Posts Tagged ‘Craigslist scam’

SoCal Craiglist apt. scam

March 30, 2009

Someone in Southern California responded to a Craigslist ad for an apartment that turned out to be a fake.  However, this hasn’t stopped this person from getting harassed by fake apartment emails and phone calls.  The pleas have that telltale feel of Internet fakery, full of West African missionary work and mothers with lung cancer.

These things must work…

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Tax return Craigslist scam

March 7, 2009

Oregon man advertising tax preparation services on Craigslist is arrested for pocketing the money his customers sent him rather than preparing their taxes.   This wasn’t Gary Waite’s only scheme; he also advertised that he would help people pay their bills by obtaining a federal grant.

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Craigslist scam: fake pastor renting property

February 25, 2009

This is a variation of the fake rental agent scam except this time they are pretending to be a man of the clothe.  The Winnipeg police are warning people that a man using the last name of Strampher using Craigslists and other such sites claims that he is renting out property while he is away on a religious retreat.  He asks potential tenants to fill out an application and then wire money for a damage deposit. 

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Craigslist scam: $178k of stolen NASCAR tickets

February 15, 2009

A representative from FullThrottle Productions, an Austin Texas company, was looking for her shipment of NASCAR tickets for a March 14th race that never came.  FedEx said they had delivered the package.  Another FullThrottle Productions employee noticed that the tickets for that race were being sold on Craigslist.  The police responded to the ad, met the suspect and bought four tickets which they confirmed were from the stolen lot, they received a search warrant and found the rest the FedEx packages and other mail that didn’t belong to the suspect, Paul Michael Dejesus 21.  The total amount of stolen tickets was approximately $178,000.

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Craigslist scam watch: phony rental agent

February 13, 2009

Last month I posted about “Libra” a Florida woman arrested for re-posting Craigslist ads and claiming she was the agent for the house and getting interested parties to fork over a deposit that she never intended to honor.

Now comes this Sacramento area scam where a home-owner stopped by their house which they had up for sale and found squatters who claimed they had paid an “agent” $1,450 to rent the house.  The owners are allowing the squatters to stay until Feb. 15th.   The police couldn’t say if this scam was related to earlier one involving another property but that they were investigating.

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Craigslist scam: Chico man busted for Nigerian swindle

February 5, 2009

In a complicated scheme, someone in Nigeria supplied the suspect in Chico California with bogus checks and money orders that were sent to pay for goods advertised on Craigslist.  So not only would the person get the goods procured with the fake money but someone, not the suspect, would email the seller claiming they had overpaid for the items and then get them to pay back the difference usually to the suspect’s address.

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