OK Foosters, I need some help and although I am a foo lurker I have never posted before. I thought the combined wisdom, experience and discernment of the foo-community could aid me in understanding this situation.
Although the story is a bit long I will try to summarize here and see if anyone has any advice.
So, I posted a bike for sale on roadbikereview. After about a week I got an email from a chap asking for my lowest price. He said he would take it and explained that he is in Alaska. This is where things start to get fishy.
Buyer says he will send my asking price plus shipping and I would send the shipping to the company to have a pick up (not so bad). He sends a website for an international shipping company that had dead links to the US department and a disconnected phone number. The next day I get an email from the “shipping company” stating terms of shipping and how I should send payment.
Here it is:
We got your inquiry officially from our customer(Mr "said buyer") who directed you to us for the shippment of the bike with you pending him acknowledgement for close to a week now until the confirmation came through today from him.
The estimate you were given is the current total shipping expenses and miscellanous customs and duties fees included along with the payment which is the difference after you deduct the price of the bike agreed between you and him.Find below the information you should use in sending out the shipping funds to our agent in charge of your case in cash via any Moneygram Money Transfer location nearest to you today.
SHIPPER'S AGENT INFORMATION:
FIRST NAME : CHARLOTTE
LAST NAME : SUMMERLIN
REASON FOR FUNDS SENDING- SHIPPING LOGISTICS
Please forward to me via email the complete Moneygram Money Transfer information used in sending funds:
1. SENDER'S NAME/ADDRESS............................
2. The REFERENCE number( a 8 digit confirmation number)
3. EXACT AMOUNT SENT................................
Please note all Moneygram wire transfer charges should be deducted from funds available, shipping funds should be sent via Moneygram Money Transfer after you have deducted funds for the bike. Get back to me so that I can update you when our agent who will be at your base to arrange for the pick-up of the bike and the actual pick-up date according to our company policy is booked after receipt of shipping funds which i am to relate to you.
I await your mail response soonest.We hope to co-ordinate the shipping with high efficiency and customer satisfaction guaranteed as its our watchword.
Head - Of - Operations..
Going The Extra Mile For You..........
N.B-ALWAYS QUOTE YOUR REF NUMBER AT ALL TIMES DURING CORRESPONDENCE.
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A little suspicious? Especially the fact I can get a free email address like these folks have.
The plot thickens this morning when I receive the certified check from “buyer”. The check is for around $2400 for a $750 bike. It is shipped from a gas company in Troy MI and the check is from a insurance company in MN.
Scammalicious? Undoubtedly. But how do they scam me when I have their money in hand? How could they actually scam me?
Am I helping the wife of a deposed Nigerian prince?
What do you all think? Help. It makes me actually love ebay.