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i will love to make an instant purchase

Put a couple of items up for sale on my local Craigslist tonight. It didn't take more than an hour to get this email:

"hi there is this item still available? my sister will be moving in to her new home and would love her to have this item besides her birthday is around the corner please get back at me about the price and let me know
God Bless

Well, that sounded fine, so I wrote back with the price and availability, including my phone number for contact. 30 minutes later I get this:

"Oh i see,well that is ok.Thanks for the prompt response and i will love to make an instant purchase,so pls do withdraw the advert from Craigs list,i dont mind adding an extra $50 for you to take the advert down from Criags list,i want to be rest assured that nobody else gets a hold of the item.I will also like you to know that i will be paying via company certified cashier check,and it will be over night payment due to the distance.i will take care of that.So i will need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of the cheque
1.Your full name
2.Your mailing address
3.Your phone number.
I am located in WV . I
just want to purchase the item for her as a surprise birthday present as this day is around the corner. I would also like to pay a.s.a.p I will be sending my mover to come pick up the item. but i hope that it is still in a very good condition. Bye"

Oh, brother. This is like one of those "how many things can you find wrong with the picture" exercises. I feel just like Tootle - red flags waving at me from everywhere!

Shall we count them? Consider this an exercise in what not to fall for on Craigslist, if you've never experienced this kind of thing.

1) The English is hideous.
2) An offer to pay more than the advertised price.
3) Paying with "company certified cashier check"
4) Wants my personal information
5) Claims they need to take care of this by mail 'because of the distance' - "WV" is "West Valley", about 20 minutes from where I live.
6) Sending "my mover" to come pick up the item.
7) I had already provided my phone number.

This spells "N I G E R I A N" with a capital Moron. My response back was a one-liner: "Dem no born you reach." That's Nigerian pidgin for "Don't even think about it." I resisted the temptation to throw in various insults as well>

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Aug. 21st, 2009 10:22 am (UTC)
send them the address and number to the police station ;)
Aug. 21st, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
I've done that before with the ones who want to use my bank to transfer millions out of the country. I give them the address and phone number of the San Francisco police department...
Aug. 21st, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
So despite the fabled rudeness of Airport Security and them holding Shah Rukh Khan recently 2 hours until the Indian embassy got on the case (I have reservations about this)...
You still have NIGERIANS in the country.
I have a few flyers for exput who cun defeet de evul eyee. Do you need help fighting the infestation?
Aug. 21st, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)


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