Posted an advert on a site to sell my late Fathers car. Haven't been that concerned about selling it cos I've been too busy lately. Anyhows, got an e-mail yesterday morning from someone asking if the car was still for sale and at what price. Replied yes and the price was £1749, received another e-mail saying 'his client' had mistakenly made the check out for £4500 so he'd trust the money to me if I could return the overpayment to him. Oh, he also was going to give me £50 for the hassle. So if I could e-mail him with my Full Name, address and contact numbers he'd wire the money to me. Sounds like a Yank especially the way he'd spelt cheque (check). Anyone ever heard of this before, and who can I forward details to ie Police, AA, RAC ? TR
The scam relies on the time it takes to clear a foreign cheque. The bank will clear it "subject to funds", you send the excess money back and two - three weeks later the bank tells you that the foreign cheque bounced. You have lost money and possibly the car.