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Today I get a call from a guy, probably the same one, in the Bahamas who wants to buy one of my most expensive items ($100). The only time anyone has ever bought the quantity he wants, it was a research department at a university paying by purchase order. He asked if he could send me a money order. I said no. He said he would send me a money order in US dollars. I said only if it's a Western Union money order. So then he wanted to send the money by Western Union. I said let me check into it and I will call you back. He did give me a phone number. He also wanted to know if I could send it by courier. I said no. All international stuff is sent air letter post.
So I called Western Union trying to find out what kind of info do they have for merchants, what protection do I have, is the Bahamas a trouble spot for them, etc., but I got the cold shoulder. They told me that if the sender used a stolen credit card, then the loss of the money would be handled by the credit card company. Then wouldn't they ask me for the money back, I asked. "I don't know" was their answer. "All we do is transfer the money." They told me I could ask that the sender send cash only and not use a card. How would I know whether he did or not, I asked. No answer. Totally unhelpful.
I feel very suspicious of this, but it could be authentic and I don't want to insult an innocent person. What's up with Western Union and fraud? Is it done? Is the Bahamas a risky country?
However, I agree that the whole thing sounds suspicious. You might care to wait three weeks or so before shipping the goods just in case there is a comeback.
Never do business with any country which has green in its flag - that simple rule will cut out 95% of fraud.
You should have nothing to worry about here.