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I have been scammed by a Craigslist rental fraud

  • by: MaryM
  • #26208
  • Feb 16, 2017
  • Monetary Loss: $680
I responded to a Craigslist ad for a house at 506 town hall rd Bartlett, nh. (Pictures posted were of a legit house rental Lazy Bear Cabin at 221 Town Hall Rd). He sent a rental contract and we signed it and emailed it back to him. Unfortunately I paid him through google wallet ($680) and that money is long gone out of my account. When I face book msgd the Lazy Bear Cabin tonight to confirm for tomorrow, I soon found out the owner is not Michael Cafaro!
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]
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Craig's List Scam

  • by: scm
  • #26125
  • Feb 16, 2017
  • Monetary Loss: $1,430
I was selling an item on Craig's list and received a text from Brent Gresham offering to purchase the item. He advised me that he would send me a cashiers check for the amount of the item, as well as the fees for the moving company. I was told to cash the check and provide the movers with cash when they arrived to pick up the item. At the last minute, I was asked to deposit money into an account because the movers didn't want to have a large amount of cash while driving. I deposited the money to Bank of America - Abraham Olayemi Alushile Account#898084*****. After the deposit, I didn't hear from Brent again. I called the bank that issued the check, BBVA Compass, and the automated system confirmed payment. 2 days later the check was returned for insufficient funds. I am not out $1,430.
Names reported:
Brent Gresham
Phones reported:

Craigslist Apartment Ad Scam 318 Bainbridge ST #C, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Beautiful Bi Level Apartment in a Historic Building in Queen Village)

  • by: SandyKimT44
  • #26090
  • Feb 15, 2017
  • Monetary Loss: $1,550
I responded to a Craigslist ad for an apartment and the scammer told me that she moved to California because she had a job promotion at US AID and even provided a link to make it seem like they were trustworthy. "Out of good faith", she said she was keeping the rent for the supposed apartment low. Said she would FedEx the keys after I transferred the payment. Being naive and desperate, I sent it and never heard from them again. They are very convincing when they actually send fake lease agreements and pretend credit checks.

I couldn't upload a picture of the email for some reason. So here it is copied and pasted:

How are you doing? I had to leave , Philadelphia, PA, in a hurry due to my recent promotion and it involves me working in different states. My family and i just moved from , Philadelphia, PA. We intend selling the house if we find a Tenant that would be ready for a lease to own after a year in the house, if not, then we will continue with normal rentals. We have made the monthly rent significantly low and affordable as good faith for my happiness for my recent promotion. I am currently working as a counselor for the United States Aid for International Development (US-AID) . Please visit, you can also support our mission.I guess by now you should be eager to view the house because it is a lovely home. So far, we have seen a couple of interested families but we shall rent to the best tenant according to our choice. The rent is $850 while the security deposit is also $700. The house is ready for move in..UTILITIES INCLUDED AND LEASE IS 6 MONTHS TO A YEAR.

Price: $850
Deposit: $700
2 Bedrooms
2 full Bathrooms
Single-Family Home
Pets are allowed
Garbage Disposal
Air Conditioning
Heating Fuel: natural gas
1,600 sqft

Due to the fact that I live and work here in California, You will have to go look the house thru the windows and if you like the house email me back for the rental application after you've gone by to look the house.Here is the address to the house (318 Bainbridge St # C, Philadelphia, PA 19147 ). You can click the link below for more pictures of the house. It is being placed in Google-drive

Patricia and John.
You can reach me at (9705500160) Or text me to (9705500160 at anytime if i don't answer the call
Names reported:
Patricia Caldwell, John H Caldwell
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]

Clever car scam

  • by: jgpark
  • #25982
  • Feb 14, 2017
  • Monetary Loss: $22,000
We saw a car listed on craigslist and contacted seller via e-mail. when we offered to pick up the car, she responded the transaction is done by e-bay and I was sent an e-mail from e-bay with instructions on how to purchase the car. When I checked for the listing on e-bay, it was not there. So I called e-bay and they informed me this was not how they did things on e-bay.
Names reported:
Amy Lipsey
Web/emails reported:
[email protected]

Craigslist scam

  • by: Cito
  • #25927
  • Feb 14, 2017
  • Monetary Loss: $0
I posted item on craigslist and all these numbers sent me a text that they were interested but came up with the same story that they needed my information to send a cashiers check with 50 dollars more to hold the item stating they can't see the product in person and would send movers to get it after the check clears and want the difference wired back I'm tired of fraudulent attempts and scams being sent to me via text and I am reporting every single number to authorities online to stop the scam they are trying to commit fraud.
Names reported:
Phones reported:
732-436-0642, 786-708-7536, 415-340-6932

2000 Chevrolet Silverado

  • by: Notgonnahappen17
  • #25913
  • Feb 14, 2017
  • Monetary Loss: $0
I found a truck on Craigslist for a little amount of money and I replied to the phone number. They said it was their husband's vehicle and he died a few months ago, that's why they are getting rid of it. Also, they said they were leaving for military duty out of the country for a year I got three different emails from three trucks and sellers all replying with the same format and reason. Right there I knew something was wrong, then I got an email from a third party program (eBay motors department) that asked me to purchase gift cards in values of $500 Each. I've never spoken to the person, and they won't respond to my phone calls.
Names reported:
Katy Kramer



Feb 24, 2017 8:52 AM

Thanks JG Park... Amy Lipsey tried the same thing with me for a $56k car.... [email protected] (her profile pic is stolen from "The Bachelor Season 12) Here's her note: Good morning Jason, I'm glad to see you have a high interest. I’d like to use eBay - I don't need to be present to close the deal because I prearranged it with eBay. They’ll hold the money so you have the chance to inspect the title and the car. Only after you’ve had the chance to do all that will you call eBay and have them release the money. You’re not committed to buy the car either; if you request a refund, eBay will provide it within 24h. The price includes the delivery and the whole process takes anywhere between 2 - 3 days. After you receive the car, you have a 5 days inspection period - I advise you to have it professionally checked just be 100% sure that there are no issues with it. I'd be really surprised if you found any. There's also a rejection policy - in case you find any problems. In this case I'll pay for the returning fees. If you're interested in learning more about how it actually works, then all I need is your name, delivery address and phone - eBay will guide you trough the process. Thanks

Silence Dogood

Dec 07, 2016 6:11 PM

[email protected] selling a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis in Orange County, CA for $500. Husband died scam. Phone is of course a Google phone: (512) 765-5307. Beware! I figured it out right away when "she" said she would ship the car via ebay motors. Yeah, right lol.

Keone Stevans

Nov 24, 2016 1:03 AM

[email protected] is a scam, trying to sell Acura TL for $1500


Nov 20, 2016 2:03 PM

[email protected] is a scammer also. Currently trying to sell a 2002 Chevy Tahoe for $2k with suspiciously low miles and immaculate condition. However, the tactics match the responses below.

Carrie Bright

Nov 12, 2016 2:29 PM

I found a car on craigslist, thought it was too good to be true. It was an 05 Nissan Pathfinder in pristine condition with all new tires for $1500 with 144k miles on it. The address was near me. I called to inquire and asked the real price because this was way too low. A person then texted me to contact her through email. I had asked in the email to see the car but all she wrote was to email her and she would send pics, no reply about coming to see it and drive it, I thought that was odd. At first I was annoyed because I wanted to talk to her in person so I texted her back and said I couldn't get on my email and didn't hear from her. So finally I emailed her. She wrote back saying her husband died 3 months ago and she was going to be deployed for a year. In her email she said the care had good tires and 99k miles as it was in the garage most of the time. I told her that I was interested. She wrote about the ebay protection plan, that I can drive the car for 5 days before paying her and she would send the invoice. Still I haven't seen it but I got an invoice. When I read it I thought something was up because they wanted me to go to the store and buy green dot visa cards, then call ebay to show I got them, but not to register them until I was happy with the car. Also, the ebay said I only had 24 hours to pay. Everyone knows when you buy a car it takes time to see it, drive it, etc. Nobody buys a car site unseen. The biggest thing was how inconvenient the pay system was. You can only get the visa in $500 increments so if the car is several thousand you need a bunch of cards, and I thought to myself, what about Paypal, that would be so much easier, why would a big company like ebay do this, especially when they have their own pay accounts! She also said she would start the shipping process. I emailed her asking about shipping when she was right near me, what was that about. Also I asked about the big difference in miles and she didn't respond. I have sent email asking If I could still have the car, no response. I knew something was weird with the huge difference in mileage, the price, the condition, this car should be way more money. Obviously she knew I am suspicious so she gave up on me. So finally I thought to google the ebay phone number and here we are. As always if it sounds too good to be true it probably is!

Paloma delaLuz

Oct 26, 2016 7:49 PM

[email protected] has a current post on Craigslist for a 2011 Toyota Tacoma. I knew something was off as the price is ridicuosly low for this vehicle.


Oct 07, 2016 2:34 AM

I really wish there were something that could be done about this. They're taking a lot from people family & homes. I lost my money ($1500) on My Birthday, which was July, of this year:(!!! If yall come up with any information on how these thieves can be stopped. Please let us know. ........Thanks!

Kim Minlionica

Oct 07, 2016 1:00 AM

Robert Franklin, 805-633-8225 of Thousand Oaks CA is a scammer. But he didn't get me. Beware.


Jul 27, 2016 12:45 AM

I received a message from the same individual, Karl Gielenfeldt. he used the exact same message, word for word.

Cameron Hill

Jul 09, 2016 4:13 PM

His name is shivam I think. He never would call me,but he measages like a foreigner. He sent me a 2000 dollar check. I turned it in to the police.

Karl Gielenfeldt

Jul 06, 2016 3:32 PM

#ReportScam another probable scammer here: [email protected] I posted on craigslist to sell a car... this is what this scammer emailed me: Hi,my name is James Lynn,Whats its condition, any damages? Are you the original owner and what is your reason for selling?and last asking price? i am hoping we can work out a deal and seal the buying of this item am buying it for my dad , why dont you tell me if paypal will be okay for you? why cant we do it in such a speedy transfer. If you dont feel like having it done on time we can discontinue the deal but if its something we can both finalized within 2 business days then id employ us to use paypal secure payment, your honesty will be greatly appreciated. why? because i wont be available to come look up the item due to the nature of my job,I work in a Microsoft Corporation as a Software Computer Engineer. So do you have paypal please? I hope you consider my offer. I am ready to buy, so you can take the add off craigslist. So if you're ready to move forward,below is the info PayPal Email: Full Name: Firm Price: Zip Code: Cell Phone Number

Karl Gielenfeldt

Jul 06, 2016 3:30 PM

[email protected] and phone 330-227-8392 are connected... they are a scam #reportscam I posted on craigslist and get a text from this scammer.


Jun 27, 2016 12:45 AM

Info on roger johnson 814 658530


May 28, 2016 7:45 PM

Lucky I googled Adelle Atkinson and found this posting on #reportscam !!! Original Craigslist posting had the 2008 Toyota RAV4 in Detroit area, when returned contact, said the car was in Montana, and that her husband had died. Seemed sketchy. Thanks for the heads up.