Craigslist, Ebay and other online buying/selling scams.
#100104 by futileempire Sat May 05, 2012 8:04 am
I think I just dealt with the same individual.

May 3 (2 days ago)

to jf7bm-29934520.
** 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


Hello,
I just want to know if you still have this item for sale?
Thanks.


This message was remailed to you via: jf7bm-2993452016@sale.craigslist.org
If this email is a scam or spam please flag it now:
http://www.craigslist.org/flag/20120503 ... pyQFsoYkgQ

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May 3 (1 day ago)

to Phillis
As of right now yes



Phillis John phillisjohn.77@gmail.com
May 4 (1 day ago)

to me
Okay i will offer you $1050 including the shipping fee,so get back to me with your paypal email address so as to make payment and if you dont have a paypal account you can sett up one at http://www.paypal.com and get back to me as soon as possible
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1:04 PM (19 hours ago)

to Phillis
My PayPal address is Removed personal information. ~Bubbles where is it going to be shipped to?



Phillis John phillisjohn.77@gmail.com
1:11 PM (18 hours ago)

to me
Thanks for getting back to me yes i got your paypal email address
account now...I will make the payment now.?paypal will have the
shipping address attached to paypal payment confirmation mail that
will be sent to you....Will want you to assure me that this item has
been sold to me by taking the AD down now.You are to make the shipment
via USPS EXPRESS Mail Post Office.and i will get back to you once am
through with the payment

On 5/4/12, Removed personal information. ~Bubbles wrote:
> My PayPal address is Removed personal information. ~Bubbleswhere is it going to be shipped
> to?
> On May 4, 2012 7:50 AM, "Phillis John" <phillisjohn.77@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Okay i will offer you $1050 including the shipping fee,so get back to me
>> with your paypal email address so as to make payment and if you dont have
>> a
>> paypal account you can sett up one at http://www.paypal.com and get back to me
>> as soon as possible
>>
>> On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 3:54 AM, Removed personal information. ~Bubbles wrote:
>>
>>> As of right now yes
>>> On May 3, 2012 9:39 AM, "Phillis John" <phillisjohn.77@gmail.com> 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
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Hello,
>>>> I just want to know if you still have this item for sale?
>>>> Thanks.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> ------------------------------
>>>> This message was remailed to you via:
>>>> jf7bm-2993452016@sale.craigslist.org
>>>> If this email is a scam or spam please flag it now:
>>>> http://www.craigslist.org/flag/20120503 ... pyQFsoYkgQ
>>>> ------------------------------


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do you have a rough estimate of what the shipping will be? I want to make sur...
1:21 PM (18 hours ago)

Phillis John
Have made out the payment,Check out your paypal mail box or check out your sp...
1:28 PM (18 hours ago)

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Okay thank you! Obviously I'm not very educated with this type of thing haha....
1:36 PM (18 hours ago)

Removed personal information. ~Bubbles
Or tomorrow morning haha
1:36 PM (18 hours ago)

Phillis John
Thanks for getting back to me, It's okay if you want to wipe it today, but si...
1:41 PM (18 hours ago)

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Yeah Ill drop it off first thing in the morning before work. Ill send the tra...
1:44 PM (18 hours ago)

Phillis John
You are welcome no problem tomorrow morning is ok Good doing business with you.
1:48 PM (18 hours ago)

Phillis John
Hello, I just want to remind you that you are to make the shipment today,and ...
7:11 AM (55 minutes ago)

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Its not showing up on my paypal account that I have a pending balance so I em...
7:31 AM (35 minutes ago)

Phillis John
I believe you got a confirmatory email from them ... It could be a network co...
7:34 AM (32 minutes ago)

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I'm sure you're totally right and I did get the email but the links were outd...
7:37 AM (29 minutes ago)

Phillis John
You can contact the customer agent customeragentservicecentre@accountant.com ...
7:41 AM (25 minutes ago)

Phillis John
Check out your paypal mail box or check out your spam mail Box Removed personal information. ~Bubbles...
7:43 AM (23 minutes ago)

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7:58 AM (8 minutes ago)

to Phillis
Unfortunately they're unverified emails I just got off the phone with paypal and that email address isn't associated with their company. Also the address that you have as your shipping address is all over the internet as a scam scheme. Try to think about how devastating it could be for someone to lose that amount of money before you try this again... best of luck to you in your future (legitimate) endeavors.
"


it was this email that was supposedly from paypal verifying the payment that made the red flags go up. it doesn' t look like a business sent email and the links were expired.


You've made a sale at Craigslist.org!


Dear PayPal User Removed personal information. ~Bubbles you have made a sale at Craigslist.org!!!

Order Summary: MacBook Pro 13.

This is a confirmation email of the payment of $1,050.00USD you received from Phillis John,what is required of you in order for your account to be credited is the Item's Tracking/Reference number, this number will be given to you at the courier office after you might have sent the item to the bearer, this is part of our new policy and a security measure in order to protect both the buyer and the seller, also to verify if the item was really bought from you we have sent you a confirmation email earlier to inform you that the payment is legal and has been confirmed, also to guide you against fraudulent acts.


We have included the buyer's full name and amount paid for you to know this message was really sent from PayPal. We advise that you make sure the item is sent out as soon as possible and request for a tracking number at the post office after you might have sent out the item, then you can email us the number by replying directly to this message after it might have been given to you at the courier office so as to credit your account without delay.


After we receive the number from you for security verification, your account will be credited at once, Our system has witness new upgrades, Please don't be surprised if you see us forwarding you to new customer attendants, its due to the amount of fraud going on involving our name which we are trying all our best to limit and put a stop to. As soon as we receive the requested information from you, your account will be credited.


PayPal Account Review Department.
Sincerely,


Buyer's Comment:

Ship Method: USPS EXPRESS MAIL INTERNATIONAL


The buyer is a Craigslist & PayPal
Verified Buyer



Ship to:

Receiver's Name: John Shand
Address:209 old Ojo road,Agboju,
City:Amuwo Odofin
State:Lagos.
Country:Nigeria
Zip/Postal code:23401.


Failure to comply may result in loss of shipping allowance, poor seller rating or suspension of seller privileges.


PayPal
Copyright © 1999-2011 PayPal. All rights reserved.


PayPal
Copyright © 1999-2011 PayPal. All rights reserved.
PayPal (Europe) Ltd. is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Services Authority in the United Kingdom as an Electronic
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#100236 by Bubbles Sat May 05, 2012 11:23 pm
Welcome to ScamWarners futileempire and thank you for posting this information up. As you have realized, this is a scammer and the story is bogus.

I will say that if you actually gave this scammer your email address which is connected to your PayPal account, I would change my password weekly and monitor the account regularly. Scammers like to get details of a real PayPal account to use in their scams. This is why I removed your personal information from this post.

Be safe on the internet!

Learn how to post photos http://scamwarners.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=3219
Click here to find headers: http://www.ip-adress.com/faq/view_email_header/
Use this site to track IPs http://www.iptrackeronline.com/index.php

saynotoscams @ gmail.com
#100594 by sqlpilot Mon May 07, 2012 7:37 pm
Another email address that sends out scam (in reply to my CL ad): nursesshalewan@gmail.com
What is really unusual is that the scam "paypal" payment notification (it says payment is from chris.linda29@yahoo.com ) included a REAL address in Oregon.....I'm pretty sure though that whoever lives there doesn't have a clue what's going on, otherwise I would contact the local police station that is just 1.5 miles away from that address....
Anyone know how this would continue if I were to supply the scammer a tracking number?
#100651 by Bubbles Tue May 08, 2012 1:24 am
Welcome to ScamWarners sqlpilot. It is best once you determine you are dealing with a scammer, it is best to just drop all contact with them. Nothing good will come from staying in contact with the scammer.

Learn how to post photos http://scamwarners.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=3219
Click here to find headers: http://www.ip-adress.com/faq/view_email_header/
Use this site to track IPs http://www.iptrackeronline.com/index.php

saynotoscams @ gmail.com
#105581 by GhostDog Wed May 30, 2012 7:03 pm
Trying to sell my Laptop in craigslist and got this response
In my ad I put CASH ONLY in bold writing

Mrs Christiana Tudor christytudor@gmail.com via craigslist.org

hello,

what's the condition of the item...thanks

============================================================
Mrs Christiana Tudor christytudor@gmail.com

5:59 PM (1 hour ago)

to me
Thanks for your reply, Iam seriously interested in your listed item ,I have been trying to buy this for a very long time and its been very stressful buying this.,.
I'm really lucky finding this at this time... i have no problem with your asking price,
so I will offer you $520 so as to close other bids as soon as possible,but i hope it's in a good condition... I am an on-shore worker as I'm wanting to purchase this product for my son who is studying out of state.
I have no problem with paying the money upfront into your paypal account through my paypal account since its a safe way to exchange funds....Once payment clears,shipment will be handled by me through my personal FedEx account,so you don't have to pay for shipping
I am using paypal cos The last time I made a cash transaction, my money was stolen from me by the sellers.
If you have an account with paypal just get back to me with your Name and verified paypal e-mail address, and i can forward to Paypal to make your payment ASAP but if you don't have one you can log to paypal at www.paypal.com and easily set up your own personal account since it's free.
I want your honesty in return to my faithfulness to you during this transaction...
Your immediate response is really appreciated.
#106065 by celebrityx Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:46 am
im getting the same scam.
here are the details:

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Dear my name and my email address here,

We are still awaiting for the proof of shipment, you will have to send the tracking number to us via this email. A payment of $685.00 CAD was sent to your account by one of our client :arrow: Cindy Barton :!: . for your Craigslist item.

The money has been deducted from your buyer's account, and it has been placed on hold until shipment tracking number is sent to us for verification purpose. Your account will be credited immediately you post the item and send us the shipment tracking number for security reason, and as a proof that the item was really bought from you.

We want you to proceed with the shipment immediately as your account will be credited once we receive the shipment reference/tracking number.

For any help or assistance, please contact us by reply directly to this message. Make sure to get back to us because we can no longer wait to credit your account.

Note: Craigslist and PayPal will be responsible for the item loss or damage after you have provide the shipment details.

----

185$ over what im asking as well. first flag
second flag emailer avoiding telling me where she is
third flag, emails rushing me to send NOW NOW NOW!
fourth flag (as if i need this many to block her but im strapped for cash so voila) the email says its from paypal but the actual address is headofficealert@accountant.com :twisted:
#111003 by ktferrera Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:51 am
Here's one -- and look at the 'I work with kids' theme ... I hope these pricks die!!!

sjlizie3@gmail.com

On Jun 30, 2012, at 5:27 AM, Vanessa Jones <sjlizie3@gmail.com> wrote:

> Good to hear back from you. I'm okay with the price and the condition.
> Presently, i am out of town with my UNICEF TEAM to raise funds for the
> Children Living with Malaria and i won't be able to come for the
> inspection due to the nature of my work. Moreover, I would have loved
> to call but our satellite server has been down in recent days which
> restricts our calls. I will be paying you through PayPal as it is the
> only Medium at which i can send Payment at the Moment.
> I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too
> since i won't be be able to see this in person. And if you don't have a
> PayPal account, It's pretty easy to set up a PayPal account at
> www.paypal.com . it's just a few minutes away from signing up. it's
> safe and secure for
> both Parties and i have been using PayPal to buy and sell for years
> now without problems. Pls get back to me with your PayPal email so i
> can proceed with the payment and contact the Pick up Agent who will
> come for the Pick up of the item.
> I will need these following details so i can proceed with the payment right away
>
>
> 1:Your PayPal e-Mail Address
> 2: Home Address
>
>
> As soon as you get back to me with your PayPal email, I'll proceed
> with full Payment. I look forward to reading from you soon.
>
> Regards
> Vanessa
#112636 by speedbird Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:26 am
look oyt for APRIL PACKER AND JOHN CODE they tried to scam me by telling me my funds are locked and that i need to ship to nigeria i was like no way
#118158 by sevans1130 Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:27 pm
Here is the first email I got: from: therygmama@gmail.com <therygmama@gmail.com>;: "Confirm if your advertised Ad's still available."

After I replied that it was still available I got this email:
from Vanessa Jones

Good to hear back from you. I'm okay with the price and the condition.
Presently, i am out of town with my UNICEF TEAM to raise funds for the
Children Living with Malaria and i won't be able to come for the
inspection due to the nature of my work. Moreover, I would have loved
to call but our satellite server has been down in recent days which
restricts our calls. I will be paying you through PayPal as it is the
only Medium at which i can send Payment at the Moment.
I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too
since i won't be be able to see this in person. And if you don't have a
PayPal account, It's pretty easy to set up a PayPal account at
www.paypal.com . it's just a few minutes away from signing up. it's
safe and secure for
both Parties and i have been using PayPal to buy and sell for years
now without problems. Pls get back to me with your PayPal email so i
can proceed with the payment and contact the Pick up Agent who will
come for the Pick up of the item.
I will need these following details so i can proceed with the payment right away


1:Your PayPal e-Mail Address
2: Home Address


As soon as you get back to me with your PayPal email, I'll proceed
with full Payment. I look forward to reading from you soon.

Regards
Vanessa
#118869 by coconuthead Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:48 am
Hi all, I just posted this and saw afterwards this other post. Gee I'm glad I didn't fall for the scam.
In my excitment I would have fall for it if I didn't receive a similar email. One thing to spot scam is that the english is not quite correct or poor. And then anything that has to do with money transfer under any form is a scam.
Thanks all and have a good day.

Re: Craigslist Paypal Scam

Postby coconuthead on Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:42 am
Hi everyone,
Thanks for this site. I advertised some bunkbeds with photos and was all excited as I got 2 (women's) SIMILAR emails as follows

from person 1
email #1: Is the furniture still available for sale?
Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN
from tbrenda455@gmail.com

email #2: Hi,I am very keen. How i wish i could come and view what am buying
from you.but am currently out of town at the moment and i want it
picked up before i get back, though i will be back in couple of weeks.
Due to my inability to make a bank deposit, I would be paying via
PayPal which is safer for me. Kindly send me a paypal payment invoice
or create an account at www.paypal.com, if you don't have one. I will
make a concrete pick up arrangement with my transport agent who will
be coming over for pick up once you receive full payment into your
PayPal account. Have a nice day.
from (please note the slightly different email) thomas brenda <tbrenda009@gmail.com>

I got another similar one like this for the same item. Here it goes:
email 1: Is the furniture still available for sale?
Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

From person 2

Am buying this for my uncle in as a surprise gift and understand i
and you assure me it's in condition described. I will appreciate more
pictures if available and will be sending your money asap. My shipper
will be available to pick this up as soon as payment is made. Do you
have paypal account?because, I have a paypal account that I can easily
send money through because, its good for business payments. Get back
to me with your paypal email address and name in order for me to have
your money sent on time. Confirm sale to me and remove the add from
posting.....

Yeah right. I was wondering how they would get my money from Paypal. I found numerous sites denouncing similar scams
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1014444
http://craigslistscammer.blogspot.com/2 ... -scam.html
http://www.fox4now.com/news/local/147387915.html

Darn, I gave them my cell #, home address and wife's cell #... I hope they are too stupid to do anything with those. My guess is they are not in the US (poor english language) so I won't see any thugs at my door :yikes:
#121248 by apriln79 Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:37 pm
person #1
Arthur Carrington via craigslist.org
7:11 PM (17 hours ago)

to fn63c-32252971.
** 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



--
I will like to know the condition of this item


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This message was remailed to you via: fn63c-3225297164@sale.craigslist.org
If this email is a scam or spam please flag it now:
http://craigslist.org/flag/201208240011 ... rfPtF27n8Q
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Arthur Carrington donaniot27@googlemail.com
1:40 AM (11 hours ago)

to me
Hi,
I'm willing to pay your asking price for it.I will pay you with
Cashier Check as it's the only way i can pay you at the moment due to
the fact that i am away for a business emergency.I will make
arrangement for the pick-up after you have received payment.If you are
fully okay with my terms kindly reply with your full name,address and
a phone number where i can reach you.so payment can be sent.I dont
mind if you take down the Ad on craigslist and consider it sold to me
as i don't want to lose the sale to other potential buyers.The check
I'm sending will be in excess so it will covers the shipping,as soon
as the check clears your bank you will have to deduct the cost for
your item and give the difference to the mover for the shipping
service . I'm asking you to do this for me because of my tight
schedule at work and I need to finalize this ASAP. Best Regards.

Thanks.

Person #2
5183088296
am interested in your item,where you located?joy
5183088296
I would love to come pick up the item myself and pay cash but presently am out of state for business I am a member of United States Marine Corps (USMC) so I was posted away for some weeks that's why i said you would help me make inquires ship to my friend and i will offering you $220 and i will include $95 for shipping and handling to him USPS air mail....do you take paypal?joy

I ignored both but #2 sent a whole sign up with paypal blah blah so I responded with a "nice" msg informing them it was too early in the day for a scam and to please learn to spell because our marine corps do know how to.
#121657 by caver4 Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:40 pm
I received the following email to a recent post on Craigslist and immediately thought "scam". A quick internet search immediately turned up this site and I just want to add to what I hope will help others:

Vanessa Jones
1:16 PM (20 minutes ago)
to me

Good to hear back from you. I'm okay with the price and the condition.
Presently, i am out of town with my UNICEF TEAM to raise funds for the
Children Living with Malaria and i won't be able to come for the
inspection due to the nature of my work. Moreover, I would have loved
to call but our satellite server has been down in recent days which
restricts our calls. I will be paying you through PayPal as it is the
only Medium at which i can send Payment at the Moment.
I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too
since i won't be be able to see this in person. And if you don't have a
PayPal account, It's pretty easy to set up a PayPal account at
www.paypal.com . it's just a few minutes away from signing up. it's
safe and secure for
both Parties and i have been using PayPal to buy and sell for years
now without problems. Pls get back to me with your PayPal email so i
can proceed with the payment and contact the Pick up Agent who will
come for the Pick up of the item.
I will need these following details so i can proceed with the payment right away


1:Your PayPal e-Mail Address
2: Home Address


As soon as you get back to me with your PayPal email, I'll proceed
with full Payment. I look forward to reading from you soon.

Regards


Vanessa
#124458 by biohazardengr Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:20 pm
Same thing from Steven Noels (stevenoels10@gmail.com and jennidj04@gmail.com)

First e-mail was from jennidj04@gmail.com
"Hello, is it still up for sale"


which came within 2 hours of posting on Craigslist.

I replied
"Yes, but only cash or Paypal will be accepted".
(incidentally, the reply e-mail address was stevenoels10@gmail.com).

The reply from the scammer was from stevenoels10@gmail.com

"Okay.Thanks for your reply,I love to buy your item real and I am a serious buyer to pay you via my paypal account, i won't be available for pick up, moreover,I am currently out of state and then I love to buy this item for my pastor's kid as a gift, so i will offer you $3150 then i will add $150 to cover shipping cost to him via Express Mail Service (EMS) I am offering you this cos to keep other buyers off,I want to let you know, PayPal is secure, trustworthy and reliable and then is fast payment, I want you to send me your paypal email account or if you don't have paypal account already,you can set up for account via http://www.paypal.com so you will send it to me,so i will make the payment instantly.I anticipate a favorable response from you. Kindly get back to me asap.... Regard."
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