Craigslist.com Informative - Watch out for SCAMS on CL
Recently, we decided to upgrade from our 10 year old Ethan Allen couch to a nice leather sectional. The Ethan Allen is certainly nice, far too nice to toss or even to donate IMO. Deciding to sell the piece, I took out a free ad on CRAIGSLIST.COM. It's a free website for a variety postings - sell things, buy things, services and even personals all from ordinary folks in towns all across the country.
So I posted my ad, asking 450 and waited for the offers to trickle in. I had a few legitimate queries, and a number of SCAM offers - here's how they work. I get an offer from a person in a distant state telling me they "love" the piece, and have to have it, my asking price is fine. They tell me to pull down my "advert" then they want my home address, phone numbers etc., and they are off to send me a "certified check" of some kind. This price will include my asking price, as well as several hundred dollars "extra" for ME to PAY THE MOVERS when they arrive to take my couch.
As most of you have guessed by now, the hitch is that the check is FAKE, takes a couple of days to NOT clear - they take my couch, and the several hundred dollars I pay them (movers really only take cash) to "move" my couch to the far away state. So then, the check bounces, I'm out not only my Ethan Allen - but also the fee I've paid the "movers" to take my money and couch!
Needless to say, I didn't fall for this obvious sham, but evidently a number of people have been bitten by this and similar ones. I guess the point is take CASH only on any kind of deal and just because a check claims to be certified, you'd better be darn sure it clears your bank before you agree to any shady dealings.
p.s. - the couch sold for a little under 200 - I guess nobody appreciates an "experienced" piece of furniture!