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Apr 07

[ARCHIVED] Overpayment Scam or a Fake Check Scam

The original item was published from August 1, 2017 3:04 PM to April 7, 2021 10:24 AM

Overpayment Scam or a Fake Check Scam
In this type of scam, victims who have items listed for sale on online forums, or on classified ad websites like Craigslist, are contacted by a person claiming to be an interested buyer.

The buyer sends the victim a check that is over the asking amount for the item, claiming this was done accidentally or that the extra funds are for a moving company that will be picking up the item. The buyer then asks the victim to deposit the check, and wire the difference back, or wire the difference to the moving company.

Either way, after the check is deposited and processed by the victim's bank, the check is discovered to be fake or forged.

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