I too received a very suspicious email reply to an item I have for sale on craigslist as follows:
I'm glad a did a little research before accepting an offer to buy my car off craiglist. In fact my offer came from Josh from Vancover WA and he just happens to be off-shore as a marine engineer also..... below is a copy of email:
Mr. Walker, the off-shore marine engineer, was also interested in purchasing my generator for his son.
Good to have your reply. I am Josh Walker from Vancouver, WA. and
would have loved to come and inspect it at your place myself, but I am
a marine engineer and presently off-shore. I am buying this for my son
in Washington as a surprise gift and pls just make sure it is in
condition described. I will appreciate more pictures if available and
will be sending your money asap. My shipper will be available to pick
this up as soon as payment is made. 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. Confirm sale to me and remove the add from posting.
14008 NE 9th St,
Beware, good folk. Stick to local pick up & cash in hand from Craigslist buyers.
Whenever they offer you a ton of extra money like that, you know its a scam. With Craigslist, read there page on frauds and scams. Think of it as a garage sale, you only take cash right? Same with CL. No checks, no money orders, and dont ship anything unless you actually know the person. If they offer you twice the amount, or it sounds to good to be true, then it is. And dont reply to those emails either, cause you just gave them your email address and your name!!!
I got the same sort of email for two of my items on Craiglist and figured it was a scam. It sounded too good to be true plus he mistakenly send the EXACT same message for both listings. I know this is a stupid question but what could be gained from this scam. Isn't it procedure to give someone paying you your paypal email? I figured this was a scam because he didn't ask to see pics of the listing and the way he wrote his email. But if he is offering to pay up front before picking up, how is it a scam where he could gain anything?
Hi thanks for mailing, i am a marine engineer, i am at sea right now.
i am buying this for my personal use so am willing to offer you the
amount you required. I can only pay through PayPal at the moment as i
don't have access to my bank account online(i don't 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 payments, and if you don't have a
PayPal account yet, you can set one up at www.paypal.com it cant take
you less than 3mins to do that, i will be expecting your PayPal email
so l can pay. I have a pick up agent that will come for the pick up
after payments has been sorted. l will be waiting for your reply asap.
plz include your final price for the listing
i too got almost the same email
the thing that i want to warn people of was the " offical " paypal emails
i recieved ....
When i looked to see where they had been sent from ,they had come from a Gmail
if u cant meet the person face to face then ignore the request ...
I played along until i had enough information to file a report with the
fraud squad ...
also the Shipping Company World Wide Speed Post is a fradulaent company
with a slew of complaints against them
this is the info for the Shipper i was to wire $250 too
7951 riggs road h3
The first email that came caught my eye because of the language used ,instead of driver ,they said mechanic
also instead of waiting to hear from u ,they said ..waiting to read from u ...
I think they use a translation program that doesnt always interpet the correct meaning
i am really **bleep** off as i was selling a item to raise money for my father who recently had a stroke
these people are scum that will take your money and u will be held responsible
I also got several emails from these people trying to purchase an item and then the phony emails from paypal and the shipping company... I wrote back and asked if they thought i was a fool and that ZI have reported them to the Federal Goverment Internet Crime Department (I did) I think if more people report this to the government they might get caught especially since they use the same address. They are not very smart criminals
These scum bags tried to get me to send $400 via Western Union. I Got the exact same emails. The Buyer seemed legit but when "Korex" shipping company stepped in and asked me to pay the freight charge for the buyer I knew it was a scam. Really disappointed in people....
they hack your paypal account to get your bank accounts and credit cards to steal. NEVER give someone you dont know or havent met, your paypal information. Be smart dont get **bleep**ed.