How to Spot a Scam

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Classic Scam foiled by CL Scam Buster

Name: Robert Adams

Email: Ends with

CL Posting Location: Inland Empire, CA

Status: Buyer

Tactic used: Accidentally took out $2500 in the form of a "bank money order" to pay for a $180 item.


This person wanted to send a $2500 bank money order to pay for a $180 item. First the buyer said he had a hearing impairment, which would not let him meet in person to see and purchase item. In subsequent emails, the buyer said he was moving out of town/state and wanted to send a personal check. Then buyer changed story and said he accidentally issued a $2500 bank cashiers check to pay for the item, by claiming he did not realize the posted item was selling only $180. Furthermore, Mr. Robert Adams claimed the check would clear and to simply western union him the difference.

This is a classic if not played out scam. You must ask yourself, who in their right mind would send someone they've never met a check for $2500 to pay for a $180 item, and then expect the seller whom they've never met to send them the remaining balance via western union. DON'T BE FOOLED BY MR. ROBERT ADAMS TACTICS! HE IS A SCAM ARTIST WHO HAS BEEN EXPOSED!!

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Like many people I find Craigslist to be a great website. I really enjoy trading, buying, and selling with no fees. However, the same intagible qualities that draw me to craigslist also invite scam artists and cons who are looking to prey on honest hard working people. Many of these scams can be detected, however many people still lose hundreds of not thousands of dollars to these slimy and unsavory characters.

I created this blog site to expose the crooks and their tactics. I encourage you to share your stories and experiences with other people so that we may better serve the craigslist community, by making it a safer place.