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i listed an item on craislist for sale. within a few hours i was contacted by someone wanting to by my items. the email said he was deaf, and wanted to send me a check to cover the items, and a wire transfer to a moving company. i almost fell for it. he does have my name, address, and phone number. i am supposed to be receiving a cashiers cheack or a certified bank check.
what should i do?
Dorothy Baiting Guru
Joined: 09 Jul 2008
Location: somewhere over the rainbow
Sun Feb 01, 2009 2:15 am
Just drop all contact with the scammer. Tell him you have decided to sell the item locally. If you receive the check, mark it FAKE in big letters, or just tear it up and throw it away. If the scammer persists in contacting you, tell him that the bank told you the check was fake and you don't want to hear from him again.
Most scammers just drop you as soon as they realize they have been found out. They expect to lose some victims who learn the truth before they send any money. Occasionally a scammer will try harassment or threats to get money out of you. If that happens, just block his calls or emails. He is not going to fly to wherever you live to carry the threats out (chances are he doesn't have the paperwork needed to get into your country anyway). When it comes to baiting, we emphasize baiting safely because baiters usually take it a step further and cause maximum pain to the scammer. When you deliberately push a scammer to his limits, causing intense anger and frustration, you want to be anonymous.
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