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Scams

As is the case in all marketplaces, fraudsters will employ varying strategies to try and con legitimate users. In an effort to protect our buyers and sellers, we’ve created this page so to inform you of typical scams:

Commonly attempted scams:

  • Buyer says they will send you a ‘certified check’ which turns out to be fake.
  • Buyer says they will send you a sum over the listing price and ask you to wire them the excess to cover ‘shipping costs’. The money they send will not come through.
  • You are asked to act off pending amounts in PayPal. The buyer says that money will only clear once you post the item and give PayPal the tracking ID. Payment would have been made with a stolen credit card which eventually bounces. PayPal do not require a tracking ID for money to clear.
  • Buyer sends a fake PayPal payment notification to your email address.
  • Buyer sends a fake money order.
  • A request for you to snip off some hair via Skype.

Other suspicious activity:

  • Buyer rambling on about things that don’t matter or they talk about personal experiences to try and build trust.
  • Poor or just strange syntax and grammar.
  • Willingness to pay over the listing or requested price.
  • A request for unnecessary personal information.

You should consider registering on the site with a temporary email address as buyers will see your email address once you respond to messages you receive through the site. If you have replied to the scammer and they have your email address, it is a good idea to add them to your SPAM or blocked list to prevent further contact. To help you stay safe, it is recommended that buyers and sellers use PayPal to handle payments and no action should be taken until payment has cleared. This should be checked by actually logging into your account.

It’s also useful to Google the email address of a potential buyer – sometimes this will return useful information i.e. if the person is associated with online scams.

If you do receive a scam message, please forward this onto tickets@buyandsellhair.uservoice.com. Please only forward us these messages if you’re able to do so within around 3  hours of receiving the message. Otherwise, the chances are that the user will have already been banned.

Users’ IP and email addresses are located in the footer of the first message you receive from them through the site.

Please recognize that scammers go hand in hand with popular marketplaces, particularly classified ads sites where it is free to register and easy to message sellers. Thankfully, the majority of sellers are aware of these scams and we do our best to keep users informed. We remind sellers of online safety in our selling hair guide, during the ad listing process and in the footer of each message a buyer sends through the site. We share information on scammers with scammer databases and also cross-check our registrants with this list. BuyandSellHair.com is a classified ads site and is not responsible for transactions conducted with other parties.

Below are examples of scams users have received through the site:

Sorry that i haven’t got in touch with you too after my first inquiry
about your hair,I’ve been at the hospital attending to my twin
sister who’s seriously ill of cancer,as part of the hospital
regulations I’ve to be with her.I’ve given this a proper
thoughts,All in all i want you to know that i am satisfied with the
condition of your hair,And i would be precise and direct about this
transaction,I will take the hair for the amount you stated which is
$600..So you can consider it sold already and you don’t need to
worry about the shipping and the pick up of the hair from your
location I’ll see to that through my Shipper,But that would be after
you have receive the funds for the hair.As for the payment,I will be
paying you through a bank certified check,So get back to me with
your full name and physical contact address where payment should be
mailed to you,not P.O box please course i intend mailing out payment
via FedEx,They don’t deliver to P.O.box
mailing address,get back to me soon so that i can arrange on how the
payment will be mailed out to your address for the hair through my financial
bank .Your response is being awaited soonest.

 

My name is Moses Hernandez , A professional Modeling/Manager.and I’ve a client who wants to update her Catalog with her new year Fashion outfits release & I’m interested in getting your Hair for the shooting. My client doesn’t have paypal.Let me know the final asking price and i would like to know if you will accept cashiers check Or Money Order as a mode of payment? More so, i would like you not to worry your self about the shipping,I will make necessary arrangement concerning that. and your Hair will be cut in a Professional salon.?However,The Money for the cutting, Conditioned and shipping will be included on the same Cashier check Or Money Order which will come from my client. what i want from you is?listed below so that the Payment could be sent to you;?YOUR NAME-?ADDRESS-?CITY-?STATE-?ZIP CODE-?CELL NUMBER-?AGE-?Kindly get back to me with these and we can iron thing out from there.?Regards,?Moses Hernandez

 

FIRST EMAIL:?Good day to you am interested in the Purchase of your hair and i have?gone through the Condition you gave about it and i guess its ok and?good by me but to begin with i will like to know your last selling?price for the Hair. Kindly write back to me now cause i want to have?it.??Regards.?Susan Morgan???SECOND EMAIL:?Yes am glad to hear back from like i said i have read through the description you gave about the Hair and its ok and good by me. In Response to the price its also ok by me. So without any delay i will love to make payment for it. And regarding payment i will love to pay via Certified Bank Cashier Check which will be posted to your contact address and when it has been cleared to your account or cashed i will arrange for the pick up of the hair through my shipper. So kindly get back to me with the following details in other for me to get the payment to you.The required details are.Your full name,full Contact Address,State,City,Zip code,and also your phone number because i will like to talk to you.

SECOND EMAIL:?Yes am glad to hear back from like i said i have read through the description you gave about the Hair and its ok and good by me. In Response to the price its also ok by me. So without any delay i will love to make payment for it. And regarding payment i will love to pay via Certified Bank Cashier Check which will be posted to your contact address and when it has been cleared to your account or cashed i will arrange for the pick up of the hair through my shipper. So kindly get back to me with the following details in other for me to get the payment to you.The required details are.Your full name,full Contact Address,State,City,Zip code,and also your phone number because i will like to talk to you.

 

FIRST EMAIL:?Hello Seller,?I want to buy your Hair and need to know the last price?and i can only pay using pay pal after payments has been made..My?Shipping Company will come for pick up of the Hair?Thanks,?Greg.

SECOND EMAIL:?Am okay with the price and can only make use of my own shipping company,because they still have few of my items with them and want all to be deliver to my mum as a birthday gift.

 

Hello Seller,I want to buy your Hair and need to know the last price and i can only pay through pay pal after payments has been made..My Shipping Company will come for pick up of the Hair

 

Hello,?Thanks for the quick response,i really appreciate it,i am an?oceanographer marine engineer at this moment i am currently at ?sea at the moment,i am buying the Hair as a gift for my mum,My ?mum will appreciate it and use it to its full capability,i am ?okay with the price,i can only pay through pay pal as i don’t ?have access to my bank account on-line as i don’t have ?internet banking,but i have my bank account attached to my pay ?pal account and this is why i insisted on paying you through ?pay pal,So please kindly get back to me with your pay pal ?details so i can proceed with the payment and after the ?payment has been done,i have a pick up agent that will come ?around for pick up,they still have few of my items,i want all ?to be deliver to my mum once,and will pick the Hair after i ?have made the payments for the Hair.?Thanks,?John.

 

> Hello Seller,?> I want to buy your Hair and need to know the last price?> and i can only pay through pay pal after payments has been ?> ?> made..My Shipping Company will come for pick up of the Hair??> Thanks,?> John.

 

Hello,??How are you doing? My name is Diane I am a retailer buyer and also a?single Mother of 3 kids . Well I would like to purchase this Hair?listed,I have an immediate interest in this your listed Hair on behalf?of my client, I based here in the state and my client has specifically?given me to placed a quick order for this particular Hair,So whats?your final asking price that you want for it??So I need to ask if you will accept Certified Cashiers Check OR Money?Order from my client as a mode of payment,If yes Send me your contact?NAME and ADDRESS including with your contact PHONE NUMBER,my client is?going to send you check of an excess Money you will deduct your sale?fees in the payment and you send the excess funds of the remaining?money through Western Union Money Transfer to my client shipping?company same day,The excess money will be used for the shipping?company that will come for the pick up of the Hair,I will like the?CHEQUE to be deposit to your checking bank account same day as you?receive it,So would you be able to wire transfer the remaining balance?to the shipping company via Western Union Money Transfer after the?check might have cleared in your bank and after you might have?deducted your own part of the money which is the Hair fee? So you?don\’t need to arrange for the shipping since my client will be taking?care of the shipment through his shipping company that will come for?the pick up of the Hair from your base.??I will be waiting.?Thanks and God bless.??Diane.

 

Hello Seller??Good day, I wanted to know if the { Hair } is still available for?sale and still in a good condition. I saw your advert pasted on the?site , And the final asking price of it, And i will be paying via {?Money Order },??kindly get back to me so that we can complete the transaction.I?anxiously await your quick response….??Thanks

 

Hello?i interested in purchasing this order, Hope is still available?if Yes, Please get back to me with the price of the cost of the Hair?and send me the grand total. my address,,, 3536 Nixon road San Benito?Texas 78586 Note: Please kindly let me know if there is a discount to?it, and also you don\’t have to worry about the shipping because I have?a personal shipping company which will pickup the products from?you…Meanwhile,I will send Certified Cashier Check for the?products..kindly get back to me with your full Name and Mailing?address for the payment…looking forward to here from you hopefully?soon E-mail me back to sarah.smith2345@yahoo.com?Thanks and best Regards.

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