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Anonymous
Plymouth, MN, United States
2014-07-30 17:01:08
Classified Ads Scam
Autotrader (autotrader.com)
+8 AutoTrader.com car purchase scam - Sherry ClarkEmail Attached  
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Sherry Clark
Email Address:
   sherryc247@gmail.com
I placed an ad online at Auto Trader and was contacted by Sherry Clark as being interested in purchasing my car. She used this common email address after texting me from 512-548-7223 stating she could not call because she was at work. In the email, it details how she wants to pay via PayPal because it is secure and easy. She would have someone come and pick up the car when it clears my account, as she is stationed in the Persian Gulf and is buying it for her son in TX as a gift.
After speaking with Auto trader and PayPal, I determined it was a scam. PayPal does not offer purchase or selling protection on items that are picked up (only on shipped items). This red flag convinced me that it was a scam, as they could have the money put in my account and afterward PayPal
could take it back after finding out the funds were fraudulent leaving me with no car or money.
Beware of Sherry Clark!!!
Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-11-15 09:33:26
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Sherry croft
Auto trader - called wanting to PayPal funds. Buying for son... Same as the other posts.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-09-06 01:42:39
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Jake Lloyd
Email Address:
   jakelloyd38@yahoo.com
I placed an ad on Autotrader and was contacted not even 48 hours later by Sherry Croft. She sent me a text message and gave me an email address to reach her at. I emailed her and she later emailed me back and told me she is in the military and a widow, and would pay the listed price for my car, but first I need to setup a paypal account.
This is a duckin scam.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-08-27 14:43:06
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Sam
I am glad I saw this. I just got the same text message asking if this was still available. Should I just tell her only if I can pay through paypal before telling them to go f*** themselves?

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-08-24 14:27:30
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Sherry Clark
Email Address:
   sherryc247@gmail.com
Telephone:
   647-795-2067
Sent a text asking if the vehicle listed on auto trader today is still available. Found this when I put her email into Google. Thanks for the heads up everyone

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-08-16 14:47:20
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   James
Email Address:
   tucsboy@att.net
This was in regards to a Auto Trader ad. I got a text message saying "Do you still have the vehicle you listed on Autotrader? kindly email me at tucsboy@att.net Email only cos am at work. James" I just thought it sounded a little shaky, so I did not reply.

No Name   (Triangle, VA, United States) Added the following extra information on :2014-08-11 11:15:57
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Sherry Croft
Email Address:
   sherryc247@gmail.com
Same as the scams listed above saying she was with Coast Guard serving in Gulf and wanted to use PayPal. Alert

Scam Email
Text message, then follow up e-mail

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-08-11 10:23:30
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Sherry Croft
Email Address:
   sherryc247@gmail.com
Same as other people's experience; posted a vehicle on AutoTrader, within an hour got a text saying she couldn't talk because she was at work, asked to email instead, says she is a 'widow' working for the Coast Guard in the 'northern persian gulf' and was buying it for her son. Tried to use same PayPal story. Immediately willing to pay asking price w/o any real interest in the condition of the vehicle.
Thanks very much for posting to this site.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-07-30 19:14:45
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Sherry Croft
Email Address:
   sherryc247@gmail.com
Thanks to the above/other report on sherry croft or Clark I was able to discern that her offer for my car was also fraudulent. She claims to be a US Coast Guard and unable to take personal calls due to this and being a widow (?!?). Apparently, she claim she is buying the car for her son in TX and will pay the asking price as long as I set up a paypal account. This woman is obv running a scam! So beware of any Sherry C's.

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