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Old 05-13-2010, 09:42 AM
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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.

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

- On Sat, 5/8/10, wrote:

To: "Britney Jerome"
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.


- Britney Jerome 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.
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:58 AM
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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.

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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?

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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?
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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?
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