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Facebook Marketplace is a popular platform for buying and selling items, but like any online marketplace, it can also be a breeding ground for scams. If you're new to Facebook Marketplace, it's important to know how to protect yourself from fraudulent activity and avoid falling victim to scams.

Here are some tips for avoiding scams on Facebook Marketplace:

  • Be wary of deals that are too good to be true. If an item is being offered at a significantly lower price than its market value, or if the seller is asking for payment upfront without providing the item, it may be a scam.
  • Check the seller's profile and reviews. A legitimate seller will have a complete profile with a history of successful transactions and positive reviews from other buyers. If the seller's profile is incomplete or has negative reviews, it may be a red flag.
  • Avoid deals that involve wire transfers or gift cards. Scammers often ask for payment using these methods because they are difficult to trace and offer no recourse for the buyer. Always use a secure payment method, such as a credit card or PayPal, when making a purchase on Facebook Marketplace.
  • Meet the seller in person to inspect the item. If possible, arrange to meet the seller in a public place to inspect the item before making a purchase. This will allow you to verify the item's condition and authenticity, as well as ensure that the seller is legitimate.
  • Report suspicious activity to Facebook. If you encounter a scam on Facebook Marketplace, report it to the platform immediately. This will help protect other users from falling victim to the same scam and will help Facebook take action against the scammer.

By following these simple steps, you can help protect yourself from scams on Facebook Marketplace and make safer and more informed purchases. Stay alert and stay safe when using the platform to buy and sell items.

Additionally, it's important to remember that if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Trust your instincts and be wary of any listings or sellers that raise red flags. If you're unsure about a listing or a seller, it's always better to err on the side of caution and avoid making a purchase.

Facebook Marketplace can be a great way to buy and sell items, but it's important to be cautious and protect yourself from scams. By following these tips and using common sense, you can enjoy the convenience of Facebook Marketplace without putting yourself at risk.


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These are simple guidelines that could be used for anything. Another one I'd add is just don't impulse buy. Do your research. Study it. When the product is brought at the public location, take your time to check it out. If the seller gets all huffy & irritated, no matter how much you want it, just leave. A good seller, while they may be a bit annoyed at the inconvenience, would be respectful.

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On 5/27/2023 at 9:41 AM, ZandraJoi said:

These are simple guidelines that could be used for anything. Another one I'd add is just don't impulse buy. Do your research. Study it. When the product is brought at the public location, take your time to check it out. If the seller gets all huffy & irritated, no matter how much you want it, just leave. A good seller, while they may be a bit annoyed at the inconvenience, would be respectful.

This is an excellent addition!

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I use Facebook Marketplace frequently to buy and sell items, and thankfully I have never been scammed. My number one rule as a buyer is never to send payment before receiving the product. Since I only buy and sell locally, I always choose the cash-on-delivery option. When I sell products, if I can receive advance payment, that's fine but even if I do not receive advance payment I use a delivery service that also collects payment after handing over the item.

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On 6/27/2023 at 12:09 AM, Nomad said:

I use Facebook Marketplace frequently to buy and sell items, and thankfully I have never been scammed. My number one rule as a buyer is never to send payment before receiving the product. Since I only buy and sell locally, I always choose the cash-on-delivery option. When I sell products, if I can receive advance payment, that's fine but even if I do not receive advance payment I use a delivery service that also collects payment after handing over the item.

My husband does as well. I've seen where both the seller & buyer have been both the scammer & victim. Definitely have to keep watch out.

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On 6/27/2023 at 5:09 AM, Nomad said:

I use Facebook Marketplace frequently to buy and sell items, and thankfully I have never been scammed. My number one rule as a buyer is never to send payment before receiving the product. Since I only buy and sell locally, I always choose the cash-on-delivery option. When I sell products, if I can receive advance payment, that's fine but even if I do not receive advance payment I use a delivery service that also collects payment after handing over the item.

This is the best strategy when you're only selling locally since who's going to buy/sell is within the same proximity. There's no way of getting scammed. Unfortunately, it can't work out when you're not buying within your locality. 

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