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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Craig's List Scam

Seems that Joe Scott gets around...
Received this not 30 mintues ago
I am selling a hot tub on Craig's list

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.I know there are a lot of scams so I have no problem with you waiting for the E-Check to go through atyoubank or anything.here is a thing from the E-Check: so my lawyer advised me to only make payment online via electronic 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

Car Scam from a Pastor John

I received a similar email when i posted my car on craigslist....here was a response from Pastor john- pastorjohn_06@yahoo.ca
"Hello,Glad to read from you. I'm really interested in the car but I'm so sorry as i won't be able to come for a look as I'm the busy type. Well, I'll keep in touch with my financier to mail a check for the amount you're requesting and will have a shipping company to come for the pick up as soon as you confirm to me that you receive the check and it clears your bank.
If this arrangement is acceptable, pls get back to me with your name as it will appear on the check and your contact address that the check will be mail to along with your cell #. Please write back as soon as possible so we can proceed."

I never responded..hope others wont either

barrycdulf03@aol.com....yet

barrycdulf03@aol.com....yet another craigslist scammer....

Sounds Great,
I have read mode and condition of this item on craigslist web,i am willing to purchase the item from you and i will like to proceed with payment asap and I will arrange for shipment when you must have gotten your cash at hand.Dependable Auto Shipping Company will come and pick it up immediately the check is cleared at the bank. My mode of payment will be via (E-check) Electronic cashier check drawn on Bank of America.To get the check printed out you would needs to purchase Blank Business Check paper only to print and cash or deposit the check.The Blank Business Check Paper sold for $20 at any below stationery outlet...

. Staples
. Office Depot/Max
. Micro Centers
. Any Fry's Electronic Stores.
.Any Stationery Stores.
. Compusa.

I will re-emburse you for the cost of supplies to your asking.I am currently away from home and will not have time to mail a certified check or pay via cash.Electronic Cashier Checks is fast and secure to facilitate the transaction.I will need your name and address with your valid email address to send the E-check to your email which you can print immediately when you must have purchase the supplies at any stationery store.Kindly delete the advert of this item and email me back to proceed further. I will await your email asap.

Thanks

Happens on all merchandise.. golf clubs this instance

Hey,
Thanks for the prompt response to my inquiry. I want to buy it, I would love to come and check it but i am on an official duty. Pls do with draw the advert from Web.I should believe it is in perfect condition as stated on the web. I will be making the payment via a Certified Check which my secretary will send across to you. I'll be picking the item from you, the Freight and handling fee will be added to the money for the Item. My Mover will be coming to Pick it from you once the Certified Check has been cashed. Then you'll get the payment across to shipping vendor.Pls I will need both your name and physical address along with you phone number to issue out the payment.
Thanks

Same e-mail

I got the same email in response to something I had listed. The guys name was listed as Bryan Cady and his email was listed as richardcool02@sify.com

Thank you for posting this!

Thank you for posting this! I got the exact email too! Thought it was sketchy too!

here's the new reply (notice

here's the new reply (notice that the phone # is the same):

From: shaun morgan [mailto:shaunmorgan003@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2007 8:22 PM
To: me
Subject: Re: car

Hello,
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 and
your phone number to make the payment today through certified check i will handle the shipment myself. The check will get to you in 2-3 days time and when you receive the check you can then get the check cashed at your Bank 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. You can IM on this ID craigon200@yahoo.com or call me on 9145954296 for more information.
Thanks and God Bless

Craigslist SCAM!!!!

I dont know who this guy thinks he is, he thinks we are all stupid.

Sellers Beware of this SCAM on CRAIGSLIST!!

I had the same experience with this Craigslist "Buyer"--what a total scam! I found this site when I googled the number this guy provided in his email. I didn't fall for this scam and hopefully many will follow their gut instinct whenever someone asks for personal information to "wire money" for the purchase. Just wanted to share this to help others! This is the email I recently received from this person:

Thanks for your respond i got your email about the item and am ok with it, i will be doing your payment as soon as Possible and i will i need your full name and address and your phone number to issue the payment today through certified check i will handle the shipment myself. The check will send to you as soon as possible in time and when you have receive the check you get the check cashed at your Bank 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 advert after you must have confirmed and cashed the check .i will wait for your bank to clear the check so you can deduct your money and send the excess fund to the shipper via Western Union Money Transfer so as to cover the cost of shipping the advert from your place to it's destination. you can call me on 9145954296 for more information. Thanks and God Bless.

More craigslist scammers! (basically, for your entertainment :)

So I decided to try my hand at selling on Craigslist for the first time the other day by posting my used iPod for sale. Within the first few hours of posting my item, I received three emails from yahoo users with names like "Martin okoye Williams" or "cynthia manda" with proposterous requests to buy my iPod and pay an extra $100 for shipping, or to pay extra because they wanted the item faster - no questions asked. Mind you, I posted my item in the Fairfield county section of Craigslist (which is under the NYC craigslist) and specified that I prefer the iPod be sold LOCALLY. I ended up responding to a few of the emails for fun, and here's some of the responses I got:

Subject: YOUR FULL INFO FOR PAYMENT,,, ,,,,, 20G Photo iPod - $200

Thx for reply,
I want to you to know that am really have 100%
interested in purchasing the item, i would have love to give you a phone #
to call me but i have problem with my hearing since i had a accident and i
lost my husband last 3 yeras ago on (12/6/2004) the bad day i can forget in
my life and after surgery i discovered that i can't hear well anymore,

Actually i am buying this (item) as a birthday surprise gift
for my Son right in school who want to be a DJ.....

I am located in NG,,,,(NORTH OF georgia) So i will like to make an
immeidate payment via (United state postal service money order)which they are going to iue your money out within 24 hour already have an account with the Us postal service i will offer you $250,because i need
it urjently.so kindly bear with me cos i am buying this item for my son so
we can live in happy family.

For your infromation you don't need to bother for the shipping i will
handle that myself with my FedEx Shipping Account....All i needed now
from you is your full informations.so let me know if you will like
to sell this item to me and get back to me with your full name and
address so i can go to the Us postal office so they can issue out
your money to your address and names you will provided ....

Necessary information needed below......
Full names......
Street address.......
City...........
Zip Code.........
State....
that i can make the payment asap.
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So remember that "sad story" about this woman's husband having passed away? Check out this email, from a supposedly different person:

Thanks for your reply concerning my inquiry, live in Wisconsin United State. Am quite comfortable with the condition of the item since i won't be making any repairs on it,i will like to offer you $250 including packing materials without you paying for any shipping charges b'cos i already have a 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 (US Postal Money Order) which will be sent to your mailing directly from the post office here in Wisconsin,but i will need your contact infomation in which the money will be deliver in CASH.I want to buy this (20G Photo iPod) for my step son to fulfill the promise his dad made before he died,i lost my lovely husband to an auto accident on 27th of June 2007 and since then i and his step son have been living seperately and i want to buy the item for him because his dad promised him before death took him away from us and i think with this i and his son can live as a family.Kindly get back to me immediately you receive my E-mail with your full name and mailing address in which the payment will be sent to,also send the current picture of the item ok.

Best Regards.
Cynthia.

I think it's going to take a lot of scamming through money orders and western union before these people can "live in happy famiy."

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