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We are a friendly forum where sellers help sellers to help our/your online E-Commerce Business grow by having a place of resources and support along with help in promoting ourselves and each other.

I have been selling on line since 2003 in which I started out with eBay where I was doing very well as a Powerseller until all the fee hikes and changes. I then opened up my first Website almost 2 years ago and have been a member of a few very nice informative E-Commerce Forums and have learned so much about this new world of online selling that I wanted to have all my information in one place to help me succeed and by doing that helping others at the same time.

I have noticed that there is a ton of information out there on the net to help us become successful business owners and there are certain things that we must do in order to get our products out there and noticed and to get the buyers to us.

So I'm hoping that we can all share with each other "our tips" of "what works" and "what does not work".

October 10, 2008

Online Fraud Resource Center

Online Fraud Resource Center
We hope that by educating people about fraud, we can make Cyberspace a safer place to do business.

Do not wire transfer money to people you don't know, including people you "met" on an auction site or someone who "hires" you from overseas. See Western Union's Web site FAQs about Consumer Fraud:

"What to Do If You Are Ripped Off Online"

1) File a complaint with eBay File a report immediately with eBay Rules & Safety: In order to be considered for eBay's Fraud Protection Program, you should also submit an Online Fraud Complaint at 30 days after the listing end-date.

2) File a complaint with the FTC$.startup?Z_ORG_CODE=PU01

3) File a complaint with the Internet Fraud Complaint Center

4) Contact law-enforcement officials at the local and state level (your local and state police departments)

5) Also contact law-enforcement officials in the perpetrator's town & state

6) File a complaint with the shipper USPS

7) File a complaint with the National Fraud Information Center

8) File a complaint with the Better Business Bureau

Auction Fraud Resources

National Fraud Information Center

Escrow Fraud Tips

"Net Crimes & Misdemeanors: Outmaneuvering the Spammers, Swindlers, and Stalkers Who Are Targeting You Online"
Book by J.A. Hitchcock, edited by Loraine Page
2002 CyberAge Books (Information Today Inc.)

Identity Theft Resources

FTC Site on Identity Theft

Mari Frank's Site on Identity Theft (for-profit site)

Identity Theft Resource Center

Hoax Emails/Phishing Scams

AuctionBytes Article "Auction Users: Beware Hoax Emails" ... bu0104/s04

FTC Consumer Alert: "How Not to Get Hooked by a 'Phishing' Scam" ... ngalrt.htm

IRS Fraud Resources ... 86,00.html ... 78,00.html

Anti-Phishing Working Group

Associated Press Article ... 0060.shtml

AuctionBytes Fraud Forum ... m.php?f=28
Some AuctionBytes Articles about Fraud

Online Auction Fraud: What You Should Know
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Online Escrow Fraud Hits eBay Members

eBay Auction Fraud Spawns Vigilantism Trend

"Hoax eMails Continue to Plague eBay Users":

eBay Fraud Update: 285 Victims Report Losing $60,000

Jobseekers: Beware New eBay Scam

About AuctionBytes
AuctionBytes has been helping online-auction buyers and sellers since 1999. Steiner Associates LLC, a privately held company in Natick, Massachusetts, was founded by David Steiner in 1988 as a video production company. In 1999, Steiner Associates LLC introduced, the Buyers and Sellers Guide to Online Auctions.
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