I receive scam calls on a regular basis, despite being on no-call lists. I never fall for them, but the constant ringing and having to answer (in case it’s a legitimate caller), is very annoying and time consuming. Scammers use local spoof numbers making it hard to distinguish legitimate from scam calls.
I’m recently looking for a used car from a private seller and quickly learned that ~1/2 of the ads are scams. When I email them for more information, this is what they email back to me:
My name is Elba, and I’m emailing you about the … [car model] … runs very well and the automatic transmission shifts perfectly. Has a clean and clear US title in my name and there are no liens or loans on it. This car was used by my husband who died 4 month ago. The price was reduced by $1000 because I’m in a hurry to find a buyer.
Right now I`m in a military base. I will be leaving on military duty with my medical team out of the country for a year and do not want to store it. The car is located in the Military Logistic Department, at the military base and is ready to be shipped anywhere in the US.
The deal includes free delivery as you may know. We can ship a truck/car/boat/etc from home to the base and back one time in a year for free.
The transaction will be made via eBay, using their Purchase Protection Program. My presence won’t be necessary because I prearranged the deal with the eBay Money Back Guarantee program. You will have 5 days to test and inspect it. I like to use their services because I’ve been a member of eBay since 2010 with 100% positive feedback.
God Bless You,
I knew this was a scam, and sure enough, when I Googled the text, the script came back as a common used car scam. I received 3 other emails with almost the exact same script for other cars I inquired about (i.e. dead husband, military, need to sell fast, buy through Ebay…). I wrote back funny emails to them, including a request to Venmo me $100 in a show of good faith, and then I would transfer the $$$ to them. Of course I didn’t hear back.
I am a big fan of scambaiters (“scambaiter” – a type of vigilante who disrupts, exposes or even scams the world’s scammers.”). They waste a lot of scammers time (time that they could be using to scam your grandmother, etc.) and in some cases, get their operations shut down.
By far, the best scambaiter that I follow is Kitboga. This guy is quick-witted, tech-savvy and funny as hell (especially his Granny persona!). He has dozens of scambait videos on his channel and they are all gold: