from: William Weingard
Well I purchased three consecutive serial numbered Colt 1911's, put them on Guns America for sale. A couple of days later I received an e-mail from someone saying she wanted to buy at least one&possibly all three for her husband's museum. I also had at least two other responses from people who wanted pretty much the same thing, buy one or all of my Colts. Well then I started getting instructions e-mailed to me concerning the shipping of the guns. I explained that all guns need to ship to a federally licensed firearms dealer and there would be no exceptions made. Then they said they wanted to pick up the guns from my shop, I said that was fine but whoever was going to pick up needed an AZ driver's license. Next thing I received the phony cashier's check drawn on Bank of America for $5400.00. First thing I went down to the bank. After looking over the check the teller assurred me that it "looks fake." I insisted she call the branch it was drawn on, and they said it was phony too.
I really thought that the ATF would want to set up, I don't know maybe a "sting operation", this was all concocted to purchase a gun after all. I called the local branch of the ATF, talked with the operator, she tried to connect me with at least three different agents, all of whom were not available during regular business hours, before she gave up and instead gave me the Secret Service's phone number. Of course they couldn't care less, after that I went back to the Post Office, as I did receive the phony check via US Mail(I remember the envelope had a British stamp) But of course after the Postmaster General assurred me that this happens all the time and nobody could really do anything (too much like having a real job) I settled for just showing the phony check to my friends, and bitching about the fact that the check was issued to my business instead of me personally.