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Craigslist Scam That My Mom Almost Fell For!

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So let this be a warning for all you “in the know” who have parents who just love this whole internet thing. My mom and dad are online, and they are easy targets because they have very little computer experience and everything sounds “too good to be true!”.

Today scam involves selling items on Craigslist. Here is the flow of the scam:

  • Step 1: You would like to get rid of the red barn in your backyard so you place it for sale on Craigslist.
  • Step 2: You receive an email from Judy Miller asking about it.
  • Step 3: She’s ready to buy, but can’t inspect it because she’s too busy.
  • Step 4: She’ll be sending the money by Paypal.
  • Step 5: They sent more than necessary and Paypal has a hold on the funds.
  • Step 6: Send the leftover to my pickup agent by Western Union.

That’s it! You just lost a quick $600 or more.

What to Look Out for on Craigslist Scams

Okay – here’s the number one rule of scams.  NEVER Western Union money to people you don’t know no matter how legit or how many times you have talked to them.  NEVER EVER!  It’s a scam.

Second – how many times have you bought a used item without looking at the item?  (especially a $2500 red barn).

Third – There is always an “overage” that will need to be paid to the scammer FIRST before you can receive your funds.

Here are the actual Craigslist email transcripts:

 —–Original Message—–
From: Judy Willson [mailto:judy.judy.willson@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 8:40 AM
Subject: Re: 10′ x 12′ Red Barn Storage – $2500

 

I have made the payment as i promised. Hope you received the payment confirmation message from Paypal regarding the payment, you can check both your inbox/spam messages. The shipping company wants $500 for the pick up and delivery, so I made a total payment of $3,100.00 The $2,500. is for 10′ x 12′ Red Barn Storage -and the $500. is for the shipping company and $100. for whatever Western Union will be charging you to send the money to my pick-up agent. Please let me know as soon as you receive your money and when you send the pick up fee the to them.

Below is the shipping company agent information who will come for the pick up and where the money will be send to Via Western Union Money Transfer.

 

Name : Sean Watson

5363  terrece 35th, Lauderdale Lakes,Florida 33309

 

>

>

> —–Original Message—–

> From: Judy Willson [mailto:judy.judy.willson@gmail.com]

> Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 9:22 PM

> Subject: Re: 10′ x 12′ Red Barn Storage – $2500

>

> Hi, Thanks for your mail. i would be glad to pay for it as soon as

> possible though i will not be available to come for an inspection due

> to my busy schedule. I will be paying you with my PayPal because it’s

> attached to my bank account and at this time paypal is the only method

> of payment that is easy, secure,reliable and fast for me to make

> payment without no delay online so kindly get back to me with your

> PayPal email address. You need not worry yourself about shipment,i

> will instruct the shipping company to handle that i will be making the

> payment as soon as i have your paypal email address to complete the transaction.

> Get back to me with answers to the following questions below

>

> 1) What is the condition and the total price?

>

> Condition is “like new” and I paid $2500 plus extras.  I’m willing to

> take $1250.

>

>

> 2) Are you the First Owner?

>

> Yes.  I’m the only owner.  Never used it except to store some extra

> wood fence posts.

>

>

> 3) Your PayPal Email Address

>

>

>

> 4) Your Pick Up Location Address

>

> Pickup Location is:

>

>

> Get back to me.

>

> Thanks!

>

>

>

> The pick up address will be forward to the shipping company to

> schedule an appointment with you for pick up. I have a private pick up

> agent that will come for the pick up after payment has been made. And

> want you to know that pick up and mover’s fee will be included  in

> your payment, so upon receiving payment, you’ll make the pick up money

> payable to the movers If you do not have a PayPal account, you can do

> so by logging on to www.paypal.com and set up your account it is

> free,easy,secure and guarantees customer’s safety in all transaction.

> I await your reply

>

> Thanks

>

> –

> still available?

>

>

 

 

still available?

Fake Craigslist Shipping Company

 

—–Original Message—–
From: godofinfinity@gmail.com [mailto:godofinfinity@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Auto Shipping Inc
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 9:11 AM
Subject: Pick up arrangement for 10′ x 12′ Red Barn Storage

 

                We want to use this medium to inform you that Judy Willson has contacted us with your address. And we have calculated the cost of the shipping fee which is $500.00 USD for the pickup related to the arrangement of the pick up,we want you to know that proper preparation has been made. We will like to know your preferable pick up time so that Sean Watson who is the pick up agent will convey the vehicle to your location where the item will be picked up once the pick up fee has been receive and paid to the shipping company head quarters office.

 

                Here is the company pick up agent address below where the money will be send to via Western Union.

 

                Sean Watson

                5363  Terrace 35th,

                Lauderdale Lakes,FL 33309

                United States

 

 

 So,we urge you to get the pick up fee sent via Western Union and once you are done with the transfer,do get back to PayPal customer care service with the Western Union details for verification first. So that we can come for the pick up on time.

 

Pick Up location

However,we would believe the above address is correct.

 

Thank you.

Fake Paypal Payment Confirmation

 —–Original Message—–
From: godofinfinity@gmail.com [mailto:godofinfinity@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Service@paypal.com®
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 8:21 AM
Subject: Important Information On How To Complete Your Recent Transaction

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 <http://www.paypal.com/images/pixel.gif>

 You have received a PayPal Payment of $3,100.00 USD from Judy Willson (judy.judy.willson@gmail.com <https://mail.google.com/mail/h/1qyd6al7kf2nh/?&v=b&cs=wh&to=judyjwillson@gmail.com> ).

 

 A temporary hold has been placed on this transaction !!!

 

 As mentioned in the receipt of Payment and as per New PayPal Payment policy, we have fully debited the total amount (above) from the buyer’s account which includes the buyer’s shipper pick up fees.

 In order to complete this transaction and get the funds approved in your account. We advice you go to the nearest Western Union Office, and send the sum of $500.00 USD to the Pick-Up Agent and send us a Scanned Copy/Photograph of your Western Union Transaction Receipt (in .JPG Format).

 

NOTE: This is important as a security measure to ensure safety of this transaction.

 

Please, find below is the name and address of the Shipper where the pick-up fees will be sent via Western Union Money Transfer.

 

 

Country : United States.

 

 

 

PICK-UP AGENT DETAILS:

 

 

                Name : Sean Watson

Address : 5363  terrace NW 35th,

City : Lauderdale Lakes,

State : Florida

Zip code : 33309

Country : United States.

Protect your loved ones and make sure they don’t fall for this Craigslist and Paypal and Western Union scams!

Onwards and Upwards,

Kit

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7 Responses to “Craigslist Scam That My Mom Almost Fell For!”

  1. Steve says:

    I am selling a truck on craigslist, and got an email from gregwooddy4@gmail.com and the person is using the name Greg Wood – I’m glad I know enough to google someone before responding. Thanks to all that have posted here to warn others.

  2. desirette says:

    Good. thanks for the response, though i will not be available to come
    for an inspection due to my busy schedule. I will be paying you with
    my PayPal because it’s attached to my bank account and at this time
    paypal is the only method of payment that is easy, secure, reliable
    and fast for me to make payment without no delay online. so kindly get
    back to me with your
    PayPal email address. You need not worry yourself about shipment,i
    will instruct the shipping company to handle that. i will be making
    the payment as soon as i have your paypal email address to complete
    the transaction.
    Get back to me with answers to the following questions below

    1) What is the condition and the total price?
    2) Are you the First Owner?
    3) Your PayPal Email Address
    4) Your Pick Up Location Address

    The pick up address will be forward to the shipping company to
    schedule an appointment with you for pick up. I have a private pick up
    agent who will come for the pick up after payment has been made. And
    want you to know that pick up and mover’s fee will be included in your
    payment, so upon receiving payment, you’ll make the pick up money
    payable to the movers for your safety. If you do not have a PayPal
    account, you can do so on http://www.paypal.com and set up your account it is
    free,easy,secure and guarantees customer’s safety in all transaction.
    i just want this to be easy and smooth for both of us.
    I await your reply

    I AM SOOOOOOO HAPPY I DID MY RESEARCH BEFORE I SENT THE MONEY! TY FOR POSTING YOURS!

  3. Darlene says:

    Why do people think that answering Craigslist adds and under false pretenses keep getting away with it. I too was answered by an add I have on Craigslist not only by Judy Willson but also a Karen Foley, with the same message.

    People pay attention…………when it sounds too good to be true………..IT IS.

    How I stopped them was asking for their phone number, their complete name and address and the name of the shipping company.

    NEVER GIVE OUT ANY INFO…………………NEVER……….always check here on Google………….

  4. Brittni says:

    “Judy Willson” emailed me TODAY. I ripped her a new one just after googling her email and reading this. another person has also attempted this with me…his email is gregwooddy4@gmail.com

    DON’T GET SCAMMED!!!!! Don’t send any money to any movers or anyone through any service. pay in cash in person!

  5. Judy says:

    i was chatting with someone he had promised to come see me but he had something that needed to be cleared a package and suppose to send western union to this sean watson, i was leary so i googled him and found this article im so glad i did tyty for letting me learn my lesson.

    • Kit Elliott says:

      That’s why I do it.. I’m so good at spotting a fake – I sometimes wanna post it here immediately.. (but I have to wait for the scam!) LOL

  6. Jack Hooverson says:

    I was selling a fractional interest in a plane for $55,000 and got this (probably Nigerian dude) “Judy Willson” character with a dubious request for my Paypal address before even calling me or scheduling a time to meet and see the plane! Dummies. I wish I knew how to report these con artists, but Craigslist doesn’t block this very well.

    Using these e-mails:
    judy.judy.willson@gmail.com
    worldeagle08@gmail.com
    Judy Willson

    IP Addresses:
    74.125.82.41
    208.82.238.101

    Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 9:15 AM
    To: ‘Judy Willson’
    Subject: RE: Fractional owner wanted for Cessna – $55000

    Hi Judy,

    Yes it is. Here are some more pics. Happy to talk by phone about details.

    Best,

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Judy Willson [mailto:worldeagle08@gmail.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 7:55 PM
    To: z8j-2952229@sale.craigslist.org
    Subject: Fractional owner wanted for Cessna – $55000

    ** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY — AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
    ** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
    ** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
    ** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

    still available? please getback to me with more pictures if you have more pics

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