Any time someone asks you to use an outside form of contact other than offer up, beware.just last week I had someone hit me up about an item I had posted . Said they wanted to buy it . I replied as usual and was told that his mum was the one who was buying the item. And she supposedly wasn’t hip to offer up so he gave me her number and name and asked me to text her. I didn’t catch it at the time but I went along with it thinking it was a little off . Specially because the number was not any area code for surrounding areas. He thanked me for the quick response and I did as he asked cause he said she was waiting . I text and she did not reply . I messaged him again through offer up and told him she never responded . He told me that she would get back to me ASAP. So the next evening I recurved a text from that number he had me text and she asked me what the lowest price I would go on the item. I told her the price and she said she would send a cashiers check and that her supper would be taking care of the transporting of the item. Seeing as this item was posted on my account for a friend of mine I connected the two of them to finish out the business. Well my friend said the cashiers check was sent and that she was to ship the item to the purchaser after the check cleared . Then my friend received a text from a different number stating that the purchasers finacial person made a mistake and wrote the check out for 1850.00 and that she hoped that she could trust my friend to give the remaining balance to the shipper because of the mistake made. The check is supposed to be at a fedex facility in my friends name. She didn’t have time to pick it up cause of having to be at work. Well something didn’t set right so she started investigating and found out this is all a scam to dupe people out of their product and their money from their bank accounts . These people are sending fake cashiers checks out for an average of $2000 and using various excuses in hopes that you’ll deposit the check in your account ‘. Once it clears they get the remainder of the check amount right from your account and weeks later when the bank Finds the check to be fake your are leftbwithbthe overdraft and all the fees for that check ... thankfully this instance was caught onto before any of the processing steps were able to take place . Close call ... so be aware and don’t let anyone try and talk you into doing business in the side . OfferUp states specifically forbid not to conduct any business outside of their service . And this is for our own saftey and privacy protection as well as to keep business transactions on the level between those of us who value and use this service. I’ve bought and sold many items here and haven’t ever had an experience like this one . So be cautious and always aware of things that don’t seem quite right . This experience dinhave a positive to it aside from the lesson. It brought me to become part of the community. And I am oriveledged to be able to give my feedback and share what ever I can with everyone in order to keep ya all as safe as possible and to help inform and stay aware of scammers and thieves. Thank you OfferUp ! And thank you community. My one question is how should this be handled from this point . Do we pick up that check and take it to the police or what?
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