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Safety First

Shopping via online classifieds can be intimidating, especially if you’re of a more paranoid composition like myself. For buyers and sellers alike: how can you trust that the person behind an ad or responding to one is sincere? How can you stay safe online? While we may try everything in our power to find those seedy listings, they can sneak through. The nature of community classifieds, online or not, means that your safety can’t be fully guaranteed, but there are many precautions that you can take to help protect yourself and others from scams, pranks, and fraud.

  1. Trust Your Instincts: First and foremost, the age-old saying “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” holds strong. Your instincts are often the best indicator if something is amiss. Use common sense.
  2. Report Abuse: Don’t be afraid to make use of the“Report Ad” link if you feel that an ad is fishy. As a community-based site, we rely on you to alert us when scammers are lurking.
  3. Never Give Out Personal Information: Beyond your phone number or email (so that you can contact sellers and vice versa), never give out any personal information such as your credit card number, your social insurance number, birthday and so on. If you have to give out your address, only do so if you think the person is legit (if you are still uneasy, meet in public #8).
  4. Talk on the Phone: While email may be the most convenient, especially for initiating transactions, when possible try to speak over the phone before agreeing to meet. If they refuse, excuses are often very revealing. Again, go with your gut.
  5. Deal Only in Cash: Never wire money, send advance payments, or use your credit card. This also helps you to avoid any deals done through mail – a notorious method for running scams.
  6. Keep it Local: You can reduce your risk by keeping all transactions local. This also eliminates the need to use anything other than cash when buying or selling.
  7. Inspect Before You Buy: Never buy something that you can’t check out in-person first – not only can you assess it’s quality (and thus, pricing) for yourself, but you can meet the seller in-person.
  8. Meet in Public: When possible, always meet to exchange in a public place. Not only does this protect you by not revealing your address, but also makes it less likely that someone will steal from you. Better yet, have a friend accompany you.
  9. Don’t Go To The Car: Do not accompany the person to their car for any reason, and, of course, do not let them go to the car with items in hand if they haven’t paid for them yet!
  10. Ask Questions: Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Ask sellers why they are selling their item and about it’s condition. And sellers – don’t be afraid to ask buyers what their intentions are. If something sounds shady, remember you don’t owe anyone anything and you can always back out of a transaction before any money is exchanged.
  11. Research The Item: Where appropriate, research the item you are planning on buying beforehand so that you know what you are buying, how much it should cost, and what shape it should be in. If you are selling something, you can protect yourself by always providing correct and as detailed information as possible.
  12. Keep Records: Especially if you buy and sell often – keep some sort of record of what you have bought and/or sold, where you met, and who you bought from or sold to.

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264 Responses to “Safety First”

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sammy

is there a link that the public/users can click on. I don’t see it on the site. they need to see it on the home page, like near the top. clost to the latest ads etc..

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    Nadine

    I have received two e-mails from different e-mail address (handsome luda ) (harrypetter2525@gmail.com) telling me to provide some info, this is a scam :

    Hello,

    Am very happy to read back from you letting me know the item is still of for Grab, i will smply urge you to remove it from site for me while i will prepare payment as soon as possible in form of a money order Or Certified check. So i will urge you to kindly email me this requested information below to write out payment and forward it to you via express mail.

    Your full name

    Address

    city provnce

    Postal code

    Phone Number,

    And the final asking price once again,

    As soon as i recieve this today i will go ahead and issue out the payment while posted it out to you as soon as possible, Moreso about the pick up i will get hold of a mini freight agent that will come for the pick up once payment is final recieved and cleared by your bank. Await your full details as soon as you read from me.

    Thank you.

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scott voice

i think there is a scammer lurking about on your site. i had an email about my item and was asked to remove it as sold and they would send a cheque or postal orde when the money order came it was from an american bank but sent from cyprus for 5 times more than it should of been. i am now in the process of informing the police. please be aware.

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    Nick Kempinski

    Awesome! Thanks for letting us know about it.

    Jean

    The same for us! We received exactly the same message. With
    IP locators we found that person (some Lorraine) moves from
    Hamilton to Montreal and always uses wireless access points. Never accept
    certified checks and some sort of shipping agent! All messages and IP are sent to ottawa police.

    louise

    i have just had a email form a claire christmas enquiring about my item and saying the same .. that she will want my details to send a bankers draft and some shipping fees apparently.

    Mike

    Just got the same thing, told them to go scam someone else.

    Mike

    Beware of scammers, a new email is handsomeluda@gmail.com; same thing asks for pictures then asks to pull the ad and he or she will send a money order or certified cheque and his “agent” will pick it up. Beware of anything to do with money orders, paypal, or cheques, cash only and local pick up only.

    Cheryl Brougham

    Yah, theres one out there. Just tryed the same thing with me. His email address is: ruddcarol46@yahoo.ca and is email went like this:

    “Hello, Thanks for getting back to me on the item.I am out of the town for a short business trip. I am okay with the condition of the item which you said is in good condition. I will want to pay with money order or cheque .I already have a shipping agent who will handle the collection. The money I will send to you will include some extra money for the shipper. once you confirm my payment then my shipping company will come for the pick-up . I will want you to get back to me with the information below so i can mailed out the payment without delay.

    Full Name

    Address

    City

    Postal Code

    Phone Number

    As soon as i have all this then i will mail out the payment immediately.”

    Watch out everyone!!

    Lisa Montroy

    I had the exact same scam happened to me recently. And I was sent a money order from France for double the amount I was asking for couch on Usedvictoria ad.
    Everybody should be aware of never selling anything to out-of-owners who promise to send a payment, for you to deposit it, and then call their delivery company.

    Lorna Stewart

    I just got a similar reply from a stellacole792@gmail.com wanting to send a check or money order asking first for all my info . Once the check clears then an “agent” would pick up the mechandise as she says she is out of town etc!

amrc

I received an e-mail that was obviously a scam from someone named Herrick Brown. He said he was at sea and a marine engineer looking to buy a present for his sister. He wanted to buy our item using PayPal, then an ‘agent’ would come and pick it up. We couldn’t figure out how this scam would work, but apparently the scam is to tell PayPal he never received the item after getting it. PayPal then refunds his money while we lose ours. We told him “cash only” and have not heard from him again.

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    Jim

    I received the same email from Herrick Brown for the article I was selling.
    I googled online and found that this same scam has been used elsewhere. There is no intention of buying what you are selling. Further emails from “Herrick Brown” or whomever will at some point require you to pay some money to get your money.

    Just ignore the email.

    mike

    just read your email about herrick brown just got one myself glad i read yours to bad there wasnt a way to track him down and charge him have a nice day

    Margaret Ming

    Wow. I just got that exact same story from that exact same person, wanting to buy my tent trailer (Herrick Brown, sea engineer, present for sister, wanting to use paypal). Thanks for posting this!!

    Dave C

    Herrick is still at it. Just tried to get me to agree to use Paypal as well and have his agent pick up the item.

    .com

    hello, amrc we just recieved the same email, it is a scam. how do u report to used ottawa?

    Dave

    same deal here, “michelle ross” so solly ,not answer ad ,busy working as oceanographer at sea. send pay pay account to me and my”personal courier” will pick up for a suprise for my son!! oh yeah!!

gord

The same guy thet is posted in AMRC contacted me yesterday with the same scam .
His e-mail was Herrick Brown [nsd1471@gmail.com]. thanks for putting in the site

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.com

he was trying to get me to send money through western union. that red flaged it for me. His emails look right from paypal and everything so i am going to alert paypal. If you have clicked on anything in his email you need to changed all your passwords.

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Victoria

This was the reply I got for an ad on about a Toyota Tacoma Truck on usedregina today:

From: Chandra Hansen [chandrahansen@msn.com]
RE: UsedRegina.com: Buyers Question – 2006 Toyota Tacoma

Hello,

My truck is in great shape,no engine problems,clear title,damages or hidden defects.The price is CAD $2,700.
I`m a single mother with 2 children because i divorced with my husband and after the divorce i own this truck, i don`t need it and that`s why i`m selling it so cheap.
The truck is located in Victoria,BC (I just moved here with my new job).It only has 12000 KM’s on it.
I will use eBay`s protection program for our safety because I am affiliated there with aprotection account of $50000.I will send you the truck and you have 10 days inspection period,before you decide to buy it.If for any reason you reject the truck I will pay theshipping back to my location.
Here is how it will work:
1. First of all I will need the following details from you:
- Full Name
- Full Shipping Address
- Phone number

P.S. Please don`t forget to send me your info!

Best Regards !

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Del Goodlet

Just got the exact same email from Chandra Hansen, this time for a quad located in Victoria funny even the same price. Knew it was too good to be true.

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Liz

I got an email from Morgan Marcus,,same deal, a scam, he wanted my info so he could send me a “money order” for double the price. His email is
morgan.mar1960@yahoo.co.uk
Be aware!!!!!

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    Alfred Aquilina

    I also received an email from a SCAMMER! This is the name and email address he provided:
    mailto:jim.smith118@gmail.com
    This SCAMMER wanted all kinds of personal info short of my bank account number (probably would require it for him to deposit his payment for me). This was the same email as “Coral” noted here.

    Be aware!

Mitch

cannot access any searching capabilities on usedottawa. Is your server down or are you having issues?

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    Jennifer Aikman

    Hi Mitch,

    Yes, unfortunately our servers were down for a few hours over the weekend. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Jennifer

LIONEL EAST

I received a rely on Used Victoria & have been working with Robert Kewell on my Ad for a 2009 Citation Supreme 30 RLS Trailer using My other e-mail address sami22shaw.ca & my cell 250-882-7004.
He currently is waiting for my banking information to wire $37,000 plu $200 to remove the ad now. He is on Craigs List as a scamer using bookme849@gmail.com.
I have just reported him to Scamers online. What should I do.

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    Jennifer Aikman

    Hi Lionel,

    I contacted our moderation manager and she’s asked that you do not respond directly with this person and that you report the specific ad by opening the ad and clicking the report flag indicator. This way she can see directly what’s going on and assist you from there.

    Jennifer (Community/Social Media Manager)

Lora

I would like to report abuse, but it is not an ad, but someone’s email address that needs to be reported. How do I go about doing so? It appears someone is replying to ads using someone else’s email address, in the most heartbreaking kind of manner. I would like to put a stop to it so no one else is subjected to what I was just subjected to.

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    Jennifer Aikman

    Hi Lora,

    The best way to report this kind of abuse is to locate the specific ad/ads, open it, and click on the ‘Report Ad’ indicator. A list of options will be available of which you should select ‘Wrong Phone Number’. This will quickly identify the ad for our moderators.

    Thanks!

    Jennifer

Sarah

Same type of reply as above, by a Matt Namson.

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jess

I received this today, I believe it is some weird scam, no questions ask about when he will get my item or where I am or want any additional info on the product! Don’t know his angle but can’t people like this be stopped?? Guess not but thought I should post his email in case it helps someone else that may come across this:

from Jack Moree jack.moree111111@gmail.com
date Sat, Dec 17, 2011 at 10:35 PM
subject Re: UsedVictoria.com: Buyers Question – Bunk bed – double on bottom, with single
mailed-by gmail.com
signed-by gmail.com
Important mainly because of the words in the message.
hide details 10:35 PM (34 minutes ago)
Hi,

Thanks for the swift response.Your selling price
sounds good to me.Am presently out of town on a business trip.Payment
will be made via Canadian Money Order or Canadian Bank Draft,pick up
will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and
cleared at your bank.All you need to do is to fill the below data for
payment to be sent out asap:

FULL NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:
TEL.PHONE NUMBER:
AGREED PRICE:

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5
business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is
sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you
and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your
bank.Thanks very much.

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    Jennifer Aikman

    Hi there,

    Thanks for sharing this. If you haven’t already, would you mind flagging this ad so that our moderation team is notified? Thanks so much,

    Jennifer

    maria

    This is the EXACT response I received word for word for my ad for a playsyation 3. It is absolutely a scam. I didn’t even bother to let this fool know that I was aware of his/ her weak attempt to scam me. His email address is harrypetter10@ yahoo.com. It so sad there are people sitting at home trying to rip people off!

    Angelina Ramirez

    I believe I’ve come a across a scam but not in emails. I listed baby items on Craig’s list with email and phone number for easier communication cause I’m not online all the time..might I add only used Craigslist twice…well I revived a text message about my listing for a Nestorius areacode stating they wanted the items and not asking where I was or condition on things being sold. Just stated they want to send payment in certified check and need address and name…don’t worry about shipping they. Own a shipping company and once check clears they will pick up items. I asked what shipping company and. The name of who I was speaking but only after I had given my name and address, they didn’t reply back. So all I got are all text messages and the number I have been texted from. Stranger… an hour later I got the same three messages that was sent to me from the beginning…like they were in a lope. Odd so I started to think I got duked. How much damage can one do with my name address and number? What to do?

David Munro

This is what I got from “Richard Grant”, who seems to be fictitious and whose English and Grammar are a bit odd….

Hello,

Thanks for responding to my inquiry so fast,i am really serious about this purchase and i am okay with the pictures and last asking price which is $500 for the (Ads) I am sincerely sorry that I won’t be able now to come have a look at it because I’m kind of busy with family issues,and i don’t want you to worry about the Shipment , cause i have a local shipping company that will be handling the shipment of this Ads down to my residence as soon as the payment has been made out to you ,Also i want you to know that i will be making payment via Certified Canadian Money Order or Bank Draft which will contain both your asking price and the shipping fees and no pick up arrangement will be made until the Certified Canadian Money Order or Bank Draft is cleared and cashed by you. so i will be needing your payment information in order to mail the payment to you such as

Your Full name:
Your street name and No :
City:
Province:
Country:
Postal_Code:
Your Cell/home Phone Number: to enable us communicate on phone as regards this transaction.

As soon as you email me the details,the payment will be mailed out to you with no further delay and we can end up the transaction in good faith..It pleasure looking forward to complete this transaction with you….I await your response today.
Thank you and God Blessed.
Merry Xmas and Happy New Year In Advance…!

I suspect it is a scam and get an odd feeling about this so have asked where he would like it shipped to, if its near here then it might be real but suspect it might be Nigeria and do they really need snow tires there?

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Lorraine Widrick

Do you have a fraud dept. that scammers who email you can be reported?

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    Jennifer Aikman

    Hi Lorraine,

    If you click the report ad icon on the specific ad the scammer contacted you with, our moderation department is immediately notified.

    Thanks,

    Jennifer

Denise

HI there, I just got this email from I’m sure a scammer as the wording is exact to other scams listed earlier. Thanks. Happy New Year. Stay safe!

Emailer – karina.collen111@gmail.com

Hi,

Thanks for the swift response.Your selling price
sounds good to me.Am presently out of town on a business trip.Payment
will be made via Canadian Money Order or Canadian Bank Draft,pick up
will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and
cleared at your bank.All you need to do is to fill the below data for
payment to be sent out asap:

FULL NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:
TEL.PHONE NUMBER:
AGREED PRICE:

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5
business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is
sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you
and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your
bank.Thanks very much.

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Mike Moyls

There is an off shore scam where they send you a cheque from Paris for alot more than you were asking on the ad and then want you to send the extra cash to a email in Paris to pay the shipper.I’m sure the cheque will bounce.
RCMP are looking into this with much concern.

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    Dixie Looysen

    Hi Mike — thanks so much for the info you posted!!! I got an offer on an antique sewing machine with the exact same wording the others listed. This person is now in Paris and asking me to wait just a few more days for the bank draft.
    His name is Dave Pelzar and email address is pelzar00147@gmail.com.
    I’ve had this machine on hold for him for weeks now ! Thanks again for taking the time to report this issue. Dixie

Mike Moyls

Buyer beware!!!

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Mike Moyls

Beware of Jack Moree 111111@gmail.com

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    Not Taken

    He contacted me also
    I wonder how many people get excited and follow through
    Saw a site where the guy filled in the information part with
    Name FBI
    Fraud Dept
    Gotta love it
    Hope you were careful Marlene

Mike Moyls

PS,the cheque looks very real!!!!!!!!!!!

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Coral

I got a scam e-mail from someone this morning.

First I got this:
smthjack88@gmail.com says: hello
do you still have this item for sale,if still kindly email me your last asking price thanks.

When I responded back I got this message:
Hi,
Thanks for the swift response.I will offer you $100.Am presently out of town on a business trip.Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank.All you need to do is to fill the below data for payment to be sent out asap:

FULL NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:
TEL.PHONE NUMBER:
AGREED PRICE:

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank.Thanks very much.

Smith.

I figured it was a scam then and I defiinitely see that it’s a scam now because I see the exact same ones on here. Thanks everyone for helping confirm it!

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    Beware of Scams

    Received the exact same email. See http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/ or contact 1-888-495-8501.

    a dot

    please i want to know the terms of this site becos i am trying to buy a jacket in this site and i did not have any response..

    Dawn Leeman

    Hi there I recieved exact same email for a bike that we were selling on used Vic the person signed his name Holmes . I haven’t recieved money order yet. Just wondering who to report it to, I’m surprised that authorities have not warned people and given instructions on what actions to take if this happens to yo grrrr!!
    Thank Dawn

Londsay

I got the same scam email from zlatan hunts!!! Be aware

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sheryl g

I seem to be having the same conversation with a William Elliot. He wants to send me a bank draft and requires all my info. He keeps talking about shipping and I am offering a course in my workshop. He will not give me his number.. Thanks for sharing everyone.

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Suzie Fortin

Hi,Well I removed my Ad as the guy in the email asked but I just realized now that it was a scam and I received the same from 2 different persons: Diego Martins and Franco Phillip… Here are the emails:
Hello,
Thanks for the prompt reply.Well am okay for the ( AMAZING bedroom
set (6 pieces) i am highly interested in it,and i Don’t want you to
worry abt the shipping because i have a shipping company that will be
coming for the Pick up of the Advert at your residence as soon as
payment has been made,The shipper will come for the immediate pick-up
and make sure everything is clean up ok

I also want you to know that i will be paying via Canadian Money
Order or Bank Draft and it will contain both your asking price and the
shipping fees via my shipping company and no pick up will be made
until Money order is received and cashed by you i also want you to be
serious about this so we can both finished this transaction in one
mind, and here are the details needed so that i can mail the Money
order without any delay,i lookup concluding the sale sooner.Thanks

FULL NAME:
ADDRESS :
PROVINCE,STATE:
POSTAL CODE:
TEL #:
SELLING PRICE:

As soon as this is received the payment will be mailed out with no
further delay,Once the datas are provided to me,i can send payment
immediately.I will be expecting your reply asap.? Kindly reply back
with the requested question so the purchase can be completed

Best Regard,
Stay Blessed With Your Family

From Franco Philips
Hello…………..Thanks for the info, i will let you know and inform you as soon as your payment mail out so that you can put your eye’s out for the received the payment in the mail,meanwhile i will want you to remove the ad from the site and mark it as sold , and get back to me as soon as you have done it so that i can mail out your payment with out any delay , okay

Thanks.

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M M

Received this ridiculous email… guess scammer think that we are all stupid. Get lost scammer.

> Subject: Reply me back
> From: diego.mat101@gmail.com
>
> Hello,
> Thanks for the prompt reply.Well am okay for the (your item) i am highly interested in it,and i Don’t want
> you to worry abt the shipping because i have a shipping company that
> will be coming for the Pick up of the Advert at your residence as soon
> as payment has been made,The shipper will come for the immediate
> pick-up and make sure everything is clean up ok
>
> I also want you to know that i will be paying via Canadian Money
> Order or Bank Draft and it will contain both your asking price and the
> shipping fees via my shipping company and no pick up will be made
> until Money order is received and cashed by you i also want you to be
> serious about this so we can both finished this transaction in one
> mind, and here are the details needed so that i can mail the Money
> order without any delay,i lookup concluding the sale sooner.Thanks
>
> FULL NAME:
> ADDRESS :
> PROVINCE,STATE:
> POSTAL CODE:
> TEL #:
> SELLING PRICE:
>
> As soon as this is received the payment will be mailed out with no
> further delay,Once the datas are provided to me,i can send payment
> immediately.I will be expecting your reply asap.? Kindly reply back
> with the requested question so the purchase can be completed
>
> Best Regard,
> Stay Blessed With Your Family

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Provy14

This is what I received from this guy, renall.bruce1958@gmail.com

Hi,

Thanks for the swift response.Your selling price
sounds good to me.Am presently out of town on a business trip.Payment
will be made via Canadian Money Order or Canadian Bank Draft,pick up
will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and
cleared at your bank.All you need to do is to fill the below data for
payment to be sent out asap:

FULL NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:
TEL.PHONE NUMBER:
AGREED PRICE:

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5
business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is
sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you
and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your
bank.Thanks very much.

Haven’t heard anything since I replied that I only take cash. Please add his email to the list.

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    ryan

    Our pal bruce sent me the exact same message. Thank you for posting this.

    Hi,

    Thanks for the swift response.Your selling price
    sounds good to me.Am presently out of town on a business trip.Payment
    will be made via Canadian Money Order or Canadian Bank Draft,pick up
    will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and
    cleared at your bank.All you need to do is to fill the below data for
    payment to be sent out asap:

    FULL NAME:
    FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
    CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:
    TEL.PHONE NUMBER:
    AGREED PRICE:

    The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5
    business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is
    sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you
    and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your
    bank.Thanks very much

    Christine

    I received the same response from the same email. Watch out for these scams.

Liz Jin

I received an email scam as well-he goes by Meat Fish. These people need to be stopped.

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Lizzie

I received an email scam -he goes by Meat Fish. These people need to be stopped.

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Ashley

Just got this for my item from ckimmerlyy@gmail.com

Hello,
 
  Thanks for responding to my inquiry so fast,i am really serious about this purchase and i am okay with the pictures and last asking price which is $175 for the (Ads) I am sincerely sorry that I won’t be able now to come have a look at it because I’m kind of busy with family issues,and i don’t want you to worry about the Shipment , cause i have a local shipping company that will be handling the shipment of this Ads down to my residence as soon as the payment has been made out to you ,Also i want you to know that i will be making payment via Certified Canadian Money Order or Bank Draft which will contain both your asking price and the shipping fees and no pick up arrangement will be made until the Certified Canadian Money Order or Bank Draft is cleared and cashed by you. so i will be needing your payment information in order to mail the payment to you such as
 
Your Full name:
Your street name and No :
City:
Province:
Country:
Postal_Code:
Your Cell/home Phone Number: to enable us communicate on phone as regards this transaction.
 
  As soon as you email me the details,the payment will be mailed out to you with no further delay and we can end up the transaction in good faith..It pleasure looking forward to complete this transaction with you….I await your response today.
Thank you and God Blessed.

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Bob

I received the same email earlier today … asking the price and availability … I received the same request for personal info and that they would send Canadian Money Order or Canadian bank draft. The email address for this scam is ckimmerlyy@gmail.com and the name used is Christopher Robert.

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marlene Eberle

Feb 3 2012
Just got an Email from James Moree at james.moree@ymail.com regarding my Elmira Stove on Used Victoria–Said and asked all the same questions and wanted to same info as other people stated above
Email came back as James Morgan
Thought it was odd that someone would want a 500 lb plus stove picked up by a shipping company –the extra cost would be $$$$$
Checked this site out and found the same person (or name) was mentioned by others for bunk beds etc
Will not respond to his email
And THANK YOU to everyone on this site for helping me not to make a foolish mistake

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Natalie

Another scammer infiltrating used victoria..be on the lookout for HARRY PETTER, he stated the price was right and was going to pay with a money order and have someone pick it up…Do people really believe this? Big red signals should go badabimbada BOOM!

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Not Taken

Got an Email from James Moree or James Morgan regarding sending a money order and having his shipping agent pick up my item as he is out of town
Sounds like this guy is active on this site
Of course I did not respond
Thanks to everyone else for the great posts

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luc

There are scammers out there

received this email

james.moree@ymail.com says:
Hi ,

I saw your ads list for sale , is this ads still for sale? if yes email me back your final asking price and your cell phone number , i await your reply back today , Thank you.

I replied that price was firm and this is what he replied

Hi,

Thanks for the swift response.Your selling price sounds good to me.Am presently out of town on a business trip.Payment will be made via Canadian Money Order or Canadian Bank Draft,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank.All you need to do is to fill the below data for payment to be sent out asap:

FULL NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:
TEL.PHONE NUMBER:
AGREED PRICE:

I then replied cash and carry only and he has not replied since

I then received an identical email different email

Message flagged Saturday, February 4, 2012 4:46:56 PMharrypetter10@yahoo.com says: I saw your ads list for sale , is this ads still for sale? if yes email me back your final asking price and your cell phone number , i await your reply back today , Thank you.

be on the look out

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Karin

I received the same email as Prov14 and ryan today. The email was from a angiebraga@gmail.com. She replied to my ad asking for the final price for my item and my phone number which I sent to her by email yesterday. I am a senior and this is the first time I have tried to sell anything online and the first email I get is a scam!

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    Mike

    never send any info karin, especially phone numbers, account numbers, or addresses, if I were you I would be checking your phone bill and if possible call you phone company and get the number changed.

    Blyth Hughes

    I got one from Angie.Braga1965@gmail.com as well and eventually got an oversize cheque sent from France that I had checked out at the local branch of the bank on which it was drawn. I’d given up on this a week earlier and sold my article to a bona fide local buyer. I also called the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and gave them the details.

    I feel for anyone who got caught –

Marisa Ball

Just received this email. Right away I thought there was something up. Thanks for reconfirming this.

From: Billy Giguère [mailto:billygigure@yahoo.ca]
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2012 11:22 PM
To:
Subject: Re: UsedVictoria.com: Buyers Question – Happy to learn it is still available and in good condition and available.I will buy it for the price.I am sincere about buying it so i will suggest you mark it as sold.
I will send you payment for it. The payment would be by money order or certified check which will clear before collection. I will take care of the collection and shipping. Will arrange shipping agent to pick it up from you.The fund i will send you will include money for the shipping agent who will pick it up from you.
I will need your;
Name,
Address and code
phone number
Agreed price,
I await this details so i can buy this immediately.

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    Joyce McCulloch

    Got the exact same email went as far as sending a “money order ” for over 5 times the amount and it was from Cyprus ! What a scam !!

Duane

I answered an add regarding a 2007 lexus vehicle for an extremely cheap price. Before i received a reply, I had the following email: “Hi I’m a moderator. You sent a message on UsedVictoria.com responding to ad with id (i took this portion out for security reason). I have reason to believe that the ad was fraudulent. If the seller agrees to meet with you in person then I am likely mistaken. But if they want you to send money please stop all communication with them. Best to leave them in the dark.
My question is, “Does UsedVictoria have “moderators”?
I then received the following email from the seller of the vehicle: Hi,

First of all,thank you for your interest in purchasing my car. The car is a 2007 LEXUS GS350 SEDAN and is in great shape, no problems, damages or hidden defects. It was always garaged. 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. I also got a new job and moved, and many other things have priority now, so, this car has to go.

Please read bellow all the information about the car: ( I take all the info from the owners manual )

Price: $5.600.00 CAD
Miles: 80,000 km
Body type: sedan
Engine: 3.5L DOHC 24-valve direct injection V6 engine
Exterior color: Black
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel type: Gasoline
Interior color: tan
Drivetrain: front Wheel Drive

I will wait your e-mail if you are still interested.
Kathy

Help me……..is this legit? I would like to phone police and set something up so that we can nail this person(s).
On the other hand, maybe I am getting a great deal and should pursue it???
Whadda ya think.
tks

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    Mike

    it’s a scam, think about it, a lexus for that price?

    Mike

    They go from the dealer for that year up to $20,000 also $5600 or around there seems to be the scammers favorite price.

Nicholas R.

Beware Handsome Lula:

handsomeluda@gmail.com

Hello,

Am very happy to read back from you letting me know the item is still of for Grab, i will smply urge you to remove it from site for me while i will prepare payment as soon as possible in form of a money order Or Certified check. So i will urge you to kindly email me this requested information below to write out payment and forward it to you via express mail.

Your full name

Address

city provnce

Postal code

Phone Number,

And the final asking price once again,

As soon as i recieve this today i will go ahead and issue out the payment while posted it out to you as soon as possible, Moreso about the pick up i will get hold of a mini freight agent that will come for the pick up once payment is final recieved and cleared by your bank. Await your full details as soon as you read from me.

Thank you.

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Brian Hiscock

It seems there’s more scammers on the loose, I’ve got two items for sale, have had two different contacts saying they want the tiem and will mail me a certified cheque ans make arrangements later to have item picked up, just want my name address and phone and asking price, nothing else….I’ve yet to get the cheques but it looks like some people want just that information to attempt some scam?? I’ll not likely get the $$ so no worries about my losing the items, just maybe a heads up for these assholes out there….

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Corryna Masson

The wonderful Harry Petter got me said he was in France on business and would have a pick up agent pick up my item, would have money order sent out blah blah blah. Found it was a scam as I was selling puppies and he wouldn’t email back which one he wanted. So I did a search on his name and this is what came up!! You can’t be to careful that is for sure.

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MP.B

Like many of those who posted here, I received messages of interest from joshua.eluisa@googlemail.com, renall.bruce1958@gmail.com and handsomeluda@gmail.com… all within a week.

What I do not understand is why they are on the purchasing end and not on the selling end. Scammers are usually on the selling end and want your money. These guys seem ready to pay???

Does anybody have an idea of what this is about? or has anyone actually completed a transaction with any of the above?

All they get is some addresses and phone #. Truth is… anyone can get that on canada411.ca

Anyone got any thoughts on this?

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    Toms Yardsale

    A couple of ways:

    1. They send you bogus cheques. You cash them, send them the goods and then the cheque bounces later on.

    2. They send you a bogus cheque for double or triple the amount then ask you to wire back the difference.

    3. They also may ask you to use a bogus shipping company or “escrow” service that holds “their” money until the item is “received” by them. Of course, the money never existed and you’re out your item.

    Notice that they most often go after big-buck items. Watches, jewelry etc. are biggest hits for them.

Shannon

I got the same email from bobbygods@gmail.com – I thought it may have been a scam but thanks for confirming this.

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joshua

i doo

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Sam

Norma Burns

Thank you so much for having this section. I had a ‘gut feeling’ about a reply to an ad I’d just posted….and lowandbehold, the email was identified by one of the writers above.

The response is below.
Email was antonella.employ@yahoo.com
Thank you for the timely reply to my inquiry .Am ok with your price ,I would appreciate if you could send some pictures to me for a closer look before the payment is approve, the payment will be made to you by Canadian Certified cheque and i would like you to consider this item sold to me because am ready to buy it now . Meanwhile, the payment should deliver to you in some few days after you must have emailed me with your full mailing information in other to get the package mail out without any lost or misplacement OK. Kindly keep me updated regarding this transaction and i hope to complete this deal with you in good business manner …. I await your advise soon .Thanks

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Toms Yardsale

“Kelly Cook” (miskym1894@gmail.com) is another scammer, beware if you see her name and email address. In my case, she agreed to purchase an expensive rug without coming to see it:

“Great piece you have listed here, still available?”

Which was an oddly generic thing to ask, then followed with:

“I will be buying this for your firm price. Could you ascertain if your PayPal is the same as your email address (specify if different)

p.s i would arrange for a local pick up from your location. My shipper would be coming to have it picked up 3days after the payment has cleared into your bank account

Kelly Cook
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt”

Riiiiight.

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Jeannie

Love your article.
I created 2 emails (one to buy and one to sell). They have obscure names (both user names and owner names) such as Seller or I’ve used the same name as my user name.
Sometimes I only give out my initial until we’ve committed to a viewing. And sometimes I give a fake name. Who’s going to know if Joe is my real name or not?
I never give out my address until we’ve committed to a day and time.

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Anick

James Morgan [james.moree@ymail.com]
THE BEWARE of fake check from the bank of Montreal (not légal)
Hello ,

Thanks for your kind and fast response,I am happy and glad you have received my payment for good.I am really sorry for the much amount on the payment OK….If you remember i told you i still have some goods with my shipper right now which they are going to ship for me to my new apartment once you get the payment and i also told you i will be including the shipper fee’s together with your money so that it can be easy and fast for us to complete this transaction and again i am really sorry OK…so now deduct your asking price in the money with you and wire the remaining money via western union to my shipping agent in London UK ,here is the shipper information where to send the money:

Shipping Company Payment Details:

Name: Kelvin Smith
Address:10 Reidheave street
City: woolwich
Country: United kingdom
Postcode:SE181BX

Once you get the cash in your hand you will need to take out your last asking price + $50 ) extra for you for the run around and also note that both the Western Union Charge to send the rest balance to the shipper will also be deducted from the shipper fee’s before you can send the rest balance to them ok…..
Once you send the money to them you will need to email me back with all the Western Union Information needed from you here for my own record here:
Sender’s Name And Address :
Receiver’s Name :
Amount Sent :
MTCN- 10 Digit Control Number :
Date And Time For The Home Pick-Up Of The item Next Week :
I will be looking forward to complete this sale soon as possible.

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    Jeannie

    This is a popular scam (I had someone else try that on me).
    I also had someone try to pay me (in person) USD cash and to give money back because CAD was worth less. I told him and anyone who’d ask: I only accept CAD in cash! And I generally do not make change (not trying to be mean or anything).

Jeannie

Beware from Billy Giguère [billygigure@yahoo.ca]:
“I am buying it . Will be paying by check or money order. give me your name,address,city,code,province and phone number so I can send payment to you immediately. I will take care of the shipping by an agent picking it up from you. thanks”
I emailed back saying if you were having an agent to pick this up, your agent can provide me with the full amount in cash. I do not accept cheques or money orders. …I never heard from him again and didn’t expect to. I figure he was american since he spelled cheque incorrectly.

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Jed Burt

I believe this belongs to the SCAM list…. Usedpei.com

Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 18:40:55 -0800
Subject: Re: UsedPEI.com: Buyers Question – WOOD STOVE…
From: js00082@gmail.com
To: fred_emt@hotmail.com

Thank you for the urgent reply about the payment. i will simply urge you to let me know you if you will be recieving a certified check or a money order for the purchase because that is the means of payment with me write now, i will be more than happy if you you will selling the item for me in good terms,So kindlly proceed and email me your payment information so that i could send payment out in the mail this week Unfaillinglly.

Your full name

Address

Province

Postal Code

Phone number,

Last Asking price.

Once i have all thie information i will proceed and issue out payment which you will definatelly recieve in the next few days, so therefore i will be waiting to recieve your full payment details to send out payment Asap.

Thank you.

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Phil

This is an awesome link showing the top 10 Internet
scams. I report ads in here all the time because I hate
seeing people get ripped off. Used Ottawa is an
awesome site and honest people should feel
comfortable that they are not prey for the scammers.
This is a link that actually explains in some detail the
Different scam methods. You would be surprised how popular
some of these are.

http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/antivirusantispyware/ss/The-Top-10-Online-Scams-and-Email-Cons.htm

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Darkdymond

Another scammer for the list.

Paul Stirling. paulstirling43@yahoo.com.

Same kind of email to my 98 winstar van ad.

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J Fortier

I recieved three of those in the last 24hrs like

Thanks for the quick response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently,am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

FULL NAME:

FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:

CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:

TEL.PHONE NUMBER:

AGREED PRICE:

On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 2:16 PM, wrote:

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Geoff Camm

Two more scammers with pretty much the same trick responded to my ad within an hour of each other: (“I’m out of town of a business trip, will send check or money order and my agent will pick up” etc. and asked for personal details. One with reasonably good English, the other full of grammar & spelling errors.

Mark White white0136@gmail.com He signed his emails “White” not Mark.

Shawn Carter shawncarter1970@gmail.com (says he’s from London, ON): The 2nd email from this account was signed as “Thank you, Alex Morgan”, not Shawn Carter.

I told them I would only deal in cash with a local buyer. I don’t expect to hear from them again.

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Madeleine

I have received e-mails from e-mail address white0136@gmail.com telling me to provide some info, this is a scam :

Hey,

Thanks for the quick response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently,am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

FULL NAME:

FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:

CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:

TEL.PHONE NUMBER:

AGREED PRICE:
————————————————————–

Hello,

Am very happy to read back from you letting me know the item is still of for Grab, i will smply urge you to remove it from site for me while i will prepare payment as soon as possible in form of a money order Or Certified check. So i will urge you to kindly email me this requested information below to write out payment and forward it to you via express mail.

As soon as i recieve this today i will go ahead and issue out the payment while posted it out to you as soon as possible, about the pick up i will get hold of a mini freight agent that will come for the pick up once payment is final recieved and cleared by your bank. Await your full details as soon as you read from me.

Thank you.

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    Madeleine

    white0136@gmail.com says: HELLO,

    the first email
    I WANA KNW MAY BE THE ITEM IS STILL FOR SALE?PLS REPLY IF YES

    WHITE
    Fraud

Neeko

Hi – I’m fairly new to this site and have several items listed. I’m not sure about the options available for my email address to be ‘linked’ to my ads or the other option they provide. I know people are looking at my ads when I view them after signing in, but how will I know someone is interested and wants to contact me regarding an ad? I have some really cool stuff that is drawing a lot of views and every ad had ‘OBO’. I thought that a prospective buyer could simply click on ‘email seller’ and I would receive an email? Or do I need to link or do something else first to enable buyers to contact me?
Thanks!
Nikko

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    Dave

    This scammer used two different emails tfksam@gmail.com fksam@gmail.com

    Hello,
    Thanks for the quick response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently,am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

    FULL NAME:
    FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
    CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:
    TEL.PHONE NUMBER:
    AGREED PRICE:

    The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

Christina

Got the same kind of scam email from a busy_graham@yahoo.ca
offering more than my asking price!

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Ginie

Another scammer for the list.

from david adam davidadam678@gmail.com

dateSat, Mar 24, 2012 at 1:35 AM
Important mainly because of the words in the message.
Mar 24 (2 days ago)

Hey,

Thanks for the quick response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently,am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

FULL NAME:

FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:

CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:

TEL.PHONE NUMBER:

AGREED PRICE:

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

DAVID

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    Dominique

    Hi, i got the same user wanting to buy a tool from me that weighs over 200 lbs and the letter/money order came from UK…. He was also asking for transfer of balance of money order to be sent to someone in UK…. Money order is for 2500$ and the tool is 200 $…. I keep asking him who will pick up the tool and the only answer i get is that it will happen as soon as i transfer the funds… I will not, i just wanted to see if i would get an answer, but obviously it’s the same kind of scam that was reported in this blog. What should i do with the letter and money order i received, should i send it somewhere to get investigated ?

    Thanks

mike

I also got a scam the other day.

Got a money order for 25 times the amount of the item asking for the balance to be sent via Western Union.
Money order is Credit Union Central of Ontario Ltd payable in Canadian funds through Bank Of America Concord, California.

I figured something was up when he would not reply when twice I asked him were he was from.

Watch out for davidbakefast@yahoo.ca

Used Adam Robinson, United Kingdom as ship to address.

Mike

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Christina

I just got a scam email too his email is busy_graham@yahoo.ca

He asked for all my personal information as well.

Be smart everyone!!

Thanks

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Loralee Salisbury

Hi, I just received the following reply to my ad; I would like to propose a payment via money order or certified Canadian bank check. I hope to READ from you soon. It was from Rick Jones. His email address is: martin12019@yahoo.com. His first email was also a mix of perfect and strange grammar. Sounds like a scam in the making to me. Just wondering if anyone else has heard from this guy.

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Coral

BE AWARE OF THIS EMAIL!

This email was a scam

jefftommy558@yahoo.com says: hey,
is the item still for sale?if yes reply back asap.

After i wrote back i got this:

Hello,
Thanks for the quick response.Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently,am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

FULL NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:
TEL.PHONE NUMBER:
AGREED PRICE:

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

TOMMY JEFF

BE AWARE OF THIS EMAIL!

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    MI

    I’ve been dealing with “Tommy Jeff”. Or is it “Jeff Tommy”? Only address I replied with was for the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre! :P

Jacki Leroux

I, too, have been spammed. Here is a response I got to one of my ads. Why doesn’t usedottawa.com have a reporting mechanism for this kind of scam? (Currently you can only report a fishy ad- not a fishy response to an ad!) Here it is:

Hello ,
>
> Thanks for responding to my Interested
> in your Ads,Am Happy the Article still available for sale, I’m serious
> about the Article, Meanwhile have read through the Details posted
> along with the Article and i am okay with the asking price of the Ads
> and it present condition both sound Good!
>
> Regarding the shipping, I have a Mini shipping company who will be
> responsible for the pick-up for me after you received the Payment and
> cashed it ,I will be paying you Via Money Order Or Bank Draft which
> will contain both the asking price and the shipping fees,for your
> Understanding no pick up arrangement will be made until the payment
> has being cashed by you, immediately you cashed the Payment my shipper
> will schedule pick-up for the Article,I live in Alberta but currently
> not in town for now am out for a business trip,Let me know if this is
> OK for you and you are free to ask question before proceeding . Fill
> the Following Details for Payment to be sent out to you.
>
> Full Name:
> Full Contact Home Address:
> City:
> Province:
> Postal code:
> Cell/home phone number:
> Your last selling price:
>
> As soon as this is received ,I will be
> mailing the payment right away with no further delay,and the purchase
> can be completed .I will look for your email later.
>
> Regards,
>
> Raymond .

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Armand

The scammers are getting bolder every day and I thought I had seen them all, here’s the latest and I notice it has happened to others here as well, do not cooperate with these people.
Their email used is : Raymond Miss christine [rmisschristiane1@gmail.com]

Hello ,

Thanks for responding to my Interested in your Ads,Am Happy the Article still available for sale, I’m serious about the Article, Meanwhile have read through the Details posted along with the Article and i am okay with the asking price of the Ads and it present condition both sound Good!

Regarding the shipping, I have a Mini shipping company who will be responsible for the pick-up for me after you received the Payment and cashed it ,I will be paying you Via Money Order Or Bank Draft which will contain both the asking price and the shipping fees,for your Understanding no pick up arrangement will be made until the payment has being cashed by you, immediately you cashed the Payment my shipper will schedule pick-up for the Article,I live in Alberta but currently not in town for now am out for a business trip,Let me know if this is OK for you and you are free to ask question before proceeding . Fill the Following Details for Payment to be sent out to you.

Full Name:
Full Contact Home Address:
City:
Province:
Postal code:
Cell/home phone number:
Your last selling price:

As soon as this is received ,I will be mailing the payment right away with no further delay,and the purchase can be completed .I will look for your email later.

Regards,

Raymond .

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shannon

Got this email today..I think used everywhere should post a red flag alert on there search page for people to be aware of this, as it looks like its circulating alot, and some people wont realize its a scam! mark_and101@yahoo.ca Hello,
Thanks for the prompt reply.Well am okay for the (350 Honda FourTrax 4×4 () i am highly interested in it,and i Don’t want you to worry abt the shipping
because i have a shipping company that will be coming for the Pick up of the Advert at your
residence as soon as payment has been made,The shipper will come for the immediate pick-
up and make sure everything is clean up ok

I also want you to know that i will be paying via Canadian Money Order or Bank Draft
and it will contain both your asking price and the shipping fees via my shipping company and
no pick up will be made until Money order is received and cashed by you i also want you to be
serious about this so we can both finished this transaction in one mind, and here are the
details needed so that i can mail the Money order without any delay,i lookup concluding the
sale sooner.Thanks

FULL NAME:
ADDRESS :
PROVINCE,STATE:
POSTAL CODE:
TEL #:
SELLING PRICE:

As soon as this is received the payment will be mailed out with no further delay,Once
the datas are provided to me,i can send payment immediately.I will be expecting your reply
asap.? Kindly reply back with the requested question so the purchase can be completed

Best Regard,
Stay Blessed With Your Family

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Nomita

We received this response to our ad. Seems to be a similar scam. Email address used is: rmisschristiane1@gmail.com

Raymond Miss christine

11 Apr (5 days ago)

to me
Hello ,

Thanks for responding to my Interested
in your Ads,Am Happy the Article still available for sale, I’m serious
about the Article, Meanwhile have read through the Details posted
along with the Article and i am okay with the asking price of the Ads
and it present condition both sound Good!

Regarding the shipping, I have a Mini shipping company who will be
responsible for the pick-up for me after you received the Payment and
cashed it ,I will be paying you Via Money Order Or Bank Draft which
will contain both the asking price and the shipping fees,for your
Understanding no pick up arrangement will be made until the payment
has being cashed by you, immediately you cashed the Payment my shipper
will schedule pick-up for the Article,I live in Alberta but currently
not in town for now am out for a business trip,Let me know if this is
OK for you and you are free to ask question before proceeding . Fill
the Following Details for Payment to be sent out to you.

Full Name:
Full Contact Home Address:
City:
Province:
Postal code:
Cell/home phone number:
Your last selling price:

As soon as this is received ,I will be
mailing the payment right away with no further delay,and the purchase
can be completed .I will look for your email later.

Regards,

Raymond

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antony montana

got a similar email as the few above from a scam!
his email is ryan_bernard26@yahoo.com
says he lives in alberta ,runs a small shipping company etc. but he is in france! and he uses fake BMO checks!!!!

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Sue

The scam you speak of is the “OVERPAYMENT SCAM ” in the making. Here is how it goes – it works and in canada people have lost millions: :

What they will do is settle on a price for the object, then they will build your trust that you will get money FIRST before you ship the item so that you know their intentions are good. They then wire you a money order, not for the asking price of $80 but for $8000. You pick it up and are shocked!! They quickly email you and say there’s been a terrible horrible mistake that their wife/nanny/elder issued the money order but mistakenly added on a couple zeros. They ask you that in kind, would you please send them back a money order for the overpayment of $7920 . You agree . you go to the bank and deposit this money order which is from another country (he said he was “out of town on work” right now correct?) and your bank cashes it and hands you $8000. You then attempt to wait until the bank clears the cheque. But you receive a panicked email from the chair buying saying “OMG OMG MY SON JUST HAD A MAJOR HEAD INJURY DUE TO CAR CRASH AND NEEDS SURGERY, HERE IN BULGARIA THEY NEED MONEY UP FRONT TO DO THE SURGERY, AND I HAVE NONE LEFT BECAUSE I SENT IT TO YOU IN A MISTAKEN OVER PAYMENT!!!!! PLZ PLZ PLZ, WIRE ME BACK THE $7980 IMMEDIATELY, MY SON’S LIFE DEPENDS ON YOU!!!” You haul your ass down to Western Union and wire the amount to this “person” in another country. …..And of course, low and behold, the bank contacts you 2 weeks later and tells you that the money order was counterfeit and they are debitting your line of credit for $8000. You just lost $7980 and there’s nothing the police can do to get your money back as it deals with unknown people in third world countries

This is the overpayment scam…….it is frequent here in the states and canada and nets bad guys (usually nigerians) millions each year. A nice sum of money from a couple emails sent from a smokey internet cafe and nigeria.

I work for the police force and deal with this scam all the time. I try to educate others through papers, radio, internet, seminars, etc. But it still happens :(

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    Janice

    This scam just happened to me. They offered to buy a bed for the asking price and they will add shipping costs. I have already gave the scammer my name, address and telephone number. What should I do now?

Lynn

I received a similar reply today content was the same as reported by Nadine on February 8th execpt it was from dora_smith49@yahoo.com

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Lorraine

I’ve just gotten the same email as alot of you but with a new email address:

Beware of
davidsmark803@gmail.com

They’re not even smart enough to change the wording in their replies!

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Paul Elstone

I received the following emails (see below)
Now I’m expecting a cheque (that will bounce) for more than asking price, along with a request to refund the difference.

From: mark davids
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 14:33
To: Paul Elstone
Subject: Kindly Mark 78 Mercury 50 HP Outboard Sold

Hello
Good to hear from you asap, I want you to consider this item has already sold to me, remove it from market so that we can finish this deal in good faith….Mind you i have shipper who will come for the home pick up immediately you receive my payment…Its my pleasure doing business with you….Thanks
—–Original Message—–
From: mark davids
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 02:34:41
To:
Subject: Re: UsedOttawa.com: Buyers Question – 78 Mercury 50 HP Outboard

Hey,
Thanks for the quick response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently,am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

FULL NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:
TEL.PHONE NUMBER:
AGREED PRICE:

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

Mark
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From: “UsedEverywhere.com” <info@usedeverywhere.com >
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 6:57 PM
To: <paul_elstone@hotmail.com >
Subject: UsedOttawa.com: Buyers Question – 78 Mercury 50 HP Outboard

davidsmark803@gmail.com says: hey,
is the item still available?reply asap if still available.am in interested in buying.

DAVIDS

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Dell

We received a email from Rose Williams rosewilliams8063@yahoo.com
wanting to buy our car. Sent out cheque for more than asking price. Rose said she needed the car to shipped to Edmonton Ab. The check arrived Signed by Mike Willams and the bank said it was the third one brought in this week. The instructions said to deposit the money into our account and then the remainder into Western Union.
Shippers information
Peter Roland
12 Rue du Nord
France Zip code 75018
Check made out to $7500 is down at the Regina Police Dept
terlandshipping@yahoo.com

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    Jeremy

    i myself have been in contact with ms. williams regarding a bed she sent a certified cheque for 1,500 wanting me to send the balance to the exact same person only at 15 rue du nord i have done nothing with this cheque so far

Steve

Just got an email today on one of my ads I just put up yesterday from an email address stating they were ready to come and purchase on pick up and to call 509 8785 or their wife at 296 3895 . when I did a reply to the email address giving my contact numbers the email address the message was sent from bounced back to me saying that it did not exist. I then did a reverse phone check and the two numbers given to call back did not exist either. The email was sent from nicewinnipeg@shaw.ca Scammers?

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Lisa Morris

What do you do when someone replys to your add you call them and they say something weird hang up on u . I felt a little treatened can u report the person how replyed to the add

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John Dorig

Got this email from a potential buyer but will not deal with him/her.

Hi,
Thanks for the swift response.your asking price sounds good to
me.My mode of payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian
Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once
payment is received by you and cleared at your bank.All you need to do
is to fill the below data for payment to be sent out asap:

FULL NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:
TEL.PHONE NUMBER:
AGREED PRICE:

I agree to the selling price of the item
The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5
business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is
sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you
and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your
bank.Thanks very much.

Rooney.

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Brenda

Is there a way to report scam responses. Every time I post an ad I get a response saying they are out of town and want to dal it’s money orders etc as I have seen from above comments.

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Brigitte

I also received this email from maryrose954@gmail.com
in response of my ad about a living room set I was selling. We won’t deal with this buyer cause it look like a major scam to me.

Hello,
>
> Thanks for your swift response to my inquiry.I’m Okay with your
> asking price , and i don’t want you to bother yourself about the
> shipping,i have a shipping company that will be handling the shipment
> of this item down to my residence as soon as the payment has been
> made.I live in Quebec but currently not in town for now am out for a
> business trip.The shipper will come for the immediately pick-up and
> make sure everything is clean up ok
>
> The payment will be made via Canadian Money Order or Bank Draft
> payment which will contain both the asking price and the shipping
> fees,and no shipping and no pick up arrangement will be made until the
> Payment is received and cashed by you,then you will be sure of
> payment..i will be needing your full mailing information so that i can
> mail the Payment to you,such as
>
> Full Name:
> Full Contact Home Address:
> City:
> Province:
> Postal code:
> Cell/home phone number:
> Your last selling price:
>
> As soon as this is received ,I will be mailing the payment
> right away with no further delay,and the purchase can be completed .I
> will look for your email later.
>
> Regards,
> Mary

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Cheryl

I am curently dealing with a scam and not sure what to do about it. I am new to using this site and I set up a deal to sell a table when payment came it was for more then we agreed on. He wants me to take care of paying his shipper with the rest. I now know this is a scam and have emailed the man to say the deal was off but he is getting rude in his emails. I am not sure what to do from here. Any advice? Please Help

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    Sheilas

    Take the cheque to the RCMP cheryl

Bernie

I also got an email from a scammer (williamarri@gmail.com).

Hello
Good to read back from you and thanks for the fast response to
my inquiry,i’m serious about this sales and i’m ready to issue fast
payment, i’m okay with your selling price and i don’t want you to
bother yourself about the shipping,
i have a shipping company that will be handling the shipment down to
my residence as soon as the payment has been made.

The payment will be made via Certified Money Order Drawn from my
bank account over here in Canada ,which will contain both the asking
price and the shipping charges which you will via the shipping
company, No shipping arrangement will be made until the money is fully
cleared and cashed by you at your bank,then you will
be sure of payment.So i will need your Full payment and mailing
information in order to get the Money Order mailed to you such as
Full Name:
Full Address:
City:
Province:
Postal code
Tel #:
As soon as this is received the money order will be mailed out to you
with no further delay and the purchase can be completed.
I await your email,
Thanks…
Arri.

In a reply I asked numerous question about where he live, who is the shipper, what I was required to do as per shipping, basically to provided me with information about himself, shipping cost and the shipping company,
None of my questions were answered. It is a one way communication (His way).

…to good to be true, Almost felt for it.
Sadly I supplied name/address/tel#, but discovered this tread only after.
The last email I received asked that I remove the ad and that payment is on the way. (which I will not comply to). Now that I know this is a scammer, If I received whatever payment, I guess the proper thing to do is to bring it to the RCMP for (cyber crime) investigation.

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autumn

I recieved a message about a women wanting to buy my car. She said shes out of town on a business trip and her shipping agent will pick up the car after check is cleared at my bank. She asked for all the same info as other scammers. Her name is “Aubrey John”. email aubrey_johnny54@yahoo.com. Very sketchy.

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Lorraine Clough

Here’s another one for your scam list. BTW, ‘Lance Pringle’ really needs to check his spelling.

Hello ,

Thanks for responding to my Interested
in your Ads,Am Happy the Article still available for sale, I’m serious
about the Article, Meanwhile have read through the Details posted
along with the Article and i am okay with the asking price of the Ads
and it present condition both sound Good!

Regarding the shipping, I have a Mini shipping company who will be
responsible for the pick-up for me after you received the Payment and
cashed it ,I will be paying you Via Money Order Or Bank Draft which
will contain both the asking price and the shipping fees,for your
Understanding no pick up arrangement will be made until the payment
has being cashed by you, immediately you cashed the Payment my shipper
will schedule pick-up for the Article,I live in Sault Ste. Marie ON
but currently not in town for now am out for a business trip,Let me
know if this is OK for you and you are free to ask question before
proceeding . Fill the Following Details for Payment to be sent out to
you.

Full Name:
Full Contact Home Address:
City:
Province:
Postal code:
Cell/home phone number:
Your last selling price:

As soon as this is received ,I will be
mailing the payment right away with no further delay,and the purchase
can be completed .I will look for your email later.

Regards,

Lance .

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    Mike

    Here is another email message and email address for the same scam..

    From: Debbie Cameron [mailto:debbiecameron132@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, 23 May 2012 07:22 AM

    Subject: RE: UsedGatineau.com: Buyers Question – 215 65 16 All season Tires

    Hello,

    Thanks for your swift response to my inquiry.I’m Okay with your asking price , and i don’t want you to bother yourself about the shipping,i have a shipping company that will be handling the shipment of this item down to my residence as soon as the payment has been made.I live in Alberta but currently not in town for now am out for a business trip.The shipper will come for the immediately pick-up and make sure everything is clean up ok

    The payment will be made via Canadian Money Order or Bank Draft payment which will contain both the asking price and the shipping fees,and no shipping and no pick up arrangement will be made until the Payment is received and cashed by you,then you will be sure of payment..i will be needing your full mailing information so that i can mail the Payment to you,such as

    Full Name:
    Full Contact Home Address:
    City:
    Province:
    Postal code:
    Cell/home phone number:
    Your last selling price:

    As soon as this is received ,I will be mailing the payment right away with no further delay,and the purchase can be completed .I will look for your email later.

    Regards,
    Debbie

grant hawman

I also received this email from johnhenrik765@yahoo.com in resdponse to my ad selling a fifth wheel hitch

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Sean Kean

I received a similar email from John Henrick765@yahoo.com, loved the price of the speakers, was out of town and wanted to send payment right away. Sounded very fishy so told him to get lost.

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Sheila

New scammer to watch for……… sheesh do they think we are all stupid. Again from a gmail account.I sent him a reply that I was turning the email into the RCMP

Thanks for responding to my Interested
in your Ads,Am Happy the Article still available for sale, I’m serious
about the Article, Meanwhile have read through the Details posted
along with the Article and i am okay with the asking price of the Ads
and it present condition both sound Good!

Regarding the shipping, I have a Mini shipping company who will be
responsible for the pick-up for me after you received the Payment and
cashed it ,I will be paying you Via Money Order Or Bank Draft which
will contain both the asking price and the shipping fees,for your
Understanding no pick up arrangement will be made until the payment
has being cashed by you, immediately you cashed the Payment my shipper
will schedule pick-up for the Article,I live in Gatineau QC but
currently not in town for now am out for a business trip,Let me know
if this is OK for you and you are free to ask question before
proceeding . Fill the Following Details for Payment to be sent out to
you.

Full Name:
Full Contact Home Address:
City:
Province:
Postal code:
Cell/home phone number:
Your last selling price:

As soon as this is received ,I will be
mailing the payment right away with no further delay,and the purchase
can be completed .I will look for your email later.

Regards,

Marc .

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coasties

Same emails as everyone else responding to mine and my.husbands ads
Thought id add there email here bobbydenis604@yahoo.ca sa

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Ronald

Hello,
Thanks for the quick response.Your asking price sounds good to me.
Presently,am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or
Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is
received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for
payment to be sent out asap:

FULL NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:
TEL.PHONE NUMBER:
AGREED PRICE:

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your
mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick
up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared
at your bank. Thank you.

Bobby
bobbydenis604@yahoo.ca

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Tristan

This guy is a scam buyer. He has replied to my ads multiple times.

Joe David davidjoe339@yahoo.com

2:19 PM (3 hours ago)

to me
Hello,

Thanks for your swift response to my inquiry.I’m Okay with your asking price , and i don’t want you to bother yourself about the shipping,i have a shipping company that will be handling the shipment of this item down to my residence as soon as the payment has been made.I live in Alberta but currently not in town for now am out for a business trip.The shipper will come for the immediately pick-up and make sure everything is clean up ok

The payment will be made via Canadian Money Order or Bank Draft payment which will contain both the asking price and the shipping fees,and no shipping and no pick up arrangement will be made until the Payment is received and cashed by you,then you will be sure of payment..i will be needing your full mailing information so that i can mail the Payment to you,such as

Full Name:
Full Address:
City:
State:
Zip code :
Tel #:
Final Asking Price :

As soon as this is received ,I will be mailing the payment right away with no further delay,and the purchase can be completed .I will look for your email later.

Regards,

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Kathryn

Another scammer responding to ads; Marc Flamini; email marcsam009@gmail.com. Responses like this also generally don’t mention the actual product; they tell you they’re interested in the item or they want to know if the advert is still available but they don’t mention it by name. That lets them just paste the generic “reply” into ad after ad.

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Gary

The last couple days, I have been in communication with an obvious scammer. I have been trying to get more information from them but have only received 3 replies with slightly different versions of this message from “Alexis Sanchez”, email address shows as ………….(i’ll paste it below)
——————————————————————————————
I’m glad to read from you soon,Let me know your mind please if you really want to sell me this Item bcos i Live in Kingston Ontario ,but presently i’m in Paris France for some business , i’m very serious in buying this ads , pls let me know your mind please , bcos i have already prepare the pick-up arrangement , i have a local pick-up agent that will come to your resident and pick-up the ads , so you don’t have to bother yourself , I want you to get back to me with the following information such as:

Your Full name:
Your street name and No :
City:
Province:
Country:
Postal_Code:
Your Cell/home Phone Number:
Your last asking Price:

So that i can send you the payment asap , and after when you have get the money for the ads , you and my shipping agent will now arrange for the date and time for the pick-up , pls get back to me with the payment info today , I look forward to finalize this deal with you in good faith , Stay Bless with your family…..

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Bev

New name, same scam: John Frank – supposedly from Alberta, says will buy item (mine was $195), and will send shipping information. Fraudulent bank draft arrived in the amount of $1850, said to deduct my price and send the balance to his shipper via money mart. The exceptionally scary thing is that these scams continue because people fall for them.

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MARLENE E

Melvin Mellon @ Yahoo.com is at it again with the “I will send you a money order ” and “have my shipping agent pick it up” SCAM
I Emailed back with ” Thank you for your interest but my picture has been SOLD”
You know it is a scam when the grammar and spelling is really bad and of course the same old -same old lines
BEWARE!!!!!!

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Jake

Hello, I have ads posted on UsedVictoria, and this morning I got email replies to most of my current ads, and some ads that have been deleted from your site months ago. All of the emails are listed as coming from UsedWinnipeg, and all of the messages are the same, “andyp_1975@shaw.ca says: Hello there. Im interested. Could you plz give me a call at 8982993. Thanks.” This seems totally fishy…any advice?

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    Jennifer Aikman

    Hi Jake,

    Thanks for letting us know. We have identified the problem and have taken measures to block this spammer. Also, we have made it so deleted ads can no longer be accessed. We suspect the phone number in these emails is being directed to someone the spammer is trying to harass. Hopefully this guy is done having his fun and we won’t hear from him again. If you rec’v any more correspondence, please just let us know.

    Thanks again!

    Jennifer, Community Manager, UsedEverywhere.com

S

joshua.ebere@yahoo.ca any one seen this email before is it a scam?

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    S

    joshua.ebere@yahoo.ca says: I’m interested in your ads do you still have it available for sale? whats your price and is there anyway i can speak with you on phone?.

    Full email above…

    G

    I got an email yesterday from this Joshua also, wanting to pay by money order or pay check. Looks like a scam to me. Here was my reply to him. Still no answer…

    I can accept only cash, no money orders, no pay check.
    Please give me you phone number so that I can talk with you in person.

    Thanks,

    Joshua Ebere a écrit :

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    Hi, it’s a pleasure reading back from you. However,am okay with your asking price and i would like to know if you accept payment by a Certified money order or a bank valid pay check? If yes, do not hesitate to get back to me as soon as possible and fill in the below info for payment OK. I look forward to your reply so that we could go into agreement as i am ready to buy these ads now . Alright, emailed me with your full mailing information such as …..

    Full Name:?
    Full Contact Address:?
    City With Province:?
    Postal Code:?
    Tel.phone number:?
    Asking price as agreed:?

    Kindly keep me updated regarding this transaction and i hope to complete this deal with you in good business manner …. .Thanks .Thank you

Mike Hounslow

Another scammer today:

Reply to one of my ads from Mills Dave.

“Presently, am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check, pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank.” blah, blah, blah

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S

Scam

Donna Salter [donna_salter002@yahoo.co.uk]
Am Donna Salter,
I just want to know if your Mackie 1604-VLZ Pro is still available for sale. Kindly get back to me with this details below if still available
for sale such as :-

1.Present Condition.
2.Recent Pics
3.Least Selling Price

looking forward to hear back from you so we can proceed further.
Regards,
Donna

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S

Scam

mills.dave10@yahoo.com says:

Hello,
Is this item still up for grab ?
If yes, email back your final price.

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Dan Premachuk

SCAM
isjones65@gmail.com

Everything about this so-called deal is fishy! if you see this email, do not correspond with.

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    Armando

    Just received an email request from isjones65@gmail.com, good the report as scam.

    TiagoV

    This Ashley J John is contacting a lot of photographers with the same cheque ou bank draft scam. I’ve posted in all the photo groups in Facebook, this mother fucker thief contacted a lot of them as I’ve been todo but with no luck, he is too basic – isjones65@gmail.com – a stupid and basic scammer!!!

Delane

Got the PayPal scam email today from Gloria wilcox

wilcoxgloria74@yahoo.com

Am good with your asking price , i will like to make payment by Paypal , so get back to me with your Paypal email and full name so i can go ahead to make payment , if you dont have one you can get it setup at    www.paypal.com  its safe , easy and fast , if you are an Ebay user you should familier with paypal , as soon as i have make payment my pickup agent will be there for pick up .
Gloria

I get them everytime I list something for sale …

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Nik

Just wanted to warn everyone of a scam email I got from Wilcox Gloria , Here’s the email she sent me:
“Am good with your asking price , i will like to make payment by Paypal , so get back to me with your Paypal email and full name so i can go ahead to make payment , if you dont have one you can get it setup at http://www.paypal.com its safe , easy and fast , if you are an Ebay user you should familier with paypal , as soon as i have make payment my pickup agent will be there for pick up .
Gloria”

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Pat Scott

OK, so I’m naive, I gave out my address, and received an International Money Order today in the amount of $2500. I’m supposed to deduct my fee and wire the rest to the “shipper” via Western Union.

Any comments?

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Pat Scott

Just went to the bank, the money order was fake. They have heard this story before.

The scammer is mills.dave10@yahoo.ca

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craig

Am glad to hear back from you, i have read through the description you gave about it. And its ok and good by me.In Response to the price its also ok by me, So without any delay i would like to make payment for it. regarding payment i would like to pay via Certified Check Or Money Order which will be send out to you, am going to make arrangement for the pick up after you must have received the payment. So kindly get back to me with the following details in other for your payment to be send out without any delay.The required details are.Your full name, Contact Address,City,Province,Postal code,and also your cell phone number..
Thanks ikesmithme@gmail.com

THIS SOUNDS LIKE A SCAMMER!!!!!! BEWARE.

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Steph

Here’s a new name to ad to the list of scammers.
Wayne Wades

I’ve reported this to the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre and UsedOttawa.
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From: Wayne Wade
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:11:54 -0700 (PDT)
ReplyTo: Wayne Wade
Subject: Re: UsedOttawa.com: Buyers Question – 3 for $100 – Alfred Angelo – Dress, Veil and Head Piece

Hello,

Thanks for the swift response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently, am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check, pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

FULL NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESSS:
CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:
TEL.PHONE NUMBER:
AGREED PRICE:

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box. I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thank you.

Wayne.

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To: wayne_wades@yahoo.com
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 1:00:52 PM
Subject: Re: UsedOttawa.com: Buyers Question – 3 for $100 – Alfred Angelo – Dress, Veil and Head Piece

Hi,

I would take $100.

Steph

——Original Message——
From: UsedEverywhere.com
ReplyTo: wayne_wades@yahoo.com
Subject: UsedOttawa.com: Buyers Question – 3 for $100 – Alfred Angelo – Dress, Veil and Head Piece
Sent: Jun 24, 2012 7:23 PM

wayne_wades@yahoo.com says: Hi Seller,
Am interested in your Dress, Veil and Head Piece posted for sale.
If still available for sale, let me know your final selling price.

Wayne.

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Nik

I just received a scam email from:
altermithw@gmail.com says: Hello,
Do you still have this available? Also what is your firm price.
Thanks

They emailed me the same email for 4 different items I have for sale.

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Carlito

Here’s another scam from “wayne_wades@yahoo.com”

This is a copy of the email:

Thanks for the swift response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently, am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check, pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

FULL NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESSS:
CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:
TEL.PHONE NUMBER:
AGREED PRICE:

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box. I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thank you.

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Regine

Another scammer, under the name of Thomas Linke, same thing, will sent certified check, will have item picked up, etc.

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Robert Thompson

ReCheck Overpayment Fraud — another name to add to the list of scammers johndoug55@gmail.com aka john douglas
also lessjameshipping@yahoo.com
again it was to addresses in france but has a local (i expect voip forwarded to cell) phone # 705 300 3624

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Justin S

Scam Alert:

Fellow calls himself Charles MILTON (he spells it with the capital letters), email is omoode1@gmail.com
This email has been attributed to other scams over at gotranslators.com under the name Omarion Desmond.

He will tell you that his client is interested in your items, and ask if it is ok to pay via money order or traveller’s cheque or bank certified check. This is a money laundering scam and you do not want to become associated with it. I’ve already called him out on it but there’s no guarantee that he won’t try to contact someone else. Please be aware and investigate any time someone suggests something other than cash or item swap.

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Deb C.

Scam Alert:
Fellow calls himself Charles MILTON (he spells it with the capital letters), email is omoode1@gmail.com… this is a money laundering scam!

I received emails from a Charles Milton… this is the latest one:

Your price quote is okay with me. Now,could you get back to me with
your address in this format listed below so that the Cheque can be
posted and delivered to your address:

1.Full name to be written on the Cheque
2.Street address
3.City
4.Zip code
5.Mobile telephone number

The pick up will be handled by my shipping company upon confirmation
from your bank that the Cheque has been credited into your account.

I hope to read from you soon.

Kind regards,
Charles MILTON.

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Chandra N.

Just recieved the same reply like some of the previous posts, if it wasn’t for this post I wouldn’t have known it was a scam!:

Hello,
Thanks for the swift response. Your asking price sounds good. Presently, am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap :

FULL NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:
TEL.PHONE NUMBER:
AGREED PRICE:

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

Mark.
Email is: mark_phili@yahoo.com

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Alicia

Recieved a scammer email and cheque as well. From holmescarter@yahoo.com

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Alain Lemay

Here is the latest version of the scam:

Raymond miss Christine rmisschristine01@gmail.com

2:45 PM (32 minutes ago)

to me
Hello ,

Thanks for responding to my Interested in
your Ads,Am Happy the Article still available for sale, I’m serious
about the Article, Meanwhile have read through the Details posted
along with the Article and i am okay with the asking price of the Ads
and it present condition both sound Good!

Regarding the shipping, I have a Mini shipping company who will be
responsible for the pick-up for me after you received the Payment and
cashed it ,I will be paying you Via Money Order Or Bank Draft which
will contain both the asking price and the shipping fees,for your
Understanding no pick up arrangement will be made until the payment
has being cashed by you, immediately you cashed the Payment my shipper
will schedule pick-up for the Article,I live in Victoria but
currently not in town for now am out for a business trip,Let me know
if this is OK for you and you are free to ask question before
proceeding . Fill the Following Details for Payment to be sent out to
you.

Full Name:
Full Contact Home Address:
City:
Province:
Postal code:
Cell/home phone number:
Your last selling price:

As soon as this is received ,I will be
mailing the payment right away with no further delay,and the purchase
can be completed .I will look for your email later.

Regards,

Raymond .

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A

Just got scammed on usedregina… John Will was the name. Wanted to use PayPal and send the item to a US address. FAKE FAKE FAKE. Reviewed PayPal scams and it’s definitely on there.

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Lorayne Aitken

Here’s another one to add to the list of scammers!

“Hello,
Thanks for the payment details, Payment will be mail out tomorrow morning and will notify you immediately it is sent. Just to let you know that the payment will cover both your item fee and shipping funds. So once you receive the payment, you are cash it, deduct your price and have the remaining funds sent to the shipper to enable him complete his own part of shipping. I will attach a piece of letter with the payment, will include the shipper’s details and also guide you on how to complete the transaction with the shipper. let me know if you are okay with this. Thank you

Andrew Henry
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:56:27 PM
Subject: Re: UsedVictoria.com: Buyers Question – 1949 to 1951 GMC GM

Hello,
Thanks for the swift response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently, am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

FULL NAME:
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
CITY,PROVINCE AND POSTAL CODE:
TEL.PHONE NUMBER:
AGREED PRICE:

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

Andrew.”

So, please be very careful! In my last e-mail to “Andrew” I told him that I had changed my mind and would accept only cash and he would have to arrange to pick the item up. Never heard from him again!

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kim firth

BEWARE of someone claiming to be “JACK GRAHAM” and using the email jacky_graham@yahoo.ca. Just tried to scam me. Below is a copy of his/her email. I’ve reported this to info@antifraudcentre.ca.

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: “Jack Graham”
To: “Kim Firth”
Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2012 3:06:22 PM
Subject: Re: UsedVictoria.com: Buyers Question – NATIONAL RESOPHONIC Delphi Deluxe in MINT condition

Thanks for the quick response and am okay with the price, The payment will be send out via Check or Money Order and I will want you to get back to me with your details so that the payment can be issue out fast and the pay which will `be sent to you includes your own sum for the item and also my shippers fee , which you will send to him after you have cashed the Payment, this will enable him pick up the item from you effectively, let me know if you understand this because I have a shipper who will be coming for the home pick up as soon as you received and cashed the fund.
If you are okay with the payment kindly get back to me with the information: NAME, ADDRESS,CITY,CODE, PHONE-NUMBER,AGREED PRICE.
Thanks
I await your quick response.
Best Regards

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Steven

This is the email i got from my add, came from marrymarryjoyce@gmail.com
This is a scam, THANKS

Hello,

Thanks for the prompt reply.Well am okay with the

asking price for the( 1978 15 foot princecraft boat)i Don’t want you to worry abt the shipping because i have a shipping company that will be coming for the Pick up of the Advert at you residence as soon as payment has been made,The shipper will come for the immediate pick-up and make sure everything is clean up ok.

I also want you to know that i will be paying via Money

Order and it will contain both your asking price and the shipping fees via my shipping company and no pick up will be made until Money order is received and cashed by you i also want you to be serious this so we can both finished this transaction in one mind, and here are the details needed so that i can mail the Money order without any delay,i look up concluding the sale sooner.Thanks

FULL NAME:

ADDRESS :

PROVINCE,STATE:

POSTAL CODE:

TEL #

YOUR LAST PRICE:

As soon as this is received the payment will be mailed out with no further delay,Once the dates are provided to me,i can send payment immediately.I will be expecting your reply asap.? Kindly reply back with the requested question so the purchase can be completed Best Regard, Stay Blessed With Your Family.

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Harry Creech

We have had the same “I’ll send you payment by certified check and then refer you to my shipper” scam tried on us. I’m not sure how the scammer benefits from this, other than gaining your address and phone number…our guy operated as Andrew Henry at and_henry@yahoo.ca

If any mail arrives, we will be handing it over to the police.

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Judith

Beware name Herrick/Moore, back at it using the, cashiers cheque, money order, shipping agent nonsense and telling you he’ll be out of town and to stay blessed. Mail came yesterday.

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Alyx

Just received the same email from Steven Seagal. He claims he lives in the state of Quebec? Clearly some red flags there… He said he will pay the asking price (no negotiating). He also said he would pay via money order which would include the shipping fees. He seemed to be in a hurry and wanted fast response which included giving him my personal info so he could send the money order. I was suspicious so began googling scams. The email was full of red flags – very poor English, signed with a God Bless which is classic to convince you the person is trustworthy? His address is stevenseaga5@gmail.com….

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Trisha Todd

This was the first email from Les Field – lesfield1@gmail.com

I wish to let you know that I’m satisfied with the conditions and i will like to inform you that am buying the item for my daughter in New Hampshire,so i will be the one responsible for the pick up and delivery stuff.kindly get back to me with your address so that i can forward it to the pick up agent to calculate the pick up fees for me.

Have a Blessed Day
Regards

Maytage portable dishwasher – $350 (victoria)
September 10, 2012 1:57 PM
From:
rollander010@gmail.com
To: v9nr8-3205578666@sale.craigslist.org
Reply To: lesfield1@gmail.com
Hi,
I am interested in your posted ads can you please explain to me how perfect was the condition ? and kindly please get back to me with some pictures of it.

Hope to hear from you soon.
Regards

then i received another email from my craiglists post from a different email but replying to the same email. I sent pictures but no information to which he replied…..

Thanks for your prompt response, I have review the advert and am completely satisfied, So am ready for the purchase, I’ll want you to remove the advert from web and consider this item is sold to me, I’ll be paying via PayPal, And i want to be the best offer by adding $30 to to the original price so as to keep the other offers off

if my offer is granted kindly get back to me with the following

Your Full Name … ?
Pick up address…?
Cell phone number…?
Your PayPal Email Address …?

I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for shipping i will have my mover to come over as soon as the payment completed,.
Hope to hear from you soon.

Thanks

SCAM???? Thoughts anybody?

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Mark

The scammer is still active. Here’s one from:

Melissa Steginus [melissasteginus@yahoo.ca]

“Glad to know it is still available. I will buy it for the price. Please remove the ad or put it as sold. I will pay by cheque. I will take care of the shipping and its cost; I bought some other goods that I will be shipping with it. I already have a shipping agent that will collect it from you. The collection will be done after you have cashed the cheque. The amount I will be sending you will include extra money for the shipper that will come inspect and pick up from you.
send me your details as below; Name, Address, city, code,
Phone number, Agreed Price,

Get back to me with your details and I will immediately send payment.

Thanks”

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Randy Shaw

Hi, A person Emailed me wanting to purchase my van.Said he was at sea,but wanted my info. SCAM ! His email is timissy123@gmail.com This person is FRAUDULENT.

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    RV for sale

    just recieved email from timissy123@gmail.com.
    will be checking closely on it, thanks for the heads up.

Shelley

Hello,
Thanks for the prompt reply.Well am okay with the
asking price for the(horse)and i Don’t want you to worry abt the shipping because i have a shipping company that will be coming for the Pick up of the Advert at you residence as soon as payment has been made,The shipper will come for the immediate pick-up and make sure everything is clean up ok.
I also want you to know that i will be paying via Money Order and it will contain both your asking price and the shipping fees via my shipping company and no pick up will be made until Money order is received and cashed by you i also want you to be serious this so we can both finished this transaction in one mind, and here are the details needed so that i can mail the Money order without any delay,i look up concluding the sale sooner.Thanks
FULL NAME:
ADDRESS :
PROVINCE,STATE:
POSTAL CODE:
TEL #
YOUR LAST PRICE:
As soon as this is received the payment will be mailed out with no further delay,Once the dates are provided to me,i can send payment immediately.I will be expecting your reply asap.? Kindly reply back with the requested question so the purchase can be completed Best Regard,Stay Blessed With Your Family.

stevenseaga5@gmail.com

steveshippinga@yahoo.com

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Shelley

Am glad you have gotten the payment, I await your swift response soon and make sure the payment is sent out to the shipping company today to avoid delay in these transaction.

So that they can book all the necessary booking for the immediately flight for the pick-up….immediately you transfer the funds kindly email me the western union information such as:

amount sent after western union charges:

western union {MTCN}

10 DIGITS CONTROL NUMBER

SENDER NAME AND RECIEVER:

PICK-UP ADDRESS:

so that i can keep it as record in my company , after that my shipping agent will call you so that both of you can fix the date and time for the pick-up arrangement , i await the western union info today ,I await to hear from you soon.
Thank’s…..Stay Blessed With Your Family.

Steven Seagal

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Brian

Another scammer. Same email style as most already posted. The email address is mich.macleodd@gmail.com.

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Russell Dawkins

A scam was just attempted today re my ad selling a Ford Explorer. It was from a Michael MacLeod
this was his second email:
“Glad to know its still available. I will buy it. Please remove the ad or put it as sold. I will pay by cheque. I will take care of the shipping and its cost,
I bought some other goods that I will be shipping with it. I already have a shipping agent that will collect it from you. The collection will be done after you have cashed the cheque. The amount I will be sending you will include extra money for the shipper that will pick up from you.
send me your details as below; Name, Address, city, code,
Phone number, Agreed Price,

Get back to me with your details and I will immediately send payment.

Thanks”

this was his first contact:
“mich.macleodd@gmail.com says: I saw your ad and I want to know if it is still available , any more details on the condition and the lowest price you will sell it.?
> Waiting for your reply.
> Thanks”

I hope this is of use to someone.

Russell Dawkins

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Ian Cameron

I just had the following response to an ad I posted yesterday:

Canadian James [canadianjames70@yahoo.com]Actions

September-30-12 3:58 PM

I am pleased to inform you that me and my wife has agreed to buy this item from you… I would have loved to come over to pay cash but we are currently away towards our daughter’s wedding ceremony till mid November..However, I will instruct my bank officer to process a bank draft on your details. Kindly get back to me with the following details for payment;

Your Full Name, Address, Post Code and Phone Number.

I have a liable shipping company that will take care of the collection and delivery as soon as you confirm my payment…Hope to read from you asap.

Engr. James Milton

Sounds very suspicious and I am not going to respond.

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Manon

I’ve received several offers similar as above offering to send me a Money order. If this could be of any help, here are their email addresses:

Name and date I received their emails:
Alan Graham [alangraham477@yahoo.ca] (October, 2, 2012) AD#18240560
john douglas [mailto:johndoug55@gmail.com] (June 27, 2012) AD#16948042
mike howard [mailto:howardmike96@gmail.com] (March 30, 2012) AD# 15128701

Hope this helps someone to track them or block them if possible.
Thank you

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Lyne Villeneuve

I got the same type of e-mail from alangraham477@yahoo.ca. Thanks for the heads up.

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Judy Williams

SCAMMER OUT THERE…kim.harris@y7mail.com buying my antique couch without coming to look…sending a courier …ya right!!

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Yvonne

Beware of ad stating Tiny Teacup Yorkshire Terriers ready to go. Ad is posted as Victoria City, but when you respond you find out they are in Dawson City. hilaryjones023@hotmail.com is the email address. Do not reply it is a scam. Ad number was 18293212

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Phil

Just got this email. A repeat of many of the above emails.

Hello,
Thanks for the swift response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently, am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

Full Name :
Full Contact Address :
City, State And Postal Code :
Tel. Phone Number :
Agreed Price :

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

Justin.

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Nick

Had reply to ad from michelleross426@yahoo.ca – Same story as other posts – at sea as oceanographer will pay full price of $150 through PayPal but willing to add $300 for courier pickup plus $50 for western union charges to be sent to daughter as surprise gift. Not interested in how I would package a piece of furniture or condition!

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Danielle

Have received emails from a frankjerry209@yahoo.ca asking me to sign up for pay-pal so I could receive money for my item. This is a scam. Don’t use pay-pal when selling on classified sites.

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Alberto

Similar scam trick from this email address:jonesromney50@yahoo.com
Hello,
Thanks for the swift response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently, am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:
Full Name :
Full Contact Address :
City, State And Postal Code :
Tel. Phone Number :
Agreed Price :
The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.
Henry.

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    J. Verville

    I just receive the same from peterjeremy114@yahoo.com.

    Ronald Kluck

    I’m dealing with this same guy right now. Thanks for clarifying my suspicion Ive had about this guy. He send me the exact email to one of my posted adds on kijiji.
    What do i do next ? just ignore him?

Barb

Similar pay pal scam from Charlie Carter charliegedi10111@gmail.com. No way I would use pay pal in this case!
He said “I will purchase at your listed price.Payment will be sent using PayPal and ill handle the PayPal surcharge if they are any.Let me know if you are ok with this,so that I can arrange for pick up as i wont be able to do it myself as i am out of town at the moment.I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too,since i won’t be be able to see this in person,what’s the PayPal email to send funds to in order for me to pay you ASAP.”

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    Todd Kalyniuk

    I received the same scam e-mail from the same person (Charlie Carter )

    Ok..just wanted to make sure nothing has been left out I will purchase at your listed price.Payment will be sent using PayPal and ill handle the PayPal surcharge if they are any.Let me know if you are ok with this,so that I can arrange for pick up as i wont be able to do it myself as i am out of town at the moment.I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too,since i won’t be be able to see this in person,what’s the PayPal email to send funds to in order for me to pay you ASAP.

    Regards.

    Charlie.

    Sarko

    Wow. i had the samee exact thing…

James Swan

Can Usedvictoria put a Paint Ball section on here…I’m a Hunter and is not right to have the paint ball stuff on the HUNTING section.

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    Jennifer Aikman

    Hi James,

    Thanks for the feedback! I’ll be sure to pass this on to our web development team!

    Jennifer

Barb Cottingham

ATTEMPTED FRAUD from jeffrey.grifffith@hotmail.com.

I just read your message, glad to know it is still available. OK, I will buy it for the price. Please remove the ad or put it as sold. I will pay by Cashier cheque and collect after you cash it. Get back to me with your details:
Name,
Address,
Province
Code,
Phone number,
Agreed Price,
I will take care of the shipping and its cost, I bought some other goods that I will be shipping with it. I already have a shipping agent that will collect it from you. The collection will be done after you have cashed the cheque. The amount I will be sending you will include extra money for the shipper that will do the pickup from you.

Get back to me with your details and I will immediately send payment.

Thanks

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Ron

i thought this looked suspicious, and from comments about similiar emails above it looks like it is another scam offer.

jeffrey.grifffith@yahoo.com. I just received your message, glad to know it is still available. OK, I will buy it for the price. Please remove the ad or put it as sold. I will pay by Cashier cheque and collect after you cash it. Get back to me with your details:
Name,
Address,
Code,
Phone number,
Agreed Price,
I will take care of the shipping and its cost, I bought some other goods that I will be shipping with it. I already have a shipping agent that will collect it from you. The collection will be done after you have cashed the cheque. The amount I will be sending you will include extra money for the shipper that will do the pickup from you.

Get back to me with your details and I will immediately send payment.

Thanks

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    KJ

    I have had contact with the same person who sent TEN times more than the selling price, along with specific instructions on what to do. Notify the police is my next step.

Mike

I posted an ad ad was approached by a scammer, and found this page after looking for a place to report it the email I received. I noted in the comments that the moderators suggested again and again to click on the “report ad” link, but I was hesitant to do that, because I don’t want my ad flagged.

I’d recommend putting up an email address for advertisers to report scammers, if you are looking to blacklist them, anyway.

Apologies if there is a better way of doing this that I just couldn’t find on the site.

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Bill

Had two alomost identical emails regarding a couch I have for sale. Two different address however. They wanted to pay with PayPal and as I do not have an account they urged me to open one and send the particulars to them.

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karen Herriot

Here is the email I got. But I did not suspect anything, so now I have a large cheque on my desk – which I assume is fake. What is my next step?
I am not going to take this any further, obviously.

Hello,
Thanks for the swift response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently, am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

Full Name :
Full Contact Address :
City, State And Postal Code :
Tel. Phone Number :
Agreed Price :

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

Andre.
Andre Lucas

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karen Herriot

Here is the email I got – now I have a large cheque on my desk and I want out of this mess:

> Hello,
> Thanks for the swift response. Your asking price sounds good to me.
> Presently, am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via
> Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my
> shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank.
> Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:
>
> Full Name : Karen Herriot
> Full Contact Address : 2517 Coronation Street
> City, State And Postal Code : Regina Sask S4S 0L1
> Tel. Phone Number : 306 529-5753
> Agreed Price : $400.
>
> The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business
> days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out
> while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper
> once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.
>
> Andre.
>
So what is the next step?

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AllisonGatey

How about when these scammers text your cell number instead of email. What is the best way to report this?

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Tracey

There’s another scammer. Here’s what he sent me:

from:
Hello,
Thanks for the swift response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently, am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

Full Name :
Full Contact Address :
City, Province And Postal Code :
Tel. Phone Number :
Agreed Price :

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

Joseph.

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Sean Cusson

Joseph Jason Scam.

Exact same scam as mentioned above but apparently with a new name. I was going to send a reply email asking for his:

bank account number:
phone number:
address:
credit card number:

But I figured it wasn’t worth the hassle of whatever emails oI may have to put up with afterwards.

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Mike

The same old scam… this time from “Wayne Lemon”

Had a bit of fun with him after he replied to my ad on Used Victoria. He sent me a Bank of Montreal draft for twenty times my selling price and then sent me this email with his shippers information;

“OK Michael, As soon as you cash the cheque and might have deduct your $150, you are to transfer the remaining funds to my shipper information below via western union money transfer :

Name : Ayoade Taofeek
Address : 10 rue caporal bernard anani City : Tokpa
State : Cotonou
Postal code : 229
Country : Benin
Email : at_ayoade@yahoo.com

Email me the western union details once you are done and immediately the shipper confirm funds, he will contact you regarding pick up schedule. Also, email the pick up location you want the shipper to come pick the Castle.

Await your update.”

Wayne offered me an extra thirty dollars for my trouble!
The local RCMP or the Bank of Montreal weren’t interested when I went to them. I thought the bank would be because, although they laughed at the cheque, it was initially quite believable to the unwary.

Cheque was mailed from London England, and from my point of view the scammer is out of pocket for $1.50 for the stamp!

However it is SELLER beware I guess. Be careful out there!

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char

I got an email from Sarah Adam, adsarah111@yahoo.com, saying she’s out of town and wants to buy the ring for her daughter asap. She can only pay by paypal, wants me to send the invoice, or email address, phone number, and my name. She never asked to look at the ring in person, which was very fishy to me. I’m not going to contact her back after reading all these comments, sounds like many other scams.

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Pat

got a reply to an ad I placed on usedvictoria – clearly a scammer here’s the email address: roseartest90@gmail.com

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Kevin

Don’t waste your time with “too cheap” vehicles listed asking you to email an external address because someone is posting it for them:

Hello ,

Thank you for your interest in purchasing my 2001 Toyota RAV4 with automatic transmission. It has been extremely well maintained with a full service history! Engine sounds like brand new, start fast and there are no leaks and no ticks, or noises whatsoever coming from this motor. The transmission shifts as it should, very smoothly. It goes down the road perfectly straight. You won’t find another vehicle like this with lower kilometers! Very smooth ride! A RAV4 in this condition, with these options (it’s fully loaded for it’s year) and this color combination is an absolute rarity! Very clean interior as you can see in the pictures… This RAV4 runs and drive like a dream, has ONLY 108526 kms. This beauty is saftied/e-tested.
If you are interested in buying, the price is CAD $1,850. I had to move with my family to Greece and to bring the car here will cost me high import fees so that’s the reason of selling.

For more pictures, please visit the following link : http://photo-upload.info/upload/2001-Toyota-RAV4/

The financial part will be managed by eBay, which means that you will have a 5 days inspection period before committing to buy the car. In this way both, buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.
If you’re interested in concluding this purchase just email me back and I would be glad to explain you how the entire process works…

Hope to hear from you soon,
Christine & Ricardo

> From: xxxxxxx@xxxxxx
> To: christine.clifford@live.com
> Subject: Rav4
> Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2013 22:55:53 -0600

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Kristine

Beware of Robin Johnson with email address jrobin392@yahoo.com – she tried to run a scam on me in response to my ad.

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Russell Dawkins

Scam! reporting an attempted scam by an “Edgar d Reed” of “west africa, it turns out. it took around 5 email exchanges to find out his location for shipping (I am in Victoria BC).
Here is his email address:
“Edgar d. Reed”
I am selling a camera and his first email read:
edgardreed2@yahoo.com says: Hei, can you ship this, if i include the charges?

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Sarko

Ok..just wanted to make sure nothing has been left out I will purchase at your listed price.Payment will be sent using PayPal and ill handle the PayPal surcharge if they are any.Let me know if you are ok with this,so that I can arrange for pick up as i wont be able to do it myself as i am out of town at the moment.I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too,since i won’t be be able to see this in person,what’s the PayPal email to send funds to in order for me to pay you ASAP.

Regards.

Charlie.

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Erika

I got a response to one of my drawings that I am selling on UsedOttawa, and I think this is a scam. I asked $150 for the drawing, and when I got his response, it sounded fishy to me that he wants all my info and he is offering $200 for it (who does that?). His name (of his fake name) is James George, his email is jamesgeorge622@yahoo.com. See his email below.

Thanks for your kind and fast response,I am willing to offer you $200 for the last asking price and i will handle the shipment myself cos i have an agent which i have been using right from time so that are the one who is going to come for the home pick-up at your place once you get the payment and cash it cos i still have some goods with them which they are going to ship for me to my new apartment and the payment will be through Money Order Or Bank Draft….Please let me know if you do and if possible you do you can kindly email me back with your payment information here :Full Name, Contact Address, City, State, Poster Code, Personal Phone #, Last Price: I will be waiting for your payment information soon cos the payment will be mail out asap this week.Regards.

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Greg

I am seeing the same scam. Before I clued in I sent martindavids694@yahoo.ca my name, address, and phone # all of which is publicly available so I am not too worried. The back story (they will send shippers once I cashed the certified cheque) sounded plausible since I was selling a large antique table I just assumed it was an out-of-city antique dealer. This was a couple of days ago and the cheque has not yet arrived.

What gave it away was when I asked for a phone number in case anything went wrong and I got no response whatsoever. So I went digging:

1) From the email message they sent me you can figure out the originating IP address. In Outlook 2002 you can open the email then go to View -> Options and look at the “Internet Headers” section. Look for the last IP address in those headers. It moved in Outlook 2007 though. Do some googling if you do not have Outlook 2002 – all email browsers should be able to display this info

2) Make sure it is the last IP address. There will be many IP addresses as an email takes many hops. You want the last one since that is the one closest to the source.

3) From that IP address you can go to a myriad of “Find IP address location” websites. I used http://www.iplocation.net/index.php, entered the IP address and it turned up Lagos, Nigeria.

Needless to say at that point I started to look for scam information and found this webpage.

But now they have made me angry. Since they are likely based in Nigeria my options are limited so I will just try to pretend I did not get their cheque and ask them to send more. Then of course repeat indefinitely with ever more sincere apologies, until they finally clue in that I know it is a scam.

I will at least try to make them spend more postage money! But more importantly their time, since it is less time they have to hurt other unsuspecting people. Besides, it’s also fun :-)

Of course if they are smart they will be monitoring this webpage but I felt it far more important to warn people first and foremost. We shall see. I’ll post back with my results.

Thanks all.

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michelle

This is a scam email from kellybornes2012@live.com

Hello
Thanks for the interest in my kittens .They are still available and ready to go . They are outstanding pure breed ICA registered with all shots , vaccines and vet records updated .  I am giving them up for adoption because of the nature of my job this days .In placing my babies out for adoption, I am looking for reasonable , knowledgeable and cautious person who can offer them tenderness ,nursery with lots of love , kisses and hugs . These adorable , cute and lovely kittens are 12 weeks old and any of them  would be the perfect match for your home .  Any of them will be the best playmate andcompanion your home ever dreamed of . With their great personalities and good temperament with kids and other pets , they would be the one to steal your heart . They will be coming along with their vet records and all registration papers attached to their packages with  lots of play toys . You have nothing to worry about Feeding because I will also enclose their hand book and feeding menu to their packages .Promise me that you would shower the kitten of your choice with lots of TLC .  Also ,  I would never like that my babies should end up in a shelter or rescue, feel free to mail me back If you are willing to get my kitten (s). If you have any questions , ask and  i will answer you
truthfully and faithfully .What they will come with will include

Health Certificates
TICA Registration
Travel Crate and Collars
Conginental Quarantee Certificate
Cloths,Toys and Coats
Pedigree and Vet Assurance

Our main reason for giving out these kittens is due to the fact that My wife Kelly works at a Hospital here in New Cameron and she has limited time to be with them.She cannot quit this job because this is the only way we can meet up with ends meet.I have two kids ages-1 6 and 13 and they are all in a boarding School and most of the time,they are on vaccation.I my self am a mechanic and everyday am at work and i usually boarder a taxi whic is about 2hours from my home.Our house help who is 23years old is soon to get married in 3days time and we are now out to look for a loving family for them.We are sad to give thim out but they must be given maximum love and care at this moment.All we cant is for you to pay for their shipping fee.A kitten will cost 250£ to ship.I will like to ask you some questions?

Where are you located and email address…?
Why do you need the kittens..?
What is your state and city..,
Do you kids love pets….?
Do you have experience with this breed or other breeds…?
What is your post code and nearest airport…?
Who will take care of them while you are away and what is your street and house address?
Names and Contact will be appreciated..?

I am just being conce rned about the type of home that my baby will be going to ,  that’s the reason for my curiosity . We love them so much and we want to make sure they go to a family that will show them the love they deserve.So if you can stand the chance of taking any home, you will  only need to pay for their delivery fee & you can have it home as soon as you desire . Waiting to read from you soon.*Attached are some of their most recent pictures
    Best Regards .

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j.r

Received the same scam email as most people here. Sender was Jones Henry ;

funny thing is he wanted me to believe he was going to pay shipping expenses for a 15 year old $100 dollar fridge! Who would do that?

So, I guess another email address to watch out for.

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Drake

Sold stuff on usedottawa. Got this response from Andre Lucas :

Hello,
Thanks for the swift response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently, am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

Full Name :
Full Contact Address :
City, Province And Postal Code :
Tel. Phone Number :
Agreed Price :

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

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    Lacey Sheardown

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention Drake. I will forward it along to our moderators for investigation. Regards, Lacey

    Lacey

    If you have the ad # I can pass that along to our moderation team. Thanks.

Melissa

Another PayPal Scam. My item was on Used Ottawa but the email enquiry referred to Used Gatineau (didn’t post it there).

From: Jane Coombe

Hi
Thank you for your respond..i am so sorry for not responding back to your message on time it was due to being busy with work.good to know the dress is still available for sale and still in good condition as it was described on the advert.i want you to know i have a courier company that will come for the pickup. so you don’t have to bother yourself shipping the dress i will be making payment through PayPal because my bank account is linked to my PayPal account and PayPal is a secured method of payment for both the buyer and seller.kindly email me a PayPal money request invoice direct to my verified PayPal email which is the same as my email address jane.coombe@yahoo.com to proceed with the payment.i believe you can set up a PayPal account easily at http://www.paypal.com if you don’t have one.looking forward to hear back from you soon.

Cheers
Jane

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    Amber R Bosma

    Hi Melissa, thank you for alerting us to this. I will pass this email on to our team of moderators.

    Amber

S

NEW Scammer: Justin David

Hello,
Thanks for the swift response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently, am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

Full Name :
Full Contact Address :
City, Province And Postal Code :
Tel. Phone Number :
Agreed Price :

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

Justin.


This was in response to an autographed Ovechkin jersey I’m trying to sell.

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Betty B

Here is a scam I received today. Email address m.caron5656@gmail.com

Hello ,
Thanks for the quick response . Your asking price
sounds good.I live at 3809 45th ST SW ,
Calgary AB Presently,am out of town on a business trip. Payment will
be made via Canadian Money Order Or Canadian Checks , pick up will
commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and
cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to
be sent out asap:

Full Name:
Full Contact Home Address:
City:
Province:
Postal code:
Cell/home phone number:
Your last selling price:

The payment will be mailed out asap and
will arrive within 4-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you
posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be
arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and
cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

Martin .

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    Amber R Bosma

    Thank you for letting us know about this, it has been reported to the moderation team.

    Amber

Karen

New Scammer: Martin Caron (email: m.caron5656@gmail.com)

Hello ,
                   Thanks for the quick response . Your asking price
sounds good.I live at  3809 45th ST SW ,
Calgary  AB Presently,am out of town on a business trip. Payment will
be made via Canadian Money Order Or  Canadian Checks , pick up will
commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by  you and
cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to
be sent out asap:

Full Name:
Full Contact Home Address:
City:
Province:
Postal code:
Cell/home phone number:
Your last selling price:

                               The payment will be mailed out asap and
will arrive within 4-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you
posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be
arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and
cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

Martin .

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    Amber R Bosma

    Thank you, this has been reported to our moderating team.

    Amber

justin

I have very long email chain between myself and a buyer that just mailed me a check from out of town for $2300 over my asking price. The outline of the email is exactly what others have posted above. How do I go about reporting this individual? Are there any agencies collecting the information for evidence?

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    Amber R Bosma

    Hi Justin,

    Please can you send me the ad number or email address of the person you are in communication with and I will send this to our moderation team, who yes collect this information. My email address is amber@usedeverywhere.com. Thanks, Amber.

Lynn

I am advertising a scooter and a few minutes after posting I also received the following response from a Dave Sunders (sundersdave@gmail.com)
Please add him to your list of scammers.

Hello,
Thanks for the swift response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently, am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

Full Name :
Full Contact Address :
City, Province And Postal Code :
Tel. Phone Number :
Agreed Price :

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

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    Amber R Bosma

    Thank you for alerting us to this Lynn. His details have been passed on to moderation.

    Thanks

    Amber

Mike

Another Scam like above. From Price Carl princecarl70@yahoo.ca

Hello,

Than you for your response about the item for sale.Am purchasing it for my family and i will like you to send me your payment details while i will be making payment out in form of a money order because my money order or Certified bank check, so i will like you to email me your details for payment today so that i can send funds out to you via express mail that you will recieve in 2 days. Here is your details requested for payment

(1) Your full Name

(2) Address

(3) Province

(4) Postal code

(5) city

(6) Phone numbers.

As soon as read back from you and recieve the information i will remmited out the funds and express it out to your prefered address which you will definatelly recieve soon. About pick up i will get a local picker to come for the pick up when payment might have cleared in your bank.

Thank you.

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    Amber R Bosma

    Thanks Mike, will send this to the moderation team. Amber

Jo Harris

Hey Amber: Got a message from 1 (312) 566-8543 on my iPhone from a petroleum engineer in Brazil wanting to buy my fridge for his daughter. Message came within minutes of posting. Wanted me to use PayPal and would send a cargo agent around to assess shipping costs. Said nope.

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    Amber R Bosma

    Hey Jo, thanks for this. Was there just this number, no email. I’ll have a chat with moderation and see what we can do about this. Thanks, Amber.

    Amber R Bosma

    Hi again Jo, our moderation team cannot block a user from a phone number right now unfortunately. If you are uncomfortable sharing your number, continue to use the site with an email address. If there is anything else you need assistance with, feel free to email me at amber@usedeverywhere.com. Thanks.

JR

http://www.usedsoo.com/classified-ad/2009-Yamaha-Grizzly-700-FI-EPS-SE-Red-Edition_20622620

This criminal posts multiple ads like this one every day FOR YEARS. You do nothing except delete the occasional one days after they are posted, leaving thousands of people wide open to get burned.
Why do you not screen your ads like kijiji does?

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    Amber R Bosma

    I am a Moderator. Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your concerns.

    It’s unfortunate that some of our users abuse our free service. And although we have keyword filters to “trigger” suspicious ads, we can’t stop all of them from posting such ads.

    We do have a Moderation Team that constantly receive emails from users such as yourself notifying us. With over 125,000 postings a day to our website, you may understand that it would be a daunting task to verify each ad as an honest posting. Much of what we learn about fraudulent ads comes from fellow users; usually found by either emailing or phoning the potential seller.

    The Moderators at UsedEverywhere.com appreciate all notifications and we do our utmost to respond to them quickly so that we can maintain a clean site.

    Please feel free to contact us at any time.

    Laurel Jones
    Moderation Team Leader

Bryan

Same scam from “Thomas Richards”; thomrichards5@gmail.com

Here is his original message to me:
—-
Hello,
Thanks for the swift response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently, am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

Full Name :
Full Contact Address :
City, Province And Postal Code :
Tel. Phone Number :
Agreed Price :

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

Thomas.

Obviously these scum just keep making up new email addresses to support their pointless lives.

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    Amber R Bosma

    Thanks Bryan and yep, it’s often the same people time and time again with new email addresses, even phone numbers. We appreciate users like you who help us moderate by bringing these things to our attention. Thanks and Happy Holidays! Amber

    Eric

    I recently got the same exact (word for word) response to my ad from Thomas Richards. I should have known better, but he’s supposed to send me a cheque. I won’t cash it for sure now. I ‘ve been told this is where the scam happens; you cash the cheque and then they get a hold of your banking information and make fake cheques and withdrawls). Beware!

    Amber R Bosma

    I am so glad you saw this thread Eric. Be vigilant and sorry that this sometimes happens. We consistently block these scammers. Amber

Tahnee

Watch out for Smithallinson600@yahoo.com from “Paris”

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    Amber R Bosma

    Okay, thank you, I will pass this on to moderation. Amber

meva

THIS IS A SCAM: Hello, we would be changing some of the furniture in the apartment and re-furnished them with new furniture, the apartment key is already with the mover that will be changing the furniture in the apartment so i will contact the mover and inform him to handover the apartment key to you once they are through so that you can be able to do the thorough cleaning, i will be offering you $300 for the one time thorough cleaning and also could you let me know if there is any equipment that you will need me to provide for the cleaning? We are going to pay you ahead for the one time cleaning before our arrival so as to secure your service, the following Information will be needed to make out the payment by money order or BANK DRAFT, the apartment address will be disclose to you once you get back to me with the requested details, also with the regular weekly cleaning we will need your service for three hours for once a week.

Full name to be on cheque: mailing address : postal code:, cell phone number

I will be waiting to hear from you.

Thank you carlos fish <losfish@hotmail.com

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    Amber R Bosma

    Thank you. This has been passed to the moderation team.

    Amber R Bosma

    Hi again, do you have the email address of the scammer so we can block them from using our site? Amber

Claudio Della Valle

I’d like to report this guy about a response to my advertisement on usedregina.com,

The email goes as follows:

I was only thinking you must have had some other buyer’s interested in buying it from you, So i thought the best way to outbid them is by offering an additional $1000 bucks to your asking price on the add. I’ll not be able to come for the inspection my self due to present Job location but i have a Pick-Up agent who will be contacting you about when and where the pick-up will be taking place after have completed the payment transaction with you my self . I’m actually willing to purchase it right away and be transported to Ontario where my parents reside, Please tell me a little bit more about the present mechanical condition and how often you do the service and the history then we can take it from there.

I will be waiting to read from you and if we can come to a quick agreement i will proceed with the payment immediately..

His email is: bbryanganz8@hotmail.com

Hopefully this helps somebody else from getting scammed.

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    Amber R Bosma

    Thank you. This information has been passed onto the moderation team.

    Amber

Sarah

Recently received this response when selling an item on UsedRegina.

Hello,
Thanks for the quick response . Your asking price
sounds good. Presently,am out of town on a business trip. Payment will
be made via Canadian Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up
will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and
cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to
be sent out asap:

Full Name:
Full Contact Home Address:
City:
Province:
Postal code:
Cell/home phone number:
Your last selling price:

The payment will be mailed out asap and
will arrive within 4-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you
posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be
arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and
cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

Eric .

his email is: lecompteeric2@gmail.com

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    Amber R Bosma

    Thank you for this, I am passing it on to moderation.

    Amber

Ramsey

I also got that type of e-mail from 2 persons in 2-3 days. I told them to go away scammers.
E-mails:
snighrem@gmail.com
philippejohn3@gmail.com

Sample of e-mail:

Hello,
Thanks for the swift response. Your asking price sounds good to me. Presently, am out of town on a business trip. Payment will be made via Money Order or Canadian Certified Check,pick up will commence by my shipping agent once payment is received by you and cleared at your bank. Email back the requested details for payment to be sent out asap:

Full Name :
Full Contact Address :
City, Province And Postal Code :
Tel. Phone Number :
Agreed Price :

The payment will be mailed out asap and will arrive within 3-5 business days at your mail box.I will keep you posted once payment is sent out while date and time of pick up will be arrange between you and my shipper once payment is received and cleared at your bank. Thanks very much.

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atyl

Hello,
Have also been receiving emails with the same format as the above from:
snighrem@gmail.com

I googled the name included in his email when I asked for his name and address.
I think this person has stolen an identity of a legitimate person who is a university professor.
Address he sent did not exist when I checked on Canada Post for a postal code and when I looked on google earth to see the location.
What a shame.

Sent a report to UsedEverywhere about this but have had no reply.

How do I report this scammer?

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    Amber R Bosma

    Thank you, these emails have now been blocked from using our sites.

jR Morahan

I keep getting abusive emails from onthelookout@yahoo.ca

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    Amber R Bosma

    Thanks for letting us know. Our Moderation Team are currently dealing with this matter and have sent you an email. Thanks, Amber.

suzi

i have emailed you via my advert but i have had a scam email tonight. can you look into this please.

Sgt.David Rylander (laurren56@gmail.com) Add to contacts 19:01 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To:
laurren56@gmail.com
Your asking price is quite reasonable & affordable considering others I’ve seen lately, I’ll take it. I won’t be able to come for the pick up due to my work. I’ll arrange for pick up and delivery with a shipping agent. I’ll make the payment through PayPal for the safety of both of us. I’ll need your name, the pickup address & your paypal email address for the payment. If you don’t have paypal account It’s very easy and secured just visit http://www.paypal.co.uk and click on signup. 2nd Lt David.

Best Regard
Sgt.David Rylander.

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    Amber R Bosma

    Thanks Suzi, a member of moderation has already sent you an email.

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