Help I need an adult!
Not a forum scam, Craigslist, and I just feel like sharing a story.
Just this past week, there was a CL post for a Warn winch, I’m looking at getting one for our Wrangler 4xe.
Anyway, brand new, was a gift and he already had one, only photo posted up was a file shot from Amazon or from the Warn website. Red Flag
After several emails, I provided my number to text, several texts later we had set up a day/time/location to meet up in the middle from where we both live about an hour apart. I was asked what I drive, I replied I wasn’t sure what I’d be driving that day(too soon and only on the first date!) Red Flag
I then get a text the day before we’re to meet asking for my address, no other context, I tell him I thought we were meeting up the following day at the designated middle spot, replies he was heading into where I live for other reasons and will bring it to my house. Uh….no. Red Flag
I had originally thrown out a price because he was asking over retail, no response. Red Flag
I asked if he would accept Venmo(I don’t like showing up to these things with cash), he doesn’t Venmo/PayPal, cash only. OK, I get it.
I had also initially asked for a pic of at least the box with model number visible, also no response. Red Flag
The morning of, I tried confirming our meet up time and that I was still interested in a pic of the actual product he claimed to have before we meet, he then canceled due to a “family emergency”……Right
Several scenarios have gone through my head, how would this have gone down? Was there ever any intention to meet up in the first place? I doubt it, after all, I’m certain he didn’t have the item I was looking to buy. He’s now got my email and #, was this just the classic CL scam of intel gathering? What I drive, where I live? And to what end? Mortgage scam, CC scam, to send out phishing emails….?
And if the meeting had in fact taken place, he knows that I have cash in hand, and if I had told him what I was driving, he could have had a buddy posted up somewhere to either intercept, cause a minor accident or to just come in and jump me while I was engaged with him.
There were enough flags for me to pick up on a bit of sketchiness going on before giving up more info or showing up and getting myself into a bit of trouble. Yes, I flagged the post.
Be safe, lots of people out there with less than ideal intentions. If you feel something is a bit off, you’re probably right. I usually like to have a conversation with those I’m dealing with from CL, at least that gives another layer to assess the situation and figure out who you’re dealing with, in this particular case we did not have a chat for whatever reason.
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