I was contacted by email about a guitar for sale by a Jennifer Harris and she said she would like to buy it and asked for my phone number to arrange pick up of the guitar. So I gave her my phone number and later received a text from Michael asking about furniture for sale on Craigslist. I said no I have only a guitar. He said oh yes that post we want to buy it. He offered to send a cashiers check and would have someone pick up the guitar after the check cleared. I agreed and gave him my address to mail the check. Yesterday he contacted me and said the check is in the mail and that the check was for more than the guitar and I was to use the extra money to pay the the shipper. I only responded OK I'll let you know when I get the check. I am super suspicious at this point and search the internet and found that this seems to be a common scam. Who do I report them too.
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Real Estate Investor/Contractor Thomas Rodriguez
Apr 11, 2020
Monetary Loss: $17,500
On August 7th, 2018 I met Thomas Rodriguez from Lake Elmo,Mn through a Craigslist ad I had posted stating,Wanted: Contract For Deed Home. He replied me back through the Craigslist email that he had a property for rent that he owned but he may consider a contract for deed. He gave me his phone number & I called him that same day & discussed what I was looking for as far as a contract for deed property. He told me to meet him a few hours later at the property at 877 East 3rd Street in St.Paul to discuss further in person & to show me the house. I met him later that afternoon & we talked about my endeavor of investing in a fixer upper property to rehab & sell.I We talked and he said that he would be willing to join partners on this property if I wanted to invest money into it which were going to go for repairs. He stated he would do the work & I told him I would help with whatever I could as I had limited knowledge as far as contractor labor goes. He said that is fine. The plan he stated was to get started working on the property around 2 to 3 weeks later,get the property listed,sell it within a month & split the profits 50/50 with me. I told him I would help with whatever type of physical labor that I could. We talked the following morning of August 8th on the phone & agreed on $17,500 that I was going to invest into the property & that he was going to print a contract up. We met later that afternoon & he had a promissory note contract stating the amount I was putting down which was $17,500 that I gave him in a bank cashiers check. The contract stated that I would get a 50% net profit once the property was sold along with other definitions pertaining to our agreement. After giving him the cashiers check,he reiterated,we'll start working on the property in 2 to 3 weeks as he was doing a couple other remodeling jobs for some customers & I said,that is fine. The 2 to 3 weeks went by & I phoned him to find out when we were gonna get started & he said next week for sure. By this time it was nearing the end of August,2018. From that point on he kept giving me a run around of starting the work saying next week over & over & that he was going to buy supplies like cabinets for the kitchen & all other things that were needed. He also state that he would construct a 1 car garage on a slab of concrete that never happened.
Kept reaching out to him & even met up with him in person & still telling me the same story for the next few months. At this point I was very leery about Thomas so in mid November,2018 I started researching Thomas Rodriguez on the internet of public records & found out the property was in foreclosure.
I then went to my local Office of the County Recorder & found out that the property was to be sold at a Sheriff's sale on January 8th,2019. I met up with Thomas in person a few days later & presented the County Recorder papers & he was surprised & came up with some lying story that made no sense. He said don't worry we still have time. From that point on he stopped answering my phone calls,texts & his door as I went to his home. So today I sit with my life savings of $17,500 that I used to make an investment that was suppose to further me ahead in life. Local police have stated there is nothing that can be done but make a report on him & that it is a civil case. Go to find out that many people came forward that he had done the same thing to them & he has burned & bilked multiple people combined to upwards of close to $500,000.
I got scammed out of Stimulus check trying to buy a truck off Craigslist once I thought the truck was still available I asked my daughter mother to help me instead of her asking for someone personally number she sent the money 1,500 without talking to anyone on the phone expect a fake ebay operator I was supposed to receive the truck Sunday but they asked for a extra thousand that when she found it was a scammed and I was buying that truck to live in and go back forward to work in please help me get my money back
I found the ATV advertised on Craig's list and contacted the seller. I received an email asking me to contact them on another email address. I received an email telling me they wanted to go through Offerup. Please send them information so Offerup could contact me. A message went to my junk mail saying it was from offerup and purchase some ebay money cards. I became suspicious checked offerup (no ATV advertised), I checked Craig's list ( add had been flagged). I sent a note offering to come pick up the ATV and have not heard from them since.
Replied to original ad on craigslist saying "make $40 rating our app". I went ahead to do what was told, download the app, create an account, and advertise to fellow roommates and give feedback on the app. After a very thorough feedback response, the advertiser attempted to make excuses saying he won't pay me for my time.
I found a IPhone 11 for sale on craigslist. I have multiple texts between this guy and i. I even spoke with him on the phone. I paid 400 through zelle and then he never sent the phone.
He has 2 phone numbers. I called one after I did not receive the phone and after he heard who I was he hung up on me.
305-747-9116 & 786-655-2887.
He says his company is IPhone Worldwide LLC.
I have filed a fraud case with my bank. I reported his name and numbers to zelle. I reported him to craigslist. I am also making a police report.