Another scam via Craigslist: offering more than asking price

Here is a classic scam from Craigslist.They offer to buy your item you advertised via classified for more money than you ask for ($375 in my case, he offered $500).They even give you a bleeding heart story about wife dying in accident.

From: ike derico Alright,i live in North Georgia United State.Am quite comfortable with the condition of the item since i wont be making any repairs on it,i will like to offer you $500 including packing materials without you paying for any shipping charges b'cos i already have an account with FedEx,i would have loved to make the payment in cash and carry but we are not in the same state so i will like to go ahead with the payment by sending you a Money Order But i will need your contact infomation in which the money will be deliver ok.I wonna buy this [item name] for my step son to fulfill the promise his mum made before she died,i lost my lovely wife to an auto accident on 29th of June 2005 and since then i and her step son john have been living seperately and i want to buy this item for him because his mom promised him before death took her away from us and i think with this i and tobi can live as a family. Kindly get back to me immediately you receive my e-mail and i will like you to take it off craigslist for auction cos am serious in buying it.So let me have your full infomation ofr pyment to be made.... Best Regards. .I.Derico

Note how they can't pick up proper English names? I got another from 'ortega hanson'.



bednard luton

- seriously had this creep same name "badnard luton" try trhe same crap!! He wanted to buy my used sno tires and rims with out even seeing them...then wanted me to western union $3000of the $3500 his secretary accidently sent. Thank god we went with our instincts and looked online and found out it was a scam!!

wow we got almost the same

wow we got almost the same e-mail about computer parts! he sent us a check for 1.525.00 and the amount of parts was only 325.00. he wanted us to western union the rest to movers for him cuz his mother was sick. we depostied the check and it's supposed to clear tmrw were not touching it because we dont want to be held responsible! hes using the e-mail

He jus sent me a check 4

He jus sent me a check 4 7,255 with suntrust logo his email is Wow!

Same one just yesterday

My question is did the check clear and did you involve the Police. I just had almost the same exact thing happen and I'm like why so much money for a riding's crazy.. What the hell do I do now??? I want to call the Police or something.. This guy has my address... I'm freakin out.. I called the contact name and it went to a hotel in Iowa and no one by the name was an employee or a guest...

Craiglist Scammers

I recieved a similar email on the sale of my furniture.
The guy offered to send me a check which included the cost of the movers. Turned out the check was made out for three times the worth of my item.

Needless to say, bells went off. Did not cash the check, and did some reasearch on all the names found on the check & return address of the envelope.
The address of the return address was non existant, although the name of the company on the check was legit. Doubt the check itself was legit though. I will be sending the check back to the company as written on the check with an explanation of where it came from. Will also send a copy of the check to the original return address, with a statement that the check was returned to the name on account.

Thanks goodness I came across this site.

Beware of:
Ben Foster
Ben Foster

He used two different emails, one of them was signed Rich in lieu of Ben.

Seller beware!!

Ben Foster tried to scam me too- Today!

Glad I looked this up. Just like the guy before me He tried to send a money order and then to pick up my furniture. Here is the jerks email:
Hello ,

Thanks for your reply concerning my inquiry. I am quite comfortable with the condition of the item.Since I won't be making any repairs on it, I will add $30 to the purchase price... for you to hold it for me,Please provide your full name, Address and your Phone number so that I can send your payment.I will be paying you by a Money Order / Check. It will take 2 -3 days for the payment to get to you,As for delivery, I will make arrangements for the pick-up after you have received payment,If this meets your approval, kindly get back to me,as soon as possible, with your name, phone # and mailing address where
payment will be sent,so that I can have my assistant get the Money Order / Check ready.and some of the item picture's

Note: As soon as you have your money in hand,we can talk about the picking up of the item. I would like you to take the posting off today and consider is sold to me.

Best Regards
Ben Foster


This guy is still active.

This guy is still active. Got an identical email re: a couch I'm selling. For everyone's info...

Looting Luton

He is operating in the UK also under Frank Luton and Movers

He did scam me-reported him to fbi and local authorities

Wish I would have looked him up before-we lost $3000. I was skeptical as well but figured deposit check and made sure to tell bank i was skeptical and wanted to make sure the check completely cleared before made available-i use Bank of America and they told me that it cleared so i thought ok it was safe-scum of the earth-he just cheated my retired father out of $3000 dollars in which I feel responsible to pay him back-however i am unemployed due to the wonderful economy that we are living in. BEWARE OF BEN FOSTER_SCAMMER!!!

Sorry to hear that this guy

Sorry to hear that this guy scammed you out of all that money. What happened with the check after it cleared your bank account? How does a bank clear a bad check? Did the guy put a stop payment on the check after it cleared? Im just curious as to what exactly these scammers are doing so that I'll know what to look for to protect myself from this scam.