Craigslist Military PayPal Scam

Craigslist Military PayPal Scam

One of the many reasons I hate selling items on Craigslist is because of spam emails I receive. Some lessons I have learned is:

  • Do not respond to anyone asking questions that are clearly answered in your sale description.
  • If a prospective buyer emails asking “are you the seller”, then junk it immediately. The scammer is trying to obtain personal information from you.
  • Use an email account that does not contain your name or any personal details.
  • Accept cash only and deal locally, no exceptions! If someone offers to wire you money or transfer via PayPal then red flags should go up immediately!

Here is the latest scam email we received after answering a question from a prospective Craigslist buyer inquiring about the condition of our sale item.

Thanks For Getting back to me ..I am buying this furniture and i am a military presently on a mission,and due to secrets of this mission, phone calls,and visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert.i don’t have access to my bank account online as i don’t have internet banking, but i can pay from my paypal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it,I don’t mind paying additional $50 for it in order for you to take  the ad down from craigslist and also to be assured that it is already mine.i will need you to give me your paypal email address so i can make the payments asap for the item and pls if you don’t have paypal account yet, it is very easy to set up, go to and get it set up, after you have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you used for the registration with paypal so as to put the money through. I have a pick up agent that will come and pick it up after i have made the payments

US Army
OIF Veteran

Email address:  rogus kenneth <>

I don’t want anyone to fall for these scams, which is why I am sharing. Be cautious and make smart decisions! For additional Craigslist scam information, visit here.

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160 thoughts on “Craigslist Military PayPal Scam

  1. Linda

    If a Mark Russell, USAF, contacts you about a listing on Craigslist DON’T RESPOND. It is a scam.

  2. Travis

    I just got this from a response to a car I posted on craigslist:

    Thanks,I’m seriously interested in buying this for my Father as a surprise gift, your asking price is quite reasonable and affordable considering others I’ve seen lately,I would have loved to come check it out my self but am currently in camp as military instructor for new recruits. I however squeezed out time to check this posting as all personal dealings are highly restricted here,I want this kept discreet enough until it get delivered to him and due to the fact that phone calls making are restricted……i will be paying you with my PayPal account because it’s attached to my bank account and its a safe and very secure way to make payment. If my mode of payment is accepted just send me your Paypal email address,(Paypal ID) so i can pay in right away. I’ll need your name, the pickup address or location and please include your PayPal email address for the payment and send me some recent pictures if available And if you don’t have a PayPal account, you can easily go to and sign up. its very easy. I await your reply asap Thanks

  3. Michelle

    I just had this happen to me recently. I posted my motorcycle on Craigslist and within a half hour or so I got text from someone wanting me to email his wife. Since my email was already attached to the ad I didn’t see a problem with emailing the person. This is the email I received:

    Thanks for getting back to me regarding my text…I hope it is in good condition? and there wont be any cause of disappointment if i purchase it from you? I want to buy it for my dad and I am ready to pay the asking price. I’m a Marine Engineer and am currently on sea right now which is strictly no calls. My Mode of payment is PayPal because i don’t have access to my bank account online, but i have it attached to my PayPal account. Since I’m requesting this transaction to be done via PayPal, I will be responsible for all the PayPal fees/charges on this transaction, if you don’t have an account with PayPal, it’s pretty easy, safe and secure to open one. Just log on to I hope we can make this transaction as fast as possible. Less I forgot, I have a Mover that will come for the pick up once payment is cleared in your PayPal account and they will be handling the everything for me, as I look forward to hearing from you with your PayPal information as requested below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Address for pick up:

    Many Thanks.

    Now obviously red flags went up right away. When I told the person I would not accept payment through Paypal and I would only accept cash handed to me in person, they offered to send a check with the mover who was picking it up for them….. And wanted me to give them my address!!! I immediately blocked the email address and did not reply. The very next day I received ANOTHER text asking me to email this person’s wife if I still had the bike. I am not responding to this text because it too, is a scam! Beware! You never know what people are going to try!

  4. Deb

    This is an email I received of military person trying to buy my RV for sale. What a bad deal for our military men. I did not fall for it.

    Daniel Dailey
    9:20 AM (22 minutes ago)

    to me
    I understand your concerns. I’m in military camp and there’s no way i can pay you in cash or wire money to you. As i said I have funds in my PayPal account as my bank account is attached to it hence the reason i opted to pay you through PayPal. I’m honest with you andi want you to be honest with me.Thank for being honest….I look forward to hearing from you with your PayPal information as requested below.
    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Paypal Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Phone #
    Pick up Location
    Awaiting your response asap.

  5. Mark L

    I got the same email regarding a motorcycle I was selling. Asked the “marine” to send cash with the mover and that I was not going to use Paypal. That ended her emails.

  6. Emy

    I had a guy today that messaged me about the vehicle that I had listed on craigslist. He asked normal questions about further information regarding the condition of it. Then he said he wanted to pay me through paypal and have his movers come get it. Ridiculous. The scammers don’t even have an original scam line. Don’t sell to anyone who isn’t going to come get the item with cash in hand.

  7. M Kennedy

    we are receiving same type message, This one raised too many questions for us, #1 how can a private first class afford a $28 k boat as a surprise for his son. #2 Aren’t privates usually too young to have a son this old. So sad that there are people out there that try to scam hard working people like – See below

     My name is Eric Robert! I’m in the (U.S Army-E-3 Private First Class) and am not in town for the moment as am currently in base for now. Also we are not allowed to make or receive calls frequently because we are having mandatory blackout for security reasons but we have internet access and that is our major means of communication to the outside world. I want to buy this for my son as a birthday surprise gift and he’s not aware of this. So can you assure me i wont be disappointed buying this from you ? I have a few questions for you about it.

  8. Char nguy

    Motorcycle scam

    Thanks for the mail,my name is Bryan Wilson. Am buying this for my son as a birthday gift and i don’t want him to know about it until pick up so i want you to consider it sold and you can take down the ads on CL.I work for the U.S Air force (Serving in the traffic control unit) and have been in camp for some time also we are not allowed to make or receive calls frequently for security reasons but we have internet access and that is our major means of communication to the outside world. So can you assure me i will not be disappointed buying this from you ? I have a mover that will come for pickup once payment clears first.

    Whats its condition ?
    Do you have a verified PayPal account ?

    Looking forward to read back from you.

  9. Tonya Griffin

    m in the Airforce and I’m (U.S.A.F) SMSgt E-8 and have been in base for some time, also we are not allowed to make or receive calls fr

    This is the part that thru me off…then wanting me tonoay thru paypal and he would have his movers come get vehicle form me….what a joke!

  10. Elizabeth

    Glad I caught on to this scammer! Then, I googled him and found this site! It was way to dodgy. I told him where to go….full speed ahead.

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