Was looking to sell some theater lighting... and got this!
Greg Moris (firstname.lastname@example.org) Hi, I was told by my assistant that your item is still for sale,i would have love to come and see it,but my scheduled is very tight as am going out of state on a business trip. My assistant will mail out your payment once you provide your full name.phone number and address.I can only pay via Money Order as am on a business trip now,pls let me know where to send your payment to because i wouldn't want to lose it to some else.I don't mind adding ($30) dollars so you can keep it in my favor,you should get your payment in 6-7 working days I will also make arrangement for pick-up which will be after you must have received and cashed the payment. Awaiting your info. Please let me know as soon as you receive it so i can start making arrangement for the pick-up. Thanks
So, what's the scam here? Sounds plausible, but odd.
You receive and cash the money order.
Someone picks up the stuff after the money is in your account.
The problem is the money order is forged. Your bank will deposit it immediately. 2-4 weeks later when the funds don't arrive at the bank, you get a reversal on the deposit and a penalty (at my bank it is $30).
Now your stuff is gone, the money you thought you had is gone - and you paid $30 to your bank for the privilege of being screwed. Yay!
(no, I did not get screwed this way... but that's how I'd do it.)
Jan 20th, 2013