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You're absolutely right. Scammers don't send you money, they send you a bogus cheque for much more than they owe you and have you send them the much larger difference back, in the hopes that you will do so before the funds clear (which is different from when the cheque clears, the detail they know and most people don't). It's a pretty standard scam. They get a bunch of money, you get left with a bank that takes the whole amount back from you. So, I think it's a bit presumptuous to call the guy an idiot for assuming it was a scam. Odds are way in his favour that he was right about their intent. He's not clear as to whether he actually cashed the money and whether it turned out to be bogus but that would fit the pattern. He does seem a bit of an arrogant turd, though, but crook, no.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2010 on An Idiot at John Robb's Weblog