Scammer Database

Scammers – Allen and Maria Dawson – 2006 Nissan Maxima

Posted in database, ebay spoof, scammer by Chief on January 15, 2010

I replied to the scammer’s ad on Craigslist and received this:

email from topgun324@live.com

Hello and sorry for my delay,

I’m Sgt Allen Dawson. The 2006 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 6 Cyl Automatic is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 39,203 miles.VIN Number: 1N4BA41EX6C842610

Transmission: Automatic

Comfort & Convenience Options

Cruise Control Front Power Outlet

Remote Trunk Release Retained Accessory Power Steering Wheel: Tilt and Telescopic Storage: Cargo Net

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls: Audio Steering Wheel Mounted Controls: Cruise Controls Multi-Function Remote Power Steering

Here are the pics of the car :

http://s972.photobucket.com/albums/ae204/2006maxus/

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,960 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

Best Regards,

Allen and Maria Dawson

How do I know that it is a scam?

  • The UK and the US are military allies. “Improving the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom” is not a valid claim.
  • Ebay does not conduct deals by email.
  • As stated clearly on the Craigslist site, OFFERS TO SHIP CARS ARE 100% FRAUDULENT
  • Sellers do not sell vehicles for 1/3 of their value and ship them to you for free.
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  1. Laura said, on January 24, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Got another Scammers email today. Why doesn’t the news do reports on this scam so more people would be aware of it. I bet with it being tax season, more people are going to lose their money to these jerks.

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m Sgt Allen Dawson. The 2006 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 6 Cyl Automatic is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 39,203 miles.VIN Number: 1N4BA41EX6C842610
    Transmission: Automatic
    Comfort & Convenience Options
    Cruise Control Front Power Outlet
    Remote Trunk Release Retained Accessory Power Steering Wheel: Tilt and Telescopic Storage: Cargo Net
    Steering Wheel Mounted Controls: Audio Steering Wheel Mounted Controls: Cruise Controls Multi-Function Remote Power Steering
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/2006maxuey/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,960 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Best Regards,
    Allen and Maria Dawson
    SSgt, USAF1
    SOMOS/MXOOA

  2. Aqueelah said, on February 18, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks to you Laura I wont loose my money, but I was a step away!!!!

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m Sgt Allen Dawson. The 2006 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 6 Cyl Automatic is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 39,203 miles.VIN Number: 1N4BA41EX6C842610
    Transmission: Automatic
    Comfort & Convenience Options
    Cruise Control Front Power Outlet
    Remote Trunk Release Retained Accessory Power Steering Wheel: Tilt and Telescopic Storage: Cargo Net
    Steering Wheel Mounted Controls: Audio Steering Wheel Mounted Controls: Cruise Controls Multi-Function Remote Power Steering
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/2006maxuey/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,960 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Best Regards,
    Allen and Maria Dawson
    SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA
    Maintenance Analysis
    DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794.

  3. Chief said, on February 18, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Great! We’ve sent Laura a thank you email on your behalf. When we work together, we can overcome these slimeballs!
    — Chief

  4. zackaria sweet said, on February 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    i was almost scammed by them 4 times different names emails and cars…i just want to thank everyone that posted their stories on here

  5. Hunter Stone said, on February 22, 2010 at 2:15 am

    ive gooton the same email, and its not the first. i have had similar emails that say they are in the air force nand being deployed to great britain or some stupid place. i wrote them a nasty e-mail lol. i hate people like this, especially using the military as a lewer. thats disrespectful scum level action right there

  6. Chief said, on February 22, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Zackaria, now that you know how these guys work, spread the word to all your friends and family: If the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. — Chief

  7. Chief said, on February 22, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Hunter, we’re all in agreement.

    One caution, these guys are criminals, so please play safely with this scum. The email provider for the email address you posted here sends your IP address in the headers of each email. Drop me a note at q2fred@gmail.com if you have questions about that.

    — Chief

  8. zackaria sweet said, on February 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    see i would write something crazy to them but the y have my address and when i put there address in google it says they live in Seattle but im not for sure and i dont want to take chances

  9. Chief said, on February 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Zacharia, I am going to put this as gently as I can:

    (1) I suggest you deal only with local people.
    (2) If you cannot look at the vehicle with your own two eyes, I advise you to forget the deal.
    (3) Don’t mess with these guys – they are criminals. Do not write them back.
    (4) Pretend it never happened and refer to no. (1)

  10. zackaria sweet said, on February 23, 2010 at 2:53 am

    o i already know about everything i went and bout a car from someone down the street i thank god every day now

  11. Juliet said, on March 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks to you guys I avoided being scammed out of nearly all my grant money from college. You guys are a lifesaver!!!!

  12. Chief said, on March 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Juliet, thanks for dropping by to tell us the good news! Credit yourself with the good intuition to check the deal out before committing the cash — not everyone is so astute. Tell all your friends and family how these scammers work so that they can become as smart as you! — Chief

  13. Jamal8820 said, on March 7, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Thank you all soooooo much for sharing about these scammers. I almost fell for this very exact scam. I already sent him our address and info, but thats the end of it. I woulda been out 2,960 bucks. Thank God for people like you who make this known.

  14. Chief said, on March 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Glad we could help, Jamal. Join us in educating your friends and family. It would be just fine by us if the need for this website disappeared! — Chief

  15. maci clark said, on March 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    OMG i shouldve known…now im the one out of $2960!!!

  16. ANa said, on March 12, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Thank God! I almost fell for it!
    There’s always a reason why mother’s are said to have a sixth sense!
    I was pressuring my mother to make the payment, but wow! I realize how dumb I was to believe it! There should be someone who has to get these people! They are robbing innocent people!

  17. Chief said, on March 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Ana, and now your Mom has passed on to you a new truth: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” Do not count yourself as among the dumb; these criminals are professionals and continue to dupe the innocent every day. Take Mom out to eat this weekend and see if she will share some more life lessons with you. I have a feeling she has a few more in her back pocket.
    🙂

    Thanks for posting the text of the email. We can tell you assuredly that it is a scam. We have a posting of how these things can work for the criminals here: http://wp.me/pxNmw-f3 . The link describes a scammer’s attempt to sell a tractor, but we have seen this technique used with cars, trucks, rv’s, boats, … you name it. How to warn people? You just did. 🙂 By posting here, the Google Search engine will index your information you posted and make it available to the next potential victim. Try a search in a few hours (maybe even a few minutes) and see for yourself.

    Thanks again for letting us know. It causes us to smile, then get back to work on warning others. — Chief

  18. Jos said, on March 14, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Thank yal so much! I sent him my info but thats the end of that! Thank you!

  19. Chief said, on March 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    You’re welcome, Jos. Now get your butt busy telling all your friends and family how not to get burned by these criminals! 🙂 [Please!]

    Give yourself some credit, too. You had the intuition to check these guys out before laying out the cash. — Chief

  20. mhelyn255 said, on March 17, 2010 at 1:34 am

    wow, at least i know now i almost fell to pay $2900 on 2006 nissan maxima.. i was thinking how will they sell the car in lower price ($2900) if its a 4 yrs older car, for my assurance… so now i came up, THANK YOU GUYS!!!<3

    this is the e-mail he sent me earlier..

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I'm Sgt Daniel Dawson. The 2006 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 6 Cyl Automatic is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 65,600 miles.VIN Number: 1N4BA41E66C805036
    Transmission: Automatic
    Comfort & Convenience Options
    Cruise Control Front Power Outlet
    Remote Trunk Release Retained Accessory Power Steering Wheel: Tilt and Telescopic Storage: Cargo Net Navigation and Heated Seat
    Steering Wheel Mounted Controls: Audio Steering Wheel Mounted Controls: Cruise Controls Multi-Function Remote Power Steering
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s757.photobucket.com/albums/xx215/2006maxsds8383/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay's Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can't register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,900 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Best Regards,
    Daniel and Maria Dawson
    SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA
    Maintenance Analysis
    DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794.

    they shud stop doing this things…

  21. Chief said, on March 17, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Mehlyn, we’re glad you decided to do some research which led you here. Be sure to tell all your friends and family how these scams work. It would be our best dream to have to close this blog due to everyone knowing the tools of these criminals. — Chief

  22. Helping hand said, on March 20, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I kind feel fishy……….no am positive this guy is a fraud also. I think that b/c i got the email above today and this one just now.

    Hello, i’m Demoria Perkins . I am a 49 years old chemist recently divorced with no children.I was married for 15 years when
    suddenly he told me that he wants a divorce and that he wanted it 10 years ago. Of course I’m devastated, I thought WE
    WERE HAPPY…WE NEED COUNSELING NOT A DIVORCE!!! Now, all i want is to get rid of many things that were his and belong to me now. I want to sell my car as soon as possible, it connects me many memories of this car. In fact, i don’t have any
    drive license. The final price for the car is $2,910, i’m pretty sure it is a reasonable price and i want to let you know that he didn’t drive it to much and when he did, he kept it clean and never had any accidents with it. The engine it is running in perfect condition, the exterior it has no scratches or any flaws of any kind. I’m fairly confident that it will be very hard to find any car that it is as nice as this one for cheaper.Any way, here are some details about the car so you can make an idea about it.
    2004 Nissan Maxima SE VIN: 1n4ba41e34c808845 Mileage: 93.000 miles Transmission : AUTO

    I live in Philadelphia PA and here is the car too. The price $2,800 it is the total price including title transfer. I have
    worked a lot with eBay so i’m going to sell my car through eBay. It’s the only thing that i can put my trust into it, 100%.
    I’m very busy with my divorce process that is why i will be out of town for couple of days, taking care of it, so i can’t
    meet you in person. I know that the best deal it is to meet you in person, but believe me, i don’t have time to meet every
    potential buyer during this divorce process, it is very important for me to win it. Also, i can’t trust anybody in this
    moment to give my phone number, i don’t want somebody to take advantage of being a weakness, just because I’m in the middle
    of divorce process. According with the eBay you have 5 days from the time you receive the car to inspect it and decide if
    you want to keep it or not. Let me explain you how it works, if you are not popular with this process. First of all I will
    be needing the following details from you: your Full Name, your Address and your Phone Number. After I will receive the
    details from you, I will forward them to eBay. They will process your info and will send both of us an invoice. The invoice
    will come to you with the details on how to make a refundable payment. As soon as you send the money and fax the payment
    information to eBay, i will receive an email with the payment confirmation in order to ship you the car. You will receive
    the car in 4-5 working days and you will have 5 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the car. As you can see,
    you will receive the car BEFORE any money is released to me. About the shipping fee, it is included into the final price,
    $2,800, including also the title transfer. If, for some reason, you disagree with the car (I assure you that is NOT going
    to happen since my car is in IMMACULATE condition inside and out) it will be shipped back to me on MY EXPENSE and eBay will
    send your money back. You will receive the title of the car with the car, with your name on it. All you need to do is to
    sign for it. I hope things are clear for you of the process it is working and I’m waiting for your email.

    MORE pictures can be found at : http://img20.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=7yugfcx5re.jpg
    Have a blessed day!

    Ms. Perkins

  23. Chief said, on March 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    HH, yes there are many indications that tell me this is a scam. The only one I will highlight (so as not to educate the spammers too much) is that Ebay does not offer such a service for non-Ebay transactions. The others are what made you feel fishy!

    We’re glad you found us. Help educate your friends and family by telling them about your experience with these scammers.

    — Chief

  24. Theresa said, on March 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I am thankful that I just googled him. I should have known. Thank god I found this before I wired the money! How stupid am I.

  25. Chief said, on March 23, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Theresa, you are not stupid. These criminals prey on the honesty our culture embraces. They dupe dozens of hard-working folks every day. We’re glad your intuition told you to check him out and then, to find us. Be sure to educate your friends and family regarding the tactics of these criminals. — Chief

  26. Theresa said, on March 23, 2010 at 11:05 am

    What happened was I tried to email him at the topgun email and it would not go through so, that was when I googled his name. I am glad that I got a kick back email saying that address had been deleted. I would have lost $3000 of my settlement money and been in bad shape.

  27. Kween8385 said, on March 25, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I sent info as well, but nothing more. Thanks!!!

  28. Sarah said, on April 3, 2010 at 12:25 am

    WOW! I can’t believe people are that desperate for money! I was on my way to wire the money, and something didn’t settle right with me on the car fax, so we googled him and found you guys! I am grateful, thank you so much!!! I almost got caught by a few!! I hope they get caught!

  29. Chief said, on April 4, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Sarah, continue to believe your gut feel in the future! Good for you! Your gratitude is appreciated. Be sure to tell all your friends and family about the tactics of these criminals lest they fall to them. — Chief

  30. zackaria said, on April 5, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Hey i was wondering how can these people get caught?

  31. Chief said, on April 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Zacharia,
    The short answer is -> it’s complicated and it does not happen very often.

    The long answer? The criminal usually does not reside in the United States and may have conned another victim into laundering the money for him. Only rarely would he scam two victims in the same police jurisdiction, so law enforcement is not compelled to expend expensive research time for a single victim who has been scammed of “only” ~$5000. The criminal is information-system savvy and operates in such a way that electronic traceability to his exact location requires much cooperation between multiple law enforcement jurisdictions and a handful of internet providers scattered across the globe. The traceability of funds sent via MoneyGram or Western Union is virtually nil and the probability of getting the victim’s money back is very low. If the person picking up the money for the criminal is using a false name and a false ID, the probability of getting the money back is very near zero.

    We’re not being pessimistic — merely realistic. That is why we focus on educating the public so that the demand for this type deal dries up. If you have insight or good contacts within the law enforcement community who are willing to spend the research hours to apprehend these guys, drop us a line. It would thrill us to have to close down this blog because no one is being bilked by these criminals. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

  32. MS. Morgan said, on April 11, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Dahyum!! I GOT THE SAME E-MAIL TODAY! I HOPE SOMEONE FINDS THIS PERKINS PERSON AND PUTS A FOOT IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS/HER AZZ! THIS WHOLE STORY SOUNDED REDIC’ FROM THE START:

    Hello, i’m Demoria Perkins . I am a 49 years old chemist recently divorced with no children.I was married for 15 years when suddenly he told me that he wants a divorce and that he wanted it 10 years ago. Of course I’m devastated, I thought WE WERE HAPPY…WE NEED COUNSELING NOT A DIVORCE!!! Now, all i want is to get rid of many things that were his and belong to me now. I want to sell my car as soon as possible, it connects me many memories of this car. In fact, i don’t have any drive license. The final price for the car is $2,800, i’m pretty sure it is a reasonable price and i want to let you know that he didn’t drive it to much and when he did, he kept it clean and never had any accidents with it. The engine it is running in perfect condition, the exterior it has no scratches or any flaws of any kind. I’m fairly confident that it will be very hard to find any car that it is as nice as this one for cheaper.Any way, here are some details about the car so you can make an idea about it.
    2004 Nissan Maxima SE VIN: 1n4ba41e34c808845 Mileage: 93.000 miles Transmission : AUTO

    I live in Philadelphia PA and here is the car too. The price $2,800 it is the total price including title transfer. I have worked a lot with eBay so i’m going to sell my car through eBay. It’s the only thing that i can put my trust into it, 100%.
    I’m very busy with my divorce process that is why i will be out of town for couple of days, taking care of it, so i can’t meet you in person. I know that the best deal it is to meet you in person, but believe me, i don’t have time to meet every potential buyer during this divorce process, it is very important for me to win it. Also, i can’t trust anybody in this moment to give my phone number, i don’t want somebody to take advantage of being a weakness, just because I’m in the middle
    of divorce process. According with the eBay you have 5 days from the time you receive the car to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not. Let me explain you how it works, if you are not popular with this process. First of all I will be needing the following details from you: your Full Name, your Address and your Phone Number. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay. They will process your info and will send both of us an invoice. The invoice will come to you with the details on how to make a refundable payment. As soon as you send the money and fax the payment information to eBay, i will receive an email with the payment confirmation in order to ship you the car. You will receive the car in 4-5 working days and you will have 5 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the car. As you can see,
    you will receive the car BEFORE any money is released to me. About the shipping fee, it is included into the final price, $2,800, including also the title transfer. If, for some reason, you disagree with the car (I assure you that is NOT going to happen since my car is in IMMACULATE condition inside and out) it will be shipped back to me on MY EXPENSE and eBay will send your money back. You will receive the title of the car with the car, with your name on it. All you need to do is to sign for it. I hope things are clear for you of the process it is working and I’m waiting for your email.

    MORE pictures can be found at : http://img20.imageshack.us/slideshow/webplayer.php?id=7yugfcx5re.jpg
    Have a blessed day!

    Ms. Perkins

  33. Dee said, on April 25, 2010 at 2:41 am

    How funny! I got the same email reply from the email i sent out. The car price sounded too good to be true. It’s ridiculous how many scams there is out there. You really got to be careful. I can’t believe some people are so low to try to scam innocent people for their hard working money! EVERYONE PLEASE be CAREFUL!

    2004 Nissan Maxima SE VIN: 1n4ba41e34c808845 Mileage: 93.000 miles Transmission : AUTO
    I uploaded some pictures for you to see at this link : http://img20.imageshack.us/slideshow/webplayer.php?id=7yugfcx5re.jpg

    Hello,
    my name is Demoria Perkins .
    First of all I want to thank you for your interest in my car.
    I am hard working woman ,aged 49, recently divorced with no children.I was married for 15 years when suddenly my husband tells me he wants a divorce and that he wanted it 10 years ago. Of course I’m devastated and now all I want is to get rid of many things that were his and belong to me now. I want you to know that the car is on my name and I want to sell it as soon as possible, because I want to start my life from scratch and it reminds me of him a lot. Secondly ,I don’t even have a drivers license and believe me at my age that could really be a challenge to get. I know I should t tell you this as I don t really know you but this is the real reason why I’ m selling so cheep.The final price for the car is $2,800, I’m pretty sure it is a reasonable price.Also, I want to let you know that it is a very well maintained car .
    The engine is running in perfect condition, the exterior has no scratches or flaws of any kind.
    I live in Philadelphia , PA ,and here is where the car is too. The price $2,800 it is the total price including title transfer. I have worked a lot with eBay so I’m going to sell my car through them. It’s the only thing that I can put my trust into , 100%.
    I’m very busy handling everything that is why i will be out of town for couple of days, so I can’t meet you in person. I know that the best deal it is to meet you in person, but believe me, I don’t have time to meet every potential buyer during my divorce process, it is very important for me to win it. Also,I can’t trust anybody in this moment to give my phone number, I don’t want somebody to take advantage of being weak just because I’m in the middle of divorce process. According to eBay you have 5 days from the time you receive the car to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not. Let me explain you how it works, if you are not popular with this process. First of all I will be needing the following details from you: your Full Name, your Address and your Phone Number. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay. They will process your info and will send both of us an invoice. The invoice will give you all the necessary details on how to make a refundable payment. As soon as you send the money and fax the payment information to eBay, I will receive an email with the payment confirmation and I will ship you the car. You will receive the car in 4-5 working days (it depends on where you live) and you will have 5 days to test drive it, verify and do whatever you need to the car.
    As you can see,you will receive the car BEFORE any money is released to me. About the shipping fee, it is included in the final price, $2,800, including also the title transfer. If, for some reason, you disagree with the car (I assure you that is NOT going to happen since my car is in IMMACULATE condition inside and out) it will be shipped back to me at MY EXPENSE and eBay will send your money back. You will receive the title of the car with the car, with your name on it. All you need to do is to sign for it. I hope things are clear for you and we can make this a smooth process.Please let me know if you agree with the terms and if you have any more questions I will be more than happy to answer.

    Have a great day!

    Ms. Perkins

  34. Dee said, on April 25, 2010 at 2:45 am

    I totally agree! They are so pathetic to use such an excuse. I’ve received a couple of those emails too. They are supposedly in the army trying to fix international communications between the US and where ever they say they are. It’s just ridiculous.

  35. Chief said, on April 25, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Dee, thanks for sending the text of the criminal’s email. It will help prevent someone from being fooled by the scammer. — Chief

  36. Chelsie said, on July 24, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Thank you for being interested in buying my 2006 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 6 Cyl Automatic, 65,600 miles, Automatic Transmission.VIN Number: 1N4BA41E66C805036 It is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are great, no scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been involved in an accident; the title is clear.
    Transmission: Automatic
    Comfort & Convenience Options
    Air Conditioning Power Mirrors Power Steering Anti-Lock Brakes Power Windows Rear Window Defroster Cruise Control
    Driver Air Bag Passenger Air Bag Power Door Locks
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s757.photobucket.com/albums/xx215/2006maxsds8383/

    I just got divorced and I decided to move closer to my parents. Right now I’m located in Florida and the car is in New York where I use to live. The car will be shipped from NY on my expenses. It was awarded to me in our divorce. Being a single mother and not having a driver’s license i decided to sell the car. As I’m unable to travel in the near future and I don’t have anyone to help me with the sale I decided to make this transaction through eBay.You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected.I believe this protects both buyer and seller and it’s the right way to do this. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 working days.
    The final price is $2,950 including shipping and delivery to your home address. If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name and the address where you want the car to be delivered and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.
    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible. Also, feel free to ask me any question you may have.
    Thank you,

    Respectfully,
    Jessica Cervantes

  37. Chelsie said, on July 24, 2010 at 11:12 am

    This is the same vin number as these other maximas. Why cant these people be found and pay for what they are doing?

  38. Chelsie said, on July 24, 2010 at 11:13 am

    hertu7j@live.com and here is the persons email.

  39. Chief said, on July 24, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Chelsie,
    Scammers are professionals. They are typically located in Eastern Europe and often mask their location by using servers in Germany, Australia, etc. to launch their emails. Since there is no “international police force”, you could understand the international hurdles that must be cleared to effectively track these individuals. Success does occur … see this link. I have no idea if any of the criminals I have exposed were in that group.

    Notwithstanding, some of these criminals are in the U.S. and Western Europe. Unfortunately, I see no decrease in the vehicle/fake ebay/western union scams. — Chief

  40. Kara said, on July 26, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    (I was interested in this as well but looked up Nissan Maxima scams…and found this posting. Here is the email I was sent below)

    Hello,

    I’m SGT John Baldwin. This Maxima SE is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 65,600 miles. VIN Number: 1N4BA41E66C805036
    CD player Anti-lock brakes Driver Airbag Leather Sunroof
    Passenger airbag Side airbags Air conditioning Cruise control
    Power locks Power windows Heated Seats
    Here are the pics of the car:
    http://s935.photobucket.com/albums/ad196/blkmaxim/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in London, United Kingdom and I was sent here with my department of peace maintenance. One month ago my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is 2950 USD. If you will take it for this price I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me ASAP if you decide to buy and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Best Regards,
    John and Cathy Baldwin

  41. PG said, on August 4, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Got another one. They are at least changing their story, but still the same crap. Keep a sharp eye out everyone.

    Hi, The car has 60,000 miles,automatic trans,1owner.It’s in perfect condition,Don’t have engine/electric problems,no accidents/liens/loans.Exterior no scratches,never been repainted,Interior no rips/tears/stains,never smoked inside.I have all the car’s manuals,2 spare of keys,title,documentsI’m selling the car because my child of only 21 died 4 months ago in a car accident.He was with his fiance’s car coming to our home at his little brother birthday .This 2004 Nissan Maxima SE was his car and it brings me bad memories and that’s the reason I want to sell it.The last price is $2,860.
    Me and my husband travel a lot with our business and we want to make this deal through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program.I just need your full name,full shipping address, home/cell # so I can open a case.(with no further obligation or fees).eBay will contact you with all the Transaction/shipping details you will need.We will take care of the shipping so don’t worry.
    We hope to hear soon from you.

    For more pictures here is a link to the car’s photo gallery:
    http://s1009.photobucket.com/albums/af214/2004-Nissan-Maxima-pics/

    Thank you for your interest!

    Whitney & Paul

  42. Chief said, on August 4, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    PG, thanks for posting. I think I have seen this guy’s work before. I call him The Slasher because of his overuse of the forward slash / .

    Forward a copy of the criminal’s email (with headers) to abuse[at]photobucket.com and they’ll kill the album.

    — Chief

  43. Joe said, on August 5, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I just received a similar email from this Demoria Perkins and I had already checked out with Ebay and they actually gave me some good information. They do not hold any monies as a third party for any transaction whatsoever. I have used Paypal all the time and it works out alot better. Even when I replied to this email, they try to convince you to send it instead of using Paypal. These people need to get a life (but in PRISON).

    “Hi, I’m Demoria Perkins. I’ll start off by telling that I’m from Orlando, I’m 33 yrs old, one child and was married for 6 years when my husband told me he wanted a divorce. I want to sell my car as soon as possible because it connects me to many memories of him. The final price for the car is $2,800, I’m pretty sure it is a reasonable price and i want to let you know that I didn’t drive it much and when I did, I kept it clean and never had any accidents with it. The engine it is running in perfect condition, the exterior it has no scratches or any flaws of any kind. I live in Orlando, FL and here is the car too. The price $2,800 it is the total price including title transfer. I have worked a lot with eBay so I’m going to sell my car through them. It’s the only thing that i can put my trust into, 100%. I’m very busy with my divorce and that is why i will be out of town for couple of days, taking care of it, so i can’t meet you in person. I know that the best deal it is to meet you in person, but believe me, i don’t have time to meet every potential buyer during this divorce process, it is very important for me to win it. It’s important to me to get my son’s custody. Also, i can’t trust anybody in this moment to give my phone number, i don’t want to be taken advantage of just because I’m in the middle of my divorce.

    Let me explain you how it works, if you are not popular with this process. First of all I will be needing the following details from you: your Full Name, your Address and your Phone Number. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay. They will process your info and send both of us an invoice. The invoice will come to you with the details on how to make a refundable payment. As soon as you send the money and fax the payment information to eBay, I will receive an email with the payment confirmation in order to ship you the car . You will receive the car in 3-4 working days and you will have 5 days to test and verify it. As you can see, you will receive the car BEFORE any money is released to me. If, for some reason, you disagree with the car it will be shipped back to me on MY EXPENSE and eBay will send your money back. You will receive the title of the car your name on it.
    I hope things are clear for you of the process it is working and I’m waiting for your email.
    Here are some pics of my car :
    http://img84.imageshack.us/g/90367210u.jpg/
    More details:

    Price: $2800
    2003 JEEP WRANGLER X 4WD-33″ TIRES-2″ LIFT
    Mileage: 33,381 miles
    VIN: 1J4FA39S83P323733
    Body type: Coupe Engine: 4.0L L6 MPI Exterior color: Black
    Transmission: Manual Fuel type: Gasoline Interior color: Gray
    Drivetrain: Four Wheel Drive
    2003 Jeep Wrangler Sport X 4WD. Let me take you on a personal tour of this beautiful off-road vehicle. The vehicle features a Black exterior, along with a Slate Gray cloth interior. The Jeep comes equipped with a High Output 4.0L 6 Cylinder engine along with a 5-speed manual transmission. It has a manual Black soft top convertible roof with Rollover Protection, full metal doors with roll up windows and factory Air-conditioning. This Jeep has a 2-inch Rubicon Express Lift, 15 x 8-inch Pro Comp Wheels and 33 X 12.50 Goodyear Wrangler tires. It also has an 8,000 lb Warn Winch, a full Sport Roll Cage, extra bikini top, a 4.56 differential with Detroit Lockers, Airaid air filter, Midland CB transceiver, and an Alpine CDA-9884 AM/FM stereo with ipod plug.

    Thank you,
    Demoria

  44. Chief said, on August 5, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Joe, thanks for posting.

    Ebay does provide an escrow service, but it is only with items auctioned on an Ebay Auction. Ebay Classifieds – no! Individual sales – no!

    It would be a good idea to report the abuse of the imageshack album. Simply press the “report abuse” link on the album page and place the scammer’s entire email (with headers) into the reason form. There! Now you, too, are a scam fighter!

    If the buyer cannot meet the seller and place his hands on the wheel of the vehicle, there is a high probability that it is a scam!

    — Chief

  45. devkr said, on September 6, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Hi, I’m Jessica Taylor. I’ll to start off by telling that I’m from Orlando, I’m 33 yrs old, one child and was married for 6 years when my husband told me he wanted a divorce. I want to sell my car as soon as possible because it connects me to many memories of him. The final price for the car is $5600, I’m pretty sure it is a reasonable price and i want to let you know that I didn’t drive it much and when I did, i kept it clean and never had any accidents with it. The engine it is running in perfect condition, the exterior it has no scratches or any flaws of any kind.
    2005 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD LTHR HEATED SEATS PWR DOORS!
    Mileage: 59,751 miles
    VIN: 5TDBA22C35S050856
    Body type: Minivan/Van Engine: 6 – Cyl. Cylinder Exterior color: Tan
    Transmission: Automatic Fuel type: Gasoline Interior color: Tan
    Drivetrain: All Wheel
    Great gas mileage: Highway – 34 MPG, City – 28 MPG, Combined – 31 MPG (*Fuel economy.gov

    ). Perfect for the city.
    Transmission: Automatic
    Oil was changed every 3,000k miles. Transmission was serviced aprox 2 oil changes ago and is in perfect condition. Tires were replaced about 8 months ago. Excellent mechanical condition, gorgeous, low miles with factory service. Strong motor and trans, new tires, great paint.

    I live in Orlando, FL and here is the car too. The price $5600 it is the total price including title transfer. I have worked a lot with eBay so I’m going to sell my car through them. It’s the only thing that i can put my trust into, 100%. I’m very busy with my divorce and that is why i will be out of town for couple of days, taking care of it, so i can’t meet you in person. I know that the best deal it is to meet you in person, but believe me, i don’t have time to meet every potential buyer during this divorce process, it is very important for me to win it. It’s important to me to get my son’s custody. Also, i can’t trust anybody in this moment to give my phone number, i don’t want to be taken advantage of just because I’m in the middle of my divorce.

    Let me explain you how it works, if you are not popular with this process. First of all I will be needing the following details from you: your Full Name, your Address and your Phone Number. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay. They will process your info and send both of us an invoice. The invoice will come to you with the details on how to make a refundable payment. As soon as you send the money and fax the payment information to eBay, i will receive an email with the payment confirmation in order to ship you the car. You will receive the car in 3-4 working days and you will have 5 days to test and verify it. As you can see, you will receive the car BEFORE any money is released to me. If, for some reason, you disagree with the car it will be shipped back to me on MY EXPENSE and eBay will send your money back. You will receive the title of the car with the car, with your name on it.
    I hope things are clear for you of the process it is working and I’m waiting for your email.
    Here are some pics of my car:
    PICTURES:http://img832.imageshack.us/g/asdfghjk.jpg/

  46. Chief said, on September 7, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Devkr, thanks for posting the text of the criminal’s email. You’ll save someone some hard-earned money sometime in the future! — Chief

  47. Jack_the_R said, on September 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I almost sent 1/2 the price of the car to the “agent” at eBay Motor. When I started to do it the person at the Western Union was shaking her head and asked me if I could hold on for a second. She talked to her manager. Turns out someone else had almost the same story 2 weeks before. So I thanked them very much, went home and contacted a friend of mine in the FBI. He contacted his guy in the Internet Fraud Complaints Department. I gave them all the info I had along with what the folks at the Western Union store had. I also contacted a person I know who is a cop in Atlanta (at least I am trying to get him). Just now they think I am still dangling on the hook. I would have been out $2,950. I would joyfully watch as these/this bit@* gets eviscerated for she/him/it or shit for short (since I don’t know if it is a man or woman) good work… will keep you all posted.

  48. Chief said, on September 27, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Good job, Jack. And kudos to Western Union for maintaining an environment for that allowed the clerk to catch this.

    Keep us informed of any progress!..

    — Chief

  49. Jack_the_R said, on September 28, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Chief, since it seems that you have done most if not all of what I was thinking about doing on this page I would like to enlist your help… so I guess this is directed toward anyone who has been touched or is being touched specifically by Demoria Perkin for a few reasons;
    1. She is not savvy enough to use the same name several times (but savvy enough to effectively use the eBay Motors front well)
    2. She has recently completed (and I am sure the folks on here have supportable documentation) well done scams on the good citizens of this community
    3. I have an active and still working deal with her that I am stringing along as well as I can
    4. I want burn someone like this in the worst way in the worst way (if you know what I mean
    5. I have the very active ear of the FBI and a sheriff of Atlanta area

    I just need people to move with me ASAP!!!! to get this bitch or bitches off the streets and into the clink

    Let me know please. WE HAVE A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY!!!

  50. Jack_the_R said, on September 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Well. I guess these boards don’t get checked often enough. I have been looking for other ways of getting together enough of what the FBI wants and needs can’t in this time frame. I guess what I will have to do it to settle with the mild staisfaction of scaring her a bit.

    Take care everyone and good luck to you all.

    Let the games begin!!!

  51. Chief said, on September 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Jack,
    This is not a board — it is a blog with comments moderated by me. Your request of

    I just need people to move with me ASAP!!!! to get this bitch or bitches off the streets and into the clink

    was not well-understood by me, and I would guess the same is true of the other viewers of this thread. I would encourage you to report the attempted fraud to http://ic3.gov . — Chief

  52. Jack_the_R said, on September 29, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Chief,
    Sorry about that. I was trying really fast to build a case with some of her victims here on this board for the FBI and go after her. I will learn the rules here and respect them. My bad.

    For what it is worth I sent her an email hoping to scare her though I am sure she (if it is a she) will laugh it off. I told her I was trying to build a case against her.

    I guess mostly it was cathartic for me more than threataning for her.

    Thanks Chief.

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    Thank you for your e-mail.
    I am the owner of the apartment…i wont be living in there. So, the entire apartment could be yours :).So you don`t have to share it with anyone.
    The apartment is fully furnished, could be rented unfurnished too-same price if unfurnished, all the utilities are included (water, garbage, electricity, heat..etc). Pets are allowed. The entire apartment is for rent and the price per month is QAR 3,000.
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    Apartment Address:
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    New District of Doha,
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    Photos here (real and actual pictures):
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    Please tell me in short what exactly are you looking for and which are your requirements?

    Thank you,
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