I've included here an email from a potential Craigslist scammer. I'm pretty confident this is a scam because I've read about people using courier services to send money as a way to bypass any federal crimes (apparently, if you send money by USPS, then it's considered a federal penalty). Furthermore, they want to pay an extra $50 for the price I am listing. Some people have also suggested that I play along with scammers, because each time they send money by courier services, they spend their own money.FROM SCAMMER:
In any case, I'm wondering what your suggestions are. I kind of played along by giving them my school mailing address (I'm a graduate student, so we get our own mailboxes at the department office). I'm tempted to just get the check, tell them that I didn't receive it and ask them to send one again, or just tell them that my item has been destroyed by a fire or some crazy story like that.
Of course, I won't cash any checks. I know they're fake.
Thanks for your time!
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From: Michelle Cowan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: ~*NEW*~ Evan Picone - Marilyn Halter Dress; Size: 4P; Color: BLACK - $56 (Irvine, CA)
Thanks for the details. I'm glad to let you know that the deal is still on, the payment is being sent via the courier service and the item will be picked up as soon as you receive the payment, and get payment cashed. Then I will instruct the shipper to get in contact with you for the pick up schedule time and date. I will like to tell you that you would be receiving an overdraft amount of payment to cover the shipment of the items bought and other items that am purchasing for I might not be on hand when the payment arrives as am
going for my business trips. So as soon as you receive the check have it cashed and remove your money for the item and send the remaining funds to the shipper via Western Union money transfer.
My shipper is also picking some of other items at the same city of ours, hence you need to transfer the remaining amount of $ to the shipper when you have receive the payment. You will have to deduct $50
for your running around that I have caused you during the transaction period. Please let me know if I can trust you on this so we can move forward from here and email you the tracking number of the payment
Thanks for your understanding,