Then I got this email, which smelled very bad to me:
How are you doing.Hope everything is going fine on your side, As a matter fact the deal is on and according to my secretary,he has already sent the check out to you.So the payment should arrive in a short while from now.And once you get it,i guess you know how to handle everything.And please dont bother about any other buyers.But there was a little problem which i guess we can handle with understanding.When i contacted my secretary to know maybe the payment as already been sent,i got to know that there was a misinterpretation while sending the payment.According to the instruction i gave him,he was suppose to have send you a check of $140.But instead,he sent a check of $1400. It was a terrible mistake and the check is already out for delivery to your location.But that should not disturb our own transaction.the deal is on and we will get through it.what will happen is that ,once you get the check you will take it to the bank and cash it immediately,then you deduct your $140, and a $25 dollars for your run around in cashing the check and also a $100 for sending the rest funds to my mover via western union money transfer that same day,my mover will be using the remaining funds for the pick up,i guess i can be assured in you that you can handle it with trust and have it sent to my mover.E-mail me back immediately to let me know that i can trust you to handle everything well.I will be expecting your e-mail asap.PLS AM PUTTING MY TRUST IN YOU.
and Stay Blessed.
I went to internet crime complaint center and found a description on COUNTERFEIT CASHIER'S CHECK. Basically, they get victims to wire money overseas via Western Union, after they think the check has cleared, but it really hasn't.
Then I called Wells Fargo to get advice on how to proceed, or not. They told me that the scammers work outside the country and they are getting away with it. They referred me to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Unfortunately, the ICCC only keeps track of victims and are not proactive. They don't actually investigate, only keep statistics. Great.
I cancelled the deal. From now on I deal in cash only.
I can't help but think that a lot of people are falling for this crap.