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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105 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.

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