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Re: Craigslist Scam???

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Get the remaining bills back. Tell them you'll do the deal if you each eat $100 and do the deal at their bank with a cashier's check and don't leave without the signed title.
Assuming the seller is not a scammer and the deal is legit.....if a buyer gave me a couple bogus bills there is NO WAY I would "eat" one. I'd hand the bills and the dude to the feds.
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The old bills (pre mag strip) often fail the current tests.

That said, who is to say the bills he turned in are yours... -assuming the other 7 check out.


IMO, you have a contract. seller accepted the deposit.
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Agreements work both ways. If he is willing to keep the deposit if you walk away, then he also has to be willing to eat the deposit he accepted. Tough s*%t if the bills were fake, if they were at all. As stated earlier, check that title....
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Certified checks, money orders, or direct transfer.
I don't do cash.
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no certified cks, money orders due to the hi tech printers.

wired funds only.
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Certified checks, money orders, or direct transfer.
I don't do cash.
If the money is significant, I like using an escrow agent. They work cheap.

Checks and MOs are easily counterfeited. Easier than cash, in fact. I don't give my bank account info to a stranger either.
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Re: Craigslist Scam???

It is not the cops, it is the Secret Service or FBI that will respond to this. Both operate out of the Treasury Department who are in charge of this stuff. Passing counterfeit is a federal problem and IF "the bank" actually caught a counterfeit bill, they have filed a paper trail that the feds can verify.

If your money was not counterfeit and someone is swapping in counterfeit in order to pass it, that will still get their attention.

If you use cash, you run the risk of losing it that way. Banks are required to confiscate counterfeit, and that's simply your loss.

Now, is the other guy playing games with you? Good question, start by calling in the feds and telling them you trust the source you got your bills from (hopefully, a bank teller) and that you think someone is running a scam.

Meanwhile...If you didn't get those bills from a trustworthy source, you've got a problem.
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Re: Craigslist Scam???

Easy boys & girls, this is two supposedly bad $100 bills not the Brinks job. The FBI isn't going to come riding in with black Suburbans talking into ear pieces.

CSI is NOT reality.

And we're talking about a Coronado 25, which is probably selling for $1,500 to $3,000 depending on condition. It's not the kind of sale that will attract sophisticated thieves who're counterfeiting bank checks. Nor does it justify wire transfers, lawyers or escrow agents.

As others have pointed out, if the original poster got his bills from an ATM there is a chance they were bad. There's enough to question here that I'd suggest splitting the difference. If not, give me my deposit back and we'll both get on with our lives. It's aggravating but it's not life changing.

I'd only consider bringing in the authorities if the other three bills, when returned were also bogus. That's not a coincidence.

BTW, many of you would be surprised at how disinterested the police can be, even when you're talking about a violent crime with a gun...

It sucks, but you may have a hard time getting someone to take you seriously.
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"The FBI isn't going to come riding in with black Suburbans talking into ear pieces."
No, but unlike your like Deputy Dawg, the FBI and Secret Service can and do want information on every phony bill, because no one just prints two of them. If there's two, there's a thousand more from the same source. The FBI has some bungling fools, but overall they are very good at straining with a fine sieve. All the information goes in, eventualyl something comes out, sometimes from the oddest tidbit.

Like convicting Al Capone for failing to file his income taxes, when no crimes could be proven.

Or you can give up, walk away, not even try, and let the bad guys win. In which case...help, please, my dinghy was stolen and I had to swim ashore and cut my foot on the coral and got infre3cted and now I'm in the hospital in Bonaire and they won't let me out without cash to pay my bill, but I have no cash because my stash is on the boat. So please wire just $500 to American Express in Bonaire, they will deliver it to me at the hospital so I can pay the bill and as soon as I get back to the boat I will reimburse you plus another hundred dollars for your trouble. Thank you.
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Re: Craigslist Scam???

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fake bills are remarkably common in circulation. I got two from an ATM at my local bank. Tried to use one at a grocery store where it was fond with the magic pen. They let me take it to my bank where it was exchanged for a real $100. Happened again and the same result from my bank only I found the second one immediately when it was dispensed from the atm.

Whoever owns the atm sounds like they should reimburse you if you have the receipt and whatnot
Wait, there are ATMs that spit out $100 bills? I guess my neck of the woods is low-rent, because they only spit out $20s around here.
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