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03-29-2005 09:40 AM  13 years agoPost 1
RappyTappy

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I'm selling a fairly pricey item on ebay and I've gotten several scam e-mails that I know about with their "friend" sending a cashies check for XXXX amount over the items cost, so I just cash the check, send the excess money and the item only to find out later it was bogus.

I have a guy who seems like he could be shady and he wants to send me a money order. The person doesn't seem to speak English very well and it is kinda strange sometime. My question is, if he does in fact send a money order and I cash it and it goes through, is it all good or can it come back and bite me?

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03-29-2005 11:32 AM  13 years agoPost 2
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A money order is as good as cash. He has to pay cash for it. He's probably paying you with a money order so he can track were the money is going. Once you cash it, he knows you got his money, so you can't say you never got it (not that you would), but there are people that would try to say they never got it. This way he knows you got it. I like PayPal myself, but I have taken money orders and never had a problem. If there is a way for it to come back and "bit" you, I've never heard of it.

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03-29-2005 12:04 PM  13 years agoPost 3
Bill F

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A money order is not as good as cash. Make sure it clears just like a regular check before you send anything. The scam is they send you a fake money order and before anyone is the wiser you have already mailed out what you are selling. A guy tried to get me with that.

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03-29-2005 12:13 PM  13 years agoPost 4
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Don't just wait til it clears - wait until the bank has actually confirmed "receipt of funds".
It takes about two weeks AFTER a fake check or money order clears (shows up in your account) before it actually comes back "unpaid by originating bank". Your bank will then deduct the money and fees from your account. If you've shipped the item, you're out!
A money order is no better than a check (unless its a genuine USPS money order).

Guess what? I just saved a ton of money on my Auto(rotation) insurance!

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03-29-2005 12:18 PM  13 years agoPost 5
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USPS money order is all I accept. Take it to the post office and get cash and there's no way to get bitten. Money orders can have stop payments put on them even if there good to begin with. The sender could even wait till you say you have cashed it and than go put a stop payment on it. You ship the goods and a week later you are screwed.

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03-29-2005 12:53 PM  13 years agoPost 6
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However you can not put a stop payment on a USPS money order.

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03-29-2005 02:03 PM  13 years agoPost 7
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Money order scam.
http://www1.wxyz.com/wxyz/nw_local_...3647099,00.html

Nothing to trust...


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03-29-2005 03:50 PM  13 years agoPost 8
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Tell him you want a Western union money order.

They have to have cash to buy it and once you cash it the deal is done.

I bet he never answers you back.

this is the same BS that I had selling my underwater camera.

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03-29-2005 04:43 PM  13 years agoPost 9
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ITS A SCAM!!! Anyone that askes to send you a check in an amount "over" the asked amount is playing a scam on you. They want you to cash it, and send them the item and leftover cash. Then, when it bounces, you are left holding the bill. Dont even reply to these losers.



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03-29-2005 06:32 PM  13 years agoPost 10
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To bad this is what the world is coming to.

There is a fine line between 'Hobby

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03-29-2005 06:53 PM  13 years agoPost 11
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"Amount over" deals are scams, unless you are trying to get cash back from a Safeway clerk! A friend had that pulled on him with a Rolex watch.

As another poster said, get the cash in your hands - bank can tell you when the funds have cleared. Banks can take upto two weeks to clear funds sometimes.

Cashiers checks,certified checks, bonds, etc., can be fraudulent. They are not as good as cash until the funds have cleared. The same goes for every piece of paper that purports to be a financial instrument.

Boom_Strike, the world has always been like this. It's just that the crooks have learned about the internet! Fraud is as old as commerce!

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03-29-2005 11:44 PM  13 years agoPost 12
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They have to have cash to buy it and once you cash it the deal is done.
I'm not sure how it works in the USA, but that's how it works up here in Canada. You have to buy the money order with cash (how ever much you want the money ordred for). Once the person cashes it, he has his money (no if and or but), the deal is done.
The only good thing about a money order is, it's the same thing as real money (it won't bounce like a cheque will), and you can tell if it's been cashed, and it can only be cashed by the person it was made out to (you have to show ID).

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03-30-2005 12:09 AM  13 years agoPost 13
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Another thing you can do is check on the buyer's background there on eBay. You can see if he/she has any negative marks or comments. I would also caution selling to a "new" eBay user that has not built up a history yet.

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03-30-2005 12:26 AM  13 years agoPost 14
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bank can tell you when the funds have cleared.

sharam

I talked to my bank and they told me they would have no way of telling when the check cleared untill it came back to them and that could take several months.

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03-30-2005 12:33 AM  13 years agoPost 15
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Depends on your banking relationship - the info is available quite quickly actually but they are too lazy to get it for you unless you press them.

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03-30-2005 01:10 AM  13 years agoPost 16
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as sharam pointed out, the check could be fake. I can scan a check and print a copy that would fool any bank clerk. You can even duplicate the embossing easily.

I would NEVER accept that kind of deal. Let the buyer sort out his money troubles then produce just the right amount of money. If I want to buy something bad enough, I'll figure out a way to satify the seller, not the otherway around.

chuck


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03-30-2005 02:30 AM  13 years agoPost 17
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It would seem that electronic funds transfer to your bank or
account is the safest way


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03-30-2005 05:36 AM  13 years agoPost 18
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Money-order scams are as old as E-bay!

Run!

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03-30-2005 05:46 PM  13 years agoPost 19
RappyTappy

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Thanks for the advise guys. Man, I get like 5 or so e-mail like this every day! It is very bad on ebay.

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