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First with the money, and second when you get turned away from the event.
A similar scam involves genuine tickets that get canceled after you buy them. You purchase the tickets for less than face value, thinking you have a bargain.
Never wire funds, always deal with people locally, and beware of anything other than cash. It doesn't hurt to have a counterfeit detector pen on hand (they're less than ) for larger transactions.
And be wary of bills bigger than ; you can easily be handed a fake 0 bill, give the buyer the item and change, and be out of pocket twice.
It's also known as "robbery by appointment." As a Craigslist seller, you will know that cash is the only way to go. Of course, as a buyer you have to abide by those same rules.
The answer went beyond her drained accounts and broke her heart."I lost 1,000," she said.
"Which was a lot of the money that I‘ve save up in the last 17 years since my divorce."Thompson reached out to Dallas-based Trident Response Group, made up of military veterans.
Another common scam is that your prospective buyer will send you a check (regular check, money order, or a cashier's check) that is for much more than the agreed price.
There will usually be an excuse, like "oh, I sent a down payment for two months rent instead of one, can you wire me the difference?
Back in 2009 I wrote a detailed post on this scam, and it appears it is still going on.