The Better Business Bureau warns of an online furniture sales scam


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’re looking to sell items like furniture online, you’ll want to be aware of the latest online sales scam.

Whether you’re selling a table, sofa, or chairs, anything posted on sites like Facebook Marketplace or eBay is susceptible to scams.

Basically, a buyer says they are interested in your item but live out of state and will need a moving company to transfer the furniture.

The buyer can send a check by e-mail with the price of the moving company included. The scammer then encourages the seller to use the money and pay their costs to the moving company via a mobile money transfer app like Venmo or Cashapp before picking up the items.

In a few days, the check bounces and you no longer have the hundreds or thousands of dollars you paid for the bogus moving company.

Lindsay George of the Better Business Bureau says there are several red flags to watch out for when selling items online.

“If you can, go ahead and look at their profile to see if it’s a recent profile picture or a page they created,” she said. “Chances are it’s a red flag right there. Also, if they ask you to deposit some type of check on your end instead of setting up the proper pick-up arrangements or moving costs. At that point, you realize it’s a scam.

Lindsay George warns never to give anyone your personal check or banking information. You can also look carefully at the check to make sure it’s genuine and signed by the person you’re selling the items to.


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