Scammer Database

How do scammers perform these scams?

Posted in database, scammer by Chief on May 27, 2011

Click here for a detailed example — with glossy pictures — of how a scammer proposed to sell me a Ford truck.



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  1. LEANN RAMIREZ said, on March 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    You need to start a facebook page…

  2. Chief said, on March 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Leann, I appreciate your suggestion. I find that wordpress offers much more flexibility. I will, however, beef up my presence on Facebook.

    Thanks for the input.


  3. Chief said, on April 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    A message left for me by a potential victim:

    I contacted about a vehicle on craigs list. Got questionable about info. On the resulting e-mail sent from from jefferson city, Mo. Did not proceed any further.

  4. alnold said, on May 17, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Hi Chief, I just found another post by selling a car in Chicago:

    Is there any way to legally investigate the person and sue him or her in order to make him or her stop trying to steal peoples’ money?

  5. Chief said, on May 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm


    Have a look at this article. After reading, perhaps it will become a bit more clear how these guys can remain so elusive.

    — Chief

  6. alnold said, on May 26, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Hi Chief,
    ok, i see… well, after reading this, i will avoid dealing with any person who says ” the transaction will be done via ebay motors” now, i know they are not real.

    Thank you Chief!

  7. Morgan said, on October 2, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I contacted about a vehicle on craigs list. Got questionable about info. On the resulting e-mail sent from from jefferson city, Mo. Did not proceed any further.

  8. Chief said, on October 3, 2011 at 8:59 am

    “Amy” is a habitual offender. Thanks for posting.

  9. shelly said, on December 20, 2011 at 11:18 am

    inquired about a vehicle on craigslist. got suspicious. googled the email address. BOOM found it on here. thank you for posting about

  10. Chief said, on December 20, 2011 at 11:53 am


    Thanks for dropping by. We’re glad your intuition led you to our site. Now, your job is to inform your friends and family on how these scams work. Excellent conversation material for the holidays! An educated consumer is our goal.

    — Chief

  11. Danny Cruff said, on January 27, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I inquired about an ad on Craigslist whose email is already in your database, but thought you would like to know that she is still at it:
    Here is the text from her email back to me after I asked about the ad:


    Thank you for your interest in buying my car. My 2002 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Sport is in great shape, no engine problems, damages or hidden defects. It was always garaged and never smoked in. I`m a single mother with 2 children and I have to work very hard to maintain my family. I`m selling it so cheap because I have money problems. The price is $2,500.00. I want to tell you that I do not sell my car in payments and I do not trade. Since I don’t have anyone to help me with the sale I decided to make this transaction through eBay. Giving the nature of this transaction please note that my sale terms are final and nonnegotiable. In order to move forward I will need your full name, address and phone number so i can register the deal at eBay Financial Department. After that eBay will send you the payment instruction.

    Details about the car:

    Year: 2002
    Mileage: 109,288
    Transmission: Automatic
    Fuel type: Gasoline
    Engine: 6 Cylinder 3.4 Liter
    Exterior Color: Silver
    Interior Color: Gray
    Title: Clear
    The a/c is ice cold and the heat is hot!

    My best wishes and I’m waiting your response so we can move forward with this deal.

  12. Chief said, on January 27, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Danny, thanks for posting the text of the criminal’s email. It doesn’t take a very keen eye to note the unconventional word choices, but the low price helps potential buys ignore those signals.

    — Chief

  13. Tim said, on February 13, 2012 at 12:06 am

    This email address is in your database already but I just wanted to share the email scam that she tried to pull over on me, and the email is I was pretty sure it was a scam considering “she” wanted to use yahoo autos but didn’t have a yahoo email, but regardless, the “good deal” was very enticing, glad I didn’t pull the trigger on the deal, however, craigslist has continued to allow her ad even after several people flagged it.


    Thank you for your interest in purchasing my 1995 Toyota Supra 2DR BASE SE.The exterior is extra clean,the interior was well maintained,with 109000 miles on it.It was kept in the garage, never been smoked in,great, smooth shifting transmission.All power equipment is functioning properly and it has brand new tires. If you decide to buy it, you’ll receive all the papers, owner manual, keys, a buy-sell contract already signed by me.For this transaction I want to use Yahoo Autos because I want to have a smooth and fast transaction . The car is at the shipping company warehouse in Pittsburgh,PA and from there it will be shipped to buyer’s address. You will have to make the payment to Yahoo Autos and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive and inspect it(for 5 days) they will release the payment to me. The inspection time period will begin as soon as you receive the car at your requested address. During all this time Yahoo Autos will hold the money into a trust account. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the car before decided to buy it. In this way we are both protected.
    The final price is $5,200 with shipping costs and insurance included. The price is low because I want to sell the car very quickly. My husband died 2 months ago and I along with my daughter we 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 car please send me your full name, shipping address and your phone number. Yahoo Autos will notify you all the details about the shipping and payment.
    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.

  14. Chief said, on February 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks for posting, Tim. And good luck finding a real vehicle. 🙂

    — Chief

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