Pay Pal Scam

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I have recently come across many people asking questions on other blogs and postings about using Pay Pal (the real one) for completing transactions through Craigslist. We all know there are several Pay Pal scams on Craigslist that are always taking place and for a full description of those scams you can always read them on my website but what about using the Real Pay Pal? Does that work and is it safe? Let me address some of the issues here.

Here is a sample questions that I have come across (there have been many others along the same line but this sums it up nicely):

I recently posted an item for sale on Craigslist and the buyer wants to use Pay Pal. I spoke with the guy (gal) on the phone and it all seems legit. They want to use the real Pay Pal to pay for the merchandise, so it must be OK right? Pay Pal will protect me from fraud right?

Think again. Pay Pal (the real one) will only protect you (maybe) if your transaction goes bad on Ebay, NOT any place else.

So how can they possibly defraud you and Pay Pal once the money is in your account?
Here are a few quick ways, and there are probably many more! (feel free to leave me comments if you have seen or heard of any other ways you can be defrauded on Pay Pal)

1- They (the scammer) will send you a phony (but legitimate looking) email from Pay Pal indicating that the money has been sent but won’t be credited to your account until you email back the tracking number. This is complete BS because Pay Pal will NEVER asks for a tracking number before crediting you the money. If you log in to your real Pay Pal account (not some link in an email) and there is no money present and no copy of that email, then it’s obvious that there is no transaction, but how many people will go through this extra trouble?

2 – They send you an email from Pay Pal (again phony) saying that the money has been sent but you must click on the enclosed link to confirm the transaction. The link then takes you to a very real looking Pay Pal site where you enter your log in details and BAM, you just fell for an old fashioned phishing scam where the Craigslist scammer hacks your account and takes your money!

3 - The scammer pays you with a hacked Pay Pal account, (like from #2 above) the money goes in to your account, then once you send the item the real account holder reports the theft and Pay Pal
debits the money from your account. Now you have NO money and NO merchandise.

4 - The Craigslist scammer pays you with a real Pay Pal account and ask you to ship the merchandise to a different address. Once you do so and they have the merchandise in hand, they turn around and file a charge-back saying that they never received the item. It doesn’t matter if you have a copy of the delivery confirmation or an email from them asking you to send the merchandise to a different address. You have NO protection from Pay Pal if you ship anywhere other than the verified Pay Pal address – (scammers know this and are hoping you wont).

5 - The oldest scam in the book is where the scammer sends you MORE money than you asked for. They will then apologize and say that they made a mistake but if you could please just wire the balance to their “shipping agent” through Western Union they will arrange a pickup. You do this, then the scammer files a charge-back with Pay Pal saying their account has been hacked, and that they never intended to send you any money. Pay Pal then turns around and debits the money from your account. This one really puts the SUCKER stamp one your forehead because now what happened is that you just sent the merchandise PLUS your own money to the scammer using another fake name through Western Union. How will you EVER live that down? Oh, wait…fortunately you read this article and you wont get stung! You are now SMART instead of STUNG!

These are just a few methods that any Craigslist scammer can use to defraud you and the Real Pay Pal. If you keep these things in mind and still wish to go forward with a Pay Pal payment on Craigslist I hope that it all works out for you. Considering these people are always looking for new ways to scam you from your money I would be very hesitant to proceed with these types of transactions. One thing I have learned is that the BEST way to cut off a scammer on Craigslist is to keep ALL your transactions 1- Local, and 2- CASH ONLY!

Craigslist is also full of local scammers, don’t get me wrong. Not all criminals live in Nigeria. That would be just foolish to allow yourself to think that locality has anything to do with the criminal element. There have been numerous reports of people being robbed or assaulted by local criminals from Craigslist. One very important rule above all others is to Always meet in well lit, very public places. Never allow yourself to be pulled away from crowds since the old adage is correct that “There is safety in numbers”! I hope this helps you out and keeps you protected. I will add more scams here in the future but at my website I have an on going list of scams that just keeps growing. Check that out for the latest, and don’t get discouraged by the HUGE list. You don’t have to read it all in one sitting. Stay smart and stay safe!

398 Responses to Pay Pal Scam

  1. here is another number to add to the list of scammer 224-764-5788 ,717-835-8461.. I’m so sick of this. there has to be a way to protect our selves from this other then us trying to figure them out.

  2. First time ticket seller here. Would it be a bad idea to try and sell my digital tickets (they’d get the pdf/tickets transfered to their name after the purchase) through paypal? Ah, I’m not sure how to go about this, and the event is next week. ;A;

    • craigslist says:

      There is nothing wrong with using PayPal. All you have to do is be very careful and try to spot the scams. If the event is so soon then PayPal would help speed things along. You could try to meet with the people in person if you want that added security. Another thing is to only deal with verified buyers. Ask a lot of questions of the buyer to know if they are genuine or fake and you should be OK. Someone in Africa for example would have little knowledge to answer questions about a local concert or event.

  3. Martha Maya says:

    Hi, I’m buying tickets from a ticket broker, he gives me the tickets, I enter the show, and pay him after with paypal, does this sound legit?

    • craigslist says:

      It could be. You gave too little information for me to make any informed determination. Do some due diligence and look up this organization and see if they are legit or not.

      • Martha Maya says:

        All he’s asked me for is my email and my phone #. He said he will send me the pay pal email once I enter the show. He said he doesn’t have a website, so all I’ve got is his email and a phone #.

      • craigslist says:

        Hmmmm….would make me concerned. If he is not PP certified you would have NO chance of getting a refund. These days ANY body can have a free website and domain so its odd to find someone running a business who doesn’t. I don’t trust it.

  4. Here’s one for you. They have now stooped to pretending they are military.

    “we can make this transaction as fast as possible. Less I forgot, I have a mover that will come and pickup once payment is cleared in your account. Im buying this for my niece so you can assure me I will not be disappointed? I’m on TDY my Mode of payment is PayPal since I’m requesting this transaction to be done via PayPal I will be responsible for PayPal charges on this transaction. If you don’t have an account with PayPal yet it’s pretty easy to set up. I hope”

    Now what’s really strange (haha), Is that I’m selling a 43 foot long fifth wheel toy hauler trailer for $69,000! Add to that I live in Alaska, so why would you buy an 18,000 lb trailer and then ship it back to the lower 48?

    So I strung this person? along for a while, getting everything finalized, when at the end I said, “I don’t have a PayPal account and don’t want one. If you really want to buy this trailer, I require a certified cashiers check for the full amount.”

    Haven’t heard back from them for a while now!

    • craigslist says:

      That’s a good one. Just goes to show that they send out these generic emails to everyone and don’t even know what they are responding to. I don’t even know if PP would take a $69K payment so that’s a total scammer for sure.

  5. So my boyfriend is selling his phone and someone messaged him that they want it and asked for their paypal account to pay him for the phone. Should he go for it? or would it be better to meet the person in person than giving out his financial info? I know that it says avoid scams for this, but he refuse to listen to me and says he got this when I don’t trust someone with it that he does not know.

    • craigslist says:

      If he wont listen to you, someone who is close and dear to him, and he wont listen to the hundreds of comments here, then he will have to learn through his own mistakes.

    • Its a scam, i work for a used car dealership and i receive these messages from scammers. A word of advise if you or your boyfriend are every trying to sell a physical object always meet in person and do the transaction.

  6. Trace Buxton says:

    First time seller on craigslist. Selling my vehicle and here is the most recent email ……..Thanks for getting back to me…..Just asking about it to make sure it’s in good condition. So can you assure me i will not be disappointed? Well am buying this for myself but presently am not around due to the nature of my job (OIL RIG) But i will arrange for the hauled agent which will be coming for the pickup at your residence location for the pick up once the payment is cleared… I will be glad if this transaction can be done via PayPal so the PayPal charges will be on me,If my offer is accepted send me your PayPal email and your name including your phone# so i can pay you as soon as possible i can but
    So do we think this is a scam? Should I ask more questions? Help please!!!

  7. I am looking at a 1994 cobra with 48,000 miles on it. The owner of the car wants me to buy it through eBay motors. I asked why not local and she says she was on a military base in Nevada. My grandpa lives in Phoenix and I said I will only pay cold hard cash for a cold hard title. I had my grandpa on standby but she never emailed back. Scam?

    • craigslist says:

      Definitely! One thing you will find with these types of scams is that 1- The vehicle is always in great condition, 2- Low mileage, 3- Low asking price. All the things to get people hooked on what they want you to believe is a GREAT buy so you will jump at it and throw caution to the wind. Don’t bother if it looks to good to be true.

  8. John Molet says:

    Here’s one you haven’t heard. I need a car to start a business. My investors have put money in my PayPal account but. I don’t have bank account so I can’t get the money. or to have them send me a check. (This part is true. If you don’t have a bank account, you are stuck buying crap you don’t need. Only on line.) It goes on to say. Here is my website so you can see this is real. If you will sell me your car, I will offer you a job when we open for business. So let me know. Do you think this is real?


    Thanks for sharing your stories. I’m scared! SMILE!!

    • craigslist says:

      That is total BS for several reasons. First who the heck doesn’t have a bank account? Oh, maybe people with no SS# and bad credit and fake identities. Checking accounts for personal use are free (but they will run a credit check on you) and if you run a real business and need to pay salaries, how exactly are you going to do this without a real bank account? I am not aware of any online method of paying salaries for large groups of people (or is he a one man operation?). The money has to come from some financial institution. No one is going to work for you if you claim that you only have a PayPal account. Also a real company (a serious company) would not use a WEBS.COM subdomain. You would buy a real domain. They are dirt cheap now compared to the old day when a domain used to cost almost $100. BTW I blocked out the domain name because we really don’t know who it belongs to and I don’t want to give them a bad rep for no reason. Anybody can give out a domain that they don’t own. For example, did I mention that I bought a site called the other day? Yeah, go search for it and you’ll see it’s real. See what I mean? To make a long explanation even longer, I think this is a con job, not thoroughly thought out but it’s original at least. But definitely stay away from this joker.

  9. alex14x2 says:

    I’m selling this iPad and I get this text. The person copied EXACTLY what my title of the post. (Number is 1(702)687-7753). He (she) says that they want it for their son but they want my email from PayPal and they want me to ship. I didn’t think it was a scam at first but they would copy and paste the same phrases over and over when I replied that I didn’t want to ship and that I wanted cash only. Thanks for getting the word out on how to find those pesky scammers!

  10. goldenring33 says:

    Hi, I am wondering if I am trying to be scammed on Craigslist!

    I am new to craigslist and I made a listing saying
    “iPad mini wifi 16GB white NEW NEVER BEEN OPENED” for $239 (my exact cross streets)” and i get a text saying verbatim, “iPad mini wifi 16GB white NEW NEVER BEEN OPENED” for $239 (my exact cross streets) Do you still have it for sale? get back to me with your email – Leo Kelvin”

    i sent him my email and he texted back saying “i sent you email check your mail inbox, spam and junk folders very good -Leo Kelvin”

    I received an email from “Leo Kelvin” saying
    “I really appreciate the quick reply.I am buying this item for a son of mine as Birthday gift in which he will be celebrating next weekend and i will be
    adding $100 for the shipping and handling.I would have made this transaction locally but am not in town presently i would have come down to
    your house to discuss on it please get back to me asap with your PayPal email address for me to remit the funds and once payment is being received
    from paypal you can be able to ship this item i am doing this very fast because i have promised my son that the item will be there soonest get back
    to me immediately as for us to transact very fast. do get back to me with your pay pal email so i can remit the fund ASAP.
    Hope to read from you soon”

    I feel as if this is a scam. why would he need to send an extra $100 for shipping, that is way too much and it all just seems weird.

    I do really want to sell this so if you have any advice please let me know. thank you so much!

    • craigslist says:

      You will find that most scammers us the typical cut and paste as you see in your case. They have thousands of emails to send out every day so writing each one would not make nay money. So when you see cut and paste, just delete and move on. Keep trying and wait for an honest response.

  11. First comment: craigslist reply 0234
    do you think its possible to meet with you this Afternoon or after Wednesday work hour??? am an Engineer and i don’t have much time because i do work for 12hours of the day but am totally free this Sunday and am ready to meet you at any resturant you prefer around here, will gonna negotiate the price & pay you you can reach me at so please make it fast as much as you can when you receive this.

    I said yes I could meet and gave him my number. Almost immediate reply: My name is SrA John Matt, senior airman(E4) in Colorado, that makes itvery hard for me to make phone calls, I won’t be able to come your way to view it but I have a hauler who will come for the pickup after payment had been cleared so please get back to me with your home address, asking price, cell number and paypal email because i will be making the payment via PayPal as that is the only payment option I can access from here I hope you understand. if you don’t have a PayPal account yet you can log on to for simple sign up.Thanks

    I google imaged his photo and came up with three different names so I googed his email and found it on this page. Total Scam

    • craigslist says:

      Hahahaha…yea that’s the type that you want to text back….”Oooops forgot, I’m busy for the rest of my life avoiding you, sorry can’t meet you after all”

      • I just posted my truck for sale last night… I received about 5 different texts over night from people “in the military” and “can’t use their phone” and all wanted to pay buy sight unseen through Pay Pal…

        There should be a show like To Catch A Predator one where a guy baits these jerks and has cops waiting… Man, I’d binge watch this hell out of that.

  12., (702) 663-0718, tried to scam me this morning. She wanted to buy my computer for her son in college, but she was at her grand father’s funeral so she couldn’t see it in person. Made it sound like she was more worried about me being honest. But once I said I would ship UPS she got all shady. UPS requires you to sign when you receive the package which is the ultimate protection for the seller. Tracking and signature. She insisted on USPS but would not give me the address or the zip code for me to calculate the actual rate of the shipping. I then googled her email and found a few other requests for expensive items, all the same story. Looks like her grand father died a few times! I want to get her email and number out there so other people don’t get scammed!

    • craigslist says:

      Actually as a side note I would like to add from personal experience that UPS drivers are notorious for leaving packages without getting a signature even when you require a signature. They are “Too busy” to be bothered. In fact I requested a refund a few times because they didn’t bother to get the signature I paid for. On the other hand the USPS has a signature requirement system also in place and after sending dozens of packages through USPS I only found one was delivered without a signature. I am not promoting either one, just pointing out anecdotal data. But ALWAYS ask for a signature no matter what you send or where. Its worth the extra money.

  13. Dan Powers says:

    Hello! let’s do like this, actually now I’m not in town for now, I
    came to visit my son so I wont be able to meet with you but am ok with
    the condition as seen on the advert, I’ll proceed in issuing a Check
    out to you and when you received the check, I will make arrangement
    for pick-up. So get back to me with below details asap.

    Postal Code:
    Phone Number:
    Last Asking Price:

    And as soon as this is provided, the payment will be overnight to you
    and I will let you know when its mailed out. I need you to be honest
    with the sale as I am a God fearing person.


    “The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not
    protect you.”

    • craigslist says:

      Anyone who mentions God so much is not good in my not so humble opinion. I just don’t trust people that 1- Smile too much, 2- Wont look you in the eye, 3- Use references to God all the time, and other things like that, that simply don’t feel right.

  14. triciaprn says:

    Scammer pnone – 323-438-4023

    Name – Anne

    My husband is selling his pickup and as soon as I listed it he received a scam text. He told “Anne” that I took care of all the finances so she would have to speak with me when I get home. My husband tells her it’s available. I had explained to him that the scammers always say they’ll have a shipper pick it up because they’re out of the country and are usually buying for someone else, etc. He was suspicious right away.


    Scammer – “Hi it’s Anne, still available?”

    “Good, may I know the final asking price? I need it for my Son. Also am presently working offshore (MSC) and Paypal is the only method of payment available to”

    “Great! My shipper can come for the pickup at your convenient time, what’s your Paypal email?”

    Even after my husband tells her she’ll have to deal with me, twice, she sends another text.
    “Ok, you have a paypal account right?”
    He didn’t answer .


    PHONE: 774-999-2741

    This guy texted me and asked of I could get back to him with the condition of the camera i was selling and asked for some pictures.

    Said he would pay for the shipping and for me to send my papal email as soon as possible.

    i gave him my email and noticed that the email did not address me by my first and last name but by my email, also said he was from Nigeria and he was trying to send over 120 dollars more my advice only do cash only pick ups in crowded, safe areas. bring a male friend of family member along

  16. Texting scammer alert for Craigslist sellers – phone 636-573-6989 is a scammer trying to get Pay Pal info. Be Alert!!

  17. Craigslist Staff, I need your help, My name is Edgar , and I’m a Paypal customer. I bought an item on Alibaba of $183.85, and the seller told me to pay him via Western Union. I did, and proceeded with the payment. 1 week passed and I asked for my money refund. He said yes, and asked me for my paypal account. I gave him my e-mail for the re-fund, and well, he did, except he refunded me $818.00. He knows that the amount is not the actual refund. He told me to subtract the $818.00 to what he owed me, and the rest send it to him via Western Union. Thanks to your web, I know this is a Scam, but don’t know how to handle the situation?? Should I cancel my paypal account? Thanks

    • craigslist says:

      This is a first. I have not heard of this actually happening to anyone before. First off for those who may not know, Alibaba is a Chinese website like Craigslist, Amazon, Ebay, etc. It is mostly used by Chinese Nationals to get their businesses exposed to the outside world. It is rare to hear about these things from that site. Secondly, I would not panic if I were you. I would put in a dispute with PayPal and explain your situation. They may take a little while to do it but at least you can get things cleared up. A Second option you have is to refund him the money. You can always reverse the transaction, THEN put in a dispute for refund of your original amount through PayPal and forget about asking this person for another refund. Explain your case to paypal by escalating the dispute and they should rule in your favor since the other side already agreed to a refund anyway. This way you are only asking for your actual amount back and getting rid of the messy deal that this person created. You have 120 days to file a dispute so don’t worry. Hope this helps. Let us know how it goes.

  18. Jim Mickol says:

    Here are 2 numbers that I am suspicious of: 908-899-1722 & 978-699-4313. Both want to pay me more and use Paypal without ever seeing the stuff I’m selling. I told them I’m not comfortable selling stuff sight unseen

  19. shadyxaos6 says:

    I have sold many things on Craigslist and I usually get scam emails if the item is over $300. I like to mess with them! I will give them one of my old email addresses (not used much anymore and not linked to any Paypal account. I also changed my last name on the account so they don’t have my real name.) and see what bogus Paypal emails they send me. Note: Never click on links or provide personal information. Depending on how good the scam looks I decide what to send them. If it is a lame scam with bad english and horrible emails, I send them crickets from a pet store (I have pet frogs, so I generally have extra crickets). If it is a nice, well polished scam, I send them dog poop. That’s right. A box of my dog’s poop. I wish I could show you the responses I’ve recieved! Totally worth the $5.80 USPS flat rate box fee. I give them a tracking number and I make sure to stay in touch with them until it is delivered. Before it is delivered I call them out as a scammer and I generally get laughed at or receive more fake emails stating that Paypal is having processing problems and my money will be processed in a couple days, blah blah blah. Upon receiving the package they usually get mad and make threats. I tell them I’m a cop and they should be expecting a visit from local police very soon. After that, I never really hear much! Weird! Anyway, I encourage you to make their job harder! Happy Re-Scamming!

  20. Jeff Herman says:

    Just had a scam sent from and, claiming to be a Sgt. John Cox who’s deployed and wants to get my paypal info and send me full payment now, because he won’t be back from ‘deployment’ until February 20th. Jeeez….. if the thought of helping a veteran won’t move ya to fall for a scam, I guess my heart has turned to stone.

    • Randy Martin says:

      I’ve received several texts for a bedroom set with similar details.
      The nit-wit who texted me this morning (from 407-216-4810) to let me know that my check would arrive today (it did) asked how my family and I were doing….how friendly. The check was for $3K – asking price for the set was $1200. The check looks like it came off the first printer I owned in the early ’90’s. Smooth

  21. stonerhino says:

    Good thing my boss called me over to his desk. He felt uncomfortable opening the emails after near instant, rapid-fire, SMS/TXT messages. Thankfully google sanitized the email before he could click on any links. Phew!

  22. (321) 385-7042 – scammer for sure. He almost had me until my sixth sense went off and I googled Craigslist PayPal scams. You can see where in the convo I got wise:

    Scammer: Canon Rebel T3i + Warranty, Lens, Camera Bag, Xtra Battery, More – $450 ?

    Me: that’s me. Interested?

    Scammer: What’s the firm price and condition?

    Me: $450. I purchased it brand new in April 2014. It’s in excellent condition. I checked with the service contract & it can be transferred to the purchaser. The ad has all the details.

    Scammer: Alright I offer $530 including the mailing fee and insurance?

    Me: where are you wanting it shipped to?

    Scammer: am from Maryland and a friend just refer me to Craigslist actually am getting the device for my son who’s on research with the humanitarian at moment, is there a way you could attach some pics to me and do you have a PayPal acct so i can pay

    Me: (after finding this blog) no, sorry, in-person cash transactions only.

    Scammer: Do you accept bank check and you can be ale to ship soon as you cash the check

    Me: Nope, cash only.

    Scammer: How about i send you cash through western union money transfer instead

    Me: No.

    Aaaaaaand silence for an hour afterwards. Thanks, commenters and author of this post.

  23. I just got propositioned to use pay pal when I suggested we meet they ignored me I wanted to see what they would do so I guaranteed to send their way…

  24. scorintha says:

    I got this in response to selling an iPad on craigslist:

    We’ve got a deal but am a member of United State Nellis Air Force but i’m no longer in town to meet in person,am buying it for my Friend working overseas as a Birthday gift, i’ll pay $100 for the shipping fee,what is the condition of your item, I’m a serious buyer and payment will be made upfront through PayPal. Hope you have a PayPal account ?.

    Here’s the #: (402) 500-4803

  25. Add this number to the list too 1-262-648-7492 I had an ad posted on Craigslist selling land and he wanted to buy it without looking at it and he wanted me to send him the land that’s when I replied I was a police officer and I was tracking him and I saw that he was from Nigeria instantly he stopped texting me haha haha

  26. Whetsit Tuya says:

    Some dumb*** nigerian prince said he was gonna send me an extra $100 for my laptop on Craigslist if I gave him my PayPal email and he accidentally copy and pasted his message Backwards, I said cash only and he wouldn’t take no for an answer which is when I realized he’s a scammer, I started ignoring him but now he keeps harassing me into creating a PayPal account, how do I block his number?

    5 – The oldest scam in the book is where the scammer sends you MORE money than you asked for. They will then apologize and say that they made a mistake but if you could please just wire the balance to their “shipping agent” through Western Union they will arrange a pickup. You do this, then the scammer files a charge-back with Pay Pal saying their account has been hacked, and that they never intended to send you any money. Pay Pal then turns around and debits the money from your account. This one really puts the SUCKER stamp one your forehead because now what happened is that you just sent the merchandise PLUS your own money to the scammer using another fake name through Western Union. How will you EVER live that down? Oh, wait…fortunately you read this article and you wont get stung! You are now SMART instead of STUNG!

    Yeah that’s the one he tried to use on me.

  27. fliporfly says:

    Even though you close your paypal account the agreement you had with paypal will allow their lawyers to come after you when paypal is left holding the bag. Eventually the money will be requested back for it being illegally attained through some sort of cyber theft. Closing your account only delays the inevitable. In fact it may cost you even more when the paypal lawyers add costs and interest to getting their money back from you when they trace your postings that show you intended to leave paypal with the bill. This will make you look like a scammer in the eyes of the judge/jury and they will come down on you hard…. maybe some community service or even jail time to go along with the restitution with intetest and paypal’ s exorbitant legal fees you will be forced to pay by the judge!!!! Does that make you understand how you can’t get away with it?

    • craigslist says:

      I didn’t want to go that far, but you are absolutely correct. The end result can get VERY ugly if it goes far enough down the line. That is why the best advice is to avoid these scammers instead of digging yourself in deeper. Remember you are within easy reach of PayPal. Most of these people are in Africa, or Russia, totally out of reach.

  28. jorudinz says:

    Can someone answer me this? I am selling something, and I received a reply with something similar to others I’ve read….so being wary, I tried to dissuade the potential scammer by telling her I would only ship the item once payment was not only in the account, and that the payment credited to my bank account, but ALSO that the money was then pulled out of my account so I had cash in hand, and lastly, that I would be closing my paypal account before the item shipped. She was ok with this, so my question is, if I have the cash in hand, and no longer have an active pay pal account, how would it be possible for them to scam me? To answer questions I know I’ll get ahead of time, I would not click on a link to set up the PayPal account…..I’d set it up myself by going directly to their website, and I would never click an email link they’d send me, nor trust a “receipt” via email without re logging into my account and verifying the funds were there.

    Thanks for any info anyone has on this…..I just can’t figure out how they could get their money back from me if it’s cash in my wallet, and my pay pal account closed. Thanks again.

    • craigslist says:

      It’s simple. Read through the other comments here and you will understand what I mean. This person is putting out the carrot for you hoping that greed will reel you in. Later down the road you will run into obstacles. This person is hoping that the further in you get the easier it will be to keep giving you BS answers and keep you going. Your plan is foolproof in a perfect world, but we do NOT live in a perfect world. This person is not a fool and will not follow through on any of it. Also, stop and think what type of a FOOL would really allow you to get the money and close the account before you even shipped the item? That person should think you are a scammer also because what guarantee do they have that you will EVER ship the item? See what I mean? Its a Mexican stand off and no side is looking very good from the other perspective. I know I wouldn’t send you any money with that criteria and I am no scammer.

  29. Ken Bignoli says:

    This is one I received today.

    My name is SrA John Matt, a senior airman(E4) in Colorado, which makes it very hard for me to make phone calls, I won’t be able to come your way to view it but I have a hauler who will come for the pickup after payment had been cleared so please get back to me with your home address, asking price, cell number and paypal email because i will be making the payment via PayPal as that is the only payment option I can access from here I hope you understand. if you don’t have a PayPal account yet you can log on to for simple sign up.

    Thanks to decent people posting their stories I avoided this scam, I would however, rather read stories of these crooks being caught, prosecuted and force to pay restitution.

  30. luva1679 says:

    Heres another one to look out for:


    Do you have the extra keys, Do you have the spare tire, Where did you get your car serviced, Have you ever had any transmission repairs and Is there any rust on the vehicle? I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I am serving in the US army and currently been deploy to NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany and calls are restricted at the moment and my only quickest payment option is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one, Just log onto and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? As I am buying the vehicle for my dad and I’m very sure he will love this vehicle, his a mechanic and a handy man, so if there is anything that need to be fixed in it just let me know he will handle it. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me. I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Zip code for pickup:


  31. fessendeng says:

    This scammer actually had the sense to have decent grammar and punctuation. I’ve reported the alleged Robert Collins to

    Scammer’s email (

    Thanks for your response. Please understand that I am not around for inspection due to the nature of my job, I serve in the U.S Army as a CAS(Civil Affairs Specialist (38B)) currently on active duty and its been quite busy on the field these days with lots of restrictions, strictly no calls for security reasons but we have secure access to the internet as our major means of communication for now. I am OK with your asking price and if you don’t mind, I can only pay through PayPal at the moment be cause its the most secure way to make or receive payment online this is why I’ll prefer using PayPal to pay you, all I need is your PayPal email to make the payment and if you don’t have a PayPal account, its pretty easy to set up at I have a few questions for you.

    Are you the original owner? How long have you owned it? Whats its condition, any damages and what is your reason for selling?

    I hope you consider my offer. I am ready to buy. I’ll arrange for pick up after you have confirmed and received payment.Thanks for understanding, hope to read from you soon.

  32. Someone email me a while ago…

    Scammer NO: +5071388633168
    Scammer: Matt Scott
    Email Address:

    I been working in a car company and we selling some second hand cars.
    I posted it in a website and a couple of minutes I got a text from Matt Scott. This is the text:
    then I email him the details of the Vehicle.
    Then he replied that he’s willing to pay more than the price of the vehicle $ 10,870.00,,,,,
    $10,000.00 for the vehicle then $770 for the shipping agent and $100 for western union charges.
    He want me to sent the $ 770 to the shipping agent using western union.
    Then some® via
    email me, asking to send the amount of $770 for the shipping agent.
    Email of Matt Scott:


    I just want to let you know that i have just completed the payment. I suggest you check your paypal email

    ( inbox or spam/junk folder for paypal confirmation email of the payment i just made. I hope

    you have noticed that i have made an additional payment of $770 to the initial payment which i need you to send to

    the pickup agent coming for the pickup and it needs to be sent via western union as this is the only way they can get

    it. I am very sorry for any inconveniences this may bring you since i should have informed you about this before

    making the payment,i don’t have access to western union as we can only receive but not send out money through

    western union here,and this is the reason why i had to add the money to the initial price we agreed on so you can

    assist me in sending it to the pick up agent since they have strongly insisted that their money be paid before they can

    come for the pickup,and that they must be paid with western union..

    I have notified paypal of this issue and they have assured me that there will be no problem whatsoever. Paypal

    suggested that i should add your transport fare and western union charges,and so i have added an extra $100,it is

    for your transport and western union charges.Please assist me in getting the money sent and get back to me if there

    is any thing you need to know.
    Secondly,i will need your home address and the location of the vehicle for the pickup..
    Below is the agent’s name and address

    Name: Babatunde Emmanuel
    Address: 7 ademiluyi close bodija estate
    City: Ibadan
    State: Oyo
    Zip-Code: 23402
    Country: Nigeria

    Thanks for your understanding / help and please let me know when
    receive payment confirmations / notifications agent assigned to PayPal
    our transaction because the fund has been deducted from my account.


    very stupid people!!!!!!!

    • until now they still sending message at my would I stop this…it’s very annoying and it’s really bothered me..

      • craigslist says:

        Yes there is. It all depends on your email system that you are using. You can send all their emails to SPAM for starters. Some emails systems allow you to BLOCK emails from certain people also. Some email systems allow you to DELETE certain emails before they even hit the SPAM box, so they are auto deleted the minute they hit the server. You have to find out what capabilities your email has and select the strongest one for this email.

  33. loriwahl118 says:

    I saw this guy’s name farther down in the post so thought I’d share my experience. wish there was something I could do, makes me angry it keeps happening. I originally got a text from a 5 digit # (94253) in regards to my rv for sale on craigslist asking me if it was still available and what is the lowest I would take for it. they asked me to get back at their personal email at I answered back giving the info and then thought they just weren’t interested. I going through my spam today I saw an email from “estivan ucello” stating he wanted to believe my add and what I said about the rv and was wiling to pay the price. he stated he was a marine biologist who works mostly on the sea and wanted to get his dad a birthday gift. he says “phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but I managed to check this advert and send you an email regarding it so my only quickest payment option would be PayPal so i can send PayPal anytime” he then explains since he is requesting the transaction to be through PayPal he will pay for any feels involved. he tells me if I don’t have PayPal it’s really easy and sends me a link to go sign up. he says he has a mover to come pick it up once payment clears and wants to make this transaction as fast as possible. he asks for more pics, total price and PayPal email so he can send it asap. then states “hoping for an eloquent business with you…I was definitely leary but wrote back stating I needed to talk to my husband before moving forward with anything. he emailed back very quickly and said “ok i cant wait to read from you” while waiting to hear back from my hubby I googled the email name I got and scam and came up with all this horse crap. wrote him back and said no deal.

    • I recently got the same exact email from”estivan”. I wonder how they can arrange to pick up an item from your house without getting caught, and how are they paying for it? I have never let it get past emails, but I wonder how they do it from Nigeria? Or where ever. I once got scammed and fell for the fake PayPal (I had never used before, just heard it was safe through eBay) anyway, I sent my expensive Coach purse via FedEx and never received any money in my real PayPal, so I tracked my order through fed ex and it went to some cheap apartments in Ontario Canada, I was trying to get fed ex before they delivered but I was too late. Never again will I fall for the scam again.
      -Lauren M.

      • craigslist says:

        They never get caught because they never show up. It’s a simple premise. They are after your cash not your merchandise. They will never pick up anything. Its about about either getting money from you, getting you to cash some bogus checks and sending them the money or stealing your identity. The merchandise and the transactions are all smoke screens for the real scam.

  34. I just avoided getting scammed by finding and reading this post. Thank goodness for my 6th sense!
    My suspicions arose because I had the identical email exchange from the same person allegedly in another state, on two separate Craigslist listings I posted; one for a wedding and engagement ring set, and one a solo engagement ring. I thought, hmmm, why would someone be identically interested in two engagement rings? After reading your information and tips, I checked my junk email and lo and behold, there were the phony PayPal notifications, asking for tracking numbers and providing links to receive my funds. Forwarded them all to and all came back verified as phishing attempts
    Thank you so much! You saved me the loss of merchandise worth over $10k and also likely much more……

  35. scammers numbers. This guy, David Hoffman got me good, luckily my bank is go at fraud charges and scammers and is now investigating.

    1 601 803 1186
    1 724 492 8351

    Same story as all the rest of the posts, wants the car, needs to be paypal, I need to pay the courier and he will add more money to the transfer via paypal, yet I cant se any money in my paypal account.

    David Hoffman is the supposed buying
    Rodrick K Hughes is the couier

    I wish I would have found this before today

  36. David Lauren says:

    Here are two more numbers of SCAMMERS:


  37. Received December 4th 2014
    Phone number 1-702-519-0640
    I’am ok with the condition likewise your asking price is quite reasonable and affordable price. I’m interested and consider it sold as am buying it for my husband as a suprise Christmas gift to our new home which we are plaing on moving into and which i don’t want him to know about it note that i will be responsible for the paypal charges. Do you have a paypal account?

    Please everyone be aware of this number and message. The loser scammer.

  38. Scam the Scammer

    scammer phone number : 224 855 9164
    scammer email adress:

    what they want : they want your money for free with out pay anything beware with that buyer

    The story
    he or she want to buy a car from me but ask me to send 1300$ via western union to pay the movers.

    the scammer text me

    scammer: hello am gonna make the payment right now….
    paypal will send you the payment email confirmation as soon as i
    transfer the funds

    Me: ok no problems

    scammer : they only accept western union or money gram for their payment ( he or she mean the movers) and they have to receive the funds before they will come to your location for the pickup

    me : ok

    scammer: I will transfer 4k into your paypal account plus 1300$
    to my shipping agent via wester union and use the remain 200
    for the movers.

    ME: ok thank you

    Scammer : hello did you got a paypal notification?

    ME: no

    Scammer: please try to check your spam or junk mail cos your money have been deducted in my account immediately . The transfer has been done .TY

    when i check is a fake paypal notification modiffied by the scammer
    YOU RECEIVED A PAYPAL PAYMENT OF 4500$ in order to complete this transaction and get the funds approved in your account.We advice to go to the nearest western union office and send the sum of 1300$ usd to the pick-up agent and send us a scanned copy of your western union transaction receip.

    pick-up agent details .
    receiver’s name .: Harry Walker
    city.: calgary
    state.: Alberta
    Postal Code .: T1Y 4S4
    Country.: Canada

    Adress status.: confirmed

    ME.: Please send a real payment if you want to do business no a HTML modiffied copy of a paypal payment. Real things have to be paid with real money

    Scammer.: what do you mean ?
    don’T you see the paypal confirmation

    ME.:I mean you have just modified a paypal notification and send me by email

    I don’t want to pay 1300 $ just for a modified notification , that’s ridiculous.

    Scammer .: complete our transaction and the funds will show up in your paypal account go to western union immediately and send the payment of 1300$ paypal put the money on hold until the time you send the pickup agent fees upfront and get back to them with all western union information

    Me.: paypal has never worked with western union.

    scammer .: screwed in thats why i came on craiglist
    please kindly follow paypal instruction accordingly

    Me .just send me a real payment to have the car:.

    Scammer .: what are you saying i said i have made the payment
    and your money have been transferred to your account. you have just to go send 1300$ to my shipping agent via western union and you will see the money in your paypal account

    Me.: your mac adress was recorded with your fake paypal notification that’s why i know you have modified the notification on your computer.

    scammer.: no no , i hate this shit you are saying.

    i send you a real payment i swear down

    Me.: and you use an android application to call and text

    did you know your android phone have a location and can be activated remotely?

    welcome to the age of digitalization.

    fucking stupid

    still there scammer

    after that he never answered

  39. Will Baker says:

    Hey Guys. I posted my first listing on Craigslist today for a desk.

    I got a text from 774-999-1967 a few hours later asking if it was still for sale. I responded and got a text saying that they will mail me a check and arrange a pickup. I just needed to give them my name and address. They replied with poor grammar and punctuation & it was from a Massachusetts number (i’m in KY) which was a red flag.

    Already suspicious, I asked if they would do Paypal rather than check. I got back another odd answer saying that they were having their boss forward me their paycheck to me. Again they asked for my name and address.

    I knew it was a scam at this point and had some fun with them. Sent them a fake address from Ron Burgundy in San Diego (Anchorman movie). They eventually, after repeatedly requesting my real address, stopped responding to my ridiculous texts.

    I did call the number and got a recording that the phone was a “text only” line.

    Be careful out there!

  40. Brooke Brown says:

    I actually have a question that you could hopefully answer. This person texted me about my Craigslist ad.. said they live in Utah and can’t come to New Jersey because “work is hectic” (they had a California area code), and they were sending my item to their “son in Nigeria” Without realizing it was a scam i sent them my email address to my paypal.. but nothing else. Can they see my real address/scam me in anyway??

  41. Liza Peralta says:

    619-720-1446 watch out for this # tried scamming me again today. Trying to offer me 300 bucks for my 200 dollar item..again off paypal. asking me for detailed pics when my post already has detailed pix and says cash only, no Craigslist scams.

  42. fliporfly says:

    Ok, here is what I do… I play along and give scammer my name and address so he sends me a bogus check for several thousand dollars. The name I give is Tom Weschler and the address is 355 Riverside Circle naples fl 34112. That is the name and address of the chief of police in my town. Maybe they will follow up.

    • Hahahaha…Very ingenious…..Although I would not recommend giving out a personal address since I don’t know the legal ramifications. I would suggest instead to use the address of your local police station. It will get delivered to the right person when it gets there. Most certainly if is addressed to the Police Chief, Commissioner, Detective, Captain, etc. Well known people in the department.

  43. Liza Peralta says:

    Looks like he may have changed his name to John Perry. same M.O. he said he wanted details pic because it was for a cousin abroad. same thing with ill pay for the shipping..E-mail phone number 323-438-6501. As soon as I mentioned that I was doing research about paypal scams and then I declined and said cash or no deal..hasnt responded. Thanks guys for sharing and saving me from a huge mistake!

  44. Edik Gorbik says:

    Was selling laptop using KIJIJI Ontario. TEXT MESSAGE:Offered $850 instead of $700 via Western Union. I wrote :” give me you full address and name, I will send you laptop via Canada-Post, you will pay in full upon receiving laptop” TEXT MESSAGE#1: “Alright there is my son mailing address: Lewis Dailey, Adewuyi street, state Lagos, city Surulere, postal code 23401, country NIGERIA”
    TEXT MESSAGE #2:”I will need your full name, location, e-mail address, so i can make the payment right away, ok”

    no more text messages were sent to me

  45. What if i were to set up a new paypal account and a new bank account. then let the scammer transfer to the paypal, then transfer the funds to the new bank account and finally withdrawal everything and close both the bank account and paypal account?

    think this can be done?

    • Sure….Then after the check turns out to be a fraud and the bank doesn’t get the funds the bank will come after you and sue you for all you own. Aside from that they will turn you into the FBI or Secret Service for some kind of bank fraud violation. Oh, did you forget that small application that you sign when you open a bank account making you liable for everything that happens with your account? Lets not mention that you will have to give the bank your SS# and your address and they run a credit check on you before they open the bank account. This isn’t the 1800 any more. Everything is linked and the banks will follow you to the grave to get their money back (not to mention putting you in jail without blinking an eye). Do you really want all that trouble hounding you until you pay the money back? I don’t think so.

      • but how do they transfer to paypal with a fraudulent check?

      • There are many ways to spoof banks and paypal. They are all set up for your convenience so they methods they use do not check for funds immediately. They will put the funds in your account first then track it back later. Many times the checks are written on fraudulent accounts, hacked accounts, empty accounts, nonexistent accounts. Also it doesn’t have to be a check. It can just be a money transfer. Many times they will hack an account and make hundreds of transactions before they are caught. This is why there is always urgency to get the transaction done and closed as quickly as possible. Then a few days or weeks later they fraud shows up and everything gets reversed by the financial institutions. Then you realize you were burned.

      • I listed a trailer yesterday. Within 30 minutes I received a text requesting I send an email to “her boss”. So I did. When I received the reply, with the story of how he is out of town, buying this for a relative, and will have a mover come get it, and he’ll pay me right now using Pay Pal, I replied to him to send the payment to his mover and the mover can bring me the cash. He became agitated in his next email and insisted I accept his pay pal payment. After 2 hours of me not responding, he wrote – I have NOT heard from you. If you do not act, you will lose the deal.

        Dude… I’m not losing the deal – you did!

    • New Twist: We just listed a 4 wheeler and received a text from a “Buyer”. I looked up the area code which says it’s Maine 207-747-2324. He wants to pay with PayPal, but he/she is “Deaf” and needs an “Agent” to actually pick up the bike and keeps asking for the PayPal invoice to pay. Feeling suspicious I texted him/her back that we would have to speak to the “Agent” before giving any more info. When calling the # it goes to a voice mail (interesting for a deaf person) with a 10 digit extension
      The buyer evaporated.

      • I love all these variations that keep coming up. One day I’m sure I’ll hear that the buyer is “an astronaut and is stationed at the international space station so he can only text you and can’t talk with you.” Hahahahaha. ;)

  46. I made an account just to mention how your blog reassured me that they were trying to scam me! In addition, to expose the number that texted me incase it helps anyone out (:

    Number: +1 (720) 599-0263

    Scammer: IPhone 5s 16GB Network Sprint – $475 ….is this item still for sale??
    Me: Yes it is.
    Scammer: Ok,I’m offering you $575.00 for the item including the shipping to my friend in West Africa? .i will be paying you through pay-pal..
    Me: I should have specified in my post but I would much rather be payed upfront and in person in order to avoid any unnecessary incidents sorry.
    Scammer: i do understand your fears but i will be paying you before you mail out the item ok….
    Me: I just posted today so I will wait until I get other customers but if nothing shows up by the end of the week I’ll contact you.
    Scammer: Do you have a PayPal Account?
    I did not reply after that. I was hoping my last message would brush them off but then they just started focusing on me owning a PayPal Account.

  47. Wendy Malek says:

    I have a motorcycle for sale on Craigslist and about 3 times a day, I get texts from various numbers wanting to send me money via Paypal for it. They are always OK with asking price and many say they are “offshore”. Is there anywhere to report these phone numbers to?

    • Sure, you can report them to the FBI, Justice Dpt, Local Authorities, Craigslist, etc but none of those are going to do anything about it. The reason being that most will argue that its out of their jurisdiction, or that they have no proof that they are frauds until they actually do something wrong, not enough man power, the usual cliche. That is why in reality, this is the only repository or listing of scam numbers out there.

  48. Faith Sloan says:

    I nipped this crap in the bud very quickly. AFter he started talking about paypal, i said GET THE HECK OUTTA HEAH! LOL!

    A lot of these are NOT Nigerians. They are Americans too. i get these stupid phone calls often. They run from folks with Russian accents, American accents and Nigerian accents. LOL! I Stop being blinded by the media and by rumors and stereotypes. A scammer is a scammer regardless of where they live. Who cares if they are ants or mosquitos. These folks are just scummy and scammy.

    I posted in craigslist after midnight and immediately get a text message.

    I am selling a $39000 2014 Lincoln MKx that i rarely use and has 3200 miles. Idiot text me and claim to be in the military and can’t call me nor accept calls in the ‘military camp’. He then asked me to email him at He said he is using his work phone # to text. (And I am stupid right). He text me from +14842048724.

    I said don’t worry about it. You don’t have to call me. It is obvious that in the ad, it says CALL me OR reply to this ad. So he started asking me to give him more photos. I said i don’t have time for that. Everything you need to know is in the ad.

    He then asked if he can text me from his other phone. i said if you want to.

    He says his name is Brandon. This number was a Chester Springs, PA number 8302827915. . But these numbers doesn’t matter because they can spoof numbers all day long.

    Then He wrote a lonnnnng text in about 3 seconds so it was obvious he did a copy and paste. Asking if I have paypal and he can send me $39000 via paypal. he wrote: “…I’m deployed out of town because I work with the Military and have been in the camp for some time and due to my deployment i will not be able to come for it, I have a pickup coming for it on my behalf. So I am requesting this transaction should be done via PayPal so the PayPal charges are on me and PayPal is very safe and I have access to my funds there, that’s the only reason whyPayPal is the only payment option. I am straight up with you and I want you to be honest with me as well. Do you have a verified PayPa”

    REALLY? SERIOUSLY? You want me to take $39000 from a complete stranger via paypal and you won’t be here to get the vehicle because you are in pennsylvania and you will be sending a hauler??

    First of all, I have been with Paypal almost since the day they started in 1998. I told the idiot boy/girl that I’ve been online 15years. You got the wrong person. Don’t contact me again! LOL! What a freakin scammer.

    Idiot scammer crawled away like the satan influenced snake he is. You do NOT have to worry about them having your email nor your address or phone number. They will NOT contact you. Why not? Because if you bust them out, they just move on to the next person in the list. There will be some folks who get smacked and scammed big time. They are counting on it. So don’t take it personal. LOL!

    And we ALL need to be more discerning online. Don’t let a potential ‘sale’ blind us. When something sounds stupid or out of the ordinary, then it most likely is.

    Let us all watch out for red, white, brown, black, yellow, purple, and pink online scammers. Shucks! We don’t know who’s on the other end and who the heck cares? Let us just keep safe in general!

    Faith Sloan

    • I had the same thing happen to me just now. I thought PayPal was very very secure. Anyways, this guy emails me using the email phone # 1-770-686-7763….Wanting to buy an item I have for sale on Craigs List today. Telling me he’s in the military and this item is for his son and its a surprise for him. LIKE I KNOW THIS PERSON OR HIS SON??? He tells me he will ONLY do PayPal…so I go thru the trouble of signing back up for PayPal.

      I send him a bill via PayPal and then I get a long text from him (damn! I had left my personal ph # AND address on the invoice that I sent to him SO NOW HE HAS MY PHONE #… UGH) saying that the moving company is charging him $650. So, he’s going to put $780 more onto the PayPal bill and I need to go to Western Union to send the moving company their $650. The extra $130 was for Western Union charges and he needs my permission to allow this on the bill.

      I told him NO WAY! ABSOLUTELY NOT! That I am NOT going to Western Union and making ANY transactions for him. That HE is responsible for pick up and delivery to him. (As it says in my ad that he responded to).

      Then he says I talked to them and the only way they can get the money is via western union which I don’t have access to here. I just need your help.

      I responded…Theres a western union in every city. I, sure you have a credit card and EVERY moving company accepts credit cards. And that it NOT my problem. He finally gave up!

  49. Anne Ashley says:

    I too was hit from john matt (See below) along with several emails from (alledgedly Paypal) saying they had my funds. The key is they didn’t and UNLESS THE MONEY SHOWS UP IN YOUR ACCOUNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is not real… tell them Paypal said to send the money for real or you will report them to the police and they disappear forever. HOORAY! and be vigilent!

    From: “SrA John Matt”
    Date: October 26, 2014, 7:10:36 PM EDT
    Subject: Re: Craig’s list posting
    My name is SrA John Matt, a senior airman(E4) in Colorado, which makes it very hard for me to make phone calls, I won’t be able to come your way to view it but I have a hauler who will come for the pickup after payment had been cleared so please get back to me with your home address, asking price, cell number and paypal email because i will be making the payment via PayPal as that is the only payment option I can access from here I hope you understand. if you don’t have a PayPal
    account yet you can log on to for simple sign up… etc etc etc

    Anne Ashley 10/30/2014

    • Tim Tanner says:

      This guy tried to get me today, I’m sure glad you guy’s post on this site, I thank all of you I still have a motorcycle. ALWAYS GOOGLE THE want to be BUYER! Scams are everywhere!

  50. Miss Lee says:

    This is what we got while trying to sell our item on Craig’s list. I new it was fraud right away.

    From: “SrA John Matt”
    Date: October 26, 2014, 7:10:36 PM EDT
    Subject: Re: Craig’s list posting
    My name is SrA John Matt, a senior airman(E4) in Colorado, which makes
    it very hard for me to make phone calls, I won’t be able to come your
    way to view it but I have a hauler who will come for the pickup after
    payment had been cleared so please get back to me with your home
    address, asking price, cell number and paypal email because i will be
    making the payment via PayPal as that is the only payment option I can
    access from here I hope you understand. if you don’t have a PayPal
    account yet you can log on to for simple sign up

  51. Kaung Kyaw says:

    wow you just saved my ass. i got 2 iphone 6+ for mom and sis and they didn’t want it so i was trying to sell back on CL and after my ad put up i got offers from ppl more than i asked for and they all wanted use pay pal and want me to send the phones to them. it’s kind of freak me out cuz similar offers show up on my phone and it’s a lot of i felt weird and check online and found your article. thanks you so much.

    • Kaung Kyaw says:

      These scams are getting worse. yesterday (Friday) after this page saved me i got a call for what is seem legit buyer and he contacted me and ok with the price and want to meet up the next morning. Being Saturday morning i overslept. he called me and texted me starting around 8am. so i get him back around 11 am and he said he need it before 12 and if i can get him within the hr in BRONX he will give me 974 (which is 109 dollar more than i asked). That worry me a lot. Since i read the comments of people here, i know getting offer tons of extra money is never a good thing. also BRONX is an area of NYC i always try to avoid cuz it’s bad neighborhood. so i said i can’t come to Bronx. then he immediately reply when i can meet him in the city. it is seem that they are gang of people setting to pickpocket or rob me. so let me add this 2 points for those of us out there to be safe. 1/. if the buyer is aggressively contacting you. (this guy seem to text me or call me every 15/30 minutes) 2/. offer a lot more than you ask for to have a quick meet up in a location. be safe everyone.

      • I agree with you and there are plenty of times that these things happen. I just heard the other day how they finally caught a guy in California that did a similar thing. Seems like this one guy met up with the guy they caught from an ad on Craigslist to sell his car. Well, they met up in person as is always advised, BUT the guy decided that he wanted to keep the car and the money so he killed the seller and dumped the body somewhere. It took a long time to find the body and longer to piece everything together. I would advice as has been said many times, to meet in person to avoid scams, BUT NEVER go alone. Take a couple of friends with you or have someone standing by withing visual range with a phone ready to dial 911 if anything goes wrong. Be super, double, duper, extra crazy, careful out there.

  52. Bruce Ogden says:

    Well, I was selling a computer for $4,000 and the guy texts me saying he will give me $4,200 plus shipping costs.. Then I get one of those exact emails you were talking about with the tracking number and that was it for me. I texted him back telling him it wasn’t going to happen and I knew what the deal was.

    No response since then.

    Thank you much for saving me.

  53. nikkinik2014 says:

    I advertised my vehicle for sale on Craigslist. I received a text message stating this person could only communicate via email. I figured it was odd but ok. The person asked me what my firm $$ was. I responded via email to aka Lizzy Lawrence. I said I would accept $500 less than what I had advertised……This the response I received:

    “Got your response.I read through your ad and from what I have seen,it is priced favorably compared to others so I want you to consider it sold to me because I am ready to buy it for the asking price.Presently I am out of town on duty in a remote area. Our phones have been disabled from voice calls as making of phone calls is against the code of ethics of my job (Military) otherwise I would have called you.

    so,I am ready to seal the deal right away and pay you via my PayPal account that is attached to my bank account as it is the only secure form of payment that I have access to right now. So,kindly get back to me with your FULL NAME AND PAYPAL EMAIL ADDRESS AND YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER so that I can initiate the payment immediately.If you don’t have a paypal account, it is absolutely free to set one up, kindly visit A shipper wil be hired that will come for the pick up upon the completion of the payment aspect of the transaction.Let me have the requested details to proceed with the payment if we have a deal. TY”

    I knew this had to be a scam. After reading through the comments, it was confirmed. Be careful.

  54. Carol Rubin says:

    Thanks for the informative lessons. I’m trying to figure out this guy who wants to buy my desk RIGHT AWAY, from Texas, send me the money in advance and have his “friend” pick it up. He claims he will send a moneygram in advance for $200 to Walmart and it’s as good as cash. I’m trying to understand how he plans to scam me — I mean, why not just send the moneygram to his “friend” so he can give me the cash at pickup, as I request. The name, address, and contact info he’s giving me appear to be real (haven’t tried to call him yet) so maybe he’s also spoofing some poor schmuck’s ID? Have any of you had an inquiry like this?

    Him: Hi ill buy you desk tomorrow . pls call me ill have a friend from Fresno area pick it up. Cash is Good Chris 512 964 5262 ..Thx C. pay 200 cash ..

    Christopher D. Jones
    6511A. Melrose Trail
    Austin, TX 78727
    Ph. 512-249-4005
    Cell 512-964-5262
    Fax 512-249-4007

    Him: I want it .. im in , can pay you today if you like . send direct to your bank or pay pal or money gram or fed ex cash ect.

    Me:Thank you for your interest in the desk.

    Your friend who picks up the desk will have to bring cash with him and pay for it at time of pickup (sorry, but Craigslist has a bad rep for scammers, so I have to deal only in US currency.)

    Him:..Chris Jones ..What ever you like . its unlikely ill reach him BEFORE 4 pm today .. Im in ! Chris ..
    512 964 5262 .. Thanks …. Best 2 ya..C Ill call you after lunch ok .. any time better than another for you to take my call ?

    i would send us curerency thats what wal mart pays you with at money gram in the store or any method i send is CASH !! Its CASH !! fed ex overnite sat delv before noon is CASH !! .. Chris i just want you to feel
    that you have real buyer ME yes ME CASH !! CJ.

    Kinda hysterical — your thoughts?

    • What will likely happen is that the moneygram may be in the form of a Check or Money order type of instrument. You will deposit this into your bank and a few days later (or weeks) it will be reported as fraudulent and the money will be reversed. Something along those lines. I doubt that you will get cash on the barrel at WalMart.

      • Carol Rubin says:

        Heh, thanks CL! Since I would rather risk Ebola than set foot in a Walmart I had no idea how they operate & figured they would just hand over the $$. So naive!

      • Carol Rubin says:

        Interestingly enough, this guy turned out to be legit. His friends showed up with non-counterfeit US currency and picked up the desk for him. I was positive he was scamming me. All’s well that ends well, I guess!

    • Citizen Arms says:

      This exact scam just happened to me. Posted a car on the list, guywants to buy it and send money to my paypal. He then says it is done and to check the email and follow the paypal instructions in the email. This sounded too good to be true so I looked for Paypal scams. After reading your warning, I texted him back and identified myself as a Federal Police Officer and I believed this to be a scam and would report it to the proper authorities. I have not received any more texts. Thank you for your help.

  55. Trying to sell my daughter’s flute. Guy didn’t even bargain w/me and offered me full price. Said that he wanted to make transaction via PayPal because he’s hearing impaired and can’t use cell phones. I asked him how his hearing impairment inhibited him from driving somewhere public to meet me. Emails eventually got rude and pushy as I started to inform this individual that I was NOT going to use PayPal to sell my flute. I copied and pasted your entire page onto my reply to him.hahaha This is the last email that he sent me…

    “I should be the one to worry about the safety of this transaction
    because, I am paying for something that I am yet to physically
    inspect. Did you read the part where I specifically stated that you
    will receive your money cash in hand before this is picked up?.
    However, the nature of my job will not allow me to come and view this.
    So if you are willing to complete this sale via paypal,I have stated i
    have issues using phone for calling communications due to my hearing
    impairment meaning loss of my hearing partially my inability to make
    phone calls, i can easily call but av problem with my ears drum,so
    bear with me. so we can complete the deal via paypal”

    • Thanks for using my page for reference, I really liked that. BTW for anyone that may not be aware, the government mandated years ago a system through all the phone companies where any hearing impaired person can use a special operator to contact anyone and this operator will type out what is being said. In other words the operator acts as a hearing middle man and translates or types out what is being said. So in reality there is no reason for any hearing impaired person to make such a stupid claim. I am certain any real hearing impaired person would be well aware of the TTY system.

    • Here’s one…. From 7174894837 ……..
      Please kindly email me at the following address

      Claimed to be in the Quanico military base….where he didn’t have cell phone availability…(but yet somehow was able to email right away)……but he would be happy to by the car sight unseen via paypal. RIGHT AWAY!!!

      He claimed to be a marine, so therefore I could trust him, and could we do paypal right away.
      It’s disgusting the depths that people go to.

      Sad screwed up world.

      I replied.
      No freeking way….local only and cash only. Take your scam and shove it……. :)

      • Wow! I’m currently emailing this guy about selling my truck to him…using PayPal! Same MO and all! This is the email I sent him (haha)
        Hey Mike,
        Doing some brain storming, I’d be able to drop the truck off to you at Quantico and do the $ transaction, if that works for you. My cousin is a FBI instructor for the Academy at your location, so we plan to meet up with him. Let me know what you think

        Thank you for posting this. Don’t sell to Mike Mccmullen!

      • Wasn’t Mike Mullen a character from the X-Files?

  56. R B says:

    Anything involving Nigeria is a scam! It`s been going on for over 15 yrs.

  57. I just received an offer to purchase my household full of furniture….same scam….use PayPal..have his personal driver pick up. Would give me more money in order to pay his driver. Thankfully, my roommate said this might be a scam. All of your posts have been wonderfully helpful! His number is 512-518-8745. Claims to be highway patrol officer! So sad!

    • Highway patrol officer? So he is out on the road and can’t talk to you except by text right? Wow, that is the lamest one yet. Probably thinks that the mention of the badge will make him sound more credible.

  58. Jessica Rico says:

    Do NOT trust any purchases from a Mrs. Talley, asking you to ship items to Nigeria. It is ALL a big scam. I tried calling her telephone number and it is a “text only number.” What a coincidence?! Her number is (234) 206-9818! He/She is pushy and is constantly pushing you to open up a pay pal account. Do not fall for this! It is all fake! The paypal email comes up as scam! Do not provide any information to these shady, lazy bastards. Check all sources of payment BEFORE shipping anything anywhere and keep all of your information private!

    • Wow it’s amazing that you mention this, I was googling paypal craiglist scams because I received a text from “Mrs Talley” today as well! I’m glad and looked it up and thanks for positing your comment, I knew something wasn’t right anyways but I was curious about how the scams worked and wanted to see if anyone else had been contacted by a “mrs talley”

      • Anah Kirby says:

        yes I have got contacted my mrs talley. thank god I looked up the number before I did anything about a paypal. thank you all for this. thank you very much.

  59. Thank you for this most helpful blog! I knew something was fishy, but “gut feeling” is hard to justify when trying to secure a 900$ transaction. After I looked this up, I am really relieved I did not go though with it. Just goes to show, if it doesn’t feel right, it probably ain’t. Glad I took a few minutes to google it up. Thanks again!

  60. I received a text from 619 720 4819 guy named mason owen email is who just so happens to be in the mountains because he is a geophysical engineer. (little fishy). he used pretty much every trick that has been posted on here. I was in the navy for 17 years and I always found a way to send money.

  61. April F says:

    (208) 214-3039 is the number to my scammer. His alleged email address is He could only pay through paypal. shame. I hope he doesn’t get to anyone else because he didn’t get to me. RED FLAGS: 1. They can’t speak with you on the phone, only text. 2. They are in a huge hurry to send you money and not very concerned about seeing pictures of the product you are selling. 3. Can only pay through paypal.

    • April F says:

      I even told him I was going to call the police to check up and make sure that it’s safe to send someone your paypal info. That didn’t scare or deter him at all. It’s clear they must not be able to do anything about it after you’re robbed. BEWARE

  62. Andrew Levay says:

    I got a text from 917-724-0387. Text read, “Whats the condition because i am buying it for someone and i wont like to get disappointed, whats the last asking price you are selling it, how i wish you can still send me some close up pictures of it to know it is physically ok, mo for of payment will be by paypal thou, do get back to me asap, my name is James Bernard and you?” Watch for this number too.

  63. Tamela Jaco says:

    I am selling a diamond ring on craigslist and this guy is trying to scam me from 512.256.7405. He is telling me the ring is for his daughter. I was very succinct in my ad regarding paypal and siipping and this person obvious cannot read. Beware of this number.

  64. Has anyone tried invoicing them from your real paypal account? I have one now texting me about a motorcycle and the language is a lot like what I am reading here…finally gave me his name which happens to be a guitar but other than that lol! Just wondering if they are able to still scam if they pay an invoice you generate. If not it might be the way to get rid of them.

    • You can try it but I doubt it will do any good. The language and wording may change, but the scams are still very real. You can invoice that person and probably you will get the run around. Lost invoice, never got it, sent it back to you already, my account has already been debited so now you have to ship or I will file a complaint, etc, etc…..

  65. Melissa Haas says:

    702-747-2690 is another scammer number., Wanted to buy a $2500 item with PayPal and ship to Nevada. Used phrases “get back to me asap” and “kindly send your PayPal email address so I can pay you. I will arrange for my shipping company to pick up the item after payment might have been made.”

    Sent him a text that said 419 and no no response. LOL


    • LE QU says:

      Here is another scammers number: 407-337-6654
      Wanted to buy my laptop for her cousin.Told me to send an invoice through Paypal. To her email:

      • I just received a text message from the same person. Decided to do some recon on the phone number, and came across your post. So, thanks for sharing. Anytime shipping is requested by a buyer, you should be cautious. it’s typically a scam. Scammers will send fraudulent money orders, often exceeding your asking price, and have you ship your items to them. The bank won’t detect the counterfeit until they’ve fully processed your deposit (usually 7-14 days) but they’ll still give you the funds. In addition to losing your items, your bank will hold you financially responsible.

  66. Rob Earp says:

    “can you assure me i will not be disappointed?”

    The guy is still operating. He responded to an RV ad I have. He texted from 617 729 7434. Called the number and it does not ring through to anyone. It’s purely a number for texting from a company called Haywire. I’m sure it’s a scammer’s dream!

    Anyway, this guys catch-phrase is “can you assure me i won’t be disappointed?” You see that, and you know who you are dealing with.

  67. vantucky says:

    I am selling my motorcycle on Craigslist and I just experienced this Paypal scam from someone who texted me regarding my ad. I just want you to know how much I appreciate all of the effort you’ve made to create this blog and inform people like me of the perils of Craigslist. I’m hopeful that I ultimately would have figured out it was a scam artist wasting my time (but I’m not completely convinced of that!) and your blog’s advice allowed me to come to my senses much quicker and for that…….THANK YOU!!!

  68. I was selling a car on Craigslist and came upon this email :

    SEBRING CONVERTIBLE 1998 – $2000 (Calhoun Ga) Hello, i saw your ad on CL and i am really interested in it, I’m at work and cannot text right now, Email me on with more picture

    My response: I already posted 17 pictures on the Ad ?!

    Thanks I’m just asking about it to make sure its in good condition as
    im buying it for my Family as a surprise gift and he doesn’t know
    about it, so can you assure me i will not be disappointed? also no
    shipment involved as i have a mover that will come for it. Im okay
    with the price and condition , I can only pay you via one of the
    fastest and secure way to pay online (PayPal).. Do you have a PayPal
    account? Let me know asap so i can arrange the payment through PayPal.
    my shipper will be coming to pick it up as soon as the payment clears
    into your account . So if you’re ready to move forward, just fill out
    the info below so I can work everything out!

    PayPal Email:
    Full Name:
    Firm Price:
    Zip Code:
    Cell Phone Number

    I knew this was complete bullshit. (Excuse my language) how hard is it to freaking take out money from your own bank account and of course I was thinking “why doesn’t your mover give me the cash?” “Why is this person being so complicated and not answering ANY of my questions?” She / he was like demanding me to freaking give them my paypal information. & me being the google everything genius that I am KNEW this had to be a freaking scam. And someone buying a car and just sending someone to pick it up? Like wouldn’t you want to see the GIFT you’re “giving” to someone. More like the money I’d be losing if I was a knucklehead .

    Anyways my answer to this :I don’t think I could do that because my parents want cash. Could your mover give me the cash ?

    Their response :Thanks so much.. I wish i could do a normally local pick up and face to face deal but presently ii am a petroleum engineer and that is why i am offering to Pay you via PayPal. I have been using PayPal to buy and sell for years now and i have never f or once had any problems whatsoever. i shall send Payment as soon as you get back to me with your PayPal email address as i am very willing to buy I hope to read from you, ASAP…Paypal is very safe and secure with transaction like this, once you have one setup and get back to me with the email address and full name attached to the paypal account you register, i will make the payment asap and you will get the payment instantly. Kindly have one setup and get back to me so i can go for the payment

    Me: you can go for the payment ? Shouldn’t I be the one going for the payment ? I am reporting your number. Get a job and stop ripping people off. Go buy yourself a life .

    If you can afford one.
    Why should we be ripped off when were working our asses off and they’re getting money FREE 😤😤

  69. felifelle says:

    +1 (480) 439-6527

    Texted me asking if the wedding dress I was selling was still available. I asked when they would like to see it. They replied ‘I would love to inspect but given to my job and current location I cannot’ then kindly insisted I set up a paypal for the transaction.

    Number above is now blocked.

    Beware! Who buys a wedding dress without looking at it first?

  70. There was a guy that emailed me regarding watching his 2 year old son while he was in town (Georgia) for 3 months from Florida. Claim it is a business trip, but has to bring his son with him because of deceased wife. He asked for my bank info to transfer funds into my account as a upfront payment, when I told him I don’t feel comfortable with that, he said we can go through PayPal so I wouldn’t have to give up any personal info. I eventually agreed to it and set up an account with PayPal but there is No funds in my account. I sent him a request from my PayPal account, then I received something from PayPal saying they temporarily suspended my account for verification reasons, but then get a email from him shortly after asking me did I cancel my account, I replied no. I verified my account through PayPal and told him it was fixed and he asked was it okay to send the payment and I replied yes it’s fine but since then I have not heard anything from him. He claims his name is Paul Volka, he’s 33 and his deceased wife name is Lura Volka and their 2 year old son name is Kelvin. He claims to be a private sculptor attached to a company name Gaiam Inc in Jacksonville Florida, his number is 724-241-8547 ( which 724 is a PA area code, but it’s a google voice I believe) he has even sent me a picture that suppose to be of him and his son, his email is Has Anyone heard of this guy??? What type of scam is this? ( If Any)

    • Fake, Fake, Fake….Everything about that guy is fake. Its a simple scam. Get as much info out of you as possible then try to grab what money you have. That’s why they go for the bank account first. Paypal later to try and hack your account. Really very basic. He is never going to pay you a dime because he doesn’t exist and is most likely in Nigeria behind a computer screen scamming people all day long. His work is made easier by people posting their family pics online all the time. Easy to grab and use.

  71. Omar Romero says:

    I was contacted by 305 501 6382 about an iPhone ad I put up. Tried to offer me 50 more than asking price and 100 for shipping to nigeria. Insisted on paying via paypal and wanted my name along with the email to it. pfft

  72. David lira says:

    Scammer contacted me today (iphone 5s for sale ad) wanted to use paypal, Was going to pay my listing price plus 100 on top. number is 530-645-3704 says he is from Auborn.

    I told him it would be easier to western union the funds to my Nigerian account LOL

  73. angstrumlak says:

    So i posted a laptop on craigslist today & about an hour later get a text with the title in it asking if its still available. I tell him yes & he offers to give me 530 plus 150 for shipping to WEST AFRICA! Thats almost 200 more then i asked for it. Hes asking for my paypal email & my account name. I told him i didn’t trust it & he goes on telling me hes a good christian & that hes all about the bible & would never steal. I need help should i trust this or not?!

  74. hotyonya says:

    I almost fell for the #1 scam on here but my gut told me something was wrong so I googled and found this blog , I am very thankful I did too because I almost gave away a ring that is worth some money …the e-mail looks so real unless you know to really look so thank you so very much the number that text me was (813) 430-4439

    • Same here…engagement ring for sale…exactly like you described in #1 above. The number is (513) 900-8078…the persons name is William Butler, and uses the address:

      10 Henry St.
      Wilmington, North Carolina

      I certainly wasn’t going to send anything without funds deposited and available to me immediately, but thank you for your information.

      • hotyonya says:

        I got a text from them last night asking if I sent the ring and this was what I sent back…..It’s a little graphic sorry

        Well I knew I was paranoid for a reason your texts just didn’t feel right and I have google so I used it crazy thing turns out that you are trying to scam me so no I didn’t better luck next time too whom ever the poor fool you ass fucks trick into giving you there shit for free …… thank you but I’m only going to deal locally and fyi PayPal will never ask for a tracking number so you might want to change that in your phony PayFake e-mail….. FUCK OFF PIECE OF SHIT

        This is what they sent back to me


        I thought it was funny couldn’t stop giggling , again sorry for the wordy dirds I wish I could post the picture of the email they wanted me to send it to China and they were in FL

      • Randy, same thing, same guy, address, everything but phone #. It’s now 631-306-4205. He didn’t get me and is quite upset. Gave me a good laugh!

  75. Got a text the same day from a 3309998680. Signed all his texts with “-MARSHAL” at the end. Said he would pay me more than I posted for, sent me emails several hours later following this exact scam process. The shipping address he wanted me to send to was someone in Nigeria. Knew it was fake when a phone number with an area code from Ohio was contacting me in Washington County, OR.

  76. Tina Harvey says:

    904 834 6697
    401 314 2639
    571 281 5470
    205 578 1251
    540 456 1235
    Just a few of the attempted scammers that contacted me

  77. brant cunningham says:

    beware of another scammer

  78. Glad we read all the postings before we fell for the great deal on this so called person buying our boat for his lovely sons birthday who is in the military!
    It’s unfortunate they have to use the military to try to pull off these scams. LOSERS!!!
    262-648-6965 was our scammers number – beware!!

  79. I posted a fridge, in great condition, yesterday, on CL. Got a text message about it today. The first text was ‘Is this still available (Insert Craigslist Post Title Here)?
    I replied that yes, it was. Next came an oddly phrased text about how long I owned it and what its ‘present condition’ was. I thought it odd the 5 pictures included in my post didn’t cover it’s….present condition….but I reiterated its good condition and easily picked up condition, sitting in the garage cleaned, wrapped, and ready to literally roll. :-P
    The next text I received was ‘Ok, sounds good, don’t worry about pick up, I will arrange it. Please provide your PayPal account information and you zip code so I can contact my SHIPPING AGENT to calculate shipping costs and proceed with payment….thanks’

    Now, with my location l listed as part of my CL Ad, and a simple shout out at Google being a quick way discover my zip code….I found that pretty odd. Someone so eager to dish out money for something, apparently unseen, prolly could’ve googled that info in less time then it would’ve taken to wait for my response. With all these red flags I did some research (Google) and found this blog. Thank you to all involved with it for sharing their experiences and the suspect symptoms to be wary of when getting involved in a PayPal transaction that is not sanctioned by EBay. My interaction with 6318619302 was easily and pretty accurately diagnosed. After being told that shipping was $240 (a figure I, as a seller, have absolutely no need to know and was quite specifically told not worry about) and doing some research here’s some insight for those with a chip on their shoulder or more time on their hands.

    Get their money in your PayPal account. And TRANSFER to your bank account IMMEDIATELY.
    Get a Sales Invoice signed by whoever the PayPal Account that transferred you the funds is registered too.
    Once the scammer tells you who’s coming to steal your shit, ask ‘em to sign a confirmation (Rate Confirmation) of exactly what is being picked up from you, by whom, who/where it’s going, and for how much….they day they are scheduled to arrive.
    When the scammers agent arrives, while they wait outside, let the scammer know the next email you’re about to send needs to be signed before anything’s put on the agents truck. It’s just a simple Bill of Lading, just for the peace of mind….something to just confirm for them that they are getting what the so generously paid for in advance. Make sure it names the Shipping Agent they chose, the Shipping Agents Vehicle Unit #, Driver Name and/or Contact Number, detailed description of what they picked up, pictures and have the individual that is named as the Shipping Agent sign it before loading up. Then, pull the $$ from your PayPal account, then let them drive off. Toss PayPal an email with all that signed paperwork attached…and see if they attempt to defend the buyers rights anymore than they would a non-EBay seller when the hacked account/fraudulent payment claim comes their way. I’d bet a dollar you keep the money, PayPal washes their hands of liability for any portion of the transaction and they simply walk away. Worst case scenario…..the scammer pays someone to pick up something they suddenly realize they prolly can’t easily get away with stealing. They shutdown the deal and pay out for the agent to come pick it up.
    If they over pay, due to shipping costs…(accidentally) only empty PayPal of the amount confirmed and signed for.

  80. R B says:

    The Real Paypal is not going to cover your losses due to fraudulent transactions from a scammer! There was and likely still one that the IP address states Paypail or similar and asks you to click on the link in your email message to forward a payment? if you do this you will be screwed! Paypal will not ever ask you to do this so why are you people thinking it`s Paypals responsibility to cover you? If you blindly use the internet to make monetary transactions without reading the fine print you will loose your money! I have been using Paypal for the last tree years without any issues and have seen these fraudulent emails and reported them accordingly! when using Paypal to request payment you should log into your account and create and invoice for the buyer whom should have already provided you with there email? Paypal will then cover your transaction!

  81. I recently posted an ad to sell my truck and someone texted me a hour later saying they will have a mover from CA come to pick up. Also, they will be paying through Paypal and to send my Paypal information. I responded that I don’t have Paypal and that I work for the Federal government( which is true). They kept on sending text messages. I have since forwarded their info to fraud dept. Beware of “Merci Smith” 423-291-6023

    • Nicole, where would I send my info to fraud dept? I have someone trying to scam me right now…Estivan Ucello. He says he’s a marine biologist wanting to give his dad a birthday present. I’ve seen other people complaining of this same person. Can’t this guy be stopped?

    • I just had a person calling himself Mike Ryan try to scam me on a car I have for sale also. Wanted paypal info and address and 2000 shipping and western union fees. 774-383-0763 phone comes back to Wellfleet MA

  82. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I was close to getting scammed. I received a text from someone wanting to buy my bike. He said he was working offshore and will pay with paypal and then arrange to have a shipping company pick the bike up. My first clue was that I asked him to give me his email in order to send him an invoice through paypal. He replied by telling me that he just needs my paypal email and he will deposit the money. Then he explained that his shipping company would not accept pay pal and that he would include the shipping costs in his payment to me. That was the big alarm! I thankfully got online and realized this is a scam and called the deal off. There was no response to that. Thanks again for posting these experiences so that I was not a victim.

  83. I am so happy that I looked up scams before following through with my sale. . . so I was selling a laptop for $150 on craigslist. Someone texts me and asks me if I still have my item (copied the title) then they said
    “Awaiting your quick response.” (after I already responded. They they sent me this message.
    “Are you sure is still in good working condition?I will offer you $250 including shipping so get back to me if my offer is okay or not it is very urgent ”
    I thought this was a little sketchy and I had some red flags coming up in my head because they were offering $100 more than what I asked. I ignored the red flags and they sent me the following messages.
    “so kindly get back to me with your paypal email address so that i can proceed with the payment”
    I gave them my paypal. . .
    “Yes i got your paypal email address account…I will make the payment now.?paypal will have the shipping address attached to paypal payment confirmation mail that will be sent to you….Will want you to assure me that this item has been sold to me by taking the AD down now. You are to make the shipment via USPSEXPRESS Mail Post Office.and i will get back to you once am through with the payment”
    Here is where my common sense started to kick in and I am going what the hell. This person never answered any of my questions directly. Here are the messages that followed.
    “and two for e to know that you have taking down the AD of the post and you sold the laptop to me send me the link of the post”

    “Okay i will make out the payment now and once am through with the payment i will get back to you and let you know tomorrow okay”

    “A on payment nowa nd you will make out the shipment fist thing in the morning”

    I found this blog and read the scam stories and I am so glad I found them. I told this guy sorry cash only I changed my mind and they asked why. I said you’re trying to scam me and they replied “if you think so no p i will look for a good one thx so much.”

    You guys just saved me $250. Thank you.

    This person’s phone number is 561-240-2551 watch out!!!

  84. Alex Markin says:

    These scams are so wide spread that I am wondering whether Craigslist is going after these people and throwing the book at them. I personally have given up on posting anything there. With one exception, all I get are scammers.

  85. I just got a text from a (347) 704-2702 and knew it was weird when they asked for paypal. I gave them an email i use for non personal stuff and gave him a fake name and he said the payment is going through and that he included a $350 movers fee for them to pick it up hahaha. So glad i found this site. I wouldnt have done the paypal anyways but im able to mess with them and have fun with it since i read the article haha

  86. Thank god for all your post. I am selling a wedding dress on craigslist and i got a text from 818. 351. 9281 and 302.585.4781. I shut down the 818# real quick because they asked to send me a cerified check from their bank. Now the 302# almost got me until they email me from asking could they send me the money for their “courier” as well because the payment wouldnt go thru for them. Supposedly she is an oceanographer and is on the water.She said she would send extra money and I am to send it to the courier thru western union. UMMMMM no. I didnt feel comfortable with it and decided to google craigslist scams and came across this site. Whewww lawd this could have been a pain in my a$%^

    • Yesi Estrada says:

      Thanks for your post… same person offered to buy my dress – I received a check but will not cash. I just emailed her and told her she was busted . SHe has not bothered to reply. She used the same number 818-351-9281

  87. Desiree' Re says:

    Btw the number from the scammer is 702-508-5030! BEWARE

  88. Desiree' Re says:

    Scammer just contacted me with the same verbiage above claiming they are ok with the price and will pay thru PP with charges on them…after I sent my PP info..I found this forum… Whew…dodging a bullet from scum buckets in Nigeria as we speak!

  89. ZeitCyks says:

    I listed an electric scooter on Craigslist today and received a text supposedly from 213.992.5334. Says his name is Jordan Daily. He wants to use PayPal to buy my scooter and will have someone pick it up. He can’t talk cause he’s in the military and on base. He asked for my email paypal account. I asked his email so I could invoice him. He provided, “”. I just replied and told him to have his hauler bring cash. No response. Oh yeah, at first he was going to add $900 for shipping, but then said he would just have someone pick it up for him. Checked PayPal and their protection policy only works if seller can provide proof of shipping. Didn’t know about the Ebay Only policy. Be careful!!

    • Ripsaw Blitz says:

      Same thing. Serviceman in Jacksonville in the Navy, hectic schedule, wants to buy my car for his son, and because of his hectic schedule will pay through PayPal and have shipping company pick up car. I responded that he should send cash with the shipper, I will take the cash to my bank a couple of miles away and verify the funds, then have the notary verify the funds (also check for counterfit cash). If all is well, then i will have them witness my signing the title over and send them on their way. No reply! Funny! He went to the trouble of asking me details about the car but can’t come and look at it in person.Cash is still King on Craig’s list.

    • Becky Taylor says:

      I just got a text from the same guy! The whole thing seemed sketchy, who spends that kind of money without even seeing the bike! Thanks for posting.

  90. Richard Techenson says:

    More Scammers to List…
    Same style messages as above wanting to use PayPal when my post says WILL NOT SHIP or ACCEPT PAYPAL.
    It’s getting lame and old trying to sell anything with all this non-sense. What happened to Decent People!

  91. I received many offers about an boat I listed on Craigs list. Numerous responses and text/emails flooded my phone and email. In the description of the boat, I listed the price 3 times in the posting. That being said, several responses where:
    -I am away on business trip
    -I am buying for a friend
    -I am at work and cant use work phone (lol then why not use your home or cell phone right?)
    -I will be sending someone to pick up the item. (told them to make sure the carrier hand cash!!!)

    ALL of the above responded, consider the boat sold, take it off the market/Craigs list. Then ALL of the responders then asked what was the last offer? HOLY SHIT red flag city!!! It was listed 3 times in the listing on Craigslist why would they ask last offer! So i replied, you owe me 1 million dollars, I will expect payment in full by western union! :) Funny noone ever responded back :(

    Good luck peeps,… and just remember if its “TO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT IS!!!”

  92. I received an email from Micheal Owen (Micheal Owen ) that is exactly like what I’ve been seeing on here. I am in a hurry to sell my furniture because I’m moving soon, so I didn’t even think this was weird even though the writing in the emails was atrocious. Luckily, the day after I received the emails, I realized something was not right. I was a bit freaked out that I had sent them my email address and my home address, but from what I’ve read on here, there really isn’t anything they can do with this information. I pray that is indeed true!

    Here are the emails I received.

    Hello,i went through your advert on criaglist and i love the post hope it’s still available for sale?

    Okay i will want you to mail me the condition and the final price

    Thanks so much for the mail back I’m ready to pay your asking price
    but not cash in person because I’m currently in a conference and calls
    are restricted at the moment and my only quickest payment option is
    PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the
    PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you
    don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one,Just
    log onto and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase
    as fast as possible? As I am buying this post item for my daughter
    and I’m very sure she will love this bed,cause she has show me some
    pics which i know this one am buying is one of it and i want you to
    know that I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment
    clears in your account and he will handle the title for me. I look
    forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Zip code for pickup:

    Okay that cool to hear kindly send me your full name and your paypal
    email and the post address and has soon has I make the payment I will
    let you know

    Thanks for the info. I am glad to inform you that I have made the
    payment and you ought to have gotten the confirmation from PayPal by
    now. Kindly check your PayPal email address for the confirmation alert
    from PayPal and follow the PayPal instructions. But I had a little
    problem with the mover they said they can only schedule the pick up
    date and time after they receive their money for the pick up fee via
    Western Union money transfer. So I included $300.00 they charged for
    the pickup and $50 for the Western Union charges and $450.00 for the
    Sofa and Dining Room Set. PayPal will instruct you on how to get the
    money sent to my mover

    The payment has been made and the money has been deducted from my
    account…Kindly get the shipping fee sent to the name and address
    below and send the details to PayPal email customer care for your
    total funds to be credited. I believe that since payment has been
    made, the advert should be taken off the site and please do let me
    know your free date and time so that i can give it to my mover to use
    it to register the date and time they will be coming for the pick up
    in your location.
    Address:1144 s 32nd st,
    City:Nicholas Ville
    Zip code:40356
    Country U.S.A

  93. insainone says:

    I received this offer on my motorcycle today. It is from a Walcott Schnieder with the email address and the same from another email address

    I’m interested, you should consider it sold .I want to buy it for
    someone and the  payment would be  through PayPal . I am out at sea
    ,So i won’t be available for the picking up but a Pick Up Agent would
    be coming  for the picking  up so therefore i would  like you to
    forward your Paypal email address in order to make the payment with
    more pictures .
      Moreover, The picking up would be at a designated place or your
    residence. And i am offering  additional $ 100 to your final price in
    order  to keep it off from other  offers.  Lastly,i am looking forward
    to your hearing with the name and the email address on  your PayPal
    account so that i could make the payment asap and  i will appreciate
    if you could send more pics as i would not be seeing it in person .

    This has to be fake!!!!! Bc my luck is not that good lol. To good to be true…..

  94. craftsmanbungalow says:

    I smelled scam immediately when I got a text for something I’m selling for over $500. Starts off…” Is your — still for sale?” using the exact title I used. The title was redundant so I found that weird. I answer “yes” and then he writes ( in 3 replies and out of order) “I am pleased with the price and would love to pay you via PayPal and the charges are on me. Send your email address, etc.” He also asks to have me confirm by removing the post. So I ask him where he is and he responds “Try and see reason with me. I don’t have access to a post office over here, I can’t send you a check. I wish I have access to Western Union money transfer it would have been a very good option but am still out of town right now the only access I have is by effecting the payment via my onine paypal account” Geeze. The number is 347-353-9807 he texted from.

    • dave mcirvin says:

      today, 7/27/2014. Posted item on local CO craigslist and received an email within 15 mins after posting the listing .
      follow up texts were nearly identical as your attempted scam artist but with a different phone number from same area code (347) 363-1588

      • Craigslist is full of scammers. If you want a clean well regulated site you should place your ad on our classifieds section. You will not get spammy responses like that.

  95. Alex Markin says:

    The flat term “cash and carry” for these scamsters is like a garlic cross for vampires. They scat. My latest was a Jesus King thing from the NY area responding to a sale in South Florida. On any text messages I immediately check area code. That is usually the give away.

  96. I think we should all send a steaming pile of shit to the Nigeria address or maybe some legal pot, that might pique the FBIs interest. Sorry for my joke, love the site, will spread the word

  97. cmcdowning says:

    I listed a guitar on Craigslist a few days ago, and got this sketchy response from a potential buyer. After the first email, I got a little suspicious and decided to do some research that led me to this site. I was unaware that this type of scam even existed until now. It turns out that the same guy who was bothering me had actually managed to rip-off another member of this thread….so my last email to this prick was for you, Chuck! Y’all take care, and stay away from this guy.
    “Ok, I am Duke Jr,I m purchasing this for a friend due to, he is a novice to online and don’t really like solving on internet due to
    numerous scam activities. I will appreciate more pictures if available & also make sure it is in condition described before concluding on how i will be sending your money.Do you have paypal account because, I have a paypal account that I can easily send money through because,
    its good for business payments. Get back to me with your paypal email address and name in order for me to have your money sent on time. I would av preferred calling but due to my hearing impairment meaning
    loss of my hearing  partially my inability to make phone calls.Confirm sale to me and remove the add from posting. Regards”

    “Thanks for your inquiry. I’m also skeptical of concluding any business without face-to-face contact, or a live phone call. If you are unable to meet in-person or make the call, I’m sure that you could have a liason complete the task. I can provide as many pictures as you like, and a demo of the guitar’s performance. Thanks”
    “As regards my previous message, I stated i would have loved to come over for personal inspection but my choices are limited by the phone due to my ear damage and this was caused due to the heavy sound while i was working offshore due to the heavy sound of the Oil Rigs.  I am an honorable man and you will receive your money cash in hand before the shipping agent come for final pickup at your residence. However, it’s free & easy to create a paypal account, it’s like instant cash. As soon as you open an account, get back to me with the name and email that you linked with your paypal account and I will have your money sent asap.”

    I’m so unhappy to hearing about your hearing loss due to the heavy sound on oil rigs. I wouldn’t feel very good about myself if I sold a guitar to someone who couldn’t hear it due to ear damage due to heavy sounds on oil rigs! Now I’m convinced that you are a very honorable man, indeed. Is there any way I could just send you free cash for Ear Damage Surgery?
    Regards “

  98. Bill S says:

    I just received this from a gentleman that is currently out at sea, I told him his agent is more than welcome to come and visit me at my work at the Dept of Homeland Security building and I am dying to ask his agent a few questions.

    I am a marine technician and am always busy at sea. I am contacting you via email because that works best for me as we are not allowed to make or receive calls frequently for security reasons. Presently, I am on duty and coming to your residence for inspection won’t be possible as i have said earlier. I have gone through the add and for what am seeing am highly interested in immediate purchase of it. I am buying this for my son as a surprise gift and I would love to go ahead with the deal right away. Kindly get back to me with the following questions below:

    1) Are you the Owner?
    2) Pick up Location?
    3) Your PayPal Email ID to effect the payment
    4) Your absolute rock bottom price?

    Note that I have a pick up agent that will come for pick up after payment have been received which would be through PayPal If this is acceptable. I will be paying you online via my PayPal account which is linked to my bank account because it is the only form of payment that I have access to right now and also because of its good security nature, All I will need is Your pick up location,PayPal Email ID and rock bottom price to effect the payment and if you don’t have PayPal account yet, it is very easy to set up and am pretty sure you will love their service, go to and get it set up,

    Looking forward to reading from you,


    • Gioia says:

      Thanks so much for posting this in full. I just got the same email and it sounded fishy, but I’ve never sold a high ticket item before, so I started googling. Seeing that you got the same exact email, word-for-word, just saved me from potentially making a stupid mistake. I had tentatively answered the person’s first email while I’ve been asking around and researching this. Just in case others have done the same, here’s the second stage to that scam:


      At least one thing can be said about this scam: The moment the buyer, “Luke Garcia,” began asking me to send HIM money, I knew without a doubt this was fake. Nice of him to include such a tip-off. From the second paragraph on, not even someone as exhausted and harried as I currently am could miss the obvious problems.

      Again, thanks for sharing your email. Thanks, too, to the blog owner for the great post!

      • Gioia says:

        Hmm.. I must have committed a coding error. Here’s the text of that scam email, stage 2, once again:

        I have just made the payments now and i expect PayPal to have emailed by now and it has been successfully deducted from my account, i sent $3,100USD in all to your PayPal Account Note….. I found the copy of the message PayPal sent to me in my spam mail, should in case you haven’t receive in your inbox you can as well check your spam/junk folder am sure you will find the PayPal confirmation email in one of those box.

        I added $1000USD meant for pick up fee commission and delivery and $100USD for the western union charges fee, they said they have emailed you to this effect, you will need to send the $1,000USD to the pick up agent via western union money transfer,so that PayPal can credit $3,100USD into your account as soon as you have emailed the western union details (Actual Amount Sent,10-Digits MTCN#,Sender name and Sender Address) to PayPal Customer Care, i added extra $100USD to cover the western union charges which shouldn’t be more that $76-$89, below is the address of the pickup agent as stated by PayPal. i have the receipt of this payment as well

        Name: Connie Jaquez
        City: Seminole
        State: Texas
        Zip code: 79360
        Country:United State

        Get back to PayPal with the required details

        I will need the details of the transfer once you have sent fund . . .
        1.The MTCN number that is the 10 digits number on the Western Union receipt
        2.Sender’s name and address used in sending the money
        3.Actual amount sent


      • Mico Tang says:

        I got the same exact text but with a different person. I feel really dumb for falling for this bull… I’m just thankful I didn’t let it go too far. Is there any way to get our money back? Or at least find this dickhead?

      • If you lost money, consider it an expensive lesson. I doubt that any agency (private or public) will spend any time and effort to help you. It’s the same as when your car gets stolen. Kiss it good-bye because the cops don’t really look for it. You would have to track them down yourself and considering that most of these are in other countries, it’s not really worth the effort. A few hundred dollars is not worth the time and energy and aggravation that you will waste trying to get it back. Chalk it up as a donation to someone who is more desperate than you are. If it was done with Paypal or a credit card you could look into a chargeback through them.

  99. Todd Stewart says:

    After getting several of these on my travel trailer ad I have added the following text to the Ad:

    To all you pathetic PayPal scammers: Don’t bother emailing me with the I am a Marine Engineer, Out at sea, in Africa, or whatever and I can only pay via PayPal and I have someone that will come pick it up. This is a CASH ONLY sale and the buyer must pick up the trailer in person.

    • And I’m sure you will still get the annoying emails because those people have no shame. ;)

      • Todd Stewart says:

        Yup, got another one this morning. You gotta love the opening sentance from the fake PP email: “We Sincerely Seek Your Esteemed Co-operation In Order To Get The Total Fund Released To Your Account.” Who the heck talks/writes like that?!? I do enjoy messing with these losers.

    • jameslyricee says:

      Todd, ill like to know the guy that says hes a marine engineer out to sea. To tell you the truth, I know this guy from lagos Nigeria. His name is lanre oyekan, he likes to scam people on the internet saying he is a navy senior chief and he works for a project overseas.
      If u receive an email from anyone telling u about a business you can make good money, do not attempt to listen to that person, it is a scam from africa, most especially lagos nigeria, he or she might tell u he or she works for the unitedstates military and he or she is out to sea on deployment, be careful guys.I have seen and met this guy and you might be lucky to find out if he is the same guy sending you this email paypal scam.
      Guys be careful, if he attempt to ask you for some money via paypal.ask for his name, investigate who and where the person is from.
      The nigerian guy I told u about travels back and forth to sandiego, houston and other cities and he scams people for a living.
      Be very careful so you dont end up a victim

  100. Chuck Sykes says:

    i was so stupid i got burned. i got an email from wanting to buy for a friend. Before that, a woman named emailed me and said she would add $500 to the purchase price (which they did not quibble with) but she implored me to go to the nearest western union office with $500 of my own funds and then it would be added to my deposit. i did not. however, the next buyer, kruppdukejr1, i received an email from on behalf of Service ****@***pay—pay and interestingly enough relfecting a deposit in my account of $1870.00 with the paypal logo and everything. i don’t know how they did did it, but stupid must be in my family, i went to western union and sent $570 to a guy in Florida (Naples) named Joshua Regnier who picked up the money within 2 hours. i then got an email from krupp saying he had confirmed with paypal that the money would be active in my account within two hours. it wasn’t.
    All i can do now is try to find these people through the local officials and press charges, but i doubt if anything will happen to them, and i sure don’t expect my money back. the email receipt of funds looked so very authentic i didn’t stop to think. i’m naming names so everyone can see who all tried this little venture and if you hear from any of them, email me. i have reported it to the fraud department of western union (which will probably do no good), and am filing a police report with Dallas PD. I spoke with Naples FL PD and they told me to send a copy of the police report to them. this seems to be an organized ring of sorts because i got a 3rd request for the final price from another woman. started out the same way.
    just want you to know. Laugh if you like, because that’s all my wife and i can do right now is laugh at our lesson learned late in life. I find it hard to believe that it’s easier to steal than to work for a living. in the first place, why would paypal use western union when they are just like western union (i wasn’t thinking) . Then Krupp writes me back and says he has nothing to do with it, his computer was hacked and they got $900 from his brotherinlaw. RIGHT.
    Folks, you have the names. so if you hear from anyone wanting to add to your asking price for you to pay shipping, don’t fall for it.

    • Sorry to hear about your situation. My advice for anyone who gets this similar situation is, “Receipts can be faked!”. Always log in to your paypal account and make sure the money is there for REAL. Never trust any correspondence anyone sends you. And yes, it is easier to be a crook than to work for a living. These people have existed since the beginning of time. The term “Snake oil salesman” comes to mind. I’m sure they were probably selling fake rocks during the stone ages also. ;)

    • I looked for a job on Craig’s list. Got an answer from they asked for my résumé, asked me to fax a test written by hand – the said I was HIRED and sent a contract – which like the silly goose that I am, I filled – so here they are with my info in hand. Now a person named Cathleen Tiger asks me if I have an ebay account, how many feedbacks, if I have a Paypal account – and for how long. All the emails used weird, slightly broken English. But I thought since they have a website, that they simply hired an illiterate – not a crook. Finally this Cathleen Tiger emails me that her secretary is on vacation, that I should sell stuff for them on eBay and I’ll get 10%. At that point I woke up, realized there is no job and that I am being conned. I wrote them telling them I’ll report all this to the FBI. This C. Tiger answered that they are legit (yeah, right) and they’ll DELETE my info – then said they’ll contact me when they open their office in town. How – if they deleted my info?!? I feel sick to my stomach and these people will get away with their crimes. Maybe they are using my name to rob somebody else, even while I write this. Beware!!

    • cmcdowning says:

      Hi Chuck, I just wanted to say thanks for your warning. I recently listed a few guitars on CL and was contacted by a pushy buyer who insisted on using PayPal. I was suspicious of his absurd language and told him I would only deal with someone I could speak with directly. He said that he couldn’t use the phone due to severe hearing loss (oil rig explosion). When I asked him why a person with severe hearing loss would want to buy a guitar, he said he was doing it for a friend that was wary of internet scams. Luckily, I was also wary and decided to do a little research. That’s when I came across this helpful blog. If you’re still trying to build a case against this prick:
      He’s latched-on to me now, but doesn’t know that I know. Maybe I could help, you’ve certainly helped me.

  101. Vicky Liu says:

    I have a question. I’m the buyer and the seller wants us to use paypal to do the transaction. WOuld I be able to get my money back fi it is a fraud?

    • Yes, you can, but there are many conditions. Read up on the PayPal conditions so you can protect yourself. Go to PayPal and read their Buyers and Sellers guides so you know their current rules.

  102. I am selling a princess cut diamond ring and I got text messages from all of these phone numbers.
    (773)669-1433 Joes Bold
    (513)900-8078 Jim Howard
    (702)208-2512 Adenuga Edward
    They all wanted to pay me extra for shipping and also they all wanted to pay by Paypal. I only sell local and take cash!!!

    • (513)900-8078 – My son is trying to sell a diamond ring and he listed it on Craig’s List. He received a reply by text from this number, as did the lady above. Luckily, my son is smart enough to say, “in person and cash only.” I looked up this number to find out that the carrier is a landline registered in Ohio, many hours away from we are. I happened along this post, and thought I’d add a “strike” against this number, as well.

  103. Kendra Myers says:

    Im selling a high-end oven and this is the response I received from a Kathy Rose lol:

    Thanks for the email, I m a marine technician and I am ways busy at sea… I am contacting you via email because that works best for me as we are not allowed to make or receive calls frequently for security reasons. Presently, I am duty and coming to your residence for inspection won’t be possible as I have said earlier. I have gone through the advertisement add and for what am seeing through the advertisement add am highly interested in immediate purchase of it. So kindly get back to me with its present condition and Your absolute bottom price as I would love to ahead with the deal right away.

    1. are you the owner?
    2. pick up location
    3. Your paypal email id to effect the payment

    Lolol lets start with NO AMERICAN talks like this, secondly if you are always out to sea then why in the hell do you need a high end gourmet oven, next let me say I was in the military and currently work for the government so I am not new to security provisions but you are telling me you can’t receive or make calls but you can email me from a gmail account? lol, next are you adding my advertisements? Next why the hell do you care if I am the owner or not, you already said you are at sea so why do you need the pick up location, for security purposes I doubt you could use Paypal and who says”your PayPal email Id to effect the payment?”

    • One thing also that many people seem to forget is that its really stupid to use PayPal because they will charge you fees. They take out a percentage of the money sent to you as fees. I doubt that the other party is willing to send it with additional fees, or that they will mark it as a gift to you a friend of theirs. It’s just not smart no matter how you slice it.

    • I think these are MY crooks! “Mine” also used “kindly” a lot!

      • I think I have just received this scam regarding the sale of my car through Craig’s List. Buyer says he is at sea, a marine biologist, will pay full price plus fees. He is buying it for his cousin. Now he wants me to pay the shipper once the money is in PayPal. All these above postings have confirmed my suspicions.

      • Ripsaw Blitz says:

        Same scam! My buyer is in the Navy. LOL!

  104. Last night, technically this morning at 1:50 A.M. I received a text message frome Katie Perry Lee, (LOL) She told me she was pleased with my ad for my 2002 Nissan Maxima, She proceeded to say ” I Only do Business through paypal, do you have an account, if so can i have your full name and email listed on it”. I will send you 2400 and a shipping agency will come pick it up for me. I am currently working on my vacation farm in Arizona. (Who works on a farm in the summer while they are on Vacation?) I asked her to call me and she said I am Mute i can not talk on the phone, I asked if she could wire me money through western union or money order, or even a personal check. She said She has no form of transportation thus is why she was wanting the vehicle, when i asked her for her email she did not respond, i then said I can meet you halfway in texas and take 2000 dollars she said she could only use paypal, never once asked why I am selling my car, is this a scam, or does katie perry really want my car hahaha

  105. Thank you for the response. I’m buying it for my Dad as a gift and I want it as a surprise package to appreciate him towards his achievements and should be delivered before my arrival to Wisconsin cause my family resides in Wisconsin.

    Anyways, I am working as a Construction Engineer and we are presently offshores in USA/Mexico and we do not have access to phones at the moment so am working 15days offshore and 15days onshore that’s why I contacted you with internet web messaging application and you can easily text me on my phone number (210) 201 7491.

    Please I will need to ask a few question from you:

    – Where is it located at the moment and can I see more closer pictures?

    – Does it have any history I should be aware of?

    – Why are you selling if you don’t mind my asking and What is your last price?

    I am already in talks with the courier that will handle the pick-up and delivery to Wisconsin. As regards the payment, I can pay you through direct bank deposit, using paypal instant bank wire transfer service. I will need your bank details (Bank name, routing#, account # and name of account). If you are not comfortable with that, you can set up a paypal account @ and I will make the payment through paypal, this way all I will need is your paypal email address. Hope to read from you soon.

    kelvin cath

    kelvin cath’s profile photo

    • Rick Massey says:

      I received the following text message from this same scammer:
      Is your RV advert still available?Pls get back to me with your firm price on ( ) ASAP. Thank you !!

    • Jessie Gray says:

      I had the exact scam happen recently when I was helping my stepdad sell his drum set on Craigslist. The lady said she was on a ship and didn’t have access to a phone due to no signals. Then, she said that an agent would pick up my stepdad’s drums if I Money Gram her money she was going to send me. I am so happy that my stepdad and I caught on to what she was doing before anything bad happened.

      • Got a similar message on my Facebook page, telling me this guy is a marine biologist working for the navy – that he likes me and wants my email address. He had a Facebook in his name – but the idiots had used a CARNIVAL CRUISE ship as a background! The name of the ship was visible!! The page was gone within a day.

      • Ripsaw Blitz says:

        All these scammers out to sea and having to deal with things for family and friends who are here on land. Hmmm? Add 714-696-0818 to the list. All text responses.

  106. i am sell a car on craigslist and a man text me telling me he wanted it and was going to pay with paypal i thought it would be fine he says he sent the payment and i needed to send 650 of it to a shipper in new mexico thats when i started thinking something is wrong so i called paypal and it was a scam. they told me to forward the email and now the man is telling me that i have to do it and if i dont i could go to jail. i have responded to his texts. just got a email from telling me if i dont send the money with in 24 hour they will take legal action and they have informed the FBI

    • Hahahahaha that is hilarious. Don’t worry NOTHING will happen to you. If you look at the emails from PayPal you will see in the RAW text from your email server that the email comes from some place else but they modify the sender to make it look official. Its BS, dont worry.

    • hahaha it happen to me just yesterday I also did call Paypal the real one I also reported to Google because the return email address was a Google account: and the name that contact me was Alicia Doughty and then they wanted me to send to a Marie Lambrecht in buffalo Minnesota. 3 different names I was given.

  107. cee19 says:

    Ok so a few months ago I was looking for a job I came across a interesting ad on Craigslist for a housekeeping job. The job was 3 to 4 days a week and I would be paid $400 weekly. I responded to the ad and they said I would be cleaning their families house until they moved in and if I still wanted to work there as their housekeeper I would be able to. I told them I would like to move forward with the process. I was asked my name, birthday, email, home address, phone number, and city. I provided the information and we was suppose to set up a time for a interview. A few days later I received a email with a tracking number stating my payment was on its way. They also stated that they was were in the hospital so they were sending extra money for me to send to the painter via Western union. Once the check arrived I called the number on the fed ex envelope and they told me they never sent anything to me and their records showed several things were sent using there fed ex account without their knowledge. The person that sent me the check began to email me constantly telling me to deposit the check and take my $400 and send $1200 to the “painter”. I told him I would but the bank said the check looked fraudulent so I didn’t even bother with it. I emailed them and told them the check was fake and they began threatening me. They told me to send the money now or they would send the police to get me.

  108. RickEtsuko says:

    add this one.. I even copied my response to the KC FBI and the scammer still replied back…..

    So – let me get this right – you want to buy my 32 ft 11,000 lb and 11.5 ft
    wide sailboat and will have some one “pick it up”? $25,000 and no survey
    Are you out of town? I thought I recognized this scenario.

    Please confirm this situation so the fine folks at the KC FBI can let me
    know that you are on the level and not another Craigslist scammer.

    Thanks for your kind and courteous reply.


    —–Original Message—–
    From: Joel Raymond
    Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2014 1:12 PM
    To: Rick
    Subject: Re: 32 morgan

    Thanks for getting back to me, just asking about it to make sure its
    in good condition, so can you assure me i will not be disappointed?
    also no shipment involved as i have a mover that will come for it, Im
    okay with the price and condition, I can only pay you via (PayPal) do
    you have a PayPal account? Let me know asap so i can arrange the
    payment through PayPal. my shipper will be coming to pick it up as
    soon as the payment clears into your account, Await your reply.

    I found your post on Craiglist, so I wanted to know if you still have
    the item available for sale. Please let me know the conditions and
    also send me some recent photos so I can be sure of what I am buying.

    Please note that all the replies are sent with the “found your post on craigslist” section like an auto signature. he is responding to so many and is too lazy to type it each time he tries this scam.

    Thanks to all who created this page to help identify these people

    • This is a tremendously useful site. Just moments ago I was contacted via text by an individual who asked ?s for which the info was clearly stated in the ad – very formulaic, and the agreed to pay the asking price through paypal and a mover would then come to pick up the item after “confirmation” of payment. They used an Michigan area code but said they were from Mississippi when I asked. I am in Charleston. As much as I would like to sell this dining set and free up some space as well as $ the rat smell was pretty strong. I told them I did not have a paypal account and told them that a money order/certified check would be fine.
      That is when the text conversation came to a halt – I called the # but only reached the standard cellphone greeting.
      As soon as he/she mentioned paypal I googled my way to this site and the rest is history. Trust your gut – its always better to walk away from the deal if you are not feeling it.
      Gracias to all.

  109. This time they did not use PayPal. Beware of ‘Steven Butland’!

    My wife just experienced the scam where the scammer sends you MORE money than you asked for. They asked for her to please just wire the balance to their “shipping agent” through Western Union they will arrange a pickup. If you do this, then the scammer files a charge-back saying their account has been hacked, and that they never intended to send you any money. The bank then debits the money from your account.

    Beware of this Steven Butland scam! Below is the FedEx label that delivers the over payment check, ostensibly from ‘David & Company’ of Boston, MA. David & Company is a legitimate business (I think) that deals in jewelry.

    • Thank God for this share as I’m thinking to apply for pay pal to start my business. What about pay pal here? Is that safe? Or full of scams too? Thanks again

      • Pay Pal is safe as long as you are careful how you use it. Be sure to turn on all the safetys and have your buttons encrypted. You should be fine.

    • dmcarter81 says:

      Here’s a story that happened momenst ago. thank goodness for this site. I was selling some parts on craigslist and someone began their scamming. he wants to send me extra money and finally reveals a fake name. Start at Bottom and go up

      richard ben wrote: Name: Adebayo Williams

      ME: i know how western union works, but need to know the agent name to have a name for western union

      richard ben wrote:
      contact them they will explain it to you

      ME:which company is this> wrote:
      okay you can contact them trough there number but you can only text them through this number 307) 298-0851

      ME: do you have a particular agent in mind? how can i contact them and make sure everything is legit.

      You will send them the money via western union before they can come overthere

      ME:so will i pay them the 200 when they get here. havent used an agent before

      I want to send the pick up agent to your side and they only charge $200 for the pick up so include the money in the invoice

      • Whenever someone talks about agent pickup, sending extra money, uses bad grammar, etc. i immediately delete the email. These scams are not hard to spot.

  110. Bill Thomas says:

    Now check this ..this scammer is even replyign to my email where i said i accept only cash— see below…tops all in WHO. Read it
    Email came as below:
    Establish your final selling price with my mom on
    I replied to that email address
    Calls her self : Charlotte Linney and wrote:
    Good to hear back from you. I’m satisfied with the price and the
    condition. Presently, i am out of town with my WORLD HEALTH
    ORGANIZATION TEAM to raise funds for People Living with Diabetes and i
    won’t be able to come for the inspection due to the nature of my work.
    I will be paying you through PayPal as it is the only Medium at which
    i can send Payment at the Moment.if you don’t have a PayPal account,
    It’s pretty easy to set up a PayPal account at . it’s
    just a few minutes away from signing up. it’s safe and secure for both
    Parties and i have been using PayPal to buy and sell for years now
    without problems. Pls get back to me with your FINAL SELLING PRICE and
    PayPal email so i can proceed with the payment and contact the Pick up
    Agent who will come
    for the Pick up
    I look forward to your Positive response
    I replied: We only do cash.
    She is a tough one replied back this:
    I do strictly cash deals but presently, I’m away on an assignment and
    that is why i am offering to Pay you via PayPal. I have been using
    PayPal to buy and
    sell for years now and i have never for once had any problems
    whatsoever. I Also have a 90% Customer rating with PayPal. i’ll send
    full Payment as soon as you provide me with your PayPal email address

    Any person would think this is for real, but I see a scam and your post confirms it…Mom turned into Charlotte and works for WHO …wow and you want to buy when you are out of town without seeing it.>>I would rather not sell it instead of getting into trouble with scammers and this time quite stubborn scammer.

  111. We are also selling a motorcycle and first received a text message, then an email (below) that was almost word for word as above also!! He used a different Gmail address in the text than what was in the email. He claimed he couldn’t call us, only send a text. That was a red flag so I did some Googling and found this site. Thank you!!!!

    Oscar Morales Email:

    Thanks for the reply back. I’m just asking about it to make sure its in good condition as am buying it for my son as a birthday surprise gift and he doesn’t know about it, so can you assure me i will not be disappointed? I’m a Molecular biologist / Oceanographer and am currently on sea right now which is strictly no calls. I study subduction erosion and effects of benthic foraminifera. My Mode of payment is PayPal because i don’t have access to my bank account online, but i have it attached to my PayPal account. Since I’m requesting this transaction to be done via PayPal, I will be responsible for all the PayPal fees/charges on this transaction, if you don’t have an account with PayPal, it’s pretty easy, safe and secure to open one. Just log on to I hope we can make this transaction as fast as possible. Less I forgot, I have a Mover that will come for pickup once payment is cleared in your PayPal account and they will be handling the title for me, as I look forward to hearing from you with your PayPal information as requested below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Address for Pick Up:
    Phone Number:

    Awaiting your response asap..

    • I love these guys. They can never be a regular guy making a purchase. They always have these fancy titled jobs that they are involved in. The sad part about it is that most of these scammers sitting in a hut in Nigeria probably have no more than a 5th grade education. I get a good laugh from these every time. :)

      • The really sad part is there are a lot of naïve people out there that aren’t savvy with these SOB’s. We aren’t experienced with selling things on Craig’s List but know people who are who sent us your link after I forwarded the email. (thank you again 1000 times!!! :)) Both hubby and I have worked with law enforcement both state and federal, (retired) so we had the automatic red flags along with cynicism which made us search and ask further. I have to thank you so much for your site.

    • I just got an email that was almost IDENTICAL to this. Phew! Glad I looked here first. Now to send a sassy response haha.

    • Hi Bill. I guess I fell for this one. I just gave that info yesterday on an email was but second guessing it , so I decided to look at some sites on scams. They haven’t gotten any merchandise from me yet, But I gave them my info you listed above. What can they do with that info? Do I need to change or cancel anything. Please help! :) Thanks!! DBG

  112. I am looking for a vacation rental in Chicago and came across one that honestly looks too good to be true. In the leading lines it states that it is a six bedroom unit. Later it says it’s a four bedroom unit. I answered the ad using my email and now I’m nervous that I did. The ad lists the cost at$190. In the email response from the DUPLEX owner he says:
    Thanks for the interest in my apartment, Yes my apartment is available for your date April 4th – April 8th, 4 nights, My apartment is cost $160 per night with a security deposit of $300 which will be refundable at the end of your stay if nothing is damage on my property.
    4 nights at $160 per night: $640
    Security Deposit: $300
    Total to be paid to secure your date : $940
    Note: Payment most be made so your date will be secured. after payment receipt will be sent to you which you will be bringing along with you on your arrival.
    Hope to read back from you soon as so for me to send you the Agreement form and form of payment detail.

    Now that I have answered him with my email, what should I do to protect my email?

    • You don’t need to worry much at all. There isn’t much this person can do to your email account unless he is a hacker of some sort. Otherwise just spam the guy and you will never need to see his emails again. If you are worried, just make sure you have a good password, or change it to a better one now. If any of your online stuff uses this email, make certain that the same password is not used for all of them so even if they did hack your account they cant get farther than that. Most emails now are very good about that. Last year someone tried to hack into my Gmail account and Gmail stopped it cold because geolocation told Gmail they were in South America (or Africa I forget) which is not where I am. So it was stopped cold and I had to reset my password to gain access again.

  113. Gill says:

    I was selling a painting on Craigslist and received an email that went something like this:

    “Catherine Hudson
    11:23 PM (57 minutes ago)

    to me
    Good to hear back from you. What is your final asking price? I’m okay
    with the condition.
    Presently, i am out of town for my vacation and i won’t be able to come for
    the inspection due to my location. Moreover, I would have loved
    to call but am out of service for days now which
    restricts calls.I have a pick up agent who will be coming for the pick up
    after the transaction has been completed. I will be paying you through
    PayPal as it is the only Medium at which i can send Payment at the Moment.
    I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too
    since i won’t be be able to see this in person. And if you don’t have a
    PayPal account, It’s pretty easy to set up a PayPal account at it’s just a few minutes away from signing up. it’s
    safe and secure for both Parties and i have been using PayPal to buy
    and sell for years
    now without problems. Pls get back to me with your PayPal email so i
    can proceed with the payment and contact the Pick up Agent who will
    come for the Pick up of the item.
    I will need these following details so i can proceed with the payment right

    1:Your PayPal e-Mail Address
    2: Home Address

    As soon as you get back to me with your PayPal email, I’ll proceed
    with full Payment. I look forward to reading from you soon.


    I knew something was fishy about this, because first of all her email is, but she went under the name “Catherine Hudson” :| Plus the wording is just all too weird.

    Since I don’t really like paypal in the first place, I just told her that I only meet up locally, and only accept cash at this time.

    After I sent that, I googled “craigslist paypal scam” to make sure my suspicions were correct. And of course… they were :|

    • Come on. Can’t you tell right away from the poorly written response that this is a scam? Every time someone say’s they will have another person pick the item up – run, don’t walk away! This has scam written all over it.

  114. I have a motorcycle for sale on Craigslist and got an email back from Frankie Mc Mahan @ See following emails to watch out for the scams they are putting in place. If I would have followed up I would have lost the bike and the $1250 Moneygramed to the “shipper”. I currently have 4 emails from “PayPal” in my spam folder but no money in my “real” PayPal account. These are fake PayPal accounts to lure you into believing they have deposited the money and to proceed to the shipping phase of the transaction. Another thing these people do is have you ship and then contact the “real” paypal and say they have never received. According to everything I am reading is PayPal will refund them their money back out of your account! Loose money and product. See following emails from this scammer:

    #1 from Frankie
    You should consider it sold .I want to buy it for someone ,and
    the payment would be through PayPal . I am working in a ship at
    moment, i am out to the sea,So it is a pick up agent that would be
    coming for the picking up. i would like you to forward your Paypal
    email add. and name with more pictures .
    I would be expecting your prompt reply,with the name and the
    email address on your PayPal account so that i could make the payment
    asap and i will appreciate if you could send more pics as i would
    not be seeing it in person and the picking up would be at a
    designated place or your residence.And, Lastly , i am offering
    additional $ 100 to your final price for you to keep it off from other

    #2.from Frankie
    I just want to know more about it to make sure its in good condition
    so can you assure me i will not be disappointed??? I have a little
    problem with the pickup agent and i was told to make a payment of
    $1,250 for the pickup agent, which i will be including with the
    paypal payment now. I will add the $1,250 to the $4,000 (total
    $5,250) and once you received the payment confirmation you can help
    me send the $1,250 to the Pickup agent through Moneygram as i have
    tried so many times to make the payment directly to them but they will
    not accept paypal only Moneygram, and i couldn’t send the money
    offshore because i forget to bring along with me my credit card .So I
    will make the payment right now to you and once you receive the
    payment confirmation help me send the money to them to schedule the
    pickup arrangement.
    I have a question. Why don’t you get on line with your credit card account and get the information to forward to your shipper ?

    #4. He/she Frankie
    i told i forget my credit card at home.

    After this I discontinued any correspondence.

  115. Steve Sharer says:

    scammer email:pls reply me via wat is the lowest price? tx

    Alicia James

    Sent from the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro, an AT&T LTE smartphone

    me: the lowest price is f$%k you

    • You should add this scam and any others to our new Forum. We just created a forum on our website so people can more freely add scams and everything else that they experience on Craigslist. Also it will act as a help forum that is not judgmental like the one on Craigslist. People will be able to help each other with posting and ghosting problems. Go to and register for free.

  116. I had accepted a job via craiglist as an ‘accountant’… this guy has been having ‘customers’ send money into my paypal for so called rental properties. I have even uncovered a contract where he put my name on as the owner of an apartment. None of the names of anything match up… He uses different names on the contracts and there have been around 6 different transactions since i started only a week ago. Now that I am suspecting foul play, what can I do to protect myself? I have sent around $1500 from my paypal account to some strange address in S. Africa. The money was all verified but I am concerned that when these people go to there rental there may be something wrong. I have told the man I want nothing to do with this entire thing… Has anyone ever heard of this before? Sorry I know I sound so stupid right now but I didn’t suspect any thing foul until I started really thinking this over. Why would anyone who owns so many properties need someone else to accept payments into their paypal? He even put my name on one of the contracts as an owner of a property. What will happen if these are not valid and I am stuck in the middle? These people will attempt to contact the rental person but still Iam the one accepting payments via paypal… Could this be legit?

    • I’m not a lawyer, but I can foresee a lot of potential problems since you have been the “man in the middle” of all of this. If your name is on one of the contracts than that is even more trouble. I would contact an attorney or the police and try to limit your liability. If or when this blows up, yours is the only name anyone will know and go after.

    • I was looking for a job as well. These people were advertising that they look for a sales advisor and they have website. Now they have my info – including DOB and signature – and I have no way of preventing them from doing some mischief… Not a pleasant feeling.

  117. Alex Markin says:

    We scored selling a Jag paperweight for cash and meeting the buyer. We scored buying a bed and TempurMedic mattress. We have not scored trying to sell furniture. Some probability of success using them. But beware. Lots of attempted frauds.

  118. I received an email requesting tracking number and scanned copy of shipping receipt from “pay pal” is this a scam? the package was sent yesterday and prepared to arrive in Alaska on Friday. What c a meeting I do to stop it if it is a scam?

  119. rampage76 says:

    I just got one for some office furniture that I’m selling, it’s a six-desk bullpen setup for $5000. It’s not really the kind of gift you would get your father… I figure any reply at all would only add to the potential risk of this person scamming me… Here’s the email I got “Thanks,I’m seriously interested in buying this for my Father as gift, your asking price is quite reasonable and affordable considering others I’ve seen lately,I would have loved to come check it out my self but am currently in camp as military sere instructor for new recruits. I however squeezed out time to check this posting as all personal dealings are highly restricted here, i really want this as a surprise gift for my Father so i won’t let him know anything about this until it get delivered to him and due to the fact that phone calls making are restricted……i will be paying you with my PayPal account because it’s attached to my bank account and its safe and very secure way to make payment. If my mode of payment is accepted just send me your paypal email address,(Paypal ID) so i can pay in right away. I’ll need your name, the pickup address or location and please include your PayPal email address for the payment and send me some recent pictures if available And if you don’t have a PayPal account, you can easily go to and sign up. its very easy. I await your reply asap Thanks Marion Villaneva USAF”


  120. sphynxiedoll says:

    Dealing with a similar issue with a man by the name of Dave Nelson from craigslist that is interested in a schoolbus i am selling. Here’s the transcript thus far:
    Hello and how are you doing? I saw your ad and i am interested. I would like to know what the present condition is, you sell for 5,000$, what is your final asking price and do you have more pictures. You can contact me directly at email,

    I hope to hear from you soon.


    Good morning David. The final asking price would be $4300, but I am willing to discuss an offer if you have one. I have a few additional photos, and I want to let you know The bus is located in Jacksonville, Al. The bus cranks up but has been sitting a few months. It was used mainly to transport my disabled brother in law between alabama and Iowa.
    …..Thanks for your honesty on your reply, I’m satisfied with the condition of the item, Now we can talk about the payment … i will be making the purchase right away as i want it picked up and delivered by next week, if you are willing to complete this transaction with me today. I will be needing it urgently and i will like you to send it to my shipping Agent by next week. I will be making the payment via Check deposit or Paypal . kindly get back to me with your home address and full names details or your Paypal email id, so i can proceed with the payment.. 

    Regards David.

    Is there a number where I can contact you? I want to make sure this is not a scam.

    Sure here is my number +13526392221 feel free to text me on there..

    (Text no reply..searched on Google and it is a landline. Also searched David in Gainesville)

    Friends of mine who frequenty sell goods on the internet said it wouldn’t hurt to give him my paypal email address so i did. Heres his reply
    Thanks, I will be sending the funds today. Like i said before I will Organize a shipping Agent who will be in-charge of the pick up. I will be adding their charges to the total amount i will be paying you, and all commission payments made for pick up, i would need you to help me transfer their charges to the shipping Agent once you get the payment.

    i will write you an email as soon as the payment is been sent .

    Regards David


  121. I received an email from a Renzo Collins today wanting to buy a ring I have on CL. His name came up as Joel Charles and he asked me to email him at a rocketmail address. I had a feeling right away that he was a scammer. He had a slightly odd way of wording in his email. So I used an alternate email account I have that does not give my name. I stated I do not deal with business that is not local and I do not accept Pay Pal. He wanted me to give him my Pay Pal info and he told me I needed to get a Pay Pal acct if I did not have one. Rude! He offered $100 more than I asked to cover shipping. I knew he was definitely a scam! Ugh! I read that someone else on this site had an issue with a Collins Renzo (same guy probably, just flipped his names) who also wanted to buy jewelry.

  122. akinfokai says:

    Today I received an E-Mail from PayPal in my junk mail.. Well not to confuse you all but I opened a paypal account a week ago and closed the account 2 days ago. I never did finish the process with my paypal account with my bank account number and credit card nber as well I was a bit worried about this buyer Frankie Mcmaham and here’s his email address this is the biggest scare so please folks beware of the A-Hole well back to my story I canceled my paypal account, them I received an email from paypal on my junk mail and that email was BS because everything that email had is identical to what everyone has received in this blog that I have read.. Thank you all for all the info. So as follow I called paypal customer service and asked them how is it possible for me to received a paypal email reguarding a pending payment to me when my paypal is closed as I’m cancel. And they look and check and nothing so I gave paypal the verification number that paypal is showing pending amount of the sum. So I have the number and it’s a bad number…lol

    Ok get this the buyer sends me an address of the shipper and name ok. I looked up the address on Google and behold its a residence address. So this scammer thinks I’m dumb so I’m going to make him assume that I sent the money to his so called shipper.. And the shipping cost to Anchorage Alaska he quoted by his shipper is $1,100.00

    Well just so you know folks I knew from the first email this person was a fraud or scammer and how, there was a lot of red flags.. He offer to pay my asking price of the item I’m selling on Craig’s list and a additional $100.00 to close my Craig’s list post witch he didn’t even hesitated to try and talk me down witch to me seem strange because anyone who is buying something would like to make an offer to see if the seller will except. And then the latest email I got from this a$$hole was he’s having problems with the shipper and he can’t make a payment so he wants me to help him out and pay for the shipment via western union to his shipper and take that number I got form Western Union receipt and give that to PayPal to release the whole funds to my account. Witch is a BS because I don’t have a paypal account.. My goodness these scammers out there are really stupid to use the same script on everyone.

    So just so you all know I’m really having a field day with this a$$hole scammer witch I know you all are saying why do all that and waste your time.. I agree but I just want to give him the run arounds..

    So please folks beware of that scammer out there I posted his name and email and if any of you have received am email identical email address that I posted them don’t waste your time.

    Have a safe day

    • Wow, Im so glad I found this. Pretty sure Im getting scammed.
      Selling my iPhone, from Craigslist.
      Using Pay Pal.

      Upon doing research I found that Pay Pal only protects sellers if using Ebay.

      I got three emails, asking to confirm and whatnot. Basically I had to ship the item to NIGERIA and then I would get a confirmation and tracking number. Then Pay Pal would put the funds into my account. “New Security Feature.”

      I promptly looked up the name “Johnson Gbenga” and typed Scammer in Google.

      Appearantly there are a lot of Gbenga scammers, and a lot of information on them as well.
      Especially from Lagos, Nigeria where he wanted me to ship it.

      Of course, it was an email and series of texts from a nice American woman name.

      Full adress and Phone :

      Johnson Gbenga
      NO 20, Pedro Str
      Ejigbo, Lagos, Nigeria, 2340

      # (724) 291-6203

      Scam, am I right?

    • I had the same email thread from Frankie McMahan, as this one. I now have 5 messages from PayPal???? in my spam mail, no monies in my “good” PayPal account. Wants to give me extra $1200 to ship item since he/she is on a boat and forgot their credit card at home and the shipper won’t take PayPal. I am assuming I would be out of the product being shipped and the $1200 Moneygram to the shipper. (I checked and I can ship this product anywhere in the US for $600.)

      • Smart not to fall for that. You should go to our forum and post up the entire email that you got on our forum. I want to turn that into a searchable database of all the scam emails that people get. This way hopefully by being more searchable than here, we can help people find the exact names, phone numbers and emails of all these scammers. Hopefully shut these people down eventually.

  123. akinfokai says:

    Beware of this Email address and this person claims to be in Anchorage Alaska and he or she is working in a ship..

    Beware of this email:

  124. akinfokai says:

    I have read every post that was in here and its so amazing that I did my research because I posted am item on Craig’s list and I got a reply from a guy from Anchorage Alaska and he want to pay my asking price with out talking me down and he wanted to add an extra $100.00 for me to take the post off Craig’s list well after a couple of back and forth emails I learned after the first that this person is a scammer so what had happen he claims to be out in sea on a ship and he’s buying the item I’m selling for someone. But I just think its to good to be true and a bunch of red flags was in the air.. He kept insisting that I give him my paypal email address and now he email me and he saying that he’s having problems with the shipper and he’s going to pay me extra more for the shipper and I will have to send the extra he sent me to western union another red flag.. Well just SONYOU know the red flag arise when I receive the first wife did some research and found your site and we read all the warning signs you have put on your site and the funny thing off all is this.. After reading some of the post damn I must say. The people that has posted in here I’m regards of there questions about fraud there story about the buyer being out in sea and asking for paypal email then wanting the seller to send money to the shipper through western union its identical to what I received on email about the item I’m selling… Lol thanks people for the education and this is a great site to find unanswered answer..

    Thank again
    Almost took for an idiot

  125. Here’s one I don’t see covered in any of the sections here or on the beatcraigslist site. I recently replied to an ad for a job and this is what I got in response:

    I really appreciate your response regarding the part-time errand position and sorry for responding late, My name is Richardson and My wife’s name is Ariel Amandamila. We are relocating from San Francisco, California to Arizona with our twin sons Ethan and Nathan. I have been transferred to head my company branch over there, so I will need someone who could help me in taking care of the apartment by doing some house work while i am off to work because we are expecting our third child soon and it will be very stressful for my wife to do the cleaning.

    I will be offering you $300 weekly, I will be needing your services for 5 hours at any suitable time of yours. I believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and good person, My company’s headquarter will take care of all your payments and other expenses too, so I will instruct them to pay for the first week before our arrival so as to secure your service, actually if i am satisfied with your service after the first week, i shall make it weekly and with time make provision for an increase in the payment.

    They will be making out a check to you before our arrival, you will be receiving a check out of which you will be deducting your pay of $300 for the first week and you will be using the remaining to buy groceries and other things needed in the house, you will getting this foodstuff on the day of our arrival which is the 25th of January, 2014. Actually our flight from California will arrive at night so you will be getting the groceries in the morning and making all other preparations. I will also instruct my Realtor to mail the keys of the apartment to you as soon as the renovation work is completed so that you can do all other necessary preparations before we arrive. The apartment is located at E 6th St, Tucson, AZ 85716. I will also email you the shopping list in due time.

    You have to get all the shopping ready before our arrival so that we wont have to start running around when we arrive, So I would be needing the following Information from you to make out the check to you.

    Full Name to be on Check,
    Home Address :
    City, Zip Code:
    Cell Phone:
    Home Phone:
    Email address:

    All I need from you is total honesty and sincerity and you will also have a nice period of time working with my wife. I will be waiting to hear from you.


    Richardson & Ariel Amandamila

    Now obviously there is no paypal involved here and it looks like they’re simply after my info. But could it possibly be legit?

    • It may be legit or it may be an identity thief looking for info. I would dig deeper. Ask more questions. What company does he work for? Where is this company located? Call the company and see if that person works there, or if yes, then ask to speak to that person. They may be using a real name of a real person and that person may be shocked to find out when you speak to him, if you get what I mean. Run by that apartment address and see what you can find out. For your info, I would suggest to use a P.O. Box address (some P.O boxes give you a real street address, and your box number can be written as apt#, or suite#). Use a cell number and tell them you have no home number as that is “Obsolete” these days. If you really need and want the job, just make very sure of all the info you get and be careful with what info you give out.

    • I received this exact same e-mail but with a different name and location. (California by the beach) I am positive it is NOT legit!!! I don’t know what exactly they are after but I sent no info.

    • No not legit because about a year ago I got a similar one saying that he needed a personal assistant and that I also had to get everything ready for him because he was going to be flying in from the UK back to his house in Mn. He wanted to send me a check in advance and told me how much I would make etc… I went on google to look up the phone number he was texting me from and it had other complaints as well. And now just 3 days ago I posted a computer for sale on Craigslist and every text or email I got was a scammer asking for me to set up a Pay Pal account. One even said he’d give me a hundred extra if I do it right away so he could get it to his daughter asap “as hers broke and she desperately needs one!” After this I’m done with Craigslist. There are a lot of idiots out there ruining it for everyone. Would rather rip people off than get a job. I guess I just noticed you wrote this a while ago. Hopefully you didn’t fall for it!

    • kenny3916 says:

      I responded to the same job and they sent me the exact same email word for word with the exception of the address, they told me the apt was in Norfolk Va on York street, must bea scam

  126. James Babka says:

    Was contacted by someone that wanted to purchase my 5 piece dining set and pay for it to be shipped – they were willing to pay shippers fee.

    Scammers name: Capt Victoria Lopex
    Scammers phone number: 904-494-8356

    I googled the phone number and this website came up – someone else on this site had a nearly identical experience.

  127. longddong says:

    I’m selling a printer and someone from another state texts me about it…they said they have a fedex account shipping wouldn’t be an issue, I would just have to drop it off…they said they can pay through paypal or direct deposit into my bank account…how can I confirm this is legit??

    • You can’t and it isn’t. Why would anyone want to buy a printer on CL from another state when you can go to any Staples or OfficeMax locally and get a new printer for under $50? It’s a scam, don’t even bother.

      • longddong says:

        to be fair, the printer is a discontinued…and popular for making t-shirts…the number they texted from led me to a business online, and they confirmed that in the text, but locations were very different which they provided an explanation…

      • If it’s a specialty item then I can understand better, but it didn’t make sense for an ordinary, run of the mill printer. In this case all you can do is be very careful and cover all your bases if you choose to go forward.

  128. fettucini says:


    I’m just trying to make sure this isn’t a scam before I complete the transaction.

    +15073129544: Wow! nice stuff, am buying it for family and am thinking of offering you 120 8:31 AM
    Me: Sounds Good. I can meet up at anytime today if you would like? 10:51 AM
    +15073129544: I’ll transfer the funds through Paypal , send the invoice to 1:59 PM
    Me: Alright. I’ll send it right away. 2:10 PM
    Me: Where would you like to meet up so I can give you the ipod? 2:36 PM

    I’m a little worried about this. =/

  129. Hi,

    I got an email that read this regarding a camera I am currently selling:

    “Get back to me with your final price if you still have your item for sale,i’m interested in buying it.thanks

    Dr Jennifer”

    I told her the price (200 or negotiate) and she responded:

    “Ok Dear,It’s a Christmas gift for my son,i’m unhealthy to pick it up so i will be paying you through PayPal.Send me your PayPal email for payment.I will be paying you the sum of $280 to cover the cost and shipping.thanks”

    I’m definitely worried that this could be a scam but I’m not 100% sure.

  130. Tony Scenna says:

    well this is my scenario should i be skeptic?

    2000 Audi A4 – $5500 (indianapolis)

    Charity jenkins
    6:50 PM (23 hours ago)

    to me
    I read an understand the add quite alright, but there are few thing i
    would like to know about the item (1) are you the first owner (2 )Let
    me know its condition (3) Try to email me more Pictures of it (4) Your
    last asking price.

    anthony xxxxxxx
    7:04 PM (23 hours ago)

    to Charity
    I’m sorry for the question but i have a lot of scammers emailing me for it if you can tell me what other car companies audi is affiliated with so i know your real that would be great. thanks

    Joel Raymond
    2:09 AM (16 hours ago)

    to me
    Thanks for getting back to me…..Just asking about it to make sure it’
    s in good condition. So can you assure me i will not be disappointed?
    Well am buying this for myself but presently am not around due to the
    nature of my job but i will arrange for the hauled agent
    which will be coming for the pickup at your residence location for the
    pick up once the payment is cleared… I will be glad if this transaction
    can be done via PayPal so the PayPal charges will be on me,If my offer is
    accepted send me your PayPal email and your name so i can pay you as soon
    as possible.

    anthony xxxxxxx
    8:59 AM (9 hours ago)

    to Joel
    yes the car is in good condition you can give a cashiers check to the hauler and I will accept that I don’t deal with pay pal

    Joel Raymond
    9:47 AM (8 hours ago)

    to me
    I am so sorry,I can only pays you via PayPal as only online secure
    payment.since I was screwed before I prefer payment terms to go through
    PayPal so as to protect both buyer and seller.Get back to me with your
    PayPal email for immediate payment and if you are not PayPal user, you can
    set up one in few minute through PayPal website. Kindly sign up with them
    here and get back to me with your PayPal email address used
    and full name with total cost, so i can transfer the fund to it.

    i have yet to reply back

  131. Just got an email today for my armoire for sale on CL.
    From Bill Mike,

    Thanks for your reply concerning my inquiry.I am quite comfortable with the item.I will be paying you by Check and i would be making arrangements for the pick-up after you have received payment,If this meets your approval,

    Kindly get back to me with the following details:

    Name to be on the Check,Home or office address(No P.O.BOX), City,State,Zip Code,
    Home & Cell Phone to contact you and your last Selling price so that I can have your check ready.*

    Please,be aware that the amount on the check is more than your asking price.the excess amount is for the (Shipping). You are to send my shipper the excess amount when you receive the check.I will Be Happy if my offer is Granted.

    Hope To Read From You soon.


    My reply:
    I’m sorry I do not accept checks, I have heard too many scams with checks. This is a very heavy piece and I think I would prefer for it to be picked up personally. Or you can arrange to have a friend pick it up and pay cash.

    This has scam written all over it. I almost said I would take Paypal, but something stopped me and at the last minute before I sent the email I took that part out. Then I looked up CL scams and got this site. I’m glad I took out the Paypal part now.

    I changed my listings to read:
    Cash only.
    Disclaimer for any scammers: I’m not going to ship this anywhere. So don’t email or text me telling me you have a shipping agent and you’ll send me more money than what I’m asking.

    Hopefully that will stop them from trying, on my listings, knowing I’m aware of the scams.
    Oh his email is

  132. I put my camera in need of repair on CL for $275. The only person to respond asks if I’m the first owner and if price is negotiable, which is reasonable, but then adds, “to get a hold of me leave your regular email id in the mail and we go from there.” I gave him a backup VOIP number and he never called. Anxious to sell, I (regretfully) provided my email address, to which he quickly responds:

    “I just finished AIT (Advanced Individual Training), But I’m waiting for deployment. I would appreciate if you can handle the shipment once you confirm payment and that brings the total to $350. You can request money with my email ( for a PayPal payment. Keep me updated once request is sent.”

    I should have backed away at this point, but anxious to sell, I reiterated that the camera would need repair and that I’d even throw in some lenses. He writes, “That works for me and do keep me updated when the request is sent.” So I sent a request, which was about my third regrettable action thus far, but I figured I had a few more chances to back out…

    Shortly thereafter I receive the following message:

    “$350 has been sent to your paypal and I got a confirmation email from PayPal which states that debit was successful on my side. Hopefully you also got notified about my payment, Below is the shipping address.

    Name – Lisa Yemitope.
    Address – #13 Inyi Street, Achara Lay-Out Enugu, Enugu State, 23442, Nigeria.

    Do get the package in the mail today through United State Postal Service only (USPS Express Mail*3-5days) and keep me posted after shipment.”

    Alright, then… I do some research, cancel the PayPal request, change my PayPal email, and notify PayPal security, who promptly verify a phishing scam. Should have seen that with the initial email request, and I shouldn’t have simply been so curious and cavalier about PayPal. Presumably this scam falls under categories #3 or #4 above. Perhaps the oddest thing is that it remains a broken camera, but it could have been worse.

  133. One more scam number 415 754 7406 ask me for PayPal email, so he can by my car. When I said that I need his name and drivers licens to fill out the title he told me that pick up agent will come and his lawyer will sing for him just get back to me with your paypal.

    What can he do with my paypal?
    And how stupid you should be to by a car online without looking or inception it.?
    It is just interesting what he going to do if I sand him my info.

    • They can do several things with your paypal. The can try to hijack your account and then use it for fake payments. They can get the merchandise from you without actually paying for it. As you can see from other comments, they tell people that “Paypal will not release the funds until we have a tracking number” which is complete BS. And there are many other scams they can pull such as using your email instead of your actual paypal account. They can then try to hijack your email. That is one reason they ask so many people for personal information so they can derive passwords from that info. Most people will use familiar things such as birthdays and such as passwords. With your email they can attack other people such as your friends, and so forth. Its a spider web effect. Anything they can get from one person, then they can start branching out from there and attack others.

  134. Same thing happened to me. Customer asked for my paypal email I said no I will send you the invoice then they claimed they paid it. They argued with me stating paypal said they would release the funds once they received a tracking number. I said “Really because I just spoke with them on the phone and they stated they will never ask for that ever. Nice Try I’m not an idiot.”

  135. Hello,

    Akerele Abolaji (
    I wanted to verify if this is a scam. Because after all the comments i have read, it sounds like it. this is how it begins.

    I want to buy the 4 packs 20inch = $460 am currently in a militray camp out of the state i will like to speed up this transaction cos i need this item as an xmas gift , I’ll offer you $600 for the item and shipment via Canada post Airmail…kindly send me your full name and PayPal email address so i can make out payment !


    3 packs(bundles) 20inch = $460
    3 packs 18inch = $360
    3 packs 16+inch (best/highest quality hair) = $410
    3 packs 16 inch = $325
    3 packs 14 inch = $290
    Lace closure (best quality and 18 inch length = $95

    Akerele Abolaji (
    Am okay with it and currently in a militray camp out of the state i will like to speed up this transaction cos i need this item as an xmas gift , I’ll offer you $763 for the item and shipment via Canada post Airmail…kindly send me your full name and PayPal email address so i can make out payment !


    I will get your hair tomorrow morning and send it off via Airmail before Tuesday that way it gets to you latest Friday I guess. However, I do not have pay pal but Is it possible if you can send the money via email transfer or direct deposit and when I get the email transfer Ill notify you so that as you receive your hair, you give me the security password to get the payment. Let me know if that works out.

    Akerele Abolaji (
    Okay…I only have access to paypal kindly make use of your credit card or bank details and sign up a paypal account now once you have it sign up kindly get back to me with your full name and paypal email address so i can make the payment to you immediately…
    Awaits your quick response

    Hello,okay then i will do that now and send you the information as soon as possible. Thank you.

    Akerele Abolaji (
    Hi…Still waiting to receive your full name and paypal email address so i can make the payment to you immediately….Awaits your quick response
    Okay..I will get back to you as soon as i made the payment..Reply

    Akerele Abolaji (
    I want to let you know that payment has been sent now into your account, and i hope my paypal will have sent your a confirmation of my payment to you email now, kindly help me to package the item well, there will be a receipt that will be giving to you at the post office kindly keep the receipt well because that s where the tracking number is written on..
    Kindly get back to me with the consignment number (Tracking Number).
    Below is the address where the item will be sent too :-

    Name:Akerele Abolaji
    Addres:70,Dosunmu Street Lawason,Surulere
    Zip code:23401

    Hope to read from you soonest

    Best Regards..


    Ok then I just received the payment and I will ship your item first thing tomorrow morning at the post office. I will definitely get back to you with the Consignment number by tomorrow. Thank you very much again. The address you wrote below is that where I am posting the items?

    Akerele Abolaji (
    Yes…Kindly make sure you have it shipped in the morning and once you have it shipped mail the tracking number to paypal immediately also keep me posted as well…..Reply

    It says I received the payment in my email but when I checked my paypal, I do not see the money. Where in my paypal can I see the funds?

    Akerele Abolaji (
    I got your message understood, what i suggest you do now kindly take the item to a nearest post office around you tomorrow morning and complete the shipment, once the shipment is completed there will be a receipt that will be issued to you at the post office that is where the tracking number is written on,the tracking number is what you will forward to paypal for verification once that is done you will receive an instant alert that your account is fully credited okay…Reply

    So does that mean the money isn’t in my account yet until I post the item at the post office?

    Akerele Abolaji (
    Yes…Kindly go through the confirmation of payment you receive properly and bide with the instructions given once you have it shipped and provide the tracking number you will receive an instant alert that your account is fully credited okay…Reply
    Kindly have it shipped via canada xpress post…reply
    Okay great…Kindly have it shipped once the post office open….waiting for your quick response
    Hi Kelly,
    Kindly have the package shipped out this morning and as soon as you have it shipped keep me posted with the tracking number immediately….
    Awaits your quick response

    Okay…Waiting to receive the tracking number..reply

    Payment has to be shown in my paypal account and any shipment made must confirm valid shipping address, name, email and valid cellphone number. This is for security purposes to make sure there isn’t any scams. Any shipment made, client must send money for shipping fees and if reqested express mail, client must send money for these services and also insurance to make sure that if item gets lost, money is refunded back to the seller.

    Akerele Abolaji (
    I got your message understood, what i suggest you do now kindly take the item to a nearest post office around you and complete the shipment, once the shipment is completed there will be a receipt that will be issued to you at the post office that is where is the tracking number is written on the tracking number is what you will forward to paypal for verification once that is done you will receive an instant alert that your account is fully credited okay…Reply

    I asked for your email as well and didn’t get a reply from you? where do you live at the moment?

    Akerele Abolaji (
    You sound skeptic from your email and that’s very wrong,if you are thinking that I just want to take your Brazilian hair for nothing then that’s very wrong and sounds so absurd When I know how people work hard to earn their money.I will never think of taking some kinda advantage over you and please take that out of your mind that is an awful thing to think about. Please understand me better.It seems you don’t even trust your self,because you have to trust yourself to trust another person.I was not trying to lure you into this, everything about me and this transaction are 100% real and OK, i will like you to know one thing i am a Man of God and i so much believe in him and his words and i wouldn’t do such a thing when i have blood running through my vein…Reply

    This is where i caught the client lying. They copied and pasted this last message and it looks like they have scammed previous people and tried to do with me. They have been pressuring me to send the hair ASAP and that they are in a military camp. Thank God i asked my mom first and i read this previous reviews before i even dared going ahead to send 3 packs of hair.

    Let me know if this is a scam

    • Most definitely a scam and you were smart to be doubtful. The money will never show up in your account or if it DOES it will be taken back soon by paypal since they most commonly hijack someones account. When that person finds out of the hijack, they inform paypal and then payapal reverses all transactions. You would be the one out the product and money.

  136. Scott Boyd says:

    The scammer from my Craig’s list “car for sale” post believed we were moving forward with the transaction and actually provided me with the address and name of the individual (supposed shipper) where I am to send the money via Western Union (WU) – a store front in DC. I did not fall for it, but I want to prosecute the individual(s) involved in this. When I have used WU to send or receive $ they require 2 id’s etc. The name of the recipient of the funds for “shipping” was also the name of the owner of the store that has the WU depot. It seems that WU would want to take away this franchise at the very least as it gives them a bad name. Do you have any thoughts or ideas on how to shut at least one of these punks down? I know using the USP system is a federal offence and am hoping there are other laws in place. Thank you for proliferating the info about these scams as well as any thoughts you might have!

    • In reality there are many laws on the books already that could be used to prosecute and stop these individuals. In practice our government and prosecutors are uninterested in doing anything about it. This type of fraud along with identity theft is a low priority crime. Police agencies and prosecutors prefer to get involved with nasty crimes (murder, rape, etc) because those are what makes the news and headlines and that is what will further their careers. These crimes are boring (unless you are the victim of course) so they are not willing to follow through on anything you give them.

  137. Josue Gomez says:

    does it seem like a scam? Help needed

    John Gibson
    To Me
    Nov 25 at 1:02 PM
    Thanks for getting back to me, i am located in commerce city in CO,i really need to buy this and send to my son schooling outside the state as a gift. I know is more that the asking price but i will offer you $340 so as to close the deal off. I will be paying through PAYPAL because i have a verified account with kindly get back with your PayPal email address so i can make payment into your PayPal account.Get back to me if my approval is granted.I would like to see the pictures please.


  138. Watch out for these scammers posting across different websites.
    They post cars,,boats,RV’s and a variety of other motor vehicles for under 1/2 of the real Kelly Blue Book value as BAIT.
    They send you PHONY Google Wallet, Google Checkout, EBay Motors, or Western Union,etc invoices. All these are spoofed invoices that may look legit and may even have a PHONY toll-free customer service number [ lately they use 1-888-431-0957] or PHONY Google Checkout website for you to verify the items/transactions numbers. Their emails come from
    domains such as and – Not Google,Ebay,or Western Union!

    ALL of these are PHONY and a total SCAM.
    Please pass this information to everyone you know.
    Be safe and Happy Holidays top all.

    – I_Fry_Bad_People ” Let’s fry some bad people today…”

    ————bad people that need some frying——————-

  139. I posted my car on craigslist yesterday without any pics, I said text for pics because I couldn’t get them to upload to my computer, and got a text from someone (848-482-8078) who asked a million questions about the car and I answered them, then never replied. Then just a moment ago I get a reply from them saying “I’m okay with your price but I will be paying through PayPal cos I do not have access to my bank account online, but I have it attached to my PayPal account and the reason I am using PayPal to pay is because I am not local right now and I need this urgently, am still in service at Maxwell Air Force. And I will be responsible for the pick up i have a shipping company that will come to pick it up after I send the money to your PayPal account. So I will like you provide me your PayPal email address for the payment and also your address for the pickup after the money clears in your PayPal account.” And get this, HE NEVER EVEN ASKED FOR A SINGLE PICTURE. How are you going to buy a car without ever even seeing it!!! lol I immediately knew something was a bit fishing so I typed in some keywords on google and this site came up so I decided to check it out and one of the 3rd comments was an email almost exactly like the text I had received!! So I replied, “No thanks, nice scam though… How are you about to buy a car and not even see a single picture of it? lol just a little tip for you on your next scam, don’t be so obviously stupid.”

  140. Thank you so much for this blog. I wish I had read this before I posted my add to Craigslist. I received the following email below this afternoon. I was at the post office and if it weren’t for the two women working there who realized who I was doing…I would’ve sent this package. She told me how there are many people who send “Express” mail and come back the next day because the money never made it to their account and it’s too late because with Express mail, it has already been shipped out. Smart jerks.

    I guess I was just excited about my first Craigslist sell. Cash only. Local only. That’s what I had always told myself then everyone that pinged me about my ad was asking me for my PayPal email address. I just figured that was the new thing. Thank God for you and for the Federal Postal workers! (Btw, my asking price was $1800, he “deposited” $1900 – as per the Pay Pal email notification I got, which, as you say, is fake too. Red flag again, I know..)

    “The payments have just been made now.Go and check this mail( ————— you used in opening your paypal account,the confirmation mail have been sent there..check the SPAM INBOX OR JUNKMAIL you should see it there.I also add additional money to cover shipping cost via EMS EXPRESS MAIL SERVICE OF USPS POST OFFICE, to my friend place.Please I want you to write at back of the package that the present Gift is from me Barry Wood.Ship with padded Regular Envelop Size via Ems Epress Mail Service Of Usps Post Office.



  141. wrote to me:
    Hello, I will be happy to buy it but i will not be able to come and view it in your place because I’m not in town now.Note that you will not be responsible for shipping and handling and i can only pay through paypal as i don’t have access to my bank account online cos i don’t have internet banking,but i have my bank account attached to my paypal account and this is why i insisted on paying you through paypal. My shipping company will come to your location for the pick up. Kindly provide me with the address where it will be picked up so that i can forward it to the shipping company to calculate the cost of pick up for me.Also with your paypal email address.Do get back to me as soon as possible so that i can proceed with the payment via PayPal.

    Best Regards.
    This Blog Saved me – thank you!

  142. i got this message following putting an advert on vivastreet from a ‘’
    Your asking price is quite reasonable and affordable considering others I’ve seen lately, I’ll take it. I would’ve love to come check it out my self but I work for RAF. I’m currently in camp as Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Extract(SERE) instructor for new recruits.I’ll arrange for pick up and delivery.I’ll make the payment through PayPal for the safety of both of us. I’ll need your full name, the pickup address & your PayPal email address for the payment. If you don’t have PayPal account It’s very easy and secured just visit and click on signup.Regards

    and I also got this message from the same advert
    From: kim kimberely
    Date: 05/11/2013 12:57 (GMT+00:00)
    To: all us crawfords
    Subject: Re: berg peddle go-kart and accessories

    Hi, Thanks for your mail,I will not be coming to view it because of my Job,i am Marine Caterer . i accept your offer and i will be happy to accept my offer.I can only pay through paypal at the moment as i dont have access to my bank account online,but i have it attached to my paypal account, and this is why i insisted on using paypal to pay,all i will need is your paypal email address to make the payments,and if you dont have a paypal account yet,its pretty easy to set one up at i will be expecting your email. my mover will come for arrange to pick up after payment clear .Thanks and nice doing business with you.

  143. Bob Strome says:

    Had a call from what I was told is North Bay, Ontario. Wants to use Paypal. Area code 707 – NOT North Bay – California. Google search of 10 digit # linked to a site “”. On the website it says:

    posted 13-10-2013 16:21
    This is a spam number, I think from Nigeria.”

    Person, identified himself as Frank Gary – had an African (Nigerian?) accent.

    …Doesn’t feel legitimate.

  144. WOW! Buddy just called me wanting to use my paypal to sell his truck. Same stuff as reported here; his potential buyer was out of town, negotiated the price down a little, etc., etc. I told him no, it had to be a scam and I would not expose my account, though I wasn’t sure how you could scam paypal.
    I advised he operate cash in person only.

    Thanks for affirming my suspicion.

  145. zh6108 says:

    2002 Z24 Cavailer; 1 owner!; 32 mpg – $2400….Hi,am David;What is ur final price? reply me directly to JOHNDD600@GMAIL.COM.This phone is not mine.
    This is the text I recieved. After I gave him a price I received this email.

    Well am ok with the price and am willing to proceed with the payment

    but am currently out of town cos i work as an airborne maintenance

    and engineering service i will be requesting this transaction via

    PayPal as it is my only means of payment,do you have a PayPal

    account…?? this is my only option to pay you

    How’s that for fishy. This blog saved me

  146. heavendoes says:

    She says her name is Chandra Brooke. She’s sending me a cashier’s check for my wedding dress. I will be taking her local contact information and check to the police…

  147. Here is what I got after a request by text for additional information via email… Smelled like SCAM immediately!!

    Hello thanks for reply, i am a marine engineer, i am at sea right now.
    I am buying this for my son as a surprise gift. However,does it have
    any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don’t
    mind my asking and I will really appreciate if you can email more info
    and if possible more photos. I can only pay through paypal at the
    moment as i don’t have access to my bank account online(i dont have internet banking with it), but i have it attached to my paypal
    account, and this is why i insisted on using paypal to pay,all i will
    need is your paypal email address to make the payment, and if you dont have a paypal account yet, you can set one it cant take you less than 3mins to do that, i will be expecting your paypal email so l can pay and your phone number. I have a pick up agent that will come for the pick up after payment has been sorted, l will be waiting for your reply asap.

  148. Catie Sandon says:

    (646) 580- 4198 Austin Smith- another one. Keep your eyes out!! They are everywhere- my husband and I almost fell for it…but I smelled something phishy and googled this sort of thing. Boom. Gotcha.

  149. Thanks you for this website. I found it very quickly and my email was almost identical to a very first one in this thread.

    Hi there,

    Thank you for getting back to me.Can you assure me that it’s in
    good state and that i will not be disappointed with it?I’m ready to
    pay your asking price and to be honest, i want to buy this for my Dad
    as his birthday gift. I a marine biologist that works on the sea at
    the moment. phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted
    but i squeezed out time to check this advert and

    send you an email regarding it so my only quickest payment option is
    PayPal as i can send money via PayPal anytime.Since I’m requesting
    this transaction to be done via PayPal, i will be responsible for all
    the pay pal fee/charges on this transaction and if you don’t have an
    account with paypal,its pretty easy, safe and secured to open one.
    Just log on to

    I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? I have a mover
    that will come for it once payment clears . i will like to see more
    pictures and you last price, i look forward to hear back from you
    soon. details that i needed are below Your
    PayPal e-Mail Address :

    Full name: Firm Price:

    Your cell phone number:

    God bless you .


    • This JUST happened to me! I was pretty sure it was a scam and then when he asked me to wire money to his agent for pick up, I said no way. Luckily I trusted my instincts! Thanks for posting!

      • Jared Miles says:

        Just got the same thing from someone asking about my car for sale. Almost verbatim. Instead of being a marine biologist, the person claims to be at a conference and can’t make calls right now. The person contacted me by text first

        Thanks for posting this.

    • The same exact thing happened to me about an hour ago. EXCEPT it was a “woman” with the email address of “ROSEHOWARD3008@LIVE.COM” except her excuse is that she is “deaf”…wow this is wrong and I am actually worried being that this person has my number. Should i change my number?

      • Nothing to worry about. They cant do much with your number. You can always block her number or if anything starts to happen, just get the police involved. Phone harassment is a crime.

  150. here’s mine..

    I appreciate your response,I’m an marine engineer and at this moment
    am presently working offshore,Sometimes access to regular emails and
    phone calls is very poor offshore due to inefficiency of the immarsat
    service,I located in Pacific WA, and i want you to know that I am ok
    with the condition of the Wheels/rims and the asking price as well,I
    am buying the Wheels/rims as a gift for my father and I want to
    surprise him.I don’t have access to my bank account on-line as i don’t
    have internet banking but i have my bank account attached to my PayPal
    account and this is why i insisted in paying you through PayPal,kindly
    get back to me with your PayPal email address and if you don’t have
    PayPal account yet,it is very easy to set up at your bank or online
    and get it set up,after you have set it up i will only need the e-mail
    address you use for registration with PayPal so as to put the money
    through,I can proceed with the payment and after the payment has been
    done,I have a pick up agent that will come around for verifications
    and to pick the Wheels/rims after i have made the payments for the
    Wheels/rims.So I will need you to provide me with the following
    information to facilitate the making of the payment.

    1.Your PayPal full name.
    2.Your PayPal Email Address.
    3..Your phone number.

    Once again ,I will like you to know that you will not be responsible
    for shipping. I will have my pick-up agent come over as soon as you
    have receive the payment confirmation.


    i told him to go F&*k himself. Ray Shoock

  151. Meghan Owata says:

    SOOO glad I found this! Just saved myself some grief. I’m trying to sell my wedding dress and the email I received was from someone in the Navy who was buying this for her daughter. First red flag was long intro about her background and serving in Desert Storm. Second red flag was terrible grammar. She said she was a Navy officer and after several emails and a gut feeling this was a scam, I responded:
    “No offense if you are legit but if you are military, and you are a Navy officer you probably have excellent communication skills and should therefore have impeccable English/grammar. Your email reads as if English is your second language. Nothing wrong with that, but there are red flags all over this. I am going to decline selling you this dress because going forward, I will deal with locals only.”
    She had tried to add shipping charges to the PayPal amount and reading all of these posts was the best thing I’ve done this whole week!

  152. Mitch Clem says:

    I posted a WTB ad for a certain kind of guitar. A guy emailed me and sent me pics and everything. He seemed for real for the majority of our conversation until i asked him where he was located. he responded:

    Hi Mitch, Yes I’m a little South and have a guitar shipping box, I bought the the guitar from Wisconsin and had it shipped. Just about everything is shipped nowadays even if I lived in Virginia a few hours from you, I would probably ship anyway. If you use palpal you are protected from scams and they control the money between our banks accounts. I worked at Dean guitars here in Florida and know how to properly pack and ship a guitar. That is how it is gonna work. If you don’t have a bank account or are a minor, I can’t sell it to you unless you open a account or use someone else’s account or send a money order. I said I found your ad you posted on the web by accident. I am a real person. I am 56 years old. I am well established in my town. I have references. If you don’t want it that’s okay with me or call my personal cell number 727-873-8444 and we can discuss it if you want. Thanks, Brian

    Should i trust him? would giving him a call help?

    • Should you trust him? I can’t answer that question for you. What I would do is check out the phone number online first and see if its a real number or voip. If real then go ahead and call him and ask as many questions as you can. Next I would ask if you can come see it in person. Even if you don’t plan to do so, make it sound like the drive is no big deal to you. That you have friends in the area that you would love to visit. Lay it on heavy and see if he starts to crack. If its a “I can’t meet you” situation, then you know to walk away, because a real person would be happy to meet you in person.

  153. The typical send money via Western Union / PayPal scam just happened to us! Sending more money than requested and send Western Union money to shipper and then the money would be put into my account with a 10-digit verification number.

    It took me a couple of emails to get suspicious! So… here’s my questions for all of you out there:

    I DID NOT send money to anyone, but I had given them my email address and home address. Does this put me in any danger?

    I reported to PayPal … they want me to send all of the emails from the person to them and they will report the fraud to government agencies. Is this correct? She also told me to delete all of the sender’s emails from my email account.

    Should I report this information to my bank?

    The person’s name and email address was Rebecca Palmer . So please be cautious!
    Do we, as victims of possible fraud, confront the person … or ignore them and let PayPal handle it?

    • You are in no danger. Giving them your home address is practically useless. They don’t have your bank account number so there is nothing to worry about. They need you to actively participate with them to be able to do you any harm. You stopped it so you are fine. If you want to send that info to PayPal go ahead, but its useless. These people are in another country and they dispose of emails regularly.

  154. Andrew Gibbs says:


    I received one of the good ole “FBI ALERT” ones, which was coincidentally sent after telling my “buyer” that I don’t trust her (most likely a “him”).

    1) “You got funds!”
    2) “Please send money to my agent”, cost was 80% of the item cost. (RED FLAG)

    3) “FBI ALERT. You have been reported to the local authorities.” (Now a RED FLAG). Ask your self: WHY would PayPal even pursue INDIVIDUAL fraud when there are bigger fish to fry? (Not to mention there’s the resolution center).

    4) The supposed “funds” don’t even appear in your account even when the “email” says you got them. Even if PayPal holds it, it will STILL appear in your account with “pending”.

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  155. Mandy Danos says:


  156. So I am in the middle of a Pay Pal fraud attempt right now. I was very apprehensive and suspicious the entire time, and then my wife tried to convince me that Pay Pal is secure so you can’t get scammed. Well the text was from “Nika Zola” 407-519-0382. She wanted to pay me $350 for $250 camera and have it shipped to Florida from Illinois. I actually went as far as the send the invoice and then realized that it was definitely scam. I got a very strange email from the “FBI” or some weird thing “validating” the legitimacy of the person. Haha. REALLY? She sent me another text telling me that I should be receiving a confirmation email and to make sure to check my spam folder, and to proceed to the nearest USPS and ship immediately. Oh and she wanted it shipped to her son at college. I doubt the funds will actually ever show up in my account and if they do I will contact Pay Pal immediately and try to get them refunded in case it is a hacked account. We’ll see what happens. Wish it wouldn’t have gotten this far.

  157. Alex Markin says:

    Sell cash and carry only, or deal with someone you are sure you know. The Craig’s List people are telling you the same.

  158. I am selling my bedroom set on Craigslist. It all started with a text describing my item and the cost. For example WOOD BEDROOM SET – $ 800 (MIAMI) still for sale? Then they asked why I am selling it to make the seller seem they are legit and that they care. I told them cash only and the scammer said he/she is working as a head nurse for the military air force base at Lackland and needs me to setup an account through PayPal so he can send me the payment. They then asked me for my email address to my PayPal account. Extremely persistent and pushy sending me text messages like ARE YOU THERE? That was my first gut feeling. He claimed his name was Louis White and when I asked him for his email address so I can send him an invoice through paypal his name did not match the name on his email address He seemed very bothered that I asked him for his email address. After the invoice was sent to him he said the following:

    [I will want to inform you that I have made the payment and it has been confirmed and deducted from my account. Kindly check your inbox and spam folder for the email alert and also I will be needing a little help from you about the hauler. I added an extra $350 which you are to transfer to the hauler to transfer the hauler address via western union for the pickup to be made because I cant do this here due to the fact I work in the military] Why was it my spam folder? Another strike!

    The point of all of this is so you can follow their procedure on their email which includes a fake Paypal website so they can gain access to you bank information. In the email there are instructions to western union money to them. Beware they even have a fake email address withing the email for help and support. Do not click on any link within this email this might case viruses to your computer as well. They even send you a confirmation email telling you the money has been deducted from their account. But when you check your paypal no money has been received.

    The fraudulent person tryed to still convince me it was legit see below:

    [The money is irreversible for the safety of the seller and they have held my bank and paypal account as well for the safety of the seller.. so please kindly proceed with the western union transfer details back to paypal your account will be credited immediately.. do you understand please?]

    [You have nothing to worry about over this.. I have contacted paypal and since they deal via Craigslist as well you are highly protected. But please can it be picked up tomorrow by 5pm?]

    [You can email papal directly by sending them an email via the email alert you got about the payment and I have gotten back to them as well and they have assured me to send you an email about your safety and assurance that your account will be created immediately.. kindly check your email and do you have the haulers name and address to send the money to?]

    I told him THIS IS A SCAM NICE TRY and he never texted me back.

    SELLERS BEWARE!!!! Take cash from local buyers ONLY.

  159. shwatson says:

    I was trying to sell my quad on Craig’s list. The first response I get is a text. I live in Pa. and didn’t recognize the area code. I googled the area code and it’s San Francisco, California. So I thinking ,I don’t know about this, guy can’t even call me. So I get a few more texts and he says he’s going to pay via Paypal and another text that says payment has gone through and I should look for email from PayPal in my Spam, but the money won’t be available until I put up a 1,000 out of my own pocket to cover the shipping costs which goes to Jose Anibal from NY,NY. There is an extra 1,100 in my account to cover the shipping. Fishy from the get go. I was giving this guy the benefit of the doubt and then he asks me to pay for shipping. Why couldn’t he send a Money Gram himself? So I looked in my PayPal account and there’s no money. I thought it just didn’t go through yet and I called PayPal the next morning. The representative was very helpful and told me “do not send him any money sir, this is a scam to defraud you”. It never hurts to call when you think something is wrong . Next time I post something on Craig’s list I will make it clear, I accept cash only and local pickup.

  160. erachel21 says:

    This blog has definitely has saved me from loosing $450 and an iPhone. Just today I got a text from a guy interested in my iPhone and told me to check my email, and this is what it read

    Dear PAYPAL user:( erica.guerrero1720@yahoo.comt ) you have made a sale at!!!

    Order SummaryiPhone 4S,

    This is a confirmation email of the payment of $480.00USD you received from Morgan Jani, what is required of you in order for your account to be credited is the Item’s Tracking/Reference number, this number will be given to you at the courier office after you might have sent the item to the bearer, this is part of our new policy and a security measure in order to protect both the buyer and the seller, also to verify if the item was really bought from you we have sent you a confirmation email earlier to inform you that the payment is legal and has been confirmed, also to guide you against fraudulent acts.

    We have included the buyer’s full name and amount paid for you to know this message was really sent from PayPal. We advise that you make sure the item is sent out as soon as possible and request for a tracking number at the post office after you might have sent out the item, then you can email us the number by replying directly to this message after it might have been given to you at the courier office so as to credit your account without delay.

    After we receive the number from you for security verification, your account will be credited at once, Our system has witness new upgrades, Please don’t be surprised if you see us forwarding you to new customer attendants, its due to the amount of fraud going on involving our name which we are trying all our best to limit and put a stop to. As soon as we receive the requested information from you, your account will be credited.

    PayPal Account Review Department.

    So glad I did not go through with this sale! I told the guy to find something better to do than to scam me, he never texte me back ;)

  161. rebeccamcclurg says:

    I am trying to sell a wedding dress on Craigslist, and got a text from someone interested who wants to use paypal. She asked that I give her my Paypal email address (I don’t know what that is) so that she can make the payment and make arrangements for the shipping company to pick the dress up at my location. What’s your advice on it? I really need to sell the dress, but I’m more comfortable with cash/local. The only other offer I’ve had on the dress wanted to use a cashiers check, and I declined that one on my brother’s advice.

    • rebeccamcclurg says:

      And they now seem to be in quite a hurry for me to send them Paypal information. I asked where she was located and she said “I live in indiana you don’t need to worry about anything just get it done now . . . . Asap.

    • Alex Markin says:

      A cashier’s check from a known bank may be fine. I doubt that is what the “Buyer” had in mind. Probably meant a certified check, that would be cashed by your bank and then bounced back a few weeks later. when your bank found out it was fictitious and after the shipping company had picked up the item. Cash and carry is the only way we will sell. Specify that in your Craig’s item description.

      • There are enough tools out there for anybody to make a fictitious Cashiers Check using the name of a known bank. You wouldn’t know its fake until after the fact. So, I really don’t know if you should trust that either unless you are willing to call the bank and confirm the check before accepting it. Some banks may not be willing to confirm checks any more either.

  162. Kevin Camon says:

    I am selling a Nexus 7 on CL and this is how the conversation went:

    +15125539082: Is it still available? ASUS Google Nexus 7? 32 GB – $185

    Me: Yes it is still available. Where are you located?

    +15125539082: Okay,i will like to buy it for my Son in abroad so you will have to help me to get it shipped out to him.I will pay you an amount $320 including the shipping fee through the Post office and the payment will be through Paypal. So get back to me with your paypal email address so that i can make the payment. I will need your word that the item is in good condition. Daniel fred

    Me: I have no problem with using Paypal as long as the address you give me is CONFIRMED by Paypal. I will only ship to a confirmed address once payment is cleared.

    +15125539082: Okay just get back to me with your paypal email address so that i can make the payment now.I will need your word that the item is in good condition. 12:17 PM

    Me: The item is in good condition. I will not ship until funds have been cleared and address is confirmed. *****

    +15125539082: Okay,i will make the payment asap,and i will like to know if you have done any transaction like this and if you know how paypal works?

    Me: yes i know how paypal works, been using them for years.

    Really??? The dead give aways here is the story about his son, the extra $145 he wanted to give me for shipping, asking if its in good condition, but the last question really gives it away when he asks me if I’ve ever done transactions like this and do I know how Paypal works!! He’s just trying to see how much knowledge I have about Paypal scams. I haven’t heard from them once I told ‘em I’ve had my acct for years.

  163. Ellen Turner says:

    Here is the fake email I got from Lincorn Lemar, or as he would have me believe, paypal.

    The payment of your Craigslist Ad has been verified and confirmed. Due to security reasons on both sides of buyer and the seller. The status of the payment is pending. Most sellers do not ship out the exact items as listed on Craigslist Ad and we keen on securing the Craigslist Ad community. We deducted that amount from the buyer’s account, until we receive shipment reference number and approve the goods (merchandise, service, digital product) that the terms of the sale have been met. Once you provide legitimate evidence of shipment, only then we forwards the payment to your account immediately. You are authorized to post out the item and email us the shipment reference number to verify the status and contents of the shipment with the courier service its been shipped through. Once we complete verification, your account will be credited instantly within 5 minutes on the same day of evidence. We tracks and confirmed the content of shipment to ensure the seller shipped and the buyer received the merchandise. Expert support is available 24/7/365 through our highly experienced team of customer service. For all other general inquiries, help with your PayPal account or this transaction, please feel free to email/reply this verification customer service team directly for first-class support to provide the shipment reference number: with the shipment reference number so we can credit your account immediately without any delay. As a valued customer your dedicated account manager will help you get the best out of your services.

    IMPORTANT: Only use

    Peace of Mind – We verify the transfer of goods has been duly completed;
    Security – Your financial information is going to a respected third party and not a stranger;
    Money Back Guarantee – If the seller does not transfer the goods, paypal will return the buyer’s money to their account within 5 business working days;
    Convenience – Monies can be put into paypal using any money depositing options available to Paypal users.

    Using can help keep buyers and sellers safe. When you use, is licensed and regulated company and the only online service that can be used for transactions.

    Note: Do not send the shipment tracking number to the buyer until we have confirmed the status of the shipment and credited your PayPal Account.

    Delivery Information

    Name: Sherif Aluko
    Address: 23, Ireshe Road.
    City: Ikorodu
    State: Lagos.
    Zipcode: 23401.
    Country: Nigeria.

    Address Status: Confirmed

    Thank you for using PayPal!
    The PayPal Team

    Email ID: PP7535

    PayPal, an eBay company.

    Copyright © 1999-2013 All rights reserved.
    PayPal (Europe) Ltd. is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority in the United State as an-electronic money institution.

    • I received a similar response to a ring I was selling. They wanted me to ship it to the exact same person and address as yours. I did check my regular PayPal automatically and of course, nothing there. I am glad everyone is sharing their experiences! This guys name was Collins Renzo.

  164. Alex Markin says:

    Thanks people.

    I got this letter from a Fred Ronald in response to an item I am offering for sale on Craigslist.


    It sounds good to know that it is still available for sale. I did go through your advert and I am satisfied with it. I am okay with the asking price and would love to go ahead with the deal right away because this meets my perfect search for time being now. I am contacting you via email, I am on duty and coming to your residence for inspection won’t be possible, so you have to assure me that its in condition described. You may now consider me a favorite buyer and if possible withdraw the posting from the site immediately so that I can be rest assured that it is all mine . I don’t mind adding an extra $200.00 (a previous letter mentioned $300) for you just to take down the posting.

    Like I said earlier, I’m very busy with my job as I currently work as Marine official, so I will be paying you online via my PayPal account which is attached to my bank account because it is the only form of payment that I have access to right now and also because of its good security nature. If you are interested in selling it please provide me with the following information:

    1)Your full name
    2) Paypal email address,
    3)Address for pick up
    4)Your personal mobile #

    Kindly get back to me with your paypal email address or better still you can send me a paypal invoice so that i can complete the transaction.
    In case you don’t have a paypal account, simply log on to you can either attach it to your bank account or credit card and fund in paypal can be transferred to either accounts.
    What is your final asking price ? . I will be waiting to hear from you soon

    NB.. pls get the ad off the internet or mark it as sold as i am really keen about the purchase and i will be willing to pay any price offer from you. what is ur best price offer?

    Best regards

    Fortunately I checked whether it was a scam. It obviously is.

  165. Elliot Lee says:

    I have been posting a bunch of stuff on craigslist lately and just keep getting these scammers over and over. I haven’t run into anyone who actually tries to send a payment with paypal – it’s always them faking an email from paypal to try and get me to send a Western Union payment. I tried sending a “refund” to one of these people via real paypal, and paypal wouldn’t even let me send a payment to their fake e-mail address :) So perhaps paypal has some people blacklisting the scammers’ domains.

    What’s the best way to deal with these scammers? Are there good ways to report them?

    • There is no central repository of scammer information, so the best way to report them is to post as much info as possible about them here. That is why all these comments are here to help everyone else know what they are up against and to restrict or limit the damage that these scammers can do. So in answer to your question, post your info here and share with everyone else.

  166. Josh Suter says:

    I’m selling a psp on craigslist and I constantly get those scam messages. I wish there was a way to be secure on PayPal.

    lately I have been telling them my final asking price is $5,000,000. lol
    I guess I’m going to just stop selling on Craigslist period. Even local sale seems kind of scary as far as being robbed or assaulted. It happens in very public places too. Sad world that we live in.

  167. I had the exact same thing happen too! I was simply trying to sell a chair, but started getting weird texts from someone who had odd grammar, and wanted to buy it right away. “Hello, how are you doing. Its a pleasure to hear back from you. I want you to consider sold, pls do withdraw the advert from craigs list to avoi disturbance. Anyways I don’t have time to come over to take a look because of my business schedule but you don’t need to bother your self with the shipment. Just to let you know my financier will be making out the pay check to you this week.” But in a separate text message, they wanted me to accept paypal. Just today, my son tried to sell his boat, and got another weird text, asking to use paypal, with extra $ added to accommodate the “shipping.” SOOO happy we found out about the craigslist-paypal scammers.

  168. Coral Cashes says:

    Add me to the list of people scammers have contacted. I’m selling my couch on CL for $400 OBO. Within 30 minutes someone contacted me. She asked if it’s still for sale, I said yes. She asked the typical questions: condition, why am I getting rid of it, and can I send close-up pictures. I answered what I could, but told her I was out of town and couldn’t send the pictures til tomorrow when I arrive back in the area. Without even responding about the pictures she told me she’ll take it and will go ahead and pay me on PayPal. I use PayPal very often for my freelance work, so I saw no problem with it, and I gave her my email. She then responded and said the transaction was complete and she put some extra in there for her movers if I could forward them the money with Money Gram. Now, I might have been tricked up until this point. But I do know that people who give money to a total stranger for a couch that is sight-unseen, then ask to pay a mover from that money is suspicious. So I Googled “PayPal Craigslist Scam” and found this page. It helped confirm what I believed. I replied to the scammer saying “Ah, a scam. Nice. Thanks for wasting my time.” and have not gotten a reply back yet. Now I’m all freaked out about my PayPal because it’s my business account! Thankfully, I always transfer money immediately out of there into my REAL bank account, but I don’t know what kind of scandalous things they might do with my PayPal account, or (Heaven forbid) my LINKED bank accounts within my PayPal account. I guess I should start figuring out if PayPal can put a fraud alert on it like my bank does.

    Scammer Name: Sherly Dean
    Scammer Number: 702.608.4568

  169. I posted an ad for an Ashley Furniture 5 Piece Bedroom Set for $500 and this is what happened. First got an email asking if we could text. Then I received a text saying: “Hi, Its Terry from Craigslist. I will pay you your asking price in the ad. I am set manager for a movie crew and we move from one location to another. I am sorry I won’t have access to come pay you in cash or see what am buying due to my job, so I will have to pay you via paypal ( and I will include the shipping.”

    My immediate thought was “Why the heck do you think a 5 piece bedroom set can be shipped???? You would pay more for shipping than I’m asking for the set!” So I decided to do my research as I’ve never sold anything on Craigslist. After researching and finding this page, I responded thanks, but local buyers and cash only!!!

    I just want to say THANK YOU for this website!!!!! Even though I was skeptical, you have saved me a world of headache and trouble.

    Scammers Email Name: Terry Eggleston
    Scammers Phone Number: 904-494-8356

    • Randy Wright says:

      I also heard from “Terry Eggleston”. I was selling a bedroom set. In my case, he was a corporal in the Army. But other than that, it was the same scam. He wanted to buy it sight unseen. He was going to pay via PayPal including the shipping costs, then I was to send the shipping amount to somewhere and then the shipper would come get it. Anyway, fairly east scam to spot. For one, he had some crazy reason that because he was “in training” he could not talk, because no phone service, etc. But he could text. Well, that makes no sense. The real reason for that obviously is, the person doesn’t want you to hear them actually speak, because you’d know it was a scam then because they would be foreign, I suspect. The phone number in this case was 772-237-0562.

      • I also just got the email from Terry Eggleston – exact same situation. Wanted to buy a dining room set for his mother, sight unseen, pick up right away. Said he was military personnel and in training camp so could only text. Just like the previous poster, he told me he wanted to arrange for a shipper, but this shipper did not understand paypal. So, he had to send me the money for the set and the shipping via paypal, and then I would pay the shipper.

        That seemed suspicious, so I googled him and found these posts. I then texted him that I thought it was a scam and would need cash to proceed ahead. No more texts after that!

  170. Def Noise says:

    “Think again. Pay Pal (the real one) will only protect you (maybe) if your transaction goes bad on Ebay, NOT any place else.”

    Not at all true. I sold an item (legitimately) via Criagslist and got paid with PayPal. Didn’t insure the item (dumb) and the buyer claimed they got an empty box and filed a dispute, they got all the money back.

    • PayPal behaves the same as a credit card company. They will refund the money of the buyer regardless of the type of transaction (if it is legitimate of course). If it is fraudulent use of the card or ID, they will also refund the money to the disputing party, so everyone should be VERY careful of PayPal transactions. Always attempt to get a receipt and/or deal locally. Long distance means more chance to fraud or sales going bad. What is the to stop someone from saying that they never got the product? Nothing, that’s what.

  171. This is more from my last post my phone isn’t letting do it right.

    (1/2)asking about it to make sure its in good condition. so can you assure me i will not be disappointed? Is the price negoatiable? requesting this (2/2)transaction should be done via PayPal due to the nature of my work,so the PayPal charges is on me.Payment will be made via PayPal only

  172. Please help me. Also received a texted from a woman she calls her self Linda said she could only pay via pay pal due to the nature of her work.

    2005 Chevrolet equinox ¤10,000 obo – ¤10000
    ello my name is linda,is your item still available? let me know the present

  173. I have just recently received two texts from I believe scammers. I’m new at this and an trying to sell my car. I’m so glad that I read this big and all the comments.

    (1/2) is your 2005 Chevrolet equinox ¤10,000 obo – ¤10000 (El Reno,OK) in cl still available for sale?kindly get back to me to my private email address (2/2)peterpl136¡ also with the recent pictures

  174. Here is the two phone numbers that tried to scam me so be ware! 626-502-6508 (This is the one who pretended to work for the FBI)

    and 424-226-8105

  175. You guys have got to hear what one of these scammers just did to me as I’m writing this. Especially craigslist staff. I put an IPhone on Craigslist today and got two of these scammers texting me, each with the same story, the story all of you guys got also…out of town, buying for a family member, need PayPal info…blah blah blah. The first one said he was buying it for his son and would pay me double what I was asking for and needed my PayPal email. I knew this was a scam because it says on Craigslist to never use PayPal so I googled PayPal craigslist scams and found this great website and couldn’t believe the exact same things happening to other people. Exactly the same thing! So after reading the posts on here, I text one of them back calling him a scammer and some nasty names and told him I was going to put his phone number on this website. He never replied. Well I said the same thing to the second guy.
    Here is what I said:
    Do you think I am stupid? You are a scammer, you all say the same thing, you are a scum bag for doing this to people and you should be put in jail. I am posting your phone number right now on a craigslist scammers website warning others about people like you and there are a lot of people with the same stories of what you do.
    Here is what he said word for word: sorry this is not a scam really…h=how much messages is there about this on website??
    Me: There are very many messages about what you people do, why do you ask?
    Him: ask because my intention was good…I really want to buy it. please if you don’t mind let me have the number and website I work with FBI I want to put them under investigation okay…just tell me the website number they will face the law okay.
    Me: (playing stupid) You work for the FBI?
    Him: yep as am agent okay
    Me: Wow you really think I’m stupid, you are a scammer and want to see the website so you can figure out new scams. You do not work for the FBI, stop scamming people, I already posted your number so stop scamming people.
    (Like he’s going to listen) No replies since the last one I sent.
    Can you believe he said that? It’s so obvious what he is doing, he can barely speak English! I just thought you would get a kick out of that one! Be careful everyone and thank you for this great website!

  176. angjeffrey says:

    We are selling our extremely nice gym equipment that we don’t use anymore. We have been getting BLOWN UP with texts from scammers. Today, after renewing our equipment (listed at 2,500.00), I get a text asking if it is still for sale and to “kindly” get back with him on the condition. Anytime I read “kindly,” I automatically know it is a foreigner/aka scammer. I immediately respond with:

    “Fuck off spammer. Eat shit. Stop wasting my time and other people’s time who are trying to sell on Craigslist.”

    I know I sound crazy, but I am certainly a little peeved by the continuous texts from this scam artists. An amount of time goes by without a response so I then say:

    “Scum bag. You don’t know enough English to rebuttal do you? Ignorant piece of shit.”

    And what kind of response do I get? LOL! The dumb ass proceeds to say: (Word for word, grammar and all)

    “Thanks Im just asking about it to make sure its in good condition and I cannot be able to have you cash at hand or a face to face deal due to the nature of my job. I’m buying this for my son as a birthday gift present.I believe it will make a wonderful Birthday Gift His Birthday is next week . also no shipment involved but I have a pick up agent that will be coming for it once the payment is cleared through paypal. , I can only pay you via one of the fastest and”

    He/she didn’t even know I was insulting him/her. Ridiculous. Number is (347) 201-1053. I have since deleted our phone numbers from craigslist and said REPLY TO AD ONLY WITH PHONE NUMBER. It is sad that these people are making it hard for us to sell on craigslist. I am not falling for the scams, but I am getting tired of the annoying text messages. In 3 days we have had 5 texts from different scammers.

  177. I got this today in response to my motorcycle ad on Craigslist:

    +12082743482: Im satisfied with your advert and price, as am requesting this transaction should be done via PayPal so the Pay Pal charges is on me. If my offer is accepted
    +12082743482: I was just about to pay when i receive a message from my pick up agent saying, i will need to pay for the pick up before they can schedule a pick up time, they charged me $850 for pick up and delivery,and the payments most be made available through money gram transfer
    +12082743482: i will add the $850 to the money i will send through paypal as soon as i have made the payments, i will email you and let you know and please i will need you to help me send the money to my pick up agent through money gram transfer, this can be done from any post office ,there is always Money gram transfer section in most post offices and get back to me asap so that i can make the payment fast.

  178. ruready4rnr says:

    craigsliststaff says:
    December 28, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I think what she was trying to say is that if you are in the USA you don.t need to spell out USD. Only a foreigner would say 100USD. Different countries say things differently than we do. An American would just say “Pay me $100? where foreigners would say 100$, or 100USD or any other variation. The fact that it was a foreigner is a tip off to a scam because why would someone in another country be buying stuff from Craigslist in this country? You would buy locally in your own country. Ask yourself the same thing. How many times do you go to a foreign website to buy stuff? Never, right?

    hi, i agree with the USD that looks bad. however i would like to ad something… I live in Canada (west coast) and I have searched into other areas of the states on CL when i was building my car. parts are hard to find here where i live and was able to get people to send me things from as far away as chicago.

    I am not a scammer and the parts weren’t over 100.00 and easy to pop into the mail. This is going back a couple years now. and after reading all these posts I guess i was lucky to be believed and not in a hurry with needing parts. i waited for the postal cheques to get there and clear.

    i wanted to add that my girlfriend was selling an industrial sewing machine…. this thing weighs a ton. some idiot “nick” in california gets ahold of her wanting the machine…. my BS meter went straight up… you can guess the rest… paypal scam

  179. tmpart says:

    It is still going on. I listed something yesterday and almost immediately received a text message that could have been copied from one of the scripts in this thread. I asked where they are located and the question was ignored. I tried calling the number and went to a voicemail which sounded like a business. They then sent two texts insisting on the email address for my paypal account so they could pay right away – “I will cover the paypal charges” and his private shipping agent will come to pick it up.

    Who the hell has a “private shipping agent?” And I have used paypal enough to know that they don’t send confirming emails or tracking numbers or that you have to do an additional action to get the funds transferred. When someone pays, they pay and the money goes to your account.

    So I texted the scammer back and said, “This is a scam. Paypal doesn’t work that way”. They replied, “What do you mean by that?”

    I simply ignored the text and that’s that. But the keys are keep your eyes open and really, how many times does someone say, “Kindly provide your ____” or “regrets…”

    A legit buyer will more than likely say, “Is it still for sale”, “when can I see it”, “will you take $____ for it instead?”, things like that.

    I’m glad for this thread.

    • Robert Bell says:

      You posted:

      “A legit buyer will more than likely say, “Is it still for sale”, “when can I see it”, “will you take $____ for it instead?”, things like that.”

      I disagree, in part. I get a lot of robo-replies to Craigslist postings like this.

      “What is your final price?” – “Final price” is not a phrase that Americans use, but many foreigners use – which tips me off that it is probably a Nigerian scammer. As you noted, the use of “kindly” and “regrets” (both common British English sayings) are also a tip-off that you are talking to someone who is from a former British colony. Nigeria.

      “Will you take $1000?” – sounds legit, until you get five e-mails from fishy addresses and odd names (Jeb Stewart?) with the exact same wording. Very odd that someone would offer a price for merchandise WITHOUT EVEN LOOKING AT IT. Even odder that five people would make the same price offer. I suspect a ‘bot is programmed to look for a price and then generate an e-mail saying “Will you take (price-$500)” to try to sound legit. After all, agreeing to pay full price is suspicious, right?

      “Is the Item still for sale?” or “Is the vehicle still for sale?” are also red flags. No mention of what the “item” is, or what kind of “vehicle” we are talking about (could cover cars, boats, motorcycles, etc.). Again, scammers want to use generic responses, perhaps using a ‘bot, to cover as many postings as possible.

      And a note: If the item is still on C/L, it is still for sale, right? What numnuts leaves up a C/L posting after selling something.

      Craigslist is a LOCAL sales advertising medium. There is no need to get caught up in rounds of e-mail discussions for such things.

      I am putting in my Craigslist ads to CALL my phone number if they want more information, or to put THEIR PHONE NUMBER in their e-mail if they want me to respond.

      Most people on C/L just don’t respond to e-mails anymore, as so many of them are phony.

  180. I just got a response for something I’m selling they said

    “Sounds good,i am a member of the US Marine and currently on duty right now. I am getting it for my son who is studying abroad as a surprise gift. I accept your price and will be adding $80 for shipping get back to me now with your PayPal email for an instant payment”

    Unsure how to respond.

    • Read through all the other comments here. You will soon find a common thread and you will see that you are not alone. Just do what the others have done.

    • About an hour after I posted my wedding dress for sale someone claiming to be caroline zimmerman text my phone saying that her wedding is in california and that she will take care of the shipment of the dress, and that a mover will come to pick it up from me. The message goes on to read i will like to make a payment via a cetified cashier check that will deliver at your door step soon via fed ex or usps, then goes on to read without any correct grammar, you need to confirm the clearance of the check and deduct ur money before the picker can come for it. Sounds like a huge scam to me!!!

    • the phone number they texted me from was 916-800-8435

  181. Jr Krueger says:

    I am dealing with this as we speak. The buyer never tried the “I am sending more money” part until now and I just received the fake email from paypal saying the money will be released when I pay the extra shipping money. I told the buyer I wasn’t born yesterday and the email is fake. The phone number of this scammer is 909-742-0451 and he calls himself “Lucas” even though when you call the number the voice mail says his name is “Cory”. Glad I read these blogs so I knew what to look for!

  182. Craig Volpe says:

    I got one from “Anita” phone number 804-638-9088.

  183. I posted my car for sale and 15 minutes later got a text saying they wanted to buy it. then proceeded to tell me they needed all my paypal info and they were out of town and would have someone else come pick it up after paying for it without even looking at it. after telling them we have no paypal account, they stopped responding. the phone number that came up was 919-322-9842.

  184. I’m so annoyed with myself right now. I didn’t fall for it really, but I also got the fake “paypal” emails. I had two people asking the lowest acceptable price on an item I listed. I told them to make an offer – I’m not bidding agaist myself. They both then agreed to pay full price, $1,000. I was more than a little suspicious when they then were ready to buy, sight unseen. I didn’t mind using paypal. I have little experience with it, other than paying my Netflix account, but the one said she’d happily send and extra $6.00 or so to cover the fees. Of course, then she sends an email saying, “Oh I should have mentioned by movers just told me they won’t pick it up unless their paid in advance. I’ve sent you $650.00 extra. Will you Western Union or Moneygram it to them?” My response was, “How stupid do you think I am? NO!” And I forwarded the fake “paypal” email to The second “buyer” got the same email from me, stating if they were also a scammer, not to waste their time. Never heard back from them again. I did, however, get another “paypal” email from someone who never even emailed me in the first place.

    Another wanted me to accept his accountant’s check. I told him cash, or perhaps a money order. I’m nervous about the fact that he now has my home address….but I realize now he’s also a scam (that item was only $50) and emailed him to say he can pay me when he picks up and if his “mover” is picking up, he can send the money to them to give to me.

    This has been so annoying. I also changed my paypal password. But I’m really nervous about these aholes having my paypal email address….is there a danger just in that?

  185. Thanks for the good info! We are moving right now and selling a lot of our stuff in the Santa Barbara area. All the CL scammers are slithering out of their dirty little holes. Here are two more numbers to avoid: 775-773-8405 and 510-255-5063 They are both definite scumbags trying to use variations of the PayPal / my shipper / mover scam.

  186. rebel1134 says:

    This is a scam gave me a sad story of them losing their son and it being his truck and they just want to get rid of it then starts by saying it is in a shipping place and they travel for work and need all kind of information to go through ebay protection plan!

  187. scam numbers: 1(516)360-0857 ; 1(661)376-0457

  188. 281 – 940 4754 and 646-820-9407. Both texted me and enquired about the car. They asked if i had any paypal account! When i said no ( eventhough i have) they stopped texting me!! Be careful of the 2 numbers!!

  189. tinochrome says:

    this guy from ny just contacted me saying he/she realling interested in my ps3 and was gona overpay to me for the shipping costs when i said i dont have paypal and wont use paypal they stopped texting me then i texted them a link to this site and said im going to add your number there now 347 8295262..careful guys dont fall for it

  190. melanie1111 says:

    I am new to Craigslist and almost fell for the “oldest scam in the book” and even went as far as giving out my email address and home address before googling the situation and finding out about this scam. Naive, I know! Now I’m concerned about the information I did give out and what I should be doing about possible consequences. Any thoughts?

  191. James Domer says:

    Selling an item on Craiglist and got a classic scammer from 865-309-5830…all the normal questions, Whats your address, want to see it. “so your coming to look at it?” “I’ll have by shipper look at it when they come to pick it up” Whats you Paypal account, I’ll pay you extra for your trouble and you just western union the funds to my shipper blaw blaw blaw…865-309-5830 I just what to have this # on file for the next person that searches it.

  192. Leslie says:

    A guy tried to scam me from (323) 638-9647. May the next person he tries to scam find the number here.

  193. I am selling my Dell Inspiron Laptop for 300, I have the same issue but the really stupid thing was that it was to obvious, I put right in the ad, pickup only. Next thing you know I get a guy wanting to buy with Paypal for 450 and says to ship it to West African College. XD like i would do that.

  194. my50blue says:

    But I really want to buy your car only if you open a PayPal account. I dont have a paypal Then he text me back sayings oh so sad but thanks anyway. I text him back, No thanks to you, now I could add your number to Craigslist and E-bay for Scammers. Just remember this number 1-240-459-3162 people.. Second asshoe that try to scam me

  195. Juls Gr says:

    Got one of these, too. I thought of playing with them a bit, but so far haven’t gotten a response…can’t tell if that’s a good thing or a bad thing!

    Their email (from a “Julie Martinez”):
    I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too
    since i won’t be be able to see this in person. And if you don’t have a
    PayPal account, It’s pretty easy to set up a PayPal account at . it’s just a few minutes away from signing up. it’s
    safe and secure for both Parties and i have been using PayPal to buy
    and sell for years
    now without problems. Pls get back to me with your PayPal email so i
    can proceed with the payment and contact the Pick up Agent who will
    come for the Pick up of the item.
    I will need these following details so i can proceed with the payment right away

    1:Your PayPal e-Mail Address
    2: Home Address

    As soon as you get back to me with your PayPal email, I’ll proceed
    with full Payment. I look forward to reading from you soon.
    My response:
    You know what? I normally wouldn’t do this… but you sound like a straight shooter! :)

    I always tell my girlfriend: “you know what Craigslist needs? More pictures! People don’t share enough pictures of themselves to each other, reducing the beautiful art of a commercial transaction to naught but a cold, heartless, impersonal exchange of money for products and/or services”. Of course, I don’t really tell her in those words, because she charges me by the minute, and I usually run up my bill pretty quickly what with all the spanking and subsequent crying. But I digress. Are you on Friendster? I’m totally on Friendster, we should become friends there. Then I could share all the awesome pictures of my cat. They’re pretty awesome. Here’s a picture of me playing with my cat. LOLZ!!1 He’s a cutie pie.

    So that’s just one picture, but I can totally send you more, being that we’re pretty much like best friends but now and stuff. Send me some of yours! Are you on MySpace? Send me a message there and I’ll add you to my page! Well, it’s not really my page, it’s my cat’s page. Did I tell you about him yet? He’s totally awesome, here’s another picture of him dressed up as a pumpkin for Christmas, LOL!!!1 I know people do pumpkins for Halloween, but I’m all like a rebel and stuff. And you would know that, missus, if you would join me on Friendster!! Man, you’re such a hoot, I can tell that we’re pretty much total besties by now.

    So this Paypal thing sounds good, but I’m not very good with the internets. Can you help me open an account? Let me know what information I need to send you so that you can open that on my behalf, being that we’re pretty much BFFs by now. Are you on iTunes Ping? I love it, because it lets me share all these super cool music videos. They’re of my cat. He plays the piano. He’s pretty awesome. Here’s a picture of him drinking milk out of a tiny plate. It’s hilarious because he doesn’t know it’s a tiny plate, you get it? He thinks it’s a full size plate!! LOLZ!!11

    Anyway, I await your response, let me know what information you need to open that Paypal account for me. Thanks!

    PS: Miss you already, chick!

    Needless to say, those were not pictures of a cat. I did not add any links to this post, but on the original email they all linked to either rick-rolls or some nasty pictures…

    • angjeffrey says:

      Hilarious!! Loved reading this. I should try next time. Although I just cuss them out and it seems just as fulfilling insulting them with about 50 text message in a 10 minute span. I know I sound like a sociopath, but I just want to give them a dose of their own “annoying, time-wasting” medicine. It would be interesting to know if there is ACTUALLY a person behind the texts or if it is all computer generated…?

  196. texasecoair says:

    He is the biggest scammer out there, had also sent me a fake FBI email….
    YOU ARE COMMANDED to arrest and bring before a United States magistrate judge without unnecessary delay.My Name is agent David Colton,i work as an international liaison corespondent officer with FBI.We have an issue at hand regard a case with a buyer Gerrard Kon regard the transaction between you ,according to our report,we found out that you are trying to defraud her of her money after she has paid for your merchandise upfront ,there is need for you to send the pick up fee upfront to the agent address as provided by your buyer.We request for the Scanned Receipt of the Money Gram transfer and the Money Gram Reference number to prove sending of the pick up agent fees in less than 12hours and we will fund the money into your account or face the consequences of LEGAL ACTION.
    Failure to Abide to this means your Name and Address will be forward to the law enforcement Agency in your Country to get you Arrested, because you are practicing Scam, And your Account with PayPal will be BLOCKED, In order to free yourself from this” send the pick up agent fees within 12hours and send and correct the Money Gram Reference number to available for pick up to PayPal for Verify. If you have any comment on this issue do not hesitate to contact us.If the information you wish to provide pertains to an emergency situation, please contact us through our email . Although we check our e-mail frequently, we do not consider it to be an alternative to telephonic contact in emergency situations. (
    Here is the contact info I have for this guy-
    This was the info he have me for his “Pick-up Agent”
    Pick-Up Agent Address – Confirmed
    Name : Adeola Yusuf.
    City : Toledo.
    State : Ohio.
    Zip code : 43615
    Country : United State.

  197. Just got one that says word for word-

    scammer- ‘ist still up for sale?1982 Marinette express28′- $7500(OP)


    THEM-1/3 I just wanted to make sure nothing is been left out.i need you to understand that I am willing to purchase it right away,put it off the post
    2/3site and consider me as your favourite buyer I will be buying this for the price.and Payment will be sent using PayPal I will handle the paypal surcharge
    3/3as well. I will arrange with a shipping company to have this picked up at your location once I have paid as I am out of town at the moment. in the

    ME-No, in person cash.
    Stop trying to scam me, go be scum elsewhere.
    I got some hot sh** right out of my dogs a$$h**e you can have. I hope you get hit by a f*%-ing bus, f*&-ing sh%*bag.
    F*&^ing die already.
    Free texts here, I can go all night.
    I am reporting your phone number as a scammer on craigslist.
    So you better change it quick, sh&*thead.
    All vcgvdfnnffgdfhnhjfurgeij- this goes on for 3 texts, etc.
    All night long.

    THEM-1/2 Hey you dare not do that…cos you are going to regret it.. I was trying to negotiate with you..not to do something else if you really want to sell this

    ME- Don’t lie, this isn’t the first time I have gotten the same exact text, let me guess, you need my email so you can send to my paypal right, well guess what, i’m still posting to craigslist

    THEM-2/2 let me know im not joking with you ok

    ME- Scammer
    Cash in person if your not joking, let me know when you are in town

    THEM- You dumb a$$ don’t dare do that I swear are going to regret it ..believe me

    ME- Don’t ever reply to my posts again, and look for the scammer post with your number on it.
    I am reporting your number to craigslist now.

    THEM- 1/2and guess what posting your number too and report you as a scammer .,. I will look for you on ebay and if you are there ,,,I will make sure I
    2/2negative ur feedback and report you as a scammer you dumb a$$

    ME- Its ok cause I’m done posting

    THEM- doing that now

    ME- For what, because you couldn’t scam me?
    I told them everything you wrote on the text just like last time.

    THEM- How dare you trying to report my number..?you dumb a$$

    ME- Not try, did.

    THEM-and besides this is just the beginning of reporting going to look for your location

    ME- Now your stalking, I can report you to the police, and your text is evidence.

    no reply

    thanks for reading and letting me share.

    • angjeffrey says:

      I wish one would reply to me :( I have insulted and cussed three out so far…and no responses? Boohoo. One I even sent a good 100+ messages to…and NOTHING! I will let them know I reported their number. Maybe that will get them going.

  198. I now add the following to all of the ads I place on Craigslist: (No fake cashier check scams or trying to hack into my PayPal account or anything to do with a Nigerian royal figure who has been killed in an airplane crash.)
    So far so good. The criminals have moved on to a less “cool” target.

  199. I just received this email and it sort of sounds about the same..

    Thanks Marty,
    I appreciate your prompt response and i hope it’s in good condition as stated on the address..? am buying it for my Dad as a surprise gift in Washigton,i will arrange mover that will pick it up.I hope you don’t mind if i use paypal to process the transaction…?as am requesting this transaction should be done via PayPal so the charges is on me, I’m presently out of town deployed,Am in air force, Chief Master Seargent USAF.sorry i won’t be able to come over to look at it in person and only reason why am trying to pay from my PayPal at the moment. I hope we can make the purchase as soon as possible? you can get back to me with the following details
    1: Your email attached to your paypal
    2: I’ll be offering you $30,500
    3: Your contact address

    Just wondering is there a way to either turn the tables on this person or to figure out his actual location..

    • You can try and get as much information as to location or names or anything that you want but I foresee two things happening. 1- Any information that you gather will be fraudulent and of no use to you, or 2- No matter how many emails or inquiries you send, you will always get emails back asking you for more information and they will not relate to what you asked. In other words they will simply ignore your questions, not bother trying to make you comfortable and simply keep asking for your name, address, paypal account, etc. You’ll just be wasting your time and get yourself frustrated. The end result will always be the same, cut them off and save yourself time and trouble.

  200. Thanks so much for this post (and everyone who has left a comment with the details of their potential scammer!) I was trying to sell my wedding dress on craigslist and got two text messages.

    The first (from 678-861-6473) after I said yes, it is still available.
    Potential Buyer#1: “Sound Great.My Name Is John.Am Willing to Know It’s Condition And Your Last Firm Price You Will Be Selling It To Me.”

    Me: I confirmed the price, but became suspicious due to the text typing (who puts everything in capital letters??)

    PB#1: “I’m Satisfied With The Price And The Condition Through The Advert,.Am Located From (Cedartown, GA) As A Drilling Engineer, I Would Have Love To Come And Have A Proper Look, But Due To The Nature Of My Job And Current Location, I May Not Be ABle To Come For The Inspection And Pay You Cash.I’m Just Asking To Make Sure I Would Not Be Disappoint So Can You Assure Me That I Won’t Be Disappointed At All? As For Payment I Will Be Paying You Via I Fastest And Secure”

    Me: obviously red flags are going off all over here, so I said I’d be happy to talk if the first buyer falls through.

    PB#1: “I would love to call whom i wanna buy from..But i have to let you know that i really appreciate and understand to talk to me but due of my condition..its so sad to tell you am a deaf”

    Me: end of conversation – I didn’t reply back, so then two days later I get a message from a second phone number (813-862-1687) which looks oddly like the first set of messages…he got a bit more pushy in the second set of texts.

    Potential Buyer #2: Listed item “…I would love you to get back to me what your last asking price”

    Me: told them the price and said thank you.

    PB#2: “Sound Great.My Name is John.Am Willing To Know It’s Condition And Your Last Firm price You Will Be Selling It To Me.”

    Me: “Are you local?”

    PB#2: “OK Sounds Good to Me. With all Due Respects Sir/Ma, I’m Contacting My private courier agent will come for the pick up You Regards the Purchase of Your Item. So can You Assure Me that I won’t be Disappointed at all? Do You Have a Verified PayPal account?”

    Me: “Would you want to have a conversation sometime to discuss?”

    PB#2: “Do You Have A Verified PayPal Account?”

    Me: “yes”

    PB#2: “kindly get back to me with your PayPal email so i cab proceed with the payment”

    –about 20 minutes later–

    PB#2: “Am still waiting…”

    –an hour later–

    Me: “My apologies. What is your first and last name again? John?”

    PB#2: “John Ruben”

    Me: “Mr. Ruben. I am working today. Please let me look at getting you the info you need at the end of the day.”

    PB#2: “kindly get back to me with your paypal email so i can proceed with the payment”

    –45 min later–

    PB#2: “kindly get back to me with your paypal email so i can proceed with the payment”

    Me: AFTER READING THIS POST – THANK YOU “I’ve amended the posting. Local. Cash only. Thank you”

  201. bosslady1020 says:

    I’m sooo happy I found this site. I’m very new to Craig’s List and have successfully sold several items recently. One of the items I’m selling is my iMac. This is the email from a John Brown:

    “Thanks for your mail,what is the conditions of it?i am buying the item for my aunt. who work in oversea.i will add $20 for taking down the add and $100 for shipping,i would have done it local transaction but i am out of town presently…you can get back to me with your PayPal email account so i can pay now,and if you don’t have one,you can log on to their website to create an account with them and get back to me with only your PayPal email address so that i can remit payment into your account. Hope to hear from you soon best regard”

    Being a regular seller of stuff on eBay the alarms immediately went off so my reply was I prefer a face to face transaction and even offered to hold it for a couple of days for him. While I waited for his reply, I googled “craigslist paypal scam” and viola your site was the first of many.

    Well I’m sure you know he did reply and said:

    “I need it shipped out today cause its urgent,and shipping via USPS EXPRESS MAIL is very safe that is why i asked you to use their service”

    I was like boy bye. I should of included a link to this page to let him know I’m hip lol

    The moral of the story is…if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t!

  202. Justin Baker says:

    I realize that this is a scam. But can someone explain what the actual scam is? I went through this today. Listed my laptop on craigslist and got a response quickly. Guy said he wanted to buy my laptop for his fiance who is out of state. Wants to pay me $390 even though I only asked for $300. Then asks for my paypal address so he can pay me immediately. What is the scam? Like, what would have happened if I’d given him my paypal address? I’m confused as to what the exact nature and mechanics of this scam are. Can anyone explain it in a simple way? I just don’t understand how it’s a scam if they actually send money to your paypal address. Can they somehow send “fake” paypal money?

    • There are MANY variations on this scam, but the simplest scam with PayPal is to use a stolen or fraudulent account. Later after you release the item and PayPal takes back the money is when you realize that you have been scammed. Another is to use unverified addresses. PayPal will NOT protect the seller if he sends to an unverified address or an address that is different than what the account holder has in their account. Read through the comments here and you will see many more ways they use PayPal to scam you.

      • mrnerdnet says:

        I just listed my laptop and almost word for word got the same email, i listed it for 450 and he said ill do 600+shipping then the massiv reason why and i googled scams and here i am. plus the email he was using didnt have a way for me to find him, no yahoo or anything so i was a little concerned now im just not going to reply back

  203. Netta Ihli says:

    I am so glad i found this website. I regularly list things for sale on craigslist. Yesterday after listing a harley davidson sportster i received 3 different messages from different numbers all wanting to send money thru paypal. Flags went up when they started asking for my address and what color the shop was that the bike was in. No one ever asks that sort of question. All 3 were out of state and couldnt look at the bike. Never did they ask for additional information or pics. Which considering there is very limited info on the listing i think questions would be in order. This not sitting well I checked into what kind of protection i would have as a seller doing this sort of transaction… None
    Then today I googled like many other the craigslist paypal scam and found this. Ive told my husband absolutely no transactions thru paypal for anything we sell unless its on Ebay.
    Thank you so much for having this website to warn us who look :)

  204. Ian Duckles says:

    Wow, thanks for this!!! I got the following email about my post:
    “Thank you for getting back to me. Please assure me that it’s in good
    condition and that i will not be disappointed with it.I’m ready to pay
    your asking price and to be honest, i wanted to buy this for my Dad,
    but the issue is i am an oceanographer and i do have a contract to go
    for which starts tomorrow and am leaving any moment from now.The
    contract is strictly no call due to the lack of reception on the sea
    area. But I’m able to access email anytime as we will make use of
    laptop so my only quickest payment option is PayPal as i can send
    money via PayPal anytime. Since I’m requesting this transaction to be
    done via PayPal and if you don’t have an account with PayPal, its
    pretty easy, safe and secured to open one. Just log on to I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? I
    have a mover that will come for it once payment clears and they will
    be handling the title for me. So i look forward to hear from you soon.”

    I agreed, and then got this email:
    “I was just about to make the payment when i had this little problem
    with the picking up, I got an email from my private courier agent..i
    taught i included that in my previous email.he said he won’t come and
    pick up the item unless i pay him the agent commission fee first in
    order to be able to schedule a pick up time ,and my private courier
    head quarters is in the Michigan United State and all commission
    payments made for pick up, from anywhere in the world is sent to their
    head quarters in the Michigan United State and the only form of
    payments they accept is western union money transfer and i tried to
    pay online but i will need a credit card which i don’t use and there
    is no post office(there is usually a western union section in most
    post offices) or any western union agent offshore! so i have to ask
    you to help me with the pick up fees, i will include the $1000 they
    charged to pick it up to the payments i will send through paypal to
    you now so i will need you to help me send the $1000 to my courier
    agent through western union money transfer. The western union money
    transfer can be made at a post office near to you, there is always a
    western union agent in most post offices or online at I will be making the payments shortly and will
    email you as soon as it has been done. I will make the payment soon
    and i will get back to you once i through with the payment”

    This made me really suspicious, and those suspicions were confirmed when I did a google search for “Paypal craigslist scam” and I found this site. Thank you for supporting my suspicions and helping me avoid getting ripped off!

    • Very useful information, thanks for sharing. This shows that they are changing their methods slightly to entice you through the safety of PayPal, then lure you into releasing money through Western Union. You notice that it never changes that the person cannot be contacted, they always pay more than what you ask, and have broken English. Always dead giveaways.

    • New to Craigslist or using Paypal for anything other than paying my Netflix bill. I got the exact same thing as you. My response was to write them back asking just how stupid they thought I was, forwarding the “paypay” email to the paypal spoof email address and then changing my paypal password for good measure. When paypal asked me to put in my bank info to change the password, I called them directly and told them I wouldn’t do it so they sent me another way to change without entering my account information. I’m still nervous knowing this bastard has my email address and home address.

  205. Mitun Shah says:

    i put up my laptop on craigslist a few days ago and got this reply tonight:
    Thanks for the mail,But am not in state presently…Am buying this item for my company agent located in oversea as a Birthday gift and i will add $150.00 for the shipping cost Via USPS Global Express Mail International 3-5days.. And i will made the payment through my PayPal account because is very secure and fast to receive money,Kindly send me your PayPal email account and your full name so that i can send the payment there … and if you are new to PayPal, you can easily log on to and set up an account with them, its simple and easier, just in few secs; you get your account activated and i will like to see more pics.

    Glad i read googled this, saved me a lot of wasted effort.

  206. Linda King says:

    Same story, same song..was in another country, use PayPal , she said she would send extra $ to cover wires etc..ask for extra pix, blah blah. Continued to ask & her dealer would pick it up & to send $$ , & give her my acct to send to….well you know the end …I just told her I sent her all the $$ & MORE, since I was feeling generous!!

  207. Diana Holmes says:

    Within one day of listing my Boat on Craigs List I got two offers to buy from scammers wanting to use Paypal – Their stories were almost the same – though one was more creative than the other but both had the same MO was one and pablobillsx1@gmail was the other – Mark Williams claimed he was a Rugby coach and I looked it up and there actually is a Rugby Coach with that name – maybe I should contact him so he can get the creep in a scrummage!

  208. Rose Miller says:

    this is what I am getting with selling a vintage table and chairs:

    “Thanks for the information, i just wanted to make sure nothing has been left out. I will be buying for the price. Payment will be sent using PayPal and i will handle the PayPal surcharge as well. Once payment has been completed my pick-up agent will take care of any necessary documentation needed for the purchase. Funds will clear in your account before the shipper comes around to inspect and pick up. In the meantime can you send me more pictures (if available)?
    I cant make or receive calls here due to the nature of my job as i am offshore. I would have love to call but our satellite server has been down which restrict our calls Please bear with me as i’m willing to buy. Funds will clear in your account before the shipper comes around to inspect and pick up..”

    I decided to give him a link to the set on etsy, to see if that would be easier…totally ignores the link and keeps repeating the same story.. thank you all for sharing your stories.I almost believed, except for that nagging little voice.

  209. Tom Crisp says:

    Note that these folks are keeping up on our shared knowledge and alter their approach to match. My recent email asked for details about condition and for more photographs (though the condition is NEW!), and it was only in a 2nd email (after I responded to original questions) that they moved on to a 180 degree flip where they want to buy, send the money (to PayPal) but their licensed mover will pick up, etc, … Since the item is well over a thousand bucks I’d be HAPPY to get payment through PayPal – from a legitimate buyer, on my legitimate PayPal account. But this “buyer” sent out the warning signals. Still, they have begun to play the role of a more serious buyer, with logical questions about condition, even negotiating the price – which, to them, is irrelevant. But it helps disguise their intent. It’s too bad, between these charlatans, the fake sellers and the buyers who never show up when they make an appointment, Craigslist is being murdered.

    • Very good point, they do indeed change and adapt to what is going on. I can tell you that from the logs I see that a lot of people reading this blog and my website blog are from foreign countries (Africa, Pakistan, etc) so they are checking what you know and you all need to keep abreast of what they are doing. That is why these comments are so helpful. Readers should read not only the blog but the comments as well.

  210. Someone just tried to scam me using a similar method. I am pasting their email contents below.

    Thanks for the mail, I’m seriously interested in buying this for my
    Friend as a birthday gift hope is in good condition Like I said I will
    like to purchase this item for my friend as a birthday gift so kindly
    withdraw the advert from Craigslist but i will not be able to look at
    the item or pick it up from your place because i am currently out of
    the state,I’m representing my company on an official trip, You will be
    shipping the item to my friend just because I’m buying the item for
    him please I will like to know why you are selling the item and do you
    have the receipt of the item,

    I will offer you $1,030 for the item and will also add an extra $100
    to the money so as to cover the shipping and insurance charges via
    USPS Express Mail,I will also add an extra $20 to the money to
    compensate you for sealing a deal with me.

    And about the payment, My mode of payment will be through PayPal
    because it is fast for a safe,secure,reliable transaction and easy to
    send money online, So get back to me with your PayPal email address or
    send me a PayPal money request so that i can send out the payment and
    as soon as you received the payment you can make the shipment,But if
    you don’t have a PayPal account you can quickly set-up one
    at( it is easy and save and it’s free also your reply
    will be appreciated by me if you get back to me asap..

    Looking forward to read back from you shortly..

  211. mztootay says:

    Thanks. I am selling a 42″ plasma TV, got someone who said they were a marine, on a ship with limited access to phone or their bank but luckily their bank account was attached to their paypal account. Wanted to buy TV sight unseen as present for their dad, just for me to send them my paypal email and once money cleared they’d send their agent to pick up. I couldn’t figure out how they were scamming using paypal but knew it was a scam. Emailed back that I knew it was a scam and called them an asshat! I wish craigslist had a way that even after they first contact you on the anonymous email, when you respond they then get your email. I really hate all the damn scammers! THis summer I was looking for a rental in a college town and omg they are everywhere!!! ASSHATS!!!

  212. Have a Brass Bed with fixins posted on craigslist.Was sent an email
    from someone supposedly named Lara Johnson, supposedly in the
    military, recently deployed somewhere overseas who wants to make the purchase via paypal. Do not trust it! She claims phone access is
    limited due to security reasons. Right!!! If you can not talk on the phone, why would you try to buy a bed in St. Louis (as a gift) with paypal off craigslist? DO NOT TRUST THIS REPLY!!!!

  213. Audrey Peter says:

    I am selling a diamond ring and was notified by someone saying their name is Amanda Crawford and is an offshore engineer without any phone communications but would PayPal me the money plus 100 USD for shipping. First, who offers you more money? Second who uses USD? Third, who doesn’t have access to a phone? Maybe a prisoner or someone in I’m so glad I read this article because I use to beliee PayPal would protect me and now know I need to be wary!

    • jrauls1005 says:

      I would imagine anyone in the United States would use USD, being that it’s United States Dollars.

      • I think what she was trying to say is that if you are in the USA you don.t need to spell out USD. Only a foreigner would say 100USD. Different countries say things differently than we do. An American would just say “Pay me $100″ where foreigners would say 100$, or 100USD or any other variation. The fact that it was a foreigner is a tip off to a scam because why would someone in another country be buying stuff from Craigslist in this country? You would buy locally in your own country. Ask yourself the same thing. How many times do you go to a foreign website to buy stuff? Never, right?

      • I am selling sound equipment on Craigslist, got a reply next day telling me her name is “Whitney Jones” from the Diabetes Foundation and that she wanted what I had, and that she needed my Pay-Pal account so she could pay me. I thought this was weird, so I looked up Whitney Jones in Google and found there is a Whitney Jones at the Foundation with a Facebook comment section, so I sent a message about it, asking if she actually emailed me, still waiting. This email I received had Whitney Jones as lead name, but the address is no where close to her name, which flipped a red flag for me. I replied to the mail, but have received no reply.

      • Smart man….Saved yourself a lot of grief by being careful.

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