Tips on avoiding Scammers.

Visit the National Fraud & Cyber Crime reporting website.

Use of the BMFA classifieds is entirely at your own risk. The BMFA accepts no responsibility for financial loss or loss of goods by anyone using this service.

The most effective way of avoiding scammers is to ensure you do not provide email addresses or phone numbers in your listings and to use the classifieds messaging system (Ask Question) which is only available to registered BMFA members.

Do not pay using Paypal Gift! You lose all buyer protections associated with using Paypal if you use Paypal Gift. Also be wary with a bank transfer as there is no mechanism for you to get your money back!

Do not enter in to any arrangement where a third party collects goods unless they are bringing cash to make payment on collection. See below for some sample scammer emails.

If you are not certain trying a Google search for both the name and email address of the person concerned.

Warning Signs

Email addressed to "Dear Seller"

Goods for sale referred to as "the ITEM"

Persons secretary is sending a cheque

Cheque is for amount more than agreed asking price.

If you are contacted by anyone using the following email addresses ignore them, they are known scammers.


 Sample Scammer Emails

Scammer using email address
I am okay with the Terms and Condition of sale as seen on the advert including Your Final asking Price as Stated.I have gone through the content of the advert once again am very satisfy.Payment will be made out via a Cheque which will be issue to you for the payment and pick up will be arrange after the Cheque is Fully Cleared by your Bank.I will not be able to come over to view it because i'm always busy at work but i believe that all the details of the advert are right and will want update about the Service History. You don't have to worry yourself about the shipment, My Shipper will take care of pick up as soon as you confirm the payment is Cleared by your Bank. let me know if there is any other miscellaneous payment like,the tax charges, etc that will be added to it.Transportation and maintenance cost will be added to the Total amount that will be issued on the Cheque. it will be used By My shipper who will be coming for the Pick Up at your location after your bank confirms cash available for use.My shipper is the one that will act on my behalf regards the documentation of the change of ownership so any signation will be sign by my shipper pick up and other all necessary detail information will be fill by shipper so don't worry yourself about the change of ownership documentation will be taken care by my shipper.Get Back to me with information listed below in order to make out the Cheque and

payment will be issued and send from kent via first class Mail

Name to Be Write on The Cheque
Address To Send the Cheque To so you receive and get it Deposited in your bank.
Your Phone Numbers.

Many Thanks.

Scammer using email address


Thanks for your mail, I 'm interested in purchasing it.Concerning the shipment,my shipper will come and pick it up from your location as soon as we seal this transaction. A client of mine is owing me some funds £2,650 I will instruct him to issue you a cheque in your name and You will deduct the cost of the item £750 and also send the remaining balance to my Shipper via money gram transfer for immediate shipping arrangement. If this is okay with you do get back to me immediately with your information as listed below for me to instruct my client to issue the cheque in your name.Hope to hear from you soonest.


NB: I am given you compensation £50 and consider item sold for me.


Scammer using email address

This scammer has sent fake cheques in an attempt to scam members. The cheques have appeared to be from Hertfordshire county council and also the transport and general workers union.

How are
you doing today? Thanks for the quick response ,am interested in buying it and Okay with the Offer Price, meanwhile the payment will be send out via Bank Draft. So i will want you to get back to me with your payment information so that the payment can be issue out fast.
So Concerning the Shipping, I have a shipper who will be coming for the Pickup as soon as the Bank Draft cleared in your bank.the Payment in which the
Payment coming to you includes your Own fee for the item and also my shippers fee, which you will wire to the Shipper this will enable him
pick up the item from you effectively.
Kindly get back to me if you Understand me .
Here are the information needed from
you to mail the payment out:
{1} FULL-NAME : ..............
{2} ADDRESS : ................
{3} CITY : ...................
{4} PROVINCE: ...................
{5} POSTAL CODE : ...............
{6} PHONE-NUMBER : ...........
 I anxiously await your quick response. My regards to the family..Cheers..


Scammer using email address

"Hello do you still have the item available for sale. Please get back with your asking price.
Best regards."

"Thanks for your response, I’m satisfied with what i read about the add so far but can you assure me that am not gonna be disappointed after i have purchase this? I hope the listed are valid?. Am ready to purchase it now, but how long have you owned it? Can you please tell me the reason for selling it?"

"Okay, If you can assure me that its in good condition i have noting to worry about, I can proceed with the purchase. I would have love to come for this in person to inspect it, but presently i am on duty. You have nothing to worry about i will get the money transfer via paypal as per the pickup i have pickup company that will handle the pickup after you have your money you will now choose a suitable date, time and location."

"I am buying this for my son as a surprise gift that's why am offering you that amount. 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 paypal account, and this is why i insisted on using paypal to pay."


"I live in London SW40PE United Kingdom. I don't have bmfa or JMA number. I can't come please due to my job. I work with one of the UK/USA WAR SHIP USS Harry S. Truman CSG with CVW 3 and currently at the Atlantic Ocean."


Scammer using email address

Hello Seller,
How are you doing? I am just searching around the web and i Came across your Advertised ITEM for-sale, I just wanna know if you still have it for-sale, How much is the last asking price of it? I don't mind if you got the pictures available? What is the presently Conditions of it?
Hope to read back from you,



Thank you for your reply .. I am always interested in buying the ITEM and the price is ok for £250 I reside here in the UK. I would like to know whether the payment made by a certified bank check will be ok for your payment. I would be expecting your quick response if this arrangement is ok and preferred by you Send me your contact details listed belong to the urgency completion of the transaction. Your full name on the cheque Your home address of contact. Your mobile phone number and home address. Your payment will be issued upon receipt of the request Please information is I
want you to understand the nature of my work and the distance I will not have time for viewing and have a carrier that will take care of delivery.Hope is cleared and well understood? Your prompt reply will be highly appreciated to sales.
Best Regards,

Hello XXXX,
How r u doing? Thanks so much for getting back to me,Yes that is not a problem i will send you a Certified Bank Cheque that will cleared in
your account between 2 to 3 working day in your account. You can get
back to me with the details below so that the payment can be made out to
you, Your full name on the cheque Your home address of contact. Your mobile phone number and home address.
Looking forward to read back from you,

Hello XXXX,
How are you doing this morning??  Thanks so much for the  information given, I will instruct my secretary to send you the check and you will receive the  check as soon as possible, Just e-mail me back immediately you do got the payment in  other to forward the shippers information that will come for the pick up  in your location,  Hope  to read back from you,

Best Regards,

How are you doing.Hope everything is going fine on your side. The deal is on and according to my secretary,he has already sent the cheque out to you (it will arrive by mail). So the payment should arrive in a short while from now And once you get it,i guess you know how to handle everything.And please don't bother about any other buyer.

But there was a little problem which i guess we can handle with understanding. When i contacted my secretary to know may be the cheque has been sent, I got to know that there was a misinterpretation while sending the cheque. According to the instruction i gave him,he was suppose to have sent you a cheque of £250.00 for the ITEM.. But instead he sent a cheque of 3,000 Pounds . It was a terrible mistake and the cheque is already out for delivery to your location.He claimed that he thought i said he should send you a cheque of 3,000 Pounds (which was the total sum including the shipping ) and not just £250.00 .i knew very well i told him to send you just £250.00 but i guess he didn't get it straight.
Because i have some GOODS i bought in the state off which i have decided that the shipper will be coming for the picking- up of the GOODS with the ITEM am buying from you together. But that should not disturb how own transaction the deal is on and we will get through it, what will happen is that once you get the cheque you will easily forward the extra money directly to the shipper that will come for the pick up in cash immediately the cheque clears in your account the cash can be sent via western union money Transfer.Originally,i had in mind to collect the money from him and use the money to book a container and to also fix some other things personally But since,its now coming to you now ,i guess i can be assured in you that you can handle it with trust and have it sent to me.Hope all is well. Email me back immediately you receive this message to let me know that i can trust you to handle everything well .I will be expecting your mail asap.

Best Regards and Stay Blessed
NB Make sure you mail me back immediately you get this message.I will be expecting your reply.