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'.




This is the email I got from this guy.. Glad I found this site..Thanx

Sounds Good,

I am delighted to tell you that i am ready and willing to carry on with this transaction with full interest.Due to lots of scams on internet i will only be able to send your payment asap via Bank Check which should clear before we proceed with any further arrangement.
Due to the nature of my health, i wont be able to monitor this but there is always an outstanding shipper that charges low prices who will handle the shipment, and i will make sure that your check is been isued immediately by the company's accountant ... The check will get to you a day after the issue of the check, and when you recieve the check, you can then get the check cashed at your Bank.
The payment will be in excess so far that the rest fund will be for the shipment which has to be sent to the shipper for the pick up at your residence .i will wait for your bank to clear the Check so far that am in no rush so that the shippers can come along with the papers and also documents that will stand for the agreement of this transaction .
All the information needed from you for the check process is as follows :
1 : Your name ( the name that will be on the check)
2 : Your contact address ( Your home address that the check will be posted to)
3 : A valid phone number ( Your phone number that can be contacted you on for any updating)
You can get the posting deleted from craiglist if you are ready to get this sold to me....

Justin Royle
630 G Main Street,
Cottonwood AZ 86326

Justin Royle again??

This guy sent a check for twice the amount..I've given it over to the bank and police.. Here's what he wanted done, yet another time..SCAMMER!! Watch out for this guy he's slick!!!

From: Justin Royle
Date: 11/15/2009 7:52:06

The Bank name is Bank OF America and the company's name is Levitan &
Associates, Inc..... And the C.E.O of the chippers company in which
the excess fund will be sent to through western union is as follows :

Rose sizemore
TROY, MO 63379

make sure that you get the excess fund sent through western union at
any western union locating or wallmart to the C.E.O of the shipping
company so that the shippers can get loaded to come for the pick up at
your residence.. Thanks

I received the exact same

I received the exact same message from "Sara Mead". I ignored the numerous emails and 'she' finally went away.



More of the same from Sara Mead

Thanks all for posting this - just received the same "London/assistant" story from Sara.

Another Scam

I had something similar happen where he asked for the name to put on check, address and phone #...The email came from


Hello,I want you to understand that am still very interested in the
item.When i contacted my secretary to confirm if the payment has been mailed
out my secretary said she has issued a certified check of $2500 for the item
shipping cost and other items that will be moved by my mover.The payment was
already posted before i was informed about this but i wouldn't want this to
delay this transaction. All you need do once you have the payment is to take
it to your Bank and have it cashed and you will then deduct the money for
your item.The excess fund will then be sent to my mover via Money Gram,so
that my mover can come for pick up of the item.Do let me know if i can trust
you to have the excess sent to my mover.


Kindly let me know if the above listed item is still available for sale ?

Exact same situation with Simon Davies--Scammer Alert

DON"T DEAL WITH "SIMON DAVIES." Here is my email from Scammer "Simon Davies":

How was your day ? I want you to understand that the deal is on and my
secretary as posted the payment already. This arrives shortly but there
was a slight error i guess we can handle with care, instead of the
actually amount $335 for the Brown Leather IKEA Couch/Sofa ,it was
that the check was made out for $3335 ,My secretary claimed
that i requested that a check of $3335 be sent to you but i know quite
well i made a request for just $335 for the Couch/Sofa .
Its was a terrible mistake and it was already out for delivery to your
address before i was alerted about this, so once you receive the check
please cash it at once and deduct the money for your goods plus $100
which is a gift for you.
The excess fund should please be sent to my mover via western union
once you get the check, this fund will be use in off setting the cost
of the shipment he as undertaken for me recently. He will be needing
a part of that to come over to your place for the pick up.Please let
me know at once if i can trust you to have the excess funds sent to
my mover.I will be expecting your email with a confirmation on this
issue at once thank you. Best Regards and Stay Blessed
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I got the same thing but from a paul peterly.

The payment has been sent and the secretary has prepared the check as promise But there seems to be a little problem which i think we can handle with care.........When i contact the Secretary to confirm if the payment has been sent out,I was made to understand that she made out a check of $1,200 instead of $100 claiming that was what I told her ...... The payment was already posted before i was informed about this but i would not want to delay the sale because of this we have rectify this with the Bank.All you have to do once you receive this check, Take it to the Bank and have it cleared and cashed and you will deducted your money (for the item ) .And you can deduct an additional $50 for the stress am putting you into.
The excess fund on the payment will then be wired to my Mover via Western Union that same day so that he can come for the pick up as i have already planed on using the excess on the payment to offset the cost of the various shipments he as undertaken on my behalf. Do let me know if i can trust you to have the excess sent to my mover as soon as you have check cleared...I will get back to you with the tracking number ASAP...Please reply me as soon as possible....



The same happened to me with

The same happened to me with a cole larion (
He wrote nearly the same things as seen above:

How are you doing today? I want you to understand that the deal is on
as my secretary has posted the payment already, but there was a slight
error I guess we can handle with care, instead of the actual amount
She made out the check for 3,000Euro,she claimed that was what
I requested but she didn't get that straight. So once
you have the check please cash it and deduct the money for your goods
plus 100Euro that for your running around expenses your total deduction
will be 400Euro. The excess fund should please be sent back to me via
western union,

**Please email at once to let me know that I can trust to have the
excess funds sent to me**

so don't deal with that guy !!! he wrote to me from a german site where
you can sell items for free ... watch out !!!

He also try it with me!!!

Hey, he also try to scam me and i´m very happy that i found this page before it can happen.
I´m from germany and offered an item on the online city marketplace. Thanks for the warnings and sorry for my bad english.
Best regards

Copy of the E-Mail:

Name: COLE
Text: Good day to you, I am interested buying your item for my Sister as a surprise Birthday gift,let me know if still available also the final price and cost of Posting to Her in Hamburg so i can send you the money..Waiting for your response.sorry my german is not so good:) Regards Cole -------- Guten Tag, ich interessiere Kauf Ihres Artikels für meine Schwester als Überraschung zum Geburtstag bin, lassen Sie mich wissen, wenn noch vorhanden auch der endgültige Preis und Kosten des Einsatzes zu ihr in Hamburg so sende ich kann dir das Geld .. Warten auf Ihre response.sorry mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut :) Viele Grüße Cole