Complaint / review text:
I posted an ad on Craigslist for a room to rent. This Mary contacted me and said she was interested. We emailed back and forth several times (she said she was a Pediatric Nurse) and told me that she lived in or near Adelaide, Australia. She then sent me a check for $3200.00 drawn off a California firm and asked me to deposit it. Then she said to take out my $500 rent fee and get the rest in cash, so I could give it to the person delivering her stuff (a car, dresser, some silk florals, etc.), which would have been $2700 in cash. I did deposit the check, but on 60 Minutes last week, the show was about scamming. Lo and behold, my daughter thought it sounded kind of like what was happening to me. She went online to a scamming place and found her name
We were able to alert the bank that the check was most likely fraudulent and I did not use any of the check at all. It's still sitting in my checking account just waiting for the bank to withdraw the $3200 back out. I am one of the lucky ones who did not give or send her any money. Otherwise I would have ended up owing my bank $3200! No physical or economic damages occurred, just frustration and anger on my part because I was very nearly successfully scammed! The Mary name is a fake one and she is from Nigeria, not Australia!