Solved Can't get help on Craigs List - non-technical issue

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November 13, 2014 at 09:21:42
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Craig's List won't respond to my issue. All they do is give me Help links, but they do not help me. Here's my question:

Someone contacted me about the piano I have for sale. He emails that he will be paying by check. This makes me nervous. Is it reasonable for me to ask for cash? And I don't understand what he's saying about the shipping. I expect a buyer to be responsible for picking up the piano. Does this sound fishy? Here's his email to me:

Thanks for your reply concerning my inquiry. I am quite comfortable with the item. I will be paying you by Check and i would be making arrangements for the pick-up after you have received payment, If this meets your approval, Kindly get back to me with the following details:

Name to be on the check, Home or office address(No P.O.BOX),
City,State,Zip Code, Home & Cell Phone to contact you and your last Selling price for confirmation so that I can have your check ready.*

Please, be aware that the amount on the check is more than your asking price. The excess amount is for the (Shipping).you are to send my shipper the excess amount when you receive the Check. I will Be Happy if My Offer is Granted.

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November 13, 2014 at 09:29:33
The excess amount is for the (Shipping).you are to send my shipper the excess amount when you receive the Check.

Sounds to me like a scam.

You send the excess to someone,
only to find that the check bounced
now your out what ever the amount was you sent to the shipper.

I would be very hesitant.


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November 13, 2014 at 11:41:39
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This doesn't sound legitimate. At the very least I would consider the risks unacceptably high. It is up to the seller to specify what forms of payment are acceptable. Where I live (Canada) most individuals will not accept a personal check from people they do not know. The business regarding shipping is suspicious.

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November 13, 2014 at 17:38:25
If you accept a personal check you need to wait till it clears before giving up the piano. Also, you should probably talk to someone at your bank to make sure there's no way those cleared funds could be reversed.

Craigslist was set up for people to buy and sell locally. If someone outside your area buys something from you that'll fit in a package that can be sent through the mail then you might consider it. But a piano? No, just tell them you don't provide shipping. If they want it they'll come and get it. I bought one of my Dodge vans from craigslist in Colorado and went to get it.

I doubt craigslist has much in the way of personal help and besides, this sounds like something that should be worked out between buyer and seller

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November 17, 2014 at 12:52:41
I agree with all the above comments. Be very wary.

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November 17, 2014 at 13:11:48
I agree with everybody too.

My guess is the scam would go like this:

The check clears. You have been paid the agreed amount for the piano with extra for shipping cost to be paid to the shipper.

The shipper, which is supposedly a third party, turns up to collect the piano and the shipping funds which have been provided to you but the cost of shipping is far more than supplied and probably massively overinflated. Now the disagreement is between you and the transporter. You were to provide the shipping funds to the transporter and that's the only way they see it. They will aggressively insist you pay them for the job.

I don't know where the law would stand in this regard but it could be possible that you would have entered into a contractual agreement.

I wouldn't encourage further communication but it would be interesting if you put the onus on the buyer to organise shipping costs and payment completely at their end and insisted on collection only once the check has cleared if they were still interested in the transaction.

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November 21, 2014 at 05:14:47
It's a classic scam that's probably explained in one of the links they sent you. Such as this one:

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December 7, 2014 at 08:03:16
It is a scam, because as the person said...the check will be worth MORE than the asking price. What they do is send you a large amount on the check and then ask you for the remaining balance AFTER you cashed the check. Then the check they send will bounce and you are out of the money you repaid them. That scam has been going for many years now.

Read the craigslist terms which say that you DO NOT accept any should be on a cash basis.

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