Craigslist Boat Scam

BOAT SCAM ON CRAIGSLIST

No accidents or damage 2000 Fisher Walleye Boat 17′ Mercury Johnson – $2850

This boat had everything imaginable–beautiful boat with every option

I responded to this ad on Craigslist.  Most things are too good to be true.  I am gullible–but not that gullible.  Glad I found this site before I went ahead with this transaction.

// —– Original Message —–

Sent: 07/03/10 06:10 AM

To: [email protected]

Subject: Boat on Craigslist

We are in the market for a boat similar to the one you have on craigslist. Where are you located?

—– Original Message —–
From: “Kristina Stewart”

Sent: Saturday, July 3, 2010 10:16:08 AM
Subject: Re: Boat on Craigslist

The price for this boat is: $2850
I want to tell you that I am not selling this boat for profit or due a lack of money. All I can say is that some recent events in my life made me change my perception of certain things, things that I’ve considered important in the past. I will donate all money to charity after I sell this boat. I am currently on a trip for UNICEF.
The boat has a clear title, is in an excellent condition, no dents or scratches. The motor runs very well. I don’t want to offend you but the boat is priced for a fast sale so please if you intend to apply for a loan or financing do not reply.
The transaction will be made through eBay company for the safety of both. I’ve already included the boat into eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection, so I will sell only through this.
If you want to buy the boat, and you agree with my terms please reply so I can give you a detailed description of the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection.

Waiting for your reply.

Thank you,

—– Original Message —–

Sent: 07/04/10 04:27 PM

To: Kristina Stewart

Subject: Re: Boat on Craigslist

If this boat has not been sold, please provide the needed information to purchase this boat. Our only concern is where we would need to pick it up as we do live in Missouri.

—– Original Message —–
From : Kristina Stewart
Subject : Re: Boat on Craigslist

Mon Jul 05 2010 2:19:48 AM

The price of boat $2,850.00 includes all the shipping costs and handling.
The boat is located in Helena,MT at a shipping and storage company. The sale will be managed through eBay under their Vehicle
Purchase Protection Program since they offer the highest rate of
safety and reliability during online transactions.Here is how it works :
– you give me your full name , shipping address and FAX number
– I start a transaction with eBay,
– they send you the payment instructions by FAX and email,
– you send the money into eBay trust account,
– they confirm me that the payment was received,
– I ship the boat,
– you receive the boat in 3 days,
– they send me the money.

The payment type will be establish by eBay after start the transaction. They will hold the money until the boat is delivered to you, with properly executed title. You have 5 days for the inspection period. If the boat is not like described you will have to ship it back in 30 business days on my expense, but I am sure that you will love it.

In order to move forward I will need the following info from you so I can set up a new transaction case through eBay:
1. full name
2. shipping address
3. FAX number

Scam via [email protected]

Hello,

Thank you for your interest in purchasing my boat. The boat is in perfect condition – like new! If you decide to buy it, you’ll receive all the papers, owner manual, keys, a buy-sell contract already signed by me and the clear title. For this transaction I want to use ebay because I want to provide you a fast and very secure way. They will handle the transaction for me. You will make the payment to ebay and they will hold the money until you receive and inspect the boat. ONLY AFTER you receive the boat and you inspect it (you have 5 days for inspection) ebay will release the payment to me. The inspection time period will begin as soon as you receive the boat at your address. Meanwhile eBay will hold the money into a trust account. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the boat before you decide to buy it. This way we are both protected : i will know that i have a serious buyer who has the money to pay me and you will be able to see and inspect the boat before buying it .
The final price is $ 4,000 with shipping costs and insurance included. The price is low because I want to sell the boat very quickly. My husband died in Iraq 3 months ago and I along with my daughter decided to sell the house and move to my sister. I can’t afford to take days off my work for this sale so i’m trying to sell it online.
If you are really interested in purchasing the boat please send me your full name, shipping address and your phone number. Ebay will give you all the details regarding the shipping and payment.

I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.

Regards!

Sheila Cruz

P.S. : The pictures i have taken for this sale are below . Please take a closer look before you decide .

Scam via [email protected]

Hello,

Thank you for your interest in purchasing my boat. The boat is in perfect condition – like new! If you decide to buy it, you’ll receive all the papers, owner manual, keys, a buy-sell contract already signed by me and the clear title. For this transaction I want to use ebay because I want to provide you a fast and very secure way. They will handle the transaction for me. You will make the payment to ebay and they will hold the money until you receive and inspect the boat. ONLY AFTER you receive the boat and you inspect it (you have 5 days for inspection) ebay will release the payment to me. The inspection time period will begin as soon as you receive the boat at your address. Meanwhile eBay will hold the money into a trust account. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the boat before you decide to buy it. This way we are both protected : I will know that i have a serious buyer who has the money to pay me and you will be able to see and inspect the boat before buying it .
The final price is $ 5,400 with shipping costs and insurance included. The price is low because I want to sell the boat very quickly. My husband died in Iraq 3 months ago and I along with my daughter decided to sell the house and move to my sister. I can’t afford to take days off my work for this sale so i’m trying to sell it online.
If you are really interested in purchasing the boat please send me your full name, shipping address and your phone number. Ebay will give you all the details regarding the shipping and payment.
I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.

Regards!

Hello again,

The boat is already at the shipping company in San Jose, CA. I have registered the boat with eBay’s Vehicle Protection Program and they work only with das auto shippers, so a local pick-up is not an option. This transaction is covered by eBay’s Vehicle Protection Program up to 50,000 USD and if something goes wrong in this transaction you will be fully refunded. In the invoice you will have the details on how to make a refundable payment and shipping back the boat will be my concern. I strongly assure you it will not be the case for a refund. I have used eBay’s Vehicle Protection Program in the past and all my transaction ended succesfully. You pay to eBay and they will transfer the funds to me only after you get the boat. Shipping will be door to door, to your home address, somebody must be home when the boat arrives.
If you wish to proceed with the purchase, please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay right away.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Luckily we figured out this was not a real offer and didnt go any further with the sale. One of the things that grabbed my attention was the complete lack of name use and the fact that their email seemed very impersonal. Please be warned! Make sure to do adequate research before sending anyone money!

Thanks!
Nicole