Craiglist/eBay scam

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Since: Sep 10

Fresno, CA

#1 Mar 24, 2012
I wanted to let everyone know who might fall for a scam thats being perprteaded by some good con artist that are using craiglist and eBay. They list a car on craiglist for example a 2005 Toyota for $2300. When you reply to this add they tell you they want to use eBay's BuyerProtection Program. Than you get a story like this one.

H i,
The car is in perfect condition, no electric problems, no accidents/liens/loans. No scratches, never been repainted. I have all the car manuals, title,documents. I'm selling this car because my child of only 19 died 4 months ago in a car accident,a drunk driver hit him and his fiancee. He was with his fiance's car coming to our home at his little brother birthday of 10 years old. The car belonged to my son and it brings me bad memories and that's the reason I want to sell it. The last price is $2,136. Me and my husband travel a lot with our business and we want to make this deal through eBay's BuyerProtection Program.I just need your full name,full shipping address, home/cell # so I can open a case.(with no further obligation or fees).eBay will contact you with all the Transaction/shipping details you will need.We will take care of the shipping so don't worry.
We hope to hear soon from you.

Than they send a second email about 4hours later and it say's.

Hi again,
Thank you, the car is located in Great Falls MT at DAS ( Dependable Auto Shippers ) headquarters, in the container, sealed and ready for shipping. You will have 10 days so you can inspect the car. Once you have inspected the car and decided to keep it, you will confirm your decision to eBay and only then they will re-route the money in to my account, but if by any reason, you won't be satisfied with the car you can return it back for a full refund of your money. I will take care of the shipping, don't worry. You will receive the car with all the necessary papers (clear title, bill of sale, userís manual, insurance etc).I have received your data. I will initiate the transaction through eBay and they will contact you with all necessary information about this transaction (terms, buyer protection, payment instructions, invoice, etc.) As soon i will have the confirmation from ebay you will receive further details regarding the shipping process (courier information,expected delivery date) Please look in INBOX,BULK,JUNK and SPAM folder and after tell me if you get all info from eBay.Asap

Hope to hear soon from you.

Thanks a lot

Right after this email lo and behold in your spam folder there will be a link to a fake eBay webpage with directions on how to send the money. Western union wire transfer no less. Please if anyone looking for a car through craiglist and you see a deal that too good to be true it's just that to good to be true. Remember eBay never takes western union or wire transfer for any reason!
Damage Control

Greentown, IN

#2 Apr 28, 2012
...Thank you...I've never even considered buying through Craiglist...never, ever...too much negative publicity...I've bought 1 vehicles through individuals and new/used dealers...got some good deals and never had a problem...always a down payment...have flown to pick up...most have been gracious and met me @ airport and I've given them a stipend to make that worth their while...the full amount was paid upon everything being in order and satisfied with vehicle...I suppose you would lose your down payment if deal was backed out of...never had that happen, so I don't know...positive experience all the way around with Ebay...
Damage Control

Greentown, IN

#3 Apr 28, 2012
...not (1) vehicles...LOL...14...

Since: Sep 10

United States

#4 May 6, 2012
Damage Control wrote:
...Thank you...I've never even considered buying through Craiglist...never, ever...too much negative publicity...I've bought 1 vehicles through individuals and new/used dealers...got some good deals and never had a problem...always a down payment...have flown to pick up...most have been gracious and met me @ airport and I've given them a stipend to make that worth their while...the full amount was paid upon everything being in order and satisfied with vehicle...I suppose you would lose your down payment if deal was backed out of...never had that happen, so I don't know...positive experience all the way around with Ebay...
I ended up buying a good used car from craigslist but it was local with a local phone number. I called the guy went to his house seen the car the pink slip and bought it. If they don't provide a phone number and just an e-mail address it more than likly a scam.

Glad to here you have had some good luck and thanks for the reply.
Damage Control

Jackson, MI

#5 May 6, 2012
clovisdude wrote:
<quoted text>
I ended up buying a good used car from craigslist but it was local with a local phone number. I called the guy went to his house seen the car the pink slip and bought it. If they don't provide a phone number and just an e-mail address it more than likly a scam.
Glad to here you have had some good luck and thanks for the reply.
...yes, sounds like that was on the up...and a local buy sure would take a lot of the ??? out of the equation...good deal...

Since: Jan 12

Location hidden

#6 Jun 2, 2012
Thanx a lot! I had feeling it was to good to be true! You saved me a lot of time and hassle!
nicole

Durham, NC

#7 Jun 14, 2012
this happen to me this week with the same story but different car and name

Hi,

The car is in perfect condition, no electric problems, no accidents/liens/loans. No scratches, never been repainted. I have all the car manuals, title,documents. I'm selling this car because my child of only 19 died 4 months ago in a car accident,a drunk driver hit him and his fiancee. He was with his fiance's car coming to our home at his little brother birthday of 10 years old. The car belonged to my son and it brings me bad memories and that's the reason I want to sell it. The last price is $3,745. Me and my husband travel a lot with our business and we want to make this deal through eBay's Buyer Protection Program.I just need your full name,full shipping address, home/cell # so I can open a case.(with no further obligation or fees).eBay will contact you with all the Transaction/shipping details you will need.We will take care of the shipping so don't worry.
We hope to hear soon from you.

Details about car :

VIN: 4T1BK36B26U081822
Mileage: 75,739
Body Style: Sedan 4D
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Tan
Engine: 3.5L V6 EFI
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Type: All wheel drive
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Doors: Four Door


Here you can see some pictures with the car :
http://s1050.photobucket.com/albums/s401/2006...



Thank you for your interest!

Hi again,

Thank you, the car is located in Great Falls MT at DAS ( Dependable Auto Shippers ) headquarters, in the container, sealed and ready for shipping. You will have 10 days so you can inspect the car. Once you have inspected the car and decided to keep it, you will confirm your decision to eBay and only then they will re-route the money in to my account, but if by any reason, you won't be satisfied with the car you can return it back for a full refund of your money. I will take care of the shipping, don't worry. You will receive the car with all the necessary papers (clear title, bill of sale, userís manual, insurance etc).

Just get back with your full name and full shipping address and I will get everything started as soon as possible, then eBay will contact you with further instructions.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Thanks a lot!

2006 Toyota Avalon Limited
the name they going by is Beatrice Davis [beatricedavis4@gmail.com]

i replied back with this the message i sent back NOT INTERESTED IN YOUR SCAM THNAKS ANY WAYS GOOD TRY BUT SUCK AT IT RETIRE YOU A HORRIBLE CON ARTISTS I HOPE YOU GET CAUGHT I WAS SMART ENOUGH NOT TO FALL FOR IT STUPID!!!!!!!!
kris- michigan

Rochester, MI

#8 Jun 15, 2012
hi, this same thing happened to my family. the same story of the dead son and a great deal on the car, everything. what can we do because we gave them our address, we put the money in western union and then did some searches and found all these scam stories for DAS( dependable auto shipping) and we immediately got the money back. this guy keeps calling us about where the money is and they have our damn address!! we figured it out in time to not get our money taken but now im freaked out because he sounds middle eastern and has our address, and we have kids here!! who can we call??
nicole wrote:
this happen to me this week with the same story but different car and name
Hi,
The car is in perfect condition, no electric problems, no accidents/liens/loans. No scratches, never been repainted. I have all the car manuals, title,documents. I'm selling this car because my child of only 19 died 4 months ago in a car accident,a drunk driver hit him and his fiancee. He was with his fiance's car coming to our home at his little brother birthday of 10 years old. The car belonged to my son and it brings me bad memories and that's the reason I want to sell it. The last price is $3,745. Me and my husband travel a lot with our business and we want to make this deal through eBay's Buyer Protection Program.I just need your full name,full shipping address, home/cell # so I can open a case.(with no further obligation or fees).eBay will contact you with all the Transaction/shipping details you will need.We will take care of the shipping so don't worry.
We hope to hear soon from you.
Details about car :
VIN: 4T1BK36B26U081822
Mileage: 75,739
Body Style: Sedan 4D
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Tan
Engine: 3.5L V6 EFI
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Type: All wheel drive
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Doors: Four Door
Here you can see some pictures with the car :
http://s1050.photobucket.com/albums/s401/2006...
Thank you for your interest!
Hi again,
Thank you, the car is located in Great Falls MT at DAS ( Dependable Auto Shippers ) headquarters, in the container, sealed and ready for shipping. You will have 10 days so you can inspect the car. Once you have inspected the car and decided to keep it, you will confirm your decision to eBay and only then they will re-route the money in to my account, but if by any reason, you won't be satisfied with the car you can return it back for a full refund of your money. I will take care of the shipping, don't worry. You will receive the car with all the necessary papers (clear title, bill of sale, userís manual, insurance etc).
Just get back with your full name and full shipping address and I will get everything started as soon as possible, then eBay will contact you with further instructions.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Thanks a lot!
2006 Toyota Avalon Limited
the name they going by is Beatrice Davis [beatricedavis4@gmail.com]
i replied back with this the message i sent back NOT INTERESTED IN YOUR SCAM THNAKS ANY WAYS GOOD TRY BUT SUCK AT IT RETIRE YOU A HORRIBLE CON ARTISTS I HOPE YOU GET CAUGHT I WAS SMART ENOUGH NOT TO FALL FOR IT STUPID!!!!!!!!
Jalesha Weeks

Elizabeth City, NC

#10 Jun 20, 2012
This almost happened to me.. I am so glad that I actually surfed the web and found this comment!! I absolutely love you for this eye-opener!!! BEWARE!!! EVERYONE!!
ROE

Sparks, NV

#11 Jun 21, 2012
2006 Toyota Avalon Limited
the name they going by is Beatrice Davis [beatricedavis4@gmail.com]
Hi,
The car is in perfect condition, no electric problems, no accidents/liens/loans. No scratches, never been repainted. I have all the car manuals, title,documents. I'm selling this car because my child of only 19 died 4 months ago in a car accident,a drunk driver hit him and his fiancee. He was with his fiance's car coming to our home at his little brother birthday of 10 years old. The car belonged to my son and it brings me bad memories and that's the reason I want to sell it. The last price is $3,745. Me and my husband travel a lot with our business and we want to make this deal through eBay's Buyer Protection Program.I just need your full name,full shipping address, home/cell # so I can open a case.(with no further obligation or fees).eBay will contact you with all the Transaction/shipping details you will need.We will take care of the shipping so don't worry.
We hope to hear soon from you.
Details about car :
VIN: 4T1BK36B26U081822
Mileage: 75,739
Body Style: Sedan 4D
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Tan
Engine: 3.5L V6 EFI
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Type: All wheel drive
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Doors: Four Door
Here you can see some pictures with the car :
http://s1050.photobucket.com/albums/s401/2006 ...
I got this same scam....
I told them nice try.....
Eunmi

Austin, TX

#12 Jun 22, 2012
I got an email that exactly same above it. I am a student from another country and live in US. My roommate said it is fraud, but I really wanted to belive it because I didn't have enough money to buy a new car. Thank you all guys for giving me real information!

Since: Sep 10

Porterville, CA

#13 Jun 25, 2012
I'm really happy to see my expirence has helped others! I feel bad for the ones that went ahead
and sent them money! It must work because their still using the same sob story. Death of a child no less. I just hope theres a special place in hell
for these losers.

Since: Sep 10

Porterville, CA

#14 Jun 25, 2012
kris- michigan wrote:
hi, this same thing happened to my family. the same story of the dead son and a great deal on the car, everything. what can we do because we gave them our address, we put the money in western union and then did some searches and found all these scam stories for DAS( dependable auto shipping) and we immediately got the money back. this guy keeps calling us about where the money is and they have our damn address!! we figured it out in time to not get our money taken but now im freaked out because he sounds middle eastern and has our address, and we have kids here!! who can we call??
<quoted text>
I would'nt worry to much they are more than likly in Africa or the middle east some where. But if your really scared report your encounter with the FBI fraud division.
Jenna Leigh

Cincinnati, OH

#15 Jul 12, 2012
NEW SCAM WITH 2006 AVALON...A man said he was leaving for his second tour across seas,that he didnt want it sitting in his garage getting old selling it for $4200 or $4000. Says he is stationed at Fort Indianown Gap trainging camp in PA.

*I also saw andspoken witht he ppl from the other avalon scam as well where they tlked about their son dying.*

***ON EBAY..it states that ANYONE USING CRAGSLIST SAYING THEY HAVE/USING EBAYS BUYER PROTECTION PROGRAM..WALK AWAY, ITS FRAUDULANT!!! EBAY only uses EBAY Proecion program***
Careful Buyer

Bonaire, GA

#16 Jul 14, 2012
I wanted to purchase a 2005 Honda Accord that was 2100.00 - I received the same story about the dead son. I didn't ask them why they wanted to sell the car.( red flag) I new it was fraud when Ebay was brought into it.( red flag ) I know how Ebay works...... I did give them my address to see how far they were going to go because I was waiting for them to bring up western union .... LOL, NOT MY MONEY.... Then I received an email saying it was located in
Great Falls MT and DAS would arrange for shipping. Yes! I turned it over to authorities.
clovisdude wrote:
I wanted to let everyone know who might fall for a scam thats being perprteaded by some good con artist that are using craiglist and eBay. They list a car on craiglist for example a 2005 Toyota for $2300. When you reply to this add they tell you they want to use eBay's BuyerProtection Program. Than you get a story like this one.
H i,
The car is in perfect condition, no electric problems, no accidents/liens/loans. No scratches, never been repainted. I have all the car manuals, title,documents. I'm selling this car because my child of only 19 died 4 months ago in a car accident,a drunk driver hit him and his fiancee. He was with his fiance's car coming to our home at his little brother birthday of 10 years old. The car belonged to my son and it brings me bad memories and that's the reason I want to sell it. The last price is $2,136. Me and my husband travel a lot with our business and we want to make this deal through eBay's BuyerProtection Program.I just need your full name,full shipping address, home/cell # so I can open a case.(with no further obligation or fees).eBay will contact you with all the Transaction/shipping details you will need.We will take care of the shipping so don't worry.
We hope to hear soon from you.
Than they send a second email about 4hours later and it say's.
Hi again,
Thank you, the car is located in Great Falls MT at DAS ( Dependable Auto Shippers ) headquarters, in the container, sealed and ready for shipping. You will have 10 days so you can inspect the car. Once you have inspected the car and decided to keep it, you will confirm your decision to eBay and only then they will re-route the money in to my account, but if by any reason, you won't be satisfied with the car you can return it back for a full refund of your money. I will take care of the shipping, don't worry. You will receive the car with all the necessary papers (clear title, bill of sale, userís manual, insurance etc).I have received your data. I will initiate the transaction through eBay and they will contact you with all necessary information about this transaction (terms, buyer protection, payment instructions, invoice, etc.) As soon i will have the confirmation from ebay you will receive further details regarding the shipping process (courier information,expected delivery date) Please look in INBOX,BULK,JUNK and SPAM folder and after tell me if you get all info from eBay.Asap
Hope to hear soon from you.
Thanks a lot
Right after this email lo and behold in your spam folder there will be a link to a fake eBay webpage with directions on how to send the money. Western union wire transfer no less. Please if anyone looking for a car through craiglist and you see a deal that too good to be true it's just that to good to be true. Remember eBay never takes western union or wire transfer for any reason!
Barbara in PGH

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Jul 22, 2012
Word for word.. same scam. Knew it was too good to be true.
Fortunately have sent only email with questions.
Thanks all for posting.
Natasha

United States

#18 Jul 23, 2012
This has happen to me and I was stupid enough to fall for it. Any advise on how I can get my money back. I hate people that do this
black talon

United States

#19 Jul 23, 2012
clovisdude wrote:
I wanted to let everyone know who might fall for a scam thats being perprteaded by some good con artist that are using craiglist and eBay. They list a car on craiglist for example a 2005 Toyota for $2300. When you reply to this add they tell you they want to use eBay's BuyerProtection Program. Than you get a story like this one.
H i,
The car is in perfect condition, no electric problems, no accidents/liens/loans. No scratches, never been repainted. I have all the car manuals, title,documents. I'm selling this car because my child of only 19 died 4 months ago in a car accident,a drunk driver hit him and his fiancee. He was with his fiance's car coming to our home at his little brother birthday of 10 years old. The car belonged to my son and it brings me bad memories and that's the reason I want to sell it. The last price is $2,136. Me and my husband travel a lot with our business and we want to make this deal through eBay's BuyerProtection Program.I just need your full name,full shipping address, home/cell # so I can open a case.(with no further obligation or fees).eBay will contact you with all the Transaction/shipping details you will need.We will take care of the shipping so don't worry.
We hope to hear soon from you.
Than they send a second email about 4hours later and it say's.
Hi again,
Thank you, the car is located in Great Falls MT at DAS ( Dependable Auto Shippers ) headquarters, in the container, sealed and ready for shipping. You will have 10 days so you can inspect the car. Once you have inspected the car and decided to keep it, you will confirm your decision to eBay and only then they will re-route the money in to my account, but if by any reason, you won't be satisfied with the car you can return it back for a full refund of your money. I will take care of the shipping, don't worry. You will receive the car with all the necessary papers (clear title, bill of sale, userís manual, insurance etc).I have received your data. I will initiate the transaction through eBay and they will contact you with all necessary information about this transaction (terms, buyer protection, payment instructions, invoice, etc.) As soon i will have the confirmation from ebay you will receive further details regarding the shipping process (courier information,expected delivery date) Please look in INBOX,BULK,JUNK and SPAM folder and after tell me if you get all info from eBay.Asap
Hope to hear soon from you.
Thanks a lot
Right after this email lo and behold in your spam folder there will be a link to a fake eBay webpage with directions on how to send the money. Western union wire transfer no less. Please if anyone looking for a car through craiglist and you see a deal that too good to be true it's just that to good to be true. Remember eBay never takes western union or wire transfer for any reason!
Awesome, thanks for the knowledge. I ran into this exact one and it felt like a scam to me so I looked up the DAS and found your post. Good lookin out.
black talon

United States

#20 Jul 23, 2012
To any one who did give them your address and phone number, dont sweat it. These guys wont be showing up because its a bluff call. They will try to scare you into paying them just because they have that little bit of info. And just for good measure I would monitor the account you tried paying from. I dont know anything about what kind of info you have to give in order to do the transfers but they might have that access now so keep an eye out for anything. In reference to the phone calls- If its real bad, change your number; otherwise tell em you'll be waiting. ;)
Kristin Martin

Scottsdale, AZ

#21 Jul 26, 2012
I got the same email regarding the price of a Nissan Murano and asking if it had A/C because she failed to mention that on craigslist... the second she mentioned delivery to my home i knew it was no good... here is the email:
I have a low price on my 2003 Nissan Murano because I want a fast deal.The price is $1,989 including delivery to your home address.

The SUV is in perfect condition, no electric problems, no accidents/liens/loans. No scratches, never been repainted. I have all the SUV manuals, title,documents. I'm selling this SUV because my child of only 19 died 4 months ago in a car accident,a drunk driver hit him and his fiancee. He was with his fiance's SUV coming to our home at his little brother birthday of 10 years old. The SUV belonged to my son and it brings me bad memories and that's the reason I want to sell it. The last price is $1,989. Me and my husband travel a lot with our business and we want to make this deal through eBay's Buyer Protection Program.I just need your full name,full shipping address, home/cell # so I can open a case.(with no further obligation or fees)eBay will contact you with all the Transaction/shipping details you will need.We will take care of the shipping so don't worry.
We hope to hear soon from you.

Details about SUV :

VIN: JN8AZ08W73W231955
Mileage: 96,185 miles
Engine: 3.5L V6 24V MPFI DOHC
Body type: SUV
Transmission: Automatic
Exterior Color: White
Interior color: Tan
Drivetrain: AWD
Fuel: Gasoline

Here is a link to the car's photo gallery:
http://s1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii567/200...

Thanks!

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