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Monday, July 14, 2008

Robert Phillips Scam Artist

Name: Robert Phillips
Email: Honest12@fresnomail.com
Creep Factor: Very High. Scam artist pulls hearing impared card!

Craigslist User wrote:
Glad to have found this site. I posted an ad for two chairs on CL this morning, and got a response from a Robert Phillips, with an email address of Honest12@fresnomail.com. Anyone who feels the need to advertise themselves as 'honest' becomes immediately suspicious, lol! Needless to say, I deleted and blocked ol' Bob. He also had the nerve to tell me he's hard of hearing, and thusly was unable to speak over a telephone connection.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just got an email from this Robert Phillip too. I'm so glad I googled his email address. People like him suck! I'm selling a couch & loveseat and don't have time for crap like this. The email was as follows from Honest37@fresnomail.com. It says to reply to Honestsoul2020@gmail.com:

Hello, I'm Robert, I am satisfied with the description andcondition of the item listed above by you on the Ad, Pleaselet me know if the piece is still available for sale andkindly attach more pictures if available. I have a problemtalking on phone because I'm hearing impaired I look forwardto hearing from you soon.Robert..

Beware! Thanks, Maureen - Cleveland, OH

Anonymous said...

from Robert Phillips truevine19090@yahoo.com
reply-to Honestsoul3310@gmail.com
to ?????????????@gmail.com
date Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 8:54 PM
subject 1983 honda CM250 - $1000 (Fayetteville / Peachtree city)
mailed-by yahoo.com
signed-by yahoo.com

hide details 8:54 PM (36 minutes ago)


Reply




Hello, I'm Robert, 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.
Robert..

still at it, just a different e-mail address it seems. same scam I sent this in reply:

I said no scams do you really think I am that ***ned stupid. For god sakes a hearing impaired person would Never say "hope to *hear* from you soon" you jack ***.

Anonymous said...

from Robert Phillips truevine19090@yahoo.com
reply-to Honestsoul3310@gmail.com
to ?????????????@gmail.com
date Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 8:54 PM
subject 1983 honda CM250 - $1000 (Fayetteville / Peachtree city)
mailed-by yahoo.com
signed-by yahoo.com

hide details 8:54 PM (36 minutes ago)


Reply




Hello, I'm Robert, 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.
Robert..

still at it, just a different e-mail address it seems. same scam I sent this in reply:

I said no scams do you really think I am that ***ned stupid. For god sakes a hearing impaired person would Never say "hope to *hear* from you soon" you jack ***.

Anonymous said...

Ditto. Thanks for blogging this. Here's the email that I received for my stereo system (yes, stereo system for someone that's "hearing impaired")...

Reply to Email: Honestsoul3310@gmail.com

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
From: hamilton67 [mailto:hamilton67@zoho.com]
Sent: Mon 11/3/2008 6:25 AM
To: sale-903615311@craigslist.org
Subject: Kenwood Integrated Stereo System and 5-Disk CD Player - $100 (Lakeway - Bee Cave)


Hello, I'm Robert, 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.
Robert..

Carlos said...

I got a message from Robert Phillips (first email said Hamilton48) honestsoul3310@gmail.com
After expressing interest and telling us he is hearing impaired (that doesnt make you incapable of picking the item up yourself?) he wrote "I was made to understand that instead of the actual amount for the item, the bank made out check for $2,500. The payment was already posted...all you do once you have the payment is to take it to your bank and have it cashed and you will then deduct the money for your goods plus a $100 (the cost of running around). The excess fund on the payment will then be wired to my mover via
western union that same day" I wrote back and said deals off, and if you send someone to my house, I'm calling the police! How ridiculous! Carlos & Stephanie Aurora, IL

Anonymous said...

I just received several emails from him in regards to some of my son's used baby clothes we are selling. The emails read almost exactly the same as everyone else's do. I'm so glad something in my gut told me to check this guy out.

Mark Silverman said...

I just received an email from this person as well after posting on Craigslist. This time he is using the name "Robert Dash" and the email address Honestsoul3310@gmail.com

He sent the same message though: "Hello, I'm Robert, 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. Robert.."

I also got another from a "Richard Burrows" from the email address: rich.bull@live.com
He said: "Hi....
I will like to proceed with payment asap and will like to handle shipment myself when you must have gotten your cash at hand. I am in no rush to pick up the item till funds are clear at the bank. My mode of payment will be via Bank Certified Check. I will need your name and address with valid phone number to send the check to you.Kindly delete
the advert of this item if my mode of payment is accepted. I will await your email asap.Please provide your phone number!and i will be offering you $100 to your asking price so please get back to me with the asking price so i can send the check. Thanks"

Spread the word on this guy too. One by one we will expose them all!
Thank you for posting this information on the scammers. I too am glad I did a google search on "Robert's" email address and found this information. Great Job!

Anonymous said...

Just got an email from this guy too and replied back by mistake. I am glad to have found this site. He also uses ted8@klimi.zzn.com, calls himself Ted Smith. But his reponse email goes to Honestsoul3310@gmail.com.
WATCH OUT FOR HIM

Anonymous said...

Just got an email from this guy too and replied back by mistake. I am glad to have found this site. He also uses ted8@klimi.zzn.com, calls himself Ted Smith. But his reponse email goes to Honestsoul3310@gmail.com.
WATCH OUT FOR HIM

Anonymous said...

From: honestsoul3310@gmail.com

HE IS A SCAM ARTIST BUT READ HIS SWEET MADE UP STORY

Thanks for the prompt response to my mail. I will be buying from you
so please kindly withdraw the advert from CRAIGSLIST. Please be
informed that I will be paying with a check.Anyways, I'll not be
available for the pick-up due to much engagement with me this season,
but my intention is to hire a mover to pick it up.Please note 'UPS' do
not deliver to P.O.Box addresses.I will need the following details to
mail out the payment.

1.Name to be on the payment
2.Home address
3.Cell phone #

I am completely satisfied with the advert and the payment will be
delivered within 2-3 working days.** I use a hearing impaired phone #
and will receive your calls via email.Kindly delete the posting as am
totally committed to buying from you to save me cost.Until then remain
blessed and take good care of yourself for me
Thanks
Ted..

Anonymous said...

RE: honestsoul3310@gmail.com

I got the same email today about my furniture on Craigslist, but he's going by the name "Ted" instead of Robert. I replied to the first email and got this response

"Thanks for the prompt response to my mail. I will be buying from you
so please kindly withdraw the advert from CRAIGSLIST. Please be
informed that I will be paying with a check.Anyways, I'll not be
available for the pick-up due to much engagement with me this season, but my intention is to hire a mover to pick it up.Please note 'UPS' do not deliver to P.O.Box addresses.I will need the following details to
mail out the payment.

1.Name to be on the payment
2.Home address
3.Cell phone #

I am completely satisfied with the advert and the payment will be
delivered within 2-3 working days.** I use a hearing impaired phone # and will receive your calls via email.Kindly delete the posting as am totally committed to buying from you to save me cost.Until then remain blessed and take good care of yourself for me
Thanks
Ted"

edapoe said...

Got the same email from "Ted Smith" honestsoul3310@gmail.com. Glad I checked it out and found this site. I would like to know what scam he is pulling, what is he doing with the info?

Thanks for the prompt response to my mail. I will be buying from you
so please kindly withdraw the advert from CRAIGSLIST. Please be
informed that I will be paying with a check.Anyways, I'll not be
available for the pick-up due to much engagement with me this season,
but my intention is to hire a mover to pick it up.Please note 'UPS' do
not deliver to P.O.Box addresses.I will need the following details to
mail out the payment.

1.Name to be on the payment
2.Home address
3.Cell phone #

I am completely satisfied with the advert and the payment will be
delivered within 2-3 working days.** I use a hearing impaired phone #
and will receive your calls via email.Kindly delete the posting as am
totally committed to buying from you to save me cost.Until then remain
blessed and take good care of yourself for me
Thanks
Ted..

Anonymous said...

I'm also glad I found this article, as I had the same thing happened to me, the last couple days. Except this person's name was Ted Smith, email of HonestSoul3310@gmail.com. I was selling a curio cabinet. Same story here, he was also hearing impaired & could not speak on the phone, as well, wanted to to take a mistakenly drawn check he sent for $1500 & asked that I cash at my bank & keep $200 & the rest would be wired to movers. Uh yeah, right, I didn't fall for it!! It sounds fishy from the beginning, they must think people are very stupid.

Anonymous said...

Glad I found this article, as I had the exact same thing/email happen to me. This was from Ted Smith, HonestSoul3310@gmail.com. Beware of these people! They must think everyone is stupid, but the last laugh is on them.

Anonymous said...

Same thing happened to me, on the sale of pice of furniture, from a Ted Smith, honestsoul3310@gmail.com & a Nicole Wilson, life4realxxx@yahoo.com. I have reported both people to the police & also blocked them. What losers! Glad I found this website.

Brian said...

Name change again -- I just got a scam email from a Tommy Shoddy with the same story.