Warning Signs You’re Dealing With a Scammer

Warning Signs You’re Dealing With a Scammer

When finding a great deal on OLX, practicing caution can save you a lot of time and money. Being able to identify a great deal from a fake one is crucial to ensuring a win-win exchange. So to help you with that, we’ve listed some scammer warning signs to watch out for before making a purchase.

 

Warning signs you're dealing with a scammer

Scammers operate by deceiving their victims. When you’re searching for ads nearby on OLX, you’re supposed to see ads that are closest to you. But once you’re already in contact with the seller, and they mention that they are instead in a far away location, take this as a warning sign.

 

Warning signs you're dealing with a scammer

You should know better than to believe an item’s price when it’s ridiculously low. Research on the item’s price by Googling it first. Sometimes, a low price is used for bait – be vigilant and don’t fall for it.

 

Warning signs you're dealing with a scammer

When the seller is from far away, it’s always safest to do bank deposit instead of sending remittances. This way, you can track the seller through the bank because they have their details. Also, when a scammer keeps changing accounts on where you can deposit your money, this is usually a warning sign that the bank or remittance account was revoked or it never really existed.

 

Warning signs you're dealing with a scammer

Sometimes, a scammer would assure you that they’re legit by sending you with a tracking website where you could check the shipment’s status. However, some of these tracking websites prove to be a fake. Be careful when dealing with scammers like these, and check the website before sending in your money.

 

Warning signs you're dealing with a scammer

Legitimate sellers may take their time to choose a rightful buyer. So when a seller insists that you purchase their item as soon as possible, especially if they go as far as lowering the price or warning you that the deal is only good for a short amount of time, better let this one go. A great deal may be attractive, but it’s more important to secure your money.

 

Warning signs you're dealing with a scammer

Sometimes, a scammer would assure you that they’re legit by sending you with a tracking website where you could check the shipment’s status. However, some of these tracking websites prove to be a fake. Be careful when dealing with scammers like these, and check the website before sending in your money.

 

Warning signs you're dealing with a scammer

When a seller says they “don’t have time” for an inspection, take this as a warning sign. Even if it’s a legitimate deal, you deserve better than someone who is in a rush. By allowing you to inspect the item, you could also decide to still back out if the deal isn’t what you expected.

Find these helpful? Check out the Cybersecurity page for more tips on how to have a safe and secure transaction!


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