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Advice regarding CraigsList transaction?

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Michael Chang , Jun 20, 2012; 12:12 p.m.

It's really unfortunate that we must be ever so careful to avoid being scammed; maybe there was a time when bad selling/buying experiences was the exception, or maybe it still is but the few bad apples make us all become overly cautious.

Sarah Fox , Jun 20, 2012; 12:24 p.m.

It's indeed unfortunate, Michael! I want to help the guy out, and the guy just wants a boat for his family. They seem like nice people. (I've talked with his wife, too.) It's just that after 50 years on this planet, I've had too many bad experiences to fully trust people, even when they seem like nice folks.

Michael Howard , Jun 20, 2012; 01:14 p.m.

I really don't see how sending a cash deposit via Western Union could possibly screw you over in any way. You go to the WU office, and they hand you cash. I can see the guy SENDING cash getting screwed, but not the reciever. Perhaps someone can enlighten us all on how this could be bad for Sarah?

Eric Sande , Jun 20, 2012; 01:37 p.m.

I put a some bicycle parts on Craigslist yesterday morning. Almost all inquiries are from "googlemail" email accounts. One, for a pair of pedals I want $40 for, wanted to do the "mail you a certified check from my bank" thing. For a $40 purchase? I didn't think I'd run into that kind of thing for a small-ticket item.


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