Small Ads Scams
Scams around small ads characteristically feature dodgy English, not-quite-English terms like "cell phone", vague references to the item for sale - "the ad" etc, where you'd expect (say) "the boat", requests for information that was in the ad already, requests for unnecessary personal information and peculiar methods of payment that involve passing some of the money on. For the sake of your finances, don't get involved. MORE>
You can advertise (free) on Slalom UK. Email . Please DON'T put your ad in a Word, Powerpoint, Publisher or whatever file: put the text in an email and, if you have one, attach a picture. DON'T expect me to compose the ad for you, and please put capital letters in the right places. DON'T send me pictures with the boat on the diagonal, and send pictures as attachments, not embedded in an email.
It's not safe to assume that canoeists don't rip each other off. Please make sure you get the money up front. Don't accept a promise or a "deposit" unless you know the buyer personally. Also, be careful of spending a lot of time and/or money going to collect something that might turn out to be junk.
BEWARE OF SCAMS.
Several of our advertisers have met
one which goes like this:
Buyer offers your asking price, boat unseen. Asks you to ship it abroad, wants to send a "certified cashier's cheque" for much more than the value of the boat: you will please pass on the balance to somewhere. What happens is that - much longer afterwards than you thought it took for a cheque to clear - the cheque bounces and you are left with no boat and a big hole in your bank account.
It is just about impossible for anyone with a genuine interest in a boat to write an email that doesn't mention it as such. If the enquiry mentions "boat" or whatever it may still be a scam, but if it just refers to "it", "the item", "the advert" or some other generality, it is a scam. Besides, nobody agrees to shell out £500-plus on a second hand boat without at least seeing it.
IF THE OFFER SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. ASSORTED SCAMS>
LARGE VOLUME SLALOM KAYAK - needed by Reading Canoe Club. Lots of interest in slalom from young and old means the club needs to expand its fleet. Larger volume 80kg+ 3.5m kayak needed. Pay up to £450 for beginner style boat, usual wear and tear OK but must be watertight. Contact Andrew Field (16/9)
DON'T send me pictures with the boat on the diagonal. I won't publish them.
VADJA C1 I SCREAM Small 45-60Kgs – World Cup Spec with straps. No breaks, good condition, usual scratches etc. Kept at Lee Valley. Happy to test. £550. Contact Steve at or phone 07872 962026. (27/11)
VAJDA MAGNUM C1 LARGE - cut for 70kg-80kg. £680. Excellent condition, just a few cosmetic scratches to the hull. Fully fitted out and ready to paddle. Based in Stafford. Email for more information (7/11)
LONG SLEEVED K1 GB SPEEDSKIN MEDIUM CAG - M/L deck tube. Used probably only 3 or 4 times so in as new condition. £90.
LONG SLEEVED C1 RACER MEDIUM CAG - (light blue and grey) with L/XL (in old sizing) deck tube. £15.
SHORT SLEEVED C1 RACER MEDIUM CAG - (blue) with S/M (in old sizing) deck tube. Excellent condition, only used for a few weeks! £50
Available in Lee Valley or can post for additional postage fee. Contact (25/10)
C1 PADDLE - brand new, £190 Ono, contact Callie Halliday on 07540311314 (16/10)
GALASPORT WHAT ELSE? C1 - Cut for 60-70kg, Carbolight construction, nose and tail both professionally repaired. £500. Contact or 07444 611501. (13/10)
VAJDA LIZARD C1 - cut for about 45 to 60 kg. Ideal for a junior paddler. No breaks or repairs. Normal scratches on the hull. £290.00 ono. Based in Sheffield, but frequently at HPP. Please contact Nick Kirk . (8/10)
VAJDA DEMON C1 M - cut for 60kg-70kg for sale £800 £600. Purchased brand new in 2017 and used for over a year. Has the usual scrapes and scratches from racing Division 1 and 2 with a couple of very minor professional repairs. Reason for selling – I need a bigger boat. Can be tried at HPP or Stafford & Stone. Email (8/10)
GALASPORT TIK-TAK Full Carbon Spec. Cut for 55-65kg, Excellent condition, no repairs. £900 Jo 07703273057 Email (2/10)
TJ COMPOSITES MAVERICK - 95-105kg. Club spec. £700 ono. Practically brand new. Bought brand new in 2017.Very few scratches from very little use. In great condition and can be dropped off at any Prem and most Div 1/2 races. Based in North Wales. Email (18/9)
TJ COMPOSITES COLT - Built for 30-50 kg. Basic construction (£725 new) Less than a year old, great condition with usual light use scratches to the hull. No repairs. £625 ono. Based near Stone. Katie 07572102715 (9/9)
CAIMAN PREMIER - Built for around 55 kg. All repairs 100% watertight. Offers around £325. Based near Stone. Katie 07572102715 (9/9)
Galasport canoes and kayaks available now in the UK ! All boats come complete with fittings – seat and footrests. Please get in touch with Austin today for more information and prices.
ARROWCRAFT NEMESIS 360 COMPETITION K1
Brand new custom built to order. Any colour. Carbon/kevlar epoxy competition construction. With variety of deck options. Can be cut to suit weights between 40 and 90 KG.
Buy direct from the manufacturers so you are buying at trade price – Contact firstname.lastname@example.org phone 01922 479335.
From £865.00 inc vat for Epoxy Carbon Kevlar Hull.
I'd really love to come but there is a snag. Unfortunately I am not around and won't be until next month but I really want to buy the item. seen the picture and it looked absolutely beautiful! I'll take it and I am okay with the price £695 and like to proceed straight with payment by certified cashiers check.
Kindly email the following:
Your Full Name (Name on Check)....
Full Address (Delivery Address).....
Payment will be issued and mailed as soon as you email the requested details. Looking forward to your reply.
I'm okay with your price. I am currently away from UK for work. Kindly get back
to me with your full name,address,post code and phonenumber for me to mail a
Cheque which you can cash immediately.
Furthermore, i have a liable shipping agency that will come over to your home to pick up the Boat. There is an excess fund which will be included in the payment so you can give it to my shippers for the transportation of the Boat to me and my other items in south wales.
I hope to read from you.
Steve got this:
Glad to hear from you.This sounds good and it's like we can come to an agreement.I'm glad you still have it for sale i want you to keep the ad off market and consider sold to me.I know am asking you to trust me.I am ok with the price £1400,do get back to me with your details needed for payment to be issued out and as well mailed to you asap via Ups or FedEx,i will handle the shipment so do not worry about that OK.
Get back to me with your details as requested below:
Cell Phone number...
Home Phone number...
I will await to hear from you in this regard as soon as possible.
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2012 06:48:42 -0700
Subject: Re: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Thanks for your mail...I am willing to know the lowest price of it.due to the nature of my job and location...i will not be able to come for inspection,am a very busy type as i work long hours everyday,i have gone through your advertisement and i am satisfied with it.As for the payment..i will be paying you via the fastest and secure way to pay online(PayPal).I have a private courier agent that will come for the pick up after the payment have been made and cleared to your account, transferring the name of ownership and signing of all paperwork will be done by the courier services company agent so you don't have to worry about that...so no shipping included.You can now send me your PayPal email so i can pay in right away and also include your address in your reply.If you don't have a paypal account, you can easily set up one...log on to www.paypal.co.uk and sign up. its very easy.I await your reply asap
By the way - for all we know jjay01 may be an innocent victim of an email account hijacking him/herself.
In response to a wanted ad, Neil got the following illiterate email:
I hope you receive this mail in good condition, I am Xxxxxxx Xxxxxx from UK I saw your Wanted Ad.I decided to e-mail you to see if you still want it as I have it in stock and in mint condition, Get back to me if you are still interested. as I will be shipping next day delivery as soon as your payment is receive and payment is via Western union , please if you can not send payment by western union, please dont bother to write me, as soon as i hear from you, i will email you some pics and my asking price
My Phone # +xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Gemma got this rubbish:
Greetings from USA, Do you still want the merchandise you posted on the subject title website? i have it for sale and condition is OK,Please are you ready to buy now? many have wasted my time, just want to be sure if you are a serious buyer before sending photos,shipping will be cheap and is 100% guaranteed , let me know if you are still interested and i will email you some photos and more description, where are you located? thanks, hope to hear from you soon
Follow up on either and we don't think you'll get anything for your money. But you're not that stupid, are you?
Beware, also, of ridiculously general "fishing" emails like this (thanks Sam):
I saw your advert regarding your item for sale and am so much interested in it.
So all i needed is your [i.e]pics[if any],condition and your last asking price because i needed a quick purchase.
Chris got another version of same old, same old:
Thanks for the quick response about the product am buying from you, anyway the price [£725] is OK by me but i will like you to know that payment will be made by Cheque If this mode of payment is OK by you. Kindly send your information which you will like to receive the payment from the post man, so that i can instruct my secretary to issued it immediately.
I will forwarded your information to the secretary. And she confirm to me that payment will be sent to you as soon as possible. Anyway, I will assume the product has been sold to me. Also i will appreciate it if you can get the advert off the website and don't get contacted by another buyer. Anyway, payment will be sent to your Address soon. Note: The secretary will issue an excess money on the payment which would cover both the payment and shipment alongside with some goods i bought down from other locations. All you need to do, Once you cash the payment, you are to deduct your payment, afterward send the remaining funds to my shipping agent who will be coming down to your location for the pick up....the rest of my funds is meant for the shipment of all my consignment including yours I will send the shipping agent details when the payment delivers. I will entertain any comment or suggestion. And if not okay by you kindly get back to me so as to stop the secretary to stop the payment.
Name to be on Cheque:.....
Address where Cheque will be received by you:.......
Phone Number's such as Mobile,Land line....
Never mind about the pick up, it will be after you must have cleared the payment from your Bank Account.
Await your Quick Response so that i can arrange for the payment immediately.
Thanks and Get back.............Jermaine..
N.B....And the cheque will have to be cleared before the pick up of the item..