How do I avoid getting ripped-off online?
If you are concerned about being defrauded, only buy from sellers in which you initiate the contact (no telemarketers, door-to-door sales, or mail orders).

If you’re using an online auction site, such as eBay: 
  • Don’t give away your password or personal details.

  • Get to know the buyer or seller. Ask them questions and get their response.

  • Understand the auction process, the website’s rules and own safety advice. 

When selling an item, never accept payments for more than the price of the item. Scammers often use counterfeit checks and overpay, asking you to cash the check and return the balance to them. You become responsible for the fraudulent check and are required to repay the financial institution.

Conmen are very good a influencing you to do what they want.
  • They might request upfront payments or private information

  • They will have a false sense of urgency

  • They will include odd, unneeded details

  • They will promise giant rewards, lottery wins, lost inheritances, etc…

When in doubt, trust your instincts and don’t buy into them!

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