Craigslist Scam E-mail

Update. Craigslist has a page devoted to avoiding scams and fraud. Good information!

Original post continues below.

I’m trying to sell a few items by Craigslist. I received the following e-mail this morning:

Hello
Thanks for the prompt response and i will love to make an instant purchase,so pls do withdraw the advert from Craigslist,i don’t mind adding an extra $50 dolls for you to take the advert down from criagslist so that i can be rest assured that am in hand of the item. I will also like you to know that i will be paying via check,and it will be over night payment due to the distance .You don’t need to bother your self with the shipment ok,i will take care of that.So i will need you to provide me with the following information
to facilitate the mailing of the check.
1.Your full name
2.Your mailing address be it residential or postal address
3.Your phone number.
Once again ,I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for
shipping
i will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the check

Have a nice day

Being the helpful guy I am, I suggested he send the check to his mover who could deposit it and bring cash to me. He’d save $50! ;-)

Wanna bet I don’t hear from this guy again?

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56 comments

  1. I got hit from 2 scam letters trying to sell furnature for $175. I almost fell for it until I discover both letters sounded identical. I believe these letters are sent from a bot online and when replying to one of the scam request, the e-mail bounced back.

  2. This makes me so mad and there has to be a way to catch them! I got the same, this time the email was [email protected]:

    Thanks for the prompt response. I have instructed my
    account officer to mail (overnight) a certified
    check, while you hold this item for me. Let me know
    when you receive the check and I will have my mover
    will come pick up at your place. Please forward me
    the following info so I can issue your check . . .

    1.Your full name
    2.Your mailing address(Physical as Ups does not deliver to P.O.Box}
    3.Your phone number.

    ** Please note that I will overnight the payment,and
    you should receive it tomorrow. I appreciate you
    holding this for me. Please delete the posting as I
    am definitely buying it from you and it would be sad
    for me to have the payment in the mail only to be
    informed of the its sale**

  3. Just got the second scam email today after I reposted something, and had originally gotten a similar message, but from a guy. I didn’t feel right about it at all and asked him to call me, which of course he didn’t. I reposted and got this email. I wonder who’s phone number that is? Or who [email protected] is…mrob you…so obvious…

    First Email:

    Hi,
    Thanks for the prompt response and i will like to make an instant purchase, so please do withdraw the advert from Craigslist, I will also like you to know that I will be paying via check, and it will be over night payment due to the distance .You dont need to bother your self with the shipping, I will take care of that. So I will need you to provide me with the following information
    to facilitate the mailing of the check.

    1.Your full Name
    2.Your physical residential mailing address,Zip Code ,City, State
    3.cell phone number and Land phone number
    Once again , I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for
    shipping
    i will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the check
    Thanks for the understanding and cooperation
    Have a nice day.
    My Regards

    Second Email:

    Hello,
    Thank for the prompt response to my mail,as the item is still
    available I will instruct my secretary to process a draft to cover
    the cost of my purchase as am completely satisfied with the advert.I
    will need the details of whom & where to mail the draft.It will be
    delivered by the United Parcel Service within 2-3 days.Please note
    ‘United Parcel Service’ do not deliver to P.O.Box addresses.
    1.Name to be on the check
    2.Home address
    3.Mobile #
    Kindly delete the posting as am totally committed to buying from you
    to save me cost,my mover will be coming over for the pick up right
    only after the payment as been delivered and i want you to understand
    that,i love to call but am a deaf and only uses a hearing-in paired
    phone the relay so please send me an email you leave a message on my
    voice mail 9518927142 it will be delivered as an email to me as
    well,thank you.

    Regards,

    Robin.

  4. I got a response to something I was selling on Craigslist from a “Steve Bruce”. BEWARE!! This is a scam!!!!!! His email is as follows:

    Thanks for getting to me so quickly.This is my first time buying from
    craigslist,a family friend recommended for my wife and I that we get
    very good and cheap items here.Out of curiosity i just want to know
    the condition of what am buying becasue i might not be available to
    pick it up my self due to my kind of job but once i have your words
    that it’s in good condition,I would have to make your payments posted
    to immidiately.Please i would need your full name and address to
    enhance payment delivery. I really appreciate your response anyway,I
    hope to read back from you again.

    Regards.
    Tne Bruce’s

    His first email address was: [email protected]
    then (not-so) surprisingly the second email address was: [email protected]

    BEWARE!!!!!!!

  5. Just recieved this from [email protected]

    Hello,
    Thanks for the prompt response and i will like you to withdraw the advert from Craigslist,i don’t mind adding an extra $20dolls for you to take the advert down from craigslist so that i can be rest assured that am in hand of the item.I don’t have time to come take a look. I will be paying via cashier’s check,and it will be over night payment .You don’t need to bother your self with the shipment Ok,i will take care of that.So i will need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check.
    1.Your full name
    2.Your mailing address be it residential or postal address
    3.Your phone number.
    i will have my mover come over as soon as you have the check
    Have a great day
    I look forward to hearing from you!
    Thank you again
    Chris

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