In this scam the scammer is NOT interested in your 'item'
In this scam the scammer will ask the Seller to cash a Cashiers Check/Money Order that is for MORE than the price of the 'item'. He will then ask the Seller to send the OVERPAYMENT to his FAKE SHIPPER by Western Union or Moneygram to pay for the pickup and shipping.
That money will be lost forever.
Hi I just saw your item posted on craigslist and am so much interested in buying it,can i get it or sold already?
from: Gordon Russell firstname.lastname@example.org
date: Mon, May 7, 2012 at 1:02 AM
subject: Re: Acer Laptop
Thanks for the response.I am willing to pay your asking price.I will pay by money order as its the only way i can pay you at the moment.I will make arrangement for the pick-up immediately after payment have been received by you. I don't mind adding an extra thirty dollars so you can keep it in my favor.Please reply with your full names,cell phone number,and address or P.O box, where payment should be sent.Please take the posting off craigslist today and consider it sold to me. Expecting to hear from you soon.
Hope you are keeping well. I am in London now on a business trip but i have ask my assistant to send your payment out today.Please i want you to hold it for me .It will take few days to get the payment.
Even if your bank tells you that the check/Money Order has cleared, it does not mean they will take responsibility for it when it is returned. They are required by law to give you access to money within a few days.
But later, when the check/Money Order goes to a clearance house or the original bank, the check/Money Order will be returned and you will be held responsible.
It can take days, weeks, or even months for the fraud to be discovered and you will be required to pay all of the money back, regardless of who sent the check/Money Order to you. The bank also may have you charged with 'Financial Fraud'.