Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Here We Go Again With Craig's List Bushwa

Bushwa is what my stepfather said when he actually wanted to say "BULLSHIT" but was afraid he would offend the virgin ears of his wife (my mother) and his stepdaughter (yours truly). He might have offended the maternal parental unit's sensibilities but fortunately or unfortunately (depending on your point of view) my father had unwittingly taught me nearly every bad word in the book (and maybe a few new ones to boot).

I now have co-opted the Bushwa word to deal with most of the Craig's List male bovine fecal material (another nice euphemism there, don't you think?) that I receive when posting ads.

I posted several quilts for sale, and haven't had any nibbles until I got this email (emails, actually, because I received the email 4 times on 4 separate items):
Hello,I will to come over and take a look at it,Please let me know if i could meet you around 6:30pm tomorrow.Where are you located?what is your contact Phone # to reach you? or email works fine - contact me at my email address below ( - Thanks

There are several reasons that I thought this was not a legitimate nibble. One of the things that Craig's List scammers are likely to do is to not mention the exact item in their email. Another thing is that very often the spelling, grammar, and punctuation is just slightly off.

My first reaction was that this was bushwa, bullshit, male bovine fecal material, a large steaming pile of what the bull left behind, but for shits and giggles I decided to play along.

Thank you for your interest in the quilts that I posted on Craigs List. I would be interested in showing them to you
I only replied to one of the emails, since they were all the same. Almost immediately I received this reply:

Hello Thanks for the swift response to my email... I am currently on a tight working schedule so I may not be able to come over to you..
I will be buying from you so please kindly withdraw the advert from so as not have people disturbing over the item and I will be giving you an additional $50 for keeping the item for me...
Please due my very busy working schedule , I will be paying with a Us Certified Check OR Cashiers Check from my Bank..
I will need the following details to mail the payment as soon as possible...

Name to be on the payment Check---------
Home address___
Zip Code_____
Cell phone #______
final price____

I will make arrangements for the pick up as soon as you have your money.. I am completely satisfied with the Item as posted in the advert and the payment will be delivered within 2-3 working days. I am an Hard of Hearing so I only take calls on an hearing impaired device or text messages ** N.B UPS does not deliver to a P.O box addresses.Thanks

Yes, certainly she is going to pay $150.00 per quilt (a total of $600.00) plus another $200.00 for 'keeping the item for her.' I didn't fall off the turnip truck yesterday, so I take this with a grain of salt.

Again the language in her email is off. And in the first email she is all hot to come over and see the item, but in the reply she is all of a sudden 'on a tight working schedule' and 'may not be able to come over to you.'

'Please kindly withdraw the advert from' (from what?) 'so as not have people disturbing over the item.'

'Thanks for the swift response to my email' I took 4 full days to reply. LOL.

Again, she only refers to 'item' not the actual item. This is another clue that there's an attempted scam in the making.

'I will make arrangements for the pick up" -- why couldn't she pick the quilts up when she came over to see them as referenced in the first email?'

The final tip off to the scam is the request for all the details. The scammers do not use this information to actually issue a check but to try to steal your identity.

If a check is actually ever sent it will be either a stolen or forged money order/cashiers' check or will be stolen from someone else.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Not Paid ----- Frustrated

Fast PTR:
There are 2 requests in front of you. Your request for 2.04 USD Paypal is 33 day(s) old.

Clicked 400-500 links in September so that my percentage would be okay. Clicked so far in October another 428 links. If I don't get paid by this Saturday then I will have to click another 225 links minimum in November. This is a load of what the bull left behind, and a large steaming load of it at that!

Easy PTR:
Your cashout request of 5.91 (Paypal) from 06/17/2015 22:37 is in the queue position 4. Waiting FOUR MONTHS and TEN DAYS for this payout, with no movement in the queue.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Who Has Paid Me in October 2015

Gift Hulk: $10.00 PayPal
Hits 4 Pay: $25.00 PayPal
Heather Conzett: $5.53 PayPal
Mars Mails: $1.00 PayPal
Mango Clicks: $1.05 Serve
Shoe Money: $1.00
Sheila Tomkinson: $2.66
Awesome Emails 4 U: $.67
Pinecone Research: $6.00

Total For October: $52.91 (as of October 27, 2015)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Room For Rent in Bend, Oregon $450.00

$450 / 1800ft2 - Bedroom/Bathroom in SE Bend, $450.00 (SE 15th Street)

15th Street at Reed Market Road

1800 ft2 available sep 15

dogs are OK - wooof

private room

private bath

laundry on site


Partially furnished private bedroom and small private bathroom in clean and quiet SE Bend ADULT mobile home park.

Other details:

1) Shared kitchen with all appliances (blender, toaster, juicer, refrigerator, oven, dishwasher), lots of food storage in large pantry, built-in table/island with additional storage, two stools, double sink, lots of counter space, lots of cupboards

2) Shared large open floor plan living room and dining room

3) Shared utility room (washer and sink with additional storage space above)

4) Shared office area

5) Lots of natural light due to numerous windows throughout the house

6) 5 minute walk to Bend Area Transit bus stop

7) Secure mailbox in clubhouse

8) Side deck

9) Wood stove

Sorry, no additional pets (must like cats and not be allergic to them though as I have 4). Possibly will accept ONE dog that likes cats (and by likes cats, I do NOT mean likes to eat them for dinner!!). Birds okay if you clean up after them, and can keep them safe from the cats

Includes utilities, water, garbage, offstreet parking for ONE vehicle.

Double wide manufactured home with sunken living room. Semi-enclosed carport. Back and front porch, with a side deck. Medium sized yard with automatic sprinkler system; it would be great if you could do yard work (tools provided); lots of trees; deer, birds and squirrels roam the park! Lots of resident activities in the clubhouse too (bingo, morning exercises, potlucks). One mile each way from SE 3rd Street between Reed Market Road and Wilson Avenue. Convenience store/gas station 2 blocks from mobile home park, Bend Senior Center 3 blocks from mobile home park, Safeway 2 ½ miles from mobile home park.

Please be a non-smoker (this is not negotiable, I use oxygen). No drugs (this includes no marijuana or other soft drugs), no drinking, no serious criminal history. Background check will be performed, please provide 3-5 verifiable references (personal or business, business preferred though). Total move in cost $900.00 (first and last).

Bonus points given for handyperson skills such as plumbing and minor repairs.

Bedroom includes mattress, box springs (no bed frame), window seat, closet, 3 lamps. Windows look out on side yard, this room gets a lot of sunshine (blinds provided and tree in front of window gives you more privacy).

Bathroom includes tub/shower, sink, toilet, small undersink storage cabinet, and medicine chest.

Floors are carpeted throughout the house except for the kitchen, utility room, office area, foyer, and your bathroom.

Includes cable internet access capability (please provide your own computer), cable television capability (please provide your own television), heating (wood stove with electric furnace as backup), central air conditioning, off street parking for one vehicle, water, garbage, in-house washing machine, access to park clubhouse (clothes dryer in clubhouse, 35 cents per load to dry), easy 5 minute access to Bend Area Transit, secured mailbox, lots of natural light, landline phone (no long distance).

You do not need to be a neat freak, but please don't expect me to clean up after you. Cleaning supplies, paper towels, and vacuum cleaner provided on request, but please remember that I'm not the maid, I'm just the landlady!

Who Paid Me in September 2015

Howlin-Mad-Cash $1.33 (PayPal)

Pinecone Research $6.00 (PayPal)

Mars Mails: $2.00 (PayPal)

Clix Sense: $7.88 (PayPal)

St Cash Unlimited: $2.61 (PayPal)

Anthony Bishop $8.21 (PayPal, combined payment Anything Goes, Clicks Mania, Guardian Mails)

Donkey Mails $1.58 (PayPal)

Renee Vorbach: $11.92 (Serve, combined payout Fairground Clickers, Showcase PTR, Surfin 4 Cash, Hot Rods PTR)

Email Money Maker $2.00 (Serve)

Total PayPal: $29.61

Total Serve: $13.92

Total for September 2015: $43.53

Where I am Waiting For Payout (October 2015)

Old Amsterdam Post:
There are 11 requests in front of you. Your request for 3.00 USD PayPal is 36 day(s) old.

Dream Mails:
There are 15 requests in front of you. Your request for 3.00 USD PayPal is 42 day(s) old.

Fast PTR:
There are 2 requests in front of you. Your request for 2.02 USD Paypal (USA Members) is 13 day(s) old.

Easy PTR:
Your cashout request of 5.91 (Paypal) from 06/17/2015 22:37 is in the queue position 4. Waiting almost FOUR MONTHS for this payout, with no movement in the queue.

Mango Clicks:
There are 2 requests in front of you. Your request for 1.00 USD Serve is 20 day(s) old.

Awesome Emails 4 U:
Your cashout request of 1.00 USD PayPal from 10/09/2015 19:25 is in the queue position 2.

3 Bears PTR:
There are 0 requests in front of you. Your request for 3.00 USD PayPal is 0 day(s) old.