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CRAIGS LIST SCAMMERS ARE AT IT AGAIN

Discussion in 'Aldabra tortoises' started by wellington, Apr 25, 2018.

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  1. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    This latest one is good. Only list Aldabras. Very cheap prices advertised, but they aren't the real price. Will email more pics and even enclosure area. They also mention all kinds of care things like calcium, lighting, etc. yes, I have been playing with the guy, letting him think I'm interested in several of them.
    Won't answer where they are located even though it does say it in the Ad. Oh, that's because they have their Ad listed in several states and aren't sure which one I seen.
    They do actually have all kinds of tortoises for sale, just not in the CL Ad.
    Be very, very careful. If it sounds to good to be true, IT IS!
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    (These ads do not appear for registered members.)
    I have seen those. What raised a red flag to me was the low price, and I saw an identically worded for sale post in another state but different species. I just kept scrolling.
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  3. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    The price was ridiculously low. Ya never know though if someone is desperate to get rid of them. Not likely but is possible. I usually try to find something to prove they are scammers. They usually are easy to detect just in the Ad. This ones Ad was not like they usually are, so I kept searching.
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    ~ Unfortunately this seems to be getting worse than ever!
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    ~ Here's a current one that stole our videos, total scam!



  6. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    Yep, I think they are getting better at it and catching on what to do and what not too do. Hopefully everyone looking too buy does the research before just sending money.
    Usually they never tell you where they are located, does everything to get you to have them shipped, not picked up and will have the same Ad listed in multiple Places as if they live in all those different places. Of course there the cheap cheap prices.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    One more reason, I would only buy from someone I know, or someone who is well known by someone I know.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    I was totally surprised that the photos this guy had weren't yours.
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  9. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    Another clue too is they have poor English writing skills.
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    ~ It is pathetic, i often wonder how many get taken?
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    Thank you for posting this, and saving someone from potentially getting taken advantage of.
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    You need to figure out how to put a "water mark" on your pictures.
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    We should all make an effort to make Identical Posts and then another post linking their posts that will make people aware that this is INDEED a SCAM. So if you all are able to share the links on here and we can all kind of police the CL pages and hopefully annoy then so much that they focus on other scams for ideally get them to leave entirely but that's unlikely. Definitely, share them though so we can all flag them and or make postings in same places they are to save someone hundreds. Hate to see the bad guys win at all. Power in numbers, freidsn.
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  14. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    Well, before I could give him my not nice opinion of him and his scamming self, he must have caught on what I was doing. He stopped emailing and removed the CL Ad on the Chicago CL.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    Once or twice a month I will scan my local CL. Looking for tortoises that I can either help find a home, give advice on the care it needs or to find these type scamming Ads. I usually if not always will post a thread on the forum warning people that they are out there at it again. I will try to remember to post a link from now on. Usually once they are caught, they remove the Ad.
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    ~ I really think that is a great idea, I'm in.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    It's going over my head what your asking. The identical posts. Do you mean to send too the scammer? Or too post on the CL warning about them? Then posting a link on this forum so others can do the same?
    You could start a thread and make a post that everyone could copy and paste. Then we could add the links to that same thread whenever someone comes across a scammer.
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    If they are taking your videos I believe you can file a copyright claim to Youtube and they will likely take down the videos. Might be worth a try anyways.
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    I think they are stealing them from Facebook, honestly we only post thing that we are willing to have stolen these days. It is sad, the internet has many values, however it is also easy for the nefarious and deviants in this world to do bad things and have little if no accountability for the crimes. One reason we do not post many new hatchling pictures or videos, they would be stolen for sure and high probability they would be used in a scam. I get e-mails often asking and/or sharing pictures of our tortoises for sale or used in some false way for advertisements.
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    Maybe a new thread under marketplace "suspected scams". Like sales, not open for comments.
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    Put a nice water mark on your photos as someone here mentioned. Every scammer knows not to use water marked photos.
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