Craigslist seller wants paypal for $150.00 bike. look at this reply..

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49autocycledeluxe

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
he mentioned paypal in the ad, I emailed and left my phone number and stated I'd rather pay cash. mentioned I was half an hour away and left my phone number.

I figure the longer the story the more likely some sort of scam.

look at this nonsense response:

Right now I'm out of town, so I must act as the middleman in the transaction.

I need to use PayPal so there's no hassle getting the funds to me.

I've left the bicycle with a trusted third-party (TTP) to show to prospective buyers.

TTP can show it by appointment at one of the following times:

Oct 11 Mon 5pm or 6pm
Oct 12 Tue 5pm or 6pm
Oct 13 Wed 5pm or 6pm

What day and time do you wish to view it? I'll confirm it with TTP and get back to you with the appointment address and my PayPal address.

It'll work like this:

1) You inspect the bicycle.
2) You send $150 to me at PayPal address: [TBD later] - choose "Sending to a friend" so I end up with $150.
3) I immediately notify TTP by email that I have received the funds.
4) TTP hands over the bicycle to you.


-Mark, Owner


this was the second email, the first had $400.00 where this one has $150.00 so he is probably sending out this email on different bikes.

what is the scam here? or is he just a moron who writes well thinking people would do all this.
 

49autocycledeluxe

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
it's another $150.00 bike with a $250.00 part on it.

I'll email and say I don't know how to do paypal on my phone, so I'll have to take the bike with me and pay when I get home.

nobody calls anymore. bought a crusty ladies Schwinn frame and parts last week and did it all by text. I don't text. I could not figure out which button to push. I had to look it up.
 

stoney

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
he mentioned paypal in the ad, I emailed and left my phone number and stated I'd rather pay cash. mentioned I was half an hour away and left my phone number.

I figure the longer the story the more likely some sort of scam.

look at this nonsense response:

Right now I'm out of town, so I must act as the middleman in the transaction.

I need to use PayPal so there's no hassle getting the funds to me.

I've left the bicycle with a trusted third-party (TTP) to show to prospective buyers.

TTP can show it by appointment at one of the following times:

Oct 11 Mon 5pm or 6pm
Oct 12 Tue 5pm or 6pm
Oct 13 Wed 5pm or 6pm

What day and time do you wish to view it? I'll confirm it with TTP and get back to you with the appointment address and my PayPal address.

It'll work like this:

1) You inspect the bicycle.
2) You send $150 to me at PayPal address: [TBD later] - choose "Sending to a friend" so I end up with $150.
3) I immediately notify TTP by email that I have received the funds.
4) TTP hands over the bicycle to you.


-Mark, Owner


this was the second email, the first had $400.00 where this one has $150.00 so he is probably sending out this email on different bikes.

what is the scam here? or is he just a moron who writes well thinking people would do all this.
He says "it'll work like this", screw him. I would say NO!! it will work like this. Tell him your terms of PP payment, you PP when you meet with TTP and see the bike and agree to take it. I would PP him and add the 3%, if he balks, then he does not have the bike.
 

stoney

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
You only have 3 days to see bike @ 5 or 6 each day. Sure sound like warm BS to me. It sound like he is only "out of town" for 3 days. He couldn't wait 3 days to list it.
 
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