire amount. You still have your instrument, but you're out the difference the scammer told you to send to the "mover". I didn't fall for it. It seemed fishy, but it turns out this is fairly common scam, after reading a few sad stories of people who fell for it. Bottom line: if something in a deal where you're posting something for sale looks a little off (like whoever heard of a "mover" transporting a sale item??), it's probably a scam. This scammer might hit others on this website. Craigslist is a favorite target as well.
I received the offer to buy from this person yesterday under the same conditions and was initially very suspicious. I looked for her on the Fiddle Hangout and found that she only joined yesterday! Ended up just deleting her [Fiddle Hangout] email she sent to me.
Also, sellers may also receive a bogus, scam offer from a "David Martins," as I also did yesterday, through the Banjo Hangout. He uses a standard Paypal type of scam where he's trying to obtain a Paypal address and a phone number, probably in an attempt to guess a password. His email also notes he is out of town on business but wants to pay on Paypal and give his shipping address later. Again, I just deleted the email he sent to me through the Banjo Hangout.
I've even thought of editing / adding to the wording of any classified ad that I post that I'll only consider potential buyers if before they make an offer they provide some suitable, credible form of documentation / bona fides.
Edited by - hayesdt on 02/27/2020 09:45:33
Thanks for the warning, same thing has happened to me, same name, Maria with Russian surname, how do you report this to moderator of site, luckily I did not cash or ship anything.
This scam happens on craigslist to the point of I dont really want to post anything for all of those type of situations.
Thanks for the heads up. If you repost this in the "Website Problems" forum, Eric will probably see it, or you can contact him directly.
Just click the link to report the user as a scammer, and they'll be auto-locked. Easy peasy!
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