Originally Posted by codprawn
Don't use escrow - that's how many of the scammers work. Make sure the funds are cleared fully into your account and check with your bank to make sure they can't be clawed back.
If it's him who has suggest Escrow run a mile!!!
No don't use THEIR escrow - escrow itself is not fundamentally flawed - it relies on the principle of a TRUSTED third party. If you use an Untrusted 3rd party - thats dumb! The principle of using your lawyers account is similar - although he won't normally control release of the goods.
If this guy if he is legit is presumably operating as a business so will be able to provide information which may help with his credibility: company name, phone number (how is it answered if you dial anonymously), company registration number, VAT number, previous satisfied customers you can talk to, a written contract / bill of sale. None of that is particularly hard to fake but it will at least mean it is a professional scam!