So I’m in Canada and trying to sell old textbooks online and I’m contacted by a person who claims they work for **Saint Georges English Bookshop** a store in Berlin who buys textbooks and sells them back to students for profit. Everything’s going normal and then they ask for a favour. They say that they’re multiple students in my country that they’re buying books from and they ask me if I’m willing to accept a large cheque and then e-transfer the other sellers in exchange for more money. So I’m like this is a super weird and shady and I’m asking questions like why they’re having trouble paying, why can’t they PayPal or e-transfer, and I’m getting unsatisfactory answers. I then ask to Facetime/video chat with them so I can confirm they’re a real person and they avoid it like I can’t do that cause is this a business account and just insisting they are a legitimate business. Then I get an email with pdf scans of a cheque (I don’t know if it’s real) with my name on it for a very large amount of money. The company on the cheque is a Canadian business Signature sur le Saint-Laurent Construction S.E.N.C. so I ask them why is it a Canadian cheque and why doesn’t it match with the store name and they say is is a boss merger firm in Canada whatever that means. So ok, I ask them if they have an account in Canada why couldn’t they just pay the sellers directly why go though me, and they’re like oh we can’t cause it’s a firm account and it just has to be that way. So it’s super fishy so I’m like no thanks I don’t want to be a middle man and they’re like ok just delete the email I sent you that again has a picture of a cheque (which may or may not be real) for a large amount of money. It’s so weird cause it seems too good to be true, but also I can’t figure out what the scam is. Like if that was a real cheque what do they have to gain by giving me money and asking me to give it to other people? The bookstore seems to be a legitimate store in Berline with good Google reviews. Has anyone else been through this? I can’t seem to find anyone who has experience with this store.
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