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DallasSteve

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Posted: 07/12/22 08:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am on Facebook Marketplace selling some items and sometimes I see great deals on RVs. When I inquire they auto respond directing me to an email address. When I write them they come up with an eBay story that they need to register me as a buyer and they want my name and address. At that point I stop the contact because I can see it's a scam. Does anybody know what the end game of this scam is? Do they just try to steal identity with this information or do they end up requesting a money transfer? Maybe this has been discussed here before, but I don't know how I would find this in the Search feature. I got nothing when I entered "Facebook RV Scams".

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Can see it is a scam just by the price . . . Don't need to read any further. A class C for $1500. Don't know what the outcome would be??


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I don't know much about FB Marketplace, but friends who have used it say that in the last year or so it has been taken over by commercial sellers and scammers.

Speaking of Facebook and scammers, I still have friends who repost those "Win this Motorhome!" scams. My wife told me awhile ago to stop bugging people about those, because people don't like being told that they are being taken by an obvious scam.


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Frankly, I don't see why any reasonable and prudent person would take things one step further once they saw the ad for that particular RV at that price. It couldn't be more obvious that it's a scam.


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With most any major purchase.. Offer to hop a plane and bring money so you buy it after you see it.. I mean Even if it really is a legit sale often it's not quite "As perceived from the ad) Kind of like an ad for a house for sale (I've seen the house) "Needs a little fixing up" said the ad.. The fact: Lay plank down before walking (on the planks) across the floor or risk landing in the basement.

(Yup the new owner did just that. Landed in the basement that is.. when the floor gave way)

The home owner I was visiting Well when he bought it his house was in like condition but he layed plank, re-floored. Rewalled (The "Bones" (Frame) were still good) re-roofed. Re-sided and had a nice house.


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To answer the question you asked - the only thing I can see is maybe they will monitor your posts and if you happen to post when your out of town or post that your leaving for vacation, they now have your address to potentially separate you from some of your stuff. Just a guess on my part.
As a side note for the reading challenged - the OP’s question had nothing to do with purchasing a rv or the price.

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What is common now is that it will be a commercial sale and the price represents the money down. While it may be scam, more likely they are trying to generate sales leads. I responded to a car ad like that just to see what happened. I used fake information and a throw-away email address. A used car dealership responded. They did provide the actual vehicle information and the sales price. They claimed they put a disclaimer in the ad that said the listed price was the down payment, but I never found it. They did continue to spam the email for a couple of months at least. I only keep the throw-away emails for three months or so typically.

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If I only had fifteen hundred…


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And don't forget that some of these ads may just be click-bait. Lots of that on Facebook.


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p220sigman wrote:

What is common now is that it will be a commercial sale and the price represents the money down. While it may be scam, more likely they are trying to generate sales leads. I responded to a car ad like that just to see what happened. I used fake information and a throw-away email address. A used car dealership responded. They did provide the actual vehicle information and the sales price. They claimed they put a disclaimer in the ad that said the listed price was the down payment, but I never found it. They did continue to spam the email for a couple of months at least. I only keep the throw-away emails for three months or so typically.

Thanks to everybody for the replies. This sounds like the most likely purpose of the ads (there are many of them) - generating sales leads for a dealer. I hadn't thought of that. Anyway, I won't waste any more time responding to ads for prices that are too low to be real.

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