Online auction seller fraud
|Avoid falling victim of being an online auction
seller or administrator - Cheshire Police 28/01/2015
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Police Alert. This information
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Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence
Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator,
Fraudsters are targeting people to list items on their
behalf on popular online auction sites. The
scam involves a job offer to sell desirable
items at below market value and receive money
from any potential buyers. The ‘work from
home’ job will usually require retaining
10% of the money received as a “salary” and
fraudsters will ask that the remaining funds
are sent to them via bank transfer or money
In these cases the proposed items being sold do
not exist and are therefore not dispatched to the proposed
buyers. This will usually result in the buyer making a complaint
concerning the individual who has listed the items. This
can result in your bank account being closed by the bank
for suspected fraud or money laundering and being held accountable
for reimbursing the potential buyers.
If you believe you have become
the victim of a fraud or cyber crime, or have received a
suspicious email, find out how to report it here:
- Do not list items on
online auction sites on behalf of others you do not
know or trust.
- Be vigilant of ‘work
from home’ jobs which involve passing funds through
your bank account.
- Meet face to face with
any potential employer
- Question job offers
which seem “too good to be true”.
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