This blog is dedicated to publicizing the emails and names (though we can assume they are fake) of deceptive and fraudulent buyers on Craigslist who make it their business to scam people out of their items. Outing Craigslist scammers- one email at a time!
Does anyone still use that greeting anymore? "Good day." It's one of those phrases that raises a flag that tells me you're not a native and more than likely a scammer.
This morning, I received an email from "Thomy Neito" - firstname.lastname@example.org:
Hi, Good Day , I want to buy it now please text me on (707) 985-8814 and let me know is you okay , i want it now now
I called the number, and it was a Google Voice one. Hung up without leaving a voicemail.
A few minutes later, I get a text message: hello who ?
I reply: You emailed me about the phone
I give me a call again at that number because talking is always so much easier than texting. Of course, as expected, no one picks up.
He sends another text: Thank you, for your swift reply .. i will send you 580 to include plus the shipping fees for it, to my Nephew outta states okay ? please let me know so i can negotiate now with you
I send back some expletives and we cease communication.
You'd think that with all the money these guys are defrauding out of people, they'd be able to pay for some English lessons to sound like a native. The unnecessary capitalization, random punctuation, incomplete sentences are a dead giveaway.
I'll end with today's tip: If there's a number, use it. Any legitimate buyer will have no problem talking on the phone with you.
Today's tip: When you go to respond to the initial email, it may automatically reply to a different email address. This is a great indication that the individual is a scammer. It doesn't make much sense for a potential buyer to email you from email@example.com and then have you respond to firstname.lastname@example.org. Look for inconsistencies like this to help you from getting de-frauded out of your money or item.
The idea is that some Nigerian scammers use bad English and a dumb premise, not because they're actually clueless, but because they want only the biggest suckers to respond, allowing them to dedicate their time and efforts to people who might actually pay up.
(Of course it's still for sale. If it wasn't, why would the ad still be up?)
I noticed the phone number found in the signature. A phone number! The scammers are now including phone numbers to seem more legitimate.
Of course I called it. As expected, no one picks up. I leave a voicemail. It becomes clear that this is a Google Voice number. It's easy to see why scammers would utilize Google Voice because it offers phone numbers that can be managed completely online (e.g., telephone calls, text messages, voicemails, etc.). That's not to say that everyone with a Google Voice number is illegitimate or a scammer. I mean, I use Google Voice.
A few hours later, I get an email from another scammer. This one goes by the name of "thomas stone" - email@example.com. He writes:
-- are u still selling this? if yes,drop in your mobile number so i can send you a text and if not reply back
I know it's a scam, but interested to see where this would go, I send him an email back with my mobile number. He texts me from 765-335-5668 with the following message:
is your (COPY AND PASTED TITLE FROM CRAIGSLIST) still up for sale?
I reply back with some expletives.
Basically, this shows us that they're using the same scam they've been pulling through email, but now they've learned to use text messaging through Google Voice. Hooray! /s
I hope this helps others from getting conned. If you find any other phone numbers being used by these fools, please feel free to include them in the comments.
Lastly, wishing readers a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all have a wonderful day with friends and family. If someone asks you to ship a part of your turkey because they are currently a doctor on business in West Africa, I highly suggest you don't. ;)
Someone left a comment letting me know that this blog actually helped him/her out because he was skeptical about a buyer. Hooray!! I think that's encouragement enough to keep this blog going. (I know, it doesn't take much...)
It appears the weekend is a busy time for scammers. Not sure why. Here are the fake buyers I received emails from:
Have you noticed the tendency of these scammers having super American sounding names? If it's too American, it always strikes a red flag for me. "Alice Taylor" - firstname.lastname@example.org "Andry Cassandra" - email@example.com "john joy" -firstname.lastname@example.org "ryan reed" - email@example.com "Jane" - firstname.lastname@example.org" Jennifer Mary" -email@example.com "cheryl yong" - firstname.lastname@example.org "Hi" - email@example.com "akos ayu" - firstname.lastname@example.org "Messela Williams" - email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
In my pursuit to sell things on Craigslist, I've come across an overwhelming number of scammers. I've started to collect a list of the email addresses that attempt to scam me and in hopes that it may help others, will be publishing them on this website. Cheers. firstname.lastname@example.org "Mark Roberts" - email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org