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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Internet Thieves Take Emporium Man For $3700.

An Emporium man was scammed out of $3700. recently when he sold an item on the internet.

Trooper Heim, in a news release, said the 66 year old man sold the item on the internet. The buyer sent a check for an amount greater than the purchase price. The man was asked to return the difference and later found out that the check he received from the buyer was fraudulent.

12 comments :

Anonymous said...

Did he report this to Ebay? They will track him down. Ebay specifically states in their rules and regulations not to ever accept any payment that is higher than the purchase price.

Anonymous said...

No where does it say its eBay. I've placed ads on Pennswoods and other online classifieds and within hours are getting emails from scammers. It's fun to play with them for a few days before you tell them to #!%* Off!

Anonymous said...

Paypal is the way to go if selling anything on the internet. Its quick, secure and paypal will take care of any disputes between the parties involved. USPS money orders work as well; but if the seller accepts a personal check you MUST wait for it to clear into your account before sending your item off to the buyer. Stupidity on the seller's part IMO...

Anonymous said...

My niece put something up for sale on pennswoods not long ago and within minutes, had someone wanting to send her a check for more than it the price and wanting her to send back the difference. We knew instantly it was a scam. If it seems weird or doesn't make sense or requires you to send any money anywhere, DON'T DO IT! It surprises me that people still fall for this kind of thing.

Anonymous said...

Don't send a check for Ebay, Pennswoods, or the like. They can use your bank routing number and your account number to buy stuff off of tv with it and no questions asked.

Anonymous said...

Why on earth would you accept a check from someone that is intentionally written for more than it's worth in the first place ? Nothing against the "victim" but red flags should've been waving in their face right from the get go. If you're doing business online, use PAYPAL. Stay away from checks, money orders and western union. Don't give your credit card information out over the phone either, unless you KNOW for sure it is a legitimate company. If they don't have a Paypal acct. tell them that's the only way you do business. A little effort on your part to protect your hard earned money. Don't be a sucker !

Anonymous said...

this happened to my boyfriend...long story short....the bank that cashed it should have been at fault too..but wasnt..just him...he had to pay it back or go to jail. we tried contacting the other party..of course the number had been changed and so the address. becareful out there!

Anonymous said...

@3:38 Why on earth would the bank be at fault? YOU are responsible for anything you cash or deposit. Your boyfriend had to pay because he screwed up. Plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

I just recently sold something on pennswoods also I sent the stuff out being a good person Then the SOB told me that it was junk and not what i was trying to sell him so he only sent me a money order for half, well guess what i never got that either. I think it is going to be cash and carry pickup only from me for now on. You would think that there would be better people in the world.

Anonymous said...

To 10:26:00 PM Why would you send something out if the person hadn't paid for it first? Would you walk out of a store without paying for the merchandise first? You would be arrested on the spot for theft.

Anonymous said...

I had a house system on craigslist and someone sent me a check for more than the thing was worth. When i got the check there was no return address or name. So i knew it was fake. That why When i sell anything anymore i say cash only.

Anonymous said...

cash may be conterfit also -- best to demand & use Paypal