Scams & Fraud
Classified Ad Fraud!
Buyer/Seller explains that they are currently out of the country.
Buyer/Seller offers to pay with a money order or cashiers check for significantly more than the asked for price.
Buyer/Seller requests that the payment be wired, online, or cashiers check sent, and that the item will require delivery.
Buyer/Seller explains that a third party or service will pick up or deliver the item.
Email inquiry is poorly written, generic, or strange sounding.
Offer is simply too good to be true.
Phone number listed is wrong.
Internet scammers are luring online puppy buyers with cute pictures and false promises,
taking would-be dog owners for an emotional and financial ride...
Rule #1: DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON
this one simple rule will avoid 99% of scam attempts
Rule #2: NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM OR ANY OTHER WIRE SERVICE
distant seller asks for a partial or full payment upfront, after which he will ship item
Beware of fake cashier checks and money orders.
Fakes are common and banks may even cash them. But when the fraud is discovered you may be liable.
Never share your private info.
Anyone asking for login info, bank account info or your social security number is a scammer.
Avoid shipping and escrow.
Scammers commonly employed fake, online escrow services.
If someone offers you more than you're asking and requests that you send them the remainder you probably should ignore them - chances are that IT'S A SCAM.
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