I'm sure most of you are somewhat familiar with the ol' Nigeria cheque scam. If not, it is basically when I (the scammer) over-pay you (the seller) for an item with a fraudulant cheque, and you follow up by giving me back the difference. By the time you have done this, I now have your cash and your bank realizes the funds will not clear and you are out X dollars. That is the scam in a nutshell. Now, why do I bring this up? We are in the process of moving and have had some items up for sale on various sites to sell items locally. I've received one of these "overpayments" from one person. I verified the cheque was a fraud, and wanted to know what I could do to help bust these these people (who do manage to rip people off... somehow). I contacted phonebusters (a hotline to report these kinds of things) to tell them I had one of these cheques, and wanted to know if they could direct me to someone who could maybe look at catching this guy. Never ever heard back from them. This was about a month ago. I've gotten an insane amount of emails from similar scammers. For the most part, I've just had some fun with these guys. Stringing them along, seeing how long they will keep talking to me before they realize I'm not falling for it. Then I sign up their emails for all sorts of spammy goodness. Fast forward to today. FedEx shows up at my door today, with another of these scam cheques from another "buyer". Now, the only one of these guys who has my address was the first one I dealt with. The SAME guy is trying to do the same thing AGAIN, using a different name!?!?! WTF? I emailed him back and basically told him where to go. The frustration I had, was not with the scammers, but the "watchdogs" who are looking out for the common person here. I wanted to try and help, but never received any advice from them as to how to go about it. Here we are again, the same guy, pulling the same crap. I am hoping the fact he used FedEx makes it somewhat traceable. What do you do with this kind of thing? Can you go to the police? Just pisses me off that people like this pull this kind of crap, and actually get away with it.