Monday, July 2, 2007

Scam Response from Craigslist Ad

Here's the text of the most recent scam response I received from my ESL advertisement on craigslist.org. As I've mentioned before, I always receive at least one of these scam responses whenever I post a new ad.

The title of the email to me was "Good Day Teacher.........."

Here's the text of the email.

"Hello,
how are you doing today ,i took a brief look at your Advert and i am impressed and interested in your lesson ,my son is coming for an holiday coaching in your area ,he is 12years old,he knows a little about this lesson,I don't want him to be less busy in the time of the day , so i have decided to let him attend your lesson , he will be coming 3hours in A DAY (9am to 12am) or anytime you have fixed within the Day time ,so i want you to calculate the cost for 3 week and send me the total cost ,i will be paying you with cashier check ,so get back to me with your cost . i will like to hear from you soon. regards
Joel thompson"


The email address was thompsjoel@gmail.com.

Don't waste your time on these guys!

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6 comments:

Steve said...

It is instructor beware on Craig's List. Send any advert which is in question, with the subject "ABUSE" to abuse@craigslist.org

This will be the quickest way to shutting these types of operations down ASAP.

Cheers, Steve

www.eslspider.com
www.healthyexpat.com

Dawn said...

Beware taken. He sent me an email to an advertisment I have on craigslist as well. I am selling some bedroom furniture. He asked me to take the items off craigslist. Once I asked him for a cahsiers check, the name and number of his movers. He didn't respond. Then I sent another email telling him I am aware of scams online. And haven't heard back from him also.

Anonymous said...

Got 2 similar responses which could be used to respond to any for sale ad. I'm selling a drum set lol.


----- Original Message -----
From: Lake Wall [lakewall2@g***]
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 6:56 AM
Subject: Classic Tama Royalstar Drum Set including Hardware and Cymbals - $450

Hello,
Got your AD on craiglist, i want to know if this AD is active, tell
me the price you want the item to go for, and the present condition, I
would be on the look for your Email reply.i will also like to see more
pics if available.

Lake





----- Original Message -----
From: top lopez [lopeztop02@g***]
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 5:29 AM
Subject: Classic Tama Royalstar Drum Set including Hardware and Cymbals - $450


Hello,
i was going through the classified ads today when i came accross your
advert concerning your items for sale am interested in buying for my
home so please let me know the present condition including your last
price you are willing to sell,Get me all this asap.
Regards

Antoine said...

I'm kinda new to posting ads on the internet... is he scamming you for money, or for free items, and if so how?

Name: Debra Garcia, M.A. said...

Hi Antoine,

The scam is to try to get money from tutors and others.

Please see this link http://www.esl-tutor.com/2007/04/scamming-esl-tutors-on-craigslistorg_16.html for details about how the scam works. (You'll probably have to cut-and-paste the link into your browser.)

Best,
Debra

Anonymous said...

I had totally forgotten my ad. placed on Craigslist a month ago, but was reminded when I got a reply this morning. I recognized the red flags at once: poor English, unnecessary use of caps, irregular spacing....
I had almost fallen prey to one last year, and learnt much since then.

Here is his text:
Hello tutor,
Are you available to tutor my son he is 15yrs,name Pat?Get back to me with the details requested so that we can proceed from there asap.
I've arranged with a caregiver in USA that my child is coming to stay with him for his period of tutoring and he had agreed with me. I want you to get back to me with following details:
1)your present residence address and tel #
2)total cost of tutoring for 2 months (1 hour per day 3 days /week)
3)your years of teaching experience.
Payment via cashier's check,looking forward to hearing from you soonest.
Regards to you and your family

God Bless
Regards,

MY REPLY
Yes, and I suppose you will send me a cashiers check so I can send money to his caregiver etc etc etc.
My question is this:
Why don't you try a new scam or get the hell a job for yourself?

If you do not improve your pitiful English level, everyone can find you out easily. Face it - you are not good at this. I don't know where you are from, but there must be something else for folk to do out there than steal! Get a life!