Cub-Bud, been there, NEVER done it. Sounds similiar to the Nigerian scams.
Everytime I list something "For Sale" on one of the sites or Ebay. I get at least 2 or 3 of these types of request. "My client will send you $5,000 for your merchandise, (blah blah blah) well, you know the rest of the story. The give away is when they say "YOUR MERCHANDISE"
The sad thing is, people fall for it, and that's what these scammers are banking on.
Ron, to answer your question. I have agreed to accept the payment and replied to the email, but only after contacting the State's attourney's office and the local police. They said, "go for it but chances are the check probably won't be sent" which is wasn't and so I didn't get to have my fun.
I had two replies like this recently, after placing my 8N on the YT tractor site and one from the N-series 8N Ford classifieds. Then just a week or so ago,
I also had my 28 foot 1976 Prowler camper listed on our local classified web-site and I actually received a presonalized email from what appeared to be a legit question. Asking all kinds of questions all about and was wanting more pictures even, asking what shape the tires were in. They offered $100 less than what I was asking for it and if that would be acceptable, they would have it picked up and have a cashier's check for the amount offered, upon picking it up.
I had a gut feeling it might have been another scam. SO, I checked on the IP address and it orginiated in Montreal Canada. I'm thining to myslef here, Now why on earth would someone from Montreal want to travel to to Illinois to purchase a 28 year old camper that was advertised for $1,500 as a "fish" or "deer" camp trailer.
Needless to say, I didn't fall for this one either, LOL! Need a camper anyone,