How the Craigslist Scam Cashiers Check Works
You receive an email or text from someone you have never met offering to buy your item, pay for your services in advance, or rent your apartment. The person offers a fake cashier's check for your sale item as a deposit for an apartment or for your services. The value of the cashier's check often far exceeds the amount you have listed. But, the scammer claims to "trust" you and ask you to wire the balance via a money transfer service.
When your bank attempts to clear the check and realizes it is fake, they will hold you responsible and may get you in legal trouble. And, if you had wired the money as instructed by the scammers, you may never get that money back.
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