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.



thank you for puttin this up cause he still tryin to scam people again he try me put thanks to u i find out what was really goin on and to barry4rwood lol at u try again u have a nice day sucker!!!!!


Barry 4 Wood

I also just received an email from him to buy some gold I am selling on Craigslist. I found his writing to be odd, so I googled his email address and found this website. Thank you to all for took the time to post here, it saved me a lot of hassle and trouble down the road.

This scammer

Yep and I wish I had done this earlier I got scammed for a $700.00 dollar ring damn it

This scam is still going strong.

I had the same thing happen to me yesterday (5/20/2012). They were going to buy a 4-Hour Fire Safe for $2,900 plus they added $1,000 for their shipping contractor and I was to then Western Union Wire Transfer the $1,000 so the PayPal payment could be released.
Sad thing is, since I was smart enough to NOT send the money, no crime was committed and it doesn't seem like anybody in the legal department cares.

Job offer

Ok now I'm concerned. Steven Smith answered my response to a Craig's List ad for A Bookeeper/Clerical Assistant. We talked at length on IM & he also wants me to by some checks,envelopes,& Magnetic versal ink to start the job. He didn't want to call on the phone but he finally did thru Deaf & hearing impaired service to get me onto IM. He does payroll for some companies he contracts with. He says he is in Florida I in California. He hasn't asked for any money but he some inappropiate questions, I feel.I will get paid thru Western union. Could this be a scam?


I really appreciate your response to my email. I want you to consider
it sold, Pls do withdraw the advert from CL to avoid
disturbance,anyway I don't have time to come over to take a look
because of my Business but you don't need to bother yourself with the
shipment, I'll take care of that by engaging the services of a
shipper, hence I'll be sending a Certified check and it will be
delivered to you via United Parcel Service (UPS), so I'll need you to
provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of
the check.

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

Note that the payment will be shipped to your address via UPS NEXT DAY
AIR SERVICE and I will like you to know that you will not be
responsible for shipping i will have my shipper to come over as soon
as you have cashed the check*

N.B UPS does not deliver to a P.O box addresses.Thanks



I just received this email as well in response to a listing, can you elaborate on how you were able to determine it was a scam? Seemed a bit odd, so thanks for posting!

Thanks for all the postings.

Thanks for all the postings. Helped me to verify a scam. I had a reply from denrico01 within half an hour of my posting. Has already asked for my paypal information. Will not be scammed.

Attempted Craigslist scam my Sea Doo, Wave Runner, Watercraft

Below is the scam that I received from Michael David. When I called the number it went to a voice mail for James. It is reasons like this that makes google voice a great tool.

and the scam goes something like...

(213)290-2179: Thank you for your prompt response to my question, I am interested in buying it asap. So let proceed with the price you listed. And also I'll be mailing out the payment to you inform of the Certified Check drawn out from my bank and its gonna be sent to you via Fedex or USPS Courier Service. I will handle the shipment myself by hiring one of my private shipping company to come for the pick up as soon as you have your cash in hand. So i want you to include information on where the the payment can be made out to Your ; Name.......Address..........City........Zip Code.........Phone Number........I will be awaiting your response Michael David

It's a scam

He just emailed me today (July 6, 2012) about buying some jewelry from me. I googled his name and email ( and got this posting. Thanks for the head's up!