Guaranteed good laugh and seller beware scam story

Discussion in 'rec.bicycles.marketplace' started by frank121, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. frank121

    frank121 Guest

    I received a few scam contacts on a Davidson frame and fork I have for sale
    on some internet websites. This exchange was probably the funniest of them.
    Please notice how his name changes and how he never misses a beat on wanting
    the bike!:
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    MY AD IN CONDENSED VERSION:
    According to information provided by the Seattle, Washington bike shop that
    handles the Davidson line, this is a pre-1987 Davidson Impulse. It is built
    with Tange Prestige tubing and Takahashi investment cast lugs, and a frame
    like this today would cost $1650 without the headset or derailleur. $375
    professionally packed and shipped insured UPS Ground Service the lower 48
    states. Pictures available on request.
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    HIS INITIAL INQUIRY
    Hello,
    I was searching for Frame, when i came across yours. well my name is Mr
    Penny i am bussiness man that deals with items of so many kinds.I also help
    my client over there in the USA to do their buying and also help
    with their shipping. I will like to know the present condition and also i
    will like to know if you will accept a Usa cheque as a mode of payment.
    Please let me
    know the final price and if possible provide with the condition, and your
    phone number is also needed and i will want you send me the pics if
    possible. please i will want you to respond as soon as possible.urgent
    response needed.
    Thanks,
    Mr Penny.
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    MY REPLY
    The frame is really bent up and rusted after it was backed over by a rental
    truck at a race, but if you are still interested I would sell it for $500.
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    HIS REPLY
    Once again, I thank you for your reply towards my enquiry to :Frame from
    you. Indeed, I want to buy the Frame and would like to inform you once again
    that the mode of payment is going to be by cheque. This check will be sent
    to you by my client who lives in the U.S and he is oweing me some amount of
    Dollars which is($3,500)so I decided to use the money to buy the said Frame
    from you. So as soon as you get the check you are to deduct your selling
    price and forward the remaining excess fund to the Store. You may wonder why
    did I not receive this check directly from my client. yes, I could have
    receive it directly from my client but for the fact that it will take 30-32
    days to clear in the bank here in Spain,So decided to use to buy the said
    item from you. To make this payment available to you, I ill need the
    following information from your Full Name,Address and mobile phone. Asper
    the Shippment,my shipping agent will come down to you for the pick-up and
    some other necessary arrangement tp be done.
    Regards,
    Johnson
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    MY REPLY
    Thanks, I didn't intend this to be an auction, but there has been much
    interest in this frame! I have an offer of $2000 for the bike because the
    buyer said since the bike was rolled over by the truck it will be more
    aerodynamic and faster so he is willing to pay more for it. He also said
    since it was broken in two by the force of the truck he will pay twice the
    shipping, which is an additional $500. That makes the bike and shipping a
    total of $2500, which he is going to send me more because someone owes him
    money or something and I will send him the overpayment either by Western
    Union or a US cashier's check. Do you think this would be a good deal for
    me?
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    HIS REPLY
    Thanks for your mail, i just want you to know that am much interested in
    buying the Frame and bike which is $2,500 with the $500 for the shipping and
    i will make an offer for it for $2,800 for it. Hope to hear from you
    soonest, and awaiting for your full informationwhich my client will send you
    the check for the payment of the bike and frame.
    Regards,
    Mr Johnson.
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    MY REPLY...I GOT TIRED OF PLAYING :)
    Sorry, but it sold for $15000.
     
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