Nowadays, shopping online is as simple and easy as pressing a button on a keychain attachment. With the movement toward internet shopping sprees, people should be aware that not everyone online is as kind or as honest as they may seem. Here are five things to watch out for when buying your next used couch or TV.
One: Check the phone number.
If there’s a phone number listed, and the area code isn’t where he says he is, be careful! It’s not a guarantee that he’s trying to swindle you, but it’s a red flag. If they don’t have a reasonable explination for why they have that number, it’s more than likely a scam.
Two: Never agree to meet anywhere that isn’t a public place.
If they want to meet at an out of the way place to sell to you, go ahead and give him a pass. It’s unlikely that someone who actually wants to sell you something would be unwilling to meet you at a public place.
Three: Don’t do any complicated transactions.
Whether it be a cashier’s check for shipment later, or giving too much money on a check and asking you to send some back, it’s best to steer clear of any transaction that you don’t fully understand. Most people want to get money in the easiest way as well, so complex transactions are a red flag.
More often than not online shopping is easy and convenient, but it’s always good to be warry of the potential lurkers that just want an easy penny. Stay safe and have fun shopping!