• Report: #709539

Complaint Review: Tiffany Williams

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  • Submitted: Thu, March 24, 2011
  • Updated: Thu, March 24, 2011

  • Reported By: Kucher — Williamston Michigan United States of America
Tiffany Williams
1000 Quayside Ter, Miami FL 33138 Miami, Florida United States of America

Tiffany Williams Rick Belen in Massachusettes and John Larkin in Miami FL 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Loredo Miami, Florida

*Consumer Comment: How Do You Spell "Dumb"?

*Consumer Comment: Every Craigslist post...

*Consumer Comment: Sorry you were ripped

*Consumer Comment: Craigslist has nothing to do with Ebay!

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Found on Craigs List a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Loredo for $2,800.  Included was an invoice from EBay with an EBay # and stated that all money is protected by the EBay Financing Center.  The negotiated cost was $2,300.  Emails went back and forth with the seller for confirmation and comfort of the purchase for well over a week.  Upon receipt of the invoice (which had EBay all over it), we proceeded with comfort that this was legitimate.  We did everything possible to be sure that this purchase was legitimate.  We are proceeding to the police department this morning to report this transaction as fraudulent.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 03/24/2011 06:16 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Tiffany-Williams/Miami-Florida-33138/Tiffany-Williams-Rick-Belen-in-Massachusettes-and-John-Larkin-in-Miami-FL-2000-Jeep-Grand-709539. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

How Do You Spell "Dumb"?

AUTHOR: Jim - (USA)

I'll never understand what you people lack mentally to do something so stupid as to send your money off to somebody you don't know to buy a used car you've never seen or checked out. You've got to be out of your mind to even remotely consider such an absolutely industrial strength stupid transaction. And now you cry and whine because you got screwed! You set yourself up to be defrauded and they knew eventually some sucker would come along and very gladly, without the slightest bit of thought, send in their money. Absolutely incredible. I guess the elevator just doesn't reach the top floor. The lights are on but nobody's home.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Every Craigslist post...

AUTHOR: Flynrider - (USA)

  Has the following warning attached :

"Avoid scams and fraud by dealing locally! Beware any deal involving Western Union, Moneygram, wire transfer, cashier check, money order, shipping, escrow, or any promise of transaction protection/certification/guarantee"

  As I see it, you broke at least four of those rules.

  The police are not likely to be of any help.   If you used Western Union or Moneygram to send the money (which scammers always require), you basically sent untraceable cash to someone you don't know. 

  Most of the Craigslist posts that offer vehicles at well below their book value are variations of this scam. 

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#3 Consumer Comment

Sorry you were ripped

AUTHOR: Hillcrest motel - (U.S.A.)

I'm sorry you were ripped off, but I am afraid the police will not be able to help much.  The use of eBay 
to respond to a Craigslist ad is a huge red flag and is guaranteed to be a scam.  My local Craigslist has
so many of these scam car ads that I have to spend at least half an hour a day flagging them.  I flag
maybe 15 per day.  

Why they always seem to use $2800 as the price for these much more valuable
cars and suvs is a mystery, but I hope they keep it up.  Please pay attention to the large warning at
the top of each Craigslist page and deal locally only.   I will bet they made you wire the money, 
another sign of 100 percent scam.  Be glad that you lost only $2300!!
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#4 Consumer Comment

Craigslist has nothing to do with Ebay!

AUTHOR: MovingForward - (United States of America)

Why would you proceed with comfort?? There were huge red flags all over this deal right from the beginning.

All over Craigslist are disclosures on how to avoid a scam. Ebay has nothing whatsoever to do with Craigslist, they are completely different sites and different corporations with different owners. Next time read the rules of the site AND read the disclosures, they are there for a reason.

The number one rule on Craigslist is go to the seller directly and exchange cash for the item. In this case, you would have actually seen the Jeep and the title and done the exchange after you and your mechanic inspected the Jeep. Sounds like you did not do this at all. In fact, I bet you wired the funds without ever looking at the Jeep up close and personally inspecting it.

I hate to see people scammed, but you brought this on yourself even after all of the Craigslist warnings. Hopefully the police can help, but I doubt it. Don't be so eager to wire your money to a stranger next time. In fact, don't wire your money to any strangers at all.
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