Scam through craigslist

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A few weeks ago, I posted an ad for selling our counter top height dining table in craigslist, and received a mail like this:

Hello,
I really appreciate your response to my email.I want you to consider it sold, pls do withdraw the advert from craigslist to avoid disturbance.I want you to know that i will be paying via bank Cashiercheck .I will like you to provide me with the following. information to facilitate the mailing of the check to you .

1…..Full name to write on the check
2…..Full Physical address to post the check
3…..City, State and Zip Code
4…..Home & Cell Phone to contact you

*** Note that the payment will be shipped to your address via UPS NEXT DAY SERVICE and I will like you to know that you will not be
responsible for shipping i will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the check** Thanks

Please get back to me asap. Also i will like you to remove the items form the sales board Thanks.

I felt it’s scam right a way, but based on above info, it’s hard to judge it. So, I sent the info (which looks harmless) to the sender, and actually, I received UPS package with $2950 check like this:

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They want me to send separate email through paymentverificationdepartment@rocketmail.com. So, I sent an check number and ask them what it is about. Instead of answer of my question, they just sent me typical copy&paste info to me like this:

Hello Sir/Ma,

We appreciate the confirmation of the receipt of the check you made to us about. This is to let you know you have been cleared, do go ahead and get transaction completed and make the availability of the fund as soon as possible, Deduct your own money and then forward the rest funds via western union or money gram to the recipient as instructed. We are here to secure the payment between you and our client. Immediately you transfer the money just get back to us with the sender’s information including the MTCN or REFERENCE # and the amount you sent so that we can verify/record the payment to our company database here. Then you should also get back to us with the,

western union or money gram to the info below

========================================
NAME:===========MARY DRUMMOND
ADDRESS:=========101 Atlas Crossing Rd
CITY:=============Waynesburg
STATE:=============PA
ZIPCODE:============15370
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And get back to us with the transfer details..
1. Sender
2 .Receiver
3. Full Name
4. Address:
5. Actual amount sent:
6. MTCN or REFERENCE numbers:
7.WU or MG transfer charges:
You must send the funds to the information mentioned above and you must contact us in case if there should be any change in this recipient information,

Thanks
Secure Payment.

Payment Outsourcing Verification Department.

Copyright © 2010 Payment Secure. All rights reserved ®

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If it’s too good to be true, it’s not true, you know.

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