I responded to an ad listed on Craigslist for the purchase of a 2000 RV, specifically a Jayco 2000 Designer. The seller advised that he or she transacted business through Amazon Payments, a highly regarded and well known division of Amazon.com. I checked (via internet) Amazon Payments and learned that they have a buyer protection program that provides assurances that buyers money is held until buyer receives merchandise and advises Amazon Payments that the receipt is satisfactory and then authorize Amazon Payments to release buyer funds. With a reputable firm like Amazon handling a transaction, I followed the directed emailed to me and wired $5900 to a bank in England (Barclays or something like this).
I received a confirmation email indicating funds had been received and that the transaction was being authorized. I contacted "seller" and advised him or her of transaction and requested delivery information. I was advised that the vehicle would be delivered on July 3rd. When it was not, I contacted "seller" again and was advised that delivery was delayed and would take place on July 4th. It wasn't.
I contacted Amazon.com and Amazon Payments customer service and requested their investigation since I had received a "guarantee" from them. They advised they had no record and suggested we had been victims of fraud. I contacted Amazon.com and Amazon Payments again and requested access to their fraud division and was sent a terse reply that said too bad about the experience but we have no role in this--even though the correspondence I received via email had addresses like amazon,com or amazon payments.com. The fact that this information was being used convinced me the transaction was reputable.
Buyers should beware of advertisers on craigslist who use reputable firms as shields for their crimes. I am reporting this incident to craigslist as well.