"Excellent deal A++++++++" then keep your gob shut.
A 16-year-old Norfolk lad got more than he bargained for when he successfully bid £95 for a PS2 on eBay - the console plus €65,400 (£44k) in cash, the BBC reports. Police are currently holding the wonga - which arrived with the games console at the teen's Norfolk home back in March and was reported by his parents - under the …
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The kind of person that is sending out 44 grand in cash and who also knows your address might not be the kind of person you want to rip off.
I think in this case notifying the police was probably the only safe thing the family could do - though I will admit - I might have pocketed a couple of grand and hidden it before contacting the fuzz.
I agree with Paul above. I would inform the police and go through all the proper channels to secure the funds, in the most public way possible. After all, there is nothing illegal about receiving that money, though perhaps there was some illegality involved in the sending of the money (e.g. money laundering.)
Unless the bills are marked or tracked by serial number, it will be difficult to establish an illegal connection.
To see if the family successfully claim back the money.
Anyone care to make odds on the money being indefinitely held by the authorities due to further investigations?
I reckon the PS2 itself would hold more information in the way of fingerprints, clothes particles, etc.
nothing on this planet would part me from that money, you just tell the police of harrassment if the seller contacts you but i can imagine he would think the police were envolved anyway and call it a loss at that.
44k would deffinatly be in my loft gradually paying my bills off as to not arise suspicion
I think contacting the seller would have been a preferrable safe option - definitely what I would have done. Could have cleared this up without getting the police involved, and returned the money or confirmed that sending it had been intentional (!?), without a load of wasted time with the cops sitting on it in the meantime.
After I regained consciousness, I would've reported it, too... That's like, 80 grand or something here in the US. HOLY COW! I would be worried about some drug lord coming to collect the mis-directed booty and hurting my family. If it was "meant to be" then we'd get it back from the police later. Otherwise, the rightful owner could claim it. People do the weirdest things...