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Facebook Market Scams

Filed under: Cyber Crimes — peppereyes @ 6:25 PM
Tags: is an online supplier of a wide variety of high quality, discount Pepper Sprays and discount Stun Guns, and other protection products.  As an online-retailer, I do lots of on-line marketing. One of the places that I advertise some of my great products is the Facebook Market place. This an on-line flea market sort-a like Craig’s list meets the flea market. Like any place where people can advertise their items, the market place is ripe of on-line scammers.

Here is an example sellers need to be aware of.

 First you get an e-mail like this one:

i am interested to buy your item, is it still available?

if yes.tell me the final asking price,and send me more pics via hope to read from you soon.


So you reply telling the buyer how they can purchase the item, and this is what you get as a reply.

thanks for your reply.i want you to give me the list of all the items you have for sale including their prices may be i will like to buy more of it.i agree to pay the amount you want as final asking price of the item.i am purchasing this item for my mode of payment is Cashier boss will include my commission and the shipping fees in your payment.that means the amount on the payment will be more than the item fees.then you must deduct your fees and send back the rest not worry your self about the shipment.i do have a private shipping company that will come and pick up the item at your address the next day you get the me the full name and address to send out the Check Payment.let me know if you understand that the amount that will be on the payment will be more than your item fees.i want you to close the advert right away.i will add extra $20 in your payment for doing that.let me know if you agree to deduct your fees and send back the left fund as my commission/shipping. make sure you email me the final asking price you want for the item in your reply.

Anyway below are the questions i have for you.
1)Is the item in good condition?

2)Can you make sure you get the Cashier Check cash at your bank in one business day and send the left fund the same day?

3)Do you agree to deduct your item fees and send back the left fund as my commission and shipping fees the day you get the payment?

4)Do you understand that the shipping company will come and pick the item at your address the next day you receive the payment?


  1. Beware offers peppered with bad grammer and spelling..
  2. If the offer is too good to be true.. SCAM ALERT
  3. Any buyer who wants to pay you more than you are asking is scamming you.
  4. Cashier Check can be faked..and you will be on the hook for anything you cash at a bank.
  5. If you are going to do business on-line develop a policy that provides safety for you and your customers.
  6. One of the reasons we like using PayPal is that they will verify the fund for checks before transferring them into your account.


=> Facebook Marketplace has these additional Safety Tips:

– Deals involving shipping (especially overseas) are likely scams
– Don’t accept money orders or checks; they may be counterfeit
– Read our complete safety guidelines at

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