Can you get scam from buying something off Craigslist but send money through eBay?

Ok here is the deal... I'm looking for a car under $2000. So when I look on Craigslist I seen several cars that's 2002 and up under $2000. The description of the car seems like nothing wrong with it. Its a 2005 maxima with 89,000 miles on it. In the picture, it looks in good shape So I e-mail him and he said I will i have to pay the money through eBay moneygram... Now I was thinking on meeting up with him. But he wanted to do it through eBay... Do you think this a scam? I kinda think this is a scam..

1 year ago - 2 answers

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100% scam.

There is no car for sale. There are stolen pictures of someone else's car.

There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money.

The next email will be from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be "ebay" and will demand you pay for shipping fees, in cash, and only by Western Union or moneygram. Or the scammer will want you to "prove" you have the funds by sending cash to a friend and sending him the MTCN#. The scammer then uses the MTCN# to pick up your cash and disappear.

Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever

Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even partial sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

If you google "Craigslist car seller scam", "fake truck sale scam Western Union", "fake car shipping company scam" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.


1 year ago

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100% SCAM
Ebay has NOTHING to do with anything that is not listed for auction ON EBAY, you bid ON EBAY, you win the auction ON EBAY and you pay ON with your linked Paypal account. Ebay NEVER works with Craigslist for any reason - both Craiglist and Ebay warn about this exact scam

Craigslist is ONLY for face to face CASH transactions or you will always be scammed. NEVER buy anything from Craigslist unless you can meet the seller in person, fully inspect the item (if it's a car, have the mechanic of your choice inspect it), verify in person that the seller's ID is the same name as on the title and pay with a cashier's check from your bank or cash. Also with any vehicle sales always have the seller sign the title over to you in front of a notary for your own protection. If you don't want to carry cash, meet the seller at your bank

If you cannot do all of this you are either sending money for a car that doesn't exist, buying a lemon that might need $3000 worth of work (all person to person car sales are on an as-is basis) or buying a stolen car

by Kittysue - 1 year ago