Saturday, May 26, 2012

Kijiji Paypal scam: How it works, what to do

A lot of people are talking on the Kijiji Discussion Forum about emails they've been getting from strangers about the things they're selling on Kijiji that end up leading to a scam.

Users are posting warnings about users with names like Glenda Willett and Lisa Macedo who email with short lines like "Anything to add or does ads say it all?"

The email addresses change, but the the process is the same: as soon as you reply in any way, she jumps on the ad, sight unseen, and offers full asking price. But she asks for your Paypal info.

Listen, folks. The names don't matter. The email addresses don't matter. The asking price doesn't matter

All that matters is this: when making deals through Kijiji, ALWAYS deal in person, ALWAYS deal in cash and ALWAYS deal locally.

If someone offers to pay you full asking price (or more) and wants to move the transaction out of the realm of hand-to-hand cash, assume it's a scam. You know why? BECAUSE IT'S A SCAM.

If you go to the Paypal page this Glenda Willett, Lisa Macedo or whoever else sends you to, odds are it'll be a phishing site that's aiming to get your login and password so they can empty out your bank account. If they want to send you a Western Union money transfer, it's going to be a fake for a value higher than your asking price, and they'll ask you not only to ship the item, but to send them the difference.

If you fall for any of these scams, you cannot blame Kijiji. Kijiji didn't do this. You did this. You got greedy and ignored the warnings that are posted on every single page of Kijiji -- Deal in person, locally, with cash.

Was I at all unclear?

161 Responses to “Kijiji Paypal scam: How it works, what to do”

Anonymous said...
June 5, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Thank you for posting that. I received an email tonight that was quite similar and thought it was just too easy! When he mentioned paypal I started to question it even more because I've always dealt in cash so I've been searching about different paypal scams with kijiji and finally found your site! Thanks for answering my question!

Winnipeg Girl said...
June 6, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I've actually had legit folks purchase things from me and I've shipped them, I had them send me a paypal payment - I sort of view it like an eBay transaction. Of course it wouldn't make sense for THEM to send you paypal links - once they have your email address, which they do as soon as you reply to their email, they can send you a paypal payment, no reason at all for them to send you a link.

I've also contacted folks in other cities and had them ship me items, one lady even shipped me the item BEFORE I paid her for it (so that she would know exactly what the shipping amount would be!)

I think being wise to what people might be up to is important, but a little bit of trust isn't the worst thing in the world either.

Anonymous said...
September 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I;m getting one where all I;m getting is a text message, long distance, no email, no response to the kilili ad just text messages. They offered me $50 above asking + shipping. SCAM. I havent go the the scamy part yet but you can bet if it feels like it might be a scam... it IS!

Anonymous said...
November 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Is there any way to scam the scammer? I would really enjoy that!

Anonymous said...
November 23, 2012 at 4:42 PM

It's true - Lisa Macedo is a scam artist - she tries to get you to pay for shipping then the transfer of funds via PayPal doesn't go through - be very careful. Only accept cash and meet people in person - if they are from another country and want you to ship items - say NO!

-A said...
January 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM

I got the Lisa Macedo emails too. Seemed fishy so I insisted on cash, thanks to all the warnings on kijiji. She wanted to send me $900 (full pirce) site unseen. I couldn't figure out why she would do that? I could have taken the money and run. Then I realized it was because she wanted my money. I just kept saying "If someone is going to pick it up send them the money and they can bring me cash". She didn't like that plan. lol. thanks for posting this. -A

Anonymous said...
January 27, 2013 at 3:39 PM

this forum saved me.....I am wondering what is stopping Lisa to change her name. I prefer cash deals only, but it was fun to play the game little bit with Lisa as if I am falling for her trap.

Anonymous said...
January 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM

I just had a Mark Johnson try to scam me from the US. He rushed me quite a bit, so I figured it seemed fishy, and then he didn't seem to care about viewing the item as much as paying me through PayPal. Then I KNEW it was a scam, especially since I sent him an invoice through PayPal, and he said he didn't receive it. BULL!!!!
Be careful, folks! I am pretty computer savvy, but I just about made a serious blunder.

Anonymous said...
February 2, 2013 at 5:23 PM

What if i received a text? Can they do anything with a phone number?

Anonymous said...
February 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM

what about dickison martian ? he is saying he will put the money in my paypal than send the shipping comany tnt to come get it . kinds sounds like a scam

Anonymous said...
February 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

email from trying to send paypal.said he couldnt wire money or have the people picking car up bring money lol

Anonymous said...
March 5, 2013 at 9:56 AM

I have a emailing about a room for rent. Wants to pay months in advance through paypal and has sent a link to paypal. The phone number she txt from as well has been listed as a scam. She says she needs to pay through paypal as she is working one a cruise ship. She even sent photos of her self and said her movers would bring her stuff. I have called her out on this no reply back yet.

Anonymous said...
March 14, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Well folks, today she/he/they are going by the name of Barbara Brink...Marine Biologist on the St.Lawrence seaway..buying a vehicle for her son who is working/studying in Malaysia. The paypal request came shortly after her agreeing to pay full price for the vehicle sight unseen!!! If it seems to good...chances are!

Anonymous said...
March 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Wow! loves my CRV and will give me full asing price! ...jeeez, thank God I googled it before signing onto PayPal. Same stories... from UK, buying for in-laws. I was dumb enough to actually email him he going to be able to hack into my email or paypal account? Should I be doing something right now to protect my computer from hacking?

Anonymous said...
March 15, 2013 at 8:08 PM

I just had a scam from an address who was willing to pay full asking price for my wedding dress. She told me that she wasn't able to come see it because she purchases the dresses and then resells them in Texas. WOW. She was telling me that she will send me the funds right away into my paypal account and said to me: "i hope i can count on your integrity during the course of this transaction."
Thanks for informing me on this website!

Anonymous said...
March 17, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Got an e-mail from Julie-mansor Chen to rent a room too. She wants to send the money through paypal and send extra for me to pay out to her moving company. As mentioned here, she says she works on a cruise ship! I had a feeling it was a scam right from the first e-mail, as she was so eager tos end 3 months worth or rent puls a delposit right away!

Does anyone know how they can use Paypal..... are they trying to get to your bank account or visa info through Paypal?

Thanks for posting the info on scams, as it helps us all!

Anonymous said...
March 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Julie Chen almost got me with that one... Don`t trust her

KIngstonian887 said...
March 23, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Julie-mansor Chen is also trying the same scam with me. I advertised rooms on Kijiji. She wants to pay up front sight unseen through Paypay "for my protection and hers" Claims to be working on a Cruise Ship (as a chef). When I asked her for the name of her employer in Kingston as a reference she claims to be coming to Canada for a year as a "consultant/representative" for Singapore Airlines. Typical vague answer to a direct question. No name, no phone number. Like Singapore Airlines would have offices in KIngston (probably at the Kingston International Airport)!

Anonymous said...
April 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Apparently Lisa Macedo is back. Last night, I received a response initially asking for more details on the furniture I have listed. Just now I receive another email, same name, different email address, stating that she would pay full price for the furniture, would arrange shipping, etc., and of course wanted my PayPal info. Thank God I Googled her name first. Finding the info on this page prevented me from making a big mistake, plus I reported these emails to Google as a phishing scam.

Anonymous said...
April 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Also received same less than 12 hours after posting ad, it said:

From: Charlie-Carter Morgan

Thanks for the response Does it need anything to be replace or repair?if theirs please specify,i will take it for the listed price,Payment will be sent using PayPal and i will handle the PayPal surcharge as well.I will arrange with someone to have this picked up for your location once i have paid as i am out of town at the moment. I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too,since i won't be be able to see this in person,what's the PayPal email to send funds to in order for me to pay you ASAP.


Anonymous said...
April 23, 2013 at 6:43 PM


Lisa Macedo "Thanks for the response Does it need anything to be replace or repair?if theirs please specify,i will take it for the listed price,Payment will be sent using PayPal and i will handle the PayPal surcharge as well.I will arrange with someone to have this picked up for your location once i have paid as i am out of town at the moment. I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too,since i won't be be able to see this in person,what's the PayPal email to send funds to in order for me to pay you ASAP. "

Anonymous said...
April 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM

I received a text from a lady named as Julie Chen asking the details of my room which I was giving on rent (No. 516-953-4009). She also gave her email id to send the details there.After sending the details, I received an email from Julie Chen (Email :, saying that she worked on a cruise ship as chef and send her pics too. She said she belongs to Singapore. It was when I asked her 2 pieces of photo ID (passport or driving licence), she stopped emailing me.

Just to beware the rest of the people, not to get into any kind of fraud like this.

Anonymous said...
April 26, 2013 at 11:52 PM

i freaking out, i just answred an offer like this for a watch what can i do to get out of it?

Anonymous said...
April 28, 2013 at 2:48 AM

It's hard to say yet if SCAMMER is back with a different name but the person that I'm dealing with wants to pay with paypal. This person is saying that they will pay full price for the AD that i posted and will pay though paypal and someone will be dropping by to pick it up since they are away right now. I just recently told this person that i don't deal with this kind of transaction and let me know when they get back if they are still interested and if still available. this persons user name in their email is just JESSE ( & is/are the email address). hard to tell right now until i get the next reply. will keep you posted.

Anonymous said...
April 29, 2013 at 8:52 PM

To the anonymous above, I've been dealing with the same person too. I did some research and found out he is a scam. Please do not trust him, I almost did.

Anonymous said...
April 30, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Kimberly Adams...another Kijiji scammer.

Anonymous said...
May 2, 2013 at 6:43 AM!!!!

Anonymous said...
May 6, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Andrew Juan ( - another scammer.

Anonymous said...
May 12, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Thank you to everyone that commented about Julie Chen. My grandmother was about to rent a room to 'her' but I googled her name and found this site! She got an email from 'her' a few hours later requesting money for the moving company. We could have been the next ones scammed! Sneaky people...

Anonymous said...
May 17, 2013 at 6:36 PM

A friend of mine received a similar email yesterday from "Jesse". My friend is selling an organ from our church and "Jesse" responded. He wanted my friend to create a PayPal account and then send "Jesse" the email he got for creating it. I suspect it would have information in this email that would allow "Jesse' to take money out of my friend's PayPal account. I had recently encountered a scam when trying to buy a motorhome. I forwarded that set of emails to the Canadian anti-fraud centre (part of the RCMP) -

Anonymous said...
May 19, 2013 at 8:22 PM

I dono what this guy is about but same kinda story

Anonymous said...
May 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Just got two "offers" this morning for my car. offered $700 above asking price for my car. Sounded way to good to be true so googled the email and this page came up. Plus his area code is from Florida and my car is listed in Canada...

As well as texted me as well asking me to email her back.

Sounded fishy, happy I found this page.

Anonymous said...
May 20, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Just had an attempt by Kimberley Adams... good thing these tips are out there! Too bad you can't trust anyone. What happened to the good old days?

Anonymous said...
May 21, 2013 at 5:17 AM

OMG, I have been scammed!!! This person replied to my kijiji ad for a pump jack, "negotiated price" asked the condition. After email communication, price was agreed upon, I said cash when they picked up. They asked to go through PayPal as it was a large amount...and of course I received an email from PayPal (with PP logo and everything) saying this piece of garbage Shantel Carter sent the money with an additional $750 for transport and even the $50 transaction charge for money gram. The transaction could not be cancelled or reversed. I, apparently the only dumbass out here, sent the money!!! Now, I think of myself as fairly intelligent, I googled their name, replied to the email, asked a friend to read it and even the store clerk as I have never sent a money gram.
I have had many transactions through Kijiji and knock on wood, never an issue. Never again!
I was only helping a friends mom who is a widow and this SOB, even offered his condolances!!!
Now we are out $800.00!!!

Anonymous said...
May 22, 2013 at 3:05 PM

I was almost scammed when I received a text offer of $700 above my asking price for a vehicle I have for sale. It was the same person folks are mentioning here He was not able to deal in person due to "where he was presently" but he said he would send the payment through online and have a "pick-up agent" get the vehicle from me. The rule-always deal in person- is one to go by for sure.

Anonymous said...
May 22, 2013 at 3:51 PM

I also received the same email today from John Benson! Too bad it wasn't true...the money would have been great haha

Anonymous said...
May 25, 2013 at 6:02 PM

What is the difference with Kijiji shipping and Ebay?

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I have gotten two text messages today, one from a Michael with a south carolina area code, then I got the johnbenson2525@gmail offering me $700 over the asking price, who in their right mind would offer more money than someone is asking, total scam, I replied and told them I was reporting them to the police but communication ended there, just avoid these losers, deal with someone who can come in person and meet you on your terms and pay you in person before you give them anything.

Ryan Oulton said...
May 30, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Same thing just happened to me with the

Also beware of, it is also a scam as evidenced by many people's comments being consisten with:

Great to read back from you,i am okay with the final asking price and i will need more information on the condition as i am buying it for my vacation,i won't be able to come for the inspection due to the nature of my work,i would have love to call in person but we have call restriction due to bad weather condition our satellite server has been down. I have contact a private courier agent who will come for the Pick up after the payment have been made... so no shipping included. i will be paying you through PayPal It's pretty easy to set up a PayPal account at it's just a few minutes away from signing up. it's safe and secure for both Parties and i have been using PayPal to buy and sell for years now without problems, I will need these following details so i can proceed with the payment right away.

1:Is it Fully Registered and Insured?
2: Reason for Sale?
3: Engine Status
4: Painting or Rust Involved?

As soon as you get back to me with your PayPal email, I'll proceed with full Payment. I look forward to reading from you soon.
Await your reply.


Anonymous said...
June 5, 2013 at 6:52 PM

same here
Thanks for mailing me back.. I am okay with your final asking price. I would have loved to come for inspection and access it personally and pay cash but Due to the nature of my job and my location i can't because am a very busy type and i work long hours everyday.

As for my payment type,i will be paying you via the fastest and secure way to pay online(PayPal),

I have a private courier agent that will come for the pick up after the payment have been made, So no shipping included,My private courier agent will come for the pick up and sign all necessary documents on my behalf after the payment have been made, as they will also be coming with all the information needed, You can now send me your PayPal email so I can pay in right away. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can easily set up one...log on to and sign up. its very easy, and also I will need more of this details as well about it ??

1:Is it Fully Registered and Insured?
2:Reason for Sale?
3:Engine Status
4:Painting or Rust Involved?
5:More pictures if available..
6:Home Address and Pick up location.

Kindly get back to me with all the information requested, I await your reply asap.


Anonymous said...
June 11, 2013 at 9:13 AM

I received a text from 1-254-212-7616 about the room I have for rent from the ad on Kijiji. I found it odd that the person text me their e-mail address for me to e-mail them back. I thought "Why can't they e-mail directly from the site??" I e-mailed the person back and that's when I got a little suspicious.

The e-mails are as follows:

Me: What would you like to know? I live in Embrun Ontario ... I noticed by your phone number that you are from out of town. What is your intention moving here ? School ? Work?

Her: Hi Jen ,
Many thanks for your response,let me introduce myself, I am 27 year old non smoker lady coming to Canada.I work as chef on cruise ship at the moment and i have limited time to surf the internet and also phone calls is also strictly limited due to nature of my work. I will like to know the total cost covering my first three months rent together with deposit. I will also like you to please get back to me with some picture and your full home address for me to forward it to my mover to calculate the total cost of moving my little stuffs to Canada. I will be waiting to read back from you soon.


Me: Here are some photo's of the room ... Right now I have some stuff in there so just ignore the items they will be removed. The room is furnished with a bed, night tables and dresser. The first 3 months comes to $1800 and deposit would be last months rent at $600 .... I live 35 mins east of Ottawa ... it's a little town in the country. I have a dog and a cat, both are friendly.

Her: Hi Jen,
Many thanks for getting back to me again. I am very social person that respect humanity and this make it so easy for me to get along with whoever that comes my way in life.I am originally from Singapore but will be coming to Canada from my last place of employment in Italy. I am arriving on 22nd of June and stay more than a year in Canada working. I will be transferring the rent to you through paypal and if you do not have one, kindly set up an account with them in less than 5 minutes on I would have requested for your bank details but for the safety of you and I with giving bank details online, i prefer going through PayPal. I will be so happy to secure the room as soon as you get back to me with the paypal money request. I had attached pics of myself for you to know me. I will like to pay in advance through PayPal and my reason is that, i will be presenting the proof of my rent payment to my employer and also to the immigration at the port of entry into Canada.



Me: When you arrive to Canada where will you be working? I ask this because I live in the outskirts of Ottawa and don't want you to be stranded if you don't have transportation. I've sent the request for payment through Paypal .... it can be cancelled if you want to find somewhere closer to the city.

Her: Sounds good to hear from you,I've received the invoice you sent to me via Paypal. I will make the Payment soon and let you know when I transfer the funds.





Anonymous said...
June 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Just as I posted my last message above I received another e-mail from "Agnes"

I need a kind favor from you and i will be happy if you can sort it out for me. I was just about to pay when I received an email from my shipping agent, my shipping agent says i will need to pay for the moving before they can ship my items, they charge me $882.00 for pick up and delivery and payment for pick up will be made to the headquarters in Italy. The payment will be made via moneygram money transfer. I will add $882.00 to my rent deposit making $3,382.00 in total which you will kindly help me to send the excess $882 CAD to their headquarters in Italy.I will send the funds through PayPal and email you to let you know when i am done with the transfer. The money transfer to the shipping agent can be done by visiting any moneygram outlet in the post office. I have also included $100.00 for the moneygram transfer charges. I would have done it myself but I can't for some circumstances regarding my work schedule, I will appreciate your kindness regarding this. You will get a payment notification from PayPal immediately I transfer the funds.



Anonymous said...
June 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Another e-mail from Agnes Zhang to be warned about ... I stopped replying to this person yet they seem to think I got back to them by saying "Thanks so much for your kind response" these e-mails must be automated

Thanks so much for your kind response,l like to inform you that I have completed the payment for the rent and the funds has been deducted from my account, kindly check your PayPal email address for payment notification from paypal. I will like you to kindly transfer the mover agent fee today cos payment must be confirmed on before the pick up date. My items are expected to be picked up by 13th June which is Wednesday and I do not want to reschedule the date to avoid being charged more. Below is the details of my mover agent where the sum of $882 CAD is to be sent cos you only need the name and address for moneygram transfer. I added extra $100 to cover moneygram charges making $3,382.00 CAD in total. All you need to do is to go to the moneygram outlet in the post office with the cash, ask for money transfer form and then fill the form accordingly.

Mover Agent Info
Name- Prisca Taki
Address- Viale Piero e Alberto Pirelli n. 25
Milano, Italy. 20126

Kindly get back to me with reference number given to you by the moneygram agent and also your full name and address provided while sending the money, I will forward it to the mover and let them know the transfer is being done by a friend on my behalf.


Anonymous said...
June 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM

fake PayPal notifications come from this e-mail address

truthBtold said...
June 14, 2013 at 2:09 AM

this little shit tried this on me. But in my back 2 him through kijiji I told him PRISM has just traced his IP address and they will be knocking down his door any second now!

He writes,,,,,Good to hear back from you.Am shane powell I will be glad to buy it from you, this what i have been looking for to buy,but i will not be able to come and see it in your place Note that i will be responsible for shipping and handling.My shipping/pickup company will come to your location for the pick up because i will not be able to come and see it due to my work, because i work on sea at new york , please provide me with the address where it will be picked up so that i can forward it to the shipping company to calculate the cost of pick up for me.i'll be waiting for the address where the item is so i can send it to my shipping / pick up company for the calculation of there fees and i'm sure they will get back to me soon. So about the payment i will like the payment to be made via paypal online secure payment . So i want you to get back to me with your verified PayPal Account Email Address And your full Name Please include your email address in your reply for effective contact,So that i can Deposit the funds now and if you don't have one you can get one done at and with that i can have a good transaction.

1.The lowest you can go for the price
2.Your PayPal Full Name
3.Your Paypal E-mail address.
4. Your phone number.

Best Regards,


Anonymous said...
June 14, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I feel sorry for the people who actually fall for these scams ... some people are not well educated and want to make a quick buck. I contacted the RCMP and reported it but I don't think they can do much since this is an ongoing problem ... Although I stopped communication they insisted sending me replies ... I put my foot down yesterday and wrote this ... haven't heard anything since

Hi Agnes,

The games are over ... I had fun playing your scam but I've had enough. Kindly leave me alone and harass someone else. The PayPal account does not exist ... I closed my account because I had suspicion that you were committing a SCAM ... the funds WILL NOT be forwarded back to you because they DO NOT EXIST. You are a sad soul and I hope you rot in hell for what you are doing to innocent people.

Take care and have a nice life

Anonymous said...
June 17, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Another thing to check for those who get texted: go to and look up the number. The one I got was a VoIP ("Voice over Internet Protocol") number: ie, harder to trace directly back to them. The person was asking me to ship to California. The number was from Ohio.

The other thing to look for in general: if the original reply contains the title of your Kijiji add exactly. That's the auto-response. Then when you reply back, they pounce and start talking in person.

Anonymous said...
June 23, 2013 at 11:51 PM

I'm glad I read this... a Lisa Willette contacted me so I don't think it is coincidence that her name is a combination of the ones listed in the article. I actually just sent her the link to the article and told her I didn't want to do the deal unless done in person and in cash. Thanks for the help!

Anonymous said...
June 24, 2013 at 8:22 PM

It looks like they haven't done anything to this "Jesse" that others mentioned earlier, because I got the exact same email others got.

Anonymous said...
June 27, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Please be warned, Agnes, Shane or Julie Chen, the chef on the cruise ship, also go by the name Jacinda Maxwell.

James said...
July 8, 2013 at 12:02 PM

I just received an email from Jesse. I was naive and thought it was real. asking price for a dining room set. emailed him back saying paypal was fine. He also wanted some more photos, so i sent those as well. I have not heard back, and i have sent his email to paypal.

what can i do now? I emailed him again saying cash only. but He has my paypal email address. is that enough to do damage?

James said...
July 8, 2013 at 12:22 PM

just called paypal, and read through all their web support items.

1. in your selling options, indicate that you will not accept payment from currencies you do not hold. you can also choose to be asked to accept on a case by case basis.

2. forward the entire suspicious email and email trail to

3. change your paypal email address. If you have online payments and shops set up, this could be more difficult. but it prevents them from sending you anything else.

Additionally, the call centre informed me that if you have not clicked on any links they sent, or filled out forms and provided the scammer with personal information, then you are fine.

hope my ignorance can help others!

Anonymous said...
July 8, 2013 at 7:04 PM

I have recently a email much like Anonymous "Lisa Macedo" with the same M.O.regarding if there is anything wrong with it and will take it for the full asking price...and pay the paypal surcharge".The name used is "Jennifer Hall" but is traced back to a "willet" email address.I told them I don't use paypal and wanted cash.The replied back with a link to paypal and encouraged me to set up a account.

Glenn Chow said...
July 9, 2013 at 1:56 AM

I just got an email for a lady called jacinda maxwell wanting to rent my property from overseas, she was a chef from italy coming here.....

be warned, i was lucky to do a background check on this page

ryansedor said...
July 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Trying to sell my motorcycle on Kijiji (Winnipeg, MB, CAN). Thanks to this forum and the Kijiji forum I realize that it's a scam. Buggers!

On Jul 17, 2013 12:18 PM, "Gozalez Antonio" wrote:

Thanks for getting back to me,i want to ask you some questions about the item you are selling.

Why are you selling the item?
What's it present condition?
Are you the first owner?
What is the Final Price?

Am buying it for my personal use and i will be paying you through PayPal as am currently out of town and i can only send money out from here through PayPal i have a pickup agent that will be coming for the pickup as soon as the payment has been send for it so kindly send me your PayPal Email address and also your contact address along with your Phone Number to complete the payment now I await your fast response

Anonymous said...
July 24, 2013 at 3:08 PM

I had the exact same thing happen to me with the chef on the cruise ship except her name was marie nguyen, even sent me a picture of "herself" and offered to skype but that never happened. funny thing is that I had the exact same messages and dollar numbers !

Anonymous said...
July 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM

I just got one from Jennifer Hall.
She wanted to buy my bedroom set. I thought it was legit until I got an email from Paypal in an email account that PayPal doesn't know exists. PLUS the transaction was on hold until I sent the shipping company $1000 through western union, but don't worry because she included 100 for western union fees in the bogus payment that I would never ever receive.
Thank god I put 2 and 2 together.

Anonymous said...
July 26, 2013 at 3:08 AM

Beware of Kate Coyne. She wanted to purchase my item sight unseen. She uses and

Anonymous said...
July 26, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Pretty sure Kate Coyne is trying to scam me right now.
"she" wanted to pay for an item with paypal and have it "ship abroad"
"she" had liaisons lined up who would come pick up the item for her, and would transfer money by paypal and cover paypal expense fees.

Alarm bells were ringing.

Anonymous said...
July 29, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Kate Coyne just tried to scam me. Ship a used guitar from Canada to China? Give me a break.

Anonymous said...
July 29, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Rogers Carney 1-587-774-2523 ( to be overseas(number is from Calgary Alta) wanting to pay full price + expenses for a vehicle I had on Kijiji and again through pay-pal. Purchasing for when they return home from some Military base. When asked about which base they are at they ignore the question entirely and go straight to willing to do everything through pay-pal and want you to register ASAP. Pretty obvious scam. Kept messages going just to take their time away from trying to scam others. As the old saying goes, If they are bothering me they are leaving others alone. They do get frustrated with you when you lead them on. Hard to scam them but you can ask lots of questions and make them waste their time looking for answers. Quite entertaining in the evening when you have some time to kill.

Anonymous said...
July 29, 2013 at 9:31 PM

what can they do with your email? I gave her mine. By the way, I got 2 offers, one from a Cherry Swift, and the other from a Jennifer Hall. Both offers were different but basically the same as all the the others mentionned above. Is there anything they can do with my email???

Anonymous said...
August 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

just had an attempt following exactly the format described. looked fishy from the get go, of course. called themselves "Dianne Eastman". Good thing I looked this up, and it was here. Thank you!

Anonymous said...
August 1, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Hi all,

Jeff from Ontario Canada here. Prety sure I just had a similar scammer try to by some drums from me. Text messages only, says he is not on land, and his number traces back to a VOIP from Utah.
Persistant bugger.
Number is 801-829-1279 BEWARE

Aleshia German said...
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Anonymous said...
August 5, 2013 at 4:29 PM with the number 406-225-7573 attempted to scam us out of a trailer.

He got pretty close, too, until I noticed his "Paypal confirmation" was a fake from


(Removed and re-added as I spelt his e-mail wrong previously)

Anonymous said...
August 6, 2013 at 5:57 PM

If they have only your email address, I believe that they really can't do much to your PayPal account. If they claim to have forgotten the password, any attempt to learn it or reset it will be sent only to that email address.
I'd HIGHLY suggest using a very complex password for these accounts though! At my work, you are REQUIRED to use uppercase and lower case characters AND at least 2 number characters AND some kind of punctuation. Something like " My04?Ferrari" or " &HocKey3isFUN ".
If you just use your cat's name or your favorite color as your password, you're asking for trouble!!!

Anonymous said...
August 7, 2013 at 12:43 AM

I was contacted by a Kate Lessenger ( doing this exact same scam....wanted to pay via Paypal....wanted to have it couriered....I told her outright it was a scam and I was blocking her. Hope no one else falls for her

Anonymous said...
August 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

I just received an inquiry from Kate Lessenger as well - wanting to pay via Paypal and she would send someone to pick it up.

Anonymous said...
August 8, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Publish the scammer's phone numbers at to help broaden the fight against them

Anonymous said...
August 10, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Just got the Kate Lessenger email too. Offered to buy vending machines sight unseen for full asking price. No questions asked (I mean really...who does that????). Can only pay through Paypal though. Is conveniently out of the area and can only communicate via email (which changed to different ones throughout our conversations BTW). Someone will come pick up the merchandise. Red flags went up everywhere. What a scumbag.

Brody Gallagher said...
August 10, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Just because someone wants to pay with paypal doesn't automatically mean it's a scam. i saw a land cruiser for a great price in another province so i immediately paypal'd him $1000 to hold it, got there on the weekend and payed the rest in person.
but what if that ad had turned out to be a fake you might ask, paypal would immediately refund my money no questions asked and a claim would be filed and you keep your money during the investigation.
IF someone offers to pay you with paypal, the only info that should be exchanged is the sellers paypal email. then you GOTO the actual site, sign in, check for payment.
These scams only work on old people and idiots.

Anonymous said...
August 16, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Wow, there are quite a few fools out here that will send real money over Moneygram and Western Union to just about anyone. No wonder the scams are growing by leaps and bounds. Maybe people should just leave their day jobs and learn the art of convincing and become millionaires on the trusting fools out there!

If these fools would just think for a second about "why would you send money, if you are trying to sell something and receive money?", it would stop so many of these scams. I wonder what the total yearly global value of these scams has come to?

Anonymous said...
August 17, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Beware the Dianna Eastman scam. She says she is from London ON.

Anonymous said...
August 20, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Just got one from James Ferdinand!

Anonymous said...
August 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM

I just got one from James Ferdinand (917-791-6527)
The email says he wants me to give him my address and paypal account so someone can come inspect my items...they are online tickets for a concert...nice try!

Anonymous said...
August 23, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Here's what I got trying to sell something on Kijiji and the report I sent in to them:

I can only presume the following is a scam with this purchase initiated by Dianna Eastman -

The initial response on the ad came from Kijiji Reply (from

The following is what I believe to be a spoofed email from paypal:

Dear (Name Withheld),

You have received a PayPal Payment of $6,000.00 CAD from Dianna Eastman (

A temporary hold has been placed on this transaction!

As mentioned in the receipt of Payment and as per New PayPal Payment policy, we have fully debited the total amount (above) from the buyer's account which includes the buyer's shipper's pick up fees.

In order to complete this transaction and get the funds approved in your account. You are to send $950.00 CAD to the shipping company through a Western Union Outlet, and notify our customer care service with a scanned copy of the western union receipt (It should be sent in JPG format).

NOTE: This is important as a security measure to ensure safety of this transaction.Also an additional fees of $50.00 CAD has been added for the Western Union Charges by Dianna Eastman

Please, find below the name and address of the shipping company's agent whom you are to send the funds would be sent via Western Union Money Transfer.

Click Here Locate Nearest Western Union Office

Transport Company "Freight Forwarder"

Name: Liangliang Su,
Address : Chuan mei daxue,
City: Beijing,
State: Beijing
Post Code: 100024,
Country: China.

Address Status: Confirmed

Your Account will be credited accordingly upon the receipt of details requested. It should be sent in JPG format or send type details as:

(1) Sender's Name;
(2) Receiver's Name;
(3) MTCN;
(4) Amount Sent;
(5) Western Union Receipt

You may Click Here or reply to this message directly using the reply button in your email to submit the required information or to contact the PayPal Customer Verification Department and include either transaction ID or reference number (PP307) quick recognition of this transaction.

The click here link goes to

Anonymous said...
August 25, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Got an email from Scott Eastman as well. Thanks for this forum!

Anonymous said...
August 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Dianna Eastman - - just tried to buy my piano- same scam - same email asking for money to be sent via Western Union. I blocked and reported the email.

Anonymous said...
August 26, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Received the same scammy thing from Kate Lessenger; Jimmy at full asking price, unseen, will call the shipping company to pick up...

Anonymous said...
August 26, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Scammer is going under the name James Parker. Same deal, will pay asking price, site unseen, shipping company will pick it up, payment via paypal! I got a text initially asking to email and recieved a message back with what I mentioned above. I said I'd only deal in cash and in person (glad I didn't get sucked in!).

Anonymous said...
August 26, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Just received a message from "Dianna" using the address.

Total bs scammer.

Thanks to those on this site for pointing it out.

Anonymous said...
August 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Had the same scam come through.
Dianna Eastman:
Didn't know about the scam until after I sent her an email. Seems her gmail account has been shut down.
Thank You all for your info.

Anonymous said...
August 27, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Eric Walker just offered to buy my truck for full asking price, sight unseen! All I had to do was give him my paypal info . I told him I dont use paypal, but he could just send me cash in a big brown envelope. I am now waiting by the mailbox for my cash to arrive. I'm so excited!!

Anonymous said...
August 28, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Was trying to sell an item though kijiji. Had all the info that was needed in the ad. Got a reply from asking "any additional information about it". I responded by telling them not really,what questions did you have. The reply i got back was from another email address He thanked me for the reply and just wanted to make sure all the basics were covered.Started sounding fishy to me. He wanted to know how long I owned it and whats the lowest price. Then he went on to say that he would make a payment though paypay because he found that the easiest way to use his credit card safetly. He said that he would make all transportation preparations for it to be transported. The next email I sent him said that I owned it since new and would take **** dollars for it, but that I needed cash in hand. I also asked him where he lived. Next email he sent started with Okay.. i will be paying the 2.9% paypal surcharge from my account and then paying directely into your paypal account. Does he not understand english. I said that I needed cash $$$. He then said that if I had a paypal account that he just needed my email address for it or that I could send him a paypal money request. Once he recieved details he would go though with the paypal payment and then he would contact his shipping company and he needed my home address for the item to be picked up. My next email to him was that I needed cash or a certified cheque on delivery. Still thinking over the paypal thing. I asked him to verify that he was going to pay all the shipping fees and the paypal surcharge and again asked him where he was from. his last email was oh, sorry that i didn`t have a paypal account and he hoped i wouldn`t mind getting one. He even said to go to and set one up and when I did then he could send the money instantly and that it`s the fastest way he could make the payment.
Needless to say, I haven`t emailed him back and don't intend to. he may be legit, but to many uncertainties to take that chance. didn't even want to say where he's from.
like kijiji stats: cash money and meet in person.

Anonymous said...
August 30, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Beware of a Benjamin Kaluski.....uses two different email addresses and repsonds within minutes of your item being's his pitch, similar to the above posting,

" Thanks for your reply,i just wanted to make sure all bases are covered !I'm satisfied with the condition but how long have you owned it?? and what's your lowest price for it. I love a bargain, so i would like to get it as soon as i can.I would like to know your Payment method.. Let me know your price for it .I hope to hear from you soon, and i will make all transportation preparations for the it to be transported

Anonymous said...
August 31, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Had emails this week with similar requests, purchase for full price sight unseen for a Bedroom Suite, even offering to pay additional 2.9% Paypal fee ... JENNIFER HALL, MARINE BIOLOGIST ... Be Ware!!!

Anonymous said...
August 31, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I had a email from linda betel , same kind of scam wanted to send me money for a pool table . I said no thanks cash only!

Anonymous said...
August 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Posted an ad on for a TV Entertainment Unit for sale. First contact was from with the first question - "Anything to add or does ads say it all?" I replied ad says it all. I see your email is from the UK, we are located in Canada. So I receive an email back from, then received an email from "" with the reply "Thanks for your reply, i just wanted to make sure all bases are covered !I'm satisfied with the condition but how long have you owned it?? and what's your lowest price for it. I love a bargain, so i would like to get it as soon as i can.I would be able to make payment through paypal, i find it the easiest way to use my credit card safely and is a safe and reliable method of payment... Let me know your price for it .I hope to hear from you soon, and i will make all transportation preparations for the it to be transported to my home." We didn't have Paypal account and she replied "Oh..sorry to hear you don't have an account with PayPal. I hope you wont mind to get an account with PayPal, you can make one in a couple of minutes and Its reliable and easy to use PayPal,all you need to do is visit and register with them and when you do i will be able to send the money instantly. It is the fastest way i can make payment. So if you can make a paypal account it would be really good. When you are done with the registration send me the email used for the registration with PayPal so i can pay in. am paying the listed price on the ad.. thanks". I found this on Paypal - For all transactions, keep proof of shipment and delivery that can be tracked online. If your buyer picks the item up in person, or you can't provide traceable proof of delivery, your transaction won't qualify. I emailed options to pay by certified cheque, cash. She replied: I am sorry but i can only get to pay you with PayPal. We replied: We will agree to use Paypal as long as we receive payment one day before pickup to ensure that it clears and the money is in our account. Jennifer replied: Okay. I will be paying the 2.9% PayPal surcharge from my account. So i will be paying directly into your PayPal account without any delay, and i hope you have a paypal account. If you have one already, just send me the address to send it to, which is the email address you use for it or you can send me a paypal money request, so once i receive the details i will go ahead with the payment through PayPal and then i will contact my shipping company after you get the payment. I will need your home address for the merchandise to be Picked Up by the Shipping Company. We checked with Paypal and not one of these emails were registered thru Paypal. Jennifer replied: hello.. am registered with paypal and the email address you are replying too is my email address.. once i get you paid the pick up date will be discussed as the shippers will be there to do that.. thanks i await you soon. We replied: In reading about Paypal scams, there seems to be some red flags in a few of our discussions. I don't want to assume that this is one, but if you are legit and want to complete this deal, the deal will have to be done by cash/certified cheque. Otherwise, we are unable to complete this transaction. Last two emails - I am sorry but i can only get to pay you with PayPal . and will you consider selling to me via paypal? I guess they were getting confused with so many other email scams they were working on.... Haven't heard back. Go figure...TOO MANY RED FLAGS - 1) to purchase an item sight unseen; 2) several email addresses from the same person within the same email; 3) not answering your questions directly; 4) not willing to pay cash or certified cheque/bank draft; 5) not willing to give information about shipping company;

Anonymous said...
September 1, 2013 at 3:24 AM

got one from too.

"Ok just wanted to make sure nothing has been left out
Happy to purchase at your asking price and do you have a PayPal account,as i will be paying with PayPal and have pick up done from your location as i am away at the moment,so email communication would do best for now as well. In the meantime,can you send me some pictures as i won't be able see it before purchase?

i got a huh when she asked for pictures because I posted at least 10 pictures.

Anonymous said...
September 2, 2013 at 1:55 AM

JENNY HALL started out as with us. next message was first asked if "any additional about it or the ad says it all"; replied ad says it; check mfger web site. next one says will pay asking price and wanted to do it thru paypal. she is apparently out of town! we don't have pay pal so said i would set it up and get back to her. in meantime girlfriend said not to do it - her friend was scammed this way. thank heavens she told me. got home to 3rd e-mail saying get paypal so we can do it - even gave web site. NOT LIKELY. plan to reply asking for cash. Don't think we will be selling our bedroom suite for $950 to her. thanks for this web site. will share it with all of my friends.

Anonymous said...
September 3, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Thank god I googled Kate Lessenger and your message stream came up to confirm. You just kinda get the the feeling is isnt right and start poking aroound a bit. Too bad. She would have got a kickass road bike for cheap.

Anonymous said...
September 4, 2013 at 12:11 AM

I've had the same as another poster

Beware of a Benjamin Kaluski.....using the following email address

" Thanks for your reply,i just wanted to make sure all bases are covered !I'm satisfied with the condition but how long have you owned it?? and what's your lowest price for it. I love a bargain, so i would like to get it as soon as i can.I would like to know your Payment method.. Let me know your price for it .I hope to hear from you soon, and i will make all transportation preparations for the it to be transported

Palpy1 said...
September 9, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Here's another...jennifer( or Jennifer Hall.
I had a little fun with this bozo and let them go on and on then refused send the money they "sent" to the shipping was entertaining. I was a little surprised didn't catch on. It never ceases to amaze me the twits that actually think this old scam would work...

C Bennie said...
September 10, 2013 at 7:25 PM

I am selling a watch on Kijiji and the person sent me an extra 200 for shipping. i got the confirmation on my paypal account but I haven't accepted the money yet. I got nervous when i noticed they where from Nigeria. What do you think, is it a scam?

Anonymous said...
September 11, 2013 at 1:19 PM

I just got a text from a 1-647-793-7550 asking me to email an address because he was at work. I emailed the guy and then he drops the bomb that we wants to pay through pay thanks
The address was

Anonymous said...
September 12, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Yup. I think I have a scammer fish on the line too. Does this sound familiar to anybody. Actually I have two of them on the go. Heres what they look like.

This one sent a text first insisting I contact using Email

Thanks for your response, am satisfied with the price, I am willing to buy it
for my Dad. But due to the nature of my job and location, 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 and i will like to know
the present condition and the last price. I will not be able to come for
inspection because am a very busy type, i work long hours everyday,i have gone
through your advertisement and i am satisfied with it.
As for the payment,i will be paying you via the fastest and secure way to
pay online(PayPal).and as for the pick up i have a private courier agent that
will come for the picking up after the payment have been made .

You can now send me your PayPal email so i can pay in right
away and also include your address.

looking forward to hear you back....

The other looks very familiar to a lot of other scammer post...

Great reading from you. I believe you must have buyer's interested in the purchase. I would have loved to come for inspection personally and pay cash but, due to nature of my job i will not be able to come for inspection,am a very busy type as i work long hours everyday on ship for the next 1 Month,i have gone through your advertisement and i am happy to complete the sales with you.

To start with, I can only make the payment via paypal because it's very safe and secure for both of us. I insisted on PayPal because i don't have any access to give my private courier cash also i don't have internet banking or certified cheque, but i can pay from my PayPal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it... In case you don't have a paypal account I'll advice you to register for one at Also I have a private pick-up person that will contact you in-order to handle the pick-up at any location of your choice once the payment is completed.

My offer is $800, am offering you more than your asking price due to other potential buyers. I'll like you to send your paypal email address and so that I can make the payment if you wish to proceed. Await your response asap. Thanks !!

I replied by saying I dont have a paypal account but I would look into it. There reply.

Thanks for your mail, am very much interested.. My private courier will be accessing and they will also be coming for the pick up. Register ( for a paypal account and let me know once it is up and running. I will only need your PayPal email address and name to proceed with the payment.

Await your mail asap. Thanks !!

I am pretty sure these are both scams. If you read enough posts on this site you will start to see a pattern for these scammers. Take only cash.
Thank you for the info. I could have easily been out a couple of thousand dollars right now.

Anonymous said...
September 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

i got some emails from "Jennifer Hall" and they were worded exactly like the ones posted above from other names, with the same rationales about not having internet banking and wanting to pay full price for a vintage boat but not wanting to call the owner to ask questions about it, being more focused on getting my paypal email.

Anonymous said...
September 18, 2013 at 12:46 AM

I got emails from (lucie gray) presuming they deposited funds in my pay pal and i should send $950 to wesern union shipping co or they will take legal action against me after checking with paypal it's all BULLSHIT

Anonymous said...
September 22, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Just got a fishy email from some girl named Rachel Caddell , anyone else got anything from her, im not going to respond to her, it just seems like a scam. here is the email she sent me about my camera lens that I have listed for $1350 which is on the high end of the price range for this lens. "From: Rachel Caddell(
Hi there! My name is Rachel, and I am extremely interested in your lens. I've been looking around for the right price, but can't seem to find it anywhere close to where I live. I'm in Saint John New Brunswick, and was wondering if you would consider shipping it? Of course, I would pay for shipping on top of your price. If you would, I would love to purchase it.
Why are you selling it? Does it come with all of it's original parts? What year did you buy it?
Thanks so much,

Anonymous said...
September 24, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Received via SMS, from 647-793-7550:

"ello,is your (item) still available for sale ? let me know the asking price, pls don't text or call back coz am at work. email at"

Pretty much word for word for all Kijiji scam alerts.

Anonymous said...
September 29, 2013 at 7:36 PM

UGH I have been getting these calls too! Awful thing is my name is Jacinda as well! But I'm not that person! She thought she'd be all chipper friendly with me too. Not falling for it!! I don't buy any of what they're telling me. If it sounds too good to be true then it is in my opinion!

Anonymous said...
September 29, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Wow, thanks for all your input and testimonies. We are trying to sell a car and get at least one text message every day in a format that looks something like from different people asking us to email them details right away about the car. the area codes are wierd; louisianna, indiana, new york, etc.

I've noticed that they never keep the threads from the previous emails, have poor grammar and punctuation, and never reveal their identities even when prompted or if I allude to things being suspicious. they are always offering 800 more than asking and prompting for paypal details.

What a waste of time! I'm sorry and sad that there are enough naieve people out there who keep these bozos 'in business'.

Anonymous said...
October 1, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Here's another one: Word for word the same as you folks are getting. What a bunch of scumbag's. Watch out and remember, 1) In cash 2) in person 3) Local.

"Thanks for the response Does it need anything to be replace or repair?if theirs please specify,i will take it for the listed price,Payment will be sent using PayPal and i will handle the PayPal surcharge as well.I will arrange with someone to have this picked up for your location once i have paid as i am out of town at the moment. I would appreciate if you email me with more pictures (if available) too,since i won't be be able to see this in person,what's the PayPal email to send funds to in order for me to pay you ASAP.


Anonymous said...
October 1, 2013 at 9:01 PM

At least my lesson was learned relatively cheaply, but I did send EMT. First time Kijiji buyer and boy did that Mommypants4@gmail have me pegged!

Accepted the money and haven't heard a word in 3 1/2 weeks.

I will heed the good advice 1) in cash 2) in person 3) local no matter how friendly someone sounds

Anonymous said...
October 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

just got one from jeff doyle .he offered 700 on top my asking price for my car. weird though he asked for my paypal acct

Anonymous said...
October 14, 2013 at 2:03 AM

I have been texted by all of these numbers trying to scam me for a Macbook I have for sale.


Anyone else get texts from these scammers?

Anonymous said...
October 17, 2013 at 7:00 AM

No but have a new number for everyone 205-530-0485.did not get me thouugh.

??? WTF ??? said...
October 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM

jennifer( Heads up she is at it again

Anonymous said...
October 20, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Beware of brad he is a scammer big time and I hope that the RCMP will catch him shortly

Anonymous said...
October 24, 2013 at 11:52 AM

I got one today from Jeff Doyle offering me an additional $700 from what I was asking....

Anonymous said...
October 30, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Just got a paypal scam attempt from Rebecca Agnes. Sounds like the resurrection of Agnes Zhang...

First, she texted me from a long distance area code tracing back to San Antonio, TX (210-816-4902) - I live in Canada. She said I had to e-mail her back, not call or text because she's at work... We exchanged a brief e-mail or two and then she sent this:

Hello ,
Thanks for getting back to me asap I Agree with price you are
letting I located in California and am in the marine core, i am at sea
right now. I am buying this for my Dad as a surprise gift.I have read
the advert and I am satisfied with it, I can only pay through PayPal
at the moment as i don't have access to my bank account online i don't
have internet banking with it), but i have it attached to my pay-pal
account, and this is why insisted on using PayPal to pay..,all i will
need is your PayPal email address to make the payments and if you
don't have a PayPal account yet, you can set one log on to it cant take you less than 3mins to do that, i will be
expecting your PayPal email so l can pay. their is a shipping company
that will come for the pick up after i have successfully make the
payment to your Account they will schedule time and date with you,I
will need your home address for Furniture to be Picked Up by the
Shipping Company my name and address for all documentations regarding
the Furniture and all other documentations should be prepared by
my Pick Up Agent...

i will like you to send me your PayPal Details Below:

PayPal Name:
PayPal Email:
Total Amount
Phone Number:

l will be waiting for your reply asap......

Have a nice day.


Look familiar?

Anonymous said...
November 1, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Here's what i got from peter wilson--Thanks for mailing back, am ok with your price and the condition. I am indeed very motivated to purchase from you and am purchasing it for my leave because i'll be coming soon from this field. As I'm a Petroleum Project Engineer in(Hamburg oil Field, Alberta) My work don't permit me to come over for inspection, contact via phone would have been the easiest means to talk to you but we are out of cell range, the satellite is often playing up but we can get along via e-mail. I will process the payment to you now via PayPal the fast and easy way to pay and get paid online, safe and secure for both of us. Once my money is through into your PayPal account and you cash it out, my Courier Agent will contact you in-order to handle the pick-up and delivery at any location of your choice to My Place. Kindly get back to me now your PayPal details(name and email address), If you don't have a PayPal account you can easily set up asap just log on to and sign up as its very easy/fast.
awaiting for the info

Anonymous said...
November 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

beware of

Anonymous said...
November 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM

I just posted an item last night.
This morning i had an early email regarding the item and the person "James Morgan" said they were a very busy, not able to come to look at the item, work long hours, will go by what the ad says without looking and will pay me via PayPal the price I advertised plus shipping.
Thats a lot of red flags, I have sold items on Kijiji before and people have always tried to get a better price.
I had replied back that I only deal in cash and in person, no reply.

Anonymous said...
November 13, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Morgan address Texted from 14069249610. Said he would pay the asking price by paypal and have it picked up. Then said there was problems with the courier and will send me the extra money to pay the courier by western union. Found your site...hopefully in time. I have reported it as a phishing scam. Anything else I should do?

Anonymous said...
November 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Please be aware of a Sara Lee. She is a non-smoker chef working on a cruise ship from Singapore also. Exact same scam as the others. Thank you for posting this up as I was seconds away from sending money via Western Union to their "moving agent" because I was desperate to have someone sublet my place. I almost stupidly fell victim for this scam.
She sent a text to me from this number 2526493610 and asked to send me the sublet details from my email address even though I had put it up on Kijiji. "Hello. I'm interested in the room you have for rent, Kindly email the details to if still available. Thanks Sara." Her response to my first email was the exact same as Julie Chen. Do not trust this Sara Lee!

Anonymous said...
November 17, 2013 at 6:17 PM

This is the picture Sara Lee sent to me. I copied and pasted it on google image. Hope others can see this and avoid her!

Anonymous said...
December 2, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Adding another email and names to the fray:

Beware of Robert Frederick and Goodwin Cole supposedly from the UK & Dubai. I will forward the bit of 'confirmation' email to help others not to fall for the scam. It was an obvious one and we had not fallen for it. You will also receive another email threatening you to send the money asap from an A.Williams from the 'Paypal team'. I am including you Robert Fredrick (whom I've also seen in a previous published email in this long list as Rob Fred).


I just completed the payment via PayPal,a total of $1,800.00 CAD was
sent $1,150.00 CAD for the merchandise and the extra $600.00 CAD
for my shipper's
charges which you will be sending to the address below via western
union and the remaining $50 for the western union charges fee

Name:Goodwin Cole
Address:12th street Port Saeed District,Deira
P.O.Box 48104

My shipper would be coming around to your area to have the
merchandise picked up once you have sent the shipping charges fee to
them,as i need you to let me know what time you want them to come and
where (your address & phone # you can be reached on)
I will be waiting to hear from you once the money has been sent to
my shipper.Thanks for the business..


Beware of these pathetic losers. I sincerely hope fate returns any favour of damage they cause to others.


Anonymous said...
December 8, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Just posted item on Kijiji Got a quick response from Melissa Nelson 128@ wanted me to set up paypal account...Be careful.

Anonymous said...
December 16, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Just got one from Amanda Boyer ( and ( on Kijiji)

tried using the carrier shipping:

Goodwin Cole
Address:12th street Port Saeed Distric, Deira
PO BOX 48104

Sent me a paypal confirmation for $1200 more then what i had the item listed for and said i needed to send the shipping company a money gram.

Glad i did some research before providing any personal information

Anonymous said...
December 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Got an email for a room for rent on Kijiji from "SARA LEE", claims she work as a chef on a cruise and is from Singapore. Looking to pay through PayPal for both our securities. Ask for full address in order to ship her belongings before her arrival at end of December 2013. The scam was spelled out in her name for god sakes!! But I actually gave her my email address before I clued in. She asked for pictures too. This sounds like the scam I read about JULIE CHEN. THIS IS A SCAM. I contacted Paypal and removed all financial information. Phew!! I doesn't pay to be so trusting! No rooms for rent here unless I seeya you faca!!

Anonymous said...
December 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM

AVOID SARA LEE ---- I just posted the previous comment and forgot to THANK those of you who have saved by bank account!!! There are more angels than assholes out there!!!

Anonymous said...
December 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM

I got ful asking price for my truck. this has got to be a scam because my truck needs alot of work and its priced way more than any other one on there! he said hes on a ship in Burmuta or something and he will send someone to pick it up and send the money threw paypal. asking what my paypal acount number is.
Im sure this is a scam. this is the name that contacted me.
Jean-Philippe Leclerc"

Anonymous said...
January 2, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Sara Lee contacted me today for the room I have available here in Ontario. She texted me from 360-589-5946 and gave the email address Thank you guys for posting, because this was the first page that came up with her contact info. I sent her some penis photos via text lol ;)

Anonymous said...
January 3, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Emily Syntire is at it too

Anonymous said...
January 4, 2014 at 5:33 AM

Another one to add to the list: Ben A Petker Becomes very hostile once you don't agree to his terms or stop replying and sends several additional forged emails from Paypal and the RCMP. Also sends emails threatening lawsuits etc in an attempt to have you 'complete transaction". Perhaps we should all set up fake email addresses and send them several lines of automated correspondence?

Anonymous said...
January 5, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Beware !!!

Anonymous said...
January 13, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Beware!!! Selling my car on Kijiji, and I got: quote

"eric belley"

"hello am Eric Belley ,how i wish i could come and inspect it but
currently i'm working away from the country. I'm a marine engineer
who's on a ship right now .so i'll be buying it without seeing it,
Also I'll be paying via PayPal and i'm more than happy to pay the
PayPal transfer charges too, i'll arrange the pick-up of it with a
Private Courier Service as soon as you get your payment,and they will
also help me sign the bill of sale so it goes onto my tell me
its condition"

Phone number used to text me in before email:
1 520 365 2843 (Arizona US)
Replied back "Sorry but only cash and in person" and wish them good luck.
Never heard back form them.

Anonymous said...
January 13, 2014 at 11:51 PM

I'm getting replies from Steven Scott, who also uses email address I got replies to two of my ads with the exact same text, bad grammar and all, offering to pay full asking price via paypal.

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Anonymous said...
January 15, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Emily Syntire is definitely a scammer.

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Anonymous said...
January 17, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I also got messages from 786-519-2418 and 646-535-8290 asking to me to ship to his son who is overseas. Telling that he'll pay extra $125 for shipping and asking for my PayPal account.

I told him to Fxxx himself!! :) - See more at:

John Telfer said...
January 18, 2014 at 5:04 PM

i have had a few experiences myself.

i posted a 4500$ high end car stereo on kijiji and within minutes i had a reply.
first a text message stating to email her and not text from (760)627-7349 from a felicia taylor. email addy

I appreciate your prompt response, I am buying It ASAP for my cousin
residing in Ontario as a surprise. I wont be available by myself for
inspection due to the nature of my work and present location. I will
like you to email me with some close up shots of it and will arrange
for it to be picked up by a pick up agent who will be coming for the
inspection and pick up at your place once the payment clears, I will
also be paying you through Paypal which i believe is safe and secured
for both of us and I will also be responsible for the charges. All I
need from you now is to get back to me with your Paypal email and name
or send me Paypal invoice so that I can send your payment ASAP. What
is your final asking price?

Just want to be sure about the sale before i proceed and If you need
to reach me, send me an email as i Squeeze time every four-hours to
check correspondence and respond at the same time.


i replied cash only. in person only.
and got this reply.

Okay. I would have love to talk to you on phone and explain more
better but Due to the nature of my job,making phone calls and visiting
of website are restricted but i took permission from our IT Admin to
check this advert and sent you Text regarding this and instructing you
to text so I am not allowed to get out of the unit or give calls
whenever I want. I am an honorable person and you will receive your
full money cash in hand before my mover comes for pick up at your
place. And if you dont have a paypal account, It's pretty easy to set
up a PayPal account at . it's just a few minutes away
from signing up. it's safe and secure for both Parties. You are on a
secured transaction with paypal. As soon as you open an account, get
back to me with the name and email that you linked with your paypal
account and I will have your money wired asap. I hope to read from you


Anonymous said...
January 28, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Oh my God - I've had this message from a scammer (Jacinda Maxwell ). I've given her my bank details and address - Urghhhhhhhhhhhh

Hello ,

I am 29 years old non smoker lady coming to Aussie on work purpose.
I work as chef on cruise ship at the moment and i have limited time to
surf the internet and also phone calls is also strictly limited due to
nature of my work. I will like you to make the arrangement for the
total cost covering my first three months rent together with bond. I
will also like you to get back to me with your full home address for me to
forward it to my mover to calculate the total cost of moving my little stuffs
to Australia.

Anonymous said...
January 30, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Just received email from "Emily Syntire". Same story - is there anything more info to item?, can pay full price, out of town, will send via paypal thru western union, shipping company info to collect item on behalf.

I believe the chances of phishing our paypal from knowing our email address is very slim. If it can be phished just by knowing our email address, they don't need to know our email addresses at all, they can just randomly do it by getting all the emails they can from anywhere in the internet.

The catch is when they said we are to required pay a certain amount in my case via western union (CAD$1100) to their China based shipping agent in order to get the paypal money that's on-hold and waiting for us at our 'paypal'. That's were the hook is and if we fall for that scheme. They will earn themselves a CAD$1100 easy measy con job. By the way, those fake PayPal emails that they send to us to try to fool us looks so real. These are internet con artists!

All of that happened yesterday. I did not reply after I received the 'PayPal' replies stating that the 'money' is 'transacted' but I need to pay to their shipping agent first before the money is released.

Today, I received an email from the scammer asking 'why the silence' and he/she is 'very worried' and that I should IMMEDIATELY pay the money. I sent an email reply back informing the scammer that all their emails has been sent to the Canadian police and it will be tracked back to location. And if the scammer ever try to write to me again, I will make sure he/she or them gets locked up in jail forever.

I believe the scammer will be silenced forever and his/her worry will be on the police at their tails and may just be standing right in front of their doorstep wherever country they may be in.

Anonymous said...
February 3, 2014 at 10:32 PM

This is a copy of the email I got from Felicia Taylor it is the same letter as a previous post. I would sure like to be her cousin she buys him nice stuff. This woman or man is a first class scammer.
I appreciate your prompt response, I am buying It ASAP for my cousin
residing in Ontario as a surprise. I wont be available by myself for
inspection due to the nature of my work and present location. I will
like you to email me with some close up shots of it and will arrange
for it to be picked up by a pick up agent who will be coming for the
inspection and pick up at your place once the payment clears, I will
also be paying you through Paypal which i believe is safe and secured
for both of us and I will also be responsible for the charges. All I
need from you now is to get back to me with your Paypal email and name
or send me Paypal invoice so that I can send your payment ASAP. What
is your final asking price?

Just want to be sure about the sale before i proceed and If you need
to reach me, send me an email as i Squeeze time every four-hours to
check correspondence and respond at the same time.


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Anonymous said...
February 4, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Emily Syntire. Ya shoor Emily! Googled her name and found this site. Thank goodness! Wanted to buy my motorcycle sight unseen with Paypal of course and would be right over to pick it up! There's three feet of snow here! Something wrong with your vision Emily or are you channeling my Kijiji ad from some where hot and humid?

Anonymous said...
February 7, 2014 at 8:31 AM

I have also just had some texts that felt like a scam. They wanted to buy a gaming computer and pay an extra 150 for shipping to have it sent to Quebec for their son's birthday.

When I offered to bring it to Quebec since I was going there on Sunday anyways they said they needed it shipped right away so it would be there for a surprise present. That right there told me it was a scam, since the likely hood any UPS getting it there before I could on Sunday was not likely.

The number was 469-892-8107

Anonymous said...
February 8, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Add this name and email to the list:

Anonymous said...
February 12, 2014 at 7:18 AM

All these people replied within a few hours of my post. Similar stories. Needed to go through Paypal cause they couldn't access their bank accounts online, they're out at sea or over seas and will pay asking price plus extra if I take my ad down asap, plus pay the paypal charge and will have someone pick it up once I get paid.

Larah (360) 249-7901
Troy (434) 933-3528
Parker......Just Texting......1 (719) 999-2844 (782) 9544

You'll never get paid. They don't intend on paying or coming to get your item. They get your Paypal info and your bank account will be emptied.

Only do cash deals and deal locally.

Anonymous said...
February 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM

still being used, offering more than asking. Thank you for this thread.

Anonymous said...
February 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Thank you for confirming what I suspected. Not wanting to see the motorcycle I have for sale, and wanting to buy it by "credit card over paypal" made me suspicious enough, but 3 different email accounts and telling me to open a paypal account threw more red flags than I care to deal with. Then I read this, and it cinched it. I didn't give out any info so I'm lucky.
But thank you again!

Anonymous said...
February 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Another one for Eric Belley. Same message as the car one. Email
Phone 9282757987. Marine engineer.

Anonymous said...
February 24, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Got this email from Samuel Daniel ( He offered $450 for my tablet, $150 above my asking price. Red flags went up.
"Hello there,
thank you for the fast reply.
i am willing to proceed with the transaction now and pay you 450 which include p&p.kindly login to your paypal account and select the request money button located at the top of your paypal account homepage and send the money request directly to my paypal account id which is so that i can submit payment to you via paypal right now as paypal is safe, fast and easy to send and receive money online"
I had read not to use paypal on kijiji. After finding this site, now I know why. Thanks people!

Anonymous said...
February 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

I got a call from a Matt Armstrong who is selling a Cdn car on Kijiji from "California". Whole story about a couple who drove down from Canada, bought a big wheeler and traded in the Ford Focus. He took my offer and said he wanted me to deposit the full amount in an account. Ya right. I ran away from that.

Anonymous said...
February 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Beware of Alicia Bales 'chef student in toronto', wanting to buy our car for her dad in PEI as a surprise, and Karl Roland ' working in Benin', selling his dead sons puppy because it reminded him too much of his son. Both wanting to transfer me $1000 through western union, paying 700 over asking price and all transport trucking/flight fees! I looked up scams and found the exact verbage of what "alicia" used. Told me she couldnt come look at the vehicle because of her location and schooling but would have someone come look at pick it up. She even called me, phone cut out about 10 times and was clearly diverted from somewhere overseas. She was eager to pay me and told me exactly how to send her a money request etc..
why cant people just get a life.

Anonymous said...
March 1, 2014 at 8:34 PM

TEXT MESSAGE SCAM RECEIVED FROM (330) 485-3114 ~ FEB.26/2014

I was selling an ASUS Tablet for $140.
Here is the scam text message I received, word for word:

SCAM: Do u still have the Tablet posted on kijiji Let me know the present condition and
explain why you are selling the phone, and how much is the best selling price?
ME: I'm selling it cause I need a new toilet
SCAM: Good, how much are you gonna sell it for me last price
ME: $600 plus a goat
SCAM: Price agreed Could you please give me your paypal e-mail address so that
i can make payment for you asap. Also let me know the shipping cost
through Canada Post office to South Africa, then i would make the payment
for both the shipping and your Cost....Immediately i received your paypal
payment request i will go ahead with the payment without any delay.
ME: My paypal is:
SCAM: I will add $100 for the shipping
ME: I just farted blood
SCAM: Give me your full name on your paypal so i can make the payment and you
go ahead and ship my goods as soon as you got your payment?
ME: Donald Trump, what's your name?
SCAM: Gayle......
ME: Does your ass bleed when you get ass fucked by your dad?
GAYLE: Would your ship the tablet as soon as you get your payment?
ME: I live in South Africa
GAYLE: You live in South Africa
ME: Yes Gayle
GAYLE: where in South Africa do you live
ME: The same city where you want this tablet shipped
GAYLE: Lol....I can see you are a shit
ME: And I knew you were a shit from the start of your bullshit message.
Now fuck off & find someone else to rip off you #$%^&*^%.

Then the following day I would send the same message to this scammer as he sent me:

ME: Do u still have the Tablet posted on kijiji Let me know the present condition and
explain why you are selling the phone, and how much is the best selling price?

I did this everyday for about a week .... no responses from Gayle

Have some fun with these scammers, waste their time.

Anonymous said...
March 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM just tried the PayPal scam through Kijiji.

Anonymous said...
March 3, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Do not respond to emails from AMANDA BOYER ( it's part of this kijiji/paypal scam. (received some in response to my for sale ad)

Anonymous said...
March 12, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Stephen White!!!
is also a scam, I had an ad up for cleaning services and I got a number text my fathers phone from New York. Claiming he would pay me $200 over asking price and offering to pay for supplies, only if i give him some information about myself. I may be young but im not stupid.
watch out for

Anonymous said...
March 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM
is a scammer, offering $1000. over asking price, using new number out of Calgary Alberta. 587 779 9238 Told him to Piss off Scammer, Get a real job.

Anonymous said...
March 18, 2014 at 8:47 AM

I received 2 text from 2 different persons enquiring about the 'Item' like if it was still for sale. Then I answered them by email 1 day difference. In the end I received the exact same email about I am too far to get it I want to pay with paypal... bla bla bla. It is actually when I received the second email with the same message that rings me a bell. Don't let these people wins. Once you stop answering they don't pursue :-)

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March 28, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Andrea Austin just got me. Stating she really liked my car and would pay full price if I provided a car report. She seemed legitimate, lived close. She sent a link with a company for only $10 for a car report. Seemed like a deal. I should have completed a better search prior to paying $10. Had to cancel my card to ensure no further depts.

An Earthling said...
April 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Melissa Richard another scam artist

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Anonymous said...
April 19, 2014 at 2:24 PM

got a text first from +9142682106 telling me to email

emailed him and got this response back:

Thanks for the prompt response. I'm Okay with the condition as I have
already go through it on the advert but just trying to make little
inquiry from you, I'm ready to buy it now as a gift for my Daughter,
I'm at sea at the moment as I'm a Navy Officer, and due to the nature
of my calls making and visiting of website are
restricted but I squeezed out time to check this advert and send you a
message regarding it. I really want it to be a surprise for my
Daughter I won't let her know anything about it until it gets
delivered to her, I am sure she 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 account attached to it, Get back to me with
your PayPal email and the last price you are selling it? so I can
proceed with the payment quickly, and sorry if you don't have an
Account, you sign-up for a PayPal personal account it
is very fast and easy to set up. And there is a shipping company pick
up agent that will come for the pick up after the payment has been
sorted out.

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