DO NOT do business with anyone who offers to send you payment for a higher amount than your selling price with the understanding that you'll send back the balance.
Be suspicious of anyone claiming to be acting on behalf of a "client" or another "customer".
Be suspicious of anyone claiming to be from Nigeria or West Africa
If you agree to accept a check payment, then do not send anything, gear or "change" before the check cleared. And be careful, if you manage to clear a fraudulent check then you may be liable for the damages if the bank finds out later. Make sure your bank authenticates the check.
If it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is.
RE: - Response‏ From: Williams Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) Sent: Sun 2/07/10 11:14 PM
Due to shipping and insurance that a Person is coming to pick up from you. The Payment you will be receiving will be excess the shippers fund will be added to it..So this is what you are going to do.After you receive the Payment and cash it you will deduct your own money ... then you will assist me in wiring the rest money to my Shipping company via Money Gram or Western Union who will be coming to pick up the item, and this must be done in good faith.I believe that i can trust you with the rest money.I will like to read from you back today so that i can contact my shipping company to get ready