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Not the old "cooling for 10 years myth"
Ok, who are you and what have you done with John Robb? Not enough information in the craiglist posting to know exactly what was happening, but the "I'll send you a check and you send me back the excess amount" is a very old scam. Brentashley described the details, so no need to go into detail again. John, how can you not see the potential for fraud in the "here's a check for $5,000 dollars, keep $1,500 as deposit for the room and send my travel agent MARTINE OKORE, $3,500". Did you not do a quick search on that name to see how many hits it had for the 419 scam? Admittedly these were less common in 2005, but these days it happens all the time. Even selling a car on craigslist will get you an email asking you to ship the vehicle to some distant land, the only catch is some larger than necessary payment check that you are requested to forward the excess on to someone else.
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2010 on An Idiot at John Robb's Weblog
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Mar 6, 2010