Friday, June 12, 2009

Craig's List Scam

I have been looking at used car ads on Craig's List lately, and there sure are a lot of scam ads out there... I have received this answer (nearly word-for-word) in response to several inquiries now. (I wonder how many wives have brought their Honda cars to Spain, only to find they cannot be registered?) Here's the email:

X-Originating-IP: []
Subject: 2005 Honda Accord EXL - $2950
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 16:24:49 +0000
X-OriginalArrivalTime: 12 Jun 2009 16:24:50.0054 (UTC) FILETIME=[4EFD7260:01C9EB7A]


I'm SGT Thomas Sammito. This Accord EXL 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 54063 miles. VIN Number: 1HGCM66825A031982
CD player Anti-lock brakes Driver Airbag Leather Sunroof
Passenger airbag Side airbags Air conditioning Cruise control
Power locks Power windows Navigation System!!
Here are the pics of the car:

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 2950 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,
Thomas and Kathy Sammito

1 comment:

  1. I was searching craig list too for used car and inquired on it. I got the exact same message as you did but with different names.

    I googled for the VIN number provided in the email and found link to your page and understood that this is a SCAM!!