Sunday, July 1, 2012

Updated Scammers List

Once again I'm trying to sell some items via Craigslist and the scams are pouring in. Since my last post on this has really seemed to help people, I thought I would make an updated list with some tips, the scammers email addresses, and a few sample emails. 

Red flags: 

  • The grammar is usually terrible.
  • They are buying your product as a "gift".
  • They use the word "item" - scams usually use an email template.
  • They want your Paypal info.
  • They want to pay you more than you're asking, to "cover" shipping costs.
  • They ask you to sign up for a different site. - They are trying to collect your personal information.

Tips I follow for using Craigslist safely:

  • Only deal with people locally. If you want a bigger audience, I suggest using ebay.
  • Only accept cash. 
  • Meet in a neutral place (not at your home!) where other people will be around.
  • If it seems too good to be true, it is!!!
  • The only personal information you need to give them is the color of your shirt, and possibly your phone number when you decide to meet in person.

Scammer email addresses:

Sample emails I've recieved:

letter from writes  - SCAM!!!
Good to hear back from you I'm in San Diego right now but I'll be leaving for London for a soccer coaching job in a 2days time.I want to buy this item for my son that is studying photography at a university in africa. .I'll have to add $120 for you to send the item to him as soon as possible through the USPS express mail international(ems)..I'll be paying you through paypal as soon as you make your decision i will pay you $750 for the item and shipments fee; it's secure and protects two parties in a transaction. Get back with the following information so that your payment will be delivered as soon as possible.Full Name:Full Contact Address:Tel Number:All this information should be provided correctly please to avoid wrong payment. I will forward my son's residential address to you for shipping as soon as the payment reaches you. I will be very grateful to hear from you soon.Best Regard - SCAM!!!
Hello I got your mail, I agreed with the fixed price, I am willing to offer you extra $50 for you to take the advert downso that i can be rest assured that am in hand of the item. Concerning payment, i will issue out a Personal checkor a Cashier Check. I have a liable shipping company who'd be responsible to come pick up the item at your place. Once you cash the check and get the money, the shipping company will come to your address to pick it up. If the condition is okay by you, please get back to me with the details as it will appear on the check, your full name, address, city/location, phone number and zipcode.Will be expecting your reply. - SCAM!!!
Thanks for your reply and am glad to know that it is still availablefor sale.However i have few questions on the product you are selling.1,I would like to know the reason you are selling it?2,What is the current condition of the item ?3,What is your firm price, though am okay with the listing price ?4,Do you have the original box and the receipt for it ?5,Do you mind if i pay you through paypal even though i would coverthe shipping because am currently not local at the moment,I am out oftown to visit my sick grandma and i would like to purchase this itemon behalf of my colleague as a replacement for her crashed computerbecause she did the same when i lost mine too.If you do not have a PayPal account, you can do so by going to and set up your account it is free,easy and guaranteestransaction safety.Once you send me your paypal email account, I willsend you the payment for your item as well as $100 USD to covershipping via USPS EXPRESS MAIL INTL.I would be glad if my request is favorably considered.Thanks

and the latest: - SCAM!!!
Thanks for the mail...I will appreciate more pictures..I am ready to buy it now for my son as a surprise promise gift,And due to the nature of my work,phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it.i would be glad to pay for it as soon as possible though i will not be available to come for an inspection due to my tight schedule.Kindly get back to me with the following questions below to this email address

1) What is the condition?
2) Are you the Owner?
3) Pick up Location?
4) Your Registered PayPal Name and Registered PayPal Email Address For Me To Proceed With The Payment?

I would be glad to make the payment immediately through PayPal so kindly get back to me with your Registered PayPal Name and Registered PayPal Email Address  For Me To Proceed With The Payment. You need not to worry yourself about title transfer and shipment,i will instruct the shipping company to handle that therefore in order to complete the transaction do get back to me with your Registered PayPal Name and Registered PayPal Email Address  and total cost so that I can make the payment asap. I will be waiting for your reply!
Thanks and God bless!!!

A new type of Craigslist scam that I have come across is Below is the email I was sent from :

Hey there

Just sold this to someone else, but I can tell you where I got it from.
I just picked up 3 of these from and I resold them for some extra money.

The trick is to watch for bidding to slow down and then put in a bid.  That's what I do and I win most of the time.

Sent from my iPhone

After some research I found out that is hosted in Somalia and that they collect your information when you sign up for the site. The number one clue for me was that they included a link in the email. NEVER click links in emails even if you think you know the source (like your bank) - just type it in a new tab yourself. 

Email addresses:

Be safe everyone!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

just cos I don't want to forget this quote

You cannot rouse the animal in a person and then expect it to be put aside at a moment’s notice.
-either said by a WW1 general or Russell Brand I cannot find a reliable source :)

Sometimes I feel like people expect this of me. A lot. It’s like they push me just to see how far I’ll go before I break.

Also, I think the Russell BRAND is insane for not capitalizing on his name as a brand. Just saying.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

On the vote to legalize gay marriage

Republican New York State Senator Roy McDonald,

"You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing," McDonald, 64, told reporters. "You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing. "I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I'm trying to do the right thing, and that's where I'm going with this."

Word Senator, word.

Friday, June 3, 2011

To those of you
who defend the defenseless
To those of you
who rage in the face of truth
To those of you
who think stoicism is noble

fuck you.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I've been doing a lot of research about organic food lately, or rather non-organic food, and it's making me kind of sick. It's making me sick that our government spends so much money on defense when really, we need saving from ourselves. Or rather from corporations. from soulless individuals. from the very science that often saves our lives. from greed.

I don't understand why the food practices that are in place aren't at the forefront of politics. I do understand though, I understand it's greed, I understand it's power and fear and secrets. So many secrets. It's not in politics because people are afraid of getting sued. The Oprah show was sued  in 1996 for having a man on who warned about the dangers of mad cow disease. Can I just say WTF?!?! How can you be sued for passing on information that might be vital to one's health? How can you be sued in AMERICA with our right to FREE SPEECH for exposing the health risks that food companies are exposing us unwitting consumers to? Oh, because the food company says so.

"Thirteen states to date have enacted "food disparagement" laws. Under previous laws, the food industry bore the burden of proof. In order to win a libel case, it had to prove that its critics were deliberately and knowingly circulating false information.
Under the new laws, however, it doesn't matter that Lyman believes in his statements, or even that he can produce scientists who will support him. The industry will be able to convict him of spreading "false information" if it can convince a jury that his statements on the Oprah show deviated from "reasonable and reliable scientific inquiry, facts, or data"--a legal standard which gives a clear advantage to the multi-billion-dollar beef industry, particularly in Texas cattle country --and particularly with respect to mad cow disease, an exotic illness whose characteristics continue to baffle researchers."

I know this is old news, but it's new to me and I'm mad that I'm being lied to every time I go in to a store or buy a product. I seriously doubt anything in my house (aside from the now organic food) does not contain harmful chemicals that are obviously being marketed as safe. 

I found this on a forum and I think it's a pretty good campaign for organic food all by itself (though perhaps with a little rewording):
"It appears the bugs and insects 
have more sense not to eat sprayed food. 
We humans have a lot to learn from them." 

Saturday, April 16, 2011


We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, 
but rarely admit the changes it has gone through
to achieve that beauty.

- Maya Angelou