Scammer Database

Email from a scammer (for the FTC)

Posted in database, ebay spoof, scammer by Chief on February 12, 2010

The email below was received from a known scammer after I responded to his ad on Craigslist. I have obfuscated nothing in order to aid the Federal Trade Commission investigation. A screenshot of the email within the webmail client (including stolen Ebay messages) can be found here.

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From: eBay Motors <>
Date: Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 9:22 PM
Subject: Your invoice for eBay Motors purchase – POLARIS 700 EFI RANGER XP 2009 4X4

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Subject: Your invoice for eBay Motors purchase – POLARIS 700 EFI RANGER XP
2009 4X4
From: eBay Motors <>
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eBay sent this message to Ralph Adcock.
Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay.
Your invoice for eBay Motors purchase – POLARIS 700 EFI RANGER XP 2009 4X4

Invoice for VPP Transaction Case ID 86F8LT14WEM19 between Jennifer Wagner, as the Seller and Ralph Adcock, as the Buyer. Please follow our instructions to complete the transaction safely.

Name: Jennifer Wagner
Address: 7719 Trent Street
Orlando, FL 32867
United States

Name: Ralph Adcock
3666 Mill Street.
Polk City, FL 33868
United States
Transaction Details:
Case ID: 86F8LT14WEM19
Date: 02.11.2010

Status: Payment Pending!
Item Description: Used
Price $2,900.00
Quantity Sold: 1
Insurance: YES
Shipping: Tracking # will be provided by seller after payment.
Shipping to*:
Ralph Adcock
3666 Mill Street.
Polk City, FL 33868
United States

*Please check the details for an accurate delivery in order to avoid delays.

Payment must be submitted via Western Union Transfer to an eBay Financing Center Agent in charge of this transaction. The eBay Financing Center Agent will secure the payment until the Buyer receives, inspects and accepts the vehicle. Or, if it will be the case, the Agent will refund the payment to the Buyer.

eBay Financing Center Agent*:
First Name: Carlos
Last Name: Carderas
Address: 2904 Grand River Ave
City: Detroit
Country: United States

*The Western Union Transfer will be sent using this name and address.
Invoice ##9849302826
Subtotal: $2,900.00 US
Shipping: $0.00 US
Sales Tax: $0.00 US
Deposit: $2,900.00 US
Ballance: $0.00 US
How to make the payment
Find the nearest Western Union office:
Send the payment using eBay Financing Center Agent’s name and address (found below) as payment details.
E-mail* Payment eBay Customer Support
the following payment information:
Case ID and Invoice #
MTCN Number(Money Transfer Control Number) – 10 digits number found on the payment receipt
Sender’s Name and Address
Receiver’s Name and Address
Total Amount Sent
Fax* the Western Union payment receipt to eBay Financing Center Department at:
*We strongly recommend that you confirm the payment by both e-mail and fax.
Important Notice
For security reasons please DO NOT release the payment details to the Seller or any other unauthorized person..
All the transaction, payment and personal information is considered confidential and will not be released under any circumstances.
Vehicle Purchase Protection program security measures are constantly reviewed and modified given evolving circumstances globally.
Our main and constant priority is the safety of our customers.
If you are not familiarized with Western Union Transfer services please visit :
Pay for the transfer with cash at a local Western Union agent. Western Union agent locations are independent businesses that provide money transfer service to their customers on behalf of Western Union. Western Union agents are primarily banks, post offices, exchange offices or retail locations – grocery stores, mail box centers, drug stores, travel agencies, depots, other retail locations.

Independent Western Union agents may impose different limitations on the maximum amount that can be submitted per day.. For this reason, in case of a larger amount to be sent, we recommend that you go to more than one agent and submit the total sum in separate transfers.

When payment is received, it will be verified and secured into a non-interest bearing trust account. Payment verification process usually takes less than 24 hours. After payment is secured, the Seller is authorized to ship the vehicle. The Seller has 3 business days to send the Buyer and eBay Motors Customer Support the tracking number of the shipment. If no tracking number is provided, a full refund is immediately sent to the Buyer.

The Buyer receives the vehicle and has 5 business days to inspect it. If it is complete and as described, the Buyer should accept the vehicle. If he refuses the vehicle, the Buyer must ship the vehicle back to the Seller within 5 business days.

After the inspection period is over, the Buyer must contact eBay Financing Center Customer Support with the result of the inspection. If the Buyer refuses the vehicle, the refund will be sent to the Buyer after the tracking number for the returned shipment is verified. If the vehicle is accepted, eBay Financing Center Department submits the payment directly to the Seller within 3 business days.

For any questions please contact eBay Customer Support.
Thank you,
eBay Financing Center Customer Support
Vehicle Purchase Protection Program

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  1. Marla said, on February 18, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Thank you for putting this information up. My daughter received the same invoice number and that is how I found this site. She responded to an add on craigslist and thank goodness she did not send any money.
    Thank you once again.

  2. Chief said, on February 18, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Marla, we appreciate your gratitude — it is our only form of payment. Now that you’re wiser, be sure to tell all your friends and family how these criminals work. — Chief

  3. Christy said, on February 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Thank you for posting this. My husband and I were going to buy a nissan murano from this person. We got a funny feeling about it, and decided not too. My husband was regretting this decision until I found this site. Thank you sooo much for easing our minds.


  4. Chief said, on February 24, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Christ, we’re glad you learned to trust your funny feeling. Spread the word to all your friends and family regarding how these criminals work. — Chief

  5. dayana hernandez said, on February 25, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    mi nombre es dayana necesito que me contacte para preguntas

  6. Chief said, on February 26, 2010 at 8:11 am


  7. krystal waters said, on March 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    thank you so much.i was going to purc hase a infiniti from this seller and i had a funny feeling about it so i decided to google the address and this site pop’d up i wil definently tell family and friends about these criminal

  8. Chief said, on March 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Krystal – the funny feeling saved you …. we were just there to verify that your gut feeling was correct. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

    — Chief

  9. Jonas said, on April 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Thx for confirming its a scam :/ too bad i really wanted that MR-2 for 2950…lol

  10. Chief said, on April 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    🙂 It was a steal, wasn’t it?

  11. Melani said, on May 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I found this website too late and it cost me hocking all my jewelry to be able to afford to send the first payment of $2000. I was buying the nissan Murano also. I hope I can be there when these people are caught.

  12. greg said, on May 31, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Yeah ~ and they’re trying to sell a 2006 Harley Road King for $4500 ~ but it’s Jessica Gassmen and she’s a dealer on board a cruise ship. Found the ad via vflyer, contacted them and ebay with all information.

    Yeah ~ it would have been a steal ~ of my money!!! Stay away from this!!

  13. Chas Maloch said, on July 9, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    this just happened to me what can i do to get my money back. im freaking out

  14. Chas Maloch said, on July 9, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    it literally is the same exact thing. and i do not know what to do do i go to authorities or ebay ??

  15. Chief said, on July 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Chas, I am sorry these crooks took your money. First thing is to run RUN to Western Union. Then read:

  16. Bianca said, on September 17, 2010 at 8:49 am

    “Too good to be true” THANKS A BUNCH! …… They almost had me! Craigslist needs to take some responsibility for this as well.

  17. Chief said, on September 17, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Bianca, thanks for stopping by. We’re glad to help. Now you play a role here, too: your job is to spread the word to your colleagues, friends, and family regarding the methods of these scammers. And please, please, be sure to keep your ears tuned when clients or potential clients speak of such good deals. You could be in a position to really save some individuals from being defrauded.

    Lastly, yes, I agree; In my view Craigslist is flirting with a serious reputation of being the scammers’ best friend. Thus far, I have seen zero efforts in Craigslist’s response to abuse reports.

    — Chief

  18. mm said, on April 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    fraud will
    Transaction VPP# – 86F8LT14WEM19
    Item – 2004 Ford F250 Harley Davidson SuperCab 4WD

    Dear ,

    Please tell us if you received the invoice for payment. To make the payment you need to go to a Western Union agency and ask the clerk to make the payment using the details we have sent and you will pay cash. You also need to ask the clerk to use Western Union money transfer, not money order to make the payment. If the clerk will select the money transfer you will not need additional information than the ones you already have from us. You must to submit the total sum in two separate transfers each of $1,950.00 US – (#1 $1,950.00, #2 $1,950.00) so the payment can be verified in less than 24 hours. Please don’t make the payment in one transfer of $3,900.00 US because the verification process will take over three days. Also you have to be careful to make the payment in the name of our agent and not in the seller’s name.

    Agent Payment Details

    First Name: David

    Last Name: Miller
    Street: 2700 Hendricks Street
    City/State: Detroit, MI 48207
    Country : United States

    After you have made the payment please send through fax the receipt from Western Union to eBay Financing Department at: +1 (860) 239-8031 and also send us an email with the following info from the Western Union receipt (sometimes the scanned receipts are very blurry and very hard to decipher):

    -MTCN Number (Money Transfer Control Number) – 10 digits number found on the payment receipt
    -Sender Name and Address
    -Receiver Name and Address

  19. Chief said, on April 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Muchas gracias.


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