So much for the honest citizen trying to do the rightie for the good of all.
03-10-2017 08:47 AM
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Pretty conclusively proven that this was a scammer.
$500 wouldn't even BEGIN to buy that telescope, and is only a little bit high for a standard No.4 rifle in that condition.
$500 wouldn't go very far at all in paying medical bills today, especially for surgery, and this alone would have set my alarm bells a-ringing.
Maybe you can get the guy in Nigeria who wants to send you all his uncle's money to pay for it.
Last edited by Ronbo6; 03-17-2017 at 02:02 PM.
Rifle serial number inside the socket.
Telescope serial number on the top of the wrist.
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If the deal appears too good to be true, it most likely is.
The rifle and scope look perfectly legitimate to me. The price is indeed a steal, and steals do turn up from time to time, but use your common sense and caution for if Mr. Seller has access to the internet enough to sell his rifle he has access enough to research its true value. I would google the rifle and scope numbers first and see if he has just pinched the photos off the Net somewhere and is setting up a scam. There was a creep in the UK/Poland a few years back who was doing this on Craigslist: offering amazing deals on rare scopes with pirated photos. The number on the tongue of the butt is the rifle number, or should be; the letter prefix may have been left off.
"Deer-stalking would be a very fine sport if only the deer had guns." W. S. Gilbert.
as skiprat noted last page the pictures were already on the internet here: http://www.gunauction.com/buy/7924027
the first thing I do it something seems too good to be true but I still want it, is do a google image search.
to do this you right click on the picture in question, click the copy picture prompt.
then open a google in a new tab, when the cursor is flashing in the box you type into, hit the control (ctrl) key and v this will paste the image you copied earlier into the search box. click enter, it probably won't come up with anything but you should now get to option underneath the search box of doing an image search. click on this option. you should now see a little camera icon at the right hand end of the search box (search by image). click on the camera icon and it will search the image, if the picture is already on the internet it will come up along with others that look similar.
this doesn't always work, in the case of the pictures in this thread you need to go about it the long way. first you save the picture to your computer (I like saving to the desktop so I can find it easily later). then when you click on the camera icon in google image search you will see the option to "upload an image". click that, then click the browse button find the picture you just saved on your computer and upload that. then hit search, this will bring up the same or any similar images. if you find an image the same click on it and you should see where the pictures were originally posted.
there are probably easier ways of doing this but the above is the way that works for me.
I have once seen a legitimate add where the seller used old pictures from when he bought the item... once. I recognised the pictures having watched the original add, so checked to see if it was a scam. in this case his story of when and where he got the item matched the for sale add, his name matched the buyer and the price was well above what he paid (and certainly on the high side).
Thankfully I have yet to come across a scammer that relates their story to where they stole the pictures from, it is only a matter of time though.
Last edited by henry r; 03-19-2017 at 03:46 AM.
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Have the guy call you and "face time" you with the scope in hand. It's probably still on someone's rifle in a safe 5,000 miles away. Bet he won't