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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1260 on: March 28, 2014, 10:23:04 PM »
I have gotten faux "receipts" that purported to be from PayPal when I get offered MORE money than the price and asked to ship the item.  Like this message mentioned...

I heard back from "him" - now he is upset because he is a "Man of GOD" and would not try to steal from me & his feelings are apparently hurt because I won't give him my PayPal address & accept "extra" money to go toward shipping & I can "keep the extra money".

Umm - I'm not licensed to export computers (#1); I don't ship (#2); I stated "cash only" in the ad (#3), and his...phrasing is ever so slightly off...rather like what happens when Spam is run through a translation website...so excuse me for wondering if this is a "real offer" or a "reel offer" (as in, he's fishing to get something for nothing).

Make that "being pretty sure it's not a real offer", in fact.  Spam in a con...

Yeah, that's why it's better to ignore/block those emails. It's quite hard to get rid of them once you've replied once.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1261 on: March 30, 2014, 05:35:42 AM »
I have gotten faux "receipts" that purported to be from PayPal when I get offered MORE money than the price and asked to ship the item.  Like this message mentioned...

I heard back from "him" - now he is upset because he is a "Man of GOD" and would not try to steal from me & his feelings are apparently hurt because I won't give him my PayPal address & accept "extra" money to go toward shipping & I can "keep the extra money".

Umm - I'm not licensed to export computers (#1); I don't ship (#2); I stated "cash only" in the ad (#3), and his...phrasing is ever so slightly off...rather like what happens when Spam is run through a translation website...so excuse me for wondering if this is a "real offer" or a "reel offer" (as in, he's fishing to get something for nothing).

Make that "being pretty sure it's not a real offer", in fact.  Spam in a con...

If you accept this offer, the check/money order they send you for over the amount will be a forgery.  The plan is for you to deposit it into your bank account, then ship the overage (in cash or a certified check) to the sender along with the item they bought (are stealing) from you.

Then when the bank finds out what you deposited is a forgery, you are then liable for the money to the bank, have lost your item and are possibly facing jail time.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1262 on: March 30, 2014, 12:28:11 PM »
I have gotten faux "receipts" that purported to be from PayPal when I get offered MORE money than the price and asked to ship the item.  Like this message mentioned...

I heard back from "him" - now he is upset because he is a "Man of GOD" and would not try to steal from me & his feelings are apparently hurt because I won't give him my PayPal address & accept "extra" money to go toward shipping & I can "keep the extra money".

Umm - I'm not licensed to export computers (#1); I don't ship (#2); I stated "cash only" in the ad (#3), and his...phrasing is ever so slightly off...rather like what happens when Spam is run through a translation website...so excuse me for wondering if this is a "real offer" or a "reel offer" (as in, he's fishing to get something for nothing).

Make that "being pretty sure it's not a real offer", in fact.  Spam in a con...

If you accept this offer, the check/money order they send you for over the amount will be a forgery.  The plan is for you to deposit it into your bank account, then ship the overage (in cash or a certified check) to the sender along with the item they bought (are stealing) from you.

Then when the bank finds out what you deposited is a forgery, you are then liable for the money to the bank, have lost your item and are possibly facing jail time.

Which is why the second response was "I don't ship, period, ever".  I haven't heard back from whoever it was.

I think that he got the idea either that I was wise to his attempted scam or that I wasn't going to fall for it in the first place. 

Laptop is still for sale, but since it's a spare that I can use (will slide out the hard drive I'm keeping & slide in the hard drive with the recovery partition if & when it sells) - I can wait.

I will sell no laptop before its time.  Windows 7 is good for a few more years....

Now to figure out if "it's" is the contraction or the possessive.  At the moment, I'm going with the possessive, because it clearly isn't the time that this laptop is ready to be sold.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1263 on: March 31, 2014, 05:09:24 PM »
I have gotten faux "receipts" that purported to be from PayPal when I get offered MORE money than the price and asked to ship the item.  Like this message mentioned...

I heard back from "him" - now he is upset because he is a "Man of GOD" and would not try to steal from me & his feelings are apparently hurt because I won't give him my PayPal address & accept "extra" money to go toward shipping & I can "keep the extra money".

Umm - I'm not licensed to export computers (#1); I don't ship (#2); I stated "cash only" in the ad (#3), and his...phrasing is ever so slightly off...rather like what happens when Spam is run through a translation website...so excuse me for wondering if this is a "real offer" or a "reel offer" (as in, he's fishing to get something for nothing).

Make that "being pretty sure it's not a real offer", in fact.  Spam in a con...

If you accept this offer, the check/money order they send you for over the amount will be a forgery.  The plan is for you to deposit it into your bank account, then ship the overage (in cash or a certified check) to the sender along with the item they bought (are stealing) from you.

Then when the bank finds out what you deposited is a forgery, you are then liable for the money to the bank, have lost your item and are possibly facing jail time.

Which is why the second response was "I don't ship, period, ever".  I haven't heard back from whoever it was.

I think that he got the idea either that I was wise to his attempted scam or that I wasn't going to fall for it in the first place. 

Laptop is still for sale, but since it's a spare that I can use (will slide out the hard drive I'm keeping & slide in the hard drive with the recovery partition if & when it sells) - I can wait.

I will sell no laptop before its time.  Windows 7 is good for a few more years....

Now to figure out if "it's" is the contraction or the possessive.  At the moment, I'm going before the possessive, because it clearly isn't the time that this laptop is ready to be sold.

Possessive should have no apostrophe, although that doesn't mean people (including I) don't goof it up.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1264 on: March 31, 2014, 05:13:25 PM »
I will sell no laptop before its time.  Windows 7 is good for a few more years....

Now to figure out if "it's" is the contraction or the possessive.  At the moment, I'm going before the possessive, because it clearly isn't the time that this laptop is ready to be sold.

Possessive should have no apostrophe, although that doesn't mean people (including I) don't goof it up.

Try substituting "it is" for its.

I will sell no laptop before it is time.  Nope, doesn't work, so "its" does not get an apostrophe, even though it is possessive.

It is time to sell the laptop.  Gets an apostrophe.


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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1265 on: March 31, 2014, 05:32:57 PM »
Someone posted offering feminine hygiene products again.  :P Just throw that away, please!

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1266 on: March 31, 2014, 05:34:42 PM »
I have gotten faux "receipts" that purported to be from PayPal when I get offered MORE money than the price and asked to ship the item.  Like this message mentioned...

I heard back from "him" - now he is upset because he is a "Man of GOD" and would not try to steal from me & his feelings are apparently hurt because I won't give him my PayPal address & accept "extra" money to go toward shipping & I can "keep the extra money".

Umm - I'm not licensed to export computers (#1); I don't ship (#2); I stated "cash only" in the ad (#3), and his...phrasing is ever so slightly off...rather like what happens when Spam is run through a translation website...so excuse me for wondering if this is a "real offer" or a "reel offer" (as in, he's fishing to get something for nothing).

Make that "being pretty sure it's not a real offer", in fact.  Spam in a con...

If you accept this offer, the check/money order they send you for over the amount will be a forgery.  The plan is for you to deposit it into your bank account, then ship the overage (in cash or a certified check) to the sender along with the item they bought (are stealing) from you.

Then when the bank finds out what you deposited is a forgery, you are then liable for the money to the bank, have lost your item and are possibly facing jail time.

Which is why the second response was "I don't ship, period, ever".  I haven't heard back from whoever it was.

I think that he got the idea either that I was wise to his attempted scam or that I wasn't going to fall for it in the first place. 

Laptop is still for sale, but since it's a spare that I can use (will slide out the hard drive I'm keeping & slide in the hard drive with the recovery partition if & when it sells) - I can wait.

I will sell no laptop before its time.  Windows 7 is good for a few more years....

Now to figure out if "it's" is the contraction or the possessive.  At the moment, I'm going before the possessive, because it clearly isn't the time that this laptop is ready to be sold.

Possessive should have no apostrophe, although that doesn't mean people (including I) don't goof it up.

At the time I wrote the last sentence - "it's" was intended to be "it is".  The comment about "its time" as a possessive was intended as a pun, as it the proper time for that laptop to be sold.  If you remember the wine commercials about "will sell no wine before its time" - it was originally meant as the wine was allowed to age until it was READY to be sold.

But I guess the double meaning was too obscure.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1267 on: March 31, 2014, 07:50:12 PM »
Someone posted offering feminine hygiene products again.  :P Just throw that away, please!

I think that depends on the details: I don't see a problem with an unopened package of tampons or sanitary napkins, because the plastic wrap would protect them as well in someone's bathroom or cabinet as it did on the store shelf. If I had an opened package I no longer needed (which will probably happen one of these years, and it might be soon) I might offer it to a friend, or just leave it under the bathroom sink in case a visitor needed it sometime.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1268 on: March 31, 2014, 09:26:35 PM »
I got one of those "I want to buy your item, can you ship it to XXXXX for $$$$ cashiers check" scams.  Not on craigslist, however. It was a horse related site.  The item in question? Stud service (shipped semen) from our Shire stallion.  I was SOOOOOOO tempted to send them an envelope of something gooey.  >:D >:D >:D  I stuffed evil Snowfire back in her cage, however...

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1269 on: March 31, 2014, 10:52:37 PM »
Someone posted offering feminine hygiene products again.  :P Just throw that away, please!

I think that depends on the details: I don't see a problem with an unopened package of tampons or sanitary napkins, because the plastic wrap would protect them as well in someone's bathroom or cabinet as it did on the store shelf. If I had an opened package I no longer needed (which will probably happen one of these years, and it might be soon) I might offer it to a friend, or just leave it under the bathroom sink in case a visitor needed it sometime.

Unfortunately, it wasn't that type of hygeine product...

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1270 on: March 31, 2014, 11:52:38 PM »
Someone posted offering feminine hygiene products again.  :P Just throw that away, please!

I think that depends on the details: I don't see a problem with an unopened package of tampons or sanitary napkins, because the plastic wrap would protect them as well in someone's bathroom or cabinet as it did on the store shelf. If I had an opened package I no longer needed (which will probably happen one of these years, and it might be soon) I might offer it to a friend, or just leave it under the bathroom sink in case a visitor needed it sometime.

Unfortunately, it wasn't that type of hygeine product...

If it's the reusable kind, as long as it was boiled/washed really, really well, it shouldn't have any problems. I mean, if it was an internal device, I personally might be a bit squicked, but health-wise there's nothing wrong with using it.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1271 on: March 31, 2014, 11:58:15 PM »
If it's the reusable kind, as long as it was boiled/washed really, really well, it shouldn't have any problems. I mean, if it was an internal device, I personally might be a bit squicked, but health-wise there's nothing wrong with using it.

Okay, so I closed this thread, then went and told DH about snowfire's hilarious experience (because he wasn't really watching that stupid TV show anyway, right?) and then I came back and saw this and kinda mixed up the two in my mind.  And took me a minute to figure what kind of horse semen might possibly apply to this comment.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1272 on: April 17, 2014, 12:03:09 PM »
Posted some things to Freecycle (a Yahoo! group) on Monday the last week of March.  Went to post that they were taken later in the week.

That website & list are GONE.  From the Yahoo! website, from my list of groups, and from the search engines...

I had to find another Freecycle list for my area to post the stuff to.  It has a much smaller membership and it has taken several days to get any replies on the listed items.

It is much simpler to post a "Taken" message to, though.  It sends out the email and drops the message off the bulletin board online.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1273 on: April 17, 2014, 12:29:25 PM »
I've probably told this story before, but I had a similar tale to the laptop saga when I was trying to sell some brand-new china on Craigslist.  I got an e-mail purportedly from some young fellow who was moving out of province, had therefore closed all of his bank accounts, but he really wanted to buy my "items".  Because, naturally, if you're a young guy moving across the country, the thing you need the most is fragile china.   ::) 

I got the same type of "give me your banking info, and I'll pay you, plus I'll throw in some extra $ for your time" nonsense.  I said "Sorry, cash only", whereupon I got a "What?   Are you afraid I'm trying to scam you?  How DARE you?" type of reply. 

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1274 on: April 17, 2014, 08:06:43 PM »
I still have the "spare" laptop.  I was offered $75 from a reseller...the same laptop line but one model older (same amount of RAM, lower speed #, and smaller hard drive) was a bit over 3X that price on their shelf, right behind me.

Decided for that amount of money, I'd rather have a spare computer on hand (two story house).  Then VorGuy's Windows 7 laptop died in November 2013 (about two months after the $75 "offer") and he used it while I first tried to get his to work, get a backup made (didn't work very well either), and then transferred what I could recover to a new laptop with Windows 8 on it.

Just tried to use that hard drive for a back up of my laptop - it is one very dead hard drive...not recognized by either of my laptops...

But I don't feel like buying a NEW hard drive & trying to set it up at the moment - I've had one minor crisis after another lately, including two leaks under the kitchen sink.  The plumber came back for a second visit in 13 days this morning.  I'm hoping that there will be an interlude in this drama over Easter.

I could use some chocolate and a weekend where nothing breaks down.
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