There's another scam which surfaced in the eBay community a few years ago and then spread elsewhere. It's a buyer fraud (yep - buyers can be scammers). One of our 3333 alums actually encountered this in the summer of 2006. Here's how it works.
In the Fall term 2007, one of the class members was selling an item via the market on Facebook. He got an offer to buy that was clearly exactly the kind of scam described. Fortunately for everybody he recognized the scam and avoided being swindled. He also saved a copy of it and scanned it so you can see what it looked like. There are two pages.
In case you have a hard time reading the text, here is a verbatim transcript.
I will like to buy your item on behalf of my client if the item still
available for sale. And I will pay any amount you which to sale it as your
best price. my client will send you M/O or cashier's check as a mode of payment.
I agreed to pay any amount you want to sell the item for me any additional
money for handling. Here will go I am using this opportunity to inform you
that the amount I am purchasing this item on behalf of my client. and ur
payment will be made inform of cashier check or M/O also the amount that will
be on the payment will more than your item fees because I will be including
the shipping and state tax fees. I don't really know the exact amount that
wull be.b cos it will be issue by my client who is owning me some money.
and the reason of the over payment is that. the amount on the payment has
been signed already, and it is more than your item fees. so once you receive
it. you must deduct your item fees and western union the balance money back
wull surely come with the payment. there will be no problem about the shipment.
I want you to responsible for it.
also make sure you deduct ur item fees and western union any additional money
on the payment once you receive it. Here will go. i would have end the auction
but I don't know how to do it. so i want you to go and end the auction for me
asap. to assure you that i am really interested in your item. i will add
extra $10.00 in ur payment if you end the auction for me asap. and email me
ur mailing info and your phone# asap today. So i will like proceed with this
transaction this my private email which is (email@example.com) so get back to
me over there if you agree to sell the item for me. Bellow are the questions
I have for you.
1)is the item in good conditions?
2)is any western union location where you send the balance money around you?
3)Can you make sure you get the check cash at ur bank the sanme day you receive it?
4)Can you allow me to send DH L for the pick up and complete the transaction the day you receive the check?
5)Can you promise me that you will once deduct your item fees and sendback the remaining money once you have receive and cash the check?
If yes too all my questions. kindly email me back asap today so that the check can be sent asap.
SO I WANT YOU TO REPLY ME BACKTO THIS MY EMAIL
Payment is ready for your item but I need ur full name and address and ur mobile# asap
Answer all my questions and get back to me with your full name and address asap today.
Do you see all the characteristics of the scam?