It can be difficult to detect and many people fall for the scams.
Scamsters can be very good at what they do.
Lets look at what appears legitimate and rational:
1. $1,800 this is a very low price that most anyone can afford that is looking for an RV
2. Images of a very clean nice looking RV grabs the attention and combined with the low price, is more than attractive
3. 1997 Airstream is a 20 year old RV and the price seems more in line
4. A big over 46,000 miles is just enough miles to make sense
5. A LT in the airforce owned
So overall the unsuspecting person might think they are getting a good deal from a legitimate professional that is no longer in need of the RV due to being on a long term mission. In addition, the person in the USA may feel accommodating to a service member. ALL makes sense that a 20 year old vehicle would be in good condition by a service person. To top it off, the 46,000 miles is reasonable and low for a 20 year old RV. If the service person took the RV on vacation two or three times a year over the course of 20 years, the milage makes sense. In addition, delivery is included in the already low price plus free return shipping, etc.
Lets look at what appears to be NOT legitimate nor rational:
1. The listing stated $1,500 but in the email it stated $1,800 non-negotionable
2. The listing stated the vehicle was in Jackson, TN but now through the email it is stated it is located in Missouri
3. The email states the owner is stationed in Missouri and that the RV is also in Missouri at a google shipping co
4. I did look her name up in a google search and nothing with her last name spelling came up
Those three points alone is cause for concern. Why would a person stationed in Missouri have an RV in Missouri? As a norm, you have your vehicles wherever your permanent home is located. Just because you are stationed at one place does not mean your vehicles would be there too. If you are living in the area where you are stationed then why would you already have your RV in a google shipping co?
There are a lot of other red flags. A major red flag is absolutely nothing is said about my coming to see the RV.
You'd think she would have said, you are welcome to see it and test drive it. She ask for information but she gives little to no information about her self. She doesn't offer her phone number and a time to call.
I wouldn't totally rule her out as not legitimate but I would and did totally rule me out from considering it.
Too many red flags and I am not going to buy any type of vehicle that I can't see and test drive in person, first.