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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152 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

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