Over the years I have bought/sold items on various sites (E-Bay, Craigslist, Pinside, Car/Truck/Tractor Forums, etc.) and all I can say is the scammers are getting more and more sophisticated. They have come a long way from the Nigerian lottery winners that need to send you their money for safekeeping/redemption. Anymore any craigslist ad I post is soon followed by texts asking if "the item -- (usually cut/pasted)" is still for sale. The dumb*sses even send these texts to my WANTED ads, asking if they are still for sale. Sometimes for fun I call the number that sent the text but no one ever answers. . . usually a short time later I get another text that says "Please text me back, missed your call." Just one reason why I still use a flip phone and do not text.
Recently on E-bay a seller accepted my best offer on a vehicle he had listed. We communicated/talked over the phone and the seller sounded like he knew what he was selling. He had a positive feedback score, was willing to send numerous vehicle pictures of whatever I was interested in, etc. In the end he was very persistent that I wire him the money. I flat out told him I do not do that for the very reasons discussed here. . . once that money is sent it is gone. He was two states away so I told him Id be happy to show up with cash in hand for the purchase. After some back and forth he eventually sent me an address to arrive at (it fit with the area code of his phone number/E-bay listing). I did some looking using the internet/satellite imagery and the neighborhood looked a little questionable and very unlikely that a vehicle of this type would be stored there. Finally I called the seller one more time and asked him to take/send a picture of my name written on a piece of paper along with the title in his name, both laying on the vehicle's hood. I "had" the truck/trailer ready to go and Id be on my way once I saw the picture (never had any intention of driving there at this point but wanted to see how far I could take this) I'm sure that picture could be photo shopped but probably not in the time frame we were working with. He blew up over this suggestion, said he was tired of me questioning his integrity, etc. etc. and hung up.
Ive dealt with all kinds of scammers, but this was at a completely different level with the phone communication. Usually I can tell when a guy is legit by talking to them on the phone. . . this one had me going for a little while. Id hate to think what Id be walking into with the cash in hand if I had made the trip . . . I always have my buddies Smith and Wesson with me but anymore if I was forced to introduce them Id end up being the bad guy and not the scammer.
Thanks to soulrider911 for telling the story. I applaud your sense of self responsibility and humility.
Be safe, be smart, pay cash at time of pickup when possible, travel with a buddy or enlist the inspection services of a friend on pinside. If something sounds too good to be true, it is plain and simple unless you are witnessing the situation with your own eyeballs.
Do not let the scum of the earth pull you down to their level -- I believe what goes around comes around and hopefully "Danny's" number will be up soon.