I reported this user- he approached me in response to my wanted ad for a PRS stock.
This is not an unusual modus operandi; it happens on other forums. They PM you giving an email address of their good friend who is selling just what you want at a low price.
You can do your own detective work and have a bit of fun with them too.
Pictures they send can be searched for and foto-forensics will help reveal photoshopping (in this case the metadata/exif info revealed that Photoshop CS6 was the last-used program to save the images.) I found the original images were lifted from a Reddit post and a random “what’s it worth website”.
The language/English was a little suspicious, but not as bad as many scams.
The seller wanted PayPal as gift, to his son’s account, though the “son” had different surname.
Initially he quoted a price in $, despite “being from Yorkshire”. His dates were in US format and the info he sent about the item was cut-and-pasted from an official website description, not his own words.
Using his previous forum-posts text, I searched the internet and found he had started forum identities in various places, all around the same time, about a month ago.
I gave him a run around, asking for extra pics (these he sent but were of a gen2, not the gen3 in the original pics) and I made him write a “code” on a bit of paper in a pic with the stock. The code I gave was 1-5C4M-U (I scam u) but it didn’t look as funny as I’d hoped. The paper in the pic was photoshopped in, complete with dodgy shadow.
I also asked him to include his UK drivers licence in a later pic, which was badly photoshopped (shadow of levitation, ghosting around name, “Ss” clone-stamp error at end of “Gardens”, large area of repeated clone-stamping too-right corner) The image quality on PW may not allow you to see these features:
Sadly he stopped playing along as my requests became more unreasonable.
On this occasion, a high index of suspicion and some lazy mistakes by the scammer made it easy to spot and pretty low risk if I had paid. However, other similar scams have included requests to meet up in secluded locations to exchange a firearm that was being sold, raising the much more serious possibility of being ambushed and having your guns safe emptied and...
So be vigilant!