It is a scam that has caught a few people from what I've read, BEWARE!!!.
Last month I got a full price offer on day 1 of the ad. He wanted my account information for an international wire transfer. When I balked, he wanted me to send the unit to a friend in another state. He then said his wife had a friend in the same city near where I live. The whole thing was fishy from the beginning. Turns out, he had just become a member here 1 week earlier and had no feedback. The tone of his emails was suspect from the get-go. I then got yet another offer from yet another new member with no feedback for yet another international wire transfer in yet another country, explaining how safe this transaction is. I removed the item from sale and will put it up later this year. I have never had a bad deal here, but again... the tone of his email correspondence was not that of a fellow Audiogon member.
It's a scam for sure!
I was listening to NPR last week & there was a report exactly like this wherein the fellow called in from Nigeria & said that he had mistakenly sent several thousand $ for an item & if the seller would be kind enough to send the balance to a friend elsewhere in the world!
You did the correct thing & dropped the matter 'cuz you could have been burned badly! Report it to your local authorities - FBI, police, etc. esp. if you have the fellows contact info.
Here's another one: I had another guy who wanted me to send my speakers Fed Ex COD to him, but when the speakers
got there, he called to say he was out of town (grandma's
funeral) and would I lower my COD amount since his "neighbor" didn't have the full amount. He said he'd
send me the balance. He was trying to pull the same scam on another member I found out, and we both told him to get ......well, you know the rest! Man, I hate thieves!
I came across a similar scam on ebay. I bid on a receiver which I lost at the last moment, and the next day I receive an email from a guy who wanted to sell his receiver for almost $100 less than what it would normally sell on ebay.
He then went on to say that I should use an escrow service in portugal. When I insisted that I would not send my money to any place outside this country, and something that did not have a toll free customer service #, I did not hear anything back from him.