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  1. Sarah
    April 15, 2014 @ 10:38 pm

    I am in love with Craigslist. I am constantly finding new things that I MUST have. Maybe not giant mirrors, but retro chairs and chamber pots are definitely up my alley!

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  2. Sarah
    May 30, 2014 @ 6:50 pm

    You’re funny! If I lived in Philadelphia, I would love to procrastinate with you.

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  3. tyler
    June 18, 2014 @ 7:28 am

    LESSON LEARNED ! anyone who asks you to send them money by bank on craiglist is likely a scamer, thanks !

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  4. CAITE
    June 22, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

    This HI-larious (and very helpful) story found it’s way to Arizona! And no, we’re not for sale! 🙂

    Thanks Victoria for sharing this in a way that helps people understand there is no shame in the knee-jerk emotional choice but also shares valuable lesson for caution.

    Love using Craigslist as both buyer and seller. I’ve been been annoyed lately how social media is beating them up lately as a place only for scammers. SO not true.

    Good lesson, GREAT story, appreciate the opportunity to get my giggle on. Cheers!

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  5. Dan
    June 23, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I just literally went through the same exact rigmarole, I had lost my ring and bracelet and posted a lost and found ad on craigslist. To my surprise, I got a call today saying he thinks he found it, that some kids sold them to him for $95. He asked me to describe it, and at this point my heart was beating out of my chest, I excitedly described them, and sure enough “yup! that’s it!”. He said he’d check how much shipping would be, and that he’d call me back.

    I sat there in anticipation for 10-15 minutes, then the call comes again. $23 to ship it by the fastest means possible, awesome! He says he’s going to send it out today, but that he doesn’t want to get scammed or caught up in any sort of stealing crap, so he asks me to go to western union and wire him the money. At first I was super excited still, yea sure I’ll run right over and send it out! Then something clicks in my head. I cautiously tell him that I was going to just wait until I got it, then I’d send the money right away. I’d even tack on some extra money since I’m so glad he found it. He says no, he doesn’t want to get scammed. Fair enough, I thought. Luckily, I asked one more question, I asked him if he could at least snap a photo of it on his phone or something and send it my way, just to confirm that it was the right ring/bracelet. At this point, he gets kinda angry, saying how now it isn’t worth his time, blah blah blah. I don’t respond immediately, still considering wiring him the money anyways, but then he just hangs up.

    That’s when it hit me, this was absolutely a scam attempt. Funny thing is, had he acted a little more rationally, maybe made up something that he didn’t have a camera on his phone or whatever, I probably would have still gone through with it!

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  6. Judy
    July 10, 2014 @ 10:41 am

    I got my scammer to admit he was a scammer, but now what?

    Well yeah am not denying it

    ——————————————————————————–
    From: bk6cx-4526732144@comm.craigslist.org
    To: 1fb2529b8eb73c69bed5dbd4466cccc5@reply.craigslist.org
    Subject: RE: found CELL PHONE-GRADUATION PRESENT (Bloomsburg)
    Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:48:09 -0400

    You have been contacting other people on Craigslist doing the same thing to them. You have no intention of helping any of us, you do not have any of our phones, you are something else. Here is my proof… another person who says the same Manny Luis contacted them:
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    Yea he emailed me and told me he found my phone and took it with him and left the usa. From the very begining i had a feeling this a scam. He never answers my questions and wont call me or let me call him. Thanks for the heads up, I will be reporting him to the police.

    —–Original Message—–
    From: manny luis
    To: bk6cx-4526732144
    Sent: 09-Jul-2014 22:06:24 +0000
    Subject: RE: found CELL PHONE-GRADUATION PRESENT (Bloomsburg)

    Oh My God whao seriously? Do you hsave to write all this you don’t even know me I swear I have a %100 clean conscience of returning the phone and this haven’t changed anything its okay to freak out but you just have to be cool and imagine who is on the other side I don’t take my purse or credit card around on travel that’s impossible, and its because I see its a little kid phone that’s why am trying my best to return I just hope you think about this good day

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    From: bk6cx-4526732144@comm.craigslist.org
    To: 1fb2529b8eb73c69bed5dbd4466cccc5@reply.craigslist.org
    Subject: Re: found CELL PHONE-GRADUATION PRESENT (Bloomsburg)
    Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:11:29 -0400

    Manny,

    I already knew her phone was lost. She bought the new one to replace it herself because I was not going to buy it again. It does not show her how to be responsible. I have found many items in my life and gone out of my way to reunite them with the owners because I know how it feels to lose things. I know it is good for my soul to be a better person and throw love out in the world instead of hate.

    I would have been more than happy to reimburse you for the postage which is $5 and I would have been more than happy to give you a reward. The fact you have been stringing me along to get to this point, let’s me know that I will never see that phone again. I am fine with that. That phone is useless right now since it is marked lost/stolen. I will pray that you become a better person, but do not reach me again. I do not have any more patience for this game. Good day.

    —–Original Message—–
    From: manny luis
    To: bk6cx-4526732144
    Sent: Wed, Jul 9, 2014 9:08 am
    Subject: RE: found CELL PHONE-GRADUATION PRESENT (Bloomsburg)

    I don’t know is there anyway you can send some money maybe?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 10, 2014 @ 10:46 am

      Report him to craigslist! He will have had to give them an email address… At the very least, I would think craigslist could ban his email? (Which should slow him down for about five seconds)

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  7. Ashton
    October 25, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

    Funny enough, a few days ago I posted an ad about my mom’s purse. She left it on the roof of her car, and drove off on her way to work. I posted an ad on Craigslist describing the purse/wallet, and it’s potential whereabouts. Long story short, the police called us a few hours later, and a good samaritan had turned it in. There was some money missing, and she went ahead and cancelled all her cards anyways.

    So, today I received a rather long text from a number in Miami, FL…we live in the San Francisco Bay Area:

    +1(786)7**-****

    Hello. My name is Karissa Meyers I’m a def.Your wallet was found and If you can name whats inside the wallet and where you lost it and described the wallet to me.also provide correct information with your full name and address matching on ID including your email addres.it will be returned Provide your full name on id Your address matching on ID including your email address. Thank you Karissa Meyers.

    It’s highly unlikely that another person in this rather small residential area also lost a royal blue purse that came from a bazaar in Sri Lanka, complete with skull designed velcro wallet that looks like it belongs to a 10 year old, as described in the ad (my mom’s a bit “eclectic”). This has got to be an identity theft/reward scam. My ad made no mention of a reward, however I did say that if someone had found it and helped themselves to the $100 in it, then consider that their reward for doing the right thing and returning it. I’m betting this person is looking to tug on heart strings in order for me to volunteer a reward. Obviously, I can’t call her because she’s “deaf” (riiiiiiiiight).

    I am now trying to devise a way to make sure this person thinks twice before kicking someone while they are down. There are some real degenerates out there. Called my local PD, and they don’t care (for obvious reasons), and won’t file a report unless I was actually already scammed. Gonna search online for at least somewhere to report this, so that I can rest easy knowing that I did all I could at this point.

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  8. Dennis Revell
    January 10, 2015 @ 12:17 pm

    Arkansas for $200?

    … way, way, overpriced; You’d never get that for it …

    😉

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  9. Polina
    February 9, 2015 @ 3:27 pm

    I think the same guy is trying to scam us all.
    I posted the add looking for my lost camera. I lost it in Miami airport traveling to New Jersey couple days ago.
    Today I received the phone call that the guy who introduced himself as Michael Jarwin. 270-317-7909
    He said he bought my camera from “the black kid” at the airport. He asked me to describe the camera to him, as well as to describe the pictures. He said that he realized the camera was stolen because there were pictures of white people in the camera. He figured out that I was white because of my Russian accent. Being stupid and naive I was describing pictures to him in great detail. He confirmed that it was camera. I said that I would pay him the money that he paid for the camera and more. He replied something like: “Don’t worry, I will make sure that you pay me”. That is when it hit me. I asked him to describe what else was in the case, he mumbled, like I see in many comments here, and said that he had no time for this, and hung up the phone. I called him back with no answer.I texted him asking to call me back. He did call back a few minutes later and said that the was talking to his wife about this… I stopped and asked him if there was a picture of my grandma, an old lady sitting in the chair (This picture wasn’t were. I just made it up). He said: “Yes, there is a picture of an old lady sitting on the chair”. That’s when I realized that my gut feeling did not fail me. He also said that he was from Illinois. I think he purposely calls people with out-of-state numbers to tell them that he is in another state, so no one can actually meet him in person. By the way, his phone is registered in Kentucky.
    Please be careful. Beware of this scam artist. Good luck to all of you finding your lost items!

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  10. jamie
    February 11, 2015 @ 10:04 am

    Oh no, you do NOT get the crown and scepter for ‘Queen of the Scammed’! That would be me…and actually my husband as well. In 2005 my husband found a car on craigslist for my son. The seller wanted 3,700. Wired. My husband instructed me to wire the cash. I wired the cash. The FBI called the store that wired the cash. The clerk handed me the phone. FBI cancelled my transaction….thank gOd! Lesson? Learned and inscribed on my forearm.

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  11. Rugy
    September 2, 2015 @ 6:06 pm

    Next time, before to make any transaction Read This : https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/574148 ( Inside Hackerville: Learn How To Buy and Sell SAFELY ) and will see how a scammer make the “real transaction” . Take care! 100% Truh, No Lies !

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  12. Neicy
    December 1, 2015 @ 5:27 pm

    I was scammed by a man name Rick Lane, who said he worked for Shadow shoppers. This is a place I registered with, they said he didn’t work for them. This person had my email address, so I thought it was true work. I was fooled, but I’m still wondering how he pulled up my info, from Shadow shoppers.

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  13. Audrie
    December 19, 2015 @ 1:39 pm

    You may not see this comment, but I somehow stumbled on your website. It is no exaggeration to say that I am in tears laughing at this story. Not at you, but your delivery. You are hilarious! I was drawn in by your Christmas-bow story and was ‘lol-ing’ pretty hard. But this, literally tears.

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  14. Tracy
    May 20, 2016 @ 10:17 am

    So I’ve been going back and reading your entire blog from the beginning, and I just have to say – I love you so much. Which is probably a super weird and inappropriate thing to say to someone you don’t even know, but it’s true. And this post? Perfection. Thank you for sharing it, you may have actually saved me from being scammed in the same way some day.

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  15. Olivia
    July 29, 2016 @ 9:07 am

    If a person scammed YOU. You are not the one who should spent one second feeling bad. THE SCUMBAG cheater should feel bad. Who wants to go around shouting: I LIE AND CHEAT people for a living and they deserve it because the world owes me something for being stupid. YOU did nothing wrong. NOTHING. We are taught to be MORAL and follow rules. We are also taught, as we move up in life, to be gracious and trusting, without these two qualities, a human being cannot exist in the world. If some EVIL THIEF chooses to go around demeaning other human beings that is their own punishment, and yes, I do think they should be punished, and they are punished. YOU are a good person. That is it’s own reward in many many ways. How we choose to live with other humans on this earth is life itself. I hope that guys money he cheated you out of brings him nothing but shame and self-disgust.

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  16. Nita
    August 16, 2016 @ 4:44 pm

    So… I recently lost a bracelet … very sentimental, semi-expensive. I put an ad on Craigslist and in the newspaper … with “Reward”. I live in Arkansas.. I received a call from, of all places, Bowling Green, KY. Guy said he was visiting here and he thinks he has my bracelet (a guy on the street sold it to him). He says he is currently at work, but when he gets home he will have his wife send me a photo. Interesting. He just called back and asked me about the reward … I told him I’d take care of it when I see him. What?! I said .. “yep, it means so much to me, I’ll make the drive and pick it up this weekend in person” … he is going to ask his wife if they will be home this weekend and get back with me 🙂 Maybe he should google my phone number and see that I’m a PI …. with LOTS of Policeman friends. If he is scamming me … I’ll make him feel it, or at least get slightly uncomfortable.

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  18. Tamera
    September 15, 2016 @ 5:57 am

    OMG! This post made me snort… and kept me from falling asleep at 4am… bless you!

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  19. Jennifer A
    September 29, 2016 @ 9:01 pm

    Yeah this exact same thing, most likely person did this to me yesterday, except he found my wedding ring… and I sent him $300. I wish I would have see this sooner! I feel like a complete idiot.

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