A more subtle variation of online auction fraud occurs when a seller ships an item to an incorrect address that is within the buyer's ZIP code using the United States Postal Service's Delivery Confirmation service.
This service does not require the recipient to sign for the package, but offers confirmation that the Postal Service delivered the package within the specified ZIP code.
Internet services can be used to present fraudulent solicitations to prospective victims, to conduct fraudulent transactions, or to transmit the proceeds of fraud to financial institutions or to others connected with the scheme.
Research suggests that online scams can happen through social engineering regarding a surge in the quantity and quality of the forging of U. postal money orders, and its use to commit online fraud.
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The details of the vehicle, including photos and description, are typically lifted from sites such as Craigslist, Auto and
An interested buyer, hopeful for a bargain, emails the fraudster, who responds saying the car is still available but is located overseas.
In some cases, the stores or auctioneers were once legitimate, but eventually stopped shipping goods after accepting customer payments.
Sometimes fraudsters will use phishing techniques to hijack a legitimate member accounts on an online auction site—typically an account with a strongly positive online reputation—and use it to set up a phony online store.
To make the transaction seem more legitimate, the fraudster will ask the buyer to send money to a fake agent of a third party that claims to provide purchase protection.