Monday, May 2, 2016

Too Good To Be True...or Scamming Oldsters for Fun and Profit

It all started out with an ad in Craigslist.  It was time to sell Billy and Gandalf.  Billy is a two year old mini-nubian billy goat.  Gandalf is a yearling whether.  I priced Billy at $150, and Gandalf at $75 or both for $200, and put up the add on Craigslist.

In about 6 hours someone texted me and wanted to buy both goats.  And they didn't try to talk me down on the price, and even offered to give me and extra $35 if I would take down the Craigslist ad and hold the goats for a few days.  They would send a cashier's check for the amount, and some extra that they wanted me to give to their movers.

Well, sure, you are crazy trusting Mr. Goat Buyer, but then you are buying some eccentricity is expected, or at least tolerated. 

But then the check came today.  I had thought that it might be for $300 or maybe even $350....and somebody local with and old truck and a toothpick in the corner of their mouth might come buy and have to haul these goats far enough to justify a $50 or $100 charge.  Then we opened the envelope and found a check for $1850.50.  More than $1600 over the cost of the goats.

Annie was not impressed.  I was on the phone with our friend Randy - he was not impressed.  I thought it was about as weird a thing as has ever happened, and pretty sure it was a scam, but not sure how it could work.  After all, a cashier's check is as good as good,  right?

I did some searching and found this article.  You have to read down past the PayPal scams, but it is there.  The scam is, you get a cashier's check which looks good but isn't.  You deposit it and are manipulated into sending the 'mover' a Western Union wire.  Your bank floats the WU wire, and for a few days everything looks fine.  Then the bank eventually finds out the check is bad and comes back to you for reimbursement, which you probably have to do, or be charged with passing bad checks.  Meanwhile the scammers typically $1500 or so from the WU wire, and are long gone.

We are taking the check down to the post office tomorrow.  I doubt that much will come of it, but since they used the mail, it is mail fraud, and that is a Federal felony.  I'll let you know if anything comes of this in the future.  

Happy Craigslisting everyone!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Back in the Saddle Again.....Maybe

It has been quite a while since I have made regular additions to this blog - so much so that it is a pretty poor record of all the things that have been going on in our lives.  I look back on most of the posts and feel that it was a good thing to take a few minutes and record some of the events of our lives (We= Annie + Me for anyone wandering in on this blog).

I think that I started slacking of on blogging sometime after January 2009....which was my start in Facebook.  Up until that time most of our kids had blogs and were active in documenting their lives.  That was a big part of starting this blog - make some kind of record of my life, and to connect a little with my kids.   And then the rot set in.....

Only a few if the kids continued to blog - most were sharing their moments on FB, and so slowly the blogs lost steam, and FB picked up the slack.  I was right there too.  Thoughtful writing takes time and effort, and as time went on, our lives were shared in memes and basically sound bites.  This is a somewhat broad brush painting, as some of the FB posts are very thoughtful, so it's not totally accurate.  But this trend has continued and strengthened and for me, right now, I just am tired of it.  Either I am sharing memes, or 'liking' other peoples memes, or not writing anything.  FB is just not where I want to share any feelings or thoughts.

So, I coming back to Sailor's World.  I think that I will leave it as Sailor's World.  That sounds better than 'Grumpy Old Grandpa Goat Farmer's World'....don't ya think?  I haven't been in a boat for three or four years now - not since we found this beautiful home and moved here.  But I still have the boats, and we might get busy with them again sometime.

That's all for now.  I don't know if anyone reads this anymore, and in a way it doesn't matter.  Sometimes the voices in my head want to write.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Cannon Beach

Katie and Conor treated us to two days at Cannon Beach in NW Oregon. It was cool and rainy - typical for this area during January.  We played tag with the waves as the tide went out, and once or     

twice the water won, and one of would get wet.  No one got pulled out to sea, but the water has a lot more force and power than it seems like.  In the picture above, with Conor and Chas walking through the water on the street, only moments before, Chas had pulled off his boots and emptied a couple of quarts of water from each boot - literally a couple of quarts.  He had been squelching along and complaining about the water a little, and Conor and I hadn't taken him very seriously, but he showed us what he was putting up with, and it was a lot.

It was a great trip, and we will remember it always.