Ripoff Report - Scam Alert
I have a cellphone on craigslist for sell and received an email from Patrick Ellis (email@example.com) saying he wanted to buy it for full price.
He said he'd mail a check and ask if I would send the shipper their portion of it and offered me a $100.00 for my gas, time and troubles. When I received the check it was followed by instructions to send to shipper as follows:
Send money to:
3209 Central Parkway
Southaven, Ms 38672
1: Sender's name and address used in sending the money
2: The reference number which is the eight digit number on the money gram receipt
3: Actual amount sent after money gram charges
4: date and time you want shipper to come over for pick up
At the end of each email was always God bless you well may he be with you for the life your living and may he ( Bless those you've screwed over ).
He had said he was going on his honeymoon and that's why he wanted me to send the money to his shipper because the cellphone was a surprise for his wife to be.
When I went to cash the check I was told at the Cashier that the check was false.
I have tried to contact the company from what the check was stolen but I have had no luck.
I haven't yet been able to contact the USPS either for info on where the package was originally sent from, to know where the check came from.
I am also considering contacting the bank the check was written off of.
If you see a check where the micro print border is just a fine line instead of a security print, beware your check may be false. Don't accept checks or money orders when you sell online. Always meet in person or use Pay Pal.
(ALWAYS BE SURE THE SECURITY MICRO PRINT IS THERE IF IT ISN'T IT'S MORE THAN LIKELY A FAKE )
There are several complaints on the internet from Patrick Ellis, he also uses, two email addresses be on the look out for these email addresses: (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com)
He also has scams for costumer service jobs, be on the look out and don't be a victim.