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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Craislist Scam desmond cool <desmond4real008@hotmail.com

I received this e-mail in response to an item I had posted for sale on Craiglist and the message just didn’t pass my gut check so I Google’d a portion of the message and was led to this web site. I had no intention of acting on the e-mail but what kept bothering me was I wanted to know the details of what this scam was about. As I can see with very little research I was able to answer this. It does bother me that there are people out there doing this I would like to get my hand on one of these parasites and have a grown up discussion about ethics and not being a drain on our society. I do however believe in karma Mr. Desmond Cool and it will get you. However you will most likely be to busy blaming anything but the person who should bear the burden of the blame.

Sounds Good.
I want to purchase the item today and pay you via Electronic Cashier Check drawn from my Bank of America account it is a real cashiers check after you print it. The check will be sent to you immediately via email all you need to do is purchase a Business check paper at any Office depot or stationary store to print the check on and immediately when you print the check proceed to your Bank to deposit or Cash it,the Business check paper cost $20 only but i will offer you $50 to purchase the Business check paper to print the check.The item will be picked up from you by my Company shipper so you don't have to worry about shipment of the item also I will wait for you to confirm and clear the check before the shipper come to pickup the item from you actually I should have handled this myself but i am not available to do that now i am currently away for my Company seminar that is why i want you to do this and i will pay you $50 to purchase the Business check paper to print the check.This is the fastest and best method of payment because it is instant once you purchase Business check paper all this process of printing and cashing of the E-check can be done within 2 hours.
Thanks

Desmond Cool

He's currently trying to work a scam on me; I did a Google Search of his name first, and at the bottom of the search I was directed to this website. Now I'm on page 5, and WHAMMO! - here's Desmond Cool troubling others as well. Thanx a lot for making his name known that he's an asshole.

Same Scam happened to me

Thank you for posting this!
Here is my story...

Hello,
I am interested in purchasing your item posted on craigslist,
I am willing to purchase it as soon as possible.
Get back to me immediately if the item is still available for sale.

Thanks

Yes, Thank you that sounds great.
You can give me a call at (I listed my phone #) so we can set up everything.
My name is Crystal

Sounds Good.
I will like to proceed with payment asap and will like to handle shipment myself when you must have gotten your cash at hand.I work with an auditing firm and will not have time to mail a check.I am in no rush to pick up the item till funds are clear at the bank.As there are too many scams on internet as regards buying and selling with large bogus account.My mode of payment will be via Electronic Cashier Check drawn on .(Bank Of America).Electronic Cashier checks is fast and secure.You will probarbly need a business check paper to print and cash or deposit the check today.The business check paper is sold for $20 at any stationery store,staples or at your local office supply outlet.I will add the cost of supplies to your asking price with an extra offer for accepting my mode of payment.I will need your name and address with valid email address to send the Echeck to your email which you can print immediately when you must have purchase the supplies at staples or any stationery store.Kindly delete the advert of this item if my mode of payment is accepted.I will await your email asap.
Thanks.

I would prefer a money order or casher's check in exchange for the item, we can make arrangements for you to pick it up. The mailing address is listed below.

Thanks

Oh
I will have loved to mail a check to your home address or pay cash but due to the fact that i am moving so i have just my echeck account left to opperate.I am in no rush to get the item from you until my echeck has been verify and also cleared.Please proceed to purchase the supplies (Business Check Paper ) Then email me with your name and address with a valid email so that i will send the check immediately and you can print and cash it asap.......
Thanks

I knew it was too good to be true, this person "den smith" kept asking me for a vaild email address, and my mailing address all in which I already gave to him, even my phone number.
I was about to follow through with this until I asked my friend if she had ever heard of something like this before, after doing a quick search in google we found this site, so thank you!!!!

E CHECK

I received this exact email over the Labor day weekend. I am selling a saddle for $1700 and he did not even ask the normal questions. I knew this was too good to be true but still needed to do some research. He emailed me back and forth several times too. Still insisiting I buy the business check at staples or my local stationery store. Even gave me a name and address. He did request my phone number even though it had been included in a previous email. Also said he would have called but his son broke his phone!! yeah right!!He also listed his address as PA and my item for sale is in CA. Just weird.

thanks for all this info from Craigs list. Now I don't need to wonder anymore.

I also received the same

I also received the same type of email from these people. I did research and also have friends working for the Attorney General and told them that. Told them that if this was a scam would be turning them into to AG.

Electronic Cashier Check drawn from my Bank of America account

I just got this today....

Sounds Good.
I want to purchase the car today and pay you via Electronic Cashier Check drawn from my Bank of America account it is a real cashiers check after you print it the check will be sent to you immediately via email all you need to do is purchase a Business check paper at any Office depot or stationary store to print the check on and immediately when you print the check proceed to your Bank to cash it,the Business check paper cost $20 only but i will offer you $50 to purchase the Business check paper to print the check.
The car will be picked up from you by my Company shipper so you don't have to worry about shipment of the car also I will wait for you to confirm and cash the check before the shipper come to pickup the car from you actually I should have handled this myself but i am not available to do that now i am currently away for my Company seminar that is why i want you to do this and i will pay you $50 to purchase the Business check paper to print the check.
This is the fastest and best method of payment because it is instant once you purchase Business check paper all this process of printing and cashing of the E-check can be done within 2 hours.

Thanks

> From: (my email address removed)
> To: coreynandez04@hotmail.com
> Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 06:45:16 -0600
> Subject: Re: Mercedes Benz 1976 450 SEL - $600
>
> The car does not run so it will have to be towed.
>
> Sam
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Corey Hernandez"
> > To: sale-407088797@craigslist.org
> > Subject: Mercedes Benz 1976 450 SEL - $600
> > Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 04:17:40 -0400
> >
> >
> > ** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY --- AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
> > ** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
> > ** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
> > ** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html
> >
> >
> > Hello,I want to purchase your car and i am willing to pay $600 for
> > it.Get back to me immediately if the car is still available for
> > sale. Thanks

I received the exact same

I received the exact same email from the exact same email address. This is obviously a scam!!

SCAM!!!

Sounds Good.
I want to purchase the car today and pay you via Electronic Cashier Check drawn from my Bank of America account it is a real cashiers check after you print it the check will be sent to you immediately via email all you need to do is purchase a Business check paper at any Office depot or stationary store to print the check on and immediately when you print the check proceed to your Bank to cash it,the Business check paper cost $20 only but i will offer you $50 to purchase the Business check paper to print the check.
The car will be picked up from you by my shipper so you don't have to worry about shipment of the car also I will wait for you to confirm and cash the check before the shipper come to pickup the car from you actually I should have handled this myself but i am not available to do that now i am currently away for my company seminar that is why i want you to do this and i will pay you $50 to purchase the Business check paper to print the check.
This is the fastest and best method of payment because it is instant once you purchase Business check paper all this process of printing and cashing of the E-check can be done within 2 hours.

Thanks

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Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 07:02:11 -0700

To: coreynandez01@hotmail.com

Hi,
Yes the car is still available for sale. I can have the car ready for you by this weekend.
Thanks

Corey Hernandez wrote:
** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY --- AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html

Hello,
I want to purchase your car and i am willing to pay $700 for it.
Get back to me immediately if the car is still available for sale.

Thanks

same scam

i got this today from
From: Brandon Collins

Sounds Good.
I want to purchase the item today and pay you via Electronic Cashier Check drawn from my Bank of America account it is a real cashiers check after you print it. The check will be sent to you immediately via email all you need to do is purchase a Business check paper at any Office depot or stationary store to print the check on and immediately when you print the check proceed to your Bank to deposit or Cash it,the Business check paper cost $20 only but i will offer you $50 to purchase the Business check paper to print the check.The item will be picked up from you by my Company shipper so you don't have to worry about shipment of the item also I will wait for you to confirm and clear the check before the shipper come to pickup the item from you actually I should have handled this myself but i am not available to do that now i am currently away for my Company seminar that is why i want you to do this and i will pay you $50 to purchase the Business check paper to print the check.This is the fastest and best method of payment because it is instant once you purchase Business check paper all this process of printing and cashing of the E-check can be done within 2 hours.
Thanks

I got this one today, this blows!!!

Sounds Good.
I will like to proceed with payment asap and will like to handle shipment myself when you must have gotten your cash at hand.I work with an auditing firm and will not have time to mail a check.I am in no rush to pick up the item till funds are clear at the bank.As there are too many scams on internet as regards buying and selling with large bogus account.My mode of payment will be via Electronic Cashier Check drawn on .(Bank Of America).Electronic Cashier checks is fast and secure.You will probarbly need a business check paper to print and cash or deposit the check today.The business check paper is sold for $20 at any stationery store,staples or at your local office supply outlet.I will add the cost of supplies to your asking price with an extra offer for accepting my mode of payment.I will need your name and address with valid email address to send the Echeck to your email which you can print immediately when you must have purchase the supplies at staples or any stationery store.Kindly delete the advert of this item if my mode of
payment is accepted.I will await your email asap.
Thanks.

I was amped to get rid of my boat too.

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