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Windows 7: dealing with Craigslist scammers

10 Aug 2011   #1
mr pc

Windows 7
 
 
dealing with Craigslist scammers

So it looks like a scammer is going to send me a money order that will be over the price of a computer I'm selling.

I have asked for a name (to be friendly), a phone number, mailing address nothing, and since the money order has been sent already, the amount - with nothing from them.

This totally fits the description of similar scams - I have already called my bank concerning verifying the money order when it arrives.

Other than contacting gmail about a user using their service to commit fraud and flagging an email in Craigslist is there anything else I can do or should I just pass it on to the bank and block the user's email?

any better places to sell a computer as well?
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10 Aug 2011   #2
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Craigslist is probably fine but only deal in cash and at an agreed public location like a McDonalds or other fast food restaurant. This way there are lots of people around so you are not as likely to get ripped off.

Dont take a money order, check or credit card #'s. If someone says its the only way they can pay you, its probably a scam anyone who wants something on craigslist can meet in person (its local) and pay cash (pick a spot with an ATM)

Oh yeah. Check the bills to make sure they are real United States Secret Service: Know Your Money - Counterfeit Awareness
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10 Aug 2011   #3
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
Craigslist is probably fine but only deal in cash and at an agreed public location like a McDonalds or other fast food restaurant. This way there are lots of people around so you are not as likely to get ripped off.

Dont take a money order, check or credit card #'s. If someone says its the only way they can pay you, its probably a scam anyone who wants something on craigslist can meet in person (its local) and pay cash (pick a spot with an ATM)

Oh yeah. Check the bills to make sure they are real United States Secret Service: Know Your Money - Counterfeit Awareness

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10 Aug 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Craig's List itself is an honorable list, all who use are not. Never accept or even comunicate with anyone wanting to do any dealings in the mail. When you cash the money order, you'll probably be arrested for forging a document. the point of the scam is for the "buyer" to get your merchandise before you realize they sent your a bogus check/money order/bank transfer, etc.

I've used Craig's many times, selling and buying, but only deal locally, period. I never post my email or phone number in my ads. I do put it as myname at email dot com, or my number as seven3two 6one42.
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10 Aug 2011   #5
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Take A Chance

Craig's list is similiar to russian roulette, only there is two rounds chambered instaead of one.
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10 Aug 2011   #6
mr pc

Windows 7
 
 

yeah, I've successfully sold two large items on craigslist but rarely use the service -

I wasn't paying attention to this until they seemed to get me wrapped up.

I have yet to receive the money order, and will undoubtedly have it verified and more than likely expose the fake - I am keeping my machine up (they asked to take it down to hold with a $50 bonus). And have yet to let them know I'm suspicious.

I don't know if it is frivolous to contact the authorities though
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10 Aug 2011   #7
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Quote:
I don't know if it is frivolous to contact the authorities though
Evil can only exist if good people fail to act.



Craigslist Scam Page:
Quote:
Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?
craigslist | about > scams

Also your State's Attorney General's office. The bad guys are hoping you will think it is too much of a PITA because of the paperwork.

Its your call....
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11 Aug 2011   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You can take the time and alert the authorities, but you will likely find out as I did that nothing is done. I filed a complaint through the Internet Crime Complaint Center. I never heard anything.

I went through a similar situation a while back where I was selling a computer component and posted it to Craigslist. A user contacted me, asked me to hold it, said he was on his honeymoon and would send me a check ASAP and then stop by and pick it up. Well, after a few days, I received a UPS envelope and it contained a check, not for the amount of the hardware sold $2,200, but instead for $4,600. The user contacted me via email shortly after receiving it and claimed that his secretary screwed up (and he should fire her for it), but new that I could handle the situation (with care and honesty). He provided instructions saying to immediately deposit it into my bank account, and then simply return the excess fund (minus of course $100 for my effort), as a Money Gram which his "shipper" would pick up when they came for the hardware.

If the above information didn't scream scam, for good measure, I did a little research on the check that I received. It was a business check and was written against a Company name (which had nothing to do with my transaction) and it was signed by a person that I wasn't dealing with. For fun, I looked up the company against which the check was written and talked to their secretary who informed me that the check that I received was fake, their information had been compromised and they had at least 50 fake checks written against their account. As she said, it won't clear..I hope you didn't cash it. I informed her that I did not.

So, in the case of this scam, had I cashed this $4,600 check...my bank would have given me $4,600. I would have then purchased a $2,300 money order, sent it back to this person. A day or two later, when the check moved along it's way, it would have been declared a fake, and my bank would then remove the $4,600 they put into my account. And there is nothing you can do, once you purchase a Money order to get that money back. So, I would have been out $2,300 had I proceeded.

At the end of the day, i got some nasty emails from this person saying they knew my personal information (he had a cell number and my work address...along with my hotmail account) and would come after me. Also got some emails from the shipper claiming they were nearly at my location for the pickup and if I provided them nothing, I would be legally obligated to pay them for their time and effort to get to me.
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11 Aug 2011   #9
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Let me guess........

You took prudent precautions with the original buyer, and the shipper never showed up.

Sound about right?
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11 Aug 2011   #10
buffylinden

 
 

Then there is the problem of cell phones being used by prison inmates. Although illegal, they still manage to smuggle smart phones in. The inmate pulls a scam & his or her buddy picks up the merchandise, along with any "excess funds" which they divvy up.
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