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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), and several Kindle ebooks.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Horse Trailer Scam


Recently, my husband found an ad for a horse trailer on the Roanoke Craigslist. Doesn't it look great for a 1999 model?! And ONLY $1,500!!!!!


Now, we don't need another horsetrailer. We haven't used our 1995 aluminum Starro since we moved here in 1999. (A horse trailer makes a great moving van.) I've been using the Starro as a storage shed for years.

Figuring we could always use another reasonably priced storage shed, he emailed the seller. "What are you asking, and where is it located?" he wanted to know. Well, he already knew how much the trailer was from the ad, and he wanted to know if it was really in the Roanoke area. Here's the reply to his question. See if you can find some, er, suspicious things in it:

From: eva bond < evaxxxx@gmail.com >
Date: May 13, 2015 at 7:11:24 PM EDT
To: John
Subject: Re: Horse trailer
 John ,thanks for asking! our '99 EquiSpirit trailer is still for sale! is aluminium made and is in perfect condition, maintenance has been carried out at regular intervals. weights 3,000 lbs and 12 feet total length. also, has ramp, dressing room, 7'8" Interior height, 6'8" Interior width and 11' stall area. sell it because my boy of 24 died 3 months ago in a car accident, a drunk driver hit him and his fiance. he was with fiance's car coming to our home at his little brother birthday. it was my son's first car and brings me bad memories and it is for this reason that I sell so cheap ($1,550).
   I travel a lot with my work, and that is why i decided to sell using Online Services of eBay. they would protect both us and also gives you 5 days of inspection. all the documents and title will be arriving at your address at the same time as the vehicle in 2 business days. shipping is also PAID by me so it doesn't worry about.

  If you are interested let me know, Eva!
She attached lots of lovely pictures:


Notice the truck's bumper?
The license plate is blank.

And the trailer has a blank license plate, too.

That white interior is really clean.
Doesn't even have any dings or scuffs on it.


Those floor mats look in mint condition.

Even the spare tire is in mint condition!

The ad is no longer on Craigslist. It was already flagged as suspicious when John last saw it. Here's how we knew it wasn't a real ad:

*The description in the email sounds like a cut and paste job from an actual ad.
*English doesn't seem to be the seller's first language.
*"11' stall area" for 12' total length? So the dressing room is only one foot?!
*The sad story about the death of her son (and his "fiance") and the fact that this horse trailer "was my son's first car and brings me bad memories and it is for this reason that I sell so cheap." Uh, how did the son drive the horse trailer????
*The ad was on Craigslist, but she seems to have forgotten that: "that is why i decided to sell using Online Services of eBay."
*The vehicle will arrive in only two business days and she pays all the shipping. Yeah, right.
*Plus all the documents and the title will arrive "at the same time as vehicle."

Wouldn't it take way more than two business days to get this trailer from Nigeria? Because I have a hunch that's where this ad came from.

This scammy ad has been floating around for a while and other sites have noticed. Here's one from February in which she says, "I'm selling it because my boy of only 25 died 5 months ago in a car accident." Wow! She lost two sons to car accidents!? And that site mentions the trailer is in an eBay warehouse in Dallas.

Update: the scam continues. See http://peevishpen.blogspot.com/2017/01/horse-trailer-scam-revisited.html
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33 Comments:

Blogger horsey girl said...

I'm so glad my friend found your blog. I just fell for the same exact scam. Mine was a featherlite two horse trailer in Provo Utah. "Jenny Cooper" selling her father's trailer for only $1500 because he just died 3 months ago and she has no use for it. She will ship it to me because the shipping is already paid for due to a previous buyer whose financing fell through. After I said sure, go ahead and ship it - I received this: "my neighbors say I'm crazy to ship it without some money first. I'm sending you an amazon link where we can exchange credit card information, then I'll ship the trailer" BUSTED!!

12:47 PM  
Blogger NM buyer said...

..hehe, she is selling a bobcat. ..husband died 3 mo. Ago..shipping paid...OTHER buyer IN MY STATE fell through. Woe, coincidence!

5:33 PM  
Blogger Chad Everett said...

I thought this was scam. I emailed her yesterdayabout a side by side.
jenny cooper
11:39 AM (4 hours ago)

to me
Hello,

I apologize for the delay in replying, the ranger is still for sale if you want to buy it. My name is Jenny Cooper and now I am the legal owner of the 2006 Polaris RANGER 700 XP 6X6 AWD 4WD that I have decided to sell for $1500. It has 700 cc and 3,200 miles. Everything works on the ranger.
This ranger runs and drives as it should and have no problems. If you buy the ranger , I want to let you know that you will have 5 days to inspect it once it is delivered to your address. I have all the documents, service records, owner's manuals and will come with it.

Unfortunately, my husband passed away 3 months ago, and I no longer need it. The ranger was never driven, since he passed away and it was stored properly. The ranger is located in Provo, UT, but the shipping is already paid so you don't need to worry, I had an buyer in your state who couldn't take the loan from his bank after we made arrangements to ship it, and the trucking company won't refund me so I can deliver it to your address if you buy it. If you have any questions about the ranger or if you want more photos please feel free to ask.

God bless you


Jenny

5:40 PM  
Blogger Robert Novak said...

Just got taken by this same ad only it was a bobcat skid steer. Didn't realise it was a scam until ebay asked for 1000.00 for shipping insurance.
Boy do I feel stupid.

6:14 PM  
Blogger KailyCowgirl said...

Same exact thing happening to me for a feather lite horse trailer, But she wanted to go through eBay thank goodness for me searching her name looking for a phone number because she tried to sell it to my 67-year-old grandfather and he asked me to look into it when he felt like things were getting suspicious and find him a phone number so they could talk over all the details. We're going to play along and then tell her that we busted her!

3:40 PM  
Blogger Danny Dombal said...

Same here
Hello,

I apologize for the delay in replying, the machine is still for sale if you want to buy it. My name is Jenny Cooper and now I am the legal owner of the 2002 Bobcat S185 Skid Steer that I have decided to sell for $1500. It has 56HP, comes with tooth bucket and has 3249 hours. Everything works in the machine , This machine runs and drives as it should and have no problems. If you buy the machine , I want to let you know that you will have 5 days to inspect it once it is delivered to your address. I have all the documents, service records, owner's manuals and will come with it.

Unfortunately, my husband passed away 3 months ago, and I no longer need it. The machine was never driven, since he passed away and it was stored properly. The machine is located in Provo, UT, but the shipping is already paid so you don't need to worry, I had an buyer in your state who couldn't take the loan from his bank after we made arrangements to ship it, and the trucking company won't refund me so I can deliver it to your address if you buy it. If you have any questions about the machine or if you want more photos please feel free to ask.

God bless you
Jenny

8:28 AM  
Blogger Osotoh said...

Thank you for posting this! Our non-profit club had nearly fallen for a feather lite trailer listed in our local Craigslist, but I googled Jenny Cooper trailer and found your blog. Her father died 3 months ago on this scam.

1:19 PM  
Blogger imurphit said...

It is a scam over and over. That S185 Skid Steer is out there over and over. Time to find this person.

"Hi again,

First of all let me say that the price is firm $1500. I also want to inform you that I am entertaining two other offers for it, so please let me know your decision as soon as possible. The machine is located here in Utah ready for transit and it can be delivered to a designated location of your choice with no cost as I have mentioned in my previous email, I can send it C.O.D (cash on delivery) with a 5 days return policy if it is not as I described. The 5-days inspection period will allow you to check the machine, test drive, verify the paperwork and make sure that it is exactly as I described before making the final purchase. If the machine is not as I described, then you return it back on my expense, but I am sure that it will not be the case because there is nothing wrong with it. Along with the machine you will also receive all the pertinent paperwork already signed by me and your name indicated as the new owner.

If you are you are serious and have sufficient money to buy it, then all I need is your full name and address to make the paperwork, a shipping address and a phone number where the shipping company can contact you for appointment once they reach in your area. I don’t want to offend you, but the machine is priced for a fast sale so please if you intend to apply for a loan or financing do not reply to this message!

To support my argument regarding the condition of the machine, I've attached more photos.

Thank you,
Jenny Cooper"

11:03 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

MY husband just found this scam on Craigslist. I googled Jenny Cooper and found your blog, thanks for posting this. We didn't really think we could get a bobcat delivered free for $1500.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

We inquered about the skid steer ! Jenny Cooper ? Sent a very official looking email supposedly from amazon payment for protection . Did they rea lly think I wouldn't contact amazon to see if legit

10:59 PM  
Blogger Ron Slazek said...

It sounded suspicious from the beginning to me, but the story follow was convincing. Thank you for the blog. if it sounds too good to be true it probably is

7:34 PM  
Blogger fefifofum said...

My husband was interested in the skid syeer. I was leary. We agreed we would do it as long as she didn't ask for money up front. But, yep she did! Same story as posted time and again above...word for word!

9:55 PM  
Blogger fefifofum said...

We almost fell for it, too. When she asked for money up front via amazon, we knew it was a scam! Same story as above...word for word!

9:56 PM  
Blogger Emily Hardin said...

I saw the same ad for the bobcat in the Phoenix AZ area. Same story about husband. Yep, shipping to my area was already taken care of. I'm with you...WOW! :)

7:59 PM  
Blogger Renee Goodpaster said...

Thank you for your blog. Husband and I found an ad for bobcat. Pretty much the same verbiage per batem. So glad we didn't follow through. It got irritate as we asked questions. Going on Craig's list to report scam.

9:47 PM  
Blogger John Hayden said...

Same scammer is still active:

Hello,

I apologize for the delay in replying, the tractor is still for sale if you want to buy it. My name is Jenny Cooper and now I am the legal owner of the 2003 John Deere 4600 tractor that I have decided to sell for $1500. Comes with quick attach 48 backhoe 8 foot digging depth 12 inch bucket. Also comes with a folddown brush gaurd. The tractor is 4x4 and has a 4 cylinder diesel and 43 hp. Everything works in the tractor. It has no damage. This tractor has no problems. If you buy the tractor, I want to let you know that you will have 5 days to inspect it once it is delivered to your address. I have all the documents, clean title, owner's manuals and will come with it.

Unfortunately, my father passed away 3 months ago, and I no longer need it. The tractor was never driven, since he passed away and it was stored properly. The tractor is located in Provo, UT, but the shipping is already paid so you don't need to worry, I had an buyer in your state who couldn't take the loan from his bank after we made arrangements to ship it, and the trucking company won't refund me so I can deliver it to your address if you buy it. If you have any questions about the tractor or if you want more photos please feel free to ask.

God bless you,
Jenny

6:00 PM  
Blogger RETIRED said...

I CANT BELIEVE THESE SCAMMERS ARE STILL INTO SCAMMING PEOPLE , ALMOST GOT TAKEN IN ON THE SKID LOADER FOR $ 1,500.00 ,UNTIL I LOOKED IT UP ON GOOGLE FOR JENNY COOPER, & SEEN THERE OTHER SCAMS, I THINK THEY JUST USE HER NAME, THEY ARE SMART & SOUND LIKE IT IS A GOOD DEAL,WHY CANT THE GOVERNMENT STEP IN & DO SOMETHING ,THEY KNOW HOW TO BEAT THE SYSTEM & WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET YOUR MONEY.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Terry Perrin said...

Someone saying they were Jenny Cooper was selling a bobcat for $1000 on St.louis Craig's list. Her husband died 3 years ago and she sold it once but the loan fell through she couldn't get the money back from the shipper. So she was giving free shipping. At first she said COD then she said her neighbor said hook it up through ebay purchasing so every one was protected. Ebay said its a scam. So I don't get my bobcat but I still have my $1000.

2:50 PM  
Blogger RETIRED said...

GOOD FOR ALL THE PEOPLE WHO FOUND OUT THEY WERE TRYING TO BE SCAMED , I WOULD LIKE TO POST IT ON ALL THE SIGHTS THEY ADVERTISE ON AND TELL PEOPLE , IF IT SAYS JENNY COOPER IS SELLING IT , DONT EVEN BOTHER LOOKING BECAUSE IF IT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD DEAL AND ANSWER THE AD , BEWARE YOU MAY LOOSE YOUR MONEY . THANKS FOR READING THIS , I FEEL BETTER NOW , JUST MAKES ME MAD , HOW PEOPLE LOSE THERE HARD EARNED MONEY OR LIFE SAVINGS BY THESE SCAMMERS .

3:30 PM  
Blogger Pj DeBerry said...

I'm in West Virginia and emailed her and got that same email about her dad dieing

10:34 PM  
Blogger RETIRED said...

I think they are posting things on Craig's list, eBay,wallapop, & who knows what other sights for scams all across the United States, I just wander how many people really fall for there scams & get took , they probably are making millions at this & so far no way to stop it , just those who see it as a scam like me , I have been tried to get scammed over the phone, by mail & Internet so are getting wise to there tricks ,I am a lot more educated than I used to be ,they have all kinds of ways to get your money, thanks for reading my story.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Steve Martens said...

Same story...2008 Suzuki for 1500$. Shipping was paid because buyer fell thru. Someone in Wisconsin buying a bike in Utah sounded fishy. Thanks for these postings. I used them to educate my girls.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Joseph Shanks said...

Hello,

I apologize for the delay in replying, the bike is still for sale if you want to buy it. My name is Jenny Cooper and now I am the legal owner of the 2008 Suzuki GSX-R 750 bike that I have decided to sell for $1500. It has manual transmission, 9100 miles, 750cc engine. This bike was never dropped, rides like new. Everything works on the bike, it runs and drives as it should and have no problems. If you buy the bike I want to let you know that you will have 5 days to inspect it once it is delivered to your address. I have all the documents, service records, clean title, owner's manuals and will come with it.

Unfortunately, my husband passed away 3 months ago, and I no longer need it. The bike was never ridden, since he passed away and it was stored properly. The bike is located in Provo, UT, but the shipping is already paid so you don't need to worry, I had an buyer in your state who couldn't take the loan from his bank after we made arrangements to ship it, and the trucking company won't refund me so I can deliver it to your address if you buy it. If you have any questions about the bike or if you want more photos please feel free to ask.

God bless you,
Jenny

If it's too good to be true...It usually is.

4:46 PM  
Blogger B Peterson said...

Just received this one.
Hello,

I apologize for the delay in replying, the machine is still for sale if you want to buy it. My name is Jenny Cooper and now I am the legal owner of the 2002 Bobcat S185 Skid Steer that I have decided to sell for $2000. It has 56HP, comes with tooth bucket and has 3249 hours. Everything works in the machine , This machine runs and drives as it should and have no problems. If you buy the machine , I want to let you know that you will have 5 days to inspect it once it is delivered to your address. I have all the documents, service records, owner's manuals and will come with it.

Unfortunately, my husband passed away 3 months ago, and I no longer need it. The machine was never driven, since he passed away and it was stored properly. The machine is located in Provo, UT, but the shipping is already paid so you don't need to worry, I had an buyer in your state who couldn't take the loan from his bank after we made arrangements to ship it, and the trucking company won't refund me so I can deliver it to your address if you buy it. If you have any questions about the machine or if you want more photos please feel free to ask.

God bless you,
Jenny

10:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Haha Jenny Cooper strikes again on C-list from Las Cruces NM......curse you miss cooper!

5:55 PM  
Blogger Nick Magnotta said...

Jenny just hit again, just tried selling me a skidsteer from utah for $2000. Free shipping, husband died 3 months ago, all the normal BS.

9:38 AM  
Blogger matt daugherty said...

I had the same post for a 2008 suzuki googled the name and found this awesome post.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

On June 19, 2016, I blogged about a Kubota scam that sounds remarkable similar.
http://peevishpen.blogspot.com/2016/06/kubota-scam.html

3:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I just messaged a Lisa Anderson about a Polaris 2007 800efi. What do you know the same reply almost verbatim. It sounded too good to be true. Will post her email below.

Hi again,

First of all let me say that the price is firm $1500. I also want to inform you that I am entertaining two other offers for it, so please let me know your decision as soon as possible. The atv is located here in Provo, UT ready for transit and it can be delivered to a designated location in your state at no additional cost as I have mentioned in my previous email, I can send it C.O.D (cash on delivery) with a 5-days inspection period. The 5-days inspection period will allow you to check the atv, test drive it, verify the paperwork and make sure that it is exactly as I described before paying for it. If the atv is not as I described, or if it does not look like in the photos then you can return it back on my expense using same shipping company. Along with the atv you will receive all the pertinent paperwork that you need to put it into your name already signed by me and your name indicated as the new owner.

If you are you are serious and have sufficient money to buy it, then all I need is your full name and address to make the paperwork, a shipping address and a phone number where the shipping company can contact you for appointment once they reach in your area. I don’t want to offend you, but the atv is priced for a fast sale so please if you intend to apply for a loan or financing do not reply to this message!

To support my argument regarding the condition of the atv, I've attached more photos.

Thank you,
Lisa

7:13 PM  
Blogger Bryan USA said...

Jill Baker" wrote:
Hello,

I apologize for the delay in replying, the 4X4 tractor is still for sale if you want to buy it. My name is Jill Baker and now I am the legal owner of the 2003 John Deere 2210 compact tractor that I have decided to sell for $1500. It was well maintained, all fluids and filters changed at 350 hrs, has always been stored inside. Tires in good shape. Everything on it works as it should. It has only 396 hours, 23 hp, 3 cyl diesel engine, hydrostatic power steering, 4 wheel drive , diff lock, hydrostatic drive transmission with hi and low range, mid and rear pto , rear 3 point lift, 2 post rops ,wet disc brakes,ag tires, with a john deere 210 quick attach frontend loader , joystick loader control, quick attach bucket, folddown brush gaurd, john deere 54c hydraulic lift mower deck. Absolutely no leaks, noises, smoke, knocks, etc.. If you buy the tractor, I want to let you know that you will have 5 days to inspect it once it is delivered to your address. I have all the documents, service records, owner's manuals and will come with it.

Unfortunately, my father passed away one month ago, and I no longer need it. The tractor was never used since he passed away and it was stored properly. The tractor is located in Cheyenne County, NE, but the shipping is already paid so you don't need to worry, I had an buyer in your state who couldn't take the loan from his bank after we made arrangements to ship it, and the trucking company won't refund me so I can deliver it to your address if you buy it. If you have any questions about the tractor or if you want more photos please feel free to ask.

God bless you,
Jill

9:25 PM  
Blogger Dave Wainwright said...


From cindy baker evabaker888@gmail.com

Hey! I received your e-mail about 2009 COTNER 2 horse trailer. It's aluminium made and perfect condition with ramp and 71” dressing room! Weights 3,000 lbs and 15' total length. The other sizes are: 7'8" Interior height, 6'8" Interior width and 11' stall area, 30” Escape Doors, 4-Wheel Electric Brakes, Water Tank, Saddle Racks, Custom Tack Box, etc. The price is $1,500 (including delivery to your address)
...I'm selling at this low price because the trailer belonged to my husband who passed away and it's bring me bad memories. Now I'm away with my job and I have no time to transact in person, so for this reason I choose ApplePay Services to handle this deal for me. In this way we'll be protected 100%.

I attached few pictures below so if you're interested to purchase the trailer reply here your full name and address so I can notify ApplePay. Once that is done, they will contact you with an invoice to explain you the process.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Mike Martin said...

Thank you for this great information. It seems that Jenny Cooper keeps getting BUSTED and all that she, or he, does is change their name. She just posted same 2003 John Deere 2210 ad on Craigslist in Boise, Idaho. Eva Bond, Jenny Cooper, Lisa Anderson, and Jill Baker have been reincarnated as Ann Williams now. Here is part of the emails I have received from her;

Hello,

I apologize for the delay in replying, the 4X4 tractor is still for sale if you want to buy it. My name is Ann Williams and now I am the legal owner of the 2003 John Deere 2210 compact tractor that I have decided to sell for $1500. It was well maintained, all fluids and filters changed at 350 hrs, has always been stored inside. Tires in good shape. Everything on it works as it should. It has only 396 hours, 23 hp, 3 cyl diesel engine, hydrostatic power steering, 4 wheel drive , diff lock, hydrostatic drive transmission with hi and low range, mid and rear pto , rear 3 point lift, 2 post rops ,wet disc brakes,ag tires, with a john deere 210 quick attach frontend loader , joystick loader control, quick attach bucket, folddown brush gaurd, john deere 54c hydraulic lift mower deck. Absolutely no leaks, noises, smoke, knocks, etc.. If you buy the tractor, I want to let you know that you will have 5 days to inspect it once it is delivered to your address. I have all the documents, service records, owner's manuals and will come with it.

Unfortunately, my father passed away one month ago, and I no longer need it. The tractor was never used since he passed away and it was stored properly. The tractor is located in Cheyenne County, NE, but the shipping is already paid so you don't need to worry, I had an buyer in your state who couldn't take the loan from his bank after we made arrangements to ship it, and the trucking company won't refund me so I can deliver it to your address if you buy it. If you have any questions about the tractor or if you want more photos please feel free to ask.

God bless you,
Ann

Hopefully, this will help find her and BUST HER!!!!!!!

5:31 AM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

Thanks to all of you who have shared your experiences. If nothing else, each comment helps others when they Google for more info about her and realize she's (or maybe he's?) running a scam.

8:44 AM  

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