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#1 2013-06-15 19:57:50

Nates0819
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2011 Garmin Felt F5 road bike for sale!

I just found out I'm deploying to Afghanistan in a month. So I NEED to sell this ASAP to fund a computer to take with me.
2011 Garmin Felt F5 road bike size 58. Carbon fork and neck. Comes with specialized pump, cateye computer and helmet for $650
I'm located in Killeen.
Contact me anytime at 774-270- six four one one
Thanks!

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#2 2013-06-16 02:01:26

MichaelBluejay
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Re: 2011 Garmin Felt F5 road bike for sale!

This screams "scam".  If it's in fact legitimate, it sure doesn't come off that way.

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#3 2013-06-16 10:04:19

Nates0819
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Re: 2011 Garmin Felt F5 road bike for sale!

im sorry if it came off as a scam. it most definatley is not.i cant figure out how to put pictures up. i will gladly text or email pictures to anyone.

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#4 2013-06-16 13:07:35

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Re: 2011 Garmin Felt F5 road bike for sale!

(1) Scammers commonly claim to be about to deploy to explain why they're offering their merchandise at a low rate.  Maybe you're really deploying, but by saying you are, you automatically make your ad look scammy.

(2) You spelled out part of your phone number -- like someone with a history of having to get around filters.

(3) You didn't give your name.  (Maybe it's "Nate S.", but that's just a guess, since you didn't say it explicitly.)

(4) You didn't post pictures.  A free craigslist ad would give you a place to upload them, and to link to.  Maybe you've been banned from craigslist?

Maybe your offer is truly legitimate, and if so, I hope you sell your bike.  Though when your ad looks suspicious, you'll get fewer inquiries.

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#5 2013-06-16 16:07:11

Nates0819
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Re: 2011 Garmin Felt F5 road bike for sale!

https://post.craigslist.org/manage/3871105478
There's the link. I've had an ad on Craigslist for a few days now. I'm not a scam.. Thanks.

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#6 2013-06-16 17:20:48

McChris
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Re: 2011 Garmin Felt F5 road bike for sale!

Here's the Craigslist ad; it looks like Nate posted the link for editing.

MichaelBluejay wrote:

(2) You spelled out part of your phone number -- like someone with a history of having to get around filters.

This is standard operating procedure on Craigslist these days. I would not interpret this as evidence of a scam.

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#7 2013-06-16 17:26:48

Nates0819
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Re: 2011 Garmin Felt F5 road bike for sale!

And I posted my phone number spelling the last four digits because when I don't, I get spam text messages to my phone.

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#8 2013-06-16 18:39:47

MichaelBluejay
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Re: 2011 Garmin Felt F5 road bike for sale!

Good to know about phone number harvesting, thanks.

To those unfamiliar with that, it does look fishy, though.  Google it and you'll find that many people have that feeling about spelled-out phone numbers.  ABC News advises people to "be leery of" spelled-out phone numbers:  http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/ … t-to-do-2/

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#9 2013-06-20 21:02:39

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Re: 2011 Garmin Felt F5 road bike for sale!

I would expect that kind of fear mongering from ABC News - they go on to say that spelled out phone numbers "hides the ad" which isn't true at all.  It prevents phone number harvesting and doesn't let someone search a 10 digit phone number on the site - that's it.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index … 427AA94pxs

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#10 2013-06-20 21:30:00

MichaelBluejay
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Re: 2011 Garmin Felt F5 road bike for sale!

I'm recalling now where I've seen the spelled-out phone numbers before -- various phishing email messages.  That's why I associated it with something fishy.

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#11 2013-06-23 13:34:44

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Re: 2011 Garmin Felt F5 road bike for sale!

Craigslist is full of people spelling out phone numbers.  I suspect it's a cargo-cult thing -- it sounds good, but doesn't really accomplish much.  Given an hour, I could write a program to decode 95% of them in a Craigslist post, so I have to assume the spammers could do that too -- and they'd probably put in more than an hour to get some of that last 5%.

Maybe spammers do spell out their numbers ... but legitimate people do it now too.

And when they post something to CL and their text message spam doesn't increase massively -- they think it worked.  But I've posted my number on Craiglist recently and my text message spam didn't increase either.

(Side note: you know what did increase my text message spam?  Driving through El Paso.  It started as we drove by the border -- I think my phone connected to a tower in Mexico and that triggered something.)

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