Paul - Semi Old and Slow
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Aurora, IL
Location: Aurora, IL
Sportbike: 2009 Honda CBR600RR
Years Riding: Since 2000
How you found us: google
Scam, Legit or Incest?
First off, sorry for the lengthy post.
I'm selling an older vehicle that's in pretty rough shape. Because of this, it's priced thousands under Blue Book. After I listed the vehicle on Craigslist, I promptly received 8 emails within about 15 minutes of each other. Five emails belonged to one lady and the other three to randoms.
Skipping to today... I called back all four people, which none answered. Voicemails were left for all.
I received a call back from the female that emailed five times. She gave me the single mother story and just needs a vehicle to get her from point A to point B. She wanted to schedule a viewing, but needed to check with a sibling since she knew nothing about cars.
Another phone call was received shortly after and this time it was a gentleman claiming to be the females brother. We chatted for a bit and arranged a viewing this evening at 7:30pm. Nothing out of the ordinary, but this was about to get weird.
I receive a call from the third person I contacted this morning. She asks very vague questions and didn't even know what kind of car I'm selling. She asks if she can come out this evening to see the vehicle, which I inform her there was already a gentleman coming. She then says "O yea, my bother should be there at 7:30p, sorry." and proceeds to hang up.
Fifteen minutes later, my phone rings again. It is the last number I called this morning. This gentleman asks a couple questions about the vehicle and asks if he can come out tonight to view it. After telling him he could not due to the prior arrangements with caller #1, he informs me that caller #1 and #2 are his sister and brother-in-law. I asked if all four people are siblings and he says yes. "We're one big happy and close family." was his exact reply. After asking for my address, I asked if his brother was still coming and he stated he was not. I then told him that this all seemed fishy and if he would like to view the car, he can get my address from his brother. The gentleman became very anger and started yelling and demanding I give my address so he can buy the car tonight. After I calmed him down, he stated he would give me an extra $500 if I would give him my address so he could come tonight and pay with cash. I told him no and that I was sorry, which he replied "Fuck you" and hung up the phone.
Lastly, I received a phone call about 30 minutes later from a different number and a different gentleman. He asked if the vehicle was still for sale and if anyone was coming tonight. I told him no one was coming tonight and he instantly hung up.
After all of this, I took it upon myself to google their phone numbers and some of the names they put in their emails. I found they have tons of cars listed all around the country on Craiglist for sale. All of the vehicles are late model cars that are under $4,000 except for a 2006 Buick.
I know some people here have dealt with scams and thief, so I want to get some input on the matter. I'm obviously not going to deal with them, but I was thinking if they did show up with cash, should I?