Saturday, October 16, 2010

Yahoo Autos Scam

A scammer is using the identity:
Danielle Barton
Is listing items on the internet for:
2005 Damon Astoria Waldorf Motorhome
2 Kawasaki Ultra 250X Jetskis 2008 w/ trailer $4100‏

and telling people to expect an invoice from Yahoo Autos:

Here are some of the messages the scammer is sending:

Thank you for your interest in purchasing the motorhome. The RV is in perfect working condition, garage kept, with nothing mechanically wrong - like new! If you decide to buy it, you'll receive all the papers, owner manual, keys, a buy-sell contract already signed by me. The title is free and clear so there are no liens on the motorhome. For this transaction I want to use Yahoo Autos because I want to have a smooth and fast transaction . The motorhome is at the shipping warehouse in Oakland, CA and from there it will be shipped to buyer's address. You will have to make the payment to Yahoo Autos and they will hold the money until you receive and inspect the motorhomer. ONLY AFTER you receive the motorhome and you inspect it (for 5 days) they will release the payment to me. The inspection time period will begin as soon as you receive the RV at your requested address. During all this time Yahoo Autos will hold the money into a trust account. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the motorhome before decided to buy it. In this way we can avoid losing time for this sale and my opinion is that this a great and safe way to do bussines and we are both protected.
The final price is $ 22,400 with shipping costs and insurance included. The price is low because I want to sell the motorhome very quickly.  My husband died 2 months ago and I along with my daughter we decided to sell the house and move to my sister in Los Angeles, CA. I can't afford to take days off my work for this sale so i'm trying to sell it online.
If you are really interested in purchasing the motorhome please send me your full name, shipping address and your phone number. Yahoo Autos will notify you all the details about the shipping and payment.
Please note that I have advertised the motorhome localy too, so it can be sold anytime.
I will appreciate an answer as soon as possible . 

P.s. - Here you have pictures of the MH :
Best Regards!
Danielle Barton

Here is how the program works :
 Yahoo's Vehicle Protection Program is an escrow service that provides protection for both parties seller and buyer for an on line transaction.  As soon as I send the buyer's info to them, they register him as a possible buyer of the item and send him the invoice for the purchase with details about shipping and payment. As soon as the buyer receive the invoice , he need to send the funds to Yahoo! Finance in order to secure the transaction. After Yahoo! Finance receive the funds from the buyer they start the shipping of the item to buyer's address. The funds are held by YahoO! Finance until the buyer receive and inspect the item and notify Yahoo! Finance that he is satisfied with the item received. After Yahoo! Finance receive the confirmation from the buyer that he is satisfied with the item they release the funds to the seller. In case the buyer is not satisfied with the item , he need to notify Yahoo! Finance as well and to request a refund. Refund requests are processed within 3 days but I assure you this is not the case because you will love the motorhome from the first moment you will see it. Sending the payment to Yahoo! Finance places you under no obligation to purchase the motorhome if you are not satisfied with it . It enables Yahoo! Finance to secure the transaction and notify me to start the shipping of the item.
Please keep me in touch with everything and let me know your final decision.

Best regards,


  Let me explain you why I have asked Yahoo! Autos to help me making this transaction online and why I can't make a phone conversation right now. I am not able to make this transaction in the classic way be cause I've suffered an ears surgery last month and I am making a treatment with liquid solutions witch makes my life impossible. All people whisper to me and I must continue this way for a few months . Imagine, I would prefer to give a call and set up all the details instead of writing e-mails, but I don't have other alternative. I used Yahoo's Vehicle Protection Program several times (as a seller but as well as a buyer) and everything was perfect and I both of us will be satisfied. It's a fast and safe way to make an online transaction. If you have any questions please email me and I will answer you asap. I understand your point of view also and I don't want to force you to buy something in a way you are not confortable with. Sending the payment to Yahoo! Autos places you under no obligation to purchase the motorhome if you are not satisfied with it . The payment only enables Yahoo! Autos to secure the transaction and start the shipping of the item . The motorhome is at the shipping center in Oakland, CA but f you want to see the motorhome at the shipping center, I will have to come there to meet you and right now I am not able to do this.

Here you have the VIN# : 4UZAB2BV05CV32255 to run a report so see that the motorhome is in perfect working condition and I can assure you that you will not regret .

Please let me know your final decision ASAP because I have some other very interested buyers and need to know what to tell them.


Oh! what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!
Sir Walter Scott
NEVER use instant payment services like Western Union or MoneyGram to buy items on the internet.


Anonymous said...

WOW!! There is another one, Patricia Padgett selling two ATV'S FOR $2600 with trailer she says the same exact thing. Same address too but with a different name.Sure glad I researched this. Very clever

Almost said...

I almost went and bought the PayPal cash cards to buy a komatzu backhoe for $2,000. I never heard of yahoo auto but the invoice looked very genuine. Close one

Unknown said...

I've also received similar emails from a "Lauren Tobbeck" regarding a 2010 Nissan Marano for $3,000 and she had almost the same exact story! Her husband died and her and her children had to move to NY to be with her mother and her family and the vehicle was her husband's and she has no use for it anymore and wants to sell it fast that's why she's letting it go for so cheap! Used Yahoo Autos as well as she wanted me to send them the money and they would then supposedly send me the vehicle. I got a funny feeling and asked around and then someone showed me this article and my emails were so similar it was scary! My mouth dropped as I was reading this article!!

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