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Scams on Armslist

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mr.haney, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. mr.haney

    mr.haney Sharpshooter Member

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    Anyone notice a rise of apparent scams on Armslist.I.E. great buys that are always out of state sellers where you send the money and wait for your item.Two I just saw,8 inch Colt Python 750.00 Springfield M1A scout L.I.N.B. 850.00 Give me a break'
     
  2. hipshot

    hipshot Sharpshooter Member

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    Send me $700.00 and I'll send you a Colt!!!:naughty:
     
  3. mr.haney

    mr.haney Sharpshooter Member

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    The checks in the mail"
     
  4. hipshot

    hipshot Sharpshooter Member

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    O.K. thanks, It really is a shame that people are trying to rip off good peoples money and even more of a shame that some people actually fall for those scams???
     
  5. larkinmusic

    larkinmusic Sharpshooter Member

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    I don't have a lot of experience with Armslist except for listing one gun for sale. That listing generated two guys from out of state wanting to do a face to face sale. The first guy had an out of state area code and when I asked him about it and said I wouldn't do that kind of deal, he got pissy and hung up. I'll stick with the OSA classifieds from now on.
     
  6. JaredC

    JaredC Sharpshooter Member

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    I usually only browse and buy from listings listed in Oklahoma, unless Im looking for something real specific. At that time I doubt Id buy from a private party. Its like craigslist, theres no one brokering the transaction so anything less than FTF is pretty iffy. Looking through the other states' listings, I think OK is probably top 5 as far as sheer number of listings. Just like anything on the internet, buyer beware and use some common sense.
     
  7. Itchyfinger

    Itchyfinger Sharpshooter Member

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    I'm not too big of a man to admit I was hit on Armslist about a year and a half ago. A friend of mine with the DOD opened an investigation in conjunction with the FBI and they caught the bastard. He had stolen a Air Force Lt.'s I.D. The good part is the post office he used to cash the postal money order either didn't ask for an I.D. or didn't notice that the Lt.'s picture was a white "military" looking guy and the guy cashing the money order looked like "Crabman" from My Name is Earl.
    I took every precaution I could think of and he had them all covered. This guy hit an estimated 100+ people on Armslist before he was caught.

    Will I ever get my money back. Nope.

    Do Postal Money Orders give you any protection? HELL NO.
     
  8. JTA

    JTA Sharpshooter Member

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    I actually had a good experience on Arms List a few weeks back. The item listed was from a seller who lived in a town near me, and I was able to meet face to face. The seller was clear in his communication, and nothing about our interaction seemed suspicious (the price was in line with the item, item was as described in the pictures, etc). Maybe I am just one of the lucky ones. I would not use Arms List for anything other than face to face dealings. I have only used one site (S&W forum) for out of state deals that required using an FFL, and all of my deals there went very well. I think that just like buying anything else one needs to do due diligence in order to avoid a scam.
     
  9. okie98

    okie98 Sharpshooter Member

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    Sounds like a great site to stay away from!
     
  10. ATMGUY

    ATMGUY Sharpshooter Member

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    Reminds me of some of the car deals you use to see on Craigslist, you know the ones that started "My Son needs surgery"
     

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