Cashing In On Tragedy

The scam: A sad story and a timely warning from the ever-popular classified ad site CraigsList. A guy raising money for a terminally ill parent tries to sell furniture and gets a reply offering to buy.

The “buyer” later says she’s sent a check but it was for too much money — so would the seller mind cashing it and sending back the difference? A wicked variation on the overpayment scam.

Solution: Never accept a check for more than the asking price and then give a refund. The original check usually bounces and you end up holding the bag.

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