Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Selling on Craigslist - SCAMMERS OUTED
Oddly enough, only weeks after my post about how my younger brother was scammed out of $3,000 on Craigslist, I received two responses from scam artists after posting a few items for sale on Craiglist. I've listed things to look for (below) along with the email message they sent me.
Message received from "chris marcus":
Thanks for the prompt response and i will like you to withdraw the advert from Craigslist,i don't mind adding an extra $20dolls for you to take the advert down from craigslist so that i can be rest assured that am in hand of the item.I don't have time to come take a look. I will be paying via cashier's check,and it will be over night payment .You don't need to bother your self with the shipment Ok,i will take care of that.So i will need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check.
1.Your full name
2.Your mailing address be it residential or postal address
3.Your phone number.
i will have my mover come over as soon as you have the check
Have a great day
I look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you again
Message received from "John Deng":
Thanks for your prompt responds, However, i will need your name and
address for payment,As am only able to make payment by money order at
this time b/c i am away on assignment. It will be nice if you can send
me more pictures. It will take about 7days for payment to get to you.
As per pick-up, I will make arrangement for the pick-up after payment
has been received by you. I don't mind adding thirty dollars so you
can keep it in my favor.Please take the posting off Craigslist today
and consider it sold to me, Include your phone number.
Expecting to hear from you soon.
I have already reported these incidents to Craiglist, but unfortunately there is no barrier to entry for these con artists to create email accounts, which means they can and will create an infinite number of email accounts.
Both respondents (scam artists) had gmail accounts with a first and last name followed with a number:
example: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Five things to look out for in the body of the email:
1) Of course the deceiver won't be able to meet you in person (they'll make up some excuse), so they'll suggest sending you a cashier's check or money order. They guarantee that they won't pickup the item until you have received the check.
2) The swindler will pretend to be interested and either ask you to send more images or inquire about the condition of the item.
3) Usually, they scam artist will offer additional $$ for you to keep it for them, which is BS because they aren't interested in the item at all. They just want to make you think they really want it.
4) The scammer will ask you to remove the advertisement from Craigslist. Doing this will delete the posting from Craigslist, which makes it difficult to for the online community to track nthe incident futher.
5) Last, but not least, the con artist will request for your full name, mailing address and phone number to send you the payment.
BEWARE: If you receive a response with these indicators, you have become a target! You should either report it or block them from contacting you.
The idea is that they will send you the money order or cashier's check in an amount larger than promised. They'll claim they made a mistake and ask that you cash the money order at your bank and return the outstanding amount via wire service. The scammer will insist that you keep an extra $100 for the inconvenience. You will find out a day later that the money order was not valid and your bank pulled the funds from your account. By this time, you would have already wired the money to them and voilà! --- You've just become the umpteenth victim!!!
Posted by Kim Hong at 10:02 AM