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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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2008-08-03, 06:13:19
anonymous from Germany  
Hello we have hade contact with this woman, who says she also can collect money of unpaid contracts.
She deals with personal datas, she call as an employer of an official state government with the name od Mrs Sandmann or another name.
We have made trial at court against her because she don´t have paid to us the collected money.

BE PATIENT TO MAKE BUSINESS WITH HER
At the Hamburg Landsgericht there was Judgement against her.
2008-08-03, 06:15:48
[hidden] from Germany  
I know her too, she visited me and stole some document from me and takes my dog with her
2008-08-23, 13:32:27   (updated: 2008-08-23, 13:33:50)
anonymous  
My wife and I haev a room for rent and we listed on CraigsList. We received several emails all of which are something like posted below.





Hi,
I'm ,female 26 yrs from Berlin,Germany. I speak English and German fluently,I am
currently working with the International Labour Organization (ILO).in Berlin. I am
on a programme supported by German Government i am searching for a place to stay. I
will like to know much about the room and i would really want to secure the room before
my arrival, more so to know if it would be possible for me to pay for the room before my
arrival, i will like to know the total amount of the room in month with the utilities
included. All these vital information are very important for me to know before submission
of my proposal to the Organization.The Organization
will be paying all the fees and the source of the money will be money order.
The following information will be needed to get the payment to you.
(1) Your full name as it will appear on the payment.
(2) Address
(3) phone number

Anxiously waiting for your quick response.
Thanks.



We received about 25 or so that are basically the same thing. They all will either in their first or second email to you mention a HIGH TICKET ITEM in caps or bold print. After a couple of correspondances they will begin being your friend and buddy and then it look something like this :



Hi great roomie,

How are you doing today?Hope you are having a great day,sorry for
not updating you on time and preparing for my coming over,i was so
busy at work please bear with me, i just wanted you to know how
good you are and to appreciate your care and concern on me.I
wanted to show you just how much I appreciate your roommateship
in a special way.You are such an awesome person. I learn so much
from you and i pray that you will be blessed each & every day. I
believe that God has placed u in my life & me in yours for a special
reason. I don't ever want to lose you for any reason.You are lovable,
intelligent, caring & talented.
Never forget that the payment is on the way and you are going to get
it in couple of days so pls bear with i'm much interested in the room.
Can't wait to see you in person

You are really appreciated.

Cheers.


Does this even make sense????? Anyway they all want you to end up paying the movers or fronting some kind of cash for them. IT IS ALL A SCAM - DON'T FALL FOR IT!!
2008-09-12, 22:14:45
christifercc@yahoo.com  
this one is very similar


Hi,
How are you doing, Am Krystal female 28 yrs from London,United Kingdom. I don't drink nor smoke but i'm cool living with people that do, no boyfriend because I am a very busy woman.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 always love to go on date but seldomly party. I swim for fun and sometimes play tennis, I am currently working with the International Labour Organization in London.I am on a programme supported by United Kingdom Government i am searching for a place to stay.I will like to know much about the room and i would really want to secure the room before my arrival, more so to know if it would be possible for me to pay for the room before my arrival, i will like to know the total amount of the room in month with the utilities included. All these vital information are very important for me to know before submision of my proposal to the Organization.The Organization will be paying all the fees and the source of the money will be money order. The following information will be needed to get the payment to you. (1) Your full name as it will appear on the payment. (2) Address (3) phone number.

Anxiously waiting for your quick response.

Best Regards.
Krystal
+44703593 2608
2009-01-07, 07:32:02
anonymous from United States  
same exact identical emails when i posted a room for rent. got 2 in one day. both 27 yr old german girls. they beg you to remove the add to ward off similar craigslist rent scammers that will arouse red flags and suspicion. its all about offical checks that bounce long after your good checks are god only knows where. very diobolical indeed. seems like the ftc could track them somehow .
2009-03-27, 07:48:09
anonymous  
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DONT LET THESE PEOPLE GET AWAY WITH THIS. REPORT EVERY INCEDENT.
Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?
FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
FTC online complaint form ( http://www.ftc.gov)
Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501
Internet Fraud Complaint Center ( http://www.ic3.gov)
Non-emergency number for your local police department.

I received two scam emails within minutes of posting my ad. Here's an example

Hi,
How are you doing, Am Ciana female 28 yrs from London,United Kingdom. I don't drink nor smoke but i'm cool living with people that do, no boyfriend because I am a very busy woman.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 always love to go on date but seldomly party. I swim for fun and sometimes play tennis, I am currently working with the International Labor Organization in London.I am on a programme supported by United Kingdom Government i am searching for a place to stay.I will like to know much about the room and i would really want to secure the room before my arrival, more so to know if it would be possible for me to pay for the room before my arrival, i will like to know the total amount of the room in month with the utilities included. All these vital information are very important for me to know before submision of my proposal to the Organization.The Organization will be paying all the fees and the source of the money will be money order. The following information will be needed to get the payment to you. (1) Your full name as it will appear on the payment. (2) Address (3) phone number.

Anxiously waiting for your quick response,

Best Regards,
Ciana
2009-04-03, 00:11:06
nunofurbizwiz@yahoo.com from Binghamton, United States  
i recieved an e-mail from a person called remi schwartzer johnson. he says he is from sweaden. he deals with crafts artifacts and antiques from africa[he definately doesn't sound sweedish for sure maybe from kenya but not from sweeden] and offered me a room for $250 a month it is a 3bdrm 3bath. i would be looking after it by my self and he asked if i would be interested with working for him by cashing money orders and travelers checks. watch out for him sounds fishy to me!
2009-05-22, 19:08:56
anonymous from United States  
I received the same. The first one that came I did respond to ask questions where she responded with a page and 1/2 email. She sounded kind of psycho so I decided not to respond. They seem to come when I first place the ad for room to rent. On another forum someone said to go to http://whatismyipaddress.com and trace the email address through the headers to get the ip address. then you can search though that. the last email below, was from Nigeria

Hi,

Hello to You overthere and how is your day going? I saw your advert that you have a room available for rent and i am interested in knowing the availability of the place and i will also want to know more about the neighboourhood ,the place and the utilities included...?

My name is matinal.nancy, ,and ve been involved in this since the past 8 years,which include providing help and care for the Needy
I am still kind of young because i just turned 27yrs old...,i love to live with clean people,caring,responsible,neat type. I'm 5'7' straight,i am presently in south Dakota now ,I will love to move in asap but it all depends on the availability of the room,I speaks a little bit french too.

Really i am interesting to live with,I'll let You know more about me if i am to rent this particular room that you have to offer

I will be anxiously waiting for your next email
Kind Regards
matinal
Her email address - matinal.nancyy5@gmail.com

Another one

Hi,

Good day to you,Hope you are doing fine? I understand that you posted an ad that you have a room available for rent on craigslist.com.I am highly interested in knowing the availability of the place and i will also want to know more about the neighborhood ,the place and utilities included...??...

About me...I am a Matron and a single lady of 37,I'll let you know more about me if i can know the availability of the room.I live with my uncle in Australia presently and will relocate to the united states soon.

I have seen rooms that are okay on the website but the owners are not easy to get along with,so i will want to know more about you too.A month to month lease would be perfect......i plan to arrive by the mid of July.All that i'll want to know is the availability and total move in cost before moving in.

Please contact me at my personal email address which is codeyvalentina712@gmail.com and i will be willing to let you know more about me.

Kind Regards,
Codey Valentina
Email address: codeyv8@gmail.com

Another one:

Hi,
I'm ,female, and i am from Spain , specifically Barcelona .
I speak both English and Spanish fluently, and i am 27years
of age.
I am currently working with the Federal Agency of Works and
Environmental in Spain.I am currently on a research programmed,and
i am desperately looking for a place to stay.I am the neat type, honest,responsible,trustworthy and hardworking person while I love music allot and I love pets so much,am quiet and easy going person to live with. I'm 5'7' straight. I always love to go on date but seldom party. I swim for fun and sometimes play tennis ,i also like watching football,basketball , i don't keep late nights neither will i have overnight guest around and i know that you will like the kind of person that am.I read your profile about the room and i would really want to secure the room before my arrival,and more so to know if it would be possible for me to pay for the room before my arrival,So i will like to know the total amount of the room per month and the utility included.All these information are very important so that i can submit my proposal to my Organization.My Organization will be responsible for all the fees and the payment will be by United State money order. I will
need the following
information to get the payment to you.

Full name as it will appear on the payment.
Address.
phone number.

I would be glad to see your quick response.

Thanks.


Ada.
Email address: adadiego01@yahoo.com

There's gotta be a way to stop these guys. They are a waste of time.

2009-06-16, 21:29:31
anonymous from United States  
More emails from this person:

It is a scam


Hi again ,

Thanks once again for the quick reply,I would have loved to call You
but where i am now,i can only communicate through email but I will,
whenever i get reception 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 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 ,2 big luggages and my
car to be shipped....

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 ve 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 pls 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...
matinal
On 6/16/09, Luis Enrique Vergara Zaldivar <latino_favorito@hotmail.com> wrote:
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> 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 alot 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...
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> 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'm28 years of age,5'6' straight. i like tourising
> 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!!
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> I lived all my life way in paris before coming down to SD,,I grew up with
> my uncle since 15 years old...I ve 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 4-10yrs .
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> Ambition and Work:
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> 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 ones live
> over there..And i will be working with any hospital around as i am also
> making enquires about that now...
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> 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 ends....
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> 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
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> 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..
>
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> With all that i ve 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 ve said,i am looking to move in by
> the availability of the place,but want to secured it now
>
> Thanks..
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2009-06-17, 18:00:24
[hidden] from United States  
I received this email today, has anyone seen this one?



What this position entails: You need to post classified ads, such as sales ads, employment ads or real estate ads in your local newspapers and magazines.

The company is located in Europe, France and prices for newspaper ads are almost double for foreign citizens/companies, this is the main reason we need your services in the US for the specified position, Newspaper Advertiser. You will spend max. 2-5 hours weekly, in your spare time. You do NOT need special skills or degrees. The position is very easy and can be done by anyone without the necessity to leave current job! It’s as easy as placing an ad in a newspaper. This work does not require any money out-of-pocket from you. We will provide the money to post in newspapers. Once you have received the money and the ad content necessary for the postings from us, all you have to do is place the ads from home by calling newspapers’ toll free numbers or by using their online services.

There will be 4-10 ads placed weekly, for each ad you post you are paid with $100, you will deduct your share from money we send you to post the ads. For example, if we need to place an ad that costs $500 we will send you $600, you pay $500 to newspaper or website that places the ad and you remain same day with $100 commission. This is possible because for a foreign company the same ad costs around $900-$1100.

Almost all of our ads are employment ads from various European companies that want to have ads in the US. We may also have some ads from US companies wanting to advertise in European newspapers.

Requirements:
- Reliable internet access OR the ability to check your email daily
- You must be over 20 years old
- 2-3 hours free during the week (mainly in the evening / non-business hours) for communication;

You will enjoy working independently from home in a way that meets your scheduling needs. You can earn a full-time income in as little as 2-3 hours/week. This is an excellent way to supplement your current income. It is possible to work for us for a few hours daily and increase your income by up to $800 weekly. If you have any questions about an assignment, you will generally receive a response from us within the same day, often within few minutes. NO account SETUP fees or fees of any kind are required for this work.

To start the job today please reply with the information below:

First name, Last name:
Full Street Address - NO PO Boxes please:
City, State, Postal Zip Code:
Two E-mail addresses:
Phone#:

We will select papers from the US where the classified ads will be placed and send you the funds to post. You need to place the ads in max. 48 hours after you receive the money from us! This is the only condition we ask. How you are paid for your services: As specified above, there will be 4-10 employment ads placed weekly. For each ad you post, you are paid $100. You will deduct your share from money we send you to post the ads. After a satisfactory 30-day trial period, we will establish a long-term contract with you. You will be registered as our employee and we'll pay taxes every time you will place an ad. You will then receive a 1099 form at the end of each year from us.

Although the requirements for this position are very simple and all terms are clear, please do not apply for this job if you are not responsible. Your agreement will be considered a US binding contract, so we expect you to follow through on your commitment to our requirements.


Thank you

2009-06-24, 13:57:02
anonymous from United States  
For those who are seeking employment on Craigslist, I just received an e-mail today about a guy by the name of Tony Zhang who wanted to hire an English tutor for his kid. The ad originally said his kid was 12-years-old, and then his e-mail response to me said his kid was in first grade. Same business with the transfer of money through cashier's check and deducting part of it.... here's the e-mail:

Thank you for your quick response,i want my son (Perry) for the
tutorial. A boy of 12yrs old, more so for accepting the offer and its
okay by me,I have made contacts with my son concerning the arrangement
of the tutoring which he told me is OK by him and i want you to know
that i am going to pay for 1 month,which should be $80...00/hr (which
i have in mind) And am planning that you will be teaching him 3 times
a week,which is 1hr per day,so get back to me with the total fee for.
The subject which is English and when you will be available to
teach him during the week So my son will be coming down for summer by
Ending of June and i want him to study more about what he need to
know while he is in the states and he speaks a little bit English you
need to work on spelling, writing, little pronunciation and reading
We live in SPAIN...So i want you to know that i will be sending you
the payment inform of check for the tutorial while i will also pay
the Nanny that will be taking care of him and the nanny would bring
him down to where ever you believe it will be comfortable for you to
have the tutorial, so as soon as you get the money cash you will
deduct cost of tutoring of the lesson and send the remaining balance
to my nanny that will be taking care of the him which the information
will be giving to you later.Regarding this,kindly send your full
information receive the payment so it can be made out on-time. So
hope i can trust you that you will teach my son good academics and
some moral respects so that they can be good to their self in
thefuture, i hope i can count on you for the tutorial and the money to
be sent to the Guardian my son would be coming down to stay with the
nanny that would bring him down anytime you have a class with him and
the tutor would start by the July 7th......my son speaks a little bit
English and he is in grade one....i would await the information...so
i can proceed on the payment asap.

FULL NAME:
MAILING ADDRESS (no P.O.Box please):
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP CODE:
CELL PHONE:
HOME PHONE:
GENDER:
D.O.B:
MARITAL
STATUS:
PRESENT JOB:
BEST TIME TO CALL:

THANKS
Tony.
2009-07-15, 09:41:23
anonymous from United States  
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Same name similar email. Matinal Nancy.. email matinal.nancyy77@gmail.com didn't even bother. Too fishy and then I read all the other emails above. I received the same verbatum.
BEWARE when someone is asking to pay upfront without even looking at the place! they also ask you to remove your add from the listing because they are 'so interested' don't waste your time
2009-07-25, 17:30:34
anonymous from United States  
Amazing that these people from the UK that work for ILO don't work for a LabOUr OrganiSAtion.
dumbasses they are.
2009-07-27, 10:29:25
anonymous from United States  
I recieved the email from a the 'German 26 year old female' and she went as far as sending me a check for 3800.00 and my bank would not accept the check and when the bank manager called the bank where the check was issued, they would not give her any information and refered her to a fake 900 phone number. These Scam artist are horrible and are the reason this country is going to hell.
2009-07-27, 10:29:58
anonymous from United States  
I recieved the email from a the 'German 26 year old female' and she went as far as sending me a check for 3800.00 and my bank would not accept the check and when the bank manager called the bank where the check was issued, they would not give her any information and refered her to a fake 900 phone number. These Scam artist are horrible and are the reason this country is going to hell.
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