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How to Avoid Scams When Shipping a Package
By: Amy Nutt, Sun Oct 25th, 2009
With so many shoppers now making use of retailers that ship their purchased items to their homes, there are now criminals looking to take advantage of people by swindling them out of their hard earned money. Scammers are very clever and are skilled at tricking the most informed person, so it is important to know how to avoid scams when shipping a package.
1. With the huge growth of the internet, retailers are making use of drop shipping services. Because the retailer does not get to see the items being shipped, a few drop shipping companies may ship poor quality items directly to the retailer's customers. To make sure the drop shipper that you use is legitimate, you can order a few products from them to make sure they are as described and are of good quality. You will also be able to assess the shipping times. There are many quality drop shippers so the key is to find good wholesale supplier. A good drop shipping wholesale supplier should be trustworthy because they are an important part of a business.
2. Do an internet search of the shipper you are investigating to see if they are legitimate. Make sure there is a legitimate address and contact phone number. You can then contact the shipper directly. As well, there are scam busting sites where people report scammers so you can to see if there was any thing posted about the shipping company you are researching. Every legitimate company will have licenses and certifications to provide the services that they offer. You may want to call the better business bureau who can inform you of any issues they have on file for a company.
3. Do not ever give out financial or personal information. This can include your driver's license number, social security number, credit or debit card number, or bank account number. Do not click on links to your account because it may possibly be a Phishing email that will send you to a fraudulent site. Read the purchaser's email carefully and look for questionable words. Make a note of persistence to ship right away. Phrases and sentences should make sense. Do not open any type of attachments from unknown sources.
4. Do not ship anything until you have received the payment. If the payment is by e-check, wait until it clears before you ship the item.
5. If you are the victim of a scam, go to the shipping company that you used to send the package and tell them what happened. They may be able to intercept the package and return it before it arrives at its destination.
6. Report any scammers to the company where the transaction process took place such as eBay, PayPal, Craig's list...etc. You should also report it to the police.
7. Be on the lookout for phony cashier checks and money orders. If a bank cashes it, you will be responsible for paying the bank when the fake is discovered.
Unfortunately there are predators out there looking to take advantage of people. Anyone can be a victim of a scam so it is important to take precautionary measures when shipping an item or paying for an item that is supposed to be shipped to you.