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I got this check today, to pay for a set of $650 snow tires on craigslist. Friggin scammers. The guy was pissed when I told him I knew the check was fake. Very amusing.

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Look what I got! It's been a long time, and I'm selling as much on Craigslist as I ever have been. But scammers have gotten so lazy, they don't even send the fake payments any more. It's been a few years since I've received a fake money order from a scammer. But I got a fresh one today! It's for $2180. The thing is, I've been on vacation for a week. And before that, I did have some communication with a few scammers, but I always report their emails to their ISP. So, their account is likely closed, which is why I haven't heard from them. So in short, I have no idea what this money order is even supposed to be for. Not that it matters. Another money order to add to the collection. I hate scammers.

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It used to be that when I tricked a scammer into sending me a fake money order, they'd send me one impressive forgery. Now adays, the junk they send is such low quality crap. Even if your job is being a useless piece of shit, the metaphorical asshole of society, you should still take some pride in your work. This fake payment looks so bad in person, it's about as bad as the incredibly lazy paypal emails they send.

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So I received a pair of $896 money orders in the mail. They were to pay for a $165 computer power supply. I'm to send the power supply and the difference, minus an extra fee for my troubles of course, to the scammer's bank account. I'll get right on that... I'm going to email him back and tell him the bank wouldn't cash them, just to waste a bit more of his time.

Another scammer wanted me to help him claim an unclaimed bank account at some back, worth $15,000,000. Wow wee, what luck eh? So he asked for my phone number, so I gave him the number to my local police station. He got back to me saying that he tried to call but got a voice mail. Sadly, he probably didn't call at all.

So then he sent me a Word document that I was supposed to fill out. It has some personal info on it but nothing too bad. So I made a file that was about the same size at that file, but was pure jibberish. I emailed it back to him as directed, and told him I had added some extra info like bank account numbers and social security numbers, in case he needs them. So this guy is going to freak out, and spend hours trying to open this file that he thinks is the jackpot. I'm also hoping that this scammer is paying by the minute to use computers at an internet cafe.

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I got my first fake money order from a scammer today. Usually these are easy to get, but because I use a PO BOX for my scams, it becomes very difficult. Most scammers send things through [probably stolen] UPS accounts. UPS won't send to a PO BOX, so eventually the scammer gives up on me.

But this scammer was resourceful enough to get me my money order! Note the name it was sent to. That's my HILARIOUS alias. If you don't get it, try saying it out loud a few times. You'll get it.

Now this money order was sent by this Nigerian guy's public relations officer. He sent it to me and I'm sending his son my bike. But due to a clerical error, he over paid me, so he wants me to ship him my bike AND about $1500 cash.

The return address on the envelope is some medial office building in Ohio. The name... who knows, could be a real person, could just be a made up name. If it's a real person, it could be someone in on the scam, or it could be someone that thinks they have a work-at-home type internet job and doesn't realize that they are part of a scam.

I like to repeat this part over and over again:
Money Orders are MORE Dangerous Than Personal Checks!
It's true! With a personal check, you deposit it, wait for it to clear, and it either clears or bounces. If it bounces, you don't send goods.

Money orders are sneaky. Because they are a money order, they always clear instantly. If they are fake, like this one, what happens is the money order will bounce weeks from the cashing. The your bank comes after you looking for the money. AND there is no way to verify if a money order is real. I called my bank, they said they have no way I have to call the bank that issued it. So I called the bank that issued it and they said they have no way either, only way to see if it's real is to cash it and see what happens.

So the years-old public knowledge of "don't accept personal checks, only money orders" has now been reversed. A personal check is much safer, you just have to wait for it to clear.

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If someone on Craigslist sent you a money order, and wants you to send your goods to this address:

Alma Aldaco
10841 White Oak Ave
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Don't. The money order is fake and you are getting ripped off. I know this because I like to mess around with scammers. See my other postings for details...

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Another scammer scammed! This guy asked me if my item (which was my $775 White MacBook) was still available. I told him it was, but the listing was a typo, and that the real price of the item was $1775. $1775 is an insane price for this laptop. It's only $1000 brand new. $1775 is almost the cost of a brand new 15" MacBook Pro!!!

So without hesitation, he agree to pay $1800 for the MacBook, PLUS he has his own DHL shipping account. BINGO. So a few days later I get an email from the US Postal Service, telling me they got the sender's money (Robort Hamps is his alias). So the email said that once I ship out the package, the US Postal Service will be mailing me my money order. The US Postal Service has NO SUCH escrow service. Furthermore, while the email looked like an official USPS email, it was sent from united.sfastefundexpr@consultant.com

Another few days or so pass and I get an email with a prepaid DHL label.
So the label is for a 15 lb package with a customs value of $40. The destination address on the label is:
Block 618 flat 6, abesan estate
la,  LA  23401

I assume that's a Nigerian address. So I email the fella back and told him I received the label but its only for 15 lb, the computer boxed up with all the accessories weighs 35 lb. So he resends me a new label a little while later, this one for 35 lb. Again, I can only hope he's paying for these labels himself. He probably isn't, but even if he isn't, at least these big purchases will help get that stolen account noticed quicker.

So now I had a 35 lb shipping label, but there was still the issue of the $40 customs value printed on it. Looking around google, the best i can find is that average customs is 12%, plus 7% surcharge and 5% tax. So 24% give or take. So $40 isn't enough. Since the computer is really selling for $775, I opened the label in photoshop and changed the customs value from $40.00 to $700.00. Now, the $40 is probably in a computer somewhere, so they may not even see the label. But if they do go by the label, my work is perfect and this person will have to pay about $170 to get what they think is my laptop. Plus the package is in a real MacBook box, so they really will think it's a laptop computer, and they really will want to pay the $170. Not as much profit as they would have got if it was only $10 in customs, but still they're going to think they have $600ish in pure profit in that box. They won't. Wait what am I saying he thinks the laptop is worth $1800. Even better! Plus I emailed him and told him I found a spare battery and threw it in the box, just to make sure he totally bought it!

Tracking number for my newest box o' rocks is:

It was raining today, which is why the rocks look wet. They are wet, and very muddy. That's ok, I don't think my scammer will mind :-)

Check back in the comments to see what happened when the package was delivered, and to see if this scammer sent me any interesting emails! :-)

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Yeah so I've been trying to sell my two laptops on Craigslist (cause I don't need three). I sell lots of stuff on craigslist and I get lots of messages from scammers, but nothing like I'm getting with the laptops. Every day they each attract someone trying to rip me off.

So this one guy asked me what "my final price" was. Which is one of the lines the scammer use, I totally don't get it but whatever. Since my listing said $1300, and he was obviously a scammer, I told him $2000 was my final price. He "accepted my terms" and told me he was sending me $2300 to cover shipping and packaging etc. What a deal eh? So he tells me he's sending money through some service. Next thing you know I get an email from this website saying they got his money, so its now OK for me to send him my computer. This lazy son of a bitch didn't even bother to send me a fake money order. What a retard. So I get an email from him with a prepaid fedex label attached. Overnight too. I ONLY HOPE THAT HE PAID FOR THE LABEL OUT OF HIS POCKET and not with some kind of hijacked or stolen fedex account. Because I sent him a box of rocks. But I put apple stickers on the sides of the box so maybe he won't notice there's no MacBook Pro in it.

For what it's worth, the destination of the rocks is:
Charles Roberts
403 Madison Place Parkway
Byron, GA 31008

Of course the name of the person who "bought" my laptop was Akins David. Charles Roberts could be a fake name, or it could be a middle man. Like that poor guy on MSNBC that was shipping things to Africa and didn't even know he was part of a scam.

And hell, while I'm at it, here's the tracking number:

If you're worried about retribution, this guy's probably in africa so a few angry emails is all I'll get. Plus he doesn't know my real name or my address, only my PO BOX. And if I get any mail from Africa, or addressed to the fake name, I'm not even going to open it, i'm just going to refuse it and return it to sender.

This is my new hobby. Sending rocks and things to scammers.
I must give props to the original scammer-scam:
The p-p-p-powerbook
He got his scammer really good, he had to pay hundreds in taxes on the package he got. My scammer only had to pay for overnight shipping on two rocks. And the shipping label was probably bought with a stolen credit card. But theres a chance the scammer bought the label with his own money.
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