Deal of the Century

We’re trying to sell our car. I posted it on craigslist (among other places) this morning and quickly received a response. What follows is my correspondance with an online scam artist known as Jordan Evans

On August 24, 2012 10:15 AM, “Jordan Evans” evanszq03@googlemail.com wrote:

Is the car still available?

On August 24, 2012 10:15 AM, “Joe Shaw” wrote:

Yes it is, but I’ve had a lot of people ask about it. Are you interested?

Thanks,
Joe

On Aug 24, 2012 11:19 AM, “Jordan Evans” evanszq03@googlemail.com wrote:

Thanks for the mail,i am buying this for my son as his gift because i would not be around to celebrate with him i am a petroleum engineer currently on a rig offshore and due to the nature of my work,phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it. I really want this item to be a surprise gift for my son so i wont let him know anything about the item until it gets delivered to him,i am sure he will be more than happy with the item.I will make the payment through paypal because i don’t have access to my bank account online as i don’t have internet banking, but i can pay from my PayPal account,as i have my bank a/c attached to it, i will need you to give me your PayPal email address so i can make the payment as soon as possible for the item and pls if you don’t have PayPal account yet,it is very easy to set up, go on www.paypal.com and get it set up ,after you have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you use for registration with PayPal so as to put the money through.I have a pick up agent that will come for the pick up immediately you have receive the payment in full.

On Aug 24, 2012 11:45 AM, “Joe Shaw” wrote:

Hey Evan:

Sounds great!

Thats awesome your buying a car for your son. I’m selling my car to help pay for college because my parents dont have any money
My dad says I should be careful don’t want to get.caught ins a scam tho. Can you send me a photo of yourself on the rig where you work holding a sign that says, “Go Mudhens!”

I’m a huge.fan of the Toledo Mudhens.

Looking forward to doing business with you,
Jim “too tall” Short

On Aug 24, 2012 12:35 PM, “Jordan Evans” evanszq03@googlemail.com wrote:

jim, i cannot send pictures today. we are very busy and not having the time to be on the internet. i only have a short amount of time. please send em your paypal info so i can send you the money. My son is excited about the car. he should like it very much. good luck on college.

On Aug 24, 2012 1:13 PM, “Joe Shaw” wrote:

You told your son about the car! I thought it was a surprise? How old is your son? This car has a V6 and I think there are laws about kids under the age of 18 driving cars with powerful engines. Your really going to like this car. I’ve had a lot of people ask about it, though, so I had to raise the price to $7000. I hope that’s okay.

I know your busy and I know your not a scammer but my dad won’t let me sell the car if I don’t have some proof? when can you send the picture?

Thanks,
Jim

On Aug 24, 2012 1:22 PM, “Jordan Evans” evanszq03@googlemail.com wrote:

I will send it soon. Please send me your paypal address.

Big News: A One-Act Play

Big News Play

Big News by Joseph Shaw
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Description: When Mike brought his friends together to share his big news, he didn’t think he’d be in for such a strange ride.…

The Best Thing That Ever Was

He smiles at me expectantly, with his eyes cocked sideways towards me and his mouth half open, like he’s listening to a long and complicated joke that’s just about reached its punchline. I look at him and smile and he throws his head back and opens his mouth as far and as wide as he can, joy exploding on his face, the same way his momma does on rare and wonderful occasions. I smile again, hoping to egg him into another one, but he furrows his brow as if to say, “Not yet, old man.” And just when I’ve about given up hope he does it one more time. We repeat this several times as I change his diaper. In a few years I’ll have to remind him to keep his voice down because its late and his laughter tends to wake up his mother, maybe his siblings (if there will be any) and most likely the neighbors as well. His voice will carry and he won’t notice it. It will take constant reminding to keep from offending people. Just like his dad. But for now, whether there is noise or silence, I see him smile and I think to myself, “this is the best thing that ever was.”