Classified Ads Scams Warning
Be cautious when responding to ads or questions from buyers or sellers on any internet sales sites.
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For information on how to avoid being a victim of Internet fraud, visit this site:
!!! Notice !!!
American Airguns is no longer recommending the use of United States Postal Service
Money Orders for payment over other payment methods. It seems the USPS has told some
readers that they don't have enough inspectdors to investigate small sums of fraud so be
aware that USPS Money Orders may not be helpful in a scam situation.
If you still want to use USPS Money Orders, Click Here for more information.
There are several scams going on around the internet. The scammers are
lurking around the various sales sites like eBay, GunsAmerica, craiglist,
AuctionArms, and the various airgun forums including this one.
The scammers are posing as both sellers and buyers. The sellers will post
ads on various sites using pictures and text taken from legitimate postings
on site overseas like the UK. They tend to post asking prices that are much
less than the going rate to get people to hurry up and buy a cheaply priced
item before another buyer gets the deal. Once you send payment your money is
gone forever. The FBI and ATF can't help much since the FBI is busy with
homeland security issues and the AFT doesn't have much time for dealing with
The other prevelant scams being perpertrated by people
overseas, mostly from Nigeria and some other African countries, however
they are now using US serigates as well. These
people have been contacting sellers on the web wanting to purchase
their product. For payment they want the seller to accept a check from
a third party that supposedly owes them many thousands of dollars. They
ask the seller to deposit the check and then send them the difference
between the selling price of the product and the amount deposited along
with the product.
What happens then is that the overseas check bounces after several
weeks, long after the sellers check has been deposited in their scammers
bank account. Since they are overseas there isn't much recourse to get
the money back. An example would be like this, Joe Blow has a TX200 for
sale for $500, Scammer Bob wants to buy it and asks Joe to accept a check
from a thirdparty for $6000. Scammer Bob wants Joe to deposit the check in
Joes bank account and then send him a $5500 check along with the gun. Joe
does this and sends his TX200 and check to the gun overseas. Then Scammers
Bob's check bounces after a few weeks and Joe is now out the rifle and
the $5500, which also caused his checking account to be overdrawn.
Here are some hints to avoid these scams:
If you think the an ad on this site or
any of the other airguns sites is a scam, ask the seller for more information and
new/additional pictures of the item for sale. I like to ask for a picture of the serial number
or a picture with a current newspaper. If they can't produce or are evasive, then
don't deal with them and
report the person to me via email.
Don't accept any payment over the amount for the product being sold and it
would be my recommendation to not sell anything to anyone overseas, save
some of the European countries. Be very cautious and if you are contacted by
one of these people, forward it to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
Accept or send only USPS money orders for the items for sale.
Click Here for more information.
I am working hard to stop and block these ads and looking into ways to prevent them from using my site.
Be cautious, if an item sounds too good to be true it probably is.
A scammer has been posting ads on this site using photos and text posted on overseas websites.
The scammer posts under many names including but not limited to the following:
Cherry Thomas, Scott, Zuku, Scott Zuku, Zuku Scott, Zuku Dawson, Elliot Richard, Debora Thomas or Costie Fyke
The scammers name is Robert L Scott Jr. from Clarksville Indiana. His contact information is listed below.
He uses various email addresses typically from a gmail, hotmail, or yahoo account. He uses photos and text
from UK websites like GunStar to post his ads. I have informed the
Indiana State Police and Clarksville Police depts. about Mr. Scotts fraud activities as well as PayPal (who
informed me taht they already were aware of Mr. Scott and has many complaints lodged against him already.
I am continueing to block his access to my site and delete his ads but if you suspect that an ad is bogus
check GunStar and ask the seller for additional original pictures and his personal contact information.
Again, I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause my
readers and I am working to resolve this issue. Thank you.
Scammers last known contact info:
Robert L Scott Jr.
124 S Clarks blvd,
Clarksville IN 47129
PayPal: [email protected]
Here is a typical email from a scammer using the overpayment method:
How are you doing today and I'm so sorry getting back to you so late. I want to
inform you that the payment as been mail to your address and also, The Amount of
$2,500 has been send to you which will include your Asking Price and the Shippers
price. As soon as you get the Check, I will want you to take it to the bank and
have it Deposit into your account and after you might have cash it, I will want you
to deduct your account price of $450 and have the remaining money wire to the Shipping
Company who will be picking up the item and some other items put in their care.
Also, as soon as you notify me that you have receive the Check, I will contact the
Shipping Company and they will email you. I hope you understand...For any Information,
do not hesitate to email me.
Your Trust Is All I Want...
There are a lot of responses to for sale ads from foriegn scammers that use broken English, ask for the final price (even though the price is in the ad), use the term Postal Code instead of zip code, or say consider it sold. If it sounds fishy, it probably is.
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