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controlfreak

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10-21-2021 04:17 PM

I have a 6 1/8” jointer that I have just listed on FB marketplace, Craig’s list and offer up. Almost immediately I was getting texts, six so far, requesting that I email if it is still available. All are from area codes well outside my local area. obviously no one is going to ship a beast like this but a bot can’t figure this out. Now I am not sure which one of these sites has unleashed the BOTS. Anybody else get this treatment?


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 10-21-2021 04:25 PM

E-mail them back. With cell phones, area codes now are basically meaningless indicators of location.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 10-21-2021 04:38 PM



E-mail them back. With cell phones, area codes now are basically meaningless indicators of location.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


Nah, I think they are scammer bots. All texts from other area codes within an hour of posting, all similar in text and demand for me to reply via email and when I text back no answer. It looks like the offender was Craig’s list where I checked “text okay” I went back and removed that check box.

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#3 posted 10-21-2021 07:16 PM

I just listed my self yard leaf vacuum/chipper on CL and I specifically state that any interested parties need to email me with a valid phone number and that if the ad is up, it is available. This allows bots or scammers to basically advertise themselves as such so I don’t have to waste my time responding. I don’t have a FB account so I don’t sell there but my wife does so I use it exclusively for getting good deals on stuff I probably don’t need.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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controlfreak

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#4 posted 10-21-2021 07:25 PM

The emails have stopped since I remove the “text is okay” but I got seven or eight and all were the same format but each asked if it was still available and requested that I only respond via email. One even said “she” wants me to reply to an email with a name Brian @...

I don’t do Facebook either so if I have to log in to see if anyone wants it that could be a problem.

I am sure there is Nigerian in there that needs my bank account number so he can deposit money in there.

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#5 posted 10-21-2021 08:18 PM

I am NOT a phone person. I just use it to talk to, yeah I realize I’m a dinosaur.

I use CL a lot, and I look at it like this. It’s an ONLINE venue, they use a system to convert an email addy to a coded addy that keeps buyer and seller apart from each other until a time you determine it’s OK for this person to come to your home, shop, wherever. So essentially it’s all online until it isn’t, but you choose.

If I lead with my phone number, then the world has a piece of me I can’t pull back. I already pretty much hate phones. the thought of paying for a second one, just to use for CL, is CrAzY talk. Respond to me as you found out about this “thing” I am selling, if no phone puts you off, I’m ok with that. I’ve still sold everything I have put on CL. Lately it’s been PDQ to boot.

Rest assured, there are A-hats out there that want to steal from you, and rip you off in ways you haven’t considered. So if the hair on the back of your neck stands up, that is just part of that ages old survival stuff that had our cave dwelling ancestors running from very large deadly animals.

-- Think safe, be safe

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therealSteveN

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#6 posted 10-21-2021 08:26 PM


I only respond via email. One even said “she” wants me to reply to an email with a name Brian @...

- controlfreak

Actually that one is probably legit. A girl who wants to buy her Man Brian a new toy, and doesn’t want him snooping her phone/computer, and getting wise to the gift.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 10-22-2021 03:58 AM

I had lots of scammers for my mom’s estate sale listed on Craig’s list. The first one special delivered a check that cost them $20 or 30 delivery fee before I realized it was a scam. The check was for several hundred dollars more than the item was worth. They said to deposit it and wire the overpaid amount to somebody in SC. They were in Colorado and a friend was going to come by and pick up their item on the way to see them. I smelled rotten eggs ;-)) I googled the routing number on the check and got a definition of routing numbers. When I googled my routing number it told me the name of my bank ;-)) Glad they had a negative net on that scam ;-)) We only had one or 2 ligament responses to that ad ;-(

Good luck!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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controlfreak

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#8 posted 10-22-2021 10:28 AM

Update, I think a “real” person is interested in the jointer.

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#9 posted 10-22-2021 11:11 AM

I just sold a leaf vacuum chipper to some one 300 miles away with an area code from way across the country.

No doubt on Craigslist that you get some strange replies to an ad.

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CaptainKlutz

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#10 posted 10-22-2021 11:20 AM

+1 Never post your personal phone number on web. \
Need to ONLY use CL blind email system when selling on CL.

I take it several steps further;
Until I receive the buyers name and telephone number, only use CL email to communicate. Always search my potential buyers name and number on web to make sure it is not listed on any of the scam tracking blacklists, before I text or call the buyer.

Too many scams out there, and if you post a phone number; you are on every telemarketing list for next 7 years. Scammers harvest telephone numbers and sell them on lists of qualified XX (tools, cars, etc) customers – even if they never call you.

In case you missed it, read the Craigslist scam safety page:
https://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

Never under estimate how far a scammer will go to steal from you.

Cheers!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 10-22-2021 08:17 PM



I just sold a leaf vacuum chipper to some one 300 miles away with an area code from way across the country.

No doubt on Craigslist that you get some strange replies to an ad.

- Redoak49


Portable cell phones have made area code ID irrelevant. Before I retired I made lots of service calls to local people with area codes from all over the US. Probably chronic here because of so many high-tech workers importing from all over to work at Amazon, MickeySoft, and Google.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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