Originally Posted by bravelion
If that’s the case, I feel like a dummy for sharing it. I should’ve scrutinized it more carefully first.
Originally Posted by gahamby
An educational thread. No harm in posting it. Dissected quickly.
Don't feel dumb for sharing it at all. Anytime the typical scam telltales can be shared it's worth it. There are several older threads here on how to spot scams. I'll reiterate a few.
1. It's on Craigslist. 99% of vehicles on CL are scams. Used to not be the case but now it is. It's free and hardly moderated. It happens. People suck.
2. One or two basic pics, very basic info, often wrong (like calling a Dodge an E350) and no personal info like "We bought this van and went to Alaska and it was great but now I'm sick and....." Almost every SMB or campervan has a story that people love to share. Scammers don't have hearts or souls.
3. No phone number, just the basic CL email relay.
4. Pics that do not match WHERE the van is listed. Example, palm trees in the pics, van listed in Minneapolis.
5. The biggest dead giveaway, PRICE! Any idiot knows a camper van isn't going for $1600 in today's market. If it sounds too good to be true......
6. No quick response when you email seller. It is VERY standard for scammers to wait about 2 days to reply, then give you a sob story about how they work for Greenpeace and their cat is sick thus they van must be shipped by a reputable shipper and so on. Their stories make about this much sense.
7. Posted in multiple cities. That's why forums like this are great. You can hardly sell an SMB anywhere in the country without someone here knowing it's lineage or belonging to someone here or at least knowing something about it. If posted in multiple cities word travels here fast.
There are more I will probably think of.