Its true. Craigslist is now full of scammers, just like eBay.
I posted an ad on Craigslist stating that I am selling my cabinets and appliances from my house. I received an email from a Tim G Jeff (firstname.lastname@example.org – go nuts spammers) asking if the items were still for sale. I replied saying they were and received the following:
” from Tim G Jeff
date Sun, Feb 22, 2009 at 11:42 PM
subject Re: Kitchen Cabinets and Appliances – $2000 (location)
hide details 11:42 PM (35 minutes ago)
Thanks for quick response to my email. I want you to consider
it sold, pls do withdraw the advert from CL to avoid disturbance,I’ll
take care of that by engaging the services of a mover, hence I’ll be
sending a check and it will be delivered to you via United Parcel
Service, so I’ll need you to provide me with the following
information to facilitate the mailing of the check to you.
PAYMENT INFORMATION REQUEST….
1.full name on the check.
2.Full Physical address to post the check
3.City, State and Zip Code
4.Home & Cell Phone to contact you.
Note that the payment will be shipped to your address via UPS NEXT DAY
HAIR SERVICE and I will like you to know that you will not be
responsible for shipping i will have my mover to come over a s soon as
you have cashed the check.”
Now there are sooooooo very many things wrong with this. But what really stuck out to me was that UPS has started a new service that is for people losing their hair.
Here is my response:
No, thank you for your prompt replies. I am so glad that I can now consider it sold. I would, however, prefer to _know_ that it is sold so I will be leaving the ad up until we have completed this transaction. I hope you understand.
I am not familiar with UPS Next Day Hair Service. Is that a new treatment plan for balding people? I may want to recommend that to some of my former investment banker and law enforcement friends.
In order for me to send you the payment information request information you are requesting, I need to know a little bit more before I give out such information. Also, I prefer to deal in person. Please reply to me with the following:
1. Full name of person from whom check will be.
2. Full physical address of from where the check will come. Let’s just say i have had “issues” with unsafe mail from some people that would love to see me become part of my mail box.
3. Your phone number so that we can be in contact in case something goes wrong with the mail. I’d prefer at least two forms of phone contact (work and home number or cell number).
4. An immediate deposit of 25% of total purchase price in cash only. We should arrange a time and place to meet for this exchange.
5. No law enforcement agents.
I have a specific way of doing business and hope we can work something out.
Again, I appreciate your interest. ”
I can’t believe people like this are allowed to do the following:
a. Breathe our air
c. There is no c
d. have an email account/address