|Be aware of the following Internet
A prospective buyer
contacts seller and agrees to the asking price and then tells the seller...“Give
me your address and I'll mail you Certified Funds right away for the cost
of the cattle plus $1,500.00 for trucking to my ranch. Deposit the check
and then send the $1,500.00 by Western Union to my trucking company.
After they receive the funds, they'll contact you about picking up the
The problem is that
the check is counterfeit. An unwary seller deposits the check and
wires the "freight costs to the trucking company." A few days later,
the seller's bank contacts him to advise him the check is a fake and his
$1,500.00 is gone.
Because these scammers
typically e-mail or text sellers, avoid buyers wanting to do a transaction
exclusively by e-mail or texting... If they won't talk to you, caution
is in order.
Additionally, unless you are certain
a buyer is legitimate...
Do not accept Certified
Funds as payment without calling the Bank or other issuing entity to verify
the validity of the check. It could be counterfeit.
Do not provide your
checking account information for payment by wire transfer to a prospective
buyer. Scammers may use the information to gain access to your account.