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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Benson Collins phone number

Benson Collins has gained our attention as a worthless scammer. We are also posting their phone number. It appears that the phone number given traces back to Seattle, Washington. These scammers may be cunning, but they are not bright, infact they are down right stupid.

Name: Benson Collins
Email: kokobenson33@gmail.com, , kokolett10@googlemail.com
Phone: (206)202-1120 (Seattle Washington number)

41 comments:

Adam said...

he just contacted me about buying bikes, I think I'll have to wait til the money arrives

mlaugh said...

This nut contacted me too. I got a little worried because of the spelling and english. I am glad I found this blog.
thanks

Damian said...

This guy has sent me several emails wanting to buy a grill guard from me. He even sent me a check for $5000, which I think is fake. Is there any way we can press charges against him?

mlaugh said...

Damian,
I would not try to cash the check. There is no question that this guy is a scam artist. I suggest you do one of the following. (see below).

FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
FTC online complaint form (http://www.ftc.gov)
Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501
Internet Fraud Complaint Center (http://www.ic3.gov)

Anonymous said...

this guy sent me two matching emails for two different items posted on craigslist. Trying to buy my camera and a lens I knew it was weird and after finding this I'm glad I did a bit of research before giving him any info.

Anonymous said...

Same guy tried to buy my Korg Keyboard. After weeks of delay he said his bank has mistakenly sent a check for $4500 (on a $300 item) and asked me to "immediately" send him the balance after deducting $100 as a "gift". What an idiot!

mlaugh said...

Very very typical of this guy. He now wants me to send him all of my information like full name, address, phone number, so he can have his bank cut a check and have his agent pick up the item I am selling. Oh boy ..............I cant wait to see whats next.
mlaugh

Damian said...

This guy, Benson, also uses another name(Chris Ben). I deposited the check he sent me and of course it was a fake one. Same story that I see on other comments on how he is very interested on the item and he sends "extra money" as a "gift". I am seriously thinking on getting everything I have from him as emails, copy of the check and envelope where he sent me the check and take to the police to see if something can be done.

Anonymous said...

He just posted a ad on Craigslist for a check printing business were you can work from home.



http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/lab/987474654.html

AZDean said...

Thanks for creating this blog. I just got the email from him this morning and it sounded strange so I did a search and found this. I was simply trying to sell my son's Nintendo DS locally. So, to get an email saying he will send a "Bank Certified check" and then have a "shipping agent" that will "come for pick up". Why would somebody go to all this trouble just for a DS? But now I see what's up. Thanks again!

thor_it said...

Seemed really strange with the whole shipping agent thing since it was on a camper and a trailer. wanted to know if they were in near perfect condition? the trailer is homemade retard. Thanks for the heads-up, but how do we nail this guy?

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad I found this blog! This jerk tried to buy printer toner from me, said he was sending me a check. I just emailed him that I discovered he's a scammer and not to contact me again.

Kelly said...

Yelp I got one from him today, funny he also asked for my phone #, I already sent it to him in the first email reply to him.

Hi,
I really appreciate your response to my mail.I'm very interested in
purchasing the item from you and i will instruct my bank to issue out
a Bank Certified check to you.More so,i have a shipping agent that
will come for pick up of the item at your place upon you received the
confirmation of the check cleared from your bank.Kindly get back to me
with your Full Name,Contact Address including your Zip Code and your
Phone Number i can reach you on so that the payment can be mail out to
you.I will be looking forward to hear from you asap...
Thanks...
Benson Collins.

--
Is the item still available for sale and let me know if its still in a
perfect condition?
Dumb ass wants a perfect 1976 RV, Yeah right...

Anonymous said...

wow. i got all excited for nothing. thought my bass amp was going to sell. =( atleast i didnt get scammed tho. thanks people!

Anonymous said...

Yep, same shit with me tried saying his bank sent a check for $3400 on a bike that i was selling for $425... knew it was sketchy thanks for the blog!

Anonymous said...

I just found out his scam also what a funny fellow. Watch out for this idiot even though you kinda dont have to google scams and youll find him no doubt. I led him to believe i was going to cash his check. When i said i wouldnt he replied with "please i dont understand you" lol.

Jonathan said...

I don't understand his scam... If he's not looking to pick up the items till after the check has cleared, how can this be profitable? Unless he's just phishing for people's personal information.

KarlaD said...

We got an email from him, too! We were trying to sell a bicycle on CraigsList. My husband should have known by the wording of his email, but sent him our contact info anyway. He just sent another email and said the bank will be sending a check, and would we please remove the listing from CraigsList. Um - NO! I'm glad I found this before page the check showed up!

Anonymous said...

the nut job tried to pull me in. thought he was legit at the begining. I suspected something was odd when he wouldn't give his location or phone number but continued the communications. he sent me a check for $2550 for a $250 tonneau cover and that his shipper would come by to pick up. That is when I knew something was wrong. I knew the shipping was going to be more than the item on craigslist. when I got the check and he was demanding that I cash the check and wire gram him the rest. I replied back to him for him to give me his number so I could call him but he has not replied since. I also told him to cancel his bank check and send me a check for the proper amount. no answer. I know it had to have cost him some money to send check UPS to me. I am in Alaska.

LastApe said...

I got this dude. I was contacted by him yesterday, No reply today. He answered an ad about my item. 125.00 is what I am asking for a new 300.00 marine audio set up.
he had not replied yet and I was a little board, I decided to check the header and I just copied his name ONLY and droped in google and here I am - The email address matches up as well " kokobenson005@gmail.com " the IDIOT did not even change up email addresses!

as for that phone number you guys are talking about, I have oe that has a portland prefix and I do not live in portland, it's a free internet phone line and it takes messages. So don't count on that to be where the SOB lives.

As For awiating a check, This guy can send away, every time I get a scammer I i let them send me teh stuff, It costs them money and I collect thier papers. just for fun. i even make up excuses and have them send me another one, my record is three fake checks from the same guy. LOL do IT! they will be hhating it when it all comes down. those over night UPS packs they send are about 17 bux each. LOL

Benson Collins kokobenson005@gmaildotcom
Make him pay. Jan 29th 2009.

LastApe said...

Benson Collins - kokobenson44@gmail.com

As promised : I got him going on and he is still none the wiser even though it's teh easiest thing in the world to google his name and come here!
Here is what he has to say today. LOL:
Thanks for your quick response.I have already instructed my bank to issue out the check to you and its will arrive by mail any moment from now,so i will be glad if you can remove the ads from Craigslist because i want you to consider it sold to me.I will be looking forward to read from you as soon as you have the check with you.Have a nice day.
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Doesn't seem to have the firmest grip on the english language now does he?
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if he writes , Just paly along with short replies. He will spend the money to send you the check, he will spend the money to make the check and forge the sig. If we all do this it will cost hime plenty.

Anonymous said...

I was contacted a few weeks ago, he even offered to pay $50 over the asking price, if I would provide him with a full name, address, and phone number. He would send a bank certified check and have his mover come pick up the items, as soon as the check clears.

He has made another attempt today, only not offering to pay the extra $50. We told him it is a cash only deal and in person.

Anonymous said...

I too was contacted by "Benson Collins" and thank goodness I googled first and found this website. Thanks to those who take the time to post these things.

kbaugh said...

I am glad I found this site. I received a check from this guy for $45,000 for a $475 horse trailer. I told him it was already sold. He sent the check anyway. Should I go to the police. It is obviously a scam. He wanted me to cash the check and send his shipper the rest of the money. the check is from Ameristar Casinos, the bank is Air Academy bank. Should I contact these companies and let them know he is using their information to scam people? I am sure there are unfortunate people that have followed his instructions and have lost money otherwise he would not still be doing this. does anyone know the best way to catch this guy. He even emailed me and threatened that he turned me in for cashing his check and not sending him the rest of the money before I even got the check in the mail. Such a idiot!

Anonymous said...

I got the exact same e-mail for kokobenson44. He sent me a check for $4650.00 on a $1600.00 blazer. Haven't heard back from him yet, but I think I'm going to play him out for a while!

2002rk said...

He just contacted me. I thought it was odd that he was interested in all four items I listed. He then sent the e-mail about a certified check, shipping agent, etc. All this for $100 worth of parts. Thanks for the site, and thank you everyone for your comments.

Anonymous said...

He has had me on the hook for almost two weeks waiting for the check. Meanwhile, he had me pull my ad. This morning, he sent me an e-mail saying that he just returned from his father's funeral and apologized for his bank's error in sending out the check, which will, of course, be forthcoming. Is it possible that he is trying to accumulate enough personal info for identity theft? Virus distribution?

Kelby said...

This idiot tried to steal a guitar from me that i was selling on craigslist. Everytime I got an email from him, the wording was really weird. I recieved a check in the mail for $3,300.65 rather than the $300 I was asking for it. he contacted me the next day and said to keep an extra $100 for " all my hard work " and send back the other $2900.65 along with the guitar. I didn't follow though because I thought it was probably a scam.

Anonymous said...

Another Benson Collin email address?:
kennycollin2@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

This guy is a piece of work.. I asked him to call for a week and he never would...all of a sudden a check for 3 times the selling price arrives from a bank that wont verify funds??? with a list of places to send the "balance" as well as the item...

nice try koko.....

Anonymous said...

Here's a new one to look out for. My son had his XBox on Craigslist and received a cashier's check for over $2900. The agreed on price was $255. He was asked to wire the "extra" money back through Western Union. He got suspicious when the e-mail address from the buyer didn't match the e-mail address of the person he was supposed to send the wire to. He went to his bank and they called Air Academy National Bank in Colorado and they say the check is no good. Anyway, the buyer's address was HarryCool0102@live.com He can't spell and his grammar is atrocious. Sounds just like this Benson Collins guy.
Watch out for him

Anonymous said...

thanks for your blog. what a life saver!! He sent me an email about my furniture but he used the name Jude Fox judefox001@yahoo.com. but his phone # is the same as you have listed.Said he was going to have it shipped to Rhode Island to "execute some contract". Should have used Ebay. You just can't have any trust with Craig.

Anonymous said...

Great information about craiglist!. Planning to work hard in selling on craigslist.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

There are at least 2 others using the same tricks -- Alex Bush (206-666-3628; xela.hsub123@gmail.com) and Abike Mary (abikemary0@gmail.com). They are using the same mode as those listed on this bog.

jrhwy61 said...

On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 5:29 PM, solomon paul marcus benson 0002gmail.com wrote:

Thank you for the response.I am okay with the price and condition.My
mode of payment will be by certified cashier check in US
dollars,because that is the only convenient means for me.Concerning
the shipment,my shipper will be at your place for the pick up after
you receive the payment and when it clears.I really wish to be there
to check out the item but i dont have chance.Please let me have the
following so that the payment can be made to you
Your Full Name to be on the Check
Your Full contact Address(Not P.O.Box) ,
Your Zip code and your Mobile and Land Number
So that the payment can be send to you okay. ASAP

Cody and Hanna said...

I just got one from him and the email address was jaredesopo4356367@gmail.com...just another one to be aware of. Only, it was through KSL not craigslist.

Cody and Hanna said...

Another new name that 'Benson' is using is Morgan Cris.

Anonymous said...

Wow, this has been going on for quite awhile. I had a feeling his letter was full of crap. I think I'll have to mess with him now. Thank you everyone. We need to stick together.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure but just a warning that he may also be operating under the name of Jessica Morgan and using barron2005.wms@gmail.com

mdhale said...

From: marcusbenson0002@gmail.com


Thanks for the prompt response to my mail. I will be buying fromyou so please kindly withdraw the advert from C.LIST. Please beinformed that i will be paying with a certified check from my Bank itwill be delivered to you via United Parcel Service (UPS), so I'll needyou to provide me with the following information to facilitate themailing of the check... Name to be on the payment...........Home address...........City..............State...........Zip Code..............Cell phone #................ I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you have yourmoney I am completely satisfied with the advert and the payment willbe delivered within 2-3 working days.** I use a hearing impaired phone# and will receive your calls via email **N.B UPS does not deliver to a P.O box addresses.Thanks

EB said...

He's now using these emails:
andrieharry78@gmail.com
sandbrad100@gmail.com