Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
If you have something to sell, there is a scammer waiting for you. It doesn't matter whether you own a business, a website, or are just selling something via a classified advertisement. If they think they can con, they will try. The scam is basically passing a counterfeit check to you to cash, then have you wire the money via an irretrievable, untraceable method (Western Union MoneyGram) to them or their cronies, who are located in a different country from you.
The scam works because banks take days or weeks to clear checks, and since the checks are forged based on real accounts (usually from checks stolen from people's mailboxes), your bank will cash it, based on funds already in your account. By the time it bounces, the scammer has collected the money from Western Union, and has disappeared into the woodwork in another country (usually Nigeria).
And he gets away with it because what law enforcement agency in your country is going to go to Nigeria to hunt down a small time con man who gave you a fake name and address?
The scammers go after anyone or any business who is willing to take a check as payment. Are you looking to sell a timeshare, a house, or rent a house? If you have an ad in newspapers, online classifieds, Craig's list, Yellow Pages, magazines and other online classified advertising websites, from E-Bay to Yahoo Stores or even just a storefront, a scammer will be looking for you.
The names and places given are certainly not the scammer's real name or location, may be the names of real people who are unaffiliated with the scam. They may even be the names of real employees of the companies the scammers claim to work for - the scammers can easily get their names by walking into an office, showroom, or from a company's website. Again, if someone tells you, his name is "Joe Blow", how can you verify that he is this person? Driver's license is a start, but these can be forged, too.