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Old 07-01-2009, 07:38 PM
 
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Not sure if this is the right folder or not, but I thought I'd try. Anyway, to make a long story short, I have almost (stupidly, I admit) fallen victim to a Craigslist scam. I had listed several items on the site, and was contacted by a potential buyer who then arranged to send a check for the item in question. Well, I received the check today and it's for more than 10 times the asking price of the item. He wants the remainder sent by Western Union. Clearly, I am not going to cash that check, nor will I mail the items to the buyer. I've already told him so.

So, my question is this. What do I do now that I have this fraudulent check? Should I just destroy it and forget about it, ignoring any further emails from the clown who sent it by UPS? Should I hand it over to my local police department? Do I have to worry that this person has my physical address?

Again, I realize I'm an idiot for letting it get this far, so please, only constructive comments
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:51 PM
 
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Should I just destroy it and forget about it, ignoring any further emails from the clown who sent it by UPS?
Millions of spam emails and thousands of fraud. checks are received daily from overseas...Why waste more time?
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Old 07-01-2009, 08:48 PM
 
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Email him that you ain't stupid, that check and copies of emails will be turned over to police.

He sent it UPS as now he can't be charged with mail fraud by the post office.

He will probably move on to easier targets, i.e. someone more gullible
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:01 AM
 
Location: CA
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Contact your local legal adviser and inform them with all the details about the scamand they will help you.
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:30 AM
 
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Just forget about it. These clowns live in Nigeria. They do this hundreds of times a day. They already forgot about it themselves.
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Old 07-02-2009, 08:16 AM
 
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You need to report it. Contact your local police.
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Old 07-02-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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This same thing just happened to me. I just got the "check". I reported it to abuse@craigslist.org
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Old 07-02-2009, 10:10 AM
 
Location: H-town, TX.
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Email him that you ain't stupid, that check and copies of emails will be turned over to police.

He sent it UPS as now he can't be charged with mail fraud by the post office.

He will probably move on to easier targets, i.e. someone more gullible
I'm sure the authorities would have been right on a case that originated from overseas anyway...right.
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Old 07-02-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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[I would take it to the local postal inspector for their use. If the person used the US mail to conduct the fraud, the inspectors will handle it.

Good that you were smart enough to recognize the scam. It would not happen unless there were those out there falling for it.
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Old 07-02-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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Offer to have funds wired directly to his account.
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