Have you been the target of a text scammer? Scammers in recent years have taken to using text messaging as a way of communicating with classified advertisers and bypassing website security systems. A typical scam involves paying for an item (or overpaying) with a bogus check then demanding the balance or a refund through Western Union.
The easiest way to avoid scams is to buy and sell locally and deal in cash. Never send money by Western Union, MoneyGram or other wire services. For more information, visit our guide to Safe Selling Online.
If you have been the target or victim of a text message scam, here are some places you can report the situation. Your report will help protect others in the future:
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
- Internet Crime Complaint Center.
- The Federal Trade Commission.