I’m selling my mountain bike via the Austin Craig’s List. It’s my first foray onto the online, city-wide garage sell. I’m asking $480 for an excellent-condition bike that I purchased new several years back for about $1300.
I received an email yesterday from somebody who said they were interested, and if I still had it. I responded that I did, and he could come by and look at it anytime.
I just got the following email back from him — and for some reason, I get the feeling that there is a scam involved…
Thanks for your reply concerning my inquiry,will you accept money order as a mode of payment?I will be offering you $70 extra to hold the item for me for a week, Please provide your full name,Address and your Phone numberÂ so that i can forward it to my P.R.O to make payment to you.To expediate [sic] this transaction,I have concluded arrangement with a moving company.They would be responsible for the packing and picking up of the item.This will make me to be sending you extra fund because the moving company need their payment before embarking on any transaction of picking up item.
I have included their fee in the payment you will be recieving,the amount covers for all logistic needed to pick up the item from you. When you recieve [sic] the money order, get it cashed and deduct the cost of your item and the $70 i offered you for holding it for me, then you will send the balance to the moving company via money gramÂ transfer before pickup can be effected. Let me know if this is ok by you,because i want this transaction to be as smooth as possible. Get back to me so that i will know the status of things.I want you to take the posting off craigslist today.
His language makes me think he’s not local. European would be my guess. Not sure why he’s. Having to send him my full address and phone number is a red flag, as is me having to “money gram transfer” money to some vague moving company. Even if his money order clears.
Does this smell “scammy” to you, or am I just being paranoid?