Let's use the power of ActiveRain to help reduce the amount of craigslist scammers.
I am selling some camera lenses through Craigslist and receive at least 3 scam enquiries to 1 legitimate.
I will start by posting the email address of the alleged scammer so that it is easily found by searching google so that they can avoide the scam being run.
How this scam usually works is the alleged scammer will contact you with a simple email asking if the article is still for sale. (sometimes this email comes from Scotte Daniels <email@example.com>)
This is done to engage you in conversation and get your real email address instead of the Craigslist masked address.
After seeming like a serious buyer, bordering on to good to be true, they ask for your paypal account and want you to ship the article.
Of course after you ship the article, usually something worth at least a few hundred dollars or more, the Paypal charges are NSF or reversed and you are left with no money and no article.
Join the conversation by posting in the comments below email addresses of people who have tried to (or maybe were successful in) scamming you.
So first on the list is our good friend Scotte Daniels <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Here is what I found on Scotte Daniels
Thanks for really being honest with me. people like you are had to find this days, am located in United Kingdom i will offer you additional $100 USD for the shipping to my Finance in United Kingdom making $375 USD both your selling price send me your paypal request here is my mail email@example.com so i can transfer the money to you let me know if will have a deal thank...
Charles Daniels ? (his alter ego???)
adam on 2008-12-16 12:43:43
Hey--posted a new iPod Touch and got this response from 2 people instantaneously:
Subject: 2nd Gen Apple iPod Touch 32gb Brand New Sealed - $350 (Upper East
Date: December 16, 2008 6:20:03 AM EST
Hello,i saw your item on craigslist and would love to get the item for myself.i stay in MS in United states.i am ready to pay all the shipping charges and would make the payment via paypal.....if the item is still available please kindly get back to me.Thanks
Subject: 2nd Gen Apple iPod Touch 32gb Brand New Sealed - $350 (Upper East Side) Reply to:
Date: December 16, 2008 6:28:18 AM EST
** 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
Is the item is in really good condition please............please
kindly get back to