Craigslist classified for used car: Cheque fraud scam

I recently listed a car for sale on craigslist and other local classified ad services.This is one reply I got, which is clearly an attempt at scamming:

From: Dave Smith <goldenwum12@yahoo.com>Subject: [The title of the classified ad for the car]Hello,I just viewed your car posting on craigslist and i have interest on it i will like to know the present condition and two more pictures of the car before i proceed with the transaction.Thanks

Problem is, the scammer is not very smart. I did not posted pictures to begin with, so there are no more pictures. So, I sent this reply:

From: meTo: Dave Smith <goldenwum12@yahoo.com>Pictures attached.

I intentionally did not attach any pictures. A genuine buyer would have noticed this of course. Instead, the scammer proceeded with the next step, revealing his true intent:

From Dave Smith <goldenwum12@yahoo.com>To: meHello,Thanks for your reply i got all your information about the car and am ok with it, i will be making your payment today i need your full name and address to make your payment today through electronic check i will handle the shipment myself.All what you need about the mode of payment is to get a Blank check paper and magnetic versa ink to print the check, the check will be sent to your email and you get it printed from it. You can get this materials from the following stores.1. Office Depot2. Office Max3. Staples Store 4. Stationery Store5. Compusa.When you get this materials you can print the check out and immediately after the printing you can then get the check cashed at your Bank or any bank of america branch around you I will wait for you to confirm and clear the check.The payment will be in excess as i will want you to contact my shipper with the excess fund for shipping the car after you must have confirmed and cashed the check.i will wait for your bank to clear the check so you can deduct your own money and send the excess fund to the shipper via Western Union Money Transfer so as to cover the cost of shipping the car from your place to it's destination. I will add extra 100$ for the purchasing of check paper and magnetic versa ink.For more information about the mode of payment you can check the website www.qchex.com and know more about it .Dont worry i will handle the shipping myself with my shipper. you can IM on this ID goldenwum10@yahoo.com or call me on 9145954296 for more information.Thanks and God Bless

This is a classic scam where a fake cheque is sent to the victim for more than the amount owed, and the difference is to be wired to the scammer.

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Craigs List

I posted an ad on Craigs List for a welded steel Lighthouse.
Yery next day I received an E-mail identical to thosse already posted. Only difference was changing the lighthouse for the car
Same address
Edward Whelton
I took the e-mail to my Bank of America and let them look at it. They declared it really funky, and to back off
I told him I had an interstate deposit account, and he could merely deposit the money to a special account I would open
He still wants to do it his way

Edward Wheaton Scam

I also recieved an e-mail from Edward Wheaton. Bad people... they'll get theirs. It's just a matter of time! Knock it off while you still can and become a good human. ya dirtbag!

I got the same emails over the past 2 weeks for various items

Brandon Philips, Doctor Williams,, all scam fake names from people who are in nigeria. Right now i am humoring Brandon Collins although i know he is a scammer, i want to see what exactly happens when they try to do this scam...\

Sounds Good.I want to purchase the item today and pay you via Electronic Cashier
Check drawn from my Bank of America account it is a real cashiers check after
you print it. The check will be sent to you immediately via email all you need
to do is purchase a Business check paper at any Office depot or stationary store
to print the check on and immediately when you print the check proceed to your
Bank to deposit or Cash it,the Business check paper cost $20 only but i will
offer you $50 to purchase the Business check paper to print the check.The item
will be picked up from you by my Company shipper so you don't have to worry
about shipment of the item also I will wait for you to confirm and clear the
check before the shipper come to pickup the item from you actually I should have
handled this myself but i am not available to do that now i am currently away
for my Company seminar that is why i want you to do this and i will pay you $50
to purchase the Business check paper to print the check.This is the fastest and
best method of payment because it is instant once you purchase Business check
paper all this process of printing and cashing of the E-check can be done within
2 hours.Thanks

scams

does this look familiar. i got one from the same guy, exactly the same email, what a joke

Sounds Good.
I want to purchase the item today and pay you via Electronic Cashier Check drawn from my Bank of America account it is a real cashiers check after you print it. The check will be sent to you immediately via email all you need to do is purchase a Business check paper at any Office depot or stationary store to print the check on and immediately when you print the check proceed to your Bank to deposit or Cash it,the Business check paper cost $20 only but i will offer you $50 to purchase the Business check paper to print the check.The item will be picked up from you by my Company shipper so you don't have to worry about shipment of the item also I will wait for you to confirm and clear the check before the shipper come to pickup the item from you actually I should have handled this myself but i am not available to do that now i am currently away for my Company seminar that is why i want you to do this and i will pay you $50 to purchase the Business check paper to print the check.This is the fastest and best method of payment because it is instant once you purchase Business check paper all this process of printing and cashing of the E-check can be done within 2 hours.
Thanks

Dr. Lee Williams

We have also been recieving e-mails from Dr. Williams regarding a vehicle for sale. Thanks for you post because it helped us to recognize his fraudulant activities.

Craigslist Scam

I live in NC and listed a car for sale in Craigslist yesterday and received the following email. BTW I also sent my phone number and directions to my home! Lesson learned here!

Hello,
I want to purchase your car and i am willing to pay $950 for it.
Get back to me immediately if the car is still available for sale.

Thanks

Sounds Good.
I will like to proceed with the transaction asap and my mode of payment will be via Electronic Cashier Check drawn on my bank (Bank Of America) as there are too many scams on internet with bogus Money Orders and personal checks,The electronic cashier check will be sent to your email so all you need to do is purchase a business check paper at any Office depot or stationary store to print the check and immediately when you print the check proceed to your Bank to cash or deposit the check,the Business check paper cost $20 only but i will offer you $50 to purchase the Business check paper and for accepting my mode of payment.I should have handled this myself but i am not available to do this now i am currently away for my company seminar that is why i want you to do this to facilitate the transaction.
The car will be picked up from you by my shipper so you don't have to worry about shipment of the car also i am in no rush to pick up the car till funds are cleared at the bank.
Electronic Cashier checks is fast,secure and best method of payment because it is instant once you purchase Business check paper all the process of printing and cashing of the E-check can be done within 2 hours.
Proceed to delete the advert of this item if my mode of payment is accepted and get back to me asap to complete this transaction.

Regards

Ok,
Proceed to any of this Below listed store to purchase Business check paper :-
(1) Office Depot
(2) Office Max
(3) Stationery store
(4) Staples Store
(5) Shopping Mall
(6) Compusa
Get back to me immediately when you purchase the Business check paper so i can send the E-check to you and the instruction on how to print the check for you to Print and Cash the check immediately.
Thanks

I went to Bank of America about this and was told there is no such thing as an electronic cashier's check. Like they say, if it's too good to be true, it probably is.

Diane

Same Scam... James Bright

this was also on craig's list...

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From: james bright
To:
Subject: ok - $550
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 15:27:28 -0400

Sounds Good.
I will like to proceed with payment asap and will like to handle shipment myself when you must have gotten your cash at hand.I am in no rush to pick up the item till funds are clear at the bank.As there are too many scams on internet as regards buying and selling with large bogus account.My mode of payment will be via Electronic Cashier Check drawn on US bank.(Bank Of America).You will probarbly need a business check paper to print and cash or deposit the check today.The business check paper is sold for $20 at any stationery store,staples or at your local office supply outlet.I will add the cost of supplies to your asking price with an extra offer for accepting my mode of payment.I work with an auditing firm and will not have time to mail a check.Electronic Cashier checks is fast and secure.I will need your name and address with valid email address to send the Echeck to your email which you can print immediately when you must have purchase the supplies at staples or any stationery store.Kindly delete the advert of this item if my mode of payment is accepted.I will await your email asap.
Thanks.

e-check car scam "brian cole"

received the offer for $100 more than asking price, so i responded if there was anything they wanted to know 1st... i received the following...

Sounds Good.
I will like to proceed with the transaction asap and my mode of payment will be via Electronic Cashier Check drawn on my bank (Bank Of America) as there are too many scams on internet with bogus Money Orders and personal checks,The electronic cashier check will be sent to your email so all you need to do is purchase a business check paper at any Office depot or stationary store to print the check and immediately when you print the check proceed to your Bank to cash or deposit the check,the Business check paper cost $20 only but i will offer you $50 to purchase the Business check paper and for accepting my mode of payment.I should have handled this myself but i am not available to do this now i am currently away for my company seminar that is why i want you to do this to facilitate the transaction.
The car will be picked up from you by my shipper so you don't have to worry about shipment of the car also i am in no rush to pick up the car till funds are cleared at the bank.
Electronic Cashier checks is fast,secure and best method of payment because it is instant once you purchase Business check paper all the process of printing and cashing of the E-check can be done within 2 hours.
Proceed to delete the advert of this item if my mode of payment is accepted and get back to me asap to complete this transaction.

Regards

i immediately had the little voice on my shoulder saying look into this...
so i input "bank of america electronic check" into a search and this was one of the top responses...
thanks to everyone who has posted this on here
hopefully more will do the same...

of course, another scam

i posted my snowmobile and with in the first 5 days i had two of these fuckers on me.

To: mary_queen4@hotmail.com
Subject: Re: ok - $2000

Why can you not pay with a personal check or cash? i would prefer it. And also i will need personal info from you before we proceed. adress, phone number, name, and so forth. i am very aware of scammers so i do not cut any corners. thank you

On 10/2/07, mary queen wrote:

Ok,

Am really intrested to purchase your item,am ready to buy it now.The easiest way for me to pay is throught Electrnonic Cashier's Check which is E-Check draw from my Bank (Bank Of America) I have no problem with you waiting for the E-Check to go through at your bank or anything.here is a thing from the E-Check: You will probably need to buy Business Check Paper, at Shopping Mall,Stationery Store,Office Depot or Office max.And it cost $20. Once you purchase the business check paper. I will email you the check and you will have it printed. then proceed to your bank and deposite the check. I will wait for your bank to verify and clear the Echeck before we proceed with shipment. As my Bank Operator informed me that the check will use two or three before the check will clear at your bank. Which is Conforms to All American Banking Association rules and standards this is to stop C.O.D.

Let me know if this helps

Thanks

Number two-----

denby toles
to sale-435738825

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Sep 30 (5 days ago)
** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY --- AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html

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Hello,
Am interested in the item you advertised because i like the
condition you stated about it and I would like to make an outright purchase
immediately so i would want you withdraw the advert from the web.
Regarding the payment term,I can only for now pay you with a
certified check in U.S dollars so pls let me have the following informations
so that the payment can be made to you :
.Your full name to be on the check.
2.Your postal address.
3.Your postal code
4.Your mobile phone number (For easier comunications).
Kindly get me the above requested information as soon as possible.
Thanks in Advance

My reply-
Dear Dick Head,
I will not be emailing you my name, address, mothers maiden name, social security number, or mobile number. Maybe if you were even a smart scammer you would realize that i screwed up and put my "mobile number" twice on the bottom of the advert. Maybe if you were a smart scammer you wouldnt be so fucking blatantly obvious. Maybe if you were a smart scammer you would realize that i have delt with your kind before and i am not going to allow you to send me a fake check which i will not be depositing in my bank. Thank you for looking, and fuck off.

Sincerely,
Yo mamma

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