Craigslist Scammers and crooks
Do you post items for sale on Craigslist? Most everyone does or knows someone who has. Well there are a lot of scammers trolling Craigslist looking to steal your merchandise……..
These scammers will usually use the same types of email verbiage (see the example that I posted below) They always say that they are out of town or out of the country for some reason and want to wire you a check or even pay you through PayPal (They know that Paypal appears to look legit, because it is an escrow service, but there are major loopholes in the PayPal system.) They usually target items with an asking price in excess of $100.00 and more, however I have been targeted with items as low as $50.00. Also they will sweeten the offer by appealing to your greed and offering you more than you ask for the item, for the inconvenience of shipping, etc.
I have also posted high end items on Craigslist in excess of $1,000 and have received the same types of scam offers to buy my item, over and over again.
What types of offers? Take a look at the following and see if you have been victimized by these crooks, degenerates ass-clowns and monkey Fuc*ers from Nigeria, through Craigslist:
These people sometimes start off with a leader email such as “Do you still have the item for sale,sold or you already dealing with a potential buyer.?“ OR “Hello i just want to know if this item is still up for sale and how much is gonna cost me thanks and hope to hear from u ASAP“
Sounds innocent right? The first alert is the bad grammar! Also they are never in town, which they will tell you once you reply to their leader email. If you reply to these assboners, this is a sample of what you get:
From email@example.com AKA Tamera Lewis
Thanks for your reply and am glad to know that it is still available for sale.However i have few questions on the product you are selling.
1,I would like to know the reason you are selling it?
2,What is the current condition of the item ?
3,What is your firm price, though am okay with the listing price ?
4,Do you have the original box and the receipt for it ?
5,Do you mind if i pay through paypal even though i would cover the shipping because am currently not local at the moment,Am out of town participating in a research project and i would like to purchase this item from you on behalf of my colleague for the replacement of her crashed computer and i think this is the best thing i could buy for her as gift because she did the same when i lost my computer……
If you do not have a PayPal account, you can do so by going to www.PayPal.com and set up your account it is free,easy and guarantees transaction safety.Once you send me your paypal email account, I will send you the payment for your item as well as $100 USD to cover shipping via USPS EXPRESS MAIL INTL.
I would be glad if my request is favorably considered.
firstname.lastname@example.org AKA collins shall says:
Its great asking if this item is still available for sale
Get back to me asap
Am okay with the price
Do you still have it with you???
How old is the item,?
Does it work perfectly?
Am located in cedar rapids Iowa but i’m presently out of state to
Albanian for work shop seminar..and this unit is exact of what i want
for my representative as a Xmas gift..so i will add an extra $190.00
USD as the shipping charges confirm from http://www.usps.com (EMS
SPEED POST) for international shipping…And i will make the total if
you can help me handle the shipping perfectly..You can send me your
PayPal email ID or a PayPal money request through PayPal and i’ll
proceed with the Payment right away…
There are hundreds of these emails posted on the internet, warning of this fraud, and just as many stories of people being taken advantage of by these scammers. When will you learn? That is why these people keep doing this… It’s a numbers game for them and it apparently, it pays off.
I like to have a bit of fun with these fools and act like I am interested in their proposition, then I finally tell them off .
What’s your experience with this?