I listed a car for sale on behalf of a 90 year old, and attracted scammers. One has now sent me a "check" for $4000, for a $1500 car purchase. I'm supposed to deposit the check, then pay the tow truck driver in gift cards. Yeah, right.
The check's routing number matches the printing, a major US bank. The tracking number shows the envelope's origin in small town in a different state. I'm supposed to text a different person. So basically I have a bogus check, but some real contact information, and probably a real city, for the scammer.
Who might care? Is it even worth my time to try and report this: is there any chance of prosecution?
I've tried before with Western Union and MoneyGram fraud, but their fraud departments are clearly not interested.
Update: My local police don't care, because it's "internet fraud", they referred me to https://www.ic3.gov which will take zero action, because they are not funded to that level. I will try local police in Paducah, KY which is where the tracking number says the UPS letter originated (though it has a different return address). Needless to say, Craigslist and NextDoor do not care. TD Bank took the information and check number, saying they could not tell me anything, except to make it clear they do not care, since there was no loss.
By the way: The scammer demanded my phone number, so I gave him or her my local police non-emergency number. Heh heh.
Update May 2021 : Nobody cares. I had it happen again, based on selling a crib on line. Got a "cashier's check" for an excess amount. I was meant to send money to the next person on the list, perpetuating the fraud, mailing funds to an address in San Jose CA. I was able to get a detective there interested, but mostly in stopping the next victim in the chain from being hoodwinked. The detective tried to engage the scammer via email, but the scammer clammed up. The check now sits in evidence at San Jose PD. The bank was mildly interested, and placed a notification on the originating account (the likely true victim). The check by the way was on genuine paper, the bank would not say if it was otherwise genuine.