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Old 08-17-2013, 12:39 AM   #1
 
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What would you do if you were scammed? I.e like sending someone money and they never sent ypu what you bought? I have a friend who was recently scammed and I just feel terrible for her. She sent someone a money order because the scammer sent her a photo of her license and she thought she could trust them...foolish, I know. So now she's out of her money and all she has is the persons info from their license.

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She should report it to the police, but very little chance anything will happen. Hopefully it wasn't to much money. She's probably just going to have to chalk it up to a lesson learned.

Was she having the item shipped? Why would you send a money order to Craigslist person? Isn't that a mostly local thing?
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She should report it to the police, but very little chance anything will happen. Hopefully it wasn't to much money. She's probably just going to have to chalk it up to a lesson learned.

Was she having the item shipped? Why would you send a money order to Craigslist person? Isn't that a mostly local thing?
It was a stupid mistake on her part. She was too trusting unfortunately. She used a credit card for the money order so she is disputing it and trying to see if they will reimburse her.

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Do you know from where she bought the money order?
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Western union I believe

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Get her to call her CC company, they might be able to help.
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Also have her call Western Union to see if the money order has been cashed. If it hasn't, perhaps a stop payment can be applied.

Curious minds want to know what she tried to buy...

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My friend tried to buy a designer purse secondhand and the paypal link the person off of craigslist shot her looked exactly, I mean, exactly like the real paypal. Instead they just ripped off her credit card information.
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Also have her call Western Union to see if the money order has been cashed. If it hasn't, perhaps a stop payment can be applied.

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Get her to call her CC company, they might be able to help.
They cashed it within an hour. That's when she knew it was a scam cuz the moment they got it they stopped responding to her.

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How long ago did it happen? how much money is she out? Is the license related to the type of service she was buying? If she has the person's name, phone number and professional license number, why can't she file small claims charges? Did she get any confirmable information on this person before sending the money or did she just send it willy nilly?
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How long ago did it happen? how much money is she out? Is the license related to the type of service she was buying? If she has the person's name, phone number and professional license number, why can't she file small claims charges? Did she get any confirmable information on this person before sending the money or did she just send it willy nilly?
This week. $200. No the license isnt related to what she bought.she doesn't think $200 is worth going to court for. No she did not know the person. She is just trusting of people
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Sorry to hear this happened.

This is one reason I don't make purchases w/strangers on CL. Better IMO to go through eBay, and choose someone with 97% + high ratings from thousands or hundreds of confirmed eBay buyers. Another option is to purchase online from established, popular and reputable companies only. That'd be my advice for your friend going forward. Too bad she had to learn the hard way.
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I almost fell for one of these too. I wanted a Vespa in the worst way, and that's almost how I got it!

The supposed "seller" claimed to be a British man with a summer home in Florida, who was forced to return to the UK due to a stroke (**dubious, but possible**). (He explained that it had affected his communication skills, so I should forgive him if his writing wasn't very good **missed red flag**) This person even sent a picture of an older gentleman on an airplane, which he said was taken just before takeoff. The scooter was supposedly in storage in Tennessee, where his friend would arrange shipment once my Western Union payment was received (**missed red flag**). When I went to buy the WU order, I was shocked at the fees, so I asked if there was another form of payment he would accept. He sent me the name of a company I hadn't heard of, and though the website looked legit, I decided to do some more research. Not surprisingly, the company was a fraud.

When I informed him that I was aware of his scam, and I would not be sending any funds, he became belligerent and threatened to come after me for his money. I threatened to report him to Craigslist, after which I never heard from him again. The CL rep told me that any listing requiring a remote transfer of payment is almost invariably a fraud, and pointed out the warning that appears at the bottom of every CL posting:

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Live and learn. I was more fortunate than your friend, but it was a very close call.
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Wow Yossarian! He threatened to come after you??? How scary!

sKorpio, I feel so sorry for your friend. Unfortunately, many learn from their mistakes. I would hope there would be something she could do with the DL info, but that could be fake. Maybe google the name and address. IDK. I just hate that people get away with this.
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Wow Yossarian! He threatened to come after you??? How scary!

sKorpio, I feel so sorry for your friend. Unfortunately, many learn from their mistakes. I would hope there would be something she could do with the DL info, but that could be fake. Maybe google the name and address. IDK. I just hate that people get away with this.
You and me both. She really can't afford these things happening to her. People tell her to go to the persons address but she knows better than that at least
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If I had sufficient documentation to win the case, I would def file in small claims cort. Just on general principle. I would also notify CL and put her on blast on the CL message board.

I wonder if it's possible that some legitimate thing happened to the woman and she just hasn't been able to respond?

It was on a much smaller scale but back in the summer of '05 I bought a few items from a boardie here. And I never received my stuff. I was kind of ticked until I realized she lived in New Orleans...and Katrina had just hit. haven't heard from her since. It happens.(I hope she's OK, wherever she wound up.)

I'm not sure what the license has to do w/ anything. Do you mean her drivers license? I guess I thought you meant like her real estate license or massage therapist license or nurse's license. LOL

It's an expensive lesson but some ppl, most notably elderly ones, have been bilked of their entire life savings and will never be able to rebuild it.
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If I had sufficient documentation to win the case, I would def file in small claims cort. Just on general principle. I would also notify CL and put her on blast on the CL message board.

I wonder if it's possible that some legitimate thing happened to the woman and she just hasn't been able to respond?

It was on a much smaller scale but back in the summer of '05 I bought a few items from a boardie here. And I never received my stuff. I was kind of ticked until I realized she lived in New Orleans...and Katrina had just hit. haven't heard from her since. It happens.(I hope she's OK, wherever she wound up.)

I'm not sure what the license has to do w/ anything. Do you mean her drivers license? I guess I thought you meant like her real estate license or massage therapist license or nurse's license. LOL

It's an expensive lesson but some ppl, most notably elderly ones, have been bilked of their entire life savings and will never be able to rebuild it.
She is currently disputing the charge on her credit card. And she did put a notice on craigslist and put her license picture that the scammer sent her too. Also, nothing happened to that *****. She has continued posting the same ad on CL everyday only now she added that she's selling the phone to "pay for dorm fees"
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At this point I'd hold CL accountable.
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At this point I'd hold CL accountable.
How?
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If I had sufficient documentation to win the case, I would def file in small claims cort. Just on general principle. I would also notify CL and put her on blast on the CL message board.

I wonder if it's possible that some legitimate thing happened to the woman and she just hasn't been able to respond?

It was on a much smaller scale but back in the summer of '05 I bought a few items from a boardie here. And I never received my stuff. I was kind of ticked until I realized she lived in New Orleans...and Katrina had just hit. haven't heard from her since. It happens.(I hope she's OK, wherever she wound up.)

I'm not sure what the license has to do w/ anything. Do you mean her drivers license? I guess I thought you meant like her real estate license or massage therapist license or nurse's license. LOL

It's an expensive lesson but some ppl, most notably elderly ones, have been bilked of their entire life savings and will never be able to rebuild it.
She is currently disputing the charge on her credit card. And she did put a notice on craigslist and put her license picture that the scammer sent her too. Also, nothing happened to that *****. She has continued posting the same ad on CL everyday only now she added that she's selling the phone to "pay for dorm fees"
She used her credit card to pay for item (it was a cell phone?)? If so, that's good. She can just file a police report and get her money back.
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