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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Sorry for all that fell for it!!!

Here is my interaction.......

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From: "smilesinme4@aol.com"
To: Me the seller
Sent: Friday, July 31, 2009 7:19:55 AM
Subject: Re: Need rings??? - $500

Sounds Great,
My apologies for taking so long to respond. I am willing to purchase the jewelry from you, Please can you attach me any other picture Available to view and i need to know your last asking price for the item.I wanted to purchase it to present my friend as surprise package gift for there wedding coming soon.My form of payment would be via (www.Paypal.com) please once you setup account with payment kindly email me your paypal email address to proceed and setup the payment.I have contact my friend to send me there information to ship the item so paypal can able to confirm the information once the payment made. await for your paypal payment details.

Thanks

my response to this scammer:

Hey,
First off let me tell you, I am a single Mom of 3 small kids. My ex-husband was abusive and it took me years to get out, but I finally did about 3 years ago. It has been very hard for me financially. He managed to leave me with all the debt in my name and did not pay child support for the first few months. He ended up being almost $20,000 behind before the state of Michigan finally retroactively lowered his support. I now get about $18 per day for 3 kids and he is only about $8000 behind now. I got stuck with all the debt but he owes me about 25% of the total debt which he will never pay. For the past 3 years I have worked full time and he hasn't worked. I have asked him to do the daycare portion, he said he isn't a babysitter. I can't afford to pay daycare so thank God I can work from home. However, that leaves me to work full time and be a full time stay home Mom which is beyond difficult. I lost my house because of all of this and had to move in to someone elses house. I struggle to provide the basic needs for my children. While I was left with the debt, I also received the items he didn't take when he left. Thus, I have the wedding rings for sale instead of keeping them for my kids to have something later in life from their parents. The jewelery stores will give me pennies on the dollar for them so finally after a few years, I have resorted to sell them on craigslist so I can buy my kids school clothes, food and basic necessities for my children. The economy is hard enough without dealing with your type of scam artist scum! You should be ashamed of yourself. Even though you were not able to scam me, you have wasted my time which is precious given my circumstance. May God show more mercy on you than you have had on your victims. Please see the website I referred to below. Please look at yourself in the mirror and think of what you are doing to people in need. What you are doing is stealing from innocent people who wouldn't be selling their items if they didn't need the money. I am poor and I still even manage to give what I can to people even less fortunate than me.....you make me sick!!!!

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thank god for this warning - i almost fell for it!

From: "smilesforus003@aol.com"
Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2009 9:32:46 AM
Subject: The 1999 Pontiac Sunfire Red Coupe, Good Condition - $3000 (Norwich, CT)

Sounds Good

I am okay with the conditon & price. my mode of payment will be via Eletronic Check(Echeck) Drawn on Bank Of America,you will probably need a VersaCheck Paper (Business Size) or a Business Check Paper to print and cash or deposit the check today, the VersaCheck Paper or Business Check Paper is sold for $15-$30 at any stationery store,office depot or at your local office supply outlet.i will wait for your bank to verify and clear the check before we proceed with the shipping which i will hire my private shipping company to come for the pickup after the check has been cleared at your bank so do not worry about the shipment fee and i will be handling the shipping myself,I will need your name and address to send the E-check.So proceed to any of the stores below today to get the check paper :

(1) Office Depot
(2) Office Max
(3) Stationery store
(4) Staples Store
(5) Shopping Mall

Get back to me immediately when you purchase the supplies and send me your full name and physical address and phone number and email address so i can send the E-check to you immediately. Nothing deters me from buying the item, you are being honest and i will like to buy from you so i would also appreciate more pics of the item cause you know i am buying it sight unseen due to the fact that i am in a business seminar in BOISE CITY,OK and its prohibited for us to make or receive phone calls so as not to terminate our business certificate and license so email is the best way to communicate with me for now as i do check my emails frequently.

I would await hearing back from you once you purchase the check paper so the echeck can be sent to you.

Thanks.

P.S i will add the funds you spend on getting the versacheck paper to your selling price.

Thanks.

Got the same thing in text message

Received a cryptic text message from "Nobody" at phone number "1010100001" stating "I am interested in your car advertised for sale. Please get back to me with your last asking price and recent pix and a little info on the car. johnmoore1@live.com "
Looks like the same scammer (or group of scammers), this was received about a week after posting my van for sale on cars.com with specific price, 12 pictures and detailed description! Guess they can't read. Will not offer this crook a reply, thanks to all for confirming my suspicions.

Thanks for the quick

Thanks for the quick response. I will definitely purchase it, but i will not be able to come and look at it, because am out of state right now, so what is the present condition of it and I want you should provide me more pictures of it.

The payment will be made through electronic business check, which is e-check, and all what you need for the e-check is to purchase Versa business check paper, that you will use to print the check out before cashing the check at your bank, and it's cost $10. You can locate the versa business check paper at any of this store in your area (Staples, WalMart, Office max, Office Depot, Shopping Mall and Stationery Store) or you can order it online at (www.checksonly.com).

Once you have the versa business check paper. The e-check will be send online immediately to your email box, for you to have it printed, and then proceed to your bank to cash. You don’t have to worry about the shipment; the item will be picking up by my private shipping company. I will wait for the check to clear at your bank before we proceed with the shipment.

Regard's
Tuan A Nguyen
Columbia, SC 29229

That's funny though, my guy

That's funny though, my guy talked about the ITEM. Who the hell calls a car an ITEM???

used cars

1992 geo storm g.s.a color blue 16 valve d.o.h.c CLEAN TITLE (clean interiour NEEDS A HEAD GASKET) ANY SERIOUS OFFERS OR WILLING TO TRADE FOR A GOOD RUNNING 350 WITH MANUAL TRANNY please contact cory between 9 am to 2:30pm contact number is 509 985 - 3613

scam

My name is Cassaundra Waterhouse and i was being scammed. they have my info and might use it. I'm not interested in purchasing anything.

c.crathbun11@hotmail.com
Subject: Re: '91 GMC 1500 Sierra - $1000

Sounds Good

I am okay with the conditon & price. my mode of payment will be via Certified Check Drawn on Bank Of America,you will probably need a VersaCheck Paper (Business Size) or a Business Check Paper to print and cash or deposit the check today, the VersaCheck Paper or Business Check Paper is sold for $15 at any stationery store,office depot or at your local office supply outlet.i will wait for your bank to verify and clear the check before we proceed with the shipping which i will hire my private shipping company to come for the pickup after the check has been cleared at your bank so do not worry about the shipment fee,I will need your name and address to send the E-check, you can read more on how it works at www.iversacheck.com.

Okay,

Proceed to any of this Below store to purchase the Business Check Paper :-

(1) Office Depot
(2) Office Max
(3) Stationery store
(4) Staples Store
(5) Shopping Mall

Get back to me immediately when you purchase the supplies and send me your full name and physical address and phone number and email address so i can send the E-check to you immediately. Nothing deters me from buying the item, you are being honest and thats what as a buyer is good to hear.

It will be issued from the Company Global Account and funds was sent with the cost of shipment this is because the amount was placed with a cancel refund fee for cancelled order and it can only be written on a single check so that is why i want you to receive these amount and send the differience to my shippers which will serve as payment for the shipment,so once your bank verify and clear the check you will deduct your funds and send the excess funds to shipping company C.E.O so as to make them prepare every necessary document for the shipment and arrange for a pickup. Let me know when you the check you print out the check so i can email you with the shippers information so you can send the excess funds to them via MoneyGram and also i would want you to send me a scan copy of the check...

I will await your email tommorow once you have the check printed and you have to deduct your fund of $1000 and send the remaining fund to the shipper's via wetsren union money transfer so email me as soon as you have the check print out and deposit at your bank for cash so i can email you shipper's information....AND also email the scan copy of the check printed..

STEP BY STEP ON HOW TO PRINT THE CHECKFollow the below procedure to print it out the check1. Download the latest version of InstiCheck Viewer 3.0 on your computer by clicking on this link. ( http://www.jutawantani.com/modules/insticheckviewer.zip ) and install it.2. Open your E-mail and Download the Check attachment sent to you. 3. Open the InstiCheck Viewer 3.0 you download in step 1 and follow the Below StepA. Click on OpenB. Locate & Select the Check File you downloaded from your e-mail, it prompt you up to provide a password, click on okC. Click on Settings and set the Print Module to (IC_Print_Std_Top) and Click on SaveD. Click on File, Scroll down and click Printsetup there you will click on Email and Configure the Email Settings to this below information:-SMTP servers = smtp.comcast.netE-mail address = senders e-mail address or your email addressFinally Click on Print after you must have inserted the check paper into the Printer properly, Once the Check is printed send me a Scanned Copy of the check for Bank Approval and to be sure you have printed the check properly.

these all came from:
Christ Crathbun on
totofia02@ymail.com and c.crathbun11@hotmail.com

echeck craigslist scam

he is now using the name craig perry definately a low life

Craigslist Scam

I am writing in respect of your advert posted on Craiglist.com and I would like to know if the bike is still available for sale, the condition, and the method of payment. Also I’ll be contacting a shipping agent who will be handling the shipment effectively (IF YOU'RE NOT REAL AND YOU SCAM ON PEOPLE, DO NOT CONTACT ME). Pls don't expect me to send you Western Union or any physical cash transfers, otherwise my method of payment shall be sending you a certified local bank cheque for your bank to endorse and item will be picked up after payment clearance by your bank. I am presently relocated to Malaysia and my phone number here is +601 XXX XXXX Your earliest response to this mail will be well appreciated as I would like to make arrangement for payment ASAP.
Looking forward,

Suu J Kim

Motorcycle Scam from CL

I posted an ad on Craigslist to sell my motorcycle. I got a call from a guy who said there was a woman calling me via the internet and he would read what she was saying to me and then reply back to her what I said. She asked some broad questions about the bike and then asked me to email her at "mrslindabrenda2005@yahoo.com". I got this back as a reply...

Good Afternoon !

Am Mrs Linda Who called you from London United Kingdom .Sorry I forgot to tell you about my location on the phone.However,Here is the Questiosn i need to know below about the selling of your 2006 GSXR to our vacation house in the state :

What is the present condition?
What is the Recent location/Features ?
Why do you want to sell it?
What is the last asking price?
Would like to see a recent picture if available okay ?

Also I will be responsible for the shipping /pick-up from your location.
Kindly get back to me ASAP.
Thanks,
Mrs Linda

The email address said it was from "BookShop & Toys Shop" so I was a little leary at first anyway. Once I put the email address in google I got this site. Thanks for helping me avoid a scam and I hope this helps someone out in the future. I reply to the email just to see what I get back but rest assured I'll never sell to this piece of crap con artist.

God Bless

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