Originally Posted by bo130
...I don't see why anyone would want to jump through hoops for a total stranger who offers an odd and suspicious method of payment and sale agreement...
Greed... I'm sure they only target items that have been up for sale for awhile, meaning the asking price is probably too high.
Also other variations can also play upon using the seller's greed to blind their judgement... for instance,
"Check overpayment scams target consumers selling cars or other valuable items through classified ads or online auction sites. Unsuspecting sellers get stuck when scammers pass off bogus cashier’s checks, corporate checks, or personal checks. Here’s how it happens:
A scam artist replies to a classified ad or auction posting, offers to pay for the item with a check, and then comes up with a reason for writing the check for more than the purchase price. The scammer then asks the seller to wire back part of the difference after depositing the check. The seller does it, and later, when the scammer’s check bounces, the seller is left liable for the entire amount."