Avoid Scams & Fraud

Spotting a Scam

  • Refusal to meet face to face
  • PayPal, Western Union, MoneyGram, cashiers check, money orders, money wire, Ebay Motors, Google Checkout
  • Shipping involved
  • Buyer is not local
  • Third party involvement (courier, guarantees/insurance)
  • Offers to overpay

Don't be fooled

  • Meet people face to face, beware if they refuse.
  • Beware of offers involving shipping. learn more
  • Watch for suspicious email or text messages.
  • Do not accept cashiers/certified checks, money orders. If you deposit or cash a fake check, the bank will hold you responsible. 
    • Only consider this type of payment if meeting the buyer/seller at a bank for large transactions to verify payment. learn more
  • Don't send money wires to people you don't know. learn more
  • Refuse transactions with anyone who sends over-payment in advance.
  • Avoid transactions requesting third party escrow services. learn more
  • Always carefully inspect items before purchasing.  Never rent or purchase sight-unseen.
  • If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Sorry, you don't have any rich Uncles in Nigeria.
  • Never give out personal or financial information.
  • Do not agree to background/credit checks unless you have met the landlord/employer in person. learn more
  • LSN does not offer any buyer/seller guarantees or protection, anyone who claims to have such a guarantee is a scammer
  • Use the "Report this Ad" function to alert LSN staff to any potential scam. 

 

 

** LSN IS NOT involved in any transaction, and DOES NOT handle payments, guarantee transactions, offer "buyer protection" or "certify sellers"

 

Learn more about internet fraud: 

http://www.ic3.gov/crimeschemes.aspx 

https://www.tn.gov/aging/section/tbi-scam-and-fraud-defense

https://www.getsafeonline.org/

https://www.usa.gov/online-safety

https://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/internet_fraud

http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/fraud-watch-network/

 

Examples of scammer messages to LSN sellers: 


Hello,

I'm interested in buying this Car posted for sale on lsn.com, will like to know if it is still available for sale and your final asking price. kindly email me here scammer@scammer.com for a quick reply.


Hello seller,

I got your item for sale do you still have this Unit available for sale and do you accept cashier Check Or certified check for the mode of the payment and will wait for the payment to clear before the item will pick up from you.


hello are you still in search of Cairn Terrier i have a litter of Cairn Terrier terriers and they are well trained kindly get back to me with your details for more info and details


 Hi,
 
i am writing in regards to your ad to let you know that I have a puppy available for a very reasonable price. If you are still interested in getting one, then contact me for more info. Thanks
 

Hello,
 
contact me for more details about female yorkie puppy. I have one available I am giving out for a reasonable price. thanks and waiting
 
 
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