I just can't believe......


Well-Known Member
Dec 10, 2015
....that there are people who still fall for these Craigs List scams. Vehicles worth $7500 or more
being offered for sale at a fraction of their value. Yet people stand in line in order to be
conned out of their money. Check out the following example:

Another one making the rounds is someone selling a local vehicle worth
$5000 for only $1250. You e-mail them and find out the vehicle is in Oregon
or Washington. You hear about what a cream puff it is, how much they
hate to part with it, but they are on deaths door step or in the army and
are about to be shipped out to Tim-Buk-Tu and don't want to store it.
But wait! They have a friend, relative, or guardian angel who just happens
to work for some shipping company that will be delighted to ship the vehicle
to you, free of charge of course.
They claim that the deal will be run through E-bay services just so everything is on the up-and-up.
But you need to run down to Wal Mart and buy a bunch of I-tune or E-Bay gift cards and read off the numbers on the back to them. (Wait! what happened to the E-bay Motors thing?) But not to worry: You have 5 days to go over the vehicle with a fine tooth comb. Feel free to slide underneath, crawl through the trunk, dive in under the hood, sniff the seats.
If there is anything, I mean ANYTHING that if you don't like, there will be no deal! If you don't like the air in the tires, the size of the wheels, the color of the knobs on the dash board, just feel free the ship the thing back
to them, again of course, at absolutely no cost to you.
Then, and only then will your gift cards will be cashed. You see, that way you are both protected.

The following is a perfect example of scam artists at work:

Like new 2009 Lexus IS250 clean history - $1890 :

2009 Lexus IS250 available for sale from August 6, 2020. Buyers are welcome to check and verify from July 16. The total mileage is less than 89000. Car is like new. Fuel consumption is very low and gives high mileage. 89k miles,new tires,back up camera, gas saver,everything works perfect. Right rear, Door had damage it is been repaired Florida title in hand. Front wheel drive, excellent condition, cold AC, private owner, serviced at Toyota at the Avenues, new dash installed in 2019, AUX cord, 6 disc cd changer, power windows and locks with automatic transmission Only 89k miles. Maintenance records from day 1. Ace cold A/C, looks and drives GREAT.

So I E-Mail them and find out the thing is in Tacoma, Washington (a far cry from being local)
"Buyers are welcome to check and verify....." Right! Just hop on a plane!
"Florida title in hand." Sure. Just ask for the VIN and try running the number.
The following is correspondence Re: one of these"too good to be true" deals:

After responding to an ad offering a beautiful 2004 Tacoma 4 door, a Dianna Henderson wrote:

Hi again, I told you in my first e-mail that I'm in the army with my military medical team, and right now, I'm in an army base. We are training, getting ready to leave the country. I'm only allowed to check my e-mail several times a day. We have to stick to e-mail for now. Hope you can understand. Before leaving, I had prearranged the deal with eBay services, so my presence isn't necessary. eBay will take care of it, and they will send the truck with all the papers: title, bill of sale, full-service records, owner's manual, books, etc. I think I can have it there at your home address within 2-3 working days. It will come with a clear title and reg. (to be hand delivered by Santa Claus) You will have five days to test and inspect the truck before making any purchase. During that five days testing period, I will not be getting any money. SO...ONLY AFTER you receive the vehicle and agree to keep it, eBay will release the payment to me, in this way we are both protected and you can physically see the truck before committing to buy and to eliminate any concerns...I need to know if you are interested so I can ask eBay to send you the details on this deal. If you are interested, please include in your next email, your information for eBay: Full name, full 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.

Thank you

(Only to be followed by)

On Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 8:37 PM eBay wrote:

eBay Order Summary

Dear Customer, (or Fool!)

Your Seller (scammer) sent us a notification that you are ready to confirm the payment. Confirm your payment by replying to this email : (and kiss your money good bye!)

- eBay Cards codes (13 Digit Number from the back of your eBay cards) of each card
- Pictures with the back of the eBay Cards where we can see the eBay Cards Numbers. We need color pictures & readable & clear so we can add them to the files and validate your payment. ( and steal your money)

We hereby take full responsibility for the security of the transfer. This transaction is protected by eBay Motors services such as insurance, feedback and dispute resolution. (which you will find to be as useless as tits on a boar)

eBay Purchase Protection Financial Department
(AKA: The Tooth Fairy)


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Sep 8, 2014
I had a young 3rd class petty officer (an E4 in the CG) fall for this on a rental property.

"Hey LT, I found an apartment in Old Town for $800 month. I'm sending the guy a deposit and I'll move in next week!"

I said, "Huh? Those places usually rent for $2000/month!"

So we did some research, and....it was a Craigslist scam.

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