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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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.
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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.
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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