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<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> I have listed a 1912 Cadillac car on HCCA for about a month and have had some foreign inquiry’s about it.

I have dismissed several as spammers wanting to pay with Paypal etc. I have a prospective buyer Mr Matthew Hurdson who will pay with cashier check and have shipper pick up the car. His English is not good. I have asked for the name and address of his shipper to see if he is legitimate. Does anyone have suggestions or know him ?? Thanks Jim Guthrie

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Go to your bank and talk with the head person about any type of check.

My bank told me point blank, that a check "does not clear". Meaning that your bank will never get a quick reply that the check is good. They only get a reply from the other bank if the check is no good, or insufficient funds in that account.

My state is CT and I would think each state may have statues that differ on banking regulations, but here in CT, my bank can hold me responsible for accepting/cashing that check for ONE YEAR!

They advised me to only accept wire transfer, as it cannot be reversed. They also suggest a one time use of a new account, just to accept that wire, then transfer it to your other accont, then close that new account.

Don't take a check from unknown buyers. Period.

I have taken much smaller amounts by check, but I only release the car after 3 weeks minimum, as was also suggested by my bank. They called their main branch, and talked to the head person there, who said :if we do not get a "insufficient fund notice" in 3 weeks, the likelyhood of it being a bad check is fairly slim. But....

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I have tried to do a deal with someone like this before. I told him his check had to clear in my bank account with no issues before I would release the car. I got the check, deposited it, and low and behold a week later my bank called to say the check was no good. Now this may not be how it works for everyone, but it was the smartest way I could think of to go about it.

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When I was trying to sell my Riv, I received a couple call with the same old tune "I will have my driver pick it up"."It's a surprise for my son". Will pay with cashiers check. Don't fall for the line.

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Cashiers checks can be forged and you will be left holding the bag, even after the check clears. Only sure way to get paid nowadays is via electronic funds transfer. If you are really paranoid, open a new account at your bank to do so.

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Cash is King. The few cars/trucks I have sold to out of state strangers have all been cash. I know a fellow that has sold two street roads in the $30-40K range, the buyers showed up with a bag of cash in both cases. I now that it is harder with an out of country buyer.

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I have heard from this guy Matthew Hurdson, without a doubt he is an out of the country no good person with very poor business priorities, more commonly known as a crook!. " I know of car and will pay amount you asking, want for birthday gift for son." I have done international business with several people and the legit ones will have a conversation that is normal to a negotiating format. --Bob

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Sounds like a scammer. I am always instantly cautious when the buyer doesn't ask any questions a serious buyer would ask about a car. When they instantly start with the shipping bit or paying my price, they head for the spam folder.

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Thanks very much for fast response. I got the same story that the car was a present for his son. I asked for the hauler/mechanics name he said they would contact me. I told him that the car was sold.

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