If you are robbed or swindled, contact the police and whatever site where the transaction originated. When the buyer got home and removed the wrapper, they discovered it was just a piece of glass doctored to look like an iPad. . Industry statistics estimate that ticket fraud affects nearly 5 million concert or event attendees annually. Stay connected: Get the latest local news with the free Tennessean app. If you are meeting someone to make a purchase, bring a friend.
Not only will you have a witness if things go awry, but having a companion may offer you some protection. He recalled a Taylor Swift concert in Nashville where there were more than 50 reports of people being scammed. Also make sure the seller provides the paperwork that proves that they're the owner of the car — or you might have trouble registering it in your name. And never allow a buyer to set up a payment plan. It is also a good choice because if someone is less than above board they may not agree to showing up at the cop shop. He says not to give out your address or workplace or any other information that would put you at risk for identity theft. Warren's tips Meet in a public place, preferably one that has video, in case of trouble.
Chances are you won't see your money again or the purchase. A common tactic is to make the buyer feel like they have to make a decision that minute to get the deal. Buyers should do their research about the product ahead of the meetup, so they will know if they are getting the real thing. Sellers beware Sellers need to beware too, with the fraud unit seeing lots of fake money in these transactions. Some buyers meet their sellers in police precinct parking lots, which is good since there is video there.
Beware of sending money in advance of receiving a purchase. Michael Warren, who said his department is swamped with reports of scams associated with transactions arranged through , and other online person-to-person sale sites. Craigslist Nashville: How to safely shop for tickets, cars, apartments and more When shopping on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, look for scam red flags before you buy. Warren recalled a case where a seller offered an iPad for a great price and displayed it wrapped in plastic, looking like a nice new iPad. There are also cases where a seller is showing a prospective buyer a phone or piece of jewelry and the buyer just grabs it and takes off. It's a red flag if the seller doesn't want to meet you in certain places or won't give you further details on the product. Also know that many scammers use prepaid, throw away cell phones, leaving no trace of their real identity.
Check out this story on Tennessean. He also suggested posting the incident on social media to warn other prospective victims. Never go to anyone's residence. When a deal goes bad, his department ends up with two victims — the person from whom the phone was stolen, and the person who unknowingly buys a stolen phone. Make sure you are getting what you bargained for. . .
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