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    Let's play "Name that scam!"

    A thread to have scams identified, discussed, laughed at, etc.

    So, name that scam! Twice in the last few weeks, a guy has come to my door and asked if I wanted to sell my camper. Each time they were in a truck, with another person or two who stayed in the truck. For one of them, there was a nextdoor thread, they must have stopped at a dozen houses asking about campers. Feels super scammy, but what's the scam?

    Do they try to swindle you on a camper transaction (i.e., they really sort of do want to buy/steal your camper)? Can that really happen often enough to be profitable? Or are they casing your house for a robbery? Seems like not much info would be gained from one visit to a door, compared to all the other methods of casing.

    Or am I being paranoid, and there really are people driving around looking to buy campers?

    What's your scam story?
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    Danno, I've know you for years.

    Buy a fucking 12 gauge.

    Please. You have a daughter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakersTeleMark View Post
    Danno, I've know you for years.

    Buy a fucking 12 gauge.

    Please. You have a daughter.
    Take your daughter to the range too. She'll love it.

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    Get a neck or forearm tattoo for good measure.

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    I think they need the campers for their magazine sales

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    I like how this thread is progressing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcski View Post
    I think they need the campers for their magazine sales
    "fuck off you asshat gaper shit for brains fucktard wanker." - Jesus Christ
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    I believe they are checking to see if anyone is home. Asking about the camper is their excuse for knocking when you answer.

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    The old wash and dash scam...

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    What is "Gypsy types distracting you while one takes a look at the camper with you outside, and one of the ones in the truck sneak into you home and steals things from your house" could be one of the spins on this OP.

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    Well, the arbitrage CL explanation kinda works. Nobody asks reasonable prices for their shit on CL anymore, so you drive around and look for 'for sale by owner' and other stuff people might want to let go of and try for it. Now, I can see that being profitable. Profitable enough for a crew to not split up? Hmmmm..... Maybe they only got one truck between them? Dude in the truck is hitting refresh on CL and making phone calls?

    See something. Say something. Call BPD dude, these guys are probably going around; who cares if what they're doing is legal or not, cops can still ask questions if they see them, right? Maybe you'd be like the 3rd report and that'd tip the scales over and they'd actually be on the lookout for these guys.

    And again, we've got a dirty Gypsy possibility. Moving on from ripping off kids by selling them crappy bikes to burglary and robbery i see.
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    rental car co and a scratched wheel come to mind
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
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    So the thing about that one is that it's not a mystery what their angle is. Everyone knows that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jong Lafitte View Post
    Well, the arbitrage CL explanation kinda works. Nobody asks reasonable prices for their shit on CL anymore, so you drive around and look for 'for sale by owner' and other stuff people might want to let go of and try for it. Now, I can see that being profitable. Profitable enough for a crew to not split up? Hmmmm..... Maybe they only got one truck between them? Dude in the truck is hitting refresh on CL and making phone calls?

    See something. Say something. Call BPD dude, these guys are probably going around; who cares if what they're doing is legal or not, cops can still ask questions if they see them, right? Maybe you'd be like the 3rd report and that'd tip the scales over and they'd actually be on the lookout for these guys.

    And again, we've got a dirty Gypsy possibility. Moving on from ripping off kids by selling them crappy bikes to burglary and robbery i see.
    That and buy a shotgun. You'll want to always have it out whenever potential suitors come calling on your daughter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KQ View Post
    I believe they are checking to see if anyone is home. Asking about the camper is their excuse for knocking when you answer.

    https://m.reolink.com/how-to-know-if...ed-by-burglars
    THIS! A group of several folks rolling around in a truck looking for a quick hit and run burglary..

    And for those suggesting OP get a gun... Keeping a gun around might help to defend against a home invasion... However, brandishing one when you answer the door to people who are casing your house actually makes your home a MORE DESIRABLE TARGET FOR THEM. If they know there are probably guns in there they are way more likely to come back to that house than any others where they aren't sure there is something all that valuable or easily convertible for cash inside. Heard this from cop friends. If you have guns, make sure not to make it common knowledge.. because if crooks know there are likely to be guns inside that attracts them, instead of the opposite.
    Go that way really REALLY fast. If something gets in your way, TURN!

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    how’s that fit in with the good guy with a gun camp?
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    Related scam. Drive around neighborhood and look for people doing yard/tree work. Park in driveway across street like you live in house. Bullshit with dudes doing work for a little bit so they think you might hire them. Then steal the shit in their truck.

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    I worked with someone who had her home broken into despite having a GSD. Kids had cased the house and one day when she was outside working in the yard with dog by her side. They struck up a convo and asked if the could pet the dog and she obliged. When they broke in the dog didn't react because his master had already introduced them.
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    They have some particular requirements, the camper's for their ma...


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    Quote Originally Posted by KQ View Post
    I worked with someone who had her home broken into despite having a GSD. Kids had cased the house and one day when she was outside working in the yard with dog by her side. They struck up a convo and asked if the could pet the dog and she obliged. When they broke in the dog didn't react because his master had already introduced them.
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