Realizing You’ve Been Had
By accepting the proposition of the alleged buyer – the scammer – to conduct the transaction outside of eBay, you probably feel that this is a great way to finally sell the item and make a bit of cash on it.
Unfortunately, the only sound of money that you are likely to hear is the tinkle of a single coin when the penny finally drops.
Sadly, far too many people have been taken in by scams such as this over the years. To enjoy safe shopping online it is imperative that you are able to spot scams before they are able to take advantage of you.
In this case, alarm bells should have been ringing when the scammer suggested you carry out the transaction beyond eBay. The online auction service features various tools for protecting sellers and buyers, thereby providing a safe place to do business.
While the use of a well-known courier adds a layer of quality to the scam, the suggestion of using an escrow service is the point at which the scammer knows that he or she has you reeled in. Most people cannot tell a fake website from a genuine one, so by cleverly talking you into using their own fake escrow website, the scammer can easily update the site to display their funds as being lodged.
If you still haven’t realized the scam, however, it will become all too clear in just a few days’ time when it becomes apparent that you have just sent a piece of valuable jewelry on an expensive one-way trip overseas to an address that you will never be able to check out in person.
Basically, you’ve been had.