Yeah, I know, how can ‘Free Firewood’ ever be a scam?
It starts with an ad on FB in a group that sells things.
The Ad: " $0… ‘Free Firewood’."
The account that places the ad wont have a persons face, but some kind of artwork.
It will have made maybe 3 posts and it might have maybe 3 posts on its stream from people/ FB accounts that also have only about 3 posts… and all out of state.
Its a dead wall after that for all of them, like these accounts just sprang up from the earth.
The ad may or may not list a picture of the wood… and the account will list a town where the poster is from, but no address at all about where the wood actually is.
When you contact them about the free firewood, they’ll have a stock story ready for you. And then they’ll start Phishing.
Who are you? What’s your name?
Where do you live? Where are you coming from?
Do you have tools you can bring? Is it a Really Good chainsaw? (“because the wood sections are big.” )
What kind of truck do you have that it can carry this much wood?
Is it new? Is it reliable?
Now, you won’t want to give out this information at first… and they’ll stop responding to you for a while to try to force you to give them more and more information if you want the “Free Firewood”.
If they want to prod you a little, another FB account (with only 2-3 posts on it) will leave a message below yours and say, “interested”, which will garner an immediate reply.
Finally, a day or maybe two days before a large snow storm is expected, they’ll cough up the address, leaving you a window of at best One Day to drive to that town and get some wood and they will want to know what time you’ll arrive.
Lets throw into the mix that its one of those towns out on the sticks that doesn’t have its own police force and where the Staties might arrive an hour after you call them. Also that the group it was posted too was 3 Counties to the East of them
(about an hour and twenty minutes drive away) and was Not cross posted.
I’m thinking that this is a variation on the Craigslist Scam where a team of guys are waiting to rob you, take your tools and your truck and everything you have when you drive up.
It might even be that a team of guys is waiting in a van by a Dunkin Donuts shop near where YOU live… waiting for the time you said you’d arrive in out in the sticks… to go to Your house and to clean You out.
Something doesn’t seem right here, this seems fishy.
Would you give out all your personal info & try to go get the firewood?
“If it looks too good to be true, it usually is.”