Rev. 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.

This post was submitted by Concorde.

  1. Karen Morgan, 16 April, 2012

    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.

  2. Doug Cherry, 27 August, 2012

    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.

  3. Rodney, 07 October, 2012

    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.

  4. George, 08 December, 2012

    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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