Making/receiving payments, sending money

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A ” XXXX XXXX ” texted me about purchasing my bed from XXXX on XXXX XXXX, 2015. He sent me a cashier ‘s check for {$2200.00} on XXXX XXXX, 2015. The bed was {$900.00} but he sent me extra to pay the ” movers ” {$1300.00}. On XXXX/XXXX/15, I discovered via on-line banking that the cashier check cleared and {$2200.00} was deposited into my account. Per his request, I paid the ” movers ” through XXXX XXXX on XXXX XXXX, 2015. The same day he texted me again telling me he needed money. He asked me to send him {$670.00} out of what he had sent me for the bed. Red flags came up immediately and I told him no. He said he needed to pay medical bills and pay their private physician who he named ” XXXX XXXX. ” He wanted me to send ” XXXX ” the money through money gram. Now I had already sent the ” movers ” {$1400.00} from the money ” XXXX XXXX ” sent me. I told him I ‘d rather just refund him the rest of his money and cancel the transaction. I felt like this was fraud and he was trying to get me to send money to people he knew. I sent him {$180.00} on XX/XX/XXXX and told him I ‘d pay him the rest the next day when the bank was opened. He agreed that I would send him the rest of the money back through money gram. I did n’t send him anymore funds. On XXXX/XXXX/15, I learned that the cashier check was ” bad. ” Had the cashier ‘s check not cleared ( it initially showed it was processing, then showed it had cleared on XX/XX/XXXX ) on my on-line banking statement and the funds not been deposited into my account, I never would have sent ” XXXX XXXX ” any funds. A BOA representative informed me that because of my good credit history, the cashier check was honored even before it was confirmed to be bad or good, which I ca n’t believe. And stated that I should have taken the additional step of calling the bank or going to the bank in person to confirm the cashier ‘s check had cleared. At no time prior to this transaction was I informed of this by BOA. I, like many others, believed that when any type of check shows to have cleared and the funds have been deposited, the check is good. BOA knows many people are under this impression. Yet, it does not educate its clients about this particular deceptive practice and allows it to continue. I am appalled that this practice is allowed to occur. If a check is not confirmed to be ” good ”, why does BOA allow it show ( on on-line banking ) it has cleared instead of just letting it show it is still processing? There must be thousands of current and former BOA customers that have been victimized by this particular deceptive and misleading practice. It needs to stop.

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