So this is how it works: the scammer inquires about "the item" (that's how it's later worded in their emails) with legitimate questions. You reply a time or two then they say they want to purchase "the item" for their father or for themselves to start a business. Of all "the items" they have seen online, ours is the best. They write that they are working offshore at the USA/Mexico border or in the military or some other bullshit story and, for some stupid reason, they do not have access to long distance calling. A "shipping agent" will pick up "the item" after we have received their money. All the scammers mentioned a "shipping agent".
I've had a couple different situations with the money. The first time this happened, they actually sent a $1500 "check" to cover a $250 "item". Supposedly we were to give the "change" to the "shipping agent". The check was issued by a mental hospital in Florida. We called them and it turns out they require two signatures on all their checks, ours had one. We called the bank named on the check but they had no record of it either. The return address on the envelope was to an apartment in Brooklyn. (I Google-Earthed it.) I took the letter to the police station here in "Mayberry" (after tucking the letter between two sheets of paper - just in case the cops wanted to dust it for prints). The police woman wasn't impressed with my story or the scam or my assistance in preserving the criminals' fingerprints. She held the check up to the light and said it was regular copy paper and I should go home and shred it. (FYI - I still have it - just in case those prints come in handy.)
Two scammers wanted to use PayPal in their scam. They just needed all our information then they'd take care of the transaction. The PayPal scam kinda lured me in for a couple seconds. I have always considered PayPal to be a safe and secure payment option. I'm pretty sure I would have gotten more fake emails saying the transaction had gone thru, they paid extra for the "shipping agent" and we could reimburse them the "change" from overpayment of all their fake fucking money.
How do people sell anything? Well, in my case, I'm headed to a dealership - unless you want to buy a truck!???!