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iOffer Scam and Fraud Prevention

iOffer wants to help you avoid scams and fraudulent transactions with the following simple tips:

1. Cash/Wire Transfers (Western Union): DO NOT complete any purchases or send payments via Western Union or direct bank/wire transfer. Be cautious of sellers requesting cash or bank wire transfer payments.

 

2. iOffer is not involved in any transaction: iOffer provides sellers stores, we do not handle sales of items, receive payments, ship items or provide refunds. Be wary of sellers that claim they are iOffer "certified".

 

3. If it's too good to be true, it probably is: We all love deals, but buying expensive items sight unseen can be risky. If an item is priced far below market, does not include an accurate description, and the seller cannot provide further details, it probably doesn’t exist.

 

4. Check Ratings & Review Feedback: The number next to all usernames contains feedback ratings left by the community. Evaluate the positive, negative, and neutral feedback in the seller’s transaction history. If there are no positive ratings or previous buyers have not received their items, the seller may be untrustworthy.

 

 Identifying A Potentially Fraudulent Listing:

 

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1. Item Title - Unusual titles that don't describe the item (no brand names or model information). The title can be filled with words that do not accurately describe the item or only filled with generic keywords that try to describe the item as better quality.

2. Username/Ratings - Usernames containing a random string of letters/numbers with low, 0, or negative ratings.

3. Price - The price is way below its market value that seems too good to be true.

4. Image - Stolen/stock images with unclear watermarks.

5. Offsite Selling- An email laid over the top attempting to have the buyer contact them directly offsite. 

 

How To Report Fraud Or Scam Attempts?
FTC Video: How to report scams to the FTC (http://ftc.gov/multimedia/video/scam-watch/file-a-complaint.shtm)
FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
FTC online complaint form (https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/)
Shipping carriers (USPSUPSFedExEMS)
Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501
Competition Bureau Canada: 800-348-5358
Internet Crime Complaint Center
Anti-Phishing Working Group
Software Piracy
Non-emergency number for local law enforcement (both Buyer's and Seller's area)
Suggestions on how iOffer can improve buyer safety? Drop us a note in our helpdesk Submit a Request

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