Today, an unscrupulous craigslist buyer attempted to scam me by sending me “a USPS electronic postal money order”. As you wouldn’t know by looking at the USPS website, there is no such thing. If you have any more questions about what this scam looks like, send me an email. Here’s a little taste:
If there is an error in the name or address, Please email our representative at
The order has been APPROVED, you CAN NOW ship the merchandise to the buyer. You are expected to make the shipment within 48 hours of recieving this Payment Confirmation Notification and get to our Costumer/Technical Dept. with the tracking number for Shipment Verification.
So get back to your buyer now for the shipment arrangement and email us with the tracking number after the shipment had been made,be sure to include the United States Postal Service Payments order number. Also, include item tracking number as the subject of your email.
The Money OrderSM will NOT be dispatched or get to your residence until the shipment has been verified. This measure is taken in order to protect both seller and buyer interests and to reduce the occurrence of fraudulent activities.
Please folks, if you get something like this, do not send the item, it is a scam!
Oh yeah, one other thing, so after I got the email I tried to contact to the Post Office to inform them that someone attempted to defraud me. Did they care? Well, I was astonished to find out that until you are actually ripped off, the Postal Inspector couldn’t care less. Apparently, the US Attorney won’t prosecute these would be bank robbers until they actually commit a crime. So, I guess I must have been victim no.1 for this guy, since they weren’t at all interested in following up on my complaint and seeing about any other people he might have stolen from before me. Not only that, but I was also surprised to learn the brazen act of sending out an email impersonating a government institution is also not considered a crime, at least in the eyes of the person I was talking to.