RV Sellers beware! The Scammers have taken hold in the RVs for sale by owner market.
If you placed an RV ad anywhere online you'll probably receive a few scam reply's.
The Used RV market is full of “Older and more vulnerable individuals” many don't have much experience online and can be take advantage of rather easily and the Scammers have taken notice.
Things to watch out for:
- It will start with a simple email saying Is the “item” still available? They sometimes sub in your ad title into the Item slot.
- Broken English “while not all broken English emails = a scam, it is a first indicator, most scammers in the RV markets originate in South America and they will have improper knowledge of English idioms.
- They will not be able to talk on the phone for some reason or another, Kids & Military seem to be the prevalent excuse
- They add extra money to the price
- They will send a driver to collect the “ITEM”
- Certified check! No such thing it can take 5 days to verify that the so-called Certified Check is real, by then your RV is gone and your left holding the bill.
- A good Rule of thumb is, If they wont / can't talk on the phone just delete it.
Here is a real example of the scam I received just this morning
I really appreciate your quick response to my son text. I will be buying
the item from you, kindly withdraw the advert from C.LIST and
considered it sold. My husband will overnight the payment asap but
he will be paying with a certified check from his Bank and it will
deliver to you via United Parcel Service (UPS), so I'll need you to
provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of
the check... And am offering additional $50 with the original price to
have this asap.
Full Name :
Mailing Address :
State and Zip Code :
Last price :
Phone Number :
I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you have your
check clear, due to my work frame and my Kids, I will not be able to
come with the cash and pick it up myself , so my husband will mail the
check and have someone pick up the item after the check clear.,
Reference to your CL post am completely satisfied with it and
the payment will be deliver within 48hours .Thanks and God bless