|Be aware of the following
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 cattle.”
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.
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...
accept Certified Funds as payment without calling the Bank or other issuing
entity to verify the validity of the check. It could be counterfeit.
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.