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SCAM ALERT WARNING!!

 

Whether you are buying or selling using the Hitters Challenge Trading Post, we want you to be very aware of Internet ad pitfalls.  The Internet is fertile ground for fraud and scams.

To avoid scams and fraud:

You can sidestep would-be scammers by following these common-sense rules:
 
1. In the most common scam, the "buyer" sends the seller a check or money order for an amount much larger than the purchase price and instructs you to wire the difference back to him or her. NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service to refund an overpayment - anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.

2. FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later. NEVER ship your products until the payment has actually cleared the sender's bank. Wait two weeks and then ask your bank to confirm the funds have cleared.

3. The Hitters Challenge Trading Post IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification"

4. NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)

5. AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR UNKNOWN ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL "GUARANTEE" YOUR TRANSACTION.

6. Don't let your buyer use their "shipper". You have no way to track it.

Who should you notify about fraud or scam attempts?

FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP ( 877-382-4357 )
FTC online complaint form (www.ftc.gov)