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Old 11-12-2009, 10:16 AM   #21
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Youse guys are hard core - is there a lot of used couch theft and cunning financial sneakery that goes on to shyster used furniture?

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Old 11-12-2009, 10:28 AM   #22
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It was a small, calculated risk. The guy seemed very nice and reliable, and I really wanted to get the couch sold.

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Old 11-12-2009, 10:30 AM   #23
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Always wondered who could fall for the Nigerian prince scam ... then one of my tenants looses 3k!

Packaged a little differently. She was under the impression she was employed by the scammer. Told to deposit a "paycheck" then go to Walmart and see if the halls were clean and clear of debris. Then - of course - most of the "pay check" had to be reimbursed (wired) within a day of being deposited. Banks must credit deposits within 24 hours ... 3 days later - of course - it bounced. But the wired funds are gone. Problems persist for the tenant: bank is pursuing fraud charges against her (thinking she is part of the scam). Soooo a payment plan was set up to get the bank back the 3k. The bank has grabbed a $900 direct deposit from her account. Needless to say the rent is LATE.

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Old 11-12-2009, 10:35 AM   #24
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Youse guys are hard core - is there a lot of used couch theft and cunning financial sneakery that goes on to shyster used furniture?
In this case I'll bet the dollar amount was small enough that it was worth trusting the guy. But in the general case, there are Craigslist scams using PayPal chargebacks out there. If you're dealing with small amounts of money and you have a pretty good "Spidey sense" to ferret out situations that smell funny, you can reduce your risk to an acceptable level.

"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)
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