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Victim Location 45405
Total money lost $1,350
Type of a scam Investment

Basically this man made it seem as if all I had to do was pay 2 months rent and the security deposit and he would send me the keys to my new home in Dayton . Once I sent it to him he kept telling me money didn’t get threw and that he’s gonna put a hold on the keys until he gets the money . I figured it was a scam after I looked up information about the house online and it said it was sold in August. I spent 1350 for absolutely no reason .

Victim Location 38930
Total money lost $2,400
Type of a scam Online Purchase

I went on craiglist in found a 2010 Nissan maxima Sv and they had it for $1435.00 and a woman named jessica braun emailed me and she said the car was $1400.00 and sent me pictures of the car and she told me to go through ebay motors so eBay motors emailed me and told me to call the number above and a man answered the phone and every time we call he was the only one to pick up the phone.and they had me going to buy 12 $200.00 gift cards. they said it was gone ne here in 3days and I called he said it was gone arrive Saturday , I called again today and he didn't send me the shipping address and he said it was gone arrive Monday at 10:00am but when I found out it was a scam I called back and he hung up in my face and stop answering the phone.

Victim Location 30305
Type of a scam Rental

A craigslist post for a one bedroom, one bath was posted on Craigslist in Old Town, Chicago. The person by the name of Colleen Marie Bolton stated she was unable to show the apartment due to being a traveling ECHO tech in Florida. Her landlord Pat Phoenix requested 3 months rent and $350 deposit prior to move in sire unseen by cashiers check. After a little research on scam I saw a similar post by the same name and situation. Attached is the drivers license she sent to me.

Victim Location 98201
Type of a scam Identity Theft

Hi there,

Recently I posted my motorcycle for sale on Craigslist / Skagit , Washington State. I was contacted by someone with the email [email protected] The first email to me asked "Has it been in any accidents (which was sent through Craigslist)?" Then the message wrote " Craigslist does not always deliver messages, so if you can, please contact me at my personal email", which was listed below.

[email protected]

I then did so and advised my motorcycle has never been in any accidents. This person then sent me a separate email (assuming craigslist would have flagged it) and I was asked to get a vehicle history report from a specific website (linked in my email);, which I have never even heard of. In the email, this person then stated "when I was selling my motorcycle I got one from there to show people that were interested. It was only $19 which is half the cost of Carfax ($40 or more). Then the person says, "let me know if this helps, Thanks!" Pretending as if they care about you. The person also even stated "there are many scams out there."

I then sent a reply asking if this was a reputable website, as I know Carfax is. I was never sent an email back. I even emailed a separate email stating "I would be happy to pay the extra with Carfax, and provide that to you." Again, I was never sent an email back. I ALMOST FALLED FOR THE SCAM, but I outsmarted this person. looks like a decent website. However, the vehicle database must have been hacked because if you provide your Vin number, your correct vehicle will pop up. Then it asks for payment...

Victim Location 97070
Total money lost $2,200
Type of a scam Phishing

I was scammed through craiglist. After submitting a rental and a lease agreement, and sending in first AND last month - $2,100! - this person posing as a landlord stopped responding, changed their phone number, and only responded on email to ask me for more money. I unfortunately sent them a check through US Bank, who identifies this a scam and not fraud, so they would not refund my money );

My options are very limited; I know this person has a US Bank account, account #*** and routing #***

I find it strange that US Bank won't help me and won't do anything knowing that they have a customer scamming other customers. Now I am just looking for what my next steps are; can I take this to small claims court?

Victim Location 70802
Total money lost $500
Type of a scam Online Purchase

I was looking to buy a car and a lady contacts me and says she had one for a good price. She said she was with eBay or selling the car through eBay I paid her and now she isn’t returning callls

Victim Location 98828
Type of a scam Credit Cards

I am selling my vehicle on Craigslist and was contacted by this "buyer" almost immediately. He requested that I get a copy of the vehicle report and he would then buy my truck if it was clear. He provided a link to a site that requested the VIN and then personal info. I backed out and then discovered this is a current scam.

Victim Location 33771
Total money lost $900
Type of a scam Rental

This person claimed to have a home for rent via an ad on craigslist. Being desperate to find a home I acted too fast and sent him money even though he was "out of state". Had me print and sign a phony lease and lied and told me he FedEx mailed me the keys. All in all this person got $900 from me before I noticed something was wrong.

Victim Location 85745
Total money lost $1,450
Type of a scam Rental

I was looking for a vacation rental in Tucson and saw this add on Craigslist. We got in contact, and after filling out lease application, and signing a contract, the scammer asked for payment. We paid through with a check on an account and when we got to the rental unit nobody was there to meet us, we got in contact with the person and he said he got delayed and would meet us the next day. It was the same the next day and we got stood up for a second time. He never showed up and then we found out through neighbors that the unit was occupied by someone else entirely.

Victim Location 50009
Type of a scam Online Purchase

Person addressed as Col. Patricia Wilson posted on Craigslist a 2007 Pontoon for sale at a low price. Said her husband recently passed away and that she is not training to be deployed to Afghanistan. Only form of communication was via email and only had limited access. Said the boat would be handled by Ebay Motors.

Here was here email:

The pontoon is at the shipping center in Omaha, Ne and from there will be shipped to my buyer's address. The price $2,200 + $300.00 shipping for a total sale price of $2,500.00. Right now I'm in a military base. We are training, getting ready for Afghanistan. I am only allowed to check my email twice a day. We have to stick to e-mail for now. Hope you can understand. Like I already said, the delivery process will be managed by me. I think I can have it there at your home address within 2-3 days. If you decide when you receive the pontoon boat that for any reason you don't want to keep it then you will send it back on my expense. I need to know if you are interested so I can ask eBay Motors to send you the details on this deal. You will also find in the invoice from them the eBay Support Department phone number where you can call for more details !

If interested please include in your next email your contact info for eBay (full name, shipping address and phone number), so we can get the ball rolling.

Thank you and god bless you!

Victim Location 53222
Total money lost $186
Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

She was selling concert tickets and once paid their no good

Victim Location 37912
Type of a scam Online Purchase

I'm attempting to sell my motorcycle on Craigslist and I've got this guy who is "really interested" in broken English. He wants me to run a vin history report using which my company firewall has flagged as malicious. I can't get any more information about him at this point. I haven't confronted him yet so as far as he's concerned the deal is still on.

Victim Location 29681
Type of a scam Phishing

Advertised an auto for sale and was contacted by this email address tell me he wants to make a deal on car but his loan officer needs a VIN report from If the money ($24) for the report is a problem he will add the amount to final price. Appears to just want credit card information. See below actual messages--

From: [email protected]

Date: March 27, 2018 at 6:26:07 AM EDT

To: "Jo Ann Knapp"

Subject: Re: Regarding Toyota Sequoia SR5 4X2 SUV ,

To be able to come , see , test and make a deal for it face to face , i need the report so i can pass it to my loan officer and make sure he will allow me to buy it .

I need the report because the loan company ask for it .please go to and get one . will not make sense for me to get one because i can`t re use it like you can , you will be able to give it to all you potential buyers , me on the other hand if will not be ok i will gave to look for a new vehicle and get a new report .

I know is only $24 but if i have to run 5 reports until i find an ok report where will i be ?

If the report will be ok you can consider it sold.


P.S if is about the money i will add the $24 to the final price

-----Original Message-----

From: "Jo Ann Knapp"

Sent: Monday, March 26, 2018 8:24pm

To: [email protected]

Subject: Re: Regarding Toyota Sequoia SR5 4X2 SUV ,

The VIN number is on Craigslist if you wish to purchase a vin report.


Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 26, 2018, at 3:46 PM, [email protected] wrote:

I'm interested and ready to come , see , test and make a deal for it .

I need something rather soon , but i would like to make sure you/vehicle and all is ok and legit .

For that i need a vehicle vin report ,don`t send an old one or get something you find , get me the report from . is what my loan officer asked for and needs .

I'd just feel safer about getting a vehicle with an official report because I've had friends and family get shafted before.

-----Original Message-----

From: "Jo Ann Knapp"

Sent: Monday, March 26, 2018 1:31pm

To: [email protected]

Subject: Re: Regarding Toyota Sequoia SR5 4X2 SUV ,

No only minor things—needs antenna. Front seats are worn. Just email to set up date and time. Thanks.

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 26, 2018, at 12:59 PM, [email protected] wrote:

I'd like to come look at it. Is there any bad things on it , like bad suspension, oil leaking etc?

I would like to arrange meeting in few days.

Hope everything will be great and we will make a deal.

-----Original Message-----

From: "craigslist 6534939642"

Sent: Monday, March 26, 2018 8:48am

To: [email protected]

Subject: Re: Regarding Toyota Sequoia SR5 4X2 SUV ,

[email protected] Thank you.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 25, 2018, at 9:28 AM, Sabrina wrote:




> what is your email?


> my father wants to get back to you latter today or tomorrow.




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> Please flag unwanted messages (spam, scam, other):


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Victim Location 78701
Type of a scam Online Purchase

they are trying to sell fake stuff

Victim Location 40509
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

posted an ad on craigslist for sale and received a text from phone # 714-340-4074 asking for a full name and address. said the were going to send a check in the mail by usps. they really didn't ask or request any personal info as of yet other than that. I can see where someone could fall for this and get burnt.

Victim Location 73160
Type of a scam Online Purchase

Through a craigslist ad a camper was listed for $1,500. We were sent an invoice requesting payment through paypal gift cards. After online research I learned that this method has previously been used in the past.

Victim Location 85711
Total money lost $1,500
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

My teen daughter posted an ad/sale on Craigslist, within 24 to 48 hours she received a response from a potential buyer. The acted very interested and offered to pay more than the asking price. The buyer also seemed to be very familiar with Craigslist operation by telling her how to remove her ad. In less then a week she received a travelers check by mail that was fraudulent. No trace back of the individual.

Victim Location 71601
Total money lost $1,005
Type of a scam Online Purchase

I brought a car listed on craiglist via monkey pak greendot. I've paid a total of 1,005.00 on February 23rd, 2017 and I've realized it was a scam. I also have email addresses, name, phone numbers, and pictures of the scammer.

Victim Location 71334
Total money lost $1,985
Type of a scam Online Purchase

I was searching on Craigslist for my daughter a car and I found a couple that I was interested in. This particular car was a 2009 Honda Accord selling for $1985.00. According to the post, the seller was Natasha Marks. When I questioned the sale price, she sent a detailed email stating that she was in the military and was about to be deployed to Syria and she was tired of paying insurance and storage fees on the vehicle and was just trying to get rid of the car before leaving. The emails were so convincing and detailed is why I never thought of it to be a scam. Natasha told me that she was gonna set everything up with Amazon for payment, but that once the vehicle was delivered to me that I would have a 10-day inspection period to decide as to whether or not I wanted to keep the car and that the funds I sent to Amazon would be held in a safe trust account and would not be released to the seller until after I confirmed that I would keep the car then the funds would be released to the seller. The day before the car was to be delivered which is also in email, March 7, 2017 at 4:00p.m., I received another email stating that I needed to send an additional $1,000.00 for mandatory insurance to cover the car during the 10-day inspection period. That flagged the sale to me because like I explained to the seller via text message that I felt like that should've been explained to me up front and it wasn't. I also contacted the supposedly Amazon contact number to explain the same thing to him and he just kept saying that they were going to stop shipping until I paid it. That led me to start doing some research, to find out that it was all a SCAM. Now, I've lost $1985.00 with no car. I texted Natasha and informed her that I had contacted local authorities and I never received a text back from her anymore. I then went back on Craigslist and it was no longer posted to that location, but she had today posted the same car in Houston, TX and North Folk, VA. At first it showed that the site I purchased from had been flagged, then about an hour or so later, it was removed and listed in two other states.

Victim Location 36024
Type of a scam Online Purchase

They offer to buy what you're selling (motorcycle, boat, ect.) site unseen but they need it shipped and they'll have a freight company ship it. They'll send you a check for the purchase amount plus the freight cost. You are supposed to deposit the check. After a couple of days the scammer says the check cleared their bank and requests the freight money to be sent. I waited for my bank to say the check cleared but it turned out to be a bad check.

If your initial sales contact is text they'll want to move to email. They'll impersonate a military soldier out of the country to make the freight scam look honest. They will be the high bidder on Ebay and ruin your action, happened to me twice. The Ebay happened in 2012. Every time I renew my add with Craigslist I'll get the scam.

An initial contact looks something like this.......

"Good day, my name is Andrew, I will be buying the item from you and I'll

love to send you a Certified check for my payment i don't mind Adding

extra $45 for you just to hold the item for me, Also once the check

clear into your account my Mover will come down to your location for

the pick up of the item for me asap and goods wont be moved until you

have your money in hand, just get back to me with your Full Name to be

on check, Address, city, zip code, cell # (to text you directly when

the payment is on the way) and your last asking PRICE of the item to

mail out the payment ASAP. Hope to read from you soon.

Regards, Andrew"

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