So I have a few items up for sale on Craigslist.
Last evening I got a query, asking email and phone number, and is the item still available?
Yes, and I responded with my home phone number.
I got an email reply very early this morning, basically asking what the condition of the item is?
Since it was described, with accompanying photos in the actual ad, I just thought....hmmmmm.
After several more mails the person said he was buying the item, and he would pay by paypal and arrange shipping with an "agent".
So, I was mailed again, and when I checked my mails on my breaks, I followed the whole drama.
Nadda came from paypal, except some paypal spam. But to my inbox.
In my spam folder I found this:
We wish to inform you that Jack Brown has made his intentions known to PayPal® that he will like $300.00 CAD to be sent to the recipient's address below. You are required to send the $300.00 CAD via Western Union Money Transfer.
All you have to do is reply directly to this email with the MTCN (Money Transfer Control Number) and the Sender's Name and Address plus the test Question and Answer used when sending the money through Western Union Money Transfer . Then you will receive a "Confirmation Email" from PayPal® Service informing you that your PayPal® account has been credited with $1,540.00 CAD as soon as the above information's has been received and Verified by us.
This payment has been deducted from the buyer's account and has been "APPROVED" but will not be credited into your account until the MTCN is sent to us for verification, so as to secure both the buyer and the seller.
Click Here to locate nearest Western Union Agent in your area or send money online.
Sooooooooooo. Pay the fake link money, and then they get $300 and are never seen again. Um yup. I was rather expecting something like this actually
But wait! Theres MORE!
This maroon was also calling my home in my absence, trying to get me to make the payment on his behalf NOW!
What a hoot. anyway, Ill mail Jack a few times. He needs to hear about penis implants and other such things. :) If anyone has more career advice for ol' "jack", please enlighten him. firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am sad to think this has actually worked on someone, and am sure it was not money they had to just throw away. Shameful hey?