Buyer wrote on July 06, 2006 9:35
Good day dear
My name is Jacob Westjohn. Its my pleasure emailing you in
respect of your XXXXXX, concert grand, walnut rated
$ XX,XXX which i saw your advert on the internet which i
have so much interest in buying it if its still available for
sale , and i would like to make urgent plan in buying it .
Here is some details i want to know about it.
Its present condition ....................
The last selling price if negotiable .................
The recent pictures taking on it ..........................
Weight of it as its involve Shipping
And the Shipping Cost for it , hence it will be shipping to
Did it have any paperwork in case in need to be sign before it
can be shipped ..............
All this information i need to know so that we can go from
there I Look forward hearing from you as soon as possible and
i would like to know if a cheque is acceptable by you as
my regards ... Jacob Westjohn
Dear Mr. Westjohn:
Thank you for your inquiry about the XXXXXX harp. I
will try to respond to your various questions as follows:
The harp is in excellent condition overall. It is well played
in and it has a beautiful, rich sound quality. It has
occasionally been transported locally for various performances,
but does not have any significant blemishes. The harp has been
well maintained and regulated each year by a technician who is
certified by the XXXXXX factory.
The price I have set is, I believe, already the lowest you will
find for an instrument of such high quality. In addition, the
harp will be sold with a harp cover, folding bench, and an
amplifier cable. You can find the retail price on the
XXXXXX website, and advertisements for other used XXXXXX harps with
similar age. This is truly a wonderful bargain for a serious
I will gladly provide you with the serial number and recent
pictures of the harp if you are interested in pursuing the
The weight of the harp itself is about XX pounds. I will
calculate the weight of a rigid harp shipping case and include
that in the shipping quote.
I would ship the harp via United Parcel Ser ices (UPS). I will
obtain a detailed price from them. In order to do this I must
know the airport or freight estimation in Austria where customs
officials have jurisdiction over receipt of the shipment. UPS
will also require your final shipment address and contact
telephone number. I would also insure the harp with UPS.
Paperwork would include a written contract describing terms of
the sale. I will have this prepared and sent to you for
signature in advance of shipment. The contract can either be
written in English or German, whichever language you would
prefer. Also, you are most welcome to contact me at my
telephone number to discuss the terms of the transaction in
detail (in either language).
Payment must be made by wire transfer or funds to my bank.
Shipment of the harp will occur when my bank notifies me that
the transfer of all the funds is complete. Please be assured
that I can provide you with sufficient personal and
professional references to document (a) my ownership this harp
and (b) my good standing in the community
Hello ........ ,
Thanks for your email , i really appreciate your response towards
my request . I need you to know that am well prepared in buying
the XXXXXX, concert grand, walnut, from you, I am
pleased with the one you are to sell as am very interested in
purchasing it. In respect of payment all i will do is to instruct
my P.A in the UK to send the Cheque of sum of $XX.XXX EURO on my
behalf and when you have gotten the Cheque you will deduct my
offer of $XX,XXX from the amount and wire the remaining balance
via western union money transfer to my international Shipper's so
as for them to come for the pick up at your location and also to
pick some other goods along as soon as payment is received by you
and they also.
My shipper's who i have talked things over with on the phone
about the pick up says they would want you to make thing's snappy
and to make sure that you make all the important papers in place
to avoid shipping delay. My shipper's will email you as soon as
you recieve the payment so that they can give you their contact
address were you will be wiring the remaining balance to, So that
they can come for the pick up at your location as soon possible.
I will like to know if i can trust you to send my balance to the
shipper. I am doing this to make the payment easier and faster
for you. Furnish me with your full contact details bellow:
Full name to be on the Cheque ..............
Your contact Mailing Address where to receive the Cheque
The City ............. , State ........... , and Postal Zip code
if any ............ ?
Get back to me with the information so that payment can be made
which should get to you as soon as possible.
Dear Mr. Westjohn:
Your proposal is not acceptable. The method of payment you
suggest is suspiciously similar to fraudulent activities being
perpetrated over the internet. Please be advised that I have
reported your communications to federal law enforcement
My name is Don Best. I am an American business
man based in United Kingdom. I will like to purchase your for sale which
you listed for sale on the posted adds. Do let me know as soon
a possible if it is still available and if payment with a
Cashier's check or Money order is fine. Concerning the
shipping, I have a reputable shipping company that will be
coming over directly to your place for the pick up. I await
your response. you can contact me here on my email address
email@example.com and get
back to me with the asking price and also including your full
name, full address and contact phone number on where the payment
will be send to. Many thanks and God bless.
Thank you for your E-mail. Regrettably, I have received a
similar E-mail within the last week. In this E-mail, the
individual suggested purchase with a check to be drafted over a
higher amount than the harps value and my transfer of the
difference to a 3rd party (shipper) to cover
shipment for the harp and other items. Given the
prevalence of this kind of fraudulent activity, I have alerted
Federal Law Enforcement Agencies to this potential scam, and I am
providing them with copies of all of these E-mail communications.
| Buyer wrote:
Don Hello there, is this still available for sale?...what is your final
price? i am an American citizen based in Europe and i would be glad if
you can get in touch with me as soon as possible because i would like to
make a purchase soonest.
In regards payment, i can have my partner send you a certified
check to cover your fees. He owes me some money for an order i cancelled
with him not too long ago. My money is a bit more than your fees and i
would be glad if cashed the check after you receive it and send the
balance of the funds to my nephew via western union so he can come down
to your place for the pickup afterwards.
I do not mean to inconvenience you and i would be glad to spare
some extra change for your assistance If this arrangement is fine by
you, pls send down the necessary details (name, address, phone number...etc)
for the check to be sent to you by next week latest. I have to make a
buisness trip before the end of this week and i would appreciate it if
you got in touch with me soonest.
Thank you and hope to hear from you soon,
| Seller wrote:
Geez, that's the oldest scam in the book, and I saw it coming from
a mile away.
NO. No Way. No how.
If you would truly like to buy my harp (and at this point I'm not
convinced that you do...), you can arrange for "P.a", when he gets back to
this country, to come to my house and hand me good old CASH in US
dollars. Then I will hand over my harp.
That's the deal. Take it or leave it.
I'm also going to alert the Harp Mall that you are using their listings in
an attempt to perpetrate this fraud.
On Friday, November 12, 2004, at 11:56 PM, Buyer
Thanx for the mail, I am currently based in Bronx. My P.a is now out of
the country but am sure he will be back for the pick ups as soon as you
recieve payment, I will making an offer of $2,500 for the harp ....
Due to a depth i need to settle with my P.a, I will inform my bank
to make a cheque of $5,500 out to you which you are to deduct $2,500 and
get the excess transfered to my P.a which will enable him come over
to your residence and do the pick ups on my own behalf
To complete payment, I will need the name and address you want the
cheque to be sent to with a valid phone number so as payment can be done
I will be looking forward to your quick reply ...
The asking price was listed in the advertisement.
Again I ask, "Where are you located ?" Where will your "P.a" be
coming from when he comes to my residence to pick up the harp? I'll
take some pictures tomorrow, but naturally it would be better if you could
come to hear/play the harp to make sure that it is what you want.
Do you have a high speed internet connection ? I'm not sure what
resolution to use to send the photos. Larger files might take some time
to download if you don't have a fast enough connection.
On Friday, November 12, 2004, at 11:11 AM, Buyer
Thanx for the mail, I realy have enough interest in buying the harp but
will first like to know the asking prise for it and also try and send me
some pics if you only have them available ...
For the payment, I will inform my bank to make a cheque out to you so as
soon as you recieve the funds in your account i can send my P.a to your
residence for him to do the pick ups on my own behalf ...
I will be looking forward to your mail...
I do have the harp available (I've just purchased a new
instrument so it is a "spare" harp for me) and I will sell it as
advertised. Where are you, and how do you proposed to arrange payment and
arrange shipping ?
On Friday, November 12, 2004, at 05:33 AM, Buyer
I am interested in the purchase of the described
harp for my personal use.
I have been directed to contact you on the purchase of the Harp by
Kindly let me hear from you affirming the deal and cost of the harp so
that i can arrange for payment.
All shipping expenses will be handled after payment.. kindly let me hear
from you in earnest.
To whom it may concerned:
I would like to report that one of classified in your website is a
He took my deposit and did not ship his harp as his promise.
His e-mail address is email deleted from Bail/Indonesia.
I hope that other people will not do the same as me.
Thank you for your attention.
|This is a warning to anyone placing ads. If someone approaches
about sending a cashiers check for your item PLUS ADDITIONAL MONEY for
shipping, then you are to write a check to their "shipper", it is a scam.
I was approached by a couple of different "buyers" from Italy. When I got
suspicious, I didn't hear from them again. I reported the emails to the
FBI and they tell me that this is a common scam and usually the cashiers
check turns out to be bogus. Just wanted to warn anyone else who might be
I have my Dusty Strings harp listed in a classified on the harpmall. I
have received two emails from a source that appears to be pulling a
Nigerian 419 scam. By doing some checking on the internet, I learned
about this type of scam. I am also going to forward you the next email I
got, which asks for a transfer of funds. From what I understand, the
seller appears to get a valid cashiers check, but it actually turns out to
be no good.
From: "henry wood" email deleted
Subject: Dusty Strings 36 string model stave back in maple $4200
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 13:48:53 +0800
Am name is henry wood The manager director of ISD nigeria
limited, will buy new and used item from other country and sell to
our contomer here in nigeria ,i am interested in buying your Dusty Strings
36 string model stave back in maple $4200 .DO let me know if this IS still
for sale and avalible. i based in nigeria. Also do let me know if you accept
Cashier cheque do let me know if you accept Cashier cheque for the
payment. and if you do, don't
worry about the shipping i will take care of the shipping, i have a
shipping company which will take care of the shipment. looking to hear from
you as soon as possible if still for sale. i moved by your price which
placed for sale. i hope to hear from you as soon as possible.
| Add as posted:
Dusty Strings FH26 harp in American black walnut with detachable legs.
Harp is 40 1/2", soundboard width 9 1/2" weight 13#, with flip-up sharping
levers on all strings, 3 1/2 octaves. Soft cases for harp and legs, extra
strings, KORG alligator clip tuner, crank, lots of music/books/tape for
beginners. Beautiful! $1300.00
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 17:40:39 -0700 (PDT)
From: "johnny taylor" email deleted
Subject: Dusty Strings FH26 harp
We have a partner interested in purchasing your Dusty Strings FH26
harp. will arrange a pick up of the Dusty Strings FH26 harp once payment
is confirmed by you. Please acknowledge the offer $3,250.00 and we will
instruct the buyer to proceed with the payment procedures immediately.
Looking forward to hearing from you.. Management
I am very much interested in the immediate purchase of your item. i am
actually buying it for a client.payment will be made with money order.The
payment you will recieve will include shipping fee,insurance and my own
commission as an agent.After your confirmation that the money cleared your
bank,i will want the shipment cost and my comission fees that has been
agree with my client sent to my shipper via western union money transfer
in one of their outlet around you so that the shipper can begin all
neccessary shipment procedure/pick up of the item in your place.if you
agree with me to this capacity i would be grateful you reply my email and
give me your full name and contact address/phone number and your
finalprice for the item so that i will have my client notified of your
acceptance of the offer. thanks for your understanding. i will wait your
quick response asap.
Get back to me.