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Offline larjohnson

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« on: October 26, 2018, 11:51:50 AM »
Club Members:  I wanted to post this as a warning to anyone who may be selling a Pinto on this site.  A few weeks back I advertised my Pinto on this site for sale.  I received an email a few days later in which a man wanted to purchase my little pony.  He first started out trying to get the price down, then he decided he wanted to place a full price offer.  With the offer he also wanted to include payment to me for shipping, and have me pay the shipping when he sent for the car.  Yes..a big red flag did shoot up, but I trust this site and its members.  I do not believe this man was a member of this site; however, I don't know how he found out my little Pinto was for sale  I told the man I would not ship the car or pay out shipping until such time his certified cashier's check cleared my bank, and he said he was good with that.  I went a week and hadn't received the check, but he then emailed me and said he had a family emergency and would send the check in the next day or so, and he still wanted my little pony.  I got the check yesterday and I took it to my bank.  My bank contacted the Credit Union out of Pasadena California who was supposed to be where the check was written from an account of, and they stated the check was fraudulent.  I just wanted to post this to save you all any problems in the future.  I emailed this guy back yesterday and told him not to email me anything further.  As of this time he hasn't.  If you didn't know some banks upon receiving these types of checks you deposit in your account will automatically show the funds in your account; therefore, you feel it has cleared.  Then 4-6 days later the bank contacts you and says the check was fraudulent, and they will be removing those funds from your account.  I guess that's what he was banking on with me.  But I always wait until my bank gets their money for the checks, before I count the monies are mine.  Thanks friends...Larr y
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Re: Fraud
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2018, 12:02:51 PM »
Thatís crazy . Iíve bought several cars on eBay and always used Paypal or bank wire to pay . What does the Pinto look like you are selling ?

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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2018, 12:33:31 PM »
Craig:  It is a red 1971 Ford Pinto trunk model. 
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Re: Fraud
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2018, 05:29:39 PM »
Unfortunately, this is one of the oldest car-related scams in the book!  Guests have access to read most postings on our site and, since they aren't members, there's really nothing we can do to identify them or keep them from doing this.  We have never kept this information a secret and have, in fact, always made certain these stories get out.  Thankfully, you were smart enough not to fall prey to the scam and I hope your sharing may help someone else avoid being victimized.


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Re: Fraud
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2018, 06:30:50 PM »

Dwayne:  Me Too!!!!  Thanks

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Re: Fraud
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2018, 07:30:00 PM »

I had similar situation a month ago, a guy wanted to buy my 4bbl carb and manifold that's on the parts for sale section. Offered to pay full price and have someone stop buy and pick it up. Broken English, strange Email address, so I asked him what he would be installing it on so I would be sure it would fit his application. He was going to put it on his RANGE ROVER.
 Told him sorry would not fit his application, never heard anymore from him.
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