Retail Auction Fraud

Lexi Laufer

What is it?

Retail auction fraud happens when you order or buy something online and you never receive the product.

Is it really true?

Retail auction fraud is absolutely true and it occurs more than you think. For example, in the past people have ordered items online through what they thought was a reliable provider. When the shipment arrived at the customer's house (if it even arrived) they found stones inside the package instead of what they actually ordered.

Not only did the customer's not get what they paid for, but the scammer now has all of their information.

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How can you avoid getting scammed?

If you see something online that you plan on purchasing, check to see that it comes from a reliable source. Do some research on the company to make sure you can trust it. Reading customer reviews and ratings on the company or product is also a good idea.