7 Ways to Avoid Scams
Here are 7 things you can do to avoid getting caught:
1. Never sending money using a cash transfer. Once you’re convinced a deal is genuine, use a credit card.
You may also use PayPal but may not have the same dispute rights that you get with a credit card.
2. If you’re a seller and receive a PayPal notification that money has been received in your account, check the account independently online.
3. When buying on sites like eBay, check the seller’s feedback. SportsMemorabilia.com recommends giving a wide berth to anyone with less than 98% positive feedback or with strongly worded, negative comments.
4. If an item is being sold with a Certificate of Authenticity (
5. When buying an expensive item, ask the seller to provide an invoice describing the condition in detail. Ask specific questions about things such as the wear, fraying, damage and other well-known defects for the particular item you’re interested in.
6. Look for obvious signs that the item is not genuine, including a color difference from the original (details of these are often available online), wrong materials such as a letter written on a type of paper that didn’t exist when it was supposed to have been produced, and signatures that appear to be “flat” and part of the image.
7. Always do a search on an item you are planning to buy to get an idea if other people have been scammed when buying it, or if there seems to be a larger number of the item available for sale than you might expect.
The bottom line is that if you can’t verify the reliability and reputation of a seller, or you can’t inspect the item first, you probably shouldn’t buy.
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