In an online auction scheme, a fraudster starts an auction on a site such as e Bay or Trade Me with very low prices and no reserve price, especially for typically high priced items like watches, computers, or high value collectibles.The fraudster accepts payment from the auction winner, but either never delivers the promised goods, or delivers an item that is less valuable than the one offered—for example, a counterfeit, refurbished, or used item.
The delivery of the envelope with the Delivery Confirmation barcode attached suffices for the Postal Service to record the delivery as confirmed.
The fraudster can then claim the package has been delivered, and offer the Delivery Confirmation receipt as proof to support the claim.
The unwitting victims wire the funds, and subsequently discover they have been scammed.
In response, auto sales websites often post warnings to buyers, for example, those on Craigslist which warn not to accept offers in which vehicles are shipped, where funds are paid using Western Union or wire, etcetera, requesting those postings to be flagged as abuse.
According to data from law enforcement and consumer protection organizations, fraudulent schemes appearing on online auction websites are among the most frequently reported form of mass-marketing fraud.
Online retail schemes involve complete online stores that appear to be legitimate.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.The item shipped is usually an empty envelope with no return address and no recipient name, just a street address different from that of the victim.A fraudster posts a nonexistent vehicle for sale to a website, typically a luxury or sports car, advertised for well below its market value.The details of the vehicle, including photos and description, are typically lifted from sites such as Craigslist, Auto and An Internet fraud (online scam) is the use of Internet services or software with Internet access to defraud victims or to otherwise take advantage of them; for example, by stealing personal information, which can even lead to identity theft.