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.



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Craigslist scam

I received a reply to an ad of a car I posted on Craigslist for more pix. Their reply below:

Hello There, Awesome. When is a great time for me to stop by to take a look? I want to make sure I can pay for the insurence, but I couldn't get this quote to work on my dial up connection. (slowwww) Would you do me a favor and go to Auto Rate and see how much the average price is for this area? Thanks!

The Auto Rate was a hyperlink. I was suspicious, copy and pasted their reply and found this website.
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Barry Wood / craigslist scam

THANK you all for posting this! Before I replied, I googled his name and found this page.

First I got this:

Did you still have this item for sales?

Barry Wood
Please reply to

and after I replied yes he sent me this email:
I am willing to purchase the jewelry as a present gift,for my friend wedding coming very soon ,i will pay you via paypal the faster and secure payment,you can attach me the picture and log to ( to read on how paypal work and how to sign up personal account,I will probably need your Paypal email address or send invoice payment so i can proceed with payment,i am going to add $50 to your asking price to cover shipping cost via REGISTER MAIL SERVICE OF USPS POST OFFICE AND INSURE.Await to hear from you with the paypal info,.

Thank you very much

barry wood - jewelry

I just got a request from this guy too. Selling a pricey piece, gladd I googled him!

thanks for all your postings about his scam!

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Barry the scammer

I recently posted some jewelry on Craig's List, and got an email from a " " today. The person used such bad grammar, which is a complete red flag! The email reads:

Did you still have this item for sales?
Please get back to me at

I decided to Google his email, and found this message board. Thank you SO much for creating these! Just sharing the info that he seems to still be at it.

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Jewelry scammer

I posted on craigslist an item of great value and i got an email from Mark Williams:


Did you still have this item available for sale ?

Thank You."

And after replying that i still have the item on sale he sent me another email saying:

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

Thank you."

I am glad I didn't follow any of his instructions. This is such a scam and i am glad i found this message board.