We hear a lot about various kinds of fraud encountered by people trying to buy goods and services from unreliable sources. 419 Scams: Let The Seller Beware is an article for ESET about 419 scams that target sellers of goods and services, from hoteliers to people with goods to auction online. The main point is that when funds from a cashier’s check become available in your account, that doesn’t actually mean that it’s been cleared: if it turns out to be a fake, your bank is going to reclaim it from your account, and if you’ve sent money or goods to the scammer on the assumption that it’s cleared, you’re going to lose all the way round.
Hat tip to Urban Schrott, whose artice for ESET Ireland on What’s scamming this week? first reminded me of this type of scam.
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