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Fake Escrow Companies – Escrow Fraud

Escrow companies can be very helpful assisting a transaction between buyer and seller safely, but you ought to make sure you are using a legit service. Once a deal between a buyer and a seller is established, its time to make a transaction. If you suspect anything fishy then a service like escrow can come in handy. The buyer will send funds directly to the escrow service, then they will notify the seller to ship out the goods. Once the goods arrive at your doorstep you have an inspection period to verify the legitimacy of goods. If everything proves to be okay, escrow releases the funds to the buyer. As you see in this situation, buyers and sellers can not scam one another and the deal goes smoothly, that is unless you run into a bogus escrow company.

Scammers can set up a fake escrow website. They promise you to provide escrow services, but once you make a payment believing you are doing a safe transaction the fake escrow website will take your money and disappear. It is a growing problem and you should always check your escrow company before you do anything at all. Here is a list of legit and verified escrow sites:

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    jackie Says:

    My husband and I just came acrossed one of these scams. It was for a 2004 f150 white all the bells and whistles. The sellers name was Mellisa king out of Houston Texas. Said just finished a divorce and only wanted 2990.00 which is like a forth of the blue book price. We where all set to send the money on part because of the eBay buyer protection program (thought it was ok) then we talked to his dadband found out he went through the same thing awhile back over a back hoe and said that if its on the up and up then she will have no problem with you coming and picking the truck up. I send this Mellisa king another email and said that we would bring cash just needed her address and stuff the way they did so we could just pay and drive home. Her response email was she had a contract with eBay and the truck was already packed for shipping but no address. Go figure right!!!! So glad we talked to his dad first. I’ve dealt with eBay before and never had a problem and this was a scam and I find it horrible that they have to use the whole eBay name and all. But guess they do that cause its a trusted company. My advice is never do shipping on big stuff like a truck have title in hand before you hand money over especially when its alot. Sorry for anyone that is on the up and up and trying to sell a vehicle on eBay good luck.

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    jeff Says:

    Hello everyone, please be aware of a scammer using craigslist to sell items and then using a fake escrow service called OAT or Online Assistant Trader. None of their addresses are real or are for a residence. They use photos from other people’s sites. Pictures of a RV that was for sale in Vermont listed in California for half the price it sold for a few months earlier at a dealer in Vermont. The dealer is legit, but not the craigslist seller.

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    mijie Says:

    anybody ever heard about GronoLogistic.t135.com? an uk address company. I think it fake due to my experience when i try to make a deal with them bcoz when i call the phone no. at the web site, guess what? the phone number is in Cameroon belong to a farmer!thankGod i make an investigation before send a money by using western union like they asking for.

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    aki_shahzruddin Says:

    mijie..what are they try to sell to you?it a bike ?

  5. 45
    notyetfooled Says:

    There are a variety of reviews about ONLINE TRADE POST
    many of them positive.
    This is a load of crap, OTP onlinetradepost.com is a scam. I researched two of the locations in the Seattle area that they list on their website. One which is located at 1520 2nd st Seattle as their payment office is actually “joes mart” I spoke with two employees at that location, they say they have no idea what Online Trade Post was, however one of them did mention that they had received a legal notice indicating that someone in South Carolina was using their address as a business address. The second location on their website is in Bothell Wa. the address given is actually an apartment block, no store front there. Don’t bother submitting any offer to anyone “using” this service as it is a scam. Waste of time…. If you want to check it out go to their website click on locations and map google the address…all BS.

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    viragos Says:

    anybody ever heard about GronoLogistic.t135.com?an uk address company. I had make a deal with them bcoz i don`t known that company is fake.i`m from malaysian.So i follow the instruction to transfer my money via western union about rm7560.00 to buy the bike with the seller in u.k..so i was get screwed with that fake company..and now that bike still not come to me..i`m was fear with my mistake cause didn`t make an investigation before send a money by using western union like they asking for.

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    Beffers Says:

    I purchased a camper thru craigslist for 7200.00. The seller wanted me to use Net Assistant Trader. I looked at the site and read thru all the warnings. I confirmed that my bowser read exactly it was supposed to, confirmed the invoice that was sent to me was also as it said it should be. I was asked to wire money to a Bank right here in Chicago, IL right here in America and when I went to our bank they verified that the routing number was in fact that bank. I registered, wired the money. I recieved emails from NAT updating me on my transaction. 2 days later my husband found the EXACT same item including the same write up and same pictures ect. We contacted the ebay seller and was informed that this camper was picked up and heading to Canada.(a long way from New Orleans). I hope someone can tell me how to do something about this. I have filed complaints with craiglist, but don’t know where else to turn.

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    shakes Says:

    Here is another fraudulant escrow site: http://www.parcel2ship.com.en-catalog.info/en_language/webship.high.html I contacted the real parcel2ship company and they do not have this site listed in their company. I then found related scam posts relating to parcel2ship. This was a craislist deal for a computer – too good to be true kind of deal. I asked the seller if there was another way of making the transaction and he just sent back the same email referencing the scam site. Beware as I read that there are about 10 scam sites to every legitimate escrow service site.

  9. 49
    Janelle Says:

    Here’s another one with a Camper to sell. This was on Craig’s list showing that it was in Harrison, AR. When my husband asked to see the camper, here’s the reply he received:

    From: David Krieger [mailto:davidkrieger2001@gmail.com]
    Sent: Friday, September 02, 2011 9:26
    To: David Staib
    Subject: Re: Re:

    Hello again,
    The camper is currently located at approximately five miles of Denver, Colorado stored in freight carrier and the pick it up option is not available, but it could also be transported free of charge by Live Shipping Auto Shippers their home page: http://zigs.me/das-auto-shippers They works with US Army, we have free shipping all over the US (Estimated Shipping Time: 3-5 business days). I’m looking for a quick sale, that’s why I’ve reduced the asking price at $2,600 and free delivery.
    Due to the urgent nature of sale I’d like to conclude this transaction using the security provided by Live Shipping’s Buyer Protection Program, they basically act as an independent third party between buyer and seller. According to Live Shipping you have 5 days from the time you receive the trailer to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not. If you’re really interested to move forward just e-mail me back with your: full Name, delivery address, cell phone# and my Live Shipping agent will contact you to explain the purchasing procedure.
    Respectfully,
    David

    From: David Krieger [mailto:davidkrieger2001@gmail.com]
    Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2011 19:56
    To: David Staib
    Subject: Re:

    Hello I’m David and first of all i want to thank you for your recent interest in my 2006 nomad travel trailer. I am the first owner, comes with all the bells and whistles, you will receive it with all papers and receipts that he needs to register it so if you buy it you don’t have to worry about the paperwork. My final price is $2,600. The trailer is in showroom condition, no liens, no pets, no smoke; it was never involved in an accident, 8 sleeping capacity, leveling jacks included and clear title, length feet: 31 dry, Weight: 6500. I must to use an Escrow Shipping Company for this sale, because I want to avoid wasting time with negotiations and find a buyer before my upcoming deployment take place. That way you will receive assistance for the purchase, paperwork, title transfer. If you are still interested please email me back so I can explain you how the transaction will work.

    Here are outside pictures: http://imgur.com/a/hqAu8#vLmCe and from inside: http://imgur.com/a/fOSFe#u8dzv
    Thanks

  10. 50
    rebekah Says:

    i was going to buy a travel trailer from someone in colorado and i was supposed to send the money to this live shipping line company. This site has saved me thousands, than you guys.

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    Olivia Says:

    http://www.direct-home-limited.uk.tc/

    this escrow website is a fraud! found it from a guy off craigslist who insisted i send him a 2400 dollar deposit! FRAUD!!

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    Winkybok Says:

    I was also looking to buy a motorhome but then I see that it has to be bought without seeing it..so the red flags went up. So I started researching before letting my money out of my hands. The add is for a 1998 Allegro Bay Motorhome..only 7800..the pictures of it are gorgeous.

    here is first email:Hello ,
    The motorhome is currently located at approximately five miles of Coral Springs,FL stored in freight carrier and the pick it up option is not available, but it could also be transported free of charge by Live Shipping Auto Shippers http://doiop.com/live.shipping.com. They works with US Army, we have free shipping all over the US (Estimated Shipping Time: 3-5 business days). I’m looking for a quick sale, that’s why I’ve reduced the asking price at $7800 and free delivery, with deposit of $2500 and the rest from the total amount you will pay cod.
    Due to the urgent nature of sale I’d like to conclude this transaction using the security provided by Live Shipping’s Buyer Protection Program, they basically act as an independent third party between buyer and seller. According to Live Shipping you have 5 days from the time you receive the trailer to inspect it and decide if you want to keep it or not. If you’re really interested to move forward just e-mail me back with your: address, full Name, delivery address. Have a good day!
    Respectfully
    Martha

    Please use another internet browser, such as Mozilla Firefox to open the pics: https://picasaweb.google.com/105816258031288699721/Motorhome?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCO-XgKC2oM_3Dg&feat=directlink

    SO I say Is there any way I can go to Florida and look at it as I am concerned with the whole delivery thing.

    Hello again, please allow me to explain you more clear!
    The motorhome is at Live Shipping CO. , Coral Springs,FL . Please understand that I’m not forcing you to do anything that you don’t like and if you don’t want to buy my product anymore then is no problem for me because at this price I will find a new buyer very easy. It is normal to be suspicious. But please take a good look at the situation: The payment will be done through Live Shipping. You will send the deposit to Live Shipping and as soon as the payment is confirmed they will notify me and we will proceed with the shipping. I will ship the motorhome, you will receive it along with the paperwork and you will pay the rest from the total amount.Live Shipping’s Buyer Protection Program protect both seller and buyer. You will have an inspection period (5 days) The inspection period will begin as soon as you sign for receiving the motorhome at your requested address. During all this time Live Shipping will hold the money into a trust account. So, this is not a blind transaction, you can see the motorhome before decided to buy it. If you are satisfied with the motorhome and decide to keep it you will inform Live Shipping about this and they will release the money to me. If the motorhome is not as advertised and decide not to keep it Live Shipping will refund you the money, no questions asked, and shipping back the motorhome. I think this is more than fair for the both of us. AGAIN please take in to consideration that I will get paid only after you receive the motorhome and make sure everything is as we agreed. I have a family and I won’t risk such low things I’m legit person not a scumbag. If you decide to go ahead with the transaction email me your full name, shipping address and cell phone number to provide them to Live Shipping in order to proceed with the process.

    Martha Rossi

    the emails come either by martha rossi or martha R email address sevenstars7@gmail.com

    If it sounds too good to be true..well it probably is.Sorry for other people. ALso the live shipping sitee is from doiop.com which threw red flags as well. I am going to report them as well.

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    Mardie Dies Says:

    Transit Delivery Escrow incorporated – is this legit company?

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    nick Says:

    Anyone ever heard of Escrow-service “Secure Shopping?”

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