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So recently times have been a bit tough, so I have been offering my computer repair services on craigslist to bring in a bit of extra dough. Today I received this email from a potential customer. I'm wondering if this is a known scam or if this guy seems legitimate?


Quote:
Hi


In response to your interest in regard to my ad on craiglist.
(I never showed interest in anyone's craigslist ad...)
Quote:
I have 10 HP laptops. Below is a list of work needed to be done on each PC.


1 Format Hard Drive
2 Install Win XP with Service Pack 2
3 Install Microsoft Office Package
4 AVG Virus Software
5 Adobe Acrobat Reader
6 Run standard Windows system tests.


Get back to me with your total cost for the service if you can perform this task diligently.


I have all the necessary software needed for the service installations. Let me know what you will be charging to get this done? Please I will appreciate a direct answer to this.


I await your urgent response.
I gave him my asking price, to which he immediately responded:

Quote:
Hello,


I am satisfied with your asking price as long as you can put all the systems in good order. I will instruct my account manager to prepare payment for you within the next 5 working days.


I have a moving company that offers 100% refund for damages incurred during shipment. But among there numerous safety policy is to ship items only where 'payment for shipment'( to and fro) is paid directly from location of shipment. I will include the cost of shipment with the payment I would be sending to you.


The payment would be delivered via US postal service. I will supply you with the tracking information as soon as it is mailed out. You are to deduct your charge then send the remaining to the moving company. They will deliver the pc and come back to pick it up as soon as you are done with it.

I will need the following information in order to send the check.

Full name
Home address
City
State
Zip code
Tel


Awaiting your reply.
So what do you think OCN? Is this some kind of scam made to lure laptop repairman into giving away their identities or is it for real?
Edited by slothfish - 2/21/11 at 10:54pm
    
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scam.
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scam.
This...Anything on craigslist not involving cash steer clear of
post #4 of 29
Seems scammy. The manner in which it is written and the questions are indicative of a scammer. I wouldn't do it.
post #5 of 29
100% scam those bastards always have a moving company lol
post #6 of 29
Scam..

Best way to respond to them once you know they're scammers is, "Smell my Di*k Fagg*t!!"

(But only when you know its a scammer, otherwise thats pretty rude..)
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Craigslist is a scam. Stop using it.
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scam..

Best way to respond to them once you know they're scammers is, "smell my di*k fagg*t!!"

(but only when you know its a scammer, otherwise thats pretty rude..)
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Just to reiterate, I posted the ad on craigslist.

Thanks for all the reassurance so far, I figured it was a scam
    
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This somewhat reminds me of this funny story off ZUG

http://www.zug.com/pranks/powerbook/
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