Buying and selling online seems to be the way to go these days. It’s simple and easy, and you reach a wider audience than if you put an ad in the paper or use word of mouth. For the most part it’s a great way to purchase or market second-hand goods. There are, however, some people out there who will try to scam you.
So, whether you’re looking for private car sales or trying to get rid of an old TV, here are some tips on how to avoid getting scammed.
Google the buyer/seller
If people are even slightly active online, they’ll appear when you google them. If someone is buying or selling online then they’re probably active on social media or at least feature somewhere on the internet. If you can’t find a person online, they may be using an alias and that’s a sign they’re up to no good. Also, if the person has done this before, someone else may have written about it.
Double check the cash
If you’re dealing with cash, always make sure the money is real and that the amount is correct. All banknotes have security features and you should become familiar with these so you can easily spot a counterfeit note.
Don’t listen to sob stories or excuses
Perhaps the buyer really did just lose his job and is therefore unable to pay the price you originally agreed upon. Or maybe, just maybe, he’s trying to get you to lower the price. You’re not there to make friends, you’re there to make cash. And if you’re selling and the person keeps changing locations or needs the cash urgently but doesn’t have the goods at hand, don’t go through with the deal.
Avoid meeting them in an isolated place
This should be common sense whenever you’re meeting up with a stranger for any reason. Also avoid having them come to your home and don’t go to their home. This may be a problem if you’re buying or selling something large like a dining room table. But if you do have them come to your home, make sure you’re not alone and keep an eye on them.
There are many different kinds of online scams out there and you need to be really careful these days. These simple steps could go a long way to saving you from losing your hard earned cash.