Have you received a notification of payment
for your online auction? Wait a minute! This could be a scam. Welcome to my school. Stevie’s Scam School.
Yeah, great. Hello. My name is Stevie, the reformed scam artist, and I’m here to teach you how to avoid being scammed. Let’s see what scam I’ve got in store for you today. This lesson, we’ll be covering the online selling scam.
If you’re into selling online, stay tuned, so you know what to look out for. Here’s what can happen. You post an ad online selling off that, er, lovely pearl necklace your auntie gave you
when you were a little tyke. Let’s say you’re selling it for two grand. Well, I’ll jump online, send you an email,
and pretend that I’m gonna buy it off you. Sounds pretty good so far, right? (chuckles)
Wrong! In my email, I’ll ask to sell it to me directly,
instead of through the auction site. I’ll even put on my best manners and give
you a call to seem genuine. What a guy (chuckles)! You settle outside of the auction and receive
a payment confirmation email letting you know that the two grand has hit your account. Music: trumpet-style music, the type heard
when someone wins a game show. You’ve over the moon. You package up that
pearl beauty and send it on its merry way. Little do you know that the payment confirmation
is sent from a fake email address imitating a reputable company that offers
money transfer services. No money has hit your account! Sound effect: Like an out of tune trumpet,
as when someone loses on a game show. By this point, it’s too late. I’ve got your auntie’s pearls and you’ve
got no cash, and no pearls. I guess you could say this scam’s a real
pearler (chuckles). If you get an email telling you that payment
has been made, don’t follow the link in the email to log in to your account. Log in
to your account directly, and check that the money has cleared before sending the item. And be extra cautious of anybody offering to buy from you directly,
rather than through the auction site. It’s a little, ah, shady, shall we say. Ah, those pesky scammers are like mozzies
in summer hard to spot and they pack a sting. Sound effect: Buzzing mosquitos, then someone
getting stung. Ouch! Stevie’s Scam School. Yeah! Nice!