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!!


Unknown said...

Hello. I found your BLOG on a search of Robert Adams and Craiglist. 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 email:

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.


So 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 check
2.Home or work address
3.Your phone number
4 The final price
As 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...


thanks for starting this BLOG>

Anonymous said...

Here is a new one From: "murphy james" 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.

Anonymous said...

I just got a response from Lauretta Coronado that is word-for-word the message sent to Paul by Robert Adams. Her email address is too, I did a quick google search and it seems like a lot of spammers use Thanks for setting up this site!

Anonymous said...

I found your blog after I googled lauretta coronado. Thanks for the warning. There was no increase in the amount offered but it seemed pretty shady when the reply did not want to see the item and wanted to pay with certified check. I'm a very private person and would not have given away my info. So it would have never worked out regardless.

Anonymous said...

I just received a scam reply to my craigslist posting. We went back and forth for a while until I became suspicious. Each replied used a different email address. They are listed below. "Martins joe"

mass-music said...

I too am experiencing issues with Robert Adams. I gave him my address, but as soon as he through the $2500 curveball into the mix I bailed. However, I have received two checks for $2500 in mail over the past two days. How does this scam work? What are they trying to accomplish? Should I be concerned about giving them my address?

Anonymous said...

The way the scam works is that the check will be much larger than the price you want for your item. You will deposit the check and your bank by federal regulations must make that money available to you within a certain number of days. Making the money available to you really had nothing to do with telling you if the check is good or not. In the meantime, your "buyer" will tell you that the extra $$ is for shipping or some such nonsense but will want you to take the extra cash and send it via Western Union or a similar service and wire it somewhere. If you do this, when the check is returned and taken out of your bank account, you will have to repay the bank for whatever the amount of the check was plus fees.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the item on CL...ill like to by this from you if you really wanna sell it.So get back to me with the last price and the condition of the item I am okay with the firm price you intend to sell the item and I will like you to know that i intend to make an outright purchase of the item immediately and ill like you to delete the posting of the item from the web asap. I anticipate that a certified check or cashier's check will be issued out to you by my bank and my secretary would have it sent out via express mail or upsonce it has been issued out to you by my bank and as for the moving my mover will come for the pick up at your location upon your confirmation of receiving the payment and i don't want you to look for any other buyer.i would have love to come down for the pickup but am not chanced to do that now but am satisfied with your description of the item,ill instruct my bank to issue out the payment to you as soon as i get the necessary details for the payment making and I would have love to come down and look at the item myself and pick it up but i'm a very busy indivdual with work and other obligations so in order words i have a mover that handles my shipment,they will be the one to pick up the item from your location once the payment has been confirmed and it would be in an overdraft that will include the shipping fees that would be needed to have the item picked up from your location by a prepaid local mover so ill like you to get back at me with the details below:
1.....Full Name:
6......Valid Phone Numbers(Both Home and Cell):
7....... the total price of the item:
8....... accept my offer:
Once you get back to me with all the above, the check will be issued out immediately and it will be sent to you Hope to hear from you immediately.Looking forward to your swift response.i will also be offering you extra $100 for keeping the Item for me till the shipper comes for the pick up.

Unknown said...

I have had the same issue with this person.

Anonymous said...

I had the same exact offer, alias of

I should have checked here first, but I nailed him before I received the check... I filed a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
The scammers are getting more legit..hearing problem and using a device to communicate to cover the bad english....

Anonymous said... is a scammer, he tried the same on me with the hearing problem etc.. be careful people

Anonymous said...

I received a response to my ad on craigslist by Stupidly, I sent him my name, home address and phone number thinking this was a legitimate sale. I haven't heard from him since I sent my information yesterday and now I am freaking out. I don't know what will become of my personal information and I'm scared. Any suggestions?