Ok, the old adage that “a deal that looks too good to be true , it probably is” bit me in the behind.
Saw somewhere that a seller named Saul Sports ( https://saulsportshop.olistshops.com/?&page=2) was selling a S&W MP 15T II for $400. Sweet!
So I contacted them about a sale. He told me that it would cost me the 400 plus $20 for shipping. Still a good deal, right?
But then, he tells me that he accepts Zelle, cashapp or bit on. FIRST RED FLAG.
Ok, it’s 2021 and these methods are becoming more acceptable. So I sent the fees as requested. SECOND RED FLAG…I had to send it to someone LADAISHA SMITH.
Greedy dummy that I am, I figured it’s still cool. But my spidey sense tingled. Oh, using Zelle there is little recourse in case of fraud.
I then get a shipment ID from a company called Xeno Express showing a ship-from address in Denver. Looked legit.
Began to track the shipment from Denver to UT to KS to MO. Still not too odd but still tingling.
I went on Google Earth and found the address from which the item was allegedly shipped to be in the middle of an ntersection in Denver. Uh oh.
The other odd thing was that they were shipping the weapon to my home address instead of my local FFL. Odd, but not a big deal.
I then received notification that my shipment was on hold in MO because I needed to have my shipment insured for a $300 fee. Now my spider sense is tingling like a MO for. I have shipped and received things to and from all over the world and never paid insurance that was 75% of the item being shipped.
So I did an internet search of the “carrier” and found a potential scam alert. I’ve been in contact with the shipper and the carrier they are sticking to their fairy tales.
So, I will report it to both the authorities in Colorado and Illinois but kiss my $420 goodbye.
I’d be interested in anyone has been as stupid as me!