Auctions: Selling Items

How the scam works:

This is a very common scam on websites like eBay or Craigslist. Scammers will post a hot item for sale, but set a higher starting price than usual, so nobody will bid. You're interested in the item, but don’t want to overpay. Since nobody else is bidding, you contact the seller and try to negotiate a lower price.

He accepts and says he'll remove the auction so you can pay the lower price. Since the auction is now gone, the only method of payment is to wire him the money as the item gets shipped to you. The only problem is you won't ever get the item, and it may have never existed in the first place.

How to avoid:

Savvy readers may be picking up on a couple themes here. Wiring is a very dangerous venture, since you can't track it. It's also almost always a bad idea to send money when you have no assurances the item is coming.

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We listed a fairly pricey item on Kijiji. We were contacted almost immediately by someone abruptly offering to buy the item. There were no pleasantries exchanged. The person offered the asking price plus a large sum for "shipping". A notification of payment was received, however it went to the wrong email. There was no payment in Paypal (of course), however they made a demand to send their ‘shipper’ money via Western Union so they could pick up the item. Needless to say, the police were notified immediately.


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