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02-13-2013 10:21 PM
jimgo
Re: Craigslist Scam???

Yeah, if you're in Central FL, you shouldn't have trouble finding a boat. Hang in there, and save your money. Be patient, be diligent, and don't be afraid to be called names. If you are polite, most of the times the sellers will be polite as they say no - most of the time. Some will be nasty - you wouldn't have wanted to buy from them anyway.
02-13-2013 09:11 PM
Shinook
Re: Craigslist Scam???

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Originally Posted by TheWollard View Post
New plan: Save more money, buy a better boat. Next time, avoid cash.
Like I said before, a lot of boats pop up here and there, some are really good deals. I'd just keep an eye out and see what you can find, if you are patient good deals come around. I wouldn't jump on anything you aren't crazy about or that smells like a scam. Be warned, there are a handful of boats in the area that have been repeatedly listed for almost 9 months now...

I'd also make sure you extend your search range to be no closer than Jacksonville (searchtempest.com helps) and about the same distance south. You'll find a lot of stuff in that range.

Might call around to some yards/marinas too, see if they have some boats they have to collect on or know are for sale, I know Titusville Muni has at least one and Westland has a few boats that appear to have been there a while. You might have to put some work into them, but I know by walking around the yard and talking to people, there are a number of otherwise good boats that will go for cheap because they've been abandoned by prior owners. Don't quote me on that, though, it may just be marina talk

Just be diligent and patient, lots of stuff in our area. To put it into perspective, I saw a nice Cape Dory 27 with an inboard, nice interior, nice sails, etc sell for around $6500 a few months ago. Owner bought something else, wanted it gone fast. I've seen a few other similar deals (Bristol 27, Albin Vegas)
02-13-2013 09:02 PM
TheWollard
Re: Craigslist Scam???

I decided to walk away from this transaction. I still haven't heard back from the Secret Service, but expect the results from their test at some point.

The seller offered to refund $300 of my deposit. I had given $500, but $200 was confiscated and sent in for testing.

I decided to rid myself of the this whole mess, and walk away.

New plan: Save more money, buy a better boat. Next time, avoid cash.

If anyone here is looking for crew in Central Florida, let me know.
02-09-2013 10:45 AM
JoeDiver
Re: Craigslist Scam???

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Originally Posted by JimMcGee View Post
Easy boys & girls, this is two supposedly bad $100 bills not the Brinks job. The FBI isn't going to come riding in with black Suburbans talking into ear pieces.

(SNIP)

BTW, many of you would be surprised at how disinterested the police can be, even when you're talking about a violent crime with a gun...

It sucks, but you may have a hard time getting someone to take you seriously.
The Treasury (Secret Service) takes counterfeiting very, very seriously. If you contact them with a bogus bill tended to you in good faith as real, you will most certainly get their attention.
02-09-2013 10:37 AM
mad_machine
Re: Craigslist Scam???

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Originally Posted by captainbri View Post
Just call the secret service they would have a report on it, they take fake money very seriously, so if it was fake then they would have a report.
try to pass a fake bill of any amount and you will get a visit.

yeah it is a scam.
So time to call them on it. You need to get your money back. Offer to call the Secret Service and have them look into it
02-09-2013 09:44 AM
Pneuma-seeker
Re: Craigslist Scam???

Yes, it is Secret Service, part of the Treasury Dept. who investigate counterfeit currency, and yes, they take every fake bill seriously. If this had been for real and not a scam, you would have already had a visit from Secret Service.

Just for clarification, FBI is part of Dept of Justice, not Treasury.

It's a scam... run, do not walk away.
02-09-2013 05:06 AM
captainbri
Re: Craigslist Scam???

Just call the secret service they would have a report on it, they take fake money very seriously, so if it was fake then they would have a report.
try to pass a fake bill of any amount and you will get a visit.

yeah it is a scam.
02-08-2013 05:41 PM
guitarguy56
Re: Craigslist Scam???

TIP: I just bought the sailboat I'm in this past Oct... I did not do any money transaction till I saw the title and title transfer papers from the previous owner. I gave him a traceable cashiers check and I got the title... I would not have done any money exchange without seeing the title in their name and I checked the registration to the title name to make sure they matched. They did and the title transferred with no mechanics/marina or other tax liens... I was glad as many transfers are held up till the liens are paid in full and satisfied with notarized documentation.

I'm sad to hear you may lose your money and I would fight to get all your money back... if the sale went sour you should not lose a dime... it's not like you're in a yacht sales office with a salesperson running several hours of his time penning up papers and contracts... I would simply bring Bruno or Big Leroy and demand the money back from the seller!
02-08-2013 04:22 PM
hellosailor
Re: Craigslist Scam???

Well, all the ATMs on Rodeo Drive spit out $100 bills. They only spit out 20s in the slums, where the poor people are. Honestly, what can you buy with twenty bucks these days? I mean, ok, one Starbucks, but who uses cash at Starbucks anyhow?
02-08-2013 03:40 PM
NateCP16
Re: Craigslist Scam???

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Originally Posted by Silvio View Post
fake bills are remarkably common in circulation. I got two from an ATM at my local bank. Tried to use one at a grocery store where it was fond with the magic pen. They let me take it to my bank where it was exchanged for a real $100. Happened again and the same result from my bank only I found the second one immediately when it was dispensed from the atm.

Whoever owns the atm sounds like they should reimburse you if you have the receipt and whatnot
Wait, there are ATMs that spit out $100 bills? I guess my neck of the woods is low-rent, because they only spit out $20s around here.
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