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Anonymous
Little Rock, AR, United States
2014-12-23 11:00:43
Classified Ads Scam
Craigslist (craiglist.com)
+4 Craig's list purchase inquiry appears to be scam  
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Michael Douglas
Email Address:
   douglasmike233@gmail.com
Received SMS asking me to email info to Michael Douglas on a houseboat that I have for sale. So I did. Within five minutes, I received a response from Michael Douglas as shown below. Checked using google and found that the same phone number had been used in a previous scam attempt. The language and content leads me to believe that this is a scam, probably attempting to get my PayPal account information.


Thanks for the mail. My name is Michael Douglas, Am buying this for my son as a birthday gift and i don't want him to know about it and i am not in town at the moment because am in the Army and i am 1SG (E-8) and have been in camp for some time also we are not allowed to make or receive calls frequently for security reasons but we have internet access and that is our major means of communication to the outside world. So can you assure me i will not be disappointed buying this from you ? I have a mover that will come for pickup once payment clears first.

Whats its condition, any damages?
Are you the original owner and what is your reason for selling?
Do you have a verified account with PayPal ?

Looking forward to read back from you.
Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2015-08-18 00:44:12
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Michael Douglas
Email Address:
   douglasmichael204@gmail.com
A phone number of 2034080339 said he was Mat and that his friend was interested in the Horse Trailer i have for sale and to email him at douglasmichael204@gmail.com. I sent an email and he replied with the following email.
As I am also in the Army, I inquired about some questions that only a Soldier would be able to answer.
I haven't Received a response yet.
This is obvious a Craigslist Scammer.
Beware the Stolen Valuer Scammer.

Scam Email
Thanks for your response, I am sorry I am not available to view due to the nature of my job, I am in the United States Army and serve as a CBRN Specialist (74D). I want to buy this for future use. I am currently deployed wont be back till December. We are not allowed to make or receive calls frequently for security reasons but we have internet access and that is our major means of communication to the outside world. I am OK with your asking price and if you don't mind, I can only pay through PayPal at the moment because its the most secure way to make or receive payment online this is why I'll prefer using PayPal to pay you, all I need is your PayPal email to make the payment and if you don't have a PayPal account, its pretty easy to set up at www.paypal.com. I also have a few questions for you. Whats its condition, any damages? Are you the original owner and what is your reason for selling?and last asking price? I hope you consider my offer. I am ready to buy, so you can take the add off Craigslist. I'll have a courier person come for pick up and storage after I make payment and money is in your hand. Thanks for understanding, hope to read from you soon.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2015-07-22 10:44:30
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Michael Douglas
Email Address:
   michaeldouglasss82@gmail.com
Telephone:
   +12342531726
I was trying to sell my vehicle as I no longer want it. This person replied saying to email his friend more info. I first thought that the guy didn't have a phone. So I emailed him. Told him all about my vehicle. His response was:
Thanks for the mail. My name is Michael Douglas, Am buying this for my son as a birthday gift and i don't want him to know about it and i am not in town at the moment because am in the Army and i am 1SG (E-8) and have been in camp for some time also we are not allowed to make or receive calls frequently for security reasons but we have internet access and that is our major means of communication to the outside world. So can you assure me i will not be disappointed buying this from you ? I have a mover that will come for pickup once payment clears first.
Whats its condition, any damages? Are you the original owner and what is your reason for selling? Do you have a verified account with PayPal ?
Looking forward to read back from you..

Scam Email
Google mail

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2015-07-15 16:41:03
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Michael Douglass
Email Address:
   michaeldouglass201@gmail.com
Placed an add on craigslist. Within 10-15 minutes, was contacted via text message from a "Mat," asking me to email to Michaeldouglass201@gmail.com. I did, and he responded with the following message. Thankfully, a quick email search led me to your site and you saved me from getting scammed! When I inquired that what he was suggesting is illegal (actual purchaser needs to sign bill of sale....duh) he said his agent would handle all of that. I said no thanks and haven't heard back. Filed a report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center but I doubt they can do anything about it seeing as how I didn't lose any money over this.

Scam Email
Subject: Re: Per your request, information about 2000 Ford Ranger XLT
From: Michael douglass date: Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 3:42 PM
mailed-by: gmail.com
signed-by: gmail.com

Thanks for the mail. My name is Michael Douglas, Am buying this for my son as a birthday gift and i don't want him to know about it and i am not in town at the moment because am in the Army and i am 1SG (E-8) and have been in camp for some time also we are not allowed to make or receive calls frequently for security reasons but we have internet access and that is our major means of communication to the outside world. So can you assure me i will not be disappointed buying this from you ? I have a mover that will come for pickup once payment clears first. Whats its condition, any damages? Are you the original owner and what is your reason for selling? Do you have a verified account with PayPal ? Looking forward to read back from you..

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2015-03-18 08:34:39
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Douglasmike233@gmail.com
Email Address:
   Douglasmike233@gmail.com
Telephone:
   2053129805
i have the same email. but from different number - 205/312-9805 which is out of Boston i do believe.

Scam Email
2nd email - Thanks for the response and thanks for getting back to me!. I do appreciate the way you answered my questions and i do believe i wont be disappointed buying the 96 jimmy from you because am serious and interested in it. Im satisfied with it's condition and am sure my son will love and enjoy it more than you did. I have a private courier agent that will come for the pick up after the payment and sign all necessary documents transferring the name of ownership and signing of all paperwork will be done by the hauler agent on my behalf also i would love to assure you that the 96 jimmy wont leave your side until the money is in your account and clears i will be patient with you as am an honest man and a man of my word so once all this is done then we can now both schedule the pickup time and date. Since I'm requesting this transaction to be done via PayPal, I will be responsible for all the PayPal fees/charges on this transaction, I hope we can make this transaction as fast as possible. As I look forward to hearing from you with your PayPal information as requested below. 1st email Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:37:47 +0100 Subject: Re: 96 jimmy From: douglasmike233@gmail.com Thanks for the mail. My name is Michael Douglas, Am buying this for my son as a birthday gift and i don't want him to know about it and i am not in town at the moment because am in the Army and i am 1SG (E-8) and have been in camp for some time also we are not allowed to make or receive calls frequently for security reasons but we have internet access and that is our major means of communication to the outside world. So can you assure me i will not be disappointed buying this from you ? I have a mover that will come for pickup once payment clears first. Whats its condition, any damages? Are you the original owner and what is your reason for selling? Do you have a verified account with PayPal ? Looking forward to read back from you. Your PayPal e-Mail Address : PayPal Acct Name: Firm Price: Home Address/ Pickup location Info: Cell Phone Number#: Hope to read back from you!

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