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Protect Yourself from Internet Auction Fraud
- Keep yourself informed about how the Internet auction works.
- Learn as much as possible about the website's auctions.
- DO NOT agree to send advance payment via Western Union, Money Gram, Escrow. A request for pre-payment nearly always represents attempted fraud!
An alleged salesman with fraudulent intentions, only needs some bits of data in order to take your money off with falsified papers.
- Consider the fact that laws regarding auctions may differ from one country to another. Make sure you have at least a general picture of the auction law of the country/state involved in transaction.
- Find out as much as possible about the seller.
- Before you bid, find out what your obligations as a buyer and what the seller's obligations are.
- Examine the feedback of the seller with other sites. Don't do business with sellers that have negative feedback.
- Don't give your SSN or driver's license number to the seller. They do not need this piece of information under any circumstance.
- Ask the seller the delivery date and warranty/exchange information for items you might want to return. In order to avoid unexpected costs, find out whether delivery is included in the price.
- Pay attention to the method of payment the seller is asking for and where the payment has to be sent. Be suspicious when the mailing address is a Post Office Box .
- Consider insuring your transaction and shipment/transportation.
- Be suspicious of businesses that seem too good to be true. They probably are.
If you are a victim of Internet Auction Fraud, please consult this page for more information.