Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Scammers are everywhere....even on vaca in London

We are trying to sell our old water heater on craigslist. At this point, we would just like anyone to come by and pick it up.

Two days ago someone emailed asking, "still avalible?" So I replied, "Yup, come pick it up...(with my phone number....)

Last night I received this reply from some guy named Gary Meghan:

I'm glad it's still for sale. I'm going on a vacation to London but I will
instruct my assistant to prepare and mail you your payment which I'm sure
you will get it in about 5 - 7 business days. I'll add $20 extra for the
delay. Check/Money order is the means I can pay you with. If this is
acceptable by you, Send me your info i.e full name, mailing address and
your phone number so payment can be mail out immediately.I will also make
arrangement for pick-up which will be after you must have received and
cashed the  Check ..
Awaiting your info

SO wanted it to be real but could tell it wasn't.  Hubby and I laughed so hard last night thinking of funny ways to reply. Here is the one he did today:

Sweet! Thanks Gary. We have been trying to unload this water heater for quite some time now.  I know it has many good years of service left in it.  We appreciate your offer for an additional $20 to compensate for the delay.
 We forgot to mention in our original listing that we can only sell the water heater to someone who is willing to collect the appliance in person with either a rhinoceros or a hippopotamus.  I hope you can understand, we have found that any other method of transport will damage either our imported Roman cobble stones or the experimental Elf-Grass in front of our house.
 We are prepared to compensate you for the added inconvenience however, by including our new Honda Odyssey with the sale of the water heater (no additional cost of course).  The van is only slightly used and is great for a traveler like yourself.
 Please let me know if you are still interested by sending us your social security number and date of birth.  Thanks again for buying our stuff and we look forward to the up coming transaction.
PS: Say hello to the Queen for me.

The sad thing is, without Hubby, I probably would have tried to make it work. How dumb could I be? I felt off about it as soon as I read it. Looking back, this has reminded me of a decision we made years ago. (NO, I am not talking about the kids. They were a good decision...All five!) Anyway, it turned out bad and we suffered but I think that my pride suffered most. I can't believe I am so far from the spirit that I can't tell when to walk away. Something I still need to work on, I suppose. I am thankful to laugh with my hubby. He has such a good out look on it all. And I keep chuckling at, "Say hello to the Queen for me!".....

UPDATE:  Hubby tried to call Better Business Bureau to CC them and they advised we don't respond. PLHAH. They are no fun. Oh well, we got our laughs in anyway!

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