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Old 05-16-2009   #1
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Default Is this a bogus Craigslist response?

Hey guys, I decided to sell a pair of Roland DS90 active studio monitors recently and figured I'd try Craigslist first since it's free. Within a day or so, I received 4 or 5 responses saying they wanted me to consider them sold and wanted to know if they were still available.

I replied back that I was waiting to meet w/the first responders and asked each for their general location (around Memphis). I received nearly identical replies w/this general format and all with first/last name gmail accounts like 'richking', 'akonedge', 'davewenzy'....One is below:

Hello
I am very sorry for my late response,I really appreciate your
response to my email.I want you to consider it sold, please do
withdraw the advert from craigslist to avoid disturbance from other
buyers.I want you to know that i will be paying via bank certified
check .I will like you to provide me with the following.information to
facilitate the mailing of the check to you .

1.....Full name to write on the check
2.....Full Physical address to post the check
3.....City, State and Zip Code
4.....Home & Cell Phone to contact you*** Note that the payment will
be shiped to your address via UPS NEXT DAYSERVICE and I will like you
to know that you will not be responsible for shipping i will have my
mover come over as soon as you have the check cashed** Thanks.Let me
know if i can trust you on this so we can move forward from here.
Regards

Sounds fishy to me and none mentioned anything about meeting in person. All replies returned the same which leads me to wonder if it's the same account. Why would someone try this w/monitors that are used anyway??

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Default Re: Is this a bogus Craigslist response?

I would email them back saying "thanks, but no thanks". If you are in Memphis and they are in Memphis, why would they not just drive across town and pick them up?

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Default Re: Is this a bogus Craigslist response?

This is old news. You might want to read up on some of the Craigslist scams. http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams or Google "Craigslist scams"

The "cashier check" will bounce back from your bank about a week after they pick up the merchandise.

I get the scam emails regularly on any big ticket items I list. Recently I decided to play around with one of them. I promptly replied with the contact name "John Smith" and my local police department for the address and phone number.

That F'ing scammer emailed me 5 more times saying the over night check had been delivered and he needed me to contact him, so he could pick up the product. I finally emailed him back and told him to call me(at the police number) to get it straightened out. That was the last I heard from him


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honestly why do people still ask this?
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Yup so fake
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Default Re: Is this a bogus Craigslist response?

THose are scammers in this case, but if you are selling something and there is a question as to the validity of the buyer you can request payment via USPS Money Order only, then take the M.O. down to the post office and cash it. USPS will tell you right then and there whether it is fake or not. There are some pretty good fakes, with the watermark and everything, but the post office knows which are legit.
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Default Re: Is this a bogus Craigslist response?

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since it's free. ~ you get what you pay for

Why would someone try this w/monitors that are used anyway??

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Jeremy it has been called many things they all equal trying to get someone to part with their MONEY !!
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Default Re: Is this a bogus Craigslist response?

I assumed as much, just wanted to double check, that's all. Oh well, if I don't get any legit responses soon I may just throw them in one of my wife's friends' garage sales....$2 anyone

Thanks again

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100% scam!!!
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how much you selling them for? ive wanted a set of monitors for years.

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best of craigslist : Dear Mr. Scammer..I am sorry - m4w

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Default Re: Is this a bogus Craigslist response?

It is an overseas scam artist trying to burn you via a counterfeit cashier's check.I'd recommend you do what I do-pretend to be fooled and waste this scammer's time

The check will be issued for way more money than your advertised price/fee and then they'll give you a B.S. reason for the mistake and have you wire back the over-"payment" Western Union.

Their check will look like the real McCoy and will be designed to post to your available balance within 24-hours of deposit, per FDIC-regulation, but when your bank presents it for clearance, the issuing bank will advise that it is a bogus account and you will be left with a negative balance corresponding to the amount you withdrew.

It often takes over a week for your bank to ascertain the fraudulent nature of the transaction.

The reason I recommend you take a few minutes out of your day to pretend to be fooled is because these scam artists invest in the means of generating the counterfeit check and pay FedEx's, DHL's or UPS' fee for shipping you the worthless check. I have a "Trophy" collection of such "monopoly" checks. I tell them about 3 bogus Western Union numbers, then tell them "My bad, it's MoneyGram." and then tell them after about 48 hours that I knew it was a scam all along and enjoy reading their final email where they threaten to call "The FBI", defending their false pretense to the bitter end!

I advertise on Craigslist as a guitar/bass guitar piano teacher and I get these ridiculous offers from people claiming to live in the UK or Europe-I'm in USA-wanting to send "their children" half-way around the world and have them live with an au Pair/nanny just to take guitar lessons. Real guitar lessons are once a week for 30 minutes to an hour depending on whether its a younger kid just starting out or a more "gung-ho" teenager or adult who wants to learn to shred. These morons think a guitar/bass/piano student can take 2-hour-long lessons, three days a week, when it's really more about the time the student puts in practicing.

Here's the most recent attempted scam against me:
Hello,
How are you doing today? Hope is fine? ...Well i will like to inform
you that this is the tracking # (495795590469 ) for the payment via
FEDEX COURIER, The check has been delivered to you this
morning...There is an email enclose to the check by my client that
issue the check..don't reply back to the email because the email is
for the check delivery confirmation and i will him know that the check
has been delivered to you.So immediately you have the check with
you...I want you to deduct your own money for the tutor lesson for my
daughter for 1 month and extra $50 Stress factor(Gas fee) and get the
rest money send to the nanny information below via Western Union Money
Transfer and get back to me with Western Union details on the
receipt... So that nanny and my daughter can relocate to your location
for the tutor lesson for my son...Kindly get things done as soon as
you receive the check and have the nanny fund send out today..Here is
the nanny information below..

HERE IS THE NANNY INFORMATION TO SEND THE REST MONEY BELOWS...

Receiver's Name...Ricky Jones
Address ..... 1300 E US 7
City.........San Benito
State.......Texas
Zip code.... 78586



And get back to me with the details on the western union as follows;

Senders name and Address.......
MTCN (10 digit number on the transfer.receipt)........
Actual Amount Sent (after deduct the western union charges).......
Date and time that you want the tutor to start............

Hope to read back from you asap

Note;- The western union money transfer charges should be deducted
from the rest money you are sending to the nanny and let me know the
total amount sent after the Fee and the money ..

Thanks and God bless you

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Hey guys, I decided to sell a pair of Roland DS90 active studio monitors recently and figured I'd try Craigslist first since it's free. Within a day or so, I received 4 or 5 responses saying they wanted me to consider them sold and wanted to know if they were still available.

I replied back that I was waiting to meet w/the first responders and asked each for their general location (around Memphis). I received nearly identical replies w/this general format and all with first/last name gmail accounts like 'richking', 'akonedge', 'davewenzy'....One is below:

Hello
I am very sorry for my late response,I really appreciate your
response to my email.I want you to consider it sold, please do
withdraw the advert from craigslist to avoid disturbance from other
buyers.I want you to know that i will be paying via bank certified
check .I will like you to provide me with the following.information to
facilitate the mailing of the check to you .

1.....Full name to write on the check
2.....Full Physical address to post the check
3.....City, State and Zip Code
4.....Home & Cell Phone to contact you*** Note that the payment will
be shiped to your address via UPS NEXT DAYSERVICE and I will like you
to know that you will not be responsible for shipping i will have my
mover come over as soon as you have the check cashed** Thanks.Let me
know if i can trust you on this so we can move forward from here.
Regards

Sounds fishy to me and none mentioned anything about meeting in person. All replies returned the same which leads me to wonder if it's the same account. Why would someone try this w/monitors that are used anyway??

Jeremy

Respond back and tell them "YES!", receive their fraudulent check, then tack it up on your wall as a reminder not to fall for scams like this one.

Make a game out of it.... see how many bogus cashier's checks you can collect!

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