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This person (I say person because you never know if a scam artist is a male or female despite what they tell you), anyways… I am trying to buy a car and I should of known it was too good to be true because the price was awesome! Any ways he/she gave me this sob story about her son dying and it was his car and the car brought back bad memories so he/she wanted to get rid of it. Thank God I have a good friend of mine that went to Google and typed in “Vanesa Thomas” and a scam site pulled up. I love Google! Anyways, I was saved by my friend and I didn’t get scammed- It’s amazing what Google can do! Be careful because there are bad people in this world that just want hard working peoples money because they are too uneducated to make their own money but smart enough to move around on the computer well enough to scam people.

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This is the Email I recived for the 99 Jeep Wrangler
And is fake they advertise in craiglist in sal lake city Utah

Hi again,
I am very glad to hear back from you. So as you know from my first e-mail, I am a newly divorcee. I figured a fresh start would do me good, so I packed up and moved to my home town, Burlington, Vermont, with my job, and took the vehicle with me. The deal is handled by eBay Buyer Protection program so I don’t have much to do about it. It is in eBay`s custody at their shipping company in a cargo container, ready to be delivered to its hopefully future new owner. With eBay, you get free delivery and it will arrive at your address in 2 to 3 days. In addition, 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. I want to make it very clear, that eBay will hold your money, and I won’t be receiving a single dollar unless you call and tell them to release the money to me.If you are ready to buy it, please reply with your full name, address and phone # so I can notify eBay that you are selected as my buyer, and they will contact you right away.
Thank you

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This was sent to me via email after my inquiry. I have been very frustrated that all I am getting is emails and now they all seem to have this pattern. I also got one from the lady in Nevada getting ready to deport to Afghanistan and selling her Honda CRV complete with many pictures. She is having ebay handle it. These people are many out there. If not LOCAL don’t go there.

RE: 2005 NISSAN MAXIMA SL

amanda jackson to you

The car is in perfect condition, no electric problems, no accidents / liens / loans. No scratches, never been REPAINTED. I have all the car manuals, title, documents. I’m selling this 2005 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SL automatic because my daughter is in hospital, is very sick and I need money for treatment. The total price is $ 2,000 Including delivery and handling to your address. I am desperate and I need to sell it fast, before September 15th, that being the reason for selling it so low. My husband and I divorced last month, after the divorce I was awarded the car.Because I’m very busy with my daughter I decided to sell it through Amazon Payments Because this protects both: buyer & seller. They will also give you 10 days inspection period (test drive), and in the mean time, offers me the guarantee that you have the amount needed to buy it.Let me know if you have still Interested. Details:

Mileage: 86300

Engine: 6 – Cyl. 3.5 L

Transmission: Automatic

Fuel: Gasoline

Drivetrain: FWD

Title: Clear

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My name is Michelle Walters and I’m the owner of the 2004 Kubota L2800 4×4. Tractor looks and runs like new and comes with all attachments shown in pictures ( front end loader, box blade and the trailer ). It only has 450 hours on it, 3 pt hitch, power take-off, 28HP diesel engine, HST transmission. This tractor has everything you need. All manuals and service books included. I’m selling the tractor because I just finished the divorce of my husband and I have no use for it. The tractor is on my name since new. There are no loans or liens. The price I’m asking for the entire package is US $4,830.00. Please let me know if you are interested in the purchase because I have hundred interested buyers and first who will offer me the asking price will be the next owner of the tractor.

Thank you,
Michelle Walters

Here are more pictures with the tractor:

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I am located in Omaha, NE and I will take care of shipping (all shipping fees are included in sale price). I have setup this sale with eBay and they will handle the financial part of this transaction. In order to ship you the tractor you need to send a deposit of $2,500 to eBay. You will have 15 days from the date you received the tractor to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not. If you will keep the tractor, you need to send the balance of $2,300 to eBay in the same way and they will send me the money. If by any reason you decide not to keep the tractor, they will send you the deposit back within 24 hours and you will ship the tractor back on my expense. If you are serious about buying my tractor, you need to email me your full name and full shipping address in order to open a case with eBay. After that they will contact you with more details regarding payment and shipping. Looking forward to doing business with you.

Thank you,
Michelle Walters

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Recently I have not only connected with one of the famous Craigslist scams regarding a vehicle and Ebay, but I have also found way to find and detect these scams.

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1. There is never a location, neither in the field or google maps.
2. The car will always look very new.
3. There is always a “—“, “***”, or missing space in the title. (e.g. Carfor sale)
4. The email address is always the same with different characters.
5. There is always a direct @gmail address to bypass the Craigslist forwarding system.

Examples:
kellywilson064@gmail.com
juliacoates828@gmail.com
katherine1974williams@gmail.com
nicoled792@gmail.com

6. The details also (most often) include spelling errors, grammar errors, or missing spaces.
8. Searching Craigslist with the keyword “gmail” will most times pull up all of these ads from the scammers. On average, (in New England anyway), there are 3+ per state. There could be more.
9. Repeated ads are often found with the same picture but different title or description in the surrounding areas.
10. There is always a request for information, without submitting your information you will never see true results.
11. There is always a third party transaction based request from the scam artist, most often Ebay.

These ads range from cars to motorcycles, and even RV’s listed for 20k+. All of the ads have the same style. One way you can implement and test theories is to take the title of an ad to another state and search it there. I found a Honda Goldwing listed by a scam artist, several posts in one state. So I went to another state, several states away, and type in “gmail goldwing” and sure enough I encountered the same ads.

Everyone be safe and smart! If it does not feel right, then it is NOT RIGHT. Trust your gut.

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Subject: RE: 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport?
Hi Warren,
I will do my best to walk you through the process. As I told you in my first email, I recently got promoted and transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage Alaska for 3 years. The suv is located in Omaha, Nebraska, but I advertised it on other states also to get more exposure and sell it faster. The suv 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.

Thanks,
CMSgt Jennifer L. Thompson

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TACOMA SCAM IN OFFUTT AFB NEBRASKA
(402) 396-8726 LandLine in Omaha, NE using Craiglist

Hello there,
Glad you are one of the people interested in buying my Tacoma. 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 or dents and it has never been involved in any kind of accidents. Has only 82,765 miles, its manual, with an 3.4L V6 cyl. engine, 4WD , black exterior and gray interior. Not interested in a trade and my final price is $3,100. 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 truck in this email.
If you are interested in buying it or if you have any questions, please reply to this email.

Thanks,
CMSgt Jennifer L. Thompson

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I found offer on Craig list for 2007 Nissan Altima SL for only $3000. I sent SMS to the number privided (704) 533-7010.

Someone replied back with following text:

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Hello, please contact my sister in her email kathleen.wise77@gmail.com , she will give you all the details I just help her to sell the 2007 Nissan Altima SL. Thank you
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I went ahead and sent email to kathleen.wise77@gmail.com in order to obtain more info.

Right away I received following email:

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Hi, I’ve received your email regarding the 2007 Nissan Altima SL with 30,000 miles on it, sedan, automatic, gasoline, 2.5L V4. The car is still for sale and my asking price is $3,000. It is a 2007 model loaded with everything, VIN : 1N4AL21E27N434683. The car is very well maintained and it has just been completely serviced. The engine runs very good and the automatic transmission shifts perfectly. The car is in perfect condition with clear title, no accidents, no liens or loans.
I’m an oceanographer and I’m on sea at this moment, so I left the car in Charlotte, NC. at the shipping company, it’s already packed and waiting to be shipped anywhere.

Let me know if you are still interested.

Here you have some pictures with the car:

Regards,
Kathleen Wise
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I found this reply back quite suspicious… price $3000 for 30K mileage Nissan Altima…
I started to research online and I found some identification evidence and scam reports.

http://reportcraigslistscams.com/xzclf/1/posts/1_Reported_Craigslist_Scams/1__/11569_2006_Nissan_Altima.htmlhttp://www.fightthescams.com/2014/09/25/2005-nissan-altima-scam/

I decided to send one more email and check scammer behaviour.

I sent following email:

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Hi,

Thank you for your reply back.
Are you selling it as an owner or via dealer?

May I ask why you are selling it? Looks like it is in good condition..

Thanks.
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Got following reply:

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Hi,

The price for the car is $3,000 with shipping included,it will take no more than 3 days for the car to arrive at your home address. The car it’s in perfect condition, there’s not even a scratch or any dents on it.

I want to mention that the vehicle was inspected by the shipping mechanics and fulfils the NC Emission, standards from all the 50 states so it wouldn’t be a problem for you to register it. You will receive the car along with all the documents including title, bill of sale, 2 set of keys, full service records and more. I will offer a 5-day period to inspect the car from the moment that you will receive it. You’ll have 5 days to inspect and test the car before you will decide to keep it or not. If the car is not how I described, you will ship it back on my expense and they will give you a full refund.
Amazon Payments will hold the funds until you’ll receive the car with all the papers work. Only after you’ll confirm them that you want to keep the car, they will release to me the funds. In this way, you will be able to inspect the car before committing to buy it.

If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name, phone number and the address where you want the car to be delivered and I will initiate the transaction with Amazon Payments. You will receive all the transaction details from them (terms, buyer protection coverage, payment instructions, invoice for the purchase). Let me know!

Thank you!
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Sent another email asking to review the car and pay in cash:

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Hi Kathleen,

I spoke with my friend, who is living near Charlotte, NC . Is it possible to go and check the car?
What is the best day to do so?

Thanks!
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Got following reply back:

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I had 2 preview buyers, both offering more than what I am asking for it now but one didn’t show up and the other called saying he lost the money. I’ve lost about 2 weeks and a couple of thousand dollars waiting for them so I’ve decided to lower the price and try to sell it on-line. Once we start the process trough them and they let me know everything is fine and that they received your deposit and secured it in their account my husband will take a few days off and come meet with you and show you the car. You will go to a local dealer to test-drive it and inspect it. Once you decide, we sign the papers and close the deal. The funds will be released from Amazon trusting account into my bank account only when the title goes under your name. I must insist on closing the deal through Amazon because that will assure me that you have the money and that I won’t fly back home for nothing like I’ve did last time. Keep in mind that they will hold and secure your money during the entire transaction and will release the funds to me only after you decide to keep the car and you register the title into your name. If you are interested in purchasing the car under the Amazon terms just let me know and I’ll ask them to fill you in with more info about the process.
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Hope this will help others to avoid scammers

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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. Has only 53,098 miles, its automatic, with an 4.4L V8 cyl. engine, All Wheel Drive, black exterior and black leather interior. Not interested in a trade and my final price is $5,500. 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.

Thank you,
CMSgt Jennifer L. Thompson

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barbaraward716@comcast.net

Oct 1 (5 days ago)

to me
Hello,

First of all I want to thank you for your interest in my 2008 Honda Accord EX. The car has been extremely well maintained with a full service history, it has 76,370 miles! Transmission is automatic. The vehicle 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 bought it when I was serving in U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Havelock, NC and now I am deployed in Athens, Greece. The car will be delivered from Havelock, NC, it is stored in a military compound.

I have dropped my price to $2,400 (purchase price) including delivery and handling to your address, since this is an urgent sale, it 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 upcoming deployment take place and I don’t want to waste more time negotiating.

If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner please email me your: full name, shipping address and phone number, to open a case with Google Wallet. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 15 days inspection period before committing to buy the car. Using Google Wallet service we are both 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

To support my argument regarding the condition of the car please visit the following photo album:http://imgur.com/a/mABsr

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Sgt. Barbara Ward
USMC ANG 122 AMXS

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