I fell victim to this craigslist scam. Luckily for me, I happened to go online right before I sent the invoice via paypal. Not sure what made me do it, as my conversations with Mr. Tom Wallace didn't seem too odd. I live in S. Fl so everyone emails with a bit of broken English, so that wasn't too alarming. But maybe his anxious ways of wanting to get my information and buy the item without seeing it. Or maybe the fact that I was going above and beyond to send photos to this guy of the couches for sale, because he was in our military and doing his cousin a favor! ha I even offeredd to have the couches cleaned for him in advance of the so called movers coming to pick them up! When he didn't even mention anything about it I thought, "hummm odd".
Either way, I did a search on his email and you guys popped up. I'm so happy but at the same time, totally in shock that this is happening. Guess I'm a bit naive in thinking that people mainly mean well.
So I wanted to list his information and since his email I have received another.
My question: Do I tell him I'm on to him, just ignore him? Tell him I've reported him. He just emailed me again this morning asking again for my phone number. Any insight on how to handle this would be great!
Tom Wallace[email protected]
(didn't realize over the course of our communication the email address changed - I used my iphone)
Tom Wallace ([email protected]
) Do you still have this available for sale?
I told him that I had just listed it today. Yes it was available.[email protected]
Thanks for your swift response,I will be glad to pay for it as soon
as possible though I will not be available to come for an inspection
and pay cash but can easily do that via Paypal because I work as a
Marine Biologist and currently on sea. I'm actually buying this for a
cousin as a surprise birthday gift and my movers will come for the
pick up after you must have received payment notification from Paypal
confirming have successfully transferred the fund into your account.
Kindly answer the following questions below:
1) What is the condition?
2) Are you the Owner?
3) Your Pick up Location?
4) Your full name and your Paypal email id for the instant payment
5) Your phone number for text or call
I will be glad to make the payment immediately through Paypal so
kindly get back to me with your Paypal ID and the name on it or you
probably send me a payment invoice. You can easily log on towww.paypal.com
to set up an account with them if you don't have
one,Paypal is very fast, secure and reliable to transfer money and
protects both buyer and seller. You need not to worry yourself about
the pick up I will instruct the movers to handle that. Hope to read
from you soon.
I had emailed back with addtl photos and more specifics. That I did in fact have a paypal account etc.
Again he wrote back from [email protected]
I'm more than glad to read back from you as regards the answers to
my questions and I really love the pictures you sent me, "it is a
great piece of beauty" Paypal is safe and secure to send and receive
funds and have been using it for more than 5years now. There will be a
transfer charges of 2.9% that will be deducted from your account after
receiving my money but I promise to include that in the payment I
sending you. I urge you to get back to me with your Paypal e-mail
address and the name on it or you probably send me an invoice so I can
make the payment the payment. I will also need a cell phone number I
can text you on. Thanks so much for your time and it is great doing
business with you.
I responded back that I was assuming his money was coming from a US bank and that I would invoice him via paypal. However, I pushed again on an idea of timing that he would pick up the couches. I had asked this in a previous email as well and it went unanswered. (obviously knowing now he had no intention of picking them up) But he finally responded.
Again from [email protected]
I'm glad to hear back from you again and my movers will be coming
for the pick on or before the weekend. Let me know know if that is OK
for you. I also need a cell phone number I can text on. Get back to me
with the invoice so I can make the payment. Hope to read back from you
I have not responded yet, as I'm not sure what to say now knowing what I know. If there is any information I can provide on this thread let me know. I want to help and it kills me that people are out there doing this!
Update, I got another overnight last night.
Marie Claire ([email protected]
Hi, Whats the condition? any wear and tear?
mary claire (email and name slightly changed)[email protected]
Alright,Your asking price is quite reasonable and affordable considering others I've seen lately, So i'll buy take it. the payment will be made via PayPal for the safety of both. I Dont have access to cash. Am at work here out of the states. so i will like to have your PayPal email address where the funds will be sent. And also the
address where it will be picked up because am arranging for a pick up with a local moving company. and i'll need it to get home before me.
So as soon as the funds is sent, they will come for the pick up.
Please write me back today.