votrechien - 3:17 am on Jul 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
Very good fraud prevention strategy olimits7. A lot of folks would have taken that $1000 and let that 'greed instinct' kick in (one of the reasons I generally have very little sympathy for victims of obviuos fraud).
I should add another excellent strategy I find is to simply phone the customer (and request a phone number if they don't provide one). They'll almost never provide that number. In the event they do, if the product being sold requires any technical knowledge a few probing questions can determine their legitimacy (I sell boating products so I'll normally ask 'curiously' about the customers boat- the legit ones love to brag!).