Attempting to have some fun with a Craigslist scammer but mostly just wasting my time

If something seems too good to be true, it always is. I was trying to do like the 419 scammer baters, but a lack of time and wit has left me with no response. Please submit a suggestion for my next email in the comments.

Here is how it started, with me replying to a Craigslist ad (I realized only after I already had written the email that it was way too good of a deal to be real).


To whom it may concern:

I am highly interested in the 2004 Mazda6 sedan you posted on Craigslist today. Please send more pictures and any further details you have on the car. Assuming everything looks good I would be able to pay cash within a couple days. If you wouldn’t mind, I would like its VIN so I could run a Carfax report. Also, your contact information and your employer’s name / location would be great so I could see the car in person.

Michael Goode
Hello,Thank you for your interest in purchased my 2004 Mazda MAZDA6 Sedan, 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. The price is low because I need to sell it before September 24th. 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 $2330. The vehicle is in Fort Belvoir,VA and in case it gets sold I will take care of delivery. Let me know if you are interested, email back.
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel type: Gasoline
Exterior color: Black
Interior color: Black
Mileage: 61,696 miles
Engine: 4 – Cyl
Thank you !
Corporal Lindsay Walton [ ]
Lindsay,I remain interested. Please give me the VIN number so I can run a carfax check and your bank account information so I can wire you money. Considering how great a deal it is I don’t need to see it in person.
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 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 7 days testing period after delivery. During that 7 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.
Also I made a photo album with the car:
VIN 1YVFP80CX45N10681

Thank you.
Corporal Lindsay Walton
Lindsay,I am still interested. My full contact information is:
Michael Goode
[address redacted for privacy]
 Ok thanks.I asked eBay to send you an invoice regarding the terms and conditions of this transaction.Normally it will take approx 30 minutes until you receive all the payment instructions.Please email me as soon as you receive it.

Thank you!
The fake eBay invoice suggested that I send the money via Western Union to a random guy in Dallas or Houston, Texas (I forget which). I forwarded that email to Western Union’s fraud department.
Did you received the invoice from eBay?They told me they already sent you.Also check your bulk email folder (junk,spam),as a filter may have prevented it from reaching your primary in-box.Please get back to me and let me know if you understood how this transaction works and if you can make the payment today as you probably noticed the price is for a fast sale and I need to know when to proceed with shipping.
Hope to finish this transaction soon.
Is there any way I could use a bank wire transfer to send the money? My bank is a lot more convenient than the closest Western Union agent.
I had two potential buyers : one didn’t show up and the other mail me,saying he lost the money, so I can’t afford to wait more days, that is why I gave to a shipping company that will ship it to the next owner, so I’m trying to sell it on-line, and beside that I have the transaction under contract with eBay and I have to respect the terms from the contract.Unfortunately for me my I can’t do this transaction personally. I am a member of the  eBay buyer protection program and using this service you will get a 7 days testing period after delivery.Thank you so much and I would really appreciate if we could finish this deal today so that the shipping may start sooner.So if you manage to complete the deal today please don’t forget to fax over the Western Union payment receipt to the fax# from the invoice.
Please keep me posted
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