E-Cop Alert – How To Avoid Being A Victim Of Online Auction Scams?

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Online auction sites are regularly targeted by fraudsters advertising desirable items for sale which are below market value, but do not exist. Fraudsters use a variety of techniques to persuade the potential buyer that the item is genuine and that any advanced payment will be protected or reimbursed should the product be faulty or not received.

Protect yourself:

  • Stay within the auction guidelines stipulated on the website.
  • Payments made via bank transfer, money transfer or e-money are not protected, should you not receive the item.
  • View the item in person if possible.
  • If the item advertised seems too good to be true, it probably is.

IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A FRAUD PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL, REPORT IT TO ACTION FRAUD ON 0300 123 2040 OR USING THE ACTION FRAUD REPORTING TOOL VIA THE ACTION FRAUD WEBSITE – http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

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