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.



Barry Wood /

He's STILL at it!!!! I received this from a ring I had posted on craigslist on 8/5/2011.

Hope this item is for sales?Get back to me

Reply to :
Barry Wood
Deputy Welfare Officer.
35631.110 West College Street

Barry Wood

Thank goodness for Google! Before I replied with my phone # I googled his name and found this page.

THANKS to all of you for posting this stuff!

Here's the email I received 8/17/11 for a diamond watch I have for sale on Seattle CL.

Hope this item is for sales?Get back to me


Reply to:
Barry Wood
Deputy Welfare Officer.
35631.110 West College Street

Fraud via Craigslist

I had a listing on Craigslist for a Engagement and Wedding ring. I got this email,

Hope this item is for sales?Get back to me


Reply to :
Barry Wood
Deputy Welfare Officer.
35631.110 West College Street

I replied that it is, and I got this. --

I am still willing to purchase the Jewelry from you as a present gift to my friend wedding ceremony which is around the corner,i will pay via paypal faster and secure payment,log to and read on how to sign up with personal account,you can send me paypal invoice payment request or your paypal Name and email address to send the money.Please include your last asking price for the item,i will add additional $50 to cover REGISTER MAIL SERVICE OF USPS POST OFFICE OR EMS MAIL SERVICE.Await to hear from you with the paypal info,so kindly take of the ad's on

Thank you very much --

Bells went off in my head, but hey, tuition payments are high so just out of curiousity I sent a Paypal request for payment. I got an immediate reply:


I have reposed my confidence in you that you will not disappoint me as this will be my first time of buying something like this online ,I have proceed to PayPal with your payment and payment was made confirmed and successfully .So please do get back to me as soon as you received the payment confirmation mail from PayPal.My friend instruct to have the package ship via (EMS EXPRESS MAIL SERVICE OF USPS POST OFFICE OR REGISTER MAIL SERVICE).Because they want the package receive before engagement day.Please dont write price on the package when you get to post office and also remove the appraisal paperwork and Box out.Just WRAP it in bubble wrap to pad it a little or inside secure regular envelop size when you get to post office,So my friend would not spend more money to receive the package at there post office when the package is arrive.I add additional $50 to cover shipping cost.When you have the package ship check the shipment receipt and copy the shipping tracking number to paypal for verification.

Below is shipping info :



Please check your inbox/junk of your PayPal e-mail to see the Paypal payment confirmation mail from PayPal, provided,Nice doing business with you.
Best Regards.

Thank you

-- Well I checked my junk mail and of course had two emails from Well I know better than to trust an address with a period after the .com PLUS I know that paypal emails go immediately to my inbox, NOT my junkmail. But to someone else, this scam may have worked. Older people, stupid people, etc. lol. ANYWHO - I sent him a reply saying he will be reported and a link to this page.

He send me the exact same email

Nigeria is the BIGGEST red flag!!!! Plus CL needs to send this scammer a notice they will prosecute though there is not treay with African nations to enforce any other countries fraud or attempt mail fraud or theft laws.


I first got this email Form a supposed Alicia Williams. I Googled her name and found that there were a bunch of people that had been contacted by this person.

From: Alicia Williams
Subject: AMC, JEEP 258 Straight 6 4.2L Short Block+ - $450 (Saco, Maine)
Date: 08:24:55 PM Today

** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info:

I'm interested,Is this the bottom Dollar?

This message was remailed to you via:
If this email is a scam or spam please flag it now:

Then I received this email:

OK,I'll be paying You via Bank check and Your Price Works with Me
and I want you to consider It sold, please do withdraw the advert from
craigslist to avoid further inquiries and disturbance.Please do
provide me with the following.information to facilitate the mailing of
the check to you...

1.....Full name to write on the check
2.....Full Physical address to post the check
3.....City, State and Zip Code
4.....Home & Cell Phone to contact you

*** Note that the payment will be shipped to your address via UPS
courier Service and I will like you to know that you will not be
responsible for shipping i will have my mover come over as soon as you
get the check

Sent from my iPad


Alicia Williams

Thank You! I took it a bit further, gave no information. I instead requested it. The excuse was that they were hearing impaired, and that they were not going to screw me over. I noticed that you were from Saco. I am also from Maine, and was curious if it is a local scam.

alicia williams craigslist scam

I also have been going back and forth with this Alicia Williams person for 2 months now awaiting a check to arrive week after week I received email saying im sorry I fell down stars at my work, again fell down stairs at my house, ive been sick, and I've been in hospital. So staring to feel more and more unsure I took my wifes advice and goggled the name and found this sight and man did I feel. Dumb for falling for the lie they person told me he was from Nebraska. So just to help this is a scam