So forgive myself for getting in this deep. Often times there will be emails using unusual servers like john. Well again this man claimed to be in Hawaii, the check was mailed from California, and the check was written from an account in Virginia. I received the check the other day Wells Fargo and my bank did not deposit it because there were so many red flags to it. I received a text from the interested buyer , who lived out of town.
What time zone is area code 754? I get a lot of people who answer my ads for items for sale with local info like next town over ans even in your own town info claiming that they are interested in your item. Most these scams follow the same pattern you see on eBay and other online auction sites. My situation is exactly this this thus far and I am supposed to receive ck in advance for wk not even done. It can take up to several months for these phony checks to come back as fraud, just because it clears does not mean it is good! If so, call and talk to them. S-Thank you, I will be out of town till the end of October. I just had to file a police report. The check will check out originally, but trust me the check is either stolen or counterfeit and the bank will come after you if you deposit the money and pull it out.
I called him, he told me he googled craigs list scams and saw all the people that have been scammed the same way with the exact same story. . Be smart, be aware and if in doubt ask your friends or someone with internet savvy what they think if things sound fishy. With all three inquires, when I forced them to be more specific about the transaction or detail in picking up the item, they stopped talking to me. Thanks to those who set this site up and posted! Everyone knows how competitive the New York apartment market is, with too many people looking for far too few apartments. This is one of the simplest, yet most effective ways to protect yourself against ticket scams.
This page details a few common Craigslist scams but no list is ever complete because new versions of old scams appear all the time. I though how could this guy not know that when a cashiers check is issued it comes straight out of your account right then , its not like a personal check. Any advice on what we should do next? I get this same type of scam email with everything i sell on Craigslist. This usually happens with buyers who are overseas or otherwise unable to meet with the seller in person. Depending on the event, these tickets can cost hundreds, or in some cases, thousands of dollars. There are many variations on this theme and many will involve official looking packing slips and money orders or checks from institutions you trust such as Western Union.
Been buying stuff locally and meet the person, pay cash. I also asked for a receipt seller said to tear up the receipt after we have deed in hand. They are not interested in your car, motorcycle, jet ski, or whatever else You might be selling. Now she is texting me none stop … Um? About 2 weeks later I got a call from my bank informing me that i had deposited a cashiers check that was fake and no good. Likewise, until shortly before the turn of the century, the Caribbean islands using the American country code 1 all used the same area code, 809; scams were perpetrated, but, after a while, people learned to avoid calling that single area code. Another tell tale for me is when a poster uses a town near me and there is no location map. Thank you so much for this post.
The 754 area code is located in the Eastern timezone. This scam can also be pulled off by people overseas. Came to this site because I was curious how the scam worked if the check clears. I had the item posted for local people. And too many times it works. I went to the bank got the cash and then to a money gram location and sent the money. As long as you pay attention to the details of each transaction and stay aware of the signs that alert you to possible scams, you should be fine.
They said send my name and address so they mail me a check. I still get several a week and ignore them all. Anyway, he sent a check including shipping of the car in the amount. To help keep yourself safe from scams, Craigslist advises that any business dealings be done with people in your own local area. The guy claimed to be deaf and could not talk.
I just went through a similar ordeal. Read more about Counterfeit Money Order and Check Scams Craigslist Purchase Protection Program Some Craigslist users have reported something called the Craigslist Purchase Protection scam. Once you know the common themes these criminals use you can usually spot them a mile away and they become little more than a subject of amusement. They were vague about picking up the item, said they were out of town and would send a check with extra money to pay for delivery. This is something that has got sent to me after a couple of texts here and there.
If a caller has something important to say, he or she can leave a message identifying himself or herself or send you a text message. One way that I separate these clowns from the real deal is to ask for their phone number so that I can call them with location and dicker the price. They generally offer a nice salary, but not outrageous enough to ring any alarm bells. Sometimes these fake listings get listed for attention, but then removed once the scammers have gained enough interest. I am so happy I did not follow through with the scam. Especially be wary when they request that you use Western Union, as many scammers use this service. In the offer I mentioned earlier both Oregon and California were misspelled and English was obviously not their native language.
I told him I would look into paypal but I had been scammed before. So I called the realtor and asked her to relay my number to that person. I read that eBay does not have a warehouse to store and ship vehicles for you to inspect and ship back vice versa. Pay attention to those alert boxes at the top of Craigslist postings because they are there for your benefit and warn about these and many other scams on Craigslist. The opinions expressed are those of the writer. Other clues include poor grammar and misspelled words.