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 <>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 <>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 <>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 and know more about it .Dont worry i will handle the shipping myself with my shipper. you can IM on this ID 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.



craiglist scam selling 2006 GMC Sierra 2500 Duramax SLT

Here is the email I recieved.

The truck has been listed on craigslist in different cities, once I told them I would come and get it then all communications stopped.

I know it may seem strange I'm giving it away at this price, but the truth is I'm
really in tight spot. I'm under enormous time pressure cause I need to sell it fast,
before November 9th. My platoon is sent back to Iraq this month and i have to sell
it before that. It has no damage, dents, or hidden defects. It`s in immaculate
condition, being meticulously maintained and hasn't been involved in any accident,
and the car documents are under my name. The truck has 42.900 original miles
VIN#1GTHK23D76F241566. At the moment it's located in Grantville GA. If you decide to
buy it, I'll be taking care of the shipping fees, to speed things up and manage to
solve everything until the 6th. The price is as stated in the ad $4.600. If you are
still interested, please email me back.

Body type: Pickup truck
Transmission: Automatic
Exterior color: Black
Interior color: Tan
Vehicle title: Clear
16 mpg city / 20 mpg highway

You can find more pics at:

Thank you
Sgt. Maj. Barbara Morris
2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment,
Fort Benning, Georgia

I got an email about this

I got an email about this truck but now the person is stationed in the United Kingdom. SCAM


I am wondering if by this posting your saying that this person claiming to be a Sgt.Maj. Barbara Morris is scamming or trying to scam people into a false vehicle sale? I recently found a RV for sale by her on and wish to know if it's a scam or not...

2005 Rialta motorhome

It sounds too good to be true. A Winnebago, Rialta motorhome that sells for $40,000 for just $5000. I emailed sgt maj barbara morris and asked her for specifics. She had to sell it before Feb 28 as her battalion is shipping out for Iraq then. I asked where she lived for a live transfer of title, Where the motorhome is. Army storage in Indiana. I told her I would drive to Camp Atterbury,Indiana (616 miles) to look at it.She said she would deliver for free. This sounds just like the black pickup truck above. She is getting famous on this site. I'm also looking at another Fleetwood motorhome near Philadelphia, Same deal, different person. A $40,000 motorhome for $5500. perfect condition as both above. Her hesband was killed in Iraq 3 months ago and she is liquidating to move in with her sister. I live 20 miles away and she couldnt take off work or come by in the evening to just let me see that it exists. No answer. Sounds too good to be true. I think I'll pass. I wonder how much she or he makes on these deals?

Barry Johnson as

Barry Johnson as well....almost the exact same e-mails as others had posted, email address is I mentioned it at work, and my boss said it was most likely a scam, after searching his name and this type of thing, she was right. Buyer beware

Same pattern

Bank cheque
Extra money for deleting the ad
Extra money for the moving company .
No questions about the bike .
Bad english

Thanks guys !

I wonder if these scamers

I wonder if these scamers ever find each other. I would be interested in seeing such a conversation take place. lol

Almost fell for it!

From: Smurff Carl []
Sent: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 2:08 PM
subject: Nervo Pro 2000 82” $3,200

Dear Seller,

My name is Mr Smeco Carl, i reside at 324 Metcalfe Street ,Ottawa, ON , K1P 6L5 In Canada, I Saw your (Nervo Pro 2000 82”) on the website and I'm willing to purchase it, I want you to get back to me with the present status of condition, and are you the Original owner? also whats your last price offer? that you are willing to let it go. And how long have you been using it?


Next Email after my response.

Thanks for your email, I really do appreciate it, Everything sounds well and I know it's in excellent good status condition as you have said and I am okay with the price as well. So I would want you to keep all other buyer's off and also delete the advert from the website. As per payment i will have to instruct my son to send you a certified cashiers check via ups, fedex, or usps mail courier service delivery which will take only 3-5 business working days to get to you, cos this is the only means of payment i can offer you now due to my present departing schedule to handle some construction road works for my company. And you should not worry about the shipping, i have my shipper's that will come down to your location for the pick up as soon as payment is done and clearified.

So you'll have to email me the following so that i can instruct my son to issue out the payment to you:


Awaiting your response.



Thanks for the email, So any time from next week thursday noon you will be receiving the payment from the USPS or UPS couier service,but concerning the pick up i have spoken with my shipping company for the pick up, and they advised that i send their shipping charges together with your payment in the check i will be sending to you. So my wife would issue out the check to you as soon as possible to make the transaction faster, which i would have to instruct her to make out the check with excess funds including both with the shipping charges to you via any of the above courier service air delivery, so immedaitely you get it all you are to do is take it to your bank and get it deposited so the bank can tell you when it will clear so that you can get it cashed out and after geting it cashed you will have to deduct the payment of the (Nervo Pro 2000 82") and the balance will be sent back to the shipping company in order for them to come over to your location for the pickup and every other of my items which they will be shipping for me in other states to my resident in my home town state. I will be compesating you with $70 so that you keep it for me and as well keep an eye out and proper maintenace on it for me, which will now makes the total of $3,270 for you, and the remaining funds will be sent to the shipping company for immediate pick up of the (Nervo Pro 2000 82") from your location and my other items which they are suppose to ship from California to my resident. And i will like you to make the bill of sale ready,make it Mr. SMURFF CARL and also i will like you to remove the listing of the (Nervo Pro 2000 82") out from the site and count it already sold to me okay cos definitely you must receive the payment by next week thursday noon and i will give you a call as soon as am less busy with the works am handling over here in the state of Yuma Arizona for my company. and i will email you the shipping company's info where to send the shipping charges to as soon as i contact them. So please i would need you to do this favour for me and as well my shipper cos they are the only reliable shippers that has been shipping goods for me for over 4 years now. so kindly do me this favour to avoid any delay in these transaction. And as soon as i get the tracking number from the USPS or UPS courier service today or by next mondat to tuesday i will email it to you so that you can track it yourself on their website to know when exactly they will becoming to get the payment delivered to you by next week thursday noon.
Thanks alot,

Hello Bill,
Top of the day to you overthere, i just want to let you know that i contacted the usps mail courier service today and i was made to understand that they have start deliveries of mails, so i was assuredly that any day from this week to next week tuesday noon you will be receiving the payment of the (Nervo Pro 2000 82") i issued out to you. So kindly make sure you keep an eye out on the payment and you are also around to receive the payment yourself and keep checking around your home maybe when they come you migth not be aronnd and they can easily get it droped at your front door,side door,rear door,garage,porch,e.t.c. or anywhere around your home where you know that mail delivery can be delivered to when you are not around. Because this kind of delivery of mail does not come with a tracking number, but just make sure you keep an eye out for the payment anyday this week to next tuesday anytime unfailingly. And the amount on the check payment is a certified funds check which total amount was $4,850. So as soon as you get the check, you are to get it deposited into your account for it to clear, which will clear in 2-3 business working days as my bank manager told me and the funds will be credited into your account within that 2-3 business working days, but all the same just get back to me to let me know when is it to clear your bank cos at times the bank can get the check cashed for you instantly, so that i can contact the shipping company on how their own funds will be sent to them so that they can come over to your location for the pickup of the (Nervo Pro 2000 82") at your location which these will be done as soon as the check clears your bank and you must have deducted out your own money for the (Nervo Pro 2000 82") and as well with the compensating fee of $70 as i have promised you for keeping it for me and keep an eye out and proper maintenance on the (Nervo Pro 2000 82") while the rest of the funds that will be left with you will be sent to the shipping company via any westernunion money transfer or money gram money transfer outlet nearby you so they can come over to your location for the pickup of the (Nervo Pro 2000 82"). Awaiting to read from you as soon as you have gotten and deposited the check, most times i tried reaching you on the phone but answering machine answers so kindly just be patient and calm down you will definitely receive the payment any day from this week to next week tuesday noon unfailing and as soon as am less busy with the works am handling for my company i will give you a call. keep an eye out on the usps mail courier service for the delivery of the payment and when you get it do let me know.
Thanks alot,

We need to stop theses bustards.

E check span on craigslist

Thank you all for being there. I have a large dining room table for sale - this person - Kerry Smile - offered to purchase it without even seeing it, told me where to buy the materials to print the check and offered to pay me for the supplies. When I googled e-check scam - you all were there. So I wrote back and said I had no access to a printer, but I would provide my paypal account information if that would work. Strangely enough, PayPal was not an option for Kerry Smile - so I said thanks and no thanks.

Let's all be careful out there - thanks again for your help

Barry Johnson SCAM!!!!


Barry Johnson (AKA-BJ)will use 2 different emails. One is from "" and the other is "" or some other forms of that.

I am selling a truck and "he" contacted me within a day or two of the add. Due to the fact that I live on a US military installation, I asked him to contact me, at least, by phone. No phone call was ever recieved but numerous emails have been received with replies for "him" to contact me. Apparently a check has already been sent. If I do receive this check it will be delivered straight to the FBI and to my counter-terrorism friends. He is one reason we still need GITMO!

He may ask you to send the remaining balance to a guy in Jacksonville, FL.

Please beware!!! Everyone else...G'Luck!