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Elk Grove, CA, United States
2013-01-13 17:37:10
Classified Ads Scam
Craigslist (
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Bill Mazzola / Zeez Nicholas
Email Address: /
I received an email from Zeez Nicholas (,
\"I have just seen your ad and I\'m interested. Please let me know if its still available for sale.\"

I responded that it was. I then received an email from Bill Mazzola ( which read,
\"Hello, Thanks for the response, I\'m glad to know its still available. I\'m willing to pay your asking price. I will likely make payment by Money Order as its the only way I can pay you at the moment as I\'m actually out of the State due to my post in the US NAVY. I will make arrangement for pick-up after payment has been received by you. I don\'t mind adding a little extra $30 so you can keep it in my should get your payment in within 4 - 6 business days. Kindly reply with your full name, cell phone number,and address where payment will be sent, I will appreciate if you can get the ad off Craigslist so I can be sure you are keeping it in my favor.
Awaiting your reply.\"

Nice try, but you\'re not fooling me. Don\'t get scammed by these people... expose, expose, expose!
Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-06-03 23:22:43
Maureen Mazzola
Email Address:
We listed an item for sale on Craigslist ~ received a text from "Bill" requesting our name & address to send payment to. Being a trusting person I emailed the information and have received emails similar to others that have reported:
"Your payment was mailed out but I just found out that you were overpaid. The payment meant for another transaction was made out in your name and sent to you. However I want to believe I won't have a problem with you on this. Once you receive the payment, Please proceed to the bank and cash the money order, deduct your money and send back the balance to me through western union. So I can get this resolved and then proceed with arrangement for pick-up. Once more, I hope I can fully trust you with this? I will await your response on this so my mind can be at rest. Thanks"
Then received various emails indicating payment had been sent (that's when we became a little wary of this whole deal):
"I just confirmed the payment has been delivered to you Today. Once you have the Check, deposited into your bank account, then deduct your money and withdraw the balance money, Take it to the nearest MoneyGram Outlet and send the balance money through money transfer to:
Name : Maureen Mazzola City : Elkhorn State : Wisconsin Zip code : 53121
After sending the money, please email me the following transfer details: 1.REFERENCE NUMBER 2. SENDER'S NAME 3. TOTAL AMOUNT SENT AFTER DEDUCTING TRANSFER CHARGES (please pay the transfer charges from my balance money) Please ensure you get this done today. Once I received the MoneyGram transfer details from you, I will email the details on how the pick-up will be effected. Thanks"
I am now refusing to respond, as we HAVE NOT received any payment and just now began researching the email & name through various search engines to find that we have been scammed...

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