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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I got info on two different

I got info on two different cars by two different people, but was the same email text.And she wants to only use ebay protection program. does this sounds like a scam?

Here's the latest SCAM from

Here's the latest SCAM from this guy...he sent me a "check" for $2150.00...what does he think? I'm not that stupid...

Hello .
Wishing you happy holiday!
I have repose my trust in you and hope that you will not disapoint me.I hope the check has been received? Kindly proceed to deposit the check today.
My bank informed me payment should clear in your bank within 2 business days. You can withdraw the additional funds then send it to the mover that will handle the pick up from your location. Please send the mover funds via Western Union Money Transfer ! You are to deduct the western union charges from the movers funds.
Details for the mover funds below !
Mark Edward
2979 Saint Augustine Rd
Jacksonville,FL 32207
Let me know your avaliable date & time for pick up. Kindly write me back with Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) ,total fund sent with senders name and address.
I will await all information asap.
Regards.
Barry Johnson.

Scamming Nigerian!!

I got the same emails from the same guy with the same address, except he told me his name was Ryan Broek!! Here are two of the emails I got from him:

Ryan Broek
to me

Hello,

I've just order for your payment via PayPal. I am putting my trust in you and hope you'll not disappoint me. I have sent your fund via (PayPal). PayPal will contact you immediately they verify your email address. Endeavor to email me once you see the confirmation of payment. Kindly package the item ready to go for shipment also remember to ship the item via EMS of USPS so that it will arrive at my friend's address as soon as possible, i will await your email and also Express Mail Service Tracking Number. Please before you proceed to post and send the package, remove the paper work on the package and you don't need to add asking price because my friend told me it will reduce the custom charges in its country. I have added additional $100 to cover the shipping cost. I will like you to remove the case and you can put it in a small envelop so that it will look nice and okay. Here is my friend address below.

NAME : OLORUNTOBI OLALEKAN O.
ADDRESS : 3O TEN TEN STREET,IKOLA ROAD OSI OTA
CITY : OTA
STATE : OGUN STATE
COUNTRY : NIGERIA
ZIPCODE : 23439
PHONE # : 2348082023465.

I will be very glad to hear back from you as soon as you received the payment confirmation notification of your money...You can also proceed with shipment and also get back to there representative customer care service with the shipment tracking number as a proof for prompt verification so that your money can be credited into your PayPal account immediately.

Thank You.

HERE'S THE SECOND EMAIL CONFIRMING PAYMENT:

Service@PayPal.com Payment Confirmation @ Account Verification Dept.
to me

show details 4:11 PM (3 hours ago)

PayPal
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To safely and securely access the PayPal website or your account, open a new web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Netscape) and type in the PayPal URL (https://www.paypal.com/row/) to be sure you are on the real PayPal site.

PayPal will never ask you to enter your password in an email.

For more information on protecting yourself from fraud, please review our Security Tips at https://www.paypal.com/row/securitytips
Protect Your Password

You should never give your PayPal password to anyone, including PayPal employees.

You've got new funds!
**Payment Request Approved Payments by PayPal**

Dear (email address entered here),

Ryan Broek just sent you money with PayPal.
Ryan Broek is a Verified buyer.
_______________________________________

Money Request Details

Subtotal :$ 1, 800 . 00 USD
Shipping Cost :$ 100 . 00 USD
Total :$ 1, 900 . 00 USD
Transaction ID :8B174-130NG-7404-35H
Note :14 karat white gold engagement ring.
____________________________________
Transaction Confirmed
**PLEASE NOTE**
The buyer of this item requested this item to be shipping to the following address below buyer shipping information.

NAME: OLORUNTOBI OLALEKAN O.
ADDRESS: 3O TEN TEN STREET,IKOLA ROAD OSI OTA
CITY: OTA
STATE: OGUN STATE
COUNTRY: NIGERIA
ZIPCODE: 23439
PHONE #: +2348082023465.

Confirmed Help
https://www.paypal.com/us/mrb/pal=KZAL42RVE3MQS
This PayPal payment has been deducted from the buyer's account and has been " APPROVED"but will not be credited to your account until the shipment tracking number is sent to our customer care support for shipment verification so as to secure both the buyer and the
seller.

Below are the necessary information requested before we will send you URL/hyperlink to click for you to receive the money in your account completely. Send tracking number to paypal processing department at fundconfirmationtransfer@accountant.com and our customer online processing will attend to you. As soon as you send us the shipment's tracking number to us for security purposes and the safety of the buyer and the seller,the money will be credited to your account within 48hours after shipping verification.You can also notify the buyer with the tracking number so your account can be credited within 24-48hrs of shipment verification.

**PLEASE NOTE**
Once shipment has been verified and the tracking number sent to us, You will receive a "CONFIRMATION EMAIL" from PayPal informing you that the Money has been credited.
Thank you for using PayPal!
The PayPal Team
Service@paypal.com

Paypal/craigslist SCAM

I also received the same email plus another one that REALLY LOOKED LIKE IT WAS FROM PAYPAL! thank goodness I thought before I bought into this SCAM!! First, I checked my paypal account and saw no payments pending, so then I contacted THE REAL PAYPAL CUSTOMER SERVICE and told them about the emails they then informed me to send the emails to SPOOF@PAYPAL.COM as instructed by the Paypal Rep. Paypal told me 2 VERY IMPORTANT THINGS, FIRST ALL EMAIL WILL COME FROM PAYPAL.COM AND NOTHING ELSE FOLLOWING THIS, ALSO IF YOU SUSPECT A FRAUDULENT EMAIL STATING IT'S FROM PATPAL TURN IT INTO SPOOF@PAYPAL.COM AND PAYPAL WILL INVESTIGATE THE EMAIL AND SEND YOU A RESPONSE STATING IF IT'S A REAL PAYPAL EMAIL PLUS IT HELPS THEM TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE SCAMMERS!!! I have attached a copy of the 2nd"fake email confirmation of funds transfer"..PS.. This one almost fooled me!
 
 

Protect Your Account Info
Make sure you never provide your password to fraudulent websites.

To safely and securely access the PayPal website or your account, open a new web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Netscape) and type in the PayPal URL (https://www.paypal.com/row/) to be sure you are on the real PayPal site.

PayPal will never ask you to enter your password in an email.

For more information on protecting yourself from fraud, please review our Security Tips at https://www.paypal.com/row/securitytips

Protect Your Password

You should never give your PayPal password to anyone, including PayPal employees.

You've got new fund!    
                                              **Payment Request Approved ** 
                                
 
Dear Techmelissa@yahoo.com,

Tara White just sent you money with PayPal.
Tara White is a Verified buyer.
____________________________________
 
               Money Request Details    
    
 
Subtotal            :$ 249  . 99 USD
Shipping Cost  :$ 100  . 00 USD
Total                  :$ 349  . 99 USD
Transaction ID  :8B174-130NG-7404-35H
Note                    :Diamond heart necklace.
____________________________________
  Transaction Confirmed  
**PLEASE NOTE**
The buyer of this item requested this item to be shipping to the following address below buyer shipping information.
 
NAME          : OLORUNTOBI OLALEKAN O.
ADDRESS    : NO,14 GBAMGBOSE STREET
CITY             : TINUBU SQURE LAGOS
STATE          : LAGOS STATE
COUNTRY     : NIGERIA
ZIPCODE      : 23401
PHONE #      : +2348082023465

 
Confirmed  
 
This PayPal payment has been deducted from the buyer's account and has been " APPROVED"but will not be credited to your account until the shipment tracking number is sent to our customer care support for shipment verification so as to secure both the buyer and the
seller.
 
Below are the necessary information requested before we will send you URL/hyperlink  to click for you to receive  the money in your account completely. Send tracking number to paypal processing department at fundconfirmationtransfer@live.com  and our customer online processing will attend to you. As soon as you send us the shipment's tracking number to us for security purposes and the safety of the buyer and the seller,the money will be credited to your account within 48hours after shipping verification.You can also notify the buyer with the tracking number so your account can be credited within 24-48hrs of shipment verification.
 

                                               **PLEASE NOTE**
Once shipment has been verified  and the tracking number sent to us, You will receive a "CONFIRMATION EMAIL"  from PayPal informing you that the Money has been credited.
Thank you for using PayPal!
The PayPal Team
Service@paypal.com
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________

With PayPal, you always shop without sharing your financial information.
 
                                                  
  Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response.PayPal Email ID PP1543.
                            
 

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the same email

Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 5:57 AM
Subject: !! I'VE JUST ORDERED FOR YOUR PAYMENT !! 1 carat diamond ring - $1550

Hello,

I've just order for your payment via PayPal. I am putting my trust in you and hope you'll not disappoint me. I have sent your fund via (PayPal). PayPal will contact you immediately they verify your email address. Endeavor to email me once you see the confirmation of payment. Kindly package the diamond ring ready to go for shipment also remember to ship the diamond ring via EMS of USPS so that it will arrive at my friend's address as soon as possible, i will await your email and also Express Mail Service Tracking Number. Please before you proceed to post and send the package, remove the paper work on the package and you don't need to add asking price because my friend told me it will increase the custom charges in her country. I have added additional $100 to cover the shipping cost. I will like you to remove the case and you can put it in a Padded envelop so that it will look nice and okay. Here is my friend address below.

NAME : OLORUNTOBI OLALEKAN O.
ADDRESS : 3O TEN TEN STREET,IKOLA ROAD OSI OTA
CITY : OTA
STATE : OGUN STATE
COUNTRY : NIGERIA
ZIPCODE : 23439

I will be very glad to hear back from you as soon as you received the payment confirmation notification of your money...You can also proceed with shipment and also get back to there representative customer care service with the shipment tracking number as a proof for prompt verification so that your money can be credited into your PayPal account immediately.

Thank You.

scam

My Craigs List scam reads ver batim as all others. They go to the Versa check after telling you that they want the item so badly. I wish Craig's List could have this scam alert on their web site to save a lot of us heartache.

Financial Help

Good day my friend.

First of all , I would like to use this medium to give you a brief summary of my experience on the internet. I was in need of financial assistance and i applied to several loan offers which all turned out to be frauds. I lost my job and lost approximately $ 12,000.00 to an agency bearing the name: Eardley Financial Agency which is managed by Mr Mike Elderly Who is located in Russia.If you are in need of any personal assistance, i would advice you to contact my lender who finally delivered me from my financial trauma. The Agency is an English Agency located in Edo State, NG. you can contact him for more information about financial issues.

Manager: Sir Morgan Lam
Location: Edo State,NG.
Contact Address: morganlam.finance@gmail.com

I wish you a good luck.

Susan pat.

Don't tip off the scammers

Hi all, I just got the initial inquiry from shaldegodson@gmail so I googled his email & found this site & I'm thinking that we shouldn't tell them about their stupid mistakes & these kinds of sites so that they don't think of ways to avoid detection in the future, allowing others to find out about them before they do harm. Just a thought...

Scam from Allen Bolt

Allen Bolt

Hello,
Am very glad to read back from you that the item are still in good condition and also very sorry for getting back late to you...Fine am still interesting to purchase the item urgently from you and while i also will like to proceed with your payment via PayPal cause i am buying this item to present my friend as a gift for- his wedding coming soon,And i will not like you to disappoint me .Because i want his father to bless the item before the wedding will commence and Can you please attach any other of the picture to view, so l can forward it to him to view .i will also like you to go ahead read more about it via www.PayPal.com And once that has been done.So kindly proceed to set up the account with them and also get back to me with your PayPal payment id so that i can proceed to make your payment as soon as i receive the PayPal id from you and i will also add $100 to cover the shipping cost via (EMS) EXPRESS MAIL SERVICE OF USPS SERVICE POST OFFICE OR VIA REGISTER MAIL OF LOCAL POST OFFICE. I will be very glad to hear back from you soon.

Thank You.
HELLO,

THANK YOU CONCERNING YOUR QUICK RESPOND TO ME..IT'S WAS DUE TO DUE TO THE FACT THAT AM PUCHASING THIS ITEM FOR MY FRIEND AS A WEDDING GIFT FOR HIS WEDDING THAT COMING SOON ...HERE IS MY FRIEND SHIPPING INFORMATION THAT I WANT TO PURCHASE THIS ITEM FOR AS A GIFT WERE LISTED BELOW...SO KINDLY GET BACK TO ME WITH YOUR PAYPAL ID SO THAT I CAN PROCEED TO MAKE YOUR PAYMENT TODAY.I WILL BE VERY GLAD TO READ BACK FROM YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE .

NAME : OLUWASHANUMI REMILEKUN .B
ADDRESS : 3O TEN TEN STREET,IKOLA ROAD OSI OTA
CITY : OTA
STATE : OGUN STATE
COUNTRY : NIGERIA
ZIPCODE : 23439
PHONE # :+2348056181056

THANK YOU.

PILATES MACHINE

THIS IS WHAT THE E MAIL CONTENT WAS ABOUT. NOTICE HE ALLEGES HE IS NOT INTERESTED IN A SCAM. HE CANNOT SPELL OR STRUCTURE SENTENCES PROPERLY, WANTS MORE PHOTOS (I HAD SENT 4), USE E CHECK AND HE IS ADDING 50.00 MORE TO THE PRICE TAG. WOW.

SCAM;

Sounds great,
First of all, i will like to let you know that i am not interested in scam or fraud of any kind, if by any way i sense a scam, you will be reported immediately, sorry about this but it's hard on internet lately, i will like to add $50 to your asking price so as to be the highest offer, let me know the present condition and more actual pictures will be appreciated. I'll like to pay you via E-check and will wait till it clears, with E-check no bank information is required only your name that will be on the check, if you don't know how E-check works please email me asap. please no scams here because i'm a disabled man and I manage what I have with me to get what I want. I am buying this for a friend as compensation when he comes back from his tour, he is the one who takes me around on wheelchair before the operation whenever I need to go out and help me with some other things that might be difficult for me to do. if my offer is accepted get back to me and your advise will also be appreciated.
Thanks.

Felix Richard.

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