Another form of Internet Fraud: Usenet Forsale Scam

Last week, I advertised an old 486 computer forsale. It is worth around 10$Cdn. I posted it to a Usenet newgroup local to the area that I live in.

A few days after it has been posted, I received the following email. Note that the Subject contains what I advertised, but the text of the message shows that it is a generic format that is sent to all potential victims, since he asks for the quantity and cost, although this is stated. Also a 10$ 486 is not a suitable birthday gift for someone who is doing a masters degree.

Obviously this leads to some scam involving bank accounts. I am not sure exactly what is supposed to happen. I replied to "Benson" asking which country and city he is in, and whether a 486 is suitable for his son. He never replied.

A colleague at work told me that his wife had an item for sale, and she received similar email messages. The buyer changed countries from one email to the other, and they offered more money than the item is worth.

Subject: Computer: 486DX2

From: Benson Raymond <benson4007@gmail.com>

Dear seller,

 I am Interested in your product ,I want to buy the product for my
Son who is doing his masters degree,I will like to know if you still have the products on sale also how many quantity you are having for sale,and let me know the cost price,I will pay the exact amount you place on it.

 I am buying this product for his birthday gift and i hope that we will have best transaction so that i will able to send to him before his birthday.

 The payment will be made via bank transfer and i will like you to open account with Royal bank of canada so that the  money will be wire into your account.

 Kindly calculate the cost price of the product with the shipping via UPS and let me know the total cost so  that i will make the payment altogether.

 You can chat with me through my yahoo messenger ID (benson4007@yahoo.com).

Let me hear from you asap.

 Benson.

 Here is another scam attempt for the same computer. So someone who lives in London, but 'presently based' in Italy wants to buy from Canada a 486 computer worth no more than 10$.

From: garret kimberly
To: me
Date: Jun 6, 2005 9:48 PM
Subject: Computer: 486DX2/66
Hello,
Saw your advert where you placed it and i think it
suit's my requirement's.I would like to buy for the
same qoute .I live
in london but am presently based in the
Italy.Pls get in touch with me through this
email addresss so that we may discuss payment
options.Also,attach pics of the
Computer: 486DX2/66

Thanks.
Regards,Garret.

Initially, I thought that this is a money laundering scheme. However, upon further investigation, I found this to be a fake cashier cheque scam, as described on Craiglist scams page:

 2. distant buyer offers a high-value (but fake) cashier's check in exchange for your item

  • you receive an odd email offering to buy your item site unseen.
  • cashier's check is offered for your sale item, as a deposit for an apartment, or just about anything else.
  • value of cashier's check often far exceeds your item - buyer asks you to wire the balance via money transfer service
  • banks will often cash these fake checks AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHECK FAILS TO CLEAR
  • scam often involves a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate owing buyer money, etc)

Sigh!

Contents: 

Comments

Exactly the same script/style

Exactly the same script/style used on the main craigslist scam,I've received very similar wording. Amusing that the "buyer" obviously does not even care what the item is. Usually they hit anything I post over $100 and seldom anything below $100. A $10 486? Must be a beginner. I probably could offer to sell a can of cat food for $110 and someone would be happy to pay 130 and $500 for the "mover" who's coming to pick it up.

Somewhere in the process I wire money...Western Union. A LOT of money. The Money order/check is of course a fake.

Let the Seller Beware.

scam from Austra

I posted my shore rental on craigs list and received a response from a 27 yr old actress offering to pay me 300 extra if I would send the balance of the check she was sending to a moving agent in Oregon...Why would I do this and why do they think we would fall for it??

Scam i recieved today

Today I posted an add for a xbox 360 elite the following is the e-mail i recieved from "Mike":

Hello,

Good morning,how are you today? I saw your item that you posted on craigslist and I am very much interested in purchasing the item and i will like to know your last asking price and it picture if available for more satisfaction and i will like to tell you that i will be paying with a Bank Certified Check in US dollars and as for the shipment my shipper will come for the pick up at your location upon your confirmation of receiving the payment and I want you to keep the item for me and don't want you to look for any other buyer.Get back to me with the following details so that i can proceed to payment.

Your full name to be on the check
Your full contact address to send the payment to (Not PO Box)
Your zip code
Your mobile or home phone no to reach you.

I would have love to come down for the pickup, but i do not have
chance to do that now due to my job but am satisfied with your
description of the item i will like you to give me your contact
information to mail your payment to you.Have a nice day and hope to
hear from you soon.

Mike
****

I Love how they ask about the "Item" as if they have no idea what my item is that im selling yet they are interested.

Thank god my instict said this is fake

craigslist scams

HELLO, I AM A JOB SEARCHER ON CRAIGSLIST AND I ACTUALLY GOT 2 SCAM EMAIL. FIRST A HOUSE CLEANING JOB, THE LADIE IS OUT OF STATE AND WANTED ME TO CLEAN HERE APARTMENT FOR $500 AND SHE SENT ME AN EMAIL SAYING SHE ACCIDENTLY SENT ME A CHECK FOR $4,000 AND TO DEDUCT $600 FROM IT AND SEND THE RST TO THE MOVER'S. THE SECOND EMAIL IS FROM A JOB THAT SEND'S OUT CHECK AND MONEY GRAMS, BASICALLY TELLING ME MY JOB IS TO SEND PEOPLE PAYMENT'S TO PEOPLE IN LONDON, BRITIAN. THE CHECK WAS FOR $2,900 AND THERE WERE TWO FOR $903.02 EACH AND SHE EXPLAINED TO ME TO DEDUCT 10% from each pay and also take out the expenses for the wester union from each of there pay. they send me two diffrant envelopes with the check in one and both the money grams in another. ups next day air. I HAD DEPOSITED ALL THREE PAYMENT'S INTO MY FIANCÉE'S BANK ACCOUNT BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER WENT THROUGH THIS AND DID NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT LIKE THAT. SO KNOW THAT THE PAYMENT ARE KNOW PENDING I DON'T KNOW WHAT I SHOULD DO, SHOULD I LEAVE THEM IN THERE UNTIL MAYBE THEY GO THREW AND IF THEY DON'T TAKE THEM OUT AND BRING THEM TO THE POLICE STATION? ALSO I DID GET ANOTHER EMAIL FROM AN OLDER MALE SAYING HE WANTS HELP CLEANING AND HELP HIM ON THE COMPUTER AND OTHER STUFF I SENT THIS MAN AN EMAIL BACK AND SAID I WOULD LOVE TO WORK FOR HIM I ASKED HIM OR I DID OFFER HIM THAT ME AND MY FIANCÉE WILL COME THERE SIT DOWN HAVE A CUP OF TEA OR SOMETHING AND DISCUSS THIS WHAT I WILL BE DOING, THE PAY, WHAT HE NEEDS HELP WITH AND ALSO THE DAYS AND HOURS. HE SENT ME AN EMAIL THE VERY NEXT MORNING WHEN I CHECKED IT IT READ "THANK-YOU, I FOUND SOMEONE THOUGH" WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? HE FOUND SOMEONE THAT VERY SAME DAY? I DONT KNOW WHAT THAT WAS BUT FROM THE LOOKS OF IT IT SOUNDS LIKE AN OLD MAN NEEDING HELP IN SEXUAL WAYS, DONT YOU THINK? I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO SO IF SOMEONE HAS BEEN THROUGH THIS PLEASE EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW WHAT IS THE BEST THING I CAN DO WRITE KNOW TO MAYBE HELP THE SITUATION? SO IF ANYONE HAS ANYTHING THEY WANT TO SYY ABOUT THIS SCAM ISSUE PLEASE EMAIL ME AT futuremcintyre@usa.com