Friday, April 30, 2010

Spoof Sites

These fake domains are primarily used by scammers to send emails to intended victims.
The scammers use the domains to "spoof" or pretend to be legitimate companies.
The emails are fake and use some of the wording and images stolen from the real companies.
Its difficult for some inexperienced internet users to determine the validity of these domains and the emails they receive.
Please forward all fake eBay emails to
Have one to add to the list? Amazon-Payments also
    (related to  )  killed  google@invoice-check​  eBay VPP  Google Checkout   eBay Motors - uShip Inc  eBay Inc. VPP Financial Department
safe transactions
buyer protection  pretending to be eBay ebay  AutoTrader  eBay  Thanks to Rock from Canada for the heads up!  and related domain  Google Checkout   GOOGLE@CHECKOUT-TRANSACTION-VEHICLE.COM A Happy DreamHost Customer scammer has other site mentioned here. scammer using to register fraud domain   eBay Invoice  aka  aka customer spoofing I tried to get some information from an apparent intended victim in Zanesville, Oh, but they wouldn't cooperate, its a shame. Lets hope no one is defrauded because of this. scammers using forged email for fake mails is the actual email they are using spoof email
thanks to Regions Financial Corporation in Adamsville, Alabama for the tip
(Thanks to Clark Thomas & Winters for the tip) fake email address Thanks to Jbg Associates Llc for the tip and to the FBI for the email address. aw-confirm@
Thanks to Toys R Us, Hawthorne NJ for this "tip" eBay
Its important to give details on these scams.
Someone from University Of Florida refused to give details.
Thanks to Francis Hamlin Co Hamlin Pools in Pharr Tx for this "tip" fake eBay auction page
(Thanks for the tip from the person in Michigan!!!!) eBay Payments
(Thanks to the person from Wisconsin for the tip)
(Thanks to Hughes Network Systems for the tip!!) eBay Thanks Turner Broadcasting System for the tip! CHECKOUT@EBAY-MOTORS.COM (Thanks to the Texas AG for the tip) support@ (Thanks to Basf Corporation for the tip) . (Thanks to the person from Greenville, NC for the tip)
reported to Google and still active -


Fred Harmonium said...

Yes, I guessed. :) You bring up a very good point. I have never, *ever* received a reply or response from dozens of such abuse reports to the registrar, GoDaddy. I've even approached ICANN and they have no sense of urgency, either. What's a scamfighter to do? How do we leverage our efforts?

OBTW, 95% of the Godaddy/Google scam sites were "disabled" (but not deaded) after I submitted abuse reports to Google. While I am not 100% satisfied with the Google countermeasures, the host seemed to snuff out the activity without killing the domain. I haven't the tools to verify whatever action Google takes to silence the scammer on that specific domain.

William's Dad said...

Excuse what?
I enjoyed your post. I also feel that by posting these domains people will be able to see that they're fraud when they Google them.
I've already had several people view this blog as a result of the post. I hope they're smart enough to not go through with the scam.

Anonymous said...

I have a good one. What email can I send the thread to?

William's Dad said...

Anonymous said... is still active. Apparently it's based on Google sites. Disappointing to read that they are slow or not responding more aggressively.

Anonymous said...

I had a guy looking to sell me a motorcycle and was offering e-bay protection through
eBay sent this message to John Karter
Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay.
eBay Purchase Protection Program Case 4507874887
Item - 2004 Honda Goldwing

William's Dad said...

Please include DETAILS in your posts.
The scammer's email address
The payment method.
The place where the ad is.

William's Dad said...
is using this bank account.

Submit payment through a bank wire transfer of US $12,000.00 into the following account before payment due date June 5, 2010

Account Manager:Verisovat Bodeman
Account Number:897 622 619
Bank Name: Chase Bank
10 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60670
United States
ABA RT(Routing #):071 000 013

Send a fax copy of the transfer confirmation receipt at +(1) (888) 848-8793

scammer's email
Antonio Rodriguez []
Pretending to sell a 2007 Lexus LS460

Anonymous said...

I found a 2007 Mercedes-Benz on Craigslist that was being sold for $4,500.00 by someone who claimed to be Amanda Swasho ( and claimed that her husband died a month ago and she moved to Canada to live with her parents (and even added because they're old... ha!). She however did not answer any of my questions that I asked her about the car (its features, interior, etc.) and even added, "I apologize if I'm pushing too much." Here's what her "address" is:

Amanda Swasho
16 Troisieme Rg
St-Antonin, QC G0L 2J0

And she said that she even agrees to pay shipping from Canada and if we didn't like it, to even pay the returning shipping amount! Wow, what a deal!

The ebay agent's name that she fabricated was:

Receiver's Name: Carlos Rodriguez

Receiver's Address: 8992 SW 124th St, Miami, FL 33176
Amount: US $4,500.00

And send the receipt to the fax number: (206) 339-0456


Whew! Almost flushed my $4500 bucks down the drain (and we were in a sorta tight financial situation)!

Anonymous said...

Also add "" to the list of scams!! It almost stole my $4500 for a fake 2007 Mercedes-Benz M-Class from Charlotte, NC!!!

William's Dad said... and are already in the list
Was payment to be made using Western Union or MoneyGram?

Anonymous said...

I was just on Craigslist for Missoula Montana and found a 2009 Dodge durango for 4400. It was the exact same info as the above 2007 Mercedes. Same email address and exact words used in her reply... if it is too good to be must be! Didnt come close to making a deal, but she spoke of using the 3rd party ebay protection to assist in the deal.

Anonymous said...

Hi there, Thanks for this site... have someone waiting for me to send money to 'ebay vehicle protection right now (june 23, 2010) Was looking at a bmw motorcycle. Told me her husband died last month etc...etc... what a con!

here is the email address and senders name and address given - (address is actually a house contractors address in Quebec with no connection to this scammer!)

Sheila Elliott
16 Troisieme Rg
St-Antonin, QC G0L 2J0

"ebay agent" then sent me this!
Send Western Union Transfer to the designated eBay agent below:

Receiver's Name: Charles Ward
Receiver's Address: 1041 NW 103rd St., Miami, FL 33150
Amount: US $3,990.00

well, thanks again for trying to stop these cowards.
hope this post helps someone else too.

William's Dad said...

Please post the email addresses the scammers are using.

Anonymous said...

6-24-10 This "nice" person is running a scam on craigslist for Rhino ATVs. They use fake or stolen images. Have a great price and are some how desperate to sell (lost a family member or going off to Iraq). They like email address ( and are using as a cover. Even have a great "Return policy". They will refuse to send a title for the vehicle, something about a contract agreement with ebay. They will always "have to" ship it. Will not let you see the vehicle. If you can't see it don't expect to get anything shipped from these guys - eBay Customer Support []. They sure abuse eBay's good name. Be careful out there, Paul

William's Dad said...

When did eBay aquire a good name?

Anonymous said...

I use Ebay alot and have had only one problem with a seller about 8 years ago. Since then Ebay has set up buyer protection plans with user ratings and actual contact information. It's a far cry better then other systems. Paul

Anonymous said...

here is another one for you - hope the feds catch all these little bastards but that is prob not possible. i baited this one out to get more info on the scam for the feds

Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 11:06:52 -0700
Subject: eBay Motors Payment Instructions #34489211
From: ebay-motors@transactions-customer-support.coM
eBay Motors Payment Instructions #34489211
Payment Information:

* Invoice#: 34489211
* Subtotal: US $8,500.00
* Down Payment: US $4,250.00 (Remaining Balance 4,250.00)
* Sales Tax: US $0.00
* Total Due: US $8,500.00

eBay Escrow Payment Details: Payment must be submitted via MoneyGram wire transfer to eBay Motors agent. eBay will secure the payment until the Buyer receives, inspects and accepts the vehicle. Or, if it is the case, eBay will refund the payment to the Buyer

* eBay Agent's Name: DAVID WINSTON (use this as beneficiary)
* Address: 6559 5TH AVE
* City/State/Zip: LOS ANGELES,CA,90043

Locate the nearest MoneyGram Agent location by clicking here.
You have to go at any MoneyGram office with cash and send the payment to our agent, using his name and address.
This transaction is 100% legit and all your funds are fully insured by our company.
After the payment is made send us the receipt from MoneyGram by FAX or send a scanned copy (e-Mail).
Fax us the payment receipt to the following fax number: +(1) (206) 337-4069



Hi ,

I'm a flight attendant at American Airlines and because I'm away most of the time I will not be able to deal in person. I had pre-arranged the deal with eBay so my presence is not necessary , the truck is in their possession ready to be delivered. eBay will handle this transaction for me. The truck is insured in case of damage and it takes 5 days to be delivered at your door. It will come with all the necessary paperwork (clear title, bill of sale, user's manual,insurance etc). You will receive all the original documents and keys with the truck . I signed all the paperwork and the clear title is ready to be transferred to the new owner.

Please get back to me with your full name, full address so i can forward your details to eBay in order for you to receive the invoice regarding the terms and conditions of this transaction.

William's Dad said...

What is the seller's email address?
Where was the ad placed?

Anonymous said...

Another Scammer
Personal scammer email :
invoice email :

Invoice for eBay Purchase Program, Case ID FZR654GBR, between Timotty Pollsen, as Seller, and --------- , as Buyer. Please follow our instructions to complete the transaction safely.

Name: Timotty Pollsen
8 Gore Ave
Glasgow , SC45 7ED

Payment Details:
Invoice # : FZR654GBR
Due Date: JUN/28/2010
Sale price: US $1,400.00
Shipping costs: US $0.00
Total: US $1,400.00

Locate the nearest Money Gram office click here.
Make the payment with cash using the eBay Representative details.
Please send us a copy of the Money Gram receipt by fax at :

International : 001 719 623 0401
USA : 719 623 0401

eBay Representative Details :
First Name : Aaron
Last Name: McBride
Address: 17 Noel St
City: London
Zip: W1F7TS
Country: United Kingdom
Amount to be sent: US $1,400.00

Anonymous said...

almost just got robbed. thanks for having this web site open and posting all of this.

guy said his name was John durden was using ebay payment protection bullshit


William's Dad said... has fake ads plastered all over the internet for a 2001 Nissan Maxima GLE.
I need more data.
email of fake eBay site?
payment method and instructions

ZF said...

I bought two iphone 4 for this seller:
ebay id: juliusworldmart, as:

Timotty Pollsen

Same transaction ID, FZR654GBR, everything is same. I send the money for Aaron McBride on monday. The seller, Timotty is not answering for my emails. What do i now?

William's Dad said...

Did you use Western Union?
Did you use MoneyGram?
Did they warn you not to use their services for internet transactions?
These companies should clearly tell their customers of the dangers of these types of transactions.

William's Dad said...

Please forward the emails to me:

William's Dad said...

Received from a viewer in Hawaii who asked me to post in order to help OTHERS.


Here are several email addresses I received for a Lexus I was interested in purchasing. I first found it on craigslist, then the person pretended they were eBay motors asking me to money gram the deposit, they even had a valid Vin number for the vehicle. Check them out and post this on the internet they are pretty good. Thanks.

eBay motors VPP Program []

Here is the Vin number they are using:

2006 LEXUS SC 430
VIN: JTHFN48Y569008451

Anonymous said...

Here is one I recieved recently:

My 2006 LEXUS SC 430, 31,560 miles, automatic transmission, 4.3L DOHC SFI 32-valve V8 engine, VIN: JTHFN48Y569008451,is in perfect condition without any mechanical problems,with no damages or hidden defects,no need for additional repairs,no scratches or dents,never been wrecked and no accidents of any kind.clear title without any accidents,liens or loans(you can verify it at with the vin number).
The car comes with all the documents ( title, bill of sale, full service records, etc...) The car has a clear title in my name.

They even have a wesite with awesome pictures of hte car including the vin# on the car. I recieved an email looking exactly like one of eBays pages, when I told them I was only paying directly through ebay paypal they kept insiting that this purchase is protected through ebay vehicle protection program with the moneygram transfer. I kept telling them I want an email sent directly to my ebay email not my personal email and excuses, excuses, and it all sounds really legitimate, but little did they know I did my research and knew what to do. Now I just trying to bait them to make a mistake. I am prtaying that htese guys to fool some one so I am providing the different emails to this site to follow up with. thanks you all for trying to get these guys busted.

Anonymous said...

William Schulz [] selling 2006 Nissan Maxima. On a base in Grand Forks, ND - being deployed in 10 days. I wanted to have family from Fargo come bring him cash and pick up the vehicle. His reply, "The problem is that i can't leave the base because i'm in deployment readiness and that's why i can only do it through ebay."

Anonymous said... - seeling Lexus IS 250 - eBay Invoice came from [] (which is on your list above) is a google apps site. was registered at godaddy last November.

Thanks for being interested in buying my car 2006 Lexus IS 250. It is in a good condition, no scratches,no damages,never been implicated in any accidents,no problems at the engine,runs very well. It has an 6 Cyl engine, 41435 miles, clear title, a perfect car. The price is not negotiable $4,900. The only thing because i am selling it,because i divorced with my husband and after the divorce i own this car,now as a woman i don`t need it(i don`t have driver license)...we will use only eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection to complete the sale. I just need your full name and address so i can open a case.(with no further obligation or fees).


Also, all the pictures of the car had been edited to white out the license plate.

Anonymous said...


You have to know that the
2006 Honda Accord EX/ Navigation System I am selling is 100% working and great looking, no flaws or dents, no scratches or any kind of damage. The title is clear. It has 35,340 miles. The VIN# is 1HGCM56886A007861.This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior look like it just came off the assembly line.
As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay's Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and inspect it (for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied with the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in Madrid,Spain and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between our country and Spain. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in the United States because In order to be able to register this car here, I would have to pay very high import/custom taxes. My final price on it is $ 2900. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 4 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

Thank you and have a nice day, Gerardo
Lt. Gerardo Buyher
4th Combat Engineer Battalion
United States Marine Corps
One team, one fight


William's Dad said...

Please post
The email addresses the scammer is using.
The method of payment.
Where the ad is placed.

Anonymous said...
is also a fraud E-mail (dunno if it's listed above) Avoid!!

William's Dad said...

Its already listed.
Please post
The email addresses the scammer is using.
The method of payment.
Where the ad is placed.

Anonymous said...

I just got one, I found a 2004 Yamaha R6 motorcycle for $2500.00 on and entered into a transaction with the seller, a guy named Chris Wagner. He told me the bike belonged to his son who was killed in Iraq 3 months ago. I keep up with military deaths each week in the paper and I couldn't recall a Wagner, but I just let it ride. Eventually I got a receipt from eBay asking me to get a Western Union money transfer to an eBay agent:

First Name: Derel
Last Name: Fouls
Street: 410 Seagate Drive
City , State: Naples, FL
Zip code: 34103
Country: United States

I transfered the money yesterday and got this back from "eBay":

Dear Customer,

We have received your payment confirmation,we will verify your payment and we will begin the shipping process as soon as possible.

Sincerely, eBay Customer Support Department

I then emailed Chris asking for the details of the shipping. I emailed him several times then Chris emailed me back saying "I'm sure you will be happy with your new bike. please take care of my baby."

.... his baby? I thought it was his son's? Immediately spooked, I called the "customer service" phone number on my eBay receipt. The number was disconnected. At this point, I copied the email I had received my receipt form and Googled it. Thank goodness I did, I found this site with the web address on it and immediately called Western Union customer support. The guy said my money had not been picked up and refunded me. Just waiting on it to show bank in my bank account...

The fraudulent email was:

I am so damn happy this site exists, now I can afford to try and get a legitimate motorcycle! This time I will be more careful.

THANK YOU!!! - Autumn

William's Dad said...

You're welcome!
What was the seller's email address?

Anonymous said...

His email was Is there a place I an turn all my info in to... like the FBI or something to maybe get them to go after this guy? >_< I'm not sure, never been scammed before. I got my money back, but I still don't think he should go on to scam others! - Autumn

William's Dad said...

Anonymous said...

my husband and I just narrowly escaped a scam about an Airstream mobile home. I began to get a little suspicious when the invoice looked different than the invoice I had just received from ebay for something I sold. I was also suspicious about the fact that the trailer was listed on Craiglist but ebay was handling the payment. I checked my messages on ebay and none were listed about this transaction. I talked to the person selling on the phone and they had a strong east indian accent which seemed a possible contradiction the the story about why they were selling the trailer, their son had recently been killed in Iraq. I was also suspicious when the representative picking up the money was in Miami and the trailer was in Topeka, Ks. I checked on ebay and they said they never suggest Western Union cash payment which had been the payment method. So my husband called Western Union who refunded out money. The email sites the scammers used are listed above. The scammers names are none of the ones listed above, Frank and Trisha Anderson. The name of the official representative was Chino Lowe. A close call that was stopped because of sites like this being available to warn. It really is true that if it looks to good to be true, it probably isn't true.

Anonymous said...

Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Again and Again
For this blog
It saved me $3,300!

Anonymous said...

Hi! My husband found a 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 truck in autotrader in state of MD online. The seller was Angela Hightwalker ( We responded by saying we will be there in few days to pick up the truck and give her the money in person. She responded by saying "no" the truck is in Arkansas, and that she moved to Maryland for her new job. She also told us that she got divorced and has been left with this truck which she doesnt need. She added she is a woman without a driver's license. We keept asking her for a phone number to talk to her in person, but she keept writing emails. At one point she gave us a number which when we called, it would go to a fax. She said that the truck will be shipped to us for FREE, since the guy who was supposed to buy the truck from her before, found something different, but already paid for the shipping. What a deal! Truck and shipping from AR to NY all for $3,300!!!! After we gave her our name and address, The ebay agent send us payment instructions:
Transaction#34489217, Manager Samuel Henrics, Address: 750 Van Ness Avenue #204, San Francisco, CA 94158 USA. The instruction said to wire money through moneygram and fax the receipt to 1-206-337-1601. They used real truck picture stolen from ebay. That truck was posted on ebay few weeks ago and did not sell! They also used a real shipping company logo (DAS shipping company). When i contacted the customer support at the end of the page on payment instructions (which is a controlled link), they told me not to worry about anything, that it is 100% legit, and is insured against fraud. They also said that Angela has a special protected account with $6,600 in it, in case something goes wrong! Since we are a transport company, we said we will pick this truck up ourselves in AR. The seller replied that she is so busy and only wants to sell this truck by internet. We said when the shipping company picks up the car, somebody has to be there to give the keys and sign no matter how busy you are. She said the transaction cannot be completed in person, it has to be done through ebay agent because she has a contract with them, and with the shipping company. She said if we are not interested, she will repost the truck for sale again. (...and try to scam somebodyelse...) SCAMMERS!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

We r looking at buying a 07 Yamaha Raptor 700 quad bike for $ (which is very cheap!!!) The guy we r buying it from has contacted us once by private phone 2day but all emails for over a wk now. We asked him for personal details eg mobile ph number and address but he gav us a work cell number because he said he is on a work trial n working nightshifts so only call during work hrs!! He also said no face 2 face!! I thought this sounded sus!! plus he said he would send the bike from Darwin for free which would hav cost us $300!! another thing i think sounded dodgy!! Plus its a Western Union Money Transfer. Please Help my hubby really wants a motorbike but i think we r being scammed!!

William's Dad said...

Please help?
You Googled and found this blog.

The scammer is asking for a Western Union transfer as payment and you still need help?
Thats not enough to convince you its a scam?

You haven't bothered to post any details which are essential to helping others who are being scammed by the same person.
Where is/was the ad?
What other email address is the scammer using?

Its very simple:
Cheap price? SCAM
Western Union? SCAM
Post details, help others.

Anonymous said...

I almost lost alot of money on a scam. a person is selling a toyota camry in Australia - Rego BFF07P. i asked alot of questions and they gave me a story about how they have just been divorced and now live overseas etc... then they told me if i want to go ahead with the purchase it is a contract through ebay.
i received the email from an address that looked like ebay but it wanted payment through western union and said the money was going to an ebay employee who would hold the money for 5 days until i decide if i liked the car or not - then the money would get transfered to the seller. i nearlly went ahead with it but something seemed off so i emailed ebay spoof and they told me it was a fraudulent email and to contact my local law enforcement.

seller info: Karla Craig
63 Wigram rd, Glebe,
ME5 8FF, United Kingdom

ebay customer support agent the money is supposed to go to:
First Name: Anghel
Last Name: Adams
Address: 209 Central Markets
City: London
Zip: EC1A 9LH
Country: United Kingdom

ebays email addresses - and

Anonymous said...


Scammer on

"from Barbara Gilfoy (but I could not get googlemail to give me full headers so it could be cloaked/fake
to (my email)
subject RE: 1997 Jeep 4x4 for sale on

Email #1: "Hi, Thanks for being interested in buying my 1997 Jeep. I'm sorry I could not respond quickly, but I was out of town. The jeep is still for sale at the price of $3,600 (final sale price), it is in mint condition, never been involved in kind of accidents, clear title and ready to be sold. It has an 8 cylinder, 72,134 miles, a perfect jeep. The only thing because I am selling it, because I divorced with my husband and after the divorce I own this jeep, now as a woman I don`t need it (I don't have driver's license)...
I can provide VIN# to check on your own. Also, I can send you the pictures and more details too. Just let me know if you are still interested.

Thank you, Barbara Gilfoy"

Email #2 (when I first realize its a scam— said veh was in Calif)

Hi again, Here is the VIN# 1J4FY19S2VP531044. The jeep is located in Pinson, AL (I just moved here with my new job), we will use eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection, so we can both be protected and insured. I just need your full name and full address so eBay can send you the invoice in which you'll see how to make this transaction. I supposed to ship the jeep to another buyer, then he told me that he found another vehicle so is no longer interested. He already paid the shipping charges, the shipping is paid I will send the jeep with all the papers ( vehicle registration, warranty papers,transfer papers etc ) I am just waiting your full name and address to complete the shipping papers and start the delivery process.Here are more pictures:;

I am looking for a quick sale so if you have have the funds available lets make this happen ASAP!”

**We reply, slyly state we have "friends" in the stated "New" location, and ask if they can come inspect the vehicle?

Email #3 (When we know for SURE its a scam b/c seller mentions ebay handling the transaction (which they would NEVER do), and interesting that its the EXACT SAME WORDING AS ANOTHER ABOVE SCAM FOR DIFFERENT VEHICLE!!)

"Hi, I'm a flight attendant at American Airlines and because I'm away most of the time I will not be able to deal in person. I had pre-arranged the deal with eBay so my presence is not necessary , the car is in their possession ready to be delivered. eBay will handle this transaction for me. The car is insured in case of damage and it takes 3 days to be delivered at your door. It will come with all the necessary paperwork (clear title, bill of sale, user's manual,insurance etc). You will receive all the original documents and keys with the car. I signed all the paperwork and the clear title is ready to be transferred to the new owner.
Please get back to me with your full name, full address so i can forward your details to eBay in order for you to receive the invoice regarding the terms and conditions of this transaction."

(Continued below)

Anonymous said...

Email #4:

"I want to tell you that we will use eBay in this transaction in order for both of us to be 100% protected and insured by them.eBay will supervise this transaction so there won`t be any problems.They will take care of the shipping and all the small details.I`m sorry but i can't use my Pay Pal account because it is closed after the divorce. That's the reason I asked eBay to find another payment way for me.We use MoneyGram to finalize this transaction.
eBay will send you an invoice at your email in which you will see how to start this transaction and in which you can see that this transaction is legit.Please get back to me with your full name,full address so i can forward your details to eBay in order for you to receive the invoice. Wait your reply"

-->(I send some fake buyer info and wait patiently...)

Email #5:

"I have just been contacted by eBay and they told me that they opened a transaction for us. Have you received any details from them?

Try to check your email(spam or junk folder also),you should get the invoice soon.Please reply me and let me know.I will send the jeep ,you will have 7 days of inspection in which you can decide if you buy the jeep or not.If you won`t like my jeep (not your case)you announce eBay and you send the jeep back on my cost,if you want to keep it you announce eBay you send the money (payment method and all the details will be set up by eBay)and you keep the jeep."

Amazingly, at the same time, email arrives that scammer is hoping I'm stupid enough to believe is from ebay...) Tip: enter the "ebay" email address into google and you get a (blank) google web page!

"Subject: eBay Motors Payment Invoice #31187341
From: (see below for info)


This mail is confirmation that you were successfully registered as buyer in transaction # 31187341. Your transaction manager is DAVID MCNELLY . You are about to participate in a fast, efficient and secure transaction. eBay Purchase Protection Program is the independent third party that will be overseeing the inspection, ownership transfer, and securing and disbursing the funds. Please follow our instructions in order to complete the transaction safely."

**(Note the horrible grammar, which should probably be listed as a sign of scam, since anyone who graduate 3rd grade could probably get a REAL job!)

*****NOTE: A "Whois" lookup on the “fake” email address that’s supposed to convince us its from ebay returns the following info on our suspected scammer:

Domain registered to:
Current Registrar: ENOM, INC.
IP Address: (ARIN & RIPE IP search)
Record Type: Domain Name
Server Type: IIS 6
Lock Status: clientTransferProhibited
WebSite Status: Parked

Chris said...

I've noticed that in these scams, the seller rarely lists a phone number in the vehicle listing (or they do, but its disconnected, or a fax to an existing--but uninvolved--business). Think about it: if you really WERE selling a vehicle, wouldn't you WANT people to be able to contact you? The lack of (valid/voice) phone# is a big tip-off.

If they DO list a phone#, go ahead and Google it (enter all 10 numbers into google search, with dashes, like this: 714-000-0000) and a scam phone# will usually be a fax for some (legitimate) business, if it works at all. The scammers have NO relation to this business, they just pick a business fax number out of the blue, since a phone number gives their listing credibility, but if anyone calls, they'll just think the seller made an error entering the phone#.

I was lucky that I do use ebay, so I knew that ebay would NEVER facilitate a transaction from another source (ie cragslist, autotrader). They also do NOT "hold" vehicles in storage! (This is stated directly on their website)

On their "FRAUD" page, Ebay WARNS STRONGLY AGAINST using wire transfer services like WesternUnion or Moneygram EVER for ANY online transaction, so do you really think they would ask YOU to do it? (You're not THAT special).

Anonymous said...

Add this one to the list of scammers: "selling" (scamming) a 2002 Ford Mustang Rousch edition (white w/blue stripes) on


Hi ,

The car is still for sale. Thanks for being interested in buying my 2002 Ford Mustang Roush. It is in a good condition, no scratches, no damages, never been implicated in any accidents, no problems at the engine, runs very well. It has an 8 Cylinder , Manual, 49,240 miles, clear title, a perfect car. The price is not negotiable , $4,900.00 firm. The only thing because I am selling it, because I divorced with my husband and after the divorce I own this car, now as a woman I don`t need it...

I can provide vin # to check on your own. Also, I can send you more details. Just let me know if you are still interested.

Here are more pictures : " "

Thank you,

I contacted the image hosting and reported the fraudulent use of their site, but it still takes 24-48 hours for them to remove the photos...hope nobody kisses their $$$ good-bye in the next 48 hours...

Anonymous said...

Since my attempted scam, I can't stop trying to find info on this crime and wondering HOW it might be stopped!

Just got a NEW tip to help reveal these bastards, or at least slow them down:

Do a "whois" lookup on the fake address you get from "ebay" (the fake email telling you to send payment). To get the info for free (many seem to want to charge), you can use MY domain servicer, (he's a VERY good guy), at
Once there, go down the left side until you see "WHOIS A Domain" and enter everything after the @ from your fake ebay email. (Example, in my case it was from "ebaymotors@transactions-customer-support" so I would enter [transactions-customer-support] (no brackets) into the WHOIS box and then make sure you pick the correct extension (usually .com) in the drop-down box to the right.
Click the "check" button, and when it returns a finding, click on "details" on the right. You should get something like this (my actual results):

Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Whois Server:
Referral URL:
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 04-may-2010
Creation Date: 04-may-2010
Expiration Date: 04-may-2011

From this you can see that the domain registrar is ENOM, INC.
Google ENOM, INC. (or whoever YOUR scammer's domain registrar is) Go to the domain servicer's "contact us" at the bottom of the home page. Mine happened to have a "complaint" button and allowed me to easily file a complaint against the domain holder. It also gave me the following info:

Search Result for Domain Name Redirection:

Domain is being redirected to

When I looked this up, I found Google even has tutorials TEACHING people how to cloak their domain name! Thanks, Google for helping perpetrate fraud.
(Oh, thank MSN, too, they couldn't give a **** (insert favorite) less that these scammers prefer their email addresses...which is probably the very reason WHY they use them!

Unknown said... to say I'm proud of imageshack...the images I reported in connection with attempted fraud of the Mustang Rousch are GONE!

(No doubt just moved to another page, but I still feel a small victory)

So, for anyone who has had a photo link emailed to them, CONTACT THE PHOTO HOSTING TO REPORT THE FRAUD. State that these photos were used to defraud/attempt to defraud you and give as much detail as DOES work!

Anonymous said...


Thanks for replying.Because of our jobs we don`t have time to stay and meet with all our potential buyers,so we've decided to sell it online.That's why we gave it to a shipping co. that will ship it to the next owner(on my cost).You will have 5 days from the time you receive the bike to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not. If by any reason, you aren't satisfied, you will return the bike to the shipping co. with no expense.We will be using eBay's Protection for our safety.
Please reply with your complete name and shipping address in your next email and let me know if you are interested in knowing more details about this purchase so that I can open a transaction at eBay and to move forward with this deal.After that they will contact you with all necessary information about this transaction(terms,buyer protection,payment instructions,invoice,etc.).

P.S.I forgot to tell that the bike will be shipped from Omaha NE.

Anonymous said...

Same scam:

2006 Lexus IS250 - 2.5L DOHC 24-valve direct injection V6 engine, Automatic Transmission, To look this good, it is obvious that this beauty has been garaged. This engine is just getting warmed up and can't wait for you to be behind the wheel and finish breaking it in. The transmission shifts smooth enough for the owner to drink their morning coffee on their way to work. The engine runs like a dream. All of the electrical and optional equipment on this vehicle work like new. The interior of this vehicle is extra clean and in mint condition. You won't have to worry about these brand new tires for quite sometime.. DON'T MISS OUT THIS BEAUTY.

Also doing it with a 2000 jeep wrangler and 2005 honda civic. all under same domain name.

emails are:,,

WHOIS information for :


Domain Name: VPP-CGI.COM
Whois Server:
Referral URL:
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 14-aug-2010
Creation Date: 09-aug-2010
Expiration Date: 09-aug-2011

Unknown said...

2004 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, Automatic Transmission, 43,900 Miles - US$2,700


First of all I want to thank you for your interest for my car. I sell it at this price ($ 2,700) because i just finished the divorce with my husband. The divorce has finished 6 months ago and the car is mine now. After the divorce I was forced to buy a new house. Following the financial crisis I can't afford to pay the bank and I decided to sell the car. This car is in excellent working condition, no scratches, flaws or any kind of damage, slightly used, in 100% working and looking condition and comes with a clear title.
From the beginning you have to know that for the payment I request only secure pay, I prefer the payment to be done using eBay services (I will receive the payment only after you receive and inspect the car and only if you agree to buy it).
We will use a safe payment method because I am affiliated at eBay and I have a purchase protection account. The final price that I want for this car is $2,700. I will pay for shipping and handling.
If you are interested in buying it please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through eBay.
I will wait your answer (if you are interested to buy) very soon.
Thank you,
Mary Watson
41 Blue Ridge Rd,
Indianapolis, IN, 46215,
United States

Send the payment using eBay Financing Center Agent's name and address (found below) as payment details.

40 Woodview Avenue
E4 9SL
United Kingdom

Car Scam Report said...

Some of the sites I've found recently with victims reporting scams to me:

Unknown said...

hi i am so grateful to have just out of the blue decided to enter the ebay contact info because had i not i would be out the only money we have saved up for a car which we are in great need of.i found this woman on craigslist.
to sale-6sz2m-2055226267@craigslist.orgNov 11
i wanted to know how many miles it has? and where its located?

Hello ,
My name is Janice Rallston I am emailing you regarding the 1999 Audi A4 Turbo Quattro that I have for sale.My car is in perfect condition , with no need for additional repairs, no scratches, dings, special marks whatsoever, never been involved in any accidents. The interior looks great (NO SMOKING). It has 99,487 miles , Manual transmission , 4 Cylinder Engine, gasoline. I have a clear and clean title for it , no liens or loans ready to be signed and notarized on your name.I'm selling my son's car, who died in Iraq four months ago and I want to get rid of it asap because the sight of it makes me think of him often and often and the pain is too great .Put yourself in my shoes and you'll do the same (selling the car of your dead son, no offence)As you probably noticed , the final price that i want for this car is $1,900.00 if you will buy it today or tomorrow .
Let me know where are you located and any other details you need about it.
My best wishes,
janice ralstone
Nov 12
well janice im sorry to hear about your loss, im a mother myself, i cannot imagine losing my daughter, your family is very brave. I live in bloomington, california but my husband would be the one picking up the car if we were to buy it, where are you located?

Thanks for getting back with me,
The car is at the shipping company in Salt Lake City ready for shipping. I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them, being the safest for both of us. Let me explain how it works:
First of all I will need your full name and shipping address so I can register the transaction with eBay. Once you receive the details from eBay, the car will be reserved for you until you read the details and decide if you want to proceed or not. You will have a 7 days inspection period, after the car arrives at your address to make sure it is as shown in the photos and in good working order. If by any reason the car is not as described or if you find any problems with it, I will arrange to ship it back on my cost.
eBay will hold the funds until the inspection period is over and you decide if you're going to buy it or not. This way you're not going to pay for something you haven't seen and with the inspection period you can make sure it's as described.
If you agree with this terms please reply with your full name and address so we can get the ball rolling.
Wait you answer asap
Nov 12
my husband would like to contact you is there a number we can call?

I have just moved here and I don't have a phone as I am still waiting the green light for my personal documents as a resident here. I am not allowed to install a phone or to buy a mobile one without those papers.
Thank you
Nov 13
what is the ebay auction number
and how will we go about doing this?

The car is not listed on ebay we are just using there services for a fast and safe transaction for both of us.
Nov 13

:) You should go the nearest office of western union with $ 1,900 and put money on the name of the agent was chosen to represent the transaction from our ebay

Well as you know i recieved a so called invoice. I have seen the money transfer warning and had gotten the idea to find that car on ebay since they said it was what they used. i came up with an ebay listing for that car with the same pictures but it was in CT at a parts shop for 7,900.00 buy it now. i contacted the auction already about the craigslist posting which im confident they know nothing about.

Anonymous said...

Found a "too good to be true," deal on craigslist, emailed the guy, guy says that craigslist recommended him to use ebay...Here is the first email I recieved:

From abeane@com​


This 2006 Honda Accord EX with 11,250 miles, runs and drives excellent. This car has been extremely well maintained and it is fully paid. No accident, clear title, free of encumbrances and liens. I bought it when I was serving in Fort Belvoir Base.

I have dropped my price to $2900 (purchase price) since this is an urgent sale and I need to sell it before 20 December, when I will be deployed in Afghanistan with my platoon replacing the troops scheduled to come home.
I have decided to use eBay for this sale (recommended by craigslist). The car is already at our Military Logistic Department form Fort Belvoir, U.S. Army, crated and ready to go. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home. I will offer a 10 days period to inspect the car from the moment you receive it, before I will have your money. The shipping will be free for you!

If you agree with my price $2900, I need your FULL NAME AND ADDRESS, so I can inform ebay that I have a buyer! I will forward your details to them and then you will receive an invoice(with no further obligations or fees). Like this you'll be able to talk with them directly and ask all you want to know.

Hope to hear from you soon,
Sgt. Silvana Black


Anonymous said...

Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2010 20:48:50 +0200
Subject: Case_ID_EBM938485932
This mail is confirmation that you were successfully registered as buyer in transaction # 938485932. Your transaction
manager is Sarah Defnet. You are about to participate in a fast, efficient and secure transaction. eBay Purchase
Protection Program is the independent third party that will be overseeing the inspection, ownership transfer, securing
and disbursing the funds. Please follow our instructions in order to complete the transaction safely.
  Primary Vehicle Information:
(actual vehicle photo)
* Item: 2006 Honda Accord EX
* Overall condition: Excellent
* Title: Clear
* Mileage: 11,250
* Transmission: Automatic
* VIN#: 1HGCM82656A011226
* Inspection: Inspected
  Payment Information:
As a protective measure for the parties involved in this transaction the funds will be held in a escrow account managed by eBay’s agents until
you receive the item(s) ordered.
All the details required to successfully transfer the funds to the established account are found bellow.

eBay Escrow Payment Instructions:
IMPORTANT: The first available agent will automatically be assigned to your transaction by our system.We have escrow agents in the
following countries: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Spain, Austria, France, Australia, Japan. One of our policies it that the
agent will be from a country that neither the seller nor the buyer is from. This neutrality ensures us that neither one of them will attempt to

Anonymous said...

contact our agent regarding the money for the transaction.
Payment must be submitted via Western Union wire transfer (person to person service) to eBay Motors agent. eBay will
secure the payment until the Buyer receives, inspects and accepts the vehicle. If you decide to buy the vehicle, then you
will have to confirm it to us. Or, if it is the case, eBay will refund the payment to the Buyer. The payment of  $2,900.00
will be made using the details bellow:
To find a Western Union Agent location click here.
 You have to go at any Western Union office with cash and send the payment to our agent, using his name and
    address as receiver.
Fax the Western Union Transfer Receipt at the following fax # : (+44) (207) 117 4851
 After the payment is made send us the receipt from Western Union through email (send a scanned copy).
Send us the details via email exactly as stated in the Western Union payment receipt ( MTCN, Money Transfer Control
Number, # - 10 digits control number,Senders details, Receivers details, Total Amount Sent).
Additional Instructions:
To avoid Western Union higher fee, declare at the Western Union office that the money will be sent for a family member,
relative or friend (the transfer commission will be smaller 3 - 5%). For online payments, you could pay 10 - 12% transfer

Anonymous said...

Here's another. She seemed pretty legit, but wouldn't give me any information to contact her. She finally gave me a phone number (voice mail only) with an Austin, TX area code, but said she was located in Denver, CO. When when the "Ebay VPP Invoice" arrived it instructed me to send money via Western Union to some guy in Georgia with a return fax number in Washington state. I guess there is a sucker born every minute. I can't believe that anyone in their right mind would actually send money to one of these people. Here is the scammer's name (alias?) Linda Marvin with this bogus email address:

Here is the bogus eBay motors website link that sent me the bogus invoice:

I've got to admit their scam was pretty good, especially the fake eBay motors invoice. The give away was that fact that the invoice number could not be verified.

Anonymous said...


I have received your email regarding my car 2004 Volkswagen Golf/Rabbit GT TDi !

The car is in perfect working condition,has no damage, no scratches, no marks or dents on paintwork,no hidden defects. There is no outstanding finance (HPI clear)!It's a UK model (right handed),meets United Kingdom DOT and EPA guidelines so there will be no problems regarding UK.
Customs policy on receiving the car. It comes with original invoice, log book, keys and all the documents.

The price for the car is £1,510.00 !!!

Here are some details about the car : MOT Expiry: May 2011, Road Tax: Sep 2011, Engine Size: 1,968 cc, Reg. Date: 29 May 2004, Power: 140, Transmission: Manual, Diesel, Blue, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Electric heated seats, Leather Seats, Power-assisted Steering (PAS), Power Locks, Power Windows, Tilt Steering Wheel, Alarm, Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), Driver Airbag, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Immobiliser, Passenger Airbag, Rear seat belts, Safety Belt Pretensioners, Side Airbags .

Here are some pictures with my car and documents :

The car was my husband`s as he loved it very much, but he did not enjoy it as he died in a IRAQ 3 month ago. It brings very bad memories to me, I want to get rid of it.

The buyer will receive the car with all papers and receipts that he needs to register it to his name. It have 70,731 Miles!
I am in USA right now but the car is in UK and it will be shipped from there.

Shipping will be done whit D.A.S and it will take no more then 2 days,and it will be payed by me!
Anyway, I have to let you know that I want a fast deal so if you are really interested in buying it, please reply with the following information's:

- Your full name and address;

The transaction will be closed only through eBay vehicle purchase protection so we both be protected.
I will look for your email,so that we can move forward with this deal!

Let me know,
Monica Griffith

Anonymous said...

Dear Dominic Barnes,

Item : 2004 Volkswagen Golf/Rabbit GT TDi
VPP Case ID : 829102634

Dear Customer , We want to inform you that you are in transaction with Mrs, Monica Griffith , for the item - 2004 Volkswagen Golf/Rabbit GT TDi , price for sale £1,510.00 (shipping included), VPP Case ID : 829102634 - Valid!

We want to inform you that our client Mrs. Monica Griffith, iform us that you made the payment , we don't have received the payment confirmation, please fax the Western Union payment receipt to the following fax number: +1-206-338-3933 or Scan and attach it and eMail us the next information of the Western Union payment receipt :
- MTCN - 10 digits number from the payment receipt;
- Sender Name and Address;
- Receiver Name;
- Amount.

Once we receive the payment confirmation, we will instruct the seller to start the shipping process. We will hold the payment until you send us your confirmation that you are satisfied with the vehicle you received. As soon as we receive your confirmation we will release the payment to the seller.

Thank you for using our eBay services.
Trust and Safety Department eBay Inc

This scam nearly had me but not this time

Anonymous said...

Craigslist Scam:
2003 ford explorer **LOW MILEAGE**
Date: 2011-03-01, 4:29PM

Premium Wheels * Heated Seats
Offered by dealer, stock # 20391
Air Conditioning AM/FM Stereo Leather
Power Steering Cassette Dual Power Seats
Power Windows Bose Premium Sound Power Door Locks
Traction Control Telescoping Wheel Side Air Bags
Slip Control Cruise Control ABS (4-Wheel)
Dual Air Bags CD (Multi Disc) Navigation System

it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
Original URL:

Wired Money to:
Name: Edgar Hewell
Street: 1217 Bennington St.
City: Boston
State: MA
Zip code: 02128

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for your interest!

* First of all, we strongly confirm that the camper van is in best working and aesthetic condition. In this moment the camper van is located in Kununurra, WA 6743 because we recently moved there and it will be delivered at your home address for the final price of AU $1,800.00 with all the shipping taxes included in the price through uShip company! You will receive the camper van in max 3 working days and you can inspect it for 10 working days! Your money will be 100% refundable if you don't like the camper van after the inspection has been made from your side.

** Secondly, we must conclude our deal through eBay Australia. In order to start the transaction and to reserve the camper van for you please provide your full name and address. Soon after that they will send you an Invoice via email with all the details regarding our transaction (shipping and payment info). They will manage our transaction in a safety way for both parts. We want to let you know that you will not pay for the camper van as a payment in advance, you will only deposit the money to them as a warranty so that we can be sure that you have the money for buying it. They will hold the money until you will test and inspect the camper van!

*** You will only deposit the money to eBay Australia Auction Payment Service - direct bank deposit (the funds will be transferred to eBay) as a guarantee so that we can be sure that you have the money for buying it. After you will inspect the camper van and decide to keep it, they will forward the funds to me once you have approved them to do so. The payment is 100% refundable in case of any dissatisfaction, so dealing through them it's safe and easy.

In this moment we have two more persons ready to buy the camper van through eBay so please let us know your final answer because we want a smooth and quick sale! We want to finish the sale through eBay because we are in the middle of a business trip overseas (United Kingdom, London) and we have have to stay here for 6 months!! Also we cannot use it anymore because we already bought a new one and now we have to sell this ASAP!!

NOTICE: The camper van comes with a clear title, no money owning on it and with all the papers in order! As soon as you confirm with us your details(full name, home/delivery address and your phone numbers), eBay will send you the Invoice with all the details re our transaction. On your Invoice you will find their form contacts and they will give you all the details you need to know, this is sure!

Please don't understand me wrong here, but my wife is also here with me and is nobody there to sell the camper van in person so eBay will mange the transaction and all the papers in a safety way for both parts.

Best Regards,
Dave & Jennifer Vosen
AU phone number: 08 9467 9808
UK phone number: 0044 755 315 3773
eBay Verified Member

Anonymous said...

I really want to buy the car I saw on Craigslist. However when I received this from said google checkout I knew it was a scam:

The payment must be sent trough Western Union to the Google Checkout Manager (Name: OCTAVIA PRATT, Address: 635 W Oregon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148, United States ) in charge with your transaction. The Google Checkout Manager has been randomly assigned by Google Checkout's system and will handle the payment between the parties involved. Please follow the payment instructions in order to safely complete your purchase.

After the payment was made you have to e-mail us by replying at this e-mail the following payment information:
1. Case ID/Invoice #;
2. MTCN# (10 digits number found on the payment receipt);
3. Sender's Name and Address;
4. Receiver's Name and Address;
5. Total Amount Sent

Fax the Western Union payment receipt to Google Checkout Financing Center Department at:+1 (206) 309-4212

Funds will remain in our custody until you receive and inspect the vehicle and once the payment is confirmed, the seller will be instructed to ship the vehicle and provide shipping information. You will receive along with the car all documents needed for registration and both keys.

You will have the 3 day inspection period in which you can inspect and test drive the car, and take the decision of keeping or rejecting it. All fees and shipping taxes are included in the total amount.

Thank you,

Google Checkout Financial Department
BuyBack Purchase Protection Program,
Google Checkout Inc

After reading this it shows similar example email "
I am selling this car because my platoon has been sent back to Afganistan and don't want it get old in my backyard. The price is low because I need to sell it before November 16th. It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn't been involved in any accident...I do have the title , clear, under my name. The Denali has 35,000 miles VIN# 1GKEK63U16J138428 .
It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $4,300. The car is in Baltimore, MD, in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.
", and warns against buying.

This is the email I got:

I am selling this car because my unit will be sent back to Afghanistan and don't want it getting old in my garage. The price is low because I need to sell it before March 28th. The car is in great condition and runs great. No damage, no scratches, never involved in an accident. It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad is US $2750. The car is in New Rockford, ND; in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping.

I will ship it with DAS. I will take care of the shipping charges, like I said. I think the car should by there in 3-4 working days. I am a member of the Google Checkout and using this service you will get a 3 days testing period after delivery.
During that 3 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested in buying it so I can ask Google Checkout to send you the details on how this works. If interested please include in your next email your contact info for Google Checkout (name, address and #) so we can get things started.
Mileage: 74,000 miles
VIN# 2HNYD188X5H539746
Photos :

Pretty similar!!!
I will not do western union.

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, here are a few more scammer email addresses:

Anonymous said...

Dear (persons Name),
All you need to make the Western Union money transfer are the details we sent you in your invoice.
Step by step instructions:
You need to locate the nearest Western Union office in your area by clicking here .
Go to the nearest Western Union office and simply fill out the required form and show the Agent clerk your identification card (current government-issued photo I.D. - one of the following):

•Driver's license
•State I.D
•Current passport or tourist card
•Government I.D with photograph
Give the Agent clerk your payment in cash or your credit/debit card with PIN (if accepted) and sign the receipt.
If you have any questions regarding your transaction please reply to this email or click here for live help.
If you use your credit card, you may be charged an additional cash advance fee by your card issuer for this service. If you pay by credit card, your credit card company may charge a fee. If you use your debit card, your bank usually doesn't charge a fee. Please contact your credit card company or bank for details on their policies.
The total payment for your transaction is $2,780.00
Please remember that payment must be sent to the eBay Financial Agent in charge of your transaction!
Once payment is made please send us the details by fax at +1 408 668 0944 or by mail at
eBay Customer Support (Trust and Safety Department)

Fax: 1 408 668 0944
From: Ethan Martin
Subject: Re: toyota
To: "buyer" < >

I am in a currently stationed at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center. We are getting ready for Afghanistan. We are in the final stage of our training and we are not allowed to use the phone during this period. This is supposed to keep us focused on our trainings. I am only allowed to check my email twice a day. I hope you can understand that we will have to stick to email for now. The vehicle is here with me at the base but I’ve already made all the arrangements with DAS to pick it up from the base. DAS will also handle the title transfer for an extra $75.00. Being in the army has some advantages and one of them is the fact that I can ship it very cheap. I will pay for the shipping charges, as I’ve said in my first email. I think I can have it there in 5-7 business days.
I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will give a 3 days testing period after delivery. During that 3 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested in buying it so I can ask eBay to send you the details on how this works. I have to fill out a form on eBay and I need the name that will go on the title and an address where you want the car delivered. Once I do it, eBay will email you all the details on this transaction and we can get the ball rolling.

Anonymous said...

On Craigslist.
From: "Michael Lazzo"
Please take a few moments and read my email carefully, I know it is long, but I will explain all the details about the car and the transaction.
At the moment I'm making final preparations before deploying to Afghanistan with the U.S. Convoy.
The car is already at our Military Logistic Department form Fort Stewart, crated and ready to go. The Logistic Department will deliver the car to your home. The shipping is free for you. Since the car is in a military base, with no access you can't go there and take it, only the Logistic Department can deliver it...

Shipping may take 3 days depending on the destination. All the documents you need for ownership, manuals and bill of sale will be provided along with the car.
For the payment I would like to use eBay as a third party. They will protect your money until you get the car and will release it to me after inspection period is over and you agree to keep the car. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the car before committing to buy and to eliminate any concerns you will have 5 days to inspect the car . If you decide not to keep it, eBay will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back will be my concern. I think this is more than fair for both of us.

I'll start the official procedure, and eBay will contact you about this. If you are interested in buying it just mail me back with:
- Your Full Name - Required by eBay (You'll receive important guidelines instructions from them.)
- Your Shipping Address and Phone Number - Required by the Logistic Department (They will call you with delivery/pickup instructions 1 day before so you can communicate what time schedule work best for your to receive the car)..

The VIN given:VIN #:JTDKN3DU6A0037287

link given for pictures:

Anonymous said...

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011 (202) 514-2007
WWW.JUSTICE.GOV TDD (202) 514-1888

WASHINGTON – A Bulgarian national pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia for his role in laundering money for a transnational criminal group based in Eastern Europe, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division. Additionally, a Romanian national who is charged in the same scheme surrendered and appeared today in federal court in the District of Columbia. According to court documents, in less than one year, the criminal conspiracy netted more than $1.4 million from U.S. victims.
Georgi Vasilev Pletnyov, 50, a resident of Bulgaria, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Pletynov was extradited from Poland to the United States in May 2010. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison at sentencing, scheduled for Aug. 22, 2011. Roman Teodor appeared before Judge Friedman and was arraigned on the same charges as his co-defendant Pletnyov. Teodor was ordered detained.
According to court documents, Pletnyov and Teodor participated in a scheme that operated from July 2005 through November 2006, and involved the posting of fraudulent advertisements on eBay and other websites offering expensive vehicles and boats for sale that the conspirators did not possess. When the U.S. victims expressed interest in the merchandise, they were contacted directly by an e-mail from a purported seller. According to court documents, the victims were then instructed to wire transfer payments through “eBay Secure Traders”—an entity which has no actual affiliation to eBay but was used as a ruse to persuade the victims that they were sending money into a secure escrow account pending delivery and inspection of their purchases. Instead, the victims’ funds were wired directly into bank accounts in Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland that were controlled by co-conspirators.
Pletnyov and Teodor were originally charged on Jan. 9, 2008, along with four additional defendants: Ivaylo Vasilev Pletnyov, Nikolay Georgiev Minchev, Georgi Boychev Georgiev and Antoaneta Angelova Getova. On Dec. 2, 2009, Ivaylo Vasilev Pletnyov and Nikolay Georgiev Minchev were sentenced to 48 months and 30 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in the money laundering conspiracy. On Oct. 8, 2010, Georgi Boychev Georgiev was sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in this scheme. The United States continues to work with foreign counterparts in Bulgaria regarding Antoaneta Angelova Getova. An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.
This investigation was conducted by the FBI – Hungarian National Bureau of Investigation (HNBI) Organized Crime Task Force located in Budapest, Hungary (Budapest Task Force). The Budapest Task Force was established by the FBI in April 2000 to address the increasing threat of Eurasian organized crime groups to the United States.
The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Lisa Page of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs provided significant assistance on this case.

Anonymous said...


Thanks for replying to my ad. I'm the second owner. It has no damage, no scratches or dents, no hidden defects. It is in immaculate condition, meticulously maintained and hasn't been involved in any accident...I do have the title, clear, under my name.

This is a 2004 Cadillac Escalade AWD LUXURY 6.0L with 67.039 miles.Non Smoker Navigation DVD Sunroof Bose Captains.-Speed Automatic Transmission with Tow/Haul,Third Row Seating Cruise Control and much more

Here you can find more pictures of the vehicle and a copy of the full CARFAX report :

(if the above link does not work copy and paste it into a new web browser window).

I'm in a hurry to find a buyer because I have a family emergency and I need to sell it in next few days. My name is Henry. I'm an Air Force Master Sergeant stationed at the Elmendorf AF Base, Anchorage, Alaska. The vehicle is here with me.

It is still available for sale if interested, price as stated in the ad $3350

If you want to buy this vehicle I will take care of shipping . Shipping will be door to door, to your home address and I will offer 5 days to inspect the vehicle from the moment you receive it (and the option to accept or reject the vehicle on my expense), before I'll have your money. So if you need further information please get back to me as soon as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you,
Pearson, Henry, USAF. MSgt.

Anonymous said...


I am writing your to report a similar scam posted on your website. Recently I inquired about a jeep posted on After I sent the inquiry I received the 2 emails below. Once I received the VIN number I of course googled it and found the VIN and similar story appeared on your website.

Hi again,

Here is the VIN#: 1J4FY19S2VP531044 (just in case you wish to run a Carfax).The title is clear in hand with my name on it, no liens.
The vehicle is located and registered in Roseburg, OR and I suggest we should use eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection, so we can both be protected and insured.I am on the Oil Rig right now, I am not home.
If we manage to complete this transaction within 7 days I could arrange to have it shipped at your door on my expense otherwise you have to pay 50 cents per mile.
We are currently signed up for a protection program offered by eBay Motors and we would like to close the deal through them. If you are not aware of this program you should know that it will allow you to test drive and inspect the vehicle before paying us. In this way you're not buying something sight unseen. You will have a 7-day inspection period to decide whether you want to keep the vehicle or not before they release the funds to us.
If you are interested in a quick sale and you wish to receive the vehicle in front of your door without paying anything for that except vehicle's price please forward me the following information :

-Full name
-Shipping address
-Your phone number
Here are more pictures :
Here is my cell number (713) 701-5753 , If you are involved in a loan with your bank Just tell me.

Thank you very much for your interest
George & Jeniffer Lasberg


My 1997 Jeep Wrangler is still available for sale
It has 112,100 miles with a 4.0L L6 engine.
I am looking to obtain $2,670 as my Final Price !!
The reason I am selling this amazing vehicle , I have enrolled into Chevron Job Offers on a oil rig and I have a contract as a drilling engineer for 2 years in Houston,TX and I plan to buy something else with the money I will earn here.I am on a oil rig for the next 3 Months.Besides that me and my wife are expecting a baby and I am start searching for an apartment.
I can provide VIN #. Also, I can send you the pictures and more details too. Just let me know if you are still interested.

Thank you very much for your interest,
George & Jeniffer Lasberg

pUDDIN tANE said...

Jack Spratt,

You are receiving this email because the seller ( Dianne Smith ) has registered you as a potential buyer for the vehicle 2003 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

If you need answers to your questions, reply to this e-mail or call us: +1 (475) 212-5398

You can find the invoice and the additional instructions for payment attached to this email. (See the HTML attachment)

Open/Download the invoice and follow the instructions step by step in order to complete the transaction!

We are available at the following hours 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM Mountain Time Monday through Sunday.
Thank you for using our services!

eBay Motors Vehicle Protection Program

Attachments area

Dianne Smith
4:45 PM (5 minutes ago)

to me
I have problems with my paypal account, ebay account and also with my bank account I eBay decided to use iTunes Gift Cards for this transaction. Using this cards it's much easier to them to handle the transaction. All the documents were sealed after verification and they can be unsealed only in my presence or yours.
eBay Motors
4:35 PM (16 minutes ago)

to me

Dear Customer,

Please scratch the card on the back side, make a copy of the back side of the card where we can see the iTunes Gift Cards Codes, send the copy to us by replying to this email and wait for our payment confirmation. We decided to use itunes because the seller has some problems with the paypal account, ebay account and the bank account because of the death of her husband.
So If you are any question about transaction please call us: +1 (475) 212-5398

Thank you for using our services!
For any questions, please reply to this mail.

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eBay Motors Financial Department

Unknown said...

I just got scammed for $1,800 - Google Play cards.
415 E 1st St
Rolla, MO

Anonymous said...

thanks for all the advice.

i almost fell for an add TODAY for a 2009 BURSTNER FIAT IXEO IT 664 Fiat Ducato Diesel Campervan for 5,000 pounds (normal price should have been 28,000.

they send an invoice pretending to be through eBay. Pay them and if i like the car, 'eBay' will make the payment to the seller. And if the buyer does not like the car, 'eBay' will refund the amount.
Close call since i was about to make payment arrangements - and not miss out on the opportunity.

the scam site is eBay

here is one of the emails received from the scammers !!


thank you for your interest in my 2009 BURSTNER FIAT IXEO IT 664 Fiat Ducato Diesel , 2286 cc 41,000 Miles, MOT Until 03/2018, 4 Travelling Seats, 4 Berth, Chassis Make: FIAT,Chassis Model: Ducato 40 Maxi 130 M-Jet, 6.5 m Length, Excellent Mechanical Full Service History, HPI clear, 1 Owner .All documents in original folders. 2 key fobs.The motorhome is in perfect condition, no accidents, no damage, scratches or dents. HPI clear and fully paid .
I am selling it at £5,000 because I just finished the divorce and I am very glad that I took it, because it was my ex husbands most precious thing. He cheated on me although we have 2 kids together, anyway I don't want to bore you with my life's story...
I don't ask to much for it because I just want to get rid of it ASAP, I want to erase a bad memory and I should get rid of it.
The motorhome is in Exeter because I live here.As you can see from the pictures, my motorhome is in perfect condition. From the beginning you have to know that for the payment I request only secure pay. I prefer the payment to be done using....eBay & (I will receive the payment only after you receive and inspect the motorhome and only if you agree to buy it). I will pay for shipping and handling (my ex buyer did not received his loan but he already paid for shipping costs ) so there won't be any additional shipping costs for you.
If you are interested in buying it please provide me your full name, address and phone in order to register you as my buyer. I will wait your answer (if you are interested to buy) very soon.

Kind regards,
Dr. Linda Johnstone


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