|Forum topic by pashley||posted 10-21-2009 02:30 PM||2118 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
10-21-2009 02:30 PM
I wanted to alert you all to a postal money order scam I was almost sucked into.
For a couple of months now, I’ve been recieving what seemed to be actual inquiries about clocks on my website. This guy would write to me and say he didn’t want to use Paypal, he would send a check. He was never clear on which clock he wanted, he was more focused on the payment. I thought it was one of those people that say they are going to order, but never do, yet recently he sent me an email telling me that FedEx was going to bring me a check that day – and sure enough, they did. Three of them in fact, each for $840 each – about $2500 total. My clocks are expensive, but no where near that amount. The checks were actually US postal money orders. I thought I hit the jackpot! This guy was some rich european ordering several clocks for presents.
In the envelope the checks were sent in was a typed up message about contacting an email once I received the checks. So I did. I had remarked that they had sent me too much money, and what clock did they want? They sent me back an email stating they weren’t quite sure, but could I Western Union the price difference back to them? This meant at least $2,000.
I had immediately called a friend, and he said it sounded fishy. I was so dazzled by the money, that I didn’t – or didn’t want to – see it.
It was a scam. Here’s how it works:
These rats pray on small business guys like us that are excited and eager to sell product; they don’t really care about the product. What they care about is sending you FAKE postal money orders, and then counting on your honesty to notify them about the “mistake” and having you send real cash – the difference in what they should have paid – back to them, and they disappear, with your money – and the product, if you sent it. Oh, and those postal money orders you gleefully cashed? The bank will get them back, as they are no good, and you have to cover them in your account. I don’t know if legal action would proceed as well, since I never deposited mine, I assume it would, since you have deposited, in essence, counterfeit money!
I notified the national postal inspectors, they took some basic info…and sent me a form to fill out?!
I would like to think that these postal money orders are essentially counterfeit money – maybe I’m wrong? I’m thinking about calling the FBI to see what they say – i want these rats caught, and not just have some form end up lost in Washington.
So, just a head’s up!
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