On Friday, I posted a Craigslist ad for a bedroom set. I received the following, nearly identical responses:
From the Reverend George Matthew (Reverend - nice touch!) email@example.com:
Thanks for the prompt response (I had responded to a normal looking email saying the furniture was still for sale) i have instructed my account officer to mailing (overnight) a certified check,while you hold on my behalf. Once you receive this, my mover will come pick up at your place.I will be needing the following information to issue out
the payment . . .
1.Your full name
2.Your mailing address(Physical)
3.Your phone number.
** Please note that the payment will be overnight to your address and it will be delivered within 2 days.I have taken a close look at the AD and am satisfied.I appreciates you saving this for me.Kindly delete the posting as am definitely buying it from you and it would be sad for me to have the payment in the mail only to be informed of the its sale**
From Nathan Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org:
Thanks for your reply concerning my inquiry (I had responded to a normal looking email saying the furniture was still for sale),am quite comfortable with the condition of the item since i won’t be making any repairs on it,i will like to offer you $550,please let me know if you will accept payment with money order as it’s the only way i can pay you at the moment.I would have loved to come take a look at it but i am presently out of town,send me some pictures.I hope it is in good condition,kindly reply with your name, phone # and mailing address where payment will be sent.I will let you know how i intend to pick it up.
As soon as you have your money in hand we can talk about the picking up of the item ok.I would like you to take the posting off craigslist today.
Expecting to hear from you soon.
From Marry Jones (email@example.com):
Hello how are you today i set my eye on your item I want to know why you are selling this item and if really it is in good condition .I will like to make a quick purchase on the item cos i am sending to a friend as a xmas gift,he is really going to love it.My method of payment is via Cashier’s Check or Money Order .If ok by you kindly get back to me with your full name and address of where you want the money to be mailed out to so i can proceed with payment immdaitely.I will take all the shipping responsibilities and i will like the item to be shipped by shipper once my payment is confirmed.So you wont need to pay any shipping cost cos all the shipping cost will be billed to my account.So once the payment has been approved my shipper will get back to on line so that he ll take care of it when recieved the payment.plz get back to me with your full name and address for payment.NB:and your best price and your phone numb
There are 5 other nearly identical emails! I know this is a common scam, but it is the first time I have experienced it. They are just so identical and creepy! Part of me wants to at least inconvenience them by making them send checks but they probably just print them at their desk and then drop them in the mail at the end of their driveway.
This is such a terrible scam since people have no way to get their money back after they deposit these bad checks. Definitely definitely take a moment to give your less net-savvy friends/family a heads-up about this scam.
This is my first pit thread, sorry for the lack of bad language - I am definitely thinking it!!! Scamming people is ALWAYS wrong, but it feels even more evil over the holidays.