ScamRadar - Report Frauds and ScamsRev. James Gomes on Craigslist

Rev. James Gomes (probably a fake name) responds to furniture advertisements on Craigslist, then sends a check with an overpayment. He then instructs the seller to send the remaining money (usually $2000) back via MoneyGram. The check is fake, and the scammer disappears. He uses the email jamesgomes2@hotmail.com.

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54 Responses to “Rev. James Gomes on Craigslist”

  1. Aubrey Shick-- -- -- May 16th, 2009 7:22 pm

    This is totally true, he just did this exact thing to me for $1500. Then he threatened to call the police when I didn’t give him the money. I told him to go ahead and call them.

    What should I do to report him? I already reported him to abuse@craigslist.org

    Thanks.

  2. Erin-- -- -- June 5th, 2009 9:15 pm

    He just emailed me and asked for a picture and the price of the furniture I had listed, each of which is already in the listing. But he used a gmail address this time. I deleted his email and googled, and I found this page. Sellers beware!

  3. debbie-- -- -- June 7th, 2009 11:45 am

    OMG! OMG! This man has just scammed me! I started getting panicky when he did not respond to my last e-mail. I also googled him and found this page. I am not going to accept anything that is delivered to my home UPS and what really angers me is that I needed the money to help me move at the end of the week. His new e-mail is James5q@btopenworld.com. I am now going to report himas well.

  4. GD-- -- -- June 8th, 2009 6:38 am

    I just got an email from him too responding to my ad on craigslist but it sounded fishy and luckily I found this page before the transaction went any further! The email address he emailed me from was jamesgomes0@gmail.com.

  5. Martin-- -- -- June 8th, 2009 10:10 am

    I just got a sketchy e-mail from Rev. James in response to a craigslist post. Good thing I googled him before responding. The e-mail he was using was James13f@btopenworld.com, but the reply-to e-mail is jamesgomes0@gmail.com. If there’s anything else we can do to report him, let me know.

  6. Rebecca-- -- -- June 8th, 2009 10:14 am

    He just emailed me too about some furniture. He also uses email address James13e11e@btopenworld.com And jamesgomes0@gmail.com. Jerk.

  7. Dawn-- -- -- June 8th, 2009 1:30 pm

    This man contacted me via email through Craigs list and his email was rather confusing. He didn’t specify what item he was interested in. I told him that I had a few items for sale and asked which one he was referring to. He ten sent me the same confusing email from another email address. Again, I asked what he wanted info on and he emailed me saying that he was hearing impaired and that email was his only means of communication. He then asked me to send him my address, phone # ect. and his associate would send a check. That email came from a third email address. Sounded fishy, so I googled his name and here we are. He uses Jamesfr1fsww1@btopen, jamesgomes0@gmail.com and james1w11@btopenwor. I’m sure he has others too by looking at the other reports. I just emailed him telling him “NICE TRY” Careful, there are all kinds out there.

  8. Dede-- -- -- June 8th, 2009 1:39 pm

    Have to laugh out loud. The same thing has happened to me. He sent an email asking for very specific information and saying a certified check would be coming and that movers would be coming to take my furniture. I felt very uncomfortable so said I would continue to try and sell the pool table I had listed. I did just that, the next day. I emailed and said do not send a check. He sent back that the check is already on the way and I owe him money now.

  9. JILL-- -- -- June 8th, 2009 3:10 pm

    Well, Rev. James Gomes just tried to get my name, address and phone# as I had some furniture listed on Craigs List and he said he was interested.. I got suspicious as to why he needed this info and typed his name in Google search and found this! Hmmm….glad I got suspicious!

  10. mary-- -- -- June 8th, 2009 5:16 pm

    OMG !! He just tried to get me, thank goodness I found this site. The e-mail sounded strange, the words did not go together.
    A new e-mail for him jamesgomes01@hotmail.com

  11. michael-- -- -- June 9th, 2009 6:40 am

    The scammer is trying to get me for a $75 coffee table. I told “him” that its cash upfront only.
    Here is “his” latest version:
    “Thanks for the prompt response to my mail. As I will be buying from
    you so please kindly withdraw the advert from CRAIGSLIST. Also be
    informed that I will be paying with a Certified Check. Anyways, I’ll
    not be available for the pick-up due to much engagement with me this
    season, but my intention is to hire a mover to pick it up the item.
    Note: That ‘UPS’ do not deliver to P.O. Box addresses because I will
    be sending the paycheck via ‘UPS’. I will need the following details
    to mail out the paycheck.

    {1} Full Name :-
    {2} Mailing Address, No p.o.box please :-
    {3} Your direct phone number :-
    {4} Must Include Final asking price :-

    I am completely satisfied with the advert and the paycheck will be
    delivered within 2-3 working days.** I use a hearing impaired phone
    number and will receive your calls via email. Kindly delete the
    posting as am totally committed to buying from you to save me cost.
    Until then remain blessed and take good care of yourself for me
    Regards,
    Rev. James Gomes.”

    The email addys “he” is using with me are “20090608072325.VREJORKQEKBYCN@btopenworld.com” and “jamesgomes01@hotmail.com”.

    CASH ONLY on craigslist
    I will report him as spam to my internet service and to craigslist.

  12. Tommy-- -- -- June 29th, 2009 7:48 pm

    Thanks for the Rev James Gomes posting. Here’s another e-mail address being used by the scammer: nicejanto1.121@btinternet.com

  13. Laura Rice-- -- -- June 30th, 2009 2:32 am

    THIS MAN IS NOT A SCAM I JUST EXCHANGE MY ITEM WITH HIM NOT TOO LONG HE CAME DOWN IN PERSON.. SO STOP SAYING HE IS A SCAMMER OK HE IS A GODLY MAN.

  14. ScamRadar-- -- -- June 30th, 2009 7:09 am

    Laura Rice,

    Where are you from? How do you know this “Rev James Gomes” ? Are you with the scammers?

  15. Lee B-- -- -- June 30th, 2009 10:53 am

    Laura seems to write with the same poor English that the Reverend does. I got the exact same e-mail as Michael did. I look forward to the check that I will get – may even frame it.

  16. Jennifer-- -- -- June 30th, 2009 11:16 am

    Also using Rev James Bishop and 3 different email addresses (one of which is not listed above. He is a pushy scammer too – I sent him quite a few emails saying that I would only accept his payment via paypal.com and he was incredibly insistent that I accept his “wire transfer”. Crazy! Should I worry about him having my email address? So glad that I went with my gut on this one!

  17. Jay-- -- -- June 30th, 2009 7:33 pm

    WOW he is trying to do this to me too! Im glad I googled his email address before I went any further with my transaction! Thanks for the help!

  18. Lee B-- -- -- June 30th, 2009 8:06 pm

    His secretary already put the check in the mail, and mistakenly made it out for $1075, instead of $75. I will probably frame it (unless I cash it, deduct my $75 plus $50 for my trouble, and send the rest to his wife).

    LB

  19. Toronto-- -- -- July 20th, 2009 2:03 am

    Oh my GOD! He’s trying to do this too now. His new email is revjamesbishop@btinternet.com !! This is in Toronto to be a mystery shopper on Craigslist! Watch out people!

    I am kinda worried too that he has my email address. Ugg.

  20. BIll Roberts-- -- -- July 30th, 2009 11:05 am

    revjamesbishop@btinternet.com is scamming claiming to hire you as a mystery shopper. He sends a cheque for you to cash, make a retail purchase then test either Western Union or MoneyGram to send the money to 43 Louis St, Apt F, Chelsea (Boston) MA attention Regina Noles. He claims to represent Tommerset Textiles Ltd. but the company address is actually Vancouver City Hall, BC. Of course the cheques are no good. Another email address is tommerset.textiles1@earthlink. He has put job postings on dozens of free job sites all over Canada to hire mystery shoppers.

  21. Kevin Miller-- -- -- August 1st, 2009 9:30 am

    Can someone tell me were the money was to be sent.

    Mine came as a James Bishop. Yet the Destination was to a Dianne Gomez.
    and he sent me 990 and saying that 840 is to be sent for an exhibition.

    Anyone with concerns like myself plz send me an email or something.

  22. Alejandro-- -- -- August 8th, 2009 7:05 pm

    yes he is totaly a scammer and they have another website called http://www.wholesaleelectrade.com and the contact name is Helena
    please be carefull they are just a big robber team hate them

  23. Matt-- -- -- August 18th, 2009 7:03 am

    I just signed up for the mystery shopper thing and apparently its the infamous rev. James Bishop that your all talking about. So far I think that he tries to build up your faith by sending you a legitimate cheque the first round then the last cheque I recieved was followed by an e-mail that said to cash the cheque for $2,500, keep $300 for myself and send the rest though Western Union to a Dianne Gmomes. I contacted Phonebusters and am awaiting a response as to what I should do. Beware folks!

  24. Monique-- -- -- August 18th, 2009 11:01 am

    Hello all,

    Think I have the same guy you are all getting problems from. Copied and pasted the e-mail that was sent to me this morning:

    (READ CAREFULLY & FILL IN THE FORM BELOW)

    Dear Sir /Madam

    Tommerset Textiles LTD. needs mystery shoppers as part-time worker In Canada. No application fee Required, Applicant must be 18 years and above, must check email 2 -3 times in a day to read updates from us and be honest. You will earn $100 on each transaction by being our mystery shopper.

    Your employment packet include business evaluation form and a training Instructions which will be sent to you via email after you have received payment. For Example :- A Paycheck or Money Order of $1,850 will be sent to you for the first evaluation by our finance company, You are to deduct your $100 commission, and the rest will be used for the evaluation at the store that you will be instructed to go. This Evaluation can take place five times or more in a week so you can end up earning for yourself close to $1000 or more in a week.

    1. Business evaluation form: This is the form you are required to fill after you visit any shopping mall in your area as directed, You will be given the store name and address which you are required to evaluate its customer service and quality control after their services are rendered to you. You will be required to fill a form to rate the employee(s), the form will be given to you after the evaluation at the store.

    2. Training Instructions: You are hired to evaluate the quality of services of the store or mall that will be given to you . You are needed to rate the employees.

    Interested shopper should please Enclose their information below for you to start with us.
    First Name:
    Last Name:
    Contact Address (P.O.Box Not Required):
    City:
    State:
    Zip Code:
    Home Phone:
    Cell Phone:
    Age:
    Email Address:

    Thanks for responding, We will wait for your full details .
    P:S: After you have emailed your information to us ,You should endeavor to check your email 2-3 times in a day to read updates from us.
    Sincerely,
    The Hiring Manager
    Rev. James Bishop.
    Tommerset Textiles LTD

    His e-mail address is going under revjamesbishop@btinternet.com. Thought those who would want to do this “mystery shopper” thing; beware. It’s a scam; and I’ve reported this to the Edmonton Police Services. Thank you.

  25. Stella-- -- -- August 20th, 2009 8:00 am

    I got the same mystery shoppers thing he’s sending around and I actually wrote him back a few emails. I feel stupid that I had given my address in the first place. This morning he send a check of 940 through UPS. and Now I don’t know what to do.

    I was debating if i should go and show the check to my Bank and tell them the story or what. I don’t know how or who I should report this to.

    at first he used the email, revjamesbishop@binternet.com. but I noticed in the emails he sent me this morning he used a different email (nicejanto1@btinternet.com) , that’s why I start thinking things are weird, plus the fact that the check was emailed to me so fast, was kind of phishing.

    I am leaving in Montreal. the only reason I figured it was realistic was because I searched the company and noticed the job adds as well.

    anybody with ideas please help.

  26. Monique-- -- -- August 20th, 2009 8:38 am

    Stella, I suggest you report it to the authorities in your area as well bring the check he sent to you to the bank you deal with so that they can also launch an investigation. All major banks discuss scams with other banks so that they can be on the watch for people like this Rev James Bishop/Rev James Gomes. I wasn’t afraid to tell this person that the e-mails he sent me have now been forwarded to police; I hope we can stop this person before he ends up making problems for someone who seriously wants work. I was sent a check for $1850 this morning as well; I am taking that check to my bank this morning so that they can have his information on file and report it to other major banking institutions in Canada. Thank you

  27. Rev. John Bull-- -- -- August 20th, 2009 2:36 pm

    Ahhh you all are lier, I know this Man well we use to attend thesame church and he will never do such.. Stop saying he is a scammer.. He is a man of God I will report all of you to him.

  28. cat-- -- -- August 20th, 2009 2:46 pm

    my mother was “hired” to be a mystery shopper by this guy. the minute she told me, i had that gut feeling that something was wrong. when we got this “packege” we didnt even get instructions or a training booklet, we just got the check.

    were about to take this to the police to see what we should do and we printed out all the info at my work and were bringing every bit of info to them.

    hopefully this piece of…. will be caught. noone deserves to be scammed like this.
    be carefull people. he used the email nicejanto1@biternet.com

    he used the names diana, james bishop… all those names….

    cheers

    -cat-

  29. Jamie-- -- -- August 20th, 2009 5:27 pm

    He sent me the same secret shopper message and sent out a check ups. I had asked him when i noticed he changed his name and email on the last address. He said he was working for the other guy. The check looked fake so i called BC about it, They said it was fradulant. I then took the cheque to the bank and they said the same thing, He didnt even sign it. when i told him they wouldnt take it because it wasnt signed he told me to just sign the company name and the bank would take it. I asked if he wanted it back and he got nasty . so i asked if he wanted me to take it to the cops. no response.

  30. Kevin Miller-- -- -- August 21st, 2009 10:15 am

    now I have another name to report. John Bull. And I swear to god that If you ever use Rev. Again I will request my father and lord that you be punish the the man himself in the after life.

  31. ElizabethM-- -- -- September 2nd, 2009 1:09 pm

    There is another name to watch out for ‘Erik White’ email is Erik White
    He is doing the mystery shopper thing in Alberta now!
    Here is the email….
    READ CAREFULLY & FILL IN THE FORM BELOW)
    Dear Sir /Madam
    OM WHITNEY TEXTILE CO. LTD. needs mystery shoppers as part-time worker In Canada. No application fee Required, Applicant must be 18 years and above, must check email 2 -3 times in a day to read updates from us and be honest. You will earn $100 on each transaction by being our mystery shopper.
    Your employment packet include business evaluation form and a training Instructions which will be sent to you via email after you have received payment. For Example :- A Paycheque or Money Order of $1,350 will be sent to you for the first evaluation by our finance company, You are to deduct your $100 commission, and the rest will be used for the evaluation at the store that you will be instructed to go. This Evaluation can take place five times or more in a week so you can end up earning for yourself close to $1000 or more in a week.
    1. Business evaluation form: This is the form you are required to fill after you visit any shopping mall in your area as directed, You will be given the store name and address which you are required to evaluate its customer service and quality control after their services are rendered to you. You will be required to fill a form to rate the employee(s), the form will be given to you after the evaluation at the store.
    2. Training Instructions: You are hired to evaluate the quality of services of the store or mall that will be given to you . You are needed to rate the employees.
    Interested shopper should please Enclose their information below for you to start with us.
    First Name:
    Last Name:
    Street Address:
    City:
    State:
    Zip Code:
    Home Phone:
    Cell Phone:
    Age:
    Email Address:
    Thanks for responding, We will wait for your full details .
    P:S: After you have emailed your information to us ,You should endeavor to check your email 2-3 times in a day to read updates from us.
    Sincerely,
    The Hiring Manager : Erik White
    OM WHITNEY TEXTILE CO. LTD.
    437 Boulevard Armand-Paris
    Beauport, QC, G1C 7R3, Canada
    1-443-229-2068.

    the cheque I have been sent not only is not the correct dollar value but looks like something a grade 6 student would print off at home….taking it to the bank so it is reported!

  32. Nat-- -- -- October 30th, 2009 11:42 am

    New name to add to the list: Evang. Michael Rice

    first email sent from: nicejanto311@btinternet.com
    second email sent from: nicejanto1@btinternet.com

    Same as someone above – first email he asks for pic even though it is on craigslist. I emailed back with some more details. The second email was sent around 3:00am and from a slightly different address. Here is a copy of the second email:

    “I would love to buy your item, I am okay with the price ,all I wanna know if it’s still in good conditions for use and if you are willing to accept a certified Money Order Or Bank Draft. As a form of payment because that is the only way I can make payment available for the item. I want this transaction to be fast so if you’re okay with my form of payment kindly get back with the following information’s for me to issue the payment to you immediately:

    Full name….. Full address…. City… State… Zip code… Your Direct Phone Number… Must Include Final asking price …….$150

    As soon as I receive the details require from you I will immediately instruct my secretary to proceed with the issuance of the payment to your name and mailed to your address. And also,, don’t worry about the pick up, I Have a forwarding courier services here that will pick it up for me. And it would be done after you must have cashed cash the payment. I will be waiting for your response soon, As I want the item as soon as possible. I am really interested because I want to get it for my in-law who would be celebrating his birthday soon, I wouldn’t want to loose it because this is like a surprise package for my in-law so I wouldn’t mind a $20 extra for you just to secure and hold the item for me and also tell other interested parties that it has been sold. If this is okay with you get back with the information today, please do not give me P O BOX address only home address because I will be using UPS Service for the delivery of the payment, So home address only thanks .”

    Regards,
    Evang. Michael

    Be aware. Who ever heard of a bank draft for 150.00$.

  33. phillis c-- -- -- October 30th, 2009 5:47 pm

    I also got a email from him “Evang. Michael Rice”
    He asked if my item still good for sell. i told him yes, then he sent me back a email exactly the same as Nat got.

    be aware!!

  34. V Zore-- -- -- November 2nd, 2009 2:26 pm

    He emailed me below given contents:
    Since there are no further deatils such as telphone, address, webdetails – i tried to google his name & email and i got on to this page – Its a scam – BE CAREFUL!!!
    (READ CAREFULLY & FILL IN THE FORM BELOW)

    Dear Sir /Madam

    Poliquin Textiles Ltd. needs mystery shoppers as part-time worker. No application fee Required, Applicant must be 18 years and above, must check email 2 -3 times in a day to read updates from us and be honest. You will earn $100 on each transaction by being our mystery shopper.

    Your employment packet include business evaluation form and a training Instructions which will be sent to you via email after you have received payment. For Example :- A Paycheque or Money Order of $1,200 will be sent to you for the first evaluation by our finance company, You are to deduct your $100 commission, and the rest will be used for the evaluation at the store that you will be instructed to go. This Evaluation can take place five times or more in a week so you can end up earning for yourself close to $1000 or more in a week.

    1. Business evaluation form: This is the form you are required to fill after you visit any shopping mall in your area as directed, You will be given the store name and address which you are required to evaluate its customer service and quality control after their services are rendered to you. You will be required to fill a form to rate the employee(s), the form will be given to you after the evaluation at the store.

    2. Training Instructions: You are hired to evaluate the quality of services of the store or mall that will be given to you . You are needed to rate the employees.

    Interested shopper should please Enclose their information below for you to start with us.
    First Name:
    Last Name:
    Street Address:
    City:
    State:
    Zip Code:
    Home Phone:
    Cell Phone:
    Age:
    Email Address:

    Thanks for responding, We will wait for your full details .
    P:S: After you have emailed your information to us ,You should endeavor to check your email 2-3 times in a day to read updates from us.
    Sincerely,

    The Hiring Manager : Evang. Michael Rice
    Poliquin Textiles Ltd.

  35. EL-- -- -- November 3rd, 2009 8:39 am

    Hi I was selling my computer on Craigslist and this guy with the email address goes by this name too Evang. Michael Rice (nicejanto1@btinternet.com)
    He is Satan disquising himself as an angel of light, this is not a Christian but one who professes to be one, for a true saint of God whould not do this, he will be judged by God!
    Here is some of what he said word for word on my emails…
    Hello,

    I would love to buy your item, I am okay with the price ,all I wanna know if it’s still in good conditions for use and if you are willing to accept a certified Money Order Or Bank Draft. As a form of payment because that is the only way I can make payment available for the item. I want this transaction to be fast so if you’re okay with my form of payment kindly get back with the following information’s for me to issue the payment to you immediately:

    Full name….. Full address…. City… State… Zip code… Your Direct Phone Number… Must Include Final asking price …….$125

    As soon as I receive the details require from you I will immediately instruct my secretary to proceed with the issuance of the payment to your name and mailed to your address. And also,, don’t worry about the pick up, I Have a forwarding courier services here that will pick it up for me. And it would be done after you must have cashed cash the payment. I will be waiting for your response soon, As I want the item as soon as possible. I am really interested because I want to get it for my in-law who would be celebrating his birthday soon, I wouldn’t want to loose it because this is like a surprise package for my in-law so I wouldn’t mind a $20 extra for you just to secure and hold the item for me and also tell other interested parties that it has been sold. If this is okay with you get back with the information today, please do not give me P O BOX address only home address because I will be using UPS Service for the delivery of the payment, So home address only thanks .

    Regards,
    Evang. Michael

    Hello,

    I would love to buy your item, I am okay with the price ,all I wanna know if it’s still in good conditions for use and if you are willing to accept a certified Money Order Or Bank Draft. As a form of payment because that is the only way I can make payment available for the item. I want this transaction to be fast so if you’re okay with my form of payment kindly get back with the following information’s for me to issue the payment to you immediately:

    Full name….. Full address…. City… State… Zip code… Your Direct Phone Number… Must Include Final asking price …….$125

    As soon as I receive the details require from you I will immediately instruct my secretary to proceed with the issuance of the payment to your name and mailed to your address. And also,, don’t worry about the pick up, I Have a forwarding courier services here that will pick it up for me. And it would be done after you must have cashed cash the payment. I will be waiting for your response soon, As I want the item as soon as possible. I am really interested because I want to get it for my in-law who would be celebrating his birthday soon, I wouldn’t want to loose it because this is like a surprise package for my in-law so I wouldn’t mind a $20 extra for you just to secure and hold the item for me and also tell other interested parties that it has been sold. If this is okay with you get back with the information today, please do not give me P O BOX address only home address because I will be using UPS Service for the delivery of the payment, So home address only thanks .

    Regards,
    Evang. Michael

    This Guy must think people are stupid enough to give all this banking info etc so he can rob them lol, his sin will find him out and catch up with him and when it does he will burn for it.

  36. rk-- -- -- November 4th, 2009 10:24 am

    The scammer continues. I got one from Evang. Michael Rice and he tried to buy a bike that I listed on Craigslist. Same thing..

    Hello,

    I would love to buy your item, I am okay with the price ,all I wanna know if it’s still in good conditions for use and if you are willing to accept a certified Money Order Or Bank Draft. As a form of payment because that is the only way I can make payment available for the item. I want this transaction to be fast so if you’re okay with my form of payment kindly get back with the following information’s for me to issue the payment to you immediately:

    Full name….. Full address…. City… State… Zip code… Your Direct Phone Number… Must Include Final asking price …….

    As soon as I receive the details require from you I will immediately instruct my secretary to proceed with the issuance of the payment to your name and mailed to your address. And also,, don’t worry about the pick up, I Have a forwarding courier services here that will pick it up for me. And it would be done after you must have cashed cash the payment. I will be waiting for your response soon, As I want the item as soon as possible. I am really interested because I want to get it for my in-law who would be celebrating his birthday soon, I wouldn’t want to loose it because this is like a surprise package for my in-law so I wouldn’t mind a $20 extra for you just to secure and hold the item for me and also tell other interested parties that it has been sold. If this is okay with you get back with the information today, please do not give me P O BOX address only home address because I will be using UPS Service for the delivery of the payment, So home address only thanks .

    Regards,
    Evang. Michael

  37. somebuddy-- -- -- December 3rd, 2009 12:14 am

    This guy emailed me about a cell phone I have for sale. I had a weird feeling for some reason about this guy so I decided to check him out and found this web page. The email he have me was nicejanto1@btinternet.com and he’s now using the alias “Evang. Brandon Kerry”. I guess I thought it was weird that some evangelist would be interested in purchasing a cell phone off of craigslist. That and my motto has always been “trust no one and question everything”.

  38. monsterschoice-- -- -- December 10th, 2009 10:11 am

    I have my bike for sale on craigslist. I got a response from linda.gwoodrwidgse1@earthlink.net initially and later with the email id nicejanto1@btinternet.com. He is currently using the name Evang. Brandon Kerry. He just sent me an email saying he posted me a check with excess amount and asked me to return the remaining amount. I somehow suspected it and googled and I came to this page. Thankfully I found he is a scamster.

  39. Ellie Rmz08-- -- -- December 15th, 2009 10:30 am

    This guy is a total scammer!!! He sent me an email regarding my 2 cell phones that im selling on craig list and he was sounding all weird and fishy. i thought it was real so i gave hime my address and now i got a check for 12,500. Im reporting the check to my bank and to the police hopefully they catch this guy. Here are some of the emails he sents.

    Hello,

    I would love to buy your item, I am okay with the price ,all I wanna know if it’s still in good conditions for use and if you are willing to accept a certified Money Order Or Bank Draft. As a form of payment because that is the only way I can make payment available for the item. I want this transaction to be fast so if you’re okay with my form of payment kindly get back with the following information’s for me to issue the payment to you immediately:

    Full name….. Full address…. City… State… Zip code… Your Direct Phone Number… Must Include Final asking price …….

    As soon as I receive the details require from you I will immediately instruct my secretary to proceed with the issuance of the payment to your name and mailed to your address. And also don’t worry about the pick up, I Have a forwarding courier services here that will pick it up for me. And it would be done after you must have cashed cash the payment. I will be waiting for your response soon, As I want the item as soon as possible. I am really interested because I want to get it for my in-law who would be celebrating his birthday soon, I wouldn’t want to loose it because this is like a surprise package for my in-law so I wouldn’t mind a $20 extra for you just to secure and hold the item for me and also tell other interested parties that it has been sold. If this is okay with you get back with the information today, please do not give me P O BOX address only home address because I will be using UPS Service for the delivery of the payment, So home address only thanks .

    Regards,
    Evang. Brandon Kerry

    Hello,
    I will like to informed you that I contacted my secretary to confirm if your payment has been mailed out, I was made to understand that instead of the actual amount for the item, The bank made out check for $1,250 The payment was already posted before I was informed about this but is a little problem which we can handle with care.
    I wouldn’t want this to delay the sale, As I have rectify this with my Bank and all you do once you have the payment is to take it to your Bank and have it deposited once it clear you will then deduct the money for your goods plus a $50 (the cost of running around).
    The excess fund on the payment will then be wired to my wife via Money Gram that same day it clears so that she can give it to my mover to come for the pick up as I already plan on using the excess on the payment to offset the cost of the previous shipments she has undertaken on my behalf. I’ll really appreciate this from you because been honest is the best in life so do let me know if I can trust you to have the excess fund sent to my wife so we can proceed further, More so bout the pickup all I just need from you is the nearest airport to your location. .. Thank you.
    Regards,

    Hello ,
    Thanks for the trustworthiness on this purchase, The payment will deliver any time from now because the weather condition caused a lot of delay, So Immediately you receive the check from UPS mail, Take it to your Bank and have it deposited for instant cash. You will deduct the cost of the purchase from it. You will also have to send the rest of the fund to my picker once you cashed the check so that she can come over for the pick up of the purchase as planned. Here is the information to send the money to my picker via Western Union Wire Transfer you can find one in any Walmart store around you.

    Name: Dianne Gomes
    Address: 243 Charles Street.
    City : Boston
    State : Massachusetts
    Zip code: 02114
    Country: USA

    I will need the details of the transfer once you have sent the fund . . .

    1.The MTCN number that is the 10 digits number on the Western Union receipt

    2.Sender’s name and address used in sending

    3.Actual amount sent.

    Please pay off the Western Union charges from the remaining fund after you must have deducted your money and the $50 that is to cover the cost of your run around.
    Regards,

    HELLO PLEASE CONFIRM WITH ME YOU HAVE RECEIVE THE PAYMENT THIS MORNING BECAUSE FEDEX CALLED THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVE THE PAYMENT.. ACT AS I HAVE INSTRUCTED AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE IT.

    THANK YOU AND I AWAIT WORDS FROM YOU AS REGARDS THE WIRE TRANSFER CONFIRMATION SO WE CAN PROCEED ON HOW MY MOVER WILL COME OVER AND PICK UP THE ITEM FROM YOU

    This guy is truly a scammer. i contacted the police and they said to just ignore him. thats all you can really do. Thank god for this page.

  40. sandra james-- -- -- March 18th, 2010 3:39 pm

    I live in IRELAND and have today had the Poliquin email in response to me applying for a mystery shopping post. He has used the name ALEX and the email address MYSTERYSHOPPER04@HOTMAIL.COM.

    he certainly is persistant !!

  41. Mona-- -- -- April 25th, 2010 6:48 am

    This same guy is still at it! Same stuff. Name is Rev. Romeo Darron! He uses his “wifes” name is Dianne Gomez!

    from Rev.Romeo Darron
    to “tanddem2 tds.net”
    date Sun, Apr 25, 2010 at 8:35 AM
    subject Re: Item Available
    mailed-by gmail.com
    signed-by gmail.com

    hide details 8:35 AM (13 minutes ago)

    She will come along with someone to get it picked up
    – Hide quoted text –

    On Sun, Apr 25, 2010 at 1:17 PM, tanddem2 tds.net wrote:

    Hello Rev.,

    I am just wondering, is your wife coming to get the merchandise or someone else?

    Thank you,
    Mona

    On Sun, Apr 25, 2010 at 4:17 AM, Rev.Romeo Darron wrote:

    Hello ,
    Thanks for the trustworthiness on this purchase, The payment will deliver any time within 48 hours from now because the weather condition caused a lot of delay, Here is the tracking number: 9405 5036 9930 0214 0727 17 track on http://www.usps.com So Immediately you receive the payment from United State Postal Mail, Take it to your Bank and have it cash because the bank informed me that it was a Certified Cashiers Check and it is cash instantly in any Bank. You will deduct the cost of the purchase from it. You will also have to send the rest of the fund to my wife once you cashed the check so that she can come over for the pick up of the purchase as planned. Here is the information to send the money to my wife via Western Union Wire Transfer you can find one in any Walmart store around you.

    Name: Dianne Gomes
    Address: 643 janty Street.
    City : Boston
    State : Massachusetts
    Zip code: 02114
    Country: USA

    I will need the details of the transfer once you have sent the fund . . .

    1.The MTCN number that is the 10 digits number on the Western Union receipt

    2.Sender’s name and address used in sending

    3.Actual amount sent.

    Please pay off the Western Union charges from the remaining fund after you must have deducted your money and the $50 that is to cover the cost of your run around.
    Regards,

    On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 7:34 PM, tanddem2 tds.net wrote:

    Reverend,

    I am more than happy to accommodate your issue. Rest assured as a Christian woman, I will follow through with the return of your money.

    Just so I am straight on the issue, I will deduct $350.00 from the $1400.00 sent and via western union wire back the money minus the wire cost to your wife. I will need her information to return funds.

    There is an airport in Concord, NH but the biggest one would be Manchester, NH and not that much further.

    I’m sorry there was such a confusion for you.

    Mona

    On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 2:15 PM, Rev.Romeo Darron wrote:

    Hello,
    I will like to informed you that I contacted my secretary to confirm if your payment has been mailed out, I was made to understand that instead of the actual amount for the item, The bank made out check for $1,400 The payment was already posted before I was informed about this but is a little problem which we can handle with care.
    I wouldn’t want this to delay the sale, As I have rectify this with my Bank and all you do once you have the payment is to take it to your Bank and have it deposited once it clear you will then deduct the money for your goods plus a $50 (the cost of running around). The excess fund on the payment will then be wired to my wife via Western Union Wire Transfer, that same day it clears so that she can give it to my mover to come for the pick up as I already plan on using the excess on the payment to offset the cost of the previous shipments she has undertaken on my behalf. I’ll really appreciate this from you because been honest is the best in life so do let me know if I can trust you to have the excess fund sent to my wife so we can proceed further, More so bout the pickup all I just need from you is the nearest airport to your location. ..
    Thank you.

    On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 10:50 AM, wrote:

    Hello again Reverend,
    I believe this is an acceptable form of payment and I would be happy to hold this item for you.

    It is in excellent shape as my daughter used it in band for 1 school year. As I stated, I would recommend a new mouth piece but my understanding is that is only a few dollars.

    I will give you my contact information here and do a separate letter for your requested information.

    Mona Kelley
    142 Gulf Rd.
    Henniker, NH 03242

    603-428-7203 .

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
    From: “Rev.Romeo Darron”
    Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 10:37:55 -0700
    To:
    Subject: Re: Item Available

    I would love to buy your item, I am fine with the price, All I wanna know if it’s still in good conditions for use and if you are willing to accept a Certified Bank Cashiers Check. As a form of payment because that is the only way I can make payment available for the item. I want this transaction to be fast so if you’re fine with my form of payment kindly get back with the following information’s for me to issue the payment to you immediately:

    Full name….. Full address…. City… State… Zip code… Your Direct Phone Number… Must Include Final asking price …….

    As soon as I receive the details require from you I will immediately instruct my secretary to proceed with the issuance of the payment to your name and mailed to your address. And also don’t worry about the pick up, I Have a Moving courier services here that will pick it up for me. And it would be done after you must have cashed cash the payment. I will be waiting for your response soon, As I want the item as soon as possible. I am really interested because I want to get it for my in-law who would be celebrating his birthday soon, I wouldn’t want to loose it because this is like a surprise package for my in-law so I wouldn’t mind a $50 extra for you just to secure and hold the item for me and also tell other interested parties that it has been sold. If this is alright with you get back with the information today, I will be using USPS Mail Service for the delivery of the payment, So home address only thanks .

    Regards.

    On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 10:37 AM, wrote:

    If you mean the clarinet, yes sir it is.

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
    From: “Rev.Romeo Darron”
    Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 10:27:00 -0700
    To:
    Subject: Item Available

    Hello Seller,

    I’m Rev.Romeo,i will like to know if your item on listed on craigslist is still available??

  42. chad-- -- -- December 2nd, 2011 11:07 am

    Watch out!!! Got some new scammer info for you. Watch out for a majesty4enny@googlemail.com or any emails from a royal Paul. here is the losers email:

    hanks for your quick response ,My secretary get in touch with you in the first place, Anyway I hope it is in good condition like it stated because I have taken a close look at the advert and am completely satisfied, . I’ll want you to remove the advert from web and consider this item is sold to me, I’ll be paying via Certified check and the check will deliver to you in next two days .So i want to be the best offer by adding $20 to your money and i hope you will keep this item for me.

    Your Full Name, Contact Physical Address not p.o box, City and State with Zip Code, Cell phone number.

    *** Note that I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you have your money**

    Awaits to read from you

    And here is another from a kristian carolan or morgareal@gmail.com. email is as follows:

    Hello, How are you doing over there???, sorry for the late response… Thanks for getting back to me, i want you to consider the item sold, pls kindly remove the advert from CL to avoid disturbance, i don’t have time to come over to take a look because of my business but you don’t need to bother yourself with the shipment, i’ll take care of that by engaging the services of a mover. My mode of payment will be inform of US cashier or certified check and it will be delivered to you via UPS or FEDEX, so i’ll need you to provide me your mailing information so that the check can be issued out to you ASAP…

    INFORMATION TO FACILITATE THE MAILING OF THE CHECK.

    1.Full name which you want to appear on the check: 2.Address (not P.O Box): 3.City: 4.State: 5. Zip Code: 6: Cell number: 7. Total Amount:

    Note that the payment will be shipped to your address via UPS or FEDEX and i’ll like you to know that you will not be responsible for shipping i’ll have my mover to come over as soon as you have cashed the check… I’ll be waiting to read back from you with the information requested so that the check can be send to you ASAP…

    Thanks and God Bless. My Regards.

    –Do you still have its for sale

    Also watch out for a Lucas4warehouse@gmail.com. sent me a normal inquiry about my CL listing and i replyed saying to give me a call. He then replied back using the royal Paul email saying all that bullshit he was. So BE CAREFUL people.

  43. chad-- -- -- December 2nd, 2011 11:55 am

    Also people you gotta stop and think before you act. Obviously we are all desperate for some extra $$$, otherwise we wouldn’t be trying to sell stuff on CL, and we get excited when we get a reply to our ad, but you gotta stop and think. In all my years using Craigslist and selling stuff, never once have I had a REAL buyer NOT call me after I instructed them too so that we could arrange a time and place to meet. Also I have never had a REAL buyer REFUSE to meet. And don’t except anything other than CASH people!!! If the fools are able to get you a cashier check, they are able to get you cash. Cashier checks the last time I looked are not free and require Cash to purchase. And don’t fall for the ” mail it to me after you get payment” bull unless they are paying you thru paypal. I’ve done that twice on CL with no problems. If they want you to mail it to them fine, but tell them that you will only except paypal in that case, and if they are a REAL buyer, then they will have no problem with that. But for the most part people, and I’m asking this of those who have unfortunately fallen prey to these scum, DON’T YOU READ THE DAMN BOLD PRINT AT THE TOP OF THE REPLY TO YOUR AD???? In case you missed it here it is:

    ** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY — AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY ** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home ** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping ** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

    This is at the top of every reply to your ad. IT’S THERE FOR A REASON PEOPLE!!! This forum is testament as to WHY. Do yourself a favor, be patient, and wait for someone who is local, someone who CALLS you after you instruct them to so as to arrange time and place for meeting, and someone that WILL meet, and most important, that they have CASH MONEY. Anyone who refuses to meet cuz they are so busy or unable to, is scamming you. Anyone who won’t call you but continues to mail, is a scammer. Anyone offering anything but cash, is a scammer. And anyone who isn’t local, or within a reasonable drive, is most likely a scammer. Why buy something from someone two states away, with no promises that you will get your item or that it will be the way the ad describes, when you can go on eBay for just as cheap and get 100% buyer and seller protection?

    Be smart people. Deal locally, within 2hours drive distance, if that doesnt bother you, and cash only.

  44. chad-- -- -- December 2nd, 2011 3:25 pm

    Sorry for the repeated post but this fool won’t fool won’t give up. Just got this email 1 hour ago. Watch out for a John bull and the email jbrown.John2@gmail.com. check it out :

    * CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY — AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY ** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home ** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping ** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

    –Do you still have the ads on the list for sale?

    John…………………..

    My reply:

    Yes they are still available. Give me a call at 925 *** **** if you are interested and would like to arrange a place and time to meet up. Thanks for looking!!

    Sent from my HTC smartphone on the Now Network from Sprint!

    His reply:

    Hello Thanks for your response.. I am very much satisfied with the condition and price of the item and I would like to make an immediate purchase of the item. So i will advice that you withdraw the ad from the web. Pls, i will like to know how you intend to proceed on this,but i would prefer to pay you with Bank Certified Cheque and upon the confirmation and clearance of payment, my shipper will come for the pick-up at your location. I would really have loved to come for the viewing of the item but since i am not chanced my movers will. If you are okay with this, please do get back to me with the following details so i can make out payment IMMEDIATELY.

    1: Your Full Name to be on the payment 2: Your Physical Address (NOT P.O BOX) 3:City, State and Zip code 3: Your mobile number or cell phone number

    I would forward all your details to my secretary to make the payment out to you fast…i am on a business trip right now, and would be busy for sometime, i would be checking my email time to time to check your message. Have a nice day Thanks

    –Do you still have the ads on the list for sale?

    John…………………..

    Unfortunately my response to this last email will be deleted out by a moderator, but every derogatory name and swear word in the English language and those of a few other languages were used. Whatever you are thinking that I said, I probably did. Watch out for this jerkoff, he obviously is super desperate and super dumb.

  45. chad-- -- -- December 12th, 2011 8:29 pm

    Just got some new scammer info folks. Think its somebody different but might not be. Check out the info below and be wary of the name Brandon Vick and the email n22idanmn@hotmail.com. Check out the correspondence;

    * CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY — AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY ** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home ** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping ** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

    Hi,

    http://x9rusdgha5dsgdiar74r.com/032/?qjdby=07263656 is it still available? Thanks! Brandon Vick

    My reply:

    Yes sir it is still available, but which item were you referring to? I have multiple listings. Please call me @ 9258196001. If you do not I will consider you to be the same dumbass scammer that keeps replying to my listings.

    The reply to my reply:

    Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

    n22idanmn@hotmail.com

    Technical details of permanent failure: Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain. We recommend contacting the other email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the other server returned was: 550 550 Requested action not taken: mailbox unavailable (state 14).

    You see what he is doing is sending you an email asking you about the item. The item is not mentioned anywhere in the email. You see a real Craigslist reply has you actual listing title in the email somewhere, usually as the subject. So that caught my attention first. Second is that he includes a link in the body of his text trying to get you to click on it. When you do, a login screen for “Craigslist” pops up. I would advice you to not put in your info. I have never once received a real Craigslist email that requires my login info. Craigslist themselves even warn against these type of emails. They have the info on the REAL login screen above the boxes where you type your info. I could be wrong about this guy, but all the evidence needed to believe he is a scammer has been presented.

  46. chad-- -- -- January 12th, 2012 4:00 pm

    Watch out. He is still at it and has new aliases. Be on the lookout for a Craig Hammer and the email godisgreattohispeople56@gmail.com. this fool just won’t give up. Maybe also if he stopped using god or reverand in his emails or name, people might not realize at first that its him. This is seriously one of the dumbest mother fuckers I have ever come across. So watch out for this loser people, he isn’t giving up.

  47. Andrew-- -- -- February 8th, 2012 8:44 am

    Thought it was odd that he was willing to send $1000+20 for a vacuum he hadn’t even seen pictures of and was “completely satisfied” with the ad. So I ended up here, thank god.
    His “secretary” emailed me from princeolaly3@gmail.com at first, then he replied from this address.

  48. Michelle-- -- -- February 8th, 2012 12:13 pm

    I just got the following email from this guy using the email address royal paul
    Thanks for your quick response ,My secretary get in touch with you in
    the first place, Anyway I hope it is in good condition like it stated
    because I have taken a close look at the advert and am completely
    satisfied, . I’ll want you to remove the advert from web and consider
    this item is sold to me, I’ll be paying via Certified check and the
    check will deliver to you in next two days .So i want to be the best
    offer by adding $20 to your money and i hope you will keep this item
    for me.

    Your Full Name,
    Contact Physical Address not p.o box,
    City and State with Zip Code,
    Cell phone number.

    *** Note that I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you
    have your money**

    Awaits to read from you.

    I also received an email a couple of hours earlier from lucas0710p@gmail.com which read:
    Kindly let me know if the listed ad is still available

    I wish there was some way that this guy would get caught! He is obviously attempting to scam a huge amount of people!! So glad I found the whole thing to be fishy and googled his address. I really wish he didn’t have my email address though. What an a**hole!!

  49. serious2Sell-- -- -- February 16th, 2012 11:41 am

    OMG, this guy contacted me with the exact same MO. Telling me he would send over the amount. I got suspicious because 1. He wanted all my personal information. 2. More than one email address and 3. Inappropriate use of English.

    I AM SO GLAD I LOOKED AROUND! This guy won’t be getting any money from me!!!

    Sellers Be Aware!!!

  50. Jim-- -- -- March 5th, 2012 12:27 pm

    Just got this from him:

    “Thanks for your quick response and am very sorry for the lateness , My
    secretary get in touch with you in the first place, Anyway I hope it
    is in good condition like it stated because I have taken a close look
    at the advert and am completely satisfied, . I’ll want you to remove
    the advert from web and consider this item is sold to me, I’ll be
    paying via Certified check and the check will deliver to you in next
    two days .So i want to be the best offer by adding $20 to your money
    and i hope you will keep this item for me.

    Your Full Name,
    Contact Physical Address not p.o box,
    City and State with Zip Code,
    Cell phone number.

    *** Note that I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you
    have your money**

    Awaits to read from you.”
    He is using these 2 addresses:
    banabas100@gmail.com & majesty4enny@gmail.com

  51. Karen Morgan-- -- -- April 16th, 2012 1:11 pm

    I really wished that this guy could be taken down the hard way. I kept telling my husband that this was a scam but he did not believe me. Considering all the information he asked for he never stated his name or business considering he says he has a secretary. My husband is handicapped and wanted to sell his motorized wheelchair considering were we live is not big enough for the chair. And the fact we could of really used the money. I was supsious of this any way when he asked for the ad to be removed. As of yet we have not seen check or money and I guess we won’t my next email to him will not be so nice.

  52. Doug Cherry-- -- -- August 27th, 2012 3:28 pm

    He’s still at it. As soon as I saw his email – copied below – I did a scam search becase it didn’t look right. I notified Craig’s List and filed a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. I urge everyone else who has been scammed or the target of this scammer to report it as well
    .
    Thanks for your quick response,My secretary get in touch with you in
    the first place, Anyway I hope it is in good condition like it stated
    because I have taken a close look at the advert and am completely
    satisfied, . I’ll want you to remove the advert from web and consider
    this item is sold to me, I’ll be paying via Certified check and the
    check will be deliver to you in next 3 working days .So i want to
    be the best offer by adding $25 to your money for holding it for me
    and i hope you will keep this item for me.I will like you to get back
    to with the following information bellow so that mail the check out to
    you:

    Your Full Name,
    Contact Physical Address not p.o box,
    City and State with Zip Code,
    Cell phone number.

    *** Note that I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you
    have your money**

    Awaits to read from you.

  53. Rodney-- -- -- October 7th, 2012 11:21 am

    And 1 more.

    Thanks

    “royal paul”

    Sent: Sun, Oct 07, 2012 12:29 PMDownload All |
    Thanks for your quick response,I hope it is in good condition like it
    stated because I have taken a close look at the advert and am
    completely satisfied, I’ll want you to remove the advert from web and
    consider this item is sold to me, I’ll be paying via Certified check
    and the check will be deliver to you in next 3 working days .So i want
    to be the best offer by adding $25 to your money for holding it for me
    and i hope you will keep this item for me.I will like you to get back
    to with the following information bellow so that mail the check out to
    you:

    Your Full Name,
    Contact Physical Address not p.o box,
    City and State with Zip Code,
    Cell phone number.

    *** Note that I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you
    have your money**

    Awaits to read from you.

  54. George-- -- -- December 8th, 2012 11:59 am

    I have had a few since posting several craigslist ads from dkayllc@gmail.com, lauren3v6@gmail.com, saucekid56@gmail.com, majesty4enny@gmail.com
    Example of the 1st scam below after I initially responded not knowing it was a con.
    Dateline should do an story on this scam since it must work or they would not be doing it for so many years.

    On 9/28/2012 3:40 AM, David wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > Thanks for the swift response, just to let you know that am okay with
    > the condition and price of the item as it is on the Ad, am ready for
    > its purchase and i know there might be other potential buyers so am
    > willing to add extra $30 so that you can keep it in my favor. My form
    > of payment will be by mailing you Check via UPS 2days local delivery.
    >
    > I’ll be responsible for the pick-up and the movers/pick up money
    > will be included in your payment to avoid delay and to enable movers
    > to schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up at your location after
    > check has been cashed,as i have other properties to be moved alongside
    > with yours.
    >
    > I would have love to come for the viewing but due to my work frame
    > that might not be possible, I hope you understand and this would be
    > based on trust. Kindly get back to me with your full name and address
    > including your cell number so i can make out payment to you.
    >
    > Best Regards.

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