Kelly Albert and her husband found a great deal on an all-terrain vehicle they found on Craigslist which was crossposted from eBay.
They were told the seller was in the military and was scheduled to be deployed soon so the sale must happen quickly.
The seller wanted $2,500 in eBay gifts cards for the ATV plus $1,000 more for ‘buyer security.’ They also found a cheaper ATV for $1,500, plus $500 for “buyer security,”, all in eBay gift cards.
Ms. Albert was told, “these eBay gift cards and once you purchase them, call back and read off the numbers then it will go into an escrow account.”
The Alberts were caught in a scheme.
“Everything looked legit, everything, it even had a little fake person in the corner lit to chat now with representation so I mean it looked just like an eBay website like we were dealing with eBay”, says Kelly Albert.
Kip Morse of the Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio says, his organization receives similar reports from area consumers.
“We found that people are so enamored by the offer that they’re gonna do it and do whatever it takes but that should be a red flag it’s a scam”, says Morse.
In the end, the Alberts lost $5,500.
If you ever see an online offer for a product, the BBB will do the legwork for you, for free, something that would have gone a long way to help the Alberts avoid a consumer mess.
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