Armslist Scammer #2

          Armslist is my private firearm selling outlet of choice, mainly because it allows me to sell in a wider market than what a 8.5″x11″ flyer placed in the sign-in building at my local gun range could bring. Also, everyone I have ever ended up selling to showed no sign of bad character and was an actual firearms enthusiast, since the scammers and suspicious characters tend to give themselves away early in the conversations as they aren’t particularly crafty or well spoken. However, with about half of the listings I place on Armslist, I am sure to get the solicitations of scammers who aren’t good at wielding the English language and who use old internet scamming techniques that are very illogical. The screenshots below show my conversation with a very wishful scammer who may have had to repeat the 5th grade a few times.


(1/10) The scammer opts to initiate the exchange with modestly bad grammar which is a solid move to be sure.
(2/10) I am already cautious of his intent at this point due to a rash of attempted scams during this time.
(3/10) Next he produces this barely intelligible sentence that makes me think English was definitely not his first language.
(4/10) Eager to see where his plan will lead, I request a copy of his FFL holder’s Federal Firearms License.
(5/10) Sure enough, he sends me a copy of an invalid FFL from a company in Minnesota that, on their website at the time, warned about their invalid FFL being used in scams over the internet.
Here is the copy of the invalid FFL in all of it’s glory. The address is outdated and thus the FFL is invalid. You can also use this federal resource to check an FFL number for authenticity (https://fflezcheck.atf.gov/fflezcheck/) if you suspect someone may be trying to scam you with falsified FFL information.
(6/10) Imminent scam detected! Deploying scam countermeasures!
Not one to be outdone by the likes of “Michael Suhovsky”, I email him back with this master fake I produced in Microsoft Paint. Take note of all its uncanny detail.
(7/10) Success! He wasn’t even thrown off by my newly adopted name.
(8/10) Show me the money! The address I supplied him is for a police station in my area.
(9/10) I change my name again and then give the phone number of the police station.
(10/10) This is the last that I heard from him. I never did get my check for $1,000,000 in iTunes gift cards or whatever he was going to “give” me…

          Sometimes when life gives you lemons you just got to make lemonade. Next time a scammer on Armslist contacts you be sure to waste their time and record the whole thing for everyone to enjoy.