A Victim Offers Sage Advice
Seth Kugal writes of how he was scammed in apartment rental fraud. He provides these tips that will serve online buyers well:
1. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
2. Use reputable and tested sites. Craigslist does not assume responsibility for vetting fraudulent postings.
3. Always use a credit card. As the Craigslist scam information page (which I wish they forced you to read before clicking on an ad) notes: “NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM, or any other wire service — anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.”
4. Check for previous scams. Search Web sites like Scamwarners.com, Fraudwatchers.org, Scam.com and 419legal.org, to see if people have reported similar scams.
5. Do a keyword search. Googling is one of your best defenses.
6. See the goods yourself before committing funds.
7. In English-speaking countries, look out for poor grammar.
8. See if you can get someone on the phone.