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informational source from
craiglist with diverse fraud schemes to help visitors avoid on-line
Use caution and common sense when dealing with any financial transaction:
- DEAL ONLY WITH trusted/verified sites!
- NEVER wire funds to a distant person, via Western Union or
any other carrier
- Be wary if the other party wants to use an escrow service such as
BidPay or Squaretrade
- NEVER give out personal financial information (checking account
number, SSN, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
- trust your instincts, and always remember that the most important
rule -- caveat emptor -- BUYER BEWARE -- applies
to any transaction on line where money is involved.
Recognizing the posibility to be a scam
Most scams involve one or more of the following:
- inquiry from someone far away, often in another country
- proposed transaction includes a cashier's check, postal money order,
Western Union, or escrow service (BidPay, Squaretrade, etc.)
- inability or refusal to meet face-to-face when buying/selling from
Types of Scams
1. Someone claims that unverified sites will guarantee
a transaction, certify a buyer/seller, OR claims that
the site will handle or provide protection for a payment
2. distant person offers a genuine-looking (but fake) cashier's
- These claims might be fraudulent, be aware!
- Scammer will often send an official looking email that appears to
come from the posting site, offering a guarantee, certifying a seller,
providing payment services -- all such emails are fakes!
3. Someone requests payment via Western Union or MoneyGram:
- you receive an email offering to buy your item, or rent your apartment,
- cashier's check is offered for your sale item, as a deposit for
an apartment, or for just about anything else of value.
- value of cashier's check often far exceeds your item - scammer offers
to "trust" you, and asks you to wire the balance via money transfer
- banks will often cash these fake checks AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE
WHEN THE CHECK FAILS TO CLEAR, including criminal prosecution in some
- scam often involves a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate
owing buyer money, etc)
4. distant person offers to send you a cashier's check
and then have you wire money:
- Often claim that an MTCN or confirmation code is needed before
he can withdraw your money - this is FALSE, once you've wired money,
it is GONE.
- Scam "bait" items include laptops, plasma TVs, cell phones, tickets
- but could be almost anything
- common countries currently include: Nigeria, Romania, Ukraine,
Spain, UK, Italy, Netherlands - but could be anywhere
- deal often seems too good to be true
5. distant person suggests use of an online escrow
- this is ALWAYS a scam, in our experience - the cashier's check
- sometimes accompanies an offer of merchandise, sometimes not
- scammer often asks for your name, address, etc for printing on
the fake check
- deal often seems too good to be true
6. distant seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which he
will ship goods
- most online escrow sites are FRAUDULENT, operated by scammers
- for more info, do a google search on "fake escrow" or "escrow fraud"
- if you must do business with a distant seller, insist on a legitimate
service, such as www.escrow.com
- he says he trusts you with the partial payment
- he may say he has already shipped the goods
- deal often sounds too good to be true
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