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Art & Inspiration mess with or not to mess with, that is the question.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by borderboy1971, Mar 3, 2020.

  1. borderboy1971
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 688

    from Canada

    I put a want ad for some Canadian Pontiac stamped Chevy valve covers. I knew the scammers would eventually find me. I get a private message that tells me "contact askreed121@gmail, he sells what you want to buy". This message came from ozzie33, with zero posts, zero anything. Maybe I'm wrong that it's not a scam, but I'll assume it is. Now the question, does a person string these guys along for entertainment or just ignore it and save my time? I don't really have the time, but I wish I did. Could be fun.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2020
  2. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
    Posts: 4,951

    Staff Member

  3. borderboy1971
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 688

    from Canada

    Darn moderators..... banned him so quick I didn't even get a chance to mess with him. Haha. Just kidding of course. Thanks for having our backs.
  4. luckythirteenagogo
    Joined: Dec 28, 2012
    Posts: 1,255


    That all depends on how much time you have to screw around with it.

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  5. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 5,002


    Most of these guys are psychos. They either don't know or don't care if you try to mess with them. Occasionally, they can be dangerous. Move along.
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  6. ClarkH
    Joined: Jul 21, 2010
    Posts: 908


    Agree with tubman. In the long run, intentionally engaging with scammers will take more of a toll on your psyche than theirs. They are not worth it.
  7. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,413


    If you want to bait scammers, you need to set up an email and a user account that can't be tracked. Then initiate your bait from there. Vindictive assholes will reign terror on you for fighting back, but if you have your tracks covered ahead of time, you can string them along for a long time. Time they spend wild-goose-chasing you is time they aren't spending conning someone else out of real money. If you really want to do it, you need to make their life tougher without any fallout on you.

    You can read all about "scam-baiting" if you want to learn how to set up untraceable emails and such, it shouldn't cost you a dime. The goal is to make them waste the most time possible with you, without costing you a dime or spending too much of your time. You also never want to inadvertently teach a scammer to be a better scammer. Never let them know what tipped you off, it only makes them better.
  8. New account replying to your wanted thread is a RED FLAG in my book.HRP

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  9. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,469

    from Zoar, Ohio

    Why would anyone want to waste their precious time screwing around with idiots. These people do this shit for their livelihood. What makes you think stringing them along would divert their income?

    Too bad I don’t see them at the shooting range wearing “Scammer” t-shirts.
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  10. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,473

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    If youre really bored,

    Theres some really talented scammer scammers there. The work they go to... wow
  11. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 951


    Messing with scammers is similar to "Never wrestle with a pig. You both get muddy and the pig enjoys it."

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  12. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,566


    Only if I knew I could safely ruin their lives, make them sorry they'd ever been born, and destroy everything they hold dear. Then, yeah, I'd do it, as long as it left no survivors.
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  13. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,720

    from California

    "contact askreed121@gmail, he sells what you want to buy".

    I got a note like this on a wanted ad and found the parts I was looking for. turns out the guy was local and even delivered it.
  14. chopped
    Joined: Dec 9, 2004
    Posts: 1,952


    When you see crazy coming cross the street.
  15. borderboy1971
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 688

    from Canada

    Now you're making me feel bad that maybe he was legitimate. But red flags for me were....Just joined today, no posts etc. Seems fishy. At least a intro and a little chit chat before selling something seems appropriate when new to a site.
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  16. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 4,756

    from Oregon

    I sold my 6x2 sbc intake to a guy that just joined to buy it. He sent a postal m.o. . I cashed it at post office and sent him the intake. Both of us are happy. You never know , especially with buying. Alway better to let it go and keep searching until it is right .
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  17. Agree.....sell a lot of stuff......sometimes it's legit.....think of the guys that sign up here a decade ago - never a post or reply to a thread....and BAM....they see your stuff for sale....and hit just like a catfish !
  18. abe lugo
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 2,199

    abe lugo

    Since I posted a few parts a while back, I noticed a few guys asking to buy them. It’s unfortunate but if you have zero posts and are relatively new, I will automatically ignore the potential buyer now. I also state I only take PayPal.

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