55-year-old Larry Butler of Parts Unknown is accused of posing as a Joplin, Missouri tornado victim on the free dating site PlentyOfFish.
Investigators say that Butler would use the site to prey on people’s sympathies in order to rob them. In one instance Butler allegedly stole a truck which led to Butler and an innocent women being arrested. In another instance Butler allegedly stole $15K in property of woman who allowed him to stay there.
I like the fact that there are people who have better hearts than mine and are willing to open their homes like this however they must realize that there are people willing to stoop as low to pose as a victim of the tragedy in order to con them.
Unprofessional contractor behavior:
No this isn’t a casual encounters story. It’s a story of a contractor who has been accused of scamming.
I received an e-mail from a reader from Southern California who claims he has been ripped off by one Ross Emmick of the Mesa, Arizona area. The article I linked to tells you the story of how one woman from Phoenix was allegedly ripped off. That was back in March and according to the e-mail Emmick moved on to California.
I am one of many scammed on Craigslist. Having been burned and now I’m taking a/ closer look, doing what everyone should do – due diligence -I now realize I am by far not alone. Small consolation, I’d rather have my money back frankly. So here is our story; We met someone selling discounted Murphy beds on Craigslist. He drives from His home in Mesa, Arizona and sells Murphy/wall beds all over Southern California. We only only found out later that he does this because some of the locals are already on to him so it’s time to move onto greener pastures.
Here is a link to a news story about this guy, Ross Paul Emmick, who rips people off on Murphy beds via Craigslist. You gotta love how the piece starts: “I met hm on Craigslist”:
Our experience was very similar to hers. All around an incredibly bad experience for us. We’re out $1900 and we’ve had to deal with in addition to being the worst manufacturer of Murphy beds in the world this intimidating, rage-alholic, incredibly dangerous and dysfunctional personality. So consider yourselves warned. I do this merely to warn others, I wish I had known in advance and I’m ashamed to admit it but a simple 10-second Google search would have sufficed to have protected us from this guy.
A Google search is great but if you want to go more in depth you may want to check with the Better Business Bureau as well. There are also paid sites where you can see if other people have had similar good or bad experiences with contractors.
Stay tuned Monday for the next chance to win your own craigscrimelist t-shirt.
Craigslist crime post #1301
Scams post #193
Scammers Claim To Be Deploying Illinois National Guard Soldier:
Law enforcement in the state of Illinois, where their motto is ‘the s is silent’, are warning residents about a craigslist scam claiming that the seller is in the Illinois Army National Guard and is deploying to Iraq. The point of the scam is to gain your personal information and steal your identity.
Much like the African Christian Missionaries if we had as many deploying National Guard were actually deploying as the scammers claim then there would be peace in the Middle East by now.
It is possible to screen ads so that things like this are far less likely to happen. Try Geebo.com, where they screen all their ads before they are ever posted on their site.
Win a free t-shirt, Scam Free.
Craigslist crime post #1270
Scam post #189
Shepherdsville man scammed people using Craigslist, police say:
33-year-old Jason Douglas Quick of Shepherdsville, Kentucky was arrested in Bullitt County after he allegedly scammed some people out of some money.
Quick is accused of posting an ad on craigslist for his services as a contractor and then accepting money but not doing any work. Not surprisingly he’s not a licensed contractor.
If you’re looking for a contractor I would recommend contacting the Better Business Bureau or using a service like Angie’s List.
Craigslist crime post #1246
Scam post #181
Facebook Warning: Coca-Cola Ad Scam:
The Blog Herald is reporting that there is a scam propagating on Facebook that involves Coca-Cola.
This is what you have to look out for…
“I am part of the 98.0% of people that are NEVER gonna drink Coca Cola again after this HORRIFIC video.” which then shows a link to the product.
Don’t click on it, it’s nothing more than a phishing scam looking for your personal information. If a friend has sent it to you their Facebook account may have been compromised.
Hey, Craigslist Users, There Are No Free iPads:
It seems that the latest scam on craigslist involves craigslist itself.
Users of craigslist have been receiving very official looking e-mails stating that they’re entitled to a free iPad.
Of course the e-mail is a fake. Even Craig Newmark said so.
Plus that would require craigslist to spend some of their sex ad money.
Online scammer posed as beheaded man’s sister, family says:
I’m sure by now you’re all familiar with the story about Tim McLean. He was the 22-year-old Canadian who was beheaded on a Greyhound Bus by a lunatic.
Well, showing that humanity knows no depths of depravity someone has used Facebook to scam people out of unknown dollars by posing as McLean’s sister.
The scammer set up a Facebook and a Paypal account where people could donate money to ‘cover funeral costs’.
Tim McLean’s family have set up a donation program to cover his funeral costs except it’s not through Paypal but through an actual bank.
The scammer seems to have fallen off the face of the earth now. RCMP is investigating.
These scammers are the kind of people who have a special place in hell reserved just for them.
MySpace Car Scam:
This scam is a common occurrence at one of my other popular blogs, craigscrimelist but this is the first time I’ve heard of this kind of scam on MySpace. Hell, I didn’t even know that MySpace had a classifieds section.
Anyway this gentleman from Florida placed an ad to sell his car on MySpace. He was asking for $13K. The ‘buyer’, who went by Josh Brolin, sent a check for $21K. The seller deposited the check and pocketed the extra cash. Hey, guess what, the check was a fake and now the seller owes the bank $7K according to the article.
I say this a lot at my other site. When doing business with an online classified site, local only and cash only.
Internet Scammers Use MySpace to Get Money:
It seems that the internet scammers aren’t content with just using craigslist, now they’re back on MySpace.
According to the article a Mason City, Iowa woman was approached by someone on MySpace proclaiming to be someone from New Orleans living in Kenya who needed money for medical bills.
Luckily the woman wasn’t stupid enough to fall for it.
Man Accused Of Targeting Women Online To Cash Bad Checks Arrested:
23-year-old Jeff Ipson of West Jordan, Utah has been arrested for scamming women out of thousands of dollars. Ipson would meet these women on MySpace then convince them that he had money. Then he would pull a scam that I usually only see on craigslist…
“He said, ‘hey we’re closer to your bank and most people don’t take personal
checks so how bout I just write you a check, and you cash it for me’, and that’s how it started.”
Detectives say Ipson wrote out checks to the women, had them cash the checks at their banks and give him the money. The checks were all bad because the checking accounts had been closed.
Ipson is facing several felony charges of theft by deception.
Thanks to Bonnie for the link.