The common thread in most of the scams that hit the news is the naivete of the scamee. You must have enough sophistication to realize the old adage; "if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is". Another tip off is the request to, "have my carrier pick it up". "I will send you a cheque for more than the price of the goods", is another dead giveaway that there is a scam in progress.
Agreed Christopher, these are all SERIOUS warning signs.
Even if the "scam clues" are not there, I would do some "background research"
on the seller or buyer. Do an IP Address Search, see where he really is.
Then Google both the E-mail AND the IP Address you get from that person,
they may be posted by people who got scammed by then before.Scammers are LAZY! THey often recycle email addresses and such!
Sorry to say this, but be suspicious of people buying ham gear without valid callsigns.I didn't say "Don't do it", just excercise extra caution.
I've had potential buyers always refer to what I was selling as "the item",
and never "Used SWL 20m RockMite". They never ask questions
a normal ham would ask:Why are you selling it? Will you give me a price break (hihi)?
Do you have the manual? Are you the original owner? Etc.
ALSO, a CLASSIC manuever during the sale is to change the terms, or
for the buyer or seller to have a "Family Emergency".
"My brother was in a bad car accident, is in the hospital.
I must go to him, please ship "the item" to my sister in England instead!"
Me: "Sorry about your brother. I'll hold it fer ya until you get home"
NOTE: There are some VERY good bogus Bank Checks and Money Orders,
usually from legit, largeU.S.
credit unions, coming out of Romania and the
Russia. Never call the number on the check to verify it, look up the
credit union or whateever's REAL phone number on the Internet.
Phone number on the check is obviously to a boiler room operation to confirm it.
(or one of those "always busy" phone numbers. You can look numbers these up yourself for
free on the Net!) Scary, huh?
There is a HUGE difference between a check (money order, cashier's check,
whatever financial vehicle) from being CLEARED and being PAID. Just because
it says "Cleared" on the banks recorded message or your ATM slip, it does
NOT yet mean the money is %100 yours. When you sign the back of a
draft (check, MO< etc) in essence the bank is giving you a Signature
Loan that the draft (check, etc) is good for that amount. This keeps the wheels of commerece
turning. The bank doesn't get the REAL MONEY until the draft is actually PAID by
issuer. Your bank has up to ONE YEAR to come after you for a bad check, even if they "Cleared" it and you thought it was good. (Read that teeny tiny print on your
statement sometime, it's enlightening). And your bank can *just like that* take the money
out of any account you have. They don't need a judgement or lien.
The common thread in most of the scams that hit the news is the naivete of the scamee.
Christopher and others are right about this, but I ALSO think
that the scammers are going to grow more and more
sophisticated with their methods, tactics, and tools. Especially
as more banking and other transactions are done online.
My wife was filling out a job aplication online the other day
and they ASKED FOR HER SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER!
When she left it blank, the software for the job application wouldn't
let her complete the application. She called up the company and
said that she would be happy to present her SS Card at an
interview when she presents her WRITTEN application.
"Oh we don't accept written applications anymore".
My wife is a medical professional with a Post Graduate degree
and 27 years experience in her field. She knows better than
to post her SSN online, but what about others?
That job application asked for every single thing one would EVER need
to hijack your credit.....hell, HIJACK YOUR LIFE!!
DOB, PLACE of Birth, Current Address, YEARS AT CURRENT ADDRESS,
Former Addresses and Years at former addresses, Spouse's FULL NAME AND OCCUPATION, phone numbers, SSN,(Which SHE REFUSED TO GIVE THEM!) former employers w/addresses & phone, Professional references w/addresses & phones, PERSONAL References with Addresses & phones, Educational background with schools, dates, grades & degrees. MAN!
THAT is the New Age of Scamming, I'm afraid....