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I don't understand...how does this craigslist scam work?
Posted by: davester
Date: March 17, 2018 01:05PM
I just put up a power tool for sale on craigslist. A few hours later I got two, near identical, messages from two different numbers. I responded to one and got this in return:

"Thanks for the response and am satisfied with the price and the condition, kindly withdraw the advert from LIST and considered it sold. I will add extra $50 with the original price while you remove the ads. i will overnight a Cashier Check/ Certified Check drawn from a local Banks, and i will make the pick up arrangement as soon as you have the check clear and your have your cash, I would have loved to come and take a look and purchase with cash, but my work frame{Doctor} is tight,i work at 2410 Ingleside Ave from 8am - 8pm. So, I'll need you to provide me with the following information to overnight the Payment.

Full Name on the Check,
Full Physical Address
Final asking price and your cell#

The check will be overnight to you asap and deliver to you within 24hours.

Thank God Bless"

How do they make money on this scam? Obviously the check would be fake, but then what? Do they perhaps relist the tool for a much lower price, pocket the cash and have the buyer come pick up the tool? I don't really see how that would work. Any ideas?



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Re: I don't understand...how does this craigslist scam work?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: March 17, 2018 01:11PM
Usually they convince you to send them the difference. The check / MO is a fake, but your bank will 'clear' it anyway. CL posts in LARGE letters to never ever ever fall for this, yet people fall for it all the time.
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Re: I don't understand...how does this craigslist scam work?
Posted by: billb
Date: March 17, 2018 01:26PM
They hope you're gullible and/or naive enough to send the item as fast as they sent the cheque.
They make money by selling your item for whatever price their local market will bear.
Your item will likely be shipped to a foreclosed or bogus, otherwise unattributable address.

They'll probably complain that you never sent the item too.



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Re: I don't understand...how does this craigslist scam work?
Posted by: hal
Date: March 17, 2018 01:29PM
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davester
How do they make money on this scam? Obviously the check would be fake, but then what? Do they perhaps relist the tool for a much lower price, pocket the cash and have the buyer come pick up the tool? I don't really see how that would work. Any ideas?

I doubt this is a money making scam - thieves need power tools too.
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Re: I don't understand...how does this craigslist scam work?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: March 17, 2018 02:31PM
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hal
I doubt this is a money making scam - thieves need power tools too.


As do all right-thinking individuals
(gett'em, Bruce!)


Yaay!
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Re: I don't understand...how does this craigslist scam work?
Posted by: rz
Date: March 17, 2018 02:34PM
Do they actually have someone pick it up, or do they arrange for something like UPS? If it were the former, I'd give them an address in the worst part of town.
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Re: I don't understand...how does this craigslist scam work?
Posted by: tenders
Date: March 17, 2018 02:48PM
The name/address/cell may be enough for them to start chiseling away at your credit, or perhaps they then engage you directly or sell your information to someone who will, to divulge more information.
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Re: I don't understand...how does this craigslist scam work?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: March 17, 2018 03:02PM
It looks legit to me.



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Re: I don't understand...how does this craigslist scam work?
Posted by: kurtzie
Date: March 17, 2018 03:12PM
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hal
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davester
How do they make money on this scam? Obviously the check would be fake, but then what? Do they perhaps relist the tool for a much lower price, pocket the cash and have the buyer come pick up the tool? I don't really see how that would work. Any ideas?

I doubt this is a money making scam - thieves need power tools too.

Thieves might need tools, but I don't think they needed my pocket door.
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Re: I don't understand...how does this craigslist scam work?
Posted by: hal
Date: March 17, 2018 03:19PM
Might also just be auto-generated based on key words in the listing.
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Re: I don't understand...how does this craigslist scam work?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: March 17, 2018 04:44PM
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Speedy
It looks legit to me.

Speedy, you got no street smarts! winking smiley



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Re: I don't understand...how does this craigslist scam work?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: March 17, 2018 08:07PM
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Ammo
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Speedy
It looks legit to me.

Speedy, you got no street smarts! winking smiley

Hey, now! I'm the scammer sending out those fake cashiers checks and I'm just encouraging folks to take up my generous offers. It's not as easy as you might think to compose messages in flawed English.



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Re: I don't understand...how does this craigslist scam work?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: March 17, 2018 09:09PM
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Speedy
...It's not as easy as you might think to compose messages in flawed English.

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