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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BY PHONE TOO!!! 2053906695

I'm getting bombarded with scam messages!

I received a text message from 205-3906695:

"Gorgeous certified engagement ring - $2,500 (Torrance)... What is the condition of your item and your final price?"

Me - "It's like new. This is my final price."

"Ok, I will be giving you $2,800 for the item. And I will also be giving you an additional $200 for you to get the item ship to West Africa, ok?"

Me - "Sorry, it's in person only. Thanks!"

Georgia Gause from Texas

This one left an American address and a phone number. What can be done with this info?

"Sounds good, I would have love to come over with cash, but because of your distance from Tx and also am very busy with my Job and also my church ministry, I understand that there are many scam online and i want you to know that I'm paypal verified member and I will send out the payment first before we proceed with the shipment you can easily get an account with Paypal its reliable and easy to use, I find it the easiest way to use my credit card safely and is a safe and reliable method of payment, let me know when you done with the registration, for me to make the payment immediately. Please I also need to see more pics (214)216-2364"

"Beautiful pics, I want the ring shipped over night to me because I have a trip to Bahamas with my family, here is what you need to Dallas,2444 province lane Dallas, TX 75228 to get the cost of the shipping and also include amount when sending the invoice or paypal money request to my paypal ID: georgia.gause@yahoo.com God bless"

ebay classified ad

I posted a set of wedding rings for sale on ebay classified and received the same email from Georgia Mae Gause with the same address and this morning received an email from paypal saying that the money had been deposited for the transaction into paypal but I needed to post a tracking # for shipment prior to the funds being available to me. Is this a scam??

Craigslist Scammer for classifieds. I reported to FBI

Beware! Be smart, NEVER provide info without knowing your buyer!! Heres my string of emails, start from bottom:

I need to voice verify and i am dealing with cash only, locally. No out of State, no checks, paypal, bank transfers etc
CASH ONLY at MY local police station. When you can do that let me know. 

Sent from my iPod

On Mar 17, 2012, at 1:29 AM, Barry4rwood@aol.com wrote:

Oh sorry i am deaf man, you will only send me sms message to 2056775128 and email me your paypal email address to proceed with your payment
 
In a message dated 3/17/2012 1:01:26 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, provrbs1116@gmail.com writes:
Barry, send your phone number. Where are you located? I already have paypal so not a problem. 
Sent from my iPod

On Mar 17, 2012, at 12:30 AM, Barry4rwood@aol.com wrote:

OKAY,
 I'm  making this online purchase due to the fact that i find this Item great and moreover much enviable to what I'd need urgently as present gift, while my mode of payment will be via (PayPal) to faciliate the transaction.I will appreciate if you can kindly end the sales on craigslist web. You can go ahead and Read more about PAYPAL via  (www.paypal.com) i just check with www.usps.com said it is cost $20 to cover the shipping cost via (ORDINARY NORMAL MAIL SERVICE  POST OFFICE AND INSURE). But i am going to add $100 to your asking price if there is any fee paypal charge when you signup account.kindly get back to me with your PAYPAL e-mail address so that i can make the payment as soon as possible ...
 

Barry Wood
Thank
 
From: provrbs1116@gmail.com
To: barry4rwood@aol.com
Sent: 3/16/2012 11:43:36 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Wedding Set Priced to Sell Fast! - $4000 (SGV)
 
Hello, yes i do. 

My apology for delay, my bberry isnt getting emails! 

Ill check back for your reply. 

Sent from my iPod

On Mar 16, 2012, at 7:46 AM, Barry Wood 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

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Did you still have this item for sales?Get back to me at barry4rwood@aol.com

Thank you

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Barry Woods

Just an FYI - This scammer is still at it and is using barry4rwoods@aol.com. I am selling a ring on craigslist and this is the email response I got from him:

OKAY,
I'm making this online purchase due to the fact that i find this Item great and moreover much enviable to what I'd need urgently as present gift, while my mode of payment will be via (PayPal) to facilitate the transaction. I will appreciate if you can kindly end the sales on craigslist web. You can go ahead and Read more about PAYPAL via (www.paypal.com) i just check with www.usps.com said it is cost $20 to cover the shipping cost via (ORDINARY NORMAL MAIL SERVICE POST OFFICE AND INSURE). But i am going to add $100 to your asking price if there is any fee paypal charge when you signup account.kindly get back to me with your PAYPAL e-mail address so that i can make the payment as soon as possible...
Barry Wood
Thank

Funny thing - when I emailed him back asking him what he was going to pay for the item and that I would not ship the item until the payment had completely cleared my account - he never wrote back. I guess he lost interest when he realized he wouldn't be getting his money back and my diamond ring to go with it.
I'm glad you guys had written on here about this jerk. I hope other people will look at this before they get sucked in to this guys scamming and con games. THANKS AGAIN TO ALL OF YOU!! You just saved me a HUGE headache!

brinecollins@gmail.com

brinecollins@gmail.com definitely seems to be still around. He must be incredibly rich...........he wants to buy a boat now!!

he is still at it

same basic message wants me to respond to same aol account.

CL ad for diamond engagement set

I posted an ad on CL for a diamond engagement ring/wedding band set. I received a response from "Mrs. Gause in Texas" wanting to buy my rings. I immediately googled her phone number and found this site with all of these scammer postings. As such, I had fun with my response. I'm now waiting to hear back to see if these idiots even pay attention. The first email is from the scammer.

> Subject: Diamond Engagement Set; 2.85 Carats; Appraised +$12,000 - $5000 (xxxxx)
> To: cdtgq-2956558471@sale.craigslist.org
> From: mrsgause58@yahoo.com
> Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 08:00:44 +0000
>
> I'm Mrs Gause responding to your ad on craigslist. What's the final price and are you willing to ship to me here in TX after I make payment. Please I also need to see more pics (214)216-2364
> Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld.

Hi, Mrs. Gause,
Thank you oh so very much for your interest in my rings. They're actually cubit zirconias, though. I hope that's okay. As you see, I have the rings listed for $5,000, but because you seem like a nice man, I will only ask $25,000 for the set.
Please send payment as follows: $20,000 in $1 bills; $10,000 in 18th century Nueva Granada gold pirate doubloons; $45,000 in U.S. pennies, $8 in Chuck E. Cheese skee-ball tickets (only ones that can be redeemed for the "good" prizes); $17,542 worth of gummy bears (but please, if you could, remove the yellow ones as I've had an abnormal fear of the color yellow ever since being held at gunpoint by an armless bank robber wearing a Big Bird costume); two live goats, three chickens, and one of those cute little Ewok thingies from the Star Wars movies. All of this can be placed in a standard #10 envelope. Please be sure to use two first class stamps to ensure payment will get here. It can be addressed to:
Barney Fife
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Columbia, Japan 40294

Per your request, I've attached additional pics. I couldn't find any of the rings, so I've instead attached jpegs of several handmade drawings--done by me--of two midgets and a circus clown battling to the death in a kiddie pool full of Kraft Macaroni 'n Cheese. If that does not suffice, let me know, and I'll be happy to send you more pictures I've drawn.
Thank you again, Mrs. Gause, for agreeing to purchase harvested organs from three hobos I bludgeoned last week. I know you will love them as much as I have. You may contact me on my cell phone at (463) 261-2412. Thanks, and I hope we can do more business in the future.
Yours in Christ,
Barney
Sent from my Etch-a-Sketch®

Barry4rwood@aol.com the scammer is Back Again!

Hi everyone,

I just received an email from this scammer barry4rwood@aol.com, here is what he wrote:

OKAY,
I'm making this purchase due to the fact that i find this Item great and moreover much enviable to what I'd need urgently as surprise present gift, while my mode of payment will be via (PayPal) to facilitate the transaction..You can go ahead and Read more about PAYPAL via (www.paypal.com) i just check with www.usps.com said it is cost $38 to cover the shipping cost via (EMS EXPRESS MAIL SERVICE OF USPS POST OFFICE AND INSURE)..kindly get back to me with your PAYPAL E-mail Address and Full Name so that i can make the payment as soon as possible ...

Thank

This scammer is back again, look out everyone!

barry4rwood@aol.com

I recently posted a bracelet for sale and received a similar email from this individual. Should I not entertain the offer? He said he would use Paypal to pay for bracelet?

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From: rluebcke72@sbcglobal.net
To: Barry4rwood@aol.com
Sent: 11/12/2012 5:05:13 P.M. Pacific Standard Time
Subj: Re: 10k Gold Bracelet - $899 (Yorba Linda)

Hi Barry,

I just contacted Paypal and signed up for new account. The problem is that it takes 2 -3 business days for Paypal to confirm bank account information. If you can wait I will notify you in 2 to 3 business days that Paypal account is ready for use so you can make a payment. I will check daily to confirm if account is ready for use.

Thanks

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From: "Barry4rwood@aol.com"
To: rluebcke72@sbcglobal.net
Sent: Sun, November 11, 2012 10:07:26 PM
Subject: Re: 10k Gold Bracelet - $899 (Yorba Linda)

I will offer you $950

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From: rluebcke72@sbcglobal.net
To: Barry4rwood@aol.com
Sent: 11/11/2012 5:07:52 P.M. Pacific Standard Time
Subj: Re: 10k Gold Bracelet - $899 (Yorba Linda)

Barry, I do not see your offer in this email. I would like to know what you are offering to ensure I am willing to accept the offer prior to setting up Paypal account.

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From: "Barry4rwood@aol.com"
To: rluebcke72@sbcglobal.net
Sent: Sun, November 11, 2012 12:06:07 PM
Subject: Re: 10k Gold Bracelet - $899 (Yorba Linda)

Okay,
willing to purchase it urgently,Please log to www.paypal.com and signup account.I will probably need your paypal name and email address for instant payment,i am going to add $38 to cover shipping cost.Please text me back. Thanks

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From: rluebcke72@sbcglobal.net
To: barry4rwood@aol.com
Sent: 11/11/2012 9:10:39 A.M. Pacific Standard Time
Subj: Re: 10k Gold Bracelet - $899 (Yorba Linda)

Yes I do. Would you like to make an offer?

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From: Barry Wood
To: r2xwp-3376292093@sale.craigslist.org
Sent: Sun, November 11, 2012 2:22:31 AM
Subject: 10k Gold Bracelet - $899 (Yorba Linda)

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Did you still have this item for sales?Please get back to me at barry4rwood@aol.com

Thanks
Barry Wood

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Original craigslist post:
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/jwl/3376292093.html
If this email is a scam or spam please flag it now:
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