I decided to put a few things on Craigslist the other day. I thought it might provide some fodder for a post and I was right.
I listed my Ipad Air 2, that I bought a year ago and have never used. I was paying $50.00 a month for service and I just kept thinking “what the hell am I doing?” I cancelled my contract with Verizon because the penalty was less than the cost of continuing it for another year.
I have sold everything from cars to Hoosier cabinets in the past and have never had a problem. I had a few of the “can you take the listing off and hold it for me because I am out of the country? I will pay you an extra $400.00 for your trouble” and I played with them for a while.
When it came down to “where do I have your check delivered,” I gave him the local police departments’ address and told him that I would actually be on duty that day. Hmm. Never heard from them again.
Yesterday, I got a text from somebody at 5:30 a.m., who had copied and pasted the add (a dead giveaway for a scammer.) They asked for my email address because they were “at work.” Their phone number was from Kansas City, Missouri. (My phone number is from Florida but I don’t live there, so it was understandable.) I responded:
“I’m at work too. No email. I can only text.” I didn’t hear back from them.
The next text was exactly the same scenario, except they wanted me to email THEM. (Their phone number was from Albuquerque, New Mexico.)
“Nope. No emails. Text only and FYI, you’re going to have to get up a little earlier to pull a scam on me.” Didn’t hear back from them.
This morning, I got a text from somebody asking if the Ipad was still for sale. Sounded legitimate so I texted back, even though the phone number was from Louisville, Ky.
My name is Leon, I’m in the United State Marine Corps (USMC) but i’m no longer in town to meet in person, I’m buying it for son in Az
“Sure you are.” (Of course, I know that there is more than one “United State” and I certainly don’t need “USMC” in parenthesis to understand that branch of the service. I figured the “sure you are” response would end the conversation.) Nope. He continued:
I’m okay with the price and i’ll pay $100 for overnight shipping
“I’m going to need $500.00 for overnight shipping. You understand. Insurance needs to be purchased and the Ipad is worth about $700.00. I hope you’re okay with that. I will also need an address for your son, since the Ipad is for him.”
No worry. Please alert as to where to send money order. I will need you address. If you like I can directly deposit money order into backing account of your choosing. I’m only needing routing number.
“Great! My account is at the First Federal Bank of Fuck you. I’m sure they have a few of those in Nigeria. My routing number is 666-666-666-666. I am so looking forward to the deposit and as soon as I get confirmation, the Ipad will be in the mail!
Two minutes later I got another text from, I’m sure the same person, but this time they were “playing nice” and their English was a little more polished. Their phone number was from Abilene, Tx. Now, this one is really good.
I didn’t respond to the text but looked the number up anyway. It belongs to an “escort service.” (Now if he/she was a customer or an employee, wouldn’t you think he/she would make enough money to buy his/her own Ipad or at least be able to talk one of his/her customers into buying one for him/her?)
Two minutes later another text from, this time, New York, NY. Since I didn’t respond to the other one, it says “I’m still interested in the Ipad. Let me know your firm price.” (Every text is a continuing conversation but with a different telephone number each time.)
Bless their hearts.
I’m fortunate that I can block unlimited numbers on my Iphone and that will frustrate these scammers. Like I have said before. There are some people you just shouldn’t try to fuck with.