Auctions: Second Chance

How the scam works:

(with video below) You've been watching an eBay item for weeks now and just placed your bid shortly before the auction is over. Let's say it's a camera you really wanted to get your spouse for Christmas and it's so close you can almost taste it.

You're counting down the minutes at work and then go to check your email for confirmation–only to find out somebody outbid you at the last possible second.

You're fuming all day at work and once home, you're still miserable about it. When you wake up the next morning and check your email there is a message from eBay saying you have another chance, if you're still interested in the item, as the original buyer changed his mind.

You furiously click the link, type in your password and enter your PayPal information. After it's too late, you notice the web address is not PayPal. You've been duped and someone now has free range on your account–which has access to your bank account. You shut it down as quick as you can, but the thieves already managed to make a couple of purchases on your dime.

Watch the video below to see a different variation of the Second Chance Bidding Scam exposed.


Second Chance Bidding Scam Exposed Video

How to avoid:

Legitimate “Second Chance” notifications come through your eBay account on your “My Messages” tab. It's also always a good idea to double-check the url when you're clicking on any link you get through your email. It may look legit–and that's why these scams work. But don't be fooled.

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Will

I have a guy saying I need to take my post off of Craigslist texting me saying he’ll send a check an for me to give the name and address that I want on them. Then I text back and tell him that I only deal locally and that his number is from New York and I dont ship items on craigslist and they text me back like they never even got my message and I told them Im reporting them. Never gave them any of my info but if it sounds like a robot is texting you its probably… Read more »

Suzy

There is an add on Craigslist now for a rental. I emailed and they gave me the same number. I searched number and saw you warning above. Thank you!!!! Scam avoided because of your help!

Craigslist ID

Mesa Beach Bungalow : https://santabarbara.craigslist.org/vac/4546926366.html

Suzy

There is an add on Craigslist now for a rental. I emailed and they gave me the same number. I searched number and saw you warning above. Thank you!!!! Scam avoided because of your help! Craigslist ID Mesa Beach Bungalow : https://santabarbara.craigslist.org/vac/4546926366.html Email I got in response Aloha Suzy Yea for now July 31st through Aug 4th is still available and hasn’t been booked yet. Rental fee per night is $120/night Rental fee per week is $756/week Security deposits (refundable) is $200 Your rental fee for 4 nights stay shall be $120 x 4 + $200 = $680 The rate… Read more »

concerned person in CA

same thing – was about to rent a condo in Seattle, ad sounded legit, but then when I responded to their email saying I had to email them for the form to make the reservation, they asked me what information I wanted…..clearly multiple people all managing the same email box posing as the owner John R of the rental property. Thankful I searched the phone number and found other’s comments before falling for their scam.

Jose

This post saved me. Same scam – Your dates …. are available now at the rate of $150 per night. For easy communication call or text us at (347)946-2514. Serious booking only. Regards, Debi & Jeremiah Leon.

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