Craigslist Scam: I’m Speech Disabled

I wanted to share yet another scam email I received regarding an item I had posted for sale on Craigslist.

The following came from a person named Neil Nick, email address: neilnick234@gmail.com. I have copied and pasted the message below.

Hello, do you still have this? When can I come check it out? Shoot me an email back as soon as possible pls I’m speech disabled though, remember to leave your name and email address when you email back.

PS: – You can just reply this email, I’m always with my computer.

Below are a few other Craigslist scams I have shared in the past.

Remember, these scammers are phishing for your personal information. Share as little as possible and be safe!

 

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26 Thoughts to “Craigslist Scam: I’m Speech Disabled”

  1. Russell

    Yes, confirmed, just received the same scam email today on Craigslist in response to one of my ads…

    — BEGIN —
    Hello, do you still have this? When can I come check it out? Shoot me
    an email back as soon as possible pls I’m speech disabled though,
    remember to leave your name and email address when you email back.

    PS: – You can just reply this email, I’m always with my computer.

    Robert

    –END–

  2. Russell

    PS: the email address was “robbenshove10@gmail.com” (Babs Shove)

  3. Wow! This makes me really hesitant to buy or try selling anything on Criagslist. I hate to be that way because I have gotten some great deals in the past (furnished my whole house via Craigslist when I first moved here) but I wonder if the economy has brought the worst criminals to the computer.

  4. I think it’s sad that these criminals sit behind their computer screen and prey on people. I just wish they’d get a real job, ya know? I use Craigslist to buy and sell all the time, I have just learned to smell these scams a mile away (which is why I share them on my blog).

  5. Just received the exact same message word for word from “harmmharmons@aol.com” for a big ticket item I have listed on Craigslist!!!

  6. […] other day I received this familiar message from “harmmharmons@aol.com”: “Hello, do you still have this item for sale ? When […]

  7. Just got one from royf937@gmail.com

    Hello, do you still have this? When can I come check it out? Shoot me
    an email back as soon as possible pls I’m speech disabled though,
    remember to leave your name and email address when you email back.
    PS: – You can just reply this email, I’m always with my computer

  8. james

    From patrickbob453@gmail.com, same email:

    Hello, do you still have this item for sale ? When can I come check it
    out? Shoot me an email back as soon as possible pls I’m speech
    disabled though, remember to leave your name and email address when
    you email back.
    PS: – You can just reply this email, I’m always with my computer.

    Regards

    Scary stuff.

  9. Found you just in time

    Carol Mccray mccrayiscarold@gmail.com via craigslist.org
    6:57 PM (3 hours ago)

    to frt9z-31415385.
    ** 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


    Hello,

    My name is Carol and I am interested in buying this piece do you still have it? please send me back an email if you still do

    Thanks.

    This message was remailed to you via: frt9z-3141538579@sale.craigslist.org
    If this email is a scam or spam please flag it now:
    http://www.craigslist.org/flag/20120715235736WONA2tjO4RGeQHgnStfpbw

    6:59 PM (3 hours ago)

    to Carol
    Yes I still have it. Let me know if you need more pictures or anything.

    Carol Mccray carolxmccrayx@gmail.com
    9:34 PM (56 minutes ago)

    to me
    Hello,

    It is me Carol thanks for getting back to me I want to buy this but the only way i can pay you is via a Bank Certified Check that i would mail to you via UPS next day delivery service,

    To make sure that everything goes smoothly i would wait for the check to clear before the pickup is done, I would be responsible for the pickup and it would be done by the movers and their payment would be included in the check i mail to you and this is all due to my disability (am deaf) and it makes it hard for me deal with this and it makes the transaction better and quicker.

    I know you were not expecting this and I would have loved to come for the viewing but i cant I really want it and am offering an extra $50 for you to delete the posting to show i want it as i am just settling into my new house i want good deals to furnish the apartment i stay in.

    if you are okay with this please send me extra pictures and get back to me with the following

    Your Full name
    Your Physical address (as UPS does not deliver to P.o.boxes)

    I await your response . thank you and stay blessed

    Carol Mccray

    Just the history of the mail I think is scam. Its messed up that if I want to report this I have to provide personal information.

  10. Bryan

    I got the exact same email word for word as the one above from Carol Mccray.

  11. Lea

    Just got the same email from “carol”

  12. Darren Bush

    Well, just received a check for $2400.00 of which I was to take $250 plus a fifty dollar bonus “for my troubles” and send the difference to some woman in Los Angeles. Carol is adamant that i provide “all details of the transaction” including a copy of the receipt. The check is a pathetic attempt–the ink is clearly from an ink jet printer–it’s sort of greenish, and the paper is wrong too. I took the check to my bank with hard copies of eight or ten correspondences and the manager was very anxious to alert the proper authorities. I left feeling pretty good even though I do still have my item for sale. When I got home, I sent a message to Carol and told her the money is on the way.

  13. Lori

    Same email from Carol McCray – same email address carolmccrayxx@gmail.com and mccrayislaurax@gmail.com.

  14. Darren Bush

    I told carol that I had never heard of her “movers” who apparently is a lone woman in Los Angeles named Alicia Tanksley. I said I hired a local company and gave the money to them. All I needed was Carol’s address to send my item…Needless to say, Carol hasn’t responded.

  15. Adriana

    Just received this from the e-mail address carolmccrayxx@gmail.com, who was responding to an ad I posted to sell my couch on craigslist:

    Hello,

    It is me Carol thanks for getting back to me I want to buy this but the only way i can pay you is via a Bank Certified Check that i would mail to you via UPS next day delivery service,

    To make sure that everything goes smoothly i would wait for the check to clear before the pickup is done, I would be responsible for the pickup and it would be done by the movers and their payment would be included in the check i mail to you and this is all due to my disability (am deaf) and it makes it hard for me deal with this and it makes the transaction better and quicker.

    I know you were not expecting this and I would have loved to come for the viewing but i cant I really want it and am offering an extra $50 for you to delete the posting to show i want it as i am just settling into my new house i want good deals to furnish the apartment i stay in.

    if you are okay with this please send me extra pictures and get back to me with the following

    Your Full name
    Your Physical address (as UPS does not deliver to P.O.Boxes)

    I await your response . thank you and stay blessed

    Carol Mccray

  16. adam

    I wrote this to Carol after seeing this message board thanks guys,
    Hello Carol you can have a big tall glass of “GO #$%@ YOURSELF” LOL that makes me laugh. Try your scam on someone else and get a new email and name too your found out and reported. Much love get a life.

  17. Linda

    We just received the exact email from “carolmccrayxx@gmail.com” as Adrian’s message, in response to two chairs we have for sale on Craigslist. Thanks for posting about this woman!

  18. Paul

    I just got this yesterday (10/24/2012) from benclarkson90@gmail.com
    —————-
    Hello, do you still have this item for sale ? When can I come check it out? Shoot me an email back as soon as possible pls I’m speech disabled though, remember to leave your name and email address when you email back.
    PS: – You can just reply this email, I’m always with my computer.

    Regards

  19. Rod

    I got this one today from Patrickbob453@gmail.com:

    Hello, do you still have this? When can I come check it out? Shoot me
    an email back as soon as possible pls I’m speech disabled though,
    remember to leave your name and email address when you email back.
    PS: – You can just reply this email, I’m always with my computer

  20. CCMM

    Didn’t know about the speech disabled scam until I read it here. I got this email today
    Hello, am interested in your listed furniture on craigslist. Please can i know what your lowest price, the reason you are selling it and the condition as well. when can i come and check it? and i will like to see a recent photo. am speech disable though, but am always with my computer.
    Ps: if you are serious in selling pls reply back to thru this email….cujcut@aol.com.

    thanks and write back.

  21. almost any email that uses the words:

    item, current condition, reason, or a copy of your title in a generic sense is almost always scammers.

    Emails will be specific and will be a conversation.

  22. Robyn

    I received the same email with the same exact wording…speech disababled, etc. He wanted my email and physical address so he could mail cashier’s check. After consulting my husband, we went ahead and gave the guy our email address and physical address so he could mail cashier’s check. Since this guy now has our email address and physical address, are we vulnerable to identify theft or anything else? Any advice on what we should do at this point to protect ourselves?

  23. chryss

    I just got a similar email from lisa_lil@yahoo.com.

    Hello can i know if you still have this item listed on craigslist?Please can i know what your lowest price,when can i come and check it? and i will like to see a recent photo. am speech disable though, but am always with my computer.

    Ps: if you are serious in selling pls reply back to thru this email….lisa_lil@yahoo.com

    Thanks and write back.

  24. Chris

    I too just got an email from the now famous lisa_lil@yahoo.com.

    “Hello can i know if you still have this item listed on craigslist?Please can i know what your lowest price,when can i come and check it? and i will like to see a recent photo. am speech disable though, but am always with my computer.”

    – amazing that I fell for it -> I will now check email addresses on Google before responding on anything on CL. Luckily I have a shell email account and change my info regularly to prevent any fraud….

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