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'.



Here is another scammer to watch out for.

I have another scammer to report. from klinth jeff

Here was the email I received:

Thanks for the prompt response and i will love to make an
instant purchase. My Office will be mailing (overnight) a certified
check from my account to cover the cost, while you hold on my behalf.
Once you have this, my mover will come for the pick up at your place.
I will be needing the following information to issue out the payment . . .

1.Name to be on the check
2.Home address
3.Telephone code
Please note that the payment will be overnight by my Office to
your address and its bound to be delivered within 2 days. I have taken
a close look at the advert and am completely satisfied, i really need
this and would appreciates that you help save this till the payment
arrives. Furthermore do remove the posting as am definitely buying it
from you and it would be sad for me to have the payment in the mail
only to be alerted it as been sold when the check does arrives. Am A
Respectful Buyer On CL,

Just got one to!

ya, i just got an email from him today, sayin the exact thing about him being out at sea, and wantin to pay through paypal, an about gettin the item for his son, an offered to pay $2500 when im asking for $2300

william steeves

Got a response from him as well. i will try and report it! offered 30 bucks for me to hold the item.

Craiglist scam Lisa Coulbary and Steve Carl

I thought it was a bit odd that i would receive a request for 2 seperate items that I posted. The items were not even posted near each other in the posting list. Perhaps the scammers smelled new blood.

Fortunately, I did not respond.

From: Lisa Coulbary
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 15:28:30 -0700 (PDT)
To: <
Subject: Re:

I'm glad you still have it for sale,i would have love to come and see it,but my schedule is very tight.I 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 someone else.I don't mind adding thirty ($30) dollars so you can keep it in my favor,you should get your payment in 4-6 working days i will appreciate if you can get the ad off craigslist so i can be sure you are keeping it in my favor.Please let me know as soon as you receive it so i can start making arrangement for the pick-up.


From: steven carl
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 01:09:54 -0700
To: <>
Subject: Re:

I am glad it is still available for sale.I am very much interested in buying your item and i am ok with the price. I am only able to make payment by money order at this time b/c i am away on assignment. Please provide me with your name , address and phone number for payment. It will take about 7days for payment to get to you. As per pick-up, I will make arrangement for the pick-up after payment has been received by you. I don't mind adding thirty dollars so you can keep it in my favor.Please take the posting off craigslist today and consider it sold to me. Thanks
Expecting to hear from you soon.


I won't go into detail because this is virtually the same scam, I'm just wondering what would happen if I tried to cash the 3 money orders I received instead of depositing them. Am I putting myself at risk and how?

I would be the money orders

I would be the money orders are fake -- we called moneygram and the numbers on the ones we got were used earlier this year -- so you could be at risk.......

Scam on Craiglist/ just got this one today!!

I just got this one today! Could you believe it/

IThanks for the fast reply i am presently in United Kingdom on a contract and i will be coming to the USA immediately after the payment for the room had been made....feel free to E-mail me anytime and i would like to know if you accept cheques as a payment method if you do please let me have the name and address and also phone number and your personal e mail address where the cheque can be sent to immediately. you seems to be a nice person i would love to make the deposit please let me have the name and address wherethe cheque can be sent to so that i can contact my client and ask him to send the cheque to you immediately ok... But do note that you will be receiving a overpayment cos my travelling ticket money will be included, when you get the payment with you there, you will deduct your rent fee and help me send the remaining money via western union to my travellng agent here in UK so that he will help me and use the money to book my flight ticket back to the state.Pls do help me cos i really need the room. Hope to hear from you soon.please provide me with the following informations
FULL NAME.....................
FULL ADDRESS....................
CELL PHONE .............
E-MAIL ADDRESS..............
hoping to hear from you soon..

I got the same scam e-mail from William Steeves

Thanks for your prompt responds, However, i will need your name and address for payment,As am only able to make payment by money order at this time b/c i am away on assignment. It will be nice if you can send
me more pictures. It will take about 7days for payment to get to you. As per pick-up, I will make arrangement for the pick-up after payment has been received by you. I don't mind adding thirty dollars so you
can keep it in my favor.Please take the posting off Craigslist today and consider it sold to me, Include your phone number.
Expecting to hear from you soon.
William Steeves

this was very similar to one

this was very similar to one I got -- what I don't understand is what are they hoping that people will cash the 'fake' money orders and send them money or? We called the police and they wanted nothing to do with people can just go around sending off fake money orders and no one cares -- what if someone does cash them? Aren't they considered fraudulent?

Same e-mail - word-for-word!

I received exactly this same e-mail today. What I can't figure out is what the scam is. I mean, the item I'm selling is big so there is no way I'm going to ship it. He's only "including" $30 extra that is apparently mine to keep. If I fell for this what would he be getting?

I decided to e-mail back (pretending I'm not aware of the scam) and tell him, again, that I will only accept cash. I didn't give him any of the info he was asking for, either. I wonder what comes next...