Welcome Inspire Pilots!
Join our free DJI Inspire community today!
Sign up

Watch out for this scam

Joined
Aug 14, 2019
Messages
12
Reaction score
5
Age
62
I put my Inspire 1 V2 up for sale on Craig's list. Very quickly, I got a response and as the communication went forward, it got more and more suspicious. I just want to put this out there so that no one on here falls for it.

1. Communication was answered quickly on Craig's list, but immediately switched to another account and went outside that environment. That part, I fell for.
2. Person contacted me with a story that he or she would send a check by FEDEX overnight and that I needed to cash the check, but it was going to be for more than the price of the drone to pay for shipping some other items to "her" new apartment. (It was here where I recognized the scam). I replied that no, I wasn't interested. The scam works by getting the product and the delay between when you cash the check and when the bank finds out it's a forgery. You are stuck losing the product and the money you paid out of pocket to "her" "shipping company".
3. Person still sent me a Cashier's check anyway by FEDEX. It was sent from Naples Florida and the Check was drawn from a Kitchen Equipment company in Kentucky. The check was a forgery, but a pretty good one. I called both the company (which did exist) and the bank on the check to notify them. Both had apparently seen this before and from this location.
4. I notified local Police, who wasn't interested because technically, there is no victim since I recognized the scam and didn't fall for it. I did file a report with the FBI, since it was an interstate crime attempt but since it was just less than $5K, don't expect to ever hear back from them.

I would have posted in Classified, but apparently don't have enough posts to do that. I'm posting here, because they only go for expensive products, like you would sell from this site. I would really hate to see someone here fall for it.
 
Joined
Jun 28, 2016
Messages
1,365
Reaction score
585
Age
57
Usually, you can pretty much count on the first 3 Craigslist responses being scammers. As you have discovered, there are LOTS of easy ways to flush them out. Their M.O. sticks out like a sore thumb. That said...

I have sold many items very successfully on craigslist. But I owe to two standard statements I put in every listing:

"All questions that are already answered in this ad will be ignored."

"Price is firm. No low-balling."

Most of the time I ignore low-ballers or questions that I have answered in the listing. Why? Because DUMB customers are BAD customers. They don't understand what they are buying. They don't understand what "Price is firm, no low-balling" means. It's been my profound experience that SMART customers are BETTER customers.

I also include a Scammer Warning, which serves two purposes:

1) To ward off scammers.
2) Any customer who comments on the scammer paragraph I know read the entire listing.


"Scammers: I will happily send you on a wild goose chase unlike any other you have ever been on before. I am merciless. I will lie to you and give you some ridiculous price like $8,000 for my "item." I will make you waste your money on a check sent to me via UPS. Once I have your check, I will act stupid and make you explain 10 times how to send a Money Gram. I will then lie to you and tell you I sent it. After 3 or 4 failed attempts, I will ask you if Western Union is okay, at which point I will send you on yet ANOTHER wild goose chase with false Western Union numbers. All this time I will be laughing and sharing screen captures of your email, text messages and bogus checks on Facebook. We will all laugh our asses off at your expense. When I am done I will toss the check and the UPS envelope into a large pile that I use to teach my computer class students how transparent your stupid scam is. So if you really want to go through all this crap, please feel free to text me that you want to know "the condition of the item." I will be happy to tell you that "the item" is in mint condition. Go ahead. Make my day."

I have made good on my promise to scammers many times. I usually have phun with it.

Good luck.

D
 
Joined
Mar 20, 2017
Messages
197
Reaction score
58
Location
Arizona
The clue of course is the cash this check for more than the advertised amount.
That‘s been going on for years.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Phillip DeVore
Joined
Dec 13, 2018
Messages
43
Reaction score
13
Age
69
Location
Hawaii
Website
www.HawaiiAerialVisions.com
I was not aware of this scam until two months ago a person contacted me through our web site and commissioned a job that had to be done "this month" starting next week and everyday for a month... (large $contract) - I was jazzed... then came the request (after we sent him his estimate) that he needed to send $6,000 to his surveyor and could he include this in the amount he would transfer (via SQUARE) to our account. This raised the hairs on the back of my neck, but thinking it through I thought, well if I just keep the 6,000 in my account until the transfer clears I should be ok, so agreed.

Sure enough two days later $19,000 was deposited into our SQUARE account... WOW - maybe this is legit... I didn't touch the money and sure enough the transfer was put on hold then denied and I had to reverse the charges... SQUARE said the payment was fraudulent using a stolen credit card...

I haven't replied to any of his subsequent emails.

Then another hit with a similar request from SANDRA $%^&* - goggled her and she is all over the internet with her scam...

Pathetic.
 
Joined
Aug 14, 2019
Messages
12
Reaction score
5
Age
62
One of the companies I worked with, had a request for me to map a property (relative, not absolute), then provide 4 direction pictures and come back every day and monitor progress on a house being built. The company sent him an invoice, but he came up with all kinds of reasons why he couldn't use Paypal for payment, which at least buffers that sort of thing somewhat. It sounds like it was going the same way, but he hadn't brought up the overpayment and/or reasons yet.
 
Joined
Jun 28, 2016
Messages
1,365
Reaction score
585
Age
57
I was not aware of this scam until two months ago a person contacted me through our web site and commissioned a job that had to be done "this month" starting next week and everyday for a month... (large $contract) - I was jazzed... then came the request (after we sent him his estimate) that he needed to send $6,000 to his surveyor and could he include this in the amount he would transfer (via SQUARE) to our account. This raised the hairs on the back of my neck, but thinking it through I thought, well if I just keep the 6,000 in my account until the transfer clears I should be ok, so agreed.

Sure enough two days later $19,000 was deposited into our SQUARE account... WOW - maybe this is legit... I didn't touch the money and sure enough the transfer was put on hold then denied and I had to reverse the charges... SQUARE said the payment was fraudulent using a stolen credit card...

I haven't replied to any of his subsequent emails.

Then another hit with a similar request from SANDRA $%^&* - goggled her and she is all over the internet with her scam...

Pathetic.
Great story. That's a new one. This world we live in....geeze....

D
 
Joined
Feb 27, 2017
Messages
490
Reaction score
103
Age
65
I was selling a refrigerator on Craig's and got the same check scam, as soon as "she" proposed that I cut off all communications with "her"
 
Joined
Jun 28, 2016
Messages
1,365
Reaction score
585
Age
57
Funny...I'm selling a commercial 1200 AMP 3-phase switch on Craigslist. I get an email from a housewife with a sob story about how her kids aren't eating, and how she can't pay in full but she'll send a partial check and I'm to send money to the shipper, yada, yada. I mean, the scam was transparent as hell. But what made it funny is why would a housewife with 3 kids need a 1200 Amp, 3-phase switch? Freakin' hilarious.

D
 
Joined
Aug 14, 2019
Messages
12
Reaction score
5
Age
62
It's hard to believe that they actually get people to fall for it, with all the red flags all over the place. Mine also used the "I'm worried about whether I can trust you" angle. I'm not sure it's because people fall for it because of a tendency to compassion or their desire to get a quick sale. They tend to use both routes.
 

New Threads

Members online

Forum statistics

Threads
20,543
Messages
198,908
Members
30,087
Latest member
dronedepot