One of our members placed an ad. on this forum. He was contacted by a David Leslie (email@example.com) with an offer of the parts he wanted complete with pictures. His offer was "send me the money and I will ship the parts to you". Our member countered with "I will come to you with cash". That was not acceptable to Mr Leslie. Our member smelled a rodent. The pictures came from a magazine advertisement a couple of years previously. I googled the email address and Mr Leslie has a history! I STRONGLY recommend you do not include your email address in any wanted ad. as this is a clear invitation to some of our less honest brethren to offer non-existent goods. Nick
Unfortunately it is quite prevalent! I had a similar experience recently through PWC.com where I had placed a wanted add for a P type head and was offered one that had been found during a garage clear out that day(!). The guy had contacted me via a mobile phone and wanted £xxx to secure the deal, and if paid before 3.30pm he would get it shipped that day! Smelling a bit of a "coincidental rat" I asked if I could collect, and was told they were in the process of clearing the site so if I could get to a farm in Surrey before 4pm (knowing I was in Deepest Devon) I could come and get it, but easier to money transfer and have it shipped to arrive next day.
Bottom line: I prevaricated and decided to call the following morning only to find that the phone had been (and continues to be!!) disconnected..
Also, the scammer on Craiglists is still offering to sell an original looking ENV manual F type gearbox for £1100. He is still fielding enquiries today using an old Ebay photo of 5 years ago from when Steve Baker sold the box to Hiro Nashio in Japan