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Sun May 13, 2012, 09:49 PM

 

Help needed? Scam/Spam or legit?

I'm trying to sell my car on craigslist... http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/cto/2988599545.html
I've gotten a few emails today from somebody trying to get me to research insurance costs for them... just seems weird to me.. here's the text of the last email I got:
Awesome, that's perfect. My husband (redacted) is the one buying it for me. Our agreement is that he buys the car for me, if I handle the monthly policy premiums. Im sure I can afford it, but he wants me to give him a rough idea of the cost before he goes ahead and buys it.
I'm at the office, and they allow internet use to internal web sites only. Could you do a big favor for me, and go to Auto Quotes and just run a quick quote for me, so I have something to tell him? Were local, with 0 tickets or accidents. If you could just let me know how much the monthly premium is and we'll come over after work today, if that works for you.
Thanks so much!

(redacted)


which was in response to my email which stated:
Hi. I do have some flexibility with the price... It currently is financed so there is a minimum number I need to meet but my asking price does leave me some room to negotiate. If I remember correctly the odometer is reading just over 85k... most likely it has rolled over but the car went through a major overhaul in 2007 including an engine rebuild/upgrade. As far as I know there are no major issues performance or appearance wise. I have the car sitting at Titus Nissan Olympia off Carriage Drive. They weren`t able to offer me a trade in value so they are helping me with selling it. What kind of price were you thinking? Thanks for the response.


Also, the email address I sent to mail to isn't the same as the one I received?

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 09:55 PM

1. I don't know if it's a scam or not

but you really can't get a reliable insurance quote for someone else. There are so many variables -- age, marriage, other coverage, credit, commute, etc. You really can't give her an answer. She needs to do it herself after work.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Sun May 13, 2012, 09:55 PM

2. Spam or not, she needs to get her own quote or she'll blame you if you're wrong and possibly legally

 

Come back later and demand her money back because the insurance is higher than you quote.

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Response to Lionessa (Reply #2)

Sun May 13, 2012, 10:01 PM

3. Yeah... the weird thing though...

 

is that I got another similar email earlier today from a different name (you know how your email client will show you a name in the header?) So it really kinda makes me think it's some kind of spam to get hits to the insurance website.... just damned weird all the way around... not to mention, I specifically said the car wasn't at my house, but she said they'd come over after work? Just seems like there's not really a person reading the email, just a bot finding a good email address and sending out spam?


on edit: Found it.... fucking spam... not sure why this search didn't pan out for me earlier but...

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100117155711AAfKVvc

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Response to opiate69 (Reply #3)

Sun May 13, 2012, 10:04 PM

4. Sounds like you already knew then.

 

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Response to Lionessa (Reply #4)

Sun May 13, 2012, 10:07 PM

5. Wouldn't really say I "knew" per se... just didn't feel right... but yeah.. now I do...

 

really need to sell that damned car though, and it seems like so far the only bites I've gotten have been bullshit

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