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BBB: How To Spot An eBay Buying Scam

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Better Business Bureau is alerting consumer of an eBay buying scam. The way the scam works is you list an item on eBay, you receive a message from the buyer the buyer claims he has an emergency and needs the item immediately. He may say it's his son or daughter's birthday gift or the buyer claims to be in the military, and he's shipping out in a few days. You reply and agree to send the item that day... as soon as you have confirmation of payment. The next email you receive appears to be from PayPal confirming the buyer's payment but its fake.

BBB offers Ways to spot an eBay Buyer Scam which include:

• Checking the buyer's profile. It's important that a buyer's profile shows positive feedback and history of eBay use and their location. However, this isn't a guarantee that the buyer is legitimate because scammers often hack into eBay accounts.
• Check that the "sender" address is really from an "@paypal.com" domain. Also, hover over URLs in the message to make sure they link to the real PayPal website
• Watch out for bad grammar and misspellings. Poor grammar is a sure sign the email is a fraud.
• Log into PayPal directly. Before you ship an item, always confirm payment by logging into PayPal and checking your account.

To find out more about scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper at bbb.org.

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