A New Twist on an Old Scam!
Edmonton, AB – May 6, 2014: Recently BBB has started receiving calls from consumers about scams on Kijiji.
Sellers are once again using deceptive tactics on forums like Kijiji and Craigslist to entice consumers to buy top quality products at bargain basement prices! Many continue to fall victim to the pressure of a professional con-artist.
The latest scam goes something like this “My father has recently died and I need to sell his boat quickly. The boat is located in the “Easy Yard Sale” company’s custody. They will pick it up, we will sign a contract which includes insurance, a return policy and payment instructions.”
Once the consumer begins asking questions - the sale becomes complicated. The seller is typically not nearby and neither is the product! But wait – they will ship it! For free!! The transaction results in consumers sending money, often through an instant money transfer, and never receiving their item.
If you’ve heard any of these lines – run the other way as fast as you can!
Sales approaches used by scam artists:
How to avoid being scammed:
What can you do if you’ve been scammed?
These people are often located overseas. They usually won’t talk to you in person as you may detect that they are not local or even in North America. The English is sometimes poor in the emails, although these con artists have improved this glitch considerably.
When buying a product privately it is BUYER BEWARE. Remember that if it seems too good to be true – it probably is!