The night I Almost got Scammed by the “US Military”

{Warning! This is long.
You can skip to the bottom of the post for the juicy stuff,
I won't be offended.}

So, long story short {yeah right}. Matt left for Super Summer yesterday in the Jeep {Cherokee} pulling a trailer with a Rhino on it. He called me a little while later to tell me he was on the side of the road with, yet again, radiator trouble. After pulling over several times, filling it with water, etc he ended up having to call a buddy to come pick him up and take him {and the rhino} to camp.

Yep, still taking pics of everything with my new camera!

We've been talking about the need to 'trade in' the Jeep for a more gas efficent car some time soon {basically before the Jeep kicks the bucket}. Ooops. We waited too long I guess. So, I jump on the net being half way silly and search Craig's List for cars. I narrow it down to the nearest big town and searched "Honda Accord". Second listing!

2004 HONDA ACCORD EX SEDAN, BLACK, AUTOMATIC - $1700

What the crap!?! Click. Click. Click. WOW! This is for real a 2004 Honda for 1,700! I text Matt. He writes back, "for real". I email the link. CRAZY. I email the seller {no phone # or I so would have rang'm up}. Waiting. Waiting. Bed time routine. Waiting. RESPONSE!

Hello,

I'm SSgt Monica Dixon. This Accord EXL is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 81,200 miles. VIN Number: 1HGCM56744A118864
CD player Anti-lock brakes Driver Airbag Leather Sunroof
Passenger airbag Side airbags Air conditioning Cruise control
Power locks Power windows

Here are the pics of the car:
http://s847.photobucket.com/home/myacc4

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay's Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you won`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.
I am located in London, UK, and I was sent here with my department of peace maintenance. One month ago my husband moved here with me and brought the car with him but now we have to sell it back in the United States because we can't register it here; it has US specs and everything and registering it here in Europe will take for ever.
My final price on it is $ 1700.00. If you will take it for this price I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me ASAP if you decide to buy and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

Best Regards,
Monica Dixon, SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis 362-1594 Comm 884-1594

{PAUSE}

Okay, having heard that much, what camp are you in?

  1. Holy molly! Did you buy it?
  2. You're retarded. That's 'too good to be true'
  3. I'm confused. Where is the Jeep now?

{BACK TO THE STORY}

I call Matt. No answer. "End Call" dial again! 3 times. I hit reply...then thought, "better not buy a car with the hubs 'go ahead'" Call my dad. No answer. Sit. Stair at the email... Emotions going back and forth: This is crap. Maybe God is doing some craziness here? I want this car! I want to believe it's a God thing. Sold. It's a God thing!!!

My dad calls back. I start telling him I might be buying a car. Matt 'beeps' in. "Dad, it's Matt. I'll call you right back."
Matt, "You rang?" Me, "I'm buying the car. Did you get the email I forwarded you?" Matt, "No." Me, "I'm buying the car. Here's the cool story {insert me reading him the email}"

I swear not all days in our life are 'drama' filled ;0)
It was a little less frantic than I'm telling it but it's more fun this way.

No cheering on the other end. ... {cherp cherp} ... "I think it might be a scam..." Me, "WHAT!?! She gave us her title. the car's ven # and...stuff" Matt, "____ just told me about trying to buy a car and mentioned eBay. It ended up being a scam. Twice." Me, "Poo-E! Go read the email. Let me know what you think." Matt, "K. I'll call ya back."

I reread the email. "I don't want it to be a scam...{pouty face}" I thought to myself in my miraculously quiet house with 3 sleeping babies by 8 o'clock.

I googled her. Yep. I copy and pasted "Monica Dixon, SSgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA Maintenance Analysis 362-1594 Comm 884-1594". This is the 1st article I found:

Used car buying scam from “military” personnel

This post is about a person who tried to also shopping Craig's List for a car. They too found an unbelievable deal. They too emailed the seller. They too relieved a response- almost Identical to the email response I received:

Hello and sorry for my delay,

I’m Sgt. Robert Parra. This Honda is in perfect working condition. This vehicle engine runs very, very smooth. No electrical problems on this beauty. This detailed vehicle makes the exterior looks like it just came off the assembly line. The car has 118k highway miles. VIN Number: 1hgcg1655ya068349

It was never involved in any accident, not even minor ones. The body and paint are great. The interior is super clean, mechanically, it runs like a cat on carpet.

Here are the pics of the car :

http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee106/accpix/

As I know that my current situation is pretty special I want the deal closed only through eBay’s Buyer Protection Program in order for you to be 100% protected. You will make the payment to eBay and they will hold the money until you receive the car. ONLY AFTER you receive the car and you inspect it(for 10 days) eBay will release the payment to me; in this way we are both protected. Anyway i am sure that if you will don`t be satisfied about the car i will surely find another buyer in your area and there will be no need for you to ship the car back.

I am located in London, United Kingdom and I was sent here to improve the military relationships between USA and UK. One month ago, my wife moved here with me and brought the car with her, but now we have to sell it back in US because we can’t register it here; it has US specs and everything, and registering it here in Europe will take for ever. My final price on it is US 2,960 $. If you will take it for this price, I am willing to handle the shipping. It will be shipped from here by plane with US Air Military Cargo so it will not cost me anything. You will get it to the nearest airport in your area and then it will be trucked forward to your place. You will receive the car in about 3 days. Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

Best Regards,
Robert Parra

POOOOOOOO!"" --->SCAM!

 

This happened to her more than once.

One member of the forum responded with this advice:

1. eBay does not “hold the money” until you are satisfied with the car. Once you pay them, that is it. And I suspect they will ask you to pay by Western Union.

2. The military does ship cars overseas for servicemen (why does this guy talk in pidgon english if he’s American, anyway?). But thet SHIP them, by SHIP, not by air. Total LIE.

3. American servicemen can drive their cars overseas without registering them there. Again total LIE. Why would a serviceman have a car shipped overseas if he could not register it?

The pattern is the same: a coveted item (BMW, Kobota Tractor, Honda motorcycle, etc.) worth $10,000 to $20,000 is offered for a pitiful amount – $2500 to $5000 with a long-winded “backstory” behind it. You wire them the money, thinking you scored big and that’s the last you hear of them.

They hijack eBay identifications by using those phishing scams. Typically if you look at their feedback, you’ll see it is some little old lady in Arkansas selling dolls. Suddenly, the person is a Seargent in the Army in England selling a car. What gives?

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is….

I really wanted it to be a God thing. Some times He really does cool stuff like that but other times He gave us brains to not fall for scams.

I text Matt, "Scam". Forgot to call my dad back who {way} later returned my call out of curiosity. So, lesson learned- just let'n you know- don't fall for this scam. Oh yeah...and I emailed them back:

I really wish you weren't trying to scam me. This would have been a huge blessing for my family. I wish you all the luck in finding a legit job soon!
{http://www.katylee.com/blog/2008/01/13/used-car-buying-scam-from-military-personnel/ - you might try switching it up a little}

Okay, not my most mature moment. Made me feel like I'd served some kind of justice, DORK! Now, I have to go back to mourning my fake car loss.

How about you? Did you know my car was a scam? Have you ever fallen for one?

~~~

For the record. I KNOW this has nothing to really do with the US Military. I appreciate ALL they do for our country. I have friends and family who have are serving. And Do NOT really associate them with this scam. Sorry these turds are misusing your titles.

To show my appreciation for our military I'd like to share some info brought to you by your friends at http://www.militaryvaloan.com/: military streamline loan and VA loans explained.

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Comments

  1. Ladonna says:

    Sweetie, two things……. Don’t spend a large sum of money without ” think” time. Second, research the make, model and year of a car before purchase. 2003 and 2004 Honda accords are known for weak transmissions that needed to be replaced around 50,000 to 85,000 miles. Voice of experience here!

    • I totally agree that “think” time is a must for spending big amount of money. This purchase, though seemingly hasty, was long awaited. We’d been doing research for a while now. We’ve been saving money and were prepared to spend this when the ‘right’ car came up. This, if it had in fact been real, would have been a GREAT deal we’d been looking for; even with the possibility of needed the transmission replaced. Thanks for your voice of experience and causion!
      This post was mainly ment for the funny story of avoiding the scam ;O)

  2. Yep, had scam written all over it… Sorry you didn’t get the car you really wanted though. :(

    • Yeah, reading back over it, it’s pretty obvious. It would have been awesome though. Keeping my eyes peeled for the real God-sent car!!!

  3. Are you kidding me!!??!!
    I just got another email SCAM from a listing on Craig’s List:


    Hi,

    I want to be honest with you, the car is in perfect condition and runs
    great has 93,800 miles, Automatic, 3.0L engine, title clean. No damage,
    no scratches, never involved in an accident, clean title, never been
    wrecked and is in the same shape as the pictures show. The point is, its
    been well cared for, never abused, and needs nothing. Runs excellent!
    This 2004 Honda Accord Hybrid has been extremely well maintained with a
    full service history. Bought it when i was serving in U.S. Army base
    near Bethesda, MD.
    I have dropped my price to $2,650 (purchase price) since this is an
    Urgent Sale! and I need to sell it before 25th June when I will
    be deployed to a US Forces Japan ( http://www.usfj.mil ) base for an
    entire year.
    If you’re interested to conclude this purchase in a timely manner email
    me your Complete Name and Shipping Address to open a case with eBay they
    will contact you to explain the entire procedure.
    The financial part will be managed by them, which means that you will
    have a 7 days inspection period before committing to buy the car. In
    this way both, buyer and seller are 100% covered during the steps of
    this transaction.

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Sergeant nurse Angela Cummings

    PS: for more pictures of the car, see my album:
    http://honda2004accord.shutterfly.com/pictures/8

  4. My 16 year old daughter just came to me with this same exact post. She is very computer literate and internet savy but when you tell a teenager to look into it carefully because it sounds way to good to be true they automatically hate you for wanting to mess up their “GOOD” thing.
    As I haven’t seen her today since this morning (She’s now at work) it will actually feel terrible to see her reaction when I have to show her. Although she probably will think I’m gloating for being right.
    I am very glad that this post is out there and is on Google, Thank you :O)

    • It totally stinks! THIS 27-year-old almost got taken and SOoooo wanted it to be for real. I didn’t think through the whole “it’s too good to be true” fact. I’m so glad I could help but super sad that we both were almost scammed AND still didn’t get this awesome {impossible} deal.

      Dear John’s daughter. You’re daddy loves you so much and is looking out for you! Be encouraged: we did eventually find an awesome 2001 Honda randomly at a used car lot when visiting family out of town. Average millage, a few quirks, but scored it for $4200. Keep saving and your eyes open! They are out there!!!

      Praying you guys find an awesome REAL deal!

      • that is super sad. I found 2005 accord for 1900 dollars. I need a good car for work and for my children. I was going to be sending the money this week, but felt weird about it. So I thought I would google her name to see if anything came up about her. I am glad I did tho. I can afford a car let alone spending money I already cant afford on this deal. Thanks for putting that out there

      • You are so welcome! Those like you who are caught in the same too-good-to-be-true situation that I found myself in are the whole reason I wrote this! I’m glad I could save ya from the scam although I am sorry is wasn’t true. I was wicked upset when I realized I almost fell for it!

  5. We’ve been looking for a car for my son and came across this car…too good to be true. I too emailed the seller and got the following email back. Again…too go to be true, I looked her up and found this website and found this blog…so glad I did!!!

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in purchased my 2004 Honda Accord EX Navi Leather 4cyl, I am selling this vehicle because I am in the military and my unit will be sent back to Afghanistan. I don’t want it get old in my garage. Also, the car is too big for my daughter so there’s no use on keeping it. The price is low because I need to sell it before March 06. The vehicle is in pristine condition, no accident history, clear title, no dents or dings and no scratches. Always adult driven and garaged, never abused or raced. If you are interested, it’s still available for sale and the price, as stated in the ad, is $1,700.00 The vehicle is in Fort Belvoir, VA and in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.

    Miles 81,300
    Body type: Sedan
    Engine: 4 CYLINDERS 2.4 Liters
    Exterior color: Black
    Transmission: Automatic
    Fuel type: Gasoline
    Interior color: Tan
    Title: Clear

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Monica Dixon, Sgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA 362-1594 Comm 884-1594

    • Dar, thank you so much for sharing!!! This is kind of an odd post for my blog but I wanted this out there so I can help stop any one I can from doing what I so desperately wanted to do! Glad I could help!!!

    • I have received this same scam and they almost got me. I spoke to a friend and he told me to look up the name of the seller. I looked it up and this site up. I am glad I didn’t get to the point where I send the money. This is the contents of the emails:
      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in purchasing my 2004 Honda Accord EX Navi Leather 4cyl, I am selling this vehicle because I am in the military and my unit will be sent back to Afghanistan. I don’t want it get old in my garage. Also, the car is too big for my daughter so there’s no use on keeping it. The price is low because I need to sell it before July 14. The vehicle is in pristine condition, no accident history, clear title, no dents or dings and no scratches. Always adult driven and garaged, never abused or raced. If you are interested, it’s still available for sale and the price, as stated in the ad, is $1,520.00 The vehicle is in Fort Belvoir, VA and in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.

      Miles 82,000
      Body type: Sedan
      Engine: 4 CYLINDERS 2.4 Liters
      Exterior color: Black
      Transmission: Automatic
      Fuel type: Gasoline
      Interior color: Tan
      Title: Clear

      Hope to hear from you soon,
      Monica Liston, Sgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA 362-1594 Comm 884-1594

      Hello again

      Right now I’m in a military base. We are training, getting ready for Afghanistan. I am only allowed to check my email twice a day. We have to stick to e-mail for now. Hope you can understand. Like I already said, the delivery process will be managed by me. I think I can have it there at your home address within 2-3 working days. It will come with a clear title and reg. I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will get a 5 days testing period after delivery. During that 5 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested so I can ask eBay to send you the details on this deal. If interested please include in your next email your contact info for eBay (full name, shipping address and phone number), so we can get the ball rolling.

      I also made a photo album,so you can view more pictures:
      http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/listonmonica/library/
      Thanks, hope to do business with you soon

  6. We wanted to buy a Pontoon boat and a Ssgt, Monica Dixon has one in Montana she wants to sell quickly.
    I believe this is the same person that you experienced.

    This has scam written all over it.

    Thank you for your blog…..

  7. We found a pontoon boat on Craigslist. Here are her emails to us. The thing that got us so cautious is the fact that she was in such a hurry. We also thought the price was to good to be true. Glad to see you posted these.
    Thank you

    1st Email from Ssgt. Monica Dixon

    On Sun, Jun 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM, Monica Dixon wrote:

    Hi,

    This 2004 Suncruiser ponton boat trinidad 222 with a 90Hp mercury direct injection four stroke efi with only 128 hours is in great shape comes with a marching trailer and bimini top. This boat is read for the water. The trailer is in great shape the tires are 70-80% tred keft. Engine -Length (feet): 22.5 This boat again is in very good shape. The trailer is included. I am the firts owner and I have titles for boat, motor, and trailer. If you decide to buy it, you’ll receive all the papers, owner manual, keys and a buy-sell contract already signed by me. I have a low price ( $ 2,450 plus shipping cost $300 ) because I want to sell the boat very quickly. My husband died 2 months ago and I along with my daughter decided to sell the house and we moved to my sister in Montana. Due to the fact I am very busy at work and don’t stay too much at home I can’t conclude this transaction personally. But I left everything prepared for the sale. The transaction will be made trough Google Wallet. This way you can receive shipping assistance, title transfer help, etc. If you are really interested in purchasing the boat please contact me asap.

    Regards,
    SSgt. Monica Dixon

    *** Here you have more info and some pictures ***

    2nd email

    Hi again,

    The boat is at the shipping center in Helena , MT and from there will be shipped to my buyer’s address. For this transaction I want to use Google Wallet because I want to provide you a fast and very secure way. They will handle the transaction for me. You will make the payment to Google Wallet and they will hold the money until you receive and inspect the boat. Only after you receive the boat and you inspect it (you have 5 days for inspection) they will release the payment to me. This transaction is covered by Google Wallet Transactions and if something goes wrong in this transaction you will be fully refunded. On the invoice you will have the details on how to make a refundable payment and shipping back the boat will be my concern. I strongly assure you it will not be the case for a refund. I have used Google Wallet in the past and all my transaction ended successfully.
    I apologize if it seems like I’m pushing on this deal but I really want to be sure that everything is clarified before any further steps. I’m a serious seller and I prefer to deal with a serious buyer. I want a fast and safe transaction for both of us, so if you wish to proceed with the purchase, please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the transaction.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you,
    SSgt. Monica Dixon

    • I am so glad you researched it! And thank you so much for sharing your emails to help others not get scammed!!! The identical wording I read is what solidified the scam for me. Thanks again for taking the time to share!

  8. As a fellow blogger, it was so cool to see you using your powers for good. I was in the market for a pontoon. I found one on Craog’s List for an amazing price, but with few pictures and no contact information. I emailed…starting to sound familiar…Miss Monica (still declaring the title SSgt) replied with gorgeous pics galore, a lengthy description of our dream boat, BUT the caveat that we would have to conduct the transaction through Google Wallet. Now, her story is that her husband has died and she and her daughter were so distraught they moved away and want to rid themselves of his belongings and memories. VIOLINS PLAY HERE! It seemed to good to be true, so I googled and found you. Thank you for posting this and saving me the trouble of having to figure out her scam on my own.

    • You are the THIRD person TODAY to comment on This post. I hadn’t heard of the new “pontoon for sale”. lol Thanks soooo much for sharing your experience!!! I honestly felt like a goob sharing my ‘almost getting scammed’ story but am so glad I did. It had helped save lots of people from silly SSgt Monica. hehe

  9. My hubby just showed me the exact same pontoon boat and the exact same letter posted above! He was disappointed that it was a scam but thank you so much for posting this!!

  10. Jules,
    Thank you so much for writing about your experience. We too found the Suncruiser Pontoon on Craigslist. Sounded way to good to be true, so, we Googled it and found your blog. What a bunch of creeps. At first we thought it was a mistake. The original price listed was $2450. When we went back to look at the listing, after E-mailing them and asking for more info, it had been pulled. Glad we found your post! Thanks again and God Bless.

    • I am so glad I could help. I felt like such a goob & almost didn’t write about it here bc I felt so silly. I am so glad it’s helping so many people!

  11. Well, “Monica” is at it again. Now she’s selling a pontoon from Montana. I came this close…until I found articles like this one! Thank you

    • You are so welcome! Sorry that pesky Monica is a fake. We ALL wish she weren’t!

      • Thank you so much for sharing your story! I also found the same Pontoon Boat on Craigslist, that others are mentioning. Something just didn’t seem right when I received the “invoice” and I called Google Wallet, they verified that, in fact it was a SCAM. I googled the persons name last night and found your story but my husband was still holding on to hope it was not a scam so I went ahead and told “Monica” to send me the invoice. As soon as I saw it I knew, but I still called Google Wallet, to make it even more clear to my husband that it was a scam. Im so glad I was the one handling everything and not him!

      • That’s cool to know that Google at least oboes it’s going in even if they can’t neccessarily stop it yet. You’d think “Monica” would change up her name and story a bit to go with the new pontoon. Weird! Glad this post helped!!!!

  12. I too had this Monica try to scam me for the Honda accord. I figured it was a scam but gave her my name address and phone number plus userid for my eBay account. Good thing is my eBay account is registered under a different address and phone number. As soon as I read your post, I called to get my ebay acct closed. It takes about 7 days. Should I be worried?

    • Brdnda,
      I’m not sure if there’s reason to be concerned. I would hope that calling to shut down the account and reporting the scam would make sure these people can’t do anything further. Since I never got that far, I’m not 100% sure though. Sorry.
      When you find out and/or get everything settled, I love for you to come back and let us know what all it involved!

  13. I am cracking up!!! This is a spam/SCAM COMMENT I received 2014/02/14 at 6:48 pm on a post ABOUT a Scam::

    Hello,
    Thank you for your interest in purchasing my 2004 Honda Accord EX Navi Leather 4cyl, I am selling this vehicle because I am in the military and my unit will be sent back to Afghanistan. I don’t want it get old in my garage. Also, the car is too big for my daughter so there’s no use on keeping it. The price is low because I need to sell it before March 21. The vehicle is in pristine condition, no accident history, clear title, no dents or dings and no scratches. Always adult driven and garaged, never abused or raced. If you are interested, it’s still available for sale and the price, as stated in the ad, is $1,495.00 The vehicle is in Fort Belvoir, VA and in case it gets sold I will take care of shipping. Let me know if you are interested, email back.
    Miles 82,000
    Body type: Sedan
    Engine: 4 CYLINDERS 2.4 Liters
    Exterior color: Black
    Transmission: Automatic
    Fuel type: Gasoline
    Interior color: Tan
    Title: Clear
    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Monica Liston, Sgt, USAF1 SOMOS/MXOOA 362-1594 Comm 884-1594

    Hello again
    Right now I’m in a military base. We are training, getting ready for Afghanistan. I am only allowed to check my email twice a day. We have to stick to e-mail for now. Hope you can understand. Like I already said, the delivery process will be managed by me. I think I can have it there at your home address within 2-3 working days. It will come with a clear title and reg. I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will get a 5 days testing period after delivery. During that 5 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested so I can ask eBay to send you the details on this deal. If interested please include in your next email your contact info for eBay (full name, shipping address and phone number), so we can get the ball rolling.
    I also made a photo album,so you can view more pictures:
    http://s1316.photobucket.com/user/listonmonica/library/
    Thanks, hope to do business with you soon

  14. Same scam different name.

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in purchased my 2001 GMC Yukon SLT. I am selling this suv because I am in the military and my unit will be sent back to Afghanistan. I don’t want it get old in my garage. The price is low because I need to sell it before May 17th. The suv is in pristine condition, no accident history, clear title, only 102k mile, no dents or dings and no scratches. Always adult driven and garaged, never abused or raced. If you are interested, it’s still available for sale and the price, as stated in the ad, is $1880. Let me know if you are interested, email back.

    I look forward to hearing from you,
    Sgt. Stacey Beland

    Hi again,

    Right now I’m in a military base. We are training, getting ready for Afghanistan. I am only allowed to check my email several time a day. We have to stick to e-mail for now. Hope you can understand. The suv is already at our Military Logistic Department form Fort Belvoir, U.S. Army base crated and ready to go. Like I already said, the delivery process will be managed by me. I think I can have it there at your home address within 2-3 working days. It will come with a clear title and reg. I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will get a 5 days testing period after delivery. During that 5 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested so I can ask eBay to send you the details on this deal. If interested please include in your next email your contact info for eBay (full name, shipping address and phone number), so we can move forward with this transaction.

    Thank you.
    Sgt. Stacey Beland

    Fortunately, once I saw this info it sounded funny so, I began to check up a little bit and found several sites like your where similar scams are listed.

  15. Im glad I looked this up, the same thing happened to me I had a feeling it was a scam, I looked up the name “monica liston” and this story came up after reading it I seen how similar things were. How sad people can be these days! She told me the whole “afghanistan story” to!

  16. It seems like Sgt. Stacey Beland is at it again on Craiglist with the posting below. I am so glad that I came to this site and saw all the scams that these people are doing. Please don’t fall for this one….

    “My name is Stacey and I want to tell you that the 2001 Keystone MONTANA 2955RL is still available.Let me give you a few details about it. Really good shape, never had any problems with it, no need to invest money in it, flawless exterior/interior condition, has never been lived in, always maintained no leaks very solid non smoker very clean, has everything a big rig has but in a smaller package. Length (feet): 32, Sleeps 4,oak cabinets,19 inch tv,am fm stereo radio with tape player,hot water heater is gas or electric automatic pilot.refrigerator also gas or electric,queen size bed in the master bedroom.I will let the hitch,equalizer bars,sway bar etc. goe with the trailer. This is a unusually nice trailer which will not disappoint and all in very good condition and much more.

    The price is $2,000 and is low because I want to sell the trailer very quickly. My husband died 3 months ago and me and my daughter decided to sell the house and we moved to my sister in Kentucky the trailer is here with me, the shipping is free and i will offer 5 days to inspect and take it to your mechanic from the moment you receive it (and the option to accept or reject it) I can’t afford to take days off my work for this sale so I’m trying to sell the trailer online.If you are a serious buyer please contact me as soon as possible.”

    Thank you
    Sgt. Stacey Beland

  17. Ugggg, really sucks because I just got scammed by this today. My soon to be ex husband borrowed and totalled my kia that I’ve had for 10 years. So for a month now my 9 yr old autistic son and I are taking cabs. I saw the craigslist ad and emailed. I feel like such an idiot. :(

    • Tara, I am so sorry!!! Don’t feel like an idiot. I so wanted it to be real and almost went for it. So many Have; you’re not alone. I hope you can find a way to get your money back!

  18. Oh and mine is Sgt. Mary Sparkman lol but I was told that I could test out the 2003 Range Rover for 5 days BEFORE sending any money!! Which to buy was $2,750.
    Hi again,

    Right now I’m in a military base. We are training, getting ready for Iraq. I am only allowed to check my email several time a day. We have to stick to e-mail for now. Hope you can understand. The car is already at our Military Logistic Department form Helena, MT Army Base crated and ready to go. Like I already said, the delivery process will be managed by me. I think I can have it there at your home address within 2-3 working days. It will come with a clear title and reg. I am a member of the eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will get a 5 days testing period after delivery. During that 5 days testing period I will not be getting any money. I need to know if you are interested so I can ask eBay to send you the details on this deal. If interested please include in your next email your contact info for eBay (full name, shipping address and phone number), so we can move forward with this transaction.

    Sgt. Mary Sparkman

  19. Just about got scammed by SSgt. Grace Robinson on pontoon boat. I happened to give my name and address, but did not follow through on payment. Thank goodness.

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