Craigslist Scam That My Mom Almost Fell For!
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:
From: Judy Willson [mailto:email@example.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:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> 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.
> 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
> still available?
Fake Craigslist Shipping Company
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] 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.
5363 Terrace 35th,
Lauderdale Lakes,FL 33309
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.
Fake Paypal Payment Confirmation
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Service@paypal.com®
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 8:21 AM
Subject: Important Information On How To Complete Your Recent Transaction
You have received a PayPal Payment of $3,100.00 USD from Judy Willson (email@example.com <https://firstname.lastname@example.org> ).
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,
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. […]