Craigslist Scams Revisited – 5 Main Scam Indicators

It’s funny how creative people get on Craigslist and other Free Classifieds.

The scariest thing is that I’ll bet their “creativity” is actually working on a few people.

I’ve written similar posts about Craigslist scams before, but the one I was the target for recently was a bit more unique.

I recently posted an ad on Craigslist for a 2008 Honda Civic. Basically I’m just testing the market on a car I’m leasing for business, but I think it’s an interesting case study too.

Here are a few of the emails I’ve received:

First Indicator of a Craigslist Scam:

The vagueness of the question. “Is this posting…”

Tip: If someone sends you an email that doesn’t say EXACTLY what the product is, it’s probably a scam.

Second Indicator of a Craigslist Scam:

The follow-up email they sent:

What made this scam attempt a bit unique was that they mentioned the brand of the car I am attempting to sell.

Most follow-up emails will still be vague and un-targeted.

Third Indicator of a Craigslist Scam

Offering MORE than the asking price. Maybe this has really happened for some, but I’ve been selling and buying things on Craigslist for 4 years now and have NEVER seen this happen.

The people who use Craigslist legally are generally looking for good deals.

Forth Indicator of a Craigslist Scam

Shipping, Out of Country Transaction, Asking for PayPal email ID, Shipping Companies, etc.

Fifth Indicator of a Craigslist Scam

Bad Grammar!

I mean, it’s not a requirement to spell or write correctly to sell things online, but things like “Hoping to read back from you soonest…” is pretty obvious.

Again, the thing I thought to be creative on this one was that they actually did mention the brand of the product when they emailed back.

Got this warning on another Free Classified website that applies to Craigslist too.

[Website name] is meant to be a local service for those in Utah and the immediately surrounding areas. However, individuals outside of the country will frequently contact sellers or post their own fraudulent ads. Do not be misled! These are not honest people with exceptional deals, but criminals trying to take your money. Watch for the following signs:1. Buyer explains that they are currently out of the county.

2. Buyer offers to pay with a money order or cashiers check for significantly more than the asked for price.

3. Buyer explains that a third party or service will pick up or deliver the item.

4. Email inquiry is poorly written, generic, or strange sounding.

5. Offer is simply too good to be true.

Have you received emails like these when selling products on Craigslist?

If you’d like help listing items on Craigslist in a professional way, contact us today. (include “CL Listing Help” in the message for a special MM discount)

UPDATE

I just received another email this morning, another perfect example of an attempted Craigslist Scam.

Notice how they follow they same warnings we’ve talked about:

  • “…item posted…” (not specific about WHAT the product is)
  • “…ready to pay for it immediately without any delay…” (this doesn’t happen very often, if at all, on Craigslist)
  • “…tell me what price exactly will be your best asking price…will wait to read from you.” (grammar and unclear – if they had actually looked at the product, they would KNOW the asking price)

ANOTHER UPDATE

Hope these updates help you in your quest to make money via Craigslist:

Comments

  1. Eileen says

    Interesting. This is a timely article as there are ongoing scams on Craigslist, along with some horror stories. I was warned about them several years ago and frankly, with so many options available, I don’t have the need to use Craigslist.

    Having said that, I’m not suggesting that Craigslist doesn’t work, it’s just that I feel their policies are not being as well enforced as they should be. As with anything, the watchword should be buyer/seller beware.

    • john says

      one thing that tips me off is the person offering way too much information as that example. i don’t care if they are buying it for their grandmother or how she is, etc., i just want my money. this is true of all liars, they give out too many details. i had a guy email me to try and steal my motorcycle. he told me he was a marine biologist out to sea and had to use paypal to buy my bike for his son. i needed to send my paypal account info (another tipoff). he would put the money in my account and his agent would come and get the bike. i told him i had business with a credit card terminal, send his cc#, expiration date and three digit code from back, deal could be done instantly. he said “fuck you” and was gone. i called paypal and as i thought, i would have gotten stuck with no bike or money as they hold the funds in my account for three weeks to make sure money is there and not some bogus cashier’s check. i sold a harley through the paper and told him cash only. he paid with 150 $100 bills. sold a porsche the same way, cash. don’t be a chump…

      • Mike says

        I think I had the same guy answer my ad for motorcycle – saying that he was a marine biologist and wanting my pay pal account info. He must be still out there.

      • Leo says

        Yes these people are still out there, I posted an ad last night for my motorcycle, and at 5:30am this morning I get a text saying they are in the military out at sea wanting to buy the motorcycle for an uncle, they ask for my name I set up my PayPal account with and PayPal email, they say they have an agent to pick up the motorcycle, I respond asking if they can call me and I can only accept cash and then the agent can pick up the motorcycle at the same time, funny they did not respond back……I called the number back and got an answering service, this was definitely a SCAM!

    • Tyler says

      I’m glad I read this. All 5 of your indicators were present in my recent case. Yesterday I posted my PS3 and some games for sale. I’m wanting to sell them and get a Xbox 360 because I can get more from a private buyer then selling them to GameStop. First of, the “buyer” had HORRIBLE grammar. Second, they were asking to buy it as a birthday gift for a girlfriend who lives “out of state”. They offered me $100 more then the asking price to ship it USPS express mail. Their idea of “out of state” turned out to be Nigeria when I asked for the shipping address. From that point I knew something was fishy. They requested to make the payment through PayPal. I gave them my PayPal email to send the money. Its currently pending awaiting the tracking number of the shipped items. After reading up on scams with Craigslist. Too many scams mentioned the same thing, most included Nigeria and the exact postal code I was given, 234039. Other sellers beware! I haven’t shipped the items, and after this I’ve contacted PayPal cancelling the transaction.

      • Billy says

        I posted 3 Atvs and 1 trailer on craigslist, for the amount i put 1500 because i could only put the price of 1 and that was the highest priced one i have. But I put in the description bla bla bla ill take 1500 no less. The secound was bla bla no less than 1200. Third was bla no less than 250. Then the trailer no less than 275. So a guy text me wanting to buy, Most of the time well all the time ppl want to know things about it and still try to jew you down. Well he didnt, and i didnt post any pics. I thought well maybe he miss understood the posting and thought i was selling it all for 1500. So i told him that if he wants to get everything i will take 2700. He said ok, asked me to set up google checkout, i have never heard of it, but did it anyways. Then he asked for email add. Then i had to check my email for a shipping com. It was Widget moving company, i had to ver. my add. I did, then he said the money 2700 plus 400 for shipping has been taken off his credit card and put into Google checkout. I got a email from them saying it has been, but pending that i needed to ver. by sending 400 bucks the shipping through western and then my money would be on my card. Well Im not dumb when it comes to my money. So i contacted Google checkout through the email they sent me, The number i called said they wasnt taking calls at that time so i emailed them. I told them someone wants to buy an item and pay through google check out and i wasnt sure if it was a scam. A hour later i get a email saying that his money went through and i cant get it till i ver. by western 400 bucks and name add and a number. It all sounded good but to many mistakes were made u shouldnt half to pay that kind of money to get ur money.If someone spends that kind off money without seeing atleast some pics, than its a scam or a really Dumb body that has more money than they know what to do with. And yes he sounded as if he was from across the sea somewhere. Gramer ten times worse than mine. Wont answer a call always half to call u back. Everyone watch those guys they are very smart think about it most of the time if u see rag heads they are doctors surgens and really good scamers. Wish there was away i could reverse it on him and someone take his money then invest it into catching these lil punks. I hope this helps someone, it was really hard to find anything about sellers getting scamed like this it was always buyers.

  2. Jason says

    Nice article. I deal with the same issues. It seems I expect the scam messages. I attempted to sells domains on Craig’s List. 99% of all inquiries generate either job responses or bad leads to purchase the item.

    CL should make it mandatory to log in. Any person deemed in violation would be held accountable, such as their account being canceled. I waste my time responding to these scam messages. It’s frustrating. They need to figure out a more effective strategy to counter the scams.

    Nicely written article.

  3. Verona says

    My sister was trying to sell her elliptical machine on Craigslist and ran into a woman offering to pay more than she was asking. Subsequent emails revealed the woman was out of town and willing to pay by money order; the next email was where her money orders were switched and my sister was going to receive the money order for an increased amount and she was to return the money by Western Union…yeah, okay! I’m not certain if my sister will receive the money order, but it will be delivered to her local police station!

    • Nicole says

      I’m so glad that I’m not the only one this has happened to. I am currently in the process of sending back a check that was written for $1100 more than my asking price for what we were selling… The buyer is from Minnesota (which I only found out from the FedEx shipping label – the buyer never actually told me) and the check was written by someone other than the buyer and the company was from Los Angeles, CA. On top of that, the buyer was using a “moving company” to pick up the piece from us and currently, the “moving company” is in NY, NY “picking up some other items”. The buyer asked that I wire the extra $1100 to a contact with the “moving company” so they could come to my house to pick up the item. NO THANK YOU! I asked him to clarify some of my questions with the transaction and he never did. That check is not getting cashed but will be on the first truck back to Minnesota!!

      • laura says

        Yeah I fell for this and now owe my bank $2600! I am an idiot and could just puke that this has happened to me. I am a single mother with very little money.

        • Peter Guarino says

          I am so sorry to hear this. There a re many scammers out there but the most common and effective (that people continuously fall for is the “refund” scam. If anyone asks you to deposit a check or money order and refund them the difference or asks you to mail the difference to someone else and the money is drawn on your account, it is a scam! Also, it is very hard to race the third party who actually absconds with your money.

        • dennis says

          Don’t feel too bad I just had the same thing happen 2500 bucks- I thought I was giving the guy a hand because I’ve been in the same position having been in the military- sent the money then he asked for the rest the next day due to backing out of the deal, next thing i know the check was a fraud and the bank says i owe them becuase of it.

          • Laura says

            The worst thing is that NOTHING is being done about it! The police can do nothing and my bank did nothing. I TOLD them that I thought it may be a bad check! They should have been trained to give much better advice than they did. I didn’t know I had to wait almost a week for it to clear.

  4. simpson says

    I use CRAIGSPAL

    Been finding and FLAGGING many scammers.

    It’s us versus them (scamers), If everyone flags his own “niche” of search that daily browse , craigslist will be CLEAN!!! of spammers and scammers. Craigslist removes post flagged from multiple IP addresses, if we have everyone search narrow to his own niche and flag spam posts, we get clean result.

    I recommend this application to all my friends, and we keep our craigslist niche clean!

    just 2 cents…..

  5. howard byrd says

    i just encountered what i read in your articles! I have a car
    listed on cl and recieved emails from -roland bort-stating
    he wanted the car a.s.a.p. &he would have it picked up.
    he would pay with cashiers check or money order or if
    i preferred,i could send him my banking information!
    not going to happen! i emailed him back stating that i
    would accept a cashiers check &that was the last i
    heard from him! his email address was …….thanks for posting your information about
    scammers….howard byrd lenoirn.c.

  6. Lynda says

    We were selling a motorcycle. A guy wrote that he wanted it, was out of the country and would send a check via Fed Ex. The check arrived 2200.00 OVER asking price, allegedly for shipping overseas. We deposited the check and it CLEARED. Have not shipped the bike and will now call he bank to see if a cleared check can still bounce.

    • says

      I’m not “certified” to give you advice but I would say BE. CAREFUL!

      There’s a reason Craigslist warns, over and over again, about doing business with people locally.

      I hope it all works out for you but I’m awful leery of oversees check stuff on Craigslist.

    • charity says

      the same thing is happening to me dont know what to do got a CHECK 2100 OVER asking price not sure what to do thinking this is a bad scam dont know if i should even try and deposit the money?

    • dennis says

      the banks clear the check but it really doesn’t clear for several weeks don’t touch that money and contact your bank!

  7. almostgotscammed says

    Here is another Craiglist scammer. His email address is
    david************@gmail.com

    Hello,

    How are you doing this morning? Sorry for the little delay in payment, the payment has been mailed out to you via FedEx, here’s the FedEx tracking #794*************** for the payment which would be delivered to you this morning and the movers coordinator’s information below…

    Name: Charlse***********
    Address : 2912 *********
    Denver, CO 80****

    As I’ve told you initially that the movers fee will be included in the payment, so the overpayment is meant to cover the cost of shipment for the item alongside my other properties including tax and insurance plus the movers fee.

    Please do act accordingly as agreed after deducting your money for the item, make the rest fund available to the movers coordinator’s info via Western Union at any of their location around you and get back to me with the Western union details below (as it appears on the receipt) so i can contact the movers for the pick-up at your location …. Deduct the western union transfer charges from my fund also $40 for yourself (meant for any hassle or run around).

    Sender’s name and address (as it appears on Western union receipt)
    Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN 10 digits #)
    Actual amount sent.

    Do let me know your schedule for the rest of the week/weekend regarding pickup as i have some other properties to be moved alongside the item.

    Hope i can trust you with the overpayment and this will be done in good faith. Your Honesty and transparency will be appreciated.

    Thanks for your patience and understanding,
    Regards.

    • Nicole says

      Here’s a few examples that I’ve received…. the email address is dosezelbrat123@gmail.com

      Hello,
      Thanks for your reply concerning my inquiry and sorry for the late
      reply,am quite comfortable with the condition of the item since i
      won’t be making any repairs on it,i would mine adding extra $50 to
      your asking price for keeping it for me. I am paying by Check/money
      order. It will take few days for payment to get to you. As per
      pick-up,You don’t need to worry about that as i have a Moving company
      I will make arrangement with for the pick-up after payment has been
      received by you . Kindly reply with your details on where the Payment
      should be send to. I will let you know how i intend to pick it up.

      Here is the information needed for the payment below.

      (1) Full Names

      (2) Mailing address, No P.O.Box Please

      (3) Your direct Telephone Numbers(Home or Office and Cell)

      Note:
      As soon as you have your money in hand we can talk about the pickingup
      of the item ok. I would like you to take the posting off craigslist
      today.
      Thanks and have a Blessed Day.

      —————————————————————–

      Hello,
      How are you doing,i hope you are fine and alright.I have been
      busy myself but doing great.There is something i think i must bring to
      your notice.After a reconciliation of my account,i discovered that
      somehow my partner must have over paid you.The payment that was meant
      for another transaction was sent to you and the one meant for you was
      sent to another,however i want to believe i wont have a problem with
      you.
      Please once you receive your payment,i will like you to deduct your
      money and send the remaining via western union to the manager of the
      shipping company that will help me with the pickup.I will provide the
      info you need to complete the western union transfer once you receive
      payment.Thanks once again for your understanding.
      Warm regards.

      ————————————————————————————

      Hello,
      I will like to let you know that the payment will be delivered to you
      this morning via Fedex with this tracking # (7*************),once you
      cash it at your Bank,deduct your payment and send the remaining
      balance to the shipping company information via Western Union in cash.
      I got in touch with the moving company concerning pickup and they
      told me to get words with you as to know when you will be available
      for them to effect pickup after they have receive their fund.
      They gave me their information that will enable the fund gets to
      them via Western Union in cash and below is the information of the
      Account Manager where you will send the funds to after you have
      received the payment.

      Use part of the remaining balance to pay for a MINUTE Western Union
      Transfer fee.

      Receiver’s Full Name : Jeanien Wilson

      City : Jamaica

      State : NY

      Zip code : 11434

      Country : United States

      After making the payment,you will have to send me the following
      information about the transfer so that i can forward it to them.

      Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) :

      Senders Name and Address:

      Total Amount you send:

      Amount for Western Union Transfer Fee:

      I will wait to hear from you upon receipt of this email.

      N.B: You will have to go to any Western Union location and send the
      remaining balance to the shippers information in cash

      • laney says

        OMG I THINK I JUST GOT HIT BY THIS GUY TOO. I was saling a coffee table, he is sending me a money order but also said he sent the wrong amout. i have not recieved payment yet. It should be here by monday. where do I turn him in at I saved all messages.

    • laura says

      yup….same bs they said to me……..I was desperate to sell the item and really needed the money. Waited a day, bank said the check seemed to be ok…..week later my account is negative $2600.00 and I owe all the money back to the bank. They said it”s not their fault it was a bad check….now it”s my problem. I hope these assholes get caught someday! Until then DO NOT cash the checks!!!!! Shred them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. kami pettit says

    We were scamed for 3000 dolars on a 4 wheeler! The guy had us western union the money to him claiming he was a women! The deal was to good to be true but we were blinded by it! Problem is people don’t look up scams till they have been scamed! Guess lesson learned just very frustrating!

  9. jasmine says

    someone just tried to scam me. the name is dorsey ray and this is what she said.

    Do you still have it? is the price negotiable??

    i said

    yes it is still available but i would like full price because it is in very good condition and it is oak.

    she said

    hello,
    thanks for getting back to me, just so u know i’m okay with the condition and the price and i am ready for its purchase.my form of payment will be by check which can be cashed instantly, or deposited for clearance and after that we could proceed with pick up arrangements so you can be rest assured.Payment with be sent by via UPS or Fed-Ex with a next day air delivery.

    I’ll be responsible for the pick-up and the moverspick up money will be included in your payment so as to avoid delay and enable movers to schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up at your location. After the check has been cashed as i have other properties to move alongside.

    Would love to come for viewing but i’m afraid it won’t be possible due to my work frame. It won’t fight into my schedule but more pictures would be deeply appreciated deeply. Kindly get back your full name, and address including your cell and land number so i can make out the payment.

    Thanks.

    does that sound like a scam??

    • says

      Hello Jasmine,

      We’re not by any means “legal council” but, from the looks of the information you pasted here, this would be a great example of a shaddy scam.

      The fact that they don’t mention anything specifically about the product, the fact that they don’t mention your name, and the fact that they are having it all shipped are “3 Strikes, You’re Out!”

      Good luck selling your stuff on Craigslist!

  10. laurie says

    I was wondering about scams going the other way? I responded to an ad, and whoever wrote back said they were worried about trusting people on CL and wanted to verify who I was, which required me to enter my phone number on a website CLsafteycheck.org…Do you think this is a scam or genuinely worried people?

    • says

      Yep, that sounds like a scam too. Anytime they ask you to enter information like that to a website or a link, it’s probably a scam. Most of the time, if it’s not a scam, they will provide a contact phone number where you can call them to talk about meeting somewhere in public locally.

      Thanks for bringing that to our attention!

      • Ed says

        I have received several requests like this on my ad. “Send phone number as I have questions” My phone number is included in the ad. Only thing I can figure is if I respond with a number they now have my e:mail address. They have my phone number and by reverse lookup, my address as well. Best bet is to refer them back to the ad.

  11. Marion says

    I almost fell into a horrible CL scam- I answered an ad for an apartment, and the person responded that they were living overseas, so they couldn’t show the apartment, but if I wanted it, they would send the keys over to me. They said that they were a professor, and gave me a story about their background and education. Then when I said that I would take the apartment, it turned out that they wanted me to deposit money through an ebay account, and it would go straight to them, and then the keys would get sent over. They gave detailed instructions on how if I didn’t like the apartment, I would have 14 days to return the keys, and they would give me my money back.

    The apartment was basically a too good to be true price for the neighborhood that they said it was located in, but just to be sure I went to the address that they had given, and it was a very nice apartment building. I asked the doorman if there were any residents living overseas who had put an ad out on CL to sublet their apartment, and the doorman told me that it was a scam, and they had been doing it many times. He even told me the name of the person and their email address, before I was able to tell him it. I knew the apt was too good to be true, but I cant believe that this scam has happened before, and I hope that no one has ever fallen for it!!

    • jane says

      I have the thing I was looking for a house to rent and they said they just went to Africa for a mission and want somebody to take care of their house for 4yrs they want me to sent the deposit by western union and they will sent me the key by fed ex I went by the and there is people unloading stuff to move in and I knew it was a scam

  12. Kris says

    I just inquired about several cars I saw listed on Craigslist and received responses that just didn’t sit well with me. I decided to do a little investigating and that’s how I found you.

    Two of the cars I inquired about generated near identical responses…even though they were different cars and one “seller” lives in Florida and the other is in Ohio. I sent this reply back to “one” of the sellers:

    Hi “Jessica”,

    Thanks for your reply.
    It’s funny how you and “Mrs. Jones” from Ohio are selling your cars for the exact same reason and both your husbands hold the same job! If you really want to pull off a successful scam, you might want to change things up a bit when you send out your email responses!

    Hugs and kisses!

    “Jim”

    The scammers I dealt with are: Patrick Jaynes (a bailiff from Philadelphia), Jessica Stan (from Ft. Lauderdale, FL) and Judith Jones (from Cleveland, OH). “Judith” and “Jessica” were the ones with the near identical email responses.

    I haven’t heard from the 4th seller that I contacted but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it’s probably a scam too!

    • Rocky says

      Patrick Haynes situation can you tell me about that?

      Did he reply back to what are the details.

  13. Liz says

    We just tried listing a vase in Craigs List for $250.00. Some guy using his “wife’s” email sent the following:
    Thanks for the prompt response to my mail.I will be buying from you so
    please kindly withdraw the advert from C.LIST. Please be informed that
    i will be paying with a certified check from my Bank .I will need the
    following details to mail the payment as soon as possible.
    1.Name to be on the payment _________2.Home address__________
    City_________State _________ Zip Code___________3.Cell phone
    #__________I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you
    have your money .I am completely satisfied with the advert and the
    payment will be delivered within 2-3 working days.** I use a hearing
    impaired phone # and will receive your calls via email **
    Thanks
    Name was Mary Williams, address jwjoswill4@gmail.com
    Almost fell for it, until my 18 year old computer genius son looked it over, then I really got to thin king about this. I told them I knew they were scammers & I haven’t had an email since.
    Thanks,
    Liz

    • charity says

      this guy or lady whatever is trying to buy an antique from me tryed to cash check noone would cash it thinking it is a scam MAry williams is the email name and the email address is jwjoswill4@gmail.com fell for it dont know what to do now thank you….

      • tormp says

        i got exactly the same email from exactly the same sender (jwjoswill4@gmail.com) yesterday for an antique dresser I’m selling, and identified it as a scam. i’m adding another bump on this comment thread to increase the likelihood that future googlers will come here before they get tricked. red flags:

        1) not interested in seeing the item before buying (would YOU do that?)
        2) has an excuse for not giving a phone number (I’ve corresponded with hearing-impaired over phone before, “my phone works by email” is totally bogus)
        3) wants to pay via weird method, not in cash or in person
        4) payment before receipt clearly constructed to give me a false sense of security.

        amazing this thread has been active for over a year! I wish I knew who to report this to. CL seems primarily interested in scam postings, not scam buyers.

        if you’re using gmail, i’d recommend hitting the ‘report phishing’ button on their response email. then at least somebody knows about it…

    • Sherm says

      I just got a similar message from the same email addres that you listed.

      Thanks for the prompt response to my mail.I will be buying from you so
      please kindly withdraw the advert from C.LIST. Please be informed that
      i will be paying with a certified check from my Bank .I will need the
      following details to mail the payment as soon as possible.
      1.Name to be on the payment _________2.Home address__________
      City_________State _________ Zip Code___________3.Cell phone
      #__________I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you
      have your money .I am completely satisfied with the advert and the
      payment will be delivered within 2-3 working days.** I use a hearing
      impaired phone # and will receive your calls via email **
      Please, send me your physical address for easy and saver delivery
      Thanks

    • Sasha says

      I just got that very same email! I didn’t catch on as quickly as you did and gave my address. Then, she said she sent the check and that she has ‘accidentally’ sent it for $1800 over the amount and wanted me to wire it Wester Union to her movers. I thought something was fishy so researched and found all this. I emailed her and told her i would be tearing up her check as soon as it arrived. This time her email was under ‘Jessy Spencer frankfurt2k@hotmail.com‘. I feel so silly that I got pulled that far into it, but I am so glad I found this before I cashed anything! This website is a lifesaver!

  14. Rich says

    I listed a new top-quality backpack for half of what I paid for it.
    The first week I got 4 replies.
    All the people had unusual “foreign” names, phone numbers that were in states very far from me and one word responses like “Interested” or “Terrific”,… “call me @ …..”

    Didn’t make sense so I ignored them.

  15. Sam says

    We are trying to sell our couch and received wellllll over what we initially asked for. Check out the e-mail below. We received the check, but we are turning it into the police asap. Problem is, we didn’t realize it was a scam until afterwards, so we gave him our phone number. Bigggg mistake.

    ——-

    I’ve just been notified by the movers indicating the pick-up time and date with a detailed explanation from the coordinator regarding the movers fee and they made it clear that all payment should be made to them via western union as a preferred payment including a receipt confirmation prior to pick up.

    Here’s the details below:
    Receiver’s Name:
    Address: .

    Do let me know your schedule regarding pickup as i have other properties to be moved alongside.

    Please act accordingly as agreed after deducting your money for the item, make the rest fund available to the movers via Western Union at any grocery store or any of their outlets near you and write back with the western union details below (as it is on the receipt) so i can forward to them as confirmation of payment prior to the pick up and they can schedule for it at your location …. Deduct the transfer charges from the remainder also $40 for yourself (meant for any hassle or run around).

  16. Clau Zee says

    I never thought I’d fall for one, its a bit more complicated, I wanted to rent a house and the lady I was emailing told me she was in africa and would send me the key tru fed ex bt I needed to give her a deposit and send it to africa tru money gram then she would send the keys and stuff, then I realized the key was on the house door so I askd her to just gve me the code and if I got it open I’d send her the money, she refused so I thought it was too strange besides the fact that it was a 3 bedroom house for 750 month (too good to be true) I began doing more research on the house to find out the owner wasn’t in africa and he was selling it for more than $380,000 because it was newly remodeled! the neighbors told me they recently had an open house on it last sunday. I called the person I was dealing with and told her I had found out it was a scam, she insisted and began telling me how sad she was for me rejecting the offer! Incredible!! I let go of it and after a while she stoped calling me. This happened today!!

  17. tucker says

    I am selling a tv and have a person in uk that wants to purchase and pay the high shipping. He wants me to send a payment request to him through paypal to pay me. Sounds fishy, but what could I lose by letting him pay me through paypal?

  18. RXR says

    Same here, this AM I received an email from a different email address than where this afternoon’s offer came from. It didn’t ring true. This is what I received this afternoon….

    {Thanks for the prompt response to my mail.I will be buying from you so
    please kindly withdraw the advert from C.LIST. Please be informed that
    i will be paying with a certified check from my Bank .I will need the
    following details to mail the payment as soon as possible.
    1.Name to be on the payment _________2.Home address__________
    City_________State _________ Zip Code___________3.Cell phone
    #__________I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you
    have your money .I am completely satisfied with the advert and the
    payment will be delivered within 2-3 working days.** I use a hearing
    impaired phone # and will receive your calls via email **
    Please, send me your physical address for easy and saver delivery
    Thanks}

    Thanks for yor posts and this site!!!

  19. Cindy says

    Warning to others: We just got hit by a scammer trying to sell a Sofa on Craigslist very similar to other emails. There verbiage was the same and we received a check for $2,100 over the asking price wanting us to wire the cash to mover in LA. We are in Chicago, The check mailed from hospital in North Carolina, Check drawn on bank in Lake Charles, LA and mover in LA? I am contacting Craig’s list about this.

    Email I received from Louisekelseyx55@sify.com

    Hello,

    How are you doing today? The check has been delivered via Fedex,Thanks for your honesty towards this transaction so far.Well, the overpayment is meant to cover the cost of shipment for the item alongside my other properties including tax and insurance plus the movers and agent fees.

    Please deposit the check today so that it clears tomorrow after the check has cleared,All you have to do is go the bank and have the rest of the money withdrawn in cash and have it sent to the movers via money gram

    Here’s the movers information below.

    Name : Veronica Ponce
    Address : 1172 Isabel Street
    City : Los Angeles
    state : CA
    Post code : 90065

    Do let me know your schedule for the week regarding pickup as i have some other properties to be moved alongside the item. Please do act accordingly as agreed after deducting your money for the item, make the rest fund available to the movers via money gram Money Transfer at any of their outlet around you or check on http://www.moneygram.com{click find us} and check for their outlets around and get back to me with the transfer details below (as it appears on the receipt) so i can contact the movers for the pick-up at your location ….Deduct the money gram money transfer charges from my fund also $50 for yourself (meant for any hassle or run around).

    1}Sender’s name and address
    2}Reference number {which is the 8 digits number on the Money Gram receipt}
    3}Actual amount sent after the fee had been deducted

    Hope i can trust you with the overpayment? Your Honesty and transparency will be appreciated

    I await your response

    Your Tracking Information

    • Jesalyn says

      I just posted some furniture and received inquiries from this exact person – they used three different emails though then it ended up being at this address. They wanted to overpay me by $50 and arrange for movers to come pick everything. Thanks to these posts I just “reported phishing” with google and won’t be responding to this user any more!!

  20. Terry newsom says

    Well, I fell victim to the scams…not once but twice in fhe same week. Now thanks to the wastes if human life, I am homeless. They even webt as far as to quote scripture….

  21. Krista says

    I have a question… is there anything a scam-er can do with a replied emailed?

    I have had 2 emails asking for me to call them about the item I listed.
    I called and both of them are wrong numbers.
    I do not understand. If I reply in an email saying that they gave me the wrong number are they able to get more information on me?
    I just do not get it.

    Thanks!

    • r.j. says

      i had the same thing happen, i posted two things and had two emails from weird names (one for each item) within a minute of each other. saying to call and the numbers had no area codes, so I ignored them and flagged them. I am not sure what they are trying to do, but it is fishy

  22. jennifer says

    Hi Nate,
    I’m think this one could be a scam. Its from henrylopez190@gmail.com. Starts out-
    Hello,
    I have received your email message. My Sister will be coming from (Hawaii) .She is 36 Years of age. She speaks English fluently. We need you tor elder.o be honest and trustworthy in this Position. And if you dont know hing tow to drive, you will hire a car for her. So kindly provide me with the requested information below so that we can ensure the housing agent get her an apartment which will be closer to your house.Also we will be paying you the first week wages upfront via a certified check.

    I did not include the whole email; too long. First off in the craigslist listing it says Caregiver for elder. Since when is someone 36 an elder. Also because I do not know how to send resumes through a computer, I was waiting to get someone to help me and because it was already past 24 hours, I decided to write an email saying I would send the resume later. I included my phone # and said it was from Hawaii. They did not ask for my bank info; just name, address, phone #, age,and marital status. So I was thinking what could they do with that info. Would they have asked me to cash the certified check and send some money back? I would like to post this on craigslist and say its a scam. Is there a way to notify the people at craigslist+

    • liz says

      Hi, i encountered the same thing,i just got the check yesterday im guessing its a scam too. from amendomeyer@gmail.com..so have u gotten a check in your mailbox?

      How are you doing? I’m sorry for my late response, i got your e-mail
      about the Elderly Care position but was unable to reply on time owing
      to my busy schedule. My name is David Mayer and my sister (Sherill)
      will be coming from (Oregon) and she will be moving before 10th of
      next month. she is 59 Years of age, 140lbs and 5.8ft. She speaks
      English fluently. We really need someone to take care of her. You must
      be honest and trust worthy in this Position.

      The work basis/duties are below.-

      -You are to be checking on My Sister at least and spend at least 3
      hours with her, 3 to 4 times in a week for proper caring and to know
      how well about her health and i hope you have little medical
      experience? Cos that will be an added advantage.
      – You will be earning $400 weekly for handling this job properly.
      – You will be driving her to hospital when she is needed for medical
      check up which should be at least once in a month and if you don’t
      know how to drive, you will hire a car for her but you must go with
      her.
      — Your working days is flexible.

      You will have to prescribe the convenient hours during each of this
      days which will not affect your other regular work in case you have
      one as this will be a part time work for you and if you want to live
      with her in the house for other assistance there will be no problem.
      If you are okay with this job conditions, kindly provide me with the
      requested information below so that we can ensure that the housing
      agent get her an apartment which will be more closer to your house and
      I hope about 6 miles will not be too far for you. Also we will be
      paying you the first week wages upfront via a Certified Check because
      you will help her to get some medical tools like one touch basic
      machine, acu-check machine and test trips in any nearest pharmacy
      store around.

      So I want you to respond back with the following details so that we
      can ensure you are ready for the work.

      1. Full Name as it will appear on the check payment.
      2. Mailing Address, NO P.O BOX PLEASE
      3. City
      4. State and Zip Code
      5. Phone Number
      6.Age, Sex and marital status.

      I will give you her living address once the rental agent find her a
      suitable house. We’ll be awaiting your email soonest so that we can
      proceed as you can understand that the date is fast approach.

      Kind Regards
      David

      • liz says

        Thanks so much for responding back with the requested information, i
        really appreciate it. I want to inform you that your details will be
        forwarded to my sister and the agent who will be getting her the new
        APARTMENT somewhere not too far to your area. Also, further details
        about her health condition will be forwarded to you as soon as we have
        more detail reports from her Doctor but just be aware that she has
        diabetis, she walks very slowly and she is pertially impared but could
        grap things easily when communicating with her and she is a bit okay
        on her own but needed attention often time. Maximum of 2 to 3 hours
        each day will be okay for her. So since i can trust you on taking care
        of my sister, i believe you can take care of things for her and i
        believe she is in good hands. The payment of $2875 will be sent to you
        which you will be deducting your first week payment of ($400) that I
        already promised and the rest of the fund will be needed for the
        purchase of some needed items for her and payment for the Rental Agent
        for the new apartment she will be staying in your area. I will be
        sending the information of the rental agent to you upon the
        confirmation that you have received the check payment, I am entrusting
        you on this payment that will be coming to you and I will need your
        full trust along this line because I must ensure of your honesty and
        full satisfactory of your well being.

        Kindly let me know if you are okay with the term and condition for the
        job and if i can trust you with this. I would also need you to confirm
        the information below if they are correct to avoid mistakes when
        sending the check payment to you and ensure that you include your Cell
        phone number to reach you…

        • CLChicago says

          I recieved the same type of scam email from a “david myer” and “peter Miller” asking for the same typed of contact information. Do not give them your personal info!!!

  23. j nichols says

    I have an item currently listed on CL – $350. Received email asking “is it still available” – I replied that it was. Received second email stating he would buy it – He was going out of the country but would have an assistant mail me a Cashiers Check or MO and arrange for it to be picked up once the funds had cleared. He asked for my name, address and phone number. I replied with my phone number only – telling him I’d give him my address once I had spoken to him. Assuming I hear from him – I’m going to tell him to mail the Cashiers Check or MO to whomever he has arranged to pick the item up, have them cash it – and bring me the cash.

  24. P says

    I received two suspicious e-mail offers today, one from brucesmith0006@gmail.com and the other from nichojohn001@gmail.com. Both emails contain similar text, something like this:

    Hello,
    Thanks for your response in business time,i would have love to call you but due to the schedule of my work,i will need your name and address with your phone number for payment,As am only able to make payment by certified check, because i am on business trips and i will be pleased if you can send me more pictures.It will take some days for the payment to get to you.As per pick-up, I will make arrangement for the pick-up after payment has been received and cleared in your account.i would not mind adding 50$ if you retain it for me and Please take the posting off Craigslist today and consider it sold to me. Do reply back with your full name and address in which the payment will be mail to you.
    Expecting to hear from you soon.
    Regards…..

    Nicholas

    I was initially duped as I am new to Craiglist and gave them my address and phone number. They went on to talk about the “mover” and wiring them the overpayment, so I became suspicious. After reading websites such as this one, I became convinced this was a scam. I linked them a website showing their operation is a scam and they stopped contacting me. I am a bit concerned I gave them my contact information. Any thoughts?

    • Dave says

      I just got a message from the same email. So far just asking if the item is still available. It will be interesting to see what is sent next. I think giving your contact info is fine. They are long gone fishing for the next victim. I;m guessing most of what you gave them is available in the phone book anyway.

    • veronnica says

      nichojohn001@gmail.com sent me exactly the same emails so glad i checked these sights before i did what he asked i just wrote him back and told him to send me a prepaid credit card we will see what he says about that lmao ty so much

      • Bryan says

        nichojohn001@gmail.com just replied to my sale items and when he asked for my home address and phone number, I told him that all transactions are done in the parking lot of the local police station. Funny, never heard back from him …. sad.

    • Donovan says

      i recieved the same email from Nicholas John today. It was word for word as the one you recieved! I knew it was a scam due to the bad grammer and spaces and gaps in the sentences as if it was a computer generated message!

    • eStAcK29 says

      This is from the same guy

      Hello,

      I got 10 Pentium M dell laptops . Below are the things needed to be done one on each laptops.

      1 Format Hard Drive
      2 Install Win Xp with Service Pack 3
      3 Microsoft Office Package
      4 AVG Virus Software (Free Lifetime Updates)
      5 Adobe Acrobat
      6 Laptop Cleaning of the keyboard, screen and other case.
      7 Diagnostics of the entire system after to check hard, cdsrom, floppy,
      etc. Get back to me with your total cost for the services of 10 Laptops. I will pay you with a certified check .

      I await your urgent response so that i can make Moving arrangements and payment as soon as possible….
      Thanks

      Nicholas
      —————————————————————————————————Next email from him
      I have all the necessary software needed for the service installations….get back with your price so that i can check with other and know who will handle it for me…OK?????

      Thanks
      —————————————————————————————————Next email from him
      Subject:
      Re: Recived your inqury
      From:
      Nicholas john (Add as Preferred Sender)
      Date: Tue, Feb 28, 2012 12:55 am
      To: Customer Support
      Hello,

      I got 10 Pentium M dell laptops . Below are the things needed to be done one on each laptops.

      1 Format Hard Drive
      2 Install Win Xp with Service Pack 3
      3 Microsoft Office Package
      4 AVG Virus Software (Free Lifetime Updates)
      5 Adobe Acrobat
      6 Laptop Cleaning of the keyboard, screen and other case.
      7 Diagnostics of the entire system after to check hard, cdsrom, floppy,
      etc. Get back to me with your total cost for the services of 10 Laptops. I will pay you with a certified check .

      I await your urgent response so that i can make Moving arrangements and payment as soon as possible….
      Thanks

      Nicholas

      —————————————————————————————————Next email from him

      Thanks for the reply. I am okay with the price i have all the necessary software needed for the service installations…. I will instruct my secretary to prepare a check for you on your name and address .Do send me your full name and address and your phone number so as to prepare the check and shipping of the laptops to your address. i have a reliable shipper that will pickup the laptops when you are done with it and am giving you extra $50 for your running around. I am looking forward to hear from you,so we can have payment and shipping asap.

      Thanks
      Nicholas

      —————————————————————————————————Next email from him

      Hello,
      Thank you for your response concerning the Repairs. In order to conclude our arrangement concerning the repairing of the laptops, Like I told you my secretary will have the payment mailed out to you. The payment will be certified Check, More so the shipping fee for the laptops to be delivered back to my place will be added to the payment in which will be certified Check and you will send the rest cash balance to the shipper for the pick up of the computer to your place.You will receive the payment by this week and get back to me immediately you receive the payment and i will keep you on posted……… plz i will like you to confirm the info again…..

      name
      address
      address
      *** *** ****

      Thanks
      Nicholas

      —————————————————————————————————Last email from him before i googled his name and email
      Yes.. I will add the money to ship the laptops both going and back to your money.

  25. robin macquarrie says

    I was looking for a job on Craigslist and answered an add for a mystery shopper. I thought it was legit because I have known people that have done this. I received an email back saying that I was “hired” and my assignment was to choose a local Walmart and a local Western Union to asses. The Western Union aspect made me suspicious so I wrote back saying that I wasn’t going to participate. Then I received an email saying that a fed ex. package would be arriving with money orders and instructions, money orders in the amount of $1800. I found the package on my porch and really just wanted to send it back but that would cost $27.00. I still have the money orders. The local police don’t want anything to do with it saying that unless I was a victim of a crime, no crime has been committed. What would you do with the package?

  26. Jenny says

    We are trying to sell a car on CL and it is usually pretty easy to tell if an email is fake, if they don’t mention the item, price, etc…. I have NEVER gotten a text that was a scam before, until now. I’m about 99.9% sure it is a scam/spammer. This is what the text message(s) said;

    Hello, is your 1996 Buick Roadmaster, Limited – 3,600 on craigslist still for sale (my husband replied “yes”)
    Reply:
    “Sound great , I accept your price but i would love to know its present condition and the reason why you wanted to sell it then i need to see more pics since i will not be coming to view it in person and i will arrange for the pick up from your side as soon as the payment clears, so kindly get back to me with your paypal email address and full name with the total cost. So i can proceed with the payment as soon as possible. Thanks and hope to hear back from you soon.”

    THEN he got another text saying

    “I am a serious buyer here is my information Name:Steve Evans Street Address, 30 Leicester Square. City, London. Country, United Kingdom. Postal/Zip Code WC2H 7LA Phone number: 447023076678 but sorry you can’t reach me because i’m on the ship right now…. i can pay you via paypal as only online safe and secure online payment. So kindly sign up at http://www.paypal.com and get back to me with the paypal full name and email address with the total cost so i can make the payment as soon as possible Thanks hope this is alright for you.”

    Obviously, super fishy, but I have never had a text like that. I tried searching online for other examples, but couldn’t find any.

    • S says

      I got the same exact email. The person said she was in the military and was not able to come and see the item I was selling. I didn’t reply back and got another email two days later but she or he had a different email address asking got the item and offering to pay through paypal.

  27. Christopher says

    I post alot of items on CL. I think for the most part I can spot a scam but, I am as stumped as the few postings above mine. I get an interested party stating “Hey, im interested”.

    What exactly is the scam?? Most of the e-mails are from an earthlink account. Names dont usally match but when I responded, 90% of my e-mails were returned for “address unknown”.

    Its hard to believe people are still trying the western union or “my shipping company will pick-up”. That one has been being used for a couple of years now.
    Lately, i have a couple of generic statements saved that are fairly rude and sarcastic that I like to send back (hopefully, they aren’t REAL people looking to buy…..otherwise, i just lost a sale) but it seems that almost what every interested/potential buyer is these days are nothing but scammers.

    Has anyone found anything fishy happening by responding back to a “hey, i’m interested”? i have never given my number but they do get my e-mail address. Can that pose a threat to any of my personal information to someone that might have some computer skills?

    I will continue to use CL as there are still a few good people out there looking for good deals just as I am. I agree with all these post above and encourage people to be cautious of ANYTHING that seems fishy or to good to be true. Stay on top of the most up-to date scaqm teqniques.

    PS: I almost had a 2010 Fatboy Harley for $3,000 from a widowed woman who moved to Santa Barbara. The bike was in a Florida shipping lot ready to be shipped ANYWHERE as soon as I sent her the money order. I was a little disapointed when i told her I was at the shipping yard and wanted to see the bike and never got a responce back…… guess she already sold it……. I did forget to mention to her i lived in Minnasota and have yet to ever step foot in Florida

    • P.T. Barnum says

      I actually pass a few moments of lazy fun by baiting morons like these guys. I’ll play along, give them the number of the desk sergeant at a nearby town’s police station, address for an open field, make up phony Western Union reference numbers, ask a bunch of questions that sound like a newbie might ask, etc.

      My favorite scammer scam is to pretend I don’t understand what they’re asking for. When they ask for a phone number, I’ll post back “Do you mean my phone number or any phone number?” Or I’ll write all in low case letter an act like no write good sorry englihs not my tongue plese excuse question an terible spell, yes?

      For email spam that’s for male enhancement products, I’ve got my standard reply with even more outrageous claims than they had, like developing 11 inches in three days, etc. I always use a throw away email and false name. It’s all great fun and for a good cause…

  28. Debbie George says

    I received an e-mail about the treadmill I am selling. I got the samething everyone else is talking about. I’ve told this guy that I’ve sold the treadmill (which I haven’t) but the jerk doesn’t listen. Now he’s sent me a check for 2100.00. I looked up the address on the chech and it’s a casino in California. Now what would a casino want with my treadmill. He’s going to be surprised when he get nothing back.

  29. Dave says

    Here’s one from nichojohn001@gmail.com:

    Thanks for your response in business time,i would have love to call you but due to the schedule of my work,i will need your name and address with your phone number for payment,As am only able to make payment by certified check, because i am on business trips and i will be pleased if you can send me more pictures.It will take some days for the payment to get to you.As per pick-up, I will make arrangement for the pick-up after payment has been received and cleared in your account.i would not mind adding 50$ if you retain it for me and Please take the posting off Craigslist today and consider it sold to me. Do reply back with your full name and address in which the payment will be mail to you.
    Expecting to hear from you soon.
    Regards…..

    Nicholas

    BTW Here is my response:

    Great! That sounds AWESOME
    Here’s my name and address, more pics are on the way!

    Iam A. Sucker
    100 Stickitupmyass Lane
    StupidVille, NH 03054
    (603)888-8888

    – Iam

    • Kristen says

      This is all great information as I almost fell victim but warning signs when off when the “buyer” said she sent a check for nearly $2000 more than the asking price. I’m curious. None of the postings here actually spell out what the next step in the scam is. Do these nutballs ask for bank routing numbers, or social security numbers? Like I said, just curious as it appears most of us have stopped the scam at the very beginning.

    • P.T. Barnum says

      That’s the idea, Dave. Now you’re leveraging all the stupidity they can muster and turning it back on them as a veritable force field of idiocy. May the forceps be with you!

  30. Heather says

    I have two “people” wanting to buy my iPhone and have it shipped to Nigeria??? They are wanting to send money to my paypal but the money us in my paypall account! What should I do?

  31. Jayce says

    I recently posted an ad for a blackbery on craigslist. I got an email saying they wanted to buy it as a gift for their grandson and that they were out of town so they would send me money via paypal or money order including payment for shipping and offered $100 over asking price. Knowing money order is guarenteed, I agreed to money order and gave him my address. When he told me the address he wanted me to send it to it was to Nigeria. My brother told me this was a scam and not to do it. I researched craigslist scams and I am 99% sure this is a scam. I haven’t sent the phone but I am worried about the fact that I gave him my name and address. Should I be concerned about giving out this information??

    By the way.. this website helped tremondously, so thank you!

  32. Seattleite says

    Purchased this name gogo tent from the guy on a Craigslist in Seattle WA. When I met him I handled him a 100 bucks and he gave me the tent. I didnt ask his name but he has a green jeep and himself is about 6 ft tall. He said that the tent was in good condition. When I brought the tent home it didnt have a pump. I called the guy and he said that he would bring it once he finds him, however he has never picked up his phone. His number is 425 591 4210. If you will happen to buy anything from this person please make sure you take your time and check what he sold you.

  33. Karen says

    I have been trying to sell a sofa and loveseat on CL and am a little suspicious of some people who are satisfied with the price. The warning bells on two of them were that they were using “English” language such as advert instead of ad and draft instead of check. But also the fact that both had the exact same: Hello,

    Thanks for the swift response,as the furniture is still available, I
    will send a check to cover the cost of my purchase as am completely
    satisfied with the “ad”.I will need the details of whom & where to
    mail the Check..It will be delivered by USPS…

    1.Name to be on the check
    2.Home address
    3.Mobile #

    Kindly delete the advert on Craig’s List as am totally committed to
    buying from you and My mover will be coming over for the pick up after
    you must have received and cashed the check, Also I would have love to
    call but I’m a deaf, So please send me an email only.

    Regards

    Both people claimed to be deaf. Mike Stone is the name of this one and the other is Julianna Williams.

    My real question is this: I received another email from a “deaf” person and we have been corresponding back and forth via email. She has given a lot of quote personal information. She’s a teacher in Rhode Island and her assistant will send out the check (this has been going on for a month). Says that we can text back and forth but because she’s deaf she can’t call. When questioned why I haven’t received the cashier’s check she said she just found out her assistant was in an accident. Just sounds suspicious. Her name is Jade MacFish.

    I find it ironic that with one ad I have had 3 deaf people. I’ve told them that I know how to use TTY but they never seem to want to go that route. I commented to my husband that there must be some kind of contest for deaf people to furnish their homes as inexpensively as possible. As much as I want to sell this set I think at this point I’d rather deal with someone locally and lower the price than to be possibly scammed out our money. I’ve personally received some really good deals through CraigsList and will continue to use it.

    • Karen says

      Sorry it was Elizabeth Williams that had the exact same email, not Julianna Williams and the spelling for Jade is actually Mcfish.

      • P.T. Barnum says

        the spelling for Jade is actually Mcfish.

        Like the sandwich? I got one from a guy who insisted on being called Breakfast Jack. Sometimes, I think they’re just toying with our psyche.

  34. harlan says

    Most of these posts are worthless as nobody describes the end of the story. What exactly is the scam not the come on. Could it be that it is a special check that can be voided after you send the shipping fee? In cohorts with a fake bank. Somebody expose this thing. How can one lose if the check clears or do they come after your boat before the check clears and pressures you to complete tranaction as they are in a hurry blah blah.

    • iz says

      This is why sending an amount more than the asking price is such a common scam. If you deposit a fraudulent check YOU are responsible for it. The check often posts to your account, but that does not mean that the money is drawn from whichever (frequently foreign) bank printed on the check. In the meantime, you have sent the scammer your real money (usually a few thousand dollars), drawn on a real bank. So then you are out however much money you sent, the item, if you ship it to them *and* responsible for depositing a fraudulent check. Don’t fall for it. If it seems too good to be true, it is.

  35. Randi Ribak says

    what i have been getting lately its very frustrating for people who are seeking legitimate work,

    Hello

    How are you doing today thanks for Getting back to me ..Well am very happy to read from you ..And i Just wanna congratulate you that your application as Been Approved..And am Talking this time to assure you that you have been Fully Applied has my Assistant

    I’m sure you’ll understand I tend to have a very busy schedule at this point.
    Please note that this position is not office based for now because of my frequent travels and tight schedules, it’s a part-time, work from home basis and the flexibilty means that there will be busier weeks than others, so it’s a little difficult judging the exact number of hours you’ll be doing per week.If you can manage your time properly, this job may even give you some extra while you do something else on the side.

    I am glad you are willing to work with me and i promise to be a good BOSS .I am also glad on the commitment in working. I have been checking my files and what i would want you to do for me this week is to do shopping for office equipment/printing materials for my new office,A check will be mail to you from a Client this week , the money is needed to get some Tools need for my new office.

    So the payment you are receiving is from my Client and the Money is Needed to furnish my New Office , the Money is needed to get some Equipments and tools into the Office .
    So once you received the Check all needed for you to do,.. Is for you to deduct your $500 weekly Pay from it and send the remaining money to the Manager to arrnage those Tools inside the Office ,..Well Before They payment get deliver to you I will email you the Tracking Number of the payment and My Manager’s Informations where the rest Of the funds Goes to .Hope you Understand ?

    I want you to email me back soon as you received this message for me to be rest assure you are still with me .

    I await your mail

    • Karen says

      Just received the “check” from Jade Macfish (alias Jade Carpenter) it was made out from The Hill School (real school in PA) and for more than the amount of the listed item. Had my bank check everything out and sure enough it was fraud. The check and bank were both in the same town but the routing number was in New York. My bank told me a lot of times the scammers will do this to get your checking information to “clean out” your account. So beware! The newest scam is involving “deaf” people so that they don’t have to talk to you. This check and information will be passed on to our local constable’s office (he’s a personal friend) so maybe something will be done.

  36. says

    here is another one i have recived since starting my work search!!! thses people are unbelivevable

    Hello,
    Thanks so much for your interest in taking care of my aunty.I have received your email with resume message,My aunty (aunty victoria)will be coming from (chicago IL) and she will be moving on the 15th of NOV.2011.she is 79 years old now and still healthy.she is of 140lbs and 5.8ft. she speaks English fluently.We really need you to be honest and trustworthy with this work. The work basics are below.
    You are to be checking on My aunty at least 4 times in a week for proper caring and to know how well about her health and i think you
    have little medical experience.
    You will be earning $650 for 1 week of handling this work properly.
    You will be driving her to hospital when she need arise for proper medical check up at least once in a month and if you don’t know how to
    drive, you will hire a car.
    Your working days will be Mon,Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.You will have to prescribe the convenient hrs during each of this days
    which will not affect your other regular work as this will be a part time work for you and if you want to live with her in the house for
    other assistance there will be no problem.
    So kindly provide me your full name and mailing address so that we can ensure the housing agent get him an apartment which will be more
    closer to your house and I hope about 10 miles will not be too far for you.
    Also we would be paying you the first week wages upfront via a Certified Check because you will help her to get some medical tools
    like one touch basic machine,acu-check machine and test trips in any nearest pharmacy store around.
    So I want you to feed me back with the following details so that we can ensure you are ready for the work.
    1. Full Name
    2. Mailing Address,
    3. City
    4. State and Zip Code
    5. Phone Number
    6.Age, Sex and marital status.
    I will be sending you her living address very soon so that you will know where you will be working.I will give you her living address once
    the rental agent find her a suitable house.
    I will be awaiting your email soonest and we can proceed as you can understand that the date is getting approach.I look forward to read from you
    As soon as possible.

  37. shane says

    I am selling a fuel tank on cl, got one of those scam looking emails, anyway long story short i received a check today for $1100 more than asking price, whats gonna happen if i deposit the check? Cant i just wait to see if it clears? If it does cool if it dont then oh well! Im asking here guys please email me and give me some advice!

  38. Lorena says

    I just a scammer try to con me into sending him money today and he used the same techinique listed above. Here is the email:
    Thanks for your swift response, I’m seriously interested in buying it
    for my Brother this week for surprise gift, your asking price is quite
    reasonable and affordable considering others I’ve seen lately, I’ll
    take it. I would have loved to come check it out my self but am
    currently in camp as military seer instructor for new recruits. I
    won’t be able to leave the base until 23th of December. I however
    squeezed out time to check this posting as all personal dealings are
    highly restricted here, i really want this as a surprise gift for my
    brother so i won’t let him know anything about this until it get
    delivered to him and due to the fact that phone calls making are
    restricted……i will be paying you with my PayPal account because
    it’s attached to my bank account and its safe and very secure way to
    make payment. If my mode of payment is accepted just send me your
    PayPal email address,(Paypal ID) so i can pay in right away. I have a
    private courier agent that will come for the pick up after payments
    has been made, so no shipping included. I’ll need your name, the
    pickup address or location and please include your PayPal email
    address for the payment and send me some recent pictures if available
    And if you dont have a paypal account, you can easily go to
    http://www.paypal.com and sign up. its very easy. I await your reply asap

    Thanks Donald

    • Lorena says

      The scammers email that tried to get me to send them money through Western Union on Craigslist is drich1968@gmail.com

      Also beware of the International Shippers, they are working with this guy also or might be the same person. They tried using a phoney PayPal account that notified me that I had funds, but I contacted the REAL PayPal and they said it was a scam.

    • Michael Heitfield says

      Military Instructor that is able to email at 10:00 and said that he squeezed out time.
      Also Capitalized letters that he didn’t have to. ‘B’rother and such

      Got the same one.

      Message flagged Sunday, April 22, 2012 10:37 AM Thanks for your swift response to my buying inquiry,your asking price
      is quite reasonable and affordable considering others I’ve seen
      lately, I’ll take it. I would have loved to come check it out my self
      but I’m currently in camp as military seer instructor for new
      recruits. I however squeezed out time to check this posting as all
      personal dealings are highly restricted here, that’s why I’m arranging
      for a pick up. I’m buying the item for my Brother in Law, as I’ve
      promised him early this year. I really want it to be a big surprise to
      him so I wouldn’t want him to know anything about it until it gets
      delivered to him. I’m sure he will be more than glad to receive it . I
      don’t have access to my bank account online as I don’t have internet
      banking. I’m going to arrange for a pickup with a freight company so
      you got nothing to worry about.

      However, I’ll like to complete the payment part through PayPal for the
      safety of both of us. In addition, I’ll need your name, the pickup
      address or location and please include your paypal email address for
      the payment. If you don’t have paypal account It’s very easy and
      secured…just visit http://www.paypal.com and click on signup, after that
      you will need to send me the name and email address you have used to
      registered with paypal so I can make the payment ASAP.

      Regards.


      Do you still have this item available for sale? and what’s the present
      condition, please get back to me ASAP Thanks.

  39. j.c. says

    I think these scammers have software that scours CL for newly posted items becasue the last few times I posted something for sale I received very short “Item still for sale” inquiries within about 20 minutes of the item hitting CL.

    The first time I replied it was followed up by the whole “my brothers in the military, I want to buy him a gift, I’ll send a cashier’s check, blah blah blah” email but the address of the sender was different from the original “item still for sale” email.

  40. ileas says

    Got the same reply today from two scammers when I was trying to sell a sofa (glad I did some homework visiting this link!):
    “Hello,

    Thanks for the swift response,as the item is still available, I will send a check to cover the cost of my purchase as am completely satisfied with the “ad”.I will need the details of whom & where to mail the draft and It will be delivered by the a courier service within 2-3 days.Please note the courier service do not deliver to P.O.Box addresses.

    1.Name to be on the check

    2.Home address

    3.Mobile #

    Kindly delete the advert on Craig’sList as am totally committed in buying from you and My mover will be coming over for the pick up after you must have received and cashed the check,I would have love to call but I’m a deaf,So please i will appreciate email conversation and let me know the present condition of the item.

    Regards

    The second one was almost identical!

  41. Denise Milstead says

    I, too, received an offer on my very first posting…

    *******
    Thanks for the prompt response, I am quite satisfied with the condition .I am also interested and I will like to make an instant purchase, so kindly end the advert on Craigslist, I do not mind adding an extra $25 for you to close the advert on craigslist so that I can be rest assured that I am the prospective buyer, I would have loved to come take a look but I am a very busy man I am very sure you understand. I will also want you to know that I will be paying via Certified Check, and it will be sent to you via courier service due to the distance. You don’t need to bother about the shipment, as that has been taken care of…… So I will need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check.

    1. Full Name on the check
    2. Address where payment will be sent to not p.o.box (because my courier service does not deliver to p.o box)
    3. City
    4. State
    5. Zip Code 
    6. Phone Number

                               Once again, I will like to remind you that you will not be responsible for shipping as I will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the check .

    Have A Nice And Rewarding Day Ahead
    *******

    When the check arrived, it was $2000.00 more than the asking price. Oh, my secretary made a mistake, please wire the additional amount to my movers.

    I think the end of the story is, even if you deposit the check and wait for it to clear before you wire the funds back, you will be out the $2,000. A bank has the right to come back to you for depositing bad funds. The check may be drawn on a legit bank, and out of a legit acct, but when the company it is drawn against reconciles its bank statement and finds a bogus check, it will contest it with its bank, who will in turn take the money back from your bank, who will take the money from your account.

    Bingo. They have two grand, you don’t.

    My question is, why do they always want you to delete the ad from CL? Jerks, now I have to repost, and have lost a week.

  42. Kody Seaton says

    so i was looking for a car on craigslist. it was probly a car that was alone more than the asking price with out the 3 grand of mods. this car was DECKED OUT! no way, near a $2,300 asking price. i didnt look into because it seemed way too good to be true.

    then, a couple weeks later…
    looking at another car. it was also very flashy. price was a little better, but still. seemed too good to be true. what striked me so odd was that… BOTH of the ads on craiglist, were literally an “add”. it was put together with photoshop or any other photo editing program, to make it look better and more appealing.

    the last thing that striked me very odd was that…
    after emailing both of them, they said that the car was sent to “AutoTrader” in Texas. and the last person that bought it couldnt finish the payments. so it is sitting at the “AutoTrader” in texas. no shipping fee because the last person payed for it. i know what auto trader is and it might be in texas, but beside the facts… does it look to good to be true?

  43. Sara says

    I cant believe how similar these all are, i thought something was weird about the email address, both the same and domain (poland), and then the response came….really?

    johnsmith01 johnsmith01@tlen.pl

    1:29 PM (24 minutes ago)

    Thanks for your swift response, I’m seriously interested in buying this for my son, your asking price is quite reasonable and affordable considering others I’ve seen lately, I’ll take it. I would have loved to come check it out my self but am currently in camp as military seer instructor for new recruits. I won’t be able to leave the base until 12th of January 2012. I however squeezed out time to check this posting as all personal dealings are highly restricted here, i really want this as a surprise gift for my son so i won’t let him know anything about this until it get delivered to him and due to the fact that phone calls making are restricted……i will be paying you with my PayPal account because it’s attached to my bank account and its safe and very secure way to make payment. If my mode of payment is accepted just send me your paypal email address,(Paypal ID) so i can pay in right away. I have a private courier agent that will come for the pick up after payments has been made, so no shipping included. I’ll need your name, the pickup address or location and please include your PayPal email address for the payment and send me some recent pictures if available And if you dont have a paypal account, you can easily go to http://www.paypal.com and sign up. its very easy. I await your reply asap

  44. Andrea says

    I just received email correspondence similar to the primary example posted by Nate. They said “Still available? get back to me and let me know the service historyand the current condition asap Thanks ”

    I replied with the info and gave my phone number for them to contact me then received this one: “Thanks for getting back to me, i just wanted to make sure nothing isbeen left out. I will be buying this for the price you have listed it for. Payment will be sent using PayPal and i will handle the PayPalsurcharge as well. I will arrange with a shipping company to have this picked up at your location once i have paid as i am out of town at themoment. Am a marine engineer and due to the nature of my work, phone calls making are restricted,so you can send me your PayPal email account so that i can send the payment at once and its easy to sign upfor one just log on to http://www.paypal.com, i will be responsible for the pick up charges Note: i’ll also include the Shipping company’s fee so kindly Get back to me with your PayPal email account so i can proceed with the payment asap..Thanks”

    Very odd that they want to purchase my vehicle sight unseen……….I didn’t even post pics yet of the vehicle!!!

    99.9999% sure that this is a scam, right?

    • says

      right, the marine engineer. that was what the guy said he was that contacted me about buying my bike for his son while out at sea. i thought marine engineers designed boats and systems? asking if “it’s still available” the same day it is posted is kind of weird too. he asked me that as well.

      (this was an email we received from jrphillips.

  45. Kate says

    I was selling toddler toys and got a response from a guy whose email handle came through in my inbox as AA and who wanted me to call him immediately. I didn’t, but we traded several emails to set up a time for him to pick up items, and when he said he was on his way, I gave him my address. He still wanted me to call him, at which point I typed, ” Offer is reneged. You ask too many questions.” He replied rudely, so I’m sure it was some sort of attempted scam, but what exactly can someone do with your phone number that they can’t do with your address?

  46. Franklin says

    Thankfully I did a Google search and found this article before I gave him any information. I received a few emails from nichojohn001 @ gmail.com, and I wasn’t 100% sure about them, but they were better than the ones posted already. Here is what he sent me:

    Hello,
    I got 8 Pentium IV dell laptops . Below are the things needed to be done one on each laptops.
    1 Format Hard Drive
    2 Install Win Xp with Service Pack 3
    3 Microsoft Office Package
    4 AVG Virus Software (Free Lifetime Updates)
    5 Adobe Acrobat
    6 Laptop Cleaning of the keyboard, screen and other case.
    7 Diagnostics of the entire system after to check hard, cdsrom, floppy,
    etc. Get back to me with your total cost for the services of 8 Laptops. I will pay you with a certified check .
    I await your urgent response so that i can make Moving arrangements and payment as soon as possible….
    Thanks
    Nicholas

    Then, after my response, I got this email:
    I have all the necessary software needed for the service installations….get back with your price so that i can check with other and know who will handle it for me…OK?????
    Thanks
    Nicholas

    It seemed unprofessional, but I didn’t think illegitimate until I responded and got this email just 5 minutes after:
    Thanks for the reply. I am very sorry for the late in response and i am okay with the price i have all the necessary software needed for the service installations…. I will instruct my secretary to prepare a check for you on your name and address .Do send me your full name and address and your phone number so as to prepare the check and shipping of the laptops to your address. i have a reliable shipper that will pickup the laptops when you are done with it and am giving you extra $50 for your running around. I am looking forward to hear from you,so we can have payment and shipping asap.
    Thanks
    Nicholas

    DO NOT trust nichojohn001 @ gmail.com

    • eStAcK29 says

      I got the same thing but with 10 laptops!!

      Hello,

      I got 10 Pentium M dell laptops . Below are the things needed to be done one on each laptops.

      1 Format Hard Drive
      2 Install Win Xp with Service Pack 3
      3 Microsoft Office Package
      4 AVG Virus Software (Free Lifetime Updates)
      5 Adobe Acrobat
      6 Laptop Cleaning of the keyboard, screen and other case.
      7 Diagnostics of the entire system after to check hard, cdsrom, floppy,
      etc. Get back to me with your total cost for the services of 10 Laptops. I will pay you with a certified check .

      I await your urgent response so that i can make Moving arrangements and payment as soon as possible….
      Thanks

      Nicholas
      —————————————————————————————————Next email from him
      I have all the necessary software needed for the service installations….get back with your price so that i can check with other and know who will handle it for me…OK?????

      Thanks
      —————————————————————————————————Next email from him
      Subject:
      Re: Recived your inqury
      From:
      Nicholas john (Add as Preferred Sender)
      Date: Tue, Feb 28, 2012 12:55 am
      To: Customer Support
      Hello,

      I got 10 Pentium M dell laptops . Below are the things needed to be done one on each laptops.

      1 Format Hard Drive
      2 Install Win Xp with Service Pack 3
      3 Microsoft Office Package
      4 AVG Virus Software (Free Lifetime Updates)
      5 Adobe Acrobat
      6 Laptop Cleaning of the keyboard, screen and other case.
      7 Diagnostics of the entire system after to check hard, cdsrom, floppy,
      etc. Get back to me with your total cost for the services of 10 Laptops. I will pay you with a certified check .

      I await your urgent response so that i can make Moving arrangements and payment as soon as possible….
      Thanks

      Nicholas

      —————————————————————————————————Next email from him

      Thanks for the reply. I am okay with the price i have all the necessary software needed for the service installations…. I will instruct my secretary to prepare a check for you on your name and address .Do send me your full name and address and your phone number so as to prepare the check and shipping of the laptops to your address. i have a reliable shipper that will pickup the laptops when you are done with it and am giving you extra $50 for your running around. I am looking forward to hear from you,so we can have payment and shipping asap.

      Thanks
      Nicholas

      —————————————————————————————————Next email from him

      Hello,
      Thank you for your response concerning the Repairs. In order to conclude our arrangement concerning the repairing of the laptops, Like I told you my secretary will have the payment mailed out to you. The payment will be certified Check, More so the shipping fee for the laptops to be delivered back to my place will be added to the payment in which will be certified Check and you will send the rest cash balance to the shipper for the pick up of the computer to your place.You will receive the payment by this week and get back to me immediately you receive the payment and i will keep you on posted……… plz i will like you to confirm the info again…..

      name
      address
      address
      *** *** ****

      Thanks
      Nicholas

      —————————————————————————————————Last email from him before i googled his name and email
      Yes.. I will add the money to ship the laptops both going and back to your money.

  47. HarHarHar says

    Typical Scam Letter, this time from markglover00@gmail.com:

    Sounds Good,
    Am okay with the price & condition, my mode of payment will be via a Bank Certified Check drawn on my Bank(Bank Of America), i will handle the shipment via my private shipping company, they will come for the pickup when the check clears your bank, the check will be mail via USPS in which i will need your full name and address to mail out the check to you,if this is okay by you,you can proceed to delete the advert on craigslist because i don’t want any other interruption by another buyer.
    Thanks
    Mack

    Funny that “Mark” misspelled his OWN name. Also funny that he uses the same stupid form letter used by the same stupid scammers time and time again…

    My response:

    Excellent. Please send the check to:
    FBI Washington Field Office
    601 4th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20535
    Phone: (202) 278-2000
    Use tracking for the mail, and make sure to pay for the mailing with your valid credit card. When you have noted that the check has arrived, let me know right away. I’ll go straight there and your shipper can meet me immediately. How’s that sound?

    For some reason, I’m not expecting a non-profane response. *smirk*

    • Craigslist Participant says

      This looks VERY FAMILIAR.!:

      Something i realized that may help others is that the scammer i encountered yesterday and today used the same name with each message but a different email and the only way to realize this is to scroll over his name(which is uncommon to do) in each diff. email. You can also see this because instead of the email getting longer and longer with each reply, it starts over each time.

      Mark Lawrence<— This is the name used & as for the 3 emails; here they are:

      leopatrick00@gmail.com
      rreric026@gmail.com
      lford8983@gmail.com

      Here are the three messages i received from him:

      1) "Did you still got it for sale?I'm interested."

      -2) " Hi,

      Thanks for the swift response to my mail,I am highly elated with your
      advert,Hence it is still available. I will send a bank check Check via UPS
      next day delivery.

      I'll be responsible for the pick-up and the pick up money will
      be included in your payment to avoid delay and to enable pick up
      company to schedule an appropriate time for he pick-up at your
      location after check has been cashed,as i have other properties to be
      moved alongside with yours.

      I would have really love to come for the viewing but due to my
      work frame that might not be possible,but if you have the pics,might
      want to have a good look. Please do get back to me with your full name
      and address including your cell and land number so i can make out
      payment.

      I'm waiting for reply….


      Mark Lawrence.."

      -3) "Am still interested like i have said Ill send you certified check is easy to cash in any bank at all and around you I'll be responsible for the pick-up and the pick up money will be included in your payment to avoid delay and to enable pick up company to schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up at your location after check has been cashed,as i have other properties to be moved alongside with yours.lets get on, on this ,kindly avail me your details as am totally committed to having them"

      I sent him my info AND THEN read this post.! I'm so glad i did read it though. I wrote him a followup message stating i received another offer cash and that i feel more comfortable with that transaction. Also, that anything sent to me will be mailed back immediately.

  48. Maureen Card says

    My son and husband have been listing items on CList and I can not convince them that I believe the following is a scam….especially since the bank check arrived today….please help me convince them.

    Hello,

    How are you doing today?As promised, the check finally left origin yesterday and should get to you today unfailingly by USPS Express Mail Delivery with the shipping funds included.Here is the tracking numbers i got at the USPS Office ( Label #: EO 906 958 700 US ) you can track online using the link below so you can make yourself available at time of delivery. https://www.usps.com

    Once you have the check, deposit it and when it clears (which shouldn’t take more than a day or two according to my bank), you will be sending the shipping agent the shipping money I added up to enable them make necessary delivery arrangement.

    Please you are to deduct your money for the item purchased and send the balance to the movers through Western Union money transfer who will later come for the pickup immediately they confirm the cash payment via Western Union,However, I’m sorry for the inconveniences this might cause you but i’d want to assure you that you can also take out $50 for the run-around to the Western Union.

    Also remember that Western Union money transfer charges should be deducted from my money.

    Mover’s Details To Send Western Union:

    Receiver’s Name: Constance Jones
    Receiver’s Address: 47 Country Club Pl
    Receiver’s City: Bloomington
    Receiver’s State: IL
    Receiver’s Zip Code: 61701

    So get back to me with the following information on the Western Union receipt.
    Senders Name……..
    Senders Address….
    10 Digit(MTCN)……
    Amount sent………

    Thanks.

    The part that has me concerned is James Morrison (emailer)…check is from Kents Hill School in Maine and address on USPS envelope is Angela Bonaccorsy from Jefferson Hills PA

    I was able to at least convince them to have check sent to different address then our home and item is stored elsewhere.

    Thanks for any and all help.

    • Glenn Johnson says

      I received a similar offer and a check for $2100. Only $1985 more than my asking price. I had the check sent to my office. I asked the sender to call me at my office….no calls, ever. I looked up the school (my school is in NY) online and sent a copy of the check to the school to see if they had issued it. It’s a scam. Don’t cash the check.

  49. P.T. Barnum says

    CASH IS KING? Maybe not…

    Most scams have to do with sending “extra” money somewhere far, far away and then finding out that your certified check was drawn on the First Bank of Etherville. But don’t get too comfy with a local person and good old cash. A nearby city had counterfeit 20s showing up at stores. If you have one, even innocently, and you’re found out, you can look forward to a lot of explaining and losing your “20” and any others like it. Turns out they were some reports of passing some on Craigslist, not huge ticket items like cars but electronics etc. in the $300-$400 range. They would meet in person, give you cash and of course, no ID was needed for it.

    Some guy who sells on CL a lot had a great idea that he posted. He said he meets the buyer in a favorite neighborhood bar and gets his bartender friend to check the bills. Just telling buyers to expect this has actually lost him two deals.

    If anything sounds funny to you, it might pay to have someone who handles money a lot check the bills, or get the pen and read up on the security items embedded in bills. Even “cash” in person can’t be trusted these days.

  50. bob says

    ive got a truck for sale and received an email asking condition etc i replied and the next email said her dad was going to buy it for her but needed an idea what the insurance would run she included a link to a web site to for me to get her the info and she and her dad would come after work and buy it. the site is insuremycar365.com something smells funny but i cant see the hitch–just know i dont wan put any in fo on this site–is nthis familiar to anyone

  51. Stephen Austin says

    Here is something I feel is suspicious and worth tell you about. I advertised an old Korg analogue synth and an obsolete 4-track cassette. The 4-track might be OK for spares and the Korg for musicians wanting an 80s retro sound. I got two replies from the same person who asked about both things. He replied to each ad with the following:

    Hello Dear Seller,

    I saw your advert for sale which am i really interested in buying it, Please i don’t mind if i can get further information from you about the
    product

    such as:
    1} Your last asking Price:
    2) Why are you selling it:
    3) The really owner of it:
    4} Its Present Condition:

    Your kind gesture will be so much appreciated.
    My Regard
    —-
    What struck me immediately was the mangled English (‘Hello Dear Seller’ / ‘…advert for sale which I am really interested in buying it…’ ) Then there is the fact that it is unlikely that anyone would be interested in both pieces of equipment. The message lacked any interest in precise details of either device. Looked very fishy to me.

    • john says

      i don’t know why i bother using craigslist anymore. i listed a commercial mixer and was contacted right away by adewale damilar… wanting to know if item was still available. adewale??? they should use a phone book to get names.

  52. eStAcK29 says

    Hello,

    I got 10 Pentium M dell laptops . Below are the things needed to be done one on each laptops.

    1 Format Hard Drive
    2 Install Win Xp with Service Pack 3
    3 Microsoft Office Package
    4 AVG Virus Software (Free Lifetime Updates)
    5 Adobe Acrobat
    6 Laptop Cleaning of the keyboard, screen and other case.
    7 Diagnostics of the entire system after to check hard, cdsrom, floppy,
    etc. Get back to me with your total cost for the services of 10 Laptops. I will pay you with a certified check .

    I await your urgent response so that i can make Moving arrangements and payment as soon as possible….
    Thanks

    Nicholas
    —————————————————————————————————Next email from him
    I have all the necessary software needed for the service installations….get back with your price so that i can check with other and know who will handle it for me…OK?????

    Thanks
    —————————————————————————————————Next email from him
    Subject:
    Re: Recived your inqury
    From:
    Nicholas john (Add as Preferred Sender)
    Date: Tue, Feb 28, 2012 12:55 am
    To: Customer Support
    Hello,

    I got 10 Pentium M dell laptops . Below are the things needed to be done one on each laptops.

    1 Format Hard Drive
    2 Install Win Xp with Service Pack 3
    3 Microsoft Office Package
    4 AVG Virus Software (Free Lifetime Updates)
    5 Adobe Acrobat
    6 Laptop Cleaning of the keyboard, screen and other case.
    7 Diagnostics of the entire system after to check hard, cdsrom, floppy,
    etc. Get back to me with your total cost for the services of 10 Laptops. I will pay you with a certified check .

    I await your urgent response so that i can make Moving arrangements and payment as soon as possible….
    Thanks

    Nicholas

    —————————————————————————————————Next email from him

    Thanks for the reply. I am okay with the price i have all the necessary software needed for the service installations…. I will instruct my secretary to prepare a check for you on your name and address .Do send me your full name and address and your phone number so as to prepare the check and shipping of the laptops to your address. i have a reliable shipper that will pickup the laptops when you are done with it and am giving you extra $50 for your running around. I am looking forward to hear from you,so we can have payment and shipping asap.

    Thanks
    Nicholas

    —————————————————————————————————Next email from him

    Hello,
    Thank you for your response concerning the Repairs. In order to conclude our arrangement concerning the repairing of the laptops, Like I told you my secretary will have the payment mailed out to you. The payment will be certified Check, More so the shipping fee for the laptops to be delivered back to my place will be added to the payment in which will be certified Check and you will send the rest cash balance to the shipper for the pick up of the computer to your place.You will receive the payment by this week and get back to me immediately you receive the payment and i will keep you on posted……… plz i will like you to confirm the info again…..

    name
    address
    address
    *** *** ****

    Thanks
    Nicholas

    —————————————————————————————————Last email from him before i googled his name and email
    Yes.. I will add the money to ship the laptops both going and back to your money.

  53. mayeeden says

    I notice that these scammers are after expensive items. I felt a funny feeling inside when I received their upbeat email. I typed in craigslist scams to see if there were any like it, and there were dozens with the same wording as mine. I didn’t bother to respond. Watch out and try to sell locally.

  54. N Nuttall says

    I have used both CL and Ebay to sell things with some success. I know the CL has a lot of scammers and I have helped friends when they sell on CL to identify them. I just don’t get how people really do this and get away with it. Luckily, I have not been a victim of them. I typically ignore the ones I think are scammers. However, this morning I received an email, and then I replied to it, and then got another email from someone else. But, in the email the “flags” are there for a scam. I looked up scams on CL and found this site. Really great to see that others are trying to help one another identify the scammers. I now feel like writing back that I know he is scamming and I will report him. LOL! Can’t stand these people! Argh!

    Here’s the emails:

    From: Kevin Grierson
    Subject: 7 pieces of Crystal – $80 (CT)
    Date: March 14, 2012 3:43:33 AM EDT

    DO YOU STILL AVAILABLE 4 SALE?
    ____________________________________
    Me:
    Yes, they are. Let me know if you would like to see them. Thanks.
    ____________________________________
    From: john william
    Subject: Re: 7 pieces of Crystal – $80 (CT)
    Date: March 14, 2012 8:48:53 AM EDT

    Hello
    My assistant told me that you still have the item 4 sale,I will pay
    your asking price. I will likely make payment by check or money order
    as its the only way I can pay you at the moment (I am actually out of
    the States on a business trip). I will make arrangement for pick-up
    after payment has been received by you. I dont mind adding a little
    extra thirty ($30) dollars so you can keep it in my favor.you should
    get your payment in 4-6 working days, Please keep it in my favor.
    Kindly reply with your full name,cell phone number,and address where
    payment should be sent,i will appreciate if you can get the ad off
    craigslist so i can be sure you are keeping it in my favor .Awaiting
    your reply. Best regards

  55. Peni n Tori says

    WOW.. I just read every single one of these letters… nice to know I am not the only target.
    As I am trying to sell off my jewels for medical payments… my posts seem to have attracted every crook in the book.
    Comment to question about “What can they do with phone number-address information.. I checked it out for myself after one of those replies. I was able to cross check phone-address and see a picture of your house, then with “shipping schedule”, I would know when you are home…. HELLO… are you really going to tell someone when your not going to be at home after you have given them your address?

    I did learn something new and just in the nick of time… please repeat the post about CASH…
    never thought about cash being an issue..Now I know to meet buyers at the bank. Thank you, thank you very much for your energy to keep us informed.
    God Luck everyone with your sales… and trust your gut on each response.
    I did successfully sell a diamond recently for $xx,xxx. cash. using CL.
    Peace,
    PnT

  56. Jessica says

    So I posted a job resume on cl yesterday. The post was about looking for horse related jobs. I have received over 10 responses and NONE of then are for horse jobs! One guy wants to offer me 530 dollars for 3 days of driving his “wife” around for 2 hours. The guys name is carton roger, he also gave me him professsion, name, age, and where he lived. The other one is for house is for house cleaning, I told him I had a friend who happens to clean houses and he asked if she was staying with and if she was my best friend. Also wanted to play 400 for 3 days aweek for 3 hours a day. His name is Richard Thomas. I really think theses are too good to be true, if someone has heard of these before or has any advice plz help. I am a single mother with 2 kids And I am needing work badly. Thanks!

  57. MaxRinger says

    Scam artist emailed me this after i told him his offer sounded a vit dubious:

    All the following indications spoken of above also took place.

    You sound skeptic from your email and that’s very wrong,if you are
    thinking that I just want to take your money for nothing then that’s
    very wrong and sounds so absurd When I know how people work hard to
    earn their money.I will never think of taking some kinda advantage
    over you and please take that out of your mind that is an awful thing
    to think about. Please understand me better.It seems you don’t even
    trust your self,because you have to trust yourself to trust another
    person.I was not trying to lure you into this, everything about me and
    this transaction are 100% real and  OK, i will like you to know one
    thing i am a Man of God and i so much believe in him and his words and
    i wouldn’t do such a thing when i have blood running through my vein

  58. Joshua Pena says

    I currently have an item on CL, and I notice that when i replied to an inquiry it was sent to a different email address. The initial inquiring email seemed legit, hence the reason why I replied. When I did not hear back from the person I check to see if the email was sent, and notice it was sent to a different address. Has anyone had this problem, is it normal, or is this a sure sign of a scam. Thanks.

  59. Derek says

    Hahaha i was suspicious before i read this article…. Now I just wanna shoot a thief.

    Thanks for your prompt response and i have decided and concluded
    to buy the item from you. I am OK with the cost.And I would be very
    glad to inform you that, My Office will be mailing overnight certified
    check from my salary to cover the cost of the item as you
    requested,I’ll want you to remove the advert from web and consider
    this item is sold to me..So i want to be the best offer by offering
    you extra $50 to your money as the best offer and i hope you will
    keep this item for me.I will be needing the following information to
    issue out the payment ..
    Name:
    Address:
    City:
    State:
    Postal Code:
    Country:
    Phone Number:
    Not P o Box Address:
    Total amount for the item :
    Also you should be aware that you won’t be responsible for shipping as
    i will have my mover come over and pick it up as soon as you received
    the check and. I also have some other goods i already bought in other
    location which my mover will pick up all together. i will get back to
    you once my secretary made the payment out to you.

    thanks and warm regards

  60. Brannen says

    could i be getting scammed?

    i got this email from a “robert felix”

    “i will buy both of the item…Hello,
    Good day i just got your mail right now and i am okay with the
    condition and i will like to
    come to see the item but i am not around,so i will pay you via
    Certified Check”as soon as you receiving the payment cleared into your
    bank account.then my mover will come to your location for the pickup
    schedule of the item at your location once the funds cleared.

    Please send me all this information to issue Certified Check to you
    Full Name to Issue the check,
    Street address,City,State,zip-code,Phone number
    Please note that not Po.box……I need (Physical address)

    Please note that the payment will be delivered to your address and I
    will also wait for the funds to cleared in your bank account before my
    mover come for the pickup of the item and i
    am still waiting for your response now.!

    My best to you Regards.


    I want know condition of this item.! ”

    the thing is, i gave him my info

    then he replied

    “Hi,
    Thanks so much for your mail with your information you sent to me to
    issue your payment and as soon as you receive the payment let me know
    so that i will contact my shipper for the pickup of the item at your
    door step.Asap.

    My best to you Regards.”

    after reading this article and all the comments, i emailed him saying to cancel the offer.
    but now i’m worried what he will do with my info. if i get a check from him, i will just shred it/light it on fire.

    • Sasha says

      I got a similar string of emails and did the same thing you did; I gave him/her my info. Luckily I am moving, but am curious, did he ever do anything with the info you gave him?

  61. Jon says

    Hello everybody i have received about 3 emails now and need some help determining if it is indeed a scam or not. The fist email simply asked if the item was still for sale “Still for sale?” I responded “Sure is i appologize for the delayed response. I have one other person asking about it if he doesnt want it or you give a better offer its all yours.” I then received this

    “thanks for the prompt response and i will love to make an instant
    purchase,i hope it is in good condition like it stated, i have taken a
    close look at the advert,and am completely satisfied so please do
    withdraw the advert from Craigslist.I don,t mind adding an extra $50
    dollars for you to take the advert down from criagslist, so that i can
    be rest assured that am in hand of the item.I will also like you to
    know that i will be paying via Money Order or Certified check and you
    will get it via Ups/Fdedx courier service it will be an over night
    payment…………. You don,t need to bother your self with the
    shipment ok,I will take care of that myself…. So I will need you to
    provide me with the following information to
    facilitate the mailing of the payment….Not p.o.box1.Your full name………….
    2.Your physical mailing address………….
    3.Your phone number……………
    4.and the state ZIP code……………

    **Once again ,I will like you to know that you will not be responsible
    for shipping of this item . my shipper will move down to your place
    for the pick up…as soon as the money order clear. hope you assure
    me in hand of the item…

    Have a nice day..”
    I then replied….. “ied be more than happy to take it down for you as soon as we talk over the phone please contact me at 4408235*** my name is Jon and yes it is in great condition its never been used i opend the box witch had the gas tank in it but the system itself is still in the box.”

    I never got that phone call i asked for and then recived another email asking again for my info.

    “your address and your phone number so that i can send you the check in time..”

    So at this point i begin to think it is a scam but going against my better judgement i sent him my address and full name then looked up this website and then emailed him again saying this… “Since your having a moving company or your friend pick it up i would prefer if you would write the check out to them and then they can pay me the $600 please call me asap so we can figure this out the most legit way possible.” I am now waiting for a response. Can anyone determine if this is a scam or not based on the information i have provided and what is the worst thing that can happend if this does turn out to be a scam and this person now has my name and address?

  62. Donna says

    Here is one..note the scammer cannot even keep his name right. And the idiot does not even know computers have not been around for 50 yrs-must be young.

    Shall I send it to this address?

    Can I give you an address in Arizona to mail it too? I will send an extra $5 even though it shouldn’t be more due to the flat rates these days. So I can send $30.00 and I will send it as a living expense so that there is no fee taken! and you get the full amount? Hows that sound? I volunteer for needy people and the people in AZ are a family that just got a computer in 50 years! Can you imagine? So this is a gift and then I also donated $72,000 to animals last year from reindeer being tortured over Christmas to Pitbulls that I rescue and Rehabilitate :)

    Jesse

    In a message dated 5/6/2012 8:56:47 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, aol.com writes:
    It looks new. Paypal is fine. Please send me the money and your address and I will mail immediately.

    Donna

    In a message dated 5/6/2012 12:46:36 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, WorldNetSources@aol.com writes:
    Donna

    I can do PayPal does that work? Cosmetically is it like new condition? Or just mechanically?

    Thanks!

    In a message dated 5/5/2012 11:22:36 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, ol.com writes:
    $25.00 is fine. Do you want to send me a check?

    Donna

    In a message dated 5/5/2012 2:42:10 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, WorldNetSources@aol.com writes:
    I just sold my tanning salons in Manhasset and Port washington I live in Westchester. Hows $25.00 shipped?

    In a message dated 5/5/2012 1:51:33 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,@aol.com writes:
    sure . I gather you are not local.

    In a message dated 5/5/2012 1:21:48 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, WorldNetSources@aol.com writes:
    It would cost about $15 would you mail it

    In a message dated 5/5/2012 9:23:48 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, aol.com writes:
    Hello

    Works well. Not used much-has ink, cables and all paperwork. I was given another multi machine by work (I have a home office). I kept it for a while and we almost never use it. So it is now on Craigslist.

    In a message dated 5/5/2012 2:28:30 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, WorldNetSources@aol.com writes:
    ** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY — AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
    ** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
    ** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
    ** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/lgi/sys/2994909137.html

    Printer works fine? Do you have both cables?

    Thanks
    Sean

    ——————————————————————————–
    This message was remailed to you via: pb872-2994909137@sale.craigslist.org
    If this email is a scam or spam please flag it now:
    http://www.craigslist.org/flag/20120505062829vv-Sh3uW4RGfABsz4dczrg

  63. Gau! says

    New scam I came across at 12;34 pm yesterday. I have dozens of items posted and received 7 emails automatically from 7 different display names with all of them ending in “somerandomstuf.info” offering to trade items posted on Amazon for my item. I received more emails today rom different display names, same ending, offering to trade some of the same items. Thanks, Gafu!

  64. Sergio says

    Hello, this is whats going on all the time, I’m frustrated that people like this are ruining online selling and purchasing. Any way I take the time to post this so at least this stupid scammer needs to make another fake email.
    Best Regards
    ——-
    Suposed name: Dave Jose
    Emails: josdavey0@gmail.com and cliffreal007@gmail.com

    first contact:
    Hello Seller

    Do you still have this item for sell, what is the precent condition, let me know if you are the right owner and i will be happy to see more picture if you got them.

    Get back

    Thanks

    Jose Dave

    ——————-
    My response:

    Hello, I don’t deal with no body thats not in my area, CASH ONLY! sorry, no
    > scammers.

    ———————
    Second contact:

    Am ok with the price and the condition, am buying it for my holiday
    because i’ll be coming home soon from our rig as am a petroleum
    project engineer and presently on the rig offshore. i won’t be able to
    come for the inspection due to the nature of my work, i would have
    love to call in person but we have call restriction here due to bad
    weather condition and our satellite server has been down. i will be
    paying you through PayPal, pls get back to me with your PayPal details
    so i can proceed with the payment and once payment has been made i
    have a pickup agent who will come to pick it up and deliver it to my
    place. kindly end auction on site

    Get back with this.

    Your Full Name:
    Your Paypal Email Address
    Phone Number

    Cheers

    ———————————

    Ok their it is for what it worth, I hope that any body that is attempting to buy over craigslist or any other free website should first google the email and name of the “buyer”, because I discovered that they are so lazy or stupid that they often use the same emails and names, lets see who tires first!…

    Best Regards to all.
    Serg.

  65. veronika says

    IF SOMEBODY WAS RIPDOFF BY PAULA STARK AND LEN WAWCZAK, PLEASE LET US KNOW ASAP. WE HAVE COURT DAY ON JULY 2 . THE NAME OF THE FRAUD AUTOBODY SHOP IS PAULA STARK DDA SUOERIOR AUTOMOTIVE ON 4 GRAHAM DR IN ROCKDALE ON THE PAPER/, BUT NOT IN REALITY. IT’S A FRAUD !! WE BEEN THERE, NO SHUCH A BUSNESS ON THE EARTH…. NOW THEY WANT TO SELL OUR CAR ON AUCTION, THEY HIDE IT 1 MONTH/ THEY TOOK IT FOR FIX AFTER CAR ACCEDENT FOR 3-4 DAYS/ . PLEASE CALL US IMMEDIATLY IF YOU GOT SOME PROBLEM WITH THEM. OUR GOLL STOP THIS SCRIME AND GET CAR BACK… 630-488-1490 OR 815-762-1874 KEITH, VERONIKA

  66. joe says

    Not sure if this is a scam
    can someone help
    Joe

    Thanks for the prompt response..I am ready to buy it now as a
    birthday gift for my Dad.Also,am OK with the condition of the
    furniture
    and the price given.i am at sea at the moment as i am a marine engineer
    and due to the nature of my work, phone calls making and visiting of
    website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert
    and send you an email regarding it. I really want the furniture to be
    a surprise for my Dad so i won’t let him know anything about the
    furniture until it gets delivered to him, i am sure he will be more
    than happy with the furniture. I chose paypal because i don’t have
    access to my bank account online as i don’t have internet banking,
    but i can pay from my paypal account, as i have my bank a/c
    attached to it, i will need you to give me your paypal email address
    so i can make the payment asap for the furniture and please if you
    don’t have paypal account yet, it is very easy to set up, go to
    http://www.paypal.com and get it set up, after you have set it up i will
    only need the e-mail address you use for registration with paypal so
    as to put the money through. I have a pick up agent that will come
    and pick the furniture up after i have make the payment.I would be
    glad if my request is favorably considered. Get back to me asap.Thanks

  67. Clancy Post says

    I’ve been buying and selling on CL for years and haven’t been scammed yet. Started off with using my personal email account, but after so many BS attempts from spammers, scammers and email address collectors. I decided to turn the tables on them and opened up several gmail and yahoo accounts that are dedicated to my CL posts only. I don’t even respond to these replies as I can spot them as soon as I open the replies to my posts. What I have done though, is created a folder for them and instead of deleting them I just move them to the folder – which I have named A**HOLES ON CL. I have copied and pasted only a few of their email addresses below

    leopatrick00@gmail.com
    miketyl10@gmail.com
    arjun645@roadrunner.com
    andr5100@att.net
    jonathanwolf987567@gmail.com
    arnoldbruce78@gmail.com
    deena.talano@gmail.com
    glenview45x@yahoo.fr
    lealjoseph@rocketmail.com
    chkrishna0@gmail.com
    fcare9876@gmail.com
    6548forever@gmail.com
    alhunts1980@yahoo.com
    chantayauk63@gmail.com
    omobolami101@gmail.com
    drjohnhoneycutt014@gmail.com
    drbnjmnwng@gmail.com
    carlonvnhjh@gmail.com
    lottiepop1963@yahoo.com
    strowland09@gmail.com
    josmith032@gmail.com
    rosiemaria@sbcglobal.net

    I have accumulated THOUSANDS over the last few years and the list grows daily, but I continue to have success and will accept the fact that there will ALWAYS be A**HOLES out to scam you…but only if YOU let them. “Clancy Post”

    * Anybody out there besides me even wonder if this site is legit enough to use your real email address..?

  68. Clancy Post says

    One other thing… The use of Google to track down these scammers has worked for me on a number of occasions. I had entered the posters email address into google and was directed to a high school PTA minutes log and found out that the scamster-ette had used both of her email accounts in the log. I proceeded to email back my response to her query of my post to her main email account and asked her by name “Maureen” if she was seriously interested in purchasing, or was she just spamming CL ads. I received a response back about 5 minutes later saying “Sorry, it was a mistake.” I would have loved to have seen the look on her face…

  69. El Puko says

    Got contacted by text via yahoo.it from some clown using michaelparker750. Said he would have his shipping agent pick it up. Why do so many scammers use Michael Parker as an alias?

  70. Kristin Ward says

    Sadly it is the free thing that makes it such a big target, that and its so easy to post on craigslist. It seems like I see a scam every time I go through their classifieds now a days. I’ve never had issues with scams on sites which cost money to post. People trying to scam others out of money just aren’t likely to part with their own money or the credit or account number they would need to pay for something online.

    Its sad that such free services are taken advantage of like that. However dealing with scams is likely going to continue to be the price we pay to be able to post and use craigslist for free.

  71. John West says

    Can someone tell me why scammers, who respond to YOUR ad, give a real local phone number for you to call? Do they somehow get into your phone system and use it for overseas calls? Thanks.

  72. Ann Marie says

    I got a reply on a furniture ad this evening… I AM INTERESTED

    …ok?

    Googled the email, and it brought me straight to the “ASSHOLES OF CL”

    That’s the most productive my googling has been in a while lol

  73. Rose says

    My husband has a Harley for sale. The day after posting the ad; we got a similar e-mail from an Anthony Crooks. His name was a dead giveaway that it was a scam. Poor grammar, and wanted to quickly pay for the motorcycle sight unseen through Google. The following day, we received a short e-mail from Steven, asking if we still had the item for sale, the day after that, another e-mail from a “merchant marine” that wanted to purchase the Harley for his dad as a surprise birthday gift. If we didn’t have a PayPal account, we should get one (link was attached) and he would pay right away, and his movers to get the Harley. He wanted my PP ID, home address, and phone number. I responded, and said I do not do business electronically, only locally. Explained that there were documents to be signed to transfer a vehicle. He said the mover would take care of that. LOL! Sure! I have not received another scam e-mail since I changed my ad to read, “No PayPal or other forms of electronic transactions, local sale, only.”

  74. Joanna Kenepp says

    I’ve been reading all these but I see nothing similar to our situation. We are selling a boat on CL in PA. We have been conversating with a woman from NY. Hasn’t offered more than asking price, spoke with her on the phone (she called us) suppose to be looking at it Saturday and purchasing it if it’s everything we say it is. BUT is having a hard time understanding why we don’t want to accept her “bank checks”! Also wanted for us to sign the titles without notary. I told my husband we wouldn’t be signing anything without a notary reguardless of what the laws were in NY, our titles states that they need a seal from notary to be transferred. She claims they don’t want to travel with that amount of cash, when my husband asked what kind of check she simply gave us her last name, her husbands last name, their occupations which he is a retired NY police officer. Also stated if we wanted to talk about scams we to think that she is buying something from CL. We said yes but you can see the boat with your own eyes and have the choice to take it or not just as we have the choice to accept the check. She is yet to reply!! I hate to think we lost a honest buyer but I don’t understand why cash is a problem if she is honest! I believe more people get scammed than pulled over on a highway to get robbed when no one knows you have that cash!?! Is this a new approach for scammers?

  75. Alex says

    I was recently duped out of $4,340. This was the result of me responding to a job posting ad for a driver’s position on Craigslist. I received a response from an individual using the name Michael Cosmos. He/She claimed to be out of state and would need a driver to transport his ailing mother around the city where I reside. I was given the break down on what the job duties would involve in the first email. It was explained that he would provide a rental car for me to use for his mothers transportation. We communicated further and I soon received a check of $2,300. which $1,850. would be sent by me to the “mover” of the car via wire transfer. A second check for the same amount was sent to me when it was explained that the moving company for the car was asking for an additional fee. I was told to wire transfer $1,900 and keep the remaining balance. These checks, which I deposited into my bank account both cleared and it wasn’t until a week after depositing the first check that I found out that it was rejected as a result of counterfeit. Today I am struggling to recover as I have been unemployed for 5 months now and have no way to accommodate these funds back into my account. Although this scam had all the signs listed on this site, I was unaware of this sort of crime prior to experiencing it first hand. The worst part is that I have consulted with the local police department, a lawyer and even contacted the postal service to share and obtain as much information as possible to battle this issue but there seems to be no progress, and I have been insulted and treaty as though I deserved what has happened to me. I’m doing my best to maintain my composure.

  76. gary says

    There seems to be some scam, don’t know exaxtly what, but met someone on line, and “she” was setting up a CL account, but having the code sent to my phone, and wanted me to forward it to “her” I cut off communication, don’t know whats up, but something was wrong here!!

    • ScamProof says

      I recently posted ad on CL for a table, very same day I get email from dude saying he likes the table and he wants to buy it. Only I needed was to setp Pay Pal Account and send him my Pay Pal Email which I did. He sent me this Bogus Email according to him was coming from Pay Pal. with a link which took me to a Bogus Pay Pal site showing that there is $3,400 including a moving agent fees. I started doubting when I tried to replay the Email failed. I told myself just for fun I am going to play along. He sent me another Email saying that I need to send move agent $ 800 via Western Union and Submit the 10 digits confirmation to “Pay Pal”site and $3,400.00 will be released to my Account. I told him Sure I will send the money first thing in the morning. He mail me again that he was getting fed up that I have not send the money yet and his money was sitting in Pay Pal Account.. I responded you are fed up because you are nothing but fraud, you really thought I was going to send money? Never seen other email from him, but few more tried I did have time to play I just tell them right away that they are fraud and most people can detect yopur BS from Miles away..they also stop emailing.. LESSON is if a deal is too good to be true look the other way…

      • Anne in WY says

        We recently posted a car for sale on Craiglist — and knew right off when the scam texts started coming — who the heck buys a car in WY when they live on the East Coast !! — The emails were almost identical in wording to the emails mentioned on this website — we have been trying to figure out a way to scam the scammers !!!!!!!! We received texts messages from 516-350-8341 (be sure to Google this number and read about this person) — also from 406-646-6304

  77. RD says

    I just sold a dirt bike to as guy who came out and paid cash. He did not take the bike yet, but has the title. He said he is shipping the bike to Russia. I am knda freaked out but the deal is in cash

    Any thoughts

  78. Jessica says

    I haven’t found too much online about this guy yet. But be on the lookout for:
    S.J Young
    S.J Young

    Email is valid and he is out there offering cashiers checks for your merchandise. Here is the email I got from him. We are talking about a $100 item here.

    Hello,
    Thanks for the response.I am willing to pay your asking price.I will pay by money order as its the only way i can pay you at the moment.I will make arrangement for the pick-up immediately after payment have been received by you. I don’t mind adding an extra thirty dollars so you can keep it in my favor.Please reply with your full names,cell phone number,and address where payment should be sent.Please take the posting off craigslist today and consider it sold to me. Expecting to hear from you soon.
    Regards
    S.J Young

    I got 3 others, that of course offered to pay via PayPal which we have all seen time and time again.

    Dang, I wish we could stop this crap. Frustrating… S.J Young, was a new one for me so I’m trying to get it posted out there so someone else doesn’t get scammed!

    • sanrica says

      hi this guy did the same thing with my husband he was selling a sofa on Craig for 350 dollars
      and sh young sent him a money gram money orfer for 895 dollars, but i dindt believe in that so
      i checked online about money orders scam and i knew it

  79. Cleaning Validation says

    Craigslist has suffered from quite a lot of scams in the recent days which is not a good thing at all. Such incidents make people skeptical.

  80. Cassie says

    Why email saying how much is the product? Is that just to see if you will respond so that they know who they can get their foot in the door with to scam? I don’t reply to single sentence replies on craigslist, because I figure it is a scam. However, I didn’t see why a scam would be to inquire about a price. As opposed to saying I want it, send it to me.

  81. Twana says

    From: stephen terry
    Date: January 14, 2013, 1:29:12 AM CST
    Subject: Re: 2007 F150 (NRH)

    HERE’S Another one from my neice.

    Hi there, Thank you for getting back to me.Can you assure me that the
    vehicle is in good state and that i will not be disappointed with
    it.I’m ready to pay your asking price and to be honest, i wanted to
    buy this for my Dad and he is a mechanic, but the issue is I’m a
    marine biologist and i do have a contract to go for which starts
    tomorrow and am leaving any moment from now.The contract is strictly
    no call due to the lack of reception on the sea area. But I’m able to
    access email anytime as we will make use of laptop so my only quickest
    payment option is PayPal as i can send money via PayPal anytime.Since
    I’m requesting this transaction to be done via PayPal, i will be
    responsible for all the pay pal fee/charges on this transaction and if
    you don’t have an account with paypal,its pretty easy, safe and
    secured to open one. Just log on to http://www.paypal.com. I hope we can make
    the purchase as fast as possible? I have a mover that will come for it
    once payment clears and they will be handling the title for me. So i
    look forward to hear from you.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:

    Many Thanks

    • Wayne says

      I just received the exact same text from a guy says ” in good state, will not be disappointed , ready to pay your asking price “. Well practically the whole message is identical. It is a scam all the way and I would like to get ahold of those people.

  82. Jenna says

    Oof. I’ve been dealing with craigslist for a while and sold a handful of stuff so I was not ready for this! Someone under the name JAMES LEWIS did the same routine.. “this item”, “your full info, name, address”, “im a busy person on a business trip” then BOOM another e-mail “is this still available?” apparently THAT person is his assistant.
    again, offering more money and i demanded cash. my last reply to him was ” You are sending me messages from 4 different e-mails. if you really want “the item” you would’ve made arrangements to have someone physically take care of it here. Also, learn to spell, so you can adequately scam people. ”

    like i said, i do love craigslist and ive had great success with it. always meeting the buyer in a public place and never any creepers! so what the hell craigslist??!!

  83. amber says

    Just found a scam in my inbox today. I got this same email, but with the names changed last year, and sadly I fell for it and now owe the back a little over 2000$$! I will not fall for this one again! I know it is a scam as it is coming from the same exact email it did last year. I am a single mother with almost no money at all and now I am stuck paying the bank back bc of this jerk!

    Hello,

    Are you willing to work for my family as nanny, housekeeper or maid ? ?

    My name is Joseph Mccarthy and my wife name is Anna, we are in the process of relocating to your city and we need someone who can help my wife with some of the house hold chores, running some errands when necessary and in taking care of our daughters (Maggie and Clara )as if they were yours (Mondays through Fridays). You would only be needed for few hours per week at your convenience and will like you to get back to me with your available hours although we are willing to pay $400 weekly.

    Let me intimate you more about our precious daughters .Sarah and Cindy are ages 5 & 3 years old respectively and behaves more matured than their age. Our daughters have no allergies and they like playing around with puppies and cats, loves interacting with other kids as well as watching cartoons and i think you would love to have them around as they are very playful and fun loving.

    However, i believe Kids should read books and limited TV and electronic entertainment, perhaps you could help out in ensuring a very conducive atmosphere for learning. Myself and my wife are journalists by profession but we both work on shifts. Since you will be spending time with them i’m sure either of us will be around while you watch them sometimes . They are not allergic to any food but dusty, Sarah loves taking snacks a lot while Cindy loves ice cream (vanilla flavor). Well that is all i can tell you about them for now.If you accept our offer, my financier would be needing your address to mail out the check. Kindly get back to me asap with the information below required for confirmation and further proceedings to take place:

    Full name:
    Contact Address: (No P.O. Box)
    Apt #:
    Zip Code:
    Home & Cell numbers:

    We would be arriving on the 28th of Feb but you will be paid upfront, as i will have several small assignments for you to complete prior to our arrival, such as checking our new apartment for necessary supplies, purchasing what may be needed before our arrival, Necessary toiletries and cleaning supplies etc which i will provide you with a list. All we ask from you is honesty and sincerity and am sure you will enjoy the time you will spend with my Daughters.

    Kindly get in touch on time so that we can start making arrangements while i await your swift response regards this employment offer and the requested details.

    Sincerely,
    Mr Joseph Mccarthy
    207-200-8549

  84. j jones says

    Hello,

    Thanks for your email and respond toward the Cleaner/housekeeping position , I’m Ina with 6 months pregnancy and this is my first ever child.I am relocating to the area from Hawaii.I’m coming there to do some contract basis with United States Environmental Protection Agency(USEPA) on a private research work in your area,So i need someone who could help me take care of the house by doing some house work while am off to work. Someone that will also help in running some errands.

    I will be offering you $350 weekly, i will be needing your services for three hours per week at any suitable time of yours,Mondays through Fridays. I believe you will be fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and good person.I have a financier that is based in the states and he will be handling the payment and some other expenses, so he will be the one that will be taking care of your the payment, I will instruct him to pay for the first week before our arrival so as to secure your service, actually i should have paid for more weeks but i will extend the payment if am satisfied with your service after the first week.

    My financier will be making out a check to you before my arrival,you will be receiving a check of $2150.60 out which you will deducting your pay for the first week of $350 and you will be using the remaining to buy foodstuffs and other things needed in the house ,you will getting this foodstuff on the day of our arrival which is June 30th,2013. Actually all flights from the City from hawaii arrives at nights so you will be getting the foodstuff in the morning and making all other preparations. I will also instruct my estate agent to mail the keys of the apartment to you so that you can do all other necessary preparations before we arrive,I will also email you the shopping list.

    You have to get all this shopping before my arrival so that i don’t have to start running around when we arrive, So my financier would be needing the following Information to make out the check to you:

    FULL NAME:
    MAILING ADDRESS (no P.O.Box please):
    CITY:
    STATE:
    ZIP CODE:
    CELL PHONE:
    HOME PHONE:
    BEST TIME TO CALL:
    EMAIL:

    All i need from you is total honesty and sincerity. I know you will be committed to the work, You will also have a nice period of working with me.I will be waiting to hear from you.
    Thanks for your concern.

    Yours.

    Ina.

  85. John says

    I had a person attempt of scamming me today. Recently I created an ad selling my console with accessories and games. I finally got an offer or at least someone who attempted to contact me today. Like most of you the grammar was absolutely horrible in a funny way. It was similar to the posts you see online by foreign people trying to write in the English language. I have since blocked and deleted the messages so I don’t remember what exactly it said.

    Problem One. The phone number was not from my local area. I searched the phone area code and found out it was from somewhere in Ohio. While at it I googled his whole phone number. In one of the results someone anonymous left a post stating “SCAMMER” which made me laugh. After this I replied that it was still available. It took them about four hours to give me a reply. The summary of the reply was the buyer explaining that he wanted to purchase this console for his “cousin.” The buyer continued to ask if I was the original purchaser, how long I’ve used it and why I was selling it.

    I answered all his questions. Then the buyer asked what my final price was, and if I had a paypal. Naturally I got tired of acting like I was falling for the buyer’s scam. I told him my final price and also told him that I knew he was a scammer. I actually found this incident amusing instead of becoming angry.

    The scammer’s phone number is 567-343-2573

  86. Hope Langley says

    I am selling a dresser and this is the exact same scam I was hit with. Kelsey Barlow. Fosterwbx4@gmail.com. She said she was deaf, pay $50 over asking to send by fed ex and never mentioned the actual item. Glad I read this I will NOT cash the check if I receive it!

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  88. chris cross says

    I seriously considered falling for this scam. twice! But i remembered the old saying “cash is king”. Thank you so much for starting this posting. You did a good thing.

  89. says

    Thanks to research on the internet and these posts, I have avoided a similar scam. I listed my horse for sale on craigslist and received a text from someone say they wanted “it” and they were interested and willing to pay full price. They said they were out to sea working as an oceanographer and wanted to buy for wife. The grammar and spelling in the texts were horrible. All of the texts were also out of order. I had to scroll around and piece them together so they would make sense. They also said that they would be sending me a cashier’s check and when I got the check and confirmed with them then they would send mover’s to my preferred location for pick up.

  90. George says

    Yes, do not respond to the e-mails that look fishy. The e-mails that are general in response and just say: “I am interested.” I responded to one and my bisness credit card had fraudulent charges posted the next day. I do not know how they got my account information through my e-mail. luckily I was able to see it and stop it before it got worse. Also, you will get hundreds of spam e-mails per day. Block all you suspect are fishy and look like spam or scam. Do not reply and do not provide any of your personal information. I wish Craigslist made everyone regiter and kept track of the users.

  91. Kathy says

    The same guy is contacting me now about a ad I just put on CL today. Almost word for word! Thx for the warning.

  92. Wayne says

    Get off the crap that everything has to be prejudice or racist or something! That saying probably came from the time when Jewish businessmen were known to be very good and hard horse traders hence the term Jew you down. Your kind always take even the most innocent remarks as demeaning or something…. Just get off it! Now you will probably think this is prejudiced against horses!!!

  93. Melissa Pfeffer says

    Here’s the scammer who contacted me this morning….asked me for more pictures when I already posted 8 or 9 of them…asking price is in the listing yet asking for it again

    Hello! sorry for getting back to you so late. I do really interested to
    buy it from you, Actually now I’m not in town for now, I came to visit my
    family so i wont be able to meet with you to see the item but am ok
    with the price listed on the advert. I don’t mind to pay you additional
    $50 to withdraw the advert for you to see how serious i am in the
    transaction, and i don’t mind if you can send to me more
    picture for me to view. i will contact my secretary to issue a Check
    out for you and when you received the check I will make arrangement
    for pick up. So get back to me with below details to be on the check
    asap.

    Full Name:
    Address:
    City:
    State:
    Postal Code:
    Phone Number:
    Your Asking price

    And as soon as this is provided, the payment will be overnight to you
    and i will let you know when its mailed out. I need you to be honest
    with the sale as I am a God fearing person. Note you don’t need to
    worry about shipping the items to me as soon as you have the check
    and have the check cash my shipper will come over to pick the item up
    for me thanks for your understanding hope to hear back from you soon

    Thanks

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