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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3 thoughts on “Auctions: Selling Items”

  1. I suspect the account name Lauren Marie on Facebook is a fake account. I purchased from her some templates that was advertised either on craft site. I payed through PayPal from an invoice she sent, her PayPal email was

    She has failed to reply to several email reporting not received items. I can see no other posts for sale of these templates, she has nothing on her profile page about her business name or selling templates or fancy frames, she has less than three friends which is odd for someone so young all her like pages are craft sites. Only pics of like craft features. Not sure if she has set up fake account to sell stuff from that doesn’t exist. I am maybe being overly suspicious, thankfully only paid £5.10 but my sister says she has heard of thus method before. I would be grateful if her site was checked out please. Before maybe dupes others into sending money. For imaginary items. If she has another page to sell her items I thought if you post something it also shows up public ally on your own site. I can see none. I gave a craft for fun blog page and I know if I write something it goes to my normal FB page public ally

  2. Please destroy this scam website: They sell scam pages and scam tools use in hacking people bank account, emails etc…. please you people should scrap that website its really harmful

  3. 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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