I have written several blog postson helping my cousin sell a property in Hungary. I had all these people from countries all over the world want to move to a little town north of Budapest, sight unseen. The result was I helped a lot of people uncover the scams before they responded.
Craigslist Scammer Mark Scott – aka some dude in Africa.
Now, I am trying to sell some items on Craigslist. We have sold on Craigslist before without issues. This time, we have some items that have significant value.
There are some rules to Craigslist.
- Cash ONLY!
- Don’t let them come to your house – meet them somewhere else.
- DO NOT USE Paypal or Google Checkout – they are scams
This guy was clever because he acknowledges there are scammers out there, but his message seemed disjointed and he used bad English:
“I understand the present condition as started in the advert and i’m okay with the asking price, i will not be able to come to look at it due to the long distant andI will like to contact my lawyer about this before making payment due to the scam artist.i got scammed from someone the easiest way for me to make the payment is through Google Checkout checkout.google.comand I’ll take care of the pickup and delivery when the payment has been made by my mover, provide me your name, address, city, state, zip code for the mover to calculate the cost of the shipment and your google checkout email account for me to make the payment.Please Email me back and let me know if this helps”
Before I did my research, I responded with the following and was skeptical about his intentions:
I am following up on your interest in the trombone.
So, help me understand how you want to do this.
1. You want to pay through Google Checkout.
Ok – the price will go up to cover the fees associated with a credit card. We priced it for cash. I will calculate. I think it will be $35.00
2. Once we receive payment, we will release the trombone to your shipper.
The address to ship from is:
5348 N. Tacoma Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Let me know what you want to do.
This is the email that convinced me he is a scam:
|“this is legit business and i have the support of my|
attorney on this so there is no need to panic, i
would have love to come over cash, it’s because of
the long distant and i’m very busy at work, i
understand that there are many scams going on online,
but to keep you rest assured, i will make the payment
before we proceed with the shipment. i find it the
easiest way to use my credit card safely and reliable
method of payment, you only have to add your
credit/debit card account to it and your money will
be transfer into your credit/debit card account when
the payment has been made, get back to me with your
google checkout email account when you done, for me
to make the payment.”
The English is really bad. So, I responded with another question:
What is the name of your business and where are you located?
He responds with more bad English:
|I am woring with Construction Company,I|
|I am from US in Atlanta GA, You dont have any problem ,I’m satisfied with the condition of it. I will be paying you through Google checkout(www.Googlecheckout.com) which is a fast, safe and reliable method of payment.. My shipping company will come to your location for the pick up when the payment is made provide me the recent picture of it, and i will need your full address for me to forward it to the shipping co for the calculation of the shipment costI finally ended it with:
Mark,I am not comfortable with this arrangement.
I have relatives in Georgia. I am willing to ship it to them and have them accept cash payment for the Trombone.
If you are open to doing this, I will get it arranged with them.
I have not heard from him since. Per Craigslist, I am reporting this one to the FBI.
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