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I received an e-mail from a 'Brian Joseph' using the email address fibincs@gmail.com about buying an anchor I had for sale here.

I have researched the address pretty extensively and its a scam. He pretends to use a shipping agent and will take your money with what you believe is a legitimate company.

Please please PLEASE research the addresses you are sent and make sure you DO NOT use an agent that does not check out properly!

Basics to look for, address for company, telephone number (alot of these agent sites have neither listed)

If it is listed google it, google the company - google everything.

NEVER send any goods without FULL payment.

Safest bet is to use paypal in my opinion. Yes there are fees but there's always the independent 3rd party!
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Re: WARNING for people selling items in the Classified Section

When selling items, it isn't very common that a company is trying to buy them. I also believe that criminals somehow can game PayPal as well. Best is to sell locally and have someone show up with cash.

We have a marine consignment shop in the region. I think they sell items in good condition for about 60% of new and you split it with them after it sells. I cant recall exactly, but thats close. This reminds me of some fenders I dropped off there that must have sold by now and they never call you. You must call them. That's not great, however, avoiding all the phone calls, meeting buyers, shipping hassles, or whatever, is worth it.
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Re: WARNING for people selling items in the Classified Section

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When selling items, it isn't very common that a company is trying to buy them. I also believe that criminals somehow can game PayPal as well.
Over 4200 transactions with PayPal and not a single bad transaction. They put holds on suspicious transactions and sort it out before they release the funds to the seller. If someone pays with an eCheck PayPal does not release the funds to you before the check as OFFICIALLY cleared. If you are stupid enough to sip before a cleared eCheck then you own that.... Only about 1.5% of my PayPal transactions are from eCheck / non-verified Paypal users and it is usually their first PayPal transaction. Still they are safe because PayPal makes 100% sure they have the money before "releasing" it to you.

I ship a lot of product over seas and these holds happens to a higher percentage of over seas buyers, to protect me. I have found PayPal to be one of the most secure avenues for a SELLER.

Again, over 4200 transactions with PayPal and not a single bad transaction....

Here's a hint, when ever someone says they want to use an AGENT politely tell them to F-OFF........ Real boaters don't use "agents" to buy anchors only sleazy Nigerians sitting in a net cafe use "agents". It amazes me that anyone would even respond to a buyer wanting to use an "agent"...

Oh and if a buyer wants to send a check. No shippy until the check has 100% cleared my bank and the deposit is fully cleared.. Much easier to use PayPal... People are using it world wide now. Just shipped to Norway, Netherlands and Spain this morning, all PayPal transactions....
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Re: WARNING for people selling items in the Classified Section

I like eBay for the best deals and a wide variety of products and Craigslist for buying locally. It's good you discovered the scam with a bit of research - there is no reason to trust someone simply because he or she has an e-mail address and a good story.
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Re: WARNING for people selling items in the Classified Section

Redunculous,
Only registered users can contact Sailnet members through the classified section. Ergo, this Brian Joseph fellow is registered and has a Sailnet user name. What is it ? That email address pops up as a scammer with a basic Google search so obviously it is professional scam and at least from a SailNet perspective needs to be stopped. Let me know the UserName and I can ban the sucker.


This scam has a number of of variations all relying on fake or stolen cashiers cheques.
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Re: WARNING for people selling items in the Classified Section

Simple solution - personal shopping only.
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