I’ve received much feedback from other watchdogs out there sharing their scam stories. I wanted to post a few of them here and let people know of a few Web sites where they can check out scams, frauds and other tricks:
Mark from Oklahoma City shared this scheme with me. Hopefully this info will help others not fall for the same swindle:
I was trying to sell my daughter’s 1995 Thunderbird through a free car listing on Craigslist. The price of the car was $2000. Within a few hours, I was getting proposals from people that were stating they were interested in buying the car and would pay excess funds if I would take checks to the bank, keep $2000 and then Western Union the balance to them. Sometimes the balance was $3-5,000 over the price of the car.
After a few weeks of constant emails back and forth, these scammers quit when I told them I had contacted a special unit at the FBI and they were looking into it. I did in fact call the FBI, but they said unless it was a very large amount they were not interested and referred me to the Oklahoma Attorney General.
Another gentleman also shared a similar scam he encountered on Craigslist. Seems like the schemers love the Internet and it’s anonymity:
I advertised a group of Angus bulls on Craigslist. Got an inquiry from jameslee on the bulls. He purchased a bull for $2000 and sent a check for $4000 by FedEx. Before receiving the check, I got an e-mail saying the check was written for the wrong amount by his accountant. He requested that the check to be cashed and wire $2000 back to him through Western Union I received several e-mails and phone calls from him about the $2000. The check was written by Country Wide Homes on a Citibank account and was no good. Of course, I never sent him $2000. Also received two more checks in the amounts of $2000 each. One from Basset Furniture and the other from a company in California.
Like Kathy King said in this story, many of the scammers are crossing their fingers that someone won’t have the moxie to research whether their spiel is a ploy. So let information be your protection!
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