Woodlands Online Classifieds Safety Tips

By: Woodlands Online | Published 02/25/2020

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THE WOODLANDS, TX - In our digital world, buying and selling goods online has become the norm. However, there are some who wish to take advantage of the online marketplace. 

Woodlands Online prides ourselves on providing a safe and convenient way to buy and sell goods online. However, even with constant vigilance, some bad actors can sneak into the site. 

Many times, a person acting like an interested buyer will contact the seller, via email or phone, asking about an item. Once they know that the item is still available, they will state that they are either moving or out of state and will offer to send a certified or cashier's check for an amount higher than the seller's asking price. They will instruct the seller to cash the check. They'll also state that they will have a moving company pick up the item. 

This is a classic scam scenario. The certified or cashier's check will be fraudulent and by the time the bank figures this out, the seller would have lost their money. 

In order to protect yourself from this type of scam, take the following tips into consideration: 

  • Always deal locally, face-to-face in a public setting is ideal. 
  • Never respond to an inquiry where the  buyer states that they will send a certified or cashier's check for more than your asking price,  and have a moving company pick up the item. 
  • Though communicating via phone or text message is convenient, we recommend that you contact via email instead, providing a record of the communication. 

As always, we are here to answer any questions you may have or if you feel you were contacted by one of these actors. You can contact us by clicking here

 

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