So I list my 98 4 Runner in the auto trader and I get this email:
Name: Robert Kahn
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: I HAVE INTERESTED CLIENT TO OFFER $12,900 FOR YOUR CAR REPLY IF OK & AVAILABLE WITH PRESENT CONDITION & LOCATION DR. ROBERT KAHN DIRECTOR NEW WORLD AUTOS INC SPECIALIST IN AUTO SALES/SERVICE & DELIVERY
3361 WAIALAE AVE HONOLULU, HAWAII 96816
So I send him an email back saying the car is excellent condition and is in Roseville,Ca. So I get this email back.
Yes we are really interested, I have forwarded your vehicle information to my client and after evaluation and due to time constraint on the fact that we are runningshort of time, I'm delighted to tell you that my client has recommended your vehicle, with full interest and he has instructed me to carry on with this transaction.
Hope the engine and body is in good condition?
He also instructed to inform you that payment will get to you in a Cashiers Check amount of $20,000 Which will cover the cost of the car and also the cost of shipment.
So you are required to deduct the cost of your ( car) $12,900 when payment gets to you and refund balance $7,100 to the Agent (The shiper ) for him to be able to ofset shipping & tax charges and other cosmetic repair costs.
Now we really need your Truth & Honesty with definite assurance that the balance will be honestly be send to the shipper when payment get to you, as we have make alternative arrangement not to stress you in shipment.
After payment has reached you and balance sent to shipper, the shipper's agent will come for inspection, pick up of vehicle & signing of title papers, make some cosmetic touches and drive to a prepaid shipper to be ship to my customer.
To further more, Please confirm these and provide the following for the payment to be made out and send to you.
Your Honesty and understanding will be highly appreciated
Okay, the response is fishy. Obviously the english looks to be from another country and I can't find this company on the web or in the yellow pages/411 in Hawaii. A reverse directory of the address says it's a Subaru dealership. But what risk am I going to take if I'm already paid? I've heard the scam where you put out your own money, but I guess the only way I get screwed here is if the cashier's check is bad? Are they collecting my information for some reason? What's the deal? How would you respond?
Sorry for the long email. Before I respond I want to make sure I don't give them too much info.....