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Classified Buyer Scams

The typical Buyers Scam involves someone offering to purchase gear and sending more money than the advertised price, asking that the seller send the over-payment ("change") to someone or deposit it into an account. The scammers use different names and the exact form of the offer may vary.

General advice:

  • DO NOT do business with anyone who offers to send you payment for a higher amount than your selling price with the understanding that you'll send back the balance.
  • Be suspicious of anyone claiming to be acting on behalf of a "client" or another "customer".
  • Be suspicious of anyone claiming to be from Nigeria or West Africa
  • If you agree to accept a check payment, then do not send anything, gear or "change" before the check cleared. And be careful, if you manage to clear a fraudulent check then you may be liable for the damages if the bank finds out later. Make sure your bank authenticates the check.
  • If it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is.

What do when a scammer contacts you:

  1. DO NOT reply with any personal information.
  2. Best is to not reply at all. Simply ignore the email.

Submitted by on 2006-11-12 | Last Modified on 2007-06-25

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