eBay Tip: Western Union Is Prohibited

Recently, a friend emailed inquiring about paying via Western Union on eBay motors. Apparently, the seller provided a non-Western Union address for the money to be wired and my friend was smart enough to realize something wasn’t right. She emailed asking what I thought and my initial response was PayPal is the ONLY method I’d personally use if an electronic payment was required since they provide a buyer protection program.

A quick Internet search confirmed my suspicions, “eBay does not allow MoneyGram or Western Union as payment methods, so any instructions that suggest using these payment options are scams.”

eBay provided the following Fake Money Gram example that has been circulating from Craigslist (click here to view). Scammers go to great lengths attempting to disguise their scam. Here is a public service announcement from the FBI which provides information about how you can recognize a scam and ways to safeguard yourself.

eBay also provides safe online car buying tips, you can review those here. Again, I want to highlight the following quote from that link:

Never send payments via wire services. Never use Western Union, MoneyGram or other wire services—bank to bank transfers are okay. If you plan to pay in cash, do so in person and obtain a receipt.”

If you experience something similar, report it here!


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  1. I had totally fototrgen my ad. placed on Craigslist a month ago, but was reminded when I got a reply this morning. I recognized the red flags at once: poor English, unnecessary use of caps, irregular spacing….I had almost fallen prey to one last year, and learnt much since then.Here is his text:Hello tutor, Are you available to tutor my son he is 15yrs,name Pat?Get back to me with the details requested so that we can proceed from there asap. I’ve arranged with a caregiver in USA that my child is coming to stay with him for his period of tutoring and he had agreed with me. I want you to get back to me with following details: 1)your present residence address and tel # 2)total cost of tutoring for 2 months (1 hour per day 3 days /week) 3)your years of teaching experience. Payment via cashier’s check,looking forward to hearing from you soonest. Regards to you and your family God Bless Regards,MY REPLYYes, and I suppose you will send me a cashiers check so I can send money to his caregiver etc etc etc. My question is this:Why don’t you try a new scam or get the hell a job for yourself? If you do not improve your pitiful English level, everyone can find you out easily. Face it – you are not good at this. I don’t know where you are from, but there must be something else for folk to do out there than steal! Get a life!

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