At ForSaleByOwner.com, we take Spam very seriously. If you have received a Spam message through your ForSaleByOwnerCostaRica.com account we ask that you forward the message to abuse@ForSaleByOwnerCostaRica.com.
What is Spam?Spam is any unwanted and unsolicited message that you receive. It is "junk mail" in your e-mail box. There are many different types of Spam. Two of the most rigorous types of Spam on the internet are advertisements and fraudulent purchase scams.
Advertisements can easily be ignored, blocked or deleted. Simply forward the message to info@ForSaleByOwnerCostaRica.com and we can block the user from e-mailing through our site again. But what about a request to purchase your property that seems too good to be true? It may be a scam.
Scams can get very elaborate.
Here is an example of recent scammers emails and names:
Mike Jonas firstname.lastname@example.org
Captain Goodwin email@example.com
Edwin Casey firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernard Charles Benardcharls@yahoo.com
Dr. Ahmend Mohammad email@example.com
ivan koropis firstname.lastname@example.org
Karimah Essa email@example.com
Hope Bryant firstname.lastname@example.org
Harry Smith email@example.com
Red Scorpion firstname.lastname@example.org
Sgt Liver Bell email@example.com
Todd Looney firstname.lastname@example.org
Moslehi Ahmed email@example.com
Ken Aslan firstname.lastname@example.org
Sgt Larry Mason email@example.com
Abdulaziz Sulaiman firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr.James Cally email@example.com
John Hillman firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any doubt that the email you recieved is a scam, just ignore it. Be on the safe side.
How to Spot a ScamThe Bait: A response to your ad or online auction posting, offering to pay with a cashier's, personal, or corporate check. At the last minute, the so-called buyer (or the buyer's "agent") comes up with a reason for writing the check for more than the purchase price, and asks you to wire back the difference after you deposit the check.
The Catch: If you deposit the check, you lose. Typically, the checks are counterfeit, but they're good enough to fool unsuspecting bank tellers; when they bounce, you are liable for the entire amount.
Your Safety Net: Don't accept a check for more than your selling price, no matter how tempting the plea or convincing the story. Ask the buyer to write the check for the purchase price. If the buyer sends the incorrect amount, return the check. Don't send the merchandise. As a seller who accepts payment by check, you may ask for a check drawn on a local bank, or a bank with a local branch. That way, you can visit personally to make sure the check is valid. If that's not possible, call the bank the check was drawn on using the phone number from directory assistance or an Internet site that you know and trust, not from the person who gave you the check. Ask if the check is valid.
Courtesy of http://www.onguardonline.gov