Ridiculous Craigslist Scammers – Report Every One Of Them!

September 7, 2011 Random Stuff Comment

It seems today that there are more and more scammers who prey on innocent victims each day. My wife and I purchased new couches recently and wanted to sell our old ones on Craigslist. One hour after the Craigslist post I received an email asking if the couches were still for sale. I saved the conversation we had. After the first email I knew he was trying to scam me and I wanted to have fun with him. Also, be sure to report them to Craigslist.org.

Below is the conversation I had with scammer, who seemed to first off, not speak English very well. Second, he never answered my questions.

Nicholas John (Scammer):

** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY — AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html

Did you still have the item available for sales???

Me:
Yes, Feel free to come take a look at them. I work from home so I’ll be here most of the day. Let me know when you need directions. Thanks

Nicholas John (Scammer):
Hello,
Thanks for your response in business time,i would have love to call you but due to the schedule of my work,i will need your name and address with your phone number for payment,As am only able to make payment by certified check, because i am on business trips and i will be pleased if you can send me more pictures.It will take some days for the payment to get to you.As per pick-up, I will make arrangement for the pick-up after payment has been received and cleared in your account.i would not mind adding 50$ if you retain it for me and Please take the posting off Craigslist today and consider it sold to me. Do reply back with your full name and address in which the payment will be mail to you.
Expecting to hear from you soon.
Regards….. Nicholas

Me (First off, What the crap? Second thought, Oh a scammer):
Ok.. I’ll take it off right now. I am soooooo excited you are buying them!!!! What do I need to do next?? Should I send you some money to make sure you are serious about buying them?

Jake

Nicholas John (Scammer):
Anyway am a structural engineering, and presently we are constructing a drainage control underground, that is why i could not come in person or call… i can only contact you through email for now. I will like you to provide the following payment information below as soon as possible;
full name ………….. full home address (physical)
City…………….
state……………
zip code…………
tel#…………
As soon as this is provided i will let you know when payment is mailed out and i will update you on when you will receive the payment and give you instructions on what to do…. thanks and i hope we handle this in good
faith. Thanks

Me:
Oh, I see.

Jake Richey
Fake Address.
Washington UT
84780
435-xxx-xxxx

Is there anything else you need? When can you come pick up the couches?

Do I need to give you my social or anything to verify the pickup?

Thanks

Nicholas John (Scammer):
Thanks for the reply, yes the check will be mailed out to your address soon…And the check will come inform of Check and there is going to be an excess funds on it which you will send to the mover after you have deduct your money for the item plus the $50 i offer you for the stress and running around to the Money Gram/Western Union Outlet to send funds once the Check had been cleared with your bank…So now i want you to delete the ad from craigslist and make sure you mark it sold…Once again the rest funds on the check will be sent to the shipping mover via Western Union or Money Gramm after the Check has been cleared with your bank, so they can come over and pick up the item at your resident immediately cause the mover will need the money upfront…And they will also be responsible for the packaging too. Hope to hear back from you soonest..Thanks…hope there is no mistake in the information you sent to me ……. plz i will like you to confirm the info again…..

Jake Richey
Fake Address.
Washington UT
84780
435-xxx-xxxx

Thanks

Me:
Wait, I’m confused. So who is going to pick it up? I can’t wait for something to come in the mail. We need to do this faster.

What can I do right now in order to get you the couches?

Nicholas John (Scammer):
The payment will be mail out this week and you will receive it this week also so i will notify you when it has been mail out to you okay and i will take care of the pick up..

Me:
How about I call you right now to make sure you have the right address and everything?

Nicholas John (Scammer):
I told you that i dont have the chance or you to contact me if you have anything you can email me and i will response back to you..

Me:
Ok, well I can’t wait that long so I guess we have no deal??

Want me to wire you money or money order to get the process moving?

Nicholas John (Scammer):
That is how i can do the payment Jake..so be patient for me and i will send you the information you need to have the check with you.. I will give you account numbers you need to wire me shipping money so i can have the couch shipped to me.

Thanks..

Written by Jake