nismoZtuner wrote:So why not cash it first before doing anything else?
*** that's one way of knowing if it's fake..
The bank will cash it for you if there is enough money in your account already to cover the amount on the money order if it gets bounced, or any other check for that matter. Otherwise, they just deposit it.
You have to understand that the people that fall for these scams are usually broke, desperate, ignorant or all three. So, they are likely to have little money in the bank and mostly cash, making them an easy target. They go to the bank, deposit the fake check/money order, immediately follow the scammers' request to send cash via Western Union, Monry Gram, or MoneyPak. Scammer receives the cash instantly and disappears. Then, the next day or so, the check bounces and victim is screwed.
Understand these guys spam these emails in huge waves...just fishing for dumb@sses.