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Sellers beware! It seems that there are many scammers contacting people who sell items on the internet to try and scam you. Unfortunately this has been going on for a very long time on the internet and is nothing new. Hopefully this page will help make you aware of what is going on and help you protect yourself!
Any time you sell something on the internet, you need to be aware that anyone can contact you and claim to be someone they are not! It makes very good sense to take a careful approach when selling things. My hope is to point some things out, that you can use to make yourself aware of what goes on.
Recently there has been a scam by someone wanting to purchase a dress, but to send more money than the price of the dress, in hopes of getting that extra cash either for themselves, or for a “shipper” who would pick up the dress. Any time you hear the phrase “pay more” or “extra cash amount” that is your clue that it is probably a scammer who is not really interested in your item, but in your money. How it works is the person essentially sends you payment, by check or cashiers check and asks you to give them the extra amount of cash that they write the check over for. After you have given that extra money to them, you will find that their check has bounced, or been a forgery or something similar. And now you are out the money. It takes two weeks for checks to totally clear the bank, even though your bank will show it as cleared before then — and that is the problem. If you call your bank, they will confirm this.
One way to protect yourself is to make yourself aware of the scams that happen through email and the internet. There are several good websites you can read to help understand and be aware. The more you know, the less likely you will be scammed. Some good sites are:
Wikipedia Page on Internet Fraud
Snopes – Daily Scams
Ways To Be Aware
- Be aware of strangely worded emails that might be from a spammer from a foreign country where they might not speak your language natively or well at all.
- Be aware of any email where the person wants to pay more for your item and get cash back from you — or anything similar to this. There is absolutely NO reason for you to hand over money to them in any instance – or even to a shipping company (which is usually fake)!
- Beware of giving out your bank account number to buyers. Many banks will give you a temporary account number to use for deposits only. Check with your bank!
- Converse with the potential buyer and ask questions like what Irish dance school they attend and who their teacher is. Then take a few moments to google the information and make sure the school exists. If you are still worried, you could email the teacher and confirm that the person is indeed a student with them.
- Your best bet is to converse a lot with the buyer and really determine who they are!
Hopefully this might help in some way as you sell items on the internet!