Fake buyers on Craigslist.
Buyer emailed wanting to buy an item I had for sale. We emailed back and forth, buyer asked for my home address so they could get a costs from their shipping company. I did not want to give my address out until I knew it was real, so I gave them a restaurants address down the street. I then received a fake shipping company email from "FedEx." None of the emails matched up. The buyer then wanted me to give them my PayPal email so they could pay shipping costs and then have me pay shipping costs via Western Union.
Here is the string of emails. (my info is taken out for privacy, but the scammers info is left in):
Final email (from the fake FedEx account):
From: firstname.lastname@example.org; on behalf of; Fedex Freight <email@example.com>
Dear Megan _______,
We are in receipt of Barney Gabriella order to (BodyBilt Petite High Back Executive Office Chair).
We will like you to kindly confirm your address where the (BodyBilt Petite High Back Executive Office Chair), will be picked up. Below is the address given to us:
Full Name: Megan _______,
Full Address: ____ El Camino Ave., Sacramento, CA 95815 USA
However, we would like to know if the above address is correct and accurate so we can calculate the pick up and delivery cost.
For further information, Please reply to this message with any question you might have.
For World Wide Air Delivery
(email hyperlinked to: mailto:Expressmaildelivery@post.com)
This message may contain confidential and privileged information.If you are not the intended recipient you should not disclose, copy or distribute information in this e-mail or take any action in reliance on its contents. To do so is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful.Please inform the sender that this message has gone astray before deleting it.
Previous string of emails:
Am in 2455 Lexus Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80910,i trust your word and i believe what you have said that the unit is in good condition that is the reason have arrange for the shipping company that will come for the pick up,so once i have the address where the unit will be pick up i will forward it to the company to calculable the pick up cost for me..awaiting your reply
On Sun, Oct 7, 2012 at 3:27 PM, Megan __________ <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Youll have to excuse me but the way your email is worded, it sounds like a phishing email. To put my mind at ease, please let me know the name of the shipping company, Id like to see if I can drop it off instead of giving my address. Id be more than happy to send you some pics of the chair, or even take the chair unboxed to the shipping company so they can see the condition.
I do have another person interested, but you were the first to respond, so I will wait to hear back from you.
From: Barney Gabriella [mailto: email@example.com ]
Sent: Saturday, October 06, 2012 11:03 PM
To: Megan _____
Subject: Re: BodyBilt Petite High Back Executive Office Chair - $1000 (Sacramento, CA) Date: 2012-10-04, 3:53PM PDT
Thank you very much for the details. So Sad im buying this for myself(im an handicapped and i need it to move myself), for this reason, I will not be able to come and see it and i would have call but due to the nature of my health i can speak loader so am not using phone, but I will take your word that its in good condition. Just to let you know that you will not be responsible for shipping and handling. I have made an arrangement with a shipping company That will come to your location for pick up. Kindly provide me your full name and address, so i can forward it to the shipping company to calculate the pick up cost for me. Please get back to me as soon as possible.