I’m trying to sell a piece of furniture on Craigslist. I’ve sold things before without any issues, and I’m smarter than your average bear so I don’t fall victim to scammers too easily. I got an inquiry on Wednesday about my posting.
“Hello. Am Jessica Thomas. I’ll like to know if this item still up for sales. Thanks.”
The email address was email@example.com
I didn’t respond. Her use of the English language was appalling and unforgivable.
Later, I got another email. It read:
“Hope this item is still available for sale and let me know is condition and the last price. Hope tho read from you soon.”
The name of the sender was Jessica Thomas, but the email address was firstname.lastname@example.org. Mattew. Not Matthew.
I responded purely out of desperation. We need the money.
“Still available. In good condition. I’m not accepting Paypal or shipping the item to you. You must be available to meet in person.”
‘Cause you know…if they give you money on Paypal and then you ship the item to them, they’ll claim to never have gotten it, they’ll get Paypal to give them their money back, and then they’ve gotten your item for free. RUDE.
If we meet in person, I take Mike with me. The feef is always packin’ heat, so I don’t have to worry about getting kidnapped or sold as a sex slave.
“am sorry i only deal with paypal so if you are seriuos in selling this send me your paypal account so as to make the payment into your account and paypal is the best way to pay…and you can receive your mney fast used your money to buy online easyly with paaypal without exposing your credit card so let me know and I could have come over today and pick it up and pay you in cash but due to some circumstances i couldn’t be able to make it.and i will like you to provide me with your Paypal account (Invoice) to enable me make the payment. Immediately I get the information as asked above, I will send the payment immediately, Please start getting the item ready for shipped out after you receive this email. Thanks while I wait to hear from you soon. Regards. Thanks.”
I responded simply, “You’re not even communicating with complete sentences. Try scamming someone else.”
TAKE THAT, JESSICA! Or whoever you are…YOU’RE NOT TRICKING ME THAT EASILY!