Trying to figure out how to get rid of that recliner from the 90s? Post it on Craigslist. It’s almost a guarantee that you will find someone out there who has a need for your junk. From an old motorcycle to an old set of golf clubs, Craigslist is the source to use when you’re cleaning out your house or looking to make some cash.
Craigslist has accumulated over 200 complaints on Scambook with $1,646,402 in total reported damages, but I’m not sure they’re the ones to blame.
I posted my ad on Craigslist on November 13, 2011, and I listed the iPad for $350 along with my personal cell phone number, instructing potential buyers to text me if they were interested. The potential buyer was named Alpacino Sergio, who insisted on paying $500 and said he was purchasing it as a gift for his son in Nigeria.
OK let’s stop right there. Some major red flags are:
1) His first name was Alpacino, as in Scarface Al Pacino. Are you kidding me?
2) Alpacino offered to pay more than what I listed the item for. Looking back, how did I NOT catch that?
3) Did I mention his first name was Alpacino?
4) Lastly, one word – Nigeria. If you’ve followed the news, lottery scams are a consistent problem among consumers, and those accused are of Nigerian descent, and hundreds of complaints have been filed on Scambook.com regarding scams stemming from Nigeria.
Check out the email that supposedly came from PayPal. I’ve used PayPal before to make purchases on eBay, so this particular confirmation email I got for payment received definitely rubbed me the wrong way. Here are some warning signals to look out for:
1) The Address Field: From: firstname.lastname@example.org - Blumail.org is an email account you can sign up for if you visit http://bluworld.org/. I wasn’t able to find any relationship between Blumail and PayPal.
2) The Heading: “You’ve Got New Fund!” – Not all of us are English majors, but I’m pretty sure the word “fund” could use an “s.” If you look at an official PayPal payment email subject line, it says, “You’ve got funds!” so how can PayPal be inconsistent when it stands as a worldwide, billion-dollar entity?
3) No PayPal Logo: Nowhere in the email did I find an official PayPal graphics or logos.
4) No Money: When I logged into my PayPal account associated with the email address given to Alpacino, there were no funds available and no new notifications on my PayPal dashboard.
5) Too Much Text: When I would receive notification emails from PayPal, they would not be this long-winded. After I carefully read through the email, I found small inconsistencies like misplaced periods and commas. Also, there was too much emphasis on contacting the PayPal “rep” at the listed email address, email@example.com; the email reiterated that instruction three times.
“I was selling an iPod trough kijiji.ca, and I got a response for this guy who was intrested but he wanted to make this transaction through PayPal, so I said ok no problem because that was not the first time I dealt with PayPal. I received an email from PayPal (FAKE PayPal but it looks exactly like the real ones I used to receive from PayPal) confirming his payment to my account and that my account will only be credited when I ship the item to the address they gave me. So that’s what I did. The next day they sent me another email telling me that there was a mistake with the payment and I received more money than I should be receiving, so they still cant credit my account. I had to send that extra money that I was given ($200) and then the next day I had to pay some custom due to release the item ($150). They also told me I would be credited on that from the buyer that was basicly behind all of this. Finally I didn’t get any of my money, and I lost the item so please, I would like to know if theres any way I could get at least my money back or is it just to late for that?”
For those of you who have had a simliar experience, please share with your fellow Scambook users and me below, and leave a comment. Also, if you run into a simliar situation, forward your email to firstname.lastname@example.org, which is the address PayPal designated for reporting suspicious activity.
People are becoming more cunning by the minute, so if there are any other variations out there of this situation, please submit a complaint to Scambook and include any screenshots you can take in your submission. Also, be sure to black out any personal information when submitting any evidence.