Craigslist Scam Exposed: Bank Certified Check

Craigslist Scam Exposed: Bank Certified Check

Here’s another Craiglist scam, this time from John Bruce with the email address johnbruce02@edencomputech.org.

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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176 thoughts on “Craigslist Scam Exposed: Bank Certified Check

  1. Add this name and number to the scam alert postings.
    Benjamin Roberts 210 570-6689
    Unfortunitely I was scammed as well except I was stupid to think it was ok. When I received the check for triple the amount, I did’nt connect the 2 cuz of the large amount and Benjamin’s name was not on the check so I deposited it. found out this morning that the check came from him. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to talk to my bank regarding this scam.
    I did put a fraud alert on my credit.

  2. Susan Eddleman

    I’m so thankful for this website. For the first time I am trying to sell something on Craigslist. I have received numerous texts from these scammers. Not being familiar with selling on CL I decided to research and here I am. My instincts were correct and I thank all commenters for getting this info out there. I must admit, I am amused at the sellers who “toy” with these scammers.

  3. lisa

    442-888-8644
    SCAMMER – WILLIAM

  4. So glad you went with your instincts and researched! I have stopped selling on Craigslist because there are too many crazies out there. Good luck to you and thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂

  5. Barb L

    760-627-7311 Scammer – goes by Tom

  6. Barb L

    Scammer – goes by “Tom” Phone 760-627-7311

  7. Cheryl

    I received a text regarding my post on item for sale from the nbr 636-896-5757 asking if my item is still for sale. As soon as I see its from out of town I usually realize its a scam especially for a $55 item. So I replied by text that its available and I need the money ASAP. When they get back to me, I ask them if I can have them direct deposit the funds to my bank acct instead of waiting for check. I guess they may get pretty excited to hear this. I then proceed to tell them( after some waiting of course)… to try again or better yet …get a life!

  8. Glen Corral

    so what happens after I gave them my name, phone and address?

  9. Phil Anderson

    I sold an item for the first time on Craigslist, for $1,000.00. The buyer said they would send me a certified check which they did for $580.00 over the $1,000.00 dollars while the buyer sent me several emails stating his shipper was also buying furniture for him and asked me to deposit $550.00 dollars into his shippers account who is supposed to pick the item up at 1:00PM today, so I thought I would go ahead after depositing the certified check into my bank account that passed inspection by the teller and even manager at first. Then the following day, yesterday I received a phone call from the bank and was told I needed to come in to speak with them and so I did and was informed that the certified check was in fact a fake. I’m only very grateful to Wells Fargo bank for their kindness in helping me with this issue. Rather than closing my account they instead put my account on hold while I filed the reports with police and FBI. The person who sent the check sent another couple of emails claiming he is going to have the shipper stop by today to pick the item up. Unfortunately I already spent the funds paying off bills I owned after I deposited the funds into my account and the $550.00 into the shoppers bank account that was also placed on hold by their bank because I went back to their bank to let them know about the scam. Fortunately I paid in part with a personal check that was cancelled so I lost $450.00 total. I was told to keep $30.00 for myself by the buyer who sent the check for my troubles and to pay for fuel etc etc. So we’re waiting to see if the shipper is fool enough to try to actually pick up the unit that is worth at least twice what I’m selling it for because I really needed the money really badly because I am severely disabled and just went through major open heart surgery and haven’t been able to work for some time now. My bank is trying very hard to make sure I still receive my social security income but we won’t know until Monday so I may not be able to pay my rent and if not I will be on the streets and unfortunately I have to use an oxygen machine 24/7 just to breath so if that happens I am dead and that is that unless the VA can help but we will see what happens next week. My bank gave me three months to pay back the funds for the check I couldn’t pay back for $1,580.00 I am out now. One thing is for sure, if and when I do get well, I will hunt these people down myself if the FBI or law enforcement does nothing, I will find them and they will never be able to scam anyone ever again. 🙂

  10. Anne Puckett

    I received an email from a known Craigslist scammer named Megan Smith. When the check came I sent back to the business it was supposedly written on with a note it was sent from a Craigslist scammer and included her name and the phone number associated with her. I got a check written on a business in NY and deposited it and of course it bounced. Aidenmike Willowsmith is now going by Cruise Terry his associate named Guerdy Saintfleur txted me from a NC number and he from a Utah number. I contacted the company that provides these phone numbers and they are going to be shut down. I am now going to sell my antiques on eBay.

  11. Robin

    Scammer : Jeff Braun
    1-281-912-3001
    Sending me 3200.00 for a pedi chair..today I will refuse the mail from him..boy is he smooth… Wants me to use MONEY GRAM to send the funds..feel glad I let it go this long…he told me his check was good..ha!!

  12. Katie

    Thanks Barb! Got a text from “Tom” today 5/29/16 same number 760-627-7311

  13. Gary

    I made my first post to sell an item yesterday, on Craigslist. Received a text this morning in response, similar to what has been described in the other messages, here.

    Thank you for making this important information publicly available.

  14. Wendy Bingham

    Thank you for the heads up! I placed an item today, with Tom and offered to send cashiers check! I also have access to background checks. Have a great day!

  15. Sarah

    First I received a text from 408-780-4046. If your tale is available email me as I am using a friends phone.

    Then the email 7/31/16 from a Lilian Taylor
    I was just drafting this.Thanks for your response,i’m okay with the listed price and looking to buy your furniture but the only way I can is through a Check which I will mail to you through UPS

    I am willing to wait for the check to clear before the pickup is done. I will be responsible for the pickup and it will be done by my movers,their payment will be included in the check I mail to you.This is all due to me being deaf and it makes it hard to deal with this,Also it will make this transaction better and quicker.

    I know you were not expecting this and I would have also loved to come for the viewing but I cant as I’m away for surgery.I really want this and am offering an extra 50 for you to delete the Ad and reserve it for me, i am settling into my new house and looking for good furniture deals to furnish my place with

    If you are okay with this please send me extra pictures if you have any and get back to me with

    1)Your Full name
    2)Your Physical address
    3)Final price after including the extra 50

  16. Lillian

    Wendy – I just got the same exact one as you from the same person! (Different phone number for the text)

  17. Steven Mai

    I was selling a collectible Coke vending machine yesterday, Aug 17, 2016 and this is what I received in a text from (617) 871-9217:
    “+16146814188 – Hello this is James Wilson am interested in your post did you still have it ?
    Old Coke vending machine – $950”
    I said Yes and he followed up with:
    “+16146814188 – Hello good morning got your text Am okay with the price and everything I’ll will send a Certified Bank Check in a next day mail for payment and I’ll arrange for a pick up after the check clears at your bank and you have your cash. I’ll need your name and address for the check to be sent to., I await your response and i will call you”

    I said you have movers too? And he said:
    “+16146814188 – Yes you don’t need to worry about that”
    Funny!

    Glad I read posts on this site. Thank you all.

  18. Suzanne

    I posted something this morning and got a text about an hour later from +1 (210) 987-0828 : “Hello,i am interested in your posted ad on craigslist{ Closet Organizer System – $450 (gilroy) }..reply back in my private mail (byronypssu3@gmail.com) or text me back,thanks…Amanda”

    I emailed the address (byronypssu3@gmail.com) and texted back notifying Amanda that I responded. Below is what was emailed to me from Allegra Byron:
    “Thanks for your response,I am ready to make instant purchase.My mode of payment would be in form of a CERTIFIED CASHIER CHECK and i will arrange for a local pick up as soon as you get the check,Because of my work being a Marine corp in Camp Lejeune here in NC, i will arrange for a local pick up as soon as you get the check, because that is the only convenient means for me and due to my work frame i can not be able to get there and i promise everything will go smoothly. I will give you extra $70 to hold it for me till my payment comes in mail. Pls get back to me with below info so that i can proceed with the payment immediately if you are selling to me. Full Name: Address: Not P.O.BOX City: State : postal Code?”

    I will not reapond because it seems fishy to me.

  19. Cynthia P

    Same as Suzanne on Sunday August 21, I received the following response in text from the the same number 210-987-0928 for a projection TV I’m selling on Craigslist.
    Hello,i am interested in your posted ad on craigslist{ Mitsubishi 55 inch rear projection TV in excellent condition! – $150 }..reply back in my private mail (byronypssu3@gmail.com) or text me back,thanks…Amanda
    I sent responded with a text that the tv was still available.
    Her reply –
    Thanks for your response,I am ready to make instant purchase.My mode of payment would be in form of a CERTIFIED CASHIER CHECK and i will arrange for a local pick up as soon as you get the check,Because of my work being a Marine corp in Camp Lejeune here in NC, i will arrange for a local pick up as soon as you get the check, because that is the only convenient means for me and due to my work frame i can not be able to get there and i promise everything will go smoothly. I will give you extra $70 to hold it for me till my payment comes in mail. Pls get back to me with below info so that i can proceed with the payment immediately if you are selling to me. Full Name: Address: Not P.O.BOX City: State : postal Code?

    I knew it was a scam because I read somewhere NEVER TO ACCEPT CERTIFIED CHECKS. Plus sounded too fishy. Sent message back that I accepted cash only in person and never heard anything else from her.

  20. Cynthia P

    Same as Suzanne on Sunday August 21, I received the following response in text from the same number 210-987-0928 for a projection TV I’m selling on Craigslist.
    Hello,i am interested in your posted ad on craigslist{ Mitsubishi 55 inch rear projection TV in excellent condition! – $150 }..reply back in my private mail (byronypssu3@gmail.com) or text me back,thanks…Amanda
    I sent response with a text that the tv was still available.
    Her reply –
    Thanks for your response,I am ready to make instant purchase.My mode of payment would be in form of a CERTIFIED CASHIER CHECK and i will arrange for a local pick up as soon as you get the check,Because of my work being a Marine corp in Camp Lejeune here in NC, i will arrange for a local pick up as soon as you get the check, because that is the only convenient means for me and due to my work frame i can not be able to get there and i promise everything will go smoothly. I will give you extra $70 to hold it for me till my payment comes in mail. Pls get back to me with below info so that i can proceed with the payment immediately if you are selling to me. Full Name: Address: Not P.O.BOX City: State : postal Code?

    I knew it was a scam because I read somewhere NEVER TO ACCEPT CERTIFIED CHECKS. Plus sounded too fishy. Sent message back that I accepted cash only in person and never heard anything else from her.

  21. Angel

    +1 (865) 264-2382
    Frank
    1(432) 558-8745
    1(562) 395-7107

    All numbers associated with scams in posts mentioned above. Waisted my morning with that crap.

  22. becca

    is this a scam? I just recieved this for something i posted on cragislist

    Thanks for the prompt response to my mail. I will be buying this from
    you, so please kindly withdraw the advert from C.LIST. I will
    overnight the payment asap but i will be paying with a Certified Check
    from my Bank and it will deliver to you via United Parcel Service
    (UPS),so I’ll needNocturnal Wonderland 3 Day you to provide me with
    the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check…
    And amoffering additional $50 with the original price to have this
    asap.Full Name:Address: Not P.O.BOXCity:State:Postal Code:Total amount
    for the itemPhone Number: That i can send textItem Name I will make
    arrangements for the pick up as soon as the check clear,due to my
    work frame and my Kids, I will not be able to come with the cash and
    pick it up so my secretary will mail the check and have someone pick
    up the item after the check clear. Reference to your CL post am
    completely satisfied with itand the payment will be deliver within
    24hours.. God Bless

  23. The person is offering an additional $50. It is also almost identical in script to what others have shared.

  24. Dusty

    Becca (and all)
    That is the exact same script I received and I had already given the person my mailing address before I realized it was a scam. I am now pulling everything I have off of Craigs list as I no longer trust it at all. Done with Craigs list!!!

  25. Tom

    Craig list scam James Robards Eagle Pass Texas 682-628-6437 and 682-628-6328
    SCAM!!!

  26. Jimmy

    No name on this one but # is 832-937-8432. Wanted to send cashier check. Thanks for your information on these scams.

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