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2020-09-22 8:49:17 PM  
Always bring counterfeit money to an internet deal.  Sheesh.
 
2020-09-22 11:25:30 PM  
Craigslist is dying.
 
2020-09-22 11:25:55 PM  
There is a safe exchange location at a police station less than a half a mile away from there. This guy was a total idiot.
 
2020-09-22 11:29:04 PM  
Simple. Have the transaction in a 'safe transaction zone', or whatever they call it. Police stations have started this. They will have a few parking spots set aside with non-monitored video coverage. If it's a legit deal, both parties have no problem with the location. If something is screwy, then the police have video footage to help track the person down. I've sold a few thousand dollars' worth of stuff this way. And if you're not breaking the law, you actually really do have nothing to worry about for once. They don't care unless they need to.
 
2020-09-22 11:33:25 PM  
I love how the article says "Malone" drive off like that was ever his name.
 
2020-09-22 11:35:48 PM  

Mikey1969: Simple. Have the transaction in a 'safe transaction zone', or whatever they call it. Police stations have started this. They will have a few parking spots set aside with non-monitored video coverage. If it's a legit deal, both parties have no problem with the location. If something is screwy, then the police have video footage to help track the person down. I've sold a few thousand dollars' worth of stuff this way. And if you're not breaking the law, you actually really do have nothing to worry about for once. They don't care unless they need to.


Yeah. Wouldn't it be better to not have a bookface account and never do deals off the internet?
 
2020-09-22 11:36:39 PM  
I've done a cash internet deal for a vehicle.  I wasn't dumb enough to carry cash with me and do the deal in some back alley.  Did it at the bank where I withdrew the money and exchanged cash for title, bill of sale, and keys in the lobby of the bank.

Then I drove away in my Samurai blasting Play that Funky Music.

Evolution - Play That Funky Music [HQ]
Youtube WLgvvgcDDm8
 
2020-09-22 11:38:34 PM  
"arranged to meet the seller in front of a Denny's"

Everyone knows if you do a deal in front of a Denny's it's either cops, sex traffickers or gangs.
 
2020-09-22 11:42:52 PM  

a far candle: "arranged to meet the seller in front of a Denny's"

Everyone knows if you do a deal in front of a Denny's it's either cops, sex traffickers or gangs.


You forgot meth.
 
2020-09-22 11:43:55 PM  

jst3p: a far candle: "arranged to meet the seller in front of a Denny's"

Everyone knows if you do a deal in front of a Denny's it's either cops, sex traffickers or gangs.

You forgot meth.


Any of the people he listed would gladly sell you meth.
 
2020-09-22 11:45:37 PM  

silverblues: There is a safe exchange location at a police station less than a half a mile away from there. This guy was a total idiot.


This. I've bought several cars from FB Marketplace and Craigslist. As long as you meet somewhere public, it's fine, and who doesn't buy a car with cash?

If you sell a car with a bank or cashiers check, be prepared for bank and cashiers check fraud.

Cash is king for a reason.
 
2020-09-22 11:46:04 PM  
Facebook official statement:
Unfortunately we do not have enough information to identify the guilty party.

The reality:
Facebook knows the guy's name, age, appearance, home location, size of home, financial status, cat's name, what type of porn he watches, if any, relationship status, with whom, daily movement schedule, preferred shows, grocery habits, and last but not least, exact location at any given moment.
 
2020-09-22 11:46:05 PM  
It's not news it's Kark.
 
2020-09-22 11:50:57 PM  
"A Facebook deal went wrong..."

"You're telling us!"

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2020-09-22 11:53:45 PM  
well, you can choose to be cynical, or you can choose to trust your fellow man. i choose trust. i'd say my total losses over the years are less than $200,000, and only three guitars robbed at gunpoint.
 
2020-09-22 11:56:23 PM  
I usually hate victim-blaming, but this guy was a farking idiot.
 
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2020-09-23 12:23:33 AM  

ansius: I usually hate victim-blaming, but this guy was a farking idiot.


Yeah.  If one isn't going to use police-sanctioned locations for transactions, then pick some place like the bank, and for expensive purchases don't bring the money, go in and withdraw it when preparing to make the transaction.

Though for cars I'd suggest meeting at the MVD office when they're open.  Make the sale conditional on going inside to do the title transaction at the counter.  Have someone else hold the money while evaluating the car prior to going in.  This prevents you as buyer from finding out that there's a lien on the title and you can't transfer it before you hand over the money.  Alternately require the seller to get a fresh copy of the title within a couple of days of the intended transaction date to prove that they haven't used the car as collateral since the last time the title they bring to the transaction was printed.

/not paranoid
//that doesn't mean just trusting anyone to start with though
///offerup seems a little bit better than craigslist but will never use facebook marketplace
 
2020-09-23 12:56:02 AM  

crinz83: well, you can choose to be cynical, or you can choose to trust your fellow man. i choose trust. i'd say my total losses over the years are less than $200,000, and only three guitars robbed at gunpoint.


Yeah, I've seen people bring bigger than $10k wads of cash to guitar shows.  I may or may not have been one of them
 
2020-09-23 1:09:12 AM  
Years ago I was trying to sell a laptop on Craigslist and I got a few interested people who readily agreed to my price and were eager to meet up and buy the laptop. So I told the first guy to meet in front of the police station that was nearest to where I lived, and he changed his mind. As did the second guy and the third guy. Yeah, if it is small enough or something mobile, like a vehicle, suggest to conduct the deal in front of the nearest police station. While it is not a foolproof method of scaring away any shading characters it will certain scare off a lot of them.
 
2020-09-23 1:09:52 AM  
in front of a Denny's on Shackleford road.

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2020-09-23 1:11:20 AM  
Facebook anything should have been his first clue that something shady was going on.
 
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2020-09-23 1:29:50 AM  

Mock26: Years ago I was trying to sell a laptop on Craigslist and I got a few interested people who readily agreed to my price and were eager to meet up and buy the laptop. So I told the first guy to meet in front of the police station that was nearest to where I lived, and he changed his mind. As did the second guy and the third guy. Yeah, if it is small enough or something mobile, like a vehicle, suggest to conduct the deal in front of the nearest police station. While it is not a foolproof method of scaring away any shading characters it will certain scare off a lot of them.


For electronics I usually pick the inside of a well-known coffee shop.  I get there early with powerstrip and anything else needed to test, and find a seat near an electrical outlet.

Admittedly when I bought my CCNA lab, four routers and three switches, it looked a little silly and was loud when I powered all of them up, but seller and I enjoyed our coffees while I watched the POST/boot process and confirmed no obvious fails in the logs.
 
2020-09-23 1:44:11 AM  
So... Brian Malone made another $10K on the internet...
...in only a few minutes...
...using this one weird trick!
 
2020-09-23 1:47:33 AM  
First CSB: sold my last chevelle on Craigslist. Within an hour of listing it this guy from Kentucky wants me to hold it until next Monday because he's getting paid for some thing or whatever. He was super eager and I was feeling nice and fielding a ton of responses, so I figure what the hell. The next well cones and he feels me he's flying into Philly Saturday to get the car. I told him to meet me at the tag place Saturday morning. He shows up, envelope full of cash didn't even want to look over the car. I had to make him drive it a little bit. Did the deal in the tag office and he drove off. Got an email from him at midnight saying he was home, the car was great and thanks. LS swapped 72 if you must know.

Second CSB: was looking for a Subaru for the wife after moving to CO. Found one on Craigslist for $500, runs, drives, needs head gaskets. Decent shape. Call the got and tell him I'll come pick it up right now. He's hesitant. I tell him you pick the place. Local police station, restaurant, whatever. Just abbot had to beg him to sell me the car. I'm thinking he realized he priced it a bit low. Ended up on front of what seemed like an abandoned restaurant on highway 24 between the Springs and Woodland Park in the dark buying a car. Crazy. Great car though.
 
2020-09-23 1:51:49 AM  
I've sold two cars privately in the last couple of years.  Both listed on Craigslist.   Did one deal at the DMV because the guy said he was 100% going to buy it.   I had somebody follow me to drive me home.

The other deal I met at a gas station to let the guy look the car over.  It turned out he brought the cash with him in case he was ready to buy, and brought his wife to drive one of the cars home.   I told him the ad said I'd only do the deal at the DMV, so we drove 10 minutes over to the DMV, exchanged the title, keys and cash at the desk, and then I waited inside for an Uber to drive me and my wad of cash home.   Both situations worked out fine.
 
2020-09-23 3:24:45 AM  

a far candle: "arranged to meet the seller in front of a Denny's"

Everyone knows if you do a deal in front of a Denny's it's either cops, sex traffickers or gangs.


That's why I only do my deals in front of an Olive Garden, where you have to get all dressed up.
 
2020-09-23 3:56:09 AM  

jsmilky: Craigslist is dying.


I've heard it's a good place to find dates you pay with roses
 
2020-09-23 4:45:55 AM  
Getting a kick.

Bought my last car off Craigslist, brought $3500 in cash, didn't think anything of it. But vintage VW owners are a bit different, and I could tell this guy was a little leery of letting the car go. If I hadn't volunteered that I had had other V-dubs in the past and was looking for another one to restore, I don't think he would've agreed to meet, despite having an ad up for it for a while ('67 Beetle).

Just sold a couch. Didn't get shiat for bites (well one) off of CL, but FB marketplace had a bunch of flakes then finally a frat bro who took it for his garage.

YMMV
 
2020-09-23 5:00:53 AM  

LordOfThePings: in front of a Denny's on Shackleford road.

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Came for this

/leaving for coffee
 
2020-09-23 5:52:12 AM  

silverblues: There is a safe exchange location at a police station less than a half a mile away from there. This guy was a total idiot.


Dallas only has one of those, which is not at all close to me, and in a part of town I would certainly not consider safe.

I have a van I need to sell, and it'll be around a $5k or $6k deal.
 
2020-09-23 6:13:05 AM  
Years ago I was selling stuff online pre all the safe sale zone stuff and only had one problem. For the most part I met people at those town centers in some of the newer developments and things went fine. One really sketchy person wanted to meet in a shady garage at a shady part of town, I bailed on that one.
 
2020-09-23 7:00:28 AM  

FarkBucket18: silverblues: There is a safe exchange location at a police station less than a half a mile away from there. This guy was a total idiot.

This. I've bought several cars from FB Marketplace and Craigslist. As long as you meet somewhere public, it's fine, and who doesn't buy a car with cash?


People in normal nations?

You can't make anything but grocery purchases in Denmark with cash, and even then you're weird.

If you have large amounts of cash, you're a thief, plain and simple.
 
2020-09-23 7:19:17 AM  
You're all acting like the guy did not do his due diligence, I'm sure he friended the seller before meeting him.
 
2020-09-23 7:42:30 AM  

JuggleGeek: silverblues: There is a safe exchange location at a police station less than a half a mile away from there. This guy was a total idiot.

Dallas only has one of those, which is not at all close to me, and in a part of town I would certainly not consider safe.

I have a van I need to sell, and it'll be around a $5k or $6k deal.


Neither the Denny's nor the Safe Exchange (at the Kanis Substation) are in a bad area. It's in West Little Rock which is considered the "nice" part of town.  I've lived here 20 years. This could have been easily avoided had the buyer just used a bit of common sense.
 
2020-09-23 8:32:16 AM  

Resident Muslim: Facebook official statement:
Unfortunately we do not have enough information to identify the guilty party.

The reality:
Facebook knows the guy's name, age, appearance, home location, size of home, financial status, cat's name, what type of porn he watches, if any, relationship status, with whom, daily movement schedule, preferred shows, grocery habits, and last but not least, exact location at any given moment.


Or the guy bought from someone with a facebook profile created in 2020 with literally less than 10 friends, so it's obviously fake. But yes, scammer probably used fb on their phone so a lot of useful data is there

If the Facebook account is 10 years old and a few hundred friends, it's a real person (usually)
 
2020-09-23 9:27:55 AM  

Ketchuponsteak: People in normal nations?

You can't make anything but grocery purchases in Denmark with cash, and even then you're weird.

If you have large amounts of cash, you're a thief, plain and simple.


Person-to-person sales are almost always cash here. Why, you may ask? 

Simple:

1) Cash transaction apps (PayPal, Venmo, CashApp) cap the limit on any single transaction, so larger purchases can't be done. Even then many charge fees for the "service" of taking your money and giving it to someone else. 

2) Bank check and cashier's check fraud is rampant. Someone comes to buy your car. You do the transaction, they hand over a check from Chase bank, you deposit it in your account and then two weeks later, the bank takes all their money back because the check was fraudulent. There is also very little verification options if you don't have that branch of bank in your area (remember, the US is about twice the size of Europe. Doubt there are many banks that operate in Croatia that do in Sweden - and that distance is like NYC to Chicago, barely 1/3rd of the way across the US)

3) Cash is cash. It's king. You can buy homes in cash, cars in cash ... anything you want. The US is just barely becoming cashless and even then, many stores in many cities are banning cashless establishments because it harms poor people and those without access to bank accounts (which usually cost monthly fees).

4) You can buy guns in cash person-to-person without any paperwork - legally. Cash is used for all sorts of purchases where you don't want any way to trace it back to you. Now, naturally, this attracts illicit operations too, like drugs, but it's also used by people who don't want people to know what they are buying.

I'm not saying it's right, but it is what it is. The US is a very significant cash society.
 
2020-09-23 9:29:35 AM  

Ketchuponsteak: FarkBucket18: silverblues: There is a safe exchange location at a police station less than a half a mile away from there. This guy was a total idiot.

This. I've bought several cars from FB Marketplace and Craigslist. As long as you meet somewhere public, it's fine, and who doesn't buy a car with cash?

People in normal nations?

You can't make anything but grocery purchases in Denmark with cash, and even then you're weird.

If you have large amounts of cash, you're a thief, plain and simple.


How do you do person-to-person transactions?  You buy concert tickets and your friends reimburse you.  Or some guy sells you his coffee table.  Or you buy some guy's used car.
 
2020-09-23 10:28:22 AM  

WastrelWay: Mikey1969: Simple. Have the transaction in a 'safe transaction zone', or whatever they call it. Police stations have started this. They will have a few parking spots set aside with non-monitored video coverage. If it's a legit deal, both parties have no problem with the location. If something is screwy, then the police have video footage to help track the person down. I've sold a few thousand dollars' worth of stuff this way. And if you're not breaking the law, you actually really do have nothing to worry about for once. They don't care unless they need to.

Yeah. Wouldn't it be better to not have a bookface account and never do deals off the internet?


Sure, whatever it takes to argue on Fark, right? Because you want that extra lawnmower sitting in the garage after you buy a new one, the extra laptop, the extra tablet, that old couch. Just pile the shiat up so that you don't have to sell it online because, reasons.

Jesus, what the fark is wrong with this place?
 
2020-09-23 11:03:14 AM  

lizyrd: Ketchuponsteak: FarkBucket18: silverblues: There is a safe exchange location at a police station less than a half a mile away from there. This guy was a total idiot.

This. I've bought several cars from FB Marketplace and Craigslist. As long as you meet somewhere public, it's fine, and who doesn't buy a car with cash?

People in normal nations?

You can't make anything but grocery purchases in Denmark with cash, and even then you're weird.

If you have large amounts of cash, you're a thief, plain and simple.

How do you do person-to-person transactions?  You buy concert tickets and your friends reimburse you.  Or some guy sells you his coffee table.  Or you buy some guy's used car.


Everyone has Mobilepay (its an app in your app store, look it up, it only works in Denmark though), enter the phone number of the recipient, and the amount, and the money goes instantly from your bank account to his.
 
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