Here's how the scam works (against everybody including that poor, unsuspecting women's apparel retailer selling her weighted skirt magnet), directly from the Western Union report:
Most interesting about the latest and greatest in online fraud is that it turns existing conventional wisdom about predatory online behavior on its head by making the seller, as opposed to the buyer, the target of the scheme.
"It's a common misconception that only people who buy online are at risk for fraud, but sellers are at risk too," Shelley Bernhardt, director of consumer protection at Western Union, said in the report. "They're susceptible to clever con artists who use counterfeit checks to get them to send real money."To help online vendors avoid being victimized by the online sales scam, Western Union offers some tips:
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