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4. Selling > 69. Avoid Buyer Scams

Avoid Buyer Scams

Spot the red flags associated with buyers who try to rip you off.

Just as there are sellers out there trying to scam buyers [Hack #25] , there are unscrupulous bidders on eBay trying to take advantage of unsuspecting sellers. Here are some of their more common tactics:

Beware bidders offering to overpay.

Someone contacts you and offers to send a $4,000 money order for a $2,000 item. Then, you’re supposed to ship the package and send back the difference. Only after you’ve parted with your item and $2,000 in cash do you find out the original $4,000 money order is a fake.

Hello seller.

Most of your customers will be ordinary people with ordinary needs. But once in a while, you’ll see a particularly formal message, in which the author has assembled an utterly plausible, yet needlessly complicated scenario. Invariably, these messages begin like this:


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