eBay Vehicle Protection Program scam

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A new type of escrow scam is showing up on most of the east coast craigslist motorcycle boards. This scheme will advertise a great deal to elicit lots of responses, and each responder gets a few bait emails explaining that the item is “in eBay’s hands” because a previous sale there was not completed.

Lately, scammers are posting with gmail addresses that almost always contain a first name. After a potential target responds to the ad, the gmail address is abandoned. I have seen this trend in real estate as well. This particular scammer used [email protected] to send these emails to me in an auto-responder fashion after I contacted him. No matter what my emails contained, these three messages came from the scammer as immediate responses in this order:

First of all, please DO NOT REPLY at this e-Mail if you don’t have the amount available, or if you don’t intend to be serious.
I’m from Orlando, Florida.
This is the second time when I try to sell the motorcycle. First time I tried eBay.
Because all the time I use only 100% safe methods I sent the motorcycle through eBay Vehicle Protection Program to a buyer from Alaska.
I paid all the shipping fees from my money and when the eBay have requested the payment the seller have refused to pay because he don’t have the full amount.
Now I have the motorcycle in the eBay hands and is ready to be delivered to the next buyer.
If you want to purchase it and only if you are a serious buyer then send me your complete name and address for shipping.
The time delivery will be only 3 days and the motorcycle will be delivered at your home address full registered in your state and under your name.

This scam appears to be sophisticated for a few reasons. Above all, eBay does have a Vehicle Protection Program that was designed to shield buyers from scam artists on eBay Motors. After some quick searches, a shopper could be falsely convinced that this program exists as a transaction escrow service instead of just a monetary guarantee. Also, the ad text itself plays on a buyer’s emotions. This seller appears to be frustrated with dead-beat buyers and tire kickers, which is a typical grief that one-time sellers profess in their listings.

The second email…

The bike is in perfect condition. Full working. The technical inspection has been made 3 weeks ago.
Now the motorcycle is in the eBay hands and not in my possession it. If you will not like it and you will decide to return it then you will receive the full refund. If you will decide to buy it then eBay will release the funds to me.
If you agree with the terms then send me your complete name, address FAX number and I’ll redirect the motorcycle to you.
I’ll wait for your reply!

Regards!

…and the third email…

eBay Protection Program help the sellers and buyers to stay safe with all the transactions.

How it works:
1. The seller ships the goods to eBay. They will inspect the goods and will contact you through email with the payment details.
2. You will send the payment to eBay.
3. After eBay will confirm your payment they will delivery you the goods in 3 days.
4. As soon as you will receive and you will inspect it if all will be ok and if you will decide to keep it then eBay will release the funds to me. If not you will receive the full refunds and the goods will be returned to me.

Tips that will save you from this scam:

  1. eBay does not handle merchandise or hold and release funds
  2. make sure the email address on the ad listing and the one you communicate with are the same
  3. avoid shipping, deal locally, and meet the seller in person

Have you encountered an online scam?

I am not a lawyer or a financial consultant, but I can help you report an online scam to the US federal authorities. If you publish emails that scammers have sent you on fightthescams.com, you can help save others from becoming victims of similar schemes.

703 comments

  1. Wow! Talk about timely. I got caught squarely in this exact fraud regardig a 2004 Honda CRV for $2,890. I told myself over and over again “if its too good to be true, it is”, but then rationalized each concern because of wanting that great deal. We moneygrammed the money last night per instructions and then this morning ran across a Craig’ list scam advisory about people requesting wired funds. We were able to stop payment, and get the money reimbursed while we did more checking into Ebay motors VPP. Then I ran across your posting. Dead on with what is happening to us. Luckily, we got out before it became a very expensive lesson. I am too old and smart to get caught by this, but the greed nearly got me. Thank you for posting!

  2. We just went through something very similar. The car was real, checked out on carfax but was registered in New York. We found it on craigslist and contacted the seller who claimed to be local. The car was supposed to be in Reno and the payment was to go to an agent in California. We checked everything out and made payment then found some information describing this scam. I went back to reverse the transaction and the funds were still in the account. We were lucky – we got our money back including the $100 transaction fee. I can share all of the e-mails, but they are very similar to yours. The lady claimed to be going through a divorce and would get the car which she just wanted to get rid of. It was very underpriced, which got our attention very quickly. I guess if it is too good to be true…it probably is a fraud.

  3. Wow, just like the others mine was the same exactly thing. I cant believe that low lifes do this sh**. Thank god for this webpage and the customer service at Moneygram that said hey you need to inquire about the EBAY AGENTS. I am so thankful that i didnt get shafted. i hope that others will see this page.

  4. Here ia an email i got after seeing an ad on autotrader.
    Same MO as above. It seems funny so I google and found this post

    Thanks

    The car is located in Idaho at a shipping and storage company. So for this transaction we will use eBay company.Here is how the process works:

    – you give me your full name and shipping address
    – I start a transaction on eBay company,
    – they send you the payment instructions,
    – you send the money into eBay trust account,
    – they confirm me that they received the funds,
    – I ship the car,
    – you receive the car,
    – they send me the money.

    The payment type will be establish by eBay after start the transaction. They will hold the money until the car is delivered to you, with properly executed title. You have 5 days for the inspection period. If the car is not like described you will have to ship it back in 30 business days on my expense, but I am sure that you will love it.
    In order to move forward I will need the following info from you so I can set up a new transaction case through eBay:
    1. full name
    2. shipping address
    ____________________

  5. i faulks me i get cauth with that loosing money
    first i am from montreal quebec canada i respond an ad on a locol site for a boat they said

    First of all, please DO NOT REPLY at this e-Mail if you don’t have the amount available, or if you don’t intend to be serious.
    I’m from Orlando, Florida.
    This is the second time when I try to sell the motorcycle. First time I tried eBay.
    Because all the time I use only 100% safe methods I sent the motorcycle through eBay Vehicle Protection Program to a buyer from Alaska.
    I paid all the shipping fees from my money and when the eBay have requested the payment the seller have refused to pay because he don’t have the full amount.
    Now I have the motorcycle in the eBay hands and is ready to be delivered to the next buyer.
    If you want to purchase it and only if you are a serious buyer then send me your complete name and address for shipping.
    The time delivery will be only 3 days and the motorcycle will be delivered at your home address full registered in your state and under your name.

    hum exept it was not a bike iy was a boat
    i sent my adress and every thing for the sipping to the sellers he or she send my adress to ebay about 3 hrs after i receive an official bill from ebay motor protection with all the detail for the shipment they ask me to send money by money gram to ebay and they hold the money until i receive my boat after i inspected i have to confirm to ebay it was in good shape then they send the money to the seller
    surprise surprise 4 day after saw the same ad where i found it first but in an another city in ontario i do i fake email and he respond me li ke the first time i transfert everything in my local law and f.b.i hope they get cautgh!!!!!!!!!
    sorry for my english i am french

  6. I almost got caught up in the same thing. I was saying it was too good to be true and it was. They are using anything possible. I almost got scammed on a New Holland Tractor with about 6 implaments. I am currently emailing this gentlemen, he/she is using gmail. If there is some way we can trace this and give the people a dose of their own medicane. That would be so sweet.

  7. I just ran in to this same scam. I started off like most of you feeling like this was to good to be true. My case started with Auto Trader for a Mini Cooper very low miles. Below are the emails to follow.

    The car has a clear title, is in an excellent condition, no dents or scratches, it was always garaged and regular maintenance and oil changes were done in time. Hasn’t been involved in an accident or flood damage. The motor runs very well. You know the price but if you want extra photos and Carfax report just let me know! I don’t want to offend you but the car is priced for a fast sale so please if you intend to apply for a loan or financing do not reply.

    The pictures of the car and the Carfax report are in the attachment! Before anything take place please read carefully the following lines:

    First of all I want to tell you that I am not selling this car for profit or due a lack of money. All I can say is that some recent events in my life made me change my perception of certain things, things that I’ve considered important in the past. I will donate all money to charity after I sell this car. I am currently on a trip for UNICEF.

    The transaction will be made through eBay company for the safety of both. I’ve already included the car into eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection, so I will sell only through this.

    If you want to buy the car, and you agree with my terms please reply so I can give you a detailed description of the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection.

    Waiting for your reply.

    Thank you,

    The car is located in Idaho at a shipping and storage company. So for this transaction we will use eBay company.Here is how the process works:

    – you give me your full name and shipping address
    – I start a transaction on eBay company,
    – they send you the payment instructions,
    – you send the money into eBay trust account,
    – they confirm me that they received the funds,
    – I ship the car,
    – you receive the car,
    – they send me the money.

    The payment type will be establish by eBay after start the transaction. They will hold the money until the car is delivered to you, with properly executed title. You have 5 days for the inspection period. If the car is not like described you will have to ship it back in 30 business days on my expense, but I am sure that you will love it.

    In order to move forward I will need the following info from you so I can set up a new transaction case through eBay:
    1. full name
    2. shipping address

    Please let me know your ebay user id and phone number also in order to start the transaction.

    I will send your shipping information to eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection and they will set up the transaction. Let me know as soon as they contact you with the payment instructions.

    I received an e-mail from eBay saying that they opened our transaction. The transaction # is 2449117506. Let me know if they contacted you too. If you need guidance on this transaction just reply to the eBay invoice and let them know! I am sure they will help you in any way!

    Hope this helps the next person –

  8. Yeah, The UNICEF guy is attempting to sell me a Hybrid as we speak! Thanks for the heads up!

  9. Before I left, I went with the car at the shipping company and I took many pictures. I have attached all the pictures that I have made so that you can see that the car is in excellent condition overall. If you like the car and you want to buy it, let me tell you more about the deal.

    The car will be delivered to your location on my expense once we start the transaction through eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection. It will be inspected upon arrival by eBay staff(you can also inspect it your own if you want) and you’ll receive all the needed car papers along with the car. eBay will take care of the financial part by holding the payment in their bank account managed by an eBay representative.

    Here is how the process works:

    – you give me your full name and shipping address;
    – I start a transaction through eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection;
    – they send you the payment instructions;
    – you make the payment into the eBay VPP trust account(they will provide you with that information in the purchase invoice which you will receive from them);
    – they confirm to me that the payment was made;
    – I ship the car to you(shipping delay will be 5-7 business days);
    – you receive the car(you will have 5 days to see, test drive and inspect the car and see if you are satisfied with it) – eBay VPP will secure the funds until the car is delivered to you with properly executed title.
    – after inspection you confirm to eBay that the car is as I have described it and that you are satisfied with it;
    – they finally pay me after your confirmation.

    If the car doesn’t satisfy you, you have the option to ship it back in 15 business days on my expense(also getting your money back from eBay VPP), but I am sure that you will love it!
    I have sold one year ago another car this way and I was very satisfied with the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program. It worked exackly as it should. I hope you got the idea of how it works. In order to proceed further I will need your full name and shipping address to set up a new transaction case through eBay. Then eBay will get in touch with you for further details and instructions.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Thanks!
    Allen

  10. FYI… The story is always so convincing. the message I just posted was from the UNICEF guy who responded only at 2:00 – 4:00 a.m. in the morning and refused to provide me a contact number even if I offered to pay the phone charges to discuss the transaction. If you encouter scams like this, please contact the the federal trade commission so a full investigation can be conducted.

    FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
    FTC online complaint form (www.ftc.gov)

  11. The Unicef Guys is trying to sell me a 19698 Mach 1 for way too cheap. Thank You
    He so stupid he’s even using the same name!!!!
    Hi,
    First of all I want to tell you that I am not selling this car for profit or due a lack of money. This is also the reason for the lower price. This is a charity sale, I will donate the money to a children foundation after I sell this car. For this reason the deal must be concluded through a company. All I can say is that some recent events in my life made me change my perception of certain things, things that I’ve considered important in the past.

    I am currently on a trip for UNICEF. The transaction will be made through eBay company for the safety of both. I’ve already included the car into the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection, so I will sell only through this. I hope that is fine for you. The car will be shipped on my expense to your location.

    The car has clear title. The condition of this car is excellent. The paint is in perfect shape. There are no dings, scratches, any damage on the body or rust. This vehicle has been very well maintained and kept both smoke and accident free. If you want to see more pictures just let me know.

    I am ready to reserve the car for you. If you want to buy the car, and you agree with my terms please reply so I can give you a detailed description of the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection.

    I am waiting for your email.

    Thank you,
    Allen

    Hi Joshua,
    Before I left, I went with the car at the shipping company and I took many pictures. If you like the car and you want to buy it, let me tell you more about the deal.

    The car will be delivered to your location on my expense once we start the transaction through eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection. It will be inspected upon arrival by eBay staff(you can also inspect it your own if you want) and you’ll receive all the needed car papers along with the car. eBay will take care of the financial part by holding the payment in their bank account managed by an eBay representative.

    Here is how the process works:

    – you give me your full name and shipping address;
    – I start a transaction through eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection;
    – they send you the payment instructions;
    – you make the payment into the eBay VPP trust account(they will provide you with that information in the purchase invoice which you will receive from them);
    – they confirm to me that the payment was made;
    – I ship the car to you;
    – you receive the car(you will have 5 days to see, test drive and inspect the car and see if you are satisfied with it) – eBay VPP will secure the funds until the car is delivered to you with properly executed title.
    – after inspection you confirm to eBay that the car is as I have described it and that you are satisfied with it;
    – they finally pay me after your confirmation.

    If the car doesn’t satisfy you, you have the option to ship it back in 15 business days on my expense(also getting your money back from eBay VPP), but I am sure that you will love it!
    I have sold one year ago another car this way and I was very satisfied with the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program. It worked exackly as it should. I hope you got the idea of how it works. In order to proceed further I will need your full name and shipping address to set up a new transaction case through eBay. Then eBay will get in touch with you for further details and instructions.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Thanks!
    Allen

  12. A friend got the same scam from a Seargent in Croatia. My friend puts the money into an e-bay trust account and has ten days to inspect the car. What is interesting is that the Seargent was going to ship the car military freight and the car could be delivered anywhere in the US on the tax payers dime. Finally the retail Kelly Blue was $16,000.00 and he was willing to sell the car for $3,000.00 and that price included shipping cost from Croatia. I just talked to my friend this morning and he has received two additional offer on cars, same basic scam. Finally all of these offers were from Craig’s list. Beware!

  13. Wow good thing I ran into this website I was looking for a car and found one on autotrader a 2006 bmw 330ci way under retail value 14200 with only 35,000 miles. My wife and I thought this was to good to be true, so she began researching and foud this website. He sent me a carfax report that showed the car to be in good shape which sounded more convincing at the time this person has changed his name it is now ALEX FREWERD and he is using a googlemail so whatch out guys I will be calling the FTC phone number and just hope that this guy gets caught.

    The car has a clear title, is in an excellent condition, no dents or scratches, it was always garaged and regular maintenance and oil changes were done in time. Hasn’t been involved in an accident or flood damage. The motor runs very well. You know the price but if you want extra photos and Carfax report just let me know! I don’t want to offend you but the car is priced for a fast sale so please if you intend to apply for a loan or financing do not reply.

    The pictures of the car and the Carfax report are in the attachment! Before anything take place please read carefully the following lines:

    First of all I want to tell you that I am not selling this car for profit or due a lack of money. All I can say is that some recent events in my life made me change my perception of certain things, things that I’ve considered important in the past. I will donate all money to charity after I sell this car. I am currently on a trip for UNICEF.

    The transaction will be made through eBay company for the safety of both. I’ve already included the car into eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection, so I will sell only through this.

    If you want to buy the car, and you agree with my terms please reply so I can give you a detailed description of the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection.

    Waiting for your reply.

    Thank you,

    The car is located in Idaho at a shipping and storage company. So for this transaction we will use eBay company.Here is how the process works:

    – you give me your full name and shipping address
    – I start a transaction on eBay company,
    – they send you the payment instructions,
    – you send the money into eBay trust account,
    – they confirm me that they received the funds,
    – I ship the car,
    – you receive the car,
    – they send me the money.

    The payment type will be establish by eBay after start the transaction. They will hold the money until the car is delivered to you, with properly executed title. You have 5 days for the inspection period. If the car is not like described you will have to ship it back in 30 business days on my expense, but I am sure that you will love it.

    In order to move forward I will need the following info from you so I can set up a new transaction case through eBay:
    1. full name
    2. shipping address

  14. Me too. Looking at a CLS55 and it is stored in a Idaho shipping / storage facility in a locked container. Mileage was not correct on carfax to the pic of the instrument panel, asked several times on this and was never really given a solid answer, just that i am interested in the car or not! ( always uses exclamations, his trademark ) He would ship for free to canada? How so, i said? No reply, bogus shipping company and such were forwarded after. When i said that the customs and border patrol need the docs on the car and if it is in a locked container how the hell can it confirmed? No reply. Also will not meet you to confirm the car and VIN number due to he does not allow test drives due to damage could occur. This guys a joke, Alex Frewerd, and uses Unicef as is good samaritan ploy of sale. All the same as everyone elses experiences, he will get caught, hopefully some good people get taken. But the rule is correct, if it is too good to be true, it is.

  15. I am sad to say that I was almost a victim to this scam. Guy posted 2001 Honda Accord on Craigslist only to take it off the day after… I had already responded to the car when it was mentioned that the car was at the shipping facility at ebay in San Jose, CA and that ebay motors was taking on this transaction for him due to his heavy travel schedule. YEAH RIGHT!!!! I knew it was too good to be true – 2001 Honda Accord for $2500, when retail on the car was $8000, but again like many other innocent citizens,….. was convinced into believing the price b/c I wanted it so badly and it was such a good price. I had already submitted the money via MoneyGram but the rep. at MoneyGram told me that if this is for payment of an on-line purchase, then I should use another method of payment due to the many fraudalent activities online but I told the rep… I got this information from ebay and yet the rep insisted on using another payment method but I went ahead and wired the money. Thankfully a few hours later, something fell over that just said “I don’t have a good feeling about this”… even if it is from ebay… I called MoneyGram and was able to retrieve my money back. I went on-line to check ebay’s website and surely enough… ebay specifically states that seller’s should not ask for immediate payment via Western Union or MoneyGram. I just hope this posting can help others ahead of time before they fall victim to this cruel scam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Thanks for the heads up everyone. A friend of mine almost bought a boat from someone using the exact same scam on kijiji here in Ontario. Sure would be nice to catch who ever is responsible.
    Again thanks all.

  17. Alex Frewerd tried “selling” a 2007 Acura TL with the same exact email, but I googled his Idaho # and saw that it was a scam.

  18. The ol’ saying ‘it’s to good to be true’ sure applies here, huh? We, too, almost got sucked into an FJ Cruiser that Alex Frewerd has for sale on Autotrader. Thankfully I happened to google his name and this website came up. I filed a fraud alert through the Autotrader scam info. Please, everyone, do the same and let’s catch this scum-bag!

  19. I am so thankful that I found this site with everyone’s comments…it has definitely saved me from falling into this guy’s trap..the “so called” Mr. Alex Frewerd. I can’t believe he has done this to so many people. Too good to be true is right and we should never forget that!! It’s amazing how he sends a clean CARFAX report although I was suspiscous when the car has changed hands 3 times in the last 2 years and has been from Florida to Wisconsin. Then his cell number says it’s out of service..any thing that made me feel uneasy and he will not provide his phone #. He will send you nice fancy, clean pics and lots of them too but don’t be fooled!! Again, thank you everyone for taking the time to help save another victim..he’s a professional scam artist. He tried selling a 2006 Mercedes Benz E55 AMG at $30k when it goes for close to $60k. Watchout! He tells us the same sappy Unicef story:
    The pictures of the car and the Carfax report are in the attachment! Before anything take place please read carefully the following lines:

    First of all I want to tell you that I am not selling this car for profit or due a lack of money. All I can say is that some recent events in my life made me change my perception of certain things, things that I’ve considered important in the past. I will donate all money to charity after I sell this car. I am currently on a trip for UNICEF.

    The transaction will be made through eBay company for the safety of both. I’ve already included the car into eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection, so I will sell only through this.

    If you want to buy the car, and you agree with my terms please reply so I can give you a detailed description of the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection.

    Waiting for your reply.

    Thank you,

  20. Wow, on a hunch I thought I would run his e-mail address in google just out of curiosity – looks like this guy is really busy these days – I responded to a craigslist ad for a 2005 prius. Then the item was delisted – thought it sold (good price and all). Then this e-mail appears from [email protected] saying he had personal problems and he could not attend to the sale of the car hence the late reply. We may be naive consumers but the fact that we’re all here crying over the same too good to be true deal says we’re learning. Obama would be proud – he is ashamed of everything else. Now, back to my French lessons :)

  21. Thanks! almost got caught, too!
    Same Alex Frewerd story, different car. This time a 2005 Toyota Prius on AutoTrader. Supposedly he’s in Denver and so are we. Only the phone number on AutoTrader is out of service and there’s no VIN listed.
    The wording on our emails was EXACTLY the same. Trip for UNICEF pull your heart strings story; car in perfect condition; sell through eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection; etc.
    Thanks again to everyone who posted warnings!

  22. Glad I googled and found this site. Another AutoTrader listing, then delisted and the exact same reply from Alex Frewerd (Nice BMW X5, about $15,000 under book…too good to be true). Knew something was up because he listed the wrong phone number for the area the car was supposedly in. Also, the pictures had palm trees in the background (not many of those here in Michigan). A promise of Carfax, more photos, no financing.

    Thanks for the postings.

  23. I am in the car business and actually import cars into canada for clients, I am in the process of looking for something for myself and after hearing every scam in the book for the last 5 years I am quite aware of whats real and whats not, well our friend “ALEX FREWERD” just emailed me about a bmw x5 i guess i had emailed him about with the same email word for word as the rest of you guy’s got I would have never sent him the money anyways and just so you guy’s know I have literally emailed about 30 different people selling their cars privatley on autotrader and 30 of them have been scammers, bottom line if it sounds too good to be true then it it!
    Thanks and thankfully some of you were able to get your money back! NEVER EVER send someone money via western union/money gram etc

  24. Another scam from the unfamous Alex .
    This time is a Lexus from autotrader.com
    **************************************

    So sorry for my late reply but due some personal problems I wasn’t able to handle the car sale. Please let me know if you are still interested in the car! The car has a clear title, is in an excellent condition, no dents or scratches, it was always garaged and regular maintenance and oil changes were done in time. Hasn’t been involved in an accident or flood damage. The motor runs very well. You know the price but if you want extra photos and Carfax report just let me know! I don’t want to offend you but the car is priced for a fast sale so please if you intend to apply for a loan or financing do not reply.


    Alex
    ************************

    What a SCUMBAG!!!

  25. Folks, his/her name now is Adam Crosman. BEWARE.

    The car is here in Edmonton ,Canada and I have it prepared for immediate shipping.
    If we reach an agreement, I am willing to take care of the truck shipping to your address.Shipping will take 5-7 days maximum. I have managed to obtain a low cost shipping, only $400 and I presume it would be fair to split the shipping cost so, we’ll pay $200 each. Meaning, that the car and the shipping/handling will cost you $5,800.00 I think this is reasonable.The car is registered in US and yo don’t have to pay anything.

    I have an account with ebay so I can close this deal through them.eBay will hold the money until you receive,test and accept the car ( 15 days ).In order to validate our deal i need to forward your details to ebay as my buyer so they can release our invoice with payment method and security program.If, for some reason, you disagree with the car (I assure you that is NOT going to happen since my car is in IMMACULATE condition inside and out) it will be shipped back to me on MY EXPENSE and you will receive your money back.

    I have closed my auction because somebody wanted to buy from me and he offered me a very good price but since than I never heard from him and turns out to be a dead beat, but above all this the car its still available for sale at the same price, its in perfect shape not dents or scratches.
    If you wish to proceed further, I will need your FULL NAME and FULL ADDRESS so I can start the transaction with eBay’s Vehicle Purchase Protection Program.

    I didn’t give him/her anything. BTW the posting was in Craiglist, and it was pulled after I contacted him/her via email.

  26. Alex Frewerd… [email protected] This past week…same story as above to purchase an ’06 Odyssey advertised in Santa Barbara, CA (559)921-4773. Number was always busy, so upon requesting a contact number, he gave me (208)936-2099.The rest is the same story… Ad found in Auto Trader, pulled the ad, but sent me photos and the Carfax report (About 30 photos, of every detail, but none of them had the odometer). Said he would set it up for purchase through ebay, will be shipped from Idaho, etc.). I was suspicious, then found this blog and confirmed my suspicions. Hope that helps anyone else out there.

  27. Alex tried to sell me a 2003 MB SL55 AMG for well below its true value. Thanks to this blog, I caught the scumbag. Great job and thanks to all of you who have contributed. Has anyone contacted AutoTrader or eBay?

  28. Thanks to the internet. Alex tried to sell me the MB SL55 AMG also. I googled him and all this great information popped up. I sent him the websites I found. This really good information. Thanks

  29. Im in the car business and i should of known better–if it sounds to good to be true it probably is. Same scam bmw 545 on autotrader,bad phone number then he finally contacts me via e-mail–I just emailed him or her and told him to man up and rob people face to face–what a coward!

  30. Tony i wish u wouldnt have sent him this website cause every email contains what his mistakes are. He just tried to scam me and it was alot harder to figure out. Has anyone got scammed by a [email protected]. Thx for the website it saved me from getting scammed out of a bmw 330CI. Lots of Luv to these posts

  31. Alex tried to sell me a Range Rover Sport. He sent at least 20 photos in front of a very extravagent house/neighboorhood. I asked several times where the car was located….He never answer that question. The crazy thing is on the carfax report it listed the car was in Florida but when it was listed on Auto Trader it was listed as being in a different state. The car fax report is what has me baffled. I’m glad I thought to goolge his name. Without this site I would still be carring on with this SLIM BALL.

    We only went as far as:
    First of all I want to tell you that I am not selling this car for profit or due a lack of money. All I can say is that some recent events in my life made me change my perception of certain things, things that I’ve considered important in the past. I will donate all money to charity after I sell this car. I am currently on a trip for UNICEF.

    The transaction will be made through eBay company for the safety of both. I’ve already included the car into eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection, so I will sell only through this.

    If you want to buy the car, and you agree with my terms please reply so I can give you a detailed description of the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection.

    Waiting for your reply.

    Thank you,

  32. Here is the details from [email protected]:

    The car is already at the shipping company in Manhattan,New York sealed and ready for the shipping. I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them. I’m very busy with my job and I’m left out of the town so I can’t meet in person with you so this is the reason why I chose to sell my car over the internet. According with the eBay you have 5 days from the time you receive the car to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not.
    Here is how it will work:
    1.First of all I will need the following details from you:
    – Full Name
    – Full Shipping Address
    2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.
    3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices. The invoice will send you the details on how to make a refundable payment.
    4. eBay will contact me and I will ship the car 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, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.
    5. If you will decide that you will not buy the car, eBay will refund the money and I will have the shipping company come pick up my car. If you wish to make the transaction, please send me the necessary info so that we can proceed. I look forward to hear from you.
    Thank you
    P.S. here you have some details and pictures :

    They sent 15 pictures of the car.. A Car Fax report showed 17 reports against the car.

    WHAT A SCUMBAG P.O.S————-

  33. HERE IS MY EMAIL I RECEIVED FROM THE “SELLER”..

    First of all I want to thank you for your interest for my 2001 BMW X5 4.4. I sell it at this price ($3,200.00) because i just finished the divorce with my husband. When the divorce has finished i own this car. Now as a women i don’t need it. This car is in excellent working conditions, no scratches, flaws or any kind of damage, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions and comes with a clear title, 3 months transferable warranty.
    From the begining you have to know that for the payment I request only secure pay, I prefer the payment to be done using eBay services.
    We will use a safe payment method because I am affiliated at eBay and I have a purchase protection account for $20.000. The final price that I want for this car is $3,200.00 USD including shipping and handling.
    If you are interested in buying it please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay.
    I will wait your answer(if you are interested to buy) very soon.

  34. All, it’s now hitting the boat scene on Craigslist big time. I’ve come across 2 of them in the last 2 days. Here’s one from the seller [email protected] who ended up posing as Sandra Flores.

    “Hi,
    you made the right choice! my boat is in great shape,no engine problems,damages or hidden defects. It was always garaged and never kept outside. I`m a single mother with 2 children because i divorced with my husband and after the divorce i own this boat,i don`t need it and that`s why i`m selling it so cheap.The price is 6500$.we will use eBay`s protection program for our safety. I just need your full name and address so i can open a case. (with no further obligation or fees).”

    This boat (that happened to be a SunTracker) was worth over $20,000 so I knew something wasn’t right but thought I’d play along. I asked a few questions and got this response:

    “Hi,
    I want to tell you that we will use eBay in this transaction in order for both of us to be 100% protected and insured by them.eBay will supervise this transaction so there won`t be any problems.They will take care of the shipping and all the small details.You will get the boat and you will have 5 days of inspection in which you can decide if you buy the boat or not.If you won`t like my boat(not your case)you notify eBay and you send the boat back on my cost,if you want to keep it you announce eBay you send the money(payment method and all the details will be set up by eBay)and you keep the boat.
    eBay will send you an invoice at your email in which you will see how to start the this transaction and in which you can see that this transaction is legit.Please get back to me with your full name,full address and phone number so i can forward your details to eBay in order for you to receive the invoice.Wait your reply”

    So I told her I wanted to see the boat before any transactions occured, and got this response:

    “Hi,
    The boat is located in Houston(i just moved here with my new job),like i told we will use eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection,so we can both be protected and insured.I just need your full name and full address so eBay can send you the invoice in which you`ll see how to make this transaction.The shipping is free i will take care of it and i will send the boat with all the papers( registration, warranty papers,transfer papers etc ) i am just waiting your full name and address to complete the shipping papers and start the delivery process.
    Thanks”

    Of course – she JUST moved to Houston with her new job. Of she posted this conveniently on the east coast – over 2000 miles away. Hmm….wouldn’t you think it would make sense for her to sell the boat locally? Nah – of course no one in Houston wants a $20,000 boat for only $6,000. Only people on the east coast want that deal…….right?

    People – please beware, and do not get caught up in this scam.

  35. Same story. Alex tried to sell me an 2005 MB SLK AMG 55 for $25,000. Everything else is the same. Thank God for Google!

  36. Alex Frewerd is a scam! Do not purchase anything from him.

    Found the SLK AMG55 on Autotrader and have received the EXACT same mails as Dominic!

    It’s obvious what will happen: You transfer funds electronically and you never get the title or the car.

    Something else that others may find interesting: The very next day after leaving Alex Frewerd my email address, I was bombarded with SPAM. It’s dying down now but the coincidence makes me wonder.

    The old adage of, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is,” couldn’t be more appropriate for this scam.

    Google is a great tool!

  37. Unbelievable! Thanks so much for this posting, and just in time too. I knew the offer was too good to be true!

    I just ran into two potential scams posted to the Philadelphia Craigslist. Both of the vehicles were greatly under priced. After responding to the ads, none of the vehicles were located in the state of PA at all and both had similar stories – such as went through a divorce, or too busy at work to meet face to face, etc. Each described doing everything through ebay (because of their VPP program), sending a refundable payment to ebay, and how I have 5 days to inspect the car, and so on. Just read the scumbag’s emails below.

    Email from Scammer 1:
    Hi,
    After the divorce I moved to Mandan, ND and the car is here with me.
    The price includes the shipping costs. I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them. Do you have an ebay user id?
    It’s a very busy time at work and this is the reason why I choose to sell the car over the internet. I’m sure that you know what I mean.
    According to eBay you have 5 days from the time you receive the car to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not.
    Here is how it will work:
    1.First of all I will list it on ebay for you with a buy now option.
    2.After you will use the buy now option they will send us both how to close the deal. In the invoice you will find the details on how to make a refundable payment. They will secure and insure your payment until you get and check the car.
    3. eBay will contact me after that and I will ship the car to you. After you receive the car you will have 5 days to test and verify the car.
    If you will buy it then eBay will forward the payment to me.
    4. If you decide not to buy the car, eBay will refund you the money and I will have the shipping company come to pick up my car.
    If you wish to make the transaction, let me know when you want me to list it for you on ebay with a buy now option.
    I look forward to hear from you.
    Thank you

    Email from Scammer 2:
    Hi,
    Thanks for taking a part of your time and visiting my ad….the reason for which i`m selling my 2003 BMW 5-Series is because i want to move further on with my life after my divorce, and let go of all the memories that me and my husband had…It has 66045 miles and the final price is $5,200.
    I want to tell you that we will use eBay in this transaction in order for both of us to be 100% protected and insured by them.eBay will supervise this transaction so there won`t be any problems.They will take care of the shipping and all the small details.You will get the car and you will have 5 days of inspection in which you can decide if you buy the car or not.If you won`t like my car(not your case)you notify eBay and you send the car back on my cost,if you want to keep it you announce eBay you send the money(payment method and all the details will be set up by eBay)and you keep the car.
    eBay will send you an invoice at your email in which you will see how to start this transaction and in which you can see that this transaction is legit.Please get back to me with your full name,full address and phone number so i can forward your details to eBay in order for you to receive the invoice.Wait your reply

    ATTENTION: Use your common sense folks – if someone were really selling a car at a ridiculously low price, they would have no problem selling it to someone in person. Why would anyone go through extreme measures to sell a car to someone all the way across the country and worry about shipping and handling, damaging or losing the car, and the headaches of making the transactions through ebay, all for a car that would be guaranteed to sell the old-fashioned way, meeting the potential buyer face to face.

    Just be careful and thanks again for this post.

  38. Same story…. 2007 Prius.

    Is there anyway to catch and prosecute this scum bucket alex frewerd?

  39. It seems like the identity of these scam artists are evolving. New name that popped out is now Michele Andrews not Alex Frewerd selling a 1998 BMW 325i. Same ol’ tactics using ebay transactions. Please watch out! It’s an online jungle out there. I got the suspect to respond all the way to sending me an ebay payment request. They would seldom give you a contact phone or any other personal contact information. Moneygrams and other wire money payments are red flags.

  40. forgot to include the email address it uses: [email protected]. Below is the email it will send. Note: It sent a link to the pictures of the alleged vehicle. The palm trees in the background. Also, a glimpse of the person who took the pictures seen in the reflection from the side of the car.

    Its email below:

    Hello there and thanks for your interest about my 1998 BMW 328i Automatic .As you’ve probably already seen on my auction the price I’m looking for my car is $4,000 and this price includes the shipping to your home.The car has 94k miles .The VIN # is : WBACD4326WAV62961 .Non-smoker car. Well maintained .Garage Kept .No accidents The car is like new, no accidents history, clean interior and exterior, no scratches, no damages, no mechanical or engine problems.It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name.The car come at your address with all inspections made and a service book. Unfortunately a divorce is forcing me to sell it under market value. I will not require the money up front because you haven’t seen/test driven the car yet. The sale will be thru eBay’s Vehicle Purchase Protection Program, meaning that they will hold and insure your money until receipt of the car in good condition. You will be given a 5 days inspection period before releasing the payment to me. The inspection period is starting from the day you will receive the vehicle. Craiglist recommend for all the buyers and sellers to use eBay VPP for safe transaction. If you wish to purchase it please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay.

    Best Regards,

    BMW Pics : i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii247/negrubm/

  41. I have just run into the same scam on usedboats.com The name he/she is using michael javaux. almost word for word the same scam as all the above posts but for a 2007 tige wakeboarding boat listed 12-15K less than what its worth. very elaborate as the email even contained a link to ebay’s vpp but when you compared the link page to the actually ebay vpp policy page they were subtley different. watch out!

  42. the infamous Mr Alex, good thing I google his email and found this site. He is trying to sell me a Lexus GS300. I am going play along and see how far he is willing to go before I get the authority invole, using UNICEF…what a slambag!!
    word of wisdom: “if a deal seem too good to be true….it is” don’t fall for these deals. google….what a thing of beauty

    here is his message;

    The pictures of the car and the Carfax report are in the attachment! Before anything take place please read carefully the following lines:

    First of all I want to tell you that I am not selling this car for profit or due a lack of money. All I can say is that some recent events in my life made me change my perception of certain things, things that I’ve considered important in the past. I will donate all money to charity after I sell this car. I am currently on a trip for UNICEF.

    The transaction will be made through eBay company for the safety of both. I’ve already included the car into eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection, so I will sell only through this.

    If you want to buy the car, and you agree with my terms please reply so I can give you a detailed description of the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection.

    Waiting for your reply.

    Thank you,

  43. I was almost a victim. I don’t need to copy and paste the responses b/c they are all the same. It felt so real b/c he started responding on Friday and gave a contact, but would not answer are return calls. The car this time was a 2006 Ford Mustang convertible for 13,000. I did a google on the name before I sent money. Please research any online deals from private seller. Thanks for this site

  44. The following is what I received in regards to a too good to be true ATV for sale. BEWARE OF BORIS ALLEN USING [email protected] The scam is the same except this time his son who was killed in Iraq owned the property for sale.

    Hi there,

    If you are interested here’s how we can complete the sale:
    In order to complete this deal the payment must be sent to eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection. As soon as they receive the payment, they will notify me to start the delivery (using DAS). After that you will receive all information about delivery so you can be able to track your shipment online. eBay will hold your payment until you receive and inspect the ATV (you have 7 days for inspection, from the moment you receive it). If the ATv is not in the condition I described it, you will ship it back on my expense and eBay will send you a full refund.
    Now, if you are serious about this and want to move forward, I need your complete name and shipping address so I can open the eBay transaction and after that they will contact you and will explain better how the whole process works, so we can complete this transaction successfully and in the best manner.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

  45. Craigslist in NH:

    From: [email protected]

    Hi,

    If you are interested in my 2005 Toyota Corolla S , it is in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever. It has 23,290 miles and the VIN # is : 1NXBR32E45Z474795. It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name.

    I have the pictures hosted on the net and you can see them at :http://s47.photobucket.com/albums/f185/05corollas/.

    The car is located Agoura Hills, CA.

    The price is $2,962 including shipping costs anywhere in the continental US. There are no other costs regarding this transaction. I am selling the car because I am in the army, and my unit will be deployed to Afghanistan in September.

    The transaction will be closed only through a 3rd party and this way we will both be protected. My time is limited due to my job in the army so I decided to use a service from Pivotal Payments. To begin the transaction I’ll need your full name and shipping address, I will forward the details of our transaction to Pivotal Payments and then you will receive an invoice from them. The car will be shipped insured to your location with DAS and you will have 5 days for inspection.

    Thank you,
    Jeremy Candee

  46. From Craigslist NH:

    From:[email protected]

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    The 2003 Honda Accord Sedan EX is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like
    it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 90625 original miles.VIN Number: 1hgcm66583a042469
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super
    clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    PICS: s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk305/2003HondaAccordSedanEX/
    So if you decide on buying the car, I want the deal closed only through eBay. You will make the payment to eBay and
    they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it, eBay will
    release the payment to me, in this way we are both protected. I signed up for US military forces and I was sent here
    with my department to improve the military relations between our country and Croatia . I am located in
    Zagreb,Croatia.1 months ago, my wife moved here, with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it
    back in the United States, because we can’t drive it here because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and
    everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,900 $. If you will
    take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping .It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air
    Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will
    be trucked forward to your place.From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and
    it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 working days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and
    include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You
    will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you and have a great day,
    David W. Ziegler

  47. Craigslist NH:

    From: [email protected]

    Thanks for replying to my ad. I want you to know the car is in excellent condition with no rust or any kind of damage
    anywhere and it doesn’t need any maintenance. The odometer shows 68000 miles. Title is clear and free of liens. This 2003 Honda : Accord Sedan has an automatic transmission and it’s very easy to drive even for a beginner.
    My price is $3800. I am now in a divorce with my ex and i am in desperate need of money to pay the mortgage on my house.
    That’s my only reason for selling it otherwise I wouldn’t do it.
    The car is located in Jacksonville,AR and the deal will be handled by eBay trough their eBay Vehicle Purchase Program . They will handle the title and money transfer
    and deliver the car to your location. The best part about this is that you’ll get 5 days money back guarantee. If at the end
    of those 5 days you decide not to keep it you’ll get a full refund by them. If you want the Honda and if you have the money
    available all you have to do now is to send me your full name and the shipping address. As soon as I hear that from you I
    will initiate the transaction through them.
    The process is very simple and risk free for both of us.
    All the pictures can be seen here:

    i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn176/tomas_my_car/accord/8b74_1.jpg

    Thank you

  48. SECOND TIME IN ONE [email protected] SAME EBAY STORY BAD PHONE NUMBERS–HE FINALLY GAVE UP TRYING TO GET MY ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER–IVE CONTACTED AUTOTRADERS FRAUD DIVISION–IF THE GENERAL PUBLIC KNEW THIS WOULD NOT BE TOO GOOD FOR AUTOTARDER THEY NEED TO VERIFY ALL OF THEIR ADS

  49. Hello again Bryan,

    The car is located in Idaho at a shipping and storage company and the price is $15,900. So for this transaction we will use eBay company.Here is how the process works:

    – you give me your full name and shipping address
    – I start a transaction on eBay company,
    – they send you the payment instructions,
    – you send the money into eBay trust account,
    – they confirm me that they received the funds,
    – I ship the car,
    – you receive the car,
    – they send me the money.

    The payment type will be establish by eBay after start the transaction. They will hold the money until the car is delivered to you, with properly executed title. You have 5 days for the inspection period. If the car is not like described you will have to ship it back in 10 business days on my expense, but I am sure that you will love it.

    In order to move forward I will need the following info from you so I can set up a new transaction case through eBay:

    1. full name
    2. shipping address

  50. I always has doubt dealing online so I google Alex Frewerd and thanks to this site – now I now I’m dealing with a scam artist. He is now trying to sell me 2006 BMW 530i.

  51. great site, another Name to be on the lookout for is Dennis Waddell, 2005 LR3, he is supposed to be in florida, car is in a sealed container ready for shipping in Idaho, letter is verbatim from the above, i found a better deal from a “real dealership” he insisted and emailed several times after i said, hey it sounds fishy to me.
    Dennis Waddell from the properties of his email. using the following web site and the ip address taken from the header of his email, i find http://www.ipillion.com/ ip=72.14.214.239 it places the perp in Mountain View California. i will pass on to the FTC what i have found out, but you can verify location of people by using http://www.ipillion.com just plug in an ip address. best of all its free. good luck and i hope this saves someone from this crook and his like friends.

  52. Here is more scam

    http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?ct=p&car_id=248123044&dealer_id=62961319&car_year=2007&model=MUST&num_records=25&systime=&make2=&start_year=2005&keywordsfyc=__cHJpdmF0ZSBzZWxsZXI,__&keywordsfyc=&keywordsrep=112114105118097116101032115101108108101114&keywordsrep=&engine=8 Cylinder&certified=&body_code=1&fuel=&awsp=false&search_type=used&distance=500&marketZipError=false&search_lang=en&make=FORD&keywords_display=private seller&color=&page_location=findacar::ispsearchform&min_price=&body_style=CONVERT&drive=&default_sort=priceASC&max_mileage=&style_flag=2&sort_type=priceASC&address=32825&advanced=y&end_year=2007&doors=&transmission=Manual&max_price=&cardist=596

    New Condition, 2007 Shelby GT500 Convertible, Only 2,000miles. Has a Ford Premium Ext. Warranty for 72mo/75k miles. No snow, non-smoker, no accidents. 500H.P., 5.4Liter, Super Charged engine. Garage kept and covered with custom cover. Still smells new inside. Tungsten Gray ext., Black with Red Inserts Interior. Cloth Top with Glass back window with defrost. I bought this car for my wife (who is 34yr. old) as a weekend car. She hardly ever drives it and it just sits in the garage. With raising a family, we just don’t have time to enjoy it.E-mail for further information. Always garaged, Must see.

  53. here’s scam

    Thanks for replying to my ad. I want you to know the car is in excellent condition with no rust or any kind of damage
    anywhere and it doesn’t need any maintenance. The odometer shows 68000 miles. Title is clear and free of liens. This 2003 Honda : Accord Sedan has an automatic transmission and it’s very easy to drive even for a beginner.

    My price is $3800. I am now in a divorce with my ex and i am in desperate need of money to pay the mortgage on my house.
    That’s my only reason for selling it otherwise I wouldn’t do it.
    The car is located in Jacksonville,AR and the deal will be handled by eBay trough their eBay Vehicle Purchase Program . They will handle the title and money transfer
    and deliver the car to your location. The best part about this is that you’ll get 5 days money back guarantee. If at the end
    of those 5 days you decide not to keep it you’ll get a full refund by them. If you want the Honda and if you have the money
    available all you have to do now is to send me your full name and the shipping address. As soon as I hear that from you I
    will initiate the transaction through them.
    The process is very simple and risk free for both of us.

    RE:let me explain to you the process:
    I decided that the payment to be completed using EBay security because I want to
    take this opportunity to assure you that this deal is 100% LEGIT but you must know that in
    this way eBay will require you to send the deposit and they will have to
    verify me and the car and you as well before we can close this deal through their service.
    The car is in a very good condition, no flaws or
    dents, no scratches or any kind of damage, no flood or wrecked.
    In excellent shape and clear title the car passed the test emissions and
    comes with all the documents you need for registration.
    Your money will be kept by eBay agent until you will receive the car and send them the
    confirmation that you are satisfied with the product received. In case you don’t want to
    keep the car all you will have to do is to ask them for a refund and you will be totally
    refunded in 2 days.
    REMEMBER: for the shipping I am responsible (I have a friend working at the shipping company ).
    So if you are interested I will need your full name and shipping
    address as soon as possible in order to send your details to the shipping company and to eBay
    agent to make the arrangements for shipping.
    Thanks

  54. I recently ran into this same scan. I am trying to purchase a muscle car for my boyfriend who is in Iraq. I found a 1973 chevy nova on craigslist listed for 4500, which is actually worth 25,000 the seller contacted me from [email protected]. First off, when I asked the sellers name they replied, christine smith. If your name is christine smith why is this coming from darnell steward? Then a few emails down the line stating she was selling it because of a divorce, i asked to call and speak with her on the phone to prove she was a real human. She responded and tod me unfortunately she was deaf. So be aware of any christine smiths or darnel stewards. This breaks my heart even more because when you get a soldier, who is fighting for your country, hopes up then have to tell him its all a lie, it really ruins his morale.

  55. Here is another email below from Alex Frewerd from UNICEF about a too good to be true price on a BMW M Roadster. Thanks all for posting on this blog! What a douchebag!

    Hello Richard,

    The pictures of the car and the Carfax report are in the attachment! Before anything take place please read carefully the following lines:

    First of all I want to tell you that I am not selling this car for profit or due a lack of money. All I can say is that some recent events in my life made me change my perception of certain things, things that I’ve considered important in the past. I will donate all money to charity after I sell this car. I am currently on a trip for UNICEF.

    The transaction will be made through eBay company for the safety of both. I’ve already included the car into eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection, so I will sell only through this.

    If you want to buy the car, and you agree with my terms please reply so I can give you a detailed description of the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection.

    Waiting for your reply.

    Thank you,

  56. I just want to say, this guy ALex Frewerd sent me the exact same messages as I am reading on this blog. Pretty eerie to read them, but I want to post this on here just as a repeat. I hope this will help someone as much as it helped me. Thanks for everyone who has taken the time to post on here and let other people know about this scam.

  57. I have ran into the same scam! Mr. Alex Frewerd tried to sell me a 2007 Acura MDX! I am so glad I googled his name!
    Below is some of our email conversations………

    So sorry for my late reply but due some personal problems I wasn’t able to handle the car sale. Please let me know if you are still interested in the car! The car has a clear title, is in an excellent condition, no dents or scratches, it was always garaged and regular maintenance and oil changes were done in time. Hasn’t been involved in an accident or flood damage. The motor runs very well. You know the price but if you want extra photos and Carfax report just let me know! I don’t want to offend you but the car is priced for a fast sale so please if you intend to apply for a loan or financing do not reply.


    Alex

    The pictures of the car and the Carfax report are in the attachment! Before anything take place please read carefully the following lines:

    First of all I want to tell you that I am not selling this car for profit or due a lack of money. All I can say is that some recent events in my life made me change my perception of certain things, things that I’ve considered important in the past. I will donate all money to charity after I sell this car. I am currently on a trip for UNICEF.

    The transaction will be made through eBay company for the safety of both. I’ve already included the car into eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection, so I will sell only through this.

    If you want to buy the car, and you agree with my terms please reply so I can give you a detailed description of the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection.

    Waiting for your reply.

    Thank you,

    The car is located in Idaho at a shipping and storage company. I am currently on a trip for UNICEF. My number is 1-(208)-936-2099. So for this transaction we will use eBay company.Here is how the process works:

    – you give me your full name and shipping address
    – I start a transaction on eBay company,
    – they send you the payment instructions,
    – you send the money into eBay trust account,
    – they confirm me that they received the funds,
    – I ship the car,
    – you receive the car,
    – they send me the money.

    The payment type will be establish by eBay after start the transaction. They will hold the money until the car is delivered to you, with properly executed title. You have 5 days for the inspection period. If the car is not like described you will have to ship it back in 10 business days on my expense, but I am sure that you will love it.

    In order to move forward I will need the following info from you so I can set up a new transaction case through eBay:

    1. full name
    2. shipping address

    MRS. CARLA DAVIS

  58. dave anderson [email protected] scam. watchout for all gmail account scammer

    here the listing
    Hi and thank you for contacting me regarding my boat for sale. First of all I need to let you know that this is a one owner boat. The boat was meticulously maintained since I purchased it. This boat is in great shape and will make anyone proud to own. The gel coat has a very nice shine and is in very good shape. Compression was checked last week when the boat has been serviced, no problems found. If you recognize any problem, no matter how picky you may be, I will pay for it.

    Also this is a fresh water boat, I just used it in Pyramid Lake here in Nevada.

    Please note that there is a misprint on the boat trader add, I live in Sparks, NV. I hope this is not a problem for you because for my asking price I will offer free delivery anywhere in US.

    You have more pictures here:

    s45.photobucket.com/albums/f84/liniutegroase/2007 Pro Line 25 Sport/

  59. Thanks for saving me from the scam. I am located in Denver, Colorado and looking for a used car for daily commute. I found these two ads in craigs list one for Honda CIVIC and another one for Nissan Altima with low miles and low prices. When I contacted the seller (they are using yahoo email with full name) i pretty much got same replay of using eBay protection program and both has similar kind of story one is divorced and another wants money for some reason. How ever I started inquire my colleagues and friends. Finally I come across this site to find out about the scam. Thanks everyone for contributing your experience to save people like me.

  60. craig’slist SFbay area (7-29-08)
    2005 Jeeta TDI GLS mileage 39,794 with vin and pictures price: $5,900.00

    Although this care is more than $10,000 below blue book and is an extremely popular model; I came close to moneygram him 1/2 of the money before I read this page. thanks.
    this is a copy of an e-mail from the so-called seller.

    As we talked before, we will complete the deal in person in US. For this I will have to return in the states to bring you the car with all it’s papers. I don’t want to be rude or something like this, but to be sure that I don’t come back for nothing in the states and that you are going to buy it for sure and you have the money to do this, my proposal is , that you need to make the payment of $5,900, NOT TO ME, but to a 3rd party service. I would like to use eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program like a 3rd party for the payment because eBay will protect us. I paid them fees for that and now I am enrolled in this program.
    Look how they work:
    1. Both parties agree to terms of the transaction sale price and number of days for the Buyer’s inspection.
    2. They will draw up a Payment invoice, send it to you approved by their legal representative and me the seller.
    3. You will have to submit the payment, as instructed in the Payment Invoice, to their agent in US in maximum 48 hours after you will receive the payment details. The money will remain at them until you receive, inspect and accept the car.
    4. You have a number of 3 days for an inspection and the option to accept or reject the vehicle.
    5. If you accept the vehicle, they will forward the payment to me after you inform them to do so.
    If you dislike the vehicle for any reason, they will refund you in FULL in maximum 48 hours and I will take back the car. If we start this now we can finish in 3 days top.
    If you want to go on with this deal , e-mail me with your complete name and full address to start this process because I do have other interested buyers and I need to sell this beauty asap.
    Please note that the car was listed on craigslist and not on eBay! I am just using the eBay Protection Program offered by eBay.

    Have a great day!

  61. Seller, David Marshall, [email protected], using another site, ebay vehicle protection plan, site address [email protected], just took me for $9000.00 on a 2006 Mini Cooper.Wired money to JP MOrgan Chase in New York under the name of Rami Heiskanen. Faxed conf. to fax # 501-635-4620 in Arkansas. This was alot like stories above. I hate him.

  62. Beneficiary: Daniel Topan
    Bank Name: Wachovia Bank
    Bank Address: 731 Lexington Ave,New York, NY 10022
    Bank Account #: 1010212148231
    Bank Routing #: 063000021
    Country: United States

    This guy is a scammer on autotrader. this is what he said

    Owner 62961319: AutoTrader.com: Vehicle Lead 2007 Ford Mustang

    Hello,

    The asking price is $24,000 and you have some pics attached to this e-mail.I want to use eBay for this transaction and I have set up everything necessary for delivery for a “buyer” who failed for a loan and now I have the car on shipping co. possession along with all doc. All I need to do is to confirm delivery address to shipping co. and the car will be on that way.

    If you agree on that way then we can have the ball rolling… as I said this deal is going to be done through eBay motors,I can send details if you wish.

    also his other email [email protected]

  63. Thank you for posting these – here is what I got on a Lexus 430 SC Pebble Beach model priced at $27,590 (half the street value) – From a Dennis Waddell…[email protected] He had the Carfax report and beautiful pics, the ebay VPP protection plan, what a scammer!!

    His email response as follows:
    “Hello ,

    I attached the Carfax report and the pictures to this e-mail.
    I want to tell you that I am not selling this car for profit or due to lack of money. All I can say is that some recent events in my life made me change my perception of certain things, things that I’ve considered important in the past. I will donate all money to charity after I sell this car. I am currently on a trip for UNICEF.
    The transaction will be made through eBay company for the safety of both of us. I’ve already included the car into eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection, so I will sell it only through this program.
    Here is how the process works:

    – you give me your shipping address,
    – I start a transaction on eBay Motors,
    – they send you the payment instructions,
    – you send the money into eBay trust account,
    – they confirm me that they received the funds,
    – I ship the car,
    – you receive the car and approve them to pay me,
    – they send me the money.
    You’ll receive the car papers along with the car.
    They will hold the money until the car is delivered to you, with properly executed title. You will have 5 business days for inspection. If the car is not like described you will have to ship it back at the end of the 5 business days on my expense, but I am sure that you will love it.

    In order to move forward I will need your full name and address.

    eBay will get in touch with you with further details and instructions.
    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Dennis”

  64. WOW !! thats crazy, just like every other comment here, “too good to be true” I was about to buy a Lexus ES 300 2003, with 43k miles for $2985.00 From Linda Vander. She said she just finished a divorce and got the car, and didnt have a license , and just needed the money. I didn’t go as far as to send money, because when she emailed me the transaction process (frm a gmail acct, and it was originally netzero) it seemed kinda weird, so i googled scams. glad I found this posting. thanks!

  65. Same story on a 2004 Beetle Conv $6000, but my guy’s posing as Mark Coleman, an officer in the Air Force. The emails went as follows:

    Hello there, Sorry for the late response but it’s veryhard for me to reply faster because I work in the US Air Force . I wanted to let you know that the car isstill available, i had a buyer but his loan did not get approved.Please let me know asap if youare still interested , here is a link with morephotos: http://markcoleman.i8.com/Beetle/?thumb=1At this time the car is in Helena, MT with me and we can use the eBayVehicle Purchase Protection service to handle this deal if you’re notable to come pick this up. Please let me know if you have any questions, forsome reasons your previous email did not load on my screen. Thank you,Mark Coleman, TSgt, USAF

    Hello,
    This Volkswagen Beetle is a real ‘head turner’ and it will make you proud, it is in excelent condition,
    never been involved in accidents, clean and clear title,
    no mechanical problems, no smells and odors, no rust, no leaks,mileage: 53,000 miles,VIN: 3VWCM21Y84M307739, power options all functional and it will need nothing in the near future.
    I inherited it from my aunt who had health issues and took great care of this car, always garaged and never offroad.
    We are in a training mission here until 4th of October but if you’re not able to pick this up I have some great news for you.
    The shipping will take 4-5 days thru DAS and it will be free, my previous buyer already paid for it and DAS didnt want to refund him so
    I have the car sealed at DAS terminal ready to be shipped out. If we cannot meet face2face I would like to use ebay motors vehicle purchase
    protection to take care of this deal, smooth and safe. Let me know if you have any other questions, hope i didnt miss anything.

    Here is how it works if you have never used eBay vehicle purchase protection program. You send me your full name and your shipping address so I can initiate the transaction on eBay.eBay contacts you with further details regarding the payment and shipping process.You submit the payment to eBay, eBay confirms the payment and asks me to release the shipment.I ship the car which should be at your door within the next 5 business days.You have a 3 days inspection period before you confirm the deal and eBay forwards the payment to me or you cancel the deal and you get your money back and return the vehicle free of charge. Basicaly ebay holds your money safe until you confirm that the car is what you have expected and you want to buy it. It is not a sight unseen deal. On the other hand I can ship the car nowing ebay has your money and you wont dissapear with my Beetle. We are both covered.Sorry for the long emails I have tried to touch all bases.
    Thank you,
    Mark Coleman, TSgt, USAF

    …this guy was persistant too!

  66. I just ran into this with a mini cooper as well. Here is the email she sent.

    I want to tell you that we will use eBay in this transaction in order for both of us to be 100% protected and insured by them.eBay will supervise this transaction so there won`t be any problems.They will take care of the shipping and all the small details.You will get the car and you will have 5 days of inspection in which you can decide if you buy the car or not.If you won`t like my car(not your case)you notify eBay and you send the car back on my cost,if you want to keep it you announce eBay you send the money(payment method and all the details will be set up by eBay)and you keep the car.
    eBay will send you an invoice at your email in which you will see how to start the this transaction and in which you can see that this transaction is legit.Please get back to me with your full name,full address and phone number so i can forward your details to eBay in order for you to receive the invoice.Wait your reply.

    he car is located in Dallas(i just moved here with my new job),like i told we will use eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection,so we can both be protected and insured.I just need your full name and full address so eBay can send you the Invoice in which you`ll see how to make this transaction.The shipping is free i will take care of it and i will send the car with all the papers( vehicle registration, warranty papers,transfer papers etc ) i am just waiting your full name and address to complete the shipping papers and start the delivery process.

    How can I report this person?

  67. Has anyone actually wired money into his account and gotten it back… If so what channels did you take. I need help!
    thanks

  68. Please be aware of Dennis Waddell. I too, was nearly scammed by this guy for a 2006 Mercedes Coupe. [a 50K car selling for about 24K]–All of the details and exact wording as many of you guys above describe, including the mangled syntax etc. Wow!! what a close call. There is an excellent guide on Ebay motors to aide in avoiding scams. The old adage is still true…”if sounds too good to be true…’ this guy would get away with more if the deals weren’t marked down so much. Thanks for blog it saved my A**

  69. Watch out for Norfolk craigslist, boats. “Clint” sent me an email exactly like Freds above.

    A 40k boat for 11k located in AZ.

  70. Another Autotrader add. A 2006 Porsche Cayman S listed at 15,500. I was told that EBAY motors Vehicle Protection Plan would be used for the transaction and that the proceeds were going to charity. The phone number listed is not in service. I received emails from a [email protected]. They then sent me an email from [email protected]. It looks pretty legit, but when I asked for a contact number, they just said there were too many potential buyers to handle over the phone and keep it straight.

    I hope nobody gets burned by this scam.

  71. This person is now on kijiji.ca and is selling a 2005 Bobcat loader for 1/10 of the asking price.

    The email posted above rom ‘Jeff’ is word for word of mine, only the item is different. (Divorce, out of town, etc. etc.)

    “Her” email is [email protected] and her name is Alison Byron.

    Thanks for this guys, saved a LOT of people a lot of trouble.

  72. Exact same scam as Tim on August 1st
    Guy selling a 2001 Cobalt 226 for $15K when it should be around $20 – $25K. I sniffed thinking it may be a screamin’ deal and got the exact same initial e-mail as Tim (word for word!)Something smelled so I thought I’d bait him…ad was listed as Coral, Florida but guy says he’s in Sparks Nevada. I have a friend who works at a boat dealer in Reno so I’ve lined up a “pre purchase check up” for later this week – I now know he won’t show thanks to this website…glad I googled his e-mail address!
    The guy (Dave Anderson – uses ‘[email protected]’) says he needs the money to by a property, and he’s the original owner in Nevada…but in the 6 photos he sent the boat has Maryland registration. See Attached:
    From: Dave Anderson
    To: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    Sent: Monday, August 11, 2008 2:13 AM
    Subject: Re: Ad#93448727 on http://www.boattrader.com

    Hi there,

    my asking price including delivery will be $15K, for boat and trailer, you’ll receive also clear title for both of them. The boat has 114 hours and it’s in perfect condition, the reason for selling is that I need cash to buy a property, I have all service logs. I’m offering you a secure deal and the boat will be inspected on arrival by Trader Online staff. You’ll receive the boat papers along with the boat!

    Here is how the process works:

    – you give me your shipping address,
    – I start a transaction on Boat TRader,
    – they send you the payment instructions,
    – you send the money to Boat Trader,
    – they confirm me that they received the funds,
    – I ship the boat,
    – you receive the boat,
    – they send me the money.

    They will hold the money until the boat is delivered to you, with properly executed title. You will have 5 days for inspection. If the boat is not like described you will have to ship it back in 30 business days on my expense, but I am sure that you will love it.

    In order to move forward I will need your full name and address.

    Boat Trader will get in touch with you for further details and instructions.
    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    The photos he frowarded are on photobucket (http://s45.photobucket.com/albums/f84/liniutegroase/2001 Cobalt 226/) and if you look at the guys photo gallery he’s got photos of 20 boats. One of the other boats in his gallery was on the Boat Trader (a 22′ red Donzi Classic) was listed as at a dealer in Dallas…might be a coincidence.

    I did pull a Boat History Report, and the hull number he provided (HIN# FGE23216E101)came back clean.

    Don’t fall victim to this clown – hope he gets taken down!

  73. The person is now derek york selling a 1996 Yamaha Virago on Washington DC area craigslist. Same wording as you all.

  74. Wow!!Yesterday I saw a 2006 saleen convertible mustang for $4500 on the web. Emailed her, said I was interested, she responded, sounded real nice, but wouldn’t give out any personal information besides her yahoo email. Said she would ship and give me 5 days to inspect and decide to buy. All I had to do was give her and eBay my name and address……just like all of you. Thanks for making this thread guys, I almost gave her that info. Wat is so special about five days anyways

  75. Lady said she was selling the car because she had divorced and it was her husbands and she just didnt want him to have it. When I said I wanted it she then kept insisting about going through ebay. And while it was listed in my city’s craiglist she said she moved to another area of the country after the divorce and thats where the car was as well. talked about setting up the ebay sale and all this, then sent me the link which I could click buy it now on the ebay auction then when i clicked pay now it took me to a page instructing me how to do the money gram. I thought that was weird because normally I pay through pay pal, however I had never purchased a car so I was unaware. And I have also noticed that this “lady’s” spelling and grammar have gotten a lot worse since I sent my deposit today. Of which I had a ball of knots in my stomach and second guessing it the whole time. I am praying I can call money gram in the morning and have time to stop this. I feel so stupid! And by they way her name is Laetitia Borden. Supposedly in Charlotte NC now in ND and wanted money sent to CA. And why do they always want your name and address? whats the deal with that?

  76. OK so first thing this morning I was able to get in touch with MoneyGram and they put a hold on the transaction and issued me a full refund! Thank the Lord! However, would you believe that the scam artist actually emailed me today to tell me they stopped shipment of the fake care because they got an email from ebay and asking me to explain my actions to them. Can you believe that?! It is however a little scarey that they have my name and address.

  77. Thank the Lord that I am military and my husband is ex government. I was looking for a Toyota MR2 Convertible and ran on a 2004 for $4,000, it was outlandishly low miles. I had just arrived back home from Iraq and was trying to “treat” myself on a budget. My husband was immediately suspicious and told me that he would not recommend me purchasing the car until I had the title and car in hand. To this I agreed. Thankfully, on the Ad in Auto Trader, it said that the car was located in Brecksville, OH. The phone number did not work. I emailed the seller through Auto Trader asking about the availability of the car and received a return email:

    “Hello ,Thank you for your interest in buying the car. The car is located in US right now and has US papers.Why is the price so low? Because all I want to do now is to sell the car at this price, I need to sell it fast(I already made a deposit here to buy me another).The title is clean and you will have absolutely no problems to register the car .I will tell you a few words about the car..
    My 2004 Toyota MR2 with automatic transmission have VIN# JTDFR320340070189, it is in immaculate condition with 2,800 miles rust free , no scratch and hasn’t been involved in any accident. The motor runs very well(4 Cylinders).The interior looks great(NO SMOKING).This car needs nothing,the title is clear ,it is not a salvage one. I want this transaction to go smoothly enough as I am caught in the middle of some very important events and have little time at my disposal. I already have tons of emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out.The price is $4,000 THIS IS MY LAST PRICE .I will not negotiate the price .I will take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying the car ,to be sure that I don’t waste my time with endless discussions.This way,I shall be assured of the serious intentions .

    For more pictures click hear :
    http://i38.tinypic.com/51qc85.jpg
    http://i36.tinypic.com/2rc23uo.jpg
    http://i38.tinypic.com/53recj.jpg
    http://i33.tinypic.com/dgkx9v.jpg
    So if you are interested please email me back for next step.
    Regards !!

    Jennifer Houck”

    ….the same sob stories as above… just didn’t want car anymore… already had purchased new one…car excellent condition.

    I was suspicious since this car would not last long on on a sales list this time of year, but the type of car and VIN number were obviously fill ins in the email. I wanted so bad to believe this was just my lucky day.

    I returned an email asking: Jennifer,
    I am MOST definitely interested in buying your automobile if you will allow me to work with you. It would be well loved and taken care of. The payment would be cash or any other method you would like. I am in the Military and just returned from Iraq and am looking for a car exactly like this one and the price is what I have convinced my husband to allow me to “treat” myself with, since he won’t fit in the car anyway. :) Please let me know where and when I can see the car and how you want to set up my paying for it. I would really appreciate being considered for buying it. I am so sorry that it took me so long to answer your email but I just received it. Please let me know your decision and then we can work out the details. I only need a couple of days notice so that I can get enough time off of work to go pick up the car.
    Thanks again for your consideration and God Bless,
    Kathy ____

    I received the reply today from some “Jennifer Houck”:
    “Hello , As I told you in my first e-mail, I am in New York with my work. Before leaving my the city I had prearranged the deal with eBay (eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection) so my presence in Montana isn’t necessary. The car is in their possession in US ( Montana ) ready to be delivered .You have 5 days to test it and inspect the car. So if you want to make this deal I need the following details from you:

    full name and address
    shipping address
    phone #

    After I will have all this details I will forward them to Ebay and I will proceed the order. Ebay will contact you with all the details that you need to complete this deal and also to see that i am covered by them and that I am legit seller. Waiting your email with the requested details.
    Please note that the car was listed on autotrader and not on eBay! I am just using the eBay Protection Program offered by eBay.
    Regards!!Jennifer Houck.”

    Just a few minutes ago I respond with the following email:

    “Jennifer, The add on autotrader said that the car was in Brecksville, OH??? If it is located in Montana could you please tell me where?? I will get you the information that you need as soon as I can contact Ebay to verify… just watching my behind also. No offense intended here and I am still very much intending on purchasing your car. Thanks again, Kathy”

    I was now even more suspicious and googled “”EBAY PROTECTION PROGRAM” AUTO TRADER” and this site was the first hit. Thanks so much for keeping me from committing the same mistake so many others have made. To think, that I am willing to risk my life to protect the freedoms of people who would lie, cheat and steal. Just doesn’t seem right somehow. Anyway, thanks again for truly opening my eyes and God Bless you all. Kathy

  78. This person “Alex Frewerd” is now trying to pull this scam using a 2005 Toyota Prius on Auto Trader. I thought it was a problem with the money transfer information (my wife is a banker) and started checking it out with ebay. They have no record of a transaction and told me it was a scam. It’s is too bad we have come to a society where a few crooks make me want to distrust all. I refuse to do it but I will always be careful.

  79. All,

    Here’s another one – for a “too good to be true” boat deal on CraigsList. I sent an e-mail advising the person I was interested, and this was his response:

    “Hello,

    I apologise for the delay. Thank you for your interest in my 2002 Crownline BR 180. The boat is in great condition, no damage and no hidden defects, the mercury engine has 86 hours and 190 hp from a 4.3 liter V6. The matching trailer with chrome wheels is included. I’m located in Victoria, Texas and I have the boat here with me. I will ship it from here on my expense through DAS (Dependable Auto Shippers – http://www.dasautoshippers.com/). The payment will be handled securely through eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection. They will handle the financial part of this transaction, I will only take care of the shipping. If you want to make this purchase, the final price is $4,500. I am passing through a divorce with my wife and this is the reason I’m selling it, we have to split all our possessions. This is the reason for the relatively small price of the boat.

    Looking forward to hearing from you and I’ll provide any info you might need,
    Marc Daniels”

    The scammers e-mail address he’s using today is “[email protected]”.

    Bottom line – if any seller on CraigsList wants to use the Ebay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program, then run away from that deal as fast as you can.

    In case you didn’t know, the scammers will ask you for your name and address. They will then spoof an e-mail address from Ebay, and you will get a very real looking e-mail from the Ebay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program advising you that you will have up to 5 days to inspect your purchase after receiving it. If you approve, then they will authorize releasing the funds that you’ve already provided. If you do not approve it, your money will promptly be refunded. PLEASE KNOW THAT THIS E-MAIL IS A FAKE – AND IT LOOKS LEGITIMATE! You WILL NOT get your money back.

    Please know that there is no car, nor boat, nor motorcycle that you just paid for. You can not contact EBAY because they have absolutely nothing to do with it. Remember, it’s a scam.

    PLEASE DO NOT BECOME A VICTIM!!!!!

    One last request – please let your friends and family know about this scam so that they don’t get burned.

  80. I admit,I got scammed. My work schedaul makes it hard to have alot of time to check things out,stupid,stupid,stupid. Found a 2006 Honda Rebel on Craigslist. [email protected] went through the whole thing, e-bay auto protection, secure service, etc. Turned it over to local police, craigslist fraud, and internet fraud FBI.

  81. Well here it is..thank god for this website. Someone at eBay should have a large link for this site in the middle of the page.

    Hi,
    First of all I want to thank you for your interest for my car. I sell it at this
    price ($4500) because i want a fast sale,i just finished the divorce with my husband
    and i want to start a new life.
    The car is in excellent working condition, no scratches, flaws or any kind of
    damage, slightly used in 100% working with a clear title.
    From the begining you have to know that for the payment I request only secure pay, I
    prefer the payment to be made using eBay services.
    We will use a safe payment method because I am affiliated at eBay and I have a
    purchase protection account for $20,000. The final price that I want for this car is
    $4500 including shipping and handling costs.
    If you are interested in buying it please provide me your full name and address so I
    can initiate the deal through eBay.
    I will wait your answer(if you are interested to buy) very soon.
    Thanks

    I even replied to the eBay website I was sent and was assured this was all OK.
    The only thing the reply said from cutomer support not customer support. So for me the spelling and sentence structure of these e-mails started to raise the flags. Then I came to this site and saw the almost exact same e-mails.

  82. I am so glad to find this presious website. This time the guy’s name was Mitch. He almost sucked me into a 2001 DODGE RAM 1500 QUAD CAB 4 DOOR for 3700$ only!! I did notice the very low prices of auto’s ads. Thought because of the high prices of oil everyone wanted to sell his or her car. here is the exchange of emails:

    Hello and sorry for my delay,

    The 2001 DODGE RAM 1500 QUAD CAB 4 DOOR is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 64,000 miles original miles.VIN Number: 1B7HC13Z31J194769 .
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs great.I have Clear Title in hand.The car is located in Ephraim, Utah (ready to be shipped).This is a regretful sale but unfortunately i need money for my son , he is in hospital and i really need money for him. This is why i am selling the car so cheap.Buy it now for $ 3.700 because i want to close a quick and smooth deal with a serious person.About the shipping I can tell you that will be done through DAS Shipping Company and it will take no more than 3 days.The car will be insured at the shipping company for the transport and the shipping cost is free because my brother work’s at the shipping company and he has 1 transportation per year for free.If you are still interested please contact me ASAP.

    FOR MORE PICTURES PLEASE GO TO :
    http://picasaweb.google.com/Micit33443/2001DODGERAM1500QUADCAB4DOOR/photo?authkey=rezzykSc4Yo#s5235878903432155106

    Thanks
    Waiting for news!

    Hello
    If you want to continue,please send me your full name and your shipping address so that I will be able to let eBay Protection Program know that you are interested . Then we will be contacted by them instructing us about how to send payment and shipping and they’ll release the funds to me only after you receive and inspect the car. I think that this is a fair way to make business and I hope that you will agree.
    Also, I have to let you know that I want the payment priorr shipping since I will shipp it in the same day or next days the payment is complete .For the moment I can only accept a wire transfer as a payment method and the fastest is Money Gram.Also you have nothing to worry about because this deal will be done in a secure way if you prefer.
    In case we will close this deal,we are protected by eBay Protection Program.How you are protected by eBay Protection Program:
    1) In case you will not receive the car as i described to you,eBay will refund you with 100% from the total amount which you paid to the eBay agent.Even in case you will not receive the car,they will refund you the money.But this is not the case.
    2) You will send the money to eBay Protection Program .I will not see any money untill the car will arrive to you. After you will receive and see that the car is the one you want,inspect it and be satisfied, then you should notify eBay about that so they will be able to release the payment details to me.
    Let me know if this is ok with you so we can move forward with this deal!

    Best regards!

    I hope this will help.

  83. The same thing happened to me. I was going to buy a 2001 Jetta for $3200. I received the same emails from the seller, i even received pictures of the car and a CarFax history report number and the report looked good. The whole thing seemed to good to be true. Something in my gut told me not to trust it. But stupid me sent my full name, address, and cell number.

    When I asked Melinda Bruesberry (the seller, or should I say scammer!) to call me, she refused. That gave me a hint. Then I sent the invoice I received from “eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection” to eBay’s email inspection they told me it was a scam. Then I contacted eBay’s Customer Support and gave them the invoice number and told them what I was told about the Money Gram and the eBay cash agent who was to pick up my money and eBay custumer support replied telling me there was no such invoice and they never hold money for anyone.

    Be ware of this scam!! Be VERY careful. Only deal with tangible people!!!

  84. Corey – previous message on Aug 11, 2008
    I just got the same scam from [email protected] offering ebay VPP. Same car, same deal. I guess they thing the ‘charity’ scam will work. Maybe ebay should monitor listings that continually come up and are taken down. It looks like the scammer places the add until they receive enough questions (email address), take the sale off ebay and try to directly scam potential buyers.

  85. Here’s a scam email from a Vanesa Miller advertising a Duthcham Denali trailer in Nova Scotia:
    Hi,

    Thank you so much for contacting me regarding my 2006 DUTCHMAN DENALI 2 SLIDES TRAILER RV 34 FT. A few words about the trailer: -Slide outs: 2, Leveling jacks included?: Yes, Length (feet): 34, Water capacity (gallons): 41-50, Air conditioners: 1, Sleeping capacity: 8, Awnings: 1, Title: Clear, Windows have pull down bifold blinds.The Floor is Linoleum w/ Carpet on both slides and Master Bedroom.Furnace is Ducted with outlets in the floor. AC unit has Duct Work in the Ceiling. The price for the trailer is $8,000. Unfortunately, my life got complicated and I have to let this beauty go…The trailer was my husband`s as he loved it very much, but we did not enjoy it as he died in a IRAQ 9 month ago. It brings very bad memories to me, I want to get rid of it. The trailer is in Nova Scotia in DAS shipping Company’s custody. I have a friend there who will manage me a low shipping price so don’t worry for the shipping as I will take care of that. I want to make this transaction through eBay’s Vehicle Purchase Program. I want eBay because they are the biggest Company and we can close this deal fast and safe for both of us. I will provide you a period of 10 days so you can inspect the trailer. You will make the payment of $8,000 at eBay and they will keep your money until you will receive the trailer and inspect it time of 10 days. Once you have inspected the trailer and decided to keep it, you will confirm your decision to eBay and they will re-route the money in to my account but if by any reason, you won’t be satisfied with the trailer you can return it back for a full refund of your money. If you agree with this terms please reply with the following info:
    -Your full name;
    -Your full shipping address;
    -Your phone number.
    As soon as I will have your info I will get everything started with eBay and they will contact you with more informations. For more pictures here is a link to the trailer’s photo gallery, click or copy and paste it in your browser:
    s462.photobucket.com/albums/qq344/2006-DUTCHMAN-DENALI/

    Hope to hear soon from you so that we can move forward with this deal!
    Thanks a lot!
    Venesa Miller

  86. I’m sure the scam must work or the scammer wouldn’t be doing it so much. I saw this ad on Craigslist and sent an email for more information thinking that the car was here and I can look at it. He responded with a similar too good to be true eBay protection transaction so I got curious and searched Google for this type of scam and sure enough… there’s lots of them. Here’s the email he thinks I will be fool with!!

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. Mark J Loranty. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 37,391 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56603A136574. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    CD player Leather seats Sunroof
    Driver airbag Passenger airbag Side airbags
    Anti-lock brakes Air conditioning Cruise control
    Power locks Power seats Power windows
    Here are the pics of the car :
    s288.photobucket.com/albums/ll191/2003haccW/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in Zagreb,Croatia and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Croatia. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2970. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you, and have a nice day,
    Sgt. Mark J Loranty

  87. Here is a recent copy of a scammer on Craigs list Indianapolis. After googling her email address, her email address and the 2003 Nissan Maxima showed up on several craigs lists in many cities. That listing only showed up for a day and has been flaged and taken off.
    Sellers email is [email protected] and she goes by Jane Willams. Here is a copy of her email:
    Hello,
    Sorry for my late answer! My 2003 Nissan Maxima SE is in great shape, no engine problems, damages or hidden defects, clear title, never been involved in any accidents.It was always garaged and never smoked in. The car was my husband`s as he loved it very much, but he did not enjoy it as he died in a work accident. It brings very bad memories to me, I want to get rid of it.
    I`m a single mother with 2 children and I don`t need it I don`t have driver license ,that`s why I`m selling it so cheap. The mileage is 31,500 and the price is $4200. We will use eBay`s protection program for our safety. I just need your full name and shipping address so I can open a transaction (with no further obligation or fees). The car is located in Norfolk, VA I just moved here with my new job I will ship it from here, I will support all the shipping fees.
    For more pics please visit my album:
    s434.photobucket.com/albums/qq66/maximacr1/
    VIN: JN1DA31D53T520315
    I will wait your email. Jane Williams

    Thanks to the comments on this web site my husband and I did not get scammed
    Thank you

  88. Same thing here in Orlando…Funny thing is they said they were in PA and when I said my Dad was nearby and said he would check out the car, I never heard from then again. He really is nearby to where they said, but I was trying to check out if it was a scam then found tons of postings about this!!! That is too bad people are so desperate!

  89. Same thing here on a blue classic Mini Cooper – advertised with 35,000 miles on it, MINT condition, no flood or accident damage, owned by his father since new, etc.

    I told the guy I was interested but I needed to talk to him first – that I wouldn’t send any money until I talk to him. So he called me, and the whole thing was really shady – so I Googled car-selling scams, and found this site. Absolutely great, thanks!

    This guy is now calling himself “Doctor Alex Moring” — [email protected] — the number that he called me from is 812 669 1146.

    DO NOT FALL FOR THIS SCAM — like someone else said, it obviously works, because this scam is everywhere.

  90. Has anyone been scammed by these eBay Vehicle Protection Programs scammers? If so – do you live in Georgia? Have you gone to the local police to pursue and have a case number? Looking for additional resources to force action – unfortunately I saw this too late

  91. yes I live in georgia and the scamm you are talking about is probably the same one I am experiencing. Is it over a 2005 jeep cherokee? I did not give them any money I even talked to the so called ebay vpp. was the seller’s name supposedly cynthia moore?

  92. He is using another name now for a Lexus, Robert Dove [email protected]

    I had a friend luckily ask me if I thought this was a scam before she went any further. She has been emailing him to get more info but I’m sure he will avoid those responses. It’s pretty entertaining to read the emails even though it’s tough to hear of those who actually got scammed out of money.

    Hello,
    My name is Robert Dove and I’m glad to see your interest in purchasing my car. (2007 Lexus IS 250 Sedan Automatic 2.5L V6 SFI DOHC 24V) VIN Number: JTHBK262972044891
    What can I tell you in a few words is that I am an individual seller, I am not a dealer and this is my first type of auction on Craigslist. The car that I have for selling is mine , it is personal property and I am going to sell it because I was promoted to my work and in the same time they gave me a new car for work and moving for my needs. In conclusion, I don’t need two good cars for the moment and I decided, after a discussion with my wife (sometimes is very difficult to be persuasive, you know what I mean) about selling my car, because it is senseless to keep the car only to occupy the garage.In the above I told you I was promoted at work (extraordinary thing) but I had to move with my family in another location (we must do sacrifices all the time) and now I live in Edmonton ,Canada .
    The car is in mint condition, never been down or abused and it has 15,734 miles on it. It hasn’t been involved in any accident or anything of this type. My final price on it is US $5,300.00 .As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car.
    ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 15 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. I know you need a bill of sale and the original title and it will be no problem, once you receive the car, you will receive them as well so you can register the car on your name.You will have along with the papers that you
    need for the registration a bill on your name with the price and short description to confirm that you have already bought the car.
    Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your FULL NAME and FULL ADDRESS where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Best Regards,
    Robert Dove

    Here is his response as to why he can’t speak on the phone

    See pics attach.
    I will call you as soon i receive payment confirmation from eBay because i was advised by eBay to communicate by email so they can keep a record of my communications with my buyer.It’s against their security policy.Please feel free to contact me with any further questions or concerns you might have.

    Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your FULL NAME and FULL ADDRESS where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Best Regards,
    Robert Dove

    Very entertaining, should I send him the link to this page……

  93. Wow…I knew this ad was too good to be true, so I emialed the seller. He immediately emailed back to provide full name and address to ship the car. The Car is a 2006 Porsche 911 Cabriolet 4S that he was selling for $26200, about $55,000 under the trade-in. The seller stated he recently got a divorce and bought the car after the divorce. The car reminded him of his divorced wife so he wanted to sell it ASAP and get this…donate the money to a children’s foundation. What a scam. I wanted believe him, especially my love of Porsches…I too was ready to wire this guy $26200 when by gut feeling told me it was too good to be true. I did some research and found this web page and found the company, “Motors, Ltd” under BBB.com. It recv’d a letter “D”…another words do not trust this ad. Thanks again for saving me from buying a Porsche that would have haunted me for a long time.

  94. This is the email i received from my experience dealing with the scam for a Porsche 911 4S 2006. As you can see it looks and reads legit, but do not be scammed !

    We’ve recently sent you the invoice for Case ID # 8322145544. Please follow the payment instructions from the invoice.
    eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection covers buyers who are buying a vehicle from a verified Vehicle Purchase Protection member. The eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection program protects your vehicle purchase against fraud and material misrepresentation. This program is provided by eBay Motors for FREE on all eligible transactions completed on the eBay Motors site. There’s no sign-up, opt-in, or registration necessary. Your vehicle purchase is protected for up to $50,000.00 or the vehicle purchase price, whichever is lower. Currently, Lois Blair can provide a eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Coverage up to US $50,000.00. Transactions with this eBay seller are covered by purchase protection against fraud and description errors. For your safety, this account was locked today, for 30 days time period. The seller is unable to withdraw any money from it, within this period.
    Complete your eBay transaction in 5 easy steps:
    1) Buyer and seller agree on the transaction terms and a selling price. Seller contacts eBay with the transaction details;
    2) eBay accepts the transaction and offers purchase protection to the buyer (if the transaction is declined, no further action is required from
    either the buyer or the seller);
    3) The buyer receive an invoice and complete the money transfer to eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program Department. After the payment
    is received by eBay Vehicle Purchase department and approved the sell will initiate the delivery. The seller has three business days to send the
    buyer and eBay the tracking number of the shipment. If no tracking number is provided, a full refund is immediately sent to the buyer;
    4) Buyer receives the merchandise and has five days to inspect it. If it is complete and as described, the buyer should accept the merchandise.
    If he refuses the merchandise, the buyer must ship the merchandise back to the seller within three business days.
    5) After the inspection period is over ( 5 business days ), the buyer must contact us with the result of the inspection. If the buyer refuses the
    merchandise, the refund will be sent to the buyer after the tracking number for the returned shipment is verified.
    Should you need a refund for this transaction, the insured amount will be taken from the seller’s purchase protection account and sent to you. The refund is sent to your bank account, or by check or money order. The way you are refunded is at your choice. You have 30 days from the
    above verification date to request a refund. Refund requests are processed within 3 days.

    ***** CONDITIONS TO BE MET BEFORE YOU MAY ASK FOR A REFUND *****
    Here are the situations suitable for a refund request:
    1) If the item doesn’t arrive and/or the seller stops communications after the payment was received;
    2) If the merchandise you receive has different specifications than the ones you agreed on;
    3) If your merchandise arrives in a much longer period than the one you agreed on (more than 15 days from the payment clearance day);
    For cases 2) and 3) you have to send back the merchandise to the seller prior to ask for your refund. If you did not pay the seller by payment
    method required by us, your refund request will be declined.
    Once we receive the payment confirmation, we will instruct the seller to start the shipping process. We will secure the funds for you until you will receive the vehicle and we will release the funds only with your approval. If the vehicle will not be as described, you will have to send it back on seller’s expense and we will give you a full refund.
    Thank you for using our services!
    eBay Motors Financial Department Vehicle Purchase Protection
    Copyright © 2008 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners. eBay and the eBay logo are trademarks of eBay Inc. eBay Inc. is located at 2145 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125.

  95. hi everyone. unfortunatly i came to this site too late. i think i have been scammed by this alex guy. these stories look familiar. i made a payment about 2 weeks ago and he said the car would take 10 days to ship. its over a week past when the car was suppose to be at my house and its still not here. so i looked up his name and found all this. . if anyone else has gotten scammed please let me know how to get my money back!

  96. Well the Sgt from Croatia has my money : ( I admit it we fell for the military story and were so in a hurry to get a car we didnt do our research . . . currently we have a loan for half of it which is now an unsacured one witha higher interest rate, and we have to take out another to get a car . . .
    the fbi has been informed
    the internet crimes dept has been informed
    western union is doing an investigation
    family that know people that this has happened to are also involved . . .
    im calling the FTC as we speek …

    please help us ! what else can we do to get our money back ? ? ?

    this is my gf first loan and first car she is purchacing on her own, shes young and this is taking a huge tole on her ! !

    Please help ! !
    contact me at [email protected] if you can think of anything else that would help us get our money back in a timely manner !!

    Thanks Mike and Cassie
    Minnesota

  97. Here is another one of the scam Ad that I fell for excitedly but came out of unharmed thanks to this website. Click the link below

    http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?ct=p&car_id=250991730&dealer_id=63233593&car_year=2007&num_records=25&model=ODYESSY&systime=&make2=&highlightFirstMakeModel=&start_year=2006&engine=&keywordsfyc=&keywordsfyc=&keywordsrep=&keywordsrep=&certified=&body_code=0&fuel=&awsp=false&search_type=used&distance=50&marketZipError=false&search_lang=en&showZipError=n&make=HONDA&color=&keywords_display=&scarid=250125357&page_location=findacar::ispsearchform&min_price=&drive=&seller_type=b&position=top&max_mileage=&style_flag=1&sort_type=priceASC&address=93065&advanced=&end_year=2007&transmission=&doors=&max_price=&cardist=33

  98. Thought the $5000.00 for a cadillac SXR w/ only 51,108 miles on it was too good to be true! I decided to research it before I gave my name and address. So glad I did. I copy and pasted his last e-mail to me after I e-mailed him that I wanted to see and test drive the car first. This is what he wrote. So beware!!!

    fromJim Askim

    dateSun, Sep 14, 2008 at 12:26 PM
    subjectRE: Owner 63186511: AutoTrader.com: Vehicle Lead 2004 Cadillac SRX
    mailed-byhotmail.com

    hide details 12:26 PM (2 hours ago) Reply

    Hello,

    As I told you in my first e-mail, I am in UK with my work. Before leaving my the city I had prearranged the deal with eBay (eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection) so my presence in USA isn’t necessary. The car is in their possession in US ( NY ) ready to be delivered .You have 5 days to test it and inspect the car. So if you want to make this deal I need the following details from you:

    full name and address
    shipping address
    phone #

    After I will have all this details I will forward them to eBay (eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection)and I will proceed the order. eBay will contact you with all the details that you need to complete this deal and also to see that i am covered by them and that I am legit seller. Waiting your email with the requested details.
    Please note that the car was listed on autotrader and not on eBay! I am just using the eBay Protection Program offered by eBay.

    Regards!! (It should say Regards Sucker!!)

  99. This is what i was sent with regards to a 2007 VW Touareg TDI with 1500 miles on it for $15000

    Watch out for this A$$hole on autotrader… –> [email protected]

    Hello,

    Thanks for your email ! First of all I want to tell you that I’m not located at home,in Saxonburg, PA, where the car is.
    Because of my job I have to move all the time. The price of the car is $15,000.00 I know it may seem low, but i find it reasonable. I am requesting a $5,000 refundable deposit at the beginning of the shipping and the balance to be paid after delivery and inspection.
    I have no use for the car anyway,due to my job.I have a clean title ready to be signed. The car has no electrical or mechanical problems.We can use eBay Buyer Protection Program to complete the transaction. The deal will go strictly according to eBay rules and policy.
    In order to start the official transaction, I need to know your details:
    -full name and shipping address
    As soon as I have them, I’ll start the official procedure and eBay service will notify you about this. You’ll also receive important guidelines and payment instructions from them . I’ll handle the shipping, so this will be free of charge for you. We will use eBay Buyer Protection Program to manage the payment because it is the safest way for both of us and also you will have 10 days to inspect the car before I receive the money. Also, a refund policy will be included.

    All my best
    Dr. Daniel Moring

    I’m gonna report him to the FBI

  100. Here’s a scam that I started to realized when the guy pulled another VIN# off another CLS55 AMG up in IL, and couldn’t explain why they didn’t match up. WHAT A SCUMBAG!!! His email is [email protected] watch out for him, on autotrader and Getsetauto.com!!! Another name going to the FBI!

    Hello,

    Q: I’m wondering if the CLS55 AMG is still for sale and if its evern been in a wreck. Would you mind provdiding me the VIN for it? Also are the pictures on GetSetAuto the pictures of the actual vehicle?

    Thanks,

    A: Hello how are you? The car is still for sale, it’s in perfect working condition and it can be driven over long distances without concerns. It’s completely rust-free (the underneath too), the body is laser-straight and the paint is in excellent condition. The car has been inspected by a mechanic and he found no issues. It doesn’t have any mechanical problems, and it will be inspected again before I ship the vehicle. The total price I want for the car is $30,000 and the reason I’m selling the car is that I’ve moved to London, England about 2 months ago and I brought it here, but i need to sell it right now along with other assets in order to pay the mortgage. The car has a title that is lean and clear. I have discount on shipping so if you give me your ZIP code maybe I can arrange for shipping at my expense, depending on your location. Let me know if you’d like to strike a deal on the car and I’ll give you more information on how we’ll make this happen.
    Regards

    Q: Hello again,

    Come to think of it, if you have the VIN number as well as any service and maintenance records from past that would be great to see those too. Also, why wouldn’t the car be able to be driven over long distances without concerns? Was the mechanic who inspected it at a Mercedes-Benz dealer? Do you have the record from that inspection?

    Thanks,

    A: I need a down payment for the car , $3,500, fully refundable if you don’t wish to buy the car. After you check the car you will own it, and send me the rest of the money month by the month or the rest via bank account. After that you scan the receipt given from them and send it to me to validate it and make the necessary arrangements for you to receive the car and al the documents, and service reviews.
    Money Gram details:
    Name : Seth Osborne
    Addresse: 867 Washington Ave
    Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States

    Q: If you could address my previous questions I would appreciate it. What’s the VIN?, Why wouldn’t it be able to be driven over long distances?, Where has it been inspected?, Where is the car located now? etc… Those are valid questions for a buyer to ask before even talking about down payments and payment type. Scan what receipt? Scan how? What are you talking about? Validate?

    Thanks,

    A: I said it can be driven long distances. VIN Number: WDDDJ76X96A014208 . After you send the down payment through money gram they will give you a receipt. Scan that receipt and send it to me. This is an urgent sale. Please let me know if you really want to buy, i do not have the time or the resources to play

    Q: On another note,
    The VIN you have just supplied routes me to a Black CLS55 AMG based in Illinois http://www.autotrader.com/dealers/dda/detail.jsp?dealer_id=78816&ct=u&car_id=248452329 the one you have posted on Get set Auto is Silver and is not 60k and does not have ~18k miles like the one in Illinois. Whats your deal? can you explain this?

    As you can see the email traffic is quite interesting in the fact that he is giving me generalized replies that a lot of people at one time probably get. And also how he never answered my question up front!

  101. Watch out for this guy too! –> [email protected]

    This is the email i got from him in regards to an autotrader inquiry…

    A: hi, my name is Andreea Peterson own the MBZ cls listed with autotrader.com, access this URL to get a better view of it
    http://www.pixagogo.com/2819244242 . Price i’m trying to get for it is $15,200.00 and as you can see from the photos
    the condition is very good. Clean title no problems overall. Location of the vehicle is San Francisco California i just moved from Cali to NY at
    a new job new house and a new car. Because i have no experience in selling cars and don’t want to lose time with this my lawyer arranged
    everything to make it as easy as possible for me and for the buyer. Transportation any ware in the US will be included in the price that
    means the buyer will get free transportation to his nearest airport. I will use the best method to deal by that i mean of course the eBay
    purchase protection program they will handle the financial transaction. Let me know if you’re interested and i will send you all the details.
    Andreea

    Q: What’s the VIN#?

    A: Please access this URL http://www.pixagogo.com/2819244242 to get the VIN and other info on the car. I have arranged everything to the last detail please read carefully to understand what to do: First i will register you with eBay as the legitimate buyer for the vehicle
    Second you will have to make a deposit of at least 35% from the price of the vehicle or the full amount. The deposit or full amount is refundable in case you don’t like the vehicle. The deposit or full amount will go to a secure eBay account and not be released until you receive the vehicle they will also confirm what i just said. Third Vehicle will be send from it’s current location to a near by airport in your area with all the documents, owners manual and 3 keys. Once received i’ll leave you time for inspection with a mechanic of you choice and finally sign the title after the remaining balance is paid. To move forward provide the following:
    Full name
    Airport nearby (for delivery)
    Phone number
    Fax number (optional)
    Andreea

    Q: I would like to view the vehicle and test drive it as I will be in that area soon. If I like it I will buy it while I’m there with 100% of the cost of it.

    A: i’m glad to hear that but first you will need to provide the info for ebay and make a deposit with them.

    Andreea

    Q: I’ll provide the info and deposit after I test drive it. This is typical for a purchase of this magnitude. Anyone would be stupid to give someone else money and information for a vehicle sight unseen purhcase. Since i’ll be in the San Francisco area soon, I would like to schedule a test drive and then if I like it i’ll deposit the money and give my information.

    Now I find it comical that these people aren’t in jail yet, its amusing to see what they come up with for answers since english probably isn’t their first language. I really like to ask them the tough questions to see what they say, what a bunch of SCUM BAGS! remember [email protected] is a scamming scumbag who’s name is going to the FBI

  102. Watch out for this Robin character, his/her name is going to the FBI as well! [email protected]

    A: > Hello
    > Where are you from?
    > The car is in perfect working condition, it doesn’t have any dents, chips or
    > scratches and the interior is in like new condition, never smoked in.
    > All the maintenance done on a regular basis and I have all service records
    > for it. It’s accident-free and has a clean and clear title. The car is fully
    > loaded with all the options you could want.
    > This sale is for charity works and because of that I will sell it only thru
    > eBay VPP.
    > You will have a 5-day inspection period prior to buying and I will handle
    > shipping and insurance charges.
    > If interested please reply with your full name, shipping address and a fax
    > number and eBay will contact your with more details regarding this
    > transaction.
    > Thank you
    >

    Q: Thank you for the information.
    I’m not really familiar with ebay VPP. Is this CLS550 an auction car? Or is it for sale for the price listed at $14,550? And if you could confirm the milage to be ~24,000mi that would be great.
    Thanks,

    A: Hello again
    The price is $14550 and includes shipping and insurance.

    Here is how the process works:
    – you give me your full name and shipping address,
    – I start a transaction on eBay Purchase Protection Program
    – they send you the payment instructions,
    – you send the money into eBay Purchase Protection Program bank account and they will keep the money until you get the car,
    – they confirm me that they received the funds,
    – I ship the car,
    – you receive the car,
    – they send the money to charity.
    They will hold the money until the car is delivered to you, with properly executed title. You have 5 days for the inspection period. If the car is not like described you will have to ship it back in 30 business days on my expense, but I am sure that you will love it.
    If you agree please send me your full name, shipping address and a fax number (for the bill of sale), in order to start the transaction!
    Thank you,

    Q: Hello,

    Can you please send me the VIN of the car and it’s location. I would also like to schedule a test drive and inspection before making a purchasing decision.

    Thank you,

    A: Hi
    Yes, the VIN it’s WDDDJ75X76A018520
    The car is in NY and is ready for delivery.
    Look I’m sorry I can’t close this deal in person, because I’m in a business trip, but the car is sealed in an enclosed shipping container stored at a warehouse with all the proper documentation in there.
    If you want to buy it, please provide the requested info and I will start this transaction thru eBay VPP.
    This way, we are both secured and you will have a 5 days testing period prior to buying. The car will be inspected on arrival at a local dealership and I will pay for that too.
    Let me know what you think and I will give you more info regarding the deal.

    SCUMBAG, NAME IS GOING TO FBI!!!

  103. This same Mark Loranty is attempting to sell a 2003 Honda Accord EX. The pictures that were taken look as if they were done right here in Florida. People of this magnitude should be traced and banned from any internet association of this kind. I’m pretty sure there is a way to find out who they are through their email accounts!

  104. Another one but I am keeping him thinking i am still interested by asking for more pics,info etc..at least keeping him busy..wish I could do more. Remember God has a place for these kind of people.

    Hello,

    First of all I want to thank you for your interest for my Honda 2005 Goldwing GL1800. Although I am registered in Canada I recently moved in London , United Kingdom (where my family is from) and the bike is being shipped from here.

    I sell it at this price because I just finished the divorce with my husband and when the divorce has finished I got this bike.As a women I don’t need it.My bike is in a great condition, clear tittle (registered in Canada) only 3700 miles , no scratches or damage and never been down or wrecked .The amount you will have to pay in order to own this bike is 5,900 Canadian Dollars with shipping costs and insurance included.

    I prefer the payment to be done using eBay services so both of us can be protected.Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the bike, test it and give your approval.

    If you agree with these terms please reply me with your full name and shipping address so I can send all the info to eBay and after that you will receive from eBay all the info you need.

    Thank you

    Eartha Wetherby

  105. an other story!
    Hello,
    My name is Bryce Iansvile.

    First of all I want to thank you for your your email regarding my Red 2006 BMW 330Ci . The price is US$ 17.920.
    The car is in Suwanee, GA.

    If you want, you can come over here for inspection but I have the ability to ship this to your location with the shipping, delivery and insurance included in the price as last week I almost closed the deal with someone out of state, took the car to the shipper, paid for it and in the end the buyer was not able to take his loan.
    That’s why I even listed the car on several location as there will be no problems to ship this vehicle to the buyer and this will cost him nothing.

    The car looks and drives like new. It has no flaws, dents or scratches. The engine runs just great and has no known problems. The only thing that determined my and my wife to sell the car is that we really need the money to buy a new house and the 3rd child is on it’s way.
    It only has 3765 miles, the title is clean and free of any loans or bank debts.

    If you are interested in more details about the car, just let me know!
    Regards, Bryce
    *******
    Hi,

    Nice to see that you’re still interested in buying. If we reach an agreement, the car will be delivered directly to your address. I will cover the shipping fees and insurance as previous told you that I’ve paid for a shipping and never used it.

    It will be shipped by truck and it will take about 5-7 days to reach your address.

    To speed up the process I’m telling you in advance that for payment we should use eBay ‘s security for such transactions.The transaction will be fully under eBay’s surveillance, giving us both security and insurance that nothing will go wrong. They will be the 3rd, objective party involved in the transaction. This way you will actually pay for the car after you will receive and test it, because eBay will hold the funds in an escrow account and release it to me only after you accept and confirm the delivery.

    After the car reaches your address you will have 7 days to see and test it. Within this period you have to decide if you purchase it or not.

    If you decide to take it you will have to contact eBay and let them know that, so they can release the payment to me. If you won’t like it you will have to ship it back to me within the 7 days and eBay will refund you. The shipping back will be done on my own expense, but I am sure this will not be the case.

    Let me know if you want to take the deal to the next step.

    Best regards, Bryce
    *******
    As I have told you I already dropped the car to the shipper warehouse.
    I was aware from the begin that at this price I will have a lot of interested buyers from out of state and wanted to move faster.
    The car is crated, sealed and prepared for shipping along with all papers, documentation and registration.
    There is no way for me at this time to be able to give you a scanned copy of the title or any other pictures than the ones I already took.
    Regards, Bryce
    **********

  106. ME TOO!!! Yikes, good thing I found this site! Same story!! The photo’s were convincing and so was the Vin # they are good, they are good!

    Hi,
    I sell it cheaper because i don’t have time for a meeting right now. I’m not so great about cars.
    It belonged to my husband and it brings to many bad memories. I decided to overcome this incident… I don’t want to see every single day things that remind me of him and I really need some money fast to catch up my bills.
    It has only 71605 miles on it, no scratches, no damages, no hidden defects. It has a clear title and is in immaculate condition and has never been involved in any accident.
    The price is $4,900 including shipping.
    It will be delivered at your door, and you will have 15 days for inspection. About the payment, we will go through a secure way, and we will make the deal through eBay.
    Here is a photo album of the car: s415.photobucket.com/albums/pp238/krnnkgnns/
    Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay.
    Thank you for your time,
    Linda Evans

  107. Here are more scammer names on Craigslist trying their hardest to scam you by selling bogus boats:
    Barry Herndon [email protected]
    Sandra Aurelianus [email protected]

    Same thing as everyone else – where they have a boat at a shipping facility ready to be shipped to you (free shipping)- and the boat they’re scamming is usually being sold for about 25% of its value. They want you to send your name and address, and then you’ll get an e-mail from the EBAY VEHICLE PROTECTION PROGRAM. You will get an e-mail that looks authentic, but it’s a fake.
    DO NOT SEND YOUR MONEY TO THEM!

    Some of these scammers try to entice you with a sob story that they’re in the middle of a divorce and need to get money quickly. Another one said they were about to be deployed to Iraq. That one really made me mad!

    One way to find out very quickly if it is a scam is to ask them for their name and a phone number. Isn’t that a reasonable request when you’re about to spend thousands of dollars?

    One scammer replied back that they “just moved, and my new phone service is not hooked up yet.”

    Yeah, right.

    Another method is to ask them where the item is located. IF they tell you, (it will be over 1000 miles away from you) then either say that you have a relative that lives there, and that they will be by shortly to take a look at it, or say that you’re going there next week on a business trip. Their response, or lack of it will be the tell tale sign.

    Also note that they spell words incorrectly. I have discovered over 10 scammers so far, and not one of them can spell.

    Be careful, be safe, AND BE SMART!!

  108. There is another incarnation of the same Ebay Protection Program scammer(s)on craigslist: Rebecca Prior [email protected]

    This time they are selling a 2004 BMW 525i…

    BEWARE! NEVER SEND MONEY BY MONEY GRAM to somebody you don’t know! AND AGAIN, if it is too good to be true, IT IS! PLEASE BE CAREFUL!

    Here are the emailsFrom: Rebecca Prior
    Subject: Re: ~2004 BMW 5-Series Automatic – $4799 (Buffalo)
    Date: Sunday, September 21, 2008, 11:57 PM

    Hi,i see from your email that you are interested in the condition of the BMW.
    so you have to know that the car is 100% working and looking very good,no flaws or dents,
    no scratches or any kind of damage, no flood or wrecked and it has a clear title,the interior
    looks great,is brand new condition because I have took care of it like it was my baby (the car is
    located in Ephraim, Utah ready to be shipped).This is a regretful sale but unfortunately i
    need money for my son , he is in hospital and i really need money for him.This is why i am
    selling the car so cheap.BUY IT NOW for $ 4,800 because i want to close a quick and smooth
    deal with a serious person.About the shipping i can tell you that will be done through DAS
    and it will take no more than 3 days.The car will be insured at the shipping company for the transport
    and the shipping cost is free because my brother work’s at the shipping company and he has 1
    transportation per year for free.If you are still interested please reply me asap.For more pics click here and press “Run”.
    64,516 miles
    VIN: wbana53514b176067
    Thanks

    If you can come to Utah today or tomorrow to meet and make the deal will be great, if you cant we can do this in this way :
    My brother work’s at the shipping company and has one transportation per year for free ,The car will be shipped
    on my expanse, and will be at your door in 2 max 3 days.
    If you want to continue,please send me your full name and your shipping address so that I will let eBay Protection Program
    know that you are interested . You will receive an email from them instructing you about how to send payment and
    they’ll release the funds to me only after you receive and inspect the car.I think that this is a fair way to make
    business and I hope that you will agree. I don’t touch your money until you receive and inspect the car.
    Also, I have to let you know that I want the payment prior shipping since I will ship it in the same day or next days
    the payment is complete .For the moment I can only accept a wire transfer as a payment method and the fastest is
    Money Gram .Also you have nothing to worry about because this deal will be done in a secure way if you prefer.
    In case you will not receive the car as i described to you,eBay will refund you with 100% from the whole amount
    which you paid to the eBay agent.Even in case you will not receive the car,they will refund you the money.But this is not the case.
    You will send the money to eBay Protection Program .I will not see any money until the car is at you.
    After you receive and see that the car is the one you want you just notify eBay to forward to me the payment details
    in order for me to pick up my money.
    Let me know if this is ok with so we can move forward with this deal!
    Regards!

  109. Everyday on craigslist, these guys have motorcycles, cars, tractors and anything else they can think to sell, and they change their email almost everyday. They almost always use the ebay buyer protection con too. They copy pictures and vin numbers from old ebay ads to make it look real. I finally told them that ebay does not handle merchandise or hold and release funds.
    They came back with, “I have a 100% positive feedback”, but didn’t give me their ebay account, until I asked for it. Of course they found an account that had 100% pos feedback and told me it was theirs. But of course that account never had the item that they were selling on craigslist. So after a week of back and forth, I finally told them that I had sent the money and thank you for such a great deal. They got back to me immediately wondering how I sent the money. I just told them that I sent the money to their account that had the 100% positive feedback and to please let me know when the item ships.

    I suggest everyone do this. Get enough info from these scammers, until they finally bluff their way to providing an account, that obviously isn’t theirs, then tell them you’ve sent the money. Never give them any of your info or try to get any of theirs. They will eventually try to bluff you with false info, so just use whatever info they give and pretend to be stupid enough to send the payment.

    These scammers are probably in Romania or somewhere else where your countries’ laws have no effect, so all you can do is waste their time, which may spare someone else getting ripped off.

  110. Yet another example of this scam, from “Phill Gasick”:

    Thanks for replying to my ad. I want you to know the car is in excellent condition with no rust or any kind of damage anywhere and it doesn’t need any maintenance. The odometer shows 64,777. Here is the Vin# 4t1bf30k32u500199 . Title is clear and free of liens. This 2002 Toyota Camry XLE V6 has an automatic transmission and it’s very easy to drive even for a beginner.
    My price is $3000. I am now in a divorce with my ex and i am in desperate need of money to pay the mortgage on my house. That’s my only reason for selling it otherwise I wouldn’t do it.
    The car is located in Sandy,UT and the deal will be handled by eBay trough their eBay Vehicle Purchase Program . They will handle the title and money transfer and deliver the car to your location. The best part about this is that you’ll get 5 days money back guarantee. If at the end of those 5 days you decide not to keep it you’ll get a full refund by them. If you want the Toyota and if you have the money available all you have to do now is to send me your full name and the shipping address. As soon as I hear that from you I will initiate the transaction through them.
    The process is very simple and risk free for both of us.

  111. Watch out for Pamela Jackson, same scam!!

    Hello,

    You made the right choice!My 2006 Honda Civic EX is in great shape,no engine problems,damages or hidden defects. It was always garaged and never kept outside. I`m a single mother with 2 children because i divorced with my husband and after the divorce i own this car,i don`t need it and that`s why i`m selling it so cheap. The car has 33,900 miles and the price is $3,900. We will use eBay`s protection program for our safety. I just need your full name and address so i can open a case. (with no further obligation or fees).
    Have a nice day!

    P.S : Please don’t forget to send your full name and shipping address if you are interested to buy.

    for Pamela Jackson, same scam!!

  112. I just got scammed with this shit…i think that the same person is probbaly doing all the scamming because all the emails say the same thing!. most of them are from a “SGT.” and most of them end with BEST REGARDS! ….WE need to do something about this son***** this is bullshit. and if you go on craigslist or autotrader theres more of them! this guy is making a killing off of good people—Seriously something needs to be done anyone that wants to possibly set something up or SOMETHING please help or any ideas cause this needs to stop! i am so mad right now knowing that my hard earned money just got “taken” from me….THAT EASILY! and on top of that, moneygram is making money of of us! $120 FEE?? it seems to me that they must be getting more than one of these complaints…either way ANYONE in here that has gotten scammed or would like to help to catch this fuck email me and we’ll talk through it!… shit for all we know he proabbly owns this site….anyway email me ! ( i have contacted numerous people/systems through email including the attorney general of my state) i need my money back! (it was supposed to allow me to get to school and back)

  113. CONTACT THE FTC @ 1877-382-4357 and forward all emails to [email protected] ….also, call money gram or w/e means of cash pymnt you sent and cancel the order–and if its too late find out WHERE the money was picked up and contact local law enforcement…

  114. Go to the FBI main website and contact the local FBI agency near your location-make sure you email them with all the information you have…BE SURE THAT when you forward your emails to [email protected] you also email them the headers<<this is very important. These people need to get caught! also, Contact your local NEWS!

  115. Thank you to all who have posted. I was almost a victim of this scam. Once I realized that it was a scam, I started making inquiries on other vehicles that were “too good to be true”. These guys have so many different names! Thomas McSherry almost had me and another name I have seen is Francesca. I don’t need to cut and paste the correspondence because it has basically the same content as everyone else’s. Low price, great condition handled by ebay, covered by the purchase protection plan, money to be transfered by moneygram. My intuition made me hesitate and do more research… thank goodness!

  116. If you agreed to buy the vehicle and received an invoice from ebay customer support, but never sent any money…do you need to do anything else? Or just let the bastard sit there thinking that you are going to eventually send it.

  117. I played the game with these people and was suspicious throughout the process. Did not send any money, but did get the phone and fax numbers. Send hate messages at will. Phone (408) 540-6877 Fax (866) 581 8529.

  118. There’s nothing the FBI or any other US Government agency will do about these scams. These people are not in the US.

    They make 100’s of listings everyday, using 100’s of cities’ craigslist editions, AutoTrader etc, Maybe 1 in 1000 people are stupid enough to send a stranger a MoneyGram, but that’s all they need. This is not one person, this is a national pastime in some countries, called Take the Greedy Americans Money.

    Everyday I answer a few of them and when they ask for my name and number I give them the FBI number and address, or other law enforcement agency info. This does no good, really, but it wastes their time.

  119. Here is another scam, folks.

    2002 Harley-Davidson Softail
    Reply to: [email protected]
    Date: 2008-09-29, 6:34PM

    VIN Number: 1HD1BHY142Y059XXX

    Engine Size (cc): 1690

    Miles: 12412

    Everything is in perfect working condition. I have the TITLE IN HAND. THERE IS NOTHING NEGATIVE THAT I CAN SAY ABOUT THIS BIKE, JUST NEEDS A NEW HOME THE BIKE RUNS AND DRIVES GREAT; IT STARTS RIGHT UP AND SHIFTS VERY SMOOTHLY.

    Contact me at [email protected]

    No Rust on this BIKE
    The BIKE has always been garage kept (heated garage). NEVER dropped! Clean title
    Very clean. You won’t be disappointed!

    This item has been posted by-owner.
    Location: Salt Lake City
    it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
    Original URL:http://saltlakecity.craigslist.org/mcy/860343346.html

    ——————————————————————————–

  120. Glad I researched and found this site as well. My sisters car broke down in Chicago and she is desperate for another vehicle (she has 9 kids…). She kept email me autos she was finding on Craig’s list that were too good to be true. She found 5 ads for cars ranging from Mini Coopers to Acuras for more then 75% off the cars wholesale price. Be aware that the ads location doesn’t matter. It appears that any car advertising site can be comprimsed with this type of ad and can reference anywhere (currently Utah, California, Oregon, and Florida). The line I have seen is typically divorce is causing the sale.

    Remember, if it is too good to be true, then it is.

    If

  121. This site saved me $4,800 and a lot of headaches. I was searching for the legitimacy of a “too good to be true” offer and stumbled across this site. Glad I did! I ended up searching for Rebecca and found the entry about Rebecca’s 2004 BMW. I will no longer be communicating with that scammer.

    I thought I would help the next guy out by providing details of two other “deals” and maybe someone else can benefit from my almost mistake.

    The first was a BMW X5 sold by Mark Bennusi

    His email was:
    I want to thank you for your email. The car is located in Reston, VA. I hope that you will understand that the email is the only way I have to communicate with you, because I have a contract of 6 months on a cruise ship and I don’t have a telephone or another way of communication. The BMW is available only for pick up,
    The sale price is $5,100..00.
    The car be pick up from my address after the payment is made at eBay..
    You will be given a 10 days inspection period from the day you take the car at your home.
    If you will not be satisfied with the car, you will be able to send the car back and i will suport all the payments.
    I´ll like to use an eBay service, so we’ll be both protected. No money first to me, i will receive money after you will confirm to eBay that the car is what i described without any damage. The transaction will be made under eBay’s buyer protection plan. Since this deal will be made using a THIRD PARTY to help us closing this deal.
    Please let me know if you have the funds available and wish to explain you the payment process.
    Thanks,Mark

    The other was for a 2003 Accord:
    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. Carlos Arellano. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord LX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 31246 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56353A081027. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    Sunroof CD Player
    Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Side Airbags
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows
    Here are the pics of the car :
    s497.photobucket.com/albums/rr340/2003haccordlxhaa/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and United Kingdom. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2960. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you, and have a nice day,
    Sgt. Carlos Arellano

    If ONE person benefits from this, I will be satisfied!!

    js

  122. Matthew Cassella [[email protected]] is another alias for this scam. Beware. They prey on greed and emotion. Ask for a copy of the title, which they will never be able to produce. Their phone number is 1 (408) 844 4877 and in my case, they requested payment to be sent to:

    Bank Name: Wachovia
    Account Holder: Johnson Matthew (eBay VPP Center Agent designated for your transaction)
    Account #: 1010221106853
    Routing #: 063000021
    Bank Address: 3300 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306, United States

    I have notified AutoTrader, eBay, the FTC, the FBI, and Wachovia. Hopefully a sting is setup to bust these jerks.

  123. Here is another folks,

    Angelica Salgado at [email protected] which redirects to [email protected].

    First of all I want to thank you for your interest for my car. I am selling it at this price
    ($5,400) because I just finished the divorce with my husband. When the divorce finished, the car was registered under my name. Now as a single woman I don’t need it. This car is in excellent working condition, no scratches, flaws or any kind of damage, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions and comes with a clear title.
    From the beginning you have to know that for the payment I request only secure pay, I prefer the payment to be done using eBay services. We will use a safe payment method because I am affiliated at eBay and I have a purchase protection account for $20,000. The final price that I want for this car is $5,400 including shipping and handling.
    If you are interested in buying it please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay.
    I will wait your answer(if you are interested to buy) very soon.
    Thank you,

    I was just wary enough to do a bit of research and found this info. Canned modular message, no detail about the vehicle (VIN). I even found the same car listed in two different states with identical adds less that one week a part. I hope this saves additional people from being taken advantage of. Just makes me sick to the core.

    I hope these malicious jerks all fall on rusty nails.

  124. I agreed to the scam, just to see what would happen and the below is what I got, copied onto ebay letterhead.

    The BIG bells going off, to anyone with an ounce of brains, would be that:
    1) Their email address ends with @usa.com, not ebay.

    2) They will only accept moneygram, which can be picked up anywhere in the world.

    3) Google earth the address and you see that there are no individual houses at the location they give.

    As far as my name and address?? I looked up the Chief of Police in Miami and used his name and address; as if it even mattered to these scumbags.

    I’ll just email them back and tell them that I dropped off the moneygram in their mailbox and thanks for the great deal. All they have to do is fly in from Romania or Russia or where ever and pick it up.
    =======================================
    Subject:
    Your invoice for eBay Motors purchase – 2006 SUZUKI GSX-R 1000
    From:
    “eBay” (Add as Preferred Sender)
    Date: 06.10.2008
    To: [email protected]

    eBay sent this message to Raul Martinez.
    Your name is included to show this message originated from eBay.

    Your invoice for eBay Motors purchase – 2006 SUZUKI GSX-R 1000

    Invoice for VPP Transaction Case ID M34G90GX3W between Jayne Davis as the Seller and Raul Martinez,as the Buyer..
    Please follow our instructions to complete the transaction safely.

    Seller
    Name: Jayne Davis

    Buyer
    Name: Raul Martinez
    Address:
    400 NW 2nd Avenue
    Miami FL 33128

    Transaction Details:

    Case ID: M34G90GX3W
    Date: 06.10.2008
    Status: Payment Pending

    Price
    $5,000.00 US

    Insurance: Yes
    Shipping: Included
    Shipping to*:
    Raul Martinez
    400 NW 2nd Avenue
    Miami FL 33128

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

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

    eBay Financing Center Agent*:
    First Name: John
    Last Name: Abner
    Address: 1615 Clifton Rd NE
    City: Atlanta
    State: GA
    Zip: 30329
    Country: United States

    *The MoneyGram Transfer will be sent using this name and address.

    Payment:
    Invoice #96873029

    Subtotal:
    $5,000.00 US
    Shipping: $0.00 US
    Sales Tax: $0.00 US

    Deposit: $2,500.00 US
    Remaining Balance: $2,5.00 US

    How to make the payment
    Find the nearest MoneyGram office:

    Send the payment using eBay Financing Center Agent’s name and address (found below) as payment details.
    E-mail* [email protected]
    the following payment information:
    Case ID and Invoice #

    MoneyGram reference number
    – 8 digits number found on the payment receipt
    Sender’s Name and Address
    Receiver’s Name and Address
    Total Amount Sent
    Fax* the MoneyGram payment receipt to eBay Financing Center Department at:

    1 (206) 350-1300
    *We strongly recommend that you confirm the payment by both e-mail and fax.

    Important Notice
    For security reasons please DO NOT release the payment details to the Seller or any other unauthorized person…………

    All the transaction, payment and personal information is considered confidential and will not be released under any circumstances.
    Vehicle Purchase Protection program security measures are constantly reviewed and modified given evolving circumstances globally.
    Our main and constant priority is the safety of our customers.
    If you are not familiarized with MoneyGram Transfer services please visit : http://www.moneygram.com/.
    Pay for the transfer with cash at a local MoneyGram agent. MoneyGram agent locations are independent businesses that provide money transfer service to their customers on behalf of MoneyGram. MoneyGram agents are primarily banks, post offices, exchange offices or retail locations – grocery stores, mail box centers, drug stores, travel agencies, depots, other retail locations.
    Independent MoneyGram agents may impose different limitations on the maximum amount that can be submitted per day. For this reason, in case of a larger amount to be sent, we recommend that you go to more than one agent and submit the total sum in separate transfers.

    When payment is received, it will be verified and secured into a non-interest bearing trust account. Payment verification process usually takes less than 24 hours………… After payment is secured, the Seller is authorized to ship the vehicle.. The Seller has 3 business days to send the Buyer and eBay Motors Customer Support the tracking number of the shipment. If no tracking number is provided, a full refund is immediately sent to the Buyer.

    The Buyer receives the vehicle and has 5 business days to inspect it. If it is complete and as described, the Buyer should accept the vehicle. If he refuses the vehicle, the Buyer must ship the vehicle back to the Seller within 5 business days.

    After the inspection period is over, the Buyer must contact eBay Financing Center Customer Support with the result of the inspection. If the Buyer refuses the vehicle, the refund will be sent to the Buyer after the tracking number for the returned shipment is verified. If the vehicle is accepted, eBay Financing Center Department submits the payment directly to the Seller within 3 business days.

    Help

    For any questions please contact [email protected]

    Thank you,
    eBay Financing Center Customer Support
    Vehicle Purchase Protection Program

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    Be Yourself @ mail.com!

  125. here’s another one ….
    ————————————————
    From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
    Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 2:11 PM

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, been real busy with work.

    I think I covered everything in my ad, but again this is a 2005 Nissan Maxima SE, with clear title, 26,101 miles on it, 3.5L engine and automatic transmission. Very clean inside and out. The price I want for it is $5,200. I took an exceptional care of this vehicle and the buyer of the car will be very happy with it.

    View pics here : s300.photobucket.com/albums/nn28/boweramy/

    The transaction will be closed only through a 3rd party and this way we will both be protected. My time is limited due to my job, so I decided to use the Vehicle Purchase Protection Program offered by eBay Inc. They handle all the paperwork and collection of selling price, and will hold the payment until you verify the Maxima is as described and want to keep it. I have already enrolled and paid all the necessary fees. To begin the transaction I’ll need your full name and shipping address,

    Look how the program work:

    1. I will forward the details of our transaction to the eBay Security Program.
    2. They will process the paperwork and will email you the Payment Invoice and the transaction details.
    3. You will have to submit the payment, as instructed to one of the eBay agents.
    4. The payment will be verified and if everything is OK, I will ship the car to your place on my cost. The car will be shipped insured to your location with DAS ( Dependable Auto Shippers ).
    5. After you receive it, you will have 7 days to inspect and test drive the car.
    6. If you accept the vehicle by confirming to eBay, they will send me the payment for the car. They will then FedEx overnight the signed title to you. If you decide to NOT accept the vehicle for any reason, they will refund your full payment price within 48 hours. They will then make the necessary arrangement to have the car picked back up by the vehicle transport company.

    Please let me know your position, I have many potential buyers for the car.

    Thank you!

  126. An easy way to detect if the listing is a scam is to google the email address provided. If its listed in multiple cities then it IS a scam.

    here’s another one
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    From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Nancy Neilson
    Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 12:29 PM

    Hy there. Thank you for the interest in my car. As you have seen from the post, the car is in excellent condition. Anyway, here are other pictures:
    s391.photobucket.com/albums/oo352/customer188763/1999 HONDA ACCORD/
    Mileage is 74,864 and I can send you the Carfax to prove it. The title is clear and free of liens. The car has an automatic transmission and it’s very easy to drive even for a beginner. The price is so low because I really need the money as soon an possible due to some personal problems.
    The deal will be handled by eBay trough their eBay Vehicle Purchase Program, because it’s faster, and offers both of us protection.
    If you are still interested please let me know so we can move further.
    Thanks

  127. I just got scammed by [email protected] for a 2007 Mercedes Benz CLK350 with 12,000 miles. I just got screwed out of $16,000!!!
    Has anyone actually wired money into his account and gotten it back… If so what channels did you take. I need help!
    thanks

    So for this transaction we will use eBay company.Here is how the process works:

    – you give me your full name and shipping address
    – I start a transaction on eBay company,
    – they send you the payment instructions,
    – you send the money into eBay trust account,
    – they confirm me that they received the funds,
    – I ship the car,
    – you receive the car,
    – they send me the money.

    The payment type will be establish by eBay after start the transaction. They will hold the money until the car is delivered to you, with properly executed title. You have 5 days for the inspection period. If the car is not like described you will have to ship it back in 30 business days on my expense, but I am sure that you will love it.

    In order to move forward I will need the following info from you so I can set up a new transaction case through eBay:
    1. full name
    2. shipping address

    in my case, they requested payment to be sent to:

    Bank Name: Wachovia
    Account Holder: Johnson Matthew (eBay VPP Center Agent designated for your transaction)
    Account #: 1010221106853
    Routing #: 063000021
    Bank Address: 3300 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306, United States

  128. This person is claiming to provide “protection” through the MSN Auto Buyer Protection Program. It is along the same lines as the EBAY plan. You wire money to Portugal.

  129. Ok people–something needs to be done here! these son of a **** need to fuc*n die…this is crazy…right now were going through all this (economy) and look at these bastards–taking our money!…I was a victim as well and have filed with local police, FTC, state general, money gram, ic3 (internet FBI), and any one else you can think of…I WILL FIND THESE PEOPLE IF ITS THE LAST THING I DO!…if theres anyone ANYONE in here with some ideas, LET US KNOW–at this point–IM up for anything!…WE NEED TO CATCH THESE PEOPLE AND IT SEEMS LIKE NOONE IS DOING JACK SHIT ABOUT IT…IM ABOUT TO TAKE THIS MATTER INTO MY OWN HANDS….

  130. Thank goodness I found this site before I did something stupid. I just found a 2001 Toyota Prius with very low miles priced $7000 below the Blue Book Value on autotrader.com I emailed the person ([email protected]) and his response is at the bottom of this message. When I emailed him back about the shipping cost he stated that it was included in the price, well that was just TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE so I decided to google auto fraud on eBay which led me here. I will be contacting autotrader.com in an effort to at least get this posting removed.

    Thank goodness I AM smart enough to think before I act.

    *****copied e-mail from scammer follows*****

    Hello there!
    I appreciate that you contacted me.First let me say that the Prius is available for $4,200
    This is a Very Nice 2001 Toyota Prius, that is Carfax Certifed with the Clean Carfax Buyback Guarantee. Exterior is in Excellent Condition with No Dents, No Accidents. Interior is also in Excellent Condition. Tires have about 85 percent tread life remaining. This vehicle has been inspected.
    A Totally Rust, Corrosion And Flood Free Vehicle.Never been in any accidents.VIN #JT2BK12U310033027
    Where are you located?
    I am currently out of town and vehicle will not be available for pickup. I can handle the shipping for you if you will agree to buy it……I have a friend who owes me a favor.
    The reason why I’m selling because i have been recently bought a new car, my wife is about to give birth to our newst member of the familly, and there is no more use for the little Prius
    I will use eBay as a third party service to handle the transaction for me. They will insure the transaction for us.
    If you have any further questions please do not hesitate ask.

    Regards

  131. So i think i figured out these scumbags and how to deal with them.

    There are several questions or things to ask any normal person that they would be happy to answer.

    Such as:
    I would like to test drive the car before i purchase, can we set up a time?

    I would like to see a copy of the title before i discuss payment and pickup.

    Can we setup a time to meet and disucss pricing?

    I want to talk on the phone and confirm your location.

    Can you have the car inspected for me and send me the receipt with the mechanics signature and phone number.

    I would like to have the car inspected and I will chose the shop, can you please find a time that is good for you to schedule this that works for you.

    Hello
    What state are you in?
    The car is in perfect working condition, it doesn’t have any dents, chips or scratches and the interior is in like new condition, never smoked in.
    All the maintenance done on a regular basis and I have all the service records for it. It’s accident-free and has a clean and clear title.

    Where is the car located? I want to test drive it first.

    I’m selling this car for charity works and because of that I will sell it only through eBay VPP.
    You will have a 5-day inspection period prior to buying and I will handle shipping and insurance charges.
    If you want to buy it, please reply asap with your full name and shipping address so I can open a transaction with eBay VPP.
    Thank you

    where is the car located, i said i wanted to test drive it before i buy it. If i like it i’ll give you the money.

    Look I’m sorry I can’t close this deal in person, because I’m in a business trip and I don’t know when I will be back.
    If you want I can send you more photos and provide more details about the car.
    If you want to buy it, please provide the requested info and I will start this transaction thru eBay VPP.
    This way, we are both secured and you will have a 5 days testing period prior to buying. The car will be inspected on arrival.
    Let me know what you think and I will give you more info regarding the deal.

    I’ll pay you the full ammount over ebay vpp if you can produce a car for me to look at…

    You’re wondering whether the car exists or not?
    Look buddy are you pulling my leg here?
    I’m a busy man I don’t have time for non-sense, so if you want to buy my car, I already told you the money is going into an ebay trust account and it’s refundable, therefore if anything should happen, ebay will refund you the money, there is no need for court action I don’t stand to gain a cent if I lie and further more I would loose the money I paid for shipping if the car is not what I described!
    Let me know what is you decision
    Thank you

    Listen wiseguy,

    I’m not going to buy a car without seeing it first, who the hell would do that? You still haven’t answered my question where the car is located. I’m only a few hours ride from it and want to see it first. No one buys a car sight unseen unless they’re crazy. I’m pretty convinced the car doesn’t exist and your some scammer in eastern Europe/China/Middle East trying to pull one over on me. Also, ebay doesn’t not hold onto money, it says so on their website… better come up with a better scam and generic poor-english-grammar answers that don’t make any sense.

    Get a life

    Right now i’m working on a more concrete set of safeguards when dealing with these scumbags. I think first and foremost is the pricing is a dead giveaway. Second would be generic answers and unwillingness to oblige to a test drive or a faxed over title or simple phone call. Third would be sloppy english and wanting to use ebay VPP or some third party escrow service.

    If anyone of these is present it should set off the red flag that something isn’t right…

    Thats all for now…

  132. I think the first thing we need to do is to alert Autotrader, GetsetAuto, Vehix, all the other used car online selling places and have them put up gigantic yellow banners with red lettering alerting consumers to this type of trickery. In my mind the responsibility to curtail this type of fraud falls on the website and their management to combat this. Just like YouTube combats copyright infringement to a degree i think these auto websites need to take the initiative to stop this. If they had any patriotism and feeling of responsibility for all the good Americans getting brutally scammed by some scumbag in an Islamic extremist or eastern European country.

    That’s my challenge to you Autotrader, and the rest of the websites that still allow this type of behavior to occur…

  133. I have not been in the market for a new vehicle for 2 years or so I went onto Autotrader.com last night. I thought that autotrader was immune to scams. Well, I found a few “unbelievable” deals on some minivans and other cars. I emailed the seller (of course his listing tells you to email another account b/c the other one is full) and this is what I received. As soon as I read his reply I went and googled “ebay’s Buyer Protection Program scams” and found this site. It pains me to know that scammers are trying to use our brave soldiers as guises for ripping people off.

    Hello, I’m Sgt. James Blair.
    This Toyota is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 35,500 miles on it.
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through ebay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to ebay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 15 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. I am located in Budapest, Hungary and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Hungary. One month ago, my wife Jannet moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the US because we can’t register it here, it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My price on it is US 6,200 $.
    If we reach an agreement, I am willing to take care of the shipping to your address. Shipping will take 10 days maximum. I have managed to obtain a low cost shipping, only $600 and I presume it would be fair to split the shipping cost so, we’ll pay $300 each. Meaning, that the car and the shipping/handling will cost you $6,500. I think this is reasonable.
    Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you

  134. I dont know about you guys but since unfortunately i fell into this trap I am going to make sure I waste these motherfuc*rs time as much as i can. I will cut them where it hurts–I will hurt their “balance sheet” as much as I can. They have with out a doubt scammed the wrong fuc(*n person and I will not stop until there is something done. this goes to CRAIGSLIST and AUTOTRADER. If i have to even set up a class action against these websites i will. And “really ticked” i think you have a good idea as far as the banners. If nothing is done though i am planning on going to my local news as well. like i said i will not stop until these fuc(*rs are caught. If ANYONE in here knows someone who can hack DO IT! hack into there sh*t and mess everything up…better yet …send it to IC3 which is basically The internet FBI. GO TO http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx and open up a case. WE nee to open up as many cases as we can so they can see that this is seriously a HUGE problem. at this point–I am up for anything!

  135. Amazing i dont know yet if HE/SHE is real or not, but it sure sounds just like all this other stories, Her name is Claudia Hill selling a ’07 BMW, X5 for 16800… too good to be true im still waiting to see if she wants to meet in person and verify her story about being divorce with 2 children and needing to sell the vehicle. WATCH OUT!

  136. Here is another one from Gary Irwin:

    Hi,

    Nice to see that you’re interested in having a deal with me. If we reach an agreement regarding the price and the transaction terms, the car will be delivered directly to your address. I will cover the shipping fees and insurance as previous told you that I’ve paid for a shipping and never used it.

    I’ve made some research and at this level (for the high amount involved) and because we will not meet to have a face to face deal (this would make me very glad as I really wanted to meet the next owner of my car, but …) we should use a reputable 3rd party to mediate our transaction.

    This means that someone (we both trust) should secure the funds until the car is delivered, inspected and until you will agree to keep it.
    I’ve found out that eBay has a special designated service for online vehicle transaction where they act like a 3rd party.

    We should make the deal fully under eBay’s surveillance, giving us both security and insurance that nothing can and will go wrong. They will be the 3rd, objective party involved. This way you will actually pay for the car after you will receive and test it, because eBay will hold the funds in their trustee (escrow) account and release it to me only after you confirm the delivery and accept to keep the car.
    It will be shipped by truck and it will take about 5-7 days to reach you.
    After the car reaches your address you will have 7 days to see and test it. Within this period you have to decide if you will keep it or not.

    If you decide to keep it you will have to contact eBay and let them know your decision, so they can release the payment to me. If you won’t like it you will have to ship it back to me within the 7 days and eBay will refund you, but I am 100% that you will agree to keep it from the moment you will see it and drive it 1mile.

    If you agree with this, let me know and I will have eBay contact you with full details about their program.

    Regards, Gary

  137. Here is another scam to look out for on a 2004 BMW M3 from autotrader.com. This is the email I received:

    Hello,
    Right now the vehicle sits in a storage facility in Miami, FL prepared to be shipped.
    The transaction is going to be supervised by eBay, as I am affiliated with eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection where I have a purchase protection account for up to $50,000, which means you’re fully insured.
    Here’s how the process works:
    – I need your full name and shipping address
    – I forward this info to eBay VPP, they verify it and start the transaction
    – eBay VPP sends you the payment instructions (invoice, insurance policy)
    – eBay VPP’s role is to receive and secure the payment from you until the end of the transaction. The price of the car is $6,000 no other fees or charges
    – after they secure your payment, they notify me that they received the funds
    – I ship you the car and I will pay for shipping.
    – you receive the vehicle and the 5-day testing period is started. After 5 days you receive the title and register the car under your name and eBay VPP sends the full payment to a charity of my choice. However, if the car doesn’t fit my description, you contact eBay VPP, they refund you in full within 3 business days and I take care of shipping back costs. End of transaction.
    If you agree with my terms, please reply with the requested information and with your acceptance so I can start the transaction.
    Regards
    Dayana

  138. Another new one is a 2004 Mitsubishi Evolution with 32,500 miles, selling for 2900 the book value on this car is over 19,000. I contacted ebay; this was there response to me:

    “Ebay never enters into the transaction between buyer and seller, nor do we function as a payment processor, ship or store vehicles in an “ebay wharehouse”. If the e-mail you received mentions any of these it is most likely a scam. I urge you not to communitcate with the seller. Please forward the email you received to [email protected] so that we may investigate and take the appropriate actions”

    The sellers alias is [email protected] th vin number for the car is JA3AH86DX4U070589

    Good Luck, Daniel

  139. Came across one of these on craigslist in RI. Toyota Tacoma Pre-runner 2003 for “4500$” as he put it. Name is Cpl. Clark Howe. Supposedly his company is going back to Iraq so he wants to sell truck. Great pictures, low mileage, website with more pictures is

    http://2003toyotatacomaprerunner.page.tl/

    Which is an East Timor website…..hmmmm…

    LOSER….definitely too good to be true. shold be obvious to most people…..listing was removed from craigslist in about 1 day or less.

    Good luck people….be wary!

    His email to my mileage request:

    Hello,
    This 2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Double Cab, with 40310 miles and Automatic transmission, runs excellent. The price that I hope to obtain is 4500$ with shipping and handling included. I am selling the pickup because my company will be sent back to Iraq and I have no use for it anymore. The price is low because I need to sell it before Oct 21th.
    You will not have any problems with registration since the vehicle is still registered in Kansas (Kansas City) and meets all environmental regulations in the US, there is no need to pay any additional taxes, just only the price for it. You will get from me the manuals, keys along with all the additional documents needed for registration.

    I want to take the opportunity to assure you that this deal is 100% legitimate, the financial part of this deal will be managed by the eBay’s buyer protection program (They are acting like a third party in our deal). Which means that you will have a 15 days inspection period before buying the vehicle.

    If you want to complete the purchase please send me your; Full Name and Shipping Address and I will notify eBay that you are selected as my buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.

    Please email me ASAP if you want to move forward and let me know if you need anything else.

  140. Another Alex Frewerd attmept with a 2007 Acura MDX out of Denver CO. Though the vehicle was registered in New Jersey.

    Last Email:
    The pictures of the car and the Carfax report are in the attachment! Before anything take place please read carefully the following lines:

    First of all I want to tell you that I am not selling this car for profit or due a lack of money. All I can say is that some recent events in my life made me change my perception of certain things, things that I’ve considered important in the past. I will donate all money to charity after I sell this car. I am currently on a trip for UNICEF.

    The transaction will be made through eBay company for the safety of both. I’ve already included the car into eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection, so I will sell only through this.

    If you want to buy the car, and you agree with my terms please reply so I can give you a detailed description of the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection.

    Waiting for your reply.

    Thank you,

    “my response”
    Sorry but can you refresh my memory on this one. I have looked at several of these cars. What is the price, location, etc.

    could you send extra photos please

    Initial Email:
    So sorry for my late reply but due some personal problems I wasn’t able to handle the car sale. Please let me know if you are still interested in the car! The car has a clear title, is in an excellent condition, no dents or scratches, it was always garaged and regular maintenance and oil changes were done in time. Hasn’t been involved in an accident or flood damage. The motor runs very well. You know the price but if you want extra photos and Carfax report just let me know! I don’t want to offend you but the car is priced for a fast sale so please if you intend to apply for a loan or financing do not reply.


    Alex

  141. WATCH OUT FOR THESE ON CRAIGSLIST!!

    [email protected]

    2002 Lexus ES 300 Garage Kept – $2555

    [email protected]

    2003 Toyota Corolla LE – $3940

    [email protected]

    2002 NISSAN ALTIMA SE – $3600

    [email protected]

    2003 Honda Accord EX Coupe – $4200

    [email protected]

    2005 Audi A6 Quattro**LEATHER/MOONROOF/XENON**EXCELLENT CONDITION!!…LOADED!! – $7200

    [email protected]

    2006 HONDA CIVIC SI COUPE 2.0L L4 MPI DOHC 16V!! – $4970

    [email protected]

    2004 Lexus RX 330 2WD – $4200

    [email protected]

    2004 Honda Accord EX Sedan – $3870

    [email protected]

    2004 Honda Civic – $3860

    [email protected]

    Like New!!! 2006 Honda Accord EX Sedan – $5100

    [email protected]

    CONVERTIBLE Pontiac Sunfire GT – $4000

  142. [email protected] hit me today with a 2004
    Nissan Exterra ex/se $4100. After I first contacted him he respoded with an e-mail stating that the car only had 37,527 miles and that he was selling it because he was in need of money for school. I was sceptical from the begining. The problem is this is what I was looking for so I prosued the conversation. I asked him to call me to get more details and offered that I could call him, he never even respoded to the comment.
    Some thing to look for at least in my case, he never refered to the exterra he always said suv
    “All you have to know is that the SUV is 100% working and looking very good”.

    Thank you every one for your stories you saved me allot of headace and time.

  143. Ha, I pursued one of these ads without checking to see if it was a scam for a bit and as soon as I got some info (eBay Buyer Protection Program in my case and an official looking invoice requesting MoneyGram payment) I started Googling my A$$ off!! The addresses for the agent and the “Seller” were both New York HOTELS!! Couldn’t get a straight answer to start but as long as I played along like I was ignorant to the scam the responses were better worded and as of my sixth email to them the English had cleared up DRAMATICALLY!!! I believe this is a group working together and once they get someone hooked they put a lot more effort into making the transaction go through. (It is currently ongoing because I am setting them up with some hacker friends to take out their computer permenantly!! Will post again if we manage to trace the origin of these emails.) I will not post the email address of the individual until I finish with them, I would expect they monitor these sites and as soon as the email address shows up they change it. Stay safe and buy local! Buyer beware!

  144. Here’s another one, please look out for a Sarah Linn. Emails include ([email protected] and [email protected]). The msn.com email was listed on traders.com site along with a number to a fax machine. She/he/it, whatever this scum is, is going by a new name.
    On the traders.com site, the car came up as having been within 200 miles of my address, now it’s in California and with a little research, I found out that it was bought in Louisiana. I called the dealership where it was bought to confirm the name of the original buyer but they couldn’t provide to info. I chated with ebay on line to confirm some of the info provided to me by Sarah and to their credit warned me about a scam. I had a feeling something wasn’t right but was willing to go as far as I could before putting money on the line. The only regret I now have is having given this scum my name, my sons name and our emails. I hope this person and all others in this scam and others like it, get what they deserve, a sudden death won’t bother me one bit, but I would prefer lots of pain for them before their death.

    I am sorry to inform you but I am out of state for next two weeks, I’m in a business trip and I can’t use my work phone for personal use, that’s the reason why I chose ebay VPP Program to handle this transaction for me. If you want to make this transaction than you will have to accept my terms, you will see that there’s nothing to worry about.

    — On Fri, 10/17/08, wrote:

    From:
    Subject: mustang
    To: [email protected]
    Date: Friday, October 17, 2008, 8:29 PM

    Sarah,

    I have a few questions I would like to ask you, but I prefer to speak with you
    over the phone, so please provide me with your phone number ASAP so that we may
    complete this transaction. BTW, did you buy this car in California or elsewhere?

    Dear S—–,
    I already opened a case with eBay regarding our transaction. I already received
    their notices, so you have to receive its also. My ad expired, I will attach you
    all the pictures that I got with the car so you can take a look again at it.
    Here is a short description of my car:
    2005 Ford Mustang SALEEN #1293
    Mileage: 12,000 miles
    VIN: 1zvft85h255214963
    Body type: Convertible
    Engine: S281
    Exterior color: Red

    The price of the car is $ 6,700.00 US.

    Your total including delivery fees and insurance to your door is $ 6,700.00 US
    (as you know I said I will cover the shipping costs), you will have also to
    cover transfer fees.

    Read them carefully and proceed with the payment. Once I will have the payment
    confirmation from eBay I will give them my approval to start the shipping
    process.
    The invoice will expire in next 48 hours, that means if ebay doesn’t have
    your payment confirmation in next 48 hours the transaction will be closed.
    I will also keep you updated on the arrival and everything you need to know.
    P.S. If you have any questions about the transaction or you need to know
    anything else about how this works, you can contact ebay at :
    [email protected]

    — On Fri, 10/17/08, C—– P— wrote:

    From: C—– P—
    Subject: Re: 2005 Ford Mustang

    To: [email protected]
    Date: Friday, October 17, 2008, 1:38 AM

    Here is the information that you requested.

    S—– P—
    — G Ave
    F— M——-, NJ —–
    House- — — —-
    Cell- — — —-
    Work- — — —-

    Would you be kind enough to send me a link to where I can find pictures and
    details of the car such as the vin number, miles on car, engine and transmission
    information. I cannot find the previous site where I first found your car. If
    there is no website could you please provide me the information with any
    pictures you may have, thanks.

    2008/10/16 Sarah Linn

    Hi,
    Nice to see that you’re still interested in buying. The car is already
    under ebay’s custody, at a shipping company in California.
    If we reach an agreement, the car will be delivered directly to your address.
    It will be shipped by truck and it will take about 5-6 days to reach your
    address.
    To speed up the process I’m telling you in advance that for payment we
    should use eBay’s security for such transactions.
    The transaction will be fully under eBay’s surveillance, giving us both
    security and insurance that nothing will go wrong. They will be the 3rd
    objective party involved in the transaction. This way you will actually pay for
    the car after you will receive and test it, because eBay will hold the funds in
    an escrow account and release it to me only after you accept and confirm the
    delivery.After the car reaches your address you will have 5 days to see and test
    it. Within this period you have to decide if you purchase it or not.
    If you decide to take it you will have to contact eBay and let them know that,
    so they can release the payment to me. If you won’t like it you will have to
    ship it back to me within the 7 days and eBay will refund you. The shipping back
    will be done on my own expense, but I am sure this will not be the case.
    To start the transaction with eBay, I will need the following details in order:
    Full name:
    Address:
    Phone number:
    Best regards

    — On Thu, 10/16/08, C—- P— wrote:

    From: C—- P—
    Subject: Re: 2005 Ford Mustang
    To: “Sarah Linn”
    Date: Thursday, October 16, 2008, 1:36 AM

    Yes, we are still interested in buying the car, would you please provide us a
    telephone number to reach you. Please let us know what is the best time to call
    you, or if you prefer to call my dad ( S—– P— ), you can call him anytime
    after 9am. His cell phone number is — — —-, his work number is — — —-. Could you please tell me the location of the car, I would like to know if
    the car is near my home. Thank you for replying and I hope you are doing well.

    On Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 1:46 PM, Sarah Linn
    wrote:

    Hello,
    First of all I want to thank you for your interest for my car.
    I am selling it at this price ($ 6,700) because I just finished the divorce
    with my husband. When the divorce finished, the car was registered under my
    name. Now as a woman I don’t need it. This car is in excellent working
    condition, no scratches, flaws or any kind of damage, slightly used in 100%
    working and looking conditions and comes with a clear title.
    From the beginning you have to know that for the payment I request only secure
    pay, I prefer the payment to be done using eBay services. We will use a safe
    payment method because I am affiliated at eBay and I have a purchase protection
    account for $20,000. The final price that I want for this car is $ 6,700
    including shipping and handling.
    If you are interested in buying it please provide me your full name and address
    so I can initiate the deal through eBay.
    I will wait your answer(if you are interested to buy) very soon.
    Thank you.

  145. i hink i was about to be scammed..some guy jaimie lexton…same divorce story…lives in germany…needs to ship the car to uk via ebay paymen protection…thats when alarm bells sarted ringiing…thanks for the warning. thas was for a bmw 330 2005 for 4000 thusand.

  146. I think I came across a scammer. I was browsing for cars online and found this beautiful 2006 Honda Civic SI, which is usually a pretty expensive price but was selling for an oddly cheap price (9,400), so of course I jumped on it! After talking to the man through email about it, he told me the car was going through Ebay vehicle protection program. so i asked if i could come and take a look at the car and test drive it before i make any decisions and he proceeded to tell me that the car was in a storage facility in Florida and that it would be shipped to me and i would have 5 days to see if i liked it or not and if i didnt i could send it back and he would pay all the funds. i started to wonder if this was real or not so i continued to write back asking about the car features and why the car was priced so low. He told me all the money was going to charity and that it needed to be sold fast and if it was a high price it would take awhile. after that i wasnt sure if i wanted to go further with the car. perfect car, perfect price… there has to be a catch. so luckily i found this website and it sounds exactly what the man was saying to me. THANKS!!

  147. Here’s another one from craigslists all over the place:
    goes by [email protected] and [email protected]

    photos at: s499.photobucket.com/albums/rr352/hapciu28/
    —-
    Hi there,
    Thank you for your interest in buying my 2006 Dodge 2500 SLT diesel.The car is in great shape, no engine problems, damages or hidden defects. All power and optional equipment work perfect. It has 30,400 miles on it,clear title, the VIN# is 3d7kr28c26g115010 , the price is $5,600 and the transmision is automatic.It is right now located in Orlando, FL available for inspection and test drive.It is in excelent condition and runs great.Please get back to me if you are serios interested in the purchase and we can have a deal!

    Mileage: 30,400 miles
    VIN: 3d7kr28c26g115010
    Vehicle title: Clear
    Condition: Used
    Body type: Pickup truck
    Engine: 6 Cylinder
    Exterior color: Black
    Transmission: Automatic
    Fuel type: Diesel
    Interior color: Gray
    —-
    2nd email:
    —-
    Hi again,

    The car is already at the shipping company warehouse in Orlando, FL sealed and ready to be shipped. I have a contract with Ebay Motors so this deal must go through them. According with eBay Vehicle Purchase Program you have 7 days from the time you receive the car to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not.I will ship it from here on my expense through DAS (Dependable Auto Shippers).Here is how it will work.

    1.First of all I will need your details:
    Full name, shipping address and phone #.
    2. Once I receive the details from you, I will forward them to Ebay.
    3. After they will process your information, they will send you an invoice with all the details on how to make a refundable payment.
    4. Ebay will contact me and I will ship the car to you. After you receive the car you will have 7 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the car. If you decide to buy it, then I will receive the payment details from Ebay so I can pick up the money.If you wish to make the transaction, please send me the necessary information so we can proceed.I will wait to hear from you.

    Thanks

  148. And another one! 2005 Maxima for $5200, guys email address was [email protected].

    I’m soo glad I found this page before I made a huge mistake. This Ebay Protection scam is making the rounds unfortunately.

    Thanks much!

  149. Another One….I almost got got!!!! Much thanks to this website my $4,000 is safe in my pocket!!! Her email address is Julie Ferten [[email protected]]

    Hello ,

    The sale will be managed by eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program for our own protection as they act as a neutral third part.
    eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program will keep the money until you inspect/drive the vehicle.
    This is how the Vehicle Purchase Protection Program works:
    1. I will contact eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program and give all the info about this deal.
    2. They will email us the forms which are needed for our deal.
    3. You will send the payment ($4,000.00) to eBay and they will notify me to ship the vehicle to your location. The car will be delivered from Los Angeles CA.
    4. After you will inspect/drive the vehicle and decide to keep it, eBay will forward me the funds and the deal is done.
    Remember you have 10 days to test it. If by any reason the vehicle is not as described or if you find any problems with it I will pay for the returning fees. I’m sure it won’t be the case because it’s a state of art looking and working vehicle. I apologize if it seems like I’m pushing on this deal but I really want to be sure everything is clarified before any further steps.
    If you wish to purchase it please provide me your full name, address so I can initiate the deal through eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program.
    Looking forward to hear from you!
    Sincerely,

  150. This sames senario happened to me. Change of story though. This eprson now says they are a doctor living in Bulgari pregnant and cannot register the car there. The is no country that will not register a right hand drive unless teh emission is extremely high. What is this? I almost did it but no more.

    Please don’t fall for cheap cars on auto trader if it is cheap and in uk you should be allowed to view it first.

    Beware of email – [email protected]

  151. watch out for a sgt. david grand selling a 2007 nissan altima hybrid sounds like agreat deal. thank you to this site for helping me see the light.

    Hello, I’m Sgt. David Grand.

    This Altima is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 15,000 miles on it.
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 15 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. I am located in Budapest, Hungary and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Hungary. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the USA because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My price on it is US 7,000 $. If we reach an agreement, I am willing to take care of the shipping to your address. Shipping will take 10 days maximum. I have managed to obtain a low cost shipping, only $600 and I presume it would be fair to split the shipping cost so, we’ll pay $300 each. Meaning, that the car and the shipping/handling will cost you $7,300. I think this is reasonable.
    Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you,
    David Grand

    after i asked for info i got this email

    I have briefly described the eBay transaction steps below:

    1. Buyer, seller reach an agreement (price and delivery conditions)
    2. Buyer sends money to eBay account.
    3. eBay confirms to seller that the amount has been received.
    4. Seller performs the required services (shipping, insurance).
    5. Buyer accepts delivery and informs eBay about the acceptance.
    6. eBay releases the money to seller.

    As you can see, you will receive the car BEFORE any money is released to me from eBay’s account. You will get the chance to inspect it, test drive it and everything you like while your money is still safely held in eBay’s account. ONLY after you confirm to eBay that you agree with the vehicle, they will release the money to me.

    If you wish to proceed further, I will need your complete name and address so I can start the transaction with eBay’s Vehicle Purchase Protection Program and they will contact you
    with more infos.

    David

    beware of email: [email protected]

  152. i almost got scammed for a 2007 Civic Si sedan with only 14k miles, still has factory warranty, found it on criagslist.com couldnt believe it, but still asked, received an email simliar to many, women just went through divorce and needed to get rid of it ASAP. said the car was in San Jose CA, i live close by so asked if i could test drive it she said it is in some shipping company and said the best thing to do is the ebay’s 5 day vehicle protection program or something like that. thats when i got suspesios and found this thanks you guys saved me 5100 btw the name she used for her Email is Ledia Marinova, and email is [email protected] IP address is 68.180.206.184 and similar to the rest she had many simple grammar problems

  153. Maan im gonna hack into every one of those f*ckers computers and crash them. i almost got scammed by an Alicia Jackson who said she was a mother of two, divorsed and didnt want this 2005 Acura TL because it was her husbands. a asked her to send me her drivers license number, address and phone number and all i got was same e-mails on how i have to do the transaction through eBay VPP. its like she’s a robot. Funny thing is, the eBay is in San Jose, CA and the fax number for the money gram sending was in Nashville, TN. a asked her about it and she came up with some bogus story how there is an eBay offise in Nashville TN and they re-fax my money gram to CA. BULLSHIT! i checked the fax number and it belongs to some low-end phone company. then she finally gave me her fax number and said to just fax a receipet of the money grahm and she’ll drive the car over here, then i can give her the money gram. HA!!! like im that stupid. so i reported her to the FBI (my unkle is in good standings there) WATCH OUT FOR THIS BITCH: [email protected]

  154. Hi all,
    I got the following reply after inquiring about a Mini Cooper on Craigslist:

    Hello,
    This 2003 Mini Cooper S, runs and drives excellent. Its unbelievably clean and excellent condition. The price that I hope to obtain is 4000$ with shipping and handling included. I am selling the car because I had received a very good job offer in my home state and I have no use for it anymore plus I had received a car from work. The price is low because I need to sell it before Nov 10th.
    You will not have any problems with registration since the vehicle is still registered in Nebraska and meets all environmental regulations, there is no need to pay any additional taxes, just only the price for it. You will get from me the manuals, keys along with all the additional documents needed for registration. I want to take the opportunity to assure you that this deal is 100% legitimate, the financial part of this deal will be managed by the eBay’s buyer protection program (they are acting like a third party in our deal). Which means that you will have a 15 days inspection period before buying the vehicle. If you want to complete the purchase please send me your: Full Name and Shipping Address and I will notify eBay that you are selected as my buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.
    Please email me ASAP if you want to move forward and let me know if you need anything else.
    The photos of the car: s473.photobucket.com/albums/rr93/janney0909/?albumview=slideshow

    All the best!
    Jane Morisson,
    Coca Cola®
    http://www.coca-cola.com

    All I can say is thank God for THIS web page!

  155. Almost got me. Thanks to this website and it looked fishy.
    Here is the email Joe Ryan sent to me.

    My 2005 Yamaha Grizzly 660 is in great shape, no engine problems, damages or hidden defects, never been wrecked. It was always garaged when not in use.Has 63 miles and 17 hours or riding , VIN: JY4AM03Y65C055602 and the price is 2950$. We will use eBay`s protection program for our safety. I just need your full name and address so i can open a Case ID at eBay. Thanks in advance

    All B.S tell your friends.

  156. Hi,
    I have been reading all of the posts for the last hour or so and have come across two of these in Michigan listings on Craig’s List. Please be aware! One was for a 2004 Honda Accord, and the other was for a 2004 Maxima, low miles, great car, always garaged, perfect working condition, and so on. I am making sure that I check everything out before I lose out on money. I have figured that if they wont let me see the car and set up a date then it is a scam. Thanks for the blog site!!! Thank goodness for this!!

  157. I am so glad I found your site warning against this scam…below is an e-mail I just recieved after finding a deal that I thought was too good to be true. First of all they advertise on Craig’s List as being LOCAL than they are not…first clue. Be careful about the “I’m deploying overseas with the Army next month” line. Which makes their e-mail sound very lagitamate but be very very careful.

    If you are interested in my 2004 Chrysler Pacifica, it is in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever. It has 38,344 miles and the VIN # is :
    2C8GF684X4R638399. It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name.

    I have the pictures hosted on the net and you can see them at :
    s476.photobucket.com/albums/rr123/2004ChryslerPacifica/?albumview=slideshow.

    The car is located in Solana Beach, CA.

    The price is $2,679 including shipping costs anywhere in the continental US. There are no other costs regarding this transaction. I am selling the car because I am in the army, and my unit will be deployed to Afghanistan in December.

    The transaction will be closed only through a 3rd party and this way we will both be protected. My time is limited due to my job in the army so I decided to use a service from TrialPay. To begin the transaction I’ll need your full name and shipping address, I will forward the details of our transaction to TrialPay and then you will receive an invoice from them. The car will be shipped insured to your location with DAS and you will have 5 days for inspection.

    Thank you very much for your time.
    Jeremy Candee

    Thank you for the WARNING,
    Moonyean

  158. Almost got suckered into the exact same scam as the Accord/ Maxima above earlier this year. I responded to two different car ads, both listed as local. Surprisingly, I got the same email about “going to Afghanistan so I’m using a third party to handle the transaction.” I researched the car on carfax, researched the third party and found things to be on the up-and-up. A couple days later I received the exact same email for a different car. The first one was locaterd in California, the second was in New York. The only thing different was the name at the bottom of the email. Thankfully, this happened because I was ready to buy the first car (against my wife’s better judgement) but we were spared the horror of actually going through this experience. BUYER BEWARE!!! More like Buyer be smart! Thanks for this website!

  159. I got this message after replying to a too-good-to-be-true craigslist ad. I haven’t sent money or info yet because I am not sure if this is a scam. Here is the email, please help me and tell me if this is a scam or not.:

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, been real busy with work.

    I think I covered everything in my ad, but again this is a 1999 Acura Integra GSR, with clear title,it is in a good condition, no scratches,no damages,never been implicated in any accidents,no problems at the engine, runs very well. 58,184 miles on it,Fuel type Gasoline, 1.8L V-TEC DOHC engine and manual transmission,VIN Number: jh4dc2393xs003969. Very clean inside and out. The price I want for it is $3,200. I took an exceptional care of this vehicle and the buyer of the car will be very happy with it.

    Additional photos – click to view: s388.photobucket.com/albums/oo328/1999AcuraIntegraGSR/

    The transaction will be closed only through a 3rd party and this way we will both be protected. My time is limited due to my job, so I decided to use the Vehicle Purchase Protection Program offered by eBay Inc. They handle all the paperwork and will hold the payment until you verify the Acura is as described and want to keep it. I have already enrolled and paid all the necessary fees. To begin the transaction I’ll need your full name and shipping address,

    Look how the program work:

    1. I will forward the details of our transaction to the eBay Security Program.
    2. They will process the paperwork and will email you the Payment Invoice and the transaction details.
    3. You will have to submit the payment, as instructed to one of the eBay agents.
    4. The payment will be verified and if everything is OK, I will ship the car to your place on my cost. The car will be shipped insured to your location with DAS ( Dependable Auto Shippers ).
    5. After you receive it, you will have 10 days to inspect and test drive the car.
    6. If you accept the vehicle by confirming to eBay, they will send me the payment for the car. They will then FedEx overnight the signed title to you. If you decide to NOT accept the vehicle for any reason, they will refund your full payment price within 48 hours. They will then make the necessary arrangement to have the car picked back up by the vehicle transport company.

    Please let me know your position, I have many potential buyers for the car.

    Thank you!

  160. same thing here.  Craigs list immediately removed this posting, but after I had already responded.  This gals name: Rebecca Rinn: selling a 2007 John Deere 3320 Tractor with loader for $5900. That tractor is worth at least $20K or more. Another gmail starting at Craigs list then going to eBay buyer protection program. I knew it was a scam, but playing along for a little bit. Dangerous stuff!!

  161. Unfortunately to tell you that I have falen a victim of these scams, the story is just similar to most of the stories being told I wish I had known, or at least read this website before I became a victim of us 6000 for a BMW deal. watch out for this email: [email protected]
    However, regadless of the out come although too painful, but I just want to caution those who may fall as victims of these cruel animals who make no trust even to the trusted & good sociaty.
    Enough is enough something must be done to stop these criminals continuing this fucking habit.
    I have just reported to cocerned autorities, ebay and autotrader, hopefully something will be done to aprehend these fucking enemies of the sociaty.

  162. I found a vehicle on craigslist that sounded too good to be true, so when I recieved an invoice from ebay craigslist vpp I did some checking and found many instances of fraud. This person, Monica Williams 465 S Detroit St, Apt #303 Los Angeles, CA 90036 [supposedly owner of car], thinks I am in the process of sending money through western union to an agent, their name and address is [Andrew Madison,1 Duke Street Hill, London, S E 12 S W United Kingdom. I am certain that this is a scam, and you could catch them in the act if you want to. Like I said they are expecting me to send the money today or tomorrow and the authorities could catch them red handed. If you need any more info you can contact me at [email protected] or 423-413-7646.

  163. Come on, these are not isolated incidents, there are hundreds of these ads every single day on every item you can imagine. These people are not in the US. Moneygrams can be picked up anywhere in the world. Don’t think that reprinting one ad that you saw will make any difference. They will just use another name and email address tomorrow. There is absolutely nothing you can do except not to send them any money. Sure string them along for awhile if you want to, but when you cus them out and threaten them, they just add your email to all the spam bots, so you will get flooded with more spam. DON’T BE STUPID!!!!
    On craigslist, do what I and others do, click on the Prohibit so the ad gets deleted. Lets protect the stupid people from themselves.

  164. Hi Folks you never guess what? i too was almost taken in by this low down dirty crime. I repsonded to an ad in the autotrader, which i have used to buy and sell cars for well over two decades. When i came across an ad for a Q7 Audi for, would you believe it, £8800. I couldn’t believe it. I sent emails etc. But when i asked the sellor to give me his address so that i can collect the car myself he never replied. Well Well! it was too good to be true. Luck out, out there people want your money at any cost.

  165. Frank Collins ([email protected])

    Yes! I should know better!!!! 2008 Audi R8, 490 miles – $55,000!!!! But I think (deep down) even though its ridiculous, the excited little kid part of you hopes to god its true!

    The e-mails were very formulaic and broken english. No matter what I write back, he’d always come back to his main points; like there’s a “how-to” book, or manual they go off of. I was so excited at 1st that I went as far as to call the local Audi dealer for advice about R8’s that cheap (why? what problems might it have), and to get potential help w/ and inspection and transport… Boy was I embarrassed! That’s why I want to get him!!!!! All you’re guy’s posts are VERY helpful! Also, I emailed google security. Tried the IC3 complaint form but my internet connections off on for something that long. Is there a way to scam THEM? That’d be poetic! I’m in the middle on e-mails (have had 3). I’ve noticed that he never answers when I ask where he’s located (on a business trip). I know the car is in Austin, Texas b/c I ran the carfax…..ASSUME he does too…. But maybe their internet/computer resources are more limited. Maybe they CAN’T carfax their own VIN’s. Just a thought. Doesn’t anybody have any ideas of ways to mess w/ “Frank” while I still got him? :-)

  166. They attempt to strike again, with at 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500HD for $4100. Same story selling from Quebec to Ontario. Thanks for the site, much appreacited and saved a wack of dough. As soon as we responded the ad vanished. Poof. it was a female selling after a divorse with 2 kids.

  167. Has anyone ever purchased a car using eBay VPP? I have the same process of getting an invoice from eBay motors and instructions to wire the money to a Bank of America in California. When the money is received, the seller will arrange for the car to be shipped to my address. I will have 5 days to examin/inspect the car (or pay to ship it back). If I decide to keep the car, the money will be releasded to the seller. I got concerned when I was informed to make the transfer payable to an individual who would be handling the transaction for VPP. Is that the process or am I being scammed? HELP!!

  168. I almost fell for it too. My question is: now, they have my name and address. Is there anything damaging they could do with that?

    Thanks.

  169. Received unsolicited SPAM regarding a vehicle ‘Alex’ and I discussed in the past. SPAM was a spoofed second chance eBay motors invite for $8,000 less than the asking price. The contact email address to negotiate the deal is [email protected]

    Also look for [email protected]. Stay away from these, they’re a scam.

  170. Cheers for the website and valuble information presented. I believe I was caught up in a similar scam in England. Saw the car on Autotrader, far too good a deal, a 2007 BMW335d coupe with just under 20,000 miles on the clock going for £6500 with £100 shipping from Bulgaria! Far too good too be true, but I continued the emails up until point of payment. The emails are exactly the same as those posted above. Suppose with the credit crunch going on now is the best time to tempt people with fantastic cars. Anyway, I’ll be putting the money I save into a new clutch and water pump. Cheers once again and a big thank you to all those who contributed.

  171. what should i do if the care is way under value but the has sent my the VIN and everything else i could have asked for?

  172. I was scammed also on ebay for $12600 and the VPP is as worthless as the crooked snake lawyers that crafted it. It is loaded with clauses, so that they never have to pay one cent ! Never buy a vehicle from Ebay is the lesson to learn here. This is the 4th time I have been ripped off buying cars from ebay motors in one year. I HATE EBAY !

  173. This almost got me until I found all these comments! Boy do I feel stupid! Here’s what they wrote me…
    I’ve owned this car since 2005 and had very little issues with it. The car has been fully paid. It has always been serviced at the regular intervals and it’s very robust. I was totally charmed by the car at that time and bought it on the spot.
    It now has 78,356 miles and is looking better than ever.
    It is located in Harrisburg, PA. The engine is 4 CYLINDERS 2.0 Liters with front wheel drive. Automatic transmission shifts as smooth as in day one.
    Its options include: Power Windows,Power Door Locks, Power Steering, Power locks, Cruise control, Air conditioning, Anti-lock brakes, Driver airbag, Passenger airbag, Cassette player, CD player, Leather seats,Center Console.
    All mechanical and electrical devices operate as designed, no issues. The interior is in pristine condition, no rips, no tears, no stains, non smoker. No dings or dents, original accident-free paint job, nice and lustrous. Interior is perfect, some wear on the original floor mats. The are no issues with the car. I repeat, it’s a very well maintained car and it’s very hard for me to let it go.
    This is the VIN: WVWAE63B95E033126 so you can run an Carfax report (www.carfax.com) on the car if you’d like.
    I hate to let it go but I don’t have any other choice.
    I’ve also uploaded pictures here in order for you to be more familiar with my car: s368.photobucket.com/albums/oo127/rmentzer/
    Feel free to e-mail me any questions.
    The car will be shipped on my expense from Harrisburg, PA and will be at your door in 3 days tops.
    If you want to continue, please send me your full name and your shipping address so that I will let eBay Protection Program know that you are interested. You will receive an email from them instructing you how to send the payment. The money will be kept by them and you will only release the funds to me if you decide to keep the car (after receiving and inspecting it). I think this is a fair way to make business and I hope that you’ll agree.
    The most important thing in all my activity here is that I am affiliated to eBay’s Protection program, and I have a a purchase protection account for 10000$ and i assume you know what this means. In case we close this deal, you are protected by eBay’s Protection Program: 1) In case you do not receive the car exactly as I have described it to you or you do not receive it at all, eBay will give you a full refund of the amount that you have paid the eBay agent, although this is not the case.

    2) You will send the money to eBay Protection Program and I will get a notification to ship the car. After you receive and see that the car is the one you want, you just notify eBay to forward me the payment details in order for me to pick up my money.
    Let me know if this is OK with so we can move forward with this deal!
    Also please write me what you decide because i have a few possible buyers.

  174. I was also scamed on the ebay vehicle protection program that does not exist. I had recently totaled my vehicle and was frantically looking for a car. I was silly enough to wire the money but my son-in-law convinced me that it was a scam so the the funds were restricted before the scammer got all of the funds. My problem has been getting Countrywide Bank to return my money. I know the scammer did not get all of the funds because I got another e-mail from the scammer being somewhat angry because he couldn’t get the funds and said he thought I was a serious buyer.. Does anyone have any suggestions. My bank has been in contact with Countrywide’s fraud department and they continue to say I will get some of my funds at such a time and so far it hasn’t happened. Thanks

  175. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up on Rita Suarez. Has a 2006 Honda Accord EX for $4400-$4000. The price has changed 3xs since yesterday. She lived in Fl and got a divorce. Won the car and doesn’t have a license and has small kids. Moved to El Paso to live with mom. Has car in DAS shipping, which is legit and ebay uses, ready to ship and waiting on payment. Wants to use Ebay Protection Program, but never sent me to an auction or anything.

    Just wanted to give a heads up!

  176. I just wanted to give everyone heads up on this Lexus scam. I viewed this on our local Craig’s list and emailed this “lady”. Went back to look at the car again on the craig’s list and it was gone. They have taken it off after I had asked her questions. This is what she had sent me Below. BEWARE!!!!!

    Hello,

    My car is in perfect condition. No accidents. The price for my car is $3,700. Here you have the pictures hosted: s411.photobucket.com/albums/pp200/egawertaerw23/

    VIN: JTJHA31U940033441
    Mileage: 53,756 miles
    Vehicle title: Clear
    Body type: SUV
    Engine: 6 CYLINDERS 3.3 Liters
    Exterior color: White
    Transmission: Automatic
    Fuel type: Gasoline
    Interior color: Gray4-Wheel drive, CD player, Leather seats, Sunroof, Driver airbag
    Passenger airbag, Air conditioning, Cruise control, Power locks, Power seats, Power windows

    I am in a wheel-chair and I am living now at my parents in San Jose/CA. My husband died and as a single widow I don’t need this car.
    It was an accident two years ago between my husband’s car (1995 Toyota Supra) and a BMW X5. That Toyota was totaled. I know that the price is so cheap but I need money asap for a surgery in China because I have a chance to walk again and I don’t want to lose it.

    The car is located at eBay Motors Shipping Cargo from San Jose/CA. Its sealed and ready to be shipped. Since it is at eBay I have to make the transaction through them.
    They will handle the transaction for me. I don’t have the car listed on eBay, I only have the car at eBay Motors Shipping Cargo.
    Shipping to your location will be made through eBay Motors Shipping Cargo, its free and will be take 3 days. Also you have ten days for inspection.

    You will send the money only after you will receive and test the car.

    I’ll wait your decision regarding my car as soon as possible and if you want to make the deal, eBay Motors will send you a letter with all instructions and there you can start the transaction.

    Looking forward to hear from you,
    Melinda Wilson

  177. Almost fell for it myself, but thanks to your site, I didn’t. I thought $5000 for a 2006 Honda Civic was too good to be true and obviously it is. Here is the e-mail chain in case your interested:

    Original message:
    Hello !
    > > Tha nk you for your interest in this car.
    > > I just moved to Helena, MT and there are a lot of things that
    > have
    > > priority now, so this car has to go. The car is ready at the
    > shipping
    > > company DAS (Dependable Auto Shippers) in Boise, ID.
    > > This car’s engine runs very, very smooth. No damage, no
    > scratches or
    > > dents, n o hidden defects, never been involved in accidents. I
    > have a
    > > clear title. Also, maybe you should know I am a non-smoker.The
    > final
    > > price is $5.000 (is already too low).the shipping cost is
    > $280-300 .
    > > Due to the fact that I am very busy with my work and I don’t
    > stay much
    > > at home, the car is already at the shipping company along with
    > all the
    > > papers( vehicle registration, warranty papers,transfer papers
    > etc ). The
    > > transaction will be made under eBay’s buyer protection plan.
    > So, please
    > > reply back if you are really interested in purchasing this car
    > so I can
    > > give you more i nformation about payment and start the
    > arrangements!
    > > Thanks, Stanley!
    > >
    > > > >
    > > 2006 Honda Civic EX
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > Year 2006
    > > Make Honda
    > > Model Civic
    > > VIN 2HGFA16816H504900
    > > Body Style
    > > Title Status Clear
    > > Mileage 63,488
    > > T ransmission Automatic
    > > Engine 4 – Cyl. 1.8 L
    > > Exterior ColorSilver Gray
    > > Interior Color Sedan
    > > A Powerful 4 CYL ENGINE
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > Smooth automatic transmission
    > > Power windows/locks/mirrors
    > > cold ac and heat
    > > steering wheel controls
    > > CLOTH
    > > SUNROOF
    > > digital info center
    > > cruise
    > > MP3
    > > moon roof
    > > clock
    > > power steering
    > > power driver seat
    > > anti lock brakes
    > > driver and pass air bag
    > > side air bags
    > > rear defroster
    > > am/fm 6 cd

    Next e-mail:
    > Good morning Ralph, the car is still for sale. The payment will be made
    > safely under eBay’s vehicle purchase protection program. you can see
    > below how this works: I will contact eBay and give them all the info
    > about you (full name and address). they will begin the transaction and
    > will offer their vehicle purchase protection. You’ll have to send to
    > eBay $5,000 (in held by eBay until you receive and inspect the vehicle)
    > and once the payment is received, they will confirm your transfer to me
    > and i will begin the shipping process.You will receive the car in
    > maximum 5 days, and after you’ll test drive it and decide to keep it,
    > you’ll notify eBay and they will forward the funds to me. If by any
    > reason the car is not as described or if you find any problems with it,
    > I will arrange to ship it back (on my cost) and you will be 100%
    > refunded. But I’m sure you’ll love it because it’s a good vehicle. you
    > will have 7 days from the time you receive the car to inspect it and
    > decide if you wa nt to keep it or not. i guess it’s pretty fair.The
    > price of the shipping is $280-300.Please reply back with your full name
    > , shipping address and phone no so we can start the arrangements!
    > Thanks,Stanley

    My response:
    > Stanley,
    > Can you please send me a copy of your original listing that was on
    > Craig’s List? Since it is no longer posted, I cannot print it out for
    > my reference. This is highly unusual that I would purchase a car sight
    > unseen off of the internet, and at such a price. I hope you understand
    > why I’m hesitant. I’ve done a CARFAX report and everything looks good.
    > Can you tell me who owned the vehicle originally? I assume it was sold
    > to you in April 08, but it was listed as a “fleet vehicle sold at
    > auction”. Comparing your mileage figure to the mileage when it was sold
    > in April, you have only put 54 miles on the car. If you don’t mind me
    > asking, is this correct, and if so, why so few miles? One last
    > question; has this car every been in a serious accident, in a flood, or
    > ever had a reconstructed title? Sorry for the inquisition, but even
    > though you are going through eBay, there are limits to their protection
    > program that do not cover some of these types of issues.

    His reply:
    Yes I made only 54 miles. The car is in good conditions but i eas busy with my work.This car need to be sale because I just moved to helena and I have another one here.
    I will contact eBay about you and our deal.They will contact you with more details about payment and explain you better the whole process.

  178. hey, Amy, Melinda Wilson is trying to scam me right now with an Acura MDX, her letters are all formatted the same. I think this website will save hopeful people alot of money. I know it just saved me $3000.00 thank you.

  179. Here’s another version from Craigslist. Person say her name is Victoria Broost. I sent an email requesting to look at the car and the person responds back with below:

    Hello and sorry for the delay,
    I want to thank you for your interest in buying my 2002 BMW 525i Sedan is in great shape, no engine problems, damages or hidden defects. All power and optional equipment work perfectm, the title is clear and has no liens. The mileage is 94600, the transmision is automatic, the VIN# is: WBADT43412GY43615. To see the pics just click on the link:
    s447.photobucket.com/albums/qq191/2002BMW525iSedan/
    The price is $4100. I`m a single mother with 2 children and i have problems with money, that`s why i`m selling it so cheap. I need to sell the car quickly because I am moving from town. We will use eBay`s Protection Program for our safety. If you are interested in buying my car, e-mail me. Thanks for your cooperation!
    Victoria

  180. Here’s another one. For a 2004 Tacoma
    These scumbags are everywhere!
    Hi again,
    The car is in great condition, no accidents, clear title (no liens or loans).Is already at the shipping company in Manhattan, New York sealed and ready for the shipping. I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them. I’m very busy with my job and I’m left out of the town so I can’t meet in person with you so this is the reason why I chose to sell my car over the internet. According with the eBay you have 5 days from the time you receive the car to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not.
    Here is how it will work:
    1.First of all I will need the following details from you:
    – Full Name
    – Full Shipping Address
    2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.
    3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices. The invoice will send you the details on how to make a refundable payment.
    4. eBay will contact me and I will ship the car 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, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.
    5. If you will decide that you will not buy the car, eBay will refund the money and I will have the shipping company come pick up my car. If you wish to make the transaction, please send me the necessary info so that we can proceed. I look forward to hear from you.
    Thanks for your time.

    P.S. For pictures please use this link :
    s444.photobucket.com/albums/qq161/kishsarah

    Case ID: 65B4T138L3W13
    Date: 13.01.2009
    Status: Payment Pending

    Item: 2004 Toyota Tacoma DoubleCab SR5 V6

    Price: $3,781.00 USD
    Quantity: 1
    Insurance: No
    Shipping: Check with the seller

    ——————————————————————————–

    Shipping to*: Wade A. Scronce
    3967 Highway 70 SW
    Hickory, NC 28602
    *Please check the details for an accurate delivery in order to avoid delays.

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

    eBay Motors Agent*:

    First Name: German
    Last Name: Aleman
    Address: 354 Sonwil Dr.
    City: Buffalo
    State: New York
    Zip: 14225
    Country: United States

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

    Payment:

    Invoice # : 4242327693

    Subtotal: $3,781.00 USD
    Shipping: $0.00 USD
    Sales Tax: $0.00 USD

    Deposit: $0.00 USD

    ——————————————————————————–

    Total: $3,781.00 USD

    How to make the payment

    Click below to find the nearest MoneyGram office:
    Find Agent Location
    Send the payment using eBay Motors Agent’s name and address (found below) as payment details.
    E-mail* eBay Motors Financial Department at:
    Payment eBay Customer Support
    the following payment information:
    Case ID and Invoice #;
    Reference Number – 8 digits number found on the payment receipt;
    Sender’s Name and Address;
    Receiver’s Name and Address;
    Total Amount Sent.
    Fax* the MoneyGram payment receipt to eBay Motors Financial Department at:
    1 (831) 607-5555
    *We strongly recommend that you confirm the payment by both e-mail and fax.

    Important Notice

    For security reasons please DO NOT release the payment details to the Seller or any other unauthorized person.

    All the transaction, payment and personal information is considered confidential and will not be released under any circumstances.
    Vehicle Purchase Protection program security measures are constantly reviewed and modified given evolving circumstances globally.
    Our main and constant priority is the safety of our customers.

    If you are not familiarized with MoneyGram Money Transfer services please visit: http://www.moneygram.com.
    Pay for the transfer with cash at a local MoneyGram agent. MoneyGram agent locations are independent businesses that provide money transfer service to their customers on behalf of MoneyGram. MoneyGram agents are primarily banks, post offices, exchange offices or retail locations – grocery stores, mail box centers, drug stores, travel agencies, depots, other retail locations.
    Independent MoneyGram agents may impose different limitations on the maximum amount that can be submitted per day. For this reason, in case of a larger amount to be sent, we recommend that you go to more than one agent and submit the total sum in separate transfers.

    When payment is received, it will be verified and secured into a non-interest bearing trust account. Payment verification process usually takes less than 48 hours. After payment is secured, the Seller is authorized to ship vehicle. The Seller has 5 business days to send the Buyer and eBay Motors Customer Support the tracking number of the shipment. If no tracking number is provided, a full refund is immediately sent to the Buyer.
    The Buyer receives the vehicle and has 5 business days to inspect it. If it is complete and as described, the Buyer should accept the vehicle. If he refuses the vehicle, the Seller will be responsible of shipping back the vehicle.
    After the inspection period is over, the Buyer must contact eBay Motors Customer Support with the result of the inspection. If the Buyer refuses the vehicle, the refund will be sent to the Buyer. If the vehicle is accepted, eBay Motors Financial Department submits the payment directly to the Seller within 3 business days.

    Help

    For any questions please contact eBay Motors Customer Support at eBay Customer Support.

    Thank you,
    eBay Financing Center Customer Support
    Vehicle Purchase Protection Program

    Copyright © 2009 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners. Use of this Web site

  181. well i recently was looking for a mitsubishi Evolution and well i have to scammers after me here number one

    Hello,

    First of all I want to thank you for your interest for my car. I sell at this price($7,800) because i just finished the divorce with my husband.
    When the divorce has finished i own this car. Now as a women i don’t need. This car is in excellent working conditions, no scratches,
    flaws or any kind of damage, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions and comes with a clear title.Has 54,655 miles VIN# : ja3ah86fx3u114669
    From the beginning you have to know that for the payment I request only secure pay, I prefer the payment to be done using eBay services.
    We will use a safe payment method because I am affiliated at eBay and I have a purchase protection account for $20.000.
    The final price that I want for this car is $7,800 including shipping and handling.
    If you are interested in buying it please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay.
    I will wait your answer(if you are interested to buy) very soon

    Regards.
    2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo

    that bitch any ways here the 2nd guy who’s suppose a Lt. Warren Barrnet

    Hello and sorry for the late reply. Hope I’m not too late and you didn’t already purchased another car.

    For sale is my ’03 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in immaculate condition with only 73,256 miles, VIN number: JA3AH86F73U124205, rust free, no scratch and hasn’t been involved in any accident. Engine is a 2.0L L4 FI with a 5 manual trans. The interior looks great (never smoked in). This car needs nothing and comes with a CLEAN title that will be signed and notarized on your name as soon as the payment will be completed.
    My name is Warren Barnett and I’m an US Navy Lieutenant currently stationed in Mayport NS base, near Jacksonville, Florida. I’ve decided to sell it because I will be deployed to Afghanistan and this car needs to be driven not sitting in some garage. I must sell it before January 21. I want this transaction to be smooth and I don’t have much time at my disposal to waste my time with endless discussions. I believe $5,600(not negotiable) with all shipping fees anywhere in the continental US included is more than a fair price.
    This is a large amount and I would like to conduct the deal using an authorized third party like eBay using their Purchase Protection Program, so this should eliminate any trust issues. They will keep the payment until the purchase is final, and you test and accept the car. If you will not get the car as described, and also a clean title you will receive your money back.
    To be able to use this program you need to qualify. I have been approved 3 years ago and I was very satisfied. So, if you are interested in buying my car just let me know your name and shipping address.
    I will forward them to eBay’s protection program and wait for the approval.
    You can reach me at (904) 685-1627.

    Thank you,

    Lt. Warren Barnett

    I googled the number and it had bad feedback of son ex-con trying to sell a car on craiglist

    I hope they catch you [email protected]’s good thing i submitted no money

  182. Hey i recently went through what everyone else has gone through but was not fast enough to get back to the money gram store to get my money back.
    After i sent 3500.00 they were asking for another 1500.00 saying th trailer broke down and what not.

  183. I suspected an ebay vehicle protection scam and traced the scammers internet address to Buffalo NY even though they said they were in Helena MT.

    My question is can we catch these people?

    Who can help?

    tim

  184. One more question:

    If you contact Ebay Vehicle Inspection and they handle the transaction… how does the scammer make any money from this? Does Ebay send the escrow money back to the buyer?

    tim

  185. These are emails from a “Debbie Vickroy” trying to sell a really nice truck on CL for a great price. Following these 2 emails is a copy of the “eBay” invoice which looks very official which is long but shows how much work these crooks go to try to fool honest people . I’m an ebay member and she wasn’t even interested in getting my ebay user ID or anything . Also I have no messages when I sign in to my account on ebay.

    Hi ,

    Thanks for being interested in buying my car ( 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 ). It is in a good condition, no scratches,no damages,never been implicated in any accidents,no problems at the engine,runs very well. It has 66800 miles, clear and clean title, a perfect car. The price is not negotiable , $4,600 . The only thing because i am selling it ,because i divorced with my husband and after the divorce i own this car,now as a woman i don`t need it (i don`t have driver license).
    We will use eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection for our safety.I just need your full name and address so i can open a case.(with no further obligation or fees ! )
    Thanks !

    Hi again,

    I want to tell you that we will use eBay in this transaction in order for both of us to
    be 100% protected and insured by them.eBay will supervise this transaction so there won`t
    be any problems.They will take care of the shipping and all the small details.
    eBay will send you an invoice at your email in which you will see how to start this
    transaction and in which you can see that this transaction is legit.Please get back to me
    with your full name,full address so i can forward your details to eBay in order for you
    to receive the invoice.Wait your reply

    eBay sent this message to James SXXXXX .
    Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay.
    eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP Case ID: M34G90GX3W )

    Item – 2000 Chevrolet : Silverado 1500 Z71

    eBay Motors member Debbie Vickroy , as the Seller, initiated a new transaction through eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection program and registered you, James Seaton , as the Buyer.
    We verified all the details of this transaction and we concluded that they are accurate and the transaction is approved. Please follow our instructions to complete the transaction safely. Your vehicle purchase is protected for up to $20,000.00 US or the vehicle purchase price, whichever is lower.

    Vehicle Purchase Protection | Overview

    Vehicle Purchase Protection
    Ensures that you receive the vehicle you paid for, with coverage up to $20,000.00 US against fraud or material misrepresentation.
    Condition Guarantee by Seller
    Provides added confidence that the vehicle’s condition is accurately described and protects you if it is significantly different.
    Extended Warranty
    Protects you from unexpected repair bills after the vehicle purchase.

    New eBay Motors VPP Transaction
    Case ID: M34G90GX3W
    Item: 2000 Chevrolet : Silverado 1500 Z71
    Price: $4,600.00 US

    Seller Verified Profile

    eBay Motors Member in good standing from 7 years 6 months.
    Registered e-mail address: [email protected]
    Identity and Contact Information Verified.
    Continues to meet strict Membership Criteria.
    Committed to Dispute Resolution and Mediation.
    Purchase Protection Coverage up to
    $20,000.00 US

    Complete the transaction in 5 easy steps

    Buyer and Seller agree on the transaction terms and a selling price. Seller contacts eBay Financing Center with the transaction details;
    eBay Financing Center accepts the transaction and offers purchase protection to the Buyer (if the transaction is declined, no further action is required from neither Buyer or Seller);
    The Buyer receives an invoice and sends the payment to eBay Financing Center. After the payment is verified by eBay Financing Center, the Seller will initiate the shipping. The Seller has three (3) business days to provide a tracking number to both the Buyer and eBay Financing Center. If no tracking number is provided, a full refund is immediately sent to the Buyer;
    The Buyer receives the vehicle and has five (5) business days to inspect it. If it is as described and as agreed, the Buyer should accept the vehicle. If he refuses it, the Buyer must ship the vehicle back to the Seller;
    After the inspection period is over (5 business days), the Buyer must contact eBay Financing Center with the result of the inspection. If the Buyer refuses the vehicle, he will receive the refund only after the tracking number for the returned shipment is verified. If the Buyer accepts the vehicle, the payment will be sent to the Seller within three (3) business days..

    Vehicle Purchase Protection Overview

    Buy with confidence on eBay Motors! The Vehicle Purchase Protection program protects your vehicle purchase against fraud and material misrepresentation. This program is provided by eBay Motors for FREE on all eligible vehicle transactions completed on eBay Motors. There’s no sign-up, opt-in, or registration necessary.
    The following types of fraud and material misrepresentation are covered:
    Paying for a vehicle and never receiving it;
    Sending a deposit for a vehicle and never receiving the vehicle;
    Paying for and receiving a vehicle:
    That was a stolen vehicle at the time of the transaction;
    With an undisclosed or unknown lien against its title;
    Of a make and/or model that is different than what was described in the seller’s listing;
    Without receiving the title for that vehicle from the seller, if it is impossible for you to obtain a title from the appropriate Department of Motor Vehicles;
    Whose title is subject to an undisclosed salvage, rebuilt, reconstructed, scrapped/destroyed, junk, lemon, manufacturer buyback, or water damage title brand at the time of the sale;
    With a model year that is different than the model year described in the seller’s listing;
    With an odometer reading that is different than the odometer reading described in the seller’s listing.
    Your vehicle purchase is protected for up to $20,000.00 US or the vehicle purchase price, whichever is lower. The program covers Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, ATVs, Go-Karts, Scooters, Mopeds, Personal Watercraft, Snowmobiles, Boats, Buses, Commercial Trucks, Race Cars, RVs and Campers, Trailers.

    Help

    For any questions please contact eBay Motors Support ( [email protected] )

    Thank you,
    eBay Financing Center Customer Support
    Vehicle Purchase Protection Program

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  186. Give them credit. It’s a good scam. Very slick.

    I recently found a 2005 BMW 330 for $6900!
    That’s 1/3 of the real value.

    This was from a Canadian buy/sell site.
    Seller’s posting represnted them as being local.
    I made email contact. I asked to see it.
    Same scam. Seller sez: I’m divorced, I don’t drive. I don’t need it….and in further correspondance my questions were answered by a request for address etc so they could set up an account with eBay VPP….
    Give them NO information. If they can’t hook you for the money, they will probably do an ID theft.

    Also, watch for replies that look like “copy and paste” and don’t answer your straight questions like “Where is the vehicle located?”..jut try and probe your info again.

    All scams evolve and some scammers are better than others.
    Thanks for this thread.
    My gut said no…butthis thread proves it.

  187. I ALMOST GOT SUCKERED,, I GOT WISE ON THE SECOND E-MAIL. THE GUY WAS CLAIMING HE WAS IN THE MARINE CORPS. THESE PEOPLE MUST BE FROM SOME OTHER COUNTRY BECAUSE THEIR ENGLISH IS TERRIBLE,OR THEY ARE PROBABLY SITTING IN ONE OF OUR LUSH LIBERAL PRISONS SOME WHERE HASSLING PEOPLE FOR THRILLS.. THEY NEED A BULLET IN THEIR HEADS.

  188. I almost got screwed on a similar deal. Like my dad always says, if it seems too good to be true….
    This guy claimed to be in the Air Force and was selling a 2003 Honda Civic w/ 26,000 miles for $2800 on vehix.com. I googled “ebay protection program” and saw the scam come up. Thank goodness. Anyways, there’s no way to report fraud or anything on vehix. I wish that I could so that someone else doesn’t fall for it.

    I’ve owned this car since 2003 and had very little issues with it. The car has been fully paid. It has always been serviced at the regular intervals and it’s very robust. I was totally charmed by the car at that time and bought it on the spot.
    It now has 26,131 miles and is looking better than ever.
    It is located in Sheffield Lake, OH. The engine is a 4 Cylinder 1.7 Liter with front wheel drive. Automatic transmission shifts as smooth as in day one.
    Its options include: CD, AM/FM Radio, Cruise Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Air Conditioning, Sunroof, Tinted Windows, Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver’s Air Bag, Passenger Air Bag and many more.
    All mechanical and electrical devices operate as designed, no issues. The interior is in pristine condition, no rips, no tears, no stains, non smoker. No dings or dents, original accident-free paint job, nice and lustrous with a few blemishes on the back bumper (you can see these in a couple of the pics i have taken) and a little curb rash on the front bumper molding, some light touched up rock chips on the nose area. Interior is perfect, some wear on the original floor mats. The are no issues with the car. I repeat, it’s a very well maintained car and it’s very hard for me to let it go.
    I hate to let it go but I don’t have any other choice.
    That’s it. It drives beautifully, it’s fast and it handles great.
    This is the VIN: 2HGES26853H573339 and you can see more pictures here: s470.photobucket.com/albums/rr70/matemping/?start=all
    Feel free to e-mail me any questions.
    The car will be shipped on my expense from Sheffield Lake, Ohio and will be at your door in 3 days tops.
    If you want to continue, please send me your full name and your shipping address so that I will let eBay Protection Program know that you are interested. You will receive an email from them instructing you how to send the payment. The money will be kept by them and you will only release the funds to me if you decide to keep the car (after receiving and inspecting it). I think this is a fair way to make business and I hope that you’ll agree.
    The most important thing in all my activity here is that I am affiliated to eBay’s Protection program, and I have a a purchase protection account for $10,000 and i assume you know what this means. In case we close this deal, you are protected by eBay’s Protection Program:
    1) In case you do not receive the car exactly as I have described it to you or you do not receive it at all, eBay will give you a full refund of the amount that you have paid the eBay agent, although this is not the case.
    2) You will send the money to eBay Protection Program and I will get a notification to ship the car. After you receive and see that the car is the one you want, you just notify eBay to forward me the payment details in order for me to pick up my money.
    Let me know if this is OK with so we can move forward with this deal!
    Also please write me what you decide because i have a few possible buyers.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    V/R
    Matthew Emping, TSgt, USAF
    Andersen AFB, GU
    TMR Section
    Sipr 6237 3157/7264

  189. New one. CBX motorcycle for very low price…

    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/mcy/1002481275.html

    Inquired and received this email..The same email address scammed Mark Draper reported on August 22 above…

    From: Francisc Prigat ([email protected])
    Sent: Sun 1/25/09 12:12 PM
    To: Bill B

    I am the second owner of this last year made CBX.The price is $3,150.This bike is a real ‘head turner’ and it will make you proud, it is in excelent condition,never been involved in accidents,VIN:
    JH2SC0608CC400955,1000cc.Bike was sold to me in 1986 and 12,000 miles were put on by the original owner before sold to me in July of 86. Only 5000 miles put on the bike in the last 22 years! Excellent condition!Bike has a tasteful and comfortable Corbin seat.I have found the bike is just too tall for me, and this is a bike that needs to be ridden to remain in perfect running condition. No corrosion, aluminum finish in excellent condition as shown.tires in great shape.I know of NOTHING the bike needs!clean and clear title,no mechanical problems,no scratches,flaws or any kind of damage,all functional and it will need nothing in the near future.Everything works!!!!!!!!
    I have the bike sealed at DAS terminal in Atlanta, GA ready to be shipped out will take 4-5 days through DAS and it will be free,my previous buyer(his loan did not get approved)already paid for it and DAS didnt want to refund him the shipping fee.
    I cannot meet face2face I have a new job in Tucson, AZ I would like to use Autotrader Vehicle Purchase to take care of this deal, smooth and safe. Let me know if you have any other questions, hope i didnt miss anything.No trades!!!

    Thanks Francisc,

  190. I found this unbelievable deal on craigslist- Puerto Rico so i e-mail the guy, this what he responded.
    Re: f0r sal3 2007 Suzuki GSX-R 750 – $3650 [email protected]
    Hello,
    The bike (2007 Suzuki GSXR 750) is in absolutely perfect condition, no scratches,dings, dents or other imperfections. Never accidented, Always garaged. Clear title, no leans. I will accept $3,600 if you buy it now. It has only 836 miles, 750 cc, and also 6 months of Suzuki waranty…transferable. The bike will come with the helmet, a pair of gloves and the jacket also.

    Firstly, I need to tell you that i am located in Anchorage, Alaska. I am selling the bike urgently because my squadron has been sent back to Iraq and don’t want it to get old in my garage. The price is low because I need to sell it before february 20th…I will take care of all transport arrangements.
    Usually shipment takes maximum 3 to 5 days depending on your location and will be fully insured against damages, shipped in a crated container…..on my cost!!
    I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will get a 5 days testing period after delivery. During that 5 days testing period I will not be getting any money.
    If you agree with my above terms, I’m sure that we can close the deal as soon as possible.
    I have reserved the bike for you until I will have your final answer.
    Reply soon,
    David

  191. Looks to be another Scam on Craigs list. posted today. Watch for the following email reply. Same as one posted abov,e January 13, 2009. Thanks for the heads up!!!!!

    Hello and sorry for the delay,
    I want to thank you for your interest in buying my GMC Yukon Denali is in great shape, no engine problems, damages or hidden defects. All power and optional equipment work perfect, the title is clear and has no liens. The mileage is 47,532, the transmission is automatic, the VIN# is: 1gkfk63877j223606. To see the pics just click on the link:
    s475.photobucket.com/albums/rr120/cristinegreen/
    The price is $5,400. I`m a single mother with 2 children and i have problems with money, that`s why i`m selling it so cheap. I need to sell the car quickly because I am moving from town. We will use eBay`s Protection Program for our safety. If you are interested in buying my car, e-mail me. Thanks for your cooperation!
    Cristine

  192. i just got the same thing on a 2006 jeep rubicon for only 2900.00. i contacted ebay myself to see if they had any record of this transaction being in progress. Of course they did not. I would just like to say thank you for who ever started this post because it just saved me 3 grand.

  193. DODGED THE BULLET TIME!

    i was just going to moneygram to make a payment for the car and then i questioned myself that the offer was too good to be true to i did some research and god! i saved myself a lot of money…the funny thing was the guy’s name was JONATHAN BAUER ( bauer is usually a german last name) and when i spoke to him he came off with a middle eastern accent.

    this was his email;

    Hello there and thank your for your interest. I am selling my 2005 TOYOTA CAMRY LE/SE COUPE in immaculate condition with only 62,193 miles, VIN number: 4T1BE32K15U508564 , rust free, no scratch and hasn’t been involved in any accident. It has always been garage kept. Engine is a SEDAN 4 DR 2.4L L4 FI DOHC 16V . The interior looks great (never smoked in). The tires are like new. This car doesn’t need anything else and it comes with a CLEAN title that will be signed and notarized on your name as soon as the payment will be completed. My name is Jonathan Bauer and I’m an US Navy Lieutenant currently stationed in Mayport NS base, near Jacksonville, Florida. I’ve decided to sell it because I will be deployed to Afghanistan and this car needs to be driven, not left over to rust in some garage. I must sell it before February 5th. I want this transaction to be smooth and I want to have a serious buyer involved also. Time is an important thing for me and I don’t want to waste any of it with endless discussions. I believe $3,500 with all transit fees included anywhere in the continental US included is more than a fair price. This is a large amount of money and I would like to conduct the deal using an authorized third party like eBay with their Purchase Protection Program, in order to eliminate any trust issues and insure an overall safety of the sale. The third party will keep the payment until the purchase is final, and you test and accept the car. If you will not get the car as described, and also if you find any reasons to refuse the car, you will get your money back instantly.To be able to use this program you need to qualify. I have been approved 3 years ago and I was very satisfied with this service. So, if you are interested in buying my car just let me know your name and shipping address. I will forward them to eBay’s protection program and wait for the approval. You can reach me at 760-545-4953. Thank you, Lt. Jonathan Bauer

  194. I almost was a victim too. I came across a 2004 Suburban LT for $4,600, with only 45,180 miles…what a beauty! So, I sent an email requesting a location and good time to meet to view/test drive the vehicle. I get an email from [email protected] saying the same as all of the above emails, and that she is divorced and the vehicle is just too big. She requested my name and address so that she can open a case through ebay because for our safety we would go though ebay vehicle protection program.

    I told my boyfriend about the vehicle and went to pull it up to show him the pictures and I couldn’t find the ad. I emailed her again giving my name and phone number to please call because I wanted to meet up today to look at the vehicle and I haven’t had a response. I started to research ebay, craigslist and couldn’t find the vehicle. I then ran across this website. Thanks so much for the information and alerting others of these dirty rotten people and their scams who have nothing better to do but take advantage of hard working people making an honest living…Lets keep sticking together!

  195. Another scammer under the name “Paul Fowler” which magically changed to “Paul Hall” on the return email. Wanted $7,500 for a $40,000 motorhome. Same scam details as the others. May they rot in hell for their deeds!

  196. They almost got me!! I’ve gotten 2 emails in response to a vehicle I was interested in from a “local single woman who works on a cruise ship and can’t be here to do the deal in person” I will copy the first email below. Sure glad I looked this up!!!!!!

    1st email:

    Hi,

    Thank you for your interest in buying my car. Let me tell you a few words about the car.It’s a 2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320 AWD V6, in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever, never been involved in any accidents. The interior looks great (NO SMOKING). It has 65,227 miles. It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name.The price is not negotiable , $3,860.00 is my last price.I sell the car at this price because I cannot enjoy it due to my job(I work as a dealer on a cruise ship) and I’m a single woman and I have nobody close who can use it.
    All documents, including owner’s manual, clear title and a bill of sale on your name will be provided along with the car.Also about payment and shipping I will use only eBay vehicle protection program so we can both be protected.I just need your full name and address so i can open a case.(with no further obligation or fees).

    Felicia Watson,

    2nd

    Hi again,
    The car is in great condition, no accidents, clear title (no liens or loans).Is already at the shipping company in Manhattan, New York sealed and ready for the shipping. I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them. I’m very busy with my job and I’m left out of the town so I can’t meet in person with you so this is the reason why I chose to sell my car over the internet. According with the eBay you have 5 days from the time you receive the car to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not.
    Here is how it will work:
    1.First of all I will need the following details from you:
    – Full Name
    – Full Shipping Address
    2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.
    3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices. The invoice will send you the details on how to make a refundable payment.
    4. eBay will contact me and I will ship the car 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, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.
    5. If you will decide that you will not buy the car, eBay will refund the money and I will have the shipping company come pick up my car. If you wish to make the transaction, please send me the necessary info so that we can proceed. I look forward to hear from you.
    Thanks for your time.
    P.S. For pictures please use this link :
    s703.photobucket.com/albums/ww35/feliciawatson1971/

  197. Got another one.

    clark michael [[email protected]]

    I knew it smelt fishy but I figured it was worth checking further ‘just in case’ it was legit. The “guy” I was dealing with was pretty smart. He said that the vehicle was in San Jose, Ca. I was suspicious especially with the eBay VPP account so I tried looking it up on ebay to see if it was listed there in addition to craigslist. There was one on eBay located in San Jose but the VIN was different. I was also suspicious because the VIN he gave in the email showed the vehicle was orginally from Florida and it had service done in Florida as recent as 2 years ago. Needless to say, I was skeptical from the beginning and I had resources that could check other avenues besides Carfax (we hadn’t done that yet, but it was our next step).

    Oh well, kid will have to be disappointed with this one.

  198. Another Craigslist scammer trying to take advantage of the current economic disaster.

    Hi,

    Thank you so much for contacting me regarding my 1962 Chevrolet Corvette . The car has 72,525 miles,one owner,it’s in perfect condition without any mechanical problems,with no damages or hidden defects,no need for additional repairs,clear title without any accidents,liens or loans. All power equipment are in working order.I have all the car’s manuals,2 spare of keys,all the documents and papers. The last price for the car is 5900$. I was fired from my job because the financial crises that affected almost everyone including the company I worked at. I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I’m in debts with my bank, so now you can see the reason why I’m selling my car at 5900$. I want to make this transaction through eBay’s Vehicle Purchase Program. I want eBay because they are the biggest Company and we can close this deal fast and safe for both of us. If you are interested to buy email me your full name and shipping address so I can open the case with eBay.

    For more pictures here is a link to the car photo gallery:
    s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss99/1962-Chevrolet-Corvette/

    Thank you,
    Johanna Madison

  199. Craigslist scam same story as before, THANK GOD I FOUND THIS SIGHT! Going by the name Maya Browning, listed on Omaha craigslist, but her address was Denver. Divorced trying to get rid of it. Had an Aol email on add but kept replying with a gmail account. here is her/his message:
    First of all I want to thank you for your interest for my car. I sell it at this price($3,970.00 ) because i’m in a divorce with my husband.
    Now the car is in my property and as a women i don’t need it. This car is in excellent working conditions, no scratches,
    flaws or any kind of damage, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions and comes with a clear title.
    From the beginning you have to know that for the payment I request only secure pay, I prefer the payment to be done using eBay services.
    We will use a safe payment method because I am affiliated at eBay and I have a purchase protection account for $20,000.00
    The final price that I want for this car is $3,970.00 including shipping and handling.

    If you are interested in buying it please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay.
    I will wait your answer very soon.

    Maya Browning

    I was concerned so kept emailing her about location after I received this supposed invoice this is what I got:
    Sorry but in this moment we can’t talk by phone, I have technical issues at this time ( the telephone lines are being replaced),
    so I will not be able to speak to you directly. Nevertheless, I may still handle all communications by email ( which will also ensure documentation).
    I will try to provide the best assistance and guidance so we can achieve a smooth and pleasant transaction.
    Please do not hesitate to email any and all questions you may have and thank you for your understanding.

    I then asked why it was listed in omaha, why the hurry, and told I wouldn’t be paying until I received contact. …..haven’t heard anything since!

  200. They almost got me, too! I found a 2004 BMW 645ci for only $13,000 on Auto Trader. I contacted the owner “Katy Sue” [email protected] who wrote:

    “Thank you for your interest in buying my 2004 Bmw 645Ci.It has only 27,760 miles.
    I am selling it at this price ($ 13,000 USD ) because I just finished the divorce with my husband. When the divorce finished, the car was registered under my name. Now as a woman I don’t need it.
    I have to tell you that the car is in great shape, no engine problems, scratches, flaws or hidden defects. All power and optional equipment work perfect.
    If you want to purchase it and only if you are a serious buyer then send me your complete name, address for shipping and your phone number.”

    She also said that she only wanted to use the ebay Vehicle Protection Program to finalize the transaction. She advised that she would give my info to VPP who would then send me an invoice.

    I received a very legitimate invoice with ebay logos and all outlining the “5 easy steps” to complete the transaction. It gave the name of an “ebay Agent” to wire funds to, Scott Chinnis, Bank of America, in Snellville, Georgia. It included his account number and routing number.

    I actually attempted to wire the money (stupid me), but a friend of mine that works at the bank wanted to do some research. She called Bank of America HQ in San Francisco and discovered this is the personal account of Scott Chinnis — not an ebay Agent. I also contacted ebay and they advised that unless the purchase is actually made through ebay, they will not honor the Vehicle Protection Program. They also had no record of any email invoice sent to me. This has “fraud” written all over it.

    I alerted “Katy Sue” about the information I had discovered, and naturally she was “very confused”. Now she wants me to Money Gram her $6500 (half of the price of the car) to show my good faith and then the balance to be delivered upon delivery in cash. She justified this request because she is very busy traveling abroad and will have to take time off work to make the transaction.

    Unbelievable. How does this person look in the mirror?

  201. And another one…

    When I got the reply from “eBay” it was pretty obvious because they were using outdated info in their scam.

    Their email below:

    Hello,
    Thank for your reply.
    As i told you in my last email we will use eBay Vehicle Protection Program to manage the payment because it’s the safest way for both of us .
    eBay Vehicle Protection Program is responsible to insure that both parties comply to transaction requirements, both parties must submit proof of payment/delivery presented in a legal form (payment/delivery receipt) by the registered payment/delivery service used.
    You will have to arrange the payment to a verified agent from eBay ( $ 4,900 ).They will hold the funds untill you receive the car and also test it!!!
    As soon as you’ll complete the payment ,the shipping will start using DAS Auto Shippers.
    It will take no more then 3 days to arrive at your home address.(i’ll pay the shipping).I offer 7 days for inspection,during this time,if the vehicle isn’t like i described (although this will never happen,because the car is gorgeous)you will get all the founds you sent to ebay.
    Shipping back to my location will be paid by me,again,i’m telling you this will never happen!!!
    If this is ok with you please reply with your complete name and shipping address in your next email and let me know if you are interested in knowing more details about this purchase so that I can open a transaction with eBay and move forward with this deal.
    Waiting your answer today if it’s possible !

  202. I’ve got another one for you just this past week I was looking at a 2005 Toyota Corolla for $2930 pretty much the same as the other ones. Mine was supposedly from a lutinent in the army saying it was going to be shipped on a military cargo plane anyways it all looked good and sounded good I just waited to see the email he was going to send from “Ebay” and without a doubt it was fake. The name that he uses is Robert Barlet. The email address he used is [email protected]. He says that he is in Madrid, Spain and he is working on some military communications between the U.S. and Spain. I did go as far as sending him my name and address do you think he can get any other info from that? Please let me know. I only sent him this info to see if this was really from “Ebay”.

  203. here’s one from today

    Hello,

    My 2007 Acura TL 3.2 (VIN 19UUA66217A041687) is in great shape, no
    engine problems,damages or hidden defects. Hasn’t been involved in any
    accident. It was always garaged and never kept outside. I`m a single
    mother with 2 children because I divorced with my husband and after the
    divorce I own this car. I really don`t need it and have bad memories
    about it and that`s why I’m selling it so cheap. The car has a clear
    title, no liens. Transmission is Automatic and has 19,500 miles. The
    vehicle is already at a shipping company in Miami, Florida ready for
    shipping. All documents, including owner’s manual, clear title and bill
    of sale will be provided along with the car. I have a contract with eBay
    so this deal must go through them. The total price is $6,200 including
    shipping and handling. I’m very busy with my job and I’m often out of
    town so I can’t meet in person with you and this is the reason why I
    opted to sell my car over the internet. I want to use eBay protection
    program for our safety and for payment I prefer to use an eBay Safety
    Purchase Service so that they can act as a 3rd party for the payment.
    You make the payment to one of their agents and after that I send the
    car to your location. If you accept it they will forward the payment to
    me. If you reject it, the vehicle will be shipped back on my expense,
    but I assure you that it won’t be the case. According with eBay you
    have 5 days from the moment you receive the car to inspect it and decide
    if you want to keep it or not. If you are still interested in buying
    this car I will need your full name and shipping address so I send them
    to eBay and open a transaction case for us.

    Thank you,
    Susan Talley

  204. Same type of scam for Wolf ovens appearing on craigslist. $10,000 Wolf 6 burner double ovens for $2,800 (including shipping!). Even have nice pictures of a perfect condition brand new stove. The scammers sent very similar emails claiming to use only ebay purchase protection for safety. Found same exact listing for multiple cites around the U.S. One email came from a women who claimed to have just gone through a divorce and is not into “kooking” as the reason for selling it.
    Beware.

  205. WOW! I am just so glad that something about the listing I found did not sound right, it seemed to good to be true. My husband and I have been online all day looking for a used SUV, we finally headed over to Craigslist and found the sweetest deal here is the link, not sure how long it will be up but I saved the picture of the whole listing so I have it printed…

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/1023823724.html

    The listing said… 1999 Ford Explorer 4×4 Eddie Bauer – $3000 (SF bay area)

    Just perfect for our family and we were totally in need of this car, it really sucks that this was not real, I feel so cheated and now know to just go to dealerships in our town, forget the net!

    Anyways here is the email we received, as you can see it has been posted a few times from other people who were scammed like us only difference is the name and email address…

    Re: question about your 1999 Ford explorer on craigs list…‏
    From: Roberta Silon ([email protected])
    Sent: Sun 2/08/09 11:13 PM
    To: me

    Hi,

    Thank you so much for contacting me regarding my 1999 Ford Explorer 4×4.The car has 92,794 miles,one owner,it’s in perfect condition without any mechanical problems,with no damages or hidden defects,no need for additional repairs,clear title without any accidents,liens or loans.All power equipment are in working order.I have all the car’s manuals,2 spare of keys,all the documents and papers.The last price for the car is 2700$.I was fired from my job because the financial crises that affected almost everyone including the company I worked at.I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I’m in debts with my bank, so now you can see the reason why I’m selling my car at 2700$. I want to make this transaction through eBay’s Vehicle Purchase Program. I want eBay because they are the biggest Company and we can close this deal fast and safe for both of us.If you are interested to buy email me your full name and shipping address so I can open the case with eBay.

    For more pictures here is a link to the car photo gallery:
    s670.photobucket.com/albums/vv66/1999-Ford-Explorer-4×4/?start=all

    Thank you,
    Roberta Silon

    I am still really bummed out about this, like I said we were on all day looking and the crazy thing is, there were alot of the same make a model SUV going for the same price, the only difference in the cars was this one looked really clean.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for this site! You saved us alot of money we really don’t have!

  206. Advertised 2005 BMW 325ci
    The VIN number was for a 2002 325i

    EMAIL #1

    On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 1:09 PM, florence bjork wrote:

    First of all, please DO NOT REPLY to this e-Mail if you don’t have the amount available, or if you don’t intend to be serious.
    I’m from Orlando, Florida.This is the second time when I try to sell the car. First time I tried eBay.
    Because all the time I use only 100% safe methods I sent the car through eBay Vehicle Protection Program to a buyer from Alaska.
    I paid all the shipping fees from my money and when eBay requested the payment from seller, he refused to pay because he didn’t have the full amount.
    Now I have the car in the eBay hands and is ready to be delivered to the next buyer.
    If you want to purchase it and only if you are a serious buyer then send me your complete name and address for shipping.
    The time delivery will be only 3 days and the car will be delivered at your home address full registered in your state and under your name.

    EMAIL #2

    On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 2:31 AM, florence bjork wrote:

    WBAEV33432KL71178
    Here is the vin and here is how it works
    eBay Protection Program help sellers and buyers to stay safe with all the transactions.
    How it will be and how eBay Protection Program works:
    1. The seller ships the goods to eBay. They inspect the goods and will contact you through email with the payment details.
    2. You will send the payment to eBay.
    3. After they validate your transfer, they will start shipping. It will take up to 3 days for the item to arrive at your door, which I think it’s a reasonable time.
    4.You will also have a 7-DAY INSPECTION PERIOD in which you can test drive the item. If you find that the item doesn’t fit my description, you will get a full refund.
    5. If all is well (which I’m sure it will be), they will give you the title to the item and releases me the payment.
    Now the car is in the eBay protection program hands and not in my possession it. If you will not like it and you will decide to return it then you will receive the full refund. If you will decide to buy it then eBay will release the funds to me.
    If you agree with the terms then send me your complete name, address FAX number and I’ll redirect the car to you.

  207. DO NOT buy any vehicle from “Azieza Kazlak.” Same story, same emails, same vague responses to direct questions, different states (where she lives, where the vehicle is, where it’s registered according to CARFAX, etc.), no contact numbers, but VIN has CARFAX and emails include pictures, etc. When someone refuses a face-to-face CASH transaction, that was the first red flag. I have since contacted the Federal Trade Commission – luckily, because Azieza, like Alex, is a CONFIRMED SCAM. Please beware. If it sounds too good to be true, remember, 99% of the time, it is. This scam originated on Auto Trader. It is a 2000 Mustang GT Convertible – White Exterior, Saleen body kit, other mods (under the hood), and “seller” was asking $4200 – divorced, got the car, has no license, doesn’t need or want it, just wants to get rid of it, etc. So, if you receive anything from Azieza Kazlak – run!

    Also, any suspicious “SCAM” emails can be sent to [email protected]. This was the email given to me by the FTC – to forward “Azieza’s” messages to. Any contributions help find these douche bags!

  208. After reading the replies here i have one thing to say. You guys are a bunch of dumb greedy a$$ holes, just like the saying goes “there is a sucker born every minute” they feed on peoples greed and you guys make it happen.

  209. this sounds like bullshit -_-

    If you are interested to purchase it, I have done some researching and the best way to close the deal is through eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program. The transaction fits the Vehicle Protection plan and will be covered by eBay. Vehicle Purchase Protection reimburses buyers who are involved in a vehicle transaction through their program. The program provides reimbursement for all the situations that can appear in a transaction. The
    money will be sent to an eBay agent. After the payment is confirmed and secured by eBay I will start the shipping. The car will be in front at your door in max 3 days. From the moment you receive the car you have a 15 days inspection period. After the 15 days you have to decide if you want to keep the car or not. If you’ll keep the car the payment will be released to me. In case you will not like the car and decide not to keep it you will have to ship the car back and you will be fully refunded. If you agree I will need your full name and complete shipping address, your phone# and your eBay user ID.

  210. Another fine example…

    Hello there,
    Thanks for your email !

    First of all I would like to tell you that the car is located in Quebec, Canada as I recently moved here. The full price is $5,000.00 US dollars with shipping included to your location. I have a clean title ready to be signed. The car has no electrical or mechanical problems, never been involved in any kind of accidents. I have problems with money, that`s why i`m selling it so cheap and I need to sell the car quickly because i need to pay my mortgage, if you are a serious buyer ( not just curious ) we can make a deal right now using eBay Protection Program for our safety.If you want to move forward or wish to find out more details about this deal please send me your full name and shipping address so I can open a case with ebay and declare you as buyer.As soon as I have your details i will ask ebay to contact you regarding this deal.

    2006 MINI Cooper S

    Mileage: 15,500 miles
    VIN: WMWRE33546TL22338
    Body type: Coupe
    Engine: 1.6L L4 FI DOHC 16V
    Exterior color: Red
    Transmission: Manual
    Fuel type: Gasoline
    Interior color: Black

    The car is immaculate inside and out! No smokers, no pets!

    Click here to view more pictures:

    s587.photobucket.com/albums/ss317/minicooper2006/

    You can really see this beauty from all angles!
    Thank you!
    Patricia

  211. hey this alex guy still alive nd we need to fuck him up i gave him my number he called me several time to scam me on this 4runner toyota..

  212. Just ran into this same scam, the email on this one was sgt.jameshelms , guy pretended to be in the Air Force said he could sell a Honda Pilot 2006 for $4,990. Follows the exact same pattern as much of the stuff on this website. Luckily I’m in the military and was very skeptical of the claim he could ship it back to the US that easily and I didn’t really belive ebay will handle funds. Then I found this website, I am turning the information over to the authorities.

  213. hello guys,
    i already given my full name and my shipping address before i noticed it was scammed. Is it still safe? i got the same scam as you guys in craigslist.

  214. Wow…thanks to this website I avoided this…this guy’s e-mail adddress was [email protected]

    I think I covered everything in my ad, but again this is a 2005 Nissan Maxima SE, with clear title, 28,101 miles on it, 3.5L V6 SFI DOHC 24V engine and automatic transmission. Very clean inside and out. The price I want for it is $5,200. I took an exceptional care of this vehicle and the buyer of the car will be very
    happy with it.

    View pics here : s300.photobucket.com/albums/nn28/boweramy/

    The transaction will be closed only through a 3rd party and this way we will both be protected. My time is limited due to my job, so I decided to use the Vehicle Purchase Protection Program offered by eBay Inc. They handle all the paperwork and collection of selling price, and will hold the payment until you verify the Maxima is as described and want to keep it. I have already enrolled and paid all the necessary fees. To begin the transaction I’ll need your full name and shipping address,

    Look how the program work:

    1. I will forward the details of our transaction to the eBay Security Program.
    2. They will process the paperwork and will email you the Payment Invoice and the transaction details.
    3. You will have to submit the payment, as instructed to one of the eBay agents.
    4. The payment will be verified and if everything is OK, I will ship the car to your place on my cost. The car will be shipped insured to your location with DAS ( Dependable Auto Shippers ).
    5. After you receive it, you will have 7 days to inspect and test drive the car.
    6. If you accept the vehicle by confirming to eBay, they will send me the payment for the car. They will then FedEx overnight the signed title to you. If you decide to NOT accept the vehicle for any reason, they will refund your full payment price within 48 hours. They will then make the necessary arrangement to have the car picked back up by the vehicle transport company.

    Please let me know your position, I have many potential buyers for the car.

  215. itsamazing how detailed these scammers are….I have been sucked into a few of these, looking for my dream car…luckily I can smell a scam before I am TOO sucked into it….

    These people….their moms and their God must be SO proud of them.

    NOT.

  216. I think I just about fell for a scam like these. It was for a 2006 John Deere 3520 4×4 for $4,000. This is at least a $17,000 machine. Michelle Evans ([email protected]) told me some sad story about losing her husband in Iraq and needed to sell it before she moved. After my reply to the email address on craigslist, she said that for a secure transaction, she would use ebay. I actually received two emails from ebay ([email protected] and [email protected]) everything looked official except that the one from [email protected] said that I was an “approved” ebay user and I had never logged into ebay, and I was giving her my dad’s address for delivery. There is no way she or ebay knew I was an “approved” ebay user with the information I gave her.

    Be skeptical with deals too good to be true, never use Money Gram to send cash, and on craigslist only buy from someone that will let you see the goods first.

  217. Hi, I can’t believe my luck. I have been in touch with this “Alex” guy, but for me he called himself “Frank.” I looked back at the 2008 posts and my emails were word for word exact!! I’m so happy that there are sites like this out there to keep scams from happening! Thank you so much you guys. I almost spent $20k of my husbands money on a Lexus that was “too good to be true!” Thanks everyone, you are really helpful. I wish you all a very nice day.

  218. This is the latest email I got from these scammers after responding to the Craigslist ad

    “Hi,

    The car is still for sale. It is in perfect shape. It has no scratches, dents and it was never involved in an accident or something like that. You can check the carfax yourself, the VIN is . It has 23,300 miles.
    I have a clear title and it is on my name. I am forced by a bank loan to sell it so I need the money and I must do that. Dont worry, the loan does not involve the car.
    My final price is $2,500. I already have tons of emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out. I will take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying the car, to be sure that I don’t waste my time with endless discussions. This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions.
    Thank you.

    P.S. If you are decided to buy it, I can make a private auction just for you on eBay so you can purchase it there. That way you will receive assistance for the purchase, paperwork, title transfer and an extended warranty. They also are guaranteeing purchases up to 20.000 so we will both be protected.”

    I then ask him if it was located in my area since it was listed in my city. He says that it was located in Ohio and that he accidently posted it nationwide so it appeared in local searches. You CANNOT list nationwide in Craigslist, you have to list it by city.

    Anyone that says it got listed nationwide in Craigslist is a SCAMMER. The old saying is almost always true, if its sounds too good to be true then it probably is.

    The email from ebay they sent me looked pretty real but if you manually go to ebay.com and search for the seller name and item number, it doesn’t exist. It was linking to a site they probably built themselves.

  219. Here is a easy way to check. Hope it will scare those scammers away. You can tell them that you have a friend live in the area where they say the car is. Ask them to give you the contact address/ phone number so you can send your friend to inspect the car. If there is any hestitation, this is a SCAM!

  220. Yea, i got a scam one for a 2007 acura TL from Scott Reed on craigslist. I looked at this site before I went through with it. He even offered me another $600 discount after I said that I had problems getting the money. My brother pointed out that if he was in the UK, then why does the car pictures have palm trees in the background???LOL Watch out for this:

    Hello,

    This is a 2007 Acura TL, 6 Cyl / FRONT WHEEL DRIVE, Automatic, ONLY

    37.700 Miles, VIN 19UUA66257A015092.

    Here you can find more pictures with the car:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/picasaweb3/2007AcuraTL?authkey=QQEc9MKxaM8#

    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web

    browser window)

    It is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are great, no

    scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been

    involved in an accident.

    I’m an US Air Force Col. currently stationed in UK and the car is here

    with me. It was bought in the US and shipped to Europe, but it was

    never permanently registered here, the car is still registered in the

    US.

    I must say that this is a US model car, with the steering wheel on the

    left side, as opposed to a UK model, that has the steering wheel on

    the right side.

    As I’m unable to travel in the near future and I don’t have anyone

    back home to help me with the sale I decided to make this transaction

    through eBay or craigslist.

    So how this actually works? Simple: the buyer sends the payment to

    eBay and they hold the money until the car is delivered; I ship the

    car to US; I get my money only after the buyer receives the car and

    makes sure everything is as agreed. I believe this protects both buyer

    and seller and it’s the right way to do this.

    The final price is $5,000 including shipping from Europe to the US and

    delivery to your home address.

    So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please

    get back to me as soon as possible.

  221. Unfortunately, I found this site too late. I am a college freshman, far from naive, and should ahve known better. I spent two months in the US Army and was medically discharged. The money I made while in the service is now gone b/c of a scam just like this. I snet 2700 thru money gram and just had a gut feeling that it was too good to be true. The email was “[email protected]”. I found the BMW 323I on craigslist. after a bunch of phone calls and internet research, i figured out i’d been scammed. A big chunk of my meager savings is GONE. Do not fall for this!

  222. I got a story too on a Lexus at a throwaway price of $26K. First the car was in NY (I live an hour away), and when i wanted to see it, it moved to Massachusetts. And of course, there is the eBay VPP for depositing the amount. The seller was on the road, but was willing to ship the car at his own cost, let me inspect it for 5 days, and if I did not like it will have it shipped back, again at his own cost! I have sold enough cars, and bought several over the past 35 years, and never had a deal like this! If it is too good to be true, it certainly is.

  223. Thanks guys. Almost got scammed trying to buy a 2006 Civic Si coupe for $4800 with low mileage and in good condition. Knew the price was too good to be true. The email I got was from a nicole jeffers: “[email protected]”. Funny thing was that I found the car locally on craigslist but when I emailed her, the car turned up all the way in the east coast and I’m in the west coast. Her story was that she was a single woman who worked on a cruise ship as a poker dealer, so she couldn’t take care of the car no more. Just wondering, if anyone sent their name and address and got a so call ebay invoice, who was your ebay financing agent? Mine was some guy by the name of Matthew Bermal who lives or works at 2145 Hamilton Ave, Lemoore,CA 93245. Which turned out to be a college.

  224. yeah, Im glad I found this. It was weird this guys email was so professional, underline remarks and the important parts were in red. Who does that? Look out for [email protected] He told me he was deploying on March 7 and that was the only reason it was so cheap. I found it in orange county california and the car is in NY. He would ship it military carrier for $150. He wanted to use ebay as thrid party to protect us “both”. He also needed my name and address. Watch out!

  225. That Michelle Evans must be busy. She’s selling me a $30,000 Airstream for $4100 at the same time she’s selling Greg (above) a John Deere. I love she’s faking the memory of a soldier’s death to pluck our heartstrings. These people have a special place in scammer hell reserved for them.

    Thanks to this website I can comfortably tell her where she can stick her imaginary trailer.

  226. Watch out for this guy too!
    [email protected] Claims to be a Lt in the Navy

    Subject: RE: 2005 Mazda 3S blue
    Hello there and thank your for your interest. I hope my reply is not to late and you didn’t purchased another car already.

    I am selling my 2005 Mazda3S in immaculate condition with only 49,000 miles , VIN number: JM1BK123951245834 , rust free, no scratch and hasn’t been involved in any accident. Engine is a 2.3L I4 MFI / MPI. The interior looks great .The car has never been smoked in or involved in an accident. I recently had the oil changed so it is in perfect condition. The tires are like new. This car doesn’t need anything else and it comes with a CLEAN title that will be signed and notarized on your name as soon as the payment will be completed.
    My name is John Reynolds and I’m an US Navy Lieutenant currently stationed in Mayport NS base, near Jacksonville, Florida. I’ve decided to sell it because I will be deployed to Afghanistan on March 7th. I want this transaction to be smooth and I want to have a serious buyer involved also. Time is an important thing for me and I don’t want to waste any of it with endless discussions.
    I believe $3,500 with all transit fees included anywhere in the continental US included is more than a fair price. This is a large amount of money and I would like to conduct the deal using an authorized third party like eBay with their Purchase Protection Program, in order to eliminate any trust issues and insure an overall safety of the sale. The third party will keep the payment until the purchase is final, and you test and accept the car. If you will not get the car as described, and also if you find any reasons to refuse the car, you will get your money back instantly.
    To be able to use this program you need to qualify. I have been approved 3 years ago and I was very satisfied with this service. So, if you are interested in buying my car just let me know your name and shipping address. I will forward them to eBay’s protection program and wait for the approval. You can reach me at 760-545-4953.

    Thank you,
    Lt. John Reynolds

    P.S. You can see more pictures of the car here:
    s665.photobucket.com/albums/vv16/ussmlt/Mazda3/

  227. Barry,
    I almost got scammed for the same honda on craigslist but I knew something wasn’t right so I did some research. I’m glad i didn’t go thru with that one. He made it seem like eBay vehicle Purchase Program would hold the money until I accept the vehicle. Watch out for the name Morris!!!!!!!

  228. This guy is offering also a Renault Grand Espace 2.2 dCi Aut. Initiale — EUR 10.200 /36.000 KM
    and offers the eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP Case ID: 65B4T138L3W13) and asks to send a money deposit through MoneyGram. He goes by the name “April Hansel [[email protected]]”.
    He offered the car through mobile.de a german used car portal. Watch out folks and use your commen sense.

  229. Thank you all!! I was about to follow up with “Dennis Watson” about a 2008 Lexus is350 on craigslist nyc for about $8900.. very low for the full featured vehicle. i emailed once and received a version of a story above (working for military in Valencia, Spain, wife brought the car to europe but unable to register, reference to ebay vpp, etc..) –

    his email was [email protected].
    carfax that he sent me showed a macon, georgia registration. (I checked the actual carfax and though I didnt purchase the results I could tell that it found a vehicle matching the description, so at least they thought it through that far. Additionally, i thought it odd that the email on that carfax was [email protected])

    grammer and email story line was very similar to those above.

    thanks to all of the previous posters, I won’t pursue this ‘too good to be true’ car.

    Sean

  230. I almost got scammed today by a David Hunter selling 2005 Toyota 4×4 for $4850. He claims to be in the Airforce in England. Everything was checking out ok until I saw that I was supposed to send a moneygram from a local liquor store to an individual in Scotland. No telephone numbers and no one would call me. Watch out and thank you for this information. I wasted a lot of time messing with this guy trying to confirm things but I didn’t waste my money. Thank you for this site.

  231. God bless all of you. I almost fell for this. WHAT CAN WE DO TO STOP THIS sickening scam? Any ideas? I still have a commnication open with this guy, and have not responded yet..

  232. Watch out for this one, “[email protected]”. Placed classified ad on tractorsbynet.com for a 2008 L3400 Kubota tractor with front end loader, box blade, bush hog and trailer for $5500. This package would be worht over $20,000. For sale by a woman an it’s an “urgent and regretable sale because her husband just died” Wants you to send the money to eBay’s Vehicle Protection Program. Can’t talk on the phone because just had ear surgery!! Ha ha

  233. I got involved with what seems to be a scam for a polaris razor 2009 for 2900.00 looked like a similar add that I found on ebay later and the bid was up to 11000.00 address on craigs list was [email protected]. Same type of situation said it was not listed on ebay but using ebay buyer protection last I was told it was in a crate at a shipping terminal in San Jose Ca. Looks like they copied information off ebay add. It was on craigs list for a very short time in Minnesota

  234. I was looking on autotrader.com and found a “to good to be true” deal. Did the whole ebay Vehicle Protection Program. It looks real, these guys are good. I am continuing to lead them on and contacting the trade commission. The e-mail address was [email protected]. Be aware.

  235. Megan Allen …trying to sell a wakeboard boat on craigslist around the AR area. Poses to be a slain US soldiers wife. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE LOWS THAT THESE SCAMMERS WILL GO

  236. ello !
    Thank you for your interest in this car.
    I just moved to Helena, MT and there are a lot of things that have priority now, so this car has to go. The car is ready at the shipping company.This car’s engine runs very, very smooth. No damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects, never been involved in accidents. I have a clear title. Also, maybe you should know I am a non-smoker.The final price is $4.800 (is already too low) the mileage is 62,287 .The shipping cost is $280-300. Due to the fact that I am very busy with my work and I don’t stay much at home, the car is already at the shipping company along with all the papers( vehicle registration,warranty papers,transfer papers etc ). The transaction will be made under eBay’s buyer protection plan. So, please reply back if you are really interested in purchasing this car so I can give you more information about payment and start the arrangements!
    Thanks,

    he payment will be made safely under eBay’s vehicle purchase protection program. you can see below how this works: I will contact eBay and give them all the info about you (full name and address). they will begin the transaction and will offer their vehicle purchase protection. You’ll have to send to eBay $4,800 (in held by eBay until you receive and inspect the vehicle) and once the payment is received, they will confirm your transfer to me and i will begin the shipping process.You will receive the car in maximum 5 days, and after you’ll test drive it and decide to keep it, you’ll notify eBay and they will forward the funds to me. If by any reason the car is not as described or if you find any problems with it, I will arrange to ship it back (on my cost) and you will be 100% refunded. But I’m sure you’ll love it because it’s a good vehicle. you will have 5 days from the time you receive the car to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not. i guess it’s pretty fair. The price of the shipping is $280-300.Please reply back with your full name , shipping address and phone no so we can start the arrangements!
    Thanks,
    Thanks for getting back to me.I want to use ebay’s services for this transaction as it is the safest for both of us.Let me explain how it works:
    First of all I will need your full name and shipping address so I can register the transaction with ebay.Once you receive the details from ebay, the car will be reserved for you until you read the details and decide if you want to proceed or not.You will have a 5 days inspection period, after the car arrives at your address to make sure it is as shown in the photos and in good working order.If by any reason the car is not as described or if you find any problems with it, I will arrange to ship it back on my cost.The payment will be sent to ebay and they will hold it until the inspection period is over and you decide if you’re going to buy it or not.This way you’re not going to pay for something you haven’t seen and with the inspection period you can make sure it’s as described.If you agree with this terms please reply with your full name and address so we can get the ball rolling.Vin number:JTEBU14R838005847

    Thanks,

  237. I’m playing with a scammer right now in the hopes that they are desperate enough. I’m saying that I will fly to where the “car” is located and pay cash only. Let’s see what happens. I’m already on the third email.

  238. I was scammed by this email address. [email protected] I lost 2900.00. They are still listing things with craigs list in different cities. I went to the sheriff and I have even traced where they live. I tried to contact craigs list but they have not got back with me. Everyone acts like they dont care who gets scammed I even sent an email to the FBI. Everything looked so legit. I feel like an ass! If you know what else I can do please let me know.

  239. This was the email I got from [email protected] I wish I would have found this site sooner I would have my 2900.00 and My 139.99 to send the money order. I will never use craigs list nor will I ever use a western union or moneygram.
    Hi,
    Yes, I still have it. The polaris is in perfect condition, like new and comes with a clear title; it has been stored indoors. If you decide to buy it, you’ll receive all the papers: the title, original manual and a bill of sale. The final price is $ 2,900 including shipping&handling. The price is low because I’m looking for a quick cash sale. My husband died 3 months ago and I decided along with my20daughter to sell the house and move to my sister. I can’t afford to take days off my work for this sale so I’m trying to sell it online. For this transaction I want to use ebay because I want a fast and safe deal for both of us. They will handle the transaction for me. You will transfer the money to ebay and they will hold it until you’ll receive and inspect the polaris. ONLY AFTER you’ll receive and inspect the polaris (you have 5 days for inspection) ebay will release the payment to me; meanwhile they will hold the money into a trust account. This way we are both protected: I will know that I have a serious buyer who has the money to pay me and you will be able to see and inspect the polaris before buying it. If you are really interested in purchasing the polaris please send me your full name, shipping address and your phone number. Ebay will give you all the details regarding the shipping and payment. I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.

    Regards

  240. Same story, different ‘almost’ victim. I found my ‘dream’ car on Craig’s list for east texas. It said local, but the pictures looked more like Florida(flat and lots of palm trees). When I googled the telephone number given in his email, the scam sites were topping the list of search results.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Hello and sorry for the late reply. Hope I’m not too late and you haven’t already purchased another car.
    I saw that you are interested in my 2005 Toyota Camry in immaculate condition with 62,193 miles, rust free, no scratch and hasn’t been involved in any accident. Engine is a 2.4L I4 SFI with Automatic transmission. This is one of the best cars I have owned so far, the interior looks great (never smoked in). This car has it all and comes with a CLEAN title. I want this transaction to be smooth and I don’t have much time at my disposal to waste with endless discussions. I believe $3,400 is more than a fair price.
    You can reach me at (760)545-4953 or you can email me if you are interested.

    Thank you,
    Lt. Justin Grant

  241. I got one from a person called Stephaine Dupont at
    [email protected]

    The text is as follows
    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting me about my 2002 ACURA MDX TOURING AWD that I have for sale on Craiglist.The SUV has a 3.5L V6 PFI SOHC engine, is in great shape, 4 wheel drive, no engine problems, damages or hidden defects. Hasn’t been involved in any accident. It was always garaged and never kept outside. I`m a single mother with 2 children because i divorced my husband and after the divorce i own this car,i don`t need it and that`s why i`m selling it so cheap. The car has a clear title, no liens. Transmission is Automatic and has 83,000 miles. The total price is $4,500 including shipping and handling. We will use eBay protection program for our safety and for payment i prefer to use a eBay’s buyer protection plan. I just need your full name and address so i can open a case at ebay and they will send you the steps and all info about our transaction.(with no further obligation to buy it or fees).The car is located in Wilmington, NC.

    ps: Here is the VIN:2HNYD18652H530785

    Thanks.

    I than asked a couple of questions

    Hi Sthephaine,

    Thanks for the response.
    I have a couple of questions

    1) I’m not sure but the eBay Buyers protection program works only if the purchase is made from e-bay.Is this car listed on eBay?
    2) Which state is the car currently registered in ? I will need to get this car registered in California and might need to do a smog check as the emissions standard are very strict over here.

    I’m fairly new in USA and this would be my first car so I’m still in the process of figuring out the registration process.

    and this is the response I got…

    The car is already at the shipping company in Wilmington, sealed and ready for the shipping. I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them. I’m very busy with my job and I’m out of the town so I can’t meet in person with you so this is the reason why I chose to sell my car over the internet. The shipping cost is included in the price.

    Here is how it will work:
    1.First of all I will need the following details from you:
    – Full Name
    – Full Shipping Address
    2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.
    3. After they will process your info, they will send the invoices to both of us. The invoice will show you the details on how to make a refundable payment.
    4. eBay will contact me and I will ship the car to you. After you receive the car you will have 3 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the car. If you will buy, then eBay will release the money to me.
    5. If you will decide that you will not buy the car, eBay will refund you the money and I will have the shipping company come pick up my car. If you wish to make the transaction, please send me the necessary info so that we can proceed. I look forward to hear from you.

    Thank you

  242. Another from a person called Jeremy Burton at [email protected]

    Hello,

    I’m SGT Jeremy Burton. This 2005 Acura TL is in perfect working condition.
    This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical or
    mechanical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the
    exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has
    38,000 miles.

    Here are more pictures: http://s637.photobucket.com/albums/uu91/jeremyburton33/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal
    closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you
    to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will
    hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the
    car and you inspect it (for 15 days) eBay will send the money to me; in
    this way we are both protected. If the car is not suitable for you
    from any reason, your money will be fully refundable and I will take
    the car back. I’m sure it won’t be the case because it’s a state of
    art looking and working vehicle. I am located in Canada and I was sent
    here with my department. One week ago my wife moved here with me and
    brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the
    United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and
    everything, and registering it here in Canada will take forever. My
    final price on it is 2,900 USD. If you will take it for this price, I
    am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by
    plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You
    will get it to your address.

    Please get back to me asap if you want to move forward, and include in
    your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I
    can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction
    payment and shipping details from them.

    Best Regards,
    Jeremy and Laura Burton

    Asked him the same question(s)
    Thanks for the response.
    I have a couple of questions

    1) I’m not sure but the eBay Buyers protection program works only if the purchase is made from e-bay.Is this car listed on eBay?
    2) Which state is the car currently registered in ? I will need to get this car registered in California and might need to do a smog check as the emissions standard are very strict over here.

    I’m fairly new in USA and this would be my first car so I’m still in the process of figuring out the registration process.

    I never heard from him again.

  243. I got this e-mail after responding to a craiglist ad.

    “As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in Madrid,Spain and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Spain. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2900. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you, and have a nice day,
    James and Anna Badgett”

    This is a complete scam.

  244. Just had a similar situation and I always like to research anything, found this site and the email is very similar to the ones listed here. The price was one indicator, but the terrible English in the email made me suspect also. Here is the email response regarding a Harley Davidson Trike the guy had agreed to sell for 16,500. Like many others, after I sent an email inquiry via ebay email, he responded saying he would hold the bike for me and the listing was removed from Ebay.
    Hi,

    OK. Let me know your eBay user id and your full shipping name and address and I’ll open a case with eBay regarding our deal.

    Waiting for your reply!

    Sincerely,

    Bill

    On Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 5:50 AM, wrote:

    I will take the trike for 16500 delivered to my buddys shop during the work week and he will look over immediately

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

    From: Bill Kelly

    Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 02:38:44 -0700

    To: Mark Peluso

    Subject: Re: You’ve received a question about your eBay item, Harley-Davidson : Touring

    Hi,

    We can have a deal for $16,500 with all shipping fees included. I have a friend who has a truck and will delivery the boat to you, so the shipping will cost $500. The total price that you will pay for the boat will be $16,500. For payment I will use eBay, the financial part will be managed by them. Here is how the process works:

    1. I will contact eBay and give all the info about this deal.

    2. They will send us the forms by email – for you about the payment.

    3. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money.

    4. I will deliver the item to your address and the inspection period starts.

    5. After the inspection you need to decide if you want to keep it, if so eBay will transfer the money into my account. If the deal is void eBay will transfer the money back to you account.

    If you agree please provide me with your eBay id, full name and shipping address so I can register the deal with eBay. The VIN is 1HD1FC4498Y623369.

    Waiting for your reply!

    Sincerely,

    Bill

  245. Wow.. This is great. I guess we’re all looking for a good deal and ending up with the same person! It pays off to do your research!

    First email-

    Hello,

    Thanks for being interested in my 2006 Infiniti G35.
    Its still available and in excellent condition. I’m the only owner (non smoker), it has only 44,048 miles, it gets a fantastic gas mileage – 17 MPG in city and 24 MPG on highway, runs great, it hasn’t been in accidents, even more it has no scratches, flaws or any kind of damage, slightly used in 100% working conditions. It’s not under leasing or bank liabilities and it comes with a clear title and a transferable warranty.
    I’m selling it just for $5,500 because I’ve finally cleared the divorce with my husband and I’m in need of money.
    From the beginning you have to know that for the payment I request only secure pay, we will use a safe purchase program provided by eBay.
    The final price that I’m asking for my car is $5,500 including shipping and handling costs.
    If you’re still interested in buying it, reply and I’ll give you more info about this deal.

    Thanks,
    Sandra

    Second email-

    Hello again,

    Although I’m not able to come back home and meet you, we can still make the deal thru eBay.
    I’m affiliated at their Vehicle Purchase Protection program and due to the fact that we cannot meet face to face I’m going to sell the car only by their service.
    The car is in Bangor, Maine at a storage facility along with the proper documents, sealed and ready to be shipped at no costs on your side.
    Here are the details on how the deal will work:
    – First of all I’ll need the following information from you: your full name, full shipping address and your phone #
    – After I receive your info I’ll forward it to eBay. They will process our transaction and they will send to both of us invoices.
    As far as I’m concerned your invoice will notify you how to make a refundable payment and the payment will be done via bank transfer and it will be supervised by an eBay representative until the transaction is finished.
    – If you agree with eBay VPP’s terms and you decide to send the money to them, they will validate your payment and will contact me to authorize the shipping process.
    Shipping is already paid because my ex-buyer changed his mind due to financial issues after I already have made the arrangements to ship the car.
    – After you receive the car you’ll have 3 days inspection period while you can test drive it and you can even take it to an independent mechanic for inspection.
    – If you like the car and you decide that you want to keep it, the car will be registered on your name with properly executed title and you’ll have to give your approval to eBay so that they pay me.
    – If you decide that you won’t buy the car, eBay will completely refund you within 3 days and I’ll have to support the car’s return costs.

    I apologize if it seems like I’m pushing a little bit on this deal but I really want to be sure that everything is clarified before any further steps.
    Hope you understand why I’m conducting the deal in this manner and if you’re fine with eBay’s terms please reply with the requested info so I can initiate the deal thru eBay VPP.

    Thanks for understanding and looking forward for your answer,
    Sandra

    This is the email used – [email protected]

    Smart shopping!

  246. The worst thing is that I ten proceeded to email the seller back stating that I am not a sucker and that I investigated his info and found him to be fraudulent and similar to other schemes from ebay and that I have informed the appropriate authorities regarding this. At the end of the email I stated if in the event that you claim to be legitimate, then you deliver the bike to my address at which time I will inspect and decide to pay you in person. He actually responds and says “ok when do you want to pick it up” Idiot!

  247. The other funny part was one of the emails the guy says we can make the deal to get the boat. I wasn’t even looking at a boat, I was looking at a trike. He said oh sorry I was really tired when I wrote the email. My question is what do they do when people agree. Do they fabricate ebay looking paperwork and then have the funds extracted somehow?

  248. Thanx guys for your site – I love google (internet), I research everything and it saved my butt here. Pity that people find a way to abuse a good thing and use for their gain. What goes round comes round. The wheel turns, they will reap what they’ve sown… eventually.

    Some food for thought: I take responsibility for the fact that I, “an innocent victim” almost got caught because of my own basic greed. I wanted something fab-looking for “nothing” (cheap). These guys used my own inherent greed against me.

    That’s why a lot of people get caught – that’s why these guys are still operating. They will continue operating. Lesson learned.

    Hi Lisa,

    I’m in Japan right now in a business trip but I can shipp it to Cape Town. The transaction will be closed only through a 3rd party and this way we will both be protected. I decided to use the Vehicle Purchase Protection Program offered by eBay Inc. They handle all the paperwork and collection of selling price, and will hold the payment until you verify the vehicle is as described and want to keep it. I have already enrolled and paid all the necessary fees.
    To begin the transaction I’ll need your full name and shipping address (with no further obligation to buy it or fees).

    Look how the program work:

    1. I will forward the details of our transaction to the eBay Security Program.
    2. They will process the paperwork and will email you the Payment Invoice and the transaction details.
    3. You will have to submit the payment, as instructed to one of the eBay agents.
    4. The payment will be verified and if everything is OK, I will ship the vehicle to your place on my cost. The vehicle will be shipped insured to your location with DAS ( Dependable Auto Shippers ).
    5. After you receive it, you will have 7 days to inspect and test drive the vehicle .
    6. If you accept the vehicle by confirming to eBay, they will send me the payment for the vehicle . They will then FedEx overnight the signed title to you. If you decide to NOT accept the vehicle for any reason, they will refund your full payment price within 48 hours. They will then make the necessary arrangement to have the vehicle picked back up by the transport company.

    Please let me know your position, I have many potential buyers for the vehicle .

    Best regards,
    Matt Celimber

    On Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:56 PM, celimber

  249. Received exact same reply as Kevin on 3/11/09 when I emailed a craigslist ad re: 2003 Honda Accord. Same description, situation, photos were sent w/message, exact wording and same name-Sgt James J Badgett.

    So glad found this site… almost fell for that scam & no $$ to lose!! BTW the military does not ship free, even for officers. If something is shipped by military it takes at least 30 days…my reply said I would have the car in 4 days. I would think the military w/not want scammers posing as their force & get involved in tracking this scammer???

  250. I am very glad I found this scam info. website I too was tempted by one of the to good to be true deals. The ad for this car originated on autotrader.com.
    Linda Mulen, the email address she used is lindamuhlen101.msn.com.

    Here are the emails from my scammer:

    Hi, the car is still available. 2005 Black Acura RL‏. It’s in excellent shape inside-out, no smoked in, never been in an accident. I’m the owner, I have a clear title for it.There are no marks on the leather and the carpets do not have the typical mom-mobile cool-aid stains. Still under warranty.This vehicle runs and drive as good as a new one.Transmission is in perfect condition and it shifts perfect! There is no leaks.
    I want $4,500 for the car and the reason I’m selling for so low is because
    it’s the only asset I have that can be turned fast into cash.
    Unfortunately, I’m on a business trip right now so I can only sell you the
    car through an escrow company.
    I can probably pay for shipping but I just need your zip code to make sure.
    Let me know if you’re still interested in buying my car.
    Linda

    I then asked her where the car was located and if I could come in person to look at it before deciding whether to buy it or not. Here is her answer:

    Hi,
    I’m still on the trip, I just have a very tight schedule, but it will clear up a little over the next week. I’m in a business with Shell Oil Co.(our truck is contracted out to Shell and Taylor Transport)
    The car is in Florida, in the shipping warehouse, (is already on the container complete with keys, title, service records and original manuals. I can ship to Iowa at my expense and provide a pre-purchase 150-point inspection report done by a professional inspector and a 5-day inspection period.
    In order for both of us to be protected we’ll go through eBay VPP.
    – I will need your full name, shipping address and phone# to register you as buyer with them.
    -eBay will process the info, and send you the invoice with the transaction details.
    – you send the money to eBay. They keep the payment secured in their bank account.
    – After they secure your payment, they will instruct me to begin shipping you the car w/ documents. Shipping will take within 24-48 hours.
    Once I’ll start the delivery, the shipping company will confirm you the exactly day and hour when the car arrive, you will have the tracking number, so you can check online the status of the delivery.
    – You will receive the vehicle with all the documents for a 5-day inspection
    period. After the inspection period ends, if there are issues with the car, they will send you a full refund within 3 business days. In this case, you will ship the car back to me at my expense.
    If all is good with the car, which I’m sure it will, and you want to keep it, you will have to give approval to eBay to release the payment to me.
    If we have a deal, please reply with your full name, shipping address and phone # so I can get the ball rolling with eBay.
    Thank you, Linda

    I know many of you have said US authorities don’t have much recourse, but is there any one that we should report this to?

  251. Glad I found you guys. Just ran into a scammer with a similar sort of email. Said that she’s selling her TL cheap because her husband just recently died in Iraq. Struck me emotionally for a split second, but I then proceeded to ask for the eBay link of this car and then she responded back insisting that I provide her with my mailing address.

    Hello again,

    The car is located in Arcadia,FL at the shipping company (i just moved here with my new job),like i told we will use eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection,so we can both be protected and insured.The price for the car is $4,500 with shipping included. I just need your full name and full address so eBay can send you the invoice in which you`ll see how to make this transaction.The shipping is free i will take care of it and i will send the car with all the papers( vehicle registration, warranty papers,transfer papers etc ) i am just waiting your full name and address to complete the shipping papers and start the delivery process.
    Regards,
    Helen Bullock
    Vehicle Description:

    2005 Acura TL w Navigation
    Pearl White with Gray Interior (very rare color combo)
    5 speed Shiftable Automatic
    70,400 Highway miles
    Mint shape, no accidents, ZERO problems, always dealer serviced at Bedford Hills Acura, I have all receipts
    Has new Cooper tires and brakes,

    Has all the standard options plus

    • Navigation System with XM/Sirius Satellite Radio
    • Professionally Tinted Windows w/ lifetime warranty
    • DEI Viper Alarm and Remote Starter
    • Integrated I pod / MP3 Player Adapter

    White Diamond Pearl with Gray Interior – VERY RARE!
    Mileage: 70400 Body type: Sedan
    Transmission: Automatic
    Engine: 6
    Interior color: Gray
    Year: 2005
    Condition: Used
    Fuel type: Gasoline Exterior color: White

  252. So is this a scam?

    Hello,

    Thanks for being interested in buying my sleds trailer (2005 Ski Doo MXZ X and MXZ Adrenaline 600 SDI w/Trailer).
    The machines are in a good condition, no scratches, no damage, never been implicated in any accidents, no problems at the engine, run perfect.
    They come with all documents necessary for registration and they can be registered in your name without any problem.
    The price is not negotiable $5,500.00 firm(the price may be a little low but it seems fair to me).
    Reason for selling is that I have divorced my husband and after the divorce I own this sleds and the trailer.
    I have no use for them because I won’t be sledding since my work schedule changed… We will use only eBay Vehicle Purchase Program to complete the sale and the sleds will be shipped at my expense form Victoria, Canada.

    If you are interested email me your full name and shipping address in order to proceed.

    Kind Regards,
    Lisa

    Please someone tell me, before i get to far

  253. Latest scam on Craigslist

    Hi there,
    Thank you for contacting me regarding my volvo. The the suv is in perfect condition,has never been involved in any accidents.The suv has a clean tittle. The volvo is in New Oxford,PA. If you can`t come here the suv can be shipped. The suv has 91.000 miles and has an third row seating, for 7 passenger
    I am devastated that I have to sell it but i really need money very fast for my sister because she is in hospital. Tell me if there is anything else you would like to know about my suv. The last price for this beautiful suv is $4000. Reply if your a serious buyer.
    Regards

    Possible scammer -> John Kinnely ([email protected])

  254. From craigs listing…
    [email protected]

    04 Chevrolet Silverado Truck CK2500 4×4 Crew Cab ($ 4598)

    Hi again,

    The truck is already at the shipping company in Rancho Sanat Fe, CA ready for the shipping.The shipping will take 3-5 days. I will pay all the shipping fees and insurance for the transport.

    This is how it works:
    1. If you want to start with the deal i need this information from you:
    – Full Name
    – Full Shipping Address
    2. After I receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.
    3. After they process your info, they will send us both invoices. The invoice will give you all the details on how to make a refundable payment.
    4. eBay will contact me and I will ship the truck to you. After you receive the truck you will have 7 days to test it, verify it and do whatever you need to do. If you decide to keep it I will receive the payment details from eBay in order to pick up the money.
    5. If you decide not to buy the truck, eBay will refund you the money and I will have the shipping company come pick up my truck. If you wish to make the transaction, please send me the necessary info to proceed. I look forward to hear from you.

    Thank you,

  255. From an Atlanta craigslist ad. Interesting cause it did a combination thing using vFlyer for the actual pictures and contact, not through craigslist itself. Also provided a VIN that was for a vehicle that matched the make, model, year, color and mileage, but was in another state, and had a new title only month ago. I’m assuming it got sold from a used car lot, the person waited one month, and is posting an already sold car. But that’s all speculation. Email on it was [email protected]
    ———————————–

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, been real busy with work.
    I think I covered everything in my ad, but again this is a 1999 Honda Civic EX, with clear title, 128,250 miles on it, 4 Cylinder 1.6 L engine and manual transmission. Very clean inside and out. The price I want for it is $890. I took an exceptional care of this vehicle and the buyer of the car will be very happy with it. The VIN is 1hgej8144xl005179.

    View pics here : http://www.slide.com/r/XO-QFvo0yz8-WkPMKMGSe57Fxc8WIrgs?previous_view=mscd_embedded_url&view=original

    The transaction will be closed only through a 3rd party and this way we will both be protected. My time is limited due to my job, so I decided to use the Vehicle Purchase Protection Program offered by eBay Inc. They handle all the paperwork and collection of selling price, and will hold the payment until you verify the civic is as described and want to keep it. I have already enrolled and paid all the ne cessary fees. To begin the transaction I’ll need your full name and shipping address.

    Look how the program work:

    1. I will forward the details of our transaction to the eBay Security Program.
    2. They will process the paperwork and will email you the Payment Invoice and the transaction details.
    3. You will have to submit the payment, as instructed to one of the eBay agents.
    4. The payment will be verified and if everything is OK, I will ship the car to your place on my cost.
    5. After you receive it, you will have 5 days to inspect and test drive the car.
    6. If you accept the vehicle by confirming to eBay, they will send me the payment for the car. They
    will then FedEx overnight the signed title to you. If you decide to NOT accept the vehicle for any
    reason, they will refund your full payment price within 48 hours. They will then make the necessary
    arrangement to have the car picked back up by the vehicle transport company.
    Please let me know your position, I have many potential buyers for the car.

    P.S : Please don’t forget to send your full name and shipping address if you are interested to buy so I can open a transaction at eBay for our sale.

    thank you

  256. Same scam with a 2007 Lexus RX 350, a guy by the name of Andrew Moore:

    VIN: 2T2HK31U37C007388 and the price is $14,600. The car is located in Idaho at a shipping and storage company. You’ll receive the car papers along with the car including the title! The car is already included into eBay program and I will declare you the winning buyer based on the best offer option! In order to move forward I will need the following info from you so I can set up a new transaction case through eBay:
    ——————————————–
    The pictures of the car are in the attachment! To give you a pertinent explanation of the under market price of the car all I can say is that I’m ruined… this crisis eat me alive and I’ve lost almost everything. I desperately need some money so that is the reason for selling the car. Today I’ll put myself on a plane to Dubai, UAE because we need to renegotiate a contract with one of our business partners, I don’t know how long it’ll take. Because my work requires a lot of traveling, I made sure that the car is ready to be shipped as soon as I find a buyer for it. The price already includes the shipping fees. Giving the nature of this transaction please note that my sale terms are final and non-negotiable.

    The transaction will be made through eBay for the safety of both of us and because a company needs to be used for a this sale. I’ve already included the car into eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection, so I will sell it only through this program because it is the safest way to complete a online car sale. This way, you will be able to inspect the vehicle before any money reach me and on the other hand I am sure I have a serious buyer.

    Here is how the process works:

    – you give me your shipping address so I start the transaction on eBay Motors and then to use it for shipping
    – they review and accept our transaction and provide you with the payment instructions,
    – you make the payment to eBay Motors VPP,
    – they give me the confirmation that they received your payment to them and I start the shipping,
    – you receive the vehicle and inspect it,
    – you tell them that you want to keep the vehicle and only then they send the money to me.

    All car’s documents are in the glovebox and you’ll receive them along with the car. eBay Motors will hold the money until the car is delivered to you. You will have 5 business days for inspection. If the car is not like described you will have to ship it back at the end of the 5 business days on my expense and have your money back from eBay Motors VPP.

    In order to move forward I will need your full name and shipping address.

    eBay will get in touch with you with further details and instructions.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

  257. Reporting these people does nothing. Do what they do. Waste their time. Use a different email and jump em through hoops. Google 419 scam, scambaiters and something like that.You’ll get the idea. . Have some fun. How about this. Send them an 8mb picture with their name in BCC 100 times. DONT EVER USE YOUR REAL EMAIL OR NAME
    Good luck,
    Jack Mehoff

  258. I am so upset and happy also. I was on Craigslist looking for a car for my daughter. I ran accross a 1999 Toyota Camry for $1800. I emailed the sales party and was told the exact same thing I need your information to set up EBay VPP. I did not feel right because (Erica) who says that she works as a dealer on a ship did not call me as I requested several times. Thank god for the website because I was about to send my $1800 for the car. I just emailed her telling her I want out of the deal because it is to risky she has not emailed me yet today. Usually she would respond ASAP.

  259. Found this ad on autotrader.com here is the ad and then the emails from Ryan Dalsen. I’ve never purchased a car online before and keep telling myself it’s too good to be true. Finally did some research and came across this site. I hope someone has some good advice for me! Received emails from Ebay since he’s a member of the Buyper protection program, again never purchased a vehicle online before so I don’t know how reputable it is.

    VEHICLE INFORMATION
    > Make: Toyota
    > Model: RAV4
    > Year: 2006
    > Price: 4500
    > Mileage: 35200
    > Body Style: Sport Utility
    > Color: White
    > Cylinders: 6 Cylinder
    > Transmission: Automatic
    > Doors: Four Door
    > Description: This is a Very Nice, One FL Owner 2006 Toyota Rav4, with a Clean Car Carfax. This Rav4 was a New Car Trade-In at our BMW/Dealership. Exterior is in Excellent Condition with No Dings, No Dents, No Accidents. Interior is also in Excellent Condition. A Very Well Cared For Vehicle. Looks like a New One. Tires have about 100 percent tread life remaining. This vehicle has been inspected and serviced by our BMW dealership service department. Note: Warranty Info: Factory Warranty has 2 years and 2 Months or 25,611 miles remaining whichever comes first. This is a Very Nice Toyota Rav4. New Owner will be Very Happy!!
    ————————————————
    This is the reply I got when I inquired if the car was really selling at the quoted price?

    Hey,

    I am selling this car because my unit will be sent back to Iraq.I have no use for the car anyway,due to my job.The price is low because I need to sell it before Apr 03. The car is in great condition and runs great. I have a clean title ready to be signed. The car has no electrical or mechanical problems.It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad .The car is in Billings, MT; in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.

    2006 Toyota RAV4

    Mileage: 35200 miles

    Inspection: Inspected

    Vehicle Title: Clear

    Condition: Used

    Transmission: Automatic

    Fuel type: Gasoline

    Engine: 6 – Cyl
    Price:$4500

    Thanks,

    Ryan
    ————————————————-
    The reply when I asked for the VIN number. I carfaxed and it came back clean???

    Hey,
    Thank for your reply.Here is the vin number:JTMZD33VX66010643.I will ship it with DAS. I think I can have it there in 5-7 working days. I will take care of the shipping charges as I told you in my first email. It will come with a clear title. I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will get a 3 days testing period after delivery. During that 3 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested so I can ask eBay to send you the details on this deal. If interested please include in your next email your contact info for eBay (name, address and phone number), so we can get the ball rolling.
    Thanks,
    Ryan

  260. wooow…I’m so thankful for this information.. i was speaking to a lady from CA. She was selling me a car for $990,it was a 2000 Honda accord ex.i seen the a on Craigslist. funny once i replied she deleted the ad come to think about it. her email address was [email protected] invoice i got from ebay looked so legit and i let my happiness get in the way of my rational thinking. I personally thank the cashiers on Clinton St,Brooklyn,NY because of them begging me not to send it i didn’t.They even went as far as showing me other people money grams with people who sent money for a car, laptops.The guy who cashed it Used a fake ID and a fake social security card.please don’t be fooled.If you don’t get a hand to hand trade don’t buy it!!.
    thank you

  261. I received this 3/30/09. Another scam from Craigs list. I answered the ad and he wrote.
    Lt. Jack Williams wrote:
    > The truck is at MacDill AFB Tampa Bay, FL, where I am currently stationed, until April 9th, when I will be deployed to Iraq (I’m a US AirForce Lieutenant). This is why I must sell it before that date. Shipping won’t be a problem for me,being a military I have access to some special facilities. I will take care of that, with no costs on your end. It will come with all the necessary papers (clear title, bill of sale, warranty documents, user’s manual,insurance etc). The title is clear and you will be able to register the car in your state without any problems.This is a large amount and I would like to conduct the deal using an authorized third party like Ebay using their Purchase Protection Program, so this should eliminate any trust issues. They will keep a deposit until the purchase is final, and you test and accept the truck. If you will not get the truck as described, and also a clean title you will receive your money back.
    > To be able to use this program you need to qualify. I have been approved 3 years ago and I was very satisfied. So, if you are interested in buying my truck just let me know your name and shipping address. I will forward these to eBay’s protection program and wait for the approval.
    > The ad generated a great deal of interest and people have been calling me non stop and the phone line was down for a while.
    >
    > Thank you,
    > Lt. Jack Williams

  262. ebays Vehicle Protection Program itself is a scam wonder why in the world anyone depend on Vehicle Protection Program even if it was through ebay.

  263. Just saw a similar scam on 2004 Jeep. Same deal almost the same wording. Two things that tipped me off were no military ID on windsheild and no licence plate on vehilcle.

  264. My brother replied to the same ad from Lt. Jack Williams above & every time he replied to the ad, it got deleted from Craigslist. He was in Alabama & it was posted as being from Florida. He saw it posted on 2 different sites in Alabama & it disappeared every time he answered the ad. It would only be up for 2 days. The phone number that “Jack” gave always said, Not Available. We live in Florida & was going to look at the vehicle for him, but no calls or emails were every returned when we told him we wanted to see the vehicle personally.

  265. I found another one about a 2004 ford F150 with 72k miles and they only wanted $4,300. They had the truck posted for my area and then they said there from out east and to use the E Bay Protection Program. This is the e mail I received from them: I am a single mother with two little kids and i need money very fast because i am about to lose my house if i don’t pay the mortgage ASAP. This is why i am selling the truck so cheap.

    BUY IT NOW for $4300 because i want to close a quick and smooth deal with a serious person. About the shipping i can tell you that will be done through DAS and it will take no more than 3 days. The truck will be insured at the shipping company for the transport and the shipping cost is free because my brother work’s at the shipping company and he has 1 transportation per year for free. If you are still interested please reply me asap.
    73k miles
    Thanks

    Then they cam back with a second email: If you can come to Massachusetts today or tomorrow to meet me and make the deal it will be great, if you cant we can do it this way :
    My brother work’s at the shipping company and has one transportation per year for free ,The truck will be shipped on my expanse, and will be at your door in 2 max 3 days.
    If you want to continue, please send me your full name and your shipping address so that I will let eBay Protection Program know that you are interested . You will receive an email from them instructing you about how to send payment and they’ll release the funds to me only after you receive and inspect the truck. I think that this is a fair way to make business and I hope that you will agree. I don’t touch your money until you receive and inspect the truck. Also, I have to let you know that I want the payment prior shipping since I will ship it in the same day or next days the payment is complete .For the moment I can only accept a wire transfer as a payment method and the fastest is Money Gram. Also you have nothing to worry about because this deal will be done in a secure way if you prefer.
    In case you will not receive the truck as i described to you, eBay will refund you with 100% from the whole amount which you paid to the eBay agent. Even in case you will not receive the truck , they will refund you the money. But this is not the case. You will send the money to eBay Protection Program . I will not see any money until you get the truck. After you receive and see that the truck is the one you want you need to send your approval to eBay so they can release my money .
    Let me know if this is ok with you so we can move forward with this deal!
    Regards!

    LOOK OUT PEOPLE, Some people just want to scam you and they do not care who they do it to.

  266. Wow, i almost got scammed! This was for an Audi A4 for $2900, reading all this, i think it’s a scam.
    Her name: Norma Euton ([email protected])

    Hi,

    First, a few words about the car: it is in excellent working condition, no mechanical problems, no scratches, flaws or any kind of damage and comes with a clear title. It was always garaged and hasn’t been involved in an accident. I have all service records for it. The final price is $2,900 including shipping&handling. The price is low because I’m looking for a quick cash sale; I am not selling this car for profit or due to lack of money. My husband died 3 months ago and I decided along with my daughter to sell the house and move to my sister. The financial part of this transaction will be provided by eBay through their Vehicle Purchase Protection Program. I used the vpp program in the past and all my transaction ended succesfully. I want a fast and safe transaction for both of us, so please let me know if you have the funds available and wish to explain you the payment and shipping process.

    Regards

    ————————————————-
    Second e-mail after i answerd her
    ————————————————-
    Hi,

    I want to inform you that the car is already at the shipping company in San Marino, CA sealed and ready for the shipping. I will ship it for free and you’ll have a 5 days testing period. I’m very busy with my job and I’m out of town and that’s why I choose to sell the car over the internet. The car isn’t listed on ebay; we will only use the eBay’s escrow service and we do not need to be registered, because this service is free. I will open the case there and after they will process your info, they will send us both invoices. In the invoice ebay will send you the details on how to make a refundable payment. This transaction is covered by eBay’s Vehicle Protection Program up to 10,000 USD and if something goes wrong you will be fully refunded. I already registered the car in the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program. You will transfer the money to ebay and they will hold it until you’ll receive and inspect the car. ONLY AFTER you’ll receive and inspect the car ebay will release the payment to me; meanwhile they will hold the money into a trust account. This way we are both protected: I will know that I have a serious buyer who has the money to pay me and you will be able to see and inspect the car before buying it. If you are really interested in purchasing the car please send me your full name, shipping address and your phone number. Ebay will give you all the details regarding the shipping and payment.

    Regards

  267. found a guy on craigslist that was selling a 2007 yamaha grizzly 700 for $4800. His misteak was he said it was the special edition, which in 2007 was a silver color. The pictures on craigslist were of the 2009 special edition, which was red. I also have been searching on e-bay and saw an as with the same exact pictures from a licensed dealer! Same crap as the others: he will ship it for free from Oregon to Atlanta because he is about to deploy to iraq. Red flags were everywhere and I thank God that I saw them before it was too late. This guy’s e-mail is [email protected] watch out for this scumbag, he almost got me!

  268. Yeah guys, I just stumple over a great deal on a MB-SLK 55 AMG for 16,800 and when I said that was too much I’m willing to pay 9000 for it, he immediately accepted my offer without any hesitation lol How sick was that, I that I was the scammer haha made me feel bad for a sec there. But anyways, thanks to this site, I now know that he is a scammer because he would not provide me his phone number and when i insist on speaking with him over the phone, he got really upset and gave me an attitude so right then I felt something was fishy about this guy. His name is Jake and his email address is jtaylor1969 so be aware of mr. Jake the snake. Oh and yeah they all say they are very busy becuase they are on a business trip, Jake is in Thailand landies and gentlemen… So if you want to meet up with Jake, you have to book a flight to Thailand. Yeah am very happy right now becuase thanks to this site and all the posts, I love you guys, thank you, you guys save me a lot of heart-ache and time. Thank you guys.

  269. I think I ran into the same thing. (I will feel horrible if this is not a scam, but it hasn’t felt right since I first saw the ad.) I saw the ad on boattrader.com for a 2007 suntracker pontoon boat for 4K. That is way too low. Seller supposed to be in Irving. So, I did the contact seller thing and asked if the boat was still available and if the price was really 4K. (Thought perhaps it was a typo and really should have been $14,000.) About 30 minutes after I sent the message, I went back to look at the boat and the listing was no longer there… At first I just figured that it had been such a steal of a deal that it had already been sold.

    I received this reply a day or so later:
    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in purchasing my boat. The boat is in perfect condition – like new! If you decide to buy it, you’ll receive all the papers, owner manual, keys, a buy-sell contract already signed by me and the clear title. For this transaction I want to use ebay because I want to provide you a fast and very secure way. They will handle the transaction for me. You will make the payment to ebay and they will hold the money until you receive and inspect the boat. ONLY AFTER you receive the boat and you inspect it (you have 5 days for inspection) ebay will release the payment to me. The inspection time period will begin as soon as you receive the boat at your address. Meanwhile eBay will hold the money into a trust account. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the boat before you decide to buy it. This way we are both protected : i will know that i have a serious buyer who has the money to pay me and you will be able to see and inspect the boat before buying it .
    The final price is $ 4,000 with shipping costs and insurance included. The price is low because I want to sell the boat very quickly. My husband died in Iraq 3 months ago and I along with my daughter decided to sell the house and move to my sister. I can’t afford to take days off my work for this sale so i’m trying to sell it online.
    If you are really interested in purchasing the boat please send me your full name, shipping address and your phone number. Ebay will give you all the details regarding the shipping and payment.

    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.

    Regards!

    SXXXXX CXXXX (Name removed in case it isn’t a scam.)

    P.S. : The pictures i have taken for this sale are below . Please take a closer look before you decide .

    ***********************
    It didn’t feel right, so I waited a few days and sent this reply back this morning hoping that if it was a scam, they would get the hint that I had figured it out, or if it was not a scam, they would feel like I was still interested.

    This was the email I sent this morning:

    I am very sorry to hear about your husband.

    I don’t know if this arrangement will work out as I was looking for boats for my father. He does not use the internet, so he would have to speak with someone over the phone before he would put any money up. My husband is checking with him today to see if there is any way he would purchase a boat before testing it out.

    I’ve used eBay a lot and I have never heard of them holding money. I’ll need to do some research on this. Do you have the boat listed on eBay as well?

    Also, why was the boat removed from boat trader?

    I should have an answer soon on if my father would be interested in this deal. If so, I will provide you with his info.

    ************************
    I have sent an email to boattrader asking if they know why the ad was removed. I copied the reply I got from the seller and asked if they thought it was a reply.

  270. I just received the following reply. Now I know it is a scam. Email is from Sheila Cruz [[email protected]]

    *********
    Hello again,
    The boat is at eBay’s shipping center in San Jose,CA and from there it will be shipped to my buyer’s address. The boat was listed for sale in an auction on eBay but I have removed the add because of some ‘serious’ buyers . They promissed they will buy the boat from me but they proved not to have the money to pay for it .I have registered the boat with eBay’s Vehicle Protection Program and they work only with das auto shippers, so a local pick-up is not an option.This transaction is covered by ebay’s purchase protection program up to 50,000 USD and if something goes wrong in this transaction you will be fully refunded. In the invoice you will have the details on how to make a refundable payment and shipping back the boat will be my concern. I strongly assure you it will not be the case for a refund. I have used the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection in the past and all my transaction ended succesfully. You pay to eBay and they will transfer the funds to me only after you get the boat. Shipping will be door to door, to your home address, somebody must be home when the boat arrives.
    If you wish to proceed with the purchase, please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay right away.
    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

  271. Looks like Anne Carter is the curent name being used. Saw an ad on Kijiji about a 2004 Ford F150 4X4.

  272. Same Craigslist scam but new name…Samantha Dudek ([email protected])
    2005 Yukon Denali
    VIN#1GKEK63U75J64050

    eBay Agent
    Jerome Hoelscher (no such person)
    19870 Hillshire Rd. (no such area in MO.)
    Marthasville,MO. 63357

  273. David Schumann wrote:
    > Hello and sorry for the late reply. I hope you haven’t already purchased another car. I saw that you are interested in my 2007 Mini Cooper S. It is superb, garage kept, like new (23,041 miles), automatic transmission, 33 – 35 mpg with a Turbo charged 1.6 liter engine which is fun to drive, no scratch, rust free, it hasn’t been involved in any accident. This is one of the best cars I have owned so far, the interior looks great (never smoked in, no pets etc). It has Black Leatherette seats, heated. Heated mirrors, moonroof, air conditioning.
    >
    > The car has a clean and clear title. I need this car to be sold before April 24-th and I believe $3,800 is more than a fair price considering everything it has. Just contact me back if you are interested in buying it.
    Hello again,
    The car is at Minot AFB, North Dakota, where I am currently stationed, until April 24th, when I will be deployed to Iraq (I’m a US AirForce Lieutenant). This is why I must sell it before that date. Shipping won’t be a problem for me, being a military I have access to some special facilities. I will take care of that, with no costs on your end. It will be as if purchased locally. The car will come with all the necessary papers (clear title, bill of sale, warranty documents, user’s manual,insurance etc). The title is clear and you will be able to register the car in your state without any problems. This is a large amount and I would like to conduct the deal using an authorized third party like eBay using their Purchase Protection Program, so this should eliminate any trust issues. They will keep a deposit until the purchase is final, and you test and accept the car. If you will not get the car as described, and also a clean title you will receive your money back.

    In order to use this program you need to qualify. I have been approved 3 years ago and I’ve been very satisfied since then. So, if you are interested in buying my Mini Cooper S just let me know your full name and shipping address. I will forward these to eBay’s protection program and wait for the approval.

    Sincerely,
    Lt. David Schumann

  274. wow …. this is great website

    guys check this out ….same old story continue..

    be aware of this , i almost ended giving my home address…. and thx god i did not do any transactions …..

    BE AWARE its fakeeeeee

    Hello,

    You have to know that the 2005 Toyota Corolla CE I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 19,300 miles. The VIN# is 2T1BR32E95C440305.This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.

    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s565.photobucket.com/albums/ss96/toyotacorolla05nice/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

    I am located in Madrid,Spain and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Spain. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2900. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you and have a nice day,
    Lt. Sean Brendan

  275. Below had me going until I noticed Quebec and great price for an 06 Mini Cooper S. He sent me the VIN and I tracked the car to an Illiois dealer…IT IS SITTING ON THE LOT. I continued with communication even going so far as to ask him to take to a BMW dealer of my choice in Quebec…I would then confirm with dealer of car in his hands. Thus, he will not answer me now. I keep leading him on and turned over to FBI buddy of mine.

    > Hello there,
    > Thanks for your email !
    >
    > First of all I would like to tell you that I`m located in Quebec, Canada as I recently moved here. I received a good job here and along with the job I received a new car. I have no use for the vehicle anymore so I am forced to sell it below the market value. The full price is $4,950.00 US dollars with shipping included to your location. The car was mainly used as our second vehicle and was driven very little. The price is so low because I need to sell it fast, my new company car will arrive in a few days and I need the space. The biggest offer I got from a local dealer here in Canada was $3,000, they said they cannot offer me more for a US registered car.
    > I have a clean title ready to be signed. The car has no electrical or mechanical problems, never been involved in any kind of accidents. For our protection we can use eBay Motors to complete the transaction. The deal will go strictly according to eBay rules and policy. I want you to know that I’ll handle the shipping, so this will be free of charge for you. We will use eBay Motors to manage the payment because it is the safest way for both of us and also you will have 10 days to inspect the car before I receive the money. Also, a refund policy will be included.In order to start the official transaction.

  276. hey, thanks so much for making this website i think i got scammed by a lady named jennifer, selling a 2007 toyota camry, she said she wanted to use the ebay protection program. but then when i went to see how that worked i ran acroosss this website. The emails posted on here are just like the ones i recived i learned if its too good to be true it is.

  277. A guy by the name of Michael Coffey (alias)His email address is [email protected] is advertising a 2008 LX570 Lexus for a low price of $16,000 The car is in New Jersey (so he say’s) He say’s he is moving to London U.K. soon (and is there right now)He say’s he can’t import the car there because the car of the being a left hand drive. All his email’s are exactly like the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ones you have posted on this site to a tee!! I am going to contact the paper, which I don’t think they can do much except maybe alert people that if if sounds to good to be true it is. So buyer beware of this scam!!

  278. This was in regards to a 2007 mini cooper s.

    Hello and sorry for the late reply. I hope you haven’t already purchased another car. I saw that you are interested in my 2007 Mini Cooper S. It is superb, garage kept, like new (23,041 miles), automatic transmission, 33 – 35 mpg with a Turbo charged 1.6 liter engine which is fun to drive, no scratch, rust free, it hasn’t been involved in any accident. This is one of the best cars I have owned so far, the interior looks great (never smoked in, no pets etc). It has Black Leatherette seats, heated. Heated mirrors, moonroof, air conditioning.

    The car has a clean and clear title. I need this car to be sold before April 24-th and I believe $3,800 is more than a fair price considering everything it has. Just contact me back if you are interested in buying it.

    Some of the car can be seen here: http://s720.photobucket.com/albums/ww205/davidsch111/mini/

    Thank you,
    Lt. David Schumann

    After conversing back with him and telling him I’m interrested…

    From: Lt. David Schumann
    Hello again,
    The car is at Minot AFB, North Dakota, where I am currently stationed, until April 24th, when I will be deployed to Iraq (I’m a US AirForce Lieutenant). This is why I must sell it before that date. Shipping won’t be a problem for me, being a military I have access to some special facilities. I will take care of that, with no costs on your end. It will be as if purchased locally. The car will come with all the necessary papers (clear title, bill of sale, warranty documents, user’s manual,insurance etc). The title is clear and you will be able to register the car in your state without any problems. This is a large amount and I would like to conduct the deal using an authorized third party like eBay using their Purchase Protection Program, so this should eliminate any trust issues. They will keep a deposit until the purchase is final, and you test and accept the car. If you will not get the car as described, and also a clean title you will receive your money back.

    In order to use this program you need to qualify. I have been approved 3 years ago and I’ve been very satisfied since then. So, if you are interested in buying my Mini Cooper S just let me know your full name and shipping address. I will forward these to eBay’s protection program and wait for the approval.

    The VIN number for the car is: WMWMF73577TV31654

    Sincerely,
    Lt. David Schumann

    He’s a SCAMMER! Beware!!!

  279. Almost happened to me as well.
    Seller/Scammer: Theresa Powers [email protected]
    Item 2003 Sundowner Horse Trailer for $2500
    Reason: Husband died in Iraq (I wonder what side he was fighting on?)
    Trailer registered with Ebay’s VPP

    Everything just about identical to the posts above.

  280. Hello again,
    The car is at Minot AFB, North Dakota, where I am currently stationed, until May 5-th, when I will be deployed to Iraq (I’m a US AirForce Lieutenant). This is why I must sell it before that date. Shipping won’t be a problem for me, being a military I have access to some special facilities. I will take care of that, with no costs on your end. It will be as if purchased locally. The truck will come with all the necessary papers (clear title, bill of sale, warranty documents, user’s manual,insurance etc). The title is clear and you will be able to register the car in your state without any problems. The vin number for the car is: 3TMKU72N75M002346

    This is a large amount and I would like to conduct the deal using an authorized third party like eBay using their Purchase Protection Program, for a more secure transaction. The payment will be done to an eBay agent and after you receive and inspect the truck, the money will be released to me. The transaction will be fully under eBay’s surveillance, giving us both security and insurance that nothing will go wrong. They are acting like a third party in this transaction. When the truck arrives you have 5 days to see and test it which way you like. Within this period you have to decide if you purchase it or not.
    If you decide to take it you will have to contact ebay and let them know that so that they can release the payment to me. If you won’t like it you will have to ship it back to me within the 5 days and ebay will refund you. The shipping back will be done on my own expense.

    In order to use this program you need to qualify. I have been approved 3 years ago and I’ve been very satisfied since then. So, if you are interested in buying my 2005 Toyota Tacoma just let me know your full name and shipping address. I will forward these to eBay’s protection program and wait for the approval.

    Thank you,
    Lt. Anthony Scott

  281. I just went threw this. I didnt give the guy any financial information but he had this going on for a while and for some reason im an idiot and beleve him. he repededly asked for my name, address and phone number so he could begin setting up the ebay protect program and we could get the car shipped, but once i asked him for all his info and the VIn number of the car ect. i never heard from him. Now theres a stranger, with my name address, and he probly knows im young because my grandparents are buying me the car. so its a little scary.

  282. Hello again,The truck is at Minot AFB, North Dakota, where I am currently stationed, until May 5-th, when I will be deployed to Iraq (I’m a US AirForce Lieutenant). This is why I must sell it before that date. Shipping won’t be a problem for me, being a military I have access to some special facilities. I will take care of that, with no costs on your end. It will be as if purchased locally. The truck will come with all the necessary papers (clear title, bill of sale, warranty documents, user’s manual,insurance etc). The title is clear and you will be able to register the truck in your state without any problems. The vin number for the truck is: 3TMKU72N75M002346 This is a large amount and I would like to conduct the deal using an authorized third party like eBay using their Purchase Protection Program, for a more secure transaction. The payment will be done to an eBay agent and after you receive and inspect the truck, the money will be released to me. The transaction will be fully under eBay’s surveillance, giving us both security and insurance that nothing will go wrong. They are acting like a third party in this transaction. When the truck arrives you have 5 days to see and test it which way you like. Within this period you have to decide if you purchase it or not.If you decide to take it you will have to contact ebay and let them know that so that they can release the payment to me. If you won’t like it you will have to ship it back to me within the 5 days and ebay will refund you. The shipping back will be done on my own expense. In order to use this program you need to qualify. I have been approved 3 years ago and I’ve been very satisfied since then. So, if you are interested in buying my 2005 Toyota Tacoma just let me know your full name and shipping address. I will forward these to eBay’s protection program and wait for the approval. Thank you,Lt. Anthony Scott

  283. Hello again,
    The car is at Holloman AFB in Alamogordo, NM, where I am currently
    stationed, until May 10th, when I will be deployed to Afghanistan (I’m a US
    AirForce Lieutenant). This is why I must sell it before that date.
    Shipping won’t be a problem for me,being a military I have access to some
    special facilities. I will take care of that, with no costs on your end.
    This is a large amount and I would like to conduct the deal using an
    authorized third party like Ebay using their Purchase Protection
    Program, so this should eliminate any trust issues. They will keep a deposit
    until the purchase is final, and you test and accept the car. If you
    will not get the car as described, and also a clean title you will
    receive your money back.
    To be able to use this program you need to qualify. I had been approved
    3 years ago and I was very satisfied. So, if you are interested in
    buying my car just let me know your name and shipping address.
    . I will forward these to eBay’s protection program and wait for the
    approval. The price is $5200. The vehicle is manual and it is 6 cylinder.

    Here you have the pics: http://202.75.35.205/images/wrgwk7ndnac1x

    The car has 48,300 miles and it is in perfect condition.
    VIN: 1J4FA49S74P783568
    Thank you
    Lt. Atkinson, Allan D.

  284. This guy has this car listed as being in Hawaii on the Big Island, but when I said I would fly over to buy it he suddenly announced it wasn’t in Hawaii. He using the email address
    Toni Scott

    If it’s too good to be true……

    I listed my add in your state, because I’m looking for a quick deal. The distance isn’t a problem
    because my father works for the shipping company, so will help me with this.
    I know that is hard for you to buy a truck without test drive it. I thought about this and I choose the vehicle protection program, which allows you
    to test drive the truck for two days, until the transaction to be completed.
    The car is listed on eBay on a private bidding. In order for you to start this process I need you to follow this link
    http://vehicle-protected-program.com/Cars_Truckshash.item380234234367_trksidp4506.c0.m245_trkparma342fA1393A1243241308/Nice-Loaded-2005-Toyota-Tacoma_W0QQitemZ38324233893324QcmdZViewItemQQptZUS/
    and follow the steps. You have to click on “BUY it NOW!” button, then you have to complete the fields with your email, full name, address and phone number for the shipping company.
    After that you should check your email because ebay will contact you with all the details about shipping, payment and insurance.
    After you bid it for it, no other buyer would be able to buy it, and for this bidding will have access only persons that i will give them the ebay link.
    The shipping company will take care with all the paperwork, and it works through eBay vehicle protection program.
    Thanks and please let me know if you bid it on it.

  285. I’m kind of glad I ran into this website. I’m currently in the process of purchasing a vehicle from a party that is suggesting this eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program. The deal is hard to believe and that is exactly why I decided to research as much information as possible. Here is the information about the deal, tell me if it sounds like a scam:

    2005 BMW, under 11,000 miles. No scratches, dents, and is accident free. The seller claims to be going through a ‘bitter divorce’ and that is why he is selling the vehicle under the market value. The asking price is $7,299. His friend would drive the car up for me from South Carolina and I would have five days to inspect the car. We would split the cost of his friend driving it up, which is $400.

    Sound legit?

  286. Wow!! I was about to send the money tomorrow. I thought you cant loose with Ebay VPP..lol Wow scammers are getting good. Sad that they are preying on military members and claiming they are deploying to get rid of there car. I am a military member and trusted the integrity of another. Integrity first in the Air Force. Lt David Sadovski is my scammer. “david sadovski”

    A 2002 BMW 745I for $6300. I payed for my carfax and it was also not located where he said he was which was Cali, the car was in Texas. His emails started off very well spoken and on my military email account. after the first couple the emails started sounding foreign. Like the ones shown above. I will have to send them to my yahoo account to show everyone. Thank God for this website I was way to close to getting scammed.

    Here is one of the last emails he sent to my yahoo account:

    Owner 63983249: AutoTrader.com: Vehicle Lead 2002 BMW 745i
    Hello Joseph,

    Please tell me what is the status of your funds because i want to start the ship but i can’t because eBay told me that they don’t have received your fax with payment confirmation. But in case you have changed your mind please tell me.I will wait your email with your final answer(your payment) very soon.

    Thank you and have a great day.ASAP

    Here is what I recieved from ebay sent me:

    eBay sent this message to Joseph.
    Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay. Learn more.
    eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) – 2002 BMW 745i‏

    Dear Joseph, 2002 BMW 745i‏

    Price:$ 6,300.00
    Deposit: $2,000

    This vehicle is eligible for up to $20,000 in free Vehicle Purchase Protection

    In consideration of the sum of $ 6,300.00, Deposit: $2,000, inclusive of all sales taxes, David Sadowski as the Seller, sells and deliver to Joseph M. Jenkins as the Buyer, at the following delivery address: My address was here, United States. The following motor vehicle:

    Make Model Year
    BMW
    745i 2002

    Odometer Reading Body Type

    128023 Mileage Sedan

    The Buyer has been given the opportunity to inspect the Motor Vehicle or to have it inspected and the Buyer has accepted the Motor Vehicle in its existing condition. Further, the Seller disclaims any warranty as to the condition of the Motor Vehicle. Payment Instructions:

    Please follow our Instructions to complete the transaction safely
    Next step to be taken: The buyer must transfer the payment to Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) regional account. Payment must be sent by: MoneyGram. Sending payment by any other method of payment will void this transaction and your right to refund.To submit payment, you have to transfer the money to our Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) Regional Manager in San Jose (CA) using the details below:
    Receiving Beneficiary: Kevin HomerdingAddress: 2145 Hamilton Ave, San Jose, CA 95125, United States

    Important:

    In order to properly validate your payment and avoid transfer related issues, send us a scanned copy of the MoneyGram transfer receipt by fax at
    1 (425) 969-4924

    and by e-mail at the following address : [email protected]
    Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) will verify the MoneyGram transfer and if the funds are available we will proceed with shipping the Motor Vehicle.Once the Motor Vehicle is delivered, the Buyer has a 7 (five) business days inspection period. After the inspection period is over, the Buyer will contact Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) with the results of the inspection. If, for any reason, the Motor Vehicle does not pass the Buyer’s inspection, it will be returned to the Seller, on Seller’s expense and the funds will be returned to the Buyer.
    Other information : The invoice expires in 48 hours after it is received
    Purchase Protection And Refund:

    For safety reasons the payment details will be dealt with the utmost security and will not be handed to any third parties. Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP). will be in full control of the funds as soon as it reaches the regional account. Once the funds has been sent to our regional account, no one but the Buyer will have access to it.
    Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) will release the funds to the Seller only after the Buyer receives and agrees with the Motor Vehicle. Should the Buyer need a refund for this transaction the amount received will be sent back via bank transfer, check or money order. The account is managed and supervised by Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) Escrow Department.
    eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP)

    The eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) program provides protection of up to $20,000 against certain losses associated with some types of fraud. You are automatically enrolled in the program at no charge when you complete the purchase of an eligible vehicle.

    Copyright 2009 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners. eBay and the eBay logo are trademarks of eBay Inc. eBay Inc. is located at 2145 Hamilton Ave, San Jose, CA 95125.
    end

    It doesnt get anymore legit than that, Sad that its a scam. If it’s not please let me know…lol still a sucker chasing a dream..lol

    Thanks again,

    Joe

  287. Same scam… but here in canada on http://www.buysell.com, this guy is a doctor. Here is his email:

    Hello,
    Thank you for contacted for my car: 2007 Mini Cooper wich is posted for sale.The car is accurate, corosion free, no scratches, no damage of any kind, was properly serviced and stored, all the manuals and the original documents,only 47.544 km,never been involved in any accident.The car is always garaged and rarely used, is registered in Canada and it has clear title.The problem is that I had to move with my family in United States where I got a new job transfer (i’m working as a doctor in a hospital). I brought the car here with me with the intention of driving it but when I found out about the very high import duties and all the restrictions regarding registration and emissions tests here I’ve changed my mind and I’ve decided to sell the vehicle.I want to sell it in Canada because is still registered there.Total price with shipping included is $8,700CAD!I know the price is cheaper then normal on the market but I want to sell the car faster then usually and I assume that a lower price will be a good solution. I hope there won’t be any argue for the price as this is my bottom .I want to take this opportunity to assure you that this deal is 100% legitimate,the financial part of this deal will be managed by eBay Motors Shipping Company,in this way both of us will be protected! If you are still interested please contact me back so we can start the deal.
    Thank you and have a great day.
    Dr. David M. Archer

  288. I was looking for a cheap car for my daughter and found a car on craigs list. Just so happens it didnt have the milage so I emailed the lady. And of course if you read in march I was scammed and lost alot of money so now I trust noone. I asked how many miles on the car and I got this email back.
    Email reads as follows………….
    First of all I want to thank you for your interest for my car. I sell it at this price($2,970.00 ) because i’m in a divorce with my husband.
    Now the car is in my property and as a women i don’t need it. This car is in excellent working conditions, no scratches,
    flaws or any kind of damage, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions and comes with a clear title.
    From the beginning you have to know that for the payment I request only secure pay, I prefer the payment to be done using eBay services.
    We will use a safe payment method because I am affiliated at eBay and I have a purchase protection account for $20,000.00
    The final price that I want for this car is $2,970.00 including shipping and handling.

    If you are interested in buying it please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay.
    I will wait your answer very soon.

    Leslie Hardin

    I emailed her and told her to F*** off that I knew it was a scam so if you see anything from this email beware! [email protected]

  289. This fucko was trying to sell me a showcar m3 and said he was in the Army on a mission. Check out the BS>>>The car is in showroom condition, as it show in the photos, no leaks, no damage, no rust, also no loans or liens, it has clear title.
    Yes, the shipping taxes are already paid so I can delivery you the car at your home address.
    I`m sorry but I don`t have a phone number available here in Iraq, where I`m deployed with US army, but I` m online ready to answer to all your questions.
    Although I will not be able to come home and meet with you being in a very important mission, we can still make the deal through eBay Vehicle Protection Program.I will try to explain you how to proceed with this deal.The payment will be done through eBay Vehicle Protection. They will act as a third party in this transaction. You have to make down payment of $3,800 to one of eBay representatives and they will keep your money until you receive and register the car. Practically you don`t pay any money until you receive the car, but this is your proof that you have the money for the car. You will send the money to eBay Vehicle Protection and, as soon as the payment is confirmed, they will notify me, and I have to do the shipping. After you will receive it, you will have a 7 days period for inspection, in which you can verify both the car and the paperworks.During all this time, eBay blokes your money. If you are satisfied and you decide to keep the car, you have to inform eBay about this, and they will release the money to me. If the car is not as you expected and decide not to keep it, eBay will refund you the money, without any questions, and the shipping back will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for the both of us. Please take into consideration that I receive the money only after you will receive the car and make sure everything is ok.If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name and the address where you want the car to be delivered and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.
    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible, because i have 3 hours free now.
    Also, feel free to ask me any question you have.

  290. Few days ago somebody calls Sherry Macneil robbed me, using autotrader.com, they posted a Honda Accord 2004 USD2.850,00, they inviting me to use vpp program from ebay, and they required to send money by Money Gram to Kyle Patterson Program Manager of ebay. Ok, I was robbed by these people, but its amazing, when I try to get more information from who get the money in Money Gram agency, they refuse to give me anything, and Police Department told me that they can’t do anything because according to them, it is a civil manner, we are alone and these people is protected by companies like Money Gram.

  291. People need to know about this. Here are the emails about the “2005 BMW”.

    After I thought it was a legit offer, I emailed him with a couple questions and here is his offer:

    Hi,

    The car is available. Here is the car info: 10,550 miles on the clock, like new condition, no scratches, no dents, accident-free, clear title. There are no lien or loan on the car and I’m the registered owner with the title in hand. You will receive all the documents, including the title signed over to your name.

    As you probably noticed, the price is rather low: $7,299. I’m going through a bitter divorce and unfortunately it’s forcing me to sell it under market value.

    The car is located in Columbia, SC in my garage. A friend of mine is a DAS employee and he can deliver the car anywhere in the US for a really good price. You will have the car in front of your house in 3 to 7 days, depending on your exact location. You will also have 5 days to inspect the vehicle. 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. I’m sure it won’t be the case because it’s a state of art vehicle inside and out.

    If you want to reserve the car for you, I need your details(name,address..).

    Sincerely, Andy Shaw

    Then, I ran into this website and started to mess wwith the guy because I was pretty sure it was a sscam. His email response:

    Hi, The car is in excellent condition and the miles are genuine.I have talked to my friend about shipping costs and he got me a really good price at only $400 which I think its fair to split 50/50, so the total cost will be $7,499 and you will have the car in front of your house in 3-4 days. The sale will be managed through eBay under their Vehicle Purchase Protection program since they offer the highest rate of safety and reliability during online transactions. They act as a neutral third party. Look how this works: 1. I will contact eBay and give all the info about this deal.2. They will email us the forms which are needed for our deal(invoice, payment instructions, buyer’s and seller’s protection policy)3. You will send the money to eBay and they will notify me to ship the car to your location.4. After you will inspect the car and decide to keep it, eBay will forward the funds to me once you have approved them to do so. You will have 5 days to inspect the vehicle. They will hold and insure your money until you will receive and test the car. I need your name and shipping address so I can reserve the car for you and register the transaction with eBay and they will contact you with all the instructions step by step on how to complete the transaction. Best Regards,Andy Shaw120 Stratford RdColumbia, SC 29223

    Pathtic. PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THESE SCAMS. GET THE WORD OUT THERE.

  292. Almost fell for this one!

    2005 Jeep Wrangler 4×4 Rubicon – $3900 (boston)
    Reply to: [email protected] [Errors when replying to ads?]
    Date: 2009-05-07, 5:29PM EDT

    Car runs great, drives very nice, ready to go to a new owner. No accidents no damage no problems. No paint or body work.The interior has been well kept and is clean. This vehicle engine runs very smooth.I took great care of this car’s exterior, no fade or sun damage. With an interior like this, the only thing that I could call this vehicle is extra clean.The seats are in good condition. The rest of the interior looks great and the car smells fresh and clean. The head liner has no stains or any rips or tears.
    RUBICON PREM EDITION
    CUSTOM BRUSH GUARD INSTALLED ON FRONT
    PREM WARN WINCH MODEL # 25314
    THE JEEP HAS BOTH THE HARD & SOFT TOP ( COOL & VERY NICE OPTION TO HAVE )
    INSTALLED UPGRADED GEAR PACKAGE
    INSTALLED SHIFT KIT
    4WD SYSTEM
    3-INCH SKYJACKER LIFT KIT
    3-INCH CUSTOM BODY LIFT
    CUSTOM FRONT BULL BAR
    PIAA CUSTOM FOG LIGHT PACKAGE
    X-TREME MICKEY THOMPSON BAJA CLAW TIRES 35 12.50 15 LT
    PACER PREM WHEEL PACKAGE
    CUSTOM EXHAUST SYSTEM
    AIRAID COLD AIR KIT
    CUSTOM TUNNED
    PREM KENWOOD CD/FM/AM PLAYER
    ROCKFORD FOSGATE SPEAKERS
    CUSTOM INSTALLED TWITTERS
    ROCKFORD SUBS CUSTOM INSTALLED
    JENSEN 880 POWER PREM AMP
    HEAT & A/C

  293. The same scam. i was trying to buy a nissan altima on auto trader. no phone number so i emailed, this is what i got as a reply from [email protected]:

    Hello and sorry for delay,
    Thanks for being interested in buying my car. All power and optional equipment work perfect, the car is in a good condition, no scratches, no damages, never been involved in any accident, no problems on the engine, it runs very well, a clear title, a perfect car! The transmision is automatic. I just divorced my husband and after the divorce I own this car(the title is on my name), now as a single mother with a child and financial problems, I don`t need the car, this is the reason for which I am selling the car. I even don`t have a driver license (another reason). We will use only eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection to complete this deal. I need to sell the car quickly because I am moving from town. If you are interested and you have the needed money email me back to explain you how you can get this car. Thanks for your cooperation!

  294. exactly the same as the e-mail above but it was a volvo S60 R for 6500 blue book is about 14000
    same person cuz it was at aol and it was almost word for word

  295. Oh, here’s the first response too, the divorce story.
    The thing I noticed in common with all of these is the horrible grammar and spelling/punctuation.

    Hi ,
    Thanks for being interested in buying my car 2000 Honda Civic. It is in a good condition, no scratches, no damages, never been implicated in any accidents, no problems at the engine, runs very well. It has 72,000 miles like u’ve asked the whole car, clear title, a perfect car. The price is not negotiable $4,400.00 firm. The only thing because i am selling it,because i divorced with my husband and after the divorce i own this car, now as a woman i don`t need it( i don’t have driver license)… we will use only eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection to complete the sale. If you are interested and you have the funds available email me your full name and shipping address.
    Regards,

    Brigitte

  296. watchout for mastercraft x 15 2008 boat first caroline owns it then sandra in calgary used vvp motors ebay big scam a fool and his money is soon parted in calgary auto trader

  297. just went through same thing from an ad in auto trader for a 2006 jayco feather lite trailer for $5500. Amazing deal, right? Trailer was located in Quebec and he wanted to use ebay vehicle purchase program. We got the sob story about him being in a wheel chair and his wife dying. Of course trying to appeal to our emotions (although we admit we were skeptical of the whole thing being true). I’m glad we did some research and found out that it was a scam. So watch out! his email addy was [email protected]

  298. I almost fell for this shit but then i found this site. thank goodness. I replied to an ad for a 2005 jeep grand cherokee laredo for $4500. I asked her how much she really wanted for it because 4500 sounds too good. Heres what she said:

    Hello!

    This SUV engine runs very, very smooth.. No damages, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects, never smoked in, never been involved in accidents. All power and optional equipment work perfectly. Clear and clean title, a perfect SUV.
    This 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 2WD SUV with only 52,414 miles, 3.7 Liter V6 engine 8-Cyl and Automatic Transmission (VIN: 1J4GS48K55C549876).

    More pics: http://my.autorevo.com/revo/viewers/PopupViewer1.aspx?IID=732769&PID=22293987

    The price is not negotiable, $4,500. The only thing because i am selling it, because i divorced with my husband and after the divorce i own this car. I`m a single mother with 2 children and i have problems with money.
    We will use eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection for our safety.

    I just need your full name and address so i can open a case.(with no further obligation or fees!)
    Where are you located ?

    P.S. Please don`t forget to send me your info!

    Thanks and have a nice day!
    Angela Jhones

    Then i emailed her back and said this looks amazing, May i come look at it? (since it was on craiglist in my area) and she replied:

    Hi,

    The car is located in Great Falls MT (please understand me that I am passing through a difficult situation, after divorce i have moved to my parents home in Great Falls MT for a while, because i think they are only person who can help me to pass this difficult situation.), like i told we will use eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection, so we can both be protected and insured.

    I will send the car, you will have 5 days of inspection in which you can decide if you buy the car or not. If you won`t like my car(not your case) you announce eBay and you send the car back on my cost, if you want to keep it you announce eBay you send the money (payment method and all the details will be set up by eBay) and you keep the car.

    The shipping is free i will take care of it and i will send the car with all the papers (vehicle registration, warranty papers, transfer papers etc) i am just waiting your full name and address to complete the shipping papers and start the delivery process.

    Thanks!

    I am going to keep it goin with her and ask for her address and see what she says.. Ill tell her that my cousin lives there too and is going to check it out for me. I effing hate these people!

  299. After reading all of the posts, I can’t believe I came within hours of sending $3,000 in a moneygram to get the deal of my life. Thought maybe I had done something really good to be paid back, duhhh, and then the lightbulb came on. I had seen 4 of these adds on Craigslist, and had replied to all four. The one that really made me have an ah hah momment was a 2006 Lexus for $3,900. I looked at the pictures, and the window sticker was in one of them. It said the car retailed for $58,000. That was the stupidist mistake they could have made, including that picture, but it saved me $3,000. I started doing research and found out I was being scammed. I just want a reliable car for my teenager and the lack of money to buy something really decent caused me to almost fall for this.

  300. Did anyone ever get a confirmation email from Ebay stating that the seller is a member of the buyers protection program?

  301. well… just like everyone else i thought it was to good to be true… and it was… i saw the ad on craigslist and a day after it had been removed…. it was 2005 acura tl 45,000 miles… for $2390.. he’s supposed to be a sergeant and is on mission in madrid,spain…. thank god i found this website… i was about to fall for it…

  302. E-mail one:
    Hello and sorry for the late reply.
    I hope you haven’t already purchased another car.
    I saw that you are interested in my 2007 Honda civic. It is superb, garage kept, like new (29,000 miles), automatic transmission, AC, power everything.
    No scratch, rust free, it hasn’t been involved in any accident.
    This is one of the best cars I have owned so far, the interior looks great (never smoked in, no pets etc).
    The car has a clear title and clean carfax history.
    I need this Honda Civic LX to be sold before May 29-th and I believe $4,200 is more than a fair price considering everything it has.
    Just contact me back if you are interested in buying it.

    Some pictures of this car can be seen here: http://s655.photobucket.com/albums/uu276/dwight_kendall/

    Thank you,
    Lt. Dwight Kendall

    Email 2
    Hello again,
    The car is at Minot AFB, North Dakota, where I am currently stationed, until May 29-th, when I will be deployed to Iraq (I’m a US AirForce Lieutenant).
    This is why I must sell it before that date. Shipping won’t be a problem for me, being a military I have access to some special facilities.
    I will take care of that, with no costs on your end. It will be as if purchased locally. The car will come with all the necessary papers (clear title, bill of sale, warranty documents, user’s manual,insurance etc).
    The title is clear and you will be able to register the car in your state without any problems. The vin number for the car is: 1HGFA165X7L134766

    This is a large amount and I would like to conduct the deal using an authorized third party like eBay using their Purchase Protection Program, for a more secure transaction.
    The payment will be done to an eBay agent and after you receive and inspect the Honda Civic, the money will be released to me.
    The transaction will be fully under eBay’s surveillance, giving us both security and insurance that nothing will go wrong.
    They are acting like a third party in this transaction. When the car arrives you have 5 days to see and test it which way you like.
    Within this period you have to decide if you purchase it or not.
    If you decide to take it you will have to contact ebay and let them know that so that they can release the payment to me.
    If you won’t like it you will have to ship it back to me within the 5 days and ebay will refund you. The shipping back will be done on my own expense.

    In order to use this program you need to qualify. I have been approved 3 years ago and I’ve been very satisfied since then.
    So, if you are interested in buying my Honda Civic LX just let me know your full name and shipping address. I will forward these to eBay’s protection program and wait for the approval.

    Thank you,
    Lt. Dwight Kendall

    Final email
    Hello again, I have just been informed by ebay that they have approved
    you for this sale and they have sent the payment instructions. I am
    ready to ship the car to you and I am waiting for their instructions also.

    Thank you,
    Lt. Dwight Kendall

    Email 3
    Alright! I will initiate the transaction with eBay’s Vehicle Purchase
    Protection Program today. They shall email you soon to explain the terms
    and the way you will have to proceed in order to complete this
    transaction. Make sure to check your email once in a while.

    Thank you,
    Lt. Dwight Kendall

  303. I am in the market of looking for a boat. Here is the story. Beware of a lady name “Patricia Felker”.

    Hi,

    The boat is in perfect condition – like new, no problems with the engine, no dents or any kind of damage and comes with a clear title. If you’ll decide to buy it, you’ll receive all the papers: the title, owners manual and a bill of sale. The final price is $20,000 including shipping&handling. The price is low because I’m looking for a quick cash sale; I am not selling it for profit or due to lack of money. My husband died 3 months ago and I decided along with my daughter to sell the house and move to my sister. The financial part of this transaction will be provided by eBay through their Vehicle Purchase Protection Program. I used the vpp program in the past and all my transaction ended succesfully. I want a fast and safe transaction for both of us, so please let me know if you have the funds available and wish to explain you the payment and shipping process.

    Regards

    Thank you for the pictures. Here is my phone number (xxxxx). Please give me a call and we can talk more about it. I will check out the VPP program on how to pay you. If want to meet you and pay cash, you would be ok! with it too, right?

    Currently I’m out of town with my job and that’s why I won’t be able to meet you, but I left everything prepared for the sale. I want to inform you that the boat is already deposited at the shipping company in San Marino, CA ready for the shipping. I will ship it for free and you’ll have a 5 days for inspection. I already registered the boat in the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program and the deal must go through them. This transaction is covered by eBay’s Vehicle Protection Program up to 50,000 USD and if something goes wrong you will be fully refunded. You will transfer the money to ebay through wire transfer (bank to bank transfer) and they will hold it until you’ll receive and inspect the boat. The money will be locked into eBay’s VPP bank account and they will release the funds to me only with your approval and only after the boat is registered under your name. This way we are both protected: I will know that I have a serious buyer who has the money to pay me and you will be able to see and inspect the boat before buying it. If you want to continue with this deal please e-mail me your info (name, address, phone#) so I can forward it to ebay.

  304. so this guys selling a 2005 altima with 54000 miles on it so im thinking its a good deal, he replys to my emails about it and its seems pretty legit untill i get an email saying he’s in the military leaving to war, and i thought it was weird seeing how the car was posted locally on craigslist and then taken off of it the next day. he says something about using ebay protection program as its safe and secure. i thought this was kinda weird so i looked into it and found this sight, almost everything he said in the email sounds exactly like what you guys have put here, this is the email.
    The car is at Minot AF base, North Dakota, where i am currently stationed, until June 9, when I will be deployed to Afghanistan. This is why I must sell it before that. Shipping won’t be a problem for me. I will take care of that, witht no costs on your end.This is a large amount and I would like to conduct the deal using an authorized third party like eBay using their Purchase Protection Program, so this should eliminate any trust issues. They will keep a deposit until the purchase is final, and you test and accept the car. If you will not get the car as described, and also a clean title you will receive your money back.To be able to use this program you need to qualify. I have been approved 3 years ago and I was very satisfied. So, if you are interested in buying my car just let me know your name and shipping address.I will forward them to eBay’s protection program and wait for the approval.The ad generated a great deal of interest and people have been calling me non stop and the line was down for a while.
    SOUNDS LIKE A SCAM TO ME!!!!

  305. 07 tahoe for $3800. I almost feel for it and if i would have i would have been head hunting. I hope everyone is aware of this scam. The best thing to do is ask for there phone number and address. NEVER MAKE A TRANSACTION WITHOUT BEING 100% SURE IT IS NOT A SCAM. These people are so cold hearted. We have a 3day old baby. That is why we were looking for a SUV. We told them that and they still tried to scam us.

  306. Watch out for [email protected]

    Hi,
    I am selling this car because my platoon has been sent back to Iraq and don’t want it get old in my backyard. The price is low because I need to sell it before May 30. It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident..I do have the title , clear, under my name.The car have 16,800 miles, year 2006 and VIN WMWRE33546TL22338.
    It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $5200. The car is in Great Falls, MT, in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.
    Regards!!!

    —-

    I’m so thankful for your site. I tried a few of the techniques mentioned here and then roasted this guy. Can’t believe he would use a soldier’s life on friggin’ Memorial Day. Burn in scammer hell!

  307. Watch out for Jennifer Simpson she just tried to pull the wool over my eyes. Same emails…

  308. Wow I just got into a deal that I knew was to good to be true. So I did a little research and caught this website. Want to thank the webmaster for this so I didn’t get pulled in. I work hard for my money and don’t feel like getting scammed at all.

  309. Yup. Beware of Diana Carter ([email protected]). She is selling “too good to be true” motorcycles on California Craigslist. Claims to have moved to Omaha, Nebraska and Ebay is “holding” the goods.

    Thanks for the site.

  310. 2005 Toyota Camry LE – Price: $2,800 Inbox
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    Frederick Lenhardt to me
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    Before we go ahead, you have to know that the car I’m selling is in a perfect cosmetic and engine condition and meticulously maintained, it was always garage kept. It is not damaged, neither scratched, has no dents or hidden defects; the engine runs and sounds awesome. The car has a clear US title (VIN# 4T1BE32K75U040162) and it comes with only 93,540 miles on it.

    I’m glad the Air Force gave me a chance to once again serve. I’m USAF SSGT Frederick Lenhardt and I was recently called up to serve our country. I wanted to bring the car here with me but I cannot use it. So, because I must get rid of it, I am practically giving it away only because I have no other choice.

    I need this deal to be managed in a secure way and I think you want that too. The legitimacy of the deal will be insured by eBay vehicle purchase protection, that guarantees protection for the seller’s vehicle and in the same time for the buyer’s money, such as: against fraud and material misrepresentation, providing coverage for any risks my car or your money can undertake. To go further, there are few easy steps to follow. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected.
    Anyways, if you won`t be satisfied with the car in these 10 days, eBay will refund your money back. As for the car, I’m positive I’m gonna find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship it back.

    I am looking to sell it right away for $2800 US Dollars since the car has been already loaded into the container and it’s ready for shipping. I’ll handle the shipping to your location and I remain liable for the vehicle during shipment. The car will be shipped by plane with US Air Military Cargo, since it will cost me hardly anything. The whole process will take about 5-7 days. The car will land in the nearest airport by your area and it will be trucked forward to your place.

    I will appreciate a fast response from your side and please don’t forget to include your full name and the shipping address so I can set up the transaction. Then eBay will contact you with the instructions and further information regarding payment. If you could get back to me ASAP I would be most appreciative.

    Thank you so much,

    On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 9:26 AM, Veronica Franklin wrote:

    what toyota and where are you located was your toyota on sell my car.com let me know exactly what kind of toyota.

    On 5/25/09, Frederick Lenhardt wrote:
    I’m Frederick and I’ve got your emails regarding my Toyota. Are you still interested?

    On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 9:15 AM, Veronica Franklin wrote:

    who is this and get your email about what don’t play with me

    On 5/25/09, Frederick Lenhardt wrote:
    Did you got my email?

  311. Beware of [email protected] – Donna Wade

    First Email ~

    Hello,

    First of all I want to thank you for your interest for my car. I am selling it at this price ($2700) because I just finished the divorce with my husband. When the divorce has finished i own this car. Now as a woman i don’t need it. This car is in excellent working condition, no scratches, flaws or any kind of damage, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions and comes with a clear title.

    From the beginning you have to know that for the payment I request only secure pay, I prefer the payment to be done using eBay services.
    We will use a safe payment method because I am affiliated at eBay and I have a purchase protection account for $20,000. The final price that I want for this car is $2700 US including shipping and handling.

    If you are interested in buying it please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay.

    I will wait your answer(if you are interested to buy) very soon.

    Donna Wade

    Second Email

    Hello,

    The car is already at the shipping company in Miami,Florida sealed and ready for the shipping. I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them. I’m very busy with my job and I’m left out of the town so I can’t meet in person with you so this is the reason why I chose to sell my car over the internet. According to eBay you have 5 days from the time you receive the car to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not.

    Here is how it will work:

    1.First of all I will need the following details from you:
    – Full Name
    – Full Shipping Address
    2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.
    3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices.
    The invoice will send you the details on how to make a refundable payment.
    4. eBay will contact me and I will ship the car 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, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.
    5. If you will decide that you will not buy the car, eBay will refund the money and I will have the shipping company come pick up my car. If you wish to make the transaction, please send me the necessary info so that we can proceed. I look forward to hear from you.

    Thank you
    Donna Wade

  312. hello,
    Im very interested in your tractor for sale, any more info (hours, wear, location, price, etc) would be greatly appreciated, please contact asap.

    thanks

    (HER REPLY)
    Hi,

    My 2002 John Deere 4300 is in great shape,no engine problems,damages or hidden defects. Hasn’t been involved in any incident. I`m a single mother with 2 children because I divorced my husband. After the divorce I got this tractor but I don`t need it and that`s why i`m selling it so cheap. The total price is $4,100 CAD including shipping and handling. The sale will be through eBay’s Protection Program for our safety. I have recently moved from Canada to Jacksonville, Georgia, USA after the divorce and I took the tractor with me, that is why i am sending it from here. The tractor still has in Canadian papers so you will not have to pay any Customs taxes.
    I just need your full name and address so i can open a case.(with no further obligation to buy it or fees).

    Have a nice day! ([email protected])
    Carol

    Details:

    4×4, 425 hours, 33 HP (26.5 hp at pto) 3 Cylinder Diesel, 3 Range Hydrostatic Transmission, Rear and Mid PTO, Block Heater, Cruise Control, Fold down EROPs, Loaded Industrial Tires, Power beyond, Model 430 quick attach Loader, 6′ bucket, Model 48 quick attach backhoe 8.5 ft.

    (MY REPLY)
    any more info(ie: shipping info,payment,etc.) would be greatly appreciated looking to purchase within next couple of days. also if you could email/fax me a clear coloured copy of ownership and bill of sale it would be great.
    if you would like to call me you can reach me at ***-***-**** during the day, leave message if needed and I’ll get back to you asap.

    thanks

    have not seen anything yet, guess they didnt like me asking for ownership??? spent the day tracking email/phone#, and yes “carol anderson” I am a cop.

  313. Hello ,

    I apologize for the delay, I’m in the Navy and now I am in United Kingdom and that’s why I couldn’t reply in time. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying the car. Why is the price so low? I am selling the car because I am here in UK with my work, and my squadron will be deployed in three weeks in Iraq and I think I’ll stay there for a while that’s why I’m selling it so cheap. I intend to buy a new car when I’ll get back home. So all that I want to do now is to sell the car at this price,because I need to sell it fast. Now I will tell you a few words about the car. 2006 BMW X5 3.0i, it is in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever.The interior looks great (NO SMOKING). It has 35,000 miles and the VIN # is: 5UXFA13536LY34970 It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name. I have the pictures hosted on the internet and you can see them at : http://s560.photobucket.com/albums/ss49/gibsonik/ The price is $5200 THIS IS MY LAST PRICE. I will not negotiate the price. I will take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying the car, to be sure that I don’t waste my time with endless discussions.This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions. So if you are interested please email me back for next step.

    Thank you.
    Clark ,
    ——————————————————————————————————————–
    U.S. Navy. Clark Gibson – US Naval Observatory

  314. Hi again and sorry for the delay,
    Before leaving I had prearranged shipping and the payment with eBay. You make the payment in an eBay managed
    trust fund ( they hold the money until you receive the car ), I send the car over and I will offer 5 days of inspection
    in which you can decide if you buy it or not. If you decided to keep it, you’ll confirm to eBay the sale
    and they will send the payment to me. If, by any reason, you will not be satisfied with it ( even though I can assure
    you that it is exactly as described), you can return it at my expense for a full refund of your money, no questions asked.
    The price of car $5,200.00 includes all the shipping costs and insurance, so you won’t have to pay any extra charges.
    eBay will supervise this transaction so there won`t be any problems. They will take care of the shipping and all the small details.
    The car is in Houston, TX at the shipping company, in the container sealed and ready for shipping.
    The payment is refundable, and is just a security measure, to make sure that you are serious,
    and that I am not going to ship the car, and loose time and money.
    If you are interested to go ahead with the deal, please reply with your full name, phone # and shipping address
    so i can forward your details to eBay. After, they will contact you explaining all the details regarding the payment.
    I’m looking forward to hear from you

  315. Case at eBay was opened. I’ve decided to split the payment in two parts, you will need to pay $2600 first and the remaining ( $2600 ) after the car arrives in your possession.

    Thank you.

    Clark Gibson.
    P.S. check your spam/junk/bulk email folder as their payment invoice might be there.

  316. Same scam folks from Craiglist under [email protected] selling an Acura TL from Oregon.

    I told my Gunnery Sergeant (USMC) at work and he’s like make sure that something isn’t up. So I decided to ask for a VIN number. Instead of replying with said information I got an elaborate email. The first thing that tripped warning signals was the fact that all of a sudden this person had a brother in shipping who could conveniently ship one vehicle for free a year. I laughed at that point. And then started going on about this Ebay Vehicle Protection thing. That again sounded mighty fishy, so I googled it looking for Ebay’s policy and came upon your site.

    I swear if it’s not the Nigerian scammers it’s this. THe Nigerian one I didn’t even flinch for and that was when I was a wee little Private in the ol USMC.
    Mainly because I’m from Africa and the person inadvertantly got some facts wrong by using the name of a warlord who just so happend to be the one responsible for civil war in my country. I just had to laugh!

    Good luck people and be ever vigilant!

  317. Wow! I was scammed by [email protected]. I lost $5,040 to purchase a 2006 Infiniti G35. This happened February 13, 2009. I made a report with IC3, actually two, and they still haven’t contact me back to gather all my evidence. This person would be caught by now if they would only take my info. I investigated as much as I could, and found out the fax number was from Seattle, WA. And they pick up the moneygram in Reseda,CA, when it was suppose to go to Middletown, NY. They are on security camera, but the police can not help me until IC3 contacts me. It has been 4 months since I lost all that money!

  318. Hi,

    I’m glad you are interested in my truck. It’s still available for sale and it’s currently located in Terrre Haute, Indiana. The truck is in perfect condition, with no scratches on it, no damage/accidents, clear title, 83k miles, year 2004.
    As you probably noticed, the price is rather low, $4,400 because I need some cash ASAP for a new business .
    Shipping can be done with DAS and it will take no more then 2-3 days. I have a friend there who will manage me a free shipping so no worries.
    Please email me soon if you want to move forward with the purchase.

    Thanks

    Sam

    If you could come to Indiana today or tomorrow to meet and make the deal it will be great, if not please send me your full name and your shipping address so I can let eBay Protection Program know that you are interested .
    You will receive an email from them instructing you about how to send payment. This is 100% safe for you and me .
    You have to send the money to eBay , and they will hold the money until you have the truck and inspect, you will have a few days for inspection and test drive .
    If the truck its not like i said or you simply don’t like it you will be able to reject it and i will pay the shipping back.
    So if you want to buy please give e your full name and your address and i will open a case at eBay about our deal and they will contact you with more information about payment and insurance.

    Let me know if this is ok with you so we can move forward with this deal!
    [email protected]

  319. [email protected] is scamming big time.
    do not open an account or send the money.
    He gives a big story about being about being sent to Iraq and he doesn’t want the car to sit and rot. He also can’t make any phone calls because he is on a top secret training squad…ha. He refuses pay pal. He is full of crap.

    ignore the ad…

  320. I’m exchanging emails with a woman posted as Janet Andolina ([email protected]) for a pontoon boat. Her story was the same – husband died 3 months ago, just had an ear surgery so cannot receive phone calls. We are at the finally stage of sending money to “eBay” now. I even received some email from “ebay” yesterday about opening the escrow case. But the email address was [email protected]. I was wondering way it was not from ebay.com. Thank god I googled and found this website.

  321. i saw a SJEO 2005 Nissan Altima SE-R 3.5L V6 SJEO – $3602 (phoenix) only 40 miles and i said what a deal but i receive this email

    Hello,
    Sorry for my late answer!
    My 2005 Nissan Altima SE-R 3.5L V6 is in great shape, no engine problems, damages or hidden defects, clear title, never been involved in any accidents.It was always garaged and never smoked in. The car was my husband`s as he loved it very much, but he did not enjoy it as he died in a work accident. It brings very bad memories to me, I want to get rid of it.
    I`m a single mother with 2 children and I don`t need it I don`t have driver license ,that`s why I`m selling it so cheap. The mileage is 45,000 and the price is $3600. We will use eBay`s protection program for our safety. I just need your full name and shipping address so I can open a transaction (with no further obligation or fees). The car is located in Atlanta, GA. I will ship it from here, I will support all the shipping fees.

    For more pics please visit my album:
    http://s652.photobucket.com/albums/uu241/nissan4422/

    I will wait your email.

    Leona Stewart

    is about ebay i decided to look in the internet what was that what i found that all is fake becarfull i almost make a big mystake :S
    and thks fot the postting Jc

  322. i following the game i told her that i have a friend in atlanta and i prefer to pay in cash and she answered this:

    Hi again,
    The car is already at the shipping company ready for the shipping. I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them. I`m not in US for the moment, I am in UK, so the pick it up option is not available… but I can ship you the car for free. That’s the reason i’m selling my car over the internet. According with eBay you have 7 days to inspect the car and decide if you want to keep it or not.The shipping will take 3-5 days.I will pay all the shipping fees and insurance for the transport.

    Here is how it will work:

    1. If you want to start with the deal I need this information from you.

    – Full Name
    – Full Shipping Address

    2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.
    3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices.The invoice will give you all the details on how to make a refundable payment.
    4. eBay will contact me and I will ship the car to you. After you receive the car you will have 7 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the car. If you’ll buy, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.
    5. If you’ll decide that you will not buy the car, eBay will refund the money and I will have the shipping company come pick up my car. If you wish to make the transaction, please send me the necessary info so that we can proceed.
    I look forward to hear from you.

    Thank you,
    Leona

    jaja lets see what else she said,,

  323. I encounter this guy “””name Richard Bowles as he say””” He have a F-150 King Ranch 52000 miles for 13,000. Here is his original email. Never give me a phone number the number in Auto Trader was disconnected. I adv I will meet him in GA to se the veh. He adv that I will need to deposit the money in the Ebay account. I check with the GA DMV for the Vin of the VEH was not under his name even that he give me copies of the Title. And The Address on the title shoe other people living under different names.

    Sorry for the late response; something came up and I had to leave urgently on a business trip. I wanted to let you know that the car is still availablewanted to let you know that the car is still available.

    I am selling it for $13,200. The 2005 Ford F150 King Ranch looks like new; it has never been scratched or wrecked. The car is in great condition inside, outside and mechanically. It will come with a clear title, bill of sale signed by me as well and all the papers (including the original manuals and keys) that you will need to register it under your name. I want to sell it because I don’t have much use for and I could use some quick cash right now, rather than waiting for a better offer (selling takes a lot of time too…). So I’m willing to let it go for $13,200.00 and since I only have one, First come, First served.

    Although I am not home, we can still make the deal through ebay. I have a purchase protection program with them (Condition Guarantee by Seller Program), so ebay will guarantee up to $50,000 for any vehicle I sell. Shipping is already paid, because I recently moved from Hampton, GA to San Diego, CA and before leaving I have made arrangements to ship the car here to me in Annandale. Now that I am selling it there is no point in shipping it here anymore. The trucking company will not refund me in full but offered to ship the car anywhere within continental US, so I’ve left it at their warehouse and it’s ready to ship at anytime.

    Also, this purchase protection guarantees that the car is exactly as I described; basically, once delivered, you’ll have 3 days to inspect it at your home and if you decide not to keep it you will get refunded in no time and they will charge me with the return costs.

    If you agree with these terms, please email me your shipping name and address so I can start this process through eBay and I will also get back to you with more details on how the ebay process works. You should know that it’s not necessary to be a registered user with eBay to benefit from their vehicle purchase protection program so don’t worry if you are not a registered user with ebay.

    I await your email with the requested details if you are interested in the car.

    Second Email.

    Hi again Hector

    The vin number of the truck is 1FTPW14535FA81119.

    Right now the truck is at the DAS (trucking company) warehouse kept in a sealed container ready for delivery. As I’ve explained in my first email I’ve recently moved from Hampton to San Diego and unfortunately I can not arrange for you to inspect the truck personally at the shipping’s company warehouse because that container was sealed in my presence and it will be delivered sealed. However I do offer an inspection period prior buying the truck if we close the deal trough ebay motors vehicle purchase protection program. Let me explain you how the eBay process works.

    The process works something like this:

    1. You will be asked to deposit the money to an eBay motors account.

    2. EBay will confirm me that they received your deposit and secured it in their account.

    3. Then I will ship the truck to you so you can inspect, test and make a decision if you will keep it or not. You will have 3 days for inspection from the moment you will receive it.

    4. If you will not get exactly the same truck that you viewed in the ad, and also a clean title you can simply send it back to me, on my expense, and you will receive all your money back from eBay motors. But I am more than sure that this will not be the case.

    5. After you inspect the truck, if everything is ok and you decide to buy it, just announce ebay motors that you will keep it and they will release the funds to me. Keep in mind that your money will remain in ebay’s custody until you will receive, inspect and confirm that you will buy the truck. I will not be able in any way to access the money you sent to ebay motors until you give them your confirmation that you are satisfied with the truck’s condition and that you will buy it.

    If you agree with this process please let me know your full name and address and I will forward the details to eBay motors to set up our transaction. Also do not hesitate to ask if you have additional questions about the purchase or the truck.

    Thank you for your time.

    Never the less I did not get my truck by i still have my MONEY!!!

    Keep an Eye on this Guy!!!

    Thanks Corey for the INFO!!!

  324. Hello,
    the car is not listed on eBay anymore but is still available through their Vehicle Purchase Program
    let me explain to you the process:
    I’ve decided that the payment should be completed by using eBay security, because I want to
    take this opportunity to assure you that this deal is 100% LEGIT but you must know that
    this way eBay will require you to send the deposit and they will have to
    verify both me and the car and you as well before we can close this deal through their service.
    Your money will be kept by the eBay agent until you will receive the car and send them the
    confirmation that you are satisfied with the product received. In case you don’t want to
    keep the car all you will have to do is ask them for a refund and you will be totally
    refunded in 2 days.
    REMEMBER: for the delivery fees I am responsible .
    So if you are interested I will need your full name and delivery
    address as soon as possible in order to send your details to the eBay
    agent to make the arrangements for delivery.
    Thanks
    “vincent marvin”

  325. i came across an ad in craigslist for selling a 2006 honda civic hybrid for 3800 . He gave his name as Steve Tomason . He made me believe that the transfer of car is going to happen via Ebay vehicle protection program… He sent an invoice with template of ebay and i started believing it to correct. So please interact with any emails coming from [email protected] or eBay He made me transfer the money via moneygram to Robert rowe living in Ranelagh place,Liverpool,L3 5UL

  326. good thing for your site.
    _____

    Hi,

    My 2006 BMW 3-Series 330i is in great shape,no engine problems,damages or hidden defects. Hasn’t been involved in any accident. It was always garaged and never kept outside. I`m a single mother with 2 children because i divorced with my husband and after the divorce i own this car,i don`t need it and that`s why i`m selling it so cheap. The car has a clear title, no liens.Transmission is Automatic and has 21,087 km. The total price is $12,200 CAD including shipping and handling. We will use eBay protection program for our safety and for payment i prefer to use a eBay Safety Bank Account.
    I have recently moved from Canada to Washington(US) after divorce and i took the car with me, that is why i am sending it from here. The car is still Canada registered so you will not have to pay any custom taxes.
    I just need your full name and address so i can open a case.(with no further obligation to buy it or fees).

    Have a nice day!
    Nadia Purnell

  327. Good site!

    Thanks for the heads-up in this age of scams! There is an ad on Craigslist for the Birmingham, AL location from [email protected] that is advertising a 2005 Harley Fatboy for $2800. She states that selling due to husbands transfer to Nebraska.

    Just a warning to anyone else that might respond.

    Thanks again for your site!!!

  328. Thanks will. I inquired about a 2002 Camry for $2850. I emailed the guy back and forth for a while, he sent me many generic messages including the exact one you quoted. He was very dodgey about my questions, wouldn’t give me any names or numbers.

    [email protected] = scam. Beware.

  329. Great post. Almost fell for this one with a girl who was selling an ’05 Acura TL for $4700. Got the same generic messages as everyone else and then she told about her ebay protection program and how she wanted to me to pay through that with money gram. After that I stopped all communication with her.

    FYI- [email protected] = SCAMMER

  330. jeez, just got this one yesterday…

    Hi ,

    Thank you for contacting me regarding my truck. I am a 25 years old single mom with 2 kids. I am now in a divorce with my ex and i am in desperate need of money to pay the mortgage on my house.
    First of all I want to tell you that the truck is in perfect condition, and the price includes all the shipping costs and insurance so you will not have to pay any extra charges if you can’t come to Carrollton, Texas to make the deal.
    My brother works at the shipping company and he can handle the shipping for me with no charge.

    Mileage: 49,073 miles

    Year 2005 . The truck has a Clean Tittle which will come along with it.
    I am in Carrollton,TX .The truck is with me here and is in a perfect condition.
    It’s a great truck, I am devastated that I have to sell it but I really need the money to pay my mortgage or I’ll lose my house, so I decided to sell it for $4600.
    Tell me if there is anything else you would like to know about the truck.

    Thank you for the interest you have shown in purchasing the truck.
    Please reply,
    Regards !

    Valerie

    damn liars.

  331. I’ve seen a number of these nice car/low price ads on Autotrader and responded to 2 of them. One guy said he was shipping out to Iraq, and another lady said she had a sick daughter and needed money for medication. I asked them to first post the listing on ebay, and I would look at it there. Never heard back after that.

  332. Hi,
    This 2001 Chevy Silverado , runs and drives excellent. Its unbelievably clean and excellent condition. The price is $ 2900.00 with shipping and handling included. I am selling the car because I had received a very good job offer in my home state and I have no use for it anymore plus I had received a car from work. The price is low because I need to sell it before June 18th. You will not have any problems with registration since the vehicle is still registered in Nebraska and meets all environmental regulations in the US, there is no need to pay any additional taxes, just only the price for it. You will get from me the manuals, keys along with all the additional documents needed for registration. The financial part of this deal will be managed by the eBay’s Buyer Protection Program (They are acting like a third party in our deal). Which means that you will have a 15 days inspection period before buying the vehicle.
    If you need more photos please visit my photobucket space: http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=S5MGK0aCs7xUVAHdmCvsdoh4l5k2TGxc
    If the photobucket does not work try and copy paste the link into your browser.

    If you want to complete the purchase please send me your: Full Name and Shipping Address and I will notify eBay that you are selected as my buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.

    Mileage: 82.000
    Vehicle title: Clear
    Body type: Pickup Truck
    Engine: 8 Cylinder
    Exterior color: Blue
    Transmission: Automatic
    Interior color: Gray
    Drivetrain: 4 Wheel Drive

    Please email me ASAP if you want to move forward and let me know if you need anything else.

    Kind Regards,
    Gina Waters

    Coca Cola®
    Customer Service Manager
    Packaging Innovations
    http://www.coca-cola.com

    [email protected] is a scammin beeyotch!

  333. A scammer by the name of mary hesemann tried to scam me the same way as everyone else. Buyers beware

  334. Just happened to me. I contacted someone through an ad in an autotrader, and somehow got talking about ebay. INstant scam alert. Dont be fooled, if it feels fishy, it is.

  335. I recently ran into Three of these scam vehicles on Autotrader.ca
    All three deals felt too good to be true. The story they say is very convincing as I almost believed them the first time around but as I was pursuing three different cars at the same time, I felt it was a little more than a coincidence that all three owners were moving to UK for one reason or another. That’s when I saw this site. I had no intention of ever going through the transaction because I’ve seen these types of frauds before but it’s sad that they play on people’s emotions, which are very high when looking for a car, especially when they see a deal which is very very good.

    Here are samples of my emails:
    ————————————————–
    Hi,
    My name is John Marquis and i wan’t to say sorry for my delay. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying the car. The car is located in Canada right now. Why is the price so low? I’m selling the car because i recently moved from Canada to United Kingdom with my wife who is from here and we intend to marry in United Kingdom and i sold my house over Canada and everything owned by me and the only thing to sell is the car . I cannot register the car here, as it is made for Canada , according to Canada standards. So all that I want to do now is sell the car at this price, because I need to sell it fast. The title is clean and you will have absolutely no problems to register the car in Canada. I will tell you a few words about the car:
    *2008 HONDA ACCORD
    *Mileage : 20,125
    *Have Original Manuals
    *VIN : 1HGCP36708A019055
    *Fuel type: Gasoline
    *Transmission: Automatic
    It’s in immaculate condition, the motor runs very well. The interior looks great.. This car needs nothing, the title is clear, it is not a salvage one. I want this transaction to go smoothly enough as I am caught in the middle of some very important events and have little time at my disposal.The car is like new, in perfect conditions, accident free, no scratches, no special marks, no need for additional repairs what so ever. a genuine road runner ready to be yours, but only if you shall understand and you won’t make me loose time as it has already happened to me. The price is C $5,800.00.

    The transaction will be made under eBay’s buyer protection plan,
    You will buy the car under these therms :

    – you will pay the money to eBay and they will transfer the funds to me only after you get the car,
    – you are given a 7 days inspection period to decide if want to keep it or ship it back at my expense,

    You will pay the money to eBay, they will ship the car, you get the car within max 3 days, inside the car you get the bill of sale,
    the title and a car affidavit that you fill up and then get it notarized at a notary for C $40 ,depending on your decision in that affidavit eBay will transfer the funds to me or give it back to you and ship the car back to me at my expense.The car is deposited at the shipping company in Quebec.
    If you wish to proceed with the purchase, please provide me your FULL LEGAL NAME ( For owner Transfer), FULL SHIPPING ADDRESS and phone number for eBay to send you an invoice and assist you.

    I’be expecting for your email .
    John Marquis!
    ————————————————

    Hello,
    The total price for the car is $C7,200 and it has 12,300 kms. I can tell you the car is in perfect condition, as can be seen in the pictures and it has never engaged in an accident or something else. It has Factory Full Warranty until 2010.
    My brother owned this car, he lived in London, Ontario Canada. My brother died
    two months ago in a motorcycle accident and now i’m the owner of the car but i decided to sell it.
    I also don’t want to get rich on the death of my brother so that’s why I have lowered the price. Also, the machine has the wheel on the left side, it’s difficult for me to drive it in England.
    I just want to sell it to a buyer that serious will take care of the car just as my brother did, who was a Non-smoker, and so it is a no-smoking car. He took the car once a month to a specialized service for tehnical review.
    I live in Manchester, United Kingdom and the car is registered in Canada. The car has canadian plate number(Canadian license).
    Let me know if we can meet in London ON. You can send me a message if you have further questions.
    I wait your reply.

    Kind Regards,
    Dennis Sheld

    Hello again Pratik,
    The car is locked in the garage in London, ON and only I have the keys. Unfortunately, I haven’t a contact person in Canada. Everything is in order with the car, the documents are ok, the car was not involved in any accident, the engine work perfectly. After the death of my brother i have become the owner of the car, the documents are on my name. The car is registered in Canda, it has canadian plate number(license). The documents are in the car, ready to be register to the new buyer. The car is paid off, no debts, no leasing.
    I work in a hospital and is very hard for me to come in Canda. I can’t take the risk to leave my job for days and when I arrive in Canada to see that I come for nothing. I want to be 100% sure that’s not a joke and the money are ready for the car.
    One of your relatives must find a Western Union Agency and deposit 1/2 of the amount ($C3.600) under your name to United Kingdom, in this way i’m in secure that’s not a joke. Your relative make the transfer to you, in United Kngdom . You will NOT send the money on my name. This is not a payment, in fact, I don’t accept money in advance.
    You can send the money in this way because nobody from worldwide can take this money.
    Example:
    -Sender of the money: YOUR COUSIN(who send the money)
    -Receiver of the money: YOU Pratik(who receive the money in United Kingdom).
    The money are available at Western Union until we will meet and finish the deal.
    Immediately when you have sent the money to United Kingdom, you must provide me the copy of the Western Union receipt, this is the serious reason that I can trust you that you have the money ready to pay for the car, then i buy the plane ticket to go in Canada, i take the car and i’ll drive it to your address.
    When we will meet, first thing I will do is to give you back the money which you have paid for the transfer, the fees. We will test the car with a mechanic to confirm that the car is in perfect condition, ready to drive it, we will go to a Police Office to confirm that the car was not stolen.
    If you like the car, if you want to keep it, we will make all the papers work that we need(the passage of property). Then we go together to a Western Union Office and your relative will change the receiver’s name of the money with my name-Sheld Dennis. Or, your relative retire your money and pay me in cash. Of course you must have with you the rest of the money 3600.
    This is a fair deal.

    Kind Regards,
    Dennis

    P.S.
    If you accept my conditions I wait your e-mail. I don’t want you to feel offended if i’ll not answer you in case of a negative answer, because I don’t see the reason why we should continue to write eachother, since I will not accept any other way to close the deal.

    ————————————————-
    Hi,
    My name is John Marquis and i wan’t to say sorry for my delay. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying the car. The car is located in Canada right now. Why is the price so low? I’m selling the car because i recently moved from Canada to United Kingdom with my wife who is from here and we intend to marry in United Kingdom and i sold my house over Canada and everything owned by me and the only thing to sell is the car . I cannot register the car here, as it is made for Canada , according to Canada standards. So all that I want to do now is sell the car at this price, because I need to sell it fast. The title is clean and you will have absolutely no problems to register the car in Canada. I will tell you a few words about the car:
    *2008 HONDA ACCORD
    *Mileage : 20,125
    *Have Original Manuals
    *VIN : 1HGCP36708A019055
    *Fuel type: Gasoline
    *Transmission: Automatic
    It’s in immaculate condition, the motor runs very well. The interior looks great.. This car needs nothing, the title is clear, it is not a salvage one. I want this transaction to go smoothly enough as I am caught in the middle of some very important events and have little time at my disposal.The car is like new, in perfect conditions, accident free, no scratches, no special marks, no need for additional repairs what so ever. a genuine road runner ready to be yours, but only if you shall understand and you won’t make me loose time as it has already happened to me. The price is C $5,800.00.

    The transaction will be made under eBay’s buyer protection plan,
    You will buy the car under these therms :

    – you will pay the money to eBay and they will transfer the funds to me only after you get the car,
    – you are given a 7 days inspection period to decide if want to keep it or ship it back at my expense,

    You will pay the money to eBay, they will ship the car, you get the car within max 3 days, inside the car you get the bill of sale,
    the title and a car affidavit that you fill up and then get it notarized at a notary for C $40 ,depending on your decision in that affidavit eBay will transfer the funds to me or give it back to you and ship the car back to me at my expense.The car is deposited at the shipping company in Quebec.
    If you wish to proceed with the purchase, please provide me your FULL LEGAL NAME ( For owner Transfer), FULL SHIPPING ADDRESS and phone number for eBay to send you an invoice and assist you.

    I’be expecting for your email .
    John Marquis!
    —————————————————

    it’s funny how people can claim their brother has died just to make a quick buck…it’s sad!

  336. I have encountered 3 scams going on right now. Here are the names:
    Amalia Muller
    Marck Brandon
    Justin Blair-Uses email under “dorothy Blair”

    All three stories are the same, here’s one email from “Justin”. Oh, and when I ask for a number, he tells me that he is in the hospital with his mother right now, and can’t give me a number!

    :Hi,
    My name is Justin Blair and i wan’t to say sorry for my delay. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying the car. The car is located in Canada right now. Why is the price so low? I’m selling the car because i recently moved from Canada to United Kingdom with my wife who is from here and we intend to marry in United Kingdom and i sold my house over Canada and everything owned by me and the only thing to sell is the car . I cannot register the car here, as it is made for Canada , according to Canada standards. So all that I want to do now is sell the car at this price, because I need to sell it fast. The title is clean and you will have absolutely no problems to register the car in Canada. I will tell you a few words about the car:
    *2005 Volvo XC90 T6
    *Kilometres: 39,000
    *Have Original Manuals
    *VIN : YV1CZ911551146534
    *Fuel type: Gasoline
    *Transmission: Automatic
    It’s in immaculate condition, the motor runs very well. The interior looks great.. This car needs nothing, the title is clear, it is not a salvage one. I want this transaction to go smoothly enough as I am caught in the middle of some very important events and have little time at my disposal.The car is like new, in perfect conditions, accident free, no scratches, no special marks, no need for additional repairs what so ever. a genuine road runner ready to be yours, but only if you shall understand and you won’t make me loose time as it has already happened to me. The price is C $5,900.00.

    The transaction will be made under eBay’s buyer protection plan,
    You will buy the car under these therms :

    – you will pay the money to eBay and they will transfer the funds to me only after you get the car,
    – you are given a 7 days inspection period to decide if want to keep it or ship it back at my expense,

    You will pay the money to eBay, they will ship the car, you get the car within max 3 days, inside the car you get the bill of sale,
    the title and a car affidavit that you fill up and then get it notarized at a notary for C $40 ,depending on your decision in that affidavit eBay will transfer the funds to me or give it back to you and ship the car back to me at my expense.The car is deposited at the shipping company in Quebec.
    If you wish to proceed with the purchase, please provide me your full legal name ( For owner Transfer), full shipping address and phone number for eBay to send you an invoice and assist you.

    I’be expecting for your email .
    Justin Blair!”

  337. Hi i have received an intresting purchase deal from bloody scammer , I will attach the email here:
    Hello,
    I regret the delay of my response.
    I already have many emails so I hope you’ll understand that I need to sort them.
    My name is Victoria Russel I have 31 years old and I was doctor for 3 years in Preston. I am glad you are
    interested in my car 2006 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT SPORT 2.0 TDI
    First, I want you to know that I lived in Preston until 2 months ago, but now I’m in Bulgaria because I am
    pregnant and I have decided to give birth in my home country so I want to sell my car and move back in Bulgaria.
    The car is in perfect working condition. It is in showroom condition, no scratches, no dents, full service
    history, HPI clear, no outstanding finance, non-smoking, never involved in any accident.
    The car is still UK registered and now it is locked in my garage in Preston. If you dicide to buy it you will receive the original invoice, logbook, keys and all the documents to register it into your name .
    Genuine reason for sale: unfortunately I can’t register the car here because you know it is very hard to drive
    a Right-hand car here and more of that I need money cash fast!
    I want £2700 for my car and the shipping will be free !
    Due to amount involved and due the fact that I am not located in the United Kingdom, I only accept third party transaction mediator.
    I have chosen the ebay Shipping Center Program to take care of all the proceedings, so the car will be shipped by ebay.
    Beside shipping the car, ebay will act as the middle man – holding the payment until you receive and inspect
    the car. You will have one week inspection period.
    Regarding the payment method I would like to use ebay like a third part for the payment because in my opinion this is the safest way to handle the transaction. You will have the car for inspection and test drive BEFORE any money is released to me.
    Look how this work:
    1. I will contact them , and I will send your shipping information to ebay to open the transaction.
    2. They will send you a payment invoice for the car (the invoice will be from customer support team) about
    how to make the payment.
    3. The invoice contains all the info about this transaction and you must follow the steps written there to
    complete the deal with me.
    4. After all that will be done, the car will be shipped by ebay, and the car will arrive at your address in
    3 to 5 days..
    5. Buyer accepts delivery and informs eBay to tell them if he is satisfied or not
    6. ebay will release the money to the seller(in case the buyer is satisfied) or to the buyer(in case that
    he is not satisfied).
    This means a 3rd party.
    You will receive a tracking # in the same day when the car will be shipped from ebay.
    I am using the protection and shipping program offered by ebay Shipping Center because this will protect both
    of us and also it is the fastest way to complete this deal.
    If you want to go on with this deal , mail me immediately !
    For car’s pictures clik on the following links:
    http://i41.tinypic.com/b3woas.jpg
    http://i40.tinypic.com/2wdqe76.jpg
    http://i43.tinypic.com/a3zci8.jpg
    http://i40.tinypic.com/2qa33t4.jpg
    Let me know if you are interested …
    AM/FM Stereo, CD Player, Premium Sound System
    Safety Features: Alarm, Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), Driver Airbag, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Immobiliser, Passenger Airbag, Rear seat belts, Safety Belt Pretensioners, Side Airbags Interior/Comfort Options: Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Electric heated seats, Leather Seats, Parking Sensors, Power-assisted Steering (PAS), Power Locks, Power Windows, Tilt Steering Wheel

    Dont go with him and i have spend a lot of time w with it and she asked me to pay to eaby . however i have serched in internet and realised that it s a scam
    Dont go for it it is a cheating

    Viju

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

    ——————————————————————————–
    To: [email protected]

    Ok, defenitely interested. Amazing price, tho. Almost too good to be true? Anyhow. Where are you at? Would pick up boat in person with cashiers check? Could do a deposit on Ebay.

    How fast? How fast on plane? How many hours on engine?

    ——————————————————————————–
    From: Christine Mckelvey

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in purchasing my boat. The boat is in perfect condition – like new! If you decide to buy it, you’ll receive all the papers, owner manual, keys, a buy-sell contract already signed by me and the clear title. For this transaction I want to use ebay because I want to provide you a fast and very secure way. They will handle the transaction for me. You will make the payment to ebay and they will hold the money until you receive and inspect the boat. ONLY AFTER you receive the boat and you inspect it (you have 5 days for inspection) ebay will release the payment to me. The inspection time period will begin as soon as you receive the boat at your address. Meanwhile eBay will hold the money into a trust account. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the boat before you decide to buy it. This way we are both protected : i will know that i have a serious buyer who has the money to pay me and you will be able to see and inspect the boat before buying it .
    The boat is priced to sell quickly and the final price that I’m asking for it is $ 15,000 including shipping and handling costs. My husband died in Iraq 3 months ago and I along with my daughter decided to sell the house and move to my sister. I can’t afford to take days off my work for this sale so i’m trying to sell it online.
    If you are really interested in purchasing the boat please send me your full name, shipping address and your phone number. Ebay will give you all the details regarding the shipping and payment.

    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.

    Regards!

    Christine Mckelvey

    P.S. : You will find below the pictures and the description . Please take a closer look before you decide .

    Features
    Type: Cruiser (power)
    Length: 30.0 feet
    Beam: 8.3 feet
    Hull material: Fiberglass
    Engine type: Single inboard/outboard
    Engine make: Mercury
    Engine model: 8.1 L 496 Mag 375hp
    Trailer: Included
    Use: Fresh water
    Primary fuel type: Gas
    Fuel capacity: 76-100 gallons
    Boat Is Excellent Condition. Ready To Be Used, Had Marine Inspection Will List Information Below. Fresh Oil Change.
    Trailer Triple Axle
    Disc Brakes On Trailer
    2 5/16″ Ball
    Tires In Good Condition
    Alloy Rims
    Bilge Pump
    Bilge Blower
    Power Tilt/Trim
    Depth Finder
    AM/FM CD Player
    Amp
    Dual Batteries With Switch

  339. I got hosed big time. I made a deal with “Matt and Joanna Kelimber” for a 72 Corvette Convertible. They told me it was their son’s car who died last year..totally played the sympathy card. I had my reservations but i’ve heard of people getting these once in a life time deals and i guess the desire for the car got the best of me. Next time i’ll listen to the little voice in my head. The website i found the car on was Auto-Catch.com…it would be great if Ebay could post a warning on every possible website they could letting people know that unless the car is auctioned on ebay, it’s not a legitimate sale. I only lost $2000.00…but i sure learned a good lesson. You can’t trust anybody. I’d love to nail these guys.

  340. UUHHHAAA! Awesome site, just found it! THANK YOU!
    I think I am in the process right now to be scammmed.My husband and I are looking for a boat and I found one on KIJIJI and it was dirt cheap and beautiful. SEARAY 190 Signiture. My husband sayed its to good to be true and I had a hunch to….SO I did some research – I found simular boats for $20.000 and this one is $3305.00? So I went back to the link he gave me to look at his pics of the boat and stared at this for EVER to see WHY” this boat is cheap, till I saw a flaw in one of the 15 pictures..He sayed the boat was in Victoria BC?…the plates on the Van that was pulling the boat looked American. I am from BC and those are not BC plates..SOOOO. I typed in “boat Scams” to see if I can match to the AD, Yeppers as of now!
    The guy said he is looking to sell it cheap because he is going to ALFGANISTAN at the end of the month(being in the military) and had to sell fast. He will pay for shipping through his paypal program and I have 3 days to test it etc…etc..just like the forums above. WOW..WOW thats all I can say…I am so happy I found this site,it gave me closure on my hunch. I was not scammed but I have no proof this guy is a scammer but hey this answers my question, plus his name is Steven Huck just incase this is a scam. HEADS UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  341. Same old story here in Nova Scotia. Vehicle in Vancouver i.e across the country via Autotrader.ca. I am having some fun with “James Meyer”. I indicated that I will be in Vancouver on business next week and can see the vehicle personally. I also informed him that I am looking at several other vehicles at the same time and will short list if “his” vehicle is acceptable. However, I informed him that I realize that there are many scammers out there, and to ensure his legitimacy as not being one of them, I am asking each “seller” to send me $25.00 CDN. Of course, I am not going follow through on this request, but I thought that I would give the Sh**head some of his own medicine by attempting to scam him for $25.00.
    Beware of “James Meyer”.

  342. Yup, [email protected] is still scamming out there. Says car is for sale in MT, but car is not even listed on Montana craigslist!

    Hi,
    I am selling this car because my platoon has been sent back to Iraq and don’t want it get old in my backyard. The price is low because I need to sell it before June 25. It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident..I do have the title , clear, under my name.The car have 16,800 miles, year 2006 and VIN WMWRE33546TL22338.
    It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $5000. The car is in Great Falls, MT, in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.
    Regards!!!

  343. Just ran in to the same thing from Lt. Andrew White, 2006 Honda $2900, he’s in Spain, wife came over, blahblahblah…. Glad I found this website, before I sent any $$

  344. I also received the following, it was to good to be true.

    Hello,

    If you are interested in my 2006 Acura RL, I must mention that it is in perfect condition, has no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever. It has 29,256 miles and the VIN # is :JH4KB16586C011295. It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name.

    I have the pictures hosted on the net and you can see them at : http://s955.photobucket.com/albums/ae36/2006_Acura_RL/

    The car is located in Brooklyn, NY.

    The price is $2,999 and there are no other costs regarding this transaction. I am selling the car because I am in the army and my unit will be deployed to Afghanistan next month. I will buy a new one when I’ll be back home so this car needs to go.

    The transaction will be closed only through a 3rd party because this way we will both be protected. My time is limited due to my job in the army so I decided to use a service from ClickandBuy which will serve as our 3rd escrow party in this transaction. To begin the transaction I’ll need your full name and shipping address, I will forward the details of our transaction to ClickandBuy and then you will receive an invoice from them. The car will be shipped insured to your location with DAS and you will have 5 days for inspection, I will pay for shipping.

    Thank you,

    Steven Kalen
    [email protected]

  345. Here is another one from CraigsList. The ad was very convincing. I’m a skeptic by nature but I was sucked in until the e-mail. (Person knew nothing of local area).

    Hello there,

    Thanks for being interested in buying my 2001 Toyota Avalon XL Sedan, Automatic Transmission, Engine : 3.0L V6 PFI DOHC 24V, the car have 94,600 miles, VIN #4T1BF28BX1U132438.
    The car is like new, clear TITLE, completely working, perfect running condition,with no hidden damages or accidents, it has always been garage kept, low miles, non-smoker no flood or storms. It is a US model and passed the US test emissions (smog).
    The price is $2,950.00 USD. I recently moved to Lisboa, Portugal because I divorced with my husband and after the divorce I own this car, now I tried to register it here (for my son) but they said that I can’t register a car that has US emissions.I am selling the car so cheap because I can’t find a buyer here.I want to sell it in US because is located and still registered there (US).
    I will prefer to use eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection to complete the transaction safe. If you are interested in getting my car please give me a reply.

    Thank you,
    Laura Dixon
    [email protected]

  346. It happend to me too – today. Hummer 2007 for $17,200, milege 20,250. It was advertised on Auto Trader and removed soon after we have begun exchanging emails. She said she moved to Canada from US- single parent with two children. Needs the money quickly, so is selling the vehicle chip. She/he emailed all the information about the transaction procedure. From “eBay-NOT” I have received 5(five) pages about Purchase Protection program, the Invoice and the banking information, with the account information in New York Bank, to wire the money. I have check the VIN#. Everything was looking great – YES, to good to be true! GOOD thing my son, as much as he wanted this car,found the page about the SCAM under the eBay cover. Thank you, for having this vehicle purchase protection site!!

  347. I emailed about a 2003 Honda Civic with 33,000 miles which was priced at $2,200. I thought the price seemed too good to be true as my 1996 Civic with 200,000 miles still books for around $2,000. I realized this was a scam even before I found this website. Here is the email. Watch out.

    Greetings,

    This 2003 Honda Civic LX Sedan runs and drives excellent. Its unbelievably clean and excellent condition.The price i hope to obtain is $2200. I am selling the car because my platoon has been sent back to Iraq and I have no use for it anymore. Plus i want to buy another car in a few months.

    The price is low because I need to sell it before July 5.

    You will not have any problems with registration since the car is still registered in US. You will not have to pay additional taxes, just only the price for it. You will get from me the manuals, keys along with all the additional documents needed for registration.

    I want to take the opportunity to assure you that this deal is 100% legitimate, the financial part of this deal will be managed by the eBay’s buyer protection program (They are acting like a third party in our deal). Which means that you will have a 10 days inspection period before buying the car. If you want to complete the purchase please send me your full name and address and I will notify ebay that you are selected as my buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.

    Please email me soon if you want to move forward and let me know if you need anything else.

    All the best!
    Capt. Richard Baldwin
    [USASOLS] United States Army Special Operations Logistics Squadron

  348. I am being scamed right now. I have left my phone number for them two times but have only received two emails:
    (1) Hello,
    Sorry for my late answer!
    The car is still available and the price for 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Crew Cab is $4,100. It has done 48,000 miles and has been well taken care of, always kept in the garage. It doesn’t have any dents, chips or scratches and the interior is great, never smoked in. The car has a clear title, no liens or loans and never been in an accident. It comes with bill of sale in your name, title, owner’s manual and all the keys.It was always garaged and never smoked in.
    The truck was my husband`s as he loved it very much, but he did not enjoy it as he died in a work accident. It brings very bad memories to me, I want to get rid of it. I`m a single mother with 2 children and I don`t need it I don`t have driver license ,that`s why I`m selling it so cheap. We will use eBay`s protection program for our safety. I just need your full name and shipping address so I can open a transaction (with no further obligation or fees). The truck is located in Morehead City, North Carolina.
    For more pics please visit my album:
    http://myklaosidoscissa2008.i8.com/2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Crew Cab/s.html
    Mileage: 48,000
    Body Style: Crew Cab
    Exterior Color: Gold
    Interior Color: Tan
    Engine: 8 Cylinders
    Transmission: Automatic
    Drivetrain: 4WD
    Doors: 4
    I will wait your email.

    Dena Cardenas

    (2) Hello again,

    I received your address and I will make the final arrangements for shipping delivery tomorrow. The truck is reserved for you right now and I will inform ebay about our deal.They will notify you with the payment instructions in a few hours.I am very pleased with the way things have gone so far. Your cooperation has been such a blessing and I thank you for everything.As soon as you receive the email from eBay get back to me and let me know.
    It’s a pleasure doing business with you!

    Regards.

    Thanks for having a web site up that is exposing this SCAM. I’m not going to be a victim.

  349. I was almost taken,
    The scam was on canadian web Buysell.com
    this used a sick child and a divorce. These indivdiuals are creative.

  350. I am in BC, Canada and have encountered a similar scam. It was a 215 Sea Ray boat listed on the buy and sell (vancouver) for $5000, less than half of what one of these is worth. The ad was deleted even a few hours later when I went to show it to my husband. I was thinking “well they probably got so many responses”, but I had responded by this time. A few days passed, so I thought nothing of it. Then I got this email
    Hi,
    Thanks for being interested in buying my boat!It`s in perfect condition, no scratches,damages,i used it only in fresh water.The price is $5,000 CAD. It has a clear title and free of any liens or loans.Because of my divorce settlement,i own this boat and as a woman i don`t need so i`m trying to get rid of it as soon as possible(that`s why i`m selling it so cheap).We will use eBay`s Vehicle Purchase Protection plan for our both safety,i want only legit transactions.Let me know where are you located and any other details you need about it.
    Have a great day!

    At this point I said I would send a friend to come and look at it…this was the response:

    Hi Michelle,

    Yes,it’s very hard,I am going through a rough time.I just want to settle things down in my life,and start a new one.I lost all my self-confidence and self-esteem since my ex-husband left me…But,let’s get back to pur bussiness.
    I`m located in Montreal(the boat is here with me) right now because i got a new job here,the thing is i`m very busy and i don`t have time to stay and meet with all my potential buyers, that is why i gave to a shipping company that will ship it to the next owner(on my cost), so i’m trying to sell it online under eBay`s protection.Here is how it works :
    The sale will be managed through eBay under their Vehicle Purchase Protection program since they offer the highest rate of safety and reliability during online transactions. They act as a neutral third party. Look how this works:
    1. I will contact eBay and give all the info about this deal.
    2. They will email us the forms which are needed for our deal(invoice, payment instructions, buyer’s and seller’s protection policy)
    3. You will send the money to eBay and they will notify me to ship the boat to your location.
    4. After you will inspect the boat and decide to keep it, eBay will forward the funds to me once you have approved them to do so. You will have 5 days to inspect it.
    Please reply with your complete name and shipping address in your next email and let me know if you are interested in knowing more details about this purchase so that I can open a transaction at eBay and to move forward with this deal.After that they will contact you with all necessary information about this transaction(terms,buyer protection,payment instructions,invoice,etc.).

    P.S. Please don`t forget to send me your full name and address.

    This is the email that raised some red flags…..why was it advertised in Vancouver, but suddenly in Montreal so I couldn’t physically look at it? But in my head I was still thinking, “well maybe it was a divorce and she just wants it gone”….but the fact that it was so under value and ‘she’ was going to ship it to me for free – not worth a $5K Boat!

    I hope this helps someone not get scammed

  351. I’ve gotten the same thing from an Amalia Muller ([email protected]). “Selling” a 2006 Lexus SC430 for $9300 and a 2008 Lexus RX400H for $6800. Both cars were advertised as being in Ontario, however there were different contact numbers, one being in Ottawa area, the other being in Alberta. After saying I wished to get the cars myself without shipping I got an odd replay. Apparently “she” is in the UK right now living with her parents after a divorce, and the car is “ready to ship” from Vancouver, BC. The ad for these two cars was found on autotrader.ca and yet wanted to do a transaction over eBay.

    Very glad I found this site, as somebody else found the same person. . . it’s complete crap. The photo for the SC430 is also taken where there is palm trees in the background, when the situation and location would make that impossible, as it is not even near tropical here.

  352. I’m in Vancouver, B.C. Was looking for a boat and found a 2006 24′ on autotrader, priced at C$8900. Again, too good to be true. BUT, i’ve purchaced a few vehicles with great deals before which are also found online, so i decided to message the owner and got this response:

    Hello there,
    I appreciate that you contacted me. First let me say that the 2006 CHAPARRAL 232 SUNESTA is available for $8,900CAD(Final Price).
    It is in good condition, there’s no scratches or any dents on it,very well maintained,please check the pictures, I have a clear title for it, no liens or loans. It has 59 HOURS only.
    Never been in any accidents.Where are you located?
    The reason why I’m selling it so cheap (it`s real value is much higher) is because my 8 year old daughter is very sick and we need those money as soon as possible to pay her treatment,right now i don`t care about money,my daughter`s health comes first…..
    If you have any further questions please do not hesitate ask.Where are you located?
    Best Regards
    Diane Niebling

    Here are a few things that got me thinking:

    1) autotrader said location is in Pitt Meadows B.C. She said she’s in Montreal in a hospital with her daughter, pictures were from ebay, an exact same boat (priced US$26,000) was selling at a dealer which is in Texas.

    2) i asked her twice regarding the location of the boat and she didn’t answer.

    3) directly had an email from ebay “Vehicle Purchase Protection” but no message in my ebay account? which ebay usually have a follow up message.

    4) i’m in B.C., she’s in Montreal, handles through ebay America, and pay agent in UK? And still, no location provided.

    5) ask for CASH payment through “MoneyGram”, which ebay never use.

    6) total is C$8900, first payment is C$4450, second payment is also C$4450?! Um… we’re in Canada, so… NO TAX?! (No way…)

    Did some research and found this, there’s also a review on ebay regarding this scam. I saw some more listings that are too good to be true, more and more in Vancouver now, heads up people!

  353. I got stung too by Matt & Joanne Kelimber for $3000.00 so sad that there are people out there like this. What a good lesson this is – trust no one…. they even sent a picture of their selves, they really worked it.

  354. we saw a 1999 jeep wrangler for $3000 in perfect condition. after emailing the seller the item was removed from the list. the seller stated he was in the army and was about to deploy. my husband is in the army and told the seller that who had no response. we received a email asking for the name and address of where the jeep should be shipped along with instructions to go through money gram and make a cash payment. it also stated that ebay would hold the money for ten days until we wanted to take the jeep and that it was insured up to $20000. on ebay they do not hold the money and they insure up to $50000. little things like that jumped up like red flags and prompted us to do a little more research. glad we did, don’t fall for it. peace

  355. We almost got scammed as well! This is the last email that we received from “Gina Waters”. We sent a response telling her that we would rather meet in person and not have to ship the vehicle and asked where she lived. No response from Gina Waters. I googled “Gina Waters Coca Cola” and this site came up…so grateful, we probably would have been scammed and the email I attached below is identical to another from someone else this month, just a different vehicle!

    Hello again,
    This 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 , runs and drives excellent. Its unbelievably clean and excellent condition. The price is $ 3800.00 with shipping and handling included. I am selling the car because I had received a very good job offer in my home state and I have no use for it anymore plus I had received a car from work. The price is low because I need to sell it before July 9th. You will not have any problems with registration since the vehicle is still registered in US and meets all environmental regulations in the US, there is no need to pay any additional taxes, just only the price for it. You will get from me the manuals, keys along with all the additional documents needed for registration. The financial part of this deal will be managed by the eBay’s Buyer Protection Program (They are acting like a third party in our deal). Which means that you will have a 15 days inspection period before buying the vehicle.
    If you need more photos please visit my photobucket space: http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=S5MGK0aCs7xW8uNV+1P2Joh4l5k2TGxc
    If the photobucket does not work try and copy paste the link into your browser.

    If you want to complete the purchase please send me your: Full Name and Shipping Address and I will notify eBay that you are selected as my buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.

    Mileage: 83.000
    Vehicle title: Clear
    Body type: Pickup Truck
    Engine: 8 Cylinder
    Exterior color: Gold
    Transmission: Automatic
    Interior color: Tan
    Drivetrain: 4 Wheel Drive

    Please email me ASAP if you want to move forward and let me know if you need anything else.

    Kind Regards,
    Gina Waters

    Coca Cola®
    Customer Service Manager
    Packaging Innovations
    http://www.coca-cola.com

  356. I just almost fell for this same scam. I saw a great Suzuki motorcycle on craigslist for only $2,500 and thought it was a great deal I contacted the seller, Amanda Strum and got the same Unicef bullshit. Her email address is [email protected]. I was close to purchasing the bike even got the “Ebay” invoices with the vehicle protection program case id. I had a bad feeling about sending money over money gram and did a search. I saw this blog and feel great that i realized it was too good to be true before it was too late.

  357. FIRST EMAIL!!!!!

    Thank you for your interest in my car.This is a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta 4 Cylinder Engine ,Turbocharged ,Diesel Fuel ,Brake Assist ,4-Wheel ABS ,4-Wheel Disc Brakes ,Power Steering ,Wheel Locks ,Aluminum Wheels ,Full Size Spare ,Tire ,Tires – Front Performance ,Tires – Rear Performance ,Side Air Bag ,Driver Air Bag ,Passenger Air Bag, Bucket Seats ,Rear Seat Heat Ducts ,Power Windows ,Power Door Locks

    Here you can find more pictures of the car: http://s910.photobucket.com/albums/ac309/frankihudec/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

    The car has been well taken care of, always kept in the garage.Flawless exterior/interior condition,no scratches and no dents.It has never been involved in an accident.The engine starts and drives like new and the paint looks great.It comes with US clear title which will be signed and notorized in the buyer’s name.Have original manuals and all keys.

    I’m an US Air Force Sgt.currently stationed in the United Kingdom.The car is here with me. It was bought in the US and shipped to Europe, but it was never permanently registered here, the car is still registered in the US.The car is for sale locally as well, but there are slim chances of this to happen. In order to be able to register this car here in the UK the buyer would have to pay very high import/custom taxes that will double the price. So I decided to sell the car back in the US.
    My final price is $4800.00 US Dollars including shipping from the UK to the US and delivery to your home address.So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    SECOND EMAIL!!!
    I will have the car shipped from UK by an US Air Force cargo plane so there won’t be any additional shipping costs. The shipping will take 6-8 days, depending on your location.Shipping will be door to door,to your home address,somebody must be home when the car arrives to sign for the reception.The car will arrive with all the papers and documents required for registration and the keys. The clear title and the bill of sale will be already signed by me.

    The payment will be done through eBay.You will send the money to eBay and as soon as the payment is confirmed they will notify me to proceed with the shipping. I will ship the car you will receive it and you will have 5 days for inspection, both the car and the paperwork and the option to accept or reject the car.The inspection time period will begin as soon as you sign for receiving the car at your requested address.During all this time eBay will hold the money into a trust account.So, this is not a blind transaction,you can see the car before decided to buy it.If you are satisfied with the car and decide to keep it you inform eBay about this and they will release the money to me. 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 in to consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.

    If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name and the address where you want the car to be delivered to and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.

    I almost got scammed, thank God I didn’t! Everyone should really beware of this guy, he sounds smart, and he ALMOST had me!! his email is [email protected] be careful everyone!!!

  358. Here’s a guy on Craigslist trying to scam an ATV. He’s using “[email protected]”.
    Says he’s being deployed to the UK and wants to sell cheap, and he’ll pay the shipping to anywhere. Yeah right. Nice try scammer!

  359. Thank you to all of you for your posts. We were in communication via email with Alvin Manson whose email address is listed as [email protected]. We found a motorhome listing on rvtraderonline.com. The motorhome was being offered at almost 4 times less than retail -too good to be true???? I sent an email asking for more information on the motorhome and indicating that we were interested in purchasing it. He answered my email a day later. All of his emails are sent very late at night. The email outlined the process for the eBay Buyer protection plan just as all of you list above. Thank goodness each of you took the time to post your experiences!! Such a shame that there are people who make their living preying on others.

  360. Good morning,

    The boat is still available and in excellent condition, it has a clear title, it has never been involved in accidents, even more it doesn’t have any scratches, flaws or any kind of problems. The engine works as new and it has only 220 hours.
    If you decide to buy the boat, you’ll receive along with the boat and the trailer all the proper paperwork: title, owner’s manual and bill of sale.
    The boat used to belong to my husband but unfortunately he passed away 3 months ago and I decided along with my daughters to sell it.
    The final price that I’m asking for it is $16,700 including shipping and handling costs. I know the price is a bit lower but I have financial issues and I urgently need money.
    The financial part of this transaction will be provided by eBay thru their Vehicle Purchase Protection Program. I used the program before and everything worked smoothly, so its going to be a safe transaction for both of us. Please let me know if you have the funds available and want more details about the payment and shipping process, if not thank you for your time and have a great day!

    Thank you,
    Christiana

  361. 2007 SeaRay Sundeck from BoatTrader.com from Christiana Williams. Number listed was not in service. We offered to fly up to NY to inspect the purchase, but found out in the second email (posted below) Seller was in NY, but boat was located for shipping in CA. Red Flags everywhere. BE AWARE!!!

    Hello,

    I’m sorry but currently I’m delegated out of state with some job assignments and I’m not able to meet you.
    The good news is that I left everything prepared for the sale!
    The boat is sealed and deposited at the shipping company in San Jose, CA ready for shipping.
    The shipping is already paid so after the boat arrives, your only concern is to inspect it!
    You’ll have a 5 days inspection period, during this time you can run, verify or you can even take the boat to an independent mechanic for inspection and decided either to keep it or not.
    The boat is enrolled in eBay’s Vehicle Purchase Protection Program so the deal must go only thru them. The transaction is supervised and covered by eBay so in case if something goes wrong you’ll be fully refunded.
    If you agree with eBay’s terms and decide to send the money to them, they will validate your payment and contact me to authorize the shipping process. The transfer will be made via wire transfer (bank to bank transfer) and eBay will hold your payment until you receive, inspect and give your approval that everything is in order with the boat and that I can be paid.
    In my opinion this is the best way we can close the deal and we’re both protected!
    If you’re fine with the terms and you want to finalize the deal please reply with your info: full name, full shipping address and cell/home phone # so I can forward it to eBay. They will process the info and will send to both of us invoices.

    I apologize if it seems like I’m pushing a little on this deal but I really want to be sure that everything is clarified before any further steps.

    Thanks for understanding and looking forward for your answer,
    Christiana

  362. BEWARE any seller named “JESSICA KALINSKI”. Tried to pull this same stunt on me, but I caught it when I was having trouble actually sending the payment to this person.

    I decided to call ebay and ask for help, when I came across their notice that they will NEVER use Western Union. Thank god I caught this before it’s too late!

  363. Beware “VANESSA GRAYSON ” listed a 2007 Yamaha SX230 boat on boattrader.com

    This is the email sent to me….

    Hi,

    Where are you from?
    I still have the boat and I want to tank you for your interest.The boat is in perfect condition like new, no problems with the motor, no dents or any kind of damage and comes with a clear title.
    If you want to buy the boat, you will receive it with all the proper documentation: the title, owners manual and a bill of sale.
    My final asking price is $ 14,699 including shipping and handling. My husband died few months ago and now I’m a single mother with 2 young daughters. I decided to sell it because I don’t know how to use it and also don’t want to get old in my garage.
    About the payment method, I want to use eBay’s Vehicle Purchase Protection program, I have used it before and all my transaction ended succesfully. I want a fast and safe transaction for both of us so please let me know if you are interested in buying it, and have the fund available so I can explain you the payment method.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Vanessa

    Hi,

    Currently I’m out of town with my job and that’s why I won’t be able to meet you, but I left everything prepared for the sale.
    I want to inform you that the boat is already deposited at the shipping company in Orlando, FL. ready for shipping.
    I will ship it for free and you’ll have a 5 days for inspection. I already registered the boat in the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program and the deal must go through them.
    This transaction is covered by eBay’s Vehicle Protection Program up to 50,000 USD and if something goes wrong you will be fully refunded.
    You will transfer the money to ebay through wire transfer (bank to bank transfer) and they will hold it until you’ll receive and inspect the boat.
    The money will be locked into eBay’s VPP bank account and they will release the funds to me only with your approval and only after the boat is registered under your name.
    This way we are both protected: I will know that I have a serious buyer who has the money to pay me and you will be able to see and inspect the boat before buying it.
    If you have any questions please e-mail me and I will answer you asap.
    Thank you,
    Vanessa

  364. Beware of 1999 Sea Doo Speedster on Autotrader being sold my [email protected]. The email correspondence has all these Scam triggers:

    – Captain Michael Steele being deployed to Iraq
    – previous buyer backed out, so boat is in crate waiting to be shipped
    – just send Full Name, etc. to initiate eBay transaction (by the way this is what made me suspicious as eBay only transacts for their auctions, not for items listed on other internet sources)
    – transaction guaranteed by eBay, full refund available within 10 days for your inspection

    THANKS FOR YOUR SITE! In the initial inquiry, I have now asked for his eBay or PayPal member Id, and have not heard from him since! To test the information in the scam, I have emailed under a separate account to compare the ad, and have also reported it to AutoTrader.

  365. I saw some ads, that were unreal. And all unreal adds had the same method of payments. Right away questioned their integrity. Never local pickup?
    Larry&joana mathieu tried to sell me their dead daughters Benz Suv for $4000 and only $3000 if donation to UNICEF for the rest of the remaining $1000. Damn these criminals are now acting to have a concious.

  366. hey there, i got scammed into sending *DIANE NIEBLING* 5 thousand dollars for a pair of jet skis that do not exsist, is there any one out there that can help get my money back, or any lawyer i can contact in canada that deals with this problem

  367. Hello
    I think my husband and I were about to fall for the same scam….. We found a 04 Ford F-150 4X4 with 86000 miles for only $4400….
    This is the first email…..
    Hello

    I wanna thank you for contacting me. My name is Sarah Williams and i live in Des Plaines, Illinois
    The truck has 85,000 miles, a clear title and the year is 2004.
    It has no dents or scratches and it has never been involved in accidents; here is the vin if you want to check it: 1FTPW14594KC20093
    The engine runs very well, the truck was regular serviced.
    The price is $4400,and is available only if the sale takes place today or tomorrow because I need the money ASAP.
    I will only sell it through ebay protection program,because I am currently out of town due to my work.
    The truck can be delivered to you no matter where you live and you can test-drive it before deciding weather you keep it or not
    If you agree with my terms please reply by email and I will give you detailes.

    Thank you,
    Sarah
    her email is [email protected]

    My husband responded saying if she lets us know we could be there and test drive the truck tonight and her responds was…..

    The payment type is established through ebay protection program.
    You have to deposit $4600, including shipping ($200) , at ebay and they will hold the money until the truck is delivered to you, with properly executed title.
    You have 2 days for the inspection period. If the truck doesn’t correspond to the description or doesn’t fulfill your demanding you will
    have to inform ebay to ship it back in 30 business days on my expense and they refund you the money. If you decide to keep it you will have to tell ebay to release me the payment.
    So all this time the money will stay at ebay, and you will decide if they are sent to me or back to you.
    If you decide to move forward or just want to find out more I will need your full name and the shipping address.I will send it to ebay and they will contact you with more information about the shipping and payment.
    You can also reply with your own questions and they will answer.
    This will create no obligation.
    The pictures of the truck are in the following link:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/SarahWill544841/FordF150#slideshow/5355428402803371538

    Thank you,
    Sarah

    That is when my husband and I decided to google ebay protection program and found this warning….

    I mean the pictures looked so good and great.

    So beware of Sarah Williams. I just sent her an email asking her some more stuff and nothing…

    THANK YOU EVEWRYONE

    Sarah Dow

  368. I really need a car, but i dont have that much budget. Yesterday I saw a nice 2003 Honda Civic for $2930 on craiglist.seems to be a good deal for me. So I email the guy and he explained the ebay Vehicle Program. I dont want to get into that stuff… so i ask him if i could just see the car first since our area is close. He insisted i have to give him my full name and delivery address…im not comfortable with that. Just now, i’ve done some research and i found this website. I never thought there’s a lot of scammer out there.

    This is what he email me.

    Hello,
    let me explain to you the process:
    I’ve decided that the payment should be completed by using eBay security, because I want to
    take this opportunity to assure you that this deal is 100% LEGIT but you must know that
    this way eBay will require you to send the deposit and they will have to
    verify both me and the car and you as well before we can close this deal through their service.
    Your money will be kept by the eBay agent until you will receive the car and send them the
    confirmation that you are satisfied with the product received. In case you don’t want to
    keep the car all you will have to do is ask them for a refund and you will be totally
    refunded in 2 days.
    REMEMBER: for the delivery fees I am responsible .
    So if you are interested I will need your full name and delivery
    address as soon as possible in order to send your details to the eBay
    agent to make the arrangements for delivery.
    Thanks
    Sunny Thomas

    this guy almost got me.
    Thanks to everyone posted their comments on this website. It help me a lot.

  369. Thanks so much for posting here. Yesterday I saw a car on Craigslist and emailed for questions. This morning I received this reply:

    “Hi,
    Thank you so much for contacting me regarding my 2001 Toyota 4Runner 2WD SR5.The car has 92,700 miles,one owner,it’s in perfect condition without any mechanical problems,with no damages or hidden defects,no need for additional repairs,clear title without any accidents,liens or loans.All power equipment are in working order.I have all the car’s Automatic,2 spare of keys,all the documents and papers.The last price for the car is 3,500.00$.I was fired from my job because the financial crises that affected almost everyone including the company I worked at.I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I’m in debts with my bank, so now you can see the reason why I’m selling my car at 3,500.00$. I want to make this transaction through eBay’s Vehicle Purchase Program. I want eBay because they are the biggest Company and we can close this deal fast and safe for both of us.If you are interested to buy email me your full name and shipping address so I can open the case with eBay.”

    I replied that I didn’t know anything about the eBay Vehicle Protection Program and until I did I couldn’t do anything further. I asked that she (victoria laici [email protected]] send me more information. Then I went online to check it out. I ran across this website and I copied the entire site and sent it back to her email address with the question, “Does any of this sound familiar?” Thank you SO much for posting here. You just saved me a lot of heart ache.

  370. Honda Accord 2003 for $2950
    seller Sunny Tomas

    Hello,
    Thanks for replying to my ad. I want you to know the car is in excellent
    condition with no rust or any kind of damage anywhere and it doesn’t
    need any maintenance. The odometer shows 68,000 miles. I can provide you
    a Carfax report for the car. Title is clear and free of liens. This 2003
    Honda Accord Sedan has an automatic transmission and it’s very easy to
    drive even for a beginner.
    My price is $2950. I am now in a divorce and I am in desperate need of
    money to pay the mortgage on my house with this economical crisis.
    That’s my only reason for selling it otherwise I wouldn’t do it.
    The deal will be handled by eBay through their eBay Vehicle Purchase
    Program . They will handle the title and money transfer and deliver the
    car to your location. The car is at their office in Boise City,ID.
    The best part about this is that you’ll get 5 days money back
    guarantee. If at the end of those 5 days you decide not to keep it
    you’ll get a full refund by them. If you are interested about the Accord
    and if you have the money available all you have to do now is to send me
    your full name and your address. As soon as I hear that from you I will
    initiate the transaction through them.
    The process is very simple and risk free for both of us.
    Here are some pics with the car:

    http://s707.photobucket.com/albums/ww73/honda_acc/

  371. Thank you to everyone who has provided information on this sight. We are from Ontario and located several advertisements through our local BUYSELL(SUPER SHOPPER)magazine/online ads We googled the name of the “woman” we were dealing with and found this sight. You all have saved us a ton of embarrassment and money, thanks again.
    Here is the responses we received to one add

    I appreciate that you contacted me. First let me say that the 2 Honda Aquatrax R012x Jet Skis/Trailer and lifts are available for $3,600CAD(final price).
    It is in good condition,there are no scratches or any dents on it,very well maintained.I have a clear title for it, no liens or loans.One has 31 hours running time and the other has 37!
    Never been in any accidents and never laid down.
    The reason why I’m selling it so cheap (it`s real value is much higher) is because my 8 year old daughter is very sick and we need those money as soon as possible to pay her treatment,right now i don`t care about money,my daughter`s health comes first…..
    If you have any further questions please do not hesitate ask.Where are you located?

    Best Regards
    Diane Niebling
    Program Development Educator

    Hi Lisa ,
    They are 2005.
    I`m located in Montreal right now at Hospital with my daughter,the thing is i have to stay here with her and i don`t have time to stay and meet
    with all my potential buyers, that is why i gave to a shipping company that will ship it to the next owner(on my cost).

    The sale will be managed through eBay under their Vehicle Purchase Protection program since they offer the highest rate of safety and reliability for transactions.
    Through their Vehicle Purchase Program you will have 5 days to inspect and test it before proceeding to the payment step. eBay will complete
    the invoice in your name and will instruct me to start the shipping once they will verify the delivery address.

    So if you agree please email me your full name and address so I can start the official procedure trough eBay and they will send the invoice
    and the details how the affiliated DAS company will shipp the 2 Honda Aquatrax .(closed cargo, time for delivery…)

    PS: I paid the eBay registration fee and you don’t have to pay anything else.
    Best Regards

    **Then when I asked who the DAS affiliate was (I knew there was no such thing)and for contact information…. no response***

    Here is another name to watch for……

    [email protected]

    Thanks again… this sight saved us!!!!!

  372. thank you so much afeez, i almost got sucked into buying a larry & joana mathieu’s dead daughters mini cooper for $3300

  373. watch out for Larisa Diliberti also, shes doing the same scam. I asked for a H2 SUT in the Hebdo.net site and thanks to you, will not go ahead. I was suspicious all along. Too good to be true !!!!!

  374. I too almost got caught in one of these scams: Dallas Craigslist, divorced female trying to sell a Jeep far below market value, vehicle actually located in a shipping container in New York, wire money to a holding company, item gets shipped and I get seven days to inspect, and all protected and insured through eBay. I Googled the “Case ID M34G90GX3W” number I received and got a hit to this website which revealed everything. Thanks a lot guys.

  375. Same thing as everyone else here but with a boat. No need to copy the e-mails because they are exactly like the above, except her husband had died in Iraq. The sellers name is listed as Deborah Hill and her e-mail address is [email protected]. Funny because the posting on craigs list was only on for a few hours and very professionally done. Beware of this seller and I hope he/she rots in you know where.

  376. I tried to join but was given a password that would not work. Not sure if numbers were letters or vice versus. I am trying to be scammed by Debbie Philips. About a 2006 Harley for $2950 listed in Craiglist in Ft. myers, Fl. Same deal. She is a divorced wife and works on a cruise ship. Same Ebay VPP scam. Her e-mail address is [email protected]. Thanks. Bill

  377. Hi,
    Thank god for this website I almost got scammed 5,100 dollars this guy was selling me a $27000 truck for 5000 because he said he was in the Canadian Air Force and was in the united kingdom were he had the truck and could not drive it because of regulations against cars that have the steering wheel on the left side.

    I GAVE THIS GUY MY PHONE NUMBER, ADDERESS, AND FULL NAME IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THE CAN STEAL MY IDENTITY?

  378. I am so glad I took the time to research my scenario. It sounds as if I almost fell into the same scam regarding a 2005 Sea Ray. Ruth Baldwin, even left a phone number that I attempted to call, which was disconnected. All this is mentioned in my emails I copied below for all to see.
    Beware of: Ruth Baldwin ([email protected])
    From: [email protected]
    To:
    Subject: RE: 2005 Sea Ray 260 Sun Dancer, $27000
    Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2009 16:21:15 -0500
    Hi,
    Sorry for the late answer, but I had some problems at work and I wasn’t able to handle the boat sale. The boat is in perfect condition – like new, no problems with the engine or any kind of damage and comes with a clear title. If you’ll decide to buy it, you’ll receive all the papers: the title, owner’s manual and a bill of sale. The final price is $27,000 including shipping&handling. The price is low because I’m looking for a quick cash sale; I am not selling it for profit or due to lack of money. My husband died 3 months ago and I decided along with my daughter to sell the house and move to my sister. The financial part of this transaction will be provided by eBay through their Vehicle Purchase Protection Program. I used the vpp program in the past and all my transaction ended succesfully. I want a fast and safe transaction for both of us, so please let me know if you have the funds available and wish to explain you the payment and shipping process.
    Regards

    To: [email protected]
    Subject: RE: 2005 Sea Ray 260 Sun Dancer, $27000
    Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2009 22:42:46 -0400
    Hi,
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. I have the funds available and am very interested in purchasing asap. I am unfamilar with the VPP program and would like to know more about your process. I attempted to contact you via the phone number listed, however service has been stopped. Honestly I am alittle hesitant on purchasing prior to seeing the boat, and live in the DC area, is it at all possible to view prior to purchase?
    Thanks
    From: [email protected]
    To:
    Subject: RE: 2005 Sea Ray 260 Sun Dancer, $27000
    Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2009 22:50:53 -0500
    Hi,
    I see that you have doubts and I understand your concern. Currently I’m out of town with my job and I won’t be able to meet you, but I left everything prepared for the sale. I want to inform you the boat is already deposited at the shipping company in San Marino, CA ready for shipping. I will ship it for free and you’ll have a 5 days for inspection. I already registered the boat into the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program and the deal must go through them. This transaction is covered by eBay’s Vehicle Protection Program up to 50,000 USD and if something goes wrong you will be full refunded. You will transfer the money to ebay through wire transfer (bank to bank transfer) and they will hold it until you’ll receive and inspect the boat. The money will be locked into eBay’s VPP bank account and they will release the funds to me only with your approval and after the boat is registered under your name. If you want to continue with this deal please e-mail me your info (name, address, phone#) so I can forward it to ebay.
    Regards
    To: [email protected]
    Subject: RE: 2005 Sea Ray 260 Sun Dancer, $27000
    Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 06:44:17 -0400
    Hi,
    I talked everything over with my wife and she has finally given me the go ahead to purchase the boat if it is still avaliable. I noticed all the ads listed for the vessel have been taken down, have you found another purchaser? If so, congratulations, if not, go ahead and email me back and I will reply with the information necessary to complete the transaction. Look forward to your response.
    Thanks
    From: Ruth Baldwin ([email protected])
    Sent: Tue 7/14/09 5:05 PM
    To:
    Hi,
    The boat is still available, but I already removed the listing because I have a few potential buyers for it. If you want to continue with the deal, please send me the necessary info (full name&address) so we can proceed. I will open the case on ebay and after they will process your info, they will send us both invoices. In the invoice ebay will send you the details on how to make a refundable payment. Let me know what you decided.
    regards

    I hope this re-account of my almost bad mistake helps others from suffering possible scamming.

  379. Here is another boat scam. the same boat has TX registration for sale $ 35,000.00

    here the link:
    http://ads.boatboss.com/254_Dallas11647_2005_Sea_Ray_220_Sundeck.html

    Hi there,

    I’m the first and the only owner of this boat, I bought it new and paid cash for it, so there are no loans on the title, both the boat and the trailer come with a clear title. The boat has been very well maintained, and serviced I also have a full service history. Regarding price, this is my last price, there is no damage or repair to the engine or hull, no mechanical or electrical problems on my boat.

    You can find more pictures here:
    http://img117.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=image019l.jpg

    This is a short desc of my boat for sale:
    * Well maintained, all scheduled maintenance performed at MarineMax dealership. Purchased new in July 2005.
    * Includes a custom cover (not shown) to use for winter (long-term storage) and/or towing.
    * 5.0L MPI, 260HP engine with dual-stainless steel prop and Bravo III outdrive 63 hours
    * Includes skis, life jackets and knee board.

    This is my address: 7984 188th Lane NW Anoka MN 55303. I’m located in state of MN, I hope this is not a problem because a friend of mine owns a truck company, and for my asking price I will provide free delivery.

    I’m a serious person and I hope you are one also, because I really don’t have time to lose.


    Sincerely,
    Ronald Keren
    RK Jeweller Inc.

  380. The same history:

    Look at the e-mails:

    Thanks for your email!
    First of all I would like to tell you that the car is located in Quebec, Canada as I recently moved from US. I received a good job here and along with the job I received a new car. I have no use for the car anymore so I am forced to sell it below the market value.

    The full price is $2,995 US dollars with shipping included to your location. I have a clean title ready to be signed, you will test drive the car for 5 days after you complete the deposit to eBay. We will use eBay Motors to manage the payment because it is the safest way for both of us. Also, a refund policy will be included.
    The deal will go strictly according to eBay rules and policy. In order to start the official transaction, I need to know your details:

    – Full name and Shipping address

    As soon as I have them, I’ll start the official procedure and eBay service will notify you about this. I’ll handle the shipping, so this will be free of charge for you.

    2005 MINI COOPER
    Mileage: 25,750 Miles
    VIN# WMWRF33535TG13332
    Body type: Convertible
    Engine: 1.6L L4 FI DOHC 16V
    Front Wheel Drive
    Automatic Transmision

    The car is immaculate inside and out! No smokers, no pets!

    Click here to view more pictures: http://photobucket.com/michelleminico

    Thank you!
    Michelle
    News

    Because I have family in Canada, I ask if they could see the car and this was the response:

    I would love to meet you or your relatives and do the deal face to face but i have a pretty busy week at work and with a new baby on the way i don`t have time even to wash my hands if you understand me that`s why i listed the car on Craigslist because i can sell it without wasting time to meet people.
    Our transaction will be entirely through eBay Motors and we both will be covered. You will also have 10 days inspection period to check and test drive the car before we close the deal.
    So if you are ready to proceed just let me know your full name and address so I can begin shipping preparations and I will contact eBay so we can both get detailed information regarding proper payment, shipping and insurance to be used for this international deal.
    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Michelle

  381. I received a similar email as that of Monique dated July 2nd. The price of a 04 Honda Accord was too good to be true and the ad was listed on Craigs. I didnt want to sound suspicious as it said the owner was a us air force srgnt. However when i read Monique’s post it shocked the hell out of me. It was almost word to word the same mail i had received which goes like this

    Thank you for your interest in my car. This is a Honda Accord V6
    Automatic Transmission, Rear Windshield Defroster, LATCH Rear Seat Childseat System, Intermittent Wipers,
    12V Power Outlet, ower Windows, Power Locks, Power Mirrors, ront Airbags, Side Airbags, Head Curtain Airbags, Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel with Audio & Cruise Controls.

    Mileage 46.450
    VIN:1HGCM66854A088515

    Here you can find more pictures of the car:http://s847.photobucket.com/albums/ab32/hondaaaaa_bucket/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

    The car has been well taken care of, always kept in the garage.Flawless exterior/interior condition,no scratches and no dents.It has never been involved in an accident.The engine starts and drives like new and the paint looks great.It comes with US clear title which will be signed and notorized in the buyer’s name.Have original manuals and all keys.

    I’m an US Air Force Sgt.currently stationed in the United Kingdom.The car is here with me. It was bought in the US and shipped to Europe, but it was never permanently registered here, the car is still registered in the US.The car is for sale locally as well, but there are slim chances of this to happen. In order to be able to register this car here in the UK the buyer would have to pay very high import/custom taxes that will double the price. So I decided to sell the car back in the US.

    The price is $4700.00 US Dollars including shipping from the UK to the US and delivery to your home address.So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you!

    Benari poulten.

    and a 2nd email as

    The price is $4,700.00 US Dollars
    I will have the car shipped from UK by an US Air Force cargo plane so there won’t be any additional shipping costs. The shipping will take 6-8 days, depending on your location.Shipping will be door to door,to your home address,somebody must be home when the car arrives to sign for the reception.The car will arrive with all the papers and documents required for registration and the keys. The clear title and the bill of sale will be already signed by me.
    The payment will be done through eBay.You will send the money to eBay and as soon as the payment is confirmed they will notify me to proceed with the shipping. I will ship the car you will receive it and you will have 5 days for inspection, both the car and the paperwork and the option to accept or reject the car.The inspection time period will begin as soon as you sign for receiving the car at your requested address.During all this time eBay will hold the money into a trust account.So, this is not a blind transaction,you can see the car before decided to buy it.If you are satisfied with the car and decide to keep it you inform eBay about this and they will release the money to me. 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 in to consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name and the address where you want the car to be delivered to and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.
    The money has to be sent per ebay instruction and you will give the payment details only to eBay. They will verify the payment and when the money are confirmed they will notify me to proceed with the shipping process. After you receive and see that the car is the one you want, you just notify eBay to give me the money.

    Thank you!

    Benari poulten.

    His email id is Benari Poulten I am not sure if this
    is a scam or not but thanks to you guys I will not fall a prey to them and would rather pay more and get it locally.

  382. Hi there,

    Before we go ahead,in case you are still interested, some words about the car: This is a 2005 Honda CR-V, 21,650 actual miles, garage kept, Non-smoker. It is loaded with options such as Cassette player, Leather seats, CD player, 4-Wheel drive, Sunroof and Anti-lock brakes, Driver airbag, Passenger airbag, Side airbags, Cruise control, Air conditioning, Clear title. VIN# SHSRD78935U322513.

    Price is $2899.00 .The only reason I am selling is that my wife lost her job 6 months ago, and as a result we are downsizing our expenses.I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I’m in debts with my bank.But what it’s really worrying me is that if I don’t get money quickly I’ll lose my house because the term due at my bank is near and I don’t have the money to pay my rate.So now you can see the reason why I’m selling my car at $2899.

    I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you and me to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive and inspect the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it (for 5 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected.

    If this is the car you are looking for and if you agree with these conditions let me know and i will set up the transaction through eBay.

    Thank you

    PS: If you want to see more pics just let me know!

    Chris & Emma

  383. Here’s one that I just went through.

    VIN: 4TAWN72N8XZ418532
    I want to tell you that we will use eBay in this transaction in order for both of us to be 100% protected and insured by them.eBay will supervise this transaction so there won`t be any problems.They will take care of the shipping and all the small details.You will get the car and you will have 10 days of inspection in which you can decide if you buy the car or not.If you won`t like my car,you notify eBay and you send the car back on my cost,if you want to keep it you announce eBay you send the money(payment method and all the details will be set up by eBay)and you keep the car.eBay will send you an invoice at your email in which you will see how to start the this transaction and in which you can see that this transaction is legit.Please get back to me with your full name,full address and phone number so i can forward your details to eBay in order for you to receive the invoice.
    Have a nice day!

    — On Tue, 7/21/09, James Wright

    From: James
    Subject: RE: Truck
    To: “Michael Clarke”
    Received: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 2:18 PM

    Hi Michael,

    I would like to see it. Where are you located? Can you send a map if you’re not in a city. Also, what is the VIN # for the truck?

    If all is good I would rather give you a money order personally.

    Sincerely,

    James

    ——————————————————————————–

    From: Michael Clarke [mailto:[email protected]]
    Sent: Monday, July 20, 2009 4:17 PM
    To: James
    Subject: Re: Truck

    Hi,

    Thank you so much for contacting me regarding my 1999Toyota Tacoma 4X4.The truck has 77,720 km’s,one owner,it’s in perfect condition without any mechanical problems,with no damages or hidden defects,no need for additional repairs,clear title without any accidents,liens or loans.All power equipment are in working order.I have all the car’s manuals,2 spare of keys,all the documents and papers.The last price for the car is 3600$.I was fired from my job because the financial crises that affected almost everyone including the company I worked at.I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I’m in debts with my bank, so now you can see the reason why I’m selling my car at 3600$. I want to make this transaction through eBay’s Vehicle Purchase Program. I want eBay because they are the biggest Company and we can close this deal fast and safe for both of us.If you are interested to buy email me your full name and shipping address so I can open the case with eBay.

  384. Well, thanks for all this information. We unfortunately didn’t find the details in time. Our scammer told us he was a Captain in the US air force, being deployed to Iraq within about a week. He said the vehicle price had been reduced for quick sale, and the same shipping information. We sent the cash by money gram, and 7 days later got more uncomfortable about the situation.
    In researching further, we have found a few similar scams, but now we’re out the cash. Any suggestions about recovering our lost money?

  385. a Lt. Robert Martin ([email protected]) posted his 2006 Honda Accord EX Sedan on Craigslist for $2900. his background story is that he’s stationed in Spain and his wife recently moved there with the car but now they want to sell it because it costs too much to register. he said that Ebay would hold my payment, under their Buyer’s Protection Program, until I had the car for 10 days.

    SCAM. Ebay doesn’t hold funds

  386. This is what I was told from a “military man”
    Hello there,

    First of all I want to tell you that the car is still available and the price is $4,830.00
    This is a 2005 GMC Yukon SLT with only 51,528 miles.It is in EXCELLENT condition,the body and paint are great,no scratches and no dents, the interior is clean,it has never been involved in an accident.

    I’m an US Air Force TSgt. currently stationed in UK and the car is here with me. I bought it in the US,but I’ve never permanently registered it here, the car is still registered in the US and for this reason there will be no extra or hidden taxes for you to pay. The car is for sale locally as well, but there are slim chances of this to happen.
    So I decided to sell the car back in the US.I brought the car here with me but I cannot use it. I am practically giving it away only because I have no other choice.I must say that this is a US model car, with the steering wheel on the left side, as opposed to a UK model,that has the steering wheel on the right side.

    If you really are interested in buying my car,then I will handle the shipping process that will take up to 7 business days.
    Shipping won’t be a problem for me,as being a military I have access to some special facilities. I will take care of that, with no costs on your side.It will be as you would have purchased it locally.

    The car will come with all the necessary papers (clear title, bill of sale, warranty documents, user’s manual,insurance etc). The title is clear and you will be able to register the car in your state without any problems.
    From the moment you receive the car you will have 10 days to inspect,test and drive it.In case you decide not to keep it then I’m responsable for shipping back costs.

    The legitimacy of the deal will be insured by eBay, that guarantees protection for the seller’s vehicle and in the same time for the buyer’s money, such as, against fraud and material misrepresentation, providing coverage for any risks my car or your money can undertake.
    The price includes shipping from Europe to the US and delivery to your home address.
    So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    PS: I have attached you some photos so that you can take a better look at the car.
    REGARDS
    U.S. Air Force TSgt.Lewis Moore

    Second Message:

    Hi again,

    As I already said in my first email the car is currently located in Suffolk,UK but still registered in US, so there is no additional charges or extra fees for you to pay since it already has a clear US title and no liens or anything like this against the vehicle.

    Now……in order to complete to complete this transaction let me tell you that I will handle the shipping from here by an U.S. Air Force cargo plane on my expense that will take up to 7 days.I will take care of that, with no costs on your side.Also I can arrange for a truck to transport the car to your home address or, if you like, you can pick it up from the nearest airport in your area.

    I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them.I will sell this car only through eBay because it is the safest way to complete an online car sale. This way, you will be able to inspect the vehicle before any money reachs me and on the other hand I am sure that I have a serious buyer.

    The price of $4,830.00 includes shipping from Europe to the US and delivery to your home address.

    According with eBay you have 10 days from the time you receive the car,to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not.

    I will need the following details from you:

    Full Name
    Full Shipping Address
    Phone number

    Here is how the process works:

    – I will forward your shipping address to eBay and then will use it for shipping,
    – they review and accept our transaction and provide you with the payment instructions,
    – you make the payment to eBay Motors VPP(Vehicle Purchase Protection),
    – they give me the confirmation that they received your payment to them and I start the shipping,
    – you receive the vehicle and inspect it,
    – you tell them that you want to keep the vehicle and ONLY then, they send the money to me.

    All car’s documents are in the glovebox and you’ll receive them along with the car. eBay Motors will hold the money until the car is delivered to you. You will have 10 business days for inspection. If the car is not like described you will have to ship it back at the end of the 10 business days on my expense and have your money back from eBay Motors VPP.

    I look forward to hear from you,

    U.S. Air Force TSgt.Lewis Moore

    The email he used was [email protected]. It took quite a while for his reponses… and the messages all looked like they were created and copied and posted and sent to others. I actually used 3 different email addresses to contact this guy (I think it confused him) and he couldn’t keep his story straight. Glad I saw this website and didn’t fall for this one!

  387. Found an ad for a 2004 Ford Expedition on Craigslist…price was way too low to be real, but I was curious as to what the scam really was. Beware of “Kimberly Robinson – [email protected]“. Hope this is helpful in stopping someone from being scammed out of a lot of money.

    Email #1:

    Hi,

    I’m glad you are interested in my Ford. It’s still available for sale and it’s currently located in Red Lion, PA. The car is in perfect condition, with no scratches on it, no damage/accidents, clear title, 59k miles, year 2004.
    As you probably noticed, the price is rather low, $4,500 because I need some cash ASAP for a my business.
    Shipping will be done with DAS and it will take no more then 2-3 days. I have a friend there who will manage me a low cost shipping so no worries.
    Please email me soon if you want to move forward with the purchase.

    Thanks

    Kim

    Email #2:

    The vin is 1FMPU18L24LA42600 .
    If you could come to Pennsylvania today or tomorrow to meet and make the deal it will be great, if not please send me your full name and your shipping address so I can let eBay Protection Program know that you are interested .
    You will receive an email from them instructing you about how to send payment. This is 100% safe for you and me .
    You have to send the money to eBay , and they will hold the money until you have the car and inspect, you will have a few days for inspection and test drive .
    If the car its not like i said or you simply don’t like it you will be able to reject it and i will pay the shipping back.
    So if you want to buy please give me your full name and your address and i will open a case at eBay about our deal and they will contact you with more information about payment and insurance.

    Let me know if this is ok with you so we can move forward with this deal!

  388. at this moment ive been talking to a lady in PA,2004 ford expedition for $4500.she said she needed the money for her business. same stuff everyone on here is saying.thanks

  389. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You just saved us from losing $10,000. So excited about purchasing a new truck for a great price, ready to send the payment tomorrow after hearing from eBay when I begin to question a few things. I searched “payment through eBay” and found this article. The e-mails were identical to the ones described here- then it all made sense including the fact they didnt’ respond to us when we offered to fly to Texas to purchase the drive and drive it back. Thank you for saving us.

  390. Be on the look out for any deal from a Nellie Dean in teh U.K. She claims to have moved their from Canada and is selling a 2003 Infiniti G35 for $3500, has 93k kms, white, flawless. When “e Bay” sent the purchase agreement via the eBay Purchaser Protection Program, I clicked on a picture of the car and led me to a dealer in Dallas Texas selling the same VIN for $11k US.
    She said the car is Canadian located in a warehouse in Vancouver. Fishy..Don’t fall for these scams..

    Hello,

    The vehicle never left Canada and will be delivered as Certified and E-tested along with all the documents (the clear and clean title already signed off by me, owner’s manual, 2 sets of keys, service records, and of course the bill of sale notarized and signed by me). I would like to use the Vehicle Purchase Protection offered by eBay, a third party escrow service, for our both safety and comfort (they will take care of the shipping/payment).
    Before leaving Canada I had prearranged the deal with http://www.eBay VPP (Vehicle Purchase Protection) so my presence in Canada isn’t necessary. The car is in their warehouse in Vancouver, B.C. ready for delivery.
    You will have 10 days to test and inspect the car and to decide if you want to keep it or not.
    So, if you are really interested in this deal I need the following details from you:

    full name and address
    shipping address
    phone #

    After I will have all this details I will forward them to eBay and I will proceed the order. eBay will contact you with all the details that you need to complete this deal and also to see that i am covered by them and that I am legit seller.
    Waiting your email with the requested details.

    Best Regards!

  391. I thought the situation I was going through was rare. Seems like this happens allot. i found a 2007 ford fusion on craigslist for $3000, too good to be true right! very similar to other storys posted. I reported all of the sellers information to the contacts I found on this page. I only hope he gets caught before he scammes someone eles.

  392. Hello there,
    Thanks for your email !

    The full price is $4,900 US dollars with shipping included to your location. The car has a clean title and it is ready to be delivered to your location. The car has no electrical or mechanical problems, never been involved in any kind of accidents.
    I’m selling the car at this price because I recently moved in Quebec, Canada and I received a good job here. Along with the job I also received a new car. I have no use for the car anymore so I am forced to sell it below the market value because the registration and the shipping fees to bring the car from United States are very expensive. The vehicle is located in Minneapolis, MN at DAS shipping company.
    For our protection we are going to use eBay Motors Vehicle Protection Plan to complete the transaction because it is the safest way for both of us to close the deal and also you will have 5 days to inspect the car before I receive the money. Also a refund policy will be included. I’ll handle the car shipping, so this will be free of charge for you.

    In order to start the eBay transaction, I need to know your details:

    – Full name and Shipping address

    Please find below the details of the car:

    2007 Acura TL

    Mileage : 46,469 miles
    VIN: 19UUA76517A013890
    Color: Gold/Tan
    SEDAN 4 DR
    FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
    Transmision: Automatic
    Engine: 3.5L V6 PFI
    Fuel Type: Gasoline
    Click here to view more pictures :

    http://photobucket.com/acura07kevin

    You can really see this beauty from all angles!

    Thank you,
    Kevin

    Thank god for these websites I was looking at the same scam!! That is really nuts well I ran into 2 of these and they are both working in Canada and no longer have use for the car, yeah right. Thanks for the heads up!

  393. Hi everyone. I found a 2006 kawasawki brute force 650 atv on buysell british columbia. Today my Dad was going to pay it off using money gram. Luckily I had a 2 thought and wanted to get some reasearch on this “whole” ebay thing. There as you know it, it was a scam.
    Thank you very much for posting this website you saved my dad and myseld money!!

  394. Sound familiar?

    Hi,
    Thanks for being interested in buying my bike!It`s in perfect condition,no scratches,damages and never been implicated in any accidents,never laid off.It has only 3264 km and the price is $3,450 CAD.Because of my divorce settlement,i own this bike and as a woman without driver`s license i don`t need it so i`m trying to get rid of it as soon as possible(that`s why i`m selling it so cheap) so the first one came is the first one served.We will use eBay`s Vehicle Purchase Protection plan for our both safety,i want only legit transactions.Let me know where are you located and any other details you need about it.
    Have a great day!

  395. Just a really big thanks for posting this. I’m skeptical to begin with so when i looked for ebay protection program scam and your website came up I realized I was dealing with a scammer. Thanks again!

  396. Scott yess it doess!
    what was the name of the person who was trying to sell it to you?

  397. i have the same information about a Bmw convertible but it was on Kijiji and after the email, i respond and few days after the ad was removed from kijiji

    keep your eyes open
    INTERNER IS A WORLD OF SCAMMERS

  398. I too was nearly taken in by the same scammer(unicef etc)but he now goes by the name of ([email protected])i was going to buy a toyota yaris reg (AO58 HBX)but decided if it was too good to be true then it proberbly was so contacted my friend whose a police man,at this moment in time i’v tried to called her bluff by sayin i would go to where ever the car is to view so she could put the monies she’d saved into the charity? i’m waitin for a response? but i’d like to say a big big thank you to this site an all your comments ([email protected]) thank you

  399. same thing happen to me about a Toyot 2006 with 35Kmiles. Deal was too good to be true. I checked the carfact and it was fine until I saw this website. Below are the email I received from this lady named Catherine Newman

    [email protected]
    “thank you for your confidence.I feel more confortable you trusting me.Now i will send them to those from the company and you will be registered in their database and will contact you with more details on this transaction and with all the steps that you need to know.Let me know when they have contacted you.
    Thank you a lot
    Catherine

  400. I have been in contact with a seller email: [email protected]. This person claimed to be the owner of a 1988 Suzuki Samurai, but the ad has been taken down since yesterday. The seller uses this email to set up purchases through a fraudulent escrow service. The seller asked my full name and address, then gave me the name of an “eBay Vehicle Purchase Program Agent”, in London England and instructed me to send this agent full payment for the vehicle. This struck me as suspicious so I investigated further and sure enough other buyers have been scanned on autotrader.ca and kijiji.ca by this seller. Just thought I would pass it on!

  401. Just encountered a similar situation, beware :

    [email protected]

    Please view SARAH’s post from July 2009, she has posted her scam emails and a link to the same truck I found on Craigslist. My link is:

    http://morgantown.craigslist.org/cto/1305579108.html

    Hello ,
    The 2004 Ford F-150 Lariat is in perfect working condition.The truck has only 86,500 miles.The VIN # 1FTPW14594KC20093 It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones.The truck is located in Bridgeview, IL ready to be shipped.This is a regretful sale but unfortunately i need money for my son , he is in hospital and i really need money for him. This is why i am selling the truck so cheap.Buy it now for $ 4,500 because i want to close a quick and smooth deal with a serious person.About the shipping i can tell you that will be done through DAS express and it will take no more than 3 days.The truck will be insured at the shipping company for the transport and the shipping cost is free because my brother work’s at the shipping company and he has 1 transportation per year for free.If you are still interested please contact me asap.

    God Bless

    PS: Engine: 8 Cylinder 5.4 Liter
    Drivetrain: 4 Wheel Drive
    Automatic
    _________________________________________________

    Thanks for the helpful blog!

  402. New scam. this one is sick in the head. What length people go through to make a buck.

    Hello,

    I have received your email regarding the 2007 HONDA CR-V EXL NAV with only 43,218 miles.The car is in perfect condition,with no scratches on it,no damage, clear title.The price for the car is $4,999 with shipping included.The car was my husband`s as he loved it very much, but he did not enjoy it as he died in a IRAQ 3 month ago. It brings very bad memories to me, I want to get rid of it.The buyer will receive the car with all papers and receipts that he needs to register it to his name.Shipping will be done whit DAS and it will take no more then 2-3 days. I have a friend there who will manage me a low price shipping and I assumed that it is my duty to pay for shipping it.It will be delivered directly to your address.Anyway, I have to let you know that I want a fast deal so if you are really interested in buying it,please reply with the following information’s:
    -Your full name;
    -Your shipping address.(street,city,state,zip code)
    The transaction will close only through eBay so we both will be protected.
    I want eBay because as they are the biggest company on the internet I think that we can close this deal fast and safe for both of us. Also I am not very familiar with the internet transactions and eBay is the only one I know.
    I will look for your email,so that we can move forward with this deal!
    Let me know.
    Regards,
    Helen Bullock

  403. I forgot to mention here is the original listing:

    HONDA CR-V – $4999 (new york)
    Date: 2009-08-04, 7:44PM EDT
    Reply to: [email protected] [Errors when replying to ads?]

    2007 Honda Cr-V in Black with Black Leather Interior. I am the orignal and only owner of this CR-V. This has been my personal car since I purchased it. The CRV Includes Navigation, Heated Seats, Fog Lights, Roof Rack. New Tirees. My Cr-V is in great condition and is a clean Carfax and show I am the only original owner of this vehicle with no problems and no accidents. I maintain the vehicle completetly including regular oil changes. I have kept this car in my garage since I purhased it. This is an EXL 4WD version and is equipped with power windows, power locks, keyless entry, anti-lock brakes, steering wheel radio controls, cruise control, sunroof, and CD changer with MP3 capacity and Navigation System with backup Camera. The vehicle is inspected and it is in great working order. Mileage: 37,002 miles Vehicle title: Clear Features: Body type:SUV Engine: 4 Cylinder Exterior color: Black Transmission: Automatic Fuel type: Gasoline Interior color: Black Options Cassette player Leather seats Convertible CD player 4-Wheel drive Sunroof Safety features Anti-lock brakes Driver airbag Passenger airbag Side airbags Power Options Cruise control Power locks Power windows Air conditioning

    * Location: new york
    * it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

  404. Beware, I just got this email in a response to an ad for a 2002 Camry on Craiglist. His email is
    [email protected]. So watch out if you have started dealing with this guy.
    Find below his reply:

    Thanks for replying to my ad. I want you to know the car is in excellent condition
    with no rust or any kind of damage anywhere and it doesn’t need any maintenance.
    The odometer shows 60000 miles.I can provide you the Carfax report for the car.
    I am the original owner of the car.Never smoked in my car.
    I can provide you the Carfax report for the car.
    This car has an automatic transmission and it’s very easy to drive even for a beginner.
    Title is clear and free of liens.
    My price is $2800. I am now in a divorce and I am in desperate need of money
    to pay the mortgage on my house with this economical crisis.
    That’s my only reason for selling it otherwise I wouldn’t do it.
    The deal will be handled by eBay through their eBay Vehicle Purchase Program .
    They will handle the title and money transfer and deliver the car to your location.
    The car is at their office in Boise City,ID.
    The best part about this is that you’ll get 5 days money back guarantee.
    If at the end of those 5 days you decide not to keep it you’ll get a full refund by them.
    If you are interested about the Toyota Camry LE 2002 and if you have the money available all you
    have to do now is to send me your full name,your address.
    As soon as I hear that from you I will initiate the transaction through them.
    The process is very simple and risk free for both of us.
    Here are some pics and details with the car:
    Toyota Camry 2002, vehicle title: clear, engine: 4 Cylinder, transmission: automatic,
    fuel type: gasoline ,sunroof ,leather seats ,CD player ,driver airbag ,air conditioning ,
    cruise control ,power locks ,power windows ,power seats.
    http://s607.photobucket.com/albums/tt160/my_car_photo_bucket_album/toyota camry/?action=view&current=1.jpg&newest=1
    Thank you!
    ReplyReply AllMove…

  405. I am so glad I came here and looked because I have someone trying to do the same situation to me. Here are her e-mails.
    1st one-
    Hi,

    I am 23 years old and also divorced single mother.I am in the process of selling this car because I need to get back to may home country Spain and I am in desperate need of money.
    The car has no problem,it is 2004,with 77,744 miles it’s automatic with leather interior and it has a clean Title.
    I am now in Jacksonville,North Carolina and i need to get back in Spain at my family so they can help me with the baby.
    The price is $4100 so I can sell very fast,and I can take care of the shipping for you if you want.
    Please let me know if there is something else you will like to know about the car.
    Thank you,

    Katie

    And then the 2nd one-

    If you want we can do this in this way :
    You will send the money to eBay Protection Program .I will not see any money until the car is at you.
    My brother work’s at the shipping company and has one transportation per year for free ,The car will be shipped
    on my expanse, and will be at your door in 2 max 3 days.
    I don’t touch your money until you receive and test drive the car.
    Also, I have to let you know that I want the payment prior shipping since I will ship it in the same day
    the payment is complete .Also you have nothing to worry about because this deal will be done in a secure way if you prefer.
    In case you will not receive the car as i described to you,eBay will refund you with 100% from the whole amount
    which you paid to the eBay agent.Even in case you will not receive the car,they will refund you the money.But this is not the case.

    If you want to continue,please send me your full name and your shipping address so that I will let eBay Protection Program
    know that you are interested . You will receive an email from them instructing you about how to send payment and
    they’ll release the funds to me only after you receive and inspect the car.I think that this is a fair way to make
    business and I hope that you will agree.

    Let me know if this is ok with so we can move forward with this deal!
    Thank you,
    Katie

    Beware of this one.

  406. I also looked into a Ford F-150 on craigslist that was being offered by Ben Thompson who claimed his son required a liver transplant his email was [email protected]. Can played around with him/her for a little bit via email when I realized it was a scam. This was the last email I received when I suggested we use an independent escrow agent in Chicago where I have an account. Can you believe these people!?!

    You kidding me???? You are really a serious person?????? I already started the procedure witch costs me some fees.I have some serious family problems with the sickness of my son !! He needs a liver transplant and we just found out my medical insurance doesn’t cover all the costs.
    Me and my wife found a donor and we need $4000 more to pay for it. We’ve sold out some things from the house and now the car but this doesn’t matter i will sell my soul for him. Unfortunately none of us is compatible.

    I am sorry but the car is no longer for sale(FOR YOU)

    It’d been funny if it wasn’t so pathetic. Great sight thanks for the comments!

    Jared

  407. Amazing! A great lesson learned, when it sound too good to be true, it’s most likely fraud – SCAM ALERT!

    Below is an email response from a so-called auto seller who initially post ad on Craigslist and immediately took it off later that day.

    She even have a url link to a Picasa photo album of the vehicle.
    There were several others posted later that same day under different identities. Buyers beware!!!

    Hello ,
    I am selling this SUV because my platoon has been sent back to Afghanistan and don’t want it get old in my backyard. The price is low because I need to sell it before Aug 12. Paint shines ,zero dings/dents,no accident. Non-smoker,always garaged and covered. It comes with all the documents needed for registration. The title is clear. Only 25,100 miles, perfect condition in and out.

    I’m asking $4,600.00 this price includes door to door shipping, handling and insurance fees for shipping within the continental US. You will have 5 days for inspection and possibility for a refund policy. The vehicle is located in Chandler, AZ.
    Vehicle description :
    2007 Acura MDX SH-AWD TECH

    Transmission: 5 Speed Automatic with Sequential Sportshift
    Engine: 300 hp 3.7-Liter SOHC 24 Valve VTEC V6
    Fuel type: Gasoline
    Exterior color: Black
    Interior color: Black
    4-Wheel drive
    Please click here to view more pictures ( If the link doesn’t work,copy and paste it into a new browser page ) :
    http://picasaweb.google.com/BarbaraWard2005/UntitledAlbum?feat=directlink#
    The transaction will be fully under eBay’s surveillance, I will post the SUV on eBay and I will give you the URL link to press ”buy it now” option .
    Please get back to me if you’re interested in buying it.
    Thank you

    LTC Barbara J Ward
    2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment
    Chandler, AZ

  408. I found the same truck as Ana, today August 5th
    I told her i dont want the ebay program, i offered her to pay $4600 CASH, that tomorrow morning i was going over to see the truck and pay her …
    THANKS FOR THIS BLOG!!
    first email:
    My name is Sarah Williams and I live in Des Plaines, Illinois . The truck is here. It has 85,000 miles, automatic transmission and the year is 2004.
    Clear title, Excellent condition, no dents or scratches.Regular maintenance and oil changes were done in time.
    No accidents or flood damage. The engine is a V8 and 5.4l and runs very well.

    I signed an agreement with ebay and I will sell the car through Ebay Protection Program so we can both be PROTECTED.
    A friend of mine works at a shipping company and he can ship the car for FREE for me.

    However if you want, you can pick it up yourself IF you come TODAY or the latest tomorrow morning.
    I need the money ASAP to save my business that is a step away from bankruptcy. That is why the price is so low, only $4600
    If you want to buy the car please reply so we can talk business.

    Thank you,
    Sarah

    second email:
    I decided to use ebay for this transaction to make sure the sale is LEGIT and SAFE and we are BOTH PROTECTED!
    Ebay will check both of us to make sure no one is running a scam and will supervise the sale from the beginning till is finalised.
    The sale goes like this:
    1)You send me your FULL name and FULL address to open a case at ebay
    2)Ebay sends you an invoice on the email telling you how to make the payment and assigns an agent for this
    3)You make the payment to the ebay agent
    4)Ebay tells me to start the shipping OR you can pick it up yourself
    5)The vehicle gets to you
    6)If -you want to keep it you tell them to send me the money
    – you decide not to keep it they will send ALL your money back in 3 DAYS and I will take care of the shipping back

    Pics: http://picasaweb.google.com/SarahWill90586/FordF150#slideshow/5366261241686554418

    Vin: 1FTPW14594KC20093

    To move forward PLEASE SEND ME your full name and the shipping address.

    Thank you
    ALL OF THIS EMAIL WHERE FROM Sarah Williams ([email protected])
    http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/cto/1307415268.html

  409. I have the exact same email with VIN # 1FTPW14594KC20093 The Ford F-150 on craigslist in Hawaii and sent me a whole story about his son being in the hospital as to the reason for selling too. Pretty messed up to say

  410. Just found what I think is a scam on Craigslist (Chicago). Car is an 03 Audi A6 with 39,000 miles for $4200. Sounded too good to be true so I thought I’d look up the whole Ebay VPP thing and find out what it is, thank God I did because I found this sight and stopped before I even got started. Maybe the guy is legit but I doubt it. If he is it’s just too bad he’ll suffer because of all the other thieves out there. But anyone else in my area looking for Audi’s watch out for this one. He asked for everything the above people did and had the same kind of story, in the military and going through a divorce.

  411. My husband and i were looking for new trucks on supershopper.ca (we live in canada) and came across a 2008 F-250 Lariat truck for only $13500.00 which seemed way to good to be true! He did the whole Ebay VPP thing and said we had to do the transcation through them for both of our protection! I didn’t think that seemed right so i started doing my research today and found out that it is most likely a scam! He told me that he was just sent to spain on a mission to help the relationship between and american and spanish army… The truck is apparently still in North Carolina however and he would be shipping it through DAS auto shippers. I went on the Ebay website and it states in the VPP section that both the seller and buyer must have either an american or canadian bank account for the program to be used, this guy gave his bank account number in one of the apparent Ebay emails and it was a spanish bank account! He explained that ebay would hold the money for 15 days until we received the vehicle and gave the okay for it to be released! Ebay does not offer any type of assistance to the transaction what so ever… They never get involved at all with the money handling process..

    His email address is [email protected] and his name is Srgt. Erik Bruchhauser… Don’t fall for his scam!

  412. Tony Vegas was the name of the seller. I thank God for bringing to my mind that anything to good to be true really is. I went out and researched Nissan Maxima’s and wonder why someone would be selling it for 2,800 when its worth 16,000 or more. He gave a story about being in the service and not being able to get the car registered in Canada there were many tips and I am just happy to listen to them. I work to hard for my money to have it ripped off by some sorry scammer. All I can do is pray for them because they don’t know it but Karma is a mother.

  413. I almost got caught as well, twice. Found a boat on Oodle.com. asked a couple of questions. A guy emailed me back with a blurb about making a private listing on eBay just for me and dropped the price by $1500, making a $13000 boat now $4000. I went through the process but the site wouldn’t take me to pay pal and after a lot of navigation, I found a spot that told me to wire the money to someone else in London. Now I was getting nervous and the guy would not provide an invoice from eBay. Then the listing disappeared. He had explanations for all of this. Plus I found out it should cost about $3000 to ship the boat and he said he was going to cover that. so I called it all off. now he says he is tring to get ebay to send me an invoice but my email won’t accept it.
    so I went back hunting. Found another boat on Buysell.com. asked a question. Seller wrote back with almost the same blurb about wanting to make this legitimate by selling through VPP. She explained the process just like you all have. so then I think the other guy is legit. Thank goodness I decided to look this up independantly.

  414. I tried to get intouch with some people to see their Yukon and this is the reply I got Hello,

    You made the right choice!My car is in great shape,no engine problems,damages or hidden defects.It was always garaged and never smoked in.The car was my husband`s as he loved it very much, but he did not enjoy it as he died in a IRAQ 3 month ago. It brings very bad memories to me, I want to get rid of it.I`m a single mother with 2 children and i have problems with money,that`s why i`m selling it so cheap.The mileage is:66,245 and the price is: $4000.We will use eBay`s protection program for our safety.I just need your full name and address so i can open a case.(with no further obligation or fees).

    Have a nice day!
    So immediately I checked it out. Thanks for all the post it was very helpful. I just hope i didn’t give to much info to them already. I gave my name and phone number was that a big mistake?

  415. Thank you so so, much to this site, saved me probably 5 thousand. Watch out for buysell.com in canada because of how you reply to the seller. I got a divorced lady who moved to Montrael, and used Money Gram, an DAS. Also if you get EBAY paper through email check the have copy right symbol or TM in bigger letters, Not a little circle with a R in it. Again thanks to everyone that replyed on this site, I owe you one :).
    By the way all my emails looked exactly the same as Chema’s on august 5

  416. Hello,

    First of all I want to tell you that the car is still available and the price of $5,000.00. My 2006 Volkswagen Jetta is in great shape,no engine problems,damages or hidden defects. It was always garaged and never smoked in, It is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are in good condition,no problem with the engine this vehicle is in good condition inside and out. the vehicle is in Culbertson, MT, United States. stored in a warehouse to the shipping company . I’m selling it at a low price because I’ve just moved to London,UK. and I can’t register it here because didn’t correspond with their specs here so for me this car is useless. The title is clear and paid in full i offer shipping and insurance fees.I will ship it from here on my expense through USHIP. I want to take the opportunity to assure you that this deal is 100% legitimate, the financial part of this deal will be managed by the eBay’s buyer protection program (They are acting like a third party in our deal). We will use eBay`s protection program for our safety. I have a purchase protection account there of $20.000 and will not deal outside of eBay under any circumstances. I just need your full name and address so i can initiate a Case ID at eBay. All you will need to do is wait for the invoice and follow the instructions eBay provides in there. After you receive the car you will have 15 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the car. If you will buy, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money. If you wish to make the transaction, So if you agree please email me your full name and address so I can start the official procedure trough eBay and they will invoice you and you will know how the shipping will work for our deal. The final price is $5,000.00 including shipping from Culbertson, MT, United States. to your home address. So if you decide to buy this vehicle or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
    Mileage: 71,000 miles
    VIN: 3VWCT71K16M853507
    Body type: Sedan
    Engine: 4 Cylinder
    Exterior color: White
    Interior color: Tan
    Transmission: Automatic
    Fuel type: Diesel

    Options:
    Cruise Control AM/FM Radio Power Windows Power Steering Power Door Locks Air Conditioning CD

    Thank you and have a great day,
    Barbara J Scott

  417. Almost got sucked into buying a 2003 bobcat for 4500 on buysell.com, thanks to this webpage i didn’t. WHATCH OUT FOR [email protected]. I wanted to talk to him on the over the phone but he said he had a throat infection and couldn’t, that rose some red flags.

    IF IT SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT IS!

  418. THESE SORRY BASTARDS NEED TO BURN IN HELL
    Hi
    i am 16 and looking for my first car
    i want a f150 and when i found a black 2004 4door 4wheel drive f150 for $4500 on craigslist.com i was stoked! and then i found this site lol
    thank you so much and thank god for google lol
    if i had gone though with this it would have completly whiped my whole car fund clean and then some. i cant believe i almost fell for that.
    any way another email to watch out for is Jillian Barber [email protected]
    here are the emails:

    First Email:
    My name is Jillian Barber and I live in Des Plaines, Illinois . The truck is here. It has 85,000 miles, automatic transmission and the year is 2004.
    Clear title, Excellent condition, no dents or scratches.Regular maintenance and oil changes were done in time.
    No accidents or flood damage. The engine is a V8 and 5.4l and runs very well.

    I signed an agreement with ebay and I will sell the truck through Ebay Protection Program so we can both be PROTECTED.
    A friend of mine works at a shipping company and he can ship the car for FREE for me.
    This is a regretful sale but unfortunately i need money for my son , he is in hospital and i really need money for him.. That is why the price is so low, only $4500
    If you want to buy the truck please reply so we can talk business.
    Thank you

    Second Email:
    If you want to continue,please send me your full name and your shipping address so that I will let eBay Protection Program know that you are interested . You will receive an email from them instructing you about how to send payment and they’ll release the funds to me only after you receive and inspect the car. I think that this is a fair way to make business and I hope that you will agree.
    Also, I have to let you know that I want the payment prior shipping since I will shipp it in the same day or next days the payment is complete.
    In case we will close this deal,you are protected by eBay Protection Program.How you are protected by eBay Protection Program:
    1) In case you will not receive the car as i described to you,eBay will refund you with 100% from the total amount which you paid to the eBay agent.Even in case you will not receive the car,they will refund you the money.But this is not the case.
    2) You will send the money to eBay Protection Program .I will not see any money until the car is at you. After you receive and see that the car is the one you want you just notify eBay to forward to me the payment details in order for me to pick up my money.
    Let me know if this is ok with you so we can move forward with this deal!
    Regards!

    after the second email i goe a little skeptic (sp?_and did a little reasearch on the ebay deal. and i found this site, thank god.
    anyways just watch out and be weary
    if its too good to be true, its too good to be true

  419. Wow, I’m glad this posts exists. I was on Kijiji and an ’04 350Z was being sold for 2800. I just emailed the buyer asking if he/she made a mistake and meant 28000. I got this stupidly long email.
    ——
    Hi,
    Thanks for being interested in buying my car!It`s in
    perfect condition,no scratches,damages.The price is $2,800 CAD.It has a clear title
    and free of any liens or loans.Because of my divorce
    settlement,i own this car and as a woman i don`t need so i`m
    trying to get rid of it as soon as possible(that`s why i`m
    selling it so cheap).We will use eBay`s Vehicle Purchase
    Protection plan for our both safety,i want only legit
    transactions.I am from Richmond,Virginia.
    This is the second time I tried to sell the car. First time I tried eBay.
    Because I always use 100% safe methods, I’ve sent the car through eBay Vehicle Protection Program to a buyer.
    I paid all the shipping fees from my pocket and when eBay requested the payment to be made, the buyer refused to pay because they didn’t have the full amount available.
    Now I have the car in eBay’s hands and it’s ready to be delivered to the next buyer.
    If you want to purchase it and only if you are a serious buyer then send me your complete name and address for shipping.
    The delivery time will be only 3 days and the car will be delivered at your home address full registered in your state and under your name.
    Have a great day!

    On Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 7:01 AM, Kijiji Reply (from [email protected]) wrote:

    Hello! The following is a reply to your “350 Z ROADSTER CONVERTABLE 21000 MI.” Ad on Kijiji:

    From: [email protected]
    are you selling this for 2,800 or 28,000?
    —-

    Though it was obvious this was a bot. I don’t live anywhere in the states – so that makes no sense. And since it was too good to be true either way, I checked the email on facebook, and this website and post came up.
    Haha. Fantastic ;D

  420. Hi my husband and I were scamed by this Sarah lady as well as everyone else was.She posted the ford f-150 4door black truck.She claimed she was going to lose her business so that is why the truck was so cheap.We first saw the truck on craigs list then she told us she switched over to eBay for our protection & hers,yeah right.I even spoke to her over the phone several times.The #she called from was 315-849-2873.The fake agents name is Todd Gretzki his fax#is 408-228-0702.After we sent$4600.00 through money gram I talked to her one more time over the phone. After a day went by we started to get nervous so we tried to call Sarah of course there was no answer.the fax# no longer worked either.These people doing these scams are scum bags.I hope they all burn in hell.

  421. TO everyone out there who has been scamed by Sarah Williams this is the phone# she called us from 315-849-2873 please blow this # up and leave as many messages as possible letting her know that we have all joined together to bring her & the other people she has helping her scam all of us honest hard working folks out of our money that their days are numbered.Also please keep faxing this # it is for Todd Gretzki the fake e-Bay agent who picked up our $4600.00 dollars they robbed us of.The #is 408-228-0702.My husband & I would like to thank everyone who shared their horror story on this site.

  422. Hi everyone, I am currently going through what sounds like something very similar. I live in England, looked on autotrader and found a vehicle which as you have all said, sounds too good to be true. Below are the emails i have received, i would be grateful if you could give me your opinions on this guy however im pretty sure its a scam from reading everyones posts. The email address he is contacting me from is [email protected] Thanks!
    Hello,

    My vehicle is in great condition, it has never been crashed or damaged in any way, also the tires are as good as new.
    This great car is HPI clear, was always garaged,never smoked in,no scuffs or dents on the paintwork,full service records available,no outstanding finance!

    Genuine reason for selling,my asking price is £5600.
    I hope we can agree on terms,so please email me back for further details.
    Thanks,
    Andy

    Hi,

    First of all I should mention that I moved back in Ireland a couple of weeks ago…I worked in UK for almost 4 years, but now with the worldwide crisis I had to accept a lower position here.

    The reg no is KP58 LNR.

    So,to sum things up,the vehicle is still under UK registration,ready to be shipped,there will
    be no extra fees as I didn’t export the car here…one might say this is a british vehicle in
    a trip to Ireland.

    Drop me a line if you didn’t lose your interest yet…
    Regards,
    Andy

    Hi Dan,

    Yes,the car is here as well,ready for delivery…It has only 11,500 miles on board,was always garaged and it’s in mint condition…

    If we reach an agreement, the car will be delivered by truck to your shipping address.It will take about 4-5 days.The total price including shipping and insurance would be around £5800,as I will cover most of the fee.

    To speed up the transaction process I must tell you now that for payment I intend to use eBay’s Vehicle Purchase protection Program. They can and will provide security for this type of transactions.

    The transaction will be fully under their protection, giving us both security and insurance that nothing will go wrong. They will be the third party involved in our deal.

    After you receive and confirm the delivery,you will have 5 days inspection period. Within this time frame you have to decide if you purchase it or not.
    This way you will actually pay for the car after you inspect it and test drive it,because eBay VPP will keep the funds in their custody.

    If you decide to keep it you will contact eBay and let them know that so they can release the payment to me. If you won’t like it you have to ship it back to me within 5 days and eBay will refund you. The shipping back will be done on my expense,but I am sure this will not happen.

    Think about it and let me know.
    Andy.

    Those are the emails I have received. Sound familiar to anyone?!

  423. OMG….I’m so glad my son-in-law told me about the ebay buyers protection package scam that has been going on…so I found this site…& low and behold doesn’t this poor divorced women’s name pop up…[email protected]
    she was G- mail before and who knows what else
    BEWARE !!!!! OF THE CLAUD…IA

  424. I figured it was a scam too – same MO, same messages as you’ve listed above. i fugured it wasn’t legit, but thought i’d check it out. the item (BMW K1200LT was listed in the bargain finder here in Calgary) –

    “i again,
    I`m located in Montreal(the motorcycle is here with me) right now because i got a new job here,the thing is i`m very busy and i don`t have time to stay and meet with all my potential buyers, that is why i gave to a shipping company that will ship it to the next owner(on my cost), so i’m trying to sell it online under eBay`s protection.Here is how it works :
    The sale will be managed through eBay under their Vehicle Purchase Protection program since they offer the highest rate of safety and reliability during online transactions. They act as a neutral third party. Look how this works:
    1. I will contact eBay and give all the info about this deal.
    2. They will email us the forms which are needed for our deal(invoice, payment instructions, buyer’s and seller’s protection policy)
    3. You will send the money to eBay and they will notify me to ship the motorcycle to your location.
    4. After you will inspect the motorcycle and decide to keep it, eBay will forward the funds to me once you have approved them to do so. You will have 5 days to inspect it.
    Please reply with your complete name and shipping address in your next email and let me know if you are interested in knowing more details about this purchase so that I can open a transaction at eBay and to move forward with this deal.After that they will contact you with all necessary information about this transaction(terms,buyer protection,payment instructions,invoice,etc.).

    P.S. Once i receive your full name and address we can start talking on the phone too,right now i have too many potential buyers and i can`t talk with all of them,i hope you understand.”

  425. RE: Chevrolet 05 Tahoe LS – $4740 (atlanta)

    Hi,Let me tell you a few words about the car.It’s a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Ls ,in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever, never been involved in any accidents. The interior looks great. It has 65,267 miles.It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name.The price is not negotiable , $4.740.00 is my last price,it is located in San Jose,CA at the shipping company.I sell the car at this price because I cannot enjoy it due to my job(I work as a dealer on a cruise ship) and I’m a single woman and I have nobody close who can use it.
    All documents, including owner’s manual, clear title and a bill of sale on your name will be provided along with the car.Also about payment and shipping I will use only eBay vehicle protection program so we can both be protected.I just need your full name,address and phone # so i can open a case.(with no further obligation or fees).
    Thank you

    2–

    Hi,

    Thank you for your interest in my car.This is Toyota Siena AM/FM/CD Audio System,3.3L V6 DOHC 24V FI Engine,5-Speed,Automatic Transmission,Variable Valve Timing,Front and Rear Stabilizer Bars Clock,Compass External Temperature Display,Low Fuel Level Tachometer,Trip Computer 17 Inch Alloy Wheels,Tire Pressure Monitoring System,Stability Control,Traction Control Braking Assist,Electronic Brakeforce Distribution,Front Ventilated Disc Brakes,Rear Disc Brakes 4-Wheel ABS,Driver and Passenger Front Airbags Front Side Airbags.

    Here you can find more pictures of the car: http:http://s831.photobucket.com/albums/zz236/HorrnBriannns12/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

    The car has been well taken care of, always kept in the garage.Flawless exterior/interior condition,no scratches and no dents.It has never been involved in an accident.The engine starts and drives like new and the paint looks great.It comes with US clear title which will be signed and notorized in the buyer’s name.Have original manuals and all keys.

    I’m an US Air Force Sgt.currently stationed in the United Kingdom.The car is here with me. It was bought in the US and shipped to Europe, but it was never permanently registered here, the car is still registered in the US.The car is for sale locally as well, but there are slim chances of this to happen. In order to be able to register this car here in the UK the buyer would have to pay very high import/custom taxes that will double the price. So I decided to sell the car back in the US.
    My final price is $4900.00 US Dollars including shipping from the UK to the US and delivery to your home address.So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    Vin number : 5TDBA22C36S055900
    Miles : 54,800

    Thank you
    Horn.Brian

  426. Autotrader:
    2005 prius
    Ad is for North York, ON
    Vehicle located in Montreal.

    Hi,
    Thanks for being interested in buying my car!It`s in perfect condition,no scratches,damages and never been implicated in any accidents.It has only 70000 km and the price is $5,300 CAD.It comes with a new set of winter tires and it has never been smoked in.Because of my divorce settlement,i own this car and as a woman without driver`s license i don`t need it so i`m trying to get rid of it as soon as possible(that`s why i`m selling it so cheap).We will use eBay`s Vehicle Purchase Protection plan for our both safety,i want only legit transactions.Let me know where are you located and any other details you need about it.
    Have a great day!

  427. i have been scammed and i am not to happy but i know that i have done alot of research and i have been working with the police and so far i have good news i hear they caught a woman that has been scamming alot of us innocent people that fall for her sad stories i urge all the people that have been scammed to please contact me by e-mail. [email protected] i am working my butt off to help everybody that has been scammed by a woman named nancy or sara and god only knows what other names she uses…her phone # is 315-849-2873 or the fax number u had to send it to was 408-228-0702…what a joke..so anyone that wants help contact me…

  428. hey same thing just happened to me a so called srgt named eric gayle is going back to iraq and is selling this f150 with 71000 miles on it for 4000 soo and he told me about this ebay protection plan sounded good untill he said this thing about they money gram thing where you cant use a credit car. So this ebay agent was located in london and i woudl send him 4000 in cash and he would hold onto it, I look up the address its a comfort inn in london, I asked Eric Gayle how can i talk to the ebay agent on the phone. His response was im pretty sure they dont use telephones. What a joke and if you relize this same scammer in front of all his posts he writes Hi, thats how you no its the same guy.

  429. The bitch is at it again! This time supposedly in NY. Bite a **** you *****!

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brx/cto/1343844631.html

    Re: 05 NISSAN MAXIMA – $4000 (Bronx)

    Hello, the car is running great with no mechanical problem. It`s an 2005 with 49,000 miles, automatic.
    The title is clean, no lien. I`m the first owner. The price is so low because I want to sell it asap because i`m leaving the
    country in about 2 weeks with school education in Germany and i have to pay school taxes and i don`t have the money so i need to sell my car, anyway the education is more important then a car.
    I`m located in New York and the nissan is here with me prepared for pickup. The car was posted in many location so i can find an buyer fast so if you can`t make it here in New York there is the possibility to ship the car. The price is $4000 and it`s firm.

    Thanks

    Susan Jackson

    [email protected]

  430. 2002 – BMW 325i m3 bumper??? Thank god for this site. Heres the email I got from catherine newman

    Hi,Let me tell you a few words about the car.It’s a 2002 BMW 325i M3 Bumper,in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever, never been involved in any accidents. The interior looks great. It has 99,500 miles.It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized in your name.The price is not negotiable , $3.950.00 is my last price,it is located in San Jose,CA at the shipping company.I sell the car at this price because I cannot enjoy it due to my job(I work as a dealer on a cruise ship) and I’m a single woman and I have nobody close who can use it.
    All documents, including owner’s manual, clear title and a bill of sale on your name will be provided along with the car.Also about payment and shipping I will use only eBay vehicle protection program so we can both be protected.I just need your full name,address and phone # so i can open a case.(with no further obligation or fees).
    Thank you

  431. Here are a couple of email after responding to ads on Recycler. The first one is for a 2007 BMW 525

    Hi there,

    The car is in perfect working condition, it doesn’t have any dents, chips or scratches and the interior is in like new condition, never smoked in. All the maintenance done on a regular basis and I have all the service records for it. It’s accident-free and has a clean and clear title. The total price that I ‘m asking for the car is $6,000.00 USD. The car is in possession of eBay ready for delivery. I would like to use eBay Vehicle Protection Program a third party service to handle this transaction for our both safety and comfort.

    If you are still interested just send me your full name and shipping address, phone# and I will open a case at eBay.

    Thank you,
    Ashley Hill

    The second one is for a Acura TL
    Hi again and sorry for the delay,

    Before leaving I had prearranged shipping and the payment with eBay’s Vehicle Purchase Protection Program so my presence isn’t necessary(The car is at the shipping company ready for delivery, in Los Angeles).The price includes all the shipping costs and insurance, so you won’t have to pay any extra charges. Since I work with the Navy the delivery process is not an issue, I’ll have the car shipped at your home address in maximum 2 days. I attached you some pictures. I don’t have a car fax report with me, but it will come with the car in the inspection period.
    Here is what I suggest: we will use ebay service, you’ll make the payment in an ebay managed trust fund ( they hold the money until you receive the car ), I send the car over( the car will be delivered with the title, owner’s manual, service records, and of course the bill of sale authorized and signed by me),I will offer a 5 day period from the day you’ll receive the car , you can inspect it, take it to a mechanic to check it out, ride it and then if you decided to keep it, you’ll confirm to ebay the sale and they will send the payment to me. If, by any reason, you will not be satisfied with it ( even though I can assure you that it is exactly as described), you can return it at my expense for a full refund of your money, no questions asked .I think this is more than fair for the both of us.

    NOTE: The payment is refundable, and is just a security measure, to make sure that you are serious, and that I am not going to ship the car, and loose time and money.

    If you are interested to go ahead with the deal, please reply with your full name, phone # and shipping address so I can ask ebay to open a case! After, they will contact you explaining all the details regarding the payment.
    I’m looking forward to hear from you.

    David higham

  432. Beware DALE NEWVILLE ([email protected])Subject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck BowriderDate: Saturday, August 29, 2009, 3:52 PMDale or whoever you are: White pages in Georgia does not list you, not even as having an unlisted numberYour address off the Atlanta beltway is bogusThe boat is on Craigslist but your selling it through VPP on eBayYou say eBay is facilitating a bank to bank transferYou won’t call me and the boat is not available for on site inspectionYou way undervalued the boat and included shippingYou are unavailable because you had an epiphany that resulted in you becoming an altrusitic humanitarian Before sending you my hard earned money for a deal to good to be true, I’d like to invite you down here to meet my Doberman and see my  lifetime membership card to the NRA. If I were you, I would be very careful about whom you try to scam. Some people in this world have spent time for military special ops and some have the technical capability to track IP addresses and also some people don’t think very highly of people using organizations such as UNICEF to play on the emotions. I have reported your attempted fraud to the authorities, craigslist and eBay. I’m certain it will not deter you and your brethren from your very well designed scam. Just be careful as you move about the universe as the law of reciprocity and karma have a way of eventually balancing out nature’s duality. Your are ying and I am yang, darkness vs. light, evil vs. good-feeling me yet-partner? Watch out for yourself as you continue your scam, hard working honest people falling for it and losing their honest money to dishonest scum may not be as forgiving. I thank you for making me a little wiser and smarter, it actuallly was not a waste of time. How does one completely lose one’s soul? ——————————————————————————–From: DALE NEWVILLE [[email protected]]Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2009 11:56 AMSubject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck Bowrider Hi there, As I told you, I’m in a trip and it’s nobody home to show you the boat. Right now, I’m on my way to Fauji Colony in Rawalpindi, Pakistan for vaccination campaign of every child under the age of five. You know, I’m working for UNICEF for the protection of children’s rights, I’m helping children’s to meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF is the only organization of the United Nations dedicated exclusively to children’s. Also, I want to tell you that I am not selling this for profit or due a lack of money. All I can say is that some recent events in my life made me change my perception of certain things, things that I’ve considered important in the past. I will donate all money to charity after I sell this trailer. So, let me know what you’ll decide as I’ve registered you as a buyer and I need to know if we still have a deal.Thanks, Dale To: [email protected]: Sat, 29 Aug 2009 07:14:52 -0400Subject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck Bowrider
    Dale:We decided to fly to Atlanta for the weekend, can we see the boat?From: DALE NEWVILLE [[email protected]]Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 4:37 PMSubject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck Bowrider Ok Michael, keep in touch.Thank you, Dale To: [email protected]: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 16:29:38 -0400Subject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck BowriderMy wife has an eBay account in her name and an excellent track record-that is in her name-if that matters-use her name-if that is not an issue, you can use mine.——————————————————————————–From: DALE NEWVILLE [[email protected]]Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 4:26 PMSubject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck Bowrider Hi Michael, I’ll forward you details to eBay and they will contact you shortly. Which name should I use for the Invoice? Let me know.Thanks, Dale ——————————————————————————–To: [email protected]: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 16:18:46 -0400Subject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck BowriderDale: Let’s get the process started. ——————————————————————————–From: DALE NEWVILLE [[email protected]]Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 3:29 PMSubject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck Bowrider  For payment they are using bank to bank wire transfer. So, in case you’ll decide to buy my boat, you have to transfer the money from your bank account to the eBay’s bank account assigned for this transaction.Let me know.Thanks, Dale ——————————————————————————–To: [email protected]: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 15:25:35 -0400Subject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck BowriderIs this handled through eBay’s paypal?We have an account already set up w eBay.——————————————————————————–From: DALE NEWVILLE [[email protected]]Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 2:49 PMSubject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck Bowrider I don’t realy know…try this one: http://s947.photobucket.com/albums/ad311/2006SEA_RAY/Let me know ——————————————————————————–To: [email protected]: [email protected]: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 13:20:46 -0400Subject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck BowriderWhere did your photbucket go?——————————————————————————–From: DALE NEWVILLE [[email protected]]Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 1:19 PMSubject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck Bowrider Hi there, In case you’ll decide to buy my boat , you’ll have to deposit the total amount of $9,200 into the eBay bank account. If you wish to proceed further, I will need your complete name and address so I can start the transaction with eBay’s Vehicle Purchase Protection Program and they will contact you with more infos.Waiting for your answer!Best regards,Dale ——————————————————————————–To: [email protected]: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 12:25:09 -0400Subject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck BowriderSounds good, do you need a deposit to hold it? ——————————————————————————–From: DALE NEWVILLE [[email protected]]Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 12:13 PMSubject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck BowriderHi, I want to tell you that I am currently on a trip for UNICEF until 1st of October. That’s why I chose to sell my boat over the internet and suggested using ebay for completing this deal. I’ve already included the boat into ebay vehicle purchase protection, so I will sell ONLY through this. I have briefly described the eBay transaction steps below: 1.Buyer, seller reach an agreement (price and delivery conditions) .2.Buyer sends money to eBay account.When payment is received, it will be verified and secured into a non-interest bearing trust account. After payment is secured, the Seller is authorized to ship boat . 3.The Buyer receives the boat and has 5 business days to inspect it. If it is complete and as described, the Buyer should accept the boat. If for any reason, the buyer refuses the boat as it is not as described , the Seller will be responsible of shipping back the boat.Their qualified technicians inspect all boats for accidents, major mechanical failure, and salvage or flood damage. They check the exterior, interior, and accessories of each boat to ensure top mechanical reliability and outstanding condition. You have the option to use an independent Inspection Authority to make sure that the boatis as described.4.After the inspection period is over, the Buyer must contact eBay Motors Customer Support with the result of the inspection. If the Buyer refuses the boat, the refund will be sent to the Buyer. If the boat is accepted, eBay Motors Financial Department submits the payment directly to the Seller within 3 business days.The purpose of the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program is to provide buyers with added confidence that a item purchased  is accurately described in the listing, and to protect buyers if the actual boat condition is materially different from the listing description.Let me know how you feel about that.Thanks, Dale ——————————————————————————–From: [email protected]: [email protected]: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 11:21:18 -0400Subject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck BowriderCan you call me? Michael S. Castleman727-368-0771——————————————————————————–From: DALE NEWVILLE [[email protected]]Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 10:17 AMTo: Castleman, MichaelSubject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck Bowrider  I’m the original owner and the boat is still under factory warranty. The boat has been serviced two weeks ago.Let me know.Thanks, Dale ——————————————————————————–From: [email protected]: [email protected]: [email protected]: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 10:13:44 -0400Subject: RE: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck BowriderHi Dale:I am very interested-do you have service records? Are you the only owner? Any Warranty left?Michael S. Castleman——————————————————————————–From: DALE NEWVILLE [[email protected]]Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 9:41 AMTo: Castleman, MichaelSubject: 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck Bowrider  Hi, the boat is located in Atlanta, GA destination charges to your address are included in the final price. The price for my boat is $9,200. As you’ve probably already seen on my CL ad, I decided to lower the price, to avoid wasting time with negotiations and find a buyer as soon as possible. Few words about the boat: this is a very nice 2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck Bowrider. It’s in excellent condition inside & out ! Vehicle Description: only used in fresh water. Hull of Fiberglass, Gelcoat, Glass / Windshield, Canvas, Swim Platform, Hatches / Latches, 65 Gallons Fuel Capacity, Trailer included, 26,4 feet Length, 8,6 feet Beam, Engine Mercury Mercruiser 5.0L MPI Inboard, with only 115 hours, fuel type gas, 20 Gallons Water Hold, 10 Gallons Holding, Tachometer, Speedometer, Compass, Hour Meters, Oil Pressure Gauges, Trim Gauges, Volt Gauges, Fuel Gauges, Waste System, Fire Extinguisher, Trim Tabs, Ignition Key. Nothing beats the feeling of long, sunny days spent on a boat surrounded by family, friends and having a good time to last an entire season. This Sea Ray 240 Sundeck is ready to do just that. It is in excellent cond.  Just like New. I have a clear title for it. Here is my photobucket album where you can find more photos of the boat: http://s948.photobucket.com/albums/ad326/2006SEARAY/I will only conclude the transaction through ebay for our own protection. They act as a neutral third party. If you are interested please get back to me and I shall explain to you the process. Thanks, Dale       I am interested in knowing more about your boat.Thanks.

  433. I almost got caught into this scam. Thanks for information.

    The ad I found in El Paso, TX Craigslist so I responded thinking that I can examine the equipment and purchase it in El Paso, TX. The following is the reply I got from the seller. They are located in Missoula, MT and what caught my eye was “We will use only eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program to complete this deal.” Is this a legitimate sales or not? I am not sure, but I am very skeptical about the whole situation. First, price is way too low for the equipment. Second, I browsed through the internet and found an exact items were advertised in several different Craigslist sites and states. Third, why do I need get the third party involved if you are dealing with cash purchase? I believe it is a scam because once a buyer contacts the seller they would say the item is located in the distant area so they would fall for the “We will use only eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program to complete this deal.” which it gives a false sense of security.

    Hello there,

    First of all I want to tell you that this is an 2004 John Deere 790 4×4 tractor.The tractor is very clean and straight with R4 trires that are in excellent condition. It has the standard transmission, 4×4, and John Deere 419 loader and Quick attach 53″ bucket The last price is $4.500 The tractor has, 30Hp, only 214 hours. The tractor looks and works like new, it will come with all the attachments, all the service records, receipts and manuals,18′ Utility Trailer that has Tandem 3500 lb axles,new tires,brakes,lights,pocket ramps,2″ reciever,safety chains,breakaway safety switch.I have opened a farm two years ago in Missoula, MT but it is not working anymore and I decided with my partner to cover some money by selling all the units that we have. I hope that you will understand my situation. We will use only eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program to complete this deal. If you are interested and you have the funds available email me your full name and shipping address so I can open a case with eBay (with no further obligation or fees).
    For more pictures:
    http://s908.photobucket.com/albums/ac287/2004-John-Deere-790-4×4/

    Many thanks,
    Mellina Jackson

  434. Hello,

    First of all I want to thank you for your interest for my bike. I sell at this price ($2500) because i just finished the divorce with my husband and after the divorce was finished the bike remained on my name. Now as a woman i don’t need it and I need money for other things. This bike is in excellent working conditions, no scratches, flaws or any kind of damage, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions and comes with a clear title. From the beginning you have to know that for the payment I request only secure pay, I prefer the payment to be done using eBay services. As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for me and you to be 100% protected. The final price is $2,500 including shipping and delivery to your home address. Regarding the price, I decided to sell my bike because at this moment I have some financial problems and like you know in these times many peoples confront the financial crisis.

    So if you decide to buy this bike or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    Here you can find more pictures with the bike: http://74.95.170.21/a/GSXR750.htm (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

    Miles 3,569

    Thank you and have a great day,

    Julia

    ANOTHER SCAM….BUT I TOLD THE [email protected] I WILL COME GET IT MYSELF! LET’S SEE WHAT KIND OF RESPONSE SHE WILL HAVE FOR ME NOW. LOL…
    **********BUYERS BEWARE**********************

  435. Hello,

    You made the right choice! My 1999 Honda CBR, 22,191 miles is in great shape, no engine problems, damages or hidden defects. It was always garaged and never smoked in, comes with a clear title.
    For the moment I’m out of the states with my business but the bike is located in Las Vegas , NV at the shipping company sealed and ready to be delivered (shipping fees already paid). The bike will be delivered in 2-3 days (depends on your location), and you will have 5 days to test and inspect the bike . My final price is $2000 – shipping included!
    The transaction will be made under eBay’s protection program for our safety. It’s just the biggest company on the internet and I trust them.
    In order to start the eBay transaction I need the following information: -Your full name and -Your shipping address.
    I will contact eBay to start the transaction and they will send you an invoice with complete details about how to purchase the bike.

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

    Have a nice day!
    Mark J.

    I AM ON A ROLL GUYS! 3 SCAMS I HAVE FOUND IN TWO DAYS!
    ********************BUYERS BEWARE*****************

  436. Hi again,

    Sorry for the long email I have tried to touch all bases.

    Here you can find more pictures with the bike: http://74.95.170.21/a/GSXR750.htm (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

    Miles 3,569 Year 2003 VIN JS1GR7HA432105220

    The bike is already at the shipping company in Stuart, FL sealed and ready for the shipping. I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them.According with eBay you have 5 days from the time you receive the bike to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not. There will be no extra or hidden taxes for you to pay.

    Here is how it will work:

    1.First of all I will need the following details from you:
    – Full Name
    – Full Shipping Address

    2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.
    3. After they will process your info, they will send you the invoice. In the invoice you will receive all the details on how to make a refundable payment.
    4. eBay will contact me and I will ship the bike to you. After you receive the bike you will have 5 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the bike. If you will buy, then I will receive the payment from eBay .
    5. If you will decide that you will not buy the bike, eBay will refund the money and I will have the shipping company come pick up my bike.So, this is not a blind transaction,you can see the bike before decided to buy it.If you are satisfied with the bike and decide to keep it you inform eBay about this and they will release the money to me. If the bike is not as advertised and decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back the bike will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for the both of us. Please take in to consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the bike and make sure everything is as agreed.

    If you are interested let me know your name and full shipping adress so i can forward them to ebay motors . I repeat the title is clean and will arrive along with the bike and the service book for inspection. You will receive all the transaction details from ebay.

    Best Regards,

    Julia

    THIS NUT EVEN HAD THE NERVE TO EMAIL ME AGAIN!

  437. Thanks so much for this post! We were just about to send off the money today. We thought something was up so I was checking.

  438. I AM SO GLAD I FOUND THIS SITE! Below if a recent ad on ebay (9/01/09) that my son was inquiring about.

    Hello,

    I’m SGT Thomas Mardem. This 2005 Honda Accord EX-L is in perfect working condition.
    This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical or
    mechanical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the
    exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has
    63,500 miles.

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal
    closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you
    to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will
    hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the
    car and you inspect it (for 15 days) eBay will send the money to me; in
    this way we are both protected. If the car is not suitable for you
    from any reason, your money will be fully refundable and I will take
    the car back on my expenses. I’m sure it won’t be the case because it’s a state of
    art looking and working vehicle. I am located in Canada and I was sent
    here with my department. One week ago my wife moved here with me and
    brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the
    US because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and
    everything, and registering it here in Canada will take forever. My
    final price on it is $2,800 USD. If you will take it for this price, I
    am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by
    plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You
    will get it to your address.

    Click on the link below for more pics & info about the car:
    http://2005accord.page.tl/

    Please get back to me asap if you want to move forward, and include in
    your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I
    can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction,
    payment and shipping details from them.

    Best Regards,
    Thomas and Rachel Mardem

  439. Saw the same Suzuki GSX-R 600 on Craigslist as previously reported here. Amanda Strum, [email protected], replied with this info:

    “Hi, the bike is located in Sacramento, destination charges are included in the final price. the price for my bike is $2500 as you’ve probably already seen on my CL ad, I decided to lower the price, to avoid wasting time with negotiations and find a buyer as soon as possible. few words about the bike: is in great shape, no need for additional repairs what so ever, no engine problems, oil changed properly. I have a clear title for it. I will only conclude the transaction through ebay for our own protection. they act as a neutral third party. If you are interested please get back to me and I shall explain to you the process.thanks. Amanda”

  440. Got an email from [email protected] replied to an ad on autotrader.ca for a 2005 Monterey 270 Cruiser Boat for $14,000. She emailed back that she was selling at a great price because she got the boat in a divorce settlement.
    Emailed to set up time to view boat. She emailed back that the boat was in excellent condition, repainted and stated she and boat were no longer in alberta but in Montreal and explained that we would do payment on Ebay VPP for her protection against fraud and that she would need all our contact information right away to make the sale.

  441. Hi. The same things is happening in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Here replies I got from car sales that were too good to be true:

    ———————
    Thank you for your interest in buying my car. Let me tell you a few words about the car.It’s a 2004 Mitsubishi Galant ES, in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever, never been involved in any accidents. The interior looks great (NO SMOKING). It has 126967km. It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name.The price is not negotiable , $4100 is my