Posted an item to sell on Craigslist…..

I haven’t posted anything on Craigslist for awhile and wasn’t familiar with the new “I’ll send you a check” scam. The item I had posted was for $300 and I just received a check for $2,500 oh boy! It’s supposed to be for paying the movers. I called the bank the check is drawn on. I gave them the information and they said it’s a legitimate account and the funds are available. I had already explained that I thought it was a scam and she recommended I call the company who owns the account. Called them and sent an email of a picture of the check…. still waiting to hear back. I have another check in the mail, supposed to be here tomorrow. Has anyone ever asked the businesses that have had their checks forged a “thank you” payment for alerting them or been offered one? I’m almost tempted to ask, but that might seem like a scam in itself! 😆

The content was posted by RavenousFox1985 on 2021-10-05 19:50:51 via reddit

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  1. Sport86522 says:

    This is a common scam. !fakecheck . No point and trying to look into it. The check is fake and will eventually bounce. No buyer is going to send you 2200 hundred dollars extra in hopes you actually pay the “movers” . Just ignore and move on.

  2. Fluoise_Belcher says:

    No, there’s no “finders’ fee” because you’re not helping the banks in any way: they claw their funds back by whatever means necessary, they don’t depend on the honesty of members of the public to recover stolen funds.

    Just rip both cheques up and block the ‘buyer’.



    **The Fake Check Scam**

    The fake check scam arises from many different situations (for instance, you applied for a job, or you are selling something on a place like Craigslist, or someone wants you to be their “sugar baby”, or someone wants to purchase goods or services from your business), but the bottom line is always something like this:

    (1) The scammer sends you a very real looking, but fake, check (often it is a fake “cashier’s check” for about $2,000).

    (2) You deposit the check into your bank account, and within a couple of days your bank makes some or all of the funds available to you. This helps trick you into the false belief that the check was real. (Note that by law, under most usual situations, your bank must make some or all the funds available to you within a few days, **BUT THIS IS NOT** the same thing as the check or the funds being “verified” or the check “clearing” the bank.)

    (3) For various and often complicated reasons, depending on the specific story line of the scam, the scammer will ask you to send someone (who is either the scammer themselves using an alias or a “money mule” acting as a witting or unwitting accomplice of the scammer) some of the money by Western Union, or MoneyGram, or cryptocurrency, or even gift cards like iTunes gift cards.

    (4) Usually within a couple of weeks (but it can take as long as a couple of months) your bank will realize that the check you deposited was fake, and your bank will remove the funds that you deposited into your account and charge you for a bounced check fee. If you withdrew any of the money that you deposited, such that your bank account balance goes negative when the bank reverses the deposit, then you will owe that money back to your bank, and your bank may charge you an overdraft fee.

    **Of course any money that you send to anyone by Western Union or MoneyGram or cryptocurrency or gift cards will be gone and unrecoverable the moment that it is picked up by the scammer or their money mule.**

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