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Suspected alteration of the Nigerian scam. I responded to a “driver needed” craigslist add. He needed a driver for his wife just for a few days (I was thinking pregnant or from out of town). This is the response e-mail I received two days later:

“Hi There,
Thanks for your response and I am glad to read from you as regard the driving job. My name is fred.I have informed my wife {Her name is {Tina} concerning the pick up and for other purpose which she might need you for. I believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself as a reliable and good person.Her arrival date is febuary 8th.I will prefer you have your car ready & available,but if you don’t have a car,i will provide a car for you.I am offering you $370 for 3 days & $130 for gas.You will make yourself available 3 times for 5 days to her schedule for 2 hours each day.
Also I want you to know that my client will be sending you money gram money order and the payment will be in excess of $2550. You’re to deduct your pay & the remaining funds will be use by my wife for her travel expenses,accommodations and any other expenses,Get back to me
with the following details of yours
Your full name…………………
Your Home Address………………..
City………………………….
State…………………………
Zip Code………………………
Your phone number…………………..
Get back to me on time so that the payment can be issue on your
name and sent to your address overnight.Thank you for your
co-operation and i’ll be looking forward to hearing back from you as
soon as possible.
Regards.
Fred.”

I cannot see how this can possibly be legit. I have not responded yet and if I do I definitely will not be giving out my personal information. I am thinking about having the “money gram” sent somewhere else and then trying to cash it. I am not really sure what I am going to do yet. Any ideas out there?

Regards (lol),

Brian

This post was submitted by Brian.

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  1. ScamRadar-- -- -- January 29th, 2009 1:09 pm

    Brian,

    Except the story of the need for a car driver, this one follows the format of the typical Nigerian scam. Usually, you either have an inheritance or won a lottery of some sort, and then they ask you to respond with your personal info so that they can send you a check (it’s a fake check). Looks like they’re trying to find more creative ways to SCAM people.

  2. skamkilla-- -- -- January 29th, 2009 5:24 pm

    They also put ads in craigslist looking for tutors, teachers or babysitters.

  3. stephen-- -- -- February 11th, 2009 6:55 pm

    yeah, I replied to a similar ad for a driver and this is the e-mail response that I got back:

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Hello,
    Thanks for your response and i am glad to read from you as regards the driving job,also for accepting the offer. I have contacted my wife concerning her pick up and for other purpose which she might need you for,which she told me is okay by her,i believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself a reliable,honest loyal and good person,Her arrival date should be febuary 28th. Your Job is for you to drive her for the period of time she would be around for the conference and some few places when she’s bored. The conference is going to last for 3weeks and I am offering you $500 weekly and you will make yourself available 3 times a week for her schedule for 3 to 5 hours each day,that is you will be working every monday,wednesday and friday that she will be attending the conference meeting so you will dropping her and drop her back at the hotel after she finished the meeting.
    Requirements…
    All you need for you to work for her is to have a copy driver’s
    licence scanned,your full car registration and your car..
    If you are ready to take these Job I will want you to email me the
    following details….. Your full Name, Address in full,A copy of your drivers licence. Cos i will be contacting her conference people’s accountant to forward you a check as payment after you agreed all the terms of this job….The accountant will be sending a payment that will cover your first week upfront salary and her expenses(Flight ticket, accommodation and other expenses) while she is with you at the conference in the state…
    If you are ok with all the terms then i will be waiting for your reply.
    N.B—- Incase you do not have a car we will have to hire a car and we
    will bear the expenses for that.
    Best Regards,
    Mr Stephen Adams
    !6 Curtis Wood Rd,
    Herne Bay,Kent.
    CT6 7TY.
    United Kingdom.
    Tel: +447024027852

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    I do not know whether to beleive this or not. I certianly will not be sending out personal information, but I would like to e-mail them back with a battery of questions and see if they respond. It looks way to similar to your e-mail to not be a scam. hope this helps someone else too.

  4. rob decker-- -- -- February 17th, 2009 11:43 pm

    I received this response when I replied to a driver ad on craigslist – Grand Rapids, Michigan

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    MY WIFE ARRIVAL TIME

    Hello,
    Thanks for your response, I am glad to read from you as regards to
    the driving job and your application has been considered for accepting
    the offer that is why I congratulates you because this offer is a
    challenges.When I inform my wife about you telling her your Name, She
    said that you are OK. She will be coming for a three week seminar to
    the United State from United Kingdom”, So I have contacted her
    concerning the pick up from the airport which she might need you for
    because we are not together for now I am for business trip to Cuba and
    its going to take up to Two and half Month before coming back,I
    believe you are fit and competent for this position. In as much you
    will prove yourself if you are reliable and good person? Her arrival
    time should be around early latest first week in March.I will prefer
    you have your car available,I am offering you $500 weekly and you will
    make yourself available 3 times a week to her schedule for 3 hours
    each day.Also your payment for the first week salary will be issue out
    to you directly and I want you to know that My associate client who is
    in United State will be sending you a cheque which will be more than
    your negotiation price and is going be an instant cash when you take
    it to your bank you will be given the cash immediately…OK, even my
    friend willing to assist me with situation but he is a busy man as
    well and I think this would be the fastest way I can pay for now
    because the company that I am working with do not permit someone to be
    moving around. About my wife,she might decide to spend two weeks or
    more than on how she will be enjoying the trip and program schedule.
    After you have deduct your first week salary,the remaining funds will
    be used by her for her travel expenses,accommodations and any other
    expenses.I hope I can entrust you with the remaining fund because now
    are days people are real funny? Kindly get back to me with the
    following details that you want the payment to be issued out.
    Your Full Name:-
    Contact House Address:-
    City/location and postal code:-
    Your phone number:-
    Cell Phone Number
    Age:-
    Email:-
    If you are OK with the offer,your payment can be forwarded to you
    via UPS or FEDEX courier service I am going to send you the tracking
    number as soon as it is ready so that you can be following the
    package. I will be looking forward your response.
    Less I forget I will be updating you and with the arrangement on how
    you will meet each other at the airport to pick her up.
    Have a nice day and stay blessed.

    Regards

    Owen James
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    I DON’T THINK SO SCAMMER

  5. S. Patel-- -- -- February 20th, 2009 9:26 pm

    Yes My huband got the same email back on 01/23/09 unfortunately my husband fell for it and has been talking to the guy and even cashed the first check,,,,well now we know and have contatcted the authorities with all the emails, addresses, numbers etc Below is the email sent to my husband:

    From: Lowrie Williams (lowilliams50@googlemail.com)
    Sent: Fri 1/23/09 9:24 AM
    To:

    Hello,Thanks for your response and My name is Carter Williams and my wifename is Lowrie Williams. I am glad to tell you that i am okay withyour resume/interest as regards the Driving job, also for acceptingthe offer. I have contacted my wife concerning the job and for otherpurpose which she might need you for, which she told me is okay byher, i believe you are fit for this position in as much you will proveyourself a reliable and and good person. Our arrival date should beFeb. 10th. We are coming from UK to the United States for our honeymoon so we need to have nice time in the states more also she shouldhave do this herself but i won’t want to stress her up because she isnew to me we just got married.Lol.. We will prefer you have your caravailable and if not have you’re still welcome we will provide youone., I am offering you $650 weekly and you will make yourselfavailable everyday to our schedule from Mon-Fri, Noon-4PM. each day.Also i want you to know that my client who is in US will be sendingyou a paycheck which i want you to know that the remaining funds willbe used by my wife for her travel expenses, accommodations and anyother expenses, Get back to me with the following details of yours,
    Application Form
    First Name:
    Last Name:
    Address:
    City/State/Zip:
    Phone:
    Email:
    Age:
    Gender:
    Salary History:
    Current Employer:
    Possible Working Hours:

    If you are good with the offer so that the paycheck can be forwardedto you as soon as possible and i will appreciate quick response fromyou. Cheers. Thanks and please get back to me asap
    Regards The Williams’s Family
    +447024066864 (feel free to call us anytime).

  6. Ka Ka-- -- -- February 27th, 2009 2:54 pm

    Here is the letter i rec after responding to a driver. When I called the # in the UK Mr Stephen Adams did answer, he could not remember were his wife needed a driver or where the conference was held-guess he seemed shocked to get a call :-)

    Hello,
    Thanks for your response and i am glad to read from you as
    regards the driving job,also for accepting the offer. I have contacted
    my wife concerning her pick up and for other purpose which she might
    need you for,which she told me is okay by her,i believe you are fit
    for this position in as much you will prove yourself a reliable,honest
    loyal and good person,Her arrival date should be march 22nd. Your Job
    is for you to drive her for the period of time she would be around for
    the conference and some few places when she’s bored. The conference is
    going to last for 3weeks and I am offering you $500 weekly and you
    will make yourself available 3 times a week for her schedule for 3 to
    5 hours each day,that is you will be working every monday,wednesday
    and friday that she will be attending the conference meeting so you
    will dropping her and drop her back at the hotel after she finished
    the meeting.

    Requirements…
    All you need for you to work for her is to have a copy driver’s
    licence scanned,your full car registration and your car..If you are
    ready to take these Job I will want you to email me the following
    details….. Your full Name, Address in full,A copy of your drivers
    licence.
    Cos i will be contacting her conference people’s accountant to
    forward you a check as payment after you agreed all the terms of this
    job….The accountant will be sending a payment that will cover your
    first week upfront salary and her expenses(Flight ticket,
    accommodation and other expenses) while she is with you at the
    conference in the state…
    If you are ok with all the terms then i will be waiting for your reply.

    N.B—- Incase you do not have a car we will have to hire a car and we
    will bear the expenses for that.

    Best Regards,
    Mr Stephen Adams
    !6 Curtis Wood Rd,
    Herne Bay,Kent.
    CT6 7TY.
    United Kingdom.
    Tel: +447024027852

  7. Myra Bleyer-- -- -- March 24th, 2009 6:01 pm

    Craigslist ad read as follows
    Driver wanted $500 per day-
    I responded and this is what he wrote back

    Hello,
    Thanks for your response and i am glad to read from you as
    regards the driving job,also for accepting the offer. I have contacted
    my wife concerning her pick up and for other purpose which she might
    need you for,which she told me is okay by her,i believe you are fit
    for this position in as much you will prove yourself a reliable,honest
    loyal and good person,Her arrival date should be April 5th. Your Job
    is for you to drive her for the period of time she would be around for
    the conference and some few places when she’s bored. The conference is
    going to last for 3weeks and I am offering you $500 weekly and you
    will make yourself available 3 times a week for her schedule for 3 to
    5 hours each day,that is you will be working every monday,wednesday
    and friday that she will be attending the conference meeting so you
    will dropping her and drop her back at the hotel after she finished
    the meeting.

    Requirements…
    All you need for you to work for her is to have a copy driver’s
    licence scanned,your full car registration and your car..If you are
    ready to take these Job I will want you to email me the following
    details….. Your full Name, Address in full,A copy of your drivers
    licence.
    Cos i will be contacting her conference people’s accountant to
    forward you a check as payment after you agreed all the terms of this
    job….The accountant will be sending a payment that will cover your
    first week upfront salary and her expenses(Flight ticket,
    accommodation and other expenses) while she is with you at the
    conference in the state…
    If you are ok with all the terms then i will be waiting for your reply.

    N.B—- Incase you do not have a car we will have to hire a car and we
    will bear the expenses for that.

    Best Regards,
    Mr Stephen Adams
    !6 Curtis Wood Rd,
    Herne Bay,Kent.
    CT6 7TY.
    United Kingdom.
    Tel: +447024027852

    I requested more information and this is what he wrote back

    Hello,how are you doing?I will like to tell you that my wife location’s place and time with date are not yet disposed,If you are still interested in doing the job,i will like you to email me back the information of you as i requested for.i am an honest English man,im not here to play people arround,get back to me as soon as you can. Stephen Adams

  8. Terry-- -- -- April 5th, 2009 3:24 pm

    It’s a simple scam where they try to convince you to trade your GOOD check for their BAD one. Craigslist has them at least once a week in every major city. You can reply and ask them what city were they looking for a driver and they won’t know. Just mark them as prohibited.

  9. Mas-- -- -- April 29th, 2009 10:36 am

    I just received this e-mail from a Craigslist post about driving the wife from the airport. I have requested more info as well as whether I could be paid in any other matter that’s not a mailed money order. We’ll see how they repspond.

    It’s the same scam as the original, tell me what you think…

    Here’s the original e-mail:
    Hi There,
    Thanks for your response and I’m glad to read from you as regard the driving job.My name is Edward John,am originally from Chicago,IL but am presently living here Beijing,China due to business.My wife is coming to the US on business & I’ve informed my wife’s client concerning the pick up from airport and for other purpose which she might need you for in your area.I believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself as a reliable,good & trusted person.Her arrival date is May 10th which is sunday.I prefer you have your car ready & available,but if you don’t have a car,i will provide a car for you.I am offering you $300 ($50 PER HOUR) for 3 days,$100 for gas and you will make yourself available to her schedule for 2 hours each day,for 3 days.
    My wife’s client will be sending you a money order of $1700 before her arrival.You’re to deduct your pay ($400) & you’re going to send the remaining funds to her personal assistant.This will be use for my travel expenses,accommodations and any other expenses since this is her first time in this area.Get back to me with the following details of yours if your schedule is okay and if you’re capable to drive her around.

    *Your full ……………………………
    *Your Home Address…………….
    *City………………………………..
    *State………………………………..
    *Zip Code……………………………..
    *Your phone number…………….
    *Your age……………………………..

    Get back to me on time with your details so that the payment can be issue on your name and sent to your address as soon as possible.Thank you for your co-operation and i will be looking forward to hearing back from you as soon as possible.
    Regards
    Sam Leslie.

  10. Ed-- -- -- May 5th, 2009 7:24 am

    Here’s a different version. I googled the name “Edward John” and found this thread. Email below is dated May 5, 2009.

    Hi There,
    Thanks for responding to my ADS on craigslist. Am Edward John by name & am from chicago,IL,but am currently working on a contract in Beijing,china with my wife and my son.My son (James) will be coming for a vacation in the US & close to your location.I want him to be busy with his study while having fun also.Therefore,i want to know if he can always come to you for lesson on maths & science.If this is possible,am offering you $50 per hour & he will be coming to your Place for 2 hour,twice in a week (wednesday & friday) for 3 weeks.I’ll have someone that will always drive him down to your Place or library in your neighborhood.I mean a Nanny,and James is 13 year old and he hardly excel in maths & science.As stated earlier,am offering you $50 per hour & you’ll be teaching James for 2 hour twice in a week,for 3 weeks which makes the total of your money to $600 and i’ll include additional $50 in case you need to buy some textbook for the tutorial.

    James is new to this,so you just have to be patient with him.I’ve informed James about this & he’s happy to start as soon as he get to the US.Please understand that am going to pay you for 3 weeks which is $600 plus $50 for textbook and my client will be sending you my salary payment which you’re to deduct your own money & you’re to send the rest of the money to James nanny via money gram so that he can use the money to get accommodation close to your location and any other arrangement needed.kindly get back to me with your full information so that the check can be issue out on your name as soon as possible.I need the following information

    *Your Full Name
    *Your Residential Address (NOT P.O BOX )
    *Your Phone Number
    *Your Picture so that i can show James

    I’ll have James picture e-mail to you for recognition as soon as i hear back from you.Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation & understanding.I’ll be looking forward to hearing back from you as soon as possible.
    Regards
    Edward John.

    N:B Pls let me know me when James will be coming to your place for lectures since he’ll be in the US by May 17th

  11. carl anderson-- -- -- May 9th, 2009 3:51 pm

    there are more diff ways belive me and the number there useing is from http://www.skype.com half the people doing this are right here in the states.i dont know if any of you tryed this but i did what you do just for the hell of it is well if you do when you get to westen union tell them they can only pick up the money right where you want it to go and they have to know a pass word just make one up dont tell the people the mtcn# when they call you of email you i did this just for the hell of it then went back to westen union and got my money back they sent me all kinds of emails begging for the pass word westen union dont care how many i.d’s you have if you dont know the password they will not give anyone the money

  12. Rita Dwyer-- -- -- May 16th, 2009 2:02 pm

    This Craigslist posting is all over the place. Just check on different cities and you see almost the identical ad. I don’t understand why Craigslist doesn’t have the ability to block these ads when a scam is pointed out to them. Their “abuse@craigslist.org” web site is a joke — it says Page Cannot Be Displayed. So much for trying to be a good and watchful citizen.

  13. Michael L. Godio-- -- -- May 21st, 2009 12:54 am

    Well, I fell for it, and cashed the first check (1 out of 3 $825 money grams). I do not know what to do. I really would like to cash the other two, as the first went into my bank account with ease. Now what?

    Any suggestions out there?

    -Michael

  14. ScamRadar-- -- -- May 21st, 2009 7:09 am

    Michael,

    The check is going to bounce. It takes time — which is the window of opportunity that these scammers take to scam you out of your money — after you deposit the money. Did you send them a portion of the money in return? This is often what they ask for. If not… don’t! You will have sent them your real money and you get nothing since the one they gave you was fake. If you have already sent them funds, then you probably won’t see your money again.

    Your best bet is to contact your bank about the situation and save all your email communications as evidence. Otherwise, the bank will think you are trying to defraud them for depositing a fake check… and you’ll be in big trouble.

  15. Michael Perkins-- -- -- May 26th, 2009 2:11 pm

    I have had this one recently,
    Here:Dear Driver,

    Thanks for getting back to me I really appreciate your kind interest in working for me. I am currently in United Kingdom and will be arriving to the USA on the 20th of June 2009. My name is Prof James J Moore and I have a 4 years old daughter Esther Moore.

    I am moving to the USA as I have inform the house agent to get me an apartment , I will be sending you a secure payment of 400usd to assure you the driving position and to assure my arrival to the United States.

    The position is 8:00pm to 4:00pm Monday’s to Fridays’s excluding weekend, I will be paying 950usd per week but if you are not okay with weekly payment we can negoatiate.

    Kindly get back to me with the required details below:

    Name:
    Address:
    Phone number:
    Age:
    Driving Experience: Years?

    I will be waiting to hear from you. Below is my family picture:

    Thanks.

  16. Del-- -- -- May 31st, 2009 11:23 am

    I just received the poorly written scam-mail (see the full letter below). I see these “Need Driver for Wife” ads all over the place on Craig’s List; not just in Transports, but in other categories such as General Labor, ETC. Part Time, etc. There may be a variation on the title such as “Need Experienced Driver-ASAP.” Sometimes you will see “Flagged For Removal” by Craigs, but the scammers seem to be one step ahead and persists on these phony postings. I say “seem” because I’m not certain that Craig’s is all that anxious to get rid of these guys. If this fraud is removed PRIOR to posting then Craig’s makes no money. Since these thieves and jokers are perhaps one of their largest single posters I suspect they are allowed to post for a few days—–collect the fees—then “flagged.” This way Craig’s is able to keep the money. And if some people get burned during those few days, well——tha’ts just too bad.

    It’s hard for me to believe that someone could get burned on this particular scam.
    The scammers obviously have very little grasp of the English language. They may have heard that North Americans are suckers—–born every minute. The scammers seem to have so much comtempt for us (Americans are REALLY dumb!) that they don’t even bother to hire a English writer to polish their crude and unpolished scam laden letters. Besides language here are some other obviously scam points.
    1) They’e willing to forward an excessive check to someone they don’t even know, or have ever interviewed, and without even a back ground check?
    2) Why would they send YOU funds to cut a check to HIS wife?!!! Can’t he just say “honey here’s some money. You can can exchange at the airport.” Have you ever sent money to “some guy” on the internet giving him instructions to forward some money to a travel agent who in turn would give money to his spouse—–when that spouse is sitting next to you at this very monment? Remember that “wife” isn’t due to be at the airport until two weeks.
    3) Note that this scammer doesn’t ask for your car type or model. Will his wife mind sitting in an unairconditioned jalopy in the middle of summer? He says “if you don’t have a car,i (sic) will rent one from the car rental company.” Why? Don’t you just employ only those who have cars?

  17. Del-- -- -- May 31st, 2009 12:23 pm

    –continued from Del—Part II

    4) Based on what they are willing to pay, doesn’t it make more sense NOT to hire anyone——just use the services of a limo driver, or shuttle service, or taxi? As kids say today—“duuuuuuh.” I’ve seen limo drivers in big black Chryslers and Buicks. They wore suits and service caps, and weren’t even driving stretch limos. This seems to make more sense than forwarding money to unknow persons to drive a “wife” around. She can get a taxi, or limo anytime she wants to from licensed persons.

    Here is the problem as I see it. I NEVER applied with these scammers. They’re quite easily sniffed out. I applied to (or thought I was applying to) a company called Leaseurope. The job was to move rental cars/truck to various other rental locations. The ad looks quite legit. It is still posted on CL. Go to CL—Texas-Dallas/Ft. Worth—-Transport. The date is Wed. May 27 under ***Drivers***Part Time/Full Time. When I applied I got the scam letter! It looks like these guys are piggy-backing or copying other ads (to look legit). If CL is finally stopping these guys, it appears they may use legitimate companies as a form of phising to get to you, and your e-mail address. They’re still using that bad form letter though.

    I just might have a little fun with this. I can give tell them I’m presently employed by the CIA and will be stationed in Nigeria as an “operative.” Or, I’m a get-away-driver for mafia hitmen. My address is at the Grand Canyon.

    Apparently these guys are making money. The demographics just don’t seem quite right however. The people they’re trying to hire aren’t going to have a lot of cash in a checking account. In some cases the ONLY money their target is going to have is their phoney money gram. As Bob Dylan once said “when you got nothing, you got nothing to lose.” Most banks put 7-14 day “holds” if the paper doesn’t seem quite right that they’re depositing. I guess however if some guy with $400 in the bank thinks he’s getting $2,000, and he’s quite desparate—–so much so that he can’t even THINK, then he just may cut a check for the “excess.” If this happens to you just say you don’t cut checks for over pays. Tell them “I’ll credit your account for the excess, and will provide you future services the next time your wife is in town” (ha ha). Request that he sues you. Anyway here is the letter I got

    “Hello,
    Thanks for your response and am glad to read from you as regards the driving job. My name is John Owen i want to employee for my wife concerning the pick up and for other purpose which she might need for you. I believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself as reliable and good person.Her arrival date in is june 7th. I will prefer you have your car ready & available,but if you don’t have a car,i will rent one from the car rental company.Am willing to offer you $300 for 2days in a week & $100 for gas. You will make yourself available to our schedule for 2 hours each day for 2 days.

    Concerning the payment, My financial assistance will be sending you a check or money order and the payment will be in excess over draft to deduct your pay & the remaining funds will be sent to my wife travelling agent.The money will cover her travel expenses,accomodations and some other expenses.Kindly get back to me with the following details if the arrangement is okay with you and ready to work.

    FULL NAME:
    MAILING ADDRESS (no P.O.Box please): (afraid of being scammed?my comnts)
    CITY:
    STATE:
    ZIP CODE:
    CELL PHONE:
    HOME PHONE:
    GENDER:
    D.O.B:
    MARITAL STATUS:
    BEST TIME TO CALL:
    PRESENT JOB STATUS/POSITION
    EMAIL:

    I’ll be looking forward to hear back from you as soon as possible so that the money order can be issue in your name and sent to your address overnight.
    Thank you for your co-operation and kind gesture.

    Regards
    John Owen”

    That’s the letter I received! Please note that the above is Part II of my comments. I intended to send only one submission, but somehow a portion was inadvertently sent before I was ready.

    Del

  18. Bill-- -- -- June 14th, 2009 1:04 pm

    I went through with one of these scams and even told them NOT to pay me in money orders and they sent 3, for $825.00 each, which were from an Albertson’s grocery store somewhere in Texas. They came UPS overnight, I think now because had they used the post office it would have made the crime federal mail fraud, among other things. I suspected them the minute I saw them. First because I had told them to only send me exactly what they were advancing for “My” payment. And I also told them that it needed to be by certified check that I would require clearance time(10+ days) before we could move forward.

    I took the MO’s to my local Albertson’s and showed them to the Customer Service manager and explained my concerns in authenticating them. The next thing you know, there’s two detectives and 3 patrol officers at the counter with me. It seems that the manager didn’t listen to me when I told her I was suspicious and only wanted verification to determine whether or not I needed to take them to the police.

    2 hours and a stripped vehicle later, my 65 year old brother and I were allowed to keave the premisis with an apology from the lead uniform for any money that may have been lost. It was not a pretty sight. I would have taken them to the cops first, but I thought there might have been a slim chance they were real, besides the cops had no idea how to authenticate them anyway. I still had the UPS envelope with return address and they took that as well. As it turns out, the manager told the general mgr that we were trying to “pass” the MO’s.

    At any rate, there was never any follow up nor did the cop give me a business card. My guess is that I am on somebody’s shitlist somewhere and someday, when it’s most inconvenient and embarrassing, I will find out.

    On another note, I just got a reply on another scam, but this one is asking for detailed pics of my vehicle. I am going to take the pics they want, however, it be of a local police car. Guess I just want to get it out of my system…LOL!

  19. Peter S-- -- -- April 19th, 2010 10:43 am

    I actually got the same kind of thing through craigslist. and responded as well. right now I have a check that they sent me and we’re looking into company that sent us the check. Like Bill i received, what looks like a legit check from a legit company here in California. But the check was sent from Houston, Texas Fedex’d overnight. I’m still holding on to the check and this is what they want me to do.

    Message—-

    Hello
    Thank You! for the email update. , Inc Below is the transaction summary.

    Transaction Details :-
    Date: Apr 16,’10
    Client: *************
    Amount: $2535
    Bank Name : Union Bank of California

    Instructions :
    Once you get the check make sure you take it to your bank and have it cashed-out immediately or have it deposited ,deduct $135 for gas and running around from the funds and wire the rest of the funds to the information of Bangaly Cisse below at the nearest Western Union Location . The Western Union transfer charges are to be deducted from the balance after you have deducted the $150 and have the rest sent to her.
    Find below the Western Union details of whom you would be sending the funds to. I suppose you would be sending the funds today.
    Western Union Details Below:-
    Bangaly Cisse
    1255 58th ave
    Bladensburg MD 20710
    Western Union Service type to use : Money in Minutes
    Once you send the funds, i would like you to send me the following details
    *Name And Address Of The Sender
    *10 Digits Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN #)
    *Amount Sent:
    I look forward to your email alongside with the necessary details.

    NOTE: To avoid any form of fraudulent transaction, all payments have passed through Visa Security screening system. This is to ensure that every payment received on our behalf is verified, valid and legal.
    Thank You

    End message—–

    I’ve talked to the “client” that they supposedly asked them to send money and apparently It’s a legit company but the owners account was stolen. poor guy. and he’s been getting calls from other people who received the same thing.

  20. S Patel-- -- -- April 25th, 2010 4:30 pm

    When you get an email like this..and read about them you should know its “too good to be true” I posted an experience my husband had last year with these scammers and when I cursed them out via email and phone they never responded or called back
    THE SOUND OF A CHECK IS NICE BUT ITS OUCH WHEN IT RETURNS BACK TO YOUR BANK!!.
    ONLY AN MINDLESS PERSON WILL MIND BOGGLE AND KEEP THINKING WHETHER ITS REAL OR NOT…GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!

  21. kalapakim-- -- -- May 28th, 2010 11:33 am

    I just received this email on the same type of craigslist postiing….

    Hello,
    I am glad you responded to my advert posted, I need a Driver for my Grand Mom, someone who can drive well and have a good
    characters. She will be in your state and city soon and that is why i posted that advert there. She will be coming over soon but will get back to you with the specific dates and time. She will be going shopping 3 times a week and she will be spending at least 2hours for shopping in a day. Get back to me immediately if you are interested and remember i want a serious and a well behaved Driver. I have contacted my Grand Mom concerning the pick up and for other purpose which she might need you for, which she
    told me it’s okay by her, i believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself a reliable and and good person. I
    will let you know her arrival date and time but do get it clear that your first payment will have been sent to you before then. I will be offering you $800.00 per week + extra $200.00 for Gasoline per week. A 2008 Honda Accord car will be provided for you to drive her around so you don’t need to have a car before you take up this position. Remember that you will make yourself available 3 times a week to her schedule for 2 hours each day. Also i want you to know that my client who is in US will be sending you a
    check payment which i want you to know that the remaining funds will be used to bring the Car ( A 2008 Honda Accord) and any other expenses(Overdraft). kindly get back to me with the following details of yours as stated below:-

    Please Provide Me With The Following Informations

    1- FULL NAME
    2- FULL ADDRESS (No P O Box)
    3- CELL PHONE # OR HOME #
    4- E-MAIL ADDRESS
    5- SEX ( M/F)
    6- AGE

    Kindly Forward me the filled details above if you are good with the offer so that the paycheck can be issued out to you as soon as possible and i will appreciate quick response from you. Thanks and please get back to me as soon as possible.

    Jeremy
    Cell +44-70240-13603

    ———————-

    this is obviously a scam, thanks for all your postings or else I may have fallen for it too…..

  22. Derek-- -- -- May 30th, 2010 6:13 am

    I’ve been looking for a delivery/driver job and was going through the jobs section on craigslist and came across this:

    “Responsible for delivery of materials from the store to the job site. Other duties include: Pull load list given by the manager, build material loads for job site delivery, loading/unloading trucks, stocking materials as assigned. Other duties assigned as necessary.”

    Required Experience
    *High School diploma or general education degree (GED); Or 1 to 3 months related experience and/or training.
    Must meet minimum age requirements.
    * Must have valid driver’s license.
    * Must have clean driving record.

    I responded with a resume and a brief comment. I have been sending out many resumes hoping to land a driving job. So when I got a response back from the same email address for a job that seemed ideal for me, I was ecstatic, then confused! As I read the email, I realize that this was a different position being offered.

    From:
    “Kristin Johnson”

    Thanks for the interest. . I`m seeking a driver for my Mother.
    She will be relocating to your city and she really needs a driver that
    would be driving her around. I will like to let you know that this is a Part-time Job
    but we can make it a full time if you deligent, hardworking driver.
    and also depending on your schedule. You will be driving her around
    for only 3days in a week within the city.

    You are required to be experienced, honest, loyal and trustworthy. I
    am willing to provide a Mazda CX-7 if you do not have your personal
    car. You will be offered $350 Weekly and you will be working 3 times a
    week to her schedule for 3 hours each day.

    I would be sending you extra funds, that would cover a week’s salary
    and the balance would go to the Agency that would bring the truck over to you with
    the cost of the flight fee of my mother.

    It will be greatly appreciated if you accept this offer. I will look
    forward to having a better service from you. Kindly get back with the
    information below because mode of payment will be certified check

    Send your datas to Charles my brother rpsunglasses26@gmail.com

    (1) Full Name
    (2) Mailing Address and please NO p.o.box
    (3) City:
    (4) State:
    (5) Zipcode:
    (6) Age/Marital Status/ Nationality
    (7) Gender:
    (8)Phone Numbers:
    (9)Present Occupation:

    Send your datas to rpsunglasses26@gmail.com

    I would be waiting for your reply for proper updates
    rpsunglasses26@gmail.com

    Regards

    Well I thought that it was to good to be true, but needing a job I responded and stupid me, provided some basic information and sent it back. I know, I know..dumb!

    I finally got on the net and started researching this and started finding out that it is what it is a SCAM! I should have researched it first, but my desperation had been replaced with common sense. I then got the good news:

    Hello Derek,

    Thanks for your acceptance to work for my mother,I will provide you with my mother’s arrival and flight details as soon as possible and will also ensure that payment for your first week salary will be issued out to you but will provide you with the payment arrival information prior to when it is expected to be delivered to you. Just let us know your schedule that will be easier for you to .Monday , Tuesday and Saturday. Your first week salary will be $350 and you will wire the rest funds to the agency to handle the delivery of the car (Mazda CX-7) and the flight details.

    Thanks once again and i hope we have a good working relationship.

    Best Regards

    Well by this time I already knew it was a scam. I was relieved but still concerned about the information I did provide. So I sent a reply to the reply:

    I just want to inform you that I found out that this is a SCAM!!!!!
    You almost had me… If it’s to good to be true, search the internet…. Bad luck to you, you sorry piece of shit!!!

    I hope this helps, they obviously are changing things around. Be careful!

  23. Luis-- -- -- June 20th, 2010 1:32 pm

    I received another scam… i just want to post it….

    Dear Applicant,

    Thanks for your response and I’m glad to read from you regarding the driving job. I am Samson Cole, Myself and my wife Rebecca Cole will be coming from Montova,Italy to your city for holiday and we need someone to drive us around which everything is okay with us, I believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself a reliable, loyal and good person.
    We will arrive on June 29th 2010. I will prefer to rent a 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG car for you from a car hire company and I am offering you $38 per hour which is $570 weekly and cost of gas is not included. Your consistency, punctuality, driving skill and perfection will increase your pay. I want to know if you going to be available throughout our stay and we will be staying for 3 weeks. You will make yourself available 5 times a week to our schedule for 3hours each day and that should be before sunset around 4:00 pm to 7:00pm each working day, you will be working on Monday, Wednesday,Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You will pick us up from the airport to the hotel on our arrival date which the time would be given to you as soon as we confirmed our flight details. After our arrival, you will be picking us up from the hotel to anywhere we might wants to go.
    Concerning the payment term, I want you to know that my client there in the United State will be sending you an Overdraft paycheck that will cover your first week payment and our cost of car hire and other expenses such as, gas and so on. After you must have received and cashed the Paycheck, you will deduct your first week payment and the remaining funds will be wired to car hire company via western union money transfer or money gram for the cost of renting the car other expenses like gas for the vehicle and more. The paycheck is going to be an instant cash because I don’t want to have any delay and it will be well prepared this week and send out to you this week. All details regarding to our travelling would be provided to you as soon you receive the Paycheck and send the remain money to the car hire company. In view of this, I want you to get back to me as soon as possible with the below information of yours to prepare the Paycheck so it would gets to wrong hand.

    Full Name:
    Full Mailing Address with Zip Code(No P.O Box Pls):
    Phone #:
    Age:
    Acceptance of my offer :
    An a recent picture if available.

    I will need the above information so I will know better about the person that will be driving us and I assure you that your info would be treated with utmost good faith. I will be willing to give you my information also to make you feel safe. Get back to me if you are good with the offer so that the paycheck for the first week can be made to you as soon as possible and i will appreciate quick response from you.

    God Bless You and have a good day

    Regards,

    Samson Cole

    Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
    Deuteronomy 31:6

    He told me that he will send me the check… but I asked to my friends and they told me the same… don’t trust them…

    Thanks for the information… and if you want give me an advice for the check… what i must do…? just let me know!!!

  24. Mark-- -- -- August 26th, 2010 4:28 pm

    After reading all these posts I must admit I feel rather foolish for answering the ad posted below and almost falling for this driving scam. I had the same experience as the person above who said

    “Well I thought that it was to good to be true, but needing a job I responded and stupid me, provided some basic information and sent it back. I know, I know..dumb!
    I finally got on the net and started researching this and started finding out that it is what it is a SCAM! I should have researched it first, but my desperation had been replaced with common sense.”

    Below is my experience:

    This is the original ad on craigslist:

    Part Time Driver/Chaffeur Wanted

    Date: 2010-08-18, 10:14AM PDT
    Reply to: job-xxug5-1905712992@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

    We are looking to hire an experience and dedicated driver for part time evening and weekend duties.Applicants must have a clean DMV and valid driver’s license,you must also have good knowledge of LA.You Must be reliable and be very time Conscious,Applicants must be above 24yrs.You must have at least n high school certificate.Interested applicants should send in your resumes

    Below is the correspondence that followed:

    Hello XXXX,

    Thanks for accepting to be my driver during my stay in Los Angeles.Sorry i have not been able to get back to you,as i had a family emergency to attend to.You will receive payment Next week along with instructions. I look forward to meeting you and having a nice time.Thank you

    On Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 11:46 PM, I wrote:

    Dear Mr. Ferdinard,

    Thank you for your response. Please consider this e-mail as an acceptance to your offer as a driver for the next few weeks per the rate of $600.00 as agreed upon. Below please find the information you requested. I look forward to meeting you and your wife Alicia on the 3rd of September.

    Sincerely,

    XXXXX

    Full Name: XXXXXX
    Street Address: XXXXXXX
    City: XXXXX
    State: XXXXX
    Zip Code: XXXXXX

    On Aug 24, 2010, at 2:41 PM, James Ferdinard wrote:

    Dear XXXXX,
    Thanks for your response and I am glad to read from you once again. One the first day, you are to pick us from the airport and drop us at the hotel. Our arrival date is now the 3rd of September. I want you to know that We will be responsible for the car hire cost and the gas fee. All we will be needing you for is basically driving and that’s all.

    Also i would like to bring to your notice that We found a car which we have to rent. Its a Benz s550 ,so I will make arrangement with the head office of the car hire company and I will let you know before hand when it will be brought to your house. Also i am okay with your driving schedule .

    Concerning the payment, I will instruct my client in the USA to send you the cashier’s check. Once you receive the check, i want you to have the check cashed at the Bank, deduct the sum of $600 as payment for the first weekend service and have the remaining funds on the check sent via western union the car hire company so they can start the delivery of the vehicle (s550 Benz) to you address.

    To furthermore, I will be happy if you could get back to me with the following details of yours so that the cashiers check payment can be issued out to you right away and have it delivered to you this week.

    To proceed ,email me the following:
    ************************************
    Full name:
    street Address:
    city:
    State:
    postal code:
    Cell and Home:
    Acceptance of offer:

    I will appreciate your quick response if you are satisfied with the offer and I will be willing to instruct my client to go ahead and issue out the cashiers check right away for the payment of the first week and the funds for the car hire company .I will appreciate quick response from you with your full details so as to mail out the check at once.

    Regards
    James

    On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 3:51 PM, I wrote:

    Dear Mr. Ferdinard,

    Thank you for your reply. Below, please find answers to your questions.

    1. I would be able to drive you on Weekends, Friday and Saturday would be preferred but I am flexible in regard to dates. I can also accommodate any other day of the week.
    2. I live in XXXXX, near the XXXXXXX. It is centrally located and I am right next to the XXXXXX. It should not take me more than 20 minutes to get to most destinations.
    3. I would be able to accommodate working twice a week as well as 8 hours on weekends.
    4. As far as the shifts go on weekends I am flexible and would be available for any of the aforementioned shifts: morning and afternoon, afternoon and evening, or morning evening.

    Please feel free to contact me via e-mail or cell phone to confirm your dates of arrival and pick up. I look forward to meeting you and your wife Alicia on the 3rd of September.

    Sincerely,

    XXXXXXX
    XXXXXXXXX

    On Aug 23, 2010, at 5:15 AM, James Ferdinard wrote:

    Dear Applicant ,

    Thanks for your response and I am glad to read from you regards the driving job. I am James Ferdinard and I reside in New Zealand. My wife Alicia Ferdinard and i will be coming to Los Angeles for a business seminar.so our journey would mainly be around the business District within the city and also around town to leisure spots when we are less busy, will be spending 6 weeks so we need a driver for ourselves. After getting your response, I and my wife will prepare a structured out work schedule for you that would not be too stressful since this is a part time job.

    We would like for you to confirm the following questions :

    **************************************************************

    1.Would you be available to drive us during the weekends .basically on (Fridays and Saturdays) or (Saturdays and Sundays) and one other weekday?
    2.Where do you stay ?
    3.We would need you twice a week, would you be able to offer 8 hours each weekend ?
    4.We would need you to drive us for two shifts each weekend. what i mean by this is that,
    we would need you to tell us whether you would be available for either
    (morning and afternoon) or (afternoon and evening) or (morning and evening) 2hours each shift .

    You would also pick us from the Airport and I will tell you the name of the Airport as we proceed. Our arrival date should be the 3rd Of September,we will confirm our precise ticket date and let you have the details in due time. We will prefer to get you a car and you will make yourself available twice during the weekend for our schedule . We will be spending 6 weeks and I am offering you $200 x 3days = $600 weekly.

    Regards
    James Ferdinard

    On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 6:38 PM, wrote:

    Hello,

    My name is XXXX. I would like to offer my services as a driver. I drive an XXXX 20XX, I Have insurance and proof of registration as well as a XXXXXX’s driver’s license. I would be more than happy to help out. Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    XXXXX
    (XXX) XXX-XXXX

  25. Terry-- -- -- September 1st, 2010 3:25 am

    These people are horrible – preying on good folks looking for honest work. This year has been rough for me. Desperate for income, I too (almost) fell for this scam. Luckily a girlfriend found this post.

    Here is the original Craigslist ad that I responded to:

    Driver Position Available (Los angeles)
    Date: 2010-08-18, 1:23PM PDT
    Reply to: see below

    Are you looking for part time work to supplement your income, got a valid driver’s license & clean driving record. We’re seeking a part-time driver who is over the age of 23 for a part-time position.

    Email resume to : redcliper15@yahoo.com

    Here is the email chain that ensued:

    From: Jim Lynch [mailto:redcliper15@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 7:08 AM
    To: Terry
    Subject: Payment: Employed: Driver Position Available (Los Angeles)

    Dear Terry,
    Sorry for the late reply, i was caring for a sick family member and could not check my e-mail. My wife will be arriving this friday, the payment has been sent to your address via http://www.fedex.com you can track it online: . Kindly keep an eye out for it, you’re to cash the it & deduct your first week salary of $400 (Your second week salary will be pay by my wife when she arrive) and transfer the balance via western union to the travel agent address below:
    Name :Brian Fields
    Address : 40 King Road
    Bellieville, IL 62226
    You’ll get back to me the transfer details as soon as you’ve send the funds so that i can forward it on to the travel agent. She’ll be staying at a hotel in your area. I would appreciate some input on activities/attractions for those 2 weeks. Looking for ideas on events, local eateries, and interesting things happening during that time. She’ll try to take in museums and some of the larger attractions. Any ideas would be much appreciated. I will send you the flight details & itinerary as soon as i receive it from our travel agent so you can get prepare.
    Regards.
    Jim

    — On Thu, 8/26/10, Terry wrote:

    From: Terry
    Subject: RE: Employed: Driver Position Available (Los Angeles)
    To: “‘Jim Lynch'”
    Date: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 7:51 PM

    Thank you Jim. I did receive your last email.

    Can you please confirm the days you will need me to work? I want to make sure that I do not have any prior commitments.

    Can you also tell me the location of your wife’s hotel? I want to make sure it is in a neighborhood that I am comfortable driving in.

    Lastly, can you please confirm what my total compensation will be? I need to make sure it is enough to cover gas/mileage on my vehicle.

    Thanks again.

    Terry

    From: Jim Lynch [mailto:redcliper15@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 3:22 PM
    To: Terry
    Subject: Employed: Driver Position Available (Los Angeles)

    Terry,
    This is to confirm that i’ve received your contact details & you’ve been considered for this position, pls don’t accept any other offer as my wife will be arriving on the 3rd of Sept, i also won’t entertain any other applicant. I’ll send you more details in my next email, pls confirm the receipt of this email.
    Thanks
    Jim

    — On Sat, 8/21/10, Terry wrote:

    From: Terry
    Subject: Re: Driver Position Available (Los Angeles)
    To: “Jim Lynch”
    Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 6:08 PM

    Hi Jim,

    Thanks for getting back to me. Just to clarify, are the working days:

    Friday 9/3
    Saturday 9/4
    Monday 9/6
    Wednesday 9/8
    Saturday 9/11
    Monday 9/13
    Wednesday 9/15

    I am familiar with the airports in the Los Angeles area (LAX, Burbank, Long Beach, John Wayne and Ontario) and I do own a GPS unit. I am XX years old and drive a 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck.

    Which airport will your wife fly into?

    Which hotel will your wife stay at? In what city?

    How much will my total compensation be? I need to make sure it is enough to cover gas/mileage on my vehicle.

    Thank you Jim.

    Terry XXX
    XXX North XXX Drive #XXX
    Los Angeles, CA 900XX
    (310) XXX-XXXX

    Quoting “Jim Lynch” :

    Hi Terry,
    Thanks for the response, my wife has a slight dislocation with her left Leg, she can’t drive herself at the moment, that is why I’m looking for a dependable driver for her. She will be coming over to Los Angeles on the 3rd of September to spend two weeks on vacation. I’ll like to know if you’re knowledgeable of the surrounding area airports. Let me know if you have a GPS cos she might need to go to places you have not been before, the working days will only be Monday, Wednesday and Saturday for 3 hours each day from 3pm to 6pm.

    She’ll be lodging in a hotel where you will be driving her with your vehicle, (you’ll rent if you don’t have). You will have to pick her up at the airport on her first arrival date and drive her to the hotel where she will be lodging for the two weeks. I’ll be paying you in advance with a Check which will also be including the funds to pay for her travel agent. Once you receive the check, you’ll get it cashed, deduct your pay for the first week and forward the rest balance to the travel agent. Kindly get back to me with your contact address,
    Full Name.
    Address.
    Phone No.
    Age:
    All i need from you is total honesty and sincerity. I know you will be committed to the work, You will also have a nice period of working with my wife as she is very friendly and honest. I will be waiting to hear from you.
    Regards
    Jim

    — On Fri, 8/20/10, Terry wrote:
    >
    > From: Terry
    > Subject: Driver Position Available (Los Angeles)
    > To: redcliper15@yahoo.com
    > Date: Friday, August 20, 2010, 5:52 AM
    >
    > To Whom It May Concern:
    >
    > I am interested in learning more about the part-time driver
    > position advertised on Craigslist. What duties does the job entail and
    > what are the hours required? I am a licensed driver over the age of 23
    > with a clean driving record. I’ve attached my resume and can be reached
    > by phone at (310) XXX-XXXX or email at terry@XXX.com. Thank you
    > for your time.
    >
    > Terry
    > (310) XXX-XXXX
    > terry@XXX.com

    I panicked when I Money Gram money ordered arrived via FedEx early this morning. That’s when I called a girlfriend who found this post.

    Also of interest are the addresses on the FedEx airbill and the money order. The sender’s address on the FedEx airbill is:

    Mark Omarion
    6250 South Dixie Hwy
    South Miami, FL 33143
    (401) 588-1687

    Turns out the address on South Dixie Hwy is a Utrecht Art Supply store (note the Rhode Island area code).

    The address on the money order is:

    Roger Berg
    2231 Prairie Avenue
    Miami Beach, FL 33139

    This address belongs to the Miami Beach Senior High School. Lovely.

    And of course the recipient phone number listed on the FedEx airbill was wrong as well: (918) 951-2779. Sorry scammers – I don’t have a Tulsa area code.

    I’m tempted to hand all materials over to LAPD.

  26. Qian Xie-- -- -- September 10th, 2010 12:48 pm

    I put listed a tutoring thing, got reply, suspicious from the beginning, when it comes to payment, I was sure it was a scam, exact the same thing. Why would some one trust me to hold the extra money? Scam.

  27. Qian Xie-- -- -- September 10th, 2010 12:50 pm

    And, the guy who called me who claimed himself as British, doesn’t sound like British.

  28. Jo-- -- -- September 17th, 2010 2:33 am

    Yeah. Usually…

    The scammer ‘overpays’ you and then asks for you to give him the difference in advance before you cash the fraudulent check. You may even get the check first in order to convince you to give the cash because whoever deposits a fraudulent money order, cashiers check, etc. is the person who is held responsible. He gets your cash and the bank comes after you for cashing the check with fines and the fees. Even if you don’t give over the cash he has nothing to lose. This is always the case and the scam artist tries different variations here and there to disguise the messages better and they always ask for your full name, address, zip, and phone number.

    Why the hell would they trust a complete stranger with money and why the hell would anyone over-pay you if they know the exact amount for you to pay the difference? Duh!

  29. Jose-- -- -- September 17th, 2010 2:41 am

    I could think of better scams. These ‘artists’ are insulting idiots.

    Don’t these guys know that you can take a check to any bank to find out if it is fraudulent or not before depositing it?

  30. Jose-- -- -- September 17th, 2010 2:46 am

    I wonder if there scam artists who target other scam artist. Better yet, Why can’t there be serial killers who exterminate scam artists?

  31. b-- -- -- December 30th, 2010 12:34 pm

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/vo11ey

    speak w/this woman. she is part of the scam!!!!

  32. Oton Valdes-- -- -- October 5th, 2011 11:27 pm

    I also answered and ad from Craigslist for a driver from Rev Solomon Wiley (supposedly from Wyoming) the email address is solomonwiley212@gmail.com but the name is Gabriel Rosell and word for word its just as the scams above and at first I believed it to be true till I got this email:

    Thanks for your response and I am glad to read from you once again.On the first day, you are to pick us from the aiport and drop us at the hotel.Our arrival date is now the 16th of Oct.I want you to know that We will be responsible for the car hire cost and the gas fee. All we will be needing you for is basically driving and thats all.

    Also i would like to bring to your notice that We found a car we will ne using. Its a Benz s550 ,so I will make arrangement with the head office of the car company and I will let you know before hand when it will be brought to your house. Also i am okay with your driving schedule .

    Concerning the payment, I will instruct my client in the USA to send you the cashier’s check. Once you receive the check, i want you to have the check cashed at the Bank, deduct the sum of $400 as payment for the first weekend*s service and have the remaining funds on the check sent via western union the car company so they can start the delievery of the vehicle (s550 Benz) to you address.

    furthermore, I will be happy if you could get back to me with the following details of yours so that the cashiers check payment can be issued out to you right away and have it delievered to you this week.

    To proceed ,email me the following:

    ******************************

    ******

    Full name:

    street Address:

    city:

    State:

    postal code:

    Cell and Home:

    Acceptance of offer:

    I will appreciate your quick response if you are satisfied with the offer and I will be willing to instruct my client to go ahead and issue out the cashiers check right away for the payment of the first week and the funds for the car hire company .I will appreciate quick response from you with your full details so as to mail out the check at once.

    Regards

    From: GABRIEL ROSSELL
    To: Oton Valdes
    Sent: Saturday, October 1, 2011 11:26 AM
    Subject: Re: Private Driver Needed

    Dear Applicant ,

    Thanks for your response and I am glad to read from you regards the driving job. I am Solomon Wiley by name and I reside in Wyoming. My wife Stacy Woodson and i will be relocating over there and so we will be in need of a driver.Our journey would mainly be around the business District within the city and also around town to leisure spots when we are less busy. After getting your response, I and my wife will prepare a structured out work schedule for you that would not be too stressful.

    We would like for you to confirm the following questions :

    **************************************************************

    1.Would you be available to drive us for at least 5 hours during the week

    2.Where do you stay ?

    3.Will you be available for us some weekends too if we let you know before hand?

    4.We would need you to drive us for two shifts each weekend. what i mean by this is that,

    we would need you to tell us whether you would be available for either

    (morning and afternoon) or (afternoon and evening) or (morning and evening) 2hours each shift .

    You would also pick us from the Airport and I will tell you the name of the Airport as we proceed. Our arrival date would be Sunday oct(16th), will confirm our precise ticket date and let you have the details in due time. We will be getting you a car and we are offering you $400 weekly.In order to be sure that we are getting your service,we will like to give you your first week pay upfront.Kindly get back to us so that i can give you further details

    Regards

    Rev Solomon Wiley

  33. YSD-- -- -- October 19th, 2011 1:18 pm

    Here is a new one, Haha.

    Dear XXXXXXX

    Thanks for your response and I am glad to read from you once again.On the first day, you are to pick us from the airport and drop us at the hotel.Our arrival date is now the 28th of October.I want you to know that We will be responsible for the car hire cost and the gas fee. All we will be needing you for is basically driving and that’s all.

    Also i would like to bring to your notice that We found a car we will be using. Its a Benz s550 ,so I will make arrangement with the head office of the car company and I will let you know before hand when it will be brought to your house. Also i am okay with your driving schedule .

    Concerning the payment, I will make arrangement to send you the cashier’s check. Once you receive the check, i want you to have the check cashed at the Bank, deduct the sum of $500 as payment for the first week service and have the remaining funds on the check sent via western union the car company so they can start the delivery of the vehicle (s550 Benz) to you address.

    furthermore, I will be happy if you could get back to me with the following details of yours so that the cashiers check payment can be issued out to you right away and have it delivered to you this week.

  34. kelly h-- -- -- October 26th, 2011 12:28 am

    OMGosh
    THANK GOD FOR INTUITION AND thank YOU EVERYONE
    sharing to conquer those evildoers. I’d love to pitch in and knock em
    down if anyone has ideas. I havent followed up since i replied for work.
    I’M STARVING HERE AND IT’S JUST NOT FAIR !!!!!!!!!

    From: GABRIEL ROSSELL
    Subject: Re: Driver Wanted
    To: “Kelly H”
    Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 3:34 PM

    Dear Applicant ,
    Thanks for your response and I am glad to read from you regards the driving job. I am SOLOMON WILEY by name and I reside in Wyoming. My wife Stacy Woodson and i will be relocating over there and so we will be in need of a driver.Our journey would mainly be around the business District within the city and also around town to leisure spots when we are less busy. After getting your response, I and my wife will prepare a structured out work schedule for you that would not be too stressful.
    We would like for you to confirm the following questions :
    **************************************************************

    1.Would you be available to drive us for at least 5 hours during the week
    2.Where do you stay ?
    3.Will you be available for us some weekends too if we let you know before hand?
    4.We would need you to drive us for two shifts each weekend. what i mean by this is that,
    we would need you to tell us whether you would be available for either
    (morning and afternoon) or (afternoon and evening) or (morning and evening) 2hours each shift .

    You would also pick us from the Airport and I will tell you the name of the Airport as we proceed. Our arrival date would be November 16th, will confirm our precise ticket date and let you have the details in due time. We will be getting you a car and we are offering you $400 weekly.In order to be sure that we are getting your service,we will like to give you your first week pay upfront.Kindly get back to us so that i can give you further details

    Regards
    Rev SOLOMON WILEY

  35. shery-- -- -- April 16th, 2012 6:06 am

    I got some versions of this too, and I didn’t even contact anyone for a driver job!!, I’d already anticipated this might happen, so was happy just to reply and tell them to *uck off , *uck the wife, *uck the kids, *uck grandma, ect, ect. Hey I know that’s not nice, but someone has to tell them, if enough people do this it will discourage them and they will have to go find some other victims.
    JUST REMEMBER… if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is, and you don’t need to get involved and find out the hard way and end up getting the rip-off.

  36. rebecca sikes-- -- -- March 26th, 2013 10:01 am

    unfortunately, i sent him my info, but not my ss#

    Hello Rebecca,

    Thanks for your response. After an extensive background check, I want to say you fit the profile for the driving job. I want you to know that some money will be paid to you via check or money order to cover part of your first week pay, and for the car you will be driving her in.

    As soon as you have the funds, you will deduct part of weekly wage and the remaining funds will be sent to the agency responsible for the car through Western Union Money Transfer. Then the car will be sent to you before her arrival.

    If you are satisfied with my offer get back to me as soon as possible so we can proceed and I give you further instructions.

  37. K.S-- -- -- October 25th, 2013 8:49 pm

    Well here it is 10-2013 and this scam is still being used. I got similar emails with similar improper English, and similar stupid line. But I had fun with them. Sending them odd responses, short one liners and then asked them for their full name, phone and address……..and they told me job was filled. I told them that was a shame, I was having a lot of fun with them, and by the way they have been tracked, so had better vacate fast, the feds are on the way.

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