Marketplace and Buyer/Seller Awareness

Oct 6, 2023 03:44 PM
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Online marketplaces can be a hub for incredible deals, but they're also rife with scams. From counterfeit money transfer requests to deceptive digital good sales, here's how to stay safe:
  • Scrutinize Money Transfers: Be cautious of money transfer emails from unknown sources, especially when their details don't match the seller's profile.
  • Check the Details: Ensure the email or payment details provided are consistent with the seller's profile.
  • Contact Directly: If in doubt, communicate with the seller directly, avoiding any external links they provide.

Marketplace Awareness: Navigating Online Deals Safely

Scenario 1: As the Seller

You post an item for sale on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. A potential buyer contacts you with an official-looking e-transfer notification. This might request personal or banking info or direct you to a fake website.

How to Stay Safe:

  • Be suspicious of emails from unknown senders, especially those asking for personal or financial info.
  • Confirm the legitimacy of transfers by logging into your bank directly, not via email links.
  • If your bank offers auto deposit for e-transfers, enable it. It's safer and more convenient.
  • Use trusted payment methods, such as PayPal, which offer protection.

Scenario 2: As the Buyer

You find tickets or digital goods on an online marketplace. A seller offers a good deal but their email doesn't match their profile.

How to Stay Safe:

  • Always cross-check payment details with the seller's profile. Inconsistencies are red flags.
  • For buying tickets or digital goods, use secure platforms.
  • Trust your instincts. It's better to miss a deal than be scammed.


Online marketplaces can be treasures, but they come with risks. Being informed, verifying details, and using safe payment methods can help you safely navigate. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.