Scam buyers on Craigslist
So, you list something on CL and you get all excited when you get an email. then you read the broken engrish and offer of more money....
---------- Original message ----------
From: saragh timmy <[email protected]>
Date: Jan 3, 2007 1:53 AM
Subject: Samsung DVD player/recorder DVD-R145 - $199
To: [email protected]
** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY --- AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html
Hello ...Good day, i am really suprised that you are selling the item out, i am intrested in it as well and also i will pay you extra $90 to end the bid early bcos of my urgency.I will like to make a quick purchase on the item cos i am using it as a gift to a friends son who is out of the states,he is really going to love it.My method of payment is via online Usps Money order.If ok by you kindly get back to me with your full name and address of where you want the money order to be mailed out to so i can proceed with payment immedaitely.I will take all the shipping responsibilities and i will like the item to be shipped via my fedex account once my payment is confirmed.So you wont need to pay any shipping cost cos all the shipping cost will be billed to my account.So once the payment has been approved and you have recieved the payment confirmation,i will send you the neccessary shipping documents.plz get back to me with your full name and address so that i can proceed with the payment with your confirmed email addy
Even the CL email pretext warns you of this, yet you have to wonder why they need the pretext, do people actually fall for this? Ironically, my CL listing has links to a google checkout and my own store for non-local buyers to get their stuff shipped. its like they dont even read it.... "ooo, a new listing, lets just spam it!"
I left this persons email address intact so that you may spam them. enjoy.
UPDATE: I just got another one, this time they didnt come out and say they are scammers....
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: jamal smith <[email protected]>
Date: Jan 3, 2007 10:25 AM
Subject: Treat as urgent........
To: Isaac Kishk
I am very grateful and impressed you reply my question and i am ready to make the immediate payment which is via AlertPay Money Order and for the payment to commence all i need is your payment address and your full email address so the payment can be made and once the payment has been approved by the Alertpay Money Oder Company you will receive a confirmation notification mail from AlertPay for you to be sure that i have paid for the item and after the confirmation has been recieved,the shipment will take place which will be handled by my self cuz i have an account with a shipping company(Fedex Courier Service)by sending you fedex prepaid slips.
(Note):-You might have recieved some offers from different people reg arding your item,but i will like to be the highest bidder,so for this reason i am offering $280 for the item hope you will accept my offer.So kindly send me your payment address for the payment to be posted immediately to your contact address.Thanks
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Isaac Kishk"
> To: "jamal smith"
> Subject: Re: Samsung DVD player/recorder DVD-R145 - $199
> Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2007 09:25:13 -0600
> On 1/3/07, jamal smith
> > ** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY --- AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
> > ** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
> > ** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
> > ** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html
> > Hello
> > do you still have this itemfor sale....
again, who falls for this sh*t? my reply? "CASH, local" even though I shouldnt have bothered, just wanna see if he'll reply :)