Buying or Selling? An Investigation into Craigslist Scams

Eric Vanderburg

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 in order to help you avoid these traps and keep your hard-earned money.

The seller’s 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 information.  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.

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 normal 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 certain sites or for email domains.  The subdomains, however will have a period between the domain name and the subdomain.  If this was 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 company name and some information in these fields.  You can also see that the site was only registered on 5-22-2012 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.

The buyer’s 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 local.  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?

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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 number.  Here is a snippet from the results of the number I searched for on MrNumber.com.

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.

Conclusion:

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 a great 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

Comments

  1. says

    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.

  2. Paul says

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

  3. Harry says

    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

  4. Elvis James says

    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

  5. David says

    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!

  6. Mat says

    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?

  7. Thomas says

    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

  8. Donny says

    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

  9. Hong says

    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, :)

  10. Morenike Yusuf says

    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?

  11. Jordan Campbell says

    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.

  12. Alejandro says

    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.

  13. Alejandro says

    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.

  14. Luba says

    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!

  15. Hakiky says

    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.

  16. zilla says

    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

  17. ez.ucef says

    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.”

  18. Roland says

    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.

  19. djmichaels says

    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!

  20. Hector Gomez says

    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

  21. Emily Horton says

    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

  22. Fred says

    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.

  23. Bart says

    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

  24. Sal says

    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!

  25. Cheryl says

    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.

  26. Michael says

    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.

  27. Ben says

    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”

  28. Robert says

    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!

  29. twexter says

    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.

  30. Sparky says

    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?

  31. Monicca says

    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!!!

  32. Oge says

    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!!

  33. Auldz says

    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?

  34. Auldz says

    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.”

  35. Suzana says

    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!

  36. Suzana says

    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.

  37. Gail says

    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.

  38. M.Gladiator says

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

  39. Rosie says

    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

    • says

      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.

  40. Alex says

    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.

  41. JFN says

    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!

  42. Mike says

    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.

  43. akif says

    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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  45. Mark says

    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.

  46. Bella says

    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!

  47. Lisa says

    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.

  48. Harry says

    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

  49. RandyPD says

    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..

    • says

      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.

  50. Nicole says

    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

  51. Andy says

    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.

  52. Stella says

    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!

  53. Daniel says

    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.

  54. Frank says

    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.

  55. Richard Rose says

    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.

  56. Kady says

    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.

  57. Chris says

    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?

  58. Shiva says

    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! :)

  59. Song says

    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.

  60. Sonia says

    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.

  61. Gerald says

    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.

  62. Bukky says

    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!!!!!!

  63. Paul says

    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.

  64. R says

    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!

  65. Ryan L. says

    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?!?!

  66. dand says

    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…

  67. Amber says

    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… :(

  68. Larry says

    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.

  69. says

    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.

  70. Christi says

    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

  71. Joelcio says

    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!!

  72. says

    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.

  73. Karishma says

    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.

  74. Sky Allison says

    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!

  75. Kim says

    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.

  76. Christina says

    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.

  77. Daniel Walter says

    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!

  78. Sally says

    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’)

  79. Rafael says

    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.

  80. tia says

    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!!!!!

  81. Samantha says

    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!

  82. cassandra says

    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?

  83. Jim says

    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

  84. Niki says

    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.

  85. Italia says

    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.

    —-

    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.

    —-

    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.

    —–

    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.

    —-

    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!

  86. Ofir says

    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

  87. Sally says

    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.

  88. Josh says

    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….

  89. Wayne says

    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!

  90. Kyle says

    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.

  91. Joe says

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

    • says

      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.

  92. sonia says

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

  93. Elle says

    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.

  94. Ramesh says

    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.

    • says

      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.

  95. Mark says

    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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