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  1. Red Ellie
    June 19, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

    I’m now going back to Victoria’s I may have missed. Thought I’d heard all the craigslist scam stories…working at a bank where clients regularly come in for money orders or to wire money to their scammer and having to make like a Primetime Detective to extract the information so I can talk them out of sending $$ to the Crown Prince of Nigeria… makes for a Lot of scam stories. I really like yours tho. It actually has some merit. You—-placed the ad looking for the iPhone. You—-were reasonably astonished and gratified to have your long-shot work. And your Good Samaritan was clever enough to make a seriously Reasonable monetary request. (I was flabbergasted at the pittance he asked for!). I’m sure He was bowled over by your generosity but truly…goodness should be rewarded right?
    This is now my very favorite craigslist scam story. You wore your extra petticoat under your Pretty spring frock as you skipped down the garden path bringing his money, yes?? I. Love. This. One.



  2. Red Ellie
    June 19, 2018 @ 4:51 pm

    {So. I have dozens I’ve heard. Maybe over 100 if we count mystery shopper scams. And so many people have fought me hard to let them go ahead and wire out money. But one very reasonable seeming woman about 10 years ago was just jaw-droppingly innocent.
    She put an Easy chair on craigslist for $40. Got an email from a guy visiting his kid in Florida wanting it but would need it shipped. Sent her a cashiers check for $300 to cover cost of chair and shipping costs for freight along with a letter that told her to deposit the check, (bogus of course!) then keep her $40 chair price, the $50 for shipping, as well as another $50 for her trouble getting this done, then wire him the remaining $160 to show HER “good faith”. I told her it was fake. Told her it was a scam. Explained how it works. She didn’t believe me. So I called the bank that had supposedly issued the CC and verified there were a bunch of those fake CC’s being investigated. She still wanted to do it. We went back & forth for several more minutes while I explained that I couldn’t even attempt to deposit the CC because it was fraudulent. I explained again that he only wanted the $160 she was going to wire to him. Had a manager come over back me up. The lady Finally agreed the CC was bogus. She finally agreed she was Not going to send him ANY money. I breathed a sigh of relief. As she left she asked me if she should email him and tell him he would need to Wire HER the $40 plus shipping before she would send him her chair or if she should make him send cash? She added that there was No Way he was getting her chair unless he paid for it in cash!}

    Sorry. Had to share at least one.


  3. Katie
    August 26, 2019 @ 10:56 am

    Apparently I’m 6 years late to the party, but what is the story with the gas cap?? I love your blog! You crack me up.


  4. Kim
    December 11, 2019 @ 9:26 pm

    How much would a new phone have cost? Get insurance on an expensive phone. If lost of stolen call your carrier and KILL it immediately – as in make it not work. Then get a new phone.


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