Same identical story to most on here..It all started on craiglist (please read)

Alright guys so as I stated in my profile I am a deployed soldier currently in Kuwait right now about to go home in like 3 months. What do soldiers mostly want when they get home? Either a new home? A new car? Well in my case it was a car and still is. So’ve dealt with craigslist before you know its classifieds back at home I sold stuff ..even bought stuff locally face to face business clean right. Well anyway so I’ve been just looking around for deals to see what kind of car I can possibly get when I get back home for myself when I actually ran into a really good post…here I’ll share it with you guys.

DAMNNN!!!  3,100 for all that? Now my girlfriend..shes always wanted a I got the idea of wow..she would love that car its really cheap. But wow..its so nice..its probably like filled up the ying yang with kno already in the price for the way that car looks something has to be wrong..Anyway I e-mailed the owner and got a prompt response said the car has 52, 460 I’ll even show you guys the first e-mail..

Mon, September 6, 2010 12:42:17 PM RE:2005 Nissan Altima SL

From: Lopez AnnaLopez <[email protected] View Contact
To: [email protected]  

I have received your email regarding the 2005 Nissan Altima SL with only 52,460 miles. The car is in perfect condition,with no scratches on it,no damage, clear title. The price for the car is $3,100 with shipping included.
Being pregnant,i need money for my unborn girl so i chose to sell my car.
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.
Have a nice day!

Year: 2005 Mileage: 52,460 miles
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel type: Gasoline
Engine: 4 Cylinder, 2.5 L
Exterior Color: White
Interior Color: Black
Title: Clear

NOTICE******Look at her email..starts with first name and last  at same as alot of you guys say.  So bam right there..I replied with the following email..

On Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 2:36 PM,  <[email protected]> wrote:

I am absolutely still intested..but is this car located in miami? I would rather personlly come see the car and purchase it from you with cash.

You know..short the point but check out her response..

Hello again,

The car is located in Kissimmee, FL at the shipping company (I just moved here with my new job). We will use eBay Purchase Protection Program so we be both protected and insured. The price for the car is $3,100 with shipping included. I just need your full name and full address so eBay can send you the invoice in which you’ll see how to make this transaction. The shipping is free I will take care of it and I will send the car with all the papers (vehicle registration, warranty papers, transfer papers etc).
Now I am just waiting your full name and address to complete the shipping papers and start the delivery process.

Here are some pictures with my car:

Thank you

Riiighhtt..Oh but the picz she sent were so enticing.. and the way she spoke about the program..sounded real I started doing my research about this program from ebay..saw the terms and everything..hey sounds excellent..theres only one down fall ladies and gentleman..this program is only for items purchased on Ebay MOTORS..not trader..or what she said. So anyway I was questioning myself about this..still my girl friend wrote her this email..

On Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 3:55 PM,  <[email protected]> wrote:

Hello ,   Im definatly interested just wondering if its possible that we can talk more over the deal by phone. I have full cash to purchase the vehicle just wanted to know if possible i can go and check out the car. Please call me at ***-***-****and my name is lisa  please feel free to call me at anytime regarding the vehicle. 

And mrs. lopez replied with…

Re: 2005 Nissan Altima SL

From: Lopez AnnaLopez <[email protected] View Contact
To:  <[email protected]>  


The transaction fits the eBay Purchase Protection plan and will be covered by eBay. eBay Purchase Protection reimburses buyers who are involved in a vehicle transaction on the eBay Motors, Craigslist, and AutoTrader sites. The program provides reimbursement for all the situations that can appear in a transaction.
The money will be sent to an eBay agent. After the payment is confirmed and secured by eBay I will start the shipping. The car will be in front at your door in max 2 days. From the moment you receive the car you have a 5 days inspection period. After the 5 days you have to decide if you want to keep the car or not. If you’ll keep the car the payment will be released to me. In case you will not like the car and decide not to keep it you will have to ship the car back and you will be fully refunded.
If you are interested and want to move forward please send me your full name, address and telephone number and I will initiate the transaction through eBay. Once that is done, you would probably be informed in the next 24 hours upon all the details of the transaction (terms, buyer protection coverage, payment instructions, invoice for the purchase).

Thank you

Just like that..completely just sugar coated everything with that slob story..which I”ll admit before I did my research I was still naive to the whole thing. I thought it was legit and was still considering yes I did give her my name and she did what she does..and sent me that ebay invoice..which looked super legit straight from the website..incredible..

Heres the Protection information which is legit and true..again only for ebay Motors..

Tue, September 7, 2010 9:16:32 AM Financial Department

From: eBay <[email protected]>Add to Contacts
To: [email protected]  

  Your Agent from Financial Department!  


Overview                      Vehicle Program Protection
  Congratulations! You are successfully enrolled in Vehicle Purchase Protection Program !  

         Dear Lisa ,   You are receiving this e-mail because you are going to buy a vehicle over the eBay Motors and your seller requested to use eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program. The eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program offer a set of services that build protection into every step of the vehicle buying process. Some of the elements are automatically included when you buy a vehicle covered by the program element (not all elements are available for all vehicles) while some of the elements are available for a small fee. The eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Programs your safety net in the rare occasion that something goes wrong.  

   Choose a Topic
   Passenger Vehicle
 Purchase Protection
   Condition Guarantee
 by Seller
   Vehicle Inspection  
Programs Included with your eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program
  Ensures that you receive the vehicle you paid for with coverage up to $20,000! Coverage varies by vehicle type, but protection against fraud is included with the purchase of most vehicles including passenger vehicles, motorcycles, boats, RVs, ATVs, and many more. Additionally, protection against material misrepresentation is included for passenger vehicles, boats, buses, commercial trucks, and RVs.
  What Does the eBay Purchase Protection Program Cover?  
eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program covers buyers who are buying a vehicle from a verified eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program. The protection program provides coverage for situations such as: 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:
    • that was a stolen vehicle at the time of the transaction;
    • with an undisclosed or unknown lien against its title;
    • of a make and/or model that is different than what was described in the seller’s listing;
    • 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 (both the seller’s state and the buyer’s state must require a certificate of title on the vehicle in order to qualify for coverage)
    • whose title is subject to an undisclosed salvage, rebuilt/rebuildable, unrebuildable, reconstructed, scrapped/destroyed, junk, lemon, manufacturer buyback, or water damage title brand at the time of the sale.
  Buy with confidence on eBay Motors!  

The eBay 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 transactions completed on the eBay Motors site. There’s no sign-up, opt-in, or registration necessary. Your vehicle purchase is protected for up to $20,000 or the vehicle purchase price, whichever is lower. The following table provides a summary of the vehicles types covered and the coverage offered for each. 

Vehicle Type Maximum Coverage1 Fraud Coverage2 Material
Misrepresentation Coverage3
Per Claim Deductible Minimum Damage Requirement4
(if applicable)
Passenger Vehicle $20,000     $100 $1,500
Motorcycle $20,000     $100 $1,500 
ATV $20,000     $100  
Go-Kart $20,000     $100 $1,500 
Scooter or Moped $20,000     $100  
Personal Watercraft $20,000     $100 $1,500 
Snowmobile $20,000     $100  
Boat $20,000     $500 $1,500
Bus $20,000     $500 $1,500
Commercial Truck $20,000     $500 $1,500
RV or Camper $20,000     $500 $3,000
Race $20,000     $500  
Trailer (non-RV) $20,000     $500 $3,000 

   Maximum Coverage is limited to the lesser of a) the purchase price of the eligible vehicle plus up to $800 in documented transportation expenses from the seller’s location to the buyer’s location, or b) $20,000 for any one eligible vehicle  Fraud Coverage provides coverage in the following situations: not receiving the vehicle; receiving a stolen vehicle; receiving a vehicle with an undisclosed lien against it; paying a deposit for a vehicle and not receiving the vehicle or a refund of the deposit; receiving a vehicle, but not receiving a title to it if and only if the Vehicle Departments in both the buyer’s and the seller’s state require a title certificate for that vehicle  Material Misrepresentation Coverage provides coverage in the following situations: undisclosed damage to an eligible vehicle; misrepresentation of the year/make/model; misrepresented odometer reading (applicable to Passenger Vehicles and RVs only); undisclosed salvage title brands (where relevant)  Minimum Damage Requirement: This is the minimum threshold of costs to repair or replace undisclosed damage that must be met before Material Misrepresentation Coverage takes effect. Note that the minimum threshold is “per vehicle system” ( e.g., a commercial truck’s engine, transmission, and frame are all separate vehicle systems for the purposes of this coverage).  

                                                        Important. Please read.  

Currently,  Anna Lopez can provide a eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program Coverage up to US $20,000.00. Transactions with this eBay seller are covered by purchase protection against fraud and description errors. We have verified all the details of this transaction. We concluded that they are accurate. We also verified and confirmed the seller’s ability to deliver the vehicle and meet the terms described in his listing. Please follow our instructions on this notice to complete the transaction safely. The buyer and seller agree on the transaction’s terms and a selling price. Seller contacts eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program with the transaction details;
eBay accepts the transaction and offers purchase protection to the buyer (if the transaction is declined, no further action is required from either the buyer or the seller); The buyer sends payment like is stated in the invoice. After the payment is received, eBay notify the seller to start the shipping to the buyer address. The seller has three business days to send to the buyer and to eBay the tracking number of the shipment. If no tracking number is provided a full refund is immediately sent to the buyer; The buyer receives the vehicle and has five days to inspect it. If it is complete and as described, the buyer should accept the vehicle. If he refuses the vehicle, the buyer must ship the vehicle back to the seller within three business days. After the inspection period is over, the buyer must contact eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program with the result of the inspection. If the buyer refuses the vehicle, the refund will be sent to the buyer after the tracking number for the returned shipment is verified.   Sincerely,
eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program Financial Department  

    Copyright © 1995-2010 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the eBay User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

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After that I got the invoice..tell me this isnt super freaking legit looking..

Tue, September 7, 2010 9:17:25 AM Overview – Transaction VPP#- 896CD652326 Invoice

From: eBay <[email protected]>Add to Contacts
To: [email protected]  



  Overview – Transaction VPP#- 896CD652326 Invoice  

Dear Lisa ,   The seller Anna Lopez, started the transaction over the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program. eBay require the payment to be done through Western Union transfer service to a eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program verified eBay agent.   You are receiving this e-mail because you are going to buy a vehicle over the eBay Motors and your seller requested to use eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program. The eBay Motors vehicle protection programs offer a set of services that build protection into every step of the vehicle buying process. Some of the elements are automatically included when you buy a vehicle covered by the program element (not all elements are available for all vehicles) while some of the elements are available for a small fee. The eBay Motors vehicle protection program is your safety net in the rare occasion that something goes wrong.  

   Choose a Topic
  Need Help?  
  Confirm a payment?  
  Contact Us    


Instructions for payment.
  The funds will not be released under any circumstances. We will hold the payment until you will send us your confirmation that you have received, inspected and you agree to keep the item. When we will have your confirmation we will transfer the funds to the seller.                 Anna Lopez  is a verified eBay Member – 100% positive feedback, Since 2005   Contact Customer Support

    If you have an additional question about this subject, email us at Customer Support


Item Information
   Item Title :      2005 Nissan Altima SL
 Miles:  51,000
 Transmission:  Automatic
 Title:  Clear
 Inspection: Inspected  
Payment Details
 Subtotal:  US $3,100.00
 Shipping:  US $0,000,00
 Deposit:  US $3,100.00
 Remaining Balance:  US $0,000.00  
Delivery Information
   Item Title:   2005 Nissan Altima SL    
 Buyer:  Lisa
 Address:  Wont disclose..Privacy guys..come on
 Country :  United States  of America
Escrow Agent Payment Details
   First Name:  Richard
 Last Name:  Thompson
 Street:  573 Georgia Circle
 City/State:   Loganville,GA 30052
 Country :  United States  of America


  How to complete payment?  

   The payment must be sent by Western Union to the name of our nominated eBay agent in United States. Find Money Western Union in your area by clicking here. After the payment is made send us the receipt from Western Union by Fax or send a scanned copy to :          (1) 206-350-3163    

 Additional Instructions:   Make the payment with cash using the eBay Escrow agent details. You will simply have to transfer the funds from your name into our agent’s name and address.  


  Once the transfer is cleared and our eBay representative confirms the payment, we will instruct the seller to start the shipping process. We will hold the funds 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.
  Contact Customer Support

     For any questions please reply to this email with your phone number:      eBay Motors Customer Support at[email protected]




  Important Notice!  

The payment details are confidential and will not be released under any circumstances. Our customer chose this payment method in order to speed up the transaction. eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program security measures are constantly reviewed and modified given evolving circumstances globally, drawing on both internal assessments and the support of government agencies. Our constant priority is for the safety of our people, our customers, and the general public. eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program always tries to fulfill its customers’ needs.  

    Copyright © 1995-2010 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the eBay User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

eBay official time

So After I saw that I was ..this really is for  real. I can’t belive it. But still I did my research and found out this article ladies and gentlman..I know I know..its alot to take in but this is gonna help alot of people not get scammed in the future..

If you want to be able to click on the links go to the actual website to find this..

eBay Motors Security Center  
  Have a safer eBay experience by being aware of the latest types of eBay Motors scams and learning what you can do to protect your online transactions and information from fraudulent activities.  
  Latest Fraud Alerts  
Fraudulent Offers for eBay’s Vehicle Purchase Protection
If you shop on websites other than eBay, ALWAYS be aware of emails from people claiming to be an eBay representative. There has been a large increase in reports of fake eBay Motors transactions that originate from automotive sites other than eBay, such as Craigslist.Fraudsters send online shoppers fake email messages (often using spoof email addresses such as “,” “” or other variations that closely resemble “”) claiming to be from the eBay Trust and Safety Department, the eBay Motors Finance Center, the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program or eBay Escrow Agents. All of these emails are fake and often contain links to spoof websites that look like eBay Motors, but are not. These fake eBay sites may even ask for your personal information and then send you false eBay “Personalized Payment” instructions.

If you are shopping on a website that offers classified ads, always follow the site’s community warnings and meet and pay the seller in person. If you exchange emails with someone who claims to be an “agent” of eBay you should be very cautious. Fraudsters often send spoof emails that appear to be from eBay (or one of our partners), but are not.

Sellers asking buyers to send a portion of their payment through Moneygram or Western Union
Fake listings on eBay Motors and other sites may require payment sent by Moneygram or Western Union. Typically, a scammer will list a vehicle for sale at a very low price and ask the buyer to send half the payment immediately using Moneygram, Western Union or bank wire transfer. The listing usually includes an explanation from the seller indicating that they have fallen on hard times and need to sell the vehicle immediately, which is why they are requiring funds sent through these payment methods instead of using PayPal to secure a deposit. The vehicles in these listings don’t actually exist. The scammer will receive the payment and never complete the transaction.

To prevent becoming a victim of this scam, remember that you should NEVER pay with MoneyGram or Western Union. Both of these payment methods are prohibited on eBay Motors. Always complete your transaction online by sending a deposit via PayPal or by purchasing the vehicle in person. In addition, please keep in mind that if a deal looks “too good to be true,” it usually is.

  How You Can Be Safe  
Protect yourself from spoof (fake) emails.
Scammers will often send an email that looks like it came from eBay, often requesting personal information. Never give this information to an unverified party. To be sure that an email is legitimate, always check the My Messages section in your My eBay page to confirm that it was sent by eBay.Never use Western Union or MoneyGram for eBay purchases.
Money transfer services are fast, easy and convenient ways to send funds to people you know. They are NOT designated to be a payment vehicle when doing business with a stranger. If an eBay seller only accepts money transfers, this should raise a “red flag” that this seller may be involved in fraudulent activity. You can prevent such activity by insisting on another method of payment or by choosing not to do business with an eBay Member who is not sensitive to your concerns.

If you decide to pay with cash, only do so in person.
When meeting a seller to pay for an item in person, always remember to bring along a friend and a cell phone.

Always contact the seller when you have questions about payments.
The “ask a question” link can be found in the “Seller Info” box on all listings.

Make sure the vehicle you are buying is covered by Vehicle Purchase Protection.
The eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection program provides purchase protection up to $50,000 against certain types of fraud. You are automatically enrolled in the program – for free – when you purchase an eligible vehicle online on eBay Motors. Look for the Vehicle Purchase Protection message in the “Buy safely” section of the vehicle listing. Remember: only vehicles purchased online on eBay Motors are eligible for Vehicle Purchase Protection. Learn more.

If you secure a loan, make sure you’re clear on the terms.
Consider using the Financing Center on eBay Motors to secure your loan. All loans offered through the financing companies in the Financing Center cover person-to-person sales, state-to-state transactions, and do not require that the vehicle be inspected.

Always complete your vehicle purchase on eBay Motors.
Complete your purchase online on eBay Motors by placing a bid, buying through Buy It Now or making a Best Offer. If you complete the transaction off of eBay Motors, you won’t be eligible for any protection programs. Learn more.

Beware of fake escrow services when you consider using them to pay for your eBay item.
For eBay transactions, you should use eBay’s only approved escrow company: To avoid escrow scams and being deceived by fraudulent email from a fake escrow service, visit the escrow service’s site to verify information you received via email. Learn more.

 After reading that..guess what..not only do u learn to absolutely do not do any western union transactions no matter what..but also..ebay doesnt even have any escrow agents..its all total bullshit. Thank God I didn’t make the mistake..hopefully all this information can help someone else. Read and enjoy my fellow internet buyers..there’s thiefs everywhere ..youre definetely not safe dealing online. Its always better just to see who u giving ur money to and doing business with.

What eBay Doesn’t OfferKnowing the services that eBay doesn’t offer can help you recognize scams and fraudulent activities. eBay does NOT:

  • Provide any escrow services
  • Own, buy or sell inventory listed on eBay and eBay Motors
  • Have any involvement in the actual transaction
  • Send links to chat services through email messages
  • Inspect any vehicles (although eBay does link to partners who will perform this service)

So send the money to Mr Thompson..who the hell is that? Listen guys.. Western union is to send money to people you know..its not for suitable for business transactions like buying things off the which by the way Mrs Lopez had the nerve to tell me this in an email..

  Lopez AnnaLopez <[email protected] View Contact
To: <[email protected]>  

Okay.Please tell me when do you want to start the transaction.Just to help you, do not tell to the Western Union people that you are making this transfer in order to buy something with commercial value, because they don’t have the legal support for business transfer’s and it is possible to charge you extra fees or even refuse to make the transfer. Is better to tell them that you are send the money to a relative of yours, and in this way everything it will be in good order.

Thank you

 Doesnt that sound fucking fishy to you guys? Excuse my language but it damn sure does. It kind of makes sense..but then again it all goes back to greed and our inner feelings as humans tring to prove to ourselves that no one out there can really put so much work in causing harm financially to someone.. Stealing someone’s hard earned money with a ridiculous scam. These people make a living off this..Don’t let yourself be next one. Stay away from western union and wired transfers..Ebay only allows as a valid escrow service such things as escrow ebay representatives. And Ebay’s VPP only covers automobiles purchased on EbayMotors not craigslist..or auto traders. I hope this helps other people. I’m glad for who ever made this website ..showed at the top of the list when I googled it. Lol Anyway..just showing the internet some love from over seas..

P.S. These E-mails were reported to Ebay and they comfirmed me in an e-mail that they are “spoof” emails..basically fishing for information and were not sent from ebay at all.


Really REAL best regards,


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