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

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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157 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


  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!

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