I have a mate that has been scammed and i`m a little worried that he may do something stupid. I get tons of these type of scams in my inbox every week but i have never heard of this one, but did some research and it has been around a while. He contacted someone who posted a work position on gumtree who then asked for his name and address and sent him a cheque for £4,600, i wish he would have contacted me then as i would have told him to just ignore it, but he went and banked it that same day greedy basterd! He then recieved an email asking him to send £4,100 to a western union account and keep £500 for himself as an advance, this is where he brought me into this mess. I checked out the emails and they are just generic emails from an yahoo account setup with some kind of autoresponder. And none of the contact details add up, differant names on cheque and emails address and so on. Ok so i`m guessing that this guy has robbed the cheque book some how as it comes from a very posh UK bank not sure if he could setup a fake one. Googled the name on the cheque and came up with just one result from some real estate agent selling multi million dollar appartments in new york, this may not be the same person but my mate saw this and is thinking of keeping the cheque (IF IT CLEARS) which i hope it doesn`t as he says that if the guy is a multimillionaire he wont miss a few grand. (Greed is an ugly monster) If it was me i would take it personal! He figures that there is no evidence that he had anything to do with where ever the cheque came from, so he can just take the cash say it got robbed or sent back to the scammer and when the bank find out about it just pay them back at whatever he can afford. But i`m not sure it would be the bank that would be trying to get the money back. The guy is married with 4 kids and has worked all his life, never done anything criminal in his life he is a great guy would do anything for you. I need some advice on how to convice him to just leave the money (IF IT) clears and tell the police. Or am i just being to paranoid?