How to Screw With Craigslist Scammers

So, I'm trying to unload a bunch of crap because I have too much of it and before I end up on an episode of Hoarders, I figured I'd attempt to make at least a fraction of my money back on said crap.

I've listed a ton of decent stuff: furniture, my TV, art, blah blah. So far, I'm getting the usual cheap asses, flakes and scammers. Lots and lots of scammers.

I also list my foster cats up for adoption on CL and I was shocked when I got an inquiry from a scammer not that long ago offering to mail me a check for the cat, which I knew would be over the amount (what amount I have no idea, the cats were never "for sale") with the expectation that I would Western Union the remainder to the scammer or however it is these assholes operate. Yeah, sure, let me get right on that.

So when I got an email about my PlayStation3 from an obvious scammer, I just knew what I had to do.

Note to anyone unfamiliar with how these scams work, here's how you know it's a scam: it feels like a scam. Basically any time someone isn't local, demands to use PayPal, or offers you more than you actually asked for the item, it's a scam. Teen Mom Farrah Abraham -- who might not be the sharpest tool in the shed -- famously fell for a Craigslist scam while cameras were rolling, and great mother that she is, let her baby fall off the bed as she angrily tried to get her money back over the phone. Whoops.

Craigslist scammer
Was it something I said?
(larger version)

An alternate version of this response uses your local FBI office as the address to ship a "check" to. Chances are the authorities won't do anything about it but it's better than even letting that crap touch your own mailbox.

Suffice to say, I did not get a response after that last email. I checked in one last time to make sure everything was OK but... again... nothing.

Too bad, she seemed like such a nice lady.

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


mike said...

what if i were to set up a new paypal account and a new bank account and let them transfer the money to the new paypal.... then i transfer to the new bank account, withdraw the funds and close both accounts.... think this can be done?

Anonymous said...

Yes, but PayPal will put you in collections for the amount after the scammer filed a case. You will walk away with the cash, however.