This is so basic. You'd get hit by placing a classifieds with your local newspaper, Craigslist & certainly here. Contact a mod ASAP when an offer seems too good to be true. They start by asking for your "best price" but then want to lay out more money than you asked to combine the sale & shipping? C'mon...
Components of a cashier check scam:
- Easily agreeing to your price.
- Price ... and then some. It sounds practical that they agree to pay for shipping. But then send you a check with extra so you have to compensate the pick-up person.
- Cashier check sent to you is a fraud. Ya can make anything look good on a computer these days. ALWAYS talk to your bank if you consider depositing these checks. They will tell you that it takes a couple weeks for the check to come back as fraudulent. Credit to your account will be removed at that point. But your item is gone by then. And you're left holding the bag for paying the shipper.
How could we make this more obvious?
And at classifieds...
Sorry this happens again and again. But just like an ad in your newspaper, each seller performs all the disclosure & dealing. To remind every one, your communication from the very start of an inquiry does not occur on this site at all.
It's the nature of scammers that they have identities that are up one day and never active again. Many of these are caught and banned -- but not always before they can communicate with you. It's a rough, raw world. Please tell us any time you get a too-good-to-be-true inquiry. And be careful out there....