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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by the way...

this scammers e-mail was williamsgoldingstore003@gmail.com

I got this same exact email,

I got this same exact email, it seemed shady to me that he was buying a wedding dress as a surprise gift for a friend. The whole thing about the extra $100 was super odd. I googled his fax and address and this site came up. I very thankful for whoever started this posting on this guy.

No, you will not be okay

No, you will not be okay becase the bank will charge you a free for depositing a bad check.

Is their check good?

Just thought I'd let you know that from what I am hearing, when these scammers send you a check that it will clear the bank (in most cases). Once you cash the check and mail them the amount they are asking for shipping to be wired to them... you will be out the check amount when the fraud check is found out (and it will be)... you will have to pay for the bad check. Plus, this scammer just made money off of you (the amount you wired). He makes money, you pay through the pocketbook.

Sorry to say this, but if the person responding to your posting can't even type out proper English... don't even bother to respond; they are scammers. Do as I do... DELETE.

NEVER, NEVER give out any of your personal information by email. That's another thing they want... your identification. When they ask for Name, Number, Cell, Address, Mother's Maiden Name, Business Name/Number, Work Name/Number, etc..... DON'T GIVE IT.

The check is no good.You could also be arrested for fraud

The check is no good,if by some chance your bank did allow you to deposit it and spend any amount over your account balance "before" deposting the check,then you will have overdraft fees,plus owe your bank whatever amount you overdrew on your account
By basically spending money from the scammers check that you deposited.Not to mention ,you could be charged an overdraft fee for each transaction..
You could also possibly be arrested for fraud.Yes you.

craigslist scam

I just got this reply from my ad on craigslist. Total scammer. He used the name Frank Smith.

Its nice to read from you....i wish i could come and take a look at it
but am on holiday Ohio,which i will be back by next week...well am OK
with the price,cos am really interested in buying from you,i will
like you to withdraw the advert on net cause i am buying from you,I
will be paying with a check,as for the pick up i will instruct my
mover's to come for the pick-up as soon as you have your payment.If
this is OK with you get me the following information,Your full name to
be on the check,Your postal address.Your phone number both land and
mobile and Your postal code.Get me this as soon as possible,

Thanks

Craigs list Scammer

I am selling furniture and recieved almost the exact same email from a guy supposedly in Texas. Since I live in Virginia I figured it must be bogus. Just did not pass the smell test. Here is a copy of His email.

Hello,

Sounds good, i would like to purchase it from you as soon as possible. (I am intrested and ready to buy it now) . will want you to provide me more pictures of this item.The easiest way for me to pay is probably E-Check from my Bank(Bank Of America).I know there are a lot of scams so 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 Versal Business Check paper, at any store below in your area,
(1) Shopping Mall
(2) Stationery Store
(3) Office Depot
(4)Office max
(5)WalMart
(6)Staples
For $20.Once you purchase the Versal Business Check paper.I will email you the check and you will have it printed.then proceed to your bank and cash or deposite it.I will wait for your bank to verify and clear the Echeck before we proceed with shipment.As my Bank Operator informed me that it will clear immidiately at your bank as it was from my global account with.Which is Conforms to All American Banking Association rules and standards this is to stop C.O.D.The item will be pickup by my private shipping company,so you don't have to worry about the shipment.

Please Email me back and let me know if this helps

Best Regards
scott joe
128 Seaview Lane
Corpus Christi,TX 78411

craigslist scammer

Oh my gosh....I got the EXACT same email today. I am selling a power chair in Tennessee and the guy claims he lives in CO. His so called name is Bradley Novell Longmont CO. His wording was exactly the same. Thanks for posting.

The Scam I Just Received

Thanks for notifying me that it is still available. I would like to purchase it from you as soon as possible. (I am intrested and ready to buy it now) . will want you to provide me more pictures of this item.The easiest way for me to pay is probably E-Check from my Bank.I know there are a lot of scams so 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 Versal Business check paper, at any store below in your area,

(1) Shopping Mall
(2) Stationery Store
(3) Office Depot
(4)Office max
(5)WalMart
(6)Staples
For $20.Once you purchase the Versal Business Check paper.I will email you the check and you will have it printed.then proceed to your bank and cash or deposite it.I will wait for your bank to verify and clear the Echeck before we proceed with shipment.As my Bank Operator informed me that it will clear immidiately at your bank as it was from my global account with.Which is Conforms to All American Banking As sociation rules and standards this is to stop C.O.D.The item will be pickup by my private shipping company,so you don't have to worry about the shipment.

Please Email me back and let me know if this helps. Get back to me with your full name and address.

Regards.
Tim Johnson
20617 31st Dr SE
Bothell, WA 98012

Scam

I just got this same scam and have been dealing with this "Tim Johnson" who wants to pay by e-check for a week. He insisted it wasn't a scam. I did get the check paper, giving the guy the benefit of the doubt. I hadn't read any of these scmas yet. But after I printed the check out I found the bank that was listed on the check and called them to verify the account and there was no such account.

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