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.
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.
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