Scammer Database

Craigslist Scammer – 2005 Bennington Pontoon Boat

Posted in database, scammer by Chief on April 25, 2010

Edit 19Sept2010: see more similar pontoon boat scams at this link.

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Thanks to a reader, Jayci, for highlighting this criminal’s ad. It is posted in more that 70 locales on craigslist.

Example ad: http://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/spo/1664223293.html

Shot of multiple ads. Note the criminal’s mistake of labeling a tractor as a pontoon boat. (click to enlarge for reading):

Text of typical ad:

Reply to: kerenmorr72@gmail.com

Specs:
Pontoon length 25
Fuel 26 gallons
Deck lenght 24 feet 11 inches
Hull material aluminum
Deck width# 8 feet 6 inches
Trailer included
Pontoon diameter .090
Motor mercury optimax 115 4 stroke
Prop stainless
Hours : 523

Extra options:
Slide top refreshment table
Chaise lounge with waste container
Sundeck
Ski tow bar
Mood lighting
Cup holders (9)
Helm chair
Removable bow seat (custom for side door are as seen in pictures)
Double bimini top (quick release)
Playpen cover
Deluxe recliners (2)
Alpine stereo with cd and four speaker system
Instrument cluster with speedo and depth gauge
Pop up changing room
Performance plus package:
Under deck wave shield
Pontoon lifting strakes
Hydrolic steering

Another reply-to address found in some of these postings:

helenphl68@gmail.com

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  1. Randall said, on June 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Craigslist Scammer – 2005 Bennington Pontoon Boat
    Thank You for the Great Information, This one Has Moved to the State of Maine.

    From: roxannewlms712@gmail.com [mailto:roxannewlms712@gmail.com]
    Sent: Saturday, June 05, 2010 10:08 AM
    To: Randall Erskine
    Subject: Re: 2005 Bennington Length 25 Pontoon FourStroke

    Hi ,
    The 2005 Bennington Pontoon is still for sale, the condition is simply excellent , it has been used slightly, total length 25.0 feet, the boat is equipped with a powerful motor Mercury Optimax 115 FourStroke , hull is aluminum, has a deck of 8 feet & 6 inches , I will also give you the trailer for the boat(in good condition), 546 hours.I would like to show you some pictures, fallow this uri to my online photo album: http://picasaweb.google.com.au/112415760490075495869/2005benningtonpontoon# .I have all the original documents, receipts, manuals, title.
    My final asking price is $4.900 (non-negotiable, I will not accept trades). I have many prospective buyers and inquiries, so I’m really trying to filter through these inquiries, I hope that you are serious about this purchase. With that said, serious buyer only! I’m offering a “Buy It Now” option on Ebay. This way you can receive assistance and insurance for this purchase, title transfer, etc. I am strongly suggesting doing this transaction through Ebay, especially if this would be your first boat purchase. Not to mention the fact that both buyers and sellers are insured up to $10,000.00 for qualifying transactions.

    Thanks so much for inquiry, e-mail me back as soon as possible.
    Roxanne Williams

  2. Randall said, on June 7, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I am Willing to Keep the Communications Open to Jail this Person!!!!

    P.S. My Neighbor is a NYPD Detective – Retired!!

  3. Margherita said, on June 7, 2010 at 10:55 am

    This person is still active. What’s the point? WHat’s the scam? Here is the latest:

    From: roxannewlms712@gmail.com
    To:
    Sent: Mon, Jun 7, 2010 9:51 am
    Subject: Re: 2005 pontoon on craig’s list

    Hi ,
    The 2005 Bennington Pontoon is still for sale, the condition is simply excellent , it has been used slightly, total length 25.0 feet, the boat is equipped with a powerful motor Mercury Optimax 115 FourStroke , hull is aluminum, has a deck of 8 feet & 6 inches , I will also give you the trailer for the boat(in good condition), 546 hours.I would like to show you some pictures, fallow this uri to my online photo album: http://picasaweb.google.com.au/112415760490075495869/2005benningtonpontoon# .I have all the original documents, receipts, manuals, title.
    My final asking price is $4.900 (non-negotiable, I will not accept trades). I have many prospective buyers and inquiries, so I’m really trying to filter through these inquiries, I hope that you are serious about this purchase. With that said, serious buyer only! I’m offering a “Buy It Now” option on Ebay. This way you can receive assistance and insurance for this purchase, title transfer, etc. I am strongly suggesting doing this transaction through Ebay, especially if this would be your first boat purchase. Not to mention the fact that both buyers and sellers are insured up to $10,000.00 for qualifying transactions.

    Thanks so much for inquiry, e-mail me back as soon as possible.
    Roxanne Williams

  4. Chief said, on June 7, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Margherita,
    All the items on this site are scams — Always have been and always will be. I’ve spent two years of my life researching the scams and warning the public.

    See https://scammerdatabase.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/scammers-allen-and-maria-dawson-2006-nissan-maxima/

    Whether it be a tractor, a stove, an SUV, or a car …. the scam is the same. The scammer has no vehicle and Ebay does not guarantee any sales except auctions on their site. Ebay does not even cover classified sales that are advertised on Ebay.

    Fire up your search engine and check it out for yourself.

    Chief

  5. Christine said, on June 8, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Just received this today. Fortunately for me there is a nice little tool on the internet called a Google search ;) I came across your site and wanted to post. This ad showed up in Craigslist in St. Louis, she is claiming to be out of Alton IL.

    Hi ,
    The 2005 Bennington Pontoon is still for sale, the condition is simply excellent , it has been used slightly, total length 25.0 feet, the boat is equipped with a powerful motor Mercury Optimax 115 FourStroke , hull is aluminum, has a deck of 8 feet & 6 inches , I will also give you the trailer for the boat(in good condition), 546 hours.I would like to show you some pictures, fallow this uri to my online photo album: http://picasaweb.google.com.au/112415760490075495869/2005benningtonpontoon# .I have all the original documents, receipts, manuals, title.
    My final asking price is $4.900 (non-negotiable, I will not accept trades). I have many prospective buyers and inquiries, so I’m really trying to filter through these inquiries, I hope that you are serious about this purchase. With that said, serious buyer only! I’m offering a “Buy It Now” option on Ebay. This way you can receive assistance and insurance for this purchase, title transfer, etc. I am strongly suggesting doing this transaction through Ebay, especially if this would be your first boat purchase. Not to mention the fact that both buyers and sellers are insured up to $10,000.00 for qualifying transactions.

    Thanks so much for inquiry, e-mail me back as soon as possible.
    Roxanne Williams

  6. John Avery said, on June 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Found your Craigslist Scammer site and I’m so glad I did…I was close to working a deal for a pontoon boat that is very similar to the ones you’ve noted and then I found the same deal I was working in Virginia now in Orlando Florida at this link: http://orlando.craigslist.org/boa/1780358752.html it is a scam and the verbiage is as follows once you express interest…never buy site unseen from Craigs list.

    Hi,

    Thank you for being interested in buying my 2009 BENTLEY 220 CRUISE 22FT PONTOON BOAT W/TRAILER.
    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 any kind of accidents; comes with all the documents needed.

    My final price for this pontoon is US $4,490. It is priced to sell fast !
    My husband died one month ago and I decided to move closer to my parents(they are very old) in Canada and the boat is here with me. As I am unable to travel in the near future and having no one to help me with the sale I decided to make this transaction through eBay. I believe this protects both buyer and seller and it’s the right way to do this.
    So don’t get me wrong and don’t take it personally but I would prefer to secure the deal through eBay. Also because the boat will be shipped from Canada to US I prefer to work with a third party in order to keep the both of us safe in this deal. I will be assured you will buy the Bentley and you will be assured that you will receive it! Basically the money will be sent to eBay and they will keep them until you receive the boat and only after you inspect and test it they will forward the money to me.

    If you have other questions feel free to email.
    Thank you!
    Rhonda Stephens

  7. dave said, on June 9, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    this person just emailed me. I am in an active deal with them. I havent sent money and wont.

  8. Randall said, on June 10, 2010 at 11:57 am

    John,

    Be Sure to Click the Scam/Overpost on the Pages, This Will Help to Slow these People Down.

    Here is Your Boat in Arizona.
    http://www.75vn.com/listings/boat/get.php?link=http://prescott.craigslist.org/boa/1780057527.html

    2009 BENTLEY 220 CRUISE 22FT PONTOON BOAT CARPET, PEDESTAL TABLE, DOCK – $4490 (DEWEY)

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    Date: 2010-06-07, 1:54PM MDT
    Reply to: sale-ramdr-1780057527@craigslist.org [Errors when

  9. Toad said, on June 14, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Here’s a new one I found today:

    Hi,

    First, a few words about this boat:
    This Harris Kayot Floteboati is a one-owner and has been kept on a lift in a boathouse since it was purchased and has only been used in fresh water.
    There are only 45.4 hours on the motor. This Mercury engine is built with Mercury Smartcraft technology.
    The boat is in excellent condition; no stains/tears in upholstery; snap-in carpet is clean; bimini and cover in good condition;
    The trailer is a new 2010 model with tandem axles, 14″ wheels with spare, and surge brakes.
    If you decide to buy it, you’ll receive all the papers, owner manual, keys, a buy-sell contract already signed by me and the clear title.
    I have a low price ( $ 4,400 including delivery to your home address ) because I want to sell the boat very quickly. My husband died 2 months ago and I along with my daughter decided to sell the house and we moved to my sister. Unfortunately I can’t conclude this transaction personally because my work involves a lot of travelling but I left everything prepared for the sale. If you are really interested in purchasing the boat please contact me asap.

    Regards,
    Nicole

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    From:
    To: hnicole41@msn.com
    Subject: pontoon
    Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 22:50:38 -0400

    Tell me why such a nice boat is selling for $4400. Is this legit? Can we talk more about this?

    Thanks

  10. Randall said, on June 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Toad,

    Here is the Real Listing for the Unit.
    Appears was Probably Sold (Had to Open the Cached Version) and the Scammer Copied a “Real” Ad.
    Listing Price was $21,500.00.

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:6DqqmFDLkgQJ:www.usedboatsales.org/pontoon-boat/24-harris-kayot-triple-tube-pontoon-boat-no-reserve+This+Harris+Kayot+Floteboat&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

  11. christine said, on June 15, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Just received another email… Different Boat… Not sure if it’s the same person or just more than one person reproducing the same scam.

    mark.pardo33@comcast.net

    GREAT DEAL 2001 PREMIER LEGEND RE 23FT PONTOON BOAT – $5510

    Hi I’m Mark Pardo,
    Sorry for the delay but I was not expecting to receive so many emails. First of all this is my personal pontoon boat and NOT a repo. This 2001 pontoon is all original. It has never had any paintwork to cover misuse or abuse. The engine is a 115hp Honda 4 stroke. Pontoon operates LIKE NEW. Here are some features: full gauges with speedometer, Bimini top with boot, carpet, pedestal table, docking lights, changing station, fish finder, depth finder and ample seating and storage. The tandem axle trailer is included with the boat
    All papers and receipts are on my name. I am forced to sell my pontoon ASAP because I need money to pay the mortgage on my house. More pics on my photobuket account :http://s918.photobucket.com/albums/ad22/mark_pardoo/2001_PREMIER_LEGEND_RE_PONTOON_BOAT/

    My final price is $5500. I already have hundreds emails and I hope you understand that I need to sort them out. I will take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying my boat , to be sure that I don’t waste my time with endless discussions. This way, I shall be assured of serious intentions.
    Thank you.
    P.S. I already put the pontoon on eBay at Buy It Now $ 5,500 so you can purchase them there. That way you will receive assistance for the purchase, paperwork and an extended warranty. The pontoon is also guaranteeing purchases up to $ 50.000 so we will both be protected.

  12. Randall said, on June 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Pictures are Great, You Even Have a Partial for the Trucks License Plate.
    Other Item is No Letters/Number on the Boat, Also the Trailer is not Plated?????

    First Question Would be is Where is the Boat and How to Arrange an Inspection for the Purchase.

    If it is Really Posted to eBay, Most Never Are, then Search for the Listing.

    Also Like Always, Be sure to Never “Send Cash”.
    When the Boat Arrives the Shipper can be Paid.

    Double Also, Never Pay for the Boat if you can not Haul it Away at that Moment.
    Leave a Small, Like $100, Deposit and Return for the Boat.
    Better to Loose $100 then Big $$’s When you Return to an Empty House and the Neighbor With a Funny Look on their Face.

  13. Randall said, on June 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Here is the Site that Listed it 3 Times.
    http://for-sale.yakaz.com/premier-pontoon-boat

    Also Like the Hull Type.
    >HULL MATERIAL: FIBERGLASS

    Here it is in Las Cruces, NM
    http://lascruces.reachoo.com/ads/106581835
    >HULL ID NUMBER: PMY20258G001

    Also Lansing
    http://lansing.reachoo.com/ads/106602404
    >HULL ID NUMBER: PMY20258G001

    Or New Orleans is Close to NM
    http://neworleans.reachoo.com/ads/106700054
    >HULL ID NUMBER: PMY20258G001

  14. fred said, on June 16, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Just tried to buy the boat myself. It appeared to be located in Baltimore area (near me) just got a second email from Roxanne…she claims the boat is in NV..but she is willing to deliver. Too good to be true. She sent me to a site on Ebay to do the deal, my copmputer would not permit me to go to the site (unsafe) I repied to Roxie and informed her of the “unsafe” message.

    Google her email, and it brought me here.

    Too good to be true…always seems to play out the same way.

    I’m blocking her from my email!

  15. fred said, on June 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    OK. Still trying to buy a Pontoon… been in touch with roxannewlms712@gmail.com. Her story very simimlar to the fraud above. Are all Ebay and Craigslist this crazy to deal with????? They may need to work on their credibility!!! What’s up with this crap???!!! Here’s her response to me.

    Hello again ,
    The pontoon is at eBay’s shipping center in Las Vegas,NV and from there it will be shipped to my buyer’s address. It has been listed for sale in an auction on eBay but I have removed the add because of some ‘serious’ buyers . They promissed they will buy it from me but they proved not to have the money to pay for it.I have registered the pontoon with eBay’s Vehicle Protection Program and they work only with das auto shippers, so a local pick-up is not an option.This transaction is covered by ebay’s purchase protection program up to 20,000 USD and if something goes wrong in this transaction you will be fully refunded. In the invoice you will have the details on how to make a refundable payment and shipping back the pontoon will be my concern. I strongly assure you it will not be the case for a refund. I have used the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection in the past and all my transaction ended succesfully. You pay to eBay and they will transfer the funds to me only after you get the pontoon. Shipping will be door to door, to your home address, somebody must be home when the pontoon arrives.
    I apologize if it seems like I’m pushing on this deal but I really want to be sure that everything is clarified
    before any further steps. Please let me know if some of the terms don’t fit you or if you have other questions. I’m a serious seller and I prefer to deal with a serious buyer.
    If you wish to proceed with the purchase, please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal
    through eBay right away.
    I am looking forward to hearing from you

    Are you kidding me??!!

    I’ll never trust this S*** again.

    Ebay, CraigsList Wake up!!

    Done with you!
    Fred

  16. fred said, on June 17, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    BTW, the second contact offering a boat is Renata Gwiazda [gwiazda_72@msn.com]. I used Roxanne’s name in my reply on 6.17, on error…Roxanne is the gal/guy who tried to fake me out on 6.16. This is possibly as bad as buying products on, “as seen on TV”

  17. Michael said, on June 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    This was posted in jacksonville, florida today. google it and found out it’s a scam. just thought i would pass this along!
    the ad came with 2 pics.

    (this is the ad below)

    Pontoon boat Length 25 2005 Bennington – $4900 (jax beach)
    Date: 2010-06-23, 12:42PM EDT
    Reply to: see below

    For sale 2005 Bennington Pontoon in very good condition!!!
    For inquiry’s contact me at: shanerodden23@gmail.com

    Pontoon length 25, Fuel 26 gallons, Deck lenght 24 feet 11 inches, Hull material aluminum
    Deck width 8 feet 6 inches, Trailer included, Pontoon diameter .090, Motor mercury optimax 115 4 stroke, Prop stainless
    Extra options:
    Slide top refreshment table
    Chaise lounge with waste container
    Sundeck
    Ski tow bar
    Mood lighting
    Cup holders (9)
    Helm chair
    Removable bow seat
    Double bimini top (quick release)
    Playpen cover
    Deluxe recliners (2)
    Alpine stereo with cd and four speaker system
    Instrument cluster with speedo and depth gauge
    Pop up changing room
    Hydrolic steering
    For inquiry’s contact me at: shanerodden23@gmail.com

    Thanks for looking, hope to hear from you! Pics upon request!
    Ps. don’t e-mail me for pics of the boat if you’re not interested or serious about buying it.

  18. Mic said, on June 24, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I had these people break into my craigslist account and post their ads up under MY account. I was so angry. They did it under two ad’s I had recently deleted and I wouldn’t have noticed except for the fact that I checked this morning (no email needed for that). I deleted the ads immediately and contacted craigslist. What can I do to help?

  19. Erin said, on June 30, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Hi,

    My husband and I were almost victims to these exact same scams. We had contacted a lady on craigslist with a 2006 Harris Kayot pontoon, the same as the one found by Toad. She said her name was Lisa Sayer. We almost went through with the transaction, until I recieved the email from “ebay” stating I needed to send the money via western union to one of their agents. This struck as me odd, cause I know ebay advises against this. I talked to one of ebays agents, and they assured me this was a scam, any email they send can also be found in your account on their web site. Hopefully, this site will help stop these people!
    Thanks
    Erin

  20. Michael said, on July 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Thought this was too good to be true! I went thru a couple of email exchanges with this whole thing and realized the scam. I am from south burbs of Chicago and seen the ad for Joliet area, IL. Based on the email this is headed to Montana. This all took place 27 June – 2 July. I obviously will do my best to stop this with what I know about scams. Here is the ad.

    Hi,
    The pontoon is still for sale and If you’d like to view
    some additional pictures here is a link:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/robertslaura76/Pontoon?feat=directlink
    The pontoon is in very good condition, rust free, well maintained and
    the engine runs as new. The interior has no holes, cuts, or tears. The
    boat must go because my husband was recently promoted, so we had to
    move in Montana. As you probably noticed, the price is rather low $
    4,900 for you if you will buy it today or tomorrow. Due to the fact I
    am very busy with my work and I don’t stay too much at home, the
    pontoon is already at the shipping company and will be delivered from
    there very fast, shipping costs is included in the price. The
    transaction will be made under eBay’s buyer protection plan. This way
    you can receive assistance for the purchase, title transfer, etc. So,
    please reply back with your full name and shipping address if you is
    really interested in purchasing this pontoon so we can start the
    arrangements!

    Thanks
    Shane R

  21. Roberta said, on July 3, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    I guess it has hit Madison, WI now:
    Sure-loc X-press bow press w/stand – $675 (madison)

    ——————————————————————————–
    Date: 2010-06-27, 5:21PM CDT
    Reply to: sale-jjuk3-1814207515@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

    ——————————————————————————–

    For sale 2005 Bennington Pontoon in very good condition!!!

    For inquiry’s contact me at: shanerodden23@gmail.com

    Pontoon length 25, Fuel 26 gallons, Deck lenght 24 feet 11 inches, Hull material aluminum
    Deck width 8 feet 6 inches, Trailer included, Pontoon diameter .090, Motor mercury optimax 115 4 stroke, Prop stainless
    Extra options:
    Slide top refreshment table
    Chaise lounge with waste container
    Sundeck
    Ski tow bar
    Mood lighting
    Cup holders (9)
    Helm chair
    Removable bow seat
    Double bimini top (quick release)
    Playpen cover
    Deluxe recliners (2)
    Alpine stereo with cd and four speaker system
    Instrument cluster with speedo and depth gauge
    Pop up changing room
    Hydrolic steering

    For inquiry’s contact me at: shanerodden23@gmail.com

  22. golf for free said, on July 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    But how is this a scam? Ebay does protect buyers. They are encouraging you to buy throuh Ebay…please explain the “scam”

  23. Chief said, on July 7, 2010 at 11:51 am

    The “ebay” the scammer uses is a fraudulent replication of ebay. Ebay does not provide escrow for items outside of official Ebay auctions.

  24. Randall said, on July 7, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Be Sure to Click the Scam/Overpost on the Pages, This Will Help to Slow these People Down.

  25. Chris said, on July 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    This guy (Steve) is everywhere, I just found the same add on craigslist in Memphis, TN, twice and once in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Memphis Add even had a pic of the VIN #1W7b2262181003093 and the other supplied the Hull ID Number: BNT37191G809. To top it off the use the same pictures and direct to the same website for the pics (http://picasaweb.google.com)

  26. Greg Newton said, on July 10, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Wow what a piece of work – I am glad I researched this before sending any money.
    To good to be true .

    Thank You for posting this information

    Seller:

    Name: Jason Smith

    Address: 1381 Buffalo Rd
    Helena, MO 59601
    United States

    Transaction Details:

    Case ID: 2831140677
    Date: July-10-2010
    Status: Payment Pending

    Item: 2005 Bennington Pontoon 25′
    w/Motor Mercury Optimax 115 4-stroke
    Price: US $4,900.00
    Quantity: 1PGK (1x Boat, 1x Motor, 1x Trailer)
    Insurance: Yes (Coverage: $8,650.00)
    Shipping: Included

    ——————————————————————————–

    Shipping to*:

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

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

    eBay Motors Agent*:

    First Name: Antonio

    Last Name: Astarita
    Address: 3310 S Nellis Blvd # 32

    City: Las Vegas

    State: NV, Nevada

    Zip: 89142
    Country: United States

    *The Western Union Money Transfer will be sent using this name and address.

    Payment:

    Invoice # : 2831140677
    Due Date: July-14th-2010

    Subtotal: US $4,900.00
    Shipping: 0
    Sales Tax: 0

    Deposit: 0

    ——————————————————————————–

    Total: US $4,900.00

  27. Brenda said, on July 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Now he is “Jason Smith” and has the pontoon listed on Omaha’s Craig’s List. I emailed him thinking this is way too good to be true and he replied:

    Thanks for the interest in our Bennington boat! Its been part of our family since brand new. We have always maintained the boat like clock-work, never had any problems with it. Here’s the link to the photo’s:http://picasaweb.google.com/108262036087775881700/2005BenningtonPontoonn# .

    As you can see from the photo’s the boat is in exceptional condition. The boat has never been in salt water. All the upholstery is in near perfect condition. No rips, burns or loose stitching on any of the seats, floor or bimini top. The boat hauler is also included with the boat.

    Our family has had many great memories on this boat and hopefully the next buyer will enjoy it as much as we did!

    Due to unexpected family expenses after our move to Montana, we are forced to sell the boat to help us get through these hard times. The asking price is $4,900.00 which includes shipping. We know this is a very low asking price, the reason for this is that we’re looking for a fast sale of the boat to help us out in our current crisis.

    We will be using the vehicle protection service through eBay as a transaction median. In order for me to start a transaction with you through the vpp, I am going to need your full name and preferred shipping address.

    Thanks!
    -Jason and family.

  28. Randall said, on July 12, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    GReg,

    Here is your Guys Address in Las Vegas.

    First Name: Antonio
    Last Name: Astarita
    Address: 3310 S Nellis Blvd # 32
    City: Las Vegas
    State: NV, Nevada

    http://search.chow.com/search?advanced=1&country=US&latitude=36.129345&location=3310+S+Nellis+Blvd+Ste+32%2C+Las+Vegas%2C+NV&longitude=-115.065178&query&type=Restaurant&zipCode=89121

    Joey’s Pizza
    (702) 898-0900 – 3310 S Nellis Blvd Ste 32, Las Vegas, NV 89121 Pizza

  29. Randall said, on July 12, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Reader’s,

    Be Sure to Click the Scam/Overpost on the Pages, This Will Help to Slow these People Down.

  30. Constance said, on July 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    OMG!!! I don’t know how I found this site…but my husband was just headed to a Western Union to pay for this 25′ Bennington Pontoon with a 115 HP 4-stroke motor for $4900!!!
    This sounded way too good to be true.
    The listing was from Shane Rodden(3 #’s)@gmail.com. Ad said they just moved to Montana and needed to sell the boat. If we bought it by today or tomorrow, it was at the shipper already and would be shipped right away! There was an invoice sent to our email with some man from NY to receive the $2900 down payment sent through Western Union. The other $2000 would be paid on delivery.
    So this Burgundy colored double bimini boat is a scam??? The owner collects $2500 from all the buyers for down pymt and keeps it???
    My husband always said…if it is too good to be true….it probably is!!!
    Very disappointed…

  31. Chief said, on July 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Contance,

    I believe you have figured it out! It is unbelievable how lazy the scammers are. However, if their measly efforts result in a mere $2000 a week, shucks — they could live on that!

    Spread your husband’s advice to all your friends and family. If the deal sounds too good to be true and you can’t physically touch it prior to buying it, keep your wallet in your back pocket (or purse, as the the case may be).

    Chief

  32. john a said, on July 14, 2010 at 10:54 am

    He has it posted in houston craigslist now…..

  33. Gary said, on July 22, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on this one! Posted in Phoenix now.

    Pontoon boat Length 25 2005 Bennington – $4900 (West Valley)

    ——————————————————————————–
    Date: 2010-07-21, 4:12PM MST
    Reply to: see below

    ——————————————————————————–

    For sale 2005 Bennington Pontoon in very good condition!!!

    For inquiry’s contact me at: shanerddn53@gmail.com

    Pontoon length 25, Fuel 26 gallons, Deck lenght 24 feet 11 inches, Hull material aluminum
    Deck width 8 feet 6 inches, Trailer included, Pontoon diameter .090, Motor mercury optimax 115 4 stroke, Prop stainless
    Extra options:
    Slide top refreshment table
    Chaise lounge with waste container
    Sundeck
    Ski tow bar
    Mood lighting
    Cup holders (9)
    Helm chair
    Removable bow seat
    Double bimini top (quick release)
    Playpen cover
    Deluxe recliners (2)
    Alpine stereo with cd and four speaker system
    Instrument cluster with speedo and depth gauge
    Pop up changing room
    Hydrolic steering

    For inquiry’s contact me at: shanerddn53@gmail.com

    Thanks for looking, hope to hear from you! Pics upon request!
    Ps. don’t e-mail me for pics of the boat if you’re not interested or serious about buying it.

  34. Chief said, on July 23, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Thanks for posting, Gary. It will help someone else avoid being scammed! — Chief

  35. Gloria said, on July 24, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Re: pontoon‏
    From: Shane Rodden (shanerodden223@gmail.com)
    Sent: Sat 7/24/10 1:06 PM
    To:

    Hi,The pontoon is still for sale and If you’d like to viewsome additional pictures here is a link:http://picasaweb.google.com/109676333545135228114/2005BenningtonPontoon25WMotorMercuryOptimax1154Stroke?feat=directlinkThe pontoon is in very good condition, rust free, well maintained andthe engine runs as new. The interior has no holes, cuts, or tears. Theboat must go because my wife was recently promoted, so we had to movein Montana. As you probably noticed, the price is rather low $ 4,900for you if you will buy it today or tomorrow. Due to the fact I amvery busy with my work and I don’t stay too much at home, the pontoonis already at the shipping company and will be delivered from therevery fast, shipping costs is included in the price. The transactionwill be made under eBay’s buyer protection plan. This way you canreceive assistance for the purchase, title transfer, etc. So, pleasereply back with your full name and shipping address if you is reallyinterested in purchasing this pontoon so we can start thearrangements! ThanksShane R

  36. kristi said, on July 25, 2010 at 1:11 am

    We just about fell for this just today. We found the ad on Craigslist for Birmingham, Alabama. It is for 25′ pontoon boat for $4,900. The guy’s “name” is Shane Rodden. We kept wondering why he hadn’t called us on our phones as we requested. This is disgusting. Something told me to just google it and I’m glad I did.

  37. Chief said, on July 25, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    We’re glad you had the intuition to place the criminal’s info into a search engine. Yep, disgusting is an apt description. Please spread the word to your friends and family on how these scammers work. Word of mouth in your sphere of influence will keep someone from being taken by this criminal. — Chief

  38. joel said, on July 25, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Kept telling my wife ” too good to be true”
    Glad i saw this to convince us before we got to excited to buy.
    Someone catch this thief!

    From: Shane Rodden
    Sent: Sat, July 24, 2010 7:36:30 PM
    Subject: Re: Fw: pontoon

    Hi,
    The pontoon is still for sale and If you’d like to view
    some additional pictures here is a link:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/109676333545135228114/2005BenningtonPontoon25WMotorMercuryOptimax1154Stroke?feat=directlink
    The pontoon is in very good condition, rust free, well maintained and
    the engine runs as new. The interior has no holes, cuts, or tears. The
    boat must go because my wife was recently promoted, so we had to move
    in Montana. As you probably noticed, the price is rather low $ 4,900
    for you if you will buy it today or tomorrow. Due to the fact I am
    very busy with my work and I don’t stay too much at home, the pontoon
    is already at the shipping company and will be delivered from there
    very fast, shipping costs is included in the price. The transaction
    will be made under eBay’s buyer protection plan. This way you can
    receive assistance for the purchase, title transfer, etc. So, please
    reply back with your full name and shipping address if you is really
    interested in purchasing this pontoon so we can start the
    arrangements!

    Thanks
    Shane R

  39. Lisa said, on July 26, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Thank God for this page.

    The scammer Stepahanie Johnson (stphnjohnson24@gmail.com) is now in Virginia Beach, VA. The ad is off Craigslist but we received the following email in response to our inquiry:

    i my name is Stephanie Johnson,
    The 2005 Bennington pontoon is still for sale. It is in perfect shape, in very good condition, 350h , we bought the boat new, . Here are some pics: http://picasaweb.google.com/108262036087775881700/2005BenningtonPontoonn# The title is clear and on my name, original manuals, bills, docs.
    My final asking price is $4.900. I already has lots of emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out. I will take in consideration only those who are really interested in buying the boat, to be sure that I don’t waste my time with endless discussions, losing money and time in the process. This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions.

    I will list the boat on ebay-motors at the buy it now price of $4,900 so you can purchase it there. That way you will receive assistance for the purchase, paperwork, title transfer and an extended warranty, knowing . Also they are guaranteeing purchases up to $ 50.000 , that is great I really love ebay, I will need a quick response.

  40. Monty said, on July 26, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    This scam also posted on Moscow, ID and Boise ID craigslist

  41. jason neiheisel said, on July 26, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    just got a response back this person has now used stephanie johnson as their name. same boat pictures and everything, for 4,900. they used stphnjohnson24@gmail.com

  42. cindy said, on July 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    This was just posted in Minnesota today. I emailed Shane Rodden, and got the same information that it would be shipped to me today, i just needed to send the money through ebay and he would start all the paper work to get it to us!!
    What a scam!!! I hope he goes to jail for along time when found!

  43. Dan Aversa said, on July 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Yes, this is what I thought.

    This guy has been emailing me as well, saying the deal is insured by EBay.

    He says he is to busy to call me and wants EBay to handle the deal. What a jerk.

    Thanks for confirming what I already suspected. Wonder how many people this guy

    has taken advantage of.

    Dan Aversa

  44. Chief said, on July 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Dan,
    It is very likely that “this guy” is hundreds of individuals using a very similar script. I would say that thousands of innocent buyers have been defrauded by these criminals. It’s big business. Yes sir, big business.

  45. Michelle said, on July 27, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I was just corresponding with this guy “Shane Rodden”. The deal sounded too good to be true so I googled his name. I’m glad I did because I found this site. I got the exact email as a previous poster.

  46. Chief said, on July 27, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Michelle,
    Google is your friend :)
    We’re glad you found the site. Now, your job is to spread the word to your friends and family regarding how these criminals work. Good luck finding a real vehicle!

  47. Jim said, on July 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    this is on seattle craigs list now !!!!

  48. Jenn N. said, on July 29, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Almost fell for this scam…I thought it sounded to good to be true. So I google searched his name and and brought me to this site.

    I never would have sent any money to him..I wanted to so bad reply and say I will purchase the boat CASH only and we will pick it up…..Just to see his response.

    But i did notice yesterday this AD was posted in WI, Utah, Missouri, Minnesota and IL.
    Here is the email he sent me:

    Shane Rodden” <shanerodden223@gmail.com
    Hi,
    The pontoon is still for sale and If you'd like to view
    some additional pictures here is a link:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/109676333545135228114/2005BenningtonPontoon25WMotorMercuryOptimax1154Stroke?feat=directlink
    The pontoon is in very good condition, rust free, well maintained and
    the engine runs as new. The interior has no holes, cuts, or tears. The
    boat must go because my wife was recently promoted, so we had to move
    in Montana. As you probably noticed, the price is rather low $ 4,900
    for you if you will buy it today or tomorrow. Due to the fact I am
    very busy with my work and I don't stay too much at home, the pontoon
    is already at the shipping company and will be delivered from there
    very fast, shipping costs is included in the price. The transaction
    will be made under eBay's buyer protection plan. This way you can
    receive assistance for the purchase, title transfer, etc. So, please
    reply back with your full name and shipping address if you is really
    interested in purchasing this pontoon so we can start the
    arrangements!

    Thanks
    Shane

  49. Chief said, on July 29, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Jenn,

    Good for you and your intuitive skills! Your internet neighbors will appreciate your reporting the picasweb album abuse by simply clicking the abuse link in the right hand column.

    Thanks for posting. Mr. Shane Rodden is getting a lot of attention from the search engines this week. Your comment makes it easier for potential victims to find this site. :) — Chief

  50. Randall said, on July 29, 2010 at 11:16 am

    We are Making Progress, Picasa has Close the Account.

    Hooray for the Goodguys & Gals. :-)

  51. Chief said, on July 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Randall, he is likely to open another album — but that’s OK. At least you diverted his energies for a while and made him look stupid to some potential victims.

    – Chief

  52. dbk said, on July 30, 2010 at 9:28 am

    This scam is now in Indiana. It’s the same as described above see e-mail sent below:

    First e-mail

    Hello,
    Thank you for your interest in purchasing my boat. The boat is in perfect condition – like new! If you decide to buy it, you’ll receive all the papers, owner manual, keys, a buy-sell contract already signed by me and the clear title. For this transaction I want to use ebay because I want to provide you a fast and very secure way. They will handle the transaction for me. You will make the payment to ebay and they will hold the money until you receive and inspect the boat. ONLY AFTER you receive the boat and you inspect it (you have 5 days for inspection) ebay will release the payment to me. The inspection time period will begin as soon as you receive the boat at your address. Meanwhile eBay will hold the money into a trust account. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the boat before you decide to buy it. This way we are both protected : i will know that i have a serious buyer who has the money to pay me and you will be able to see and inspect the boat before buying it .
    The boat is priced to sell quickly and the final price that I’m asking for it is $5,000 including shipping and handling costs. My husband died in Iraq 3 months ago and I along with my daughter decided to sell the house and move to my sister. I can’t afford to take days off my work for this sale so i’m trying to sell it online.
    If you are really interested in purchasing the boat please send me your full name, shipping address and your phone number. Ebay will give you all the details regarding the shipping and payment.
    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.
    Regards!
    Valerie A. Hesse

    Second e-mail:

    The boat is at eBay’s shipping center in Las Vegas, NV and from there it will be shipped to my buyer’s address. The boat was listed for sale in an auction on eBay but I have removed the add because of some ‘serious’ buyers . They promissed they will buy the boat from me but they proved not to have the money to pay for it .I have registered the boat with eBay’s Vehicle Protection Program and they work only with das auto shippers, so a local pick-up is not an option.This transaction is covered by ebay’s purchase protection program up to 50,000 USD and if something goes wrong in this transaction you will be fully refunded. In the invoice you will have the details on how to make a refundable payment and shipping back the boat will be my concern. I strongly assure you it will not be the case for a refund. I have used the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection in the past and all my transaction ended succesfully. You pay to eBay and they will transfer the funds to me only after you get the boat. Shipping will be door to door, to your home address, somebody must be home when the boat arrives.
    I apologize if it seems like I’m pushing on this deal but I really want to be sure that everything is clarified before any further steps. Please let me know if some of the terms don’t fit you or if you have other questions. I’m a serious seller and I prefer to deal with a serious buyer.

    If you wish to proceed with the purchase, please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay right away.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.
    Valerie

  53. Chief said, on July 30, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for posting the text of the emails, DBK. Just an observation …. notice that the make & model of the vehicle are not mentioned. The criminal buys or steals the boilerplate, then he only has to change the dollar amount and he can use the same text universally for multiple scams. Very efficient! — Chief

  54. Randall said, on July 30, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Chief,
    This was the Address for the EBAY??? in Vegas from a Prior E-Mail.
    Joey’s Pizza Must Have a Large Parking Lot.

    Here is your Guys Address in Las Vegas.

    First Name: Antonio
    Last Name: Astarita
    Address: 3310 S Nellis Blvd # 32
    City: Las Vegas
    State: NV, Nevada

    http://search.chow.com/search?advanced=1&country=US&latitude=36.129345&location=3310+S+Nellis+Blvd+Ste+32%2C+Las+Vegas%2C+NV&longitude=-115.065178&query&type=Restaurant&zipCode=89121

    Joey’s Pizza
    (702) 898-0900 – 3310 S Nellis Blvd Ste 32, Las Vegas, NV 89121 Pizza

  55. Sandy said, on July 30, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Guess I was almost scammed too! Thanks for having this site. I was almost scammed on the Bennington 2005 Pontoon Boat. In Kentucky.

  56. Chief said, on July 31, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Sandy, we’re glad you had the intuition to check the guy out. Spread the word to your friends and family on how these guys work! — Chief

  57. Chris said, on August 1, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you so much for this posting!!! We almost got scammed!!
    Here is the same listing I found on craiglist…..the one I responded to has been removed but not this one:

    http://longisland.craigslist.org/boa/1867024373.html

  58. Chief said, on August 2, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Chris, I’m glad you placed the terms in a search engine and found us. Be sure to spread the word to your friends and family regarding how these criminals work. Personal, one-on-one education is the best way to overcome this type of scam. — Chief

  59. Sara said, on August 9, 2010 at 10:24 am

    We were very close to being a victim of this scam. We found the pontoon boat listing in a search on Craigs List Northern Michigan. She went by the name Stephanie Johnson, and sent me this email address for contact: stphnjohnson24@gmail.com. I had emailed her to find out when we could come see the boat as it was posted as being located in Traverse City Michigan. She replied that she had been having a lot of interest and was trying to filter out the serious buyers. She said she was going to have it posted on ebay because they are the safest way to make a transaction and ebay helps with the title transfer and guarantees sales. I replied that we would be willing to drive to see the boat that day, cash in hand. THANKFULLY, I then did a search on her email address and found this site. I then got a reply just like others on here did. She was out of town for business, the boat was in Las Vegas and her brother in law worked in a shipping business and was shipping the boat for free and if I was still interested than she would send me the link to her private ebay site, she claimed to have a private ebay site because she paid a fee to have it. I am so glad I found this site. I hope this stops others from making a hige mistake!

  60. Chief said, on August 9, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Sara, we’re glad you performed a search on this character and subsequently found us. Also, thanks for posting the contact name Stephanie Johnson and email address stphnjohnson24@gmail.com. You can count on your efforts to save someone else from being defrauded! – Chief

  61. James said, on August 9, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Here is the latest rerun of the scam. Form Norhtern California, 2 craigs list postings.

    =================================================
    Contact me right now, don’t miss this deal :
    stphnjohnson24@gmail.com

    Specs: Pontoon length 25, Fuel 26 gallons, Deck lenght 24 feet 11 inches, Hull material aluminum, Deck width 8 feet 6 inches, Trailer included, Pontoon diameter .090, Motor mercury optimax 115 4 stroke, Prop stainless, Extra options: Slide top refreshment table, Chaise lounge with waste container, Sundeck, Ski tow bar, Mood lighting, Cup holders (9), Helm chair, Removable bow seat (custom for side door are as seen in pictures), Double bimini top (quick release), Playpen cover, Deluxe recliners (2), Alpine stereo with cd and four speaker system, Instrument cluster with speedo and depth gauge, Pop up changing room, Performance plus package:, Under deck wave shield, Pontoon lifting strakes, Hydrolic steering,
    ONLY 350 HOURS
    ==============================================

    Here is “her” email response to my inquiry:

    =================================================
    Hi my name is Stephanie Johnson,
    The 2005 Bennington pontoon is still for sale. It is in perfect shape, in very good condition, 350 hours , w/ Trailer, we bought the boat new, . Here are some pics: http://*picasaweb.google.com/108262036087775881700/2005BenningtonPontoonn# The title is clear and on my name, original manuals, bills, docs.
    My final asking price is $4.900. I already has lots of emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out. I will take in consideration only those who are really interested in buying the boat, to be sure that I don’t waste my time with endless discussions, losing money and time in the process. This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions.

    Thanks.

    – I will list the boat on ebay-motors at the buy it now price of $4,900 so you can purchase it there. That way you will receive assistance for the purchase, paperwork, title transfer and an extended warranty, knowing . Also they are guaranteeing purchases up to $ 50.000 , that is great I really love ebay, I will need a quick response.

    ===============================================

    If they spent half the amount of time doing something legit they’d be rich already. Ive marked both as spam and will keep an eye out for a while to see if it returns.

  62. Chief said, on August 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks for posting the text of the criminal’s email, James. And good luck finding a real boat!

  63. Amanda said, on August 10, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    The same address is now trying to sell a 2007 Kubota L3830 GST 4WD Tractor Loader
    for $4k under the name Barbara Kurczap. It was listed under the Orlando FL craigslist.

  64. Chief said, on August 11, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Amanda,

    Thanks for the tip. It’ll help someone from being defrauded. — Chief

  65. Upset said, on August 11, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Go get him/her….that’s just ashame that this person has waisted all of our time!!! I don’t think I will shop craigslist anymore. They should really do something.

  66. california said, on August 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    The reply to my inquiry this morning:

    Hi,
    The pontoon is still for sale and If you’d like to view
    some additional pictures here is a link:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/109676333545135228114/2005BenningtonPontoon25WMotorMercuryOptimax1154Stroke?feat=directlink
    The pontoon is in very good condition, rust free, well maintained and the engine runs as new. The interior has no holes, cuts, or tears. The boat must go because my wife was recently promoted, so we had to move in Montana. As you probably noticed, the price is rather low $ 4,900 for you if you will buy it today or tomorrow. Due to the fact I am very busy with my work and I don’t stay too much at home, the pontoon is already at the shipping company and will be delivered from there very fast, shipping costs is included in the price. The transaction will be made under eBay’s buyer protection plan. This way you can receive assistance for the purchase, title transfer, etc. So, please reply back with your full name and shipping address if you is really interested in purchasing this pontoon so we can start the arrangements!

    Thanks
    Shane

  67. T said, on August 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    This person just tried to scam my father. Here is all the the newest info on the scam. They are using the name of Valerie A. Hesse. Now they are trying to sell a tractor. Great Site thank you.

    From:
    To: val55hes@gmx.com
    Subject: RE: Kubota
    Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 14:53:25 -0400

    Valerie,

    I would be interested in coming out and looking at Kubota tomorrow (Monday) if I like what I see I’ll buy it on the spot Cash or certified check what ever you prefer.
    All I need is an address and phone number and a time you would be available.

    Thanks,

    T

    ——————————————————————————–
    Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 23:55:07 +0200
    From: val55hes@gmx.com
    Subject: Re: Kubota
    To:

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in purchasing my kubota. The kubota is in perfect condition – like new! If you decide to buy it, you’ll receive all the papers, owner manual, keys, a buy-sell contract already signed by me and the clear title. For this transaction I want to use ebay because I want to provide you a fast and very secure way. They will handle the transaction for me. You will make the payment to ebay and they will hold the money until you receive and inspect the kubota. ONLY AFTER you receive the kubota and you inspect it (you have 5 days for inspection) ebay will release the payment to me. The inspection time period will begin as soon as you receive the kubota at your address. Meanwhile eBay will hold the money into a trust account. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the kubota before you decide to buy it. This way we are both protected : i will know that i have a serious buyer who has the money to pay me and you will be able to see and inspect the kubota before buying it .

    The kubota is priced to sell quickly and the final price that I’m asking for it is $2,600 including shipping and handling costs. My husband died in Iraq 3 months ago and I along with my daughter decided to sell the house and move to my sister. I can’t afford to take days off my work for this sale so i’m trying to sell it online.

    If you are really interested in purchasing the kubota please send me your full name, shipping address and your phone number. Ebay will give you all the details regarding the shipping and payment.

    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.

    Regards!

    Valerie A. Hesse

    P.S.: Below you will a full desription and the pictures i have taken for this sale. Please take a closer look before you decide.

    Make: Kubota
    Hours: 89
    Model: RTV 1100
    Wheels: 4 Wheel
    Model Year: 2008
    Condition: Used
    2008 Kubota RTV1100 RTV 1100
    4WD Utility Farm Vehicle
    Serial No. 19206
    Only 89 Actual Hours! Like New with plastic still on seat and headrest from the factory.
    4 cycle Diesel
    4′ Hydraulic Dump Bed
    Bedliner
    Steel Front Guard
    Large Under Seat Storage
    Air Conditioner / Heater
    Windshield Wiper
    Headlights
    Two Front Work Lights
    One Rear Work Light
    Radio / CD Player
    Turn Signals / Hazard Light Kit
    Sunvisors

  68. Chief said, on August 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    And thank you, Mr. T, for posting. — Chief

  69. T said, on August 23, 2010 at 8:24 am

    The latest letter

    Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 10:04:30 +0200
    From: val55hes@gmx.com
    Subject: RE: Kubota
    To:

    Hello again,

    The kubota is at eBay’s shipping center in New York, NY and from there it will be shipped to my buyer’s address. The kubota was listed for sale in an auction on eBay but I have removed the add because of some ‘serious’ buyers . They promissed they will buy the kubota from me but they proved not to have the money to pay for it .I have registered the kubota with eBay’s Vehicle Protection Program and they work only with das auto shippers, so a local pick-up is not an option.This transaction is covered by ebay’s purchase protection program up to $50,000 and if something goes wrong in this transaction you will be fully refunded. In the invoice you will have the details on how to make a refundable payment and shipping back the kubota will be my concern. I strongly assure you it will not be the case for a refund. I have used the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection in the past and all my transaction ended succesfully. You pay to eBay and they will transfer the funds to me only after you get the kubota. Shipping will be door to door, to your home address, somebody must be home when the kubota arrives.
    PayPal can’t be used in this transaction because it only covers $2,000. You will receive instructions to pay through another payment system.
    I apologize if it seems like I’m pushing on this deal but I really want to be sure that everything is clarified before any further steps. Please let me know if some of the terms don’t fit you or if you have other questions. I’m a serious seller and I prefer to deal with a serious buyer.

    If you wish to proceed with the purchase, please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay right away.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.
    Valerie

    —– Original Message —–
    From:
    Sent: 08/22/10 09:53 PM
    To: Valerie Hesse
    Subject: RE: Kubota

    Valerie,

    I would be interested in coming out and looking at Kubota tomorrow (Monday) if I like what I see I’ll buy it on the spot Cash or certified check what ever you prefer.
    All I need is an address and phone number and a time you would be available.

    Thanks,

    T

  70. Chief said, on August 23, 2010 at 8:35 am

    It looks as if Valerie is attempting to set the world record for number of lies in one email:

    (1) The kubota is at eBay’s shipping center in New York, NY
    (2) from there it will be shipped to my buyer’s address.
    (3) The kubota was listed for sale in an auction on eBay
    (4) I have removed the add because of some ‘serious’ buyers .
    (5) They promissed they will buy the kubota from me
    (6) but they proved not to have the money to pay for it .
    (7) I have registered the kubota with eBay’s Vehicle Protection Program
    (8) and they work only with das auto shippers,
    (9) so a local pick-up is not an option.
    (10) This transaction is covered by ebay’s purchase protection program
    (11) if something goes wrong in this transaction you will be fully refunded.
    (12) shipping back the kubota will be my concern.
    (13) I have used the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection in the past
    (14) and all my transaction ended succesfully.
    (15 )You pay to eBay and they will transfer the funds to me
    (16) after you get the kubota.
    (17) Shipping will be door to door, to your home address
    (18) PayPal can’t be used in this transaction because it only covers $2,000.
    (19) I really want to be sure that everything is clarified before any further steps.
    (20) I’m a serious seller
    (21) and I prefer to deal with a serious buyer.

  71. Damion said, on September 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Looks like this guy has moved to Highlands Ranch, CO.

    Pontoon boat Length 25 2005 Bennington – $4900 (Highlands Ranch)

    ——————————————————————————–
    Date: 2010-09-11, 3:54PM MDT
    Reply to: see below

    ——————————————————————————–

    For sale 2005 Bennington Pontoon in very good condition!!!

    For inquiry’s contact me at: shanerddn@att.net

    Pontoon length 25, Fuel 26 gallons, Deck lenght 24 feet 11 inches, Hull material aluminum
    Deck width 8 feet 6 inches, Trailer included, Pontoon diameter .090, Motor mercury optimax 115 4 stroke, Prop stainless
    Extra options:
    Slide top refreshment table
    Chaise lounge with waste container
    Sundeck
    Ski tow bar
    Mood lighting
    Cup holders (9)
    Helm chair
    Removable bow seat
    Double bimini top (quick release)
    Playpen cover
    Deluxe recliners (2)
    Alpine stereo with cd and four speaker system
    Instrument cluster with speedo and depth gauge
    Pop up changing room
    Hydrolic steering

    For inquiry’s contact me at: shanerddn@att.net

    Thanks for looking, hope to hear from you! Pics upon request!
    Ps. don’t e-mail me for pics of the boat if you’re not interested or serious about buying it.

  72. f hefren said, on September 20, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    He’s in Texas too. Can’t somebody track him down through Picasso or ATT or Ebay since he is asking for payment through them?

    shanerddn@att.net

    Hi,
    The pontoon is still for sale and If you’d like to view
    some additional pictures here is a link:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/109676333545135228114/2005BenningtonPontoon25WMotorMercuryOptimax1154Stroke?feat=directlink
    The pontoon is in very good condition, rust free, well maintained and
    the engine runs as new. The interior has no holes, cuts, or tears. The
    boat must go because my wife was recently promoted, so we had to move
    in Montana. As you probably noticed, the price is rather low $ 4,900
    for you if you will buy it today or tomorrow. Due to the fact I am
    very busy with my work and I don’t stay too much at home, the pontoon
    is already at the shipping company and will be delivered from there
    very fast, shipping costs is included in the price. The transaction
    will be made under eBay’s buyer protection plan. This way you can
    receive assistance for the purchase, title transfer, etc. So, please
    reply back with your full name and shipping address if you is really
    interested in purchasing this pontoon so we can start the
    arrangements!

    Thanks
    Shane

  73. Trey Rogers said, on September 21, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I still have him on the hook. Hoping to outwit him and at least make him lose a little money.

    from Shane Rodden
    to victim extraordinaire
    date Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at x:xx xM
    subject Re: http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/bar/1947599378.html
    signed-by gmail.com

    hide details 6:52 PM (2 hours ago)

    ———————————————————————————————————————–
    Hi,
    The pontoon is still for sale and If you’d like to view
    some additional pictures here is a link:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/109676333545135228114/2005BenningtonPontoon25WMotorMercuryOptimax1154Stroke?feat=directlink
    The pontoon is in very good condition, rust free, well maintained and
    the engine runs as new. The interior has no holes, cuts, or tears. The
    boat must go because my wife was recently promoted, so we had to move
    in Montana. As you probably noticed, the price is rather low $ 4,900
    for you if you will buy it today or tomorrow. Due to the fact I am
    very busy with my work and I don’t stay too much at home, the pontoon
    is already at the shipping company and will be delivered from there
    very fast, shipping costs is included in the price. The transaction
    will be made under eBay’s buyer protection plan. This way you can
    receive assistance for the purchase, title transfer, etc. So, please
    reply back with your full name and shipping address if you is really
    interested in purchasing this pontoon so we can start the
    arrangements!

    Thanks
    Shane
    - Show quoted text -

  74. Chief said, on September 21, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Trey, I encourage you to play safely with these criminals. I have obfuscated your name in the email in the event it is your real name. When you get a fake ebay invoice, be sure to post the email address here so we can, er, ah, perform research on the criminals. — Chief

  75. Chief said, on September 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Hefren, you can assist by forwarding the criminal’s entire email ( with headers ) to abuse [at] att.net. Ask them to cease supplying this criminal with resources. There is a 99.9% chance that the Picasso and fake ebay hosts have falsified name and address info from the criminal.

    – Chief

  76. john said, on October 15, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    robertslaura76@gmail.com is a scam, they are currently trying to sell me a set of honda quads for $4400, either in montana or ohio with “ebay protection” luckily I thought something seemed strange and searched their name and email. BEWARE, dont but dont buy.

    Tell a friend

  77. john said, on October 15, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Some follow up to my last post,

    Look familiar?

    Hi, sorry for getting back to you so late.
    As you may already know, the ad is for two atvs along with the trailer
    for them. The atv’s are still for sale and are in mint condition. If
    you’d like to view some additional pictures here is a link:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/robertslaura76/Rubicons?feat=directlink
    .The atv’s are in very good condition, runs and drives great. The
    seats have no holes, cuts, or tears. We are selling them because my
    husband was recently promoted so we had to move in Montana. Besides
    that, there are lot of things which have priority now, so these atv’s
    have to go. As you probably noticed, the price is rather low $ 4,400
    for you if you will buy them today or tomorrow. Due to the fact I am
    very busy with my work and I don’t stay too much at home, the atv’s
    are already at the shipping company and will be delivered from there
    very fast, shipping costs is included in the price. The transaction
    will be made under eBay’s buyer protection plan. This way you can
    receive assistance for the purchase, title transfer, etc. So, please
    reply back with your full name and shipping address if you are really
    interested in purchasing these atv’s so we can start the arrangements!
    Ps. they have apx 1500 miles on them.

    Thanks
    Laura

  78. Chief said, on October 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks for your posts, John. Yep! Tell a friend! It’s the best form of communication.

    – Chief

  79. Randall said, on October 16, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Please Post the Link to the Sellers Site, Then More and More People can place Abuse Lisings for Them.

  80. Randall said, on October 16, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Go to the Picasa Site and Click on the Report Abuse Button, Place the Below as a Comment.

    This is Part of a Craigslist Scam.
    Please Close the Account

  81. Jason said, on November 15, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    This person once again attempted to scam- trying to sell me two four wheelers for $2900. I did my research and found these particular comments. Thank you for confirming my gut feeling.

  82. Randall said, on November 16, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks John, Just Went to the Picasa Site, If you go to the Base Folder for “Laura” you can Find all 4 of the Scams they are Running.

    Amazing if you Think About it. If they Scam 1 Person per Month under Each of the Scams, That is $235,000.00 per Year they Make from this…..
    WOW…..

  83. Kate said, on January 25, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Thank you for posting this information. We are currently in contact with this scammer. Im glad I went with my gut…if its too good to be true then it probably isnt. They are on Craigslist right now in SE Michigan under mrwilliams43@gmail.com

    From: Mary Williams
    To:
    Sent: Tue, January 25, 2011 5:56:22 AM
    Subject: Re: boat

    My name is Mary and I’m selling this 2005 Bennington pontoon, the boat is in mint condition.
    If you’d like to view some additional pictures here is a link:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/mrwilliams43/2005BenningtonPontoonn . The title is
    clear. Very good condition, and it runs and drives great. The seats have no holes, cuts,
    or tears. The exterior is in good shape. There are no significant dents, and
    the paint shines all around. My husband was recently promoted so we had to move
    in Montana. Besides, there are a lot of things which have priority now, so
    this boat has to go. As you probably noticed, the price is rather low $5,200
    for you if you will buy it today or tomorrow. Due to the fact I am
    very busy with my work and I don’t stay too much at home, the boat is
    already to the shipping company and will be delivered from them very fast,
    shipping costs are included in the price. The transaction will be made under
    eBay’s buyer protection plan. This way you can receive assistance for the
    purchase, title transfer, etc.

    So, please reply back with your full name and
    shipping address if you are really interested in purchasing this pontoon
    so we can start the arrangements!

  84. Chief said, on January 25, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Kate, do us all a favor and report the abuse to picasaweb. Click on the abuse link (on the right column in the album) and paste the link to you comment in the box.

    Link to your comment => https://scammerdatabase.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/craigslist-scammer-2005-bennington-pontoon-boat/#comment-3691

    Chief

  85. Tito said, on January 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Now “Mary Williams” is in Waco, Texas!

    My name is Mary and I’m selling this 2005 Bennington pontoon, the boat is in mint condition.
    If you’d like to view some additional pictures here is a link:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/mrwilliams43/2005BenningtonPontoonn . The title is
    clear. Very good condition, and it runs and drives great. The seats have no holes, cuts,
    or tears. The exterior is in good shape. There are no significant dents, and
    the paint shines all around. My husband was recently promoted so we had to move
    in Montana. Besides, there are a lot of things which have priority now, so
    this boat has to go. As you probably noticed, the price is rather low $5,200
    for you if you will buy it today or tomorrow. Due to the fact I am
    very busy with my work and I don’t stay too much at home, the boat is
    already to the shipping company and will be delivered from them very fast,
    shipping costs are included in the price. The transaction will be made under
    eBay’s buyer protection plan. This way you can receive assistance for the
    purchase, title transfer, etc.

    So, please reply back with your full name and
    shipping address if you are really interested in purchasing this pontoon
    so we can start the arrangements!

    Thanks,
    Mary.

  86. Chief said, on January 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Tito, thanks for the data. In my experience, this is the most-oft-used vehicle in scams. If you have any more data on Mary (such as an email address or phone number), drop another comment. Those pieces of info allow potential victims to more readily find your posting.

    – Chief

  87. Happy Boater said, on January 31, 2011 at 9:56 am

    He strikes again. This sounds exactly like an add on Craigs list from Last night. I cannont find the add this morning. It was for a Pontoon in Omaha. Here is our e-mail conversation:

    Hello,
    The 2006 Pontoon Boat is still for sale and it is as good as it looks. I included in sale: a complete bimini top and a snap on cover and tandem axel trailer. The engine is Yamaha 4 stroke and has 90 HP and 186 hours, length 23.0 feet. I have decided to sell it for $4,800 and the buyer will receive it with all papers and receipts that he needs to register it so if you buy it you don’t have to worry about the paperwork.
    Please get back to me only if you are serious and want to buy.
    Thanks

    Hi again,
    The boat is already at a shipping company in Las Vegas, NV. I took the boat to them to be able to ship it to a potential buyer whilst I’m out of town, working on a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. My brother in law works at this shipping company, and he promised me that it will cost me or you nothing to ship it in the ground US. Like I told you in first e-mail the boat is listed on eBay and that lets me use their secured system. I’m very busy with my job and I’m sorry I can’t meet you in person. According to eBay you have 5 days from the time you receive the boat to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not.
    So if you really want it I will give you directions/link to the auction on eBay motors because this is the only way that I’m going to sell this boat.
    Mail me ASAP if you are still very interested in my boat because now I have more buyers still interested.
    Thank you.

    Here is the e-mail address:

    Tom Gluff

    tom.gluff@live.com

    Hope this helps someone else!

  88. Chief said, on January 31, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for the data!

    Chief

  89. Larry said, on February 3, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Here is the reply I got when inquiring about a pontoon boat in an Austin Craiglist’s ad listed below:
    The email address that I got from the ad and sent my inquire to was: mrw434@att.net
    So it seems the scammer has a bunch of email addresses…also mrwilliams43@gmail.com


    What is their scam – that someone will send money – without seeing the item???

    — On Wed, 2/2/11, Mary Williams wrote:

    From: Mary Williams
    Subject: Re: Boat
    To: “XXXXX”
    Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    My name is Mary and I’m selling this Bennington pontoon, the boat is in mint condition.
    If you’d like to view some additional pictures here is a link:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/mrwilliams43/2005BenningtonPontoonn . The title is
    clear. Very good condition, and it runs and drives great. The seats have no holes, cuts,
    or tears. The exterior is in good shape. There are no significant dents, and
    the paint shines all around. My husband was recently promoted so we had to move
    in Montana. Besides, there are a lot of things which have priority now, so
    this boat has to go. As you probably noticed, the price is rather low $5,200
    for you if you will buy it today or tomorrow. Due to the fact I am
    very busy with my work and I don’t stay too much at home, the boat is
    already to the shipping company and will be delivered from them very fast,
    shipping costs are included in the price. The transaction will be made under
    eBay’s buyer protection plan. This way you can receive assistance for the
    purchase, title transfer, etc.

    So, please reply back with your full name and
    shipping address if you are really interested in purchasing this pontoon
    so we can start the arrangements!

    Thanks,
    Mary.

  90. Chief said, on February 3, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Exactly, Larry. The con artist constructs a believable story with a “too-good-to-be-true” price, and victims get hooked. Thanks for posting.

    Please help in the fight by reporting the photo album abuse to picasweb. Feel free to reference your comment above on this page by pasting the following link into the abuse form => https://scammerdatabase.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/craigslist-scammer-2005-bennington-pontoon-boat/#comment-3792

  91. Elisa said, on February 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    This same bitch just tryed to scam me!!! Take a look.

    I’m Cynthia,
    I’m selling this Bennington pontoon, the boat is in mint condition.
    If you’d like to view some additional pictures here is a link:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/cynthiajmiller46/2005benningtonpontoon . The title is
    clear. Very good condition, and it runs great. The seats have no holes, cuts,
    or tears. The exterior is in good shape. There are no significant dents, and
    the paint shines all around. My husband was recently promoted so we had to move
    in Montana. Besides, there are a lot of things which have priority now, so
    this boat has to go. As you probably noticed, the price is rather low $5,200
    if you ‘ll buy it today or tomorrow. Due to the fact that I’m
    very busy with my work and I don’t stay too much at home, the boat is
    already at the shipping company and will be delivered with express shipping,
    shipping costs are included in the price. The transaction will be made under
    eBay’s buyer protection plan. This way we can receive assistance for the
    purchase, title transfer, etc.

    So, please reply back with your full name and
    shipping address if you are really interested in purchasing this pontoon
    so we can start the arrangements!

  92. Elisa said, on February 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I saw this boat on here and was interested. The price alone raies a red flag. “She” finally emailed me back and take a look.

    I’m Cynthia,
    I’m selling this Bennington pontoon, the boat is in mint condition.
    If you’d like to view some additional pictures here is a link:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/cynthiajmiller46/2005benningtonpontoon . The title is
    clear. Very good condition, and it runs great. The seats have no holes, cuts,
    or tears. The exterior is in good shape. There are no significant dents, and
    the paint shines all around. My husband was recently promoted so we had to move
    in Montana. Besides, there are a lot of things which have priority now, so
    this boat has to go. As you probably noticed, the price is rather low $5,200
    if you ‘ll buy it today or tomorrow. Due to the fact that I’m
    very busy with my work and I don’t stay too much at home, the boat is
    already at the shipping company and will be delivered with express shipping,
    shipping costs are included in the price. The transaction will be made under
    eBay’s buyer protection plan. This way we can receive assistance for the
    purchase, title transfer, etc.

    So, please reply back with your full name and
    shipping address if you are really interested in purchasing this pontoon
    so we can start the arrangements!

  93. Elisa said, on February 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I was interested in this boat. I emailed “her” twice and finally after a couple of days she replied this:
    I’m Cynthia,
    I’m selling this Bennington pontoon, the boat is in mint condition.
    If you’d like to view some additional pictures here is a link:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/cynthiajmiller46/2005benningtonpontoon . The title is
    clear. Very good condition, and it runs great. The seats have no holes, cuts,
    or tears. The exterior is in good shape. There are no significant dents, and
    the paint shines all around. My husband was recently promoted so we had to move
    in Montana. Besides, there are a lot of things which have priority now, so
    this boat has to go. As you probably noticed, the price is rather low $5,200
    if you ‘ll buy it today or tomorrow. Due to the fact that I’m
    very busy with my work and I don’t stay too much at home, the boat is
    already at the shipping company and will be delivered with express shipping,
    shipping costs are included in the price. The transaction will be made under
    eBay’s buyer protection plan. This way we can receive assistance for the
    purchase, title transfer, etc.

    So, please reply back with your full name and
    shipping address if you are really interested in purchasing this pontoon
    so we can start the arrangements!

    I emailed back telling that the price is way too low for that boat, with the trailer, AND the shipping costs! I asked to see a copy of the title and the boat’s registration. Also, she said we can use “bay”. EBay does not allow buyer protection unless you sell on ebay. I mentioned this and asked if she was willing to use ebay protection…why not just go through ebay?? I told her I want to know the name and addess of the shipping company bc I don’t know any shipping company that would just hold a boat. I said I will drive to where ever the boat is and pick it up………no response back so far.

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  95. ben dover said, on July 2, 2011 at 11:21 am

    same old story, damn scammers. they always have some story about moving or working at sea and item is at shipping agents ready to go. just give me your name and address and click on this link which takes you to a fake ebay or paypal site they use to steal your info. If you believe the unbelievable price and their odd story usually with english and grammer mistakes. They will ask you to send payment through this fake site to get your card number or even have the gall to ask for a wire transfer or money order. Some times they want to buy your item paying you more than you asked and run the same scam. Craigs list is awash with these crooks. easy to spot by all the things above. Dont be fooled! report them to ebay, paypal or whatever and hope they get caught someday.

  96. Chief said, on July 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Ben, I am in 100% agreement with your statements. Between spammers and scammers, craigslist is a cesspool.

  97. Bob Smythe said, on June 12, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Its obvious ANY …{redacted}

  98. Bob Smythe said, on June 12, 2012 at 10:23 am

    The BEST advice I have to anyone is … {redacted}

  99. Chief said, on June 13, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Bob, please take the time to type understandable phrases when submitting comments.

  100. Chief said, on June 13, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Strike 2, Bob.

  101. Vic said, on August 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    The scam artist has made their way to the State of Louisiana. Mr brother is a Federal Judge and I’ve asked him to have someone in his office to nail this person.


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