I was looking for a piece of technology that usually sells for a little more than $400. I found a used one for sale on-line, and I looked up reviews for that product. There were some who did not like this item because the feature they wanted came with a monthly fee. Because of this one reason, several had returned the item for a full refund. I was not interested in those features so the thought of picking up a used one for less cost was appealing.
RED FLAG #1: BUT, is buying a used one for $50 (when new is $400) too good to be true?
I checked the reviews of this particular seller…he had a 4 out of 5 star rating. There were no complaints against him as a seller. He was located in Georgia (not overseas). But still…could it be too good to be true? I decided to order it.
RED FLAG #2: As soon as I placed the order, I received confirmation and notice that I would receive my order in THREE WEEKS. (In the past, this online company’s policy was that refunds would not be issued after 3 weeks)
Just as I was about to cancel the order, I received an email telling me my package had shipped, along with information on how to track my package. It included the little graphic from the US Postage Service showing the progress my package was making. I was relieved and did not cancel my order … but in the back of my mind I still had concern that it was too good to be true.
Over the next three weeks, I continued to check on the progress my package was making through the LINK PROVIDED BY THE ONLINE COMPANY. I assumed the link took me to the tracking system inside the US Postal Service. Three weeks came and went and there still was no package. I checked at the post office and there was no record of the package. AHHHH! I went to the online company to file a complaint and found 12 other people had also filed complaints for the same item.
The good news…the online company gave a full refund.
I am truly amazed by the sophisticated schemes scammers are creating to prey on the trusting. I thought I had put in the due diligence (checked ratings, reviews, address of seller, etc.) but still…IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE…it probably is.