How to Spot a Scam

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Westjet Airline Scam

Thank you to Hucky Duck for posting this scam.

6/26/08 Hucky Duck wrote:
People are selling Westjet credits on Craigslist. Westjet credits are transferable. My friend found an ad for a Westjet credit of $700, and he was selling for $600. She contacted him, and she offered $500. With no hesitation, the guy agreed. So he asked her to meet him at Metrotown Mall in front of Yogen Fruz. She waited for the guy and he never showed. He called her from a "private" number and then told her his son had some trouble in school, but his friend would meet her at Lougheed skytrain station. So she drove over there, and some guy met up with her, he called Westjet from his cell and transferred the credit to her name, and then she called Westjet to confirm the credits were in fact in her name, and WJ confirmed the credits were now in her name. She paid him, and about an hour later, Westjet called her to tell her the ticket was purchased that same morning with a STOLEN credit card, and they just found about it, so the credits she had would not work. Although my friend did in fact make a mistake, I just want to point out, why the heck does WestJet sell a ticket that day, and when someone calls back the SAME day to cancel the ticket, and DOES NOT want a refund (if the purchase is within a 24 hour period, they are entitled to a refund) and insists on a credit, THIS SHOULD RAISE RED FLAGS!! Apparently a year ago, some con artist ripped off 50 people with this scam, and Westjet said they would put more controls into their system to stop this from happening.. Obviously they are doing nothing.

Anyhow, my friend called Westjet and complained, and she was told it is her fault, however, they were willing to help her out a bit.. anyways, lesson here is, be very cautious about buying credits and gift cards and that sort of thing from Craigslist.

Saturday Night Live (SNL) Scam

The following e-mail was sent by craigslist user

6/26/08 User wrote:
I was visiting New York City and wanted to go to Saturday Night Live. There was an ad on Craigslist for two tickets, for which we paid $100 each.

Saturday Night Live DOES NOT SELL tickets. You can't buy them. There were two other couples that showed up that same night and bought them from the same guy.

He is heavier set and sort of "artsy". He said he was in the theater business and this is why he had access to these tickets, which he had gotten as complimentary because of his contacts (since they don't sell tickets).

Tutor Scam

Another variation of the wire fraud scam comes to us today from Bakersfield, California that is targeting teachers.

An ad is placed from out of state asking for tutoring help for a child saying that child will be in town for a few days and in this case offering $400. When the teacher or whomever replies to the add is sent a $1500 check and asked to wire back $1100.

Big 'ol red flag right there.

Never wire anything. Local only and cash only if at all.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Robert Adams gets reported

After numerous scam emails and fake checks, our good ole' friend Robert Adams has been reported to the FBI. A huge thank you to the Craigslist user that sent this new update.

Craigslist User wrote:
Robert has been in contact with me this week as well. I tricked him into going to a website (so he could download what he thought was a western union reciept) and I got his IP address. It traces back to Nigeria. I filed an online complaint to the FBI, although I haven't even cashed his phoney check. I have seen this as a scam from the beginning, but I have done what I can to waste his time.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Say No to checks and money orders

As scam artists continue to troll Craigslist many people are subjected to fraud on a daily basis. If you receive an email from someone who insists upon sending a check or money order, a red flag should go up immediately. In almost every case this favored type of purchase is a scam and should be avoided at all costs.

For the benefit of those who are unfamiliar with this classic scam, here is a break down of how it works.

Step 1: The buyer initiates contact with the seller and insists upon sending a check or money order.

Step 2: Once the check or money arrives it will mostly likely be significantly more than the seller's asking price.

Step 3: When the seller deposits the check/money order it clear initially. This may go undetected by the bank for a number of days. The seller may think the check was legitimate and may end up spending funds that do not exist. Once the bank finds the error/fake check or money order, THE SELLER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MISSING FUNDS!

Step 4: The Buyer requests that the extra money be wired via western union, money gram, or possibly even bank wire. Now we are at the heart of this scam. At this point, you must ask yourself who in their right mind would trust a total stranger to wire them "extra money?" Sadly many people fall victim to this tactic with little to no recourse. Remember once you wire/send money via Money Gram its gone forever.

IMPORTANT TIPS: Be very wary of buyers who claim they have a security/shipping/moving company that will stop by and pick the item up. This is a classic ploy used by Nigerian scam artists who will make up any excuse to not give their real mailing address. The buyer may even use false pressure tactics to lure the seller into wiring money to the shipping company or to the buyer faster. DO NOT BE ANOTHER VICTIM! EXPOSE THESE CRIMINALS AND THEIR SHADY OPERATIONS!!

Another Robert Adams Sighting

Big thanks to Craigslist user Evan for updating us on are good friend Robert Adams. It appears "Mr. Adams" is up to his usual tricks. Too bad he does not know our movement is growing!

Evan Wrote:
Thank you for posting this! I received an email today from "Robert Adams" - almost identical to what you've posted. Fortunately, I am not a trusting sort, so I did a bit of searching and found your site. I had already replied, accepting his offer, so I sent this addendum: "Please ensure that your check is for the exact amount ($500), neither more nor less. It is my policy, when doing business via craigslist, to simply destroy any check that I am sent for an incorrect amount and to cancel the transaction. I am sure that you understand, and will be able to comply without any difficulty." We'll see.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Mrs. Amttha Kenzo

Name: Mrs. Amttha Kenzo


Tactic Used: Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), West African "woman" trying to funnel her late husbands wealth out of the country before her relatives get wind of her operation.

From:Mrs. Amttha Kenzo
My Dearest , I am the above named person. I am married to Mr. Acqush kenzo who before his death was a wealthy cocoa Merchant here in Cote d'Ivoire. We were married for 25 years without a child. Before the death of my husband we were both born again Christians.

My Husband left the sum of US$3.8million United States Dollars in a fix/suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Cote d'Ivoire. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not exceed more than five more months due to cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my blood pressure sickness. Having known my condition I decided to seek for your kind assistance to transfer this fund into your account and you will use it to train my adopted daughter who is 16yrs. You will take her as your God child and brought her up in a good and decent manner with what my late husband left behind.

I took this decision to contact because of my condition and for the facts that my husband relatives wants to size everything and throw my adopted daughter out of the inheritance. So I want to use this little time I have to achieve this arm before joining my ancestors.

Please indicate your interest and willingness in this transaction by writing back to me through the above email address. I want your maximum cooperation and keep this as confidential for security reasons.

I am sincerely waiting for your kind and urgent response as soon as your receive this mail. Thanks and God bless you.

Sincerely Yours,
Mrs Amttha Kenzo

CL Scambuster wrote:
Oh you poor feltcher. I cannot believe a sad tale you tell. It's so convincing! Gosh to think that an unsolicited could be so beneficial for me. This is the greatest email I've never asked for, yet I received it today. I almost deleted your message because it appeared in my SPAM folder, but I thought no wait, maybe this is important. Sure enough I was right, your story of me getting rich and funneling money from people I've never meet is truly appealing. I believe this is my opportunity to help you. You failed to mention what happens to your daughter. Does she come with this deal as well? I have plenty of chores that would keep her occupied for hours on end. Did you raise her to clean? Or did you raise a princess that believes everything should be handed to her? Is she hot? You seem very genuine, or as one can be in an unsolicited email. I look forward to hearing more about you. So please give me more information about yourself.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Another Charity Scam

It seems nothing is beneath scam artists. Again here is another example of how shady these characters can be.

Name: Hussein Ali


Tactic Used: Alleged cancer patient trying to move an unbelievable amout of money from his country to another. Of course he has no family to trust, so he is now putting all his faith in a total stranger through an unsolicited email. Notice the attempt to garner sympathy by insisting his affirmation in God, while subsequently trying to rip people off.
Hussein ali wrote:
Dear Friend.
As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry forme, because, I believe everyone will die someday. My name is hussein ali,a pakistan but a merchant in ghana, in the africa.I have been diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer which was discovered very late, due to my laxity in carrying for my health. It has defiled all forms of medicine, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts.I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone not even myself but mybusiness. Though I am very rich, I was never generous,I was always hostile to people and only focus on mybusiness as that was the only thing I cared for. Butnow I regret all this as I now know that there is moreto life than just wanting to have or make all themoney in the world. I believe when God gives me asecond chance to come to this world I would live mylife a different way from how I have lived it. Nowthat God ! has called me, I have willed and given mostof my properties and assets to my immediate and extended family members and as well as a few close friends. I want God to be merciful to me and accept mysoul and so, I have decided to give arms to charityorganizations and give succour and confort to the less priviledged in our societies, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth.So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the to go,cote d'ivoire,mali. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot dothis my self anymore. I once asked members of myfamily to close one of my accounts and distribute themoney which I have there to charity organization andto the less priviledged in outside africa, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them. The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of twenty four million dollars that I have with a Security Company in here in ghana for safekeeping. I will want you to help me collect thisdeposit and disburse it to some charity organizations and to the less priviledged. send me a mail in my toindicate if you will assist me in this disbursement. I have set aside 15% for you for your time and patience.While I await to hear from you , may God be with youand your entire family. Remain blessed.
Mr hussein ali

I wanted to see where this would go, so I replied to "Mr. Hussein Ali"


Mr. Ali wrote:

Let me use this time to brief you more about me.
ABOUT MYSELF I was born and bred in pakistan, My father had two wives and six children. I am the first born of my late father and the only child of my mother. My father was a master in the Oil Field and had a large business empire in late sixties and early seventies. I lost my father at the age of 23yrs. after which I took over his business as the first child and the only educated child. I made my first $12M dollars at the age of 23the same year after I lost my Dad in an oil deal with AGIP. I was married to "Late Patience" and God blessed us with a daugther who is equally married and stayswith her husband somewhere in Algeria. Things were actually going well with me (business wise) but mybrothers has never been happy with my progress, and for that reason I have never been kind nor had theopportunity to extend alms to the needy even with all my achievements and wealth not until this period when God has really touched my life, and I have come torealize that money is not everything in life. It willbe better for me to lose all and gain my Soul ratherthan to gain all and lose my Soul. I have been touched by the holy spirit and want to use this little opportunity to extend my warmth kindness to the people of the world through you."open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plea the cause of the poor and needy".

MY ADDRESS: I am presently in Snow white Specialist Clinic located around accra tema,"Snow white Special Clinic". The doctor(Dr. Anur Sally) is very popularly known and he has been my very good friend for years and has been very nice to me. I must be very sincere to you. You are the second person after my daughter that I am telling where I am. The things of the Lord shall forever remain real. Let us join hands and fight the battle to save the "souls"of the righteous.
Please respond with your name in full, your telephone number and maybe your contact address.
Meanwhile, before we commence I would like us to enter into an agreement stating that you will use the 85% for the Charity Work and 15% will come to you for your time and effort. This is for us to have trust and confidence in one another since we have not met eachother before.
I look forward to a fruitful relationship between us and I pray to meet with you before I finally depart view attach picture

Here are the list of charity organisation,take your time to study them
Blessed Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity –Founded by Mother Teresa in 1950 in Calcutta which wasthen a city of 3,000 slums and an estimated 200,000 homeless people. Helping the poorest of the poor, and especially those most unloved and unwanted. Has grown to 710 missions worldwide, with 4,000 nuns and morethan 100,000 lay workers to operate homes for Aids,leprosy and tuberculosis patients, as well as soupkitchens, orphanages and schools.
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – It isrepresented in 158 countries, and fights for basichuman rights for children, including education,immunization, and exploitation of children. (Website:
World Food Program (WFP) –Set up in 1963, WFP is theUnited Nations frontline agency in the fight againstglobal hunger. In 2002, it fed 72 million people in 82countries, including most of the world’s refugees andinternally displaced people. (Website:
United Nations Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) – TheOffice of the UNHCR was established on December 14,1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. Itsprimary purpose is to safeguard rights and well-beingof refugees. Today, it is one of the world’s principal humanitarian agencies, helping some 20 million peoplein 120 countries. (Website:
Medecins Sans Fromtieres (MSF) – Doctors withoutborders – is an international humanitarian aidorganization that provides emergency medicalassistance to populations in danger in more than 80countries. (Website:
Caritas Internationalis – is a confederation of 162Catholic relief, development and social serviceorganizations working to build a betterworld,especially for the poor and oppressed in morethan 200 countries and territories. It is one of theworld’s largest humanitarian networks.
(Website: Catholic ReliefServices (CRS) – CRS was founded in 1943 by theCatholic Bishops of the United States to assist thepoor and disadvantaged outside the country. CRSprovides direct aid to the poor, and involves peoplein their own development, helping them to realizetheir potential.(Website:
St. David's Relief Foundation St. David's ReliefFoundation6114 Brenhaven RoadArlington, TX 76017
Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced bythe devastating war in Bosnia and Croatia. The victimsof this war are for the most part women, children, theelderly, and the physically and mentally handicapped.They have been removed from all that is familiar andhave nothing St. David's mission is to providetangible humanitarian aid to the people of Bosnia andto assist in reconstruction. St. David's works inconcert with the Franciscan Friars of Bosnia,recognized Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) fromother nations, as well as assisting local reliefagencies. St. David's is multi-denominational and isnonpartisan in its relief. The aid is distributed inareas of need without regard to race, ethnic,national, or religious persuasion. St. David's ReliefFoundation provides evidence to the people of Bosniathat they have neither been forgotten, nor forsaken.
The "BETHESDA" Project Human Development Project forOrphans and Street Children. An emergency povertyrelief operation near Mostar, Valley of Bijelo Polje.
Mary Mother of Peace-Medjugorje CharityC/o Bernard and Claudine Dussert8617 Irvington AvenueBethesda, Maryland 20817-3603, USA
The humanitarian non-governmental organization (NGO)MMP-MC, Inc is a mission-based 501(c)3 tax-exemptnon-profit charitable organization helping warorphans, homeless children, poor families and refugeesof all faiths improve their living and educationalconditions and regain dignity, with special focus onthe Balkans --especially Bosnia and Herzegovina, andCroatia-- and Afghanistan, especially women andchildren. MMP-MC participates in the Combined FederalCampaign of the Washington Capital Area underdesignation # 7825. Donations are tax deductible.
Please advise me on this and please do not hesitate toinform me if you have other areas you are looking atmore especcially in your country.
find the attach picture and please do not for one dayhave pitty for me but pray for my soul

3....I want toinform you that the fund has been transfer to theSecurity Company in ghana West Africa.This is due toenable me sign all legal documents required from me toaccomplish this project,I want to use this chance toremind you that you should always pray for me becausei will soon be taken to the Teather for my medicalsurgery.I may survive in the surgery and i might notsurvive in surgery.But before i go to the teather forsurgery,i shall give you my doctor phone number andhis private email address so that you can reach himabout my surgery if i survive or not.I will also givehim all your contact and everything other thing ishall let you know before i enter teather. Dont disappoint me in this project because all my trust is in you and i hope you increase your effort more inthis project so that God will reward you after all youdid in this project.

You should Contact the Security Company immediately,Contact :
Hon.Dr.sunday.g.paul(General President of All ExcutiveMembers Of International DiplomaticsService/CitizenBanks/Fund/Financial SecurityCompanies West Africa Region)phone number :+233,243750076Efax: +233 245254016Email Address:
Email This Message to the security company :

Always Communicate with them by Email,Fax and Phonefor security reasons and for confidential reasons.Contact The Security Company so that they will start the procedure and process needed.
I want you to know that i have forward all the legal Documents the SECURITY COMPANY required from me asthey told you.
I have attatched to you my picture as you asked.
I will soon be taking to the THEATHER for my Surgeryand i beg you to always pray for my life to God sothat i may survive in it. I notify my lawyer today tosend a will and other of my legal documents with him to the SECURITY COMPANY for them to take note thateven if i didnt survive in the Surgery they can alwaysaware that you are the beneficiary of the FUND which will be use for CHARITY/ORPHANS AND THE POOR PEOPLE.

You should not disappoint me or fail to finish thi sproject that God will reward you for this Good work. So send this Deposit Certificate To Them so that they can continue with you for the release of the fund.
I am now in pains and i am seriously down in the sense that i want this project to be done as i wish.
Always Communicate with the SECURITY COMPANY on phone and by email,and please always call them so that theywill be given you the procedure and what exactly to donext.
Thank you and God Bless You.Hussien ali

I love Nigerian broken English and grammar.

CL Scambuster wrote:
Yes Mr. Ali, I know what you mean. I've had this rash that's been killing me lately. I've even talked to Doctors from Nigeria to see if they could help me, but sadly none of them can. So tell me more about your daughter, is she hot? What does she have to say about you not giving her the money? I don't want her to be mad at me, you now how women get. Who is "Last Patience?" It sounds like a song by Gun's N Roses, I like that song, its very melodic and touching would you agree?

I've never heard of any of the charities you listed, which is funny because I use to live in Bethesda, MD. Have you ever been the United States? Our economy is in a bind right now, and with your money you would get a great deal here right now. You could go shopping, meet women, go site seeing, all that stuff. Too bad your dying right now. Which brings me to my other point. How is it possible that you have enough strength to email me, but not enough to just send me money. You better be legitimate in your claims, or so help me I will come down on you worse than your "cancer." I don't want to have to involve other strangers to get your money, but I WILL IF I MUST. So you know that I will be honest with it.

Once I get your money how should I spend it? I would like to install a jeigermeister machine in my house, or possibly a starbucks machine. Do you drink coffee? You must have had a long strange life, probably doing Pakistani stuff right? Well take care, you better not die before I get your money because I will haunt you in the afterlife. I'm not joking. You will find no peace! Take care and try to go in your sleep, I hear its better that way.

Life is Short.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Help the Charity Scam Exposed

Scam Artists Name: Jeff Brown

Email Address used: ,

Tactic employed: "Terminal Cancer Patient" that needs help getting $50 millon out of his country.

Additional Comments: This is a sick example of how slimy these bottom feeders are. Posing as a cancer patient to swindle money out of people is disgusting and a slap in the face to real cancer patients and survivors. Your's truly (CL Scambuster) has lost many relatives to this horrible disease, and to think someone would make it up to con people is simply the lowest of the low.

Jeff Brown Wrote:
Dear sirAs you read this, I don't want you to fell sorry for me; because I believe everyone will die someday. My name is Jeff Brown a merchant in Dubai, in the U.A.E.I have been diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer. It had defied all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few Month to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my live as well as I never really cared for anyone (not even my self) but my business. Through I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this: as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the word. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this word I would live my live a different way from now I have lived it. Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family member as well as a few close friends. I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to give also charity organization, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to: some charity organization in the U.A.E, Algeria and that my health has deteriorated so: badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once asked member of the family: to close one of my account and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore as they seen not to be contented with what I have left for them. The last of my money which no one knows of is the Huge cash deposit of (fifty million dollars) $50,000.000.00 that I have with a Financial/ security company abroad. I will want you to: help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity organization You can contact via my personally email address below God be with you.

CL Scambuster wrote:
Dear Jeff, You poor soul, it must be hard not trusting people. I don't trust doctors, especially when I get my yearly check up. Do you turn your head and cough? So please tell me, how did you make all your money? What kind of work were you in? Did you have to turn tricks? I bet you must have at some time, gosh what a sad story you tell. When were you diagnosed? You realize that using the word God in your email is serious, and if you are not telling the truth, you will burn in hell right? I want to believe you, but we have just met now.
What does your family do? Did they show you how to turn tricks? Are you from a circus family? I like the circus, it makes me feel young and full of life whenever I go? I bet you are not full of life right now, and you will probably never see a circus again. It's sad to see great human beings die before there time. Do you believe in the law of attraction, because I do it really works. Just the other day I got some unexpected money and though wow I would love to get more. Now out of the blue your unsolicited email appears in my inbox. How crazy is this? That a dying man like yourself who should also probably have ball cancer writes to me. Let me do what I can for your and your "cancerous" self.

Will keep you posted on further developments.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Multiple Layer Scam Exposed

Scam Artist Name: Robert Miller

Scammer's Email:

Tactic Used: A multi layered scam involving a fake shipping courier demanding money be wired to them.

Hello,Good Morning I saw the advert of your item on the website and i decided to make enquiries about the item , the present condition is ok by me , and i will like to know if it needs any adjustment,.i will like you to get back to me with your full details where the check will be mailed out to such as follow.
Full name that will be on the check. Your full address okay not And your state and city and zipcode Telephone number.
i will like you to get back to me with all this information so that you can get the check this week without any delay and i will like you to know that the payment will also comprise of the shipping fund and when the check clears in your bank then my shipping company will come for the pick up okay.

After receiving this unsolicited email, yours truly decided to meet the beast head on. Here now is how this scam got foiled.

Scammer Wrote:
Hello, Thanks for the mail , i will like yo to understand that the courier service will not deliver the payment in to p.o Box that is why i said your full address is required, Moreso the check will also comprise of the shipping fund of Handbag and some other item ui have to pick up in the state, AS o kindly get back to me with your full details where you want the payment to be made. Thanks

CL Scambuster Wrote:
How much you sending? What bank are you sending the check from? Why can't you send to p.o. box? Remember you need to add for postage so total is $140.

Rober Miller Wrote:
Thanks for your mail,i will like you to keep the item off the market and considered it sold to me ok and the payment will get to you latest on wednessday ok.

Now notice how this scammer has yet to give his real name. So far he is sticking to the scammer protocol.

CL Scambuster wrote:
Forgive me I've never heard to a courier service not delivering to a P.O. Box. Maybe you should get a new one. In the meantime. Here it is my address like you said. Please send me the money. My assistant will take over as I am going on holiday.
Keith B. Bolcar
11000 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90024
So how much did you send? What is your address?

Now it's worth mentioning that The address I gave "Mr. Miller" is actually the FBI field office address in Los Angeles. Let's see if Mr. Miller takes the bait and sends a fake check to the FBI.

Robert Miller wrote:
Hello, I Just want to notify you that it was due to the Memorial Holiday that delayed the payment, but am sure it will get delivered to you tommorow morning , So i will like you to stay at home for the check to arrive and i will like you to get back to me as soon as you recieved it for further instruction okay.Thanks

CL Scambust wrote:

Rober Miller wrote:
Thanks for the mail , i want you to understand that am still interested in buying the item, and the payment had already been sent out to you but the payment was sent to wrong zipcode before but it has been resent out now and you will recive it soon. Am sorry for the late payment. Thanks

Again note how this scam artist dodges the questions I pose.

CL Scambuster wrote:

Robert Miller wrote:
Am really sorry for the late payment, , here is the tracking # via fedex courier service 799862438341 and get back to me as soon as you recive it tommorow morning. Thanks

Finally CL scambuster's pressure tactics have worked. My jedi mind tricks succeeded and Mr. Miller actually sent a fake check overnight to the FBI.

Mr. Miller has his fake courier company contact me asking that I wire them the remaining balance via Western Union or Money Gram. Mr. Miller has yet to give me his real address, instead he has someone else contact me and asks to wire them money. I quickly tell them to kick rocks and I have not heard from them since.

In short BEWARE OF ROBERT MILLER and his tactics. His pathetic scam has now been exposed.

New Scammer Murphy James

From: Fellow Craigslist user

Scammer Name: "Murphy James
Scammer's Email:

Here is a new one From: "murphy james"

Tactic Used: Hit and run. Once follow up email fails this scammer simply goes quiet.

I have posted an item 4 times over the last year. 4 time I have gotten the exact same inital and followup e-mail no matter what my responce is. When I refuse to use his method of payment "while i will love to send your fund via alertpay"... he dissapears.


It appears that our good ole' friend Rober Adams just cant help himself! He is back again and trying to scam people out of money. Paul, a fellow craigslist user sends us this tasty tid bit.

Hello. I found your BLOG on a search of Robert Adams and Craigslist. I am in the middle of negotiations with him, knowing pretty darn well it was a scam. He claims he is going to send me a check for my piece of furniture, but am waiting for the whole "I sent your $2500 by accident"

Here is the first email I got from him:from

I am satisfied with the description and condition of the item listed above by you on the Ad, Please let me know if the piece is still available for sale and kindly attach more pictures if available. I have a problem talking on phone because I'm hearing impaired I look forward to hearing from you soon.RobSo I responded back with what pictures/angles do you want?Here is his response:I'll send you a check from my bank to cover the cost as I'm happy with your early response.anyway, I'll not be available for the pick-up of the item because of the nature of my job so i got the services of a mover whom will come for the pick up of the item on my I'll like you to provide me with the following information so as to expedite the payment for the item.1.Your full name to be on the check2.Home or work address3.Your phone number4 The final priceAs soon as you have cashed the check I'll make arrangement with my mover to come over for the pick-up. Pls do me a favor of removing the Ad from CL as I'm committed to buying it.Have a nice day.Still awaiting final outcome...STAY AWAY FROM ROBERT ADAMS