Craigslist scam: selling non-existent cars

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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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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.
==================

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.”