I just started using Offer Up last month (my first time selling anything online) to help sell some items since I will be moving soon. One of the items I had for sale was a washer and dryer set. The asking price was for $550. I received a message on Offer Up from someone named Thomas (no picture and it said he just started using this August 2018). He provided me with his phone number and asked if we could text to provide more info on selling and moving this set. Throughout the conversation he explained that he could send a bank certified check to pay for the cost of the items and to help pay a "mover" to deliver them. I asked if he could please send the money through Venmo and Paypal instead. He said he did not have access to either accounts at the moment and that he was at a Marine Base Camp. I asked some more people that have sold things online and they said a certified bank check should go through.
He sent the check through Fedex. The check was all typed out and the amount was for $1,950.00 ($1,400 over my asking price). I know this was definitely more fishy now. I contacted my bank to see up to how long it would take to bounce if it was not good. They said about 3 days to a week and there would be a $15 fee if it did. I plannerld to wait as long as I could to see if it bounced but I did need to move these items out quickly. I did some more research online about other possible scams similar to my case. One of the blogs I read said just about the same thing happened to her. She decided to call the bank where the check was sent from to verify the account and check #. I did the same and went through their security department. They called me back stating it was a fake check. So now I will be waiting for it to bounce and will not withdraw any of the amount of that check from my account. If this is happening to you please don't go any further than this. Contact your bank and the bank you receive the check from before depositing it or withdrawing any money out.
I got a similar message (see below). It is unclear to me as to how the scam would work. Definitely suspicious that the person wants to lose the money of an overnight delivery of the check. What exactly are they hoping to achieve?
Thanks for your prompt response, actually I am sorry that I could notcome to pick the item in person, I actually just had a change in my
work schedule but I believe am ok with the condition as seen on the
advert as well as the price stated. I am ready to make instant
purchase with my mode of payment would being a Certified Bank Check
via Postal service Express mail or USPS overnight delivery.
I have my own shipper that will come over to pick up the item from
your place as soon as you receive check, cashed it and have your money
in hand, I promise you everything will go smoothly as I would like to
have it before my son wedding anniversary which comes in a week.
Kindly get back to me with your
*Full mailing Address,
*Cell Phone Number and Agreed price.
As soon as this is provided, payment will be overnight to you and I
will let you know once mailed out with tracking number sent to you. I
will also add an additional $50 for holding it for me till the Check
gets to you and make sure you mark the posting has sold.
Thanks and I hope we handle this in good faith while waiting to hear from you.Have a Wonderful Sunday