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10-17-2010 10:40 PM  8 years agoPost 1
Sean Williams

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It's fun to mess with obvious scammers on Craigslist.

Yesterday I found an ad for a 2001 M3, a car which normally sells from 15-20k, for 4k. I emailed the guy asking about the title and some other BS. The best part is that this guy didn't waste any time; in his first reply he already tells me his incredible story.
Thank you for your interest in my car. This is a 2001 White BMW M3. Like new tires, good brakes, everything works, ready to go! Clean carfax no accidents. I have all the books and one key. This M3 is in exceptional condition inside and out and it has a clean title. Mileage 81,500.

The car has been well taken care of, always kept in the garage. Flawless exterior/interior condition,no scratches and no dents. It has never been involved in an accident. The engine starts and drives like new and the paint looks great.It comes with US clear title which will be signed and notarized in the buyer's name. Have all keys and manuals.

I'm an US Air Force FSgt. currently stationed in Alaska. The car is here with me.
The price is $3,970 including shipping from Alaska and delivery to your home address.
So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.
Now I'm not military, but I don't think they let you bring your car out on deployment, much less a BMW M3. Why the hell would you bring an M3 to Alaska? And anyone with half a brain knows that it would cost nearly 4k to ship a car out of Alaska anyway. It gets better though. I tell him that ironically, I'd be at a family reunion in Juneau in the next week, so I could meet him in person and drive the car home. His response is to ship it by military cargo plane.
I will have the car shipped from Alaska by an US Air Force cargo plane so there won't be any additional shipping costs. Also I will arrange for a truck to transport the car to your home address or, if you like, you can pick it up from the nearest airport in your area. The shipping will take 6-8 days, depending on your location.Shipping will be door to door,to your home address,somebody must be home when the car arrives to sign for the reception.The car will arrive with all the papers and documents required for registration and the keys. The clear title and the bill of sale will be already signed by me.

The payment will be done through eBay.You will send the money to eBay and as soon as the payment is confirmed they will notify me to proceed with the shipping. I will ship the car, you will receive it and you will have 5 days for inspection, both the car and the paperwork and the option to accept or reject the car.The inspection time period will begin as soon as you sign for receiving the car at your requested address.During all this time eBay will hold the money into a trust account.So, this is not a blind transaction,you can see the car before decided to buy it.If you are satisfied with the car and decide to keep it you inform eBay about this and they will release the money to me. If the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back the car will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for the both of us.Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.

If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name and the address where you want the car to be delivered to and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.

I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.
I think I should tell him to ship it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

So in this thread, share your tales of messing with Craigslist scammers, or stories of Craigslist in general.

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10-17-2010 10:50 PM  8 years agoPost 2
philip 01

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they are on auto trader too.

moral of the story is easy. don't buy a car without seeing it first and verifying the sale.

that is an easy one.

ran into this twice while looking for a car recently.

there must be a lot of gullible people out there.

ended up buying local.

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10-18-2010 12:11 AM  8 years agoPost 3
A. Bundy

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Who on Earth would buy a used car without driving or looking at it in person????????

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10-18-2010 12:33 AM  8 years agoPost 4
Learn to Fly

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Yalesville Connecticut

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I dont get that either^^^^^^^^^^ Stupid people out there.

I have ocean front property in Indiana for anyone that is interested.


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10-18-2010 12:46 AM  8 years agoPost 5
DSW

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This is a typical car scam I've heard Clark Howard discuss many times. Clark Howard is a radio talk show host.

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10-18-2010 12:48 AM  8 years agoPost 6
TheWoodCrafter

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Costa Mesa, Ca.

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A few months back I was selling a treadmill on Craigs List.
I had several scammers try to run 2 different types of scams.

The first one -
Do you still have it?
Please go look at this picture, I want to be sure it is what I am looking for.
Has a link to a some web site that my anti-virus didn't like.
You had to click on a link and it wanted to download a "viewer" so you could see the picture.
I got several of these from different people.
You have got to be pretty naive to fall for this.

The second one -
A guy wants my item and needs it shipped, can I do that if he pays for it? He is going to send a cashiers check to me, what is my address.
No way I'm going to give him my home address so I gave him my business address. The next e-mail he send says his guy that does his fiances wrote the check for $800 instead of $200 and when I get the check will I refund him the overpayment right away.
I day later he tells me it was written for something like $3000 and please refund the difference right away his father is sick and needs a procedure done right away that he has to pay for in advance. The doctor has to have the money right away.
So I got the cashiers check in the mail, cost $15 to overnight it.
It looked like a little kid printed of his dads old bubble jet printer. It was bad. I took it to my bank and gave it to the head teller. She laughed and asked where I got it. I told her the story and asked if she could have it for there fraud division.
I strung the scammer out for over a week making excuses why I didn't overnight him the overpayment write away.
You could tell by his e-mails he was getting more and more frustrated. Finally I just told him to piss off and never heard from him again.

He ended up getting scammed for the $15 postage and I had a good laugh.

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

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10-18-2010 09:42 AM  8 years agoPost 7
Charlie

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I got mixed up with these people when I was looking for a 5th wheel camper, they had some super deals (that's how I know it was a scam).

They wanted me to pay with PayPal and I told them I would give them $1000.00 dollars more then their asking price but it had to be COD, when it landed in my yard I would pay them, needless to say, I never heard from them again.

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10-18-2010 10:16 AM  8 years agoPost 8
helibeast

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There have been a couple scams here. Car for sale, real low price. The seller arranges a meeting at night at a apartment parking lot, and bring cash if you want the car, but there are others real interested in it.

The buyer shows up and proceeds to get robbed at gun point.

Another case just went through a trial. Ad for a baby sitter needed. The girl shows up and gets murdered, the guy claims he is mentally ill and not guilty. Judge didn't buy it.

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10-18-2010 11:14 AM  8 years agoPost 9
steve69

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I have ocean front property in Indiana for anyone that is interested.
I'll Take it!

I can fax you the cash right away!


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10-18-2010 12:14 PM  8 years agoPost 10
hootowl

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Garnet Valley, Pa.

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When you see them asking about "your item" without specifically identifying it you know it's a scam.

I just had one who said he will send me a cashiers check. When I get the check he would have his shipper pick up "my item".

I said no problem. Sounds good. But my policy is to cash the check and wait four weeks. Never heard from him again.

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10-18-2010 01:08 PM  8 years agoPost 11
GyroFreak

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Had one deal selling a helicopter. I knew it was a scam but played him like a banjo. When I said I will pick it up his excuse stated it was already boxed and at the shipper, and that he would be out of town,, I needed to send payment to the shipper.
The shipping company was legit but didn't exists in that city or even in that state. The address he gave me to send the payment was a motel !

So i made up a fake Western Union payment and emailed a copy to him stating I didn't trust email with the code number so I was mailing the number and copy to the address he gave me. I wonder how many times he went to that motel for a nonexistent package. I know for a fact he went at lest twice based on our emails.
After many more interactions he finally caught on and disappeared.
Oh yeah, I gave him my phone number when he insisted on calling me about the fact he didn't get the funds ($5000+), I gave him the number of a police station.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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10-18-2010 01:53 PM  8 years agoPost 12
FenwayRick

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GyroFreak
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10-18-2010 02:13 PM  8 years agoPost 13
fla heli boy

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there's a great web site (can't remember the address) that deals with scammers, especially the Nigerian ones. I could read it all day. Hilarious. The stuff they can get the scammers to do is unreal.

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10-18-2010 03:56 PM  8 years agoPost 14
sincity

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10-18-2010 11:33 PM  8 years agoPost 15
fla heli boy

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yeah that's one of them. But the one I was on a while ago had some REALLY funny stuff on it. Asking guys to send photos of themselves, coming up with code names, etc. Really elaborate and funny stuff that would be obvious to anybody with more than a 2nd grade English education.

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10-22-2010 01:11 AM  8 years agoPost 16
neilg.

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i represent a client who has 1,000,000 dollars in an account. but he needs 100,000 to release it. if you forward me the 100,000 you can have the 1,000,000

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10-22-2010 01:14 AM  8 years agoPost 17
thtoyman

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Any site have Scamers on it.

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10-25-2010 02:52 AM  8 years agoPost 18
easyrider1

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damn, i just got scammed out of 2 minutes reading this craP.

nothing is either right or wrong but thinking makes it so

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10-25-2010 04:08 AM  8 years agoPost 19
scott s.

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maybe he`s
a general and does have the connections to make this work out. or not.

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