Avoid Scams

How To Avoid Scams

* If you meet the person face to face, usually this is a legit sale. Follow this rule, and you will avoid 99% of internet scams. This applies to all websites.

* NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEY GRAM, OR ANY OTHER FORM OF MONEY TRANSFERS. These are all scams, and most likely you WILL lose all your money.

* ONLY ACCEPT US CASHIER CHECKS FROM LOCAL BANKS. VERIFY FUNDS AND ONLY RELEASE THE ITEM ONCE THE CASHIERS CHECK CLEARS YOUR BANK. Banks will hold you responsible for fake or fraudulent cashier’s checks and many of them are FAKE. Many scams often give you cashier’s checks to make you feel better about the transaction saying “The funds are guaranteed with a cashier’s check” This is NOT true.

* DEAL WITH CASH ONLY AND WRITE UP AN AGREEMENT WITH THE INDIVIDUAL. If possible, get the sellers or buyers identification and make a copy. Make sure it is a state issued ID like a driver’s license.

* When someone guarantees you an item, most likely it is fraudulent. Do not use "escrow services" or other services that guarantee the transaction. They are fraudulent.

* Never give out your personal information or financial information. Especially anything that has to do with your bank account numbers or credit card numbers.

Who should I notify of Fraud or Scams?
* You may send them to eldoark.com@gmail.com and we will review the problem.
* FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
* FTC online complaint form (http://www.ftc.gov)
* Internet Fraud Complaint Center (http://www.ic3.gov)

How can I recognize a scam?

* IF THEY EVER SEND A CHECK FOR MORE THAN THE AMOUNT OF THE SALE AND ASK FOR MONEY BACK, IT IS A SCAM.

* IF THEY EVER SEND A CHECK AND CLAIM IT IS REAL, MOST LIKELY IT IS A FRAUD. ONLY ACCEPT CASH AND DO IT IN PERSON WHERE YOU CAN PERSONALLY MEET THE INDIVIDUAL. DO THIS IN A PUBLIC AREA. DO NOT MEET THE PERSON AT THEIR HOME. BE CAREFUL PLEASE!

* Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's check, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee" are all red flags that the person is attempting a scam.

* If it is from outside the USA, it is a scam. Do not sell to other countries or territories. Deal only in your County where your police have jurisdiction. These scams often originate from: Nigeria, Romania, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, Netherlands - but could be anywhere.

* Often times, they will say they need a verification code to withdrawal money from Western Union. THIS IS FALSE. They will take your money and run! Do not send any money via these methods. Only deal in cash or your local banks and use EXTREME caution.

* If the owner is traveling or relocation and needs you to wire them the money, this is a FRUAD.

* If the deal seems too good to be true, IT IS! You may find great deals on eldoark.com and in your local community, but verify their location before pursuing. If it is local and you have verified the identity of the person, do the deal in cash and write up a contract of sale. You can find these contracts on your state website. Google the word “Bill of Sale” and then put your state’s name in and you will find plenty of these agreements. They are free.

* If a person sends you a money order or cashier’s check and asks you to send them back money, IT IS A SCAM. THESE CHECKS ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO PROVE FAKE, BUT AFTER A COUPLE WEEKS YOUR BANK WILL CALL YOU AND NOTIFY YOU THAT THE FUNDS WERE FAKE AND YOU LOST ALL YOUR MONEY!

* If the seller offers an ONLINE ESCROW service, this IS A FRAUD. Do not deal with these services.

* Partial payment up front. DO NOT SEND DOWNPAYMENTS EVER! No matter how good the deal is.

* If the person speaks broken English or spells very poorly, most likely they are from out of the country and are frauds. Do not deal with emails, or foreign country phone calls. Be very cautious. If the person has a foreign accent, do not deal with this person via the internet. If you feel comfortable, meet them in person and finalize the transaction face to face in a public area.

Examples of Scams

Examples of fake emails and scams are listed below. These are taken from Craigslist.com http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams but are found across the entire web. These scams often take life savings from individuals. Please be careful. Here are a few examples, but use wisdom. If it sounds fishy, or if you get a bad feeling, DON’T GO THROUGH WITH ANYTHING.

Hello , Thanks for your mail back concerning the inquiry mail i sent to you. The price,condition also the pics i viewed is okay by me .And my client confirm there is no problem about the price($975 ) ,my client do pays with a {USA}cashier check,he has agreed to mail out as bank cashiers check of $3500. to you on my behalf to cover the shippment fees.About the shippment, that we be taken care by my me & my personal assistant,my personal assistant will be using his shipper to do the quick processing of the shipping of the(1987 Toyota Celica) to my client. So all you are to do after you will received the check in your mail, Just take out your sale amount and refer the remaining money to my shipper immediately through the westernunion or the money gramm outlet so to get the money fast and start the fast arrangement for the pickup of the (1987 Toyota Celica).Since you are the original owner of this item,and i am buying the item directly from you i will like you to write your full name to be on the check,with the mailing address which my client will be using to issued out the check to you.I do wish to trust you by refering the rest balance back to my shipper and also your fast doing to this transaction. I will like to hear fromyou if this is okay by you and you are ready to process ,if you aready to sale your item and promise refering the rest balance to my shipper immediately you received the check so can start the quick arrangement for the pickup. Any body that want to buy this item this item just tell therm that it as been sold. I will like to copmplete this transaction befor the new year. I be at my computer waiting to see your epky to my payment method mailed. THANKS AND MAIL ME BACK WITH YOUR DETAIL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.



> Thanks for getting back to me,i will be >purchasing the motorbike Like i said earlier i am based in the >netherlands(holland).there won't be any probs about the shipment,after >payment ,the pick up will be made at your place. i have made arrangements >with the prepaid shipping company. As regards payment,this is what i am >going to do;I have a client in ENGLAND who is owing me 5800POUNDS i would >instruct him to make out a money order/certifiedcheck to you in that >amount and as soon as it clears your bank. you can now deduct your money >from it and send me my balance,i will using use part of the money to pay >for the shipping and other expenses .you will then send my balance by via >western union money transfer.Although the value of the check is more than >the asking price but i think i should be able to trust you with my >balance. The reason why i am doing this is that it would take a check >sent from over here in HOLLAND 21days to clearover there,whereas a check >sent from the US would clear tops within 48hrs. So i would like you to >deduct the western union charges from my balance.So if my terms are >acceptableto you,i would like you to give me your fullname,address and >phone number so that i can instruct my client to make out the check to >you. Pls get back to me as soon as you get this mail so that we can >round things up in a timely fashion..i willbe trusting in this business >transaction.



> Good day > i am an auto dealer based in TAIWAN,i am interested in buying your > ( 1989 Jetta GL 4 door )I will like to know if you would accept > acertified cashier check for the payment of the,i also need to > know the price and your full name and address including your > phone is also needed in which payment will be sent to . i have a > shipping company who takes cares of my shippment .So don't bother > about the shippment.I will also like to know if is still in good > condition and > shape.urgent response is needed for procedure of payment of the ( > 1989 Jetta GL 4 door ) > REGARD



> Thanks for your mail,Since the cost of your bike is $800 i just contacted my client about the cost of your bike and it present condition and he said there is no problem about that.So my client said he will be issuing you a Certified Check of $4000 while you wire 3000 to me through Western Union Money Trasfer and you deduct the cost of your bike $800 and keep the remaining $200 which my client said you should take for the terms of Transaction and Agreement between you and my client.So i will like you to send me your full contact information to where my client will be sending you > the Certified Check like this: > name......... > full address............. > city............... > state............. > country.......... > zipcode............ > cell/office/home phone number....................... > I will look forward to the requested information as soon as possible so that the check can be sent out to you immediately And do get back to me with the Pics of the bike so tha! t my client will be Able to see What he is paying off.Get back to me immediately. Looking torwards your > respond, > Best Regards.



Good day i am an auto dealer based in TAIWAN,i am interested in buying your ( Comic book collection - 500 comics )I will like to know if you would accept acertified cashier check for the payment of the,i also need to knowthe price and your full name and address including your phone is alsoneeded in which payment will be sent to . i have a shipping company who takes cares of my shippment .So don't bother about the shippment.I will also like to know if is still in good condition and shape.urgent response is needed for procedure of payment of the ( Comic book collection - 500 comics ) REGARD