Ljohn17, under no circumstances, accept any check, or money order proposition on craiglist.. almost 100% of these types of transactions are fraudulent.. take a look at craiglist home page, which bewares buyers of making these transactions.. especially if the buyer is not local.. the scheme works simply like this..
the money orders and checks are phonies.. the plot of the fraudulent seller is for you to ship the goods, on receipt of the check.. he is banking(so to speak) on you depositing that check and then releasing the goods.. however it can take days if not weeks in some cases for the bank to catch it.. and when the bank catches it..
their charging you for it.. they may even think your part of the scam.. under no circumstances accept this form of payment..
the fraudsters will always do up a general email, it may sound something like this..
Hello Sir. I saw your advert on the craigslist, i would like to know if the item is still available.. i would like to pay by cashiers check or money order..
you will notice the following characterisitcs, that all of these are general terms.. the buyer will never come out and actually mention the product your selling.. because they use robots to mass harvest email addresses in craiglist and mass post to everyone posting an ad.. a lot of times the fraudsters grammer and english will be poor if at all readable..
what the jerks don't realize is that we get email like this everyday from different email addresses..
in any event.. try to do business locally in your city or area where you can actually meet the person in person for a cash transaction..
if you have to deal out of state or country.. Wire transfer thru Western union only!
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