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Thread: Beware the Bluebird scam
09-02-2012, 04:26 PM #1
Beware the Bluebird scam
I found this ad and recognized the bike and pictures as belonging to CABE member Gary Meneghin. I believe he may have sold the bike on ebay but whoever is posting the ad is using the photos from Gary's site.
Last edited by Bicycle Belle; 09-02-2012 at 04:28 PM.
09-02-2012, 04:29 PM #2
Wow, Thx for the warning.
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09-02-2012, 04:38 PM #3
It is idiots like this that give the hobby a bad name.......
09-02-2012, 09:40 PM #4
He's only asking $2200?? I would like to ask him if pickup is ok and show up with the money.From one unstable person to another... I hope everyone is happy in your head -
we're all doing pretty good in mine!
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09-02-2012, 11:17 PM #5
Im not sure who he is but he has struck again. Its not really a scam cause I dont think anyone has really sold anything from him. He may like the attention but really its more annoying than anythingPatrick
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09-04-2012, 01:29 PM #6
I sent him an email and this is the response I got back. He is most definitely a scammer and uses the same typical "I'm overseas and you can deposit it in an escow account" MO.
From: John Stottlemyer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, September 3, 2012 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: backpage response: 1935 Elgin Bluebird 26" Men's Bicycle - Restored...
Thank you for your email. I am glad that you want to buy my 1935 Elgin Bluebird 26" Men's Bicycle - Restored and the price I am asking is US $2,200.00. From the start I want to inform you that I left the USA a couple of days ago (next day after I listed this for sale) and I came in United Kingdom with my work (I am a member of the "Save The Children Foundation"). If you still want to buy it, we can do it in a very safe way using an escrow company. They will handle the delivery and will offer you a number of days of Inspection so you can test and see that the merchandise is exactly as described by me. I will pay all shipping/escrow fees.
09-04-2012, 03:28 PM #7
Thanks for warning us... 2,200. Dang it!-Ryan
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09-24-2012, 08:00 AM #8Look Ma, No Hands!
- Join Date
- Jul 2011
- Oxnard , CA
Thumbs Up Received: 13
THIS IS A SCAM !!! I sold this bike to a collector in St Petersburg Russia in Dec., 2011. This person does not have this bike. This is a COMMON Craiigslist scam. This is what they do.
1) look for items on eBay that have over 1000 views.
2) download the photos of the item
3) wait about 6 months and post the item for sale on Craigslist at a ridiculously low price
4) then they require that you send the money to an overseas account because they have been "transferred" out of the country
Remember the old adage - "If it is too good to be true then............"
09-24-2012, 08:54 AM #9
Many of my bicycles came from craiglist including my bluebird.
It is a great and useful concept, but succeptable for abuse not being policed...but that would cost now wouldn't it?
I always insist on a phone number and talking live before any transaction and would not even consider sending money in the manner of these scams.
09-24-2012, 09:06 AM #10Finally riding a big boys bike
- Join Date
- Dec 2010
- Canada Lions Bay BC
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This kind of scam is all over craigslist.
If you are selling anything of value you get an e mail back from someone who is out of the country or working on an oil
They want to get paypal info or scam you out of the product you are selling.
Just ignore them.