I've been emailing a scammer back and forth for about a month now, and it's staring to get funny. This started when I posted a beater lumina on craigslist about a month ago. Here's some highlights.
FIRST EMAIL FROM THE SCAMMER:
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 03:44:52 -0800
> PLEASE GET BACK TO ME WITH THE LATEST CONDITION OF THIS ITEM AND YOUR FINAL ASKING PRICE OF THE ITEM AS AM AN AGENT AND MY CLIENT IS HIGHLY INTERESTED IN YOUR ITEM AND MY CLIENT WILL BE WILLING TO PAY YOU VIA CHECK...
...i AWAIT YOUR REPLY
I REPLY WITH:
> Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 10:14:22 -0500
> yes my item still for sale.
> My price is firm at 1,500 as I've had quite a few calls on it.
> Thank you
> My address is:
> 2300 De Hoop Ave SW
> Wyoming, MI 49509
> (616) 530-7300
NOTE - this is the address for the Wyoming (city I live in) police department
NEXT EMAIL BACK FROM THE SCAMMER
> Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007 02:18:35 -0800
> SOUNDS GREAT I JUST GET OFF THE PHONE WITH MY CLIENT AND HE ACCEPTED THE PRICE AND HE TOLD ME TO GET BACK TO HIM WITH YOUR FULL INFORMATION SO HE CAN SEND YOU THE CHECK SO KINDLY GET BACK TO ME WITH SOME PICTURES OF THE ITEM AND YOUR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS AND ALSO YOUR PHONE NUMBER
I REPLY: - at this point the car is already sold, and the add is removed from craigslist
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2008 10:54:13 -0500
Edward P Edwardson
2300 Dehoop Ave
Wyoming, MI 49509
EMAIL BACK FROM SCAMMER
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 05:26:30 -0800
I had forward your full name and addresss to my client that want to make the payment ok and he told me your check had been issued out and this will include the whole money he owes me which is $4,000. so i will like you to get back to me if you will be able to send the rest of the money after you deduct your money from it to my shipping company through western union money transfer to republic of benin, the Balance in question is for the clearing of all the goods i have been getting for my Clients and all this goods are at the seaport ok. i will come to where the items is for pickup ok. and I will like you to get back to me and confirm that this your name and address is correct
Edward P Edwardson
2300 Dehoop Ave
Wyoming, MI 49509
I await your reply thanks
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 12:00:30 -0500
Yes all is correct. That sounds fine, if payment is a check, of course I;ll have to wait for the check to clear to protect me... but that shouldn't be a problem.
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2008 22:40:37 -0800
Am very sorry for get so late for the reply. i just be reading your mail now kindly get back tomeyou should have recieve the check by now .let me know what is going on with the check and my item and I Just want you to know that as soon as you have gotten the payment clear...
Here is the information you are to use for the transfer of the excess funds via Western Union .
Address: Carre 32 Attikamey Ave
Zip Code: 00229
After the transfer of the funds you are to get back to me with the below information which i am to give to the shipper to get the money TODAY and schedule a time for the pickup.
I RESPOND - note I change my name from Edward to "fast" eddie
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 09:20:44 -0500
Yes I got the check yesterday, I went and cashed it. I hope you don't mind but I have a house payment overdue, so I had to pay that first. As soon as my disability check comes I'll get your money out to you. It shouldn't be more than a week or 2... 3 at the most.
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 09:59:57 -0800
Sound good to me let me know how much is with you now may be you will need to send the money to my store keeper to start the paper work for the shipment ok. so that the shipper can schedule a date for the pick up and come for the pickup in your base. i await your reply
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 14:20:28 -0500
Well that's the problem.. I don't have any of the money with me right now. I had to borrow it to cover my house payment that's overdue - I was behind a few payments. I should be getting a divisibility check in about a month or so. When I do I will send it to you right away. If you want your shipper to come get the car it's ready to go.
NOW THE SCAMMER ISN'T TOO HAPPY
Look what ever your names is if you do not get back to me today with the western union information so i can use the money to schedule apick up for the car then i will call my bank to decleared your check as fraud and by that you will be powing the bank $4000 and your acount will be close for bringing in a fafjke check and you will be charge to court you use another person money without even asking to pay your own house and now you delay the person business did i not tell you that i am using this money to take care of the shipping and i hope you understand because i wil have to report you today if you did not get back to me with apoisitive answer thanks you infact how can you be so wicked to do such a thing well you get what is coming to you i have nothing to do with your house rent and i did not know what the hell you are think when you are using another person money inhope i see you in court and in prison for this thanks
they sent me this email 4 times... hahhahaa
I responded telling them to relax I only needed to borrow the money for 1-2 months... 3 months tops.