I’m pretty sure I got a scammer to send a cashier’s check to the Federal Trade Commission. I despise Craigslist scammers (all scammers, really) ever since I moved to Vancouver. My dad had driven up with me, all the way from Tucson with Heidi in his lap, and we were staying in a hotel downtown while I tried to find a place to live.
To say the Vancouver housing market is tight is an understatement. I was desperate to find a place, as I could see my meager savings evaporating every extra day we had to stay in that hotel. I fell for a scam from the other (seller) side of Craigslist: the old “I can’t show you the property, but I’ll send you the keys as soon as I get first/last/security.” By “fell for” I just mean that I wasted a trip to the property, costing me valuable time but no actual money. I’m sure lots of people get screwed much worse; if I had really fallen for it, I would have had no money left to rent a legit apartment.
Three universities and five moves later, I’m moving again within Atlanta. The new place comes with a stackable washer and dryer, so I’ve listed my very nice Samsung front-loading washer on Craigslist. The first response was from a classic cashier’s check scammer. Their opening move, the tried and true “let’s move this conversation off of Craigslist”:
Sure thing, Tina; obviously there’s nothing sketchy about wanting to use your personal email for a Craigslist purchase:
Poor Tina won’t be able to come in person, though:
Wait, what happened to Tina? None of my business, I guess; if she’s going by Nora now, that’s cool. Tina/Nora is sticking to the playbook:
- Can’t come in person ✓
- Pay by cashier’s check ✓
- ‘Mover agent’ will pick up ✓
What? If Tina can change her name, so can I. That’s the address and phone number of the FTC, by the way. I don’t know if Muad’Dib actually works there; I hope so.
Well, that’s a complication. Obviously I won’t see any text messages sent to the FTC.
I don’t really have a land line; I think the last time I did was in Florida. Tina/Nora’s cool with it, though:
And she did:
I was going to blur the tracking number, but fuck it. In fact, here’s the link if you don’t want to wait for my updates. Here’s what it shows right now:
That is a totally legit FedEx tracking number for a package that is presumably en route to the FTC! I will keep you posted.