One can Spot Fake Money Order Scams on Craigslist

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How to Spot Fake Money Order Scams on Craigslist

Online Frauds in money terms are common now days as online transactions are increasing day by day. Generally the scammers from Nigeria, Ghana and Eastern Europe prefer to use this type of scam on unexpected American sellers on Craigslist. Many people could not recognize Money Order scams though it has special features and watermarks.

One can recognize it by its watermark, paper quality, security thread and series of numbers. The following are steps to be taken by user to Spot Fake Money Order Scams.
  1. Go to the Craigslist and post an ad along with images and attractive title with description. Interested buyers will response to your ad. Sort those replies, who have offered you more price than you have mentioned.
  2. Start conversation with such scammer. You can notice inequalities and difficulties in correspondence language and insist to provide your personal information. He will push you in transaction and demand your mailing address, phone number and other personal information so that he can send the fake money order.
  3. Do not release your personal information. If you caught in it, you will receive the same envelope we use for money order. Watch carefully and note postage address. You may find that he is from particular region but you received postage from different address.  
  4. Carefully try to recognize money order by its watermark, paper quality, security thread and series of numbers. If it is from a big, trustworthy money order service such as the United States Post Office or Western Union, it should not fake. Other money orders may issue by private companies that might not aware by you.
  5. You can take such money order slip to the nearest local bank and ask to verify its authenticity. It is advisable not to send item until you receive funds in bank account.
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