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The Scary Way Small Online Businesses Are Getting Scammed

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The threat of being scammed currently is unfortunately a real problem in our country. These scams are designed to be confusing and keep the victim off balance so that they make a mistake and give the scam artist either money or information, both of which are valuable to their criminal enterprise. They are targeting small business owners or, more specifically, small online business owners selling products on Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Poshmark, and many other sites.

I’m not a small online business owner, but I experienced this firsthand about a month ago when I had an item in my garage that my wife and I wanted to get rid of and get a little bit of money for it. I spent all day trying to take the perfect picture to showcase the item and then listed it on Facebook Marketplace for a reasonable price. Within about five minutes of posting the ad, I received seven different requests to purchase the item.


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