Buying or Selling? An Investigation into Craigslist Scams

It seems no matter where you turn; someone is waiting to rip you off.   Our inboxes drown in spam and phishing messages that attempt to discover bank account information or account credentials.  A large percentage of the banner ads on social networking sites advertise various get rich schemes designed to take money from those tempted by their fantastic claims.  It seems that everywhere we look there is a scam.  Craigslist, a popular classified advertising website, is a great resource for both buyers and sellers.  However, it has its fair share of nefarious individuals committing scams too.  This is the report on an investigation of two scams I recently uncovered on Craigslist

When I recently decided to upgrade my MacBook laptop, I thought it would be easiest to purchase a used one locally on Craigslist. Craigslist is free to use and has become immensely popular for the local exchange of goods and services, but it was not designed to protect users from online transaction fraud. I listed my old laptop and searched for a newer one on Craigslist and found scams on both fronts.  I pursued the scams so that I could gain the inside scoop on how they operate to help you avoid these traps and keep your hard-earned money.

Craigslist Seller Scam

I saw a MacBook for sale and the ad read “15 – MacBook Pro 8GB RAM/Wi-Fi must sell ASAP – $600.”  There was not much information on the MacBook except that they needed to sell it quickly and to contact them for more details.  I politely responded to the ad to request more information on the laptop and asked some specific questions regarding the processor type and so forth.  I received a reply the next day as depicted below along with several pictures of the MacBook on a kitchen counter with a lady’s hand holding it.

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Scammers know that the small things build trust and make buyers more comfortable.  First, they did not reply right away.  They waited a day to make it feel like I was communicating with a person who had a day job.  Second, the pictures were not stock photos but very natural, unprofessional pictures designed to prove that the MacBook was in their possession and that they were just a typical seller.

Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the 15″ MacBook PRO from Craigslist My name is Emily and I am now in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The MacBook is still available and I hope you are still interested.I am selling the MacBook for $600 USD. I have attached some pics with it to this email. It’s 2.50 GHZ i7, has 8 GB of RAM, 1 GB of Video Memory and 256 GB SSD (works 5 times faster as a normal HD) of storage. The MacBook was bought brand new from Apple a couple of months ago. About the MacBook I can say it’s in perfect shape, as I used it only for a few weeks. Included in the $600 price is everything that came with the MacBook PRO and also the warranty papers. I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it. So what do you think? Do you want my MacBook? Thanks, Emily

The language of the introductory email is very casual.  The sentence about trying to be as thorough as possible gives the email a feeling of honesty and genuineness while informing you that the item is now in Canada, so there is not a possibility for a local trade, the primary reason for using Craigslist.

I replied to the email simply asking how she wanted to conduct the sale.  I expected that the seller would suggest that I use PayPal and then tell me all about the “buyer protection.”  Buyer protection is mainly intended for eBay transactions, and a crafty seller can send an invoice with very little information so that PayPal investigations will have a difficult time determining whether the terms of the agreement were met and whether payment is justified.

I was considering possible safe methods of performing this sale, and I came up with two ideas.  The first would be to use an escrow service which is a trusted third party to the exchange that retains both the product and the money, delivering the product once the money is paid to the escrow service and paying the money to the seller once the buyer declares the goods to be satisfactory.  The second option would be for the seller to ship the item to someone local so that the sale could be completed locally with cash.

The next afternoon I received an email from the seller as follows:

I was checking for a way to make the exchange from here to you in the US and I came across this option, which is a very good way to make this exchange. It’s provide by a company called Interparcel and it will help us with this transaction. They seem designed specifically for internet transactions, they handle both the payment and delivery part of this transaction. They seem pretty nice and trustworthy and they provide a service that we can use for our exchange. The link below is from Interparcel website and it explains their procedure. Please check the link and the procedure and let me know if you agree to the terms. http://www.canada-interparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html With this procedure Interparcel will deliver the macbook to you, receive your payment and I will receive the payment for the macbook only after you instruct them to do so. I will pay the shipping. Let me know if we can proceed. Thanks, Emily.

I was surprised by this email because she suggested using an escrow service which would seem to be a safe way for me to purchase the laptop but I was also well aware of the various fake escrow scams out there, so I did some research.  You can use Escrow Fraud’s search to determine if an escrow service is legitimate.  I researched Interparcel, and it seemed like a reputable escrow service so I told her that this would be acceptable, and she said she would drop it off with Interparcel in a few days.  I later received this message from her.

I sent the macbook earlier today. The clerk from Interparcel said that they will inspect the macbook and then send you the invoice. Please add customerdepartment@canada-interparcel.com to your email address book in order to guarantee the delivery of their emails to your inbox. Thanks, Emily.

Note the red flag in this message.  First, she asks me to add customerdepartment@canada-interparcel.com to my address book.  That would seem odd for someone who is not familiar with their services.  Second, the email address does not seem like one that would be used by Interparcel.  “Customer service” is a term I might expect or “sales” but not “customer department.”  The email address is also not from Interparcel.  Usually, a company will own a domain name, and they may use subdomains for individual sites or email domains.  The subdomains, however, will have a period between the domain name and the subdomain.  If this were an Interparcel email, the address would have been customerdepartment@canada.interparcel.com.

Searching Google, Yahoo and Bing for Canada-interparcel.com did not return a web site and a whois search on the domain Canada-interparcel.com was full of *****@privacyprotect.org values seen here with the exception of a location listed as Nobby Beach in Australia.  A reputable company would provide their business name and some information in these fields.  You can also see that the site was only registered on May 22, 2012, so this is a brand new web site, and it expires in 1 year.  Most companies have had a web presence for quite some time, and they typically renew their domain names for multiple years.  If you receive an email from a company, and you do not find information in the whois or if you see that it was registered in the last year, consider it another red flag.

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An email allegedly from Interparcel arrived later in the day, but it was from customerdepartment@can-interparcel.com.  A whois search of can-interparcel.com provided similar information with the exception that this one was registered in Panama.

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As you can see the invoice allegedly from Interparcel looks quite good.  It is, in fact, just a message made to look like an Interparcel invoice.  The red flag in this message is seen on page 2 where rather than paying to Interparcel; they want you to make a wire payment to some “agent” named Jacob Mansell.  Second, they want the wire payment to be made through Western Union.  There is no way to get your money back after you send it through Western Union, and Western Union is not one of the payment methods listed on Interparcel’s web site, so it is clear that this is a scam.  No item would ever be sent out after payment was sent but the scammer did her best to try to make it seem like she was honest and legitimate.  If you do use an escrow service, call the company to verify that the escrow invoice is valid and do not enter personal financial information into their web site.  Use a service that you already trust to pay the escrow.

Craigslist Buyer Scam

The “buyer’s scam” is less sophisticated than the aforementioned “seller’s scam” and it seems that many more people are using it.  I listed my MacBook for sale on Craigslist and received text messages and emails within an hour of posting the item.  They would ask if the item was for sale and after I replied that it was, they would send me a template message with some reason for me to ship the item to another place rather than sell it locally.  Here are some examples:

Scammer: Thanks.  Sounds good.  All I need is your full support and trust ok.  I am not local as you can see from my phone number.  I am from New York and I am buying this as a gift for my fiancé Alex Matthew.  He just got a transfer from here in New York to (FAAN) Federal Air Authority in Nigeria.  I want it shipped via USPS express Air Mail for delivery only if you can assure me that it is in good working condition.  I am offering you $500 for the item and $100 for the shipping.

Me: The item is for local pickup only, cash only.

Scammer: Yea.  I understand.  Really but you don’t have anything to fear because I am going to make the payment upfront and you will get an alert to very my payment and PayPal works as cash of course.  When you receive the payment confirmation you can mail the item to my address.  Please.  I really need this from you okay…Thanks.

Another Scammer:

Alright.  I am John Henry and I work in the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)  I live in Nacogdoches, TX and I would love to come and pick this up and pay in cash but I have been transferred out of town  to represent a firm outside the city and I would like to purchase this for my brother schooling overseas.  I am willing to offer you $100 extra for the shipping.  Do you have a PayPal account?

The mention of Nigeria in the first mention is a red flag since many internet scams originate in that country. I also did a search on the phone number and found a lot of people talking about how this person had ripped them off for considerable sums of money.  After discussing for a bit, I sent an invoice to the email address provided and waited.  It is a good practice to Google the phone number of someone wanting to purchase an item from you.  MrNumber.com allows people to post about the numbers in its database so you can find out if others have been ripped off from this phone number.  Here is a snippet from the results of the number I searched for on MrNumber.com.

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The scammer then sent a fake PayPal email to me stating that I had received a payment as can be seen below.  First, the email address is not even close to a PayPal address.  Paypal confirmations are sent from service@PayPal.com.  Some scammers are more sophisticated and will use an address like service@paypal.com.somethingelse.com.  Since the email address is long, some email programs will only show the first part, so it looks like service@paypal.com.  This one was obviously a fake, but some scammers will produce an email that looks just like the original.

To check if you have received PayPal funds, log into your PayPal account from another computer (just in case the one you are using is infected with code from the scammer) and check your PayPal balance to see if the money has been deposited.  Note how they marked seller protection as eligible.  If you ask about it, they will tell you how you are protected and this is added to bolster their claim, but there is nothing to protect because you have not actually received money.  The address is in Nigeria.  This is always a red flag.  They marked the address as confirmed so that you will assume that you can trust the address since PayPal evidently trusts it.

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I told the seller that the money was not in my account, so they tried another scheme.  They sent me a message stating that the money was deducted from the merchant’s account but that it would not be available in my account until the shipment was received and it instructed me to mail the MacBook immediately.  You can see the second email here.

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The same email address was used in this email clearly indicating that it is a fake message because PayPal does not operate this way. PayPal deposits the money in the account, and it is up to the seller to then ship the item, but they do not hold it pending receipt from the buyer.  I had to laugh when I saw the exclamation points added to the subject line clearly indicating that this scammer is not familiar with business communication norms.  At this point, I figured there was nothing more I could learn about the scam, so I just told the buyer that it had been sold locally and was no longer available.

Craigslist Lessons

So, what can we learn from all this?  Well, it pays to be a bit skeptical when buying things online.  Stick to local, cash only transactions when using Craigslist.  That is what it is meant for, and it is an excellent way to find a good deal.  Watch out for scams like those depicted in this article.  We’re all trying to find a good deal, but the old adage is still right. “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”  If you have been the victim of fraud on Craigslist, contact your local police along with the links below.

Reporting Fraud

Internet Crime Complaint Center (FBI, NW3C and BJA partnership)

FTC online complaint form

Ohio Attorney General Consumer Complaints



Published by Eric Vanderburg

Eric Vanderburg is an author, thought leader, and consultant. He serves as the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI and Vice Chairman of the board at TechMin. He is best known for his insight on cybersecurity, privacy, data protection, and storage.Eric is a continual learner who has earned over 40 technology and security certifications. He has a strong desire to share technology insights with the community. Eric is the author of several books and he frequently writes articles for magazines, journals, and other publications.

164 Comments

Mark
July 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm23

Thanks for posting the info on the seller’s scam. I responded to a Craigslist ad for an iPad 3, 64MB, 4G version, for $350. The responses I received back are word for word identical to the scammer’s e-mails you posted above, except for the product name change, and instead of Emily, the name was Jessica. I thought that price was too good to be true, and was suspicious that this might be a scam. Your article helped verify this was the case. Thanks again.

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Ramesh
July 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm24

I received back are word for word identical to the scammer’s e-mails you posted above. I sent $300 through western union as well. Is there any way to track them or report a complaint any where? Please advise.

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Eric Vanderburg
July 23, 2012 at 9:02 am24

I’m sorry to hear that Ramesh. Please use the links provided at the end of the blog to report the incident. Unfortunately, in many of these cases the money is not recovered.

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Elle
July 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm23

Oh my gosh! I got the same message WORD FOR WORD too! I’m completely heart broken. I had my hopes set so high – I’m glad my dad intercepted my deal.

I was going to by an $1,800 Nikon for $450 from a woman who lived in Canada.

Thank you so much for posting this, I literally feel like you saved my life.

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Eric Vanderburg
July 23, 2012 at 9:04 am24

You’re welcome Elizabeth. I am glad the blog was helpful.

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sonia
July 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm24

I almost got swindled by the EXACT same Craigslist ad! I am glad I researched!!!
-Thank you for writing this article!

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Mark
July 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm24

Thanks for this valuble info. I there anything that can be done to these crooks?

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Eric Vanderburg
July 23, 2012 at 9:00 am24

As citizens, we can keep people informed so that the scammers do not make money from these tricks. Catching them is up to law enforcement. Inform law enforcement of fraud so that they can take action against them and document the incident as best as possible.

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Joe
July 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm24

Thanks very much for the heads up on the Interparcel scam. I too received the same exact messages, but from a Jessica.

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Kyle
August 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm26

Wow, same scam is happening to me and I am glad to see this blog and same as Joe here the email is from Jessica.

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Wayne
August 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm26

I almost got scammed by the very same sellers someone named Jessica from Vancouver suggested we use Interparcel to finalize a sale of a Samsung galaxy s3 for $300. I’m so glad I did some research and for article. You saved me $300. Thanks!

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Josh
August 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm26

Exact same wording, only on a laptop and the name was Jessica. Exact same style photos and everything. She was selling it in Little Rock, but was in Canada 3 days later? Thanks for making this page to the original poster, i immediately googled interparcel after receiving the info. The transaction screamed scam from the beginning though, i feel bad that they are probably pretty successful doing this….

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Sally
August 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm27

I, too, received an email from “Jessica.” I think there is more we can do. If you expand the header on your email, you can find the ip address for the sender. Using the address or the domain name the email is sent from (or the fake interparcel domains), you can find who is registering “Jessica’s” domains. (google ‘Whois’ to find the information site.) You can then report ‘her’ to the connected companies.) – I have done this for my emails from her. The registering company’s abuse department responded within hours. I don’t know what the follow up will be, but it would probably help if others wrote as well.

Also, ‘she’ appears to be using domains that are meant to look like actual companies. (For example, someone wrote there is an interparcel company, but that compnany’s domain is not inter-parcel.com). Perhaps we shoul write the true company and let them know that someone is defrauding people in their name. Maybe they might put some effort into tracking ‘her’ down, or at least put a warning on their website.

I know these won’t get anyone’s money back, but perhaps we can get the culprit shut down. I’m somewhat uninformed about Internet fraud, but I’d love to hear if anyone else has thoughts or ideas.

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Ofir
August 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm26

Hi,
I almost fell in the same trap today,
With a 550$ deal for a MacBook air
From Craigslist . It was also followed
By a mail from Jessica from vencuver canadaI got the strange link to inter parcelAnd decided to check if it’s legit. I found out
That it was created a week ago . And also
The address was too long and didn’t match
The original inter parcel site.
Check it out:
http://www.vancbc-interparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/contact.html

Don’t let these scammers take your money!
I’ll also report this listing with the scammers
Email address to the authorithies

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Italia
August 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm26

This person alledgelly called “Jessica Southall” contacted me on craigslist then sent me these emails (it was all a scam, I managed to save mymoney but directed her address to the police):

Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the 64GB 3G iPad2 from Craigslist

My name is Jessica and I am now in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
The ipad is still available and I hope you are still interested.
I am selling the ipad for $300 USD. I have attached some pics with it to this email.
About the ipad I can say it’s in perfect shape. Included in the $300 price is everything that came with the ipad as new and also the warranty papers.
I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it. So what do you think? Do you want my ipad?

Thanks,
Jessica

August 8th

Hi,

I was checking for a way to make the exchange from here to you in the US and I came across this option, which is a very good way to make this exchange.
It’s provide by a company called Interparcel and it will help us with this transaction.
They seem designed specifically for internet transactions, they handle both the payment and delivery part of this transaction. They seem pretty nice and trustworthy and they provide a service that we can use for our exchange.
The link below is from Interparcel website and it explains their procedure. Please check the link and the procedure and let me know if you agree to the terms.

http://www.ship-interparcel.ca/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

With this procedure Interparcel will deliver the ipad to you, receive your payment and I will receive the payment for the ipad only after you instruct them to do so.
I will pay the shipping.
Let me know if we can proceed.

Thanks.

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August 9th

Hi,

I will sell you the ipad for $300 with everything it came with it as new + its original box, paperwork and receipt. I will use 2 day delivery and allow you 5 days to inspect it. Shipping is on me. So, do we have a deal? At this point I need your name and address to start the deal.

Thanks.

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August 9th

Hi,

I sent the ipad earlier today. The clerk from Interparcel said that they will inspect the ipad and then send you the invoice.
Please add customerdepartment@ship-interparcel.ca to your email address book in order to guarantee the delivery of their emails to your inbox.

Thanks.

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August 10th

Hi,

FYI I have received the invoice from Interparcel, their email transaction confirmation. Have you received it?

Thanks.

August 10th

Just checking if you made the payment to Interparcel.

Thanks.

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August 13th

First you have to make the payment to them and only then they will deliver the imac to you.
InterParcel will deliver the ipad in 2 days after you make the payment to them.

Thanks.

Please BE CAREFUL!

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Niki
August 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm26

So glad I researched this. I got the same email word for word.

I’m Canadian and people like this give us a bad name! 🙁

I almost got ripped off too.

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Mike
August 17, 2012 at 7:11 am26

Thank you for protecting us against such scams.

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Jim
August 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm27

Just realized I was taken for $300 by Jessica in Vancouver. The craigslist ad was for a Sony 55inch LCD TV advertised in the SF Bay area. Wish I would have read this sooner. What about the fact that I have a name that the money was sent to? Is this traceable or more likely someone with a fake ID going to pick it up?

Thanks

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cassandra
August 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm26

I can’t believe I almost fell for it. Jessica Sangster from Canada with a 64gb iPad. I was even going to borrow money from a relative to jump on it. I’m so glad I found you guys. Thanks.

Can I report this scammer even though I didn’t actually pay them?

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Samantha
August 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm26

Wow, I am literally standing at a westeen $ place when something in my gut said to research one more time. Everything this person said to me basically verbatim what you wrote. And also for a macbook air. Wos. Thank you so mucb for posting this article!

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Eric Vanderburg
August 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm26

Wow, close call. You are most welcome, Samantha.

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Dipesh
August 23, 2012 at 10:41 am27

I received a similar kind of email for iphone 4S from Jessica. Thanks for saving me(y).

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tia
August 24, 2012 at 10:08 am27

I wish I had did my research first. I just got scammed for $300. I will never buy anything in haste again. I got taken by some woman named Jessica Hedinger. If you get any email from her. DO NOT RESPOND AT ALL!!!!!

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Rafael
August 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm26

Got to the part where they wanted to use Interparcel. Did some research and it lead me here. Seems like Jessica almost got me too. Thanks for the heads up.

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Sally
August 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm26

One for the good guys!! I contacted the true interparcel to let them know ‘Jessica’ was posting a fake version of their site, and the fake version has been taken down. We aren’t totally powerless. I have also written the company that hosts the names for her fake emails (like http://www.mail-canadiancollege.com) to complain. I encourage everyone to do the same.
(to find who hosts a domain, google ‘Whois domainname’)

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Daniel Walter
August 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm26

Thanks for writing this article! I got almost the same set of emails from a young lady called “Roxanne” in Vancouver, BC. Same wording of the emails and everything! Scary. You saved me some grief. Thanks!

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Christina
August 29, 2012 at 11:39 pm27

Thank you! I got the same emails from a “Roxanne Ramsey” in Vancouver BC. Thank you for posting this I almost went through and paid the $550 for a macbook air.

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Kim
August 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm26

Wow. So glad I looked at this. Same wording – but using name Roxanne Penrose. Checked the “canbc-interparcel.com” on whois and dang if it wasn’t registered on Aug 28th, 2012. Same wording too. I will report to the sites you gave us.
I wonder if this scammer is doing this in college towns? The craigslist posting turned up in a nearby college town’s listings.
Thanks for saving me a bunch of money. This is the second time I’ve responded to ads and discovered them to be scams. The last guy said “just meet me in the parking lot at the mall, bring cash” He got really touchy too – mean.
Again, thanks.

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Sky Allison
September 5, 2012 at 4:03 am28

I’ve been dealing with “Roxanne” in Vancouver, Canada, as well and Iwondered from the beginning because the deal just seemed too good good to be true! She only wanted $300 for 55″ 3D Sony tv and two pair 3D glasses…and then she even offered to pay to ship it to me!!! I was lucky my scammer was pretty easy to see, but it isn’t always so. Thank you for this site and post as I was pretty sure already of what was going on, but now it is confirmed. Now I’m going tho gather as much info on her as I can to report her and then I’m going to finish playing her game now on my terms which will, hopefully, keep her from playing with an unsuspecting opponent. Everyone Be Safe and Happy Craigslisting!

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Karishma
September 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm28

I recieved the same email. But the mistake I did was sending them my Name, Address and Phone number to initiate the delivery process.

I am scared if they have hacked my mails or computer and if they would mis use the info I sent. I dleeted all my emails which have bank accoutn details, SSN and all inportant info. But I am still scared if they will use my Phone number name and address to get my bank info and all.

Please help. What should I do. I am very tensed.

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Eric Vanderburg
September 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm28

Karishma,

Your name, address and phone number alone will not allow them to access your email or other accounts but it will give them more information on you that they can use to try to build an attack profile.

So what can you do, you ask? Well, first, make sure that you are using a secure password. A secure password consists of letters (both uppercase and lowercase), numbers and special characters (&, %, $ and so forth). It should also be sufficiently long. I like to use oddball pass phrases with special characters built in such as “FunkyMonkeyLikes2Save$$4Christmas”. Funky monkey likes to save money for Christmas.

Next, make sure that your password reset options do not use information that could be obtained by doing Internet or background research on you. For example, birthplace is easy to obtain so don’t put a city in like Lakewood. Instead, type something that you would remember when prompted with the question but something that would not be guessed. For example, instead of Lakewood, you might make your special question answer “The place with the cute boutiques”.

Third, keep an eye on your accounts. Report any suspicious activity on your bank or credit cards immediately.

I hope that helps. Let me know if you have other questions.

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Joelcio
September 7, 2012 at 2:34 am28

Thank you for this email!! I almost commited a mistake to follow with the negociation!! I received the same emails.

I was buying a Iphone 4S – on Craiglist – DesMoines/IA, and the woman Roxanne Phillips (seller) told me that moved out to Vancouver Canada, and she would use Interpacel….

But I transfer my money by Western Union and I could cancel the payment in time!! Only because this post, or I would lose $300.00

Thank you!!

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Christi
September 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm29

My mother in law just lost 500 dollars on this scam. She was buying a Sony Bravia LED 3D tv from a woman named Roxanne in Vancouver. I feel terrible this happened to her. Is there any laws to protect individuals in recovering their money, or should she not bother. Even if she doesn’t get anything back, taking these criminals down would be worth it to me. I feel horrible this happened to her. Any advise you have would be wonderful.

Thanks,
C

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Eric Vanderburg
September 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm29

Christi,

There are laws against fraud but it can be difficult to catch the crooks especially when the incident crosses national boundaries. Use the links provided in the article to report the incident to law enforcement.

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B
September 10, 2012 at 11:29 pm30

I just got scammed from the same person as Joelcio. “Roxanne phillips” for the iphone 4s. I will be filing complaints and making a police report.
This is the website they are using:
http://www.bccan-interparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/index.html

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Larry
September 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm29

Thank you so much. I saw a great deal on an iPhone 4 but thankfully I did a search first and came upon your blog. The email from the seller was almost word for word to yours.

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Amber
September 13, 2012 at 4:04 am29

i’m thinking i just got scammed. I ordered a computer, and even did my research. I went to interparcel.com and my order is on their website and everything…but it was set to be delivered yesterday and never came…the seller’s name was Roxanne Oakley…i can’t believe i fell for it… 🙁

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dand
September 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm30

I got the same email on a Plasma TV.. It it aint local or from some company, DON”T EVER DO IT!!!I told them to send it and I will send the money…Never heard again…Our greed drives this fraud.. We think we are getting a killer deal and the only thing that gets killed is our wallet…

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Ryan L.
September 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm29

I just got hustled by this scam today! I never got my item and they are ignoring me now. Is anyone starting a class action suite on this BS or has anyone been able tostop the money transfer?!?!

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R
September 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm29

I got scammed by these people today. She went by the name of Roxanne Jones. I wish I found this website before I decided to go threw with this “DEAL” I lost money, didn’t get anything, no more communication from them and Western Union wont/”cant” do anything about it!
Tip- Don’t ever, ever, ever use western union! Terrible!

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Paul
September 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm29

Thanks Eric Vanderburg for excellent blog. Very helpful. Was scammed in the past. Now always skeptical. This time was Roxanne Jones selling 64GB iPhone 4S on Sacramento, CA craigslist.

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Eric Vanderburg
October 3, 2012 at 9:29 am26

You’re most welcome Paul.

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Bukky
September 21, 2012 at 1:22 pm29

Thank for this post,i got the same mail from Roxanne Johnson,he wants to sell an ipad 3 64g for$300,too good to be true.he wants us to transact through interparcel.com….OMG,scam all the way!!!!!!

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amit
September 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm29

Wow, got exact msg today, thought of checking before look around. you saved me

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Gerald
September 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm30

Had a Schwinn Airdyne Bike for sale on Craiglist. Got an email from a James Rechard wanting to buy–would send a cashiers check and a shipper to come by to pick up. Thought it seemed to good to be true so I googled his name online. Came up with several different scams on craigslist.

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Sonia
October 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm27

Today I was almost fooled by Roxanne Brown from Vancouver. I was trying to buy a phone. I’m so happy I ran across your site. Thank you for saving me $300. My email was also the same as yours.

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Rodrigo
October 5, 2012 at 9:36 am26

Thanks man I almost got ripped off! I appreciate your help.

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Song
October 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm26

Today I was almost got ripped off by Roxanne Bryan from Vancouver. I was trying to buy a ipad 3 64GB. I’m so happy I ran across your site. Thank you for saving me $300.

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Shiva
October 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm27

Thanks a lot Eric! and thanks to all the good people who shared their experiences above. I was just saved from being ripped off $ 300! This time it was “Roxanne Brown (roxanne-brown@mail-arbutuscollege.com)” from “Vancouver, CA” trying to sell me a brand new “Samsung Galaxy S III” and this time they were using “Inter-Parcel” with the “email address: customerservice@vancouverbc-interparcel.com“. Keep fighting the good fight Eric! 🙂

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Chris
October 10, 2012 at 11:02 am28

Ha! Just received two messages for two different products but same reply!Roxanne Brown and Roxanne Keyser

Hi,

I was checking for a way to make the exchange from here to you in the US and I came across this option, which is a very good way to make this exchange.
It’s provide by a company called CollectMyParcel and it will help us with this transaction.
They seem designed specifically for internet transactions, they handle both the payment and delivery part of this transaction. They seem pretty nice and trustworthy and they provide a service that we can use for our exchange.
The link below is from CollectMyParcel website and it explains their procedure. Please check the link and the procedure and let me know if you agree to the terms.

http://www.candepots-collectmyparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

With this procedure CollectMyParcel will deliver the laptop to you, receive your payment and I will receive the payment for the laptop only after you instruct them to do so.
I will pay the shipping.
Let me know if we can proceed.

Thanks.
On 10/9/2012 7:20 PM, Christopher A Cox wrote:
> Sure
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Oct 9, 2012, at 9:57 PM, “Roxanne Brown” wrote:
>
>> Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the 17″ MacBook PRO from
>> Craigslist
>>
>> My name is Roxanne and I am now in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
>> The MacBook is still available and I hope you are still interested.
>> I am selling the MacBook for $850 US. I have attached some pics with it to this email.
>> It’s 2.50 GHZ i7, has 8 GB of RAM, 1 GB of Video Memory and 512 GB SSD (works 5 times faster as a normal HD) of storage.
>> The MacBook was bought brand new from Apple a couple of months ago.
>> About the MacBook I can say it’s in perfect shape, as I used it only for a few weeks. Included in the $850 price is everything that came with the MacBook PRO and also the warranty papers.
>> I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it. So what do you think? Do you want my MacBook?

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Kady
October 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm27

The same thing just happened to me. Word for word email from a Roxanne Bryan in Vancouver, Canada. Thanks for your posts because I was so prepared to send her the money. I guess deals on craiglist are too good to be true.

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Katie
October 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm27

Hi,this article is great. I found it on Google and I love it very much.

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Richard Rose
October 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm27

Just had the same event happen here in Kansas. The seller on Craiglist was selling a Nikon D300s camera and sent me an email with pictures. “Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the Nikon D300S, from Craigslist

My name is Anna and I am now in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
The camera is still available and I hope you are still interested.
I am selling the camera for $400 US. I have attached some pics with it to this email.
About the camera I can say it’s in good shape, as you can see from the pics I’ve sent. It only has 2000 clicks. Included in the $400 price is everything the camera came with when it was new, including the original manuals and warranty papers.
I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it. So what do you think? Do you want my camera?

Thanks,
Anna”

Here is the followup message.
“I have it with me in Vancouver and I won’t come back home so soon.
I was checking for a way to make the exchange from here to you in the US
and I came across this option, which is a very good way to make this
exchange.
It’s provide by a company called Interparcel and it will help us with
this transaction.
They seem designed specifically for internet transactions, they handle
both the payment and delivery part of this transaction. They seem pretty
nice and trustworthy and they provide a service that we can use for our
exchange.
The link below is from Interparcel website and it explains their
procedure. Please check the link and the procedure and let me know if
you agree to the terms.

http://www.vancouvercan-interparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

With this procedure Interparcel will deliver the camera to you, receive
your payment and I will receive the payment for the camera only after
you instruct them to do so.
I will pay the shipping.
Let me know if we can proceed.”

MY reply back was NOT INTERESTED.

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Frank
October 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm27

Hi Eric,
Thanks for the info!
I received an identical email to the one cited above, but with a different name: Bruce Westgate .
Same story, Vancouver, interparcel, etc.
Must be a successful “business” because it seems like they have been using the identical method to rip off people for a long time.

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Huong
October 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm27

Today I was almost got ripped off by Anne Fellion from Vancouver, Canada. I was trying to buy a ipad 3 64GB 4G for my kids. But I had a feeling this was too good to be true. So I started to do a little research on the link she sent me http://www.vancouvercan-interparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html I’m so happy I ran across your site. Thank you for the great information. I almost got scammed $300.

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Daniel
October 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm27

I was skeptical and Google “Interparcel” when I got the email:

“I was checking for a way to make the exchange from here to you in the US and I came across this option, which is a very good way to make this exchange.
It’s provide by a company called Interparcel and it will help us with this transaction.
They seem designed specifically for internet transactions, they handle both the payment and delivery part of this transaction. They seem pretty nice and trustworthy and they provide a service that we can use for our exchange.
The link below is from Interparcel website and it explains their procedure. Please check the link and the procedure and let me know if you agree to the terms.

http://www.vancouverbc-interparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

With this procedure Interparcel will deliver the laptop to you, receive your payment and I will receive the payment for the laptop only after you instruct them to do so.
I will pay the shipping.
Let me know if we can proceed.

Thanks.”

The seller name is Suliman Anna in Vancouver Canada.

Thank you for great info.

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Stella
October 25, 2012 at 2:29 am27

Wow.glad I googled. Anna Fellion is very busy selling an IMac for cheap here in Los Angeles. Of course she’s in Canada. Her email was a boilerplate. Thanks so much for all your info posted here. Great job paying it forward! Cheers!

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Andy
October 26, 2012 at 11:30 pm28

Eric,
Thanks for the info & reserch.
I also received a similar mail but this time name of person & product is changed. So thought to share so others dont get cheated.

Anna Tremblay anna.tremblay1981@hotmail.com
Oct 24 (3 days ago)

to me
Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the Samsung GALAXY S3 from Craigslist

My name is Anna and I am now in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
I work for Samsung and I have 20 Galaxy S3’s. I was offered a discount but only for 20 phones.
All of them are unlocked and brand new.
Let me know if you want one.

Thanks,
Anna

Another reply after 1 day was as below

——————————-

Hi,

I was checking for a way to make the exchange from here to you in the US and I came across this option, which is a very good way to make this exchange.
It’s provide by a company called Interparcel and it will help us with this transaction.
They seem designed specifically for internet transactions, they handle both the payment and delivery part of this transaction. They seem pretty nice and trustworthy and they provide a service that we can use for our exchange.
The link below is from Interparcel website and it explains their procedure. Please check the link and the procedure and let me know if you agree to the terms.

http://www.vancouverbc-interparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

With this procedure Interparcel will deliver the Galaxy S3 to you, receive your payment and I will receive the payment for the Galaxy S3 only after you instruct them to do so.
I will pay the shipping.
Let me know if we can proceed.

Thanks.

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Nicole
November 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm28

Wow, first time using Craigslist, and I came across the exact email mentioned in the article! Her name was Anna Tims from Vancouver, BC, Canada… Scary! But, thank goodness I did some research and came across this page to verify the scam was real! Thank you so much!
(Email below)

Hi,

I was checking for a way to make the exchange from here to you in the US and I came across this option, which is a very good way to make this exchange.
It’s provide by a company called Interparcel and it will help us with this transaction.
They seem designed specifically for internet transactions, they handle both the payment and delivery part of this transaction. They seem pretty nice and trustworthy and they provide a service that we can use for our exchange.
The link below is from Interparcel website and it explains their procedure. Please check the link and the procedure and let me know if you agree to the terms.

http://www.vanccan-interparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

With this procedure Interparcel will deliver the Galaxy S3 to you, receive your payment and I will receive the payment for the Galaxy S3 only after you instruct them to do so.
I will pay the shipping.
Let me know if we can proceed.

Thanks.
Anna

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Pat
November 12, 2012 at 3:52 pm28

Too late…I was just scammed for $600 for a Mac laptop by Anna from Vancover.

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sergio
November 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm28

nothing we can do to stop that s!*$? come on…

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Eric Vanderburg
November 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm28

Sergio, They will try all kinds of tricks to get your money. We just have to stay informed and be skeptical when something looks too good to be true. Search for sentences used in the emails sent from sellers to see if anyone else has reported the incident. Also, be cautious of those who only use email and who want to buy or sell remotely when using Craigslist.

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sergio
November 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm28

BRUCE WESTGATE was the name they used with me… $1000 usd scam.

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RandyPD
November 24, 2012 at 1:27 am28

Same thing happened to me, just got the invoice from “Rapid Parcel” which is a legit UK company…but why would someone use a UK company if they are in Canada? My scammers name is Andrew, from Vancouver and he was selling a Nikon D300s for $400..
What gave it away was he included all ‘accessories’ on the invoice, which includes a 18-200VR lens! Then, the invoice said the package was ‘inspected’ by their technical team..LOL. Imagine sending a package thru FEDEX or USPS and there is a ‘technical team’..last one is simply Western Union payment…I mean no self-respecting company would ONLY accept Western Union as their payment source..

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Harry
November 28, 2012 at 5:26 am28

vancouver-rapidparcel.com was what i almost bought from. Johann Solomon was the name of the agent
64GB+4G Ipad 3 was what i almost bought

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Lisa
November 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm28

I almost bought a Ipad 3 64GB also!! The persons name was Terence Ellis, was from Ohio and then magically “word for word” he was then in Vancouver, BC Canada. Everything else was “word for word” the exact same as the laptop story. He suggested using the rapidparcel company. The only reason I started looking into it was because of the fact that they didn’t except paypal or creditcards according to the “invoice” I was sent, only western union to some Agent in the United Kindom?? Very shady.

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Bella
December 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm27

I had the same experience as Lisa above. Terence Ellis almost got me through Rapid Parcel for an IPad3 too. I got suspicious and came across this link. Saved me 300…thank you!

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Henry
December 8, 2012 at 9:56 am27

You just saved me from a big mistake. THANK YOU!!!

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George
December 8, 2012 at 11:23 am28

Thanks a lot for your blog. It really helped me.

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Jeremy
December 11, 2012 at 5:12 am28

Same experience as others with Interparcel and iPhone 5.

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Nakano
December 11, 2012 at 7:16 am28

Eric,

Almost the same wording for an iPhone. You saved me a lot of trouble. Thanks.

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Mark
December 11, 2012 at 8:39 am28

I saw a Craigslist post for a Samsung 55 inch TV. Emails with the seller were similar to the ones you posted. Now I know its a scam.

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Matthew C. Kriner
December 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm28

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akif
December 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm28

Wow that was close!
in my case the name is bruce jenson from vancouver BC..

I’m composing my email in reply to him when I found this website. so glad I come through this. thanks thanks for posting!

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Blair
December 12, 2012 at 8:27 am28

I’m glad I saw this article before I got scammed.

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Mike
December 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm28

I wish I would have seen your post before. I was contacted by a Bruce Jenson, and used bcdepot-rapidparcel.com for shipping. Invoice came asking me to send payment to Sarah Muro. I was absolutly crushed finding out I got scammed. I was trying to find a phone number for them when I can cross your post. I thought I had checked everything out. I am not a noob when it comes to making purchases on line. After using the WhoIs thing it returned information pretty much identical to what you have posted above. I will be reporting it but have figured the $855 is gone with no possible chance of recovering it.

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Adam Addison
December 28, 2012 at 1:35 am28

Thanks for nice and useful post. I’m most impressed by this blog.

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D-lite
December 28, 2012 at 5:45 am28

Another one tried to cheat me from Canada.

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JFN
December 29, 2012 at 5:03 am28

Bruce Jenson almost got me. Thanks for this post. bcdepot-rapidparcel.com was his 3rd party choice. I almost bit as he was offering an Ipad 3 64GB for only $300 with free shipping. Red flags went off when he stated he wanted to use rapidparcel which is company based in the UK.

Thanks for your help!

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Matt
January 7, 2013 at 12:32 pm27

James Rechard almost got me for $1,950.00. I’ll feel so stupid.

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Eric Vanderburg
January 7, 2013 at 3:40 pm26

Matt, I’m glad you found out before you sent the money. Don’t feel stupid. As you can see, they are tricking many people with these scams.

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Alex
January 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm26

Hi , thank you for the information , glad I researched before moving forward. I got the same email , word for word , but the name was Bruce Jenson. He was selling 20 iPads 4 64gb for $450 each . He just got transferred with work to Vancouver.BC.Canada . It sounded too good to be true.

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Rosie
January 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm27

Hi Eric,
Before I start the process of sending my money to this guy name “Bruce”, who lives in Canada. I thought I would research to see this third party “RapidParcel” is legit. When I clicked on the link that he sent me, it seems legit. Do you know if this “RapidParcel” is really legit? Please advise? Also, please see the chain of emails coming from “Bruce”
Thanks
Rosie

Hello Rosie
I was checking for a way to make the exchange from here to you in the US
and I came across this option, which is a very good way to make this
exchange.
It’s provide by a company called RapidParcel and it will help us with
this transaction.
They seem designed specifically for internet transactions, they handle
both the payment and delivery part of this transaction. They seem pretty
nice and trustworthy and they provide a service that we can use for our
exchange.
The link below is from RapidParcel website and it explains their
Please check the link and the procedure and let me know if
you agree to the terms.

http://www.can-rapidparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

With this procedure RapidParcel will deliver the ipad to you, receive
your payment and I will receive the payment for the ipad only after you
instruct them to do so.
I will pay the shipping.
Let me know if we can proceed.

Thanks.

On 1/7/2013 7:22 AM, Rosie Tran wrote:
> Sure I’m still interested in one.
>
> Thanks
> Rosie
>
> On Jan 7, 2013, at 9:51 AM, Bruce Jenson wrote:
>
>> I apologize for the delay in my reply, I was out of town for the holidays.
>> Let me know if you are still interested.
>>
>>
>>
>> On 12/24/2012 7:54 AM, rtran48126@verizon.net wrote:
>>> Hi…Do you still have any left?
>>> On 12/12/12, Bruce Jenson wrote:
>>> Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the 64GB 4G, iPad3 from Craigslist
>>>
>>> My name is Bruce and I am now in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
>>> I work for Apple and I have 20 ipads 3. I was offered a discount but only for 20 ipads.
>>> All of them are unlocked and have 64 GB of memory.
>>> Let me know if you want one.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>> Bruce

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Eric Vanderburg
January 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm27

Rosie,
Thanks for asking about this purchase. I believe this to be a scam similar to what I researched and others have experienced. I would advise you not to do business with that seller.

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M.Gladiator
January 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm27

Your awesome Eric. saved me 450 bucks. keep informing others so these scum bags do not get the best of us. thank you!

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Gail
January 17, 2013 at 5:09 pm27

OMG,, I am just livid..I fell for it also, all the same lines, Mine was also from Bruce Jenson..
You only have to burn me once though..Just wish I would have checked here first. i will try to persue this, but don’t have many hopes of getting my money back.

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Suzana
January 22, 2013 at 1:22 am27

I can’t believe I fell for this. I researched it beforehand but the site seemed so real. Wasted $400 + western union fees. I wish I would have seen this earlier!!! Rosie, I had Bruce Jenson as the name on the e-mail as well. I kept asking all these questions and his answers made sense… too bad I didn’t see this then.

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Suzana
January 22, 2013 at 1:25 am27

Gail if you have any luck with pursuing it, please let me know. I can’t believe what people will do these days just to get a couple hundred bucks!

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Auldz
January 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm27

O my goodness, you saved me from this professional swindler. Im about to give my $500 for iMac 27. I got the same wordings and modus operandi. He introduced himself as Brad Jenson who according to him is an Apple employee who able to have this unit with a huge discount and he’s no longer needing it. He used RapidParcel from UK as front for his scam.

Thanks for saving me- i feel like almost an “IDIOT.”

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Auldz
January 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm27

My question, is there a way to report this kind of modus operandi? Like I want to report this crime that is ongoing- and he is about to succeed?

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Oge
February 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm28

Wow! It truly pays to verify all these things before going ahead to transact business especially with Craigslist dealers! i was contacted by Bruce Jenson who claimed to have an unlocked iPad Mini 64GB 4G at an unbelieveable price of $450! He allegedly got 20 of them at a discounted price from Apple, where he works. I was so excited, because I’ve been looking for an iPad mini for a while. However, with all this information laid bare before me, I am more than grateful to have been saved from his treacherous lies and deception. Thanks guys!!

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Monicca
February 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm28

You saved me $550.00!! I’m glad my husband made me research the company because I was about to buy what I thought was going to be a new apple MacBook Air laptop from some guy named Bruce Jenson who lived in another state. The emails are identical to the ones you have posted here!! Wow this is such a shame that these people are out there doing this and it’s crazy cause it seems so legitimate. I’ll bet there’s allot of people who are sadly getting scammed. Thanks again!!!

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Sparky
February 12, 2013 at 6:02 pm28

These scammers are also using the name Andrew Gibbons and the domain vancbc-rapidparcel.com. Advertising cheap Nikon cameras in Charlotte, NC. I’ve got them on the line… trying to figure out a way to mess with them. I’m gonna at least send them to the Western Union a few times before I am done with them. Anyone figured out what country they are operating out of? Can’t Western Union at least determine where the money was picked up?

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twexter
February 13, 2013 at 5:58 am28

Jessica is at it again.

Jessica Oliver wrote:

I was checking for a way to make the exchange from here to you in the US
and I came across this option, which is a very good way to make this
exchange.
It’s provide by a company called RapidParcel and it will help us with
this transaction.
They seem designed specifically for internet transactions, they handle
both the payment and delivery part of this transaction. They seem pretty
nice and trustworthy and they provide a service that we can use for our
exchange.
The link below is from RapidParcel website and it explains their
procedure. Please check the link and the procedure and let me know if
you agree to the terms.

http://www.bcdepots-rapidparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

With this procedure RapidParcel will deliver the laptop to you, receive
your payment and I will receive the payment for the laptop only after
you instruct them to do so.
I will pay the shipping.
Let me know if we can proceed.

Cheers.

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twexter
February 13, 2013 at 6:00 am28

Yes, do your due diligence. If it’s good to be true…

Buy locally!!!!

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Robert
February 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm28

Thanks man – My scammers name today boys and girls is Bruce Lambert.

—————
Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the 64GB 3G iPad2 from Craigslist

My name is Bruce and I am now in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
The ipad2 is not available anymore.
However, I work for Apple and I have 20 ipads 3. I was offered a discount but only for 20 ipads.
All of them are unlocked and have 64 GB of memory. I want $300 for one.
Let me know if you want one.

Thanks,
Bruce

At this point, the fact that he said he worked for Apple sent my spidy sense crazy for some reason. My first thought was to verify his employment with Apple. I got nowhere. But when I got this email later in the day I decided to google everything and found your great page!

—————
Hi mate,

It’s for GSM use (AT&T).
I was checking for a way to make the exchange from here to you in the US and I came across this option, which is a very good way to make this exchange.
It’s provided by a company called RapidParcel and it will help us with this transaction.
They seem designed specifically for internet transactions, they handle both the payment and delivery part of this transaction. They seem pretty nice and trustworthy and they provide a service that we can use for our exchange.
The link below is from RapidParcel website and it explains their procedure. Please check the link and the procedure and let me know if you agree to the terms.

http://www.vancbc-rapidparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

With this procedure RapidParcel will deliver the ipad to you, receive your payment and I will receive the payment for the ipad only after you instruct them to do so.
I will pay the shipping.
Let me know if we can proceed.

Thanks.

I believe I will suggest that he mails it to someone locally and handle it with cash. I suspect that will be the last I hear from him!

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Ben
February 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm29

Thank you Robert for the warning.

I received a response from “Bruce Lambert” and he is supposedly in Vancouver, and he is going thru the same scenario as the previous emails, but I have not heard a response since I mailed him and told him/her that my whole familiy lives in Vancouver and that that would be great to meet a family member to make this transaction (iPad mini for 400 dollats)…I have not heard a response since. 🙂 If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t”

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Michael
February 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm28

Now this person’s name is “Brady” Lambert. It’s incredible. $500 for a 27″ iMac, which should go for at least $1,000. Same scam.

> On Feb 14, 2013, at 1:18 PM, “Brady Lambert” wrote:
>
> > Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the 27-inch iMac from Craigslist
> >
> > My name is Brady and I am now in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
> > The iMac is still available and I hope you are still interested.
> > I am selling the iMac for $500 US. I have attached some pics with it to this email.
> > It’s 3.10 GHZ i5, has 16 GB of RAM, 2 GB of Video Memory, 2 TB of storage and another 256 GB SSD so it can boot faster.
> > I work for Apple and I got it with a discount but I don’t need it anymore.
> > The iMac is in perfect shape, as I used it only for a few weeks. Included in the $500 price is everything that came with the iMac and also the warranty papers.
> > I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it. So what do you think? Do you want my imac?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Brady

Hi mate,

Yes.
I was checking for a way to make the exchange from here to you in the US and I came across this option, which is a very good way to make this exchange.
It’s provided by a company called RapidParcel and it will help us with this transaction.
They seem designed specifically for internet transactions, they handle both the payment and delivery part of this transaction. They seem pretty nice and trustworthy and they provide a service that we can use for our exchange.
The link below is from RapidParcel website and it explains their procedure. Please check the link and the procedure and let me know if you agree to the terms.

http://www.vancdepot-rapidparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

With this procedure RapidParcel will deliver the iMac to you, receive your payment and I will receive the payment for the iMac only after you instruct them to do so.
I will pay the shipping.
Let me know if we can proceed.

Thanks.

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Cheryl
February 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm29

Bruce Lambert has become Greg Lambert. greg.lambert1977@hotmail.com He also uses Steve Rothrock as “Agents Name” for Rapid Parcel, in Bolton England!
Greg claims he was transfered for work to Vancouver. Works for Asus and got the laptop advertised on Craigslist through his work at a discount. Pics of item were shot in a home. Verbage is the same as above scams, word for word. Check it out:

Hi mate,

I was checking for a way to make the exchange from here to you in the US and I came across this option, which is a very good way to make this exchange.

It’s provides by a company called RapidParcel and it will help us with this transaction.

They seem designed specifically for internet transactions, they handle both the payment and delivery part of this transaction. They seem pretty nice and trustworthy and they provide a service that we can use for our exchange.

The link below is from RapidParcel website and it explains their procedure. Please check the link and the procedure and let me know if you agree to the terms.

http://www.vancbc-rapidparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

With this procedure RapidParcel will deliver the laptop to you, receive your payment and I will receive the payment for the laptop only after you instruct them to do so.

I will pay the shipping.

Let me know if we can proceed.

Cheers.

Odd to use a UK company, convert to British Pounds? Was at Western Union reading form, said no refund even if a fraud. Glad I bailed out. Thanks for your review here to confirm this scam.

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Sal
February 20, 2013 at 3:41 pm28

This is unbelievable!! I too almost fell for this ‘I am now in Vancouver’ scam but fortunately, realizing fast enough that this may possibly a scam, asked him to meet me locally to check out the advertised apple product. Of course I never heard back from ‘Brady Johnson’ brady.mac@canadawebmail.com. The scam was word for word verbatim to the ones described in the blog except for the name change. The phony escrow site he provided a link for was:
http://www.canvanc-rapidparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

Another scam I discovered recently is when you respond to a craiglist post selling an electronic item at a really low price, you get a friendly reply stating that “he” or “she” just sold it but that she just purchased another three similar items from a website with a link in the email. I would caution everyone to NOT click on any link which may potentially install malicious virus/es to your computer.

I buy a good deal of items locally from legitimate craigslist ads but have now become extremely suspicious of these too good to be true ads, especially selling highly sought after electronics. If you see any that looks and sounds suspicious, you can flag it as spam.

Be careful folks!

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Bart
February 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm28

Almost got me!

Hi mate,

Yes I am.

I also have:

Ipad 3, 64 GB Cellular + Wifi $300
Ipad 4, 64 GB Cellular + Wifi $450
Ipad Mini, 64 GB Cellular + Wifi $400
Iphone 5, 64 GB Factory Unlocked $450

I was checking for a way to make the exchange from here to you in the US and I came across this option, which is a very good way to make this exchange.
It’s provided by a company called RapidParcel and it will help us with this transaction.
They seem designed specifically for internet transactions, they handle both the payment and delivery part of this transaction. They seem pretty nice and trustworthy and they provide a service that we can use for our exchange.
The link below is from RapidParcel website and it explains their procedure. Please check the link and the procedure and let me know if you agree to the terms.

http://www.vancdepot-rapidparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

With this procedure RapidParcel will deliver the iMac to you, receive your payment and I will receive the payment for the iMac only after you instruct them to do so.
I will pay the shipping.
Let me know if we can proceed.

Thanks.

From: Brady Lambert ;
To: B F
Subject: the 27″ iMac from Craigslist $500
Sent: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 9:53:31 PM

Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the 27-inch iMac from Craigslist

My name is Brady and I am now in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
The iMac is still available and I hope you are still interested.
I am selling the iMac for $500 US. I have attached some pics with it to this email.
It’s 3.10 GHZ i5, has 16 GB of RAM, 2 GB of Video Memory, 2 TB of storage and another 256 GB SSD so it can boot faster.
I work for Apple and I got it with a discount but I don’t need it anymore.
The iMac is in perfect shape, as I used it only for a few weeks. Included in the $500 price is everything that came with the iMac and also the warranty papers.
I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it. So what do you think? Do you want my imac?

Thanks,
Brady

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Fred
February 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm28

You can sidestep would-be scammers by following these common-sense rules whenever using craigslist:

DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON – follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.
NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service – anyone who asks you to do so is likely a scammer.
FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
CRAIGSLIST IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer “buyer protection” or “seller certification”
NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL “GUARANTEE” YOUR TRANSACTION.
DO NOT RENT HOUSING WITHOUT SEEING THE INTERIOR, OR PURCHASE EXPENSIVE ITEMS SIGHT-UNSEEN – in all likelihood that housing unit is not actually for rent and that cheap item does not exist.
DO NOT SUBMIT TO CREDIT CHECKS OR BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR A JOB OR FOR HOUSING UNTIL YOU HAVE MET THE INTERVIEWER OR LANDLORD/AGENT IN PERSON.

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Emily Horton
February 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm28

Received exactly the same language from a seller who moved to Vancouver, BC. Trying to sell me a Nikon 300s for $400 US. Said he works for Nikon and can sell it for less. I’m so glad I googled him and found your site before committing to the purchase. Thank you!

Is there a way to red flag this guy? I’ve got an email address but that’s it. There was no actual fraud since I didn’t buy it so it seems unnecessary to report it to the ICCC.

Thanks again!

Emily

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Hector Gomez
February 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm28

Oh my God … Thank You !!
He almost got me… thanks god
this is what he send me:
Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the 27-inch iMac from Craigslist

My name is Brady and I am now in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
The iMac is still available and I hope you are still interested.
I am selling the iMac for $500 US. I have attached some pics with it to this email.
It’s 3.10 GHZ i5, has 16 GB of RAM, 2 GB of Video Memory, 2 TB of storage and another 256 GB SSD so it can boot faster.
I work for Apple and I got it with a discount but I don’t need it anymore.
The iMac is in perfect shape, as I used it only for a few weeks. Included in the $500 price is everything that came with the iMac and also the warranty papers.
I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it. So what do you think? Do you want my imac?

Thanks,
Brady

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djmichaels
February 28, 2013 at 8:05 pm28

Eric, wish I would have seen your post before I got scammed by a Craigslist posting for$600 using the RapidParcel / Western Union campaign. Do you know if there is any recourse through Craigslist or Western Union? txs!

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Eric Vanderburg
March 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm24

DJMichaels,

Unfortunately, Craigslist and Western Union do not offer any recourse.

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Roland
March 1, 2013 at 4:26 am24

http://www.ic3.gov/preventiontips.aspx

Beware of individuals using the DHL,UPS, Fedex, Rapid Parcel, Interparcel, Parcel2go, CityLink and any other organization logo in email communication or even websites!
Be suspicious when payment is requested by money transfer (Western Union) before the goods will be delivered.
Fees associated with those companies transactions are only for shipping costs and never for other costs associated with online transactions.
With Computers and Internet people do good and bad things. Make sure your brain is operating when looking for bargains.

No self-respecting company would accept Western Union as their payment source.

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ez.ucef
March 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm24

is this what you guys talking about?
(the scamer )
“Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the iPhone 4S with 64GB from Craigslist

My name is Bruce and I am now in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Please take a look at the pictures attached to this email.
The iPhone is brand new, it works with any GSM carrier and comes with warranty.
I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.
Let me know.

PS As you can see in the second picture, I also have iPads 4, Minis, and iPhones 5.

Thanks,
Bruce”

…………..
…………..
……………

other message ?
(scamer )
“Hi mate,

I was checking for a way to make the exchange from here to you in the US and I came across this option, which is a very good way to make this exchange.
It’s provided by a company called RapidParcel and it will help us with this transaction.
They seem designed specifically for internet transactions, they handle both the payment and delivery part of this transaction. They seem pretty nice and trustworthy and they provide a service that we can use for our exchange.
The link below is from RapidParcel website and it explains their procedure. Please check the link and the procedure and let me know if you agree to the terms.

http://www.bcvancouver-rapidparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

With this procedure RapidParcel will deliver the iphone to you, receive your payment and I will receive the payment for the iphone only after you instruct them to do so.
I will pay the shipping.
Let me know if we can proceed.

Cheers.”

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zilla
March 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm24

yep i have been through it as well and all the comment that have been listed above are indeed true…i was emailed by “anna” lol…and she gave me the same bull babble about interparcel and she being in canada…anyway i requested a telephone number to have some sort of dialogue with the person and the emails seem to stop coming…well that was the end of my experience with these scammers

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Hakiky
March 8, 2013 at 1:06 am24

Let me get this straight, but those kerydwos are basically established websites. Or are you trying to tell us that I type my keyword then append these words in my search parameters? I agree with Frost that these kerydwos are kind of misleading.

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Luba
March 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm25

Came across another scammer name: Brady Littleton, also from Vancouver, Canada. Offers iPhones, iMacs etc dirt cheap, emails are worded identically. I knew it was a scam as soon as the item turned out to be in Canada, but I got curious how the scheme works and continued email exchanges and today received an ofer to use the RapidParcel service. Knowing about the scam we can scroll craigslist for deals too good to be true and flag them!

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Alejandro
March 12, 2013 at 6:54 pm25

Yo tengo otro nombre del Defraudador: Bruce Littleton [bruce_littleton@canadashortemail.com]

Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the iPhone 5 with 64GB from Craigslist

My name is Bruce and I am now in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Please take a look at the pictures attached to this email.
The iPhone 5 is brand new, it works with any carrier and comes with warranty.
I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.
Let me know.

PS As you can see in the second picture, I also have iPads 4 and Minis.

Thanks,
Bruce
———————————-

Hi mate,

I was checking for a way to make the exchange from here to you in Mexico and I came across this option, which is a very good way to make this exchange.
It’s provided by a company called RapidParcel and it will help us with this transaction.
They seem designed specifically for internet transactions, they handle both the payment and delivery part of this transaction. They seem pretty nice and trustworthy and they provide a service that we can use for our exchange.
The link below is from RapidParcel website and it explains their procedure. Please check the link and the procedure and let me know if you agree to the terms.

http://www.bcvn-rapidparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

With this procedure RapidParcel will deliver the iphone to you, receive your payment and I will receive the payment for the iphone only after you instruct them to do so.
I will pay the shipping.
Let me know if we can proceed.

Cheers.

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Alejandro
March 13, 2013 at 10:17 am26

Yesterday, i sent a email to customersupport@rapidparcel.com (Official Site) & they Answered:

Dear Alejandro

Please note, Rapid Parcel does not provide that type of service.

Rapid Parcel Ltd, is in no way related to the email address provided or the domain “vncan-rapidparcel.com”

All parcels booked through Rapid Parcel will have a Rapid Ref number. This reference number begins with three letters followed by three numbers and is found on both the email confirmation and receipt. If you do not have a Rapid reference number it is likely your delivery was booked either directly with a courier or through an alternative supplier.

All our payment transactions are made through WorldPay gateway. These secure online payments can be made via PayPal (UK deliveries only) or for international shipments from United Kingdom with your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Electron, Switch/Maestro, Solo or Delta card.

Please file a complaint at http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/ (The Internet Crime Complaint Centre).

Our original website, to which we own the exclusive copyrights, can be found at:

http://www.rapidparcel.com

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely.

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Jordan Campbell
March 17, 2013 at 11:37 pm26

watch out for this craiglist scam!!!!! i was one moment from actually sending my $ before doing a little research and leaving the house.
Very believable well-thought skeem.

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Morenike Yusuf
March 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm25

I was supposed to receive my package today and now I have come across this website and now I know it’s not coming. The emails are exactly the same and I thought this was legit because rapid parcel is an actual website. I wish I would have seen this before. Is there any way to get my money back?

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Eric Vanderburg
March 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm25

Morenike,

I’m sorry to hear that. You can report Internet crimes here:
Internet Crime Complaint Center (FBI, NW3C and BJA partnership)
http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
FTC online complaint form
https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
Ohio Attorney General Consumer Complaints
http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/complaintsfromcraigslist

Unfortunately, in many of these cases the money is not recovered.

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Hong
March 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm25

I feel it sounds scam so I decided to do more research. Here is the 1st email:
On Sat, Mar 23, 2013 at 1:50 AM, Bruce Mayberry <mayberrybruce@vs-email.com > wrote:

Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the iPad2 from Craigslist

My name is Bruce and I am now in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Please take a look at the pictures attached to this email.
I’m sorry but the ipad 2 is not available anymore but I do have an
iPad 3 (64GB) for $300.
The iPad 3 is brand new, it works with any GSM carrier and comes
with warranty.
I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you
can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.
Let me know.

PS As you can see in the second picture, I also have iPads 4,
Minis, and iPhones 5.

Thanks,
Bruce

The 2nd email:

I’ll have to send it from here. I have found a company called Rapid Parcel that will deliver the ipad to you in the US and allow you to check the ipad before I receive the payment. You will be in control of your money and I will be in control of my ipad.
I have used them before and they are nice, trustworthy and very cheap.
I will use 2 day delivery and I will take care of the shipping fee.
Please have a look at their procedure and we will go from there.

http://www.canvn-rapidparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

Thanks.

Just report the fake website to Rapid Parcel and now to ic3. Things like this should receive huge fines.

Thank you Eric for your very detailed report, 🙂

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Donny
March 25, 2013 at 10:28 pm26

WOW. like so many others i was so close to agreeing to send this scumbag money. I just had a gut feeling this is too good to be true that something was wrong here. His name went under Bruce Mayberry just if anyone else got the same alias

Thanks for the heads up and awareness eric.

I wish there was more i can do so i can actually find this person

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Thomas
March 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm25

OMG
Hi I receive the same email
I was going to make the payment today
Thanks Eric ……

On Mar 25, 2013, at 2:20 PM, “Bruce Mayberry” wrote:

I have found a company called Rapid Parcel that will deliver the ipad to you in the US and allow you to check the ipad before I receive the payment. You will be in control of your money and I will be in control of my ipad.
I have used them before and they are nice, trustworthy and very cheap.
I will use 2 day delivery and I will take care of the shipping fee.
Please have a look at their procedure and we will go from there.

http://www.canvn-rapidparcel.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

Thanks.

On 3/22/2013 11:05 PM, thomas navarro wrote:
hi im interesting to buy it let me know how i send you the payment thank you
my name is thomas navarro
From: mayberry-bruce@vs-email.com
To: tnv1070@hotmail.com
Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2013 05:47:15 +0200
Subject: the ipad3 from Craigslist $300

Hi, I am getting back to you regarding the iPad3 with 64GB and 4G Cellular from Craigslist

My name is Bruce and I am now in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Please take a look at the pictures attached to this email.
The iPad 3 is brand new, it works with any GSM carrier and comes with warranty.
I tried to be as thorough as I could with the presentation so you can have all the info if you decide to go ahead and buy it.
Let me know.

PS As you can see in the uhsecond picture, I also have iPads 4, Minis and iPhone 5.

Thanks,
Bruce

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Mat
March 29, 2013 at 7:42 pm25

You posted this blog last year in June, I’ve got the same email text yesterday. As careful as I am, the first thing I did was asking Google. Thanks man, it was so easy to identify it as scam.
But to be honest, I don’t think filing a fraud doesn’t do anything. Why does nobody cooperate with Wester Union to track these activities back to the roots? I mean, why can’t I go to WU saying, I don’t want that any money will ever be transferred, but I want that this guy who wants to complete my fake money transfer will be identified. And when the one, who’s been caught is only someone in the middle, then continue the procedure until there is an end! I mean, this should be possible, even if they are operating internationally! And if I can’t do that, why can’t the FBI setup a fake transfer?
If a fake transfer is illegal, I want to setup a WU transfer, that somebody needs to identify first and he can get the money if I have checked his identity and he returns with the same identity to finally get the money. Or don’t allow international transfers on customer request or only to my preferred destination. These are my rules, so please, WU, make this type of moneytransfer possible. I would even pay for that.
This schema is with exactly the same word-by-word scam mails, with exactly the same kind of devices. The same easily identifyable pattern. What have they done in the last 9 month?

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David
April 11, 2013 at 10:24 am26

Thanks for posting this. I was selling an ipad last year and got many of the same emails from potential craigslist buyers. Luckily, I was skeptical and didn’t respond to those, but this is a great article on what to look for!

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Estela Dovale
May 9, 2013 at 12:27 am23

Hi, i received the same type of email, selling me an iPad 4 $350.00. He/she Went By the name of Diane Harvey- email : diane_harvey@cvsmail.net.

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Elvis James
May 10, 2013 at 8:13 am23

WOW.

i was in the process of getting a macbook, and for a few days now i have been going back and forth with this “person” the conversation wasn’t verbatim to your example, but the gist was eerily similar

“I’m getting back to you about the 15-inch MacBook Pro I’m selling on Craigslist.

I’m Nathalie and I’m now in Toronto.
I’ve attached pictures of my Mac to this email. It’s 2012, under Apple warranty and in perfect shape.
I hope you like it and you wish to buy it 🙂
Let me know.”

– i responded expressign concern “she” replied

“I understand your concern but this is not the case. I’m just trying to sell my Mac.
I’ll have to send it from here. I have found a company called CCL Logistics that will deliver the Mac to you in the US and allow you to check the Mac before I receive the payment. You will be in control of your money and I will be in control of my Mac.
I will use 5 day delivery and I will take care of the shipping fee.
Please have a look at their procedure and we will go from there.

http://www.tor-ccllogistics.com/en_language.internet.transactions/third.party.html

like everyone, i checked out ccl-logistics (used scamadvisor and all) told “her” seems good …

but i dug deeper and SO glad i found this article.

there were few flags
1. being the very low price
2. “her” not really referencing the original craigslist ad
3. i got two emails from this “person” one was [ nathalie,powell73@cwebmail.net and the other nathalie.powell72@cwebmail.et ] one in reference to a 17″ (which i never looked into) and the other for a 15″ and the images attached had two COMPLETELY different background apt settings ( little things like that make me wary.

anywho in short; THANKS FOR THIS ARTICLE! lol

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Pam
May 14, 2013 at 7:16 am23

Hello! Interesting site and article. I’m really like it! Very, very good info on these crooks.

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Harry
May 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm24

The Ipad 3, 64GB Craigslist lady is now Debra Crowder from Toronto. Strangely she listed it in Albany, NY USA craigslist.com but later said she’s from Toronto. Was going to use a Toronto based shipping service. I would inspect the Ipad and then send a wire transfer. Not sure how I’d get scammed but Debra is no longer answering my emails after I said the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre would be notified of her scam. Her current alias and email address, and previous alias names are shown in other scam websites including this one:
http://www.scambook.com/report/view/128246/Alissa-McGee-Vanc-InterParcelcom-Complaint-128246-for-$450.00#comment-52200

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Lucy
August 20, 2013 at 7:03 am26

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Paul
August 7, 2014 at 3:25 am25

Watch out for Noelle Langley in Calgary. Same deal. $500 for a 13″ MacBook Pro. Wish I’d read this first! Feeling pretty stupid!

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Risinscew
August 11, 2014 at 3:53 pm26

Honestly in addition there are age group centered web sites.

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Ya Tree
August 20, 2014 at 7:29 pm26

Please do a Google search for “Craigslist M4800” and you will see current (and some expired) ads for Dell workstation at a VERY cheap price of $500+. If you reply to the ad, after a few days the seller will reply saying she is in Toronto. She will suggest ca-parcelheroesplus.com site to complete the transaction.

The above website is fake and meant to scam you. Even the ad rate is in British Pound. The fake website is designed to look like the real one: parcelhero.com which is registered in U.K. The fake one is registered in Panama and no contact info.

They will take your money and disappear. Just be careful.

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Ali UnSyllable Raza
August 23, 2014 at 5:06 am26

Great article about Craigslist Scam, I posted a Macbook Air for sale about 1 week ago and I started getting alot of those fake messages, gladly I'm a fraud analyst and I'm familiar with these kind of frauds happening from overseas so I was hard to convince to believe any of these Nigerian fraudsters.

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Romel GR
September 13, 2014 at 5:17 pm29

Great !! it just happen with me they are trying to sell me a mac air and they send me an invoice to send the money by wester union and I start looking in google and thanks God I found your article.

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Heather Jones
November 7, 2014 at 3:00 am27

Yes Paypal will hold sellers funds until item is shipped. They did that to me when I first signed up and my boyfriend sent me money to put in my account. Only he didnt use friends and family. He sent it as a payment for goods. When I checked my account it said I had to wait 21 days for payment or send them a tracking number to show the item has been shipped. OR the seller could leave me positive feedback and that would release it too. But I called Paypal and the lady released my money right away. She said since I wasn't a "verified" seller my money would have only been released when they realized I wasn't trying to scam anybody. That's why they tend to pray on CL sellers. Most haven't sold anything before so this way they know the money will be on hold once you send them a 'request money' notice. Once they confirm the items are picked up by THEIR shipping people or whoever they are, they request a refund and you lose your stuff and your money.

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Sergei
November 27, 2014 at 10:34 pm29

I actually scam the scammers as a hobby. Have a nice collection of bogus checks and money orders from all over the world.

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December 28, 2014 at 4:18 am28

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Michael Reeder
December 29, 2014 at 9:28 pm28

Look, don't try to tell us how to avoid internet and craigslist scams. Instead, tell us a real way to report the scam to an agency that will prosecute the criminal. Now, im not talking about a list of places that may do that, I am talking about actual agencies that are interested in the aprehension of people who are currently engaged in that type of behavior, and the agencies who are actually interested in the scenerios that lead a consumer to think the transaction is fraud. I DON'T CARE ABOUT "TIPS TO AVOID SCAMS" That is all common sense. WHO THE HELL IS GOING TO ACTUALLY SEND MONEY TO NIGERIA TO SOME WEIRDO WHO EMAILS THEM? Who is going to believe an email that tells them that they've won a "lottery" anywhere? Come on! You know if you entered into a lottery! Do you have to put your email address down on the lottery ticket in order to get paid? So what are the chances of some actual lottery agency getting your email address, and notifying you that you've won an "undisclosed" amount of money and that one can be a million dollars, or some other amount? People just throw those type of emails out. You're going to get them. Just filter them out using keywords.

Why in the piss would anyone in their right mind who sells stuff on craigslist take an email seriously that states that the supposed "buyer" wants to send you a check for thousands of dollars more than what you're asking for in the ad? Who are these people that are being victimized in this way? If you're actually one of those "victims" just get off the internet all together. U are a lost cause. And don't open up any us mail anymore either.

I am interested in an agency that goes after these scammers. NOT tips to avoid being scammed. Just an attempt to scam someone is against the law. There needs to be a way to report attempts.

BYE

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Jeff Stockham
January 11, 2015 at 7:42 pm27

How do you think terrorists and drug runners buy their weapons? With money scammed from honest but naive people who fall for these scams. Rule #1: If it looks too good to be true. IT IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. Rule #2: Re-read Rule #1.

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Chicago's Blue Inc
January 20, 2015 at 7:22 am27

Awesome blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
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like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m
completely confused .. Any recommendations? Thanks!

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Bruce Duggan
March 26, 2015 at 10:26 pm26

Good Point Michael,
I just caught a scam in progress(craigslist San Diego)but I feel my e-mails(reporting the scam) will be falling on deaf ears.Needless to say i am going to take the time to do it because it really PISSES me off on the ATTEMPT to DEFRAUD someone looking for employment. Sad times indeed these days! HEADSUP folks and thanks for your work Eric V.

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Jeff Cursy
April 18, 2015 at 5:22 pm25

I have a guy right now trying to pull this how can i report this?

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Jaime Urias
April 23, 2015 at 4:54 pm25

I had. This happen but with western union how I report

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Devon Montano
May 17, 2015 at 7:14 pm23

Hello once the seller said something about ebay buyer protection and wanting to send money through moneygram i instantly called ebay to confirm. it was obviously a scam. ebay told me to email spoof@ebay.com with the emails we communicated with and the false buyer protection email. they said they would stop this persons attempts to sell these false products. but also thanks to this sight i can home in on what to look for with scammers.

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Gerri Elise McCulloh
June 18, 2015 at 7:53 pm24

Just had Craigslist/PayPal/MoneyGram attempted scam. 6/17-6/18/2015

Caller number: 970-438-2148
Email: robertwillis122@gmail.com
Fake Name: Robert Willis
Address given (fake): 70 Ten Mile Rd. Parkinson, MS 39573

Said he was deaf. Could not call. Insisted on PayPal.

Wanted me to send MoneyGram to his mover/shipper. (I refused)

Would have sent fake PayPal email.

Contacted PayPal.

They said chargeback would have been given if:
No notarized signature of receipt of merchandise by mover/shipper (this requires trip to notary).
No verifiable tracking.

EVEN if my invoice said NO Refund, As Is, and required buyer to be responsible for shipping.

PayPal needs to be more proactive for sellers. Need a phone number list of known active scammers.

NEVER AGREE TO SEND MoneyGram –insist that funds be transferred to bank (3-5 days) and verify all transactions with PayPal NOT the PayPal-looking email these scammers will send.

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Briana Maxwell
June 28, 2015 at 1:30 am24

Someone attempted to scam me this morning I gave them my paypal e mail and my name then realized it was a scam. Is my cell phone possibly infected?

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Jamie Little
July 3, 2015 at 3:43 am23

just recieved a text from 1-401-753-3997 asking if the item was still for sale and that I needed to email alexalexbenjo91@gmail.com because they were the ones interested. so watch out for this number and email as a scam!

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Steve Gritchen Jr
September 12, 2015 at 10:25 pm30

another point which red flags almost every scam is this: read their messages out loud. you will realize no one speaks like that. red this out loud.

All I need is your full support and trust ok. I am not local as you can see from my phone number. I am from New York and I am buying this as a gift for my fiancé Alex Matthew.

fiancé Alex Matthew <– no one talks like this. well not english speaking people anyways. and why would you give the full name of your finace. and the word fiance (fiancé) <– the dash over the "e" is a sign of a non english keyboard setting.

just the sentence structure and wording alone should tell you this is a scam. if you need more convincing. well then you are not paying much attention to detail

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Steve Gritchen Jr
September 12, 2015 at 10:26 pm30

no lol

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Chris Clark
September 13, 2015 at 8:09 am29

Hello, just got a scammer wanting a laptop I had for sale:

He wanted to pay me more that I was asking – His name was “John Harry” wanted my paypal email address to send the money… He wanted the laptop for his son in Georgia… and wanted me to send it 1 day fedex or ups… The address he gave me was for a Walmart or KFC !!!! From Craigslist—- So beware !!!!

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Mommie Robin Contreras
September 29, 2015 at 6:33 pm29

Question….why do they always ask for $600?

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Rick West
September 30, 2015 at 8:09 pm29

Got caught by a used car scam. Two phone #s to watch out for:
804-210-2883 and 757-610-9366.

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Susie rowland
October 6, 2015 at 3:21 am26

again ,

As I’ve already told you in my first email, I recently got divorced and I got a new job and moved to Topeka, KS for a new start. The vehicle is here and is already at the shipping company in Topeka sealed and ready for the shipping. My presence won’t be necessary because I prearranged the deal with Google Wallet. The deal includes free delivery and the truck will arrive at your address in 2 days. You will have 5 days to try out prior to making any purchase and if by any reason you find something you don’t like about the truck you can send it back on my expense.
If you are interested in knowing more info about how the whole process works, I can ask Google Wallet to send you an email with more information on how to purchase it. Google Wallet will contact you shortly after they have the details with all the information that you need to complete this deal and you will also have proof that I am covered by them and a legitimate seller.
If you would like to receive the email from Google Wallet with all the transaction information please reply with your full name, address and ph# and they will contact you right away.

Best regards,
Susie

All a scam.!

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Tina Wallace
October 10, 2015 at 6:32 pm27

Yeah, I think someone is trying to scam me about getting a job. They have sent two emails, naming no company.

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Anna Michelle
October 12, 2015 at 5:11 pm27

PayPal will never address you as 'Dear XXX'. Furthermore, 'reply the tracking number of the package to this email'…. what language is that?? Ditto for 'your fund is safe with us". PayPal is usually aware of the tracking numbers without additional notification

The customer help center contact email is really something else paypa_info@in.com. This alone is a HUGE red flag

Thanks for posting this, very informative

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Anna Michelle
October 12, 2015 at 5:14 pm27

Dash over – Microsoft Word sometimes does that

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Steve Gritchen Jr
October 12, 2015 at 5:41 pm27

Which would be nice another red flag. If someone is copy pasting messages then they are sending that same message to hundreds if not thousands of ads

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Anna Michelle
October 12, 2015 at 8:39 pm27

I don't believe that a positive feedback has to do anything with releasing money. It's a bunch of baloney. A lot of buyers just don't leave any feedback, and money is released anyway. I've never tried to request $$ from PP before actually paying for the shipping label, so can't comment on that. Furthermore, how can anyone send money as a payment for goods when NONE IS SOLD, beats me

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Franklin Trebor
November 16, 2015 at 3:07 am28

I responded to a CraigsList ad for an iMac "almost new in box"… it was a local ad in Ventura California. I got an email that was almost word-for-word the same as the one you shared with us. This time it was "Julie" and she sent me more photos of the computer, but she said she just moved to Edmonton, Canada, and she hoped we could still do the deal…

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Eugene Dillon
December 26, 2015 at 4:29 am28

Looking or a vacation to Clearwater Florida, for God's sake be very carefull with Craigs list. If they give you a bank account with account number and routing number DO NOT SEND THEM YOUR MONEY

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Kathy Joyce Larkin
December 30, 2015 at 1:53 am28

Just had a text from phone number 407-270-3453 trying to do the paypal scam for a used car.

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Adam Swiech
March 14, 2016 at 3:20 am25

Daniel Thomas paypal scam

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Stephanie Clay
May 16, 2016 at 5:29 pm23

How about them sending you a check via usps with tracking and using the name Annie walters

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Angela
July 7, 2016 at 8:58 am23

i get that all the time. they send me checks over night wanting me to cash the check and send funds via money gram. They normally get you with the work from home ad.

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