Craigslist Scam Artist

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#1 Dec 13, 2009
I received a response to my add yesterday for my bike that I had for sale.

Immediately I recognized it as a scam attempt.

It blows me away that anyone could be foolish enough to fall for these things... but I guess they do... because there would not be so many scammers... if they were not getting people to fall for their scams... and there are a lot of scammers on Craigslist.

Up to 60% of the responses I usually get are one for or another of some type of scam.

I have an unusual approach to these kinds of scams.

I make myself out to be a kind gullible person... falling for their scam, hook, line... and sinker.

They usually Fed-Ex a check to me for over the amount I am asking... instructing me to deposit the check into my bank account and then wire SOME of the "extra" money to their "shipper" who will then come and pick up the item I have for sale.

This all sounds well and good... the check usually even initially clears... but ultimately in this kind of scam it turns out the reason the check initially clears is because it is a real account... but the account number was used on a fake check by an crook... who usually turns out to be the "shipper" you sent the extra money to.

You get left with the bill and have to make good on any outstanding balance.

I'll post the correpondence as I receive it with this crook... we'll see what he asks me to do.

My goal in all of this... is simply to cost the criminal a little money... Fed-Ex is not cheap... and it takes time that he would be spending scamming someone less aware than myself.

Plus... it's kinda fun.

If more people did this... maybe that would slow them down just enough to stop a bunch of them.

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#2 Dec 13, 2009
"samson henry"

still for sale?

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#3 Dec 13, 2009
"Heavy Fed"

Yep.

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#4 Dec 13, 2009
"samson henry"

Thanks for the swift reply. I am still interested in buying, I am
satisfied with the conditions because i read thru the AD..I will make
my payments with a bank certified check..I will be responsible for the
pick up when check clears. please get back to me with the following
information so that the payment can be endorsed:

Name to be on the check.
Address to mail the payment to.
Phone number both land and mobile.

After the information is been supplied,I will give you an update on
the payment I will be highly grateful if you can withdraw the ad from
craigslist and make me your favorite buyer.

Regards

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#6 Dec 13, 2009
"samson henry"

Hello
i got your info what i want to tell you now is that you
will surely receive the check before the end of this week

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#7 Dec 13, 2009
"Heavy Fed"

OK... thanks.

I need some cash for Christmas so if you can send it express so I can get the check deposited.

I have money for next months rent in the bank already... but nothing in there for Christmas presents yet!

LOL

Thanks for your most excellent communication.

Peace,
Charles

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#8 Dec 13, 2009
"Heavy Fed"

Hey... just to let you know... I'm not sure if you are planning on picking this up... or having me ship it or what... but if you are planning on shipping it I just wanted to let you know that this is a very heavy bike. It weighs about 120 pounds... so you might consider that before you send me a check.

It's going to cost quite a bit to ship it.

So if you decide that it might be too expensive I will understand... I can always relist the bike on Craigslist.

Peace,
Charles

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#9 Dec 13, 2009
"samson henry"

don't worry about the pick up my shipper will come for the
pick up after you confirmed the receipt of the check

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#10 Dec 13, 2009
"Heavy Fed"

OK... thanks!

Merry Christmas!

Hope everything is going well where you are!

Peace,
Charles

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