Last week, we were introduced to Detective Sergeant Nick Fererra and learned about his background into law enforcement and some of his favorite OfferUp safety features. This week we will learn more about the tips Nick has on using OfferUp as safely as possible. With his background in financial and organized crimes, he certainly has some insightful information on keeping your money safe.
- Do you have any tips on checking for counterfeit money?
In regards to online sales involving counterfeit money, I have noticed a number of clues which indicate something is “fishy” with the money. When in doubt, it’s best to have a counterfeit detection pen to ensure the money is not counterfeit.
Some clues would include the following in no particular order:
- What should community members look for in regards to scammers wanting to use 3rd party payment systems (PayPal, Venmo, etc)
Most transactions which have gone sour usually involve counterfeit money or counterfeit merchandise, particularly the Chinese iPhone knockoffs being sold as real iPhones. I would recommend this to everyone - never give someone access to your personal information or financial information in order for the transaction to go through. I have seen this with several online scams where the victim divulged a little too much information and allowed a buyer to gain access to their Paypal account. In the end, their account was wiped out by the buyer.
As far as sales using apps like OfferUp, aside from using payment features the app may already have, cash is king, as long as it’s not counterfeit.
- General tips and tricks for staying safe
As far as general tips to be safe, I can offer the following advice which may be duplicated in some of the other blog posts.
We absolutely love these tips from Sergeant Nick! Do you have any additional tips on staying safer? Share any you may have below and make sure to let us know what your favorite tip was above!
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