I thought I'd post this just in case anyone trying to sell a boat gets an offer that's too good to be true, OMG how many times are we told never send money to anyone!!!.
This morning I noticed a really nice looking 32' cape island for sale on Kijij, it's just what I've searching for, so I sent an e-mail to the owner, he replied promptly telling me he would send me the details asap, and that he'd had another offer for $800 above his asking price, he was also asked to remove the add from Kijiji...strange I thought, I've NEVER seen a boat sell in the first couple of hours before?.
True to his promise he e-mailed me the last survey report, just for my interest, NOW while sending it he decided to copy his e-mail to the other buyer, here's the other guys reply which I received, maybe by mistake!!, anyway I'm so bloody angry that I have no qualms about posting it here:
I was just thinking you might have had some other buyer's who are very much interested in buying the Boat from you so i think the best way to outbid them is by offering you an Additional $800.CAD to your own asking price on the Kijiji add, I won't be able come for the inspection of the Boat my self due to present Job But But i have a pick-up Agent who will be contacting you about where and when the picking of the Boat will taking place after have completed the payment transaction with you.
I'm actually purchasing the Vehicle for my Parent residing in Quebec . Please tell me a little more about the present mechanical condition and how often you do the service or if possible the history then we can take it from there.
I will wait to read from and if we come to a quick agreement i will proceed with the payment immediately..From: email@example.com
The story is easy to guess from here guys, buy the time I saw the e-mail and called the guy, who lives in Nova scotia and is retired!!!...it was too late he had paid $800 to a fictitious "pick up agent"!!!
We had a long chat and I felt terrible for the old guy, if I had checked my mail 1 hour earlier I could have warned him that things didn't look right, but all I could do was explain that he was more likely to receive low ball ridicules offers but never more than the asking price.
Anyway I feel better now I've blown off some steam, just be careful out there all.