Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Victims of Craigslist Scams Beware...

I was minutes away from being scammed by someone on craigslist. I wanted to explain my situation in hopes that it can help someone else from falling into the same trap. My problem is that I first think that most people are inherently good, but I am surely mistaken.


I listed a piece of furniture on craigslist for $400.00...an old dining room hutch that is in great condition. I got a response a few days later stating that some guy 'richard beks' (im assuming is a fake name) wanted to buy it at the listed price and that he would send me a check, wait for me to cash it and arrange a date for his movers to come pick up the piece. He stated he was going to throw in a few extra dollars so that I could pay the movers (i assumed about $50-$100) A few days later, a fedex package arrived with a check for $2540.00 from a company listed as 'On-Demand Publishing' out of a Wells Fargo bank account from the West Coast. The signature said 'Richard Beks' After calling Wells Fargo to make sure the account was valid and that the funds were available, the bank could only tell me that the account was in an open status. I was going to try to cash the check at a wells fargo bank only to find out those banks exist only on the west coast (i live on east coast), so this was impossible. I was a bit suspicious because I didnt want to get involved in anything that wasnt my business or concern and didnt feel right cashing all of that money. So, I called my bank and my local police department to make sure I wouldn't get into trouble for cashing a check that far exceeded my listed price. I also went onto craigslist and asked for advice from anyone that has ever heard of anything like this before. A day later I got a response from all three sources telling me that this was a HUGE SCAM and that people are falling for it everyday.

This is what happens when you deposit or cash this man's check. Deposit check, withdrawal excess money to pay the fake movers, movers come by to pick up your sale item, you give them the money, they leave, and 2-3 weeks later the bank tells you that the check has bounced or is an invalid check and not only are you out the full amount of the check, you are also left with NO sale item. If I had gone through with cashing/depositing that check of his, i wouldve lost all of that cash and my dining room hutch would be gone.

I am hoping that we the people can start a list of craigslist scammers to help others stay away from these crappy people and their crappy scams. Since then, I have been contacted by two other men with similar guarantees of purchasing my item, paying for it in check and then screwing me weeks later.

Please help me build a list to warn other honest sellers...

Here begins my list:

FIRST KNOWN SCAMMER:
Richard Beks
refurbishedip@aol.com
Wells Fargo Bank check from this company:
On-Demand Publishing

This was his first, middle and last email to me:
Hello, Thanks for the swift response, just to let you know that am okay with the condition and price of the item, am ready for its purchase and my form of payment will be by sending you Check via UPS next day delivery. I'll be responsible for the pick-up and the pick up money will be included in your payment to avoid delay and to enable pick up company to schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up at your location after check has been cashed,as i have other properties to be moved alongside with yours. I would have really love to come for the viewing but due to my work frame that might not be possible,but if you have the pics,might want to have a good look. Please do get back to me with your full name and address including your cell and land number so i can make out payment. Regards.Rich.

Hello, Good to read from you with details, I presume we seal this a deal? I'll contact my secretary so that payment will be issued out to you,please i want you to consider the item sold and keep off other interested buyers that would make inquiry about it cos am ready for it's purchase.As i've let you know that pick up and mover's money will be included in your payment, so upon cash of check, you'll make the pick up money payable to the movers and the movers would arrange appropriate time for pick up at your location cos i've other properties to be moved.I believe this is based on trust.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.Regards!

Hey, I told you initially that the movers fee will be included in the payment, the overpayment is meant to cover the cost of shipment for the item alongside my other properties including tax and insurance plus the movers fee. You have to understand that i've tried all possible means to make sure payment reaches you in a timely manner as i have some other properties ready to be moved alongside your item... Will really appreciate your effort by acting accordingly as agreed, upon the cash of the check, deduct your money for the item and make the rest funds available to the movers coordinator so they can arrange for the pick up of my other properties. Your effort will really be appreciated. Sorry for any inconveniences and thanks for your understanding.Regards.


SECOND KNOWN SCAMMER:
Jim Berger
jim.berger20008@gmail.com
This was his beginning scam email to me:
Hello... I really appreciate your response to my mail.I want you to consider it sold, pls do withdraw the advert from craigslist to avoid disturbance.I want you to know that i will be paying via bank certified check .I will need you to provide me with the following. information to facilitate the mailing of the check . 1.....Full name to write on the check 2.....Full Physical address to post the check 3.....Home & Cell Phone to contact you **I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for shipping i will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the check** Thanks


THIRD KNOWN SCAMMER:
Daniel
jdickens@carolinamoldandradon.com

His initial email:
Hello, I'm Daniel Nelson. i need a professional Householder/JUNK REMOVER/HOUSEHOLD MOVER/DIRT REMOVER/CLEAN UP SERVICE/JUNK REMOVER HAULING/CLEAN UPAND LANDSCAPPING/FURNITURE MOVING/ERRAND. and also i need the kind of things you move, to handle my Home within the state. i have been away from home over 2 months, am in { England, UK} for some special project and am almost done with it, so i need the required services above to be done, so if you are one of the list of professionlisted above , please mail me now, to take proper care and clean the environment before i arrive back home .Its 3 rooms apartment, 1 SittingRoom, 1Bathroom/Toilet and 2 Kitchen. This is all that you have to clean and tidy up the rest places and move the dirts and also help me move my loads to my cousinsplace which i shall provide to you the address soon.Arrange everywhere and mob the Floor and use your Equipment for that. I need this service fast, because i have to arrive to the state by next week or in 12 days and i want thiscleaning/moving/removal beforethen, I will forward the Pictures of the House to you in the next mail. I need your assistance and am Trusting youfor this,cos its not that easy to entrust someone i have not seen in person, but i believe we all know each other one day and this will favour you well, cos am a very easy going person and well understanding. Money is not a bareer My Boss want to pay me off for the Project that i attend in UK., so he's paying me with U.SCashier Check/Money Orders, which can't be cashed in UK. If the payment(Check/Money Orders) is sent to you,so i want you the required amount for your Advance service charges,then send the restfund or sum to my Travelling Agent, cos its for my Flight Ticket Fees to the states As soon as possible, then keep theremaining balance for me till i arrive tothe states. If your Location is far from my House,i will pay for your Transport Down there for theCleaning and other proper house cleanimg to be neat. Note: money is not a bareer to me. i want you to know this before giving me you rinformation
1. Can you be doing this for me weekly.2. How much will you charge me weekly.3. Tell me the amount you want to charge weeklyforgetabout thedistance, i will include that in my nextmail.4. I would like to pay you 1 month you 1 month upfront5. How much will it be for a month.
If you are interseted doing this for me, i need the followingDetails(information) Below:
FULL NAME :FULL ADDRESS :TELEPHONE:CELL PHONE:
I need this information to issue the check, because i have to do everything fast and also my Boss is travelling for Business purpose, so he needs thisinformation so he can issue the check and send it toyou ASAP,immediately he sends the check, i will forward the Courrier Tracking Number to you and itwill Deliver Unfailingly within 3 business days.i want you to do a perfect work in my House. As soonas the information required from you is sentto me and the payment will be issued and get to your contact address Asap coz it takes 3-4 business days to get delivered Looking forward to hear from as soon as possible Thanks.
Daniel




These people are awful scam artists who have duped many out of their hard earned money. I spoke to the local police department and he advised me to bring in the check and file a police report. He also advised me on what to say to this man to cancel our agreement.

I hope this helps even one person...you can't seem to trust anyone and that is quite sad.

105 comments:

West Virginia and Snowshoe Mountain Real Estate said...

Thanks so much for your posting. I just received my second email from Jimberger2008@gmail.com -- worded exactly as yours from him. I was a bit suspicious and 'googled' his name. Thank you so much for putting this warning out there. You just saved a me a great deal of money and heartache!!

brigita said...

Just got an email from Richard Beks, the whole thing seemed fishy from the start (fortunately Ive only replied to him once). The email addresses he has used with me are:

richbek03@googlemail.com
Richbek01@aol.com

Thanks for the resource--I'm going to contact craigslist and AOL to see what I should do about this guy.

hstryk said...

THANK YOU for posting this. My roommate put my couch up on craigslist (with my permission), and he was saying oh this guy is going to have movers come and pick it up as soon as he sends a check. Right then and there red flags went up, but I figured, whatever. Just got home to find a UPS envelope and a check signed, Richard Beks. The name on the package said "Hoffolicious Ltd". Anyway thanks for posting this and confirming my belief that this is indeed a scam.

Chris Wood said...

I got this one.

terry lonn tylonn1978@gmail.com
Thanks for the prompt response to my inquiry. I hope it is in a good
condition as stated in the ad as I am interested in making an outright
purchase. I would have loved to come take a look myself but I am quite
busy and hope you understand? I would be making an instant purchase
but if there is anything wrong, you can kindly let me know and we can
fix things up. I wouldn't mind adding $20 for you to take down the ad
from craigslist and also to be assured that it is mine.

I will be paying you with a Certified Check and it is going to be sent
to you via courier service which will be out for the mail as soon as I
get your details for payment.

Here are the details needed to issue your payment:

**Full name to be on the payment.
**Your home or office address which the payment will be delivered to.
**Home and Cell phone number if available.

I will be responsible for the pick-up as pick-up money will be
included in your payment to avoid delay and to enable the mover
schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up at your location after
check has been cashed, as I have other properties to be moved
alongside with yours.

Thanks and I will be waiting to hear from you real soon.

Regards.

polley7 said...

We just got an email from Richard Berger jim.berger060@gmail.com regarding my van for sale.
What a fool ( to good to be sale ). Thank you for posting information regarding this scam. I want to post an add on craigslist saying SCAMMER. But here is the email we received.

""Hello I really appreciate your response to my email.I want you
toconsider it sold, pls do withdraw the advert from craigslist toavoid
disturbance.I want you to know that i will be paying via bankcertified
check .I will like you to provide me with the
following.information to
facilitate the mailing of the check to you .
1.....Full name to write on the check
2.....Full Physical address to post the check
3......City, State and Zip Code
4.....Home & Cell Phone to contact you
*** Note that the payment will be shiped to your address via UPS NEXT
DAYSERVICE and I will like you to know that you will not be
responsiblefor shipping i will have my mover come over as soon as you
have cashedthe check** Thanks ""

Again than you

Rachel15 said...

I have received SO many con-artist emails from Craigslist this week, it's SICK!! Here's the latest from our friend, Terri at tylonn1978@gmail.com:


Hello,
I really appreciate your response to my inquiry. Im interested in
buying the Item from you. I would love to come and check it myself
but I just got married and im presently on my honeymoon trip to Hawaii
with my wife.I would love a surprise change of furniture in our home
on our return.Pls do withdraw the advert from Craigslist as i dont
mind adding $20 for you to do that, so i can be rest assured that the
item is held for me. I should believe it is in good condition as
stated. I will be making the payment via a Check, which my secretary
will mail to you. I'll be picking the item from you with the aid of my
mover. My Mover will be coming to pick it from you once the Check has
been cashed. Pls I will need both your full name and physical address
along with your phone number to issue out the
payment.

Thanks,
terry

Rachel15 said...

This one is from kennethsmt01@gmail.com aka: Kenneth Smith...

Hello,
Thanks for your message and the address you sent........I would want
you to know that due to shipping and insurance.....and that a shipping
company is coming to pick up this item from you.You will receive a
check of $3850 then you will deduct the normal cost price from it
plus
a bonus of $100 for your sincerity and stress in forwarding the shipping
charges which is the balance/extra via Western Union/Money Gram to the
shipper who will
come for the pick up and this must be done in good faith.The check
has been dispatched to you via ups/dhl and i will get back to you with
the
tracking numbers for you to be able to know when it will deliver.

More so,the money you are sending to my shipper is covering the
shipping charges of your item together with my other items that i have
already paid for and they are all ready for pick up but i deliberately asked
my shipper to hold on till I finish with your payment so that the shipper
will be able to pick up and deliver my items once and for all.

I will like to read from you concerning the appropriate time for the
pickup that will suits you most as i don't want to disturb your daily
programs..Looking forward to hearing a favorable response from you.

Regards

Rachel15 said...

Other scammers include: David Kelly (davidkelly_1234@yahoo.com) and William Sander (wsander03@gmail.com) Unbelivable......

Dawn said...

Another. Got this from "Darren Hunt" today. darrenhnt0@gmail.com

Hello,
I really appreciate your response to my inquiry. Im interested in buying the Item from you. I would love to come and check it myself but I just got married and im presently on my honeymoon trip to Hawaii with my wife.I would love a surprise change of furniture in our home on our return.Pls do withdraw the advert from Craigslist as i dont mind adding $20 for you to do that, so i can be rest assured that the item is held for me. I should believe it is in good condition as stated. I will be making the payment via a certified Check, which my secretary will mail to you. I'll be picking the item from you with the aid of my mover. My Mover will be coming to pick it from you once the Check has been cashed. Pls I will need both your full name and physical address along with your phone number to issue out the payment.
Thanks,
Darren

Mohammed said...

Hey, thanks so much! I received a similar email request for a Craigslist sale I was offering. Sounded suspicious, so after some Googling I ran into your page.

Email my hotmail account (mshouman85) and I will happily forward you the exchange for you to post on your page.

Thanks so much!

Mohammed

ray morrison said...

Here is a new one kenlade (mrniyi3@gmail.com) Same exact follow up email.

Amanda said...

Apparently Darren Hunt has been on his honeymoon for the whole month...


From: Darren Hunt, darrenhnt0@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Denim Queen Sofa Sleeper - PRICE REDUCED!! - $400 (Loop)
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 8:28 PM
Hello,
I really appreciate your response to my inquiry. Im interested in
buying the Item from you. I would love to come and check it myself
but I just got married and im presently on my honeymoon trip to Hawaii
with my wife.I would love a surprise change of furniture in our home
on our return.Pls do withdraw the advert from Craigslist as i dont
mind adding $20 for you to do that, so i can be rest assured that the
item is held for me. I should believe it is in good condition as
stated. I will be making the payment via a certified Check, which my
secretary will mail to you. I'll be picking the item from you with the
aid of my mover. My Mover will be coming to pick it from you once the
Check has been cashed. Pls I will need both your full name and
physical address along with your phone number to issue out the
payment.

Thanks,
Darren

Kimberly said...

Holy Crap...I thought I was the only one getting scammed by some dude named Darren Hunt. I randomly googled his email address and this blog came up! So glad that i'm not the only one getting scammed by some pathetic loser that is on a never ending honeymoon. Here's the email that I got that is the SAME EXACT EMAIL that you guys have posted as well...


Hello,
I really appreciate your response to my inquiry. Im interested in
buying the Items from you. I would love to come and check it myself
but I just got married and im presently on my honeymoon trip to Hawaii
with my wife.I would love a surprise change of furniture in our home
on our return.Pls do withdraw the advert from Craigslist as i dont
mind adding $20 for you to do that, so i can be rest assured that the
items are held for me. I should believe they are in good condition as
stated. I will be making the payment via a Check, which my secretary
will mail across to you. I'll be picking the items from you with the
aid of my mover. My Mover will be coming to pick them from you once
the Check has been cashed. Pls I will need both your full name and
physical address along with your phone number to issue out the
payment.

Thanks,
Darren

badab0o0m said...

I received an email from Jim Berger for my photography supplies that were up on CL. I was suspicious about the email and about the certified check (especially because in the previous email I told him it was CASH ONLY) but my parents said it would be alright if he waited to pick the stuff up after the check cleared. It was a very formal email. so I emailed him back with my only requirement and the information. after that I received the same email again saying i need your info blah blah blah from "cb12" chun.lee34@gmail.com. this made me even more suspicious because everything was the same in the email. as in copy and pasted. I waited for a response and got a very informal email with tons of mistakes and such. I talked to my dad about it and he said whatever. but I googled his name and found this blog. I told my parents about it and they told me to print everything out and when the check gets here to my house we are going to the police. Im not sure if they will be able to do anything, but it is worth a try. Im so glad I found this blog or I might have fallen for the scam, (but a large sum of money would have alerted my parents and I wouldnt have let the "movers" take my stuff without the cleared check.

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JULIEBOB said...

Today is May 31, 2010
I listed an item on Craig's List on Saturday morning & got the following reply's from the names and e-mails listed below.

***BEWARE...HE IS STILL OUT THERE AND WORKING HIS SCAMS!!!
I GOOGLED HIS NAME & THAT IS HOW I FOUND OUT IT WAS A SCAM !!!
***********************************

#1

taofeek
melvinblues00010@googlemail.com

Hello
I really appreciate your response to my email.I want you to consider it sold, pls do withdraw the advert from craigslist to avoid disturbance.I want you to know that i will be paying via bank certified check .I will like you to provide me with the following. information to facilitate the mailing of the check to you .
1.....Full name to write on the check
2.....Full Physical address to post the check
3.....City, State and Zip Code
4.....Home & Cell Phone to contact you
*** Note that the payment will be shiped to your address via UPS NEXT DAY SERVICE and I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for shipping i will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the check** Thanks

#2
jim berger
tim.hall5000@gmail.com

ok no problem I will like you to provide me with the following. information to facilitate the mailing of the check to you .
1.....Full name to write on the check
2.....Full Physical address to post the check
3.....City, State and Zip Code
4.....Home & Cell Phone to contact you
*** Note that the payment will be shiped to your address via UPS NEXT DAY SERVICE and I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for shipping i will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the check** Thanks

JULIEBOB said...

Today is May 31, 2010
I listed an item on Craig's list on Saturday morning & got several reply's but this one was a bit over the top, and I thought too easy of a sale. I was mostly suspicious of his wording. Today I googled Jim Berger's name and got all you Google Bloggers out there with comments that woke me up!!! Thank you for putting it out there!!! I was REAL CLOSE!! to sending him the information they wanted!!!

Below are the names they are using & e-mail's associated with them as well as the responses I received. So....BEWARE THEY ARE STILL OUT THERE LOOKING TO SCAM ANYBODY!!!

I send another message to them stating I am calling to discuss the ad and do they have a number for me to reach them....we will see if they respond!!!

First Responce to my ad...

taofeek
Hello
I really appreciate your response to my email.I want you to consider it sold, pls do withdraw the advert from craigslist to avoid disturbance.I want you to know that i will be paying via bank certified check .I will like you to provide me with the following. information to facilitate the mailing of the check to you .
1.....Full name to write on the check
2.....Full Physical address to post the check
3.....City, State and Zip Code
4.....Home & Cell Phone to contact you
*** Note that the payment will be shiped to your address via UPS NEXT DAY SERVICE and I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for shipping i will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the check** Thanks

Second Reply from Scammer...note it is a different guy!!!

jim berger
tim.hall5000@gmail.com

ok no problem I will like you to provide me with the following. information to facilitate the mailing of the check to you .
1.....Full name to write on the check
2.....Full Physical address to post the check
3.....City, State and Zip Code
4.....Home & Cell Phone to contact you
*** Note that the payment will be shiped to your address via UPS NEXT DAY SERVICE and I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for shipping i will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the check** Thanks

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在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

文王廷 said...

缺少智慧,就是缺少一切..................................................

文王廷 said...

大肚能容,了卻人間多少事,滿腔歡喜,笑開天下古今愁。..................................................

黃智樺黃智樺 said...

財富並非永遠的朋友,但朋友卻是永遠的財富。......................................................................

惠桂刁惠桂刁惠桂刁 said...

雖天地之大,萬物之多,而惟吾蜩翼之知。..................................................

怡靜怡靜怡靜怡雯 said...

讓好心情回味發酵;壞心情留在文字裡隨時間消逝吧!............................................................

john said...
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john said...

Thanks loads for maintaining this blog. Just received this today:

Return-path: (rashman001@gmail.com)
Envelope-to: xxxxxx@xxx
Delivery-date: Sun, 15 Aug 2010 10:00:22 -0500
Received: from mail-iw0-f182.google.com ([209.85.214.182])
by reticulum.sslcatacombnetworking.com with esmtp (Exim 4.69)
(envelope-from (rashman001@gmail.com))
id 1OkehB-0000yo-Fd
for xxxxxx@xxx; Sun, 15 Aug 2010 10:00:22 -0500
Received: by iwn10 with SMTP id 10so950120iwn.27
for (xxxxxx@xxx); Sun, 15 Aug 2010 08:00:12 -0700 (PDT)

From: james morgan (rashman001@gmail.com)


Hello,

  Thanks for the swift response, just to let you know that am okay
with the condition and price of the item, am ready for its purchase
and my form of payment will be by sending you Check via UPS next day
delivery.

I'll be responsible for the pick-up and the pick up money will be
included in your payment to avoid delay and to enable pick up company
to schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up at your location after
check has been cashed,as i have other properties to be moved alongside
with yours.

I would have really love to come for the viewing but due to my work
frame that might not be possible,but if you have the pics,might want
to have a good look.Please do get back to me with your full name and
address including your cell and  land number so i can make out
payment

Regard..

璇陳陳陳竹 said...

More haste, less speed..................................................................

于庭吳 said...

嘿,你的部落格不錯哦!............................................................

黃英吳思潔吳思潔邦 said...

人生中最好的禮物就是屬於自己的一部份............................. ....................................

rachel said...

I just got a response from
REFURBISHEDIP@AOL.COM using the name DAVID MOORE.


I posted a living room set and he emailed me back the next day saying he wanted to go through with it and he would send me extra money. He said he was out of town, he'd send a check in a few days and then send the movers. I'm glad I looked this up first...I thought it sounded a little suspect!

D said...

Glad I checked for scams. Rec'd this response:

"Tim Hall"

Thanks for the prompt response to my mail. I will be buying from
you so please kindly withdraw the advert from C.LIST. Please be
informed that i will be paying with a certified check from my Bank it
will be delivered to you via United Parcel Service (UPS), so I'll need
you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the
mailing of the check...

Name to be on the payment...........
Home address...........
City..............
State...........
Zip Code..............
Cell phone #................

I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you have your
money I am completely satisfied with the advert and the payment will
be delivered within 24hours.** I use a hearing impaired phone
# and will receive your calls via email **..I'm sorry for the late
respond to your email ...N.B UPS does not deliver to a P.O box
addresses.Thanks

Timmy said...

Attractive posts to read, very nice blog. I subscribed to you via RSS for your latest updates, keep up the good work.

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Jody said...

2011 and the scammers are still at it.
Watch out for:
tim.hall5000@gmail.com

I NEVER sent him an email so was suspicious of his:

Thanks for the prompt response to my mail. I will be buying from
you so please kindly withdraw the advert from C.LIST. Please be
informed that i will be paying with a certified check from my Bank it
will be delivered to you via United Parcel Service (UPS), so I'll need
you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the
mailing of the check...

Name to be on the payment...........
Home address...........
City..............
State...........
Zip Code..............
Cell phone #................

I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you have your
money I am completely satisfied with the advert and the payment will
be delivered within 24hours.** I use a hearing impaired phone
# and will receive your calls via email **..I'm sorry for the late
respond to your email ...N.B UPS does not deliver to a P.O box
addresses.Thanks

WATCH OUT!! BEWARE!!

Lou said...

JIM BERGER IS ALIVE AND WELL!! I just got a message from him identical to the one posted on this page. I Googled his e-mail address and found this web page!!!!!!!

Jeff said...

Jim is still at it! I got an email from his address with the very same message as posted here. This is the email address he wrote me from tim.hall5000@gmail.com

RickJames said...

This is from the same person others have posted.
Email header was " IN God We Trust "
Okleen7777@gmail.com
MR JIM BERGER
jim.berger060@gmail.com
ISP 208.82.236.167
and 209.85.210.67
Here is the email he sent last.

By the way, I replied to him with an address he could send the check to.. The Po Box was for the The George W Bush Presidential Center! Haha!
I hope he does send the check and it bounces!
Hello,
I really appreciate your response to my email, i am completely
satisfied with the advert and do consider it sold to me, i agreed
with the price but i need you to withdraw the advert from Craigslist
to avoid disturbance. I would love to come and check it myself but
I am getting married next week and am very busy at the moment. but you
don't need to bother yourself with the Shipment, I'll be responsible
with the pick up, I'll send a Certified check to you which you can
Easily Cash in your Bank or any Cashing Store around you. my secretary
will mail across to you IMMEDIATELY.and after my check have been
Cleared in your bank then i will arrange for the pick up. The check
will be delivered to you via United Parcel Service (UPS), or FEDEX
Kindly provide me the following information to facilitate the mailing
of the check to your location.

1. Full name to write on the check
2. Full Physical address to post the check
3. City, State and Zip Code
4. Cell Phone to contact you

*** Note that the payment will be shipped to your address via
UPS/FEDEX SERVICE. and i will make arrangements for the Pick up as
Soon as you have my Check Cashed ***

NOTE: { UPS / FEDEX do not Deliver to P.O Box }

Hope to read from you soon..
Thanks

Jose R. Rodriguez said...

Hey, fellow blogger user. I've receive almost exact messages like these messages from a person with the email of uswingsx3@gmail.com

Thank you so much for this info, you just saved me $250!!

Jane Doe said...

USWINGSX5@GMAIL.COM

and

USWINGSX3@GMAIL.COM

ASHLEY BOWLING
Dec 10 2011
-- Hello,am interested in your listed item ,let me know it present condition

Hello,

Thanks for the swift response, just to let you know that am okay with the condition and price of the item, am ready for its purchase and i know there might be other potential buyers so am willing to add extra $30 so that you can keep it in my favor. My form of payment will be by sending you Check via courier mail.Pls do withdraw the advert from craigslist to avoid disturbance and to be rest assured on my side that i have bought it.

I'll be responsible for the pick-up and the movers/pick up money will be included in your payment to avoid delay and to enable movers to schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up at your location after check has been cashed,as i have other properties to be moved alongside with yours.

I would have really love to come for the viewing but due to my work frame that might not be possible. kindly get back to me with your full name and physical address including your cell and home number so i can make out payment to you.
I believe this is based on trust.

Regards

forever2 said...

You just made my day.. I've been receiving emails and after reading this it's all a scam... incredibly pissed that I deleted my ad on craigslist and truely didn't this item. :( This is bull and i'm sorry for the people going through it with me.

p.s. i received mine from uswingsx3@gmail.com and also from uswingsx5@gmail.com and her name Ashley Bowling.

forever2 said...

You just made my day by posting this blog. I have been scammed for the past week about a pair of boots I posted. This sucks, but I'm glad to see I wasn't the only victim of this. Thank you for sharing the stories with me, but I must ask. Would it be wiser to put a cell number and take the risk of random creepy people calling or messageing you instead of an email? What did any of you turn to for a solution?


p.s. my scammer was uswingsx3@gmail.com and uswingsx5@gmail.com and her name was Ashley Bowling.

ggarcia4 said...

Same guy as you here in 2012 trying to do the same thing.
He comes in now as
from steven.cole111@gmail.com via craigslist.org
reply-to tim.hall5000@gmail.com

Now he's hard of hearing and needs you to e-mail him everything instead of asking for a phone call.
Here's a bunch more of scam artists all alive and kicking in 2012.
Sandra Nguyen sandranguyen58@gmail.com via craigslist.org
Pe Trarca
steve trya

All need to get my items for sale as a gift for someone overseas. They promise to pay with cashiers check and then ask me to mail items. They always offer over asking price to cover shipping costs.

Seller beware. I may have to move these items to ebay to protect myself.

Mom said...

uswingsx5@gmail.com

I just got an email from the "USWINGSX5" person. The name being used is Danielle Keaton. I've learned to check the email before getting my hopes up that I might actually be able to sell my item.


Just thought I would share. She's changing her name... (or he... you never know).

Mom said...

uswingsx5@gmail.com

I just got an email from the "USWINGSX5" person. The name being used is Danielle Keaton. I've learned to check the email before getting my hopes up that I might actually be able to sell my item.


Just thought I would share. She's changing her name... (or he... you never know).

janet bernal said...

OMG I just got the exact same e-mails this person is using this e-mail uswingsx5@gmail.com using the name of ( danielle Keaton )
Thank you all
You all have save me from a big problem

Andrew and Darcy said...

Just got an email from
uswingsx5@gmail.com aka Danielle Keaton -looked really fishy and so I looked up her email online and I found this blog. I hate that people try to scam others. She/he is changing his/her name and email address.

Eva said...

I have also received an email from Danielle Keaton. The email address used is uswingsx5@gmail.com. It looked suspicious, so I Googled the email address and found this blog. Thank you for having this blog.

NC1JWB said...

Here are several names / emails that I received from placing 2 adds on CL. Oddly enough, same guy wanted to buy both (a wedding dress and racing wheels).

Danielle Keaton uswingsx5@gmail.com
Jame D. Cruger d.cruger004@o2.pl
Prescilia L. Pane clarencemalone22@gmail.com
John Acosta troygrt@gmail.com
wesley crane
Debbie Gimberg @ custardy.990@gmail.com

James Brown said...

@NC1JWB

FYI - Your "Prissy Pane (aka Clarencemalone22) is also bidding on my Astro Van. I live in Oklahoma. How about you?

ANesbitt said...

I'm glad I Googled tim.hall5000@gmail.com! He first contacted me as steven.mark073@gmail.com asking if my Ad was still available, not the item I had listed, Flag #1. Then, the instant I hit send on my reply, I had a response from tim.hall5000@gmail.com, Flag #2. Somewhere in the response, he apologized for the delay in response, Flag #3.

Thanks for starting this list and those to add to it!

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Louise N Cena said...

Im so happy I red this. Just got a response from a brunt.an@gmail.com telling me the same thing. I got a little suspicious about the whole thing and glad i googled it!

I did send him my address, but will just ignore and dont cash the check when it arrives!

WI Gooner said...

Another one from tim.hall5000:


Thanks for the prompt response to my mail. I will be buying from you so please kindly withdraw the advert from C.LIST. Please be informed that i will be paying with a certified check from my Bank it will be delivered to you via United Parcel Service (FEDEX), so I'll need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check...

Name to be on the payment...........
Home address...........
City..............
State...........
Zip Code..............
Cell phone #................

I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you have your money I am completely satisfied with the advert and the payment will be delivered within 24hours.** I use a hearing impaired phone # and will receive your calls via email **..I'm sorry for the late respond to your email ...N.B FEDEX does not deliver to a P.O box addresses.Thanks

Matthew Morin, CMT said...

I also received an email from tim.hall5000@gmail.com with the same instructions that people have also posted...

In response to the same ad, I also got a response from:
companyuseonly.falcon@gmail.com
and
makaylajfi@gmail.com
with virtually identical requests for information.

buggybobs said...

I just googled troygrt@gmail.com and up came all you folks. How do they get paypal involved? Here's what they said;
Thanks for the response,i will take it for $2400 including PayPal Sub
charges since i am interested in the immediate purchase.I just moved
to the California where this is needed and i will be making use of a
shipping company(National Transport Llc) to have this picked up from
you and have it delivered to me.Further arrangements will be made with
you in regards to the pick up once i have paid you.

I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available)
too since i won't be be able to see this in person,what's the PayPal
email to send funds or you send me an invoice to troygrt@gmail.com in
order for me to pay you ASAP

buggybobs said...

I just googled troygrt@gmail.com and up came all you folks. How do they get paypal involved? Here's what they said;
Thanks for the response,i will take it for $2400 including PayPal Sub
charges since i am interested in the immediate purchase.I just moved
to the California where this is needed and i will be making use of a
shipping company(National Transport Llc) to have this picked up from
you and have it delivered to me.Further arrangements will be made with
you in regards to the pick up once i have paid you.

I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available)
too since i won't be be able to see this in person,what's the PayPal
email to send funds or you send me an invoice to troygrt@gmail.com in
order for me to pay you ASAP

buggybobs said...

I just googled troygrt@gmail.com and up came all you folks. How do they get paypal involved? Here's what they said;
Thanks for the response,i will take it for $2400 including PayPal Sub
charges since i am interested in the immediate purchase.I just moved
to the California where this is needed and i will be making use of a
shipping company(National Transport Llc) to have this picked up from
you and have it delivered to me.Further arrangements will be made with
you in regards to the pick up once i have paid you.

I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available)
too since i won't be be able to see this in person,what's the PayPal
email to send funds or you send me an invoice to troygrt@gmail.com in
order for me to pay you ASAP

Kyle Kaufman said...
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Kyle Kaufman said...

Yup, i almost got scammed as well...had a guy under the name John Beks who tried buying a drum set from me. Extremely similar email responses.

This is his original email:
"Thanks for getting back to me, I appreciate it and just so you know; I'm okay with the condition/price and I'm ready for the purchase plus I'm willing to add an extra $20 so as to have it reserved in my favor. My form of payment will be by Check via UPS 1-2days delivery. I'll be responsible for the pick-up besides the movers/pick up money will be included with your payment so as to avoid delay and to enable movers to schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up at your location after the check is been cashed as I have other properties to be moved alongside yours. I would have really loved to come for viewing but due to my work frame it just won't fit in my schedule but pictures will be deeply appreciated. Kindly get back to me with your full name and address including your phone number to discuss further and i can make out the payment to you ASAP. Many thanks.

John Beks."

He later sent me a check for $2435...thank you for this blog. Saved me a lot of hard earned money

Alex said...

Thanks for the post, it was the first link that I found when someone replied to my craigslist ad that felt off. It's funny that they're *still* using the same email template from 2008. At least they changed names, this time they used 'Bruce Jinkle' (brucejinkle@gmail.com).

guruman said...

i just did'nt think anyone would fall for this i personally just do local and person to person there was this this one guy that wanted to take my 2300 dollar fountain pen to his bmw . to have his broker check it out i asked him to leave and called my to pitbulls from the back room never heard from him again now i meet @ a local place ...never invite anyone in again

Beeswax said...

2013

Same ole......

jim.berger060@gmail.com

Appreciate all the postings and warnings.

Nikki Holister said...

Recieved emails from a few sources regarding my inquiries on CraigsList. The names are different but the way they write their information and instructions are all the same. The names and email addresses of those in which I had recieved emails from are as follows:

Lori Corey - LCorey20013@gmail.com

Jordan Quick - jordanytp@gmail.com

Jesus Antonio - gavilan2983@hotmail.com

(no name) - vanessarjv@gmail.com

Unfortunately, I have fell into this scam and now I supposedly owe my bank $2,990.00
I called the bank this morning and asked them what I would have to do if I came in with a CERTIFIED BANK CHECK close to $3,000.00 and the woman on the phone told me they would need to verify it first before I could use the funds. However, that is not what my bank did.

I deposited the check on a Friday and then I withdrew the money on the following day. The bank teller should have ALERTED me about this ongoing scam with banks and consumers and I probably would have waited or contacted the police at that time instead of after the fact.

Anyways, now the bank is telling me that I am responsible for the amount because I endorsed the check. But my argument is: If they verified the check and put those funds into my account, then I am not the only one at fault here. The bank is at fault to.

Has anyone had to deal with this, and what should I do? The bank wants me to pay the money back to them but I don't have ANY money. They said that they would close my accounts, (which I'm perfectly alright with now that I know what kind of business this is that do not look out for their customers), but they would send that amount to a collection agency and pretty much destroy my credit for the rest of my life.

If anyone HAS dealt with this unfortunate circumstance and has possibly gone to court, please help me and give me some information about how I should expect the outcome to be. Is it worth having my father put out money for a lawyer? Thank you.

CC said...

Got a similar email from troygrt@gmail.com. He was trying to buy a clock off craigslist. Sent a fake pay pal letter stating that my payment of $1650.00 would be released once I sent $500 by Western Union to:

Name: Iganacio Hernandez
Address:1947 Dogwood Ave,
City:Anaheim
State:California
Zip Code:92801.
Country: United State.

I obviously didn't. He texted me that I was trying to scam him. LOL
The Pay Pal e-mail looked real except instead of service@paypal.com, it was Service@PayPal.com. Be careful out there.

Beeswax said...

Now this one today:

hannaheyl@gmail.com

Beeswax said...

Now this one:

hannaheyl@gmail.com

ashevilleblogreader said...

Thanks to everyone on this blog--I now know to ignore this guy's enthusiastic response to my furniture ad on Craigslist.

On Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 4:04 AM, craigslist reply e3c7 wrote:

Wow !!!
This is what i want and i will like to know if you still have it for sale
shoot me @ jim.berger060@gmail.com
Thanks

Imelda Lerma said...

They are still out there but now using 2 different persons this is the first email I received from someone named Jason email address is
952dffd436f23194a1ffd67f8dfc7631@reply.craigslist.org
with this message
Please,i would like to know if you still have the KITCHEN AID MIXER BRAND NEW , and i would like you to email me your direct email address to contact you so I could forward it to my associate in purchase of the item from you.

Get back to me with your:

Name:
Email address:


Thank you.
after I received an email from a Chris Wooten at this email address
uswingsx3@venusis.net
and his message went like this

Good to read from you and thanks for the details provided. I presume we
seal this a deal? I'll contact my secretary so that payment will be
issued out to you. please i want you to consider the item sold and keep
off other interested buyers that would make inquiry cos am ready for it's
purchase.


As i've let you know that pick up and mover's fee will be included in
your payment, so upon cash of check, you'll make the pick up money
payable to the movers via MoneyGram and i would arrange
appropriate time with the movers for pick up at your location as i have
other properties to be moved.I believe this is based on trust.


Thanks for your understanding.
Regards!
his 2nd message is this
Hello,sorry for the slight delay caused by the usps but here is the tracking number which shows the check would be delivered to you today #9405501699320003545945 ,pls be on a look out

I spoke to my bank and they said there would be a 5 day hold on the funds but for me to tell the person it would be 10 days once the check went thru the normal bank procedure and comes back unpaid I am to take it to our local police and press fraud charges. Maybe if we all took the time to do this we could get these people registered with the banks as fraud and that way they could alert someone who may not catch the scam....as we all know that we work hard for our money for some just to scam us out of it because most of us are trusting people......but just remember as the saying goes and to be on the safe side IN GOD WE TRUST ALL OTHERS PAY CASH.............

HMC said...

Alias "CHRIS WOOTEN" (uswingsx3@venusis.net) is still at work. I too was skeptical, but finally "googled" the email address and thanks to previous poster this blog came up and reafirmed that I should not continue with this. He got as far as telling me his secretary sent check and would be letting me know the confirmation number soon. I even feel so gullible for going along with it that far. UGH, guess I will repost and hope for the best.

Chris F said...

Name: Kenneth Luis
Email: kaitlynwv5@gmail.com

Thanks for the prompt response i want you to know that am okay with the
condition of the item and i will love to make an instant purchase. I
will be mailing a certified check from my account to cover the cost,
while you hold item on my behalf, am willing to give an extra $40 for
you to hold item till you receive payment. Once you have payment, I
will have my handler come for pickup at your place as soon as check
clears your bank. I will be needing the following information to
issue out the payment .

1.Name to be on the check
2.Home Address
3.Telephone
4.Final Asking Price

**Additional funds for pick up charges as quoted by my movers will be
sent along with your funds on a single check, you are to pay the
movers I will await bank clearance before we proceed further once you
received the payments Please note that the payment will be mailed via
the courier to your address and its bound to delivered within 2 to 3
days. I have taken a closer look at the item and am very satisfied i
really need this and would appreciates that you help hold this for me
till the payment arrives. Furthermore do remove the
posting from CRAIGSLIST as am definitely buying it from you. Hope to
hear from you ASAP

Sincerely

ebr2013 said...

They've changed their name but its the same scam. The name they used was Susan Dillon. Same exact emails except she said she was a God fearing person. I can't believe I trusted them and gave them my address. If I receive a check, I'm turning it into the police.

vet123tek said...

Just got an email from Jim.berger59@gmail.com. I ambling looking for a job and this person asked me to contact him for a job. I replied and no response. I became suspicious and googled this email address. It took me directly to this page. Beware of this person. He is still out there looking for his next victim.

Luke Shipman said...

I had the same thing happen to me today. Here is the email history:

From scammer:
Do you still have the item for sale?send the pictures to my email and asking price email is haleyuwb-at-gmail-com

My reply:
Here's the picture. Asking $35.

Scammer (using the name Caroline James) reply:
Thanks for the prompt response i want you to know that am okay with the
condition of the item and i will love to make an instant purchase. I will be mailing a certified check from my account to cover the cost,
while you hold item on my behalf, am willing to give an extra $40 for you to hold item till you receive payment. Once you have payment, I will have my handler come for pickup at your place as soon as check clears your bank. I will be needing the following information to issue out the payment .

1.Name to be on the check
2.Home Address
3.Telephone
4.Final Asking Price

**Additional funds for pick up charges as quoted by my movers will be sent along with your funds on a single check, you are to pay the movers I will await bank clearance before we proceed further once you received the payments Please note that the payment will be mailed via the courier to your address and its bound to delivered within 2 to 3 days. I have taken a closer look at the item and am very satisfied i really need this and would appreciates that you help hold this for me till the payment arrives. Furthermore do remove the
posting from CRAIGSLIST as am definitely buying it from you. Hope to hear from you ASAP

Sincerely

My response:
Hi Caroline,
I’d prefer cash on pickup. Can you accommodate that? I’m happy to hold the item for a reasonable amount of time. When would your pickup folks be available?

Thanks,


To which i got no response. Thank you for creating this blog and educating all of us.

Luke Shipman said...

I had the same thing happen to me today. Here is the email history:

From scammer:
Do you still have the item for sale?send the pictures to my email and asking price email is haleyuwb-at-gmail-com

My reply:
Here's the picture. Asking $35.

Scammer (using the name Caroline James) reply:
Thanks for the prompt response i want you to know that am okay with the
condition of the item and i will love to make an instant purchase. I will be mailing a certified check from my account to cover the cost,
while you hold item on my behalf, am willing to give an extra $40 for you to hold item till you receive payment. Once you have payment, I will have my handler come for pickup at your place as soon as check clears your bank. I will be needing the following information to issue out the payment .

1.Name to be on the check
2.Home Address
3.Telephone
4.Final Asking Price

**Additional funds for pick up charges as quoted by my movers will be sent along with your funds on a single check, you are to pay the movers I will await bank clearance before we proceed further once you received the payments Please note that the payment will be mailed via the courier to your address and its bound to delivered within 2 to 3 days. I have taken a closer look at the item and am very satisfied i really need this and would appreciates that you help hold this for me till the payment arrives. Furthermore do remove the
posting from CRAIGSLIST as am definitely buying it from you. Hope to hear from you ASAP

Sincerely

My response:
Hi Caroline,
I’d prefer cash on pickup. Can you accommodate that? I’m happy to hold the item for a reasonable amount of time. When would your pickup folks be available?

Thanks,


To which i got no response. Thank you for creating this blog and educating all of us.

1d84b84e-0112-11e3-bc92-000bcdcb2996 said...

got an email from Clarence Malone Jr. at clarencemalone22@gmail.com with a scam email. This is after posting an add on KSL.com Utah classifieds. Looks like someone has received a scam email from this email address a couple of months before I did.

charlie wong said...

There are still out there Tim Hall is a U S Marine now