A person messaged me via a comment on my personal blog that they navigated to from my signature saying they were selling a GPS 175 that I expressed interest in in a thread posted by someone on the classifieds - this thread
. The email address they provided in the comment on my blog was "email@example.com".
After a quick back and forth via email, they offered a 50% deposit and 50% after receiving the item. They then proceeded to provide me Zelle information with a completely different email and name: Brandon Olin , "firstname.lastname@example.org".
I then decided to message the original poster of the thread above via a PM to confirm the information was all correct. There was no response from the emailer via PM at the time of the conversation. I then asked if there was a phone number that I could FaceTime or see pictures of the GPS. They provided me a number that was a google voice number (anyone can make one for free). I proceeded to speak to the person on the phone, and when I asked for them to say the name of the original poster, the line cut off.
I did a quick google search for that email address: maritimesend... and half a dozen results came up with "potential scammer" for difference sites including VAF from 2021 (with a different username) , as well as a gun site, and a boat site.
I don't think the OP of the above thread is the scammer, but I think the scammer is impersonating him.
I hope this story complies with all the rules for this thread. Sorry for the long post. Also, I'm glad I'm not out $3500.
[ed. If anyone isn't willing to FaceTime or Zoom you holding the item for sale they are a scammer. Buyer beware!!! v/r,dr]