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How to NOT get Scammed-
Use your head.
If you place a WTB ad, anyone, anywhere in the whole wide world with internet access can see your ad.
LOOK at the member responding to your ad.
Is he brand new?
Has he EVER posted?
Did he join this Forum JUST to reply to WTB ads, or is he simply a great guy that recently joined up and thought he'd help everybody find their dream gun before he started enjoying participation in the discussions.

Most scammers working here are preying on WTB ads. They send you a PM that looks like this:
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Hello,have got one at the moment and it available for sale,ig you are still in search of it,you can reach me via my email.
lilm16029@gmail.com

DON'T post your email in your ad.
Spammers and scammers will be harvesting it. Again, anybody, anyhwere.......

ASK for a phone number when someone replies to your ad. Talking to someone can tell you a lot.

BEWARE of a seller who wants to be paid via a wire transfer.

PICS- If, after talking on the phone, you still have any doubt, ask for a pic of the gun or item pictured with a piece of paper that has your first name and today's date HANDWRITTEN on it, and one corner folded over on the paper. I say handwritten so that they don't simply create a pic with photoshop that has a white block added in with your name typed in!

Again, use your head. It's at the top end of your neck if you haven't used it lately.
MOST folks you deal with in the gun world are honest, but the wolves do prowl the woods.

IF you think you have been contacted via PM by a scammer, use the at top right of every PM and post on this board to REPORT that PM! Every member of the Staff can see that report, and it will be investigated ASAP. The report includes a copy of the PM, so you don't have to tell us what it says. DO tell us why you are reporting it. If you send a PM to me or an individual Mod, it may be a day or two.
If you post your email in the ad, you can be contacted by a scammer that is not even a member! Even if the scammer is a member, we probably won't be able to check him out if your initial contact is via email because he might use an email separate from the one he registered with.
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