Craigslist/eBay Scam

I am glad that I am not as dumb as some people hope that I am. I have been looking for a deal on a vehicle on Craigslist and eBay for several months now. The other day I ran across a listing that was “to good to be true.” But I am sure you are like me, you have friends that have gotten unbelievable deals on something because of someone else’s divorce or death in the family. Course, many times if the price doesn’t look right in one of these adds, it is because it was a typo. So when I saw and add on Craigslist for a 2004 Ford 1500 Super Crew 4×4 for $2990, I had to check it out. The listing didn’t have much information in it. Just an email address, Mellisa King <king.mellisa@gmail.com>, and the following picture.

Figuring that the $2990 was a typo I sent an email to the “lady.” Several hours later I received the following email in responce.

First of all I want to thank you for your interest for my truck. It’s a 2004 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4X4  in excellent working conditions, no scratches, flaws or any kind of damage, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions and comes with a clear title.

Mileage:67,935 miles, Transmission: Automatic, Title: Clear, Condition: Used, Body type: Pickup truck, Engine: 8 Cylinder, Exterior color: White, Drivetrain:4 Wheel Drive ,Eclipse AVN-5500 DVD/Navigation Head Unit w/ iPod adapter, JL Audio 10″ Sub-Woofer .Here is the pictures: http://s1122.photobucket.com/albums/l529/kingmellisa12/

I sell at this price($2,990.00) because I just finished the divorce with my husband. When the divorce has finished I own this truck.  From the beginning you have to know that for the payment I request only secure pay, I prefer the payment to be done using eBay services.
We will use a safe payment method because I am affiliated at eBay and I have a purchase protection account for $50.000.00 The final price that I want for this truck is $2,990.00 including shipping and handling.
If you’re interested to purchase just email me with your full name, full address and phone number so I can notify eBay that you are selected as my buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.

Thank you

 

Here are few of the pictures that are in the PhotoBucket album. (Just incase this person pulls the pictures)

Looks nice doesn’t it?

Being on guard because of all the scams out there, (and maybe hoping that this was not one of them), I asked “her” to set things up. In the mean time, I talked to my mechanic friend, Ken, and my dad about it. Of course they were concerned about it being a scam and suggested that I insist on paying cash. I just waited for the email that “she” said I would get from eBay. I had told her that I had an account on eBay and had given her the same email address that I use there. My thought was that if it email really came through eBay, it would be in my messages on there.

Late last night I received the following 2 emails.

Please forgive the slight bad formatting. The email does not transfer from email to here very well.

eBay sent this message to Cynthia Morgan.
Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay.

eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP Case ID: 71S4P7463V52W)
Item – 2004 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4X4
http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/asteriskG_10x10.gif eBay Motors member Mellisa King, as the Seller, initiated a new transaction through eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection program and registered you, Cynthia Morgan, as the Buyer.
http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/asteriskG_10x10.gif We verified all the details of this transaction and we concluded that they are accurate and the transaction is approved. Please follow our instructions to complete the transaction safely. Your vehicle purchase is protected for up to $ 50,000.00 or the vehicle purchase price, whichever is lower.
Vehicle Purchase Protection | Overview
Vehicle Purchase Protection
Ensures that you receive the vehicle you paid for, with coverage up to $ 50,000.00 against fraud or material misrepresentation.
Condition Guarantee by Seller
Provides added confidence that the vehicle’s condition is accurately described and protects you if it is significantly different.
Extended Warranty
Protects you from unexpected repair bills after the vehicle purchase.
New eBay Motors VPP Transaction
Case ID: 71S4P7463V52W
Item: 2004 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4X4
Price: $2,990.00
Seller Verified Profile
http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/asteriskG_10x10.gif eBay Motors Member in good standing from 7 years 6 months.
http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/asteriskG_10x10.gif Registered e-mail addressking.mellisa@gmail.com.
http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/asteriskG_10x10.gif Identity and Contact Information Verified.
http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/asteriskG_10x10.gif Continues to meet strict Membership Criteria.
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http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/asteriskG_10x10.gif Purchase Protection Coverage up to 

$ 50,000.00
Complete the transaction in 5 easy steps
http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/asteriskG_10x10.gif Buyer and Seller agree on the transaction terms and a selling price. Seller contacts eBay Financing Center with the transaction details;
http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/asteriskG_10x10.gif eBay Financing Center accepts the transaction and offers purchase protection to the Buyer (if the transaction is declined, no further action is required from neither Buyer or Seller);
http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/asteriskG_10x10.gif The Buyer receives an invoice and sends the payment to eBay Financing Center. After the payment is verified by eBay Financing Center, the Seller will initiate the shipping. The seller has three (3) business days to provide a tracking number to both the Buyer and eBay Financing Center. If no tracking number is provided, a full refund is immediately sent to the Buyer;
http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/asteriskG_10x10.gif The Buyer receives the vehicle and has five (5) business days to inspect it. If it is as described and as agreed, the Buyer should accept the vehicle. If he refuses it, the Buyer must ship the vehicle back to the Seller;
http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/asteriskG_10x10.gif After the inspection period is over (5 business days), the Buyer must contact eBay Financing Center with the result of the inspection. If the Buyer refuses the vehicle, he will receive the refund only after the tracking number for the returned shipment is verified. If the Buyer accepts the vehicle, the payment will be sent to the Seller within three (3) business days.
Vehicle Purchase Protection Overview
Buy with confidence on eBay Motors! The Vehicle Purchase Protection program protects your vehicle purchase against fraud and material misrepresentation. This program is provided by eBay Motors for FREE on all eligible vehicle transactions completed on eBay Motors. There’s no sign-up, opt-in, or registration necessary.
The following types of fraud and material misrepresentation are covered:
Paying for a vehicle and never receiving it;
Sending a deposit for a vehicle and never receiving the vehicle;
Paying for and receiving a vehicle:
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That was a stolen vehicle at the time of the transaction;
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With an undisclosed or unknown lien against its title;
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Of a make and/or model that is different than what was described in the seller’s listing;
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Without receiving the title for that vehicle from the seller, if it is impossible for you to obtain a title from the appropriate Department of Motor Vehicles;
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Whose title is subject to an undisclosed salvage, rebuilt, reconstructed, scrapped/destroyed, manufacturer buyback, or water damage title brand at the time of the sale;
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With a model year that is different than the model year described in the seller’s listing;
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With an odometer reading that is different than the odometer reading described in the seller’s listing.
Your vehicle purchase is protected for up to $ 50,000.00 or the vehicle purchase price, whichever is lower. The program covers Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, ATVs, Go-Karts, Scooters, Mopeds, Personal Watercraft, Snowmobiles, Boats, Buses, Commercial Trucks, Race Cars, RVs and Campers, Trailers.
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For any questions please contact: eBay Customer Support.
Thank you,
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Looks real doesn’t it? Here is the second email.

Item Description: 2004 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4X4

Case ID: 71S4P7463V52W

Dear Cynthia Morgan,

Please tell us if you have received the invoice for payment. Once we receive the fax from you that will include the payment details as explained above, we will instruct the seller to start the shipping process. We will hold the payment until you send us your confirmation that you are satisfied with the product you received. As soon as we receive your confirmation we will release the payment to the seller. You will receive further details regarding the shipping process (courier information, tracking method, expected delivery date) after the payment confirmation.

*NOTE: It may occur that your e-mail doesn’t support HTML language and that is why you haven’t received the invoice from us. Please check your bulk/junk/spam/ messages, the invoice may have ended there because of the ever increasing filters of the e-mails nowdays.

Thank you,
eBay Financing Center Customer Support
Vehicle Purchase Protection Program

First I went to my eBay account to see if the email was in my messages there. It was not. so then I started looking for customer support phone numbers. I found it, but of course the email came in after the eBay phone lines were closed. They are open 6:00 am to 5:00 pm PST, Monday-Friday. BUT eBay does have a live chat service that is from 5:00am to 10:00pm PT, 7 days a week. So started the chat with the eBay agent. I gave her the information the “eBay” email and asked her to please confirm that this was a legit email from them. She was having a few technical issues and the chat ended unexpectedly. so I started another chat and got the same person. While waiting for her to respond, I did some checking on the eBay site.

In the “Contact Us” section there are 3 drop down buttons. I moused over the “Buying” button and clicking on the “Buying a vehicle” link under the “Getting Started” section. That brings up the following.

If you’re looking for a vehicleeBay Motors is the place to shop. You’ll get detailed information about each vehicle and a free vehicle history report.Do not believe listings on Craigslist, AutoTrader, or other online sites that promise eBay purchase protection.

Vehicles listed on other sites are not eBay transactions, and won’t be covered by our purchase protection programs.

  • Learn how these scams work and what to do

I clicked on the Learn how these scams work link and got this.

If you’re buying a vehicle on another site and someone offers eBay Purchase Protection or claims to be affiliated with eBay, it’s probably a scam.

Be cautious about vehicles offered on Craigslist, AutoTrader, or other online sites that claim to be eBay transactions. They’re not.

Have you already paid for the vehicle?

Yes
No

I clicked on “No” and got this.

Before you pay for the vehicle, please read this important information.

If you shop on websites other than eBay, always be aware of phone calls or emails from people claiming to be eBay representatives. There’s been an increase in reports of fake eBay Motors transactions that come from sites other than eBay, such as Craigslist and AutoTrader.

Remember, a vehicle purchased on eBay will always appear in the Won/Purchased section of My eBay and you’ll be shown as the buyer in the listing. Don’t pay for the vehicle unless you see these verifications on the eBay website.

Here are some tips on how to protect yourself from fraud.

If you receive an email or phone call that sounds suspicious:

  • Don’t give out any personal or financial information.
  • Don’t complete the transaction unless it’s on eBay.
  • Verify that the email is really from eBay by checking your messages in My eBay.
  • Don’t wire money using Western Union or MoneyGram.
  • Report the scam to us by forwarding the email to car@ebay.com.

You can find out more about this scam and get more tips on how to buy safely.

 

The eBay agent replied to me after a few minuets and told me the same thing I had just read. If it doesn’t start and finish on eBay, then it can’t be paid for through the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection. She asked me to please forward the email to them and to not respond to the email. I did that.

I have not bought anything off of Craigslist but I have off of eBay. I have never had a problem with my purchases on there. I know people that have made great deals on Craigslist, but as you see, be cautious. There are those great “to good to be true” deals out there, but they are far and few between. Be sure to check,recheck and check again ANY time you make a deal with someone on any of these online auctions or person to person want add sites. On eBay, payments should always be made through them. On Craigslist, if they are not willing to take cash, BEWARE! It will save you a lot of heartache.

53 Comments on “Craigslist/eBay Scam

  1. Scammer’s new name and number:

    Hi,
    My name is Caroline, happy to see you are interested in my 2014 Yamaha YZF-R6. Let me give you a few details about it. Really good shape, never had any problems with it, no scratches or dents, 6.500 Miles,engine size: 600cc, the title is clear in my name.If you have any questions or need any info or photos please ask. I’ve uploaded more pictures here: https://www.use.com/Ogz0q
    The price was reduced at $1,500. I’m selling it so low due the fact that my medical team will deploy back overseas on June 20th for a 18 months contract and it’s not worth keeping insurance and paying storage fees for it so there’s no use on keeping it, therefore I need a fast and reliable buyer. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.

    Sincerely, Senior Medic Caroline Warren

    Hi again,
    I will do my best to walk you through the process. As I told you in my first email, my medical team will deploy back overseas. Right now I’m on a military base (Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska). We are in the final stage of our training and I am only allowed to check my email so we have to stick to email for now. The bike is here with me at the base and the delivery process will be managed by me, ready to be delivered to its future new owner. The deal is handled by eBay so I don’t have much to do about it. I think I can have it there at your home address in 2-3 days. In addition, you get 5 days to try it out before buying it, and if you don’t like it, you can send it back at my expense. For more info on how it works, I can ask eBay to send you an email with more details on how to buy it. They will contact you shortly, as soon as they have your personal details. If you would like to receive the email from eBay Motors with all the transaction information, please reply with your name, address and phone # and they will contact you right away. Thank you

    Ph: 2015902071
    Ph: 2014734051

  2. I had a VERY similar experience that seemed fishy, so I searched the web and found this site. Here are the two emails rec’d from a Craigslist inquiry:

    First email, from Michelle Wilson [wilsonelle7@gmail.com]:
    My name is Michelle Wilson and I’m emailing you about my 2012 American Hauler Trailer. The trailer has been stored inside when hasn’t been used, it was bought new, used few times every year. Never had or need any paint work done, without any problems, tires are in great shape as well. Has a clean and clear title in my name and very low miles on it.

    The price was reduced at $1,000 because I’m in a hurry to find a buyer.
    Best Regard

    Michelle

    Second email:
    Hi again , Thank you very much for getting back to me but I would like to clarify some things first. I am selling the trailer at this price because my husband passed away not long ago (he was very sick) and this trailer brings me bad memories and that’s the reason why I want to sell it asap. Another reason for selling it is because I work in military and right now I’m on a military base. We are training and getting ready to leave the country. The trailer is already at the shipping company ready for delivery because someone agreed to buy it, but in the end he never got the loan. For this reason, the shipping is already paid for. I will use e Bay in this transaction for our protection. If you are not aware of this program, you should know that it will allow you to test and inspect the trailer before paying me. The inspection period will be set to 7 days and I think that is enough time for you to make a decision about the trailer. If you won`t like my trailer you notify e Bay and you send it back at my expense. But I assure you that won’t be the case.
    If you want to continue the
    purchase, please reply with your full name, delivery address and phone number so I can start the transaction with e bay and ask them to send you the terms of this transaction. ( with no further obligation or fees).Thank you

  3. Same thing again. Going by the name Abby Ford. Selling a 2004 Honda-HRV for $2,000. Transferred from Langly AFB to Elmendorf, AK.

    Hello and thank you for being interested in buying my 2009 Honda CR-V EX-L. My name is Abby Ford. My car is in great shape, no engine problems, damages, hidden defects, never abused. It was always garaged and never smoked in. It has a 2.4L engine, automatic transmission, 76,650 miles. Paint is great, no scratches and no dents; the interior is very clean; it has never been involved in any accidents; no liens or loans; the title is clear. My last price is $2,000 (no payments; no trades). I bought the car when I was serving in Langley Air Force Base, VA but I was promoted and transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska for a 3 years period. Hate to sell it but it’s not worth keeping insurance and paying storage fees. Therefore I need a fast and reliable buyer, so if you have the money ready to buy it email me back.

    I look forward to hearing from you,
    Sgt Abby Ford

    ———————————————————————————————————————
    2nd email

    Hi again, as I’ve told you, at this moment I am in Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, AK. I do a special training program each day and I am not allowed to get out of the unit or call whenever I want. The reason I’m selling this car way below market value is because I don’t have time for negotiations and I need money before September 14 for my next house in Anchorage. Before leaving I had pre-arranged the deal with eBay so my presence is not necessary. They can protect both buyer and seller and it’s the right way to do this. The car is already at our Traffic Management Office from Langley Air Force Base, VA, ready to go. eBay will handle this transaction and the total amount that you will pay is $2,000 (NO hidden or shipping fees). Once the payment is confirmed and secured by eBay, the shipping will be started. You will receive the car at your home address within 2-3 working days. It will come with a clear title and reg. I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will get a 5 days testing period after delivery and then I will get the payment. SO…ONLY AFTER you receive the car and agree to keep it, eBay will release the payment to me, in this way we are both protected. If by any reason you find something you don’t like about it you can send it back on my expense but I’m sure it won’t be the case because my car is in excellent condition. It will come with all the necessary paperwork (clear title, bill of sale, manuals etc). You will receive all the original documents. I signed all the paperwork and the clear title is ready to be transferred to the new owner.
    I need to know if you are still interested, so I can ask eBay to send you the details on this deal. If you are interested, please include in the next email your contact information for eBay (full name, shipping address and phone number), so we can move forward with this transaction.

    I attached some pictures to this email.

    Thanks, hope to do business with you soon!

    • I spoke to the RUDEST Rep today concerning a billing issue that I was told was resolved
      i removed the item after I spoke to a rep last month
      i was charged over 100 dollars because the item went live again for 12 hours after I removed it.
      If this was one of my Techs id discipline, put on warning, then fire if I EVER heard that person speak to someone like that again
      it wasn’t her fault, it wasn’t my fault, but she acted as though I was a child with DO YOU UNDERSTAND? I am TRYING to explain.
      Demeaning me to the point that I requested a MGR of course I didn’t get one
      she was told to submit it, then once again went over the rules, threatening me, that they will never refund ANY fees EVER again
      anf asking me if I UNDERSTAND
      goiong forward, I will use “OFFER UP” and “BUY/SELL/TRADE” in MY AREA
      5 star member for 20 years. BYE EBAY

    • “Greg Pfeffer is still at it. I too was almost scammed by the person using this name, also for an RV, using the story that it is in storage at Hill AFB in SLC because he was promoted and transferred to Alaska. I became suspicious when I received the E-Bay invoice requesting payment in E-Bay gift certificates. I am contacting E-Bay but I wish there was some government agency that this could also be reported to.

  4. UPDATE: Scammer still active as of 08-Jun-2017
    Here is first response:

    Hi Joe,
    Thank you for your interest in my 2013 Triumph Daytona 675 R for $2000.
    The bike is in an excellent condition. Always garage kept and adult
    operated. Two sets of keys and owners manuals included. All the
    maintenance records available. Clean title in hand, not a salvage or
    rebuilt. Great handling bike. It’s clean, never dropped, laid down or
    raced, no issues or hidden defects. If you want more pictures let me
    know. Just make sure you check your junk/bulk/spam folder because they
    might go there.
    Thanks,
    Melinda

    Here is the second response:

    OK Joe, I’ve attached some pictures of the bike, take a look and please let me know ASAP if you are still interested. It belonged to my husband. He died in Afghanistan when a military helicopter was shot down. Richard was an addicted biker and babied it very carefully. It’s hard for me to let it go but the family convinced me that this is the only way I can pass this huge loss…I’m trying to get away of all the things that remembers me of him…it’s very hard but this is the life…a b***h…I’m trying to accept this situation and to get over it.
    I’m in Honolulu, Hawaii due to my job (I’m an Air Force MSgt. too) and I have the bike here with me. My husband left it here before leaving in Afghanistan so all the maintenance could be performed on time. I can deliver it to your shipping address (I’ll pay for the shipping and insurance fees) and I’ll agree to let you test and inspect it for 5 days just to be sure. In these 5 days you’ll test the conditions of the bike. If something won’t be like you expected to be you can return it without any expense. All the paperwork will come with the bike.
    I’ll deliver it through our Air Force affiliated shipping company so the costs will be ok for me+they will take care of everything (title transfer, insurance, paperwork, etc…). Also a refund policy will be included so, as I’ve said, you’ll have the possibility to return it if you consider so but I really don’t think this will happen because the bike is in great shape.
    The bike was listed also on the eBay’s Classifieds Ads so the sale/payment will go through eBay. In this way both of us will have the required assurance that the deal will take place well. Once you’ll agree with the purchase I’ll receive the payment for it.
    If you agree with these terms please reply me with your full name, shipping address and your phone# so that I can forward them to eBay and have the transaction started. They will send you a complete list with instructions/invoice.
    I’m waiting for your reply as soon as possible.
    Thanks,
    Melinda
    P.S. the price of $2000 was offered by a pawn shop over here so I’ve said what the heck let’s someone else takes advantage of my decision to sell it, not a dealer.

    When I received the first response I thought Holy Crap! I’m going to get this great bike for two grand. 5 to 6 grand less that market value.
    When I received the second response I thought SCAM. I just googled “Air Force affiliated shipping company” and found this thread. Thanks to all for posting.

    • I got this EXACT same email except for a 2015 Indian Chief vintage motorcycle normally at least 15000 claiming to sell for 2400.
      Name of the person changed to “Mel Warren”
      Dont even know how they got my email.
      And i arrived on this thread when i googled air force affiliated shipping.
      There goes my dream bike! Lol

  5. It would seem that we can add another name to this list.Linda Hall , Michelle Barret is now Janice Wilson. And she is still being promoted to Alaska. She has changed a few things about how she conducts “her” scam. She is now using LetGo.
    I had a friend tell me this deal was to good to be true. Was going to verify everything through Ebay, but on the chance that it was real I wanted to let “Janice Wilson ” know that I was intrested. So I sent her an email explaining that I was new to these types of transactions and could she send a photo of the VIN number please. I woke up this morning to the following email.

    Hi again,

    As I said, at this time I am in Offutt AFB, NE at a military base. I make a special training program every day and am not allowed to leave the unit or call anytime. The reason I am selling this suv way below market value is because they have no time for negotiations and need the money before february 27Th for my next home in Anchorage. The car already in our library Base Offutt Air Force are Offutt Air Force Base, NE packed and ready to go. As I said, the delivery process will be managed by me. I think I can have him there at home within 2-3 business days. Come with a clear title and reg. I am a member of the program eBay buyer protection and use of this service will get a trial period of 5 days after delivery. During that trial period of 5 days you will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested so you can ask eBay to send the details of this agreement. If you are interested please include in your next email your contact information to eBay (full name, mailing address and phone number), so we can proceed with this transaction.

    Here you have pictures: http://www.use.com/KRL5o

    This email was the worst one of them all. I’m sure you can the mistakes and where this person went wrong.
    They claim to need the money by the 27th of February, but today is already the 23rd. How am I supposed to get a car and test drive it for 5 days if they need the money 4 days from now. They also didn’t send a picture of the VIN number but were happy to resend the photos of the car with a blocked out plate.
    I really hope this was helpful and it will stop anyone else from getting suckered by this person or persons. More importantly I hope it helps to catch these people and put an end to thier scamming.

  6. Hello. I recently was scammed by an individual claiming to be SSgt David Alfaro. This would be the 4th time in a year I have been scammed about a vehicle. Like many of the posts on this page, I received an email going something like this:

    Hello there,
    Glad you are one of the people interested in buying my 2014 Ford F-150 LARIAT. For Sale is a beautiful, flawless 2014 Ford F150 Lariat EcoBoost 4×4. The mileage on this vehicle is 45K! The vehicle has a clean title but it has an accident history. It was involved in a minor fender bender, no airbags were deployed. There was no frame or suspension damage. The vehicle was repaired by licensed professionals using Genuine Ford parts. It has a black leather interior Navigation, Tow Package, back-up cam, CD/MP3, USB/AUX inputs, bluetooth, keyless entry and much more. It also has tinted windows, alloy rims. The transmission runs great and shifts smoothly. The engine in this vehicle runs smooth. The cat floats on the road without pulling to the side or vibrations. The electronic components on this vehicle are all in working. This auto needs nothing but a new home. The exterior of this vehicle is in excellent mint condition, The interior is clean, no mechanical issues. This is as close to New as you may find, just turn the keys and go anywhere !!!

    I’m selling it because I’m serving in Offutt AFB, Nebraska but I was promoted and transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage Alaska for a 3 years period, so I don’t need it anymore at this time. Not interested in a trade and my final price is $11,000. I have a clear title, free of any liens or loans on it. If you are interested in buying it or if you have any questions, please reply to this email.

    Thank you for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you,
    SSgt David Alfaro

    Interestingly enough, I believed it for a split second until I asked for more information including a carfax and received this:

    Hi again Kassie,
    As I told you in my first email, I recently got promoted and transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage Alaska for 3 years. The Ford is located in Omaha, Nebraska. It will be shipped from there by plane or ground, depending on your location, with US Navy Military Cargo. Shipping will be done door-to-door, to your exact location, so you will not have to pick the Ford up yourself. Since I know that my current situation is pretty unique, I want the deal closed only through eBay in order for both of us to be mutually 100% protected. The deal is handled by eBay’s escrow, so I don’t have much to do about it. Using eBay`s Buyer Protection Program, you get free delivery, at your place in 6-10 days. In addition, you get 5 days to try it out before buying it, and if you don’t like it, you can send it back at my expense. If you wish to proceed just send me an email with your full name (for the bill of sale), a delivery address and a phone # where you can be reached and I will forward them to eBay and they will send you all of the transaction details.

    Thank you,
    SSgt David Alfaro

    I love scams like this 🙂 *sarcasm*
    Reverse google searched the images and found an ebay listing that had ended Sept 1 2016 http://www.ebay.com/itm/2014-Ford-F-150-Lariat-EcoBoost-4×4-Navi-Tow-PKG-Fully-Loaded-NO-Reserve-/272353353561?rmvSB=true

    Just be wary… people are using the military excuse now to make people believe BS

    • Just seen the same vehicle listed on Craig’s List in South Carolina. Ran the VIN only to find that it was registered to someone else in California. Waiting for a follow up reply. Listing was taken off today. Turned the dogs loose on them. They will get busted.

    • Add “Brenda Russo” to the scammers names. I got the one about moving to Alaska from Offutt AFB. I went as far as getting the invoice then decided to do some research and found the exact same thing from other people. Needless to say I did not move forward with it. She was using Amazon to try and make this one happen.

      • Same person is posting on Facebook garage sale sites in the Dallas area. I think she is hacking into people’s FB accounts because the posting says to contact her sister Brenda Russo. I emailed her and got a similar reply. She is now using “the Amazon.”

        • I JUST RECVD EMAIL FROM SGT BRENDA RUSSO PROMOTED FROM OFFUTT AFB, NEBRASKA TO ELMENDORF AFB, ALASKA
          SELLING 2009 HONDA CRV 15OO. AD FEATURED ON CRAIGSLIST
          LOS ANGELES

  7. Ebay does NOT contact anyone about transactions. Here’s how you can tell it’s a scam. Tell them you just found out you’re going to be near where the “seller” is located and would like to stop by and take a look at the vehicle. Tell them you will be there tomorrow for about a month and ask when you can come see it with cash in hand. If it’s a scam, they will make excuses about why you can’t see the car.

  8. SSGT Linda Hall is still at it .. she is selling a 2004 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S for $5000 because she is being transferred to Aldendorf AFB in Alaska. I would love to see the army get hold of this asshole. I watch for stuff like this and told her I would show up in Albany, GA tomorrow with the cash if the title and car were there and we could go to DMV to confirm it all … Nickel and Dime scammers

  9. Michelle Bennet is still at it. She almost got my father this week for $2000. I knew this seemed fishy so thanks for posting all this info and confirming my suspicions. See message below she e-mailed my father from
    michellebennet82@comcast.net

    As I said in my text message, i’m glad you’re interested in buying my 2002 Toyota Tacoma TRD . The SUV is in great shape and I’m the original owner. It has no damages, no scratches, dents or hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident.It has only 103,882 miles, its automatic, with a 3.4L 6 cylinders engine. The title is clear, free of any liens or loans on it, under my name. I am selling it at this final price of $2,000 because my husband died 1 month ago (due to a heart attack) and it brings me bad memories… I would like to use eBay’s services to organize this sale, in this way, we can both be protected and insured.
    If you’re interested in buying my SUV just e-mail me with your full name, address including the zip code and phone number, so I can notify eBay that you are selected as my possible buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.
    If you have any other questions don`t hesitate to let me know.
    Sincerely,
    Michelle Bennet

  10. Got the scam from Ssgt Michelle Bennett today. Add on Craigslist was for a 90 model Ford Bronco…

    Hello there,
    Glad you are one of the people interested in buying my SUV. I’m selling it because I’m serving in Offutt AFB, Nebraska but I was promoted and transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage Alaska for a 3 years period, so I don’t need it anymore at this time. Let me give you a few details about it: very good shape, no mechanical issues,no scratches nor dents and it has never been involved in any kind of accidents. Loaded air conditioning, cruise control, power locks, power windows, anti-lock brakes, cd player, the kenwood stereo sounds great and has pandora and a usb port for your smart phone, the goodyear tires are like new. Has only 97,450 miles, its automatic, 4-Wheel Drive, with an 5.0L v8 cyl engine, red exterior and tan interior, it is NOT restored. Not interested in a trade and my final price is $2.000. I have a clear title, free of any liens or loans on it, under my name. Also, I’ve attached you some more pictures with the SUV in this email.
    If you are interested in buying it or if you have any questions, please reply to this email.
    Sincerely,
    SSgt Michelle L. Bennett

  11. Husband and I found 2006 Honda Civic LS for 3k USD on Craigslist from a Sgt Mitchelle L Bennett. It is a scam. She claims to use eBay buyer’s protection plan and so forth. We asked if we could come see the vehicle since it was listed locally and had already seen a couple of cars previously that day. Here is ‘her’ reply email:
    “Hello there,
    Glad you are one of the people interested in buying my car. I’m selling it because I’m serving in Offutt AFB, Nebraska but I was promoted and transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage Alaska for a 3 years period, so I don’t need it anymore at this time. Let me give you a few details about it: very good shape, no mechanical issues,no scratches nor dents and it has never been involved in any kind of accidents. Has only 65,500 miles, its automatic, with an 1.8L V4 cyl. engine, front wheel drive, gray exterior and gray interior. Not interested in a trade and my final price is $3,000. I have a clear title, free of any liens or loans on it, under my name. Also, I’ve attached you some more pictures with the car in this email.
    If you are interested in buying it or if you have any questions, please reply to this email.
    Sincerely,
    SSgt Michelle L Bennett”

    We then asked for her address and said we would meet her wherever she chose (we live near Spfld, MO). ‘Her’ 2nd email was thus (received 4 hours later):
    “Hi,
    The car is located in Omaha, Nebraska, but i advertised it on other states also to get more exposure and sell it faster and as I told you in my first email, I recently got promoted and transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage Alaska for 3 years. The car is already at the shipping company , ready to be delivered to its future new owner. The deal is handled by eBay so I don’t have much to do about it. Using eBay`s Buyer Protection Program, you get free delivery, at your place in 3 days. In addition, you get 5 days to try it out before buying it, and if you don’t like it, you can send it back at my expense. If you wish to proceed just send me an email with your full name (for the bill of sale), a delivery address and a phone # where you can be reached and I will forward them to eBay and they will send you the invoice with all of the transaction details.”

    At this point we were fairly suspicious so began looking around the internet to see if this was a real deal. I am naturally suspicious by nature and had never heard of such a transaction starting out on Craigslist from an ‘eBay’ seller. We could not find her or her post on eBay motors and read up on several scams that were similar in nature to what we were told.
    Then we said we’d prefer to pick up the vehicle in person, not have it shipped and this is her response a day later:

    “In order to receive the car you have to deposit the money with eBay. They will hold, protect and guarantee your funds until you get the car, you inspect it for 5 days and you make a decision if you want to keep it or not. In case you won’t like it you can send it back on my expense and eBay will refund you in full. If you decide to keep it, eBay will release the money to me.

    If you want to move forward with this deal please reply with your full name, address and phone number and i will forward your information to eBay so they can e-mail you all the instructions you need!”

    Not sure yet as to what our reply will be but this is definitely a scam. ‘Sgt Bennett’ starts out nice and polite but is clearly frustrated at this point. ‘She’ justs wants money.

    So glad others posted. Hopefully this may help some people in 2015 and prevent liars from taking your money. The audacity of this individual is striking. We communicated initially by text message and we informed her we were a growing family looking for a newer car. That this individual would steal from anyone, let alone a family is amazing in its lack of moral conscience.
    Also bothersome is the impersonation of military personal. I have a family member who IS an Airforce member and almost WAS sent to the AFB in Ankorage, Alaska but instead is working underground at the AFB in Texas.

    These individuals have some correct information to flesh out the story to explain the great deal you can get. As well ‘she did not ask for money untilt the 3rd email. They are getting smarter.

    Good luck to others to avoid such ‘great deals’ in the future.

    • Today I got the same Michelle Bennett! Too funny! Though I knew right away it was suspicious because I’ve heard of these “fake military people scams” and the minute I saw the garbage about being transferred it was obvious.
      In fact, I thought it was funny that the picture on Craigslist of the car was in the summer and its the dead of winter here in Michigan!
      Though it is possible that someone would use a nice picture of their car, but it was clear it was not recent.
      So here is the email I received after leaving a voice mail message about it last night.

      Hello there,
      Glad you are one of the people interested in buying my car. I’m selling it because I’m serving in Offutt AFB, Nebraska but I was promoted and transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage Alaska for a 3 years period, so I don’t need it anymore at this time. Let me give you a few details about it: very good shape, no mechanical issues,no scratches nor dents and it has never been involved in any kind of accidents. Loaded with air conditioning, cruise control, power locks, power windows, power seats. Has only 96,567 miles, its automatic, with an 3.0L 6 cyl. engine, blue exterior and tan interior. Not interested in a trade and my final price is $2,800. I have a clear title, free of any liens or loans on it, under my name. Also, I’ve attached you some more pictures with the car in this email.
      If you are interested in buying it or if you have any questions, please reply to this email.
      Sincerely,
      SSgt Michelle L. Bennett

      SEEMS MICHELLE BENNETT HAS A LOT OF CARS TO SELL!!

      I haven’t responded to the email yet but I think I’ll mess with this SOB a bit!! The joke will be on the scammer!! Haha!

      • First I want to thank both of you above me for posting this. I too am looking for a vehicle for my growing family and have received the same above email from the infamous Michelle Bennet. I must admit that I was over excited when the individual responded. The who?e email is the same as above except this time it’s a 07 Chevy suburban fully loaded, exact same description as you guys have mentioned. I am so glad that I came across this forum and your posts before I continue any further. This is my first time buying something from Craigslist. Thanks again for saving me from becoming a victim.

        • Thank you all for posting about this bullsh*tting Michelle Bennett! I don’t have much money but I was about to spend the $3000 I’ve saved up on a damn scam! I am a college student looking for a reliable car, and an ad was posted for a 2005 Honda Pilot with 96K miles on it. ‘Michelle Bennett’ posted it for sale at 3K but I BB’d it and it is worth roughly 9K. ‘Too good to be true’ is exactly correct.. I thought it was strange to begin with that no one ever answered the phone but would text me asking over and over for an email address. When I asked to take a look at it, I got the same BS about the car being in Nebraska. I sent her a pretty nasty message, and I have yet to receive a reply…

        • Thanks for the post about michelle bennett . She wanted to scam me and do the same thing.

      • I just received a similar email from Linda Hall (halllinda11@gmail.com) :

        Thanks for replying to my ad. I’m selling it because I’m serving in Offutt AFB, Nebraska but I was promoted and transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska for a 3 years period, so I don’t need it anymore at this time. Let me give you a few details about it: 2006 Ford Explorer LIMITED has only 56k miles on it, no accident history, clear title, no dents or dings and no scratches. Always adult driven and garaged, never abused or raced. If you are interested, it’s still available for sale and the price, as stated in the ad, is $3,000.

        Vehicle title – Clear

        Inspection – Inspected

        Body type – SUV

        Mileage – 56,458 miles

        Transmission – Automatic

        Engine – V6-4.0 Liter

        Fuel type – Gasoline

        Drivetrain – 4WD

        Exterior color – Burgundy

        Interior color -Black

        I look forward to hearing from you!!

        SSgt. Linda Hall

    • SSgt Bennett is at it again
      5 minutes ago I was in an email discussion about a 1990 Bronco that seemed too good to be true, looked it up on eBay and nothing came up, she sent me a fake invoice that said ebay and everything, said she would ship it to Boston from the Air Force base
      Same game different vehicle
      Glad I looked into it

    • I saw the same lady on Craigslist selling a 2001 Miata and the email was almost identical with a few tweaks like the mileage and whatnot.

  12. Just got one, too. Found this googling the response, so posting here for posterity:
    http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/mcd/4630022604.html

    Evan Reber
    6:35 PM (12 minutes ago)

    to me
    Hello,

    I’m glad that you are interested in buying my 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Superbike . The bike has been extremely well maintained with a full service history, and has not been involved in any accidents. It only has 521 miles on it and the title is clear. I bought it when I was serving at Hill Air Force Base, Utah but I was promoted and transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage Alaska for a 2 year period, so I do not want to let it rot in my backyard and therefore need a fast and reliable buyer. The bike is already at our Department of Logistics at Hill Air Force Base, Utah crated and ready to go. The shipping will be free for you because I will transport it using the internal transport system we have here at the Department of Logistics! The DoL will deliver the bike to the nearest Air Force Base from your area and from there I will use a tow-truck to have it delivered to your door. The whole shipping process will take 3-4 days. The financial part will be managed by eBay, which means you will have a 5 day inspection period before committing to buy the bike. In this way, both you and I are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction. I would really like to get at least $4900 so if you are interested in making this purchase in a timely manner email me your: full name and shipping address, so I can inform eBay that I have a buyer! I will forward your details to them and then you will receive the invoice.

    For more pics please get back to me as soon as possible!

    Thank you,
    Evan

  13. Hello Mr. Bennet,

    I’m glad that you are interested in buying my 2009 Honda CBR . The bike has been extremely well maintained with a full service history, and has not been involved in any accidents. Only 3,585 miles, the bike has an 600cc engine,title is clear. I bought it when I was serving at Hill Air Force Base, Utah but I was promoted and transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage Alaska for a 2 year period, so I do not want to let it rot in my backyard and therefore need a fast and reliable buyer. The bike is already at our Department of Logistics at Hill Air Force Base, Utah crated and ready to go. The shipping will be free for you because I will transport it using the internal transport system we have here at the Department of Logistics! The DoL will deliver the bike to the nearest Air Force Base from your area and from there I will use a tow-truck to have it delivered to your door. The whole shipping process will take 3-4 days. The financial part will be managed by eBay, which means you will have a 7 day inspection period before committing to buy the bike. In this way, both buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction. I would really like to get at least $2500 so if you are interested in making this purchase in a timely manner email me your : Full name and shipping address, so I can inform eBay that I have a buyer! I will forward your details to them and then you will receive the invoice. Then you will be able to talk with them directly and ask them any questions you may have .

    For more pics please get back to me as soon as possible!

    Thank you,

    Lt. Mark Jefferson

  14. Why can’t yahoo, microsoft, Facebook, Craigslist, etc., etc., put up a notice like E-Bay does when you first join?

  15. Wow…really pays to do your homework. I almost got sucked into this.

    I list in Austin, TX and saw an add for an electronic drumset for $1400, about half what a like model would cost. When I inquired about it, I got the following email…

    Thank you very much for the kind words about my son and god bless you .
    I`m located in Great Falls, MT (the drums is here with me) right now because me and my husband got a new job here, the thing is i`m very busy and I don`t have time to stay and meet with all my potential buyers.
    For this transaction I want to use eBay because I want to provide you a fast and very secure way. They will handle the transaction for me. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive and inspect the drums. Only after you receive the drums and you inspect it (you have 7 days for inspection) they will release the payment to me. This transaction is covered by eBay buyer protection up to 50,000 USD and if something goes wrong in this transaction you will be fully refunded. I strongly assure you it will not be the case for a refund. I have used the eBay buyer protection program in the past and all my transaction ended successfully.
    I apologize if it seems like I’m pushing on this deal but I really want to be sure that everything is clarified before any further steps. I’m a serious seller and I prefer to deal with a serious buyer. I want a fast and safe transaction for both of us, so if you wish to proceed with the purchase, please provide me your full name, full address and phone # so I can initiate the deal through eBay.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you,
    Thanks and have a great day !
    Caroline

    Almost got scammed. I actually thinking of replying and saying, “what a coincidence! I have a brother that lives there. give me your address and he’ll swing by to look/pay for it.”

    Thanks for all reposting these. Helped me to find this scam exists!!!

  16. Saw this listing for a 2006 Seadoo boat for $4700.00
    http://new-york.findanyboat.com/boats/2004-sea-doo-speedster-200-only-53-hrs.html
    If you notice in the add the boats location is listed in New York, Monticello. Here is the email I got when I inquired as to the low price.

    Hello and thanks for your interest,

    The boat is still for sale and is in excellent condition as you can see from the pictures.
    No accidents or any kind of damage and it has a clear title.
    If you are interested in buying it, the price is $4,900 and this is with shipping costs to your location included. I’m selling the boat because I can’t use it due to my new job (I work as a casino dealer on a cruise ship) and I don’t have anyone in the US to whom I can give it.
    All documents, including owner’s manual, clear title and a bill of sale on your name will be provided along with the boat.
    Also about payment and shipping I will use only eBay Vehicle Protection Program so we can both be protected.
    If you are interested in buying it please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay.
    I am looking forward to hear from you.

    Thank You,
    Thomas Ponder

    He claims that he is going to use eBay motor protection. Problem, if you want to know about eBay motor protection or VPP here is the link and it only covers items sold on eBay.com period!!!!
    So I knew this was a scam and just wanted to have a little fun with this WPOS!! so I emailed him again and asked for the URL on his boat that I had forgot to bookmark. Here is his reply.

    Hello again,

    I’m sorry for the delay in my response but I have a lot of work in casino. The boat is already at the shipping company in Houston – Texas, crated and ready for the shipping. The shipping process will take between 4-5 days, depending on your location. I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them. I must pay a fee for each day for stationing in the warehouse so I priced it low to sell it fast and that is my secret for selling it so low.
    As I said in the first email I work as a casino dealer on a cruise ship and I can’t meet you or bring you the boat, so that’s why I am using a shipping company.
    Since this is an online transaction I wanted the both of us to be safe so for this deal I am using eBay Purchase Protection, and that means that you have 5 days from the time you receive the boat to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not.
    Here is how it works:
    1.First of all I will need the following details from you:
    – Full Name
    – Full Shipping Address
    2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay Purchase Protection.
    3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices.Your funds will be 100% insured by eBay Purchase Protection.
    4. eBay Purchase Protection will contact me and I will ship the boat to you. After you receive the boat you will have 5 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the boat. If you will buy it, then I will receive the payment.
    5. If you will decide that you will not buy the boat, I will have the shipping company come pick up my boat.
    If you wish to make the transaction, please send me the necessary info so that we can proceed!
    http://new-york.findanyboat.com/boats/2004-sea-doo-speedster-200-only-53-hrs.html

    Thank you,
    Thomas Ponder

    OK the boat is not listed on eBay. So he can’t use eBay motor protection. Plus the boat is already at the shipping company waiting to be sold. Come on has anyone ever done this? Plus he says he is paying storage by the day!!!!??? Come on no body could be that stupid!!! Plus look at the broken English ( stationing in the warehouse) So I emailed him again

    The link you sent me is not a eBay link. If you are going to use eBay Purchase Protection, that only covers items sold on ebay.
    The eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) program provides protection of up to $50,000 against certain losses associated with some types of fraud. You are automatically enrolled in the program at no charge when you complete the purchase of an eligible vehicle on the eBay Motors site (motors.ebay.com). FYI
    Eligibility Requirements

    Participation in the VPP program is subject to the following eligibility requirements:

    You have successfully completed the purchase of a vehicle* priced at more than $100 from one of the following categories on the eBay Site:
    Car and Truck
    Motorcycle
    Go Kart, Scooter, and Moped
    ATV
    Personal Water Craft
    Snowmobile
    Boat
    Bus
    Commercial Truck
    RV or Camper
    Race Car (not street legal)
    Trailer (non-RV)
    Dune Buggy / Sand Rail

    Note:
    * You will be deemed to have successfully completed the purchase if you receive confirmation in your “My eBay” that you have successfully won, or purchased, an item through an auction, Buy It Now, or Best Offer.

    Your eBay account, and the account of the seller, had an eBay Site feedback rating of zero or above as of the listing’s end date and your account is in good standing (i.e. not suspended) at the time the reimbursement request is filed.

    You have not filed a VPP reimbursement request in the last 6 months.

    You, the seller, the vehicle, and the financial institutions on which payment was drawn, and to which payment was made, must have been located in one of the fifty United States or Canada on the listing’s end date.

    You obtain the VPP Administrator’s prior written consent before altering, repairing, selling, or releasing possession of, the vehicle before a determination is made on your Reimbursement Request.

    You are able to provide the VPP Administrator with documentation to substantiate all purchase payments, and/or estimates for repair, related to your reimbursement request within 14 days of filing your reimbursement request.

    You comply with the filing deadline and requests from the VPP Administrator (regardless of any shipping delays you experience).

    So what do you have to say????????

    Don’t think I’ll here back from him again

  17. This tip to identify internet scams cannot be repeated too often; Internet scammers are typically living in foreign countries. Their way of spelling and using English-grammar mechanics is very different from say, a US citizen. Reading the email-scam setups, one can almost hear the heavy dialect from a foreign country. And, even more than that, it’s rather easy to see that these people are not educated in our language. The written word from an undereducated American is spelled out phonetically, the way it sounds, while scammers abroad leave out whole words basic to our way of building a sentence. Therefore, when an email comes in without certain connecting words, and it also feels clumsy to one as it is read, then that email should be viewed as suspect! Just Me

  18. Vehicles sales seem to attract all the low-life’s looking to make a quick buck off someone else. Another area that a potential buyer should look at is in the area of vehicle mechanics. This may seem obvious, but it’s surprising how many people don’t spend the extra hundred dollars to get the vehicle inspected before purchasing. If you are serious about buying a car, take it in to a mechanic you trust and let them do the once over… in the long run, this cheap investment can save you thousands of dollars, and hours of misery!!

  19. Wow, im at a loss for words as to how sick these people.are. Glad I looked into an ad for an 03tacoma, Fake as shit . Glad I have a computer guru friend who is hacking her shit see what she does when he puts tracers on her and crashes her shit. Told me through email(of course) she has truck in mt which is wierd since we traced it back to wayne pennsylvania. Hope we get some where w thisbut either way thanks again.

  20. Hi, I am selling this car because my battalion has been sent back to Afghanistan and don’t want it get old in my backyard. The price is low because I need to sell it before February 3rd. It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident…I do have the title, clear, under my name. The Camry has 55,600 current miles VIN# 4T1BF30KX4U077785. It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $2,700. The car is in Lakewood WA, in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back. Below are the car details, also link with more photos and copy of Carfax report
    DO NOT FALL FOR THIS IT IS A SCAM ! I almost fell for it but such a great car for an amazing price? You’ve got to look into it. So of course I did,and what do u know, it turns out this is one devoted soldier, so devoted she’s all. Around the united states doing military programs, it also turns out she’s got a lot of cars for sale across the country, this is a scam don’t fall for it!

  21. I dont know not one American that talks or would type like this but Africans do………..Right now I’m in a military base of Alabama National Guard. Due to military security reasons I’m restricted from leaving the unit’s facility under any purpose and have strictly limited phone access. I hope you can understand that we will have to stick to email for now.

  22. Thank you soooo much to the people who commented, if it wasn’t for this I would have made the mistake to fall for this fraud.
    So I saw this post on craigslist and decided to e-mail the person. first of all it seemed to good to be true but I wanted to try it just to double check, you never know! However, the post was very weird since it didnt have any contact information just an e-mail. So I messaged saying that I wanted more info about the car.

    Here’s what I got the first time

    Hi there,

    The Nissan it is in perfect condition, there’s not a scratch or any dents on it. Everything from engine to tires is mint condition. I have a clear title with no liens or loans. I’m selling it low as my medical team will deploy back to Afghanistan on January 25th for a 2 year contrac and I won’t let it go to waste in my backyard, therefore I need a fast and reliable buyer. If you decide to buy it I will be paying for the shipping charges. The total price is $2,740.00 with no other hidden taxes. Please email me back if you are interested in buying it.

    A few words about the car:
    2005 Nissan Altima SL
    57,278 miles
    VIN: 1N4BL11E25C296070
    SEDAN 4 DR
    3.5L V6 FI DOHC 24V
    FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
    Transmission: AUTO

    – Pics available at: http://s1113.photobucket.com/albums/k506/altimasl05/

    Best Regards,
    Senior Medic Sgt. 1st Class Scoot Morris

    So after this I messaged him saying that I was interested and wanted to go see it and test drive it.

    Annnnnd here’s what I get the 2nd time!

    Right now I’m in a military base of Alabama National Guard. Due to military security reasons I’m restricted from leaving the unit’s facility under any purpose and have strictly limited phone access. I hope you can understand that we will have to stick to email for now. The vehicle is here with me at the base but I’ve already made all the arrangements with DAS to pick it up from the base. DAS will also handle the title transfer for an extra $75.00. I think the car will be in 3-5 days to your address. As I said in my first email will take care of shipping charges. I will send all necessary paperwork (clear title, bill of sale, user’s manual, pink slip etc). Regarding the payment I want to use eBay protection program. You’ll get 5 days to inspect and test drive after delivery. During that 5 days testing period I will not be getting any money. Once you inspect and decide to keep the car, will confirm your decision with eBay and only then they will re-route me the money. In this way we are both protected.
    I need to know if you are interested in buying it so I can ask eBay to send you the details on how this works. I have to fill out a form on eBay and I need the name that will go on the title and an address where you want the car delivered. Once I do it, eBay will email you all the details on this transaction and we can get the ball rolling

    Funny thing is how this email and the ones from the previous comments sound so nice and polite, even alike!

    • Funny thing is i found the same ad and i was curious too and he said the exact same thing the way i found this is i typed in the vin number on google and this blog came up.

  23. EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS IS A SCAM. I AM APPROVING THIS COMMENT ONLY FOR THE BENEFIT THAT OTHERS SEE WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE.

    Hello

    I need to tell you that the 2005 Honda Accord EXL I am selling is running and looking great, has no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems. The body was detailed so it looks like it just came off the assembly line. The title is clear. It has 67,000 miles.
    I am from Honolulu, HI. I am the owner of this car but I cant have it as my wife used to drive it and ever since we separated I cant bare to look at it, let alone drive it.
    The car is located in Madrid, Spain as I took it with me nearly 4 months ago when I was transferred to a NATO base for a Joint Combined Exchange Training program.
    Having finished the program in Spain, I was offered to join the U.S. Forces in Japan, an opportunity I took right away. Right now I am forced to send the car back to the US and sell it.

    The price I am willing to obtain is $2,300. The price is low because I need to sell it before February when I leave for Japan.
    I want to take the opportunity to assure you that this transaction is 100% legitimate, the financial part will be managed by the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program which means that you will have a 10 days inspection period before buying the vehicle. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. It will be ONLY AFTER you receive and inspect it (for 10 days) that eBay will release the payment to me. This way we are both protected.
    You will not have any problems with the registration of the vehicle since it meets all environmental regulations in the US, there is no need to pay any additional taxes, just my asking price. You will get the manuals and keys along with all the additional documents needed for registration.
    Again, my asking price is $2,300. This price includes shipping and handling fees, it will be shipped by US Military Cargo Aircraft and US Military Auto Transport Services to your door per military POV shipping regulations. You will receive the car in 4 days tops.

    If you want to complete the purchase please send me your Full Name & Shipping Address so I can notify eBay that I have selected you as the buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.

    Please email me ASAP if you want to move forward and let me know if you need anything else.

    Here are some pictures of the car: http://2005accordhondaa.shutterfly.com/pictures/8

    Thank you and have a nice day,
    Sgt. Ben Simpson

  24. I found a car on craigslist and this lady is selling it but she lives in another state. The car is PERFECT!!! It’s a great deal too! I am totally interested in it but I am very skeptic about the deal. She wrote to me about it and I really want to know if its a scam. This is what she wrote:

    Let me show you how this works:
    1. -After you’ll give me your full name and shipping address(where you want to receive the car),I’ll initiate the transaction
    2. -eBay will contact you with all info you need regarding shipping and payment instructions
    3. -You will confirm the payment to ebay
    4. -I will contact the shipping company to start the shipping( I’LL PAY THE SHIPPING COSTS)
    5. -You’ll receive the car in front of your door with the bill of sale received from eBay.
    6. -You’ll have 5 days inspection period; after inspection period,if you are not satisfied,contact ebay and send the car back,you will not be charged for shipping it back!
    7. -If you decide to keep it ,just contact ebay to release me the funds, I will not receive any money until you have received and inspected the car.
    This is the process. If you agree with these terms send me your full name and your full home address and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. They will send you the payment instructions and shipping details.

    • This is a DEFINITE scam. Ebay does NOT contact anyone about transactions. Here’s how you can tell it’s a scam. Tell them you just found out you’re going to be near where the “seller” is located and would like to stop by and take a look at the vehicle. Tell them you will be there tomorrow for about a month and ask when you can come see it with cash in hand. If it’s a scam, they will make excuses about why you can’t see the car.

  25. I think you helped me avoid a scam….Thanks!

    Sent from seller:

    Hi,

    Thanks for getting back to me. The machine is already at the shipping company in Boonsboro,MD , ready for the shipping. I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them, being the safest for both of us. Let me explain how it works:
    First of all I will need your full name and shipping address so I can register the transaction with eBay. Once you receive the details from eBay, the machine will be reserved for you until you read the details and decide if you want to proceed or not. You will have a 5 days inspection period, after the machine arrives at your address to make sure it is as shown in the photos and in good working order. If by any reason the machine is not as described or if you find any problems with it, I will arrange to ship it back on my cost. The payment will be sent to eBay and they will hold it until the inspection period is over and you decide if you’re going to buy it or not. This way you’re not going to pay for something you haven’t seen and with the inspection period you can make sure it’s as described. If you agree with this terms please reply with your full name,address and ph# so we can get the ball rolling.

  26. OMG scammers really get on my last nerve on Ebay and Craigslist I was trying to sell my cellphone and I got so many stupid long and drawn out lifestories from them I finally rewrote my add look NO SCAMMERS I dont care if you are on vacation or out of the country if you have the money CASH only and can deal locally then send me a message otherwise go AWAY!!! so annoying

  27. I just almost bought a car like this. First I was suspicious, then I got an email from “ebay” with the identical things I just read here. That’s when I thought it actually could be legit because it’s ebay and they won’t allow stupid things. She of course sent this like in most of the cases: Thank you for your interest in buying my car. Let me tell you a few words about the car. It’s a 2004 Acura TL,in perfect condition, no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever, never been involved in any accidents. The interior looks great (NO SMOKING). It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name. The price I want for it is $2,310.00 I took an exceptional care of this vehicle, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

    For pictures please visit: http://s1124.photobucket.com/albums/l577/jenteLLs/

    All documents, including owner’s manual, clear title and a bill of sale on your name will be provided along with the car. Also about payment I will use eBay program so we can both be protected.First of all I will be needing the following details from you: your full name, your shipping address and your phone number so i can open a case (with no further obligation or fees).If you’re willing to make this purchase, contact me and let’s start the transaction.
    Thank you

    Here are some info about it:

    VIN: 19UUA66284A068106
    Mileage: 45,394 miles
    Body type: Sedan
    Engine: 6 – Cyl. Cylinder
    Exterior color: Gold
    Interior color: Tan
    Transmission: Automatic

    Here is the carfax report for you:
    http://www.carfax.com/viewEmailReport.do?a=Oiz70fvkrVENC%2FF8KRR%2FPI2AvnESXHtAOC1cfp28b4bWw4A2gk0otw%3D%3D&language=en

    I then asked the person if we could meet so I can see the car myself and this is the answer I got:
    “I’m sorry to disappoint you but the car is already at the shipping company in Cape Coral, Florida sealed and ready for the shipping.
    I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them.
    I’m very busy with my job and I’m getting off the town so I can’t meet in person with you so this is the reason why I chose to sell my car over the internet.
    According with the eBay you have 10 days from the time you receive the car to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not.
    If you want to buy it please email me your full name and address for shipping so I can initiate the transaction through eBay.
    After that they will contact you for all necessary information about this transaction (terms,buyer protection,payment instructions,invoice,etc.)

    Thank you
    Jennifer Teller”
    to make things even more interesting,I told her I’m afraid it could be a fraud, so I asked for either her address or a phone number,and “she” answered:
    “Thanks for your answer
    About the deal, I’m sorry because you feel like that about me.Now,if you are in my
    place to sell something ,you’ll take the risk to cheat people and have the police on your door in a few days?????
    I don’t think so!!!I m in this position!!!!Liberty is more precious then everything in this world!!
    I am a 50 year old woman who owns his own successful business. I have been married to the same man for
    28 years and we have two grown suns who are successful in their
    own careers.We are all college educated.I didn’t get to this stage in life by doing dumb things.
    I want to take this opportunity to asure you that there is nothing to be worried about this deal.
    I would never cheat you or swindle you!!
    You have my word and good faith on the fact that I’ll keep my end of the bargain. I have never lied and cheated anyone.
    I will not risk my career,
    my freedom and my future for anything in the world! I would rather close this deal with other person than to know that you’ll
    be very stressed hopping that I am a honest person,
    until you receive your car. Your peace of mind is a lot more important than this deal!!!
    If you decide not to go through with it there is no problem. I got quite a few offers left.
    Please get back to me and let me know what you decide.Thank you for your time and interest. Whatever you decide I wish you good luck.
    Regards!”
    I almost fell for it. So happy I found this article. Always check every single detail, or simply insist to meet and see the car,or test drive it etc…

  28. Seems scamers like the name Melissa. Here’s two from Melissasilva79@gmail.com on Oct. 27th 2011.

    Hi Bob,
    First of all I want to thank you for your interest in my 2007 Sun Chaser 824 fish/ski pontoon boat. Is in absolutely perfect condition and well maintained. I sell it at this price ($3,600) because I just finished the divorce with my husband. When the divorce was finished I owned this. The total price is $3,600 and it includes delivery to your address. I have some financial problems right now so I want to sell it asap and a fast sale can be done only at a low price. The trailer is free to you with the purchase of this boat (since I no longer need it). Unfortunately for me my daughter is in hospital and I can’t do this transaction personally, the transaction will be made through eBay protection program for the safety of both of us. The payment will be handled by ebay and you will benefit of 7 days for inspection period and you will have the option to accept or reject the boat. In the inspection period you can test the boat and inspect it with your local mechanic. If you decide not to keep it, you will get refunded in 24 hours and the same delivery courier will pick up the boat and you don´t have to pay any return shipping . I am sure you’ll love the boat and will not want to return it, but it’s good to know that you do have this second option available. If you’re interested to purchase, just email me with your full name,shipping address and phone number, so I can notify eBay that you are selected as my buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.
    Please reply me if interested.
    For more pictures, click the link bellow.
    https://google.com/109355184997705791904/2007SUNCHASER
    Sincerely,
    Melissa

    Hello,

    The Sun Chaser 824 is at the eBay’s shipping center in Orlando, FL and from there will be shipped to my buyer’s address. The boat have been listed for sale in an auction on eBay but I have removed the add because of some ‘serious’ buyers. I have registered the boat with eBay’s Vehicle Protection Program and they work only with DAS auto shippers, so a local pick-up is not an option. This transaction is covered by eBay’s purchase protection program up to 50,000 USD and if something goes wrong in this transaction you will be fully refunded. I want eBay because they are the biggest US company and I think that we can close this deal fast and safe for both of us. I don’t have to much time and also I am not familiar with the internet transactions and eBay is the only one I know. I have used the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection in the past and all my transaction ended successfully. You pay to eBay and they will transfer the funds to me only after you get the boat. Shipping will be door to door, to your home address, somebody must be home when they arrive.
    I apologize if it seems like I’m pushing on this deal but I really want to be sure that everything is clarified before any further steps. Please let me know if some of the terms don’t fit you or if you have other questions. I’m a serious seller and I prefer to deal with a serious buyer.

    If you wish to proceed with the purchase, please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay right away.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you,
    Thanks

    SCAM!!! The “eBay invoice” looked legit complete with a eBay agents name requesting Western Union wire transfer. All they need is the Western Union MTCN (money transfer control number) and any one worldwide can walk into a Western Union office and walk away with your money.

    • The above post was from Craigslist San Francisco bay area. Beware!

  29. I emailed about a too good to be true truck and got this response.

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in buying my truck. My 2005 Ford F-150 Lariat is in great shape, no engine problems, damages or hidden defects. It was always garaged. I`m a single mother with 2 children and I have to work very hard to maintain my family. I`m selling it so cheap because I have problems with money.
    The price is $4,200.00. We will use eBay`s protection program for our safety. I just need your full name and address so I can open a case .(with no further obligation or fees).If you are still interested email me for picture and details.

    My best wishes and I’m waiting your response so we can move forward with this deal.

    Details about the truck:

    Thanks for posting this. When I read this email it sounded scammy to me. i researched and found your post. Thanks so much

  30. The above poster Peggy is a Scammer and the Rubbish she just typed is just that a crock of BS

  31. Hello Everyone, i was scammed few months ago of the sum of $50,000usd and it was a very bad experience , but, i contacted the interpol, and they directed me to one of their agent, who uses this email usagovernment_military@live.com and he helped me and guess what ? I GOT ALL MY MONEY…….., it just took him 1-2 weeks, to get this people and bring them to justice…… i know it will take ages for interpol to respond … but, it will be good for you to contact the agent, via his email usagovernment_military@live.com, im sure he will help you… he has a passion for getting this scammers!!!! I want you all to be ashappy as i am…. i am really happy, that , i have all my money back now … THANK YOU AGENT AROLD, and THANK GOD!

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