Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2011 3:52 AM
Subject: Electric Wheelchair
Hope this item is for sales?Get back to me
Reply to: email@example.com
Deputy Welfare Officer.
35631.110 West College Street
ME: How can I help you?
From: Barry4rwood@aol.com [mailto:Barry4rwood@aol.com]
Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2011 3:43 PM
Subject: Re: Electric Wheelchair
I am willing to purchase the item from you urgently.Hope is still in great condition,I will like to proceed with payment via a Cashier check for not to delaying the transaction.Once i receive your Name and Address with your Phone number, i will proceed and contact my client to have the check send via FEDEX/UPS next day delivery,Once the check is receive and clear in your Bank. I will contact Auto dependable shipping company to come and arrange for pick up. Email me back to proceed further.
This is one reply I got, which is clearly an attempt at scamming:
From: Dave Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>Problem is, the scammer is not very smart. I did not posted pictures to begin with, so there are no more pictures.
Subject: [The title of the classified ad for the car]
I just viewed your car posting on craigslist and i have interest on it
i will like to know the present condition and two more pictures of the
car before i proceed with the transaction.
So, I sent this reply:
From: meI intentionally did not attach any pictures. A genuine buyer would have noticed this of course. Instead, the scammer proceeded with the next step, revealing his true intent:
To: Dave Smith <email@example.com>
From Dave Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>This is a classic scam where a fake cheque is sent to the victim for more than the amount owed, and the difference is to be wired to the scammer.
Thanks for your reply i got all your information about the car and am ok
with it, i will be making your payment today i need your full name and
address to make your payment today through electronic check i will handle the shipment myself.
All what you need about the mode of payment is to get a Blank check paper and magnetic versa ink to print the check, the check will be sent to your email and you get it printed from it. You can get this materials from the following stores.
1. Office Depot
2. Office Max
3. Staples Store
4. Stationery Store
When you get this materials you can print the check out and immediately after the printing you can then get the check cashed at your Bank or any bank of america branch around you I will wait for you to confirm and clear the check.
The payment will be in excess as i will want you to contact my shipper with the excess fund for shipping the car after you must have confirmed and cashed the check.i will wait for your bank to clear the check so you can deduct your own money and send the excess fund to the shipper via Western Union Money Transfer so as to cover the cost of shipping the car from your place to it's destination. I will add extra 100$ for the purchasing of check paper and magnetic versa ink.
For more information about the mode of payment you can check the website www.qchex.com and know more about it .Dont worry i will handle the shipping myself with my shipper. you can IM on this ID email@example.com or call me on 9145954296 for more information.
Thanks and God Bless
Dave Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: ike derico
Alright,i live in North Georgia United State.Am quite comfortable with the condition of the item since i wont be making any repairs on it,i will like to offer you $500 including packing materials without you paying for any shipping charges b'cos i already have an account with FedEx,i would have loved to make the payment in cash and carry but we are not in the same state so i will like to go ahead with the payment by sending you a Money Order But i will need your contact infomation in which the money will be deliver ok.I wonna buy this [item name] for my step son to fulfill the promise his mum made before she died,i lost my lovely wife to an auto accident on 29th of June 2005 and since then i and her step son john have been living seperately and i want to buy this item for him because his mom promised him before death took her away from us and i think with this i and tobi can live as a family. Kindly get back to me immediately you receive my e-mail and i will like you to take it off craigslist for auction cos am serious in buying it.So let me have your full infomation ofr pyment to be made....