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Over on the Yahoo Toyota Campers group there was a report of a scam involving the sale of a 1993 Seabreeze at an can't pass it up price. I have made contact with this individuals).

Here are the emails I received while corresponding with the individual selling a 1993 Toyota Seabreeze on craigslist. It is definitely a scam. The same scam has been reported here http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/347/RipOff0347518.htm

I have also forwarded this information on to eBay Law Enforcement.

Below is a reprint of the email correspondence I have had.

#1

Hello and thank you for your e-mail.

This is the second time when I am trying to sell my Toyota. First time I tried eBay,cause i am using their services since 2003.Because all the time I use only 100% safe methods I sent the camper through eBay Vehicle Protection Program to a buyer from Alaska.I paid all the shipping fees from my own pocket and when eBay have requested the payment the buyer have refused to pay because his loan had been rejected.I don't know what else I can say now... I am really upset with the situation.I don't have time to waste with another auction or anything else. We can have this done via eBay,cause the camper is still in theirs custody.

1993 Toyota SeaBreeze Motorhome, V-6 engine in excellent working condition, no scratches, flaws or any kind of damage, slightly used in 100% working and looking conditions with a clear title ready to be signed and notarized.

56,066 miles,21 feet,Motorized class C,

VIN#:JT5VN94T1P0030159.

eBay will keep us safe and i will not be worried, and i guess that you won't be worried either.

The price ($4.800.00) includes all the taxes and fees, therefore you don't have to worry about anything of this matter. The delivery will be completed in max 2-3 days.

Should you find that my toyota is not as I've described it, you can return it to me on my expense. NO QUESTIONS ASKED.You can see the pictures and more details here: http://picasaweb.google.com/erpechere/Pics...D-zNw#slideshow

Let me know if you are still interested.

#2

Hi again,

The camper is already at the shipping company in San Jose,CA ,sealed and ready for the shipping. I have a contract with eBay so this deal must go through them.I'm very busy with my job and I'm left out of the town so I can't meet in person with you,this is the reason why I chose to sell my camper over the internet. According with the eBay you have 5 days from the time you receive the camper to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not.

Here is how it will work:

1.First of all I will need the following details from you:

- Full Name

- Full Shipping Address

2. After I will receive the details from you, I will forward them to eBay.

3. After they will process your info, they will send us both invoices. The invoice will show you the details on how to make a refundable payment.

4. eBay will contact me and I will ship the camper to you. After you receive the vehicle you will have 5 days to test, verify and do whatever you need to do. If you will buy, then I will receive the payment details from eBay so that I can pick up the money.

5. If you will decide that you will not buy the camper, eBay will refund the money and I will have the shipping company come pick up my Toyota.Please get back to me asap if you decide to buy, and include in your e-mail your full name and address where you want it shipped so I can start the deal with eBay. You will receive all the transaction payment and shipping details from them.

Best Regards,

Eddie Imondi.

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what name for the papers? ,I am not in san jose I will ship!

On Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 5:40 PM, XXXXXXXXXXX

wrote:

OK,G.P.

Harbustan116 aptos beach drive, aptos ca 95003, phone 831 688 9231 ext 15 no

need for shipping can save you money because I am 20 minuets from San Jose will

pick up.Greg

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•Transaction Date: November 05, 2008

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•Item Description: 1993 Toyota SeaBreeze Motorhome,V-6 engine

•Sale price: US $4,800.00

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Interesting read.

RV's are obviously a good product to try and scam, because one of their main targets are retirees. Most scams today revolve around "official" looking documents or something that seems very well regulated such as ebay. Many are still new to the internet and fall easy targets to phishing or other email scams. My mother-in-law being one such victim in our immediate circle.

What happened after you notified seller that you could pick the car up in SanJose? Did the scammer then send you all that info about his credibility etc? And did he send you those ebay credentials as an email or a link to his seller profile etc? I don't see his written response. One thing to note is his first email clearly shows that English is his second language. Not that this is any indication that this is a scam, but a lot of scams involve ppl from far away lands/countries.

One thing to really be on the look out for is phishing. Here the scammer sets up a page that looks exactly like ebay or an email, but is a fake. The site/email looks identical to ebay or whatever else he is trying to spoof. Victims feel safe in these familiar surroundings and end up handing over credit card numbers as well as being subject to other scams.

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What happened after you notified seller that you could pick the car up in SanJose? Did the scammer then send you all that info about his credibility etc? And did he send you those ebay credentials as an email or a link to his seller profile etc? I don't see his written response.

I mentioned a couple of times that I was near San Jose and could come see it and also that he can save shipping costs because I can do local pick up but he just falls back to its packaged for shipping and he will ship after payment.

Also I am in contact with him using a second email address as a second party and all the replies from him are almost identical. And there is no mention that there is another buyer.

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Greg He is working the scam on Craigs List in Seattle. Three ads almost in a row.I"ve seen them before but never that many at one time. He must be getting desparate now more people are on to him/them. I am going to get ahold of C.L. and see if they can stop this. Steve.

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Greg He is working the scam on Craigs List in Seattle. Three ads almost in a row.I"ve seen them before but never that many at one time. He must be getting desparate now more people are on to him/them. I am going to get ahold of C.L. and see if they can stop this. Steve.

Here is a cool program for craigs list. http://www,craigspal,com you can search the whole world at one time or several cities states etc. Any how the scammers are posting this ad in Guam, Hawaii and several states. The text in this scam http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/347/RipOff0347518.htm is identical to the seabreeze except that it is a motorcycle being advertised. I will start doing some searching and see if I can dig up some more.

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The 93 Seabreeze gang tried in Seattle again yesterday and were flagged right away. They were five ads from the top and stopped already. I would guess C.L. has them in their sights. Steve.

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Hello everyone....I just want to thank you for posting this scam....I was about to be a victim....I

have been emailing this person and have received the EXACT documentation and emails Greg posted.

I saw the add on the St. Louis, MO Craigslist last weekend....I was in the process of getting my

payment together.....

Thanks again for your post....please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help catch these

people as posting like this is new to me....I just registered so I could thank you...take care.

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Craigs list is a great resource but is also lacking in many ways. Its too bad they do not have a section where folks can post info about the scammers.

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That pales besides all the other scams. My son is a professional photographer. He bid on a two day out of state job on Craig's list. They offered to pay airfare. They sent him a check for three times the contract and told him to send them the change. It was obvious that the check was home made.

Another friend answered one of those e-mail scams. They sent him a check. When he went to cash it, the bank made him close his account and leave the bank.

These people sometimes just want to get your bank account number. It's how terrorist move money. Homeland security is involved in monitoring these.

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be VERY wary and careful about ANY moneygram transaction... a member of the jeepforum i was part of was scammed out of 3000 dollars because a crooked seller wanted "proof of funds" and told the guy that if he just put 3k in moneygram and sent a fax of the receipt then he would move fwd with selling to him... when he did just that.. the scammer took info off of the receipt and used it to withdraw all 3 thousand dollars from the gullible buyers moneygram account.

POOF*

3 thousand dollars GONE just like that.

no way of prosecuting...

these scammers sit on the beach in foreign countries where they know that USA cant prosecute, or extradite...

im sure 3 thousand dollars can buy a lot of mixed drinks...

be smart people...

dont give anyone ANY access to your account info...

probably not a good idea to buy anything sight unseen unless you have paypal buyer protection...

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THE SEA BREEZE SCAMMER IS BACK!

CHECKED OUT PORTLAND ORE. CL SITE AND THERE WERE TWO ADS ONE AFTER THE OTHER.

V6/56K MILES/TOYOTA SEABREEZE 21' MOTORHOME $4820 USA

NEXT

1993 TOYOTA MOTOR HOME $4799 USA

THE PICTURE IS SEVERLY CROPPED.I THINK IT IS ONE OF THE OLD ONES.SAME PIC BOTH ADS.

STEVE.

P.S.REPORTED IT ON YAHOO AND SOMEONE CHECKED AND THEY WERE ON 50 DIFFERENT SIGHTS.

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Guess what...................Same scammer in Knoxville Tn. As soon as he sent me the first letter I knew it was a scam not to mention the fact that i had seen those pic before on ebay ( he must have stole them or tried the scam there too). Anyway, I emailed him back and told him that people looking on craigs list knew better then to send money before seeing the camper and that we are updated all the time to scammers like him. It makes me soooo mad. As hard as people are having it right now and then to have these vulchers out there. GRRRRRR

Cathy

P.S. He deleted the add the next day!

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I mentioned a couple of times that I was near San Jose and could come see it and also that he can save shipping costs because I can do local pick up but he just falls back to its packaged for shipping and he will ship after payment.

Also I am in contact with him using a second email address as a second party and all the replies from him are almost identical. And there is no mention that there is another buyer.

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He was on SF Bay Area a couple days ago. He puts the ad up for about a day then goes through the replies one by one as he replied to me after it was taken down...probably so he doesn't get flagged. Same name, Eddie. He said he was dealing through Auto Trader, you give the $ to them. Wonder how many people have sent him the $. Says he is working in another stae and has to ship rig from a different state.

I said "I think I'll pass..."

Annie

More creepy than this was a guy with an email address "friskoballer" that didn't display on the reply. Wanted to deal only by e-mail, no name/phone. When I said I wasn't going to come out there without talking to a live person on the phone, he stopped replies. Also, he some how replied by-passing my spamblocker which I usually have to clear for Craigslist replies. Be careful, girlfriend...

Annie

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I believe this is the same vehicle that I was involved with back in the summer of 08. Basically the same line of bull and the same pictures. That time it was posted on San Luis Obispo's (I think) Craigslist and the price was around $13,000 because of it's mileage. I smelled a rat simply because of his English structure. He was willing to meet me or drive it down to me (he was "going my way") if....... Again, too bad there's no way to post such things on cl or on zzstar.com. I got myself kicked off of zzstar by posting a warning about a scammer that got my daughter because "I was trying to discredit him, and while I may be correct, that is not allowed". Beware!

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I recently ran across the same scam involving a Hyundai Santa Fe. A women going through a divorce but the auto was elsewhere and would be shipped and eBay Motors would handle the transaction. After I gave her my info as Federal B Investigation and my phone number and address of the FBI in San Fran and I told her we were looking for cheap autos for resale and offering free all expense paid vacations at an exclusive resort as an incentive to find us some more cars, I never heard back from them. Oh well. :buttwiggle:

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I recently ran across the same scam involving a Hyundai Santa Fe. A women going through a divorce but the auto was elsewhere and would be shipped and eBay Motors would handle the transaction. After I gave her my info as Federal B Investigation and my phone number and address of the FBI in San Fran and I told her we were looking for cheap autos for resale and offering free all expense paid vacations at an exclusive resort as an incentive to find us some more cars, I never heard back from them. Oh well. butwiggle[1].gif

Good read, We saw/corresponded with a *very* similar individual about an '89 Sunrader that was listed on an RV classified site. A couple emails in I told my wife to stop corresponding with the individual as it was a scam. Right off the bat some of the language used raised red flags for me, then the whole deal with ebay motors, the vehicle being shipped and the owner being out of town were just too fishy for my tastes. Bottom line: IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT PROBABLY IS

If you have some time on your hands, this site is pretty entertaining http://www.419eater.com/

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I can't even begin to thank you for this scam alert. It was running on Craigslist for the Saginaw, Mi area. I sent the guy and email and he responded telling me that the unit was in the DAS Terminal in Miami, FL. I wanted this unit sooooo bad and didn't want to believe anyone would be so cruel. I'm so glad I took a step back and located this Scam Alert. Once again, thank you from an older person. The bad part is, now I reaaly would love to find and buy one of these units. It would be the perfect size for my needs.

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It looks like this awful scam is in Michigan now. The ad has been flagged, but not before I got all excited and sent him an email. Sure wish I could find a unit like this that was for real!!!

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I've been posting these '93 Toyota Seabreeze scammer ads on several Yahoo groups for the last couple of months in hopes that we could flag him into oblivion. He keeps coming up with more ads! They did disappear for a couple of weeks but... this scam must be lucrative!

Randy

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I've been posting these '93 Toyota Seabreeze scammer ads on several Yahoo groups for the last couple of months in hopes that we could flag him into oblivion. He keeps coming up with more ads! They did disappear for a couple of weeks but... this scam must be lucrative!

Randy

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I've been posting these '93 Toyota Seabreeze scammer ads on several Yahoo groups for the last couple of months in hopes that we could flag him into oblivion. He keeps coming up with more ads! They did disappear for a couple of weeks but... this scam must be lucrative!

Randy

http://wyoming.craigslist.org/rvs/1728307307.html

Look familiar?

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Wouldn't you just hate to be the person who actually owns this scam Seabreeze and be trying to sell it on the legit?

Allen

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Ya, its the same Seabreeze used in the original scam back in 2008. Big question is, is Law Enforcement that stupid and lame that the guy isn't in jail by now. Someone has their head up their #@@ (3 letter word).

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