There has been a lot of scamming going on here lately and unfortunately, short of removing the ability to buy/sell on the site, we (The Site Staff) can’t prevent it 100%. The good news is, you as a buyer can take some easy steps to preventing yourself from getting scammed. If you follow these few steps, you can reduce your risk SIGNIFICANTLY!
First and foremost, check the seller’s iTrader rating; someone with a lot of negative feedback COULD be a hint to his/her customer service.
- Check with other people who have purchased from the seller, it should be listed in their feedback.
- Check the sellers other posts. This is a good way to find out if they have any open issues. Usually they will post in a thread that calls them out.
- Check the Unhappy campers section for their name. If it’s there, I would think twice before purchasing from them.
- Also, if you're extra paranoid, on top of everything else listed in this thread, you could take pictures and/or video of the package before opening it, then pictures/video as you open it. Most often you have to rip through the shipping label to open a package, so showing in a picture or video the package BEFORE you've opened it could go a long way to proving your side of the story, in the event it's damaged or not the correct item(s).
- Ask the seller for more pictures at different angles of the item you are looking to purchase. If it’s for a large amount of money (turbo, manifold, coilovers, etc) you will definitely want to do this.
- Send an email or make a call to the number or address listed on the for sale page. One or the other should be listed and you can verify it is legitimate.
- Write down the seller’s info that’s listed at the top of the page. You will have it if they delete or edit their post later.
- If you are still not 100% about the seller, feel free to send me or one of the other moderators a PM about the person and we can usually give you some feedback on them. (This may take a day or two)
- Use Paypal to send the money. You can use this as a line of defense.
If possible, try to buy local so you have a chance to meet the person face to face and inspect the product. Odds are, if you are making a large purchase, the seller should be willing to meet you or work something out
If you follow these steps, you will significantly reduce the risk of being scammed. If you feel you are being or have been scammed, PM a moderator ASAP and let them know what is going on. We will do the best we can to help you out.