Video: Online selling scams
Video about online scams
Have you received a notification of payment for your online
auction? Wait a minute! This could be a scam. Welcome to my school.
Stevie's Scam School. Yeah, great. Hello. My name is Stevie, the
reformed scam artist, and I'm here to teach you how to avoid being
Let's see what scam I've got in store for you today. This
lesson, we'll be covering the online selling scam. If you're into
selling online, stay tuned, so you know what to look out for.
Here's what can happen. You post an ad online selling off that, er,
lovely pearl necklace your auntie gave you when you were a little
tyke. Let's say you're selling it for two grand.
Well, I'll jump online, send you an email, and pretend that I'm
gonna buy it off you. Sounds pretty good so far, right? (chuckles)
Wrong! In my email, I'll ask to sell it to me directly, instead of
through the auction site. I'll even put on my best manners and give
you a call to seem genuine. What a guy (chuckles)! You settle
outside of the auction and receive a payment confirmation email
letting you know that the two grand has hit your account. Music:
trumpet-style music, the type heard when someone wins a game
You've over the moon. You package up that pearl beauty and send
it on its merry way. Little do you know that the payment
confirmation is sent from a fake email address imitating a
reputable company that offers money transfer services. No money has
hit your account! Sound effect: Like an out of tune trumpet, as
when someone loses on a game show.
By this point, it's too late. I've got your auntie's pearls and
you've got no cash, and no pearls. I guess you could say this
scam's a real pearler (chuckles). If you get an email telling you
that payment has been made, don't follow the link in the email to
log in to your account. Log in to your account directly, and check
that the money has cleared before sending the item. And be extra
cautious of anybody offering to buy from you directly, rather than
through the auction site.
It's a little, ah, shady, shall we say. Ah, those pesky scammers
are like mozzies in summer hard to spot and they pack a sting.
Sound effect: Buzzing mosquitos, then someone getting stung. Ouch!
Stevie's Scam School. Yeah! Nice!
Last updated: 15 Aug 2016