Selling my Mooney

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  1. steingar

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    As many of you know, I am in the process of selling my beloved Mooney, I'm asking $75K. Someone texted me, offered to purchase it sight unseen. The only catch was they wanted to pay $110K and have me send $35k to the "shippers". Never heard of shipping an airplane, but whatever.
     
  2. EdFred

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    Oh you should definitely take him up on the offers. Even better if he sends a cashier's check for $150k and tells you send the other $40k back to him, too.
     
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    when selling a plane I definitely wouldn't include pics and I definitely wouldn't provide links to where it's being sold and I definitely wouldn't give any details whatsoever on it. definitely don't do any of those things.
     
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    Whoa whoa, its a Moooney, not a Bonanza..
     
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    That's right, you need to pay someone to take a Mooney.
     
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    What better way to also get rid of those $35K in iTunes gift cards you have accumulated? :D
     
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    Why are you selling it? I assume you’re getting out of the game entirely?
     
  8. steingar

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    I haven't the money anymore. Everything went up except my paycheck. That, and my eyesight is declining.
     
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    I’m guessing the buyer is from Nigeria.
     
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    What part of the country do you live in? Hate to see your sell it without getting photos first!
     
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    Someone (maybe not you) is getting cheated out of something.
     
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    My neighbor got a similar offer on his Waco. He tried to report it to the "authorities" but nobody seemed interested in dealing with it.
     
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    I once received a USPS money order for $900 for a piece of equipment I was selling. This was even after 5 or 6 phone calls with the buyer.

    It looked similar to a USPS money order but even my untrained eyes could tell it was not the real deal.

    I took it to the post office and asked if this was fake. They would not tell me but took it from me and told me I would receive a call from the postal inspectors office.

    That was 13 years ago. Still waiting next to the phone.

    And the buyer never called back looking for his purchase...
     
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    Maybe the USPS mailed you their response. Yep, that could explain the delay.
     
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    Same scam method that happened to my son with a car,

    got the check in the mail, It was the worst looking fake check ever
     
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    I was aware you were selling. Where is the plane listed?
     
  17. steingar

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    Right now Barnstormers and Facebook. Happy to PM stuff.
     
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    Zero hits on barnstormers for a Mooney in Minnesota
     
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    Please do.
     
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    Perhaps because he’s in Ohio
     
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    Wow. That's a new one. Since you are getting out of aviation and, presumably, have plenty of free time, you should point out to them that Fedex Custom Critical is the only way to ship a plane like that and ask for their account number.
     
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    It’s not hangared in a big electrical tower, right?
     
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    I clicked on his location and it was mn
     
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    Ok, found the ad. Learned nothing new about the aircraft.
     
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    it has a johnson bar, what else do u want to know?
     
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    Other than it being the best bang for the buck in all of aviation?
     
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    his ad should read "Johnson bar Mooney, you're welcome".
     
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    Ah, good guess! That means he is likely a prince that I've corresponded with several times too.
     
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    Seems legit
     
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    Sorry to hear about your eyesight, I hope the decline can be stopped.
     
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    Once it gets bad enough the lenses get replaced. Creeps me out, but it beats going blind.

    So I've thought all along the $110,000 thing was a scam, but one of the dude's many texts does have a tracking number that works, and links to something being delivered to the Steinholme.
     
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    The Ad that’s posted on Barnstormers is incredibly generic. Need photos and specifics.
     
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    Lenses? I had cataract surgery earlier this year and I haven't seen this well in years. An added bonus is that I only need glasses for extensive close work, I don't wear them for distance at all, and I was fairly nearsighted before the surgery.
     
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    It still can be a scam. I would highly recommend bringing whatever it is you're being sent, whether that is a check, a money order, or anything else, to a bank or some place that can make sure it's real before you trust it. It's pretty easy these days to spoof checks and money orders with a good printer and some editing software, and especially with failing eyesight, a second opinion is always good.
     
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    It could be a fake cashier's check or money order, or it could be a real stolen one. Regardless, it's a scam. Not could be, not might be, is.
     
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    Do not wait or hesitate. Get the synthetic lens replacements. I waited way too long and my vision is completely restored!
     
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    In my experience, the banks won't tell you if the check is good. You deposit it, they put a hold on a large part of it, and then everyone waits to see if it clears.

    It's absolutely a scam. "I'll send you X, but in return you have to send me or someone else Y", where Y is a smaller number, and some sort of weird fee is a standard con. Real people would just offer X-Y because of the costs, and use it as a negotiating tactic. Cons always have some complicated reason why they can't.
     
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    Agree. That's a scam and a very common one. When I sold a plane, some guy tried the same B.S. on me. I went along, received the check and took it straight to the police. Nothing ever happens where I live so they took the report and actually had stuff to do. Check was 100% fake. I could see it, they could see it but just to be sure, we went to a branch of the issuing bank (it was a national bank with branches all over the place) and they also confirmed it's fake. No need to deposit and put a hold on it - they confirmed it's fake just by looking at it. Don't fall for this B.S. If you sell your plane, meet the person who wants to buy it. No stupid remote transactions - it's not a Netflix subscription they're buying - it's an airplane!
     
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    Never accept a check, cashier checks checks and even in person deposits can be faked, show up as deposited, computer puts a designated hold time, if a holiday or weekend that hold comes off, funds look real, customer rep instructed tells you it’s ok, then when the bank discovers the funds are never coming then they withdraw the money from your account and charge a fee. You as the account holder are responsible, no one else cares, bank or police.
     
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    In my experience they do, same scam 20 years ago except I was selling a motorcycle. Called bank, gave them check number and amount, they confirmed check was bogus (it was missing water marks that I expected).
     
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