The Bait and Switch: Social Media Marketplace Scams
HOW IT WORKS: You see a handmade product advertised online by a private seller or artisan, place your order, and pay via PayPal or a similar cash app. But, the item you receive is completely different and of no value. Scammers have impersonated a real seller, copying their profile and photos, and you have no way to get a refund.
WHAT TO DO: Before making a purchase from a private seller or marketplace storefront, take a few minutes to review the seller’s profile. Look for misspellings and odd phrases, search for additional information on the seller to see if anyone has reported an issue. Look for a way to contact the seller to confirm their business is legitimate and ask about the return policy.