BEWARE……. I received an email today that is one of the oldest scams in the book. The person wanted to purchase one of the dummies I have listed on the Ventriloquist Marketplace.
I wasn’t too concerned (I’ve seen the scam many times) until I was contacted by another person that has an item listed on the Marketplace and they had received the same email from the same person wanting to purchase their item.
The scam involves sending a cashiers check for more than the amount of the item….then you (as the seller) cash the check, keeping your asking price while giving back the remainder of the money.
Here’s the exact email:
How are you doing today and how business and family? well i saw your ads which is posted , I wanna purchase it and I’m glad that i found it….Well i will like you to tell me the presently condition of this ads . I will like you to get back to me with your contact address, email address, phone number and the total price of the this ads.
The payment will be made by cashier check and the shipping of the item will be handle by my shipping agent, the shipper will come to you for the pick up, when payment is clear from your bank.
The payment is going to mail to you by my client and it going to be in
excess and i want you to deduct your amount from it and the balance back to the shipper for pick up. I will be looking forward to hear back from you, if you’re ok with this terms.. Looking forward to read from you ….Hoping to read from you soonest
Sometimes the “buyer” will offer to let you keep extra money for your troubles….it’s all a scam so don’t be fooled.
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They made a movie about it, Flim Flam Man, filmed in part in Anderson County, KY but did not involve a cashier’s check, pidgeon drop scam I think it’s called. I always thought a cashier’s check was good as cash, but apparently the check was phony and somehow the presenter is liable to the bank once phony check realized, I do not know.
Or maybe no recourse by bank against presenter who has his money but has been used to help scam paying bank and scammer has goods plus some money to boot, I’m not sure.