there are alot of these scams going around here in the USA aswell.
A old roommate almost got taken for $2000.
He was selling a frige for $500 in the paper.
It went like this:
SCAMER: Hello I am calling about the frig you are selling.
IDIOT roommate: Yes, we still have it.
SCAMER: do you mind if I send you a check and pick it up later? We are moving to the area, but we are heading back to (other state) to finish packing.
IDIOT roommate: that fine it is $500 the address is. . . .
About a week later he gets the check for the amount of $2500.
He then calls the guy and tells him of the mistake.
SCAMER: Oh, sorry I have been paying bills and just made the mistake.
IDIOT roommate: Thats ok, we have other people that want the frig-
SCAMER: -- Well tell you what. We want it and here is what I will do. .
Go ahead and CASH the check at your bank and deposit the $2000 in mine.
IDIOT: OK, thats fine. looks like we bank at the same place.
He gets to the bank hands the girl the check. deposits it,withdraws the $2000 then makes the deposit in the guys acct.
The check does not have a routing number. the acct# transfers to another bank in the UK
the check WILL bounce taking my IDIOT roommate for $2000
and the scamer gets the $2000 that WAS deposited into his acct that was then immediately transferd to the acct in the UK. without the routing number the check will not clear, the bank will hold the check for ten day's before they will deposit the funds. My roommate had $5000 in the acct and did not think it would be a big deal if instead of waiting for the check to clear, to just go ahead and make the deposit for the scamer. then ten day's later he got a call saying that the check would not clear. He then tells me about it. I am seeing red flags all over his story we run back to the bank, tell the teller what happend, she sees red flags and calls the main office. after about two month he gets his $2000 back from the bank, but because the funds were transferd to the UK the scamer got away.
IF you don't know them, don't trust them. cash or check? CASH ALWAYS