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Online Police Auctions

Online Police Auctions Fraud: How It Works

Police comes across and confiscates various goods regularly, such as items that were stolen, bought with drug money, etc. Every so often they organize an auction where they sell these items, usually for quite low prices, with all the proceeds going to a police charity.

Scammers advertise and organize fake Police online auctions, getting people’s attention (in order to pay for non-existent items), by making them think they are getting great deals. The victims always pay but never receive anything.

 

In other cases, questionable individuals also claim to organize auctions for seized items, create good looking websites and insist that all the objects are of high-end value and rare. They even send the products to the buyers who purchase, but in reality, all these items (mostly jewelry, brand name clothes, and other materials easy to ship) are nothing but cheap products made in Asia sold at ridiculous prices to the victims who believe they got amazing unique pieces.

 

Online Police Auctions Fraud: How To Avoid

Just ignore the ad. Police departments don't typically advertise their auctions globally for public, but locally. The largest online police auction website is Property Room (see link below), which is ranked 281st on the Internet Retailer's 500 List.

The company, founded in 1999 by former police officers and detectives, sells confiscated police goods and approved third party merchant merchandise to the highest winning bidder. You can access PropertyRoom clicking the link below:

Visit PropertyRoom Here

 

Online Police Auctions Fraud: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report To The FTC Here

 

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