Craigslist scam: selling non-existent cars

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(Note from Scott: if this post helped you from being caught in a scam, please “like” it by hitting the button – I just added it because this post is getting so much traffic. And if you want to make a decent part-time income using Craigslist, check this out.)

As I have mentioned in previous posts, the world is full of scammers who would love to take your money.  The internet is teeming with them, so you have to be very careful.  One of the internet sites that scammers love to use is Craigslist.  I ran into one recently.

Craigslist car scam

I was shopping around for an economical car for my daughter.  Craigslist is the obvious place to check, since the classified ads are free and there are hundreds of new listings created each day.  I saw this ad:

A few things caught my attention about this ad:

1. The text – where the description usually goes – only had one word: “driver”.  That didn’t make sense, so it is a good indication that a computer program is creating these types of listings, and just inserting random text so that the Craigslist computers don’t see a lot of duplicate content when multiple ads are created.

2. The photo – it’s just a vague picture, which could have been taken from anywhere on the internet and used in this ad.

3. The email address – in the ad, the email address was not actual text.  It was an image – a picture of text.  Again, this is so Craigslist is not able to read the email address.

4. The price – $1350 is a pretty good price for this car, but not so outrageously low that it would immediately raise suspicion.

I knew this was some type of scam, so naturally I played along.

I sent the “seller” an email saying that I was very interested in the car.  This is the response I received from “activj8@gmail.com”:

Hello,
I`m Maj. Briana Williams. You have to know that the 2000 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 119,857 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCG6673YA107020 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Power Passenger Mirror Power Driver Mirror Intermittent Wipers Adjustable Steering Wheel Front Reading Lamps Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Passenger Vanity Mirror Power Windows Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers

Here are the pics of the car:
http://s1047.photobucket.com/albums/b478/2000accordexbbe/hondaaccord/

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,350 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Respectfully,
Briana Williams
Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794  Comm 884-1794

She even sent along a picture of herself, to add to her credibility:

Some observations about that email:

1. Of course the car has no problems – that makes it an even better deal.  The average car buyer will start to get excited that he is about to get a great bargain.

2. The scammer seems to think that it is important to list the fact that the car has intermittent wipers, and illuminated vanity mirrors.  This person is probably using an internet cafe in a country where nice cars like this Honda are rare, and is not familiar with these “options”.

3. Take a look at the link that goes to the Photobucket account (Photobucket is a free image hosting service).  At the time of this writing, that set of pictures has been viewed over 2100 times.  That is a pretty good indication that this person is posting lots of ads on Craigslist, and lots of people are inquiring about this car (and probably other cars).

4. As expected, the car being offered is not in the US.  The story may change with different scammers, but the one fact that doesn’t change is that the car is not local to the buyer for inspection.  That is why, at the top of each set of car classified listings, Craigslist has this in bold print:

Anyway, I continued to play along and told her that I was interested in proceeding with the transaction.  She sent me these instructions:

Here is how it works:
1. First of all I will need  the following details from you: full name, shipping address and telephone number.
2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.
3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices (email forms).The price for the car is $1,350 USD. This price includes all the shipping taxes and fees.
4. After you will make the payment in an eBay trust fund account and confirm it to them they will contact me and I will ship the car to you. After you receive the car you will have 10 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the car. If you will buy, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.
5. If the car is not as I told you or have some problems, or is not as described, they will refund you 100%. There is no risk in this deal. I don’t touch your money until you receive and inspect the car. The transaction is simple so everything should go as planed. If the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back the car will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for the both of us. Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.
6. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business days. You will also receive all the documents including the titles and a Bill of Sale. The cargo is insured so if the car is damaged during the shipping you will also be refunded.

Another interesting factor is that this car is not even listed on eBay.  Why would eBay get involved at all, when there is no listing to sell the car?  The scammer doesn’t even know if I have an eBay account.  But, everyone knows the name “eBay” so it adds to the trust factor.  So I gave her a phony address and contact information.  Within 24 hours, I received an email that was designed to look like it came from eBay.  The images were a little sloppy, but not bad:

At the same time, I got a separate email, also supposedly from eBay, with these instructions:

!!!  TO COMPLETE THE PAYMENT, You must go with cash in hand and your ID to the Western Union agent closest to you and fill in a simple ” Person-to-Person ” form with your personal information and the details of the eBay Transaction Agent assigned for your transaction which you have below.

That is always the final tipoff – you have to pay through Western Union.  As you probably know, once you hand cash to the Western Union agent, you can kiss that money good-bye.  You have no recourse to get it back.  Western Union is a scammer’s best friend.

So here ends another story where the scammer tried to steal, but got nothing except for some unwanted publicity.

UPDATE: the scammer got the pictures from this actual car ad

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Scott Johnson
August 16th, 2010

As I come across more of these scam ads, I am going to post the email address here in comments. If you get one of these, add a comment with the email address (don’t include the whole message, just the email address). That way, this blog post will show up in search results for these email accounts. Here are a couple to start:
treasw@msn.com
jordan41@gmx.com

Ulf Wolf
August 16th, 2010

Great post.

Perhaps I can just add to this that the best way to guard against being ripped off by online sales or auctions of any kind, Craigslist and eBay included—and whether seller or buyer—is to use a *bona fide* online escrow company. Especially for pricier items like antiques, jewelry and autos. Although it does add some cost, it takes the uncertainty out of the transaction, and that’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.

For my money, the best bona fide online escrow (and there seems to be ten fraudulent escrow sites for every bona fide one) is probably Escrow.com (http://escrow.com). In fact, it’s the only one that eBay recommends, and is the only online escrow company that is licensed to provide escrow services all across the United States.

Take care,

Ulf Wolf

Benny
August 17th, 2010

Scammer e-mail- activj8@gmail.com

This is what they sent me -__- …

Hello,
I`m Maj. Briana Williams. You have to know that the 2000 Lexus ES 300 Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 68,200 miles. The VIN# is JT8BF28GXY5076830 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
AM/FM Stereo Adjustable Steering Wheel Air conditioning Alloy Wheels Anti-lock brakesAutomatic Transmission CD player Cruise control Digital Clock
Cassette player Center Arm Rest Center Console Climate Control Clock Cloth Upholstery Cloth Upholstery Courtesy Lights Cup Holders Digital Instruments
Here are the pics of the car:
http://s793.photobucket.com/albums/yy219/00lexusue7/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,400 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Respectfully,
Briana Williams
Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

CJCHRISTIAN
August 17th, 2010

This is the 2nd time some so called Military person (which makes me very angry because my son is in the service) has tried to scam me. sad thing is there are folks out there that will not know what is going on and will send the money. Why cant these people get a real job and leave us hard working folks alone.

Scott Johnson
August 17th, 2010

Keep in mind, this is almost certainly not someone in the military. It is a person, probably in Nigeria, using the “military” angle to add some credibility to their story. I agree, it is despicable.

Scott Johnson
August 17th, 2010
Billie Menges
August 22nd, 2010

We ran into this same scam on Craigslist. The car was barely listed — no year, no location, no info on the seller — and the email address that turned out to be Major Briana Williams was discute8@gmail.com. Since the whole thing sounded fishy and too good to be true, we began investigating and found this info and other helpful info about scams on Craigslist and involving fake ebay buyer protection payments.

sally
August 25th, 2010

I Just Reieved this VERY SAME email and such. THIS IS A FRAUD!! thanks for posting this info..hopefully others wiil read it before it becomes to late..

Patty
August 26th, 2010

Sister just received this same email. Thanks for posting this information, I’m glad I thought to check the internet!!! Major Briana Williams is using sefuls@gmail.com.

Joe
August 26th, 2010

Here is another scammers email address.

Richey, Heather TSgt. Elmendorf AFB

Jaime
August 26th, 2010

I got the same thing today- boy are they in a rush to get your money. What tipped me off is their grammar and they way they indicate US $’s- obviously they’d be US dollars. Anyhow, here is the email I got from, dort28@gmail.com

Hello,
I`m Maj. Briana Williams. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 6 – Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 52,597 miles. The VIN# is 1hgcm66803a050494 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Sunroof Leather Seats CD Player Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Side Airbags Air Conditioning
Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows Power Seats
Here are the pics of the car:
http://s279.photobucket.com/albums/kk138/2003hoaccve/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,750 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Respectfully,
Briana Williams
Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794 –

Laurel Kobler
August 27th, 2010

Thank you for this post. We were interested in purchasing a 2000 Toyota Tundra from Craigslist untill i did a google search for a “SO CALLED Richey, Heather TSgt. Elmendorf AFB” COMPLETE SCAM! thank you for the heads up!

David
August 29th, 2010

I contacted Heather Richey about the so called “Totota Tundra” and it sounded like a scam. Good thing I was able to find this page from googling Tech. Sgt Heather Richey. Thanks Guys.

Cheryl
August 30th, 2010

stephanie08dikema@aol.com an AF SSgt. has sent me two replies trying to sell me a Land Rover. She wrote she would have the vehicle shipped to me on a military transport plane and then a truck to my home. My husband is a retired AF officer, so we know for a fact that the USAF does NOT ship personal vehicles for just any reason. There is no way they would allow her to ship a vehicle to me. She also very poor spelling and grammar.

Jason
August 31st, 2010

We were almost scammed by a little different story. They have gotten better over time, so beware. They are using an actual website instead of photobucket probably so you cant see how many times the photos have been seen. This email also has a lot more exact locations than the other ones I have read on here.

I was weary from the beginning. I had a friend that was in the military and he took his truck everywhere with him, Italy, Iran , the Phillipines, everywhere. Why would you sell something you could take with you.

To: sam99kk@gmail.com

I am very interested in the jeep you have for sale. I would like to know if the mileage is a typo or not. I would diffently appreciate a response by email or feel free to contact me at ———. If I dont answer please leave a voicemail or my email is also mobile. thnx

———-
Sent from the Verizon network using Mobile Email

From: Samantha Davis

Hello there ,

The 2005 Jeep Wrangler is still for sale . The jeep is very clean inside and out. No dents, dings or accidents on this baby. The tires are about 60% tread life. AC blows ICE COLD as well. The engine on this vehicle is running properly . All power equipment is functioning properly. Mileage: 45,000 miles, Automatic Transmission , Drivetrain: 4 Wheel Drive ,Title: Clear.
I bought the jeep when I was serving in Altus Air Force Base,an U.S. Army base from OK.

If you want to see more pics with my jeep please visit my website:
2005JEEP(dot)PAGE(dot)TL – replace (dot) with .

Price was reduced to $3.000 (URGENT SALE) as I need to sell this jeep in two weeks because I will leave with other troops in Iraq . In order to sell my jeep , the financial part will be handled by Yahoo Services. This service was made only for US ARMY members ! You will have 48 hours available for any inspection of this jeep . In this way both of us will be 100% covered during the steps of this transaction. If you’re really interested in buying my jeep, make sure that you have the cash available!
If you are interested in buying it please reply with your FULL NAME AND ADDRESS to reserve the jeep for you, also I will open a transaction case at Yahoo and they will contact you to explain all the steps of this transaction.

I wish that I could arrange the details of this transaction over the phone but right now I`m in a military base, getting ready for Iraq and for this reason I will not have access to the phone for the next 2 weeks.

Thanks, hope to do business with you soon!
Sergeant Samantha Davis

To: sam99kk@gmail.com

ok, i spoke to my wife and we really appreciate the detailed message and would really like to buy your jeep though i will need to speak to my banker first. of course he has already left for the day so i will speak to him in the morning. however, i do not believe it will be an issue. i have recently switched jobs hince the lack of funds, that and 3 little ones. the job change is also the need for a dependable vehicle. im a truck driver that has came off the road to spend more time at home. speaking of, if im able to buy your jeep or not i want to thank you for your service and will pray for you if you like. i’ll pray for you anyway because we pray for all of you. anyway, i just wanted to thank you. i have a general idea but was wondering what the jeep was getting per gallon. thanx again i’ll write back tomorrow.

From: Samantha Davis

At the moment I’m stationed in a U.S. army base near NY, making final preparations before deploying to Iraq with the U.S. Convoy. The jeep is already at our Military Logistic Department from Fort Belvoir, U.S. Army base near Bethesda, MD, crated and ready to go. The Logistic Department will deliver the jeep to your home. Since the jeep is in a military base, and you can’t go there to take it, only the Logistics Department can deliver it, because it’s in their custody. Shipping may take anywhere between 1-2 business days depending on the destination..

All documents you need for ownership, service book, manuals and bill of sale will be provided along with the vehicle.

For the payment I would like to use Yahoo as a third party. They will keep your money into a protection account until you get the vehicle and will release it to me after inspection period is over and you agree to keep the jeep. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the jeep before committing to buy and to eliminate any concerns you will have 2 days to inspect it. If you decide not to keep it Yahoo will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for both of us.

I’ll start the official procedure, and Yahoo will contact you about this. If you are interested in buying it just mail me back with:

- Your Full Name – Required by Yahoo (You’ll receive important guidelines + instructions from them.)

- Your Phone Number – Required by both Yahoo and Logistics Department.

- Your Shipping Address – Required by the Logistics Department (They through will contact you by email with delivery/pickup instructions 1 day ahead so you can communicate what time schedule work best for your to receive the jeep)

Again, I want to point out that because I am going to Iraq this sale is my top priority and I am looking after a fast transaction, with no delays. That is why I decided to lower the price, to avoid wasting time with negotiations and find a buyer as soon as possible.

Regards

We were a little put off by “Regards” as a closure. Also my husband thanked her for her service and said we would be praying for her and there was no response to that. There are no emotions to these emails at all.

My husband also asked specific questions that were not answered.

You can go to the website she listed 2005jeep.page.tl and see this wonderful car. I’m not sure why she typed it the way she did, strange.

Another thing that was strange to us was that the pictures on the website were taken July 24, 2010. The ad on craigslist was dated Aug 26,2010. Why wasnt this car already gone?

Thanks for this, it saved us $3000 US Dollars.

Ramón
August 31st, 2010

Be careful of rasmond.jane@hotmail.com
Who ever they are, I want to have them arrested. I can not get a hold a craigslist using my phone, they do not understand my situation by email.
I went to bed on the 28th of August 2010, woke up with a bunch of sirens, probably police. I live close to Safeway, which was used as a address for a craigslist posting. I found out that rasmond.jane@hotmail.com hacked into my craigslist account, got me banned from craigslist, and posted a Honda 2006 ACCORD EX SEDAN under my account, and made it brake terms and conditions.

NTo
September 1st, 2010

Why bother posting emails? Its not like they keep those freebie emails. They just dump and run and use another email address when their account is closed by that service.

Scott Johnson
September 1st, 2010

Here’s why it is valuable to post the email addresses of the scammers. Go find one of the emails, and do a Google search on it. See how many of their scam ads are still active. Many of the people that find this blog post do so by searching on one of those email addresses. If this post did not include those addresses, more honest people would be losing money to the scumbags.

Obviously they are using throwaway accounts and move from one to the other, but this at least saves some people from being suckered.

Pablo Cruz
September 1st, 2010

I also tried to make a deal with Briana Williams for a 2003 HONDA EX…WHAT TIP me off was they wanted me to send the money Western Union…This is not the way ebay does it…The person who says she Briana Williams is a scammer

Sheri
September 1st, 2010

Just to let you know, she’s in Spain now! Unbelievable…

Cihan
September 1st, 2010

I got a 2003 Honda EX-L Accord :-)

Even my grandma will not sell a 37k Accord for 1800$…

Easy Mark
September 1st, 2010

Posting the email addresses used in these scams here is a great idea. That’s how I found this page. I just started looking for a used car, and I saw an ad on craigslist using this email address, which somebody else already mentioned:

mark_stevenson39@yahoo.com

I googled the email address and this is one of the first pages to come up, so – thanks! The other pages that came up in the search were all for used cars in different cities, all posted within the last few days, so I probably would have figured it out anyway, but having this page make it explicit was helpful.

Yes, the scammers are getting smarter, because the pictures used in this latest ad looked a lot more realistic than the first one featured here. The description was detailed enough to raise interest but not look too fishy, and the price was cheap but not so too-good-to-be-true cheap to make me suspicious right away. So, if the first post here is only a couple of weeks old, they are really refining their methods pretty quickly.

I would suggest to anyone reading this that you just go ahead and add the email addresses in the comments here to your “blocked senders” list.

Buying a used car is stressful enough anyway, and you already have to worry about being scammed in a normal transaction. I don’t need the added hassle of not even being able to respond to an ad without first making sure it isn’t a scam.

Scott Johnson
September 1st, 2010

And don’t forget to FLAG those ads every time you see one!

Easy Mark
September 2nd, 2010

Here’s another variation:

mark.stevenson39@gmail.com

DAC
September 2nd, 2010

I love the fact that they add that “she” moved to the UK to help US and UK relations. I didn’t know our relations were bad.

Rob
September 2nd, 2010

My Craigslist account password was hacked and this guy martin256@comcast.net has been positng the car add on my account! changed password hopefully this stops

Robin
September 3rd, 2010

I got the same exact email

Hello,
I`m Maj. Briana Williams. You have to know that the 1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 64,336 miles. The VIN# is 3VWSC29MXXM045419.  This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Air Conditioning Climate Control System Telescoping Steering Wheel Cruise Control Tilt Steering Wheel Tachometer
Keyless Entry Anti-Lock Brakes Driver’s Air Bag Passenger Air Bag Side Air Bags Intermittent Wipers Rear Defogger
Here are the pics of the car :
http://s1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/1999Volkswagenjetgls/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)
As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in Madrid,Spain and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Sapin. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,350 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

Respectfully,
Briana Williams
Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794  Comm 884-1794

Ronda
September 3rd, 2010

I got her in Spain. With a 1999 Volkswagen, Looked to good to be true so was skeptical from the beginning. When I got the email saying she was in spain and not local as the first ad said I was sure it was a scam. So out of curiosity did a google search and sure enough, I just hope most people are smart enough to check it out before they send the money.
Ronda

Tiffany
September 3rd, 2010

I was looking around online for a used car. I contacted activj8@gmail.com about the listing I got that email! I knew right away it was a scam, so I played along too. I emailed back saying do you have a phone number or some way to contact you through ebay? I got this VERY GENERIC email back:

Here is how it works:
The car is not listed on eBay, I am just using their services to make this a smooth transaction for both of us. Please let me know what you decide.

1. First of all I will need the following details from you: full name, shipping address and telephone number.
2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.
3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices (email forms).The price for the car is $1,900 USD. This price includes all the shipping taxes and fees.
4. After you will make the payment in an eBay trust fund account and confirm it to them they will contact me and I will ship the car to you. After you receive the car you will have 10 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the car. If you will buy, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.
5. If the car is not as I told you or have some problems, or is not as described, they will refund you 100%. There is no risk in this deal. I don’t touch your money until you receive and inspect the car. The transaction is simple so everything should go as planed. If the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back the car will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for the both of us. Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.
6. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business days. You will also receive all the documents including the titles and a Bill of Sale. The cargo is insured so if the car is damaged during the shipping you will also be refunded.

Thanks in advance!

arin simpson
September 4th, 2010

This sender is DomainKeys verified
“Briana Williams”

Hello,
I`m Maj. Briana Williams.
Respectfully,
Briana Williams
Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

FAKE FAKE FAKE.

Tomeka
September 4th, 2010

The same thing happened to me today with Maj.. Briana Williams. SHE ALMOST GOT ME FOR THE 1999 JETTA. I went as for as doing the Western Union over the phone. Thank God, they said i had to do it in person. Before I left, I decided to google Maj. Briana Williams and i found this Article.

ATTENTION: SHE HAS THE SAME JETTA FOR SALE IN BIRMINGHAM $1357.00 DO NOT FALL FOR THIS.

Teresa Welter
September 5th, 2010

Here is another email address pretending to be selling a car:
activj7@gmail.com

Vin # of the car is 3VWSC29MXXM045419

I have come across several of these. You can always tell because it is always a really nice car being offered for way cheap and the photos and post are always done the same way.

alan martinez
September 6th, 2010

me n my wife fell for the add of the jetta, is sad tht she used the military as a cover, just got back form iraq a few months ago, so i lost 1,442 !!! so i hope people investigate before they pay for something is not real!!!

Ashley
September 6th, 2010

I was looking for my first car with my grandparents and came across a ’99 vw jetta for $1350. I sent an email to the person and here is what it said:

Hello,
I`m Maj. Briana Williams. You have to know that the 1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 64,336 miles. The VIN# is 3VWSC29MXXM045419.
Here are the pics of the car :
http://s1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/1999Volkswagenjetgls/
(duplicate details excluded)
Respectfully,
Briana Williams
Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

After reading the email, my grandma was excited and believed it. I am 18 and I wasn’t buying any of it. So I googled this “Maj. Briana Williams” and found all of this. I would never buy a car that has to be shipped to me through craigslist.

Scott Johnson
September 6th, 2010

Good for you Ashley! You saved you and your grandparents a chunk of money!

Clint
September 6th, 2010

Thanks for the heads up about the 2000 Tundra. Sounded real nice but to nice of a deal. Tsgt. Heather Richey even told me the price was so low because she wanted money to give her sick sister to ease the hospital bills. HOW PATHETIC. Watch out for her. So thankful I remember the advice growing up ”if it sounds to good to be true it probably is” It saved me a $3000 mistake

Terri
September 7th, 2010

Same person, different car in posted on Craigs list in several towns right now. Same e-mail address as above – activj7@gmail.com. Report to:

spam@uce.gov

cybercrime@oag.state.va.us

http://www.ic3.gov

Brandon Stewart
September 8th, 2010

I also inquired about the ’99 VW Jetta, that was mentioned in a previous post by Ashley. I received the same exact reply back that she had gotten. Glad I looked into this a little further and found out it was a scam!! I had my suspicions to begin with because in the Craigslist ad they give the VIN number and I just Googled it and came up with hundreds of listings on CL all over the US with the same vehicle. Which I did ask why it was listed in so many places when I inquired about the vehicle, and just got that reply which seemed like an automated email. So WATCH OUT!!

Bill Baker
September 8th, 2010

The price was just not right when I asked about it this is what I got and it set off alarms in my brain, I gave the person my cell number and he never called so that was odd as well. THANK you ALL of you for posting and blogging this. Here is the email I received when I asked about a 2004 Jeep Wrangler post for sale on craigs list.;

to sale-k9ruv-1940681707@craigslist.org
date Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 9:20 AM
subject ^^^2004 Jeep Wrangler^^^ – $2800 – $2800 (san diego )
mailed-by gmail.com

hide details 9:20 AM (22 hours ago)

There is no contact info on the posting. What is wrong with the Jeep?

Thank you,

Bill Baker
______________________________________________________________

from dean.jones@usa.com
to usabaker@yahoo.com
date Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 12:03 PM
subject 2004 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X Automatic – $2800

hide details 12:03 PM (20 hours ago)

Hello,

My 2004 Jeep Wrangler is in great shape.This car has never had any accident. It was always garaged and never smoked in.
Never been damaged. It has no scratches, dents or something like that.
No mechanical or electrical problems, no accidents. Clean title in hand. It does not need anything additional to function,
has only 59,350 miles. I work in the army and i got divorced so i don’t need the car anymore because it was my wife’s car.
The last price is $2800.

Thank you!

________________________________________________________________________________________________

from William Baker
to dean.jones@usa.com
date Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 1:33 PM
subject Re: 2004 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X Automatic – $2800
mailed-by gmail.com

hide details 1:33 PM (18 hours ago)

I would like to see the Jeep. My name is Bill and I can be reached at 619.xxx.xxxx I’d like to set up a time and place, I buy it cash if I like it.

Bill

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

from dean.jones@usa.com
to usabaker@yahoo.com
date Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 7:47 AM
subject Re: 2004 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X Automatic – $2800

hide details 7:47 AM (32 minutes ago)

Hi again,

My time is limited because i`m in mission right now for a two weeks and as much as I’d like to meet you and close the deal in person or sell it locally, this is impossible for me. That’s why I have decided to sell the car over the Internet.

The sale will be managed through eBay under their eBay Buyer Protection program since they offer the highest rate of safety and reliability during online transactions. They act as a neutral third party. I will briefly describe the eBay Buyer Protection Program transaction steps so I can make things clear for both of us:

1. Buyer and seller reach an agreement (price and delivery conditions)
2. Buyer sends money to an eBay Motors Agent.
3. eBay Motors confirm to seller that the amount has been received.
4. Seller performs the required services (shipping, insurance).
5. Buyer accepts delivery and informs eBay Motors about the acceptance.
6. eBay Motors release the money to seller.

They will hold and insure your money until you will receive and test the car.

I need your full name and shipping address so I can reserve the car for you and register the transaction with eBay and they will contact you with all the instructions step by step on how to complete the transaction.

Best regards

Tiffany
September 8th, 2010

That lady almost got me too!!! This is what she said…

Hello,
I`m Maj. Briana Williams. You have to know that the 1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 64,336 miles. The VIN# is 3VWSC29MXXM045419. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Air Conditioning Climate Control System Telescoping Steering Wheel Cruise Control Tilt Steering Wheel Tachometer
Keyless Entry Anti-Lock Brakes Driver’s Air Bag Passenger Air Bag Side Air Bags Intermittent Wipers Rear Defogger
Here are the pics of the car :
http://s1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/1999Volkswagenjetgls/
(part of email edited out for brevity)

Respectfully,
Briana Williams
Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794 —-There vin number she provides is real however she may not own the car

I have another one as LOL

I have received your email regarding the 2005 Nissan Altima SE-R,with 33,000 miles miles.The car is in perfect condition,with no scratches on it,no damage, clear title.The price for the car is $3,300 with shipping included.The car was my husband`s as he loved it very much, but he did not enjoy it as he died in a IRAQ 3 month ago. It brings very bad memories to me, I want to get rid of it.The buyer will receive the car with all papers and receipts that he needs to register it to his name.Shipping will be done whit DAS and it will take no more then 2-3 days. I have a friend there who will manage me a low price shipping and I assumed that it is my duty to pay for shipping it.It will be delivered directly to your address.Anyway, I have to let you know that I want a fast deal so if you are really interested in buying it,please reply with the following information’s:
-Your full name;
-Your shipping address.(street,city,state,zip code)
The transaction will close only through eBay so we both will be protected.
I want eBay because as they are the biggest company on the internet I think that we can close this deal fast and safe for both of us. Also I am not very familiar with the internet transactions and eBay is the only one I know.
I will look for your email,so that we can move forward with this deal!
Let me know.
Regards,
Amy Kamble … I felt sorry for her due to her situation

So beware of Amy and Breanna or any other offer that sounds to good to be true!!!

Frank
September 8th, 2010

I just got the Spain email today…. yeah, the grammar was an instant give away, as well as the detailed yet implausible story line.

dave johnson
September 9th, 2010

honestly, this was a great help to me. the scammer is still going at this same way of scamming with almost the same email i hoope this person rots for this stuff. they should try finding a real way of making a living. Dirtyy bastarddss . thanks for the heads up

anonymous
September 9th, 2010

thank you SOOOO much for this article! I almost fell for this exact scammer same messages and everything! i don’t know why i was so dumb i guess it was just the excitement of getting a car however i am glad that i found this just in time before i went any further with the deal keep posting because you can be saving someone so much problems THANK YOU

RJ
September 9th, 2010

The car is NOW (9/9/10) on the Houston Craigslist…this time it is a 1999 Jetta and it is listed for $1355. The email is identical to the one posted in this article except that the make and model of the car are different. It is a scam. The interior pictures have been viewed so many times that they no longer are available. Beware!

Acey
September 10th, 2010

Umm.. oops.. Almost got suckered by this. I had to figure this was a scam.. the 99 Jetta, but believe it or not my last 2 cars were great deals like this one that made it seem believable to me…. I have not sent any money yet, but I did send my contact info.. then thought to research her…… Should I be worried that I gave her/he/it my real contact info.. and what should I do prevent problems.?

She claimed it would be sent at the expense of the military and not through craigslist, but through ebay…

might as well write “gullible” on my forehead in permanent ink..lol

Fred
September 10th, 2010

Thanks for allowing victims and “almost” victims to post the text of the emails. The scammers have been using the same scripts for years … you’re a good internet neighbor!

Fred

Leslie Reese
September 11th, 2010

Please don’t bother yourself with buying a vehicle from Tsgt Heather Richey. Unfortunately my husband and I thought we were buying a 2000 Toyota Tundra for our 15 year old son. Needless to say, we sent the money as asked and will not be receiving a truck. I can only imagine how mad and disappointed he will be, not to mention us. This is so not cool to do to people. I have bought and sold many things off Craig’s List but never had anything end up like this. Needless to say, never again. Please be aware of this.

Me
September 11th, 2010

Stephanie8Dikema@aol.com . . . car advertised on Craigslist cannot possibly be authentic . . . . . . I’ve shopped for this automobile/model extensively and this is obviously a scam . . . . I’ve played along and have yet to receive a response but I am 100% sure of the response . . . if I even get one. Thank you for keeping up with this post!

Tara
September 12th, 2010

anastasia.nath@gmail.com

Sent an email and got a huge one back not two minutes later. WOW.

Manuel
September 13th, 2010

Thank You For Posting This Info….

I Just Recieved This VERY SAME Email from Maj. Briana Williams Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

The Scam was about a:
“1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Automatic, 64,336 miles,VIN# is 3VWSC29MXXM045419″

Hopefully Others Will Read It Before It Becomes To Late…

Andy
September 13th, 2010

Briana Williams tried the VW scam with me. God thank god i googled her name. We have to [put a stop to this.

Andy
September 13th, 2010

I am a United States Paratrooper and I almost got scammed. I f I could see these people I would probably eat there ears off for disgracing the Military

Andy
September 13th, 2010

Whats happens if you gave them your name and address ?

Andrea
September 13th, 2010

Very happy to find a site like this. This is the second time this month I have been sent a fake email and I really feel sorry for anyone that may fall for this.

From: Nichols Rivers
Hey,

I am selling this car because my unit will be sent back to Afghanistan and don’t want it getting old in my garage. The price is low because I need to sell it before September 22th. The car is in great condition and runs great. No damage, no scratches, never involved in an accident. It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad is US $2900 The car is in New Rockford, ND; in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping.

I will ship it with DAS. I will take care of the shipping charges, like I said. I think I can have it there in 3-4 working days. I am a member of the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection and using this service you will get a 3 days testing period after delivery.
During that 3 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested in buying it so I can ask eBay to send you the details on how this works. If interested please include in your next email your contact info for eBay (name, address and #) so we can get things started.

Thanks!

Cecilia
September 14th, 2010

I Was Looking For A Car On Craigslist. Seen A Post That I Was Totally Interested In, But Then I Seen This Websitee. And Got Very Nervous It Was Happening To Me. I Was Wondering, Does Anyone Else Think This Look Suspicous?

http://modesto.craigslist.org/ctd/1939812659.html

Dave T
September 14th, 2010

Found a couple more:
http://raleigh.craigslist.org/ctd/1954073289.html
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/ctd/1951888668.html

Here’s the email I received from scottwilliam31@gmail.com:

My apologizes for the delay, my car is in great Condition, super clean, no DINGS, no accidents, ALWAYS garage kept, service records up-to-date, clear title no loan or lien on it.

My final is $2,900, I am selling my car because at the present moment I’m in combat training at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and I am do to leave for Afghanistan, on the 26th of September.

I have the car here with me in Corpus Christi, TX because I had the car for sale on eBay a few weeks ago and I managed to sell it to a person from your area. I’ve sent him the car, but when it reached the destination he was unable to pay for it because he didn’t got a loan. So the car was send back to me.

Since my previous transaction failed I asked eBay to help me solve this issue. In case you buy my car I offer you free shipping (because I am seeding it to same area). I will have it shipped with DAS Auto and I think I can have it delivered in 2-3 working days max. And this is not all, after you receive my car, you will get a 3 days testing period, before you buy it.

To make this deal happen I must ask eBay to send you the terms and conditions of the Buyback Protection Program, but before I can do that I need your approval. If you agree please give me your full name, address and contact number(s) so that eBay can register you as a potential buyer and sent you the terms and conditions.

Please remember that at this moment you have no obligations what so ever, just read the Transaction Term and after that let me know if you are interested in doing this deal.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon!

Scott Johnson
September 15th, 2010

I know scammers have no heart anyway, but the latest ad I just saw is the worst of the worst. It was a Craigslist scam car ad for a wheelchair conversion van! This scammer is trying to steal money from a handicapped person! Come on, how low can these scum go? The email address used is: annete266@gmail.com

Pat
September 15th, 2010

I just flag those assh*les as I come to them….

Jami
September 16th, 2010

So glad to find out this was a scam! Thank You. Here is the latest scammer name for a 1999 Jeep Wrangler and a few different twist to the details. To use the military in this way is a disgrace! The military base in ND has been notified and they also commented that ND is used for a lot of FRAUD. Here is the email from this scammer.

Hello,

Sorry for this late reply, the 1999 Jeep Wrangler is still for sale.
I would like to tell you that the car is in perfect condition, no accidents, never wrecked, non-smoker, great conditions, clear title.
I have all the documents and service records.
The engine, drive train, equipment are all in proper working order.
The ride is smooth, there are no shakes or pulls in the steering.
It has only 93,000 miles and is in excellent running condition.
You can see the jeep photos here: http://s915.photobucket.com/albums/ac358/loriburk/
I am located in London, United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and United Kingdom
but I stored the vehicle in my ex-base warehouse from Grand Forks, ND before leaving US.
I posted the car for sale all over the US (nation-wide ad), so you may see it at another location.
I am in possession of this jeep, from my former husband, as he lost it in our divorce settlement. I do not want to keep it because will be very expensive to ship it
from US to UK and i already made a deposit to buy another car here.
I hope the vehicle location has no negative effect on you because shipment is included in the vehicle price ($2,500.00) and will cost you nothing more.
Regarding the car transport, i will use a military cargo to move it to the near base from you, and from there a tow-truck to be delivered at your door, the jeep will be
transported inside and therefore completely protected.
It is insured in case of damage and it takes 3-5 days to arrive at your door.
About the payment, because my current situation is pretty special, for your safety I want the deal closed only through eBay Motors Buyer Protection.
If we use the eBay VPP services you will have an 7 days inspection period prior buying the car.
In this way you have the chance to inspect the car before pay me, and I will be comfortable when I’ll ship you the car.
Let me know if you want to move forward, in order to open the transaction with eBay
I will need your shipping address in the following format:
Receiver Name-
Street Address-
City, State, Zip Code,
to forward it to the authorized personnel from eBay to start the transaction so you can buy the car from me.

Thank you and have a nice day,
Lt. Lori Burk

Building 671/RAF Alconbury
Unit 5570 Box 60
Cambridgeshire, England.
APO AE 09470

Jami
September 16th, 2010

This site saved us from a scam! Thank you! We also have the Military personnel looking into this as well. Since we just happened to call the AFB in ND that she claimed the car was located at and they are now very interested in this scam. Using the Military as part of a scam is low of all low. And they do not take it lightly.

Jami
September 16th, 2010

lori_burk@netzero.com

Dee
September 17th, 2010

Here’s another scam Range Rover ad listed in Boston Craig’s List by gloriacol70@hotmail.com. We get numbers of these very day for a variety of vehicles and with a variety of addresses (always email contact only).

http://boston.craigslist.org/nwb/ctd/1958620744.html

Love the site; keep up the good work, and everybody – keep FLAGGING!

Blankita
September 17th, 2010

AHHH i hate this… i can never find a good car its soo scary and frusterating….thank you for ur help.

Dee
September 17th, 2010

Ad these to the list:

andrew.campbell400@gmail.com

ashley.haggard@comcast.net

Both are currently posting on Boston CL.

Dee
September 17th, 2010

and another Boston CL scammer:

mccllkevin@aol.com

He also frequently shows up on CL at major cities around the country.

Thomas Clodfelter
September 18th, 2010

I have also found a car listed as being sold by Maj Williams. I am retired US Air Force, and actually was part of the 1 SOS. I have e-mailed several agencies at the 1 SOS at Hurlburt Field letting them know SEVERAL of their peoples names and ranks are bing used in this scam. Someone apparently got a hold of a personnel roster at 1 SOS. It is being turned over to the AFOSI.

Here is what I received on a 1999 VW Jetta:

Hello,
I`m Maj. Briana Williams. You have to know that the 1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 64,336 miles. The VIN# is 3VWSC29MXXM045419. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Air Conditioning Climate Control System Telescoping Steering Wheel Cruise Control Tilt Steering Wheel Tachometer
Keyless Entry Anti-Lock Brakes Driver’s Air Bag Passenger Air Bag Side Air Bags Intermittent Wipers Rear Defogger

Here are the pics of the car :
http://s969.photobucket.com/albums/ae177/99jettablk/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,350 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

Respectfully,
Briana Williams
Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

I did some research and found this on line: http://uncommon-priors.com
It lists several of the 1 SOS personnel.
My red flags were:
- The vehicle had already been shipped overseas THEN they “were told” they couldn’t keep it there. The Military wouldn’t ship a vehicle that couldn’t be driven there in the first place.
- She was sent there to “Improve military relations” between the UK and the US… there’s nothing wrong with our military relations.
- Then they wanted the money paid first…
- Another was the DSN number was “supposed” to be in the UK. DSN 579 is listed out of Hurby!! (I was in the 1 SOS / 353 SOMS at Clark 1988-1991)

Please do not think badly of the US Air Force personnel caught in the scam. Apparently they got a hold of a personel roster… They absolutely have no knowledge of this scam …I’m sure.

I will be following up with the US Air Force at Hurlburt Field on Monday 20 Sep to ensure this gets elevated to AFOSI !!!

Thomas Clodfelter

Erick Simpson
September 18th, 2010

Here is another one:

christinelwade@msn.com

Here is an excerpt from several emails to me from “Christine Wade” offering a 1999 Mazda MX-5 Miata for $2800 including shipping. I suspected something was fishy when she would not agree to a phone conversation:
____________________
Scammer Christine: Hey,
Is still available.
I am selling this car because my unit will be sent back to Iraq and don’t want it getting old in my garage.The price is low because I need to sell it before the end of september.The vehicle is in great condition and runs great, clean title.It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad US $2800.The car is in St. Paul , Minnesota and in case it gets sold I will take care of the shipping charges.
Let me know if you are interested; email me back.
Regards.

__________________

Scammer Christine: Hey,

Being in the army has some advantages. I can ship it very cheap.
I will ship it with DAS. Like I said, I will take care of the shipping charges. I think I can have it there in 5-7 working days. I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will get a 3 days testing period after delivery. During that 3 days testing period I will not be getting any money.
I need to know if you are interested in buying it so I can ask eBay to send you the details on how this works.
If interested please include in your next email your contact info for eBay (name, address and #),then i will contact ebay to send all the details and you can make your decision.
_____________________

Scammer Christine: Hey,
Total price with shipping included is $2800. I asked eBay to send you all the details on this transaction. Let me know if you agree with their terms and conditions.Check all the messages ,inbox,junk.
Thanks
_______________________

ME:
Yes Christine I did receive all of that information – thank you. Is there a reason you have not accepted my request for a call? I want to move forward, but need to speak with you before making a final decision please. Let me know when we can make this happen. Thanks!
_______________________

Scammer Christine: Hey,

I am currently in Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and because this is a secure military base, mobile signal is blocked and I cannot call.
I hope you can understand that we will have to stick to email for now.

Waiting for your reply
Thanks
___________________

I sent this scammer several other emails, then decided to Google the listing, the scammer’s email address and the “eBay” email address and found the following:

http://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread.php?p=4755609

http://forum.aa419.org/viewtopic.php?t=40597&sid=fbf7e81fe0b0821d6da54136e3dfa64d

http://netscammers.blogspot.com/2010_04_30_archive.html

Beware of any email from anything @ebaybuyer-safety.com. This domain is apparently owned by someone in Barcelona. See http://who.godaddy.com/WhoIs.aspx?domain=ebaybuyer-safety.com&prog_id=godaddy

I sent all email from the fraudulent eBay email address directly to spoof@ebay.com. They verified all email was fraudulent and phishing attempts, and advised not to click on any links in the emails (which I knew enough not to).

I hope this helps prevent someone from making a big mistake.

Shamma
September 19th, 2010

That’s the email i got from her
Thanks for this post people,all i did was put her info in google to see what comes up and thankGod i did,i dont have money to give it away to these people

Hello,
I`m Maj. Briana Williams. You have to know that the 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 63,031 miles. The VIN# is 1N4AL11D42C108308. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options
Anti-Lock Braking System
Charcoal Carpet Floor Mats (4-pc Set) Cloth Seat Trim Radio: AM/FM/CD Audio System Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
Drive Train Type: FWD Driven Wheels: Front-Wheel Wheels Rims: Steel Wheels Spare Rim Type: Steel Audio System: AM/FM Stereo
Multimedia CD Location: Single In-Dash Mounted
Here are the pics of the car :
http://s826.photobucket.com/albums/zz185/2002altimasuys8dk/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)
As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,450 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Respectfully,
Briana Williams
Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

Paul
September 19th, 2010

The Major is at it on Detroit Craigslist.
Got the same response when I emailed “her”.
Thank you so much for this blog, saved me a lot of grief.

Destiny
September 19th, 2010

Okay,so I got this email today,and it did seem like a scam or something,so I researched it. Miss Briana has my contact information though,so should I be nervous? I mean,what could she do with that???

Scott Johnson
September 19th, 2010

I personally would not be too worried about it. These scammers only want your money; they don’t want to meet you in person.You may have a problem if you gave her your bank account # and routing #, but just contact information is probably no big deal.

AAAAAAAAAF
September 19th, 2010

i made the payment as she request, of course i didnt receive the car and i didnt recover my money. i cant believe how stupid i was and believe in this people.

the car was post on ebay and craiglist, the same jetta and the same price, i hoped i checked this person before but i didnt.

this is the same email that everyone receive:

Hello,
I`m Maj. Briana Williams. You have to know that the 1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 64,336 miles. The VIN# is 3VWSC29MXXM045419. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Air Conditioning Climate Control System Telescoping Steering Wheel Cruise Control Tilt Steering Wheel Tachometer
Keyless Entry Anti-Lock Brakes Driver’s Air Bag Passenger Air Bag Side Air Bags Intermittent Wipers Rear Defogger
Here are the pics of the car :
http://s1013.photobucket.com/albums/af254/1999Volkswagenjetgls/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)
As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,350 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Respectfully,
Briana Williams
Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

Danielle
September 20th, 2010

Hello,
I`m Maj. Briana Williams. You have to know that the 1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 64,336 miles. The VIN# is 3VWSC29MXXM045419. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Air Conditioning Climate Control System Telescoping Steering Wheel Cruise Control Tilt Steering Wheel Tachometer
Keyless Entry Anti-Lock Brakes Driver’s Air Bag Passenger Air Bag Side Air Bags Intermittent Wipers Rear Defogger

Here are the pics of the car :
http://s969.photobucket.com/albums/ae177/99jettablk/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,350 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

Respectfully,
Briana Williams
Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

Scammer. Lovely. Can no longer find the Ad, but do have the emails.

Alex
September 20th, 2010

Hello,
Thanks for being interested in buying my 2003 Jeep Wrangler 4×4 Sahara. It is in a good condition, no scratches, no damages, never been implicated in any accidents, no problems. At the engine, runs very well. It has an 6 CYLINDERS, 60,887 miles, clear Title, automatic, a perfect jeep. I was recently promoted and had to move to the Bangor, ME and from here will be shipped. The price is not negotiable $2,900.00. The only thing because I am selling it because I divorced with my husband and after the divorce I own this jeep, now as a woman I don`t need it(I don`t Have driver license)…we will use only eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection to complete the sale.
If you are interested and you have the funds available email me your full name and shipping address to start ebay transaction.
Thank you for your time!

Have a nice day!
Jane

Amanda
September 20th, 2010

Also look out for this email, ind878@gmail.com.
This is what i got.

Hello,

This 2002 GMC Yukon XL, runs and drives excellent. It has been extremely well maintained with a full service history.The interior is all original. The car has all of its original floor mats, all books, complete set of tools and keys. Everything works in the car lights, gauges, radio, seats, windows, locks, etc… It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title free of encumbrances and liens.I bought it when i was serving in Boston, MA U.S. Army base and now I am in Toronto,Canada and the car is still there in US.

I have dropped my price to $2,900 (purchase price) since this is an Urgent Sale! and I need to sell it before September 28, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan with my platoon replacing the troops scheduled to come home.
If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner email me your: Full Name and Shipping Address to open a case with eBay.They will contact you to explain the entire procedure.
The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 7 days inspection period before committing to buy the vehicle. In this way both, buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

Thank you,
Linda Klinde.

Marvin Welsh
September 21st, 2010

Maj. Briana . What a fraud! The 99 vw jetta was
just on the Tulsa craigs list. Thank God for google, it saved me 1355.00!

Marvin Welsh
September 21st, 2010

Maj. Briana Williams. What a fraud. I found the 99 VW Jetta on the Tulsa Craigs list. Thank God for Google, I could’ve been out 1355.00! Watch out for activej9. That A**hole almost got me. Too Good To Be True…..Always.

Lori
September 21st, 2010

annete266@gmail.com – scammer

Dee
September 22nd, 2010

scammer

jessicawilson34@gmail.com

Dee
September 22nd, 2010

Mini Cooper scammer

erisct@aol.com

Susan
September 22nd, 2010

THANK YOU (all of you) for the posts!!! You saved us much time and trouble, perhaps $, too.

We got caught in the same email correspondence net. In fact, the very same email replies from Christine Wade (christineLWade@msn.com). Glad we saw your warnings.

Best wishes to you all!

Dee
September 22nd, 2010

repeat Range Rover scammer

lute68@gmail.com

Dee
September 22nd, 2010

Range Rover scammer

thomas68wood@gmail.com

Dee
September 22nd, 2010

Craig’s List Acura scammer

kevin.brazeal@gmail.com

Dee
September 22nd, 2010

ATV scammer

emma.eliot@msn.com

http://providence.craigslist.org/for/1966966941.html

http://providence.craigslist.org/spo/1966952360.html

Dee
September 22nd, 2010

same one with New York and Lubbock listings

emma.eliot@msn.com

http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/grd/1966721012.html

http://lubbock.craigslist.org/for/1966641967.html

Dee
September 23rd, 2010

scammer

-##- 2007 GMC Yukon Denali 4 Wheel Drive Clean Title -##- – $12500 (Boston)

a.zimmer74@gmail.com

Dee
September 23rd, 2010

http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/for/1969659470.html

http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/for/1969453062.html

~~!~!~!~!2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3 V8 !~!~!~!~!~ – $13000 (boston)

scammer

thomas68wood@gmail.com

Dee
September 23rd, 2010

http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/pts/1970424884.html

#@$@# 1996 BMW 328 CI – $2800

scammer

oatestabitha1996@yahoo.com

Dee
September 23rd, 2010

Lincoln Navigator scam

Lincoln Navigator Premium 5.4L V8 – $3280

scottwaug@aol.com

Dee
September 23rd, 2010

Audi A4 scam

***Audi A4 1.8T Avant Quattro*** – $2960

Boston, Atlanta, LA, Sacramento

steinertrav5@aol.com

Dee
September 23rd, 2010

horse trailer scam

Boston & Madison, WI

2003 Cherokee 4 horse trailer with living quarters
Price: $3825

bensontoni00@gmail.com

This is a very clean 2003 cherokee invasion 4 horse trailer with a stud cut. This trailer has every thing you need for a weekend show. The features of this trailers living quarters include fridge powered by electric or gas, microwave, seperate shower and toilet, bench with portable table, mattress, and sink with propane gas stove. Everything works on this trailer. This trailer also has a walk through door from living quarters to rear cabin and an escape door in the front stud cut. I used this trailer labor day weekend at a weekend horse show and had no problems. The vented windows on the right side of the trailer features plexiglass slides that are removable. the left side of the trailer (or head side) features drop down windows with seperate drop down bars that can be left in place or dropped with the window. The trailer has rubber mats that are not ripped or damaged and only show signs of normal use. The trailer is in overall great shape with some scratches and dings for normal use which comes with hauling horses and tieing them to the side. To my knowledge I am unaware of any functional problems with this trailer. It has a 4 ft short wall. It has always been owned by a smoke free family. If there are any questions please feel free to ask.Thank you for your interest.

Janice Lowell
September 24th, 2010

Thank you for this information.
I suspected a scam due to the low price of the vehicle.
Toyta Tundra posted on craigslist 9/23
Heather Richey claiming to be a seargent stationed in Alaska.
heather21richey@aol.com.
This is the 2nd time I have discovered scamming on craigslist.
Its too bad as most people are just trying to sell their items, makes me very leary of craigslist.
JL

Jay Law
September 24th, 2010

Heres another one from craigslist… amykamble34@yahoo.com too good to be true. I dont get scammed though.

I have received your email regarding the 2007 Acura TL 3.2L with only 33,000 miles.The car is in perfect condition,with no scratches on it,no damage, clear title.The price for the car is $3,210.00 with shipping included.The car was my husband`s as he loved it very much, but he did not enjoy it as he died in a IRAQ 3 month ago. It brings very bad memories to me, I want to get rid of it.The buyer will receive the car with all papers and receipts that he needs to register it to his name.Shipping will be done whit DAS and it will take no more then 2-3 days. I have a friend there who will manage me a low price shipping and I assumed that it is my duty to pay for shipping it.It will be delivered directly to your address.Anyway, I have to let you know that I want a fast deal so if you are really interested in buying it,please reply with the following information’s:
-Your full name;
-Your shipping address.(street,city,state,zip code)
The transaction will close only through eBay so we both will be protected.
I want eBay because as they are the biggest company on the internet I think that we can close this deal fast and safe for both of us. Also I am not very familiar with the internet transactions and eBay is the only one I know.I will look for your email,so that we can move forward with this deal!
Let me know.
Regards,
Amy Kamble

Jay Law
September 24th, 2010

I dont know about anyone else but if my wife or husband just died in Iraq 3 months ago the last thing im going to be worried about is selling his car for a measley 3 grand…especially when the service members life insurance guarantees the spouse almost half a million dollars. total scam.

clp3
September 24th, 2010

i also received the same e-mail as you did jay law and tried to find out the vin number and much more about the car, but ended up googling her and found out she had listed cars in multiple cities. All these scam artists need to get a life!

Jay
September 27th, 2010

Um…Should i be worried about this guy? Apparently, i found out that he has a couple of the 2006 Nissan Maxima post going around on Craigslist.

wzkenn@gmail.com

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ctd/1960981437.html

http://baltimore.craigslist.org/ctd/1956392385.html

http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/ctd/1961402887.html

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/ctd/1964168542.html

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ctd/1960981437.html

He said he was a Sergeant in the US Army and that his battalion is going to the UK for 11 months and that his wife doesnt have a drivers license so they’re selling the car. This is his message to me.

Hello there,

The car is still available.2006 Nissan Maxima 3.5L SE (Mileage:48.200) Engine : 3.5L V6 SFI DOHC 24V ,Ext color:Black/ Black,Transmission: Automatic,Power Seats ,Leather Seats,Power Door Locks,Power Windows,Air Conditioning,Cruise Control,Sunroof, and much more.
The car is paid off and has a clear title, no lien, never been in an accident.

The vehicle is located in Helena, MT and my wife will be taking care of the shipping and it will be delivered within 3-5 days, depending on your location.Also i can ship you the vehicle for free anywhere in USA.I am a Sergent in the US army and my battalion has been transferred to United Kingdom for a 11 months experience change program. I am selling the vehicle because my wife hasn’t got a driving licence so the car must go.

Full price is $2.860, shipping included, and all the documents will be provided along with it.We will use eBay to secure our deal because it protects both buyer and seller. You send the money to ebay and they hold the payment until the vehicle arrives. You have 7 days to inspect it and I get the money after you make sure everything is ok and decide to keep it. If you don’t like the vehicle and want to return it, I will pay the return shipping and you will be 100% refunded by ebay.

Giving the nature of this transaction please note that my sale terms are final and nonnegotiable. In order to move forward I will need your full name, address and phone number so i can register the deal at eBay.After that eBay will send you the payment instruction.

Thank you,
Stephen Watkins

P.S. With no disrespect, please consider taking a loan before proceeding, if you don’t have the available funds for the vehicle

L. Davison
September 28th, 2010

Another scammer beat…
From: Melissa Hoel [mailto: melissahoel@netzero.com ]
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 10:23 PM
To: Davison, Lee GSM2 (STE ENG/EM)
Subject: Re: Toyota

Hello Lee,

Sorry for this late reply, the 2003 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 Limited Prerunner is still for sale.
I would like to tell you that the car is in perfect condition, no accidents, never wrecked, non-smoker, great conditions, clear title.
I have all the documents and service records.
The engine, drive train, equipment are all in proper working order.
The ride is smooth, there are no shakes or pulls in the steering.
It has 139,660 miles and is in excellent running condition.
You can see the truck photos here: http://s934.photobucket.com/albums/ad189/melissahoel/
I am located in London , United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and United Kingdom
but I stored the vehicle in my ex-base warehouse from Grand Forks , ND before leaving US.
I posted the car for sale all over the US (nation-wide ad), so you may see it at another location.
I am in possession of this tacoma , from my former husband, as he lost it in our divorce settlement. I do not want to keep it because will be very expensive to ship it
from US to UK and i already made a deposit to buy another car here.
I hope the vehicle location has no negative effect on you because shipment is included in the vehicle price ($2,500.00) and will cost you nothing more.
Regarding the car transport, i will use a military cargo to move it to the near base from you, and from there a tow-truck to be delivered at your door, the car will be
transported inside and therefore completely protected.
It is insured in case of damage and it takes 3-5 days to arrive at your door.
About the payment, because my current situation is pretty special, for your safety I want the deal closed only through eBay Motors Buyer Protection.
If we use the eBay VPP services you will have an 7 days inspection period prior buying the car.
In this way you have the chance to inspect the car before pay me, and I will be comfortable when I’ll ship you the car.
Let me know if you want to move forward, in order to open the transaction with eBay
I will need your shipping address in the following format:
Receiver Name-
Street Address-
City, State, Zip Code,
to forward it to the authorized personnel from eBay to start the transaction so you can buy the car from me.

Thank you and have a nice day,
Lt. Melissa Hoel

Building 671/RAF Alconbury
Unit 5570 Box 60
Cambridgeshire , England .
APO AE 09470

John
September 30th, 2010

here is what I got:
From: jessicawilson34@gmail.com

Hello,

Thank you for your interest in my car.
This is a 2007 BMW 530XI, AUTOMATIC, ONLY 28,644 Miles, 3.0L L6 FI DOHC 24V, VIN – WBANF73577CU28805 . Clear title, no lien.

Here you can find more pictures with the car: http://s754.photobucket.com/albums/xx182/530xi_photos/

The vehicle is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are immaculate, no scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been involved in any kind of accident.
I’m an US Air Force Maj. currently stationed in the UK and the car is here with me. It was bought from USA and it still has US registration documents, because I didn’t register it here in UK.
The shipping will take up to 7 business days and you will also have 10 days to inspect and test drive the vehicle from the moment it arrives at your place. I will pay for shipping. There will be no extra or hidden taxes for you to pay since the car is still registered in US. In case you decide not to keep the car I’m responsible for shipping back costs.

As I’m unable to travel in the near future and I don’t have anyone available back home to help me with the sale I decided to sell this car through eBay or craigslist. The transaction will be made entirely through eBay Motors and we both will be covered.

The final price is $5,000 US including shipping from Europe to the US and delivery to your home address. So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

Thank you and have a great day
Maj. Jessica S. Wilson

PS. Sorry for the long email I have tried to touch all bases

John
September 30th, 2010

Hello,

Thank you for your interest in my car.
This is a 2007 BMW 530XI, AUTOMATIC, ONLY 28,644 Miles, 3.0L L6 FI DOHC 24V, VIN – WBANF73577CU28805 . Clear title, no lien.

Here you can find more pictures with the car: http://s754.photobucket.com/albums/xx182/530xi_photos/

The vehicle is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are immaculate, no scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been involved in any kind of accident.
I’m an US Air Force Maj. currently stationed in the UK and the car is here with me. It was bought from USA and it still has US registration documents, because I didn’t register it here in UK.
The shipping will take up to 7 business days and you will also have 10 days to inspect and test drive the vehicle from the moment it arrives at your place. I will pay for shipping. There will be no extra or hidden taxes for you to pay since the car is still registered in US. In case you decide not to keep the car I’m responsible for shipping back costs.

As I’m unable to travel in the near future and I don’t have anyone available back home to help me with the sale I decided to sell this car through eBay or craigslist. The transaction will be made entirely through eBay Motors and we both will be covered.

The final price is $5,000 US including shipping from Europe to the US and delivery to your home address. So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

Thank you and have a great day
Maj. Jessica S. Wilson

PS. Sorry for the long email I have tried to touch all bases

John
September 30th, 2010

Yesenia.Flores56@comcast.net

Lori
October 3rd, 2010

i just almost got freakn scammed buy the crr7070@gmail.com guy that was def too good to be true but ifo if you are ever going to buy a car online type the email address in the search engine. i did and it led me to all kind of scam readings about this horrible person.

trudy
October 6th, 2010

Lori where did you search for his information for crr7070@gmail.com? I almost got scamed to i was so excited to find such a great car that i was falling for it but then after a day and a half i went back and looked at the emails and was like ok this may be true but there is a little doubt in my mind. He probably thought i was a young dumb girl who wasnt going to ask for details. the second i told him that my mom just wants to make sure it was not a scam and mentioned that i may have someone that can go look at it for me and be there when it shipped he backed off. I do want to get more info on him what search engine did you use. He also started emailing me from crr7072@gmail.com so be careful.

trudy
October 6th, 2010

angelawatson41@gmail.com- saw add on craigslist because still looking for car. contacted here using there seller email and got a response talking about her husband dying in iraq 3 months ago and her being pregnant. automatic red flag. she also posted she lived in south florida like me yet wanted to ship me the car.

anonymous
October 6th, 2010

and here is another one, she claimed to live in my area yet said she would ship it to me with snow tires, imediate red flag because it does not snow in florida. she even said she needed to sell it by today wow she seemed to desperate pamelaandhenrywalter@hotmail.com

Kimmi
October 7th, 2010

Yeah I got excited when i saw a 2007 BMW 530XI was for $5000. So i decided to email the person and this was what I got below. At first I was like this was too good to be true then I googled the email up and saw this site. good thing i didnt go further with this.

Hello,

Thank you for your interest in my car.
This is a 2007 BMW 530XI, AUTOMATIC, ONLY 28,644 Miles, 3.0L L6 FI DOHC 24V, VIN – WBANF73577CU28805 . Clear title, no lien.
Here you can find more pictures with the car: http://s754.photobucket.com/albums/xx182/530xi_photos/
The vehicle is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are immaculate, no scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been involved in any kind of accident.
I’m an US Air Force Maj. currently stationed in the UK and the car is here with me. It was bought from USA and it still has US registration documents, because I didn’t register it here in UK.
The shipping will take up to 7 business days and you will also have 10 days to inspect and test drive the vehicle from the moment it arrives at your place. I will pay for shipping. There will be no extra or hidden taxes for you to pay since the car is still registered in US. In case you decide not to keep the car I’m responsible for shipping back costs.
As I’m unable to travel in the near future and I don’t have anyone available back home to help me with the sale I decided to sell this car through eBay or craigslist. The transaction will be made entirely through eBay Motors and we both will be covered.

The final price is $5,000 US including shipping from Europe to the US and delivery to your home address. So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

Thank you and have a great day
Maj. Jessica S. Wilson
PS. Sorry for the long email I have tried to touch all bases

AND….

Hello ,

Thank you so much for your prompt response.
Regarding the price, to be honest with you…this was my brother car but he is not…anymore.I don’t want to get rich by its selling, just want to give it to someone who will take good care….
It s difficult for me to talk about this…As I already said in my first email, the vehicle is currently located in UK but still registered in US, so it doesn’t cost you anything since it has a clear US title and no lien.
I can have it shipped from here by an US Air Force cargo plane so there won’t be any additional shipping costs for you. Also I can arrange for a truck to transport it to your home address or you can pick it up from the nearest airport in your area. The shipping takes up to 7 days, depending on your location. The vehicle will arrive with all the papers and documents required for registration and the keys. You’ll get the US clear title and the bill of sale signed by me.
The entire price you have to pay is $5,000 US. The transaction will be fully under eBay’s surveillance, giving us both security and insurance that nothing will go wrong.
This way you will actually pay for the vehicle after you will receive and test it, because eBay will hold the funds and release it to me only after you accept and confirm the delivery. After the vehicle reaches your address you will have 10 days to inspect the car. You will have to inform the eBay Service about the decision to keep it. eBay will forward the payment to me and the transaction is complete. If the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it (I’m sure this will not be the case) eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back of the vehicle is be my concern. I consider it’s fair for both of us.
Please take into consideration that I get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is exactly as you expected.
If you decide to buy the car, please include the following information in your next email.
1. Ship to name and address ( the complete name and address of the person receiving the car).
2. Name and address needed for title transfer, this would be your complete name and physical address (or if the car is to be registered on someone else’s name the name and address of the registrant is needed).
Please get back to me at your earliest convenience.

Maj. Jessica S. Wilson

patricia johnson
October 8th, 2010

If u c this its a scam CARS by patricia77johnson@gmail.com

patricia johnson
October 8th, 2010

If u c this its a scam On craigslist CARS patricia77johnson@gmail.com

Lisa
October 12th, 2010

This is about the 5th email, for different cars, but exact same format, that I have received since beginning to look for a car on Craigslist 3 weeks ago! Total Scam from CHRIS & SONYA NOZZARELLA, nozzarella.chris@hotmail.com .
“Thanks for being interested in buying my car.This is a 2000 Nissan Altima GXE
in perfect condition, no scratches,no damages,never been implicated in any
accidents,no problems at the engine,runs very well.It has 147,498 miles,clear
title, a perfect car.The price is $2,300.00.(all the fees included). We are
selling the car because we want to rent a new flat because our baby is coming
soon.All documents,including owner’s manual,clear title and a bill of sale will be
provided along with the bike. Also about payment and shipping I will use only
eBay Vehicle Protection Program so we can both be protected. I just need your
full name, full shipping address and home/cell # so i can open a case(with no
further obligation or fees).”

Jennifer LeBlanc
October 15th, 2010

Thank you so much for making this web page!!! I almost got scammed into this. I would have been out 3K I was furious when I discovered it was a scam and told the man I was a Cop and this is not acceptable! Thank you for making this page for others!

Jennifer

Jennifer LeBlanc
October 15th, 2010

This is a cut and past of what im going thru right now with one of these low lifes. Start at the bottom and read up, it is a cut and paste.

Hi ,

As I’ve previously told you, I’m currently involved in a military program, temporarily based in OH, as I’ll be changing it for Afghanistan very soon. Due to military security reasons I’m restricted from leaving the unit’s facility under any purpose and have strictly limited phone access. The shipping won’t be a problem; military has a considerable discount, so I can handle it by myself, with no charges whatsoever on your account. The car will be sent along with all its documents including title, bill of sale, 2 sets of keys, full service records and everything else you’ll need. Because it’s such a large transaction, I’d suggest using an authorized third party, Google Checkout for instance. I’ve done some research and that’s the safest way to do it. That’s why, I’ve taken the liberty to prearrange things with them, using their escrow Google Checkout. I thought you might want to see it there, so I’ve asked them to allow viewers to inspect the car; but their reply was: “We are not a showroom!” No worries cause I’ll grant you a 5 days inspection period (to test drive it) from the moment you receive it, before Google Checkout escrow releases your money to me. The car is located in their warehouse in OH (ready for delivery).

If you are determined in buying the car, please send me an email with your name and shipping address. I will post the transaction mentioning the vehicle details, the price etc on Google Checkout website and confirm you as the buyer.

After the transaction is processed they will send you the invoice explaining the exact procedure…it’s quite simple.

Thank you

On Sat, Oct 16, 2010 at 10:25 AM, Jennifer Bowen wrote:

You need to ship the car out here so I can see it then I will make a decision.

Thanks!

— On Fri, 10/15/10, Clifford Richardson wrote:

From: Clifford Richardson
Subject: Re: see the car
To: “Jennifer Bowen”
Date: Friday, October 15, 2010, 10:30 PM

Hello ,
I am selling this beautiful, well maintained 2006 Honda Civic EX Coupe because my brigade will deploy for 14 months to Afghanistan. I’m under enormous time pressure cause I need to sell it fast, before October 25th that being the reason for selling it so low. It is in immaculate condition, non-smoker, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident…I do have the title, clear, under my name. It is gently used with only 51,009 miles !
It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $2,990. The car is in Bellefontaine, OH and in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.
I’ve attached 36 photos. Please click here :

http://cid-a7e55a9a8f4b5c1c.photos.live.com/browse.aspx/MyCivic?uc=
Thank You!

On Sat, Oct 16, 2010 at 7:45 AM, Jennifer Bowen wrote:

Can we make a time to meet up so I can see your car for sale.

Thanks!

Evelyn
October 19th, 2010

Wow! Thanks for sharing. This is what a got:
discute7@gmail.com
Hello,
I`m Maj. Briana Williams. You have to know that the 2000 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 119,857 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCG6673YA107020 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Power Passenger Mirror Power Driver Mirror Intermittent Wipers Adjustable Steering Wheel Front Reading Lamps
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Passenger Vanity Mirror Power Windows Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Here are the pics of the car:
http://s740.photobucket.com/albums/xx46/2000hdyaaccord/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,200 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Respectfully,
Maj. Briana Williams
Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

Danelle
October 20th, 2010

2004 Jeep Rubicon scanner
nicole32q

Hello there ,
The 2004 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 6 CyL 4.0 Liter 4WD Automatic Black is still for sale . The car is very clean. No dents, dings or accidents on this baby. The tires are in good condition. AC works very well. The engine on this vehicle is running properly . All power equipment is functioning properly. Mileage: 36,000, Automatic Transmission , Interior Color: Black, Drivetrain:4Wheel Drive,Engine: 4.0L I6 MPI,Title: Clear
I bought the Jeep when I was serving in Council Bluffs Army Natl Guard,an U.S. Army base from IA.

If you want to see more pics with my Jeep please visit this website :

WWW(dot)2004JEEPWRANGLERRUBICON(dot)PAGE(dot)TL

replace (dot) with .
Price was reduced to $2,950.00 (URGENT SALE) as I need to sell this car in two weeks because I will leave with other troops in Afghanistan . In order to sell my car , the financial part will be handled by Yahoo Services. This service was made only for US ARMY members ! You will have 48 hours available for any inspection of this car . In this way both of us will be 100% covered during the steps of this transaction. If you’re really interested in buying my jeep, make sure that you really have the cash available!
If you are interested in buying it just mail me back with your FULL NAME AND ADDRESS and I will open a transaction with Yahoo and they will contact and will explain you the steps of this transaction.

I wish that I could arrange the details of this transaction over the phone but right now I`m in a military base, getting ready for Afghanistan and for this reason I will not have access to the phone for the next 2 weeks.
Thanks, hope to do business with you soon!
PFC Ashton Nicole Spears
Armed Forces of the United States

Jamie
October 21st, 2010

*****DONT BUY FROM GERARDO BUYHER****** SELLING 2006 HONDA ACCORD INN SPAIN THIS IS A SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM*******

Jamie
October 21st, 2010

DONT BUY FROM GERARDO BUYHER 2006 HONDA ACCORD!!!!! THIS IS A SCAM SCAM SCAM!!!!! THEY SAY THEIR MILITARY AND MAY USE LT. THEY ARE FALSELY IMPERSANATING MILITARY PERSONAL TO MAKE FOREIGN EXCHANGES DONT BE FOOLED KEEP YOUR MONEY.

Jamie
October 21st, 2010

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,200 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
THIS IS WHAT THEIR ALL USING WATCH OUT

Magicpizza
October 27th, 2010

Hello,

Fist of all the car is in perfect shape and never been involved in any accidents. The tile is clear and it will be transferred in your name without a problem. The car is in perfect conditions, with no scratches on it, no damage, always garaged, always covered, meticulously maintained everything about this car functions perfectly, incredible power, handling and reliability.

The price is $1,999 and the shipping is included. I am located in London, United Kingdom sent there to improve the relationship between our country and UK. My wife moved here 1 month ago and brought the car with her. We decided to sell it because the taxes, custom and registration in UK are very high, and we also need to make a few adjustment to the car in order to register the car here. Since I am in the army I will send the car using US Military Air Cargo to send the car to a airport near you and from there a shipping company called DAS will deliver it to your door. I need to sell the car fast and safe so I suggest we do the deal through eBay because they cover both parties (buyer and seller). If you are ready to buy it please mail me your full name and shipping address so I can register the deal with eBay.

Thank you,
LTC. James Baker

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/ctd/2027109148.html

EXACT SAME STORY I’ve run into this TWICE!

Aley
November 1st, 2010

I was ALMOST caught in “Briana Williams” scam a few days ago. I was drawn in by the lost price and the awesome car. I knew it was a scam when i asked to speak with her over the phone and she says her and her husband just moved in a few weeks ago, they are getting utilities turend on and wont have a phone for a week. So i waited a week to try and speak with her over the phone and she sent me the same message she had sent a week ago. ?? I just laughed and though wow.. i was almost caught in a scam!
Thanks for reading,
Aley

Lew Mack
November 1st, 2010

SAME CRAP! SEE EMAILS BELOW:

Hi Lew,
I want to take this opportunity to assure you that this deal is as legitimate as it could possible be.I never fooled someone in any way. I won’t risk my career, my freedom and my future for anything in the world! It is a shame others give the good sellers a bad reputation. Time is an important issue for me, but obviously security is of greater importance and that we use the eBay VPP services. in this way you are protected 100%. In case you won’t accept the car eBay will give you a full refund. All you have to do is to follow the instructions from the payment invoice and when i will receive the confirmation from eBay i will start the shipping process to your location. If you don’t want to buy the car from is okay. i understand you. Never mind. I saw you was interested but now i see you kind insulting me. I hope there is no problem and you are still buying the car but if you don’t want just tell me.
I would like to tell you that the car is in perfect condition, no accidents, never wrecked, non-smoker, great conditions, clear title.The engine, drive train, equipment are all in proper working order.The ride is smooth, there are no shakes or pulls in the steering.Regarding the car transport, will use a reputable shipping company. I’ve shipped several times with them and have established trust – the car is transported inside and therefore completely protected, It is insured in case of damage and it takes 3-5 days to be delivered at your door.Because I’m the seller, I need to open the transaction, so if you agree, please provide me your full name and shipping address and I will get everything started immediately. After this, eBay will contact you directly with the transaction details and all the info about the process.
Please e-mail me your shipping address in the following format:

Receiver Name-
Street Address-
City, State, Zip Code

I’m looking forward to hear from you
Richard

On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 7:17 PM, Lew wrote:
I am really interested in purchasing the vehicle if this is a real deal. Please understand that there are many scams on the internet and I refuse to fall victim to these criminals. With that said, I would like to speak with you via the phone regarding the vehicle. Lets discuss payment, shipping and time frame. To save you money, please send your number and I will give you a call. I can be reached anytime at 214.385.****

Thanks,
Lew

From: richard stevens [mailto:richstevens737@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, November 01, 2010 10:58 AM
To: Lew
Subject: Re: honda accord

Hello there,

Sorry for this late reply, First of all thank you for your interest in my 2003 Honda Accord EX with automatic transmission that i have for sale. You have to know that the car is in perfect working condition, it has 43,000 miles and the VIN number is: 1HGCM56623A068763.
Pictures of the car: http://picasaweb.google.com/102700718497129055535/MyCarAccord?authkey=Gv1sRgCL6t69ap78D4sAE#

I am located in Barcelona, Spain and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Spain.
The car is still for sale and is currently located at the shipping company warehouse from Chicago, IL.

My final price on it is $2750.00 . If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. The title is clean and ready to be registered under your name and the only reason of selling it is because we have made a loan so we can buy a house and now we are forced to sell the car asap so we can pay the bank and cover the house.
As I know that my current situation is pretty special and to avoid complications, i want to involve eBay Motors VPP Buyer/Seller Protection Program to participate in this transaction and supervise the payment and shipping.
In this way we are both protected since the payment will be made to them and they will keep your payment in escrow until you notify them yourself that you received the car and want to keep it, otherwise they will refund you. Just to make it clear, you will receive the car first and after you receive the car i will receive the payment.

If we use the eBay VPP services you also have an inspection period of 10 days prior buying the car.
In this way you will have the chance to inspect the car before paying me, and I will be comfortable when I’ll ship you the car.
Let me know if you want to move forward. In order to open the transaction with ebay I will need your shipping address in the following format:
Your Name-
Street Address-
City, State, Zip Code.

Once i receive the shipping details from you i will forward it to eBay and they will notify you with all the details and payment instructions.

Thank You for your time and if you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to email.

Lt. Richard Stevens

On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 3:28 PM, Lew Mack wrote:
Are you still selling this vehicle?

http://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/ctd/2025055288.html

DH
November 3rd, 2010

I’m surprised that this “Gerardo Buyher” with the same gerardo.buyher@hotmail.com address is STILL using the same exact alias to run ads on Craigslist right now. Not only is this person a scammer but not all that bright of a scammer either.

WAfa Abu
November 5th, 2010

OMG. I don’t know these things happen in USA. I had 2 person who try to cheat me. One of them send me that( First of all I want to thank you for your interest for my car. is still available is in perfect condition – like new! If you decide to buy it, you’ll receive all the papers (clean title), owner manuals, keys, a buy-sell contract already signed by me and the clear title. For this transaction I want to use eBay because I want to provide you a fast and very secure way. They will handle the transaction for me. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive and inspect the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it (you have 10 days for inspection) eBay will release the payment to me or in case you dislike it for any reason ebay will pick up the car and refund you with the full amount, but I know you’ll like it for sure. The inspection time period will begin as soon as you receive the car at your address. Meanwhile eBay will hold the money into a trust account. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the car before you decide to buy it. This way we are both protected : i will know that i have a serious buyer who has the money to pay me and you will be able to see and inspect the car before buying it .The final price that I’m asking for it is $2,900.00 including shipping and handling costs. My car is located in Brooklyn NY . I along with my daughter decided to sell the house and the car and move to my parents in El Paso TX so this is the reason that I’m sealing it so cheap…because I want to sell it quickly and I can’t afford to take days off my work for this sale so I’m trying to sell it online.
If you are really interested in purchasing the car please use the “Buy it Now” option on ebay; and Ebay will give you all the details regarding the shipping and payment.
thank you,
Gesualdo Nicole
P.S: This is the web link to my add. (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window) If you decide to buy it please click on it and use the “Buy It Now” button to buy it and ebay will give you more info about payment and shipping (all you need to complete this deal with me). His email is ant2214@gmail.com
The other person send me (Hi again,
Right now I’m on a military base, getting ready for Afghanistan. So I am not able to talk on the phone for now. The vehicle is already at the shipping company warehouse, ready to be shipped. The vehicle is enlisted in the eBay VPP program so this deal must go through them. In accordance with eBay Vehicle Purchase Program terms, you have 3 days from the time you receive the vehicle to inspect it and decide whether you want to keep it or not. The vehicle will be shipped free of charge, along with all documents, clean title with my signature on it, owner’s manual and keys. It has never been involved in any accident, there’s no body damage or mechanical problems. Here is how it will work:

1. First of all, I will need your details: Full name, shipping address and phone #.
2. Once I receive the details from you, I will forward them to Ebay VPP for processing.
3. After they process your information, they will send you an invoice with all the details on how to make a refundable payment. Basically, you will have to issue a Western Union payment to a verified eBay VPP Agent and the payment will be secured with them. Only you will have access to the payment.
4. Ebay will contact me and I will ship the vehicle. After you receive it you will have 3 days to test and verify the vehicle. If you decide to buy it, I will receive the payment from Ebay. Otherwise, the vehicle will be shipped back free of charge on your side and you will be fully refunded. If you wish to make the transaction, please send me the necessary information so we can proceed.
I’ll wait your response.)
The funny thing that I heard from him is
I just want to ask you something. There is a commercial tax of 6% of the amount you are sending that Western Union will charge the receiver. We can avoid this if you’ll tell the Western Union clerk that you’re sending the money to a friend or relative, not to buy a vehicle. If you can do that, I will also help by sending the vehicle as Gift and no tax/customs will apply on your end.
Don’t forget after you make the payment to fax them a copy of the Western Union receipt.
The delivery will start as soon as the payment is confirmed, and the vehicle will be at your address in 2 days.
I will go ahead and make all the arrangements to deliver the vehicle to your address. I’m sure that you will love my vehicle and take good vehiclee of it like I did.
Thank you and i am waiting for the confirmation of your payment.
HIs email is jack861carol@gmail.com

Thanks God that I didn’t send my money.
I really like what was wrote here.

Amy
November 5th, 2010

Thanks so much to this posting.
I was exchanging emails between a woman about a $2000 acura in “immaculate” condition….I was a bit suspicious of her..I tried using her email to find her on common network sites like facebook or myspace..which brought googe links stating her email as a scam. Your website to be exact.

I don’t need to post the thread between her and I, because it was eerily similar..actually EXACT to everyone else’s thread..the only difference is that she didn’t state “Lt. or Maj.”…but said her husband had recently died while in Iraq (how despicable to use that as an excuse) and needed to get rid of the car at any cost due to the bad memories of owning it.

I was suspicious because a car in such perfect condition was going for 2000 so I pressed the issue of meeting..while she continually dodged it by saying we must do the transaction via Ebay because the car somehow was in Hawaii, not in the state she posted “Missouri”. She posted the same excuses about the protection plan of Ebay would enable me to trust her.

Beware of annaparkeer@gmail.com

Again, thank you so much for saving me from a really bad ordeal.

Brian
November 9th, 2010

Well I just about got scammed by crr7070@gmail.com, calling himself Clifford Richardson U.S.M.C. He also used crr7072@gmail.com look out!! Way to good to be true 2006 Honda Civic EX 51,009 miles for 2,990.00 He says he has to leave for Afghanistan by Nov.20 that is the reason for selling it so low he is under enormous pressure he has to sell it fast. He even offered to ship it for free. I asked to pick the car up, meet with him, get a phone number,I couldn’t get any info out of him. Kept telling me he isn’t allowed to leave the military base and he has limited phone access. Come on, being currently involved in a military program temporarily based in OH. He uses the military as a cover so people will trust him right off the bat, thats sad… BE CAREFUL!!!

Amber Matthews
November 10th, 2010

I just received a similar email…

Hello ,

I am selling this beautiful, well maintained 2006 Honda Civic EX Coupe because my brigade will deploy for 14 months to Afghanistan. I’m under enormous time pressure cause I need to sell it fast, before November 20th that being the reason for selling it so low. It is in immaculate condition, non-smoker, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident…I do have the title, clear, under my name. It is gently used with only 51,009 miles !

It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $2,990. The car is in Bellefontaine, OH and in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.

I’ve attached 36 photos. Please click here :

http://cid-a7e55a9a8f4b5c1c.photos.live.com/browse.aspx/MyCivic?uc=

Thank You!

SSG Clifford Richardson
4th Combat Engineer Battalion
United States Marine Corps
One team, one fight

WATCH OUT!!!!

Bob
November 11th, 2010

I almost went for this too! Key issue – I made contact from a Craigs List post, then couldn’t find the car on Ebay Motors! SSG Thomas Coley, USAF is the name they gave with an address in Madrid, Spain.

It was almost a carbon copy of what you’ve posted above from:
Briana Williams
Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

Here’s what this guy from Spain put in:

Respectfully,
SSG. Thomas Coley

my address is:
221 Calle Mayor
Zip: 28013, Madrid
SPAIN
SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

desmond
November 12th, 2010

Thanks for posting this. Just wish I would’ve read it bout a week ago. I actually sent my money off, but my gut kept telling me somethings wrong. So the next day I went an retrieved my money. Ended up getting all of my money back
Scottwaug@aol.com , jessicarobinson77@gmail.com , azma391@gmail.com

desmond
November 12th, 2010

Scottwaug@aol.com , jessicarobinson77@gmail.com , azma391@gmail.com SCAMMERS!!!!!!!!!!

P. French
November 12th, 2010

I have ran across quite a few bogus, scammer ads.

1. Why would anyone buy a car out of state/country without ever driving/seeing it in the first place?
2. I ask specific questions: their location, phone #, Carfax, vin #, service records, detailed pics (including engine). Funny they never return specific info I ask for. I also tell them my mechanic will check the car before any money changes hands.
3. I’m not going thru any company (eBay, Western Union, etc. serious red flag) Why pay more money?
4. If it sounds to good to be true, it usually is. Common sense goes a long way.
5. Any sad-sob story is a flag
6. They feel unsafe? Bring a friend I say
7. Spelling and grammar is a dead give away
8. Google is great huh? Do your research thoroughly. Money’s too tight these days for most of us.
9. I flag any suspicious ad on CL (i.e. ’07 Lexus $2900, yea right! Maybe WITHOUT an engine). Any car is fair game I’ve noticed.
10. I e-mail them back, “I’ve reported/flagged you and get a real job moron and quit trying to screw people out of their hard-earned money”. Not one response back yet. Lol!
11. Run virus scans daily in case they are hackers.
12. Try not to be in a hurry (impulse buys are regretful from personal experience)
13. Hope this helps. Especially us females and don’t forget to pull dipsticks and check fluids when you get there. (oil, brake, tranny, ps, etc). Take a guy if needed

Julia
November 13th, 2010

Gerardobuyher@aol.com is also another scammer. He emailed me saying he was in Madrid, Spain trying to improve military relationships.

His alternate emil address gerardo.buyher@aol.com is also listed on a previous post.

Julia
November 13th, 2010

Gerardobuyher@aol.com is also another scammer. He emailed me saying he was in Madrid, Spain trying to improve military relationships.

His alternate emil address gerardo.buyher@hotmail.com is also listed on a previous post.

Mary
November 13th, 2010

jack861carol@gmail.com is at it again. Here is the response to the email we sent.

Thank you for your interest in my 2008 Toyota Camry LE. This Camry is in excellent condition, it has no engine problems, no cosmetic damage or hidden defects. All power equipment works perfectly.
The car has 35,424 miles, the Engine size is 3.5L DOHC MPFI VVT-i 24-valve. It has a clear title with my name written on it. My asking price is $2700. I have no need for this car and want to sell it fast. The car was left at a local shipping company in Orlando,FL and it will be shipped from there if necessary for inspection and test drive before you buy it.
Get back to me if you are interested in purchasing and we might have a deal.
Here is the links to some pictures of the car:

And he did indeed send pics of a camry. But what REALLY made me wonder was the fact that the name and the name on the links didnt match, so I checked it out. This is the link to “their” photobucket account. Not only did they have the camry but a BMW as well.

http://s1129.photobucket.com/home/rickemoris/index

Now they did say ship “IF NEEDED” so I wonder what would have happened if I showed up in Orlando to pick up the car…..

I’m glad I decided to google the email address and check out the photobucket account before anything else was done.

DrJoe
November 14th, 2010

jessicahardison1@aol.com

She or it being the scumbag they are is still trying to scam people on Craiglslist by shipping a car. I had already told her where and when I would meet her in person with cash in hand. This was her reply.

Hi,
 
Is very good if you can arrive here.Tell me exactly what date and we will meet here.I just want to know if you will come for sure,for to reserve it for you.So i will don`t sell it to someone else until you will not be here.If you change the plan it will be shipped directly to your location on my cost. I’m new in this type of transaction and that’s why i want to use ebay protection program because I want us to be 100% protected.And using this service you will get a 3 days testing period after delivery. During that 3 days testing period I will not receive any money.
So…for me to get the transaction started and the shipping arrangements made I will need your full name and full shipping address and also your phone number.
 
If you decide to proceed I will wait your reply with the requested info.
Thanks a lot,
Jessica

Here is her first email. I had every sign I need to know this was a scam. A google search brought me here which confirmed my thinking this was just another scam.

Randy
November 18th, 2010

The same thing happened to me but. Ones they say western union, with me they are screwed. The person who emailed me was Maj. Williams at activj@gmail.com
they used the same story as here. Millitary and ebay crap. Please be careful
.

Kenny d
November 22nd, 2010

Today on Tampa Craiglist..same car same pic everything—- using e mail of
activj9@gmail.com

JC
November 23rd, 2010

I received this today after inquiring from email addy – activj4@gmail.com

Hello,
I`m Maj. Diana Williams. You have to know that the 2000 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 119,857 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCG6673YA107020 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Power Passenger Mirror Power Driver Mirror Intermittent Wipers Adjustable Steering Wheel Front Reading Lamps
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Passenger Vanity Mirror Power Windows Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Here are the pics of the car:
http://s740.photobucket.com/albums/xx46/2000hdyaaccord/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

I am located in Madrid,Spain and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Spain. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,200 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Respectfully,
Maj. Diana Williams
Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

scott h
November 28th, 2010

scammer tried to sell us a 2006 honda civic.
google checkout does not use western union,,,

Adriana Arredondo
November 30th, 2010

Thanks for the heads up on all these scammers. I recently got in touch with a few of them myself. As you know after a few responses come back the same, it doesnt take a genus to figure it out. They’re pretty crazy to think that someone could just hand over that much money without any visual. But as you and I both learned, they’re are some pretty ignorant and desperate people out there. It just sucks to know how cold hearted they are using actual military identities. The last one I looked up was raymond.millen@gmail.com. This one was also on your list. But any way just wanted to let you know that although I had suspiciousions myself, your information on this web page was very helpful.
Thanks bunches and my best reguards, Adriana Arredondo

Adriana Arredondo
November 30th, 2010

/=/=/=/=/=/=/=/ 2006 Acura TSX/=/=/=/=/=/=/=/=/=/ – $2900 (raymond.millen@hotmail.com)

Date: 2010-11-29, 4:57PM CST
Reply to: sale-ad5ce-2086063735@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

Acura TSX& Options Front anti-roll bar Front reading lights Premium AM/FM/XM Ready/CD Audio System Passenger vanity mirror Dual front impact airbags Power door mirrors AM/FM radio Illuminated entry Anti-whiplash front head restraints Front cupholders Speed-sensing steering Outside temperature display ABS brakes Bumpers: body-color Power steering Variably intermittent wipers Rear window defroster Rear anti-roll bar Front center armrest Overhead airbag Steering wheel mounted audio controls Dual front side impact airbags Power windows Remote keyless entry Telescoping steering wheel Air conditioning Driver vanity mirror Front Bucket Seats CD player Security system Tilt steering wheel Four wheel independent suspension Split folding rear seat Panic alarm Spoiler Passenger door bin Power moonroof Occupant sensing airbag Cloth Seat Trim Speed control Alloy wheels Driver door bin MP3 decoder

raymond.millen@hotmail.com

PostingID: 2086063735

Adriana Arredondo
November 30th, 2010

 
 
Hello,
You have to know that the 2006 ACURA TSX White Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 41,835 miles. The VIN# is JH4CL96986C035521.This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.
As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in Madrid,Spain and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Spain. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2900. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Here are the pics of the car:

Thank you and have a nice day, Raymond

Lt. Raymond Millen
4th Combat Engineer Battalion
United States Marine Corps
One team, one fight

Brb
December 1st, 2010

THANK YOU for this posting. It saved me from getting scammed. I replied to a Craigslist posting for an Acura TSX 2005 for $2,600 and the reply came from jack861carol@gmail.com who has been mentioned several times on this posting.

Again. THANK YOU!!!!!

Bev
December 2nd, 2010

A little different, but the same general idea involving the ebay motors buying/shipping program. We’ve gotten the same email on two different cars this week, actually. The basic gist is that the guy is selling his wife’s car because she was killed in an accident by a drunk driver about 4 months ago with their child. “Thank God my child is still with us” he adds, both times. Two different guys, now, remember. Hard to believe it was a tragic coincidence!

Thomas J. Brown [thomasjbrown@live.com]

He adds at the bottom:

“For more pictures here is a link to the car’s photo gallery:
http://s1081.photobucket.com/albums/j355/2003-Infiniti-FX-FX45/

C Ervin
December 2nd, 2010

haileyj54@gmail.com… trying to sell a 2004 F150 Lariat 4×4 for $3600.00 (The cheapest one I’ve seen up to this “deal” was $10,500.00)
Hailey’s apparently been sent to Portugal and she was shocked to see how much it would cost her to ship her beloved truck overseas.
Oh by the way, she has a 2004 Yukon, a 2006 Lexus, a 2001 Sienna, a 2005 Honda Pilot, and a 2007 Honda Accord for sale really cheap too.

I can’t thank you enough for your website. These people are scum. Politeness doesn’t allow me to post my e-mail response to “Hailey”.

Natasja
December 5th, 2010

Thank you so much for having started this site. I knew this couldn’t be real but was too curious not to respond. It seems like Briana has a sister Diana, who’s life is identical to hers. lol. This email was sent from: discute7@gmail.com

Hello and sorry for my delay,
I`m Maj. Diana Williams. The 2005 Toyota Camry XLE 2.4 L Automatic is in perfect working condition. My experienced tech has fully checked out this car and gives it a special high rating has a CLEAR and CLEAN TITLE a great history and mechanically without any problems ever safety check and pre-delivery inspection along with a fresh servicing before I ship or deliver the vehicle.This vehicle shifts out great and is remarkably quiet. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line. This vehicle looks brand new inside. The car has only 65,999 miles.VIN Number: 4T1BE32K25U096087
Body type: Sedan Engine: 4 Cylinder 2.4 Liter Exterior color: Black
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel type: Gasoline Interior color: Tan
Tinted Glass Custom Alloy WheelsRear SpoilerSafety Belts Front Air BagsSide Air BagsAnti-Lock BrakesTraction ControlChild Locks
Here are the pics of the car :
http://s575.photobucket.com/albums/ss194/2005tcamryh/

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in Madrid, Spain and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Spain. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,750 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Respectfully,
Diana Williams
Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

Mike
December 6th, 2010

That is funny…. i saw the add for a differant car 2005 toyota or something for 1500 bux… that is crazy insane! i think crack is the only thing that would make someone sell a car for 8500 bux less then what its worth even if it were out of the states! but i was going to play along for the hell of it. hey its tough times why not get a good deal… right. well i sent a phone name and adress and i did let the person know i had an ebay account with funds available and that is how i would pay.. (not really) and I got something back saying that i will recieve notification from the ebay…

I also sent a random email asking about what branch of the service they worked for, and said I am in the army, my job is on a submarine, lol wonder what the response will be. be ware -mike

Anita
December 10th, 2010

Beware of crr7070@gmail.com they have scammed my brother in-law for the 2006 Honda Civic EX Coupe-$2990 . They use the name Clifford Richardson from Bellefontaine Ohio and when it came time to send the money somehow my brother in-law did not see the big red alert flag of a scam because he was to send the money through western union to a Steve Mireles in Dallas Tx but the money was picked up in Houston Texas. These guys have done a terrible thing and hope that one day they will somehow be caught and brought to justice.

Crystal
December 11th, 2010

I also received an email from the Clifford Richardson.

Hello ,

I am selling this beautiful, well maintained 2006 Honda Civic EX Coupe because my brigade will deploy for 14 months to Afghanistan. I’m under enormous time pressure cause I need to sell it fast, before December 20th that being the reason for selling it so low. It is in immaculate condition, non-smoker, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident…I do have the title, clear, under my name. It is gently used with only 51,009 miles !

It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $2,990. The car is in Bellefontaine, OH and in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.

I’ve attached 36 photos. Please click here :

http://cid-a7e55a9a8f4b5c1c.photos.live.com/browse.aspx/MyCivic?uc=

Thank You!

SSG Clifford Richardson
4th Combat Engineer Battalion
United States Marine Corps
One team, one fight

He also used both crr7070@gmail.com and crr7072@gmail.com

I am actually looking for a real car that is cheap. I need a first car. Is it that hard. Craigslist is becoming unreal withthese people. When it comes to judgement time, they will get their sentence from god!

Candy doesnt want to get scamed
December 23rd, 2010

Hey folks

just googled email address from CL

CRR7070@gmail.com

Freaking car scam.*******

“Automatic, power windows and power locks, 6 disc CD player, 51k miles mostly highway, runs like new, NEW TIRES and brakes, GREAT GAS MILEAGE!!! VERY CLEAN inside and out, very reliable and has plenty of power too! It is a great car and I have mixed feeling about selling it but I need the money and it has to go ”

Mileage: 51,009
Body type: coupe
transmission: automatic
drivetrain: front wheel drive
engine: 4-cyl. cylinder
fuel type: gasoline

Should you have any questions whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to email me at (my scam address) CRR7070@GMAIL.COM

Candy doesnt want to get scamed
December 25th, 2010

Try to re word the same scam on CL.

Automatic, power windows and power locks, 6 disc CD player, 51k miles mostly highway, runs like new, NEW TIRES and brakes, GREAT GAS MILEAGE!!! VERY CLEAN inside and out, very reliable and has plenty of power too! It is a great car and I have mixed feeling about selling it but I need the money and it has to go

Mileage: 51,009
Body type: coupe
transmission: automatic
drivetrain: front wheel drive
engine: 4-cyl. cylinder
fuel type: gasoline

Should you have any questions whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to email me at (my scam address) CRR7070@GMAIL.COM

Onir
January 22nd, 2011

here is another scam

this is sound to be true is like to perfect.

2004 honda accord EX SF area -$2900 (bernal heights)

posting ID 2172756718

Date 2011-01-21 12:17pst
posted on craigslist.com

Part1

Hello,

My name is Gracie Megan and I’m emailing you regarding the 2004 Honda Accord Sedan EX I have for sale. It was always garaged and never smoked in. Never been damaged. It has no scratches, dents or something like that. No mechanical problems, no accidents. Clean title in hand. It does not need anything additional to function, has only 44,384 miles, automatic transmission, 6 – Cyl. 3.0 L.
My asking price for this car is $2,900 US.

Here are the pictures with the car : http://s1140.photobucket.com/albums/n572/haccord2004/

I can provide VIN # to check on your own, also I can send you more details too . Just let me know if you are still interested and where are you located .
Thank you,
Gracie Megan

my respone is..
hello Gracie,

thanks for your quick response yes you can provice me your vin # so i can see if this is not scam or ?. yes you can send more detail that would be nice if you can do that. i live in xxxxxxx by the way.how about you.

Thanks again,
xxxx

part 3
Hello,

I’m currently located in Augusta, ME because I got a new job here and the car is here with me. From the beginning you have to know that I prefer the payment to be done using eBay services. We will use a safe payment method because I am affiliated at eBay and I have a purchase protection account. I supposed to ship the car to other buyer but then he told me that he has a financial problem and is no longer interested. He already paid the shipping charges. So, the shipping is free. I will take care of it and I will send the car with all the papers ( title, bill of sale, full service records, owner’s manual, books, etc ). You will have a 15 days inspection period after delivery. During that 15 days testing period I will not be able to get any money until you confirm to eBay that you are satisfied with the product you received. If you are a serious buyer, you have to email me your full name and full shipping address in order to open a case with eBay. They will contact you and give you more details about terms, buyer protection, payment instructions, shipping, invoice, etc. I await your email with the requested details so we can move forward.

Thank you,
Gracie Megan
gracie.megan1@gmail.com

SCAM! SCAM! SCAM!

Onir
January 22nd, 2011

gracie.megan1@gmail.com

here is her add for craigslist

2004 honda accord ex S.F. bay area – 2900 (bernal heights)
part 1
Hello,

My name is Gracie Megan and I’m emailing you regarding the 2004 Honda Accord Sedan EX I have for sale. It was always garaged and never smoked in. Never been damaged. It has no scratches, dents or something like that. No mechanical problems, no accidents. Clean title in hand. It does not need anything additional to function, has only 44,384 miles, automatic transmission, 6 – Cyl. 3.0 L.
My asking price for this car is $2,900 US.

Here are the pictures with the car : http://s1140.photobucket.com/albums/n572/haccord2004/

I can provide VIN # to check on your own, also I can send you more details too . Just let me know if you are still interested and where are you located .
Thank you,
Gracie Megan

hello Gracie,

thanks for your quick response yes you provice me your (car) vin # so i can see if this is not scam or ?. yes you can send more detail that would be nice if you can do that. i live in xxxxxxx by the way.how about you.

Thanks again,
xxxx

part3
Hello,

I’m currently located in Augusta, ME because I got a new job here and the car is here with me. From the beginning you have to know that I prefer the payment to be done using eBay services. We will use a safe payment method because I am affiliated at eBay and I have a purchase protection account. I supposed to ship the car to other buyer but then he told me that he has a financial problem and is no longer interested. He already paid the shipping charges. So, the shipping is free. I will take care of it and I will send the car with all the papers ( title, bill of sale, full service records, owner’s manual, books, etc ). You will have a 15 days inspection period after delivery. During that 15 days testing period I will not be able to get any money until you confirm to eBay that you are satisfied with the product you received. If you are a serious buyer, you have to email me your full name and full shipping address in order to open a case with eBay. They will contact you and give you more details about terms, buyer protection, payment instructions, shipping, invoice, etc. I await your email with the requested details so we can move forward.

Thank you,
Gracie Megan

SCAM SCAM SCAM…

JOVANY
January 25th, 2011

Hello there,

I’ve received your email regarding the Honda CR-V EX-L with 33,600 miles on it. The car is still for sale and my asking price is $2,900. It is a 2007 model loaded with everything, VIN# JHLRE38727C016501. The car is very well maintained and it has just been completely serviced. The engine runs very good and the automatic transmission shifts perfectly.
I’m an oceanographer and I’m on sea at this moment, so I left the car in LAREDO, TX at the shipping company, it’s already packed and waiting to be shipped anywhere.
Shipping/delivery is included in this price as I almost closed the deal with another customer but he was unable to take the loan from the bank. I’ve already prepared shipping for him as he was out of state.

Here are some pictures with the car:
http://tinypic.com/useralbum.php?ua=VmUZNqkLswkYC3hx9ZgDgg%3D%3D
Let me know if you are still interested.Thanks

missx
January 27th, 2011

I’ve received your email regarding the Honda CR-V EX-L with 33,600 miles on it. The car is still for sale and my asking price is $2,900. It is a 2007 model loaded with everything, VIN# JHLRE38727C016501. The car is very well maintained and it has just been completely serviced. The engine runs very good and the automatic transmission shifts perfectly.
I’m an oceanographer and I’m on sea at this moment, so I left the car in LAREDO, TX at the shipping company, it’s already packed and waiting to be shipped anywhere.
Shipping/delivery is included in this price as I almost closed the deal with another customer but he was unable to take the loan from the bank. I’ve already prepared shipping for him as he was out of state.

Here are some pictures with the car:
http://tinypic.com/useralbum.php?ua=VmUZNqkLswkYC3hx9ZgDgg%3D%3D
Let me know if you are still interested.Thanks

madie
February 7th, 2011

their is also a bill0071@comcast.net out there with a 09 nissan altima please be careful of him

hotandnasty2000
February 8th, 2011

this person is at it in Colorado with a 1999 jetta nice pictures and just to good to be true and guess what it is to good to be true just thought I would put this out there for others also. Same email and such as described in the other ones

Angelo
February 9th, 2011

WOW what a coincidence! How big is her garage that she keeps all of her “mint” condition cars inside?…..thanks for the heads up!!!! Here was her e-mail to me….

Hello,

My name is Gracie Megan and I’m emailing you regarding the 2002 Toyota
4Runner SR5 V6 4×4 I have for sale. It was always garaged and never smoked
in. Never been damaged. It has no scratches, dents or something like that.
No mechanical problems, no accidents. Clean title in hand. It does not need
anything additional to function, has only 105,000 Km, automatic
transmission, 6 – Cyl. 3.4 L.
My asking price for this car is $2,800 CAD.

Here are the pictures with the car :
http://s1090.photobucket.com/albums/i371/4runner2002

Just let me know if you are still interested and where are you located.
Thank you,
Gracie Megan

victoria
February 13th, 2011

she is selling a 2004 chevy 4×4 for 4450.00 due to a divorce. is a scam and wants you to send mooney thru paypal

teresa.carrillo30@comcast.net

Sean
February 14th, 2011

Here’s an email address that I got one from. It’s very similar to your find, except it’s a 2007 prius for 3400.

jamesparker56@aol.com

Carina McCullough
February 16th, 2011

I was just ripped off by the same car scheme on Craigslist. His name was SSG Clifford Richardson and his e-mail address was CLRD8080@gmail.com…..Does anyone know how to get something done to these people? It was the only money I had to buy a car and now I have nothing….I really would like to see SOMETHING happen to these people. He also stated he was in the military and being shipped to Afghanistan. Thanks for the help…I feel so stupid for not looking at the scam stuff first….the e-mails that seemed to come from Google Checkout were very convincing though.

Wes Jones
February 17th, 2011

I take a few minutes every hour when I am on the computer to click on my local craigslist cars and trucks, dealer (scammers always claim to be dealers), search for “Kansas City” (scammers are never smart enough to use a suburb name), and scan down through the ads. I find the ones showing a vehicle with green vegetation around it when we just had a blizzard especially funny. I check to make sure there is no phone number, or at least not a complete one, and no indication the vehicle is wrecked or needs major work, and then flag if I think it is a scam. Usually find 6 or 8 every hour or so.

LIZ
February 20th, 2011

Thank you for posting this site. I have run into two diffrent scames on craigslist in the past two days. One of them being for a 2002 Lexus ES for $2908. The person I contacted ws named Vanessa Wise wisev32@aol.com>. Stating she wanted to get rid of the car because she just got a divorce. When I asked to come and see the car she said I couldn’t come and look at the car because she lived in Texas. But on her craigslist ad her location was Long Island. Then asked for me to send her my info and pay with ebay. When I emailed her back to get more information about the shipping company’s name and reshipping coast I never heard from her again.

The next scame I have encountered on craigs list was not from Brianna Willams But from a Ashly Willams. She is nolonger a Maj she is now using SSgt. Ashley Williams
SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794. When i put in her info to goggle her found this site. I thank you for this info I was very helpful to me. I was realy unaware of the scame. All I wanted to do ws get a car for my boys. This is awful.

Fields
February 21st, 2011

Hello,
I`m SSgt. Susan Williams. You have to know that the 2004 Nissan Maxima SE Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 45,000 miles. The VIN# is 1N4BA41E74C923299 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Sunroof Leather Seats CD Player Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Side Airbags Air Conditioning
Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows Power Seats
Here are the pics of the car:
http://s962.photobucket.com/albums/ae106/maxima_2004/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

I am located in Madrid,Spain and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Spain. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,990 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Respectfully,
SSgt. Susan Williams
SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

Here is the e-mail address they used:dort28@gmail.com
This is the fake name they used: Maj. Susan Williams USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794

Thanks for the help and i hope this helps someone else

Muhranda
February 22nd, 2011

another scammer

danny.keller84@gmail.com

Thank you for your interest in my car. I am selling it because I will soon go on a second tour in Afghanistan and I don’t want it getting old in my garage. I will be gone for the next 12 months. The price is low because I need to sell it before we deploy, at middle of March. The vehicle is in great condition and runs great. It only has 86,894 highway miles on it. It has never been wrecked and never smoked in. I had serviced it only at the local dealer. Maintenance records are available. Clear title in hand. You can see more pictures of the car here:http://s1238.photobucket.com/home/myblackexplorer
If you decide to buy it I will be paying for the shipping charges. The total price is $2,700.00 with no other hidden taxes. Please email me back if you are interested in buying it.

Thanks!

Scam Craigslist SUV SAle
February 23rd, 2011

Hi
I am selling this SUV because my platoon has been sent back to Iraq and don’t want it get old in my backyard.
The price is low because I need to sell in the next 7 days. It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects.
It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident.. .
I do have the title, clear, under my name. The Suv has 105,518 original miles VIN: 1B4HS28Z6YF240123
It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $2,600.
The SUV is in Chapel Hill,TN in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping.
Let me know if you are interested, email me back.

About This Durango
Mileage: 105,518
Body Style: SUV
Exterior Color: Black Clearcoat
Interior Color: Camel/Tan
VIN: 1B4HS28Z6YF240123
Fuel: Gasoline
Engine: 5.9L V8
Transmission: AUTO 4SPD
Drivetrain: 4X4
Doors: 4

Staff Sgt. Julia Cannon

Kake Diva
February 26th, 2011

Good Afternoon Everyone,

It is with deep sadness that I report that this young lady “Ashley/Susan Williams” is still out to get people. Here I thought I came across a great deal on a car and thought I would do justice with helping a fellow amercian servant. This young lady and I use that term loosely is saying that she was sent to Spain on military business her husband just arrived and brought there car with them. It will take too long to register so she would like to get it sold. WOWWWWWWW is all I can say at this point to find out that this young lady has almost gotten several people out of money.

But something told me to try and look her up, everyone has a facebook so the first thing that comes up after the search is a scam for craigslist…. Never thought about it after I tried to find the car she had listed on craigslist on ebay and it never popped…. But it has finally clicked, I work extermely hard for my money and I cant believe that I almost threw it away; my feelings are so hurt because I just knew it was official. It was until I came across this site and saw that the same two emails that she has sent me in the past 24hrs are verbaitm for some things that are listed on here. See for yourself:

Email 1:
Hello,
I`m SSgt. Susan Williams. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 6 – Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 52,597 miles. The VIN# is 1hgcm66803a050494 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Sunroof Leather Seats CD Player Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Side Airbags Air Conditioning
Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows Power Seats
Here are the pics of the car:
http://s1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/20011accord/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

I am located in Madrid,Spain and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Spain. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,500 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Respectfully,
SSgt. Susan Williams
SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

Email 2:

Here is how it works:
OK I will wait.

1. First of all I will need the following details from you: full name, shipping address and telephone number.
2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.
3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices (email forms).The price for the car is $1,500 USD. This price includes all the shipping taxes and fees.
4. After you will make the payment in an eBay trust fund account and confirm it to them they will contact me and I will ship the car to you. After you receive the car you will have 10 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the car. If you will buy, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.
5. If the car is not as I told you or have some problems, or is not as described, they will refund you 100%. There is no risk in this deal. I don’t touch your money until you receive and inspect the car. The transaction is simple so everything should go as planed. If the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back the car will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for the both of us. Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.
6. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business days. You will also receive all the documents including the titles and a Bill of Sale. The cargo is insured so if the car is damaged during the shipping you will also be refunded.
Thanks in advance!

I would like to just thank those for taking the time out to create earlier post from stopping people like myself from being taking advantage of…. How nieve was I so disappointed and she has some nerve hiding behind government services I really hope she gets whats coming to her…

Sincerely,

Sad and cold in Chicago

Derrick
February 27th, 2011

I thought I also found a great deal and was just about to buy the Honda accord. She told me she was selling the Honda on Ebay now so I looked but didn’t find it there. No big deal I thought. I was just about to give the lady money but my wife said you better check to make sure it was not fake. So I looked up the ladies name “SSgt. Ashley Williams USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis” and found that its a big scam! thank you for saving my money! Payback is a #$%# I do have their email and its email bomb time.

J
March 1st, 2011

Hello there,

I’ve received your email regarding the Honda CR-V EX-L with 33,600 miles on
it. The car is still for sale and my asking price is $2,900. It is a 2007
model loaded with everything, VIN# JHLRE38727C016501. The car is very well
maintained and it has just been completely serviced. The engine runs very
good and the automatic transmission shifts perfectly.
I’m an oceanographer and I’m on sea at this moment, so I left the car in
LAREDO, TX at the shipping company, it’s already packed and waiting to be
shipped anywhere.
Shipping/delivery is included in this price as I almost closed the deal with
another customer but he was unable to take the loan from the bank. I’ve
already prepared shipping for him as he was out of state.

Here are some pictures with the car:
http://s1120.photobucket.com/albums/l499/hondacrv05/
Let me know if you are still interested.Thanks

Dana
March 2nd, 2011

I found a car on craigs list and now i’m out 2,000 dollars because i was dumb and beleived that the car was for sale for a good price and now i am just sick over this. i just want to let people no that craigslist is not a good place to get a car ,if it sounds to good to be its not.
the email is dort28@gmail.com is a scarm
I live pay check to pay check and i am the only one working in my house hold. It is so very sad that people do this and don’t care.

KLee
March 4th, 2011

So glad I found this page… No wonder the ad looks to good to be true… I knew something just wasn’t right. Now they are selling a 2003 Toyota Tundra for $2980…. Using the name Staff Sarg.Brenda Shaffer from Elmendorf AFG at email address b1997sb@aol.com. She offers to ship the vehicle door to door at her own expense for us to inspect for 10 days before making payment. The wierd thing is that she didn’t even ask where we were, so why should she assume she’ll need to ship it? I assume the next step would be for her to ask for a deposit of some kind before she can send it, and then we’ll never see the vehicle. The sad thing is that people must be falling for it, and it is profitable to them, or they wouldn’t keep doing it. Scum like that will rot in hell.

Sheri
March 10th, 2011

I think “Susan” and “Ashley” may have morphed into “Robert”. I’m in the middle of talking to him at the moment. His too-good-to-be car is in Las Vegas and he will ship it to me in Seattle. Will keep you posted.

Sheri
March 10th, 2011

Also, what about transactions through Google checkout? He wants to do the transaction there.

MrNBC
March 11th, 2011

HERE IS ANOTHER SCAM. I wanted to add this as it is a new name. They did the exact thing as above with me. My wife almost sent the money…. close call.

Thank you so much for contacting me regarding my 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe LT. The SUV has 82,320 miles, Silver with Beige Leather Interior, Automatic 4SPD, 4 wheel drive, 5.3L V8. 3rd Row Seat, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Heated Seats, Tow Package, Traction Control and more… it’s in perfect condition without any mechanical problems, with no damages or hidden defects, no need for additional repairs, clear title without any accidents, liens or loans. All power equipment are in working order. Non-smoker.

Here you can find more pictures of the SUV: http://s1101.photobucket.com/home/taho_pictures/index
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

My name is Brenda. I’m an Air Force Staff Sergeant stationed at the Elmendorf AF Base, Anchorage, Alaska. The Tahoe is here with me. It is still available for sale if interested, the price is $2970, it deserve more but I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I have a family emergency and I need to sell it before March 25th.

If you want to buy this SUV I will take care of shipping. Shipping will be door to door, to your home address and I will offer 5 days to inspect the vehicle from the moment you receive it (and the option to accept or reject it on my expense), before I’ll have your money. So if you need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you.
SSgt. Brenda Shaffer

Esther
March 13th, 2011

I just received an email, I was inquiring about the 2003 Honda Accord EX $1,500, she said her name was SSgt Susan Williams, she in the UK now… I want to thank whomever started the scam list, because if you hadn’t I could have been scammed…..Thanks Again…….

Bryant
March 13th, 2011

I am so thankful for this blog, it clarified the doubts I was having with a particulalr deal I was going to do. Surprisingly this is the second time I hear this bogus story of being “overseas” I was looking for a good economic car or car in general, my first time I found a Dodge charger SRT8 WAYYY below market value, to a owner who was in a “cruise-ship”.

Until yesterday, I came across an AD in the NY section( scammers hangout) and found a Acura TSX 2006 for 2900! I was surprised, and I sent the seller an email I was interested just to find out he was in the “milatary” being deployed to Libiya.

Well Ill let you glimpse at these emails:

Hi,
My name is David, thanks for questioning me regarding the 2006 Acura TSX which I have for sale. The car has original miles, clear title and it’s accident free. As you can see from the pictures everything is just great, NO problems at all, all the mechanical/engine is working great, the interior and exterior looks like new. I’m the registered owner with the title in hand and also the car is paid off and there is no lien on it.
I’m in the Army and now I am in United Kingdom and that’s why I couldn’t reply in time. I know that the price is kinda low but trust me, I am forced to sell it, in normal conditions I wouldn’t do that because I like it very much so.. I am selling the car because I am here in UK with my work, and my squadron will be deployed in two weeks in Libya and I think I’ll stay there for a while…that’s why I’m selling it under market value. I will not consider trading it for other product because I need cash, the price is not negotiable so please don’t email me if you don’t have all the money avail or if you’re looking for a trade. If you do want the car email me so we can arrange all the proper things, delivery, cash and documents exchange.
I have more pictures hosted on the internet and you can see them at:
http://s1131.photobucket.com/albums/m545/2006acuratsk2006_001/#
VIN: JH4CL96976C014501
Miles: 42,750
Price: $2,900 USD

Sincerely appreciative,
David Morrison.
————————————————
U.S. Army. David Morrison – USACE
http://www.usace.army.mil

Part II: Re: Acura TSX
David Morrison [david.morrison58@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, March 13, 2011 4:15 PM
To:
Bryant
Hi again,
Before leaving I had prearranged shipping and the payment with eBay. The price of car $2,900.00 includes all the shipping costs, so you won’t have to pay any extra charges. The payment must be done through eBay and the transaction will be faster and also 100% secure for both of us. The delivery time will be only 3 days and the car will be delivered at your home address with all the books, receipts, extra keys and tools. Also it will come with a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name, bill of sale and all the papers that you will need to register it under your name. The US clear title and the bill of sale will be already signed by me and also a sale receipt signed at a legal attorney stating that I’m selling you this car. After they will confirm me that the payment is in their custody i will start the shipping process asap. You will have 5 days to inspect the car and I get the money from eBay after you make sure everything is ok and decide to keep it. If you don’t like the car and want to return it, I will arrange to ship it back (on my costs) and you will be 100% refunded by eBay. I’m sure it won’t be the case because it’s a state of art car inside and out. The car has been crated and is ready for shipping because the loan of my previous buyer from North Dakota didn’t get approved so there won’t be any additional shipping costs. Now the car is located in US to the eBay Center in Bismarck, ND and is ready to be delivered to a real and serious customer. If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name and the address where you want the car to be delivered and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.
I would also appreciate your effort of letting me know whether you are interested or not.
Thank you,

David Morrison.

This world sickens me on people like this who lurk on people who might not know.

Melo
March 15th, 2011

Hello,
I`m Maj. Ashley Williams. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 87,109 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56663A102462 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Automatic Transmission Premium Sound With CD Changer Sunroof Dual Zone Climate Control Air Conditioning Climate Control Heated Seats Tilt Steering Wheel Traction Control
Clock Cruise Control Leather Shifter Leather Steering Wheel Power Driver’s Seat Power Locks Power Mirrors Power Steering Power Windows Privacy Glass / Tinted Windows Steering Wheel
Here are the pics of the car :
http://s1232.photobucket.com/albums/ff363/2003haccordexoo/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)
As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and UK. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,600 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Respectfully,
Ashley Williams
Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794
scammes email was discute7@gmail.com

nicole24302
March 17th, 2011

Hello,
I`m SSgt. Susan Williams. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 6 – Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 47,000 miles. The VIN# is 1hgcm66803a050494 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Sunroof Leather Seats CD Player Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Side Airbags Air Conditioning
Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows Power Seats
Here are the pics of the car:
http://s1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/20011accord/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and UK. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,500 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Respectfully,
SSgt. Susan Williams

recievd that today

MCraw
March 18th, 2011

I responded to a Craigslist ad for a 2003 Toyota RAV 4. I found nothing when I did a Google search by name, email, situation, etc. – so I continued to correspond to see what i’d get. It, too, is a scam. “Emma” is very creative with her grief story!

EMMA KEAN, emma.kean@live.com

My name is Emma Kean, I’m emailing you regarding the 2003 Toyota RAV4 that I have for sale. The suv is in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever, never been involved in any accidents. The interior looks great (smoke-free). It has 49,087 miles, automatic transmission, 2.0L 4 Cylinders, Black exterior and Gray interior. It has a clear title with no loans or liens on it. I’m selling the suv because my 21′s years old son died 2 months ago in a car accident. A drunk driver hit him and his fiancee. He was with his fiancee’s car coming to our home at his little brother birthday. It was his car and it brings me bad memories and that’s the reason I want to sell it as soon as possible. The total price of the Rav4 is $2,800.00.
Here are the pictures with the car : http://s1222.photobucket.com/albums/dd494/03ToyotaRAV4/?albumview=slideshow&direction=reverse
I am the first owner and I can provide VIN # JTEGH20V630119847 to check on your own, also I can send you more details too. Just let me know if you are still interested and where are you located .

Thank you,
Emma

Just received an email that the car is in Miami and ready to ship! Unreal!

Hope this helps someone!

deb
March 19th, 2011

Hello,

First of all I would like to thank you for your interest in my car. This 2003 Volvo XC90 with 78 K miles runs and drives excellent. It has a 2,9 litres engine with 6 cylinders 268 hp @5100 rpm, it takes 20 mpg City and 25 mpg Hwy. This car has been extremely well maintained with a full service history. It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all. I am the first owner of this car but it with a clear title. All regular maintenance was performed at an authorized garage.
I have dropped my price to $2,900 (purchase price), since this is an Urgent Sale! At the moment I’m stationed at Reno/Tahoe IAP(ANGB), Nevada Air National Guard / 152nd Airlift Wing making final preparations before deploying to Afghanistan. If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner email me your name and shipping address to open a case with eBay’s Buyer Protection Program and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 5 days inspection period before committing to buy it. In this way both, buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

If you want more pictures let me know.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Corporal Barbara Willhem
Reno/Tahoe IAP(ANGB)
Nevada Air National Guard / 152nd Airlift Wing

Jamiel
March 25th, 2011

Hi the same thing happened to me. I’m an ebay lover so I called ebay and asked them did they do business like that and they told me it was a scam and to send everything that htey had sent to me to them. So I was looking on craiglist about a week later and saw the same car in another state with a different email address. An ebay doesn’t even have an agent. You would think that they would do some research before doing there scams. Im just grateful that they didnt get me.

Ms V
March 27th, 2011

thank you guy so much now i know this is a scam i was really excited but guess not no more now i know to make sure to ignore her next email

Karen
April 4th, 2011

Same thing different car. Nice pics though. Looks official. Someone in the military would likely use their military email so seem more official.

Listed on craigslist:

From b1997sb@aol.com

Hi,

Thanks for replying to my ad. I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I have a family emergency and I need to sell it before April 16th. My name is Michelle. I’m an Air Force Staff Sergeant stationed at an AF Base in Anchorage, Alaska. The car is here with me.

This 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS has 69,470 miles, 1-OWNER, Campanella White with Tan Lether Interior, Automatic Transmission, Engine 1.8L L4. Air Conditioning, Sunroof, It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained… The title is clear without any accidents, liens or loans. Non-smoker. It is rust free, salt free and has a clean undercarriage.

Gas saver. Fuel economy with this mix is 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway. Here you can find more pictures of the car: http://s1204.photobucket.com/home/glx_pics/index
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

The price is $2,990. If you want to buy this car I will take care of the delivery to your door (with an AF cargo plane) and I will offer 5 days to inspect the vehicle and take it to your machanic from the moment you receive it (and the option to accept or reject it), before I’ll have your money. So if you need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you.
SSgt. Michelle Williams

Duane
April 5th, 2011

I wish I had read this just a few minutes ealier. I have sent my information, but no money. ALL the text about the vehicle is almost identicle. The only reason I ran across this is because I had submitted the VIN # and was looking for the color of the vehicle. So, I had “1HGCM56663A102462 color” in the Norton’s search box.

Duane
April 5th, 2011

I got the hat-trick (3 of a kind). The scammers who I got hold of:
markwilliam13@gmail.com
and probably
bydesign.72@googlemail.com (moving to Portugal)
ltusarmy@gmail.com

BR
April 5th, 2011

The scammers now re-list flagged ads on Craigslist as soon as they are flagged, some post the same scam ad 10-15 times so that they remain posted.

It strikes me odd that after all the information that the FBI and other agencies MUST have, the scams are increasing in magnitude with no end in site.

It should not matter that they may be developed overseas, there should be methods to ensure wire transfers are monitored to halt these thieves. I had heard that they are stealing upwards of two million dollars from US citizens everyday using these SCAM ads, and our law enforcement is unable to slow this? Something is indeed wrong if or tax dollars can’t get decent protection from this illegal activity, very very wrong. What do we need to do to stop this??

Aditi Maharaj
April 6th, 2011

So I fell for this and sent money. I am so so angry and upset. The person wrote the same crap exact the name is Ashley Williams. I have lost 1500 dollars. Is there anyone who can help me. I filed a police report but I do not know if they will help me get the money back. I feel like an idiot. I wished I did more research but I saw ebay and thought it was save sigh. Please help!

Matthew
April 9th, 2011

David Morrison (david.morrison58@gmail.com)

Hi,
My name is David, thanks for questioning me regarding the 2006 Acura TSX Automatic which I have for sale. The car has original miles, clear title and it’s accident free. As you can see from the pictures everything is just great, NO problems at all, all the mechanical/engine is working great, the interior and exterior looks like new. I’m the registered owner with the title in hand and also the car is paid off and there is no lien on it.
I’m in the Army and now I am in United Kingdom and that’s why I couldn’t reply in time. I know that the price is kinda low but trust me, I am forced to sell it, in normal conditions I wouldn’t do that because I like it very much so.. I am selling the car because I am here in UK with my work, and my squadron will be deployed in two weeks in Libya and I think I’ll stay there for a while…that’s why I’m selling it under market value. I will not consider trading it for other product because I need cash, the price is not negotiable so please don’t email me if you don’t have all the money avail or if you’re looking for a trade. If you do want the car email me so we can arrange all the proper things, delivery, cash and documents exchange.
I have more pictures hosted on the internet and you can see them at:
http://s1131.photobucket.com/albums/m545/2006acuratsk2006_001/#
VIN: JH4CL96976C014501
Miles: 42,750
Price: $2,900 USD
Sincerely appreciative,
David Morrison.
————————————————
U.S. Army. David Morrison – USACE

Matt
April 9th, 2011

morrisbrid1@gmail.com on behalf of Katherine Cook (katy238@aol.com)

Thanks for replying to my ad. I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I have a family emergency and I need to sell the SUV ASP.
My name is Katherine. I’m an Air Force Tech. Sgt.

2005 Toyota 4Runner SR5, Low miles only 50,536…4Runners are some of the best driving and rock solid SUV’s you will find. The smooth 407L V6 offers plenty of power for a smooth and swift drive and is as bullet proof as they come. This 4Runner is loaded with ,4WD, Sunroof, JBL Premium Audio, full power, and much more.

Here you can find more pictures of the Suv: http://s1114.photobucket.com/albums/k538/75499005687303/?start=all
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

It is still available for sale, if interested, price as stated in the ad $2,990. If you want to buy this SUV I will take care of shipping. Shipping will be door to door, to your home address and I will offer 5 days to inspect the vehicle from the moment you receive it (and the option to accept or reject it on my expense), before I’ll have your money. So if you need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you

Staff Sgt. Katherine Cook

Matt
April 9th, 2011

Jane Raymond (janeraymd@gmail.com)

Hello ,

Thank you for being interested in buying my 2004 Acura TL 3.2 ,Automatic transmission, white,VIN # 19UUA66214A032077.
Only 85,200 miles, beautiful condition in and out. Paint shines ,zero dings/dents,no accident. Non-smoker,always garaged and covered.
The vehicle is registered on my name and the title is clear (no lien). It comes with all the documents needed for registration and title.
The vehicle is located in Easton, PA and will be shipped from there.The price that I am asking for the vehicle is US $1,700.
I have recently moved to Portugal with my job and my family.I was hoping to take the vehicle here but when I found out how much shipping and registration would be I have changed my mind. I want to sell it in US because is located and still registered there.
I want to take this opportunity to assure you that this deal is 100% legitimate,the financial part of this deal will be manage by a third party.So if you decide to buy my vehicle or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.
I look forward to hear back from you soon.
Thank you and have a great day,

Jane Raymond

Matt
April 9th, 2011

Jeanna Gordon (annapgordon@gmail.com)

Hello,
I`m SSgt. Jeanna Gordon. You have to know that the 2006 Toyota Camry XLE V6 Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 74,100 miles. The VIN# is 4T1BF30K66U626479 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. Exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Sunroof Leather Seats CD Player Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Side Airbags Air Conditioning
Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows Power Seats
Here are the pics of the car:
https://picasaweb.google.com/101838286608772463645/Toyota?feat=directlink
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

I am located in London, United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and UK. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is $1,900, but you will have to pay for the eBay transaction about $100. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.


Respectfully,

SSgt. Jeanna Gordon
SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

Matt
April 9th, 2011

1999 MERCEDES C43 – $2995

eb shop (plutamare@gmail.com)

Hi,
This car is in perfect condition without any mechanical problems, with no damages or hidden defects, no need for additional repairs). I`m a single mother with 2 children because I just got divorced and I decided to move with my parents in Anchorage, Alaska to begin a new life. The vehicle is here with me. It was awarded to me in our divorce and I don’t need anything related to my husband, that’s why I am selling it so cheap. I also need money for new arrangements and i need to sell it as soon as possible! My final price on it is $2995. Let me know if you are still interested so we can make arrangements to finish this deal.

Matt
April 9th, 2011

Angela Holder (angela.holder11@gmail.com)

Hi,
I am emailing you regarding the 1999 Honda Accord EX. The vehicle looks and works perfect. As you see it has a lot of options. No hidden problems and never involved in any kind of accidents, ONLY 75,086 miles. Because of my divorce settlement,i own this car and as a woman without driver`s license i don`t need it so i`m trying to get rid of it as soon as possible(that`s why i`m selling it so cheap) so the first one came is the first one served. The sale will be managed by eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program for our own protection as they act as a neutral third part. This is the second time when I try to sell my vehicle…First time I tried eBay because every time I only use 100% safe methods and I’ve sent the vehicle through the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program to a buyer from Alaska. I paid the shipping and insurance costs and when eBay requested the payment he refused to pay. Why? … because he agreed to purchase the Vehicle in the first place, but typically didn’t had the necessary amount to do so. …if you don’t have the funds available, you can’t get the vehicle. For the time being, my vehicle is on eBay’s hand and it’s ready to be delivered to the next buyer. My price on it is $1,600. The eBay auction ended last week and the guy from Alaska was the winning bidder. He could not pay for it. I need a new buyer to register to my eBay transaction. The vehicle and its documents are in the DAS auto shipping warehouse waiting to be delivered. It’s fully paid for, fully functional, the title is clean. Shipping, insurance and eBay fees have been paid since the previous transaction. I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will get a 15 days testing period after delivery. The transaction will be made only through eBay. eBay will be the third party that will hold the money till you will receive and inspect the car. If the car meets your expectations and you want to keep it you will have to tell them to release me the payment details so I can get paid. Reply me with your full name and shipping address so eBay can contact you regarding the payment and shipping process.
Let me know your thoughts,

Thanks,

Erin
April 11th, 2011

Hi,

Thanks for replying to my ad. I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I have a family emergency and I need to sell it before April 18th. My name is Michelle. I’m an Air Force Staff Sergeant stationed at an AF Base in Anchorage, Alaska. The car is here with me.

This 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS has 69,470 miles, 1-OWNER, Campanella White with Tan Lether Interior, Automatic Transmission, Engine 2.0L L4. Air Conditioning, Sunroof, It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained… The title is clear without any accidents, liens or loans. Non-smoker. It is rust free, salt free and has a clean undercarriage.

Gas saver. Fuel economy with this mix is 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway. Here you can find more pictures of the car: http://s1195.photobucket.com/home/gls_pics/index
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

The price is $2,990. If you want to buy this car I will take care of the delivery to your door (with an AF cargo plane) and I will offer 5 days to inspect the vehicle and take it to your machanic from the moment you receive it (and the option to accept or reject it), before I’ll have your money. So if you need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you.
SSgt. Michelle Williams

Rae
April 17th, 2011

I got one as well, I was suspicious from the start, just cause of the low price. The ad looked pretty belivable, it was not unlike other real ads I’ve seen on there. This was my email back:

From: Matthew Walker
Hi,

I am selling this beautiful, well maintained 2004 Honda Accord EX because my brigade will deploy for 14 months to Afghanistan. I’m under enormous time pressure cause I need to sell it fast, before 25th of April that being the reason for selling it so low. It is in immaculate condition, non-smoker, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident…I do have the title, clear, under my name. It is gently used with only 51,120 miles !

It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $2800. The car is located in Severna Park, MD and in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.

Here you can see around 40 pictures: http://s1140.photobucket.com/albums/n562/2004HondaAccordEXlikenew1/?start=all

Thank you
Sgt.Matthew Walker

Played along and asked if they could give me an address so I could have a family member in the area look at it. No response so far…

Thank you whoever posted this thread so I could find out early, and sorry to all those that lost money. This whole scam is disgusting.

Ryan
April 18th, 2011

I almost thought they were too good to be true. Here are 3 email addresses to avoid be scammed by. I googled the first email and it belongs to a guy who died 9 years ago in california.
SGT Matthew Davis
larisa sonya
John M.Dugann

Lorianna
April 21st, 2011

I really wish I saw this earlier , my dad was buying me my first car and he told me to look for a cheap car on craigslist ; I came across a really nice offer from ‘susan williams’ I sent the money like 3 months ago and today I had the time to do research and I found out it was a scam; I began to cry because I realized I not only lost my $2000 but I don’t have a car .

Meika
April 25th, 2011

Another for everyone!
b1997sb@aol.com

She was Staff Sergent Michelle Williams, stationed to Anchorage, Alaska, and hoping to pay for her sister’s medical bills. >_> Eek.

Safe buying!

Peter
May 2nd, 2011

Hi I recently came across this listing in the raleigh area. Thank you for preventing me from getting scammed !

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/cto/2355258962.html

here is what she said in her email

The 2007 Honda Accord is still available for sale for 4,000$,it’s a great looking, and hard to find car considering the price.This Honda Accord is accident free, it has 57,500 miles, the exterior shines, never dropped, the mechanical performance is flawless, and it has plenty of power with the 4 cyl engine. It shifts smoothly and handles great too!.Because of my divorce settlement,i own this car and as a woman without driver`s license i don`t need it so i`m trying to get rid of it as soon as possible (that`s why i`m selling it so cheap). We will use eBay Protection Program for our safety, i want only legit transactions. Let me know where are yo located,maybe we can organize an inspection. Have a great day!

sent through: teresa.carrillo@msn.com

please be careful everyone!

FK
May 12th, 2011

Sent from tunerlawley@gmail.com

Hello,

Thank you for being interested in buying my 2005 Honda Accord EX Sedan. It has 38,940 miles. VIN: 1HGCM66555A074654. The vehicle is registered on my name and has a clean title (no lien). It is in great condition, no dents or scratches. It was always garaged and the regular maintenance was done in time. It wasn’t involved in any accident and has never suffered any kind of damage.
Also this is a non-smoker car.
I’m an US Air Force Lieutenant currently stationed in Eielson Air Force Base getting ready for Afghanistan so I can’t arrange a viewing because I can’t leave the base. Eielson Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located approximately 26 miles southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska. I can have the car delivered to your address in about 4-5 days. The car is already at our Military Logistic Department crated and ready to go.
The car comes with all the documents that you need to register it in your name including transferable title, bill of sale in your name, car’s manual. The final price is $2,800.00 including shipping. My wife just gave birth to my forth kid; I need all the money I can get to leave to her. Also, I hope to sell the car before we depart to Afghanistan.
Since we can’t end this deal face to face I decided to make this transaction through eBay Vehicle Protection Program. If you are not aware of this program, you should know that it will allow you to test drive and inspect the car before paying me. You will have a 5 days inspection period to decide whether you want to keep the car or not before they release the funds to me. If you don’t know how does the eBay Vehicle Protection Program works please let me know so I can help you. I used it several times and everything was perfect.
I don’t want to offend you, but the car is priced for a quick sale, so please, if you intend to apply for a loan or financing do not reply to this message!

Look forward to hearing back from you.
Lt. Tuner Lawley

Nicole
May 25th, 2011

ANGELA HOLDER IS A SCAMMER! thank goodness i found this site. “she” sent me the exact same message except the milage was lower which wouldnt be right because i just emailed her and she responded the next day, so it would be either 72,000 like in the message above or higher, the milage would not be lower! scam!

—–> HERE IS THE MESSAGE “ANGELA HOLDER” SENT ME BACK

On May 25, 2011, at 4:42 PM, Angela Holder wrote:

Hi,
I am emailing you regarding the 1999 Honda Accord EX. The vehicle looks and works perfect. As you see it has a lot of options. No hidden problems and never involved in any kind of accidents, ONLY 62,086 miles. Because of my divorce settlement,i own this car and as a woman without driver`s license i don`t need it so i`m trying to get rid of it as soon as possible(that`s why i`m selling it so cheap) so the first one came is the first one served. The sale will be managed by eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program for our own protection as they act as a neutral third part. This is the second time when I try to sell my vehicle…First time I tried eBay because every time I only use 100% safe methods and I’ve sent the vehicle through the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program to a buyer from Alaska. I paid the shipping and insurance costs and when eBay requested the payment he refused to pay. Why? … because he agreed to purchase the Vehicle in the first place, but typically didn’t had the necessary amount to do so. …if you don’t have the funds available, you can’t get the vehicle. For the time being, my vehicle is on eBay’s hand and it’s ready to be delivered to the next buyer. My price on it is $1,500. The eBay auction ended last week and the guy from Alaska was the winning bidder. He could not pay for it. I need a new buyer to register to my eBay transaction. The vehicle and its documents are in the DAS auto shipping warehouse waiting to be delivered. It’s fully paid for, fully functional, the title is clean. Shipping, insurance and eBay fees have been paid since the previous transaction. I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will get a 15 days testing period after delivery. The transaction will be made only through eBay. eBay will be the third party that will hold the money till you will receive and inspect the car. If the car meets your expectations and you want to keep it you will have to tell them to release me the payment details so I can get paid. Reply me with your full name and shipping address so eBay can contact you regarding the payment and shipping process.
Let me know your thoughts,

Thanks,

karen r
June 8th, 2011

Fight Back!
1.First flag scam ads a bunch of times in “prohibited” and ” spam,overposted”.
Craigslist will remove it with about 10 flags.
2. Email craigslist with the reference mumbers and tell them they are fraud ads.
3. Google the email addresses and post them if they are not on the scammer list.
4. Google the car..such as…craigslist 2007 honda civic and you will see how many cities the same car is being posted. Flag those and email craigslist with reference numbers. They can ban the ip addresses and will shut them down. They will probably come back on line but at least you blocked them for some time. Craigslist also has an fraud email…I think it is….abuse@craigslist.com.
5. Engage in dialog with them to purchase a car, with another email account. They will tell you to wire money to a person in some city. That person must have an ID to pick up the funds. Contact that police dept and let them know who that person is.

Brian C.
June 14th, 2011

HERE IS A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT TACT — OCEANOGRAPHER FROM LAREDO — THAT WE RECEIVED TO A RECENT INQUIRY:

From: Jennifer Lewis
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 08:14:00 -0700
To: Subject: Re: 2007 Honda CRV-EXL

Hi,

I have received your email regarding the Honda CRV-EXL . The car is still for sale and the asking price is only $3,100 because it’s an urgent sale. It is a 2007 model, 33,600 miles, VIN# JHLRE38727C016501. The car was very well maintained and it has just been serviced. Tastefully upgraded, always garaged, never ridden hard.
As I’m an oceanographer I was sent on the ice cap over the arctic ocean to collect data about pollution from the nuclear plant destroyed in Japan, so I left the car in Laredo, TX at the shipping company, it’s already packed to be shipped anywhere in US.
Delivery is included in this price as I almost closed the deal with a customer but in the end he was unable to pay for it. I’ve made a contract with eBay, to be able to sell the car as soon as possible. If you want to buy it just let me know your full name and address so I can open a case. You must know that eBay will contact you without any obligation to buy it or fees. If you have any question, or you need more details or photos, just let me know.

Thank you,
Jennifer

jmb
June 23rd, 2011

We almost fell for this scam but i did some research so watch out people!

Hi,

Thanks for replying to my ad. I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I have a family emergency and I need to sell it ASP. My name is Juliet. I’m an Air Force Staff Sergeant stationed at the Hickam AF Base, Honolulu, Hawaii. The vehicle is here with me.

I’m the original owner. It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident…I do have the title, clear, under my name. Non-smoker. It is rust free, salt free and has a clean undercarriage.

This 2005 Toyota 4Runner Sport V8 Body type:SUV Engine: 4.7L 8 Cylinder Gasoline Fuel Exterior color: White
Transmission: Automatic Fuel type: Gasoline Interior color: Black Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive and more…
VIN: JTEZT14R550021703
Mileage: 96,200 miles
Here you can find more pictures of the car: http://s1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff381/toyota4rrrunner05/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $2,450. If you want to buy this car I will take care of shipping. Shipping will be door to door, to your home address and I will offer 5 days to inspect the vehicle from the moment you receive it (and the option to accept or reject it on my expense), before I’ll have your money. So if you need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you
SSgt.Juliet Holdin

SECOND EMAIL

Hi again,

As I’ve told you, at this moment I am in hawaii in a military base. I do a special training program each day and I am not allowed to get out of the unit or call whenever I want. The reason I’m selling this vehicle way below market value, is because I would like to help ease the burden of my sisters medical expenses, which she has acquired due to a serious illness.

The shipping will take 3 to 5 days and it’s not a problem because I will have the car shipped by an Air Force cargo plane so there won’t be any additional shipping costs. Also I will arrange for a truck to transport the vehicle to your home address. You will receive it along with all the documents including title, bill of sale, 2 set of keys, full service records and more. Because it is a large transaction, we will complete the deal only using an authorized third part like eBay because I already prearranged the whole process with them. The vehicle is located in their warehouse in Honolulu (sealed and ready for delivery). The money must be sent first to an eBay agent and will be kept safe until the buyer receives and inspects the vehicle. I will offer a 5-day period to inspect the car from the moment you receive it (and the option to accept or reject the vehicle on my expense), before I’ll have your money. I think this is more than fair for both of us.

If you are still interested just send me your full name and shipping address. I will forward your info to eBay and they will notify you about our deal. They will let you know what you have to do for the payment. Like this you’ll be able to talk directly with them and ask all you want to know.

Thank you
FAKE EMAIL—–>juliet.holdik@gmail.com

Sharon
June 27th, 2011

Same Jennifer Lewis, same 2007 Honda CRV, but now she’s in Spain, getting ready to go to Iraq, and the car is in MD! Here’s the e-mail I received:

from jnnflewis@gmail.com

From: Jennifer Lewis
Subject: Re: 2007 Honda CRV for sale
Date: June 27, 2011 11:25:09 PM EDT

Hi,

I’ve received your email regarding the 2007 Honda CR-V EX-L , runs and drives excellent. It has been extremely well maintained with a full service history. Only 33,600 miles! Transmission is Automatic shifts smoothly, the Honda has all of its original floor mats, all books, complete set of tools and keys. Everything works in the car lights, gauges, radio, seats, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc… It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title free of encumbrances and liens. I bought it when i was serving in Fort Belvoir, U.S. Army base near Bethesda, MD and now I am deployed in Madrid, Spain. The suv will be delivered from MD, US.
I have dropped my price to $3,100 (purchase price) since this is an Urgent Sale! and I need to sell it before July 14th, when I will be deployed in Iraq with my platoon replacing the troops scheduled to come home. If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner email me your: Full Name, Shipping address and #Phone to open a case with eBay. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 10 days inspection period before committing to buy the suv. In this way both, buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

Hope to hear from you soon!
Sgt. Lewis, Jennifer

PS: For more pictures of the vehicle, see my album: http://s1189.photobucket.com/albums/z424/Hondacrv07/

I e-mailed back with more questions, and asking if I could just drive to see it and pay for it there, why do we need e-bay, and who is handling the title. I’m waiting for her response.

I’m soooo glad I found this, thank you!

Kayla Peters
July 2nd, 2011

danny.keller84@gmail.com

Thank you for your interest in my car I am selling it because I will soon go on a second tour in Afghanistan and I don’t want it getting old in my garage. I will be gone for the next 12 months. The price is low because I need to sell it before we deploy, at the middle of July. The vehicle is in great condition and runs great. It only has 78,347 highway miles on it. It has never been wrecked and never smoked in. I had serviced it only at the local dealer. Maintenance records are available. Clear title in hand. You can see more pictures of the vehicle here:
http://s1141.photobucket.com/albums/n597/myniceavalon/
If you decide to buy it I will be paying for the shipping charges. The total price is $2,840.00 with no other hidden taxes. Please email me back if you are interested in buying it.
Danny

I am in a currently stationed at Malmstrom Base,MT. We are getting ready for Afghanistan. We are in the final stage of our training and we are not allowed to use the phone during this period. This is supposed to keep us focused on our trainings. I am only allowed to check my email few times a day. I hope you can understand that we will have to stick to email for now. The vehicle is here with me at the base but I’ve already made all the arrangements with DAS to pick it up from the base. DAS will also handle the title transfer for an extra $75.00. Being in the army has some advantages and one of them is the fact that I can ship it very cheap. I will pay for the shipping charges, as I’ve said in my first email. I think I can have it there in 3-5 business days.
I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will give a 3 days testing period after delivery. During that 3 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested in buying it so I can ask eBay to send you the details on how this works. I have to fill out a form on eBay and I need the name that will go on the title and an address where you want the car delivered. Once I do it, eBay will email you all the details on this transaction and we can get the ball rolling.
Danny

Estelle
July 10th, 2011

RE : 2003 Toyota Corolla s
I emailed this lady to inquire about a Toyota that I found on craigslist and received the following response:

FROM:
Kathyrn May

Hello,
Sorry for my little delayed response, but I’m in UK right now and I have been very busy. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying the car. Why is the price so low? I am going trough a divorce, and I had to move in London, UK. I cannot register the car here, as it is made for USA , according to USA standards. So all that I want to do now is to sell the car at this price, because I need to sell it fast (I’ve already made a deposit here to buy me another). The title is clean and you will have absolutely no problems to register the car. It is in immaculate condition, rust free, no scratch and hasn’t been involved in any accident. It has 138400 miles. The motor runs very well (4 Cylinder), transmission automatic. The interior looks great (NO SMOKING). This car needs nothing. I want this transaction to go smoothly enough as I am caught in the middle of some very important events and have little time at my disposal. I already have tones of emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out. The price is $2,400.00 USD and I’ll take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying the car, to be sure that I don’t waste my time with endless discussions. This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions.

For more pictures please click on the link below:
http://www.use.com/58d9dba12451300c02e2

So if you are interested please email me.
Regards!

Tiffany
July 13th, 2011

I’m a college student and I was in need of a car like seriously and I had cash in hand and this just hurt my feelings knowing that they was going to really screw me over like this. Luckily both of my parents are military, so they advised me not to get it.

Here’s the stupid message:
Hello,
I`m SSgt. Susan Williams. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 6 – Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 47,597 miles. The VIN# is 1hgcm66803a050494 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Sunroof Leather Seats CD Player Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Side Airbags Air Conditioning
Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows Power Seats
Here are the pics of the car:
http://s1140.photobucket.com/albums/n566/2003HondaAccord_EX/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in London, United kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and UK. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,500 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Respectfully,
SSgt. Susan Williams
SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

KEITH
July 13th, 2011

Thanks for the help, this person tried to suck me in, but I did a little research and found your comments and it was just as you said. (See below)

ME

Hello can you tell me if this car is still available? I understand you are a dealer, do you offer financing?

Thanks.

On Wed, 7/13/11, patricia wilson wrote:

The car is available to sale and the final price is $1,850. The vin is 19UUA66214A032077. The car has 94,540 miles on it. My current location is in Portugal, my husband and I just moved here due our jobs. The car is in Easton, PA at the shipping company ready to be shipped anywhere. If you need more info about engine, pics, etc. just ask me.
So if you’re still interested, just let me know asap and we will discuss the transaction procedure.

ME

Is the car in runing condition? Does it need any type of work? Do you have more pics?

On Wed, 7/13/11, patricia wilson wrote:

The car is in perfect condition, I’ve to pay a mortgage deadline, that’s the reason why is so cheap.Let me show you how this works:
1. -After you’ll give me your full name and shipping address(where you want to receive the car),I’ll initiate the transaction
2. -eBay will contact you with all info you need regarding shipping and payment instructions
3. -You will confirm the payment to ebay
4. -I will contact the shipping company to start the shipping( I’LL PAY THE SHIPPING COSTS)
5. -You’ll receive the car in front of your door with the bill of sale received from eBay.
6. -You’ll have 5 days inspection period; after inspection period,if you are not satisfied,contact ebay and send the car back,you will not be charged for shipping it back!
7. -If you decide to keep it ,just contact ebay to release me the funds, I will not receive any money until you have received and inspected the car.
This is the process. If you agree with these terms send me your full name and your full home address and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. They will send you the payment instructions and shipping details.

Thank you.

2004 ACURA TL
Date: 2011-07-12, 5:58PM

Also her email on Craigslist was wilson.p@msn.com

2004 Acura TL $ 1850

Vehicle DETAILS
Engine: 6 Cyl. 3.2
Condition: Used
Exterior Color: Black
Model: TL
Stock Number: C6724A
Transmission: Automatic
VIN: XXXXXXXXXXXX
Year: 2004
Body Style: 4 Dr Sedan
Make: ACURA
Warranty: No
Mileage: 58k

Vehicle DESCRIPTION
An economical sport sedan thats fun to drive and is great on gas! Features include a fuel efficien 3.2L 6 cyl engine, automatic transmission, power locks & windows, anti-lock brakes, traction control, air conditioning, power outside mirrors, AM/FM radio with CD player and an auxiliary input jack for your ipod or mp3 player. Also includes onstar capabilities. Get ready for summer! Contact, email or stop in today. Wilson Patricia (716)791-XXXX x238

Lynne Lee
July 26th, 2011

I feel lucky to have found your site, as I’m now amazed I almost took a bite into this scam. Guess it shows what you’ll consider doing when money or needing to save it is at stake, in almost falling for this ‘too good to be true’ car offer.

This letter didn’t involve someone stating they were in the military, but did indicate their being out of the country.. this time Scotland. And I found the ad through a car finder site, not craigslist. Once I googled her email address, per your suggestion, I found the car ad popping up in a multitude of cities and sites, as well as through another email address as far back as Oct.’10… the same car with the exact same mileage. Amazing.. it’s still available!

Note the new option for payment, this time not through Ebay, but a money broker called MoneyBookers (they exist). The ad I responded to was from bayareacarfinders.com. I’d sent almost 10 messages rerquesting info on used car ads to that site and she was the only responder. Think it’s a bogus site, as the same car shows up in several cities, with little, if any seller info.

her current email addr: jersy.wilson@hotmail.com
& one using the same car/mileage last fall:
jessicadawson2011@yahoo.com

Beware!
Lynne

Below is the response I’d rec’vd after I’d shown initial interest.
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Reply | Jersy Wilson to me
show details Jul 25 (2 days ago)

Hi ,
Look how we will do this step:

Before leaving I had prearranged shipping and also the payment with MoneyBookers. so my presence in USA isn’t necessary(The car is locked in a (MoneyBookers warehouse Montgomery AL ready for delivery).The price of car $2,600 includes all the shipping costs and insurance, so you won’t have to pay any extra charges ok.
Here is what I suggest: we will use MoneyBookers which acts like an escrow service , you make a deposit of 40% the price of the car in a MoneyBookers managed trust fund ( they hold the money until you receive the car ), I send the car over( the car will be delivered with the title, owner’s manual, 2 sets of keys, service records, and of course the bill of sale authorised and signed by me),I will offer a 14 day period from the day you receive it from the shipping company,you can inspect it, take it to a mechanic to check it out, drive it and then if you decided to keep it, you’ll confirm to MoneyBookers the sale so that they can start paying me and then you send me the remaining money. If, by any reason, you will not be satisfied with it ( even though I can assure you that it is exactly as described), you can return it at my expense for a full refund of your money, no questions asked.I think this is more than fair for the both of us.
NOTE: The deposit (down payment) is refundable, and is just a security measure, to make sure that you are serious, and that I am not going to ship the car, and loose time and money.

So if you are really interested to go ahead with the deal, please reply with your data as requested bellow ,

Full name………?
Home address……?
Country………?
State/City…….?
Zip Code……?
Phone number…….?

And Your shipping address so I can ask MoneyBookers to open a case! After, they will contact you explaining all the details regarding the payment..
I’m looking forward to hear from you.

steven
July 31st, 2011

this is the email i got
Hey,

I am selling this car because my unit will be sent back to Afghanistan and don’t want it getting old in my garage. The price is low because I need to sell it before Aug 07th. The car is in great condition and runs great. No damage, no scratches, never involved in an accident. It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad is US $2600 The car is in New Rockford, ND; in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping.
I will ship it with DAS. I will take care of the shipping charges, like I said. I think I can have it there in 2-3 working days. I am a member of the AutoCheck Buyback protection program and using this service you will get a 3 days testing period after delivery.
During that 3 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested in buying it so I can ask AutoCheck to send you the details on how this works. If interested please include in your next email your contact info for AutoCheck (name, address and #) so we can get things started.

Thanks!

the car is 8000 under kbb lol

Pegasso
August 9th, 2011

HERE IS A NEW ONE ON CRAIGSLIST..
BEWARE
Hello,
I`m SSgt. Susan Williams. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 6 – Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 47,597 miles. The VIN# is 1hgcm66803a050494 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Sunroof Leather Seats CD Player Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Side Airbags Air Conditioning
Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows Power Seats
Here are the pics of the car:
http://s1140.photobucket.com/albums/n566/2003HondaAccord_EX/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in London, United kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and UK. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,500 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Respectfully,
SSgt. Susan Williams
SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

Wendy
August 23rd, 2011

BEWARE! Briana Bowen has now moved on to sailboats. We found an unbelievably low price for a 42′ sailboat, so inquired thinking it must be a misprint and here is the response we received. This prompted me to “google it” and find your warnings and others.

Hi,
You have given me the greatest new , lately. Your interest in my boat fits like a glove in this period of my life.I am selling it because tomorrow I will go to my parents home in USA(my husband has just died and all i want is to stay with my family and open a family business with my parents,I st ill have two children that give me strength and reason to start a new life).Importing it in USA is not an option because of the high taxes involved.I hope the new buyer will keep with the boat my husband spirit alive.
My boat is now in Thunder Bay and i will ship from there to all Canada.I used last month and of course the maintenance was done a month ago.

P.S The total price for it including shipping to your door is CAD$15,800.I would like to use eBay Vehicle Protection Program(Safety Bank Account) a third party service to handle this transaction for our own safety.
In case that you are interested regarding my boat then send me your full name and shipping address(street,city,zip code,country) so i could contact eBay with your details to send you more info and all the details.
Thank you and have a lovely day

The saying “if it’s sounds too good to be true it probably is” rings true here.

Heather R
August 24th, 2011

I found the same ad on Craigslist from a SStg. Susan Williams at dort28@gmail.com stationed in Spain. My mom and I thought it was legitimate, so we emailed her back. It was the second email that tipped us off because we included some personal stories (both my grandfathers were also military) and asked her a couple of questions (First we couldn’t get the money until next Monday, so would that be okay. And I asked her about the eBay Buyer Protection because regular eBay Buyer Protection does not cover cars), but she did not respond to them. I also got three emails in a row from “eBay” within minutes, the final one asking me to respond asap, having a german reply email- supportvppsale@live.de and also listed a Spainish eBay Agent to which I was supposed to send the Western Union money (why would US eBay use a Spainish agent?). I am so glad I looked into it before sending the money, though unfortunately I used my professional email with my real name and we gave “her” my mom’s real name and address. We are only sticking to cars with actual towns listed in the ad and googling everyone’s email addresses. Hope this helps someone on the future!

Pastor Alan
September 2nd, 2011

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for this site. I’m loaning money to my nephew (who lives with me and in his early 20s has a tight budget). He keeps sending me links to cars on Craigslist and I simply won’t budge. I know we might miss out on some fantastic deals from legit private sellers, but there’s just too many local scams as well.

We did find a way to look for good deals that that are legit and that’s the authorized State Auction process. A link on our State’s Surplus Property website directed us to: http://www.govdeals.com — where we find many items, including cars, on sale at various prices and in various conditions with various State’s (including ours) backing the sale. I’ve bought stuff from several states on the site which has very strict rules and you can confirm the validity of items through the various government agencies whose cars or computers or whatever is being auctioned. There is also pretty good disclosure of the items histories and conditions.

Two caveats: Read carefully and, if there’s time (and the government agency is close) do a personal inspection at the government location before you bid. Not everything is surplus government property, some are seized items, but the descriptions will tell you and it takes some work to weed through the listings for the good condition vehicles. The City, County and State vehicles often have complete maintenance records. Seized vehicles, however, often have none.

Second, use the “auto bid” feature. I bid on an older, low mileage truck that was used at one of our Correctional Centers (where oddly enough, I used to work). I knew first hand the limited mileage and care that these receive so I thought this was a good idea. At the last moment, tho, somebody outbid me — at the last second.

Sarah Olivieri
September 12th, 2011

It has been 48 hours since I sent $1500 to an “ebay agent” to hold until I receive this car and am satisfied with it, which is when my money will be released to the seller. I never thought to google the seller’s name, but I did go to the ebay motors website, which I thought was legit, however I didn’t dig much deeper because the site was not easy to navigate. I have contacted IC3.gov and western union…too late. The seller also had me fax the western union confirmation to a number in Lexington, Pa, which was supposedly the ebay agent. I feel absolutely stupid, extremely naive, and totally angry. I’m obviously not the only one! Why is this scam still happening if so many people and government agencies know about it?????

Brittany White
September 14th, 2011

dort28@gmail.com nearly had us too with a 2003 Honda Accord EX. just an update, it’s “S.Sgt. Susan WIlliams” in Spain now instead of Brianna Williams in london. We were a day away from sending $1,500.. -_- I am NOT a happy camper right now! We had high hopes, thankfully we found this page. Thanks VERY much to the creator of this blog site! We shall be eternally grateful. =]

Scott Johnson
September 14th, 2011

Happy to help!

Dulyla
September 16th, 2011

BEWARE OF cynthiasidara@hotmail.com selling you a Honda CR-V and her husband that died of a heart attack lol

Scott
September 26th, 2011

Here is another scammer e-mail – nicolegesualdo2000-family@yahoo.com

Here is the message she wrote:

I am selling this 2005 GMC Yukon XL 4×4 7-Passenger SUV. I want to be honest with you, the truck is in perfect condition and runs great has 52,000 miles, is fully equipped with all the usual GMC luxury power options, including Powerful yet Economical 5.3 Liter VORTEC Engine, AWD 4×4 System, Automatic Transmission, title clean. No damage, no scratches, never involved in an accident, clean title, never been wrecked and is in the same shape as the pictures show. Thissuv has always been kept inside the garage through the winter months. This suv has been extremely well maintained with a full service history. Bought it when i was serving Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. and is slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title free of encumbrances and liens.I have dropped my price to $2,490.00 since I need to sell it before October 5th,when I will be deployed in Afghanistan with my platoon replacing the troops schedule to come home.If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner email me your; FULL NAME and SHIPPING ADDRESS & PHONE NUMBER to open a case with eBay and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 7 days inspection period before committing to buy the vehicle. In this way both, buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

The KBB value is about $15,000, but she was only selling it for $2,490. Pretty ridiculous.

Mark M
September 26th, 2011

I got the same one from Corporal Nicole Gesualdo. I assumed they left out the first digit as in 12490.00 which would have been a good deal but 2490.00 is, as the saying goes, “too good to be true”. I got the exact same response as the previous one. When I went back online to report it as spam, the ad is gone but there is a new one from Parker Daniel. Parker.Daniel192@Gmail.com = Scam
I wish these and all scammers pancreatic cancer. Die Scum

Greg N
September 28th, 2011

Here is one from Williams, Marc SSgt. USAF

Hi again,

As I’ve told you, at this moment I am in Alaska in a military base. I do a special training program each day and I am not allowed to get out of the unit or call whenever I want. The reason I’m selling this vehicle way below market value, is because I would like to help ease the burden of my sisters medical expenses, which she has acquired due to a serious illness.

The shipping will take 3 to 5 days and it’s not a problem because I will have the vehicle shipped by an Air Force cargo plane so there won’t be any additional shipping costs. Also I will arrange for a truck to transport the vehicle to your home address. You will receive it along with all the documents including title, bill of sale, 2 set of keys, full service records and more. Because it is a large transaction, we will complete the deal only using an authorized third part like eBay because I already prearranged the whole process with them. The vehicle is located in their warehouse in Anchorage (sealed and ready for delivery). The money must be sent first to an eBay agent and will be kept safe until the buyer receives and inspects the vehicle. I will offer a 5-day period to inspect the vehicle from the moment you receive it (and the option to accept or reject the vehicle on my expense). I think this is more than fair for both of us.

If you are still interested just send me your full name and shipping address. I will forward your info to eBay and they will notify you about our deal. They will let you know what you have to do for the payment. Like this you’ll be able to talk directly with them and ask all you want to know.

Regards

On Sep 27, 2011, at 4:25 PM, Williams, Marc SSgt. USAF wrote:

Hi,

Thanks for replying to my ad. I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I have a family emergency and I need to sell it asap. My name is Marc Williams. I’m an Air Force Staff Sergeant stationed at an AF Base in Anchorage, Alaska. The car is here with me.

I’m the original owner. This is 2005 AUDI A4 2.0T Quattro AWD has 48,492 miles, Gray with Ebony Interior, Automatic,Remote Power Door Locks, Power Windows, Cruise Control, 4-Wheel ABS Brakes, Front Ventilated Disc Brakes, 1st And 2nd Row Curtain Head Airbags, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbag, Audio System Security, Cassette Player With Auto-Reverse, In-Dash 6-Disc CD Player…. Non-smoker. It is rust free, salt free and has a clean undercarriage.

Here you can find more pictures of the car: http://s1229.photobucket.com/home/audia4_forsale1

The price is $2,980. If you want to buy this car I will take care of the delivery to your door (with an AF cargo plane to the nearest AF Base) and I will offer 5 days to inspect the vehicle and take it to your machanic from the moment you receive it (and the option to accept or reject it). So if you need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you.
SSgt. Marc Williams


Hi,

Thanks for replying to my ad. I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I have a family emergency and I need to sell it asap. My name is Marc Williams. I’m an Air Force Staff Sergeant stationed at an AF Base in Anchorage, Alaska. The car is here with me.

I’m the original owner. This is 2005 AUDI A4 2.0T Quattro AWD has 48,492 miles, Gray with Ebony Interior, Automatic,Remote Power Door Locks, Power Windows, Cruise Control, 4-Wheel ABS Brakes, Front Ventilated Disc Brakes, 1st And 2nd Row Curtain Head Airbags, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbag, Audio System Security, Cassette Player With Auto-Reverse, In-Dash 6-Disc CD Player…. Non-smoker. It is rust free, salt free and has a clean undercarriage.

Here you can find more pictures of the car: http://s1229.photobucket.com/home/audia4_forsale1

The price is $2,980. If you want to buy this car I will take care of the delivery to your door (with an AF cargo plane to the nearest AF Base) and I will offer 5 days to inspect the vehicle and take it to your machanic from the moment you receive it (and the option to accept or reject it). So if you need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you.
SSgt. Marc Williams

Jed
October 10th, 2011

I know what you mean. I have tested and gotten this or similar for 3 ads and I flag 6 plus a day easy, just in Toledo and detroit. cars bikes and atvs for cheap. anybody know where they live? Tried to take my money and I want to thank them personally. their emails are most of the time in the photo and not typed in the ad.

I have to let you know that i listed all over US because shipping is included in the price.The atvs are at Google Checkout shipping center in Orlando, FL and from there they will be shipped to my buyer’s address. The atvs was listed for sale in an auction on Google Checkout but I have removed the add because of some ‘serious’ buyers . They promised they will buy the atvs from me but they proved not to have the money to pay for it .I have registered the atvs with Google Checkout Vehicle Protection Program and they work only with das auto shippers, so a local pick-up is not an option.This transaction is covered by Google Checkout purchase protection program up to $50,000 and if something goes wrong in this transaction you will be fully refunded. In the invoice you will have the details on how to make a refundable payment and shipping back the atvs will be my concern. I strongly assure you it will not be the case for a refund. I have used the Google Checkout Vehicle Purchase Protection in the past and all my transaction ended successfully. You pay to Google Checkout and they will transfer the funds to me only after you get the atvs.
The financial part of our transaction is going through Google Checkout Purchase Protection Program and here are the steps:
- I need your full name, shipping address and phone#;
- I will forward this information to Google Checkout purchase protection department and they will start our transaction;
- Google Checkout sends you the invoice with payment details for our transaction;
- after they secure the payment, they will notify me and I will start shipping. Shipping will take no more than 5 days (2 days to prepare the shipping and 3 days for the shipping depending on your location).
- after you receive the atvs you will have another 5 days to inspect them.
- when the inspection period ends, Google Checkout contacts you and if there are any issues with the atvs, they will fully refund you within 3 business days and the atvs will be shipped back at my expense. If all is good with the atvs, which I’m sure it will be, they will assist you with the title transfer and release the payment to me.
I have listed all over US because shipping is included in the price.
I apologize if it seems like I’m pushing on this deal but I really want to be sure that everything is clarified before any further steps. I’m a serious seller and I prefer to deal with a serious buyer.
If you agree with these terms, please send me your full name, shipping address and phone number, in order to start the transaction!
I am looking forward to hearing from you.

drew
October 25th, 2011

Hey, nobody buy the 2007 Acura from Brianna.williams44@gmail.com , it’s mine lol! No but in all serious, it was a posting on Boston/Cambridge for a 2007 Acura TSX with 53,800 miles for $4,800. Thanks to this site I found out it was a scam quickly.He/she claimed she just went through a divorce and already set something up through google checkout, the car was in Lincoln NE, and was ready to be shipped. I decided to have a little fun and went along with it. I set everything up and then told her that i had a brother in law who ran an autoshop in Lincoln NE and he wanted to check it out. She never responded.

Velma Bisiriyu
October 26th, 2011

I am glad for your site. Please make sure that this email is published as a scammer. Same “MO” as other scammers. Put your energy into something constructive.

email: gracie.megan@msn.com

Velma B
October 26th, 2011

email address: gracie.megan@msn.com

this person is a scammer. She is already on your scam alert.

rick ziereis
October 27th, 2011

Another scammer at frank.larry@aol.com

ChrisL
November 3rd, 2011

Vehicel has now changed to a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee! Supposedly a WONDERFUL vehicle. Man these people PI$$ me off!!! Her latest is as follows:

Hello,
Thanks for being interested in buying my car. I’m in Lincoln Ne right now and I have been very busy. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying the car.Why is the price so low I am going trough a divorce, and I had to move with my job. So all that I want to do now is to sell the car at this price, because I need to sell it fast.The title is clean and you will have absolutely no problems to register the car.It is in immaculate condition, rust free, no scratch and hasn’t been involved in any accident.It has 59,000 miles(one owner).The motor runs very well (8Cylinder), transmission automatic. The interior looks great (NO SMOKING).This car needs nothing. I want this transaction to go smoothly enough as I am caught in the middle of some very important events and have little time at my disposal.I already have tones of emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out. The price is $2,500 and I’ll take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying the car, to be sure that I don’t waste my time with endless discussions. This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions.

For more pictures please click on the link below
http://www.use.com/fc1f57f85051118c95e5

So if you are interested get back to me on this email address.
Regards!
________________________________________

Leonard C
November 14th, 2011

This one is from: briana.williams44@hotmail.com

Thanks for being interested in buying my car. I’m in Lincoln Ne right now and I have been very busy. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying the car.Why is the price so low I am going trough a divorce, and I had to move with my job. So all that I want to do now is to sell the car at this price, because I need to sell it fast.The title is clean and you will have absolutely no problems to register the car.It is in immaculate condition, rust free, no scratch and hasn’t been involved in any accident.It has 98,015 miles(one owner).The motor runs very well (8Cylinder), transmission automatic. The interior looks great (NO SMOKING).This car needs nothing. I want this transaction to go smoothly enough as I am caught in the middle of some very important events and have little time at my disposal.I already have tones of emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out. The price is $2,400 and I’ll take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying the car, to be sure that I don’t waste my time with endless discussions. This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions.

For more pictures please click on the link below
http://www.use.com/b7b8b1e65a62b913cc57#photo=1

JC
November 17th, 2011

Got hit w/same scam today. Two different ppl (or the same person) on 2 diff. cars/listings both with gmail addresses:

PAM897@gmail.com

Dort28@gmail.com

I guess they’re still at it, the latter email is the one used over a year ago according to the original post.

yoana
November 22nd, 2011

bobkner@co​mcast.net its a fake
Hello,

This 2003 Honda Civic EX with 143,201 miles, runs and drives excellent. Garage Kept, never been in an accident. Free of rust, the engine compartment is clean and no fluid leaks. Complete and verifiable service records. (Coupe,4 Cylinder, 1.7L,VIN #:1HGEM22983L022284).
Engine is running properly and All power equipment is functioning properly.This vehicle has no defects.The exterior/interior is extra clean.
Absolutely no rips, odors or abuse.There is approximately 70% of the tire tread remaining.
This car has been extremely well maintained and it is fully paid. No accident, clear title, free of encumbrances and liens. I am the second owner of the vehicle and purchased it from a dealership in Naperville.

I have dropped my price to $1600 (purchase price) since this is an urgent sale and I need to sell it before 30 November, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan with my platoon replacing the troops scheduled to come home.
I have decided to use eBay for this sale since I am in a military base getting ready for Afghanistan.The car is already at our Military Logistic Department from Fort Stewart, U.S. Army, crated and ready to go. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home. I will offer you a 5 days period to inspect the car from the moment you receive it, before I will have your money. The shipping will be free for you!

If you agree with my price $1600, I need your FULL NAME AND ADDRESS, so I can inform ebay that I have a buyer! Also I will forward your details to them and then you will receive an invoice(with no further obligations or fees). Like this you’ll be able to talk with them directly and ask all you want to know.

Here you will find pics with the car.
http://photobucket.com/2003hondacivic

Hope to hear from you soon,
Please contact me as soon as possible because I don’t know if you receive my emails.
Sgt. Bob Kiner

Jessica knapp
December 1st, 2011

I’m glad I read this. I came across something similar but a different car. It seemed to good to be true and the whole eBay thing led to my suspision.

Amanda.Simpson@gmail.com
Is their email address.

Lisa
December 3rd, 2011

Glad I googled this… Really nice Accord for WAY below market or book value, and seller claimed to be National Guard stationed at Fort Indian Gap PA for training to be deployed to Afghanistan. Email address this person is using is pam897@gmail.com and is going by the name Peter A Merrick.

Jeff
December 3rd, 2011

Got similar scam offer from using email address ges2214@gmail.com. Name used was Tara Pearson.

Phoebe Rogers
December 9th, 2011

We nearly fell for this and it was all very familiar to what you have posted here. This time it was Staff Sergent Susan Williams in Madrid Spain, thanks very much for all the information.

Spencer
December 13th, 2011

I was just about to leave my house to deposit the money when i felt that i needed to search about scams on craiglist. What a LIfe saver. Thanks so much for your comments. HOLY Crap that is out of line to act like you are in the MILITARY and be a scammer.
Helen Adams helenadams11@gmail.com

Maj. Helen Adams

2007 Toyota Camry Scammed
I knew it was to good to be true!

She almost did me wrong for the Holidays!

Michael Coulombe
December 20th, 2011

Here is the e-mail I recieved. They provided me with a carfax of the car. Be very careful this scam is being perfected. Here is the scammers e-mail address: helenadams11@gmail.com

Hello,

This 2007 Toyota Camry XLE, 3.5L V6 FI DOHC 24V, VIN: 4T1BK46K17U510519, runs and drives excellent. It has been extremely well maintained with a full service history, Only 46,602 miles! Transmission is Automatic shifts smoothly.

It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title free of encumbrances and liens. I bought it when i was serving in Mitchel Air Force base in New York and now I am deployed in Spain . The car will be delivered from NY, US.

I have dropped my price to $1,900 (purchase price) since this is an Urgent Sale! and I need to sell it before December 28th, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan with my platoon replacing the troops scheduled to come home.
If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner email me your: Full Name and Shipping address, to open a case with eBay. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by eBay, which means that you will have a 10 days inspection period before committing to buy the car. In this way both, buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

Hope to hear from you soon!
Maj. Helen Adams
PS: I have made a photobucket album for the car : http://photobucket.com/2007ToyotaCamryXLE

Here is also the carfax report: http://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistory/p/Report.cfx?vin=4T1BK46K17U510519&partner=CDM_U

Dee
December 21st, 2011

g4swan@gmail.com

Linda
December 21st, 2011

g4swan@gmail.com

Name:

Gloria Swanson

Address:

Avenida General Peron 32
Madrid 28020
Spain

eBay Motors – Customer Representative Agent:

First Name:

Maria

Last Name:

Morales

Address:

Bravo Murillo 120

City:

Madrid

Postal Code:

28015

Country:

Spain

MJ
January 28th, 2012

just inquiry about an honda accord $1500 on craigslist and this is what they sented back… I am so glad I google this name and uyour ad came up

Thanks alot
MJ

Hello,
I`m SSgt. Melissa Williams. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 87,109 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56663A102462 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
Options:
Automatic Transmission Premium Sound With CD Changer Sunroof Dual Zone Climate Control Air Conditioning Climate Control Heated Seats Tilt Steering Wheel Traction Control
Clock Cruise Control Leather Shifter Leather Steering Wheel Power Driver’s Seat Power Locks Power Mirrors Power Steering Power Windows Privacy Glass / Tinted Windows Steering Wheel
Here are the pics of the car :
http://s1070.photobucket.com/albums/u489/honda03acco/
(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)
As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in Madrid, Spain and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Spain. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,500 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
Respectfully,
Melissa Williams

Kamber
February 7th, 2012

MJ i was looking at that car also. She sent me the same email about it..I was so excited about the car till I googled it. Good thing I learned it was a scam..some people disgust me :(

Alex Frascone
February 13th, 2012

Hi there, Do you know of any free Craig’slist e-books for a beginner? Best wishes

Judy Champion
February 20th, 2012

Sgt Frank Gonzales frnk2gz@gmail.com
7:26 AM (1 hour ago)

to me

Hi there,

The Ford it is in perfect condition, there’s not a scratch or any dents on it. Everything from engine to tires is mint condition. I have a clear title with no liens or loans. I’m selling it low as my medical team will deploy back to Afghanistan on March 10th for a 2 year contract and I won’t let it go to waste in my backyard, therefore I need a fast and reliable buyer. If you decide to buy it I will be paying for the shipping charges. The total price is $2,290.00 with no other hidden taxes. Please email me back if you are interested in buying it.

A few words about the car:
- 2001 Ford F150
- Mileage: 56,155
- Body Style: Extended Cab Pickup
- Exterior Color: Black
- Interior Color: Gray
- VIN: 2FTZX07221CA73763
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Engine: 4.2L V6 12V MPFI OHV
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drivetrain: RWD
- Doors: 4
- Pics available at: http://s1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii567/f1506/

Best Regards,
Senior Medic Sgt. 1st Class Frank Gonzales

BLANCA ESTELA BALTAZAR ORTUÑO
April 12th, 2012

Hi again,

eBay told me that they have sent you the invoice. Let me know if you got it!
You can see in the invoice how to make the payment with the agent who is handling our transaction. Please get back to me asap and inform me when you will be able to make the payment so I can start the delivery to your correct home address.

PS: this reminder may end up in your “Junk E-Mail” or “Bulk” mail folder, depending on your service and mail account settings.

I wait your answer ASAP
Regards!

On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 4:40 AM, BLANCA BALTAZAR ORTUÑO wrote:
Hello

I received your mail and I’ll be waiting for information to complete Ebay business with you.
I would ask if I can send recent photos of the bmw truck so that it can know and be able to appreciate the conditions of the vehicle, I would appreciate the envies metoday.

Thank you.
BLANCA ESTELA BALTAZAR ORTUÑO.

Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 18:17:33 -0700
Subject: Re: Datos
From: gmegan10@gmail.com
To: bonita770310@hotmail.com

Soy mexicana y estuve a punto de ser defraudada por esa misma persona, tengan mucho cuidado paisanos, a qui hay de todo?

I have received your email with the requested details. Right now, I will forward your info along with the rest of the details to eBay and I will open a case about our deal. They will contact you soon and give you more details about terms, buyer protection, payment instructions, shipping, invoice, etc. As soon as I will receive the confirmation from eBay that the payment was made, I will start the shipping process and forward you all the details that you need to track your shipment online. I am looking forward to complete this deal with you!

Many thanks,
Gracie Megan

BLANCA ESTELA BALTAZAR ORTUÑO
April 12th, 2012

Hi again,

eBay told me that they have sent you the invoice. Let me know if you got it!
You can see in the invoice how to make the payment with the agent who is handling our transaction. Please get back to me asap and inform me when you will be able to make the payment so I can start the delivery to your correct home address.

PS: this reminder may end up in your “Junk E-Mail” or “Bulk” mail folder, depending on your service and mail account settings.

I wait your answer ASAP
Regards!

On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 4:40 AM, BLANCA BALTAZAR ORTUÑO wrote:
Hello

I received your mail and I’ll be waiting for information to complete Ebay business with you.
I would ask if I can send recent photos of the bmw truck so that it can know and be able to appreciate the conditions of the vehicle, I would appreciate the envies metoday.

Thank you.
BLANCA ESTELA BALTAZAR ORTUÑO.

Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 18:17:33 -0700
Subject: Re: Datos
From: gmegan10@gmail.com
To: bonita770310@hotmail.com

I have received your email with the requested details. Right now, I will forward your info along with the rest of the details to eBay and I will open a case about our deal. They will contact you soon and give you more details about terms, buyer protection, payment instructions, shipping, invoice, etc. As soon as I will receive the confirmation from eBay that the payment was made, I will start the shipping process and forward you all the details that you need to track your shipment online. I am looking forward to complete this deal with you!

Many thanks,
Gracie Megan

Mauricio Rodriguez
May 17th, 2012

Same history. Just with using Google Checkout. The red flag for my was the request to pay using western union!

Ms. Helen
August 9th, 2012

A so called Donna Brown listed a golf cart on craigslist. We emailed her and she would not call us or let us call her. She pulled the “Ebay Protection Plan” on us. I told her not to insult my intelligence as Craigslist has nothing to do with Ebay and who in their right mind buys without looking and trying something out? She gave me the “single mother” sob story as to why she was selling so cheap. Just for fun, I e-mailed her with another e-mail address and she was dumb enough to respond with a totally different scenario. LOL! She told me that the golf cart was located in Jonesboro, AR. I told her that is convenient because I live just outside Jonesboro. (I lied) I told her that I would come see it and bring cash. That way we didn’t have to go through all that Ebay stuff. I never heard from her again. I reported her and her listing has been removed. Sad thing is….my husband almost fell for it.

SherylPullanoFrank
September 19th, 2012

Funny; I got two different emails with the same exact text from two different “Military” personnel in two different states.  Same scam, though.  Mine were from 1LT. Barbara Guttierez and Sgt. Antonia Harris.  Email addresses were barbara3647@gmail.com and antonia.harris11@gmail.com.  So, they’ve definitely got tons of names, email addresses, and false identities at their disposal; I would even imagine they will make up new ones as their old ones get ‘discovered’ and revealed on sites like these.  Thanks for sharing everyone, and here’s hoping no more honest people get taken by these criminals!

KimPhung
September 27th, 2012

patricialane72@comcast.net is my scammer, almost got trapped. Thanks everyone. 
Her emails: 
Hello,Thank you for your interest in my 2001 Honda Accord that is for sale. The car is in great shape, no engine problems or hidden defects. It was always garaged. It has no scratches or any kind of damage. The interior looks great. It has 91,000 miles, automatic transmission. It comes with a clear title with no liens on it. I have a low price, $950 including delivery to your home address. There is a reason for selling it for such a low price. I just finished the divorce with my husband and I need to get rid of it fast. Looking forward for your reply if you are interested in the car and I will send you more details about the deal or car as well.Here are more photos with my beautiful car: http://s1165.photobucket.com/albums/q585/my_2001_honda_accord/
 
“Hi again and thank you for getting back to me!I would be more than glad to meet you and show the car but I am an oceanographer and I am currently on sea near Spain, I don’t have much access to communication and I can’t meet with potential buyers to show them the vehicle. That’s why I put it for sale on internet. I just have access to the internet and I check my email very regularly.I had prearranged the deal with Google Checkout and they will supervise our transaction. The car is at Google Checkout shipping center in Houston, TX. The shipping cost is included in the total price of the vehicle! The delivery will take no more then 4 days top(depending on your exact location). After you receive the car you will have 15 days to inspect it before you sign the papers to purchase the vehicle. So if you want to make this deal I need the following details from you:- Full name, Full shipping address- Phone number, preferably cell numberAfter I will have all this details I will forward them to Google Checkout and I will proceed the order. They will contact you with all the details that you need to complete this deal. I have used the Google Checkout service in the past and all my transactions ended successfully. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, you can return the car within 15 days of receipt on my expense. If you wish to make the transaction, please send me the necessary info so that we can proceed.Sorry for the long emails I have tried to explain the entire process.”
 

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