Check Scams

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Craigslist check fraud scammer

  • by: Handyman
  • #295
  • Jan 13, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
I'm an individual, fairly new to Craigslist who just recently almost totally got scammed by somebody who hacked Global Biotech Inc. in New Jersey and was sending out counterfeit checks to people on Craigslist. And now once again here I am trying to sell a tire on Craigslist and it's happening all over again by someone else in Texas. I'm trying to sell a 245/75/17 Firestone Transforce HT never been used factory spare tire out of a wrecked 2013 1 ton truck. And I made it a point to inform everybody who reads my listing to take the time to look up that particular tire on eBay, So they could see for themselves that the cheapest you're ever gonna buy this tire for brand new on the internet is 190.oo$ with free shipping. And I posted pics of my tire showing how this tire still has the little tits all over it. Proving it's never seen the pavement a day in it's life. I listed it for 100.oo$, which is just like getting a brand new one for half price. The Scammer contacted me the very next day by text message from 210-960-1029 (San Antonio). THEY DIDN'T WANT TO COMMUNICATE THROUGH TEXT MESSAGES. THEY INSISTED ON USING EMAILS. Plus if they wanted to correspond by using only emails, why are taking steps to avoiding going through the standard Craigslist monitored emailing. I live in St. Louis and my listing is for the St. Louis and Southeast Missouri area on http://stlouis.craigslist.org/wto/5398223266.html This was the first RED FLAG. I copied and pasted the first message I ever received from them. It was a text message from 210-960-1029. here it is below.

Send an email to [email protected] if you still have( 245/75/17 Firestone Transforce HT, Never used, 17" inch truck tires )for sale looking forward to your email thanks GOD BLESS.

When I replied, I used the email address just like they requested. I informed them that the tire was still for sale. I copied their email response to my clipboard and now I'm gonna paste it for you to read. One more thing you should note before reading this email. RED FLAG!!! They generously offered me an extra 50.oo$ more for this 2 year old factory spare tire, and now they're gonna overnight a certified check USPS on top of that, which is gonna cost yet another 20.oo$!!! Now they're up to 170.oo$ invested in this 2 year old tire with no warranty. Anybody in they're right mind would push "Buy Now" on eBay for only 20.oo$ more and get it brand new with a 6 year manufacturer's warranty and delivered to their front doorstep for free!!! Before buying mine. Here's the email they sent me below.

Thanks for the prompt response to my text. I will be buying this from you, so please kindly withdraw the advert from C.LIST. My husband will be overnighting the payment asap but he will be paying with a certified check from his Bank and it will deliver to you via USPS, so I'll need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check... And am offering additional $50 with the original price to have this asap.

Name to be on the payment:
Your Full Address to mail the Payment:
Cell phone # to contact you :
And the Final Asking price:

I will make the pick up arrangements as soon as you have the check clear. Am not be able to come with the cash and pick it up my self due to my work frame and my Kids, but my husband will mail the check out as soon as i have the information and the payment will be deliver within 24hours.

This has all the RED FLAGS and warning signs!!! And it's a carbon copy of what the last scammer from Philadelphia tried pulling on me. Only this time I'm not falling for it. Fool me once, shame on them. Fool me twice, shame on me.

One more thing. When I emailed them back and informed them that I was recently nearly scammed by a guy in Philadelphia committing check fraud. And I asked them politely if this was a scam. Suddenly everything got silent. I never heard anything else back.
Names reported:
Velez Smith
Phones reported:
210-960-1029
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]

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Unresolved

scammed by Robert by fake check

  • by: bwood09
  • #387
  • Jan 15, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
They made a job posting saying they were looking for accountant,administrative assistant,etc and send a check for 3800 and say that it is for software and are going to send a computer.but you have to deposit check into account and buy software from their provided vendor but beware it is a scam for money the check is fake and will bounce
Also reported:
Mectron engineering P.T.E L.T.D
Names reported:
Rodney wood
Unresolved

I have been scammed and they manipulated my bank account by depositing forgery checks

  • by: newport77
  • #390
  • Jan 16, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $2,400.00
They told me that my loan have been approved and that they wanted my bank account online so they can deposit the money into my bank account.They asked me for my credit score and told them that I am "Fair". They said that they have to make some adjustment on my credit score to be able to get my loan. They asked me for my User Id and my password. I was hesitant to give it to them but they told me that I am alreday approved for a loan and to get the loan they need to deposit the money into my bank account but the money need to be withdrawn and send to name of people to receive those remittance. They manipulated my account because when I checked my account on the internet, it shows the available amount in my account, that is why I was able to withdraw the money to send to those receiver's name that they gave me to send the money. The following day, they told me again that they need to deposit more money so my credit score will be elevated. They told me that they are going to deposit $3000 into my bank account and I need to withdraw the money again and send to different people. They said that after I sent those remittances, my funds that I am borrowing will be in my bank account in 90 minutes time. That did not happened, I called them but I think they are closed. The following day I called them several time but it was a machine that responded the call, I did that several times the whole day, then the following day I called again and no response. One person accidentally answer the phone and I recognized the voice it was James Scott, the person that maniulating the Chase online machine. At first he said he is not James and told me that james was not available. I called them again and it was the machine that responded the call. I kept calling them and the machine always response my call. I beleived they program my phone so the machine will be the one that will response instead of them. My account is now completely negative for because I received a copies of those forgery checks that they loaded into my bank account and told me to withdraw the monies and instructed me to the receivers that they provided to me.
Also reported:
Money Mutual Company
Names reported:
Michael Hart, James Scott, Steven Hart, Alex White
Phones reported:
408-905-0019
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]
Unresolved

Fake "Cashier's Check" from Korey Lazar

  • by: WaryOne
  • #442
  • Jan 18, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
Korey emailed he wanted to purchase my outboard motor seen on Craigslist and arranged to pay by cashier's ck. sent by FedEx. He instructed to deposit ck. and forward overpayment to Jose in Houston and he would have his movers come by to pick up motor. Sounding suspicious, I had the bank see if the ck. was good, and it was not!
Names reported:
Jose L. Campos, Korey Lazar
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]
Unresolved

Certified Check scam

  • by: Caroline29
  • #519
  • Jan 20, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $0
Posted chairs for sale on Villages4sale. Not having any experience selling on line, I fell for the " let me send you a certified check" scam. The check was for 1988.50, the chairs were $80.00 so they were going to ask us to deposit the check and send them the overpayment. I worked in the check printing business for 30 years and it was very obvious the check was fake. I sent an email saying I knew the check was fake and asked them to not contact me again. I received 7 calls yesterday. I answered one and asked for no contact. The guy screamed he was going to kill me and sent a nasty message to me. I have all the documentation: check, envelope the check came in and email history. Let me know if you want the documentation.
Also reported:
Name on the check: Modern Kustoms Contractors
Names reported:
Kenneth Bossheart
Phones reported:
239-349-4983, 512-795-4182
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]
Unresolved

I have been scammed by Marla Finch. She mailed fraudulent check for personal property.

  • by: LennonLAP56
  • #610
  • Jan 22, 2016
  • Monetary Loss: $4200
I put a motorcycle on Internet for sale. Marla Finch contacted me thru messaging she wanted to buy motorcycle for a client.
After a week of emails a envelope arrived with a check for 4200.00. I Took the check to my bank , and there is no such company. I put the address on the check on the internet. It showed PLAZA homes. The President of company said he had been contacted 4 times about someone using his business address. Plus he had to close his bank accounts because someone had withdrawn monies with no authorization.
Also reported:
Island Homes, Inc.
Names reported:
Marla Finch
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]