While shopping online on Craigslist.com for a used car for my son, I can across this ad:

2000 HONDA Accord EX V6
LEATHER SUNROOF 200 Horse Power V6 Automatic Transmission Naples Gold Metallic Exterior Soft Plush Leather Interior In Dash CD Radio Remote Entry …Perfect CarFax History…No accidents no damage no problems…

The price? $2960!

With 116k miles, that’s at least $2000 below Kelley Blue Book! I excitedly emailed the contact and asked to make an appointment to see it.

The response was this in its entirety (emphasis mine):

Hello and sorry for my delay,

I’m Sgt. Robert Parra. This Honda is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 118k highway miles. VIN Number: 1hgcg1655ya068349

It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.

Here are the pics of the car :

http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee106/accpix/

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

I am located in London, United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and UK. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in US because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,960 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

Best Regards,
Robert Parra

Can this be legit? I am hoping it is!

I sent a message back to “Sgt. Parra” and asked him whether the car will pass the smog check for California. I figured if it was really legit, someone else probably bought it already, but it’d be worth asking.

Then a couple of hours later, I get another email. I contacted another seller of another ad from Craigslist for a Camry that I thought was a good buy.

Here is the email response in its entirely (emphasis mine):

Hello,

The 2003 Toyota Camry is located in Farmington, CT and it is in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever. It has 44k miles and the VIN is: 4T1BE32K03U655388. It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name. I have the pictures hosted on the net and you can see them at:

http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/cc161/RobertBright/

The price is $2,900 including shipping costs anywhere in the continental US. There are no other costs regarding this transaction.
The transaction will be closed only through a 3rd party and this way we will both be protected.

My time is limited due to my job in the army so I decided to use a service from Worldpay. To begin the transaction I’ll need your full name and shipping address. I will forward the details of our transaction to Worldpay and then you will receive an invoice from them. The car will be shipped insured to your location with DAS and you will have 5 days for inspection.

Best regards,
Robert Bright.

I am catching on now…

Both cars advertised at incredible prices at about $2,900, both seller’s names are Robert, both are willing to ship from out of the area for free, both are in the military, both use photobucket to post pictures …

Since I’ve been scouring Craigslist, Autotrader and dealerships for a car, I had sent out several emails. I forgot what I sent out.

So a couple of hours later, I got yet another response, for an Acura I asked about.

Now I am rolling on the floor laughing!

Here’s an excerpt:

Hello and sorry for my delay,

Yes, I know, you are busy in the military, right?

The 1999 Acura TL is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line….It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones…The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet

You must’ve been talking to Sgt. Robert Parra! Both of you have a cat! And do you also have a wife who doesn’t check ahead of time if a foreign car can be registered in the UK?

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program…I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Serbia. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here…It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. …

It’s Serbia now, very nice.

Best Regards,
Michael Parker

At least they are getting a little more creative with the name.

I googled this subject and found a forum discussion of someone who got this email, a friend of the Roberts, no doubt, and coincidentally also named Robert, with a cat and a wife who just joined him too! I put an excerpt here, but I’m sure you can figure out what the rest says:

Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2007 18:22:47
Subject: 2001 Honda Accord

Hello and sorry for my delay,
The 2001 Honda Accord is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line…blah, blah, blah…

It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones…mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet….

I signed up for US military forces and I was sent here with my department to improve the military relations between our country and UK….blah, blah, blah…

Sgt Robert Mclean

I might have fallen for the first reply if the scammer would just be a little for creative in their approach.

Apparently, an epidemic of ads like this is on all kinds websites, including the sale of motorcycles, ATVs, jet skis, motor homes, trailers, and even farm equipment.

One member of the forum responded with this advice:

1. eBay does not “hold the money” until you are satisfied with the car. Once you pay them, that is it. And I suspect they will ask you to pay by Western Union.

2. The military does ship cars overseas for servicemen (why does this guy talk in pidgon english if he’s American, anyway?). But thet SHIP them, by SHIP, not by air. Total LIE.

3. American servicemen can drive their cars overseas without registering them there. Again total LIE. Why would a serviceman have a car shipped overseas if he could not register it?

The pattern is the same: a coveted item (BMW, Kobota Tractor, Honda motorcycle, etc.) worth $10,000 to $20,000 is offered for a pitiful amount – $2500 to $5000 with a long-winded “backstory” behind it. You wire them the money, thinking you scored big and that’s the last you hear of them.

They hijack eBay identifications by using those phishing scams. Typically if you look at their feedback, you’ll see it is some little old lady in Arkansas selling dolls. Suddenly, the person is a Seargent in the Army in England selling a car. What gives?

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is….

409 Responses to “Used car buying scam from “military” personnel”

  1. Ben Says:

    Saw your link from the sonai mailing list and couldn’t help but point out two small things that just yelled out at me. I’m in the military, and it saddens me to see people represent us in such a manner in a scam.

    -The military will not ship a vehicle overseas unless it is possible to register them in the country where it’s located. End of story.

    -Even if they did ship the car to a country where it could not be registered, the government is not in the business of spending money unless it absolutely has to when it comes to services for military personnel. They will not ship a car at your own convenience, they will only ship your car when you leave the base you are stationed at, no earlier, no later.

    Hope that helps,
    Ben

  2. Joyful Says:

    Thanks Ben!

    Glad to hear from you, and THANK YOU for serving our country.

  3. Jon Says:

    Hey, thanks for your post. I was looking at the same car and actually working on getting a loan. Then someone asked if I had checked this guy out. I put his name in Google and your page popped up with the exact same info as he sent me. Thanks for posting this.

    Jon

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  5. Joyful Says:

    Glad to know it helped you, Jon! I wonder how many fell for this scam.

  6. Another_Sucker Says:

    Wouldn’t believe it, I got the very same mail and the wordings are exactly the same…hardly any changes in the Text of the email I received. Here check it for yourself:

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    1999 Honda Accord EX is in perfect working
    condition.This vehicle engine runs very, very
    smooth.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look
    like it just came off the assembly line.The car has
    only 120000 highway miles.VIN #
    JHMCG5656XC019006Options CD Player Sunroof
    Passenger Airbag Driver Airbag Anti-Lock Brakes
    Air Conditioning Power Windows Power Locks
    Cruise Control
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s268.photobucket.com/albums/jj22/1999hAccordL/
    the above link does not work copy and paste it into
    a new web browser window)As I know that my current
    situation is pretty special I want the deal closed
    only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in
    order for you to be 100% protected. You will make
    the payment to eBay and they will hold the money
    until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive
    the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will
    release the payment to me; in this way we are both
    protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t
    be satisfied about the car i will surely find
    another buyer in your area and there will be no need
    for you to ship the car back. I am located in
    London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve
    the military relationships between USA and UK. One
    months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought
    the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in
    the United States because we can’t register it here;
    it has US specs and everything, and registering it
    here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on
    it is US 2,850 $. If you will take it for this
    price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will
    be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military
    Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get
    it to the nearest airport in your area and then it
    will be trucked forward to your place. You will
    receive the car in about 3 max. 4 working days.
    Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and
    include in your e-mail your full name and address
    where you want it shipped so I can start the deal
    with eBay. You will receive all the transaction
    payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you and have a great day,
    Josh Edgell

    AND When I replied back to him asking for more information, I got more of the same:

    Hi Josh,

    Thanks for providing the details on your car including the snaps @ photobucket.

    If you don’t mind, I have a few more questions which would help me in making up my mind.

    1) Is the Car already listed on eBay and if so could you please provide links for the same?
    2) When does the 10 day inspection clock start – Is it immediately on negotiating the deal through ebay or once the vehicle is delivered to the Shipper Address after negotiations?
    3) If upon inspection I don’t find it satisfactory, would I have to keep it at my Garage until you find a new buyer (since I don’t have to ship it) or do you plan to have it collected locally though family/friends?

    Thanks and would appreciate your reply at the earliest.

    AND here’s the final response:

    Hi again,
    As I said in my first email the car is currently located in London,United Kingdom. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. Shipping will be done door-to-door, to your exact location, so you will not have to pick the car up yourself.The ten days inspection period starts whae you will get the car at door.

    The price for the car is $2,850 USD. This price includes all the shipping taxes and fees. Ebay will hold the funds until you receive and accept the car.I will have access to the funds only after you test and inspect the car (you will have 10 days to do that) and in case somethins goes wrong or the car is not as advertised you will be fully refunded. Anyway i am sure if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. Ebay will guarantee for that. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 working days. You will also receive all the documents including the titles and a Bill of Sale. The cargo is insured so if the car is damaged during the shipping you will also be refunded.
    Please reply with your full name and address, and I will start the process with Ebay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.
    Hoping to hear from you soon

    [cacaty66@hotmail.com]

  7. Maia Says:

    I got the very same mail this was my reply: I will be in Europe next week is there a possibility to see the car?

    Can you provide me with the address where you are located?

    No reply as of yet

    Hello,
    and thank you for your interest in my car. The 2000 Bmw looks and runs exactly as new. The title is clean, and you will receive it along with the car, so you will have no problems whatsoever registering it
    there. This car has ALWAYS been ADULT driven, it was garaged when it wasn’t on the highway. Great power from 325 engine with 30++ MPG on the hwy! It has an automatic transmission which shifts
    smoothly and the feels great. It has 75,000 miles (mostly highway). The vin # is: WBAAM3348YFP76147. This one is and always has been a perfect vehicle and is in truly great condition for the year and
    miles. It is amazing and drives like new, you will love this car when driving it. It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. I have the photos of the car hosted on the internet at the following
    address:
    http://s270.photobucket.com/albums/jj88/2000BMW323/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and
    they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am
    sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was
    sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and UK. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States
    because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,980 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle
    the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your
    place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with
    eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Michael Topping

    cscmoore@hotmail.com

  8. Joyful Says:

    I wonder why they even bother to use different names?

    It doesn’t sound like there is anyone there to read your email replies. They’re probably in some non-English speaking country using automated responses.

  9. Carrie Says:

    Hi…
    Man oh man…I got the same fricking email. I was looking into buying a jetta and I spoke to my dad who works in the car business and I told him how much it was and he instantly said LETS BUY IT because it seemes like a great deal. I sent emails saying I wanted to buy it but I felt so iffy about it. I tries googling about registering a car in the US and then I thought I should see if the car was on ebay so I ended goggling his email “cacaty66@hotmail.com” and I come to this blog. THANKS GOODNESS!
    Then I received an email from “ebay” it was so unofficial. From then on I stopped receiving emails.

  10. Sarah Moore Says:

    My husband and I were just browsing craigslist and we found this acura for SO cheap, we sent him a message and this was his reply, we knew it was phony right away, I mean who says “best regards” haha

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m SGT Eric Carter. This Acura is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 133k Highway miles. VIN Number: 19uua56771a021621
    Transmission: Automatic
    Standard Equipment:
    LEATHER CRUISE CONTROL AUTO CLIMATE CONTROL ABS Xenon Lights POWER SEAT
    CD AM/FM RADIO CASSETTE POWER DOOR LOCKS Vanity mirrors DUAL DUAL AIR BAGS
    POWER MIRRORS POWER STEERING POWER WINDOWS 6 CYLINDER 3.2 LITER VTEC
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s269.photobucket.com/albums/jj63/32acuratl/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in London, United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and UK. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is $2,950. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Best Regards,
    Eric Carter

  11. Joyful Says:

    haha, scammers should know better than to say best regards!

    Or they say US 2,900$ or USD $2,900 and claim to be American.

  12. Dave Stuhlsatz Says:

    Thank you all for the information. I too was looking at a 2001 honda accord way under blue book with the same story of being in London and not being able to register there, wanted to use ebay buyer protection to protect me, and ship to my house, etc. I also would have 10 days to inspect and drive before payment would be sent. My gut didn’t feel right from the beginning and I even went and talked to a car dealer buddy of mine to get his opinion. He also had his doubts so I decided to research Michael Topping and scams and it led me to this site. I emailed Michael back but was not near as nice as alot of you. I pretty much told him he would burn in hell and I wouldn’t piss on him to put him out for what he was doing. My parents always said if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. I would say 7000 under blue book is too good to be true. Thanks again.

  13. Joyful Says:

    Dave, glad to hear that people are not that gullible. Unfortunately, “Michael Topping” probably doesn’t read email. He just checks his ebay account.

  14. Sarah Moore Says:

    This whole thing just saddens me, I mean is this what the world is coming to? Do people really waste their time at home and come up with these scams? We have a sick sick world. Why can’t people work hard for their money like everybody else on this planet? And more importantly, why are people so STUPID and gullible!

  15. Joyful Says:

    Sarah, that’s exactly what I thought. Here’s my post about that http://www.katylee.com/blog/2008/01/16/more-car-buying-scam

  16. Dave Stuhlsatz Says:

    Joyful, I’m sure he or someone read the e-mail I sent back. I responded to the e-mail he sent me about sending him all my personal information so he could get the e-bay deal started. If he thought I was going to fall for the scam he would of opened the mail thinking it was my personal information. Either way, it made me feel better to let him know what I thought of him. Thanks again.

  17. EN1 Staples Says:

    Same situation only newer.
    Here’s the reply in full:::
    Hello,
    and thank you for your interest in my car. The 2000 Bmw looks and runs exactly as new. The title is clean, and you will receive it along with the car, so you will have no problems whatsoever registering it there. This car has ALWAYS been ADULT driven, it was garaged when it wasn’t on the highway. Great power from 325 engine with 30++ MPG on the hwy! It has an automatic transmission which shifts smoothly and the feels great. It has 75,000 miles (mostly highway). The vin # is: WBAAM3348YFP76147. This one is and always has been a perfect vehicle and is in truly great condition for the year and miles. It is amazing and drives like new, you will love this car when driving it. It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. I have the photos of the car hosted on the internet at the following address:
    http://s270.photobucket.com/albums/jj88/2000BMW323/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and UK. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,980 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Michael Topping::::
    Please watch out for this…

  18. KTR Says:

    Thank you so much for this ad. This same man has it listed for a Camary like the above posted. I think I want to play a little game with him first. Yesterday, I almost got scam by someone else until I told him I leave in the area and wanted to come look at the car. Needless, to say he never contacted me back. HAHA! I think it imperative to keep these blogs going so we can help save alot of people from losing out. Thank you so much!

  19. EN1 Staples Says:

    Twice in one day. WTH????????
    Also from Craig’s list(Hampton Roads Area listing).
    Thanks so much for posting this:)

    §§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§Another reply in full§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§
    Hello Staples,
    The car is located in West Suwanee, GA and it is in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever. It has 35K miles and the VIN # is : WMWRC33443TC42310 . It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name. You can see more pictures by click on the link below :
    http://s260.photobucket.com/albums/ii30/jamesrody222/
    This car needs nothing, the title is clear, it is not a salvage one. I want this transaction to go smoothly enough as I am caught in the middle of some very important events and have little time at my disposal. I already have tons of emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out.
    The price is $2,900 THIS IS MY LAST PRICE. I will not negotiate the price. I will take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying the car, to be sure that I don’t waste my time with endless discussions. This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions.
    So if you are interested please email me back so we can move forward,
    James Rody§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§§

    From KTR’s post, “…told him I live in the area and want to come look at the car…”
    Great advice there!!!!!! :) ,
    EN1 Staples

  20. Joyful Says:

    LOL

    Following Dave’s and KTR’s responses, someone should try sending them some fake personal info to see how they will start the process.

  21. KTR Says:

    Another tip is. Say you are in the area or you have a cousin that lives 1 hr away from that location. And tell them you want to come look at a car. I promise you they will not allow you to come see the car. Also if they say they will ship it “Red flag” also. Lastly, the website that he must of made up is fake as well they give you two different offices in Houston and Ca, but the number listed on the website is out of La New Orleans. So I will be reporting that number as well. Please lets fight for the rights of consumers everyone time I see something different o (Craiglist) that looks like a scam I reported it to Craiglist. Last thing for some reason they wont have it post on Craiglist to long like within in seconds. So either they are taking if off fast or a consumer is….

  22. KTR Says:

    Sorry I have to add ths last comment too. With the man with the Nissian Altm. Now here the thing that was in Houston Tx. But it was not listed under the Houston Tx craiglist. Why??? Because the buyer would have said “Let me come look at it now.” So thats why they listed in other parts of the states. So when I looked at it. Of course when I ask him that he had no responds either for that. This people are very smart! But I am smarter!

  23. craigslist car shopper Says:

    I was searching for a car on the local craigslist (Pittsburgh) with reasonable mileage, 5 years or newer, and came across what seemed to be a phenominal deal. A 2003 Toyota Camry for $2900. So, I sent an email indicating my interest to learn how much mileage was on the car, and the response was as follows:

    “Hello,

    The 2003 Toyota Camry is located in Farmington, CT and it is in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever. It has 44k miles and the VIN is: 4T1BE32K03U655388. It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name. I have the pictures hosted on the net and you can see them at:
    http://s270.photobucket.com/albums/jj86/grallcamry/
    The price is $2,900 including shipping costs anywhere in the continental US. There are no other costs regarding this transaction.
    The transaction will be closed only through a 3rd party and this way we will both be protected. My time is limited due to my job in the army so I decided to use a service from Global Payments Inc. To begin the transaction I’ll need your full name and shipping address. I will forward the details of our transaction to Global Payments Inc and then you will receive an invoice from them. The car will be shipped insured to your location with DAS and you will have 5 days for inspection.

    Best regards,
    Gregory Allison.”

    Then I responded back:
    “Well,

    I am certainly interested as this is a phenominal deal, however, I can’t help but to be skeptical. Can you call or provide your phone to discuss?

    Would I be providing the payment before or after I received the car? I also wonder how the title transfer would occur without both parties present at the notary. Sorry for my ignorance to all of this, but I am sure you can understand my concerns with such a transaction.

    Please contact me at your soonest convenience.”

    A few hours later, I had my fiance take a look into this b/c it really seemed too good to be true. This price with this mileage is at least $6K below Kelly blue book. It just didn’t add up.

    Just by doing a search of the vin number, he was able to find this forum, and we had a good laugh, but I hope to help someone else by posting to this- help keep someone from falling into a costly scam.

    I had the same issue as someone posted above. I wanted to flag this person on craigslist, but the post is already gone. I’ll keep a look out for similar craigslist posts and hopefully we can get this jerkoff to stop wasting our time.

  24. Darricka Lucas Says:

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    The 2003 Toyota Camry LE is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 106,522 original miles.VIN Number: 4T1BE32K73U120770
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Options
    Cassette Player CD Player Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Seats
    Power Windows
    PICS: http://s250.photobucket.com/albums/gg248/2002camryleR/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and UK. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,950 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business day Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Michael Ramsey

    This is the exact email that I got word for word. I am glad I came across your blog because I was almost foolish enough to send him the money and I am a college student and a mother of one I do not have one penny to waste on scams. Thank you so much for putting this blog on the internet. GOD Bless you very much.

  25. Rick Says:

    Was on the verge of buying a 2001 Lexus GS300 for a song when I stumbled across this blog doing a Google search for car scams.

    My reply sounded a whole heck of a lot like the Eni Staples “Twice in one day” listed above on 2/8/08 at 13:35. They wouldn’t negotiate the price, they didn’t want to bother with endless discussions, tons of emails, in the middle of things, etc. They also used the photo bucket.

    Who says the internet isn’t good for anything????

  26. Joyful Says:

    Do you notice that the license plate is always taken off in the photos?

  27. Kate Says:

    Add another one to the list:
    Hi,

    The car is located in San Diego, CA and it is in perfect condition,
    with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks
    whatsoever. It has 42,470 original miles since new and the VIN # is :
    2HGES26702H507111. It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized
    on your name.

    The price is $2,800 including shipping costs anywhere in the
    continental US. There are no other costs regarding this transaction.
    Regarding payment I am aware of the buyer’s protection and we will use
    Global Payments Inc secure payments which will hold the payment until
    the buyer receives the car. To complete the payment you must have cash
    available. To begin the transaction I’ll need your full name and
    shipping address, I will forward the details of our transaction to
    Global Payments Inc and then you will receive an invoice from them.

    The car will be shipped insured to your location with DAS and you will
    have 5 days for inspection.

    I have the pictures hosted on the net and you can see them at :

    http://s262.photobucket.com/albums/ii95/my2002civic/

    Thank you,

    Pam Worstell

    ***Almost had us, but found this page first. I had some fun with her, asking why she was selling the car (“I sell the car due some circumstances in my life. I had an accident and
    I lost my hearing . Don’t worry the accident wasn’t in the Civic”.) and how I wan’t my cousin to see the car (“The transaction will be closed only through Global Payments Inc and
    this way we will both be protected. My current job doesn’t allow me to
    do otherwise. I have way to little free time to handle home visits”.). I wish my story had been more interesting, but oh well. I hope to get the Vin number out on the ‘net.
    Thanks for all your help.
    -Kate
    P.S. I found this one on Craig’s list.

  28. Joyful Says:

    Thanks, Kate.

    “I had an accident and I lost my hearing” LOL

  29. nateman Says:

    I just saw one almost identical.

    Hello,
    The 2004 Mazda Mazda6 is located in Mandeville, LA and it is in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever. It has 46k miles and the VIN is: 1YVFP80D845N89907. It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name. I have the pictures hosted on the net and you can see them at:
    http://s258.photobucket.com/albums/hh241/2004mazda6/
    The price is $2,900 including shipping costs anywhere in the continental US. There are no other costs regarding this transaction.
    The transaction will be closed only through a 3rd party and this way we will both be protected. My time is limited due to my job in the army so I decided to use a service from Global Payments Inc. To begin the transaction I’ll need your full name and shipping address. I will forward the details of our transaction to Global Payments Inc and then you will receive an invoice from them. The car will be shipped insured to your location with DAS and you will have 5 days for inspection.
    Best regards,
    Bryant Johnson.

    I did tell him I had family nearby to see if they could look at it (no response yet). I had a feeling it was a scam but wanted to make sure and this website was enough. when I googled the vin, it came up at a dealership near there, so maybe they are just surfing for the pictures, locations, etc.

  30. Joyful Says:

    Thanks, nateman. Let us know if the scammer replies to your email.

  31. Dylan Says:

    I just found an amazing BMW.. HAHhaaa

    From: “. .” Save Address

    Subject: 2000 Bmw
    Date: Friday, February 29, 2008 10:40:06 AM [View Source]

    Hello,
    and thank you for your interest in my car. The 2000 Bmw looks and runs exactly as new. The title is clean, and you will receive it along with the car, so you will have no problems whatsoever registering it there. This car has ALWAYS been ADULT driven, it was garaged when it wasn’t on the highway. Great power from 325 engine with 30++ MPG on the hwy! It has an automatic transmission which shifts smoothly and the feels great. It has 75,000 miles (mostly highway). The vin # is: WBAAM3348YFP76147. This one is and always has been a perfect vehicle and is in truly great condition for the year and miles. It is amazing and drives like new, you will love this car when driving it. It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. I have the photos of the car hosted on the internet at the following address:
    http://s270.photobucket.com/albums/jj88/2000BMW323/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in Zagreb,Croatia and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Croatia. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,980 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Michael Topping

  32. Jessica Says:

    Thank you for posting all of this. We almost fell for it. THANKS A BUNCH!!!!!

    Here’s the response from the craigslist ad:

    >
    > Hello and sorry for my delay,The 2003 Toyota Camry
    > XLE 4 Cyl. is in perfect working condition.This
    > detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it
    > just came off the assembly line.The car has only
    > 44298 original miles.VIN Number: 4T1BE32K23U668921It
    > was never involved in any accident, not even minor
    > ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is
    > super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on
    > carpet. Options Cassette player Leather seats
    > Sunroof Driver airbag Passenger airbag
    > Anti-lock brakes Side airbags Air conditioning
    > Cruise control Power locks Power seats Power
    > windows
    > PICS:
    > http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/ii217/2003camryN/
    > As I know that my current situation is pretty
    > special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s
    > Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100%
    > protected. You will make the payment to eBay and
    > they will hold the money until you receive the car.
    > ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect
    > it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me;
    > in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure
    > that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i
    > will surely find another buyer in your area and
    > there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    > I am located in Zagreb,Croatia and I was sent here
    > to improve the military relationships between USA
    > and Croatia. One months ago, my wife moved here with
    > me and brought the car with her, but now we have to
    > sell it back in the United States because we can’t
    > register it here; it has US specs and everything,
    > and registering it here in Europe will take for
    > ever. My final price on it is US 2,890 $. If you
    > will take it for this price, I am willing to handle
    > the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane
    > with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me
    > anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in
    > your area and then it will be trucked forward to
    > your place. From the moment the payment is secured
    > by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will
    > arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business
    > day Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy,
    > and include in your e-mail your full name and
    > address where you want it shipped so I can start the
    > deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction
    > payment and shipping details from them.
    > Thank you and have a great day,Michael Ramsey
    >

  33. Holli Says:

    Oh my gosh!!!! I am so glad you posted this!!! You just saved me from a scam. I fell for it to. I found a 2001 Toyota Camry on Craigs list for an excellent deal (so I thought). I was all excited about it and contacted the seller. Is there anything that can be done to stop this guy? I feel sorry for the people that will actually be taken for a ride by this guy! Anyway, thank you again for the post. Thank you to all the military personal and your sacrifices for our country!!!!

    I got the exact same email and here it is:

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    The 2003 Toyota Camry LE is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 106,522 original miles.VIN Number: 4T1BE32K73U120770
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Options
    Cassette Player CD Player Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Seats
    Power Windows
    PICS: http://s250.photobucket.com/albums/gg248/2002camryleR/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and UK. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,850 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business day Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    David Ramsey

  34. imfunsize2011 Says:

    I almost fell for it also. I have received the same emails as everyone else. I was looking at the 2003 Toyota Camry XLE. It seemed like an awesome deal. I took my parents advise and kept researching the guy out. I am glad that I did. I did notice that the cars don’t have license plates. Plus i figured out the he changes his email address every time. I have tried to respond to him after reading this and I receive a failure notice a few min later that it cant be delivered. Thanks to who ever started this it helped me a lot and I hope it helps others also.

  35. Joyful Says:

    Glad that this helped everyone. Stop those scammers!

  36. hump Says:

    LOL..This is getting just too funny ..

    Where do these fellas get the VINs for these cars, eh?


    Hello,
    This 97 240sx is in perfect working condition. This 4 Cyl. 2.4 Liters engine with manual transmission has only 59500 original miles and runs very, very smooth. This 240sx looks like it just came off the assembly line. A clean car, non-smoker owned, always garaged and very well babied. It was driven by my wife, so this was never raced or involved in any kind of accidents. The car has manual transmission and has only 59500 original miles. VIN# jn1as44dxvw103159.
    Here you can find a lot of pics with the car: http://s253.photobucket.com/albums/hh74/mjim452/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    So if you will decide to buy the car, I want the deal closed only through eBay. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it, eBay will release the payment to me, in this way we are both protected. I signed up for US military forces and I was sent here with my department to improve the military relations between our country and Croatia. I am located in Zagreb, Croatia. In December, my wife moved here with me and now we have to sell it because we need the cash here for personal reasons and registering here would cost too much; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever.
    My final price on it is $2960 US (there is no typo). If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3-4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy and include in your e-mail your full name and complete address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thanks, Jim Mohan “

  37. imfunsize2011 Says:

    here are two other names that I have come across that this guy may be using. Randy Groover is one and another is Steve Donald is the other. I hope this will help someone.

  38. Holli Says:

    I contacted my local news station about these “offers”, but I haven’t heard back yet. I don’t know where all of you live, but it might be worth it to contact your news stations as well. Maybe if we put out enough news about this guy they can find out who he is and put a stop to this. Also, I just learned about another scam today on the news. Apparantly someone is sending out emails saying there is a hit on you and if you pay them a certain amount of money, you will be safe and they will disclose who put the hit on you. Just be careful, it’s scary what people are resorting to.

  39. Josh Says:

    Why do people have to be such assholes???
    Here is the scam that I was getting pulled into!!!

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I`m Sgt. Michael Ramsey .The 2003 Toyota Camry XLE 4 Cyl. is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 44298 original miles.VIN Number: 4T1BE32K23U668921
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Options
    Cassette player Leather seats Sunroof Driver airbag
    Passenger airbag Anti-lock brakes Side airbags Air conditioning
    Cruise control Power locks Power seats Power windows
    PICS: http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/ii217/2003camryN/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in Zagreb,Croatia and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Croatia. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,950 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business day Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Michael Ramsey

  40. Peter Says:

    Here’s a response from a CL post I saw, too good to be true…

    Hi,

    The car is located in Pittsburgh PA, my car is in perfect condition (no

    scratches, no special marks, no need for additional repairs what so
    ever, it has no accident or any engine problem). It has 41K miles and
    the VIN# is: JT2BK18U630076707. The asking price is $2,790. To complete

    the payment you must have cash available. We will make this deal only
    under Global Payments Inc protection because is more safe. If you
    already decided to buy my car please send me your full name and your
    full address and I will start a transaction with them.

    I have the pictures hosted on the net and you can see them at :
    http://s304.photobucket.com/albums/nn193/ToyotaPriusHYBRID_photos/?start=all

    Thanks,
    Karen Gaus

    Here’s an inquiry and response. I should offer $5.35 for the car…

    Karen

    I have a question. Why are you selling the car for
    more than 10,000 below the kelly blue book value?

    http://www.kbb.com/KBB/UsedCars/PricingReport.aspx?ManufacturerId=49&YearId=2003&VehicleClass=UsedCar&VehicleId=3193&PriceType=Private+Party&ModelId=292&Mileage=41000&SelectionHistory=3193%7c24488%7c14534%7c0%7c0%7c&Condition=Good&QuizConditions=

    Response…

    Hi,

    I sell the car so cheap due some circumstances in my life. I had an
    accident and I lost my hearing. Don’t worry the accident wasn’t in the
    Prius.

    Let me explain you how the Global Payments Inc process works.
    The process works something like this:
    1. You send the payment deposit to an Global Payments Inc
    representative.
    2. Global Payments Inc will confirm me that you have made the deposit.
    3. I will ship the car so you can Inspect, test and make a decision if
    you will keep it or not.
    4. If you will not get exactly the same car that you have viewed in the

    ad, and also a clean title you will receive all your money back from
    Global Payments Inc.
    5. If everything is ok Global Payments Inc will get the approval from
    you to release me the funds.
    If you agree with this process please let me know your full name and
    address and I will forward the details to Global Payments Inc.

    Thank you,

    Karen

    Scammers suck….

  41. Joyful Says:

    What is this with accidents that causes the lost of hearing…

  42. Lisa Says:

    WHAT WE ALL NEED TO DO is flag them when we see these ads on Craigslist. It takes more than one flag to remove a post, so please help out by simply clicking on the flag for “Prohibited” ads. If we are diligent in flagging, they will get tired of posting. It is unfortunate that we even have to flag, but I LOVE craigslist and I am offended that the scammers are using it. We can unofficially call ourselves the CPA – Craigslist Policing Authority! :)

  43. Joyful Says:

    We are the CPAs :) i like it.

  44. Tiffany Says:

    I just found a car that would of been a wonderful deal, but I found out that it was a scam. Car was 2004 Lexus IS-300 with 56k miles on it and the amount they were asking for it was $2800. Great right?! I dont think so. I immediately emailed the post and asked if the price was right because the car was worth over $10,000 more than what they were asking. Here is what they emailed me back

    The 2004 Lexus IS-300 is located in Cambridge OH, and it is in perfect
    condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings,
    special marks whatsoever. It has 56K miles and the VIN is:
    JTHBD192240086813. It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized
    on your name. I have the pictures hosted on the net and you can see them
    at: http://s286.photobucket.com/albums/ll111/LexusIS-300/?start=all
    The price is $2,800 including shipping costs anywhere in the
    continental US. There are no other costs regarding this transaction.
    The transaction will be closed only through a 3rd party and this way
    we will both be protected. My time is limited due to my job in the army
    so I decided to use a service from Global Payments Inc. To begin the
    transaction I’ll need your full name and shipping address. I will
    forward the details of our transaction to Global Payments Inc and then
    you will receive an invoice from them. The car will be shipped insured
    to your location with DAS and you will have 5 days for inspection.

    Best regards, Judi Hanes

    I, then, emailed them back asking a couple questions regarding the reason as to why they were getting rid of the car, and why the price was as low as it was. I also asked if I was able to come see the car, and if i find it worth buying, I would then go through the transaction. Immediately replied:

    The only way to purchase the car is trough Global Payments Inc as the
    shipping process was already prearranged.

    If the car is not as described or there is something wrong with the car
    I will pay the shipping back and you will have a full refund from Global
    Payments Inc, but I’m not worried about that, the car is gorgeous in
    perfect condition. Again all I need to proceed with this is your full
    name and shipping address. If you are no longer interested let me know
    as I have several other potential buyers.

    Thank you,
    Judi

    I google searched the VIN # and I found out that the vehicle was actually in VA, and is being sold for $19,900(price better suited for the car). I also noticed that the pictures on the photobucket website are the same exact photos on the used dealership website.

  45. pa98 Says:

    I found a listing on craigslist and the also got the similar response. I googled the VIN number ( 4T1BE32K23U668921 ) given in the reply and found this site.

    Thanks for sharing the information.

    It it sound too good to be true, then probably it is.

  46. pa98 Says:

    BTW, the VIN number I got in the scam reply was valid (as checked on carfax) so someone is going extra length to setup the scam. Probably we should notify authorities so that they can take some action.

    I have already reported it to craigslist. Hopefully they can do something about it.

  47. Gary Lillie Says:

    The scam is still up and running. I found a 2002 Honda Accord for way below book price. I discovered a Sgt. Martin in London who wants to sell it to me and have it shipped back to the states and once again using the Ebay Protection Plan, however it is not an Ebay sale. I appreciate your blog on this because it certainly helps.
    So buyers beware! April 14, 2008

  48. Pastor Lesley Says:

    Still more – look out for Edward Mitchell of Englishtown NJ who is selling asap his perfect 44k miles Corolla (immaculate photos, no plates) for $2890 because he’s being deployed to Afghanistan in may. Offes to meet him half way to inspect ignored…..

    Also Daniel Gleason, in Utah who will ship his Honda Accord at no cost because his brother works for the shippers and he gets one freebie per year and you are the lucky beneficiary. Oh, and he is selling so low to pay for his son’s hospital bills. One of the immac photos shows 2 guys who would never have been named Daniel Gleason in their country of origin….

  49. Joshua Ericson Says:

    i knew it was too good to be true! im going to ry to make this guy jump through some hoops and ask for his name rank and serial number. thanks for the heads up and every one who posted here!!

  50. BK Savor Says:

    Can we shut these people down for false advertising and rip-off scams? And to think this was posted on Craig’s List which is supposed to be a reputable site–how shameful! Thanks for your posting. You have saved a lot of folks from heading to attorneys!

  51. nadya Says:

    i have very similar story, i went on craigslist this past weenend, looking for car. i came across an ad for 2003 toyota camry le, selling for $2970.00. i sent an email requesting more info and here is the response i got on 4/19/08

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m Sgt. David Ramsey.The 2003 Toyota Camry LE is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 106,522 original miles.VIN Number: 4T1BE32K73U120770
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Options
    Cassette Player CD Player Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Seats
    Power Windows
    PICS: http://s250.photobucket.com/albums/gg248/2002camryleR/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and UK. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,970 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business day Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    David Ramsey

  52. Dennis Says:

    Hello … I got the same response from Sgt. Ramsey myself. I’m thinking I might play along to a point, just to see how much I can irritate this scumbag. Any thoughts on an approach?

  53. Joyful Says:

    Craigslist and those sites all have a disclaimer that they are not responsible for what people put on the site. It’s “buyer beware” basically.
    Maybe enough people complain to the FBI???
    http://www.ic3.gov/

  54. Joshua Says:

    since he wants to everything “by the book” ask for full name rank and serial number. like that other guy said he was going to (just up a few posts)

  55. nadya Says:

    hi all, i got another email, this time from Joan. her email address is berensjoan@aol.com. this is what she sent me.

    Hello,
    Sorry for the delayed response, but I’m in Glasgow (United Kingdom) right now and I have been very busy.Anyway,thank you for your interest in buying the car. The car is located in US right now and has US papers.Why is the price so low? I am here in UK with my new work and I cannot register the car here, as it is made for USA, according to USA standards. So all that I want to do now is to sell the car at this price, because I need to sell it fast(I already made a deposit here to buy me another).The title is clean and you will have absolutely no problems to register the car in the States.I will tell you a few words about the car.. My 2001 Nissan Maxima GXE with automatic transmission it is in immaculate condition with 69,348 miles and have the VIN number: JN1CA31D91T834025, rust free , no scratch and hasn’t been involved in any accident.The motor runs very well (6 Cylinders).The interior looks great(NO SMOKING).This car needs nothing,the title is clear ,it is not a salvage one. I want this transaction to go smoothly enough as I am caught in the middle of some very important events and have little time at my disposal. I already have tons of emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out.
    The price is $3,100 THIS IS MY LAST PRICE.I will not negotiate the price.I will take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying the car ,to be sure that I don’t waste my time with endless discussions.This way,I shall be assured of the serious intentions .
    For more pictures click in the link below: http://www.fototime.com/users/berensjoan@aol.com/My%20Pictures

    So if you are interested please email me back for next step.
    Regards !!

  56. JDK Says:

    To start with, foreign cars CAN be registered in the UK. There are many, MANY US cars registered in the United Kingdom. So means that if these guys really DID have cars, they don’t know a thing about registering it in the UK — and they’re with the military?!?! That would be the ‘first’ in seeing if it really is true… :) :)

  57. Darricka Lucas Says:

    Hello,

    Sorry for my delayed response, but I’m a soldier detached in Glasgow (Scotland) for a long time and I have been very busy for the last couple of days. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying my car. The car is located in US right now and has US papers. Why is the price so low? I had to move out of USA because of my job and I am going through a divorce. So all that I want to do now is sell the car at this price, because I need to sell it fast. The car is fully payed and you will have absolutely no problems to register the car in the States.

    I will tell you a few words about my 2006 Nissan Maxima SE:
    VIN#: 1N4BA41EX6C830151 Miles: 28,232
    Engine: 3.5L V6 SFI DOHC 24V Transmission: Automatic
    It is in immaculate condition, no scratch, no need for additional repairs, and hasn’t been involved in any accident. The motor runs very well. The interior looks great(NO SMOKING). The title is clear and on my name, it is not a salvage one. I want this transaction to go smoothly enough as I am caught in the middle of some very important events and have little time at my disposal. I already have tones of emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out. The car is ready to be yours, but only if you shall understand and you won’t make me loose time as it has already happened to me.

    The price is $3,600 USD! THIS IS MY LAST PRICE! I will not negotiate the price!
    Also, I take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying the car, to be sure that I’m not waisting my time with endless discussions. This way, I’ll be assured of the serious intentions.
    So if you are interested please email me!

    Please click here for more photos:
    http://s277.photobucket.com/albums/kk41/2006_nissan_maxima_se/

    Kind Regards,
    James Preston

    he begs you not to flag his post

  58. Leslie Says:

    He changed his name to Sgt. Martin Tippins. See below!

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I`m Sgt.Martin Tippins. The 2002 Toyota Camry XLE 4 CYL is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 16,495 original miles.VIN Number: 4T1BE32K02U038622.
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Options
    CD Player Leather Seats Sunroof
    Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Anti-Lock Brakes
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks
    Power Seats Power Windows
    PICS: http://s291.photobucket.com/albums/ll290/campicq/
    So if you decide on buying the car, I want the deal closed only through eBay. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it, eBay will release the payment to me, in this way we are both protected. I signed up for US military forces and I was sent here with my department to improve the military relations between our country and Croatia. I am located in Zagreb,Croatia.1 months ago, my wife moved here, with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States, because we can’t drive it here because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,900 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping .It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place.From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 working days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you and have a great day,
    Martin Tippins

  59. A. Patterson Says:

    I also went to Craigslist and recieved this email the same lies as the other people recieved. After 2 days and emailing this thief that I was interested in the offer my daugher found this scam blog..thank you so much!

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I`m Sgt. Robert Knight . The 2000 Honda Accord EX is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has 116879 highway miles.VIN Number: 1hgcg1655ya068349
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Standard Equipment:
    POWER DOOR LOCKS CRUISE CONTROL ABS POWER STEERING
    CD AM/FM RADIO POWER WINDOWS AIR CONDITIONING
    EX 2 WHEEL DRIVE POWER SEAT DRIVER DUAL AIR BAGS
    6 CYLINDER 3.0 LITER VTEC
    PICS: http://s279.photobucket.com/albums/kk140/2000haccordV/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in Zagreb,Croatia and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Croatia. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,950 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business day Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Robert Knight

  60. Misty Says:

    Another big THANK YOU!!! I received this odd e-mail after asking about mileage on a vehicle I saw on Craigs List. Thank goodness I don’t trust these things easily and did a search first!!! He’s not claiming to be military. So they are changing their ways . . .

    Hello Misty

    Sorry for the delayed response, but I’m in Glasgow (United Kingdom) right now and I have been very busy. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying
    the car. The car is located in US right now and has US papers. Why is the price so low? I am here in UK with my new work and I cannot register the car
    here, as it is made for USA, according to USA standards. So all that I want to do now is to sell the car at this price, because I need to sell it fast(I
    already made a deposit here to buy me another). The title is clean and you will have absolutely no problems to register the car in the States.I will
    tell you a few words about the car..

    My 2003 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER LIMITED si with Automatic transmission it is in immaculate condition with 48,602 miles and have the VIN number: 3C8FY68B43T584646, rust free, no scratch and hasn’t been involved in any accident. The motor runs very well (4 CYLINDERS). The interior looks great. This car needs nothing, the title is clear, it is not a salvage one. I want this transaction to go smoothly enough as I am caught in the middle of some very important events and have little time at my disposal. I already have tons of emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out.

    The price is $3,150 THIS IS MY LAST PRICE.I will not negotiate the price. I will take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in
    buying the car ,to be sure that I don’t waste my time with endless discussions. This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions.

    You can see the pictures here:
    http://www.fototime.com/users/ChristianHinder@aol.com

    So if you are interested please email me back for next step.
    Regards !!
    Christian Hinder

  61. Nikki Says:

    I guess I am the newest person to add to this list. But i’m glad i found, cause if not might have fallen for it. OMG this Michael Topping guy is a character.

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m Sgt Michael Topping.The 2001 Honda Accord EX is in perfect working condition.This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 67250 highway miles.VIN # 1HGCG16551A078904
    Options
    Sunroof Cassette Player CD Player Leather Seats
    Driver Airbag Side Airbags Anti-Lock Brakes Passenger Airbag
    Air Conditioning Power Locks Power Windows Cruise Control
    Power Seats
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s268.photobucket.com/albums/jj16/2001hondaaccordex/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in Zagreb,Croatia and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Croatia. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,950 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Michael Topping

  62. Joyful Says:

    Misty: looks like the price for the car went up too!

  63. Angela Says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. My mom almost got caught looking at a 2002 VW Golf supposedly being sold by Sgt. Aaron Kerrigan out of Zagreb,Croatia.

  64. Jaycee Says:

    This is the newest one, just today 6/5/08. The phone number listed for this person is 310-956-1688. He never picks up and the voicemail is always full. Pictures of car has license plate marked out too.

    Hi,
    I’m John, I got an email that you are interested in the 2000 Honda Accord I am selling on autotrader . I couldn’t reply earlier because I didn’t have the time to read my email in the past few days.
    Anyway, to answer most of the common questions:
    - it has 74k miles
    - very clean, inside and out, it has no accident records
    - clear title
    - factory original, the only modifications I did are: new set of four sony speakers because the sound was not so good on the original ones and a set of floor mats bought last week
    - I use Mobil 1 fully synthetic every 3,000 miles, I also treated the engine once with Dura Lube at 50k miles because they say it improves the performance and durability at the engine and if you want to keep it in the best shape, you should do the same every 20-30k miles.
    I have kept exceptional maintenance on my car to avoid any problems on the road and it looks like new. Let me know if you’re interested and if you have other questions. I’m selling it for $4,400
    BTW, where are you located?
    http://www.coolcar.addr.com/2000HondaAccordEX.htm

  65. Joyful Says:

    Jaycee: That sounds very credible, easy for people to fall for it. Did the ad say it has to be shipped from somewhere or give some story? I wonder why he asked where you are located. The whited out license plate looked pretty funny though!

  66. tiffany Says:

    i pretty much fell for the martin tippins one. i even sent him my address and phone number…because multiple people around me were saying it was a great deal. but i just couldnt believe it, so i searched his email on ebay (mantan28@hotmail.com) and nothing came up. apparently im the most gullable person in the world because i still thought maybe it was okay, so then i googled his name and found this sight. i immediately called my bank to see if he could drain my account with the information i sent him (email, address, phone) and they said he wouldnt be able to do anything. this all happened within the last hour, so im still feeling pretty uneasy. i sent him an email saying, ” i know this is a scam, and you will not be getting anymore information from me. please do not contact my house or i will call the police. ”

    do you think he can do anything with my address and phone number?

  67. tiffany Says:

    it sounded so legit :(

    > Hello,> > As I said in my first email the car is currently located in Zagreb,Croatia.It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. Shipping will be done door-to-door, to your exact location, so you will not have to pick the car up yourself.> > As I know that my current situation is pretty special, I have done some researching and I have found a service that will be able o help us both with this transaction. I have found out that in this particular situation we can use eBay. I already apply for this program and extended its eligibility so it will work normally for both of us. They have developed a program called “Vehicle purchase protection program”.> > > > Here is how it works:> > 1. First of all I will need the following details from you: full name, shipping address and telephone number.> > 2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.> > 3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices (email forms).The price for the car is $2,950 USD. This price includes all the shipping taxes and fees.> > 4. After you will make the payment in an eBay trust fund account and confirm it to them they will contact me and I will ship the car to you. After you receive the car you will have 10 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the car. If you will buy, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.> > 5. If the car is not as I told you or have some problems, or is not as described, they will refund you 100%. There is no risk in this deal. I don’t touch your money until you receive and inspect the car. The transaction is simple so everything should go as planed. If you will decide that you will not buy the car there will be no need to ship it back because I will surely find a buyer in your area.> > 6. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business days. You will also receive all the documents including the titles and a Bill of Sale. The cargo is insured so if the car is damaged during the shipping you will also be refunded.> > > > Thanks in advance!

  68. Lori Fulcher Says:

    My name is Lori and i saw the 2003 honda on Craigs list. I was trying to buy a car for my 16 year old daughter and thought this was too good to be true. I sent the man an e-mail asking about the car and he sent me an e-mail back telling me about eBay and the car was about $2990. After looking around online and searching for “Sgt. Carlos Arellano” my daughter googled his e-mail address and found this website.

  69. Dheiner Says:

    I got the same thing, almost exactly like these others.
    The email address was jonyfolk@aol.com

    Here is what I got from craigslist.com and the emails received.

    Hello ,

    I apologize for the delay, I’m in the military and now I am in United Kingdom and that’s why I couldn’t reply in time. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying the car. Why is the price so low? I am selling the car because I am here in UK with my work, and my regiment will be deployed in three weeks in Iraq and I think I’ll stay there for a while that’s why I’m selling it so cheap. I intend to buy a new car when I’ll get back home. So all that I want to do now is to sell the car at this price,because I need to sell it fast. Now I will tell you a few words about the car.2005 Toyota Prius 2WD, it is in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever.The interior looks great (NO SMOKING). It has 33,900 miles and the VIN # is: JTDKB22UX53078502 . It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name. I have the pictures hosted on the internet and you can see them at : http://s298.photobucket.com/albums/mm270/ioanak/

    The price is $4,000 THIS IS MY LAST PRICE. I will not negotiate the price. I will take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying the car, to be sure that I don’t waste my time with endless discussions.This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions. So if you are interested please email me back for next step.

    Warm regards,
    John Folk ,

    Then here is the second email:

    Hi again,

    Before leaving I had prearranged shipping and the payment with MoneyBookers Company (check http://www.moneybookers.com ) so my presence in U.S isn’t necessary(The car is in Virginia at a Navy base ready for delivery).The the price of car $4,000.00 includes all the shipping costs and insurance, so you won’t have to pay any extra charges. Since I work with the Navy the delivery process is not an issue, I’ll have the vehicle shipped at your home address in maximum 5 days.
    Here is what I suggest: we will use MoneyBookers which acts like an escrow service(check Escrow Service http://www.moneybookers.com/app/help.pl?s=escrow ) , you make an deposit in an MoneyBookers managed trust fund ( they hold the money until you receive the car ), I send the car over( the car will be delivered with the title, owner’s manual, 2 sets of keys, service records, and of course the bill of sale authorised and signed by me),I will offer a 5 day period from the day you receive the vehicle, you can inspect it, take it to a mechanic to check it out, drive it and then if you decided to keep it, you’ll confirm to MoneyBookers the sale and they will send the payment to me. If, by any reason, you will not be satisfied with it ( even though I can assure you that it is exactly as described), you can return it at my expense for a full refund of your money, no questions asked.I think this is more than fair for the both of us.

    NOTE: The payment is refundable, and is just a security measure, to make sure that you are serious, and that I am not going to ship the car, and loose time and money.

    If you are interested to go ahead with the deal, please reply with your full name, phone # and shipping address so I can ask MoneyBookers to open a case! After, they will contact you explaining all the details regarding the payment.
    I’m looking forward to hear from you.

    God bless !
    John Folk,
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I pray no one is caught in this scam. Remember, if it is too good to be true, then it is!

  70. hannah Says:

    I just rec’d the same sort of email this morning after inquiring on Craigslist Saturday. I did think it was too good to be true (price and mileage considered for age of car) and Googled Sgt Martin Tippins. Low and behold, look, at what I found!

    Thanks for posting this information!

    Patricia

  71. Makks Says:

    I guess it’s my turn to add my story to this list. I just received the same email from Martin Tippins 2 hours ago. I knew it was a scam the minute he offered to ship the car for me for free from CROATIA!!! I’m like what the hell… And especially when he said it would go by US military cargo. That just didnt seem to make sense to me….but anyway, I sent him a reply saying “Who are you Father Christmas? Or do you take me for a damn fool? At least make your lies more believeable…”. Haha, called my mother and shared the story and we got a good chuckle out of the whole situation. But I didn’t realise the extent of this con ring. I sincerely hope no one gets taken by this.

  72. hannah Says:

    I wrote back and told him “You need to Google yourself more often…” lol

  73. Jason Says:

    Hello. I too went looking for a used car on Craig’s List and found a very nice car….2002 Honda Accord, with pictures that looked great, and all for the low, low price of $2900…and then I did a Google search and found this post. Thanks much, I appreciate it very much.

    –Jason

    Here’s the email response I got from “Greg”

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    The 2002 Honda Accord is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 78000 highway miles.VIN Number: 1hgcg56702a094180
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.

    PICS: http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/mm193/HondaAccord2002SE/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in Zagreb,Croatia and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Croatia. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,900 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 max. 4 working days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Greg Draper
    ________________________________________

  74. Toni Daffer Says:

    I almost sent the money today for a 2002 nissan altima the price was to good to be true at $2,950.00. My husband and I have five kids and he drives 60 miles to work everyday we have been saving to buy him a more fuel efficient vehicle when this came up we were so excited. My husband was to send the money today when he got done with work. I got a little nervous so I decided to google SSGT Aaron Kerrigan in Croatia this site came up and I can not tell you how thankful I am. It would have taken us forever to save this money again. Here is one of the e-mails :Hello,

    I`m SSGT Aaron Kerrigan. You have to know that the car I am selling is in a perfect cosmetic and engine condition and
    meticulously maintained. No damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects, the engine runs and sounds awesome.
    The title is clear. It has 74,200 miles. The VIN# is 1N4AL11DX2C162728

    For more pictures click in the link below:
    http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk282/02altimaS/

    The only problem is my current situation. I was an US Air Force reserve and I was recently recalled to serve in Croatia.
    One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the
    United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes.

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection
    Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until
    you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me;
    in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another
    buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

    My final price on it is $ 2950. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from
    here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area
    and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 5 days.

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

    Thank you and have a nice day,
    Aaron Kerrigan

  75. Sarah Says:

    Were looking for a car for my 16 year old daughter when we came across this. I searched his name and found this article, I’m so glad I didn’t actually fall for such a scam.

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

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in Zagreb,Croatia and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Croatia. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2980. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you, and have a nice day,
    Sgt. Aaron Kerrigan

  76. Sherry Says:

    I got the same letter. Thank you for doing this blog.

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. Carlos Arellano. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord LX 4 Cyl I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 31246 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56353A081027. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    Sunroof CD Player
    Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Side Airbags
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/mm161/2003haccpics/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in Zagreb,Croatia and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Croatia. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2990. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you, and have a nice day,
    Sgt. Carlos Arellano

  77. Sherry Says:

    This is my 2nd letter I received. This scammer is using a deceased military combat soldiers name. Carlos Arellano died in his 3rd tour to Iraq in 2006. You cannot get any lower than this. He is using 2 email addresses: cscmoore@hotmail.com and bioka451@live.com. If you have the time, let him have it!!!!!

    Hello,
    As I said in my first email the car is currently located in Zagreb,Croatia.It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. Shipping will be done door-to-door, to your exact location, so you will not have to pick the car up yourself.
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special, I have done some researching and I have found a service that will be able o help us both with this transaction. I have found out that in this particular situation we can use eBay. I already apply for this program and extended its eligibility so it will work normally for both of us. They have developed a program called “Vehicle purchase protection program”.
    Here is how it works:
    1. First of all I will need the following details from you: full name, shipping address and telephone number.
    2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.
    3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices (email forms).The price for the car is $2,990 USD. This price includes all the shipping taxes and fees.
    4. After you will make the payment in an eBay trust fund account and confirm it to them they will contact me and I will ship the car to you. After you receive the car you will have 10 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the car. If you will buy, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.
    5. If the car is not as I told you or have some problems, or is not as described, they will refund you 100%. There is no risk in this deal. I don’t touch your money until you receive and inspect the car. The transaction is simple so everything should go as planed. If you will decide that you will not buy the car there will be no need to ship it back because I will surely find a buyer in your area.
    6. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business days. You will also receive all the documents including the titles and a Bill of Sale. The cargo is insured so if the car is damaged during the shipping you will also be refunded.
    Thanks in advance!

  78. APRIL Says:

    I got the same. I only caught on when Ebay had no invoice in my account and the whole western union thing worried me. What a piece of work. Can’t they trace this person somehow. Why would ebay not have the backing to trace someone using their logo to make a buck.

  79. Gayla Says:

    I got the same emails as well. Michael Storm claimed to be stationed in Croatia and has a 2004 Honda Civic DX Sedan for sale for $2,900.00. He would ship it to me at no additional costs. Thank goodness that I googled this type of scam. Something should be done with this guy. Lock him up and throw away the key.

  80. Jane Says:

    I too got a similar response this morning and as I thought it was too good to be true, i googled the VIN number and got this forum.

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m SGT Paul Hamed. This Accord EX is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 37391 miles. VIN Number: 1HGCM56603A136574
    Sunroof Leather Seats Cassette Player CD Player Transmission: Automatic
    Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Side Airbags
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows Power Seats
    Click this link for more pics: http://s277.photobucket.com/albums/kk77/cernb1g5/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in Zagreb, Croatia and I was sent here with my department of peace maintenance. Two months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is 2,960 USD. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Best Regards,
    Paul and Stephanie Hamed

  81. Sheils Says:

    He change his name to SGT Robert Wilkins

  82. Renee Says: Says:

    I responded to the CL ad 7/8/08 and received a response today from Sgt. Robert Tippins–red flag was the price-especially when he replied that the car had less than 17K original miles. (I had asked if it was a salvaged title or what was the deal on the low price)…then I got the reply email that was worded (almost verbatim) above.

    You know what they say, “If it’s too good to be true…”

    I did a Google and found this site…honestly, I wasn’t shocked at all…be careful out there!!!

  83. Renee Says: Says:

    P.S. Here is the email address used in his correspondence:

    capat388@hotmail.com

  84. prasanth Says:

    Thank you dude….

    You saved my savings!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  85. Amanda Says:

    There’s also the scam on Craigslist from this gentlemen. I’ve found two cars from him and rec’d emails on both they also use photobucket. I think his name is Jeff. They’re not military but they are overseas on business. Similar situation I ot the one on the Honda earlier today.

    Here;s another one.

    Hello,
    Sorry for the delayed response, but I’m in Glasgow (United Kingdom) right now and I have been very busy. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying
    the car. The car is located in US right now and has US papers. Why is the price so low? I am here in UK with my new work and I cannot register the car
    here, as it is made for USA, according to USA standards. So all that I want to do now is to sell the car at this price, because I need to sell it fast(I
    already made a deposit here to buy me another). The title is clean and you will have absolutely no problems to register the car in the States.I will
    tell you a few words about the car..
    My 1999 TOYOTA CAMRY CE/LE/XLE with Automatic transmission it is in immaculate condition with 98.389 miles and have the VIN number: 4T1BG22K9XU470380, rust free, no scratch and hasn’t been involved in any accident. The motor runs very well (4 Cylinder). The interior looks great. This car needs nothing, the title is clear, it is not a salvage one. I want this transaction to go smoothly enough as I am caught in the middle of some very important events and have little time at my disposal. I already have tons of emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out. The price is $2,870 THIS IS MY LAST PRICE.I will not negotiate the price. I will take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in
    buying the car ,to be sure that I don’t waste my time with endless discussions. This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions.
    You can see the pictures here:
    http://s342.photobucket.com/albums/o421/trawisd/?start=0
    So if you are interested please email me back for next step.
    Regards !!

    I’m glad I’m not the only one.

  86. InsightScam Says:

    There is another one I ran into for a Honda Insight. This one has apparently been making the rounds. Craigslist pulled it really fast too which I thought was so odd. Here is the email I received

    Hi there ,

    Thank you for your interest in my car.This is a 2003 Honda Insight Hybrid ,Exterior Color Silver,Interior Color Gray,Automatic Transmission,non-smoker, clean title,only 113,760 miles on it,VIN# : JHMZE14783T000190.

    Here you can find more pictures of the car: http://s280.photobucket.com/albums/kk178/2003HondaInsight/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

    The car has been well taken care of, always kept in the garage.Flawless exterior/interior condition,no scratches and no dents.It has never been involved in an accident.The engine starts and drives like new and the paint looks great.It comes with US clear title which will be signed and notorized in the buyer’s name.Have original manuals and all keys.

    I’m an US Air Force Lieutenant currently stationed in United Kingdom.The car is here with me. It was bought in the US and shipped to Europe, but it was never permanently registered here, the car is still registered in the US.The car is for sale locally as well, but there are slim chances of this to happen. In order to be able to register this car here in UK the buyer would have to pay very high import/custom taxes that will double the price. So I decided to sell the car back in the US.

    The price is $4,800.00 including shipping from UK to the US and delivery to your home address.

    So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you
    Lt. Michael Wagner

    Apparently Honda Hybrids, Prius, and the Insight are really big now for these scams.

    Thanks for your blog posting, it got me to do my homework and re- learn the lesson if it is too good to be true.

  87. Brittany Says:

    i was browsing through craigslist the other day and i found an add for a 2002 toyota camry for only $2990.00 i am only 16 and looking for a safe inexpensive car and this seemed like it could be it. but there wasnt that much information on it so i e-mailed the guy asking him what the mileage was on it. this was the response

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I`m Sgt. Richard Boyce You have to know that the 2002 Toyota Camry SE 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 66700 miles.The VIN# is 4T1BE32K73U120770 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    CD Player Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag
    Side Airbags Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows Power Seats
    PICS: http://s277.photobucket.com/albums/kk45/2002canryseL/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in Zagreb,Croatia and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Croatia. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2990. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you, and have a nice day,
    Richard Boyce

    i cant believe people would “involve” the military in their scams. this is just not right. although i just realized a little while ago that when your in the millitary you do not have these random e-mail addresses. usually they have your name and the millitary branch you’re in. so theres a tip that might be helpful to some of you.

  88. Brittany Says:

    also when i looked up the VIN# on carfax and other vehicle history report websites and they all said there were 12 events found on this vehicle which could mean accidents and thefts but i wasnt going to pay $36.00 since i knew all of the events would be negative anyway

  89. Michelle Says:

    Thank you for this post. I too inquired about a very low priced car I found on craigslist and got the exact same response back. Since this was not the first time I had received a scam e-mail back regarding a vehicle listed on craigslist (the first one was about a car I was selling) I was a little hesitant. However; I figured that since it was coming from a military personnel then it was ok. I went through my day still worried about it and decided to google “car scams from “military” personnel. I found this and now I know it’s a scam. :) THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! :)

  90. swaroop Says:

    i too seen the same guy with the same story but he was trying to improve relations with Croatia this time, as Sgt. Carlos Arellano and selling honda accord 2003…i don’t know how may countries he want to improve relations may be next time he will do it with Afghanistan also hahaha……..

  91. Chelsey Says:

    HELLO,
    I am 17 yrs. old and i recently had a car that i bought die out and was looking for a cheap car so i could also start saving money for college. Like many of you i found an amazing deal on craigslist for a honda accord for sale by a Sgt. Aaron Kerrigan. After talking to my mom and about to give him my info. i googled his name just to be sure and needless to say i found this blog so i just wanted to say thank you for putting this out there… it definitely saved me!
    THANK YOU!

  92. Reyna Gil Says:

    Hi i was also looking for a car and yeah i was like whoooooaaa a toyota camry for under $3000. YEAH BABY and i emailed at like about 2 AM they posted at about 12.35AM later in the day i get the email like above (now below) so i was like yeah hunny lets send the money to ebay before soem one else buys it. Umm my husband reads and says “are you stupid” they are scamers ebay does not hold money. Then he peplys from the same email i sent them and asks is this still available. 1 day later they say (same story diffrent vin# and color)
    mariaegarcias1978@hotmail.com (Reply address)

    Hello, 07/29/08
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special, I have done some researching and I have found a service that will be able o help us both with this transaction. I have found out that in this particular situation we can use eBay. I already apply for this program and extended its eligibility so it will work normally for both of us. They have developed a program called “Vehicle purchase protection program”.
    Here is how it works:
    1. First of all I will need the following details from you: full name, shipping address and telephone number.
    2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.
    3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices (email forms).
    4. After you will make the payment in an eBay trust fund account and confirm it to them they will contact me and I will ship the car to you. After you receive the car you will have 10 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the car. If you will buy, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.
    5. If the car is not as I told you or have some problems, or is not as described, they will refund you 100%. There is no risk in this deal. I don’t touch your money until you receive and inspect the car. The transaction is simple so everything should go as planed. If you will decide that you will not buy the car there will be no need to ship it back because I will surely find a buyer in your area.

    Thanks in advance!
    07/30/08 5AM

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

    Thank you and have a great day,
    David W. Ziegler
    retyype@hotmail.com ( reply address)

  93. Meghann Says:

    I am so glad I found this blog! I just got the same email about a 2003 Camry, thought it sounded too good to be true, and it is. I contacted ebay, and they are investigating the matter. I highly reccomend that you forward your original emails from these people to: spoof@ebay.com. They said that since ebay was mentioned, they have the authority to investigate. If we all send our emails maybe these people can get apprehended. Anyway, thanks so much for posting this! I’m glad we all managed to avoid this one.

  94. Eric Genka Says:

    WOW!!!! This is my story. A few months ago my teacher told us about a car (altima) he saw on craigslist it ended up the same way as it did by every one else. Then a few months later my dad saw an accord, same story. Now it was my turn with a camry, so Sgt. Martin Tippins who is stationed in Zegrab, Croatia replies with the whole story about why he has to sell this wonderful car.

  95. damnscammers Says:

    PEOPLE LOOK AT THIS.

    this was going to be my 1st car. my dad was willing to buy it for me.
    my friend brought this to my attention!
    OMFG. im so sad. BUT THANK YOU GUYS FOR POSTING THINGS LIKE THIS ….

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

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in Zagreb,Croatia and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Croatia. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2990. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you, and have a nice day,
    Sgt. Mark J Loranty

  96. Connie Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this, guys! My guy was a Sgt. Daniel Russell from Croatia… Total scam! These people are so freaking unoriginal.

  97. Q Says:

    WOWWWWWWWWWWWW, I am in Chicago and I was looking for a car and came accross the add on Craiglist it was to good to be true my husband is a mechanic and he was excited about the deal he looked at the photo book pictures and said that the car looked so good like it just came off the line (whatever that is) so me being the women that I am, said “well the email didnt make since to me, why would they want you to do it through ebay and who the hell does all that for only 2,900!”. Thats when I decided to google his name and I have found this site among others talking about the scam. I am sitting at my desk laughing as I type because people really think that others are that gullable. Times are to hard to just be sending money to different accounts for purchases online that you cant put your hands on or physically see. I am about to reply to his email and ask him if I can get more information about the vehicle. Thanks for this post because it helped to save me time and money.

  98. Amela Says:

    Hi everybody,

    I just wanted to thank you for having this blog because I just almost got caught in it too. I say the car on Rochester’s craig list and I email the guy and the email below was his response. I just thought that this was too good to be true so I decided to fish around and see if there is anything on the web and your blog came up. I am originally from Bosnia, which is the neighboring country of Croatia. My parents have sent cars from the US to Bosnia AND Croatia and never had any issues in registering them. The only requirement is that the car cannot be salvage value and the it can’t be more then 10 years old. So, that’s where I became skeptical about this. I just wanted to thank you for saving me some money and I was just wondering if anyone know how these people are getting all of these VIN #s, I hope that it is not that easy to get them. I checked the CarFax Report and everything seemes legit, but I’m just not sure how they’re getting all of them? Again, thank you for all the info because you just saved me some money and hopefully someone else too.

    Amela

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I`m Sgt.Martin Tippins. The 2004 Toyota Camry LE 4 CYL Automatic is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 15202 miles.VIN Number: 4t1be32k74u274414
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Standard Equipment:
    POWER DOOR LOCKS POWER MIRRORS CRUISE CONTROL POWER STEERING
    KEYLESS ENTRY AM/FM RADIO CASSETTE POWER WINDOWS
    AIR CONDITIONING LE POWER SEAT DRIVER
    AIR BAG 4 CYLINDER 2.4 LITER
    PICS: http://s46.photobucket.com/albums/f143/2004camrr/
    So if you decide on buying the car, I want the deal closed only through eBay. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it, eBay will release the payment to me, in this way we are both protected. I signed up for US military forces and I was sent here with my department to improve the military relations between our country and Croatia. I am located in Zagreb,Croatia.1 months ago, my wife moved here, with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States, because we can’t drive it here because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,950 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping .It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place.From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 working days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you and have a great day,
    Martin Tippins

    The original email on the ad was gresa897@live.com and the reply was from kentstars@hotmail.com

  99. Jane Says:

    The listing states:
    A BEAUTIFUL PRIUS! Super White finish with gray interior in EXCELLENT condition. 48 MPG. Package #4 including ALL AIRBAGS (Front and side curtain) Smart Key, Back-up Camera, Traction Control, Alloy Wheels, AC, AM/FM/CD, MORE. No accidents, non-smoking owner, regularly maintained, still under factory warranty. If you are looking for a loaded prius in awesome condition – this is it! $8500

    So i responded to the add and received this email:
    Hi again,
    The car is already at the shipping company in Bedford, MA sealed and ready for the shipping.I’m very busy with my job and I’m left out of the town so I can’t meet in person with you so this is the reason why I chose to sell my car over the internet
    Here’s how our deal works :
    In order to complete this deal the payment must be sent to ebay trough bank to bank transfer. As soon as they receive the payment will notify me to start the delivery.After that you will receive all information about delivery so you can be able to track your shipment online.ebay will hold your payment until you receive and inspect the car (you have 5 days for inspection) If you will find the smallest problem with the car you will ship it back on my expense and ebay will send you your full amount back.
    Basically ebay holds your money safe until you confirm that the car is what you have expected and you want to buy it. It is not a sight unseen deal. We are both covered.
    Sorry for the long emails I have tried to touch all bases.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Maria Hinshaw

    I responded back to her email and told her that she was full of shit and that I would report this to craigslist.

  100. Priscilla Says:

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! God bless you guys for posting this on here i cant believe i almost fell for it i knew it was to good to be true its like the guy copy and posted the same email to everyone i cant believe there are people out there that would do this TO ALL THE PEOPLE OUT THERE THIS IS NOT TRUE THIS IS A SCAM PLEASE DONT FALL FOR IT IF THE PRICE LOOKS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE THEN GUESS WHAT IT IS I REPEAT THIS IS A SCAM SCAM SCAM!!!!!!!

    WARNING!!!!!! WARNING!!!!!!!!! THIS GUY IS A SCAMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Here is what he sent me after i emailed him about the 2004 toyota camry that was posted on craigs list i had emailed him last night and just got his email from him this morning.

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I`m Sgt.Martin Tippins. The 2004 Toyota Camry LE 4 CYL Automatic is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 15202 miles.VIN Number: 4t1be32k74u274414
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Standard Equipment:
    POWER DOOR LOCKS POWER MIRRORS CRUISE CONTROL POWER STEERING
    KEYLESS ENTRY AM/FM RADIO CASSETTE POWER WINDOWS
    AIR CONDITIONING LE POWER SEAT DRIVER
    AIR BAG 4 CYLINDER 2.4 LITER
    PICS: http://s46.photobucket.com/albums/f143/2004camrr/
    So if you decide on buying the car, I want the deal closed only through eBay. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it, eBay will release the payment to me, in this way we are both protected. I signed up for US military forces and I was sent here with my department to improve the military relations between our country and Croatia. I am located in Zagreb,Croatia.1 months ago, my wife moved here, with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States, because we can’t drive it here because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,950 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping .It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place.From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 working days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you and have a great day,
    Martin Tippins

    NOTE: right after i emailed him last night he had taken the post off of craigs list i tryed searching the car again and got nothing. after takeing it off last night then he emailed me about the car this morning.

  101. Lauren Says:

    wow, thank god i googled this guy, what a douche bag! same email, right here.

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I`m Sgt.Martin Tippins. The 2004 Toyota Camry LE 4 CYL Automatic is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 15202 miles.VIN Number: 4t1be32k74u274414
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Standard Equipment:
    POWER DOOR LOCKS POWER MIRRORS CRUISE CONTROL POWER STEERING
    KEYLESS ENTRY AM/FM RADIO CASSETTE POWER WINDOWS
    AIR CONDITIONING LE POWER SEAT DRIVER
    AIR BAG 4 CYLINDER 2.4 LITER
    PICS: http://s46.photobucket.com/albums/f143/2004camrr/
    So if you decide on buying the car, I want the deal closed only through eBay. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it, eBay will release the payment to me, in this way we are both protected. I signed up for US military forces and I was sent here with my department to improve the military relations between our country and Croatia. I am located in Zagreb,Croatia.1 months ago, my wife moved here, with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States, because we can’t drive it here because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,950 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping .It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place.From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 working days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you and have a great day,
    Martin Tippins

    THANK YOU TO WHOEVER STARTED THIS !

  102. Steve Says:

    I checked out the same craigslist posting for the 2004 Camry 2 days ago and I just got same reply as everybody else. What a piece of work! I figured it was a scam right away, but was curious if there was anything about Mr Marty Tippins so I googled him and found this site.

    While it’s sad that this person(s) is out there trying to take advantage of people, my brother and I had a good laugh about it. Marty makes it sound like he can ship a car better than most people can travel by air. And the bit about a cat on carpet…talk about traction.

    Another thing I’ve noticed about car postings on Craigslist, is that you will see the exact same posting in several other cities. Try using http://www.crazedlist.org. It can do a search on Craigslist from several different cities at the same time.

    Thanks to the creator of this site.

  103. Mike Seaver Says:

    Enjoy! :-)

    “2004 Toyota Camry LE BEAUTY !! SUPER CLEAN ! CERTIFIED+INSPECTED” Ad on Kijiji July 31, 2008

    “This is a 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 44,490 miles, VIN:
    4T1BE32K44U307577. It is in EXCELLENT condition; the body
    and paint are great, no scratches and no dents; the interior
    is clean; it has never been involved in an accident..

    I’m an US Air Force Lieutenant currently stationed in
    Portugal. The car is at eBay’s Shipping Center in San
    Jose, CA from where it will be shipped. In order to be able
    to register the car here in Portugal i have to pay very
    high import/custom and shipping taxes.

    As I’m unable to travel in the near future and I
    don’t have anyone back home to help me with the sale I
    decided to make this transaction through eBay. So how this
    actually works? Simple: the buyer sends the payment to eBay
    and they hold the money until the car is delivered; I ship
    the car; I get my money only after the buyer receives the
    car and makes sure everything is as agreed.

    I believe this protects both buyer and seller and it’s
    the right way to do this. The final price is $6,200
    including shipping and delivery to your home address. So if
    you decide to buy this car or need further information
    please get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you,
    Lt. Michael Finstad”

    —-
    And more…
    —-

    “The car is currently located in San Jose, CA. The shipping will take up to 5 days, depending on your location.The car will arrive with all the papers and documents required for registration and the keys. The clear title and the bill of sale will be already signed by me.

    The final price you will have to pay is $6,200(shipping to Canada is included). The payment will be done through eBay. They will act as a third party in this transaction. You will send the money to eBay and as soon as the payment is confirmed they will notify me to proceed with the shipping. I will ship the car, you will receive it and will have 5 days for inspection, both the car and the paperwork. During all this time eBay will hold the money. If you are satisfied with the car and decide to keep it you inform eBay about this and they will release the money to me. If the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back the car will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for the both of us.
    Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.

    If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name and the address where you want the car to be delivered and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.

    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible. Also, feel free to ask me any question you may have.

    Thank you,
    Michael”

  104. Joyful Says:

    Thanks to everyone for commenting and posting all the variations of the ad. I hope more people will find this post and not fall prey to this scam.

  105. Daniel Smith Says:

    I got caught in this scam as well, until my brother helped me uncover it. I, too, was so taken aback by this offer I almost sent the money and was headed to the bank to take out a loan on this vehicle. Thank goodness for the internet. So many of these e-mails have all the same things in common as have been listed before. Military, need to sell bc of deployment soon, no scratches, dings, or.. etc. just read.

    Hello ,

    I apologize for the delay, I’m in the military and now I am in United Kingdom and that’s why I couldn’t reply in time. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying the car. Why is the price so low? I am selling the car because I am here in UK with my work, and my regiment will be deployed in three weeks in Iraq and I think I’ll stay there for a while that’s why I’m selling it so cheap. I intend to buy a new car when I’ll get back home. So all that I want to do now is to sell the car at this price,because I need to sell it fast. Now I will tell you a few words about the car. 2005 Honda Pilot AWD EX-L,it is in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever.The interior looks great (NO SMOKING). It has 41,891 miles and the VIN # is: 5fnyf18605b050387. It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name. I have the pictures hosted on the internet and you can see them at : http://s536.photobucket.com/albums/ff327/2005hondapilotex/

    The price is $4,600. THIS IS MY LAST PRICE. I will not negotiate the price. I will take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying the car, to be sure that I don’t waste my time with endless discussions.This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions. So if you are interested please email me back for next step.

    Thank you.

    Smith
    ————————————————————-
    U.S. Army. Smith Johnson – USACE – Gulf Region Division
    http://www.grd.usace.army.mil

    A name like “Johnson Smith” wasn’t red flag enough. I feel like an idiot. I was all excited and ready to re-organize my finances to get this vehicle. Oh well. (and for some of you.. the saying is… “it if SEEMS too good to be true, it probably is. not “if it is too good to be true, it is.”) later! and don’t get fooled by this. tell your friends.

  106. Reabena Says:

    I almost fell for this too. Having such a hard time trying to find a car to replace one that was destroyed in an accident that this seemed like a gift… but the wording and stilted writing made me think twice and the fact that the email was from a different email account than what I originally wrote to.

    Craig List Ad:
    004 Toyota Camry SE
    The exterior of this vehicle is VERY GLOSSY, dent free and Very nice all around! The interior is also Very nice and Clean!
    Please ask all questions you may have. More pictues for car are available.
    The dashboard is fine and has no sun damage or fading. All options and gauges are completely functional.desc
    CONTACT ME AT: nutische@hotmail.com

    Response from my email on this ad:
    .. ..
    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I`m Sgt.Martin Tippins. The 2004 Toyota Camry SE 4 CYL Automatic is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 62,100 miles.VIN Number: 4T1BE32KX4U874098.
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Options
    CD player Sunroof Passenger airbag
    Driver airbag Anti-lock brakes Air conditioning
    Power windows Power seats Power locks
    Cruise control
    PICS: http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e190/2004camryseB/
    So if you decide on buying the car, I want the deal closed only through eBay. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it, eBay will release the payment to me, in this way we are both protected. I signed up for US military forces and I was sent here with my department to improve the military relations between our country and Croatia. I am located in Zagreb,Croatia.1 months ago, my wife moved here, with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States, because we can’t drive it here because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,900 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping .It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place.From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 working days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you and have a great day,
    Martin Tippins

    I took it one step further and asked QUESTIONS!

    Martin,
    Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. I am VERY interested in this car, but I have several questions.

    Is the sunroof a power sunroof? Does it only popup or does it also retract?
    What state was the car last inspected and registered in? Are you only selling the car due to the length of how long it would be to be able to drive it there?

    How does the paying for it with ebay work? I tried to find more information on the ebay website, but was unsure. Would you list the car on ebay, or is this a direct transaction? While the car is in transit who would be responsible for any damage or loss on the vehicle? How would I get a bill of sale and the title?

    Thank you so much,

    Response back:
    from .. ..
    Hello,

    As I said in my first email the car is currently located in Zagreb,Croatia.It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. Shipping will be done door-to-door, to your exact location, so you will not have to pick the car up yourself.

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special, I have done some researching and I have found a service that will be able o help us both with this transaction. I have found out that in this particular situation we can use eBay. I already apply for this program and extended its eligibility so it will work normally for both of us. They have developed a program called “Vehicle purchase protection program”. The car is in perfect condition inside and outside. The timing belt was recently changed. This car always passed emissions tests. The tires are almost new and the oil is changed. The water pump and the brake disks have been replaced. The transmission has been serviced. This car needs nothing.

    Here is how it works:

    1. First of all I will need the following details from you: full name, shipping address and telephone number.

    2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.

    3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices (email forms).The price for the car is $2,900 USD. This price includes all the shipping taxes and fees.

    4. After you will make the payment in an eBay trust fund account and confirm it to them they will contact me and I will ship the car to you. After you receive the car you will have 10 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the car. If you will buy, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.

    5. If the car is not as I told you or have some problems, or is not as described, they will refund you 100%. There is no risk in this deal. I don’t touch your money until you receive and inspect the car. The transaction is simple so everything should go as planed. If you will decide that you will not buy the car there will be no need to ship it back because I will surely find a buyer in your area.

    6. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business days. You will also receive all the documents including the titles and a Bill of Sale. The cargo is insured so if the car is damaged during the shipping you will also be refunded.

    Thanks in advance!

    ***Yeh thanks in advance for sending me free MONEY!***
    My dad who is retired army also sent the following email to this person… where I had forwarded on the 1st email… as of yet no response

    Sgt. Tippins,

    I am very curious about when the DoD changed their regulations allowing the transportation of POVs on military aircraft. The change must have come about in the past 24 hours. I would appreciate it if you would sent me the regulation number, with page, para., & line number allowing you to ship a POV at taxpayer expense.

    You state that the car will be delivered to her door with 3-4 working days. How are you planning to manifest a POV that quickly and what is the port of entry? Who will be driving the car to the new owner’s address? You must have amazing connections. I’ve never seen anything manifested that quickly for a military aircraft.

    Also, I would like to have your full unit information. I will assume that a nonresponse from you will confirm that you are a scam artist, preying upon eBay buyers and I will infrom eBay of my conclusions.

    ******** **********
    US Army (Ret)

  107. Wanda Says:

    I had a similar experience as Jane. “Maria Hinshaw” is trying to sell a Prius on Colorado Spring’s Craig’s list fot $4800, about $20,000 under blue book value. Quite a bit less that she was asking from Jane. Her reason is that she is going through a divorce and wants to get rid of everything that reminds her of her husband. The funny thing is that the ad was written by a man. He says it is his wife’s car and they are moving and only need one car. A web search of her name, which she used to sign the email, brought me to this site. Thank you all for sharing your stories to help protect others from this scam. Is there a way to effectively turn these people into ebay or Craig’s List if there hasn’t actually been a scam?

  108. Steve Says:

    Sounds ever so similar in our own experience………. A return email as follows:

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    The 2003 Toyota Camry LE is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it
    just came off the assembly line.The car has only 106,522 original miles.VIN Number: 4T1BE32K73U120770
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super
    clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Options
    Cassette Player CD Player Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Seats
    Power Windows
    PICS: http://s250.photobucket.com/albums/gg248/2002camryleR/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection
    Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until
    you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment
    to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will
    surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in
    Zagreb, Croatia and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Croatia. One months ago,
    my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States
    because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for
    ever. My final price on it is US 2,940 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping.
    It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it
    to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment
    is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business
    day Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where
    you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping
    details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    David Augustin

  109. Dan Says:

    Same exact thing as Wanda with Maria Hinshaw she said this to me after i contacted her about the car…

    Hi,

    Thanks for taking a part of your time and visiting my ad 2006 Toyota Prius. I sell it at this price ($4,800) because i just finished the divorce with my husband.The reason for which i`m selling my 2006 Toyota Prius is because i want to move further on with my life after my divorce,and let go of all the memories that me and my husband had.This car is in excellent working conditions, no scratches, flaws or any kind of damage, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions and comes with a clean title.The car has 28383 original miles.This car may be purchased with money back guarantee.In summary you are permitted to buy and drive this car for 5 days or 500 miles. If you donʼt want the car, you can return it to me for a full money refund!From the begining you have to know that for the payment I request only secure pay, I prefer the eBay.
    It is simple and is great for both parties so that any lack of trust is eliminated.

    I will wait your answer(if you are interested to buy) very soon.

    Thanks,

    Maria Hinshaw

    In the ad it says their moving and only need one car that was just used to go down one street. Haha

  110. Joyful Says:

    I wonder how these scammers think of these crazy stories. Does anyone know anyone who fell for these scams? Is there any chance to get their money back if they reported it to authorities?

  111. Daniel Baca Says:

    Well this also sounded to be good to be true and everyone knows the old cliche, so I checked the vin even though car fax said it was in good condition and that is how I found this blog. Thanks everyone.

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m Sgt. Anthony Gunderson.The 2003 Toyota Camry LE Automatic is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 106,522 original miles.VIN Number: 4T1BE32K73U120770
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Options
    Cassette Player CD Player Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Seats
    Power Windows
    PICS: http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e188/2003camrylee/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in Zagreb,Croatia and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Croatia. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,950 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business day Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Sgt Anthony Gunderson

  112. michi Says:

    Sgt anthony gunderson is now sgt anthony duncan. Hahaha!just wanted to test him out so I gave him the name gof*#k urself. Low and behold! He is now waiting for a payment from ms. Urself! Jokes on him now..

  113. Danielle Says:

    i too was looking on craigslist and found this too-good-to-be-true offer!!
    this is ridiculous!! :(

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. Carlos Arellano. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord LX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 31246 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56353A081027. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    Sunroof CD Player
    Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Side Airbags
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s296.photobucket.com/albums/mm161/2003haccpics/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in Zagreb,Croatia and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Croatia. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2950. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you, and have a nice day,
    Sgt. Carlos Arellano

  114. Barb Says:

    Just about had me and then I started to browse. This is what I got when I answered an ad on Kijijiband as soon as I answered it the add was gone.
    Buyer beware.

    Hello,

    This is a 2005 Honda Accord LX, 13,119 miles, VIN: 3HGCM56405G705541. It is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are great, no scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been involved in an accident.

    I’m an US Air Force Lieutenant currently stationed in Portugal. And the car is here with me. It was bought in the US and shipped to Europe, but it was never permanently registered here, the car is still registered in the US. In order to register this car here in Portugal I have to pay very high import/custom taxes. So I decided to sell the car back in the US.

    As I’m unable to travel in the near future and I don’t have anyone back home to help me with the sale I decided to make this transaction through eBay.So how this actually works? Simple: the buyer sends the payment to eBay and they hold the money until the car is delivered; I ship the car to US; I get my money only after the buyer receives the car and makes sure everything is as agreed.

    I believe this protects both buyer and seller and it’s the right way to do this. The final price is $7,000 including shipping from Europe to the US and delivery to your home address. So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you,
    Lt. Michael Finstad

  115. Barb Says:

    Second answer from him.
    Whew

    Hi again,

    As I already said in my first email the car is currently located in Portugal. I can have it shipped from here by an US Air Force cargo plane so there won’t be any additional shipping costs. Also I can arrange for a truck to transport the car to your home address or, if you like, you can pick it up from the nearest airport in your area. The shipping will take up to 10 days, depending on your location.

    The car will arrive with all the papers and documents required for registration and the keys. The clear title and the bill of sale will be already signed by me.

    The final price you will have to pay is $7,000(shipping to canada is included). The payment will be done through eBay. They will act as a third party in this transaction. You will send the money to eBay and as soon as the payment is confirmed they will notify me to proceed with the shipping. I will ship the car, you will receive it and will have 5 days for inspection, both the car and the paperwork. During all this time eBay will hold the money. If you are satisfied with the car and decide to keep it you inform eBay about this and they will release the money to me. If the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back the car will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for the both of us.

    Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.

    If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name and the address where you want the car to be delivered and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.

    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible. Also, feel free to ask me any question you may have.

    Thank you,
    Michael

  116. Connie Says:

    Hello,

    Just FYI….

    My daughter and I came across the same scammer in
    Craiglist in the Los Angeles, CA area.

    This is the response, same familiar story as all the rest.

    Be aware people…

    Hello,
    I’m SGT Michael Hencley. This `02 Camry XLE is in perfect working condition. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 16.495 miles. VIN Number: 4T1BE32K02U038622
    CD Player Leather Seats Sunroof Power Seats
    Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Anti-Lock Brakes
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk320/toy3142/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in Zagreb, Croatia and I was sent here with my department of peace maintenance. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is 2,940 USD. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Best Regards,
    Michael and Sarah Hencley

  117. Ozzy Says:

    well…no new 411 with scams but just another one to add to the list.
    i was on autotrader.com looking for a car and came across a 2000 honda civic si for 3600, i knew right away it was to good to be true but still emailed the owner..here is what i recieved.

    Hello,
    I got an email that you are interested in the 2000 honda civic I am selling on autotrader. I couldn’t reply earlier because I didn’t have the time to read my email in the past few days.
    Anyway, to answer most of the common questions:
    - it has 78k miles
    - very clean, inside and out, it has no accident records
    - clear title
    - factory original, the only modifications I did are: new SONY CD player bought in May and also a set of four Sony speakers because the sound was not so good on the original ones and a set of floor mats bought last week
    - I use Mobil 1 fully synthetic every 3,000 miles, I also treated the engine once with Dura Lube at 65k miles because they say it improves the performance and durability at the engine and if you want to keep it in the best shape, you should do the same every 20-30k miles.
    I have kept exceptional maintenance on my car to avoid any problems on the road and it looks like new. Let me know if you’re interested and if you have other questions. I’m selling it for $3600

    by the way, where are you located?

    Everything seemed normal, right after that email, he sent me an email where there were more pictures of the vehicle.

    I have uploaded some pictures at my personal page, take a look at this link: http://www.coolcark: .addr.com/2000—Honda—Civic.htm

    I was stil interested and told him where i was located at. This is the last email i have recieved from this scammer after emailing him i had cash in had and only way for him to get his money if with him delivering the car himself and seeing him in person.

    We definitely have a problem here because I’m no longer in Cali. I am a Marine pilot and last Friday I was transferred to Mayport Station in Florida for final instructions because of our deployment to Iraq in September. I know the long distance is certainly a problem but I have a solution in case you still wanna buy it, we have a ’95 GMC heavy duty truck here with a flatbed trailer and I can use it to ship the car to your address at no cost. If you do not accept, you can chose any other shipping company such as DAS AUTO SHIPPERS but they have a very big fee for such a transport and it will cost you more than $800 so, our GMC will do the job even if it’s not so fast but…it’s free. This car is very nice, it has comfortable seats and very stable at high speeds. I did a preventative maintenance at 70k miles and was done including replacing the timing belt, water pump, battery, new tires and brakes. This car is very reliable running on snowy/icy/rainy/sandy road condition and you’ll be very pleased with it.
    I have the title in hand and we can make a deal anytime. If you wanna buy it, let me know your decision because my time is limited

    This was the last email i recieved from him yesterday. Affter telling him only way for him to recieve his money is in person, i probably wont hear from him. I came across this site talking about scam military personells by googling the site he gave me of his uploaded pictures.

    http://www.coolcar.addr.com

    well this is a little different from the others but is a scam. His name was Michael Harr, email address mharr73@gmail.com.

  118. Barb Says:

    Again here is another on

    Claudio Gelder to me
    show details Aug 20 (4 days ago) Reply

    Hello again Barb ,
    As I’m unable to manage this sale personally, I got an agreement with eBay and they will manage financial part of this sale. I have a purchase protection account there of $20.000 and will not deal outside of eBay under any circumstances. If you are interested to buy my BMW please let me know . My car will be shipped from Montreal QC at your location for free .My BMW is in perfect shape (you will see it when will you receive it and love it from 1st moment) . As I’m in a business relationship with eBay now , my car is already in a sealed container along with title and all documents in garage at shipping company ..Using eBay as transaction manager , I got a discount at shipping company and now I can deliver the car to the buyer for free as long he’s Canada resident. Also a contract of 5 days inspection period will be provided to inspect and test drive the BMW to decide if you’ll keep it or not. If you are still interested to buy the car please let me know your full name and shipping address and I’ll start eBay procedures immediately and they will provide you more information’s and payment instruction’s. Thanks in advance and hope to hear soon from you so we can get the ball rolling.
    Claudio

  119. rich Says:

    i have seen these ads almost weekly now and their all the same only the names have been changed to protect the completly stupid

  120. Ray Says:

    They are also doing this with motorcycles on craigslist & autotrader etc…. I have friends who live in London and tried to get contact info from my scammer only to never get anymore replies –

    I am in the military and this pisses me off! the military doesn’t just ship your vehicle overseas! If you are in the military you will be registering it the host country under the umbrella of the US government. I have been overseas so I know.

    buyer beware!

  121. Kathi Says:

    Hello,
    I sell at this price $5200 because I just finished the divorce with my husband. When the divorce has finished I own this car. Now as a women I don’t need. This car is in excellent working conditions, no scratches or any kind of damage and comes with a clear title. From the beginning you have to know that for the payment I request only secure pay, I prefer the payment to be done using eBay services .We will use a safe payment method because I am affiliated at eBay and I have a purchase protection account for $20.000. The final price that I want for this car is $5200 US including shipping and handling.If you are interested in buying it please provide your details (Full Name,street,city,zip code,state,country and phone number) so I can open the case with eBay and with the shipping company provide by eBay.I will wait your answer (if you are interested to buy) very soon.

    For more pictures click on the link :
    http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/5632/120080304152425fn2.jpg
    http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/1024/320080304152427kz2.jpg
    http://img352.imageshack.us/img352/4452/820080304152437ay1.jpg
    http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/4818/1120080304152443an0.jpg

    VIN: 1N4AL11D45C305452
    Mileage: 16,883
    Engine: 4 CYLINDERS 2.5 Liters
    Transmission: Automatic

    Thank you

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m SGT David Leake. This Accord EX is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 37905 miles. VIN Number: 1HGCM56603A136574
    Sunroof Leather Seats Cassette Player CD Player Transmission: Automatic
    Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Side Airbags
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows Power Seats
    Click this link for more pics: http://s277.photobucket.com/albums/kk77/cernb1g5/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in Zagreb, Croatia and I was sent here with my department of peace maintenance. Two months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is 2,960 USD. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Best Regards,
    David and Stephanie Leake

  122. Kathi Says:

    The above are the replies I got

  123. Keesha Says:

    Wow, this is the same response I got for a 2003 Honda Accord for $2950…I’m sure just about everybody knows a 2003 HONDA won’t go for 2950, esp. with only 37905 miles on it. Well, Mr. Leake must have a brother who’s also a SGT..LOL. Here’s the message I got.
    ***********************************
    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m SGT Paul Leake. This Accord EX is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 37905 miles. VIN Number: 1HGCM56603A136574
    Sunroof Leather Seats Cassette Player CD Player Transmission: Automatic
    Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Side Airbags
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows Power Seats
    Click this link for more pics: http://s277.photobucket.com/albums/kk77/cernb1g5/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in Zagreb, Croatia and I was sent here with my department of peace maintenance. Two months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is 2,950 USD. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Best Regards,
    Paul and Stephanie Leake
    *****************************************************
    So I sent a response with the address to my lawschool and also told them to ship it to the sheriff’s office so it can be inspected. Let’s see if get a response.
    Glad this is out there because it certainly was too good to be true…esp. when someone REALLY needs a car like I do. Hope they get caught!

  124. Robert Says:

    I found a nissian 240sx for 2950$ and i got the same email i will post it i just want all of you to know not to bother with this car.

    Hello and sorry for my delayed reply,
    I’m Sgt. Jim Mohan. This 97 240sx is in perfect working condition. This 4 Cyl. 2.4 Liters engine with manual transmission has 110k original miles and runs very, very smooth. This 240sx looks like it just came off the assembly line. A clean car, non-smoker owned, always garaged and very well babied. It was driven by my wife, so this was never raced or involved in any kind of accidents. VIN# jn1as44dxvw103159.
    Here you can find a lot of pics with the car: http://s253.photobucket.com/albums/hh74/mjim452/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    So if you will decide to buy the car, I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it, eBay will release the payment to me, in this way we are both protected. I signed up for US military forces and I was sent here with my department to improve the military relations between our country and UK. I am located in London, United Kingdom. A few months ago, my wife moved here with me and now we have to sell it because we need the cash here for personal reasons and registering here would cost too much; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever.
    My final price on it is $2960 US (there is no typo). If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3-4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy and include in your e-mail your full name and complete address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thanks, Sgt. Jim Mohan

    Hope this helps you

  125. Kelly Hughes Says:

    So, I found this car off of Craigs List… The e-mails sound very similar to yours don’t you think? LOL Thanks for helping not be the victum of another scam.

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    The 2003 Toyota Camry XLE 4 Cyl. is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 44298 original miles.VIN Number: 4T1BE32K23U668921
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Options
    Cassette player Leather seats Sunroof Driver airbag
    Passenger airbag Anti-lock brakes Side airbags Air conditioning
    Cruise control Power locks Power seats Power windows
    PICS: http://s276.photobucket.com/albums/kk22/2003ToyotaCamryXLE4cly/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in Sarajevo,Bosnia-Herzegovina and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Bosnia-Herzegovina. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,980 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business day Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Ryan Leonard

    He uses the e-mail jantelereoe7277@hotmail.com

  126. Julie Bloom Says:

    I was almost scammed too: craigslist boston. to good to be true: here it is

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m Sgt. Anthony Gunderson. This 03 Camry LE Automatic is in perfect working condition. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line. The car has only 106,522 original miles. VIN Number: 4T1BE32K73U120770
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean.
    Cassette Player CD Player Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Seats Power Windows
    PICS: http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e188/2003camrylee/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and I was sent here with my department for peace maintenance. One months ago my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her but now we have to sell it back in the US because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is 2,950 USD. If you will take it for this price I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 business days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Sgt Anthony Gunderson

    I still said i will interested and he reponded:

    Julie,

    Everything is taken care of, I forwarded your info to eBay and they should shortly contact you with all the transaction details. I will proceed with shipping immediately after eBay confirms me that you made the payment. You`ll have the chance to test-drive it soon. The car will arrive with all the documentation’s required for registration and the keys. I will send you all the papers and documents (clear title, bills of sale, car’s manual) to prove the ownership and to be able to register it with no problem. The clear title and the bill of sale will be both signed so you can become owner of the car on the spot. You will receive a current smog certification. You will have no problem registering the car. The title will be signed by me and notarized. The car will be shipped by plane via US Military Cargo. One more thing: please let me know when you hear from them cause I need to know if this is a done deal.
    Thank you for your time.

    Please do not deal with anyone who says they have a great deal…. It is true:

    too good to be true…. and I am still looking for a car for my 16 year old.

  127. Julie Bloom Says:

    he used two e-mail address:

    creative114@msn.com

    matari141@live.com

  128. Tori Says:

    I am in the Kansas City area and also found a 2003 Toyota Camry for really cheap.
    Here is my email:

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m Sgt. Anthony Gunderson. This 03 Camry LE Automatic is in perfect working condition. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line. The car has only 106,522 original miles. VIN Number: 4T1BE32K73U120770
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean.
    Cassette Player CD Player Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Seats Power Windows
    PICS: http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e188/2003camrylee/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and I was sent here with my department for peace maintenance. One months ago my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her but now we have to sell it back in the US because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is 2,950 USD. If you will take it for this price I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 business days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Sgt Anthony Gunderson

  129. pam Says:

    Tori, I got the same email from Sgt. Anthony Gunderson about the Camry, it is so sad, I too am in the military, and Its sad to see, i thought this might be real. Found this on the Boston Criaglist, I am so glad I found this site. I can’t believe I have been debating this for days!!!

  130. pam Says:

    before i found this website, I replied with a couple of questions. and I just got an email from ” Sgt Anthony Gunderson” it reads:

    I live in Sarajevo now where European specs are different from the American ones and it costs me too much driving this car legally here and also there is nobody interested in buying it here that’s why I am selling it so cheap, hoping to find a buyer in the US where it belongs.
    Here is how it works:
    1. First of all I will need the following details from you: full name, shipping address and telephone number.
    2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.
    3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices (email forms).
    4. After you will make the payment in an eBay trust fund account and confirm it to them they will contact me and I will ship the car to you. After you receive the car you will have 10 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the car. If you will buy, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.
    5. If the car is not as I told you or have some problems, or is not as described, they will refund you 100%. There is no risk in this deal. I don’t touch your money until you receive and inspect the car. The transaction is simple so everything should go as I planed. If you will decide that you will not buy the car there will be no need to ship it back because I will surely find a buyer in your area. As i told you this is a door to door transaction and from the moment the car will be at your door you will be in contact with the one in charge for shipping. After the 10 days, if you won`t be satisfied with the car, he will take the car and you will be refunded by eBay. It has clear title and you will receive it along with all papers needed for registration. All paper will be signed by me.

    Thanks in advance!

  131. dawn Says:

    just received the same thing and am now flagging him. This is ridiculous. I am a single parent going through a divorce and it is sad to see this stuff going on.

  132. Don Cope Says:

    My son is serving in Iraq right now and received the following.
    From: James Binnicker [mailto:sgt.jamesbinnicker@gmail.com]
    Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2008 5:48 AM
    To: Cope, Joseph W PFC MNF-I 1-151
    Subject: Re: jetta for sale (UNCLASSIFIED)

    Hello,

    I will have the car shipped from UK by an US Air Force cargo plane so
    there won’t be any additional shipping costs. The shipping will take 6-8
    days, depending on your location.Shipping will be door to door,to your
    home address,somebody must be home when the car arrives to sign for the
    reception.The car will arrive with all the papers and documents required
    for registration and the keys. The clear title and the bill of sale will
    be already signed by me.

    The payment will be done through eBay.You will send the money to eBay
    and as soon as the payment is confirmed they will notify me to proceed
    with the shipping. I will ship the car you will receive it and you will
    have 5 days for inspection, both the car and the paperwork and the
    option to accept or reject the car.The inspection time period will begin
    as soon as you sign for receiving the car at your requested
    address.During all this time eBay will hold the money into a trust
    account.So, this is not a blind transaction,you can see the car before
    decided to buy it.If you are satisfied with the car and decide to keep
    it you inform eBay about this and they will release the money to me. If
    the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it eBay will refund
    you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back the car will be my
    concern. I think this is more than fair for the both of us.Please take
    in to consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car
    and make sure everything is as agreed.

    If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full
    name and the address where you want the car to be delivered to and I
    will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the
    transaction details from them.

    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.

    Thank you!
    Sgt.James Binnicker

    I figured it for a scam so I am hoping that I was able to stop my son in time.

  133. dawn Says:

    i have been getting these types of emails from several different people,mostly saying they are with the military, but some have been woman saying they are going through a divorce. so figured i would post.

  134. Heshy Says:

    Sent: Fri 10/03/08 12:33 PM
    To:

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I`m Sgt. Daniel Russell .The 2003 Toyota Camry XLE 4 Cyl. Automatic is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 44298 original miles.VIN Number: 4T1BE32K23U668921
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Options
    Cassette player Leather seats Sunroof Driver airbag
    Passenger airbag Anti-lock brakes Side airbags Air conditioning
    Cruise control Power locks Power seats Power windows
    PICS: http://s289.photobucket.com/albums/ll218/2003camxle/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and UK. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,970 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business day Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Str Daniel Russell

    YUP! THEY’RE STILL GOING STRONG!!!???

    HOW DO WE STOP THEM??

  135. cristina Says:

    thank god i had enough sense to run this guys name and your web site came up. thank you, thank you, thank you. i was getting ready to send the money
    here is the e-mail i received back after responding to the add on craig’s list.

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m Sgt. Anthony Gunderson.The 2003 Toyota Camry LE Automatic is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 106,522 original miles.VIN Number: 4T1BE32K73U120770
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Options
    Cassette Player CD Player Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Seats
    Power Windows
    PICS: http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e188/2003camrylee/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in Bosnia-Herzegovina and I was sent here with my department of peace maintenance.. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,950 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business day Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Sgt Anthony Gunderson

  136. Jorge Says:

    This is what I got from the same car. Different miles, different price but another military.

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m Sgt. Anthony Gunderson.The 2003 Toyota Camry LE Automatic is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 106,522 original miles.VIN Number: 4T1BE32K73U120770
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Options
    Cassette Player CD Player Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Seats
    Power Windows
    PICS: http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e188/2003camrylee/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in Bosnia-Herzegovina and I was sent here with my department of peace maintenance.. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,950 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business day Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Sgt Anthony Gunderson

  137. Jack Says:

    Hi

    Thanks a million for this blog. I also was going to fall for the same trap. I got exact similar e-mails

    Regards
    Jack

  138. Annette Says:

    This is what I received after seeing an ad for a super great deal. It was too good to be true. Ebay did invesitagate email from ebay as I sent it to spoof@ebay.com. They did confirm it to be a spoof & a total rip off !!!
    —–Original Message—–
    From: q q [mailto:blackster8r@hotmail.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 6:06 AM
    Subject: 2003 Toyota Camry LE Automatic

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m Sgt. Anthony Gunderson.The 2003 Toyota Camry LE Automatic is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 106,522 original miles.VIN Number: 4T1BE32K73U120770
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Options
    Cassette Player CD Player Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Seats
    Power Windows
    PICS: http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e188/2003camrylee/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in Bosnia-Herzegovina and I was sent here with my department of peace maintenance.. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,950 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business day Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Sgt Anthony Gunderson

    —– Original Message —–
    Subject: eBay Motors Purchase Invoice # 41053015 – 2003 Toyota Camry LE
    Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2008 23:53:38
    From: eBay Financial Department
    To:
     

    eBay sent this message to
    This e-mail message was sent to you from eBay , with the full support of the eBay Payment
    Security Inc.

     

    Complete your eBay transaction in 5 easy steps: 1. Buyer and seller agree on the transaction terms and a selling price. Seller contacts eBay with the transaction details;
    2. eBay accepts the transaction and offers purchase protection to the buyer (if the transaction is declined, no further action is required from either the buyer or the seller);
    3. The buyer sends payment to eBay Safe Harbor. After the payment is made , the buyer must notify eBay sending the payment details ONLY to our SafeHarbour Team. The seller has three business days to provide eBay and the buyer with the transport tracking number. If no tracking number is provided, a full refund is immediately sent to the buyer.
    4. Buyer receives the merchandise and has 10 (ten) days to inspect it. If it is as expected and as what agreed over, the buyer should accept the merchandise. If he refuses the merchandise by any valid reason, the buyer must ship the merchandise back to the seller at the seller’s expense within three business days.
    5. Upon the inspection period, buyer must contact eBay with the result of the inspection. If buyer refuses the merchandise, a full refund will be sent to the buyer after the tracking number for the returning shipment is
    verified.
    It is recommended to send the payment as soon as possible, because your purchase protection plan is valid for 30 days only. Sending the payment by any other method of payment will void this transaction and your right to a refund.
     
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    1. Make the payment using CASH ONLY (ONLINE CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED) at your nearest Western Union location, on our  eBay Transaction Agent`s details, assigned for your transaction ( Item:   2003 Toyota Camry ) as follows:

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
    First name:  Kristofer

    Last name: Hunter
    Address: Kurelceva 4 Street

    City: Sarajevo
    Country: Bosnia-Herzegovina     
      2. Once the payment was sent, E-MAIL US (by replying to this e-mail)   the following information:
    a) 10 digit MTCN Number (Western Union Money Transfer Control Number); b) Exact Sender’s name on file with Western Union; c) Your exact address on file with Western Union; d) City and country where you sent the money from; e) Total amount transferred (including fees)  f)  Fax us the Western Union receipt at the following fax number: +1-(763) 374-8572

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    Total Price
    Sales tax.
    Shipping Fee
    Down Payment

    2,950.00 USD

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    Item: 2003 Toyota Camry
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    First name:  

    Last name:
    Street:
    City: San Antonio, TX 78240
    Country : United
    States

     

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    First name:  Kristofer

    Last name: Hunter
    Address: Kurelceva 4 Street

    City: Sarajevo
    Country: Bosnia-Herzegovina
     

    Seller Details:

     

    First name:  Anthony
    Last name: Gunderson

    Street: Primorska 28 Street
    City: Sarajevo
    Country: Bosnia-Herzegovina
     
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  139. Brianna Says:

    It saddens me that I was almost stupid enough to go thru with this to good to be true transaction. Your post saved me
    Thank you
    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I`m Sgt. Daniel Russell .The 2003 Toyota Camry XLE 4 Cyl. Automatic is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 44298 original miles.VIN Number: 4T1BE32K23U668921
    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.
    Options
    Cassette player Leather seats Sunroof Driver airbag
    Passenger airbag Anti-lock brakes Side airbags Air conditioning
    Cruise control Power locks Power seats Power windows
    PICS: http://s289.photobucket.com/albums/ll218/2003camxle/
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in Bosnia-Herzegovina and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Bosnia. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,930 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business day Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you and have a great day,
    Str Daniel Russell

  140. Joyful Says:

    Brianna: you almost, but didn’t fall for it, so you’re not stupid! You were smart enough to search about it first.

  141. Brianna Stoddard Says:

    They did send me the fax number to fax my wester union info to and it is here in the states. I called it and a message simply states to leave a message or beginn fax. If there in the states cant we do something about them??

  142. Susan Lindsay Says:

    We are currently having the same problem in Canada. My son almost got caught by these scam artisits yestetrday. Thank goodness for the representative at our Western Union Office. She advised us to double check with EBAY as there have been a lot of scams between Canada and the UK using the EBAY and Western Union brandnames recently.

    The names to watch out for are “Kevin Rueger”
    17 Russell Square,
    London
    WC1B 5JP
    supposedly a Canadian Forces Sgt. posted to London and his “Supposed” EBAY Customer Representative agent “Jose Vega”
    7 Pilgrim street
    London
    EC4V 6LB

    They too are using the Fax # 763-374-8572

    I will handing this matter over to the RCMP fraud squad so hopefully these

  143. Monica Says:

    The scam is still on after more than one year!
    We are looing for a car for our son on Craig List and we “choose” the Honda Civic Hybrid 2004 for $2990 ( Blue book value $10,000!)
    Got the same e-mail from Sgt Ron McCray, stationed overseas… wonderful photobucket album.
    It didn’t feel right so we googled the e-mail adress and got to your blog.
    Thank you very much!

  144. Robert Says:

    From: d d Add to Addresses Block Sender
    Date: Sunday, November 2, 2008 6:19 AM
    To:
    Subject: 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic
    Size: 7 KB
    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. Mark J Loranty. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 87,109 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56663A102462 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    5-Speed Automatic Transmission Premium Sound With CD Changer Sunroof Dual Zone Climate Control Air Conditioning Climate Control Heated Seats Tilt Steering Wheel Traction Control
    Clock Cruise Control Leather Shifter Leather Steering Wheel Power Driver’s Seat Power Locks Power Mirrors Power Steering Power Windows Privacy Glass / Tinted Windows Steering Wheel
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s456.photobucket.com/albums/qq281/2003haccordcaa/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and UK. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2940. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you, and have a nice day,
    Mark and Anna Loranty

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  145. Another "almost" victim Says:

    So, here we are on November 14th and this scammer is still going strong. Same post from a Sgt. in Italy whose 2003 Toyota Camry “runs like a cat on carpet” for $2900. Made an inquiry as to why the car was so inexpensive and where it was located. We even got as far as checking the VIN with Car Fax for the Toyota last night. It was sold at auction in Florida in September. Yes, we checked with the Western Union to see their policy on transmitting funds and checked Ebay’s policy on purchasing cars. This guy even had an Ebay email address in his response. Anyway, when we finally went to the Internet and checked the phone number that he gave us in order for us to send the money to him through Western Union, we found this site.

    So we wasted $30 on the CarFax…but better that than wasting the $2900 on the shameful waste of human life that runs this scam. Contacted police, local news station, local car dealers, and all my friends. Thank you for posting this information….I wonder whether the scammer reads this post periodically to see how well he’s doing…to see how many almost bought his scam. I hope he reads this.

    I believe all the negative energy this “guy” is accumulating through his evil deeds will catch up with him. I believe he will get caught…maybe not by the police or other law enforcement agencies….but by karma, fate, or a higher justice…whatever word you want! He obviously already has bad karma if he feels the need to obtain a livelihood through thievery. I actually feel sorry for him. Negative, negative, energy.

  146. Yet Another "Almost" Sucker Says:

    Oh Boy! I truely thought that I was smarter than this, and is the reason that I do not put any information into the computer such as credit card #’s, etc.

    We went to Western Union and sent the money. However, when I returned home we went straight to the computer and looked up the Craigslist ad, it was flagged for removal. We thought that was very odd that it was being removed so quickly, so we looked up his name and found a couple of different sites such as this one. The name today is Sgt. Mark Loranty and here is what he wrote to us……well, just read the above blogs and you know what he wrote. This was for a 2003 Honda Accord EX. We were supposed to use Western Union – eBay Safe Harbor, send it to the eBay agent name of Amysa Troxel. We contacted Western Union immediately to cancel the transaction. I did lose $125 for the Western Union transaction, but it is better than $2,500 in this bad economy. While searching back to the ad for the car we ALMOST purchased, and seeing that the ad was flagged for removal, we noticed a new ad with the same “tone” for a Honda Accord, this one gold in color. Something that I noticed in the pictures of the cars was that there is no license plates on them. I have purchased cars from Craigslist before and never had a problem, which is why I wasn’t so nervous about this. Sooooooooooooooo glad that something told us to check this out, almost too late. The only problem is that HE HAS OUR NAME AND ADDRESS. WHY DIDN’T I JUST OFFER MY SOCIAL SECURITY # WHILE I WAS AT IT?

  147. ErinM Says:

    Hi! I just got an e-mail from a Jason Lee who was serving our country in Madrid, Spain and was selling an Acura for 2,950 HA! i immediatly googled it!Hello,

    You have to know that the 2005 Acura TL I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 56,245 miles. The VIN# is 19UUA66215A060186.This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.

    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s433.photobucket.com/albums/qq60/05acrtl32sdn/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

    I am located in Madrid,Spain and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Spain. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2900. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you and have a nice day,
    Lt. Jason Lee

  148. Joyful Says:

    “Almost” sucker: Well, at least you didn’t give him your bank account number and password… did you??

  149. abby Says:

    I got an email too. From a Sgt. Peter J. Loranty, selling a beautiful white 2003 honda accord for a measly $2, 980. The car seemed great and perfect. I sent the guy an email asking a few questions about the car, and he sends back a large response barely touching upon my questions. I knew it was a scam when he sent that he was “located in the UK to improve the military relationships between the US and the UK” and what person ships a whole car over seas without checking if it can be registered? come on! I am a just turned 17 year old, looking for her first car, and even I knew it was a scam…

    It sounded too good to be true, sigh, I better keep looking….

  150. Another Retard Says:

    Ugh… I was looking at the same thing. Thanks for posting this, that would’ve been a huge mistake. : (

  151. gotum Says:

    After much research and googling I think I have discovered at least some of what’s going on here. I too noticed one of those “too good to be true” craigslist ads and like many of you decided to do some research. It seems that “they”, whoever they are, steal the pics and info from legitimate used car dealers who have posted the details and pics to their own sites, repackage them to photobucket and start running ads. Several of the VINS above as well as the one I was looking at, are from Texas, one dealership in particular. While that may be a coincidence, it may also be that the person or persons doing this is in some way attached to that dealership or at least that area.
    I hope some authority gets involved and investigates this and grabs this sob and puts em away for a long time.

  152. HEY Says:

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. Peter J Loranty. You have to know that the 2004 Honda Accord EX 3.0L V6 Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 35,863 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM66594A025570. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    5-Speed Automatic Transmission Premium Sound With CD Changer Sunroof Dual Zone Climate Control Air Conditioning Climate Control Heated Seats Telescoping Steering Wheel Tilt Steering Wheel Traction Control
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s400.photobucket.com/albums/pp88/2004havv/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

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

  153. HEY Says:

    so the one above is a little different, but basically the same thing. it all seemed fishy and that was when i entered his name on google and came up with this site. i had emailed the person about a car but they sent me the pics of a completly different car. this is dissappointing but a relief all the same.

  154. Francois Lefrench Says:

    yup, this deal is from Baltimore if it weren’t for my awesome cousin Huy, i’d probably have lost a lot of money.

    From: michael i
    Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 17:50:45 -0600
    Subject: RE: hi there! about your craigslist posting!
    To: Francois

    Hello there and thanks for your interest!First of all let me introduce
    myself, so that you know to whom you are talking to. My name is
    Charles Manley.
    As you’ve probably already seen on my ad, the price I’m looking for my
    1999 Acura Integra is $2800. The car has ONLY 58,184 miles with manual
    transmission. The mileage on this vehicle is accurately represented.
    Clean smell never been smoked in. This vehicle doesn’t have any signs
    of prior collision damage, has been garaged. Starts fast and runs
    flawlessly with smooth acceleration. There is not a skip or anything
    but smoothness in this vehicle’s transmission. There are no electrical
    problems with this vehicle whatsoever. The exterior of car is clean,
    better than average. Clean interior that is in good shape . The tires
    will last for years on this vehicle. All the leather is in excellent
    condition. All power options are in working order. All windows and
    sunroof motors work flawless.Exterior •Green with aluminum alloy
    wheels •Paint is in great condition. Features & Options •1.8L V-TEC
    DOHC Engine •Tan Leather Interior (Excellent Condition) •Air
    Conditioning •Cruise Control •Moonroof •Sunroof•Tilt Steering Wheel
    •Clock •Tachometer Power Equipment •Power Steering •Power Windows
    •Power Locks •Power Mirrors Safety Features •Anti-Lock Brakes
    •Driver’s Air Bag •Passenger Air Bag •Intermittent Wipers •Rear
    Defogger Interior •Leather Steering Wheel •Cruise Control in Steering
    Wheel •AM/FM •CD Player
    In case it gets sold I will take care of shipping.I am selling the
    acura because my platoon has been sent back to Iraq and I have no use
    for it anymore plus i want to buy another car in several months. The
    price is low because I need to sell it before December 15.
    I will only conclude the transaction through eBay Purchase Protection
    for our own protection. They act as a neutral third party. I shall
    explain to you the process, so that you know what you are getting
    into!If we decide to proceed with this transaction, i will have to
    contact eBay and provide them all the necessary information, so they
    can start the process right away. I will be needing your full name and
    address for that. You will receive a notification from eBay shortly
    after that, together with all the instructions to follow and the
    invoice as well.Regarding the payment, you will be instructed to
    deposit the money to an eBay account. They will hold and insure your
    money until you receive the car in good condition.That is how their
    buyer protection policy is working. As far as the seller concerns, i
    will be glad to know that eBay has the possession of the money during
    the delivery period. That is my insurance.As soon as i will have the
    confirmation from eBay that the funds have been deposited to their
    account, i will immediately start the shipping process.I am willing to
    handle the shipping. It will be shipped by plane with US Air Military
    Cargo so it will not cost me anything, because i am a Capt. with US
    Airborne Division. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area
    and then it will be trucked forward to your place.The acura will be
    delivered to your address in no more than 2-3 working days.You will be
    given a 15 days inspection period from the day you receive the car at
    home.If you decide to hold it, then you will have to authorize eBay to
    release the funds to me, and the transaction will be completed. If you
    will not be satisfied with it, you will be able to send the car back
    through US Air Military Cargo, and ask eBay to return the funds to
    you.Though i am sure you will love it and will not want to return the
    acura, it is good to know that you do have this second option
    available.Again I want to point out that because i am going to Iraq, i
    am after a fast transaction, with no delays. That is why i decided to
    lower the price, to avoid wasting time with negotiations and find a
    buyer as soon as possible.If you wish to proceed with the
    purchase,please provide me your full name and address so I can
    initiate the deal through eBay right away.
    I look forward to hearing from you.Warm Regards,Capt. Charles Manley
    PS. if you need see pics just Click:
    http://s303.photobucket.com/albums/nn147/1999_Acura_Integra_GSR/

  155. Jim Auch Says:

    I had the same experiencce, Saw car on Craig’s list. Responded. Military Personell. Depositied Money w/ Western Union. Received response from ebay acknowledging depoirt. Sent receipt to fax. Cheated out of $2,950. — How come the fax number cannot be identitfied in terms of ownership?

  156. Joyful Says:

    Jim, did you report this to authorities? There should be a record of who the fax number is assigned to.

  157. Kim in NJ Says:

    THANK YOU for this blog. It just saved my brother in law $5K. See the messages he got below also in response to a Craigslist sale of a minivan. WOW – this scam is going on a long time. I couldn’t find it on snopes though. Thanks!

    1st Email from him:

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in my car. This is a 2005 Honda Odyssey EX with 28,225 miles, garage kept. Non-smoker & no pets. Well maintained. Fully loaded w/RES&voice activated NAV. Navi has latest v4.62 software. Stereo, A/C, nav/res can be controlled from the steering wheel. RES has 2-pair of wireless headphones. Passengers can watch movies or listen to their music, while driver listens to different music source. Back-up camera w/display on nav screen. Front/rear parking sensors. Very clean interior. Power everything. VIN# : 5FNRL38445B006268.

    Here you can find more pictures of the car: http://s430.photobucket.com/albums/qq27/OdysseyEX2005/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    It has never been involved in an accident.The engine starts and drives like new and the paint looks great. It comes with US clear title which will be signed and notorized in the buyer’s name. I’m an US Air Force SSgt. currently stationed in United Kingdom.The car is here with me. It was bought in the US and shipped to Europe, but it was never permanently registered here, the car is still registered in the US.The car is for sale locally as well, but there are slim chances of this to happen. In order to be able to register this car here in UK the buyer would have to pay very high import/custom taxes that will double the price. So I decided to sell the car back in the US.

    The final price is $4,850.00 including shipping from UK to the US and delivery to your home address.
    So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you and have a great day
    SSgt.James Hammond

    2ND Email From him:

    Hi,

    I will have the car shipped from UK by an US Air Force cargo plane so there won’t be any additional shipping costs. Also I will arrange for a truck to transport the car to your home address or, if you like, you can pick it up from the nearest airport in your area. The shipping will take 6-8 days, depending on your location.Shipping will be door to door,to your home address,somebody must be home when the car arrives to sign for the reception.The car will arrive with all the papers and documents required for registration and the keys. The clear title and the bill of sale will be already signed by me.

    The payment will be done through eBay.You will send the money to eBay and as soon as the payment is confirmed they will notify me to proceed with the shipping. I will ship the car, you will receive it and you will have 5 days for inspection, both the car and the paperwork and the option to accept or reject the car.The inspection time period will begin as soon as you sign for receiving the car at your requested address.During all this time eBay will hold the money into a trust account.So, this is not a blind transaction,you can see the car before decided to buy it.If you are satisfied with the car and decide to keep it you inform eBay about this and they will release the money to me. If the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back the car will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for the both of us.Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.

    If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name and the address where you want the car to be delivered to and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.

    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.

    Thank you

  158. Andrea D. Says:

    Thank you so much for posting this blog! We too answered an online ad thru craigslist and got the exact same email, and I think it’s from the same “SSgt”. I told my husband right of the bat that this a scam. He wanted to investigate further. He was iffy about it as well, because it was too good to be true! So thank you for confirming for us that this is fraud!

  159. Keni Mak Says:

    Thank you for your bloc. Here is the latest scam which I almost fell for it. This is a word by word response to my email inquiring about an ad in Craigslist. The strange thing is that after I agreed to purchase the car and then eBay sent me an email with all the detailed instructions.

    “Hello,

    I`m Sgt. John M. Bray.You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 37,391 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56603A136574. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    CD player Leather seats Sunroof
    Driver airbag Passenger airbag Side airbags
    Anti-lock brakes Air conditioning Cruise control
    Power locks Power seats Power windows

    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s479.photobucket.com/albums/rr155/honda2003ex/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

    I am located in Toronto,Canada and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Canada. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2960. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 2 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you, and have a nice day,
    John M. and Nora Bray”

  160. Dan Says:

    Keni I have a similar story, but a slightly different car, the email is almsot exactly the same, Loranty strikes again! I find it awful that someone would do this, I got my hopes up about a car expeciialy because I really need one and boom, I found out this guy is a scammer……..

    Hello,

    I`m Sgt. Peter J Loranty. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 3.0L V6 Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 71,566 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM66503A005559. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    CD player Sunroof Leather seats
    Side airbags Passenger airbag Driver airbag
    Anti-lock brakes Air conditioning Power windows
    Power seats Power locks Cruise control

    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s708.photobucket.com/albums/ww85/2003haccc/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

    I am located in Toronto,Canada and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Canada. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2990. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 2 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you, and have a nice day,
    Peter and Maria Loranty

  161. wuteverx1972 Says:

    LOL I got the same crap about this guy Joe Mocar.

    Email Address: joe.mocar@gmail.com

    I found out at the beginning that this was a scam so I played along with it. This was for a 1997 Toyota Supra for $2500. Way to cheap for a $30,000-$70,000 car. So, I created false personal information and created a fake money order, fake reciept, and a fake money transfer form. The guy prolly things all this is legit hahaha his last repsonse was

    “I will verify this money transfer I hope this will be ok for you. If money gram can confirm that this money transfer is available I will proceed with the shipment to:”-Feb 6, 2009

    I’m still waiting for his response, which I probably won’t get till later this weekend hopefully.

    Here are my false information that I gave him:
    [Money Order]
    http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b323/EatShitItTastesGood/MoneyOrderCopy.jpg?t=1233903324

    [Money Tranfer Form]
    http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b323/EatShitItTastesGood/MoneyGramTransfer.jpg?t=1233952720

    [Reciept]
    http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b323/EatShitItTastesGood/MoneyGramReciept.jpg?t=1233954610

    ******************************************************************************************
    Anyways here’s the entire email so far
    ******************************************************************************************

    I will verify this money transfer I hope this will be ok for you. If money gram can confirm that this money transfer is available I will proceed with the shipment to: Angela Droks
    4547 Rio st. La Verne, CA 91750

    Thank you so much
    On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 11:11 PM, wrote:
    Oh and before I forget, here’s the reciept that came with it. Anything else before I get my car?

    http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b323/EatShitItTastesGood/MoneyGramReciept.jpg?t=1233954610

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Joe Mocar
    To: wuteverx1972@aim.com
    Sent: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 12:22 pm
    Subject: Re: 1997 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo 6 SPEED – Price: $2,500

    That is not a proof for me… a friend of mine was scammed with a fake money order… nobody can confirm me that is real… if she make an MONEY TRANSFER how I’ve asked before I can to verify online … so please do not try to scam me because I don’t need that! We had a deal… she go and make a money transfer and give me the receipt… but now you give me a money order that I cannot verify anywhere… Sorry but I am not stupid to lose my car.

    Good luck

    On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 8:14 PM, wrote:
    Thats all they gave my friend. You wanted proof that she has the funds so I showed you her proof. You cannot do a money order unless you have the funds available on the date. So this shows that she does have the funds available. She will do a money transfer after she gets the car.

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Joe Mocar
    To: wuteverx1972@aim.com
    Sent: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 2:12 am
    Subject: Re: 1997 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo 6 SPEED – Price: $2,500

    I don’t see a MONEY TRANSFER receipt! So we do not have any deal! This I cannot verify is real!

    On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 9:26 AM, wrote:
    Sorry the link does not work for the other email
    here it is again:
    http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b323/EatShitItTastesGood/MoneyOrderCopy.jpg?t=1233903324

    Her name is Angela Droks
    4547 Rio st. La Verne, CA 91750

    —–Origi nal Message—–

    From: Joe=2 0Mocar
    To: wuteverx1972@aim.com
    Sent: Thu, 5 Feb 2009 2:39 pm
    Subject: Re: 1997 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo 6 SPEED – Price: $2,500

    Yes, I confirm that you or her should to make a money transfer and let me see that you really made it. Once I see the receipt I will ship the car. After you or her get the car you have to go at money gram and resend the money to me.

    Thank you so much

    On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 12:13 AM, wrote:
    Ok you seem like an honest person. But like I said before I will not be purchasing the car. My friend is the one that will and I’m sure she has the funds available I just need to talk with her. I will let you know what her response is ASAP.

    So just to make things sure, all you want right now is to show proof that she has the funds available through money gram right? And then from there she sends you a reciept of the money, you ship the car, and then=2 0she pays you when she gets the car?
    =0 A

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Joe Mocar
    To: wuteverx1972@aim.com
    Sent: Thu, 5 Feb 2009 1:48 pm
    Subject: Re: 1997 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo 6 SPEED – Price: $2,500

    I understand your concerns and I agree with you but you also must understand that I have to be sure that you have the money available and willing to pay me. Only then I will ship the car to you! If you are an undoubtfull, serious buyer, you surely have nothing worry about. I really hope this is true. Moreover, I was thinking, if you don’t feel alright about this deal it’s only natural that I feel nervous too.
    So, this is what I have in mind: if you don’t feel safe with my first proposal, you should go to a Money Gram agency and make a money transfer of $2,500 to a relative, best friend or to someone you trust.
    Please visit: http://www.moneygram.com/eFindUs/findUs.do to find the nearest Money Gram agency.
    This way you can show=2 0me in few minutes that you have all the money available and in same time you’ll feel safe about your money. Just send to me a copy of the receipt that20you will receive at money gram when you make the money transfer (as proof that you have the money).
    Once20I see the receipt I will ship the car to your location, you will also receive the title, you will have 10 days to inspect, test drive it, take it to a mechanic, after 10 days you have to decide if you will keep it or not!

    If you will keep it (witch I am 100% you will) then you will go at the money gram and resend the money to me. When you resend the money take the money transfer fees from the amount you send to me.
    If you won`t be satisfied with the car I will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    We have a deal?
    You will inspect the car in person before I get paid, I cannot do more than this…

    On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 11:45 PM, wrote:
    Well one thing is because I am not the one who will be buying the car, its a friend who is interested in20it. There’s is nothing wrong with asking someone for their number when buying a car. Al so it’s not common to see a perfectly maintained supra for $2,500. My brother has been scammed with ebay and paypal asking for his information about some issues with his account. And in turn, he lost $120. 0I’m not saying that the car is a scam but it does not mean I have no concerns.

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Joe Mocar
    To: wuteverx1972@aim.com
    Sent: Thu, 5 Feb 2009 1:35 pm
    Subject: Re: 1997 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo 6 SPEED – Price: $2,500

    You know what.. seems you are difficult person… I don’t want to waste my time.

    On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 11:32 PM, wrote:
    If I give you my shipping details, then what would I do next? Where would I pay? Why haven’t you provided a phone number?

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Joe Mocar
    To: wuteverx1972@aim.com
    Sent: Thu, 5 Feb 2009 1:27 pm
    Subject: Re: 1997 Toyota Supra Twi n Turbo 6 SPEED – Price: $2,500

    You don’t feel safe to give me the shipment details? that’s cool… I will ship the car where? I do not relist the car on ebay so…

    Good luck

    On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 11:19 PM, wrote:
    Ok this all sounds good to me but why haven’t you posted this car up on eBay yet? I don’t feel safe giving personal information as it is already stored in my eBay account. What is your phone number so that I can reach you? Also, why is there multiple listings of the same car in different states??

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Joe Mocar
    To: wuteverx1972@aol.com
    Sent: Thu, 5 Feb 2009 4:46 am
    Subject : Re: 1997 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo 6 SPEED – Price: $2,500

    I`m SSGT=2 0Joe Mocar. You have to know that the car I am selling is i n a perfect cos metic and eng ine condition and meticulously maintained. No damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden20defects, the engine runs and sounds awesome. The title is clear. It has 89,972 miles. The VIN# is JT2DE82A2V1000101

    The only problem is my current situation. I was an US Air Force reserve and I was recently recalled to serve in United Kingdom. I’ve brought the car with me, but now I have to sell it back in the US because nobody interested in buying a left hand drive and for the registration I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes.

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway I am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car I will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

    My final price on it is $ 2500 and I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be20shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will receive the car in about 5-7 days to the nearest airport in your area and then it will=2 0be trucked forward to your place.

    Please get=2 0back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your=2 0full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    P.S.: If you don’t like the eBay idea we can try find something else just in case you are a serious buyer and you have all the money available.

    Thank you and have a nice day,

    On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 8:45 AM, wrote:
    Hello, this is Henry Lugo and I am interested in the Toyota supra that you are selling. Judging by the pictures and information provided the vehicle looks in really good condition. I’m curious about the price though. Why is it so low? Is there a mistake on the price advertised or is there something wrong with the car that was not mentioned in the description? Thank you.
    *******************************************************************************************

    Hahaha I can just see him printing out my fake information and wasting his time verifying if the money transfer. I bet he’s all exciting. I wish I could do something much more harmful though : [

    At least I’ll make him feel stupid hahaha

  162. Joyful Says:

    LOL! Good job. At least he knows that people are on to him.

  163. michelle Says:

    this happen too me to those damn ass whole !!! i was really happy finding a white honda for 2900 for the year 2005 the changed their ad up to to being in spain now ugh im so mad hope they get karma !!!!!! just for trying to scam people

  164. Lbetter Says:

    Thanks for posting this the guy sent me the same email! I did give him my address but nothing more.. so I hope I didn’t screw myself.. I was just excited about getting a good car for so cheap! eff me!

  165. AnnMarie Says:

    Seriously, I am SO HAPPY I came across this site and information. I did get the same email, having emailed someone regarding a car I saw on Craigslist. Anyway, I was searching this military freak’s name on Google when I came across this site. Thanks so much. I hope more people do their homework BEFORE buying a car and BEFORE replying to emails with their information. I even order the history on the car paying $25 and found that the car was actually from Texas. Anyway, need to be careful.

  166. BrandyA Says:

    Glad I found this site. I responded to an add on craigslist local to Port Huron MI…This is the response I recived…so very similar to every one elses

    Hello there and thank you for your interest. I am selling my 2007 Black Honda Civic LX Sedan in immaculate condition with only 29,000 miles, VIN number: 1HGFA165X7L134766 , rust free, no scratch and hasn’t been involved in any accident. It has always been garage kept. Engine is a 1.8-Liter i-VTEC(TM), I4, 16-Valve, SOHC, MPFI Engine. The interior looks great .The car has never been smoked in or involved in an accident. I recently had the oil changed so it is in perfect condition. The tires are like new. This car doesn’t need anything else and it comes with a CLEAN title that will be signed and notarized on your name as soon as the payment will be completed. My name is Kevin Sanders and I’m an US Navy Lieutenant currently stationed in Mayport NS base, near Jacksonville, Florida. I’ve decided to sell it because I will be deployed to Afghanistan and this car needs to be driven, not left over to rust in some garage. I must sell it before February 28th. I want this transaction to be smooth and I want to have a serious buyer involved also. Time is an important thing for me and I don’t want to waste any of it with endless discussions. I believe $3,800 with all transit fees included anywhere in the continental US included is more than a fair price. This is a large amount of money and I would like to conduct the deal using an authorized third party like eBay with their Purchase Protection Program, in order to eliminate any trust issues and insure an overall safety of the sale. The third party will keep the payment until the purchase is final, and you test and accept the car. If you will not get the car as described, and also if you find any reasons to refuse the car, you will get your money back instantly. To be able to use this program you need to qualify. I have been approved 3 years ago and I was very satisfied with this service. So, if you are interested in buying my car just let me know your name and shipping address. I will forward them to eBay’s protection program and wait for the approval. You can reach me at (904)-425-9765. Thank you, Lt. Kevin Sanders P.S. You can see more pictures of the car here: http://s673.photobucket.com/albums/vv93/ussmil/civicLX2007

    What would happen if I called? hmmm…

    My instant reaction was scam, but then I second guessed myself because it all was local and not a foreign country…even did a reverse lookup on the phone number…it is a Jacksonville FL number. Instead of responding to the email…I just looked for scams that were similar and confirmed my inital feeling.
    Thank you everyone.

  167. Rachel Says:

    I googled “Sgt. Peter J Loranty” because I thought the email I received about the 2003 Honda Accord was a scam. I am so glad I did! I feel bad for the poor people who believe these a-holes and send the money! This is the e-mail I received.
    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. Peter J Loranty. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 6 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 99,700 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM66813A071919. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Standard Equipment
    Leather Dual Zone Air Conditioning Power Door Locks
    Cruise Control Power Steering AM/FM Radio
    Air Conditioning Power Windows
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s628.photobucket.com/albums/uu5/2003haaca/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

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

  168. Yet another Says:

    Hey, just letting everyone know…

    I got roped into another one of these, luckily nothing further than what can be found in any phone book. Name/Address. Same deal but with a different name:

    Sgt James Helms in the UK
    Email address: sgt.jameshelms@gmail.com

    I’m not fluent on whether or not anything can be done to these people, but I’d like to see THEIR inbox spammed beyond belief just so they have to come up with another name.

    The more names that are put here, the more likely someone doing a search will find this page.

    Luckily I didn’t throw down any money and I didn’t give any passwords or sensitive information.

    PS… Another way to verify if someone is in the military or not is to have them send an email from a (dot)mil account and have it digitally signed. If it is genuine then the digital cert should show that it is routed through DoD servers. Not a sure fire way to check, but another tool in the arsenal.

  169. aren Says:

    thank you for whoever started this website. I almost just bought into this scam and then my mom typed in the VIN number and here popped up the sight.

  170. tiffant Says:

    i didnt get sorry for my delay but good thing i looked up the person because im pretty syre both of mine were scams 2 cuz i wrote someone about 2 different cars and the same person wrote the same stuff to me but how do they get all the info like vin number and all that? and there were pictures of the paper where the cars were checked out and stuf…crazy.
    but thanks for posting this.

  171. Olivia Says:

    And again, I got 2 of these… When google searching the man’s name, your website came up. Wow, this is enough to keep me from getting my first car…
    See below :(
    Alert craigslist!!!

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. Kevin J Loranty. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord LX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 92,858 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56393A012115 .This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    Power Door Locks Cruise Control Power Steering CD AM/FM Radio Air Conditioning Power Windows Options CD player Safety features Passenger airbag Driver airbag Anti-lock brakes
    Power Options Air conditioning Power windows Power locks Cruise control
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s413.photobucket.com/albums/pp219/2003hondaaccca/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

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

    AND

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m SGT James Kreimier. This Accord EX is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 87,147 miles. VIN Number: 1HGCM56663A102462
    CD player Anti-lock brakes Driver Airbag Leather Sunroof
    Passenger airbag Side airbags Air conditioning Cruise control
    Power locks Power windows
    Here are the pics of the car:
    http://s389.photobucket.com/albums/oo337/gg12s/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in Madrid, Spain and I was sent here with my department of peace maintenance. One month ago my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is 2960 USD. If you will take it for this price I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me ASAP if you decide to buy and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Best Regards,
    James and Elizabeth Kreimier

  172. Sammee Says:

    Hello,
    Thank you everyone for your postings of this scam. I recvd a response from a guy selling a 97 SUPRA for $2500. Like you, he wanted me to go through the ebay ave for payments…..

    I am so thankful that there are people like you who are caring and thoughtful enough to take the time out to warn others about this innocent, hard working, and trusting people out of their money.

    Thank you for saving my 16 years old teenage son’s from being ripped off by these patheticm discpicable and evil-hearted crooks. My son’s started saving his every penny he got for his birthday, Christmas, special occasions and odd jobs….for the past 3 years so he could buy his 1st car.

    I pray that many will be able to benefit from these postings and please do not stop posting your comments – people needs to know.

    Here’s the response I recvd from “SSgt Jonathan Cruz” at jonathan.cruz44@gmail.com

    He wrote:
    “I`m SSgt Jonathan Cruz. You have to know that the car I am selling is in a perfect cosmetic and engine condition and meticulously maintained. No damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects, the engine runs and sounds awesome. The title is clear. It has 89,972 miles. The VIN# is JT2DE82A2V1000101

    The only problem is my current situation. I was an US Air Force reserve and I was recently recalled to serve in United Kingdom. I’ve brought the car with me, but now I have to sell it back in the US because nobody interested in buying a left hand drive and for the registration I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes.”…..

  173. Joyful Says:

    I hope your son finds a good car. He sounds like a good boy. We found a car for our son from a used car dealer. It was not a fantastic deal, but it’s a good car.

  174. Corrina Says:

    Thank you for your excerpts. I felt that it was too good to be true and looked up an acura on craigslist through google and your site came up. Thankyou for taking the time to write about you experience, you have helped many people! Including myself!

  175. juli Says:

    I AM SO THANKFUL YOU POSTED THIS!!!!!!!!! i was so close to pursuing this. I can’t even believe how many other people have posted the exact email I received. I am so thankful!!!! Google saves lives! Here’s mine!:

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. Kevin J Loranty. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord LX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 92,858 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56393A012115 .This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    Power Door Locks Cruise Control Power Steering CD AM/FM Radio Air Conditioning Power Windows Options CD player Safety features Passenger airbag Driver airbag Anti-lock brakes
    Power Options Air conditioning Power windows Power locks Cruise control
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s413.photobucket.com/albums/pp219/2003hondaaccca/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

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

  176. quantemlp Says:

    info on robert whatever scamming everybody scam artist, his gig is up. I know who you are and where your busines is.

    Domain Name………. onlinevehiclepurchaseworld.com
    Creation Date…….. 2008-05-02
    Registration Date…. 2008-05-02
    Expiry Date………. 2009-05-02
    Organisation Name…. Jordan Manolakis
    Organisation Address. 6043 Kimberly Blvd.
    Organisation Address.
    Organisation Address. North Lauderdale
    Organisation Address. 33068
    Organisation Address. FL
    Organisation Address. UNITED STATES

    Admin Name……….. Jordan Manolakis
    Admin Address…….. 6043 Kimberly Blvd.
    Admin Address……..
    Admin Address…….. North Lauderdale
    Admin Address…….. 33068
    Admin Address…….. FL
    Admin Address…….. UNITED STATES
    Admin Email……….
    Admin Phone………. +1.9549876453
    Admin Fax…………

    Tech Name………… – Yahoo! Security Lock
    Tech Address……… 701 First Ave.
    Tech Address………
    Tech Address……… Sunnyvale
    Tech Address……… 94089
    Tech Address……… CA
    Tech Address……… UNITED STATES
    Tech Email………..
    Tech Phone……….. +1.6198813096
    Tech Fax………….
    Name Server………. yns1.yahoo.com
    Name Server………. yns2.yahoo.com

    This is affiliated with the following:
    http://www.industrynet.com/info.asp?CID=247043

    robert woods address, is listed to a catina hunt, 7600 creekbend dr apt 213 houston tx 713-778-0533

  177. Lisa Says:

    I got scamed I recieved an email from a claudia marx regarding a 2004 civic here is her emails
    Hello,

    I have received your email regarding the 2004 Honda Civic with only 45,989 miles.
    The car is in perfect condition,with no scratches on it,no damage, clear title.
    The price for the car is $3,400 with shipping included.
    The car was my husband`s as he loved it very much, but he did not enjoy it as he died in a IRAQ 3 month ago. It brings very bad memories to me, I want to get rid of it.
    The buyer will receive the car with all papers and receipts that he needs to register it to his name.
    Shipping will be done whit DAS and it will take no more then 2-3 days. I have a friend there who will manage me a low price shipping and I assumed that it is my duty to pay for shipping it.It will be delivered directly to your address.
    Anyway, I have to let you know that I want a fast deal so if you are really interested in buying it,please reply with the following information’s:
    -Your full name;
    -Your shipping address.(street,city,state,zip code)
    The transaction will close only through ebay so we both will be protected.
    I want ebay because as they are the biggest company on the internet I think that we can close this deal fast and safe for both of us. Also I am not very familiar with the internet transactions and ebay is the only one I know.
    I will look for your email,so that we can move forward with this deal!
    Let me know.
    Regards,
    Claudia

    Hi Lisa,
    I have forwarded your details to eBay and they will contact you with an invoice soon!let me know when you get it.The shipping is free i will take care of it and i will send the car with all the papers vehicle registration, warranty papers,transfer papers etc.
    Best regards,
    Claudia
    Hi Lisa,
    don´t worry, it´s normal to have questions. The money will be sent to an eBay agent. After the payment is confirmed and secured by eBay I will start the shipping. The car will be in front at your door in max 5 days. From the moment you receive the car you have a 5 days inspection period. After the 5 days you have to decide if you want to keep the car or not. If you’ll keep the car the payment will be released to me. In case you will not like the car and decide not to keep it you will have to ship the car back and you will be fully refunded. If you can pay 2800 it´s ok.
    Oh…I almost forgot…Look, I’ll sell to you a TIP: when you’ll go to Money Gram to wire the money, if they will ask you who you’ll send the money, tell them that you’ll send the money to a friend to avoid the fees for the business transfer, because after you receive the car and eBay Purchase Protection forward me the money, Money Gram will charge me HIGH fees if they will know that we have a deal !!!
    Thanks for helping me too…

    Hi again Lisa,
    eBay has already confirmed that you have sent the payment. I will come back with an e-mail soon and reply with instructions regarding the shipping details.
    Thank you
    Claudia

    her email address is claudiamarx57@yahoo.com and her agent for ebays email address is jenifer.green7@gmail.com eBay Purchase Protection Program Case id # 149589855‏
    these are from Jennifer Green the fake ebay agent
    How to make the payment?

    1. Locate the nearest Money Gram Office.
    2. Make the payment with cash using thee Bay Purchase Protection agent details:
    Agent first name: Jennifer
    Agent last name: Green
    Agent street: 2145 Hamilton Avenue
    Agent city: San Jose,CA
    Agent zip: 95125
    Agent country: United States

    3 E-mail us the following details from the payment receipt:
    – REF# – 8 digits number from the payment receipt

    – Sender Name and Address
    – Receiver Name
    – Amount

    Fax the Money Gram receipt to the following fax number:+1 (339) 600-3267 Once we receive the payment confirmation, we will instruct the seller to start the shipping process. You will receive the car in 2-3 days.

    Sincerely,
    eBay Purchase Protection Financial Department
    FAX: +1 (339) 600-3267

    This is a notice letting you know that we have received your payment details and we are in the process of verifying your payment details. We will contact the seller shortly and instruct to proceed with the shipping. As soon as we will have the shipping confirmation you will receive further details regarding the shipping process (courier information, tracking method, expected delivery date).

    Sincerely,

    How to make the payment?

    1. Locate the nearest Money Gram Office.
    2. Make the payment with cash using thee Bay Purchase Protection agent details:
    Agent first name: Jennifer
    Agent last name: Green
    Agent street: 2145 Hamilton Avenue
    Agent city: San Jose,CA
    Agent zip: 95125
    Agent country: United States

    3 E-mail us the following details from the payment receipt:
    – REF# – 8 digits number from the payment receipt

    – Sender Name and Address
    – Receiver Name
    – Amount

    Fax the Money Gram receipt to the following fax number:+1 (339) 600-3267 Once we receive the payment confirmation, we will instruct the seller to start the shipping process. You will receive the car in 2-3 days.

    Sincerely,
    eBay Purchase Protection Financial Department
    FAX: +1 (339) 600-3267

    I was not to lucky though i found this site to late I spent the money and now am out of 2,900 dollors pls be carefull everyone..

    I also got an email from your srgt guy heres that one as well melux32@live.com

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. James J Badgett. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 87,109 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56663A102462 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    5-Speed Automatic Transmission Premium Sound With CD Changer Sunroof Dual Zone Climate Control Air Conditioning Climate Control Heated Seats Tilt Steering Wheel Traction Control
    Clock Cruise Control Leather Shifter Leather Steering Wheel Power Driver’s Seat Power Locks Power Mirrors Power Steering Power Windows Privacy Glass / Tinted Windows Steering Wheel
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s418.photobucket.com/albums/pp261/2003haexxx/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

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

    I wish I saw this site first but hopefully my story will help others

    Thanks lisa

  178. Elisa Says:

    Just got this today…SOOO glad I did a google search!! I’m always cautious when people sound too fake in the email. Just be real and maybe I’ll consider it, but when you sound too fake, you make me question. Here’s the email I received, sounds like this guy/girl is sending the same name to others…BE CAUTIOUS!!!!

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. Peter J Loranty. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 37,391 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56603A136574. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    CD player Leather seats Sunroof
    Driver airbag Passenger airbag Side airbags
    Anti-lock brakes Air conditioning Cruise control
    Power locks Power seats Power windows
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s391.photobucket.com/albums/oo353/2003hawll/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

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

  179. Nick Says:

    I got the similar mail from the same SCAM: Do not get into it in this bad economy. Do not waste your time and money.

    Here is the mail:
    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. Peter J Loranty. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 37,391 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56603A136574. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    CD player Leather seats Sunroof
    Driver airbag Passenger airbag Side airbags
    Anti-lock brakes Air conditioning Cruise control
    Power locks Power seats Power windows
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s391.photobucket.com/albums/oo353/2003hawll/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

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

    Next reply:
    Hi again,
    !!! Also the car will arrive with all the documentation’s required for registration and the keys. I will send you all the papers and documents (clear title, bills of sale, car’s manual) to prove the ownership and to be able to register it with no problem. The clear title and the bill of sale will be both signed so you can become owner of the car on spot.
    We have a deal! I forwarded your information to eBay. They will shortly contact you with all the transaction details.
    Please follow their instructions exactly and make the payment. Immediately after they confirm me that they hold your payment,
    I will proceed with shipping the car to you.

    Thanks

    Hoping to hear from you soon
    ————————————————

  180. lina Says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOh MY god you all saved me from giving away 4500 USD LOl i cant believe how people would do this type of things! all this email sounds the same i got so it looks like this person (s) are still out there this is sad how far people would go. well KARMA is a… and they will get there’s one day!!!

  181. zac Says:

    INVESTIGATION NOW!!!!!!

    this is the fake eBay motors invoice i got

    eBay Motors VPP Transaction Case ID 415163589‏
    From: eBay Financial Department Inc. (ebay@vpp-buyerprotection.com)
    Sent: March 13, 2009 4:15:07 PM
    To: papersoldier06@hotmail.com

    eBay Motors VPP sent this message to Zach Rouse (papersoldier09).
    Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay.
    eBay Motors VPP Transaction Case ID 415163589

    eBay Motors member Edward Pietrzyk (pietrzykedward@yahoo.ca), as the Seller, initiated a new transaction through eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection program and registered you, Zach Rouse (papersoldier06@hotmail.com), as the Buyer.
    We have verified all the details of this transaction,we concluded that they are accurate and the transaction si approved. Please follow our instructions to complete the transaction safely. Your vehicle purchase is protected for up to $20,000.00 or the vehicle purchase price, whichever is lower.

    Buy Confidently with our Vehicle Purchase Protection Program

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

    New eBay Motors VPP Transaction

    Case ID: 415163589

    Item Title: 2008 Acura TL
    Price: $12,000.00

    Seller Verified Profile: pelias

    eBay Motors Member in good standing since 1999.
    Registered e-mail address
    pietrzykedward@yahoo.ca

    Identity and Contact Information Verified.
    Continues to meet strict Membership Criteria.
    Committed to Dispute Resolution and Mediation.
    Purchase Protection Coverage up to
    $20,000.00.

    Complete the transaction in 5 easy steps

    Buyer and Seller agree on the transaction terms and a selling price. Seller contacts eBay Motors with the transaction details;
    eBay Motors accepts the transaction and offers purchase protection to the Buyer (if the transaction is declined, no further action is required from neither Buyer or Seller);
    The Buyer receives an invoice and sends the payment to eBay Motors. After the payment is verified by eBay Motors, the Seller will initiate the shipping. The seller has three (3) business days to provide a tracking number to both the Buyer and eBay Motors. If no tracking number is provided, a full refund is immediately sent to the Buyer;
    The Buyer receives the vehicle and has 15 business days to inspect it. If it is as described and as agreed, the Buyer should accept the vehicle. If he refuses it, the Buyer must ship the vehicle back to the Seller;
    After the inspection period is over (15 business days), the Buyer must contact eBay Motors with the result of the inspection. If the Buyer refuses the vehicle, he will receive the refund only after the tracking number for the returned shipment is verified. If the Buyer accepts the vehicle, the payment will be sent to the Seller within three (3) business days.

    Vehicle Purchase Protection Overview

    Buy with confidence on eBay Motors! The Vehicle Purchase Protection program protects your vehicle purchase against fraud and material misrepresentation. This program is provided by eBay Motors for FREE on all eligible vehicle transactions completed on eBay Motors. There’s no sign-up, opt-in, or registration necessary.

    The following types of fraud and material misrepresentation are covered:
    Paying for a vehicle and never receiving it;
    Sending a deposit for a vehicle and never receiving the vehicle;
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  182. zac Says:

    There using eBay logo and good name to sucker new eBay users into giving them money eBay auto trader and other sites like them need to come together and start a formal investigation with the FBI now before online shopping is ruined for all of us INVESTIGATION NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  183. zac Says:

    The cons can be highly elaborate in there attempts to scam you .

  184. Lisa Says:

    I filed a case with the FBI on my fraud case so I’m waiting to hear back from them…..we will see!!!!!!

  185. Tammie Head Says:

    2HGES16535H505690
    1HGCM66503A005559
    4T1BE32K25U096087
    1HGCM56603A136574
    These are a few that I’ve found. First became aware of this scam a few days ago when my daughter starting looking for a car. I think it sucks that there are those violating the name of our military and even though I work full time and have very little spare time, I’ve made it my “Little Sister is Watching You” mission to do my part in aiding to end this bull. With a little research I’ve found that several of these vehicles could be from registered USA dealers or dealers scams. The two dealers(?) I’ve located are in PA, with reconstructed titles (salvage). Almost caught up with one dealer(?) in Calf but the ads disappeared before I could get all the info needed. You can find forms on-line for the Department of Transportation for most States to file a report for Fraudulent Misuse of Motor Vehicle Credentials. A lot of these vehicles are on other sites for sale, so I’m also sending the Craigslist letters and other site ads to them in complaint reports for they can flag these so-called dealers. I’m printing all ads and keeping files including all e-mail addresses. I’m asking that if you can trace these to the source before they can remove them do the same. Stab ‘em then flag ‘em. One on-line dealer stated they inspect and approve all the cars they list. I forwarded the Craigslist reply letter and ask this so called dealer if he flew to Spain to inspect this car. No reply of course. Honestly, I doubt that these wrecks still exist but if they do, can’t be registered in many states, not that you’d really GET the car. If these US business owners are not involved they need to answer for how these cars are being traced to them or be made aware that they are being used in these scams.
    Also, if you look at the ads on Craigslist it is followed by-listed “by owner” or “dealer” and these are listed by dealer so why do you get a reply letter from a private owner?
    Thank you for your help and good luck! Can’t wait to read future stories on your good deeds done!

  186. Tammie Says:

    I got a reply from a legit dealer that didn’t know his web page had been duped to advertise at least one of these cars. So they are also using honest sites to make it look as if these car exists. I shouldn’t be surprised.

  187. Tammie Says:

    Stupid me. These ads are 100% cut and paste taken from legit dealers.
    I’ve have contacted some dealers that are having their ads copied and they now are water marking pictures so their pictures can’t be duped. Hope this helps.

  188. Joyful Says:

    Tammie: good work!

  189. Sheed Says:

    THANKS FOR THE POST, I FIGURED OUT IT WAS A SCAM ABOUT 2 HOURS BEFORE THIS POST, BELOW IS THE EMAIL CONTACT THAT I HAD WITH THIS FAKE PERSON, BY THE IM GONNA SPRING HIM ALONG KNOW AND MAKE HIM THINK I STILL DONT KNOW THAT THIS IS A SCAM.

    Hi,

    I have attached you a carfax report. The car is on my name now and the title is clear, no lien.
    Please let me know as soon as you can since I have another guy interested…I put him on hold till I have an answer from you .

    Thanks again,
    Sgt. James B. Lucas

    On 3/27/09, sarfr1@aol.com wrote:
    Also i did a carfax vehicle record check and there is 12 records on the VIN that you gave me…can you explain any of that???

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Sgt. James B. Lucas
    To: Rashid Ali
    Sent: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 10:51 am
    Subject: Re: about the car

    Hello,

    Yes..I can wait without a problem.
    You ll receive the car with a US VA clear title, signe dby me, ready to be register in your name….

    In order to notify eBay I will need buyer’s full name and shipping address so I can open a transaction case and they will contact you for further details and instructions.
    How it work:
    You make the payment to eBay safe account.
    After they check the payment they announce me to start the shipping.
    After you will receive the car and see that is OK, you have to announce them that you have it.
    Only then, eBay will send me the money. This is is a fair deal for both.
    Hope to hear you soon..
    Sgt.James B. Lucas

    On Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 10:41 AM, Rashid Ali wrote:

    Alright I’m thinking its a yes, can u give me one day to decide and I’ll email you any information that you might need..i want to buy it for my parents who haven’t had a nice car in a really long time..so dont sell for a day and I will give you the final, thanks for all the information.. What state is the car registered in?

    Sent from my iPhone

    On Mar 26, 2009, at 8:10 AM, “Sgt. James B. Lucas” wrote:

    Hello

    I am glad that you are really interested in my car.
    Regarding the price, to be honest with you…this was my brother car but he is not…anymore.I don’t want to get rich by its selling, just want to give it to someone who will take good care…….

    As I already said in my first email the car is currently located in UK but still registered in US, so you won’t have to pay anything since it have a clear US title, no lien.
    Also, the car is in perfect working condition and it was never been smoked in.
    I can have it shipped from here by an US Air Force cargo plane so there won’t be any additional shipping costs. Also I can arrange for a truck to transport the car to your home address or, if you like, you can pick it up from the nearest airport in your area. The shipping will take up to 7 days, depending on your location. The car will arrive with all the papers and documents required for registration and the keys. The US clear title and the bill of sale will be already signed by me.
    The final price you will have to pay is $5,000. The payment must be done through eBay. Ebay Motors will work for us just like an escrow service, just that the transaction will be faster and also 100% secure for both of us. You will send them the payment, then they will let me know that the payment is OK and I can start the shipping. After the car will arrive to you and you will inspect it, you will let them know that, so they can forward the payment and complete the transaction.
    If the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it (I’m sure this will not be the case) eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back of the car will be my concern. I think this is fair for both of us.

    Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.
    If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name and the address where you want the car to be delivered and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.
    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible. Also, feel free to ask me any question you may have

    Thank you,
    Sgt. James B. Lucas

    On Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 10:50 PM, wrote:

    Thanks, wow this sounds like a really good deal, but you know im curious why are u selling it so cheap?? It just seems hard to believe and no offenese to you, but in todays world, its hard to find deals this good, without them being a scam..Especially since ur living thousands of miles away from me..Thnks for all the information and stuff, if there some way that i could know for sure this is not a scam, let me know..

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Sgt. James B. Lucas
    To: sarfr1@aol.com
    Sent: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 8:00 pm
    Subject: Re: about the car

    Hello,0D

    This is a 2007 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER/HYBRID , 3.3L V6 / All Wheel Drive,
    Automatic, ONLY 20,900 Miles, VIN JTEEW21A570036506.

    Here you can find more pictures with the car:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/picasaweb3/Higlander02?authkey=iHzXYyJPUWI#

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

    It is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are great, no
    scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been
    involved in an accident.

    I’m an US Air Force Sgt. currently stationed in UK and the car is here
    with me. It was bought in the US and shipped to Europe, but it was
    never permanently registered here, the car is still registered in the
    US.

    The shipping will take up to 7 business days and you will also have 10
    days to inspect and test drive the vehicle from the moment it arrives
    at your place. There will be no extra or hidden taxes for you to pay
    since the car is still registered in US. In case you decide not to
    keep the car I’m responsible for shipping back costs.

    I must say that this is a US model car, with the steering wheel on the
    left side, as opposed to a UK model, that has the steering wheel on
    the right side.

    As I’m unable to travel in the near future and I don’t have anyone
    back20home to help me with the sale I decided to sell this car through
    eBay or craigslist.

    Our transaction will be entirely through eBay Motors and we both will
    be covered.

    The final price is $5,000 including shipping from Europe to the US and
    delivery to your home address.

    So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please
    get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you and have a great day,
    Sgt. James B. Lucas
    http://www.lakenheath.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-090107-005.jpg

    PS. Sorry for the long email I have tried to touch all bases.

  190. Joe Says:

    After the first response, I noted the return email address appeared to be military – david.richards.us@gmail.com . I looked closer and realized it was not. A real military email address will end in @us.army.mil or @us.af.mil .

    This was clearly an attempt to disquise their email to appear it was from a legitimate miltary account. This was my first clue.

    My second clue, I googled the VIN they gave me and the woman selling her car in Chicago (pictures and description) was identical to the car this dude was selling in Florida.

    After the first day, the ‘seller’ took it off craig’s list. I think this was an attempt to appear the car was no longer available and create an immediate action on my part once I found it to be still for sale. Good tactic.

    Good luck to others.

    Good site. Thanks for the advice and warning!!!!

  191. leanna Says:

    i got this today from sgt james lucas

    Hello,

    This is a 2007 Acura TL, 6 Cyl / FRONT WHEEL DRIVE, Automatic, ONLY
    37.700 Miles, VIN 19UUA66257A015092.

    Here you can find more pictures with the car:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/picasaweb3/2007AcuraTL?authkey=QQEc9MKxaM8#
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web
    browser window)

    It is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are great, no
    scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been
    involved in an accident.

    I’m an US Air Force Sgt. currently stationed in UK and the car is here
    with me. It was bought in the US and shipped to Europe, but it was
    never permanently registered here, the car is still registered in the
    US.

    The shipping will take up to 7 business days and you will also have 10
    days to inspect and test drive the vehicle from the moment it arrives
    at your place. There will be no extra or hidden taxes for you to pay
    since the car is still registered in US. In case you decide not to
    keep the car I’m responsible for shipping back costs.

    I must say that this is a US model car, with the steering wheel on the
    left side, as opposed to a UK model, that has the steering wheel on
    the right side.

    As I’m unable to travel in the near future and I don’t have anyone
    back home to help me with the sale I decided to sell this car through
    eBay or craigslist.

    Our transaction will be entirely through eBay Motors and we both will
    be covered.

    The final price is $5,000 including shipping from Europe to the US and
    delivery to your home address.

    So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please
    get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you and have a great day,
    Sgt. James B. Lucas
    http://www.lakenheath.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-090107-005.jpg

    PS. Sorry for the long email I have tried to touch all bases.

  192. Mikhail Says:

    Thanks for posting this forum. I too was getting excited about a $5000 mercedes suv that Sgt. James B. Lucas was going to ship from the UK. I’m glad I thought to do a google search on his name before I sent any money.

  193. Laurel Parker Says:

    Add from Craigslist posted tonight and email auto-reply.

    *2007****TOYOTA HIGHLANDER HYBRID LIMITED 4WD Gray 6k Miles w/3rd Row Seat***** – $5000 (All Of East Bay)

    ——————————————————————————–
    Reply to: see below
    Date: 2009-04-04, 9:15PM PDT

    Hello,

    This is a 2007 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER/HYBRID , 3.3L V6 / All Wheel Drive,
    Automatic, ONLY 20,900 Miles, VIN JTEEW21A570036506.

    Here you can find more pictures with the car:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/picasaweb3/Higlander02?authkey=iHzXYyJPUWI#
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web
    browser window)

    It is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are great, no
    scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been
    involved in an accident.

    I’m an US Air Force Sgt. currently stationed in UK and the car is here
    with me. It was bought in the US and shipped to Europe, but it was
    never permanently registered here, the car is still registered in the
    US.

    The shipping will take up to 7 business days and you will also have 10
    days to inspect and test drive the vehicle from the moment it arrives
    at your place. There will be no extra or hidden taxes for you to pay
    since the car is still registered in US. In case you decide not to
    keep the car I’m responsible for shipping back costs.

    I must say that this is a US model car, with the steering wheel on the
    left side, as opposed to a UK model, that has the steering wheel on
    the right side.

    As I’m unable to travel in the near future and I don’t have anyone
    back home to help me with the sale I decided to sell this car through
    eBay or craigslist.

    Our transaction will be entirely through eBay Motors and we both will
    be covered.

    The final price is $5,000 including shipping from Europe to the US and
    delivery to your home address.

    So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please
    get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you and have a great day,
    Sgt. James B. Lucas
    http://www.lakenheath.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-090107-005.jpg

    PS. Sorry for the long email I have tried to touch all bases.

  194. Maria G Says:

    I am SO glad I found this site!
    My husband and I were so excited on getting an ACURA TL 37,000 miles for $5,000. My cousin told me it was a scam right away. I went online to do some research. The guys uses “Sgt. James B. Lucas”. He is in the UK, he says, and he also said he can have the car shipped….We were SO CLOSE on wiring money! I can’t believe this! and it is just SO sad that they make the military look bad!
    His name is also online for being a scammer using gmail email accounts.
    It’s also sad because I was very interested in that car! HAHA!

  195. Maria G Says:

    PLUS!!
    there were grammer errors in most of his emails!!!

  196. Charlotte Says:

    Looks like the scammer is at it again! I was emailing with a “military” seller who says his name is Sgt. James B. Lucas and that he is stationed in the UK. He was selling a 1997 Highlander Hybrid for $5000 b/c it was his brother’s car and is brother is “no more”. He offered to ship it via air and all kinds of other things just like the other posts say. Thank you so much for helping me avoid this scam!

  197. Joe U Says:

    Hi Folks,
    In this economy you do find “local” deals, but that’s the key – being able to transact in person. A few days ago i type bmw in CL, i search a few pages and see an ad for a 2005 bmw x5 for $4700.00 ?? odd,it was listed as local in SF’s hayes valley – So I sent the standard interest email. I received a response from a Sgt. Peter Stein of USAF. This is the exact letter –
    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in my car.This is a 2005 BMW X5 3.0i, Exterior Color Gray, Interior Color Black, Engine 6 Cylinder Gasoline, Transmission Automatic.16-Way Power Comfort Seats, 3-Stage Heated Front Seats, 8-Function On-Board Computer, Anthracite Maple Wood Trim, Dakota Leather Seat Trim, Front & Rear Park Distance Control, Heated Rear Seats,clean title.

    Mileage 49,160,VIN#: 5UXFA13515LY14845.

    Here you can find more pictures of the car: http://s728.photobucket.com/albums/ww287/2005bmwx5/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

    The car has been well taken care of, always kept in the garage.Flawless exterior/interior condition,no scratches and no dents.It has never been involved in an accident.The engine starts and drives like new and the paint looks great.It comes with US clear title which will be signed and notorized in the buyer’s name.Have all keys and manuals.

    I’m an US Air Force Staff.Sgt currently stationed in the United Kingdom.The car is here with me. It was bought in the US and shipped to Europe, but it was never permanently registered here, the car is still registered in the US.The car is for sale locally as well, but there are slim chances of this to happen. In order to be able to register this car here in the UK the buyer would have to pay very high import/custom taxes that will double the price. So I decided to sell the car back in the US.

    The price is $4,700.00 including shipping from the UK to the US and delivery to your home address.

    So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you
    SSgt.Peter Stein
    ——————– So obviously this seemed too good to be true
    What I questioned , First it ‘s in SF- hayes valley
    Then it’s in london..redirect…then all of a sudden the military just ships vehicles at zero cost, u gotta be friggin kidding me..that in itself would be a business run by military groups…Discount Brass Autos Online, we ship to you directly..ok enough jokes…to take this a step further I contact Ebay, not an easy thing to do **Hint create an FAQ about international Scams…save us all the time..then I Google this guys name an actually find an article about the real guy so I contacted them to alert of identity fraud
    Glad I found this site, I’ve noticed that during these harder times more an more scams an unethical practices are increasing in frequency- shameful bastards..may you rot reliving the pain you’ve caused others..k bye :)

  198. Bill Snider Says:

    Add Kevin Yorke to the list.

  199. Natasha W Says:

    Thank You so much for this!!!

    I saw an ad on craigslist for a 2006 Acura.
    It seemed like such a good deal. lol

    here is what he sent me.

    Hello,

    This is a 2006 Acura TSX, 2.4L L4 / FRONT WHEEL DRIVE, Automatic, ONLY
    33.800 Miles, VIN JH4CL96896C006214.

    Here you can find more pictures with the car:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/picasaweb6/2006AcuraTSX?authkey=Gv1sRgCOnYh4i-jPiIrgE#
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web
    browser window)

    It is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are great, no
    scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been
    involved in an accident.

    I’m an US Air Force Sgt. currently stationed in UK and the car is here
    with me. It was bought in the US and shipped to Europe, but it was
    never permanently registered here, the car is still registered in the
    US.

    The shipping will take up to 7 business days and you will also have 10
    days to inspect and test drive the vehicle from the moment it arrives
    at your place. There will be no extra or hidden taxes for you to pay
    since the car is still registered in US. In case you decide not to
    keep the car I’m responsible for shipping back costs.

    I must say that this is a US model car, with the steering wheel on the
    left side, as opposed to a UK model, that has the steering wheel on
    the right side.

    As I’m unable to travel in the near future and I don’t have anyone
    back home to help me with the sale I decided to sell this car through
    eBay or craigslist.

    Our transaction will be entirely through eBay Motors and we both will
    be covered.

    The final price is $5,000 including shipping from Europe to the US and
    delivery to your home address.

    So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please
    get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you and have a great day,
    Sgt. James B. Lucas
    http://www.lakenheath.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-090107-005.jpg

    PS. Sorry for the long email I have tried to touch all bases.

    oh and………..

    Hello,

    Regarding the price, to be honest with you…this was my brother car but he is not…anymore.I don’t want to get rich by its selling, just want to give it to someone who will take good care…….

    As I already said in my first email the car is currently located in UK but still registered in US, so you won’t have to pay anything since it have a clear US title, no lien. Also the car is in perfect working condition and it was never been smocked in.

    I can have it shipped from here by an US Air Force cargo plane so there won’t be any additional shipping costs. Also I can arrange for a truck to transport the car to your home address or, if you like, you can pick it up from the nearest airport in your area. The shipping will take up to 7 days, depending on your location. The car will arrive with all the papers and documents required for registration and the keys. The clear title and the bill of sale will be already signed by me.

    The final price you will have to pay is $5,000. The payment must be done through eBay. Ebay Motors will work for us just like an escrow service, just that the transaction will be faster and also 100% secure for both of us. You will send them the payment, then they will let me know that the payment is OK and I can start the shipping. After the car will arrive to you and you will inspect it, you will let them know that, so they can forward the payment and complete the transaction.

    If the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it (I’m sure this will not be the case) eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back of the car will be my concern. I think this is fair for both of us.

    Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.
    If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name and the address where you want the car to be delivered and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.

    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible. Also, feel free to ask me any question you may have

  200. Shamara Says:

    Add this one to the list also. It all seemed to real to be true.

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. David J Loranty. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 37,391 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56603A136574. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    CD player Leather seats Sunroof
    Driver airbag Passenger airbag Side airbags
    Anti-lock brakes Air conditioning Cruise control
    Power locks Power seats Power windows
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s645.photobucket.com/albums/uu179/2003haawrt/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

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

  201. Brooke Says:

    Add this one to the list as well!!! Shamara I received the same email from the same person on May 11, 2009!!!!

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. David J Loranty. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 37,391 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56603A136574. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    CD player Leather seats Sunroof
    Driver airbag Passenger airbag Side airbags
    Anti-lock brakes Air conditioning Cruise control
    Power locks Power seats Power windows
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s645.photobucket.com/albums/uu179/2003haawrt/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

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

  202. Cris Says:

    WOW – this is insane! My boyfriend called me super excited about this great deal – it seemed waaaaaaay too good to be true so i googled “military car sales scams” and this blog came up! It’s the EXACT same emails! Thanks for posting this blog – MUCH APPRECIATED!!!

  203. baba dee Says:

    I got this mail response today after i responded to a crag list car Ad.
    I would play along with this scammer… i even intend to tell him i have sent money across. Punk ass SCAMMERS!!!!!

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. James J Badgett. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 87,109 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56663A102462 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    5-Speed Automatic Transmission Premium Sound With CD Changer Sunroof Dual Zone Climate Control Air Conditioning Climate Control Heated Seats Tilt Steering Wheel Traction Control
    Clock Cruise Control Leather Shifter Leather Steering Wheel Power Driver’s Seat Power Locks Power Mirrors Power Steering Power Windows Privacy Glass / Tinted Windows Steering Wheel
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s418.photobucket.com/albums/pp261/2003haexxx/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

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

  204. jwl Says:

    I did a bit of research on this scam when I first discovered it a few months ago. It appears to me to be originating out of Texas, probably someone who works at a car dealership and has access to these vehicles to take the pics and post them. Maybe someone in Texas can do some additional research and help the authorities catch this guy. If you recognize the background in some of the pics, you should be able to narrow it down from there. I beleive it was either the Houston or Dallas area I had narrowed it down to, but not sure which one now.

  205. Joyful Says:

    good thinking. Or they could be anywhere in the world, like India or something, and lifted those pics from a site.

  206. Maria Says:

    i’m sure the FBI or officials in that nature can catch these people. they can trace anything coming from anybody. the thing is we probably havent made it such a big deal yet…or maybe theres too many to catch…i dont know. but i sure do wish they get caught!

  207. baba dee Says:

    The scammers have told me yesterday to send my details, and sent me a mail telling me how EBay protections works ” to protect me”.LOL
    I replied, asking sgt SCAMMER to send me his own details instead and he has since not responded to me… But I intend to send him fake details if he does not respond to my mails at the end of today!

    Punk ass SCAMMERS!!!!!!

  208. Tammie Says:

    Dear jwl,
    At first I thought some dealers must be involved but it’s 100% cut and clip. The scammers do use dealers software that ables them to do mass listing, inserting and removing quickly. I did contact some dealers that were easy targets and a few of them are trying to help by water marking pictures or removing as soon as sold. Some of the cars the scammers are using are from ads that are years old. You may want to do as I have and contact these dealers let them know they are easy targets and ask them to help by water marking and adding security so they can’t be cut and clipped. The ones I contacted where very willing to protect their name and do some of these things. Good luck!

  209. Cathy Iles Says:

    I’m rolling now, too (the latest is a 2003 Accord EX for $2,900).

    Not quite willing to stop my amusement yet (even though I really don’t have time). I’m waiting to see the next response (now that I’ve requested a Certificate of Title in the wife’s name).

    LOL!

  210. Cathy Says:

    Thank you all for posting on this subject. We (my husband, my BANKER, and I) almost fell for it. Within our emails I kept asking him (Lt. Jack Craighton) to call me. He hasn’t yet. I asked for VIN #, which I received, purchased a CarFax on it. Everything on the CarFax rang true. I found a website that you can check if a vehicle has been stolen by VIN#, not reported stolen. We almost fell for it hard… until I found these postings. The really sick difference with this guy is that his excuse for selling so cheap and quick was he was being deployed to Iraq. My husband served in the Navy durring Desert Storm and felt like he had been slapped in the face and spat on! Surely there has to be someone we can report this to (FBI?) that can use their brains, that are much bigger than mine, to catch the people behind this. I would also like to take the opportunity to say how much I appreciate all that the military personel do to keep us safe and insure our freedom, both at home and abroad, and how sorry I am that someone is using their selfless dedication and heroisim to line their scummy pockets! Shame on them!

  211. I hate scammers Says:

    This is definitely a scam and I’m glad people post it up to warn others. Because I have personally dealt with a “sargeant” as well. With the same stories and how he was in the UK. These scammers are just making a mockery of our soldiers.

  212. I hate scammers Says:

    After many emails with a ton of questions..here is what our “sargeant” has to say.

    From: Sgt. James B. Lucas
    Subject: Re: 2007 INFINITI G35- Info
    Date: Monday, May 18, 2009, 8:46 AM

    Please reed my second email, which I ve sent to your brother, and you ll found all the answers to your questions…

    Due to security reasons I can not be available on the phone right now. Being in US Air Force we have special rules here in UK. I am sorry….

    PS–I want to take this opportunity to assure you that there is nothing to be worried about this deal. I would never cheat you or swindle you!! I have a reputation to protect
    and a good Christian and I do not want to be imprisoned. You have my word and good faith on the fact that I’ll keep my end of the bargain. I have never lied and cheated anyone and I will not risk my career, my freedom and my future for anything in the world!

  213. tdr Says:

    Hi All,

    First I have to say I’m disappointed in finding how long theses scams have been going on. I received 2 identical emails to responses I sent on cars I found on craigslist. I deleted the first email after reading it, it just sounded to suspicious. That was about a week ago. Then today I received the second ‘identical’ email as the first from a different person and car. I was shocked to say the least. I started researching and sure enough its a scam. I will post the second emial below. I’m really frustrated now, cause I have no idea now if an add is legit or not and I REALLY NEED A CAR!!! I suppose I should be glad I didn’t loose my money.

    Here’s the letter, lets hope this scam gets enough attention so others wont waste thier time like I have.

    Thanks

    tdr
    Dallas TX

    Re: 2004 HONDA CIVIC
    From: “Carolyn Brady”
    To:
    Cc:
    Subject: Re: 2004 HONDA CIVIC
    Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 20:00:28 -0700

    Hello,

    If you are interested in my 2004 HONDA CIVIC, it is in perfect
    condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings,
    special marks whatsoever. It has 73,500 miles and the VIN # is :
    1HGES16384L001880. It has a clear title ready to be signed and
    notarized on your name.

    I have the pictures hosted on the net and you can see them at :
    http://s558.photobucket.com/albums/ss30/carolynbrady34/

    The car is located in Stafford, VA.

    The price is $2,300 including shipping costs anywhere in the
    continental US. There are no other costs regarding this transaction.
    I am selling the car because I am in the army, and my unit will be
    deployed to Afghanistan in June.

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

    Thank you,
    Carolyn Brady.

  214. Maria Says:

    TDR,
    that also happened to my husband and i. but we learned that if they have a personal phone #, and a place where you can go meet, then it is legit.

  215. Joyful Says:

    These guys will make up any story and say anything to get your money.

  216. Jimmy Schva Says:

    Here is yet another one:

    Regarding the price, I decided to sell my car because at this moment I have some financial problems and like you know in these times many peoples confront the financial crisis.

    As I already said in my first email the car is currently located in UK but still registered in US, so you won’t have to pay anything since it have a clear US title, no lien.
    Also, the car is in perfect working condition and it was never been smoked in.

    I can have it shipped from here by an US Air Force cargo plane so there won’t be any additional shipping costs. Also I can arrange for a truck to transport the car to your home address or, if you like, you can pick it up from the nearest airport in your area. The shipping will take up to 7 days, depending on your location. The car will arrive with all the papers and documents required for registration and the keys. The US clear title and the bill of sale will be already signed by me and also a sale receipt signed at a legal attorney stating that I’m selling you this car.

    The final price you will have to pay is $4900. The payment must be done through eBay. Ebay Motors will work for us just like an escrow service, just that the transaction will be faster and also 100% secure for both of us. You will send them the payment, then they will let me know that the payment is OK and I can start the shipping. After the car will arrive to you and you will inspect it, you will let them know that, so they can forward the payment and complete the transaction.

    If the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it (I’m sure this will not be the case) eBay will refund you the money. I think this is fair for both of us.

    Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.
    If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name and the address where you want the car to be delivered and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.

    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible. Also, feel free to ask me any question you may have.

    Thank you,
    Sgt. Donald Jakson

  217. Isela Hernandez Says:

    Wow….I am very greatful I came across this before it was too late. I was considering wiring the money today…I saw a 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic for $2,900 USD.
    This is what the seller emailed me:
    “Hello,
    I`m Sgt. David J Gleason. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 37,391 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56603A136574. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    CD player Leather seats Sunroof
    Driver airbag Passenger airbag Side airbags
    Anti-lock brakes Air conditioning Cruise control
    Power locks Power seats Power windows
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s645.photobucket.com/albums/uu179/2003haawrt/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

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

  218. KayB Says:

    OMG so im a college student looking for a car. I had a feeling I should research these scams for the same reasons! And Hondas are great cars that DO NOT go this cheap in such good condition. So here we go with the emails…

    Hi,

    If you are interested in my 2006 Honda Accord SE, it is in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever. It has 52,350 miles and the VIN # is: 1HGCM56366A036151. It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name.

    I have the pictures hosted on the net and you can see them at:
    http://mynetimages.com/album/hdaccord06/
    The car is located Bayside, NY and the shipping is my responsibility.

    The price is $2,980 including shipping costs anywhere in the continental US. There are no other costs regarding this transaction. I am selling the car because I am in the army, and my unit will be deployed to Afghanistan in the next month.

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

    Thank you very much for your time.
    Michael Faber.

    AND ANOTHER

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. David J Gleason. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 37,391 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56603A136574. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    CD player Leather seats Sunroof
    Driver airbag Passenger airbag Side airbags
    Anti-lock brakes Air conditioning Cruise control
    Power locks Power seats Power windows
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s645.photobucket.com/albums/uu179/2003haawrt/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

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

  219. KayB Says:

    And I just realized the person above me got the EXACT same email!! lmao

  220. Katherina Says:

    Thanks for posting this! I also found the add in craigslist, this time the traveling car is in madrid !

  221. Sydney Says:

    I was looking around on Craigslist for my first car!! I found a Toyota Camry, which looked perfect, so I e-mailed the seller to ask how many miles were on it, here’s the response I got:

    Hello,

    You have to know that the 2007 Toyota Camry LE I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 23,000 miles. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s1018.photobucket.com/albums/af304/2007ToyotaCamryLE_photos/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and UK. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 3400. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you and have a nice day,
    SSgt.Stuart Safley

    Hehe, thank goodness my dad found this blog. xD

  222. Mandy Says:

    Thank you for posting this. After finding a 2003 Honda Accord on Craigslist and responding and being suspicious of the “to good to be true” aspect, I searched for the responders name and found this site. Here is what I received. Very similar to the above, but thought I would share:

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. Carlos Arellano. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord LX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 31246 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56353A081027. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    Sunroof CD Player
    Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Side Airbags
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s719.photobucket.com/albums/ww196/2003had/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

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

  223. Rob Says:

    I followed the bait but didn’t bite! A single call to the Minot airforce base revealed that I was the 4th caller and that they had NO IDEA who this person was.

    Excerpt from the email exchange…

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

    For sale is my ’01 Mazda MX-5 Miata, convertible, in immaculate condition with only 34,400 miles, rust free, no scratch and hasn’t been involved in any accident. Engine is a 1.8L L4 FI DOHC 16V with an automatic trans. The interior looks great (never smoked in). This car needs nothing and comes with a CLEAN title.
    I want this transaction to be smooth and I don’t have much time at my disposal to waste my time with endless discussions. I believe $3,300.00 (not negotiable) is more than a fair price.
    You can reach me at (701) 205-4147 or you can email me if you are interested.

    Thank you,

    Lt. Flaum, Richard

    P.S. More pictures here: http://s1012.photobucket.com/albums/af246/flaumrichard

  224. Mandy Says:

    I am finding similar ads on Craiglist in my area, so I am flagging them as I go along since I am still in the market for a vehicle. I figure it will at least help get those ads removed before too many people respond to them.

  225. Gerard Says:

    Almost same exact wording for my transaction. Seller in crotia, just moved there and get get the car registered there. 1957 Chevy Convertable. $16000 USD includes shipping etc. Seller wants to use ebay protection, oh buy the way do you know that ebay does not accept or make payments, it’s all done though third party like paypal etc, they have an escrow option though escrow.com. I told the seller this is the option I wanted to use, I already knew this was a scam just wanted to play along to see how far it would go. I told the seller thats all I need was his info to setup the escrow, once I got his info I would setup the escrow, once I recieved the vehicle and inspected it. I would contact escorw with a pre estabilshed confirmation number and the funds would be relaesd,. Well not to my surprize he e-mailed me back and said to bad for me he found another (SUCKER) I mean buyer that agreed to his conditions.

  226. Jessica Says:

    Thank you for posting this. You safed me $3,400!!! God Bless You!
    In response to my inquiry regarding the auto sale on craigslist I received the following email:

    “Hello,
    You have to know that the 2007 Toyota Camry LE I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 23,000 miles. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s1018.photobucket.com/albums/af304/2007ToyotaCamryLE_photos/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and UK. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 3400. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you and have a nice day,
    SSgt.Stuart Safley”

    $3,400 for 2007 Toyota Camry, 23k miles? Kelley Blue Book value is $14,000!!
    Be aware of this scheme!!!

  227. Taylor Says:

    I found this scam on buysell.com , i fell for it and now feel so stupid, i was laughing so hard. thank god my parents are smart and i didnt send him any money..

    Hello ,

    I apologize for the delay, I’m in the military and now I am in Pearl Harbor Naval Station – northwest of Honolulu and that’s why I couldn’t reply in time. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying the car. Why is the price so low? I am selling the car because I am here in Hawaii with my work, and my regiment will be deployed in three weeks in Iraq and I think I’ll stay there for a while that’s why I’m selling it so cheap,and to be honest with you, my broker gave me a tip on a good investment that will pay out handsomely, so I’m looking for a quick cash sale.The car is in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever.The interior looks great (NO SMOKING).It has a clear title ready to be signed and notarized on your name.About the payment, it will be completed only thru MoneyBookers so this way we are both protected and more than that, you will have a 5-day inspection period prior to buying and a 30-day refund period.
    The price is 3,900 THIS IS MY LAST PRICE.I will not negotiate the price, and I will deliver the car to your home address for free.
    So if you are interested please email me back.
    Warm regards,
    ~Andrew~

    second email :

    Hi again,

    The car ar 51000 kilometres, As i’ve told you in my first email, i’m in Honolulu with my job, but you will not have to worry about this because before leaving I had prearranged the shipping, and the payment to be done using MoneyBookers services, so my presence isn’t necessary(the car is in Virginia at a Navy sealed and ready for the shipping).Since I work with the Navy the delivery process is not an issue,I can ship for free with one of our military airplanes so you don’t have to worry about the distance.The car will arrive at the nearest military airport terminal from your location and after that it will be send to your door and all the shipping process will not take more than 4-5 days.According to MoneyBookers you have 5 days from the time you receive the car to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not.First of all I need your full name and shipping address.After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to MoneyBookers and I will proceed the order.MoneyBookers will contact you with all the details that you need to complete this deal and also to see that i am covered by them.
    I look forward to hear from you.

    Tank You!

    the couple of spelling mistakes were kind of fishy to me.. like who says Tank you! is that some kind of military joke ? man do i want to give him a piece of my mind.

  228. Taylor Says:

    oh, ps. the email he used was : harrison_andrew@ymail.com)

  229. bizzymomx3 Says:

    I almost fell for it too. But you know what they say, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!
    Here’s what I received:
    Hi,

    Thank you for your interest in my truck.This is a 2004 Toyota Tundra SR5 Double Cab,Exterior Green,Interior Tan Leather,Automatic,8 Cylinders,4WD.
    Features: A/C: Front, A/C: Rear, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Steering, Remote Keyless Entry, Bucket Seats, Airbag: Driver, Airbag: Passenger, Airbag: Side, Anti-Lock Brakes, Navigation System,CD Player, Premium Sound, Power Windows, Rear Window Defroster, Tinted Glass, Alloy Wheels, Tow Package.
    Selling Points: camper shell with full BEDRUG, 100,000 mile warranty, Electric rear window with defogger, Custom bumper, Running boards, Wide tires, Halogen headlights, Power chrome door mirrors, Tilt wheel, Tachometer, Rear seat center arm rest, Full size steel rim under body spare tire.

    The truck has 59,343 miles. City: 15 MPG – 16 MPG, Highway: 18 MPG – 20 MPG.

    Here you can find more pictures of the truck: http://s704.photobucket.com/albums/ww41/toyota2004tundra/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

    The truck has been well taken care of, always kept in the garage. Flawless exterior/interior condition,no scratches and no dents. It has never been involved in an accident. The engine starts and drives like new and the paint looks great. It comes with US clear title which will be signed and notorized in the buyer’s name. Have original manuals and all keys.

    I’m an US Air Force Staff Sergeant currently stationed in the United Kingdom. The truck is here with me. It was bought in the US and shipped to Europe, but it was never permanently registered here, the truck is still registered in the US. The truck is for sale locally as well, but there are slim chances of this to happen. In order to be able to register this truck here in the UK the buyer would have to pay very high import/custom taxes that will double the price. So I decided to sell the truck back in the US.

    The price is $4,990.00 US Dollars including shipping from the UK to the US and delivery to your home address. I am selling the truck for personal reasons. So if you decide to buy this truck or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you
    Staff Sgt. Andrew Bowman


    United States Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Bowman,
    86th Contingency Response Group air transportation
    http://www.lakenheath.af.mil

    and then:

    Hello,

    I will have the truck shipped from the UK by an US Air Force cargo plane so there won’t be any additional shipping costs. Also I will arrange for a truck to transport the vehicle to your home address or, if you like, you can pick it up from the nearest airport in your area. The shipping will take 6-8 days, depending on your location. Shipping will be door to door,to your home address,somebody must be home when the truck arrives to sign for the reception. Will arrive with all the papers and documents required for registration and the keys. The clear title and the bill of sale will be already signed by me.

    The payment will be done through eBay. You will then give payment details to ebay only. After they verify funds, I will be notified to proceed with the shipping instructions. I will ship the truck, you will receive it and you will have 5 days for inspection, both the truck and the paperwork and the option to accept or reject it. The inspection time period will begin as soon as you sign for receiving the truck at your requested address. During all this time eBay will hold the money into a trust account. So, this is not a blind transaction,you can see the vehicle before decided to buy it.If you are satisfied with the truck and decide to keep it you will notify ebay of a sucessfull transaction, so they can release the funds to me. If it’s not as advertised and decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back the truck will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for the both of us.Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the vehicle and make sure everything is as agreed.

    If you agree with these terms and you have the funds, send me your full name and the address where you want the truck to be delivered to and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the transaction details from them. I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.

    Thank you
    Andrew

    and then:

    The price is $4,990.00 US Dollars including shipping from the UK to the US and delivery to your home address.

    In order to start the deal I need YOUR FULL NAME and SHIPPING ADDRESS so I can register the transaction with eBay. They will let you know what you have to do for the payment.

    Thanks!

    and then:
    The truck is in excellent condition, no mechanical or electrical problems, it drives very very smooth. It is paid in full, no lien/loan or any outstanding debts. The reason I’m selling this vehicle way below market value, is because I would like to help ease the burden of my sisters medical expenses, which she has acquired do to a serious illness.

    and then I received this after I inquired about an entirely different car! Hmmmm

    Hello,
    Thanks for your email ! First of all I want to tell you that I’m not
    located at home,in Los Angeles,where the car is.
    Because of my job I have to move all the time. The price of the car is
    $4,800.00 I know it may seem low, but i find it reasonable. I have
    no use for the car anyway,due to my job.
    I have a clean title ready to be signed. The car has no electrical or
    mechanical problems.We can use eBay Safe Pay Insurer to complete the
    transaction. The deal will go strictly according to eBay rules and
    policy.
    In order to start the official transaction, I need to know your details:
    -full name and shipping address
    As soon as I have them, I’ll start the official procedure and eBay
    service will notify you about this. You’ll also receive important
    guidelines and payment instructions from them . I’ll handle the
    shipping, so this will be free of charge for you. We will use eBay
    Safe Pay Insurer to manage the payment because it is the safest way
    for both of us and also you will have 10 days to inspect the car
    before I receive the money. Also, a refund policy will be included.

    2004 Toyota Tundra Limited 4X4! TRD PKG! SNRF! DVD IN HEADREST! XSP WHLS!

    Mileage: 49554 miles
    VIN: 5TBDT48194S462212
    Inspection: Inspected
    Vehicle Title: Clear
    Condition: Used
    Transmission: Automatic
    Engine: 4.7L V8 FI DOHC 32V

  230. Thomas Luce Says:

    I maybe experiencing a similar situation from a Craigslist ad. Is it a crime to impersonate a Servicemen?

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in my car.This is a 2005 Honda Odyssey EX, the Perfect family car, seats 8 comfortably, safe, comfortable, stylish and fun. The most practical and comfortable car on the road. This vehicle is fully loaded including 2 x DVD players w/ headphones, GPS, 6 CD changer, Back up video, rear sensors, inverter to plug in std AC games or computer, Satellite Radio, leather seats with heat, Ice cold AC, New tires, upgraded sound system, very clean interior, well maintained with all scheduled maintenance competed,clean title.

    Mileage 67,825,VIN#: 5FNRL38755B051164.

    Here you can find more pictures of the car: http://s617.photobucket.com/albums/tt252/odysseyhonda/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

    The car has been well taken care of, always kept in the garage.Flawless exterior/interior condition,no scratches and no dents.It has never been involved in an accident.The engine starts and drives like new and the paint looks great.It comes with US clear title which will be signed and notorized in the buyer’s name.Have all keys and manuals.

    I’m an US Air Force Sgt. currently stationed in the United Kingdom.The car is here with me. It was bought in the US and shipped to Europe, but it was never permanently registered here, the car is still registered in the US.The car is for sale locally as well, but there are slim chances of this to happen. In order to be able to register this car here in the UK the buyer would have to pay very high import/custom taxes that will double the price. So I decided to sell the car back in the US.

    The price is $4,900.00 including shipping from the UK to the US and delivery to your home address.

    So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you
    Jason Peck, USAF Tech. Sgt.

  231. Gaby Says:

    Thank you for your post! You helped me from making a BIG BIG mistake today! THANK YOU!

    Hello,

    You have to know that the 2007 Toyota Camry LE I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 23,000 miles. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s1018.photobucket.com/albums/af304/2007ToyotaCamryLE_photos/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and UK. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 3400. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you and have a nice day,
    SSgt.Stuart Safley

  232. CB Rogers Says:

    I just encountered a variation on this scam. Same broken english and Ebay use. Different situation and picture host, but same bad smell. Be careful,

    Here it is . . . .

    Hi,
    I’m Craig Russell, you inquired about my 2004 Volkswagen Touareg V8 (VIN: WVGEM77L74D070737).
    I apologize for the delay, I’m in the military and now I am in United Kingdom and that’s why I couldn’t reply in time.If you are still interested in buying it, I’m asking $5,450. It has a clean title, very well maintained, always garage kept, no rust, excellent condition, runs and sounds 100% perfect with no leaks or noises. All power and optional equipments are working perfect. I have to sell this car as fast as I can because I am about to lose my house if I don’t pay the mortgage ASAP. This is why I am selling it so cheap. If you want to buy the car, I can ship for free within US with one of our military airplanes so you don’t have to worry about the distance. Because I am out of country and I don’t have someone in US to handle the transaction for me, I want to use eBay, to secure the transaction and to handle the whole process for us. Using eBay will secure the transaction and you will receive the car before I’ll get paid and of course I’m also covered because the funds will be kept safety. You can see some pics on the following link from my personal page: http://picasaweb.google.com/cr419r/Touareg
    Let me know if you are interested.

  233. Grace Says:

    I have had two experiences. One was when I was interested in buying one of these “fanstastic deals” and then the car ended up being overseas. When it sounded too fishy,again what soldier is going to sign an e-mail best regards? I told him I have friends in London, just send me the address and I’ll Western Union them the cash. Never heard from him. Then the next one was great. We had a classic car for sale and got an e-mail offering us $5000 more than we were asking, that it was very collectible in London! (That tipped us off) Anyway the guy asked for the address and sent a pretty good photocopy of a Chase cashier’s check. So we decided to play with the guy. Told him that it arrived on Friday afternoon so we deposited it into our account and he figured it went through. Then we said we had to go out of town for a couple of days, but where should we send this extra money, seeing that the check was in the account it should be good, right? He got all excited, he even went as far as to send us phone numbers of the 3 people he wanted me to Western Union this $5000 to. Turns out they were disposable cell phones in Spain. The check was sent from Holland, no return address. Anyway the guy started getting really angry on Monday and sent us some nasty e-mails, so on Wednesday I answered him and said good thing we didn’t send him the money because it was a fake check, and that we turned it over to the authorities for testing, and that he would burn in hell, etc. Never heard from him again! If it sounds too good to be true, it is!

  234. Joyful Says:

    LOL. Similar experience with selling a dining room set. The “buyer” wanted to give me $1500k over my price. I told him to send it, I kept it as a souvenir.

  235. Dean Says:

    Well here you will all believe that these artists have almost perfected it. Just think ten years ago i am sure people would have fallen for it. Thank god for googel.
    Here are some mails from a Honda accord. 2006 model selling at a unbelievable $2900

    Hi there,
    Thank you for your interest in buying my 2006 HONDA ACCORD EX SEDAN.The car is in excellent condition, runs great, no engine problems, damages or hidden defects. All power and optional equipment work perfect. It has 44,890 miles on it,clear title, the price is $2,900 and the transmission is automatic. It is right now located in Crisfield, MD at the shipping company , also it will be shipped from there if necessary for inspection and test drive before you buy it.I really need to sell it asap as I am right now in a military base,we are getting ready for Iraq and since I got divorced I don`t need it anymore,it was my wife’s car. Please get back to me if you are serious interested in the purchase and we can have a deal!

    For more photos please visit my photo bucket album.
    http://s817.photobucket.com/albums/zz95/2006_HondaAccord_EX/

    Thank you and have a nice day,
    SSgt.Stuart Safley

    and then my response as it is my first time buying in the states.and his response..

    Hello again,

    The car is already at the shipping company warehouse in Crisfield, MD sealed and ready to be shipped. and you won’t be any additional shipping costs. The shipping will take 3 days. Shipping will be door to door,to your home address,somebody must be home when the car arrives to sign for the reception.The car will arrive with all the papers and documents required for registration and the keys. The clear title and the bill of sale will be already signed by me.
    The payment will be done through eBay. They will act as a third party in this transaction. You will send the money to eBay and as soon as the payment is confirmed they will notify me to proceed with the shipping. I will ship the car, you will receive it and will have 5 days for inspection, both the car and the paperwork. During all this time eBay will hold the money into a trust account.So, this is not a blind transaction,you can see the car before decided to buy it.If you are satisfied with the car and decide to keep it you inform eBay about this and they will release the money to me. If the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back the car will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for the both of us.
    Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.

    If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name and the address where you want the car to be delivered and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.

    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.

    Thank you,
    SSgt.Stuart Safley

    On 9/23/09, Dean Wolmarans wrote:
    Sgt Stuart Safely,

    You and your fellow mates do the States proud and this from a non US citizen. I take my hat off to you.
    I will buy the Honda cash. Where about is it. I am in white plains. new york. I am only here till the 16 october. And wish to drive the vehicle back to florida as that is where i will be reciding. I am foreign and have no prior experience in buyinng US vehicles. Please tell me what i need to do in order to buy this car. I have the cash. And can get insurance. As for the rest of it i would not know what to do.

    Your urgent responce is awaited sir,

    Dean Wolmarans

    then i figured wait a minute and the following….

    I got your info and I will initiate the transaction through ebay,they will let you know what you have to do for the payment.Get back to me as soon as you receive their invoice.

    Regards,
    SSgt.Stuart Safley

    On 9/23/09, Dean Wolmarans wrote:
    Again Hello,

    Ok great. I can have the monies sent off to you tomorrow latest. As i am currently at work. Just need the details how to go about that too.

    still too good to be true so i question…

    ——————————————————————————–

    I want to take this opportunity to assure you that there is nothing to be worried about this deal. I would never cheat you or swindle you!!
    I have a reputation to protect and a good Christian and I do not want to be imprisoned. You have my word and good faith on the fact that I’ll keep my end of the bargain. I have never lied and cheated anyone and I will not risk my career, my freedom and my future
    for anything in the world! I would rather close this deal with other person than to know that you’ll be very stressed hoping that I am a honest person, until you receive your vehicle.
    Your peace of mind is a lot more important than this deal!!

    Sincerely,
    SSgt.Stuart Safley

    On 9/23/09, Dean Wolmarans wrote:
    Thank you for your responce.

    I do how ever have a few concerns. I just been told about scams and cons. Is there any way you can prove to me that this is no scam. I am truelly interested n this vehicle and would like to know if i may speak to you.

    Dean

    i dont know peopel….how can they actually get away with it. How can you buy a reasonably priced car with out having issues in this country.

    Can any body tell me that

  236. Ben Says:

    Well I also got an email reply about a car i was looking up and after I found this page I decided to deny the offer. Here is the email I recieved:
    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. James J Badgett. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 87,109 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56663A102462 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    5-Speed Automatic Transmission Premium Sound With CD Changer Sunroof Dual Zone Climate Control Air Conditioning Climate Control Heated Seats Tilt Steering Wheel Traction Control
    Clock Cruise Control Leather Shifter Leather Steering Wheel Power Driver’s Seat Power Locks Power Mirrors Power Steering Power Windows Privacy Glass / Tinted Windows Steering Wheel
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s418.photobucket.com/albums/pp261/2003haexxx/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

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

    Its easy to tell that this is a scam and thanks for posting this.

  237. Sheila Says:

    Thank you so much for open my eyes. My husband and I were looking for a BMW X5 , which we own one but this BMW X5 add was with such great price that we want to buy it and look what e-mail we got.THANKS!

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in my car.This is a This is a 2005 BMW X5 3.0i, Exterior Color Gray, Interior Color Black, Engine 6 Cylinder Gasoline, Transmission Automatic.16-Way Power Comfort Seats, 3-Stage Heated Front Seats, 8-Function On-Board Computer, Anthracite Maple Wood Trim, Dakota Leather Seat Trim, Front & Rear Park Distance Control, Heated Rear Seats,clean title.

    Mileage 50,065,VIN#: 5UXFA13515LY14845

    Here you can find more pictures of the car:http://s728.photobucket.com/albums/ww287/2005bmwx5/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

    The car has been well taken care of, always kept in the garage.Flawless exterior/interior condition,no scratches and no dents.It has never been involved in an accident.The engine starts and drives like new and the paint looks great.It comes with US clear title which will be signed and notorized in the buyer’s name.Have all keys and manuals.

    I’m an US Air Force Sgt. currently stationed in Alaska.The car is here with me.
    The price is $9,900 including shipping from Alaska and delivery to your home address.

    So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you

    Bibber Derek, Sgt. USAF

  238. Skeptical Says:

    We almost fell for it too. Things didn’t seem right when we saw the initial ad on Craigslist and then he said he would have eBay send me an invoice. I hope this helps someone else from being a victim!
    2006 BMW X5 4.4i/SPORT – $13500
    First of all i want to to thank you for your interest in my vehicle.
    I am selling this car because I am being dispatched to the Gulf of Aden.
    I will be there for more than a year. I’ve cut the price because I must sell before Oct 30th.
    The car is in great condition, no rust, no scratches. I have a clean title ready to be signed.
    No electrical or mechanical problems. It is still available for sale if interested.Price 13500
    The car is in the Billings MT area. in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping.
    Let me know if you are interested, email back.
    VIN: 5UXFB53556LV21553
    4 DR. WAGON/SPORT UTILITY
    4.4L V8 FI DOHC 32V
    ALL WHEEL DRIVE
    36,582 Miles
    One owner
    No accidents
    Perfect condition
    Engine: 4.4L V8 FI DOHC 32V
    Transmission: Automatic
    NAVIGATION =

  239. Mike Says:

    I am so glad that I followed my instinct with this one. I even went as far as parking in front of a Moneygram location with $5000 ready to transfer. Something juat didn’t feel right. I always tell my friends and family to think before acting and that we sometimes have many reasons to not do something risky and 1 reason why we should and wind up regretting it later. Thank GOD for my iPhone where I was able to Google this scam and then left the store. Here is the email I got
    ;
    From: Mickey Daan
    To: maestromike_2004@yahoo.com
    Sent: Sat, October 17, 2009 2:30:05 PM
    Subject: RE: 4.4 BMW X5 2005 – $5300 (Midtown)

    Hi,
    I am selling this SUV because my platoon has been sent back to Afganistan and don’t want it get old in my backyard. The price is low because I need to sell it before Octomber 24. It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident..I do have the title , clear, under my name.The Suv has 64,000 original miles.
    It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $5,300 . The suv is in Billings , MT , in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.
    Regards!!!

    —————————————-

    After I agreed this what I got:

    Dear Makens Attis,

    Thank you for contacting our Customer Support regarding your transaction.

    You will have to wire transfer the funds trough MoneyGram to my name and address.Your funds will be in ebay’s custody until you receive the vehicle and have approved it.The seller will have no access to your funds during this time.The funds will be released to the seller only after you will approve with the vehicle.Please follow our prevoius instructions in order to complete the payment.Our fax number is:(206)-339-6066.

    HERE IS THE EBAY AGENT INFORMATION THAT YOU NEED TO WIRE THE PAYMENT:

    First Name:Sergiu
    Last Name:Gorincioi
    Address :8277 Brilliant Pompon PL
    City/State:Las Vegas,NV
    Zip Code:89166
    Country:United States

    If you have any difficulties completing these steps, please reply to this email and we’ll be happy to assist you.

    Respectfully,
    Customer Support (Trust and Safety Department)
    eBay Inc

    ————————

    Look out for this Mickey Daan dude and Fred Walter from the UK both SCAMS — BUYER BEWARE!!!!!

  240. Rachael Says:

    So I have one more from Craigslist…I found a 2006 Ford Expedition King Ranch for $4890.00. I immediately asked for details regarding the price and here is that response in its entirety:

    Hi,

    Thank you for your interest in my car.This is a 2006 Ford Expedition KING RANCH.Body type:SUV,Engine:8 Cylinder 5.4 Liter,Exterior color:Brown,Transmission:Automatic,Fuel type:Gasoline,Interior color:Tan,Drivetrain: 4 Wheel Drive,AM/FM Radio
    CD Power Steering,Dual Zone Air Conditioning Leather,4-Speed Automatic Transmission,5.4L V8 SOHC 24V FI Engine

    Mileage:47,300
    VIN:1FMFU18526LA55525

    Here you can find more pictures of the car:
    http://s648.photobucket.com/albums/uu204/hdbsadasi/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

    The car has been well taken care of, always kept in the garage.Flawless exterior/interior condition,no scratches and no dents.It has never been involved in an accident.The engine starts and drives like new and the paint looks great.It comes with US clear title which will be signed and notorized in the buyer’s name.Have original manuals and all keys.

    I’m an US Air Force Sgt.currently stationed in the United Kingdom.The car is here with me. It was bought in the US and shipped to Europe, but it was never permanently registered here, the car is still registered in the US.The car is for sale locally as well, but there are slim chances of this to happen. In order to be able to register this car here in the UK the buyer would have to pay very high import/custom taxes that will double the price. So I decided to sell the car back in the US.

    The price is $4,890.00 US Dollars including shipping from the UK to the US and delivery to your home address.So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you
    Sgt.Nick Robinson
    ————————————————————————————-

    I replied back that I would need details regarding the delivery and assurances that I would not be left without a car. Here is that response:

    Hello,
    I will have the car shipped from UK by an US Air Force cargo plane so there won’t be any additional shipping costs. The shipping will take 6-8 days, depending on your location.Shipping will be door to door,to your home address,somebody must be home when the car arrives to sign for the reception.The car will arrive with all the papers and documents required for registration and the keys. The clear title and the bill of sale will be already signed by me.

    The payment will be done through eBay.You will send the money to eBay and as soon as the payment is confirmed they will notify me to proceed with the shipping. I will ship the car you will receive it and you will have 5 days for inspection, both the car and the paperwork and the option to accept or reject the car.The inspection time period will begin as soon as you sign for receiving the car at your requested address.During all this time eBay will hold the money into a trust account.So, this is not a blind transaction,you can see the car before decided to buy it.If you are satisfied with the car and decide to keep it you inform eBay about this and they will release the money to me. If the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked,and shipping back the car will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for the both of us.Please take in to consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.

    If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name and the address where you want the car to be delivered to and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.

    Thank you!

    —————————————————————————————
    I am waiting for a house to close so I have the funds for a car purchase, so to hold him off (while I researched) I mentioned that I would have to wait for the closing to have the funds in an account that would be accessable. I emailed my brother-in-law who is a former Army service-person and he mentioned hearing of scams out of the UK. I asked him for the typical amount the servicemen spend if they ship vehicles overseas. He said its around 1,200.00 if its a 30-40 foot cargo container and they also pay taxes and customs. Typically they don’t have a need for their own personal cars anyway.

    This vehicle is KBB valued at $24,000 he asked for $4890. Can’t they even get close to reality???? Also, this VIN goes to a 2006 Eddie Bauer Expedition (not a King Ranch) with 13 reports. I’ve never seen a 2006 with that many reports to go along with it. I flagged the listing and reported it to Denver PD as it was on the Denver, CO car listings. Hopefully no one will fall for this one.

    Be safe everyone and THANK YOU to our military!!!!

    Rachael

  241. Lissy Says:

    From: oijoij oijioj
    Date: Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 5:53 AM
    Subject: 2003 Honda Accord LX 4 Cyl Automatic
    To:

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. Carlos Arellano. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord LX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 31246 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56353A081027. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    Sunroof CD Player
    Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Side Airbags
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s719.photobucket.com/albums/ww196/2003had/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

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

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SCAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  242. Nicole Says:

    Here’s the one I just got. All I asked was how many miles does this car have on it. I knew something was wrong when I opened the reply and there was more than a couple sentences…….

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. James J Norman. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 87,109 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56663A102462 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    5-Speed Automatic Transmission Premium Sound With CD Changer Sunroof Dual Zone Climate Control Air Conditioning Climate Control Heated Seats Tilt Steering Wheel Traction Control
    Clock Cruise Control Leather Shifter Leather Steering Wheel Power Driver’s Seat Power Locks Power Mirrors Power Steering Power Windows Privacy Glass / Tinted Windows Steering Wheel
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s784.photobucket.com/albums/yy122/2003ha82i/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

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

  243. Mark R. Says:

    A couple problems with the email I got. 1. There is no military base in Billings, MT. 2. The asking price is $3000 less than a dealer trade in amount. 3. The ebay buyer protection program is real, but the car must be purchased through EBAY. 4. They never answer any questions I hava about the car.

    I send him an address (FBI office in Kansas City), they sent me a very official email from a URL that was created 10 days ago.

    It asked to fax a copy of the Money Gram to this fax number 206-339-6066. I googled that number and this is how I found this site.

    enjoy

    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - –

    Here are some pictures attached.As I’ve told you at this moment I am in Billings, MT in a military base getting ready for Afghanistan. This mean that I do a special training program and I am not allowed to get out of the unit or give calls whenever I want.The shipping can’t be a problem because I can do it at no cost for you. You will receive the suv along with all the documents including title, bill of sale, full service records and more .Because it is a large transaction we will complete the deal only using an authorized third party like eBay, using their Business Purchase Protection Program.The payment will be handling by eBay and you will benefit of 5 inspection time period (test drive) and the option to accept or reject the suv on my expense. If you are still interested just send me your full name and shipping address. I will forward your info and they will notify you about our deal.

    - – - – - – - — – Original email following – - – - – - – -

    Date: Nov 19, 2009 4:45 PM
    Hi,
    I am selling this Excursion because my platoon has been sent back to Afganistan and don’t want it get old in my backyard. The price is low because I need to sell it before November 26. It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident..I do have the title , clear, under my name.Vin #1FMSU43P85ED02820.The Suv has 59,100 original miles.
    It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $5,200 . The suv is in Billings , MT , in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.
    Regards!!!

  244. Scott S Says:

    I looked on Craigslist for a car, and this was by far the best deal anywhere. When I responded to the listing, I received this letter from Staff Sargent Stuart Safley. Same as the others with pictures on photobucket and the car located someplace far away.

    = = = = = = = = =

    Hi there,

    Thank you for your interest in buying my 2006 HONDA ACCORD EX SEDAN.The car is in excellent condition, runs great, no engine problems, damages or hidden defects. All power and optional equipment work perfect. It has 44,890 miles on it,clear title, the price is $2,900 and the transmission is automatic. It is right now located in Alaska, AK at the shipping company , also it will be shipped from there if necessary for inspection and test drive before you buy it. I really need to sell it asap as I am right now in a military base,we are getting ready for Iraq and since I got divorced I don`t need it anymore,it was my wife’s car. Please get back to me if you are serious interested in the purchase and we can have a deal!

    For more photos please visit my photo bucket album.
    http://s817.photobucket.com/albums/zz95/2006_HondaAccord_EX/

    Thank you and have a nice day,
    SSgt.Stuart Safley

  245. Judie Pokakaa Says:

    Hello again,
    The car is already at the shipping company warehouse in Alaska, AK sealed and ready to be shipped. and you won’t be any additional shipping costs. The shipping will take 3 days. Shipping will be door to door,to your home address,somebody must be home when the car arrives to sign for the reception.The car will arrive with all the papers and documents required for registration and the keys. The clear title and the bill of sale will be already signed by me.
    The payment will be done through eBay. They will act as a third party in this transaction. You will send the money to eBay and as soon as the payment is confirmed they will notify me to proceed with the shipping. I will ship the car, you will receive it and will have 5 days for inspection, both the car and the paperwork. During all this time eBay will hold the money into a trust account.So, this is not a blind transaction,you can see the car before decided to buy it.If you are satisfied with the car and decide to keep it you inform eBay about this and they will release the money to me. If the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back the car will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for the both of us.
    Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.

    If you agree with these terms and you have the money, send me your full name and the address where you want the car to be delivered and I will initiate the transaction with eBay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.
    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.

    Thank you,
    SSgt.Stuart Safley

    We sent this back:

    I work for an attorney firm in Las Vegas. I’ve purchased several cars long distance so I’m familiar with the way to do this properly.

    We plan to use an Alaska attorney who will hold our funds in trust acct until presented with clean title and the vehicle for mechanical inspection. If you can arrange for a JAG attorney to oversee this we would be agreeable to that. Once the sale transaction is complete, you can ship the vehicle as discussed.

    For now, please acquire a carfax report, a copy of the most recent registration and a copy of the front&back of the un-liened title.

    You may submit this documentation via fax 888-245-8066 or scan & email this information as an attachment.

    Thanks!

    of course we never heard back!

  246. Heather Says:

    Hey look… same situation but new guy! Johnny has a car too…
    Unfortunately I found this blog/posting 1 minute too late… Sent the loser my cell#/email/full name/home address…
    Yes, I desperately need a car and was hoping this was a dream come ture… More of a nightmare… luckily no bank account/ebay-paypal info was exchanged…
    So… 2 minutes after I emailed the jerk my info, I emailed him again and said that him and Sgt. Robert Parra could go to h*** and take their cars with them…

    “Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m Sgt Johnny Corey. The 2006 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl 2.4L Automatic is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 38,120 miles.VIN Number: 1HGCM56806A065575
    Transmission: Automatic
    Comfort & Convenience Options
    Air Conditioning Power Mirrors Power Seats Alloy Wheels Power Steering Anti-Lock Brakes Power Windows Rear Window Defroster Cruise Control
    Driver Air Bag Sunroof/Moonroof Leather SeatsTilt Wheel Passenger Air Bag Power Door Locks
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s867.photobucket.com/albums/ab236/2006haccordne/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,960 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Best Regards,
    Johnny and Maria Corey”

  247. Eric Gardner Says:

    Here is an answer from a scam ad found on Autotrader.ca in Canada.

    Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2010 9:54 AM
    Subject: 2007 Infiniti G35 4DR AWD Buy It Now For Only CA $19,230.00

    Hello,
    First of all I want to thank you for your interest for my car. I sell at this price(CA $19,230.00) because i just finished the divorce with my husband. When the divorce has finished i own this car. Now as a women i don’t need. This car is in excellent working conditions, no scratches, flaws or any kind of damage, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions and comes with a clear title, 3 months transferable warranty. From the begining you have to know that for the payment I request ONLY secure pay, I prefer the payment to be done using eBay services. We will use a safe payment method because I am affiliated at eBay and I have a purchase protection account for CA$20,000.00 The final price that I want for this car is CA $19,230.00 including shipping and handling.
    If you are interested in buying it please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay.
    I will wait your answer(if you are interested to buy) very soon!!
    Thank you and have a lovely day.ASAP
    Charlotte Kerrigan

    The common factor seem to be wanting the payment to go through a third party. This person stop e-mailing me when I asked to supply the servicing dealer’s info.
    Isn’t the net a worder place for the low life to gather

    Eric

  248. JS Says:

    I have seen this 3 times now while looking for used cars. Twice from the local paper’s online ads and once from Craigslist.

    Below is the latest one from Craigslist:

    “Hello and sorry for my delay,

    I’m SGT Charles Tarvirdi. This Camry LE is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 58700 miles. VIN Number: 4T1BE32K73U144888
    Sunroof Premium Sound With CD Player
    Anti-Lock Brakes Passenger Airbag Air Conditioning
    Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows Power Seats
    Click this link for pics:
    http://s662.photobucket.com/albums/uu345/cam03LE/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in London, UK and I was sent here with my department of peace maintenance. One month ago my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is 2,990 USD. If you will take it for this price I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Best Regards,
    Charles and Lisa Tarvirdi “

  249. KayWitBizkits Says:

    Ok, my friend mentioned to me the possiblity of this scam when I was talking about this car I found. So I started Google-ing, and this post popped up.

    First of THANK YOU!! Even though a lot of the verbage used in the e-mails I got, weren’t the same, the basics were. Sgt stationed in the UK, cargo plane will ship car, 5 days inspection, eBay funds transfer.

    Well I decided to e-mail the guy one more time, to check (and to see if maybe I was lucky and this just was a good deal). This is what I said….

    (( Hi Johnathan,

    I had a question come to mind, so I thought I’d e-mail you while I await further coorespondence.

    As you said, you’re in the Air Force (and I myself Navy), and you mentioned the convenience of the cargo plane shipping the car for you. Since I’ve seen around the military block for quite a few years now, I was wondering why they would do that for you? Are you completing your orders in the UK soon? Because I know the military (and our govrnment) is big on savig money. And they usually don’t assist a service member in any way, unless they absolutely have to. I also know that cars tend to be only shipped…as in a boat. So why can this one go by plane?

    Another question…I know that eBay doesn’t have the ability to “hold funds”. Besides, any coorespondence for them to know that I have satisfied with the car, will come from me. So what’s to stop me from keeping the car, and never letting eBay know to release you funds? But as we’ve already discussed, eBay doesn’t hold funds. So once I complete that transaction with eBay, you’ll already have the money….long before I get the car.

    I also checked for a listing on this same car on eBay. Just to see. There isnt one. And there is no registered user on eBay with your e-mail address. I know people tend to have many e-mail addresses, but for the pure validity of this transaction, why wouldn’t you?

    Please, if you can, ease my worries. If you can’t, and this is indeed the scam I’ve researcher about; well then, you lost “this” sucker. ))

    A tad abrasive in some parts, maybe….but I needed to be clear. Guess what!! Right after I hit the ‘send’ button, I get a “MAILER-DEAMON” e-mail telling me the e-mail address has been cancelled. GO FIG!! Thank goodness I hadn’t started any transfer of funds yet!! Thank you again….SO much!

  250. KayWitBizkits Says:

    One more quick thing, @Judie Pokakaa; the verbage in my emails was EXACTLY like yours!! TO THE ‘T’!!!!

    I think it’s safe to say thats the “new and improved” verbage this guy is using. BEWARE buyers!!! Watch your back, and do your homework…I’m glad I did!

  251. ggh6754 Says:

    almost got scammed by some loser with a 04 acura tsx for $4800…big red flag came up when he wanted me to western union money to a ebay agent and they would hold the funds..haha im a little smater than that..so i sent him a link to the ebay fraud alerts..havent heard anything else since..i even contacted the local sheriffs office and they cant do a thing because no crime had been committed. had i given him the money then they could of investigated it, but its so untraceable they would probably never find the loser..hope this saves someone else a little money!

  252. CanadaLR3 Says:

    Just noticed this same person
    Hello again,
    Thank you for still being interested in buying my car, I will respond your inquires, but first let me explain you how
    the whole process for this transaction will work:

    I’m realy sorry for you but i think is to late for inspection because i’m not in the country for the moment (like you know i just finished the divorce with my husband and i have moved to my parents home in Tampa/Florida/USA for a while.)
    The car will be shipped from London Ontario/Canada
    I want to tell you that we will use ebay in this transaction in order for both of us to be 100% protected and insured by them, eBay will supervise over our transaction. They will take care of the shipping (The car is already at the shipping company with all papers and documents ready to be shipped) and all the small details. You will get the car and you will have 15 calendar days return-policy in which you can decide if you will buy the car or not. In the inspection period you can test the vehicle, go with the vehicle at your local mechanic for inspection, but do not put more then 200 Kms on it.
    After your inspection period (15 calendar days) In case you won’t like the car (not your case) you will notify eBay and you will send the car back on my expense, if you want to keep it you will also announce eBay, you will send the funds (payment method and all the details will be set up by eBay) and you will keep the car. Please get back to me with your FULL NAME & FULL ADDRESS and PHONE NUMBER so i can forward your details to eBay in order for you to receive your purchase invoice and if you will agree with what will find in the invoice will go from there,
    eBay will contact you with an invoice and they will explain you how to start this transaction all the details and instructions for this transaction will be found in the invoice and you will see this transaction is legit. If you will disagree with the transaction proposed by eBay, you can simply refuse to continue with the transaction and would be no problem, i still have a few offer’s left.
    Wait your reply

    PS: Don’t forget to send me your FULL NAME & FULL ADDRESS if you are really interested in this car.
    And also I will need them for further collaboration regarding the transaction and better explanation of the whole process!
    Charlotte Kerrigan

  253. Diana Says:

    Oh my goodness. I can not tell you how stupid I feel. but how lucky I feel at the same time. I almost sent this jerk over $5000 of our hard earned money that would have probably never been returned. I am just so glad that I tried to do this transaction at a place where I do a lot of other business and the lady there told me that it was not a good idea and then let me use her computer for almost an hour to look up stuff. The seller and the eBay rep was not found in the cities that they said they were from, one from Billings, Mt and the other from MIami, Fl. there was no such address for either one of them either. The lady at the money gram place told me that there is no such company that eBay does business with that is named eBay Motors either.

    We did check on a couple of different cars and then little things caught my attention on them after I realized that the first one was a scam. If you look a the emails that u get look at the ( ‘ ) that is on the words that use them such as I’ll and don’t and stuff like that. the ‘ is wierd. it is the same in all the different emails even if they are from the supposed other person that has nothing do to with the first one,

    When I asked to be able to talk to this lady on jeep I gave her my number and my husbands number and never got a call and then she emailed me back and said that her phone is not working and that she has a complaint in to the phone company and that she was told that it can take up to a week to have her service reconnected. I asked to talk to the guy on an excursion and he came up with the excuse that he is on a base and that he is not allowed to talk on the phone when ever he wants to but that was strange to me because he was sitting on the puter and answering all my emails with in 5 minutes at all different times. The scary thing to me is that they have my REAL name my REAL address and my REAL phone numbers.

    I hope that they get what is coming to them, I am thinking about sending them all an email back and just only say “karma, kicks u in the axx every time”

    I hope that every one is made aware of this scam and is able to stop them from doing this to any one else.

  254. Nay Says:

    I got the same email from two different sellers. I was VERY sad to know that car wasn’t really for sale. I REALLY wanted that 2004 Camrey.

  255. Mark Says:

    Here is a similare one listed on Ebay right now:

    From: Rick Powell [mailto:rick.powell@msn.com]
    Sent: Sunday, February 28, 2010 10:47 PM
    To: ‘Mark Smith’
    Subject: RE: Ford Edge 2007 SEL PLUS – $14000 (detroit metro )

    I’m sorry but I am not at home, I’m in this military base and I left the car at the shipping company and all I need is an address where I want it delivered. I will take care of the shipping charges as I told you in my first email. It will come with a clear title full registered in your state. I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will get a 3 days testing period after delivery. During that 3 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested so I can ask eBay to send you the details on this deal. If interested please include in your next email your contact info for eBay (name, address and phone number), so we can get the ball rolling.

  256. Mark Says:

    Sorry meant Craigslist.com

  257. Eliud Garcia Says:

    I just got this reply today for a request for more information on a great deal. Please note the similarity with the posting above from Sheila (October 9th, 2009 at 10:00 am) and a few others. The car was posted at Cars.com.

    ————————–
    Hi there,

    Thank you for your interest in my car.NEW 2005 JETTA 2.5 PKG 2,Transmission: AUTOMATIC /PKG 2,LEATHER,grey/black,one owner,leather,DUAL P/SEATS,memory seats,, ABS, Air Conditioning, Alarm, Alloy Wheels, AM/FM Radio, CD Changer, Cruise Control, Driver-Side… Show additional features.Seller’s Notes: LUXURY PACKAGE 2,Mileage: 62.482,one owner,FACTORY WARRATY,dual power seats,memory seats,blue tooth,SATELLITE RADIO,ALLOYS,leather seats,one owner,dual POWER/seats,alloys,dual memory seats,LOADED.

    VIN: 3VWSE69M15M024635

    Mileage: 62.482

    Here you can find more pictures of the car:http://s1000.photobucket.com/albums/af125/stringfell/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    The car has been well taken care of, always kept in the garage.Flawless exterior/interior condition,no scratches and no dents.It has never been involved in an accident.The engine starts and drives like new and the paint looks great.It comes with US clear title which will be signed and notorized in the buyer’s name.Have original manuals and all keys.

    I’m an US Air Force Master Sgt.currently stationed in Alaska.The car is here with me.
    Â
    The price is $3,720,00 including shipping from Alaska and delivery to your home address.So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you
    MSgt. Johnny Brandon
    ——————————

  258. Eliud Garcia Says:

    My mistake, the above car was posted at Craigslist.

  259. dana Says:

    These people have nothing better to do than make up these sorry stories, I received this response as well when replying to an add .. WTH get a life
    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m Sgt Allen Dawson. The 2006 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 6 Cyl Automatic is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 39,203 miles.VIN Number: 1N4BA41EX6C842610
    Transmission: Automatic
    Comfort & Convenience Options
    Cruise Control Front Power Outlet
    Remote Trunk Release Retained Accessory Power Steering Wheel: Tilt and Telescopic Storage: Cargo Net
    Steering Wheel Mounted Controls: Audio Steering Wheel Mounted Controls: Cruise Controls Multi-Function Remote Power Steering
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s845.photobucket.com/albums/ab13/2006max783/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,960 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Best Regards,
    Allen and Maria Dawson
    SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA
    Maintenance Analysis
    DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794.

  260. Nick Says:

    Thanks everybody, almost fell for it too….

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    I’m Sgt Jason Paregon. The 2006 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl 2.4L Automatic is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 38,120 miles.VIN Number: 1HGCM56806A065575
    Transmission: Automatic
    Comfort & Convenience Options
    Air Conditioning Power Mirrors Power Seats Alloy Wheels Power Steering Anti-Lock Brakes Power Windows Rear Window Defroster Cruise Control
    Driver Air Bag Sunroof/Moonroof Leather SeatsTilt Wheel Passenger Air Bag Power Door Locks
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s1017.photobucket.com/albums/af291/2006haser1/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,890 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Best Regards,
    Jason and Maria Paregon
    SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA
    Maintenance Analysis
    DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794.

  261. Clocaine Says:

    I almost fell for the same thing, at first I was iffy about it because the first email was way to clean cut, bolded, underlined very professional, nothing a normal car owner would commit too the email went like this

    Hello,

    This 2003 Honda Accord EX Coupe has a clear title. The general condition is excellent with no cosmetic complaints really worth comment. Counted a few stone chips The alloys are all presentable and originals the fronts having a few marks, all tyres in good condition with plenty life remaining. Clean carpets, seats, roof, boot and plastics. Both remote keys are present and they are working, no electrical issues.

    I bought the car when I was serving in Fort Sam Houston, a U.S. Army base near San Antonio, TX.

    Price was reduced to $3,500.00 (URGENT SALE) as I need to sell this car before 21 March when I will leave with other troops in Iraq.

    In order to sell my car, the financial part will be handled by Yahoo. That means that you will have 48 hours available for any inspection of this car. In this way both of us will be 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

    If you’re really interested in buying my car, make sure that you really have the cash available and please email me your :

    Full Name
    Home Address
    Zip Code
    Phone Number

    I will open a transaction with Yahoo and they will contact you further and they will explain you the steps of this transaction.

    For pictures and details please check my address: 2003hondacoupe(dot)page(dot)tl REPLACE (dot) with .

    Hope to hear from you as soon as possible
    Army Nurse : Crystal Jones

    I tried looking up this email on facebook, google and myspace and nothing showed up confused a little I sent her more emails for an inquiry on her car and how we would handle the transaction

    scammer replied this
    Hi,

    Please take a few moments and read my email carefully, I know it is long, but because I received too many offers, I will explain all the details about the car and the transaction.

    At the moment I’m stationed at Hancock Field AGS an US Military AFB in Syracuse, NY. making final preparations before deploying to Iraq with the U.S. Convoy

    The car is stored in a hangar at our Military Logistic Department form Turner Air Force Base near Albany, Georgia. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home. Since the car is in a military base, with no access you can not go there and take it, only the Logistic Department can deliver it, because the car is in their custody.

    I have all my stuff stored in a Military hangar, and I have the option to send this things to my relatives, in US, to keep them there while im gone. So i will declare to my Logistic Department that you are my relative and im sending the car to keep it at your home. Shipping may take anywhere between 2 to 5 business days depending on the destination. All documents you need for ownership, manuals and bill of sale will be provided along with the car.

    For the payment I would like to use Yahoo as a third party. They will keep your money into a protection account until you get the car and will release it to me after inspection period is over and you agree to keep the car. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the car before committing to buy and to eliminate any concerns you will have 7 days to inspect the car. If you decide not to keep it Yahoo will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for both of us.

    I am glad we can move on and I have already forwarded your information to Yahoo third party department. So just e-mail me and tell me if you received the payment invoice and how long will take till you proceed with the payment as Yahoo instructed you.

    The shipping process will be done by a military carrier with full support from our Logistics Department. It will take around 2-5 days until the trailer will deliver the car to your home address. All the documents you need for ownership; title, manuals and the bill of sale, etc.. will be provided along with the car.

    PLEASE NOTE!
    If the car is not how I’ve described it, you have the unequivocal right to refuse acceptance of the car (return postage on my expense) and you are entitled to a full and complete refund of the car’s purchase price. It will be insured during transportation and will be delivered in front of your door.

    Again I want to point out that because I am going to Iraq this sale is my top priority and I am looking after a fast transaction, with no delays. That is why I decided to lower the price, to avoid wasting time with negotiations and find a buyer as soon as possible.

    Regards!

    —-What I was confused about is your in new york? and your cars down south? its a nice car you don’t really need an extra 3500 in iraq if your working so why wouldn’t you keep it with your family? and if your car is down south and your in new york why are you posted on Seattles craigslist? suddenly everything that didn’t make sense started to make a whole lot of sense—

    more
    Hi,

    I just checked my email and I found a couple of emails from Yahoo in my Spam/Junk folder.
    Did you received the invoice from Yahoo ?
    When you receive the Yahoo invoice please read it carefully so you can understand the entire payment process.
    Please let me know when you can transfer the money to Yahoo agent so i can make all the arrangements for delivery.

    Also I have a friendly advise, don’t tell at the Westernunion office that this is the payment for a Internet purchase or that you send the money to an Yahoo account/agent, because both of us will be extra charged with some extra fees for making e-commerce. We can avoid paying this money. If the Westernunion agent ask you, just tell that the money are for a relative/friend.. I will also do the same thing with the shipping so you don’t have to pay any fees. I am not willing to spend some useless money, I hope you will understand why I am asking you this.

    I will declare to the Logistic Department that you are my cousin, and i have to send the car over to your home, to keep it there while I’m in Iraq, so i dont have to pay any fees. With the car you willl receive 2 keys, title, bill of sale and all the car documents and manuals.
    Also you have to pay a normal transfer fee at westernunion, this fee is around $200, but since i pay for the delivery it will be nice if you can pay this fee, if you dont have any extra money right now you can deduct this fee from the total amount.

    Let me know…
    Thank you

    basically this is all full of shit and I almost fell for it, thank god for this blog and everybodys examples I even told her i would send her a money order in the morning! I also even called Chase Bank where the money was suppose to be a deposit and look for the guy ‘Todd Watson’ who would be handling my money phew thank god i didn’t fall for this, I was going to spend my stolen car insurance check for this fraud! ridiculous, sick how people are… using the military to manipulate innocent consumers FUCKKKK YOU SCAMMERS

  262. Dru Says:

    I just received one from a lady whos husband supposedly died in Iraq 3 months ago and she needs the money to take care of her unborn daughter. ?????? So the 350z is selling for 1/3 of the market price. Crazy what people will say to try and rob you blind.

  263. Radar Says:

    Another one for the road. First hint was Multilple/overlisted on craigslist.

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. Carlos Arellano. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord LX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 31246 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56353A081027. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    Sunroof CD Player Anti-Lock Brakes Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Side Airbags Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Windows
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s909.photobucket.com/albums/ac297/2003haccdter6/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and United Kingdom. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2800. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you, and have a nice day,
    Carlos and Maria Arellano
    SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA
    Maintenance Analysis
    DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794.

  264. Fred Says:

    Thanks for your initial post and allowing the comments. Search engines are finding the terms and helping dozens — if not hundreds — avoid being taken.

    Fred

  265. Mike Says:

    When I’m bored I sometimes inquire about these obvious
    scams. I pull their chain for 3-4 emails then quit. If the car
    is in the states I find out what city(usually 1000+ miles from me).
    I then look up a map of the city and find a small suburb 40-50 mi.
    away. I then send out this email. “Great! My sister lives in xxxx.
    My brother in law can come out and look at it and if it suits him
    he will pay cash provided the papers are in order. That usually
    ends everything.
    I had one guy get pretty mad when he said it was on ebay. I kept
    asking for the item # and his PayPal ID for the transaction. He said
    “He pulled the auction because he had a buyer that fell through.” I
    kept on about the # and he got madder. He said “I already told you
    the sale was ended!” I told him ebay doesn’t remove the auctions,
    they just become inactive. They are still on site for 90 days. That
    ended the emails.
    BTW…Ebay doesn’t have an inhouse escrow service.

  266. Kat Says:

    http://fortwayne.craigslist.org/ctd/1692228078.html

    Here is the reply that I got from my inquiry on this car…SCAM AND REPORTED TO abuse@craigslist.org

    SSgt USAF1 SOMOS MXOOA

    —– Original Message —–
    From: SSgt USAF1 SOMOS MXOOA
    To: ********
    Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2010 3:41 PM
    Subject: RE: 2003 Honda

    Hello,
    I`m Sgt. James J Norman. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 87,109 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56663A102462 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    5-Speed Automatic Transmission Premium Sound With CD Changer Sunroof Dual Zone Climate Control Air Conditioning Climate Control Heated Seats Tilt Steering Wheel Traction Control
    Clock Cruise Control Leather Shifter Leather Steering Wheel Power Driver’s Seat Power Locks Power Mirrors Power Steering Power Windows Privacy Glass / Tinted Windows Steering Wheel
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s749.photobucket.com/albums/xx131/2003hachuryu/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and United Kingdom. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2800. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Thank you, and have a nice day,
    James and Anna Norman
    SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA
    Maintenance Analysis
    DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794.

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  267. Cheryl Lohmann Says:

    I have just been scammed by Sgt. Carlos Arellano in the UK. It was a 2003 Honda Accord LX, a birthday present for my son that just turned 17. Wow. If I only googled him earlier I would have be smarter. I really thought this was a real deal. We were so excited. I have lost $2800 plus $135 fee for Western Union. I have only read of one other person that actually sent the money. Does anyone have any idea what to do next? Who do I report this to? I am so sick over it as is my son, Nick. How can people be so heartless?

  268. Cheryl Lohmann Says:

    By the way, feel free to send him emails at kozmot@live.com
    I hope he gets what he deserves one day soon!!!

  269. Blanca Ramirez Says:

    I also fell for the scam but the person selling the car was not in the military, I am. The emails between me and the seller were basically just like everyone else’s minus the military service. My person had just gotten a divorce and the car belonged to her ex-husband. Well I fell for it and I am also out $2900. I am just starting out in the Navy and it sucks that my paychecks that I had been saving for a car now went down the drain.

    I would also appreciate if anyone knows what to do next.

  270. Keith L Says:

    “OMG” My heart goes out to all the ppl who lost money on these clowns
    as I almost fell for this scam as well… I prayed to God that this was all real
    and something told me to do my research on these ppl!!! I was told a long
    time ago that if it sounds to good to be true then it is…
    This is sad how they tried to play me with a flawless 2001 Cadillac
    Deville DTS:

    They email me back with this MSG:
    Hi,

    The car has 90,800 miles,automatic trans.It’s in perfect condition,no electric/engine problems,no accidents/liens/loans.Exterior no scratches,never been repainted,Interior no rips/tears/stains,never smoked inside.I have all the car’s manuals,2 spare of keys,title,documents.I’m selling this car because my son of 19 years old died 1 year ago, he was hit by a drunk driver that went thru a red light and broad-sided my car.Now this 2001 cadillac deville dts brings me bad memories and I really can’t drive it anymore…hope you understand my pain in this moments.If you are really interested in buying the car please do take care of it as we and my son did because it’s a beautiful car and it would be ashamed not to…The last price is $2,900.
    Me and my husband travel a lot with our personal business and we want to make this deal through eBay’s Vehicle Purchase Protection Program.I just need your full name,full shipping address, home/cell # so I can open a case.(with no further obligation or fees).eBay will contact you with all the Transaction/shipping details you will need.We will take care of the shipping so don’t worry.
    We hope to hear soon from you.

    For more pictures here is a link to the car’s photo gallery:
    http://s905.photobucket.com/albums/ac252/2001-cadillac-deville-dts/

    Thank you for your interest!
     Jenifer & Mark Brown

  271. Paul Justin Says:

    I just got a similar offer from Craigslist for a Toyota Tundra that is way below normal price:

    “Hello , I do a special training program each day and I’m not allowed to make phone calls whenever I want. We`ll have to stick to email for now as this is the only way I can communicate.
    The transaction will be fully under eBay’s surveillance, giving us both security and insurance that nothing will go wrong. They will be the 3rd, objective party involved in the transaction. This way you will actually pay for the vehicle after you will receive and test it, because eBay will hold the funds in an escrow account and release it to me only after you accept and confirm the delivery. After the vehicle reaches your address you will have 10 days to test it. Within this period you have to decide if you purchase it or not. If you decide to take it you will have to contact eBay and let them know that, so they can release the payment to me. If you won’t like it you will have to ship it back to me within the 10 days and eBay will refund you. The shipping back will be done on my own expense, but I am sure this will not be the case.

    If you decide to buy the Truck ,please include the following information in your next email.

    1. Ship to name and address ( the complete name and address of the person receiving the Truck ).
    2. Motor vehicle registration name and address needed for title transfer, this would be your complete name and physical address (or if the Truck is to be registered on someone else’s name the name and address of the registrant is needed).

    Please get back to me if you’re interested in buying it.
    LTC Rodney Knebel
    2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment
    Dallas, TX”

    This is certainly a scam and I have no intentions of sending money to anyone.

  272. Claire Gardiner Says:

    How about this advert – do you think it’s the same scam?

    Hi
    First of all sorry for the delay i am in the army service and I was away for a few days, I hope you are still interested in my 2007 Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D Zinc 5-Dr with 21,000 miles. The general condition is excellent with no cosmetic complaints really worth
    comment. The car it is in showroom condition, no scratches, no dents, full service history, HPI clear, no outstanding finance, non-smoking, never involved in any accident.

    Details of the car:
    Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D Zinc 5-Dr finished in Venetian Silver with dark grey picardie cloth interior. Specification includes 15in alloy wheels, air-conditioning, anti-lock brakes, driver seat height adjustment, driver, passenger and front side air bags, electric door mirrors, front electric windows, front/rear head restraints, immobiliser, power-assisted steering, radio/CD, rake adjustable steering column/wheel, rear wash wipe, remote central door locking, split rear seat and trip computer. The reg is KA07 UDK

    I KNOW IT IS A LONG EMAIL BUT PLEASE READ THE WHOLE MESSAGE AS I DO NOT HAVE MUCH TIME AVAILABLE TO BE ONLINE.

    I want to tell you that I’m member in the British Forces and for the moment I’m in Hungary!
    Price was reduced to 2,000 GBP (URGENT SALE) as I need to sell it in 2 weeks because I will leave with other troops in Afghanistan .
    In order to sell my car, the financial part will be handled by eBay Sopping Services. This service was made only for British Forces members!
    With this service you will have 48 hours available for inspection of the car. This way, both of us will be 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.
    If you are really interested in buying my car, make sure that you really have the cash available!
    I will open a transaction with eBay and they will contact and will explain you the steps of this transaction.
    At the moment I’m stationed at Budapest AGS an British Military AFB in Budapest,Hungary making final preparations before deploying to Afghanistan with the British Convoy.
    The car is already crated and ready to be delivered to it’s new owner at our Military base from Preston, England in the Logistic Department. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home. Since the car is in a military base, you can’t go there to take it, only the Logistics Department can deliver it, because it’s in their custody.
    Shipping may take anywhere between 5-7 business days depending on the destination. All documents you need for ownership, log book , manuals and bill of sale will be provided along with the vehicle.
    For the payment I would like to use eBay as a third party. They will keep your money into a protection account until you get and inspect the vehicle. I receive the money only after the inspection period is over and you agree to keep the car. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the car before committing to buy and
    to eliminate any concerns you will have 2 days to inspect it. If you decide not to keep it eBay will refund your money back, no questions asked, and taking it back will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for both of us.
    I’ll start the official procedure, and eBay will contact you about this. If you are interested in buying it just mail me back with:
    - Your Full Name – Required by eBay (You’ll receive important guidelines + instructions from them.)
    - Your Delivery Address – Required by the eBay and Logistics Department (They will contact you by email with delivery/pickup instructions 1 day ahead so you can communicate what time schedule work best for your to receive the car)
    Again I want to point out that because I am going to Afghanistan this sale is my top priority and I am looking after a fast transaction, with no delays. That is why I decided to lower the price, to avoid wasting time with negotiations and find a buyer as soon as possible.
    I preferred to talk all the transaction details by the phone but beeing in a military base getting ready for Afghanistan gives me no access access to the phone for the next 2 weeks
    Thanks, hope to do business with you soon!
    Army nurse Corporal : Daniel McCoy

  273. Tom F Says:

    here is a new one

    I have received your email regarding the 2003 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA WOLFSBURG with only 28,000 miles.
    The car is in perfect condition,with no scratches on it,no damage, clear title.
    The price for the car is $2.500 with shipping included.The car was my husband`s as he loved it very much, but he did not enjoy it as he died in a IRAQ 3 month ago. It brings very bad memories to me, I want to get rid of it.
    The buyer will receive the car with all papers and receipts that he needs to register it to his name.
    Shipping will be done whit DAS and it will take no more then 2-3 days. I have a friend there who will manage me a low price shipping and I assumed that it is my duty to pay for shipping it.It will be delivered directly to your address.Anyway, I have to let you know that I want a fast deal so if you are really interested in buying it,please reply with the following information’s:
    -Your full name;
    -Your shipping address.(street,city,state,zip code)
    The transaction will close only through eBay so we both will be protected.
    I want eBay because as they are the biggest company on the Internet I think that we can close this deal fast and safe for both of us. Also I am not very familiar with the Internet transactions and eBay is the only one I know.I will look for your email,so that we can move forward with this deal!
    Let me know.
    Regards,

    google the name , comes back to teacher in jail for having sex with a 15 year old ….good fake name . and the vin comes back as a car totaled in colorado.

  274. Sabrina Says:

    HA! just almost happened to me as well. I immediately thought it was too good to be true but decided to bait this woman. Email trail starts from the bottom up. This person supplied me with a copy of the title and a legit carfax ( i pulled one myself before hand) Sneaky sneaky…

    Not too long after this trail the same lady sent me an email about an 06 Honda Civic for $4900

    Sabrina Ferreira
    i sent her an address that is not mine.

    Do you mind sending some sort of identification whether it be a military ID number or a US DL # for my records? Also if this transaction is going through eBay will u be sending me an invoice through paypal?

    When you send the documents the title needs to be signed accompanied with a US Driver’s License that is notarized.

    Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 14:32:47 -0700
    Subject: Re: aso ** 2007 TOYOTA Camry **!chrome:dvd:xenon:navi:leather:clima Oje – $5000 (MIA)
    From: debramadison5@gmail.com
    To: sferreira19@hotmail.com

    Here is the title in my name…

    On 6/9/10, Sabrina Ferreira wrote:

    Thank you just one more question is the car under your name? and are you authorized to sell it? i need to know for transfer of ownership purposes. The state of Florida requires a notorized affidavid of ownership if you are not the title holder.

    Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 14:12:06 -0700

    Subject: Re: aso ** 2007 TOYOTA Camry **!chrome:dvd:xenon:navi:leather:clima Oje – $5000 (MIA)
    From: debramadison5@gmail.com
    To: sferreira19@hotmail.com

    On 6/9/10, Sabrina Ferreira wrote:

    Hi Debra,

    I’m sorry for all the questions but i think you can understand this seems too good to be true. What state in the US is the car registered in? and is there a way you can send me a color digital copy of the title? I searched the VIN number and it says the car has 7 records, is there a way you could send me a carfax report? I don’t want to waste your time or mine and this seems like a very secure transaction but i don’t want you to send the car all the way over here and then have any surprises.

    Thanks so much
    Sabrina

    Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 13:24:29 -0700

    Subject: Re: aso ** 2007 TOYOTA Camry **!chrome:dvd:xenon:navi:leather:clima Oje – $5000 (MIA)
    From: debramadison5@gmail.com
    To: sferreira19@hotmail.com

    Hello ,

    Thank you so much for your prompt response.

    Regarding the price, to be honest with you…this was my brother car but he is not…anymore.I don’t want to get rich by its selling, just want to give it to someone who will take good care….
    It s difficult for me to talk about this…As I already said in my first email, the vehicle is currently located in UK but still registered in US, so it doesn’t cost you anything since it has a clear US title and no lien.

    I can have it shipped from here by an US Air Force cargo plane so there won’t be any additional shipping costs for you. Also I can arrange for a SUV to transport it to your home address or you can pick it up from the nearest airport in your area. The shipping takes up to 7 days, depending on your location. The vehicle will arrive with all the papers and documents required for registration and the keys. You’ll get the US clear title and the bill of sale signed by me.
    The entire price you have to pay is $5,000 US. The transaction will be fully under eBay’s surveillance, giving us both security and insurance that nothing will go wrong.
    This way you will actually pay for the vehicle after you will receive and test it, because eBay will hold the funds and release it to me only after you accept and confirm the delivery. After the vehicle reaches your address you will have 10 days to inspect the car. You will have to inform the eBay Service about the decision to keep it. eBay will forward the payment to me and the transaction is complete. If the car is not as advertised and decide not to keep it (I’m sure this will not be the case) eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back of the vehicle is be my concern. I consider it’s fair for both of us.
    Please take into consideration that I get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is exactly as you expected.
    If you decide to buy the car, please include the following information in your next email.

    1. Ship to name and address ( the complete name and address of the person receiving the car ).
    2. Name and address needed for title transfer, this would be your complete name and physical address (or if the car is to be registered on someone else’s name the name and address of the registrant is needed).

    Please get back to me at your earliest convenience.

    Maj. Debra L. Madison

    On 6/9/10, Sabrina Ferreira wrote:

    In reference to the price to the price has the car ever been in an accident or due to your military duties and service abroad are u not able to maintain the car?

    Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 12:41:26 -0700
    Subject: Re: aso ** 2007 TOYOTA Camry **!chrome:dvd:xenon:navi:leather:clima Oje – $5000 (MIA)
    From: debramadison5@gmail.com
    To: sferreira19@hotmail.com

    Hello,
    Thank you for your interest in my car.
    This is a 2007 Toyota Camry XLE , AUTOMATIC, ONLY 23,784 Miles, VIN 4T1BK46K07U015227. Clear title, no lien.

    Here you can find more pictures with the car: http://s996.photobucket.com/albums/af84/cmryx
    The vehicle is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are immaculate, no scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been involved in any kind of accident.

    I’m an US Air Force Maj. currently stationed in the UK and the car is here with me. It was bought from USA and it still has US registration documents, because I didn’t register it here in UK.
    The shipping will take up to 7 business days and you will also have 10 days to inspect and test drive the vehicle from the moment it arrives at your place. I will pay for shipping. There will be no extra or hidden taxes for you to pay since the car is still registered in US. In case you decide not to keep the car I’m responsible for shipping back costs.
    As I’m unable to travel in the near future and I don’t have anyone available back home to help me with the sale I decided to sell this car through eBay or craigslist. The transaction will be made entirely through eBay Motors and we both will be covered. That means you will not send the money outside of USA.
    The final price is $5,000 US including shipping from Europe to the US and delivery to your home address. So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.
    Thank you and have a great day

    Maj. Debra L. Madison

    PS. Sorry for the long email I have tried to touch all bases

    On 6/9/10, Sabrina Ferreira wrote:

    My name is Sabrina and I am interested in this vehicle and would like more information and i possible to see it. Thanks

  275. Alyssia Says:

    I’m so glad I found this forum, apparently they are still at. I was looking through cars on craigs list and I found a 2006 Nissan Altima listed for $2990, I figured there was something wrong with it but my instinct told me to look the name up and see if he was a scam artist or something. The name Kevin Dunn didn’t come up with any hits but then I got an email after I asked about the car.

    Hello,

    You have to know that the 2006 Nissan Altima I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 33.100 miles.

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 5 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. I am located in Madrid,Spain and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Spain. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2930. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you and have a nice day,
    Lt. Kevin Dunn

    I knew after I got the email that it was a scam and I replied to the email saying so, but I’m glad I found this posting!

  276. Karen Says:

    This week my husband and I came across ANOTHER instance of the fake military personnel trying to sell a vehicle on Craig’s list at an unreal price….

    In our case we were looking at a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 4×4 with only 38,000 miles – asking price was $2900

    You know the saying “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is…”

    Below is the email that I received from the seller after inquiring on their posting through Craig’s list:

    Hello,

    This 2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE, with 63,500 miles, runs and drives excellent. Hasn’t been involved in any accident. It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title. I bought it when i was serving in Naval Base Point Loma, in San Diego, CA and now I am in London, UK.

    I have dropped my price to $2,900 usd (purchase price) since this is an Urgent Sale! and I need to sell it before 6th July, when I will be deployed in Iraq with my platoon replacing the troops scheduled to come home.

    If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner email me your; Full Name and Shipping Address to open a case with eBay they will contact you to explain the entire procedure. You’ll receive important guidelines and payment instructions from them.
    The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 5 days inspection period before committing to buy the vehicle. In this way both, buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Corporal Lisa Minor

    Below is the email I received in response to my inquiry of the physical location of the vehicle and its’ VIN #:

    VIN: 5N1AR18W45C739477

    Please take a few moments and read my email carefully, I know it is long, but I will explain all the details about the car and the transaction.
    At the moment I’m stationed in London UK. making final preparations before deploying to Iraq with the U.S. Convoy
    The car is already at our Military Logistic Department in Point Loma, San Diego, CA, crated and ready to go. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home. The shipping is free for you. Since the car is in a military base, with no access you can not go there and take it, only the Logistic Department can deliver it, because the car is in their custody.
    Shipping may take anywhere between 2 to 4 business days depending on the destination. All documents you need for ownership, manuals and bill of sale will be provided along with the car.
    For the payment I would like to use eBay as a third party. They will keep your money into a protection account until you get the car and will release it to me after inspection period is over and you agree to keep the car. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the car before committing to buy and to eliminate any concerns you will have 5 days to inspect the car . If you decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for both of us.

    I’ll start the official procedure, and eBay will contact you about this. If you are interested in buying it just mail me back with:
    - Your Full Name – Required by eBay (You’ll receive important guidelines + instructions from them.)
    - Your Shipping Address and Phone Number – Required by the Logistic Department (They will call you with delivery/pickup instructions 1 day ahead so you can communicate what time schedule work best for your to receive the car)

    Again I want to point out that because I am going to Iraq this sale is my top priority and I am looking after a fast transaction, with no delays. That is why I decided to lower the price, to avoid wasting time with negotiations and find a buyer as soon as possible.

    Thanks, hope to do business with you soon!

    After checking out the CarFax report, I sent the following email to the Seller:

    Thanks for providing the VIN# and explaining the purchase procedures on eBay. My uncle is a Colonel in the U.S. Army and has offered to fly out to San Diego to complete this transaction for us. Please provide your Unit number and name/contact info on your commanding office so that he can coordinate with him/her.

    Not too surprisingly, I never received a response….

  277. KY Says:

    I am also glad for this blog! 2 New additional names along with 2 new cars! One even included Auto Check info!! The 2 new names are Gerardo Buyher with a 2006 Honda Accord Ex for $2900 & Debra Madison with a 2007 Toyota Camry XLE for $5000 both in Dallas, TX!!

  278. ML Says:

    I almost fell for this too, the only thing I did do wrong was I gave out my home adress, what can happen?

  279. Dean Says:

    ML, I just about sent mine before I decided to sniff around the smell and found this blog. I don’t think there’s a major risk there although banks often use address in addition to some other elements for ID verification. Unless you’ve been broadcasting your mother’s maiden name (ancestry.com!) and your birthday (facebook!!) and your bank account number (checks!!!) you should be OK…or not!

  280. Dean Says:

    Oh yeah, two more names for the mix here, Andrew Cohen with VIN JTHBN96S965011872 and Robert Graham, no VIN (yet).

  281. atx786 Says:

    Ugh, got two similar emails, one claiming to be the WIDOW of an Iraqi veteran who just needed to sell her departed husbands car quickly. It just makes me sick to my stomach!

    Hi there,
    How are you doing today? Hope all is well,,,
    I apologize for the delay, I’m in the military and now I am deployed in the United Kingdom with the US Marines and that’s why I couldn’t reply in time. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying the car. Why is the price so low? I am selling it because I am here in UK with my work, and my regiment will be deployed in three weeks in Iraq and I think I’ll stay there for a while that’s why I’m selling it so cheap, … $3,500 shipping and handling included.
    I intend to buy a new car when I’ll get back home. So all that I want to do now is to sell it at this price, because I need to sell it fast. The car is located at my division’s HQ in Florida,the car is in perfect condition, with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever.The interior looks great. It is ready to be signed and notarized on your name .
    I will take in consideration only those buyers who are really interested in buying the car, to be sure that I don’t waste my time with endless discussions.This way, I shall be assured of the serious intentions.
    I’m very busy so it’s easier to sell on the internet and using a eBay shipping company is safer.
    HERE PHOTOS http://img24.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=99843287.jpg
    P.S So if you are interested please email me back , all i need from you is your full name and your full address, for the title transfer and your shipping address, this will be the address were you wish to receive the car.

    Thank you very much for your consideration,
    Sgt. Thomas Thompson
    US Marine Corps
    2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force

    Hello,

    I have received your email regarding the 2005 Toyota Camry XLE with only 36,000 miles.The car is in perfect condition,with no scratches on it,no damage, clear title.The price for the car is $3,400 with shipping included.The car was my husband`s as he loved it very much, but he did not enjoy it as he died in a IRAQ 3 month ago. It brings very bad memories to me, I want to get rid of it.The buyer will receive the car with all papers and receipts that he needs to register it to his name.Shipping will be done whit DAS and it will take no more then 2-3 days. I have a friend there who will manage me a low price shipping and I assumed that it is my duty to pay for shipping it.It will be delivered directly to your address.Anyway, I have to let you know that I want a fast deal so if you are really interested in buying it,please reply with the following information’s:
    -Your full name;
    -Your shipping address.(street,city,state,zip code)
    The transaction will close only through eBay so we both will be protected.
    I want eBay because as they are the biggest company on the internet I think that we can close this deal fast and safe for both of us. Also I am not very familiar with the internet transactions and eBay is the only one I know.I will look for your email,so that we can move forward with this deal!
    Let me know.
    Regards,
    Brianna Smith

  282. atx786 Says:

    Brianna Smith is pretending to be a war widow (yes, there are people that evil, I guess). She says she is selling a Toyota Camry XLE.
    Thomas Thompson is pretending to sell an Acura MDX, and says he is a Marine.

  283. PD Says:

    Found this 2006 Honda Odyssey Touring Van in Craigslist. Sounded too good to be true so I searched military car selling scam and found this blog. The free shipping and low price (about 20k below retail) sounded just too good to be true. Thanks for the posts.
    The scammer is using Lt Ryan Atkinson

    Hello,
    Thank you for your interest in my 2006 Honda Odyssey, with automatic transmission that i have for sale.
    The car is in perfect working condition , great looking as you can see from the pictures , no accidents , no flaws or dents. The car has clear United States title and 48,085 miles. VIN: 5FNRL387X6B129780. The car is in flawless condition as you will see in the pictures.
    The engine runs very smooth and has no problems whatsoever. Always garaged and very well maintained.
    Here are the pics of the car: http://s864.photobucket.com/albums/ab206/ryanatkinson223/?start=all
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    If you want to purchase the car , you must know that the transaction will be closed using eBay’s Buyer/Seller Protection Program in order for both of us to be 100% protected.
    The payment will be made to eBay and they will keep the payment in escrow until you notify them that you received and want to keep the car.
    You will have 10 days of inspection after you receive the car in which you can take it to your mechanic , drive it and decide if you want to keep it or not.
    In case you are not satisfied by the car and don’t want to keep it , you will have to notify eBay and a total refund will be sent in maximum 3 business days and i will sell the car to the next interested buyer in your area ( there is no need to ship it back because i want to sell it in United States since the car has clear US title).

    I am currently in the military and i am located in Barcelona, Spain. The car is here as well. I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Spain.
    The final price for the car is $2999. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 -7 days depending in your location.
    I am selling the car because i have made a loan back home to buy a new house and now i am forced to sell it asap because i have to pay the bank. It seems that the financial crisis affected us all.

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

    Thank you and have a nice day.
    Lt. Ryan Atkinson.

  284. Terry Says:

    Here’s a similar email reply to a query posted on Craigslist. Now they use their “dead husband” in their explanation and that they work on a cruise ship.

    Hello,

    I have received your email regarding the 2004 Honda CRV with 78,900 miles on it. The car is in perfect condition, no scratches on it, no damage, clear title. The price for the car is $3470 with shipping included. I’m selling the car at this price because I can’t enjoy it due to my job (I work as a casino dealer on a cruise ship) and I left the car in Miami/Florida at the shipping company. I’m a single woman and I have nobody close who can use it. The car was my husband`s who loved it very much, but he did not enjoy it as he died in IRAQ 3 month ago. It brings very bad memories to me, I want to get rid of it.
    The buyer will receive the car with all papers and receipts that he needs to register it to his name.
    Shipping will be done whit DAS and it will take no more then 2-3 days. I have a friend there who will manage me a low price shipping and I assumed that it is my duty to pay for shipping. It will be delivered directly to your address.
    Anyway, I have to let you know that I want a fast deal so if you are really interested in buying it, please reply with the following information:

    -Your full name;
    -Your shipping address (street,city,state,zip code)
    -Your phone number

    The transaction will be done only through eBay so we both will be protected.
    I want eBay because as they are the biggest company on the internet I think that we can close this deal fast and safe for both of us. Also I am not very familiar with the internet transactions and eBay is the only one I know. I will look for your email, so that we can move forward with this deal!
    Let me know.

    Regards,

  285. Grace Says:

    I replyed to a Maj. Debra Madison with 2007 Camry with 23874 miles for $5000. It was her brothers car and he is gone now. Sh is stationed in the UK and will ship the car, at no cost to me. I have 10 days to check it out and if I do not like it, she will have it shipped back. All I need to do is put the $5000 in an eBay account to get things started. I cheked with a retired Air Force person and she said “That’s not the type of official picture an Air Force officer would post”.
    I guess we need to add this name to the list.

  286. Grace Says:

    I replyed to a Maj. Debra Madison with 2007 Camry with 23874 miles for $5000. It was her brothers car and he is gone now. She is stationed in the UK and will ship the car, at no cost to me. I have 10 days to check it out and if I do not like it, she will have it shipped back. It is almost a carbon copy of the other postings.All I need to do is put the $5000 in an eBay account to get things started. I cheked with a retired Air Force person and she said “That’s not the type of official picture an Air Force officer would post”.
    I checked today to see if the add is still posted on Craigs list and it is not.
    I guess we need to add this name to the list.

  287. Lawman Says:

    Add this name to the list:
    Sgt. Steven Cox

    It’s too bad law enforcement and the laws governing such activity have not kept up with the technology. Bet 50 bucks these guys are in Nigeria (remember all the emails about some vast sum of money that they wanted help to move out of the country?). Would be nice to send them one’s “personal information” in the form of a hyperlink containing a computer-destroying virus…of course, THAT would be illegal…

  288. Sgt Says:

    Wow I am going through the same thing right now. This guy claims he is preparing for a deployment and he cannot use the phone and can only email twice a day. I told him that I was going to pick the vehicle up and he just didn’t respond to that part he just sent me all the instructions. I want to know how I can hook this guy in, he already pulled the webpage but we are still conversing. This is too funny (no harm to those who really got scammed). I really want to get this guy and suggestions.

  289. Rochelle Davis Says:

    Im lookin at how old these post are and its 2010 and this guy is still trying to pull this stunt but you guys the funny thing is he actually switched it up a lil bit the message i got mine said it was a female and she moved to london and blah blah blah you guys know the rest … i would just like to say thank you for this blog because i knew this was to good to be true and i would have never known until my boyfriend told me this lady still would have to be present to get the bill of sale and a notary and when i tried to google more info this website popped up so i greatly appreciate what you all have done and posted but im going to let you guys see my message that i got as well …….

    Hello,
    I`m Maj. Briana Williams. You have to know that the 2002 Toyota Camry XLE 4 CYL Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 16,495 miles. The VIN# is 4T1BE32K02U038622 This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options:
    CD Player Leather Seats Sunroof Driver Airbag Passenger Airbag Anti-Lock Brakes
    Air Conditioning Cruise Control Power Locks Power Seats Power Windows
    Here are the pics of the car:
    http://s303.photobucket.com/albums/nn153/02camryxle/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

    I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and United Kingdom. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,100 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Respectfully,
    Briana Williams
    Maj, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

    (what i wrote back)
    Hello, Mrs. Briana Williams my name is Rochelle Davis and i just received your message from the last time we talked and i was wondering even if we go through the ebay process if you are not here how will i get the bill of sale signed and how will i be able to get my car tag when you have to be present and sign all the paper work over to me.. cause this same thing happened when i bought my last car from a previous owner. He had to be present in order for me to get a new tag and sticker i really cant remember but i think i had to get the papers notarized or something to that extent lol :@)… well hope to here from you soon and have a blessed day !!!

    i am a college student and lord knows i dont need to fault out any more money so hopefully he/she will write back and i will keep you guys posted ..cause we need to get this guy/gal caught !!!! BE BLESSED !!!

  290. Lilliane Says:

    HaHa I have seen this twice, I was interested in a 2003 Honda Accord for 1950 white, and again yesterday I seen another 2003 Honda Accord green for the same price, and from learning my lesson on the previous time I contacted Sgt. Robert Willis and almost got scammed I decided to see what this guy would say. And sure enough the same exact thing:

    Hello,

    I’m SGT Jacob Aghes. This Accord EX is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 33276 original miles. VIN Number: JHMCM56633C061306
    CD player Anti-lock brakes Driver Airbag Sunroof 4 cyl.
    Passenger airbag Side airbags Air conditioning Cruise control
    Power locks Power windows Alarm Automatic
    Here are the pics of the car:
    http://s923.photobucket.com/albums/ad77/accordgreen/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in London, United Kingdom and I was sent here with my department of peace maintenance. One month ago my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is 1950 USD. If you will take it for this price I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me ASAP if you decide to buy and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you,
    Jacob and Diane Aghes

    I love how he signed his “wifes” name also. He is trying to make it seem more legit than it really is. I just dont understand how people can take advantage (or at least try to take advantage) of other people just looking for good deals. :( It saddens me. I hope no one ever falls into their trap, and everytime I see one of their ads on CraigsList I WILL mark it as inappropriate. Best of luck to everyone out there.

  291. Aliha Talton Says:

    WOW! I ALMOST GOT SCAMMED! Glad I decided to do a little more research first. I immediately thought-going through Ebay has to be safe so it must be legit. This scamming has been going on for so long. It’s really sad. Why can’t someone shut these people/this person down! I wonder where they get the VIN numbers from and what would come up if you did an autocheck on them.

    Here’s the letter I recieved after inquiring about a minivan.

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in my car

    This is a 2007 Toyota Sienna Limited VAN AWD, 3.5L V6 FI DOHC 24V Gasoline , AUTOMATIC, ONLY 24,084 Miles. Clear title, no lien. VIN# : 5TDBK22C47S003352

    Here you can find more pictures with the car: http://s819.photobucket.com/albums/zz119/sienna_pic/

    The vehicle is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are immaculate, no scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been involved in any kind of accident.

    I’m an US Air Force Maj. currently stationed in the UK and the car is here with me. It was bought from USA and it still has US registration documents, because I didn’t register it here in UK.
    The shipping will take up to 7 business days and you will also have 10 days to inspect and test drive the vehicle from the moment it arrives at your place. I will pay for shipping. There will be no extra or hidden taxes for you to pay since the car is still registered in US. In case you decide not to keep the car I’m responsible for shipping back costs.

    As I’m unable to travel in the near future and I don’t have anyone available back home to help me with the sale I decided to sell this car through eBay or craigslist. The transaction will be made entirely through eBay Motors and we both will be covered. That means you will not send the money outside of USA.

    The final price is $6,800 US including shipping from Europe to the US and delivery to your home address. So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.
    Thank you and have a great day

    Maj. Jennifer Hobbs

    PS. Sorry for the long email I have tried to touch all bases

  292. KB Says:

    Corporal Michael Williamson can be added to the list. Trying to sell a 2004 GMC Yukon Denali. Supposedly he’s stationed in Alaska and about to head off to Iraq. The car is at the Military Logisitics Department in Fort Belvoir, MD. Exact same e-mail that Karen posted except for the name.

  293. Lauren Says:

    I have encountered something quite similar to this. While my husband and I were browsing for sale motorcyles we came across someone who works on a cruise line and didn’t need the bike and tried having the money wired to him. Luckily my husband knew not to get involved with that kind of stuff. It just is horrible that the scams are everywhere!

  294. Werewolf Says:

    If a person claims to be in the military, just ask them to drop you a short email (even if it has no text) from their official military email address. It will end in “.mil” and EVERY soldier and civilian employee of the armed services has one. You won’t hear from that scammer again!

  295. anne alford Says:

    Car buyers on Craig’s List beware, obviously a total scam!

    Here’s the response I received:

    Hello,

    I’m SGT Andrew Miller. This Accord EX is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 33,276 miles. VIN Number: JHMCM56633C061306
    CD player Anti-lock brakes Driver Airbag Sunroof 4 cyl.
    Passenger airbag Side airbags Air conditioning Cruise control
    Power locks Power windows Alarm Automatic
    Here are the pics of the car:
    http://s923.photobucket.com/albums/ad77/accordgreen/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in Madrid, Spain and I was sent here with my department of peace maintenance. One month ago my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is 1900 USD. If you will take it for this price I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me ASAP if you decide to buy and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you,
    Andrew and Samantha Miller

  296. Militaryguy Says:

    Hi,
    I’m actually in the military and was looking for a car and got a slight variation to this email…
    “Hi Paul,

    Thanks for getting back to me in such a timely manner.

    Let me tell you a few words about car’s location and i’m sure you’ll understand. My father served in US Army for 25years and now lives in Europe because my mother is from there. A few days before my father’s departure, I asked him to help me with the sale(shipping & payment process). The is located in a storage unit in SC(military base: Valdez) with the help from my father who was in US army as a marine. I can arrange the shipping pickup from the storage, but there is no way to get out there. I desperately NEED to sell the car because it is just sitting there and costing me 368 dollars a month to store. The only way I can get the Vehicle out of there is once the shipping is started. The car will arrive with all documentation(the Certificate of Title, Bill of Sale, Registration, all records of maintenance, warranties papers, etc…) required for registration and 2x keys. The shipping company will take care of all the formalities, including DMV registration. Another thing, the ownership will be signed and left in the truck with other pertinent documents.

    The sale will be managed by eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program for our own protection as they act as a neutral 3rd-party. eBay will hold the money until you receive, test and accept the car. You have 7days to test it. If by any reason the car is not as described or if you find any problems with it I will pay for the returning fees, because i’m sure it won’t be the case.

    The steps for eBay’s program are as I listed bellow.
    - I will contact eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection Program and give them all the info about this deal.
    - They will email us the forms which are needed for our deal.
    - You will continue the transactions as eBay advised you and I will start the shipping process as soon as I will be informed.
    - After you will inspect/drive the car and decide to keep it, eBay will forward me the money and the deal is done.

    Ryan, if you decide to buy email me the following information so I can open a transaction case:
    Email address:
    Full name:
    Full shipping address(Street address, City, Province, Postal Code):
    You will receive all the transaction details from eBay. I apologize if it seems like I’m pushing on this deal but I really want to be sure everything is clarified before any further steps. No money first to me – I will receive money after you will receive the car. Since this deal will be made under eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) plan, I prefer honest buyers.

    Looking forward to hear from you!
    Sandra Mitchell”

    funny thing is, my name is neither Paul nor Ryan…there are NO military bases in Valdez, AK…there’s NO way her dad was in the US Army as a Marine! LOL…funny he/she tried to pull that on me, being that my very first email explained that I AM in the military…hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else.

  297. Philip T Says:

    I received a very similar email on a car listed on Sellmycar.com….here is the email:
    ********************
    Hi there,

    Thanks for your inquiry regarding my vehicle. I hope you’re still interested since it has never been wrecked or damaged, excellent condition, it doesn’t have any dents or scratches, accident-free and has a clean and clear Title. All the service and maintenance records are available and up to date, fluids have been recently replaced. I’m selling so cheap due to the fact that my medical team was ordered to go back to Afghanistan on November 15th for a 3 years contract and I won’t let it go old in my backyard, therefore I need a fast and reliable deal. My price is $5,900.00 (FIRM), shipping included. The vehicle is currently in the eBay warehouse in Marietta, GA (where I had it inspected before sale) and will be shipped to the buyer’s address for a 7 days inspection period (shipping 48-72 hrs). The financial part of this sale will be managed by the eBay’s Buyer Protection Program.
    For further information please provide the buyer’s name and shipping address, I’ll open a temporary case and the company will contact you with all the information about this possible purchase.

    A few words about the car:
    2005 HONDA ACCORD EX
    Mileage: 43,395
    Transmission: Automatic
    Exterior color: Silver
    Interior color: Black Leather
    Engine: 3.0L V6 SFI SOHC 24V
    VIN# 1HGCM66855A070811

    Best Regards,
    Senior Medic Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Schmidt
    ****************************
    Like everyone I was a little suspicious and am glad I found these postings. I Googled the name and VIN number and came up empty.

    Another joyful car buying experience!

    Philip T

  298. Cherisse B Says:

    THIS IS SO SAD. I KNEW RIGHT AWAY THAT CRAP WAS A SCAM. AND HE WASN’T GETTING ME.. SEEMS LIKE HE OR SHE HAS BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS AND PROBABLY HAS MADE A TON OF MONEY FROM IT.. I ALREADY KNEW SOMETHING WAS UP. IF YOU’RE SELLING A 06 HONDA ACCORD 63K FOR 2950..GET THE FU*K OUT OF HERE..COME ON ..I FEEL SORRY FOR THE. PEOPLE WHO FALLS FOR THESE SCAMS WHO REALLY DON’T HAVE THE MONEY…

    I just want a car.. and maybe CraigList is not the way for me right now..Thank you for putting this blog up…

    Cherisse B.

  299. Seth Says:

    Wow…These guys are getting good. I hate to say that about someone who commits fraud for a living. The VIN# even matched up perfectly to a similar vehicle being sold. It just sounded too good to be true and ya know what they say about that… Here’s the email I received.
    “Good morning,

    I am selling this vehicle because my brigade will deploy for 14 months to Afghanistan. I’m under enormous time pressure cause I need to sell it fast, before 4th of December that being the reason for selling it so low. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident…I do have the title, clear, under my name.The suv has 120,000 miles VIN# 5TDBT48A84S220137.
    It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $2,900. The vehicle is in Knoxville, TN ,and in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back. Below are the suv details and also a link with more photos.
    You can find more pics at: http://picasaweb.google.com/Sequoia

    I am the second owner of this 8 passenger Sequoia. For a large car, it is very easy to maneuver & very comfortable to drive. Even the gas mileage isn’t bad, we get about 19mpg on the highway. There’s enough room for the entire family plus friends and all of the gear…even on those long vacations. The 3rd row seats “flip & fold” so there’s even more room when you don’t need the seats. Although there is a trailer hitch, we have never used it. The back up sensors are helpful and another nice safety feature. The vehicle has the upgraded JBL stereo with a 6 disc-CD changer. The 4×4 is terrific in the snow and bad weather. Automatic, 8 Cylinder 4.7 Liter, 4 Wheel Drive”

  300. Linda Jo Says:

    Now they are even doing Horse Trailers, here’s an email we received.
    Hello,

    This 2006 Exiss Sport ES 307 3 Horse Trailer is still available for sale and the asking price is $ 2950. It has only been used a few times and is in excellent condition with clear title and one-year transferable warranty. The trailer is currently located at approximately five miles of NAF. Key West, FL. stored in military compound. It’s available for immediate pick-up but it could also be transported free of charge by a military carier (Estimated Shipping Time: 2-3 business days). I’m looking for a quick sale, that’s why the price has been reduced to avoid wasting time with negotiations and find a buyer before my upcoming deployment take place.

    Due to the urgent nature of sale, I’d like to conclude this transaction using the security provided by eBay’s Buyer Protection Program, they basically act as an independent third party between buyer and seller. If you’re really interested to move forward just e-mail me back with your; Full Name and Shipping Address and eBay will contact you to explain the purchasing procedure.

    For a complete description of this horse trailer and more photos, please click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser window.
    http://jpegbay.com/gallery/000702661-.html

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Gary Osborn

  301. McKenzie Says:

    I got two! Hahaha, this is ridiculous. I’m so glad I found this website. Now I won’t be doing anything stupid for a fake car.

    Hello,

    First of all I would like to thank you for your interest in my car. This 2003 Honda Accord EX Coupe with 64,655 miles runs and drives excellent. This car has been extremely well maintained with a full service history. It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all. I am the first owner of this car with a clear title free of encumbrances and liens. All regular maintenance was performed at an authorized garage.
    I have dropped my price to $2,565 (purchase price), since this is an Urgent Sale! At the moment I’m stationed at Nevada Air National Guard from Reno/Tahoe IAP(ANGB), making final preparations before deploying to Afghanistan. If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner email me your name and shipping address to open a case with eBay’s Buyer Protection Program and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by them, 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.

    For more details and pictures click on this link: https://sites.google.com/site/2003hondaaccordexcoupe/

    Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

    Col.(Dr.) Donna Matthews
    Reno/Tahoe IAP(ANGB)
    Nevada Air National Guard
    152nd Airlift Wing

    Good afternoon,

    The car is already at the shipping company, crated and ready to go from Reno, NV. So you can either come pick it up yourself today or I can take care of the shipping for you. I had another customer who said it will buy and after I made all the necessary arrangements in advance and paid for all shipping & handling fees, changed his mind because didn’t have all the money. This is why I need to ship it since all transportation charges have already been paid by me. Shipping may take anywhere between 4 to 6 business days depending on the destination. All documents you need for ownership, title, manuals and bill of sale will be provided along with the car.
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program. They will keep your money into a protection account until you get the car and will release it to me ONLY AFTER inspection period is over and you agree to keep the car. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can physically see the car before committing to buy and to eliminate any concerns you will have 5 days to inspect the car. If you decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for both of us.
    I’ll start the official procedure, and eBay will contact us about this in less than 24 hrs.
    If you are interested in buying it just mail me back with:
    - Your Full Name – Required by eBay (You’ll receive important guidelines + instructions from them);
    - Your Shipping Address and Phone Number – Required by the Shipping company (They will call you with delivery/pickup instructions 1 day ahead so you can communicate what time schedule work best for you to receive the car).
    Again I want to point out that because I am going to Afghanistan this sale is my top priority and I am after a fast transaction, with no delays. That is why I decided to lower the price, to avoid wasting time with negotiations and find a buyer as soon as possible.

    Thanks, hope to do business with you soon!

    Col.(Dr.) Donna Matthews
    Reno/Tahoe IAP(ANGB)
    Nevada Air National Guard
    152nd Airlift Wing

  302. Danyelle Says:

    Got the same types of email. They kept talking about being stationed in Afghanistan and when I mentioned that my cousin was stationed there, they had nothing to say about it. Besides, everything they sent me seemed totally premeditated lol. it was like an auto response they didnt even read what i said beefore.

    Hi again,

    Right now I’m in a military base, we are getting ready for Afghanistan. I cannot leave the base for now. The car is already at the shipping company warehouse ready to be shipped. It’s enlisted in the eBay VPP program so this deal must go through them. In accordance with eBay Vehicle Purchase Program terms, you have 5 days from the time you receive the car to inspect it and decide whether you want to keep it or not. The car will be shipped free of charge (assured by the army) along with all documents, clean and clear title with my signature on it, owner’s manual and keys. Here is how it will work:

    1. I will inform eBay that I have a buyer and ask them to start a new transaction with you.
    2. They will ask you for the shipping details. After they process your information, they will send you an invoice with all the details on how to make a refundable payment.
    3. After the refundable payment is made, eBay will contact me to authorize the shipping. The shipping will last maximum 4 days. From the moment you receive it, you will have 5 days to test and verify the car. All this time, your payment will stay with eBay in a non-interest account. If you decide to buy it, I will receive the payment from eBay. Otherwise, the car will be shipped back free of charge on your side and you will be fully refunded. If you wish to start the transaction, please reply so we can proceed.
    I’ll wait for your response.

    Thanks.

    … HAHA BULLSHIT OR WHAT?

  303. Randall Says:

    MAYBE I SHOULD JUST GIVE THEM MY BANK ACCOUNT # AND ROUTING INFORMATION…..OR MY AMERICAN EXPRESS CREDIT CARD INFO! AFTER ALL, IT’S A GREAT DEAL AND I’M ONLY AN IDIOT! LMFAO!

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in my car.

    This is a 2007 Toyota Camry XLE , AUTOMATIC, ONLY 23,413 Miles, VIN 4T1BK46K07U050561. Clear title, no lien.

    Here you can find more pictures with the car: http://picasaweb.google.com/107993708389631273587/Gedsx2#

    The vehicle is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are immaculate, no scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been involved in any kind of accident.

    I’m an US Air Force Maj. currently stationed in the UK and the car is here with me. It was bought from USA and it still has US registration documents, because I didn’t register it here in UK.
    The shipping will take up to 7 business days and you will also have 10 days to inspect and test drive the vehicle from the moment it arrives at your place. I will pay for shipping. There will be no extra or hidden taxes for you to pay since the car is still registered in US. In case you decide not to keep the car I’m responsible for shipping back costs.

    As I’m unable to travel in the near future and I don’t have anyone available back home to help me with the sale I decided to sell this car through eBay or craigslist. The transaction will be made entirely through eBay Motors and we both will be covered.

    The final price is $5,000 US including shipping from Europe to the US and delivery to your home address. So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.
    Thank you and have a great day

    Maj. Martha Robins

    PS. Sorry for the long email I have tried to touch all bases

    Hello,

    Can you please provide more information on this car? I’m interested in buying it. The price is 5K correct?

    Randall

  304. ghost Says:

    Hello,

    I`m Maj. Mary J William. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord LX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 92,858 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56393A012115 .This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options
    Power Door Locks Cruise Control Power Steering CD AM/FM Radio Air Conditioning Power Windows Options CD player Safety features Passenger airbag Driver airbag Anti-lock brakes
    Power Options Air conditioning Power windows Power locks Cruise control

    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k638/hondaes9928/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

    I am located in Madrid,Spain and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Spain. One month ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 1500. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you, and have a nice day,
    Maj. Mary J William
    Maj. USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA
    Maintenance Analysis
    DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794.

  305. JANET Says:

    hehehe i got the email too when i inquired the camry 2007….all the same words and this time its from Major Tanya Mayer…. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO YOUR INFO HERE…I’m about to fall on it. Thanks…. the VIN # provided in their picture showed a white toyota camry….when i google the vin # it showed a black toyota camry for sale in the state of MA car dealer.

    thanks,
    janet p.

  306. Aww schucks. Says:

    Almost had me but it was a little different.

    Hello,

    My 1992 Honda Accord EX is in great shape. It was always garaged and never smoked in. It has no scratches, dents or something like that. No mechanical or electrical problems. Clean title in hand. It does not need anything additional to function, has only 90,165 miles. I work in the army and I got divorced so I don’t need the car anymore because it was my wife’s car. I want the deal closed only through eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 5 days) eBay will release the payment to me, this way we are both protected. The last price is $1200. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you and have a nice day,
    Lt. Brian Haley

    My reply.
    Is this car in Bakersfield, CA?   If so can I go take a look at the car?  Thanks. 

    What lost my encouragement that it was building up because it started out so different from everyone elses.

    His final reply.

    Hi again,
     
    The car is already sealed in a military warehouse in Florida. It will be shipped from there by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked  to your place. Shipping will be done door-to-door, to your exact location, so you will not have to pick the car up yourself.

    The price for the car is $1200 USD. This price includes all the shipping taxes and fees. Ebay will hold the funds until you receive and accept the car. I will have access to the funds only after you test and inspect the car (you will have 5 days to do that) and in case something goes wrong or the car is not as advertised you will be fully refunded. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 business days.
    Please reply with your full name and address, and I will start the process with Ebay. You will receive all the transaction details from them.

    Thanks and keep in touch

    Thank you everyone for the help.

  307. Hannah Says:

    I too fell for this scam, three years later this guy is STILL at it!! I recently got in a car accident and i’ve been looking for a new car at a low price. I saw an add for a 2007 Honda CR for $2900 thinking i’ve found the best deal ever. After reading the e-mail, it was pretty clear to me that this was WAY TO good to be true. What person in their right mind would try to sell a car way below value, and ship it for “free”. I’m glad i did my research and came across this blog. It’s hilarious. What scum bags, seriously.

    Hello,

    This 2007 Honda CR-V EX-L with 77,000 miles, runs and drives excellent. This car has been extremely well maintained and it is fully paid. No accident, clear title, free of encumbrances and liens. I bought it when I was serving in Fort Stewart, GA.

    I have dropped my price to $2900 (purchase price) since this is an urgent sale and I need to sell it before 10 February, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan with my platoon replacing the troops scheduled to come home.
    I have decided to use eBay for this sale (recommended by craigslist). The car is already at our Military Logistic Department form Fort Stewart, U.S. Army, crated and ready to go. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home. I will offer a 10 days period to inspect the car from the moment you receive it, before I will have your money. The shipping will be free for you!

    If you agree with my price $2900, I need your FULL NAME AND ADDRESS, so I can inform ebay that I have a buyer! I will forward your details to them and then you will receive an invoice(with no further obligations or fees). Like this you’ll be able to talk with them directly and ask all you want to know.

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Sgt. Jeffrey Dixon

  308. russel Says:

    My friend has just been taken by this scam. Folks its real and it happens. She thought she was buying a 2005 Expediton for $4900 from a “Sgt. Codon” who was stationed in Afganastan and needed to sell his car that was located in Fl. and for her not to worry about the shipping he would take care of that. She bank transferred the money from her account to his “bank in Louisiana”. A week later no car. She emailed him and all of a sudden it had been totaled in a wreck while in transport but not to worry he was sending her money back. (Another scam just to buy more time). In the mean time she checks her bank and that “louisiana bank” in now located in HUNGARY! Folks we don’t have troops stationed in Hungary. It was at this point that I informed her that there was mostly likely never any wreck. In order for there to be a wreck there must first be a car. And as for her $4900? Well some european scam artist is living it up over there now on her expense. And to top it off, the same truck has been relisted on craigslist for the next poor soul to fall prey to…..DO NOT GET DRAWN INTO THIS SCAM!!!!!!!!

  309. Pete Says:

    I am currently looking for a new car and found one a 2009 Honda Accord on autotrader.com, fully loaded for $9,500. This is the e-mail I was sent

    Hi,

    Thank you for your interest in my car. This is a 2009 Honda Accord, the car has only 7600 miles on it, VIN# is: 1HGCP26489A072796, Im the only owner. Here you can find more pictures of the car: http://s1100.photobucket.com/albums/g419/HondaAccordSdn/pictures/?start=all
    The car has been well taken care of, always kept in the garage. Flawless exterior/interior condition,no scratches and no dents. It has never been involved in an accident.The engine starts and drives like new and the paint looks great. It comes with US clear title.
    I’m an US Air Force Tech. Sgt. and I recently was promoted and moved in Zagreb, Croatia. The car is here with me. The car is for sale locally as well, but there are slim chances of this to happen. In order to be able to register this car here in Croatia the buyer would have to pay very high import/custom taxes that will double the price. So I decided to sell the car back in the US.
    The price is $9,500.00 including shipping from Croatia to US. The shipping will be done by US Air Force Cargo and the delivery will be to your address.
    I decided to secure this sale and use ebay to finalize our deal because it protects both buyer and seller. They act as third party in our transaction – basically, they keep the money until you get the car. You have 10 days to inspect the car and I get paid after you make sure everything is as agreed. If you don’t like the car and want to return it, I will arrange to ship it back and you will be 100% refunded by ebay. I’m sure you will love the car and don’t want to return it but it’s good to know that you have this option available.

    I just need your full name and address so i can open an ebay case for our deal.

    Thank you
    Tech.Sgt.Suzanne Hedrick

    I talked to my Dad who has 30 years of military service and a employee from work who has over 10 years. It is impossible for the someone to ship a vehicle overseas to a third-party. THE MILITARY WILL NOT DO IT!!! Also they will NEVER ship it back to the country for free. DON’T FALL FOR THE SCAM!!!

  310. Juan Reyes Says:

    -I was looking for a nice honda on craigslist. Not any year in particular, when this post caught my eye 2008 Honda Civic LX 4 Cylinders power option-2,981
    when i messaged the guy about such a nice looking car and why was he selling it so cheap i got back this reply…

    Hello,

    This 2008 Honda Civic LX with 30,300 miles, runs and drives excellent. This car has been extremely well maintained and it is fully paid. No accident, clear title, free of encumbrances and liens. I bought it when I was serving in MCLB Barstow, CA.

    I have dropped my price to $2900 (purchase price) since this is an urgent sale and I need to sell it before March 6th, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan with my platoon replacing the troops scheduled to come home.
    I have decided to use eBay for this sale (recommended by craigslist). The car is already at our Military Logistic Department form MCLB Barstow, U.S. Army, crated and ready to go. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home. I will offer a 10 days period to inspect the car from the moment you receive it, before I will have your money. The shipping will be free for you!

    If you agree with my price $2900, I need your FULL NAME AND ADDRESS, so I can inform ebay that I have a buyer! I will forward your details to them and then you will receive an invoice(with no further obligations or fees). Like this you’ll be able to talk with them directly and ask all you want to know.

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Sgt. Anthony Black

    -At first i was a little skeptical about it. i mean why would he need my name and address. But it seemed pretty ok with me since the military has a complicated
    way of doing things
    so i sent him another message telling him that the price sounded good to me and i how it was gonna work and he replied

    Hi there,

    Ebay will supervise our transaction and will insure that everything is 100% safe. They will shortly contact you with all the necessary information (invoice, payment, purchase protection, inspection period, etc.). Please let me know after they will contact you to confirm we have a deal.Please check your spam / bulk folder too, because their email will contain an attachment and could get there.

    If the car is not as described, you have the unequivocal right to refuse the car (return postage on my expense) and you are entitled to a full and complete refund of the car’s purchase price.

    Again I want to point out that because I am going to Afghanistan this sale is my top priority and I am looking after a fast transaction, with no delays. That is why I decided to lower the price, to avoid wasting time with negotiations and find a buyer as soon as possible. This is a QUICK SALE, who pays for it – gets it, no questions asked, my terms are clear and if you have the money you can have your car!

    Respectfully,
    Sgt. Anthony Black

    -Now it started to sound fishy he kept ensuring me that it was 100% safe, so i googled about this and i found your post. i havent givent his man
    any of my information and the price is amazing for such a great looking car. and thats why it so hard to not proceed but im afraid this is a scam
    what do you all think?

  311. Brian Says:

    If you speak with the seller on the phone…you might want to record the call using http://www.CallTrunk.com. This service was created to protect the consumer from falling victim to scams. Try it today for a free trial the next time you buy your car on eBay.

  312. Clarissa Says:

    Yep…I just noticed this about a 2006 Honda Accord being sold from, “Sgt Steven Grote”…thank god i read and googled military car selling scam…..smh..its sad.

    Hello,

    This 2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S, automatic with 26,000 miles, runs and drives excellent(VIN: 1N4AL21E49N522850). This car has been extremely well maintained and it is fully paid. No accident, clear title, free of liens.
    I have dropped my price to $2900 since this is an urgent sale and I need to sell it before 22 March, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan replacing the troops scheduled to come home.

    I have decided to use ebay for this sale (the car isn’t listed on ebay, only the payment process will be done through them). The car is already at our Military Logistic Department form Fort Bliss, TX, packed for shipping to a new owner. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home address in 3 days and the shipping is free for you. Since the car is in a military base, with no access you can’t go there and take it, only the Logistic Department can deliver it. I will offer a 10 days period to inspect the car from the moment you receive it, before I will have your money.

    If you agree with my price $2900, I need your FULL NAME AND COMPLETE ADDRESS, so I can inform ebay motors that I have a buyer! I will forward your details to them and then you will receive an invoice(with no further obligations or fees). Like this you’ll be able to talk with them directly and ask all you want to know.

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Sgt. Steven Grote

  313. Becca Says:

    Sgt Steven Grote has been busy. He has been trying to sell me a 2009 Nissan Altima for the bargain price of $2,900.

    He is using chvent3@aol.com as e-mail and advertising on Craigslist.

    Hello,

    This 2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S, automatic with 26,000 miles, runs and drives excellent(VIN: 1N4AL21E49N522850). This car has been extremely well maintained and it is fully paid. No accident, clear title, free of liens.
    I have dropped my price to $2900 since this is an urgent sale and I need to sell it before 22 March, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan replacing the troops scheduled to come home.

    I have decided to use ebay for this sale (the car isn’t listed on ebay, only the payment process will be done through them). The car is already at our Military Logistic Department form Fort Bliss, TX, packed for shipping to a new owner. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home address in 3 days and the shipping is free for you. Since the car is in a military base, with no access you can’t go there and take it, only the Logistic Department can deliver it. I will offer a 10 days period to inspect the car from the moment you receive it, before I will have your money.

    If you agree with my price $2900, I need your FULL NAME AND COMPLETE ADDRESS, so I can inform ebay motors that I have a buyer! I will forward your details to them and then you will receive an invoice(with no further obligations or fees). Like this you’ll be able to talk with them directly and ask all you want to know.

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Sgt. Steven Grote

  314. Ellie Says:

    I have received 3 of these today!!!! I googled the vin number of all things and found this blog thanks!!! You saved my car fund. If it were just one but I got three and got really suspicious

  315. Kallem Says:

    Hello,

    Thanks for replying to my ad. I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I have a family emergency and I need to sell it before March 26th. My name is Roy. I’m an Air Force Technical Sergeant stationed at the Elmendorf AF Base, Anchorage, Alaska. The vehicle is here with me.

    I’m the original owner. It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident…I do have the title, clear, under my name. Non-smoker. It is rust free, salt free and has a clean undercarriage.

    This 2005 Audi A6 Quattro has 56,991 miles, Black with Tan leather Interior, Automatic, All wheel drive, 3.2 Liter,6 Cylinder.

    Here you can find more pictures of the vehicle: http://s1093.photobucket.com/albums/i424/audia6sedanforsale/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

    It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $2,960, including shipping from Alaska and delivery to your home address.

    So if you decide to buy this car or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    I look forward to hearing from you,
    Roy Strawderman , TSgt.USAF

    Hi again,

    As I’ve told you, at this moment I am in Alaska in a military base. I do a special training program each day and I am not allowed to get out of the unit or call whenever I want. The reason I’m selling this vehicle way below market value, is because I would like to help ease the burden of my sisters medical expenses, which she has acquired due to a serious illness.

    The shipping will take 3 to 5 days and it’s not a problem because I will have the vehicle shipped by an Air Force cargo plane so there won’t be any additional shipping costs. Also I will arrange for a truck to transport the vehicle to your home address. You will receive it along with all the documents including title, bill of sale, 2 set of keys, full service records and more. Because it is a large transaction, we will complete the deal only using an authorized third part like eBay because I already prearranged the whole process with them. The vehicle is located in their warehouse in Anchorage (sealed and ready for delivery). The money must be sent first to an eBay agent and will be kept safe until the buyer receives and inspects the vehicle. Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the car and make sure everything is as agreed.

    If you are still interested just send me your full name and shipping address. I will forward your info to eBay and they will notify you about our deal. They will let you know what you have to do for the payment. Like this you’ll be able to talk directly with them and ask all you want to know.

    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.

    Regards
    Roy

  316. Bill the Sucker Says:

    Well I just fell for this hook, line and sinker. Found not one but two ad’s on Craigslist. One was $2900 for a Toyota Camry XLE and Daniel Miller and the other was for a 2008 HONDA ACCORD EX-L sedan, 3.5L V6 MPI engine, AUTOMATIC. Major Kimberly Mirto.

    Both were stationed in the UK and yesterday I sent money to the first guy.

    Well, finally something clicked in my thick skull and and I decided to google military car scam and found this site. After about 3 seconds of reading I called Western Union and stopped the money transfer in the nick of time. I can now go and get my money back. I will do that once I finish this post.

    I lost $135 in fees, a lot of pride and the suckers have my contact information. However, I never gave them my SS# so……………

    Anyone with advice? What else do I need to do to protect myself from identity theft?

    Lastly, thank you for this blog it saved my bacon.

  317. Ruth Says:

    I did the same thing. Seller- aka Sgt. Roy Strawderman of Anchorage, AK was selling on craigslist a Audi for 2940.00 due to the fact his sister was ill. He stated that since he was in the USAF that the shipping would be free. All I had to do was send money via Western Union care of EBay account. They even had an official looking Ebay account page.

    I contacted Ebay and of course this turned out to be a scam. Thankfully, I had read your experience and contacted officials before doing anything with a money transaction.
    Beware of this guy and his best regards!!! They are not in our best regards.

  318. Joey Says:

    Son of a b….. Kellen got the same message from him except for a infinity g35 coupe I messaged him back saying I live anchorage no response. Why are people such Aholes.

  319. Verdell Says:

    i was on craigslist (indianapolis) and i found this…

    Hello,
    I`m SSgt. Susan Williams. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 37,391 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56603A136574. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options:
    CD player Leather seats Sunroof Driver airbag Passenger airbag Side airbags
    Anti-lock brakes Air conditioning Cruise control Power locks Power seats Power windows
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s1225.photobucket.com/albums/ee387/hopeacc299/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in London,United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and UK. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,500 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Respectfully,
    SSgt. Susan Williams
    SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

  320. fantasia Says:

    I was on craiglist looking for a car, because I needed one very bad. It was on 2005 audi for 2,960, which i thought was great i got very excited. My friend which is a christian felt in her heart it was a scam. She said “NO WAY” there is going to be a 2005 for that much. So after replying to two of his messages “ROY STRAWDERMAN” suppose to be in the army in anchorage, alaska. I go onto google and type in his name, and BAM THERE IT WAS ripoff report for his name. I’m glad he didn’t get my money, I also told him my lawyer would look deep into this car and all information and haven’t heard from him since. So we’ll see if he so called write me back. They should be punished for things like this..

  321. Matt Says:

    Here is another one from Sgt. He even dropped the price! what a nice guy.. haha

    Hello,

    This 2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S, automatic with 37,350 miles, runs and drives excellent(VIN: 1N4AL21E19N409423). This car has been extremely well maintained and it is fully paid. No accident, clear title, free of liens.
    I have dropped my price to $2900 since this is an urgent sale and I need to sell it before 22 April, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan replacing the troops scheduled to come home.

    I have decided to use ebay for this sale (the car isn’t listed on ebay, only the payment process will be done through them). The car is already at our Military Logistic Department form Fort Hood, TX, packed for shipping to a new owner. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home address in 3 days and the shipping is free for you. Since the car is in a military base, with no access you can’t go there and take it, only the Logistic Department can deliver it. I will offer a 10 days period to inspect the car from the moment you receive it, before I will have your money.

    If you agree with my price $2900, I need your FULL NAME AND COMPLETE ADDRESS, so I can inform ebay motors that I have a buyer! I will forward your details to them and then you will receive an invoice(with no further obligations or fees). Like this you’ll be able to talk with them directly and ask all you want to know.

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Sgt. Mark Tudel

  322. Gaby Says:

    OMG I was sooo excited looking for a car and I figured by checking on craigslist I’d save a bunch of money seeing as how my aunt bought furniture on there and everything turned out legit, I began sending emails out to everyone, I was flabbergasted on some of the ads. I just wanted a car in good condition, cheap and nice looking. Most of the things where in fair condition but it was either something wrong withe the transmission or the mileage was missing or something. Then finally I received an email from one guy.
    ____________________________________________________________________________
    http://newyork.craigslist.org/jsy/ctd/2290662183.html

    Hello and sorry for my delay,
    The 2006 Nissan Maxima SE is in perfect working condition.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.The car has only 54,612 original miles. Vin #: 1N4BA41E46C834227. The car is in perfect condition inside and out. This car always passed emissions tests. The tires are almost new and the oil is changed. The water pump and the brake disks have been replaced. The timing belt has been serviced. This car needs nothing but a new driver.

    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.

    Here are the pics of the car, click on this link :

    this is the link: https://picasaweb.google.com/sefulm/Maxima

    You can also see there the scanned copies of the Title of my car, which is CLEAR, on my name, ready to be transfered into your name. So if you decide on buying the car, I want the deal closed only through eBay. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it, eBay will release the payment to me, in this way we are both protected. I signed up for US military forces and I was sent to Spain with my department to improve the military relations between our country and Spain. I am located in Madrid, the capital city of Spain. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States, because we can’t drive it here as we can’t register it; it has US specs and everything, and registering it in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,800 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 working days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Respectfully,
    SSG. Craig Temple

    my address is:
    312 Plaza de las Cortes
    Zip: 28032, Madrid
    SPAIN

    SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

    PS. Sorry for the long email I have tried to touch all bases
    _________________________________________________________________________

    BOY WAS I EXCITED. Sounded soooo legit and I just couldn’t believe it, so I emailed him back because I assumed if it were a scammer then they wouldn’t email me back……..but then he did.
    _________________________________________________________________________

    Hi again,
    As I said in my first email the car is currently located in Madrid, Spain. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. Shipping will be done door-to-door, to your exact location, so you will not have to pick the car up yourself.

    The price for the car is $1,800 USD. This price includes all the shipping taxes and fees. Ebay will hold the funds until you receive and accept the car.I will have access to the funds only after you test and inspect the car (you will have 10 days to do that) and in case something goes wrong or the car is not as advertised you will be fully refunded and the car will be shipped back to me on my expense. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 5 max. 6 working days. You will also receive all the documents including the title and a Bill of Sale. The cargo is insured so if the car is damaged during the shipping you will also be refunded.
    Basically the deal is as easy as this:
    1. Buyer, seller reach an agreement (price and delivery conditions)
    2. Buyer sends money to eBay.
    3. eBay confirms to seller that the amount has been received.
    4. Seller performs the required services (shipping, insurance).
    5. Buyer accepts delivery and informs eBay about the acceptance.
    6. eBay releases the money to seller.
    As you can see, you will receive the car BEFORE any money is released to me. You will get the chance to inspect it, test drive it and everything you like while your money is still safely held in eBay’s account. ONLY after you confirm to eBay that you agree with the vehicle, they will release the money to me.
    If, for some reason, you disagree with the car (I assure you that is NOT going to happen since my car is in IMMACULATE condition inside and out) it will be shipped back to me on MY EXPENSE and eBay will send you your money back.

    I need your full name and shipping address so I can start the transaction with eBay

    Respectfully,
    SSG. Craig Temple

    my address is:
    312 Plaza de las Cortes
    Zip: 28032, Madrid
    SPAIN

    SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794
    ________________________________________________________________________

    Once again I was super happy to be getting an email back so quickly which made me think it had to be real. But he responded rather quickly and that message was longggggg.
    Then on my quest for the impossible car of my dreams, I recieved another email from a different person saying….
    ________________________________________________________________________
    http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/cto/2305584941.html

    My apologizes for the delay, my 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt LT Coupe is in great Condition, super clean, 46,600 miles, no DINGS, no accidents, ALWAYS garage kept, service records up-to-date, clear title no loan or lien on it.
    The price on it is $2,100. I am selling my car, because at the moment I’m in combat training at the Eglin Air Force Base and I am do to leave for Afghanistan on April 15th.
    At the moment my car is at the shipping warehouse in Miramar Beach FL, because I had the car for sale on eBay a few weeks ago and I managed to sell it to a person from your area. The car was sent to him, but when it reached the destination, the buyer was unable to pay for it, because he didn’t got a loan. The car was send back to me and remained at the shipping company until I was able to find another buyer.
    Since my previous transaction failed I asked eBay to help me solve this issue. I will have it shipped with DAS Auto and I think I can have it delivered in 2-3 working days max. Don’t worry about the shipping price, I will pay it, because I am seeding it to same area and I will only pay a quartet of the price. And this is not all, after you receive my car you will get a 3 days testing period, before you decide buy it.
    To make this deal happen I must ask eBay to send you the terms and conditions of the Buyback Protection Program, but before I can do that I need your approval. So if you agree please give me your full name, address and contact number(s) so that eBay can register you as a potential buyer and sent you the terms and conditions.
    Please remember that at this moment you have no obligations what so ever, just read the Transaction Term and after that let me know if you are interested in doing this sort of transaction.
    Please let me know if you have any questions.
    Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon!
    __________________________________________________________________________

    As soon as I read this I was like what is this, is everyone joining the military?
    Something didn’t seem right so I began checking scams and this site saved me from doing
    what could have been the worst decision of my life, I’m sorry for the people who must have experienced this but i am glad they informed others like myself. I was really upset but now I know always check google or something lol.
    This is also helpful.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    * eBay and Craigslist are competitors. In fact, they’re suing eachother right now. eBay does not assist with any transactions that are not being peformed on eBay, and especially not with a competitor. GM doesn’t warranty Toyota cars. eBay doesn’t guarantee Craigslist transactions either.

    * Any time someone wants you to pay through Western Union or some other money transfer service, that’s a huge red flag. Those services are the next best thing to sending cash through the mail. They’re great if you are sending money to someone you already know and trust, a family member for example. However, they’re immediate and non-cancellable. Once you’ve sent the money, you can’t get it back and the thief knows that too. The thief is using a fake name too, so when they pick up their money (and it is theirs now), it’s gone forever. Do not pay using a money transfer service!
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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    THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCHHH

  323. Randy Says:

    The scam is also being used for motorcycles as of 4/5/2011

    Original email:

    Hello,
    Thanks for being interested in buying my 2006 Yamaha YZF-R1 that i have for sale. The bike it`s in perfect condition,no scratches,damages and never been implicated in any accidents,never laid off. It has 19,850 miles, 1000cc engine size and it`s a sport bike. I have a clear title for it and is registered on my name.
    I’m selling my son’s bike, who died in Iraq four months ago and I want to get rid of it asap because the sight of it makes me think of him often and often and the pain is too great. Put yourself in my shoes and you’ll do the same (selling the bike of your dead son, no offense) !!!
    The price that i`m asking is $2300
    Here are the pictures with the bike : http://img718.imageshack.us/g/83262454.jpg/
    Just let me know if you are still interested and where are you located.

    Thank you,
    Leslie

    Followup email:

    Hello again ,
    Right now i`m in Helena,MT (the bike is here with me ) because i got a new job here. We will use eBay Buyer Protection Program, so we can both be protected and insured. I just need your full name, full address(street,city,state,zip) and phone number so eBay can send you the invoice in which you’ll see how to make this transaction. I supposed to ship the bike to another buyer, then he told me that he found another bike so is no longer interested. He already paid the shipping charges. The shipping is free i will take care of it and i will send the bike with all the papers( title , warranty papers,transfer papers etc ). You will get a 5 days testing period after delivery. During that 5 days testing period I will not be getting any money.
    I am just waiting your details to complete the shipping papers and start the delivery process.

    Looking forward to hear from you,
    Leslie

    Buyer beware!!!

  324. jaimbo Says:

    EXACT SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME! thank you to all who posted on here! once i read this website I emailed all of my “sellers” back and told them how DISGUSTED i am. There are actually people who put their lives on the line to serve our country and I hope all of these jerks get caught .I “spammed” their post, but is there a way to contact craigslist about this? this seriously upset me because I have a friend over seas and to have people back home disgracing their name is unforgivable.

  325. Camille Says:

    Here’s one I received about an awesome BMW just today (4/19/11)
    So I hit her up with a slew of questions showing my excitement. I want to waste her time as much as she’s wasting mine! (before 4/24, and surprisingly I probably won’t hear from her anymore)…

    Hello there,

    I am selling this beautiful, well maintained 2007 BMW R1200RT because my brigade will deploy for 14 months to Afghanistan.
    I’m under enormous time pressure cause I need to sell it fast, before April 24 that being the reason for selling it so low.
    The condition is excellent and it rides flawlessly and hasn’t been involved in any accident…
    I do have the title, clear, under my name. It is gently used with only 7,446 miles !
    It has all the standard features, plus a long list of options like
    STAINTUNE Performance Exhaust for 5HP gain and great sound,Valve Cover Protectors,
    Russell Day Long Saddle (heated of course),Garmin Nuvi GPS,Valentine Radar Detector,
    Radar Busters detector cover,Alpine Stereo w/upgraded speakers and amplifier,Bluetooth for cell phone
    and satellite radio,XM satellite,Centech AP-2 Fuse Panel,Front Fender Mud Flap,Saddle Bag Liner Luggage,
    Tank Bag,Cee Bailys 3″Oversize Windshield

    It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $2300.
    The bike is in Atlanta, Georgia and in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.

    More Pictures:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/116625545315473854265/2007BMWRSeriesR1200RT02?feat=directlink#

    (if the link doesn’t work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

    Thank You,
    Lt. Lisa Bryant

  326. Camille Says:

    On another note: I did the same as others and people searched these folks within the military listings available and family members actually IN the military. I despise liars, esp those wanting to use the military as their scamming board!

    I do have one question though, if anyone can answer… where do these scammers get these great pictures of these vehicles anyway?

    Thank you everyone for your input!! This site is a wallet saver!

  327. Camille Says:

    Here’s the latest update to my interest in a motorcycle from Lisa. I had asked the following, trying to be friendly and concerned…

    —- Original Message —–
    From: “Camille
    To: “Lisa Bryant”
    Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 4:38 AM
    Subject: Re: BMW R1200RT 2007 – $2300 (elmira )

    Hello Lisa,

    I would love to own this bike, however, with all the scams out there, I am
    very leery of purchasing.

    You say the bike is in Altanta GA yet the pics are posted on Elmira’s
    craigslist. Why is that? And how would payment work?
    Please don’t tell me you want me to use Ebay or Paypal and that you would
    ship me the bike, after I send payment and I have 3 days or so to see if I
    like it, etc. or something like that.

    I would really like to find a legitimate deal and I truly like the BMW.

    Talk to me Lisa,

    Camille

    And here’s here response…

    >>> “Lisa Bryant” 4/19/2011 7:41 PM >>>
    Hi Camille,

    I’ve previously told you,I’m currently involved in a military program,
    temporarily based in Atlanta, GA, as I’ll be changing it for Afghanistan
    very soon. Due to military security reasons I’m restricted from leaving the
    unit’s facility under any purpose and have strictly limited phone access.
    The shipping won’t be a problem; military has a considerable discount, so I
    can handle it by myself, with no charges whatsoever on your account. The
    motorcycle will be sent along with all its documents including title, bill
    of sale, 2 sets of keys, full service records and everything else you’ll
    need. Because it’s such a large transaction, I’d suggest using an authorized
    third party, Google Checkout for instance. I’ve done some research and
    that’s the safest way to do it. That’s why, I’ve taken the liberty to
    prearrange things with them, using their escrow Google Checkout. I thought
    you might want to see it there, so I’ve asked them to allow viewers to
    inspect the bike; but their reply was: “We are not a showroom!” No worries
    cause I’ll grant you a 5 days inspection period (to test drive it) from the
    moment you receive it, before Google Checkout escrow releases your money to
    me. The bike is located in their warehouse in Atlanta,GA (ready for
    delivery).

    If you are determined in buying the bike, please send me an email with your
    name and shipping address. I will post the transaction mentioning the
    vehicle details, the price etc on Google Checkout website and confirm you as
    the buyer.

    After the transaction is processed they will send you the invoice explaining
    the exact procedure…it’s quite simple.

    Thank you

    Lt. Lisa Bryant

  328. Rege Says:

    look out for Lt. Michael Dejanon same deal going on. 2900 for a used honda civic si, he said i would not pay anything for shipping and he was also moving to Europe. still waiting on him to reply.

  329. Mig Duran Says:

    I got this from Craiglist from Sgt Kevin O’Connor Kevin O’Connor :

    Hello,

    This is a 2005 Audi A4 1.8T quattro,with very low mileage, only 54K.Certified Used Audi with the S4 Sports Package with includes: Sports suspension, S4 18 inch wheels, S4 aero package, and S4 interior package with upgraded leather sports seats and transmission shift buttons on the steering wheel. Quattro (all-wheel drive) Turbocharged four cylinder engine. Powerful but economical. Always garaged.Driver Air Bag,Anti-Lock Brakes,Air Conditioning,Alloy Wheels,Cruise Control,CD Changer,CD Player,Passenger Air Bag,Rear Window Defroster,Heated Seats,Leather Seats,Power Door Locks,Power Mirrors,Power Windows,Power Steering,Power Seats,Side Airbags,Sunroof,Tilt/Telescope Steering Wheel.

    I’m the original owner. It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident…I do have the title, clear, under my name. Non-smoker. It is rust free, salt free and has a clean undercarriage.

    Here you can find more pictures of the Car: http://s1085.photobucket.com/albums/j435/8796489654/?albumview=slideshow
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

    It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $2,950.The price is reduced for an immediate sale. If you want to buy this car I will take care of shipping. Shipping will be door to door, to your home address and I will offer 5 days to inspect the vehicle from the moment you receive it (and the option to accept or reject it on my expense), before I’ll have your money. So if you need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Staff Sgt.Kevin O’Connor

    Thank you

  330. Whitney Says:

    I have not confirmed it yet, but I am pretty sure this is a scam. I found a 2003 VW beetle advertised on Craigslist for $2900. It’s advertised as having been garage kept, perfect condition, etc etc. I sent an email just asking the mileage (nothing else) and this is the response I got (which was received within a matter of hours):

    Hi,

    Thanks for replying to my ad. I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I have a family emergency and I need to sell it before June 5th. My name is Elizabeth. I’m an Air Force Staff Sergeant stationed at an AF Base in Anchorage, Alaska. The car is here with me.

    This 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS has 112,470 miles, 1-OWNER, Blue Lagoon Metallic with Gray Lether Interior, Automatic Transmission, Engine 1.8L L4. Air Conditioning, Sunroof, It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained… The title is clear without any accidents, liens or loans. Non-smoker. It is rust free, salt free and has a clean undercarriage. Non-smoker.

    Gas saver. Fuel economy with this mix is 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway. Here you can find more pictures of the car: http://s1142.photobucket.com/home/sin_pax/index
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

    The price is $2,950. If you want to buy this car I will take care of the delivery to your door (with an AF cargo plane to the nearest AF Base) and I will offer 5 days to inspect the vehicle and take it to your machanic from the moment you receive it (and the option to accept or reject it), before I’ll have your money. So if you need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    SSgt. Elizabeth Taylor

  331. Laura Says:

    Same damn thing happened to me! SSgt “Kevin O’conor” which quite frankly pisses me off! My husband is in fact in the Air Force and has deployed to Iraq (twice) and Korea! What low life pieces of you know what does things like this? It’s bad enough to pretend to be someone else but to claim to be a member for the Military…. It’s disgusting! Quite frankly it makes me sick to my stomach to think that these ass***es are claiming to be the men and women who fight for their freedom! The freedom in which allows them to pretend to be them! Ughh! So being that my husband is in the Air force and was stationed in Alaska (where he said he’s from) I asked him to tell me the name of the base,his Chief and the type of aircraft flown at that specific base….. Guess what…. No response! Go figure! So should you see a car being sold by a SSgt.Kevin O’conor DON’T IT’S A SCAM. Lucky for me I’m not an idiot! ;) just falls under the simple rule…. If it sounds to good to be true,typically it is!

  332. Trish Says:

    Wow! I am so glad I came across this website. I was *very* close to purchasing a car advertised on Craig’s List this morning for a 2006 Honda Civic EX sedan in mint-condition. Price is $3,000 USD w/ no additional fees and also being “sold” by someone in the military, in my case “Major Kimberly Mirto” (kimberlymirto44@gmail.com), who’s currently “in Spain and has the car with her,” though it still has US tags. The part about the free shipping and no responsibility for the fees, etc. was too good to be true. And here I was getting upset at my dad for being vigilant and leary about Craig’s List and eBay!! I will post the e-mail later today. I’m surprised she got back to me with the quickness BEFORE I asked if I could have a 24 hour window to discuss things with my dad and stepmom, mainly because of “concerns with ID theft and leary transactions on eBay and Craig’s List”. As of right now (1:57 p.m. EST), I have not received a response. Go figure..

  333. Rob Says:

    This is the final invoice they sent me “supposedly” from eBay. As you can see it asks me to western union the money. upon going to the ebay.com there is no mention of this transaction.

    The invoice they send you looks very legit, and i wonder how many people have lost there hard earned money.

    eBay sent this message to Robert Stephen Ingle(rob.ingle86@gmail.com).
    Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay.

    Your invoice for eBay Buyer Protection purchase – 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS

    Invoice for eBay Buyer Protection Transaction Case ID EBP23627391 between Linda Clark, as the Seller and Robert Stephen Ingle as the Buyer.
    Please follow our instructions to complete the transaction safely.

    eBay’s got you covered. Your purchases are now covered by eBay Buyer Protection program.

    Seller:
    Name: Linda Clark
    Address:
    RAF WEST RUISLIP
    London,London APO AE 09422
    United Kingdom

    Buyer:
    Name:
    Robert Stephen Ingle
    Address:
    17 w schouldweiler Tract Rd
    Elma, WA 98541
    United States
    Transaction Details:

    Case ID: EBP23627391
    Date: June 21, 2011
    Status: Payment pending
    *Note: Payment must be made within the next 48 hours.
    Item: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS
    Quantity sold: 1
    Price: US $1500.00
    Inspection Inspected
    Insurance: YES
    Shipping: Tracking # will be provided by seller after payment.
    Shipping to*:
    Robert Stephen Ingle
    17 w schouldweiler Tract Rd
    Elma, WA 98541
    United States

    *Please check the details for an accurate delivery in order to avoid delays.
    Payment must be submitted via Western Union Transfer as MONEY IN MINUTES SERVICE to eBay Financing Center Agent in charge of this transaction. The eBay Financing Center Agent will secure the payment until the Buyer receives, inspects and accepts the vehicle. Or, if it will be the case, the Agent will refund the payment to the Buyer.

    eBay Financing Center Agent*:
    First Name: Cintia
    Last Name: Lancaster
    Address: 23, Lewis Gardens
    City:
    State:
    Stoke Newington
    London
    Zip: N16 5PF
    Country: United Kingdom
    *The Western Union Transfer will be sent using this name and address.

    Payment:
    Invoice #23627391

    Subtotal: US $1500.00
    Shipping: US $0.00
    Sales Tax: US $0.00

    Deposit: US $1500.00
    Remaining Balance: US $0.00

    Marketplace Safety Tip
    1. General
    The eBay Buyer Purchase Protection program protects your vehicle purchase against fraud and material misrepresentation. This program is provided by eBay for free on this transaction. There’s no sign-up, opt-in, or registration necessary. Your vehicle purchase is protected for up to $50,000.00 or the vehicle purchase price, whichever is lower. We realize that a vehicle is an important purchase. When you buy a vehicle, you have to be completely satisfied with your investment. This program protects your vehicle purchase against accidents, major mechanical failure, odometer-tampering, and salvage or flood damage. You only buy the vehicle if it passes your verifications. These terms and conditions with our privacy policy contain the entire agreement and understanding between the parties relating to this transaction.
    2. Refundable Payment
    This transaction offers full protection because the buyer accepts the vehicle upon inspection and the seller ships the vehicle if the payment is confirmed. You are allowed to inspect and buy the vehicle if a refundable payment in amount of $1500.00 is sent by Western Union Transfer to the eBay Buyer Purchase Protection Manager assigned to this transaction.
    3. Shipping
    The vehicle will be delivered to your location. It will be shipped within 2 days after the payment is confirmed. The shipping is free of charge and the vehicle is fully insured for damage during the transportation, inspection process and prior to the physical sale.
    4. Delivery & Inspection
    You will have 7 days to inspect the vehicle upon delivery. You have the option to use an independent Inspection Authority to make sure that the vehicle is as described. Please check the exterior, interior, engine, transmission, and accessories of the vehicle to ensure top mechanical reliability and outstanding condition.
    4.1. If you decide to keep the vehicle, the transaction will be closed and the funds will be released to the seller. The vehicle will come with all the documents needed for registration and the shipping company will take care of all the formalities.
    4.2. If the vehicle is not as described or it does not pass your inspection, the vehicle will be collected by the shipping company and you will be fully refunded. Refund requests are processed within 3 days.
    4.3. After the inspection period is over, the buyer must contact eBay Buyer Purchase Protection with the result of the inspection. If the buyer refuses the vehicle, the refund will be sent to the buyer after the tracking number for the returned shipment is verified. If the vehicle is accepted, eBay Buyer Purchase Protection submits the payment directly to the seller within 3 business days.

    How to make the payment

    To complete the transaction you must send the payment via Western Union.

    Pay for the transfer with cash at a local Western Union agent. Western Union agent locations are independent businesses that provide money transfer service to their customers on behalf of Western Union. Western Union agents are primarily banks, post offices, exchange offices or retail locations – grocery stores, mail box centers, drug stores, travel agencies, depots, other retail locations.
    Reply us the following details from the payment receipt:
    - MTCN Number (Money Transfer Control Number)
    - Sender Name and Address
    - Receiver Name
    - Amount
    Fax the Western Union payment receipt to eBay Financing Center Department at:
    +1-866-238-6611
    We strongly recommend that you confirm the payment by email and fax.
    Important Notice
    *eBay Tip: Western Union Money-Transfer is designed mainly for sending cash to friends and family in need.
    So If you will assert to the operator that the transfer is for a product purchased over the Internet, you will pay a considerable higher transfer fee.
    We strongly advises you to tell the Western Union’s operator that the transfer is for a friend or relative, so you can pay a lower transfer fee. A personal transfer type will not affect this transaction or your protection, because the transfer will still reach us.

    The following WesternUnion form specimen is indicated to use in your transaction.
    If you meet the following box in the WesternUnion sending form, you need to tick “NO” because you transfer the money to a verified eBay Agent.

  334. karen Says:

    Here’s another one for an RV my husband and I were interested in. Thanks for your blog info and getting the info out there. :)

    From: MSgt. Michael Q Weldey
    To: XXX
    Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2011 3:35 PM
    Subject: 2009 Keystone Outback Loft rvs $6900?

    Hello,

    Sorry for mailing you so late!
    I’m glad that you’re interested in my RVs.The RVs is in good condition, has no technical damages at all, no scratches or dents,no hidden defects.The RVs has been looked after very well – washed and cleaned every two weeks. The interior is in virtually spotless condition. The seats are clean and not torn. The exterior is in excellent condition. It comes with all the documents needed for registration, it has a clear title and it can be registered into your name at any time. There are no known problems with the RVs as far as I know.

    The total price is $6900? including shipping and delivery taxes to your address.

    I AM SELLING UNDER THE MARKET’S VALUE BECAUSE I NEED LIQUIDITY IN ORDER TO FINISH THE HOUSE THAT I AM BUILDING.

    If you are decided we are going to have a safe deal.
    Please get back to me to explain you more.

    I`m waiting for your reply as soon as possible.

    Thank you!

    Air Force MSgt. Michael Q Weldey
    Air National Guard
    McGuire New Jersey

    and then this (when asked for an address to chk the RV out in person)

    I’m in New Jersey due to my work (i’m an Air Force Msgt.) and i have the RV here with me. I can deliver it to your shipping address (i will pay for the shipping and insurance fees) and i will agree to let you test and inspect it for 5 days just to be sure. In this 5 days you will test the conditions of the RV . If something won’t be like you expected to be you can return it without any expense. It will come with all the paper work.The payment will be made after you will test and inspect the RV .

    The payment will be made after you will test and inspect the RV.
    The deal will go through eBay Motors. In this way both of us will have the required assurance that the deal will take place well. A refund policy will be included.
    If you agree with these terms please reply me with your full name, shipping address and phone# so that i can forward them to eBay. They will send you a complete list with instructions.

    I`m waiting for your reply as soon as possible.

    Thanks

    Air Force MSgt. Michael Q Weldey
    Air National Guard
    McGuire New Jersey

  335. Jay K Says:

    Got one of those too – BEWARE!!!

    Hey,
    I am in a currently stationed at Malmstrom Base,MT. We are getting ready for Afghanistan. We are in the final stage of our training and we are not allowed to use the phone during this period. This is supposed to keep us focused on our trainings. I am only allowed to check my email few times a day. I hope you can understand that we will have to stick to email for now. The vehicle is here with me at the base but I’ve already made all the arrangements with DAS to pick it up from the base. DAS will also handle the title transfer for an extra $75.00. Being in the army has some advantages and one of them is the fact that I can ship it very cheap. I will pay for the shipping charges, as I’ve said in my first email. I think I can have it there in 5-7 business days.
    I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will give a 3 days testing period after delivery. During that 3 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested in buying it so I can ask eBay to send you the details on how this works. I have to fill out a form on eBay and I need the name that will go on the title and an address where you want the car delivered. Once I do it, eBay will email you all the details on this transaction and we can get the ball rolling.
    Daniel

  336. Dave Says:

    Sound familiar? Man I thought I found my dream Porsche.

    Hi again,

    I AM SELLING UNDER THE MARKET’S VALUE BECAUSE I NEED LIQUIDITY IN ORDER TO FINISH THE HOUSE THAT I AM BUILDING.

    Right now I’m in New Jersey due to my work (I’m an Air Force Msgt.) in a military base, I’m doing a special training program each day and I am not allowed to get out of the unit or give calls whenever I want. I’ll call you when I’ll go out to handle the shipping. I have the car here with me. I can deliver it to your shipping address (I will pay for the shipping and insurance fees) and I will agree to let you test and inspect it for 5 days just to be sure. In this 5 days you will test the conditions of the car. If something won’t be like you expected to be you can return it without any expense. It will come with all the paper work. The payment will be made after you will test and inspect the car.

    The deal will go through eBay Motors. I already prearranged the whole process with them, using their eBay Safe Pay Solutions. In this way both of us will have the required assurance that the deal will take place well. A refund policy will be included. If you agree with these terms please reply me with your full name, shipping address and phone# so that I can forward them to eBay. They will send you a complete list with instructions.

    I’m waiting for your reply as soon as possible.

    Thanks


    Air Force Msgt. Reuben Bennett
    Air National Guard
    McGuire New Jersey

  337. Lucky Says:

    Another variation of the same ol’ script…these people are simply shameless.

    “Hello,

    My name is Dr. Gracie Melton,
    This 2005 Nissan Maxima SE is in perfect working condition.
    The vehicle engine runs great. No mechanical problems on this beauty.
    2005 Nissan Maxima SE 3.5L V6 w BODYKIT Fully Loaded is in immaaculate condition.THIS CAR LOOKS, FEELS AND DRIVES AMAZING!
    Automatic,FULL BODY KIT w/ CHROME ACCENTS,CHROME PLATED INTAKE,DUAL EXHAUST,CHROME HEADERS,COLD AIR INTAKE,IMMACULATE LEATHER INTERIOR,PREMIUM BOSE SOUND SYSTEM,20” KMC CHROME WHEELS,
    DRIVER, PASSENGER, SIDE AND HEADREST AIRBAGS,6 DISC CD, CASSETTE, CRUISE CONTROL, TRACTION CONTROL,GREY LEATHER w/ SEAT WARMERS,POWER SUNROOF PACKAGE,ANTI-THEFT SYSTEM,LOW MILEAGE-ONLY 98K.
    So if you decide on buying the car, I want the deal closed only through eBay. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY After you receive the car and you inspect it, eBay will release the payment to me, in this way we are both protected.
    The car is located in USA right now and has US papers.The title is clean and you will have absolutely no problems to register the car .
    I signed up as a doctor for US military forces and I was sent in Iraq to take care of the american soldiers from Afghanistan.
    I am located in Iraq,but the car is in United States in Wisconsin in a warehouse, sealed and ready to be shipped.
    My final price on it is $2,250 USD . If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping .It will be shipped from Wisconsin by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to your address for free.
    First of all, the vehicle will be insured during transit so no damage can occur. Don’t worry about that.
    Secondly, you will receive all appropriate documents along with the vehicle. You will receive the title and all the papers signed by me so you can easily transfer the car into your name. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address address (street,city,zip,state) where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all
    the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    I am sorry but we don’t have acces with phones here.ONLY laptops.But we can communicate by mail.I hope this is not a problem.
    Thanks for understanding
    Dr. Gracie Melton”

    *I asked for the VIN number of the car so that I could get a Carfax and a face-to-face video chat since “she” had internet connection however I got this response instead…

    “Hi,

    The car is in perfect conditions, clear title, no damage on body. If you wish to proceed with the purchase,please provide me your full name, address (street,city,zip,state) where to ship the car and phone # so I can initiate the deal through Ebay right away.
    You don’t need an ebay account.
    After that you will receive an invoice from Ebay with all the details about the transaction.
    You will receive the car in 3 days(free shipping)
    You will have 15 days to test it and inspect it.
    If you decide not to buy it, you will receive your money back 100%, and the car will be shipped back to me,no extra taxes.
    Only if you accept it ebay will release your payment to me.
    The payment to ebay must be done via a western union office using cash because i have bad experience with paypal from the past.
    VIN : 1N4BA41E65C855045
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Thanks”

    * I found out that the VIN didn’t match the car in the Ad but instead was located in Maryland and the asking price was $11,000. It was a completely different car. I still didn’t receive a response about the discrepancy. I guess she’s busted, “her” email address is graciemelton1@gmail.com

    Thank you Katy for allowing us to expose these shameless scammers

  338. mmomofthree Says:

    Well this scam artist has moved on to going after Sellers. My husband was selling his little sports car. This man named “Isaac Lock” claims to be in the military and can only e-mail 2 times a day. He also needs to pay through paypal and of course wanted our personal information. He also offered to pay $500 MORE than we asked for. Who does that? We knew immediately it was a scam when he said that. Also, who would buy a car without seeing it in person and he wanted a “friend” to come by to look at it in person. SCARY!!

    I just googled about craigslist military scams and was glad to see this post. Seriously I wish we could get these people doing this!!

  339. DanaR Says:

    Well, here is another variation, I think…I was looking for an affordable SUV on Autotrader & came upon a listing for a ’99 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd. that looked great, low miles, low price. The vehicle was supposedly in Foley, MO (about 80 miles from me). There was a phone number, which corresponded to the general Foley area, and also an email address: nefesdone@hotmail.com

    I shot off an email asking if the SUV was still available, & then about an hour later, I called the number listed. No one answered, so I left my first name & phone number, asking for a call back with more info about the Jeep.

    In about 2 hours I received this reply email:

    Hi Dana, the jeep is still for sale ,is in very good condition, clean title, no accidents, Ice Cold A/C, everything works on it ,no rust ,no leaks, no mechanical problems ,inspection done two months ago (oil and brakes changed) ,tires are as new ,i sent you more pictures to see the condition of the jeep .Right now i am stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, FL until Sept. 22th and i have the jeep here with me . I will sell the jeep for $3800 , nothing less . If you have a military base near to you,i can ship it there , no extra fee for you . I will appreciate if you let me know your decision as soon as possible , i have to sell the jeep before my deployment . See more pictures : http://www.bluemelon.com/jeras1/myfirstalbum#page-0

    Thank you .
    Calvin

    •••••••••• CALVIN N. DORTON , C/Lt Col, AFROTC

    So I immediately start trying to figure out how the logistics for something like this would work. I could find no info on Cadet Lt Col. Dorton anywhere. The VIN # was listed in one the of pics sent to me, so I Carfaxed, & found out that the SUV was sold at auction in Massachusetts @ 6 months ago. I thought to myself, “Wow, this guy has done of lot of traveling in it.” I then Googled the VIN # & found a listing for this same SUV by a car dealership in Massachusetts. It was listed approximately 6 months ago, & the EXACT SAME pictures as the ones given to me by “Dorton” were shown on this dealership’s website, with a Massachusetts license plate. I went back to “Dorton’s” pics & saw where he had doctored the license plate, obscuring the license plate with just a white square. As I could see no good reason for doing this, I was very suspicious by this time. I Googled “Autotrader military scam” & lo & behold, found several websites addressing this issue, including this one. Now I’m just pissed at how excited I was to find this SUV. I guess I will try to report this to Autotrader, but I have little hope of anything actually happening. Oh well, at least I’m not out any money.

  340. Eddie Says:

    I’m still cracking up over this =]

    Hello,

    Thanks for replying to my ad. I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I have a family emergency and I need to sell it before september 16th. My name is Ryan. I’m an Air Force Technical Sergeant stationed at the Elmendorf AF Base, Anchorage, Alaska. The vehicle is here with me.

    It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident…I do have the title, clear, under my name. Non-smoker. It is rust free, salt free and has a clean undercarriage (see pics).

    This is a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 4×4 with Laramie package which includes black leather with suede inserts, heated seats, Infinity sound system, CD player that includes navigation, Sirius satellite radio, heated seats, heated mirrors, adjustable petals, keyless entry, remote start and more. It is completely BLACKED OUT, lifted with 22s, has heavy duty mirrors, fiberglass bed cover. I had oil changed every 3000 miles, and tires rotated periodically. The truck has a clean title. Mileage 53,521

    Here you can find more pictures of the vehicle: http://s1113.photobucket.com/albums/k506/dodgerammm32/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

    It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $2,930 If you want to buy this vehicle I will take care of shipping. Shipping will be door to door, to your home address and I will offer 5 days to inspect the vehicle from the moment you receive it (and the option to accept or reject the vehicle on my expense), before I’ll have your money. So if you need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    I look forward to hearing from you,
    Tech Sgt. Ryan Eads

  341. Heather Says:

    I got sucked into one of these too – till I got the second – suspiciously similar email from the second vehicle I inquired about. Another “female military officer”, after which I googled, military + vehicle+ scam, and your site showed up. I did a lot of reading, then followed up with the scammers, and Craigs List, as well as Google Checkout – Unfortunately Google Checkout doesn’t think there is a problem – since they are secure :( and believe the seller to be legit. Too bad they obviously were not willing to do to look into it more for some reason. I’m interested in hearing from some who one tried to go through with the sale.

  342. Natalie Says:

    Found this forum after finding a 2004 vw beetle with 76k miles for $2000. Glad I found this site. The wording is all too similar For this to not be a scam…sad they are using the military to gain trust especially on this ten year anniversary…

    Found the car last night and was corresponding until I found this site. Thanks for saving me!

    Hi again,
     
    Please take a few moments and read my email carefully, I know it is long, but I will explain all the details about the car and the transaction. At the moment I’m making final preparations before deploying to Iraq with the U.S. Convoy .
    The car is already at our Military Logistic Department from Homestead Air Reserve Base (ARB) U.S. Air Force base crated and ready to go. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home. The shipping is free for you.
     
    Since the car is in a military base, with no access you can not go there and take it, only the Logistic Department can deliver it, because the car is in their custody. Shipping may take anywhere between 2 to 3 business days depending on the destination. All documents you need for ownership, manuals and bill of sale will be provided along with the car.
    For the payment I would like to use Google Checkout as a third party.
    They will keep your money into a protection account until you get the car and will release it to me after inspection period is over and you agree to keep the car. So, this is not a blind transaction, as you can see the car before committing to buy it and to eliminate any concerns you will have 7 days to inspect the car . If you decide not to keep it Google Checkout will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back will be my concern.
    I think this is more than fair for both of us.
     
    I’ll start the official procedure, and Google Checkout will contact you about this. If you are interested in buying it just mail me back with:
    - Your Full Name – Required by Google Checkout (You’ll receive important guidelines + instructions from them.)
    - Your Full Shipping Address and Phone Number – Required by the Logistic Department (They will call you with delivery/pickup instructions 1 day ahead so you can communicate what time schedule work best for your to receive the car)
    Again I want to point out that because I am going to Iraq this sale is my top priority and I am looking after a fast transaction, with no delays. That is why I decided to lower the price, to avoid wasting time with negotiations and find a buyer as soon as possible.
     
    Thanks, hope to do business with you soon!
    Sergeant Nurse
    Tiffany

  343. Stacks Says:

    Yeah, I have recently inquired about 2 Accords, a Navigator, and a GS3 on c-list. The exact same horseshit: I’m in the army, can’t leave, can’t call, but can take your hard earned money. Yeah rite.

    I guess the loser hiding behind his screen is too stupid to realize that he’s sending basically the same email to the SAME address under different names and cars. In my case, first he was a William, but on a different vehicle and email, he was Shad Williams. No mind, no creativity.

    If you ever get one of these emails, tell the moron you know his game and to piss off. Support our troops (the REAL ones).

  344. Stacks Says:

    I just sent another email to this scammer inquiring about a Cadillac STS for only $2,950. This time, I used my buddy’s email and laptop. That buddy is a local Sheriff’s dep, and all their service laptops come with IP tracers (for undercover busts on pedophiles), so when this tool responds with his usual BS, the sheriff’s dept will have his computer’s IP. So unless this sack of shiot is outside the US, this scam should be coming to an end as soon as the local sheriff’s dept contacts the law enforcement of the area the IP is in.

    My buddy was in the service, and was very pissed by these claims, especially people claiming to be selling their son’s or husband’s car/bike because they died in Iraq/Afghanistan. That really hit a nerve with him. He said that if he finds the guy, he’ll personally drive as far as Alaska to slap the cuffs on him if the local authorities fail to do it.

  345. Sunny Says:

    Just to add two more names onto the list: Kim Munoz, and Vincent Jones.

  346. tammypetleski Says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for replying to my ad. I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I have a family emergency and I need to sell it asap. My name is Nicole. I’m an Air Force Staff Sergeant stationed at an AF Base in Anchorage, Alaska. The car is here with me.

    I’m the original owner. This is 2003 Audi A4 1.8T quattro has 81,927 miles, Dark Gray with Gray Interior, Automatic,1st And 2nd Row Curtain Head Airbags,4-Wheel ABS Brakes,BS And Driveline Traction Control, Power Remote Driver Mirror Adjustment, Intercooled Turbo, Independent Rear Suspension, Heated Windshield Washer Jets, Aluminum Spare Wheel Rim and more…. Non-smoker. It is rust free, salt free and has a clean undercarriage.

    Here you can find more pictures of the car: http://s1085.photobucket.com/home/2oo3_audi_forsale

    The price is $2,480. If you want to buy this car I will take care of the delivery to your door (with an AF cargo plane to the nearest AF Base) and I will offer 5 days to inspect the vehicle and take it to your machanic from the moment you receive it (and the option to accept or reject it). So if you need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    SSgt. Nicole Tavarez

    —–Original Message—–
    From: tammy petleski
    To: nic.39
    Sent: Sun, Oct 16, 2011 4:43 pm
    Subject: audi a4

    Im interested in your audi a4 please contact me at 727 237 1131 would like to find out a little more info on it thanks pat

  347. tammypetleski Says:

    Hi again,

    As I’ve told you, at this moment I am in Alaska in a military base. I do a special training program each day and I am not allowed to get out of the unit or call whenever I want. The reason I’m selling this vehicle way below market value, is because I would like to help ease the burden of my sisters medical expenses, which she has acquired due to a serious illness.

    The shipping will take 3 to 5 days and it’s not a problem because I will have the vehicle shipped by an Air Force cargo plane so there won’t be any additional shipping costs. Also I will arrange for a truck to transport the vehicle to your home address. You will receive it along with all the documents including title, bill of sale, 2 set of keys, full service records and more. Because it is a large transaction, we will complete the deal only using an authorized third part like eBay because I already prearranged the whole process with them. The vehicle is located in their warehouse in Anchorage (sealed and ready for delivery). The money must be sent first to an eBay agent and will be kept safe until the buyer receives and inspects the vehicle. I will offer a 5-day period to inspect the vehicle from the moment you receive it (and the option to accept or reject the vehicle on my expense). I think this is more than fair for both of us.

    If you are still interested just send me your full name and shipping address. I will forward your info to eBay and they will notify you about our deal. They will let you know what you have to do for the payment. Like this you’ll be able to talk directly with them and ask all you want to know.

    Regards

  348. smartinez Says:

    heres one i got

    Abby Madison abby.madison79@gmail.com

    Hi,

    Thank you for contacting me about my 2008 Honda Civic SI that I have for sale. This car is in great shape (28,061 miles,vin# 2HGFG21548H705467, Body type: Coupe,Engine: 2.0L I4). I’m the original owner. It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident…I do have the title, clear, under my name. Non-smoker.My husband and I divorced last year, after the divorce I was awarded the car, I don’t need it and that’s why I’m selling it so cheap.My final price is $2,800 including delivery and handling if you will buy it today or tomorrow. It is located in Helena MT. I recently moved here after I divorced.

    We can use Google Checkout protection program for our safety and for payment I prefer to use a Google Checkout buyer protection plan. The financial part will be managed by them. Which means that you will have 5 days inspection period before committing to buy the vehicle, a refund policy is included. The deal will go strictly according to Google Checkout rules and policy. There are no other costs on this transaction through Google Checkout. Let me know if you want to buy it.

    Here are the pictures with my car: http://s1135.photobucket.com/albums/m623/2008Civic1/?albumview=slideshow

    Regards,
    Abby

    and then…..

    Hi again,
    The car is already at the delivery company in Helena MT ready for delivery. I have setup this sale with Google Checkout so this deal must go through them. Unfortunately I’m not near you and my daughter is in hospital so I can’t meet in person with you so this is the reason why I chose to sell my car on internet.I’m very sorry but i don’t have access to a phone because i’m still at the hospital. I can check only my e-mail address. Please understand my situation.But Google Checkout will give you a phone number to talk.
    In order to complete this deal the payment must be sent to Google Checkout. As soon as they receive the payment will notify me to start with delivery. The delivery cost is included in the price.
    Google Checkout will not release the payment to me until you receive and inspect the car (you have 5 days for inspection). If the car is not in same condition as I said you will ship it back on my expense and Google Checkout will send you a full refund. But I assure you won’t be the case. Now, if you are serious about this and want to move forward, just mail me back with:

    - Your Full Name – Required by Google Checkout (You’ll receive important guidelines + payment instructions from them.)
    - Your Delivery Address and Phone Number

    As soon as I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to Google Checkout and declare you as the buyer. They will contact you with further information regarding payment and delivery.

    Thanks, hope to do business with you soon!
    PS:The car comes with all the documents ( title, bill of sale, full service records, etc…) It has a clear title in my name. The title will be signed into your name as soon as the payment will be sent to Google Checkout.

    i responded to this last email and am waiting on a response. I will keep everyone posted

  349. SSGT Nicole Tavarez is a SCAM Says:

    Scam!

    SSGT Nicole Tavarez USAF

    ..makes me sick, be careful guys

  350. Laura Martinez Says:

    Another such case… beware. And thanks for posting this page.

    A simple thumb rule… if it is too good to be true. it is not.
    ==============
    Hi again,

    I attached the carfax report and a copy of the title to show no accidents, real mileage, not salvage, no liens, no loans.
    Right now I’m in a military base in Missoula, MT and we are getting ready for Afghanistan. I cannot leave the base and I’m not able to talk on the phone (at least for the moment).
    To make things easier I enlisted the car in the eBay Vehicle Purchase Program. Because the deal must be sealed through them, as you may already know, in accordance with their terms you’ll be given 5 days to inspect and test drive the car before making a final decision and title transfer takes place.
    The car (along with all documents, clean and clear title with my signature on it, owner’s manual and keys) will be shipped by DAS shipping company through a contract the army has with DAS. The shipping is free on your side.
    Here is how it will work:
    1. I will inform eBay that I have a buyer and ask them to start a new transaction with you.
    2. They will ask you for the shipping details. After they process your information, they will send you an invoice with all the details on how to make a refundable payment.
    3. After the refundable payment is made, eBay will contact me to authorize the shipping. The shipping will last maximum 4 days. This entire time your payment will stay with eBay, including those 5 days inspection period from the moment you get the car.
    If by any means you find that the car does not meet your expectations, you’ll get fully refunded and the car gets back to the shipping company, free of charge on your side.

    I’ll wait your response.
    Thanks.

  351. pamsma Says:

    They are not only selling cars, this is a player grand piano with a price too good to be true. Originally I was told she was expecting a baby and wanted to sell for her to prepare for the kid, so I replied. Here is “her” reply and her story changed……

    Thanks for getting back with me,

    Right now we are in Helena, MT because my husband was moved here with the job and we already found an apartment here. The piano is here in at the shipping company sealed and ready to ship it. The delivery process is payed by us and we want to finish this deal through Google Checkout because they are a big company and we can both be protected and insured. You will receive the instrument in 1-2 days and you will get the chance to inspect it 3 days, play it and everything you want. During that 3 days testing period I will not be getting any money.
    If by any reason the piano is not as described or if you find any problems with it, I will arrange to ship it back on my cost. Google will hold the funds until the inspection period is over and you decide if you’re going to buy it or not. This way you’re not going to pay for something you haven’t seen and with the inspection period you can make sure it’s as described.
    If you’re interested to purchase just email me with your full name,shipping address and your phone number,so I can notify Google that you are selected as my buyer and they will contact you to explain the entire procedure.

    Best Regards,
    Steph & Mike Fink

  352. Jason Says:

    Here is another.

    Hello,
    I`m SSgt. Teresa Wilson. You have to know that the 2003 Honda Accord EX 6 – Cyl Automatic. I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 84,951 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM66503A100090. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Options: Leather Seats   CD Player   Anti-Lock Brakes   Driver Airbag   Passenger Airbag   Side Airbags   Air Conditioning Cruise Control   Power Locks   Power Windows   Power Seats   
    Here are the pics of the car:
    http://s1177.photobucket.com/albums/x355/ter82341/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)
     
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

    I am located in Madrid, Spain and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Spain. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,650 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Respectfully,
    SSgt. Teresa Wilson
     SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794  Comm 884-1794

  353. ceeser Says:

    Hello,
    Sorry for my late reply,
    The car is still for sale. It has a clean title, very well maintained, no exterior damages and no
    mechanical problems, i don’t smoke.
    I have to sell this car as fast as I can because in three
    weeks I will be in Afghanistan and I think I’ll stay there for a while that’s why I’m selling it so cheap.
    Currently I’m in a military base in Florida and the car is here with me. I can ship for free within
    US if you want to buy it. Let me know what you decide ASAP.
    The pics speak for themselves, You’ll love the car, I can guarantee you that!
    Thank you

  354. Baker Says:

    Thank you for posting this site. I had a gut feeling about an ad I saw on Craigslist, but wanted to be sure. This one does not involve military, but I feel with the similar wording and evasive answers I was getting from the seller. This may be a scam as well. When I inquired about the vehicle, these are the responses and my counter-responses:

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in buying my car. My 2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited V8 is in great shape, no engine problems, damages or hidden defects. It was always garaged and never smoked in. I`m a single mother with 2 children and I have to work very hard to maintain my family. I`m selling it so cheap because I have money problems. The price is $2,500.00. I want to tell you that I do not sell my car in payments and I do not trade. Since I don’t have anyone to help me with the sale I decided to make this transaction through eBay. Giving the nature of this transaction please note that my sale terms are final and nonnegotiable. In order to move forward I will need your full name, address and phone number so i can register the deal at eBay Financial Department. After that eBay will send you the payment instruction.

    Details about the car:

    Year: 2004
    Mileage: 85,447
    Transmission: Automatic
    Engine: 8 – Cyl.
    Exterior Color: White
    Interior Color: Tan
    Title: Clear
    The a/c is ice cold and the heat is hot!

    My best wishes and I’m waiting your response so we can move forward with this deal.

    I thought it odd that a “single mother with 2 children” would advertise on Craigslist under the “dealer” section. In addition, the vehicle was as much as $10,000 below asking prices from legitimate dealers. What the heck… I’ll play for a while. Here is my response:

    Wanda,

    Do you have a phone number where I can call and discuss this with you? I would like to make arrangements to come by and see the car tomorrow if possible. My phone number is (xxx)xxx-xxxx (yes, I gave my number… oh, well) if you would like to call me instead. Thank you.

    Thanks

    I figured if I am local, there should be no need for shipping charges if I am willing to pick it up, right?

    “Wanda” responds:

    Hi again,

    As I told you in my last email we will use eBay VPP program to manage the payment because it’s the safest way for both of us. eBay is responsible to insure that both parties comply to transaction requirements, both parties must submit proof of payment/delivery presented in a legal form (payment/delivery receipt) by the registered payment/delivery service used. You will have to send payment using eBay verified Agent name . They will hold the funds until you receive the vehicle and also test it !!!
    As soon as you’ll complete the payment, the shipping will start. It will take no more then 5 days to arrive at your home address.( I’ll pay the shipping). I offer 5 days for inspection,during this time,if the vehicle isn’t like I described you will get back all the funds you sent to eBay. Shipping back to my location will also be covered by me. I need your full name and full shipping address so I can open this deal with eBay.

    See more pictures at: http://s1130.photobucket.com/albums/m528/4RunnerLimitedV8/

    Waiting your answer!

    WOW!! Evading my request to drive an hour to see it AND call me. Hmmm? I received this e-mail at 1:39 A.M. (according to my inbox). A mother of two is up that late on a work night? Hey, I’ve got insomnia sometimes, and I don’t want to be too judgmental (not yet, at least) so I decide to respond like this:

    I have no problem paying through e-bay; that sounds like a good idea. But since I am local, is it possible to come by and see the vehicle before I send the payment through eBay? Also, if you could call me at (xxx) xxx-xxxx so I can ask a couple of questions, that would be great as well. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance.

    Surely a legitimate seller wouldn’t mind seeing me in person. Hey, I was going to pay cash. What’s wrong with that? No need for eBay if I’m coming with money in hand. I figured if it was legitimate, I would have no problem seeing this vehicle. Then the seller responds like this:

    I would have called you already to speed things up but right now i am at the hospital with my elder daughter and i really don’t have time to call or meet with you. I have a bad period now and this is the reason for what i have chosen to sell it because i have to buy her medicines and pay for her hospitalization. She had a school accident 2 weeks ago and the doctors said that she will be invalid. Once again i hope that you understand that and this is the reason for why i choose eBay to handle this transaction. Please reply with your full name and shipping address so i can open this deal thru eBay. They will send you the payment notification. There you’ll find all steps that you need to follow in order to complete this deal.

    I will wait for your email.

    Oh, crap!! Did “she” just play the sympathy card? And at Christmas time? Oh, the humanity!! Also, I noticed how the first communications were all but flawless with the grammar, capitalization, etc., but now it seems that that the seller has forgotten that and cannot even capitalize “I” throughout most of the last correspondence. Hmmm? I mean, come on, I am less than an hour away, I can’t find “her” location to see it, but I still have to give all MY pertinent information? Quid pro quo, Clarice!! I have not as of yet responded to the last e-mail because I have wasted too much time trying to figure this out and play a B.S. game. Maybe if time permits, I’ll have some fun with this fish (or should I say phish). But, oh well. I still need an inexpensive, reliable vehicle during Christmas, but at least I got a good laugh out of this. Beware folks!! The Grinch is everywhere trying to steal Christmas. And as for you scammers… may you get a lump of coal in your stocking!!

  355. Andy Says:

    Hi Guys, I got the exact same email from sgt Roger Preste

    He says,

    Hello,

    I’m SGT Roger Preste. This Accord EX is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 33,276 miles. VIN Number: JHMCM56633C061306
    CD player Anti-lock brakes Driver Airbag Sunroof 4 cyl.
    Passenger airbag Side airbags Air conditioning Cruise control
    Power locks Power windows Alarm Automatic
    Here are the pics of the car:
    http://s1118.photobucket.com/albums/k618/accpiview/

    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back. I am located in Madrid, Spain and I was sent here with my department of peace maintenance. One month ago my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is 1500 USD. If you will take it for this price I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me ASAP if you decide to buy and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Thank you,
    Roger and Alicia Preste

    Then I asked him to send a copy of the title. This is what he had to say.

    All the papers are in the car signed by me and the car is crated, ready to be shipped…I am unable to scan the title. It has clear title and you will receive it along with all papers needed for registration. All paper will be signed by me. I am the 1st an only owner of the car. I am firm on the price. Here is how it works:
    1. First of all I will need the following details from you: full name, shipping address and telephone number.
    2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.
    3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices (email forms).
    4. After you will make the payment in an eBay trust fund account and confirm it to them they will contact me and I will ship the car to you. After you receive the car you will have 10 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to the car. If you will buy then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.
    5. If the car is not as I told you or have some problems or is not as described they will refund you 100%. There is no risk in this deal. I don’t touch your money until you receive and inspect the car. The transaction is simple so everything should go as I planned. If you will decide that you will not buy the car there will be no need to ship it back because I will surely find a buyer in your area.

    Thanks in advance!

    Thanks for posting your experiences everyone. Be safe.

  356. Aube Says:

    BEWARE…he is now using the name of SSgt. David Damrell and is in Spain!!! I told him my brother is also stationed in Spain and would like to look at the 2003 Honda Accord EX with 87,109 miles that he is willing to sell for $1600! He even provided the VIN number. HA HA I’m not holding my breath!

  357. Whit Says:

    BUYER BEWARE of lauren thompson “selling” a 2006 nissan maxima on craigslist. It is shameful the extent people will go to take money out of the hands of hard working citizens. Maybe these scammers should take all this time they spend trying to scam everyone else, to I dont know, call me crazy ACTUALLY GET A JOB! FYI to scammers there is a JOBS section on craigslist, where you could actually EARN some real money. Although there are just as many scammers just like these ones on there as well. Good Luck.

    Hello,
    I`m SSgt. Lauren Thompson. You have to know that the 2006 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 6 Cyl Automatic I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 65,600 miles. The VIN# is 1N4BA41E66C805036. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line.
    Comfort & Convenience Options
    Cruise Control Front Power Outlet
    Remote Trunk Release Retained Accessory Power Steering Wheel: Tilt and Telescopic Storage: Cargo Net Navigation and Heated Seat
    Steering Wheel Mounted Controls: Audio Steering Wheel Mounted Controls: Cruise Controls Multi-Function Remote Power Steering
    Here are the pics of the car :
    http://s1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii582/2006NissanMaxima35s/
    (if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window)
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in Madrid, Spain and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and Spain. One months ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 1,900 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 max 4 business days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.
    Respectfully,
    SSgt. Lauren Thompson
    SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 622-1734 Comm 824-1194

  358. Suzy Says:

    Ohh wow, now it’s John Rawson selling an 02 Tahoe for $2320.. He’s in Washington… lol

    First Response::

    Hi there,

    The Tahoe it is in perfect condition, there’s not a scratch or any
    dents on it. Everything from engine to tires is mint condition. I have
    a clear title with no liens or loans. I’m selling it so low due the
    fact that my medical team will deploy back to Afghanistan on February
    29th for a 2 year contract and I won’t let it go to waste in my
    backyard, therefore I need a fast and reliable buyer. If you are
    interested email me back.

    A few words about the car:
    - 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
    - Mileage: 64,800
    - Price: $2,320
    - Transmission: Automatic
    - Engine: 5.4L V8
    - VIN# 1GNEK13Z12R235285
    - Drive Type 4 wheel drive
    - Pics available at:
    http://s1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh614/johnrawsonnphotoo/

    Best Regards,
    Senior Medic Sgt. 1st Class John Rawson
    __________________________________________________________

    Soooo i was so excited, i told him if he holds it for me I will be willing to pay $2500 for it instead of $2320.. Really? You cant use the phone? never heard of that one.. His craigslist add said to contact him and “text is easier”…. but left no number… and now he cant use the phone… douchebag.. im gonna “send him the money”…. i love f*cking with scammers!
    _________________________________________________________________

    Second Response::

    Right now i’m in a military base in WA ,Joint Base Lewis-McChord more
    precisely. Due to military security reasons I’m restricted from
    leaving the unit’s facility under any purpose and have strictly
    limited phone access. I hope you can understand that we will have to
    stick to email for now. The vehicle is here with me at the base but
    I’ve already made all the arrangements with DAS to pick it up from the
    base. DAS will also handle the title transfer for an extra $75.00. I
    think the car will be in 3-5 days to your address. As I said in my
    first email will take care of shipping charges. I will send all
    necessary paperwork (clear title, bill of sale, user’s manual, pink
    slip etc). Regarding the payment I want to use eBay protection
    program. You’ll get 5 days to inspect and test drive after delivery.
    During that 5 days testing period I will not be getting any money.
    Once you inspect and decide to keep the car, will confirm your
    decision with eBay and only then they will re-route me the money. In
    this way we are both protected.
    I need to know if you are interested in buying it so I can ask eBay to
    send you the details on how this works. I have to fill out a form on
    eBay and I need the name that will go on the title and an address
    where you want the car delivered. Once I do it, eBay will email you
    all the details on this transaction and we can get the ball rolling.\

    Typical scam……. Im gonna take this as far as I can :) F*** with a bull, you get the horns :)

  359. AUD Says:

    Beware of SGM Michael Pilgrim who is currently at HANSCOM AFB in MA. He is leaving for Afghanistan in approximately 10 days and has authorized cars.com to hand the sale of his 2001 BMW 540i for $5700. Once the instructions and approval are sent with all the pertinent markings of cars.com, the scam becomes blatant. He has deposited $6490 in an escrow account that has been frozed for 90 days to ensure the transaction is covered. Oh, and after I send the $5700 via Western Union in two separate transactions, to please forward him the information so that cars.com can arrange the shipping to my nearest military base. Yatta! Yatta! Yatta!

    He sent the VIN number and I ran a CARFAX on it prior to getting the alleged approval from cars.com. The car was sold in Texas at auction 4 months ago and had 40,000 miles less on it that what he was stating it had. How could he have put 40,000 miles on a car in 4 months if he was in the middle of military training.

    Hubby sent him an email stating this ain’t his first rodeo buying a car from the internet and there was no way in HELL he was sending money Western Union. Needless to say, he didn’t email back. So I sent an email asking for more information on the same ad to see if I’d get the same response. The fake invoice and fake approval from cars.com has been forwarded to AUTOTRADER.

  360. Maximus ScamH8tr Says:

    1st email read thusly;
    From this POS (Piece of Sh*t)

    Hi there,

    The Dodge Dakota it is in perfect condition, there’s not a scratch or any dents on it. Everything from engine to tires is mint condition. I have a clear title with no liens or loans. I’m selling it so low due the fact that my medical team will deploy back to Afghanistan on April 5th for a 2 year contract and I won’t let it go to waste in my backyard, therefore I need a fast and reliable buyer. If you are interested email me back.

    A few words about the truck:
    - 2000 Dodge Dakota Crewcab
    - Mileage: 119,000
    - Price: $2,200
    - Transmission: Automatic
    - Engine: 8 Cylinder Gasoline
    - VIN# 1B7GG2AN9YS769614
    - Pics available at: http://s1268.photobucket.com/albums/jj575/2000DodgeDakotaCrewcab/

    Best Regards,
    Senior Medic Sgt. 1st Class Calvin Adams
    ——————————————————-
    2nd Asshat’s email

    I’m involved in a military program currently located in Joint Base Lewis-McChord,WA due to military security reasons i’m restricted from leaving the unit’s facility under any purpose and have strictly limited phone access. I am only allowed to check my email few times a day. I hope you can understand that we will have to stick to email for now. The vehicle is here with me at the base in but I’ve already made all the arrangements with DAS to pick it up from the base. DAS will also handle the title transfer for an extra $75.00.Being in the army has some advantages and one of them is the fact that I can ship it very cheap.I will pay for the shipping charges and the $75.00 fee for title transfer.The financial part of this sale will be managed by eBay for our own protection as they act as a neutral third part. eBay will keep the money until you inspect/drive the vehicle.

    This is how the eBay works:

    1. I will contact eBay and give all the info about this deal.
    2. They will email us the forms by email – about the buyer’s protection policy, delivery, and payment.
    3. You will send the payment to eBay and they will notify me to ship the vehicle to your location.The estimated time of delivery is 3 to 5 days, they will deliver the vehicle on a flatbed truck.
    4. After you will inspect/drive the vehicle and decide to keep it, eBay will forward me the funds and the deal is done.
    You have 5 days to test it from the day you receive it. If by any chance you won’t be satisfied with it you will be fully refunded and I will have the shipping company come to pick it up and I have to pay the shipping back. If you wish to purchase it please provide me your full name, address so I can initiate the deal through eBay.
    Good faith has always been my top priority and my most valued business approach.
    Looking forward to hear from you!
    ——————————————————–

    Suggestion is to have all your friends, family, coworkers, facebookies, tweeters, and the entire WORLD to send this POS (Piece Of SH*T) emails with the subject line:

    Subj: Dodge Dakota (OR) I want to buy this vehicle

    That Asshat will be inundated with so much email and we can all sit back and LOL… I don’t think gmail accounts will visit this matter nor will craigslist admins, so we have to take action as citizens and blast these suckers with cyber-power.


    To view this post online, visit https://groups.google.com/a/googleproductforums.com/d/msg/gmail/-/X7hphYCdGPUJ

  361. clnGaln Says:

    So my husband wanted to buy a used car and we search at Craigslist and came along with a similar ad…i email the seller and i got a similar mail with anew mane: Thanks you everyone you all saved us from a scam….

    Hello,

    I’m SSgt Monica Dixon. This Acura 3,2TL is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 86,200 miles. VIN Number: 19UUA662X4A013625
    CD player Anti-lock brakes Driver Airbag Leather Sunroof
    Passenger airbag Side airbags Air conditioning Cruise control
    Power locks Power windows

    Here are the pics of the car:
    http://s822.photobucket.com/albums/zz148/acuratl3
    As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
    I am located in Madrid, Spain and I was sent here with my department of peace maintenance. One month ago my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything and registering it here in Europe will take for ever.
    My final price on it is $ 1700.00. If you will take it for this price I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me ASAP if you decide to buy and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

    Best Regards,
    Monica Dixon, SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis 362-1594 Comm 884-1594

  362. J Says:

    Guys check this out, now is name is Maj. Kim Frenzzen.
    We should probably go look for him and kick his A..

    Hello,

    Thank you so much for your prompt response. Look more pics.

    Please take a few moments and read my email carefully, I know it is long, but I will explain all the details about the car and the transaction. At the moment I’m stationed at Barcelona, Spain. making final preparations before deploying to Afghanistan with the U.S. Convoy.

    The car is already at our Military Logistic Department Fort Hood ,TX, crated and ready to go. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home. The shipping is free for you. Since the car is in a military base, with no access you can not go there and take it, only the Logistic Department can deliver it, because the car is in their custody. Shipping may take anywhere between 2 to 4 business days depending on the destination. All documents you need for ownership, manuals and bill of sale will be provided along with the car . For the payment I would like to use eBay as a third party. They will keep your money into a protection account until you get the car and will release it to me after inspection period is over and you agree to keep the car . So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the car before committing to buy and to eliminate any concerns you will have 10 days to inspect the car . If you decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for both of us.

    I’ll start the official procedure, and eBay will contact you about this. If you are interested in buying it just mail me back with:
    - Your Full Name – Required by eBay (You’ll receive important guidelines + instructions from them.)
    - Your Shipping Address and Phone Number – Required by the Logistic Department (They will call you with delivery/pickup instructions 1 day ahead so you can communicate what time schedule work best for your to receive the car)

    Again I want to point out that because I am going to Afghanistan this sale is my top priority and I am looking after a fast transaction, with no delays. That is why I decided to lower the price, to avoid wasting time with negotiations and find a buyer as soon as possible.

    Thanks, hope to do business with you soon!
    Maj. Kim Frenzzen

  363. angie Says:

    thanks for the heads up!! Thought it was too good to be true!! was glad I googled this before too much involvement!

  364. Brittany Says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I have been waiting around all day for e-mails back from an “Army” guy who was selling a 2001 Toyota Tacoma by the name of Burt Russell. He said he needed to hurry and sell the truck before he was shipped overseas with his medical team. He said he was stationed in Nevada and could ship the truck and I would pay eBay. He said they would “hold the money” and then once I received the truck, the money would go to him. It def. sounded too good to be true. I told him never mind because I checked the internet before, THANK GOD! Keep the word out there because I almost fell for it!

  365. Denise Says:

    My mother was just at the point of sending money. I came arcoss this website! Thank you for all the posts. I guess I will add a new name to the list.

    I sealed the Nissan in an US Air Forces warehouse at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. It is ready to be shipped and a truck service I have arranged will deliver it to your place. The delivery will be door-to-door, at your exact location, so you will not have to pick it up from somewhere. Check the attachments for the pictures with the Altima.

    The VIN is 1N4AL21E78C196357, automatic, 67,834 miles.

    So we will be using Google Checkout as a supervisor for the transaction. Basically they will monitor the entire process. They will secure the payment and they will also supervise the shipping process and they will make sure we are both on the same page. The main idea is that Google act as a neutral third party in this transaction. Your money is fully guaranteed by Google because you will send payment to an Google Checkout account and not directly to me. So, no funds exchange hands until you inspect the vehicle. I trust this will meet with your approval as it does not expose you to any potential financial loss. After that they will either send payment to me (if you will accept the vehicle) or refund you (if you won’t like the vehicle after the inspection). Though I’m sure you will love the car and will not want to return it, it’s good to know that you do have this option available.
    Also tags on the Altima just expired, so you can’t drive the car back home.

    If you wish to proceed just shoot me and email with your legal name(for the bill of sale) and a delivery address, a phone # where you can be reached and I will initiate the deal through Google Checkout (this info will also ease and speed up all the paperwork).

    I apologize if it seems like I’m pushing on this deal but I really want to be sure everything is clarified before any further steps.

    Staff Sgt. Anthony Powell, 338th Training Squadron,
    Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS

  366. Teri Says:

    Found a deal on AutoTrader for a 2002 TDI Beetle, Here is the email I got:

    We will do this transaction through Cars to be safe and easy for both of us. This is my first time too when I use Cars and I don` know more about it.All I know is that they act as a third party and will be both protected in this transaction. They will keep your money until you will confirm that you like and keep the car.
    The military cargo will call you with one day before they arrive at Saratoga to set up an hour when to come and pick up the car. You will need your ID for base access and the transaction invoice scanned so you can pick up the car. After you pick up the car,you will have 5 days to test and inspect it. If you will not be satisfied,I will arrange the shipping back and Cars will refund your full amount.If you like the car,you will have to contact Cars and confirm them that you will keep it so they can release the money to me.
    If all is OK for you,E-mail me back with the name and address of the person which will take care of this deal so I can start the transaction.
    Waiting for your E-mail !
    Thank you
    Robert

    I emailed and asked about this link and never heard back from him. Go figure.

  367. Buddy Says:

    I knew it was too good to be true. Interesting to see how the letters have evolved over the years. I even thanks the guy for his service in the Military! geez… The photo’s he sent me had a photo of the license plates, so I’m currently running those to see who they belong to.

    Here is the email:

    lulan25@co?mcast.net

    Hi,

    I appreciate your interest regarding my 2003 Honda Element EX. The car have 83,210 miles and is in perfect condition(see more pics here http://www.use.com/ff948eda77f892c76224#photo=2). Car has been extremely well maintained no scratches,no accident, clear title, free of encumbrances and liens.Recent Full Service , Full Vehicle Inspection.
    The mileage is accurate and all power equipment is functioning properly. Exterior/interior is very clean.

    I have dropped my price to $2000 (purchase price) since this is an urgent sale and I need to sell it before 15 June, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan(Operation Enduring Freedom) with my platoon replacing the troops scheduled to come home.
    I have decided to use eBay for this sale. The car is at Logistic Department from Fort Stewart U.S. Army, crated in a truck and ready to go. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home. I will offer a 5 days period to inspect the car from the moment you receive it, before I will have your money. The shipping will be free for you.

    If you agree with my price $2000, I need your FULL NAME AND ADDRESS, so I can inform ebay that I have a buyer! I will forward your details to them and then you will receive from ebay the transaction details(payment,shipping).

    Thank You
    Sgt. Luciano Lanister

  368. Marty Says:

    Looks like I’m a clubmember, same exact format as above instances, except I did a name search found the base, and called to let them know one of our boys was being used in a scam and to give him a heads up about his identity being used. My idea is that the real soldier is watching my back, the least I can do is try to help him.
    Marty

  369. Mary Says Says:

    Hi,

    Thank you for being interested in buying my car. The car have automatic transmission and 83000 miles on it. It is in EXCELLENT condition; the body and paint are great, no scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been involved in an accident; the title is clear.
    More pics you can find here http://www.use.com/f004cb6135b095a03a64#photo=1 .
    Price is dropped to $2000 (purchase price) since this is an urgent sale.
    The car must to go because I’m deployed on an aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean offering support to our troops in Afghanistan and I have a long-term commitment.
    This year I will work on the aicraft and I don’t need the car anymore.
    The transaction will be managed by eBay and we will be protected by their purchase program.
    The car will be delivered by DAS and I will offer a 5 days period to inspect the car from the moment you receive it.
    Car is located at DAS warehouse in Palmyra, Pennsylvania.
    The Shipping will be free but you will have first to confirm the payment to ebay in order to get the transaction sealed.
    If you are still interested in the car please email me your name and address.As soon you get back with your details I will announce ebay that I have a buyer.

    Thank You

  370. dirtleftjess Says:

    Thanks to the person who started this website! I wasn’t looking for a car but instead JET SKIIS! Good thing I know a Lil about skiis & the EBay process…..MSgt Michael Q Reyes was offering two 2006 Sea Doo Rxp & Rxt for $3900 the problem is even tho their six years old they total @ $21,000!! Said the $ WAS TO FINISH BUILDING A HOUSE!! LOL Said shipping & handling was included in the price red flag #2 same script could test out for 5 days but once the eBay motors invoice came thru I really knew what time it was thank God I’m an continuous eBay shopper EBAY DOES NOT HOLD MONEY FOR ANY TRANSACTION ONCE U PAY U PAY END OF STORY!! THE funny thing is at least use a Military name that exsists! Get a job..lol

  371. Denise Says:

    August 2012 and scam still going. A Harley motorcycle on E Bay. E Bay removed the posting due to high volume hits in order to check out the seller since it was a new account. The rest of the story is the same. The name being used is Amanda Hall.

  372. Chas Says:

    Has had a guy emailing me about a 2006 nissan maxima and was just a little iffy about it to beging with bc a 2006 maxima for $4000 and free shipping and everything… Hate scammers and wish craigslist would stop letting them post there crap on there for this to happen. thanks for all the comments above to let me know my gut feeling was right

  373. Kurt Says:

    They are still at it folks and in the RV scam business too. I was looking for a trailer for the family and kids and lo and behold on San Diego Craigslist there it was the creme de la creme airstream for about 1/3 of what other sites had it listed, so of course I had better hurry and inquire about it before it was gone. The emails below show a very slick set up, complete with nice pic slide show of “someones trailer?” with scrolling credits! The emails have the same flavor as the ones from Maj Frenzzen, Sgt Lanister and Sgt Powell from earlier in 2012…this guy now calls himself William S Sakowski but his stakes have raised as he almost got me to bite on $8500. He even drops a Semper Fi for a military sounding affect. My kids were crushed when I smelled a rat and found this site and realized similar stuff has been going on since 2008. I am relieved and hope by posting this(his name) it will help someone else figure it out before its too late. Its pretty slick and they only post it for like a day or less in cities that they are NOT in so they have to ship it to you. Clever, especially at such discounted prices that you don’t care where it comes from. Too good to be true of course but you get caught up in the thought of “I found a steal and the guys anxious to sell”. They are now using Google Checkout as their “trustee”…even give you a link to see that there is in fact a Google Checkout. I did not go any further to know what was laying in wait.

    Hello,
    I’m the second owner of this 2006 Airstream Bambi Safari 19′ Travel Trailer (VIN: 1STCPAA166J519533) The exterior shines and the interior is clean and was obviously well cared for, it’s in absolutely pristine condition, without any signs of rust. I’ve added here a short video-presentation you can see the exact the condition of the camper. So please visit the following YouTube link: http://youtu.be/pWOKbmBCECw ( If the link doesn’t work, copy/paste into your web browser )

    Due to the urgent nature of sale, the asking price has been set at $8500us. This discounted price is intended to speed up the purchase process before my upcoming deployment take place. In order to avoid any delays, all the documents needed to finalize the sale has been prepared in advance, I have the clean and clear title in hand ready to be transferred to the new owner. Please note that checks of any type are not accepted.

    The camper is currently located at near Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA. stored in military compound ready for dispatch. If you are not able to pick it up within the next 2 days, I can arrange to be delivered free of charge through a military transportation contractor, military shipments typically takes 2-4 business days from the date of shipment, delivery times may vary based on your location.
    Thanks for your interest, hope to hear from you soon.
    William S. Sakowski
    Semper Fi

    Hi again,
    I’m currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and my assigned unit has been placed in a prepare-to-deploy status before a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Right now I’m stationed on a military training facility located approximately 60 miles from NAS Whidbey Island (MATSG-53), for the final phase of our pre-deployment training. As I told you in my previous email… (If you are unable to come over here and pick up the camper in person, I will take care of the shipping process without any cost to yourself.)

    In order to protect both parties in the case of future disputes, there is a 10-day inspection period, which will be granted through a reputable third-party service. In our case Google Checkout acts as a trustee to ensure that all the bases are covered before any money changes hands. For your piece of mind during the inspection period, the designated funds for the acquisition will be held in escrow by Google Checkout as a precautionary measure. The money placed into escrow shall be released only after all the purchase conditions have been met and the sale is final. It’s understood that even in the worst case scenario of non-acceptance, you’ll get your money back and you don’t have to pay any extra.

    If you want to continue with the purchase under the above-mentioned terms, please email me back with the following information:
    - Your Full Name and Shipping Address (Home Address, City, State, zip/Postal Code) – Info. required by Google Checkout, in order to complete the necessary formalities, and then proceed with the purchase agreement.
    - Your Phone Number: (Home, Mobile, Office) – Info. required for transportation purposes, our logistics coordinator will call you with delivery/pickup instructions 1-day ahead of arrival. In this way you can communicate what time-frame works for you to receive the unit.
    I look forward to your response,
    William S. Sakowski

  374. Jeff Says:

    If it’s too good to be true, it usually is. This was found today on Craigslist. “Drive it home today” 2005 GMC Yukon Denali AWD Loaded, 64,000 miles, $2400. don’t fall for this.

    Seller identifies herself as
    “Emily.Gibbs S Sgt. USAF”

    Hello,

    This 2005 GMC Yukon Denali, runs and drives excellent. It has been extremely well maintained with a full service history, Only 64,000 miles! Transmission is Automatic shifts smoothly and the 4×4 operates perfectly. The interior is all original, 3rd row seats. The truck has all of its original floor mats,all books, complete set of tools and keys. Everything works in the truck lights, gauges, radio, seats, windows, locks, a/c blows ice cold, etc. It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title in hand. I am serving in Fort Lewis, Army base in Washington. The truck will be delivered from here.

    I have dropped my price to $2,400 since this is an Urgent Sale! and I need to sell it before September 17th, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan with my platoon replacing the troops scheduled to come home.
    If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner email me your: Full Name and Shipping address, to open a case with Google Checkout. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 10 days inspection period before committing to buy the truck. In this way both, buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of this transaction.

    Hope to hear from you soon!
    S Sgt. Emily Gibbs
    PS: Please click on my photobuket for photos: http://s1250.photobucket.com/albums/hh530/o5gmc/?start=all

  375. Jeff Says:

    Looks like it’s a scam artist in Lagos State Nigeria. If you check into Lagos scams in World Travels Forum which talks about scams, the name Emily Gibbs comes up a few times as a party that monies should be sent to. The scams are very real. They pose as military personnel.

    Scammers are taking to Craigslist, offering too-good-to-be-true discounts on cars for military personnel. In some cases, the scammers claim they are military members about to be deployed and need to sell a vehicle fast. Similarly, others offer military members a special discount for serving their country. More disturbingly, the scammers are offering low-priced vehicles because a U.S. military member who died in combat owned the vehicle and the family wants to get rid of it fast. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says scams like these usually require a wire transfer and promise free shipping. The description of the cars is lifted from auto sites, and typically you can Google the vehicle ID number, to determine whether it’s a real deal or a hoax.

    Unacceptable … but often un-prosecutable.

    Try this link:

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/09/08/scammers-target-military-scams-know/

  376. Karyn Says:

    Ok. I am so sad to find this…my daughter just gave her name and address to someone EXACTLY LIKE THIS except a female RN in miliatry and selling her recently divorces husband’s car…. 2003 honda accord for $1,850. She already gave her name and address – has not been asked to pay anything. Is she in jeopardy of anything…she is a college student and a single mom?
    ~Very concerned Mom!!!

  377. Brian Says:

    Same experience as Kurt from August 23. EXACT same ad:
    Hello,
    I’m the second owner of this 2006 Airstream Bambi Safari 19? Travel Trailer (VIN: 1STCPAA166J519533) The exterior shines and the interior is clean and was obviously well cared for, it’s in absolutely pristine condition, without any signs of rust. I’ve added here a short video-presentation you can see the exact the condition of the camper. So please visit the following YouTube link: http://youtu.be/pWOKbmBCECw ( If the link doesn’t work, copy/paste into your web browser )

    Due to the urgent nature of sale, the asking price has been set at $8500us. This discounted price is intended to speed up the purchase process before my upcoming deployment take place. In order to avoid any delays, all the documents needed to finalize the sale has been prepared in advance, I have the clean and clear title in hand ready to be transferred to the new owner. Please note that checks of any type are not accepted.

    The camper is currently located at near Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA. stored in military compound ready for dispatch. If you are not able to pick it up within the next 2 days, I can arrange to be delivered free of charge through a military transportation contractor, military shipments typically takes 2-4 business days from the date of shipment, delivery times may vary based on your location.
    Thanks for your interest, hope to hear from you soon.
    William S. Sakowski
    Semper Fi

    Semper Fi, my A**. They should rip your balls off, scammer!!!

    AVOID THIS AT ALL COSTS…THANK GOODNESS FOR THIS AND SIMILAR SCAM DETECTION WEBSITES!! IF IT SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT IS!!!

  378. Pang Says:

    I got the same thing but when I put
    “Can you give me the location of the car so that I can ask my friend to check it out for me? It is in Spain correct?”
    I got a reply saying,
    “Sure,

    Address: Torrejón Air Base
    USAF, 121 Squadron (EF-18A/B)
    Madrid, Spain


    Sgt. Diana Peterson”

    “Next week will be perfect. I’m at the base every day.”

    And there is a photo of her on the email….what do you guys say to that???Still spam???

    There was another one that put down,
    ” Hello,

    The car it’s still available, has 142,700, Automatic transmission. It’s in perfect condition, no engine problems (4 Cyl.), no accidents/liens/loans. Exterior no scratches, never been repainted, interior no rips/tears/stains, never smoked inside. I have all the car’s manuals, 2 spare of keys, clean title, documents. This 2001 Toyota RAV4 was my son’s car, he loved it very much, but he didn’t enjoy it…He died in a bike accident 9 months ago and now…I don’t need it anymore. It brings very bad memories to me and I want to get rid of it….The price is $1,988.00
    Me and my husband travel a lot with our business and we want to make this deal through eBay’s Vehicle Purchase Protection Program. I just need your full name, full shipping address, along with your home/cell # so I can open a case (with no further obligation or fees). eBay will contact you with all the Transaction/shipping details you will need.
    We hope to hear soon from you.

    For more pictures copy or click the following link:
    http://s1343.beta.photobucket.com/user/2oo1-Toyota-RAV4/media/23.jpg.html

    May God Bless you every day.
    Katie and Justin Adkins

    P.S: Here’s the VIN # jtehh20v416010365 so you can run a CARFAX Report just to make sure you know exactly what you’re buying!!! “–> Is this one a spam??

  379. Randall Kruger Says:

    found a truck on Craigslist Couldn’t believe what a deal this was. The truck is immaculate.. I ran a car fax.. nothing out of the ordinary. truck was in Mississippi, Alabama and North Carolina. This person is in the Service in Hawaii….
    Very strange too good to be true and things just don’t add up. Waiting for a response to my latest inquiry

    His Reply to my initial inquiry…

    Hello,

    Thanks for replying to my ad. I’m in a hurry to find a buyer because I have a family emergency and I need to sell the truck before November 25th. It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn’t been involved in any accident…I do have the title, clear, under my name. Non-smoker. It is rust free, salt free and has a clean undercarriage (see pics).

    This 1989 Toyota Pickup Extended Cab 4×4 with 70,439 miles, Automatic, Air Conditioning, Tilt Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Power Locks, Safety Features, Anti-Lock Brakes, 4×4, Audio AM/FM, VIN# JT4RN13P4K0008466, Engine 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 22RE
    Pics: https://picasaweb.google.com/113148483259991396262/89ToyotaPickup?authkey=Gv1sRgCPPwqLruivWd6QE

    It is still available for sale if interested, my last price is $2200, including delivery to your home address.
    So if you decide to buy this truck or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible. I have many interested people on the truck you can provide me your full name, delivery address and phone# so I can reserve the truck for you !

    *NOTE* I am not available for trades, monthly payments or financing!
    I look forward hearing from you,

    Nathan Allen

    His Response to my Email..

    Hi again,

    Sorry for not providing my phone# I usually do business by talking directly to the other party but since I am in the middle of a special exercise with my squadron we are not allowed to use outside communication, though you can text me at: (858) 633-3744 and I will get back to you ASAP! The reason I’m selling this vehicle way below market value, is because I would like to help ease the burden of my sisters medical expenses, which she has acquired due to a serious illness. The truck is with me in Hawaii at Hickam Air Force Base where I am currently deployed.

    The shipping will take 2 to 3 days and it’s not a problem because I will have the vehicle shipped by an Air Force cargo plane so there won’t be any additional shipping costs. Also I will arrange for a truck to transport the vehicle to your home address. You will receive it along with all the documents including title, bill of sale, 2 set of keys, full service records and more. Because it is a large transaction, we will complete the deal only using an authorized third part like eBay because I already prearranged the whole process with them. The vehicle is sealed and ready for delivery. The payment will be sent first to an eBay attorney and will be kept safe until the buyer receives and inspects the vehicle. Please take into consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the vehicle and make sure everything is as agreed. You will have 5 days to test the vehicle and if you are not satisfied you can reject it and I will take it back.

    I need your full name and delivery address in order to have the deal started. They will let you know what you have to do for the payment. Like this you’ll be able to talk directly with them and ask all you want to know.
    I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible.

    Regards,
    Nathan Allen

  380. Erin Says:

    Here are two more scammer names to add to lists. These guys were selling nice older cars in my area and I got really excited because I’m trying to buy my first car. Here’s there message:

    Hello,

    If you are asking if my 2003 Toyota Camry is still available, well YES! it
    is.
    What can i tell you about my Camry? I can tell you that it’s my personal car
    and it’s condition is great, as you will see in the pictures. I tried my
    best to keep the title clean, so there are no accidents and no liens. All
    you have to do is to register it and drive it.

    I suppose you want to see pictures, a car report and information about it,
    so i tried to put them all in a web page. Here is the web page:
    https://sites.google.com/site/2003toyotacamryle/
    You can click on it or copy and put it in your Internet browser (i recommend
    to copy it in case it doesn’t work by clicking on it).

    Regarding the price, i decided to sell it for $2950 and in case you decide
    to buy it, you can reply to this message.

    Thank you,
    Lt. Ray Driver

    That one was sent from ray.driver225@gmail.com

    The other one was literally exactly the same message, except from doug.willis72@honorablepersons.com.

    Watch out for these scum!! NEVER PAY FOR A CAR BEFORE SEEING IT!!!!

  381. Lyssa C Says:

    calvin.adams11 and harold.coleman21 both @gmail.com are selling a 2003 accord on craigslist. I specifically want an accord, so I emailed them both and I received a reply about 6 hours later. About 445 am. First from “calvin” then immediately from “harold” once I had replied to “calvin”. They both sent the exact same message, and since I had sent out my initial contact as a mass message to 4 listings, it was even more suspicious. Here is what they both sent:

    Hi,
    My name is Calvin Adams and I received your email about my 2004 Honda Accord EX-L .I want to thank you for your interest.The car is in excellent condition the body and paint are great, no scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been involved in an accident; the title is clear.I’m selling because I was promoted and transferred to RAF Elmendorf in Anchorage Alaska for a 3 years period, so I do not want to let it ruin in my backyard, therefore I need a fast and reliable buyer.
    A few more words about the car:
    2004 Honda Accord EX-L
    82,692 miles (mostly highway)
    Automatic
    2.4L I4 16V -Engine
    A/C
    Leather Interior
    I made a photo album so you can view the car better: http://imgur.com/a/u5k2u#0
    The price is $1,989.00 no hiden fees .If you want to buy it or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible!
    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Thanks,
    Lt Calvin L. Adams

    Hi,
    My name is Harold Coleman and I received your email about my 2003 Accord EX .I want to thank you for your interest.The car is in excellent condition the body and paint are great, no scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been involved in an accident; the title is clear.I’m selling because I was promoted and transferred to RAF Elmendorf in Anchorage Alaska for a 3 years period, so I do not want to let it ruin in my backyard, therefore I need a fast and reliable buyer.
    A few more words about the car:
    2003 Honda Accord EX
    58,489 miles (mostly highway)
    Automatic
    3.0L V6 -Engine
    A/C
    Leather Interior
    Power everything
    I made a photo album so you can view the car better http://s1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag143/white03accord/
    The price is $2,037.00 no hidden fees .If you want to buy it or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible!
    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Thanks,
    Lt Harold L. Coleman

  382. Sidestep July Says:

    Thank you Lord and Money Gram employees for clueing us into our scam scenario!
    Craigslist post: a 2000 Honda Civic in mint condition with 74,482 miles and a nice rack on the top; sporty and spotless. All we had to do was Money Gram $1,800 to Capt. Diane Gerard (recently moved to London awaiting a deployment with her regiment to Afganistan), wait for the car to be dropped off at our front door via “free” military shipping from New York where she left it,
    we got a clue, but “she” has been persistantly pursuing our $1,800 dollars.

    Her horribly grammered most recent response:
    from email: dangelo8n@gmail.com
    I understand you are concerned but honestly it is not the case. I want to take this opportunity to assure you that there is nothing to be worried about this deal. I am sorry because you feel like that about me. Now,if you are in my place to sell something, you’ll take the risk to cheat people and have the police on your door in a few days? I don’t think so! I m in this position! Freedom is more precious then everything in this world!! I didn’t get to this stage in life by doing dumb things. I would never cheat you or swindle you!! You have my word and good faith on the fact that I’ll keep my end of the bargain. I have never lied and cheated anyone. I will not risk my career, my freedom and my future for anything in the world!

    Please try to contact another Money Gram from your city and o send the payment following exactly the instructions that Google Checkout had send it to you, because the shipping process is not complete and it can not begin if you don’t try to confirm the payment. Most of the Moneygram offices are not aware of your Google Checkout privacy and policy it happens to me in the past, i suggest you to send the money for a personal reason.

    Thank you and have a nice day,
    Capt. Diane Gerard

  383. Monty Says:

    “hey i also got the same email while I contacted the person Harold.”

    This is scam so stay away from this kind of people.

    Hi,
    My name is Harold Coleman and I received your email about my 2003 Accord EX .I want to thank you for your interest.The car is in excellent condition the body and paint are great, no scratches and no dents; the interior is clean; it has never been involved in an accident; the title is clear.I’m selling because I was promoted and transferred to RAF Elmendorf in Anchorage Alaska for a 3 years period, so I do not want to let it ruin in my backyard, therefore I need a fast and reliable buyer.
    A few more words about the car:
    2003 Honda Accord EX
    58,489 miles (mostly highway)
    Automatic
    3.0L V6 -Engine
    A/C
    Leather Interior
    Power everything
    I made a photo album so you can view the car better http://s1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag143/white03accord/
    The price is $2,037.00 no hiden fees .If you want to buy it or need further information please get back to me as soon as possible!
    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Thanks,
    Lt Harold L. Coleman

  384. Reanna Says:

    I got one from Diane Gerard also, no military title. This time the car reminds her of her dead husband. same dangelo8n@gmail.com address– I found this page by searching that email address. Thanks all.

  385. aleexx Says:

    Hello,
    And sorry for my delay, I was at work and had no internet access.
    My 2006 Nissan Maxima SL is in perfect working condition. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 92k miles. Vin #: 1N4BA41EX6C863926. The car is in perfect condition inside and out. This car always passed emissions tests. The tires are almost new and the oil is changed. The water pump and the brake disks have been replaced. This car needs nothing but a new driver.

    It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.

    Here are the pics of the car, click on this link :

    this is the link: http://s1293.beta.photobucket.com/user/maszev/library/MAXIMAsl?view=media

    You can also see there the Carfax report. The title is clean, ready to be transferred into your name. So if you decide on buying the car, I want the deal closed only through eBay Motors Safe Purchase Program. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it, eBay will release the payment to me, in this way we are both protected. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the car before committing to buy and to eliminate any concerns you will have 10 days to inspect it.

    I am a Sergeant with the US Army, and about 6 months ago I was deployed to Madrid, SPAIN. I will stay in Spain for the next two years. We are here for a special NATO Training Program. One month ago, my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him, but now we have to sell it back in the United States, because we can’t drive it here as we can’t register it; it has US specs and everything, and registering it in Europe will take for ever.

    My final price on it is $1,860US. (930 down and the other 930 after you test and accept the car).
    If you will take it for this price, the shipping is free for you. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. From the moment the payment is secured by eBay the shipping process will begin and it will arrive at your address in about 3 max. 4 working days.

    Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, please reply and tell me the address where you want me to send the car to you. I will start the transaction with eBay and after that eBay will contact you and give you all the info and documentation about for our transaction.

    Respectfully,
    Ssg. Ashley Arrington

    wttff !! they almost fooled me too.. thanks for saving my buttt

    I am located at:

    Torrejón Air Base
    USAF, 121 Squadron (EF-18A/B)

    Madrid, Spain

    SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis DSN 579-1794 Comm 884-1794

  386. Andrew Says:

    Same thing here on a 2000 Civic DX on craigslist. The thing that made me really question it was there was a dealer window sticker on the car. But they made it sound like it was a private seller. This is what they said.

    “Hello ,
    Is still available and has 74,488 miles, 4 cyl. engine and automatic transmission. My Honda is excellent in every way, has no accidents reports,with no need for additional repairs and clear title. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying the car. I am selling it at this final price $1,800 because my husband died two months ago (he had a heart attack) and brings me bad memories and that’s the reason I want to sell it asap. I along with my daughter decided to sell the house and we moved to my sister in New York trying to start a new life. If you are interested in buying my car, feel free to email me at any time.
    Best Regards! Diane

    For more pictures here is a link to the car photo gallery:
    http://www.use.com/6f005813755115723120

    Then I did a Google search on the email address and I found this page!

    Stupid people……

  387. Brenda Harrell Says:

    Appreciate the blog. Just responded to one of these great deals from an overseas military SSgt. The first red flag involved shipping by military transport. Really. I am retired military and the vehicle just happened to be in the same area that I live in by a military base. 2006 Maxima. When I emailed that I live there after locating the car on Craig list in Charlotte, NC I have not heard anymore from this individual.

  388. Brenda Harrell Says:

    I suspect another scam from a divorcee who wants to get rid of the car. Unfortuntely the care is not where it is advertised on Craig list but is in another state1000 miles away. I asked to be called to have my questions answered but I have not heard a peep. I will not deposit my money with e-bay for them to make arrangements for me. 1999 Rava 4. What looked like it was going to be a good deal my be too much to be real. Thank God for research capacity. No one (or at least not me) has money to just give away to scammers.

  389. jake Says:

    Dianne Gerard just responded to me saying that she wants to sell her Tacoma because it reminds her of her husband who just died of a heart attack. Same dangelo8n@Gmail.com

  390. tiffany Says:

    so i have been talking to the same person but (her) name is diane gerard. these are the emails she sent me.

    Hello ,
    Is still available and has 74,488 miles, 4 cyl. engine and automatic transmission. My Honda is excellent in every way, has no accidents reports,with no need for additional repairs and clear title. Anyway, thank you for your interest in buying the car. I am selling it at this final price $1,800 because my husband died two months ago (he had a heart attack) and brings me bad memories and that’s the reason I want to sell it asap. I along with my daughter decided to sell the house and we moved to my sister in New York trying to start a new life. If you are interested in buying my car, feel free to email me at any time.
    Best Regards! Diane

    For more pictures here is a link to the car photo gallery:
    http://www.use.com/6f005813755115723120

    Hello again Tiffany ,
    As I told you in my first e-mail, I am in New York. Before leaving I had prearranged the deal with eBay Motors so my presence isn’t necessary. They will not give me any money until you receive and test the car .The car is at the shipping company,ready to be delivered. The shipping cost is included in the total price of the car!. You have five days to test it and inspect the car. So if you want to make this deal I need the following details from you:
    -full name and address
    -shipping address
    -phone number
    After I will have all this details I will forward them to eBay Motors and I will proceed the order. They will contact you with all the details that you need to complete this deal and also to see that i am covered by them and that I am legit seller. Waiting your email with the requested details.
    Thank you and have a nice day.
    Diane

    I just receive an notification from ebay ,in which they stated that you can not complete this transaction because you don’t have the funds available. i am very disappointed because you don’t tell me from the start about this. Car is in a great shape, you have nothing to worry about these aspects. I have all the documents inside the car so you will get those along with it( the car will be delivered with the title, owner’s manual, 2 sets of keys, service records, and of course the bill of sale authorised and signed by me.

    It is absolutely rediculous for people to take atvantage of people qho are just looking for a good deal!!! dont fall for it people!!!

    i almost sent the money but i searched the email and found this!!! Thanks everybody for saving me and my whole tax return!!!

    God Bless

    Thanks,
    Tiffany Frederick

  391. tiffany Says:

    cant believe people these days!!!

  392. tiffany Says:

    wow!! so she tells me she is deaf!! lol im just keeping it going!!

  393. Christine Lamar Says:

    I got into a similar situation with a Toyota avalon on ebay. The woman said her son had died and it was his car and she didn’t want it around anymore. I did some research and sure enough, it was a scam. Your situation is especially seedy because someone presented themselves as a member of the armed forces. It’s a shame. Hope you find an actual car soon!

  394. MEstes Says:

    i got scammed with the same, by “sgt. Josha Labbe” which seems to be a real person- i googled his name.
    1800 for the car- a nissan Altima.
    turned it into the high way patol, and fbi.

  395. Karen Says:

    I see your posts about people pretending to be military and having a vehicle for sale. Add one more list to the name of scams.. They are also using Jane Capwell. My daughter recieved a response to a add for a maxima for sale on craigs list. This supposed Jane Capwell responded with links to the pics of this vehicle and photos of the vin number. Also included a CARFAX report!!! How they did that I don’t know.. but they did it. Turns out this is a scam!! When she came to me about it.. being former military and having a husband who is retired military also who still currently works for the military.. we knew right away it was a scam. The govt is not in the habit of shipping people cars for free just because the saler is or was military.. it’s just not happening!!!! My rule of thumb for anything like this is.. If it sounds to good to be true then it probably is!! Hope this helps..

  396. tiffany Says:

    Hi,

    The jet skis is in excellent condition and runs perfect.2005 SeaDoo RXP and RXT both in good running condition. The RXP is a 2 seater and has only 80hrs and the RXT is a 3 seater and has only 85hrs. They have 215hp Supercharged four-stroke, three-cylinder Rotax™ SOHC with Intercooler, closed-loop cooling.
    They both run very fast and can get up to 70 -75 mph. The hull is in good condition. The trailer, 2 protective covers, 6 life jackets and a tube are included with your purchase.
    If you’d like to view the pictures here is a link: http://imageshack.us/g/1/10053065/
    If you decide to buy it, you’ll receive all the papers, owner manual, keys and a buy-sell contract already signed by me.
    I have a low price ( $ 2,399 ) because I want to sell the jet skis very quickly. My husband died 3 months ago and I along with my daughter decided to sell the house and we moved to my parents in Tennessee. Due to the fact I am very busy at work and don’t stay too much at home I can’t conclude this transaction personally. But I left everything prepared for the sale. The transaction will be made trough Google Checkout. This way you can receive shipping assistance, title transfer help, etc.
    If you are really interested in purchasing the jet skis please contact me asap.

    Kind Regards,
    Elisha

    another scam for jets skis. be careful. this guy is selling all kinds of stuff.

  397. Trevvis K. Says:

    All of them have the photo host service name Photobucket, but here is another story.

    Hello,

    First of all I want to thank you for your interest in my 2005 Acura TL 3.2 V6. I am selling the car because I’m in the US Army and my unit will be deployed to Kuwait and I don’t want it to get old in my garage. The price is low because I need to sell it before April 5th. The Acura is in excellent condition and runs great. It has only 84,650 miles, clean title. It has no damage, no scratches, never involved in an accident, everything works as it should with no hidden issues. Price as stated in the ad is $2.280. The car is in Fargo, ND; in case it gets sold I will take care of the shipping.
    Here’s some photos, in case you want to see more: http://s1285.beta.photobucket.com/user/acuratlblack4dr/library/

    I will ship it through DAS shipping company. I will take care of the shipping to your location with no extra expense to you, like I said. I think I can have it sent to your location in 4-5 working days. I am a member of the eBay BuyBack Program and using this service you will get a 3 days testing period after delivery.
    During that 3 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested in buying it so I can ask eBay to send you the details on how this works. If interested please include in your next email your contact info for eBay ( full name, full shipping address and phone no.) so we can get things started.

    I will be waiting for your reply.
    Thank you,
    Bryan Bradley

  398. Elizabeth Says:

    l most fell for it too but I got three but one of them was a little different

    I have received your email regarding my car 2004 Mini Cooper !
    The car is in perfect working condition, has no damage, no scratches, no marks or dents on paintwork, no hidden defects.This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty.This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.There is no outstanding finance! The title is clear!
    Customs policy on receiving the car. It comes with original invoice, title, keys and all the documents.
    Here are some details about the car : Engine Size : 4 Cylinder , Transmission : Automatic , Reg. Date: 01 Mar 2004, Alarm, Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag,ESP, Immobilizer, Leather Seats, Passenger Airbag, Rear seat belts, Side Airbags, Air Conditioning, CD player, Auxiliary heating,Tilt Steering Wheel.

    Here are some pictures with the car : http://s1354.photobucket.com/user/miniautomatic/library/?page=1

    The price for the car is $2,700.00.
    The car was my husband`s as he loved it very much, but he did not enjoy it as he died in IRAQ 3 months ago. It brings very bad memories to me, I want to get rid of it.
    The buyer will receive the car with all papers and receipts that he needs to register it to his name. It have 59,000 miles!
    I am in Greece right now but the car is in United States and it will be shipped from there.
    Shipping will be done whit D.A.S and it will take no more then 3 days,and it will be payed by me!
    Anyway, I have to let you know that I want a fast deal so if you are really interested in buying it, please reply with the following information’s:
    -Your full name, full address and email address;
    The transaction will be closed only through eBay vehicle purchase protection so we both be protected.
    I will look for your email,so that we can move forward with this deal!

    Let me know
    Kimberlee Green

    the other two i got emails from are sonya peterson whcih at first the email was sonyaa771. the second one i though i emailed a alxe and the new email i just received was Alexandra m. all stories do have the ebay part on it. also the other two emails sound just like the first ones on here

  399. sheila Says:

    Hi again Sheila,

    Right now I’m in a military base. We are training, getting ready for Afghanistan. I am only allowed to check my email twice a day.We have to stick to e-mail for now.Hope you can understand.The car is already at our Military Logistic Department form Fort Belvoir VA, U.S. Army base crated and ready to go. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home. The shipping is free for you. Since the car is in a military base, with no access you can not go there and take it, only the Logistic Department can deliver it, because the car is in their custody.I think I can have it there at your home address within 2-3 working days. It will come with a clear title and reg. I am a member of the Yahoo! Finance buyer protection program and using this service you will get a 7 days testing period after delivery. During that 7 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested so I can ask Yahoo! Finance to send you the details on this deal. If interested please include in your next email your contact info for Yahoo! Finance (full name, shipping address and phone number), so we can get the ball rolling.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Corporal Alisha Clifton

    PS: In order to view all pictures with my car please click on the following link :http://imgur.com/a/LSRbi/embed

  400. Paula Says:

    I think the scariest part is that the object isn’t always to get the big money, but just to get names, addresses and phone numbers for identity theft.

    In many cases they are preying on very vulnerable people, in fact, they count on it…

    In my hunt for a car this week I ran across 2 versions of this scam.

    The first email was a mother saying she had lost her husband and son 2 months before, so she was selling her son’s car.
    ______________________________________

    The second one I kept getting forms of, claiming to be military, and this makes me so sad because I was in the military and life is hard enough without people using people in a military situation for a scam, and that turns my stomach.

    Since this web highlights the military scam, i will post the 3rd email from 2 different people:

    As I’ve previously told you my medical team will deploy back to Afghanista n. The car is here with me at the base of Texas National Guard and the delivery process will be managed and paid by me.The estimate time of delivery is 3-4 days. It will come with a clear title and reg. I am a member of the Google Checkout protection program and using this service you will get a 5 days testing period after delivery. During that 5 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested so I can ask them to send you the details on this deal. If interested please include in your next email your contact info for google (full name,address where you want the car delivered and your phone number).
    Thank you

    ___________________________________

    Right now I’m in a military base. We are getting ready for Afghanistan. I am only allowed to check my email several time a day. We have to stick to e-mail for now. Hope you can understand that. The car is already at our Military Logistic Department form Fort Belvoir, U.S. Army base crated and ready to go. Like I already said, the delivery process will be managed by me. I think I can have it there at your home address within 2-3 working days. It will come with a clear title and reg. I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will get a 7 days testing period after delivery. During that 7 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested so I can ask eBay to send you the details on this deal. If you are interested please include in your next email your contact info for eBay (full name, shipping address: street name and number,city,state,zip code, and phone number), so we can move forward with this transaction.
    Here you can find more pictures of the vehicle :
    Click Here

    Thank you.
    ____________________________________

    What’s scary is that i provided my phone as routine, without a thought, and my name is on my email. And as we learned, one of the uses for the scam is just to get information, as well as the big payout.

    Stay safe everyone! and Take care!

  401. maritza Says:

    Wow, so glad i saw this!!!! thank you, so much!!!

    Received return email from fred johnson on a convertible beetle, who is in london, not military anymore, now he’s an engineer in london… the twist is the car use to be mine, the vin is real and so is the car, as well as all the stats… though i did smoke in the car the year i had it

    here’s the email i received

    :Hello, and thank you for being interested to purchase my 2003 Volkswagen Beetle.

    The car has 39,960 miles and the price I want for this car is $ 4,000.00, the price is below KelleyBook value because I am interested in a fast sale and I need to sell this car before 15 April. The reason I am selling this car is because recently I moved to Europe (London, United Kingdom), I am working here as a construction engineer for 5 years or more. The car has clean title, clean CarFax report, never involved in any accidents, no rust or scratches and never smoked inside, the engine is working like new. The car is located in Lee, MA at a shipping company and I left all things prepared for shipping. The sale will be made through eBay Buyer Protection Program, using this method you will get 5 days time to inspect the car, 30 days time to ask for a refund and we are both protected.

    If you are interested in moving forward you will have to pay a deposit $ 1,980.00 and the rest when you receive and inspect the car, this way you will be able to inspect the vehicle before committing to buy it and I know that you have the money and you are not just fooling around. I will need you full name, full address, phone number so I can open a case with eBay and they will contact you with more details via email about the purchase, payment, shipping and protection. If the car is not like described, it will be shipped back on my expense and they will give you a full refund.

    If you have questions I am glad to respond.
    You can view here pictures with the car ( http://www.use.com/a9e84c83a89effa965b5 ). Thank you

  402. Aaron Says:

    WOW..I am so glad I read this! I got the same email but from female. I was thinking about moving forward – now I’m glad I didn’t.
    This is what I got…
    This 2006 Honda Accord SE,2.4L L4 MPI DOHC 16V, FRONT WHEEL DRIVE,VIN:
    > 1HGCM56386A180333, runs and drives excellent. It has been extremely well maintained with a full service history and 49,800 miles!
    > Transmission is Automatic shifts smoothly.
    >
    > More photos here : http://www.myalbum.com/Album=LTF7HCAS
    > CARFAX LINK :
    > http://www.carfax.com/cfm/FSBO.cfm?report=7CDC0E1EA727FF1D81030B0AF62B
    > EF34
    >
    > It has no leaks or drips and does not smoke at all, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title free of encumbrances and liens. I bought it when i was serving in Rock Island Arsenal , IL .The car will be delivered from Illinois and the shipping is free for you !
    >
    > I have dropped my price to $2,000 (purchase price) since this is an Urgent Sale! and I need to sell it before May 30, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan with my platoon replacing the troops scheduled to come home.
    >
    > If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner email me your: Full Name and Shipping address, to open a case with eBay. They will contact you to explain the entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by eBay, which means that you will have a 10 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.
    >
    > Hope to hear from you soon!
    > MAJ. Linda Foye

    – then when I asked about the transaction I got this….
    Hello,

    Thank you so much for your prompt response.

    Please take a few moments and read my email carefully, I know it is long, but I will explain all the details about the car and the transaction. At the moment I’m stationed at Rock Island Arsenal ,making final preparations before deploying to Afghanistan with the U.S. Convoy.

    The car is already at our Military Logistic Department in Rock Island Arsenal , IL ,crated and ready to go. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home. The shipping is free for you. Since the car is in a military base, with no access you can not go there and take it, only the Logistic Department can deliver it, because the car is in their custody. Shipping may take anywhere between 2 to 4 business days depending on the destination. All documents you need for ownership, manuals and bill of sale will be provided along with the car .

    For the payment I would like to use eBay as a third party. They will keep your money into a protection account until you get the car and will release it to me after inspection period is over and you agree to keep the car . So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the car before committing to buy and to eliminate any concerns you will have 10 days to inspect the car . If you decide not to keep it eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for both of us.

    I’ll start the official procedure, and eBay will contact you about this. If you are interested in buying it just mail me back with:
    - Your Full Name – Required by eBay (You’ll receive important guidelines + instructions from them.)
    - Your Shipping Address and Phone Number – Required by the Logistic Department (They will call you with delivery/pickup instructions 1 day ahead so you can communicate what time schedule work best for your to receive the car)

    Again I want to point out that because I am going to Afghanistan this sale is my top priority and I am looking after a fast transaction, with no delays. That is why I decided to lower the price, to avoid wasting time with negotiations and find a buyer as soon as possible.

    Thanks, hope to do business with you soon!

  403. Olivia Says:

    Hello,

    I’m an 1st Lt. in the USAF, currently stationed in Lakenheath, United Kingdom for next two years.

    The reason of selling it, is that i am unable to obtain a European Certificate of Conformity in United Kingdom because this Jeep meets US standards. Changing the standards to United Kingdom standards will require modifications, paper work and high costs.

    This is the first time selling my Jeep online. I want you to see, drive and inspect the Jeep before you decide to buy it and for that we need a legal business-specialized company to handle the entire process for us. We will use eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP).

    You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the Jeep. ONLY AFTER you receive the Jeep and inspect it eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected.
    If you will not be satisfied with the Jeep, you can refuse the Jeep and ask for a full refund of your deposit, no questions asked. I will find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to send the Jeep back.
    I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped by plane with US Air Military Jeepgo and it will not cost me anything.
    You will receive the Jeep in about 4-5 days. The Jeep will arrive at the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place.

    The deal WILL BE MADE UNDER THE eBay Motors RULES AND POLICIES. Both of us will be protected. I WILL NOT DEAL OUTSIDE EBAY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!

    If you want to move forward, I will need your full name, shipping address and phone number. Once I will receive your details, i will open the transaction with eBay Motors, and they will send us the transaction details.

    If you want to call me, this is my US phone number +1 (415) 871-0893

    1st Lt. Craig Maybee

  404. SMiller Says:

    I responded to a Craigslist ad that seemed too good to be true. It is a white Honda. Here is her response:

    Hi,

    This 2007 Honda Civic, runs and drives excellent, VIN: 1HGFA16837L131671. It has been
    extremely well maintained with a full service history and never been smoked inside. Only
    76.000 miles! It’s in perfect condition,no electric/engine problems,no
    accidents/liens/loans.No scratches,never been repainted.I have all documents,2 spare of
    keys, clean title. I bought it when i was serving at Fort Irwin ,California. The car will
    be delivered from CA, US and the shipping is free for you !

    I have dropped my price to $3,500 (purchase price) since this is an Urgent Sale! and I
    need to sell it before July 30, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan with my platoon
    replacing the troops scheduled to come home.
    If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner email me your: Full
    Name and Shipping address, to open a case with eBay. They will contact you to explain the
    entire procedure. The financial part will be managed by eBay, which means that you will
    have a 10 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.

    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Maj. Emma Clarck

    I was clued in by the unusual speech that they used in some of the sentences and unorthodox buying plan, so I googled it. Can’t believe this has been going on so long. Here is a link to to the ad in Macon, Ga.

    http://macon.craigslist.org/ctd/3945481974.html

  405. Kim Says:

    It is indeed a scam. I know someone who had the same thing happen to them, same generic text and all. They ended up paying $1000 for an advertised Honda Accord SE 2003 pristine pictures and all. The military lady had them mail the money via Western Union without actually seeing the real car or the lady. She even sent a carfax report. She also said no phone calls due to her being in the military.
    She then tried the Ebay protection, to which we called Ebay and found that it was a scam.
    Turns out the lady is nowhere to be found but the car is a real car in North Carolina.

  406. Stefan Says:

    I sell a 2006 Infiniti G35 Coupe with 67600 miles and clean title for $2900. What is your email to send you all pics and info? because this is my work nomber.

    I just sent you an email. Please check all folders of your email, including spam and let’s continue on email from now on because I can’t use this number. TNX!

    2006 Infiniti G35 Sport Coupe beige.

    Up for sale is a great 2006 Infiniti G35 Sport Coupe beige. This car has been extremely well maintained with a full service history.
    It has a very strong 3.5L and an automatic transmission that shifts perfect. Everything works on this car.I have all service records. It has 67,600 miles and is absolutely stunning. It Drives like new! Here is a list of accessories and upgrades: Duralast Gold Battery, 18″ Wheels, Bose Stereo, loaded sports package, navigation system , bluetooth , XM -SIRIUS radio, sun and moon roof, leather heated seats, 6 disc in dash cd player, tented windows, keyless entry system with 2 key fobs, brand new goodyear eagle RS-A tires, AKM performance intake system,have the maintanance records. Runs perfect, sounds great.Super clean inside and out, No dings or dents. The car will be delivered from Virginia.
    I have dropped my price to US $2,900 since this is an Urgent Sale and I need to sell it before January 06th, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan with my work, replacing the troops scheduled to come home.
    Since I can not meet the buyer to close the transaction in person, I chose to seal the deal through eBay. The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will have a 10 days inspection period before committing to buy the vehicle. Thus, both buyer and seller are 100% covered during the transaction.
    If you are interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner, please email me back with your: complete Name and shipping Address, to open a case with eBay and then, eBay will contact you and get into details regarding this transaction.
    Here is a photo-album with the pictures of my G35: http://imgur.com/a/z4LJl

    Thank you,
    Lt. Jennifer Holman

    Please take a few moments to read my email carefully, I know it’s long, but since I received so many emails, I will go into detail regarding this transaction.
    At the moment I’m stationed in Elmendorf in Anchorage Alaska. making final preparations before deploying to Afghanistan with the U.S. Convoy.
    The car is already at our Military Logistic Department form Fort Belvoir-VA, U.S. Army base, crated and ready to go. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home. The shipping is free of charge. Since the car is located in a military base, with no public access, you can’t go there and pick it up, only the Logistic Department can deliver it, because the car is in their custody. Shipping may take 2-3 business days. All the documents you need for ownership, manuals and bill of sale will be provided along with the car.
    For the payment I would like to use eBay as a third party. They will keep your money into a protection account until the car arrives to its destination and they will transfer the money to me only after inspection period is over and you confirm the purchase. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the car before committing to buy and to make sure you are completely satisfied, you will have 10 days to inspect the car. If you decide against keeping it, eBay will guarantee a full refund, no questions asked, no shipping charges for you. I think this is more than fair for both of us.
    I’ll get the ball rolling, and eBay will contact you regarding this matter and you’ll receive important guidelines + instructions from them. You ll be contacted by eBay in the next 24 hours. So just e-mail me after you receive the payment invoice and let me know how long it will take till you proceed with the payment according to eBay instructions.

    PLEASE NOTE!
    If the car doesn’t fit my description, you have the unequivocal right to refuse acceptance of the car (return postage on my expense) and you are entitled to a full and complete refund of the car’s purchase price. It will be insured during transportation and it will be delivered in front of your door.
    Regards!
    Again I want to point out that since I am leaving to Afghanistan, this sale is my top priority and I am looking for a fast transaction, with no delays. This is why I have decided to lower the price in order to avoid wasting time with negotiations and find a buyer ASAP!

    Thank you!

  407. Jake Says:

    Add James Harp to the list. 89 toyota pickup vin#JT4RN13P4K0008466
    I feel so stupid!!!

  408. total skeptical Says:

    Got the reply

    Now if you really want to buy my car please send me your full name full shipping address and phone #  so I can open a case with eBay.After that you will receive a invoice from eBay with all the necessary steps to complete this transaction.I have a few guys interested so I will need a prompt answer from you!

    Asshole.

  409. Missy Says:

    Add Sgt Gloria Hawkins to the list, 2001 Ford F-150 and cell number 432-653-2184

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