Craigslist Scam Exposed: Bank Certified Check

by on 08/07/11 at 4:12 pm

Here’s another Craiglist scam, this time from John Bruce with the email address

This person did not email me first to ask if the item is available, instead just sent this message (see below).

Okay good am happy you still have it and am sorry for getting back to you late am out of  town for some weeks.i will want you to know i am ready to purchase and mail the payment to you asap because i am getting it for a cousin of mine as a gift and it would really be appreciated but i will not be able to come around and check because of my shedule.if you can sell to me i will mail out a bank certified check to you which will include in it the shipping cost to my cousin’s.If this is accepted by you please get back to me with the name to be on the check and the mailing address for the courier.

Once more like i stated my shipper/mover would handle the pick up and delivery so it doesn’t stress you after you’ve cashed the payment deduct and send the remaining funds to there accountant. I really need this, quite important and urgent. I will be more than glad if it can be sold to me.

Email me back with the full name, address,the actual last price of the item so that there wont be any confusion and your phone number for the check, write back soon so that the check can be mail out this week and i will implore you to take it off craigslist immediately. Thank you

Don’t even waste your time thinking this could be real, this scammer is phishing for your personal information. The broken English alone should be the first clue that this is not legit. Do not respond, instead report it here.

Here are additional Craigslist scams I have shared. Make sure you familiarize yourself with these and don’t fall for them.

Also, check out my tips for being safe on Craigslist!


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109 Responses to “Craigslist Scam Exposed: Bank Certified Check”

  1. Mike

    Jul 8th, 2014

    I’m certainly being scammed. The check is on it’s way. The name of the guys are June Bell and Mr. Bell. John I think.

    Want me to use money gram and western union. I had offered house cleaning and they send like 2450, didn’t really know anything. Did my research, now I’m here. I’m just going to burn that check lol.

  2. Andy

    Jul 12th, 2014

    I have received a similar scammer with a repetitive name being used (previously on CL) to try and get my personal information for furniture that I am selling on Polk Bookoo. Here is the number, name used texting me, and the information in the texts. Enjoy.

    Maureen Grugel

    Out of the states on business, claimed to live in South Carolina, and would pay with a certified cashiers check.

    Requested names, home or office address (no PO Box), and final price.

    These scammers are trying to get our personal information on probably almost every site that we have our adds on, so beware.


  3. Nancy B

    Jul 13th, 2014

    My ” certified ” check came from Sennigers PowerLLC, in St Louis , MO on Commerce Bank in Kansas City, MO. I actually deposited it, but the bank held it and when I called to explain why I needed it released they looked at the check closer and then determined that it was fraud. They saved me from an $1800. scam! I have learned my lesson! Everything I have read above is exactly what I was told.

  4. Joseph Gamble

    Jul 29th, 2014

    I was scammed too. The number is a 7409941255. I will just send it back to them.

  5. pat

    Sep 29th, 2014

    Red flags went up went I got two requests with the certified check. Their are “names” are Laura Hill and a last name is Leonard, they are scamming people on Craigslist in Roundrock, TX . Shame on them, just glad I nipped it in the bud.

  6. Kevin

    Oct 9th, 2014

    Same scam! Certified check to pay for a chair I’m selling.
    “Send me an e-mail with the photo.”
    “Send me your name and address”
    It came by text from (914) 653-2411
    He said his name was Ralph Randolph and he was serving in Iraq.

  7. Jenn

    Oct 11th, 2014

    I listed water filters on craiglists. This person txt me asking me to email her. cell number is 210-551-0854 and email was

    Email message I got was: Thanks for the prompt response to text. I will be buying this from
    you, kindly withdraw the advert from C.LIST and considered it sold.
    My husband will be overnight the payment asap but he will be paying
    with a certified check from his Bank and it will deliver to you via
    United Parcel Service (UPS), so I’ll need you to provide me with the
    following information to facilitate the mailing of the check… And am
    offering additional $50 with the original price to have this asap.

    Name to be on the payment………..
    Address to mail the check to………….
    Final Asking price……………….
    Cell phone # to contact you …………….

    I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you have your
    check clear, due to my work frame and my Kids, I will not be able to
    come with the cash and pick it up myself , so my husband will mail the
    check and have someone pick up the item after the check clear.,
    Reference to your CL post am completely satisfied with it and the
    payment will be deliver within 24hours.. God Bless

    Best Regards

    I only did send back the information asked. They responded with: got the Details to mail the check and the payment will be sent out asap and get back to you when it is mailed, Please keep the other buyer off and the item will be pick up from you after you have the payment.

    Well, thinking this is a scam. I did some searching. Yep, So I email them back to tell them that if I get a check. I was not going to cash it and turn it over to the police.

    I really don’t know how people can be this way.

  8. michael

    Oct 15th, 2014

    I think i just got scammed… and i always thought i was a pretty savvy guy??
    This guy was from California trying to purchase a Kindle from Ohio? he even call me from the number listed on Craigs List and had me convinced that he want to send me a cashiers check for the Kindle and would be in my area on business in a few weeks and would pick it up then. I gave him my address (stupid me) but later started to think about it and it dawned on me that, Hey aren’t there people in LA selling used Kindles? So this morning i sent him an e-mail killing the deal.
    My question and what i still don’t understand is… if someone sends you a cashiers check and you put it in the bank and it’s found to be fake… and you haven’t turned over the product or services yet, then who cares? You still have the item and what you lost was some time and maybe gained a little aggravation.. right? i mean you gave up your mailing address but they can get that from a phone book or on Google.
    I’m not trying to down play the scam but i don’t get it… what does the scammer gain by sending you a bad check if you haven’t sent the product?

  9. The Unemployed Mom

    Oct 15th, 2014

    Hi Michael, I’d say take the check to your bank and see what happens. If you still have the product, then you aren’t losing anything. Like you mentioned, your information is out there already (phone books, internet, etc.). Good luck! Let us know what happens!

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