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 craigslist.com..I’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 Nissan..so 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 miles..you 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 miles..here 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@example.com> View Contact|
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
Fuel type: Gasoline
Engine: 4 Cylinder, 2.5 L
Exterior Color: White
Interior Color: Black
NOTICE******Look at her email..starts with first name and last at what..gmail.com..the 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, <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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 sweet..to the point right..wow but check out her response..
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:
Riiighhtt..Oh but the picz she sent were so enticing.. and the way she spoke about the program..sounded real legit..so 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 craigslist..auto trader..or what she said. So anyway I was questioning myself about this..still skeptical..so my girl friend wrote her this email..
On Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 3:55 PM, <email@example.com> 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> View Contact|
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).
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 it..so yes I did give her my name and address..so 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@example.com>Add to Contacts|
|Your Agent from Financial Department!|
|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.
|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:
|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
|Per Claim Deductible||Minimum Damage Requirement4
|Scooter or Moped||$20,000||$100|
|RV or Camper||$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
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>Add to Contacts|
|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.
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
| 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
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.
So After I saw that I was like..wow ..this really is for real. I can’t belive it. But still I did my research and found out this..read 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..
|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.|
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 internet..lol which by the way Mrs Lopez had the nerve to tell me this in an email..
|Lopez AnnaLopez <email@example.com> View Contact|
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.
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 escrow.com as a valid escrow service ..no 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,
Scam reported at FightTheScams.com