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Does this wire deposit sound fishy? Please help, thanks

here's what the seller wants to do regarding the exchange of the car for money:

"I'd want to do the sale in two bites. A $5,000
> wire deposit [I'd give you a receipt] and the balance when I
> hand you the title. The practical way to do this, I am
> told, is for you to arrange the transfer of the balance to
> be done by your bank on your phone call to them. When
> you show up and the transfer shows "pending" in my bank
> account, I give you a bill of sale. I am told the
> transfer will "clear" overnight and when it does I give you
> the title."

Is this pretty much 100% fraudulent? Your thoughts? Thank you
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Run away, once you transfer the money its gone, bill of sale means nothing. Have him meet you at the bank with the title and the car, I would skip the whole deal!
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Yes it does. If possible have the dealer act as your broker you use a escrow service. Might cost a few bucks but worth it other than that stay away??
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