I found him on Craigslist

Unprofessional contractor behavior:

No this isn’t a casual encounters story. It’s a story of a contractor who has been accused of scamming.

I received an e-mail from a reader from Southern California who claims he has been ripped off by one Ross Emmick of the Mesa, Arizona area. The article I linked to tells you the story of how one woman from Phoenix was allegedly ripped off. That was back in March and according to the e-mail Emmick moved on to California.

I am one of many scammed on Craigslist. Having been burned and now I’m taking a/ closer look, doing what everyone should do – due diligence -I now realize I am by far not alone. Small consolation, I’d rather have my money back frankly. So here is our story; We met someone selling discounted Murphy beds on Craigslist. He drives from His home in Mesa, Arizona and sells Murphy/wall beds all over Southern California. We only only found out later that he does this because some of the locals are already on to him so it’s time to move onto greener pastures.

Here is a link to a news story about this guy, Ross Paul Emmick, who rips people off on Murphy beds via Craigslist. You gotta love how the piece starts: “I met hm on Craigslist”:

Our experience was very similar to hers. All around an incredibly bad experience for us. We’re out $1900 and we’ve had to deal with in addition to being the worst manufacturer of Murphy beds in the world this intimidating, rage-alholic, incredibly dangerous and dysfunctional personality. So consider yourselves warned. I do this merely to warn others, I wish I had known in advance and I’m ashamed to admit it but a simple 10-second Google search would have sufficed to have protected us from this guy.

A Google search is great but if you want to go more in depth you may want to check with the Better Business Bureau as well. There are also paid sites where you can see if other people have had similar good or bad experiences with contractors.

Stay tuned Monday for the next chance to win your own craigscrimelist t-shirt.

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Illinois Army National Guard craigslist scam

Scammers Claim To Be Deploying Illinois National Guard Soldier:

Law enforcement in the state of Illinois, where their motto is ‘the s is silent’, are warning residents about a craigslist scam claiming that the seller is in the Illinois Army National Guard and is deploying to Iraq. The point of the scam is to gain your personal information and steal your identity.

Much like the African Christian Missionaries if we had as many deploying National Guard were actually deploying as the scammers claim then there would be peace in the Middle East by now.

It is possible to screen ads so that things like this are far less likely to happen. Try Geebo.com, where they screen all their ads before they are ever posted on their site.

Win a free t-shirt, Scam Free.

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Kentucky Craigslist Contractor in the Klink

Shepherdsville man scammed people using Craigslist, police say:

33-year-old Jason Douglas Quick of Shepherdsville, Kentucky was arrested in Bullitt County after he allegedly scammed some people out of some money.

Quick is accused of posting an ad on craigslist for his services as a contractor and then accepting money but not doing any work. Not surprisingly he’s not a licensed contractor.

If you’re looking for a contractor I would recommend contacting the Better Business Bureau or using a service like Angie’s List.

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Coca-Cola Facebook scam

Facebook Warning: Coca-Cola Ad Scam:

The Blog Herald is reporting that there is a scam propagating on Facebook that involves Coca-Cola.

This is what you have to look out for…

“I am part of the 98.0% of people that are NEVER gonna drink Coca Cola again after this HORRIFIC video.” which then shows a link to the product.

Don’t click on it, it’s nothing more than a phishing scam looking for your personal information. If a friend has sent it to you their Facebook account may have been compromised.

There’s no such thing as a free iPad

Hey, Craigslist Users, There Are No Free iPads:

It seems that the latest scam on craigslist involves craigslist itself.

Users of craigslist have been receiving very official looking e-mails stating that they’re entitled to a free iPad.

Of course the e-mail is a fake. Even Craig Newmark said so.

Plus that would require craigslist to spend some of their sex ad money.

Scammer poses as decapitated man's sister on Facebook

Online scammer posed as beheaded man’s sister, family says:

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.

Man ripped off in MySpace scam

MySpace Car Scam:

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.

Beware craigslist bearing iPods

Meridian Man Arrested in Park with a Knife:

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.

Big time craigslist scammer busted

Redwood City woman charged with Internet scams, credit card fraud:

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.