Saturday, November 1, 2008

Craigslist.org SCAM: SKOWHEGAN, ME

I have tried repeatedly to ask Craigslist.org to put a stop to repeated scams by a Kim, who lives at 710 Canaan Rd Skowhegan,me 399-9848.

In her latest SCAM ad, she admits that she is a college student, on the way to becoming a veterinarian. YET, she deliberately, methodically, regularly writes her ads as though she is totally illiterate. This way, she gains more sympathy from the good people of Maine. It sickens me the way she is getting away with fleecing and scamming good people, and ULTIMATELY also robbing legitimate charities.

She admits that she is running a "charity" as she loosely calls it. She fills the ads with fake stories, of how she is helping all these people who are down on their luck. I contacted the Town of Skowhegan and State Department in Maine. This is NOT a licensed, legal charity. I notified Craigslist about this in many e-mails and online letters, and have flagged her posts many times, BUT Craigslist still allows it to continue.

In the Spring of this year (2008), she wrote ads, begging for people to donate chickens, eggs, and chicks, so that she could show handicapped kids where chicks come from, etc. Well, not long after that, she placed many ads, in which she bragged that she had too many chicks and was selling them.

She has received all kinds of farm animals (chickens, cows, horses, goats, pigs, etc.), feed, human food, money, all necessities to run her "Hobby Farm" and has not had to report any of this to the IRS. How does that grab you?

In her ads, she also admits that she is selling snacks, specifically soda, chips and home-baked goods. Of course, she does not have a license to sell these items and is not reporting the income to the IRS. I understand that even illegal gains are supposed to be reported to the IRS. Well now, how about that. She doesn't report that income either.

Here is just one of her ads, which she has placed under the "Garage Sales" section on Craigslist.:

Flea Market and donation and free area (skowhegan,me)
Reply to: mailto:sale-895800190@craigslist.org?subject=Flea%20Market%20and%20donation%20and%20free%20area%20%20(skowhegan,me) [?]Date: 2008-10-27, 5:18PM EDT
I havea on going donationa and free area 7 days a week 10 - till dark. If you have not much money its ok you can get few things for say and cost you fod for families or critters is all. I'm trying to have a place where we all know times are tough but here at Happy Trails and Tales you can get things and cost is free or donation. NOW let youknwo all the times here ALL clothes-shoes-books + toys free!! Why spend so much on things even at the organizations which still cost high and kids out grow clothes so much when you can come here and trade or get free i got new and used. I also took in a family and I see how things are going the needy gets a little help from state but the middle ones who one the outer edge can't get help but they need too. So I want to help I'm doing thing type of yardsale thing free area-donation area and a selling area for i can help ones here and critters i help out. I want to have this place where people can keep their pets and not go shelter due to lack of food i've help 4 families on this so far. and more i feel coming. so now i'm get vetting degree i'm going to have a place for people get their pets shots not rabies but other ones and cost-a donation is all. So I like to ask now too if you can go threw all your house holds and if got anything to donate please let me know or drop off here where this special ongoing thing is 710 Canaan Rd Skowhegan,me 399-9848 Peple in need of clothes and furnitures or house hold things .Anything . even notebooks or coloring books to beds or livestock things. I can use to help here or to others in need.My flea market is very different to other i hope. come see it and if not much money donate dog food,cat fod,bird food etc or any type food for kids and families. I do santa Claus letters too FREE all fun i went o over sea's ones last year. so CFMI on that. I want to take time now to thank all who has helped. and as you see few families wrote to you and thanked you too. itold them it's not just me but us thank you see you's soon and drop offs more then welcome
Location: skowhegan,me
it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interestsPostingID: 895800190

Here are seven more of her recent ads under the "Items Wanted" Category alone:

October 27, 2008, No. 1:

Looking for bedding and clothes and I can help others too (skowhegan,me)
Reply to: mailto:sale-895655603@craigslist.org?subject=Looking%20for%20bedding%20and%20clothes%20and%20I%20can%20help%20others%20too%20(skowhegan,me) [?]Date: 2008-10-27, 3:46PM EDT
I'm looking for clothes(mainly lg + xlg) and bedding for families all ages and size bedding. I took in a family who has few things and needing a bunk bed set or two fold out beds for 2 children. I live in a trailer so room is tight i got few things i'm giving and doing. The little boy lost his puppy during the move still looking for it but i'm trying to find a fish tank ised to get fish to help ease a little bit of his mind. But here is what i do if you want to help thank you. If you need things come see me too. I give away clothes-shoes-books-toys and have a huge free area and flea market. I had a oscar i lost but i have feeder fish left I'm selling .50 make a pet for kids. they cute. i have game kids can play to win things. i grab bags, (free) and donate.(.25) to a x-mas tree note(will have your name for helping on it and goes on the tree.) which goes to help vetting,gas to get them ones looking for new home or to come to my place to join the others to be shared to see. for critters i help.I have at this yardsale a neat things ok i have a huge free area as said but i also have a pay just a donation area bring food or things for critters of all kinds. or can goods or whatever for people and babies, or give $ in the box i have there. It all goes to help many. For this gas and fuel thing is killing many but critters from livestock i help need crack corn or milk replacement or i hear one needed rabbit food, or for a puppy or cat neeeding litter. that is a neat area. I helped one family who was going to bring dog to shelter which was full and told may have to put down they getting over run. I asked why let go. well they just got fuel and that they wouldn't be able to feed it that month so i went to my house got 50lb food and gave it to them. man their little girl held on me like a velcro. hahah but she was happy her doggie didn't have to go now.so everything helps. food is going to be tight on everyone so this side will be for many too. Then i have a area with antiques and new and used items for sale. from tools, knicks knacks,house holds or whatever. low prices but this side helps me also and help you by me getting more things for your needs. I am trying to help many people and critters. whne a simple toy makes a child feel rich or a elderly getting can goods or coat. and i get a lot of hugs. and tears and smiles. i help critters in winter time a lot of livestock or fury things no dogs or cats r potbellies though. and i find god home for few i can't keep man it feels good. but i tell them when they thanks me it's not just me it's you out there helping me make their lives better too and giving good deals to a lot too. so come see me i'm kim and this is 7 days a week from 10 - dark.(area in the donations area and free area.)security camera's on but you'll be ok.there is a box for donations and a tote for the foods and etc.. the other side is thurs-sun 10-4. and see the critters is on sats 11-3. i thank you all and come to 710 canaan rd skowehgan,me 04976 or call me 399-9848 this yardsale is fun and i give alot away. buy a fish or bunnies if have. i still have few bardrocks chics(don't need lights) left for 3. ea. I do santa letters too cost is a stamp (get letter,certificate,sticker) come or call me on this too. i'm making a list now haha ok This is one yardsale which i hope goes on threw winter too. i have lisence for retail so come find a gift or two. OH if you have bags please bring some i'm in need. see you soon. and thanks for the ones who has come also dropping things off it goes quick and the poeple and critters love you's for it. come to Happy trails and tales yardsale come have fun and enjoy the critters who will make you smile but you'll have to wash before and after letting youknwo thses critters are my family my babies. thank again you all. see you here free are is 7 days a weeks open 10 to dark. carmeras on. i maybe there if nice out it's outside and inside undercover. the other side is nice days butthurs-sun 10-4 mayb longer if nice out. address is above see you all soon and thanks If you need things come see me too. I give away clothes-shoes-books-toys and have a huge free area and flea market. I had a oscar i lost but i have feeder fish left I'm selling .50 make a pet for kids. they cute. i have game kids can play to win things. i grab bags, (free) and donate.(.25) to a x-mas tree note(will have your name for helping on it and goes on the tree.) which goes to help vetting,gas to get them ones looking for new home or to come to my place to join the others to be shared to see. for critters i help.I have at this yardsale a neat things ok i have a huge free area as said but i also have a pay just a donation area bring food or things for critters of all kinds. or can goods or whatever for people and babies, or give $ in the box i have there. It all goes to help many. For this gas and fuel thing is killing many but critters from livestock i help need crack corn or milk replacement or i hear one needed rabbit food, or for a puppy or cat neeeding litter. that is a neat area. I helped one family who was going to bring dog to shelter which was full and told may have to put down they getting over run. I asked why let go. well they just got fuel and that they wouldn't be able to feed it that month so i went to my house got 50lb food and gave it to them. man their little girl held on me like a velcro. hahah but she was happy her doggie didn't have to go now.so everything helps. food is going to be tight on everyone so this side will be for many too. Then i have a area with antiques and new and used items for sale. from tools, knicks knacks,house holds or whatever. low prices but this side helps me also and help you by me getting more things for your needs. I am trying to help many people and critters. whne a simple toy makes a child feel rich or a elderly getting can goods or coat. and i get a lot of hugs. and tears and smiles. i help critters in winter time a lot of livestock or fury things no dogs or cats r potbellies though. and i find god home for few i can't keep man it feels good. but i tell them when they thanks me it's not just me it's you out there helping me make their lives better too and giving good deals to a lot too. so come see me i'm kim and this is 7 days a week from 10 - dark.(area in the donations area and free area.)security camera's on but you'll be ok.there is a box for donations and a tote for the foods and etc.. the other side is thurs-sun 10-4. and see the critters is on sats 11-3. i thank you all and come to 710 canaan rd skowehgan,me 04976 or call me 399-9848 this yardsale is fun and i give alot away. buy a fish or bunnies if have. i still have few bardrocks chics(don't need lights) left for 3. ea. I do santa letters too cost is a stamp (get letter,certificate,sticker) come or call me on this too. i'm making a list now haha ok This is one yardsale which i hope goes on threw winter too. i have lisence for retail so come find a gift or two. OH if you have bags please bring some i'm in need. see you soon. and thanks for the ones who has come also dropping things off it goes quick and the poeple and critters love you's for it. come to Happy trails and tales yardsale come have fun and enjoy the critters who will make you smile but you'll have to wash before and after letting youknwo thses critters are my family my babies. thank again you all. see you here free are is 7 days a weeks open 10 to dark. carmeras on. i maybe there if nice out it's outside and inside undercover. the other side is nice days butthurs-sun 10-4 mayb longer if nice out. address is above see you all soon and thanks
Location: skowhegan,me
it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interestsPostingID: 895655603

October 12, 2008, No. 2:

Needing-helping-selling-looking can you help? thanks (skowhegan,me)
Reply to: mailto:sale-876688176@craigslist.org?subject=Needing-helping-selling-looking%20can%20you%20help%3f%20thanks%20(skowhegan,me) [?]Date: 2008-10-12, 7:51PM EDT
I have a little boy looking for a fish tank right now. We're always looking to be a home for ones who need a home(livestocks) furry critters no dogs or cats or potbellies got enough.. What helps is a lot if the yardsale we have going all summer.. we give a way things too. ALL time we give away CLOTHES-BOOKS- TOYS AND HAVE FREE AREA... we've helped many burned out familes and college kids starting out ect..the critters we take in and help or just keep and not let them go back to the life they had and let them have a lovin home. BUt some we find homes for too. we have emu's,deer,mini horse,mini goats and bunnies. we know times are tough so we're trying to be neighbor helping neighbor. We sell things too. and have area which you just pay a donation for the stuff you want...OR BRING FOOD FOR any type animals from pets type insid eto wild type outside please things getting tougher and i been asked on rescuing critters due to lack of feed i want to help them keep their pets they love dearly jsut the cost of fuel and things making it tough please PLEASE help me help them drop off welcome i have totes and i can pick up loads. YES we're a real place hahaha SOOO if you have anything that's in the way or no need you can bring it us if like We're 710 Canaan rd skowhegan,me 04976 or call us to pick up loads please no trashy things. WE clean out houses, units, even barns, garage sale left overs.outside thing too. What started us is a little girl who had cancer wanted to come see the place for she saw our mini goats from the road.well she past away week later but in short she talked about our place at her time of death. Her mom thanked us for we made her dream of seeing all kinds of critters. Knowing she couldn't have any .. she gave me the biggest hug.I teared up.also, we have a place for everyone who lost a pet or loved one we have a memorial garden free too.they can place a fake flower or picture or if a tree anything really. i'll place the name in it for them. Then another child came showing off her shoes which she paid 10. at a salvation army place. i said this is it. I'm having a place to help and to make memories too. People ask what we need or looking for i tell them- think just have whats on your back. This is why we say anything under the sun .Please bring bags if you come.PLEASE it'll help us. it's wheelchair able too to see critters. we're going to try mini cart rides soon looking for a big friendly goat now. Times are tough and we know it too. thanks you for your time i just introducing myself and what we do here. we're open Weds-Sun 10 - 4. showing critters is sat. 11-2. come see what we have and if got donations let us know thanks or DROP OFF we have a place for them all. clothes is big and useful tools or things for critters but anything furniture needed and even little things help spruce up a home or help in my yardsale to help in vetting,gas to get loads,or get a critter,bills, a lot of things really this yardsale helps out. come enjoy the company and find things. This place is small but big heart. thanks---- kim bring bags please yardsale this is on going. thanks again come on as long good weather . I have the donation area and FREE area always open 7 days a week now!!! i just have security cams on with thefts going on i have too now. i got hit once butt ey were caught. but it's not stopping me helping and maybe you just wanting or looking. i have old-new-come see me ok i'm growing soon going to need help on wood to make another room. i give more then recieve. thank you all bring any type food from cat litter- to horse feed to crack corn or just goto the dollar tree get food and drop off or maybe you did some canning and have extra's. thank you or come buy and have fun too. it all for good . thank you all who has helped. I have people in aneed or jsut trying to make due. This place is fun and i think you'll like it too. not many around is like this. Next year I'm doing a venders place here too. where you want to sell chicks-bunnies-crafts-homemade goodies etc.. do it here the cost is each day bring a full bag of stuff for critters or people is all. but spaces limited CFMI I'm on main drag RT2 and have parking lot.
Location: skowhegan,me
it's ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interestsPostingID: 876688176

October 6, 2008, No. 3:

******Needing critter feed and people food please**** (skowhegan,maine)
Reply to: mailto:sale-869096398@craigslist.org?subject=******Needing%20critter%20feed%20and%20people%20food%20please****%20(skowhegan,maine) [?]Date: 2008-10-06, 7:06PM EDT
People needing food and their pets. I have now 4 families in needing animals food and i exspect more to come. They want to keep their pets .One family went to 2 shelters and both told full and will take the dog but will have to put down. I can't see this. Its a child to few so i wanted to help i been giving a lot away but now i can't afford more . I need rabbit, birds, dogs, kittens, and a livestock critter she needing crack corn about 4 bags. if can please bring to my place 710 canaan rd skowhegan,me 04976 i'm on rt2. or if got a bit i can pick up. i'm will to buy a load and give it away just to help these critters and people. i have a elderly i found out come once in while and she giving her fod up for her pets. i now starting a critters and people food bank please if can help me. Thank you. or know where i can get feed for critters cheap even if day olds i lived in Vt and been her few yrs and just learnign th eplace but don't know where to find help for em to help others. thank you. I have a flea market and i have a donation area i ask bring food for people or critters for the tiem is all. or $ . I also have a huge free area and ALL clothes-shoes-books-and toys always always free. (but don't take unless using not reselling not what i want this place to eb used for) and i have a selling place. old and new things and fudge too coming mmmm good too. I'm open 7 days a week 10 to dark. the selling side is 10 - 4 thurs-sun. please drop off what you can. The fuel is costing even the critters and not their fault or yours and mine but lets help one another please. these animals don't need to go be killed for lack of feed or people have to get rid of their pet who's a family memeber thank you for your time. food needed - any type critter i mean any type. meal worms-crickets- dog food-cat food-bird food- feed for live stock(mainly crack corn or whole corn is cheaper). ok let me know thigns aagin thank you.
Location: skowhegan,maine
it's ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interestsPostingID: 869096398

October 1, 2008, No. 4:

wanting to adopt a doe goat or family cow (skowhegan,maine)
Reply to: mailto:sale-862189149@craigslist.org?subject=wanting%20to%20adopt%20a%20doe%20goat%20or%20family%20cow%20(skowhegan,maine) [?]Date: 2008-10-01, 10:41AM EDT
looking to adopt a milking goat that is milking now.or will be kidding out soon. or a family cow who is milking. we're a hobby farm and rescue place at times, winter coming i like to get a milker in here soon. thank you for your time. have vetting here and plenty of fields and home . also have kids visit here who are special and they'll get kick on seeing how to milk i think too.
Location: skowhegan,maine
it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interestsPostingID: 862189149

September 29, 2008, No. 5:

1967/1980 snowmobiles (skowhegan)
Reply to: mailto:sale-860283698@craigslist.org?subject=1967/1980%20snowmobiles%20(skowhegan) [?]Date: 2008-09-29, 7:44PM EDT
looking to haul off that old sled just laying around in your barn or back yard no matter how many years its been sitting the older the better i dont have much money so it needs to be free or dirt cheap im not ecpecting much i just want an old sled to fix up or use for parts thanks
Location: skowhegan
it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interestsPostingID: 860283698

September 22, 2008, First of two ads that day, No. 6:

don't throw your left over sales away .I need it to help others thanks (skowhegan,me)
Reply to: mailto:sale-851150148@craigslist.org?subject=don [?]Date: 2008-09-22, 5:56PM EDT
If you have any left over items,or have things you don't need- furntiure,cookware,toys,clothes,household items, any critter things from cages,tanks,waters,cat litter,dog food,knick knack x-mas trees,etc... and is useful for families or critters please don't throw away I want it. I help many families and critters and i give away clothes-books-toys-shoes- and have a huge huge free area. But my yardsale helps get loads and vetting and bills-and gas to get loads but not much. so please don't throw it away drop it off to my place 710 canaan rd skowhegan,me 04976 399-9848, call me for more information thank you and if see free stuff on side of road be helpful too thanks.
Location: skowhegan,me
it's ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interestsPostingID: 851150148

September 22, 2008, Second of Two Consecutive Ads, No. 7:

wanting items thank you (skowhegan,me)
Reply to: mailto:sale-850279119@craigslist.org?subject=wanting%20items%20%20thank%20%20you%20(skowhegan,me) [?]Date: 2008-09-22, 7:18AM EDT
Wanting table chairs,dressers,dog foods,cat foods,cat litters,wild birds feed,indoor bird feed, livestock feed,crack corn toys,clothes,bags,woods for shelves, woods for burning,anything really ,left over yardsale stuff or unit clean outs or barn clean outs. this is why i need things items. I help people and critters around maine here who comes and ones i rescue or help. times are tough we know this. but when people come to me and say the shelter will take the animal but put it down for no room and reason get rid of is lack of feed that month due to getting fuel i want to help them and i do. i help critters here and i show them to many. i have a yardsale which help out too. but if have items please if can drop off to 710 canaan rd skowehgan,me 04976 or call me 399-9848 ad i can pick up a load of things too. I helped one family to be able keep a doggie and man the little girl gave a me a hug. i had tears. but i tell them people out there know it's tough and helping me help them winter is coming. ok thankyou for your time
Location: skowhegan,me
it's ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interestsPostingID: 850279119

Please follow subsequent posts for more atrocities. For example, pigs were donated to her alleged "Cause". Look at what she did. She is selling the piglets. Here is the ad:

piglets - $45 (skowhegan)
Reply to: mailto:sale-895844827@craigslist.org?subject=piglets%20-%20$45%20(skowhegan) [?]Date: 2008-10-27, 6:40PM EDT
9 piglets ready to go
Location: skowhegan
it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interestsPostingID: 895844827

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

OMG. UR right. How is she getting away with this? Why is she getting away with this?

Outraged said...

I'm outraged by what she is doing. Thanks for letting me know. I'll pass along the link to your blog so others will know what is going on.

Kitten said...

I posted this note on the Blog of the founder of Craigslist, Craig Newmark at http://www.cnewmark.com/2008/11/adventure-cab.html?cid=137303257#comment-137303257. It goes as follows:

"Hi Craig: I have been "futilely" writing to "abuse", "elves" at craigslist, posting online complaints, for several months, in addition to flagging numerous posts by a Scam artist in Showhegan, ME. Your staff refuses to remove the ads and continue to allow the new posts. They won't allow me to post complaints about it in the forums and it is against TOS to post ads about other ads. What am I am to do? All I wish to do is warn the good folks of Maine that they ARE being scammed by this person, who is attending College to become a vet, yet posts ads as though she is illiterate, so as to gain sympathy and fleece the good people of Maine out of livestock, food, money, animal feed, furniture, etc. This person is getting bolder, with each ad. She begged for free chickens and then started to sell the chicks. She begged for pigs, and is now selling the piglets. She is the only one who is benefitting from these SCAMs, not the hypothetical people in her "sob stories". I personally wrote to the Town of Skowhegan and State Dept. in ME. This is not a charity, legal or otherwise. There is no license. Kim is accepting all these things, TAX-FREE. Since your staff will not put a stop to these SCAM ads, I will do whatever I can to notify the people of Maine HOW they are being scammed. I would like to hear from you. Perhaps you can check out my Blog. If you wish, I have many, many e-mails I sent to "abuse@craigslist.org", all of which were obviously ignored. I would appreciate any suggestions you have on this matter, particularly how to finally get these SCAM ads removed and ensure that they are never again posted. Sincerely, Sarah".

I provided the URL to this Blog. Let us see whether we get a reply. I shall keep you posted.