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Selling something online and get an offer that's too good to be true? It could be a scam

The internet can be a great place to buy or sell something quickly, and it can also be a great place to get ripped off while you're buying or selling something.

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If you're selling something online and get an offer that's too good to be true, it could be a scam.

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The internet can be a great place to buy or sell something quickly.

It can also be a great place to get ripped off while you're buying or selling something.

Scammers troll websites such as the online marketplace Craigslist.

They're looking for people selling big-ticket items, like the viewer who sent sister station WGAL an email.

He wrote, "My wife and I just purchased a new living room set and placed an ad on Craigslist to sell our set. We received four hits right off the bat. The respondents claimed that they would pay with a cashier's check and have professional movers take the furniture which raised our suspicions to the max."

How the scam works

The victims would have been instructed to take that check — probably for several thousand dollars — and contact the movers to pay them in advance.

But the movers would actually be the scammers.

A few days later, the victims are told by their bank that the check bounced and they owe the bank all the money they sent to the scammers.

The scammers are never heard from again.

Avoid scams like this by only dealing with potential buyers who are local and you can meet face to face.