Fun on craigslist

Whenever I post something for sale on Craigslist, I always get the usual scammer. A person — that  can barely write — wants to send me a certified check and then have someone pick the item up. Sometimes, they even ask me to ship it. Of course, they are always out of the country.


Well, here’s my latest ad:

2008 iMac, 20 inch. Apple Product number FA876LL/A  Great condition.
Hard drive: 250 GB
Memory: 4 GB
Processor: Intel Core Duo 2 2 GHz
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
$750 cash only. No shipping. Local deals only. You bring cash, we meet in person in Muncie, you get computer. 

Note the italics. Well I’ll be darned if an asshat (aka Jackson Booker at but I doubt that is a real name) still didn’t try to scam me:

Thanks for your response, am happy that the listing is still available
and am okay with the price, but I will be unable to come with cash
because I’m presently out of state on a business trip, but I can
easily have a certified bank check on your name here and have it mail
out to you, so If you’re okay with the mode of payment, please get
back to me with your home address, payee name that will be on the
check and a valid phone number( not voice mail )… Once you received
your payment, I will then let my shipper come for the pick up , so you
don’t have to worry about the shipping . Thanks

No, I don’t think I am going to give you my home address and a valid phone number. I wasn’t born yesterday. If I had time, I would probably mess with the scammer, but I’m busy and have enough idiots in my life.

The Mac is still for sale, BTW.

Published by Scott Davis

Former newspaper journalist, now government webmaster. Life-long geek.