8 ways to avoid becoming a victim of online sale scams

Posted at 5:53 AM, Aug 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-07 08:56:02-04

When you go to sell an item online, there are many things to consider to keep yourself, your home and your money safe.

Craigslist lists the tips below to help you avoid becoming an online sale scam victim:

  • Do not extend payment to anyone you have not met in person.
  • Beware offers involving shipping - deal with locals you can meet in person.
  • Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union) - anyone who asks you to is a scammer.
  • Don't accept cashier/certified checks or money orders - banks cash fakes, then hold you responsible.
  • Transactions are between users only, no third party provides a "guarantee".
  • Never give out financial info (bank account, social security, paypal account, etc).
  • Do not rent or purchase sight-unseen—that amazing "deal" may not exist.
  • Refuse background/credit checks until you have met landlord/employer in person.