|Forum topic by pashley||posted 395 days ago||1335 views||0 times favorited||28 replies|
395 days ago
I wanted to pass along a story to you guys a story of me ALMOST getting scammed, so you don’t fall prey either! Being a craft person that wanted to make a sale, I wanted to believe it was real – which could have cost me my shirt. Here’s how it went down….
You post (for instance) a side table on your own website, for $1000; maybe you have a way to shopping cart it for payment through Paypal too.
Someone contacts you saying they want “the product” (they aren’t specific it seems), and may even buy several. They also indicate they will send their own (or a common) shipper to get the product. You are elated! Not only are you selling one, but several. The guy says he’ll send you a cashiers check, or Postal Money order. You think that’s fine. You send him your mailing address, and voila! The checks appear. Just one little problem though – he sent you two checks, or one check for more than the amount – let’s say $2,000. So, you quickly email the guy, saying, hey, you sent me too much money. He replies back (very quickly) that it was a mistake, but you can go ahead and cash the checks (if you haven’t already) and wire him the difference – in this case, $1000, so you do it, and he gives you the directions to do so.
Two days later, your bank, where you deposited those money order, or Postal Money Orders calls you, and says they bounced, or aren’t real. In my case, the postal money orders were forgeries – counterfeits, the same as counterfeit $100 bills! However, I never cashed the postal money order checks. Fortunately, I know a postmistress, took them to her, and she’s like, “No, these aren’t real”, and showed me subtle differences between the real and fake. I could have really been in trouble, trying to cash forged federal instruments!!! Not only that, but the money I sent to the con man would have been gone too. I really could have had a bad day.
I contacted the authorities and they were like, “There’s nothing we can do; these guys move around so much, we can’t catch them. Typically they are overseas, like the Bahamas or Africa.”
This is an example of the mantra, “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.”
So, I hope that helps prevent one of you good fellows from getting scammed!
-- Have a blessed day!