My Love Hate Relationship With Craigslist – Scammers

I have had great success with Craigslist, but have also had a lot of headaches with it. I cannot tell you how many emails I receive asking “is this item still available” and I instantly assume it’s a scammer trying to phish for personal information. I do entertain those emails since I have an anonymous email account set up (if they do not ask to trade for something else) just to see where the messages go. Thankfully, I do not ignore them because I cannot tell you how many times they have been legitimate messages from interested buyers and I make a successful sale. BUT…if you receive messages like the one below, run away!

Here is my latest “scam” message from Craigslist. This particular message is from David Mark, with the email address


Thanks for the prompt response, I am quite satisfied with the condition .I am also interested and I will like to make an instant purchase, so kindly end the advert on Craigslist, I do not mind adding an extra $30 for you to close the advert on craigslist so that I can be rest assured that I am the prospective buyer, I would have loved to come take a look but I am a very busy man I am very sure you understand. I will also want you to know that I will be paying via Certified Check, and it will be sent to you via courier service due to the distance. You don’t need to bother about the shipment, as that has been taken care of…… So I will need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check.

1. Full Name on the check
2. Address where payment will be sent to not (because my courier service does not deliver to p.o box)
3. City
4. State
5. Zip Code
6. Phone Number

Once again, I will like to remind you that you will not be responsible for shipping as I will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the check .

Have A Nice & Rewarding Day Ahead.

Do not even assume for a second that this is legitimate. The person is a complete scammer and is trying to obtain your personal information! Do not respond! Learn more about what to do about scams here.

To see a military Craigslist Paypal scam that I previously posted about, click here.

Be smart! When in doubt, research before responding! If something seems too good to be true, 99.9% of the time it is!

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52 Thoughts to “My Love Hate Relationship With Craigslist – Scammers”

  1. Ralph Auletta

    Here is what I received January 9th, 2016 which is a blatantly obvious scam. This is in response to my question as to when he would like to pick up the 4 wheels and tires for a Ford Mustang.

    My name is Nathan Spiewak, thanks for your prompt response, actually I am sorry that I could not longer come to pick it in person as planned, I actually just had a change in my work schedule but I believe am ok with the condition as seen on the advert as well as the price stated. I am ready to make instant purchase with my mode of payment would being a Certified Bank Check via Postal service Express mail or USPS overnight delivery.

    I’ll arrange for a local pick up as soon as you receive check, cashed it and have your money in hand, I promise you everything will go smoothly as I would like to have it before my wedding anniversary which comes in a week.

    Kindly get back to me with your Full Name,Full mailing Address,Cell Phone Number and Agreed price. As soon as this is provided, payment will be overnight to you and I will let you know once it has been mailed out with the tracking number sent to you. I will also add an additional $30 for holding it for me till the Check gets you and delete the posting from CL today

    thanks i will like you to get back to me with your full information. …and I hope we handle this in good faith while waiting to hear
    from you. May God bless you and your family

    waiting for the details

    Best Regards

  2. Mike Hardy

    Still at it after all these years – just got the identical email from “David Mark”, only omitting to say it’s a “certified” (i.e. fake) check.

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