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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162 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!

  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
    Sending me 3200.00 for a pedi 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

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