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Old September 28th, 2009, 03:38 PM   #1
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Has anyone been through a money order scam?

I listed a fishFinder on C/L and a guy called, seeming too willing to send me money via money order. He was willing to send more than I wanted for shipping. Gave him my name and address and then(now) am having second thoughts on his legitamacy.

I know M.O.'s are like checks, in that they have to "clear" and I will wait that time frame out. Anyone have any other input or experience with this sort of deal?
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Old September 28th, 2009, 03:43 PM   #2
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I wouldn't do it. Think about it, if you were wanting to buy something would you offer to pay more for shipping then the seller was asking???
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Old September 28th, 2009, 03:49 PM   #3
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Old September 28th, 2009, 03:54 PM   #4
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I know M.O.'s are like checks, in that they have to "clear" and I will wait that time frame out. Anyone have any other input or experience with this sort of deal?
I refuse to accept anything other than USPS Money Orders when payment is coming by mail. You don't need to wait for them to clear. They call up to verify whether it is legit and cash it on the spot. They can also be tracked like a check if they are deposited into a bank account. At the very least, they can tell you which branch it was cashed at if it was not deposited.

Next time specify that and see how they respond.
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Old September 28th, 2009, 03:54 PM   #5
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dont do it cuase if you cash it then its on your head if it doesn;t clear.
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Old September 28th, 2009, 04:06 PM   #6
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dont do it cuase if you cash it then its on your head if it doesn;t clear.

I don't think so, just that the funds will then be removed from my account. I will not ship until it clears . But was wondering about identity theft problems.
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Old September 28th, 2009, 04:06 PM   #7
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read this it might help
http://detroit.craigslist.org/about/scams
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Old September 28th, 2009, 04:06 PM   #8
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I only accept cash, and I don't ship.


I state both clearly in the ad as well.
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Old September 28th, 2009, 04:11 PM   #9
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Old September 28th, 2009, 04:11 PM   #10
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My uncle got burned when he sold his Caddy by money order. He wanted 20k and the guy got a money order for like $200 or something and doctored the number of zeros. When the bank found out it was his ass. He got burned big time. Like PP said, USPS money order or cash money. Trust no one with more than your willing to lose.
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Old September 28th, 2009, 04:32 PM   #11
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I have his name and phone # and it checks out to be from Mt Pleasant MI.
Anyone here from there?
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Old September 28th, 2009, 04:34 PM   #12
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Seriously ?? the whole send money order in more than the amount you asked thing is the biggest well know scam on CL !
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Not more than I was asking,

I said that shipping would not be more than $12 to $15, so when he said the total amount he would send , it was $5 higher than the $15 I expected for shipping.

What I'm wondering is .....HOW they scam you IF you wait for it to clear?

Does the sender get any access to my bank numbers??
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Old September 28th, 2009, 07:45 PM   #14
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If you're that worried about it, don't do it. It's that simple.
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Old September 28th, 2009, 07:49 PM   #15
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I have had USPS moneyorders come to me and they too were fake, I took them to the post office and they check them out. I knew it was a scam from the get go but I just let them send thinking they were getting something. I gave the M.O's to the post office for follow up.
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Old September 28th, 2009, 08:03 PM   #16
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Not that it matters but I'm originally from Mt. Pleasant. I've honestly taken probably 30-40 money orders. I make the rules though and clearly state the bank it must be from but that doesn't mean you can't get burned. I prefer cash no matter what and usually make transactions in person.
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Old September 28th, 2009, 08:12 PM   #17
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I have had USPS moneyorders come to me and they too were fake, I took them to the post office and they check them out. I knew it was a scam from the get go but I just let them send thinking they were getting something. I gave the M.O's to the post office for follow up.

So, then what ? did the scammer ever follow up with a call wondering where his stuff was? Or Nothing more ever said?
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Old September 28th, 2009, 08:37 PM   #18
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Some of the legit M.O.'s from the Hajji stores can take up to 6 months to clear.

I got burned with that one on a car payment once when I ran out of checks. Bank kept hounding me for a replacement since the funds weren't being released. That was back in 1981 and I haven't used a money order since.
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