Buyer beware! Online "For Sale" networks inevitably attract scam artists. Protect yourself from common online frauds by recognizing the telltale signals of these scams:
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Cashier's check scammers are easy to spot, if you know what to look for. Since most of the syndicate is foreign they often use tortured English. Although they often operate from Africa (especially Nigeria and Cameroon) they may pretend to be from Europe, Israel, Canada - even the US - wherever they find an unprotected proxy server to hack into.
If you use common sense in transacting with others you can protect yourself from most common traps.
How to spot an international scam:
Please read this important message from the Michigan Attorney General's Office:
Important Fraud Alert:|
Nigerian Counterfeit Cashier's Check Scam
The Nigerian Counterfeit Cashier's Check Scam involves a response to an online offer to sell or auction goods (usually expensive items). Here is how the new scam may unfold:
Counterfeit Cashier’s Check Alert
Consumers must be alert to the fact that just because money from the check may be made quickly available doesn't mean a check is valid. The check must go back to the originating bank and it must clear. This process can take several days and, in the case of an elaborate counterfeit, may take a few weeks.
Report Nigerian Fraud Attempts
If you or any member of your family has been a victim of any form of the Nigerian scam, contact the United States Secret Service, the lead agency fighting this fraud at 202-406-5572. If you receive an email relating to advanced fee fraud, please forward the email to the Secret Service at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you receive a letter in the mail, you may send or fax it to:
If the scheme targets a United States resident but involves a Canadian address or phone number, inform PhoneBusters by sending an email to email@example.com or calling toll-free 1-888-495-8501.
From the Michigan Attorney General's Office.