The Better Business Bureau is warning of a scam going on where craigslist sellers claim to be participating in a BBB buyers protection program. The thing is there is no such thing as a BBB buyers protection program. As you can see any idiot can slap a BBB logo on their site.
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I’m sure by now you’re all familiar with the story about Tim McLean. He was the 22-year-old Canadian who was beheaded on a Greyhound Bus by a lunatic.
Well, showing that humanity knows no depths of depravity someone has used Facebook to scam people out of unknown dollars by posing as McLean’s sister.
The scammer set up a Facebook and a Paypal account where people could donate money to ‘cover funeral costs’.
Tim McLean’s family have set up a donation program to cover his funeral costs except it’s not through Paypal but through an actual bank.
The scammer seems to have fallen off the face of the earth now. RCMP is investigating.
These scammers are the kind of people who have a special place in hell reserved just for them.
This scam is a common occurrence at one of my other popular blogs, craigscrimelist but this is the first time I’ve heard of this kind of scam on MySpace. Hell, I didn’t even know that MySpace had a classifieds section.
Anyway this gentleman from Florida placed an ad to sell his car on MySpace. He was asking for $13K. The ‘buyer’, who went by Josh Brolin, sent a check for $21K. The seller deposited the check and pocketed the extra cash. Hey, guess what, the check was a fake and now the seller owes the bank $7K according to the article.
I say this a lot at my other site. When doing business with an online classified site, local only and cash only.
This story comes to us from the bustling metropolis of Boise, Idaho and it’s a rather bizarre tale. It seems there was an ad on craigslist for a free iPod Nano. Too good to be true you say? You have no idea.
“I responded to it with the anticipation that several other people would because it seemed a little odd,” said a woman, we’re calling Sarah to hide her identity.
Sarah heard back almost immediately.
“I did get response back from him with a little story about how he had a wife cheating on him and he needed to take her ipod from her and give it away because of the situation he had had with her,” said Sarah.
The man told Sarah he was going to hide the Ipod from his wife in a public place and arrange for someone to take it.
All she had to do was show up to at the Youth Sports Complex Park on McMillan Road around 10:30 p.m.
Those who responded to the ad were told to come to this porta potty and that the Ipod would be right in front of the toilet paper holder
“It sounded very odd so what my husband and I did was get the emergency dispatch number for the police… drove past the park saw a car sitting there,” said Sarah.
Sarah says the car was right next to the porta potty.
She and her husband drove across the street to a near by shopping area and called Boise police.
They responded quickly and took the man into custody.
“The police told us that he had had a black nylon mask on his face, a lap top in his car that he had been email people on, a black pair of gloves a butcher knife and a beebe gun,” said Sarah.
32 year old, Stephen Donald Newman, of Meridian was arrested and charged with 2 misdemeanors – being in a park after hours and carrying a concealed weapon.
Since no felony had been committed, he was able to quickly bond out of jail.
Now that Newman is free, Sarah is afraid of retaliation which is why she has chosen to hide her identity.
And what did craigslist have to say? The usual…
We attempted to reach Craigslist for comment but have not yet heard back from them.
Craiglist says that their ads are policed by its users. But in this case every cop is a criminal.
Apparently craigslist has become the internet home of scammers everywhere. This time it’s a woman by the name of Claudia Lindhorst who also uses the aliases Leni Campbell and Claudia Becker. She’s been arrested and charged with identity theft, grand theft, burglary and forgery.
In the most recent incidents, Lindhorst allegedly posted craigslist ads offering to sell airline tickets, which were sometimes purchased with stolen credit card numbers, Gouldson said. Customers paid cash for the tickets.
“For some people, it actually worked,” Gouldson said, and they got on their flights without incident. But other customers would show up at the airport and discover their tickets had been canceled.
She had been convicted of forgery and identity theft in her native Germany and was apparently fleeing warrants when she came to the United States about a year ago, authorities said. Since then, she has allegedly scammed people in Florida, Texas and California.
I guess the old saying applies here. If you see something on craigslist that’s too good to be true it probably is.