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The check is for $21K ish.



So I texted the scammer back and told him I had received the check and asked when his shipper would be showing up. His response was that I needed to deposit the check and once it clears he would be in contact with shipping details.

Very fishy...


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The check is for $21K ish.



So I texted the scammer back and told him I had received the check and asked when his shipper would be showing up. His response was that I needed to deposit the check and once it clears he would be in contact with shipping details.

Very fishy...
Its quite possibly a scam but I wouldn't discount it being genuine. Some people operate in strange ways, especially wealthy individuals that may be dabbling in farming. I would spend a few bucks with a lawyer getting some basic advice on how to run it so you are protected at all times.
I would imagine it would be along the lines of draw up a simple sales contract stating things like no goods till cheque clears, once cheque clears goods become property of buyer and all risk is transferred to buyer, loading at buyers risk including any extra cost if problems loading, no warranty or redress after goods leave property.
Something along those lines but the wording would depend on your jurisdiction.
While I generally avoid lawyers some of the best money I have spent has been for short meetings getting basic advice about a situation.

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Red flags here but as ozzie says there is a chance it could be genuine... I would request a wire transfer to your bank for the purchase price only ( not the shipping) and only after legal advice. The involvement of you having to pay a third party usually is a sign of a scam. don't deposit the check. Banks nowadays don't take any chances so you will be on the hook if something goes wrong. (I'm a former banker)
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This dont have to be so complicated, the bank can verify weather or not the funds are there, if they are take to coin.
You should also yourself be able to call the bank it came from to verify it is worthy of being deposited.

I seem to be a magnet at getting bad checks so been there done that, its always funny to me that the less I trust the person handing it to me the more likely it is to be good.
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This dont have to be so complicated, the bank can verify weather or not the funds are there, if they are take to coin.
You should also yourself be able to call the bank it came from to verify it is worthy of being deposited.
Bingo.

Pay the shipper is 100% scam. Play with the scammer all you want but its a scam.
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why would he want you to deposit a cheque that would bounce anyway whats the end game of that?
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why would he want you to deposit a cheque that would bounce anyway whats the end game of that?
Hoping you pay the “shipper” before you realize the check is no good
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I had it explained like this,
The cheque is a copy of the original, you deposit it, it clears, deal done.
Then the real cheque is presented elsewhere, so two cheques the same, clearly when they do the checks yours is the fake as it's missing the watermarks etc.
Then you have to reimburse the bank and explain why you have a fake cheque.

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Cashing it won't help you the bank will still hold you responsible for the check as you will have gotten the money . It most definitely is a scam . Take the check to the cops .
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Interesting! It could be a scam or the guy is trustworthy of YOU to the point of alarm bells going off. Kind of sad when a guy sends you a cheque for it in full and shipping to pay freight guy and gets scrutinized, but truth is it could be a scam somehow in this day and age. Before the internet and electronic banking most guys would have went from the post office to the bank in a heartbeat. The world we live in is full of con men it seems now and a mans word means nothing. Sad really.

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