Firstly, let’s not forget that the majority of occasions that you buy or sell on Ebay or other classified sites you will not be involved in a scam. However, scams are becoming more and more prevalent and with some simple tips you can avoid being a victim to fraudsters who are using these great services to rip people off. Take a look below at the most common scams and online dangers.
Ebay Scams and Other Online Dangers:
Fake PayPal Email Scams
Let’s say you are selling something, and the customer agrees to pay by PayPal. You get an email from what looks like PayPal, and the message says the customer has paid for the product. So, you ship off the product and later find out that the customer did not pay for the product. The email message was from a fake PayPal email. To keep from being scammed by this email hoax again, always check your actual PayPal account to see if the person paid before shipping off the product. This is a pretty cunning scam.
Buying a photograph of the product your want
This scam involves a “seller” posting a list of a well sought after items like an Xbox or Macbook. This scam really frustrates people because all the winner of the auction receives is a photograph of the item, and the seller claims that it was technically what they were actually selling. Not sure how they get away with this type of scam.
The bait and switch scam
In this scam, the buyer pays for the item and you ship it. Then the buyer sends you pictures of a broken item and claims you sent them a product that was broken or broke while being shipped. When the buyer complains to eBay, eBay will request you refund the money because of the protection buyers have under the Buyer Protection Policy.
Pretending to be someone else’s listing
In this scam, the seller duplicates an actual genuine listing on eBay that either comes from eBay or some other site. Thinking it’s a legitimate ad, you agree to pay for the item outside of eBay. And here’s where you get had. When you go to pick up the merchandise—let’s say a car—you run into the real seller who has no idea who you are and has no record of you buying the item. Soon you realize the ad you responded to was fake, and someone has just made off with your money.
Cancelled postage scams
This occurs when you sell a product that is supposed to be shipped, but after someone buys it, the buyer asks to meet in person to collect the item instead of having it mailed. You agree to refund the postage costs when you meet. Here’s the catch. The buyer will request a refund from PayPal and claim you did not mail the product. PayPal will ask you to verify that you mailed the product, but you won’t be able to because you met in person. Now, you have to give the person their money back and a postage fee they never paid. Make sure the shipping status on Ebay reflects what you actually do.