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tom
Westmont, IL, United States
2012-05-24 13:24:26
Classified Ads Scam
Craigslist (craiglist.com)
+5 Grand Piano Scam
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Laura and Mike Albright
Email Address:
   lauraxalbright@gmail.com
Grand Piano scam
Hello,


My name is Laura Albright, I\'m emailing you regarding the Yamaha C 3 Conservatory Series Grand Piano that I have for sale. The instrument is in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no dings, special marks whatsoever. The piano has been gently played, very well cared for, measures 6\' with classic grand piano design and desirable satin ebony finish. The satin ebony finish is hard to find on a Yamaha piano. The high gloss ebony finish is much more common. The standard piano bench is included. It has a clear title with no loans or liens on it. I\'m selling the piano because my 21\'s years old son died 2 months ago in a car accident. A drunk driver hit him and his fiancee coming to our home at his little brother birthday. It was his piano and it brings me bad memories and that\'s the reason I want to sell it as soon as possible. The price that I\'m asking is $2,000.00
Just let me know if you are still interested and where are you located .


Thank you,
Laura and Michael Albright
Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Lorie   (Manistee, MI, United States) Added the following extra information on :2012-07-26 20:35:08
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Melissa Chaffin
Email Address:
   melissachaffin887@gmail.com
Received this email today. After googling the key words in the email, I found this to be a scam. BEWARE! Also, the story "she" uses is actually a real story found here: http://www.kget.com/news/local/story/Profile-of-a-drunk-driver-in-Kern-County/Q7t4vejXgEO7WfuSzooLsQ.cspx?rss=91
I should have known better.
Hello,
My name is Melissa Chaffin, I'm emailing you regarding the Yamaha C3 Grand Piano that I have for sale. It looks exactly as pictured, it has no humidity exposure, there are no scratches or dings on the piano, over the years, the instrument has been gently played, very well cared for and tuned regularly. The instrument measures 6' and it was purchased new from a local Yamaha piano dealer in the early 1980s. The standard piano bench shown in the photo is included, the bench accommodates two people side by side. I'm selling the instrument because my 21's years old son died 2 months ago in a car accident. A drunk driver hit him and his fiancee. It was his piano and it brings me bad memories and that's the reason I want to sell it as soon as possible. The price that I'm asking is $2,200. Just let me know if you are still interested and where are you located.
Thank you, Melissa

No Name   (Fort Worth, TX, United States) Added the following extra information on :2012-06-10 18:43:23
 Scammer
  Information
Email Address:
   lauraxalbright@gmail.com
Scam Website:
   craigs list, June 2012
My name is Laura Albright, I'm emailing you regarding the Yamaha C 3 Conservatory Series Grand Piano that I have for sale. The instrument is in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no dings, special marks whatsoever. The piano has been gently played, very well cared for, measures 6' with classic grand piano design and desirable satin ebony finish. The satin ebony finish is hard to find on a Yamaha piano. The high gloss ebony finish is much more common. The standard piano bench is included. It has a clear title with no loans or liens on it. I'm selling the piano because my 21's years old son died 2 months ago in a car accident. A drunk driver hit him and his fiancee coming to our home at his little brother birthday. It was his piano and it brings me bad memories and that's the reason I want to sell it as soon as possible. The price that I'm asking is $2,000.00 Just let me know if you are still interested and where are you located .

Marshall Garrison   (Dayton, OH, United States) Added the following extra information on :2012-05-25 00:02:49
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Laura & Michael Albright
Email Address:
   lauraxalbright@gmail.com
I saw the ad in Cincinnati area Craigslist and my email inquiry & response was met with the same two emails, the 2nd of which made me suspect a scam.
"If it looks too good to be true, it probably is..." rings true again!

Newlin   (Leavenworth, KS, United States) Added the following extra information on :2012-05-24 16:49:17
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Newlin
Laura and Michael Albright Advertising same Grand Piano scam in Southern Illinois.

Mind Law   (Brentwood, TN, United States) Added the following extra information on :2012-05-24 15:17:23
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Laura Albright
Email Address:
   lauraxalbright@gmail.com
We have seen the same scam. See the below e-mail my wife received in response to her inquiry about the alleged piano. I would be curious about others who have seen too-good-to-be-true Craigslist postings for pianos and such (that happen to be in other cities and are being sold well under market price because of the death of a child - a likely story, indeed, and one designed to tug at your heart strings :-). FYI, we're in the Nashville area and saw the ad on the local Craigslist.
From: Laura Albright Date: May 24, 2012 1:09:01 PM CDT To: Carol Sartain Subject: Re: Yamaha Grand Piano C3 - $2000
Hello again,
Please let me explain to you the process of this transaction and you can decide if you want to proceed or not. As I told you in my first email, I recently lose my son. I also got a new job and moved to Omaha Nebraska in order to start over. I'm in Omaha Nebraska but my presence won't be necessary because I prearranged the deal with Amazon. The instrument is in Omaha at the shipping company, ready to be delivered. The deal includes free delivery and it will arrive at your address in 2-3 days. You will have 3 days to test it and inspect the piano prior to making any purchase and if by any reason you find something you don't like about it you can send it back at my expense. If you want to make this deal I need the following details from you: full name, address, and phone#. Once I have your info I will forward them to Amazon to get things started. Amazon will contact you shortly after they have the details with all the information that you need to complete this deal and you will also have proof that I am covered by them and a legitimate seller. Waiting for your email with the requested details.
Regards Laura and Michael Albright

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