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Overpayments / Rental Schemes

   

How it works:

 
 

The scammer claims to want to buy an item from a victim selling an item via classified ads or auctions (Ebay, Craigslist, etc.)

   
  Victim receives a check or money order for more then the selling price
   
 

The victim is instructed to send the excess funds back to the scammer because they “sent the check to the wrong person” or some other excuse.

   
  The checks that the victim receives are FAKE CHECKS but they are out a large sum of money before they realize this.
   

Or:

 
   
  The Concept for Rental Schemes are similar to “overpayments” except that they are geared toward people with rental property or hotel / inn facilities
   
  The scammer states that they want to pay for an extended stay in the near future (a summer rental near the beach) - Soon after the payment is received, they cancel the reservation and ask for their money back
   
  The checks that the victim receives are FAKE CHECKS but they are out a large sum of money before they realize this.
   

 


 

How Can You Protect Yourself?

   
Click here for information on how to protect yourself from these scams
   
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