Action Line Consumer Alert: Fake on-line auction sites

Sites like these have become popular over the years with many consumers who use them hoping to get a good deal.

“Because of the popularity of these real online auction sites all these fake ones are now popping up,” Hawaii Better Business Bureau Timothy Caminos said.

The Hawaii BBB say they’ve received many inquiries about fraudulent sites.

“People have been duped who do live here and you know it’s the promise of getting some thing that’s expensive for not a lot of money,” Caminos said.

One Hawaii resident has lost more than $1,300.

Caminos says do your research before purchasing anything on-line.

“Look at that website you can actually see who owns the website you can call whatever business is purporting to own that website 16 do your check that way alert customer service and see if there’s anyone on the other line,” Caminos said.

The fake websites have been targeting consumers nationwide.

“According to the FBI, Romania is definitely one of those places where there is a lot of fraudulent activity involving on-line auctions,” Caminos said.

The Hawaii BBB says there are red flags to look out for:

  • If the dealer asks to wire money on a prepaid card.
  • The auction is not based in the U.S.
  • If the company selling the item is different from the person you have to pay.

“The most important thing any consumer can do is research prior to purchasing anything,” Caminos said.

Visit Hawaii BBB for more information.

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