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Do’s and Don’t’s of Buying Online

Buying online brings an unprecedented level of convenience and can provide significant cost savings.  But there are a (very small) percentage of transactions that are scams.

We get calls every week from customers and others that ask our advice about the legitimacy of an item they are considering purchasing on eBay, Craigslist, or other online sites.  Many of the situations we hear about are obvious frauds.

With over 1,200 employees in their Trust & Safety department (and many buyer protections built into PayPal), the eBay store and auction center continues to increase the safety of their site.  Although Craigslist is 25% owned by eBay, there are far fewer controls and many of the online bad guys are focusing efforts there.

From the National Consumers League’s Internet Fraud Watch, CLICK HERE for a list of helpful tips on how to avoid online fraud.    Craigslist publishes a helpful page on how to avoid scams on their local sites. It even shows actual fraudulent emails being used today that are designed to fool buyers.  CLICK HERE to check it out.

Have concerns about buying online? Feel free to get input from experienced staff at iSOLD It: 301-990-2040.

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