Auctions: Manual Instead Item

How the scam works:

There are scammers online who sell products (electronics, games, etc) making you feel like you are getting a great deal. The description of the item is very well presented, but you should always pay attention to the fine print. 

They will get your attention with great pictures, but once you pay they send you just the instruction manual of the item. When you go back on the site you’ll discover that you can’t claim your money back, as they mentioned in the fine print that what was for sale was only the manual.

How to avoid:

In this, as in everything else where you are spending money or signing your name, read the fine print.

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  1. This scam is mainly seen on sites such as Ebay or Amazon. The seller is trying to sell, lets say a expensive item such as a console. In the description, it tells you that it is 100% genuine and shows a large paragraph of information. When the buyer gets interested into the item, they start bidding into it. The seller then gives you a date about when it will arrive to you. But when it arrives, all you get is mostly a phonebook inside a genuine looking box. How To Avoid- Look at the website of the console and check if the paragraph is the same or similar to the one the seller has. Or you can check the reviews of the product, if they are mostly posted at the same time, its a definite scam.

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