I believe a SCAM THREAD is needed to help educate Sweetwater Forum regulars and guests.
I know I posted an alert on the Trading Post last summer. It was pleasing that the Sweetwater staff allowed that post after I had contacted them as to why I was going to post the warning.
I had some equipment listed for sale on the Trading Post. I received an email from a person in Nigeria stating they would send me a Certified check for $3,000 more than my asking price. The person said the extra amount was to cover shipping and exporter fees.
I received a Certified check from a bank in Irving, Texas. The bank was legitimate. I called the bank, gave them the check number, and was told that the check is a forgery. They said the Secret Service had been dealing with these people for over a year but cannot do anything in Nigeria. The bank told me that "they" also have people living in the U.S. I contacted the FBI and gave them the information as well.
I have recently heard stories on the network news about people being sent checks. The people put the check in the bank only to have the bank inform them weeks later that the check was a forgery. These people got taken for tens of thousand of dollars.
Please do what I did if you choose to deal with these people...contact the financial establishment that issued the check before going to your bank. Whether you are selling something on the Trading Post or eBay, I found it best to ignore their emails. I was fortunate to check out the bank listed on the Certified check. Had I not, I would have been out of the equipment, the cost associated with the exporter, and the shipping costs.
...and, Hey! Let's be carefull out there.