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Internet Fraud Prevention Tips

Buyer Safety

Always email and call the seller. Use added caution to verify the seller has possession of the item for sale if the phone number listed is not correct. If you question the intentions of a seller, suggest using an escrow company. Generally a fraudulent seller will not agree to this service. Verify the authenticity of money orders, cashiers checks, and wire transfers. Verify the seller's name, address, phone, and email. Credit cards are a preferred method of payment because they will allow you to dispute charges with your card provider if something goes wrong with the transaction.

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Seller Safety

Do not agree to accept any overpayment requiring a refund. This opens the door to a known scam where the "buyer" sends the seller a counterfeit check or money order for more than the asking price. They then ask for a "refund" for the overage before your the forgery is discovered. If the buyer suggests an escrow service, verify that it is a legitimate company. does NOT offer Escrow Services and is not affiliated with any web site or company that claims to offer these services. United States laws may not apply to the international buyers, so use extra caution when dealing with buyers from countries outside of the U.S.

Spoof(Phishing) Emails

Phishing is a high-tech scam that uses spam or pop-up messages to deceive you into disclosing your credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, or other sensitive information.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), phishers send an email or pop-up message that claims to be from a business or organization that you deal with – for example, your Internet service provider (ISP), bank, online payment service, or even a government agency. The message usually says that you need to “update” or “validate” your account information. It might threaten some dire consequence if you don’t respond. The message directs you to a web site that looks just like a legitimate organization’s site, but it isn’t. The purpose of the bogus site? To trick you into divulging your personal information so the operators can steal your identity and run up bills or commit crimes in your name. will NEVER ask for you to disclose your credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, or other sensitive information. If you have any doubt about whether an email message is from, forward it to: [email protected]. Do not respond to the "Phishing" email or click on any of the links within the message.

You may view additional information about protecting yourself against Phishing attacks on the Federal Trade Commission web site at:

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