7 Types of Common Craigslist Scams to Watch Out for

craigslist scamsIt used to be that when you wanted to find an apartment for rent, buy a used car, or pick up used, secondhand items like furniture or a washer and dryer, you looked in the classified section of the newspaper. But like with most other things these days, the Internet has taken over and made things even easier.

Nowadays, if you’re looking for any of these things, the best place to look is probably Craigslist, an online classified site categorized by city.

However, the technology that has made it easier to find what you need has also made it easier for scammers to take advantage of the unsuspecting. Craigslist is a perfect example of that. On any day of the week, you can find hundreds of local listings that include apartment and home rentals, cars for sale, concert and play tickets, jobs, and every conceivable secondhand item you can think of. But scammers are very creative and have put together elaborate rouses to trick even the savviest buyer.

The good news is that you don’t have to avoid Craigslist and all of its wonderful opportunities to avoid being “taken.” You just need to know what to look for.

Here’s a rundown of the most common Craigslist scams along with advice on how to avoid them.

Home and Apartment Rental Scams

If you don’t plan to use a real estate agent to look for a house or apartment, be on high alert for scammers. Avoid becoming a victim by understanding how they operate and what types of tactics they use. First, we’ll look at the various scams and then we’ll talk about how to avoid them.

1. The Popular Home or Apartment

In this insidious scam, the “landlord” will list a home or apartment at an unbelievably great price. They’ll feature photos of an adorable place with the desired amenities. Of course, they’ll have dozens of people respond to the ad and most will want to snatch it up before it’s gone. This landlord is all too willing to please everyone too. In fact, he will collect deposits, first and last month’s rent, and other fees from anyone who’s interested – and then skip town.

The problem comes when all the renters try to move in and discover it was never the landlord’s to rent in the first place. In one case, such a “landlord” walked away with $60,000 in collected fees from potential renters from a single apartment. A slight variation of this scam occurs when the crook rents a house or apartment with the intention of re-renting it to dozens of people.

2. The Middleman

Sometimes the story is that the owner of the home or apartment is sick, out of the country, or otherwise unavailable and his friend is helping out by renting the place for him. This is called the middleman scam because renters never come into contact with the real owner of the property. If they did, they would quickly realize the property isn’t even for rent!

After a renter pays the deposits and rent, the “friend” disappears and the renter is out the money and still has no place to live. This scam can also be pulled off by people overseas. They do it by finding a photo of a cute house, then listing it for rent. They target people relocating to a new city or town who can’t physically check out the house and won’t know it’s not located in the area claimed.

3. The Over-anxious Renter

Rental scams don’t just target renters. They target landlords too. The most common is the typical Nigerian scam where a person will agree to rent a house or apartment and then send the landlord a check or money order for the deposits, rent, and fees. After the check is sent, however, they realize they “accidentally” sent too much and tell the landlord it’s put them in a financial bind. They ask that the excess be wired to them right away. What the landlord may not realize, however, is that the check or money order is no good. Whatever money they wire the scammer will be their own money, never to be seen again.

housing scam

Now that you understand the basics of how thieves take advantage of tenants and landlords, let’s take a look at how you can avoid becoming a helpless victim.

  • Make sure the “landlord” really owns the house. If it’s an apartment or condo, you can call the related association or property management company and ask if you’re renting from the legitimate owner. If it’s a home, you’ll have to search the property records in the area that the house or apartment is located. If the names don’t match in either of these circumstances, you’re probably dealing with a scammer.
  • Get a copy of the landlord’s ID and call the local authorities to make sure it’s legitimate.
  • Do a quick Google search on the landlord’s name as well as the address of the house you’re considering renting. If they’ve scammed anyone else, you’ll probably find information about it online. In addition, you may find useful information about the house, like whether or not it’s been involved in previous scams.
  • If the person you’re dealing with doesn’t ask you for an application or doesn’t care to screen tenants with a background check, you may be dealing with a scammer. The illegitimate landlords will seem to make renting and qualifying as easy for you as possible.
  • Don’t allow anyone to overpay you. If they do, don’t release any funds until their check or money order has cleared your account. Some thieves can produce fake checks and money orders so believable that they’ll even fool banks until the check is finally bounced back weeks later. If this happens, you’ll be responsible for any money you’ve used against the funds and, in some instances, you may even be held criminally responsible. They will likely pressure you to wire money beforehand to “pay them back,” but don’t give in unless you’re sure there’s no chance of the original check bouncing.
  • If you’re a landlord, be sure to check all references, credit reports, criminal histories, and employers before you offer a lease.

Car Buying and Selling Scams

It’s possible to save hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars by buying a car from an individual rather than from a car dealership or car lot, and many people have turned to Craigslist to find one. But anytime there’s a large marketplace, the scammers aren’t far behind, and car sales are no exception. Here’s an overview of how these scams are carried out and hints on how you can avoid falling for them.

1. Fake Funds

Con artists are experts at producing fraudulent checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks. Some car owners have found out the hard way that after they release their car to such a buyer, the check bounces or comes back as a fraud. The seller is out a car with no real way to trace the buyer’s identity or location.

2. The Accidental Check

Just like in the housing scams, buyers will pay the seller with a cashier’s check or money order that looks real and then suddenly “realize” they paid too much. This usually happens with buyers who are overseas or otherwise unable to meet with the seller in person. The buyer will then ask the seller to just wire them the overage. Then the seller will arrange to have the car picked up by a middleman, or pick-up agent. By the time the seller realizes the check was a fake, they’ve lost the money they wired to the buyer as well as their car.

3. The Out-of-Town Seller

Some sellers will list a car at an unbelievable price and then tell the buyer a sob story to go with it. It may be they are going through a divorce, or have been transferred overseas and can’t afford to have the car shipped or registered to the new locale. Whatever the story, it justifies the low price and the buyer thinks he’s getting a great deal. But because the seller is out of the country, the buyer will have to wire funds to them in order to take possession of the car. You can imagine what happens next – the seller disappears with the money and the car is nowhere to be found.

4. The Safe Deal

If a con artist senses a buyer’s hesitation about wiring money before they have possession of the car, many times they will offer to do a “safe” transaction utilizing a company like Escrow.com or another online escrow service. They will tell the buyer to send funds via Western Union to the escrow account where they will be held until the buyer picks up the car.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? The problem comes when a spoof email (one that mimics a legitimate site) is sent to the buyer from the supposedly secure escrow site. The funds then aren’t routed to a legitimate escrow account, but rather a fake one. The seller is never heard from again and the buyer is left with no money and no car.

car scam

Despite all the dirty deals, it’s still possible to make a good, legitimate car deal on Craigslist. But you have to stay aware and pay attention to these warning signs.

  • If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The way con artists lure people into their scams is by offering irresistible deals.
  • If you can’t meet with the buyer or seller in person because they’re out of the country or are sick, or for any other reason, you should proceed with extreme caution.
  • The seller wants to use an online escrow service of their own choosing.
  • The seller asks that you wire the money to an overseas account. Especially be wary when they request that you use Western Union, as many scammers use this service.
  • There is an urgency to the transaction. Either someone else is looking at the car or they have to sell it in a hurry. Scammers use a sense of urgency to force buyers to do things they wouldn’t normally do if they had enough time to think it through.
  • The only contact information is an email address and the buyer or seller claims they don’t have a phone number to give you.

Ticket Scams

Craigslist is a great place to look for tickets to a sold out concert, sporting event, or other event you can’t get tickets for through regular venues. In addition, airline tickets can bought and sold on the site when people’s plans change. It can be a great way to get those hard-to-find event tickets or save money on travel. But beware – the scammers have figured out how to steal your money with deals like these. Let’s start by looking at some of the most common scams. Then, we’ll talk about how to protect yourself from them.

1. Fake Tickets

Con artists have figured out how to use a printer, which is bad news for people buying event tickets. The thief will print out fake tickets that look like the real thing and then sell them to unsuspecting buyers. Depending on the event, these tickets can cost hundreds, or in some cases, thousands of dollars. Some scammers will sell complete season tickets for a sporting team or concert series. But when the buyer tries to use them, they’re told that the tickets aren’t real.

2. Selling Canceled Tickets

This is the latest and greatest in the scammers’ world. The seller will buy airline tickets with a credit card, then list the tickets for sale. As soon as they have a buyer, they will cancel the sale which renders the tickets worthless. But the buyer doesn’t know that and will believe they have a legitimate ticket until they show up at the airport and are told that the tickets were canceled. This leaves no recourse for the buyer because the airline didn’t sell them the tickets, the scammer did. And chances are that person will never be seen again.

i need tickets scam

If you don’t want to be taken for a ride when purchasing tickets from Craigslist, here’s how to protect yourself.

  • Know what you’re buying. This is one of the simplest, yet most effective ways to protect yourself against ticket scams. Every ticket looks different and not all scammers have the capability to print out an exact replica of the tickets they’re selling. They will instead print out one-size-fits-all tickets for a variety of events and because most people don’t know what the tickets should look like, they fall for it. Instead, make sure you not only know what the ticket is supposed to look like, but know the seating plan so you can check if the ticket has the right seat numbers and letters on it.
  • Ask for a receipt or invoice. If the seller can’t offer you proof that he bought the tickets with an invoice or receipt, then he probably never did. Ask for proof of purchase from the seller and tell them you want a copy of it. Next, call the event’s ticket seller and make sure the tickets were paid for. This is especially wise if you are buying a season’s worth of tickets because many times a scammer will show you a receipt that upon careful examination will show only a few tickets that have actually been paid for.
  • Verify the Seller. When a person buys season tickets, they’ll be assigned an account number that should match their name. If you’re buying season tickets, ask the seller for this information and then call the vendor, which will either be the team or ticket agent. Make sure the person you’re dealing with has an account and that the tickets they are trying to sell you are valid. If the seller balks at this, don’t make the deal – that means the tickets are likely fake.
  • If you’re buying the tickets through the mail, you’ll need to take additional steps to ensure you don’t get ripped off. Don’t pay the entire amount upfront, but offer to pay half when the tickets are mailed and the other half once you receive them. Put everything in writing via email, including all the seller’s contact information as well as the details of the transaction. And ask that the tickets be sent to you with a tracking number.

Escrow Fraud

Anyone buying a big-ticket item online wants to know the transaction will be safe. After all, it’s a little scary to send thousands of dollars to someone you don’t know and then trust them to send you the item. Out of that worry were born escrow service sites, which are companies that will legally hold money until both parties in the transaction are satisfied. It can be a great way to feel comfortable dealing with the buying and selling of big-ticket items. So it didn’t take long for scammers to find a way to profit from it. Here’s how con artists use escrow fraud to pull a scam.

1. The Safe Buy

When negotiating a deal for a large-ticket item, the seller will reassure the buyer that their money will be safe until the item is received. The seller refers them to an escrow service site they “use all the time.” When the buyer goes to the site, it looks legitimate and instills confidence. They deposit the funds into an account on the site and then wait for their item to arrive.

But it never does. What happened? The escrow service site wasn’t real. It was a phishing site – one that is set up to look just like a legitimate business. Many times these scam artists will mimic a well-respected site in an effort to make the buyer trust it. And too many times it works. The seller will be out their money and have nothing to show for it.

dirty money laundry

Here’s how you avoid this all-too-common scam.

  • Be cautious anytime a seller suggests the use of a certain escrow service site. There are legitimate escrow companies out there that provide great service. If you want to utilize one, pick it yourself. Never do business with a company you’ve never heard of, no matter how legitimate the site looks. In fact, if the seller suggests one, counter it with a site you know and trust. If you never hear from them again, you’ll know you just avoided a scam.
  • Carefully look at the site of the escrow service you are considering. Do they have contact information other than just email? If so, call and talk to them. Is English their first language? How about the content on the site – is it full of grammatical errors and difficult to understand? When you Google their business and domain name, what do you find?

Fake Craigslist Guarantee

Craigslist is a great site that allows buyers and sellers to come together even if they don’t live in the same city. But they don’t get involved in the transactions of their visitors. Still, many scam artists have devised a way to make a buyer feel comfortable by making them believe the purchase has been approved and is protected by Craigslist. Here’s how it works.

  • A potential buyer will receive an official looking email from Craigslist saying they have researched the seller and approved the transaction as safe. The email will further say that Craigslist will offer a buyer’s protection service if something does go wrong with the transaction. Next, it will guide the buyer through the steps to complete the purchase, such as sending money. But the email is a fake because Craigslist doesn’t offer any such thing. If you get an email like this, the seller is definitely a scammer and you should report them to Craigslist so they can remove the listing.

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Job Scams

Looking for a job is tough enough, but if you get scammed in your job search, it can be downright disheartening. That’s exactly what happens to some job seekers who answer ads on Craigslist. If you’re looking for a job online, read about what to avoid below.

1. The Nanny Job

Some scammers post jobs for nannies and babysitters, targeting the young and inexperienced. They claim they’re moving to the area and need someone to look after their children. They generally offer a nice salary, but not outrageous enough to ring any alarm bells. Once they “hire” someone, they’ll mail them a check along with instructions about exactly what to do with the money. These instructions might be things like buying groceries for the new house, taking out an amount for their salary, and paying the rent to the new landlord.

And that’s the scam. The check the scammer sends the employee is not good and the “landlord” is a part of the scam. The employee will send money from her own account, relying on the employer’s check to cover it, and then everyone disappears. The employee, who thought she had landed a great job, is now out the money and on the line for all of it.

2. The Payments Job

If you’ve read this entire article, you’ll be able to spot the scam here before you get to the end. An employer will claim they’re having difficulty receiving payments from their customers because of trouble with their bank or even their country’s financial regulations. They’ll offer to pay a percentage of each sale to someone who will receive payments into their account, take out their cut, and then wire the balance to the employer. Of course, the received payments will bounce or be fraudulent and the person will be out any money they wired.

Job scams often revolve around an employer who asks the employee to wire money somewhere. This is always a scam. If someone hires you legitimately, they’ll never ask you to use your own bank account for their means.

Fake Craigslist Site

Finally, be certain you’re on the authentic Craigslist site whenever you make a transaction. Con artists have created spoof sites that are made to look exactly like Craigslist, but are only designed to take your money. The official website address is http://www.craigslist.org/ – anything other than that is not the real deal.

Final Word

Buying and selling on Craigslist can be an awesome experience. For example, you can find deals you couldn’t otherwise locate in your local area. As long as you pay attention to the details of each transaction and stay aware of the signs that alert you to possible scams, you should be fine. If you believe you have come across a scam, mark it as such at the top of the page and email Craigslist at [email protected]

Have you ever been scammed by a listing on Craigslist? What other fraudulent tactics have you come across on the site?

  • Jblakebarnett

    Am glad to hear from you and thanks for the information you get back
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    Payment will come to you in excess payment which is over payment which
    will included the nanny fees on the check am sending to you, because
    the nanny will need the rest money to relocate to your location with
    my son for the tutor lesson….Please as a good teacher i will want
    you to help me to handle this payment with care and with the
    instruction when you receive the check….When the tutor start in two
    week time if you take good care of my son i will compensate you for
    another extra $100 for the tutor lesson of son. As soon as you receive
    the payment you will deduct your own money for the tutor lesson of my
    son for the 1 month and you will have the rest money send to the
    nanny, the nanny information to send the rest money will be email to
    you as soon as you receive the check.. i will instruct my secretary to
    issue out the payment to you asap.
    Hope i can trust you with nanny fund and you will handle this for
    me and i will be happy if my son achieve his aim in future?

    Thanks and God Bless You and Mike is excited to meet you


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  • http://twitter.com/BlogandSave Savings.com Blog

    the apt scam almost happened to me. this lady listed a great condo and said she was out of town. she wanted me to wire her a deposit and she would mail me the keys. good thing i realized she was lying!

  • http://creditshout.com Amanda at CreditShout

    Great post, I think the main thing to remember is that if it seems too good to be true than it probably is! I think you said that once or twice in your post. And use your gut instincts!

  • http://twitter.com/BountyBuy BountyBuy

    Great article Suzanne!! With common senes and a few simple rules most can be avoided.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2U2RKNDJOXE6L4M7HIF3FYSF5Q Catherine

    I was scammed on Craig’s List by a low-life calling himself “Wayne Burford” with an e-mail address of “[email protected] I was a first-time poster on Criag’s List and had a couch for sale. This rotten character claimed to be sending me a certified check for the couch and I was to hold it for him. Stupid me, I believed him and waited in vain for the money to arrive. He then e-mail me he that needed my full address and name to send the check to. Again, I obliged. Two weeks later, this thief got a hold of my credit card number and attempted to charge a number of expensive items on my card. Thank God my credit card company notified me immediately. Just about all of the attempted purchases were declined. This “Wayne Burford’s” IP address is somewhere from the Northwest area and/or Californa. Be wary of mindless creeps like him and others. I reported him to all the proper authorities. He even had the nerve (after I send him some scathing e-mails) to threaten to sue me and he was “turning my e-mails over to my attorney.” I have yet to hear from him or his “attorney”. However, I hope I do, so that I can meet this monster face-to-face and put him behind bars where he and his king belong!

    • Ukatir

      I just got one too. I am selling a painting and a chandelier. Same person replied to both ads. expressing interest in the item. Two weeks later (today) I received another email. I suspect scam. I AM THINKING THAT WE ALL SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR THESE TYPES THAT ASK FOR INFORMATION…

      His/her name and info:
      Daniel W. Comb ([email protected])

      Here is. the first email.————–
      “I’m interested in buying the posted item from you. Let me know if it is still available for sale.”

      Here is the second one.———–

      “Sorry it took long to respond as I was busy at work. I have read through the ad and satisfied. I would have loved to give you a call, but I’m out of town on a geophysical investigations in the mountains and won’t be back until 30th of August. So, coming to your residence for inspection won’t be possible and will appreciate it much better if you can get back to me with its present condition. Do pull down the ad from the Craigslist so I can be assured that I’m at hand of the item.

      More so, I’ll love to make an instant purchase and will be paying by check and it is going to be overnight payment. You can get back to me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check.

      1. Your full name
      2. Your mailing address
      3. Your phone number.

      I’ll have a shipper come for the pickup as soon as you have the check cashed.

      If you need to reach me, send me an email or text my pinger # (720) 551-9091 (text only) as I drive in range every three-hours to check correspondence and respond at that time. I look forward to reading from you soon. Thanks.”


      • C6209P

        I just received a similar set of emails also about a piece of furniture I’m selling. Something felt off about the story they gave me so I started googling Scam reports on Craigslist. When I saw your post, I knew I was right. Thanks for posting. I only wish I could really give this person a piece of my mind.

      • Chrisf_513

        When I get the teaser email from a scammer I immediately give them my cell # and ask for them to call me to discuss payment and options. Needless to say I never get that second emaI…..

    • the_romanian

      Catherine, how did he got hold of your credit card?
      I need to know if you ever find out because I am in the same situation, where I trusted some guy called “Sir Matt Williams” he was interested in buying my stereo equipment, and sent him my name and address. The transaction started looking so fishy that I am definitellynotcashing his “cashier’s check he is sending it to me via UPS, nor sending the “rest of the money” to “his “mover” who’s address is in California…

      • Mr Levad

        This one is interesting and seems to be recurring. I’ve been exchanging texts that came across this same way also… he wants me to cash his check then send funds to his shipping company, of his choosing, via western union.
        The number, area code 619, backtraces to southern California.

        This guy said he wouldn’t give me the name of the shipping company, and I asked for his name and contact info also, and I lost contact with him this afternoon. I only have one work credit card, and haven’t used it yet, so that previous experience of Catherine is very curious also. so wonder if they’re info fishing after just anything they can get, he did ask for mailing address and physical address.

        Mr Romanian, have you had anything bad happen involving other accounts since this?

      • http://twitter.com/krystalwolfgrl crystalwolf

        The FBI has a cybercrimes unit, I suggest all of you file reports with them.
        They ask also how much money you have been scammed out of.
        Do it! And don’t put anything on Craigslist b/c its a scammer paradise!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K7OO7LFASWZARG4QGD7VMUYJSE Kristina

    I’ve never been scammed on craigslist but I’ve felt the effects of a scam. I had one of my apartments used in a scam, one that was actually for rent. You can image my surprise when a guy shows up and cusses me out because his key doesn’t work in an apartment that is currently vacant.

    Its not exactly an easy situation for the landlord. Often times the rent is quite a bit lower then what it should be. Not to mention that scammers don’t exactly care who they get their money from since their not actually renting.

    The guy that showed up had bad credit when I ran his report. Couldn’t pay the actual price of the rent. No deposit, bad credit and not enough income. What am I suppose to do? The guy is to high a risk a tenant and I depend on rent to pay my bills.

    It basically turned into a bad situation all around. He was out of money and I had to deal with the stress of talking with the cops and him. There doesn’t seem like anything landlords and owners can do to prevent their properties from being used.

  • Dantheman_450

    I posted an ad on a local classifieds site and a recieved an email telling me they are interested in hiring me to be a personal assistant. They wanted me to plan appointments and be on call all the time. So they wanted to confirm that my phone works properly so they sent me a code over the phone which said it had something to do with craigslist. I hadnt even heard of craigslist since that moment so i knew something was suspicious. The catch was they lived in new york city and I lived in canada and they said they would mail me a check for $4580 and that i would take my percentage of my paycheck and send the rest thru western union to a “client” of theirs. I ended it then and there. Thier phone number is (347)384-9004. I was wondering if there would be a way to catch this scammer or trace the number.

    • Worldwildwest

      A Reverse phone look up Thru Google might Work.

    • JG

      I had a smiliar incident- his name was Dempsey Lampard- The ad was for a Broker Assistant job. I got a reply that asked for my information which was weird because i had attached my resume. So I played along but not giving any additional info then I got another repy saying I got the job- I had never talked to anyone or had an interview, that he was going to send me a paycheck but I was to deduct my salary from the check he sent to me and send the rest back to him after I deposted the check!! I knew immediately it was fraud and a scam so I let CL know what was going on and never responded. This person made it clear I was to be honest and trustworthy.

    • Middleman5150

      just type the number in google search,it will come up as many times as it has been posted,go from there

  • Mariaguardado58

    I wAs really. Close to getting scammed. By a man on craigslist. By the Name of Al ramireZ. He claimed that he was renting a beautiful 2br home for 600/month and 500 deposit. My boyfriend and I had barely came back from sending him the money (deposit) thru western union to Nigeria Africa because he said he had to leave there for a biding. Something felt wrong so I started doing some online research and found the person and the same story he had told me and many ppl wrote about how he tried to scam them .

    Remember he goes by the name of al Ramirez and his wife engal

    • BekahLyn25

      OMG !!!! thats what i was talking about in my previous comment !!! We gave him all of our information, never sent the money … but now he has all of our info !!! i also know of a few people that actually sent him the money… is there anything i/we can do ????

  • Bekahlyn25

    i NEED HELP PLEASE !!!!! If you have discovered that someone on here is a scam artist, and you actually know of people that they have “gotten over on,” what do i do?? Is there a number i can call, or an e-mail address i can write my concerns to, or maybe a site that has a form i can fill out …. IS THERE ANYONE I CAN TALK TO ??? Please help me …. If anyone anything or can help me, please e-mail me at [email protected] !!! Thank you soo much in advance. Rebekah

    • Middleman5150

      e-mail craigslist,they have an address, the FBI has an e-mail address,altho most of them are fraud, dont contact the person,you can also alert your local police,they might have some information the can share with you

  • vz0914

    I was selling a part for my truck and now i have been sent a check. he goes by Jim Wuertz and he says he will contact federal angecies if i try to take his hard-earned money. he has some of my info not all of it, but i want some help as to what should i ask from him before i even think about cashing this check. it has the symptoms of a scam if anybody else has heard from this man lemme know…

    • Ckapp289

      The same guy has tried to scam us. After I told him i wasn’t cashing the check and it was a fraud, he said the same thing about his “hard earned money”. Dont Cash his check!!

    • ukatir

      send it back, just send it back or trash it

    • Middleman5150

      hold your ground and do nothing,he will not come after you because he is a scam artist and cant afford the exposure ,I went through the same thing I told the guy lets pick a court date,Ill meet you there,never heard from him again, what ever you do DO NOT SEND HIM MONEY,and do not cash the check

    • Chimptor

      Take that check to the police and see if it’s real. It’s not, and tell him you went to the Feds yourself!!

    • Chimptor

      Take that check to the police and see if it’s real. It’s not, and tell him you went to the Feds yourself!!

    • Johnreich5

      Tell the kook you accidentally lost the check, that he needs to cancel that check, and kindly ask him to send you a new one. when he says,” that was a cashiers check you moron!!!!” Apologize and ask him to print another magical check and shove it up his arse.

  • Dejon13williams

    Why do people still fall for anything having to do with nigeria?

    • Johnreich5

      Nigeria is synonomous with honesty.

      • Onoh Udensi

        Oh c’mon -_- not all Nigerians are scammers…

  • Bettyboopeyes47374

    I am looking for a caregiving job.I live in Richmond,in.And I keep getting people that want me to take a errand service job? They send a check for me to take a check to the bank and wait for it to clear then pay someone else for items.I don’t think it is legit.Anyone have this experience?

    • The_romanian

      Nobody would send you a real check or real money if they don’t know who you are.
      Stay away.

  • Glygio

    I just got a check from a person that is hiring me for a personal assistant job. The name of the person is Nichole Laricks. I think is a scam as well but she said to cash the check e take my part and send the rest to a client in Philippines. Anyway where am I being scammed if the check is cashed immediately?? Is there possibilities to be a real job???? I will not cash the check until I have clear idea of this.

    • Camillepress08

      Hey did you end up figuring if this was a scam or not? I’m in the same situation but I’m in michigan and she’s in Finland, saying that she’ll send a prepaid check to a PO box. Everything about it sounds a little off, so I think I’ll stay away. That is, unless you think she’s legitimate

      • The_romanian

        It is smart of you to stay away. Finland is far away…

    • The_romanian

      If you go to your bank and cash the check, you will get money from your bank, but when the (fake) check is bouncing back to your bank, the bank is charging you the bounce check” fee (usualy $25-$35). This is not a huge amount, the huge amount is the one you sent to Philippines, which probably “Nichole” wants you to do it by means of cash (Money Gram or Western Union).
      To recap: you will be paying your bank the bouncing fee, be out of the cash you sent to Philipinesand face fraud prosecution by your bank due to the fake check that you just cashed through the bank. I would say the chance of this being a real job is very slim.
      Good luck!

    • Julie

      If you cash the check and it bounces (which it will), you will be liable. Run from this one.

    • Middleman5150

      its a scam,got the very same e-mail from the very same man,I cant believe he has the nerve to keep doing this,dont people ever wise up to mr Nichole Laricks

  • Mabuon2323

    Has anyone heard about a craiglist scam involving paypal?

    • Nanson4

      My son is selling his boat on Craigslist, the buyer tells him he dosn’t have time to see it, too busy…Wants to surprise his son with it. ~~ I can’t image who would buy a car or boat withour driving it, or ar least seeimg it. Does this sound like a scam to you..

      My son dosen’t have an account with PAYPAL.


      • Middleman5150

        pay-pal is the new scammer’s method of receiving your cash,you set up an account to a phoney PayPal account giving them your complete financial information in which they steal your id and go on a shopping spree themselves, they will hit you for years,trading to others who will start all over again, NEVER USE PAYPAL FOR ANYTHING

      • Chimptor

        This is a scam. No one, and I mean, NO ONE buys any item sight unseen. Avoid this person like the plague!!

        • ryan sawle

          im actually buying a truck of craigslist without seeing it in person yet. i have more money than you and loseing $10,000 wouldnt even matter, hahahahahahah you are poor

      • Ryan

        I am in a lil pickle myself i am trying to buy a car but everyone i try to buy a car from is out of the state and wont meet up or is leaving soon and needs the money sent right away with the title and everything. I am very cautious in buying a car now and pretty scared. I agree with you i dont really think anyone should buy a car or boat without looking at it or test driving it.

        • Evaapbt

          If they won’t meet up, there’s probably no car to see. They’re just trying to get you to send them money.

      • jker

        yes it’s a scam. Anything like that with some lame sob story is.

      • Evaapbt

        total SCAM. No one in their right mind would by anything like that without actually seeing it first. How do they know it really exists if they don’t see it. The for sale ad could be a scam, right? They don’t care. They’re just trying to send you a fake check to cash on your account and then leave you paying the overdraft and the amount of the fake check when it doesn’t clear their fake account.

  • Troy52192

    Some people are just plain fools to fall into a scammers trap. If you think its fishy,
    I wouldn’t do it. If the person wants the item so bad, He or she can pick it up and pay cash.

  • RickN

    I just received an email in regards to a Craigslist item I am trying to sell. It comes from an area code 720. The guy says that he is going to mail me a check, and then arrange shipment for the items, which I am selling for $2,000. I so wish I could arrange for a face to face meeting! I ain’t a little guy, and I sure would like to have a coming to Jesus discussion with this jerk!

    • Elizabeth

      I just had the same email exchange via a craig’s list ad (also a $2000 item):

      “Sounds Good,I am ready to purchase it asap. I anticipate that I’ll
      have a Certified Check issued out to you from my bank. I’m in no rush
      with you till fund’s are cleared in your bank which takes only a day.
      You do not have to bother yourself about the pick up. I’ll instruct a
      Shipping Co Agent to come for pick up at your door,when you must have
      gotten your cash at hand. Kindly e-mail me back with your physical
      address such as Name,Address (NOT P.o.box) City,State, Zip-code, Phone
      Number.I will be sending the payment via Overnight FedEx Express Mail
      Delivery .You can proceed to take off the ad on craigslist because I
      don’t want any other interruption by another buyer, so get back to me
      with your full name and address with your phone number to mail out the
      check to you
      Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless”

      • http://www.facebook.com/kasey.l.larson Kasey L Larson

        I just received an email almost word for word like this. It’s disappointing. I hate scammers

      • http://www.facebook.com/cynthia.buhler.79 Cynthia Buhler

        I have gotten several similar wanting to send check or bank draft and have their assistant pick up, of course after I have cashed the check…and for my trouble they want to send me an extra $50. When I respond reminding them of my cash only on pick up policy, I never hear from them again.

      • Marx027

        Does anyone know if any of the law enforcement agencies, FBI, Interpole, USPS, (wire fraud), FTC, getting involved in these crimes?

  • The_romanian

    I need to know if anybody can tell me what bad things can I expect if I sent somebody my name and address.
    I trusted some guy called “Sir Matt Williams”, who was interested in buying my stereo equipmentI posted in Craigslist, he liked it whithout seeing it (only the pictures I posted on Craigslist), and asked my to send him my name and address (which I did).
    The transaction started looking so fishy that I am definitelly not cashing his “cashier’s check he is sending to me via UPS, nor am I sending the “rest of the money” to “his “mover” who’s address is in California…
    Comments anybody, please?

    • Isamanthajane

      Had a friend who listed his condo for rent on Craigs list. He received a response from someone in England who claimed his business was trasferring him to the U.S. He then proceeded to say that he would be send a cashiers check for $1500, which he said should be used for the security, rent, etc. payment and the balance should be given to his interior decorator who would be furnishing the apratment. Nothing made sense, my friend never cashed the check and he still has all the phony information this jerk e-mailed. Don’t trust anyone if it doesn’t sound right.

    • Chimptor

      I’ve had the same scammer contact me. My advice is that if you do recieve a check or money order do not open it, go to the FBI, or local police and give them the envolope so they can dust for prints and see if it’s a fake check. If its real go through with the sale, if not, let the police do their job. These idiots are probably I.D. thiefs as well so keep a close eye on your bank accounts. And never, ever give out your social security number. I live in the country and have seven dogs and I am well armed, you see I was stupid enough to give out my address, so, I’m ready if someone wants to try something. Just trust no one untill they are standing in front of you with cash, and always demand CASH, NO CHECKS, CASH ONLY, PERIOD!!!!!!

      • Evaapbt

        I’m betting that you’re absolutely right about the I.D. Theft portion of their scam as well. Its amazing what info can be found on the internet by searching an address or telephone number in Google.

    • Friedman

      Never give any one your address! Your tel #! Deal locally only!
      I sell on Craigs list and they have gone this to me already 3 times!
      I asked for 150.00 for the item and they sent me one time 1,500 cashiers check. He told me that he was out of town and that his secretary had made a mistake on the amount & to keep 100.00 for my troubles and send him the merchandise and the remainder balance.
      3 times already different item different amount but the same story!

      My daughter is looking for a car. We answered one ad that sounded really good 2 days ago. He wants the money in advance so we said we are only 10 minutes away from his location and we want to see the car before we buy it. He says that car has already being crated and it must be shipped????

      hello!!! we are 10 minutes away we can come and pick car now we have cash in hand and we will give it to you when we get the car!

      Silence! No respond! What is wrong with that request? He says he has EBay protection plan and not to worry.

    • Evaapbt

      Any time they want to send you a check in advance without seeing the item you have for sale, its a scam! You have to think to yourself, “would I buy something sight unseen?’ I’m pretty sure you’re saying NO, you wouldn’t. Niether would anyone else that didn’t have some ulterior motive.

    • Evaapbt

      Any time they want to send you a check in advance without seeing the item you have for sale, its a scam! You have to think to yourself, “would I buy something sight unseen?’ I’m pretty sure you’re saying NO, you wouldn’t. Niether would anyone else that didn’t have some ulterior motive.

    • Kacenasimi

      yep same story here…posted the stove for sale for 999 and guy sends me check for 3200…I should wire the rest of the money to the shipper!!! think I was born yesterday:-)

    • [email protected]

      Thanks. Now I won’t be cashing that $3000 check. Grrrrr! I hope they like getting messed with back!!!!!

  • Pretty_poison30

    Anyone heard of a text message scam from Craigslist. My friend posted a “Wanted” ad for pool equipment. She listed her and her husbands phone numbers. They were both sent a text message with a link to some photos but the photos wouldn’t open. Says they are not supposed by devise. Not sure if this is a scam but when she called it was not a working number.

  • Sploozy

    This just happened to a friend of mine. They paid their first, last and cleaning deposit of $1600.00. They moved all their stuff in a van and went inside to shampoo the carpet and pull out the ruined/stained carpet when a man walked in the door demanding to know who they were and wanted to know what the ‘hell’ they were doing. They told them, “We are the new tenants” and the man promptly told them he was the owner of the house and it was NEVER up for rent or for sale…My friends found the add in Little Nickel in Everett, Washington State…they are now out $1600 and are homeless because of some selfish, rotten scammer. I am just stunned that someone would know when the real owner would be away, how did he get keys, i just have hundreds of questions as to how this works but apparently it does work.

  • Bgd1964

    heres one:
    I really appreciate your response .I want you to consider
    it sold,Please do withdraw the advert from CL to avoid
    disturbance,anyway I don’t have time to come over to take a look
    because of my Business but you don’t need to bother yourself with the
    shipment, I’ll take care of that by engaging the services of my mover,
    hence I’ll be sending a check and it will be delivered to you via
    United Parcel Service, so I’ll need you to provide me with the
    following information to facilitate the mailing of the check.
    1.full name 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 shipped to your address and once again
    I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for shipping
    i have my mover that will expedite the pick up as soon as you have
    cashed the check,N.B UPS does not deliver to a P.O box addresses.


    beware I received two almost identical emails from two different people saying almost the exact same thing.

    • Saturngrl715

      My husband has also got the exact same email I’m pretty sure from the exact same guy.

    • fakecheck2012

      I received about 6 Different E-mails the same as yours Yesterday I received a check my item was for 325.00 the check is for $1850.00 then I received a text message asking me if I got the check and gave me the name and all the 411 to send the remained western union so I called the Company’s office that was on the check and ask for the Guy that signed the check they said they was no one worked there with that name and said they had got 9 phone calls from others that received checks she already knew the complete story she ask me to send the check back to her. I told the person in the text last night that I called the Company’s and they said it was a Fake Check and he said my check is not Fake so Monday Morning I am taking all Copies of the E-mails and the check to the Local Police …

      • Friedman

        I sell on Craigs list and they have gone this to me already 3 times!
        I asked for 150.00 for the item and they sent me one time 1,500 cashiers check. He told me that he was out of town and that his secretary had made a mistake on the amount & to keep 100.00 for my troubles and send him the merchandise and the remainder balance.
        3 times already different item different amount but the same story!

        My daughter is looking for a car. We answered one ad that sounded really good 2 days ago. He wants the money in advance so we said we are only 10 minutes away from his location and we want to see the car before we buy it. He says that car has already being crated and it must be shipped????

        hello!!! we are 10 minutes away we can come and pick car now we have cash in hand and we will give it to you when we get the car!

        Silence! No respond! What is wrong with that request? He says he has EBay protection plan and not to worry.

      • Johnreich5

        I am in the middle of the same scam as we speak. what tipped me off is the buyer willing to pay asking price plus 30 additional dollars. Of the items I have sold on Craigslist, I remember dealing with ruthless bargain hunters low balling me all day long. Never once did I get offered additional dollars above asking price. i was not hip to the scam but now i am and I am awaiting a check that he overpaid on.I just received the overpaid e-mail. I am going to kindly tell the kook that I will send him a check for the difference.” Please give me your name, address, cell, and the amount.”, When he says thats no good, i need you to wire it, i am going to tell him I cant because i am on house arrest for stabbing a guy who tried to have me cash a bunk check. If and when he does give me an address, I will write out a check in crayon for triple the amount and send it to this nimrod

        • DemocratsareCraigslistCons

          I like your style (i.e. house arrest for stabbing) I just recently told a “street person” who was following me continually asking for money and drugs that I did not do drugs as required by my parole terms after repeatedly stabbing a dude who wouldnt leave me alone. Drunk as a skunk and high as a kite he heard that message loud and clear.

    • Evaapbt

      They all say almost the identical thing because they are all scams.

  • V.M

    I have a Doctor emailing me from the UK about tutoring his 16 year old daughter for 4 weeks in English while he was here to work 4 weeks, and he wants to send me a check in advance. Now he said the check for the CAB DRIVER AND MYSELF was made out to ME and he asks that when it comes to me I go to a bank and have the cab drivers money wired to him and I cash my portion out.

    I told him I cannot do that, and that I would be fine with not receiving the first payment in advance. I can wait until our first lesson with his girl.

    What do you think of this Wayne Clim at [email protected]?

  • anya

    Hello everyone
    I do computer work, I just post my service information on the crag list and it seem very odd to me that I receive 2 email that they will send me 10 laptop to me to repair and update for them, they will send me the laptop by mail to me to fix and also pay me by check only. I did not do any work for them yet they ask me to send them 1. My full name 2. Address 3. Cell phone. and 4. The best time to call. Any comment ??

    • Evaapbt

      They’ll send you a check to “pre-pay” for your service but pay over and above what you are asking to be paid. Then they want you to send that “extra” money to someone else (which it actually them). The check is fake, you’ve cashed it at your bank and sent them the money but your account gets debited for the total amount of the fake check. DO NOT give them any of your information and don’t even respond to them. That is the scam!

  • Lovemyzoebug

    I have definitely just been scammed after reading all of these familiar postings.
    It is truly incredible how selfish and worthless these fakes can be.

    A week ago I posted on cl for anyone who needs child care. Soo right away I got a message from a Clarion lady specifying she needs care for her 2 year old girl. These people were from UK London first off, so that already had me thinking. Secondly they said they were going to send a couple grand via us certified mail to me. I was to keep 500 then pass on the rest to her travel agent, who I’m assuming is also getting fraud over as well.
    So to make a long story short i, something that is too good to be true usually IS.
    Don’t fall for it whatever you do , don’t accept or cash any checks or make any offers with people that found like this or have a similar story/deal to make with u.
    Haha they think they were slick.

    • Shesthatunique1

      Okay.. I tonight found out this clarion person’s location.. let me guess her daughters daughter is Courtney…She asked you for the nearest hotel location where you are… her daughter knows a lot about you ( ummm… for a two year old child thats pretty damn impressive!!.. Anyways.. She is not a she after all….

      • Shesthatunique1

        the checks are fake.. however I am glad they sent it to me due to the fact it sent me right to a great description and I am going to make sure that this person gets a vacation at club fed. ;-) .. they tried to scam the wrong chic!

        • what

          Yeah, sure. These scams have been going for years, but now they pissed off super chic. Get a grip, young lady.

  • Chimptor

    I hope it’s helps you out there. These are the names of known scammers out there scamming on the “I’m out of town and I want to buy your item without seeing it so please take the advert off and I will send you a money order or cashiers check for the amount plus enough to pay my movers with “X” amount for your running around, scam” Doug Farvin, Hank Williams, Rodwell Daryl, Mark Anthony, Richard Criswell, James Matthew, Jeff Wilfred, Sean John, Luis Milan, Mark Smith, William Sander, Steve Walter, Jennie Raleigh, Phillip Cole, Dray Bank, Grant Seth, Swaraj Karunakara, Bred Hhshhj?!?!? (Really?), Evonne Trujillo, Dye Senna, Nery Winter, Johnny Johnson, Daniel Brock, Channe Williams, Jack Webber, Phil Fletcher, Derrick Hanes, Earl Lucas, Raymond Stone, Lewis Duke, Joseph Amico, James Costa, Christy Bauer, James Burrows, Ian Barlow, Phillip Scott, Chris Anderson, William Lehman, Alberto James, Collins Baright, Nicole Parker, Lancy Adams, Michael Wilson, Sean Martins, Craig Scott, Anthony Daniel (The Actor Who Played C-3PO In Star Wars), Dan Browlers, Dr. John Honeycutt, Barry Smith, Kyle Steve, Patricia Green, Hayes Peter, Cole Platt, and Barry .

  • Lesley

    Well i think this is pretty terrible.. I found an apartment listing for way too cheap from a man claiming to be a reverand serving on a missionary in West Africa (Nigeria) and hos wife was in Melbourne , Australia because she was disabled and i could only call him because she lost her hearing in an accident. And they wanted me to wire a 500 deposit through Western Union and then they would send me the keys of course i didnt and reported them. However that is terrible karma claiming to be a person of God

    • omg

      Yeah, because stealing wasn’t bad… but claiming to be a man of God? How dare he! In case you haven’t noticed yet, most religious people are quite stupid. Perhaps in time you will see the connection.

  • facebook

    What about the Property Management companies who show you a rental property, then tell you to apply and pay a $30 application fee online. IF they approve you (and maybe others), the first to show up at their office with a cashier’s check in the amount of the deposit made out to the PPM. They say you will get a receipt but no lease until the property has been vacated, cleaned and is ready to turn over to you. Anyone had any experience with this scenario?

    • renter

      I would never sign a lease or hand over cash until I had a key in hand. Application fees are common, and property management firms use them to discourage disqualified applicants from wasting their time. But home rentals are pretty easy to confirm. You can find out who owns the building and contact them to confirm if the place is really for rent or who actually represents them in the rental process.

  • qwertyoner

    look here’s how you do it wait for the check to clear get your money from the bank that they put in there and then its yours if you find no funds don’t send the item if you around funds take it out immediately and there ya go quick cash obvious way to make money and figure whether or not it was a scam and scammers can’t get anything from just an email so PayPal they a screwed I have – funds in my account so they aren’t getting anything then when I grab my cash close the account and then open another account in the same bank if you like it under a different email a d that’s how you stop scammers and keep their fake cash if you think its a scam

    • Ironmn1

      Heres the problem with that. If it’s a fake check, but real account of an unsuspecting person, you just stole their money.

    • Johnreich5

      Sounds like you are in on it

  • zeitmer

    Thanks for the article. Now I will never deal with Craigslist again…..

    • whatever

      You idiot! If you think these scams are specific to craigslist, you might as well say good bye to all of your money now.

    • chuck_2012

      scams can come from any where with CL one of the worst.

  • Joyvi
  • Pan

    Almost without exception, the emails copied and pasted here from suspected scammers shave glaring grammatical spelling errors. That in and of itself should be a red flag when someone is claiming to have an “agent” or some other professional who will assist them in their purchase.

  • Eric

    I’m in the process of selling my car on Craigslist,
    I put the ad on and at least 5 hours later I recieve this email…
    “Hello! let’s do like this, actually now I’m not in town for now, Icame to visit my son so i wont be able to meet with you but am okay
    with the price as seen on the advert, I’ll proceed in issuing a Check
    out to you and when you received the check , I will make arrangement
    for pick-up. So get back to me with below details asap.
    Postal Code:
    Phone Number:
    And as soon as this is provided, the payment will mail out via Usps
    Priority mail to you and i will let you know when
    its mailed out. I need you to be honest with the sale as I am a God
    fearing person.
    God Bless.”

    I was VERY hesitant, WHO ON EARTH would send a check to a person they don’t know, for a car they’ve NEVER driven or actually seen before..
    He says he’s “not in town”, that tells me he lives near me. I live in southern NY..
    SO I got an IP address from his email adress and looked up his name in the nearest location and it says he is from Palo Alto, CA… CALIFORNIA!!!

    Anyway… His name is John Owen, his 2 emails are
    [email protected] and [email protected]
    Watch out for him!!!

  • Candace

    This is the email I received…… 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………..
    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

  • sillygrl

    I posted some furniture on cl, always the same scam, “out of town, need personal info for cashiers check, arrange pick-up & shipping, mispelling & bad grammar”, the first one I got, I directed it to spam. Now numerous replys with different names and URL’s go staight to spam but, they all have the same scammer profile, I don’t even open them anymore ,just delete with the other trash. I still get legit cl requests in my regular email.

  • Veronica

    I also got a scam email: Selling furniture:
    Alright,Your asking price is quite reasonable and affordable considering others I’ve seen lately, So i’ll buy take it. the payment will be made via PayPal for the safety of both. I Dont have access to cash. Am at work here out of the states. so i will like to have your PayPal email address where the funds will be sent. And also the
    address where it will be picked up because am arranging for a pick up with a local moving company. and i’ll need it to get home before me.
    So as soon as the funds is sent, they will come for the pick up.

    Please write me back today.

    Needless to say I ignored this emai. It came from ‘Marie Claire’

  • jaykay

    I recently posted an ad on craigslist for a car from the dealership I work at, and got 2 responses. One I know was a scammer because it was a long email with a pathetic sob story. The other was grammatically questionable. I also just got an email claiming to be from the CEO of craigslist, saying I won a free macbook and they had some special promo deal with apple. He’s saying I need to claim it now to recieve it. I know this is fake, so I’m just trying to get the word out about it. These people are worthless peices of trash and it disgusts me.

  • Evaapbt

    THE LATEST SCAM!!! Don’t know if this is new, but I’ve seen it a LOT while trying to sell stuff on Criagslist. Have gotten several email responses to my for sale ads where they will set up day and time to come view the item and get the sellers address. Shortly there after, usually right before they are scheduled to arrive, they will email to give some excuse why they can’t make it and want to reschedule for a “weekday morning”. Well lets see, they have my address and now they want to know if I’ll be home on a work day. I always tell them I work from home, so come on by. How strange that I never hear from them. Also, they will never call even after having your phone number. All the communications are done via email only.

  • HopeItsFine

    PLEASE HELP ME! I’m freaking out! I think I’m getting scammed!
    I found a great place here in city I live in. It’s for a private bedroom. I actually went to the place and saw the room. It’s a married man whose kids live with the grandparents. So I’ve met the kids briefly. The wife I met very briefly yesterday. Everything seemed fine except… issues kept coming up. For one, he insisted I pay him the deposit in cash, which i did but i asked we write it down on paper. But it wasn’t until now I realized just having his signature isn’t enough, there’s no printed name (just the date, the amount i gave him, the general address of the place without the apartment number, and his messy signature). Also, the last name on the apartment intercom is different than the name he told me. 3rd, the first time i asked to see his id, he weaseled his way out of it saying the stuff in his apartment cost more than 500 deposit and that he wasn’t going to move out like that. I gave him the deposit September 27 2012 expecting to move in October. but supposedly the girl that had been previously renting the room I want, had issue with finding another place so she’s still there, ALMOST A MONTH LATER. Initially he asked if i wanted my deposit back, but i said it was okay because it kept sounding like she just needed an extra week…. until almost a month later now! He won’t let me even meet this girl, claims he wants to keep everyone’s business separate. He wants me to move in by the end of this month because supposedly him and his wife are going on a trip to Vegas next Wednesday and want someone already settled in to also keep an eye on the place. He had me move a couple of my boxes in yesterday, but wouldn’t even let me see the room, just placed my boxes in the dining room. Supposedly I’m going to rent a truck this weekend and move the rest of my stuff in the room (and according to him, if some of the girl’s stuff is still in the room he’ll just move her stuff to the side). Everything just seems fishy. I’m freaking out now because I’m scared he’s scamming me and probably a lot of other people. What if he’s just taking a lot of people’s deposits? Then, in the next couple of days he’s going to skip town!! Today I tried asking to see him tomorrow but he said wait until this Saturday. Is this a con artist? Or am I just being too paranoid? What should I do now??

  • PatternSeaker

    Great articles here. I’m using Craigslist for the first time to sell a couple of items and find this site to be very helpful. Thanks to everyone for posting your stories on this site! There is an interesting similarity among these scammers in that they seem to want you to remove your Craigslist posting right away. Is this just to give you the impression they are sincere, or is there incriminating evidence that is destroyed once you remove your post?

  • A Frequent Craigslist User
  • Onenut4life

    I would just like to add to Robert Paynes new methods of trying to fool people into sending him items. This guy really pisses me off. I am disabled and with disability checks are next to nothing to live on, so any item I am selling, every dollar means a lot to me because it took me a very long time to save up to buy the item I was selling. Just to see this guy prey on people like myself, I feel so bad if he has already conned another person in a simular situation where they are going to be unable to recover from such a loss and are selling things just to pay for their medical needs.

    I first had a fishy feeling about his email right when I read it. Without asking many questions, just if I still had it and asking how much it would cost to ship to his address. I went and got quotes from Canada Post and Fed Ex as per his request and gave him more than one option with each shipper. The guy goes and picks the most expensive one too, this is when REDFLAG instantly popped up. Why would this guy offer me $200 for my item plus almost $90 for shipping and then he could buy a brand new one for not much more. This made no sense. The nerve of him trying to get your item shipped to him even faster too.

    Robert asked me for my paypal address and said he deposit the funds next day. I’m very knowledgeable about computers, including security and software. This guy is a very bad con-artist, well you will see with the following picture:


    Various mistakes all over, as in the very first line showing “Reciept Of PayPal Payment Received from…” This would always be Reciept of… not Of. There is no transcation number, its saying Pending Transcation but at the bottom it says its been completed. This guy is just bad at scamming and I hope people see these mistakes instantly and know to trust their gut first and look into it if it seems fishy.

  • Joannkfarrell

    thanks- I didn’t know there were fake escrow shipping sites- glad I googled and found your tips!

  • nesjopat

    i have apply for a lot of jobs on this site then late last month some one send me an email saying i got a job to take care of his grandmother,this person got my number but never call always be sending me emails then i got a check in the mail for me the deposit and when it got clear i should send back email to let the person know so they can make plans for there grandmother.but why would this person send a check to someone they don’t know and giving me a bouns also before i even start working.

  • [email protected]

    This just happened to my cousin. The job was to pickup his daughter at the airport and driver her around for 2 weeks. When he agreed to it he sent him a check for $3400. He then wanted my cousin to send $1500 to some man in L.A which supposedly was an agent that was gonna get her an apartment. There was so many red flags I suggested to go to the bank to see if the check was gonna bounce. The bank informed us it was a scam and the check indeed will bounce. A week after the check was deposited it bounced. At the end of the day, we didn’t lose anything but be very cautious when dealing with anything.

  • chicka91

    BEWARE OF THIS RECENT JOB SCAM I CAME ACROSS WITH!! I still have all my emails from her
    If anyone wants to see how she actually writes and asks and says. So just let me know

    [email protected] is a job scam!!
    So about that email address. Her name is “chloe”
    She posted an add under general labors as “housekeeper/babysitter needed”
    To watch her beautiful twins as i read the add it sounded like it was her and her
    Husband were busy working and they needed help with watching her twins.
    Well anyways when i replied to her add mind u i did not send her a resume or anything
    I just replyed telling her that i had open availability to watch her kids whenever thats all
    I said. Well the next day she told me she was excited and couldnt wait to meet me
    But she described herself as a single mom with twins and had her own business.
    So she would need me mon thru fri and pay me 620 a week.
    I was like ok and im a complete stranger she doesnt even know and btw she told me
    She lives in detroit michigan and will be moving to portland or.
    So she told me she wanted to pay me in advance and also send in extra cash for a
    Whe.elchair she wanted to get her daughter who had an accident the wheelchair
    Was going to be delivered to me. So she told me to send her my address and stuff
    And she would send the check. After the check comes she told me i had to
    Put the money in my bank account only i cant cash it just put it in my bank account
    Then she gave me alist of toys to get her twins and keep my money and transfer the
    Remaining of the money to this other account she gave me for the wheel
    Chair so then it would get delievered.
    I did not follow through because i read that the check they send are cashier checks
    And are fake and then ur left liable for the rest of the money u over drew bcuz
    It takes the bank for the check to clear.
    I hate job scammers they really think some people are stupid she tried to fool
    Me but i outsmarted her that dumb&*%
    Anyways i just wanted to warn anyone about this chloe she could have multiple accounts
    Or sumtin just to try to make some money dont fall it.
    Whos really going to send a stranger their money especially 3000 dollars yeah right
    And trust you with it, Get Real.

    • chicka

      Sorry about the typos in my message i wrote in a hurry sort of.
      But yeah she said she would send in a check 620(my payment in advance) +2260(wheelchair) + 250 (toys)
      I did not believe that. Dont fall for things too good to be true.

      • Tay

        Just got emails from this person! So stupid that they got my hopes up for a job and wasted my time! Ugh! Yeah I really want a wheelchair delivered to my house from someone I’ve never met.

  • Jaswant

    In order to sell my furniture, I posted an ad on craigslist. The first two responders by the name of Danny B and Rose Smith were both scams. They will write a long email describing the method of payment by money order or pay pal and will assure you that the furniture will be picked only after you receive the payment. However, they will not negotiate the price or will ask any other details about the furniture. They would suggest that the money they are sending is more that we asked and use the excess money to pay the movers. It is a big SCAM, please donot respond to these kind of emails.

    • Sd104369

      I was just asked to do the same thing. I’m selling a bed. They sent a thousand more than I was asking and wanted me to pay 500 out of my pocket to the pick up agent and 500 to the movers. Luckily I called paypal and they made me aware of the scam. I put them on the spoof list. The name is James Mike

    • Shadowrider

      I have also been asked to pay handlers the excess amount for a piece of furniture I have for sale. He also did not ask to negotiate the price. A check arrived and was from a school, the name signed was not who I have been dealing with. I believe now that this is a scam too. Thanks glad I read this.

  • Vicky_porter

    another recent scam is the sister that ill be moving to my location so I can take care of her. They will send you a check to cover all costs , including medical supplies, and including my pay, I sent an e-mail back asking them what type of insurance the sister had because most insurances cover the costs of medical needs I also asked them WHY WOULD YOU BE SENDING YOUR SISTER TO where I am….. Huge red flags came up

  • Peter Aberporth

    Hwere’s a weird on with a twist and I haven’t worked out the scam yet. I advertised a wardrobe and got an immediate reply from a guy who wanted to pay with a cashier’s check and refused to wire the funds to me. I knew this was a scam but I decided to find out what this person was up to. After loads of promises to send a check, a check arrived by Fedex so he had to have paid about $14 to get it to me. The item I was selling was $450 and the check was for $2900, apparently because he wanted me to pay for the freight out of it.I deposited it after I told my bank I was suspicious. It was from some weird banking institution.My bank agreed that it was weird so we deposited the check. Five days later it bounced and cost me $20.00. He kept on bugging me to find out when I had deposited it and I claimed I was out of town and couldn’t do so for a few days. In the mean time I found out it had bounced. During this wait, ANOTHER check arrived for about $2400 so I spoke to my bank about this one and it, too bounced eventually. I had actually called the bank and they verified funds the day I deposited it. That cost me $20.00 as well and again, it cost him $14 to Fedex it to me.

    He didn’t get any money out of me, he didn’t get my wardrobe and he spent $30 Fedexing me the bad checks. How does he make out on this? What is the scam?

    • Huntin_boy95

      Yes, the exact same thing is happening to me. he sent me two checks each for $950 and told me to deposit it and give the rest to the “movers”. Its nothing more than a scam. If they have your phone number you need to block them other wise theyll keep calling you.

      • Grace

        I’m glad I looked up Craigslist scams. I almost fell for 600 a week to put concert tickets online? Anyone have that? The name was Angela miller

    • whatever

      It probably didn’t cost him anything to send you the fake check. They can steal the fedex account info too.

    • Kenton

      why would you waste another $20 depositing another check from a dude you already knew was a scammer?

  • Urbanljones85

    here is a small time (but still annoying) scam people are doing. there are huge amounts of people selling broken electronics for parts on craigslist for pennies on the dollar. a potential scam artist will buy a broken electronic, then contact someone to buy a good electronic that works well (of the same make and model type) and then call that person of talking about calling the police because they have received a broken electronic and want their money back. so now the seller of the good electronic (assuming they didn’t write down the serial number before they sold their merchandise) is stuck with the broken electronic and out of the money, and the scam artist has both the money and the good electronic (which they generally sell to double their money).

  • Nanapampam

    When the buyer shows up by him/her self without help to load furniture be careful. This happened to me just the other day. Helped load the entire bedroom suite, buyer went to the truck, I was thinking to get the cash to pay. To my amazement the buyer drove off. I reversed search the phone number the buyer called from and was able to get an address. The buyer ignored all calls and texts. Went to the Ddress and was told by the spouse that the buyer did pay and I was the one trying to pull a scam. I have filed a police report and hope charges are filed. The other bad part is this person has my address. The police suggested to always meet at a public place never give out your address. Unload furniture to the ground not the buyers auto. They pay the money. It protects the seller and the buyer. Buyer can’t drive off without paying and seller can’t get money and drive off without giving the buyer the property. Some really good information – it only cost me $450

  • Jdecolt

    hey everyone :) i recently got an email about a babysitting job i applied for on craigslist and am a bit concerned now. Just wondering if anyone has ever heard of a Mia Graham in connection with any scams?

  • Meme

    Hello everyone im having some issues as well with craigslist. i found this amazing steal on a 2009 nissan maxima used with 52,000 miles and the seller wants $4000. the seller is in a different state , says they have to sell it next month but my thing is i asked for more contact info such as a number and i have yet to receive one. i really need a car and ive been stressing and starting to lose hope. im really tired guys please give me some advice/feedback. im not going to wire anything and i wont meet up or anything but i need some advice

  • Meme

    WATCH OUT FOR A USER WHO GOES BY LAURIE OSERN ! SCAM SCAM SCAM!!She is selling a Nissan Maxima 2009 3.5 from Oklahoma City , OK! All se wants is the $ ! but she kept asking for my information such as phone and personal! she kept asking for the money through google wallet! She didn’t wana give me her # or any of that.! For ever response she just kept saying the same thing. Basically copying an pasting! She’s using [email protected]

  • [email protected]

    I recently came across a lady that wants to sell her car for an incredibly low price she is going through a 3rd party finance team which is ebay.. I got what looks like to be a ligit invoice from ebay with instructions on how to pay for the vehicle.. Does this sound like a scam?

    • chuck_2012

      probably since the price is too good to be true.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cynthia.black.568 Cynthia Black

    How about this one? I reported it to PayPal… it came as a PayPal Instant payment notification for an invoice legitimately sent to this supposed client. If I hadn’t suspected the spelling errors and weird rerouting request I might have believed it…

    Auction Details
    Item Number: N/A
    Transaction Status: Confirmed
    Buyer’s ID:[email protected]

    Please Follow Procedure:

    We wish to inform you that Juliet Joe has made his intentions known to PayPal
    ® that he will like $950.00 USD to be sent to the recipient’s address below
    . You are required to send the $950.00 USD via Western Union Money Transfer.

    All you have to do is reply directly to this email with the
    MTCN Number#(10 digit) and the Sender’s Name and Address used when sending the money through Western Union Money Transfer. You will receive a “Confirmation Email” from PayPal ® Service informing you that your PayPal® account has been credited with $8,550.00 USD as soon as the above information’s has been received and Verified by us.

    This payment has been deducted from the buyer’s account and has been ”
    APPROVED” but will not be credited into your account until the MTCN Number#(
    10 digit) is sent to us for verification, so as to secure both the buyer and the seller.

    Please reply directly to this email to contact PayPal® Customer Service Department concerning this Transaction.

    Note: As this transaction was done via our e-mail payments service, any inquiries and necessary information should be sent to us by directly replying to this message
    because of the status of this transaction, it has not been passed on to our customer care phone service section,and all inquiries should be directed back to this e-mail as it
    is the being monitored for this transaction.

    Please, understand that this is a security measure intended to help protect both the Buyer and the Seller.We apologize for the inconvenience that has caused you.PayPal® will be responsible for any loss incurred during the course of this transaction.

    Thank you for using PayPal.

    PayPal Team.
    Scott Thompson
    PayPal, Inc

    PayPal Email ID PP307

    Copyright© 1999-2012PayPal. All rights reserved. PayPal (USD) Limited is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority in the United State of America as an electronic money institution. PayPal FSA Register Number: 226056

  • need some advice

    has anyone heard of a scam where you get hired as a personal assistant and they want you to open a new gmail account for them and post various jobs on craigslist. Such as they are needing a driver, etc.

    • Almost scammed

      I ran into a scam like that once. Wanted a personal assistance in the states when they worked overseas, but wanted me to post Craigslist ads looking for administrative assistants. They also tried to send me a check from a client that I was supposed to cash, take out money I needed to pay for office supplies, and wire the rest to another employee in Southeast Asia. Definitely a scam. Don’t fall for it.

      • Kenton

        Just got done dealing with a similar personal assistant scam. Applied for a desk job in the state i’m about to move to, got an email back saying this job was no longer available, but I could be his personal assistant for $600 a week working from home. I would be responsible for booking his flights, handling his funds, and so forth. Anytime I read “work from home” I assume it’s a scam or a run around, but I kept heading down the rabbit hole. I replied letting him know I was interested in setting up an interview, but that I would also not be available until the end of the month. No response for a couple days so I assumed my unavailability meant a no go for the position. Bummer.

        Low and behold, I get an email from this guy saying, “There’s a check on it’s way to you through USPS for $2700. Here’s the confirmation number. When you get it deposit the check, take out $600 for your pay, and send the rest to this orphanage in Maryland. I have already talked to the facility and since the items are too large to send, i’m just sending the amount for the items they need.”

        Well, as wonderful as that all sounds, since my concerns and questions in the last email were never answered, I was letting this quickly fall into the “definitely a scam” category.

        Still, I sent a reply since I was bored at work letting him know that not replying to my last email, and sending me a huge amount of money didn’t look too good. I expected at the least an interview before entrusting me with large amounts of your cash. All the while i’m wondering why i’m bothering sending a reply to someone who might as well be automated in their responses.

        No reply of course, so when I get home I find a check waiting for me.
        Did a google search on the company the check was from…a marble and stone company in Pakistan. The bank that issued the check is a bank in New York, and the guy sending me all the emails and money is apparently from Georgia.
        Needless to say, I never cashed the check and shredded it. Emailed my main man from Pakistan and told him I would not be cashing the check or corresponding with him further.

  • Sandra

    My daughter was hired to babysit and purchase things for a couple moving into her area and sent her a $2,000. check after speak via e-mail twice. He said they were moving to her area and wanted her to have cash and to deposit it into her acct. They would meet up with her and give her the address once they figured out where they were moving to. They had most of her information. When she asked for his, the e-mail was ignored as if they never rec’d that e-mail. So, they had name address age but not photo which they asked her for. She did not send. She rec’d the check to day and I said do not cash it. Some how the bank would hold you responsible for it after weeks down the road when they found out it was not real. Don’t know what this does for them but thank God I have a smart kid who figured it out.

  • Kaeloe

    I have laptop on Craigslist right now. More scammers done contacted me then buyers….
    There numbers#
    The list keeps going!!!!
    The Paypal scam

  • Rocio13

    I just had someone try to scam me too!! I posted an ad on Craigslist for pet sitting and this lady named Fiona Smithson replied and everything seemed ok until she repeatedly kept asking for my info so she could send me the check before she moves down here from Indiana… Long story short, she sent me the check. I haven’t gone to deposit it because I then realized it was a scam. What do I do with the check now?? And how do I get her off my back??? Im also now worried because this person now knows my address… Please help

  • Scammer Slammer

    Here is another scammer from Craigslist to watch out for:

    From: Samantha Clive [email protected]
    Hello.. I just got a message from my secretary that there was a
    mistake on the amount of the check sent to you.. The amount was
    surpose to send to my shipper that want to come for the pick up cos i
    have about 23 items at another locations which they need to pick up
    along with your own.
    Here is what i want you to do once Ups have deliver the check, Go
    ahead and deduct your own funds with extra $100 as your running around
    and have the rest wire to my shipper via western union ( using money
    in minute service)
    Here is my shipper information where you need to send the rest funds to.
    Carlos Morris
    St louis MO 63118
    Once you wire the rest funds then get back to me with transfer details.

    • Demo

      Sad to say, I fell for that same exact scam. I’m still paying my bank back the $2700 bucks he stole.

  • pickley

    Someone named “Josh Sanderson” who claimed to be hiring massage therapists for spa in my state. Then we got on Skype, because the location was still a bit far from me – but I was willing to do 3 days on 3 days off kind of thing. Anyway, turns out he owns a massage parlor in another state. He was creepy and sketchy the whole time. Then when I told him I knew he was scamming me, he sent me a nasty email. He lied about quite a few things. Not sure if he is a sociopath or serial killer, but he wanted, very much, to come to my state and get a “sample of my services.

    “We could meet at Starbucks, and if everything worked out, we could go back to my place.”

    Be careful, ladies. He will mention a wife, too, but she’s probably not real. Lots of “wives”on Craigslist. I’m almost certain he’s an emotional manipulator type. Break you down, then get you to do what he wants kind of thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evangelionunit00 Garrett Carbaugh

    I recently got scammed through a craiglist listing about a car.

    The seller sent me information related to ebay (and the protection policy), which at the time didn’t raise any red flags, granted this was my first time. The proposed seller posed information about their current location and asked for address information for shipping purposes, again since this was supposedly being handled by ebay I continued correspondence. I did look at the the vehicle history (from it’s VIN) and noted that the car’s current registration wasn’t in the same state as the seller’s, not fully aware of the situation I decided to wait. I asked a few more questions, and then called ebay directly, the response was a slight shock (this whole transaction was fraudulent), but not a huge surprise luckily no money had moved anywhere.

    It was a learning experience for me but here’s what I took away from this:

    If they ask for your physical address information don’t respond.

    If they current location doesn’t correlate to the car’s current registration and title don’t respond (not local not worth it).

    If the seller isn’t willing to give your the VIN number stay way.

    Luckily this situation didn’t come to fruition, but it was a scare nonetheless.

    I hope you find this helpful.

  • Littlehelp
    • jane

      Was this for an apartment, I think they have changed there names. Can you give me more details about what you went thru. Rev Hector Peterson and his wife Kate Person are trying to sale me a place

      • Shaie

        This is a scam! Don’t do it!!!

  • Helllooooo

    DFW area scam. Office Clerk/ Messenger. Don’t take her offer. Name is Emma Caputo and makes you make emails with her name for her and spend your money to post in Craigslist that she will ‘reimburse’ and she’s supposedly a real estate consultant out in Dubai for now. Her grammar and spelling is that of a four year old so I don’t get how she’s even allowed to be a real estate consultant.

  • CraiglistGuru

    The most obvious trends of CL scammers that you can easily pick out every time are their gmail and yahoo email addresses, and/or their phone numbers. Just about every scammer uses an email address that implies a first and last name AND it’s followed by a two-digit number. Examples: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]. You see the pattern. Are there legitimate email addresses like these? Of course, but most sellers/buyers on CL never ever put a personal email address in their ad. When legitimate people placing an ad ask you to respond via email, they are ALWAYS referring to the Craigslist reply address–that long and wacky address in blue text next to the “Reply” button in the ad. So, if you see a personal address like those shown above, it’s a 99% probability that it’s a scam. Now, check out the phone number. If the area code is not local to you and is geographically no where near you, you are looking at a 90-95% probability that it’s a scam. I have to leave a 5-10%+- margin because obviously there are some people like me whose cell phone plan was purchased on one side of the country but have since moved to live on the other side. Point is, it should raise a huge flag. Call that number repeatedly throughout the day if no one ever picks up, but don’t leave a message. They placed the ad and told you to call for more details, so they’d better pick up their phone sometime. They should be expecting the calls! So just wait until they do. If they never pick up to answer, move on because it’s a scam. If someone does pick up when you call, ask the right questions that lead you to get all the information that this article addresses and follow this article’s counsel–especially the too good to be true counsel. And ALWAYS beware of the bait and switch–in any category! If they start trying to talk to you about something else, or heavily load the conversation about some process or another product/service, then terminate your desire to pursue it any further, because that my dear friends and consumers is called fraudulent practice.

    • n8r0n

      Yeah, this advice is out of date. People have cell phones now. The area code doesn’t mean much any more.

  • Griselda

    please be really careful with some going by the name of MALCOM STRUZMAN SCAM!! he clams that he has three daughter’s kathy, rufina, and nishia i posted about a babysitting add and he wanted me to get him a storege and furniture and all this stuff thank god i googled him and saw other peoples story and it was the same as me. be carfule!!

    • why bother

      That’s some purty English. Thank’s for the addvise.

  • Griselda

    if someone keeps writing to you asking you for all this information dont do it. google them 1st and ask to talk on on one, and be really carful theese people are really smart.

  • Mr. Military Money

    The automotive section on Craigslist has more than most others. Be wary of any price that sounds too good to be true. The second clue is when you email to get more details or pictures of the car the seller will let you know that the car is not physically with them so they will use an escrow service. Try asking them if you can just drive to where the car is and pick it up. If they refuse, than it is more than likely a scam.

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  • afriend

    I almost got scammed trying to sell my computer. The buyer wanted me to ship it to his cousin in Nigeria and said he’d pay through paypal. I got a confirmation from “paypal” that my money would be released once I sent a “shipment tracking number”. But I soon realized that it was a fake paypal account. I called paypal and they confirmed that it was fake and that there were no pending funds and that paypal wouldn’t ask for a tracking number. Glad I caught the irregularity before it was too late.

    • closeone

      i saw kinda the same thing but instead of paypal it was western union and she asked to ship my tablet i am selling to to san diago

  • scam-a-scammer

    Please people start scamming the scammers. Anytime anyone offers to send you a cashiers check, money order, or check for an amount over what you want for any item, or service, it is a SCAM. They will then want you to pay them back the overage. Here is what I do, I give them an address at work where they can send the money. I give them a fake name that is close to my real name to address it to. I have them go to the trouble and expense of sending the money by fed-ex (for example) I just keep the check and DON’T CASH IT) When they e-mail me asking did I get their check—-I say “yes, thank you for the money. but I have decided just to keep your check”. They are out the shipping costs with zero profit. If everyone did this—–these low life’s would soon be out of business. I have done this several times and I get a lot of satisfaction out of scamming this low-life’s.

    • dcm

      That’s a good idea. Tell them to ship their fake check of fake money orders, than throw it in the trash. They will be out the shipping cost. You are right, if enough people do that the scammers will be out of business in no time.

  • chris

    the “fake check” scammers are stealing the fedex postage from legitimate companies, so they are not out any money. you can be sure they are not in any way associated with the fed ex name and account number used. i like your idea about scamming them, however, one must be very careful about giving out personal address info to these people, then scamming them. they are criminals to be sure, we know that, what we do not know is how organized or connected they are, some criminals are very violent, dangerous people who it is best to avoid. this “fake check” scam seems harmless(physically) but that does not mean the criminals behind it are. I do not suggest “scamming the scammers” with your real name, or physical address, work or home, nor a name/address of someone you care about.

    • me

      Yeah… uh huh… sure. Most of these idiots are lazy punks sitting in an internet cafe in some other country. They are hardly “connected”. Scam the fuck out these assholes and teach them a lesson. You are in about as much danger of being hurt by these people as you are to receive any actual money.

  • Thelnb

    Chris thank you for posting this! My husband just got a text yesterday about an item we’re selling on Craigslist and he had a text about the same thing you’re saying! So glad I read this. I told him it didn’t sound right AT ALL so now I know! Too bad he already gave him our address….oh well, we’ve got a couple mean dogs so they’ll handle anyone! Could’ve been a lot worse! Thx!!

  • Thelnb

    I meant ‘scam-a-scammers’ comment! That’s what happened to us yesterday

  • Keale

    I recently received information about a cleaning job near where I live. He offered to pay me my first week’s pay in advance. I’m supposed to receive a check today for a large amount; $2450. $500 is what belongs to me, and the rest to be sent to Florida for a piece of art work. I let him know of my concerns of “possibly” being scammed, and said I will not do anything with my own money til the check clears through my bank and he has confirmed it will and that it is fine that I wait. I’ve cleared out my own bank account so that there is no way that a scammer can drain any of my own money from my account. I understand that this looks and sounds like a scam, but how can I be scammed if he sends me money, and I do nothing til the check is actually cleared for withdrawal. What can go wrong here with my approach to the situation? Help/thoughts please?

    • Grant A Scam

      i ran into this today! The check will look real, feel real, and the bank will even recognize it as real… but it is indeed a fake. once it is deposited and clears (in 1-5 days) you’ll start spending money! The thing is it could take a few weeks for checks to be proven fruedulent.

      • Keale

        How will the check clear through the banks if the check is fraudulent? I don’t understand that?

        • Grant A Scam

          the bank wont know its a fraudulent check immidiatley. but the money will be transferred into your account.

        • Catch Me If You Can

          Many times the sender will use a routing number from a bank NOT in your region. The US has 12 Federal Reserve Banks – FRB (12 regions) where routing numbers and bank information is cleared through. If you take a Los Angelos, California routing number and put it on a check being used in New York City, New York, (Remember, the address on the check doesn’t need to match the routing number as these checks can be printed by many printing companies starting at any check number in a series,) then the NY Bank will initially verify that this is a VALID routing number. They will then cash the check / release funds to the depositor bank. Once they send the check back to the LA FRB for the sender bank to route the funds appropriately – your bank is informed that this is a fake bank account number or a closed account and the check cannot be cashed. This process can sometimes take weeks as they will try to verify multiple times before they say it’s a bounced check. That’s when the bank takes back the entire deposit from the depositor’s available funds and any spent money is now the resposibility of the recipient. It’s a CLASSIC check cashing scam with a new twist getting someone else to use the checks.

        • Stewart Ransom

          Sometimes a bank will clear a check in one to two days but then it gets bounced by the clearing house which takes a week or more. You will then be held liable

    • angelarawrr

      it may “clear” through the bank but even though your own money isnt lost you will see a negative balalnce for the amount of the check in your account, which you will be responsible to pay back.. if you dont the account goes to collections, effects credit and ability to open other bank accounts… etc. THIS IS A SCAM, I work at a bank and see it way to often

      • Keale

        Thanks for the insight, I see how the scam will take place, it’ll be after I send away the cash amount. I can avoid the scam by not sending out the money as they instruct. But just so happens I was looking for a short-term cash loan, so this does come in handy. Are there any other possible consequences besides negative account balance/affecting credit. I guess what I’m asking is, is it a crime to cash this check? Otherwise, this just works as a temporary cash loan from the bank without interest, is that correct?

        • Stewart Ransom

          It will not clear and if you are able to use it after a day or two and after a week the banks gets the check back as a fraud you will have to make up for the money used and be liable criminally for the fraudulent check. Best to ask bank what they think of check. They will know if it is fake. Or take to your local police pct

      • BS

        Oh, bullshit! If he deposits the check and does not touch those funds, then the most he is liable for is a bounced check fee. Those run about $35 these days. Clearly you have never had a checking account of any significance and sleep on your so-called “job”.

        • Lance

          You are an idiot BS and also a scammer yourself. This is a scam!!!! The check sent will have been written on either a closed acct or even an active acct with a good acct #. Often the scammer will go to an office supply store and buy checkpaper and print their own checks with the bogus info. Once the company discovers the check they will contact the bank about the fraudulent check. When that happens they will pull the money back from the acct or come after you legally if the funds are not there! Craigslist is full of these scamming scumbags!

    • Demo

      Yes, that is definitely a scam. I fell for it last year and lost over $2700 bucks.

    • willie

      I received the same scam about cleaning job suppose to receive a check to If day. I am not depositing any check in my account. if
      a check arrive i am turning it over to FBI.

  • Katie

    I am currently corresponding with a CL user which is appearing to turn out to be a scam. The job posted is for a house sitter. I was asked for my zip code to see if I would be a good match. Low and behold I got the job and it is quite close to me. With out even meeting me or asking me to look at the house, I will be sent the keys, Fed Exed $400.00 in advance, and left a checkbook to pay his bills with. This is for 3-5 days a week to look in on a house $400.00 per week. What a dream job! Riiiiiight! Hmmm do you think it’s a scam. By the way, this persons name is Jacob Milsner or sometimes he spells it Millsner. If he lives so close to me, why couldn’t he just hand me the keys, check and checkbook?

    • Shinesta Johnson

      Same thing happened to me. This lady wanted me to watch her 48year old family member for $400 a week. Sounds to good to be true. She also wanted me to send me address so that she can send me info and stuff. I also dont know if it’s a spam or not. But this lady lives in Hawaii and was going to move close to me. She sounds like she really wants me to do this job. I also need help.

  • William Hull

    Don’t know if it’s been mentioned already but watch out for ads in the FREE section too. I’ve seen several where someone posted they were willing to give away household items such as junk cars, appliances, furniture, tools, electronics, etc. only to see a few days later a related ad from the real owner of the so-called FREE items stating it was an angry ex-girlfriend or some other angry person looking to get back at them for some
    Be very careful of ads that say something like, the item(s) are in the garage or basement, just come on in and get them. Don’t knock on the door or ring the bell cause I don’t want to be bothered. You must come on Sunday between 11:00 am and Noon and don’t come earlier. This one especially made my bells and whistles go off cause my first thought was lots of people go to church on Sunday at that time. When they don’t list a phone number and don’t want you to knock on the door it sounds awful funny. Even if they do give a phone number the scam may be for lots of people interested in the item(s) to constantly call and bug the real owner who never posted the ad in the first place. Remember the angry ex-girlfriend. Or it could be an angry ex-boyfriend, husband, neighbor, classmate, co-worker, anybody with a grudge.
    Just remember, even if it’s FREE, it’s not always a good deal. I almost drove 20 miles one way to check on one ad before it really sank in it was probably a scam.

  • Beanie

    I think it would be cool to call the cops when doing a transaction with a scammer and have them followed and arrested. I would love to catch them in the act!

  • norton

    I was selling a dining room set . I was contacted by someone from “London” who seemed very anxious to buy it. The price was $250.00 and she sent me 2 money orders totaling $1930.00. The person then contacted me and said it was a mistake made by his “assistant” and would I return the balance via western union.
    Upon investigating, I found that his return address was a building construction site with a trailer on it; the “bank” he got the money order from is a house; and the main branch
    of this bank had been closed since 2009.
    My bank that the money orders were the worse fakes she’d ever seen. The name used was MMerit

  • Mike

    I got a check in the mail today from someone in California for $2800. All I had to do was put it in my bank account and wait for it to clear. I keep $300 and send the rest via western union to someone in Torrence California. After checking with the local law enforcement they assured me it was a SCAM.. Big surprise right. I gave the envelope back to the mail lady to have her return it. Please be careful, I might have wised up in time but now these people have my home address. Good thing I sent all yt email’s with them to the local law enforcement.

  • Rita

    “cole Elizabeth” just tried to scam me with an apartment in LA! Watch out!

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  • angelica schlegelmilch

    dont trust a family that wants a house cleaner names are jason and tracy costa….with 2 kids nacy and george they just tried to scam me

  • angelica schlegelmilch

    he also goes by the name kelvin through a txt


    just scammed today… got to love it!! I think I’ll just have a yard sale! I didn’t fall for this because I first, don’t waste anytime doing anyone a favor coordinating their pick up of merchandise. Second, why would I put myself at Risk by sending 900.00 to their pick up person!! ha! way toooooooo weak…. And just think they were so gracious to give me an extra 100.00 for my time and fees. BAhAAAA
    I have just completed the payment and i am sure PayPal would have sent you a
    Confirmation email. Please, check all your
    mail folders(INBOX,SPAM and JUNK
    mail). I sent a total Payment of $3,500. i added $1,000 but $900 will be
    sent to my Pick Up Agent via Western Union. The extra $100 is to cover the
    Western Union fee and PayPal charges. PayPal will not release the funds
    until you email them the Western Union details for verification and also to
    enable my pick up agent to come for pick up and inspection. Here is the
    agent’s details where the money will be sent.


    ZIP CODE: 75203

    Please get the necessary details sent to PayPal : 10 DIGIT Western Union
    MTCN, Sender’s Name and Address used to send the $900.00USD so that they can
    release the whole funds into your account. Please get back to me once it’s


  • Joe

    Can someone help me understand whats going on? Im not sure if this is a scam or what but its strange. I saw an ad about a week and half ago. This person said they were selling out of storage and that they were moving. I asked them when the sale is and they told me they sell out of their own apartment everyday. There was something i was interested in and i gave them an offer and they accepted. They never gave up their address, i had to ask like 4 times and finally they gave me the address. They were even slow to give me their phone number but they finally gave it. So i went to pick up the item after confirming a time. The person supposedly works from 5 am to 7pm which is a bit much and sounds almost unrealistic. I went there and couldn’t find the apartment, although i found the address. No one was there and they didn’t answer my calls so i left. It just made no sense, they didn’t even answer my messages as if we never even talked. My question is, do people make ads just to get you to drive there for no reason? I didn’t have to go far, but if this is the point, what a scumbag.

  • Sandra Waltrip

    Job scam: I have reported this to craigs list.
    This job is posted in four different craigs list with two different people:
    Sandra Waltrip
    Reply to: see below
    Posted: 3 days ago
    reliable caregiver neededPosting description is: I am looking for someone to give care in our home to my 85-year-old mother who is in a wheelchair. She needs help with transferring from chair to bed and commode. And she needs meals prepared and help with daily exercises. There is some light housekeeping every day. The ho Send Cancelurs are from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Wednesday through Friday. We are a caring family looking for a kind person. Please email me if interested! 3 days in a week, Please send resume and indicate in your work email your work references ([email protected]) Thanks
    Reliable Caregiver Needed !! (columbus, GA) I am looking for someone to give care in our home to my 85-year-old mother who is in a wheelchair. She needs help with transferring from chair to bed and commode. And she needs meals prepared and help with daily exercises. There is some light housekeeping every day. The ho Send Cancelurs are from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Wednesday through Friday. We are a caring family looking for a kind person. Please email me if interested! 3 days in a week, Please send resume and indicate in your work email your work references ([email protected]) Thanks
    Location: columbus, GA
    Compensation: $400/Week
    This is a part-time job.
    Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
    Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
    Location: columbus, GA
    Compensation: $400/Week
    This is a part-time job.

    P.s. Joe, a father was shot in front of his son when they went to an adderss given to them to buy a phone and it was a bogus address and the robbers pulled up behind them on the street and it was pretty horrible. Meet people in a public place if you can and never give them your address.

  • jttruth

    Set up a craigslist meeting to look at a minivan for sale near the Oakland area. Got early to meeting spot and there was no home or minivan at that address. Drove around block a few times to see no blue minivan anywhere. Saw two suspicious thugs standing on street looking around and on a cell phone. My cell starts ringing while driving and it’s them. Kept driving and probably saved my self from getting robbed.

  • lala

    Omg I think I am being scammed by two people who told me the same story about needing a sitter than it turns out they are from out of town and want send me money orders, after reading this I have now messaged them and told them I am now starting classes and won’t b able to babysit but one of them had already mailed it so I told her I’m starting classes and that I will send her envelope back…what should I do I’m scared they have my name and address

    • Bernie

      happened the same to me, and one of the scammers just cancelled his email.. they also have my name and adress..I’m in Arizona so this is happening in more places than I thought.

  • Eri

    Please do not respond to babysitting scam from Janet Gareth. Her email is [email protected]. She says to tell her when available and that she is from Canada. If you call her number it is a guy’s voice. The number is 2562971409. There is a craigslist posting about her as well TO CHILDCARE PROVIDERS – DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS !. Thank you. “She” almost took my money and wasted my time. Now Idk what to do about rent. :(

  • Orange County CA

    I have had a couple attempted scams. Both recent. #1 is for apartment listings in Orange County California. There is a guy that posts many listings in the college town areas. Fullerton and Orange and Irvine, all three are college towns. He is preying on young people. He actually leaves a phone number in his listings so they appear somewhat legit. But… the phone numbers are different on every listing. In the listing he says please call and ask for MOE. Each listing says this but all have a different number to call. I called each one and MOE answers each time. When you ask when the apartment will be available or ask him anything, he states you have to drive to his office to Santa Ana to get any details. I asked him what are you saying.. you cannot tell me when its available or not one stitch of detail can be given unless I drive and meet you in Santa Ana. He said, yep that’s right. Mind you he has a very very deep husky voice with a gangsta -ish accent. When you simply say im sorry im not comfortable with that I would like to know more details before we waste each others time. He will simply place you on a hold with actual hold music and never return to the phone when he knows he’s been had. PLEASE DONT ANYONE AGREE TO MEET SOMEONE NAMED MOE FROM CRAIGSLIST!
    #2 next scam comes from me responding to a ring of apartment scammers. I flag them and report them and it doesn’t seem to do any good. If you dare respond to their emails they will hunt you down. I had an apartment scammer actually locate an item I had for sale on craigslist. He did this after I sent him an email stating how sad it was he wasting his life trying to scam people, I then stated not to mention wasting peoples precious time. 2 days later after sending that email. He emailed me about a listing I had for sale. He said his name was Mike Shelly. He then proceeded to tell me he had CASH for this item and wanted to buy it asap. He asked for an address and of course I only use my local Target parking lot to meet people during daylight hours. On the 3rd day he called me and said he was in the Target parking lot and could I please come over and sell the item he had CASH. ( the scammers always use the term CASH even thought we all already know, cash only). I knew he was full of crap since I do this all the time and a real interested person would never just show up at Target and want you to meet them that moment. There is always a set place and time. Anyway, I played his game and told him I would be there in ten minutes. Exactly 9 minutes later he texted me and said , oh sorry I cannot buy it. Good Bye! Of course I never actually drove to Target . So his purpose was to just waste my time like I had mentioned in the email regarding the apartment. he wasn’t a real customer. SO yeah, he went out of his way to try to make me drive the item to Target when he never was even there. his phone number is 949-357-8538 aka MIKE SHELLY. Scammers can and will stock you literally. Do not respond to their emails. They are usually sent to the spam box anyway. I have to say I am incredibly saddened by the amount of scams I have to sift through just to sell an item or find a decent apartment for rent. 95% of my responses are scammers. LITERALLY.

  • Bernie

    this is what I recieved today

    here her e-mail adress.

    Mrs Angella ([email protected])


    Thank you for your
    timely response, The house is a two bedroom unfurnished apartment. I
    will like you to know that you will be responsible for general cleaning
    of hallways (dusting, vacuuming and mopping), doors, windows, pick up
    trash in common areas, sweeping and changing light bulbs etc. I am a
    consultant Agent currently working with Fair Trade Organization (FTO).
    I’m currently out of the state and I will be arriving to the states by
    End of April. I want the apartment to be worked on and get clean before
    my arrival.

    I wont be able to
    make payment to you but i will instruct my secretary to make payment out
    to you, She will be sending you the payment in-form of business check,
    which you will get soonest, this is because i don’t want any delay in
    your service. I want the house to look as clean as you can. I want you
    to know that I will be paying you $700 every 2 weeks if you are willing
    and ready to work for me; cleaning the house. If you are interested in
    the work, I will instruct my secretary to email an upfront payment of
    $400 to you so as to know how serious I am with the cleaning job I want
    you to do.

    So as for my secretary
    to send the upfront payment to you; I will like to have the below
    information so i can instruct her to send the payment to you;

    1. Full Name
    2. Street Address,
    3. City
    4. State and Zip Code
    5. Phone Number
    6. Age,
    7. Gender
    8. Current Occupation

    Thanks for showing
    interest in the post and hope all this arrangement is okay by You, if so
    do email back as soon as possible so that i can make the arrangement
    for the check ASAP, I will really appreciate your mail and I believe you
    will enjoy working with me.

    Thank You,

    Mrs Angeline

    Sadly I sent her my resume :( let’s wait to see what happen.. I’m ready to call the police.

  • Bernie

    Paul Jercich ([email protected])

    Hello ,

    How is you?. Hope all
    is good with you. Congratulation, you are qualified for the job so be
    happy you have secure the job.. More about me,my name is Paul Jercich,
    my wife is late and I have a son and a daughter,my son’s name is James
    Jercich he is 11 years old of age, my beautiful daughter’s name is
    Cristy Mills she is 9 years old of age,they stays in Germany with my
    parent…. I came to United State 3 years ago,i came to work on contract
    basis with United States Environmental Protection Agency on a private
    research work,now am relocating to the city from Keithville, Louisiana
    because i was just transferred..I just got a new apartment in your state
    Wisconsin,i heard that my son is sick in Germany, am planning on going
    to Germany to take care of my son and then bring them along back to
    United State,so i will be staying in my new apartment with my family(my
    son and my daughter)….

    So we need someone who could help in cleaning our new
    apartment everyday.You will be working 4 hours everyday at your
    convenient time and we will be offering you $350 Weekly,I hope 4 hours
    is enough in cleaning a 3 bedroom house with one master bedroom and two
    standard size rooms, with One Living room and a kitchen as well. I
    believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself
    to be a reliable and hard working person… We are going to arrive by
    the mid of next month,You will start working on same day we will be
    arriving.You will help us to clean the apartment in the morning of our
    arrival date,I will tell the estate agent to mail the keys to the
    apartment to you so that you can be able to clean it on the day before
    we arrive. I want to know if there’s any equipment that you will need me
    to provide, if there’s any let me know how much it will cost. I will be
    going to Germany as soon as possible,so i like to secure your service,i
    will pay the first week payment before our arrival,i will mail you a
    check before i go to Germany,i hope you are okay with that….

    I will need you to give me the following information below:

    Your full name(that will be on check)

    Full address(including city,state and zip code) PO BOX is not accepted

    Phone number

    Do you accept our offer?

    I know you will be committed to the work,you will also have a nice period of working with us and you are welcome to our family..

    Hope to read from you


    Paul Jercich
    This one just cancelled today his e-mal account

    • Erica

      I received the same letter. Wow! It was definitely a scam. The check they sent me was from Prudential Retirement.

  • Erica

    I’ve also received a check in a priority mail envelope, but it had nothing else with it. I knew it was a scam as soon as I seen that the check was from Oregon State Treasury. I live in Ohio, so yes very big scam targeting main state offices.

  • Brion

    Thanks for the article. It allowed me to quickly identify that my potential Craigslist buyer was a total fraud. I put together a blog analysis of it, and after two hours of picking the emails apart, finally had to quit because my fingers were getting tired of typing. Just too many holes and problems with the correspondences. Here’s the link to my blog entry if anyone is interested. I included a link to your article. Thanks again! http://brainsticks.wordpress.com/

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    As the saying goes, “If it’s too good to be true… ” Thanks for this.

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  • Albmomma505

    I am now in debt with my bank because a cashiers check bounced. It was for a babysitting job and his name was Kenneth Smith! Beware!!

  • shashi

    I am selling my car through craigslist! this person came in and looked at my car. Said he is a retired marine corps and now working as pilot for a private aircrafts company. He really liked the car and bargained for a price. He said he is not in a rush to buy the car and as i was not in any rush to sell the car, we wrote down a three week dead line note and signed it. He gave me advance of 10% for my car. After a week, he texted me saying that he really liked my car and cant wait to get into it and said he will pay me 200$ more if I can give him the car by end of first week. He also said, he need to take loan to pay me and wanted my car registration. So i sent him a pix of my car registration.

    here comes the thing am worried about.. In the begining he said he will give me a cheque directly from the bank or cashiers cheque.

    Now he is saying money is not an issue he can pay me cash through wire.

    And claims that he is nervous to send me cash through wire because of all the scams.

    Again, comes back and says that he will wire me the cash on the same day of pickup!

    I checked his name on google and there is a resume of his and it matches whatever he said. and also, I found his details in one of the private aircraft booking sites including his flight hours and so on…

    It looks like he is genuine but am nervous on these new scams of wire transfer.

    when we wrote down an agreement he gave me his address and phone number and everything. The private airline website info matches what he said too.

    Can I trust this guy??

    • Dana Kaiser

      No do not trust anyone. and now that you have sent a copy of your registration I would be concerned about the fact that you may have already been duped.
      If the person buying your car cannot speak with you in real time via the phone, skype, or face to face don’t trust them. If they are giving you a load of BS about not trusting wires and such , they are probably scamming you. Safest bet would be to get a paypal account and have them wire send the money through paypal. If they are for real the money will come through without a hitch. If they are scammers, they won’t even go that route with you.

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  • trinity327

    just do what i do, listed a trailer for sale on craigslist and got
    replys almost immediately. having been around the block a few times
    reckonized they were scam artists so i decided to have some fun with
    them this is how the conversation went

    back to me asap. thanks
    6×12 gated trailer – $1000 (clarksville tn) Hello i’m Luis,are you the
    seller?and i hope its in good condition.please let me know if you still
    have it and get

    Yes i still have trailer

    Well am ok with the price and the condition so let me have zipcode of
    where it is,I want to forward it to my transport company to calculate
    how much it will
    cost me for the pickup.because i will not be able to come and see it due
    to my tight schedule thanks..

    Zip code is 37032

    now, hope you have a paypal account? thanks
    Ok,i have forwarded your Zipcode to my transport company and am okay
    with the transport charges also, they charge $550 think we can have a
    very good business do you have paypal account

    Yes i do account is [email protected] please be sure when they come to pickup
    they have cash or credit card with 2 forms of id. State requires title
    transfer and fees as those are the only forms of payment they accept.
    So trailer will have to be registered to one of the transport people. I
    will accmpany them to the departpmnt of transportation as they hold all

    kindly resend me your paypal email address pls

    [email protected]

    never got another reply from him again

  • Tuckerer

    I have been contacted several times with this scam. I was offered full price for my high ticket item. The scammer, quite authoritatively, told me that I needed to send $1000 to her agent who would be picking up the item. Clearly I wasn’t going to do this. She sent me a real looking invoice from Paypal showing that the whole amount, including the extra $1000, was paid. The funds would be released once I sent the $1000 to the agent. I contacted Paypal who told me that the scammer was trying to get me to click on their fake invoice which would’ve brought me to a website where they could have gotten my info. Clearly I’m not dumb enough to trust any stranger that demands that I send $1000! Whew! I hope this person gets caught. I don’t know how these people can live with themselves. We re selling because we need the cash, as I’m sure is the case with many on Craigslist.

  • Atown

    This did not happen to me but to a good friend of mine a few years ago. She is a nanny and was having trouble getting enough hours through her main nanny job. So she started looking. She found this amazing job watching two kids 38 hours a week for a family who was moving to America because the dad got transferred. They emailed at first, they checked references and then the dad called her and had extensive conversations with her about the position. He even sent her emails with the kids allergies and health history. Finally, she got the job! She was so excited she barely told anyone about it and the salary was really good. When I asked why she didn’t mention it before she said “Honestly because I was afraid it was too good to be true.” and she was right. So they were two weeks to moving and this had been going on a month now, they sent her a check that was to buy the kids an Xbox so they would have something fun to do once they got there because the move was really going to be hard on them. So she received a cashier’s check, went and deposited it and bought the Xbox. So far so good. Then the week of the move the dad said “I need to make sure you are going to be there for us and you are not going to back out, so in order to do that let me pay you your first months salary now because we are counting on you for the children.” So her salary was $1000. They sent the cashiers check but oops! they sent too much! They sent it for $4000 and so when she got it she called them right away. He was so thankful she called because they had money tied up everywhere from moving and really really was depending on those funds to move the family. He asked if she wouldn’t mind sending back the $3k and of course keeping her pay. She did just that. And in her bank she had just gotten paid from her other job so she had $1500 in her accounts and the teller didn’t even warn her that should the funds not be good she would be $1500 in the hole! So she sent the money back and 3 days later got a call from her bank. She filed bankruptcy from this and learned a very hard lesson.
    Don’t trust ANYONE.

  • Babycakes221

    Hi I was also on Craigslist with a interstead to buy a 2007 Nissan altime from a lady name Bryana Scotson she was saying her husband died and her daughter they both was hit by a drunk driver. I was interstead still on her car it was 2,000 and she was just trying to get rid of it due to painful memories. I was directed to purchase 4 reload-it cards with 500 on each one. Flip the card over Strach off the back and send the fake Amazon payment people the ten numbers located on the back. I did all that then notice I was charged a $500 fee to insure the car from California to my location. Then the car was supposed to be stuck at the Texas border with another fee of $500 . I keep being promised I was getting the car on the delivery date. The crazy lie was that I had ten days to inspect the car if I didn’t like it I was going to get a FULL REFUND but of course Yall know I didn’t get it. Please don’t trust people like that because there no good and they all just want your money.

  • Efraim Kristal

    Also, be very wary of employment ads that don’t include company name and location so you can research the veracity of the firm and verify the availability of the job on the company employment website. Lately there have been many ads posted with the intent to steal information off our resumes and cover letters. If you can’t locate a company via an Internet search and a BBB search, be very wary. At least email the poster of the ad to request company information first. Very often the poster will not reply to you. Red flag.

    • P Kennedy

      I always, always look for the company’s details and then go on that company’s website. A lot of time the job, especially when you’re looking for a remote telecommute job (because you can’t afford to live in any of the cities those type of companies are IN, like San Francisco or New York) listed on Craigslist won’t show up on the company itself’s website. I don’t know that that’s always “fraud” inasmuch as it could also be that the jobs actually do “go fast.”

  • sunnysmom

    If you get text messages from someone at this number 740-347-1906 it is a scammer. He says he can’t call because he is deaf. Says he only uses Google Wallet for payment and refers to it as your “item”. He will send payment to your email address and then you will get a fake email supposedly from Google, saying that they are holding your money and you need to send Western Union amount for shipping which they sent you extra for.

  • Kathleen Bellair

    Where can I purchase a counterfeit pen?

  • April Kristie

    We had an in law for rent and we were listed at a local college for graduate students. We got calls from out of state or country peeps that wanted our bank account info to send money sight unseen. We simply told them it was rented.

  • Bill Vance

    Just had someone try the check cashing scam on me. Offered full price for my items on CL via text from 682-286-6366 a Texas area code. Sends “certified” check (made the mistake of giving name and address) for $1200 for $300 purchase. Wants me to Wal-Mart money gram their mover difference minus $50 for my trouble. Beware of the above number, Checks wrote off the “Moskovitz Family Trust, 48 E Flager St., PH105, Miami FL,33131” account from Marquis Bank, Suite 1200, Miami FL 33134 Acct #067016312; 011012949 and/or mailed from Grant Parker Investment, Grant Parker, 914 Sacramento ST D, Vallejo, CA, 94590

    • Kiley

      I know you post this 9 months ago but I hope you can help me I just had this happen to me I refused to give my physical address but did give my work address (prison) and my first and last name as well as my PO box. But he asked if he could send me a ” certified Check” I haven’t received anything but what did you do?

  • Pat

    There’s also the send full name and address so I can send you a money order in 3 or more days text or email scam. You’ve probably taken a photo of the item outdoors or on a porch. All they really want is a nice big list of addresses and you holding onto them for a few days, so in your area they can visit all those addresses in your area the next few days and see what they can grab for free. I sell good tires and get this one a lot.

    The first thing that should set off bells is practically everybody want’s a little better deal! These guys are offering to pay your full price instantly.

    There’s also the request to have you deliver them somewhere. This is to rob you!

    There’s also the request to have you drive to meet them…halfway at like a gas station or a mall. Usually from quite some distance…like you driving at least 20 miles. This is half legit. What’s scummy about it? Once you’ve driven there they are going to heavily negotiate on a lower price. Having gotten you to already go out of your way doing this much work in selling an item. By having them come to me, They’ve put in the work, not made me do extra.

    Basically I never sell to anybody who doesn’t come to my house, and usually not unless I’ve talked to them on the phone, and always…ALWAYS CASH.

    People often post the phone number in complaint messages you’ll see several down below for instance. This is worthless as they are always using a throw away phone, and are calling people from a new one days later. I know, I sell lots of the same item, and have had the same guy call me from different numbers within just a few days, Also the cops aren’t exactly excited about doing anything about this, and always act like this the first time they’ve ever heard of such scams. You gotta remember the cops tend to think of you as a scum bag Craigslist seller too.

  • Pat

    What really bothers me is the lackadaisical way police treat this when reported to them. They act like they’ve never heard of anybody being scammed on Craigslist. For instance when a guy kept contacting me in different phone numbers wanting me to deliver tires(I sell many and he didn’t realize I was the same seller) to DIFFERENT locations in my local city you very quickly figure out he’s mugging people when they stupidly do try to deliver to him.

    I contacted the police and they were like this was the first time they’d ever heard of such a thing. I could easily have set up a sting for them, but they didn’t care. Sure enough, within weeks there’s reports of people getting mugged on trying to deliver items from Craigslist ads in the police blotter. Something I had tried to alert them to before the first one happened.

    So basically you’re on your own. Don’t deliver! Don’t accept checks or money orders. and have them come to you in a safe location people, with CASH! You don’t go to them, that always gives them a negotiating advantage, even if the deal is legit. I’ve never met anybody, (yes occasionally I do meet at someplace I’m going anyway) where they didn’t try to negotiate heavily down on the price, figuring they had already inconvenienced me. It’s that I’m driving in from so and so, can I meet you at a place I know, like a gas station. Don’t be manipulated in such a way. Sure everybody wants a deal. Why would I drive five miles and then have somebody try to knocked the price down half? They can try that in my driveway if they want! They can try…lol

    BTW I’m not selling to people via texts or Emails alone.

    • P Kennedy

      Or worse, the “authorities” act like YOU must be the scammer, especially if you’re a minority.

  • stella

    Taylor katerine is a legitimate lender trust me!!!

  • Max

    awesome post Suzanne!

  • Jason Clark

    Simple solution to most of this. When you are discussing a purchase or sale specifically state in your description “Face to face , Cash deals ONLY.” That takes care of most scammers, For the rest say, ” Sorry I missed your call, Ive been at the pistol range all day and I had to take my meds, where are we meeting up at?.” Works for me.

  • Julie Conway

    Just did my first Craig’s list post ever. Had same thing happen as Bill Vance. I regretfully gave my address. My question is should I be concerned that my financial accounts could be compromised. By not using correct English should have been first clue. Will never post on Craig’s list again. Gullible no more in Texas

  • jyo1

    Here is a scammer who targets indians: Rajesh Kumar

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  • James Morgan

    I ALWAYS tell them we will only meet at local police department and have police involved in transaction. I have had a lot of people decline after that statement.

  • P Kennedy

    In all fairness, a LOT of job listings posted on a lot of websites include job descriptions which even if you do make it to the face-to-face interview the interviewers seem to have NO CLUE WHATSOEVER what they put in their ad as being “required.” Now, some of that is due to racism in that they advertised and they know full well what they put that they wanted but are shocked to see a minority has gotten through their paper-screening process by actually possessing the “right” or “similar” college degree and computer skills. Not all bullshit on the internet is an actual “scam.”

  • P Kennedy

    My thing lately is that almost every affordably-priced car on Craigslist looks like it belongs in the junkyard. Of course that may also be a function of where I am looking than that “everything cheap” on Craigslist is an actual “scam.” The few decent listings that are actually real, seem to go rather quickly. Everything else literally looks like it’s been in at least 4 car crashes and should be sold to a junkyard instead.