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TCCcabinetmaker

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06-05-2014 06:37 PM

Would you except a cashier’s check for an item you had listed on craigslist?

I have a stool that I have posted on craigslist for sale, I made 3 instead of 2, which is a comon practice in making chairs and stools, in case a part gets messed up in the process, as back tracking to make one part could take several hours, well the parts for all three turned out, so I went ahead and made the third…

I am uncertain however about the method of payment, as I normally except checks from customers I know, or have met/ dealt with, and for things like this cash or credit cards. Do any of you have experience with these and the reliability of the transaction, I know wikipedia says that they are sometimes used to defraud sellers of merchandise. Which makes me a little more apprehensive about the idea.

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DrDirt

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#1 posted 06-05-2014 06:41 PM

There are cashiers checks that can be fraudulent, however I think it would be odd to get a bad cashiers check for a stool. People looking to screw you won’t go through that kind of trouble. (typically)

Craigs list – like wiki – flag these checks in their fraud section
http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

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2. Distant person offers a genuine-looking (but fake) cashier’s check:
•You receive an email (examples below) offering to buy your item, or rent your apartment, sight unseen.
•A cashier’s check is offered for your sale item as a deposit for an apartment or for your services.
•Value of cashier’s check often far exceeds your item—scammer offers to “trust” you, and asks you to wire the balance via money transfer service.
•Banks will often cash fake checks AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE WHEN THE CHECK FAILS TO CLEAR, sometimes including criminal prosecution.
•These scams often involve a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate owing buyer money, etc.).

I would say he should cash the check himself – - and bring cash for the stool

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Bogeyguy

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#2 posted 06-05-2014 06:43 PM

Did you receive an e-mail stating that the buyer will have someone pickup the merchandise or for you to ship it to Lord knows where. It’s a scam and happens quite a bit on Craig’s List. Be careful.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#3 posted 06-05-2014 06:46 PM

“Did you receive an e-mail stating that the buyer will have someone pickup the merchandise or for you to ship it to Lord knows where. It’s an scam and happens quite a bit on Craig’s List. Be careful.”

A photog friend of mine in Indiana is going through the very same thing. Verbatim. He was selling some studio lights and other equip in separate listings. Got the same email for both.

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7Footer

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#4 posted 06-05-2014 06:47 PM

^Agree with Dr. Dirt. I’m sure there are ways to create fake cashiers or fraudulent ones, but overall a cashier’s check is more legit than a regular check, it’s guaranteed funds.

You could also call the bank that issued the cashiers check (and call the branch it was issued from) and they will be able to verify it over the phone, much of the time the bank will ask for a name and address to the person who the check is payable to. The branch that the check was issued at may even be listed on the check.

Edit: I was assuming you are meeting your customer in person, if not then I wouldn’t do it.

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j_dubb

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#5 posted 06-05-2014 06:51 PM

If you’ve gotta ask, then usually it’s a scam, regardless of the value of the item being sold. Tell ‘em to go cash their cashiers check and then give you the cash from it.

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TCCcabinetmaker

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#6 posted 06-05-2014 06:54 PM

No, they are having someone “pick it up” to ship it to a son. They also ask that I delete the posting for the item.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#7 posted 06-05-2014 06:56 PM

Yeah that’s a scam.

If it’s a high dollar item like a car or a motorcycle, I tell people that I take money orders from the post office or cash. Nothing else.

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SamuraiSaw

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#8 posted 06-05-2014 06:59 PM

Simple answer…............

No.

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TCCcabinetmaker

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#9 posted 06-05-2014 07:00 PM

I have never dealt with a cashier’s check honestly, and that is why I am asking, there also was an odd text message that I recieved when sending an email address to the customer, saying I needed to adjust my url, and that standard texting/messaging fees may apply so I had to send stop back to that text message…. Just weird, do not know if it was a message sent through craigslist or something.

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#10 posted 06-05-2014 07:03 PM

These craigslist scams and other internet scams are a dime a dozen and I ignore them all. I have sold a lot on craiglist and only accept cash nothing else. Just got a response this morning from a craigslist ad I posted and I always state “no emails phone calls only” and still get emails from the scammers interested in “your item”

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TCCcabinetmaker

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#11 posted 06-05-2014 07:07 PM

Area code is somewhere in the Modesto california area…

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jakep_82

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#12 posted 06-05-2014 07:09 PM

It is almost certainly a scam. I don’t bother responding to emails requesting to pay with anything other than cash. Fake cashier’s checks and money orders are unfortunately very common.

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#13 posted 06-05-2014 07:12 PM

No

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7Footer

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#14 posted 06-05-2014 07:15 PM

yeah all the things you’re mentioning are signs of a scam. I’d only take a cashier’s check if I was meeting the customer in person, and either called the issuing bank to verify its legit or went to the bank with the person and had them cash it. Through the mail is almost surely a scam.

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SamuraiSaw

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#15 posted 06-05-2014 07:28 PM

No idea how much you’re asking for the stool, but there’s no reason to even consider a cashier’s check.

This is the same scam used time and time again. Tell them to take a hike (use whatever verbiage you choose) and wait for a legitimate buyer.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas.... www.awwtx.com

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