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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tyler Skall Scam Artist - Austin, TX

A Craigslist user sent this warning about Tyler Skall.

Name: Tyler Skall
Email: ends in fresnomail (be wary of people with this email)
City: Austin, TX

On 7/14/08 Craigslist user wrote:
I have also gotten two responses from fresnomail. I'm waiting to see if they are legit or not. HOWEVER, on another item I was selling on CL, I got the following set of emails from one Tyler Skall at a gmail account:

1)Item Still For Sale ?

(I replied in the affirmative.)

2)How are you doing? I would like to let you know that I have gone through your posting and ready to buy it. As far as there will not be any repairs on it, I am willing to offer you a sum of $170 for the item so that it could be packed properly, and the payment will be made through (USPS Money Order, delivery of cash) (Standard 2 Days delivery Service including money order tracking number provided by the USPS).. I am purchasing it for my friend's daughter wedding which coming up on the 19th July, 2008.

To proceed with the payment I will need your mailing address, city, zip code, state and likewise phone number. I also have a prepaid account with UPS or DHL which will take care of the shipping charge, so you will not need to pay for shipment. I will be looking forward to hearing you...ASAP

(Who goes on CL to buy a used home theater system as a wedding present, offering almost the full retail price PLUS shipping??? (Note: I was only asking $100, and it doesn't take $70 to pack it properly.) Also, all of the seemingly contradictory statements about the payment style and strange verbiage tipped me off, so I asked where he was located.)

3)Ohio and i will be handling the shipping myself via my account with UPS or DHL so, kindly get back to me with your full name and address so that i can proceed with the payment and you can get the item ship out today .... ok???

(The slightly more aggressive tone of this email and his uncertainty how he wanted it shipped clenched my decision to end the transaction by telling him I only dealt with local buyers.)

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is exactly what happened to me but with John Mark Jmark48@fresnomail.com. Here is what he wrote:

Hello i really appreciate your response to my earlier mail.like i said i will like to buy this item so pls do withdraw the advert from Craigslist. I will also like you to know that i will be paying via check due to the distance as i am located in Florida.I will need you to provide me with the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check.

1.Your full name
2.Your mailing address be it residential or postal address
3.Your phone number.

**I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for shipping i will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the check**

Have a nice day.

racerA11 said...

Tyler Skall just did this to me today trying to buy my xbox 360 and game

How are you doing? I would like to let you know that I have gone
through your posting and ready to buy it. As far as there will not be
any repairs on it, I am willing to offer you a sum of $400 for the
item so that it could be packed properly, and the payment will be made
through (USPS Money Order, delivery of cash) (Standard 2 Days delivery
Service including money order tracking number provided by the USPS)..
I am purchasing it for my friend's daughter wedding which coming up on
the 2nd August, 2008.

To proceed with the payment I will need your mailing address, city,
zip code, state and likewise phone number. I also have a prepaid
account with UPS or DHL which will take care of the shipping charge,
so you will not need to pay for shipment. I will be looking forward to
hearing you...ASAP

Anonymous said...

> Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 12:59:09 +0100
> From: skall.tyl@gmail.com
> To:--------------------------
> Subject: Re: Multimedia/Gaming (louisville)
>
> How are you doing? I would like to let you know that I have gone
> through your posting and ready to buy it. As far as there will not be
> any repairs on it, I am willing to offer you a sum of $500 for the
> item so that it could be packed properly, and the payment will be made
> through (USPS Money Order, delivery of cash) (Standard 2 Days delivery
> Service including money order tracking number provided by the USPS)..
> I am purchasing it for my friend's daughter wedding which coming up on
> the 9th August, 2008.
>
> To proceed with the payment I will need your mailing address, city,
> zip code, state and likewise phone number. I also have a prepaid
> account with UPS or DHL which will take care of the shipping charge,
> so you will not need to pay for shipment. I will be looking forward to
> hearing you...ASAP

Jordan said...

How are you doing? I would like to let you know that I have gone
through your posting and ready to buy it. As far as there will not be
any repairs on it, I am willing to offer you a sum of $720 for the
item so that it could be packed properly, and the payment will be made
through (USPS Money Order, delivery of cash) (Standard 2 Days delivery
Service including money order tracking number provided by the USPS)..
I am purchasing it for my friend's daughter wedding which coming up on
the 16th August, 2008.

To proceed with the payment I will need your mailing address, city,
zip code, state and likewise phone number. I also have a prepaid
account with UPS or DHL which will take care of the shipping charge,
so you will not need to pay for shipment. I will be looking forward to
hearing you...ASAP

Anonymous said...

interesting. i got the same generic reply from mrsrosemarypage1love@gmail.com when trying to sell off a computer.

mail was:
Hello,
How are you doing? I would like to let you know that I have gone through your posting and ready to buy it. As far as there will not beany repairs on it I am willing to offer you a sum of $650 for the item so that it could be packed properly,and the payment will be made through United States Postal Service(Standard 2 Days delivery Service)I reside in Adams,WI., and I am purchasing it for my late friends daughter who will be writing her final year project soon and presently living with her Grandmother.To proceed with the payment I will need your mailing address, city,zipcode, state and like wise phone number.I also have a DHL prepaid account which will take care of the shipping charge,so you will not need to pay for shipment.I will be looking forward to hearing you soon.best Regards...

Anonymous said...

Being new to CL and that USPS/DHL shipments, I became a victim. She made an email that would came from USPS with all that tracking number notifications...Item was delivered to the address she gave me but no payment came in...it's depressing but there's nothing more I could do but be wiser next time.

This is the email from Mrs Sandra Candy- sandy.candyrain@gmail.com... i guess this could be the same person that you encountered too.
How are you doing?I am located in BOSTON.I'd want you to know that i am new to craigslist online transaction.. I would like to let you know that I have gone through your posting and ready to buy it. As far as there will not be any repairs on it I am willing to offer you a sum of $2100 for the item so that it could be packed properly. I could have love to pick the item up myself but am busy woman due to fact that am a nurse and working in the hospital and i have alot of appointment in the hospital. So the payment will be made through (usps Money Order, delivery of cash)(Standard 1-2 Days delivery Service ).. I am purchasing it for my friend's daughter wedding which coming up on the 15th october in Warrington, Pa 18976 USA...With this,you'd get your money after payment has been made and all necessary things done..

To proceed with the payment I will need your mailing address, city, zip code, state and likewise phone number. I also have a UPS/DHL prepaid account which will take care of the shipping charge, so you will not need to pay for shipment....I will be looking forward to hearing you...ASAP

Anonymous said...

Looks like he gets around! I received a cryptic message from Tyler Skall: skall.tyl@gmail.com
It reads:
STILL FOR SALE ?
WHAT IS THE LAST PRICE ?

Maybe he's figured out that the whole "I've gone through your posting" nonsense isn't working...
Thanks for the heads up.

Anonymous said...

thank you for posting this info on scam artists!!!!

i recieved an email from:
-------------------------------------
sandy.candyrain@gmail.com

glad i googled her name!!!

THANK YOU!!!!

Anonymous said...

yea sandy.candyrain@gmail.com. Almost got me but I found mispelled words on USPS document same mispelled words on her e-mail. So I called DHL and had my item returned to me.

tell leo once said...

I don't think the FTC will follow up on complaints for small time offenders like Tyler. The best defense is to deal locally with people you can physically meet.

Here's another failed scam attempt from Tyler (all SIC):

Hello,
How are you doing? I will like to let you know that I have gone through your posting and very satisfied with it, I am willing to buy it as far as I will not be making any repairs on it.I am buying it for my ex-neighbor's daugther who lost both her father and mother during a motor accident when going to work couply of weeks ago as a gift which she also need for her final year project.So I will be buying it with an offer of $1200 for packaging. Because I will not be able to come over there to pick it up myself due to the nature of my job and also the distance,I reside in Auburn, WA 98092. I will like to send the money through United States Travelex Money Order (Standard Delivery Service) which the money Order will bedelivered in 1-2days latest. So to proceed with the payment I will like to have your full name, contact address and phone number for payment today so that the money could be delivered latest tomorrow after all arrangement.I will also like to let you know that I have a Fedex or DHL prepaid account which will take care of the shipping cost,so you will not have to pay for shipping once payment is made.Thanks for your understanding and please note that it is neededurgently so I will like to hear from you soon

Penguins Will Rule The World said...

This is what I got from Dr. Simon Tyler
dr.tyler011@gmail.com,
dr.tyler11@yahoo.com
He wrote:
--
Hello,is the posted ad above still available for sale? do let me know am
interested in it.

Dr. Tyler


I wrote yes it is still available.


He wrote:Thanks for the quick response, i'll really like to have the item but i wouldnt have time to
be around in person so pls I'll be sending you a Check via my bank for the cost of the item.
Because of the nature of my job, I'll not be available to
pick up the item myself, with this,iwill be sending someone come pick the item up on my
behalf.i hope you do understand...So I'll like you to provide me with the following information so as to notify my bank for the payment of the item.
1.Full name to be on the check
2.Home or work address (Ups doesn't deliver to P.O Boxes)
3.Phone number
4 The final price As soon as you have cashed the check I'll make arrangement with my mover concerning 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.

Dr Tyler

I wrote: I only deal with cash only

Anonymous said...

This guy is going by Tyler Day too - at e-mail d.cruger006@gmail.com. His e-mail to me sounded so fishy. He said "I so much appreciate your response to my earlier mail. I wish to let you know that I'm satisfied with the condition. Like I said there's no doubt I'm gonna purchase it. Therefore I want you to consider it sold by withdrawing the advert from craigslist. Note that you will not be responsible for shipping and handling. My shipping company will come to your location for pick up. Kindly 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. Please get back to me as soon as possible so that i can proceed with the payment via PayPal." I called paypal first - but still felt something wrong so in googling his e-mail and his name came upon this and another complaint board. I see he is a scam. Beware - and THANK YOU for keeping us safe out there by allowing others to share scams!