Scammers use eBay to confuse consumers

Posted at 8:29 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 23:30:16-04

The internet makes buying and selling really simple with websites like eBay and one called OfferUp.

So when the process gets complicated, you might be getting scammed.

Viewer Nain emailed me when he saw a post for a Toyota Tacoma on Offer Up.

It was listed for $2,000 and was supposedly being stored in an eBay warehouse in Meridian, Mississippi.

What's more, he would have to pay in advance then eBay would ship the vehicle to him.

Nain says he really loves the truck and doesn't know what to do.

Sounds like a great deal. But it also sounds a lot like a scam the Better Business Bureau is warning about.

Here's how it works: the scammer tells the buyer that the vehicle is stored with the paperwork in the eBay warehouse.

Red flag number one -- eBay doesn't manage warehouses for sellers.

Red flag number two--the website OfferUp is specifically for local buyers and seller so that you can see an item in person before you buy it.

The BBB recommends that you see the item in person,buy directly from seller instead of using a third party.
We spoke to Nain and fortunately he didn't fall for this one.  Neither should you.

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