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 <>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: meTo: Dave Smith <>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 <>To: meHello,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 Depot2. Office Max3. Staples Store 4. Stationery Store5. 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 and know more about it .Dont worry i will handle the shipping myself with my shipper. you can IM on this ID 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.



Scam Alert From BJ

This is the email I sent BJ @ 4:50 pm 12/20/2011

Barry Johnson SCAM!!!!
Submitted by Mike W (not verified) on Wed, 2009/12/30 - 00:47.
Barry Johnson (AKA-BJ)will use 2 different emails. One is from "" and the other is "" or some other forms of that.
I am selling a truck and "he" contacted me within a day or two of the add. Due to the fact that I live on a US military installation, I asked him to contact me, at least, by phone. No phone call was ever recieved but numerous emails have been received with replies for "him" to contact me. Apparently a check has already been sent. If I do receive this check it will be delivered straight to the FBI and to my counter-terrorism friends. He is one reason we still need GITMO!
He may ask you to send the remaining balance to a guy in Jacksonville, FL.
Please beware!!! Everyone else...G'Luck!

I found this post on the web and thought u might like to see this. Call me at the phone number I gave u And I will delete the ad on craigslist. After seeing this a phone call would be much appreciated.
This information are the emails we have recently contacted each other with.>

Joseph Beach
Message flagged Monday, December 19, 2011 5:26 AM


Please await the arrival of the check.

I just drop the check in the outgoing mails..It will get to you via USPS postal service within 2 to 5 business days.The fund's will cover your payment and also shipment.I'm in no rush with you till funds has been cleared in your bank. You are required to deduct your fund then refund balance to the mover for him to be able to offset shipping and other tax charges. The mover's agent will come for pick up & signing of document when payment is cleared in your bank.

Kindly delete advert today then get back to me.

Barry Johnson.

My address is missing from this part of the email>

From: Barry Johnson
To: Joseph Beach
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 6:18 AM
Subject: Re: 1985 GMC S-15 long wheel base - $1000 (32246)
HelloI'm ready to purchase it from you Asap.I perfectly understand the present condition as stated in the Ad. I would prefer cash-on-delivery as anyone would but i cannot due to the nature of my work. I've prepared a bank check to send via US Postal Service which should reach you 3-5 days. I'm in no rush until funds have been cleared into your account. I will handle the pick up when the payment has been cleared. Kindly e-mail me back with your Name : Address: City: State: Code : Phone Number to facilitate your payment .Once the check is received please remove the AD from CL to avoid interruption. ThanksB.Johnson

On Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 9:20 AM, Joseph Beach wrote:
I still have the truck. If you would like the truck please send a time and day convenient for you to view the truck in person.

From: Barry Johnson
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 7:40 AM
Subject: 1985 GMC S-15 long wheel base - $1000 (32246)

Hello. Do you still have it avaliable? Please do find some time to get back to me asap. Thanks BJ

Car sale fraud

Here is the craigslist ad I responded to asking for more pics, records, etc

Does this have a clean title (Carfax)?
When can I look at it/test drive it?
How many miles?

I get this response

Hello and sorry for the delay,

I'm Sgt Pool Johnson.The 2007 Toyota Camry LE is in a perfect working condition. My experienced tech has fully checked out the car and gives it a special high rating has a CLEAR and CLEAN TITLE, a great history and mechanically without any problems ever, safety check and pre-delivery inspection along with a fresh servicing before I ship or deliver the car.
It has 9,747 miles and the VIN# is 4T1BE46K57U621002
I have the pictures of the car hosted at the following address:

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay's Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can't register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,970 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Best Regards,
Pool and Lisa Johnson


Here is the latest email I got from this schmuck asking for money. I have also reported this email to :

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: eBay Financial Department
Date: Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 5:02 AM
Subject: eBay Motors VPP Invoice # 71057015 - 2007 Toyota Camry LE 4 Cyl

eBay sent this message to Mohan Simha ( )

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First Name: Felipe
Last Name: Contreras
Street Address: 48 Wimpole Street
City: London
State & Zip Code: London, W1G 8SF
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Item: 2007 Toyota Camry LE VIN:4T1BE46K57U621002 9,747 Miles

Payment Information - Buy with Confidence

Sale Price $ 2,970.00 US
Sales Tax $ 0,00 US

Shipping Fee $ 0,00 US
Down Payment $ 2,970.00 US
Total Price $ 2,970.00 US
Delivery Information:

First Name:
Last Name:
Street Address:
State & Zip Code:
Country: United States
eBay Customer Representative Agent assigned for your transaction:

First Name: Felipe
Last Name: Contreras
Street Address: 48 Wimpole Street
City: London
State & Zip Code: 48 Wimpole Street
Country: United Kingdom
Seller Information:

First Name: Pool
Last Name: Johnson
Street Address: 23 Featherstone Street
City: London
State & Zip Code: London EC1Y 8SL
Country: United Kingdom
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same scam different car GMC acadia 08

I knew it was too good to be true! Im posting his newest listing... almost the same as this. Glad i found this website and this posting THANKS!

The 2008 GMC Acadia SLT-2 is still available for the price of $3,700. The SUV has 37,250 miles and it's in excellent plus overall condition; no accidents and no mechanical problems, very clean in and out and well kept. The car is paid off and it has CLEAN TITLE AND READY, so the transfer of both title and vehicle will provide a smooth transaction.
I am selling it under market value, because I was recently promoted and had to move to the London, UK. The Acadia is ready to be shipped in Tampa, FL and it's my responsibility to deliver it to your home at no extra charge.
I’ve secured my sale and I'll use eBay to close the deal, because it protects both buyer and seller. As you know eBay is the best company of online transactions and they keep your money until you get/test drive the vehicle and check the documents. The SUV will be delivered to your residence in 3 days since your payment has been sent to eBay. You'll be given 7 Day Inspection Period and I get paid after you make sure everything is as agreed.

If you want to buy it, just send me your FULL NAME and SHIPPING ADDRESS to register the deal with eBay.

Thank you,

**** the email on this jerk is ******

after i asked him to come

after i asked him to come look at the car because i have family in his FL area he responded with:

I would really love for you to come to pick the vehicle up in person but since I've secured my sale through eBay, we have to follow their rules and procedures and that might not be possible. The car is already prepared for shipping, so I'm keen on selling the vehicle through eBay, which is to everyone's benefit. Remember, you’ll be given 7 days inspection period. If by any reason the vehicle is not as described or if you find any problems with it, I will ship it back on my costs and you’ll be fully refunded by eBay. I'm sure it won't be the case because it's a state of art looking and working vehicle. So if you wish to purchase it, please forward me your full name and the accurate shipping address to register the deal with eBay. They will provide you further instructions/ information.

What a jackass!!!


Subject: 94 honda prelude!
Date: Monday, January 4, 2010, 9:58 AM

Sounds good,
I am still willing to purchase the item,Because it is need urgently and i had seen the picture which i think it pretty okay. Hope is still in excellent condition,do you have any other picture to view. Although I am currently away for my business trip and i will want International Auto dependable Shipping Company to handle the pickup once the check is clear.My form of payment would be via (E-CHECK).The electronic cashier check was drawn on bank of America. Immediately the check verify and clear in your bank i will contact International Dependable Shipping Company to come and pick it up from your place once you have your money for the item.To proceed further not to delaying the transaction you will probably need to purchase Blank Business Check Paper at Shopping Mall Or Office Depot nearest to your area.Once you have the Blank business Check paper with you. kindly email me your Name and Address With your email address so my client can proceed and send the check via your email with the following instruction on how to get the check printed out immediately,So you can have it deposit for instant cash. Additional $20 would be added to your asking price to cover the cost of paper you
purchase. Email me back to proceed further.

Craigslist Scam

I've been looking for a car on Craigslist and every car that seems to be a great deal is a scam. Emails from sellers are always full of grammatical errors. It is obvious the 'seller' is from a foreign country. They put 's' on the end of words that shouldn't be plural. All of the replies I've gotten have some kind of shipping deal involved. Some say it's going through Ebay 'to be safe'...but the car is never in the state you are looking for a car in...!

Craigslist clearly states that all deals involving shipping are a scam. It's interesting (and sad) that there are so many crooks trying to pull off some way to screw you. They all appear to be from Osama Bin Laden.

Buyer beware. We are smart enough to stop this. Don't comply...don't get taken. - Craigstlist purchase

A letter from a guy who want to buy my item.
He first wanted to use a check, then asked if I had paypal. I gave him the
paypal link (button i made) and no reply,,,

From him:
I am willing to purchase it as a present gift.Hope still in excellent condition,My form of payment would be via Paypal because the item would need to used for wedding ceremony.Email me back with your payment invoice Name and email address to proceed and send the payment.I am going to Add additional $50 to cover the shipping cost via Express Mail Service(EMS) of USPS to my friend place.await to hear from you


Craigslist Scam Artist/Sgt Major Barbara Morris

Hello All,
I just read an earlier post about Sgt Major Barbara Morris and I was righ in the middle of doing a transaction with this individual whenI googled the name and found this site. This Scam artist is currently at it again on Indiana CraigList ( tryintg to scam people on a 2003 Winnebago Rialta QD -$4900.00
Fortunately I did NOT send any cashto hold the vehicle. It sucks this individual is using a military name when trying to scam people.

Sgt Major Barbara Morris

Sgt Major Barbara Morris is also trying to sell a 2005 Tahoe for $2980 through e-bay escrow. Looked like an awesome deal & said she was being shipped off next week to Afghanistan again and therefore was under a time crunch to sell. Since I have heard that the armed forces will sometimes help with shipping, etc in those circumstances I didn't think too much of the free shipping but still thought it was too good to be true of a deal so starting googling Sgt Major Barbara Morris & found a host of vehicle/boat scams. Beware!!! IF IT SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE - IT PROBABLY IS!! Thankfully, I told the scammer I would not forward any money, even through a service, until the vehicle & title had been inspected. Funny, they weren't willing to let me pick up the vehicle and inspect on site.