I believe I just had a close call on the want to buy forum. I had a response to my search for an engine and little warning flags started going off to me that made me suspicious. Pictures were provided but i realize pictures are often picked up from internet sites so that is not helpful. Person was insisting on walmart pay only which sounded shaky to me as a buyer. I use Paypal. Deep in the negotiating process I was given a phone number to use to pay and when i called it I got no answer then a text with a gruff "who is this" I answered and called back and he picked up , not using his name to answer, this gentleman that could barely speak english. This person presented an english name on emails but was obviously of middle eastern descent and could not communicate effectively on the phone, I did not feel like gambling so i backed out of transaction. This was enough to scare me off. At no time did he give a forum name which I notice is the first thing i have gotten from others. My question is : what can i do to verify legitimacy of sellers to prevent being taken advantage of by a fraudulent seller?
forgive me if this post is not suitable for this forum, i am hoping it is..Bryan