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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hello all, i got scammed by

hello all, i got scammed by this brenda linda and i was curious if any of you got your money if so email me at nathanandersen@rocketmail! please all help need im in the department of defense i want to track this crook down myself

I was just approached with

I was just approached with this scam, & this was the response I sent them.......

Kelly, i appreciate your honesty also! We have made this car an even better deal for you. We put shiny mag wheels on it, and installed a new stereo with a 150 watt booster. I know a man of your caliber will just love these features. I also had my nephew install a new nitros oxide burner, this baby really hauls ass!!! I hope you understand that we need to pay for these new options. Could you please send me another $2,168.99 via an additional money order like the last one, as the new price will be $3,018.99 . When I receive the money from you, I will e-mail you so you can have your agent pick it up. I don't know if you would like me to add on a rear spoiler also. It would be a nice thing to have, and would only cost another $418.00.. Let me know if you want to have that installed also.

We could make this whole transaction a lot simpler if I just gave you my savings account info. You could than deposit my money, & withdraw yours. Is that O.K.??

You have been a pleasure to do business with. I also have a beautiful collectors edition 1974 Pinto for $225.00, It is easily valued at $325.00. Would you be interested??

By the way how is the weather where you are? It snowed here last night, & we are all very cold.

Have a wonderful day,

Dave

P.S. Are you on facebook?? Can I send you a friend request??

Terry Dick WARNING!!!

I spent $300 dollars on supplies... i spent so many of my precious hours going to ups stores and drop boxes and getting airway bills, gluing ups labels on envelopes and writing checks that ended up being fake. it took me so much money and time to figure out that TERRY DICK is not gonna pay me back. This is a warning to anyone who may fall for this. He even sent me lists of names and bank info and it was so beleivable untill i realized he didnt want ups tracking me down. send it to a different drop box every time? why? he says just do it. I asked questions and they were not answered. I started to get a fishy feeling and then i googled every little peice of info he gave me and found forums filled with the same things happend to me. ...i dont know if i did anything wrong and i hope to god i dont get in trouble for trying to work for this dick. If he tells you to get versa check program, paper, envelopes, magnetic ink and a printer. Ships you off to a different UPS every time...ITS A SCAM DONT FALL FOR IT

His email is terrydick89@yahoo.com
and he will use yahoo messanger
he insists on it.
if he calls you he has a strong accent and doesnt sound like his name is terry dick.
p.s. he'll call from an unknown number.

Am really interested to

Am really interested to purchase your item, the easiest way for me to pay is through Electronic Cashier's Check which is (E-Check) e-check was draw from Bank (Bank of America Wells Fargo or Commerce Bank and Other Banks) I have no problem with you waiting for the E-Check to go through at your bank. Here is what you need for the check: You will probably need to buy versa Business Check Paper, at any store below in your area,

(1) Staples
(2) Amazon
(3) Wal-Mart
(4) Office max
(5) Sam's Club
(6) Office Depot
(7) Shopping Mall
(8) G7 productivity
(9) Stationery Store
(10) Local Office Supply Stores

For $10. Once you purchase the versa business check paper. I will email you the check and you will have it printed, then you will have to proceed to your bank and get it deposited. I will wait for your bank to verify that the check clear before we proceed with shipment. As my Bank Operator informed me that the check will clear at your bank immediately. Which is Confirms to All American Banking Association rules and standards this is to stop C.O.D.

Best Regards
Jerri M James
111 Hickory Hill Ct
Alpharetta, GA 30004

The Jerri M James Scam Continues.

The scams are usually dead give-aways: really poor grammar, mis-spellings, jumping right into the purchase with their own purchase process. Usually close with "Best Regards" or "God Bless You". Always "white-page suspicious buyers and call the number. I just got this tonight from your Jerri James-Scammer. I called the number and it is disconnected. Here's the email. This dummy used 2 names in his email to identify himself; So, beware of the "Steven J Edwards" fraudulant email.

**Jerri M James
to me

show details 5:06 PM (2 hours ago)

Am okay with the price and condition and my mode of payment will be via Certified Check from my Bank, Do not worry about the shipment fees I will handle the shipment via my private shipping company, they will prepare all shipment document and it will also be insured by them after the check has been verify and clear at your bank, The check will be mail via Ups or Usps 2nd day delivery in which I will need your full name and address with your to mail out the check to you today, once you received the check you can proceed to your bank and have the check deposited into your account, I will wait for your bank to verify and clear the check before we proceed with the shipping, if this is okay by , you can proceed to take off the advert on Ebay because I don't want any other interruption by another buyer, so get back to me with your full name and address with your phone number to mail out the check to you today.

Best Regards
Jerri M James
111 Hickory Hill Ct
Alpharetta, GA 30004

** Jerri H James initial email to me:

I viewed your item posted on EBay and I am interested in purchasing it, so what is your last asking price?

Steven J Edwards

I got almost the exact e-mail

I got almost the exact e-mail on a vehicle I had listed on craigslist. They actually sent me the check after I told them not to.

JERRI JAMES

got the same response to my craigslist add. gave him the name number and address to a detective in my local police dept. check is on the way!

Jerri is back!

Luckily, I looked him up and found these posts first.

From: james.jerri@hotmail.com
To: jdphinney@hotmail.com
Subject: 1: 7800 Watt Generator - $799 (Plymouth)
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:21:34 +0000

Thanks for your prompt response, It's really appreciated. Am okay with the price and the condtion of the item. I work with world health organisation and just went out of town 2 days ago, I'm presently on sea to assist in relief . I'm interested in its purchase but i won't be able to come and have a look at it due to the nature of my profession,my mode ofpayment will be via Certified Check Drawn on Bank Of America,you willprobably need a VersaCheck Paper (Business Size) or a Business CheckPaper to print and cash or deposit the check today, the VersaCheckPaper or Business Check Paper is sold for $15 at any stationerystore,office depot or at your local office supply outlet.i will waitfor your bank to verify and clear the check before we proceed with theshipping which i will hire my private shipping company to come for thepickup after the check has been cleared at your bank so do not worryabout the shipment fee,I will need your name and address to send theE-check, you can read more on how it works at www.iversacheck.com.below stores are where you can purchase the Business check paper.

(1) Staples
(2) Amazon
(3) WalMart
(4) Office max
(5) Sam's Club
(6) Office Depot
(7) Shopping Mall
(8) G7 productivity
(9) Stationery Store
(10) Local Office Supply Stores

You can also order it online at (http://www.g7ps.com/scripts/instantchecks.asp). Once you purchase the business check paper and the magnetic versa ink. The echeck will be send online immediately to your email box, for you to have it printed. then proceed to your bank and cash or deposite the check.I will wait for your bank to verify and clear the E-check before we proceed.

My Regards
Jerri M James
111 Hickory Hill Ct
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Apparently he's back, but

Apparently he's back, but with another name:

Ok,
I would like to purchase it from you as soon as possible. But the easiest way for me to pay is probably Business check from my Bank. I know there are a lot of scams so I have no problem with you waiting for the check to go through at your bank or anything and verify that check is good before we proceed with shipment. And also don't worry about the pickup; the item will be pickup by my private shipping company.

Email me the payee name and your contact address, with your phone number, for me to mail the check.

Randy Collins
111 Hickory Hill Ct
Alpharetta, GA 30004

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