Fun With Craigslist

I decided that I was taking the wrong approach to the many responses I got to my craigslist ads (see prior post) from online con artists trying to steal my money. Instead of just reporting them, I realized I could report them AND have a little fun at the same time.

Sometimes these things just come together.

The exchange is copied below. For some unknown reason he never wrote back.

Subject: RE: Dodge Grand Caravan – $2000

Thanks for the prompt response. I am ready to buy it now as a gift for my brother,I am at sea at the moment as i am a marine engineer and due to the nature of my work, phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it. I really want it to be a surprise for my brother so i wont let him know anything about it until it gets delivered to him, i am sure he will be more than happy with it. I insisted on paypal because i don’t have access to my bank account online as i don’t have internet banking, but i can pay from my paypal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it, i will need you to give me your paypal email address and the price so i can make the payments asap for it and pls if you don’t have paypal account yet, it is very easy to set up, go to and get it set up, after you have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you use for registration with paypal so as to put the money through. I have a pickup agent that will come and pick it up after i have made the payment.

Subject: RE: Dodge Grand Caravan – $2000

Thanks for the prompt response, I am glad you have interest in car. I am ready to sell now but am in orbit at the moment as I am a aerospace science engineer and my work keeps me very busy protecting the planet from asteroids and space invaders and government agencies limit my use of internet from space. I don’t have internet banking here but if you give me cash price plus 50% fee for accepting cash (all in U.S. currency) I have a pickup agent that will come and pick it up and when I have the cash will be happy to transfer title to your brother after you have made the payment.


Posted on April 4, 2012, in Commentary, Humor, Other. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Priceless! How cool is it you beat that idiot at his own game!

    • Thanks – what’s scary is how many of them are hanging out on craigslist, it’s like some kind of idiot magnet, as if they all woke up one morning and said, “Gee, I think I’ll spend all my time on craigslist trying to cheat people!”

  2. WI Wit I look forward to your posts and they tickle my funny bone 🙂

    I’m a debunked mechanical engineer who only deals in cash greenback Craig’s list transactions.

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