[Via BoingBoing] Rob Cockerham did an experiment on Craigslist; He pretended that he found some money. Here’s his post:
And some of the responses he received:
Jack- My wife and I where shopping at Mervyns and lost 260.00 it was one fifty one ten five twenties and one one hundred dollar bill. We where at the Mervyns on Plano Rd. In Dallas please let me know if you found any part of this money we would greatly appreciate it. (Fri. 4:40pm)
Rob- Hi Jack, I’m sorry, I found the money in the shoe department at the Camp Wisdom Mervyn’s store. Good luck. -Rob (Mon 10:31am)
Bella- Hello I was shopping at the mervyns on camp wisdom with my family I was in the shoe department and jewlrey department. somewhere in either department I lost three hundred dollars. and I am going out of my mind ! please email me back and let me know if you found it. I have been worried sick. thank you (10:35 am!!)
Rob- Hi Bella, That is the same store where I found the money, but I found almost $800 wrapped in paper. I’m sorry. It might even be from the store itself, so I’ve been planning to go and ask the manager if their deposit was missing or something. Good luck. – Rob (Mon 12:50 pm)
Eric- I saw your post on cl just as I was going to put one up. my boss told me about cl. I lost some money at mervyns on camp wisdom I had just come from the bank and stopped in to get some sneakers. the money I lost is my rent money. it was wrapped in paper and was 780.00 . my wife is needless to say unhappy with me for loosing it. I called the store and no one has turnend it in. if you can email me back. thank you. eric (Mon 12:54 pm)
Bella- thank you for emailing me back. someone just called me who found my money! so thankfully I got it back.
Rob- Hi Eric, Ok, thanks for writing. I called the store and tried to talk to the manager to see if it might be misplaced or stolen from the register, but she was not available. I hung up after 7 minutes on hold. Anyway, I’m waiting for them to call me back too. I want to be sure I have the right person because it was a lot of money. Can you tell me anything about the paper? -Rob
Eric- It was wrapped in white paper, I am loosing my mind paniking because that was almost my whole pay how could I possibly recoop that you know|?
Rob- The money I found was wrapped in magazine pages, so I don’t think this is the right money. Good luck. -Rob
And that was it. Each represented personality came from a separate, long-established yahoo mail account.
I can hardly believe it actually happened… that someone actually thought I would fall for their ever-more-specific claims. It felt like the same person coming up to my “Free Candy” booth four times, wearing lame disguises with each visit. And just so you know, the money in Dallas was wrapped in the centerfold pages…from Oprah’s “O” Magazine.
Since they were all from longstanding email addresses, I have to wonder: Was it one person who had a whole series of fake email addresses to pull-off scams? Was it a group of friends/coworkers trying to get the money?
(More craigslist “lost money” experiments here)