eBay seller checks out check, stops phony sale

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Sharon Hopkins of Marble Hill works in the finance industry.  So when she decided to sell her vintage car on eBay, she took some extra steps to make sure that sale is legit.

"It's a 1978 Chevrolet Camaro", Hopkins explained.  "So I put it on eBay to sell. There's a good market out there for those type cars."

Hopkins posted her car on Oct. 21. The next day, she received several poorly worded emails.

"I saw your post on eBay.com today and wise to buy the unit," Hopkins read from one of the emails.

The contact from one potential buyer kept coming.  Hopkins says he wanted to move quickly, and actually wanted to send her $5,000 more than her asking price.

"And wanted me to send the money on to another party in Colorado so they could ship the car," she recalled.

Hopkins checked out the Mississippi company named on the check and learned it does exist.  So she decided to call.

"They said, "Yes, this is something going on because we've had 4 or 5 of these type of calls today,"" Hopkins said.

There are actually three legitimate parts of what turned out to be a phony transaction: the company name on the check, the Louisville KY business name on the Fed Ex package, and the Fed Ex tracking number belonging to a third company.

"Anything that you're selling on eBay, if someone is too eager to give you money and wants to do it off the eBay process not through the bidding process on eBay don't do it," Hopkins advised.

Hopkins says she actually got two other suspicious email offers on top of the one profiled here. She turned over all three addresses to eBay's fraud line.

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