Sent me an email from email@example.com in my response (to the post below on Sturm) that I would buy the gun:
Notice the scammer has an email very similar to the legitimate seller's Sturm handle!
The scammer wanted me to wire the funds to:
Name: Mary Jane Moffitt
Routing number: 273974730
Account Number: 13761
Bank name: Employee Credit Union
Bank Address: 2714 Central Ave Estherville, IA, 51334.
Client address: 809 East 18th Street Spencer IA 51301.
However, the scammer refused to provide additional photos of the gun or to speak with me on the phone!
I spoke with the legitimate seller Marty (Sturm and Gunbroker handle 5T1K1054) for over 2 hours on the phone yesterday regarding this matter and I believe him to be the real deal and a stand up guy.
Nevertheless, vet every seller and do all of these things BEFORE sending any seller a dime:
1) Ask for additional specific photos as proof of life (like a Post-it note with today's date next to the gun's serial number).
2) Ask to see an unredacted copy of the ATF Form 3 or 4.
3) Speak with the seller on the phone.
4) Offer to fly, drive or meet the seller to see the gun in person.
If the seller balks or refuses to provide said requested info above then walk away!
Also, I like sending bank cashier's checks rather than wiring money. A stop payment can be put on a bank check but once the money is wired - IT IS GONE! You are not getting it back!
This matter was also called to the attention of Sturmgewehr Board Supervisor David Albert who also vetted Marty.
David suggested that I post this here.
David -- thank you and WATCH OUT GUYS - these scammers are out there!!!