Monday, December 18, 2006
Check Scam!
Q: About two months ago I placed an ad on wndu.com about items for sale. I had a response from out of the country. A guy wanted to buy all items sight unseen, he was to mail me a money order to amount larger than asking price to cover sending those items. I was to notify him and his preferred shipper when the money clear. I thought it to be a hoax.
To my amazement last Friday I received a $3500 check (the value of merchandise was $350). Not a money order but a check from some NY company. It came in a plain envelope from out of the country without a return address. I have the gut feeling something is not right, but I have no idea what to do with it.

A. You are right that it is a scam. I again refer you to snopes.com for more information on these hoaxes. Cashing a check for more than the amount of the item you are selling will end up costing your money when the bank notifies you that it is a counterfeit check, long after the funds from your account have been taken out and paid to the "buyer"- Don't do it! More information and advice on that is found here.
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