All, please note that I've just been contacted by a known scammer (for one of a few examples see link below) expressing interest in the Merlin I'm selling.
We were scammed by some low life when we sold our B14..... We clicked almost immediately and then as he was attempting to buy the "item" as he put it....we got scammed by someone else. They were both using what they referred to as "agents" to buy the "item"....... We were sooooo tempted to put the "agents" in touch with one another thus pretending one of the " agents" was working for us.........and then watch the fun.....or as it would have turned out, one scammer scamming the other! But we just couldn't be bothered we ended up ignoring them. However joking aside this does seem to be one of the pitfalls in selling boats or cars.......so as Chris says...BE CAREFUL!
Simple rules apply. If the 'buyer' won't meet you in person, if he wants to use an odd shipping agent, overpay in anyway, or mentions money transfer, DO NOT REPLY!
this one tried to buy my centreboard (on MR second hand equipment list.) Wanted some photos. Dimensions I could understand, photos seemed unlikely.
On the bright side, when we sold our B14 we were contacted by Tamas from Hungary who asked for more photos.