Saturday, January 30, 2010

4 cadillac rims - $200 you have it for sale?

I put my friends caddy rims on craigslist a few weeks ago for 200$ and check out these emails I got from one of those scammers (I did not correct his spelling, grammar, or punctuation):

1st email:
"4 cadillac rims - $200 you have it for sale?"


2nd email:
Thanks for the response.I am willing to pay your asking price.I will pay by money order as its the only way i can pay you at the moment due to the fact that i am away for an assignment.I will make arrangement for the pick-up after payment have been received by you. I dont mind adding an extra $20 just for you can keep it in my favor.Reply with your full name and address where payment should be sent.and phone number that i can reach you with .Please take the posting off craigslist today and consider it sold to me.
Expecting to hear from you soon.

Now, I was starting to get suspicious but I figured I had nothing to lose so I gave him my first and last name and my friends mailing address. He says he will be paying by money order so yea, I'll be waiting to see if this guy is going to mail me a money order for $200 (and I might get an extra $20 added lol).

3rd email:
Pls this to let you know that i have given my client the go ahead to mail payment to you.You should
receive payment within the coming week( 3-4 days time).Pls notify me once payment is
received so that we can proceed with the pickup.Thanks for your understanding and

OK so his client (...?) is going to mail me the payment. Whatever.

4th email:
"Hi ,
I hope you are fine and alright.Have you received the payment? I have been busy
myself but doing great. There is something i think i must bring to your notice. After
a reconciliation of my account , i discovered that somehow my client must have
paid you morethan. And for that reason my pay check has been shorten,however i want to believe i
wont have an issue with you.

Please if you receive the payment, i would like you to deduct your money and send
the remaining via western union to the representative of the moving company that will be
coming for the pickup. I will provide the info you need to complete the western union
Thanks once again for your understanding and patience.
Warm regards

I just love "Warm regards", it makes me feel comfortable and reassured LoL! So obviously by now you should notice the scam, and if you don't then get off the internet because it's no place for you. At this point it's 10 days since the first email from my buddy Peter and I have yet to receive this money order. I forgot to mention this dude's name is Peter Homer. Yup. This guy must have been watching Simpsons and Family Guy reruns when he cooked up this scheme. Oh yea and what's he mean his "pay check has been shorten" lol?

So another week passes and I do indeed receive my "payment" from Peter! I got a check (personal check typed up with "Certified Check" written in the Memo spot lol) from MAXIMLASER.COM in Carrollton, TX for $1,800!! My friend brought the check (yes check not money order like Peter told me) over and we examined it for a little while before taking it to the bank. The envelope's return address was in Georgia, the check was from a company in Texas, and it was for $1,600 extra which Peter wanted me to Western Union him back! Needless to say I, unsuccessfully, tried to cash it at two local banks and a convenient store; nothing wrong with trying to get some money. By now we were pretty disappointed in Peters check making skills, it looked real enough for us why wouldn't anyone cash it?! So I emailed Peter and asked him what the deal was and here's how it went down:

My email to Peter:
"Good to hear from you Peter! I have received a check from MAXIMLASER.COM. The address is in Carrollton, TX 75006. Is this your check? Please email me back with the amount it is written out for and we can continue our transaction.

His response:

Thanks for keeping me inform about this,and sorry for that mix-up, and any inconviences it might cause you. i gave your information to the account officer to get it sent because as at that time i was yet to be paid. so it was sent out of my weekly paycheck. so when i was to be paid i was short of $1600. From my calculation what was sent, I believe was $1800. it was sent from our Texas office.

Please go ahead and deposit it at your bank and deduct your payment ($200) for the item plus the ($20) for keeping it to my favour and have the difference of the money ($1580) sent via western union to the rep. of the moving company.Here is the information.

Receiver's Name: Chris Micheal
Address: 231 Scott street
Conyers , GA 30012.
Pls you will have to take cash to any western union location around where you stay and have it sent. Deduct the western union charges from the money you are sending to the movers.Get back to me with the following info on the western union that i forward it to them.

Exact amount sent after deducting charges,
Senders name and address.

Pls once they confirm the receipt of the payment they will proceed with the pick up
Thanks for your kind gesture.

So uh, yea ... I'm definitely not doing all that crap.

If you're reading this Mr. Peter Homer: I still have that check, but I don't plan on doing anything with it but maybe roll a bigass J so your money is safe. LoL