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A reader emailed me that a person tried to scam him. The reader had offered a room for rent. Someone emailed him, stating to come from the UK.

I don't know the exact offer, but scammers on Craigs List work like this:

  1. You want to rent the room for $500/month
  2. They offer to pay $1200 (first + last month, plus $200 overpayment)
  3. You will get the $1200 per Fedex or UPS, as a cashier's check or money order
  4. Then they ask you to send the $200 to a friend whom they owe the money. You are supposed to send the money to that friend with Western Union or Moneygram
  5. You use your own $200 for this
  6. Your $1200 check bounces (it was FAKE!)


You just lost $200.
And your bank is angry at you for depositing a fake check.
The smallest problem would be a $30 fine for depositing a "bounced" check. Worst scenario: you get arrested for this.

There is a slim chance that the person is real, but if he offered to send money upfront, I bet it's a scammer.


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2009-07-27, 14:54:11
anonymous from United States  
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Here is one from today:


Thanks so much for replying my email,I really do appreciate it,I would
have loved us to see before making any plan but i really have a lot of
things to do right now.


More about me again I am a Pediatric nurse,30 years old..I am the neat type,I
like honest,responsible,trustworthy and hardworking people while I
dislike lazy,messy,uncaring people and I love pets so much,I am quiet
and easy going person to live with. I'm 5'7' straight. i like tourism
and,i don't keep late nights neither will i have overnight guest
around, but i am okay if you do,I was born and in France, as
there was where i had my university education and stay with my uncle
there!!

I lived almost all my life way in Paris (Really i know that most
renter will love to meet the person renting to before move in)I cant
judge myself but i am a God fearing and straight forward person that
respect you and your privacy, I was in my final year when my mum
died,i lost my dad before i was born,I grew up with my uncle after my
mum died...she was a nurse before she died,I took up the Matron
Line,because i love my Mum so much,And i was interested in the Medical
Line.Before She was Late I new a little about the Matron Line,I served
in the Paris Red Cross for 8 months,we have involved in projects that
includes orphans,orphanages,heart related diseases in children between
the ages of 4-10yrs,and we were also in Alabama when they had the
attack of hurricane Katrina

Ambition and Work:

I was looking to move over to your state, because i understand that
i'll be doing good overthere as i ve been told by my uncle's friend
who lives there..And i will be working with any hospital around as i
am also making en quires on that now...
Am sure You 'll really like the person that i am ,because i will also
do the dishing if you like,I work when i am to and relax when i am
to,I also like sharing my thoughts also....paying rent on time will
not be a problem as i will also be making the rent fee before the
month end....


Right now.I ve the support of my uncle about my well being,so you
shouldn't be bothered about if i am competent of paying the rent
I must confess am comfortable with the price and I will want to secure
the place down before my arrival so i will want you to tell me all
about the place,as i can't see it before my arrival but the
pictures...I also will want you to know that i have my car that i will
be coming over with,and little of my furniture's,please let me know if
there will be room for them..


With all that i ve said above,I have told you more about me.Let me also know how
i can go about securing the place down before my arrival,My Uncle just
told me that i have to be in the States By the End of this Month Or
before August 15th,So i
am getting my belongings ready to come. i will also be busy from next
week preparing to come over and let me know if you can take off the ad
off the site as i am going to secure the place with a deposit

Feel free to ask me any question and as i ve said,i am looking to move
in asap,but want to secure the place down now,so that i will not be
having problem concerning accommodation on my Arrival..

Have a blissful Day..

Thanks..
2009-07-27, 19:50:38
anonymous from United Kingdom  

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2009-07-30, 16:23:43
anonymous from United States  

Codey Valentina Here is my picture too..‏ 4:22 AM
Codey Valentina ***Interested in your Rental***Reply As Soon As Possible
Codey Valentina $500 Room for Rent

$500 Room for Rent
From: Codey Valentina (sritzo2@gmail.com)
Sent: Wed 7/29/09 8:09 AM
Hi,
Good day to you,Hope you are doing fine? I understand that you postedan ad that you have a room available for rent on craigslist.com.I amhighly interested in knowing the availability of the place and i willalso want to know more about the neighborhood ,the place and utilitiesincluded...??... About me...I am a pediatric nurse and a single lady of 30,i don't havea pet.....I'll let you know more about me if i can know the availability of the room.I live with my uncle in France presently andwill relocate to the united states soon. I have seen rooms that are okay on the website but the owners are noteasy to get along with,so i will want to know more about you too.Amonth to month lease would be perfect......i plan to arrive by the midof August.All that i'll want to know is the availability and totalmove in cost before moving in. I will be willing to let you know more about me.
Kind Regards,
Codey Valentin- --------------------------------------------------------------------this message was remailed to you via: hous-3ennc-1289023491@craigsl. org---------------------------------------------------------------------

This individual tried to scam me this week. I thought to google the name first. Glad I did. Other mails from this person matched verbatim some of the other posting. BEWARE!!!
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2009-07-31, 20:39:23
anonymous from United States  
I posted the picture in the previous comment. This is the letter that I received today. I also met another individual locally who had posted an ad for a room on craigslist and he received the exact same letters that I did. BEWARE!!! They will get no response from.
______________________________________________________________________________________


I await your urgent Response....‏
From: Codey Valentina (codeyvalentina147@gmail.com)
Sent: Fri 7/31/09 5:00 AM
To:

Hi xxx,

How are you doing?Thanks for the detailed reply..

I just got in touch with my uncle and we decided on mailing the
payment on Monday August 3rd,2009 and its due to arrive in three four
working days.Please let me know if this is OK with you.

Just to let you know that my things will be delivered to the home
prior to my arrival.I'll sure keep you posted as regards the shipping
of my things and my flight itineraries as soon as i have it.

Thanks for willing to give me the room,I can't wait to meet you.

Best regards,

Codey Valentina


2009-08-19, 10:42:15
anonymous from United States  
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You will not stop these losers from dong this by reporting them. They have nothing else to do but to make up new email addresses to run the scam from. The way to stop them, or limit them, is to waste THEIR time and resources. So play along. Make up some stock scam responses to string them along. The more time they spend trying to work you the less they have to start a new scam. If you can get them to commit fed ex fees or overnight mail fees to send the phony check even better. That way you take those costs right out of their pocket. It doesn't sound like a lot, but remember that in Nigeria the cost of a stamp may be their wage for a day. And you get the added bonus of a phony check for some outrageous amount made out to some ridiculous name like Mickey Mouse. Frame it and laugh at the fool who thought they were scamming you.
2009-09-12, 20:32:58
anonymous from United States  
Read thru all the emails and can say that I fell for one of these scammers about two years ago. Got a cheque and took it to the bank and deposited it and withdrew the money that I was to send them back and keep some fee money. Briefly, I wired the money via Western Union, where they had a agent, and a couple of days later the bank informed me that the check was a rubber check. I was held liable for the money and I am still paying the money off to the bank. Please be aware that all of those scammers out there offering you a job in exchange for you sending them a portion of the money and you keeping 10% is a HOAX and a SCAM! Don't fall for this scam as I did or you will be paying for the bounced check!
2009-09-27, 11:29:14
anonymous from Canada  
I had a room to let also and recived a couple of emails from supopsed social workers who were looking to move to mky city from So dakota *(funny they both were working in So Dakota huh?) same things sent pics of my [place and they wanted to 'secure' the room with a Money order for firsdt, last and damage deposit, and also send thier buddy some cash over and above.. I thought it was stupid for them to send a complete starnegr that kind of money so I told her to wait till she got into town and we'd deal in cash only.. last i heard from them at that time
2009-09-29, 00:16:56
anonymous from Canada  
Another craig list scam is the guy that wants to hier you to drive an important client aropund your city for a few days same thing sends you money up fromt for salary and you get stuck and the 'client never shows up
2010-04-06, 13:58:01
anonymous from United States  
I got this email from rosabridge@aol.com. Pretty much the same as the others had posted.

Hi
Thanks so much for replying my email,I
really do appreciate it,. I
would have loved us to see before making
any plan but i really
have a lot of things to do right now,But will
be okay if you can tell
me more about the place and you,as my
uncle is presently sick
and I have to go see him,but really want to
hold a place down...
More about me again I am a nurse..I am
the neat type,I like
honest,responsible,trustworthy and
hardworking people while I
dislike lazy,messy,uncaring people and I
love pets so much,am
quiet and easy going person to live with.
I'm 5'7' straight. I like
tourism and,I don't keep late nights
neither will I have overnight
guest around, but I am okay if you do,I was
born and bread in
France as there was where I had my
university education and
stays with my uncle there!!
I lived all my life way in Paris before
coming down to SD,,I grew
up with my uncle since 15 years old...I ave
also wanted to be in
the medical way since I was born,I served
in the Paris Red Cross
for 8 months,we have involved in projects
that includes
orphans,orphanages,heart related
diseases in children between
the ages of 4-10 yrs .
Ambition and Work:
I was looking to move over to your state
because I understand
that I'll be doing good over there as I ave
been told by my uncle's
friend who ones live over there..And I will
be working with any
hospital around as I am also making
enquires about that now...
Am sure You 'ill really like the person that
I am ,because I will
also do the dishing if you like,I work when
I am to and relax
when I am to,I also like sharing my
thoughts also....paying rent
on time will not be a problem as I will also
be making the rent
fee before the month ends....
Right now, I ave the support of my uncle
about my well being,so
you shouldn't be bothered about if I am
competent of paying the
rent
I must confess am comfortable with the
price and I will want to
secure the place down before my arrival so
I will want you to tell
me all about the place,as I can't see it
before my arrival but the
pictures...I also will want you to know that
I have my car that I
will be coming over with,and little of my
furniture,please let me
know if there will be room for them..
With all that I ave said above,I have told
you more about me and
more picture of mine will be attach in the
next email,Let me also
know how I can go about securing the
place down before my
arrival as I will also be busy from next
week preparing to come
over and let me know if you can take off
the ad off the site as i
am going to secure the place with a
deposit
Feel free to ask me any question and as I
ave said,I am looking to
move in by the availability of the place,but
want to secured it
now
Thanks..


Then after I replied, got this:


Hi again ,
Thanks once again for the quick reply,I
would have loved to call
You but am leaving now to see my sick
uncle ,i can only
communicate through email but I will,
whenever i get there but
before that i will want to secure the
place,I am very happy
meeting a person like you,It 's nice
reading from you again and i
will never ever want to loose the room
even without seeing the
place ,i smell the kind of person whom you
are and i like you,I
will want You to know that i am okay with
the cost ,if none is
included again..... I will be arriving by the
End of April . I got
to believe that the person that one wants
to live with matters
most,i believe that you'll be a nice person,I
just have my
dressers,computer table,kitchen utensils
and a queen size bed,2
big luggage and my car to be shipped....
I got a message that my uncle is sick in
France and i have to go
see him but i am making plans to secure
place so that when i
come back i'll just move in into the place
we are talking about.
and with the way we ve communicated,I
am okay with you and i
want you to know that i don't want to
make any travel plans
without securing a place down now,I will
be signing a year lease
for the start if you are okay with that,so i
ave let my uncle
understand more about you and the
place,He is really
comfortable and he told me that it is a
nice area he had lived in
the states before and he said that i should
not afford to loose
your place also he said that i should try
and make sure that i
hold down the place,so i thought of it and i
will be making
payment to hold down the place and the
mode of payment will
be the Most acceptable,easier,safer and
reliable means of
payment which is United State Certified
money order so pls let
me know if this mode of payment is ok by
you.
And if YES pl's provide me with the
following information to get
the payment to you.Your full name as it
will appear on the
payment,your work place address to
ensure delivery in your
hands through regular mails or a courier
service,your phone
number on the package to avoid package
missing in transit. I will
prefer to send to your work address
because you will always be
available at work from morning till evening
but if home address
it will be sitting in your mail and no one
will be at home to
receive the package.And if you don't
receive package at your
office address then I guess your home
address will be good for
the delivery right ? But to avoid any delay
of you receiving at
home then I guess any address will be fine
as long as you will be
able to receive it.
Kindly get back to me with this requested
address contact
information so that we can proceed asap.
bye for now..
Feel free to ask me any question(s) you
have okay
Thanks...
2010-04-23, 23:26:01
anonymous from United States  
I also go the exact same email from rosabridge@aol.com

DO NOT DEAL WITH HER SHE IS A SCAMMER
2010-05-23, 19:56:20
bevin_subocz@yahoo.com from United States  
rating
I got the same email from the girl with the sick uncle. I JUST got a check for $4200! lol. But it is from a Vision Mortgage and Realty. Weird. I thought this was probably a scam, I am glad I googled!
2010-05-23, 21:06:19
OJAS from United States  
Bevin, beweare of what you deposit http://www.delphifa..p=1#70419

Scammers know that you will be liable for depositing fraudulent checks, they have nothing to lose! Contact your local FBI / Law Enforcement. Report to http://ic3.gov
2010-06-02, 07:57:27
anonymous  
It's an answer on request on the craiglist ad. Obviously it's a scam (WU, PAyPal brocken and price is to good to be true) email is jmthony@gmail.com

---

Hello,

The dates you requested are available as soon as the modalities and paper works are done and the agreement sign and returned. With the actual amount and the refundable security deposit as it is with our policy to hold apartment for our various clients as soon all the above
conditions are reached.

<...>
This is the breakdown for the payment to be made to secure your dates.

After providing you with the necessary breakdown regarding your dates I would be forwarding to you the booking forms for you to fill and return with the down payment to secure this date as soon you request.
The balance will be received from you at the point of entry before the key of apartment is handed to you.

Note: It is only when payment is made that we can secure your dates on your behalf. All deposit, would have to be made done through Western union, you can have this done online or through one of their agents close to you and as soon as you have this done along with my booking
form forward to the head office and its confirm we can now official secure and reserve this apartment for you. Since we have an issue with PayPal because a so called client made a deposit via a PayPal account that was hacked into by him and the real owner made a report and that why my PayPal account have been put on limitation until I’m cleared.

Feel free to ask if you need any other information, Thanks for choosing our apartment as we are here to serve you. You can reach me since I'm in London for business meeting and to see my family. +447024077887

Reference:
We have certainly appreciated our stay at the apartment during our last vacation in Paris. The location in the heart of Paris was both practical and enjoyable. The apartment itself was well set up with everything we needed for a comfortable stay and it did provide good
value for money. We are already planning our next trip to Paris and we hope to be able to book the apartment again Donald Green (donndgreen@yahoo.com) Seattle 206-666-3482

We stayed here in early March 2010 and were very pleased with the apartment. It was a very good location for us -- few minute walk to the Metro. The apartment is quiet. It has a very comfortable and large, overall was well-maintained. The internet wireless was very helpful
in planning our daily activities in Paris. We would definitely stay here again and have no reservations in recommending it to others. Dale Simon (simonguyd@yahoo.co.uk)

This apartment is not in any way shared is a personal and private use only and all the amenities there for the sole tenant only. We take the comfort of our clients and we don’t do anything like sharing.

Attached here more pictures for your attention
Hope to hear from you, for the booking form

Sincerely,
James
2010-06-03, 15:54:00
anonymous@verizon.net from Washington, United States  
1st email response:
On Jun 1, 2010, Jessicaflx4@aol.com wrote:

** 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.craigsli..cams.html

Hello my name is
Jessica Felix I am looking to rent
a place to live. I am a young professional and will need to
move in soon. I am very responsible and open to any kind of lease.
I am an Humanitarian worker and i am expressing my sheer interest
in taking up the room, I will be happy if you could tell me the total
rent Required before moving in and Utility Bills. I will be glad to
read from you soon.. Thank You

-----------------

2nd email response:
On Jun 3, 2010, Jessicaflx4@aol.com wrote:

Hi
Thanks so much for replying my email,I really do appreciate it,. I
would have loved us to see before making any plan but i really
have a lot of things to do right now,But will be okay if you can tell
me more about the place and you,as my uncle is presently sick
and I have to go see him,but really want to hold a place down...
More about me again I am a Humanitarian..I am the neat type,I like
honest,responsible,trustworthy and hardworking people while I
dislike lazy,messy,uncaring people and I love pets so much,am
quiet and easy going person to live with. I'm 5'7' straight. I like
tourism and,I don't keep late nights neither will I have overnight
guest around, but I am okay if you do,I was born and bread in
France as there was where I had my university education and
stays with my uncle there!!
I lived all my life way in Paris before coming down to SD,,I grew
up with my uncle since 15 years old...I ave also wanted to be in
the medical way since I was born,I served in the Paris Red Cross
for 8 months,we have involved in projects that includes
orphans,orphanages,heart related diseases in children between
the ages of 4-10 yrs .
Ambition and Work:
I was looking to move over to your state because I understand
that I'll be doing good over there as I ave been told by my uncle's
friend who ones live over there..And I will be working with any
Humanitarian around as I am also making enquires about that now...
Am sure You 'ill really like the person that I am ,because I will
also do the dishing if you like,I work when I am to and relax
when I am to,I also like sharing my thoughts also....paying rent
on time will not be a problem as I will also be making the rent
fee before the mid of jun....
Right now, I ave the support of my uncle about my well being,so
you shouldn't be bothered about if I am competent of paying the
rent
I must confess am comfortable with the price and I will want to
secure the place down before my arrival so I will want you to tell
me all about the place,as I can't see it before my arrival but the
pictures...I also will want you to know that I have my car that I
will be coming over with,and little of my furniture,please let me
know if there will be room for them..
With all that I ave said above,I have told you more about me and
more picture of mine will be attach in the next email,Let me also
know how I can go about securing the place down before my
arrival as I will also be busy from next week preparing to come
over and let me know if you can take off the ad off the site as i
am going to secure the place with a deposit
Feel free to ask me any question and as I ave said,I am looking to
move in by the availability of the place,but want to secured it
now
Thanks

------------------------

My reply after this sounding familiar to past CL scams:

um, yeah... not buying it! Furthermore, you might consider running since there are ways to track you down based on just your email and find people like you... even over $200....

http://www.delphifa..shtml?p=1

ta-ta *waves*
2011-10-07, 14:55:50   (updated: 2011-10-07, 14:58:57)
anonymous from United States  
i have some items listed on craigslist which i've never used before and i didn't post pictures-i did first ad wrong and edited it, because first ad seemed that i wanted to sell a housefull of antiques for one price. i received an email from a man who was interested and i said please reread the edited post we are having miscommunication. i received an email today saying he was sending me a cashiers check-he capitalized cashiers check-and 'he was ok with the price'-he went on to say that he would overnight a check and to consider it sold to him-he never did say what item-i emailed back and told him i didn't know which item he was interested in. i'm confused-this has to be a scam since nobody buys something without saying what it is they're buying or promises that everything will run smoothly when they don't know where i live or anything about me-there is no way i can know what he means the info was so limited-the reason i'm confused is that he didn't ask me for any money-he asked me for contact info only-the name that was given was david collins-another thing that bothered me was that he said 'i would like to see item but am very busy (Doctor)' now who writes like that? he also said he would send a check from a local bank but he capitalized bank (Bank)-it felt like english was not his first language-any comments? am i really slow to see a scam?
thanks
also i'm pretty limited compared to a lot of people on computers but even i was able to find his location through his ip. what can people do who are very computer literate?
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