On Your Side: Sell stuff online? Know about this scam - KY3

Summary

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Scammers are not on vacation this summer. Make sure you know about this trick the next time you try to sell something online. A man from Springfield could have lost more than $2,000.

Mike Sexton bought a vintage accordion to sell it. He put it on eBay. He got a bite.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Scammers are not on vacation this summer. Make sure you know about this trick the next time you try to sell something online. A man from Springfield could have lost more than $2,000.

Mike Sexton bought a vintage accordion to sell it. He put it on eBay. He got a bite.

“He wanted to send me a check,” said Sexton. “I said that would be okay, but it would have to be a cashier’s check. When I got the check, my bank would have to have plenty of time to ensure it had cleared. He said that would be okay,” said Sexton.

The buyer meant business. He sent the tracking info.

“The red flags started real quick. I’ve done this a lot. This is not my first rodeo. He was going to include a small fee for the movers when they’d come to pick it up. That was a little strange,” said Sexton.

The small fee was an extra few hundred bucks, making nearly $2,000. Sexton was instructed to cash the check ASAP and send money to the so-called movers.

“This is B.S. I never had a second thought. I was born at night, but not last night. I’m old, but not that old,” he said.

The swindler wants the seller to transfer hundreds immediately before the seller realizes this is a bad check. The account is in Virginia. The bank is in Illinois.

Sexton says he’ll eventually block the number. He’s just glad he didn’t miss a beat and lose hundreds.

Red flags for this scam

Look for grammatical errors and sob stories. Crooks will often give you a made-up explanation of why they need you to send money. They often say it’s for the movers.

Do the math. It’s usually cheaper to ship it.

Watch out for payment above the asking price. It’s not your lucky day. No one pays more than they have to.

To report a correction or typo, please email digitalnews@ky3.com

Copyright 2022 KY3. All rights reserved.

On Your Side: Sell stuff online? Know about this scam - KY3
Photo Credit: KY3

Recent Selling Online News Articles

‘Selling Sunset’ star Chrishell Stause dishes on how to build an online brand: 'Everything that I’m putting out there is a window into my life' - Yahoo Eurosport UK

Chrishell Stause isn’t just everybody’s favorite real estate agent on Selling Sunset — the reality star and LGBTQ icon is helping small-business owners level up their brands. How …

Read more here
‘Selling Sunset’ star Chrishell Stause dishes on how to build an online brand: 'Everything that I’m putting out there is a window into my life' - Yahoo Eurosport UK

Mohamed Salah told to ignore "threat" from potential Liverpool replacement - The Mirror

Mohamed Salah has recently signed a new three-year contract at Anfield and the Egypt international can do more than just score goals for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp in the new seaso …

Read more here
Mohamed Salah told to ignore "threat" from potential Liverpool replacement - The Mirror

Amazon faces investigation by UKs watchdog over anti-competitive concerns - Business Standard

Britain's watchdog is investigating whether is harming and hurting consumers by giving an unfair advantage to merchants that pay for extra services. The and Markets Authority's fo …

Read more here
Amazon faces investigation by UKs watchdog over anti-competitive concerns - Business Standard

Undertaker admits selling corpses for cash while telling relatives they'd been cremated - The Mirror

Megan Hess, the owner of a funeral home in Colorado, US, has admitted to swiping dead bodies to resell their harvested heads, spines, arms and legs to surgical training companies …

Read more here
Undertaker admits selling corpses for cash while telling relatives they'd been cremated - The Mirror

Video Of A "Passionate" Fruit Seller Goes Viral, Internet in Splits - NDTV

The fruit seller performed a variety of acts to attract customers. A video of a man selling fruits with funny gestures is going viral on the internet. Uploaded on Reddit, the vide …

Read more here
Video Of A "Passionate" Fruit Seller Goes Viral, Internet in Splits - NDTV