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From: smile4john001@hotmail.com
To:
Subject: Payment...Kindly get back asap
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 19:39:51 -0800

 
Hi,               
      This is good. It sounds like we can come to an agreement,I'm glad you still have it for sale i want you to keep the ad off market and consider sold to me.I know am asking you to trust me.I am OK with the price $1800,do get back to me with your details needed for payment ( Cashier's Check ) to be issued out and as well mailed to you asap via UPS or FedEx,i will handle the shipment do not worry about that OK.

 
    Get back to me with your details as requested below:
Your Full Name....
Address.....
City...
State...
Zip Code...
Cell Phone Number...
Home Phone Number...     

 
        I will await to hear from you in this regard as soon as possible.

 
Thank You.

 
John.

Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:52:57 -0800
Subject: Interested In Your Posted Ad/Item
From: smile4john001@hotmail.com
To:

 

Hello,
      How are you? My name is John,this is in regard to your posted ad on
www.harpmall.com  Please could you tell me if the item in the advert is still for sale? What is your asking price? Perhaps more pics if available.And could you also tell me more about its present condition.
     I will await your response.Write back soon.

Thank You.

John.
Hi,
    Thanks for the mail, I really appreciate your prompt reply... First,I'm okay with your asking price, secondly i don't want you to bother about the shipping process,I have a shipping company that handles my shipments when ever am not around to take care of things myself,All you need do is to keep the item in a safe and good condition.

 
    I am not around at the moment because my wife is about to give birth and she insisted i had to be with her during that special moment of her life and being her first time,so pls bear with me and lets finish this sale as i have make all arrangements.I will instruct my client to issue out a certified check to you, When you get the payment you are to deduct your $10,500 our agreed price and send the remaining funds on the check to my shipper via Western Union or Money Gram to enable him come down to your location for the pickup. I bought some other merchandise too and my shipper will be picking them up also,so they will need the remaining funds to enable them come for the pickup.

 
   It takes 1-2 working days to clear a certified check, so be rest assured that check must clear before pickup. Notify me immediately when you get the funds so i will email you with my shipper's information who will be coming for the pickup at your location.You are to also deduct $100 from the money  for the stress and hazzle you may go through in cashing and wire the remaining funds to my shipper... I'm sure you can await the payment in the mail, It will be sent to the Information you will provide for me as requested below:

 

 
Full name...
Residential address...
City..
State..
Zipcode...
Cell Phone number...  
Home Phone number...

 
  Can you remove the ad posting and consider it sold to me and ill appreciate if you can do that today ok..I will be looking forward to read from you.I just cant wait to see my first born,i will be checking my email often to keep in touch with you.
     
Regard.

 
Thank You.

 
John.

 


 

John Holmes
howardscott31@aol.com
 



 

-----Original Message-----
From: dwarner11 <
dwarner11@verizon.net>
To: Howardscott31 <
Howardscott31@aol.com>
Sent: Tue, May 28, 2013 3:48 pm
Subject: Re: Interested In Your Posted Ad/Item

 
John - Thanks for your response to my ad in Harp Mall.  Yes, it is still for sale, but if I still have it in the middle of June when I move south, I will just take it.  The inst. is, as I understand from the previous owner in Denver, from the late 1970s (1979).  It is in very good condition, although living with it in Montana for a number of years, opportunites to have it regulated were non-existent, and so I have done the maintenance myself, and have regularly replaced the felts etc. and kept the strings in good shape .  As for pictures, it looks exactly like every picture you ever see of a mahogany Aurora, any online photo will look just like my harp.  The asking price is 10,500 instead of the usual 12-14 K simply because of this lack of regular regulation, although there is nothing wrong with it.  It comes with a very heavy velour-lined canvas cover.  I hope this answers your concerns.  Like all Salvis, it has a big warm tone.
     David Warner.    
 
 
 

On 05/28/13, John Holmes<Howardscott31@aol.com> wrote:

 
Hello,
      How are you? My name is John,this is in regard to your posted ad on www.harpmall.com  Please could you tell me if the advert is still for sale? What is your asking price? Perhaps more pics if available.And could you also tell me more about its present condition.
     I will await your response.Write back soon.

 
Thank You.

 
John.

 


 

 

— Buyer wrote on  March 28, 2013

Subject:  Harp

Hello Seller,

I want to buy this item, and need to know how much are you asking for it? and please i can only pay using paypal, and after payments has been made i will arrange for pick up of the item. You can email me (email deleted)

Powell Dominos

 

— Buyer wrote on  April, 2012
 
Thank you for your quick response, I am located in WA. i am buying this XXharpXX for my Dad as a surprise gift, I am okay with the price due to my occupation as a marine engineer at this moment i am presently working offshore, sometimes access to regular emails and phone calls are very poor in offshore due to inefficiency of immarsat and internet connections, Fortunately the internet access is working averagely when i came across the advert of your XXharpXX. I really want the XXharpXX to be a surprise by not disclosing the XXharpXX until the delivery is made to him, am sure he will be more than happy with the XXharpXX, I insisted on paypal because i don't have access to my bank account online and i don't have internet banking too, but i can pay from my PayPal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it, i will need you to give me your PayPal email address so i can make the payment as soon as possible, and please if you don't have PayPal account yet, it is very easy to set it up at your bank or go onto http://www.paypal.com and get it set up, after you have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you use for registration with PayPal so as to put the money through. Notice you don't need to bother yourself about the shipment, i have a pick-up agent that will come for pick-up, they will also determine and secure the shipment, I will need you to provide me with the following information in order to facilitate the payment.

1.Your Full name.
2.Your PayPal Email Address.
3.Your phone number.

Once again, I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for shipping, I will have my mover come over as soon as you have your money in your account.
 
Kindest Regards.
 
— Buyer wrote on  Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hi,
How much is your harp?
Thanks

Morris

— Seller wrote:

Hello Morris,

We are asking $2500 or make offer. The harp is a Lyon & Healy
Troubadour IV Mahogany Finish. Good condition. It has some cosmetic
blemishes and is missing 3 strings. Included is a padded cloth cover
and tuning tools. I have attached some pictures in a zip file. If you
are near XXXXXXXXXX we may be able to offer delivery. Otherwise
you will need to arrange for packaging, shipping and pickup. Please do
not hesitate to ask if you have any questions or want more pictures.

— Buyer wrote on Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hello,

Thanks for the mail, I really appreciate your prompt reply and i'm
glad you are selling to me... First,I'm okay with the selling cost,
secondly i don't want you to bother about the shipping process,I have
a shipping company that handles my shipments,All you need do is to
keep the it in a safe and good condition.

  I will instruct my staff associate to issue out a cheque for the
payment and shipping to you, When you get the payment you are to
deduct your selling price and send the remaining funds to my shipper
via Western Union or Money Gram to enable him come down to your
location for the pickup. I bought some other merchandise too and my
shipper will be picking them up also,so they will need the remaining
funds to enable them come for the pickup.

It takes 1-2 working days to clear a cheque, so cheque must clear
before pickup. Notify me immediately when you get the funds so i will
email you with my shipper's information who will be coming for the
pickup at your location. "I HOPE I CAN TRUST YOU WITH MY FUNDS"? I'm
sure you can await the payment in the mail, It will be sent to the
Information as requested below you will provide for me:


Full name...
Residential address...
City..
State..
Zip code...
Country...
Phone number:
Cell Phone:........
Home Phone:............


Can you remove it from the posting and consider it sold to me? I will
be happy if you can do that today OK..I will be looking forward to
read from you.


Regards


 

— Buyer wrote on  Tuesday, April 06, 2010 8:10 PM

Hi,
How are you today? I would like to know if the above is still  available for sale. I am highly interested in it and would like to cut the offer down to $19,000. Please  let me know if my offer is acceptable so as to talk about the terms of payment and pick up in our next discussion.

Thanks and i would be expecting your email soon.

Phemy.

— Seller wrote:

Hi Phemy, I think I can work with 19,000. The harp comes with the 3 piece padded XXXXX cover and the dust cover. Also available is a custom-made shipping box from XXXXX which cost me $300. The harp is at my parents house in XXXX, XX and unless you would like to meet me there tomorrow I can't show it to you until next week. For next week I can do after 2pm so let me know which day would work best for you. As for transporting the harp I have always moved it in a truck on a piece of installation (which you could have if that is how you will move it). I would prefer a certified banker's or cashier's check for payment. Let me know if you would like any other information.


— Buyer wrote on Wednesday, April 07, 2010 5:47 PM

Hi ,
Thanks for accepting my offer. I will be paying you a cashier check drawn from United state bank. Please, i am not in the state at the moment and i will like our communication to be strictly via email till i return because i want to buy it as a surprise for my loved one.

Please you will assist me greatly on it's shipping by helping me to receive an amount of $25,000 on the check and after the deduction of your cost $19,000 from it when it clears, you will help me to send the remaining via western union to my shipper for it's conveyance and other few things bought to the
destination of the person am surprising.

Please am sure you will be honest and fair enough to me in this transaction. Thanks and kindly let me have the following details in your next reply so that the Check can be sent to you  as soon as it's
ready.

      Your full name on Check
      Your postal address
      Your phone number

       Thank you.

       Phemy.


— Buyer wrote on July 06, 2006 9:35 PM:

Good day dear Seller ,
My name is Jacob Westjohn. Its my pleasure emailing you in respect of your XXXXXX, concert grand, walnut  rated $ XX,XXX  which i saw your advert on the internet which i have so much interest in buying it if its still available for sale , and i would like to make urgent plan in buying it . Here is some details i want to know about it.
Its present condition ....................
The last selling price if negotiable .................
The recent pictures taking on it ..........................
Weight of it as its involve Shipping ..........................
And the Shipping Cost for it , hence it will be shipping to Austria ...............
Did it have any paperwork in case in need to be sign before it can be shipped ..............
All this information i need to know so that we can go from there I Look forward hearing from you as soon as possible and i would like to know if a cheque is acceptable by you as payment .
my regards ... Jacob Westjohn

— Seller wrote:

Dear Mr. Westjohn:
Thank you for your inquiry about the XXXXXX harp.  I will try to respond to your various questions as follows: The harp is in excellent condition overall.  It is well played in and it has a beautiful, rich sound quality.  It has occasionally been transported locally for various performances, but does not have any significant blemishes.  The harp has been well maintained and regulated each year by a technician who is certified by the XXXXXX factory. The price I have set is, I believe, already the lowest you will find for an instrument of such high quality.  In addition, the harp will be sold with a harp cover, folding bench, and an amplifier cable.  You can find the retail price on the XXXXXX website, and advertisements for other used XXXXXX harps with similar age.  This is truly a wonderful bargain for a serious buyer, I will gladly provide you with the serial number and recent pictures of the harp if you are interested in pursuing the transaction. The weight of the harp itself is about XX pounds.  I will calculate the weight of a rigid harp shipping case and include that in the shipping quote. I would ship the harp via United Parcel Ser ices (UPS).  I will obtain a detailed price from them.  In order to do this I must know the airport or freight estimation in Austria where customs officials have jurisdiction over receipt of the shipment.  UPS will also require your final shipment address and contact telephone number.  I would also insure the harp with UPS. Paperwork would include a written contract describing terms of the sale.  I will have this prepared and sent to you for signature in advance of shipment.  The contract can either be written in English or German, whichever language you would prefer.  Also, you are most welcome to contact me at my telephone number to discuss the terms of the transaction in detail (in either language). Payment must be made by wire transfer or funds to my bank.  Shipment of the harp will occur when my bank notifies me that the transfer of all the funds is complete.   Please be assured that I can provide you with sufficient personal and professional references to document (a) my ownership this harp and (b) my good standing in the community

— Buyer wrote:

Hello ........  ,
Thanks for your email , i really appreciate your response towards my request . I need you to know that am well prepared in buying the XXXXXX, concert grand, walnut,   from you, I am pleased with the one you are to sell as am very interested in purchasing it. In respect of payment all i will do is to instruct my P.A in the UK to send the Cheque  of sum of $XX.XXX EURO on my behalf and when you have gotten the Cheque you will deduct my offer of $XX,XXX  from the amount and wire the remaining balance via western union money transfer to my international Shipper's so as for them to come for the pick up at your location and also to pick some other goods along as soon as payment is received by you and they also.
 
My shipper's who i have talked things over with on the phone about the pick up says they would want you to make thing's snappy and to make sure that you make all the important papers in place to avoid shipping delay. My shipper's will email you as soon as you recieve the payment so that they can give you their contact address were you will be wiring the remaining balance to, So that they can come for the pick up at your location as soon possible.
I will like to know if i can trust you to send my balance to the shipper. I am doing this to make the payment easier and faster for you. Furnish me with your full contact details bellow:
 
Full name to be on the Cheque ..............
Your contact Mailing Address  where to receive the Cheque ...........
The City ............. , State ........... , and Postal Zip code if any ............ ?
Get back to me with the information so that payment can be made which should get to you as soon as possible.
My regards
Jacob

— Seller wrote:

Dear Mr. “Westjohn”:
Your proposal is not acceptable.  The method of payment you suggest is suspiciously similar to fraudulent activities being perpetrated over the internet.  Please be advised that I have reported your communications to federal law enforcement authorities.
 

— Buyer wrote:

Hello,
My name is Don Best. I am an American business man based in United Kingdom. I will like to purchase your for sale which you listed for sale on the posted adds. Do let me know as soon a possible if it is still available and if payment with a Cashier's check or Money order is fine. Concerning the shipping, I have a reputable shipping company that will be coming over directly to your place for the pick up. I await your response. you can contact me here on my email address donbest006@yahoo.co.uk and get back to me with the asking price and also including your full name, full address and contact phone number on where the payment will be send to. Many thanks and God bless.
Best Regard

— Seller wrote:

Thank you for your E-mail.  Regrettably, I have received a similar E-mail within the last week.  In this E-mail, the individual suggested purchase with a check to be drafted over a higher amount than the harp’s value and my transfer of the difference to a 3rd party (shipper) to cover shipment for the harp and other items.   Given the prevalence of this kind of fraudulent activity, I have alerted Federal Law Enforcement Agencies to this potential scam, and I am providing them with copies of all of these E-mail communications.

— Buyer wrote:

Don Hello there, is this still available for sale?...what is your final  price? i am an American citizen based in Europe and i would be glad if you can get in touch with me as soon as possible because i would like to make a purchase soonest.
In regards payment, i can have my partner send you a certified check to cover your fees. He owes me some money for an order i cancelled with him not too long ago. My money is a bit more than your fees and i would be glad if cashed the check after you receive it and send the balance of the funds to my nephew via western union so he can come down to your place for the pickup afterwards.
I do not mean to inconvenience you and i would be glad to spare some extra change for your assistance If this arrangement is fine by you, pls send down the necessary details (name, address, phone number...etc) for the check to be sent to you by next week latest. I have to make a buisness trip before the end of this week and i would appreciate it if you got in touch with me soonest.
     Thank you and hope to hear from you soon,
     Regards,
     Timothy.

— Seller wrote:

Geez, that's the oldest scam in the book, and I saw it coming from a mile away.

NO.  No Way.  No how.

If you would truly like to buy my harp (and at this point I'm not convinced that you do...), you can arrange for "P.a", when he gets back to this country,  to come to my house and hand me good old CASH in US dollars.  Then I will hand over my harp.

That's the deal.  Take it or leave it.

I'm also going to alert the Harp Mall that you are using their listings in an attempt to perpetrate this fraud.

Seller


On Friday, November 12, 2004, at 11:56  PM, Buyer wrote:

 Thanx for the mail, I am currently based in Bronx. My P.a is now out of the country but am sure he will be back for the pick ups as soon as you recieve payment, I will making an offer of $2,500 for the harp ....

 Due to a depth i need to settle with my P.a, I will  inform my bank to make a cheque of $5,500 out to you which you are to deduct $2,500 and get the excess  transfered to my P.a which will enable him come over to your residence and do the pick ups on my own behalf
 ..

 To complete payment, I will need the name and address  you want the cheque to be sent to with a valid phone number so as payment can be done Asap ..

 I will be looking forward to your quick reply ...

 Cheers


 — Seller wrote:
 Hi,

 The asking price was listed in the advertisement.

  Again I ask, "Where are you located ?"  Where will  your "P.a" be coming  from when he comes to my residence to pick up the harp?  I'll take some pictures tomorrow, but naturally it would be better if you could come to hear/play the harp to make sure that it is what you want.

 Do you have a high speed internet connection ?  I'm not sure what resolution to use to send the photos.  Larger files might take some time to download if you don't have a fast enough connection.

 Seller


 On Friday, November 12, 2004, at 11:11  AM, Buyer wrote:

 Thanx for the mail, I realy have enough interest in buying the harp but will first like to know the asking prise for it and also try and send me some pics if you only have them available ...

 For the payment, I will inform my bank to make a cheque out to you so as soon as you recieve the funds in your account i can send my P.a to your residence for him to do the pick ups on my own behalf ...

 I will be looking forward to your mail...

 Cheers



  — Seller wrote:
 Hi,

 I do have the harp available (I've just purchased a new instrument so it is a "spare" harp for me) and I will sell it as advertised.  Where are you, and how do you proposed to arrange payment and arrange shipping ?

 Thanks

 Seller


 On Friday, November 12, 2004, at 05:33  AM, Buyer wrote:

 Good day,

 I am interested in the purchase of the
described harp for my personal use.

 I have been directed to contact you on the purchase of the Harp by harpmall.com

 Kindly let me hear from you affirming the deal and cost of the harp so that i can arrange for payment.

 All shipping expenses will be handled after payment.. kindly let me hear from you in earnest.

 Thank you

To whom it may concerned:
I would like to report that one of classified in your website is a fraud.
He took my deposit and did not ship his harp as his promise.
His e-mail address is email deleted from Bail/Indonesia.
I hope that other people will not do the same as me.
Thank you for your attention.

Buyer
Bellevue, Washington
This is a warning to anyone placing ads.  If someone approaches about sending a cashiers check for your item PLUS ADDITIONAL MONEY for shipping, then you are to write a check to their "shipper", it is a scam.  I was approached by a couple of different "buyers" from Italy.  When I got suspicious, I didn't hear from them again. I reported the emails to the FBI and they tell me that this is a common scam and usually the cashiers check turns out to be bogus.  Just wanted to warn anyone else who might be approached.
REGARDS,
Seller
Hello,

I have my Dusty Strings harp listed in a classified on the harpmall.  I have received two emails from a source that appears to be pulling a Nigerian 419 scam.  By doing some checking on the internet, I learned about this type of scam.  I am also going to forward you the next email I got, which asks for a transfer of funds.  From what I understand, the seller appears to get a valid cashiers check, but it actually turns out to be no good.

Regards,

Seller


From: "henry wood" email deleted
To: Seller
Subject: Dusty Strings 36 string model stave back in maple $4200
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2004 13:48:53 +0800


Hello,
   Am name is henry wood The manager director of ISD nigeria limited, will buy new and used item from other country and sell to our contomer here in nigeria ,i am interested in buying your Dusty Strings 36 string model stave back in maple $4200 .DO let me know if this IS still for sale and avalible. i based in nigeria. Also do let me know if you accept Cashier cheque do let me know if you accept Cashier cheque for the payment. and if you do, don't worry about the shipping i will take care of the shipping, i have a shipping company which will take care of the shipment. looking to hear from you as soon as possible if still for sale. i moved by your price which placed for  sale. i hope to hear from you as soon as possible.
Regards

 
— Add as posted:
Dusty Strings FH26 harp in American black walnut with detachable legs. Harp is 40 1/2", soundboard width 9 1/2" weight 13#, with flip-up sharping levers on all strings, 3 1/2 octaves.  Soft cases for harp and legs, extra strings, KORG alligator clip tuner, crank, lots of music/books/tape for beginners. Beautiful! $1300.00


Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 17:40:39 -0700 (PDT)
From: "johnny taylor" email deleted
Subject: Dusty Strings FH26 harp
To: Seller
 
We have a partner interested in purchasing your  Dusty Strings FH26 harp. will arrange a  pick up of the  Dusty Strings FH26 harp once payment is confirmed by you. Please  acknowledge the offer $3,250.00 and   we will instruct the buyer to proceed with the payment procedures immediately.
Looking forward to hearing from you.. Management

 
Hello seller,
I am very much interested in the immediate purchase of  your item. i am actually buying it for a client.payment will be made with money order.The payment you will recieve will include shipping fee,insurance and my own commission as an agent.After your confirmation that the money cleared your bank,i will want the shipment cost and my comission fees that has been agree with my client sent to my shipper via western union money transfer in one of their outlet around you so that the shipper can begin all neccessary shipment procedure/pick up of the item in your place.if you agree with me to this capacity i would be grateful you reply my email and give me your full name and contact address/phone number and your finalprice for the item so that i will have my client notified of your acceptance of the offer. thanks for your understanding. i will wait your quick response asap.
Get back to me.
REGARDS.