Car Sold Online

How The Car Sold Online Scam Works:

(with video below) Be very careful these days about a scam that is targeting those who are trying to sell their vehicles online, on websites such as Gumtree, Kijiji, Craigslist, or Auto Trader. In this article, we’ll expose how the scam works and how to avoid it. Feel free to comment below with the names of the crooks who’ve been trying to victimize you using this method. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see the Car Sold Online Scam exposed:

Imagine the following scenario. You are trying to sell your car, bike or other large item. You post an ad online, on the websites mentioned above. Within minutes, you receive a text message or email along these lines:

“Hello, I am interested in purchasing your car. My name is Marc Bonhomme, I’m located at (address in your country). I actually want to purchase this for my In-laws, I will like to purchase at the listed price so  that you won’t sell to another person. I really have interest in buying it for my In-law and I’m not within your premises to pay cash, and PayPal is my only option which, I think you accept, or if you can give me you PayPal address, I’ll be very happy to go on with this transaction? Can you get the account ready?”

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The conversation may vary, as some of the scammers are smooth and open the chat with a couple of other questions (“What’s your lowest price?”, “Can you send me more pictures of the car?”, “Can my shipping company contact come and see it”?), just to get your trust.

Alternatively, the scammer might justify that he can’t come and see the car himself, as he is working at the sea or in some other environment where he cannot even use a phone.

What Happens If You Provide Your PayPal Email Address?

However, let’s say you provide the potential “buyer” the email address affiliated with the PayPal account. As you confirm that you created your account, you’ll then get a fake PayPal email, informing you have been paid extra, just so you can pay the shipping agent for them. That’s where the scam occurs.

They ask to pay the shipping agent via Western Union and the payment is released to you after you have done that. Needless to say, you send the money to the agent and never received yours.

How To Avoid The Car Sold Online Scam:

It is a red flag every time somebody wants to buy a car from you without seeing it. Another one is if the “buyer” refuses to have a phone conversation. Think about it, if he is at sea and can’t have a phone conversation, what are the chances he has Wi-Fi to go back and forth with your emails? Sell your call locally, face to face.

 

How To Report The Car Sold Online Scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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Here is a list with names, emails, and SMS numbers that scammers have been using in the last little while in North America and the United Kingdom:

John Greenfield, Sharon Morgan ( 1 951 888 3614), Marc Bonhomme, Julia Paige, Kathy (kat.kat055@rhelps.net), Pavel Milan, Sharon Hair and Paul Jason (both from 61 428 465117), Jay John, Michelle Clint (0428 465 117), Andey, Alex More (0428465117), Mark Vaughan (951 8883614), Harley Smith (915 888 3614), David Lucas (david2bd@gmail.com), Alpa (yamingua@gmail.com), Victoria Hill, Alley Barry, Janet Maxwell, Jason Maxwell, David Scott, John David, Mark Omoauntee, Eric Frank (erikfrank@gmail.com), Terry Lesley (terrylesley44@gmail.com), Paul Anderson (brenanderson1000@gmail.com), Kellie Estrella (kellyestrella23@gmail.com, 614 28465117), John Owens, Gerald Dawson, Neil Robbie, Maria (301 9662359), Jody Williams (201 4778423), Terri Bower (terribee1943@outlook.com), Apostle Helen, Maria Murphy (mariamurphy19@gmail),  Allan Macain (442 242 0019 and allanmacain@gmail.com), Kessy Dowell, Richie Richard Todd (richardtodd7610@gmail.com), Philip Pertel, Keith Scott (keithscott009@yahoo.co.uk), CC Walker (ccwalker@tkinghopes.com), Phil Koch (philkoch@live.com), Brian Lewis, Dmitry Matushev (dmitry9@outlook.com), Caryn Sundling (or Caryn Sundig).

Report any other names if you are being approached.

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361 thoughts on “Car Sold Online”

  1. The only thing you need to say it’s: yes you can use paypal to pay for it… But I don’t want to receive the money on my paypal account. Use you paypal account to buy bitcoin (as this is possible) and then send the bitcoins to my address. They have never reply back lol. Got you!

  2. Robert theRider

    I was listing on Auto Trader. Just put up the car yesterday and ‘Steve Bussieres” texted via 431 305 6433 and seemed to willing pay for the vehicle via paypal without seeing it. I decide to research this name and this site came up. He asked for me to send a “request for payment” which I did. But now that I read this I have canceled the request and will only meet someone in person.

  3. Email: joefred306@gmail.com
    SMS:(208) 306-8359
    Received by kijiji ad
    Hello, thank you for your email and I would like to introduce myself with a little background. 

    First of all. My name is Joe Fred. I am currently serving in the U.S. Air Force as an SMSgt (E-8) and I am presently not in town at the moment because I am currently on base and we aren’t allowed to make or receive calls frequently as phone communications are being restricted, but we do have internet access and that is our major means of communication to the outside world. So let’s get back to business!

    Well, I’m purchasing it for my brother as his birthday gift, but he isn’t aware of me doing this because I am making it as a surprise for him. So can you assure me I won’t be disappointed buying it from you? Also, I do have a few questions I would love to ask about it.

    • Are you the original owner and why are you selling it?
    • Does it have any mechanical issues?
    • What’s the condition, Any damages?
    • Do you have the title in hand?
    • Is there a lien on the title?
    • Do you have a verified account with PayPal?
    • Do you have any offer’s yet?

    Looking forward to hearing back from you soon.

    Add this scammer to list

  4. Listed car on kijiji and autotrader.. Received a couple of sms and emails that are similar to aforementioned..please be aware of contacts as follows: 1-208-306-8359 named Ben, 1-678-901-4016 named Paul, joefred309@gmail.com, Steve Bussieres

  5. joefred309@gmail.com is still at it in September 2020. This time he texted my number from a Craigslist auto ad. He’s in “Poland” and wants me to email that address for his Dad Joe who’s interested in my vehicle. Right. BLOCK!

  6. Todd Susan
    toddsusan159@gmail.com

    Thank you for your quick response! i will want you to consider it sold kindly remove the ad as i am willing to pay your full asking price because i need to buy it for my cousin asap, i have read through the advert and i’m totally satisfied with it,sadly i would not be able to come personally to collect due to my hearing loss and I’m just recovering from heart surgery so I’m home-bound.I have a courier agent that would help me to pick it up at your preferred location after you have received your money and i’ll pay you via PayPal today. Where is the pick up location so that i can inform the courier agent about it now?

    SCAM SCAM

  7. Car scam tommyconstructionlimited@gmail.com
    Hello, here is another scam email I’ve gotten:

    “Your response is well appreciated. I am Mr Troy Sorensene, Am currently domiciled in the rural Area here in United Kingdom . The price of the car is ok by me and i want to buy the car from you.I will make a payment via bank certified cashier cheque.
    Please send me the following to enable me make the payment to you:
    Full Name to issue the cheque:
    Full Address for the delivery of the cheque:
    State:
    Postal Code:
    Telephone Number:

    What you have to do is very simple,when you receive the cheque that am going to send to you,take it to your bank in order to convert it into cash,and when the money becomes available in your account,my shipper will come and meet you in your house to sign all the necessary documents including the transfer of ownership and finally ship the car to Pakistan on my behalf
    Regards,
    Mr Troy Sorensene

    Hola,

    Su respuesta es muy apreciada. Estoy D. Troy Sorensene, mi domicilio se encuentra en la zona rural aquí en Reino Unido. El precio del coche está bien por mí y quiero comprar el coche de you.I hará un pago a través de cheque bancario certificado banco.
    Por favor, envíenme la siguiente para que voy a hacer el pago a usted:
    Nombre completo para emitir el cheque:
    Dirección completa para la entrega del cheque:
    Estado:
    Código postal:
    Número de teléfono:

    Lo que tienes que hacer es muy simple, cuando recibe el cheque que voy a enviar a usted, llevarlo a su banco con el fin de convertirlo en efectivo, y cuando el dinero esté disponible en su cuenta, mi cargador vendrá y que se reúnen en su casa para firmar todos los documentos necesarios, incluyendo la transferencia de propiedad y finalmente enviar el coche a Pakistán en mi nombre
    Saludos,
    D. Troy Sorensene”

  8. Got 2 messages to my phone (one shows no number – instead ”Pascaline”, the other +447488863565), which followed by 2 email messages about an hour later (senders – Chrislaurie730@gmail.com and jenniferannie005@gmail.com)
    both messages looked pretty much the same. Heres one of them:

    ”please consider it sold and take the ads down off gumtree,i am buying it for my son and i am ready to pay your full asking price, i have read through the advert and i’m totally satisfied with it and i will be glad if you can get back to me fast,sadly i won’t be able to come for the inspection and pick up due to my disabilities,i loss my hearing and being on a wheelchair but I have a courier agent that will help me to pick it up at your preferred location
    Regarding the payment..i cant make an online banking am having technical issue with my bank and i can only access my PayPal account at the moment and I will be responsible for all the PayPal fee/charges on this transaction kindly get back to me with your PayPal email,Phone Number and the pick up location so that i can inform the courier agent about it now?
    Awaiting your reply soon…”

    I put add on gumtree, it took only 2 hours to these scammers to start attacking me.

  9. I received this today word perfect to the others after a text message from Pascalinela to email Chrislaurie730@gmail.com.

    Great! please consider it sold and remove the adverts online as i am willing to pay your asking price? because i need to buy it for my cousin asap as a surprise gift, i have read through the advert and i’m totally satisfied with it, sadly i would not be able to come personally to collect due to my hearing loss and I’m just recovering from heart surgery so I’m home-bound. can i earn your trust, hope i wont be disappointed? I have a courier agent that would help me to pick it up at your preferred location after you have received your money and cleared to your account and i’ll pay you via PayPal today once you get back to me with your Paypal email and full name. Where is the pick up location so that i can inform the courier agent about it now? Await your response.

    Thanks everyone for posting the information, felt something wasn’t right.

  10. Bryony Coleman

    I received this today, pretty much word perfect from Christiana Laurie
    chrislaurie730@gmail.com

    Great! please consider it sold and remove the adverts online as i am willing to pay your asking price? because i need to buy it for my cousin asap as a surprise gift, i have read through the advert and i’m totally satisfied with it, sadly i would not be able to come personally to collect due to my hearing loss and I’m just recovering from heart surgery so I’m home-bound. can i earn your trust, hope i wont be disappointed? I have a courier agent that would help me to pick it up at your preferred location after you have received your money and cleared to your account and i’ll pay you via PayPal today once you get back to me with your Paypal email and full name. Where is the pick up location so that i can inform the courier agent about it now? Await your response.

  11. Hi, I’m from Sydney Australia. Received this from a Barry Johnson who replied to my Gumtree ad asking for my email address:

    I have no experience buying from Gumtree and  am satisfied with the condition I have done a lot of research on your AD ,And due to the nature of my work,phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it.i would be glad to pay for it as soon as possible though i will not be available to come for an inspection due to my tight schedule.and to be delivered before my arrival home. I work with SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF and we are presently offshore on a project we are presently in New Zealand, So i won’t be able to come and inspect it or call ,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility.Kindly get back to me with the following questions below:..

    1) Are you the Owner?.
    2) Pick up Location?.
    3)Account number.
    4)BSB number..
    5) what is your final price.
    6) Name on account.

    I will initiate the transfer after you get back to me with the details.

  12. I had received this message from someone on my shpock account first she had offered me the full amount of money and told me to email her on the email she gave and I did and she sent the message below. It’s the same exact as the others. I’m very shocked.

    Great! please consider it sold and remove the adverts online as i am willing to pay your asking price? because i need to buy it for my cousin asap as a surprise gift, i have read through the advert and i’m totally satisfied with it, sadly i would not be able to come personally to collect due to my hearing loss and I’m just recovering from heart surgery so I’m home-bound. can i earn your trust, hope i wont be disappointed? I have a courier agent that would help me to pick it up at your preferred location after you have received your money and cleared to your account and i’ll pay you via PayPal today once you get back to me with your Paypal email and full name. Where is the pick up location so that i can inform the courier agent about it now? Await your response.

    debbyandrie12311@gmail.com

  13. Got identical email from debbyandrie12311@gmail.com.

    Deaf, Heart surgery, house-bound etc. Surprise gift for cousin, so need ASAP. Can only pay with PayPal & will send courier to collect. Will pay the full asking price if I take the advert down.

    I Nearly fell for it as well, I even sent her a reply accepting “her” offer. However, after re-Reading the email, I became suspicious by one thing she said “Can I earn your trust.” Why would anyone ask this, unless they trying to scam you?

    After googling GunTree scams, I found this thread & a PayPal thread, warning about this exact thing. I’ve now messaged “her” refusing to go forward with the sale.

  14. As below, exactly the same email! Word for word. He must really like his cousin buying him all those cars. It is the same email address pascalaurrie@gmail.com and exactly the same process as Cheryl below. Quite scary really.

    I’m sorry i am disabled and i have limited access to cash and other payment methods..so i can only pay via PayPal. You can setup a PayPal account at http://www.paypal.co.uk it’s very safe and secure. Also it’s very easy to set up within few minutes.

    On Mon, Oct 7, 2019 I wrote:
    Dear Pascaline,

    Can you advise some details of yourself.
    I am sorry to ask for this but the internet is a funny place and also it is not my car it is my mother in laws.
    I would rather have a BACS transfer or cash on collection, as paypal monies can be reverted.
    Sorry if I sound suspicious but I have to take care as this is a family car and it my wife’s mother’s car!
    I am sure that you understand.

    Kind regards

    Mike

    On 07/10/2019 12:09, Pascaline Laurrie wrote:
    >
    > Great! please consider it sold and remove the adverts online as i am willing to pay your asking price? because i need to buy it for my cousin asap as a surprise gift, i have read through the advert and i’m totally satisfied with it, sadly i would not be able to come personally to collect due to my hearing loss and I’m just recovering from heart surgery so I’m home-bound. can i earn your trust, hope i wont be disappointed? I have a courier agent that would help me to pick it up at your preferred location after you have received your money and cleared to your account and i’ll pay you via PayPal today once you get back to me with your Paypal email and full name. Where is the pick up location so that i can inform the courier agent about it now? Await your response.
    >

  15. I just received the text bellow
    Do you still have the Car? Pls message me pascalaurrie12311@gmail.com found it strange no number came up I emailed them back and bam they emailed back with the same message others got above deffo a scammer
    Yes the car is still available I only advertised it last night
    They replied Great! please consider it sold and remove the adverts online as i am willing to pay your asking price? because i need to buy it for my cousin asap as a surprise gift, i have read through the advert and i’m totally satisfied with it, sadly i would not be able to come personally to collect due to my hearing loss and I’m just recovering from heart surgery so I’m home-bound. can i earn your trust, hope i wont be disappointed? I have a courier agent that would help me to pick it up at your preferred location after you have received your money and cleared to your account and i’ll pay you via PayPal today once you get back to me with your Paypal email and full name. Where is the pick up location so that i can inform the courier agent about it now? Await your response
    I replied The collection pick up point is on the advert Unfortunately I do not use pay pal
    They then sent me this I’m sorry i am disabled and i have limited access to cash and other payment methods..so i can only pay via PayPal. You can setup a PayPal account at http://www.paypal.co.uk it’s very safe and secure. Also it’s very easy to set up within few minutes.
    Be aware everyone don’t get scammed

  16. Just received an email from Laurie Janet asking me to email her on her gmail account. She is buying it as a surprise for her cousin and wanted to pay via PayPal. Thank goodness for message boards like this one!

  17. Laurie Janet sent me an email from lauriejanet716@gmail.com asking about my van and it’s a gift for her son and he doesnt know about it. I’m so glad I use my google to make sure people are legit before I made a PayPal account to sell her my van.

  18. Chris Thoreau

    Got Laurie Janet email much the same as suggested below on 22 July 2019 for posting in Vancouver, BC. Tempting to play it out just for some fun…Here is text used (in "comic sans", ugh!): Thanks for getting back to me… 1:Are you the first owner of it? 2:Why are you selling it? 3: what is the final asking price? How long have you been using it?is it ready for pick up?

  19. Same issue as reported by Porter (July 11, 2019). Potential buyer identifying themselves as: lauriejanet917@gmail.com, claiming to buy motorcycle for their cousin and asking for PayPal details. Interesting thing about this scammers correspondence, they did not answer questions fired back at them by seller (me), just kept asking more questions until they got to the let’s do this, send me you PayPal info. Total scammer. Don’t fall for it. Continue to spread the word!

  20. Also!! It’s a good idea to get a free phone number to use as contact on car ads- because they will contact you over and over with other scams long after your vehicle is sold!! Text now app is free! When car is sold just delete the app. I also use an alternative email address as well just search free email for one of those. I had them bombarding my real # with – click here your bank account has been compromised etc etc if they know your real name they’ll use it!! I’m not affiliated w/ text now! I’ve just sold a lot of vehicles and learned my lesson! You will get a fake email from PayPal saying you have money! Do not click any links on email! Go into another browser and check PayPal there will be 0 money!! Scum bags!!

  21. I have had a Cindy Pruitt – cindypruitt@gmail.com trying to get an item from me on gumtree. Honestly the part where they say they have paid me £305 more so i need to ay the courier got my brain working. Luckily I checked online and came across this to back up my fears. They said they were offshore!! really that is where I work. Anyway be safe and take stock of the name and address

  22. Two to add to the list: Ronald texted me from 814-791-5350. Part of the message
    “Ok I will need ur name & address to mail out the check, I am a serious buyer & the check will get to u latest by Saturday. I will include enough money for shipping on the check that will be sent to u and when u get it u deduct ur money $6000 & send the rest money to the picker so he can use it to come to ur location & pickup the Volare. I will give u the pickers info when I hear from him so u can send him the rest fund.”

    Also, got this email from David Weingart

    Thanks for the mail,
    I am glad to read from you. My name is David, a geothermal engineer from BP Exploration & Production.
    It’s my pleasure to contact you regarding the Ad you listed for sale. Though, your selling price seem pretty fair enough, but I’d like to ensure it’s in good condition, cos am new to buying online. I won’t be able to take a proper inspection at it myself nor make calls due to my current location(offshore) & work schedule.

    Here are few things I’d like to know before I proceed with the purchase.

    (1) Are you the original owner?
    (2) When have you been using it?
    (3) Any mechanical issue(s) please?
    (4) How much repair/restoration is needed? What’s the mileage?
    (5) I’d like to know your reason for selling?
    (6) Please confirm the selling price? I will appreciate more close up pics
    (7) Lastly, can I be rest assured I won’t be disappointed with the purchase?

    Best Regards.
    David M. Weingart

  23. I got the exact same email as Mike F, from Carol Walker on the same date. Seems almost generated to answer all adds. Was for a motorcycle, useing autotrader. Not the 1st time getting scammers !

  24. I just recently posted my motorcycle for sale on AutoTrader and within a few hours was hit up by "Laurie Jane" – lauriejanet007@gmail.com wanting to buy from me for her cousin. PayPal was the only available option and an "agent" would come and pick it up. Anyway, just wanted to pass on this name and email being used to try to scam people.

  25. David McGrand is at it again. He is now using David M. Weingart, posing as a geothermal engineer for BP Exploration & Production. He claims he cannot see it in person because he is offshore & his work schedule, and claims he can’t make phone calls. He asks a list of questions, like are you the original owner, why are you selling it, close up pictures, etc. He ends with "Best Regards", just how the other emails ended with "Sincere Regards". The email address is now david.weingart70s@gmail.com

  26. Michael Faria

    Getting scammed by Carol Walker carolwalker456@gmail.com
    Thanks I’m just asking about it to make sure its in good condition as im buying it for my cousin as a surprise gift and he doesn’t know about it, so can you assure me i will not be disappointed?

  27. On Tue, Apr 23, 2019, 4:08 PM pamela linda <pamkimberly00@yahoo.com> wrote:
    Thanks for getting back to me, I am Sgt currently deployed to a remote area until ? May 30. Can you assure me that it’s in good state as it appears and that i will not be disappointed with it It is strictly no calls here due to security reasons, otherwise I would have called you to seal the deal,but i can actually try to use my phone applications to text you with my laptop.I have read through your ad and from what I have seen,it is priced favorably compared to others so I want you to consider it sold to me ‘’AS IS’’ for the asking price but you have to assure me it is as described. I am comfortable paying you via PayPal to complete this transaction because of their security when it comes to online transactions. Let me have your PayPal details ( Account name,PayPal Email, Pick Address and Mobile #) so that I can initiate the payment. If you don’t have a PayPal account kindly set one up because it is absolutely free.Furthermore, I will hire shipper that will come for the pickup, and also do the necessary paperwork on my behalf as soon as we are done with the payment part of the transaction.I’ll like to see more recent pictures if you still have. If you don’t , then lets proceed

  28. Darren Murphy email is darrenmurphy905@gmail.com
    This one was different he wanted a vehicle report. I offered car fax and he tried directing me to *caution don’t know if it’s legit I didn’t open it * http://thetiretracker.com/Wp9O5kQ/d132
    And then email the report to him. I just told him I’m busy at work and couldn’t do it. All of the text responses where very quick so that made me think it was a scam but then suggesting an unknown background search and then to email it to him it threw a red flag.
    I also got a call from 484-271-4195 first. When I answered I heard “are you there” and then nothing. after hanging up the texts began.

  29. I got the exact same email as Haley, word for word but this person is now going under the name Laurie Janet. Something didn’t seem right to me so I googled the name and it brought me here. Luckily the transaction didn’t take place but it’s annoying that something like this happens.

  30. Hello everyone. Pascaline Laurrie texted me as well. Searched his name on google and came on this site. He asks you to remove the ad and accept a paypal payment which I assume he will revoke the transaction after having the car somehow.

  31. Exact same e-mail thread as below when I posted my car AutoTrader. Going under the name Janet Laurie – word for word e-mails as below, except I caught it on e-mail 3 thanks SO MUCH to this website.

  32. Just had the same e- mail from Pascaline Laurrie 23/3 /2019.Glad looked up this site and found out it was a scam

  33. Also they confirmed by text message from 614-636-4030 – when I replied to the email chain, it all of a sudden stopped working and bounced back, and I feel unsafe as I posted my vehilce on Auto Trader and then Paypal is the money waiting to clear

    Check your paypal email address (aaccard69@gmail.com) check both the inbox /Spam and JUNK folder let me know and move it to you inbox now and get back to me asap

    On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 3:44 PM Laurie David <dlaurie552@gmail.com> wrote:
    Hello I have just completed the payment and i expected PayPal to have notified you to this effect. check your email address (aaccard69@gmail.com) check both the spam/junk/folder of your paypal email id,let me know if you have receive paypal payment notification emails . Pls advice asap coz i was also sent copies too . i sent $9,400 in all. i added $900 but $800 will be sent to my agent through money gram at Canada post office,the extra $100 is to cover the money gram fee.. PayPal said they will not release the fund until you email them the Money Gram details for verification,and also to enable my pick up agent to come for pick up and inspection. Here is the agent’s details where the money will be sent

    Name: Ricardo Fuentes
    State: California
    City: Modesto
    Zip Code: 95351
    Country: Unites States

    Please kindly email the necessary details to paypal once you have send the money . . . 1.The reference number that is the 8 digits number on the money gram receipt 2.Sender’s name and address used in sending the money 3.Actual amount sent Regard

    On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 12:16 PM Laurie David <dlaurie552@gmail.com> wrote:
    remove the ad on autotrader.ca and consider it sold to me

    On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 12:13 PM Adele Accardi <adeleaccardi01@aol.com> wrote:
    I guess so if payment is issued and cleared I will be gladly to assist

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Laurie David <dlaurie552@gmail.com>
    To: Adele Accardi <adeleaccardi01@aol.com>
    Sent: Wed, Mar 6, 2019 3:06 pm
    Subject: Re: 2008 Acadia

    All i need from you is the permission to include the said amount to the payment i will be transferring into your paypal account and you will help me wire the money to them for the pickup after you have gotten the payment confirmation, paypal will be informed about this process as well.Sorry to put this on you but without the pickup, the purchase cant hold

    On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 11:59 AM Adele Accardi <adeleaccardi01@aol.com> wrote:
    The postal code is M9N 2S6 this is in North York, they can contact me via phone 437-777-1650 and we can arrange to time and location

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Laurie David <dlaurie552@gmail.com>
    To: Adele Accardi <adeleaccardi01@aol.com>
    Sent: Wed, Mar 6, 2019 2:52 pm
    Subject: Re: 2008 Acadia

    Got it i will proceed with the payment and let you know but i will need to confirm from the pick up agent that will be coming for the hauler about the pick up arrangement so that they can figure it out for schedule..That is why i need you to forward to me your pick up location so that they can figure it out for schedule. please do me this big favor, the pick up agent said they won’t come for the pick up of the item that i will need to pay for the pick up before they can arrange a pick up time, they charged me $800 for pick up and delivery,i will add $900 to the money i will be sending you via PayPal…Then i just need you to help me send $800 to the pick up agent via money gram as i will add the money to your $8,500 so i will be sending the total amount of $9,400 into your PayPal account. i would have done it myself but as i didn’t bring my credit card aboard,i am a little incapacitated.. I will appreciate your help here.As soon as i made the payment PayPal will notify you and tells you what to do and how to go about it.Thanks and nice doing business with you.Hope you understand now ?

    On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 11:45 AM Laurie David <dlaurie552@gmail.com> wrote:
    Great..I got the PayPal email address you sent to me i will go ahead with the payment right now please let me know your final asking price for me to proceed.

    On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 9:48 AM Adele Accardi <adeleaccardi01@aol.com> wrote:
    an email request was sent to you

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Laurie David <dlaurie552@gmail.com>
    To: Adele Accardi <adeleaccardi01@aol.com>
    Sent: Wed, Mar 6, 2019 12:44 pm
    Subject: Re: 2008 Acadia

    Sound good,am ok with the present condition of it and your final asking price so i want you to get back to me with your PayPal email address so that i can proceed with with the payment ok.

    On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 7:46 AM Adele Accardi <adeleaccardi01@aol.com> wrote:
    I will set up this account and will inform you as soon as I am done

    Adele

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Laurie David <dlaurie552@gmail.com>
    To: Adele Accardi <adeleaccardi01@aol.com>
    Sent: Wed, Mar 6, 2019 10:40 am
    Subject: Re: 2008 Acadia

    Let me explain how paypal work,if you don’t have a debit card or bank account,when you are setting up your new paypal account,add your correct address in the registration page and after you finish the registration,they will let you know that your paypal account is pending but you can still received payment with that.. Once you do that finish,you will need to get back to me with thee-mail address you use with paypal and i will go ahead with the instant payment. Once i through with the payment,paypal will send you an instant message and you will need to follow the paypal instruction in order to get your money.Once you agreed to paypal,they will send you a Cashier Check to your house address that you put in the registration info okay? I hope you understand a little ?so i will like to encourage you to set up wit them now at http://www.paypal.com and get back to me with your paypal email address so that i can send the money into your paypal account without any delay and what is the piece now….

    On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 5:49 AM Adele Accardi <adeleaccardi01@aol.com> wrote:
    No I don’t have PayPal, I can take a look at it and let you know

    Adele

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Laurie David <dlaurie552@gmail.com>
    To: Adele Accardi <adeleaccardi01@aol.com>
    Sent: Wed, Mar 6, 2019 8:46 am
    Subject: Re: 2008 Acadia

    Okay…My only option right now will be PayPal, I prefer to use PayPal for most online transactions, You can easily get money in your PayPal and transfer it into your bank account let me know then i will arrange for it to be picked up by agent that will come down to your location for pick up After the payment is clears to you,Do you have a PayPal account..?

    On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 5:42 AM Adele Accardi <adeleaccardi01@aol.com> wrote:
    Its a great car! I had the transmission rebuild through Diamond Transmission and you can call them and speak to Julio he can tell you the condition of my vehicle. I love my little bug, but if it wasn’t for my ex I would not be selling it!

    I was in an abusive relations, mentally, physically and emotionally, he has mad sure that I was not able to get any loan to leave as he ruined my credit, and I only found out recently.

    I used it to go to work mainly, KM are low! and everything works. There are no tears or rips in the leather seats, it sits 7 people and still have a large trunk space, 2 sunroof – 1 that opens and the other is fixed, the DVD tv entertainment system in the back seat with wireless headphones, original from purchase of the SUV. Great on gas, it drives nice and smooth, sometime I had no idea the speed I was going as it just flows. It has new tires put on mid 2018. no rust

    If you ever had an Acadia you will know what I am talking about. And they still keep the value.

    Adele

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Laurie David <dlaurie552@gmail.com>
    To: Adele Accardi <adeleaccardi01@aol.com>
    Sent: Wed, Mar 6, 2019 8:30 am
    Subject: Re: 2008 Acadia

    Thanks I’m just asking about it to make sure its in good condition as im buying it for my cousin as a surprise gift and he doesn’t know about it, so can you assure me i will not be disappointed?

    On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 5:24 AM Adele Accardi <adeleaccardi01@aol.com> wrote:
    Hi Laurie

    I am the second owner, I purchased it 2012 used from a Honda dealership in Richmond Hill, I am at the end of my rope, going through a divorce and starting over and can’t afford very much at this point as my ex is causing me hardship. I service and maintained it on a regular bases. Its an awesome SUV, and I will miss it very much but things happen in our lives that we have no control in.

    Its a vey smooth ride, and comfortable, I have driven many others but cant compare to this car.

    Thanks
    Adele

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Laurie David <dlaurie552@gmail.com>
    To: Adele Accardi <adeleaccardi01@aol.com>
    Sent: Wed, Mar 6, 2019 8:19 am
    Subject: Re: 2008 Acadia

    Hello, This is Laurie David. Thanks for getting back to me… 1:Are you the first owner of it? 2:Why are you selling it? 3: what is the final asking price? How long have you been using it?it is ready for pick up?

    On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 5:17 AM Adele Accardi <adeleaccardi01@aol.com> wrote:
    Good morning

    The car is still available

  34. Hi
    I received exactly the same kind of e-mail today as I’m selling the car on Gumtree.
    The person who try to cheat me is Pascaline Laurrie.Please add that name to your list.

  35. just received a message from this pascaline asking me to reply to his/her email regarding car advertised on gumtree. thanks guys for posting this thread otherwise i would have probably replied now that i know its a scam he can go and f.ck himself.

  36. Hi everyone,
    I put up my car on Gumtree a couple of days ago and yesterday I got a text message from a person that I don’t have it in my phone list asking me if I still have the car and to reply to an email address “pascalaurrie12312@gmail.com …. What was very strange for me that usually when you get a message from a new phone number that you don’t have it in the phone it should came up the number not the name. So that was the first question mark for me and the second one was the message saying to reply to an email message. I was very curious to see what els people can do to steal money out of other people so I send a message on the email address and shortly I got a reply back.

    Great! please consider it sold and remove the adverts online as i am willing to pay your asking price? because i need to buy it for my cousin asap as a surprise gift, i have read through the advert and i’m totally satisfied with it, sadly i would not be able to come personally to collect due to my hearing loss and I’m just recovering from heart surgery so I’m home-bound. can i earn your trust, hope i wont be disappointed? I have a courier agent that would help me to pick it up at your preferred location after you have received your money and cleared to your account and i’ll pay you via PayPal today once you get back to me with your Paypal email and full name. Where is the pick up location so that i can inform the courier agent about it now? Await your response.

    I tried to be nice and play along to this emai to see what else they can right so My answer was

    Hi,
    I’m really sorry to hear that you are in such a bad position and I wish you a fast recovery but As much as it sounds tempting your email and I would like do go down on this road and jump in this I’m not willing to go for this. I’m really sorry but I don’t have PayPal account and I’m not willing to sell the car thru an email. If you would like to buy the car you can send the money thru your courier agent or someone who you can trust with a proper identification for the person who will buy this car so I can make the proper papers for it. If you are not willing and able to do this please don’t bother me anymore.

    So I got another email from them

    I’m sorry i am disabled and i have limited access to cash and other payment methods..so i can only pay via PayPal. You can setup a PayPal account at http://www.paypal.co.uk it’s very safe and secure. Also it’s very easy to set up within few minutes.

    So after all this back and forwards emails I got the idea that my intuition from the first message appearing the name and not the phone number didn’t trick me.

    Be very careful about wired thinks that come to your life and look up every information befor you doing something that can affect your mind, heart, mood, life and everything that it’s defunds you.
    Ooooo and I almost forgot I copied her email address “Pascaline Laurrie pascalaurrie12312@gmail.com“ and I look that up on google and it came up this internet page plus a few more. So be very careful when you selling something to who you selling it to don’t be just happy that you got lucky and you sell that thick very fast..

  37. Hello,

    Have received a very similar email in response to ad to sell my car on Gumtree. The Email is included below, and the email address is v2j001@gmail.com. In this case it is "seller beware". Please add Pam Woods and v2j001@gmail.com to the list.

    Good luck

    Pamela Woods
    Feb 10, 2019, 11:26 PM (9 days ago)
    to me

    Glad to hear back from you, sincerely calling you would have help alot but due to the nature of my work we do not have access to phone at the moment, which is why I contact only contact you via email. I work with Australia Oil and Gas and we are presently offshore in Gippsland Basin V18-5, Central Deep till 29 April 2019.

    I am buying it for my first son as a birthday gift, I want it to be the perfect gift for him and am making it a surprise package, Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don’t mind my asking. I’ll contact the freighters that will handle the pickup and delivery as i won’t be able to come please understand my situation.I will really appreciate if you can email more info

    Due to the nature of my work i am a very busy woman working all day, we’re presently on the sea, i don’t have access to my bank account online as am not with my credit card details here but i have my ANZ bank account link up with my PayPal account so I will be paying you through PayPal to your nominated bank account or better still is if you have a PayPal account,please get back to me with your BSB and account details or PayPal account so i can proceed with the payment and contact the courier agent who will come to pick it up and deliver it in NT for my son. Await your reply.

  38. Just got a scam offer from David Morris – davidmorris4800@gmail.com. Started with a text message — saying "email my dad, David — he’s the one interested". I emailed David, and his response from David was tell-tale scam (US military at sea, no phone access, offering to buy the car unseen, asking about PayPal, etc).

  39. Add this name to the list Stephen Arnold
    This was his email
    am interested in buying the Vehicle, but
    will like to know if you are the first owner before i proceed with the
    item including the service history, is there any mechanical or
    electronic Malfunction with the item that you need to let me know. let
    me know your best price..Thanks

  40. Same scam as written below. I had my car advertised in AutoTrader, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. My scammer started with a text message with the name Michael Stuart Pitt. When I sent them an email the name changed to Michael Stuart, I really didn’t notice. So I got a PayPal account and sent my info to the scammer. They then TOLD me to pull my add, that seemed a little strange. Anyway, the whole thing seemed a little odd so I searched the internet for car scams and found this site. Then I started messing with my scammer, told them my brother owned a small shipping company and I could get the car shipped for a better price. Here’s the neat part, the scammer was onto me and the email thread disappeared from my gmail account. I didn’t know that could be done.
    Thanks to the owners of this web site, you may have saved me some hard earned cash.

  41. We’ve gotten 5. All the same line; out of state, surprise gift for relative, in the military, unable to talk on the phone, sending a hauler, no haggle with price, requesting PayPal info.

    Seth Bryant sethbryant222@gmail.com
    Bentley Damon sgtbentlydamon@gmail.com (I don’t even think he realizes he spelled his name wrong in the email address)
    Justin Wayne Ebersbacher bronrxsj3@gmail.com (this guy is sent us a "check" and then asked us to pay for the moving fee – nope). 206-866-7383
    Dawson Joseph dawsonbbjoseph@gmail.com – Dawson was a little different – he tried to get us to create an account on "square cash"

    Lots of scammers. If it feels wrong, it is wrong.

  42. I had my car advertised on Gumtree In Melbourne Australia
    On 30/1218 I received a text from 0410274139 and it read "Im interested in your car, pls email me the final price as I am at work, please email me only at darren7854@gmail.com"

    I sent him an email the same day with the price. later that day on 30/12/18 I received an email from Mills Darren at it read, "Thanks for getting back, I’m pleased with the condition as described on the advert, I work on a remote site, Does it have any history I should be aware of and why are you selling?"
    He then asks for my personal bank details or paypal account details. He then goes on to say "I’ve contacted my agent who will come for pick up and deliver it to my place in Stuart Park after the whole fund has been cleared into your account. Await your reply"

  43. Here is a new one: Joe Fred, joefred309@gmail.com
    Thank you for your understanding and diligent response Tyler,

    It’s a pleasure to virtually to meet you and I do like the way you answered all my questions! Honestly, I am totally satisfied with the vehicle condition and I believe I won’t have any disappointments purchasing it from you. Also, I want you to know that I’m seriously interested in purchasing the vehicle and am pretty sure my brother is going to cherish and enjoy the vehicle more than you did. Well it will be a very good idea to see what I’m buying myself but I won’t be able to come to see the vehicle or inspect it as I have a hauler carrier agent that will be coming for the pickup/storage & sign all necessary documents, I.e. (The paperwork and transferring of ownership) on my behalf. Plus I would also love to assure you that the vehicle won’t leave your possession until you receive the money and clears into your PayPal account. I will be patient with you as I am an honest man and a man of my word, so once the transaction is completed, then we can both schedule the hauler arrival time and date for the pickup of the vehicle.

    BTW- I’d have loved to send the hauler agent with a cash/cashier check, but the hauler agent does not deal with cash transactions between buyer and seller. So I hope we can make this transaction as fast as possible, as I look forward to hearing from you with your PayPal information as requested below.

    Your PayPal email address:
    – PayPal Account username:
    Firm price for the vehicle:
    Home address as for the pickup/meeting location:
    Cell phone number:

    I am ready to purchase the vehicle, so you can take the ad off Craig’s List and consider it sold to me and it’s new owner which is my brother.

  44. 13/12/2018 Mills Darren strikes again … a couple of hours after my Car advert. was posted on Gumtree, I received a text from m. 0416 283 349 "i’m interested in your car, am at work so pls mail me the final price via email only please strictly email only at millsdarren832@gmail.com"

  45. I just exchanged text with "Christopher Earley" # 303-835-6887 Word for word as the text posted by Jacob W Asbury. What a joke! Life would be so much nicer with out these scamming Jack Asses.

  46. Andrew Pennington

    It seems Laurie Janet is still at it;

    Name laurie Phone Message Email me back if its available…..Thanks To reply to this interested Buyer, simply click "Reply" in your email client. Have you sold this vehicle

    ————

    A. Car is still available

    ————-

    Hello, This is Laurie Janet Thanks for getting back to me… 1:Are you the first owner of it? 2:Why are you selling it? 3: what is the final asking price? How long have you been using it?it is ready for pick up?Get back to me with you email address

    ——

    A. I explain why I’m selling and that it’s ready. I provide my burner gmail address.

    ——–

    Am I’m just asking about it to make sure its in good condition as im
    buying it for my cousin as a surprise and he doesn’t know about it, so
    can you assure me i will not be disappointed? also no shipment
    involved as i have a mover that will come for it.Im okay with the
    price and condition , I can only pay you via one of the fastest and
    secure way to pay online (etransfer)..Do you have a etransfer account? Let
    me know asap so i can arrange the payment through etransfer. my shipper
    will be coming to pick it up as soon as the payment clears into your
    account.

    Your etransfer e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:

    ————

    I believe it to be in good condition but that is my assessment. The body is solid and it runs well. That said I strongly recommend you see it for yourself. Personally I would not purchase a car without seeing it first.

    I do not have an e transfer account. I would require cash or bank draft by whomever is picking it up. If a bank draft some sort of photo ID as well.

    ——–

    —-

    I search the email address and found this post. Then reply to Laurie asking how amazing her brother is that he needs so many cars.

    Scumbags!

  47. Marco Lodder is a SCAM. he emailed me exactly what everyone is talking about. I emailed back and said he was a obvious scam and he admitted it.

  48. Same situation, posted first selling car add, Pamela Woods, poor lady worked on the sea, wanted to buy a car, forcing some Paypal accounts on me.. haha , don’t trust it – it is a scam!

  49. Well Pamela woods is still out there and wishing to purchase a car for her son. Interestingly she spends a lot of time out at sea the poor woman.. still using same email address as the one on Susanne and Ben buyer!!! I hope she works in a sweat shop to make ends meet????????

  50. I just was exchanging texts with "Christopher Earley" – Text message from 303-835-6887 says: Am okay with the price and I can understand that it looks like you’ve taken really good care of it, and i believe i won’t be disappointed in buying it from you and what’s the zip code for the pick up arrangement and do you have an account with paypal to receive payment?

    same text as someone else posted above. Scammers are everywhere!

  51. I advertized my car on Gumtree and within half an hour had received 3 offers from 3 scammers. The names are Mills Darren, Madeline Palmer and Mather Andrew. Their stories were all similar, below is a sample:

    Due to the nature of my work I am always busy, working all days as a NAVY and presently off-shored, I don’t have full access to my online banking as am not with my credit card details and not with the phone for verification but I have my BENDIGO bank account link up with my PayPal account so I will be paying you through Account to your nominated bank account or better still is if you have a PayPal account, please get back to me with your BSB and account details or PayPal account so i can proceed with the payment and if you don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy, safe and secured to open one, just log on http://www.paypal.com.au and use email address to register and get back to me with the email used for the PayPal so that I can initiate the payment.. I will contact the courier agent who will come to pick it up and deliver it in NT for my son.

    I replied with a bogus Paypal email and "accidentally" included a 53 letter password.

    Password: qWR!bmA@nlL^1Vw?yDS$d7OX*jM3p~9K&eIB#0c%Y5iQH8vkG4f%6o

    And wrote"Please deposit the $3000 and I will drive the car and deliver it to you in person at no extra charge".

    I hope they might still be trying to enter the password.

  52. I think I may be in the process of being scammed for my car which is for sale.
    The person is only e.mailing me and says they cannot use the phone as they are working for Cygnet gas co. in the North Sea with 30 days on and 30 days off.
    She says she wants the car (a Triumph Spitfire) for her son as a gift.
    Has not seen it. Does not want to but wants still to buy it. Offered the full price. Plus £200 for me to take the ad down for her. Says she is already negociating and arranging courier transport for it from me to her. I have never spoken to her. She says she cannot use a mobile where she is but then sends me a text message.

    How do I know if this is a scam?
    I have called the mobile no and it is an American voice message which says the phone is not in use ATM. Yet, she says she lives in Nottingham..?

    I have postponed the other interested people from seeing it and explained about her full price offer but as I have sent her 4 e.mails yesterday and another today and now heard nothing when she was in such a hurry to buy it, I am beginning to think this may be a scam. Esp as I said she could pay the money to my friends bank account who is a magistrate.
    Her e.mail address is susanbenko38@g.mail.com.
    Maybe she is genuine but I think with her silence the past 24 hours that she may not be.
    I also have her mobile no.
    Any help would be appreciated, as I obviously want to sell my car and a full price offer is prefered but something does not add up…

  53. There must be a sweatshops around the world with these scammers!!
    Mine had me wondering why a Pamela Woods, working at sea, wanting to buy the car for her son, was so bad at writing a good english sentence.
    She got me excited for about 12 hours and then i googled her name and gmail and it brought me here!

  54. Car Buyer Center

    Thanks for posting this!! This is so helpful since I am that kind of person who asks a lot of questions, I mean, I am asking loads of questions just to be sure if the buyer is not a scammer. And I myself find it annoying but its a must. But now that you have posted this, it kinda help me to minimize my habit of asking lots of questions. Thanks for this! http://carsbuyercentre.com.au/

  55. Like Ben, I had a Pamela Woods try to by my car via email, stating she was at sea and could not call or come to inspect. She was pushing to get my bank details or Paypal account email to pay me directly and then ship the car to the NT. So dodgy. I hope no one falls for this scam. The email she used was v2j001@gmail.com

  56. I’ve had several of these lovely folks. Here’s a list of phone numbers, names, and a few email addresses:
    215-853-6873- "police officer" wanted a paypal transcation
    631-533-0239- Wanted to do everything by mail

  57. This is another email address. Advertised my car on Gumtree. Scam email below;

    debbyandrie12312@gmail.com

    “Great! please consider it sold and remove the adverts online as i am willing to pay your asking price? because i need to buy it for my cousin asap as a surprise gift, i have read through the advert and i’m totally satisfied with it, sadly i would not be able to come personally to collect due to my hearing loss and I’m just recovering from heart surgery so I’m home-bound. can i earn your trust, hope i wont be disappointed? I have a courier agent that would help me to pick it up at your preferred location after you have received your money and cleared to your account and i’ll pay you via PayPal today once you get back to me with your Paypal email and full name. Where is the pick up location so that i can inform the courier agent about it now? Await your response.

  58. Matt Feathers

    Got the same email from Jason Puet (jasonpuet11(gmail.com):

    Thanks for the pictures, I have important questions, do you have the
    clear title? are you the original owner? is there any mechanical
    issue? or any body work i need to fix? I need answers to my questions
    because I’m ready to proceed with the purchase but not in person,
    because I’m currently on a business trip and i am buying this vehicle
    as a birthday gift for my wife, and my only only means of payment from
    here is square cash, I will send you money using your cash tag ID and
    you will sign in to your account and move the money into your bank
    account, its very easy, fast and secured, Go to http://www.cash.me and set up
    your account in 2 min and get back to me with your cash tag ID when
    you are done, or download their app on your phone its on apple store
    and google play,type Square Cash you will see it with green dollar
    sign logo, and i will process the payment as soon as your account is
    set up,i can send copy of my ID for you to feel safe about this
    transaction, since we are not doing it in person, I will arrange pick
    up once payment clears in your bank account, I’ll look forward to your
    response with the the details below

    Your Cash.me ID:
    Your Firm Asking Price:

    jay,

  59. Got this from some POS who is going by the name Jason S. Puet, email is laurntrawhg@gmail.com

    Thanks for the pictures, I have important questions, do you have the clear title? are you the original owner? is there any mechanical issue? or any body work i need to fix? I need answers to my questions because I’m ready to proceed with the purchase but not in person, because I’m currently on a business trip and i am buying this vehicle as a birthday gift for my wife, and my only only means of payment from here is square cash, I will send you money using your cash tag ID and you will sign in to your account and move the money into your bank account, its very easy, fast and secured, Go to http://www.cash.me and set up your account in 2 min and get back to me with your cash tag ID when you are done, or download their app on your phone its on apple store and google play,type Square Cash you will see it with green dollar sign logo, and i will process the payment as soon as your account is set up,i can send copy of my ID for you to feel safe about this transaction, since we are not doing it in person, I will arrange pick up once payment clears in your bank account, I’ll look forward to your response with the the details below

    Your Cash.me ID:
    Your Firm Asking Price:

    jason,

  60. This just happened to me and the name of the scammer is supposed to be Barry Allen.. what an obvious and shitty name! He even offered me more money than what I was asking for the car hahahaha! E-mail address: baallen613@gmail.com FUCK YOU SCAMMER!!!!

  61. If you do become a victims of a scam, go immediately to a chargeback consultancy so see if they can get your money back. Theoretically you can do this yourself, but it’s very complicated and nerve racking. The outside experts know how to get it done. It happened to me.

  62. Here is the conversation I had with a scammer, from the first to the last message, when I decided to stop:

    On Wed, 11 Apr 2018 at 09:19 I wrote:
    Hi

    I received your sms. Yes, the car is still available.

    Thank you.

    On Wed, 11 Apr 2018, 22:24 Chen Yaqin, <chenyaqin502@gmail.com> wrote:

    Hello, I am Chen Yaqin. I am interested in your Vehicle for my Son studying for his BSC in Singapore.

    I would like to know all this following details about your vehicle:

    1.) What is the listed price for your Vehicle
    2.) What is the mechanical and physical condition of the Vehicle
    3.) I would like you to send me the recent picture of the interior and engine of the Vehicle.

    I won’t be able to contact you by phone at the moment because i am currently working on Oil rig offshore in Sarawak.

    On Wed, 11 Apr 2018 at 18:43 I wrote:

    HI Chen

    All your questions are answered in the posting on Carlist.my.
    See here :

    https://www.carlist.my/used-cars/hyundai-santa-fe-2-4-high-spec-top-condition/4720782

    Thank you

    On Thu, 12 Apr 2018, 08:35 Chen Yaqin, <chenyaqin502@gmail.com> wrote:

    Thanks for the pictures and information,It was a great help. I am really interested in buying it and i want to go ahead with the purchase,i am pleased with your asking price. but what is the current working condition of the Car,is there any mechanical and physical fault?

    On Thu, 12 Apr 2018 at 01:35 me wrote:

    Dear Chen

    The car is to best of my knowledge in very good condition. I drove it since we bought it (registered under my wife), and I have done always all the services.

    On the outside there no dents or damages. Maybe some very minor scratches on the bumper which probably can be polished off and are hardly visible.

    The onky thing I should say is that the electric folding mirror on the left side is currently disconnected as it was making some noise when it was folding in (electronically). I did not have the time to get it checked and repaired.

    Otherwise it basically new as I bought it.

    You (or maybe your friend) is welcome to review and test the car. Just let me know when.

    Thank you
    Regards
    me

    Chan:
    Thanks for the pictures and information,It was a great help. I am really interested in buying it and i want to go ahead with the purchase,i am pleased with your asking price.

    What is the current mileage of the car and what is your reason for selling it,I’m asking all this question because i will not be able to
    come to inspect it because i am currently working in Oil rig in Sarawak and this is the reason i have been asking for the full picture and information about the vehicle from you. I believe that i can trust you based on your information and explanation given to me
    about the Vehicle and you will have no reason to lie about anything.

    The vehicle will be shipped to him in Singapore by a reputabl shipping company from United State Of America (USA) that handles international shipping of Vehicle worldwide and have shipping agent all over the world to handle the pick up and transfer of ownership after you have received your payment.

  63. Received a text msg after posting my ad on Autotrader from (614)636-4030 as follows: "2010 BMW X6 AWD 4dr 35i_____Email me back at lauriejanet814@gmail.com if its available…..Thanks!"

    I send an email advising it’s available and here’s the chain of messages that follows:

    1st reply:
    "Hello, This is Laurie Janet. Thanks for getting back to me… 1:Are you the first owner of it? 2:Why are you selling it? 3: what is the final asking price? How long have you been using it?it is ready for pick up?"

    After answering, the 2nd reply:
    "Thanks I’m just asking about it to make sure its in good condition as im buying it for my cousin as a surprise gift and he doesn’t know about it, so can you assure me i will not be disappointed?"

    I reply yes and get this 3rd reply:
    "Okay…My only option right now will be PayPal, I prefer to use PayPal for most online transactions, You can easily get money in your PayPal and transfer it into your bank account let me know then i will arrange for it to be picked up by agent that will come down to your location for pick up After the payment is clears to you,Do you have a PayPal account..?"

    Once I see this, I reply as follows:
    " Payment accepted in person as certified cheque or at the bank together after seeing the vehicle. PayPal does not authorize or sanction such transactions as it’s clearly stated in their policy.

    Cars aren’t covered under PayPal buyer or seller protection. This means that the buyer can’t open a case through PayPal, however, if there is an issue with the payment (failed from bank or unauthorised) then you would not be covered.

    If serious, call."

    No call or further replies back from Laurie Janet. I called the number the original text message came from (verified as it is based in Ohio), it gets routed to a Google Voice mailbox. Obvious scam as same as others have reported here…

  64. Recscamdetect_d. text message …basically is my car still for sale…after posting my Car for Sale on Gumtree last night, from 2 persons Mabel Kim e-mail : mabelkim777@gmail.com and Suzanne Walton e-mail: suzwalton001@gmail.com.

    I said it was available and could we arrange a suitable time to view.
    This is reply…
    Great! please consider it sold and take the ads down off gumtree,i am buying it for my cousin. and i am read to pay your full asking price, i have read through the advert and i’m totally satisfied with it,sadly i would not be able to come personally
    to collect due to my hearing loss and me being in wheelchair.
    I have a courier agent that would help me to pick it up at your preferred location after you have received your money and i’ll pay you via PayPal today.
    Where is the pick up location so that i can inform the courier agent about it now?
    Was a bit suspicious at this stage, so gave them a Petrol Station address down the road which has CCTV cameras and told them suitable times to meet plus if they needed my account details to pay into plus will need the Name / Address / Signature on V05 Registration Doc. to submit to DVLA.
    Reply came back….
    I’m sorry i am disabled and i have limited access to cash and other payment methods.
    You can setup a PayPal account at http://www.paypal.com it’s very safe and secure. Also it’s very easy to set up within few minutes.
    My doubts were confirmed so sent this e-mail below –
    Hi Suzanne,
    Not trusting this situation, do you know -https://www.scam-detector.com/article/car-sold-online

    Have not recd a Reply back since..
    Seems like a similar pattern of events here and that the Selling sites should make people aware when trying to honestly sell their goods..

  65. Got an email text from (213)419 8994 and email from roger.ellis305@aol.com, with the following scam attempt:
    Text:
    Hi,please follow up with me at roger.ellis305@aol.com if you still got this for sale….

    E-mail
    Thank you for getting back to me. Can you assure me that it is in good state and that i will not be disappointed with it? I’m ready to pay your asking price, but the issue is I’m a Marine Officer and I’m not in my own state now, I’m on a secret mission in Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany GA and use of mobile phone is currently restricted at the military base, But I’m able to access email anytime as we will make use of laptop so my only quickest payment option is PayPal as i can send money via PayPal anytime.Since I’m requesting this transaction to be done via PayPal. SEMPER FI

  66. Got one from Paul Carter – paulcartereng133@gmail.com. He called me from (506) 802-9148, saying he is an marine engineer working offshore in Canada (where do they come up with this stuff?) and wanted to pay me through PayPal while a "pick up agent" acquires the vehicle.
    Needless to say, I stopped answering him when he said PayPal only.

  67. Mr. McGrand is still at it…this time calling himself David C. McGrand, but fortunately, others have posted the exact same email from Williams and Michael McGrand, which helped confirm my suspicions about this offer to purchase my car. Here is the scam email I received:
    Thanks for the mail,
    I am very glad to read from you directly. My name is David, a drilling engineer from Chevron Corporation.
    It’s my pleasure to contact you in regards to your Ad which am very much interested in. Though, your selling price seem pretty fair enough, but I’d like to ensure it’s in good condition, cos am new to buying online. I won’t be able to take a proper inspection at it myself nor make calls due to my current location(offshore) & work schedule.

    Here are few things I’d like to know before I proceed with the purchase.
    (1) Are you the first owner?
    (2) When have you been using it?
    (3) Does it has any rust or has been repaired? & hope no mechanical issues?
    (4) I’d like to know your reason for selling?
    (5) Please confirm the selling price? I will appreciate more close up pics
    (6) Lastly, can I be rest assured I won’t be disappointed with the purchase?

    Sincere Regards!!!.
    David C. McGrand

  68. Marco Lodder again at mlodd24@gmail.com

    Hello
    I will have to write my reply in English as my Dutch is not so good
    Thanks for the response,I am happy to know the vehicle is still available,I can see from what is said on the AD (advert) that the vehicle is in good condition,I asked for details and pictures again after seeing the ADS to be sure about it as I will not be able to come in person to inspect and so will need to know everything about the vehicle before agreeing to buying and I want to be sure there is no more to know about the car?
    I am a private dealer based in Dublin(Ireland) but I will arrange pick up/collection if a deal goes through …
    What is the final price???I like to know what your final price/offer is so we don’t haggle back and forth on the price and so I am hoping I can get a good deal and no need haggling back and forth on price/offer.
    Once we agree a deal on the vehicle,I will arrange for the payment to be sent to you and payment will be made to you via PayPal

  69. Had someone message me from (347) 486-3336 and say OK with price. Will send payment via PayPal. The number lead me to this page as it was already commented by someone else.

  70. Please add the following numbers to your list of scammers posing as potential buyers. All I have are phone numbers, no names. 213-529-6846, 509-640-3982,864-606-0228,601-588-7581. The text contained links to run the VIN number for a report, want my Paypal accounting information and/or claim to have a shipping agent that will handle the paperwork and pick up vehicle, or want to mail me a check and have shipping agent pick up vehicle.

  71. Scam similar to one noted above by "Christopher Earley" – Text message from 347-486-3336 says: Am okay with the price and I can understand that it looks like you’ve taken really good care of it, and i believe i won’t be disappointed in buying it from you and what’s the zip code for the pick up arrangement and do you have an account with paypal to receive payment?

    Thanks for providing this forum to avoid these scammers!

  72. Hello, Keith

    I just want to know more about the item to make sure its in good condition before i proceed with the payment,so can you assure me i will not be disappointed?And also I need to inform you about this as i just received an email from my pick agent from SHIPPING HEAD QUARTER in China. Am most sure i did not include that in my previous email,And they said they won’t come for the pick up unless i pay the agent commission fee first in order to be able to schedule a pick up time.I am Operating officer as my position on here.I am so busy and can not pay the agent fees from here as they Requested that i need to pay them with Western Union.So what i will do here is that i will send the payment in the total amount of £3,200. So once you receive the funds,you will deduct the promised amount for the good which is £2,600 and the remaining £500.00 will be send down to my agent By Western Union.the extra £100 is main for the western union charges.

    Thanks for your understanding and God bless !!!

    Regards

  73. Laurie Julia tried to scam us out of our vehicle, Oct 4, 2017. Beware!! This a sample of one of their emails.

    "??Got it i will proceed with the payment and let you know but i will need to confirm from the pick up agent that will be coming for the hauler about the pick up arrangement so that they can figure it out for schedule..That is why i need you to forward to me your pick up location so that they can figure it out for schedule. please do me this big favor, the pick up agent said they won’t come for the pick up of the 2008 Ford Ranger that i will need to pay for the pick up before they can arrange a pick up time, they charged me $2,100 for pick up and delivery,i will add $2,000 to the money i will be sending you via PayPal…Then i just need you to help me send $2,000 to the pick up agent via money gram as i will add the money to your $11,000 so i will be sending the total amount of $13,100 into your PayPal account. i would have done it myself but as i didn’t bring my credit card aboard,i am a little incapacitated.. I will appreciate your help here.As soon as i made the payment PayPal will notify you and tells you what to do and how to go about it.Thanks and nice doing business with you.Hope you understand now ?"

    They would not talk to me on the phone and when asked where they were they said out of state, then said off shore. After reading the emails we knew it was a scam.

  74. Add Andrew Stein for the online car scam! "Naval Architect" with no phone access wanting to buy a trailer for his father as a surprise…yup! Same email as above with a few changes but nearly identical! Get a real job already! SCAMMER!

  75. I got almost simultaneous text messages asking me to email ‘Joel Wilson’ and ‘Sgt Jimmy Bruce’, having never sold a car online before I was pleasantly surprised by the quick interest! But I got suspicious when they started asking to pay via paypal without ever having seen the car, and both were ‘soldiers’ posted at the other end of the country – why on earth would they pay $1500 to get a car moved half way across a continent for them when there’s plenty on sale nearer them… so anyway beware of sgtjimmy55@gmail.com and gomezwilsonn5@gmail.com

  76. We listed a bike on Auto Trader and received a text message asking us to email them at saralance663@gmail.com which we did and this is the first reply we got back:

    Hello, This is Sara Lance. Thanks for getting back to me… 1:Are you the first owner of it? 2:Why are you selling it? 3: what is the final asking price? How long have you been using it?it is ready for pick up?

    Second reply: Am I’m just asking about it to make sure its in good condition as im
    buying it for my cousin as a surprise and he doesn’t know about it, so
    can you assure me i will not be disappointed? also no shipment
    involved as i have a mover that will come for it.Im okay with the
    price and condition , I can only pay you via one of the fastest and
    secure way to pay online (PayPal)..Do you have a paypal account? Let
    me know asap so i can arrange the payment through PayPal. my shipper
    will be coming to pick it up as soon as the payment clears into your
    account.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:

    RED FLAGS EVERYWHERE!!!!

  77. Had the same sort of message today, but couldn’t find this name pop up yet. A text message from 450-300-3172 asking to email their mother at saralance663@gmail.com if it is still available. Reluctantly I did and had this response back: Hello, This is Sara Lance. Thanks for getting back to me…
    1:Are you the first owner of it? 2:Why are you selling it? 3: what is the final asking price? How long have you been using it?it is ready for pick up?
    That’s where I stopped responding. This was an add for a tent trailer, not sure if they messaged from Kijiji ad or Auto Trader RV.

  78. This is another one I received yesterday as well:

    We received a text message asking us to email paulbaldwin370@gmail.com

    The first reply:

    Glad to have your response, am interested in buying the Vehicle, but will like to know if you are the first owner before i proceed with the item including the service history, is there any mechanical or electronic Malfunction with the item that you need to let me know. let me know your best price..Thanks

    Second reply:

    Thank for your quick reply,Am satisfied with the price and conditon on the Advert,My mode of payment would be in paypal,I will be adding the PayPal surcharge to the total amount i will be paying you. for the convenience of both parties i have organized with a shipping Courier company to have this pickup from you,Further arrangements will be made with you in regards to the pick up once i have paid you.. I really appreciate your honesty, that is what i really need most as I won’t be present for inspection due to my work frame ,but i rely on the details you gave me about the vehicle as well, I also checked the pics you posted,i can see it’s in pristine condition, am very much interested, just what i wanted for my Father… Go ahead and send me me the final price,cell number your prefer pickup address, and your paypal email and the name or send an invoice to this email to deposit the funds asap..Thanks

  79. 7/3/17–GomezWilson3@gmail.com strikes again with scam from Fort Huach. in Arizona—same wording as the rest —wants paypal info for payment and when completed "will pickup"—no phone , no identity, etc. –also chain of other #s on text messages—scammer

  80. I just received a suspicious email from Williams McGrand so googled his name and ended up here. From comment section, I found that he has contacted others too.

    Thanks for the mail,
    I am very glad to read from you directly. My name is Williams, an oceanographer from BP Exploration & Production.
    It’s my pleasure to contact you in regards to your Ad you posted for sale. Though, your selling price seem pretty fair enough, but I’d like to ensure it’s in good condition, cos am new to buying online. I won’t be able to take a proper inspection at it myself nor make calls due to my current location(offshore) & work schedule.

    Here are few things I’d like to know before I proceed with the purchase.
    (1) Are you the first owner?
    (2) When have you been using it?
    (3) Does it has any rust or has been repaired? & hope no mechanical issues?
    (4) I’d like to know your reason for selling?
    (5) Please confirm the selling price? I will appreciate more close up pics
    (6) Lastly, can I be rest assured I won’t be disappointed with the purchase?

    Best Regards.
    Williams M. McGrand

  81. Just relisted some chairs on kijiji and received this message by text: Is this available?? Antique oak ladder back chairs 4 chairs

    Sgt Wayne iPhone

    There were no pictures and a very limited description. When I responded yes. In received this: l have read and understand your post on Kijiji,I’m ok with the condition & price of but
    l’ill add ‘$50 to the purchase price for you to hold it for me as l work away from home
    Do you have a verified PayPal account to receive my payment??
    Sgt Wayne iPhone.

    Red flags everywhere.

  82. Jandee Martin

    Gomez Wilson strikes again at gomezwilsonn15@gmail.com:
    I’m ready to pay your asking price
    but not cash in person because I am serving in the US army and
    currently been deploy to Fort Huachuca Military Base , Arizona and
    calls are restricted at the moment and my only quickest payment option
    is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the
    PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you
    don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one, Just
    log onto http://www.paypal.com and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase
    as fast as possible?

  83. I just listed a boat for sale on Boat Trader, and within 2 days I was contacted by a "Williams McGrand" via email, exactly the same email that F. Johnson received , verbatim. After answering his questions, and sending additional pictures, here was his reply:

    "Thanks so much for the response,
    Sounds good. I’m wholeheartedly pleased with your reply and I will be paying you via the fastest and most secured form of on-line payment(PayPal), if you currently don’t have an account, I will advise you to set up an account with PayPal AT http://www.paypal.com, so I can transfer payment directly into your account. Once payment is cleared and confirmed into your account, I will make arrangement with a pickup company to handle the pickup and paper works with a first class delivery treatment to my home, so I’d appreciate if you take the ad off internet and consider it sold.

    Looking forward to your response
    Williams M. McGrand "

    That had red flags all over it!!

  84. RECEIVED THIS FROM A "Williams McGrand" regarding an auto listing I have on Craig’s List:

    From: Williams McGrand <williams.mcgrand@gmail.com>
    Date: June 18, 2017 at 11:36:48 PM PDT
    To: F Johnson
    Subject: Re: Pontiac GTO

    Thanks for the mail,
    I am very glad to read from you directly. My name is Williams, an oceanographer from BP Exploration & Production.
    It’s my pleasure to contact you in regards to your Ad you posted for sale. Though, your selling price seem pretty fair enough, but I’d like to ensure it’s in good condition, cos am new to buying online. I won’t be able to take a proper inspection at it myself nor make calls due to my current location(offshore) & work schedule.

    Here are few things I’d like to know before I proceed with the purchase.
    (1) Are you the first owner?
    (2) When have you been using it?
    (3) Does it has any rust or has been repaired? & hope no mechanical issues?
    (4) I’d like to know your reason for selling?
    (5) Please confirm the selling price? I will appreciate more close up pics
    (6) Lastly, can I be rest assured I won’t be disappointed with the purchase?

    Best Regards.
    Williams M. McGrand

  85. I received a text from gomezwilsonn3@gmail.com at 3:02 AM EST this morning. THREE AM?!?! The text read "Hi,is your Vehicle on Autotrader still for sale?Pls email me at. (gomezwilsonn5@gmail.com)" It was a group text with at least five other numbers.

  86. I received a text from 678-640-2201 gomezwilsonn5@gmail.com who wants me to email him. Same exact message that are already posted on the site. He also included the following phone numbers in his text to me: 978-502-2587, 352-249-7586, 443-398-6469, 818-426-3369, 425-844-0250, 517-612-4187, 201-614-4676.

  87. Didn’t even change the email… From relub22@gmail.com – Shawn Pruett:

    After reviewing the pics, i think am ready to proceed with purchase,
    but not cash in person because I’m currently on a business trip and i
    am buying this vehicle as a birthday surprise gift for my wife. My
    only quickest payment option from here is square cash, square cash is
    easy, fast and secured, I will send you payment using your square cash
    ID and and payment will reflect in your bank account or credit card
    linked with your square cash account after they verify ill get the
    vehicle i paid for, i think that’s safe and easy enough, Go to
    http://www.cash.me and set up your account in 3 min, get back to me with your
    square cash ID when you are done, and i will process the payment asap.
    I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in
    bank account. The mover will handle the papers on my behalf. I can
    send a means of Identification if you want me to, so you will know who
    you are selling your vehicle to. I’ll look forward to your response
    along with your Cash.me ID, and your your firm asking price ?

    He did reply with a photo of his ID, showing a location in Cummings, Georgia

  88. hanks a lot. I have read everything on the website and i am very much
    impressed with what i saw. I have actually tried to get this kind
    earlier from here but most of the ones I got either have one huge
    fault or the other while some are extremely exorbitant. As to the
    price, Price is Ok. So if you deem
    the offer good enough, I will be very glad to make the payment asap
    through my PayPal account as I am currently offshore and I won’t
    definitely be able to make it to my bank to make bank wires across to you.
    As to shipping, I have a private shipping agent here in China that will
    come for the pick-up of the merchandise after the payment has been sent
    and you have received it in full.

    Do get back to me asap with your PayPal Email address and Full name so
    that I can remit the payment asap.
    I can as well pay from my PayPal to your bank account, so if you
    prefer this send me your name, bank name, account number and payment
    will be processed
    immediately.

    Cheers
    Show original message

  89. SPAM ALERT ON "RELUB22@GMAIL.COM"

    Here is the winner of an email I received:

    After reviewing the pics, i think am ready to proceed with purchase,
    but not cash in person because I’m currently on a business trip and i
    am buying this vehicle as a birthday surprise gift for my wife. My
    only quickest payment option from here is square cash, square cash is
    easy, fast and secured, I will send you payment using your square cash
    ID and and payment will reflect in your bank account or credit card
    linked with your square cash account after they verify ill get the
    vehicle i paid for, i think that’s safe and easy enough, Go to
    http://www.cash.me and set up your account in 3 min, get back to me with your
    square cash ID when you are done, and i will process the payment asap.
    I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in
    bank account. The mover will handle the papers on my behalf. I can
    send a means of Identification if you want me to, so you will know who
    you are selling your vehicle to. I’ll look forward to your response
    along with your Cash.me ID, and your your firm asking price ?

  90. I just posted on AutoTrader and got a message from one of the previously identified scammers:
    From 502-265-6787 (KY)
    Hi,is your Vehicle on Autotrader still for sale?Pls email me at. (gomezwilsonn5@gmail.com)

  91. Just received one from email of andrewistein@hotmail.com in response to an ad at our Canada warehouse for a truck. Posing to be overseas as a "Naval Architect" and using the Paypal spoofing and asking for an overage to be paid back for shipping via Moneygram. Asked that the shipping be sent to a Patricia Smith in Jackson, MS.

  92. Here is my email after receiving a text about additional pictures

    Thanks for your response,Do you have extra keys? and When is the last date you serviced it? are you the original owner, i need answers to my question because I’m ready to pay but not cash in person because I’m currently on a business trip and i am buying this vehicle as a birthday surprise gift for my wife. and my only quickest payment option from here is cash.me, cash.me is fast and secured, I will send you payment using your cashme ID and you will sign in to your cashme account and move the money into your bank account, its very easy, Go to cash.me and set up your account in 2 min, get back to me with your cashme ID when you are done, and i will process the payment asap. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and you have your cash. The mover will handle the papers on my behalf. I can send a means of Identification if you want me to, so you will know who you are selling your vehicle to and you can feel safe, because am not available to handle this in person. I’ll look forward to your response with the the details below.

    Your Cash.me ID:
    Your Firm Asking Price :
    Your Zip Code for Pick Up:
    Your Mobile Phone Number:

    Shawn.

  93. LUKE BATTISTON

    Have another one here. I posted a Kijiji add for my used jeep. Got expedited cheque from jamestradingltd01@gmail.com James Miller
    Same story – I’m suppose to pay the moving company with the cheque and take my cut. It was obvious when I saw the cheque. It was 7 times more than my piece of junk was worth. No one in the right mind would pay that to have it moved somewhere. SCAMO CONFIRMED

  94. This is an email I received via a Classic Auto Trader ad today, 03/22/2017…..

    *****Thanks for the mail,
    I am very glad to read from you directly. My name is David, a drilling engineer from Chevron Corporation.
    It’s my pleasure to contact you in regards to your Ad which am very much interested in. Though, your selling price seem pretty fair enough, but I’d like to ensure it’s in good condition, cos am new to buying online. I won’t be able to take a proper inspection at it myself nor make calls due to my current location(offshore) & work schedule.

    Here are few things I’d like to know before I proceed with the purchase.
    (1)  Are you the first owner?
    (2) When have you been using it?
    (3) Does it has any rust or has been repaired? & hope no mechanical issues?
    (4) I’d like to know your reason for selling?
    (5) Please confirm the selling price? I will appreciate more close up pics
    (6) Lastly, can I be rest assured I won’t be disappointed with the purchase?

    Sincere Regards.
    David A. McGrand

  95. Also approached 2/20/17 (like H Ostwald post below) concerning buying my boat, by Michael Mcgrand who’s email is Michael McGrand <michael.mcgrand@gmail.com>. Said he is a geophysical surveyor from Chevron Corporation, orking off shore and unable to "take a proper inspection at it myself nor make calls due to my current location (offshore) & work schedule".

    Here was his offer to buy:
    "Thanks so much for the response, Sounds good. I’m wholeheartedly pleased with your reply and I will be paying you via the fastest and most secured form of on-line payment(PayPal), if you currently don’t have an account, I will advise you to set up an account with PayPal AT www.paypal.com, so I can transfer payment directly into your account. Once payment is cleared and confirmed into your account, I will make arrangement with a pickup company to handle the pickup and paper works with a first class delivery treatment to my home, so I’d appreciate if you take the ad off internet and consider it sold. Looking forward to your response, Michael W. McGrand".

    BEWARE

  96. Just received this one….

    On 2017-03-01 5:52:13 PM, James Donald <rosejameslovely@gmail.com> wrote:

    Thanks for the mail, my name is James Donald, I’m buying this for my first son as a birthday gift and I don’t want him to know about it as I am not in the town at this moment, am in the Army base as I am 1SG (E-8) and have been in camp base for some time, we are not allow to make or receive calls frequently for security reasons but we have internet access and that is our major means of communication to the outside world. So can you assure me I will not be disappointed buying this from you ? I have a mover that will come for pickup once payment clears first..

    Whats its condition and final price, any damages?
    Are you the original owner and what is your reason for selling?
    How can I trust you with my money ?
    Do you have a verified account with PayPal ?

    Looking forward to read back from you.

  97. Approached by a scammed calling itself, Michael Mcgrand, who’s email is; Michael McGrand <michael.mcgrand@gmail.com>

    Saying he is a geophysical surveyor from Chevron Corporation. Working off shore.

    Wanted to buy a classic vehicle from me. Below is the email.

    Thanks so much for the response,
    Sounds good. I’m wholeheartedly pleased with your reply and I will be paying you via the fastest and most secured form of on-line payment(PayPal), if you currently don’t have an account, I will advise you to set up an account with PayPal AT http://www.paypal.com, so I can transfer payment directly into your account. Once payment is cleared and confirmed into your account, I will make arrangement with a pickup company to handle the pickup and paper works with a first class delivery treatment to my home, so I’d appreciate if you take the ad off internet and consider it sold.

    Beware of this scammer

  98. These scammers are getting very clever at making you believe the emails are coming from Paypal until I called Paypal to verify. The emails purportedly from Paypal are fake and fraudulent. Paypal does not advise their customers to send money via Western Union or Moneygarm. Beware of these names, phone numbers and addresses. If you see anyone of them, he is a scammer.

    Andy Michael Phone: 760-253-8630 Email: andymichael677@gmail.com
    Address: 5613 Riverboat Cir SW
    Vero Beach, FL 32968

    Helen Waters: Phone: 774-593-3604 (alleged shipping agent)
    Address: 593 Candlebark Dr
    Jacksonville, FL 32218
    Helen Waters: Address: Ocala, FL 32218

    AH Transport: Phone 352-414-2223 (alleged private transport company they use to pick up vehicles)

    These guy has been has been scamming Auto Trader sellers for years and getting away with it by using different names, phone numbers, email addresses and always asking victims to send money through Western Union or MoneyGram to cover shipping fees for ‘sold’ vehicles destined to fake location addresses.

    BEWARE, BEWARE, BEWARE

  99. Scammer strikes again and this time with a different email address andymichael677@gmail.com.

    Good, Do you have the extra keys, Do you have the spare tire, Where did you get your car serviced, Have you ever had any transmission repairs and Is there any rust on the vehicle? I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I am serving in the US army and currently been deploy to NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany and calls are restricted at the moment and my only quickest payment option is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one, Just log onto http://www.paypal.com and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? As I am buying the vehicle for my dad and I’m very sure he will love this vehicle, his a mechanic and a handy man, so if there is anything that need to be fixed in it just let me know he will handle it. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me. I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Zip code for pickup

    Thanks,

  100. We live in Germany and the same people have attacked us. Just yesterday: "Am highly interested in buying your item which am replying to now. Did you still have it available for sale? If YES Please kindly reply back to me through my Email: Martr.aphael11@gmail.com" This happened on bookoo (it is a website in Germany for Americans). We also got the oil platform…, and the friend coming by….
    hanieldoreen10@yahoo.com, Sergrod214@gmail.com, service@paypal.com,, service@paypal.de, banyasa10@online.de, passlalspea@online.de, mailingpp3@online.de

  101. Sgt Humphreys strikes again! Tried to scam me via autotrader by paying me via paypal. Said he was in Germany and wanted to buy the car for his father, etc. I wrote back that he was a scammer (after getting suspicious, googling and seeing this website) and blocked and reported him to autotrader.

  102. Nog een. Hij Marco stuur mij deze e-mail in reactie Hallo, heb je nog steeds deze auto te koop ?? Ik ben geïnteresseerd en zal graag willen kopen als het is nog steeds te koop, mail mij met de volledige huidige toestand details en foto’s. .private Car dealer uit Dublin (Ierland), maar ik kan regelen collectie / pick-up en de betaling. e-mail me terug met meer informatie direct bij MLODD22@GMAIL.COM verzocht om mijn contact e-mail marco Bij mij is het niet tot een betaling gekomen. Ik vertelde hem dat ik eerst het geld op mijn PayPal account wilde hebben en zodra ik het heb overgeboekt op mijn bankrekening ik de papieren in orde zou maken. Daarna niets meer van hem vernomen.

  103. Watch out for Linda Nelson (lindaln594@gmail.com) – she’s in the market for a used car:

    "how the engine and whats your best price"

    "Sounds fair, please send me your paypal email and account holder name so I can make the payment. thanks"

    LOL i wish selling a car was that easy!

  104. Another one. He (some Marco) send me this email in reaction

    Hello,do you still have this car for sale??I am interested and will like to buy if it is still up for sale,email me with the full present condition details and pictures..private Car dealer from Dublin(Ireland)but I can arrange collection/pick up and payment. email me back with details requested directly to my contact email at MLODD22@GMAIL.COM

    marco

    Please also answer the following question(s):
    ddIs the vehicle still available?

    DCFRD600@l.com.

    So, be warned

  105. You can add Helen Moore [helenmr157@gmail.com] to this list. She is trying to get my Pay Pal email address cause she wants to buy my car so badly – sight unseen. Yeah, right… Thanks for posting the information about this scam – it verified what I already felt…

  106. Marco Lodder mlodd22@gmail.com
    Ireland
    Want to buy my car and asks for paypal account:
    "Also I will need your full name and PayPal email address for the payment so the payment can be sent across and you dont need to worry about the PayPal charges for the transfer. I will cover and Pay for the charges of the transfer so you get the full Payment"

    I get also a warning from Ebay Kleinanzeigen:
    Lieber Nutzer,

    am 02.10.2017 um 13:01 Uhr hattest du Kontakt zu einem Interessenten auf eBay Kleinanzeigen. Dies betraf die Kommunikation zur Anzeige ‘Volvo 760 Turbo Intercooler – Oldtimer’ (Anzeigennummer 709405821).

    Der Zugang des Interessenten mit dem du Kontakt hattest, wurde vorübergehend durch uns eingeschränkt.

    Wann wird ein Nutzerkonto beispielsweise durch uns eingeschränkt?
    • Verstoß gegen unsere Nutzungsbedingungen, unsere Grundsätze oder geltendes Recht
    • Nichtlieferung der Ware
    • Nichtbezahlung der Ware
    • unberechtigte Übernahme des Nutzerkontos

  107. So glad I Googled the email address and found this. Below is the message I received. Thanks to the 2 people who posted about Shawn relub22@gmail.com.

    SMS:

    I saw ur vehicle on autotrader mobile & am interested pls send the pics or autotrader Advert link to relub22@gmail.com so ill check proper on my pc & ill get back to you.Shawn.

  108. Someone at (347) 956-8018 just tried to pull this scam on me. He said: "I won’t be coming to pick it up because I am in the Army and am currently deployed. I agree with your price and will purchase it. I will pay via PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal, please sign up and get back to me as soon as possible. My mover will arrange for the pick up after payment clears and I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? I will need the following details to send the payment: 1. Your PayPal email ID or a PayPal payment invoice. 2. Your final price 3. Your contact address for the pick up. I look forward to hearing back from you. Also, could you please send any other pictures you have… Thank you…"

  109. Add Kimberly Lewis to the scam list. Email is Kimberlylewis309@gmail.com, phone number 1-734-821-4527 and also repeat of Shawn Puett with email of relub22@gmail.com and phone number 1-510-239-5097. Same emails as below, Shawn buying for wife, Kimberly buying for father, form follows for working on travel, need a Paypal or Cash me account number and will just send you money…

  110. Received a similar scam email from Paul Carter (paulcartereng133@gmail.com also contacted via text from (413) 273-7251 Trying to get me to send money via Western Union WalMart to send to his pick up agent James Pettit via $950.00. The emails were at night and after Paypal was closed. I told him I would not send until I verified with Paypal via phone. Of course he was pushy and indicated PayPal would get back shortly via email. I contacted PayPal the next morning and they indicated it was a scam. They would never have a seller pay money to receive funds. Be on the lookout because these scammers are getting clever. They reached out to me via text first. It all a scam.

  111. I got the same one from Joel McCarthy:On Nov 12, 2016 10:04 AM, "Joel McCarthy" <joelmccarthy28@gmail.com> wrote:
    Do you have the extra keys, Do you have the spare tire, Where did you get your car serviced, Have you ever had any transmission repairs and Is there any rust on the vehicle? I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I am serving in the US Army and currently been deploy to Fort Huachuca Military Base , Arizona and calls are restricted at the moment and my only quickest payment option is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one, vailable) too since i won’t be able to see this in person. I look forward to hear from you with the information below. I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Phone no#:
    Zip code for pickup:

    Thanks
    Joel

  112. This is scam man and con man ( selling car carmy 2008 )

    Information is Anthony Rerich and his daughter number phone
    3008000791 ( I’m calling and tired reply message E-mail )

    I already paid $1,000 for using prepaid card with one vanilla . He refused reply message back to me but no respond and no answer . Car never receive !!!!! He is robbing money to buyer from online like let go and E-mail but set up private listing eBay .

    There is copy follow :
    The price is firm $2000 and I assure you that is the best price on the market. I apologize in advance for the length of this email. I’m just taking the time to make sure that we are on the same wavelength as we hopefully go forward in this sale process. As I’ve previously told you, I’m currently involved in a military program, temporarily based in OH, as I’ll be changing it very soon. Due to military security reasons I’m restricted from leaving the unit’s facility under any purpose and have strictly limited phone access. That’s why, I’ve taken the liberty to prearrange things with eBay. I’ve done some transactions with them and I’m sure that’s the safest way to do it. I thought you might want to see it there, so I’ve asked them to allow viewers to inspect the car; but their reply was: "We are not a showroom!" No worries cause I’ll grant you a 5 days inspection period (to test drive it) from the moment you receive it. The car is located in their warehouse in OH(ready for delivery). The VIN# is 4T1BE46K78U786230 so now you can run a CARFAX on it.

    Here is how it works:
    1. I will create a private listing for you on eBay and then I will provide you the eBay link
    2. You will purchase the car through eBay – the car price is $2000.00 and the price includes the shipping fees.
    3. After you make the payment to eBay, the car will be shipped to you. After you receive the car you will have 5 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the car. If you will buy it, then I will receive the payment from eBay.

    If the car is not as I told you or have some problems, or is not as described, they will refund you 100%. There is no risk in this deal. I don’t touch your money until you receive and inspect the car. The transaction is simple so everything should go as planed. If the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back the car will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for the both of us. Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.

    From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3-5 days. You will also receive all the documents including the titles and a Bill of Sale.

    So if you’re determined in buying the car, please let me know if I can set up a private listing for you on eBay, so I can reply you with the eBay listing link!

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    With warm regards,
    Anthony Rerich .

    Attention: buyer .., please carefully ! Please arrest Anthony Rerich is scam ! I ‘ m viticm now .

  113. I got the same exact email as another below, from Skylar Benson, as well as a text message from the same phone:

    From: "Skylar Benson" <skylarben1@gmail.com>; (628)400-9375

    Thank you for getting back to me,can you assure me that i will not be disappointed if i buy this vehicle as a Birthday gift for my Dad? as I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m software engineer in Hewlett Packard,(HP) and a contract staff so i cant handle this in person.My only means of payment is PayPal,its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the paypal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount.If you don’t have a paypal account,its pretty easy to open one,Just log on to http://www.paypal.com and sign up.I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? as the day is fast approaching. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me.I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Your last asking price:
    Your Zip code for pickup:
    Your Cell phone #:

    Thank you
    Sky

  114. I got text asking me to email pics… after sending pics, I received this..
    Thanks for your response,Do you have extra keys? and When is the last
    date you serviced it? are you the original owner, i need answers to my
    question because I’m ready to pay but not cash in person because I’m
    currently on a business trip and i am buying this vehicle as a
    birthday surprise gift for my wife. and my only quickest payment
    option from here is cash.me, cash.me is fast and secured, I will send
    you payment using your cashme ID and you will sign in to your cashme
    account and move the money into your bank account, its very easy, Go
    to cash.me and set up your account in 2 min, get back to me with your
    cashme ID when you are done, and i will process the payment asap.
    I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in
    your account and you have your cash. The mover will handle the papers
    on my behalf. I’ll look forward to your response with the the details
    below.

    Your Cash.me ID:
    Your Firm Asking Price :
    Your Zip Code for Pick Up:
    Your Mobile Phone Number:

    Shawn

    951-307-4746 Shawn Puett relub22@gmail.com

  115. Autotrader is crap for the regular person. Don’t list your car there, use something FREE like CL or the like. I started getting strange texts technically before the ad even went live – think about that. Anyway, to date I’ve gotten 5 texts from 5 different numbers with area codes spread all over the US, with messages that were almost identical, which is how I knew it was some kind of scam. Not one legit inquiry. With only minor variations, they all asked in the same language for my "firm price", the condition of the car, and to please email pictures of the car to a gmail address. When I got these 5 nearly identical messages from all over the country within 24 hours, I simply texted them all "You in (my location)"? None of the 5 answered. Here they are, and some will be familiar –
    628 400-9375 – Skylar – Skylarben1@gmail
    734 345-6503 – Timothy.p.heer01@gmail
    502 443-0904 – Joel McCarthy – joelmccarthy28@gmail
    213 465-7201 – hughesoldier12@gmail
    951 307-4746 – Shawn – sonomaqyu10@gmail

    I hadn’t used autotrader in probably a decade. Sad to see what they’ve become. Stay far, far away.

  116. Maria Esther Iniesta

    I have received an offer from Jessicawright1943@outlook.com with the same text as other people in these comments:

    email 1:
    I’m very much interested in purchasing the vehicle. Do you have the extra keys, Do you have the spare tire, Where did you get your car serviced, Have you ever had any transmission repairs and Is there any rust on the vehicle? I’ll look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

    Thanks

    email 2:

    Thanks for answering the questions. I am satisfied but can you assure me that i will not be disappointed if i buy this Vehicle. I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m currently in a conference and calls are restricted at the moment and my only quickest payment option is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be for the PayPaltransaction charges so you can get expected amount. If you don’t have an account withPayPal, its pretty easy to open one,Just log onto ??www.paypal.com?? and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? As I am buying the vehicle for someone and I’m very sure he will love this vehicle, his a mechanic and a handy man, so if there is anything that need to be fixed in it just let me know he will handle it. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me.I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Zip code for pickup:

    Thanks

    Jessica Wright

    email 3:

    Yes ..do get back to me with the requested details so that I can make the payment ASAP

  117. Joel Mccarthy is a scammer. Here is what he sent me, after I advertising on AutoTrader:

    Joel Mccarthy <joelmccarthy23@gmail.com> Today at 9:05 PM
    To (Me)
    Message body
    Do you have the extra keys, Do you have the spare tire, Where did you get your car serviced, Have you ever had any transmission repairs and Is there any rust on the vehicle? I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I am serving in the US Army and currently been deploy to Fort Huachuca Military Base , Arizona and calls are restricted at the moment and my only quickest payment option is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one, Just log onto http://www.paypal.com and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? As I am buying the vehicle for my dad and I’m very sure he will love this vehicle, his a mechanic and a handy man, so if there is anything that need to be fixed in it just let me know he will handle it. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me.I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too since i won’t be able to see this in person. I look forward to hear from you with the information below. I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Phone no#:
    Zip code for pickup:

    Thanks
    Joel

  118. Below the 2 emails I received after posting in Autotrader. The phone numbers are where they sent their initial text messages.

    From: "Joel McCarthy" <joelmccarthy28@gmail.com>; (602)892-7029
    Do you have the extra keys, Do you have the spare tire, Where did you
    get your car serviced, Have you ever had any transmission repairs and
    Is there any rust on the vehicle? I’m ready to pay your asking price
    but not cash in person because I am serving in the US Army and
    currently been deploy to Fort Huachuca Military Base , Arizona and
    calls are restricted at the moment and my only quickest payment option
    is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the
    PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you
    don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one, Just
    log onto http://www.paypal.com and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase
    as fast as possible? As I am buying the vehicle for my dad and I’m
    very sure he will love this vehicle, his a mechanic and a handy man,
    so if there is anything that need to be fixed in it just let me know
    he will handle it. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once
    payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me.I
    would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too
    since i won’t be able to see this in person. I look forward to hear
    from you with the information below. I look forward to hear from you
    with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Phone Number:
    Zip code for pickup:

    Thanks
    Joel

    From: "Skylar Benson" <skylarben1@gmail.com>; (628)400-9375

    Thank you for getting back to me,can you assure me that i will not be disappointed if i buy this vehicle as a Birthday gift for my Dad? as I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m software engineer in Hewlett Packard,(HP) and a contract staff so i cant handle this in person.My only means of payment is PayPal,its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the paypal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount.If you don’t have a paypal account,its pretty easy to open one,Just log on to http://www.paypal.com and sign up.I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? as the day is fast approaching. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me.I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Your last asking price:
    Your Zip code for pickup:
    Your Cell phone #:

    Thank you
    Sky

  119. I have gotten about 10 of these inquiries on car that i’m selling. I wonder if these are the same people who call to tell me that the IRS is going to have me arrested or that my windows computer needs repair… Wish they’d all just get a life!

  120. I’m in conversation with Joel McCarthy now to purchase my car for his dad. He asked about the extra keys, rust, spare tires. He wants to pay via paypal

  121. I have the same Army Joel McCarthy guy trying to say he will paypal the money, the car is for his dad, he will send a shipper. I’m not falling for it. I actually was in the military and am appalled people try to use that as an excuse to gain trust. DON’T TRUST JOEL MCCARTHY

  122. Joel McCarthy just contacted me to purchase my car for his Dad. He claims he does not have phone service and can pay full price through PayPal…sound familiar?

  123. Exact same methods used that are listed here…two different scammers responded immediately to Craigslist auto ad…first is from cell phone text 757-656-2099 who says he is on military base with bad reception and to email sgt.eli.genedoisher…second scammer is from cell phone 520-357-8172 who ask all the same questions about extra keys, repairs, spare tire…then asked for my name and address to send me a check and to have his mover come and pick up vehicle….I responded to both that since a title transfer was necessary and being that I’m a retired police officer who is very familiar with the processs..I found their requests to be quite odd????. Needless to say, no one wrote back to me. What creeps!

  124. Same thing just happened to me! Here you go:
    Subject: Re: Avalanche on Auto Trader request
    To: "Drew@ ……

    Thanks for your response! I am Sgt Joel McCarthy currently deployed to a remote area until October 20. Can you assure me that it’s in good state as it appears and that i will not be disappointed with it It is strictly no calls here due to security reasons, otherwise I would have called you to seal the deal,but i can actually try to use my phone applications to text you with my laptop.I have read through your ad and from what I have seen,it is priced favorably compared to others so I want you to consider it sold to me ”AS IS” for the asking price but you have to assure me it is as described. I am comfortable paying you via PayPal to complete this transaction because of their security when it comes to online transactions. Let me have your PayPal details ( Account name,PayPal Email, Pick Address and Mobile #) so that I can initiate the payment. If you don’t have a PayPal account kindly set one up because it is absolutely free. (www.paypal.com) Furthermore, I will hire shipper that will come for the pickup, and also do the necessary paperwork on my behalf as soon as we are done with the payment part of the transaction.I’ll like to see more recent pictures if you still have some, and If you don’t, then lets proceed..do get back to me with your last asking price.TY

    Regards
    Joel

  125. Hi Kristen,

    The Pilot is still available, 107,000 miles, automatic, 4×4, leather seats, rear view camera, AC and heater work, 3rd row seats, runs great, very clean, no rust, no leaks, clear title. Please find the pictures attached.
    Final price for 2003 Honda Pilot EX-L: $1,500.
    I’m selling the car because I lost my husband to a heart attack on February and I don’t need it anymore. I live in Billings, Montana and my job requires a lot of travel. We will use ebay to secure our deal and you will have 5 days to check the car, before making your final decision and title transfer takes place. They hold the payment until you make sure the car is ok and agree to keep it.
    If you don’t like the car and want to return it, I will arrange to ship it back and you will get a full refund from ebay.
    Let me know if you’re interested and want to buy it.

    Thank you, Julia

  126. I received the Sgt McCarthy scam txt/email. It appears autotrader does little about fraud, so they can up sell you to their Privacy Shied and selling team options.

  127. Woow!! Exactly same. This time he goes that the payment is held and he sent me extra £150 which I had to send him back as amazon giftcard. Called PayPal before and they confirmed it as a scam. He insisted because its a Chinese PayPal account, they have different services. When i confronted him, he stopped replying. They will also send you a PAyPal email for receiving money but please DONOT REPLY ANYTHING BACK. This guy’s name was Ming Lee (mingleewa@gmail.com)

  128. Scammer: Christopher Earley
    Scammer Phone: +1 (303) 749 0871

    SMS conversation when a bit like in response to my Craigslist Ad:

    -My name is Christopher
    – About the. 2012 **** ********* (sunnyvale)

    – Where is it located at the moment ?
    – Does it have any history I should be aware of?
    – Do you have a reason of selling..

    Alright I can understand that it looks like you’ve taken really good care of it and am requesting this transaction should be done via PayPal and I can take care of the PayPal charges to make this sale easier. If my offer is accepted do get back to me with your PayPal email and your full name or send me PayPal invoice so i can pay you right away as soon as i conclude with the mover’s.

    Are you the first owner ?

    My name is Christopher Earley and you ?

    The pick up will be made by company courier agent after the funds have been confirmed cleared into your account and would be picked up upon your proper given schedule time.

  129. Similar to others, I received first a text message from Craig Benson (864) 406-5904 requesting more information and then an email (c.bensonoffice@gmail.com) offering full price to be paid via PayPal and shipping to be arranged. The wording was almost exactly the same as other reports here, the only difference was that it was to be a birthday gift for his father. Clearly a scam.

  130. I received the same come on from a Kelvin Boudreau. Wants to buy the car, he is away at sea, it will be shipped to his father’s house, needs shipper to be paid by MoneyGram. He will pay by PayPal…

  131. I have two phone numbers and names to add to this list. Both sent long winded e-mails stating that my car should be considered "sold" and they will pay extra to secure the deal. Further, asking for my paypal information as they cannot see me in person due to the nature of there work.
    Names: Mary Myer (marymyer04@gmail.com)
    Linda Maxwell
    (lindamaxwell207@gmail.com)

  132. i have gotten suspicious emails suggesting absolute fraud asking to pay the shipper or someone else from c.bensonoffice@gmail.com and also from sgt Joel McCarthy also that is supposedly on a secret mission. And i agree with below that autotrader is a haven for these type of people. It is unlikely that i will post again on autotrader due to all the hassle with scammers, its worse than craigslist which is free!!

  133. I have received these same messages about someone based overseas in Germany. WORD for WORD!!!! However, he/she is using another name robert Paul robertpaul005@gmail.com.
    I also got immediate texts from him and wendellemery14.
    The phone numbers are: 501-481-5309 and 956-750-7458

  134. same wendell emery hit me up using wendellemery8@gmail.com (602-800-7621) number. he must be wanting to buy a lot of cars. gave story of being in service, based in AZ, wanting to buy car for father and wanted to pay via PAYPAL (yeah right).

  135. We received an email from Craig as well.

    I sent a heartfelt reply as well as sending a text to all numbers.

    I haven’t gotten a reply back though…

    It included a link to this. Hopefully the game is over and they’ll move on before taking advantage of anyone…

  136. We put ad on autotrader to sell our mini. Within 24 hrs we received this

    Thanks for your response,

    I want you to consider this a deal as i am willing to pay your full asking price! i actually want to buy it for a family member who is urgently in need of it, i have checked through your posting and i’m fully satisfied with it.
    Unfortunately, i would not be able to come personally to view/collect, i work offshore as an instructor on a oil rig so i don’t have time at all, but like i said i am 100% OK with the advert.

    However, i have a reliable courier that would help me to pick it up at your preferred location after you have received your money via PayPal as that is the only means of payment available to me at the moment. I would also appreciate if you could remove the advert asap.

    To start off with, please get back to me with suitable collection time so that i can inform the courier agent about it now.

    Thanks
    Roland

    Thanks to this site we realised it was rubbish. Told him we thought he was a scammed and he was surprised…then told him to get lost …not quite so politely. If it seems too good to be true then it usually is!!

  137. Received almost an immediate text from Wendell Emery. Just a few hours later received a text from Craig Benson

  138. got a text from a Craig Benson ((615) 285-8862) asking about my Bronco i have listed. He wrote an email (c.bensonoffice@gmail.com) saying he was a software engineer at Hewlett-Packard and that he wanted to pay through paypal and that he had a mover set to pick up the vehicle once payment cleared and that the mover would handle all of the title signing

  139. They must be using Craig Bensen and Wendell Emory quite a bit. I posted a car on AutoTrader and I got immediate texts and email responses from those two names using the same story as noted below…BEWARE!

  140. At 3:48 am, I received the following text from Wendell Emery his # 501- 476-7172
    Hi,is your Vehicle on Autotrader still for sale?,Kindly email me at (wendellemery12@gmail.com)..with the Firm Price and condition.for

  141. Received just now from 2018295740 : Hi,am craig and asking if you still have your posted vehicle on autotrader.com available?please email (c.benson@gmail.com) with the close engine and interior pics and we can proceed. Thank you Craig

  142. We’ve been looking for a used camper van on kijiji. Saw a VW Westfalia for $4K., in decent shape. Seller wrote no emails, only texts 647-795-7520. So I texted him for more info., the reply was that the camper was his uncles & to email masonwin1965@outlook.com, which i did…asking to view the camper. His emailed reply was "Hello Anne, At the moment I’m stationed at a Military Force Base Petawawa. The van is already at our Military Logistics Department from Petawawa, ON ready to be delivered. Since the van is in a military base with no access you can not go there and take it only the uShip can deliver it because they have access in our base. The uShip will deliver the van to your home, the shipping costs and insurance during transportation are included in the price.
    Shipping may take anywhere between 2-3 business days depending on the destination. All the documents including the title and the bill of sale with my signature on it, will come along with the van.

    I have signed a contract with uShip because they are able to take care of the whole sale (even if I am not there when the sale will take place), meaning that they will ship the van to your address and also will handle the payment for me. They will keep your money into a protection account until you get the van and will release it to me after you agree to keep it.

    The most important thing is that this company offers a return policy and to eliminate any concerns you will have 5 days to inspect the van. If by any reason the van is not as described, or if you find any problems with it I will pay for the returning fees and you will receive your money back. I’m sure it won’t be the case because the van is in excellent condition.

    I need to start the official procedure and uShip will contact you about this(with no further obligation or fees). If you are interested in buying it just email me back with:
    – Full Name
    – Shipping Address
    – Phone Number
    They will call you with delivery/pickup instructions 1 day ahead so you can communicate what time schedule work best for your to receive the vehicle.

    Kind regards,
    Mason Winsor
    CFB"

    I’ve been through one of these where the seller is stationed at a military base before (didn’t buy anything). As far as i’m aware, the military doesn’t ship anything personal out to civilians. I believe this is a scam.

  143. I keep getting a lot of these, text messages first and then the email if I reply. I’ve started to text back the following message "That’s GREAT! Can you send me pictures of the cashiers check and / or cash? Once I receive the pictures, I’ll deposit them into my bank account and send you pictures of the car so that you can drive it!"

  144. I got the exact same message and email as Bart. Stken65@gmail.com is fake n is a scam. Heres the email. Thank you for getting back to me,can you assure me that i will not be disappointed if i buy this vehicle as a Birthday gift for my Dad? as I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m software engineer in Hewlett Packard,(HP) and a contract staff so i cant handle this in person.My only means of payment is PayPal,its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the paypal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount.If you don’t have a paypal account,its pretty easy to open one,Just log on to their web and sign up.I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? as the day is fast approaching. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me.I look forward to hear from you with the information below.
    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Your last asking price:
    Your Zip code for pickup:
    Your Cell ph

  145. Just got a text message and email from amybakers122@gmail.com and from a phone number 201-583-4449. Same idea, said wanted to purchase my car listed in auto trader at full price and won’t pick it up but have it arranged for a shipping company to do this. Nice try, and thanks everyone for posting this info as it educated me.

  146. Just got a similar message after I posted on AutoTrader.com. Received a text from 701-800-6784 that said:
    "Hi I’m interested in your vehicle on AUTOTRADER,please reply to my email(stken65@gmail.com)with the close up image of the engine before i proceed.Thank U"

  147. Yet another one…
    From: wendell emery <wendellemery8@gmail.com>
    Sent: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 9:50

    Good Morning , Do you have the extra keys, Do you have the spare tire,
    Where did you get your car serviced, Have you ever had any
    transmission repairs and Is there any rust on the vehicle? I’m ready
    to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I am serving
    in the US army and currently been deploy to NATO Air Base
    Geilenkirchen, Germany and calls are restricted at the moment and my
    only quickest payment option is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i
    will be responsible for the PayPal transaction charges so you can get
    your expected amount. If you don’t have an account with PayPal, its
    pretty easy to open one, Just log onto http://www.paypal.com and sign up. I
    hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? As I am buying the
    vehicle for my dad and I’m very sure he will love this vehicle, his a
    mechanic and a handy man, so if there is anything that need to be
    fixed in it just let me know he will handle it. I have a mover that
    will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he
    will handle the title for me.I would appreciate if you email me with
    more pictures (if available) too since i won’t be able to see this in
    person. I look forward to hear from you with the information below. I
    look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Phone Number:
    Zip code for pickup:

  148. Auto Trader world wide is the biggest fraudulent website around.
    I send them the fraudulent ads over a& over. I give them my email so they can explain why they let their website to be home of the most fraudulent activity on the internet.
    They NEVER remove the ads or reply.
    I live in Canada and the only people that advertise on their site is dealers so I guess as long as they can get idiot dealerships posting ads they continue business as usual, leaving up all fraudulent activity.
    DO NOT USE AUTOTRADER. there are much better places to advertise with much less fraud and real buyers and sellers

  149. I recently was in the similar situation where I paid R5000 for a rent to own car in Cape Town from a guy called Ishmael Dawson if his real name but that’s the name he operate with ,he suddenly’ conveniently’ died with our money also Samira Adams stringed me along believing I would get my car and my friend woukd get his refund they even went as far to sent a fake prove of payment from Absa bank ,I hope they’re luck runs out very soon and that they sleep well while scaming people out of there honest living ! Bastards

  150. Got 2 identical text messages from this Wendell Emery and Robert Paul guy, which was a big red flag — identical — serving in Germany, buying car for his father, yadda yadda yadda. I strongly suspect fraud. Asked him to buy thru ebay motors listing using Pay Pal, but he keeps insisting on me giving him my pay pal acct or whatever.

  151. This happened to me today via RAC cars. I recieved a text from RAC cars with this email address which I responded to as I initially believed it was a genuine enquiry, so the scammer now has my email address. I have not responded since they asked for my PayPal details to purchase the car without even seeing it, but is there anything the scammer can do with my email address e.g. hack my email account?

  152. Seems like a got scamed when trying to sell my car from this email: wendellemery@gmail.com, sgtkenb4@gmail.com, text msg was sent from number 5012950415.

    Do you have the extra keys, Do you have the spare tire, Where did you
    get your car serviced, Have you ever had any transmission repairs and
    Is there any rust on the vehicle? I’m ready to pay your asking price
    but not cash in person because I am serving in the US army and
    currently been deploy to NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany and
    calls are restricted at the moment and my only quickest payment option
    is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the
    PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you
    don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one, Just
    log onto http://www.paypal.com and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase
    as fast as possible? As I am buying the vehicle for my dad and I’m
    very sure he will love this vehicle, his a mechanic and a handy man,
    so if there is anything that need to be fixed in it just let me know
    he will handle it. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once
    payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me.I
    would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too
    since i won’t be able to see this in person. I look forward to hear
    from you with the information below. I look forward to hear from you
    with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Phone Number:
    Zip code for pickup:

    Thanks
    Wendell

  153. Thank you for the post. I received a similar email after posting a car and in 24 hours received the following email:

    Email address used: nicholas hayes <nicholashayes755@gmail.com>
    Do you have the extra keys, Do you have the spare tire, Where did you get your car serviced, Have you ever had any transmission repairs and Is there any rust on the vehicle? I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I am serving in the US army and currently been deploy to NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany and calls are restricted at the moment and my only quickest payment option is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one, Just log onto http://www.paypal.com and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? As I am buying the vehicle for my dad and I’m very sure he will love this vehicle, his a mechanic and a handy man, so if there is anything that need to be fixed in it just let me know he will handle it. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me.I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too since i won’t be able to see this in person. I look forward to hear from you with the information below. I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Phone Number:
    Zip code for pickup:

    Thanks
    Nicholas

    I researched the name and it appears to be the name of an active serviceman and as such I removed the last name. Hope this variation helps others in identifying the scam.

  154. Beware of a seller for a 2008 GMC Yukon Denali from Kimberley Alberta. The scam is the same right as one using name Mason Winsor. The name this time is Albert E. Larson and he has moved to Finland. The price is about 10k too low for the vehicle to boot which is the hook!

  155. Hello,am interested in your vehicle on AUTOTRADER,please reply to my email(Ronkealani@gmail.com)with the close up image of the engine before i proceed.Thank you
    Marcus

    This guys is a paypal scammer

  156. I posted my elderly father’s antique car on Auto Trader Classics on Saturday, October 3rd. The very next day I received a "Vehicle Lead from AutoTraderClassics.com" from "zackolden@gmail.com" and just now received another "lead" from ATC from the email listed in the comment above, "joliejackson@outlook.com". (BTW I googled this latest email address and it’s apparently so new that it isn’t coming up as fraudulent yet. I just happened to find a post from today referencing it on another auto fraud thread. It seems that today, October 8th, may be the first day for inquiries from that particular fraudulent email address.) Two fraudulent inquiries in five days and no legit responses. How do I trust who to respond to? How will I know if/when a response is legit?

  157. thomasgriffith1955@aolcom is trying to scam me this moment. My red flags have been no specific mention of the exact vehicle, willingness to pay "asking price" but later asks for "firm price"; first the text, then the email, exact copy of what others are showing. Why isn’t he calling? Why would he be willing to pay full price without so much as seeing the vehicle (makes me think I have great images, but I’m not that good). He injects urgency because he wants to buy this for his father’s birthday. Never mentions his location. I replied to original text, then I replied to email, and he replied almost immediately. But I waited two hours, yet he did not call. He also asked for pickup zip code although the listing shows the zip code. It is a lack of specifics that makes this jump off the radar; also the english is fair but not great.

  158. Here is another fraud attempt:
    From masonwinsorw@gmail.com
    Thank you for your interest in this 2008 Volvo XC70. The title is clean, no lien. It was always garaged. Never been in accidents. It’s e-tested and certified. Runs and drives excellent. It’s in perfect condition without any mechanical problems, with no damages or hidden defects, no need for additional repairs.
    I have dropped my price to 3500 (purchase price) since this is an urgent sale and I need to sell it before 16th of October when I will be transferred to the Fort Lewis, US Army base near Pierce County, Washington.
    To conclude this deal in a timely manner, the financial part will be managed by the uShip. In this way both, buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

    Let me know if you need any additional info on how it works or more details about the car.

    Kind regards,
    Mason Winsor
    CFB

    Morning,
    At the moment I’m stationed at a Military Force Base Petawawa. The car is already at our Military Logistics Department from Petawawa, ON ready to be delivered. Since the car is in a military base with no access you can not go there and take it only the uShip can deliver it because they have access in our base. The uShip will deliver the car to your home, the shipping costs and insurance during transportation are included in the price.
    Shipping may take anywhere between 2-3 business days depending on the destination. All the documents including the title and the bill of sale with my signature on it, will come along with the car.

    I have signed a contract with uShip because they are able to take care of the whole sale (even if I am not there when the sale will take place), meaning that they will ship the car to your address and also will handle the payment for me. They will keep your money into a protection account until you get the vehicle and will release it to me after you agree to keep the car.

    The most important thing is that this company offers a return policy and to eliminate any concerns you will have 5 days to inspect the car. If by any reason the car is not as described, or if you find any problems with it I will pay for the returning fees and you will receive your money back. I’m sure it won’t be the case because the car is in excellent condition.

    I need to start the official procedure and uShip will contact you about this. If you are interested in buying it just email me back with:
    – Full Name
    – Shipping Address
    – Phone Number
    They will call you with delivery/pickup instructions 1 day ahead so you can communicate what time schedule work best for your to receive the vehicle.

    Kind regards,
    Mason Winsor
    CFB

  159. Mine scammer named Thomas Griffith. Heres the email he sent me. 1 440 745-8958

    Do you have the extra keys, Do you have the spare tire, Where did you get your car serviced and Is there any rust on the vehicle? I’m ready to pay your asking price and my only quickest payment option is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one, Just log onto http://www.PayPal.com and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? As I am buying the vehicle for my dad as a birthday surprise and I’m very sure he will love this vehicle, his a mechanic and a handy man, so if there is anything that need to be fixed in it just let me know he will handle it. I have a mover that will come for the pick up and title transfer with a notarized letter from Attorney once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me. I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Pickup address:
    Firm price

    Thanks

  160. Scammer named Thomas Griffith. Heres the email he sent me. 1 440 745-8958

    Do you have the extra keys, Do you have the spare tire, Where did you get your car serviced and Is there any rust on the vehicle? I’m ready to pay your asking price and my only quickest payment option is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one, Just log onto http://www.PayPal.com and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? As I am buying the vehicle for my dad as a birthday surprise and I’m very sure he will love this vehicle, his a mechanic and a handy man, so if there is anything that need to be fixed in it just let me know he will handle it. I have a mover that will come for the pick up and title transfer with a notarized letter from Attorney once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me. I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Pickup address:
    Firm price

    Thanks

  161. What I received from Marc on my autotrader ad

    ronkealani@gmail.com

    Thank you for getting back to me,can you assure me that i will not be disappointed if i buy this vehicle as a Birthday gift for my Dad? as I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m software engineer in Hewlett Packard,(HP) and a contract staff so i cant handle this in person.My only means of payment is PayPal,its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the paypal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount.If you don’t have a paypal account,its pretty easy to open one,Just log on to http://www.paypal.com and sign up.I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? as the day is fast approaching. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me.I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :

    Your last asking price:
    Your Zip code for pickup:
    Your Cell phone #:

    Thank you
    Marc

  162. My Auto Trader scammer’s name is Jane McLean (mclean0078@gmail.com).

    I am glad to inform you that I have made the payment to your PayPal account and you ought to have received the payment confirmation from PayPal by now. Kindly remove the ads and check your PayPal email address for the payment receipt. I had a little problem with the mover they said they can only schedule the pick up date and time after they receive their money for the pick up fee via Money gram Money transfer or Money Gram in there head office in Baltimore,MD. So l included $1000.00 USD that they charge for the pick up and $100 for the Money Gram charges. Making total payment of $26,100.00 USD PayPal will instruct you on how to get the money sent to my mover. The Money gram agent might ask you purpose of sending money at Money Gram office, tell him or her you are sending it to a well known friend or family, because Money Gram charges for friends and family is lower than the one for business or services. I hope you understand that, to avoid additional Money gram charges.The payment has been made and the money has been deducted from my account. Kindly get the shipping fee sent to the name and address below and send the details to PayPal email customer care for your total funds to be credited. I believe that since payment has been made, the advert should be taken off the site and please do let me know your free date and time so that I can give it to my mover for them to schedule the date and time they will be coming for the pick up in your location.

    Pickup Agent details:

    Name: Alexis Lewin

    Address: 4650 Belair Rd

    City: Baltimore

    State: MD

    Zip code: 21230

    USA

  163. I recieved the following response to a car my son was interested in buying on autotrader.ca. This was what i recieved –
    Thank you for your interest in this 2005 Volkswagen Golf GTI 1.8T. The car is registered on my name and the title is clean. It was always garaged. Never been in accidents. It’s e-tested and certified. Runs and drives excellent. It’s in perfect condition without any mechanical problems, with no damages or hidden defects, no need for additional repairs.
    I have dropped my price to 3190 (purchase price) since this is an urgent sale and I need to sell it before 10th of October when I will be transferred to the Fort Lewis, US Army base near Pierce County, Washington.
    To conclude this deal in a timely manner, the financial part will be managed by the uShip. In this way both, buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

    Scam or legit?

  164. I did get scammed…..I used CarGurus to post my car for sale thinking that it wasn’t a Craig’s List and I would get serious buyers as that’s how I found my car.

    jamesmartins101121@gmail.com is the email they used. He established a rapport….waited for several days of saying the payment was going to be sent and that I needed to follow specific instructions for his safety and mine. Sent a cashier’s check via USPS making sure I got it on a Tuesday for me to ‘deposit into my checking’ than to turn around for me to wire money via Moneygram and Western Union. He split the ‘shipper’s fee’ into two different wire transfers so you don’t realize how much money it really is. And the whole time, I’m thinking it’s his money and not mine. By Thursday, I’m out $3500. The cashier’s check was bogus and the bank withdrew all funds from my bank account. The cashier’s check is falsely printed using an existing bank’s name that I googled, however the my name was handwritten on the check….red flag.

  165. I received on from jbadour1110@gmail.com .
    She first asked if the car was available, then what my lowest price is.
    After agreeing that was fair she asked me for my PayPal account.
    I asked her to call me and she just avoided the question saying she uses PayPal all the time without any hitches. She just kept stating to send her my PayPal and avoided any other questions.
    Red flags went up so I googled PayPal autotrader scams and this came up.
    Very helpful. Thank you.
    I decided I would reply that i was not comfortable with making the deal until she called me and that I would not be using PayPal or responsible for shipping the vehicle anywhere . We shall see if I hear back. If I don’t then I am going to report her to PayPal and autotrader fraud departments.

  166. I got one from tomgriffith1955 yesterday – this was his email

    Do you have the extra keys, Do you have the spare tire, Where did you get your car serviced and Is there any rust on the vehicle? I’m ready to pay your asking price and my only quickest payment option is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one, Just log onto http://www.PayPal.com and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? As I am buying the vehicle for my dad as a birthday surprise and I’m very sure he will love this vehicle, his a mechanic and a handy man, so if there is anything that need to be fixed in it just let me know he will handle it. I have a mover that will come for the pick up and title transfer with a notarized letter from Attorney once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me. I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full Name:
    Pickup address:
    Firm Price.

    Thanks

  167. I posted my car on AutoTrader the evening of September 14. Early in the morning of September 15 I received a text asking for me to contact a person via email. I then received the following email message from a Brett A. Anderson…

    Thanks for getting back to me, I would like to ask some details concerning this vehicle before before making a purchase: How long have you owned it? Do you have the spare tire? Is there any rust on the vehicle? Have you owned it from new? Have you ever had any transmission repairs? Where did you get your vehicle serviced? Do you have the extra keys? I’m wanting to get the car as a birthday gift for my dad, It’s priced favorably compared to others so I want you to consider it sold to me because I’m satisfied with your firm/advert price but not cash in person because I’m serving in the US Marine cop and currently serving at Camp Taji in Iraq and calls are restricted at the moment and my only quickest payment option is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one, Just log ontowww.paypal.com/ and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? As I am buying the vehicle for my dad and I’m very sure he will love this vehicle, his a mechanic and a handy man, so if there is anything that need to be fixed in it just let me know he will handle it. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me, I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too since i won’t be able to see this in person. I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Zip code for pickup:

    //

    This message looked WAY too similar to the messages posted in this site, so I told "Brett" that I was not interested in dealing with him.

    Tony

  168. I too was selling a car online and someone tried to scam me today, Sept. 12, 2015.
    Originally received a text from 936-874-9331. They asked to email more details about my car to tomgriffith1955@gmail.com.
    Here is the email from a Tom Griffith:

    ——————————–
    Hello,

    I am glad to inform you that the payment has been made to your PayPal account and you must have received the payment confirmation from PayPal by now. Kindly remove the ads and check your PayPal email address inbox or spam folder for the payment receipt. I had a little problem with the mover they said they can only schedule the pick up date and time after they receive their money for the pick up fee via Money Gram in there head office in Baltimore, Maryland. So l included $1,460.00 USD that they charge for the pick up and $140 for the Money Gram charges. Making total payment of $10,300.00 USD PayPal will instruct you on how to get the money sent to my mover. The payment has been made and the money has been deducted from my account. Kindly get the shipping fee sent to the name and address below and send the details to PayPal email customer care for your total funds to be credited. I believe that since payment has been made, the advert should be taken off the site and please do let me know the best time so that I can give it to my mover for them to schedule the date and time they will be coming for the pick up in your location.

    Agent details:

    Name: Kerry Lewin
    121 S. Fremont Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21201

    Tom
    ———————————

    They followed this up with two fake PayPals emails from this url: "Service@PayPal.com"

  169. I posted an ad for a motorcycle I am selling, and received a text on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 from someone claiming to be "Nathan", 208-768-8481 who was searching for someone else, davidhood160@gmail.com who allegedly is in the military. "Nathan" wanted me to send an email from MY email with info. I texted him back and stated that he could contact "David" and give him the link to the ad.

  170. Thanks for all the info. I just posted a car on the internet. He said he was in the Marines. It was like same text messages above I received into my gmail. I just responded to him by saying I only accept cash and I just received another email from a woman this time. Thanks again

  171. Add this one to the list

    abdali falah [mailto:abdalifalah1@outlook.com]

    What was written:
    Thanks a lot for the email. Am buying it for my lovely Son who just graduated ontop of his class in Autralia national university (ANU) ,he studied Business Law and Professional Ethics Minor and am so proud of him . I want it as a suprise package to appreciate him towards his achievement and to be delivered before my arrival NT as my family lives in NT.

    I work with AWE New Zealand Pty Ltd and we are presently offshore in New Zealand Taranaki Basin on kapo project. We do not have access to recive calls at the moment,its 15days off and 15days on,which is why I contacted you with internet messaging facility. Where is it located at the moment?Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don’t mind my asking.I am already in talks with the courier that will handle the pick-up and delivery it in NT.

    As regards the payment, I can pay you through direct bank deposit,using ppal instant bank wire transfer service, I will need your bank details. If you are not comfortable with that, you can set up a paypal account proper at http://www.paypal.com.au and I will make the payment through paypal, this way, all I will need is your paypal email address.

    And again i have sent some of my co-worker to search this for me so you can see this kind of email so deal with me directly

    Thanks and reply asap.

  172. Selling car on the gumtree. I just received same text, "send me your paypal and after funds are cleared he will sort out the shipper".

    Glad I checked this on google.

    THIS IS WHAT HE WROTE.

    Quoting frank adex :

    I really appreciate your response to my text message, i am presently working on the sea as a marine engineer which enable me not make a call that is the reason i try to send a text message to you via the sms web.i am satisfied with your ad as it was listed on the site and am ready to buy for my Son,i will not be able to come take a look due to my work. I will have the shipper to come pick it up from you and delivered to my son after i have made the payment to your account.i will make the payment to you via paypal and i hope you have a paypal account so that you can be able to received the payment, If you are not a paypal user you can set up a paypal with your bank account you will just go on http://www.paypal.co.uk and attached your bank account to your email using paypal so that you can be able to get the money on your bank account .After the payment has been cleared,i will have my shipper to pick it up to deliver to my son.I will be waiting to have the necessary details to make the payment to you.
    Your paypal email..
    Price Amount…
    You Phone number

  173. Glad I googled the email address. Text originated from "Nathan" at 208-443-8371 on 8-30-15. Wanted me to send an email to "David" at davidhood160@gmail.com, who is in the military, and was interested in my motorcycle for sale on Craigslist. Because I’m cautious, I googled the email address, and I see this has been tried with other people. God I hate A-holes like this. Get a job…

  174. Donald Hensley wanted my car too, sight unseen. He wanted to pay me for the inspection he was arranging. Why should I frontload the cost for his inspection? Plus the two phone numbers he gave me were untraceable, even for cell numbers. People have no shame. Don’t fall for these tricks!!

  175. You can add 208-768-8198 who was the agent for davidhood160@gmail.com. David Hood was trying to buy my boat (site unseen) and was only able to complete the transaction through paypal and then his "carrier agent" would pick up the boat. Offered to pay all paypal fees and carrier charges

  176. Received a text from 419-930-1748 stating to email tomgriffith1955@aol.com regarding the purchase of my vehicle listed on Autotrader. The following is the email he sent. I responded that the transaction would take place at my local police department! No word back….

    Do you have the extra keys, Do you have the spare tire, Where did you
    get your car serviced and Is there any rust on the vehicle? I’m ready
    to pay your asking price and my only quickest payment option is
    PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the
    PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you
    don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one, Just
    log onto http://www.PayPal.com and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase
    as fast as possible? As I am buying the vehicle for my dad as a
    birthday surprise and I’m very sure he will love this vehicle, his a
    mechanic and a handy man, so if there is anything that need to be
    fixed in it just let me know he will handle it. I have a mover that
    will come for the pick up and title transfer with a notarized letter
    from Attorney once payment clears in your account and he will handle
    the title for me. I look forward to hear from you with the
    information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Pickup address:
    Firm Price

    Thanks

  177. My scammer’s name was Thomas Griffith. He wrote me:

    "Do you have the extra keys, Do you have the spare tire, Where did you get your car serviced and Is there any rust on the vehicle? I’m ready to pay your asking price and my only quickest payment option is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one, Just log onto http://www.PayPal.com and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? As I am buying the vehicle for my dad as a birthday surprise and I’m very sure he will love this vehicle, his a mechanic and a handy man, so if there is anything that need to be fixed in it just let me know he will handle it. I have a mover that will come for the pick up and title transfer with a notarized letter from Attorney once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me. I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address:
    Full name:
    Pickup address:
    Firm Price

  178. I have another one from (donaldhensley1@gmail.com) it seems to be a little different from the PayPal and Western Union ones. I got contacted shortly after posting an ad for my boat. He asked for more pictures, pretty much in script with what is being described here. Then he explains that he will be sending a certified cashiers check to cover my non-refundable earnest money to hold the boat until he can have it inspected and appraised and along with that, he will be sending extra money to cover the inspection, appraisal and shipping of the boat. By now I had already googled his email so knew this was some sort of scam, but the certified cashiers check was different. But sure enough I received a check (NOT a certified cashiers check) in the mail for $2,997 from SunTrust Bank in Atlanta Georgia. I took the check to my bank and they called and verified that it was a real and active account, but a fraudulent check. So the way this particular scam works is they get someones checking account information and send you a fraudulent check. You cash it and send the money for the inspection and appraisal and shipping and keep your $300 earnest money. But when the check comes back you are responsible for the money.

  179. Here is some kind of new scam. Someone wants me to go to a website they suggested to get a vehicle history report for the car I’m trying to sell…and then email it to them. I told the person there is already a history report for my car on autotrader, since I paid extra for that info to be available to potential buyers. I told them if that isn’t good enough, then go buy from someone else. Here are the email addresses and website they wanted me to use:
    If you could grab one from http://goo.gl/qG9vvP and then email it to me so I can make sure it is clean.. franchot_carnahan830342@yahoo.com then id like to come and buy it.

    If you could grab one from http://goo.gl/FfjYmf and then email it to me so I can make sure it is clean.. henrieta_maslow37915@yahoo.com then id like to come and buy it

    I think the scam part is the vehicle history website. They charge you for a vehicle history report and then the potential buyer just disappears. You’re out the money for the report. Good luck to everyone who is smart enough to research this…and fuck all you fucking scammers out there!!! Assholes!!!

  180. From: Juliet Thomas
    To: "daga64@yahoo.com"
    Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 1:29 PM
    Subject: Re: See pictures of the GTO

    Do you have the extra keys, Do you have the spare tire, Where did you get your car serviced, Have you ever had any transmission repairs and Is there any rust on the vehicle?. I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m currently in a conference and calls are restricted at the moment and my only quickest payment option is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one,Just log onto http://www.paypal.com and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? As I am buying it for my dad and I’m pretty very sure he will love it, he’s an handy man, so if there is anything that need to be fixed in it just let me know he will handle it. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the documentations and changing of ownership on my behalf. I’ll look forward to hearing from you with the information below so that I can make the payment this morning as soon as possible.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Zip code for pickup:
    Firm Price

  181. You can add 201-948-5746 (franckdavid908@gmail.com) and 405-345-7338 (donaldhensley1@gmail.com) and 956-335-0793 (aprilkent1989@outlook.com) to your list of scammers. They’ve each texted me trying to get my email address in the day following my cars.com ad.

  182. Similar email, different name:

    I am glad to inform you that I have made the payment to your PayPal account and you ought to have received the payment confirmation from PayPal by now. Kindly remove the ads and check your PayPal email address for the payment receipt. I had a little problem with the mover they said they can only schedule the pick up date and time after they receive their money for the pick up fee via Money gram Money transfer or Money Gram in there head office in Baltimore,MD. So l included $890.00 USD that they charge for the pick up and $60 for the Money Gram charges. Making total payment of $24,949.00 USD PayPal will instruct you on how to get the money sent to my mover. The Money gram agent might ask you purpose of sending money at Money Gram office, tell him or her you are sending it to a well known friend or family, because Money Gram charges for friends and family is lower than the one for business or services. I hope you understand that, to avoid additional Money gram charges.The payment has been made and the money has been deducted from my account. Kindly get the shipping fee sent to the name and address below and send the details to PayPal email customer care for your total funds to be credited. I believe that since payment has been made, the advert should be taken off the site and please do let me know your free date and time so that I can give it to my mover for them to schedule the date and time they will be coming for the pick up in your location.

    Pickup Agent details:

    Name: Laura Coleman

    Address: 4301 Pulaski Hwy

    City: Baltimore

    State: MD 20201

    USA

  183. Terry Winson
    says he wants to buy my car.

    Hey there thanks for the mail, am indeed ok with the price and conditions….Contact via phone would have been the best to talk to you but due to the nature of my work, i am a tool pusher and work with Industrial CNC Tube & Pipe Cutting Machines and we are presently on the rig offshore we do not have access to phone at the moment, I am buying this for my first son who just graduated on top of his class as an Engineer at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique, I want it to be the perfect graduation gift for him and am making it a surprise package hope you understand? Does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don’t mind me asking. I don’t mind adding an extra R500.00 for you just to take down the posting. I am already in talks with the courier agent company that will handle the pickup and deliver it to my son after the payment has been made. I will process the payment to you now via PayPal hope you understand the nature of my work? i am a very busy person working all day i don’t have access to anything at the moment but i have my bank account link up with my PayPal account so I will be paying you through PayPal.Kindly get back to me with your PayPal details (name&email address) so i can proceed with the payment immediately and contact the courier agent who will come for the pick up and deliver it to my son onces you cashed out the money from your account, But If you don’t have a PayPal account you can easily set up one just log on to (www.paypal.co.za) and sign up as its very. Regards
    ________________________________________

  184. Sherry Coffey

    I just received Roland Smithkell’s message as well. He wanted to buy my car for his son. My husband was leery so I googled his name and it came up here.

  185. regine magbanua

    someone texted me that he was interested on my post about my laptop. im from the philippines. and he wants to buy the laptop from me as a gift for his child who is in Nigeria. and he was in an Island in Ireland. he was insisting to pay me through Paypal. he offered $600 for the laptop and he said that he will pay for the shipping fee.
    i told him that i will not ship the laptop unless the payment is not yet available to claim in Paypal. i gave him my friend’s Paypal account because i don’t have an account there. after that, he still not replying yet.
    his email address is andersonberryy@gmail.com

  186. Reid Molinaroli

    My son just got a scam email from Roland Smith, phone number 302-380-9232.
    Received a scam email from

    Roland Smithkells
    rolandsmithkells005@gmail.com

    Here is his story:

    "Whats your final asking price?..Thanks for the mail. My name is Roland Smith, I am ready to buy this for my son as a birthday gift for him, which i don’t want him to know about and i am not in town at the moment because am in the United States Army, CPT(O-3) which am currently deployed and wont be back till August. I work with the Military and presently I’m serving in Offutt AFB, Nebraska but I was promoted and transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage Alaska for a 3 years period We are not allowed to make or receive calls frequently for security reasons but we have internet access and that is our major means of communication to the outside world. So can you assure me i will not be disappointed buying this from you ? I also have a few questions for you.

    Whats its condition, any damages?
    Can you send me more pictures ?
    Are you the original owner and what is your reason for selling?
    when have you been using it?
    Do you have a PayPal Account? ?
    Does it has any issues or faulty ?
    Do you have any offer’s yet ?

    I do check my email often but will reply back as soon i can"

  187. Text messages that sought to pay thru Paypal
    stephaniemiller 323 844 4304

    Ken: 330 778 1972
    Bryan James: 202 792 0607

    No name: 323 438 7969
    No name: 617 706 6207
    Kelvin Jones: 410 100 0001

  188. I got a text from this number 919 808 1678 and email from johndawson448@gamil.com offering to pay full price for our jeep, sight unseen.

    Since he asked for paypal info, I thought he was legit, but fortunately, my daughters did not, and found your website. His email is very close to your samples, and follow the same pattern. We did not respond after reading your information.

  189. Carly Terrill

    Add Christine Nelson to the list. She said she is currently serving out of the country and wanted to purchase my car through PayPal. My email was almost identical to the one in the article.

  190. Received a scam email from

    Roland Smithkells
    rolandsmithkells005@gmail.com

    Here is his story:

    "Whats your final asking price?..Thanks for the mail. My name is Roland Smith, I am ready to buy this for my son as a birthday gift for him, which i don’t want him to know about and i am not in town at the moment because am in the United States Army, CPT(O-3) which am currently deployed and wont be back till August. I work with the Military and presently I’m serving in Offutt AFB, Nebraska but I was promoted and transferred to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage Alaska for a 3 years period We are not allowed to make or receive calls frequently for security reasons but we have internet access and that is our major means of communication to the outside world. So can you assure me i will not be disappointed buying this from you ? I also have a few questions for you.

    Whats its condition, any damages?
    Can you send me more pictures ?
    Are you the original owner and what is your reason for selling?
    when have you been using it?
    Do you have a PayPal Account? ?
    Does it has any issues or faulty ?
    Do you have any offer’s yet ?

    I do check my email often but will reply back as soon i can"

  191. Paige Robertson

    I also received an email from a Marcus Bruce asking to purchase my car through PayPal for his Dad’s birthday.

  192. Received text from ‘Marcus Bruce’ from HP asking for more pics sent to email. Received follow up email outlining the described con that everyone else is talking about. My business w ‘Mr. Bruce’ is concluded.

  193. Add james carter to the list. He goes on auto trader and tries to have you pay 1000$ to ship a car to his "son" but do not do it because he is a scammer

  194. I received the exact same email response as Dennis Neil Jones and Randall Sapko.
    Also received the same request for photos from Ronkeelani@gmail.com.Seeing the exact same responses twice certainly confirms it as bogus scam attempt. thanks to the others for posting

  195. Randall sapko

    We just got the same one as Dennis lee jones today we put our car on autotrader and immediately got the same response as above Marcus Bruce for Hewlett Packard buying for his dad…..

  196. We received this message after putting an ad in the HotRod Hotline.

    Name: Frank Daniel

    Email: frankdaniel670@gmail.com

    Phone Number: (682) 651-5318

    Message: Hello Seller, I want to buy this item,and need to know how much are you asking for it? and please i can only pay using paypal,and after payments has been made i will arrange for pick up of the item.You can also sent more pic to my email.

    Unfortunately I wrote back and sent photos before I saw this!!!!

  197. Dennis Neil Jones

    I got this email this morning:
    Thank you for getting back to me,can you assure me that i will not be disappointed if i buy this vehicle as a Birthday gift for my Dad? as I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m software engineer in Hewlett Packard,(HP) and a contract staff so i cant handle this in person.My only means of payment is PayPal,its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the paypal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount.If you don’t have a paypal account,its pretty easy to open one,Just log on to http://www.paypal.com and sign up.I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? as the day is fast approaching. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me.I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Your last asking price:
    Your Zip code for pickup:
    Your Cell phone #:

    Thank you
    Marc

  198. I am seling vehicle on cars.com and also received dmurrend@gmail.com with number 612-814-8196 sent text to me, would like to see engine pictures. After sending engine pictures, would like to purchase for full asking price through paypal and as quick as possible.

  199. dmurrend@gmail.com is at it still. I am selling a vehicle on autotrader, and this is the exact text I got day one:

    I’m interested in the vehicle you listed on autotrader, would appreciate if you can send the engine view to my email dmurrend@gmail.com. Dave

    It came from 612-814-8196

  200. the email i got was from the marc at ronkealani@gmail.com.same day iput my ad on autotrader.com.he said he works at hewlett packard as a software engineer and contract staff so he cant handle it in person.then has to pay with paypal just like the other email you read here.i said so i know i can trust you i need you to sho a little trust and send me a cashiers check for$200 as s non refundable deposit.one its cash then we can go ahead with the sale.the sorry sap sent it.i cashed it and yes it cleared.i then gave the attorney genral the ok to use my email to catch this scamming asshole in the act.i spent the $200 on gas for my road trip in my motorhome!thanks you greedy shit

  201. Steve, if the message is along the lines listed in this article, then you know it’s a scam. That’s the whole point of the article. What did dmurrend email sounded like? can you copy and paste here?

  202. More Scammers. I have three identical messages within 24 hours of posting my ad on AutoTrader. Thank you for this blog as it confirmed my suspicion.

    Ron Roberts
    ‘ronkealani@gmail.com’
    ‘dmurrend@gmail.com’

    Am so much interested in the vehicle and can you assure me that i will not be disappointed if i buy this Vehicle as a Birthday gift for my brother? Do you have the title for the vehicle and how long have you owned it, as I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m software engineer in Hewlett Packard,(HP) and a contract staff so i cant handle this in person.My only means of payment is PayPal,its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the paypal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount.If you don’t have a paypal account,its pretty easy to open one,Just log on to http://www.paypal.com and sign up.I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? as my brother’s birthday is fast approaching. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me.I look forward to hear from you with the information below to proceed with the Payment thanks. I will also need your contact to discus this better on the phone

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Your last asking price:
    Your Zip code for pickup

  203. Kevin Lanteigne

    We received this as second email:

    Hi there, 1. How much is the final price? 2. Can you tell me the service/ maintenance history? 3. What is the purpose of selling?

    After responding to his questions, we received this:

    Thank you for the information, i just wanted to make sure nothing has been left out. I`m comfortable with the information you gave me, I will buy for the price, payment will be sent via PayPal and i will handle the PayPal surcharge as well. My shipping agent (shipper) will come around to inspect and take care of any necessary documentation needed for the purchase on my behalf, funds will clear in your bank account before pickup. In the meantime can you send me more pictures if available?

    We find it too good to be true so immediately thought it was a scam. Plus his email address is: 41b52e81@contact.autotrader.ca

  204. MARCUS BRUCE strikes again with this email ronkealani@gmail.com & this message:
    Thank you for getting back to me,can you assure me that i will not be disappointed if i buy this vehicle as a Birthday gift for my Dad? as I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m software engineer in Hewlett Packard,(HP) and a contract staff so i cant handle this in person.My only means of payment is PayPal,its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the paypal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount.If you don’t have a paypal account,its pretty easy to open one,Just log on to http://www.paypal.com and sign up.I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? as the day is fast approaching. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me.I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Your last asking price:
    Your Zip code for pickup:
    Your Cell phone #:

    Thank you
    Marc

  205. yep this looks like the same thing – too good to be true – only posted it an hour ago!

    From scottjohn148@gmail.com

    Thanks for getting back to me and i appreciate your prompt reply..I am presently out of town now.. I am buying this for my son as a surprise gift. However,does it have any history I should be aware of? and why are you selling if you don’t mind my asking and I will really appreciate if you can email more info and if possible more photos. I can only pay through paypal at the moment as i don’t have access to my bank account online(i dont
    have internet banking with it), but i have i t attached to my paypal account, and this is why i insisted on using paypal to pay,all i will need is your paypal email address to make the payment, and if you dont have a paypal account yet, you can set one it cant take you less than 3mins to do that, i will be expecting your paypal email so l can pay and your phone number. I have a pick up agent that will come for the pick up after payment has been sorted, l will be waiting for your reply asap.

  206. Marcus Bruce – fake and a scam i also received his Email stating that he wanted a vehicle for his father’s birthday

  207. Nobody is willing to pay your full asking price !! That was my first RED FLAG. And this person’s grammar wasn’t great. English is definitely this person’s second language .. 2nd RED FLAG. Asking me to hurry..?? 3rd RED FLAG. Do you want another RED FLAG? I never ‘got back to him’

    From: Marcus Bruce
    Date: April 13, 2015 at 9:39:53 AM EDT
    To:
    Subject: Re: Auto Trader Explorer

    Thank you for getting back to me,can you assure me that i will not be disappointed if i buy this vehicle as a Birthday gift for my Dad? as I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m software engineer in Hewlett Packard,(HP) and a contract staff so i cant handle this in person.My only means of payment is PayPal,its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the paypal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount.If you don’t have a paypal account,its pretty easy to open one,Just log on to http://www.paypal.com and sign up.I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? as the day is fast approaching. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me.I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Your last asking price:
    Your Zip code for pickup:
    Your Cell phone #:

    Thanks you
    Marc

  208. I received a text message from 774-204-9159 about my ad on auto trader, asking for pictures of the engine be sent to Ronroberts793@gmail.com. Here is the actual text message I received.

    "I am interested in the Vehicle you posted on Autotrader, i will want you to send me the engine pictures to Ronroberts793@gmail.com. Before i can proceed"

  209. Here’s an example from julietthomas@gmail.com

    Do you have the extra keys, Do you have the spare tire, Where did you get your car serviced, Have you ever had any transmission repairs and Is there any rust on the vehicle?. I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m currently in a conference and calls are restricted at the moment and my only quickest payment option is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount. If you don’t have an account with PayPal, its pretty easy to open one,Just log onto http://www.paypal.com and sign up. I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? As I am buying it for my dad and I’m pretty very sure he will love it, he’s an handy man, so if there is anything that need to be fixed in it just let me know he will handle it. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the documentations and changing of ownership on my behalf. I’ll look forward to hearing from you with the information below so that I can make the payment this morning as
    soon as possible.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Zip code for pickup:
    Firm Price

  210. Text from (435) 529-8594

    Hello,am interested in your vehicle on AUTOTRADER,please reply to my Email (ronkealani@gmail.com) with large engine pics before i proceed.Thank you.Marc.

  211. Yup I got the exact same texts and emails from Ronroberts793 and ronkealani. Was suspicious of first
    text, but when exact same BS started coming from a tot
    ally different # and email, knew it was a scam.

  212. Hello,am interested in your vehicle on AUTOTRADER,please reply to my Email (ronkealani@gmail.com) with large engine pics before i proceed. Thank you. Marc
    Phone (435) 529-8594

  213. Hello,am interested in your vehicle on AUTOTRADER,please reply to my Email (ronkealani@gmail.com) with large engine pics before i proceed, thanks marc

    435-529-8594

  214. When I saw texts from 2 different people out of state. The second one, after I added an engine pic on the autotrader site…

    Hello. am interested in your vehicle posted on AUTOTRADER, please reply to my email (smails2434@gmail.com) with the large engine pics before i proceed. Thank you. Marcus

    I’m interested in your vehicle on autotrader if still available reply to my email julietthomas00@gmail.com with the engine pics.Juliet

  215. I received a text message from 774-204-9159 about my ad on auto trader, asking for pictures of the engine be sent to Ronroberts793@gmail.com. Here is the actual text message I received.

    "I am interested in the Vehicle you posted on Autotrader, i will want you to send me the engine pictures to Ronroberts793@gmail.com. Before i can proceed"

  216. I am being scammed right now by a Mark James (sbnndc@gmail.com).
    Is there any authority that I can report this to?

  217. Just got my "Ron Roberts" email today as I am selling a vehicle on Auto Trader. I was skeptical therefore I googled and found this info. What a scam!

  218. I got the same email from RonRoberts793@gmail.com, and who also texted me from 774-204-9159 about my ad on auto trader, asking for pictures of the engine. Here is the text of the email I received. Very similar to a commenter above:

    Am so much interested in the vehicle and can you assure me that i will not be disappointed if i buy this Vehicle as a Birthday gift for my brother? Do you have the title for the vehicle and how long have you owned it, as I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m software engineer in Hewlett Packard,(HP) and a contract staff so i cant handle this in person.My only means of payment is PayPal,its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the paypal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount.If you don’t have a paypal account,its pretty easy to open one,Just log on to http://www.paypal.com and sign up.I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? as my brother’s birthday is fast approaching. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me.I look forward to hear from you with the information below to proceed with the Payment thanks. I will also need your contact to discus this better on the phone

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Your last asking price:
    Your Zip code for pickup

  219. Ron Roberts793 with a Massachusetts phone number just sent me the I work for hp email and want to pay through PayPal. Just a heads up.

  220. They’re still at it! Thanks for the heads up!

    From: Ron Roberts
    Date: January 12, 2015 at 10:32:00 PM EST
    Thank you for getting back to me,can you assure me that i will not be disappointed if i buy this Vehicle as a Birthday gift for my brother? as I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m software engineer in Hewlett Packard,(HP) and a contract staff so i cant handle this in person.My only means of payment is PayPal,its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the paypal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount.If you don’t have a paypal account,its pretty easy to open one,Just log on to http://www.paypal.com and sign up.I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? as my brother’s birthday is fast approaching. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me.I look forward to hear from you with the information below to proceed with the Payment thanks. I will also need your contact to discus this better on the phone

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Your last asking price:
    Your Zip code for pickup

  221. A certain comfort Diaz sent us an email claiming to be a marine biologist based off the Tasman Sea. She would like to buy our car for her son in Dubai. The same story of not having access on the phone but can send email to us. If she is for real, why can’t we do Skype so she can view the car? Anyway, she would like to get the car first before the balance is in our bank account. She also said that she will arrange a shipping courier to pick up the car. So many red flags for a full blown scam.

  222. Just received "offer" for car from Jan Josef. He’s deployed in germany, can’t use phone. BuYing for father. Wants ty o use PayPal and will pay fees.

  223. I received this kind of situation were the buyer is doing it through a cheque he sent me and I have to send the shipping funds to the Shipping guy via money gram the cheque arrives and its from some company in Ottawa but the shippers is in France letting the bank figure out if the cheque is good or not making this guy wait but it is starting to look like a scam like explained here but with out the PayPal any thoughts on if I’m being scammed or not

  224. I received this kind of situation were the buyer is doing it through a cheque he sent me and I have to send the shipping funds to the Shipping guy via money gram the cheque arrives and its from some company in Ottawa but the shippers is in France letting the bank figure out if the cheque is good or not making this guy wait but it is starting to look like a scam like explained here but with out the PayPal any thoughts on if I’m being scammed or not

  225. helenpaul001@outlook.com

    I’m satisfied with it and i’m really interested in buying it. I would have love to come to view it today, but My place is away far, we just moved to New Glasgow, Halifax Nova Scotia. So i thought to use a courier company, to pickup the item from your place but we will send the money to your account first and after you get the money in your account. The pickup Agent will be coming for the pick up. So I will forward it to the shipping company to calculate the cost of pick up for me. I’ll be waiting for the address where the item is, so i can send it to my Pickup Agent for the calculation of there fees and i’m sure they will get back to me soon. So about the payment i will like the payment to be made via PayPal online secure payment .. Please get back to me with this Information as well.

    1.The price.
    2.Your PayPal Full Name.
    3.Your Paypal E-mail address.
    4.Your phone number.

    Best Regards.

  226. I’m trying to sell a boat and Mr Cunningham wanted to buy it for his father in law in WI and I’m in CA. He sent a second email asking for Paypal and the boat became a car somehow.

  227. garrcunninghamo1@gmail.com tried to purchase an airplane, phone number for texting that was used was 979- 217 -2699 same MO as stated above in trying to get information. Communication was stopped. We believe this could be from a foreign nation or a foreigner how things were worded. Thank you for posting this info on the site.

  228. same as above, Brian lewis 06/10/14 – phoned paypal and they said dont do it as not covered under protetion scheme for payments to do with cars. Then decided to google and came up with these. Reported his email to Paypal. Scumbag.

  229. Just been contacted by Evansmax@outlook.com wanting to buy my bike at the full asking price without even viewing it first. Claimed it was a gift for his son and a trusted courier would collect and wanted my PayPal account to pay funds asap. Beware!!!

  230. Just been contacted from Brianlewis54@yahoo.com
    Something just wasnt right from the first contact,he was working offshore ,hed never seen the car and would pay the full asking price. He would send me the money once I had paid via Western Union the shipping fee. Dont get conned.

  231. I was just contacted via text from a SHERRY CROFT.. yet another scam name to add to the list. The content of text was worded almost verbatim. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!! My car is advertised on AUTO TRADER.

  232. I was just contacted via text from a SHERRY CROFT.. yet another scam name to add to the list. The content of text was worded almost verbatim. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!! My car is advertised on AUTO TRADER.

  233. I want to buy a car I saw in AutoScout website. I received some weired information from the seller, telling me that she has been working in Italy worked and now she has gone back to England – Sunderland, and if I want to buy this benz B sport 2008 I have to pay in advance 50% (of 6100€ rate) to a shipping company which will check everything and bring the car in Italy where I’m going to check the car myself too, and if I’m satisfied I’ll pay the rest, if not they will take the car back and in 24h I will have my 50% of money back. This girl called Gabrielle Hunt is paying the transport (which I know it costs a lot as i work in a transport company too) and all the documents expenses too. Now, I never did a business like this and I’m quite sure is a fake one, could you please tell me anything about this matter? She gave me these contact: La societa di transporto e:European Auto Transport,Web: http://www.auto-car-transport.com ,Email: logistics-transport@live.com ,Addison Street,SR2 8BL ,Sunderland-United Kingdom,Telefono:0044/746-675-0610/Fax:0044-20351-42453.
    Puo chiamare alla loro sede:0044-746-675-0610,li rispondera un loro agente che parla italiano e che e’il responsabile dei trasporti per Italia
    Se dovesse avere bisogno di ulteriori chiarimenti mi potrebbe chiamare al seguente numero di telefono: 0044/7466-91-9223.
    Let me know as soon as possible please,

  234. Christian Jager

    Another scamer detected: John Owens via the e-mail account: john_owens001@outlook.com
    In this case he want’s to ‘buy’ a grand piano and wants to pay via paypal. He told thath he had paid 1000 Euros to much and wanted me to pay the 1000 Euros via westernunion to the united arab emirates….

  235. I just posted a vehicle in autotrader, was contacted by "Marc Bonhomme" over text message from number (289) 975-4932. Text transcript: "Tell me the maintenance of your vehicle on autotrader? Please reply to m.bonhomme1@outlook.com to further our conversation?"

    After replying with the information requested this is the answer that I received: "I really appreciate the information you sent to me regarding what you list for sale, it helps in judging my intuition over the purchase, well i’m comfortable with the information you sent to me. I’ll want you to send me more pictures of for viewing. I’ll be paying you via PayPal, do you have an account with them?"

    After receiving this email, I answered to him that he should look at the car first, then we would agree on a price, then I would take a cash deposit from him and the balance from a registered cashier’s cheque. To no surprise I never heard from him again. After googling his name I was directed to this page.

  236. I'm Not Stupid

    After reading all these posts it seems this guy has many names and is busy busy trying to scam people! This is the email we received:

    From: nicholas hayes <nicholashayes755@gmail.com>
    Date: March 24, 2016 at 9:30:02 AM EDT
    Subject: Re:
    Thanks for getting back to me, I would like to ask some details concerning this vehicle before making a purchase because i ask a friend Austin to search for me and get back to this email: How long have you owned it? Do you have the spare tire? Is there any rust on the vehicle? Have you owned it from new? Have you ever had any transmission repairs? Where did you get your vehicle serviced? Do you have the extra keys? I’m wanting to get the car as a birthday gift for my in-law, It’s priced favorably compared to others so I want you to consider it sold to me because I am satisfied with your firm/advert price but not cash in person because I’m serving in the US Marine cop and currently serving at Camp Taji in Iraq and calls are restricted at the moment and my only quickest payment option is PayPal, its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the PayPal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount.I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? As I am buying the vehicle for my and in-law I’m very sure he will love this vehicle, I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me, I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too since i won’t be able to see this in person. I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :
    Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Zip code:
    phone number:

    Thank you.

  237. Received this message:
    Thank you for getting back to me,can you assure me that i will not be disappointed if i buy this vehicle as a Birthday gift for my Dad? as I’m ready to pay your asking price but not cash in person because I’m software engineer in Hewlett Packard,(HP) and a contract staff so i cant handle this in person.My only means of payment is PayPal,its safe fast and secure and i will be responsible for the paypal transaction charges so you can get your expected amount.If you don’t have a paypal account,its pretty easy to open one,Just log on to http://www.paypal.com and sign up.I hope we can make the purchase as fast as possible? as the day is fast approaching. I have a mover that will come for the pick up once payment clears in your account and he will handle the title for me.I look forward to hear from you with the information below.

    Your PayPal e-Mail Address :

    Your last asking price:
    Your Zip code for pickup:

    Your Cell phone #:

    Thank you

    Marc

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  239. We just put a car on Autotrader and received a response almost identical to the one’s below from ryanseltmann30@gmail.com. (Overseas, buying for father, etc) The real tip off for me was the grammar. In all the bogus offers, the grammar was bad enough to make me realize the sender didn’t speak English as his primary language. I immediately went online and found this site. Thanks for the info.

  240. Listed car for sale last night on Craigslist. Got this text this morning from 208-443-8620: 2011 Chevrolet Equinox – $15900 Is still have it for sale? if yes kindly email me back at my email george.owen4@aol.com because we are not allow to do phone call only email at our stationed.. Thanks

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