Craigslist, Phone Text, and Amazon Services Scam Attempt

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:

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“Hi, interested in the 1994 Toyota Tacoma DX is $1800 but my aunt is selling it, here is her email: [email protected]
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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:

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Hello there,
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.

Sincerely,
Carol Schnell
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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.

Craigslist: automatic Ford Ranger extra cab No rust – $1900

Hello,

Thank you for your interest in purchased my 2001 Ford Ranger XLT . I am selling this vehicle because I am in the military and my unit will be sent back to Afghanistan. I don’t want it get old in my garage. The price is low because I need to sell it before February 23th. The vehicle is in pristine condition, no accident history, clear title, no dents or dings and no scratches. Always adult driven and garaged, never abused or raced. If you are interested, it’s still available for sale and the price, as stated in the ad, is $1900. Let me know if you are interested, email back.
has only 85,345 k miles
Transmission – Automatic
Engine: 6 Cylinder, 4.0 L
Fuel type – Gasoline
Drivetrain – 4X4

Thank you !
SSgt. Maria Hudson

Hi again,

Right now I’m in a military base. We are training, getting ready for Afghanistan. I am only allowed to check my email several time a day.We have to stick to e-mail for now.Hope you can understand.The truck is already at our Military Logistic Department form Fort Belvoir, U.S. Army base crated and ready to go.Like I already said, the delivery process will be managed by me. I think I can have it there at your home address within 2-3 working days. It will come with a clear title and reg. I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will get a 7 days testing period after delivery. During that 7 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested so I can ask eBay to send you the details on this deal. If interested please include in your next email your contact info for eBay (full name, shipping address and phone number), so we can move forward with this transaction.
Here you can find more pictures of the vehicle: http://imgur.com/a/kKOWO

Thank you.

Hearing impaired scam with text from “my dad”

I received the following text from a “potential buyer” after I posted an item for sale on CL ( I have deleted reference to my for-sale item to protect my privacy):
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“Hello, Email my Dad @ [email protected] if [my Craigslist item for sale] Still available for sale ”
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After emailing this person and asking them to call me to discuss further, I received the following reply:
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Thanks for the prompt response to my mail. I will be buying from you so please kindly withdraw the advert from C.LIST, Please be informed that i will be paying with a certified check from my Bank it will be
delivered to you via United State Postal Service (USPS),I will be adding up $50 to the item just for you to take down the item off and to hold it for me till the payment get delivered to you. so I’ll need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of
the check…

Name:
Address and Apt #:
City:
State:
Postal Code:
Cell Phone Number (Compulsory):
Agreed price (Compulsory):

I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you have your money I am completely satisfied with the advert and the payment will be delivered within 2-3 working days.** I use a hearing impaired phone
# and will receive your calls via email **

Thanks
God bless
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Truck scam Craigslist/ebay via [email protected]

[email protected]

This person is definitely a scammer there is no such thing as an eBay warehouse beware the military story some people have NO Conscience! Dead husband whole 9 yards w this one… can’t believe they actually thought I would give a stranger my address?!

Hello and thanks for the reply,

I figured a fresh start would do me good, so I packed up and moved to my home town, with my job (I am a military doctor), Before leaving I had prearranged the deal with eBay Motors so my presence isn’t necessary.
The deal is handled by eBay Motors and the truck is stored with all the paperwork in eBay warehouse number 21,in Hartford, CT,sealed and ready for delivery.
The shipping it’s offered by eBay to me so there will be no cost from your side. 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, hidden defects or anything else different from what I described you can send it back on my expense but I assure you that is not going to happen since my 2007 Toyota Tacoma is in immaculate condition inside and out. I want to make it very clear, I won’t be receiving a single dollar unless you inspect the truck.

If you are ready to buy it and you have the cash available, please reply with your Full Name, Address and Phone #. Once I got all the details, I will forward them to eBay and they will process my order. After, they’ll email you with all the information that you need to complete this deal and also confirm that the transaction is conducted through them and I’m a legitimate seller.

Thanks and I look forward to hear from you
Eva

Scam via [email protected]

Hi,

Thank You for your interest in my 2006 Toyota 4Runner 4-Door that i have for sale. It is in great condition, with no need for any repairs.The interior is in very good condition, also the exterior. No accidents, clean title, great mileage only 120,xxx, automatic transmission with 4.0 L V 6 gasoline engine 4X4. I’m selling the car because my 22’s years old son died 3 months ago in a car accident. A drunk driver hit him and his fiance. They were with her car on their way to his little brother’s birthday. It was his car and it brings me bad memories and that’s the reason I want to sell it as soon as possible. The price that I’m asking is $2,500
Just let me know if you are interested and where are you located.
Only if you have the funds available,

Thank you,
Monica Rolls??

[email protected]

2002 Toyota Tacoma

Hi,
The price is $ 2,000 with all the fees included. Here is some details about my truck:
Year: 2002
Make: Toyota
Model: Tacoma
Exterior Color: Red
Interior Color: Gray
Vehicle Title: Clear
Mileage: 84,200 miles
Transmission: Automatic
Engine: 6 Cylinder, 3.4 L
Number of Cylinders: 6
Options: Heated Seats, Air Conditioning
Body Type: Pickup Truck
Safety Features: Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Power Options: Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
I need your full name and shipping address so I can start the transaction. I removed the add because people are interested and keep contacting me about the suv if is still for sale.
Thanks

Hi Laura – So you’re selling the truck thru ebay? I’m confused as to how this would work. Why do you need my full address? Won’t my name and zip code work for a shipping estimate? I’m not comfortable giving you my full address until I can verify this sale. It’s very weird. What can you provide me with so this feels less fraudulent than it seems to be?

From: Laura Hankins

Hi, the price is lower then the market because I have financial necessities and I want to sell it fast, like I said in my first email, I moved to Omaha, NE to my sister. The truck is with me, and it’s ready to be delivered to its next owner. I am responsible only for the shipping. I am not involved in the payment process. Payment is between you and eBay. I get paid only after you receive the truck and agree to its condition. If you won’t like the truck, eBay will fully refund you and I will get the truck back. If you are interested and you want to review the terms from eBay, please email me your info so I can fill out the form on eBay. I need your name and an address where you want the truck delivered. Once I have it, I will fill out the form and eBay will send you all the details on how this works.
Thank you

Hi Laura – Thanks for responding. I am definitely interested in the truck, but would really like to see it personally. Is the car here in IL?
You are listing this truck at 7-8k less than blue book, and I understand the need to just get rid of it

Let me know if I can come look at the truck somewhere close to Glenview (which is where the truck as listed).

Thanks!

Hi,

glad you are one of the people interested in buying my truck, I have a low price for my 2002 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 ($ 2,000 including delivery to your home address), because I want to sell the truck very quickly. My husband died 2 months ago (he had a heart attack) and this vehicle brings me bad memories and that’s the reason that I want to sell it. I along with my daughter decided to sell the house and we moved to my sister in Nebraska. Unfortunately I can’t conclude this transaction personally because my work involves a lot of traveling, but I left everything prepared for the sale.

The truck looks and runs great, clean carfax, 84,200 miles, gasoline fuel, automatic transmission. It has no damage,garage kept. I have had regular oil changes. The truck is registered on my name and the title is clear (no lien). Not interested in a trade.

If you are really interested in purchasing, please email me with your details (name and address) for the shipping.
I attached some pictures with my truck and here are more pictures: http://www.use.com/KBY8h
Thank you

Craiglist/eBay Motor Scam $1500 Truck

Saw a post from [email protected] advertising a 1998 Chevy Silverado with low miles for $1500.
Claimed to be shipping out overseas soon, needed the deal done within 10 days, very poor grammar in response emails, claiming to use eBay Motors Vehicle Protection Plan via ebay gift cards as payment!

Total and 100% scam. Prety sure the person uses more than one comcast.net email account (at least ’20’ of them now?) so do NOT use gift cards to pay for anything. If you can’t see the vehicle or touch it, don’t buy it.

Be smart when shopping online and search out possible scams if the deal seems to good to be true. It can save you tons of money and hassle.

Amanda Peterson eBay/Craigslist scammer

Kristyn? What is going on? are we still on this deal?? I got no reply from you.

On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 5:38 PM, Amanda Peterson wrote:
Hi again, Did you received the invoice from eBay? I just received their e-mail that our transaction has been approved and the invoice have been sent to you. Let me know if you received it.

Thank you

On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 3:40 PM, Amanda Peterson wrote:
Thank you! Got your info and already sent it to eBay. They will contact you by e-mail with the invoice and will explain the entire process. Please let me know after eBay contacted you.

Sincerely, Amanda

On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 3:23 PM, Krystin Williams wrote:
Oh I’m sorry I misread!! Krystin Williams

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On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 3:07 PM, Amanda Peterson
wrote:
Hi again, as I’ve told you in my first e-mail, I’m in the army with my military medical team and right now I am in a military base. We are training, getting ready for leaving the country. Before leaving I had prearranged the deal with eBay services so my presence isn’t necessary. The delivery process will be managed by me. I think I can have it there at your home address within 2-3 working days. You will have 7 days to test/drive and inspect the car prior to make any purchase. During that 7 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested so I can ask eBay to send you the details on this deal. If interested please include in your next email your contact info for eBay (full name, shipping address and phone number), so we can get the ball rolling.

Thanks again, hope to do business with you soon!

On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 2:42 PM, Krystin Williams wrote:
Would it be possible for me to come out and look at it?

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On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 10:33 AM, Amanda Peterson
wrote:
Hello, my name is Amanda, The car is still for sale. It’s a 2007 Toyota Camry SE, with an gasoline engine, automatic transmission, engine 3.5L, 6 Cyl and only 85k miles on it. Never had or need any paint/body work done, no accident history, clear title in my name, no dents or dings and no scratches.This car was used by my husband who passed away 4 month ago after a long bout with cancer. The price was reduced at $2,000 because I’m in a hurry to find a buyer. I need to sell the car before February 28th, when I will be leaving on military duty with my medical team out of the country for 18 months. Hate to sell it but it’s not worth keeping insurance and paying storage fees for 18 months. Let me know if you are interested, if you are applying for a loan or financing, do not reply back!

Please visit this link for photo gallery: http://www.ebayphotogallery. com/zdjecia/Galeria/8921831/1
Thank you!

On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 8:33 AM, Krystin Williams wrote:
Hi i was wondering if the Camry you’re selling is still available?

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I removed my personal information for my own protection.