I've stumbled across a Craigslist listing for a 22-foot RV, being sold for about $2000.
It's not ridiculously old, and appears to be in great shape.
Supposedly it runs well, and the current owner is a widow whose husband owned it and who no longer can stand to use it, and wants to get rid of it.
I'm very, very tempted to purchase this, as I was considering investing in turning my existing vehicle into a bit of a camper, but the prospect of landing a very cheap, and fairly usable camper/RV has caught my attention.
It seems like a deal that's a little too good to be true, though, and I'm not sure what to do / what to look for, as far as scams go in this regard.
What can I do to protect myself, when attempting to purchase this vehicle, to ensure that I'm not getting ripped off somehow?
I'm of course going to go see it in person, but I don't know of other seemingly 'common-sense' things to do.
After following up and requesting to see the vehicle, it did turn out to be a scam.
I received a response that the vehicle was not actually in the Phoenix region, as posted, and was actually in Iowa.
The seller would need to ship the vehicle to my location, at their expense. This is suspicious because the expense to do so would easily eat up the majority of the actual cost of the vehicle if it's being sold for $2k, it costs at least $1,000 to ship a vehicle in the US and I'm sure more for large RV's.
So, the seller claims, I'd need to work with their Shipper, who they claimed was part of eBay - including sending me a faked email that attempted to be from eBay - to get the vehicle down here.
They wanted me to send them my name, address, phone number to ship it to me, and claimed that I'd have 5 days to 'try it out' before buying it, or they'd be able to take it back at their expense (Also suspicious considering they'd end up losing more money than what they're even asking for the vehicle at this point).
At this point, not wanting to send any personal information that would end up getting used for spam phone calls / telemarketing, I stopped communication.
I'm sure I'd later receive a message about how their 'shipper' needed me to send them some sort of payment after they sent me a fraudulent check of some sort, but it did not get to that point.