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Online fraud: product selling scams

02 April 2013

The OSI website tells us how we can spot possible scams when buying a technological product, jewellery or any item for sale on the internet.

These tips can help us to spot possible Internet scams by giving us some real examples. Read the full article and you will see an example of a fraudulent advert trying to sell you a mobile phone. Watch out for their modus operandi; it's very common.

    They also offer some advice to avoid scams:
  • If you are asked to pay an intermediary to show you the product (normally houses, cars, etc.) this could be a sign that the seller is trying to trick you.
  • If the advert claims to be offering a «mega bargain», and the cost of the product/service is much lower than the market value, you should be suspicious.
  • When the advert is not clearly written.
  • Be suspicious when the advert contains special rate telephone numbers (starting with 905, 803, 806 or 807).
For more info, visit the OSI web.