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    Default SCAM Alert on Maple Trader Classifieds

    Hello,

    Just wanted to leave this information here. I have some equipment listed on the maple trader classifieds. A particular individual has been trying to "buy" my equipment.
    This is how his scam works: Basically he agrees to buy your equipment, sends you a fake cashier's check (with shipping included) and then wants you to send the shipping he included immediately to his "partner shippers." He actually sent me a check that looks legitimate. It has a real bank's logo on it with watermarks. I called the bank and they said the cashier's check number isn't in their system and that it is a fake.

    He wanted me to send $1,600 to this fake shipping company, assuring me his cashier's check would deposit no problem. The funny thing is he never asked me what the weight of the equipment was, where it was coming from, etc. This equipment would actually cost about $300-$400 to send via LTL Freight but he instead blindly thought he would send $1,600 and I would just send the $1,600 of my own money right now to his fake shipper. Here is is info (although I'm sure it is all fake)

    name: Michael Finalyson
    email: fibincs@cyberservices.com (anything from cyberservices.com appears to be scammers)
    phone: 586-701-2971
    his "business" name: Shell Finance PLC

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    happy that you exposed him
    2x6 RAISED FLUE PANS
    by WF MASON
    350 taps on vac.

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    That's a pretty common scam on CL as well. The added insult and injury is that if you cash a fake cashier or bank check, the bank will hit you with penalties as well.
    Woodville Maples
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    Something north of 250 taps
    Mix of natural and mechanical vac, S3 Controller from Mountain Maple
    2x6 W.F. Mason with Phaneuf pans
    Deer Run 125 RO
    6 hives of bees
    Keeping the day job until I can start living the dream.

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    It's called check kiting if anyone wants to read up on the details of the scam.
    Second generation sap rat.

    Started taking over in 2012
    2012-2016: 300 buckets 120 on gravity tubing. Waterloo 2x10 wood fired. Averaged 105 gallons per season.
    2017: hoping for 300 on 3/16 with Shurflo and 50 buckets. New used 4x14 Algier wood fired cooker. 180 gallons of syrup

    2018: 300 on vacuum 2 buckets, finally got a splitter!

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