ED Magedson – Founder
Sulekha Overpayment scam Internet
I have a piece of furniture I've been trying to sell. I searched for sites to post other than craig's list. Sulekha.com came up early and often. I figured why not post there. Within a few days I received multiple buyers accepting my price of $250. They all asked me to take down the ad and they would send an additional $50 for my trouble.
They oddly mentioned sending extra to give to the mover that would be picking up the item (entertainment center). One, firstname.lastname@example.org actually sent a check via FedEx for $1980. He called minutes after it was delivered. I deposited the check from my phone. It cleared the next day.
I received a call the next morning, first thing, asking if I could wire the additional funds to his mover as she had to pick up a few other items on her way to get mine. I was conveiently given the closest Money Gram/Western Union address to my house.
I went to the bank but had big time suspicions. I spoke to the bank manager and she told me it was fraud. She pulled up my account and they were reversing the funds as we were talking. Had I withdrew and wired the money, I would have had a total loss. No way to get it back.
I feel foolish for thinking this was real but only lost $12 for depositing a bounced check. I have since opened a case with the FBI.
Things I noticed afterwards.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/13/2013 09:48 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Sulekha/internet/Sulekha-Overpayment-scam-Internet-1059045. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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