03/28/2015 2006 Nissan Murano SCAM

imageimageimageimageimage          So the other night on 0n 03/28/2015, I went on Craigslist (for the first time in my life) to look for deals on getting a car. This one popped out to me, due to being short on funds with my mom recently suffering from a stroke. “Gloria Cantrell” messaged me back this morning  on 03/30/2015 at 4:32am. The pictures go in order. Basically, I went on the Saint Augustine craigslist, or what I thought was it, and found her posting. After I copied her email down, I went to show my mother and the post was gone. I thought it was because of not being allowed to have contact info on the website, since I saw other posts where people wrote out their phone numbers like “21two-3two5-xxxx” I felt bad for Gloria and I’m really glad that I wanted to call my mom with every update and took my time to research and find a site like this one to make sure that what I was doing was safe. I Obviously do not have money for scams as the money my mom was going to use to buy me the car (My car just died as the motor was breaking apart) was from her income tax and people like this feel that it’s okay to do this and LIE. Now “Gloria” is being EXPOSED.

 

2004Binterbelger Acura – $1500 (southern MD)

First thing I did was call 202-524-3047 as seen in the ad which had to be unblocked with the mouse (cursor). I received a voice mail and I left a message requesting more information. I then received a text message stating that the vehicle was listed for “my sister” and to contact her at “jena33willsonATgmailDOTcom”.
Here’s what “she” emailed in response:
Thank you for contacting me about my 2004 Acura TL. The car is in great shape with 82k mileage, it’s automatic with 6-Cylinder. I’m the first owner, it was never been involved in accidents and has clear title.
I am selling it for $1,500 because my husband died 1 month ago (he had a heart attack) and brings me bad memories. Along with my daughter we decided to sell the house and moved to my brother in Washington, trying to start a new life.
I want to use eBay services, so if you’re interested in purchasing the car just reply me your full name, full address and phone number, so I can notify eBay. Once that is done, they will contact you in the next 24 hours to explain the entire procedure.
Thanks!

Lelia Coperny – 2004 Toyota Sienna LE Van

[email protected] Toyota Sienna LE – Salsa Red Pearl

VIN: 5TDZA23C84S194074You see scams all the time, but I figured why not post them up as I come across them to help others like myself from wasting time or even getting burned. I found this to be an excellent deal as it seemed to be at least $3000 less than anywhere else I could find, so of course I had to check into it. It was posted on Craigslist in Seattle only to be told that I cant see it because its located in North Dakota. I thought perhaps this person had lived here and possibly drove it to North Dakota, but then she added I won a promotion at USHIP (1 Free Shipping)….. RED FLAG! Who says that? Let alone sells an apparently perfect van for $3000-7000 less than anywhere else on the planet. So I took a day and then claimed I was very busy and to send me a PHOTO of the VIN# so I could research it. She replied with just the VIN# and after 1 GOOGLE search I found the VIN# at a dealership near me, but the mileage listed was 60,000 more than the Van with the same VIN# that she claims to own.

Apparently dealerships need to post VIN’s to prevent falsely advertising. So ANYONE can find a car online and mirror the same vehicle info, remove some defining information, and lower the price by more than 60% and the hook has just been loaded with tempting bait.
If your not allowed to see or touch it, RUN AWAY!
Below are some of the email replies as well as info on the EBAY VPP (Vehicle Protection Program) which only applies IF purchased through EBAY
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FIRST REPLY

Hi,

The vehicle is well maintained, never been damaged and it has 78,958 miles, a clear title, 3.3L V6 FI DOHC 24V engine and is loaded with options. You will inspect it before the payment will be made, I moved to Williston, ND with my job and I have the vehicle here with me. The shipping and insurance are included in the price because I won a promotion at uShip(1 free shipping). You will also receive all the papers(title, bill of sale etc) in order to finalize the purchase with the vehicle. Email me back if you are interested and have further questions..

Thank you,

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SECOND REPLY

I would like to handle the sale using eBay for our own protection as they act as a neutral third party. eBay will keep the money until you inspect/drive the vehicle.
This is how the eBay works:

1. I will contact eBay and give all the info about this deal.
2. They will email us the forms by email – about the buyer’s protection policy, delivery, and payment.
3. You will send the payment to eBay and they will notify me to ship the vehicle to your location.The shipping will take 5 days.
4. After you will inspect/drive the vehicle and decide to keep it, eBay will forward me the funds and the deal is done.

You have 5 days to test it from the day you receive it. If by any chance you won’t be satisfied with it you will be fully refunded and I will have the shipping company come to pick it up and I have to pay the shipping back. If you wish to purchase it please provide me your full name, address so I can initiate the deal through eBay.
Good faith has always been my top priority and my most valued business approach.

Looking forward to hear from you!

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How to identify the eBay VPP scam

  1. What is eBay VPP?

    VPP exists inside of eBay

    The eBay Vehicle Protection Program does exist, but it is only available to eBay users on eBay Motors. If you are not placing a bid or using the Buy It Now feature on an eBay site, the VPP does not guarantee your transaction.

    eBay does not hold or ship merchandise

    The eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection scam occurs outside of eBay. Scammers assert that eBay is holding or facilitating a sale, and send you fake eBay documents via email to back up their false claims. Here are easy ways to identify this scam:

    The eBay VPP scammer

    1. will not let you buy the item on eBay or eBay Motors
    2. will not have an eBay ID number for the item that you can look up
    3. will not let you see the vehicle prior to sale
    4. will tell you the vehicle will be shipped
    5. will ask that you send money using moneygram or another wire service
    6. will advertise his car outside of eBay on craigslist, kijiji or some other site
  2. Read it on eBay.com or craigslist.org

    Here is a statement from an eBay representative that describes the eBay VPP scam:

    Here’s how the scam works-sellers on these sites pretend to be eBay representatives or sellers. They promise buyers that the vehicles will be covered by and paid through eBay’s Vehicle Protection Program or eBay’s Escrow services, or held in an “eBay shipping center” even though they’re not being sold on eBay. This isn’t true, and we encourage you to be very cautious about these scams.

    For you to verify from your end if it is a legitimate sale, you should have placed a bid on the item or bought it through Buy it Now on the eBay Motors site. Please check “my eBay”, then click on your “won” items. If the item does not appear on your “won” list, then there was no transaction that has transpired through eBay.

    We advise you to forward these emails to [email protected] so we can take appropriate actions immediately.

  3. Post scam emails on FightTheScams.com

    The scammer that emailed you today probably sent out hundreds of emails at the same time. In addition to forwarding the scam emails to eBay, you can create a new scam report right here on FightTheScams.com that includes the name and email address of the scammer. This will help others searching for information find out the seller they are dealing with is a fraud. Learn how to post on this site, and never buy a car sight unseen!

Craigslist/Autotrader scam

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:
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

http://www.autotrader.com/research/shared/article_popup.jsp?article_id=12124

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….

Sent from my iPad

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).

Melissa

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?

Thanks

Sent from my iPad

Toyota Truck for sale $2300- Senior Medic Sgt. 1st Class John Morison- scam

Craigslist posting reads: 6cyl. 60k miles on it.. This truck has been very well taken care of. Truck has an SR5 package with power windows, CC and A/C, an upgraded Pioneer cd/ipod player and wider after market tires. Truck is color black.Thanx

First reply: Hi there,

The Tacoma it is in perfect condition, there’s not a scratch or any dents on it. Everything from engine to tires is mint condition. I have a clear title with no liens or loans. I’m selling it so low due the fact that my medical team will deploy back to Afghanistan on May 25th for a 2 year contract and I won’t let it go to waste in my backyard, therefore I need a fast and reliable buyer. If you are interested email me back.

A few words about the Tacoma:
– 2001 Toyota Tacoma SR5
– Mileage: 60,285
– Price: $2,320
– Transmission: Automatic
– Engine: V6
– VIN# 5TEWN72N21Z851215
– Drive Type 4 wheel drive
– Pics available at:http://s1053.photobucket.com/albums/s466/johnmorison78788/

Best Regards,
Senior Medic Sgt. 1st Class John Morison

Second Reply: I’m involved in a military program currently located in Joint Base Lewis-McChord,WA due to military security reasons i’m restricted from leaving the unit’s facility under any purpose and have strictly limited phone access. I am only allowed to check my email few times a day. I hope you can understand that we will have to stick to email for now. The vehicle is here with me at the base in but I’ve already made all the arrangements with DAS to pick it up from the base. DAS will also handle the title transfer for an extra $75.00.Being in the army has some advantages and one of them is the fact that I can ship it very cheap.I will pay for the shipping charges and the $75.00 fee for title transfer.The financial part of this sale will be managed by eBay for our own protection as they act as a neutral third part. eBay will keep the money until you inspect/drive the vehicle.

This is how the eBay works:

1. I will contact eBay and give all the info about this deal.
2. They will email us the forms by email – about the buyer’s protection policy, delivery, and payment.
3. You will send the payment to eBay and they will notify me to ship the vehicle to your location.The estimated time of delivery is 3 to 5 days, they will deliver the vehicle on a flatbed truck.
4. After you will inspect/drive the vehicle and decide to keep it, eBay will forward me the funds and the deal is done.
You have 5 days to test it from the day you receive it. If by any chance you won’t be satisfied with it you will be fully refunded and I will have the shipping company come to pick it up and I have to pay the shipping back. If you wish to purchase it please provide me your full name, address so I can initiate the deal through eBay.
Good faith has always been my top priority and my most valued business approach.
Looking forward to hear from you!

Sophie Evans, Craigslist Scam

My boat (2008 Suntracker /w Mercury 50 HP ELPTO) is still for sale and its in mint condition.
If you’d like to view some additional pictures here is a link:
https://picasaweb.google.com/Sophievns23/2008SuntrackerPartyBarge200 . The title is
clear. Very good condition, and it runs and drives great. The seats have no holes, cuts,
or tears. The exterior is in good shape. There are no significant dents, and
the paint shines all around. My husband was recently promoted so we had to move
to Montana. Besides, there are a lot of things which have priority now, so
this boat has to go. As you probably noticed, the price is rather low
$2,900. Due to the fact that I’m very busy with my work and I don’t stay

too much at home, the boat is already at the shipping company and will be
delivered with “express delivery”, shipping costs are included in the price.
The transaction will be made under eBay’s buyer protection plan. This way we
can receive assistance for the purchase, title transfer, etc.

So, please reply back with your full name and
shipping address if you are really interested in purchasing this suntracker, so we
can start the arrangements!

Thanks,
  Sophie.

Mustang GT Craigslist Scam!

Along with the other army scams, I thought we could add this one to the list. I thought the price was too good to be true, turns out it was. I reported it to craigslist, but wanted to post it here because I don’t want anyone to get scammed. Thank you so much for this website, I found the exact same email he sent me posted on here, for a different car and under a different name. Trying to use the Ebay Protection Plan. UGH!

Oh and my roommate is a total computer geek, and she was able to find his IP address, he’s located in California.
Here’s the post on CL: http://terrehaute.craigslist.org/tid/2827160551.html (I flagged it for removal)

Here’s the photobucket: http://s1159.photobucket.com/albums/p634/aldo_2345600/

And here’s a copy of the emails.

“Hi there,

The 2002 Ford Mustang Sport it is in perfect condition, there’s not a scratch or any dents on it. Everything from engine to tires is mint condition. I have a clear title with no liens or loans. I’m selling it low as my medical team will deploy back to Afghanistan on February 15 th for a 2 year contract and I won’t let it go to waste in my backyard, therefore I need a fast and reliable buyer. If you decide to buy it I will be paying for the shipping charges. The total price is $2.435 with no other hidden taxes. Please email me back if you are interested in buying it.

A few words about the car:
2002 Ford Mustang Sport
Mileage: 92,000
Price: $2.435
Body Style: Coupe
Exterior Color: Blue
Interior Color: Beige
VIN: 1FAFP42X42F236986
Fuel: Gasoline
Engine: 8 Cylinders
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Type :RWD

– Pics available at: http://s1159.photobucket.com/albums/p634/aldo_2345600/

Best Regards,
Senior Medic Sgt. 1st Class Harry Stewart ”

And this is the one that raised the BIG Red flag for me:
“Right now I’m in a military base of Alabama National Guard. Due to military security reasons I’m restricted from leaving the unit’s facility under any purpose and have strictly limited phone access. I hope you can understand that we will have to stick to email for now. The vehicle is here with me at the base but I’ve already made all the arrangements with DAS to pick it up from the base. DAS will also handle the title transfer for an extra $75.00. I think the car will be in 3-5 days to your address. As I said in my first email will take care of shipping charges. I will send all necessary paperwork (clear title, bill of sale, user’s manual, pink slip etc). Regarding the payment I want to use eBay protection program. You’ll get 5 days to inspect and test drive after delivery. During that 5 days testing period I will not be getting any money. Once you inspect and decide to keep the car, will confirm your decision with eBay and only then they will re-route me the money. In this way we are both protected.
I need to know if you are interested in buying it so I can ask eBay to send you the details on how this works. I have to fill out a form on eBay and I need the name that will go on the title and an address where you want the car delivered. Once I do it, eBay will email you all the details on this transaction and we can get the ball rolling.”

Thanks to this website, for allowing me to post to help others, and to others for posting and helping me.

Beware of Cheaper cars in craigslist, being sold by people claiming to be Army Personnel

I wanted to buy a Used car and came across the following link. http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/tid/2819100417.html.  I was happy that it was way cheaper than kbb value. But when he said that he is in Spain and going to Afghanistan, etc, I googled the content of this email and found that there are lot of scammers using similar email address as [email protected]

Buyers – Please be aware of such scammers. “How to recognize a vehicle scam attempt on CL:

# Shipping a vehicle to you is suggested by seller
# eBay Motors or another intermediary is specified by seller
# Payment by Western Union or a money wire is requested
# Price is unusually low (fraction of blue book value)
If you see these tell-tale signs, flag ad as “prohibited” and avoid

I sent him a list of questions that i had and i got the below reply.

From: Jessica Calhoun [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 3:39 PM
Subject: 2006 Toyota Corolla S

Hi,

This 2006 Toyota Corolla S, 1.8L L4 FI DOHC 16V ,VIN:1NXBR32E76Z645153 , runs and drives excellent. It has been extremely well maintained with a full service history, Only 69,452 miles! Transmission is Automatic shifts smoothly.
It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title free of encumbrances and liens. I bought it when i was serving in Fort Hood base in Texas and now I am deployed in Spain . The car will be delivered from Texas , US.
I have dropped my price to $2,800 (purchase price) since this is an Urgent Sale! and I need to sell it before February 10, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan with my platoon replacing the troops scheduled to come home.
If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner email me your: Full Name and Shipping address, to open a case with eBay. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by eBay, which means that you will have a 10 days inspection period before committing to buy the car. In this way both, buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

Hope to hear from you soon!
Maj. Jessica Calhoun
PS : More photos here : http://www.myalbum.com/Album=L38KHQL7
Carfax link : http://www.carfax.com/cfm/FSBO.cfm?report=56CCE811772F64AB5364BD32EB3DA016

My name is Sandra Clark, Ceo of Craigslist

My name is Sandra Clark, Ceo of Craigslist. We have recently joined up with Apple for a one-time promotional event today, we are giving away no cost Apple MacBooks to randomly selected folks who have submitted an advert on Cl. You have been picked as one of our latest winners for today. We randomly choose numbers to match up with ads on C-list and your ad matched with our latest drawing.

We now have joined up with Apple inc to advertise their most popular product yet, the Apple MacBook. Once again, we are running this campaign for one-day only. All you need to do is CLICK HERE to check out our web site designed for this promotion and type in your email to get yours for free. Simply be sure to enter your email therefore we may locate our records to guarantee that we have reserved one for you. That’s it!

Congratulations on winning a free Apple MacBook (valued at $1299). If you may have any query or worries, feel free to email me back. However, you need to claim your free MacBook first to guarantee one will be reserved for you prior to the deadline ends. We do understand that you may not receive this email until after the deadline, but, we suggest you check out the website and enter your email to see if we still have yours on hold, which we often-times do as a result others haven’t claimed theirs on time.

Sandra Clark

CEO, C-list

eBay VPP Domain Owner request

Community Members,

 

I would like to share some information I’ve found concerning the eBay Vehicle Protection Program through various channels on the internet. My goal is not to produce a culprit as I do not have that final answer, instead I hope that this post can be instrumental to the victims and watchdogs who report the crimes and are trying to prevent further scams. I will do my best to organize the information for you all here, but remember all the relevant information WILL be found here even if it is not organized in the best way. If you have reported a crime to ic3.gov using this information and IF it is relevant to your situation, then add additional information to your complaint using the password emailed to you as it will increase the likelihood of your complaint being investigated.

 

First, the email sent from scammers posing as “eBay motors” came from a domain that intends to impersonate the real eBay. There may be variations but, it is mainly “motors-ebay.com” and if you look at sites such as this (http://whois.domaintools.com/motors-ebay.com) there is an owner’s name.

This is their information:

 

Name: Jay Chow

Address: 515 anting road

3 floor

shanghai

Shanghai,20112

Telephone: +86.5123211

 

Remember to check the email interactions you’ve had with the fake eBay Motors domain, you can do so by checking the email and clicking on “details” or something similar in your email client. The email address may look like this: “[email protected]” Next, the domain name is what comes after the “@.”

 

Second, if one searches for the person and their address there are several things come up. The first is that the physical address that the domain and a variation of it is registered with is connected to “Brose” an international engineering company (http://www.brose.com/ww/en/pub/company/international_locations/engineering_sales/shanghai.htm).

Now, the address for the eBay Motors domain is different from the one on the Brose website. But if you look at this other fraudulent domain (http://www.v3whois.com/w/beautifulagany.com) it shares the same address as Brose, except that the owner is Jay Chow.

 

This is unusual. I’ve tried to contact the company about this case of a scammer squatting on the physical address of their reputable business. I was not contacted back about the situation. You would think a company would be more concerned about being connected to fraudulent activity, but I was unable to get acknowledgment from several people, or email addresses from that company.

Is this one of those facade companies that are used to legitimize large amounts of money that cannot be explain legally? I wanted someone from the company to hopefully deny any connection to “Jay Chow” and hoped that they would try to report the list of sites incorrectly attributed to their physical address, but did not get this.

 

Also, here is a paypal complaint by a customer who claimed to have been scammed by a “Jay Chow” over a PSP electronic device:

(https://www.paypal-community.com/t5/How-to-use-PayPal/buyer-received-crap-and-seller-rejoice/m-p/33077)

Third, there is a roundabout process that one must do to report these websites to get more information. The “motors-ebay.com” had domain owner information protection by (privacyprotect.org). Now, what you have to do is fill out the form you see on the right hand side of this page, but the only way for them to confirm that domain is used for fraud requires JPEG picture files of the emails. But, there is no space to upload these picture files on the form, so it automatically results in a rejection to release the owner’s confirmation. The solution is to respond to the rejection email with the JPEG pictures attached as it is replied to “[email protected]” Since, the information is now public (http://whois.domaintools.com/motors-ebay.com) it does not matter.

But, the actual domain hosting site for “motors-ebay” is REGISTERMATRIX (http://www.registermatrix.com/domain.php). In a similar roundabout way you have to report the fraudulent activity of the domain to them because they are the one’s hosting the site. But, you have to fill out a form that is very similar to (privacyprotect.org), which does not allow you to provide JPEG picture files, which will automatically result in rejection because textual information from the emails is not sufficient evidence. The bigger problem with reporting the fraudulent activity to this site is that they say they will NOT contact you about the status of whether the information was acceptable or not and whether they believe that the site is acting in a fraudulent manner. I reported it to them several weeks ago and it seems that there was no action taken, consider this in contrast to privacyprotect.org’s acceptance by releasing the contact information. To be realistic, if they eliminated this client, they would lose a paying customer (who pays with your funds) and to convince REGISTERMATRIX of the severity of the problem, it may require that more people will have to report it to them. Then, they will realize that keeping one client is not wise if quite a few of FTS community members know of their illegal activity.

 

Fourth, “Jay Chow” provides ([email protected]) as his email address in the contact information, this address is shared with an “Alex Do” on another site like:

http://www.who.is/whois/wwwsportitalia.com/

 

Lastly, I hope this will help the community. It takes a community to attack the root of the problem. Other activities, such as reporting the fraudulent ads on Craiglist, are equally important, but if you have the involvement to report or further investigate the root of the problem in ways I have overlooked and did not realize you can lessen the frequency of those CL ads! I will try to keep up with this post and answer more relevant question for the next week or two. Let’s get involved!

 

Also, your personal situation does NOT need to be outlined in replies to this post. The most important thing to do is to continue adding relevant information to your ic3.gov complaint using the password sent to your email address. If you are involved but do not have a complaint to add to, you can help by facilitating information that can help others when reporting their complaints.

 

Thanks FTS community members, you and your site are impressive!