After I posted my first ad MAY 08 on Kijiji warning about the Bambi scam, I received a few messages from other Kijiji users. Here are a few of the responding messages:
Good for you !I went back and forth with " good Old Sarah " and I couldn't get her to call me...Oh yah right.Her address given in the supposed E-bay transaction site was the Marriot in downtown Atlanta and the E-bay agent address was a hotel in San Jose CA.For your interest, they tried to sell a $38,000 SunRay for $3,700 three weeks ago and came out briefly last night with a '06 Harley Fat Boy, a $28,000 value easily. Gee, they only wanted $5,800 ! Amazing !I called the fraud unit in Kitchener and they said there is nothing they can do other I should than E-mail KIJIJI.Your idea is great. I will think about doing the same in the boat and motorbike sections on the weekend and post warnings.-- Kitchener Ontario
2nd message about "Sarah":
This guy is a scammer with hundreds of listings in every catagory. He keeps changing his email address after kijiji kicks him off but he keeps coming back. I have received 5 emails from him about cars for sale. Just report him to kijiji and they will boot his ads.
3rd message about "Sarah"
hello.. thanks for posting this ad. you know, i just reported to kijiji about a simular ad about a vw jetta. it used the exact same thing but worded a little different. It was a 2007 jetta for 4,400. i thought that was a little odd. So i investigated it and sure enough it was the same as yours. I m glad so one else sees this is a problem too. I just feel bad cuz there are ppl out there that do fall for it.
thanks again for letting ppl know about it. Report this too kijiji too!!!!
Thanks for reporting this scammer who tried to scam me in march of this year and also this time arround
Here is another message received from the scam seller (Sarah Jones) email@example.com
to share how this person attempts to convince people that their deal is real:
This transaction is covered by ebay's purchase protection program up to 20,000 USD
and if something goes wrong in this transaction you will be fully refunded. I strongly assure you it will not be the case for a refund. I have used Purchase protection program for vehicles in the past and all my transaction ended succesfully. You can deposit your money at eBay and they will hold your payment 7 days after you receive the trailer so you will have time to inspect it !
IF you are really interested in purchasing the trailer please send me your full name, shipping address and your phone number. eBay will notify you all the details about the shipping and payment.