Complaint 197042 Details

  • Date Occurred: 01/04/2013
  • Reported Damages: $7.00
  • Username: Carla Cooper
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Location: This con is on Craig's list: They expect West. Un. transfer
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The complaint is against an online dating profile

The complaint is a listing fraud posted on public forums or sites against an anonymous entity

The complaint is mobile text spam or smishing related against an anonymous entity

The company or person contact no longer exists

International boundaries

The scam artist has sent several emails, the last one as follows:


One more thing, please do me a big time favor, if the person at Western Union asks you what is the transfer for, please do not tell them this is for a business purchase, if they ask anything, just tell them that you are sending the funds to your best friend, otherwise, I might be charged with some extra fees when Yahoo will release the payment to me. This way i am trying to avoid some unwanted taxes, and i hope you understand me because i already pay shipping, handling and insurance.

Also please remember to fax the Western Union receipt to the fax number in the invoice and send Yahoo an email with the required payment details.

Please keep me informed !

On Sun, Jan 6, 2013 at 8:53 AM, Rhea Giannotti <(Personal Information Removed)> wrote:
Hi Carla,

Looks good. I still have not received anything from Yahoo. The earliest I can get to a Western-Union is Tomorrow afternoon. I'll keep looking for the email.



On Jan 6, 2013, at 8:01 AM, Carla Cooper wrote:

I just got a copy of the invoice.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Yahoo! Autos <[email protected]>
Date: Sun, Jan 6, 2013 at 7:55 AM
Subject: Invoice - Yahoo!Autos Finance Transaction Case ID: 81G3E911A5W21
To: (Personal Information Removed)
Cc: (Personal Information Removed)

Yahoo! Autos Finance sent this message to "Rick Giannotti".
Your registered name is included to show this message originated from Yahoo! Autos Finance.

Yahoo! Autos Finance Buyer Protection (Case ID: 81G3E911A5W21)

Carla Cooper as the Seller, initiated a new transaction through Yahoo! Autos Finance and registered you, Rick Giannotti, as the Buyer. We verified all the details of this transaction and we concluded that they are accurate and the transaction is approved. Your vehicle purchase is protected for up to $20,000.00 US or the vehicle purchase price, whichever is lower.
You are receiving this e-mail because you are going to buy a vehicle over the Yahoo! Autos Finance and your seller requested to use Yahoo! Autos Finance Vehicle Protection Program. The Yahoo! Autos Finance vehicle protection programs offer a set of services that build protection into every step of the vehicle buying process.

Yahoo! Autos Finance Vehicle Purchase Program - Building Buyer Confidence

The Yahoo! Autos Finance program provides protection of up to $20,000 against certain losses associated with some types of fraud. You are automatically enrolled in the program at no charge when you complete the purchase of an eligible vehicle through Yahoo! Autos Finance.
Item: 2008 Polaris Ranger 700 XP 4 X 4

Price: $2,600.00
Date: Sun, 06 Jan, 2013
Title: Clear
Insurance: Yes

Transaction Details:

Seller's information:
Full Name: Carla Cooper
Address: (Personal Information Removed)
City/State: Jersey City, NJ
Zip: (Personal Information Removed)
Country: United States

Buyer's information:
Full Name: Rick Giannotti
Address: (Personal Information Removed)
City/State: (Personal Information Removed)
Zip: (Personal Information Removed)
Country: United States

Payment Details:
Invoice #: 346177NZU
Price: $ 2,600.00
Deposit: $ 2,600.00
Balance: $ 0.00
Shipping: $ 0.00
Total: $ 2,600.00

Need additional help? Contact a Yahoo! Autos Finance Customer Support Representative

Any complaint about our service should be directed to us via our online:
[email protected]

Situations for Which Protection is Offered:

Yahoo! Autos Finance Buyer Protection offers protection only for losses associated with eligible transactions for qualifying vehicles in the following situations:
1. You pay for a vehicle and never receive it.
2. You send a refundable deposit for a vehicle and never receive it.
3. You pay for a vehicle and receive it but suffer losses because:

The vehicle has an undisclosed or unknown lien against its title.

The vehicle make, model or year is different than what was described in the Seller's listing at the time you placed your offer.

A title is required for the vehicle by your state and the Seller's state but you did not receive a title from the Seller and it is not possible to obtain a title from the appropriate DMV.

The vehicle has a title with an undisclosed salvage, rebuilt/rebuildable, unrebuildable, reconstructed, scrapped/destroyed, junk, lemon, manufacturer buyback or water damage brand.

Payment Instructions:

The payment must be sent with cash through Western Union® Money Transfers directly to our Yahoo! Autos Finance escrow agent. The agent will hold the payment until the Buyer receives, inspects and accepts the vehicle. Click Here to locate the Western Union agents in your area. Go to one of that locations and send the payment to our Escrow agent. When the money will be in our possession, we will instruct the seller to start the shipping process. The payment details are confidential and will not be released under any circumstances. The seller is authorized to ship and send the tracking number only after Yahoo! Autos Finance verifies the transfer.
Please make the transfer using the following information:
Yahoo! Autos Agent: Michael Mort
Address : 76 Franklin St
City/State: Paterson, NJ
Zip: 07524
Country: United States
Payment Method: Western Union® Money Transfers
*Note : Most of the Western Union agents are not aware of our privacy and policy so to achieve a smooth and pleasant transaction we suggest to send the money for a personal business. Please send us the following payment information:

-MTCN - 10 digits number found on the payment receipt
-Sender's Name and Address
-Receiver's Name and Address
-Total Amount Sent

* We strongly recommend that you confirm the payment by both e-mail and fax.
* Fax* the Western Union payment receipt to Yahoo!Autos at: +1 (803) 497-9283
* Please send us the payment details at: [email protected]

Complete your transaction in 5 easy steps:

Yahoo! Autos Finance provides the Buyer and the Seller the assurance that the transaction will be handled to their specifications. The Buyer deposits the funds into a trust account prior to the Seller releasing the vehicle for inspection. Once the Buyer has accepted the vehicle the funds are disbursed according to the Yahoo! Autos Finance instructions.
Step 1: The Buyer and the Seller agree to terms
Both parties agree to terms, which includes a description of the vehicle, sale price and number of days for the Buyer's inspection.

Step 2: The Buyer pays Yahoo! Autos Finance
The Buyer completes the payment to Yahoo! Autos Finance. When payment is received, it will be verified and secured into a non-interest bearing trust account. After payment is secured, the Seller will be notified to start the shipping process.

Step 3: The Seller ships vehicle to the Buyer
After the payment verification, the Seller is authorized to ship the vehicle. Yahoo! Finance verifies that the Buyer receives the shipment. The inspection period will begin when the vehicle is delivered.

Step 4: The Buyer accepts the vehicle
When the Buyer accepts the vehicle or the inspection period expires (at which point, the Buyer automatically accepts), the disbursement of payment will begin. Please note that Yahoo! Finance may perform additional verification before funds are released.
What happens if the Buyer refuses the vehicle?
If the Buyer refuses the vehicle during the inspection period, the Seller is responsible for paying the return shipping costs. In this case, Yahoo! Autos Finance will refund the Buyer the full amount.

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