Beware of Craigslist Scammer

If you're trying to sell something on craigslist don't be surprised if you hear from someone named James Cannon of Great Britain.

  Thanks to Kathie Vidmar of Colorado Springs for telling me about this ongoing scam which targets sellers on craigslist.  Kathie has a two-bedroom duplex for rent.  She thought she had a tenant when James Cannon enthusiastically responded, sending her a check for much more than she was asking... $4,650.10!

 

Kathie took the check to her bank and learned it was fraudulent.  The Bank of America check says it's from the Malabar Banking Center which is located in Palm Bay, Florida.  So why would a guy from Great Britain send a check for too much money from a Florida bank?  He's hoping Kathie will deposit it... and wire some of that excess money to him... and by the time she learns the check is no good... it will be too late... and he's succeeded in a rip-off.

 

A google search shows Kathie isn't the only one who has heard from Mr. Cannon... I found countless others who also got a check from Cannon.  Just remember, it's always best to deal with folks face to face.  Don't be enticed by a lot of dollar signs and forget to do your homework. 

 

Any questions... don't be afraid to call me at the station.  By the way, that check is going into the making of my infamous fake check quilt... keep them coming! 

 

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