ARMSLIST SCAM

cjmass

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Saw a high quality bolt action rifle posted on Florida Armslist for a very good price. Emailed seller for additional photos and he emailed many and all looked good. He said to have my MA FFL email him copy of his FFL and mailing info and that he would ship it to my FFL once I mailed a postal money order to him at his P.O. box address. That raised red flags so I asked him to email his street address plus photo of drivers license and he did but said to still send money order to PO box due to mail sometimes being stolen at his home address. More red flags. I checked with my FFL and he said they only accept shipments from other FFLs, not individual sellers. I told this to the seller and to have his FFL ship it (at my cost) to mine, and he sent email saying he had been shipping guns himself to other FLs all over the country many times with no problems and he refuses to have some FFL question his "integrity" and force him to have an FFL ship it, and said he will not do so. I said no shipment by his FFL, no deal. Last night I was looking on Gunbroker and discovered that the photos that he had sent me of "his" rifle were those for the very same rifle which was sold on Gunbroker by someone else 2 months ago!
 

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Armslist is definitely more of an in person thing I think. I've had success on there but have never tried to have anything mailed to me. Gunbroker is better for that in my opinion.
 

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Armlist by mail is like having sex with a hooker and not using a condom.

When one of my customers wants to buy off armslist I tell them to contact the shipping ffl. Confirm their ffl. Confirm their physical location. Talk to the shop and confirm the seller is real. You can still get scammed but it gives you a better chance of a good transaction.

Armslist is fine for face to face. It is high risk behavior for mail order.
 
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