How to Minimize the Chance You Could be Dealing with a Scammer ...while using the classifieds.
Think you're dealing with a scammer on VAF? Send me their userID and I'll lock the account down. There is scum in this world and they often try to scam people out of their hard earned money. Don't give 'um a chance. Read every single word of this entire page.
In closing, you might think I would be very comfortable buying and selling items on my own website classified board. I am not. Would I buy a propeller sight unseen from another state, trusting that it would be shipped correctly and show up exactly as I was hoping? Not in a hundred years. Would I buy a $2,000 GPS sight unseen without doing any due diligence? And I mean a lot of due diligence. Not on your life.
Use the RV White Pages to find somebody who lives near the item being sold. Ask them if they would be willing to go look at the item to make sure everything is legitimate. Send them money for a nice dinner out.
Sorry to sound like such a stick in the mud, but it seems like every few months somebody gets ripped off buying an expensive piece of avionics gear, or a propeller, or an engine that has had a prop strike, etc. To be honest I'm kind of getting tired of getting the e-mails from people who somehow think I need to be involved because they failed to do their own research before shelling out the money. If it seems like it's too good of a deal to be true, it almost always is. In nearly 100% of these cases, I've never met the two parties involved, they live in different states, and I know nothing about them or the item.
I think in 15 years I've bought two items off of my classified board, and I think they both cost around $20. Maybe my threshold for risk is higher than the average person. Maybe not.
Don't give your password to anyone. Ever. Don't 'click on this link to reset your password' that gets e-mailed to you by someone that you think you know. It's a phishing scam. Don't click on a link PM'd to you asking you for your password. Ever. It's a phishing scam. Make yourself aware that identity theft and online scams are very real and a way of life these days. We are a huge community. We are a target.