Please use caution when selling items via Craigslist or other means where a face-to-face transaction is not required, as there has been an increase recently in transactions via these channels. For instance, if you have posted an item for sale on Craigslist, you may receive an email or text from an unknown person who expresses a desire to buy your item. Through whatever means, they propose the exchange of funds via a means which will not require a meeting in person, and most often offer to mail you a cashier check for payment.
Quite often, the check received will exceed the amount of the sale price, and the scammer offers some explanation for the excess balance, and ‘trusts you’ to wire the overage back to them. However, once you negotiate the fake check, when the check fails to clear you will be held responsible. You have wired the scammer good funds from your own account, but are now responsible for the full amount of the fake check that you negotiated.
So, the old adage is true ~ If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!