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Help Topics: Avoiding Scams
Avoiding Scams
A basic rule of thumb for recognizing a scam is:

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

The following is a list of some types of internet scams that we've heard about and would like to warn everyone of:
  • Buyer offers a genuine-looking (but fake) cashier's check that far exceeds the value of your item.
    Scammer "trusts" you to wire the difference via a money transfer company such as Western Union. Meanwhile, It takes your bank a while to discover that the cachiers check was fake, then holds YOU responsible. You have been scammed out of your product, the cash to repay the bank, and the amount of the balance that you wired to the criminal.

    Sometimes this scam can involve a 3rd party escrow or shipping agent to appear more legit.

Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?

  • FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
  • FTC online complaint form (http://www.ftc.gov/)
  • Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501
  • Internet Fraud Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov/)
  • Non-emergency number for your local police department.

If you suspect that an item posted for sale on WebStore may be part of a scam, please contact us immediately. Be sure to include the Auction ID number in your message.

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