I hate being spammed, scammed or generally lied to. I hate people who behave like this. I recently advertised a motorcycle for sale in a popular free online classifieds website, and within an hour the spam scams started arriving, presumably bots, though perhaps analogue losers.
My ad was brief but thorough in describing the condition and specification of the bike, with recent photos. Apart from more detailed questions, such as whether it had been crashed, raced or stolen, the only other question would normally be ‘when can I come and have a test ride?’
Except that it is not what I got. I got txt messages asking me to email details, then I received emails like these:
Thanks for the swift response, please advice on the present condition of the ad with the service history as well, am buying this as a surprise gift for my dad for his birthday so i wont let him know, until it been delivered to him.But due to the nature of my job and location…i will not be able to come for inspection,am a very busy type as i work long hours everyday off shore oil rig department,i have gone through your advertisement and i am satisfied with it., i am sure he will be more than happy with it.I can only pay with PayPal here, i will need you to give me your PayPal email address so i can make the payments asap and please if you don’t have PayPal account yet, it is very easy to set up, go to www.paypal.com.au and get it set up , after you have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you use for registration with PayPal so as to put the money through. note well: Pick up agent will come for the pick up as soon as i have made the payments, i would have loved to talk to you on phone but I work mainly offshore, our phone is down on the rig right now due to bad weather, we can only communicate with our base for now.
Oil rig department? Is this some kind of Paypal spam? You’re evidently not interested in motorbikes. Fuck off. Next:
Hi thanks for reply, i am a marine engineer, i am at sea right now. Can i pay you $6,000 for the cost of the item so as to out beat other offer?I am buying this for my son as a surprise gift. I can only pay through paypal at the moment as i dont have access to my bank account online(i dont have internet banking with it), but i have it attached to my paypal account, and this is why i insisted on using paypal to pay,all i will need is your paypal email address to make the payments, and if you dont have a paypal account yet, you can set one it cant take you less than 3mins to do that, i will be expecting your paypal email so l can pay. I have a pick up agent that will come for the pick up after payments has been sorted, l will be waiting for your reply asap..
Two variations of the same lame story. Strangely, after I replied to say I don’t accept Paypal and payment would be required by EFT to my bank account, they stopped corresponding. Why would I want to use Paypal and pay over $100 in fees when I could get all the money paid directly to me? Losers.