Craigslist classified for used car: Cheque fraud scam

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Craigslist classified for used car: Cheque fraud scam

I recently listed a car for sale on craigslist and other local classified ad services.

This is one reply I got, which is clearly an attempt at scamming:

From: Dave Smith <goldenwum12@yahoo.com>
Subject: [The title of the classified ad for the car]

Hello,
I just viewed your car posting on craigslist and i have interest on it
i will like to know the present condition and two more pictures of the
car before i proceed with the transaction.
Thanks

Problem is, the scammer is not very smart. I did not posted pictures to begin with, so there are no more pictures.

So, I sent this reply:

From: me
To: Dave Smith <goldenwum12@yahoo.com>

Pictures attached.

I intentionally did not attach any pictures. A genuine buyer would have noticed this of course. Instead, the scammer proceeded with the next step, revealing his true intent:

From Dave Smith <goldenwum12@yahoo.com>
To: me

Hello,

Thanks for your reply i got all your information about the car and am ok
with it, i will be making your payment today i need your full name and
address to make your payment today through electronic check i will handle the shipment myself.

All what you need about the mode of payment is to get a Blank check paper and magnetic versa ink to print the check, the check will be sent to your email and you get it printed from it. You can get this materials from the following stores.

1. Office Depot
2. Office Max
3. Staples Store
4. Stationery Store
5. Compusa.

When you get this materials you can print the check out and immediately after the printing you can then get the check cashed at your Bank or any bank of america branch around you I will wait for you to confirm and clear the check.
The payment will be in excess as i will want you to contact my shipper with the excess fund for shipping the car after you must have confirmed and cashed the check.i will wait for your bank to clear the check so you can deduct your own money and send the excess fund to the shipper via Western Union Money Transfer so as to cover the cost of shipping the car from your place to it's destination. I will add extra 100$ for the purchasing of check paper and magnetic versa ink.

For more information about the mode of payment you can check the website www.qchex.com and know more about it .Dont worry i will handle the shipping myself with my shipper. you can IM on this ID goldenwum10@yahoo.com or call me on 9145954296 for more information.
Thanks and God Bless

This is a classic scam where a fake cheque is sent to the victim for more than the amount owed, and the difference is to be wired to the scammer.

This guy's real name is Eric

This guy's real name is Eric Sergent, he's been going around scamming people like this for years and has been arrested many times. richard webb sent me a response to a resume i posted, sent me a check to deposit and transfer the money to 'his supplier' (eric sergent) and that would have come back on me and i would be owing the bank thousands of dollard while this pos collects unearned money. except i'm not stupid enough to actually fall for some bullshit where i do no work and magically get paid for it. if anyone can email me about this Barry, Richard Webb, Eric Sergent, Dave Smith, Stevan's Production Services, Christopher Beal, I'm going to get this man stopped and never let him ruin another person's life. Help me stop him!

Scammer

I have jewelery posting, he came as Barry Wood, after his initial email below, i asked to voice verify, he claims to be deaf! Let me know what else you need.

His email to me:
OKAY,
 I'm  making this online purchase due to the fact that i find this Item great and moreover much enviable to what I'd need urgently as present gift, while my mode of payment will be via (PayPal) to faciliate the transaction.I will appreciate if you can kindly end the sales on craigslist web. You can go ahead and Read more about PAYPAL via  (www.paypal.com) i just check with www.usps.com said it is cost $20 to cover the shipping cost via (ORDINARY NORMAL MAIL SERVICE  POST OFFICE AND INSURE). But i am going to add $100 to your asking price if there is any fee paypal charge when you signup account.kindly get back to me with your PAYPAL e-mail address so that i can make the payment as soon as possible ...
 

Barry Wood
Thank

NIGERIA, OTA - OLORUNTOBI OLALEKAN O.

Hello friends if you were not I would be deceived by the serial OLORUNTOBI OLALEKAN O. I received several emails from him similar to yours that you posted. The first two e-mail I received them in my native language, I realized that they were strangers and started to write him in English, to make it clear exactly what he wants. The following emails are:

Относно: !! YOUR PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE !! €20.00
Дата: Петък, 2012, Февруари 17 16:30:55 EET

Hello,

I've just order for your payment via PayPal. I am putting my trust in you and hope you'll not disappoint me. I have sent your fund via (PayPal). PayPal will contact you immediately they verify your email address. Endeavor to email me once you see the confirmation of payment. Kindly package the bracelet ready to go for shipment also remember to ship the bracelet via EMS of USPS so that it will arrive at my friend's address as soon as possible, i will await your email and also Express Mail Service Tracking Number. Please before you proceed to post and send the package, remove the paper work on the package and you don't need to add asking price because my friend told me it will increase the custom charges in her country. I have added additional €5 to cover the shipping cost. I will like you to remove the case and you can put it in a Padded envelop so that it will look nice and okay. Here is my friend address below.

NAME : OLORUNTOBI OLALEKAN O.
ADDRESS : 3O TEN TEN STREET,IKOLA ROAD OSI OTA
CITY : OTA
STATE : OGUN STATE
COUNTRY : NIGERIA
ZIPCODE : 23439

I will be very glad to hear back from you as soon as you received the payment confirmation notification of your money...You can also proceed with shipment and also get back to there representative customer care service with the shipment tracking number as a proof for prompt verification so that your money can be credit into your PayPal account immediately.

Thank You.

and next...Misled and we agreed to send his dispatch tomorrow

Re: !! YOUR PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE !! €20.00
Дата: Петък, 2012, Февруари 17 17:22:05 EET

That will be fine, i will be looking forward in reading from you soon.

Thanks.

Then I received the following two emails from paypal...

Относно: *** PAYMENT CODE CONFIRMATION-(Routing Code:ID PP1525)*** DO NOT REPLY.
Дата: Петък, 2012, Февруари 17 16:16:03 EET

Protect Your Account Info
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PayPal will never ask you to enter your password in an email.

For more information on protecting yourself from fraud, please review our Security Tips at https://www.paypal.com/row/securitytips

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You've got new fund!
**Payment Request Approved **

Dear kalina_bfu@abv.bg,

Smith Bank just sent you money withPayPal.
Smith Bank is a Verified buyer.
____________________________________

Money Request Details

Subtotal :€ 15 . 00 USD
Shipping Cost :€ 5 . 00 USD
Total :€ 20 . 00 USD
Transaction ID :8B174-130NG-7404-35H
Note :Elegant Bracelet w 18k Gold.

____________________________________
Transaction Confirmed
**PLEASE NOTE**

BUYER PREFER SHIPMENT VIA USPS EMS.
Any Other Shipment Service Used Except USPS EMS will not be accepted.

The buyer of this item requested this item to be shipping to the following address below buyer shipping information.

NAME : OLORUNTOBI OLALEKAN O.
ADDRESS : 3O TEN TEN STREET,IKOLA ROAD OSI OTA
CITY : OTA
STATE : OGUN STATE
COUNTRY : NIGERIA
ZIPCODE : 23439

Confirmed

This PayPal payment has been deducted from the buyer's account and has been " APPROVED"but will not be credited to your account until the shipment tracking number is sent to our customer care support for shipment verification so as to secure both the buyer and the
seller.

Below are the necessary information requested before we will send you URL/hyperlink to click for you to receive the money in your account completely. Send tracking number to paypal processing department at fundconfirmationtransfers@live.com and our customer online processing will attend to you. As soon as you send us the shipment's tracking number to us for security purposes and the safety of the buyer and the seller,the money will be credited to your account within 48hours after shipping verification.You can also notify the buyer with the tracking number so your account can be credited within 24-48hrs of shipment verification.

**PLEASE NOTE**
Once shipment has been verified and the tracking number sent to us, You will receive a "CONFIRMATION EMAIL" from PayPal informing you that the Money has been credited.
Thank you for using PayPal!
The PayPal Team
Service@paypal.com
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________

With PayPal, you always shop without sharing your financial information.

Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response.PayPal Email ID PP1525

PayPal, an Craigslist company

...

Относно: *** Payment Receipt ( Routing Code: 8B174-130NG-7404-35H ) Confirmed.***
Дата: Петък, 2012, Февруари 17 16:23:58 EET

Dear kalina_bfu@abv.bg,

A payment has been made to your PayPal account by Mr. Smith Bank for your Craigslist item *** Elegant Bracelet w 18k Gold *** which will get into your account as soon as we verify and confirm the item has been shipped.This is due to the standard PayPal method used by the buyer. We request you send the item within the next 24Hours to the buyer's shipping address since he has made payment to your PayPal account. Otherwise the payment will not be credited to the account specified. This is to reduce the high rate of fraudulent acts going on and to ensure both buyer and seller are satisfied and secured. We need the item's shipping tracking number to verify the shipment of the item to the buyer's shipping address provided.

Shipping tracking numbers will be given to you at the post office/courier service company where you ship this item and it should be sent to our Customer care representative. We need you to send us the Proof of Shipment in the right format below to ensure us to credit your account.

Name/Shipping Address
Name Of Courier Service
Tracking Number
Date /Time Of Shipping.

The fund has been deducted from smithbank@02.pl and will be credited into your account kalina_bfu@abv.bg immediately we receive the shipment tracking number from you.

Shipping Address:

NAME : OLORUNTOBI OLALEKAN O.
ADDRESS : 3O TEN TEN STREET,IKOLA ROAD OSI OTA
CITY : OTA
STATE : OGUN STATE
COUNTRY : NIGERIA
ZIPCODE : 23439
________________________________________
Transaction Confirmed

****PLEASE NOTE***

Due to the fact that PayPal processes thousands of orders daily, PayPal RECOMMENDS contacting the Customer Support Representative that has been assigned to this particular Order directly. This is to ensures speedy verification of shipment as well as prompt transfer of the funds to your account. Send shipment tracking details to : fundconfirmationtransfers@live.com

***CUSTOMER SUPPORT***

If you have any questions, Please feel free to contact the Customer Support Representative that has been assigned to this particular Order at: fundconfirmationtransfers@live.com

The "official" PayPal corporate offices are at:
Scott Thompson
President PayPal
2211 N. First Street
San Jose
CA 95131

Thank you for using PayPal ®
Sincerely,
PayPal Customer Care.

Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response.PayPal Email ID PP1525.

PayPal, an Craigslist company

The sender of these messages is Service@PayPal.com Payment Confirmation @ Account Verification Money Transfer Dept. Intl.

Fortunately, my luck, something made ​​me check the internet and typed name and saw this forum ... Many thanks!

P.S. Is it likely that a criminal to know my data and my passwords?

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ANOTHER TRY FROM BARRY WOOD!!

--
Hope this item is for sales?Get back to me

Thanks

Reply to: barry4rwood@aol.com
Barry Wood
35631.110 West College Street

Fran Haag
13:02 (2 horas atrás)

para Barry
Yes it is! Please let me know if you have questions or if you are interested in seeing the ring.

Thanks!

arry4rwood@aol.com
13:04 (2 horas atrás)

para mim
OKAY,
I'm making this online purchase due to the fact that i find this Item great and moreover much enviable to what I'd need urgently as present gift, while my mode of payment will be via (PayPal) to faciliate the transaction.I will appreciate if you can kindly end the sales on craigslist web. You can go ahead and Read more about PAYPAL via (www.paypal.com) i just check with www.usps.com said it is cost $30 to cover the shipping cost via (EMS EXPRESS MAIL SERVICE OF USPS POST OFFICE AND INSURE). But i am going to add $100 to your asking price if there is any fee paypal charge when you signup account.kindly get back to me with your PAYPAL e-mail address so that i can make the payment as soon as possible ...

Barry Wood
Thank

Fran Haag
14:06 (1 hora atrás)

para Barry4rwood
I was not expecting to make this sell online. I do have a PayPal account, however, I'd like to know where I'm shipping this ring to.
Please send me your PayPal information and I'll request payment from you. Once payment from you. Once payment is confirmed, I'll ship the item asap.

Thanks!

---> NO RESPONSE, OF COURSE!!

ANOTHER POSSIBLE SCAM

Hello,i am interested in buying this Ring..please is it still available and in good condition? kindly get back to me as soon as possible..Thanks
This message was remailed to you via: z33v4-2893929020@sale.craigslist.org
If this email is a scam or spam please flag it now:
http://www.craigslist.org/flag/20120310021028HqCgNFZq4RGbu8-DlUcQ4Q

Fran Haag
18:14 (1 hora atrás)

para vennesa
Hi Vennesa,

Yes, it's like new and it is available! Please let me know if you are available tomorrow so we can meet and I can show you the ring.

Thanks!

vennesa ashley vennesa60@gmail.com
19:57 (4 minutos atrás)

para mim
Hello,
Thanks for your reply,i am really interested in buying this Ring, i would have loved to come and inspect this Ring at your place myself but I am a busy woman and i am presently out of state for business conference in Spain, I am buying this Ring for one of my customer in Malaysia and i have send all the detail/ information of this Ring to him and he was so excited about it,He has promised to send the money to my account today please just make sure the Ring is in condition described..I will be sending your money asap but will you accept paypal for my mode of payment? Because i only make payment via paypal for this type of transaction because it's the safest means of making payment as it protect both buyers and sellers interest kindly get back to me if you accept paypal so that i can proceed on making the payment.
Regards

CONT...

Fran Haag
20:16 (8 horas atrás)

para vennesa
Hi,

PayPal works for me. Please send me your information and I'll issue an invoice through PayPal for your payment. Once I receive your payment I'll ship the ring to you by express mail.

Thanks for your business!!

vennesa ashley vennesa60@gmail.com
21:29 (7 horas atrás)

para mim
Alright, Kindly send me a paypal money request to my this email address including the shipping cost to Malaysia via USPS Express Mail International so that i can make the payment as soon as possible.here is the shipping address..
Name..Nicolas Cartney
Address..C-6-10 Angkasa Condominium,Taman Connaught,
City..Cheras,
Zip Code..56000
State..Kuala Lumpur,
Country..Malaysia
Phone..(+601116256290)

vennesa ashley vennesa60@gmail.com
22:36 (6 horas atrás)

para mim
The payment as just been made so that you can ship the Ring as soon as possible via USPS EXPRESS MAIL INTERNATIONAL. I will like you to check your PayPal email address for the confirmation message of my payment from PayPal but please do not write the actual amount of the Ring on the shipping label because we will still have to pay some tax/duties upon Delivery and it always half of the money so please i will like you to help me with this and put a smaller amount of $500 on the shipping label as a declare value and get back to me as soon as you have this done.you will also receive the shipping address from PayPal..Thanks for your time

Fran Haag
03:31 (1 hora atrás)

para vennesa
I have not received any money on my paypal account. Would you please verify payment? Thanks!

vennesa ashley vennesa60@gmail.com
04:25 (28 minutos atrás)

para mim
I have make the payment and your funds has been deducted from my paypal account..paypal told me that my payment confirmation email has been sent to you,did you received it ? if not you can check your SPAM folder because i also got the paypal message in my SPAM folder,please check it and get back to me as soon as possible..Thanks

Fran Haag
04:49 (4 minutos atrás)

para vennesa
I haven't received any e-mail plus I'm checking on my paypal account and I haven't received any payment there.
I cannot send you the ring if the payment is not in my account.

Please check with PayPal and get back to me. Once the amount is credited in my PayPal account I'll ship you the ring asap.

Thanks!

BY PHONE TOO!!! 2053906695

I'm getting bombarded with scam messages!

I received a text message from 205-3906695:

"Gorgeous certified engagement ring - $2,500 (Torrance)... What is the condition of your item and your final price?"

Me - "It's like new. This is my final price."

"Ok, I will be giving you $2,800 for the item. And I will also be giving you an additional $200 for you to get the item ship to West Africa, ok?"

Me - "Sorry, it's in person only. Thanks!"

Georgia Gause from Texas

This one left an American address and a phone number. What can be done with this info?

"Sounds good, I would have love to come over with cash, but because of your distance from Tx and also am very busy with my Job and also my church ministry, I understand that there are many scam online and i want you to know that I'm paypal verified member and I will send out the payment first before we proceed with the shipment you can easily get an account with Paypal its reliable and easy to use, I find it the easiest way to use my credit card safely and is a safe and reliable method of payment, let me know when you done with the registration, for me to make the payment immediately. Please I also need to see more pics (214)216-2364"

"Beautiful pics, I want the ring shipped over night to me because I have a trip to Bahamas with my family, here is what you need to Dallas,2444 province lane Dallas, TX 75228 to get the cost of the shipping and also include amount when sending the invoice or paypal money request to my paypal ID: georgia.gause@yahoo.com God bless"

ebay classified ad

I posted a set of wedding rings for sale on ebay classified and received the same email from Georgia Mae Gause with the same address and this morning received an email from paypal saying that the money had been deposited for the transaction into paypal but I needed to post a tracking # for shipment prior to the funds being available to me. Is this a scam??