Thread: Is It A Scam??????????????
03-15-2005, 06:34 PM #1
Is It A Scam??????????????
Ok so I have been doing a little business on ebay lately in my spare time. I get these Leica Minilux cameras for super cheap, they are 400$ cameras I get them for a bill.
So this guy contacts me, not affiliated with ebay in any way, says he wants 20 cameras. No problem send me the 4500$ and Ill get them to ya. So I recieved the check on Monday and it was for 8000$ He tells me that an associate owed him and had him send me the check because he was in the states. He now wants me to send him the remaining balance in a cashiers check. I cashed the check all of it. Im sitting on 8 gerr now.
Well heres the thing: a friend of a friend who works at a bank told me that it was a scam. It's probably a fake check that I cashed and he wants me to send him 20 cameras and the 3500$. I mean what the Shiz. Why if his friend was in the states the check came from the uk. With Royal Mail stamped on it.
Why would he not do business through ebay???
If I cashed the check am I liable if it is fake???
I am going to hold on to my cams and this money untill this gets resolved.
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03-15-2005, 06:39 PM #2
03-15-2005, 06:42 PM #3
check the seller.
looks ok as long as your not bidding on that time machine
03-15-2005, 06:42 PM #4
Was he Nigerian? Only reason i say that is that we have LOTS of Nigerian scammers in the UK. Alot of them work for Royal Mail and steal check books/bank cards and use them for fraudulant means.
Basically, the scam goes like this.
You recieve check
You put the check in your account
You send the guy the cameras and cash
Your still waiting for the check to clear
The check bounces.
It happens all the time, i got contacted by alot of people when i sold my car, from over seas.
PM Me the persons details and i can check it for you if you want mate.
03-15-2005, 06:43 PM #5
jeez man thats a tough one, if you already have the 8 g's..... what could happen to them?
03-15-2005, 06:44 PM #6
It is used as a way to launder illegal money or a scam. You should not have even cashed the check and told him to go pound sand. People try and do this all the time with cars. Basically you have washed there money for them or it was a fake check which may come back on you.
03-15-2005, 06:44 PM #7
Also if the check has cleared i would not spend a dime of it. If something is too good to be true, it usually is. As i said bro, PM me his details, if he is in the UK i can get it checked out.
03-15-2005, 06:45 PM #8Originally Posted by bigcut77
03-15-2005, 06:45 PM #9
yes......... you would be liable for the $8000
when in 2 weeks the bank comes back to you..
contact your bank, and makes sure they have the funds from that check..
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03-15-2005, 06:46 PM #10Junior Member
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Its actually an old time scam
03-15-2005, 06:46 PM #11
I think I'll do that messy but the check didnt have to clear- it was cashiers.
It sounds like a great scam though if you think about it.
"heres the money, just send the balance back to me" That way he is getting 20 cams and 3500$ It wouldnt have cost him a thing. If ya know what I mean. I send cams and check to some bullshiz address and I'm footing the bill for 3500$
Just to risky
03-15-2005, 06:49 PM #12
simple...rip up the check
tell him to send the right amount with a money order,cash or paypal
couldnt be easyer
03-15-2005, 06:53 PM #13Originally Posted by bigrob33
03-15-2005, 06:55 PM #14Originally Posted by bigrob33
I would be footing 8 gerr on this deal actually.
Luckily I caught it in time, I mean I can still return the $ to the bank, fly to the uk and break his legs for him.
Now if it is legit I might just send the cams and tell him to fly a kite for my troubles.
Im not that kind of bro though, Karmas a mother
03-15-2005, 06:58 PM #15AR-Hall of Famer / Retired
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- up an ass
03-15-2005, 07:00 PM #16Originally Posted by The Original Jason
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03-15-2005, 07:02 PM #17AR-Hall of Famer / Retired
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probably why u aint seen me bro lol, ive been busy with the rest of the nonsense that goes on, but im always around tryin to help out
03-15-2005, 07:10 PM #18
Then there must be a reason you havent gotten back to me on what I PMd you about OJ????
So what do you suggest? Wait a few weeks untill the bank calls or just take back the $ tomarrow and explain what had happened? God the check looked so good to. Hmmm people are fukn bad man Im tellin ya.
03-15-2005, 07:14 PM #19
trust no one. question everything.
03-15-2005, 08:40 PM #20Originally Posted by xfade7
Your very wise
03-15-2005, 08:45 PM #21
03-15-2005, 08:57 PM #22Anabolic Member
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If its a fake check and the bank cashed it, its not your fault, it can't bounce. IF you deposited the check into your checking, you would have to pay a fine if it bounced.
I'm a landlord and I cash all my checks, then put cash into my savings/checking for that reason.
If you have the 8g in your hand, and just cashed it at the bank. The bank cannot take the 8g out of your checking, you just cashed a check. I don't think you can get in trouble for it, your a merchant selling cameras that is all.
I'd hold on to the money for awhile and see what happens. Email this guy and just explain to him what you did on the board.
03-15-2005, 09:07 PM #23
or jsut keep it and dont send him anything and never respond to emails.. that would be funny!
03-15-2005, 10:49 PM #24
Some of the best advice I've ever been given:
"A good deal never seeks you out."
03-16-2005, 12:14 PM #25
SCAM........ Did you have to sign the check in order to cash it? If so, your responsible for the money.
I was in a chat room and this overseas girl wanted me to do the same thing. She said she'll send me 3500 in a cashiers check. She wanted me to cash it and keep 500 for myself and send her the rest. Then, she gave me some sob story about how shes a model and the U.S. embassy will not cash it for her, bla bla bla. This girl imed me EVERY time I got online for weeks. I kept telling her NO, this doesnt sound right to me. I told her to call HER bank, they will help. Finally, she got pissed because I would not do it and I would not give her my name, address, etc.
Just watch out man.
03-16-2005, 01:05 PM #26
i'd go to your bank and see if they can help you verify that the source of the funds is aware of such check or if it's fake. i'm sure the bank will take some interest in it if you tell them it could quite possibly be a scam. at least then you could put the 8g's bank in your account and if it is a scam they can debit it back out and you still have your camera's, nothing lost.
03-16-2005, 01:16 PM #27
I guarantee this is a scam. Never accept a cashier's check for anything nowadays. Paypal is the way to go. NEVER accept a cashier's check. 9 times out of 10 it is a scam. I have been approached by a Nigerian and someone in the UK.
03-16-2005, 01:24 PM #28Associate Member
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I don't understand. If the check is cashed how can they say he is responsible?
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