Craigslist Military PayPal Scam

by on 09/02/11 at 8:35 am

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 www.paypal.com 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
2004-2005
2006-2008

Email address:  rogus kenneth <kenthrogth@googlemail.com>

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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132 Responses to “Craigslist Military PayPal Scam”

  1. Firoz Kassam

    Jul 10th, 2012

    July 10th 2012

    I advertised on Craigslist for my trailer and I got following and I thought let me search on Google. Lucky I did that.

    1st email was from Alan ; I replyed saying my Trailer is still available so I got following email:

    From robert lansley ;

    Thanks for your swift response, I’m seriously interested in buying
    this for my Father, your asking price is quite reasonable and
    affordable considering others I’ve seen lately, I’ll take it. I would
    have loved to come check it out my self but am currently in camp as
    Navy instructor for new recruits.I won’t be able to leave the base
    until August 26th. I however squeezed out time to check this posting as
    all personal dealings are highly restricted here, i really want this
    as a surprise gift for my Father so i won’t let him know anything
    about this 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 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 have a private courier agent that will come for the pick
    up after payments has been made, so no shipping included. 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 dont have a paypal account, you can easily go
    to http://www.paypal.com and sign up.
    its very easy. I await your reply asap

    Thanks Robert
    L CIV NNSY, C552

  2. Jonathan

    Jul 13th, 2012

    I found this very similiar email for a leather gaming chair I advertised for $30. Notice how the scammer never refers to the item. This is the kind of crap that makes the internet suck. Arghh!!!

    Thanks you so much for the quick reply to my email. I’m willing to
    proceed with the payment and I believe is in good condition as
    stated. I would like to offer $50 extra with the asking price, so
    please kindly delete the advert from CRAIGSLIST. I would have loved to
    come check it out my self but am currently in camp as military seer
    instructor for new recruits. I however squeezed out time to check this
    posting as all personal dealings even calls are highly restricted
    here. I really want this as a surprise gift for my step-son. I will be
    paying you via a Cashier’s from my Bank and the payment will be
    delivered to you by UPS (next-day) I will be needing the following
    information for mailing out the payment:

    Name to be on the Check_____________
    Home or office address(No P.O.BOX)___
    City__State__Zip Code_______________
    Phone Numbers_____________________
    Final price__________________________

    FYI: You will not be responsible for the shipping. I will have my
    shipper come over for the pick up and they would be responsible for
    the packing and transit insurance of the item. As soon as you have
    the check cashed at your bank, I would have my shipper come for the
    pick up.

    I await your urgent response here and believe I can trust you with this.
    Thanks.

  3. anna

    Jul 14th, 2012

    Ok, here’s mine- received 7-13-2012 from andr5100@att.net

    Thanks so much for getting back to me, My name is Adrian Alexander and i am 41 years old, am a marine officer,a Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps (SgtMajMarCor) and i regularly works in the issuing and receiving section and often teaches the newest members what they hold in their hands, am currently at sea for now but i am sending it to my new house in Alabama, i will offer you $7,500 and i will make arrangement for pick up after you have received money, i will be paying you through PayPal because it’s attached to my bank account its the only way for me to pay, i have premium account and most of my funds are in my account and i can assure you it is safe and secure, i will make arrangement for pick up at your convenient time after you have received the money, If my offer is accepted send me your email link to your PayPal as that is what i need to transfer the money to you.I do not have much time on me to come and view it but i believe in honesty and i have buy things this way before if seller/buyer is honest moreover i will make arrangement for the pick up after you have received payment.

    My question is, why are you selling it and are you the first owner and where is it located ?
    You can text me at 740-239-2718 as i cannot receive call for now due to i am at sea at the moment so we only text if we want to talk to people outside of the sea so you can text me anytime.

    You may check paypal out at http://www.paypal.com/ and sign up if you do not have an account it is safe and secure but if you already have an account let me have the email link to your paypal account so i can transfer the money, am ready to make proceed if you are in for the deal, Thanks

    Kind Regards
    Andrian

  4. E.J.

    Jul 16th, 2012

    This is what happened to me via text,

    Buyer: Hello, i would like to know how much is your final price of the HTC Amaze 4G listed on craigslist and I hope is it still in good condition?

    Buyer: Alex

    Me: I haven’t used the phone since I took the pics an hour ago. The lowest I will go is $350 cash. This phone has never been rooted, dropped or gotten wet nothing. Hope this Helps.

    Buyer: Does the phone have a sim port?

    Me: Yes it also comes with a new sim card.

    *** Red Flag number 1. This is when I noticed something was going wrong. If someone was interested it this phone they would know it has a sim card. Even the add, stated this phone comes with a new sim that you have to use unless you are replacing your Amaze with this one.***

    Buyer: Okay. i am currently on Military duty at Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico VA, How do you want to receive funds for the item?

    *** Red flag number 2 here. Why is someone in Virginia checking out Idaho’s Craigslist. But now I wanted to test the scam! HaHa!***

    Me: Will it need to be shipped?

    Buyer: yes to my son school and i will pay extra shipping fee?

    Me: I would prefer Paypal to keep both of us secure.

    Me: I could ship it to US only. USPS Priority Mail.

    Buyer: okay, i am purchasing the phone for son who’s study in West Africa Nigeria. I’ll put in extra $100 for you to ship it to him via USPS Express Mail International Delivery?

    Me: Can you call me?

    Buyer: i cannot call you cause am Military duty Marine Corps base camp now.

    ***Final Red Flag. I know that this is a scam now and I will send one final message to this POS and I bet myself this will end the conversation.***

    Me: I’m sorry but I cannot complete this transaction without talking with you. Sorry about the inconvenience.

    Buyer never responded. =-)

    Also one other thing to look for is a message being broken up in two messages.

    Example

    Buyer: 1/2 Hello etc……

    Buyer: 2/2 bs bs bs etc…

    This is either a web based message of a cheep pre paid phone text.

    Hope this helps everyone.

    E.J.
    Idaho Craigslist user

  5. Penny

    Jul 20th, 2012

    thanks for the information,I received the same email from Robert Lansley. Thank God for my Dad checking it out.

  6. Gene

    Jul 26th, 2012

    heres mine, I was /am selling a tool box, thankfully I googled the name
    On 07/25/12, Andrian Alexander wrote:

    Thanks so much for getting back to me, My name is Adrian Alexander and i am 39 years old, am a marine officer,a Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps (SgtMajMarCor) and i regularly works in the issuing and receiving section and often teaches the newest members what they hold in their hands, am currently at sea for now but i am sending it to my new house in Alabama, i will offer you $2,500 and i will make arrangement for pick up after you have received money, i will be paying you through PayPal because it’s attached to my bank account its the only way for me to pay, i have premium account and most of my funds are in my account and i can assure you it is safe and secure, i will make arrangement for pick up at your convenient time after you have received the money, If my offer is accepted send me your email link to your PayPal as that is what i need to transfer the money to you.I do not have much time on me to come and view it but i believe in honesty and i have buy things this way before if seller/buyer is honest moreover i will make arrangement for the pick up after you have received payment.

    My question is, why are you selling it and are you the first owner and where is it located ?
    You can text me at 740-239-2718 as i cannot receive call for now due to i am at sea at the moment so we only text if we want to talk to people outside of the sea so you can text me anytime.

    You may check paypal out at http://www.paypal.com and sign up if you do not have an account it is safe and secure but if you already have an account let me have the email link to your paypal account so i can transfer the money, am ready to make proceed if you are in for the deal, Thanks

    Kind Regards
    Andrian.

  7. Branden

    Jul 27th, 2012

    thank you for this because i thought all of this was a scam but here is what i recieved from a Paul Rubin,

    do you still have the advertised item available for sale?what’s the recent condition

    Paul.

    Yes I still have it and it is good condition

    I’m interested and consider it sold, I’m buying it for my father and
    payment would be through PayPal, my agent will come for pick up,
    actually I’m working in a ship and most time I am off shore. Expecting
    your prompt reply, with the name and email address on the your PayPal
    account so that I can make the payment and please provide me with
    recent pictures including this item so I can see the condition before
    we proceed since I would not be seen it in person so I can make a
    payment right away, and pick up would at your residence. And lastly,
    I’m offering additional $100 to your final price for you to keep it
    off from other offer. If you don’t have paypal account yet, it is
    very easy to set up, go to http://www.paypal.com and get it set up..
    looking forward to your response.

    Regards.

    all of this did not settle well and i only accept cash
    than i recieved this

    I just want to know more about it to make sure its in good condition so can you assure me i will not be disappointed??? I have a little problem with the pickup agent and i was told to make a payment of $1,500 for the pickup agent arraignment which i will be including with the payment now. I will add the $1,500 along with the payment to you right now by paypal and once you received the payment confirmation you can help me send the $1,500 to the Pickup agent through Western Union as i have tired so many times to make the payment directly to them by self since they didn’t accept paypal only Western Union and can’t send money offshore since i forget to bring along with my credit card on here. I will make the payment right now to you and once received payment confirmation help me send the money to them to schedule the pickup arrangement.

    Thank You,

    i have had no other responses

    thanks
    Branden

  8. Joe

    Aug 3rd, 2012

    Thanks folks – I just got the Adrian Anderson scam. At least the internet is good for checking out scams.

    Thanks Much.

    Joe

  9. Brittany

    Aug 6th, 2012

    I also just received the Adrian Alexander scan, I agree with the internet is great to check a scam! So glad all of you were here so i could see this! Thanks.

  10. Kate

    Aug 13th, 2012

    Thank God I googled this! I’m trying to sell an entertainment center and this is what just happened to me (today)

    From: Richard Moore mnsrllt8000@gmail.com

    Hello and how are you today?

    I saw your ad for sale on Craigslist and I am keenly interested in buying it from you….Is it still there for sale and in nice condition? Please do let me know………………

    Thanks.

    After I replied and said it was still available but that someone else was interested I got this reply–

    From Richard Moore rchrdmoore11@gmail.com (Notice the change in email–not sure how that is possible)

    Thanks for your swift response, I’m seriously interested in buying
    this for my Step-son. Your asking price is quite reasonable and
    affordable considering others I’ve seen lately, I’ll take it. I would
    have loved to come check it out my self but am currently in camp as
    Army SERE instructor for new recruits. I however squeezed out time
    to check this posting as all personal dealings are highly restricted
    here, i really want this as a surprise gift for my step-son so i won’t
    let him know anything about this until it get delivered to him and due
    to the fact that phone calls making are restricted……i will be
    paying you via cashier’s check because it’s attached to my bank
    account and its safe and very secure way to make payment. If my mode
    of payment is accepted just send me the following details for the
    payment:

    Name to be on the Check_____________
    Home or office address(No P.O.BOX)___
    City__State__Zip Code_______________
    Phone Numbers_____________________
    Final price_________________________
    _

    FYI: You wil not be responsible for the shipping. I would have a shipping
    firm handle that for me. The payment will be delivered to you by USPS
    and I will be adding an extra $50 to the asking price so you could have
    the ad deleted off Craigslist and consider it sold please.

    Hope to hear from you with the details so I could be rest assured it
    is held for me.

    Thanks and do have a good day,
    Richard.

    I listed the unit as cash only so this really surprised me. Although I have gotten A LOT of emails that say part of the description of the item with a question mark at the end. I’m trying to sell quite a few things so this is getting really annoying!

  11. The Unemployed Mom

    Aug 14th, 2012

    Hi Kate. So “Richard” is still at it! Glad you googled it for sure.

    You mentioned receiving emails “that say part of the description of the item with a question mark at the end”. My advice is NOT to respond. They are basically trying to get you to respond and then the phishing (and email spams) begin from various email addresses. It’s unbelievable the lengths these spammers go to, I wish Craigslist had more security (but, it is a free service unlike eBay).

    Good luck to you! I am sure you have some legit buyers come through.

  12. Brandy

    Aug 14th, 2012

    My husband has listed his boat on Craigslist this week and today he received these:

    From: david
    Sent: 8/14/2012 8:20 AM
    To: 4nnmm-3185327447@sale.craigslist.org
    Subject: 1985 Bass Tracker – $2500 (Otterbein,IN)

    ** 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

    Hope its still available for sale?

    And then:

    From: david mark
    Sent: 8/14/2012 9:58 AM
    To: David Fee
    Subject: Re: 1985 Bass Tracker – $2500 (Otterbein,IN)

    Thanks for your swift response, I’m seriously interested in buying this for my Father as gift, your asking price is quite reasonable and affordable considering others I’ve seen lately, I’ll take it. I would have loved to come check it out my self but am currently in camp as military sere instructor for new recruits. I however squeezed out time to check this posting as all personal dealings are highly restricted here, i really want this as a surprise gift for my Father so i won’t let him know anything about this 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 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 have a private courier agent that will come for the pick up after payments has been made, so no shipping included. 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 http://WWW.PayPal.com and sign up. its very easy. I await your reply asap

    Thanks David
    USAF

    And finally:

    From: david mark
    Sent: 8/14/2012 11:42 AM
    To: David Fee
    Subject: Re: 1985 Bass Tracker – $2500 (Otterbein,IN)

    Hello David,
    I was just about to make the payment when i had this little problem with the picking up agent,I got an email from my agent..i taught i included that in my previous email.he said he won’t come and pick up unless i pay him the agent commission fee first in order to be able to schedule a pick up time,and my pick up agent head quarters and all commission payments made for pick up, from anywhere in the world is sent to their head quarters and the only form of payments they accept is western union money transfer and i tried to pay online but i will need a credit card which i didn’t bring along, and there is no post office(there is usually a western union section in have to ask you to help me with the pick up fees, i will include the $900.00 USD and $100.00 USD for western union charges they charged to pick it up and take it my home(1st class treatment), to the payments i will send through PayPal. After i have made the payments and it has been confirmed by PayPal, i will need you to help me send the $900.00 USD to my pick up agent through western union money transfer, the western union money transfer can be made at a western union office near to you,there is always a western union agent in most western union or online at http://www.westernunion.com. You don’t have to bother about the PayPal charges, i will be responsible for it which will allow you to withdraw the full amount from your account.

    I will make the payment amount of $3,500.00 USD in all to your PayPal account, $2,500.00 USD for the item $900.00 USD for the pick up agent fees,$100.00 USD for the western union charges.

    Luckily, my husband thought it was a little fishy, called me, and I did my research! And now I have a very depressed husband who thought he’d sold his boat (which is how he’s replacing a truck his son totaled last week!).

  13. The Unemployed Mom

    Aug 15th, 2012

    Hi Brandy, I’m so sorry this happened but GLAD you did research before getting scammed. Keep your chin up, you will get a real buyer. Unfortunately, there are too many evil people who use Craigslist and I can only imagine how many people they trick. Good luck to you!

  14. Jessica Beard

    Aug 17th, 2012

    I have always been afraid to sell or buy on craigslist, but if I ever do, thanks for the tips!

  15. Aimee

    Aug 17th, 2012

    My 13 yearold son posted some baseball cards on Craigs List and he ot a response right away. He was so excited, then we started getting these texts about how interested the person was and that his shipper would pick up the items. I was skeptical from the beginning because who will pay $500 for 1000 baseball cards and not ask any questions about what he is getting. Anyway, then came the “I’m at sea and my shipper wants their money so I’ll send you extra” and by the way, you need to send some Western Union. I said no way and to move on. My son was so dissapointed, but I think he learned a good lesson. After his letdown he checked the e-mail and wouldn’t you know it, another interested buyer that happen to be at sea. We didn’t respond to that e-mail. Good luck everyone. Thanks for all of these posts.

  16. Lidia

    Aug 26th, 2012

    I am about to make the payment when i had this little problem with the picking up of the Item, I think you remember what I said in my previous mail that I’m working presently on the sea,so i tried to secure booking with my pick up agent, but they asked me to pay first before they can make the booking,and they only accept Western Union Money. Transfer for payments and they don’t accept PayPal or bank transfer.

    So I tried to send the money online but it’s not going through and I am on the sea there is no way I can find a western union agent to make the transfer to my pick up agent, so i wanted to ask if it will be OK for me to include my pick up agent’s fees together with your payments through PayPal,So you will help me wire the pick up fee to them via western Union Money Transfer immediately i pay you.I don’t mean to bother you I’m sure you understand that I’m presently on the sea and there is nothing i can do to that.The bottom line is after I have made the payments via PayPal,you will help me wire my pick up agent fee to them through western union money transfer, I just wanted to seek your consent before going ahead with the payments, I will be very happy if my offer is given a favorable consideration, Respond as soon as possible so that I can send out your Payment.

  17. Motorcycle Seller

    Sep 3rd, 2012

    I googled “Michabren@gmail.com” when he responded to my Craigslist ad to sell my bike. Found him on your website, so was ready for his reply/scam attempt. Thanks for the heads up – you are providing a great service! :-)

  18. Jay

    Dec 2nd, 2012

    Here’s mine. Maybe Richard changed his name? lol…

    From: Dan Nelson
    He had two email address’:
    dannelson4freedom@gmail.com
    dawsonsocrazy@gmail.com

    Thanks for the swift response, just to let you know that am okay with the condition and price of the item, am ready for its purchase am buying this and my form of payment will be by Paypal because i don’t have access to my bank account online (i don’t have internet banking with it)I’m on Job assignment..am a petroleum engr and i’m presently on rig., but i have it attached to my PayPal account, and this is why i insisted on using PayPal to pay,all i will need is your PayPal email address to make the payments..and if you don’t have a PayPal account yet, you can set one i up at http://www.paypal.com/ it cant take you less than 3mins to do that…I’ll be responsible for the pick-up and the pick up money will be included in your payment to avoid delay and to enable pick up company to schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up at your location after payment have been confirmed by paypal,as i have other properties to be moved alongside with yours.(1) i will like to know the reason why you are selling this..(2)How much is the final price…I would have really love to come for the viewing but due to my work frame that might not be possible,please do get back to me with your PayPal email so i can make out payment.Regards.

  19. Karrington

    Dec 9th, 2012

    I’m selling my motorcycle and got this same message. Good thing I did my research before giving this guy my info.

    “Thanks for your response, I am sorry I am not available to view due to
    the nature of my job, I am in the United States Army and serve as a
    CBRN Specialist (74D). I want to buy this for future use. I am
    currently deployed wont be back till Febuary. 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. I am OK with your asking price and if you dont mind, I
    can only pay through PayPal at the moment be cause its the most secure
    way to make or receive payment online this is why I’ll prefer using
    PayPal to pay you, all I need is your PayPal email to make the payment
    and if you don’t have a PayPal account, its pretty easy to set up at
    http://www.paypal.com. I also have a few questions for you.

    Whats its condition, any damages? Can I see a few closely taken
    pictures? Are you the original owner and what is your reason for
    selling?

    I hope you consider my offer. I am ready to buy, so you can take the
    add off craigslist. I’ll have a courier person come for pick up and
    storage after I make payment and money is in your hand. Thanks for
    understanding, hope to read from you soon.”

  20. Jim cohenour

    Dec 17th, 2012

    This what I just got:

    Re: 2006 suzuki boulevard 1500 c90 cruiser 6k miles!! – $6000 (Bay city area) Date: 2012-12-16, 5:13PM CST
    Nelson Dan
    Yesterday, 11:20 PMDetails
    just to let you know that am okay with the condition and price of the
    item, am ready for its purchase am buying this and my form of payment
    will be by Paypal because i don’t have access to my bank account
    online (i don’t have internet banking with it)I’m on Job
    assignment..am a petroleum engr and i’m presently on rig., but i have
    it attached to my PayPal account, and this is why i insisted on using
    PayPal to pay,all i will need is your PayPal email address to make the
    payments..and if you don’t have a PayPal account yet, you can set one
    i up at http://www.paypal.com it cant take you less than 3mins to do
    that…I’ll be responsible for the pick-up and the pick up money will
    be included in your payment to avoid delay and to enable pick up
    company to schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up at your
    location after payment have been confirmed by paypal,as i have other
    properties to be moved alongside with yours.(1) i will like to know
    the reason why you are selling this..(2)How much is the final
    price…I would have really love to come for the viewing but due to my
    work frame that might not be possible,please do get back to me with
    your PayPal email so i can make out payment.Regards

  21. CJ

    Dec 31st, 2012

    Here’s what I got – from a Steve Baker:

    Thanks for your swift response, I’m buying this for my son. Your asking price is quite reasonable and affordable considering others I’ve seen lately, I’ll take it. I should believe it is in good condition as stated. I would have loved to come check it out my self but am currently in military camp as Army SERE instructor for new recruits. I however squeezed out time to check this posting as all personal dealings are highly restricted at the moment, I really want this as a surprise gift for my son so I won’t let him know anything about this until it get delivered to him. I’ll be paying you by cashier’s check which is attached to my bank and its safe and very secure way to make payment. If my mode of payment is accepted just send me the following details for the payment:

    Name to be on the Check_____________
    Home or office address(No P.O.BOX)___
    City__State__Zip Code_______________
    Phone Numbers_____________________
    Final price_________________________

    The payment will be delivered to you by USPS next day and I will send my shipper to pick it up from you once the check has been cashed. I will add extra $50 to your asking price as I want you to delete the ad immediately and reserve it for me.

    Hope to hear from you with the details to speed up this process.

    All the best,
    Steve.

  22. Sharline

    Feb 5th, 2013

    Here is an email I got regarding an RV we have for sale through Craigs List:

    David Green wrote:

    Thanks for the reply, i am a marine technician and am always busy
    at sea thats why l wont be able to check the item or call due to the
    nature of my work.

    Whats the present condition, because am buying this for my son as a
    Surprise gift so am willing to offer you the amount you required.

    I can only pay through PayPal at the moment due to the nature of
    my work, so all i will need is your PayPal email address or send me a paypal money request to my email and if you don’t have a PayPal
    account yet, you can set one up at http://www.paypal.com it cant take you
    less than 3mins to do that.

    I will be waiting for your PayPal email so l can pay. I have a
    pick up agent that will come for the pick up after payment has been
    sorted. l will be waiting for your reply asap

  23. Andres

    Feb 12th, 2013

    Here is my email:

    Vick Charles wrote:

    Thanks for your swift response, I’m seriously interested in buyingthis for my Father, your asking price is quite reasonable andaffordable considering others I’ve seen lately, I’ll take it. I wouldhave loved to come check it out my self but am currently in camp as Navy instructor for new recruits.I won’t be able to leave the baseuntil Mar 26th. I however squeezed out time to check this posting asall personal dealings are highly restricted here, i really want this as a surprise gift for my Father so i won’t let him know anythingabout this until it get delivered to him and due to the fact thatphone calls making are restricted……i will be paying you with my PayPal account because it’s attached to my bank account and its safeand very secure way to make payment. If my mode of payment is acceptedjust send me your paypal email address,(Paypal ID) so i can pay inright away. I have a private courier agent that will come for the pickup after payments has been made, so no shipping included. I’ll needyour name, the pickup address or location and please include yourPayPal email address for the payment and send me some recent picturesif available And if you dont have a paypal account, you can easily go towww.paypal.com and sign up. its very easy. I await your reply asapThanks Charles L CIV NNSY, C552

  24. Andrew

    Feb 20th, 2013

    I have a boat for sale on Craigslist. I got an enquiry this morning asking if it was still for sale? I replied that it was and then I got this email offering to buy it sight unseen and to pay by Paypal and to send an agent to pick it up. This is the email address and his reply;

    Mark Whittemoore
    marmoore01@gmail.com

    I am ready to buy it now but i am not in town at the moment as i am a marine engineer manager and due to the nature of my work, It hard to make a phone calls and visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it. I really want it to be a surprise for my dad so i wont let him know anything about it until it gets delivered to him, i am sure he will be more than happy with it. I insisted on paypal because 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 will need you to give me your paypal email address and the price so i can make the payment asap for it and please if you don’t have paypal account yet, it is very easy to set up, go towww.paypal.com and get it set up, after you have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you use for registration with paypal so as to put the money through. I have a pick up agent that will come and pick it after i have made the payment…

    Thanks.

    I have replied and said “cash only” and sent a link to the Craigslist page on Scams.

  25. Jim

    Jun 21st, 2013

    Here’s another one to add to the collection: (from “Robert Morgan, ” about my canoe)
    I am pleased with your timely response. I have carefully read your ad. on Craigslist and I am highly contented with it. Your asking price is quite reasonable and affordable comparing to others that I’ve recently seen. So, I am ready to go with you.

    I am currently at SERE Military Camp as an instructor for new recruits and will not be back until AUGUST 22. This makes it very hard for me to make phone calls as this is against the ethic of my job whenever on duty,otherwise, I would have loved to seal the deal via phone calls. However, I still manage with emails and texts. Also, coming to your residence for inspection won’t be possible, so you have to assure me that its in condition described. You may now consider me a favorite buyer and if possible withdraw the posting from the site immediately so that I can be rest assured that it is all mine

    Like I said earlier, I am willing to move forward with the purchase and will be paying you via my paypal account which is attached to my bank account. You will receive a notification of payment from PayPal as soon as I make the payment, and the funds will be credited directly into your bank account . So, please get back to me with the following information to proceed with the payment immediately;

    1) Your full name,
    2)Address for pick up
    3)Your paypal email address
    4)Your mobile #

    However, If you do not have a PayPal account, kindly visit http://www.paypal.com to create an account. It is very easy to set up and highly secure to deal with. As soon as the payment aspect is handled, I will hire a shipper that will come over to your place and pick it up for me. Let me have the requested paypal information to proceed with the payment if we have a deal. I hope to hear back from you soon. TY

  26. Chris

    Jun 26th, 2013

    Another version of the scam;

    From: morrisblender005@gmail.com, original response from zolotolozolo100@gmail.com

    Good to have your response. Well, here is the deal, I have read your
    ads on Craigslist and I am okay with it and I am ready to buy it at
    your asking price. I won’t be able to come for the inspection because
    I am currently in SERE Military Camp as an instructor for new recruits
    and will not be off duty until July 28th. Nevertheless, I am willing
    to move forward with the purchase and will be paying you via my PayPal
    account which is attached to my bank account. So, all you have to do
    is to provide your PayPal details i.e your full name, address for pick
    up.your personal mobile # and your PayPal email address to me so that
    I can initiate the payment immediately. However, If you do not have a
    PayPal account, kindly visit http://www.paypal.com/ to create an
    account. It is very easy to set up and highly secure to deal with. As
    soon as the payment aspect is handled, I will hire a shipper to come
    over to your place and pick it up. Let me have the requested PayPal
    information to proceed with the payment. Hope to hear back from you
    shortly. Thanks

  27. Jamie

    Jul 10th, 2013

    My husband is selling his motorcycle and this is what we received:

    I have carefully read your ad. on Craigslist and I am contented with it. Your asking price is quite reasonable and affordable comparing to others that I’ve recently seen. So I am ready to go with you.

    I am currently at SERE Military Camp as an instructor for new recruits and will not be back until August 22. This makes it very hard for me to make phone calls as this is against the ethic of my job whenever on duty,otherwise, I would have loved to seal the deal via phone calls. However, I still manage with emails and texts. Also, coming to your residence for inspection won’t be possible, so you have to assure me that its in condition described. You may now consider me a favorite buyer and if possible withdraw the posting from the site immediately so that I can be rest assured that it is all mine

    Like I said earlier, I am willing to move forward with the purchase and will be paying you via my paypal account which is attached to my bank account. You will receive a notification of payment from PayPal as soon as I make the payment, and the funds will be credited directly into your account . So, please get back to me with the following information to proceed with the payment immediately;

    1) Your full name,
    2)Address for pick up
    3)Your paypal email address
    4)Your mobile #

    However, If you do not have a PayPal account, kindly visit http://www.paypal.com to create an account. It is very easy to set up and highly secure to deal with. As soon as the payment aspect is handled, I will hire a shipper that will come over to your place and pick it up for me. Let me have the requested paypal information to proceed with the payment if we have a deal. I hope to hear back from you soon.

  28. Jamie

    Jul 10th, 2013

    His name is Robert Gardner

  29. brie

    Aug 5th, 2013

    Jamie on July 10, 2013 you posted the persons supposed name… may I ask how you found out that information?

  30. brie

    Aug 5th, 2013

    I think this person just tried to do the same thing to me, actually after reading all these posts I am most definitely sure of it. what is wrong with the world today???

  31. Rachel

    Nov 11th, 2013

    I’ve just had a very similar email selling my car on AutoTrader – some bits almost word for word;

    “Hi,
    Thanks for the prompt response.. I am ready to buy the car now as a birthday gift for my brother in-law. I am at sea at the moment as I am a marine engineer and due to the nature of my work, phone call making and visiting of websites are restricted but I just had to squeeze out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it. I really want the car to be a surprise package for brother in-law so I won’t let him know anything about the car until it gets delivered to him, I am sure he will be more than happy with the car. I insist on PayPal as my mode of payment because I don’t have access to my bank account online and also, I don’t have internet banking, but I can pay from my PayPal account. I have my bank account attached to my PayPal account, so I will need you to send me a Paypal money request for the final price of the car so I can make the payments asap for it and please if you don’t have a PayPal account yet, it is very easy to set up, go to http://www.paypal.com and set it up, after you have set it up I will only need you to send me a Paypal money request so as to put the money through. I have a pick up agent that will come and pick the car up after I have made the payment for the car.

    My Regards.”

    Email address was navylife44@outlook.com name used was Mrs Diane Ferguson

    DO NOT BE FOOLED!!!

  32. Sisifo

    Dec 9th, 2013

    I got one of these just a little bit ago and did a quick search. This post came up. I’m SO glad it did. My husband said it sounded alright, but I thought it sounded scammy. Thanks for the post, even though it was over 2 years ago.

  33. GG

    Feb 20th, 2014

    Thank you for the Heads Up. Some weirdo just tried to scam me, but I got the upper hand by having my MAN next to me. He right away figured it was a scam. Shoot He was a SEER instructor, one of the Best there is. So, don’t believe the Hype, Word Up!!

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