29 people caught in fake online auction scheme

(WPRI) – State Police say victims of a recent online auction scheme missed several red flags that could have prevented them from losing hundreds of dollars.

Officials are investigating after 29 buyers logged onto auction sites such as Ebids, Ebay, and Ubid hoping to purchase a PlayStation 4. Police say the seller advertised the game system for sale at a lower cost than any other seller. Soon after, 29 people paid but never received the product.

The buyers claimed they paid between $420 and $450 but never received the game system. Luckily for the customers, the transactions were made through PayPal which offers purchase protection and they got their money back.

Bidders who bought the deal though, missed several red flags.

“He had quite a few bad reviews, and apparently people didn’t take the time to look at his reviews and they were caught because of it,” said Cpl. John Alfred of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit.

If you are bidding on one of these sites, always use your credit card. If the seller insists you wire money, you should move on to a different product.


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