I had almost the EXACT same expierance when selling my car! My car was stolen, I purchased a new car. Two weeks later the stolen car was recovered. I decided to sell it cheap (as it was prettu trashed) in a weekly auto book here called Auto Trader. A few days after the car was listed, someone emailed me. Explained that he wanted the car for a client of his, and wanted to know my bottom line price. We settled on the price of $1500.00 After a few emails, here is one that he sent me:
My client informed me that what his going to make payment to you is Bank Certified Check, and also he informed me that the payment will be in amount of $3,500 USD, so on reciept of the payment you are required to cash it and deduct the cost of your car and also send balance of the money to the shipper as my client instructed.
Here is the next email from him:
From postal delivery,it is comfirmed that your payment should have arrived.
Kindly check your mail box to pick up your payment. Follow the instructions sent to you.
Thanks and have a wonderful day.
The major difference in this case is that payment never arrived, and I had no further contact with him.
There are a LOT of scams out there, and we all think that we can tell. I had no idea at the beginning that this was a scam, but after a couple days, the little red flag started waving.