PAYPAL SHIPPING SCAM ON KIJIJI OR EBAY

 

The theme of this international move has been “the big purge”. Room by room, we eliminated things that we do not use. We also set the goal of “no storage” which means leave nothing behind. We are either going to use it in Tokyo, or it goes. The logic being that the boys are heading off to University in 3 and 4 years (scary) so that provides a simplification/downsize opportunity in the very near future.

This is no small feat when we are moving from a traditional big North American home to a place in downtown Tokyo and required a lot bid decisions – primarily around furniture. Over the last 8 weeks we set about selling off a few very big items, like our 10 piece, 100 year old mahogany dining room set.

Which brings me to PayPal and Kijiji. I like classified sites, they are very handy. But when you sell an item worth more than $1K it brings out the pond scum. In this case, the PayPal scammers. Here is how it goes … first they respond to your post with almost the same line every time (I had more than 10 of these):

From: sx1ra-373@yahoo.com

Anything to add or ads say it all?

The first time this happened, I threw in a few more pictures and some additional color. Here is the classic response or in one case, this was the opening email to me:

From: marmith2000-p@yahoo.com

Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2012 5:12 AM

Subject: Re: Reply to your “Elte Kitchen/Dining Table only 1 year old – as new – paid $5800.” Ad on Kijiji

I appreciate your reply, I’m very interested and I’m willing to pay $2900, The means of payment will be via PayPal and I’ll pay for any charges that may incur. I just relocated to United Kingdom and I’ll be needing the merchandise here. A shipper will come over for the pick up after you receive the payment.

I await pictures(if available) since I won’t be able to see this in person. What’s your paypal email address so that I can send the funds to you asap.

Mary

Which leads to the scam. They will then go into this elaborate scheme which can be broken down into the following steps:

1. They will send you a fake PayPal confirmation email that they have made a payment to you which you will get when they have received delivery with PayPal holding the money in escrow.

2. You must pay for the shipping to get the funds released, but do not worry because PayPal is holding your money plus the shipping fee.

3. You send the money and the whole PayPal email confirmations turn out to be fraud. You lose your money.

The best way to avoid it is in your online ad put at the end “No PayPal payments accepted”. It stopped all fraudulent emails.

In closing, my responses to the fraudsters:

From: sx1ra-148@yahoo.com

Anything to add or ads say it all?

Response:

That I will not take PayPal or ship to another country you pond scum. You should be ashamed of yourself. Just remember: what comes around goes around.

Share with friends. These people deserve nothing. On the plus side, we sold everything with only one item on Kijiji. Everything else simply through word of mouth, emailing a bunch of friends and letting everyone know. A friend tells a friend ….

UPDATE: Don’t tell the scammer to look at this blog post. Play with them. Mess them up. But don’t warn them.

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Comments

  1. Thank you for this article. We were just about to sell our dining room suite to a buyer on Kijiji when I decided to google the email address of the individual emailing me as it appeared to be copy and pasted. Your article popped up and saved us and was word for word what you had posted. I can’t believe these scammers are out there and haven’t been caught yet.

    Thanks again.

    • You are welcome. Unfortunately, they continue to thrive. That is one of the reasons why I never give AMEX or Mastercard grief when they lock up my credit card to safety check it. Fraudsters are everywhere.

  2. Thanks for posting this! “Marlyn” from marmith2000-ke@yahoo was just interested in my antique pantry that I am selling on kijii. And, word for word as above was written on my email! Wow, so glad I didn’t set up a paypal account and send it to her in the UK! I can’t believe how dishonest some people are!
    Thanks again!!! :)

  3. Big Thank You… This happened twice in a few hours and we came close to being a victim.

  4. Happened to me this morning. Felt there was something not right, so I googled the email address and up came your link. My email from them was word for word! Thanks for putting this out there.

  5. “Madonna” from marmith2000-ro@yahoo.com emailed me about some furniture as well. Unfortunately this is the THIRD fake scan one I’ve gotten since posting the stuff. For everyones information these are the other email addresses attemping this scam. “Lisa Macedo ” lisamadeira111@gmail.com and “Ashley Baker” ashley(ashley) leon.baker2@gmail.com. They even went so far as to use an email from “PayPal” that I have to say was very well done on their part. It had me going for a second. The first thing that tipped me off was the email domain jan5vivian@gmail.com; on behalf of; service@intl.paypal.com.

    So this gmail account is sending an “important” message saying I’m liable and could get in trouble with FBI lol on behalf of a large company like PayPal. and the final email is @emailaccount.com like really lol The wording of the message may have been quality but you can only fake an email address so far. I just wanted to share this so people can help protect themselves from other similar sscams.

    • The easiest way to stop it is to post right at the beginning of your ad (Or a line in) “Will not accept PayPal payments: cash only”

      I did not get a single additional email!

  6. I had a cherylsmoot@gmail.com reply to my ad in a very similar fashion as mentioned in the above posts. ‘Cheryl’ responded to my ad 15 minutes after it was posted. “interested in your ad, is there anything else to add?”. The second email “ok i just wanted to make sure nothing was left out. Happy to purchase at your asking price and do you have a pay pal account, as i will be paying the with paypal and have pick up done from your location as i am away at the moment, so email communication would do best for me now as well. In the meantime, can you send me some pictures? Regards

    Thanks for posting about this folks! It sure makes it easier to know that other people have experienced similar stories of crooked potential buyers.

    • I am extremely happy that I found this article, and that someone else received an email from cherylsmoot@gmail.com. I was just about send an e-mail for payment via paypal when I had a gut feeling to get the e-mail on google. I had the same exact experience as Jennifer above. I evan asked if she was ok with purchasing the furniture piece without seeing it in person, which of course they were…. Wow! I can’t believe these people exist. Trust Your Gut! If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

  7. Yes, we had cherylsmoot@gmail.com reply to our car add. We didn’t want to use paypal because of the fees. She made an excuse that she is in Malaysia. It seemed a little fishy from the start so we didn’t fall for it.

  8. cherylsmoot@gmail.com just replied to my car ad. Thanks for posting! I will ignore this one and not carry it further. Word for word with what Jennifr experienced.

  9. Cheryl Smoot at cherylsmoot@gmail.com just replied to my car add with the same crap.

  10. Same thing happened to me today, with a car on Kijiji. On the first email reply from Kijiji, there is a response link that you can report them. There is a link that says “If this reply is offensive, inappropriate, suspicious or spam, you can REPORT THE USER “. I did do that, but I’d LOVE to scam them back: “Just a $100.00 deposit will hold the item while we get set up.” I think I will play along and see if I can have some fun with it!

  11. Janet Ellis says:

    The same thing happened to me. I knew it was a scam of some sort…. sentences all run together etc. etc. I emailed them back, I do not have paypal, but will accept a certified cheque (which I won’t— not from them) and suggested they call me. Just trouble.

  12. Yup, same exact scam attempt, November 6th, 2012

    Pond scum lives!

    • they are not pond scum,they dwell way further below that. sitting at a computer all day probably making a decent “wage” off the people they scam.we just need to get more information out to people so it doesnt work.

  13. We had the exact same thing happen when selling our piano. The thing that stopped us was the request to forward $1100. to Western Union to pay for shipping costs. Of course they generously added the $1100 to the amount deducted from Mr. Baker’s PayPal account (which was held pending verification by PayPal). We immediately called PayPal and were informed this was a scam, and even though we told the fraudsters we knew is was a scam, they continued to send e-mails threatening legal action. I told them ‘go ahead’, PayPal and Western Union have been advised of this fraud and I didn’t get another e-mail from them.
    PayPal assured us they NEVER ask for $$$ to be sent to a third party and certainly never ask you to forward funds to someone for shipping. Seller beware – If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is.

  14. I did a search on ip adresses and who owns these accounts (leon.baker2@gmail.com) and the “internet” tells me its a Sharonda Feagin from Rochester NY.

  15. marmith2000-zb@yahoo.com had me going for a few days,but the second reply had me thinking……who would buy a used 3 ton truck and have it shipped to the philipines without looking at it? One thing for sure,they cant be too bright, the stories they tell are lame.Im sure they could do better than that. I asked for information to put on the bill of sale, name drivers licence,phone number etc , they sent me an address from london, it was some fashion shop i found out when i googled it…..too funny….anyway i sent them a nice farewell note

  16. same thing here today,thru kijji…leon ashley baker2…. would pay asking price by pay pal and even cover the charges.. and would send someone to pick it up…needs the guitar asap…. I figured something was wrong,, so i answered with send your friend with cash, but i did tAKe the time to send additional pics,, lol,,asking price,, everybody haggles on kijji… the line that got me was,,,“interested in your ad, is there anything else to add?”. lol..nice try

  17. morrey ewing says:

    Michael, its Morrey here. We came in to see you when you were still at Bell Canada. Just wanted to thank you for this warning. Almost got fooled by this and you have, at least saved us much time, distraction and aggravation. Thank you

  18. To whom ever it conserice

    Today someone tried to scam me on kijiji.ca and offered to buy my bedroom set and here is a copy of the email which I got from the pay pal ( or what should be an email from the pay pal)

    You have received a PayPal Payment of $2,600.00 CAD from Ashley Baker (leon.baker2@gmail.com).

    A temporary hold has been placed on this transaction!

    As mentioned in the receipt of Payment and as per New PayPal Payment policy, we have fully debited the total amount (above) from the buyer’s account which includes the buyer’s shipper’s pick up fees.

    In order to complete this transaction and get the funds approved in your account. You are to send $900.00 CAD to the shipping company through a Western Union Outlet, and notify our customer care service with a scanned copy of the western union receipt (It should be sent in JPG format).

    NOTE: This is important as a security measure to ensure safety of this transaction.Also an additional fees of $100.00.CAD has been added for the Western Union Charges by Ashley Baker.

    Please, find below the name and address of the shipping company’s agent whom you are to send the funds would be sent via Western Union Money Transfer.

    Click Here Locate Nearest Western Union Office

    Transport Company “Freight Forwarder”

    Name:Mohammed abdullahi rahaman
    Address:1 sentul condominium,
    State: Kuala Lumpur
    City: jalan sentul pasar,
    zip code: 5110
    Country: Malaysia
    Address Status: Confirmed https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/?cmd=p/pop/confirmed_address

    https://www.paypal.com/us/mrb/pal=KZAL42RVE3MQS

    Your Account will be credited accordingly upon the receipt of details requested. It should be sent in JPG format or send type details as:

    (1) Sender’s Name;
    (2) Receiver’s Name;
    (3) MTCN;
    (4) Amount Sent;
    (5) Western Union Receipt

    You may Click Here or reply to this message directly using the reply button in your email to submit the required information or to contact the PayPal Customer Verification Department and include either transaction ID or reference number (PP307) quick recognition of this transaction.
    Sincerely,
    PayPal.

    when I read (You are to send $900.00 CAD) I knew right away it is a scam
    be careful people this world is being full of bad guys these days

    • I posted an ad on Kijiji late last night to sell my cello. The minute I finished posting, I received an email asking “whats your final price?”. I responded right the way and went to bed. When I opened my email this morning, I saw the email replied by the same person at 4:04am. I was wondering where on earth this person is. I sent him/her email again and I haven’t received any reply yet. I am not optimistic.

      Then, I received an email from another person early this morning asking “Anything to add or ads say it all?”. Isn’t it familiar? Yes, it is from leon.baker2@gmail.com. At first, he used different email address on kijiji. After my first respond email to him, he replied with leon.baker2@gmail.com. He used a lady’s name “ashley(ashley)”, though. He did exactly what other people described earlier in this forum. He offered paying me in full for the cello. Here is the email that he sent me after I gave him a little more description of the cello:

      “Hi,i just want to make sure the ad complete and nothing to repair,i will purchase at your listed price,Payment will be sent using PayPal and i will handle the PayPal surcharge as well.I will arrange with someone to have this picked up from your location once i have paid as i am out of town at the moment.pls send me more pictures (if available) since i won’t be be able to see this in person,what’s the PayPal email to send funds to in order for me to pay you ASAP.”

      He kept on sending me emails asking me for my PayPal account. At last, I exposed his bad intention in my last email. He stopped.

      All scammers have something in common:
      1. They use camouflage – usually use lady’s name to make you feel comfortable, lower your defense and will eventually earn your trust
      2. They are not in town – make you mail the item or they arrange someone to pick up the item
      3. They do not bargain – pay in full to make you want to make the deal asap
      4. They pay through PayPal – push you very hard to let them send you payment immediately
      5. They make use of human’s greed and laziness – offer full payment and sometimes offer more; you just have to sit back and everything will be well taken care of

      There is no way to stop those online thieves. Avoiding them is the best way. My experience is – be very careful when you see things too good to be true. Be patient, take your time to do some smart research online before committing anything. Make sure you do not send out or let your stuff get out of your door before the payment is securely locked up.

  19. Pam Barry says:

    also beware of a new scammer,,, mrsmorrekristy@yahoo.ca trying to scam me for a guitar I am selling…

  20. Pam Barry says:

    and yet again… 3 scammers all going after me for the same item…. put this on the beware list as well.. some new email addresses popping up… sx1rb-c213@yahoo.com

  21. Gregory Andrew says:

    I posted an expensive item on kijiji.ca and leon baker ashley responded with exact responses posted here. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was that someone wanted to pay $14,500.00 immediatly for my item.. I googled the email address and found all you people! Thanks, people! So I sent back a reply: “You should ‘google’ your email address…you’re famous! A famous asshole, that is…” Thanks, again, everyone…
    Greg

    • You shouldn’t have done that. Now he will just change his email address .. And keep doing it

      • GreenEyes says:

        I totally agree. I have been on Kijiji for a few months and had really very good experiences so far. But as of recently I am selling a pair of rather expensive pre-owned boots and someone from a far away province contacted me, wants them right away for the wife and after a few mails I smelled the fishy aroma
        …same story…too good to be true.
        So I simply told him, if he wants the boots, only through eBay, that way both parties are safe during the transaction. Haven’t heard from him since…Bloody lazy creatures. If they would invest half the time they spend on scheming, actually working, they would be richer. But I guess a criminal mind is a condition….a way of life.

  22. There’s only one problem with this post:
    “The best way to avoid it is in your online ad put at the end “No PayPal payments accepted”. It stopped all fraudulent emails.”

    No, it doesn’t. It just puts Plan B in action. Now you will get ad replies like:
    What is going on just checking by. Saw yours and very interested e mail me as I have questions
    or
    Woah been lookin something like! Thanks for the honesty in the ad reply so I will know this is real

    They are all scam replies. None of them will mention exactly what they are interested in or what the ad said.

  23. A small revenge – subscribe the email to as many spam mailing lists as possible :)

  24. Here’s a twist I saw – I just had Virgini Eddy (one letter off the name of a wealth Doctor) and included a picture in the google mail icon that looked like a respectable 50ish woman. Then everything else was exactly the same as above.
    I love the idea of signing her into all the spam I can!

  25. Just got an email from Virgini Eddy — total scam

    • Oh Thank you Thank you Thank you! I’m actually emailing with Virgini Eddy RIGHT NOW!! It seemed too good to be true so I googled her and this popped up! Think you guys just saved me a big headache!!

  26. “Walcott Dean” is apparently emailing me from the ocean in the Navy. Stay away from that guy.

  27. I had exactly the same person Vigini Eddy , he or she is in China ..
    told him to stay in China , hope they treat him like he deserves .
    they skin dogs alive dont they over there .

  28. Yup same here ! Beware of coryjackman1@aol.com and Felicia Taylor goodlifege@gmail.com exact same m.o. as all the others trying to buy my car hahaha

    • Hello, just another ‘thank you’ for posting this information and the email name of coryjackman1@aol.com – I was contacted immediately by this address after posting a car for sale on Auto Trader. He’s still active in February 2014!

      • You are welcome. A community effort around educating people. Thanks for sharing your story – you are helping someone else out also.

      • Just had the same email contact me. Thanks for the info

      • Daniela says:

        Thanks so much for the info! I posted my car for sale and this coryjackman1
        2aol.com contacted me right away asking me to create a paypal account… It was too suspicious to have someone willing to buy a car without seeing it first… decided to google the email address and this is what I found! so lucky I didnt fall for it!

      • This is great! Just the same but for the fun of it, I just sent him a fake PayPal transfer confirmation. Ir drives him crazy that he don’t see it…
        P.S., with me he was a bit more sophisticated, starting his communication with text (I had my phone listed on AutoTrader) and then switched to email. He used a local number – (587) 779-8573

    • Thanks! me too that Cory Jackman just txted me for a car on kijiji/autotrader. Im glad i googled his email before replying back

    • Martin Zonneveld says:

      Thanks for the info. I also received an email from coryjackman@aol.com2aol.com March 13, 9:47pm. He contacted me right away asking me to create a paypal account which i also found suspicious. Who is willing to buy a car without seeing it first. I would like to know if there is anyway to make this persons life difficult considering they have tried to take advantage of so many people, any ideas?

  29. Sharron Carpenter says:

    Thank you. I received a reply from marmith-2000-40@yahoo.com and Googled it. That’s how I found this site. This morning I got one from exceedinggrace1-a701@yahoo.com. Tried to Google it but it doesn’t come up. They must have got wise and found a way around being checked out.

  30. Same scam coming from a melanie S. ( amevolomon@gmail.com) almost word for word. When i told her i dont have paypal, to send the money to the shipping company that she is sending to pick up the item and they can give me the cash, she sent another 2 emails explaining how to sign up for Paypal, insisting the transaction has to be done through them.

  31. Same scam here From a melanie S (amevolomon@gmail.com) immediately after receiving an email from cnderss-zqs@yahoo.com asking what the firm price was. Melanie S emailed directly yo my personal email though (idiot) and not through kijiji (idiot) so I knew that “Melanie” got my personal email address from the one before because my personal email isn’t in the listing (idiot). “She” wants me to ship it to China. I told her that lucky for her, they make everything in China anyways so she shouldn’t have trouble finding one there.

  32. just happened to me – thankfully i googled the email address……….. got two emails and dealt with both nicely…. CASH ONLY…. can we not report these to the authorities?

  33. Yes we just recieved not one but two of these idiots replies. First one is from a John Bernier33@gmail.com also uses Johnbernier2000@live.com then right after him we recieved email from cnderss-zqs@yahoo.com and then her reply was from Melanies S Melanie S [amevolomon@gmail.com]. Best to just say cash is king and if someone wants to buy something of such value it would stand to reason that they would want to come see what they are purchasing so my policy is also to ensure they come and view the merchandise first as well

  34. So its me again, these people are relentless and I have to say somewhat stupid. I changed my ad on Kijiji to say no emails they will not be answered and asked that people phone or text only. So first day was good was not bothered by anyone other then a couple legit calls. This morning my cell goes off and its a text message ..striked me odd because I am in Toronto and the number was from Quebec. Long way to travel for a piece of furniture. They asked me to call her husband or email her and she provided the email address. Keshiadavid@live.com …once again I searched the email address, well look what I found.

    Scammers!!! Named used “I am Keshia David”. They responded to a Craigslist add I have for my bunked. Why do people have so much time that they have the need to do this and waste peoples time.
    Message they sent
    “Hi, I am Keshia David. I’m satisfied with the price of this particular item and i’m really interested in buying it. I would have love to come for the viewing by the weekend, but My place is way too far from there in which i am located in London ON. So i thought of how to make this transaction work between us, which i came to conclusion with my husband to use a courier company to pick up the item from your place but we will send the money to your account first and after you get the money in your account, the pick up company will come to help us carry it. Since i’d not be seeing the item before i purchase it, i would like you to send some recent pictures of its present state to be sure you still have it and its in good condition. If the pictures pleases me, then we can go ahead with the transaction and will send the money to you without delay…. Lest i forget, i would be transferring the funds to you through PayPal. Please reply with your opinion ASAP Thanks.
    Keshia…………….
    Merry X-mas in arrears and happy new year in advance

    And someone else posted this which is pretty scarey stuff

    Yeah got the same kind of call from this girl. Turns out we gave her the item address. Funny conicidence the neighbour was robbed that night. Said she wanted to buy tools. Beware!Caller: 514-416-4314

  35. I received some scam e-mails from emsyntire01@gmail.com and exceedinggrace1-a96@yahoo.com and cnderss-ztm@yahoo.com and Jacqueline A all responding to my ad. All responses were the same as what has been reported here. The one thing I noticed from 2 of the responses was that they did not have the typical kijiji stuff at the bottom of the e-mail. It was just a regular e-mail with horrible spelling and punctuation. I responded to the first one and thought something seems strange. I told her that I do not deal with paypal and would take cash or e-mail transfers only. She wrote back again and said she could not possibly do an e-mail transfer because she does not have access to internet. WHAT?!! Don’t you need internet to use paypal? And she is out of the country, so no cash. Alarm bells are starting to go off. Not only that but she is responding to my ad on the INTERNET?!! And that’s when I received the 2nd e-mail identical to the first one. This is when I started to research kijiji and e-mail scams. This is so absolutely irritating!! All we want to do is sell our furniture to someone else who needs it! PEOPLE GET A REAL LIFE JOB!!!!! The other 2 response were very simple. Just asking What is the best price? and Any information?. I thought these were legitimate until I read the stories on here.
    Thank-you

    • I should start a new thread on all of the unclaimed funds that I am piling up all over the world. Even the BBC is giving away money these days!

      Hello,

      How are you doing.

      We have not heard from you for quite sometime, hope you are fine.

      We want to inform you that you have forget to collect your funds of $2,500,000.00 from the BBC FINANCE DEPARTMENT.If otherwise, kindly update us of the present situation.

      Expecting your immediate response.

      Regards,

      Dr Barry Groot

  36. Another day another scammer. Latest telephone number that I am recieving text messages from is 587-779-7093 and the email address wyatta80@hotmail.com.

    • Totally just dealing with this guy right now. He’s “overseas” right now but will send a shipping agent to come pick it up..pfft.

  37. Wow, glad I googled johnbernier2000@live.com, thanks for posting this! Just got this loser giving lame excuses about not having cash or online banking, paypal only.

  38. Well I thought I would let the week roll by before posting again …Still have not sold my couch (drag) however I have accumulated a bunch of scammer email addresses to share with everyone …,hoping it will help someone. Here you go

    johnkody22@gmail.com
    hu.james0004@gmail.com
    nancyjames21@live.com
    kellymikky@gmail.com
    rose.king447@gmail.com
    ericbelley299@gmail.com
    morgankele1990@live.com
    wyatta80@hotmail.com
    keshiadavid@live .com
    johnbernier50@hotmail.com

    Hope this helps anyone that happens to come accross this idiots.

  39. I just received a reply from johnbernier200@live.com with the exact same line.. I insisted on PayPal because i’m not with the premises to pay you cash and don’t have access to my bank account online as i don’t have internet banking and i can’t go to the bank due to the nature of my job, but i can pay from my PayPal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it, i will need you to give me your PayPal email address so i can make the payments asap for the item and please if you don’t have PayPal account yet, it is very easy to set up, go to http://www.paypal.com and get it set up , after you have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you use for registration with PayPal so as to put the money through.
    then proceeded to tell me that it would be picked up by his transport company.. I didn’t feel good about this so I googled his email and found your site.. thank you so much you just saved us 1500.00 which is what we would have lost

  40. Thanks for the info. I’m selling an expensive ring on Kijiji and received a text from 587-779-7093. I decided to Google the cell number and it brought me here.

  41. Selling my sideboard/entertainment unit on Kijiji. Just received a text from phone number: 514-437-0509 and email address: nancyjames21@live.com. This is a scam. Beware!

    • It sure is and you can swear and curse at them and you can put in bold letters no emails or text messages phone calls only and they still keep trying.. they are relentless

  42. 1/2) Marathon Truckboss Bought May 2013 still available for sale? Email me only at goodlifege@gmail.com to have deal. Pls dont reply text 8:52 PM
    (2/2) due to the nature of my job.Thanks.Felicia

    I appreciate your prompt response, I am buying It ASAP for my cousin
    residing in Nova scotia as a surprise. I wont be available by myself
    for inspection due to the nature of my work and present location. I
    will like you to email me with some close up shots of it and will
    arrange for it to be picked up by a pick up agent who will be coming
    for the inspection and pick up at your place once the payment clears,
    I will also be paying you through Paypal which i believe is safe and
    secured for both of us and I will also be responsible for the charges.
    All I need from you now is to get back to me with your Paypal email
    and name or send me Paypal invoice so that I can send your payment
    ASAP. What is your final asking price?

    Just want to be sure about the sale before i proceed and If you need
    to reach me, send me an email as i Squeeze time every four-hours to
    check correspondence and respond at the same time.

    Thanks

    Thanks for the Heads up

  43. nancyjames@live.com try to scam me too, she said that she was in halifax (i’m located in quebec) and she will send me the money via paypal and have a pick up cie to send the item loll first attemp was by sms i try to call back and the line cut after 6-7 ring haha what are those people thinking? that we go ahead eyes close? thanks for this site, and beware of kijiji, this seems to be the scam palace now….

  44. nancyjames@live.com try to scam me too, she said that she was in halifax nova scotia- too far to come view item!!! (i’m located in quebec) and she will send me the money via paypal and have a pick up cie to send the item ..Exact same shit!!!! texted me first from a Montreal based phone number!!!..Yesssss Beware!!! # 514-437-4541- ASKING IF MY ITEM WAS STILL AVAILABLE AFTER JUST POSTING IT AND HER AND HER HUSBAND ARE INTERESTED AND IF I CAN CALL OR E-MAIL HER HUSBAND!!! STUPID CRAZYYY PPL OUT THERE!!!:(:(

  45. Same thing happened to me with nancyjames21@live.com

    The “wife” msged me from 15144168140 asking if my dining set was still available and started emailing me wanting it shipped right away. They wouldn’t do email money transfer and made me set up a paypal account. They sent the money right away and didn’t tell me they wanted it shipped until the money was sent. The husband kept calling me from this number 5396646516 pushing me to drop everything and go make the payment for the shipping right away. This is what the paypal email looks like. As well as they were over paying me $400 for the dining set.

    You have received an instant payment of $1,751.35CAD
    A temporary hold has been placed on this transaction, please complete it soon!

    As mentioned in the receipt of the Payment and as per New PayPal Payment policy, we have fully debited the total amount ($1,751.35 CAD) from the buyer’s account which includes the buyer’s shipper’s pick up fees..

    In order to complete this transaction and get the funds approved in your account, you are to send $579.00 CAD to the shipping company through a MoneyGram Outlet, and notify our customer care service with a scanned copy of the Money Gram receipt

    NOTE: This is important as a security measure to ensure safety of this transaction.

    Please, find below the name and address of the shipping company’s agent whom you are to send the funds to via Money Gram Transfer.

    Click Here Locate To Nearest Money Gram Office

    Transport Company

    Address:

    Name: Houston Bolton
    Address: 28. Ring Road
    City: Glenwood
    State: lllinois
    Zip Code: 60425
    Country: U.S.A

  46. nancyjames@live.com try to scam me too, she said that she was in halifax nova scotia- too far to come view item!!! (i’m located in quebec) and she will send me the money via paypal and have a pick up see to send the item ..Exact same shit!!!! texted me first from a Montreal based phone number!!!..Yesssss Beware!!! # 514-437-4541- ASKING IF MY ITEM WAS STILL AVAILABLE AFTER JUST POSTING IT AND HER AND HER HUSBAND ARE INTERESTED AND IF I CAN CALL OR E-MAIL HER HUSBAND!!! Sad:(:(

  47. Selling a custom framed picture and nancyjames@live.com sent me a few emails and text the same thing. She or he almost scammed me but my gut feeling was right. First thing she was real desperate for this item and when I mentioned I had another buyer in edmonton (which is where I am from) asked me to send a money gram to the courier and they would pick it up. Then Paypal would deposit the money. Warning sign was if I live in edmonton and the live in Halifax why would I send money to Houston Bolten in Glendale Illinois. I googled it and came to Michael’s site.
    Thank you for your post. You saved me a lot of money! My item is now on kijiji updated as no PayPal and only local buyers!

  48. Please add the name Jamesprice577@outlook.com to the list of email addresses that are using the PayPal scam. Currently, he is in the Alaskan oilfields and is very happy to purchase a car, unseen, from Toronto, Canada and make arrangements to have it shipped to as of yet, an unknown destination. I have decided to have some fun … will let you know how it proceeds. I am wondering if it would be worthwhile to set up a fake website that could be used to direct scammers to? Is there an opportunity to give them the run around?

    I have also received a phone call from the following number : 702-567-8812, which has also been identified as another scam for those that are trying to sell vehicles. Please disregard this number if it contacts you.

  49. nancyjames21@live.com did this to me as well. First sent me a text in response to a sideboard I posted asking me when the “viewing” was for this item….I thought it was weird, I mean, I was selling a sideboard, not having a funeral. Then I got an e-mail that was exactly the same as the post above, that she lived in Halifax, and wanted it couriered. I knew something was fishy then, I live in Niagara, and the cost of shipping would be more than the asking price! So I googled the address and this came up. It’s annoying, and you feel sort of violated because you give your e-mail and phone number, and now these douchebags have it. I’ve taken my phone number off of kijiji now. The less information they have the better.

  50. OMG- thank gosh for this thread!!!!!!! rose.king447@gmail.com tried to scam me. I only notice something was fishy when i noticed that the email had changed from rose.king121@gmail.com to rose.king447@gmail.com so i googled it and here we are. Yikes.

    • I just got scammed by rose.king447@gmail.com as well, tried to buy something from me off kijiji and made it look like there was a payment coming from paypal but before I could get the money that was sent I had to forward her a shipping payment of $500…SCAM!

  51. Laurence Perry says:

    From: Casey Bernard
    To: craigslist 4347989351
    Subject: Re: ANTIQUE BRONZE BUDDHA HEAD
    Date: Feb 24, 2014 8:54 PM
    Thanks for your reply,

    Has you can see, I have agree with the price you listed and i’m going
    to proceed with the payment for the item, So i will be glad you
    provide me your PayPal email address where to pay the money and also
    your home address where to come and pick up the item, also i will
    contact my agent who will become for the pick up item.

    Thanks for your understanding,

    Regard,
    Casey Bernard

  52. sent as a reply phone number and a name from:

    http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/financialcrimes/

    And….. they called….

  53. K barton says:

    Received this today. Spoke to our local fraud department at the O.P.P. They took all of the information from me. The emails became harassing.

    Here is a copy of the second last email
    As regards my previous email, I’ve stated/ clarified to you that I
    have limited access due to my present location. Thanks for getting
    back to me in timely Fashion. I should have been the one worried about
    this Transaction reason that my account has been debited already with
    the total sum of $1,279 and cannot be reversed since it has been
    approved and confirmed by PayPal. So in this case, be rest assured
    that everything is working accordingly, I have been a PayPal member
    for past 8 years and I never had any reason of changing my Payment
    method due to the fact that PayPal is number one auction Payment
    method worldwide. They as well protect their buyers and sellers from
    being scammed due to numerous fraud alerts. You are on a safer side.
    Kindly get the money sent and email PayPal with the Western union
    details in order to get your pending funds of $1,279 without any
    further delay.

    Here is the last email
    The Transaction cannot be canceled or reversed.I should have been the
    one worried about this Transaction reason that my account has been
    debited already with the total sum of $1,279 and cannot be reversed
    since it has been approved and confirmed by PayPal. So in this case,
    be rest assured that everything is working accordingly, I have been a
    PayPal member for past 8 years and I never had any reason of changing
    my Payment method due to the fact that PayPal is number one auction
    Payment method worldwide. They as well protect their buyers and
    sellers from being scammed due to numerous fraud alerts. You are on a
    safer side. Kindly get the money sent and email PayPal with the
    Western union details in order to get your pending funds of $1,279
    without any further delay.

  54. K barton says:

    Sorry should have put their email in the above post
    From Casey Bernard
    hu.james0004@googlemail.com
    +1 (817) 945-7784

  55. I am in the middle of this scam – I’m glad I checked. We listed a trailer in Calgary, Alberta and she called my father’s cell (I posted the ad for him) and asked for us to e-mall. They are going by Amanda Stevens and the e-mail is amanda29296@outlook.com – she claimed to be based out of Halifax, but then referenced CDN money as CAN, which also tipped me off. If you’re from here you know the acronym for Canadian funds. They do provide info for how to ship it via money gram, can we not bust them on that end?

  56. Thanks I have 2 emails from persons waiting for my kijiji item from Cape Breton! I new it was a scam!
    hu.james0004@googlemail.com
    janeherich21@outlook.com
    Thanks for the heads up.

  57. beatrizandre@outlook.com – same exact scam, thanks everybody for the great info, $550 for monrygram!!

  58. Thanks for the info guys. Got the same – claims to be located in Nova Scotia, but with a U.S number: 5396646516. goes by the email: annelinzy@outlook.com.

  59. Hi everyone, Felicia Taylor just emailed my boyfriend to but his car. She is still very active but under a different email address. It’s not hrtpridehey@gmail.com. Her email was the same as the one listed above. I’m so glad I Googled it first!

  60. Felicia Taylor just emailed me regarding a campervan I have for sale in Nova Scotia, but now she’s using goodlifewai@gmail.com. REALLY glad I checked “her name + scam” in google to be safe.

    First I received a text (do not respond via text due to the nature of my job etc), then an email:

    I appreciate your prompt response, I am buying It ASAP for my cousin
    residing in Ontario as a surprise. I wont be available by myself for
    inspection due to the nature of my work and present location. I will
    like you to email me with some close up shots of it and will arrange
    for it to be picked up by a pick up agent who will be coming for the
    inspection and pick up at your place once the payment clears, I will
    also be paying you through Paypal which i believe is safe and secured
    for both of us and I will also be responsible for the charges. All I
    need from you now is to get back to me with your Paypal email and name
    or send me Paypal invoice so that I can send your payment ASAP. What
    is your final asking price?

    Just want to be sure about the sale before i proceed and If you need
    to reach me, send me an email as i Squeeze time every four-hours to
    check correspondence and respond at the same time.

    Thanks

  61. El Frankyto says:

    i’Ve been contecting from Keshia david ; who is a scam too! here’s his message!

    Thank you for getting back to me. Can you assure me that i will not be disappointed with it. I’m ready to pay your asking price, i’m buying this for my son.I would have love to come for the viewing by the weekend, but My place is way too far from there in which i am located in yukon in canada So i thought of how to make this transaction work between us, which i came to conclusion with my husband to use a courier company to pick up the item from your place but we will send the money to your account first and after you get the money in your account, the pick up company will come to help us carry it. Since i’d not be seeing the item before i purchase it, please provide me with the address where it will be picked up so that i can forward it to the shipping company to calculate the cost of pick up for me.i’ll be waiting for the address where the item is so i can send it to my shipping / pick up company for the calculation of there fees and i’m sure they will get back to me soon. So about the payment i will like the payment to be made via paypal online secure payment . So i want you to get back to me with your verified PayPal Account Email Address And your full Name Please include your email address in your reply for effective contact,So that i can Deposit the funds now and if you don’t have one you can get one done at http://www.paypal.com and with that i can have a good transaction.
    1.The lowest you can go for the price
    2.Your PayPal Full Name
    3.Your Paypal E-mail address.
    4. Your phone number.
    5.remove the item on kijiji.
    Best Regards,

    LOL

  62. New one for the list: 5144374329 uses email linapaul2003@outlook.com and 5144374946 keshiadavid22@outlook.com

  63. It was the same with the following email address: Felicia Taylor goodlifehi@gmail.com

    I appreciate your prompt response, I am buying It ASAP for my cousin
    residing in Ontario as a surprise. I wont be available by myself for
    inspection due to the nature of my work and present location. I will
    like you to email me with some close up shots of it and will arrange
    for it to be picked up by a pick up agent who will be coming for the
    inspection and pick up at your place once the payment clears, I will
    also be paying you through Paypal which i believe is safe and secured
    for both of us and I will also be responsible for the charges. All I
    need from you now is to get back to me with your Paypal email and name
    or send me Paypal invoice so that I can send your payment ASAP. What
    is your final asking price?

    Just want to be sure about the sale before i proceed and If you need
    to reach me, send me an email as i Squeeze time every four-hours to
    check correspondence and respond at the same time.

    Thanks

  64. Felicia Taylor got to me today. Phone 9092537727 and goodlifehi@gmail.com

  65. a new one linapaul2003@outlook.com 5144164406 I received an sms this morning about a motorcycle i have to sell on kijiji. Thanks for this web page who confirm me what i think…

  66. Just had a scammer try and get me on Kijiji. I was selling furniture and they said they would pay full price, use Paypal and have shippers come get it after I received my payment. They said they live in Milwaukee and just relocated. I live in Ontario. I was very suspicious and asked about the shipping company. They said Air Freight and gave a number. The number is a voicemail and not a business. I told them it was not valid. They said it was and I never heard back. Bottom line, use your gut. If it seems suspicious it probably is.
    Btw, I found their name on another website for people to keep away from. Here is the name and email so you can red flag it…Jacqueline A” <jaaron90@gmail.com.

  67. Wow, I’m glad I looked it up. linapaul2003@outlook.com is out to get more people, including myself!

  68. This scam is going strong. I knew it. Good ol’ Felicia Taylor (goodlifehi@gmail.com) just responded to my car for sale ad and because of the “out of town” and “paypal payment only” crap I thought I’d google her name and your thread popped up. So shameful. Is there nothing we can do, legally, to stop these animals? Thanks so much for the heads up. I really hope that others follow their gut instincts and do their research. KARMA is watching all. These criminals should take heed…


  69. “Felicia Taylor” is also at goodlifeyu@gmail.com

  70. I also received an email from j.lee07@outlook.com. Same sort of scan! Bunch of scums!

    • j.lee07@outlook.com appeared to be a genuine buyer of my vehicle off of cars.com—-but it’s the same ol same ol. Can’t trust anybody. And what’s funny is that they think they’re so smart. Don’t SELL ANYTHING to j.lee07@outlook.com.

      • Ivorytickler30 says:

        Yup. Same thing here. Now I’m disappointed. Thought I was finally going to sell this car of mine. My gut immediately told me that this was a scam of some kind. Why would he offer my asking price sight unseen? Ah well. I think I did the right thing by saying I don’t deal with PayPal. So glad I found this blog. Cheers and good luck to everyone.

  71. Melanie Bourassa says:

    Posted my items yesterday morning at 10h.

    At 11h45 I got a text msg from 514-437-3229, which is a Montreal Area Code.

    Here’s the text:
    Hi, do you still have your item listed in furniture on kijiji for sale? Its urgently needed please call my husband or email me back at (angelinafred@outlook.com)

    So I sent her an email and here’s her reply:
    Thank you for getting back to me. Can you assure me that i will not be disappointed with it. I’m ready to pay your asking price,I would have love to come for the viewing by the weekend, but My place is way too far from there in which i am located in yukon in canada So i thought of how to make this transaction work between us, which i came to conclusion with my husband to use a courier company to pick up the item from your place but we will send the money to your account first and after you get the money in your account, the pick up company will come to help us carry it. Since i’d not be seeing the item before i purchase it, please provide me with the address where it will be picked up so that i can forward it to the shipping company to calculate the cost of pick up for me.i’ll be waiting for the address where the item is so i can send it to my shipping / pick up company for the calculation of there fees and i’m sure they will get back to me soon. So about the payment i will like the payment to be made via paypal online secure payment . So i want you to get back to me with your verified PayPal Account Email Address And your full Name Please include your email address in your reply for effective contact,So that i can Deposit the funds now and if you don’t have one you can get one done at http://www.paypal.com and with that i can have a good transaction.
    1.The lowest you can go for the price
    2.Your PayPal Full Name
    3.Your Paypal E-mail address.
    4. Your phone number.
    5.remove the item on kijiji.
    Best Regards,

    Who in their right mind would pay for furniture and get it shipped to Yukon and have a Montreal phone number?

    I googled Yukon Pay Pal Kijiji and find this site!

    Thank you for letting us know!

  72. Mary also wanted to purchase my bed using paypal. She has a new email address but the tone and jist of the message are the same.

    do not sell to marycole0057t2@gmail.com

  73. audrey levasseur says:

    Felicia taylor just messaged me in regards to my winter tires for sale. the # she text from was: 289-351-5501. then she asked me if the tires were still available and to answer thru email. then I got this:

    I appreciate your prompt response, I am buying It ASAP for my cousin
    residing in Ontario as a surprise. I wont be available by myself for
    inspection due to the nature of my work and present location. I will
    like you to email me with some close up shots of it and will arrange
    for it to be picked up by a pick up agent who will be coming for the
    inspection and pick up at your place once the payment clears, I will
    also be paying you through Paypal which i believe is safe and secured
    for both of us and I will also be responsible for the charges. All I
    need from you now is to get back to me with your Paypal email and name
    or send me Paypal invoice so that I can send your payment ASAP. What
    is your final asking price?

    Just want to be sure about the sale before i proceed and If you need
    to reach me, send me an email as i Squeeze time every four-hours to
    check correspondence and respond at the same time.

    Thanks

    Felicia Taylor (hrtpridehey@gmail.com)

  74. Amazing, just had same scam message from laurenqeb@gmail.com
    Thanks for your mail. I will appreciate more pictures .. I am willing
    to proceed with the purchase and due to nature of my work ,I will not
    be able to come for an inspection or call because of my tight work
    schedule, But will be happy to pay for it as soon as possible.

    *Kindly back available to me with the following questions below:

    1) Are you the owner?
    2) Pick-up location?
    3) There are no other problems with the item not mentioned on ad
    4) kindly remove the ad off

    I would be happy to complete the payment immediately via PayPal and I
    will have my Transport Agent come over for pick up after payments have
    been completed and confirmed by you and i will be responsible for any
    PayPal charges. I insisted on PayPal because i don’t have internet
    banking but my bank account is linked to my PayPal account.

    You do not have to worry about transfer of property ,title or
    ownership, My Transport Agent will take care if that and sign any
    document needed,

    *All i need needed to proceed with payment is as below

    PayPal Name:
    PayPal Email Address:
    Final Price:

    I will wait for your reply

    I live in Ireland, this is worldwide

  75. Thanks. I also received scam emails from: jaaron90@hotmail.com, ryanatwood1112@outlook.com and ismoj80@hotmail.com.

  76. Thanks a lot for sharing!!! my ones are: jaaron90@hotmail.com and delilahrichmond55@outlook.com

  77. thanks they are still at it jaaron90@hotmail.com and vicoriiaroland@yahoo.ca
    thanks Micheal

  78. Very useful, thank you for posting. I am selling my car and I got the same answer:

    “From: Felicia Taylor (rtgbnmk@gmail.com)
    rtgbnmk@gmail.com

    I appreciate your prompt response, I am buying It ASAP for my cousin
    residing in Ontario as a surprise. I wont be available by myself for
    inspection due to the nature of my work and present location. I will
    like you to email me with some close up shots of it and will arrange
    for it to be picked up by a pick up agent who will be coming for the
    inspection and pick up at your place once the payment clears, I will
    also be paying you through Paypal which i believe is safe and secured
    for both of us and I will also be responsible for the charges. All I
    need from you now is to get back to me with your Paypal email and name
    or send me Paypal invoice so that I can send your payment ASAP. What
    is your final asking price?

    Just want to be sure about the sale before i proceed and If you need
    to reach me, send me an email as i Squeeze time every four-hours to
    check correspondence and respond at the same time.

    Thanks”

  79. lucy.davidson01@outlook.com another scammer right now she is trying to buy a speaker i have for sale

  80. here is the email she just sent me when i pretended to go along with it

    I have just completed the payment and you must have been notified in your email about the payment i made Via PayPal,Kindly check your e-mail inbox/junk/spam folder for confirmation of payment, I transferred a total sum of $1,275 Inclusive of the Shipping charges. I added the amount of $415 paid Via PayPal, you will have to send $415 as an Upfront Payment to the Pick Up agent via Money Gram so they can make arrangements for the pick up date and exchange time Officially. PayPal won’t credit the funds until they receive the Money Gram information from you due to Transaction Safety Tips regarding excess payments made for the Pick Up/Shipping charges. I will need you to send the $415 to the Agency Headquarters where they confirm all commission payments via Money Gram Transfer.

  81. i replyed with this

    u want me to send u 415 dollars ?? are u kidding me why would i send u money when im the on selling the item. u think im crazy

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