It's bad when they are on the forums. I miss the days when they stuck to Craigslist and Armslist.Don't think we can discuss this topic enough.
So I posted a gun for sale on Texas Gun Trader, and this same guy always
pops about a week after you run the ad. It's always a cut/paste, never asks
relevant questions, and doesn't even bother negotiating the price.
So I replied to his initial inquiry with a FULL and detailed description of the
guns condition, any issues, etc. Here's what I got back-
Hi, I apologize for my late response to your mail. I want you to brief me about the
following as regards the firearm.
(1) what is the condition ?
(2) Does it have any faults or defects whatsoever ?
I'm in Melbourne, Florida.I have a Federal Firearms License (FFL) to receive the
firearm for me if you are willing to ship it once you receive your payment.If yes,
what's your shipping cost to Florida? Or I can arrange for a local dealer in your
area where you can drop it off and they will do what is necessary for me to receive
the firearm at my FFL address without your concern... Please note that the shipping
will take place once you receive your payment....
Note, my reply email about the condition was ignored. It's just a cut/paste fishing trip.
"Brief me on the condition"? Who talks that way? Russian scammers?
And the part that sounds so good (that you don't need to ship until payment is received)
is BS too. Not sure the angle, but they probably send you a fake cashiers check, or some
other creative method of non-payment.
We always want these to be legitimate, but folks if it smells like fish.............