Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Craigs list Advertising (scam?)

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Craigs list Advertising (scam?)

    I have been posting ads on craigslist and have gotten some jobs from there. However, I recently had someone email me about my ad and from the get go it was strange. This person was out of the country but wanted me to do their lawn for them when they got back in town. Then they wanted to send me money for a retainer until they got back. Here is the last email I got for them.

    ___________
    Hello,
    How are you doing today? I just tracked the package (payment) and discovered the reason why it did not delivered on tuesday morning am very sorry for the wrong information . there was a little problem , the pay roll man made a mistake on your name , so my client have discovered this and it has been retified and it will be delivered to you on this week, Please just be a little patient it will get to you soon, i will email you my houyse address in my next mail okay ...

    I have been trying the telephone number that you provided to call you on it only given me enegagning tone i also put the code that you instruted me to me still saying same thing , i will prefer you call my number so that we can both talk together ,I will keep you posted as thing goes and send you and update email. i hope you still get prepare for the service you are about to render in my yard as well ..Thanks so much for your anticipated cooperation and response thanks i can not wait to meet you in person
    thank

    - On Sat, 5/8/10, newleaf@ca.rr.com <newleaf@ca.rr.com> wrote:


    From: newleaf@ca.rr.com <newleaf@ca.rr.com>
    Subject: Re: THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION PLZ GET BACK TO ME AGAIN
    To: "Britney Jerome" <britney.jerome@yahoo.com>
    Date: Saturday, May 8, 2010, 2:11 PM

    Yes all the informaition is correct. The phone number is correct also but if you are dialing internationally you may have to dial 0019512560708. Since I am unable to get to the house until you arrive it is best just to wait until you are here. You do not need to send any money early just have it when I am able to come an look at the yard. I can still get it done right away for you.

    Thanks.....Tim


    - Britney Jerome <britney.jerome@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > Hi Tim
    > Thanks for the prompt response .i kinda appreciate the quick email and for the service you are about rendering for me, but before everything is arranged for,i try the number that you provided to call you , it only given me engining tone pl z check the number and get back to me (951-256-0708)
    >
    > Cos i will bee Haven some visitor in my house next weekend and i will want the yard to be well clean ... i will bee more than happy if you can help me with this , i would have love you to go to my hosue to check on the yard as am away now but the gate is currently lucked and it will be defficult again as i didnt inform the street securtiy about your inspection as well,i will like to know what you or you really specialize into and how capable you can handle this for me. and my client will surely sent you the payment Well,i just emailed to let you know that i got your information(Names and Address)
    >
    > Shown below for the payment to be issued and i want you to reconfirm the information as well , it will be sent to your contact address this weekend unfailingly via over night courier service because i will like the service to stratas soon as possible .the house is locally located in the same city ,and thats the reason why i contacted someone locally to execute the project and i saw your information on craigslist and we are both in the same city and it will save trasnsport to getting to my place so thats the reason why i chose you for the work
    >
    >
    > I will need you to forward me the information of your Referee,i mean reference of you.i await your prompt response..i will call you oin sunday night to be able to speak with you over the phone..I shall be arriving by next week but the upfront payment for the service must have gotten to you then so as soon as i arrive home i can just take you there and you can start working on immediately please, email your availability towards this service for my prompt arrival or for the payment
    >
    > I will need you to get back to me with the name that is suppose to be on the check.Please let me know the name the check should be issued to.
    > Here is is your details again confirm it and get back to me
    >
    > FULL NAME ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: New Leaf Landscaping
    > ADDRESS ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 1550 Rimpau Ave. #167
    > CITY:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::: Corona
    > STATE::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: : CA
    > ZIPCODE::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: : 92881
    > TELEPHONE:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 951-372-9524 )
    > CELL PHONE: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 951-256-0708)
    >
    >
    > I want to make sure that the payment is sent to you for the first two week and I will arrive latest by this coming week, I have inform my flight agent to book my flight direct to Corona, CA and i will email you all my flight details so that you will know when i will touch down and i will also let you know the Airport that i will landing Thank you so much and God bless youThank you and i look forward meeting you..pls get back to me asap
    > Thanks
    ________________
    So I am wondering is this some sort of a scam? Are they trying to get some personal info from me that they can use to steal my money? Has anyone else run into anything like this on craigslist ads? Just curious what you guys think about it.

  • #2
    Don't give this guy any of your info it is a scam. They send out vague e-mails when your selling something saying I am interested in your "item" or "service". Once you respond then they get a little more detailed because its now it's not just a mass e-mail, it's the guy that's trying to scam you.

    He's not calling you because he doesn't want to pay for the international call. Plus his number is most likely a disposable cell phone or a pay phone.


    http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams
    Last edited by TeamDynamic; 05-13-2010, 09:02 AM.
    www.TeamDynamicOnline.com

    Comment


    • #3
      YES!

      This is a major scam! Have you gone by his address? Was there anyone there? Was the lawn mowed already? Does it look like someone LIVES there?

      Just look at his English. Now before everyone jumps on the racism bandwagon, where are the scams coming from these days? My guess is that this guy is from the middle east or Africa. Now this is just based on his use of the English language. It very well may be legit but asking for all your info like that is not cool.

      Whoa I just reread your post and you don't even have the address to his home he wants cut. How does he know what to pay?


      One Word.......RUN
      Pat

      Comment


      • #4
        This is a very interesting post.

        I would think no matter what, don't deal with anyone for lawn care that is outside of the country. You may not want to deal with anyone you can't meet in person either.


        What kind of problems can he run into, even giving his address?
        - Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
        Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.

        Comment


        • #5
          The scam is at some point when they think you trust them, they will send you a check for more than you need. example - they send you 2,500 check, you deposit it and send them back the 2,000 overage. Problem is the check they send you is a forgery, but your check is real. They cash your check before your bank gets it back as a bogus check. your left with 2500 negative in your account (r more)scammer has 2,000 of your money.

          don't waste your time
          OrganicKen.com

          Comment


          • #6
            I had a similar situation like this. I had an item on Ebay and I had some guy from India trying to buy it. I knew it was a scam so I told the guy I sold it.

            Hope you didn't get scammed already

            Too many of these going around these days

            Comment


            • #7
              So I suppose craigslist is out of the question.

              I made a post a few days ago, I got an annoying guy emailing me consistently, never really asking for an estimate or anything. Just prying information.

              My friend had written an ad on Craigslist, someone-somehow managed to fill her ad up with **** instead of advertising her business.

              I hate craigslist, nothing but tards who respond.

              Comment


              • #8
                These are the same scams they send to you in email all the time do not give then info just del them. I got about ten a day just del them.Sure hope you did not do any thing probably not a real address any way.
                WestBank Lawn Care LLC

                http://westbanklawncare.com/

                Comment


                • #9
                  Yep. SCAM....

                  Most likely the person is sitting somewhere in Nigeria. Nigeria is where the majority of this scams originate from recently. The same broken English is a tell tale every time.

                  Avoid it and I would recommend only doing business with people whom you have met. That is a good way to avoid these situations in lawn care.

                  Good luck,
                  Eli

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    No I haven't done anything with this person. I told them I would only do something if we meet. I got home yesterday and a fed ex package was there for me. Opened it and there was a check for $2500.00. I took the check and printed off all the emails I got from them and went to the FBI office. I doubt they will ever be able to get the guy.

                    My reason for posting was this. I put an ad out on craigslist a couple of times last week. I was thinking it was free advertising. However, out of the post I only got one legitimate response. Everything else was spam and this scam guy. So was wondering is graigslist really worth the hassle. Sure its free advertising but is it worth it really?

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Just wanted to put my 2 cents in on this one. This IS a scam, however Cheese2009, Craigslist is a great place to get business. So far that is the only advertising that I do and seems to be working great. You just have to deal with these type or the phone calls from the supposed US Yellow Page Directory if you put in your phone number. Just look at the way any of them are writen as far as replies. The one like "Hows it going? I am very interested in your service." and then they have a link to any site... DELETE... Don't reply at all. the only thing they are looking for is your actual email address so they may spam you hard. Lastly always put it as anonymize when it comes to the email otherwise your will just get nonstop spammed.

                      Regaurds,
                      Dave

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        One more thing, just a little secret, I post every Monday and Friday around 6 or 7 am. Reason being, office workers, like I was, alot of the time don't want to be there those two days and are looking for anything else to look at other then work those 2 mornings. I normally do 1-2 legit estimates off of every post that i put on there.

                        Dave

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          I took the check and printed off all the emails I got from them and went to the FBI office. I doubt they will ever be able to get the guy.
                          Keep us posted if anything comes from this.
                          - Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
                          Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            This is a very interesting post.

                            I would think no matter what, don't deal with anyone for lawn care that is outside of the country. You may not want to deal with anyone you can't meet in person either.


                            What kind of problems can he run into, even giving his address?
                            I have a customer Ive never met im not saying it happens all the time and the whole time i thought it was some scam. But she called my number out of country left email, went to her house, told her how much, she sends checks via online BOA mail and pays before I do any service. So it can work. Spoke with her renter so that helped, I guess she normally live in California and has a rental here dnt ask me why.

                            My reason for posting was this. I put an ad out on craigslist a couple of times last week. I was thinking it was free advertising. However, out of the post I only got one legitimate response. Everything else was spam and this scam guy. So was wondering is graigslist really worth the hassle. Sure its free advertising but is it worth it really?
                            Ive also heard of people having great leads on craigslist but there are plenty of other free avenues of free advertising to go with. Blogspot, Google Maps, Bing, Yellow pgs, etc obviously some you can upgrade from free to paying but some how from shear dumb luck im on the first page of google maps listing (3-6 or so) on a google search. Maybe its cause I used blogspot as my listed website was all I had at the time. did that make sence?

                            Ive got more business from the free stuff then my website and flyers combined. You just have to be creative.
                            Colton
                            Mountain View Greenskeeper proudly offering yard care in the East Valley of Arizona.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              So far I have only advertised on Craigslist. I've made enough money to sustain myself so far.

                              Everytime I post I get replies. A lot of my regular customer I never meet, or have only met a couple times. I show up, mow, and leave a bill. I'm soon to change that, as I'm tired of the slow payers, but it works for me.

                              I haven't gotten any spam yet, but I'm also going to start telling people that I need payment up front. Even though I haven't been screwed yet, I don't want that day to happen.

                              Good luck!

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X