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Internet Auction Fraud

Scammers use online marketplaces or auctions to post products or services they don’t have in their possession or have no intentions of providing. Unassuming shoppers, attracted to below-average prices, pay the scammers only to find out that the product or service doesn’t exist in its promised form, and their money has been poorly spent. While many Internet promotions are legitimate, unfortunately, Internet auction fraud is very common. Reporting fraud helps law enforcement do its job and keeps other people safe.

Where Is My Computer (Internet/eBay)

Online auction scams are a nationwide problem. Watch to see how Postal Inspectors tracked down this culprit.

Protect Yourself

  • Research the seller

    Do your due diligence on both the seller and the product or service.

  • Obtain a telephone number

    Obtain a telephone number, email address, and physical address rather than a PO Box™ for the seller.

  • Interact with the seller

    Call and email the seller to see if the contact information is correct before going forward with the sale.

  • Avoid sellers without contact information

    Beware of sellers who won’t provide you with legitimate contact information.

Have You Witnessed This Scam?

If you’ve been affected by Internet auction fraud and the U.S. Mail® has been used in any way, we want to help. Please report the crime.

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