Craigslist/Autotrader scam

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These are email transactions w/ someone named “marshal”….Read from bottom to top, I did not receive a reply back from the very top and last email I sent to this scammer…I did report him and forwarded this email….I took out my email address for this posting…the original classified ad was on craigslist w/ just his email posted and pic of the jeep
From: Melissa
Date: October 17, 2012, 10:27:28 AM EDT
To: Marshal Pesta
Subject: Re: Jeep

Marshal, forgive me for being skeptical, but I think you should look at the link above….Autotrader does NOT
own a warehouse, nor do they ship vehicles…I find it appalling that you are impersonating a member of the United
States military, as you are exchanging emails with the wife of a veteran, whom served 25 years for his country. I
Hope you get caught in this little scam and I’m praying people are smart enough not to fall for it….

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On Oct 17, 2012, at 9:58 AM, “Marshal Pesta” wrote:

At this moment I am in WA state in a military base, getting ready for Afghanistan (I hope for the last time). I do a special training program everyday day and I am not allowed to get out of the unit or to speak over the phone. The shipping will take 3 to 5 days depending on your location. As long as I’m dealing with Autotrader and they can ship the car anywhere in the US .Because it is a large transaction, we will complete the deal only using an authorized third part like Autotrader because I already prearranged the whole process with them, using their escrow Safe Pay Program for cars not listed on their website. The car is located in the Autotrader warehouse in Houston,TX (ready for delivery).I will offer a 5-day period to inspect the car from the moment you receive it, before I’ll have your money. I think this is more than fair for both of us.The payment will be handled by Autotrader , and you will benefit of 5 days inspection time period (test drive) and the option to accept or reject the car on my expense. If you are still interested just send me your full name and shipping address. I will forward your info to Autotrader and they will notify you about our deal. Thanks

On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 4:35 PM, Melissa wrote:
Marshal, Why is the car in Houston? and where are you stationed? Ad said Belfast. If you are trying to sell it in Maine, then why isn’t the vehicle in Maine? Shipping a vehicle is expensive (we know because we’ve done it).


Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:32:55 +0300
Subject: Jeep
From: [email protected]
To: Melissa

Hi my name is Marshal Pesta,I’m selling this 2001 Jeep Wrangler SAHARA because my battalion has been sent back to Afghanistan and don’t want it get old in my backyard. The price is low because I need to sell it before October 30th. The car is in Houston,TX in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident…I do have the title, clear, under my name. The car has 85,000 miles current miles VIN# 1J4FA59S31P314110. It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $2,600. Let me know if you are interested, email back.All the best

On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 8:17 PM, Melissa wrote:
Is this jeep inspected, any known issues w/ it?


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2 thoughts on “Craigslist/Autotrader scam

  1. Thanks for posting. The same thing happened to me only in Dayton, Ohio on selling a camper. I realized it was a scam pretty quick. It was almost word for word and I too am appalled of the use of the military as an excuse to scam. I appreciate your awareness and you military service!!!


  2. I have a motorcycle listed on Autotrader, and have had repeated scammers sending me text which they claim to be “military” and cannot accept phone calls. They in turn, want to get my Paypal address to send me money for motorcycle, they then send and email, with Paypal letterhead, stating for funds to be released I must send funds through western union to a pick-up agent.
    Obviously this is a scam!!! Moreover, yesterday alone I had over 5 texts, which all arose from various US phone numbers, that tried to pull the same scam!!!
    After calling the numbers I discovered the “US” phone numbers are generated by a computer program which ‘masks’ international phone numbers and computer IP addresses.

    Please be aware if this rampant scam!!!!!

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