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Recently, I placed an ad on Craigslist selling my drum set. Little did I know the mass amount of scammers from Nigeria that are out there trying to steal our hard earned money. I got fed up with the number of scammer emails I was receiving and decided to have a little fun and waste the scammers time in the process. Here is the email string.
Scammer: Still available??
Me: Yes it is
Scammer: Hello, Thanks for getting back to my inquiry..Just to let you know am fully satisfy with the price and condition of the item,am ready for its purchase..I will be paying you via Check. I want you to understand that i'll be responsible for the pick-up to avoid delay and to enable my mover pick up person to schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up to be done at your location after it has been clear your bank,also i have other goods to be moved together with yours..I would have love to come for the viewing but, due to work schedule that might not be possible for me to come.If you have more pics you might attach it to have a better assessment..Pls,respond back with the following details(Full Name and Address including your Cell and Land phone number).So as to mail the payment out to your location..Looking
forward to your email soon.
Me: I am so excited that you will be purchasing my drumset. Go ahead and send the check to my home address. Thanks.
Scammer: thanks for the email i will like you to get back to me with your
information in order to mail out your payment........
Me: Yea. That sounds great. Please send the check as soon as possible. I look forward to receiving it. Thanks.
Scammer: Pls,respond back with the following details(Full Name and Address
including your Cell and Land phone number).So as to mail the payment
out to your location..Looking forward to your email soon.
Me: Oh sorry, my bad. I have been pretty busy on the farm and all. Uncle jesse has been bugging me to work in the field and I haven't had time to do much. I would say to send the check to my work address but I am not there that often. My old address won't work because I don't live there any more. So I guess my new address would be the best. Unless you think you should send it to my work address. Thanks again and I look forward to receiving the check soon.
Scammer: Thanks for the response....i will want you to provide the Address
which you will be able to receive your payment.
Me: Ohh oops. Sorry. Here is my address.
1234 Daisy Duke Parkway
Hazard County, AR 90210
Thanks, I look forward to receiving the check.
Scammer: Hi Mark, How are you doing today ..I will like to informed you that I contact my account Personnel to confirm if your payment has been mailed out and i was made to understand that instead of the actual amount for the item,the bank made out check for $2,650 The payment was already posted before I was informed about this but is a little problem which we can handle with care.I wouldn't want this to delay the sale, As I have rectify this with my Bank and all you do once you have the payment is to take it to your Bank and have it deposit, you will then deduct the money for your goods plus a $50 (the cost of running around).
The excess fund on the payment will then be wired to my coordinator in charge the pick up via western union that same day it clears so that he can come for the pick up, as i already plan on using the excess on the payment to offset the cost of the previous shipments he has undertaken on my behalf. I'll really appreciate this from you because been honest is the best in life so do let me know if I can trust you
to have the excess fund sent to my mover so we can proceed further...I'll be expecting your quick response concerning this issue ASAP.
Me: I received the check. But my dog got a hold of it and ate it. I tried picking the pieces out of his poop but I couldn't get it pieced back together. Hang on, I need to wash my hands...... Ok, Im back. As I was saying, my dog ate the check you sent and.......Hang on, I need to clean my keyboard.......Ok, back again. So anyway, would you be able to send another check? Sorry about this. Maybe you should send the check to my work address so my dog doesn't eat it again.
4578 Rosco Pico Lane
Hazard County, AR 90210
Thanks again and I look forward to receiving the check.
It looks like the scammer finally caught on at this point and stopped emailing me. Had a good laugh though.