Scam about car ad from

I’ve found a car in an online car trading website and decided to check the ad, because it was a “great deal”, so I’ve contacted the seller. This is the email which I’ve received from with the following content.


Thank you for your interest. This 2007 Honda S2000, runs and drives excellent. This car has been extremely well maintained with a full service history, 98,000 miles! Transmission is Manual , 2.2L I4 16V V-TEC engine . The car has all of its original floor mats,all books, complete set of tools and keys. Everything works in the car lights, gauges, radio, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc… It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title free of liens.

I’m currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Air National Guard Readiness Center (ANGRC) , based at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland , I’m stationed on a military training facility. The car will be delivered from here, it is stored in a military compound.

I have dropped my price to $4,000 (purchase price) including delivery and handling to your address , since this is an Urgent Sale, will be delivered free of charge through a military transportation service to a designated location of your choice, average delivery time is 3-5 business days, depending on destination. It has been reduced because I need to find a buyer before my next deployment take place and I don’t want to waste more time negotiating. I will not negotiate the price.I will take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying the car ,to be sure that I don’t waist my time with endless discussions.This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions .

If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner email me your: Full Name , Shipping Address and Phone Number, to open a case with eBay, because I am a member of eBay Buyer Protection Program. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 10 days inspection period before committing to buy the car. Using eBay Buyer Protection Program service we are both 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

Thank you and God Bless!

Lt Margaret Hoffman
Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
1684 Starkey Ave.

The following vehicle/seller on is a scam.

My little sister contacted them for more information and this person, Ashley, immediately gave a sob story about family health issues and how ebay would store the item and would still offer protection on the vehicle even though it was NOT being sold on ebay. This, of course, is 100% against ebay policy as seen here:

I’ve notified Cars4Sale, but please be aware!

Chrysler Town and Country $3,000

Posting from a ‘Sgt Cathy Massey” allegedly of the USAF: Identical postings across the country, including Roanoke VA, Boston MA, Wenatchee WA and NJ, “This is a 2009 Chrysler Town & Country, Touring. It just got new tires, and has every option! Dual DVD players with remote and headphones, heated leather seats (front and middle rows), swivel seats and table to place in the middle, power lift gate, and power 3rd row seat”

Contact ‘Cathy’ after messaging (802)559-0734 (the number listed in the ad as Text Only and got a text message back from (208)264-7633 telling me to email his wife, Cathy at ‘She’ sent me an email with details of the van as follows:

Hi, I’m Cathy, glad to see you are interested in my van. I am asking $3000, Clean title in my possession.
Looks & drives great, Newer tires and brakes (4000 miles on them), One owner, Well maintained. Typical body condition for 7 year old vehicle, few door dings etc. Never been in a crash or flood. 2 DVD players with 2 screens with remote and 2 sets of headphones for 2nd row passengers…all work. All gaming ports work. Fog lamps. Overhead console night lighting. You can activate Sirius on it.
3rd Row Seats, Backup Camera, CD Player, HD,Cruise Control, DVD Player, 1st & 2nd Row Captain Heated Seats, Keyless Entry, Multi-zone Climate Control, Portable Audio Connection, Power Locks, Power Windows, Premium Audio, Security System, Steering Wheel Controls, Aluminum wheels.

Miles: 100,861
Engine: V6 3.3L

The pictures are attached. Thing is that I serve for the Air Force and I’ve been stationed at 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron which is in Idaho.


‘She’ also attached a dozen photos of the van, which has Montana plates.

‘Her’ next email gave the standard eBay scam blurb:
I would like to clarify some things 1st of all. Right now I’m in Mountain Home AFB, Idaho and 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 van way below market value is because don’t have time for negotiations and I need money before June 15th for my next house in Anchorage.
The van comes with all documents signed and notarized (application for title and a bill of sales form,).
I have signed a contract with eBay to take care of the selling on my behalf. The deal includes free delivery and it will arrive at your address in 2-3 days, depending on the exact location. You will have 5 days to try out prior to making any purchase and if by any reason you find something you don’t like about it you can send it back at my expense.
If you are interested in knowing more info about how it works, I can ask eBay to send you an email with more information on how to purchase it. eBay will contact you shortly after they have the details with all the confirmation that you need to complete this deal and you will also have proof that I am covered by them and a legitimate seller.
Thank You and have a Blessed day!

The scammer sent several further messages which stopped after I asked for the van’s VIN.

It’s been said before and I’ll say it again:

Camper for sale scam

Glad I researched before I purchased. Camper was posted on ebay for sale. When I contacted her for more info, she told me she was an airline flight attendant for American Airlines and traveled a lot. Told me she got the camper in divorce settlement. Therefore, she would not be doing business in person. Ebay supposedly was holding the camper for shipment. Of course, I had to pay upfront but had 5 days after camper was delivered to request refund and ship camper back at her expense. Researched and found this is a common scam. She is using the name Evelin Thomas. Had 2 different email addresses. When I told her I didn’t feel comfortable with this type of transaction and needed to do some research, coincidentally the post was removed from Craigslist.
I HATE scammers and people who take advantage of others.

craigslist scam


Thank you for your interest in purchasing my 2011 Polaris Sportsman 850, BROWNING EDITION
Engine Size (cc): 850
Transmission Type: Automatic
Drive Mileage: 517

Drive Train: 4-Wheel Drive
Vehicle Title: Clear

I am selling this ATV because I am in the military and my unit will be sent back to Afghanistan. I don’t want it get old in my garage. The price is low because I need to sell it before May 22. The Polaris is in pristine condition, clear title, no dents or dings and no scratches. If you are interested, it’s still available for sale and my last price is $2,500.00. The ATV is already at our Military Logistic Department form Fort Belvoir, U.S. Army base crated and ready to go and in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.

Pictures are available/ request
Jennifer P Asberry Master Sgt USAF

2004 Honda Accord with only 92,000 miles

Hi, I have received your email regarding the 2004 Honda Accord with only 92,000 miles. The car is in perfect condition with clear title, no accidents, no liens or loans and it has just been completely serviced. The engine runs very good and the automatic transmission shifts perfectly. The price for the car is $1,500(including delivery and handling to your address).
I’m selling this car because my child of only 26 years died 2 months ago in a bike accident, the car belonged to my son and it brings me bad memories and that’s the reason I want to sell it.
Me and my husband travel a lot with our business and we want to make this deal through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program, so if you’re interested in purchasing the car just reply me your full name, full address and phone number, so I can notify eBay. Once that is done, they will contact you in the next 24 hours to explain the entire procedure.

Here you can see more pictures:

God Bless you and your family!

SCAM Re: 2006 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4L V8

Hello again,

Currently I’m stationed in a military base in Tucson AZ. The vehicle is here with me but it can can be transported directly to your home address and you will have it for 7 days to see how it’s working before paying for it. The process is done through eBay for both our safety so all I need to start the transaction is your full name, address and phone number so that eBay can send you all the info.

Waiting for your reply,

On Wed, May 11, 2016 at 11:47 AM, Carlos wrote:

Yes Im interested, Where is the truck located? I would like to test drive it.


Date: Wed, 11 May 2016 11:26:25 -0700
Subject: 2006 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4L V8


I am selling my 2006 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4L V8 it has 104,680 miles on it. The truck is in mint condition, never had any accidents I have a clear title for it. If you are interested, it’s still available for sale and the price as stated in the ad is $3,500.00.
Let me know if you are interested, email back. I attached you pics with the car.

All the best,
Whitney Napier

09 Toyota Camry

diana miiller
To Today at 5:00 PM

My name is Diana, and I’m emailing you about Toyota Camry that I have for sale. It is a 09 model loaded with everything. Never had or need any paint/body work done, garaged keep always, without any mechanical problems, tires and wheels are in great shape as well, electric is working perfectly. The engine 2.4L runs very good and the automatic transmission shifts perfectly. Has a clean and clear title in my name and there are no liens or loans on it.This car was used by my husband who died 4 month ago.The price was reduced at 2000 because I’m in a hurry to find a buyer. I need to sell the car before the 15th of the this month, when I will be leaving on military duty with my medical team back to Japan for a year and do not want to store my car. Hate to sell it but its not worth keeping insurance and paying storage fees for a year.Right now I’m in a military base of Army National Guard in Bel Air,MD. The vehicle is here with me at the base and the delivery process will be managed by me Also, the car is too big for my daughter so there’s no use on keeping it. If you have any other questions, email me back.

Body Type:Sedan
Engine:2.4 L
Exterior Color:Gray
Interior Color: Gray
Number of Cylinders:4

Thank you !



From: Sara Boyd []
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2016 12:38 PM
Subject: Re: bmw330i

Hi ,
I sent your details to eBay,you will receive the invoice in a few minutes.I will wait for you to make the payment to eBay so the shipping company can begin the shipping process because the car is already in their custody.When you`ll receive the 2002 BMW 330i you`ll have 5 days of inspection like i told you before and in case you won`t like it you can send it back on my cost and eBay will send all your money back.I will also send all the paperwork and a bill of sale which will be already signed and notarized onto your name.If you decide to keep it all your have to do is to sign the transfer papers and announce eBay to release the funds to me.

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