Saw this ad on Craigslist (has since been flagged for removal):
https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/6001635502.html (see image of screenshot for original craigslist post)
I responded to the ad via text message to the following phone number: 214-225-5326, (214) 225-5326, 2142255326
The text response was:
“Hi, interested in the 1994 Toyota Tacoma DX is $1800 but my aunt is selling it, here is her email: [email protected]”
1st Red Flag: Selling on behalf of the aunt
2nd Red Flag: Flakey spelling of the email recipient
Got an email at 4am this morning from one “Carol Schnell” (notice the difference between the name and the email address) which said:
Glad you are one of the people interested in buying my 1994 Toyota Tacoma. 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 172,000 miles, its manual, with an 3.0L V6 cylinders engine, 4WD, blue exterior and blue interior and you can find the pics attached to this email. The sale price is $1,800. I have a clear title, free of any liens or loans on it, under my name.I’m selling it because i recently got divorced and I don’t need it and that’s the reason I want to sell it a.s.a.p. I want to use Amazon services for the safety of both of us so if you’re interested in purchasing this truck, I can notify Amazon that you are selected as my possible buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.
If you are interested in buying it or if you have any questions, please reply to this email.
3rd Red Flag: Email at 4am
4th Red Flag: Did not answer the question that I had asked in my initial email, which was “Does the truck have cruise control?”
5th Red Flag: Not local apparently, wants to do this through “Amazon services,” and allegedly for my protection.
LOL. Give me a break. It was pretty clear to me that this was scamscummilicious, so I googled a part of the text of the email and found all kinds of sites with some of the exact phraseology. Not even an attempt to use different lanuage.