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A reader emailed me that a person tried to scam him. The reader had offered a room for rent. Someone emailed him, stating to come from the UK.

I don't know the exact offer, but scammers on Craigs List work like this:

  1. You want to rent the room for $500/month
  2. They offer to pay $1200 (first + last month, plus $200 overpayment)
  3. You will get the $1200 per Fedex or UPS, as a cashier's check or money order
  4. Then they ask you to send the $200 to a friend whom they owe the money. You are supposed to send the money to that friend with Western Union or Moneygram
  5. You use your own $200 for this
  6. Your $1200 check bounces (it was FAKE!)


You just lost $200.
And your bank is angry at you for depositing a fake check.
The smallest problem would be a $30 fine for depositing a "bounced" check. Worst scenario: you get arrested for this.

There is a slim chance that the person is real, but if he offered to send money upfront, I bet it's a scammer.


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2015-02-01, 02:18:19
anonymous from Woodbridge, United States  
Thanks for that! It's just the answer I neeedd.
2015-02-01, 05:11:48
anonymous from Venezuela  
Going to put this arctile to good use now.
2015-05-06, 16:19:35
anonymous from United States  
Here are some recent examples I received.

Thanks for getting back to me..My name is Brittany Martsolf.,24yrs old
female,clean and respectful.I have no pets and am not a smoker of any
kind don't do drugs, i drink occasionally,and drama free.I graduate
last year, I'm single and have no children...I do bible study and i go
to church every Sunday. I'm coming for my Masters degree.I'm from
USA,specifically Hawaii, I was born in Honolulu in Hawaii,my dad is
from there too but my mum is from Canada..I went to Chaminade
University of Honolulu in Hawaii.I'm presently on research work at
Hawaii,Almost done with that because its part of my prerequisite for
my masters in Microbiology.I would have loved to call you but my phone
was disconnected due moving out of state and i don't want to waste
much time.I would have loved to see it but I'm very far,but with
pictures,I'm glad. I will also like you to tell me more about you and
if you have garage or parking space cos I will have my own car come
over, please let me know the total payment of the place and more over
i will send your email to my dad for him to email you later because he
is the one that will be paying the bills but nevertheless,...Kindly
get back to me with your details as follows..

1.Your Full Name............
2.Street Address............
3.City, State, Zip Code.....
4.Cell Phone Number.........

That i can send text message so that my Dad will issue out the
payment (Cashier Check) for the place as soon as possible,with that
you can hold on the place for me till i come.


Best Regards
Brittany Martsolf.

And Another...
Thanks for the response,am okay with the price and explanation of the
apt i will like to make the payment asap.These are my information below and i
will like to have your information cause my boss will be responsible
for the payment These are my information

Name:- AMY STEPHAN
Sex :- female
Age;- 23
Citizenship:- Switzerland
Place of Birth:-Geneva
Profession:-P.A(Personal Assistance)
Religion:- Catholic
Marital Status:-Single
Cleanliness:- Very clean
Hobbies:-Movies,Reading,
Soccer,Traveling.
Nature:-Great sense of humor,easy going and very out going.
Drinking/Drugs/Smoking:-Social Drinker,don't do drugs nor smoke.For
the payment that is not a problem at all. My boss will be responsible
for all my payment all I have to do is to confirm the amount of the
room including the utilities and then get it sent to him including the
information of the person which the payment will be issued to. So all
I require of you is for you to send me your:
FULL NAME:
FULL ADDRESS WITH APT NO:
ZIP CODE:
CITY:
STATE:
PHONE:
EMAIL:
So that I can forward it to my boss because my boss will be paying for
the rent,my flight and some other things so all you have to do is that
as soon as you receive the check he will send. You will deduct your
rent fee and the utilities from it and then get the rest back to my
flight manager so that my ticket can
be booked. Waiting to hearing from you. I will want all this info ASAP

Hello,

Thanks for getting back to me, am interested in using the room for a year. My name is Lauren Warren, was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina . I speak English and a little French, am single, clean and respectful of others, don't have any pet but no problem if you have got pets. My Dad is from Seaford, Delaware and Mom is from Shanghai,China. I'm 25 year old female, I attended Duke University, North Carolina and graduated last year.

I would be there for my Master Degree in Environmental Science. I'm presently on Bald Head Island, North Carolina on a research program but would be coming down soon. I would have love to call you, but here is a remote area calls hardly go through but i receive text messages, please send me some picture of the room because i will not be able to come over and check on it before moving in.

I would love to know more about yourself. If you are a student?,worker?,married or single? if there is a garage or parking space because i will be coming with my own car. Let me know the total amount for the deposit and first month rent, I will be paying upfront so that you can be rest assured that i really do want to secure the room.

I will be paying you via a Bank certified check, so kindly get back to me with the below details so that i can ensure you are ready to rent the room to me. I would be signing necessary documents/Lease at the point of my arrival because i have got no printer and scanner here with me.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS NEEDED FOR THE PAYMENT

***Full Name:
***Street Address,City,State,Zip Code:
***Cell & Home #:
***Total amount for move in:


Kindly get back to me with the details requested so that i can get it across to my father to issue out the check for the deposit and month rent upfront asap, with that you can hold on the place prior my arrival.


Thanks for your co-operation

And then.
Thanks so mush for getting back to me Am really interested in the room, but the only delay my dad is having now is your Full name and mailing address so he can be able to mail out the payment to you, please kindly get back to me with the following information such as....

Full Name
Full Mailing Address including your Zip code & Apt#
Your cell Phone number as well.
Show message history

Please kindly get back to me as soon as possible so i will be able to forward the information to my dad so the payment can be mail out to you. I will be looking to read from you quickly.


Best regard


Hello,

Thanks for getting back to me, am interested in staying in the room for a Lease period. My name is Linda Roberts, was born and raised in Lima, Ohio . I speak English and a little Chinese, am single, clean and respectful of others, don't have any pet but no problem if you have got pets. My Dad is from Barrow, Alaska and Mom is from Guangzhou, China. I'm 23 year old female, I attended University of Akron, Ohio and graduated last year.

I would be there for my Master's Degree in Visual arts education. I'm presently on Shackleford Banks, North Carolina on a research program with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) but would be coming down soon. I would have love to call you, but here is a remote area calls hardly go through but i receive text messages. please send me some picture of the room because i will not be able to come over and check on it before moving in.

I would love to know more about yourself. If you are a student? worker? married or single? if there is a garage or parking space because i will be coming with my own car. Let me know the total amount for the deposit and first month rent, I will be paying upfront so that you can be rest assured that i really do want to secure the
room.

I will be paying you via a Bank certified check, so kindly get back to me with the below details so that i can ensure you are ready to rent the room to me. I would be signing necessary documents/Lease at the point of my arrival because i have got no printer and scanner here with me.

Here are the Details needed

**Full Name:
**Street Address,City,State,Zip Code:
**Cell & Home #:
**Total amount for move in:


Kindly get back to me with the details requested so that i can get it across to my father to issue out the check for the deposit and month rent upfront asap, with that you can hold on the place prior my arrival.


Thanks for your co-operation.


Linda Roberts


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2015-05-26, 18:40:14
anonymous from United States  
I just received the exact same scam.
2015-07-24, 09:37:37
anonymous  
I literally received the exact same scam as well. I can't believe it....
2015-07-24, 19:02:33
anonymous  
The average electronic mass mailings response rate is less than 0.12% but supposedly worth the effort if they can hook a live one occasionally.
2016-11-22, 01:45:38
anonymous from Canada  
Thanks for this. I just received the same e-mail and would have fallen for it if not for this article.
2016-11-22, 23:39:25
anonymous  
Hi my name is chaim greenberg I am 21 and went to Adolph Hitler Hs in berlin. I am know living in USa and would like to meet good looking men and women especially black and brown ones as well. I am wealthy as i have a loan business. I a jew so i am a shrewd cookie.

We can trust one another.

CHaim Greenberg 1569 President St Brooklyn NY 11213

call collect dial direct
718-953-1176

esp interested in meeting nigerian men and beautiful ladies

2017-05-02, 20:22:14
anonymous from Canada  
I almost fell for this. I just did research and came accross so different sites reporting the same thing.
2017-05-31, 00:23:02
anonymous  
Thank you! Almost until I read this. Here is what I was sent just now...

'Thanks for getting back to me, am interested in staying in the room
for a Lease period. My name is Jessica Smith, was born and
raised in Lima, Ohio . I speak English and a little Chinese, am
single, clean and respectful of others, don’t have any pet but no
problem if you have got pets. You can look me up on facebook as
Jessica Smith. My Dad is from Lebanon, Kentucky and Mom
is from Guangzhou, China. I’m 26 years old female, I obtained my
bachelor’s degree (Hospitality and Tourism) from the Akron, Ohio. I
would be there for my Master’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism. I’m
presently on Shackleford Banks, North Carolina on a research program
with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) but would be coming
down soon. I would have love to call you, but here is a remote area
calls hardly go through but i receive text messages. I will be coming
in JUNE / JULY so please send me
some pictures of the room because i will not be able to come over and
check on it before moving in. I would love to know more about
yourself. If you are a student? worker? married or single? if there is
a garage or parking space because i will be coming with my own car.
Let me know the total amount for the deposit and first month rent, I
will be paying upfront so that you can be rest assured that i really
do want to secure the room. I will be paying you via a Bank certified
check, so kindly get back to me with the below details so that i can
ensure you are ready to rent the room to me. I would be signing
necessary documents/Lease at the point of my arrival because i have
got no printer and scanner here with me even if it will need me
lodging in a hotel around for some few days pending the acceptance of
the documents.

Here are the Details needed

**Full Name:
**Street Address (P.O Box), City, State, Zip Code:
**Cell & Home #:
**Total amount for move in:

Kindly get back to me with the details requested so that i can get it
across to my father to issue out the check for the deposit and month
rent upfront asap, with that you can hold on the place prior my
arrival. Thanks for your co-operation.'
2017-06-09, 18:42:03
Marti from Carol Stream, United States  
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Hi! Just want to say thank you for this very informative article about Craigslist.
By the way my name is Marti and I am from Canada - St Georges.
2017-06-09, 18:56:59
Finn from Carol Stream, United States  
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Hi! Just want to say thank you for this very informative article about Craigslist.
By the way my name is Finn and I am from Poland
- Krakow.
2017-06-09, 20:21:19
Virginia  
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I simply want to express that I myself love Craiglist.
I found my best mate and my first employment there.

I and my wife constantly buy and sell on Craigs list.
By the way my name is Virginia and I am from France - Villepinte.
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