Last year my gf's parants were selling a pool table they never used and the same thing basically happened. Some a hole sent a fake check for more than asking price and wanted them to ship the table! They were smart enough to smell bs though. Come to find out this type of thing occurs frequently and these people are hard to track down. Sad thing is that they fool some people.
How about either a) open a new account at a new bank. Or b) open a separate account at your bank. Either way I would tell the bank wwhat's up and I bet they now the best course of action. I think after 30 days they can't go back and cancel the check
I've heard of this and actually had a friend who a guy was emailing trying to send a check for well over the amount asked.
how does this scam work?
Is the check real?
If the check is real y can't you just cash the check and then pay the shipping company? That way no bank info would be involved. But I'm guessing the checks are fake?
Scum bags. I believe fake checks that all seems to go fine at first and you send them back the overpay in real money. When your bank gets everything figured out your account balance is on you. I don't think they care as much about the product with it being more traceable and taking time to get to a pick up point. SCUM!
That is the reason if you go to the used car section that is warns of this in big red typing. Take the check to the cops and see if they can nab this guy where he sent the check from. Needs to be reported and hopefully dealt with. After the check goes into your account and you use the "extra" money to ship then you bank will notice a few weeks later that the check is bad and you will owe them the amount of the check.
Usually they ask you to send them back the money for the difference that they say they over paid in error. They will probably ask for you to send it by Western Union as well. Scammers use Western Union because they have no policy to get any ID for the person picking up the money. They send you a fake cheque, ask for the difference back so your out the amount of the cheque, the difference you send them and whatever the property is if you send it.
One of the IGNORANT GIRLS on MTV's TEEN MOM was sellin her car. Dude sent her a check for more than the she was asking for the car. He told her to mail the difference back to him. She did it and the check he sent her was cancelled or bounced. She was still thinking the guy was coming for the car. LMBO!
Same Scam's going around here in SoCal...the check they sent you Tony likely will check out good when your bank tries to verify funds, however; once it goes into the banking system, and reaches the processing center, it will encounter a hold, or an issue and will be returned to your bank. If your bank placed a hold or if they did not won't matter and the responsibility to cover the funds will fall on your shoulders.
I would call the local authorities, I am not sure if in your location they will act or not, here in SoCal we had a similar incidence and a Police report was made and the check turned over for investigation...
My mom used to work at a bank. If I remember correctly a check can take up to 10 bussiness days to completely clear from one back to another. Like, if the check was writen from say Chase bank and your bank is Comerica. If both accounts were through the same bank its a few days. But being this guy is sending a certified check I bet it woudl be a couple weeks before it was cleared, if it does.
I would call the Attorney General for your state, they generally investigate that kind of thing. You may even be able to file a complaint online.
A couple of years ago my husband was getting collection notices for internet service or something he had never had and they kept sending harassing letters and threatening to turn it in to the credit agencies. I filed a complaint with the attorney general because we could never get a hold of the people. The Attorney General's office took care of it and notified us of everything they did in writing. I'm pretty sure it was a scam, not a mistake.
I'd like to make fun of you guys for watching "Teen Mom", but I'd be lying if I said I'd never watched it :lol: