Landlords placing advertisements on Craigslist or receive an e-mail response from a prospective renter from a foreign country, typically a student fresh out of secondary education (high school in the U. (The fraudster will often set up a fake website for the company, in order to make the attachment seem legitimate.) The scam comes with the third e-mail: a request for the victim's name and address so that the "company" can send a cashier's check to cover the rent and the "student's" travel costs.
The check amount is always more than you asked for as a collateral for reserving the place for that person.
In response, auto sales websites often post warnings to buyers, for example, those on Craigslist which warn not to accept offers in which vehicles are shipped, where funds are paid using Western Union or wire, etcetera, requesting those postings to be flagged as abuse.
In another type of fraud, a fraudster contacts someone who has posted a vehicle for sale online, asking for the vehicle identification number (VIN) in order to check the accident record of the vehicle.
The most common fraud takes place using credit cards.
A fraudster posts a nonexistent vehicle for sale to a website, typically a luxury or sports car, advertised for well below its market value.
However, the crook actually uses the VIN to make fake documentation for a stolen car, in order to sell it.
A fraudster may pose as a buyer whom will pay by Pay Pal, send a check or money order, wire transfer and tell the buyer he will have a shipping/trucking company haul the car away.
The "buyer" explains that he represents a client who is interested in the car, but due to an earlier sale that fell through, he has a cashier's check made out for thousands more than the asking price.
The scammer requests that the victim cash the check and refund the balance via wire transfer.
Or, the scammer will say that he is out of the country but the car is with a shipping company.