Chargebacks911 COO Monica Eaton appeared in a recent feature for Reader’s Digest that took a close look at the 14 most notorious online scams to be on the lookout for and how they can be avoided.
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In the article, the author asked several payments industry experts for their advice about the warning signs, potential fallout, and ways to prevent becoming a victim of these very serious online scams. As an expert in fraud detection and mediation, Monica warned readers about the dangers of counterfeit goods scams.
Counterfeit goods scams target people through personal sales ads in Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or eBay. The user will make a purchase in good faith but will receive damaged goods, counterfeit goods, or nothing at all. The sale of counterfeit items is a major problem, and it hurts not just buyers but other sellers as well.
“There’s been rampant theft of intellectual property — Marvel, Disney, Star Wars, NFL teams, sports jerseys,” Monica says. “Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, Craigslist, and other sites are rife with rip-offs.”