Sunday, April 3, 2011

Craigslist Scam, Jacob Gibson

This isn't necessarily what I intended this page for, but I thought something that happened today should be passed along. I posted a few things on craigslist today and recieved a few responses back. One particular email caught my attention. "Jacob Gibson" emailed about two completely different listings with the same email (see below) to see if I still had the "posted item". Clue number one that something fishy was going on, but I replied a simple yes to both. Then, about 4 hours later from a totally different email address, "Jacob Gibson" said that he would like to purchase the items by sending me a check, and when the check is cashed, his "movers" would come get the items and I have to do nothing. Two seperate, but word for word identical, emails about each item. So I did a quick google search and learned that the next step in the scam is for the person to "accidentally" send you too much money from the check, but go ahead and cash it and wire him back the difference minus some small $100 or so for yourself. Not sure where I'm gonna go with this next. I might try to mess with them a little bit or I might talk to a cop I know or the bank. Or I could always just leave it alone now. We'll see... here is the email transcrips:

Beautiful Ashley 3-Piece Dining Set - $149

Jacob Gibson**

2:18 PM (7 hours ago)

Jacob GibsonLoading...2:18 PM (7 hours ago)

Reply |Jacob Gibson to sale-ut2sg-230.
show details 2:18 PM (7 hours ago)

** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info:

Hello,do you still have the posted item?

this message was remailed to you via:

Reply Reply to all Forward Invite Jacob Gibson to chat

Brett HendersonYes. I do.
3:18 PM (6 hours ago)

Reply |Jacob Gibson to me
show details 6:03 PM (3 hours ago)

Hello i really appreciate your response to my earlier i said i
will like to buy this item for the exact price, pls do withdraw the ad from
Craigslist. I will also like you to know that i will be paying via check.I
will need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the
mailing of the check.

1.Your full name to be on the check
2.Home or work address
3.Your cell/phone number.

You will not be responsible for moving,i will have my mover come over for
the pick up as soon as you have cashed the check**

Have a nice day