Help spotting fraud & scams
Scams can be hard to detect but the one thing you should always consider is that if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
The most popular scams are usually operated by people outside of the USA - usually Romania and other European countries.
Scammers usually place an ad for an item such as a motorcycle for example and advertise it well below the market price. They then try and get you to wire them a deposit via Western Union or other wire transfer services and say they will ship you the item and you can pay them the remainder once it's arrived and you're happy with it.
They may also claim to be in another country for business or similar which is why you can't go to view the item or pick it up yourself if you ask.
Once you've wired them your hard earned money, you never hear from them again and wire transfers through places such as Western Union offer no security or any ways of tracing where your money went and it's unlikely that the Police will be able to help.
Remember the golden rule - if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
1.) Is sending a payment via an escrow service safe?
2.) Is sending a payment via Western Union safe?
3.) Safe ways to pay