To the Editor:
I wanted to write a short note and let folks know about a possible scam that could affect you.
I had a piece of furniture listed for sale on the under-$500 class on NorthCountryNow.com. I got an email from a person who said he was interested in buying it for his only son. This person said he was from Sweden. He asked for particulars and a picture so I replied to the email with the information and the picture.
I got a return email saying he wanted to buy my sewing table but would need to contact his transfer company. He asked for a lot of information like address, phone etc. He then went on to say he would send $4,000 in the form of a U.S. Certified check. He said he was getting credit from his credit union agent, transfer company, and he wanted me to cash the check and return to the agent the balance of the $4,000 minus the cost of the table ($250) and to keep an extra $100 for the trouble. The transfer company would then contact me to pick up the table.
After reading about other scams of similar nature I of course knew it was just that, a scam. I did not send any information, just a note saying forget it that it was a scam and I was reporting it.
The certified check would have been a fake and had I cashed it and sent the money (minus the $350) the check would have bounced and my account would have been charged for the $4,000.
It is a shame people try and take advantage of others especially we senior citizens.
I am not sure if there are any authorities who this should be reported to but thought a letter would at least make others aware.
North Country This Week is such a great publication it is a shame that these crooks try and take advantage of we who use and enjoy the paper.