Craigslist Stove Scam – Part II
Following up on a previous post, the scammer sent to me this fake eBay invoice (click to make it bigger)
The results of a Google Search for the fax number, (251) 252-3537, led me to another very complete blog post by a potential victim => Almost Scammed!
It bears repeating: Never, ever send money via Western Union or Moneygram to someone you do not know personally. Do not buy anything off Craigslist without first touching it with your own hands.
text of the email (for the search engines):
From: eBay Payment Contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at xx:xx AM
Subject: Payment Invoice for your item: Never Used VIKING 48″ Dual Fuel! EB-
eBay sent this message to the victim. Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay Safe Harbor. Congratulations the item is yours. Please pay now! Dear Victim, the seller Chesty Randiva started the transaction with eBay protection program eBay requires the payment for this item to be done through Money Gram money transfer service to a verified eBay agent. If you are not familiarized with the Money Gram money transfer services please visit:www.moneygram.com The nearest Money Gram Office in your area: WASHINGTON FOOD MART: 1450 N US HIGHWAY 1, TITUSVILLE, FL 32796-1314 (Mon-Fri 06:00-23:00). Most of the Money Gram office’s are not aware of our eBay privacy and policy so to achieve a smooth and pleasant transaction we suggest you to send the money for a personal business (a friend, relative etc). You have to pay with cash at any Money Gram Office. Always complete your transactions on eBay. The eBay will instruct you to close your transactions by using only the most safe and secure payment methods. Cash in the mail – Sending cash in the mail is a bad idea and is banned by USA Post. There is no way to prove the payment was made and you are ineligible for any buyer protection reimbursement. Note: Once we receive your fax with proof of payment you’ll be notified. As soon as your payment is confirmed by our agent we will instruct the seller to start the shipping process. Funds will remain in our agent’s custody until you receive the item(s) ordered. After we have your confirmation that you received the item(s) and inspected it(them) the funds will be released to the seller. Here is the item that you have purchased! Item(s) you are buying: Never Used VIKING 48″ Dual Fuel Buy It Now price USD $2,600.00 Postage and Handling: USD $0.00 Payment methods: MoneyGram Postal address (you will receive the item: Never Used VIKING 48″ Dual Fuel at the following address): Shipping To: Victim, xxx xxxxxx xxxxxxxx in Titusville, FL 32796 United States. Shipping From: Chesty Randiva, 2696 Ellis Ave NE, Salem OR, 97301 United States. Order Details: Item Title Postage and packaging Quantaty Price Never Used VIKING 48″ Dual Fuel Seller has paid the shipping fees and provide us the proof. The shipping will be completed by UPS. 1 USD $2,600.00 As a protective measure for the parties involved in this transaction the funds will be held in a bank account managed by eBay’s agents until you receive the item(s) ordered. An inspection period of 7 days will be given to the buyer to inspect the item(s) shipped. The inspection period begins on the working day (Monday – Friday) after the goods have been received and continues for the number of working days set. The day the goods are received is established according to the consignment date indicated by the courier or the transport company. If a refund is requested, the inspection period is ended, and the refund request is processed within 48 hours. * Payment Instructions: You must complete the payment in 24 hours after the invoice with our Agent details was sent to you. The Item will be delivered after the payment was cleared. Payment instructions: To send the money, you need to have the following information: – Agent Name; – Agent Address; – Agent City; – Agent State; – Agent Zip/Postal Code; – Agent Country; * After you complete the payment: 1. Reply to this email to confirm that payment was sent 2. Fax the MoneyGram receipt to our central fax number: (251) 252-3537. Also we advise you to reply to this email with the MoneyGram transfer receipt. Make payment to the following eBay’s Agent Info: – Agent Name: Lucke Armand – Agent Address: 3715 Gardendale – Agent City: Houston – Agent State: TX-Texas – Agent Zip Code: 77092 – Agent Country: United States – Amount to send: USD $2600.00 Once we receive the payment confirmation, we will instruct the seller to start the shipping process. We will hold the payment details until you send us your confirmation that you are satisfied with the item you received and inspected. As soon as we receive your confirmation we will release the payment details to the seller. Important Notice* ** Most of the Money Gram office’s are not aware of our eBay privacy and policy so to achieve a smooth and pleasant transaction we suggest you to send the money for a personal business ( a friend, relative etc ). Guaranteed protection against: * Misrepresentation; * Hidden Damage; * Undisclosed Damage; * Delayed Shipping; * Shipment stollen in transit; The payment details are confidential and will not be released under any circumstances. Our customer chooses this payment method in order to speed up the transaction. eBay Safe Harbor security measures are constantly reviewed and modified given evolving circumstances globally, drawing on both internal assessments and the support of government agencies. Our constant priority is for the safety of our people, our customers, and the general public. eBay Safe Harbor always tries to fulfill its customers’ needs. The infirmations is managed by eBay’s Financial Departament. This transaction is supervised by eBay’s Safe Harbor team. For any question, please contact ebay: Click Here Copyright © 2010 eBay, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 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