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'.



another scam? how does it work?


My assistant told me that it's still for sale. I'm fine with paying
your asking price and I can make your payment either by check or money
order because I am currently away on a business trip. I will make the
arrangement for pick-up AFTER you have received the payment. I don't
mind adding a little extra ($30 or so) for any inconvenience this may
cause you. You should receive your payment within 4-6 business days.
The only information I need from you is your full name, cell phone
number, and your address where you'd like me to send your money!
Also,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. Thank you

Henry Thomas Strikes Again

I too, was contacted by a Henry Thomas to purchase infants furniture I had for sale. He also offered over the sale price to hold it for him. He was not concerned about the condition and would have his assistant send me a check by Fedex provided I contact Craigslist and remove the item from sale TODAY. Subsequent emails then stated he would include the shipping costs and that I was to get a Western Union money order from any Walmart and give it to the shipper when he arrived to pick up the furniture. It sounded like a variation on a scam and this website only confirmed it. I reported to Craigslist and went to my bank who advised that it was likely a counterfeit check.

Another scam

So I was looking to offer my services on Craigslist and I recieved an email from this email "" I knew it was a scam because he said he would pay me 1600 a month for working 3 hours every week. So beware! They also used this meal aswell "". Don't fall for their tricks and it's too good to be true!!!

Almost fell for it, Glad I read all these post

I almost fell for his trick and Im so glad I looked him up to see who he really was. All this seemed to good to be true. Is there any way you can report these people??
This is the email I received from Robert Hook

Thanks for the prompt response,i will like to proceed with the transaction asap and my mode of payment will be via Bank certified check. However, to ease the pick up the item will be picked-up from you by my shipper once you receive and cash the check,i am willing to wait for your bank to verify and clear the check before the shipper pickup the item therefore I'll need this detail below to mail out the check.

* The Full name on check
* Mailing address (Deliverable Address)
* Phone Number

Proceed to delete the advert of this item if my mode of payment is accepted and get back to me asap with your details to mail out the certified check to you.You can delete the advert to avoid interruption.

The check will be Overnight Via FedEx today and it will get to you first thing tomorrow morning

The Certified Check will be mailed.

Please await the arrival of the check. I have sent your details to my bank to prepare the Check Payment.It will get to you via Fedex Overnight Delivery and i will mail you with the shipment tracking number.The fund will cover your payment and also shipment.I'm in no rush with you till funds has been cleared in your bank which take 24/48hrs.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.

hit too on craigslisf

Thanks for head's up! They just responded to my ad for administrative work. Mirandaxeq@gmail is fictitious and a scam.

Greg strikes again!

I'm selling a gift card and I get a very generous email from a buyer who tells me he wants to offer more than the gift card is worth:

Greg M
I was told by my assistant that your item is still for sale,i would have love to come and see it,but my scheduled is very tight as am going out of state on a business trip. My assistant will mail out your payment once you provide your full number and address.I can only pay via Money Order as am on a business trip now,pls let me know where to send your payment to because i wouldn't want to lose it to some else.I don't mind adding ($30) dollars so you can keep it in my favor,you should get your payment in 6-7 working days I will also make arrangement for pick-up which will be after you must have received and cashed the payment. Awaiting your info.
Please let me know as soon as you receive it so i can start making arrangement for the pick-up.

So here was my sweet, sweet reply:

Ok, I live in Storybrooke next to Emma. My name is Mr. Hopper. I look a bit green and walk on a cane. We were all transported from our land to this city called Storybrooke where none can leave. I will send you the gift card through the magic fairies. Your money will help me get back to my land! I thank you dearly! Send me your address and you can pay me in gold coins via USPS.

May the spirits bless you my dear Greg. May you scam until tears of joy stain your handcuffs.

(If anyone in curious, I refer to the show Once Upon a Time in my reply)

Expect the unexpected

You have to expect these people to be trying to scam you in order to avoid getting screwed. If you never knew these things were out there or this is the first time it is happening to you, you are more likely to get scammed. When in doubt call PayPal and get a live person and ask them if the funds were transferred or if funds are pending. It would be nice if PayPal had live online chat help to assist with these matters. You need to have business sense and read emails carefully. When they leave the business tone and start to take on the personal tones like: when you transfer the money to John Evans we will complete the transaction, this is a sign of fraud. Paypal doesn't write in terms of taking someone's side. You cannot trust people. If you suspect something is wrong hold off on the transaction. You can always send something later. You cannot get your money or item back once it's gone.

Same scam almost got me, trying to buy my car


How are you doing over there .... I really appreciate your response to
my email..Am highly interested in purchasing the item from you and i
would have love to come down to your location to check the item but
time not permitted me because of my Business and I'm pleased with what
you said about the condition of the item and the last price i know you
are honest and i am ready to purchase from you immediately... I want
you to consider it sold, please do withdraw the advert from CL to
avoid disturbance, but you don't need to bother yourself with the
shipment,I'll take care of that by engaging the services of a local
mover,i want to also let you know that i will be responsible for the
movers fees which will be include with the payment that will be send
to you which is excess payment... My mode of payment would be in US
CERTIFIED CHECK and it will be delivered to you via US Postal Service
courier service so I'll need you to provide me with the following
information below to facilitate the mailing of the check...

1.full name on the check.
2.Full Physical address to post the check
3.City, State and Zip Code
4.Home & Cell Phone that i can send text

Note that the payment will be shipped to your address via US Postal
Service and I will like you to know that you will not be responsible
for shipping i will have my mover to come over as soon as you have
cashed the check...

N.B US Postal Service do deliver to a P.O box addresses.

Hope to hear back from you asap..


His email adress was and

The secong email adress set off warning flags. His name said Juan Lanes.

hey, how did you find out he

hey, how did you find out he was a scam? i have the same guy trying to buy from me, he said he was sending a check but he hasnt